Swirly Snowflakes

The stamp set called “Snowflake Sentiments” and the coordinating Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits dies caught my eye the first trip thru the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog and went straight to my ‘must have’ list.  The intricate snowflake cut out and the lacy border, along with the font style and basic greetings, were too much for me to pass up.  Add to that the fact that you can bundle & save, and I was hooked!

The Tic Tac Toe Challenge this week provided just the right excuse for me to take these out and play!  Thanks #TTTC021!  So here it is:

Swirly Snowflakes for the #TTTC021

This card is delicate and intricate; it look like you spent HOURS on this card, but the Big Shot and the dies do all the work for you!

Here’s how I made it:

The lace work behind the snowflakes was cropped from Dapper Denim card stock and the snowflakes were cropped from Whisper White  cardstock.  Both used the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits dies.   I do recommend using the Precision Base Plate and the Big Shot Die Brush to get a good clean cut and to remove all the parts & dots.

Dapper Denim ink was used to stamp the sentiment on Soft Sky cardstock and was cropped using the Layering Oval Framelits dies.  A piece of silver Mini Tinsel Trim was added, as well as Rhinestone Jewels on the center of each snowflake.  I just love how Soft Sky and Dapper Denim pair together and the silver adds just the right touch for a silvery, snowy color combination!

I popped up the entire snowflake panels on Stampin’ Dimensionals before adding it to my Soft Sky card base.   A  few pieces of washi tape keep the Tinsel Trim in place as well.   You can see that here:

Stampin’ Dimensionals do a few things; they raise the cardstock enough to allow for the thickness of the tinsel trim to ride underneath without adding bulk to the card, and they give an added dimension to the card by having that panel raised.

Here is the Tic Tac Toe Challenge for this week:

tttc#021

I chose the Diagonal Row from the bottom left to the top right, using die cut and oval. For the free I chose to add some bling.

I knew I wanted these intricate swirly snowflake dies for the die cut and the sentiments from the Snowflake Sentiments pair so nicely with the oval framelits so my card fell together so easily and perfectly for this row.  You can see my card again here:

Swirly Snowflakes for the #TTTC021

You can see all the projects posted to the TicTacToeChallenge021 here.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space today.  I hope you enjoyed today’s project and that you might be inspired to make some cards today.  If this post inspires you to make something with snowflakes, or the Soft Sky/Dapper Demin/Silver color combo, please let me, or better yet, send me a picture of your creation!  Leave me a comment, I love to hear from you!

Come back again soon!

Nancy Gleason

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Today we Celebrate!

Today we celebrate our Wedding Anniversary!  29 years ago today we said “I do” and I’ve been doing it ever since!  Loving my husband, that is.  Through good times and hard times, the one thing I can always count on is my husband.  He is my rock, my support, my voice of reason when I need advice, the one I laugh with, cry with and do life with.

I wanted to make a card that conveyed that, but yet keep it simple and masculine.  I think I nailed it because when he opened up the envelope, he exclaimed “I like this!”

So here it is:29th Anniversary

 

My basic layout was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches #309.   Freshly Made Sketches #309A Crumb Cake  card base layered with a sheet of whitewashed oak from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper that was punched with the heart framelit from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit dies.  A piece of Real Red Cardstock was glued in behind that opening.   Another heart was punched using the Sweetheart punch and a different  sheet of woodgrain paper.  A piece of Crumb Cake was stamped in Early Espresso ink with the Happy Anniversary sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.

Easy, quick and masculine enough.  My husband has been a cabinet maker his whole life so I knew he would appreciate the woodgrain paper.  Now he is the Executive Director at the Keystone Mission which serves the area’s homeless and needy population.  The other night, the Keystone Mission (and many Rescue Missions across the country) held a Red Carpet Event for the movie “Same Kind of Different As Me”  which tells the true story of a millionaire art dealer and his friendship with a homeless man. Here is a picture of us as we walked the red carpet: On The Red Carpet for Same Kind Of Different as Me

Now you can see why he’s so easy to love!  He’s easy on the eyes! On a more serious  tone, I would highly recommend going to see that movie “Same Kind of Different As Me”, and bring some tissues.

Well, I hope you like my card, and the sketch that inspired it!  Go along to Freshly Made Sketches blog to see all the projects made with that sketch.

