Hooray for the TicTacToe Challenge!

Three cheers for the TicTacToe Challenge!  A bunch of my fellow Stampers, and Pals, from Mary Fish’s Stampin’ Pretty Pals, have created a new weekly challenge group.  It’s a tic tac toe challenge!  Just like the child’s chalk game, this features a grid with 9 squares.  Each square contains an element you can use in card making.  You can get tic tac toe by any row across, any column, or a diagonal line.  Here is the TicTacToe challenge for the week.

TicTacToe Challenge #001I chose the top line across, and here is my card:

Hooray for TTTC#001

Stripes, circle & gold!  So Easy and so elegant.  Black and gold always combine to a elegant and classy color combo.  I wanted to make something to congratulate the design teams over at TicTacToeChallenge for the new challenge. I’m really looking forward to playing along with this challenge every week.

I did heat emboss the “Hooray” in Versmark ink and gold emboss powder.

I am a self-professed paper hoarder.  I buy pretty paper and then I don’t use it because I hate to cut it up. I have made myself promise that I WILL USE up some of my retired DSP, and that I will use, use up, and buy again, any new DSP that I buy.  This piece of DSP, from the Pop of Pink paper set, fits the bill of using up my retired DSP.  I hope that you might have some of this paper left over; it really is so stunning.

A simple circle cropped with the layering framlit dies, popped up on another circle of carstock.  A little banner of Gold foil sheets accents it just perfectly.

So join me in saying “Hooray for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge!”  Then head on over to the challenge to see the what the design team came up, and they play along with the challenge for yourself.

Thanks for stopping by MyStampinSpace.  Come back again as I have alot to share with you this week.

Happy Stampin’,

Nancy

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Tabs For Everything, Even Birthdays!

One of my favorite perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is getting sneak peeks of new catalogs and products before everyone else and attending events, like OnStage in April in Richmond, VA, and getting FREE products just for attending!   One of the stamp sets I got is a set called Tabs For Everything, and it has a coordinating punch (which I didn’t get, but it’s on its way to  me now!)  You can save 10% when you purchase this as a Bundle.

This set has so much potential for making tabs when used with the coordinating punch, and I think it will be a match made in heaven paired with the new “Love Today” Planner Kit!  You can see how awesome the Planner is by watching the video here.

It also has great potential for making fabulous cards!  Like this one:Tabs For Everything - Even Birthdays!

I was inspired for the color combination of Night of Navy, Smokey Slate, and LemonLime Twist by the jacket a fellow was wearing the other day.  (I see Stampin’ Up! colors everywhere!)  I mentioned to a fellow stamper that I could make a card with those colors, and she said she couldn’t wait to see what I came up with!

I liked this card, and color combination so much that I decided to make another card in a similar color combination of Dapper Denim, Basic Grey and Lemon Lime Twist.  What do you think?

Tabs for Everything - Even Birthdays!

Here are the two colors side by side:

Tabs for everything - even birthdays!

So which color combination do you like best?  Leave me a comment with your choice.

Here are the color combinations for your reference:

Dapper Denim, Basic Gray and Lemon Lime Twist

Because this is a birthday card, I decided to enter this into The Paper Players challenge.  The Paper Players Challenge 347

See how well this fits into the challenge?  Simple, right?  You can click here or on the picture above to head over to the The Paper Players challenge and be inspired by all the other entries featuring Birthday themed projects.

I hope you’ll seriously add the new “Love Today” Planner Kit! and the Tabs For Everything Bundle to your next order.  You can click here to shop my online store.  Please use the Host Code shown on the top of this page.

Thanks for visiting me in My Stampin Space today.  Come again, the door is always open and the Keurig is always on, ready to brew you a fresh cup!

Happy Stampin,

Nancy

Tabs For Everything stamp set

Tabs For Everything

 

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Happy Birthday, Gorgeous

Happy Birthday, Gorgeous.  I have to admit I I ‘passed over’ this stamp set my first, and probably second, trip thru the catalog.  I did like the die that is bundled with it, and LOVED that Stampin’ Up! is now offering adhesive sheets for the intricate dies like the “Happy Birthday” die.  But the stamp set just wasn’t calling my name, truth be told.  But I earned this bundle for free, so  I started taking notice of the potential of this ‘sleeper’ stamp set and discovered how much I LOVE this bundle called Happy Birthday, Gorgeous!  The flowers works great with the 2-step stamping and just as well on their own.

I needed a project to do at a workshop.  I wanted something easy for any skill level, yet something that would have some ‘Wow!” factor.  These flowers are so easy to work with, and a simple masking technique creates the “Wow!” factor.

Happy Birthday Gorgeous

A few of the absolutely gorgeous Glitter Enamel Dots add the finishing touch!

You can easily recreate this card – just place a 1-1/4″ strip of scrap paper across the center; stamp your flowers then remove the scrap paper.  You’ll be left with a nice clean slate to stamp your sentiment. Easy Peasy!

You can purchase this stamp set by itself or bundle it with the HappyBirthday die  and save 10%.

