It’s all about the shoes!

Mojo Monday 369Today is Monday so it’s time for another Mojo Monday sketch challenge!  You know that moment when you see something and you instantly know what you want to do?  You can just ‘see’ the finished product.  That’s how it was when I opened my email and saw the little thumbnail sketch of today’s sketch.  Here it is:

What was the first thing I saw?  Shoes.  Yes, shoes.  Specifically witches shoes from the Tee-Hee-Hee stamp set.  And I knew my fav Halloween color combo:  Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive & Rich Razzleberry would make up the three panels.  I immediately envisioned those three pairs of shoes mounted on layers of the same colors and that panel on black.  Can you see it so far?   In my mind, I saw it immediately.  Here it is for you to see. Displaying photo.JPG


I played around with several colors of paper, solid color, patterned pattern until I came up with what I thought was just perfect.  Solid Old Olive cardstock embossed with the Decorative Dots TIEF.  That texture reminded me of ostrich skin leather; exactly what a witch would have her shoes made from, don’t you think?  Of course, the ‘ribbon’ had to be the extra thick chunky bakers’ twine in Old Olive.  I chose to put the sentiment on the insde;  I just love that saying!

Displaying photo.JPG

Can you read it?  “Whether you’re a good witch or a bad witch it’s all about the shoes”  Love it!

Please leave me a comment and tell me what you think of my interpretation of this sketch.  I love to hear from you and really do cherish each & every comment.  And to show you how much I love your comments, I will be giving away the Tee-Hee-Hee photopolymer stamp set that I used to make this card on Friday!  Yes, I’ll be sharing some tricks and a treat just for you; my blog readers!   But you have to leave me a comment.  And come back each day this week.  I’ll be sharing Halloween projects all week long.  Every comment will be numbered in the order they are received from now until Friday and then I will choose one comment to be the lucky winner.  So leave me a comment and win a free stamp set!  Cool!

Want to order any of the products I used here?  Click here to go to my online store, or click on the item below.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space.  I hope you’ll be the winner of my blog Trick or Treat!


Homemade Holidays are in the bag!

The moment you have been waiting for is here!!! (drum roll, please!)  The Stampin’ Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog!  Filled with lots stamp sets, from traditional Christmas, to whimsical to nature-inspired, Nordic and more!  Lots more, including great DSP’s, embellishment and gift-wrapping!  Well, see for yourself!  Here it is. 2014 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog Take a few minutes and flip thru pages for yourself.  What is your must-have stamp set or suite for Christmas?  For Halloween?  For Fall?

Page 41 went straight to the top of my list!  I love the stamp set “For All Things” but the DSP, and buttons & washi tape just made it complete.  Love, love, love Festival of Trees and the coordinating punch, and Ornamental Pine.  Of course, the wreath & framelit set: Wondrous Wreath on page 9 is everybody’s favorite.  And as a bundle, you’ll save 15% when you purchase the stamp set & framelits dies together.

You can begin shopping here.  And with a qualifying order of $150 or more, you can get the Stamp Set “Good Greetings” for FREE, on top of the host rewards!

Want it all but your budget says otherwise?  Today is the last day to join Stampin’ Up and get all the perks that come with joining our family including product discounts!  The SWEET DEAL ends today; buy the starter kit for $99 and receive your choice of $150 worth of products – and it ships for free!  Then take 30% off your first order.  Click here to join now – you don’t have to ‘sell’ anything and there is no obligation but you’ll get all the perks until Jan 30, 2015.

Want to see before you buy?  I’m hosting a Holiday Open House on Sat., Sept. 13th at my home.  I’ll have product demo’s, make & takes, prizes and more!  Come join me- there is no cost for this event but RSVP’s are required.  Leave a comment at the end of the blog post if you’d like to come.

Well, I’ll let you go so you can really study the catalog.  Happy Stampin’,


Toil & Trouble

So often I make cards and really like looking at them, but can’t really decorate my house with cards.  So I decided to make card fronts, just slightly larger than normal, and fill a collage frame.  Problem solved!  Now my cards are works of art that I can display in my home.  And, I can switch out the ‘art’ whenever I want to!  Pretty clever if I do say so myself.

