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Tabs For Everything, Even Birthdays!

One of my favorite perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is getting sneak peeks of new catalogs and products before everyone else and attending events, like OnStage in April in Richmond, VA, and getting FREE products just for attending!   One of the stamp sets I got is a set called Tabs For Everything, and it has a coordinating punch (which I didn’t get, but it’s on its way to  me now!)  You can save 10% when you purchase this as a Bundle.

This set has so much potential for making tabs when used with the coordinating punch, and I think it will be a match made in heaven paired with the new “Love Today” Planner Kit!  You can see how awesome the Planner is by watching the video here.

It also has great potential for making fabulous cards!  Like this one:Tabs For Everything - Even Birthdays!

I was inspired for the color combination of Night of Navy, Smokey Slate, and LemonLime Twist by the jacket a fellow was wearing the other day.  (I see Stampin’ Up! colors everywhere!)  I mentioned to a fellow stamper that I could make a card with those colors, and she said she couldn’t wait to see what I came up with!

I liked this card, and color combination so much that I decided to make another card in a similar color combination of Dapper Denim, Basic Grey and Lemon Lime Twist.  What do you think?

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Here are the two colors side by side:

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So which color combination do you like best?  Leave me a comment with your choice.

Here are the color combinations for your reference:

Dapper Denim, Basic Gray and Lemon Lime Twist

Because this is a birthday card, I decided to enter this into The Paper Players challenge.  The Paper Players Challenge 347

See how well this fits into the challenge?  Simple, right?  You can click here or on the picture above to head over to the The Paper Players challenge and be inspired by all the other entries featuring Birthday themed projects.

I hope you’ll seriously add the new “Love Today” Planner Kit! and the Tabs For Everything Bundle to your next order.  You can click here to shop my online store.  Please use the Host Code shown on the top of this page.

Thanks for visiting me in My Stampin Space today.  Come again, the door is always open and the Keurig is always on, ready to brew you a fresh cup!

Happy Stampin,

Nancy

Tabs For Everything stamp set

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Happy Birthday, Gorgeous

Happy Birthday, Gorgeous.  I have to admit I I ‘passed over’ this stamp set my first, and probably second, trip thru the catalog.  I did like the die that is bundled with it, and LOVED that Stampin’ Up! is now offering adhesive sheets for the intricate dies like the “Happy Birthday” die.  But the stamp set just wasn’t calling my name, truth be told.  But I earned this bundle for free, so  I started taking notice of the potential of this ‘sleeper’ stamp set and discovered how much I LOVE this bundle called Happy Birthday, Gorgeous!  The flowers works great with the 2-step stamping and just as well on their own.

I needed a project to do at a workshop.  I wanted something easy for any skill level, yet something that would have some ‘Wow!” factor.  These flowers are so easy to work with, and a simple masking technique creates the “Wow!” factor.

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A few of the absolutely gorgeous Glitter Enamel Dots add the finishing touch!

You can easily recreate this card – just place a 1-1/4″ strip of scrap paper across the center; stamp your flowers then remove the scrap paper.  You’ll be left with a nice clean slate to stamp your sentiment. Easy Peasy!

You can purchase this stamp set by itself or bundle it with the HappyBirthday die  and save 10%.

This is one bundle that I would highly recommend make it to the top of your ‘must-have’ list.  It is so versatile and fun and everyone needs birthday cards so you’ll reach for this over and over again, and every project can have a totally different look!  From the flowers to the balloons to the banners and the great sentiments that can be paired together and the various font and sizes, it’s an all around winner!

The colors I used to create this card are Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay.  A great colorful color combination!  Feel free to save this color combination for your own use.  You can ‘pin’ this picture.

Stampin Up Color Combo

Thanks for visiting My Stampin Space today.  Be sure to visit my online store to grab your Happy Birthday Gorgeous bundle today!   Please leave me a comment and tell me what you like most about this card!

See you soon!

Nancy

 

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Let’s Celebrate…50!

A big milestone birthday is always a reason to celebrate!  And a chance to play with new InColors that just arrived is also a reason to celebrate.  Combine the 2 together, and fun, fun, fun!

This card features the new color Berry Burst.  It’s a fun, bold and vibrant shade that’s not really pink but not purple either.  It’s a fun trendy color and it plays so well with Rich Razzleberry here for the balloons.  I used these colors as an accent against black and silver (after all it is a 50 birthday!).  Let's Celebrate 50!

You’ll notice that I’m using a number of retiring products along with the new In Color.  This time of year, I like to combine the old and the new.  After the new catalog makes its debut June 1st, I’ll stop showing the retiring product.  I like to only show you what you can buy so if you want to recreate my projects you can!

