Easter & Passover: A Lifestyle Blog Hop

Living-With-Style-Blog-Hop-for-BlogWelcome to our Blog Hop! Easter and Passover are quickly approaching, and today we have some great ideas, inspiration, tips, resources and how-to for you this Easter or Passover holiday as you move along through the blog hop.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Pam Baker of The Birch Cottage on our Living with Style Blog Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you make sure to see and learn from all of the articles featured here today.

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“Work of Art” is one of the most versatile stamp sets I have ever owned!  Due to the creative genius of many people who envisioned various objects from the swishes and swooshes and shapes in this stamp set, I have made flowers, sailboats, snowmen, and now an Easter Egg with this set!

I used the large swish in various ink colors to create the rainbow of color, from Pink Pirouette, to So Saffron, to Wisteria Wonder, to Mint Macaron to Soft Sky.  This layer was adhered to a Wisteria Wonder card base.

TIP:  I used my Stamp-a-ma-Jig to get my swishes placed just perfectly!  A must when using wood mount or clear mount stamps and precise placement is critical.

Another sheet of Whisper White card stock was embossed with the Spring Flowers TIEF then cut with the Oval Framelits.  Propped up on stampin’ dimensionals, this is placed on top of the rainbow stamped layer.  (NOTE:  The Spring Flowers TIEF is retired, but you can buy it on the CLEARANCE RACK while supplies last!  Sweet deal!)

The finishing touches come from the addition of a little banner stamped with the “Happy Easter” sentiment in Wisteria Wonder from “Circle of Spring” stamp set.    A few flowers stamped from Petite Petals and cropped with the Petite Petals Punch in coordinating colors finish off the card!

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TIP:  I stamped and punched a flower in Mint Macaron ink and cut the flower into 2 petals, 2 petals and 1 petal to create the leaves!

I hope you enjoyed my project today.  If you don’t already own the Work of Art stamp set, I encourage you to add this to your collection.  You won’t regret it!

The next stop is  Lisa Milligan at Life on Merlin on Living with Style Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again next time around!

Nancy

Work of Art Wood-Mount Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!      Stamp-a-ma-Jig by Stampin' Up!
Ovals Collection Framelits Dies by Stampin' Up!    Spring Flowers Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!        Petite Petals Wood-Mount Bundle by Stampin' Up!       Circle of Spring Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

What’s a Girl to do when….

…her balloon punch is on backorder?   Well, in the words of Clint Eastwood, “Adapt, Improvise, and Overcome”. (Actually, I think Clint was quoting the Marines).  So I did just that!

Cucumber Crush Balloons

I finally had a chance to play with my new “Party Pants” stamp set but since my balloon punch is on backorder, I knew I’d only be stamping in one dimension.  But I think I created a pretty interesting element.  I’m almost glad my punch is on backorder because it forced me to get creative!

Take a close look at the balloons.  Do you see what I did there?  Here’s a close-up:balloons I trimmed the paper right up to the balloons, then used my paper snips to snip around the balloon.  I could not have achieved this effect with punch.  I’m really glad I discovered this technique.  Actually, I’ve never seen anyone else do this, so I may have even invented this technique!   That means I’ll have to name it.  Hmm, what to call it?  Well, I digress.  But,  I can’t wait to try it with another shape; perhaps flowers.

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Since I knew I wanted this panel to measure 2-1/4″ wide, I set it in my trimmer at that dimension.  I cut from the top down to the balloon,

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and then from the bottom up to the balloon.  Then I used my paper snips to finish it off!

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Easy peasy!  And here’s the final picture again.

Cucumber Crush Balloons

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space.  I hope you liked this and that you might try it yourself too.  If you do, send me a picture of your creation and I’ll feature it on my blog.  Leave me a comment and tell me what you think. – Nancy

If you want any of the  supplies I used to make this, shop my store safely & securely 24/7 from the comfort of your home.  Just click here or on any item listed below!  The Party Pants stamp set is FREE during Sale-A-Bration with a qualifying order, but only for a few short more days.  Sale-A-Bration ends March 31st so get yours now.  This is only available whiles supplies last and it is possible it will sell out before March 31st.

Come back on Wednesday, I”ll have a special treat in store for  you.  I’ll be participating in a blog hop featuring Easter & Passover projects and I think you’ll be amazed at the talent on this blog hop.

White Space

I was inspired to make this card after a friend shared a card she made that was  white on white.