Toil & Trouble Collage

The stamp set Toil & Trouble (#131724 wood, # 131727 clear) was used for the images.  Several different techniques were used (the raven was heat embossed with black embossing powder onto DSP,  the skulls were made using the ‘ghosting’ technique {how appropriate, right?} with white craft ink and black embossing powder.  The “eye of newt” image was colored with markers and cropped out using the coordinating apothecary cart framelit dies.  And the skeleton was stamped and die cut with the ovals framelits with another oval behind.  A little heart from the Owl Builder Punch was placed onto my skeleton, too!)

If you would like this, but don’t want to make it, I am offering this finished photo collage for $25 plus shipping, or $20 plus shipping  for those who like me on facebook (

If you would like to order this yourself, Click Here to go to my online store where you can buy all the supplies you need to create this.  If you like, you can order your choice of products valued between $25 and $26.95 and have it ship to you for FREE, when you choose the $25 Starter Kit.  You’ll get all the discounts and perks of a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator without any pressure to sell thru March 2014 and no further obligation.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space today.  See you soon!


Trick or Treat? Pals October Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us for the Pals Halloween Blog Hop. We hope you enjoy our virtual trick-or treat hop where you will either learn great tricks for your creative projects or enjoy a blog candy treat.
You should have just left stop number 14 on the Pals Hop – Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat. If so, you are in the right spot. If you get off track, the full blog lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

Toil & Trouble Treat Holders

These adorable little treat holders, crafted from the Toil & Trouble stamp set and coordinating Apothecary Accents Framelits dies are the perfect way to present a candy bar to all the goblins & ghouls at your door on Halloween!  (These are holding snack size KitKat bars and a snack size Hershey bar and are headed for my co-workers).

Here are some “tricks” to help you re-create these yourself.  I created 3 different versions:   I stamped the image in Pumpkin Pie ink onto Pumpkin Pie cardstock, in Tangerine Tango ink on Whisper White cardstock, and Versamark ink onto Basic Black cardstock.  This piece was then covered with Tangerine Tango Embossing Powder and heat embossed.  This looks striking, don’t you think?  I could not have achieved that dramatic look with ink alone but embossing powder transforms the whole look.  Strong colors pop against the black background.

Tip:  Always use your embossing buddy, especially when using dark cardstock.  Embossing Buddy This helps so that stray embossing powder doesn’t stick to the cardstock.




Tip:   When using a large stamp, always tap your ink pad onto the stamp, rather than tapping the stamp into the ink pad.  IMG_2796






Tip:  Did you know that Stampin’ Up! upgraded their heat embossing tool?  It now has 2 heat settings.  High works great for heat embossing and low for drying ink.   Just thought you’d want to know. Heat Tool


Tip:  Coordinating dies & stamp sets make papercrafting SO MUCH FUN!!! If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I buy any stamp set with a coordinating punch or die.  The Toil & Trouble stamp set coordinates with the  Apothecary Accents Framelits dies that I already had so it jumped to the top of my wish list when the Holiday Catalog was released.

After the image is stamped, cut it out with the Framelits dies.

Magnetic PlatformTip:  The magnetic platform for the Big Shot is your new best friend when using the framelits dies.  Trust me, if you don’t already own, this, you must have this.  You will thank me for telling you that.  The magnetic platform holds the framelits die in place so it stays perfectly aligned when you finish creating your sandwich.




Tip:  If however you don’t yet have the magnetic platform, then a few well placed pieces of a sticky note will help keep things from moving around.




This shape is 5″ long.  To create the pocket, I used the Simply Scored scoring tool and found the center (2-1/2″) point.



Nancy Gleason all images © Stampin’ Up!I then scored a line 2 grooves BEFORE (2-1/4″) and 2 grooves AFTER (2-3/4″) the center point.  This allows me to fold the shape in half but with enough thickness to gently cradle the candy bar!


A hole punched  in the top and a piece of ribbon are all that is needed to tie things together.








The bird image is from the same stamp set and this was heat embossed using Black Embossing Powder.  It was fussy-cut using our Paper Snips.

Tip:  When fussy-cutting an intricate shape like this, move the paper; not the scissors.  It seems counter-intuitive but it really works!

So, please leave me a comment and tell me which color combo you like best.  (And what kind of candy you would like in your candy holder!)

