Stampin’ Up!

curtain call

As curtain is about to go down on the  2017-18 Stampin’ Up! catalog and 2018 Occasions catalog, how about one final bow for all of the great Stampin’ Up! sets and colors whose run has come to an end.  Center Stage Stamping

Bravi, Bravi, Bravissimi.  (Sorry, I couldn’t help throwing in a little Phantom of the Opera quote there.)  June 1 is curtains up on the NEW 2018-19 Stampin’ Up! catalog!  I’m looking forward to it’s time on stage and sharing many more great creations with you.  Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!




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shelter from the storm

Life is lumpy.  Sometimes we all could use a little note of encouragement – like today’s card.

Shelter from the Storm - Center Stage Stamping

This card was made with the retiring Weather Together stamp set and coordinating framelits.  I masked off the area under the umbrella, then sponged in around and stamped the raindrops to get my stormy background.  The bright Peek-a-boo Peach umbrella is a fun pop of color. It is popped up with a  dimensional for some depth.

Do you know of someone who could use some encouragement?  Why not create a card and send it out today?  It is amazing what a little happy mail can do.  Happy Stamping!


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all you need is chocolate

In just a few weeks, the new Stampin’ Up! catalog will be out.  While I am super excited about the fantastic new stamps and accessories coming (and the color revamp- Coastal Cabana is back, baby!), there are many that are leaving us that I will miss.  You can find the retiring list HERE.  I thought I would take some time to look back at some of my favorite projects from the 2017-18 catalog that will be retiring.

I think this card was my absolute favorite from this last year.  It spotlights the More Than Chocolate stamp set and the Wood Textures designer series paper.

More than Chocolate - Center Stage Stamping

I love the delicate Pool Party scalloped circle peeking out from under the candies.  The Pool Party twine and little Calypso Coral heart are fun details. I love chocolate, so this set was a must have for me.  I also really like the fonts used on the sentiments.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!


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display samples – part 4

I’m back with a few more samples with the Artisan Textures stamp set.  This set is great for making your own designer background paper.

Thanks-  Center Stage Stamping

My color scheme for this card is Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party.  I used All Things Thanks stamp set for the sentiment panel.

Beautiful Blessing- Center Stage Stamping

Why not use a stamp to color with?  I started with a piece of Petal Passion Designer Series Paper, which is just black and white.  I added Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry and Pear Pizazz with one of the stamps in the Artisan Textures set.  Coloring made simple.  I stamped the sentiment in white craft ink on a die cut from the Stitched Labels Framelits and added some doilies to finish it off.

just for you bag - Center Stage Stamping

This little treat bag started as a plain envelope!  I hope to do a quick tutorial post on this next week.  Again, I stamped the background, this time using Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum and Lemon Lime Twist.  The two circles are die cuts from the Stitched Labels Framelits.  The sentiment is for the NEW Rooted in Nature set. (I will have samples featuring that set tomorrow.) .

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Stamping!


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display samples – part 3

Wow, what a weekend.  It’s the middle of April, and this weekend when had a two day blizzard that dumped 15+ inches. of. snow.  Seriously. I’m not joking.

This was the view from my deck early Saturday afternoon.  It just kept coming. It snowed all day Saturday and all day Sunday.  At times we couldn’t even see across the street!  I am so over this.  I just want sun and warmth.  I want to wear my sandals and go out in just shirt sleeves.  I don’t want to feel cold any more.

At least today’s Display Samples are bright and cheerful.  These creations feature the Artisan Textures stamp set.

Wonderful you - Center Stage Stamping

This first card I used the paint swatch stamp in Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Lemon Lime Twist to creat a fun background.  I stamped the line image in Basic Black for some contrast.  The sentiment is from the Rooted in Nature stamp set. (another new set.  more samples of that coming later.)

You are amazing - Center Stage Stamping

On this card, I stamped several of the images in a cluster as a background for the sentiment.  I used a strip from the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper and stamped various words from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  This is a great card to let someone know you think they are amazing!

Amazing You - Center Stage Stamping

Today’s last cardagain uses the Artisan Textures images for a fun back ground.  Colors are Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig and Crumb Cake.  I added some Embossing Paste with the brick stencil to add some more texture behind the Celebrate You Thinlit die cuts.  I added more texture from a bit of Linen Thread tied on the “amazing” and by stapling the “You” to the crumb cake panel.

Be sure to check back for more creations to build your anticipation for this great new set!