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I had just received my Bloomin Heart Thinlits dies and just couldn’t stop playing with it!  (It is a little bit additive, especially when used with the new Precision Plate and Big Shot Die Brush!)

White on White, or any monochromatic project can be a little tricky but it doesn’t have to be dull!   One of the best tips to keep in mind when working white on white (or color on color) is that since you don’t have colors, you need to work with layers and texture and dimension.  Who needs lots of color when you’ve got all that going for you?

Notice all the layers?  First is my Whisper White card base.  Then comes another, smaller layer of Whisper White that was embossed with the Gently Falling TIEF.  A little strip of Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum, stamped with a sentiment in Silver, is wrapped around this layer prior to adhering this to the card base.  (Even this vellum is white on white!)  This tiny bit of silver ink is the only ‘color’ on the entire card!

Now for the focal point!  I cut out a heart from Whisper White cardstock using the Bloomin’ Heart thinlits and several flowers as well.  The Big Shot die brush makes easy  work of getting all those little pieces out of the intricate design.  Stampin’ Dimensionals strategically placed behind the 5 flower areas prop this heart up from the embossed background.  Next I curled the flowers and using pieces of dimensionals, adhered the flowers to the flower spaces.  On the 2 larger flowers, I added a smaller flower on top of the larger flower.  Each flower was then topped with a Pearl.  Lastly, a piece of Organza ribbon was adhered on top of the heart for yet more texture & dimension.IMG_6228You can see the layers and dimensions in this view.

While I originally made this card as a Congrats on your Engagement, I thought it looked more ‘bridal’ and decided to use it as a Congrats on getting married instead!  My Rose Wonder bundle was on it’s way, so I waited, then added the sentiment “Wishing you a marriage made in heaven and a lifetime blessed by God” to the inside.

Here’s another look:
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If you don’t have a Stampin’ UP! Demonstrator and want to order any of the supplies I’ve used here to create this card, I’d be honored to be your demonstrator!  Click here to start shopping, or click on any of the items below.  This die is part of a product suite that includes a coordinating stamp set and designer series paper, as well as embellishments.  And you can bundle & save when you purchase the die and stamp set together!

Don’t forget, with every $50 in products (before shipping & tax) you will earn 1 FREE Sale-A-Bration item!

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Please leave me a comment below and let me know how you liked this project today! I love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy

 

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Winter Wonderland

One of the stamp sets that I am enjoying the most from the 2015 Holiday Catalog is Wonderland. (Stampin’ UP! posted a list of retiring items from the Holiday catalog and this will be retiring.  I strongly urge you to add this to your collection before it is gone.)   I guess the folks at Merry Monday Christmas Challenge knew that when they challenged us to use Blue, White & Texture to create a Christmas card.  winter wonderlandThe beautiful tree image, heat embossed in Pewter Embossing Powder, shines against the dark blue background.  This made me pull out some Midnight Muse cardstock from my retired paper stash!  I’m so glad I stocked up on this color before it was retired 🙂  A few snowflakes stamped in White Craft Ink fill in the night sky behind the trees.

The inside was the perfect place to add another sentiment: winter wonderland insideThis sentiment is from the Versatile Christmas stamp set, which is also slated for Retirement.

A touch of shine from the Silver Foil sheets adds the perfect mat layer to showcase the beauty of this card.  TIP:  To save as much of the foil sheet as possible, I cut a piece to 5″ x 3-3/4″ for my mat layer.  Since much of this layer would be covered by the image panel, I cut out a hole 1/2″ in from each edge so I could use the foil sheet that wouldn’t be seen.  The Stampin’ Trimmer makes this so easy to do.   This is what is looks like from the back:winter wonderland tip

To see my project on the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge, and all the others, click here.

I hope you enjoy this project and will consider making it yourself.  Although I used retired colors from my stash, consider using Night of Navy Cardstock and Silver Embossing Powder to recreate this.

To see the list of RETIRING ITEMS – click here.

TH_Ecard_OnlineX_demo_11.23.15_ENGDon’t forget, the Online Extravaganza is still in full swing:  Click Here to shop the sale.

You can see the items needed to create this card below. Clicking on any of the images will take you right to the page where you can add the item to your shopping cart.   Thanks for shopping with me and don’t forget to shop the sale.

Happy Stampin,

Nancy

 

Christmas, Here I come!

