Category Archives: Clean and Simple

For the minimalist; the designs here are clean and simply. By nature, they should also be quick & easy to duplicate.

Baby Wipe Technique with Video Tutorial

Last night I taught the “Baby Wipe Technique” to the ladies in my stamp class.  It’s a really fun way to create a mottled, multi-colored effect and it’s perfect for any stamp with a large image area.

We had a really fun class and I always love when new people join me for a class!   I consider it a great compliment when a regular student invites a friend to come!  I had two ‘regulars’ invite friends and had 3 new peeps in class!  It really was a great night.  And despite the impending snowstorm/blizzard headed our way, everyone wanted to come to class!   We decided since the snow wasn’t supposed to start until around 11PM, we could have class and get home before any real snow started.  Here is the first project we made:

Baby Wipe Technique, Reverse Words, SaleABration, HoorayFor this card, we used the Reverse Words stamp set (available for FREE thru March 31st during Sale-A-Bration).  I used Pink Piourette, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry ink.   A bit of bling from the Glimmer Paper Assortment (also FREE during Sale-A-Bration!) and a few metallic sequins finished it off.  Quick, easy and so much WOW!

The next project also featured the Baby Wipe Technique, but we stepped it up a bit with more layers and stamping.

Baby Wipe Technique, Watercolor Wings, Butterfly, Timeless Texture

The Baby Wipe Technique was used to color the background layer of the butterfly which was stamped using an image from the Watercolor Wings stamp set and cropped out using Bold Butterfly Framelits.  A detailed Butterfly was cropped from the Butterflies thinlits from Island Indigo cardstock and layered on top.

The Whisper White layer was stamped using the Timeless Textures stamps in Pool Party and Tip Top Taupe.  The sentiment, from Watercolor Wings, was stamped in Island Indigo ink.

I love this color combination, and I hope you do too!  Don’t forget that Tip Top Taupe will be retiring in a few months.  Stock up now on your favorite Tip Top Taupe items before they are gone.

If you would like to learn how to do the Baby Wipe Technique  you can watch a video tutorial I made here:

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Please leave me a comment and tell me what you think of the Baby Wipe Technique, and my projects!  I love to hear from you and cherish each and every comment 🙂

If you want to purchase any of the items I’ve used here, please head to my online store and place your order. Remember, for every $50 you order (before shipping & tax) you earn 1 FREE Sale-A-Bration item!  Please use Host Code SZYAENSF if you place an order that is less than $150 dollars.  Thank you!

Well, if you’re in the Northeast and affected by Blizzard Stella, stay safe and warm!  It’s a good day to hunker down and stamp, in between rounds of shoveling & snowblowing.  Happy Stampin’!

Nancy

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Playing with the Paper Players

I just love when I make a project, and before I have a chance to post it anywhere, I discover that it fits the bill for a challenge.  Well that’s exactly what happened here when The Paper Players posted their color challenge today.

I posed a question on my Facebook page, asking my readers to respond with their favorite choice of green for St. Patty’s Day.  I promised to randomly select a winner from all the comments to send a St. Patrick’s Day treat.  stampin' up! greensWhen I selected the winner, I wanted to send along a card, and of course the card had to be green, Cucumber Crush, to be exact!  I thought a touch of gold was fitting.  So here is my card:

Yay for Green!

Lots of white and Cucumber Crush green accented with gold!  Just perfect for the Paper Players challenge:

I started with a Stampin’ UP! notecard in Whisper White, added a layer of Cucumber Crush & White diagonally striped paper, a layer of Whisper White adorned with Washi Tape in gold, and a few gold metallic enamel shapes, and a star stamped in Cucumber Crush ink from the Confetti Celebration stamp set.  A few snips from my paper snips cut out the shape in no time!  Fast. Easy. Wow!

By the way, My Green Color Quiz?  It was a dead heat between Emerald Envy and Cucumber Crush!

Sale-A-BrationDon’t forget, we are in the final days of Sale-A-Bration!  Your chance to earn all of these fabulous items is running out.  Place a qualifying order of $50 or more from my online store to earn a free Sale-A-Bration item.  Not sure what Sale-A-Bration is?  Everything you wanted to know about Sale-A-Bration can be found here.

