How My Bad Hair Cut will Help YOU become a Better Paper Crafter

I’m still suffering the trauma of a bad hair cut the other day.  Not your average bad cut, mind you.  I’m talking a BAD. HAIR. CUT.  Really Bad!!! The kind that makes me want to put a bag over my head before going out in public Bad.  Yes, it’s really that bad.  Butchered might even be the best way to describe it.

I always liked my long hair, and my husband loved it.  He would always compliment me and tell me how pretty my hair looked, and how he loved it long.  My hair was much longer than shoulder length; it was middle of my back.  Well, I’ll let the video tell the rest of the story….

So how does My Bad Hair Cut Make YOU a Better Paper Crafter?  Mistakes.  We all make them.  I’m sure that the gal who cut my hair was not malicious in her intent; it was a mistake.  Admittedly a big one.  But she made a mistake.  In a few years I might look back and laugh.  After all, it’s only hair and it will grow back… eventually.

When it comes to paper crafting, I’ve made a lot of mistakes.  For a funny story of a big mistake I made while teaching a class, you can see this blog post that I shared.   My mistakes have become good teachers.  I’ve never made the same mistake twice because I’ve learned from it.  In fact, if you’ve ever taken a class with me, you’ll know that I’m fond of saying  “A well placed embellishment can cover most mistakes, for the rest, well, there’s always a new piece of paper!”  A fresh start, a clean slate, a redo.  I can usually recover from a mistake quite well because of all I’ve learned the hard way.

I’ve never condemned anyone in my classes for making a mistake.  (I usually have extra paper on hand just for such occasions!)  And now, I’m going to share with you some tips and tricks to make you a better paper crafter based on the bits of wisdom I gleaned from making mistakes.

For starters, there’s always the basic, “Check the direction of the fold on your card base BEFORE gluing anything down!”  If you want to know why I’m always saying that (and checking my own card base)  read this blog post.

My next favorite saying while I’m teaching my classes is “Dry fit your layers BEFORE applying glue!”  It just works a lot better if you know where you’re going before you put glue on it.  Trust me.

Please make sure you use the buttons on the right to sign up for my newsletter AND like my Facebook page, AND subscribe to me on YouTube.  I’ll be making some videos in the next few days showing you some tips I’ve learned from my mistakes.  Hopefully, you will learn from my mistakes and you’ll just be wiser and pick up a few pointers.

2017 Stampin' Up! Annual CatalogThe new Annual Catalog Release is Thursday, June 1st and I’m hold a Facebook party to celebrate!  Please join me at 7:00 PM EST on Thursday June 1st on Facebook Nancy Gleason’s 2017 Stampin’ UP! Catalog Debut Party.   You can request to join me by clicking on the link.  There will be Door Prizes, Demos, Games & Prizes, fun and of course, SHOPPING from the new catalog!  Good times!

Hope to see you soon!

Nancy

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Don’t miss out!

There are only a few more days to get your favorite items that are on the Retiring List.  Because I care about you, and I want to make sure you don’t miss out, I am reminding you to go ahead and place your order today, right here, right now for those items that you know you want but for some reason you haven’t gotten yet.

Retiring Products

Do you want to know what stamp set I am going to miss the most?

Gorgeous Grunge!  

Hello, Gorgeous Grunge!

Just look what you can do with these stamps:

It’s still available in both Clear Mount and Wood Mount as I write this but supplies are limited to stock on hand and can sell out any minute.  So, click here to start shopping.  I’ll wait for you.

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Let’s Celebrate…50!

A big milestone birthday is always a reason to celebrate!  And a chance to play with new InColors that just arrived is also a reason to celebrate.  Combine the 2 together, and fun, fun, fun!

This card features the new color Berry Burst.  It’s a fun, bold and vibrant shade that’s not really pink but not purple either.  It’s a fun trendy color and it plays so well with Rich Razzleberry here for the balloons.  I used these colors as an accent against black and silver (after all it is a 50 birthday!).  Let's Celebrate 50!