Christmas is just a few short months away, so now is the best time to start getting ready.   I did just that.  The new Stampin’ Up! 2015 Holiday catalog is here (sales period begins Sept. 1st) but as a demo, I have been able to order from that catalog already.   This catalog is filled with so many new and exciting things that will make a stamper’s heart go pitter-patter!   And, yes, I do offer Gift Certificates 🙂   SPOILER ALERT:  The catalog is also filled with some pretty nostalgic items too that will take you back to Christmases of long ago.
Our Annual Catalog has some pretty nice Christmas stamps & papers too.  Today’s project features the “Lots of Joy” stamp set, “Merry Moments DSP” from the annual catalog and the coordinating Tree Punch.

Lots of JoyWhisper White card stock formed the foundation for my card.  A piece of plaid DSP cut 1/4″ smaller created the background.   I used my Oval framelits and cut 2 ovals; the larger from Mossy Meadow card stock, the smaller in Old Olive  card stock.    I punch a Mossy Meadow tree (TIP:  To save paper, I punched this out of the center of the oval I just  made – the lighter oval will cover it and no one will know!)

Then I stamped the plaid tree in Old Olive ink on Whisper White and punched that out and adhered on top of, but offset from the solid tree.

Cherry Cobbler ink was used for the sentiment and the 1-3/4″ and 2″ circle punches cropped the circles which I layered together and offset at the bottom of the oval.  A few stars in Gold Glimmer Paper were cropped using the star die from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits set added some sparkle.  The plaid tree was finished off with a bow tied from the new Gold Cording Trim which will be available Sept. 1st.

Don’t you just love the plaid tree in this stamp set?  I do.   It reminds me of a Charlie Brown Christmas and I am looking forward to stamping this tree in some funky colors like Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo and the like!

I took my color palette from the colors in the Merry Moments DSP.  Here is another card I made using the same layout but I switched out the DSP in the background.  IMG_5467 A whole different feel just by changing the paper.

And the best part of this card;  after I made it I realized it fit the requirements for the Merry Monday Christmas card challenge:Merry Monday Christmas 169It’s been a while since I played along and I’m really glad to take part this week.  Hop over to the challenge to find inspiration from other crafters as you look forward to getting started with your own Christmas cards.

Listed below are the supplies I used for my card.  You can order any of these items by shopping my online store, or by clicking the item below.

If you need a 2015 Holiday Catalog, and you are my customer, or don’t currently have a demo and wish to choose me as your demonstrator, request your Holiday catalog here.  If you already have a relationship with another demonstrator, please be respectful and contact him or her for a catalog.

 

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space.  Please know that I love when you stop by and leave me a comment.  I also appreciate when you order from me very much!  I have set some sales goals for myself and and just a few dollars away from my goal for the month.  I would certainly appreciate if you could help me reach that goal by shopping with me today.  (You know you want more stamps anyway!)  And you’ll be helping me in the process!  Thanks!
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Have a good day and have fun shopping!
Nancy

Money Holder Tutorial

Yesterday was an exciting day, the Pals Blog Hop!  We featured projects showcasing the new 2015-17 In Colors.  I hope you were able to hop from blog to blog and see all the various projects using these colors.   You can see my post here.

I featured a project modeled after a gift card holder that is my go-to design when I need a quick & easy gift card holder and decorate it for any occasion.  But what about when you want to give cash?  I adapted the gift card holder to fit a dollar bill.  Here it is:

In Color Money Holder

A belly band holds the flap closed.  Just slip it off and here it is open:

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Well, I promised I would share a step-by-step tutorial and here it is: (Keep in mind that this pattern can be adapted for any occasion you want to give a gift of cash – any color, any patterned paper, any embellishment YOU want to customize it to the occasion and the recipient.  Just keep the same measurements.)

I started with a piece of Tip Top Taupe cardstock cut to 6-3/4″ wide x 8-1/4″ tall.

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I scored the paper 2-1/4″ from the bottom edge, and at 5-1/4″.   (I love that I can cut and score on my Stampin’ Trimmer!)money holder score

Here is the paper scored in 2 places: money holder scored

To create the thumb notch for the dollar bill, I used a 2″ circle punch to partially  punch creating the notch.  I centered this left to right at 3-3/8″.  money holder punch notch

I then applied strips of Tear & Tape adhesive along the outer edges of the lower portion.  (Have I mentioned that I LOVE this new Tear & Tape adhesive? – This project was the first time I used this adhesive, and it is far superior to the old ‘red’ tape; both in terms of stickiness AND ease of use!  No more red pieces of plastic stuck to your hands, clothes, etc.)  money holder tear & tape

