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Taking my Inspiration Cues from the Pros

Sometimes, I pleasantly surprise myself when I sit down to make a card, and that’ s what happened here. I saw the sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches design team and immediately envisioned how I could turn that sketch into a card. I just used the Doily Builder Framelits together with the Butterfly Gala stamp set and Butterfly Duet Punch Bundle (you can see that card here) and I am totally in love with both bundles! So I knew I wanted to used those two bundles together again. What I didn’t know was what color palette I wanted. I’ll get to that in just a minute.

First, here is the sketch that inspired me:

I knew the Doily Builder Framelit die and butterfly would be perfect for the ‘any shape’ image and the “Hello Beautiful” sentiment was just begging to be used on the strip. And I’ve been wanting to challenge myself to use more vellum and that seemed to fit beautifully into the card I envisioned in my mind.

I pulled out my package of Botanical Butterfly DSP (a Level 1 Sale-A-Bration Reward). I knew that the butterfly images on this paper could be cropped perfectly with the Butterfly Duet Punch. What I didn’t know was how beautiful Grapefruit Grove looks when paired with Highland Heather! I seriously don’t think I ever would have put those two colors together. But a wise person once advised me, (and I’ll pass along that wisdom to you) that the artists employed by Stampin’ UP! are experts in color theory and design, as well as trend setters. Many times I’ll take my que from the color combinations in DSP patterns. And that’s just what I did here. I cropped out a butterfly from this sheet of DSP

When I studied the butterfly, I discovered the key colors were Grapefruit Grove, Highland Heather and Black. So I decided to pull out cardstock in those colors.

And this is my final result!

I just love this card! I am totally in love with the color combination, and really how all the elements came together! I love the Butterfly Gala stamp that I used to create the background for my Highland Heather card base. I love that I actually used Vellum and it looks good; like it belongs there! I love the Grapefruit Grove Doily layered on top of the Basic Black and the Basic Black sentiment strip. I even love that the card is square (it’s 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″). And I love that I actually cut up my Botanical Butterfly DSP instead of hoarding it! #LoveItChopIt

I know you are probably going to want to place an order so you can get your hands on Dear Doily Bundle and the Butterfly Gala Bundle and earn some Free Sale-A-Bration items like the Botantical Butterfly DSP. Click here to start shopping, and please use HOST CODE B3KMJJ23 when prompted if your order is less than $150 (before shipping and tax). If your order is $150 or over then do not use the Host Code but rather redeem the rewards for yourself.


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Simply Stunning!

I made this card with the ladies in my Stamp Club the other night (aka The Craft Cult) and it got rave reviews! It was a CASE from a project I saw on Pinterest with my own spin on it. Take a look:

a simply stunning card featuring the Butterfly Gala stamp set

A Whisper White card base provides lots of ‘white space’ to create the dramatic beauty of this white on white circle cropped from the Doily Builder Framelit dies. A 1/2″ strip of Balmy Blue card stock, stamped with the sentiment from Butterfly Gala stamp set is slipped under one side, and over the other of the white circle. A Butterfly from Butterfly Gala stamp set is added on top. The butterfly images in this stamp set are so cool – first of all, there are 2 sizes of butterflies. Each butterfly has several ‘line options’ to stamp the outline and details. Then there is a solid ‘top’ and ‘bottom’ wing image so you can stamp each part of the wing in a different color as I did here. The small and large image of each butterfly is 1 stamp, so with each impression you get 2 butterflies. Bundle this with the Butterfly Duet punch, (and save 10%) which punches out both the small and large butterflies simultaneously, and you’ll get impressive results with very little effort! Let’s take another look close – up:

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Love this card? You can purchase any of the supplies I used to make this card right here. Don’t forget that with every $50 in purchases (before tax and shipping) earns you 1 Level 1 Sale-A-Bration reward. Every $100 in purchases (before tax and shipping) earns you 2 Level 1 Rewards, or 1 Level 2 reward. There is NO LIMIT to the amount of rewards you can earn with Sale-A-Bration! Need a refresher on Sale-A-Bration? Click here to learn all about Sale-A-Bration.