The Number of Years stamp set and Large Number Framelits are carrying over (I die cut the number 50 from Silver Foil sheets).  The Confetti TIEF and the Balloon Adventures stamp set and Balloon PopUp Thinlits dies are being retired.  If you want either of these items; you need to shop my store NOW!  They are only available while supplies last.

The recipient of this card was Sue, my husband’s admin assistant at work.  Her husband threw her a surprise party, and boy, was she surprised!  She was totally caught off guard.  After she regained her composure, she had a really good time.  And so did we!

Well, I have more InColors to show you, and more playing around with Daisy Delight and Color Theory.  Come back again soon.

Retiring Products

Click here to see the RETIRING LIST.

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Don’t forget, you can Pre-Order new products and 3 of the new IN-COLORS with the Eastern Palace Suite.

Eastern Palace Suite,

Click here to see the Eastern Palace Pre-Order options.   By the way, the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle is the most popular option.  Trust me,  you are going to want the Eastern Medallion thinlit dies, and the Very Vanilla extra thick card stock comes FREE!

Click here to shop.

Please use HOST CODE CM4QQEWG  when placing an order thru my online store for the month of May!  Thanks!

Nancy

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It’s back!!!!

It’s back!!!

And I couldn’t be happier!  My blog has been knocked out service since Oct. 19th!!!  I’ve been (patiently) waiting for it to be restored.  And while I was able to have my blog restored, I did lose all of my October blog posts.  A small price to pay, as I was prepared with the possibility of losing everything and having to start all over.

It’s been a long time, and boy, do I have a lot to share with you!  For starters, look at this!nancy-with-catalogsI had a fabulous time at the OnStage Event in Secaucus, NJ last weekend where I got to get the new 2017 catalogs.  It was a fun-filled time spent with my downline, and other demo’s from the Northeast, gathered at the Meadowlands Convention Center.  I’ll share more about my trip to OnStage in a blog post later this week.

The highlight was the catalog reveal of the 2017 Occasions catalog (January 4 through May 31) and the 2017 Sale-A-Bration catalog (January 4 – March 31).  This is my favorite perk of being a Stampin’ Up! DemonstratorI get to see the catalogs BEFORE they are revealed, and order product from those catalogs!  If you want to enjoy this perk yourself, then join me in this incredible Stampin’ Up! journey!  For the cost of the starter kit, $99, you get all this and more!   Talk to me about getting your starter kit today.  You can join just for the perks, and stay for the discount, or drop without any obligation.

I’ve had the chance to play with one of the soon to be released stamp sets called   Cool Treats.   This is going to be one of my favorite stamp sets.  It’s so fun and playful.  I’ve made my November birthday cards from this set, and it’s so much cheery; I can’t wait until the coordinating product suite gets delivered to me tomorrow.  (Why didn’t I choose Express Shipping?  The wait is so long!)pitk62081

Another stamp set is called “Nailed It”.  I won this stamp set during Prize Patrol, and I am so happy I did.  I made this card for my hubby as soon as I got home.  The sentiment was perfect, and since he’s a woodworker, the tools are perfect for him. saw you

Here’s me so happy I won this at Prize Patrol:

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You can see how happy I am.  I know you are sharing in my happiness, thank you.  So now I want to share something else that will make you happy too!

You can order your Stitched Shapes Framelits Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (item 145372) NOW!   This set of 12 (4 sizes each of Circles, Ovals & Squares) are destined to become your go-to shapes because the faux stitching around the edge of each shape will transform your ordinary shapes into extraordinary works of art!  saleCOMING SOON!  The Stampin’ Up! On-Line Extravaganza Sale with up to 40% off on select items begins November 21.  This online super sale will run from November 21 to November 28.  It’s the perfect time to stock up on holiday gifts for family and friends as well as boost and freshen your personal paper crafting stash!  This year’s Online Extravaganza will include 24-hour sales on the first and last day of the promotion with special product discounts only available that day!  Mark your calendars;  I’ll have more details for you soon 🙂

Thank you so much for sticking by me while I had this long spell of being ‘off the air’.   I appreciate your loyalty and friendship so much.    I hope something like this will never happen again.  Please like me on facebook so we can still keep in touch.

Happy Stampin’

Nancy

 

 

 

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Birthday Fiesta!

The first time I laid eyes on the llama in the Birthday Fiesta set I knew I had to have him!   And I knew exactly what I wanted to do!    I wanted to make a Llama Pinata!  And I wanted the Pinata hanging above a bunch of people in party hats!  Don’t ask me why, or what prompted that thought, but that’s what I wanted to do.  And today, I did it.

