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.

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!

If you would like to make a card like this and need to order any of the supplies I used, please use my link to shop my online store.  Please use Host Code FBGK6C6F if your order is less than $150 (before shipping and tax).  If your order is $150 or more, do NOT use the host, but redeem the Stampin’ Rewards yourself.

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

White Christmas

I’m dreaming of a White Christmas… famous song lyrics.  Go ahead, you can sing if you want to.  My project today puts a spunky twist on the song lyrics.  The stamp set “Half Full”, one of my favorite stamp sets in the 2017 Holiday Catalog, has a whimsical inside/outside sentiment that I used for this project.  Let’s take a look:

White Christmas Front using Half Full

And for the inside….. (drum roll please!)

White Christmas inside

I know you just chuckled!  I know I did when I first saw this stamp set!  And I just knew I had to have it.  I made this card with the ladies in my “Wine Down Wednesday” Stampin’ Class (of course we made wine-themed cards on Wine Down Wednesday!) and they just loved it. Half FullAnd you’ll notice that I used a strip of the Merry Music Designer Series Paper as a nod to the song lyrics… I’m dreaming of a white Christmas….  I know;  I’ve been humming this tune for several days now!

A little bit of coloring with the blender pen adds the perfect amount of color to this project.  Momento Ink is my ink of choice when filling in color with the Blender Pen.

I’ve used this stamp set in other classes; you can see those projects here and here.  This is such a versatile and fun stamp set; and if you are considering getting this stamp set, I hope you will.  It’s a lot of fun.  You can click here to go to my online store or click on any of the items below.

Don’t forget our Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper sale runs thru 10/31.  Click here to see all the details.

Nancy Gleason

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Swirly Snowflakes

The stamp set called “Snowflake Sentiments” and the coordinating Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits dies caught my eye the first trip thru the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog and went straight to my ‘must have’ list.  The intricate snowflake cut out and the lacy border, along with the font style and basic greetings, were too much for me to pass up.  Add to that the fact that you can bundle & save, and I was hooked!

The Tic Tac Toe Challenge this week provided just the right excuse for me to take these out and play!  Thanks #TTTC021!  So here it is:

Swirly Snowflakes for the #TTTC021

This card is delicate and intricate; it look like you spent HOURS on this card, but the Big Shot and the dies do all the work for you!

Here’s how I made it:

The lace work behind the snowflakes was cropped from Dapper Denim card stock and the snowflakes were cropped from Whisper White  cardstock.  Both used the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits dies.   I do recommend using the Precision Base Plate and the Big Shot Die Brush to get a good clean cut and to remove all the parts & dots.

Dapper Denim ink was used to stamp the sentiment on Soft Sky cardstock and was cropped using the Layering Oval Framelits dies.  A piece of silver Mini Tinsel Trim was added, as well as Rhinestone Jewels on the center of each snowflake.  I just love how Soft Sky and Dapper Denim pair together and the silver adds just the right touch for a silvery, snowy color combination!

I popped up the entire snowflake panels on Stampin’ Dimensionals before adding it to my Soft Sky card base.   A  few pieces of washi tape keep the Tinsel Trim in place as well.   You can see that here:

Stampin’ Dimensionals do a few things; they raise the cardstock enough to allow for the thickness of the tinsel trim to ride underneath without adding bulk to the card, and they give an added dimension to the card by having that panel raised.

Here is the Tic Tac Toe Challenge for this week:

tttc#021

I chose the Diagonal Row from the bottom left to the top right, using die cut and oval. For the free I chose to add some bling.

I knew I wanted these intricate swirly snowflake dies for the die cut and the sentiments from the Snowflake Sentiments pair so nicely with the oval framelits so my card fell together so easily and perfectly for this row.  You can see my card again here:

Swirly Snowflakes for the #TTTC021

You can see all the projects posted to the TicTacToeChallenge021 here.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space today.  I hope you enjoyed today’s project and that you might be inspired to make some cards today.  If this post inspires you to make something with snowflakes, or the Soft Sky/Dapper Demin/Silver color combo, please let me, or better yet, send me a picture of your creation!  Leave me a comment, I love to hear from you!

Come back again soon!

Nancy Gleason

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Today we Celebrate!

Today we celebrate our Wedding Anniversary!  29 years ago today we said “I do” and I’ve been doing it ever since!  Loving my husband, that is.  Through good times and hard times, the one thing I can always count on is my husband.  He is my rock, my support, my voice of reason when I need advice, the one I laugh with, cry with and do life with.