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If you place an online order from my online store during January that is less than $150 (before tax and shipping), please using HOST CODE B3KMJJ23.  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use this Host Code but rather take the Host Rewards for yourself.  If you do place an Online Order of $75 -$149.99 AND use the host code, OR place an order of $150 or more , I will send you the Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots as my way of saying “thank you” for shopping with me.

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

Get Ready! Sale-A-Bration and the 2019 Occasions Catalog are coming your way….

Get Ready!  Sale-A-Bration and the 2019 Occasions Catalog are coming your way….tomorrow!  

Usually a new year brings new changes, or at least the desire for change.  We want to change the things we don’t like, and add more of the things we do like and want in our lives.  Well, if you like crafting, and in particular stamping, (and I know you do or you wouldn’t be reading my blog!), then the changes coming our tomorrow will bring more of what you love into your life in this new year.  There are not one, but two new catalogs launching tomorrow, and I want to make sure you are up to speed on what is going on. Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Occasions Catalog is live tomorrow  (I’ll have the new catalogs posted right here on my blog on January 3rd -just look for the catalog icon to the right) – AND  tomorrow is also the first day of Sale-a-Bration!  To help you get ready for Sale-A-Bration, Stampin’ UP! biggest promotion of the year, here’s some friendly advice.

But first let’s take a sneak peek at the catalog covers! 

 2019 Sale-A-Bration Catalog

2019 Occasions catalog cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sale-A-Bration brochure contains a dozen exclusive products that you can’t buy anywhere, you can only get them FOR FREE during Sale-A-Bration. There are 3 ways to earn during Sale-A-Bration and I’ll detail them here.


SHOP

Get the most out of Sale-A-Bration SHOP!

During Sale-a-Bration, you can earn exclusive items from the Sale-a-Bration brochure when you make a qualifying purchase of Stampin’ Up! products from me from the Annual Catalog, the Occasions Catalog, the Clearance Rack or other Online items (like Prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions). Like last year, Stampin’ Up! is offering two levels of Sale-a-Bration items this year:

100012 - $100 purchase items

Shopping is so easy. With so many things to buy, it’s easy to earn these amazing, free products!


HOST

get the most out of SAB - HostIf you think shopping is a fun, easy way to earn rewards during Sale-a-Bration, then you are going to love the second way – HOST.  You can have some fun and host a party, or just share the catalog and gather orders, or email me to hold a Facebook Live Party.  Because many of my customers are online and only purchase for themselves, then I like to describe this reward as HOST A PARTY FOR YOURSELF when you SHOP BIG and benefit.

When you place a Stampin’ Up! order for more than $250 between January 3 and March 31, you earn an additional $25 in Stampin’ Rewards. How incredible is that?! Here’s a look at the rewards structure:

Host or Shop Big, Sale-a-Bration RewardsHere’s how this works – if you place a $250 order, then you earn $25 (10% in Stampin’ Rewards) PLUS $25 in Sale-a-Bration rewards. That gives you $50 in Stampin’ Rewards to spend on anything you want from the current catalogs (including, but not limited to, price-reduced Host Stamps).

All orders over $450 earn a 50%-off item. If you place a $450 order, then you earn $63 (14% in Stampin’ Rewards) PLUS $25 in Sale-a-Bration rewards. That gives you $88 in Stampin’ Rewards to spend on anything you want from the current catalogs (including, but not limited to, exclusive Host Stamps) PLUS a half-off item from the catalog.  Wowzers, right?


JOIN

get the most out of sale-a-bration - JOINThis is my FAVORITE way for you to save during Sale-a-Bration! Between January 3 and March 31, you have two options for buying Stampin’ Up!’s Starter Kit:

  • OPTION 1. Get $175 worth of Stampin’ Up! product (your choice) for just $99. That’s $50 more than the standard Starter Kit amount.
  • OPTION 2. Get $175 worth of Stampin’ Up! product (your choice) and the exclusive Craft & Carry Tote (valued at $50) for just $129. That’s $50 more than the standard Starter Kit amount AND a $20 savings on the tote. Here’s a video from Stampin’ Up! to show you how handy this amazing tote is:Craft and Carry Tote bag

But there are more amazing reasons to join my team during Sale-a-Bration:

