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animal outing thank you

Hello! Let’s kick off this week with a fun thank you card featuring the super cute Animal Outing set.

Animal Outing Thank You - Center Stage Stamping

I stamped the giraffe and branches with Memento Black ink and colored them with my Stampin’ Blends.  I love these markers.  They make it so easy to get a very artistic look with the shading you can do.  I cut them out with one of the circles form the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The dotted panel is from the Brights Designer Series Paper stack in Daffodil Delight.  The Crumb Cake panel is embossed with the Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and I roughed up the edges before adhering it to the Whisper White card base.  I masked off just the “thank you” from the “thank you big time” sentiment and stamped it in Whisper White ink on basic Black card stock.  I love how the giraffe looks like he is saying “thank you”! Or maybe he’s singing.

Animal Outing Thank You close up - Center Stage Stamping

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carnival of colors blog hop

It’s good to be back blog hopping with My Inky Friends.  This time we are spotlighting some of the fabulous NEW Stampin’ Up! colors.  Stampin’ Up! has done a color revamp and it is fabulous!  They have introduced ten BRAND NEW colors and brought back six former In Colors to the core color families.  Plus there are five BRAND NEW In Colors!  So. Much. Color!!!  I LOVE IT!!  You may have arrived here from Yapha if you are following the hop in order. (or from Sharleen if you are being wild and crazy and doing the hop backwards).

Today, I get to put the NEW Mango Melody center stage.  This is such a fantastic cheerful color.  This first card let’s this color introduce itself with the help of the Delightfully Detailed Laser-cut Specialty Paper.

Darling you are fabulous - Center Stage Stamping

The sentiment is from the Stitched All Around stamp set.  I cut out the label from the coordinating framelit set, Stitched Labels.  between the framelits and the Laser cut paper, the work is done for you!  Just throw on a few rhinestones for some added bling and voila!

For the next card, I added in a bit of Basic Gray and the Dandelion Wishes stamp set.

Sending Dandelion Wishes your way - Center Stage Stamping

The patterned paper strips are from the new 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper, Brights and Neutrals.

For the last card, I cast Mango Melody with fellow NEW colors Gray Granite and Granny Apple Green.  They take the stage with the Healing Hugs stamp set.

Healing Vibes - Center Stage Stamping

The card base is embossed with the Basket Weave 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. This cheerful color combo should brighten anyones day!

Now, head on over to Sharleen.  She has some great projects featuring the new In Color, Pineapple Punch.  Be sure to follow the full blog hop circle for great color inspiration!

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never too old to make a wish

When I first saw the Broadway Bound suite of products in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog I knew I had to have it.  I know, shocking, right?  They had me at broadway.  The entire suite is amazing.  I think used most of the products in it on today’s card.

Never too old to make a wish - Center Stage Stamping

I started with a strip of the Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper.  One side of each sheet has wonderful gold foil accents on it!  Next I stamped ‘WISH” in Lemon Lime Twist.  Above that I stamped the remainder of the sentiment that I colored with Stampin’ Write Markers so I could get more than one color.  I then stamped the little diamond shapes, added the fun little gold candle embellishment and wrapped a little Lovely Lipstick ribbon around. Who wouldn’t love bright, fun birthday reminder like this?

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in the stars

My studio remodel is slowly moving forward.  We should be ready to prime the ceiling and walls this week!  Once primed, we can paint and then we can move my desk back in!  I am getting really excited.  I have been thinking about decor for the room.  I am planning a trip to Hobby Lobby this week to get some ideas.  I can’t wait to share photos of the finished room!

I have been able to get some stamping done at my temporary location.  Although it is difficult with a small fraction of the space I’m used to and many more distractions being in the center of family activity, it isn’t all bad.  I am enjoying the company of my daughter and son who are home from college for the summer.  Here is one of the cards I create at my kitchen desk.  I used the new Little Twinkle stamp set and coordinating Twinkle Twinkle designer series paper.

written in the stars - Center Stage Stamping

I started with a piece of watercolor paper and did a simple wash of Petal Pink with my aqua painter and ink refill.  Once that was dry, I stamped the heart constellation in Night of Navy and the small star cluster in Petal Pink.  I layered this onto small strips of the striped pattern paper and then onto the Night of Navy layer, which is adhered onto a thick Whisper White card base. the sentiment is stamped on Petal Pink card stock and cut out.  Finally I added a little Nigh of Navy bakers twine and a few rhinestones.  A fun card that could be used for a variety of occasions.