I wanted to make a card that conveyed that, but yet keep it simple and masculine.  I think I nailed it because when he opened up the envelope, he exclaimed “I like this!”

So here it is:29th Anniversary

 

My basic layout was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches #309.   Freshly Made Sketches #309A Crumb Cake  card base layered with a sheet of whitewashed oak from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper that was punched with the heart framelit from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit dies.  A piece of Real Red Cardstock was glued in behind that opening.   Another heart was punched using the Sweetheart punch and a different  sheet of woodgrain paper.  A piece of Crumb Cake was stamped in Early Espresso ink with the Happy Anniversary sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.

Easy, quick and masculine enough.  My husband has been a cabinet maker his whole life so I knew he would appreciate the woodgrain paper.  Now he is the Executive Director at the Keystone Mission which serves the area’s homeless and needy population.  The other night, the Keystone Mission (and many Rescue Missions across the country) held a Red Carpet Event for the movie “Same Kind of Different As Me”  which tells the true story of a millionaire art dealer and his friendship with a homeless man. Here is a picture of us as we walked the red carpet: On The Red Carpet for Same Kind Of Different as Me

Now you can see why he’s so easy to love!  He’s easy on the eyes! On a more serious  tone, I would highly recommend going to see that movie “Same Kind of Different As Me”, and bring some tissues.

Well, I hope you like my card, and the sketch that inspired it!  Go along to Freshly Made Sketches blog to see all the projects made with that sketch.

If you want to buy any of the supplies I used to make this card, please visit my online store where you can shop securely 24/7.  Don’t forget that the Woodgrain DSP is part of the Buy 3 Get 1 Free  Designer Series Paper Sale going on now. 

Happy Stampin!

Nancy Gleason

 

How to Make a Rectangle using only a Square Framelit Die

Well, that sounds impossible, doesn’t it?   Not only is it not impossible, it is actually quite simple!  And today I am going to show you just how to make a rectangle using only a square framelit die!

I told you that was easy!  Please leave me a comment and let me know if you like this trick.  Thanks 🙂

If you missed yesterday’s blog post, which created the necessity for me to make a rectangle from the Square Framelit die, you can view that here.

merry patterns Don’t miss out on the Hostess special going on right now.  Host a qualifying order of $300 or more, (or place a large order for yourself and get everything on your wishlist!) and get this exclusive stamp set “Merry Patterns” for free!

Merry Patterns, argyle sweater on deer, tis the season, candles

Contact me if you would like to host a party, even a Facebook Party so you can earn this stamp set.

 

 

 

Check back with me, I have more to share from the Quilted Christmas product suite!

Happy Stampin’

How to Make a Simple Card

Hi Friends,

I finally had my chance I had to play with all of the Quilted Christmas products and even though I am not a quilter (I don’t even sew), I fell head over heels for the product suite!

Today I am going to share a video with teaching you how to make a simple Christmas card using this product bundle.  This is perfect for beginners as the coordinating products in the bundle do all the work for you to create beautiful cards!    Seasoned paper crafters will enjoy this product suite as you can create very detailed quilted projects.  #SomethingForEveryone!

Don’t miss my reference to another video within this video!  This is a trick that you will thank me for 🙂  You’re welcome!

So without any further adieu, let’s make a Christmas card:

What do you think?  Please leave me a comment; I love to hear from you.

Here’s another card I made using the same layout, just a different sheet of paper.

How to make a simple card using the Quilted Christmas suite

Which one do you like better?  The paper used in the video or in the photo?

I taught the ladies in my Mini Christmas Card Club how to make this card and they all loved it!  From being so simple, and just using one sheet of paper from the 6×6 stack, they all felt this was a great card when you have to make a lot.  It’s also a very versatile layout and the card can be used for any occasion just by switching the patterned paper and sentiment out.    With all the beautiful patterned paper that Stampin’ Up! offers, you can really let the paper do all the work!

Well, I hope you enjoyed making a card with me.  I will be blogging about the other cards I made using the Quilted Christmas product suite.  In the meantime, check out some of the inspiration from the catalog:Quilted Christmas Product SuiteIf you like Christmas, don’t forget to sign up for my mailing list.  Beginning Oct. 4th, my mailing list subscribers will get my 3rd Annual 12 Weeks of Christmas newsletter complete with an exclusive Christmas project delivered to their inbox each week.  If you’re not on my list, you won’t get those 12 Christmas project tutorials. 

