My Inky Friends

inky friends – dc8

Hey everybody!   It’s time for another My Inky Friends challenge! This inspiration for this one is a color combo found on page 119 of the 2018-19 Stampin’ Up! catalog.

I have to admit this was a tough combo for me.  I wasn’t sure how to handle the balance of these colors.  I finally decided less is more and went with a white back ground and small amounts of these colors.

Love and Thanks - Center Stage Stamping

I embossed a white panel with the Pinewood Planks Textured Embossing Folder.  I wrapped a bit of the Night of navy Gingham Ribbon tied offf with some Linen Thread and layered it on a Whisper White card base.  I cut out three leaves from the Tropical Thinlits in Soft Suede, Old Olive and Grapefruit Grove and centered them on the ribbon.  The sentiment is from Tropical Chic.  I masked off part of it, stamped it in Night of Navy ink, and fussy cut around it.  It is popped up on dimensionals over the leaves.  The finishing touch is the three Grapefruit Grove pearls from the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls.

Head on over to My Inky Friends blog to see what the rest of the design team did with this color challenge and then play along.  I’d love to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!


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carnival of colors blog hop

It’s good to be back blog hopping with My Inky Friends.  This time we are spotlighting some of the fabulous NEW Stampin’ Up! colors.  Stampin’ Up! has done a color revamp and it is fabulous!  They have introduced ten BRAND NEW colors and brought back six former In Colors to the core color families.  Plus there are five BRAND NEW In Colors!  So. Much. Color!!!  I LOVE IT!!  You may have arrived here from Yapha if you are following the hop in order. (or from Sharleen if you are being wild and crazy and doing the hop backwards).

Today, I get to put the NEW Mango Melody center stage.  This is such a fantastic cheerful color.  This first card let’s this color introduce itself with the help of the Delightfully Detailed Laser-cut Specialty Paper.

Darling you are fabulous - Center Stage Stamping

The sentiment is from the Stitched All Around stamp set.  I cut out the label from the coordinating framelit set, Stitched Labels.  between the framelits and the Laser cut paper, the work is done for you!  Just throw on a few rhinestones for some added bling and voila!

For the next card, I added in a bit of Basic Gray and the Dandelion Wishes stamp set.

Sending Dandelion Wishes your way - Center Stage Stamping

The patterned paper strips are from the new 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper, Brights and Neutrals.

For the last card, I cast Mango Melody with fellow NEW colors Gray Granite and Granny Apple Green.  They take the stage with the Healing Hugs stamp set.

Healing Vibes - Center Stage Stamping

The card base is embossed with the Basket Weave 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. This cheerful color combo should brighten anyones day!

Now, head on over to Sharleen.  She has some great projects featuring the new In Color, Pineapple Punch.  Be sure to follow the full blog hop circle for great color inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!



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inky friends – dc7

It’s time for another design challenge from My Inky Friends!  This time it is a layout based on a card on page 48 of the 2018-19 Stampin’ Up! catalog.  I knew the Broadway Bound suite would be great for this challenge.  This set was a must get on my first order from the new catalog.  Hmmmm, I wonder why?  I decided to turn the sketch on its side.


Broadway Birthday Wish - Center Stage Stamping

The only stamping is the “make a” banner.  Gotta love the Broadway Lights framelits!!  The marquee is perfect to fill in with the Metallic Pearls featured in the suite, or my favorite embellishment -Basic Rhinestones!  Perfect for a little Broadway Bling!

Make sure you go over to My Inky Friends and see all the other great ideas for this card layout, then play along! Create your own project based on this sketch and share it with us.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!


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inky friends – dc 6

It’s time for another Inky Friends design challenge.  We picked a color combo from page 63 of the 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! annual catalog.  This is a great color scheme, perfect to get in the mood for summer.  The colors are very bold, so I chose to use them in moderation to let them shine.

Thanks Varied Vases - Center Stage Stamping

I used the NEW Varied Vases set (designed by Stampin’ Up! Million Sales Achiever, Mary Fish).  I LOVE this set.  It even has a coordinating punch!  For this challenge, I decided to go a bit minimalist.  I masked the center vase so it would look like it is in front.  The fun scallop line makes a great shelf for the vases. A few enamel dots compliment the trio of vases.  I stamped the Hardwood background stamp in Bermuda Bay.  I stamped it off first to mute the color just a bit.  The front panel is raised with Stampin’ Dimensionals for more depth.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you will drop by the Inky Friends blog and play along with our color challenge.  It’s more fun when others play along.  Create a project using this color scheme and upload a link to it on the Inky Friends page.  Happy Stamping!



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inky friends dc 5

My Inky Friends are back with another Design Challenge.  This one is based on a card layout on page 35 of the 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! catalog.

Thanks a Latte - Center Stage Stamping

I decided to use the Coffee Cafe set and added the “coffee” from Balloon Celebration and the coffee rings from Timeless Textures.  The Wood Textures circle is cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits, the stitching is hard to see on the dark wood paper. For the Pear Pizazz piece under the Thanks a Latte oval, I went over it with my bone folder to break the fibers.  Next I peeled the paper into two layers.  The piece now has a soft, fuzzy look.

I hope you go check out the other great creations based on this sketch.  Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!


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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!



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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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My Inky Friends Design Challenge 2

My Inky Friends are back with another design challenge.  This time it is a color challenge based on page 36 in the Annual Catalog.

Lemon Lime Twist is one of my favorite colors, so I love this challenge.  I thought it was great for a birthday greeting.  Here is my card:

SU Birthday Wishes for You - Center Stage Stamping

I used two sets from the new Occasions Catalog.  Birthday Wishes for You and Picture Perfect Birthday.  I lined up the three card stock strips, Then stamped the Happy Birthday in Basic Black.  I used the Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst and Soft Sky markers to color in the word Birthday to darken the color so it would stand out more.  Added confetti in the challenge colors at the bottom of the card and the 3 balloons to finish it off. The white card base really lets this color palette take Center Stage on this card.   Come on over to My Inky Friends and play along!

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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

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