Wonderfully Wicked Halloween!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is my first Halloween card of the year featuring the Wonderfully Wicked Bundle! I just love Halloween and for me, Halloween is the kick off to the holiday season! When I saw this bundle in the holiday catalog, I thought it was super cute and couldn’t wait to use it for this year’s Halloween cards!

The base layer is this design from the Mercury Glass Designer Acetate, cut at 4” x 5 ¼” (don’t forget to remove the protective film from the back):

For the card front you will need two of the branches from Seasonal Layers Dies and three of the spiders from the Wicked Dies in Black Foil Sheets:

For the wicked die, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 2” x 5” and use Dark Mango Melody, Light Granny Apple Green, and Dark Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends to color the cardstock and then cut out with the die. I then spritzed the cut out with a spritzer filled with rubbing alcohol and Champagne Shimmer Mist Paint:

To assemble:

1. Cut mini dimensionals in half to adhere the wicked to the acetate sheet.

2. Adhere the branches with a Fine Tip Glue Pen to the acetate sheet, trimming off any excess from the ends. I placed clear blocks on top to secure the branches in place while they dried.

3. The spiders are adhered to the branches with Black Mini Dimensionals.

This completed piece is adhered to a Basic Gray cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, stamp the spider web in Smoky Slate ink, stamp the spider in Memento Ink, use a Light Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blend to connect the web to the spider, and stamp the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape ink:

Wasn’t this a super cute and easy card to make?? If you do not have the Seasonal Layers Dies for the branch, you could easily cut a couple more spiders and make it look like they are crawling across the acetate! I did use Snail to adhere the acetate, put a small strip in each corner and then a strip in the middle behind the design, can’t even see it!!

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I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Father’s Day Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Stamp It Group’s Father’s Day 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 have hopped on over from another side, thank you for letting me share my creations today! So, let’s get started!

My Father’s Day card is featuring some oldies, but goodies, that will be retiring soon and is a fun way to use up what you have to make room for all the new products that will be available for purchase when the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog goes live on June 4th. For the card front, I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” and stamped it with the Buffalo Check background stamp in Blueberry Bushel ink, this will be your base layer:

In addition, you will need a strip of Blueberry Bushel cardstock cut at 2” x 5 ½”, from the Balmy Blue cardstock and Silver Foil Sheets you will cut the “celebrate” and “you” out, and I chose these three shades of the “grayer” wood DSP, punching out 3 each with the Tailored Tag Punch (for a total of 9):

Using liquid glue, I adhered the wood DSP to the Blueberry Bushel cardstock strip, starting with the darkest shade in the middle and then creating a “tiled” effect. You will have two pieces of the darkest shade left, which I cut in half and used for the corners. After this has dried (just a few minutes), I used scissors to trim any excess DSP from the cardstock strip:

Adhere the check cardstock base layer to a Blueberry Bushel cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”, then adhere the strip across the middle:

The “celebrate” and “you” cut outs are layered on top of each other, slightly off set, using the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere together, and then I used Mini Dimensionals, that I cut in half, to a adhere on top of the “wood” strip. I decided this needed a little something more, so I used three of the True Gentleman Buttons, threaded the Linen Thread through the holes to tie into a knot, and then adhered with Glue Dots to the base layer:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”. I used the Beach Happy stamp set to stamp the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel ink, the palm tree is stamped in Old Olive and Sahara Sand inks, and then used sponge daubers with Sahara Sand and Balmy Blue inks to create the sand and water around the palm tree:

Isn’t this a fun and easy masculine card to make for any occasion?? If you are like me and sometimes struggle with a more “masculine” card, it can be as easy as choosing two or three colors, DSP, and a punch or two with a simple sentiment!

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.

