Hello Fabulous!

So once a month I host a Club; nick-named the “Craft Cult” by one of the ladies’ husband! The name stuck and we’ve been calling ourselves the Craft Cult ever since! Well both last month and this month, we’ve had to meet via Zoom. It’s been fun trying to come up with projects that we can all make together, separately from our own homes, using whatever cardstock, stamp sets, inks, & embellishments we each have.

This past weekend, I made two projects for our Craft Cult; each with a new technique, and I’d like to share one of those with you here.

Nesting Spotlight Technique

I don’t know if this has a name or not but I’m calling it the Nesting Spotlight. Basically you use any shape of nesting dies; I used the Layering Circle dies here. Simply nest and cut two different sizes at the same time. You’ll be left with a ‘donut’ and a full circle. The donut is garbage but you keep the smaller circle. You may want to use tiny strips of Washi Tape to hold your nesting dies in place as it running through the die cutting machine.

How to make this card:

I used Lovely Lipstick ( a Retiring 2018-2020 In Color – you can see my tribute post to all the Retiring 2018-2020 In Colors here) cardstock as my card base. My card base is an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of cardstock scored & folded in half. I used a piece of Best Dressed DSP cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″ on top of the card base. Then I used a piece of Whisper White 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″. This is layer that I cut my nesting circles out of. I decorated this with stamped images from the Dressed To Impress stamp set and I stamped the Hello Fabulous greeting onto the small circle left behind. Then I propped this up on the card base with stamping dimensionals, added the circle, also on dimensionals. The negative space around the smaller circle just causes your eye to laser in on the sentiment. Very easy and adaptable to any stamp set and DSP that you have on hand.

I chose the lipstick patterned sheet of DSP to compliment the tube of lipstick that I decorated the front of the card with. Let’s take a closer look at the lipstick:

Stampin’ Blends

I colored this lipstick tube with the Stampin’ Blends markers. If you would like to learn to use the Stampin’ Blends to color like this, I just announced that I am starting an Online Class Series called “How to Use Your Stampin’ Blends”. If you are interested in this class, you can get all the details and register for that class here.

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this technique. Is this a technique that you’d like to try? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

And now Hello Fabulous needs to jump into an envelope and head on over to a lovely lady who needs some cheering up while she’s isolating at home alone.

Nancy

Farewell 2018-2020 InColors

Each year around this time I begin to say farewell to the soon to be retired set of 5 colors from the Stampin’ Up! color family. Today I want to say Farewell 2018-2020 InColors. This color family will be going away in order to make room for an incoming set of 5 colors – the 2020-2022 InColors.

I Miss Your Face InColors

This is a rainbow of colors that form the 2018-2020 InColor Collection. I used this color palette in my free class that you can view here.

Let’s take a look at each color:

I made this set of mini cards when this color collection was introduced back in 2018. You can see that original post here.

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Each of these colors are available in Card Stock, Ink Pads, Ink Refills, Markers, as well as Designer Series Paper, Stampin’ Blends, and embellishments such as ribbon. When these colors retire, all of the above will be gone! Now is the time to grab these colors and stock up.

Shop the Entire 2018-2020 In Color Collection here.

2018-2020 InColor Ink Collection

SHOP QUICKLY: When these colors sell out, they will be gone for good. From now until June 1st, these are available only while supplies last. Inventory will NOT be replenished during this time so please stock up now while you still can.

I want you to say Farewell 2018-2020 InColors, but I don’t want you to lose out.

Nancy Gleason

I CASE’d Myself!

In the Stampin’ UP! world, CASE means to Copy And Share Everything and it’s really just another way of saying we can find inspiration all around us. Sometimes, we just see a project that someone else made and we just love something about it so much it calls us to grab our supplies and make a project too. Maybe it’s the layout, or the colors, or the stamp set, or the way the sentiment is placed, or anything at all.

Well, today I CASE’d myself! Yes, my most popular PIN on Pinterest is a card I made at the beginning of the year for my downline meeting. I needed to make a number of Thank You cards and I wanted to use the Peaceful Moments stamp set which has a nice Thank You. When I grabbed that set, I thought back to that card I made and decided to remake that card, but in a different color.

