Category Archives: Holiday

Many projects can easily go from one occasion to another with a simple switch-a-roo of the sentiment! These projects are typically geared to a specific holiday, whether Christmas, Halloween, etc. due to their images, colors and sentiments.

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:

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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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Going for the Gold with the GDP!

This week the Global Design Project#109 is hosting a Color Challenge.  Here it is:

Global Design Project #109

And here is my entry:Deck the Halls for the GDP

The Carols of Christmas stamp set and Card Front Builder Framelits dies make making Christmas cards a snap! (And you can bundle and save 10%!)  The perfectly coordinating images and intricately detailed dies make it look like I’ve spent hours on this card, but it was easy enough to mass produce a lot of these cards in a short time period.  The Merry Music DSP makes for a nice background and the gold doilies add the right amount of bling with over-doing it.  (The Merry Music DSP is part of the Buy 3 Get 1 Free DSP sale going on thru October 31st.)

Want to know a little secret?  I actually designed this card last week for my #WorldCardMakingDay class.  As I sat down to write this post, I saw the GDP announced their Color Challenge and since I hadn’t shared this project yet, and the colors just fit this color challenge exactly, well, if the shoe fits….   Sometimes things just fall into place perfectly.

I highly recommend this product suite!  If you can only get 1 bundle or suite from the Holiday catalog, it would be a tough choice between this Merry Little Christmas product suite and the Quilted Christmas product suite.  Both have an awesome stamp set and coordinating framelit dies that can be used for more than just Christmas, and both have a complimentary array of embellishments.  If you missed my earlier posts showing the Quilted Christmas product suite, please click here and here.

Take a few minutes to head over to the Global Design Project to see all the awesome designs.

Here is another look at my card, and the supply list you’ll need to recreate this card yourself.  Click Here to shop my online store for any supplies.  Deck the Halls for the GDP

Nancy Gleason

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Pals Blog Hop – Wicked Folds


Welcome to the Pals October 2017 Blog Hop featuring some very “Wicked Folds”. Thank you so much for joining us today. Sit back and enjoy the view while the Stampin’ Pretty Pals treat you with their wickedly folded projects. Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

For my project I chose to do a Double Z-Fold technique.

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And here it is open:

Sweater Deer Double Z Fold

Watch this video to see the Double Z Fold card in action:

My card is a monochromatic card in Cherry  Cobbler and Whisper White with a touch of silver for some ‘bling’. The buck in the Winter Sweater just makes me laugh every time I see him!  This image is from the Merry Patterns stamp set that is available for FREE during the Merry Patterns Host Promotion thru Oct. 31st.  CLICK HERE to learn more about the Merry Patterns Host Promotion CLICK HERE to download the Merry Patterns Promotion flyer.  Merry Patterns, argyle sweater on deer, tis the season, candles

I thought he would be perfect with a piece of card stock embossed with the Cable Knit  TIEF.  The tiny deer pattern on the DSP from the *Be Merry DSP just repeats the deer theme we have going on.  A tiny sliver of 1/8″ silver ribbon and the Rhinestone Jewels are the perfect accents.

*This Paper is part of the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Sale going on now.

Of course, I couldn’t make a card like this without my Stampin’ Trimmer.  Of all the paper trimmers I’ve owned over the years, the Stampin’ Trimmer by Stampin’ Up ! is hands down the best!

A Double Z-Fold card is really easy to make.  Start with your 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of card stock scored & folded in half to make a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card base.  Then just take the front  flap of the card and fold it in half back onto itself.  You will then have a piece of cardstock, when laid flat, that is scored at 2-1/8″and  4-1/4″.  When scored and folded this will be a Z-fold.

The part of the card that makes the double Z is just another piece of card stock 8-1/2″ scored at 2-1/8″ and 4-1/4″.  The height of this piece should be less than 5-1/2″  but it can be any size.  For this card, the height is 4″.   Score and fold this piece to make another Z.  The trick comes in how you adhere the pieces.  The card base, from left to right, has the 2 small panels and 1 large panel.  The Z-fold piece is adhered to the card base with the 1 large panel on the left and the 2 small panels on the right.

To see another card I made with the Double Z- Fold, click here.

Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on November 8, 2017. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment.  We love to hear what you have to say! 

If you need any supplies to make a card like this, please shop my online store here  or click on any of the product links above.  Please use Host Code XTHACC4H if your order is less than $150.  If your order is $150 -$299.99 you will earn Stampin’ Rewards.  If your order is $300 or more, you will earn Stampin’ Rewards AND the free Merry Patterns stamp set!  CLICK HERE to learn all about Stampin’ Rewards. 


