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tropical chic

Only in Minnesota:  Two weeks ago, it was in the 80’s – 90’s, last week was mostly rainy, and this week we are in the 50’s. I am so not ready for the winter gloom to set in.  I am desperately trying to hang on to summer.  Give me warmth and sunshine!  I decide to play around with the Tropical Chic stamp set to help keep that summertime feelin’ going.

Tropical Chic: you're the greatest - Center Stage Stamping

I started by stamping the various leaves all over a Whisper White card base.  I used Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo and Calypso Coral inks.  Next I added a panel of the Wood Textures designer series paper (have I mentioned it is my FAVE!!) with the sentiment stamped in Black Memento Ink. I cut the leaves from the coordinating Tropical Thinlits in Petal Pink, Melon Mambo and Calypso Coral card stock and added a Linen Thread bow.  A quick and simple card, but it really pops.  Think I have to try this in some other color combinations…endless possibilities!

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get well soon

I’m back with another card featuring the stamping on designer series paper technique.  I had so much fun creating the first one, naturally, I had to try it with a different pattern.   Today’s card features the same Healing Hugs stamp set and Tropical Escape designer Series Paper.  This time I used the Basic Black tiny dots pattern and Coastal Cabana, Lemon Lime Twist and Gray Granite.

Healing Hugs: get well soon - Center Stage Stamping

I just love this stamp set! The big bold rose and leaves and the leaf outline work so well together .  A beautiful card to brighten someone’s day.   I love how you can change up designer series papers.  I have a few more dsp patterns I want to try this with.  Try it for yourself and let me know what you come up with!

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healing vibes

It has been raining and dreary here all week.  I just want to curl up with a warm blanket and watch movies all day.  Or hide out in my craft studio and stamp all day!  I have been working on some fun projects and I cant’ wait to share them with you.  One of my favorite things to work with is designer series paper.  Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Paper is a versatile tool to have in your crafting arsenal.  It is a great way to add detail and can make a simple project really stand out.  But, it doesn’t have to stop there.  You can stamp on it and personalize it even more.

Healing Vibes - Center Stage Stamping

For this card, I took the Basic Black striped sheet from the Tropical Escape 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper and stamped the flower and leaves from Healing Hugs.  I used Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Gray Granite.  The card base is Basic Gray and the Sentiment is stamped in Basic Black on Gray Granite card stock.  I cut out some Lemon Lime Twist leaves from the Animal Friends thinlits and a Berry Burst Stitched Shapes circle.  I also ran the stitched circle through the Big Shot with the Subtle 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  A wonderful way to send some get well wishes to a friend.

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grand opening

Last weekend was the Grand Opening of the new Stamp-n-Storage retail store!  It was quite a whirlwind, but a lot of fun.  We had a balloon arch, official ribbon cutting, a make & take, food and a LOT of people.  We are so excited for this new space!



I taught a Creative Class Friday and Saturday to help kick things off.  We had a lot of fun creating this 12×12 canvas home decor piece.



Thanks to the great gals who joined me for the classes!  Didn’t their projects turn out great!

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stamp review crew: country home

Welcome to another Stamp Review Crew blog hop!  Today, we are shining a spotlight on the fabulous set Country Home from the 2018 Holiday Catalog.  Rustic farmhouse style is very hot right now and this set is totally on trend! It is full of fantastic images and great sentiments.  Make sure you check out all of the stops in this blog hop – you wouldn’t want to miss all the awesome inspiration!

This set isn’t really my usual style.  I’ll admit I stared at it for quite awhile before diving in to create.  But, I am quite happy with the outcome!  I decided to bring back color on Crumb Cake card stock.  This time, I colored in the floral arrangement with Stampin’ Up!’s Watercolor Pencils.  I like the soft look, but I really LOVE the white colored pencil on the Crumb Cake card stock!