Llama Pinata

My Fringe Scissors helped me make layers of fringed cardstock that I used to cover the llama which I had cropped out of coaster board (retired) using the Fiesta Time Framelits.  After I layered the fringe, I just snipped around the coaster board llama.  The Llama Pinata is dangling from a piece of Baker’s Twine.

The party hats were simply cropped from the end of the Tree Punch and topped off with a little scallop circle (Both punches are now retired as well).

The background has a festive, party mood thanks to the “Festive” TIEF.

Ok, so I know that the eyes make him look a little wonky.  Maybe I would have been better off leaving no eyes on him at all in retrospect.  But I still am glad for the chance to bring my vision of a Llama Pinata to life!

I have more cards that I made with this product suite that i will be sharing in the next few days.  If you feel that you need to have this Product Suite too, click here to start shopping!  This Product Suite has a stamp set, Framelit dies, Designer Serires Paper and TIEF.   And you can BUNDLE & SAVE on the stamp set and Framelit dies!  A Cardstock pack is also available.

But please remember a few things:Bonus DaysDid you get everything you want from the new annual catalog yet? Since it came out only a month ago, you probably still have some items on your wish list, and we have some great news for you! For every $50 USD  you spend in between July 7 and July 31, you’ll get a $5 USD Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 2-31. This is a great opportunity to shop from your wish list, whether you buy your favorite products now or later in August with your coupons!

Details
• Promotion period: July 7–31, 2016
• Redemption period: August 2–31, 2016
• An email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email.
It is strongly recommended that participants both save emails containing their Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place. Codes cannot be resent if the email is lost, and lost codes cannot be recovered.
• Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes can be redeemed.

To celebrate my recent milestone achievement (you can read about that here) I am going to give EVERY CUSTOMER who places an on-line thru me of $50 or more, a package of my favorite new embellishment from the 2016 Annual Catalog.  Metallic Enamel ShapesThe Metallic Enamel Shapes are such a versatile addition to our Embellishment offering!  With hearts, stars and 2 different sizes of circles, there is something here for almost every project!

So click here to start shopping and get double the gifts when your order reaches $50 (before shipping and tax).   Hey, if you would use this Host Code when you place your order, I’d appreciate that:  B47BNP6.  Several folks have already placed an order with me and earned the free embellishments.  Will you be next?

 

 

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What’s a Girl to do when….

…her balloon punch is on backorder?   Well, in the words of Clint Eastwood, “Adapt, Improvise, and Overcome”. (Actually, I think Clint was quoting the Marines).  So I did just that!

Cucumber Crush Balloons

I finally had a chance to play with my new “Party Pants” stamp set but since my balloon punch is on backorder, I knew I’d only be stamping in one dimension.  But I think I created a pretty interesting element.  I’m almost glad my punch is on backorder because it forced me to get creative!

Take a close look at the balloons.  Do you see what I did there?  Here’s a close-up:balloons I trimmed the paper right up to the balloons, then used my paper snips to snip around the balloon.  I could not have achieved this effect with punch.  I’m really glad I discovered this technique.  Actually, I’ve never seen anyone else do this, so I may have even invented this technique!   That means I’ll have to name it.  Hmm, what to call it?  Well, I digress.  But,  I can’t wait to try it with another shape; perhaps flowers.

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Since I knew I wanted this panel to measure 2-1/4″ wide, I set it in my trimmer at that dimension.  I cut from the top down to the balloon,

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and then from the bottom up to the balloon.  Then I used my paper snips to finish it off!

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Easy peasy!  And here’s the final picture again.

Cucumber Crush Balloons

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space.  I hope you liked this and that you might try it yourself too.  If you do, send me a picture of your creation and I’ll feature it on my blog.  Leave me a comment and tell me what you think. – Nancy

If you want any of the  supplies I used to make this, shop my store safely & securely 24/7 from the comfort of your home.  Just click here or on any item listed below!  The Party Pants stamp set is FREE during Sale-A-Bration with a qualifying order, but only for a few short more days.  Sale-A-Bration ends March 31st so get yours now.  This is only available whiles supplies last and it is possible it will sell out before March 31st.

Come back on Wednesday, I”ll have a special treat in store for  you.  I’ll be participating in a blog hop featuring Easter & Passover projects and I think you’ll be amazed at the talent on this blog hop.

Some Things Just Get Better with Age!

Look Who’s Turning 3!   Paper Pumpkin!

