Playing with the Pals Papers Arts

I am blessed to be part of a wonderful on-line community of Stampin’ UP! demonstrators called the Stampin’ Pretty Pals, under Mary Fish.  The Pals have their very own place to play with paper,  called Pals Paper Arts.  Twice a month, they offer an opportunity to play with paper: a sketch challenge and a color challenge.


This lovely color combination is the inspiration for this weeks challenge.  I have to admit ,I’m not sure why but at first I wasn’t too keen on these colors.  But I stretched myself to use them together, and this is what I came up with:


I wanted a simple one-layer card and this really came together much better than I anticipated!  And once I sat back and admired my work 😉  I REALLY LIKED THIS COLOR COMBO!  All because I tried it.

Now, I can tell you there are some really talented folks who play at the Pals Paper Arts.  You can click here to head over there and take a look at all the fabulous creations made with these colors.  It will knock your socks off!

I used the Grateful Bunch stamp set for the lace border, Bloomin Love for the hearts and What I Love for the sentiment.  You can order any of these by clicking on the stamp set name, or clicking here.

The Grateful Bunch is part of bundle – add the coordinating Blossom Bunch Punch and SAVE!  The What I Love stamp is FREE with a $50 order during Sale-A-Bration.  (I love FREE!)

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Come back later, I have a special card to share.





A Special Reason to Play with the Pals Paper Arts

Well I needed to make a special card for the person we call ‘Our Fearless Leader’, my upline Mary Fish, of Stampin’ Pretty.  She refers to all of her downline as her Stampin’ Pretty Pals.   It’s her birthday, and I thought what better way to make her a card than to use the sketch challenge from her Pals Paper Arts  challenges.  Here is the sketch that inspired my card:

11-25-PPA-277And here is my card:IMG_5978

Notice anything new?  That’s right.  A new stamp set, new DSP, new baker’s twine.   Some sneak peeks from the new 2016 Occasions catalog that will make it’s debut in January 2016.  Because I attended the Stampin’ UP! OnStage event in Baltimore a few weeks ago, I was able to pre-purchase some items from the new catalog; even before the pre0rder period begins for demonstrators!  Sweet!

Here’s a close-up: IMG_5979This was the first chance I had to use those new goodies (I received them the day before Thanksgiving) but I can assure you, they’ll be getting a workout!  I just love this product suite; you should see all the patterns of the paper in the DSP set!  And the coordinating embossing folder!  OMG!

Well, I hope that Mary enjoys her card, and her birthday.  And I hope that you enjoy this sneak peek!  Seeing the new catalogs before they are revealed, and ordering new products before it is offered to the public, are just some of the perks that I enjoy as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  And YOU can enjoy these perks too! It’s easy to join Stampin’ UP!  – just buy the starter kit for $99 and fill it with your choice of $125 worth of products.  Then sit back and enjoy all the perks!  Like product discounts on all your purchases, pre-orders, and so much more!  We welcome wholesale customers so you can join just to feed your own papercrafting passion without any pressure to sell.  Or set some goals for yourself to earn an income sharing what you love.  Either way, you’ll enjoy the same perks.  And when  you join with me, you’ll instantly become part of the Stampin’ Pretty Pals too so it’s a win-win!  Click here to Join Now!

Don’t forget that we have the Online Extravaganza going on now, and there will be a special 24 hour Flash Sale on Monday, Nov. 30th. TH_Ecard_OnlineX_demo_11.23.15_ENGHead over the Pals Paper Arts and see what the other Pals did with this sketch challenge.

Keep your ink on the rubber!


Did This Make Your List?

When the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog made its’ debut, I ooh-ed & ahh-ed at almost every thing in it!  But only a few items made it to the top of my “Must. Have. NOW!” list.   The Festive Flower Builder Punch and Coordinating Reason for the Season stamp bundle were at the top of this list.

The flower punch makes this incredible 3-D flower, and the stamp set puts just the right accent onto each petal.

Tonight I brought my computer into My Stampin’ Space and was creating and surfing; when I saw the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge #268, and I had this flower already assembled just waiting to be turned into something awesome.  It was a match made in heaven!  Add the Merry Moments DSP that was practically sitting in my lap and a star was born!

IMG_5584This beautiful patterned paper was just right to show off the 3-D flower, and since I didn’t want anything to take away from anything, I chose a soft neutral, Sahara Sand, for the card base.  I didn’t even put a sentiment on the front, I want the flower to be the star of the show!  I did use a little bit of the Gold Metallic thread which helps the flower pop out without taking your eye away.

I used the sentiments from Versatile Christmas on the inside.  While these sentiments are great ‘inside, outside’ stamps, I used both parts on the inside:

IMG_5585I love that you can see how full the flower is from this angle.

Here’s another angle that shows the flower,


So, now that you’ve seen this, is the Reason for the Season Stamp set and Festive Flower Builder Punch on your list too? Remember, you can Bundle & Save 15%!   If it is, you can order it here.  If you do, please use host code ZA4DG2A9 when you place your order.  (If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the host code).  You can also click on any item in my supply list below to order that item.

