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2019-20 Stampin UP! Annual Catalog

Have you seen the New Catalog yet? Seriously, you are going to want to pour a cup of coffee or tea and curl up and pour over this catalog! It’s chock full of new products, inspiration and so many on-trend designs! Grab a large piece of paper to start making your wish list!

Now, for the fun part! Start shopping! All of the items in the new catalog are available to order now! (with 2 notable exceptions: Storage by Stampin’ Up! will be available in July, and the Purple Posy ink pad & ink refill. )

My top 3 Product Suites

My top 3 Bundles are:

  • the Daisy Lane Bundle (Yes! This set coordinates with the existing Daisy Punch that we love, and there is a NEW, smaller daisy punch that coordinates with this set! – I bet this is going to be your favorite too!
  • Ride With Me Bundle (this makes an adorable 3-D pick up truck and it coordinates with the mini Stampin’ UP! shipping boxes found on page 172)
  • To A Wild Rose Bundle (pg. 141). This stamp set was inspired by Million Dollar Sales Achiever May Ellen Byler and I just love the 2-step stamping technique.

My top 3 Paper Choices are:

  • Perennial Essence DSP– the designs and colors in this hand painted paper look like a Monet painting! I don’t want to use it, I just want to frame this paper – it’s that pretty! See it on pages 106-108.
  • Magnolia Lane DSP – so pretty that your card doesn’t need more than a piece of the paper and a sentiment!
  • Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP – you have to see this paper in person to appreciate it! The shiny accents put this paper over the top!

Click here to shop the new catalog
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Be first.  The first 3 people to place an online order with me will receive a little gift from me as my way of saying thanks. 

If your order is less than $150 (before shipping & tax), please use Host Code EUCT6PVIf your order is $150 or greater, do NOT use that Host Code but rather use the Host Rewards dollars for yourself.

Remember: All ordering will be unavailable from midnight to noon (MT) on June 4, 2019 while we transition our ordering systems to the new catalog. Ordering will be available again no later than noon (MT).

Please leave me a comment and let me know your favorite stamp sets, bundles, and product suites. What did you just have to have today?

Want to see more? Join me for my New Catalog Open House on Saturday, June 8th from 10-2pm(EST) at My Stampin Space Studio in Moosic, PA. Can’t join me live? Join me on Facebook! I’ll be popping up on Facebook Live and I’ll share some of the product displays. Like my page now so you won’t miss anything.

See ya soon, enjoy the New Catalog!

Nancy

Come and see….

OPEN HOUSE, free event to debut the 2019-2020 Stampin' UP! annual catalog

The 2019-2020 Stampin’ UP! Annual Catalog is just around the corner! The release of a new catalog is always exciting because there is always so much new to be had. Come and see the products from the new catalog for yourself. I’m hosting an Open House on Saturday June 8th from 10am-2pm and you’re invited!

Door prizes, make & takes, product displays, and of course a new catalog and shopping for everyone! Plan to join me. The event is free, but please RSVP so that I’ll have a catalog and goodie bag for everyone who attends!.

RSVP by leaving me a comment, or text me at 570-357-4580. Come and see what’s new!

Changes are coming….

Chlnges are coming! Keeping up with design and manufacturing trends is something Stampin’ Up! has always done. This is what keeps them on the leading edge of style and design trends. An example of this is the Color Palette, specifically the InColors. In Colors are on trend colors introduced for a 2 year period. With each Annual Catalog (the beginning of June) 5 new colors are introduced, aptly named for 2 year period in which they will be available. And 5 colors are retired. As we prepare to say goodbye to the 2017-2019 InColors, please note all items in these colors will retire and are now only available while supplies last. Shop the retiring 2017-2019 In Colors here.

More changes to come have been announced regarding some of our tools.

The Stampin’ Trimmer is being retired when the current catalog ends. I have always felt that is one of the best, user-friendly trimmers on the market. You can order a Stampin’ Trimmer here before they retire, and don’t forget to order extra Trimmer blades too. There is a current quantity limit of THREE on blade packages (set of two per package).  On April 15, the limit will be increased to SIX (set of two per package). 
A replacement trimmer or paper cutter will be released in the future (date to be determined).