You’ll notice that I’m using a number of retiring products along with the new In Color.  This time of year, I like to combine the old and the new.  After the new catalog makes its debut June 1st, I’ll stop showing the retiring product.  I like to only show you what you can buy so if you want to recreate my projects you can!

The Number of Years stamp set and Large Number Framelits are carrying over (I die cut the number 50 from Silver Foil sheets).  The Confetti TIEF and the Balloon Adventures stamp set and Balloon PopUp Thinlits dies are being retired.  If you want either of these items; you need to shop my store NOW!  They are only available while supplies last.

The recipient of this card was Sue, my husband’s admin assistant at work.  Her husband threw her a surprise party, and boy, was she surprised!  She was totally caught off guard.  After she regained her composure, she had a really good time.  And so did we!

Well, I have more InColors to show you, and more playing around with Daisy Delight and Color Theory.  Come back again soon.

Retiring Products

Click here to see the RETIRING LIST.

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Don’t forget, you can Pre-Order new products and 3 of the new IN-COLORS with the Eastern Palace Suite.

Eastern Palace Suite,

Click here to see the Eastern Palace Pre-Order options.   By the way, the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle is the most popular option.  Trust me,  you are going to want the Eastern Medallion thinlit dies, and the Very Vanilla extra thick card stock comes FREE!

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Please use HOST CODE CM4QQEWG  when placing an order thru my online store for the month of May!  Thanks!

Nancy

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Everything is Coming Up Daisies

Daisies, the quintessential flower of summer.  Who doesn’t love daisies?  They are simple, whether grown in your garden, or growing wild in a field or meadow.  White petals or yellows, daisies are simple and carefree.  And I think the new product suite from Stampin’ UP! (available June 1st) called Delightful Daisy will be a top customer favorite!  When you see everything in this suite, you’ll agree that everything is coming up daisies!

There is Daisy Delight stamp set, a Daisy punch, Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, 1/4″Double stitched ribbon in Daffodil Delight, and, be still my beating heart!….Faceted Gems in both clear & gold!  This little babies are the 2nd best new embellishment being introduced in the new 2017-18 Annual Catalog.

Want to see what I made with this new product suite?  Of course you do!  So here it is:

Delightful Daisy suiteGorgeous, right?  I love this just-the-right-size daisy, the faceted gems that make the best flower center, and the designer series paper that really is delightful.   The really good news is that the 16 piece photopolymer stamp set and the punch are available as a bundle (save 10%).  You’ll want to add this bundle and coordinating products in this Suite to your wish list!

Follow me on Facebook – I’ll be offering a video class featuring the Delightful Daisy Product Suite to anyone who purchases the Daisy Delight Bundle thru me.  Details to follow.   So make sure you follow me on facebook, and sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss out.

I’ll also be showcasing more projects featuring new products, and some featuring retiring products that you will want to snatch up before they’re gone, in the coming weeks.  I’m also working on a class schedule for May, June, July & August, and planning a Facebook Party to kick off the new catalog so everyone, whether near or far, can join me!  Because I don’t want to you miss out, and I know you don’t want to miss out, make sure you follow me here, in my newsletter, and on social media.

See you soon!

Nancy

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Want to have new products NOW?

As a demonstrator, my favorite perk is that I get to see, and order, the new products before anyone else.  I’ve been enjoying the new 2017-19 In Colors, and the many stamp sets, embellishments, etc. that I already have.    Do you Want to have new products NOW? Well, you can get your hands on a new Product Suite beginning today!

The Eastern Palace Suite is a stamp set (21 piece photopolymer) with rich, deep colors and lots of images that layer together.  The coordinating Eastern Medallions Thinlits dies take layering to a new level!  The gold vinyl stickers add an element of richness and opulence to your projects like nothing you’ve seen before! Eastern Palace Suite,

You have two packages to choose from; one has the thinlit dies and one does not.  You’ll also get 3 of the 5 new InColors in each bundle, AND the brand new Very Vanilla notecards, and the Very Vanilla thick cardstock in the Premier Bundle

You can download a PDF flyer of the two product bundles you can order beginning today, and the FREE gift you’ll get with each bundle.