HOST CODE for March is SZYAENSF – please use this code if you place an order thru my online store that is less than $150 (before shipping and tax).  If your order is over $150, do not use the host code.

So thanks for playing with me and The Paper Players today.  Please follow my Facebook page, and sign up for my mailing list, so you won’t miss any contests that I run!  Thanks for stopping by, come back soon.

Nancy

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Baby Bear Baby Boy Card

A friend and fellow stamper just had a baby boy, so I needed to make a Baby Card to send to her, and I knew the Baby Bear Baby Boy card was just the ticket! (Phew, that’s a mouthful!)   A few weeks back, I made a baby card for another friend who had  a baby girl.  You can see the Baby Girl card here.

Well, one of the sayings I’m fond of saying is “when you find something that works, stick with it”!  So I decided to make the same card, substituting Pool Party Blue for the Flirty Flamingo pink in my original card.  Here it is:Baby Bear Baby Boy Card

I used the same layout, and the Crumb Cake and white but changed the color from Flirty Flamingo that I used on the baby girl card to Pool Party for today’s Baby Bear baby boy card.

The Pool Party patterned paper  is from the Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper.  I love how the Pool Party grid design is cheerful with a nod to masculine, compared to the Flirty Flamingo polka dot paper that has touch of whimsy and a feminine feel.  Here are the two side by side:

I love this baby card layout that works well for both a baby boy or a baby girl!

It’s easy to make a baby card using the Baby Bear stamp set.  The triple stamp creates the life-like fuzzy texture of the bear, and the photopolymer stamps allow for perfect placement of the 3 images.  The crumb cake and white is a great neutral color combo that works well with so many colors, and the Flirty Flamingo and Pool Party are no exceptions.  While I used a piece of thick Baker’s Twine in a matching color, I placed the bow under the Baby Boy Baby Bear‘s chin, and on the Baby Girl Baby Bear’s head.  For the girl card, I used 3 pearls as an embellishment, while on the boy card, I used a candy dot.

I love the realistic furry detail of the Baby Bear Stamp set

If you need to make a baby card anytime soon, I suggest you get this Baby Bear stamp set.  Remember Sale-A-Bration is in full swing which means that you will get a Free Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 worth of product you order.  Find out all about Sale-A-Bration here.  To place an online order, click here.

Please leave me a comment below and let me know how you like this card.  And please sign up for my mailing list using the sign up box on the right.  Thanks,

See you soon!

Nancy

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WaterColor Pencils Craze & Bonus Video

I’m excited to share a bonus tutorial video with you today featuring the WaterColor Pencils and the Dragonfly Dreams bundle.  I’ve been in love with the WaterColor Pencils when I first saw them back in November.  (Yes, November – as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I get to see new products before the catalogs are released!  My favorite perk!  If you want to share in these perks, there’s no better time to join than now.  Ask me how.)

Here is the card I made and taught to my stamp club last week. The ladies loved it, and I hope you do too!

Dragonfly Dreams, Detailed Dragonfly & Watercolor Pencils

Daffodil Delight and Black are a striking color combination, don’t you agree?  But what really makes it is the pop of color from the water colored panel.  I used the WaterColor Pencils with an Aqua Painter to create this focal point.

I created a video to show you how I made it:  Wow, this is like taking a class from me without the drive!  And without the brownies 🙂

Now I know you just want to jump out of your seat and get some watercolor pencils for yourself so you too can join in on the Watercolor Craze Supplies are very limited and are expected to go on backorder soon, SO ORDER THEM RIGHT NOW!  Don’t wait.  Don’t forget to add some Watercolor Paper, Aqua Painters and Blender Pens.  You’ll also want Memento Tuxedo Black Ink if you want to stamp an outline image and then color in with watercoloring.  When you place your order, remember two things: 1)  To order in $50 increments so you can earn FREE Sale-A-Bration items with each order, and 2) to use HOST CODE D3ZEY3UJ when you place an order that is less than $150.

To learn more about Sale-A-Bration, click this picture.