Also being retired is the Big Shot die cutting & embossing machine, and all of it’s accessories. You can purchase a Die Cutting & Embossing Machine here now. A new die cutting and embossing machine will be introduced in the future (date to be determined) – I can’t wait to see what’s coming!

NEW DIES and EMBOSSING FOLDERS: We will still offer dies and embossing folders, but you’ll see some improvements to these items in the new 2019 Annual Catalog too. You can read all about the new dies and embossing folders here.

Several stamp sets will be retired as well to make room for new stamp sets. The Retired List will be posted next week. I will be heading to Atlantic City, NJ for the OnStage convention today and will be getting my 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. Stay tuned to my Facebook page for sneak posts and posts from OnStage. I will also have giveaways for many of my posts so make sure you comment on my posts as well.

Talk to you soon! I’m sure there will be more changes coming that I’ll be telling you about!

Nancy

What’s in the Sale-A-Bration 2nd Release?

As you may know, on February 15th, Stampin’ Up! added more items to the Sale-A-Bration offering. What’s in the Sale-A-Bration 2nd release? I’m glad you asked! Here is the lo-down on the Sale-A-Bration 2nd release:

The new products include the All Adorned stamp set, Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impression Embossing Folder, and the Painted Seasons Stamp Set/DSP Bundle. Let’s take a closer look at each one:

All Adorned Stamp Set Sale-A-Bration 2nd Release
Country Floral TIEF
Painted Season Bundle

Let’s take a look at this bundle in action:

Save More with Paper Pumpkin

So which new product is your favorite? Hard to choose, isn’t it? Want an easy way to get ALL of these new products? Buy a 12 month PrePaid Paper Pumpkin subscription! It’s the most economical way to buy Paper Pumpkin because you save off the monthly shipment price, and during Sale-A-Bration, you earn 4 Level 1 Rewards (or 2 Level 1, and 1 Level 2 Rewards so you can get everything here) AND you earn $20.90 in Stampin’ Rewards! Win-Win!!!

The Best Deal of All!

Want even more? The Starter Kit is the best value yet! During Sale-A-Bration you can choose the $99 Starter Kit or the $129 Starter Kit with exclusive Craft & Carry Tote. Fill each kit with your choice of $175 of product and get Free Shipping. Click here to order your Starter Kit and get started on a Stampin’ Up! Journey that has the power to change your life! Have questions? Let’s chat. Email me. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have.

Craft and Carry Tote

Several items from the initial Sale-A-Bration offering have already sold out: The Grapefruit Grove & Lovely Lipstick foil sheets and the Butterfly Elements are sold out and are no longer available. Make sure you get the Sale-A-Bration items YOU want before they’re gone! Shop today and get the items you want.

So what’s in the Sale-A-Bration 2nd Release for you? Leave me a comment and let me know what’s your favorite!

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!

Buffalo Check

I may be a little bit late to the Buffalo Check party, but I’ll be making up for lost time for sure!  As soon as I saw the Buffalo Check background stamp in the 2018 Holiday Catalog, I knew I had to have it!  But since I was pacing my budget with the trip to Orlando, FL for OnStage, I didn’t get it right away.    My order arrived a few days before Thanksgiving but today was the first day I could actually ink that stamp up and use it.  This is the first card I made with it:   Buffalo Check Christmas Plaid

I used Black Momento ink on Whisper White cardstock to stamp the Buffalo Check image.    If you subscribe to my mailing list, you’ll be able to download my free report ““The 8 Essential Tools Every Paper Crafter MUST have to be Successful” .  #2 is a clear flexible ruler.  I used this ruler and my Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write marker to draw lines between the checks to create more of a ‘plaid’ than Buffalo Check.  I really love the way it turned out.

I used the Country Home stamp set to stamp the milk can and colored it using the Basic Gray Stampin’ Blends markers.  I added hi-lights with the Stampin’ Blends Color Lifter.  (You can get this FREE from me; see below.)    Then I cropped some pine needles from Old Olive cardstock, a berry spring in gold foil sheets, and leaves in Vellum.  I stamped the candy canes in Cherry Cobbler ink and fussy cut them out. I stamped the sentiment from the Winter Woods stamp set onto a scrap of Whisper White and fussy cut that out as well.