If you want to buy any of the supplies I used to make this card, please visit my online store where you can shop securely 24/7.  Don’t forget that the Woodgrain DSP is part of the Buy 3 Get 1 Free  Designer Series Paper Sale going on now. 

Happy Stampin!

Nancy Gleason

 

Going for the Gold with the GDP!

This week the Global Design Project#109 is hosting a Color Challenge.  Here it is:

Global Design Project #109

And here is my entry:Deck the Halls for the GDP

The Carols of Christmas stamp set and Card Front Builder Framelits dies make making Christmas cards a snap! (And you can bundle and save 10%!)  The perfectly coordinating images and intricately detailed dies make it look like I’ve spent hours on this card, but it was easy enough to mass produce a lot of these cards in a short time period.  The Merry Music DSP makes for a nice background and the gold doilies add the right amount of bling with over-doing it.  (The Merry Music DSP is part of the Buy 3 Get 1 Free DSP sale going on thru October 31st.)

Want to know a little secret?  I actually designed this card last week for my #WorldCardMakingDay class.  As I sat down to write this post, I saw the GDP announced their Color Challenge and since I hadn’t shared this project yet, and the colors just fit this color challenge exactly, well, if the shoe fits….   Sometimes things just fall into place perfectly.

I highly recommend this product suite!  If you can only get 1 bundle or suite from the Holiday catalog, it would be a tough choice between this Merry Little Christmas product suite and the Quilted Christmas product suite.  Both have an awesome stamp set and coordinating framelit dies that can be used for more than just Christmas, and both have a complimentary array of embellishments.  If you missed my earlier posts showing the Quilted Christmas product suite, please click here and here.

Take a few minutes to head over to the Global Design Project to see all the awesome designs.

Here is another look at my card, and the supply list you’ll need to recreate this card yourself.  Click Here to shop my online store for any supplies.  Deck the Halls for the GDP

Nancy Gleason

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Pals Blog Hop – Wicked Folds


Welcome to the Pals October 2017 Blog Hop featuring some very “Wicked Folds”. Thank you so much for joining us today. Sit back and enjoy the view while the Stampin’ Pretty Pals treat you with their wickedly folded projects. Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

For my project I chose to do a Double Z-Fold technique.

SweaterDeer Closed

And here it is open:

Sweater Deer Double Z Fold

Watch this video to see the Double Z Fold card in action:

My card is a monochromatic card in Cherry  Cobbler and Whisper White with a touch of silver for some ‘bling’. The buck in the Winter Sweater just makes me laugh every time I see him!  This image is from the Merry Patterns stamp set that is available for FREE during the Merry Patterns Host Promotion thru Oct. 31st.  CLICK HERE to learn more about the Merry Patterns Host Promotion CLICK HERE to download the Merry Patterns Promotion flyer.  Merry Patterns, argyle sweater on deer, tis the season, candles

I thought he would be perfect with a piece of card stock embossed with the Cable Knit  TIEF.  The tiny deer pattern on the DSP from the *Be Merry DSP just repeats the deer theme we have going on.  A tiny sliver of 1/8″ silver ribbon and the Rhinestone Jewels are the perfect accents.

*This Paper is part of the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Sale going on now.

Of course, I couldn’t make a card like this without my Stampin’ Trimmer.  Of all the paper trimmers I’ve owned over the years, the Stampin’ Trimmer by Stampin’ Up ! is hands down the best!

A Double Z-Fold card is really easy to make.  Start with your 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of card stock scored & folded in half to make a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card base.  Then just take the front  flap of the card and fold it in half back onto itself.  You will then have a piece of cardstock, when laid flat, that is scored at 2-1/8″and  4-1/4″.  When scored and folded this will be a Z-fold.

The part of the card that makes the double Z is just another piece of card stock 8-1/2″ scored at 2-1/8″ and 4-1/4″.  The height of this piece should be less than 5-1/2″  but it can be any size.  For this card, the height is 4″.   Score and fold this piece to make another Z.  The trick comes in how you adhere the pieces.  The card base, from left to right, has the 2 small panels and 1 large panel.  The Z-fold piece is adhered to the card base with the 1 large panel on the left and the 2 small panels on the right.

