Mirror, mirror….

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a super cute and fun Halloween card featuring Mercury Glass Designer Acetate sheets and the Hand-Lettered Prose Dies! When I first saw the Mercury Glass Acetate sheets in the 2019 Holiday Catalog, the “cracked” design immediately made me think of a “cracked mirror” that would be perfect for a Halloween card! Since the letters from the Hand-Lettered Prose Dies are small, spelling out the word “mirror” is a fun added touch!

The base layer is Granny Apple Green cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I stamped the Crackle Paint background stamp in Versamark and then heat embossed with Silver Emboss Powder:

For the card front:

1. Use the Hand-Lettered Prose Dies to cut out the word “mirror” twice in Gorgeous Grape cardstock.

2. Use the spider die from the Wicked Dies to cut out 3 spiders from the Black Foil Sheets. For the middle of the spider, adhere the small frosted droplet from the Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets.

3. To create the mirror, use the largest oval from the Stitched Shapes dies from the Black Foil Sheets. Use the third largest oval from the Layering Ovals Dies from the Mercury Glass Acetate sheet in the “cracked” design.

To adhere the die cut letters, use the Black Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, cut in half. TIP-for the dot of the “i”, cut a mini dimensional into a ¼ and it will fit the dot. I first started at the edge of the base layer cardstock to adhere the M and the R, then worked inward to adhere the letters. HAVE FUN with this, they do not have to line up perfectly!

I used Snail to adhere the Mercury Glass Acetate oval to the Black Foil Oval and then used liquid glue on the back of the “mirror” to adhere in the middle. Since you are “sliding” the mirror into place, using liquid glue allows you to move the mirror into place and under the letters. I then used black mini dimensionals to adhere the spiders:

Adhere the completed card front base layer to a Basic Black cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside sentiment, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”. The spider web is stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Silver Emboss powder and the spider and sentiment are stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Black Shimmer Emboss Powder. I used a Black Stampin’ Write Marker to create the web line to the spider:

Isn’t this a super cute Halloween card?? I just love the Hand-Lettered Prose Dies and that you can spell out words to create a unique card! The new Black Stampin’ Dimensionals are great to use on your darker cardstock, don’t forget to add those to your shopping list!

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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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Sail in the direction of your dreams!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun and quick card featuring the Come Sail Away Suite! I just love the sentiments from the Come Sail Away stamp set and the sentiment I chose for today’s card is really a versatile and could be used for several occasions. I thought it would also be fun to incorporate the net die from Under the Sea to give the card front just a little added texture!

The base layer is this design from the Come Sail Away DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

Additionally, for the card front you will need:

1. Stamp the lighthouse in Night of Navy ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the coordinating die.

2. Use the net die from Under the Sea on Sahara Sand cardstock.
3. Stamp the compass in Night of Navy ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the 1 ½” Circle Punch.

3. Stamp the sentiment in Sahara Sand ink on Whisper White cardstock and punch out with the 1 ½” Circle Punch.

4. Use the sentiment die from Smooth Sailing to cut out a piece in Night of Navy cardstock.

5. Use Silver Foil to cut out the two compass direction arrows.

6. One silver brad in the smallest size.

Layer the two compass arrows together with the Fine Tip Glue Pen and then use the pierce end of the Take You Pick tool to poke a hole in the middle (for your brad) on your pierce mat:

I used my Fine Tip Glue Pen to place glue on certain spots along the back of the net to adhere to the base layer:

I then used my Multipurpose Glue to adhere the compass and lighthouse on top of the net. The sentiment is adhered to the layering piece and then adhered with dimensionals:

The base layer is then adhered to a Seaside Spray cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”. At this point I felt that something should be added, so I used the Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker’s twine for the bow. I used 18” of twine, folded into three 6” pieces, tied into a bow, trimmed the ends, and adhered with Multipurpose Glue:

The inside is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and I adhered a ¾” x 4” of coordinating cardstock along the bottom:

Since this is what I consider a versatile card, I opted not to include an inside sentiment at this time, but save for I choose to use it for. This really is a simple card to make, but I feel that the compass arrows in silver foil, the silver brad, and bow give it just a little extra touch!