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Well at the risk of sounding like a Virginia Slim ad, “You’ve come a long way, baby!”  Yes, I remember the very first Paper Pumpkin kit.  It was, well, ok.  It was cute, but nothing too spectacular.  And to be honest for the first year I didn’t subscribe.   But Stampin’ UP! has really stepped up the quality of the kits and the projects in each one.  I love my Paper Pumpkin kits and look forward to them and can’t wait to see what project each month’s kit contains.

This month, March 2016, Paper Pumpkin turns 3.  To celebrate, the kits will arrive in a special edition blue box, and it should be something extraordinary!

I urge you, if you don’t already subscribe, CLICK THIS LINK NOW!  For only $19.95 plus tax, it is really one of the best deals out there, no coupon needed.  When you subscribe by the 10th, you’ll receive the special edition March kit.

Then, each month you will get a truly creative craft kit; filled with all the supplies you need, color photos and instructions, and an exclusive stamp set and ink spot, to make one of a kind projects, shipped right to your house.

Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin here. 

You’ll be glad you did!

Nancy

How do you say Happy Birthday to Someone Special?

Well, I decided to wish my Mother-in-Law a Happy Birthday with the new Botanical Gardens suite!  Designer Series Papers, stamps, and framelits!

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My Mother-in-Law loves flowers so I knew that this product suite would be the perfect thing to create a card for her.  I started with the soft color of Mint Macaron for the card base.  I then used a strip of Botanical Gardens designer series paper.   I cropped a Whisper White circle and stamped it with the Happy Birthday greeting from the “Sky is the Limit” in Blackberry Bliss ink.

Hello, Honey and Blackberry Bliss cardstock was used to create the beautiful flowers from the Botanical Builder framelits dies.  Look at those flowers; aren’t they beautiful?  These dies create a 3-D type of flower!  It really is like no other die I’ve seen before; almost like a new generation of framelit dies.  It’s like a petal within a petal.

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Mom LOVED her card!   And you?   You’ll love the fact that the Botanical Gardens Suite is a bundle, and this bundle is a triple-play!  This Bundle contains the Botanical Blooms stamp set, the Botanical Builder Framelit dies AND the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper!  BONUS!  This bundle, priced at $51.75 earns you a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!   SWEET!!!  I used the Sky is the Limit stamp set, which will be retired on February 15th.  Now is a great time to score this bundle and stamp set, in a few days you will no longer be able to get this stamp set.  And trust me, this is stamp set you’ll want!  It makes great masculine cards, too!

To order any of the products shown here, just click on the product names above or on the pictures below.Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

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Thank you for stopping by My Stampin Space.  Please  leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this card; do you love it as much as Mom did?
I’ve been trying to fill my stash of Birthday Cards, to fill my New Year’s Resolution of sending birthday cards (on time) this year!  You’ll see more birthday cards on my blog in the coming days/weeks.  And you are welcome to join me for my next class, Thursday, Feb. 11th where we will focus on making Birthday Cards.  Email me to RSVP to my class!  If you just want to make your own cards, and want to shop with me, please know that I appreciate each & every order! Thank you 🙂
Come back soon as I’ll be sharing more birthday cards in the next few days.
Nancy

Let the Tradition Continue….

While you may think this post will have something to do with Christmas or Holiday Traditions, it’s not.  December is the time of year Stampin’ UP! demonstrators get to pre-order from the much anticipated Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs set to debut in January.

Last year, I needed to send a birthday card to someone celebrating a Christmas birthday, and I had one ready to go.  But just then, Mr. Brown (aka UPS driver) delivered a package to my doorstep.  Not just any package, but a package from Stampin’ UP! containing NEW PRODUCTS!!!  Well, I looked at the clock and decided I had just enough time to open the box, play with my new goodies and create a card for this dear customer/friend who would appreciate a card made with NEW PRODUCTS more than anyone else.  So I dashed down to My Stampin’ Space and created a masterpiece, with just seconds to spare before I had to leave for work.  I threw my newly created card into an envelope and mailed it, just in the nick of time!  I was so proud of that accomplishment, and still made it to work on time.

Days later, instead of a “Thank you, the card you made for me was beautiful, and I’m drooling over the new products” like I expected, I got a “Are you kidding me?  The card you sent was blank; you never signed it!  Of course you stamped your ‘hand stamped by Nancy’ on the back, but you never signed it!  I couldn’t believe it!  I felt like an idiot!  In my rush to get done, I made and mailed the card but never even signed my name.

So this year, I sent her a card that wasn’t signed ON PURPOSE!  After all, the tradition must go on, right?  And yes, it was made with lots of new products from the new catalogs.