  • Both Starter Kits are shipped with FREE SHIPPING!
  • You will earn a 20% discount on all purchases immediately after joining (and for as long as you are an active demonstrator). What an awesome benefit!
  • You will earn all the Sale-a-Bration rewards that customer earn with an opportunity to earn rewards available to demonstrators.
  • When you join my team today, you will receive loads of inspiration from Stampin’ UP!’s quarterly Stampin’ Success magazine and online newsletter Succeed Weekly, along with access to our private Facebook Groups.
  • You can start your very own work from home business where you get to do what you love, by sharing what you love with others and earn an income!  You can actually get paid to do the very thing you are probably doing right now (stamping, sharing with friends and talking about how much you love Stampin’ UP!)
  • You have no obligation to ever sell or share with anyone if you don’t want to (although it makes you really cool if you do) and no obligation to buy another thing if you don’t want to.
  • The opportunity to gather with 100’s of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators when you attend corporate events.

If you have thought about joining and want to be a part of an amazing online community of stampers, please email me today. I’d love to answer your questions or set up a time to chat with you.  Ready  to join right now?  Click here to join the fun.

So Get Ready!  Which way will you Sale-A-Brate?  SHOP, HOST or JOIN?

Nancy

 

The Sale You’ve Been Waiting For!

ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZAOnline Extravaganza

This is the Sale You’ve Been Waiting For!    Virtually EVERY ITEM in the Stampin’ Up! ANNUAL CATALOG is ON SALE!!!

6 days. 3 sales. 1 spectacular sale!

For savvy shoppers everywhere, this time of year is a dream come true. Some of the biggest sales of the year are happening, which means some of the biggest savings are, too! I hope you are ready to save big, because we’re throwing a spectacular six-day promotion with exclusive, limited-time deals. Get ready for Online Extravaganza!

Promotion Details

Online Extravaganza will run for 6 days, Nov. 23-28.   During this time, Stampin’ UP!  be throwing three, 48-hour sales featuring a selection of products from the 2018–2019 annual catalog—all at 10% off! Each 48-hour sale will feature two product categories (e.g., paper, stamps, ink, etc.). When one sale ends, the next sale begins; this cycle will continue until Online Extravaganza is over. By the end, nearly every item from the annual catalog will have been on sale!

November 23–24 PAPER & EMBELLISHMENTS

  • Bags
  • Brads and Buttons
  • Cards and Envelopes
  • Cardstock
  • Designer Series Paper
  • Embossing material
  • Glitter
  • Ribbons
  • Twine
  • Specialty Paper
  • Tags
  • Washi Tape

November 25–26 STAMPS & KITS

  • Stamp sets (clear-mount, wood-mount, and photopolymer)
  • Project kits
  • Card kits
  • Kit refills
  • Memories & More
  • Punch box kits

November 27–28 TOOLS & INK

  • Adhesives
  • Applicators
  • Cleaners
  • Cutting tools
  • Embossing folders
  • Framelits and thinlits
  • Ink Pads
  • Ink refills
  • Markers
  • Punches
  • Scoring Tools
  • Stamp blocks and cases

If you  would like to see the full selection of discounted items during each 48-hour sale, please visit my online store . Each sale will be given its own category, which will contain all available discounted items for that particular 48-hour sale. After that, the only thing left to do is shop!

While you are shopping for everyone else, shop for yourself too!  Now is the time to snag those stamp sets and framelits you’ve been wanting, and the right time to stock up on cardstock, DSP, envelopes and adhesive!

Color lifterGet a Stampin Blends Color Lifter Pen FREE when you place a qualifying order of $75 or  more (before tax and shipping) thru my online store in November and use the Host Code 9ZGDUJ4M.  If your order is $150 or more, do not use the Host Code; you will be automatically qualified to receive the Stampin’ Blends Color Lifter. 

With everything in the catalog on sale, this is the sale you’ve been waiting for!  So don’t wait any longer; SHOP NOW!  And come back because each sale will only last for 48 hours, then a new sale begins.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space today. I hope you will take advantage of the sale and grab a few things for yourself!