Fold up the bottom portion, and you’ve just created the perfect pocket to fit a dollar bill.  Any denomination will fit!  (Make mine 50’s or 100’s, please!) money holder assembled

Now for the belly band.  You can create a belly band that wraps around the money holder vertically or horizontally.   I used a 1-1/4″ wide x 7-1/2″ strip of cardstock and another piece of Tear & Tape adhesive and just wrapped it around the money holder.  (TIP:  Don’t wrap it too tight; leave enough room for the belly band to slip on & off with ease!). money holder vertical band

To wrap horizontally, you will need to adhere 2 strips together to get a strip long enough to wrap around the width of the card.  I strategically placed the butt joints in the least conspicuous places; behind the flower and at the back edge of the money holder.  (I am using a contrasting piece of cardstock so you can see the two pieces better).

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money holder with belly band

Now for the fun part!  You can decorate your money holder any way you wish!

On my project,  I used the Corner Rounder Punch to punch the two bottom corners of the face.  I cut the new Envelope Paper in the woodgrain pattern in Tip Top Taupe to 6-1/2″ x 2-3/4″ and corner rounded the bottom two corners.  I adhered this layer on the face of the closed money holder.

In Color Money HolderI chose to create this gorgeous flower using the new Cotton Paper in Watermelon Wonder.  The flower center is created from Delightful Dijon and fringe scissors!  The leaves are Cucumber Crush card stock using the Fun Flower punch.  A little flagged end banner in Mint Macaron  says: “Thought you’d like to spend your day spending….” from the B.Y.O.P. stamp set.  The inside sentiment simply says:  “SPENDING”

I will be making a video showing just how to make this flower, and some tips on how to work with this new Cotton Paper.  Watch for that next week.

If you want to grab some of these supplies to add to your stash so you can create this at home, simply click here to go to my online store.  Or just click on any of the items in the supply list below.

I hope that you try to make this;  please let me know if you do.  This is a project tutorial that you’ll want to keep close by;  it will come in handy whenever you are giving cash as a gift.

Be sure to LIKE my Facebook page so you’ll be the first to know when I share my video.  You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel so you won’t miss out any of my tutorial videos.

Please give me feedback on my tutorial.  I need your help to know if I am giving enough details, or not, for you to be successful in recreating this project for yourself.  Thanks for your constructive input!  Thanks for stoppin’ by My Stampin’ Space.  Come back and stamp with me soon.

Nancy

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In With The New…Pals Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for June.  This month we are excited to show off new Stampin’ Up! products from the just released 2015 – 2016 annual catalog.  We hope you find great inspiration from the projects.  Get your wish list ready!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom number 29 on the Pals Hop.  If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

Well I have to say that I am in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!  Yes, I LOVE my husband – he’s the best!  But some days he just has to step aside for my Stampin’ Obsession!  And right now, there are a few products that I just can’t get enough of.  And when you put them together, LOVE is in the air!  The Gift Bag Punch Board, the Triple Banner Punch and the Floral Wings stamp set.

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Don’t you just love it!  I’m making Gift Bags with the Gift Bag Punch Board left & right!  And thanks to you, I have over 750 views on the tutorial video I made showing how to use the Gift Bag Punch Board!

Of course, the Triple Banner Punch makes flagged end banners a cinch; especially if you want to layer different sizes like I did here.  (True Story:  I almost didn’t order the Triple Banner Punch because I thought it was a triangle punch!  Good think I read the fine print description and realized what it was!)

But my most fav is the Floral Wings stamp set!  And again, I didn’t realize the potential of this set until I got it and started using it.  The ‘blank spots’ in the butterfly are shaped for the roses & leaves just perfectly.  We were introduced to triple stamping with tab alignment back in the fall with the Wonderful Wreath, and this stamp set uses that tab alignment for the leaves and roses inside the butterfly wings.

IMG_5195-001See those leaves?  You don’t stamp them individually; it’s all one stamp!  And the roses?  The 5 roses are one stamp set so you get perfect placement in one impression.

Here’s another bag I made:  This one shows how cute the bag looks with the top open, (like a convertible!)IMG_5197

And another:  This uses the new 1″ Dotted Lace Trim in Cucumber Crush – another new product I am in love with!  I’m so glad I purchased every color 🙂IMG_5204[1]Each gift bag has a different closure: a clothespin, an open top (which has no closure) and a ribbon.  The Gift Bag Punch Board allows you to put holes for ribbons if you want, or not.  It’s so versatile.

