Wednesday, June 30, 2010

SereniTEA Corner Bookmark

The Weekly Inkling #216 over at Splitcoaststampers today is a tutorial on making these fantastic corner bookmarks. I paired up this new project with the Color Throwdown #99 using cream, chocolate & turquoise.

I just finished crying my eyes out with the last book I read, The Last Song, by Nicholas Sparks...all of his books make me cry a river.

My latest read, just started, is Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Piccoult...anybody read it?

Thanks for stopping by...happy Wednesday!

Stamps: CreativiTEA (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: Very Vanilla CS (Stampin' Up!), other cardstock & designer paper (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Copics, Rich Cocoa Momento (Taylored Expressions)
Other: Eyelet Border & Scallop Edge Punches (Stampin' Up!), ribbon (Taylored Expressions)

Curry Bay long!

The Color Challenge #277 and the Sketch Challenge #287 over at Splitcoaststampers was the inspiration for my card today. The color challenge requires Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay & Dusty Durango...the In Colors that are retiring TOMORROW! I can't believe it's already been a year since these beautiful colors were introduced to us. Good news, though...the new Cajun Craze reminds me of Dusty Durango, and Daffodil Delight will be a beautiful substitute for Crushed Curry.

Are you ready for tomorrow? The waiting is finally over...the new 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog will be available to view online and to order from! I'm so excited:) The stamp set I used here, called Artistic Etchings, will also be available for purchase from the new catty...gorgeous!

Stamps: Artistic Etchings
Paper: Dusty Durango, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Whisper White CS, variety DSP
Ink: Dusty Durango, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry
Other: Bermuda Bay Polka Dot Grosgrain, Cutter Kit, Crystal Pins & Scallop Punch (non-SU)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Rejoin as an SU! Demo for Only $35

What a great deal! If you were a demonstrator at one time, but since have become is your chance to rejoin at a great savings!

The Rejoin Starter Kit Contains:

* 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog (8)
* 2010 Summer Mini Catalog (8)
* Guest invitation postcards (100)
* Customer order forms (50)
* 2010-2011 Definitely Decorative catalog (1)
* Celebrando Creatividad (1)
* Two months free Demonstrator Business Web Services (DBWS) subscription

If you are interested in receiving the great benefits that Stampin' Up! offers its demonstrators, I would be happy to give you more information on this great opportunity. The Rejoin Kit is not available online and paperwork must be mailed in for it. Send me an email ( or give me a call (217) 971-1321 and I'll give you the information you need to get you active again as an SU demo.

Cute as a Bug ~ Embellish Babies Color Challenge & MTSC80

I paired up two challenges for my card today...the Embellish Babies Color Challenge using yellow, cream, peach & green, along with Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #80.

A great combination of challenges:)

The layering of the card was done with alternating cardstock and designer paper. My stamp-a-majig came in handy with the stacked bugs and the sentiment. The dragonfly was stamped then handcut and adhered with a dimensional.

Stamps: Bugs & Kisses
Paper: So Saffon, Very Vanilla, Peach Parfait, Pear
Ink: So Saffron, Pear, Peach Parfait, Soft Suede
Other: Stamp-a-majig, Scallop Edge Punch, Mat Pack & Paper Piercing Tool, Rich Regals Brads, Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, Nestabilities (Spellbinders), button (PTI)

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Missing You

I just got a new package from Taylored Expressions yesterday and couldn't wait to crack open this beautiful stamp set called CreativeTEA along with the Paper Girl Taylored Card Kit. I love the vintage paper with this sweet set..the florals and checks are so old fashioned they remind of an antique table cloth:)

What better way to use my new stamps and paper than to pair them up with the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #118. Go check it out and play along!

I stamped the flower and sentiment on the yellow checked paper, then the teapot with the rock 'n roll technique. The cardstock was layered with the distressed paper and a few embellies were added to finish it off!

Stamps: CreativeTEA (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: cardstock & designer paper (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink (Stampin' Up!)
Other: ribbon, punch, & button (Taylored Expressions), Soft Subtles Brads & Linen Thread (Stampin' Up!)

What Would I Do Without You?

Mint Motiff is our sponsor for this Laura's Sketch #55 at 2 Sketches 4 You. Head on over and see all the yummy samples from the design team.

I used the Kaleidoscope DSP for my color inspiration on this one...gotta love pink, yellow and orange summer!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Monday:)

Stamps: Mint Motiff
Paper: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White CS, Kaleidoscope DSP
Ink: Black Stazon (sentiment), Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight
Other: Scallop Border Punch (EK Success), 1 1/4" Square & Corner Rounder Punches, Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, Button (non-SU)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Curtain Call Color Challenge: {ACT 35} Show Stoppers

The LEAD for Curtain Call Color Challenge: {ACT 35} is...

