Saturday, July 31, 2010

Curtain Call Color Challenge {ACT 40} Show Stoppers

You all made my week so much BRIGHTER! Thank you! I was under the weather most of the week with a fever, cough, and an achy neck and back. The good news is that I'm feeling much better and ready to share the Show Stoppers, then gear up for a new Curtain Call tonight!

Our LEAD for this week's Curtain Call Color Challenge: {ACT 40} is Colleen Begley at Colleen's Creative Corner. I love the use of black DSP on this card with hints of color...just made me ooooh and aaaaw!

The Top 5 Show Stoppers for Curtain Call Color Challenge {ACT 40} are...

Lynn Put at The Queen's Scene

Monika Davis at M.A.D. Stamper

Arielle Gordon at Snappy Stampin' with Arielle

Christina MacLaren at Seaglass & Sentiments

and Erica Cerwin at Pink Buckaroo Designs.

Enjoy your badges, girls! Thanks again to all of the Curtain Call participants this week! See you all back here at midnight for a calm and cool color palette for Curtain Call Color Challenge {ACT 41} AND our August Guest Designer announcement!

Take Note ~ Just Because Convention Swap

Here is another swap design that I made for Stampin' Up! Convention. I used the Notable Ornate stamp set along with the Love Letter Designer Series Paper...a gorgeous combination! On my prototype, I stamped the bird image in Black Stazon, but on my swaps, I stepped it up a notch and used Black Embossing Powder...much better, but didn't take a picture of it, so you'll just have to imagine that black glossy finish of the bird with a little added color spritzing from the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker.

Thanks for stopping by! I'm hoping to have some new projects soon...feeling better after some type of respiratory "bug" set in earlier this week. Who knew you could get sick in the summer? aarggghhh!

Stamps: Notably Ornate
Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla CS, Love Letter DSP
Ink: Black Stazon
Other: Wide Oval Punch, Very Vanilla Satin ribbon, Neutrals Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Scallop Ribbon Border Punch

Friday, July 30, 2010

Curtain Call Color Challenge: {ACT 40}

I couldn't resist the fun and lively color inspiration from this stack of Ikea kitchen towels posted on the What's For Lunch Honey blog. The photographer, Meeta, on this inspirational blog is one talented gal! The Tempting Turquoise, Kiwi Kiss, Real Red, Basic Black & Whisper White was perfect to ink up the new Funky Four stamp set! Can't wait to see what you all come up with this week!

To participate in the Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 40...

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 40 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, July 30th before midnight (CST) to enter your Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 40 project.

Join us for the Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 40 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!

Thanks a Gazillion

How cute is that tree image from the Funky Four stamp set? and I love the coordinating Play Date DSP...

Stamps: Funky Four, Really Retro
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White CS, Play Date DSP
Ink: Kiwi Kiss & Basic Black
Other: Polka Dot Real Red Grosgrain, Fresh Favorites II Buttons, Linen Thread, Modern Label Punch, Nestabilites (non-SU)

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 July...Silke Ledlow at My Life.

...then play along with us and post your Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 40 creation using Mr. Linky back here at Stacey's Stamping Stage.

Style Beautiful ~ Convention Swap Card

For this swap card, I inked up one of the damask images from Style Beautiful in Chocolate Chip Craft ink, then heat embossed it using the Irridescent Ice embossing powder. The Crumb Cake card base was spritzed with some Log Cabin Smooch Spritzer and the image panel of DSP was spritzed with Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker. The Scallop Ribbon Border Punch was adhered between the two pieces of Lap of Luxury then wrapped and tied with some yummy Concord Crush Poly Twill ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Stamps: Style Beautiful
Paper: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip CS, Lap of Luxury DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip Craft & Marker, Concord Crush
Other: Heat Tool, Irridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Powder Pal, Concord Crush Poly Twill ribbon, Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Log Cabin Smooch Spritz, Color Catcher, Color Spritzer

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Life is Beautiful ~ CCMC109

Happy Thursday, peeps! It's time for a beautiful inspiration challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary Thursday Challenge!

I was excited to use a few new Stampin' Up! products on my card, the Presto Prints Specialty Designer Series Paper, Paper Flowers and the gorgeous Style Beautiful stamp set. The DSP is so cool, it is a white cardstock that has embossed images on it. Once you add ink, the images just POP! I ran my brayer along the paper using Bashful Blue and finally spritzed some Smooch Spritz over the top.

Head on over to join us for the CCMC109!

Stamps: Style Beautiful
Paper: So Saffron, Bashful Blue CS, Presto Patterns DSP
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, So Saffron
Other: Color Spritzer, Smooch Spritz, Color Catcher, Distressing Essentials, Subtles Buttons, Linen Thread, Paper Flowers, Brayer

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Extra, Extra Hostess Promotion

Who couldn't use an EXTRA $25 to spend on stamps?

Dates: July 27-August 31, 2010

Hostesses will receive an additional $25 in hostess free merchandise dollars when they hold a workshop totaling $350 or more!

