Quick and easy masculine birthday card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a quick and easy masculine themed birthday card featuring the Buffalo Check Background stamp and the Winter Woods stamp set! It’s always hard this time of year to make birthday cards when you are in the midst of your Christmas crafting, so I thought I would take a couple of popular stamp sets from the Holiday Catalog to make this card!

You will start with a card base in Early Espresso cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

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The base layer is Soft Suede cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and is stamped in Early Espresso ink with the Buffalo Check Background stamp:

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The additional elements for the front of the card is a 6” piece of Copper Trim, the sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous is heat embossed in Copper Emboss Powder on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out with the smallest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits, use the second smallest layering oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits to cut out the Copper Glimmer Paper, cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock at 3” x 3 ¾” and use the birch tree trunk stamp from Winter Woods stamp set in Early Espresso ink. I used my Stamparatus and the “hinge-step” technique for this and used my white watercolor pencil to slightly color the trunks so they stood out a little more on the cardstock:

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To assemble the card front, adhere the Crumb Cake cardstock to the Soft Suede base layer, adhere the Copper Trim across the bottom of the Crumb Cake cardstock, use liquid glue to adhere the layering ovals together, and then use a dimensional to adhere. TIP-I used Glue Dots to secure the trim to the front and back of the cardstock.:

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For the inside, the sentiment is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous and is heat embossed in Copper Emboss Powder. The pinecones are from Winter Woods and are stamped in Early Espresso ink:

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Wasn’t that quick and easy? It’s always fun to combine different stamps to create a great card! Have you been thinking about getting the Buffalo Check or Winter Woods sets? Then you will be happy to know that both of these sets are going to be carried over into the 2019 Occasions Catalog, along with a few other goodies from the 2018 Holiday Catalog! Yay!!

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New Years Blog Hop!

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Hello and welcome to the Stamp It Group’s New Year’s Theme Blog Hop! My name is Christina Miller, I’m an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Norfolk, Virginia, and you are visiting my blog, Christina’s Creative Corner! Whether this is your first stop on the blog hop or you have hopped on over from another site, thank you for letting me share my creation today! So, let’s get started!

While we send or give out cards for Christmas, what about New Year’s? Whether you are attending a New Year’s get-together, hosting a get-together, or maybe have other needs for a New Year’s card, what better way than to make one with shine and bling?

To start, use Thick Whisper White cardstock for your card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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You will need two pieces of Basic Black cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, one for the card front base layer and the other for the inside base layer:

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From the Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series, you will use this design, cut at 3 ¾” x 5”:

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For the front of the card, you will use the celebrate from the Celebrate You Thinlits to cut out one piece in Gold Glimmer Paper and another piece in Basic Black cardstock (you can use either of the base layers for this). The two balloons are punched out using the Balloon Bouquet Punch (smaller balloon) in Basic Black and Gold Foil Paper. I used the balloon fill-in stamp from Happy Birthday Gorgeous to heat emboss Black Emboss Powder on the gold balloon and Gold Emboss Powder on the black balloon. The gold balloon is tied off with Basic Black Baker’s Twine and the black balloon is tied off with Whisper White Baker’s Twine. I used the pennant from the Playful Pennants Framelits Dies in Basic Black cardstock and used the numbers from the Pick A Pennant stamp set, which are heat embossed in Gold Emboss Powder (I created a template for my Stamparatus to make stamping easier). The tassels from the framelits, which are cut out in Gold Foil Paper:

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To assemble the front of the card, adhere the two base layers to the card base, use your Fine Tip Glue Pen to layer the Basic Black celebrate to the back of the Gold Glimmer celebrate, and then adhere to the DSP.  I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the tassels to the pennant, trimming the ends, and then used Mini Dimensionals to adhere to the DSP. The balloons are then adhered with Dimensionals:

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For the inside sentiment, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3 ¾” x 5”, the sentiment from the Warm Hearted stamp set is stamped in Memento ink, and the accent stamps from the set are heat embossed in Gold Emboss Powder. This piece is adhered to the other piece of Basic Black cardstock and then adhered to the card base:

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What do you think?? Isn’t this a pretty easy card to make? Another great use for a New Year’s card, is that if you hand out cards to the service professionals in your life and maybe you aren’t going to see someone until after Christmas, well here you go! This would also come in handy if you need a non-traditional holiday card!