You can see my original post with that card here, and instructions on how to make it.

It has also become my most popular Pin on Pinterest!

Painted Poppies B&W Birthday

And here is the card I made today:

a simple Thank You Card made with the Peaceful Moments and Painted Poppies stamp set and the Painted Labels and Poppy Moments dies.

Do you see what I did? Same card, different color. I basically kept the card layout the same, except I used Bermuda Bay ink instead of Poppy Parade, and swapped out the sentiment. A couple of Black Rhinestones were added for some bling.

And just like that, I CASE’d myself! Have you ever made a card you liked so much that you CASE’d yourself? I’ve made several cards that I’ve like so much, I made them in several colors. Actually, my last class was a Facebook Live and I made a card in all 5 of the retiring 2018-2020 In Colors. You can watch that class recording on my Facebook page by clicking here.

Let’s Compare Side by Side

So which do you like better? Please leave me a comment with your choice of favorite color. I love to hear from you.

If you want to CASE this card from me, I’d be honored! And to help you, you can shop my online store here to grab any or all of the Peaceful Poppies Suite of products. These bundles are just back in stock!

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Nancy Gleason

Are you a DSP Hoarder?

The Designer Series Paper by Stampin UP! is so pretty, it’s easy to want to hoard it rather than cut it, but…it’s so much better to cut this beautiful paper, make a card and mail it than it is to keep it in a package on the shelf. So, that’s exactly what I did! #LoveItChopIt I’ve actually challenged myself to stop being a DSP Hoarder, so I’ve come up with a brilliant compromise: I buy 2 packages of DSP and I keep one on the shelf and cut and use the other one. Then I don’t feel bad about cutting it and using. I actually feel better because I love the cards I make more than the package sitting on a shelf. And I’m pretty sure the people who receive the cards I make like that too!

The Best Dressed Designer Series Paper has such beautiful designs – florals, stripes and yes shoes, purses, lipstick and parfum bottles! Each sheet is as pretty as the next. When I saw the challenge from the Paper Players “Spring Flowers” I knew I had to break out my Best Dressed DSP and play along! I also just received the new “Label Me Lovely” punch and “Label Me Fancy” punch that were just yearning to be played with! So put them all together and this is what I made:

Best Dressed DSP for the Paper Players PP482

So, what do you think? Better than leaving this beautiful DSP in the package on a shelf, right? I’m glad that the Paper Players Challenge got me cutting my paper and making a pretty birthday card. Be sure to head over to the Paper Players page to see the Design Team cards that inspired me.

So simple and easy: I just layered Petal Pink and Melon Mambo cardstock underneath my DSP. A 1″ strip of Petal Pink cardstock served as a background for the 5/8″ Organdy Striped Ribbon. A layer of punched shapes showcase a simple sentiment from Peaceful Moments stamp set.

Sale-A-Bration Perks

So if you are like me, I challenge YOU to use your beautiful Designer Series Paper; don’t just hoard it! But if you must hoard it, buy 2 packages. One to use and one to keep! Now is great time to stock up too because you can earn FREE Sale-A-Bration items with every $50 you purchase in product. Click here to shop my online store. SaleABration ends on March 31st.

$99 Ultimate Stater Kit with SaleABration special

And if you really love DSP and want to get some for free, and a mini paper cutter to help you #LoveItChopIt, then you’ll want to check out the $99 Starter Kit Special. You’ll get to choose $125 worth of products, AND get a Free Mini Paper Cutter, a 6×6 DSP paper stack, and a Stamp Set of your choice, along with $50 of business supplies and free shipping! Sweet right? Buy the $99 Starter Kit here. Sale-A-Bration ends March 31st and so does this offer so buy the starter kit today.

I know the struggle is real, but I challenge you to stop being a DSP Hoarder! Maybe my “buy 2 compromise” will help you to #LoveItChopIt . To your continued success! – Nancy

Simple or Stepped Up? You Decide! – Part 1

Simple Happy Birthday to you

Sometimes Simple is best.