Things to Remember

* Orders must be $350 or more to qualify. Online orders do not qualify.
* Hostesses may use their additional $25 in hostess free merchandise on any regular catalog/mini catalog merchandise.
* Orders larger than $350 are not eligible for additional hostess free merchandise dollars. For example, a $700 workshop does not receive $50 in additional dollars. All orders over $350 always receive $25 in additional free hostess dollars.
* Qualifying orders must be placed by the following deadlines:
o Phone: Tuesday, August 31, 2010; 6:50 PM (MT)
o OEX: Tuesday, August 31, 2010; 11:50 PM (MT)

Email me at if you'd like to have some EXTRA stamps FREE!

My Curtain Call Convention Swap & PRIZE winner

Back from Convention! The Exclusive Curtain Call Convention Swap was so much fun! It was great to meet some of these talented and sweet gals in person:) Thanks, ladies, for participating in the swap and showcasing your BEST work with us! Whether you swapped by mail or in person, your swaps are my very favorite that I received at Convention:) Thanks again!

For my swap card, I chose a Melon Mambo card base that includes an Elegant Lines embossed Crumb Cake panel at the bottom, a Baja Breeze textured panel in the middle with a piece of Elegant Soiree DSP and punched Chocolate Chip border. The Two Tags Bigz Die was used as the focal panel, stamped with an image and sentiment from the Timeless Treasures stamp set, then tied off with some Early Expresso Taffeta ribbon and an Antique brad center on the bow.

Lou was the lucky winner of a dozen of cards! Congrats, Lou!

Thanks again, girls! I had a blast!

Stamps: Timeless Treasures
Paper: Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White CS, Elegant Soiree DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip Craft
Other: Heat Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Powder Pal, Embossing Buddy, Big Shot, Two Tags Bigz Die, Elegant Lines Impressions Folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Early Expresso Taffeta, Antique Brads, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive

Artisan Award Entry #10 ~ Flower Topiary

For the final Artisan Award entry I created a flower topiary with loads of different flower die cuts, buttons, and linen thread bows. I straight-pinned the flowers onto a foam circle, attached it to a small dowel rod. The rod was inserted into another piece of foam within the plastic pot.

I stitched some fabric to cover the bottom portion of the topiary, then wrapped some yummy Old Olive Striped Grosgrain around the base of the pot and just under the flower top.

The Artisan Award entries were a TON of work and required a lot of supplies...but, the most disappointing part about not winning the award is that my projects will never be returned to me. Congrats to those who received the Artisan is well deserved!

Paper: variety of DSP
Other: Old Olive Striped Grosgrain, lots of flower dies and buttons, linen thread, sewing machine, fabric & thread

Get a LOT for a little?

After seeing a Stampin' Up! catalog three years ago and wanting it ALL, I realized how much I would save by becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator! One quote I always share with my customers is..."Want a little, place an order"..."Want a lot, host a workshop"..."Want it ALL, become a demonstrator!" It's that simple!

There are many other benefits, besides the discount, when you join Stampin' Up! and my downline, the Showstampers...and I would LOVE to share them with you! Here are a few of those benefits:

Demonstrator Benefits:

~Receive 30% off your first order of $150 or more (or keep it as "instant income" from sales). Redeem in the first 45 days. PLUS, during Sale-A-Bration you'll earn 3 gifts, too (one for every $50 in product).
~Get 20% off Stampin' Up! products or keep it as "instant income."
~Earn additional income (called a volume rebate) on your monthly product sales of $400 or more. Together, your instant income and volume rebate can reach up to 40% of your personal sales.
~Pre-order select Stampin' Up! stamps, tools and embellishments a month (or more) before the customers sales period (often with additional discounts).
~Earn free stamps with Stampin' Start, Sale-A-Bration and other promotions.
~Qualify for cash bonuses, product bonuses, incentive trips and other awards.
~Recruit and receive downline overrides based on your recruits' sales.
~Earn free hostess sets and merchandise
~Receive Stampin' Up!'s exclusive monthly demonstrator magazine, Stampin' Success.
~Enjoy 2 free months of a personalized Stampin' Up! on-line store and blog (optional $12.95/mo. after trial).
~Be inspired by video tutorials and project ideas on the Stampin' Up! demonstrator web site.

Please EMAIL ME at with any questions or your interest in joining my awesome group of demonstrators. Here are the contents of the 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! Standard Starter Kit for only $175 (valued at more than $310).

Standard Starter Kit Contents:


Customize! You may substitute any current stamp set (wood or clear-mount) of the same price or less as the stamp or standard wheel you are replacing.