If you want it all, but your wallet says, “HELP!”, you might want to consider joining Stampin’ Up! as a wholesale customer.  You’ll get a discount on every order.  You can join here; select $125 worth of products for only $99 plus tax.  I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about becoming a wholesale customer.  Email me and we can set up a time to talk!   Joining Stampin’ UP! was one of the best things I’ve ever done!


Three Cheers for the Pals Paper Arts!

The Pals are a great group of talented Stampin’ Up! demos under the guidance and leadership of Mary Fish, of Stampin’ Pretty.  Pals Paper Arts is a public forum to showcase & challenge your papercrafting skills.  With sketch & color challenges, you can play along with the Pals as often as you wish.  This week, the Pals Paper Arts features a sketch challenge:


I immediately thought of a card I taught to a class last month showing a good way to use up scraps of DSP.  If you are like me, you just can’t throw away your scraps of DSP, not matter how small!  Hoarder!  Yes, you are – but you don’t have to be any longer!  You can turn those little strips of DSP into something beautiful.  Let me show you how:candlesThis idea was one I actually learned from our fearless leader, Mary.  She showcased this card on her blog quite a while ago, and I immediately tucked away the idea for using my scraps.

3/4″ wide strips of DSP, and a flame which is actually the wing from the Bird Builder Punch and you’ve got a quick & easy birthday card.  I used my white chalk marker to add a little hi-light the flame and layers for my card base.  A little banner cropped from another scrap strip of whisper white punched with the flag banner punch is just right for the sentiment.

And I found it is actually LIBERATING to use those scraps, not just collect them.  It helps to de-clutter my stash area, and I’m sure those scraps would rather be turned into something beautiful to bring delight to a special someone on their birthday, than to just sit in a scrap pile.  So pull out those scraps, and your build-a-bird builder punch and make candles.

Your scraps will thank you.  Your friends will thank you when they receive your beautiful card.  Your clean & organized craft area will thank you.

If you want to see what the other talented Pals did with this sketch, head over the Pals Paper Arts gallery.

Remember, if you’d like to order any Stampin’ Up! products from me, you can access my online store here.    If you place an order with me before May 30th, and it is less than $150 before shipping & tax, please use host code 4HCRZHHC.  Any order of $50 or more will qualify for a FREE embellishment from me from the new catalog!  (If your order is over $150, don’t use the code but rather redeem your own rewards.)  The items on the RETIRED LIST are only available for a few more days so don’t delay.

I hope you found this tip useful for using your scraps of DSP.  If you did, please leave me a comment and let me know.  I love to hear your feedback to my projects.  Thanks.

Happy Stampin’,


Playing with the Pals

The Pals Paper Arts challenge this week is a color combination I absolutely adore!

The Challenge is simple:  just create a project using these 3 colors!  My answer:

IMG_3592 I used “Endless Birthday Wishes” stamp set for the image & sentiment.  I stamped with Night of Navy & Daffodil Delight ink on Whisper White cardstock.  My circle was cropped out and placed on a scalloped circle punched from Night of Navy Card stock.  This Daffodil Delight cardstock strip features a piece of coordinating Designer Series paper.   Solid color card stock  was punched with the flag end banner punch to create the little flags.  A few Rhinestone Basic Jewels adds some bling!

IMG_3593Since this card was being mailed out to someone special (all of my Stamp Club members get a handmade card from me on their birthday!) I wanted the envelope to be as special as the card.

IMG_3591I also lined the inside of the envelope with coordinating Daffodil Delight paper, but…..I didn’t take a picture of it and I’ve already sealed the envelope, ready to send!  So you’ll just have to take my word that the lined envelope really adds a classy touch!

I love the way that Stampin’ Up! coordinates their products and their Designer Series Pape (DSP) brings our color collections to life!  Now is a great time to stock up on your favorite papers too with our Buy 3 Get 1 Free Sale!

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Please leave me a comment to tell me what you think of my card.  And if you’d like to order any products and take advantage of these specials from Stampin’ Up!, just click on the either of the banner pics or click here to shop now.   Remember, you earn Rewards Dollars if your order (excludes tax and shipping) totals $150 or more!

Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge

Ok, so I’m a little late getting this posted, but as they say “Better Late than Never”!  The Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge for this week is Real Red, Soft Sky and Whisper White.  Don’t you just love these colors together?PPA Color Challenge 187:  Real Red, Soft Sky, Whisper White

  I knew immediately what stamp set I wanted to use for this color challenge, Crazy, Mixed Up Love.   Don’t ask me why but I just thought the blender image would be great done in Soft Sky & Real Red.