Wow!  In all the years I’ve been with Stampin’ UP! I’ve NEVER seen them offer a pre-order to customers (this is a perk normally reserved for demonstrators) or offer the new In Colors to customers before the catalog release date!  So consider yourself privileged to be offered such a promotion!

First,  decide if you want the Eastern Palace Starter Bundle

or the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle I love the rich, deep colors and layering options of the Eastern Palace Suite

Then, go to my online store, and place your order!  Easy Peasy!  Don’t forget to use the May host code CM4QQEWG.

I hope that you all get the Premier bundle that includes the thinlits dies.  I can’t even begin to describe how awesome these dies are, you really need to see them for yourself.  When you purchase the the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle thru me AND use the May Host Code CM4QQEWG EMAIL ME and tell me that you’ve ordered the Premier Bundle and I’ll send you and 2017-19 In Color cardstock and DSP swatch booklet as my FREE GIFT to you!

So get your new products now.  It’s like getting all the perks of being a demonstrator, without actually being a demonstrator!  It may just cause you to want to become a demonstrator so you can keep getting those perks!  If you do decide to go that route, you’ll be in good company when you join my team!

Nancy

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Meet Filomena the Flying Pig!

I’ve been in love with “This Little Piggy” this new stamp set that will be available June 1st.  I chose to name each of the 4 pigs in this stamp set.  I think Filomena is the perfect name for a flying pig.  So without any further adieu, please meet Filomena the Flying Pig!

This LIttle Piggy

If you missed my first blog post using this new stamp set, you can see that here.  That card was my most pinned item during the month of April!

When I saw the sketch for the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge, I knew I had to use This Little Piggy again, with Filomena the flying pig.  Here’s the sketch that inspired this card.

CAS(E) this Sketch! 219You can visit the sketch challenge to see how other’s used this sketch  here.

She’s just adorable, isn’t she? Here’s a close-up of her – she looks so pleased with herself that she’s flying!  She believed she could, so she put on her wings, and so she did!

Filomenia the Flying Pig

There are two other pigs that you haven’t met you.  I hope to show them to you soon.   In the meantime, please enjoy Daisy and Filomena.  And make room in your craft room for Daisy, Filomena and two others to move in.  They’ll be packed and ready on June 1st!

See you soon.

Nancy

Don’t forget, Stampin’ UP! has restocked the Clearance Rack ( there are many deals to be had), and the Retiring List is out.  Both the Clearance Rack and Retiring items are available while supplies last.  Many retiring items have already sold out.  Click on the banners below to shop.

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Meet the New 2017-19 In Colors!

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

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

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

Lemon Lime Twist Color Comparison

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

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

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

Berry Burst Color Comparison

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

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

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

Thanks for stopping by My StampinSpace.  Come back soon,

Nancy

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What’s Better Than Seeing the New Products?

If you follow my Facebook page (and you should!), then you know that I just spent the weekend at a Stampin’ Up! event called OnStage in Richmond, VA. Along with seeing so many other Stampin’ friends, and making many new friends, the hi-light of the event is the reveal of the 2017-2018 Annual Stampin’ UP! Catalog, including the new 2017-2019 InColors, and the new products being introduced in this catalog.

While I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE seeing the new catalog, do you know what I love even more?  Yes, my hubby & son, of course.  But aside from that, more than seeing the new products, I love getting the new products!  And part of the event includes getting several stamp sets that I get to take home with me. How cool is that?   Of course I had to break out these new stamps and play with them today.

My new friend to play with?  This little piggy:

This Little Piggy Makes me so Happy New Products

Isn’t this little just absolutely adorable?   I love him (or her)!  And I’m pretty sure that you love him too, am I right?  This is just perfect for coloring in, I just grabbed my aqua painters, and took a little bit of Flirty Flamingo ink from my ink pad, and filled in a bit of color.  Easy-peasy!  It took me longer to decide if I wanted Flirty Flamingo baker’s twine, Wild Wasabi Baker’s twine, or Linen Thread.  As you can see, I decided on the Linen Thread.  It was just the right weight to add a little something without taking your eye away from the darling piggy!  The Flirty Flamingo flower DSP (Designer Series Paper) in the paper adds to the light-hearted, happy, flowery feeling!