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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Halloween & Fall Theme Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Stamp It Group’s Halloween Theme Blog Hop! My name is Christina Miller and you are visiting my blog, Christina’s Creative Corner! Whether this is your first stop on the blog hop or have hopped over from another blog, thank you for letting me share my creation with you today, so let’s get started!

For me, Halloween is the kick off for Holiday cards and crafts! This year’s Holiday Catalog has some super cool products that are just perfect for Halloween! I chose to use The Raven stamp set, Monster Bash Enamel Shapes, and the Stylish Scroll Embossing folder for my card that I’m sharing with you today.

The base layer is Basic Black cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and embossed with the Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder:

I wanted to give the embossed cardstock an “aged” look, so I lightly took my Versamark pad across the raised side of the cardstock and then sprinkled Gold Emboss Powder across. Before I heat set it, I took a small paint brush that I have a went around brushing off any embossing powder that was in the middle of the scrolls, I then heat set the powder, and lightly used a small nail buffer block to buff down the embossing powder so it was not so shiny and ruffed up the edges with my Paper Snips:

To create the “spooky sky”:

1. Cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 2 ¼” x 5”.

2. Create a mask for the moon with the 2” Circle Punch and color lightly in with a Sponge Dauber and Pineapple Punch ink:

3. I used my Stampartus to stamp the tree branch with Memento Ink twice so I would have a good stamped image.

4. I used the negative mask from the punch to cover the moon and then used a Sponge Dauber with Gray Granite ink to color in the sky, dark around the edges and lighter in the middle.

5. Create another mask with the Pretty Label Punch to create the clouds and then remove the mask over the moon, using any ink already on the Sponge Dauber lightly around the moon.

To complete the “spooky sky”, the sentiment is heat embossed with Shimmer Black Embossing Powder and then I added three of the crows from the enamel shapes to the tree branch:

I used my snips to rough up the edges of this piece, adhered with black dimensionals to the embossed base layer, and then adhered to a Basic Gray cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

The inside sentiment is on Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, the sentiment and feathers are both heat embossed with Shimmer Black Emboss Powder. Then use a Stampin’ Sponge with Gray Granite ink around the edges:

So, are you spooked?? Lol The Raven stamp set and Wonderfully Wicked Bundle are both a must for my Halloween cards and crafts, what are you most excited to create with?

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 last month’s Fall Theme Blog Hop is:

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

1. Tami White – USA  
2. Luly Gonzalez  
3. Tina Wardell  
4. Christina Miller  
5. Dawn Seelhoff  
6. Pam Nichols  
7. Gianna Melone  
8. Kim Quade  
9. Karen Page  
10. Danette Herrera  
11. SHANNON LORENZ HATCH  
12. Rachael Rife

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Color Royal Peacock your way!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is pretty and easy to create featuring the Royal Peacock Bundle! I will admit that every time I sit at my desk with this stamp set I will get on Google to find pictures and inspiration of real peacocks. You will find several color inspirations, which the first one I started out with used Lovely Lipstick, Highland Heather, and Old Olive, but I just wasn’t happy with the end result. So, I put my computer away, set the colorful peacock aside, and started over with a blank piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. 

Since the male is the colorful one, I decided to make a “female version” using Gray Granite as the base color, heat embossed the accent stamp with Silver Emboss Powder, and used Light Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends just to give her a bit of color. For these two stamps, I highly recommend using your Stamparatus to get a good alignment with the accent stamp:

The base layer is a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Pretty Peacock Foil Sheet and is embossed with the Beads & Baubles Embossing Folder:

For the rest of the card front your will need:

1. The stamped peacock cut out with the coordinating die and I added a small Pretty Peacock rhinestone from the Noble Peacock Rhinestones for the eye.

2. Two strips of the Scalloped Laced Trim and Braided Linen Trim, cut at different lengths.

3. A piece of Gray Granite cardstock cut out with the third largest Layering Ovals Dies and embossed with the Beads & Baubles EF. Tip-Before embossing, I placed the EF on top of the embossed foil sheet, lined up the cardstock to where I was going to place it, and then embossed. This gives the cardstock and the foil sheet a fluid look when layered.

