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inky friends: dc 15

Digging out from one snowstorm with another right around the corner – sounds like a perfect time to hunker down in my studio. My Inky Friends ave another design challenge to help kick your crafting mojo in gear. This time it is one of my favorite color combos chosen from a sample on page 37 of the 2019 Occasions catalog. Right now those colors are making me think of spring. In the midst of all this snow, I’ll take what I can get. Here is my project with this color scheme.

I made that fantastic watercolor background with a technique I featured in this post. The flower and sentiment are from the All That You Are stamp set in the Occasions catalog.

Check out what the rest of the Inky Friends design team has created, then create your own project putting the color combo center stage. Be sure to share your creation by linking to the My Inky Friends design challenge 15 page.

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osat blog hop: #simplestamping

It is the second Thursday of the month. That means it is time for another One Stamp at a Time blog hop! The theme for this month is #simplestamping. Stampin’ Up! challenged us this year to get back to basics: stamps, ink and paper. As fun as it can be to go crazy with layers, embellishments and details, clean and simple can be just as effective.

Varied Vases is a great set for simple stamping! Stamp a few vases and a bold greeting and you have a great card to send someone a little hello. Vase colors are Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral and Petal Pink.

Varied Vases:  sour cream treat container - Center Stage Stamping

Simple Stamping also works for a cute little treat like this little sour cream container. I added a 1″ circle punch and a bit of Petal Pink metallic bakers twine for the little tag. Perfect for a couple of Hershey Kisses – chocolate is always a win!

Be sure to check out everyones #simplestamping creations on the blog hop and then give it a try yourself. Don’t forget to upload your creation to social media with the hashtag #simplestamping. You can find the full blog roll call by clicking on the little blue rectangle below.

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Inky Friends: dc 14

My Inky Friends are back with a new design challenge! This one is a layout based on a card on page 3 of the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. Be sure to check out all of the great inspiration over at My Inky Friends and then play along and share your creation based on this fun sketch!

I simply love the card this sketch is based on, so my first instinct was to reach for florals. But then I stopped and thought, “I need to push myself to something different”, so I reached for the new Geared up Garage. I always struggle with making cards for men. But, this set and sketch came together for a fun card that is perfect for the gear head in your life.

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OSAT blog hop: sale-a-brate every occasion

I am excited to start off the new year joining the One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop Team! This month we are sharing projects featuring NEW stamp sets from the Occasions catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure. We have so much fun and inspiration coming your way, make sure you check out all of the stops on our hop.

My projects today put the whimsical Hello Cupcake in the spotlight. This cute set is one of the many fantastic offerings in the Sale-a-bration brochure. These items can be yours FREE with a qualifying purchase. (in the US that is $50 before tax and shipping) I created a card and gift box that work for just about any occasion.

Hello Cupcake: Sweet Wishes - center Stage Stamping
Hello Cupcake: Sweet Wishes box - Center Stage Stamping

How cute is that cupcake? I love the chalkboard effect of Whisper White ink on Basic Black card stock. The tiny hearts are from the new Well Written Framelit Dies. See the fun black and white striped paper peeking out? That is another fun Sale-a-Bration offering: Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper.

Hello Cupcake: Sweet Wishes duo - Center Stage Stamping

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure you check out what the rest of the OSAT team has for you. You can get the blog hop list clicking the blue rectangle below. Join me again to shine a spotlight on creativity!

stamp review crew: first frost

Welcome to another Stamp Review Crew blog hop! *The Stamp Review Crew is a group of International Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who want to show you how much you can do with ONE stamp set. Each edition the SR Crew will showcase a new featured stamp set. Each stop along the hop will show you a different idea, or ideas using that set!* Today we are hopping to bring you some inspiration for the beautiful First Frost stamp set.  This set is part of the gorgeous Frosted Floral Suite in the 2018 Holiday Catalog.  It is perfect for occasions year round.  If you have already started the hop, you have come here from Nikki and her beautiful creation.

My first card pairs this set with the stunning Frosted Floral specialty dsp/ . This paper has a beautiful pearlized frosted look.  Trust me.  The picture doesn’t capture its true beauty.

First Frost: Wishing You All the Best - Center Stage Stamping

I cut a slightly smaller square of vellum to soften the dsp and layered a small Crumb Cake square that I ran through the Corrugated Textured Embossing Folder.I stamped the flowers and stems on Shimmer White card stock to carry over the shimmer.  The dark stem is actually cut from Copper foil and there is a bit of Copper Thread peeking behind the large flower.  The sentiment is stamped on vellum which is only adhered behind the flower. The edges of the card base were stamped with an image from the Timeless Textures set to give it a distressed look.

For my second card I had to pair this with what else but the Wood Textures dsp.  I seriously don’t know what I am going to do when this stuff retires.  I better start hoarding it soon! (Who am I kidding, I have already been hoarding it!)

First Frost: good cheer - Center Stage Stamping

I stamped the flower in Flirty Flamingo and the leaves in Lemon Lime twist and Tranquil Tide and cut them out with the coordinating Frosted Bouquet Framelits. I added some Champagne Shimmer Paint on the berries of the vellum sprig.  The sentiment label is wrapped with Linen Thread and layered on a Pool Party panel.

Thanks for stopping by!  I am sending you over to Holly for some more gorgeous inspiration!  Enjoy the hop and join me again to shine a spotlight on creativity!


lift your spirits

Wow! On stage was AH-MAZING!  I love getting to spend time with my SU! Demo friends and see so many creative ideas.  Not to mention getting the NEW Occasion Catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure!  So. Much. FUN!!  I can’t wait to share all the new goodies with you!  Today, I wanted to share one more of the cards I made to swap at On Stage.