Leave me a comment below if you like this little Piggy, and tell me what you would name him/her.  I think the perfect name would be Daisy.

See you soon with more from the new catalog!

Nancy

 

 

New Items Added to Sale-A-Bration!

With only a few days left in the Sale-A-Bration promotion, and with several items already sold out, Stampin’ Up! just announced that they are adding several ‘hot’ current items that can be earned for FREE with a qualifying order!  Woo-Hoo!  New items added to Sale-A-Bration!  Now that’s something to cheer about!

New Items Added to Sale-A-Bration

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All the Sale-A-Bration items in one place

FREE SaleABration itemsMore items added to Sale-A-Bration

Oh my, with so many items to choose from, what’s top on your list?  Start shopping now to earn as many FREE Sale-A-Bration as you can!  Now is a great time to STOCK UP on things you go thru alot; Whisper White cardstock, medium envelopes, Whisper White and Crumb Cake notecards, adhesives, Stampin’ Dimensionals, enamel shapes, basic pearls & rhinestones, ribbons or baker’s twine, ink refills, etc.  Buy a 3, 6 or 12 month prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription!  You’ll save money over the month to month price (which is a pretty good deal already!), AND earn FREE Sale-A-Bration items to boot!  Win-Win!

And don’t forget NOW is the best time to JOIN Stampin’ UP! and get all the perks and benefits of being part of the Stampin’ Up! family.  When you purchase the $99 Starter Kit, you choose $125 worth of products AND 2 Stamp Sets of your choice (valued up to $105!).   Talk to me to see if this is good fit for you!

Of all the new items added to Sale-A-Bration, which is your favorite?   Leave me a comment with your favorite.  Then, please click here to start shopping and click here if you are ready to join.

Happy Stampin,

Nancy

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Paper Pumpkin and a free gift in April – it’s a Sara Thing!

Paper Pumpkin & FREE Gift in April: It’s a Sara Thing!Paper Pumpkin, free gift in April, it's a Sara thing!

“Bold, vibrant, and artistic—with a little bit of sass,” is how Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass described the kit she designed for the April Paper Pumpkin.  Everyone gets a FREE gift from Sara inside their April Paper Pumpkin kit.  Subscribe (month to month or pre-paid options) by April 10 to get yours!

What is Paper Pumpkin?  Watch this video to find out!

HOT TIP!  Subscribe by March 31, and you’ll earn Sale-A-Bration products, with Paper Pumpkin, too.  Requires a minimum product order of $50 before shipping and tax – you CAN combine prepaid subscriptions with other Stampin’ Up! products on one order if you like.  Learn more below!

PAPER PUMPKIN ON SALE & EARN FREE SALE-A-BRATION GIFTS!

There are two great ways to save on Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin Kits as well as qualify for FREE Sale-A-Bration gifts.  See all the Sale-A-Bration gift possibilities (including the newest additions) below.

3-Month Prepaid Subscription (137859) $59 $55
Get a discount on 3-month prepaid subscriptions and instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration gift!

12-Month Prepaid Subscription (137861) $215
Take it to the next level with a 12-month prepaid subscription. Save over $2/month with the everyday awesome price, earn Stampin’ (Host) Rewards, and instantly qualify for 4 FREE Sale-A-Bration gifts!

This offer will end on March 31, 2017 at 11:50 PM (MT)

SHARE THE LOVE!   Consider giving a Paper Pumpkin subscription as a gift!

Benefits of Paper Pumpkin:

  • Make a creative date!  The all-inclusive kits arrive conveniently at your door each month.
  • Each kit contains exclusive photopolymer stamp sets.
  • Simple!  Enjoy craft time you can count on without a lot of prep work or supplies.
  • Learn new techniques.
  • Create alternate projects with all the goodies in the box.
  • Cards and coffee?  Get together with friends to assemble your kits every month.

Take a look back at Paper Pumpkin 2016 in this video below!

Don’t miss another month of Paper Pumpkin!  Order your prepaid subscription now!

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