Stampin’ Blends

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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kanga and little roo

Life has been really crazy over here lately.  In the past month we: moved our daughter and son-in-law into their first house; moved our other two children off to college, in opposite directions from our house; moved our business, Stamp-n-Storage, to it’s new location; and continued working on my craft studio remodel.  I have mostly moved back in, but there are still trim details to finish up.  I can’t wait to give you a full tour!  For now, how about a little teaser?

I just LOVE how the top of my Ikea Kallax came together. (thank you Hobby Lobby!)  It really makes me happy to look at.  Which is good, since I spend a lot of time in here!

At the beginning of August, before our youngest two moved, we all went to see the new Winnie the Pooh movie, Christopher Robin, together.  Talk about hitting you right in the feels!  Such a sweet movie.  I love Pooh Bear even more now.  I thought I would share today’s card in honor of a sweet mother and son duo from the Hundred Acre Wood – Kanga and Roo. (Ok, so in this case, Roo is a Koala, use your imagination)

Kanga Happy Birthday - Center Stage Stamping

Coloring this duo was so easy with my Stampin’ Blends and the Animal Expedition DSP. A delightful birthday greeting for any age!

That’s a wrap for today.  I’m heading back to work in my studio – creating and cleaning!  Plus I am working on a special project for a class I am teaching for the Grand Opening of Stamp-n-Storage’s first retail space!  Check out details on the class and other Grand Opening activities here.

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animal outing thank you

Hello! Let’s kick off this week with a fun thank you card featuring the super cute Animal Outing set.

Animal Outing Thank You - Center Stage Stamping

I stamped the giraffe and branches with Memento Black ink and colored them with my Stampin’ Blends.  I love these markers.  They make it so easy to get a very artistic look with the shading you can do.  I cut them out with one of the circles form the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The dotted panel is from the Brights Designer Series Paper stack in Daffodil Delight.  The Crumb Cake panel is embossed with the Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and I roughed up the edges before adhering it to the Whisper White card base.  I masked off just the “thank you” from the “thank you big time” sentiment and stamped it in Whisper White ink on basic Black card stock.  I love how the giraffe looks like he is saying “thank you”! Or maybe he’s singing.

Animal Outing Thank You close up - Center Stage Stamping

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Hello Baby Bear

I did it!  I survived another Middle School musical production and now I get to enjoy a week free from rehearsals.  My husband, Brett is gone this week.  Stamp-N-Storage is on the road, heading to pop up sales in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina.  Let me know if you happen to get to one of these.  Hopefully, in the future I will be able to travel along to some of these.  For now, I’m spending some quality time in my studio.

I realize I have been really focused on products from the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.  They are new and I am having a lot of fun.  I still have a lot to share with you.  But let’s not forget about all of the awesome stuff in the Annual Catalog.  Today’s card shines a spotlight on one of my favorite sets – Pieces and Patterns.  I LOVE the little dinosaur and bear in this set.  I thought the little bear would be great on a baby card, but not your typical baby card.  I decided to go with a non-traditional baby color scheme and used colors from the Coffee Break designer series paper.

Hello baby bear - Center Stage Stamping

I started with an Early Espresso card base and added a panel of Early Espresso that I ran through the Pinewood Planks 3D Textured Embossing Folder. here is a better shot of the texture folder.

Hello baby bear - Center Stage Stamping

Next I punched a 2 1/4″ circle out of thick Whisper White card stock and one out of Coffee Break designer series paper.  Isn’t that chevron pattern so cute! I cut the patterned circle in half and glued it to the bottom of the white circle and added a thin strip of Soft Sky across the circle.  I colored the little bear with the Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends.  I love the shading detail you can achieve with these markers.  It is SO easy.  Finished off with the sentiment, a Linen Thread bow and a tiny Pearl that I colored with the Lighter Pool Party Stampin’ Blend, since there isn’t a Soft Sky Blend at this time. (Fingers crossed for next year’s catalog!  What a sweet greeting for a new little someone.

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