WORD TO THE WISE:  When working with paper that has a definite direction to the paper (like the printed words), remember that the punch creates the bottom flaps of the gift bag.  So, you want to put your paper into the punch with with the top of the paper towards you and the bottom of the paper in the punch, like this:

IMG_5203[1]Before you get all mushy, saying how smart I am, and how much paper I will save you, and all of that, I have to confess that mistakes are the best teachers!  Another episode of the blooper reel – we were making these gift bags at a workshop this past weekend.  Well, all I can is that we learned the hard way!  But you can learn from my mistake….you’re welcome!  🙂

I hope you will get ‘punchy’ with the Gift Bag Punch Board, the triple banner punch, and spread your wings with the Floral Wings stamp set.  I have a product list at the end of this post so you can see exactly what I used if you want to recreate any of these projects.   Please contact your demonstrator to order products, or to get a new catalog.  If you don’t have a relationship with a demonstrator, feel free to email me.  Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space today.

Please leave me a comment and tell me which gift bag is your favorite, and why.  I absolutely love hearing from you!

The next stop is Sue Becker at RnR Stamping, number 31 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

  1. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards.com
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  3. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  4. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  5. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  6. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  7. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  8. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  9. Jennifer Michalski at stampingserenity.blogspot.com
  10. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  11. Natalie Bradley at Soirée by Natalie Bradley
  12. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  13. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  14. Deb Cozzone at Deb Cozzone’s Stamping Zone
  15. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  16. Maggie Mata at Maggie Mase Cards
  17. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  18. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  19. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  20. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  21. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  22. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  23. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  24. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  25. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  26. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  27. Jessica Wilson at My Prapercraft Universe
  28. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  29. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  30. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  31. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  32. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  33. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon

So if you just can’t live another day without a Gift Bag Punch board, or a triple banner punch, or the Floral Wings stamp set, click here to go to my online store or click any of the items below.

My Gift for You!

This is my second blog post for today. If you missed my earlier post, please click here.

At my class Monday night, we made gift card holders.  As I was prepping for class, I snapped a pic of the various parts – cut and layed out.  I posted that pic on my Facebook page and asked people to guess what I was making.  I decided I would give the finished project to the first person to correctly guess.  RayAnn guessed correctly, and she won the completed gift card holder (and I tucked a gift card to Dunkin Donuts inside!).  (To make sure YOU don’t miss out – Like my facebook page, www.facebook.com/mystampinspace).

Well, here is one the 2 different styles of gift card holders we made.

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IMG_5141The gift card holders were made with card stock (Crushed Curry or Cucumber Crush) and then decorated with paper from the new paper stack A Cherry on Top.  A Bermuda Blue belly band was embellished using the Celebrate Today stamp die and matching balloons framelits dies.  A quick & easy gift card holder that could be made in any color, for any occasion.  Timeless, right?

Would you like to make this gift card holder yourself?  Well, RayAnn may have won the finished project, but my gift to you is the step-by-step directions so you can make them yourself.  I only ask that you leave a comment for me in this blog post and tell me what you think.  The ladies in my class all LOVED them.  I hope you will too 🙂

GIFT CARD HOLDER TUTORIAL – PDF

Tell me what occasion you have to give a gift card for, and how you decorated.  If you send me a photo of your finished project using my tutorial, I’ll even post it on my blog!

Thanks for stopping by.  If you want to order any card stock, designer series paper, stamps or punches, you can order safely & securely from my online store.  I do appreciate your orders.  And I really appreciate you taking the time to hang out in My Stampin’ Space with me!  Come back again – I’ll be sharing the other gift card holder we made too!

Nancy

Gift Wrapping is in the Bag!

One of the new products being introduced by Stampin’ Up! when the new annual catalog comes out next week is another Punch Board!  Yep, that’s right!  A Gift Bag Punch Board.  I’m so excited; this item ZOOMED to the TOP of my MUST HAVE List and I’m grateful that it was one of the items that demos’ could pre-order.

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I quickly made use of my new Gift Bag Punch Board to make some gift packaging.   Gift Bag

This punch board will allow you to make gift bags in a variety of sizes; and punch holes in the top to thread a ribbon thru (as I did here) for a closure.  I decorated this for a birthday, but think of all the possibilities!  Any holiday or occassion, any color, any pattern of paper.  Ribbon, clothespins, fold & staple….there are so many ways to close the bags too!