Every where I look, I see Buffalo Check patterns, from clothing to housewares, to Christmas decor.  It’s so on trend.  I love that Stampin’ Up! offers us products that are so trendy.  I stamped several pieces of cardstock, in different colors, so I plan on making lots of cards with Buffalo Check backgrounds!  Follow my Facebook page to see them all.

All of the items I used are available for sale in my online store if you want to purchase any of these items.   Online ExtravaganzaHappening Now:

Our new two-day sale is 10% off annual catalog stamp sets and kits. Supplies are limited, so shop now and get your hands on some new favorites! 10% off is like getting FREE SHIPPING (shipping is 10% of your order when your order reaches $69.95)  Who doesn’t like FREE SHIPPING? This Sale ends midnight on November 26 so don’t wait!  SHOP NOW!  *Annual catalog products only, exclusions apply, item quantities limited.

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. 

Please leave me a comment and tell me what you think of today’s project.  Do you have the Buffalo Check stamp set yet or plan to get it?  I think you’ll love it as much as I do.

Happy Stampin, and thanks as always for choosing to shop thru me to purchase your Stampin’ UP! supplies.  I appreciate it.

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

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!

I love hearing from you.  Please leave me a comment and tell me what you think about the Humming Along stamp set or my project.  Thanks friends!  COMMENT HERE. 

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I’ve been Making Christmas Bright

Hi Stampers,  I love getting a jump start on making Christmas Cards and this past week I’ve been busy making Christmas Bright, thanks to the new Making Christmas Bright stamp set and coordinating Christmas Bulb Builder Punch (Bundle and Save 10%)

I love, too, when I get more mileage out of a Christmas stamp set by using it year round, and this bundle does just that.  Now that’s what I call Making Christmas Bright!

Making Christmas Bright

I love the cheerful, rainbow of colors and the festive combination of Call Me Clover and Lovely Lipstick.  The pop of Silver Metallic gives just the right amount of bling!  A bit of Wink of Stella gives the light bulbs some added shine.  Making Christmas Bright up close light bulbsHere’s a look at the Making Christmas Bright Bundle:
Making Christmas Bright Bundle

One thing that made working with the tiny light bulb pieces a piece of cake is the new Take Your Pick tool.  After punching out multiple light bulbs from colored cardstock and light bulb bases from Silver Metallic Foil, this tool allowed me to pick up the pieces with ease and place them just where I need them to be.  I don’t think I would want to put these light bulbs together without it!  Make sure you grab a Take Your Pick Tool when you order this bundle!

The Stamparatus also made easy work of stamping the sentiment.  This is 2 stamps and getting them lined up within the circle (which I cropped out before stamping) is so easy with the stamparatus.  I love this more and more every time I use it!

I know that you want to recreate this card for yourself, and you can!  My supply list is below so that you can get the supplies you need to make this card for yourself.

Now I told you that the Making Christmas Bright stamp set can also be used year round.  I’ll be sharing two projects I made with this stamp set that aren’t Christmas in an upcoming blog post.  My mailing list subscribers will actually get to see them first!  If you aren’t on my mailing list, you can subscribe here.
I hope my project will be Making Christmas Bright for you too!
If you have any questions for me, leave them in the comments and I’ll be sure to get back to you!  I may even answer your question in an upcoming newsletter edition.

Stamparatus Accessories

When you find that perfect dress, what do you do?  You add just the right necklace and purse, and of course, new shoes, right?  We all know the accessories make the outfit.  Well our favorite toys and tools need the right accessories to complete them, too.  Introducing, Stamparatus Accessories.  The perfect compliment to your Stamparatus!

Stamparatus Accessories

NEW Stamparatus Accessories Now Available to Order

We know that owning a Stamparatus means it was love at first sight and we wanted to give you even more love about this versatile stamping tool by introducing Stamparatus accessories!

The new accessories are:

  • Small Grid Paper (#149621, $6.50) – Grid paper perfectly sized to fit the Stamparatus for precision stamp alignment every time.  (50 sheets)
  • Stamparatus Plates (#149693, $15.00) – Additional plates allow you to have multiple stamp arrangements ready to go!  (2 plates)
  • Stamparatus Foam Mat (#150081, $3.00) – Extra foam mat for photopolymer stamping.  (1 mat)
  • Stamparatus Accessories Pack (#151049, $24.50) – Includes two Stamparatus plates, grid paper, 1 foam mat.
  • Magnets (#148213, $12.00) – Replacement magnets for the Stamparatus.  (2 magnets)

Order your Stamparatus Accessories here.