Click here to view the Blog Hop Line-up

Nancy Gleason

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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!

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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

The Holiday Catalog is here!

Oh my!  The 2017 Stampin’ UP! Holiday Catalog is here and it couldn’t be more breath-taking!  Demonstrators were given a sneak peek into 3 different product suites over three days last week, and we finally got to view the catalog in full last week too!  Today is the day we get to place our pre-order!  If you want to share in this excitement, then order your Starter Kit ($99 – free shipping – filled with $125 worth of whatever product you want, even Holiday catalog merchandise!  Sweet, right?)

If you don’t want to order a Starter Kit, but want to see what’s in the Holiday Catalog, then pop some popcorn, sit back and hit “PLAY”.  I’ll be sharing videos from Stampin’ Up! with some product suites from the soon to be released catalog.  Then fill out your Wish List, and get ready for September 1st when you can order from this catalog.

Wow! Who needs Netflix? It’s like a Stampin’ Up! Marathon 🙂  After binge-watching Stampin’ UP!, who needs a Wish List? Me too! Fill out this Wish List here (click to download the PDF file), then return the Wish List to me.   I’ll contact the folks on your list and let them know what you want!  They’ll buy what you want, you’ll get what you want, and everyone’s happy!

If all this has you in the mood for Christmas, don’t forget that there are plenty of really nice stamps, papers, embossing folders, etc. in the Annual Catalog too that you can order right now.  Click here!

I can’t wait to share many of the items from the Holiday Catalog with you.  Please leave me a comment and let me know which product suite is your #1 fav! Thanks,

Nancy

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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January 2017 Pals Blog Hop


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Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for January 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month our projects showcase themes that are “from the heart.” This includes any of the following themes… Valentine’s Day, Thinking of You, Get Well and/or Sympathy. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

I think a Love Note tucked into a lunchbox comes straight from the heart!  And look how adorable the new “Sending Love” product suite is for making mini love notes!  The Sealed with Love stamp set, coupled with the Love Notes Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%!) makes cute mini envelopes and notes.

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Yes, each envelope is a real envelope that holds a real  note.  Here are the notes in each envelope:

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Shhhh, don’t say anything but this love note is going to be tucked into my hubby’s lunch today!  He’s been having alot of stress and chaos at work the last 2 days, so I’m sure this will brighten at least a minute of his day!

Here’s another project I made with the ladies in my stamp club last weekend using the same Product Suite.

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Another note tucked in a mini envelope.  But see how this mini envelope is constructed using the new Sending Love Glassine Sheets?  These sheets have a tiny pattern printed on them.

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And of course, another little sentiment on the love note!

Who wouldn’t love these mini Love Notes?  This is a perfect product suite for Valentine’s Day and beyond!

To order any of these products in my online store just click here.  Don’t forget, that with every $50 you spend (before shipping & tax), you earn 1 Free Sale-A-Bration item!  The January Host Code is 2BUYMMWN.   If you place an online order with me that is less than $150, please use this Host Code.  If  your order is over $150 do not use the Host Code.

Of course, Sale-A-Bration is also a great time to order the Ultimate Starter Kit.  For $99 you get to choose $125 worth of products, PLUS 2 FREE STAMP SETS!    To order the Ultimate Starter Kit, click here. 

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop!

  1. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  2. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  3. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  4. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  5. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  6. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs
  7. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space — YOU ARE HERE! —
  8. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  9. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  10. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  11. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  12. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  13. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  14. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  15. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  16. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  17. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  18. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping

You can also order any item I featured by clicking on the picture below:

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Last Minute Gift Giving!!

It’s not too late to get that perfect gift, and get it (and give it) in time!!!

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Looking for that Perfect Gift?  Waited until the last minute?  Don’t worry!  We’ve got you covered!  A Paper Pumpkin prepaid subscription is the answer!   Give the gift of creativity for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months. Simply purchase here and we’ll email you a printable gift card and a subscription code.

Happy holidays!

Check out the video below to see the December kit.

Don’t forget to treat yourself too!    We all deserve a little Creativity Break each month!  I look forward to my little red box in the mailbox each month, and I know you will too!

So now that you’re shopping is finished, I hope that you will enjoy the holidays! Kick back and relax with your family and friends and enjoy the lights, the Christmas music, maybe a sappy Christmas movie or whatever it is that makes you happy!

Sending Hugs for the Holidays,

Nancy

 

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