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Winner from last month’s Christmas Theme Blog Hop:

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Don’t forget to scroll down to leave your name and a comment with #stampitcontest and keep on hopping to the next name on the Blog Hop tour:

1. Tami White
2. Julie DeGuia
3. Luly Gonzalez
4. Pam Nichols
5. Tina Wardell
6. Christina Miller
7. Liz Holloway
8. Rachel Nichols
9. Rachael Rife
10. Danette Herera
11. Linda L Cullen
12. Gianna Melone-Sardella

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Gallery Grunge meets Butterfly Gala!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the Gallery Grunge stamp set and the new Butterfly Gala Bundle from the 2019 Occasions Catalog! What is in the Butterfly Gala Bundle? A super cute photopolymer stamp set and a coordinating punch! What I love about this set is that there are 4 butterfly designs that you can stamp and are made so that you punch them out perfectly! There are some very sweet sentiments and butterfly backgrounds to fill in the design, or you can color them in with your Stampin’ Blends. Today’s card is a great way to #makeacard and #sendacard to let a special someone know you are thinking of them, so let’s get started!

The card base is Gray Granite cardstock, cut at 4 ½” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

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The base layer is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I used the “plank floor” stamp from Gallery Grunge in Gray Granit ink to create a background:

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For the front of the card, I stamped this butterfly design on Whisper White cardstock in Memento ink. To get three butterflies, I stamped the whole image first and then inked up just the small butterfly again and stamped that towards the edge of the cardstock. The punch and the stamps have the big butterfly on the bottom and the small butterfly on top. I then colored the butterflies in with Light Petal Pink, Light Flirty Flamingo, and Light Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blends and then added a Wink of Stella, then punching out. The sentiment is in Gray Granite ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the second smallest oval die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. You will also need a 3” piece of Burlap Ribbon and 3 of the 5mm Pearls, which I colored with the Light Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blend:

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To assemble the card front, adhere the base layer to the card base. I first adhered the Burlap Ribbon with glue dots and then adhered the sentiment with dimensionals on top. I next adhered the butterflies with mini dimensionals and then added the colored pearls:

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The inside is Whisper White cardstock, which I stamped and colored the same butterflies as the front, also with some Wink of Stella. I left this blank so this can be used for any occasion it may be needed for:

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Do you decorate your envelopes? I sure do and for this envelope the same butterfly design and colors are used, along with Wink of Stella, to tie them all together. I love decorating the envelope, but I do keep it very simple and it will tie into what the card being sent is about:

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Another quick and easy card that is sure to put a smile on your recipient’s face! Remember, it doesn’t have to be a holiday or special occasion to send a card, #makeacard and #sendacard is a sweet way to brighten someone’s day!!

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Coloring with Stampin’ Blends

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the new stamp set Humming Along and the new 6” x 6” Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper from the 2019 Occasions Catalog! Not only is Humming Along a brand new “cling mount” * stamp set, but it also has coordinating dies. This is a beautiful set and a great way to get creative with Stampin’ Blends. If you don’t have any Stampin’ Blends and would like to try them, then this set would be a great way to start. Just simply pick out a few colors that you would use to start with and then slowly add a few more every time you order. I will admit that I was a little hesitant to color with the Stampin’ Blends at first, but there are so many great examples out there and the best way to really become “comfortable” is to stamp and color away! Today I am making a super easy card that you can make in a few minutes, so let’s get started!

The card base is Thick Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

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The base layer is Highland Heather cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼” and is embossed with the Subtle Dynamic TIEF:

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For the card front, I stamped the flower in Memento Ink on Whisper White cardstock and colored in with Light Granny Apple Green, Light Highland Heather, Light Daffodil Delight, and Light Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends. I used a piece of the Highland Heather Gingham Gala DSP, which I trimmed 1 ½” off one end, turned the paper, and cut that in half at 3”. If you cut the 1 ½” piece in half, you will have two pieces measuring ¾” x 6” and two pieces measuring 3” x 4 ½”, which you can make two cards from this piece of DSP. The ¾” x 6” piece will be for the inside of the card. You will also need enough Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon in Whisper White to go around the base layer and tie into a bow:

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To assemble the card front, adhere the DSP to the base layer at a slight angle, wrap the tulle ribbon around the base layer and tie into a bow, adhere the flower with dimensionals, and then adhere the completed piece to the card base:

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For the inside of the card, the sentiment from the set is stamped in Highland Heather ink, the leaves are stamped in Old Olive ink, colored in with Lemon Lime Twist Stampin’ Write Marker, added some Wink of Stella, and the ¾” piece of DSP is adhered along the bottom, trimming off the excess. If you notice, the inside piece has a smaller gingham pattern than the front piece, all of the DSP has one side in a big and one side in a small pattern:

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Wasn’t that quick and easy? I chose to use Light Granny Apple Green and Light Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends because they were the closest to Grapefruit Grove and Lemon Lime Twist, which are two of the colors besides Highland Heather, Daffodil, and Balmy Blue (which Balmy Blue is going to be available in the Occasions Catalog, along with Mossy Meadow) in the Gingham Gala DSP.

*What are Cling Mount Stamps? They are the rubber stamps, but Stampin’ Up! has developed a new film cling to place on top of the stamp. The old image film that are on the older stamps either curled or just didn’t stick very well to the clear blocks and I, like most, just didn’t bother using them. Well, the new ones work very, very well and if there is any TIP I can pass on is that you do need to be careful when peeling the stamp off the case or block, start at the smallest point (if possible), and use the spatula end of the Take Your Pick tool, it’s very useful!

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Get more use from the Tags & Tidings Bundle!

Hello and welcome to today’s cards, which features the Tags & Tidings Bundle! Every year I like to make Christmas tags and I also like to send a batch of tags to family, because who wouldn’t like to use a homemade tag on a gift?? My first thought is that this bundle will make it so much easier to make Christmas tags, there’s one stamp and one thinlit die to cut out the 16 images, and then I can use punches, dies, and even retired DSP to create super cute tags! Then I thought, what if I procrastinated, didn’t have time to place my order, was on a tight budget, or even was limiting myself to one Christmas Bundle?  Which would I choose that was versatile and unique? The Tags & Tidings Bundle is a great choice! So today, I am going to show you how I made 6 cards from this bundle.

To start, cut 3 sheets of Shaded Spruce cardstock cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”, for a total of 6 card bases:

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The base layer is Real Red cardstock, which I used two sheets to cut the 6 pieces at 4” x 5 ¼”. I then stamped this in Memento Ink and I highly suggest using your Stamparatus because this is a Photopolymer stamp and I had to stamp it a couple of times because some of the thicker lines didn’t pick up the ink completely the first time:

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I used a piece of 4” x 5 ½” Whisper White cardstock to stamp the image again in Memento Ink. I then colored in various images using Dark Real Red, Dark Shaded Spruce, Light Pool Party, Dark Pineapple Punch, and Light Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends. The images where then cut out using the Christmas Tags Thinlits Dies:

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I wanted to make half of the cards with Silver and the other half with Gold accents, so I used Gold and Silver Glimmer Paper to layer the tags on:

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The first set of tags I used the 1 1/8” 1 3/8” Scallop Circle Punches. The second set I used the Classic Label Punch, I just cut a piece of glimmer paper slightly larger than the tag for the other two, and then used the Detailed Trio Punch to round the corners on one. The third set I used the Banner Triple Punch. For the fourth set I used the Tailored Tag Punch, one just layered on the punched glimmer paper, one I used it to cut the corners to match the tag, and then for the other two, I punched out the glimmer paper, adhered the tag, and then just snipped the sides:

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For these two cards, I used the gold layered tags, adhered some Gold Metallic Thread to the back of two, and used some Gold Metallic Pearls. These are adhered to the base layer with dimensionals:
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These next two cards use the silver layered tags, Silver Metallic thread adhered to the back to two, and use Silver Metallic Pearls:

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These last two cards only have two tags instead of three, but you will still use the Metallic Thread and Pearls for accents:

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The inside of all six use stamps from Snowflake Sentiments, stamped in Real Red and Shaded Spruce inks:

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Once I figured out the best way to layer some of the tags, this was pretty easy to make. It is even possible to make 8 cards from this if you only use silver or gold (not both) to layer the tags or make 16 just using one tag on the card front. Another idea since this is a photopolymer stamp and pliable, is you can use one of the tags to create the background and then create a big tag for the front. A lot of possibilities for this bundle!