After reading the included directions, I decided some serious video making was in order!  I’m not adverse to reading directions, but I did find they were difficult in some areas, and I really learn better from hands-on experience, and/or visual instruction.  I thought you might learn better that way too, so I’ve filmed this video.  While it is somewhat lengthy, I tried to be very detailed and show exactly step-by-step how to make different sized gift bags.

While you’re watching the video, please subscribe to my YouTube channel so you won’t miss any future video tutorials from me.  I’d also appreciate if you could share the video with anyone whom you think might enjoy it!

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!  I have more videos planned, but I’d also like to hear what YOU would like to see in a future video!

20150601_AnnualCatalog_en-USThe new catalog goes LIVE on June 2nd – you can order this Gift Bag Punch  Board then! June 2nd is also the last day to order from the retiring catalog and from the Occasions catalog.  Check out the RETIRING LIST here; and make sure to order those items you’ve always had your eye before they are gone for good.

If you are a customer of mine and need a catalog, please email me to request a catalog.  If you are not my customer, and do not currently have a relationship with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and would like to order Stampin’ Up! products from me, you can request a catalog too!

If you have ever thought about joining Stampin’ Up! now is a great time!  Join under me from June 2-30 and choose $125 of products for only $99 in your starter kit (and it ships FREE!) AND choose 2 stamps sets from the new catalog! SWEET!

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space!  Leave me a comment and let me know if the Gift Bag Punch Board is on your Must Have List too!

Nancy

The Blooper Reel….

I love watching the bloopers, the outtakes.  You know what I mean, the parts of a film that get edited out when the actors/actresses flub their lines, make a mistake, or just can’t keep a straight face during a funny scene.   Well, I made a real-life blooper the other night  and it happened WHILE I WAS TEACHING A CLASS!

It was funny, (and admittedly a little embarrassing!) but I was able to redeem myself by turning it into a teachable moment.  Let me share:

I was teaching a class featuring Masculine Projects.  I also had my first male student in a class!   The project was a simple, single layer card (I almost never make a single layer card) and I was teaching the masking technique to create an interesting background element.  This is the sample card I had made.  Wetlands Goose single layer cardSo I sponged on my background oval, then I showed the students how to place the main image, in the case a goose, so that the entire image was NOT inside the oval, but rather half in, half out.  Like this:

close up wetlands goose

Beautiful so far, right?  And then I picked my card up and realized that I stamped my goose UPSIDE DOWN!  That’s right; the fold was at the bottom rather than the top!  YIKES!   This was a “Don’t try this at home” moment.  I quickly told my class they should always check where the fold of the card is before stamping and adhering any layers so they don’t end up like I just did!  I’m sure it will be a memorable lesson as we all got a big laugh out of my mistake!

I redeemed my mistake by turning it into something that is more elegant than the original.  I simply cut the paper in half, then cropped that piece slightly, added a layer, and popped it onto a new card base.  See?

Wetlands Goose multiple layer card

We all make mistakes from time to time, and one of my favorite sayings is “There is no mistake that a well placed embellishment can’t hide.”  Most of the time.  For those others times; layers.  Either cut your paper and layer it over a contrasting or coordinating piece of cardstock,  like I did here.  Or place a layer over it (like a banner or sentiment strip).  In the extreme case where none of these remedies can fix it, well, my second favorite saying is:  “It’s only a piece of paper.  Nothing that a new piece of paper can’t fix!”  Yup, sometimes just throw it in the trash and start anew, empowered with the knowledge you gained from making the mistake the first go-around.

So, when you are creating and something doesn’t go as planned, no worries.  You can redeem it.  And if you made your blooper in a room full of people, use it to your advantage, for a lesson everyone will remember.

If you have a blooper moment while crafting, I’d love to hear it.  Please leave me a comment and tell me all about it.  Thanks!

Happy Stampin’,

Nancy

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Sayin’ Farewell to Mixed Bunch

IMG_4758I made this card with a class a few months ago, and I just LOVE it!  I love how the Daffodil Delight just pops against the Black & White.  I also like how I was able to make my own background “DSP” with a stamp set.

I just used the large flower image, and stamped in Momento Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock to create the background.  Then I used the small circle image to stamp a few images onto a scrap of Whisper White, and punched them out with a circle punch.  I glued those onto the flowers to make that custom background.  I’ve used this treat many times, and often I’ve reached for Mixed Bunch to make that happen.  So sad that this trusty, go-to flower set is retiring!