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

This month’s giveaway:

The winner from the Mother’s Day Theme Blog Hop is:

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

1. Tami White  
2. Pam Nichols  
3. Luly Gonzalez  
4. Kim Quade  
5. Lori Mueller  
6. Gigi Melone  
7. Christina Miller  
8. Tina Wardell  
9. Danette Herera  
10. Liz Holloway  
11. Dawn Seelhoff  
12. Rachael Rife  
13. Linda Cullen

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Magical Mermaid Birthday Card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the Magical Mermaid stamp set and (the retiring) Tranquil Textures Designer Paper! I will so miss this designer series paper, but then again, I always feel this way as the current catalog comes to an end and designer series papers retire! I am also very excited about all the new designer series paper from the upcoming Annual Catalog and cannot wait to get started creating with them to share with you all! Are you on the same merry-go-round ride with me?? Good! Lol

I first started with the mermaid stamp with VersaMark ink, heat embossed with silver emboss powder, colored the hair and body with the Bronze and Light Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends, and used a sponge dauber each to color the tail in Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron, and Tranquil Tide inks. I used my snips to fussy cut the mermaid and since the hair is a little tricky, I used the Bronze Stampin’ Blends to touch up any spots. **TIP-since the blends will smear the embossed image, I used light brush strokes to color the hair:

I used this design from the DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. First stamp the sand stamp in Sahara Sand ink along the bottom, stamp the sea weed stamp first in Soft Sea Foam ink and then use a sponge to apply the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint directly to the stamp and then stamp the image onto the DSP:

I also used the same technique for the spotted stamp to make it look like shimmery bubble in the water. After this dried (short wait), I used the Seaside TIEF on the stamped DSP:

Additionally, for the card front I stamped the sentiment on a piece of Whisper White cardstock in Night of Navy ink, used my fingers to tear the paper around the sentiment, and then used the Mint Macaron Sponge Dauber around the edge. I wanted to give this a “framed” look, so I cut a piece of Night of Navy cardstock at 3 ¾” x 5 1/8” and used the 2ndlargest Rectangle Stitched Framelit to cut out the middle: 

To assemble, I used my Fine Tip Glue Pen along the edges of the Night of Navy frame to adhere to the embossed DSP (I also place a couple of clear blocks on top to let the glue adhere for a minute) and then used dimensionals for the mermaid and the sentiment:

This is then adhered to a Mint Macaron cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside sentiment, on a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the sentiment in Night of Navy ink, stamp the sand along the bottom in Sahara Sand ink, and then stamp the sea weed stamp in Soft Sea Foam and Mint Macaron inks:

Easy to make for a stunning birthday card! I just love the added touch of shimmer with the shimmer paint! Never thought about applying the shimmer paint directly to the stamp? I would recommend first cleaning the stamp with a baby wipe or rinsing under the sink before cleaning with your Stampin’ Scrub. All products used today are carrying over, EXCEPT the DSP and the Tranquil Tide ink.

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.

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Create your own background with Glossy Cardstock!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun and easy way to use up your Glossy Cardstock! Do you struggle with ideas to use Glossy Cardstock or maybe it’s hidden away and forgotten about? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Lol Stampin’ Up! brought back Glossy Cardstock for a minute (or the current Annual Catalog) and I was so excited because I figured this would give me a chance to use it up! Well, that was an epic fail because the cardstock still sat on the shelf feeling unloved and going unused!! This brings me to today’s card and my fond farewell to this cardstock by creating a background using sponge brayers and ink pads. 

I thought the colored cardstock would go perfectly with the Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut Paper layered on top, so I chose colors that would coordinate with the Petal Pink side of the paper. Cut a piece of the Glossy Cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” and then use a sponge brayer to first color Blushing Bride ink along the bottom, Flirty Flamingo ink in the middle, and then Melon Mambo ink along the top. One sponge brayer was used for each color:

I used this edgelit die from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits, lining it up along the 5 ¼” side of the cardstock, I used a sticky note to keep it in place, ran the cardstock and die through the Big Shot, and then repeated the process for the other side:

To create the butterflies, I used my template for the Butterfly Duet Punch and used sponge daubers to color the middle Blushing Bride, then Flirty Flamingo ink, and then Melon Mambo ink on the outside. I then stamped the butterfly stamp in memento ink, placed the template back on top, and then stamped the body in memento ink. You will also need this design from the laser-cut paper and the sentiment is stamped in Melon Mambo ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the smallest oval Stitched Shapes Framelits:

The laser-cut paper is adhered to the glossy cardstock by using my Fine Tip Glue Pen, the sentiment is adhered with a dimensional, and the butterflies are adhered with a mini dimensional:

This completed piece is then adhered to a Melon Mambo cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, used the flower and butterfly stamp from Beauty Abounds in memento ink, colored in with a blender pen using Granny Apple Green, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, and Melon Mambo ink:

Easy background to make with Glossy Cardstock! I even could have used it for the butterflies and sentiment! Just goes to show you that even I automatically go to regular cardstock instead of the glossy! If you do not have the laser-cut paper, you can also just stamp the butterflies directly on to the Glossy Cardstock! The Glossy Cardstock and Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut Paper will not be carrying over to the next Annual Catalog, so they will only be available while supplies last.

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.

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Simple Special Celebrations Card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which featuring the Special Celebrations stamp set! Whether you are making a card for an upcoming wedding, or even an anniversary, this quick and easy card will surely mean the world to the recipient! I chose to pair this stamp set with All My Love DSP and Be Mine Stitched Shapes Framelits to show you not only how to use up your DSP, but also to combine products you may not have thought about!

For the card front, start with Lovely Lipstick cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, this design from All My Love DSP, cut at 3 ¾” x 5”, and Vellum cardstock, cut at 3 ½” x 4 ¾”:

You will also use about 4 ¼” of the Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon, this heart die cut out of Lovely Lipstick cardstock, and a ¾” piece of Whisper White cardstock, the sentiment heat embossed in silver, and then the ends punched with the Banner Triple Punch:

To assemble the card front, I first positioned the Vellum cardstock on the DSP, used blocks to keep in place, and then placed some adhesive in the middle of the ribbon to adhere to the Vellum cardstock:

I then used some liquid glue (or you can use snail) on the back of the Vellum cardstock behind the ribbon, place on the DSP, and then adhere the ends of the ribbon to the back of the DSP:

I then used liquid glue (or if you have the adhesive sheets, place that on the back of the cardstock before cutting with the die) to adhere the die cut heart on top of the ribbon and DSP, place mini dimensionals at the end of the sentiment (this will also help secure the die cut heart to the vellum), and then adhere this completed piece to the Lovely Lipstick cardstock base layer:

This completed card front will be adhered to a Whisper White cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside, I cut another piece of Lovely Lipstick cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3 ¾” x 5” to layer on top, and then heat embossed the sentiment in silver embossing powder. I decided to use the rose die from the set in Lovely Lipstick cardstock and adhered to the bottom corner:

Stunning but easy card to make! You can easily change this DSP up or even “create your own” DSP using the Forever Lovely stamp set to customize your colors! All the products used for this card are carrying over to the new catalog, EXCEPT the All My Love DSP, this is on the retirement list and is only available while supplies last.

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.

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Thinking of you with Rooted in Nature

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a great card featuring the Nature’s Poem Suite! This really is a perfect greeting for just about any occasion. I am happy to say that except for the Designer Series Paper and the cardstock pack, this suite is carrying over to the new catalog! This really is beautiful and versatile designer series paper and I will be sad to see it go at the end of this catalog! 

One of my favorite things to do with the tree trunk from the stamp set is to color it with daubers and then fussy cut it out. I first use a sponge dauber with Crumb Cake ink and color it all over, I then use another sponge dauber with Soft Suede ink around the outside of the tree trunk, and finally use my snips to cut out. After this, I use the sponge dauber with Soft Suede ink and go around the edge, which not only blends into the stamped image, but hides any mistakes you made. For today’s card, I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed White Embossing Powder:

Additionally for the front of the card, you will need this design from the DSP cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, a 1” x 4” piece of Copper Foil Sheet embossed with the Climbing Vine TIEF, one of the copper Leaves Trinkets, and I created this little “knot” with the Nature’s Twine by “folding” the twine over about three times, tied the end piece around the middle into a knot, cut the end piece apart, and then then just used my finger tips to fray the ends:

To assemble the card front, I first adhered the embossed Copper Foil Sheet, adhered the sentiment piece with dimensionals, adhered the knotted twine and the trinket with glue dots:

This piece is then adhered to a 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”, Tranquil Tide cardstock card base:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” and then I adhered a ¾” x 4” piece of the DSP along the side. Typically, when you cut DSP you will have a 1 ½” x 4” piece left over and I will cut that in half so I have two pieces to use for the inside of my card:

Wasn’t this a fun and easy card to make? I chose to leave the inside blank, then this way I can use it for any reason, just have to stamp the sentiment! As I am writing, the DSP and cardstock pack are still available from my online store, but this will be only while supplies last since they are on the retirement list. The stamp set, dies, twine, and trinkets are carrying over into the new catalog, however, the discounted bundle for the stamp and dies are not. 

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.

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Abstract Impressions Easel Card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun and easy easel card featuring the Abstract Impressions Suite! Making an easel card is a fun way to change things up from your typical card and who doesn’t love to make a fun fold card? I also thought I would change up the vellum cardstock by coloring it with a sponge brayer before I used the butterfly die!

To create the card base, I used Shaded Spruce cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½” and at 2 ¾”. I also cut another piece of Shaded Spruce cardstock at 4 ¼” x 5 ½”, which will be your card front layer:

I used this design from the Garden Impression DSP, first cutting 1 ½” off one side (which I cut in half at ¾”) and then turned the DSP to the 6” side and cut that in half at 3”. This will give you two pieces measuring 3” x 4 ½” and two pieces measuring ¾” x 6”:

I cut a piece of Powder Pink cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” and embossed it with the Garden Trellis TIEF. I cut a piece of Vellum cardstock at 3 ½” x 4”, colored it with Powder Pink ink and a Sponge Brayer:

For the rest of the card front, you will need one piece of the DSP, a piece of Shaded Spruce ribbon (from the Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack) long enough to go across the DSP (about 4”), stamp the sentiment in Shaded Spruce ink on Whisper White cardstock, punching this out with the Everyday Label Punch and punch a piece out of the Silver Foil sheet (cut this in half to layer underneath the sentiment), and then use the butterfly die on the colored Vellum cardstock:

I first adhered the ribbon across the DSP, layered the Silver Foil sheet underneath the stamped sentiment, and this is adhered with dimensionals:

I used three of the 4mm Pearl Basic Jewels on the body of the butterfly and then placed Glue Dots underneath the pearls to adhere the butterfly to the DSP:

This is then adhered to the embossed cardstock and then this is adhered to the base layer:

To adhere the completed card front piece to the card front, burnish the card front at the score lines and then place adhesive on the bottom scored half. Here is a side view of the card:

For the inside sentiment, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” and then adhere the ¾” strip of DSP along the bottom, trimming off any excess. The sentiment is stamped in Shaded Spruce ink on Whisper White cardstock, cut out with the smallest Layering Ovals Framelit, and then layered on a piece of Silver Foil sheet, which is cut out with the smallest scalloped Layering Ovals Framelit. The sentiment pieces is adhered just above the DSP with dimensionals, which will keep the card front in place, creating the easel:

Wasn’t this a fun card to make? You could actually make two cards at the same time since the DSP is cut for two cards. If you like the DSP, ribbon, embossing folder, or the Powder Pink ink and cardstock, you will want to order this now since they are all on the retirement list and are only available while supplies last thru June 3rd. The Abstract Impression stamp set and Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies are going to carry over to the new annual catalog, but the discounted bundle price will not and will have to be purchased separately.

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! 

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I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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