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You Are Simply Amazing

Curtain’s up!  It is opening night for Mulan Jr. at Hutchinson Middle School.  It is always exciting to get to this point. To be honest, after three long months, I am also ready for it to wrap up.  Of course, I go right into rehearsals for the High School spring show. So the whole cycle begins again.  I hope to get some more time in the studio soon.  For now, here is a scrapbook page I made of my amazing middle child, Rachel.  I used one of my favorite shots from her Senior pictures (she graduated in 2016).  This picture just blows me away.  It was a lot of fun designing this page.

Amazing you sb page - Center Stage Stamping

I started with an 8″x8″ piece of Crumb Cake card stock.  I stamped the flowers from the Amazing You Sale-A-Bration stamp set in Soft Suede.  Next, I added the brick background with the decorative mask and embossing past.  I stamped the words “You are Simply” in Berry Burst, Peak a Boo Peach and Dapper Denim and cut them out.  I used the Celebrate You Thinlits to die cut the word “amazing” from those same three colors.  The last detail is the ribbon element at the top.

I really do think she is simply amazing!

Thanks for stopping by – Happy Stamping!

-Mary

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Copper Celebrate

Well, tonight is the final dress rehearsal for our Middle School production of Mulan Jr.  Followed by a performance for 5th and 6th grades Thursday morning and three public shows Friday through Sunday and it’s a wrap.  Then I move right into auditions for our High School spring play.  Whew.  Thankfully I have some projects finished ahead of time that I can share with you.  Like this one.

 

Amazing You Stampin' Up! - Center Stage Stamping

Today’s card features some fun products.  The Amazing You stamp set and coordinating Celebrate You Thinlit dies available in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure; Shimmery White Embossing Paste in the Occasions catalog; Copper Metallic Thread, Copper Foil Sheets, Wood Textures and Fresh Florals designer series papers, and the Pattern Party Decorative Mask in the Annual Catalog.  The Embossing Paste adds some great texture to the card. It is very glittery, the photo doesn’t do it justice.  The flower image is stamped in Early Espresso Ink on the Wood Texture dsp.  The hint of Powder Pink dsp is a supports the copper sentiment nicely.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

-Mary

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Have a Birthday Brew

I had some fun playing along with another challenge at Fab Friday.  This time it is a sketch challenge.  Go check it out and play along!

I was inspired to use the Bubble Over set.  I have been having a lot of fun with this one lately.  I stayed pretty true to the sketch with my card, but decided to expand the focal shape.

Stampin' Up! Bubble Over - Center Stage Stamping

 

I am in love with the Bubbles and Fizz dsp in the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  These colors are so bright and fun. Started with one of the Tutti-frutti cards also from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Layered the bottle print strip and the this strips (the thin coral strip is from one of the Tutti-frutti cards, too).  I die cut the bottle out from one of the sheets of dsp and layered it on a Starburst punched from another pattern in the pack.  Added the banner with the sentiment and finished off with some of the enamel dots.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

-Mary

 

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Birthday Panda

A little Theatre update: This week is the last week of rehearsals for the Middle School musical – Disney’s Mulan Jr. – that I am co-directing.  The following week is show time.  That means the next 2 weeks are going to be CRAZY!  Making sure every last details comes together.  This show will end on Feb. 4 and on Feb. 5 I have auditions for the High School spring play that I direct. Plus, I am getting things ready for the summer children’s theatre workshop that I run.  Trying to find creative time in the studio will be a challenge this week.

I have one last (for now) Party Panda project to share with you.  This set has been SO much fun to work with.  (I have been creating some fun stuff with other sets as well, I promise.)

Birthday Panda - Center Stage Stamping

The card base is the Sale-A-Bration Tutti-Frutti cards and envelopes.  Our little panda friend stands out against the text background.  His hat was colored with Stampin’ Markers and the tiny little bow is Pool Party bakers twine. His balloon was colored with the new Blends markers.  Made it a breeze to do the shading.  A fun birthday greeting for friends of any age.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

-Mary

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Panda on Ice

WooHoo!  It’s actually above freezing!  What a joy to go out and the air doesn’t hurt my face.  I know it won’t last.  We still have at least 2 months of winter ahead.  You would think I would be used to it, having lived in MN my entire life (except for a brief stint in ND, but we don’t talk about that).  Growing up in Northern MN, naturally Hockey was a big part of winter.  (Although, I personally come from a Basketball family.)  When I saw this card that Diana Gibbs made, I knew I had to make one of my own.

