Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Thinking of You ~ TESC 126

The Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #126
was the inspiration for my card today. I used the darling butterfly image from the Taylored Expressions Garden Party Critters for the sweet trio focal point.

The colors came together easily by using some of the fabulous new patterned paper in my Tayored Expressions August Key Ingredients kit. Instead of using ribbon tied in a bow, I added the blooms across the card front for some added interest...and if you look closely there are some pink Taylor's Tiny Twinkles on the butterfly bodies.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Garden Party Critters (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: cardstock & patterned paper (Taylored Expressions August Key Ingredients)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Momento), Copics
Other: Scallop Edge & 1 1/4" Circle Punches (Stampin' Up!), Blooms & Taylor's Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions)

Monday, August 30, 2010

From our Home to Yours ~ 2 Sketches 4 You

Happy Monday, folks! Kazan's sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You is up and running! Our sponsor this week is Paper Make-up Stamps...I got to use this cute little Cottage image. After coloring the image with Copics, I cut it by hand and mounted it over some Woodland Park Designer Series Paper. A short strip of DSP was folded accordian-style and adhered under the cottage to mimic a stairway or pathway.

As you can see, sketches can sometimes work great after flipping them, too. I turned the sketch to allow for a wider landscape for this darling Cottage image. Head on over to 2 Sketches 4 You to check out the other designers' samples and play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week:)

Stamps: Cottage (Paper Make-up), Bella's Bloom
Paper: Woodland Park DSP, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Very Vanilla CS
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Momento), Copics
Other: Rhinestones & Sparklers (Taylored Expressions), Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Curtain Call Color Challenge: {ACT 44} Show Stoppers PLUS Curtain Call Crew & September Guest Designer Announcements

The LEAD for Curtain Call Color Challenge: {ACT 44} is Wanda G at A Blog Called Wanda with this darling design! She has not one, but three beauties for the Curtain Call this week...you must go check them out:)

The Top 5 Show Stoppers this week are...

Debby at Lime Doodle

Karen Thomas at Luv to Stamp

Karen Giron at The Sweetest Thing

Erica Cerwin at Pink Buckaroo Designs

Jenn Picard at A New Ink on Life

Thanks, ladies, for sharing your wonderful talent with us this week for Curtain Call Color Challenge: {ACT 44}. Enjoy your badges!

It's hard to believe that 6 months has passed since I introduced the first Curtain Call Crew! A HUGE thanks to Amy White, Andrea Roose, Iwona (Chupa) Palamountain, Julie Smith, Lea Lawson, Marisa Ritzen, Melissa Hubert, Shelley Germann and Sue Kohler for a fantastic term and to Christina MacLaren, Silke Ledlow and Teresa Kline for guest designing at the Curtain Call this summer! You gals ROCK! Can't wait to share the stage with you one more time tomorrow:)

Curtain Call Crew & September Guest Designer Announcement

I'm so excited to announce the brand-new Curtain Call Crew and September Guest Designer that will debut next week with Curtain Call Color Challenge: {ACT 45}.

Christina MacLaren at Seaglass & Sentiments
Jean Martin at Stampin' Scrapper
Julie Lacey at Stamps & Taxes
Laurel Seabrook at Seabrook Designs
Makiko Jones at MakInk Studio
Monika Davis at M.A.D. Stamper
Piali Biswas at Touch of Creation
Silke Ledlow at My Life
Teresa Kline at Enjoy the VA Sunshine

and September Guest Designer, Vicki Dutcher at All I Do is Stamp.

Get excited!...and ready for a brand-new color challenge tomorrow morning! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Laura's Birthday Blog Hop

Happy birthday, Miss Laura! We couldn't wait to celebrate with you today!!!

Our FABULOUS sketch designer, Laura Davis, from 2 Sketches 4 You is the guest of honor for our blog hop today:)

I got a little birthday inspiration from Arielle's ColourQ Challenge #47 using Poppy Parade, Bermuda Bay, More Mustard, Basic Gray & Whisper White... and Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #88.

The sentiment may be difficult to read...it says "HAPPY BIRTHDAY...call me when it's time for cake!" Love that! This sentiment is part of a darling set called Afterthoughts. I inked up the little flower and stamped it three alternating colors using the trusty Stamp-a-majig. The patterned paper is from the new Pawsitively Prints II, and the old Autumn Meadows DSP.