Why use a Host Code?  The host code allows me to earn Stampin’ Rewards on all orders placed thru my online store.    They are used for products that I give away to my customers.  (Just ask Vicky Blackwell who won a Party Animal Prize package as part of my SuperBowl contest. – Read all about that here.) Learn about Stampin’ Rewards hereIf your order totals $150 or more (before tax & shipping) then DO NOT use the host code, but rather redeem the Stampin’ Rewards for yourself.

Please let me know if you enjoyed my tutorial video.  If you like that, then you’d love attending one of my in person classes.  Not only do we have fun and eat brownies, but we make a few projects and I try to teach one new technique at each class.  Click here for a list of upcoming classes.  Not in NE Pennsylvania?  Let me host a Facebook Party for you and your friends instead.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space today, please come back again soon.  If you like what you see, sign up for my mailing list, Like me on Facebook and follow me on Instagram.

Nancy

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Love for my Valentine!

As soon as I saw this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, I knew I wanted to use hearts for the 3 elements.  And since I wanted to make a Valentine’s Day card with my Stamp Class this week, it was the perfect opportunity to make 1 project that fit the bill for both!

And here is the sketch that inspired this design. Freshly Made Sketches #272

A Silver Metallic Foil Doilies is the perfect backdrop for  all of the different hearts in the Sending Love product suite, including the 3D heart which is just perfect for being pierced by an arrow!

I’m so glad that I picked up the Metallic Real Red Embossing Powder from the 2016 Holiday catalog – it adds just the perfect amount of bling for the sentiment.  I originally wanted to use Silver foil sheets for the arrow, but it really didn’t stand out.  I tried black; that really stood out but I wasn’t sure about black on a Valentine’s Day card, so I opted for Pool Party.  It provides enough contrast, but it is subtle enough that it doesn’t jump out as the first element you see.  I am happy with the way it worked out.

The Love Notes Framelites dies are hugely popular: it was just announced that they are now being backordered until the end of February.   You can still get the other products in this product suite, including the Sealed With Love stamp set, the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack, and more.  If you really want the framelits, I would order them now, so that you’ll be among the first to get them when they are back in stock.  I made a few other projects using the product suite which you can see  here.

I’ll be making this card with the ladies in my Stamp Class Monday evening.  I hope that they enjoy making this card as much as I did.

Hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog to see all the fabulous designs using this sketch.

Then come back tomorrow to see the other project I will be teaching to my Stamp Class.

Happy Stampin’,

Nancy

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Welcome to the World!

I’ve been anxiously waiting to post this project!  I’ve been on pins & needles ever since a friend told me that he was expecting a baby girl that was due in a few weeks!  Well the day finally came, and a sweet little baby girl was born today!  I made this card the day he told me it was a girl.  Now I can finally give it to him, and show you.

Baby Bear is the stamp set that I used to make this realistic, life-like stuffed animal bear.  A triple stamp, I used Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso ink for each layer of the bear to create that realistic effect.  My paper is Flirty Flamingo card stock for the card base, with a Crumb Cake layer.  Flirty Flamingo DSP and another layer of Flirty Flamingo cardstock with a Whisper White image panel.  The sentiments were stamped in Early Espresso ink on Crumb cake banners.  A row of pearls and a bakers twine bow adorn this card.

Any time I used a card base other than Whisper White or Very Vanilla, I like to make an inside panel to write on.  My inside also contains another sentiment, with just enough white space to include a handwritten note.

I used another strip of DSP so the inside and the outside coordinate.  And I just LOVE this sentiment!

Here’s a map of the products I  used to create this card:

I’m so glad that my friend is a Dad with a precious little babe to love and to hold.

If you love this creative color combo, please save this pic for your reference:

Baby Bear is such a versatile stamp set too!  If you’d like to order any of the products I used, click here to shop my store.  You can also click on any of the hi-lighted items in the description above.

Sale-A-Bration

Please use January Host Code 2BUYMMWN when placing an order that is less thaln $150.   When shopping, you’ll earn 1 Free Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 you spend (before shipping and sales tax).  Want to learn more about Sale-A-Bration?  Click here.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space.  I hope I inspired you to use Baby Bear when you have a little one to welcome into the world!  Share a pic to my Facebook page of any projects you made using Baby Bear.  While you’re there, please like my Facebook page too so we can stay in touch there.