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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display samples – part 2

Well, it feels like spring may have actually arrived.  Today it’s supposed to be 50 degrees out.  But, it is just a dream.  There is a storm a brewin’ and we are expected to get 4+ inches – of SNOW!  Come on.  It is the middle of April for cryin’ out loud.  I can’t take this any more.  I think I’m heading South, to a beach… Oh yeah, I can’t.  I have a play going into performances next week.  Sigh.  Guess I’ll have to settle for looking at my display samples for Sea of Textures and use my imagination.

Sea of Textures- Center Stage Stamping

This card used just about every stamp in the set.  I sponged Pool Party around the edges of the panel and added some of the clear epoxy shapes to complete the underwater feel.  I stamped the net and distressed the crumb cake panel and wrapped it with linen thread.

I kept this same feel for this next project.

One of a kind treat box - Center Stage Stamping

I started with one of the pizza boxes and stamped it in Crumb Cake.  The octopus is stamped on one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits circles.  The other die cuts are from the Stitched Labels Framelits. Sentiment is embossed in copper on a Night of Navy die cut.  I pulled apart some of the Copper Trim to get the netting look and finished off with a bit of linen thread.

I’m off to dream of sunshine, beaches and warmth. Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!




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display samples – part 1

I am excited to share my display stamping creations with you! Let’s start with some ideas for the new set, Sea of Textures.  I’ll admit this took me WAY out of my comfort zone.  This set sat on my desk for three weeks before I made anything.  I would stare at it thinking “what am I supposed to do with that?”  But, I love a challenge and soon the ideas started coming.

I started pretty simple with this first card.  I did a quick water color wash on water color paper in pool party. Next I stamped the octopus in Calypso Coral and fussy cut him out. (There are coordinating dies coming!   Making it much easier to cut this guy out.)  Next I gave him a little sign to hold.  Finished off the card with some linen thread and a few of the clear epoxy shapes.

Sea of Textures - Center Stage Stamping

For this next card , I once again fussy cut that octopus out.  (Again, wish I had the dies!) I thought having one tentacle coming out of the circle fit with the sentiment.  Pool Party and Tranquil Tide pair well for a watery feel.  Reach out - Center stage Stamping

This next card I went for a very different look.  I used Stampin’ Write markers to color the various color stripes directly on the stamp.

Sea of Texture - Center Stage Stamping

Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist help this card to really pop.  Notice that little die cut the sentiment is on?  That is from the new Stitched Label Framelits!  If you look closely at the Lemon Lime Twist panel, you can see it is embossed with the new Maps Etc. Dynamic Textured Impressions folder.

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure you come back soon, I have 18 more projects to share. Happy Stamping!



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friends, fun, fabulous

What a fantastic weekend!  Stampin’ Up! On Stage Milwaukee was a blast! I had a great weekend with great friends.  Stamping friends are the best!

Great celebration for Stampin’ Up!’s 30th anniversary.  I can’t wait for the BIG Celebration in November in ORLANDO!

I was blessed to be chosen as a Display Stamper for Milwaukee.  Stampin’ Up! sent a box of stamps, paper and accessories form the NEW catalog and I made samples to help inspire other demonstrators.  I will be sharing my creations here over the next few weeks.  Make sure you check back to see them all!

Big high light of the weekend is getting the NEW 2018-19 catalog!!  Oh. My. Word! So much fun coming!  I can’t wait to get my hands on new goodies and start creating! 

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!


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time for a road trip

It may be cold still, but I’m not going to let it bother me this weekend.  I am heading to Milwaukee for Stampin’ Up! On Stage!!  So excited to spend a day with fellow Demos, swapping, stamping and socializing.  But the best part is – we get a copy of the NEW 2018-19 Annual Catalog!!!!  So excited to see what new treasures Stampin’ Up! has for us.  Another highlight this weekend is, I was asked to create samples for the Display Boards with some NEW product!  They will be displayed to give demos in attendance some inspiration.  I had a lot of fun making these samples.  Make sure you come back as I will be sharing those samples as soon as I am able.

For now, I will leave you with this fun card.

Petal Palette From the Heart- Center Stage Stamping

I love the detailed flower cluster framelit.  So Saffron, Sahara Sand and Whisper White are a soft color scheme with white baker’s twine and delicate pearls for accent.

I’m off to road trip with my demo friends Lisa and Roxie.

Thanks for stopping! Happy Stamping!


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