To see another card I made with the Double Z- Fold, click here.

Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on November 8, 2017. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment.  We love to hear what you have to say! 

If you need any supplies to make a card like this, please shop my online store here  or click on any of the product links above.  Please use Host Code XTHACC4H if your order is less than $150.  If your order is $150 -$299.99 you will earn Stampin’ Rewards.  If your order is $300 or more, you will earn Stampin’ Rewards AND the free Merry Patterns stamp set!  CLICK HERE to learn all about Stampin’ Rewards. 


Click here to view the Blog Hop Line-up

Nancy Gleason

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Get Ready to BLEND!!

NEW PRODUCTS!  Doesn’t that make you happy?  Stampin’ Blends are a new line of alcohol based markers that allow you color and blend to create realistic shading & hilights.  Take your adult coloring to new heights!

COMING SOON FOR CUSTOMERS!  GET THE STAMPIN’ BLENDS NOW – DETAILS BELOW!

Customer launch date to be announced – but coming soon!   My markers are in a UPS truck right now making their way cross country to my home!  I can’t wait to get my hands on them, so glad I’m home from work Monday so I’ll be able to use them as soon as they are delivered!

Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Based Marker Features:

  • Add just the right amount of color where you need it with the brush tip or fine-point.
  • Each color (except Ivory and Bronze) has a light and dark shade marker, available individually or in a combo pack.
  • Stampin’ Up! has done in-house testing for evaporation and life testing and is really happy with the results.
  • Press fit seal prevents air from entering the barrel and causing evaporation.
  • The nestable lids are easy to keep track of and have a tight fit for long-lasting color.

I WANT THEM NOW!  Would you like to be able to purchase the brand new Stampin’ Blends markers before they are released to customers?  Purchase the $99 Starter Kit and join Stampin’ Up! for $99.  You can add the Stampin’ Blends markers to the kit during the demonstrator pre-order period NOW (Pre-order ONLY:  October 1 – 15)!

HERE’S HOW!  Purchase the $99 Starter Kit and choose a total of up to $125 in your choice of products (either with Stampin’ Blends marker selections or mix with other current products–it’s your choice). That’s $26 in free  product.  The kit ships FREE for another 10% savings!

Here are the product numbers FOR THOSE WHO ADD THEM TO A $99 STARTER KIT OCT. 1 – 15 ONLY.  The availability date for customers has not been released:

DESCRIPTION ITEM PRICE LIMIT
Bermuda Bay Combo Pack* 144600 $9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD 1
Calypso Coral Combo Pack* 144045 $9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD 1
Cherry Cobbler Combo Pack* 144598 $9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD 1
Crumb Cake Combo Pack* 144601 $9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD 1
Daffodil Delight Combo Pack* 144603 $9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD 1
Night Of Navy Combo Pack* 144040 $9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD 1
Old Olive Combo Pack* 144597 $9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD 1
Pink Pirouette Combo Pack* 144604 $9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD 1
Pool Party Combo Pack* 144605 $9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD 1
Pumpkin Pie Combo Pack* 144599 $9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD 1
Rich Razzleberry Combo Pack* 144602 $9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD 1
Smoky Slate Combo Pack* 145058 $9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD 1
Ivory Marker 144606 $4.50 USD/$6.00 CAD 1
Bronze Marker 144607 $4.50 USD/$6.00 CAD 1
Color Lifter 144608 $4.50 USD/$6.00 CAD 1
Stampin’ Blends Marker Collection
(Includes All 26 Markers And The Color Lifter)
147475 $121.50 USD/$162.00 CAD 1
Color Me Happy Project Kit 144609 $25.00 USD/$33.00 CAD No Limits
Color Me Happy Stamp Set (Wood-Mount) 144062 $27.00 USD/$35.00 CAD No Limits
Color Me Happy Stamp Set (Clear-Mount)** 144069 $19.00 USD/$25.00 CAD No Limits
Color Me Happy Bundle (Wood-Mount)
– Project Kit + Stamp Set At A 10% Discount!
148033 $46.75 USD/$61.00 CAD No Limits
Color Me Happy Bundle (Clear-Mount)**
– Project Kit + Stamp Set At A 10% Discount!
148034 $39.50 USD/$52.00 CAD No Limits

*Combo Packs include 2 markers: 1 light, 1 dark
**Also available in French

No single markers (besides Ivory and Bronze and the Color Lifter) are available for purchase during this Demonstrator Exclusive Early Release.