Stamps: Afterthoughts
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Poppy Parade, More Mustard, Whisper White CS, Pawsitively Prints II & Autumn Meadows DSP
Ink: Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Poppy Parade & More Mustard
Other: Scallop Trim Punch, Stamp-a-majig, Rhinestones, Filigree Flower Brads, Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon

Hope you like the card I made for Laura...and have fun celebrating with us today!

If you haven't already done so, go check out what the other 2 Sketches 4 You designers created for Laura's birthday!




Kelly Marie



Stacey (that's ME!)

and make sure to stop by to wish Laura a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Curtain Call Color Challenge: {ACT 44}

A new Curtain Call Color Challenge is posted every Sunday! This posting will remain at the top of the page until the challenge closes on Friday night. Please scroll down to see updates through the week:)

It has been incredibly HOT in the midwest the past week or so! With school starting in this kind of heat, it really makes you want to get back to the pool:) This photo, Color Your Summer at Hostess with the Mostess, seemed to be the perfect inspiration to celebrate the joys of summer one more time before the busy school schedules and the fall season sets in.

To participate in the Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 44...

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 44 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, August 27th before midnight (CST) to enter your Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 44 project.

Join us for the Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 44 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!

Happy Thoughts Make Happy Days...

I inked up this darling stamp set, Apple Blossoms, and stamped the whimsical branch in all three of the Curtain Call colors, Tempting Turquoise, Poppy Parade, and Daffodil Delight. What a happy combination it makes! After adding a few rhinestones and Poppy Parade Poly Twill, this card was finished with ease.

Stamps: Apple Blossoms
Paper: Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White CS, Island Oasis DSP
Ink: Black Stazon, Poppy Parade, Tempting Turquoise & Daffodil Delight
Other: Eyelet Border Punch, Poppy Parade Poly Twill ribbon, Rhinestones

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 
our fabulous Guest Designer for August...Teresa Kline at Enjoy the VA Sunshine.

...then play along with us and post your Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 44 creation using Mr. Linky back here at Stacey's Stamping Stage.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fan Mail ~ Create with Connie & Mary #113

I combined the Create with Connie & Mary Thursday Challenge #113 with Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #82 for this card today.

I love the colors from the inspiration cake...I used Poppy Parade, Marina Mist & Daffodil Delight as my red, blue and yellow shades! The Puns from the Past stamp set is one on my shelf that seemed to work for the "oldies" theme. Karen's sketch was a PERFECT one to showcase these "rockin" colors and vintage image.

Hope you'll join us over at Create with Connie & Mary for a "Rockin' Oldies" theme with CCMC113! Have a goodie:)

Stamps: Puns from the Past
Paper: Marina Mist, Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White CS, Pawsitively Prints II DSP
Ink: Black Stazon
Other: Marina Mist Grosgrain, Mat Pack & Paper Piercing Tool, Jumbo Brads, Corner Rounder & Scallop Edge Punches, Circle/Scallop Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Discover Your Wings ~ TE Blast from the Past Blog Hop

It's time for a fun new "Blast from the Past" Taylored Expressions blog hop!

Sankari Wegman designed a brand-new sketch for the blog hop today, too!

I used the Discover Your Wings stamp set, which was the very first TE set I owned. I paired it up with some yummy new papers and ribbon from the TE August Key Ingredients kit.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great time on the blog hop today:)


Stamps: Discover Your Wings (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: cardstock & patterned paper (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Other: Scallop Punch, ribbon, button, Taylor's Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions), Linen Thread, Vintage Brads (Stampin' Up!), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Take Note ~ 2 Sketches 4 You

Happy Monday! Laura's Sketch #59 over at 2 Sketches 4 You is up and running! I chose to paper piece some of that fabulously gorgeous Love Letter DSP and as my color and theme inspiration! How gorgeous is that Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Crumb Cake & Very Vanilla color combo?

The images are from the coordinating Notably Ornate stamp set! The bird, sentiments, as well as the filigree note were all heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder.

Hope you have a chance to join us for the sketchy fun over at 2 Sketches 4 You! Have a great week, folks:)

Stamps: Notably Ornate
Paper: Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla CS, Love Letter DSP
Ink: Versamark
Other: Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Scallop Trim punch, Wide Oval punch, Crocheted Trim