Hello:Contry Home - Center Stage Stamping

I stamped the pitcher in Night of Navy on Whisper White and Crumb Cake card stock.  I cut out the Whisper White one, sponged it with a little bit of Crumb Cake ink to “dirty” it up a bit and adhered it over the pitcher on the Crumb Cake panel.  I distressed the edges of the image panel to add to the rustic farmhouse feel of the card.   I punched out  a partial 1/2″ circle on either side of the card front to let the ribbon rest in.  I think the Harwood background stamp (on the card base) is a perfect compliment for this set.

That’s a wrap for me.  I am sending you on to the talented Lauren Alarid, or you can go back to the creative Mike Funke.  Either way, you are in for some fantastic projects!  Thanks for stopping by.  Join me again to put a spotlight on creativity!



inky friends: 2018 holiday catalog showcase

Welcome to My Inky Friends 2018 Holiday catalog Showcase blog hop!  We are shining the spotlight on some of the great new stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  If you are following the hop in order, you have come here from Cindy and her wonderful Winter Woods display.  Now, join me as I put the fantastic Wishing You Well set center stage.

I love a versatile set and this one really is great for any season.  So, let’s take a look at some of it’s many talents.

Wishing You Well, just a note - Center Stage Stamping

I love this wreath with the Wood Textures designer series paper!  Lemon lime twist and Berry Burst create a vibrant contrast to the wood.  A wonderful card just to let someone know you are thinking of them.  But, change out the greeting and this would work for a Christmas card as well.  See, versatile!


Since this is the HOLIDAY Catalog showcase, I naturally had to make a Christmas card.  I went with traditional green and red, but chose to work with bright and bold Lemon Lime Twist (I seriously can not get enough of this color!) and Poppy Parade.

Wishing You Well: Season's Greeting - Center Stage Stamping

I love how the bit of striped Poppy Parade paper peeking out from the main panel echoes the striped Poppy Parade ribbon!  The three little pearls were colored with my Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends marker.  Voila – perfect coordination!  This would be an easy card to mass produce.  Simple, but with some fun little details to make it interesting.


That’s a wrap for me.  I will now send you over to Twila who is showcasing one of my favorite sets – Dashing Deer.  Thanks for stopping by!  Come back again and join me in putting a spotlight on creativity!

dashing deer

Let’s kick off the week with another Christmas card.  Now, I am totally NOT ready for winter: the snow, cold, short days, ice, cold, gray skies, cold, snow and did I mention the cold?  But, with the release of the NEW Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog – and so many great products waiting to be used – it is hard not to get a jump start on some great Holiday creating!  Today’s card is a wonderful Christmas greeting using the Dashing Deer stamp set, coordinating Detailed Deer thinlits and Joyous Noel designer series paper.

Dashing Deer - Center Stage Stamping

First off, I love the Joyous Noel designer series paper!  The touches of copper accents really dress it up.  I started with a strip of it on the left and added a thin strip of copper foil sheet on a Gray Granite card base.  I stamped the greeting on the right to create the background for the deer die cut.  I really love the pattern on this deer stamp.  I added a couple of the tiny flowers cut out of copper foil and layered with a pearl center, and a bow made from Braided Linen Trim.  I am loving these colors for Christmas cards.  Do you like to change up your Christmas color schemes or are you a traditional green and red person?

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happy birthday to my hubby

We are one week away from Stamp-n-Storage’s annual warehouse sale and Grand Opening of our new retail space.  It is crunch time to get everything done.  It hasn’t left much time for stamping this week.  But I did have to pop on to say Happy Birthday to my amazing husband, Brett.

Hooray, let's celebrate you - Center Stage Stamping

He is hip deep in all of the details with moving SnS to the new location and the Grand Opening.  I will be taking him out for supper at Buffalo Wild Wings so he can enjoy his favorite Big jack Daddy burger.  Hopefully he will get some time to enjoy his day.  He constantly amazes me with his abilities to run this business and keep it growing.  I am super blessed to have him by my side.  Happy Birthday, Brett!  I love you so very much!

holiday catalog is here

It’s here!  The Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog is here and loaded with fabulous products and creative inspiration.  Let’s kick it off with a project that features a couple of great new products. Buffalo Check background stamp and Merry Christmas to All bundle.

