Occasions 2018

Sweet Pineapple

Fab Friday has a new sketch challenge up and I was inspired to play along.  I really like sketch challenges when I need to jump start my stamping mojo.  Here is the sketch:

And here is my take on it:

Sweet pineapples - Center Stage Stamping

I love this pineapple print from the Tutti-frutti designer series paper stack.  I used the pineapple from the Itty Bitty Fruit punch pack to punch out tiny pineapples from the patterned paper.  I stamped the bowl from the Fruit Basket stamp set on Pool Party card stock and fussy cut it out.  To add a little detail, I added some shadows with the light Pool Party Stampin’ Blends marker.  Here is a close up so you can see it better.

Pineapple bowl close up - Center Stage Stamping

I think it added some nice depth to the bowl.  And, aren’t those little pineapples adorable?  I LOVE that little punch.  The whole Tutti-frutti suite in the Occasions catalog is fun.  I can’t wait to play with it some more.  I have lots of ideas floating around in my head, just need time in my studio!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Stamping!

-Mary

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Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day.  Thought I would pop on and share one more card I made with the Sure Do Love You set and Painted with Love DSP.

Valentine - Center Stage Stamping

This picture really doesn’t do it justice.  The dark spots are actually the gold foil on the DSP.  I just couldn’t get it to photograph well.  The vine heart is embossed in gold and fussy cut out.  I kept the rest pretty simple to let that gorgeous specialty paper take center stage.  I seriously want to just frame a few of the pieces.  They are works of art all on their own!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

-Mary

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Little Love Notes

I normally don’t make a lot of Valentine cards.  One for my husband and maybe little notes for my kids. But, I am having so much fun with the Painted With Love Suite.  There are so many fun products to work with.   I made three little coordinating love notes with this suite.  They are made with the Narrow Note Cards and Envelopes in the Occasions Catalog (page 19 – they are easy to miss).   The Painted With Love Specialty DSP is SO GORGEOUS!! The gold foil accents are stunning.  The Sure Do Love You stamp set and Lots to Love Box Framelits combine to make some wonderful Valentines.  These little love notes would be perfect to tuck in with a Valentine treat.

Love Notes - Center Stage Stamping

Aren’t these so cute!  Each one features a different pattern from the DSP and different stamps from the set.  Let’s take a closer look at them.

Sure do Love you Note - Center Stage StampingHere is another angle so you can see the little heart peeking through from the inside.

Be Mine - Center Stage Stamping

My Valentine - Center Stage Stamping

For You Valentine - Center Stage Stamping

I added some of the DSP to the flap of two of the envelopes and sponged ink and stamped a little heart on the other.  It really ties them together.  Another fun thing is that these notes would fit inside this little box I shared last week!

Valentine Trio - Center Stage Stamping

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

-Mary

 

 

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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.

 

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Stamping!

-Mary

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Have a Birthday Brew

I had some fun playing along with another challenge at Fab Friday.  This time it is a sketch challenge.  Go check it out and play along!

I was inspired to use the Bubble Over set.  I have been having a lot of fun with this one lately.  I stayed pretty true to the sketch with my card, but decided to expand the focal shape.

Stampin' Up! Bubble Over - Center Stage Stamping

 

I am in love with the Bubbles and Fizz dsp in the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  These colors are so bright and fun. Started with one of the Tutti-frutti cards also from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Layered the bottle print strip and the this strips (the thin coral strip is from one of the Tutti-frutti cards, too).  I die cut the bottle out from one of the sheets of dsp and layered it on a Starburst punched from another pattern in the pack.  Added the banner with the sentiment and finished off with some of the enamel dots.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

-Mary

 

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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!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

-Mary

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Panda on Ice

WooHoo!  It’s actually above freezing!  What a joy to go out and the air doesn’t hurt my face.  I know it won’t last.  We still have at least 2 months of winter ahead.  You would think I would be used to it, having lived in MN my entire life (except for a brief stint in ND, but we don’t talk about that).  Growing up in Northern MN, naturally Hockey was a big part of winter.  (Although, I personally come from a Basketball family.)  When I saw this card that Diana Gibbs made, I knew I had to make one of my own.

Panda Hockey - Center Stage Stamping

Yes, I used Party Pandas again.  I just can’t seem to stop.  The greeting is from Perennial Birthday and Labeler Alphabet. Can you guess where the hockey stick, puck and helmet came from?  They are in the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits – the straw, bottle cap and one of the labels!

Sorry, I forgot to get the bottle cap in the pic.   The hockey stick is cut from the Wood Textures dsp, and a thin strip of black washi tape wrapped around the stick helps the look. I cut off the top of the label to make the helmet.  The green helmet is a nod to my high school team – the Roseau Rams.  What a fun birthday greeting for a hockey fan.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

-Mary

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Bubble Over with Happiness

I’m back with another Bubble Over card.  This set and paper are just so much fun to create with!  The paper has so many fun patterns in it.

I really like how the Basic Gray card base lets the colors pop.  I die cut the bottles from one of the sheets of Designer Series Paper, easy peasy.  I altered the label on the light green bottle by punching out circles form other bottles on the sheet to create the label I wanted.  The sentiment is actually in 2 long lines, so I did a bit of masking to make it fit the space.  It is embossed in white to help it stand out.  A die cut bottle cap and some Clear Epoxy drops add the finishing details.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

-Mary

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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!

-Mary

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