happy 21

This past weekend was my daughter Rachel’s 21st birthday.  When did that happen?  21!? Life continues forward far to quickly.  I love you to the moon and back, Rachel!  I wanted to share the “card” I made for her.  She really likes pineapples, so I used that as my starting point.  I decided to make an explosion box and somehow incorporate 21 pineapples.

Rachel's Pineapple box - Center Stage Stamping

I used Concord and 9th’s Pop Art Pineapple for the 12 pineapples around the exterior of the box. They are stamped in Stampin’ Up! Pumpkin Pie ink on Pumpkin Pie card stock.  Four pineapples are stamped in Pineapple Punch and Granny Apple Green and cut out with the coordinating dies.  I added the Happy Birthday Thinlit and some Braided Linen Trim to the Granny Apple Green box top.  But what about the inside?  When I saw this folded pineapple by Martha Inchley on Pinterest, I knew I had the perfect center for the explosion box.  Thank you, Martha for sharing your pattern!!

Rachel's Pineapple box: inside - Center Stage Stamping

I added eight tiny pineapples in Pineapple Punch and Granny apple Green and punched out with the retired tiny pineapple punch.  I am so happy with how it turned out.  What’s more, Rachel loved it!  Thanks for stopping by! Join me again to shine a spotlight on creativity!

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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!!

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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!


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Canvas Stamping

Sometimes I branch out from making cards and the rare scrapbook page. Every once in a while I get inspired to create a home decor piece.

Breathe Canvas - Center Stage Stamping

For this project, I started with a 4 inch square canvas.  I did a water color wash with Soft Sky ink across the canvas.  Next I stamped the branch and flowers from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  It is difficult to get a full image on the canvas because of the edge of the wood under the canvas, but don’t worry.  Next I went over the stamping with my aqua painter to bleed out the image and get more of a water color look.  I stamped “breathe” in black memento ink and traced over it with a Black Journaling Pen to fill in the gaps on the canvas.  a few Rose Red die cut flowers with Crushed Curry baker’s twine knots.  A bit of Linen Thread wrapped around the canvas finishes it off.  All in all, this project came together really quick.  The most time was waiting for the initial water color wash to dry.

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Love It Live It Share It Blog Hop

Today I’m hopping with my Inky Friends in the Love it. Live it. Share it Blog Hop!  We all are showcasing different sets from the Occasions Catalog. I have the honor to be the first stop to kick things off. Make sure you go through and check out everyone’s blog.  There are some fantastic projects out there.

I am shining a spotlight on the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.  This set also has a fantastic suite of products to go with it.  So. Much. Fun. Are you ready for some inspiration?  Let’s get started. First up I have a fun little treat box.

treat yourself box - Center Stage Stamping

I made a little 2-4-6-8 box, similar to the one here, out of the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Love the foil dots!  I stamped the little tag, layered it on the Lemon Lime Twist banner and clipped it to the box with one of the Birthday Mini Binder Clips tied with a bit of Berry Burst Metallic-Edge  Ribbon and piece of Bermuda Bay from the Sale-A-Bration Shimmer Ribbon Pack. A tiny rhinestone to add a little bling on the candle finishes it off.

Next I have 3 different Birthday cards. First is a 3″x6″ greeting showing off the coordinating Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper.  I love the realistic photo quality images in this stack.  I used the candles for this one.  Stamped the sentiment right on the DSP and layered it on striped pattern also form the stack.  I stamped the bow in Pool Party on the card base and used Bermuda Bay stamped off for the little shadow details.  A Lemon Lime Twist In Color Bitty Bow is the finishing touch.

Picture Perfect Candles - Center Stage Stamping

This next card also features the Picture Perfect Party DSP stack.  I have to give credit to Mercedes Weber for the polaroid idea.  The photo realistic paper is perfect for this.

Picture Perfect Polaroid - Center Stage Stamping

I used the Layering Squares Framelits to cut out the polaroid frames.  Stamped Happy Birthday in Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst and layered the dsp images behind.  It is hard to see, but the Basic Black card base is embossed with the Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder.  I finished off the card with some rhinestones and Lemon Lime Twist 3/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon.

My last project is another Birthday card, but this one let’s the Stamp set take center stage.

Birthday Treat Yourself - Center Stage Stamping

I started with a 3.5″x5.5″  Crumb Cake card base.  I added a layer of the Wood Textures DSP and a Berry Burst panel layered on the striped piece from the dsp stack.  I used the large Happy Birthday from Perennial Birthday stamp set to create the background for the white heat embossed “Celebrate the Good Stuff” greeting from the Picture Perfect Birthday set.  I stamped and cut out the candle, bow and noisemaker.  The present is one of the patterns in the DSP stack.  two Pool Party strips create the “ribbon” around the gift.  I really like the Wood Texture DSP as the background for this.

Hope you are inspired to create some Birthday fun with the Picture Perfect Birthday set!

Picture Perfect Birthday - Center Stage Stamping

Thanks for hopping by!  Next up on the hop is the amazing Sarah Wills. She is featuring the fabulous Picnic With You set. Happy Stamping!



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Sure Do Love You

Hello!  Just a quick post today.  I finished auditions for the High School spring play I’m directing and am in the middle of casting the show.  How about a quick Valentine project today?  I made a quick little treat box with the Lots of Love Box Framelits Dies.  I just love the possibilities with this box die, beyond Valentine projects.

Sure Do Love You box- Center Stage Stamping


Love you box Center Stage Stamping



The box is cut out from the Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper. Love the gold foil on this paper.  I heat embossed the heart vine and the banner in gold and splattered Calypso Coral and Melon Mambo ink.  Next I stamped a Calypso Coral heart as well as the little Melon Mambo Heart and die cut them.  I also cut one of the little hearts out of Melon Mambo card stock for layering.  A few rhinestones finish off a fun little treat for your Valentine.


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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.

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