Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Extreme Birthday

I made a second card for my son Ben. His birthday is tomorrow and my mom requested a handmade card to give him. This is what I came up with for my big boy that will turn 8 hard to believe that he's getting so big!

I combined two challenges for my card tonight...the Color Throwdown #86 using Yoyo Yellow with optional Basic Black, Garden Green & Soft Suede and Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #67.

The Extreme Elements stamp set is such a fun one for kid cards...for both boys and girls! I love pairing it up with the Skateboarder for my little guys:) I was looking through my border punches thinking that they were too frilly/girly...then it dawned on me that I had the Spiral punch!

Now I'm off to bake cupcakes:) Have a great night, folks!

Stamps: Skateboarder, Extreme Elements, On Your Birthday
Paper: Soft Suede, Basic Black, Garden Green, Yoyo Yellow, Whisper White CS, Night & Day and Flock Together DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Soft Suede, Yoyo Yellow, Garden Green
Other: Black Striped Grosgrain, Basic Jumbo Grommets, Star & Spiral Punch, Big Shot, Texture Plates Kit #4, Stars Die

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Ben!

My son, Ben, will turn 8 on April fools! He thinks he's getting too old for the little cutesy cards, so I had to think "big boy" for this one:)

The Autumn Meadows DSP was just what I needed for a rugged and tattered look for my big boy. The bicycle image from the Just Riding set, and the sentiment from All Holidays were inked up in Chocolate Chip then stamped onto one of the patterns from the DSP pack.. a little collage stamping was also added using the Extreme Elements set.

Notice the book print strip...our school was getting rid of some old books today, so I grabbed one that I could use for card scraps. I cut a small piece and added Creamy Caramel ink to paper to add to the distressed look of the card, then attached a couple of the Jumbo Chocolate Chip brads to finish it off. To finish it all off, I distressed the edges using the Cutter Kit.

We'll be baking cupcakes for Ben to take to school on Thursday, so I may not have a chance to create and post a project tomorrow night...but Spring Break starts Friday and hopefully that means LOTS of stamping time for me:)

Stamps: Just Riding, All Holidays, Extreme Elements
Paper: Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Taken with Teal CS, Autumn Meadows DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Taken with Teal
Other: Jumbo Brads, Mat Pack & Paper Piercing Tool, Cutter Kit, book print (non-SU)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Happy Birthday

My mom's birthday was today and I gave her this card that I made earlier in the month, but I still have birthdays on the here ya go! My little guy, Ben, will celbrate his 8th birthday on I'll be doing a little more birthday creating again this week. Aren't birthdays so much fun!?!

I was able to combine three challenges for this card today...Kazan's Sketch #49 at 2Sketches 4 You (gotta love those sketchy girls:), the Color Challenge #60 at The Pink Elephant requiring PASTELS, and Kelly Jo's Color Chef Challenge #45 with white, light purple, light green, and light pink.

No stamps or ink....ack!
Paper: Certainly Celery textured CS, unknown DP and die cuts
Other: unknown rub-ons, border stickers & brads, Paper Piercing Tool, Soft Subtles Brads, Certainly Celery 5/8" Grosgrain, Pinking Hearts Border Punch

Sunday, March 28, 2010

friend to friend ~ Stencil Surprise

I made this card for Shelli Gardner's Stencil Surprise Challenge at her blog, So Shelli. This was my first attempt at using the Stampin' Up! Decor Stencils...and I think I'm already addicted to them. What a "WOW" feeling when you lift the stencil after inking it up...very cool!

Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #62 and Rachel's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #52 were just the layout and color inspiration that I needed to get started.

I knew the card would be fairly bright when I was done, but you may have wished you had your sunglasses on before viewing it...LOL! I definately had fun with this one. My friend, Libby, and I got together today to inspire, create, and share...basically we made a big FUN mess:)

Happy Sunday:)

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Crushed Curry, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White CS, Kaleidoscope DSP
Ink: Pink Passion, Crushed Curry, Tempting Turquoise
Other: Folk Flowers Decor Stencils, Sponge Daubers, Scallop Trim Punch, Crushed Curry Polka Dot Grosgrain, Sherbet Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Big Shot, Beautiful Butterlies
Bigz Die

Saturday, March 27, 2010

See Beyond

For this card tonight, the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #106 was a great match-up to the Just Add Ink #10, which is a color challenge using Close to Cocoa, Cameo Coral, Blush Blossom & Kraft. I love the soft color combination! It's difficult to see, but I did stitch along the bottom portion to create a trio panel effect...must start using darker thread on prints like this.