I’m also on Pinterest and Instagram so follow me there as well!  See you soon.

Nancy

 

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Taking Layering to a New Level

Today is the long-awaited for day!  And I’m not just talking about a day off of work!  But today is the day that the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies are back in stock!

145372 Stitched Shapes Framelits

Stitched Shapes Framelits dies – # 145372

The Stitched Shapes Framelit dies were introduced back in November as a teaser of what would be coming in the 2017/2018 Annual catalog to be released in June.  They were so hugely popular that they sold out faster than expected, put on backorder, and then put into a ‘non-orderable’ status  until today.

Why are they so popular, you ask?  What’s the big deal?  Well, I’ll tell you.  This set of 12 (4 each of square, oval and circles) basic geometric shapes have tiny stitching around the edges.  And they pair perfectly with our Layering Framelits in Squares, Ovals & Circles to create perfect layers with just the right amount of detail.    Let’s have a look:  IMG_8339[1]

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See how the tiny stitches makes the shaped so much more ‘finished’ and adds just the perfect finishing touch to the basic shape?  And how the straight and scallop edges of the layering framelits dies coordinate so perfectly?  The Stitched Shapes Framelits and layering framelits are going to take your layers to a whole new dimension.  And the sizes of the shapes coordinate with so many stamp sets; both images & sentiments.

Now, what if you don’t own any of these basic shape framelit dies.  Can you still get the Stitched Shaped Framelit dies?  YES!!  Having both the layering framelit dies in all the shapes, AND the Stitched Shaped Framelits, will be an investment in tools for your paper crafing that you will have for years & years.  The best way to get all of these?  Ultimate Bundle SAB

When you purchase the Ultimate Starter Kit!  You can choose $125 worth of product for only $99 and not pay any extra for shipping!  But during Sale-A-Bration, you’ll get to choose 2 FREE stamps on top of that!  If you purchase this now, you’ll get a 20% discount on all of your purchases until the end of July 2017!  And you don’t ever have to host a workshop or sell anything if you don’t want to.  Get all the benefits of belonging to the Stampin’ UP! family by being a wholesale customer.  Purchase your Ultimate Starter Kit here.

If you choose not the order the Ultimate Starter Kit!  you can still earn FREE merchandise during Sale-A-Bration.  Just place your order here, and for every $50 you can choose one Sale-A-Bration item for FREE.  Please remember to use Host Code 2BUYMMWN when placing an order under $150.

Thanks for stopping by today.  See you soon!

Nancy

 

 

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Meet Your New BFF (aka the 2017 Occasions Catalog!)

It’s here!  Today is the day that the Stampin’ UP! 2017 Occasions catalog goes live!   And it’s also the start of Sale-A-Bration – the biggest sale event of the year!  So click on the catalog icons to the right, or click here to view the catalogs.

While almost every page of the new catalog is on my ‘want list’, a few items were on the top.  My favorite item from the 2017 Occasions catalog is the Cool Treats Product Suite.

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You know me, I”m a sucker for product coordination and this product suite has coordination with a Capital “C”!  For starters is a 36 piece photopolymer stamp set called Cool Treats, and the Coordinating Frozen Treats Framelits dies.  Pair some Designer Series Paper, Tasty Treats, in the yummy color palette featuring Pear Pizzaz, Pool Party & Peekaboo Peach.  Throw on some Sprinkles Embellishments, add some Tasty Treats Washi Tape, and an Ombre Effect Stampin’ Pad in Peekaboo Peach and you’ve got the perfect recipe to whip up some Tasty Treats!    The stamp set and framelit dies are also available as bundle to save you 10%!

The best part?When you purchase the entire Cool Treats Suite, you’ll Earn **2** TWO FREE SALE-A-BRATION ITEMS!!!!