Happy Stampin,

Nancy

Color Your Season – Take 2

The Color Your Season promotion is almost over.  It is an exclusive Blended Season stamp set and Stitched Seasons framelit die set and also has a set of WaterColor Pencils with colors that have never been in watercolor pencils before.  Blended Season bundle

I just had to have the Stitched Seasons Framelits dies when I saw them, and I’ll tell you why!  Not only is there a pretty flower with vines die, and a beautiful leaf die (with fall just around the corner, I know this will get a lot of mileage!) and a twig/berry element and a few stylized fleur de lis framelits, but the 3 nested stitched shapes are just awesome!  The framelits cut the shape and add the stitching detail on both sides of the cut!  This means when you cut the shape, the shape has stitching and the negative also has stitching!  You can bundle and save when you order both the stamp set and framelits dies together.

I shared a card I made on my last blog post where I cut out a stitched shape from a piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock and used the negative shape to make a card which framed the beautiful flower stamp.  You can see that blog post here.  Today I am sharing the card I made using the piece that was cut out, so I got two projects from one piece of cardstock and one run thru the Big Shot!

I used the nesting size of these Stitched Shapes and cut the next smaller size from Whisper White cardstock to stamp my sentiment and layered it on top of the Gorgeous Grape layer after adding a piece of Gorgeous Grape 1/4″ mini striped ribbon.  The flowers and vines were cropped from Pear Pizzazz and Highland Heather  cardstock and accented with a glittered enamel dot. Once I had this piece together, I had a decision to make!  My original idea was to put this on a Highland Heather background.

But then…..I tried it on white.  Color Your Season bundle This gives it a whole different look!  This is the exact same stitched shape element just placed on a different card base.  The first example features a lighter shade of purple textured with the Subtles TIEF, where the white just brightens up this card.

But, I still wasn’t done.  I wanted to try something else too.  So I made another card and this time, I used the Pear Pizzazz as my background layer. Stitched Seasons framelits dies

So which color is your favorite?

I love that I can make  card elements so easy just using the nesting sizes of the stitched seasons shapes.  This stamp set and framelit die set are so versatile and have year round elements.  I hope that you will be able to grab this bundle before it’s gone on August 31st.  Don’t wait, don’t delay – just order it now.  You’ll be so glad that you did.  And don’t forget that you can earn a $5 Bonus Day coupon for every $50 you spend in August.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  Please leave me a comment with your favorite color background from my 3 projects today.  And if you order from my online store, please know that I am very grateful.  I am SO CLOSE to reaching the monthly sales goal I set for myself and if you are considering this set, I would ask that you order it from me.  Thanks!

Paper Pumpkin

 

New Products

When I saw the Stitched Seasons Framelits I just had to have them!  And of course, I’m a sucker for water coloring so the new colors of Water Color pencils was calling my name too!  Might as well get the whole bundle, right?

Well today was the day I pulled out that new bundle and started to play!  The Stitched Seasons framelits dies are to die for! (get it?  of course you do!).  Anyway, similar to the Stitched Shapes framelits dies, the die cut a shape, and inside the cut shaped, there are tiny ‘stitches’ around the shape.

Unlike the Stitched Shapes framelits, the Stitched Seasons framelits also put the tiny ‘stitching’ on the outside of the cut shape too.  So when you cut away a shape, you can still have the sweet stitch marks.pap

My first order of business then was to create a card where I cut out the shape and used the negative left behind to show off the stitching on the outside.  Blended Seasons with Stitched Seasons Framelits by Nancy GleasonLook closely at the stitching detail.  Nancy Gleason, My Stampin Space, Stitched Seasons Framelits dies, Blended Season stamp setI made my card base with the new Gorgeous Grape cardstock.  I used the largest die to cut the shape out.   I used a piece of Whisper White cardstock to stamp the floral image in Sahara Sand.  I used the new Water Color Pencils to color the flowers and a Blender Pen so soften and shade.  When this was finished, I used a few glue dots to adhere this layer behind the card front so that it shows thru the negative space.

Heather Highland was a perfect coordinating color to stamp the sentiment.  A piece of ribbon adds the perfect finishing touch!

Of course, since the cut piece also has stitching on it, I couldn’t just throw that away!  A coordinating card using this piece will be my next blog post so please come back!

Remember, this Color Your Season is a Limited Time Promotion that will be available to customers on August 1st.  It will be available only while supplies last (or until August 31st) but I would mark your calendar and jump on it as soon as you can on the 1st so you get yours before its sold out!  To see what is in the Color Your Season bundle, click here.