Party Wishes, Confetti TIEF, Nancy Gleason, My Stampin Space

First, there is this awesome Embossing Folder called Confetti TIEF that just looks like a party in progress.  Then then stamp set called Party Wishes;  don’t you just love the cake and the sentiment?  And the candle punch is part of a punch pack trio called Party Punch Pack (and you can bundle and save with this stamp set and punch pack!)  And you noticed that adorable little dot, didn’t you?  That’s from the Love Blossoms Embellishment kit.

And the Icing on the Cake?  Party Wishes, Wink of Stella, Nancy Gleason, My Stampin SpaceIt’s this cool new product called Wink of Stella.  It’s a magical paintbrush that adds glittery glimmer without the mess of glitter!  There’s no glue, no glitter, just a beautiful glittery shine.  See how the candles appear to flicker?  This is going to add so much to so many feature projects, I see it as a go-to project enhancer.  I can’t wait for you to try it.

Tomorrow I have another project to share with you for the New Year and then I’ll share some more birthday cards, including the one I sent that I DID SIGN!

Don’t forget there are still several ways to shop and save right now:

Thanks for stopping by; I welcome your comments so please take a moment and tell what you think of this card.

Nancy

How I Made 26 Cards from 1 Sheet of Paper!

I recently got  my pre-order in, and with lots of new stamp sets, and new DSP, I had lots to choose from when I set down to make some birthday cards.  44 Birthday Cards to be exact.  Yup, that’s right!  The girls from my Stamp Club wanted to do a Card Swap where we would each make 44 of the same card and swap with each other, so we would each go home with 4 sets of 11 cards.  We divied up the occasions so each set would have birthday, get well, sympathy, baby, etc.

So I need to make 44 of the same birthday card and I wanted to use my new papers & stamps.  But since I have limited amount of paper to play with;  I had to make what I had stretch.

So, how DID I make 26 cards from 1 sheet of paper?  Very frugally, of course!  Planning, careful measuring and careful cutting, and only a 1″ x 1″ piece of scrap left over!  So I bet you can’t wait to SEE what I did, right?  I won’t make you wait any longer; here it is:

IMG_6012 (2)I used a 1″  x 5-1/2″ strip of DSP, which is how I was able to get so many out of one sheet of paper.

The paper is Wildflower Fields DSP which I got FREE from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  The flower is from a set of 7 stamps called Flowering Fields, another freebie from the S-A-B.  I love Sale-A-Bration!   No wonder it’s the most anticipated sale of the year!

Here is a picture of multiple cards:  (not a very good picture, I admit !)

IMG_6013I can’t show all of the 26 cards at once because I don’t have enough room to spread them all out!

So How did I do it?  My trick:  I cut a 1″ strip off the 12″ x 12″ paper, leaving me with a 1″ x 12″ strip and an 11″ x 12″ piece.  I cut the 1″ strip into 2  1″ x 5-1/2″ pieces.   leaving my only scrap of 1″ x 1″.

I cut the remaining 11″ x 12″ piece into 12 pcs.  1″ x 11″.  Then I cut each 11″ strip in half to create the 1″ x 5-1/2″ pieces.

Well, this only about half my cards.  I have one sheet of this paper left (there are 2 each of 6 patterns in a package).  So I can either duplicate this and use up all of this pattern of paper, or make the others with another piece of paper.  You’ll have to stop back to see which way I go!  And next week I will be posting all of the cards that the ladies in my Stamp Club made for the Swap.  I can’t wait to see all the goodness they’ve stamped up for us!

And make sure you stop back on Wednesday.  The Stampin’ Pretty Pals will be hosting our December Blog Hop;  you’ll be inspired and amazed as we hop from blog to blog showcasing our “Winter Wishes”

I’m so blessed by being a part of the Stampin’ Up! family, and specifically the Stampin’ Pretty Pals under Mary Fish.  I have met so many wonderful people thru this gig, and have developed personally in so many ways.  My creative side has certainly flourished, along with my self-confidence.  I’ve taught myself how to blog, and created this blog all by myself – an accomplishment I’m quite proud of!  I’ve honed my skills with teaching, as I love sharing my passion for papercrafting and it has naturally evolved into teaching.  Mostly, I love all of the people I’ve met along the way, and many more to come I’m sure.

If you think you’d like to share in this, please consider joining Stampin’ UP!  Many people join as wholesale customers – just for all the benefits:  the discount, the opportunity to pre-order from new catalogs before they are made public, and the private chat groups with other demos around the country, and many more.  You are under no obligation to ‘sell’ anything, host workshops or anything else.  If you would like to learn more, email me and we’ll talk.  If you’re ready to take the next step, order the starter kit here, it’s only $99 and you fill it with $125 of your choice of products.

Thanks for hanging out with me for a little bit today!

Nancy