Cool Treats Bundle # 145181                                  $48.50                                                 Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper # 142770     $13.00                                                Tasty Treats Designer Washi Tape #142773        $8.00                                          Sprinkles Embellishments # 142741                     $ 5.50                                        Peekaboo Peach Ombre Stamp Pad # 142805    $ 9.00                                         Tasty Treats Cardstock Pack # 142771                   $8.00                                       Peekaboo Peach Cardstock # 141417                     $ 8.00                                                                                   $100.00

So What two items will you choose? View the Sale-A-Bration catalog here.

Please remember to use HOST CODE 2BUYMMWN for every online you place with me during the month of January.  If your order is over $150 dollars (before shipping & tax), do NOT use the host code.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space today.  Enjoy the new catalogs.  If your wish list is bigger than your budget, consider the Ultimate Bundle, made even better during Sale-A-Bration!  Purchase the Ultimate Bundle for $99, choose $125 worth of products, and ADD 2 FREE stamp sets of your choice too!  Oh, and did I mention, it ships free too?  ultimatebundlesab

Ready?  Click here to purchase the Ultimate Bundle.  Then, get ready to save 20% off your future purchases.   You’ll have all the perks of being part of the Stampin’ UP! family, you’ll be part of my online community of over 700 people across the country, you’ll save $ on your purchases, and get to preview the 2017/2018 Annual catalog before anyone else, and more!   There are so many perks and nothing to lose so join now.

See you soon.

Nancy

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A new set of Framelits to ‘die’ for!

At first glance, you just might pass over the “Special Reason Bundle” as another floral stamp set and framelit die set.  But, once you look closer, you’ll see that this die set is like no other.  Stampin’ UP! has just taken their framelit dies to a whole new level.

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The die is in 2 pieces; one to cut out the detail and the other to cut out the shape.  By using them separately, you can create really cool effects that you can’t do with other standard framelit and thinlit dies.  Watch this video below to see how this works:

See what I mean?  Don’t you just think these are to die for?  I know that you are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new catalogs so you can get your hands on them!   As a demo, you can get them now!

I welcome “Wholesale Customers” into my group.  You can join Stampin’ UP! by purchasing the Starter Kit for $99 and choose $125 of products you’ll save $26 right off the bat!)  Then continue to save 20% off all future orders.  Click here for more information or click here to purchase the Starter Kit.     You’ll get all the perks, including early ordering, as a demo, with no pressure to sell anything.  Just keep the discount for yourself!

I can’t wait to share more exciting products and projects with you!

Nancy

 

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Wedding Wishes

My husband and I were invited to a wedding this weekend, so of course you know that means I would be giving a handmade wedding card, right?

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I chose Very Vanilla and Tip Top Taupe as my color combo.  I knew I wanted the “Wedding Wishes” sentiment from the Rose Wonder stamp set, but I wanted to use the flowers and leaves from the Botanical Builder Framelits dies

I used the soft, lace-y Tip Top Taupe 1″ Dotted Lace Trim.  This item is retired, but it is now available in the Clearance Rack! SCORE!!!  But only while supplies last so don’t wait if you want to get this gorgeous ribbon.  (it’s available in other colors, too!)  Layering Ovals framelits helped my crop out and layer the sentiment in a snap.

Rose Wonder Photopolymer Stamp Set


Botanical Builder Framelits Dies

Layering Ovals Framelits Dies

If you want to order any of these products, click here to start shopping!  If you place an order with me of $150 or less (before shipping & tax) please use HOST CODE:  CSC6VNTH  (If your order is over $150, please don’t use this host code as you will then be eligible for host rewards.)  See the graphic at the end of this post to see how to add a Host Code to your order.  If your order is $75 or more (before shipping & tax) and you use Host Code CSC6VNTH, I will send you  Halloween Night Enamel Dots.  This Host Code closes on 9.28.16

 Halloween Night Enamel Dots

Speaking of Weddings, did you know that my most re-pinned item on Pinterest is a wedding card?  You can view it here.  I was contacted by someone over the weekend too, to ask if I would make that card for her.  Of course!   I sell my cards for $6 with a coordinating envelope (plus shipping).  If you want any of the cards you see on my blog, or Pinterest, just ask.  I’d be happy to make any of my cards for you, or to custom design a card just for you.

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HOST CODE:  CSC6VNTH

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space to hang out with me today, and thanks for shopping with me.

Nancy

 

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