Panda Hockey - Center Stage Stamping

Yes, I used Party Pandas again.  I just can’t seem to stop.  The greeting is from Perennial Birthday and Labeler Alphabet. Can you guess where the hockey stick, puck and helmet came from?  They are in the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits – the straw, bottle cap and one of the labels!

Sorry, I forgot to get the bottle cap in the pic.   The hockey stick is cut from the Wood Textures dsp, and a thin strip of black washi tape wrapped around the stick helps the look. I cut off the top of the label to make the helmet.  The green helmet is a nod to my high school team – the Roseau Rams.  What a fun birthday greeting for a hockey fan.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

-Mary

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Bubble Over with Happiness

I’m back with another Bubble Over card.  This set and paper are just so much fun to create with!  The paper has so many fun patterns in it.

I really like how the Basic Gray card base lets the colors pop.  I die cut the bottles from one of the sheets of Designer Series Paper, easy peasy.  I altered the label on the light green bottle by punching out circles form other bottles on the sheet to create the label I wanted.  The sentiment is actually in 2 long lines, so I did a bit of masking to make it fit the space.  It is embossed in white to help it stand out.  A die cut bottle cap and some Clear Epoxy drops add the finishing details.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

-Mary

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Bubble Up!

Remember the soda Bubble Up?  Kind of a Sprite, 7Up, lemon-lime flavor.  This was one of my favorites when I was growing up.

Today’s card reminded me of this tasty beverage.  Must have been the name of the set and the green bottle! (Lemon Lime Twist – my favorite!)

I love the new Bubble Over set and the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits in the 2018 Occasions Catalog.  They pair great with the Bubbles and Fizz designer series paper that is one of the exclusive Sale-A-Bration items.  Bright, fun colors and patterns make for a fun project.  A fun detail is the Glitter and Clear Epoxy Shapes – Tiny little dots or tear drops.

Sparkly little bubbles rising from the bottle – how fun is that? I love surprising little details like that.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

-Mary

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Beautiful Wreath

We are back in a cold snap, so how about another little hint of spring?  Today’s card uses the Beautiful Peacock Sale-A-Bration set in a different way. I used the sweet bird previously on this card. For today’s card I decided to use one of the “tail” stamps to create a delicate wreath.

SU beautiful Friend - Center Stage Stamping

I stamped the leaves in Lemon Lime Twist.  I think the Petal Burst Embossing Folder nicely compliments the wreath.  Add a few Berry Burst flowers with tiny pearls, a Linen Thread bow and a tiny bit of doily on the sentiment to finish it off.  I decided to make another one with this same idea, but changed it up just a bit.

SU Beautiful Peacock wreath - Center Stage Stamping

This time I put the greeting on a banner across the center of the wreath and wrapped the linen thread around the bottom.  I think I like this one better.  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

-Mary

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It’s a Panda Party

I’m back again with the Party Pandas.  I just love this set of happy little pandas.  They are so cute.  Pair them with a color scheme of Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist and Real Red and it’s a panda party!Party Panda Center Stage

I fussy cut out 3 of these little guys and put my panda pyramid on some grass I cut with the retired fringe scissors.  I used two Sale-A-Bration items for this card: the Party Pandas set and the Tutti Frutti Cards and Envelopes.  I love these card bases and matching envelopes.  So much fun!  The little posts the panda is holding are strips cut from the Wood Textures DSP.  I tied tiny knots in some red baker’s twine then cut and frayed the ends to give tiny little poms to their party hats.  Who wouldn’t love a birthday greeting from these little guys?

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Stamping!

-Mary

 

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Beautiful Friend

Today, I am playing along with my friend Mindy and the Fab Friday crew.  They have a great color challenge going on.  I love the jewel tones of this combo.

And here the card I made using the Beautiful Peacock set.  This is one of the great Sale-A-Bration offerings this year.  It can be yours FREE with a $50 purchase!

 

On the Emerald Envy wing – I peeled off a layer of the card stock so it has a soft texture you can’t see in the photo.  I drew on the eye lashes to give a more demure look.  The Petal Burst embossing folder compliments the feather / leaves in the tail.  Sweet card to give a dear friend.

SU Beatiful Peacock

Thanks for visiting!  Happy Stamping!

-Mary

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