Have a question?  Email me.  See even more reasons why to purchase the $99 Starter Kit HERE

I am ready to blend, as soon as my Stampin’ Blends get here.  Watch my blog and facebook page as I’ll be posting and sharing my experience with the Stampin’ Blends.  In the meantime, I want you to get ready to blend!  Better yet, blend with me; order your starter kit today and get your Stampin’ Blends now! The Demo pre-order period ends Oct. 15th.

Nancy Gleason

Let’s Celebrate World Card Making Day with some SALES!

Who doesn’t like to shop when there’s a sale going on?  And who doesn’t like to make cards? October 7th is World Card Making Day  and to celebrate, Stampin’ UP! has a few good sales going on!  Win-Win!Celebrate World Card Making Day with a sale on your favorite cardmaking essentials!

From Oct. 1-1oth you can buy our set of 20 notecards & envelopes (white or vanilla) at 15% off, Fast Fuse adhesive buy 1 get 2 refills free, and a select group of stamps are 15% off!  Awesome, right?  Just what you need to make some cards for #WorldCardMakingDay!    Get all the details on this flyer.

TIP:  I Love Fast Fuse, but it wasn’t always that way!  This super strong adhesive in not just SNAIL on steriods! The way you use your Fast Fuse is different than the way you use your snail applicator even though they look similar.  It took me some ‘trial and error’ (and to be honest, a great deal of frustration!) to figure out how to use it properly for best results.  Please watch this video to show you how to use Fast Fuse to get good results every time.

But wait, there’s more.

For the entire month of October, you can buy 3 get 1 free Designer Series Paper See all the details here.

Don’t forget about Paper Pumpkin.

The October and November Paper Pumpkin kits are coordinated kits that will give you a head start on your Christmas card-making and gift-giving.   Make sure you subscribe by October 10th to get the October kit.  Already a subscriber?  Consider increasing the number of kits that you order.  Your friends and neighbors are going to want in on the action once they see what you make!  Subscribe Here.

Lastly, SUBSCRIBE TO MY MAILING LIST!  Beginning Wednesday Oct. 4th, all of my mailing list subscribers will receive my FREE GIFT; the 12 Weeks of  Christmas Newsletter campaign.  Each week, for 12 weeks,  my subscribers will receive an EXCLUSIVE project complete with pictures, step-by-step directions and a supply list so you can make those projects at home.   Aawexome. There will be cards, gifts, gift wrap & tags; everything you need to make this Christmas a handmade Christmas.  And isn’t that what we all really want?

But if you aren’t on my mailing list, well frankly, you won’t get these projects.  I  will not be sharing them on my blog, or facebook, or pinterest, or anywhere.  So sign up now or click the big blue sign up box on the right because you’ll want to be on my mailing list when October 4th rolls around so you can receive the 12 Weeks of  Christmas Newsletter in your inbox.

Lastly, when you shop these sales thru my online store, please use Host Code XTHACC4H but only if your order is less than $150.

Wishing you and yours a Happy World Card Making Day!  Have fun shopping for supplies while they are on sale.  And as always, thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space and for shopping with me!

Nancy Gleason

I’m still Quilting!

I just can’t put down the new Quilted Christmas suite of products!  I’ve already made quite a few Christmas cards using this set, (you can see a simple Quilted Christmas card here and even watch a video of how to make it!).  Today I wanted to make something using Autumn colors for the TicTacToeChallenge, and I’m still Quilting!  Who says the Quilted Christmas suite is just for Christmas?  Look what I made:I'm Still Quilting for Autumn!

TIC, TAC TOE CHALLENGE #16

For this challenge I used the diagonal from upper right to lower left; Autumn colors, paper piece and Free.

TTTC16My quilt square adorns a mini pizza box.     The autumn colors came from the Painted Autumn Designer Series paper.  The Quilt Builder Framelit dies make easy work of paper piecing.For free I chose to add metallic, which you can see is the sewing needle cropped from gold foil sheets.