See the Stamparatus Accessories in action in this video:

World Card Making Day

Perfect for beginner card makers and seasoned card makers alike, there are kits and supplies on sale this week just for the World Card Making Event.

Check out this PDF flier of sale items here.

Shop the World Card Making Day Sale here.

Don’t forget that the Stamparatus, and the Stamparatus Accessories, are great for card makers of all skill levels.  When you order your  World Card Making Day Sale kits, don’t forget to grab a Stamparatus and Stamparatus Accessories to make your card making and rubber stamping more precise!

LAST CALL!making Christmas Crafts   Would you like to receive tutorials for 12 exclusive Christmas projects   for FREE.   I’m sure the answer to that is a “Of course I want to!”  My 4th annual 12 Weeks of Christmas newsletter is slated to begin this week.   Only the folks who have subscribed to my mailing list will receive this newsletter and the 12 project tutorials delivered to their in-box for the next 12 weeks.  It’s not too late, you can subscribe to my mailing list right here, or fill in the box that pops up when you come to my blog.  And please be sure to pass this on to your friends who want to receive 12 free Christmas project tutorials in their in-box also.  Friends don’t let friends miss out on a great deal!

Happy Stampin,

Nancy

 

It’s Christmas Morning!!!!

Well, ok, it’s not really Christmas morning.  But it sure feels like it!  Today is the day that the 2018 Stampin’ Up! catalog is live!  This catalog is chock full of holiday goodness.  I won’t make you wait any longer so here it is:

2018 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

Just click on the image and open up the catalog.

I”ll wait while you look thru the catalog and make your shopping list.  In fact, I’ll even give you a Holiday Shopping List!  Just click here:  Holiday Shopping List

Now you’ve made your list, and checked it twice, and you’re ready to place your order.  Click here to shop my online store. 

Don’t forget to add your Bonus Day coupon(s) that you earned in August.   Holiday Shopping List

So you’re good to go.  Now leave me a comment and let me know which products were your favorites.

Thanks,

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

What do a Kangaroo and A Koala Bear have in common?

What do a Kangaroo and a Koala Bear have in common?  Well for starters, they both begin with the letter “K“.  And they both hail from Australia.   And they both can be found in the new stamp set call “Animal Outing”.  And since they are both Animals, it is a perfect fit for the Paper Players Theme Challenge this week!

Paper Players Theme Challenge Animals PP396

I used the Animal Outing stamp set for my card.  Animal Outing Stamp Set #146600

Apparently the Momma Kangaroo is babysitting for her friends baby as she has a Koala bear in her pouch! 

Aren’t they so cute together?  I didn’t expect that!

Here is the card I made:  Animal Outing  I used several of the new colors just introduced to us by Stampin’ UP!.  First of all, I used Gray Granite ink to stamp the Kangaroo image and Gray Granite cardstock for that image panel layer.  Next I used Balmy Blue, Mango Melody, and Granny Apple Green cardstock for the background.  I used Granny Apple Green ink to  stamp up the leaves and I fussy cut them out and popped them behind the main image panel.  For my sentiment, I stamped in Berry Burst ink and cropped a circle of Berry Burst cardstock to layer my punched sentiment.  The card came together quickly, and a few dimensionals behind my layers give me height and dimension for interest and gives the leaves a place to pop out from.

So, what do a Kangaroo and a Koala bear have in common?  They both are perfect for welcoming a new little one into the world!  And they both are just plain cute together!

There are many  exciting coordinating products in the Animal Expedition Suite that coordinate with this stamp set.  You’ll find thinlits dies, designer series paper, and embellishments.  You’ll definitely want to add this to your collection.  And when you bundle the stamp set and thinlits, you’ll save 10%!  Sweet, right?

Don’t forget to bounce over to the Paper Players blog to see all the Animal Antics.  Before you go, make sure to SUBSCRIBE TO MY MAILING LIST, and LIKE MY FACEBOOK PAGE.   That way you and I can be friends and you won’t miss anything from me.