If you are considering ordering any of the products to  make this, you should really check out our $25 Starter Kit promotion.  See my post from yesterday for all the details and why it makes more sense to Join now rather than place an order.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space.  Now hop along to see all the other projects the Pals have in store for you.  But make sure to come back and hang out in My Stampin Space again soon.  Thanks!   Nancy

The next stop is Beth Beard at  My little craft blog , stop number 16 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting – and I hope to see you next month!


2013octhop_nextThanks to the talented Nicole Watt for creating our blog hop badge and buttons!

  1. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery 
  2. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers 
  3. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards 
  4. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  5. Debbie Crowley at  expressivelydeb… 
  6. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts 
  7. Julie Trevett-Smith at The Stampin’ Affair! 
  8. Kerry Willard Bray at  Stampgoodness 
  9. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty 
  10. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit 
  11. Colleen Mollema at My Crafty Habit 
  12. Lisa Davis at Cherry Street Paper Treats 
  13. Lisa Ann Bernard at  Queen B Creations 
  14. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat 
  15. Nancy Gleason at  My Stampin Space –YOU ARE HERE! —
  16. Beth Beard at  My little craft blog 
  17. Linda Callahan at Stampin’ Seasons 
  18. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine 
  19. Peggy Noe at 
  20. Debbie Mageed at  Secret Stamper 
  21. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping 
  22. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’ 
  23. Shirley Sumption at Look at my Cute Stuff 
  24. Sandra Conner at Pretty Provisions 
  25. Carmen Sublasky at The Creative Stamptuary 
  26. Margaret Moody at Margaret Moody 

My Spooky Banner

Spooky BannerHere is a picture of my fireplace mantel sporting the new Spooky Banner I created using the new Build A Banner Simply Created Kit (item # 133507) and the coordinating Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit (item # 132698).  The banner couldn’t have been easier to make; a short learning curve for me try both spritzing and sponging ( I ultimately opted for the sponging).

The banner kit contains 18 canvas pennants in 3 shapes, 3 background stencils (stripes, dots & chevron patterns), a stencil mask and alphabet stencils plus jute for hanging and a spritzer tool.  Because I opted for the sponging, the drying time was minimal meaning I could apply the colored background pattern and the text without waiting.  The accessory kit made decorating the banner a snap.  The kits are designed to include everything you need, just add ink and adhesives!  It could not be simplier.

I opted to use a few things on mine that weren’t in the kit, and likewise, didn’t use a few things that were, to make the banner ‘mine’ although I did try to stay as close to the banner shown on pages 4 & 5 of the Holiday Catalog to show how easy it is to create that.











The close-ups show you the rosette and pre-printed and glitter die-cut pieces that come with the accessory kit.  Are you digging the black Vintage Designer Faceted Buttons?  They are exclusive to this kit.

Since the kit contains 18 pennants, I will be able to make a banner for Thanksgiving and Christmas, in addition to this Halloween banner, from just one kit!

If you would like to order the Build-A-Banner Simply Created Kit (Item # 133507),   the Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit (item # 132698) or the Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit (item # 132697) – not shown, simply click the item name or Click Here to go to my on-line store where you can shop safely from the comfort of your own home.

Have you seen the new Envelope Punch Board?  No, well, I created a short video showing you this newest tool that is going to totally transform the way you make cards, and envelopes!  Don’t believe me?  Watch the video and see for yourself:

I know, now you want one;  you just can’t live without it, can you?  You are already thinking of all the cards you are going to make of odd sizes that you never dared make before, because you didn’t have an envelope.  The Envelope Punch Board is item # 133774 and it is available to order now.  You’re welcome 🙂

While you’re shopping, don’t forget to check out the Clearance RackWhere do all your favorite stamps, tools, accessories & embellishments go when they retire?  To the clearance rack!  And the Clearance Rack was just reloaded.  All items are deeply discounted and are only available while supplies last so don’t wait!  Click Here to shop the Clearance Rack.!

I’d love to see the Banner you create!   Just go to my on-line store and buy a banner kit, and an accessory kit if you so choose, and create your banner.  Then snap a pic and email it to me; I’ll post your banner pic on my blog!  It’s that simple 🙂

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space today.