Let’s take a closer look at the paper piecing.  paper piecing

Christmas:

I’m going to be featuring more of the Quilted Christmas in the next few days, including a Quilted Christmas special offer you won’t want to miss!  Make sure you come back to my blog, or better yet, subscribe to my mailing list so you won’t miss any offers from me!

And if you like Christmas, then you definitely want to make sure that you subscribe to my mailing list.  Beginning October 4th, I will be sending out my annual 12 Weeks of Christmas newsletter featuring an exclusive Christmas project each week for, yup you guessed it, 12 weeks!  These projects will NOT be available to anyone other than my mailing list subscribers as my gift to you.  So if you’re not on the list, you won’t get the newsletter.

Order Online:

If you want to purchase any of the products I used to create this little pizza box, head over to my online store, or click on any of the images below.  Don’t forget to hop over to the TicTacToeChallenge to see some of the other great projects.  But before you go, please leave a comment for me and let me know if the Quilted Christmas suite is on your wish list.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space today!  Come back and stamp with me again.

Nancy Gleason

How to Make a Rectangle using only a Square Framelit Die

Well, that sounds impossible, doesn’t it?   Not only is it not impossible, it is actually quite simple!  And today I am going to show you just how to make a rectangle using only a square framelit die!

I told you that was easy!  Please leave me a comment and let me know if you like this trick.  Thanks 🙂

If you missed yesterday’s blog post, which created the necessity for me to make a rectangle from the Square Framelit die, you can view that here.

merry patterns Don’t miss out on the Hostess special going on right now.  Host a qualifying order of $300 or more, (or place a large order for yourself and get everything on your wishlist!) and get this exclusive stamp set “Merry Patterns” for free!

Merry Patterns, argyle sweater on deer, tis the season, candles

Contact me if you would like to host a party, even a Facebook Party so you can earn this stamp set.

 

 

 

Check back with me, I have more to share from the Quilted Christmas product suite!

Happy Stampin’

How to Make a Simple Card

Hi Friends,

I finally had my chance I had to play with all of the Quilted Christmas products and even though I am not a quilter (I don’t even sew), I fell head over heels for the product suite!

Today I am going to share a video with teaching you how to make a simple Christmas card using this product bundle.  This is perfect for beginners as the coordinating products in the bundle do all the work for you to create beautiful cards!    Seasoned paper crafters will enjoy this product suite as you can create very detailed quilted projects.  #SomethingForEveryone!

Don’t miss my reference to another video within this video!  This is a trick that you will thank me for 🙂  You’re welcome!

So without any further adieu, let’s make a Christmas card:

What do you think?  Please leave me a comment; I love to hear from you.

Here’s another card I made using the same layout, just a different sheet of paper.

How to make a simple card using the Quilted Christmas suite

Which one do you like better?  The paper used in the video or in the photo?

I taught the ladies in my Mini Christmas Card Club how to make this card and they all loved it!  From being so simple, and just using one sheet of paper from the 6×6 stack, they all felt this was a great card when you have to make a lot.  It’s also a very versatile layout and the card can be used for any occasion just by switching the patterned paper and sentiment out.    With all the beautiful patterned paper that Stampin’ Up! offers, you can really let the paper do all the work!

Well, I hope you enjoyed making a card with me.  I will be blogging about the other cards I made using the Quilted Christmas product suite.  In the meantime, check out some of the inspiration from the catalog:Quilted Christmas Product SuiteIf you like Christmas, don’t forget to sign up for my mailing list.  Beginning Oct. 4th, my mailing list subscribers will get my 3rd Annual 12 Weeks of Christmas newsletter complete with an exclusive Christmas project delivered to their inbox each week.  If you’re not on my list, you won’t get those 12 Christmas project tutorials. 

If you would like to purchase the Quilted Christmas bundle, or any other products, click here to shop my online store.

Happy Stampin’,

Nancy

Sept 2017 Pals Blog Hop

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

Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

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

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

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

Here’s a close-up of that sunflower:

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

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

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

Painted Harvest for the Pals Blog Hop

I know that you know want this stamp set bundle!  So you can order it right here!

Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on October 11, 2017 for “Wicked Folds”. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. We’d love to hear what you have to say about our Favorite Holiday.  By the way, what’s your favorite holiday?

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

Nancy Gleason

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