OSAT blog hop: sale-a-brate every occasion

I am excited to start off the new year joining the One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop Team! This month we are sharing projects featuring NEW stamp sets from the Occasions catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure. We have so much fun and inspiration coming your way, make sure you check out all of the stops on our hop.

My projects today put the whimsical Hello Cupcake in the spotlight. This cute set is one of the many fantastic offerings in the Sale-a-bration brochure. These items can be yours FREE with a qualifying purchase. (in the US that is $50 before tax and shipping) I created a card and gift box that work for just about any occasion.

Hello Cupcake: Sweet Wishes - center Stage Stamping
Hello Cupcake: Sweet Wishes box - Center Stage Stamping

How cute is that cupcake? I love the chalkboard effect of Whisper White ink on Basic Black card stock. The tiny hearts are from the new Well Written Framelit Dies. See the fun black and white striped paper peeking out? That is another fun Sale-a-Bration offering: Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper.

Hello Cupcake: Sweet Wishes duo - Center Stage Stamping

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure you check out what the rest of the OSAT team has for you. You can get the blog hop list clicking the blue rectangle below. Join me again to shine a spotlight on creativity!

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Thinking of Springtime

I am so over winter – COME ON SPRING!  It has been cloudy with snow, sleet, rain then sleet again today. I am done.  Brett has been gone for the past week taking Stamp-n-Storage on the road to Arizona and California.  I am a little jealous. I need sunshine and warmth.

Today’s card is featuring the Sale-a-Bration Springtime Foil Specialty DSP.  This paper is gorgeous!  The picture really doesn’t show off how stunning this paper really is.  The metallic shine is so pretty.  And this pattern features gold and my favorite Rose Gold!  I really hope Stampin’ Up! brings out more Rose Gold stuff.  Ooooh – how about a Rose Gold embossing powder!  That’s what I need.  Anyway, here’s todays card.

Springtime Foil - Center Stage Stamping

I kept it very simple to let the beauty of the paper stand out.  The flowers are rose gold foil. The flower centers and dots are gold foil.  As I said, the photo doesn’t capture the elegance of the Rose Gold. The sentiment is from the Heartfelt Blooms set.  I stamped it in black on Gold Foil paper.  The Springtime Foil specialty designer series paper would be perfect for wedding cards. Grab this paper while you can – once Sale-a-Bration is done, it is gone forever!

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Inky Friends DC 4

I’m back with my Inky Friends for another design challenge. This time it’s a color scheme found on page 79 of the 2017-18 Annual Catalog.

This one had me stumped for a bit.  I rarely use Marina Mist or Blushing Bride. But, I like a challenge and it is good to step out of your comfort zone occasionally.  After some thought, I settled on this:

Lavender Thank You - Center Stage Stamping

I used Lots of Lavender set with the addition of Basic Gray for the outline and sentiment.   Stop by the Inky Friends blog and see what the other designers created with this color scheme.  There really is a lot you can do with it!  Then play along and share your creation.

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Heartfelt Blooms

With just ten days of Sale-a-Bration left, I wanted to share some of the other projects I have made – ones that do not use Party Pandas.  (What can I say, they are sooooo cute.) Today I have a card I made with the Heartfelt Blooms set.  This set is AMAZING!  It has a photorealistic look.

Heartfelt Thanks - Center Stage Stamping

A fairly simple card looks very detailed with this set.  I colored the Pearls with the light Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends and went over them with the light Smoky Slate to get a color close to Sweet Sugarplum.  The ribbon is from the Sale-a-Bration Ribbon pack.  This card would be great for a lot of different occasions.

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Eclectic Birthday

Sale-a-Bration is soon coming to an end, and I realized that there are several sets I haven’t played with yet.  I had better get to work!   Today’s card is a quick and easy birthday greeting with the Eclectic Expressions Sale-a-Bration set.   This card size is 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  Color scheme is Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist and Pumpkin Pie.

Eclectic Expressions - Center Stage Stamping


I love the style of this set.  It can be used for great backgrounds or as a focal point.  I definitely need to create more with this one.

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Panda Birthday

I have another Party Pandas card to share with you. I seriously can not get enough of these little guys.  They are so cute!

Party Panda - Center Stage Stamping

I like how the little panda is partly off the panel.  Looks like he is stretching up with his balloon.  I stamped the balloon on Lemon Lime Twist, stamped the confetti image in it and fussy cut it out.  It is popped up on a mini dimensional.  The main Lemon Lime Twist card base is embossed with the Oh My Stars embossing folder.  A strip from the Picture Perfect DSP stack helps set off the image panel.  What a cheerful birthday greeting!

Sale-a-Bration is almost over – don’t miss your chance to get these adorable Pandas (or any of the other great Sale-a-Bration items) for FREE with a qualifying purchase.  You can hop on over to my Stampin’ Up! store from the pull down tab at the top of this page and grab yours today!

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You Are Simply Amazing

Curtain’s up!  It is opening night for Mulan Jr. at Hutchinson Middle School.  It is always exciting to get to this point. To be honest, after three long months, I am also ready for it to wrap up.  Of course, I go right into rehearsals for the High School spring show. So the whole cycle begins again.  I hope to get some more time in the studio soon.  For now, here is a scrapbook page I made of my amazing middle child, Rachel.  I used one of my favorite shots from her Senior pictures (she graduated in 2016).  This picture just blows me away.  It was a lot of fun designing this page.

Amazing you sb page - Center Stage Stamping

I started with an 8″x8″ piece of Crumb Cake card stock.  I stamped the flowers from the Amazing You Sale-A-Bration stamp set in Soft Suede.  Next, I added the brick background with the decorative mask and embossing past.  I stamped the words “You are Simply” in Berry Burst, Peak a Boo Peach and Dapper Denim and cut them out.  I used the Celebrate You Thinlits to die cut the word “amazing” from those same three colors.  The last detail is the ribbon element at the top.

I really do think she is simply amazing!

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Copper Celebrate

Well, tonight is the final dress rehearsal for our Middle School production of Mulan Jr.  Followed by a performance for 5th and 6th grades Thursday morning and three public shows Friday through Sunday and it’s a wrap.  Then I move right into auditions for our High School spring play.  Whew.  Thankfully I have some projects finished ahead of time that I can share with you.  Like this one.


Amazing You Stampin' Up! - Center Stage Stamping

Today’s card features some fun products.  The Amazing You stamp set and coordinating Celebrate You Thinlit dies available in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure; Shimmery White Embossing Paste in the Occasions catalog; Copper Metallic Thread, Copper Foil Sheets, Wood Textures and Fresh Florals designer series papers, and the Pattern Party Decorative Mask in the Annual Catalog.  The Embossing Paste adds some great texture to the card. It is very glittery, the photo doesn’t do it justice.  The flower image is stamped in Early Espresso Ink on the Wood Texture dsp.  The hint of Powder Pink dsp is a supports the copper sentiment nicely.

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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.

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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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