Stamps: Discover Your Wings (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: Blush Blossom, Close to Cocoa, Cameo Coral, Very Vanilla CS, Pink Flamingo DSP
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Cameo Coral, Blush Blossom Stampin' Write Markers
Other: Chocolate Chip Epoxy Brads, Mat Pack & Paper Piercing Tool, Scallop Trim Punch, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Chocolate Chip Corduroy Buttons, Linen Thread

Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 22 LEAD & Top 5 Show Stoppers

Thank you to all who visited the Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 22 this week. Wow! What incredible creations there were!

The LEAD for Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 22 is Silke Ledlow at My Life! Check out Silke's amazing scored background and phenomenal coloring.

The Top 5 Show Stoppers for Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 22 are...

Angie Tieman at schwoo! by stampin' angie

Arielle Gordon at Snappy Stampin' with Arielle

Teresa Kline at Enjoy the VA Sunshine

Marian Garcia at Studio M with Marian

Staci Stubbs at honestly

Congratulations! Enjoy your badge and stop in again early Sunday morning for a soft & elegant color combination:) Have a creative weekend!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 22 ~ Awash with Flowers Sneak Peek

This posting will remain at the top of the blog page through Friday night. Please scroll down to see new postings.

How fun is this Valentine handbag from Footcandy? I love the bold and bright splash of color on this bag and couldn't wait to get started! Your color palette for this week is Real Red, Pink Passion, Whisper White, Yoyo Yellow & Basic Black.

To participate in the Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 22...

1. Create a papercrafted (card, scrapbook page, or 3D) project using these colors or similar shades.
2. Post it on your blog or other public gallery (Splitcoaststampers, Paper Craft Planet, Stampin' Addicts, etc.) using the keywords Curtain Call including a direct link back here to the challenge.
3. Enter your name and the exact link to your project in the Mr. Linky box below.

Please note the new deadline will be Friday night: You have until Friday, March 26th before midnight (CST) to enter your Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 22 project.

Join us for the Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 22 and you could be one of the next Show Stoppers! We have two new award up for grabs! Those chosen as "The Lead" and "Top 5" will receive an award to post on their blog(s) and share the exciting news!

Awash With Flowers

This vibrant color palette along with the floral inspiration gave the chance to pull out my brand new two-step stamping set, Awash With Flowers, which is a sneak-peek set from the new Stampin' Up! catalog coming out this summer. The set will be available in both wood mount and cling mount for customer purchase on April 1st.

I used Basic Black ink to stamp the outline images, then alternated the red, pink and yellow to stamp the solid images. The Square Fire Rhinestone Brads were placed in the flower centers to give a little extra pop, but the real "wow" for me is that yummy wide red ribbon! Oh, what would I do without ribbon, buttons & brads?

Stamps: Awash With Flowers, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Yoyo Yellow, Pink Passion, Whisper White CS, Nouveau Chic DSP & Petal Party SSK
Ink: Yoyo Yellow, Pink Passion, Real Red, Certainly Celery, Basic Black
Other: 1" Stitched Real Red Grosgrain, Square Fire Rhinestone Brads, Paper Piercer, Scallop Edge Punch

The Curtain Call Crew has samples to show you today, so make sure you stop by to see:

Amy White at Devlinwhite Designs
Andrea Roose at Andrea's Scrap- und Stampel Blog
Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) at Random Acts of Creativity
Julie Smith at Paper and Such
Lea Lawson at Lea's Cupcakes & Sunshine
Marisa Ritzen at Rosemary Reflections
Melissa Hubert at My Paper Obsession
Shelley Germann at Stampin' Garden
Sue Kohler at My Inner Reflection

...then play along with us and post your Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 22 creation using Mr. Linky back here at Stacey's Stamping Stage.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


I've been wanting to play around with fabric again since I made my Shamrock card for Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 21...and I've had my eye on this FUN challenge at Embellish magazine, called Embellish Color Challenge with Fabric using red, green, blue & kraft PLUS fabric, of course. I noticed that tonight was the deadline to get my card submitted, so after dinner, I headed up to my stamp room and this is the result! I used Alice's Bonus Sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You for inspiration of my layout and I think it totally works! Oh,and Verve is having a March Parade of Projects to inspire you to have "Fun with Flowers."

The fabric was die-cut using the Scallop Square, gathered by hand and stitched with the sewing machine. I wrapped some yummy Real Red Polka Dot Grosgrain around the gathered fabric before placing my main image over the top.

Stamps: Spring Blossoms (Verve)
Paper: Kraft, Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White CS
Ink: Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Night of Navy, Bordering Blue Stampin' Write Markers
Other: Scallop Square Bigz Die, Big Shot, Real Red Polka Dot Grosgrain, Playground Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Oval/Scallop Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders)