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.

A Snappy Color Combination!

Whenever my husband goes out of town without me, I always make a card or two to tuck into his suitcase for him to find after he arrives at his destination.    I like to let him know that I’m thinking of him, and missing him when he’s gone.  I like to think that he enjoys these little surprises too!

So I needed to make a card today for him for just such an occasion.  I had so much fun playing with the Paper Players last week; they are such a nice bunch of folks and they always leave comments on my blog posts when I participate in their challenges.  I love when people leave me comments on my blog posts.  It’s almost like getting a little love note in your suitcase when you’re away from home!   Comments make me feel like all the time and effort I put into writing a blog post is worth it.  So, if you are reading this today, please leave me a little love note, I mean comment, at the end of this post.  Thanks!  🙂

Anyway, just as I was heading into My Stampin’ Space to make said card, I got an email from the Paper Players with a color challenge for this week.  Since I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do,  I jumped on the chance to use this snappy color combination as a starting point.  Here’s the color combination:  Paper Players PP397 Color ChallengeI figured if I used Crumb Cake as my main color, with just splashes of Calypso Coral and Lemon Lime Twist, it would pass as more masculine than feminine.  And with the bright colors of Calypso Coral and Lemon Lime Twist, it would need a lot of Crumb Cake to keep it toned down.  Here’s my card:

All of my Smiles for the Paper Players

I used the new “Detailed With Love” stamp set.  I just love the sentiment that says “So many of my Smiles begin with You“.  Perfect!  🙂  I stamped that onto Whisper White cardstock using Calypso Coral ink and cropped it out with an oval framelit from the Layering Oval framelits.  A tiny strip of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock provided just enough ‘pop’ behind it without overtaking center stage.  I was just wide enough to stamp the “I Love You” sentiment in Lemon Lime Twist ink.  A trio of Lemon Lime Twist sequins grab your eye and bring it from the main focal point to the smaller sentiment.  Boy, am I glad I stocked up on those Tutti Frutti self-adhesive sequins!

My background was a piece of 5″ x 3-3/4″ Crumb Cake Cardstock that I ran thru the Big Shot and the Basket Weave TIEF.  This was adhered onto a Crumb Cake cardbase.  That much Crumb Cake might be too much neutral but with these strong colors, it really needs that much to keep the card toned down.

Here’s a close up of all of the colors and elements.

A Snappy Color Combo for the PP397

It would be easy for the strong colors to steal the show.  But the heavily textured background creates enough visual interest to hold its own again the bold colors and the card balances out nicely. I hope you agree.  Here’s another look at the overall card: All of my Smiles for the Paper Players

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Thanks for stopping into My Stampin’ Space to check out this snappy color combination!  See you soon,

Nancy Gleason. Stampin' UP! demonstrator, teacher, and blogger

What do a Kangaroo and A Koala Bear have in common?

What do a Kangaroo and a Koala Bear have in common?  Well for starters, they both begin with the letter “K“.  And they both hail from Australia.   And they both can be found in the new stamp set call “Animal Outing”.  And since they are both Animals, it is a perfect fit for the Paper Players Theme Challenge this week!

Paper Players Theme Challenge Animals PP396

I used the Animal Outing stamp set for my card.  Animal Outing Stamp Set #146600

Apparently the Momma Kangaroo is babysitting for her friends baby as she has a Koala bear in her pouch! 

Aren’t they so cute together?  I didn’t expect that!

Here is the card I made:  Animal Outing  I used several of the new colors just introduced to us by Stampin’ UP!.  First of all, I used Gray Granite ink to stamp the Kangaroo image and Gray Granite cardstock for that image panel layer.  Next I used Balmy Blue, Mango Melody, and Granny Apple Green cardstock for the background.  I used Granny Apple Green ink to  stamp up the leaves and I fussy cut them out and popped them behind the main image panel.  For my sentiment, I stamped in Berry Burst ink and cropped a circle of Berry Burst cardstock to layer my punched sentiment.  The card came together quickly, and a few dimensionals behind my layers give me height and dimension for interest and gives the leaves a place to pop out from.

So, what do a Kangaroo and a Koala bear have in common?  They both are perfect for welcoming a new little one into the world!  And they both are just plain cute together!

There are many  exciting coordinating products in the Animal Expedition Suite that coordinate with this stamp set.  You’ll find thinlits dies, designer series paper, and embellishments.  You’ll definitely want to add this to your collection.  And when you bundle the stamp set and thinlits, you’ll save 10%!  Sweet, right?

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Simply The Best (and you can get in on the action!)

I am having such a blast on my journey with Stampin’ Up!  I never imaged where this gig would have taken me and the people I have met, and the friends I have made along the way.  I am so blessed by it all!   It has been simply the best!

Simply the Best

I am honored to be part of Mary Fishs’ Stampin’ Pretty Pals.  Mary is the best of the best when it comes to all things Stampin’!  I was drawn to her style: clean, simple, sophisticated and chic!

Mary has been honored to be #1 Globally in Sales, Recruiting and Leadership.  Last fall she achieved the One Million Dollar Mark in Sales! I think that makes her simply the best.   As such she was recognized with having a stamp set designed just for her.  This is her stamp set and punch bundle.  Varied Vases BundleThis bundle will be available to purchase June 1st when the 2018/19 Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog is released.  As a demonstrator, one of the perks I enjoy is an early pre-order.  I was able to get this bundle several weeks ago.  Sweet, right?

This is the card I made for Mary to let her know what I think of her!  ( I mailed the card weeks ago, I sure hope she has received it before seeing this post! )

Varied Vases card for Mary Fish

I think Mary is simply the best!  And her stamp set and punch bundle rock!  Of course the stamp set wasn’t the only new product on this card.  I created an ombre effect background of all our red cardstock, starting from the bottom up, Merry Merlot, Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Lovely Lipstick and Poppy Parade.  You can see the variation in colors in all of these luscious shades of red.

You will also be able to order the new colors of Merry Merlot, Lovely Lipstick and Poppy Parade on June 1st.

Well, I hope Mary likes her card as much as I like her stamp set and punch.  If you want to join me on this fun journey with Stampin’ Up!, order your $99 Starter Kit today and let’s see where it takes you!  My prediction is that you’ll make new friends, discover new talent and confidence and enjoy the ride!  My Stampin’ UP! journey is simply the best and yours can be too!

Nancy Gleason. Stampin' UP! demonstrator, teacher, and blogger

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Heartfelt Thanks deserve Heartfelt Blooms

This week, someone went out of their way to help me in such a tremendous way and I really wanted to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to this gentlemen.  What better way to say ‘thanks‘ than with a handmade card.  And what better way to deliver heartfelt thanks than by using the “Heartfelt Blooms” stamp set.

Heartfelt Thanks to FMS, too!

This sketch by Freshly Made Sketches was the perfect starting point for my card.Freshly Made Sketches #329That large circle shape just begged to be filled with the awesome Heartfelt Blooms stamp.   This is what I came up with:

Heartfelt Thanks using Heartfelt Blooms

I am pleased with the way this card turned out.  You can visit the FMS blog to be inspired with how others interpreted this sketch.

I started with a rectangle of whisper white and stamped the floral image in Bermuda Bay ink in the lower left corner.  I used Dapper Denim ink to stamp the sentiment (also from the Heartfelt Bloom stamp set).Heartfelt BloomsNext I layered this panel with a rectangle of Bermuda Bay card stock and wrapped it with Bermuda Bay ribbon.  I had some of my favorite 1/4″ white cotton ribbon (retired) that I layered over the ribbon to tone it down a bit.  A few of the  Tutti-Frutti adhesive backed sequins in Pool Party were added for a bit of embellishment.  Then that whole layer was adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals onto a Dapper Denim card base.   Quick and Easy!  But the end result makes it look like I spent a lot of time on this card, thanks to the awesome Heartfelt Bloom stamp set.

Sale-A-Bration

You can get the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set for Free with a qualifying purchase during Sale-A-Bration but you have to hurry.  Sale-A-Bration ends next week on March 31st and this stamp will not be returning.

2016-2018 InColors

By the way, do you know that Dapper Denim is one of the 2016-2018 InColors which means that this color will be retiring May 31st.  If you want any of the 2016-2018 In Colors, you should start stocking up now as from this point forward, retiring In Colors are available on a while supplies last basis.  So you can stock up on these colors while you can still get them AND earn FREE Sale-A-Bration items!  Win-Win!

Click here to shop my online store and with a $50 purchase (before tax and shipping) you can select the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set for FREE.  There is no limit to how many items you can get for FREE during Sale-A-Bration so the more you shop, the more you can get!

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Bubble Over with Happiness During the last few days of Sale-A-Bration!

Today I want to share with you a delightful pattern of Designer Series Paper that will just make you just bubble over with happiness! It is the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper (147244). Bubbles & Fizz DSPThis paper coordinates perfectly with the Bubble Over Stamp Set and Bottles & Bubbles Framelits dies (Bundle & Save! – 146082). The Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes are the perfect embellishment to add a bubbly finishing touch to this product suite!

 Watch & See:

And it’s FREE! What’s better than cute AND free?   Cute, free and perfect coordination! Look at the Bubble Over Stamp set:  And the Bottles & Bubbles Framelits Dies:Bottles & Bubbles Framelits DiesAnd with the Bubble Over Bundle and Bubbles & Fizz DSP, you get it all.  So get it all right now!Shop Online Now with Nancy Gleason at MyStampinSpaceSale-A-Bration ends March 31st and the Bubble Fizz DSP will be gone.  You’ll still be able to get the Bubble Over Bundle until May 31st, but you won’t be able to get the coordinating paper after March 31st.

Want to see my other Sale-A-Bration picks?  Click Here, Here and Here.  Which Sale-A-Bration items is YOUR favorite?  Click to leave a comment.  So order the Bubble Over Bundle  and get the FREE Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper now and I know you will bubble over with happiness with all the cute cards, gift tags and scrapbook pages you’ll make!

A set called “Heartfelt Blooms”

Sale-A-Bration offers exclusive products for FREE with a qualifying purchase.  One of the exclusive stamp set you can get is a set called “Heartfelt Blooms”.  This is a red rubber set available in clear mount (147202) and wood mount (147197).  In keeping with Stampin’ Up! high standard of innovative products, this stamp is a Distinktive stamp, a patent pending technology that gives a photographic finish.  Take a look:  Heartfelt Blooms Clear-Mount Stamp Set

The stamp set features this beautiful, life-like flower bouquet along with some great sentiments with fabulous fonts.  To see how awesome this stamp set is, watch this video:

HOw I used it

Now take a look at a card I made using a set called “Heartfelt Blooms:”

a sympathy card using a set called "Heartfelt Blooms"

This card uses a color combination Fresh Fig and Sweet Sugarplum.  The stamped image is so beautiful it does all of the work for you.  A simple sentiment and a ribbon pulls the focal together and the Basket Weave TIEF creates the perfect backdrop!  (More on that Basket Weave embossing folder in my next blog post!)

a set called "Heartfelt Blooms" meets Basket Weave TIEF by Nancy Gleason of My Stampin Space

For this next card I pulled Mint Macaroon out of retirement  as it pairs so well with Tranquil Tide, don’t you agree?

Which color combination do you like best?  Leave me a comment here.

I know you want Heartfelt Blooms.  And it’s yours FREE with a qualifying $50 purchase.  So stock up on some cardstock, adhesives, envelopes, etc.,  NOW while you still can get this stamp set.  Click HERE or on the shopping cart:

OnLine Shopping Cart Nancy Gleason Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, and for shopping my online store.  Now you too can have a set called “Heartfelt Blooms” of your very own! Sweet 🙂

 

 

 

Time is Running Out! – Only 24 Days Left!

Time is running out – there are only 24 days left for Sale-A-Bration and all it’s FREE stuff goodness.

Today I want to showcase a stamp set that is just perfect for the teens, pre-teens and young adults (including young at heart) in our lives!

Epic Celebration

This red rubber stamp set (available in both wood mount and clear mount) have a couple of great images and sentiments that are just trendy and on point for the younger generation.  Watch this video to see this stamp set in action:

WOW!!!  It’s SO EASY to make awesome cards with this stamp set!

I recently held a class where we made this card: Epic CelebrationIf this looks familiar, it’s because I CASE’D it from the catalog!    I copied the front layer of the gift bag on page 12 of the Sale-A-Bration catalog and turned it into a card.  Sometimes you see something that is so perfect you just want to make it!   The Stampin’ Up! catalogs are chock full of wonderful examples just waiting for us to make!  Love it!   You can view the catalogs here.

Another class, another card using the Epic Celebrations stamp set.  This one features an inked embossing folder background and the sneakers are colored with the watercolor pencils and a blender pen.

Epic Celebration

Who wouldn’t be awesome in pink and orange sneakers?  So cheerful!

Epic Celebration is a level 1 reward so it is free with a $50 purchase.  Shop for your favorite Stampin’ Up! items here, and score a FREE Sale-A-Bration for every $50 you purchase!  Sweet!  But time is running out- there are only 24 days left before Sale-A-Bration ends!

I’m loving Lots of Lavender

Ever since I got my order with the new products from the  2018 Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration catalogs, I’ve had a hard time putting down the Lots of Lavender stamp set.  So much so, that I haven’t even opened up most of the other stamp sets I ordered.  YIKES, right?  I’m just loving Lots of Lavender so much – it’s so versatile.

To see some of the other projects I’ve created with this set, click here and here, or just go to my Pinterest Board Sale-A-Bration 2018.

So when the TicTacToe Challenge posted a new challenge and one of the squares was floral, guess what I chose?  Yup, that’s right – Lots of Lavender.  No surprise there, right?  So here is the challenge:

TicTacToeChallenge #030

And here is my submission, Right Column Down (Floral, No Sentiment, Purple).

Lots of Lavender, TTTC030, purple, floral, Nancy Gleason, My Stampin Space, Sale-A-Bration 2018

The beauty of this stamped image, accented by a bow of Tinsel Trim, speaks for itself – it doesn’t need a sentiment.  Shades of purple are used with just a touch of blue, green & pink.

Come back tomorrow to find out how to make this project yourself – I’ll be posting a project tutorial.

Aren’t you loving this stamp set?  You can get this set for FREE with a qualifying purchase during Sale-A-Bration.  As a level 1 reward, you can choose this item (#147194) an 11 piece photopolymer stamp set with a $50 purchase (before shipping & tax).  Click here to place an order, and please use Host Code  EV9JYCGC when placing an online order of $150 or less. If your order totals $150 or more do NOT use this host code, but rather claim the host rewards for yourself.

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Lots of Lavender

Lots of Lavender is a new stamp set that you can earn for FREE as a Level 1 Reward during Sale-A-Bration. What is Sale-A-Bration?  And How can YOU get this stamp set for free?  I’m glad you asked!  Click here to know everything you ever wanted to know about Sale-A-Bration.

Now that you know what Sale-A-Bration is, you’ll want to add Lots of Lavender to the top of your must have list.

I needed to make some Thank You cards and Birthday cards and thought this would be a good image to use for either.  I wanted to experiment using this 2-step stamp set so I started out by stamping on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using the lavender image with Versamark ink and then heat embossing with Gold Embossing Powder.  I used my Blender Pen to fill in color from my ink pads using Pear Pizzaz, Perfect Plum and Pool Party.  I was so pleased with this, that I knew I had to make this focal point of a card!  I quickly layered this piece onto coordinating Perfect Plum cardstock.  Lightbulb moment!  I just knew the sketch from the Freshly Made Sketch challenge was JUST PERFECT for this image.  I quickly whipped out some Washi Tape in Perfect Plum (retired)  and I had a perfect sketch challenge entry.

Since I need to make some birthday cards and thank you cards so I decided to add a sentiment, and here is my final result:

Lots of Lavendar, Happy Birthday, Nancy Gleason, My Stampin Space, Rose Wonder, Sale-A-Bration 2018, floral, gold embossing, blender pen, washi tape

Here is the 2nd card I made.  There’s just a subtle difference with the sentiments, but which do you like better?

Lots of Lavendar, Happy Birthday, Nancy Gleason, My Stampin Space, Beautiful Bouquet, Sale-A-Bration 2018, floral, gold embossing, blender pen, washi tape

Take a look at the sketch that was my inspiration for this card:

Freshly Made Sketch Challenge

You can view the Freshly Made Sketches line up here.

Here’s an up-close of the water-coloring technique I did with the floral design.

So simple with the Blender Pens yet it has such a “WOW” factor!  I strongly encourage you to get Blender Pens if you haven’t tried them yet.  They are also a good stepping stone to using the Stampin’ Blends markers too.  If you love coloring, the Blender Pens and Stampin’ Blends will transport you to coloring heaven!  Both are so easy and fun to use but give different results.

You can earn the Lots of Lavender as a Level 1 Sale-A-Bration FREE item (with a qualifying $50 purchase before tax & shipping).  Be sure that you place your orders in $50 increments so can earn a FREE item.  You can shop on line here.

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Nancy Gleason

Decisions, Decisions!

My friend Steve recently asked me to make a card for him to give to someone who would celebrating their 70th birthday.  Of course, I was delighted and took this request very seriously.  Decisions, Decisions… which stamp set to use?  Well, it is for a 70th birthday so of course the “Number of Years” stamp set was a given.

Making masculine cards is very easy, in theory.  Certain color combinations lend themselves to being masculine, especially if you add a neutral such as grey, black or brown, and avoid pinks and purples.  Simple geometric patterns (stripes, squares, circles, etc.) and avoid florals, lace and ribbons.  Easy so far, right?

This is the card I created:  Happy 70th birthday

Ok, so this follows all my masculine rules, but… I felt like it just needed something more since it is such a milestone birthday.  Decisions, Decisions.  I decided on balloons, simple, gender neutral and very festive.  My color combination is gray, blue and white.  I wanted to use these colors but also add something with a little more pop.  I thought about adding green, or orange, or red, but….decisions, decisions!

I ultimately added some silver glimmer paper.  It added some pop, but without adding another color to my simple, masculine color combination.

Happy 70th Birthday with Balloons

What do you think?  Do you like the addition of the balloons?  I like the plain card, but I like the stepped up version even more.  Now leave me a comment and tell me which one you like best.

I’m really pleased with the way  ‘happy’ layered over the 70 turned out.  Do you like that too?

Let me share how I created this card:

A card base of Whisper White, then a layer of Pacific Point cardstock.  A piece of Neutrals DSP in silver & white diagonal stripes.  2 layers of circles in Pacific Point and Whisper White again, and the numbers die cut in Pacific Point using the Large Numbers Framelits dies.  The little flag banner is part of the Large Numbers Framelits dies and the ‘th’ is part of the “Number of Years” stamp set .

The Happy is from the Happy Birthday Thinlits.  I used my Paper Snips to cut the Happy apart from Birthday.  I cut another “Happy” from Thick Whisper White cardstock  and then glued both of those together.  This raised up the word so when I layered it over the numbers it appears to be floating over it.

The balloons were punched out using the Balloon Bouquet punch using Pacific Point DSP and Silver Glimmer Paper.  A simple piece of Bakers Twine was used for the balloon strings.

Here is the card with the coordinating envelope.Happy 70th Birthday card with envelope

Let me tell what my friend Steve said when he got home and saw the card that I left for him.  “Nancy thank you for the card.  It is perfect 🙂  No doubt in my mind he will love it.  You have a gift Nancy, thank you for sharing it”

I am very flattered by his compliment!  I hope that you like this card as well.  Please leave me a comment; I’d love to hear what you have to say!

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Year End Sales EventWhile you’re shopping, don’t forget about the Year End Sales Event going on now.

This is your last chance to grab those Holiday Catalogs items you’ve been wanting before the retire on Jan. 2, 2018.  Some of those items are on sale, but all of them are only available while supplies last so don’t wait.  To see a list of what’s on sale, download the PDF file here, or just go to my online store. 

Stamparatus!

Stamparatus

Before you go, have you seen the latest & greatest?  Stampin’ UP! is introducing a new stamp positioning tool that is set to take the stamping world by storm!  Because demand for this item is huge, Stampin’ Up! is offering a reservation system based on first in, first out.  (the first reservation window  of 27,000 units sold out in just 15 minutes!)  To find out more about the Stamparatus and  how you can get yours, click here.

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Nancy Gleason