I used some snail on the back of the embossed oval cardstock to adhere the trim pieces and then placed dimensionals on top. This is then adhered to the base layer:

Adhere the peacock on top of the embossed oval cardstock and then adhere this complete piece to a Gray Granite cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

The inside sentiment is on a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, stamped in Pretty Peacock ink, and the flowers are stamped in Gray Granite ink:

So, what do you think of this “alternative coloring” for this peacock? I am much happier with this version and feel that the peacock still stands out against the foil sheet. I know that peacock’s have very distinct colors, so I may try something a little outside of the that color box on a future project.

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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Fun and bright birthday card!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun and quick birthday card featuring Itty Bitty Birthdays and Birthday Backgrounds stamp sets! What I love about the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set is that you have a variety of sentiments that you can easily coordinate with other products to create a fun birthday card. But, today I set out to make a quick card that you can easily make in a few minutes or make several of and just change the colors to have a stack on hand! 

The base layer is Whisper White cardstock cut at 4” x 5 ¼”and I chose four of the sentiments to create the background. I first stamped the sentiment in Pineapple Punch ink and then layered the sentiment on top in either Blueberry Bushel or Granny Apple Green inks. These are stamped slightly off, so there is no need to worry about lining them up just right:

For the rest of the card front you will need:

1. Granny Apple Green cardstock cut at 3” x 3”.

2. Whisper White cardstock cut at 2 ¾” x 2 ¾” to layer on top of the Granny Apple Green cardstock. The background is created by stamping the streamers in Granny Apple Green and confetti in Pineapple Punch inks.

3. Cut a piece of Pineapple Punch cardstock with the fourth smallest Stitched Nested Labels Die.

4. Stamp the sentiment on Whisper White cardstock in Blueberry Bushel ink and cut out with the third smallest Stitched Nested Labels Die. This will be layered on top of the Pineapple Punch cardstock piece.

5. Two of the silver Candle Embellishments.

Adhere the two layering square pieces together and then adhere to the stamped base cardstock:

Adhere the two stitched nested pieces together and then adhere in the middle of the square pieces with dimensionals:

This completed piece is then adhered to a Blueberry Bushel cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”. Then adhere the two Candle Embellishments:

The inside sentiment is on Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamped in Blueberry Bushel ink, the streamers are in Granny Apple Green ink, and the confetti is in Pineapple Punch ink:

Very quick and very easy! I know that some can “struggle” to make a more masculine card, but if you just use a basic stamp set and bright colors, you have a masculine type card. If you do not have the Stitched Nested Labels Dies, you can easily use a punch, or even just cut the sentiment and layering cardstock like I did with the square layering pieces. The added Candle Embellishments give it just that little added touch or you can also use adhesive backed sequins or enamel dots instead.

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 watercolor background!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the new Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper! You may have noticed that among some of the product changes in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, there is new watercolor paper. While I do still have some of the previous watercolor paper, I purchased a pack of the new paper so I can see for myself and share it with you. For starters, the new paper is 5” x 7” and comes with 10 sheets and the old paper is 6” x 9” and comes with 5 sheets, so slightly smaller, but more paper. Texture and color-the old paper has a distinct texture, whereas the new is very subtle and a bit smoother, but the color is pretty much the same. The new paper doesn’t feel as “stiff” as the old paper, but definitely is easy to color with using an Aqua Painter and Stampin’ Blends, which I used for today’s card. 

The one difference with the new paper, is that in order to get a “crisp and clean” stamped image, I had to use my Stampin’ Pierce Mat under the paper. I do have a large mat under my grid paper when I stamp so I don’t always have to use my pierce mat for photopolymer stamps, but using the pierce mat definitely made a difference! 

The bottom two flowers are stamped with the Stampin’ Pierce Mat behind the watercolor paper, the top three are stamped with the craft mat that I have on my desk.

The base layer is the Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I used the large flower from Floral Essence in Smoky Slate and cut two additional images to create a mask so that the stamped flowers did not overlap onto each other:

I then used the small leaf stamp to fill in some of the space around the flowers:

I found it easiest to use a drop of refill ink for coloring, you can either use a clear block or place a drop of ink in the lid of the stamp pad (of the same color of course!)

