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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.  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 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 send their 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

Clearance Rack

Retiring 2016-2018 InColors

Snag these now before they’re gone, and you won’t have to say Bye, Bye Butterfly!

Thanks, Friends, See you soon! – Nancy

 

 

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? 

Click here for everything you need to know about Sale-A-Bration.

I hope you enjoyed my project tutorial.  You can get more project tutorials for free when you sign up for my mailing list.  My mailing list subscribers get FREE, EXCLUSIVE project tutorials delivered to their inbox every month.  You can start receiving these project tutorials too!  Sign up here.

Happy Stampin’

Nancy Gleason

 

Get Excited! Stampin’ UP! Online Extravaganza Sale is here!

Here’s some news that will help you Get Excited!  Online Extravaganza 2017Stampin’ UP!’s annual Online Extravaganza Sale.

Forget a 1 day Black Friday sale, or a 1 day Cyber Monday Sale.  Get excited – I’ve got a WEEK LONG SALE for you!  It will be kicked off by a 24-Hour Flash Sale beginning at 12:01 AM Monday, Nov. 20th until Midnight with 16 stamp sets on sale!     You can download the flyer here to see the Sale Prices.

Pictured below are the stamps that will be on sale until midnight Nov. 20th (just click on the image to purchase it – easy!)Please be sure to use the November HOST CODE, ZC6WCKXD, when you shop online with me and your order is less than $150.  If your order is $150 or  more (before tax & shipping), do not use the host code, and claim your Stampin’ Rewards with your order.

The Online Extravaganza continues all week from Nov. 20-Nov. 26th and includes Thinlits, Framelits, Punches, Embossing Folders, WaterColor Pencils, embellishments and select Paper Pumpkin kits and refills.
 You can download the flyerhere to see the complete listing of sale items.
Don’t forget to check the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack and 10% OFF Bundles for extra savings.

24-hour flash sales ‘bookend’ the online extravaganza!

The Online Extravaganza will wrap up with an Additional 24-Hour Flash Sale on Monday, Nov. 27th! Mark your calendar.
It’s a great time to shop for your friends and family, or to stock up on the items that have been on your wish list.
Want someone else to fill your wish list?  Download my Wish List Form; jot down the items you want, and the folks who will be shopping for you and email it back to me.  I’ll contact those folks and let them know EXACTLY what you want!  Then just sit back and act surprised on Christmas Day.  You can do that, right?
Ready to save?  Shop here and use Host Code ZC6WCKXD
Happy Shopping!
Nancy Gleason

Sept 2017 Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals September 2017 Blog Hop. Thank you so much for joining us today. This month our theme is “My Favorite Holiday”.  Sit back and enjoy the view while the Pals treat you with projects for the upcoming Autumn and Winter holidays.

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.

Without a doubt, my favorite Holiday is THANKSGIVING!! I just love it:  I love all things about the beauty of the fall season, and I love a holiday whose focus is on giving Thanks to our Creator for all the blessings He has bestowed on us, and that focuses on family and food!  No frantic shopping and gift giving, just a day to enjoy family, food and reflect on all our blessings!

Because of that, I think the sentiment “Gather Together & Give Thanks” perfectly embodies the spirit of Thanksgiving.  The beautiful sunflower in the Painted Harvest stamp set exemplifies the beauty of the season as well.  No wonder that I chose to use this new bundle (Painted Harvest stamp set and the coordinating Leaf Punch) for my project.

Thanksgiving Card using a fall flower and stem & berry wreath using the Painted Harvest stamp set from Stampin Up for the Pals Blog Hop by Nancy Gleason My Stampin Space

Here’s a close-up of that sunflower:

Fall Flowers Autumn Sunflower from the Painted Harvest stamp set by Nancy Gleason My Stampin Space

Don’t you just love it?  I propped it up on a few stampin’ dimensionals.  You can see how that little bit of dimensions adds so much to this project.

A little flagged end banner is perfect for the sentiment and a piece of 5/8″  burlap ribbon adds a rustic texture.  The wreath was so simple to make.  I used the little berry stamp from the August Paper Pumpkin kit!

Painted Harvest for the Pals Blog Hop

I know that you know want this stamp set bundle!  So you can order it right 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 October 11, 2017 for “Wicked Folds”. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. We’d love to hear what you have to say about our Favorite Holiday.  By the way, what’s your favorite holiday?

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space!   Did you like what you saw today?  Then sign up for my mailing list so you don’t miss my 12 Weeks of Christmas newsletter.  Only mailing list subscribers will receive 12 exclusive Christmas projects from me.

Nancy Gleason

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Half Full Wine Themed card with a fancy fold technique

One of the first stamp sets that I just had to have was the “Half Full” wine themed stamp set.  It seems so trendy and I knew the ladies in my stamp club would love this set as well!

I taught my students how to make a Double Z fold card and used the “Half Full” stamp set.  The new Fresh Fig In-Color is the perfect wine color!  Look how fun this card is:

Half Full stamp set by Nancy Gleason My Stampin Space

The real fun comes when you open the card:

Double Z fold card by Nancy Gleason My Stampin Space featuring the "Half Full" wine themed stamp set

Here’s another angle of the Double Z fold card open:

Double Z Fold Card by Nancy Gleason My Stampin Space using the Half Full stamp set

How do you make a Double-Z fold card, you ask?  Very easy.  I started with a card base of Fresh Fig cardstock cut to 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at  2-3/4″ and 5-1/2′.

The front panel features a decorative paper from the Fresh Florals Designer Paper Stack in Fresh Fig, and Whisper White on the other two panels.

The secret to a Double Z-Fold card is scoring the front of the card and folding it back on itself.  Another strip of Fresh Fig cardstock, cut to 1-1/2″ x 11″ is also scored at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″, and then layered with pieces of Crumb Cake cardstock.  Sentiments and images from the set are stamped on these Crumb Cake panels with Fresh Fig ink.

The wine bottle and wine glass are stamped in Whisper White Craft ink onto Fresh Fig cardstock, then fussy cut and adhered to the card front.   My  Paper Snips and Mini Stampin Dimensionals make that an easy task!  Easy-peasy!

I hope you will try to make a Double Z-fold card.  It’s very easy but packs a big punch of “Wow” factor!  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this project.

If you want to order the “Half Full” stamp set, please order from my online store.

Remember if you place a qualifying order of $300 or more (gather orders from your friends and family, or host a party with me) and earn the “Merry Patterns” stamp set.  Read all the details of the “Merry Patterns” promotion here.

Thanks for stopping by, come again on Wednesday as myself and a whole bunch of my Stampin’ Pals will be sharing our favorite Holiday in the Pals Blog Hop; prepare to be ‘wowed’!

Nancy Gleason

 

 

 

 

 

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Place Your Holiday Catalog Orders NOW!

The 2017 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is here!  You can view the catalog here:

2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday CatalogYou can begin placing your orders now here.

This catalog is chock full of SO MANY inspiring products, from stamp sets, to framelit dies, to paper, and ribbon and embellishments and punches to send a stamper into a stamping frenzy!   Seriously, the intricacy of the framelit dies is incredible, allowing you to create things from paper that weren’t possible a few years ago.

Check out two product suites:

Whether Christmas or Halloween, Autumn or Winter; we’ve got you covered!  Which bundle is your #1 must-have?  Do you want them all?

With a qualifying order of $300 or more, whether it’s all for you, or if you host a party, you can also get a FREE, EXCLUSIVE stamp set with our Merry Pattern promotion.  Get the details here:

So when you place your order, try to place a $300 order to get this stamp set, or gather a few friends and host a party.  Use your party sales to qualify for this stamp set.  Contact me if you want to schedule a party (we can even do a Facebook party!)

I’m so excited to share the Holiday Catalog with you!  I hope you are as excited as I am.  I will be sharing some of the projects I’ve been making on my blog in the coming days, and on my Facebook page.  Make sure that you like me on Facebook and follow me on Pinterest too!   Sign up for my mailing list (click on the form to the right).  You will need to be on my mailing list to receive my 12 Weeks of Christmas newsletter, a new project each week to get you in the Holiday Crafting Spirit!

Now, get shopping!

Nancy

Occasionally I like to do this….

Occasionally I like to do this…… Do What?  You’ll see.   First, I want to say that I’m so excited to join an amazing and talented group of crafters to play along with the TicTacToe Challenge this week. I am also excited that I got to break out my new stamp set “Touches of Texture” and the scallop edge die from the Seasonal Layers framelits for this project.