I just had to share with you this card again.   If you think you would like this seretired stamp playing golft before it goes away, then you’d better pick it up quickly. In a few short weeks, it will be gone, retired to Florida to play golf all day!

My supply list is below for those of you who want to recreate this card, or order supplies to make this yourself.  My online store is always open!   Click here to shop now.

A new ‘twist’ on an old favorite!

My Stampin’ Up! order just arrived and I couldn’t wait to dive in and play with my new goodies!  First was the Thick Bakers Twine & Buttons In Color Accessory Pack (which I earned for FREE and you can too!) AND the stack of Designer Series Paper in the 2014-2016 In Colors.  So I knew I would be using these things together!  Don’t you just love the color coordination from Stampin’ Up!  So do I.  It makes it so easy.  I decided to just make a monochromatic card, quick & easy, as I needed 2 cards to mail out.  I ‘recycled’ a card layout I used a few weeks ago for one of my classes and added a new twist by using DSP!

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I started with a piece of Tangelo Twist cardstock, cut to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored & folded in half to create a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card base.  Next I trimmed a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 4″ x 5-1/4″ (just a 1/4″ smaller than my card base).  I used the new Butterflies thinlits die to cut out the butterfly, but I made sure to position the die on white layer exactly centered in the upper two-thirds of the paper as I would be using both the die cut image AND the negative space of the paper it was cut from.

Next I used a piece of coordinating Tangelo Twist DSP to position behind the negative butterfly image on my whisper white layer.  I stamped my sentiment on the lower third in Tangelo Twist ink, tied a piece of Tangelo Twist thick bakers twine around this layer and then I used stampin’ dimensionals to pop this layer onto my card base.  TIP:  I like to do this to add some dimension but it also helps so the thick twine doesn’t leave a lump if I glued it flat to the card base.

Lastly I adhered the butterfly back into the negative space; but I only applied glue to the butterfly body, leaving the wings free to flutter in the wind!  My finishing touch was a Tangelo Twist button on the butterfly!  All this took about 10 minutes flat!

Yeah, I loved this so much, I quick made another card in another In Color, Hello Honey.  You can see these two cards here.  IMG_4767[1]

It really looks great in any color.  Matching cardstock, ink, DSP and embellishments made this card come together so quick & easy!

How great is it that the folks over at Colour Me…! Challenge Blog chose Tangelo Twist and a neutral for this weeks color challenge?  Were they watching me create this card?  Did they like this card so much too that they decided to use this color combo too or it is just a coincidence?  You decide.  I’m not sure, but I do know that I’m entering my card in their challenge.  You can head over to the Colour Me…! blog to check out other projects in this color combo.

Don’t forget you can order these products, and any other Stampin’ Up! products directly from me safely & securely online here.  For every $50 in product purchases, you will earn 1 FREE Sale-A-Bration item.  Will you choose the InColors Accessory Pack like I did or something else?  Leave me a comment with your favorite SAB item.

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Thanks for stopping by Stampers.  See you in My Stampin’ Space soon!

Nancy

Irresistibly Yours

One of my favorite items in the Sale-A-Bration promotion is a specialty paper called Irresistibly Yours.   At first glance it looks like plain white paper, but when you look at it close; you see a tone-on-tone pattern.  But the real beauty comes when you add color.  The pattern is designed to resist ink, so when you add ink, either by spritzing, daubing or sponging, the color reveals the pattern!  It was love at first sight for me.

 

Irresistibly Yours

Imagine being able to create a patterned paper in any color to match any project!  That is exactly what I did to create this card below.

IMG_4518[1]The color challenge for this weeks Colour Me Color Challenge is Perfect Plum and a neutral.  I needed to make a sympathy card for a special girl and thought Perfect Plum would be cheerful.  I didn’t have any patterned paper in Perfect Plum but with my Irresistibly Yours specialty paper; that didn’t matter.  I had an ink pad and a re-inker in Perfect Plum so I was set.

I simply filled a Stampin’ Spritzer bottle with rubbing alcohol and 12 drops of ink and sprayed the paper.  Using a tissue I rubbed the ink off to reveal the pattern.  Easy peasy!  You get 12 sheets (2 each of 6 patterns) in the package of paper, and the paper is FREE with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration!

I also stamped an image on the inside of the card; both the flower, and the inside & outside sentiments are from Bloom With Hope stamp set.

