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Pineapple Treat Box

Monday we had an early school dismissal due to bad weather.  This meant our rehearsal for the Middle School musical was cancelled.  (Sigh) We really can’t afford to lose a rehearsal at this point, so we will make it up on Friday evening.  Yuck.  I really don’t like Friday rehearsals.  But, it is what it is.  The show must go on.

So, how about a hint of summertime for today’s project? – A fun little Pineapple treat box.

Stamping up! Fruit basket - Center Stage Stamping

I used the Sale-A-Bration Tutti-Frutti cards for the box.   I started with the card base.  Since it is already scored , I trimmed 1/4″ of one side. Giving me a 8 1/4″x5 1/2″ base.  Next I scored every 2″ along the 8 1/2″ side.  Turned and scored up 2″ o the 5 1/2″ side.  Next cut the bottom tabs so the box will fold together and trim off the extra 1/4″ piece on the bottom.  Hopefully the photo below helps my explanation.

Assemble the box and pinch the top together.  I cut the green top by hand and glued it inside the top before closing it up.  I punched out notches on each side with a 1/4″ hand held punch and wrapped Linen Thread around to hold the box shut.  The little tag features the Tutti-frutti designer series paper and the Fruit Basket set and matching punches.

SU fruit basket tag - Center Stage Stamping

I just love that tiny little pineapple!  A fun summertime treat in the midst of winter.

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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Sweet Strawberry

We are briefly crawling out of the deep freeze. A short respite before we crawl back in. It has been ridiculously cold the past few weeks.  I know, I know – what do you expect living in Minne’snow’ta?  Even though I have lived here all my life, I still don’t like winter.  Oh how I long to be warm!  Today’s card has me looking forward to summer, when the sun is high and warm and the strawberries are fresh. (sigh) Strawberries also make me think of my daughter, Jess.  She LOVES strawberries.  In fact, once when she was little (maybe 5 or 6) she said to me “Mom, I love strawberries sooooo much.  You should have named me Strawberry Rae Haugen!”    LOL . I still have to fight her for this fruit.

Anyway, let’s check out my project.

SU Fruit Basket Center Stage

 

Aren’t those tiny little strawberries cute? The Fruit Basket set has the cutest little fruit images. Best thing – there is a coordinating punch to punch them out! The strips of designer series paper are from the Tutti Frutti pack.  This whole pack screams summertime.  I love it!  The little banners on this card are a great way to use up some of those scraps laying around.

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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Treat Yourself

I can’t help but think of Parks and Recreation when I hear the phrase “Treat Yourself”.  I have to thank my oldest daughter for introducing me to it a few years ago. Since then, we have had our own “Treat Yourself” days.

I was happy to see this phrase included in the new Picture Perfect Birthday set! Pair it with the new Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper Stack and you have a quick eye catching card.

SU! Picture Perfect Birthday

This DSP is a real WOW! I wanted to let it take center stage on this card, so I kept the card fairly simple. The Stitched Shapes Framelits are a great way to add a little detail to the greeting.

Go treat yourself to a look at the new Occasions mini catalog! And don’t forget it’s Sale-a-Bration time – FREE stamps with a qualifying purchase!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Stamping!

– Mary

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