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wild about you

I just love the Animal Outing stamp set and coordinating Animal Expedition designer series paper. For today’s card, I decided to let the paper take center stage.

These animals are so darn cute!  I fussy cut out one of the little chameleons from a different sheet of Animal Expedition designer series paper to accent the lower corner of the card.  I stamped the sentiment on Pool Party, Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist and cut out one word from each.  I angled the cuts to keep with the whimsical feel of the card.  This set and paper is proving to be very versatile and a whole lotta fun!

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bloom with happiness

July is off to a fantastic start!  Stampin’ Up! has announced some great deals this month.  I have shared more details about those on my Center Stage Stamping Facebook page.  But I have to tell you about the starter kit special. Sign up to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in July and you not only get $125 worth of product for $99, you also get a color family set of 10 ink pads- FREE!  With all the fantastic NEW colors available, this is a great way to get your hands on them and join the Stampin’ Up! family.  I would love to have you join my Center Stage Stamping cast!  

I am loving the fresh new palette of colors Stampin’ Up! has.  There are nine BRAND NEW colors and six previous In Colors returning to the core color line up.  Not to mention the five new 2018-20 In Colors!  That’s a whole rainbow of color fun waiting for you.

Speaking of new colors, I usually do not use purples much, but I have had a lot of fun with Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape.

Gorgeous Grape Vase - Center Stage Stamping

The Highland Heather panel is embossed with the Simple Stripes embossing folder.  I used Gorgeous Grape for the little vase, Daffodil Delight for the flowers with Mango Melody for the flower outline, Lemon Lime Twist for the leaves and Granny Apple Green for the leaf outline – all punched out with the coordinating Vase Builder punch and popped up with dimensionals.  Sentiment is heat embossed in white on Basic Black card stock.  A great card to brighten a friend’s day.

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inky friends – dc7

It’s time for another design challenge from My Inky Friends!  This time it is a layout based on a card on page 48 of the 2018-19 Stampin’ Up! catalog.  I knew the Broadway Bound suite would be great for this challenge.  This set was a must get on my first order from the new catalog.  Hmmmm, I wonder why?  I decided to turn the sketch on its side.


Broadway Birthday Wish - Center Stage Stamping

The only stamping is the “make a” banner.  Gotta love the Broadway Lights framelits!!  The marquee is perfect to fill in with the Metallic Pearls featured in the suite, or my favorite embellishment -Basic Rhinestones!  Perfect for a little Broadway Bling!

Make sure you go over to My Inky Friends and see all the other great ideas for this card layout, then play along! Create your own project based on this sketch and share it with us.

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25 years

Yesterday Brett and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary.  A quarter of a century – has it really been that long?

Ok, yeah, I guess the added weight and loss of hair proves that it has.   Now our kids are grown.  One is married, the other two are in college. We are entering a new stage of life.  Seems fitting for it to happen at this milestone.

I wanted to share the card I made for Brett.  I know that the 25th traditionally calls for silver, but I decided to make a card that represents us.

25th Anniversary - Center Stage Stamping

Wood has always been an important part of our life.  Brett was into wood working as a hobby when we were first married.  He has built benches, entertainment centers, and more for our home. (And it plays an even bigger part since we started Stamp-n-Storage!)  So naturally I pulled out the Wood Textures designer paper. (my favorite!)  I used the retired Large Numbers thinlits to cut out the 25.  I placed a bit of retired floral dsp behind and mounted the panel with dimensionals for added depth.

Happy Anniversary, Brett.  Here’s to 25 more!  I love you.


a star is born

I had some fun this weekend creating with the new Little Twinkle stamp set.  I paired it with the Twinkle Twinkle designer series paper and came up with this sweet card.

A Star is Born - Center Stage Stamping

I started with a Gray Granite card base that I embossed with the Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder.  The Star is stamped in Pool Party and cut out by hand.  I added the paper strips to give it a shooting star feel.  For the bow, I took a piece of the Petal Pink/ Silver Bakers Twine and pulled it apart to get just the Petal Pink threads.  I doubled it and tied a bow.

This would be a great card to send to any of my theatre friends with a new baby.  Or, you could change the color scheme and it could celebrate someone’s performance in a show!

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