1. Use the medium tip brush to color in the lines of the petals with Flirty Flamingo and Blackberry Bliss inks and to color in the centers with Daffodil Delight ink,

2. Use the large tip brush to fill in the flowers with Flirty Flamingo lines with Petal Pink ink and fill in the flowers with Blackberry Bliss lines with Highland Heather ink.

3. Use the medium tip brush to color in the leaves with Granny Apple Green ink.

4. Color the background around the flowers and leaves in with Light Soft Sea Foam ink.

5. Use a Blender Pen with Craft White ink around the outline of the flowers. Tip-I have a pen that one side is designated just for craft ink.

I wanted to see if I could give the paper a little more texture, so I embossed it with the Subtle EF, but after the ink completely dried:

For the rest of the card front you will need:

1. Enough Silver Metal Thread to wrap around your hand five times, this will go behind the sentiment.

2. Stamp the sentiment in Smoky Slate ink on Whisper White cardstock, cut out with the Story Label Punch, and then punch out another piece in Silver Foil, cut in half, to layer behind the sentiment.

Adhere the Silver Foil layer behind the sentiment, place some additional adhesive on the back, and then wrap and twist the thread behind the sentiment:

The sentiment piece is adhered to the base layer with dimensionals and then this completed piece is adhered to a Smoky Slate cardstock card base cut at 4 ¼”x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

The inside sentiment is stamped on Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, in Smoky Slate ink. The flowers are stamped in the corner with Smoky Slate ink and I used one of the masks to layer the flowers. I colored these in with Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Petal Pink, Dark Flirty Flamingo, Dark Blackberry Bliss, and Light Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends, to tie into the colors on the card front:

Isn’t this a fun way to create your own background?? I really enjoyed my first time using the new Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper and will definitely try another project using Watercolor Pencils to share with you all!

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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Time to celebrate!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun and light celebratory card made with a few products that you may not have thought to combine! I just love how you can create whatever color flowers you want with the Floral Essence stamp set, so combining them with the Garden Lane DSP was so easy! I also gave the leaves a different look by stamping them in Frost White Shimmer Paint before punching them out!

The base layer is this design from the Garden Lane DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

For the card front you will need:

1. Two big and two small flowers stamped in Soft Sea Foam ink, the centers stamped in Mossy Meadow ink, and fussy cut out.

2. The sentiment stamped in Mossy Meadow ink on a 1” x 4” piece of Whisper White cardstock, one end punched with the Delightful Tag Topper punch and the other end with the Banner Triple Punch.

3. Cut a 1 ½” x 4 ¼” piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock with both ends punched the same as the sentiment piece to layer underneath.

4. Stamp the leaf on Mossy Meadow cardstock five times with Frost White Shimmer Paint, let dry, and punch out with the coordinating punch. Tip-use a craft sheet to pour a drop of the shimmer paint (it’s a big drop) and then lightly tap the stamp to get the paint on it and stamp off before stamping on cardstock to get any excess paint off. I wiped the stamp with a baby wipe and ran under water to rinse, then cleaned as normal:

To assemble:

1. Adhere the layered sentiment piece to the middle of the DSP base layer.

2. Adhere one of the big flowers with two of the leaves to the top corner of the sentiment and then adhere one leave to the small flower, adhering this with a dimensional next to the big flower.

3. Adhere the other big flower with one leaf to the bottom corner of the sentiment and adhere the other small flower with the leaf below the big flower with a dimensional:

This completed piece is adhered to a Sahara Sand cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”. I decided to add some Wink of Stella to the flower centers, it’s a little hard to see it:

The inside sentiment is on Whisper White cardstock, stamped in Mossy Meadow ink, and adhere a ½” x 5 ¼” strip of coordinating DSP along the bottom:

I just love how the leaves look on the cardstock stamped in shimmer paint! If the shimmer paint is taking a bit to dry, you can always help it along with your heat tool, just be careful! This card really is versatile, can be used for any celebration!

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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Leaf Punch

 

 

Snail Adhesive

 

 

Paper Snips