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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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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!

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time for a road trip

It may be cold still, but I’m not going to let it bother me this weekend.  I am heading to Milwaukee for Stampin’ Up! On Stage!!  So excited to spend a day with fellow Demos, swapping, stamping and socializing.  But the best part is – we get a copy of the NEW 2018-19 Annual Catalog!!!!  So excited to see what new treasures Stampin’ Up! has for us.  Another highlight this weekend is, I was asked to create samples for the Display Boards with some NEW product!  They will be displayed to give demos in attendance some inspiration.  I had a lot of fun making these samples.  Make sure you come back as I will be sharing those samples as soon as I am able.

For now, I will leave you with this fun card.

Petal Palette From the Heart- Center Stage Stamping

I love the detailed flower cluster framelit.  So Saffron, Sahara Sand and Whisper White are a soft color scheme with white baker’s twine and delicate pearls for accent.

I’m off to road trip with my demo friends Lisa and Roxie.

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Hold on to Hope

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8


Today’s card uses the Hold on to Hope set and coordinating Cross of Hope framelits to create a note of encouragement.

Hold on to Hope - Center Stage StampingI love the detail in the cross framelit.  I used the Petal Pair embossing folder to add some texture to the shite panel and stamped the flower in crumb cake on the crumb cake piece.  Both sentiments are stamped in Soft Suede.  Here is a closer look at the stamped panel.

Hold onto Hope close up - Center Stage Stamping

I like the subtle flowers behind the sentiment.  The Tutti-frutti cards and envelopes make a nice base. This card would look good in any of the colors in the pack.

Thanks for stopping by.  As we prepare to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday, I leave you with the words of one of my favorite hymns:

O sacred Head, now wounded,
With grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded
With thorns, Thine only crown.
O sacred Head, what glory,
What bliss, till now was Thine!
Yet, though despised and gory,
I joy to call Thee mine.


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You’re Grand

Sharing one last project with the Truly Tailored Suite today.  How about a little treat box filled with goodies to let someone know how “grand” they are.

Grand Day - Center Stage Stamping

I started with on of the adorable little pizza boxes.  I sponged Night of Navy all over it and let it dry over night.  I layered the DSP and stamped image on top.  I created the bow tie by punching out a piece of DSP with the Tailored Tag punch and cutting it in half and adding the tiny center piece. A couple of True Gentleman buttons finish off the box.  And then I had to find the perfect treat to put inside –

Grand Day - Center Stage Stamping

100 Grand bars, of course (three will fit nicely in this little box).

Make sure you stop by on Friday.  It’s time for another Inky Friends blog hop and we have some great projects lined up.  Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!


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A Dapper Day

The title of today’s post definitely refers to the card I made, not the weather.  Freezing rain, high winds, snow coming – Yuck!  But that means more time in my studio. I have another card featuring the Truly Tailored suite.  What can I say, I was on a roll.

Dapper Day - Center Stage Stamping

I started with a Night of Navy card base and added a Navy panel I embossed with the Simple Stripes embossing folder.  I used Stampin’ Write Markers in Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide, Chocolate Chip and Crushed Curry on the sentiment stamp and cut it out with the Stitched Shapes framelits.  Finished off with a True Gentleman button and some Linen Thread.  Fun greeting for the dapper gent in your life.

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Lookin’ Sharp

I was on a roll with the Truly Tailored Suite.  I finally have several masculine cards in my stash!  I saw a card similar to this one on Pinterest and knew this product suite would be great for my version.

How cool is that!?  The True Gentleman Designer Series Paper is perfect for the fabric of this shirt card.  I used the Tailored Tag punch to do the bottom of the pocket. I added one detail that you really don’t notice, but I think it makes a difference when you see the card in person.  I went over the edges of all the dsp with a Night of Navy marker to cover the white core of the paper.  I think it made it seem more like fabric.    There is a thin strip added under the buttons and at the top of the pocket to help the seams stand out.  The collar is adhered with a dimensional strip at the top (I also colored the Night of Navy to hide the white).

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Classy Kind of Guy

I often find it difficult to design cards for men.  I tend to like a lot of accessories and BLING!! Thankfully, the Truly Tailored Suite in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog makes it so much easier to create something more masculine, like today’s card.

Truly Tailored - Center Stage Stamping

I started with two patterns from the True Gentleman designer series paper.  I just LOVE those little bow ties – so cute!  Next i stamped the image from the Truly Tailored stamp set and punched it out with the coordinating Tailored Tag punch. The image actually has a comb over, but I wanted to keep the tie theme.  So, I stamped the bow tie, fussy cut it out and adhered it over the comb.  I think a tie is a little more “classy” than a comb. The Night of Navy Corduroy Ribbon covers the seam of the two pattern papers and two Nigh of Navy enamel dots finish off the details. This card came together pretty quick, the coordinating products in the suite made it easy!

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Inky Friends DC 3

Time for another design challenge over at the Inky Friends blog.  This week is a card sketch challenge based on a sample form page 10 of the Occasions catalog.

Here is my card based on this layout.

Petal Palette Thank you - Center Stage Stamping

I decided to work with products from the Petal Passion Suite.  I love the bold black and white prints in the Petal Passion designer series paper.  The polk-a-dot print made for a great base for this card.  I used the Petals and More Thinlits to die cut the flowers in Lemon Lime Twist and the scallops in copper metallic. The top panel has the sentiments stamped in Lemon Lime Twist and Basic Black.  I added a copper trim bow and finished off with some Basic Pearls the I colored with a copper sharpie marker.  Head over to My Inky Friends and check out the other Design Team members take on this sketch.  Then create your own and share it with us on the Inky Friends blog.  We would love to have you play along!!

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