Bloom With Hope Clear Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!   IMG_4517[1]

 

 

 

 

 

The sentiment on the front was heat embossed with White embossing powder on Perfect Plum cardstock.  The embellishment is actually an old retired Builder Brad that I pulled from my stash.  There is an Artisan Embellishment kit in the New Occasions catalog that is reminiscent of an old Artisan Embelllishment kit that I pulled this from.

IMG_4516[1]Tip:  When using a dark colored cardstock for my card base, I like to glue a piece of Whisper White paper on the inside for writing.  It gives the inside of the card a polished look too!.  Of course, envelopes need some jazzing up too!  A simple bloom from the same stamp set adorns the outside.

Want to know more about the Irresistibly Yours paper?  Watch this video:

Remember:  During Sale-A-Bration, you get FREE items for every $50 in product you order.  So place your orders in $50 increments for maximum savings.

IE:  I have a customer who orders $35 every month on-line.  A $35 order won’t yield you any free items.  If during each month of Sale-A-Bration (January, February & March) she placed a $35 order; she would spend $105.  If she spent that same money in two orders of $52.50 each she would get 2 FREE Sale-A-Bration items.  So spend smart!

Want to order any of the products I used to create this card? Just click on the item below in this chart to go right to that item in my online store.

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I hope you see the beauty of this awesome paper.  I have already ordered 2 packages of this paper so I’ll have some to hoard keep and some to share!
Please leave me a comment and let me know your favorite item in the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  Did Irresistibly Yours top your list?  Come back tomorrow and I’ll share the other item that tied for my #1 Fav from the Sale-A-Bration catalog!
In the meantime, Happy Stampin’,
Nancy

Playful Penguins Punch Art

I saw these adorable little punch art penguins a few weeks back and thought they were so stinkin’ cute I just had to make some!

Itching to make them ever since, I knew I had my opportunity with the Friday Mashup Challenge #191.   This week’s Mashup Challenge is:

  • Create a project with a “Winter theme”.
  • Create a project with “Snowflakes”.
  • or Mash it Up! and create a “Winter project with Snowflakes”

Hello: Winter, Snowflakes, Penquins! It was a natural fit!

 

So here is my Friday Mashup – Penguins playing in the snow.

Penguins Playing in the Snow Aren’t they adorable?  I just love them.  Here’s a close-up of the stars of the show:  IMG_4505[1]

I thought I bookmarked the page where I saw them, so I could give credit to the designer, but for the life of me, I can’t find it!  My apologies!    They are created from the Stampin’ Up! Owl Builder Punch

I’ve created a PDF tutorial showing step-by-step instructions on how I made the penguins.

You can click here to download the PDF if you’d like to try your hand at making the penguins yourself.

I created the card by starting with a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ Island Indigo card base.  A layer of Soft Sky cardstock cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″ was placed on top of that.  I cut a strip of Whisper White cardstock to 5-1/4″ wide and tore the top edge to create the snowy hills in the background.  I then stamped a snowflake using the smallest image from  Endless Wishes in White Craft Ink and in Illuminate ink.  I then sprayed this layer with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch spray to create the illusion of falling snow.

I used a strip of Dazzling Diamonds paper to create the snowy hill in the foreground.  Since the snowflakes were so soft & muted (and therefore, didn’t photograph well)  I added a few Frosted Snowflake Sequins just so the judges at the Mashup would know for sure that I added snowflakes 😉

The penguins were popped up using stampin’ dimensionals.  (Do I ever make a project without stampin’ dimensionals?  Hardly.)

Playful Penguins

And I know you noticed that the two penguins are looking at each other.  Simply placing the black dots on the edges of the white circle, rather than the middle, allows you to make the penguins look as they are ‘looking’ in a particular direction.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space.  I hope you like my penguins as much as I do.  Leave me a comment – I love to hear from you.  Please do print out my Penguin Punch Art PDF and try to make them yourself.   And if you do, please send me a photo of what you make; I’d love to know that I helped  you create something cute!

If you need any of the supplies to make this card, or any Stampin’ Up! supplies, click on the item name and go right to that product, or click here to go to my online store where you can shop safely & securely 24/7.   Don’t forget, the Year End CloseOuts end on Jan. 5th.  (The Frosted Sequins are on sale for only $2.99! so get them now before they are gone).   On Jan. 6th, our 2015 Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration catalog go live!

Happy Stampin’,

Nancy