Buffalo Check Christmas - Center Stage Stamping

Isn’t this just perfect for a woodsy Christmas?! The Buffalo Check is stamped in black on Real Red card stock and backed with the log design from the Wood Textures designer series paper stack.  Kind of has a lumberjack feel, doesn’t it.  Change out the Sentiment and it would be great a great guy card  “Merry” is cut out in Tranquil Tide with one of the Merry Christmas Thinlit dies. I really love die cut words, and this thinlit set has FOUR!  “Christmas” from the Merry Christmas to All stamp set is stamped in black on a strip of Very Vanilla card stock.  A bit of Linen Thread and a few gold metallic pearls add just the right finishing touch.  I’m ready to curl up with some hot cocoa, flannel and fuzzy socks.  Just kidding, I’m am NOT ready for that just yet.  I’ll keep the sun shine, shorts and flip flops for a bit longer, thank you.  (Seriously, I am NOT ready for winter…)

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stamp review crew: waterfront

Welcome back to another Stamp Review Crew blog hop!  I’m so glad you have joined us as we put the Waterfront stamp set in the spotlight.  This set is a lot of fun to play with and creates wonderful watercolor style landscapes and more when you let your creativity cut loose.  I have to admit, I have had the set for several months, but this is the first time I have created anything with it.  I assure you, it won’t be the last!

Waterfront: Friends make the good times better - Center Stage Stamping

For this card, I stamped the mountains, lake and trees first in Whisper White craft ink on Crumb Cake card stock and let it completely dry.  Once dry, I stamped over the images with the colors Gray Granite, Pool Party and Tranquil Tide (with a little Early Espresso for the tree trunks).  Since the stamps are photopolymer, it made lining up the images a breeze.  I didn’t try to line them up perfectly.  The bits of white peeking out give some nice highlights. I layered the image panel on a piece of Tranquil Tide dots from the ’17-’19 In Colors Designer Series Paper stack.  The front of the card base was run through the NEW Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Isn’t it just AMAZING!  I can tell it will be used A LOT!

I used Stampin’ Write markers to ink the sentiment stamp and layered it on a Pool Party circle cut from the Stitched Labels Framelits.  Then adhered it over a bit of Linen Thread wrapped around the image panel.

I had been watching an episode of Murder She Wrote when I came up with the idea for this next card.  I hand an image in my mind of a quaint painting hanging on a weathered cottage wall,  Here’s what I came up with:

Waterfront: thanks friend - Center Stage Stamping

I covered the card base with a piece of the Wood Textures designer series paper – seriously, my FAVE!  I stamped the scene on a piece of thick Whisper White card stock.  I hand drew the flowers with Stampin’ Write markers.  Then I framed the painting.  First I cut a pice of Basic Black card stock the same dimension as my “painting”.  Next, I cut diagonally corner to corner both directions.  Finally, I trimmed about 1/4″ off the outer most edge of each triangle.  Here is a picture to help you see what I did.

I could have just mounted the “painting” on a piece of Basic Black and called it good.  But this way, I get the mitered corners like a real frame.

Waterfront: thanks friend close up - Center Stage Stamping

It’s a really small detail and most probably won’t notice it, but I thought it was neat.

If you started this blog hop from the beginning, I am the final stop.  If you picked it up somewhere in the middle, make sure you go around and check out all the great inspiration with the Waterfront stamp set!  From here you can go back to Heidi or on to Debra

*The Stamp Review Crew is a group of International Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who want to show you how much you can do with ONE stamp set. Each edition the SR Crew will showcase a new featured stamp set. Each stop along the hop will show you a different idea, or ideas using that set!**



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