Stampin Up! On Stage

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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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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rooted in nature

Just popping on to share one of the make and take projects from last month’s On Stage.  It is fun to get to play with brand new products with fellow demonstrators!

rooted in nature - Center Stage Stamping

I had the chance to work with the Rooted in Nature stamp set and Nature’s Poem designer series paper for the display samples I made.  But I loved adding in the Nature’s Twine and Leaves Trinkets.

There is a LOT of fun new stuff coming in the 2018-19 Stampin’ Up! catalog!  Including a color revamp!! I am so ready for a fresh infusion of color.  Here is a look at the new color family line up.

Best news – COASTAL CABANA IS BACK!!  I. Am. So. Happy.  I can’t wait to start creating with all of these new colors.

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display samples – part 8

It was a crazy weekend with performances for my high school play-“All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”.  The cast did a great job.  I am very proud of those kids.  It was bittersweet to see it end as it was my last play as director for HHS.  I will miss my theatre kids immensely.

Here are my last two projects from my display samples – 2 scrapbook pages.  I think these are my favorite of the 21 items I created.  I usually struggle with scrapbook pages, but these came together pretty quick.  As soon as I saw this leaf print in the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper, I knew the picture I had to use.  The colors reminded me of my daughter’s wedding last summer.  I thought I would be perfect to show off my two beautiful girls – bride and maid of honor.

Be Strong - Center Stage Stamping

I added a piece of Wood Textures designer series paper under the picture.  It echoed the rustic theme of the wedding decor.  The sentiment from Rooted in Nature was a perfect message for my girls – Be Strong, Be Happy, Be You.

This next page features one of Rachel’s Senior pictures.  She LOVES books, so this shot of her with a stack of her favorites was perfect.

Never Enough Words - Center Stage Stamping


I used some old and new on this project. I used sentiments from both NEW Rooted in Nature and Sea of Textures sets.  The old is the current Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper. I typed the words on the white panel and added the leaf stamp behind.  I think this page really show my daughter’s love of reading.   There are a lot of little fun elements that add to the interest of the page.  It was a lot of fun to put together.

That is it for my display samples form On Stage Milwaukee.  I hope you enjoyed them.  I certainly enjoyed creating them and sharing them with you.

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display samples – part 7

Opening night of the high school play was great.  Small audience, but very responsive.  The cast was fantastic.  I am so proud of them!

We have almost reached the end of my display samples.  Today, I have a couple of gift packaging ideas for you.  The first is a cute little pouch made with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.  I am sad that this is retiring, but I will definitely keep mine.  I think it is great for packaging a gift card.

Just for You bag - Cetner Stage Stamping

I cut the treat bag out of the Natures Poem Designer Series Paper.  I wrapped a band of Mint macron which had been stamped with one of the leaves from Rooted in Nature.  The little label is from the Stitched Labels Framelits.  A bit of doily peeking out from under the label is a fun touch.

This next project is a gift bag made from one sheet of 12″x12″ Designer Series Paper, I used Nature’s Poem.

12x12 gift bag - Center Stage Stamping

I found a pattern on line for folding the bag.  I create handles from the new Silver and Petal Pink Baker’s Twine.  I put several strands together, threaded them through holes punched in the bag.  I tied a knot in the center of the handle for added detail.  The label is again from the Stitched Labels Framelits.  What a fun way to package a gift for a friend.

I’ll be back on Monday with my last two display projects.  These are my solid favorites of all 21 projects I created for On Stage Milwaukee!  But first i have to wrap up the run of this play.  On with the show!!

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display samples – part 6

Today is opening night for the Hutchinson High School production of “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”.  After 2 months of rehearsal we are down to four performances and it will all be over.  I really love working with these kids.  It is so much fun to take them on this journey for each show.

I have a few more of my display samples to share with you today. Let’s put the NEW set Rooted in Nature back in the spotlight.

Br Strong - Center Stage Stamping

This was one of my favorite cards of all my display projects.  It is hard to see, but the card base is embossed with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textures Embossing Folder.  The wood pice is stamped in Crumb Cake, the leaves in Cajun Craze and Tranquil Tide.  The sentiment is in Early espresso.  The strip of designer series paper is from Nature’s Poem.

Words are not enough - Center Stage Stamping

This is my other favorite card from this assignment.  I like how the Nature’s Poem paper panel is off set and the leaves are between the two this strips.  The pearl and frayed Linen Thread are the perfect accents.

Rooted in Nature - Center Stage Stamping

I like the tone on tone color scheme with this one.  The top of the white panel is actually tiny stitching from one of the Stitched Labels framelits.  This is a great quick and easy card.  I hope you will come back for my last few display projects.

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display samples – part 5

Today’s display samples feature the NEW Rooted in Nature stamp set.  This is a great set which offers a lot of versatility.  I love the sentiments in it.