3 Wood-Mount Stamp Sets

113500 Fun & Fast Notes (p. 70) $33.95
115360 For All You Do (p. 103) $28.95
120173 So Many Thanks (p. 18) may substitute for $9.95 or less

1 Clear-Mount Stamp Set

118571 I {Heart} Hearts (p. 46) $18.95

1 Standard Wheel

109679 Fast Flowers Stampin' Around Standard Wheel (p. 70) $6.05


118486 Clear Block C (p. 192) OR substitute with any clear block $6.95 or less
117155 Brights Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (p. 175) OR substitute with your choice of Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack
120954 Getting Started Assorted Color Smooth Card Stock (8.5 x 11, p. 165) OR substitute with any Assorted Color Smooth Card Stock (8.5 x 11)
100730 Whisper White Card Stock (8.5 x 11, p. 169) OR Card Stock 8.5 x 11
114616 Whisper White 5/8" Satin Ribbon (p. 191) OR any ribbon $8.95 or less
102283 VersaMark Pad (p. 195) OR Ink Pad $8.95 or less
101179 Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad (p. 169) OR any Classic Stampin' Pad
102277 Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad (p. 166) OR any Classic Stampin' Pad
105216 Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad (p. 166) OR any Classic Stampin' Pad
103133 Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad (p. 166) OR any Classic Stampin' Pad
119677 Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Marker (p. 166) OR any Stampin' Write Marker
119679 Marina Mist Stampin' Write Marker (p. 167) OR any Stampin' Write Marker
119787 Marina Mist Classic Ink Refill (p. 167) OR any ink refill
104332 Snail Adhesive (p. 197) OR any adhesive $6.95 or less
102394 Stampin' Mist (p. 198) OR Stazon Cleaner (109196)
119525 Chocolate Small Song Bird Tile Décor Elements OR Décor Elements $7.95 or less


Stampin' Around Standard Self-Inking Handle
Uninked Standard Cartridge
Single Blender Pen
Single Stampin' Sponge
Stampin' Scrub
Stampin' Dimensionals
Décor Elements Applicator Tool

D. BUSINESS SUPPLIES (no alternative selections

Getting Started DVD
Getting Started Guide
Guest Invitation Postcards (100)
Catalogs (8)
Mini Catalogs (8), when available
Definitively Decorative Brochure
Recruit Folders (5)
Recruit Brochures (20)
To My Hostess Envelopes (10)
Hostess Benefits Forms (10)
Project Sample Sheet
Hostess Brochures (20)
Customer Order Forms (50)
Stampin' Up! Logo Décor Elements


Stampin' Memories Add-On $50

119710 Brights Assorted Color Smooth Card Stock 12 x 12 OR Assorted Color Smooth Card Stock 12 x 12, $9.95 or less
120272 Sweet Shoppe Alphabet Lower Stamp Set OR Stamp Set $31.95 or less
118708 Celebrations Quick Accents OR any Quick Accents
117164 Celebrations Designer Series Paper OR any Designer Series Paper
119812 Green Leaf Printed Album 12 x 12 OR Album $22.95 or less

Definitely Decorative Add-On $40

118261 Love You Décor Stencil OR Stencil $14.95 or less
114115 Chocolate Manhattan Flower Décor Elements OR Décor Elements $23.95 or less
121019 Chalkboard Oval Labels Décor Elements (3) OR Décor Elements $5.95 or less
114893 Chocolate Flower Décor Elements OR Rose Red Flower Décor Elements (115161)

Please note: Stampin' Memories and Definitely Decorative Add-Ons must be ordered in conjunction with the starter kit.

Digital Studio + Starter Kit Contents:

Either kit ships for FREE!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Designer Series Paper & Ribbon Shares PLUS Free Stamp Set

If you've seen the new 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog (and if you're like me), you'll want a little of EVERYTHING! I'm offering these new products, the Designer Series Paper, and In Color Ribbon in a "share" fashion so that you can get your hands on these new products for a more affordable cost.

DESIGNER PAPER SHARES: There are 21 new Designer Series Paper packs in the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog on pages 172-175, including 4 Specialty packs and 5 Patterns packs.

Each paper share includes a 6" x 6" sampling of each pattern from each pack. $35, Shipping $5

RIBBON SHARE. This share includes 3 yards each of the new In Color 1/2" Stitched-Poly (Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Concord Crush & Poppy Parade).
$15, Shipping $5.00 or free with purchase of 1 DSP share.

HOW TO ORDER: Email me at Include your name, e-mail address, shipping address, phone number(s) and a detailed summary of your order. I will then send you a PayPal invoice via e-mail.

ORDER DUE DATE: Please place your order on or before Saturday, August 2nd, so that I can get the Designer Series Paper and Ribbon ordered, received, re-packaged and delivered to you before the middle of August.

SHIPPING: I will be using USPS Flat Rate shipping for the Designer Paper & Ribbon shares (U.S. only). To save on multiple share orders, see the following information:

* 1 DSP share: $5
* 1 or 2 Ribbon share: $5
* 2 or more DSP shares: $10
* 1 DSP share AND 1 or 2 Ribbon shares: $5
* 2 or more DSP shares AND up to 4 Ribbon shares: $10

The first 5 people to sign up for 1 DSP share AND 1 Ribbon share will also receive a FREE retired stamp set! A list of choices will be emailed to you upon request. If you have any questions or are ready to order, please email me at

Thanks for stopping by!