Sometimes I feel like everything falls into place. Like the cut piece making my 2nd card.  And my friends over at Paper Players posting this challenge right AFTER I finished my cards:

Paper Players, PP402

Using the negative space of this framelit die fills the bill for this weeks challenge with the Paper Players so I get to play along!  I feel like I’ve been out of commission for a while (because I have been!), and it was good today to get back in the groove AND to be able to participate in this challenge. #Lifeisgood!

Hop over to the Paper Players to see what others have done with these challenge.

Do you love the Gorgeous Grape?  This is part of the new Brights Collection, my favorite collection.  You can get all 10 of the new ink pads in the Brights Collection, or any Collection, for FREE when you sign up as a Demonstrator during July.  Ink Pad Family free when you join

So, what would YOU have to get from Stampin’ UP! for you to join?  A discount on your purchases?  Check.  A chance to earn extra income while doing something you love?  Check.  The chance to fellowship with like-minded stampers, and attend corporate events?  Check.  If you think you’d like to join but still have questions, email me and let’s set a time to talk and see if it’s a good fit for you.  If you are ready to join, click here to get started.

Leave me a comment and tell me what you think of these new Stitched Seasons framelits.  Thanks,

Stop by again soon to see the 2nd card I made.

Nancy Gleason

 

 

Losing a Daughter – Reflections

If you follow my facebook page, you probably know that my step-daughter Jennifer passed away this past week.  Jenn was only 42 years old.  Having difficulty breathing and pain in her chest, she was rushed to the ER, but an hour and a half later, she was gone, the result of a pulmonary embolism that sent her into cardiac arrest.

Jenn’s passing has taught me a few things that I would like to share with you.  Some things may help you when facing a loss or when dealing with someone who has just lost someone.  These are in no particular order.

It is possible for pain and peace to co-exist.  While there is much pain in the loss, there is also peace. The supernatural peace that comes from God. The peace doesn’t replace the pain, it doesn’t crowd out the pain, but it lives alongside the pain, making the pain bearable.  The bible says “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7.    I am experiencing this kind of peace.

While Jenn’s passing was totally unexpected and a complete shock to us, IT DIDN’T CATCH GOD OFF-GUARD!  God has numbered our days before our days even began, and he has prepared us to do His work.  I believe Jenn accomplished her work here on earth and God was ready to call her home.  It is His timing, and He is in complete control.  This didn’t happen because God let go of the steering wheel!

Life is short; make the most of it.  Pick up the phone and call that friend you slipped out of touch with.  Hold your kids a little tighter and kiss them more often.  Tell you love them.  We aren’t promised tomorrow.

Don’t be afraid to say something to someone who just lost someone.  There are no words to change the situation, but there is comfort when someone just shares your grief by simply saying “I’m sorry for your loss” or “She was so _______, and I”m going to miss her too”.  Don’t be afraid that by saying something you are going to ‘remind’ me of the loss.  I may be going about my business as normal on the outside, but trust me, I didn’t ‘forget’.  It’s on my mind.  And if I well up with tears, you didn’t make me cry.  I will cry anyway.

Hugs are healing!  So many people who visited or attended the viewing and/or funeral hugged me, even several people I didn’t know.  But there was  a bit of healing in every hug.  When you don’t know what to say, just give a hug!

Tears are part of the grieving process, and the healing process. If I cry when I’m with you, just know that I am on the road to healing.  Just hand me a tissue, hug me, and let me cry.  I’ll stop soon enough.  – Thanks 🙂

There is comfort in company.  Having someone close when the raw pain of the loss is so fresh is comforting.  Be there when someone you love loses someone.  I realize that people tend to avoid being around someone who just lost someone so close because they don’t know what to say.  You can provide comfort by just being there, you don’t even have to say anything.  Just be there.

There is comfort in a casserole.    Nourishment and rest are so important, yet the thought of preparing a meal seemed insurmountable.  Bringing a meal to the family will always be appreciated.

There is comfort in a card.  I’ve always said that making Sympathy cards was not something most people want to do, but I always said they are the most important cards we as card-makers can make.  Make a stockpile of sympathy cards and mail them out!

Social Media has made the process of letting people know much easier.  But be respectful and allow time for the family to advise the family in person before posting anything.  Be respectful and don’t use social media to gossip or speculate on what may or may not have happened.    Social media has made it so much easier for people far away to share their condolences and for friends and family to share memories, pictures, etc.  Social media has also taken away a lot of the  ‘in-person’ interaction.  Post and comment, but don’t forget about the comfort in company or the comfort in a casserole.