I love the classic look of pale pink and gold – it’s so rich looking. Todays Simple Birthday card was inspired by this gorgeous 1/4″ Petal Pink Metallic Edge Ribbon. This ribbon is so satiny and just flows so nicely. So I designed a simple card just to show off the petal pink and gold.

My card base is Whisper White with a Petal Pink layer. I stamped the layer cake from Happy Birthday to You (free during SaleABration with a $50 order) in Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. The outline image of this stamp set is so pretty it works well on its own (although the outline image also works well with all sorts of coloring techniques. I’ll be featuring the same image colored with the Stampin’ Blends tomorrow so stop back then.) A quick little sentiment from the Timeless Tulip stamp set was added and it was topped with the bow.

Quick and easy! Elegant and rich looking.

Tomorrow, I’ll be featuring the same image but stepped up for a totally different look. Please tell me what you think of this card, but then stop back tomorrow and let me know what you think of the stepped up card and then let me know if you prefer Simple or Stepped Up. Either way, you should make an effort to grab this Happy Birthday To You stamp set during Sale-A-Bration. It is FREE with a level 1 qualifying order.

Sale-A-Bration

I love Sale-A-Bration! Did you know that you can earn free products with every qualifying purchase, you can earn more when you Host during Sale-A-Bration, and you really score big when you Join during Sale-A-Bration! Click here to see the Sale-A-Bration catalog. Which way(s) are you going to save during Sale-A-Bration?

SPOILER ALERT: A Sale-A-Bration Product Coordination will be released on Feb 4th and coordinating dies for the Happy Birthday to You stamp set will be available!

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It only took me 10 minutes

I held my monthly team meeting yesterday and about 1/2 hour before the meeting began, I decided I wanted to provide a quick make & take card for everyone to make using the Peaceful Poppies Suite from the 2020 Mini Catalog. I sat down and made this card and it only took me 10 minutes to make from start to finish!

This is truly the kind of card that you can whip up just 1 or 2, or mass produce a large quantity. Furthermore, you can easily swap out the sentiment for any occasion; birthday, get well, thank you, thinking of you, etc. Heck, you could even make the card and not add a sentiment panel until you need a card to send and then just stamp a sentiment.

You could always stamp the inside too, as I did here:

Card Recipe

Want to know how to make this card? Of course you do! So I will tell you. This card features products from the new Peaceful Poppies product suite (pages 24-27 of the 2020 Mini Catalog). I started with a piece Whisper White Cardstock cut to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored and folded in half for the card base.

I used scraps of Whisper White to stamp the large poppy, the smaller poppy and 4 leaves from the Painted Poppies stamp set using Tuxedo Black Momento ink. I stamped the watercolor image over the flowers using Poppy Parade ink to color in the flowers.

Then I cropped the flowers and leaves out using the coordinating Painted Labels dies. The swirly circle was cut from Basic Black cardstock. The Happy Birthday sentiment was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White Cardstock using the companion stamp set Peaceful Moments. A 1″ x 5″ strip of B&W DSP adds some visual interest and a few Rhinestone Jewels add some bling.

And did I mention that it only took me 10 minutes to make this card from start to finish! Pretty sweet, right? With all the layers and elements, it looks like this card would have taken a pretty long to create, but the coordinating stamps and dies make it so easy. When you combine the use of black & white with just 1 color it makes a pretty dramatic statement.

You can purchase all the supplies to make this card right here from my online store, or just click the product name above. And when you purchase the stamp set and dies as a bundle you save 10%. Both the Painted Poppies Bundle and the Peaceful Moments bundle are $52 which qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! Buy both bundles and get 2 FREE Sale-A-Bration items.

For the Get Well card above, I used the sentiment from the Sending You Thoughts stamp set which is a FREE Sale-A-Bration stamp set.

