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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!!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!


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.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!


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.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!




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.) .

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Stamping!


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!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!


Inky Friends Blog Hop

I am interrupting my display samples to join my Inky Friends in another blog hop.  This time we are putting the retiring 2016-18 in colors in the spotlight: Dapper Denim, Peek-a-boo Peach, Flirty Flamingo (Will becoming part of the core color line!), Emerald Envy, and Sweet Sugarplum.  We have some fun projects showing off these colors, so make sure you follow the blog hop for all the inspiration!  You may have come here from the talented Tanya or from the Sensational Shelley if you are traveling backwards through the hop.


I am putting Peek-a-boo Peach in the spotlight.  I love how fresh and fun this color is.

You are Amazing - Center Stage Stamping


This card uses Swirly Bird and All Things Thanks stamp sets. I used the small swirl to create a fun background.  The banner die cut is a fun way to highlight part of the sentiment.

Floral Hello - Center Stage Stamping

I love Peek-a-boo Peach with the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.  The dainty flowers of the Floral Sentiments set help showcase this great color.

I hope you are inspired to give Peek-a-Boo Peach a little love.  Make sure you continue through to all the blogs in our hop for more great color projects!

Thanks for stopping! Happy Stamping!



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!




display samples – part 1

I am excited to share my display stamping creations with you! Let’s start with some ideas for the new set, Sea of Textures.  I’ll admit this took me WAY out of my comfort zone.  This set sat on my desk for three weeks before I made anything.  I would stare at it thinking “what am I supposed to do with that?”  But, I love a challenge and soon the ideas started coming.

I started pretty simple with this first card.  I did a quick water color wash on water color paper in pool party. Next I stamped the octopus in Calypso Coral and fussy cut him out. (There are coordinating dies coming!   Making it much easier to cut this guy out.)  Next I gave him a little sign to hold.  Finished off the card with some linen thread and a few of the clear epoxy shapes.

Sea of Textures - Center Stage Stamping

For this next card , I once again fussy cut that octopus out.  (Again, wish I had the dies!) I thought having one tentacle coming out of the circle fit with the sentiment.  Pool Party and Tranquil Tide pair well for a watery feel.  Reach out - Center stage Stamping

This next card I went for a very different look.  I used Stampin’ Write markers to color the various color stripes directly on the stamp.

Sea of Texture - Center Stage Stamping

Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist help this card to really pop.  Notice that little die cut the sentiment is on?  That is from the new Stitched Label Framelits!  If you look closely at the Lemon Lime Twist panel, you can see it is embossed with the new Maps Etc. Dynamic Textured Impressions folder.

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure you come back soon, I have 18 more projects to share. Happy Stamping!



friends, fun, fabulous

What a fantastic weekend!  Stampin’ Up! On Stage Milwaukee was a blast! I had a great weekend with great friends.  Stamping friends are the best!

Great celebration for Stampin’ Up!’s 30th anniversary.  I can’t wait for the BIG Celebration in November in ORLANDO!

I was blessed to be chosen as a Display Stamper for Milwaukee.  Stampin’ Up! sent a box of stamps, paper and accessories form the NEW catalog and I made samples to help inspire other demonstrators.  I will be sharing my creations here over the next few weeks.  Make sure you check back to see them all!

Big high light of the weekend is getting the NEW 2018-19 catalog!!  Oh. My. Word! So much fun coming!  I can’t wait to get my hands on new goodies and start creating! 

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!


time for a road trip

It may be cold still, but I’m not going to let it bother me this weekend.  I am heading to Milwaukee for Stampin’ Up! On Stage!!  So excited to spend a day with fellow Demos, swapping, stamping and socializing.  But the best part is – we get a copy of the NEW 2018-19 Annual Catalog!!!!  So excited to see what new treasures Stampin’ Up! has for us.  Another highlight this weekend is, I was asked to create samples for the Display Boards with some NEW product!  They will be displayed to give demos in attendance some inspiration.  I had a lot of fun making these samples.  Make sure you come back as I will be sharing those samples as soon as I am able.

For now, I will leave you with this fun card.

Petal Palette From the Heart- Center Stage Stamping

I love the detailed flower cluster framelit.  So Saffron, Sahara Sand and Whisper White are a soft color scheme with white baker’s twine and delicate pearls for accent.

I’m off to road trip with my demo friends Lisa and Roxie.

Thanks for stopping! Happy Stamping!