Arielle Gordon at Snappy Stampin' with this crisp and fresh design! I love the textured white space that Arielle uses on her designs to create a bold use of color:)

The Top 5 Show Stoppers for Curtain Call Color Challenge: {ACT 35} are...

Monika Davis at M.A.D. Stamper

LeAnne Pugliese at WeeInklings

Erica Cerwin at Pink Buckaroo Designs

Silke Ledlow at My Life

Makiko Jones at MakInk Studio

Thanks for stopping by to check our Show Stoppers for the week! Hope you'll join me in stopping by their blogs to leave a little congratulatory love:)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Curtain Call Color Challenge

We took the kiddos on a last minute trip to Chicago for the weekend and I won't get the Curtain Call show stoppers or new challenge ready for you by midnight! My fabulous 'CREW' should have a few things to get you started, though, so go check them out!

I'm so sorry for the delay and will totally make up for it with a little blog candy, so stop back by Sunday. I should be up and running by noon!

By the way, have you noticed anything different about my blog face?

Now we're off for a little Yorkville Waterpark and Lincoln Park Zoo fun!

See you soon:)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Curtain Call Color Challenge: {ACT 35}

There is something else I LOVE besides cardstock, paper, ink, and embellishments...and that is wrapping paper! I have always enjoyed wrapping gifts for others adding fun ribbons and bows...yes, ribbons and bows, of course! When I saw these tubes of fun summery wrapping paper at the decor8blog, I thought to myself..."hmmm, Tempting Turquoise, Cameo Coral, Green Galore, Garden Green & Whisper White"...what a fantastic color inspiration for summer...totally tropical!

To participate in the Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 35...

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 35 and make sure to include a link back here to the challenge.
3. Enter your name and the direct link to your project in the Mr. Linky box below.

Please note the deadline will be Friday night. You have until Friday, June 25th before midnight (CST) to enter your Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 35 project.

Join us for the Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 35 and you could be one of the next Show Stoppers! We have two awards up for grabs plus a giveaway (details below)! Those chosen as "The Lead" and "Top 5" will receive an award to post on their blog(s) and share the exciting news!

You Only Live Once...

The floral image from the Fifth Avenue Floral was inked up in Cameo Coral, Tempting Turquoise & Green Galore and placed on strips of Whisper White cardstock, the sentiment in Garden Green ink. The strips were adhered to the Whisper White card front with a strip of Flock Together DSP placed vertically on the side. The ribbon was wrapped and buttons/twine were attached to finish it off...but the real kicker is the sparkly rhinestones that were added to the flower centers.

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral
Paper: Whisper White CS, Flock Together DSP
Ink: Garden Green, Tempting Turquoise, Cameo Coral & Green Galore
Other: Melon Berry ribbon & buttons (PTI), Corner Rounder Punch, Rhinestones, Natural Hemp Twine

The Curtain Call Crew has samples to show you today, too, 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 and 

our fabulous Guest Designer for June...Christina MacLaren at Seaglass & Sentiments.

...then play along with us and post your Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 35 creation using Mr. Linky back here at Stacey's Stamping Stage.

Thinking of My Favorite PTI Color Combo ~ Papetrey Ink Blog Hop


It's time for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop! I used Aqua Mist & Lemon Tart card stock with Green Bouquet paper. The Aqua Mist card base was layered with Lemon Tart and Green Bouquet paper. The images from Springtime Doodles were stamped in Momento Tuxedo ink and colored in with Copics, then hand-cut and adhered with dimensionals. To finish it off, I scallop punched and embossed the Lemon Tart card stock, added a strip of Green Bouquet patterned paper and wrapped it up with some yummy Lemon Tart grosgrain with a Lemon Tart vintage button and button twine embellishement. How many times can you write Lemon Tart in a paragraph? LOL! I LOVE this fresh and happy!

Thanks for stopping by:)

All supplies are Papertrey Ink unless noted:)

Stamps: Springtime Doodles
Paper: Aqua Mist, Lemon Tart, Whisper White (SU) cardstock, Green Bouquet paper
Ink: Black Tuxedo (Momento)
Other: Lemon Tart Grosgrain & Vintage Buttons, Button Twine, Scallop Punch (EK Success), Copics

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Elements of Style Swap

I used Karen's fantastic sketch #74 over at the sweetest thing for the layout of my swap card.

The swap called for new products from the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog. I chose to use some of the new Cherry Cobbler textured DSP & ink along with some yummy Newsprint DSP. The stamp set, Elements of Style and the Square Lattice Impressions Folder are currently available in the Summer Mini Catalog, but are carrying over in the new catty...yay!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Elements of Style
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie CS, Newsprint DSP
Ink: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie
Other: Big Shot, Lattice Square Impressions Folder, Vintage Brads, Mat Pack & Paper Piercing Tool, 1 1/2" Basic Black Striped Grosgrain