Charitable Donations:  While is is fashionable to make a monetary donation in memory of the deceased, if you are going to send a donation, consider a monetary gift to the family, especially if  the deceased passed away without life insurance or a burial plot.  Please don’t think that I am against making a donations to charitable organizations, because I am not.  I support several non-profit organizations on a regular basis.  However, there are many expenses, other than the obvious funeral expenses, such as clothing, travel, flowers, etc.  If the deceased was ill, there could be tremendous medical expenses as well.  A monetary gift to the family to help offset those expenses is extremely appreciated.

Get right with God while you still can.  The Bible teaches that there is a Heaven, and there is a Hell.  Our souls are created to live forever, the only question is where.  (He has also set eternity in the human heart… -Ecclesiatstes 3:11). The Bible teaches that “All have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God” -Romans 3:23 and that “the wages of sin is death.” – Romans 6:23.  Therefore, we all deserve death (hell).  The answer to this dilemna is Jesus.  “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9  Jesus forgives our sins, and then  takes away the punishment we deserve (hell) and gives us eternal life in Heaven.  Because of this promise of Jesus, I know in my heart that Jennifer is in Heaven and that I will be reunited with her in Heaven when it’s my turn to  depart this earth.  That is why I can have peace even in loss.  God’s promises are true and dependable.  I can bank on it.  Many people spend their entire adult lives planning for retirement, but don’t think about life after retirement.  If you want to talk about eternity, call me.   I want to see you in Heaven too!.

Thanks for listening to me.  I hope that this may help you when facing a friend or loved one who just lost someone.

I did finally get my class schedule for July & August finalized and posted.  You can find that here.  And I will get back to posting some projects real soon.  Thanks for letting me talk, that’s part of my healing journey as well!.

Nancy

 

It took less than 10 minutes to complete this!

Sometimes things just fall together so perfectly and this was one of those times.  I made this card is less than 10 minutes!  Share What You Love for the Paper Players 399

Not so shabby for a quick card, huh?  Want to know my secret?  I thought you did.  I’ll tell you in one word.  Inspiration!

I got my inspiration from the Paper Players sketch challenge this week.  I saw their sketch and immediately thought that this sketch would be a great way to show off the beautiful paper from the Share What You Love Specialty DSP.  Tranquil Tide and Mint Macaron pair together so beautifully (I’m so glad that Stampin’ Up! brought Mint Macaron back!) and I knew I wanted to use that color combination.  The more I thought about it, I knew I wanted to use the new “Subtle” Textured Impression Embossing Folder and of course, the Lovely Floral TIEF which is in the same product suite as the DSP.  The Share What You Love DSP is so striking with the pearlized finish that a little strip is enough to create some ‘wow’!

Let’s take a look at the sketch: The Paper Players sketch challenge PP399And here’s another look at my card:

Because I immediately ‘saw’ what I wanted to make with this sketch, and knew what colors to use, I was able to get right down to business and cut cardstock to size, emboss, glue, and stamp the sentiment and finish off the card with a couple of coordinating Tranquil Tide pearls from the Share What You Love Artisan  Pearls.  This literally took less than 10 minutes from start to finish!

Can you see the subtle texture in the Tranquil Tide layer?  That is from the new Subtle TIEF.  It looks very much the same as the ‘textured’ cardstock that Stampin’ UP! used to sell, probably about 10 years ago.  As the name implies, it’s a very subtle finish, but enough to give more interest than a plain piece of cardstock.  I think this will be showing up in many more of my projects!

If you want to buy this embossing folder, or any thing else, please feel free to shop my online store, open 24/7 for your shopping pleasure!

Have you ever been inspired by something you’ve seen to create something?  Have you ever just ‘seen’ something that you can go right to your craft room and just make it?  Feel free to leave a comment about a time when this happened to you.

Now before you run off, please make sure to sign up for my mailing list, and I’ll send you my Free Report “The 8 Essential Tools Every Paper Crafter Must Have to Be Successful”.

Happy Stampin,

Nancy

Bye, Bye Butterfly!