So which card do you like better? The Happy Birthday card on the left or the “If Loving Thoughts could heal…” card on the right? Please leave me a comment and let me know. (Shh, don’t tell anyone but the card on the right is slightly different. Can you tell that the smaller flower on top is popped up on stampin’ dimensionals? At my team meeting, one of my members asked where the dimensionals were because I always add them. She lifted up the little flowers and the leaves, and when I got home, I made 2 get well cards for the 2 gals who weren’t there because they were sick, and I popped them up on dimensionals too! Thanks Brienne!)

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Stackin’ ‘Em Up! – a card for a co-worker who got a promotion

Today’s project is for the Paper Players Challenge – a tall and skinny card. It’s the perfect layout as I need to make a card for a co-worker who got a promotion. Actually, it is my boss who just got promoted and she’ll soon be leaving us and moving on to bigger and better places. I quickly added the “Welcome to the Team” stamp set to my order as I knew it would get a workout with my boss leaving, and a new person coming in to take her place. Plus it has several sentiments perfect for co-workers in many situations. You can see the Welcome to the Team stamp set here.

Now let’s take a look at my card:

All Stacked Up for a Promotion -a tall and skinny card by Nancy Gleason for the Paper Players Challenge #460

The tall and skinny layout is perfect for stacking the chairs up. I thought the stacked chairs represented moving up in the world, which is what happens when you get a promotion, right?

The Paper Players Challenge # PP460

Click on the challenge picture to head over the Paper Players blog and play along.

Paper Players Challenge #PP460

Stampin’ Blends were called in to create an ombre effect of office chairs. I love coloring with the Stampin’ Blends. I’ve been teaching a Stampin’ Blends Color Club Class, once a month for the past 8 months and the more I use them, and work with them, the more I love them! (Spoiler Alert – I’m going to start offering the Stampin’ Blends Color Club Class as an online class! If this interests you, let me know). Take a closer look at the shading and blending:

Stampin' Blends create an ombre effect in the stack of office chairs

The Details

I used a different color of Stampin’ Blends markers on each chair, from the top I used Mint Macaron, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Pretty Peacock. Using the darkest color on the bottom visually ‘grounds’ your elements. I stamped the chairs in Momento ink (perfect when using the Stampin’ Blends), and the sentiment on a scrap of cardstock. I used my paper snips to fussy cut the sentiment- this made it fit better and gave the visual interest of overhanging the layer as well. A few Glimmer Enamel Dots add some bling.

To create the Tall & Skinny, I started with a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock 2-3/4″ x 11″ scored and folded in half. Then a piece of Basic Black cardstock cut to 2-1/4″ x 5-1/4″, and finally Whisper White Cardstock cut to 2-3/8″ x 5-1/8″.

This card was so fun to make! I hope that you enjoy it, and even more so, I hope that I inspired you to make a card like this yourself if you need to make a card for a co-worker who got a promotion. To order any of the supplies I used to make this card, visit my online store here.

If you are placing an order, don’t forget to visit the Clearance Rack, it was just recently re-loaded with lots of items which are available at deep discounts while supplies last.

Update: Purple Posy Ink is now available to order! You can order an individual Purple Posy ink pad, or the 2019-21 InColor Ink Pad Collection.

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Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space. See ya soon! – Nancy

Let It Shine!

Metallic accents add so much class and bling to any project – I say “Let it Shine!” One of favorites from the new 2019 Stampin’ UP! catalog is the Wrapped in Plaid Specialty Designer Series Paper. What makes it special is the gold foil accents in the paper. And nothing says Christmas to me like plaid – win/win! Let’s take a look”

Between the plaid paper and the plaid Christmas Tree stamp from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set, I’m in Christmas plaid Heaven! And the metallic gold foil accents of the DSP repeat the gold in the Shaded Spruce/Gold Striped Ribbon. The main focal point is a Christmas tree cropped from a sheet of gold foil and the sentiment is embossed with Gold Embossing powder.

The Paper Players Challenge

I’m not the only one who is liking all these metallic accents – the Paper Players like them too as is evident by this weeks challenge which is all about Marvelous Metallics.

You call see all the submissions for the Paper Players Challenge here.