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To You & Yours-Paper Pumpkin Alternative p2

Hello and welcome to today’s cards, which are two more alternative ideas for the November 2018 Paper Pumpkin, To You & Yours. Both of these cards are very easy to make and you make two cards for the price of one! This is a great way to stretch out your Paper Pumpkin and incorporate just a few additional supplies. So, let’s get started!

For the card on the right, you will cut a piece of Garden Green cardstock at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and score at 4 ¼” for your card base:

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The base layer is actually the pre-cut and scored card base that I cut down to 4” x 5 ¼” and embossed with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF:

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The next layer is the Cherry Cobbler plaid layer, cut in half at 2 5/8”:

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For the front sentiment, you will use one of the circle vellum pieces, tie a piece of the Cherry Cobbler braided ribbon in a bow, two of the die cut pine boughs, the larger adhesive backed sequins, and the die cut square, stamping the sentiment in Garden Green ink and the star in Daffodil Delight ink:

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The vellum circle is adhered behind the sentiment, the pine boughs are adhered to the back, and the bow is adhered to the front, all with glue dots:

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This is then adhered to the plaid base and then I adhered a sequin in each corner:

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The embossed base layer is adhered to the card base and then the sentiment piece is adhered with dimensionals towards the bottom right corner:

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The inside sentiment is on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White cardstock, stamped in Garden Green and Daffodil Delight inks:

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For the card on the left, the base layer is Garden Green cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

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The base layer is the pre-cut and scored card base, cut down to 4” x 5 ¼” and stamped with the Buffalo Check background stamp in Memento ink:

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For the front of the card, you will need four of the pine boughs, one of the self-adhesive rectangles, one of the vellum rectangles, and the small banner with the sentiment stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink:

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You will adhere the pine boughs together with glue dots, fanning them out. This is then adhered to the rectangle, the vellum piece is adhered to the back of the sentiment, and then this piece is adhered with a dimensional on each end:

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The base layer is adhered to the card base, the sentiment piece is adhered to the base layer, and then I added three of the smaller adhesive backed sequins:

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The inside sentiment is on Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, in Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, and Daffodil Delight inks:

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If you don’t have the embossing folder or the background stamp, you can omit them or use what you have on hand. I hope you enjoy these easy alternatives and would love to see what you create with your Paper Pumpkin!

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Fun and easy Birthday card!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun and easy birthday card made with the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set and the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies. In case you have overlooked the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, it also coordinates with the Balloon Bouquet Punch, the Classic Label Punch, and the Happy Birthday Thinlits Dies! Having so many options with a stamp set makes it super easy to create with!

Before I created this card, I first started with the Brights 6” x 6” DSP, decided to use the Melon Mambo striped paper, chose my color combination, and went from there!

You will start with a card base in Smoky Slate cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is Powder Pink cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and embossed with the Striped Scallops TIEF:

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For the front of the card, you will first cut 1 ½” piece from the 6” x 6” DSP (it will be 1 ½” x 6”) and then cut the remaining 4 ½” x 6 at 3”, so you will then have to pieces measuring 3” x 4 ½”. You will use a piece of Silver Foil Sheet and Smokey Slate cardstock for the Celebrate Thinlit and use the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the two pieces together, sliding it slightly so the Smokey Slate cardstock is showing underneath. For the balloons, I used the balloon stamp from the set to stamp in Smokey Slate and Powder Pink inks on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and punched out. The bigger balloon is punched out of a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock. The sentiment is stamped in Smokey Slate and Melon Mambo inks on Whisper White cardstock and then punched out with the Classic Label Punch. For the balloon ribbon, I used some Silver and Whisper White Baker’s Twine that I tied in a knot:

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To assemble the front, I adhered the DSP to the embossed base layer and then adhered to the card base. I cut Mini Dimensionals in half to adhere the Celebrate on the DSP and then used Dimensionals for the balloons and sentiments:

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The inside sentiment is stamped in Smoky Slate ink and the flowers are stamped in Powder Pink, Melon Mambo, and Granny Apple Green inks. I cut the 1 ½” piece of DSP in half (¾” x 6”), adhered along the bottom, and then trimmed the excess off:

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Wasn’t that fun and easy?? I just love it when a seemingly “complicated” card is easy to make and with these instructions you can make two cards at once!

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Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog!

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!

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