October Pals Blog Hop

Trick-or-Treat! It’s time for some fun and festive crafting with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals! You’ve probably hopped over from Sandra Conner at Pretty Provisions, I’m stop number 22 on the Pals Hop and I’m glad you hopped in! I’ll help you “hop along” from blog to blog where you’ll find great ideas for Stampin’ Up! Halloween projects along with some tricks and treats along the way! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the Pals Hop Line-up below and you’ll be back on track.

My Stampin Space treat holderCrafting & Chocolate are 2 of my favorite things – so when you combine them, how good is that? And today’s project incorporates both!

This matchbook style treat holder also uses my favorite color, Lucky Limeade, and my favorite stamp set of the day, Googly Ghouls.  It doesn’t get any better than this!

My Stampin Space treat holder projectThis photo shows the treat holder closed and the next photo shows it open, revealing the treat inside.


To purchase any of the supplies used to create this treat holder, feel free to click here to visit my secure on-line store.

Paper:  Lucky Limeade Cardstock, Basic Grey cardstock, Basic Black cardstock, Very Vanilla cardstock and Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP.

Stamp Set:  Googly Ghouls

Ink:  Staz-On Black ink, Lucky Limeade Classic Ink Pad

Cool Tools:  Word Window Punch, Blender Pen, Score-Pal

Embellishments:  Googlies Adhesive Eyes

Adhesives:  Snail & Sticky Strip

I’m giving away a TREAT! Lucky you!

One lucky winner will receive this project AND  3 other treat holders for a total of four (4) Matchbook style treat holders AND instructions on how to make them!Pals October Blog Hop Blog Candy   This project is so versatile, you can make treats or party favors for just about any occasion.

If you’d like a chance to win, simply leave a comment below by Friday. One random winner will be announced here next Tuesday, so be sure to come back!
Note: I only ship within the U.S.   Winner has 24 hours to email me their name and mailing address so stay tuned for the announcement of the winner!

Now hop along for more tricks and treats and some spooky ideas from Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping, stop number 1 on the Pals Trick-or-Treat Blog Hop! Thanks for “hopping” by!

  1. Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping
  2. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  3. Nicole Picadura at Scraps & Stamps
  4. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  5. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  6. Peggy Noe at
  7. Kerry Willard Bray at Stampgoodness
  8. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  9. Naki Rager at …notes from Naki
  10. Sherrie Gross at Stampin Sunshine
  11. Claire Crotteau-Hutt at Stamppaperscissors
  12. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  13. Laurie Chilton at Stampin’ Ink
  14. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  15. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  16. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  17. Ann Schach at The Stampin’ Schach
  18. Nicole Watt at Impressions by Nicole
  19. Shannon Hokanson at My Stampin Blog
  20. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  21. Sandra Conner at Pretty Provisions
  22. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin’ Space

Mojo Monday 262

Today is Monday, so it’s time to get my mojo on and  play the Mojo Monday sketch challenge.

Here is the sketch that the design team over at Mojo Monday created.  I had so many ideas run thru my head the second I saw this sketch.  Since I had my Halloween stamps and paper out (for the Pals Blog Hop) I used those.

Here is my project – I hope you like it!  Googly Ghouls & Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP

This sketch is a great way to use those little scraps of DSP that I always seem to accumulate but don’t want to get rid of (and I’m sure you have them too!).

My card base is Very Vanilla cardstock with Basic Black layered on top of that.  A strip of Tangerine Tango crosses the top and acts as anchor for all the flags to hang from.  A circle of Very Vanilla acts as the canvas for my witch from the Googly Ghouls stamp set.  Both of those pieces have been pierced for added interest and texture.  You can see that better in this close-up.

Mojo Monday 262 close upI punched a circle in So Saffron and sponged Daffodil Delight around the outer edges to create shading.  The little bat flying over the moon adds to the ominous feeling!

I also used Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, and Lucky Limeade markers to color in parts of my little witch.  The Googlie eyes just make the images in this stamp set so adorable!  Nothing frightening here!

If you like what you see, please leave me a comment.  You can even sign up to for my newsletter or to follow my blog so you don’t miss a post.

Thanks for stopping into My Stampin’ Space!  I hope you were inspired to get your mojo on and try your hand at making a project using your scraps of DSP and this sketch.

Happy Stampin’!  – Nancy