I love that I could use 3 different metallics (Gold Foil, gold foil accents in the DSP and gold embossing powder) on 1 project and have perfect coordination! The product coordination is what hooked me on Stampin’ Up! many years ago and I’m still hooked! The stamps and punches are perfectly coordinated to crop out those trees. The plaids coordinate and so do the colors.

My trusty paper snips made easy work of cropping out Christmas Cheer from the sentiment after heat embossing it with gold embossing powder.

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I hope I’ve inspired you to break out some metallics to add to your next project and Let it Shine!

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space! While you’re here, please leave me a comment and tell me what you think of my project today.

Christmas in July

Who doesn’t love Christmas? And who doesn’t love making Christmas cards? There are several really nice Christmas stamps and dies in the 2019-20 Annual Stampin’ UP! catalog for you to use right now! Who needs to wait until Christmas?

Last week, I made two Christmas cards for my Christmas in July stamp class. And I’m going to share one of those cards with you today.

Winter Woods

Pretty Peacock sets the stage for all of the white elements in this card. It provides a great contrast for the various shades of white. We start with a Whisper White card stock base. The snowy hill was created from Shimmery White Cardstock, and the rolling hill was cut from the In The Woods die. There is a line of trees in the background that were stamped very lightly with white craft ink using the Winter Woods stamp set. The focal point, that gorgeous tree, was cropped from Whisper White cardstock and the In The Woods dies. A Bone Folder was used to fold up the boughs and create dimension. Then the entire tree was spritzed with Frost White Shimmer Paint mixed with a little rubbing alcohol in a Stampin’ Spritzer. That tree was finished with a few Rhinestones. The sentiment was stamped in Pretty Peacock ink.

Let’s take a close-up look at that tree! Do you see the shimmer?

Winter Woods and In The Woods dies come together to create this Christmas tree
Winter Woods and In The Woods dies come together to create this beautiful tree with lots of dimension. Frost White Shimmer paint and Rhinestone Jewels embellish the tree to give it a beautiful shine!

This card would be very easy to recreate. I am planning on making several of these and get a jump start on my Christmas cards now, because, let’s be honest, who has lots of extra time during the holidays? Better to get a head start now, right?

Ready to Shop?

So if you would like to make this card, just click here to start shopping. If you are placing an order with me and it’s less than $150, please use Host Code AW2KJ9Q4 . If your order is over $150 (before tax and shipping), do not use the Host Code, but rather take the Stampin’ Rewards for yourself. Either way, you’ll earn a $5 Bonus Day Coupon for each $50 worth of products you order, and you’ll get a FREE package of the Rhinestone Jewels (the same ones used in this project!) with every order of $50 or more as my way of saying ‘thanks’ for ordering with me.

So there you have it. Christmas in July! Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my Christmas in July project. Your comments help my blog rank better which means more people will find my blog. And I love hearing from you!

I’m Incredibly Proud of my Husband

Last week my husband started a new job, which is a total career change for him. I’m incredibly proud of my husband, I’m sure this isn’t easy! I made this card for him, using the Incredible Like You stamp set. The sentiment, “Incredibly Proud of You” was perfect to convey my feelings. Of course I had a little gift for him too, something for his new office.

The earthy elements and color scheme lend to the masculine feel. I choose a piece of DSP from the now retired Frosted Floral DSP pack and cropped a circle using the Layering Circles Framelit dies. A piece of woodgrain paper from the Wood Textures DSP was slipped behind this and adhered everything to a Tranquil Tide card base. Then I cropped a detailed circle from Tranquil Tide using the Doily Builder framelit dies. (Heads up: this item is projected to be sold out quite soon and will not be available again before the end of the catalog so grab yours now!) Tranquil Tide ink was used to stamp the sentiment that expressed my feelings exactly!

Next up I decorated around the framed circle. I cropped a leaf from the Winter Woods framelits dies in Old Olive cardstock and added a few wooden elements from the Butterfly Elements (this is already sold out – I’m glad I grabbed them as soon as they came out) and some metal Leaf Trinkets with Old Olive line thread.

And here he is….

Here’s a photo of the dinner I made to celebrate. Note the flowers (they were given to him by the guests at the Mission as a way of saying goodbye) and the gift I had for him.