Bye, Bye Butterfly!  This is something I would say to my kids when they were younger.  Now I’m saying it to some retiring products I love.   I am so sad to see the Watercolor Wings stamp set retire, but I’m even sadder to see the Bold Butterfly Framelits and the Butterflies Thinlits retire!  Together this trio of products just made all your butterfly creating dreams come true!

Watercolor Wings # 139424

Watercolor Wings # 139424

You can click here to purchase the Watercolor Wings stamp set.

Bold Butterflies Framelits # 138135

Bold Butterflies Framelits # 138135

You can click here to purchase the Bold Butterflies Framelits.

Butterfly Thinlits # 137360

Butterfly Thinlits # 137360

The Butterflies Thinlits dies are indeed already sold out!  Retiring items are only available thru May 31st or while supplies last.  DO NOT WAIT if you want something that is on the retiring list!

A Butterfly Project Tutorial for you

I made this project in my class a week or so ago that I want to share with you:  Bold Butterfly and I made this video to show you how to make this project.

I hope you enjoyed my Bye, Bye Butterfly tribute.  And I hope that you grab the Watercolor Wings stamp set and Bold Butterflies Thinlits while they are still available.  Click here to shop my online store, and don’t forget to grab any item from the Retiring Lists and the recently updated Clearance Rack.

Retiring Products graphic

Annual Catalog Retiring List

Occasions Catalog Retiring List

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Retiring 2016-2018 InColors

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The Lots of Lavender Tutorial

If you visited my blog yesterday, you saw the project I created as my entry for the TicTacToeChallenge using the Lots of Lavender stamp set.  If you didn’t, you can read that post here.  I promised that I would post the Lots of Lavender Tutorial to that project today, and true to my word, here it is.

First the project photo again:  Lots of Lavender, TTTC030, purple, floral, Nancy Gleason, My Stampin Space, Sale-A-Bration 2018

ABOUT THE STAMP SET

The stamp set is the Lots of Lavender stamp set #147194 from the 2018 Sale-A-Bration catalog and it is FREE with a qualifying order of $50 (before tax and shipping).  This is an 11 piece photopolymer stamp set and it is a 2-Step Stamp meaning there are 2 stamps to create the layers of the image.  The background images fill space in the outline with a watercolor-y wash layer of ink.

Let’s look at the stamps in this stamp set:2018 Sale-A-Bration, Lots of Lavender, 2step stamping, floral bouquet

Here are card samples that you’ll find in the catalog:

2018 Sale-A-Bration, Stampin' UP!, Lots of Lavender, floral cards

THE LOTS OF LAVENDER TUTORIAL:

Lots of Lavender, TTTC030, purple, floral, Nancy Gleason, My Stampin Space, Sale-A-Bration 2018I started with a standard card base 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ of Whisper White cardstock.  I layered a piece of Elegant Eggplant cardstock which measures 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″ on top of that.  A piece of Elegant Eggplant DSP (retired) which measures 2-1/2″ x 4-3/4″  was placed on a diagonal.

For my focal piece panel, I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock 2-1/4″ x 4-1/2″.  I stamped the bouquet outline in Soft Suede ink.  I used Wisteria Wonder ink to stamp the floral background, Pear Pizzazz ink for the leaves & stem and Pool Party ink for the bow.   This piece was then layered a piece of Wisteria Wonder cardstock 2-1/2″ x 4-3/4″.  This panel was then adhered on a diagonal on top of the card base.  A piece of Tinsel Trim in pink was tied in a bow and held on with a mini glue dot.

Although I designed this card for the TicTacToeChallenge and it called for a project with No Sentiment, you could easily add a sentiment if you really want one.  Here I swapped out the bow for a sentiment panel:

Lots of Lavendar with Sentiment

“Happy Birthday” was heat embossed in white emboss powder onto a piece of Pool Party cardstock and cropped out the banner shape with the Duet Banner punch.

Which do you like better?  With or Without the Sentiment?  Leave me a comment and let me know which you prefer.  If you want to purchase any of the items I used to make this card, shop here.  Please use Host Code EV9JYCGC when your online order is less than $150You can earn the Lots of Lavender stamp set for FREE during Sale-A-Bration with a qualifying $50 order.

What is Sale-A-Bration? 

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Happy Stampin’

Nancy Gleason