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Introducing the 2018 In Colors with Varied Vases

Each year in the beginning of June when the new catalog makes it’s debut,  5 new In Colors are introduced.  The In Colors are designed to be trendy colors that will only be around for 2  years.  I’d like to introduce you to the 2018-20 In Colors2018-20 In Color Collection I made this set of 5 mini cards with my class earlier this week and the consensus was that everyone loved the new 2018-20 In Colors, & the Varied Vases stamp set!    You can see other projects I made with the Varied Vases stamp set here.Let me introduce you to the new 2018-20 In Colors, one by one.

Say “Hello” to Call Me Clover, a rich, luscious shade of green.

Say hello to Call Me Clover and Varied Vases

Next up, is Lovely Lipstick, a bright, primary color shade of red.  Just a touch ‘pinker’ than Real Red. 

The bright, primary Blue color is called Blueberry Bushel.  The flowers are outlined in Blueberry Bushel full strength.  The filler flower is stamped off and then stamped to create this lighter shade of blue. 

Our next color is called Grapefruit Grove and it is a soft shade of a peachy coral.  This card also features the flowers filled in with a stamped off lighter shade of the same color.

Last but not least is called Pineapple Punch.  This rich vibrant shade of yellow is so bright you might need to wear sunglasses! 

These little 3″ x 3″ mini cards are made for the Whisper White 3 x 3 envelopes.  And the whole set fits just perfectly in a Mini Pizza Box, perfect for gift-giving!

Which of the new 2018-20 In Colors is your favorite?  Please leave me a comment, I love to hear from you!

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Enjoy the new 2018-20 In Colors and the new catalog.  Happy Shopping!

Nancy

 

The Top 3 ‘Must Haves’ from the new 2018 Catalog

If you’re like me, you have been pouring over the new 2018-19 Stampin’ UP! Annual Catalog and making your Shopping List.  Well the time is here that you can order from this catalog.  You can view the catalog by clicking on the image below or in the right sidebar. 2018-19 Annual Stampin' Up! catalogYou can download a printable Shopping List here.

There are a couple of items that I think EVERYONE should have  – they are my Top 3 ‘Must Haves’.

First is the new Stamparatus.

In my last few newsletters, I’ve been sharing videos from Stampin’ Up! showing how awesome this new stamp positioning tool is and why I think every stamper should have a Stamparatus of their very own.  If you’ve missed them, you can access the videos here.

Second are the new colors.

As soon as the new catalog, and new InColors make their debut each year,  I make sure to purchase the whole InColor collection; cardstock, ink pads, markers and ribbon and DSP if available.  This year we not only have 5 new 2018-20 InColors, but we have been treated to a Color Revamp!  A fresh new palette of colors to play with!  2018-20 In Color Collection2018/20 In Color Ink Pad collectionStampin' Up! New Color Collections

I did ‘go all out’ and get all of new colors of cardstock and ink pads.  Some of the colors are returning colors, such as Blackberry Bliss, Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow and Poppy Parade.  I still had those colors of cardstock and ink pads.  Although the ink pads have gone under a redesign (including a re-formulation to the ink itself), I chose NOT to replace those ink pads, at least for the time being.  But all of the newly  introduced colors such as Merry Merlot, Gray Granite, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam, Shaded Spruce & Balmy Blue have all found their way into my home and My Stampin’ Space!

Third is Varied Vases & Vase Builder Bundle

The stamp set that I think is going to be the most reached for stamp set from the new catalog is called Varied Vases. Varied Vases Bundle

This stamp set, and coordinating Vase Builder punch, is available as a bundle so you can save 10%!   This stamp set was designed by my upline Mary Fish who had the distinct privilege of designing her own stamp set as a reward for reaching a major milestone: $1 Million in sales over her career!  The stylish vases, the fresh florals and the cute sentiments in a lovely font style all add up to a “wow” stamp set.  Photopolymer makes stamping  the outline and filling in the florals a breeze.  I shared the card I made for Mary Fish using this stamp set on a previous blog post.  You can see that blog post here.    I also used this stamp set to introduce my students to the new 2018 In Colors at my last class.  Check back as I’ll be sharing that project on my next blog post.

So there you have it.  My Top 3 ‘Must Haves’.  Now that you’ve seen my top picks, what are yours?  Did my Top 3 make it on your list?  What reached your top 3?  Leave me a comment and share your thoughts with me.

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