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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

Meet the New 2017-19 In Colors!

Well you saw the unveiling of all of my new products from my pre-order, if you follow me on Facebook. I did a live video of me unpacking my box from Stampin’ Up! with all of the new products I ordered. One of most anticipated items of the annual catalog release is the new In-Colors. Every year, Stampin’ Up! introduces 5 new colors, they are trendy colors and are only with us for 2 years. and they are called In-Colors. They are in addition to the standard color collections (Neutrals, Regals, Brights & Subtles). So at any given time, we have 10 In-Colors, and every year, 5 retire and 5 more are introduced.
Here are the 5 new In-Colors for 2017-2019.
2017-19 In Colors

I’ve made some quick comparisons so you can see the new colors alongside  our favorite colors.  You’ll see that these new colors play well with our existing color palette.

First up is Lemon-Lime Twist.  This color is like  none other that we’ve ever had.  It’s much more Yellow than any green, and much more green than any yellow.  It’s bright and vibrant and will certainly add fun to your projects!

Lemon Lime Twist Color Comparison

Next is Tranquil Tide.  A rich blue-green color, it’s blue-er than Emerald Envy and green-er than Island Indigo.  This color will play well with both of these colors and add a sense of richness to your projects.  Tranquil Tide Color Comparison

Next up is Fresh Fig.  I love this color; it reminds me of our retired, but not forgotten Blackberry Bliss color.  Not quite as dark and rich as that, but it is a deeper color than Rich Razzleberry, but more brown than a true purple like Elegant Eggplant.  Fresh Fig   Color Comparison

Berry Burst is going to be a popular, well loved color.  Already I have been seeing this color in alot of clothing.  This sits well between Rose Red and Rich Razzleberry.

Berry Burst Color Comparison

Lastly is Powder Pink.  A pale, subtle color that sits right between our other light pink colors.  Powder Pink Color Comparison

So which color do you think is your favorite?  Please leave me a comment and let me know which color you like best.

While we say hello to new colors, we say goodbye to other retiring colors. If you want to shop the 2015-17 In Colors or order them before they are gone, here is a link to order directly.   Don’t forget to use the April host code Q29AP26B when you order with me and your order is less than $150 before shipping and tax.  Click here to shop online now, and don’t forget to get your favorite retiring items before they are gone for good.

Thanks for stopping by My StampinSpace.  Come back soon,

Nancy

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And the Winner of the SuperBowl contest is……

Did you watch the SuperBowl?  Well it sure was an upset victory!  Most of my fans were pulling for Atlanta and it sure looked like they were going to win, and then, The Patriots scored and tied in the final minutes and into overtime they went!

The New England Patriots won the game!!!

So here’s the deal;   I counted up my New England Patriots votes, and randomly selected a number, #3, which is Vicky Blackwell! 

Superbowl Contest Winner

Congrats to the Vicky Blackwell  – you just won the SuperBowl!   Well, okay, not really the SuperBowl, but it might feel like it when the confetti starts falling all around you, and your fans rush the field to get your autograph, and the cameras are flashing all around you….

Vicky please contact me with your mailing address so I can send your loot to you.  You have until midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 8th.  Party Animal EmbellishmentsYou can email me or PM me on my Facebook page.  I’ll get your winnings right out to you.

Thanks to everyone who played along with me and took the time to leave me a comment.  I had fun, and hope you did too.  Please join me in congratulating our winner, Vicky.

I have a class tomorrow, and I’ll post what we make later this week.  Until then, happy stampin’

Nancy