If you would like to purchase the Quilted Christmas bundle, or any other products, click here to shop my online store.

Happy Stampin’,

Nancy

Let there be CAKE!

And cake without calories is the best kind! 

I’m excited today for two reasons;  first I got to break out one of my new stamp sets, Icing on the Cake!  Yeah, always fun, right?  Second, I get to play along with the Global Design Project this week!  And if the designers over there like my entry enough, I may even get the distinct honor of being their Guest Designer!  Let’s keep our fingers crossed that they like my entry as they are sorting through all of the entries this week!  I think that would be so cool!

So here’s the Color Challenge from GDP:

GLobal Design Challenge 093

I just love these colors together – so bright and playful!!!  Here is my entry:

Birthday cake

So many different techniques and textures came together to make this card.

The Recipe:

This card started like so many others; a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ Whisper White card base with a few layers, in this case Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party.  That was followed by another layer of Whisper White which is supporting panel for my focal point; the awesome layer cake!  The bottom layer of the cake features a scrap of the Berry Burst Fresh Floral Designer Series paper, the middle layer is a scrap of Whisper White cardstock embossed with our new Embossing Paste that was colored with Lemon Lime ink, and decorative masks.  The Top layer is a scrap of whisper white cardstock that was stamped in Pool Party ink with the polka dots from the retired Celebrate Today stamp set.  Each layer was topped with a line of frosting from the Icing on the Cake stamp set.  A sweet little In Color Bitty Bow in Berry Burst tops it all.

The sentiment was heat embossed in White Embossing Powder on a scrap of Berry Burst cardstock.  I think being chosen as a guest designer would be the icing on the cake!

If you like my cake, please leave a comment for me.  Then be sure to head over the Global Design Project to see all the other entries.  The judges sure will have their work cut out for them!

The Icing on the Cake stamp set is going to be so versatile and I’m sure I’ll be reaching for it quite a lot for upcoming birthdays.  If you want to order this stamp set, or any of the items on your wish list, then you’ll want to make sure you take advantage of our Bonus Days promotion going on now.

What are Bonus Days you ask?  For every $50 you spend in my online store between July 1-31, you will earn a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can redeem in August!  Bonus!  To learn more, click here.

To start shopping and earning free stuff, Click here.

Shop NowThanks for stopping My Stampin Space, and for shopping with me!  I love to have here.  Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

Nancy

Getting my Creativity on with The Paper Players

A cool color challenge

I got so many new stamps and such this week and I want to use them all!  But since I can only use one, or two, stamp sets at a time, I will have to carve out time each day to make something creative!  The color challenge from the Paper Players served to stretch my creativity and I’m so glad I played along!  Here is the color palette I had to work with:

The honest truth is that I probably never would have paired these colors on my own, but I forced myself to use them.  That got me thinking that, other than a floral, I would have to use 3 of something – one for each color.  Looking thru my new stamps for something that would work, the clothespins wrapped in baker’s twine from the Crafting Forever stamp set would be perfect!  I played with a layout and ultimately, this is what I came up with: Bakers Twine from Crafting ForeverI used the new Pinewood Planks TIEF to add texture to the background layer of Pool Party.  Then a layer of Lemon Lime Twist card stock behind the main Whisper White panel repeats the Lemon Lime splattered on that panel.  Touches of Texture was used for the splatters.   The saying is stamped in Pool Party ink.  Each clothespin wrapped in Baker’s Twine is stamped in the three colors from the Color Challenge: Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party, and then fussy cut.  The new Mini Dimensionals propped up these little guys with no trouble!  (Thank you, Stampin’ UP! for added those mini’s – they are the Best.Thing.Ever!)

Do you like my entry to the Paper Players?   I really, really love how this card turned out, and I have the Paper Players to thank for that!  This  really stretched my creativity but I’m so glad I participated!  Hop over to the Paper Players and see what others did with this color challenge.  But before you do, please leave me a comment and tell me what YOU think of my project.

