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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

Love What You Do

Love What You Do is the name of a new stamp set in the new 2018/19 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  It is from the Share What you Love Product Suite and I predict that this is going to be one of the top 3 product suites in the entire catalog!  You can find this suite on pages 176-178 of the catalog.

I loved sharing this project with the ladies in my stamp class earlier this week. Love What You Do stamp setI need to tell you that I am trying to participate in at least one challenge each week.  As a paper crafter, I feel that challenges are a good way to stretch your paper crafting skills.  And as a blogger, I think the challenges are a good way to gain more exposure for my blog and to increase my reader base.  A few weeks ago I stumbled upon this neat little challenge called WWYS – What Will You Stamp.  And I committed to participating in their challenge.  However, I did not own the stamp sets they were featuring in the past weeks so when I saw this weeks’ challenge was for the Love What You Do stamp set, I was in luck!  Here is the challenge:  WWYS#171 Love What You DoSo this card doubles as my entry into this challenge!  I hope the folks over at WWYS like my card as much as the ladies in my class did.

Here is it again:

Love What You Do stamp set

I showcased our new color, Petal Pink, which is really a peachy-pink.  I paired it with our Basic Gray and added just a small strip of Share What You Love Designer Series Specialty Paper.  This paper is a heavier weight than our normal DSP and it has a shiny, pearlized finish which didn’t really show up in the photo.  But trust me, it’s gorgeous in person!  I filled in the flowers in Flirty Flamingo to give a pop of bold color to this otherwise subtle color palette.  A few pearls form the Share What You Love  Artisan Pearls add the finishing touch.

A simple card to make, but the sentiment is so great, that I’m sure any friend you give this to is going to say ‘back at ya!’.

Do you want to order any of the items from the Share What You Love product suite?  Click here to start shopping!

Happy Shopping & Stampin,

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

 

 

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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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Pop Paradise Pineapples

I am still saying good-bye to some of my  beloved stamps and such that will be retiring at the end of this month to make way for some new and exciting products in the new catalog to be released June 1st.

For my class earlier this week, I pulled out Pop of Paradise and some of the retiring 2016-28 InColors.  As I was stamping these playful pineapples, I wondered why it’s been so long since I inked up these stamps.  So much fun!

The retiring 2016-18 In Colors colors of Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum and Flirty Flamingo*, it seemed like a match made in heaven for this stamp set.  Just look at this adorable card:Pop of Paradise PineappleStampin’ Write markers were used to color in each of the pineapples.  The sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners.

Such a cute card in fun, playful colors!  A perfect send-off for this lovely stamp  set.  Get yours before it’s gone.  Pop of Paradise

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Nancy

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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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

 

Hooray for the TicTacToe Challenge!

Three cheers for the TicTacToe Challenge!  A bunch of my fellow Stampers, and Pals, from Mary Fish’s Stampin’ Pretty Pals, have created a new weekly challenge group.  It’s a tic tac toe challenge!  Just like the child’s chalk game, this features a grid with 9 squares.  Each square contains an element you can use in card making.  You can get tic tac toe by any row across, any column, or a diagonal line.  Here is the TicTacToe challenge for the week.

TicTacToe Challenge #001I chose the top line across, and here is my card:

Hooray for TTTC#001

Stripes, circle & gold!  So Easy and so elegant.  Black and gold always combine to a elegant and classy color combo.  I wanted to make something to congratulate the design teams over at TicTacToeChallenge for the new challenge. I’m really looking forward to playing along with this challenge every week.

I did heat emboss the “Hooray” in Versmark ink and gold emboss powder.

I am a self-professed paper hoarder.  I buy pretty paper and then I don’t use it because I hate to cut it up. I have made myself promise that I WILL USE up some of my retired DSP, and that I will use, use up, and buy again, any new DSP that I buy.  This piece of DSP, from the Pop of Pink paper set, fits the bill of using up my retired DSP.  I hope that you might have some of this paper left over; it really is so stunning.

A simple circle cropped with the layering framlit dies, popped up on another circle of carstock.  A little banner of Gold foil sheets accents it just perfectly.

So join me in saying “Hooray for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge!”  Then head on over to the challenge to see the what the design team came up, and they play along with the challenge for yourself.

Thanks for stopping by MyStampinSpace.  Come back again as I have alot to share with you this week.

Happy Stampin’,

Nancy

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Happy Birthday, Gorgeous

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

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

Happy Birthday Gorgeous

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

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

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

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

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

Stampin Up Color Combo

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

See you soon!

Nancy

 

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Don’t miss out!

There are only a few more days to get your favorite items that are on the Retiring List.  Because I care about you, and I want to make sure you don’t miss out, I am reminding you to go ahead and place your order today, right here, right now for those items that you know you want but for some reason you haven’t gotten yet.

Retiring Products

Do you want to know what stamp set I am going to miss the most?

Gorgeous Grunge!  

Hello, Gorgeous Grunge!

Just look what you can do with these stamps:

It’s still available in both Clear Mount and Wood Mount as I write this but supplies are limited to stock on hand and can sell out any minute.  So, click here to start shopping.  I’ll wait for you.

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What’s Better Than Seeing the New Products?

If you follow my Facebook page (and you should!), then you know that I just spent the weekend at a Stampin’ Up! event called OnStage in Richmond, VA. Along with seeing so many other Stampin’ friends, and making many new friends, the hi-light of the event is the reveal of the 2017-2018 Annual Stampin’ UP! Catalog, including the new 2017-2019 InColors, and the new products being introduced in this catalog.

While I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE seeing the new catalog, do you know what I love even more?  Yes, my hubby & son, of course.  But aside from that, more than seeing the new products, I love getting the new products!  And part of the event includes getting several stamp sets that I get to take home with me. How cool is that?   Of course I had to break out these new stamps and play with them today.

My new friend to play with?  This little piggy:

This Little Piggy Makes me so Happy New Products

Isn’t this little just absolutely adorable?   I love him (or her)!  And I’m pretty sure that you love him too, am I right?  This is just perfect for coloring in, I just grabbed my aqua painters, and took a little bit of Flirty Flamingo ink from my ink pad, and filled in a bit of color.  Easy-peasy!  It took me longer to decide if I wanted Flirty Flamingo baker’s twine, Wild Wasabi Baker’s twine, or Linen Thread.  As you can see, I decided on the Linen Thread.  It was just the right weight to add a little something without taking your eye away from the darling piggy!  The Flirty Flamingo flower DSP (Designer Series Paper) in the paper adds to the light-hearted, happy, flowery feeling!

Leave me a comment below if you like this little Piggy, and tell me what you would name him/her.  I think the perfect name would be Daisy.

See you soon with more from the new catalog!

Nancy