Lift Me up: just a note - Center Stage Stamping

I used Lift Me up stamp set and chose my colors from the Garden Impressions DSP.  I love Soft Sea Foam.  It is such a gentle color.  So much fun to swap with demos from around the world!  Love it. Live it. Share it.

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inky friends: thankful for… blog hop

Today, I am joining My Inky Friends Thankful For… blog hop. You are in for a great variety of inspiration on today’s hop.  We are each featuring a Stampin’ Up! stamp set or product that we are thankful for.  If you are following in order, you have arrived here from Holly and her wonderful projects.  Weren’t they great.  If you are starting here make sure you check out all the stops and see what everyone is thankful for!

I am thankful for… Stampin’ Blends!  These markers are so amazing and really easy to use.  They make me feel like a real artist!  There is so much you can do with them!

First off, how about no-line coloring.  I’ve seen it done with watercolors and thought why not try it with my Stampin’ Blends!  I love the outcome!

Country Home: no line with blends - Center Stage Stamping

I stamped the milk can and flowers in Sahara Sand that was stamped off to make it lighter.  Then I colored it in.  I used the stamps as a guide if I could no longer see the inked outline.  I really like how the milk can turned out! It’s even better in person.

Next up, I went with basic coloring.  Postcard Palls is a great set for this.  Isn’t that little otter just adorable!  The Stampin’ Blends make it possible to get so much depth with the shading.

Postcard Palls: Otter - Center Stage Stamping

Finally, I made my own designer paper – the flowers and background are colored with Stampin’ Blends.  The possibilities are endless!Perennial Birthday: stampin' blends - Center Stage Stamping

If you haven’t tried Stampin’ Blends yet, you need to.  They make coloring so much fun!  I now send you over to Cindy and her fantastic creations!

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watercolor sunset

Hey crafty friends!  I am basking in the sun in Orlando!  Today is check in day for Stampin’ Up! On Stage!!!  I am so excited to celebrate Stampin’ Up!’s 30th anniversary with many of my demonstrator friends from around the world!  Lots of fun, laughter, swapping, and possibly some shenanigans ahead.  Plus, we get to see the NEW Occasions catalog and Sale-a-Bration offerings!!!  Squeee!  I’m so excited!  I thought I would share one of the cards I made to swap with fellow demonstrators this week.

sunset daisy - Center Stage Stamping

I blended Pineapple Punch, Mango Melody and Grapefruit Grove for a fun sunset look.  The perfect backdrop for a sweet daisy flower. Stay tuned for an On Stage recap next week after I get home! I’m off to swap (and maybe a visit to Disney this evening!)

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stamp review crew: farm house Christmas

The Stamp Review Crew is starting off November with a fun holiday set: Farmhouse Christmas!  This set is loaded with possibilities!  Make sure you go through all of the stops on the blog hop.  You don’t want to miss any of the amazing creations we have in store for you! As always, you can find the full blog hop list on the Stamp Review Crew page.

Growing up in northern Minnesota, this set brings back a lot of great holiday memories.  My three cards today draw from those memories.  For my first card, I wanted to feature the coordinating Festive Farmhouse DSP.

Farmhouse Christmas: festive farmhouse - Center Stage Stamping

Of course, this set and DSP pairs wonderfully with the Wood Textures DSP.  (Then again, what doesn’t!?)  The card base and stitched circle are Pear Pizazz.  I took a couple of leaves off of one of the Boxwood Wreath embellishments and three of the red rhinestones to create the holly.  I think it is the perfect little embellishment.


Farmhouse Christmas: tuck - Center Stage Stamping

For this next card, I wanted to feature the fantastic little truck.  And again I went with the Festive Farmhouse and Wood Textures DSP’s.  What can I say.  When it works, it works!  I colored the truck with Mint Macron and the tree with Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Blends.

Farmhouse Christmas: tree and fence - Center Stage Stamping

This last card is all about texture with embossing folders and framelits.  The Crumb Cake card base is embossed with the Pinewood Planks and the Pool Party panel is embossed with the Subtle embossing folder.  I cut a piece of Sparkle Glimmer Paper with the snow mound die in the coordinating Farmhouse Framelits and layered it behind the fence cut from Wood Textures DSP.  The tree is cut out and colored with Stampin’ Blends.  Don’t you just love those tiny little red bows?  There is a die in the Farmhouse Framelits that cuts out six off them at once! So much fun!

Did these projects stir up any nostalgic holiday memories for you?  Leave me a comment, I’d love to know!  Now for some more creative inspiration, I am sending you over to Holly and her fantastic creations! or you can always go back to Stesha and her amazing creativity.


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snow is glistening

Stampin’ Up! has a fantastic new Suite of products: Snowflake Showcase – that is available for a LIMITED TIME.  You only have until the end of November to snatch this awesome group of products.  You won’t want to miss out!  There are two stamp sets.  One is perfect for Christmas and one is for year round fun.  Plus some awesome coordinating dies and fabulous embellishments: white flocked paper and snowflake trinkets!  I LOVE IT ALL!!

I love the snowflakes in the Snow is Glistening set.  I decided to recreate a card I previously made with this new set.

Snow is glistening: Joy - Center Stage Stamping

I started with a Pool Party card base that I embossed with the Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I stamped the snowflakes in Pool Party, Tranquil Tide and Crumb Cake on a pice the Wood Textures DSP which is layered on a Tranquil Tide panel.  The Joy sentiment is stamped in Whisper White on Tranquil Tide and wrapped with Linen Thread.  It is a quick and easy card with a wow look.

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