PPA 187 I wanted the hearts swirling around inside the blender, and the buttons on the blender to be red while the blender itself was blue.  So my first thought was, “I’ll use markers.”  Great idea, except, I don’t have Soft Sky in a Marker; only an ink pad.   So what’s a girl to do?  Well, I considered my options but I finally decided I would ink up the stamp entirely using my Soft Sky ink pad.  Then use my Blender Pen to ‘pick up’ the ink off the stamp where I wanted it to be Real Red.  After I removed the ink from those places, I used my Real Red marker to color in the hearts & buttons.  Huff, Huff, and then I stamped as usual.   Perfect!  No one will ever know I didn’t have a Soft Sky Marker (except you, but you won’t tell anyone my little secret, will you?)

So now you know what to do when you want to color in a stamp  but don’t have the marker color you want.  This works best when color that is the main, or larger area of the stamp, so you only have to remove a small area.


Crazy, Mixed Up Love
#131071 (C), #131068 (W)

Don’t you just LOVE this adorable stamp set?  It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day, or any day that you want to share your love with someone.  You can click on the picture above and go right to my store and order your stamp set today.  Know what else is really cool about this set?  It’s available in German, French & Spanish too, so you can share your love, whatever your language!

I used a piece of Real Red C’oredinations cardstock from the Brights Collection because I really wanted the texture for this layer.  A piece of Soft Sky cardstock frames the Whisper White cardstock that I stamped on.  A little piece of 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon in Real Red  ties everything together.

Did you notice the little flagged-end banner?  That’s a new Stamp Set & coordinating Punch from the Sale-A-Bration catalog which will make its’ debut Jan. 28th.   You know  any stamp set that has a coordinating punch or framelit die, goes right to the top of my “Must Have” list.

Please tell me if you like the card I made.  Tell me too, if you like this stamp set.   I plan on sharing more samples made from this set in the next few weeks so stay tuned!  Come back tomorrow for more sneak peeks from the Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration.  Tomorrow is our Pals Blog Hop so you’ll be treated to many great projects from the Pals.

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Sometimes I just don’t play well with others!

Well, this past Thursday was another Pals Paper Arts challenge.  Being a Pal, I have privvy to the sketch & color challenges so give me time to get my entry ready to go.

So I took a look at the color challenge real quick the week before and spent a couple days mulling over the colors in my mind trying to think of what I could make with those colors.  “Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral & Crumb Cake weren’t necessary colors I’d put together on my own, so this could be, well, a challenge”,  I thought.  That’s why they call it a Color Challenge!  So I went into My Stampin’ Space, pulled out these colors, and my new “Oh Hello” stamp set and went to work. PPA154

I was so proud of the way this card turned out, all I could say was “Thanks, Pals for putting together  color combo I never would have used on my own.”  Then I proceeded to get my blog post ready to go so I could go live Thursday morning and realized:

Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge # 154

It was supposed to be Raspberry Ripple; not Rich Razzleberry!  DUH!!!  Really?  I had the wrong color combo!  I was so upset with myself that I cancelled my plans to post that card and go back to the drawing board.

Now I could have just recreated that card with the correct color, but the more I looked it, the more I liked it!  So I decided, right or wrong, I was going with my original card.    So this morning I woke up and decided I would post that card anyway.

Please leave me a comment and let me know how YOU like my card!  If you’d like to know how I made this, just ask and I’ll be happy to tell you.  Don’t forget that you can order this “Oh Hello” stamp set, or any other products from my secure online store just by clicking here.  Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space!  Come back again, and Happy Stampin’


Hello, Pals Paper Art #153

PPA153 Sketch Challenge

PPA153w-frameGet ready! It’s time for another fun Pals Paper Arts challenge! This week, our Resident Artist, Margaret Moody, has a new sketch for us.

Pals Paper Art

I’m Loving the Print Poetry Designer Series paper stack from the new Spring catalog.
I’m also loving the new Petite Curly Label punch and matching Pretty Petites stamp set that coordinates with it – both of which I for for FREE from our Sale-A-Bration promotion going on now.  Gotta love that!  The other thing I love, Summer Starfruit!  Each time I use that color, I like it more & more.  And that 3/8″ stitched satin ribbon is such a nice ribbon; it’s soft and drapes nicely but yet holds its shape and ties so well.  I have this ribbon in each of the 5 In-Colors it’s offered in.
I love the new In-Colors for 2012-2014 and love the way our colors coordinate throughout the product line; from cardstock to DSP, to ink, to ribbon & accessories.
What’s your favorite In-Color?  Leave me a comment and let me know.
Thanks for stopping by My Stampin Space today.  Come back again, until then, Happy Stampin’!
Nancy Gleason


PPA150 Color Challenge

The first color challenge of the new year was just what I needed to get me back in the saddle again!  I realized that I haven’t stamped, or posted anything on my blog for over 6 weeks until just the other day.  I NEEDED to get back to stamping to get my sanity back.  Stamping is therapy!    I love the color combination that our pals came up with.

So here is my entry:  I hope you like it.


I used Melon Mambo embossing powder to emboss the flower image and sentiment.

I thought the flower needed a little bling so I added a center from Silver Glimmer paper topped with a jumbo pearl which I colored black.

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