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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!


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?

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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?

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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

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

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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

Inky Friends Design Challenge 1

Hello! Today I am playing along with the Inky Friends Design Challenge.  These challenges are inspired by either layouts or color schemes in the Stampin’ Up! 2017-18 Annual Catalog

Here is the first layout challenge, inspired by the card on page 61.

And here is my card.


I used the Lots of Lavender set. This set is a Sale-A-Bration exclusive. It is a fun and versatile set. The little pop of DSP behind the main image is from the Sweet Soirée DSP. I used the Burlap Background stamp to ground the panels.

We’d love to have you play along with the Inky Friends Challenge. Go get creative!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Stamping!

– Mary

Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The Stampin’ Up! year that is. It is the start of Sale-A-Bration AND the Occasions Mini Catalog is here! So many fun new products to create with. Today I want to share a couple of cards made with the Party Pandas set. This is one of the exclusive Sale-A-Bration sets. It can be yours FREE – with a qualifying purchase.

Stampin' UP! Party Panda

This first card I copied right from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. I love this little guy. He looks so happy with his balloons. It is easy to add to the single balloon on the stamp. Just stamp extras and cut them out. Layer them on and hand draw the strings to blend in with the one on the stamp. I also like how the greeting stands out. This is a great color scheme. I LOVE the Lemon Lime Twist color!

My next card features our little balloon panda and Lemon Lime Twist again.

Stampin' Up! Party Panda

Like the balloon outside the circle punch? I punched out a template then traced the circle where I wanted it around the image. I then trimmed it a bit to fit through the punch.

Party Panda

Then I kept this outside the 2 ¼” Circle punch and punched out the little guy.

SU! Party Panda

Finished by trimming a little closer around the balloon and string.

Party Panda SU!

Some Petal Passion Designer Series Paper and a thin strip of Lemon Lime Twist card stock balance the repeated Happy Birthday stamping. A few Silver Metallic Enamel stars finish off a fun Birthday greeting.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Stamping!

– Mary

Curtain Up!

Greetings!  Welcome to Center Stage Stamping.  Let me introduce myself.  My name is Mary Haugen.  I am a wife, mother, paper craft artist, Stampin’Up! Demonstrator, actor and director.

My husband Brett and I have been married for almost 25 years.  We have three children: Jessica, Rachel and Nick, one son-in-law, Tyler (married to Jessica), and two crazy dogs: Pippin (Shi Tzu) and Elphie (Yorkie).  And yes, Pippin was taken from The Lord of the Rings and Elphie is short for Elphaba from the musical Wicked.

I have been a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator since 2001.  I look forward to sharing my love of paper art and theatre with you here at Center Stage Stamping.