Then make sure to come back here again because I have something juicy and zesty to share with you! I have a class tomorrow night so I may not be to write another blog post tomorrow,  even though I have my project ready to share. (I’ll try to remember to snap some photos and share them on my Facebook page.  My class is centered on the Color Theory bundle and we’ll be making some cool cards just in time for summer reading!)  Remember, if you want to get any of the products I used tonight, you can click on the item below, or just click here to start shopping.  A host code for June is listed to the right for any order you place with me that is less than $150 dollars.  Thanks,

Happy Stampin’ Friends,

Nancy

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My Favorite Daisy -the Delightful Daisy bundle

Do you follow me on Facebook?  If you don’t, you missed out on seeing my bestie fav, My Favorite Daisy, that I made with new catalog products.  So click here to  Like my page right now.  I’ll wait.  Ahh, all done.  Now, you won’t miss another thing from me again!

Back to my favorite card.  The wood grain designer series paper was one of the things calling my name the loudest!  And that Daisy stamp and punch!  And the embellishments and ribbon.  Combine it with the luscious patterned Designer Paper in the Delightful Daisy suite and mix it all together and what do you get?  This:

Delightful Daisy and Woodgrain

Don’t you just love this?  The Wood Textures DSP is so realistic looking, and the patterned paper from the Delightful Daisy DSP reminds me of wall paper.  The gorgeous Crushed Curry 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon provides the perfect way to cover the seam where these two papers met.

The star of the show is the Delightful Daisy!  This stamp set and punch bundle has been uber popular since making it’s debut at the OnStage event in April where it was available as a pre-order for demonstrators.  As such, the Daisy Punch is currently on backorder and expected to be available at the end of the month, along with the Faceted  Gems (clear and gold) .  The Daisy Delight stamp set is available.

Did you notice the cute little tag? Of course you did!  It’s from the Wood Crate Framelits die set.  The sentiment is from Wood Words stamp set ( I used a marker to isolate and stamp each word individually to make it fit on the tag), and that gorgeous Copper 1/8″ ribbon adds the finishing touch!

I think the Daisy Delight product suite is going to be one of your favorites too!  You can see other projects I made with the Daisy Bundle here.  Please place your order for this bundle as soon as it becomes available again, so you are assured of getting it.  Now that you follow me on Facebook, I’ll be sure to keep you updated of the status of the punch, the bundle, the Faceted Gems and the 1/8″ Copper trim.

Thanks for hanging out in  My Stampin Space with me today.   I hope you enjoy it here. Please leave me a comment at the end of this post and tell me what you think of this card.  I love to hear from you!

And thanks for shopping with me when you need to place orders for your stampin’ supplies.  I’m always grateful!  I like to show my thanks by sending an email or even a handmade ‘thank you’ card in the mail, but when you select “No Contact”, I don’t even know who placed that order!  So a big ‘thank you’ to who placed an order – I don’t know who you are, but I’m still thankful for you!

See you, and Happy Stampin!

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Coffee is Happiness

When I first saw this sketch challenge from Case This Sketch, I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do!  The problem?  Everything I wanted to use to make it was in transit.  Hurry up, Mr. UPS-man!  So he got here today, and this is what I made!

Coffee is Happiness

And here is the sketch that inspired it:

Don’t you just LOVE this Coffee Break Designer Series Paper?

Coffee is Happiness

It’s so retro, and while I usually don’t gravitate towards paper with a busy design, I just Love this!  Maybe it’s all the different types of coffee pots and cups.  The polka dot pattern is just plain fun and playful!  Then there’s the coffee cup itself.  It’s so realistic looking thanks to the Coffee Cafe stamp set and coordinating Coffee Cups framelit dies.  (Bundle and Save 10%!)  The lid popped on in a snap (no worries about spills either!)  The corrugated cardboard sleeve keeps my hand from getting burned and it makes a nice place for the oval die cut featuring the word “Happiness”.  I do believe that coffee = happiness, but the word “happiness” is cropped from the sentiment.  The rest of the sentiment is on the inside:

Happiness is coffee shared with a friend

How true, right?  And I’m glad that I can share this with my friends over at Case This Sketch.

And it makes me so happy so share MyStampinSpace with you!  I’m honored when you choose to spend time with me and hang out here at My Stampin’  Space.  Feel free to kick back and enjoy a cup of coffee while you’re here!  My hope is that you will be inspired to make your own paper projects  and that you’ll pick up some tips and tricks along the way.

If you want to  get this stamp set, or all of the products in the Coffee Break Suite, pg. 30-31, (there’s ribbons and corrugated elements, too!) please head over to  my online store.

I’ve gotten so many items in my delivery today and I can’t wait to share eeverything with you so please stop back again.  Like me on Facebook, and subscribe to my newsletter so you won’t miss a thing!

Happy Stampin,

Nancy

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