See the look of joy on his face as he is reading my card:

I made another card for him that I tucked into his briefcase on the first day of work. I’ll share that in another post. But for now, if you’d like to order any thing from Stampin’ UP!, you can go to my online store here. I’d suggest you grab the ultra versatile Doily Builder Framelits dies before they’re gone and the Incredible Like You stamp set.

Incredible LIke You stamp set

If you like this card, please Pin it for future reference. And leave me a comment please. Leaving comments will help my ranking in Google so more folks can find my blog. Thanks!

Nancy

PS – April classes were just added to my class schedule. Check it out here.

Sale-A-Bration Sympathy

I sat down to make a Sympathy card last night expecting to use the Level 2 Sale-A-Bration item “Lasting Lily” because, well, it has a beautiful lily image and several sentiments that are perfect for this occasion.  However, I wound up using the sentiments but taking a totally different direction for the card.  I do that sometimes (after all it is a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, isnt’ it?)  Let’s take a look:  Botanical Butterfly meets Lasting LilyThe beautiful “Botanical Butterfly” DSP is a Level 1 Sale-A-Bration item (meaning you earn it for FREE with a qualifying $50 order).  That paper is just so gorgeous!  I find myself looking at it but not wanting to cut it up and use it.  Does anyone else have that problem?  The prettier the paper, the harder it is to cut it up.   But in my head I know that it looks a lot better in a card that is going to brighten someone’s day when they open their mailbox than sitting on my  shelf. #loveitchopit #makeacardsendacard

This card is headed for someone special, someone who I refer to as my Stampin’ UP! mom (she introduced me to Stampin’ UP!  many years ago and set my life on a totally different trajectory!  Boy, I’m so glad she did! – But that’s a story for another time).  Her Mom passed away over the weekend.  I definitely needed to chop up my gorgeous DSP  to make a sympathy card for her!

This card is so beautiful because the DSP does all the heavy lifting!  All I had to do was to stamp the sentiment, crop it with an oval framelit, layer it with a stitched oval, place it over a belly band that picks up the tiny black layer, and I was done!  I did use a piece of copier paper on the inside and stamped a sentiment on that.  TIP:  Whenever I use a colored card base, I always add a plain white copier paper insert – it makes it easier to read & write on white than on color. 

I was able to earn both the Botanical Butterfly DSP and the Lasting Lily stamp set at the same time.  I try to make it a habit to never place an order less than $150.  Why?  First of all, shipping is a minimum of $6.95 up to an order of $69.95 (it becomes 10% of the order after that), AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, at $150 you earn Host Rewards EVEN IF THE ENTIRE ORDER IS YOURS (you don’t have to host a party or a workshop to earn those host rewards!)  So if I placed a $150 order, I’d earn 10% in Host Rewards.  If I placed 3 – $50 orders, I’d pay more in shipping and I wouldn’t earn any host rewards.

So, during Sale-A-Bration, you definitely want to place orders in $50 increments so you can earn FREE Sale-A-Bration items.  But if you can, I suggest you place your order for a minimum of $150 to earn those host rewards too.  (I often use those host rewards to stock up on adhesive or envelopes, and occasionally to indulge in  a stamp set I might not otherwise order).  If you really want to maximize your savings, place a $250 order.  These BIG SPENDERS either order all for themselves, or gather a few orders from friends and family.  At $250 you earn a $25 Host Reward Bonus so you’ll get $25 (10% of $250) and $25 for a total of $50 in Free Products, AND 5 -Level 1 Sale-A-Bration rewards!!

Now is also a good time to order a 12 month PrePaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription ($209) because you’ll earn Free Sale-A-Bration items and you’ll get closer to that $250 Big Spender level.

To learn more about Sale-A-Bration, read my blog post here.  Then head over to my online store, and place your order to earn your FREE Sale-A-Bration items.

JANUARY HOST CODE & FREE GIFT WITH ORDER

If you place an order with me during January that is $75 or more (before tax & shipping) and your order is less than $150, 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 OnlineOrder 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.