Just for you - Center Stage Stamping

The Tree Rings background stamp pairs perfectly with this beautiful tree. I used a thin strip of Fresh Fig to ground the Vanilla Panel.  I die cut the small circle from the Stitched Label framelits in Soft Sky and stamped the sentiment in fresh Fig.

thinking of you copper - Center Stage Stamping

For this card, I started with a piece of the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper.  I stamped the splatter from Artisan Textures with Versa Mark and embossed with Copper embossing powder. The Circles are from the Stitched Shapes and Stitched Labels framelits.  I love the little bit of copper accents with Powder Pink and Blackberry Bliss.  I’m happy Blackberry Bliss is joining the core color line with the new catalog!

For You - Center Stage Stamping

I love gray and yellow together.  The leaves are embossed with the new Pineapple Punch embossing powder.  Pineapple Punch is one of the new In Colors for 2018.  Such a bright cheerful yellow.  I used the lines from Artisan Textures to help break up the white space.

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display samples – part 4

I’m back with a few more samples with the Artisan Textures stamp set.  This set is great for making your own designer background paper.

Thanks-  Center Stage Stamping

My color scheme for this card is Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party.  I used All Things Thanks stamp set for the sentiment panel.

Beautiful Blessing- Center Stage Stamping

Why not use a stamp to color with?  I started with a piece of Petal Passion Designer Series Paper, which is just black and white.  I added Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry and Pear Pizazz with one of the stamps in the Artisan Textures set.  Coloring made simple.  I stamped the sentiment in white craft ink on a die cut from the Stitched Labels Framelits and added some doilies to finish it off.

just for you bag - Center Stage Stamping

This little treat bag started as a plain envelope!  I hope to do a quick tutorial post on this next week.  Again, I stamped the background, this time using Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum and Lemon Lime Twist.  The two circles are die cuts from the Stitched Labels Framelits.  The sentiment is for the NEW Rooted in Nature set. (I will have samples featuring that set tomorrow.) .

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display samples – part 3

Wow, what a weekend.  It’s the middle of April, and this weekend when had a two day blizzard that dumped 15+ inches. of. snow.  Seriously. I’m not joking.

This was the view from my deck early Saturday afternoon.  It just kept coming. It snowed all day Saturday and all day Sunday.  At times we couldn’t even see across the street!  I am so over this.  I just want sun and warmth.  I want to wear my sandals and go out in just shirt sleeves.  I don’t want to feel cold any more.

At least today’s Display Samples are bright and cheerful.  These creations feature the Artisan Textures stamp set.

Wonderful you - Center Stage Stamping

This first card I used the paint swatch stamp in Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Lemon Lime Twist to creat a fun background.  I stamped the line image in Basic Black for some contrast.  The sentiment is from the Rooted in Nature stamp set. (another new set.  more samples of that coming later.)

You are amazing - Center Stage Stamping

On this card, I stamped several of the images in a cluster as a background for the sentiment.  I used a strip from the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper and stamped various words from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  This is a great card to let someone know you think they are amazing!

Amazing You - Center Stage Stamping

Today’s last cardagain uses the Artisan Textures images for a fun back ground.  Colors are Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig and Crumb Cake.  I added some Embossing Paste with the brick stencil to add some more texture behind the Celebrate You Thinlit die cuts.  I added more texture from a bit of Linen Thread tied on the “amazing” and by stapling the “You” to the crumb cake panel.

Be sure to check back for more creations to build your anticipation for this great new set!

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display samples – part 2

Well, it feels like spring may have actually arrived.  Today it’s supposed to be 50 degrees out.  But, it is just a dream.  There is a storm a brewin’ and we are expected to get 4+ inches – of SNOW!  Come on.  It is the middle of April for cryin’ out loud.  I can’t take this any more.  I think I’m heading South, to a beach… Oh yeah, I can’t.  I have a play going into performances next week.  Sigh.  Guess I’ll have to settle for looking at my display samples for Sea of Textures and use my imagination.

Sea of Textures- Center Stage Stamping

This card used just about every stamp in the set.  I sponged Pool Party around the edges of the panel and added some of the clear epoxy shapes to complete the underwater feel.  I stamped the net and distressed the crumb cake panel and wrapped it with linen thread.

I kept this same feel for this next project.

One of a kind treat box - Center Stage Stamping

I started with one of the pizza boxes and stamped it in Crumb Cake.  The octopus is stamped on one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits circles.  The other die cuts are from the Stitched Labels Framelits. Sentiment is embossed in copper on a Night of Navy die cut.  I pulled apart some of the Copper Trim to get the netting look and finished off with a bit of linen thread.

I’m off to dream of sunshine, beaches and warmth. Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!




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