This is one bundle that I would highly recommend make it to the top of your ‘must-have’ list.  It is so versatile and fun and everyone needs birthday cards so you’ll reach for this over and over again, and every project can have a totally different look!  From the flowers to the balloons to the banners and the great sentiments that can be paired together and the various font and sizes, it’s an all around winner!

The colors I used to create this card are Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay.  A great colorful color combination!  Feel free to save this color combination for your own use.  You can ‘pin’ this picture.

Stampin Up Color Combo

Thanks for visiting My Stampin Space today.  Be sure to visit my online store to grab your Happy Birthday Gorgeous bundle today!   Please leave me a comment and tell me what you like most about this card!

See you soon!

Nancy

 

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What were the 1st things I ordered from the New Catalog?

So exciting, you can now order from the new catalog!  And I bet you probably want to know what were the 1st things I ordered from the new catalog?

Well since I have the privilege of ordering many items in advance (love that perk of being a demonstrator!), there weren’t too many stamp sets and bundles I ordered as I am so EXCITED about all the accessories offered in this catalog!  I did order a few stamp set and here they are:

Lemon Zest bundle

Lemon Zest was the #1 Bundle that I just had to have!  I LOVE IT – it is so fresh and zesty, and perfect for summertime!

Beautiful Bouquet

Beautiful Bouquet Bundle was #2 on my list – I love the font style in the sentiments and thought the sentiments offered a well-rounded array of sayings for different occasions.  Of course the flowers are just so versatile too!

Crafting Forever

Crafting Forever is my #3 must have!  I just love this set and all the images in it.  I think it will be fun in so many different ways.  And of course, I agree with all of the sentiments!

Then there are the accessories, of course I had to get all of the new 2017-19 InColors in cardstock, ink, markers, and every color of ribbon, and the new little mini bows.

But did you see we now offer MINI Stampin’ Dimensionals?   I can’t live without dimensionals and I’m often cutting them in half to pop up tiny pieces.  And the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets?  The answer to gluing on those intricate die cuts!

And the Embossing Paste?   You can see that here.

And the Ribbon!  Oh my, I’m in Ribbon heaven!  I just want it all!  So, I am thinking of offering Ribbon Shares.  What are Ribbon Shares?  I’m glad you asked – ribbon shares are a great way to get alot of ribbon without the big price tag!  Basically, I would offer a grouping of ribbon and split each roll in 4.  When 4 people buy the ribbon share, I will divide the ribbons and mail each one to you.  So for instance, you could get 2.5 yards of all 5 colors of the InColor 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon for only $11.25!  If you would be interested in a Ribbon Share, please let me know.

So now that you know what I ordered,  WHAT IS ON YOUR ORDER?  If you need help, ask me.  I’ll help you get the most that you can for your money.

To place an order with me today, please click here and use Host Code 2HH3XWVE.   Then share with me what was the #1 product that you had to have today.  I love to hear your comments.

Happy Stampin’ and Happy Shopping!

Nancy

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Watch These Videos BEFORE you order from the New Catalog!

Stampin’ Up! just released several videos and I think you should watch these videos BEFORE you order from the New Catalog tomorrow.

Online ordering will be shut down from approx. midnight tonight until about noon June 1st (CST) to change over the catalogs and item codes.  So while you’re waiting, watch these videos!

Planners are all the Rage right now, and I’m so excited to share our new Love Today Planner, so I’m sharing this first:

I think the next Bundle is going to be a big hit.  I would order yours right away because I suspect this might be a sell-out!

The next two videos are my favorite bundles that I already have and just LOVE! I know you will as well:

A couple of new products need to be seen to be appreciated. You may have overlooked these items but I’m sure you won’t now that you see how awesome they are!

The next few bundles need no explanation as to why they are going to be so popular:

Everyone needs paper, and this year the choices of Designer Series Paper is just over the top delicous!

Overwhelmed? Don’t know where to start? Kits are great places to start, AND they make great gifts too!

Whew! Binge watching Stampin’ Up! beats Netflix any day, doesn’t it?

Get 25% off your first 3 months of Paper PumpkinDon’t forget that there is a promotion going on until June 10th for Paper Pumpkin craft kits too. New subscribers save 25% on June, July & August kits when you subscribe by June 10th  and use the promo code, STARTHERE, at PaperPumpkin.com to subscribe.

Ready to shop?  Join my Live on Facebook for my New Catalog Launch Party  at 7PM (EST) Thursday, June 1st for fun, games & prizes AND shopping.  Or just click here to start shopping and please use Host Code 2HH3XWVE when placing your order!

Thanks, friends!

Nancy

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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.

Get 25% off your first 3 months of Paper Pumpkin

Haven’t tried Paper Pumpkin yet?  Now’s your chance!  New customers who subscribe to Paper Pumpkin by June 10th will save 25% off your first 3 months!  It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1.  Click here to subscribe
  2.  Use Promo Code “Start Here”
  3.  Enjoy!

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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.

Click here to shop.

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!

Click here to shop.

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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