Here’s the supply list for my card if you want to order these products to create this card for yourself.

Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" CardstockBotanical Butterfly Designer Series PaperBalmy Blue 8-1/2 x 11 Cardstock

 

     Stitched Shapes Framelits DiesTuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Thanks friends, for stopping into My StampinSpace today!

Sunday Stamps Challenge

I think challenges are a great way to stretch your creativity, and so I am endeavoring to play along with 2 challenges each week.  This week, I chose to play along with The Sunday Stamps challenge.  The sketch is a great layout which allowed me to showcase our beautiful DSP and the stunning Hibiscus flower from “Humming Along” the soon to be released stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  (Yes, my last blog post featured this flower as well and you can see that here).  Here is the sketch that inspired today’s project:

Sunday Stamps Challenge 192And here is my take on it:

The gorgeous gingham DSP is a new paper called Gingham Gala and it will be available in Jan 2019 in Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Occasions Catalog, along with the “Humming Along” stamp set.  I colored in the Hibiscus with our Stampin’ Blends markers in Daffodil Delight.     I love how the darling gingham just pops against a the tiniest bit of Basic  Black.  And because no envelope should be left naked…

Humming Along Yellow Hibiscus

The gingham paper has a larger check on one side, and a smaller check on the other.  I used the larger check to dress up the envelope flap so it coordinates perfectly but isn’t an exact match.

I hope you like my project today.  I encourage you to play with the Stampin’ Blends markers.  It is so easy to create a perfectly shaded and hi-lighted image with our Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers.  Here’s an up-close of the flower colored with the Stampin’ Blends so you can see the shaded and hi-lighted areas.

a yellow colored Hibiscus flower colored with Stampin Blends

Start practicing and you’ll be coloring and shading like a pro in no time!  To help you get started check out my promotion below:

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. 

COMING SOON!  OnLine Extravaganza!  Stampin’ Up!s answer to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday all wrapped up in one easy to shop sale!  Check back on Friday, Nov.23 when the fun begins!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to check out my project.  I love when you tell how you liked a project so please leave me a comment.  And thank you for shopping with me, I appreciate your orders.

Happy Stampin’,

Nancy

Humming Along

One of the stamp sets I got during Prize Patrol at OnStage last week is a line art stamp set called “Humming Along”.  Not only does the line art give me the chance to color with my watercolor pencils or Stampin’ Blends, but the fonts in the stamp set are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!  Let’s take a look at the stamp set:

Humming Along

That gorgeous Hibiscus flower!  Right?  Now look what happens when you add some color with our Stampin’ Blends:Humming Along

So simple yet so striking!

How I did it:

I used Old Olive cardstock for the card base, and layered my Whisper White panels with Basic Black.  I used Tuxedo Black Momento Black ink and shaded with Cherry Cobbler (light & dark), Old Olive (light & dark) and Crushed Curry (light & dark) Stampin’ Blends markers.

I saw these flowers all over Florida and even snapped a few pictures of these red beauties: Hibiscus in Orlando FL

Cling Mount Stamps

The Humming Along stamp set is the new “Cling” type stamp set.  Not familiar with Cling?  Click here to learn all about the new Cling stamps from Stampin’ UP1

This stamp set will be available in the 2019 Occasions Catalog which goes live to customers January 3, 2019.  Can’t wait?  I can show you how you can get this stamp set sooner.  Ask me here.

Want another look at my project?  Here is it again: Humming Along

Stampin’ Blends

If you haven’t tried the Stampin’ Blends yet, grab yourself a few.  I started with a few basic color combinations (I choose green, yellow, red/pink to make flowers and added to my color collection from there.  Of course, I got the Color Lifter as well so I could remove my mistakes and add hi-lights.  Order Stampin’ Blends here.

I find coloring with the blends to be therapeutic; it’s so calming and relaxing and just plain fun.  Just start coloring and soon you’ll be just humming along, and then; the end result?  Something to be so proud of!  Your friends and family will oooh and aaaah over your creations for sure!

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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!

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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.

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Happy Stampin,

Nancy

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