Perennial Birthday

inky friends: thankful for… blog hop

Today, I am joining My Inky Friends Thankful For… blog hop. You are in for a great variety of inspiration on today’s hop.  We are each featuring a Stampin’ Up! stamp set or product that we are thankful for.  If you are following in order, you have arrived here from Holly and her wonderful projects.  Weren’t they great.  If you are starting here make sure you check out all the stops and see what everyone is thankful for!

I am thankful for… Stampin’ Blends!  These markers are so amazing and really easy to use.  They make me feel like a real artist!  There is so much you can do with them!

First off, how about no-line coloring.  I’ve seen it done with watercolors and thought why not try it with my Stampin’ Blends!  I love the outcome!

Country Home: no line with blends - Center Stage Stamping

I stamped the milk can and flowers in Sahara Sand that was stamped off to make it lighter.  Then I colored it in.  I used the stamps as a guide if I could no longer see the inked outline.  I really like how the milk can turned out! It’s even better in person.

Next up, I went with basic coloring.  Postcard Palls is a great set for this.  Isn’t that little otter just adorable!  The Stampin’ Blends make it possible to get so much depth with the shading.

Postcard Palls: Otter - Center Stage Stamping

Finally, I made my own designer paper – the flowers and background are colored with Stampin’ Blends.  The possibilities are endless!Perennial Birthday: stampin' blends - Center Stage Stamping

If you haven’t tried Stampin’ Blends yet, you need to.  They make coloring so much fun!  I now send you over to Cindy and her fantastic creations!

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thank you blooms

I can’t believe it is the end of August.  Boy, the summer just flew by.  And here we are going into Labor day weekend.  At least my youngest two will be home for the long weekend.  And on Saturday we are going to see……HAMILTON!!  I have been looking forward to this coming to Minneapolis for over a year.  And I was fortunate to be able to get tickets for the four of us to go!  Eeeeek!  (I’m just a little bit excited.) I am not throwin’ away my shot!


We were doing a photo shoot in my studio for the upcoming Stamp-n-Storage catalog a couple of weeks ago.  And I was told to “grab some stuff and look like I was working on a project”.  So, I pulled out some things and just started stamping.  When the photo shoot was done, I had to finish up the card.  This is the finished product:

Thank you blooms - Center Stage Stamping

The card base is embossed with the Subtle 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The striped layer is from the Twinkle Twinkle designer series paper pack. For the flower panel, I stamped the flowers from Perennial Birthday in Gray Granite.  Next I colored them with my Stampin’ Blends in Flirty Flamingo and Granny Apple Green (the lighter shade). Then I grabbed my Light Pool Party Stampin’ Blend and colored the background.  Ta Da – I made my own DSP!!!!  I embossed the greeting in white on a piece of Gray Granite card stock and adhered it to the card.  So easy!  Have you tried coloring with Stampin’ Blends yet?  You really need to.  They are fabulous!

Hey, I just realized my manicure even coordinates with this card!

That’s a wrap for today.  Thanks for stopping by. Come back soon and join me in putting a spotlight on creativity!

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Today Blooms

Just popping on with a quick post today.  I’m getting prepped to start blocking at today’s rehearsal for the High School play I’m directing.  The most tedious part of directing – figuring out who moves where, when and why.  At least today’s card wasn’t tedious to make, even though I made 20 of them for a recent swap. I really love the delicate feel of this one.

Perennial Birthday - Center Stage Stamping

I used the Perennial Birthday set.  Colors are Rose Red, Soft Sky, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake.  The Soft Sky card base has been embossed with the Simple Stripes Textured Impressions embossing folder.  The sentiment is embossed in white on a strip of Wood Textures designer series paper.  This is hands down my favorite designer series pack.  I LOVE the various wood textures/ grains.  They are a great addition to many projects.  A few rhinestones and a small linen thread bow add the finishing details.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!


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