So without any further ado, here is my project.  simple floral for the TTTC03

I used Calypso Coral for the background, a strip of DSP from the Color Theory Designer Paper Stack which I cropped with the scallop border.  A rectangle of Whisper White cardstock was layered with a piece of Old Olive and stamped with the floral image from the “Touches of Texture”  stamp set using Sahara Sand ink.  I broke out my WaterColor pencils and Blender pen to give the flowers and leaves some color.  A simple bow made from the new 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon in Old Olive tied the whole project together!  (Did you catch my pun there: the ribbon “TIED” the whole project together? – of course you did.)

Here is the TicTacToeChallenge that inspired this piece. TicTacToeChallenge 003

You’ll see that I  chose the Right Side Down – bow, scallop & rectangle for my card.  Feel free to visit the TicTacToeChallenge page to see what others did with this challenge and be inspired to use this as a springboard to make your own projects.

Now to answer the big question.  What do I like to do occasionally?  Well, it’s more ‘not do’ than ‘do’ – I purposely chose to not put a sentiment on my card, to just leave it blank.  The soft tones and floral design lends itself to many occasions and I thought it would be good to make a few of these cards to have on hand.  I can always throw a sentiment on the inside of the card, or just leave blank to write a personal note.  Either way, this is an easy card to re-produce.  If you want to purchase any of the supplies I used to make this card, please shop my online store.  Or just click on any of the product names above or below in the supply list.

Sign up for my mailing list here to receive my (almost) weekly email.   Please leave me a comment and tell me whether you like a sentiment on every card your make, or if you like to make a card without a sentiment every now and again.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space.  Come back soon.

Nancy

 

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I did something last night that I haven’t done in 25 years!

Hi Friends,
Ok, so I may be giving my age away here, but I did something last night that I haven’t done in 25 years, maybe more!  Truth is I haven’t done this in so long that I can’t exactly remember the last time I did it, but boy it sure did bring back some fun memories.  No, it wasn’t illegal!  No, it wasn’t anything childish.
I went to the Drive-In Movies!  
Drive in Movie theater
With my husband & son.  It was SO.MUCH.FUN!   I’ve been planning this, and looking forward to it, all week, and I’m so  glad the weather was nice!  My son, who is 24, has never been to a drive-in movie theater so I know it’s been at least that long.  Actually, I have never been to a drive-in since moving to PA and that’s been over 30 years ago! 
Gone are the days of the old metal speakers that you hung on the car window, although the poles were still there. (Does anyone else remember them?) Now, the movies are in HD and you tune your radio to a specific frequency to hear the audio. 
We saw Cars 3.   The movie was a double-feature with Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Lies but we didn’t stay for that movie. 
Cars 3 was FABULOUS!   I really love the Cars movies.  I think it’s because of the friendship between all the characters.  You’ve got so many different personalities but everyone works together and everyone encourages one another to use their gifts and talents, and to unite together for the greater good.  No one is too old or too rusty to be useful.  I think it is a beautiful picture of how life could be if we all just valued one another, rather than trying to compete with one another. 
It was a wonderful, heart-warming story and the story has been with me all evening and all day today.  I love a good sappy movie that stays with you long after you’ve watched it. 
The Cars community actually reminds me of my online Community, the Pals.  We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators under Mary Fish, my upline, from all over the country.  Some are old, some are young, some are new to stamping and some have been around a while.  Some are business builders, many others are hobby-ists.  But we all share a common love of stamping and it is the most positive, uplifting, community and it’s a place that I love to hang out in.  If you would love to belong to a group like that, than please email me  or just join now. 
I hope that you have something fun planned for your weekend.  Maybe you can take your Dad, your hubby and your kids to see Cars 3 for Father’s Day! 
But whatever you do, I hope you manage to carve out some time to get in your Craft Room and do something creative for yourself. 
My Paper Pumpkin kit came yesterday and I know I will be get that all inked up this weekend (you can see the June kit on my facebook page).
If you want to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, or order some other supplies from the new catalog, just click here or on the catalog cover below to go to my online store. Please use Host Code PMNEDFV3 for your order less than $150.- thanks!
Be sure to check my blog and my facebook page regularly to be inspired and stay on top of current promotions. 
Thanks,
Nancy