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Eclectic Birthday

Sale-a-Bration is soon coming to an end, and I realized that there are several sets I haven’t played with yet.  I had better get to work!   Today’s card is a quick and easy birthday greeting with the Eclectic Expressions Sale-a-Bration set.   This card size is 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  Color scheme is Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist and Pumpkin Pie.

Eclectic Expressions - Center Stage Stamping


I love the style of this set.  It can be used for great backgrounds or as a focal point.  I definitely need to create more with this one.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy stamping!


Panda Birthday

I have another Party Pandas card to share with you. I seriously can not get enough of these little guys.  They are so cute!

Party Panda - Center Stage Stamping

I like how the little panda is partly off the panel.  Looks like he is stretching up with his balloon.  I stamped the balloon on Lemon Lime Twist, stamped the confetti image in it and fussy cut it out.  It is popped up on a mini dimensional.  The main Lemon Lime Twist card base is embossed with the Oh My Stars embossing folder.  A strip from the Picture Perfect DSP stack helps set off the image panel.  What a cheerful birthday greeting!

Sale-a-Bration is almost over – don’t miss your chance to get these adorable Pandas (or any of the other great Sale-a-Bration items) for FREE with a qualifying purchase.  You can hop on over to my Stampin’ Up! store from the pull down tab at the top of this page and grab yours today!

Hidden Gems Blog Hop

I’m back with my Inky Friends for another Blog Hop.  This time we are featuring Hidden Gems – sets that are often overlooked in the annual Stampin’ Up! calendar. Be sure to make your way through all of the stops on our hop.  You may find a new favorite set or two along the way.

I am featuring Celebration Time.  This set is a lot of fun for birthday projects and the coordinating framelits add to it’s versatility.

Celebration Time - Center Stage Stamping

This first project has a very classy look thanks to the silver stripes from the Sale-A-Bration Springtime Foils Specialty DSP.  The black panel is embossed with the Petal Pair Textured Impressions embossing folder.  I couldn’t get it to photograph well.  I cut out the cake framelit in silver and white (which had been stamped with the sentiment).  I trimmed off the bow and base on the white and layered it on the silver.  A paper doily, some silver sequin trim and a few rhinestones finish off this elegant card.

Celebration Time - Center Stage Stamping

For this next card, I played around with some watercoloring.  I started with a wash of Pool Party on panel of watercolor paper.  Once it was dry, I stamped “celebrate” in Calypso Coral.  I flicked some Bermuda Bay ink from my aquapainter for a little more depth.  For the cake I cut out the framelit in Pool Party and Watercolor paper. I Slowly built up layers of Calypso Coral to create the ombre look on the cake.  The little flower is actually on of the pieces for the top of the party hat. There are also a few of the clear epoxy shapes scattered on the card.  Simple, but fun!

Celebration Time - Center Stage Stamping

This time I decided to focus on some of the bolder images in the set.  Pair them with Lemon Lime Twist and Tempting Turquoise and you have a bold, fun card.  This flower was created using both of the tops for the party hat.

Celebration Time Tags - Center Stage Stamping

For my final project, I made some fun gift tags.  I hope you see what a great set Celebration Time is.

Celebration Time - Center Stage Stamping

I now send you over to Mickey Roberts  featuring Pocket Full of Sunshine. Don’t forget to check out all of the other great sets along the hop.  Or you can click on the previous button and go to Sharleen and her Jar of Love.

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!


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).

Thanks for stoping by! Happy stamping!


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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Today Blooms

Just popping on with a quick post today.  I’m getting prepped to start blocking at today’s rehearsal for the High School play I’m directing.  The most tedious part of directing – figuring out who moves where, when and why.  At least today’s card wasn’t tedious to make, even though I made 20 of them for a recent swap. I really love the delicate feel of this one.

Perennial Birthday - Center Stage Stamping

I used the Perennial Birthday set.  Colors are Rose Red, Soft Sky, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake.  The Soft Sky card base has been embossed with the Simple Stripes Textured Impressions embossing folder.  The sentiment is embossed in white on a strip of Wood Textures designer series paper.  This is hands down my favorite designer series pack.  I LOVE the various wood textures/ grains.  They are a great addition to many projects.  A few rhinestones and a small linen thread bow add the finishing details.

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Sweet Pineapple

Fab Friday has a new sketch challenge up and I was inspired to play along.  I really like sketch challenges when I need to jump start my stamping mojo.  Here is the sketch:

And here is my take on it:

Sweet pineapples - Center Stage Stamping

I love this pineapple print from the Tutti-frutti designer series paper stack.  I used the pineapple from the Itty Bitty Fruit punch pack to punch out tiny pineapples from the patterned paper.  I stamped the bowl from the Fruit Basket stamp set on Pool Party card stock and fussy cut it out.  To add a little detail, I added some shadows with the light Pool Party Stampin’ Blends marker.  Here is a close up so you can see it better.

Pineapple bowl close up - Center Stage Stamping

I think it added some nice depth to the bowl.  And, aren’t those little pineapples adorable?  I LOVE that little punch.  The whole Tutti-frutti suite in the Occasions catalog is fun.  I can’t wait to play with it some more.  I have lots of ideas floating around in my head, just need time in my studio!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Stamping!