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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Soft and subtle with Butterfly Gala and All My Love DSP

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a beautiful soft and subtle card made with the Butterfly Gala Bundle and the All My Love Designer Series Paper! I originally purchased the All My Love DSP for my Valentine’s cards and of course I have a lot of this beautiful DSP leftover, so I decided to combine one of the designs with the Butterfly Gala Bundle to show you a beautiful alternative! 

I first started with a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Soft Sea Foam cardstock, embossed with the Tufted DTIEF and this design from the All My Love DSP, cut at 3 ½” x 4 ¾”:

Additionally, for the card front I heat embossed the sentiment from Butterfly Gala stamp set in white embossing powder on Soft Sea Foam cardstock, cutting out with the smallest Layering Oval Framelit, and then I used one of the Stitched Labels Framelit to cut out in Flirty Flamingo cardstock to layer the sentiment on. I heat embossed two small and one large butterfly on Vellum cardstock with white embossing powder and then used the coordinating Butterfly Duet Punch to punch them out:

Adhere the DSP to the embossed cardstock base layer, adhere the layered sentiment piece, and then adhere the butterflies. TIP-I used a small piece of Foam Adhesive Strip to adhere the butterflies:

This piece is then adhered to a 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”, Flirty Flamingo cardstock card base and I added three Pearl Basic Jewels:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4 “x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Flirty Flamingo ink, stamp the solid stamp for the butterfly wings and body in Soft Sea Foam ink and then stamp the wing outline in Flirty Flamingo ink. I stamped the antennae in both inks, you can choose which one you like to use:

I just love the color combo of Flirty Flamingo and Soft Sea Foam together! This is a beautiful card that you can simple change the sentiment for the card occasion!

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!  

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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Feel better soon

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a super sweet “get well soon” card! No matter if someone is feeling “down and out” or “down for the count”, what better way to perk them up than a bright and colorful card! Speaking of color, do you ever wonder about different color combinations and how to figure them out? Head to Pinterest! That’s how I decided on the colors I used today. I started out with Coastal Cabana and I wanted to use colors that I could also use for the flower from Humming Along, so I chose to use Coastal Cabana, Mango Melody, and Granny Apple Green with Copper Foil for a little bling!

I first started with the flower on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamped in Smoky Slate ink with my Stamparatus:

The flower is colored in with Light and Dark Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends, the stem and leaf and colored with Light and Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends, and the stamen is colored in with Light Pineapple Punch Stampin’ Blends:

This is then heat embossed with copper powder and cut out with the coordinating framelit:

The base layer is Mango Melody cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

The next layer is this design in Coastal Cabana from the Brights 6” x 6” DSP, cut at 3” x 5 ¼” and then two strips of Copper Foil, cut at ¾” x 5 ¼”:

First adhere the Copper Foil strips to the back of the Coastal Cabana DSP (use your grid paper to help line them up) and then adhere to the Mango Melody cardstock:

For the rest of the card front, you will need to cut out flower, a piece of Whisper White Tulle Ribbon tied into a bow, and the sentiment from Florentine Filigree stamp set is stamped in Coastal Cabana ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut out with the smaller layering framelit from Lily Framelits Dies, and then cut out a piece of Mango Melody cardstock with the larger layering framelit:

Adhere the flower on the DSP, adhere the bow with a glue dot, and then adhere the layering cardstock pieces together, then adhere to the card front with dimensionals. This is then adhered to a Thick Whisper White cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼”x 11” and scored at 5 ½”:

The inside sentiment is from Humming Along in Coastal Cabana ink and adhere a ¾” strip of the DSP along the bottom, trimming off the excess:

What do you think?? Bright, fun, quick, and easy! All the things a card should be! Have you ever been stuck on color combinations? Just choose one color and see what you get, you just may be surprised!

Wondering what specials are going on?? Current specials are listed to the right!!

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!  

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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Easter Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Stamp It Group’s Easter 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!

For me, holidays are a great time to make and send cards to family and friends to let them know I’m thinking of them. But let’s face it, if you have more than a handful of cards to make, it can be overwhelming! The card I am sharing with you today is a simple and beautiful card to make, but also so easy to make multiples of! This is a great way to use up your ribbon and designer series paper because the new annual catalog will be here before we know it, so let’s make some room for all those new goodies!! Lol

Starting with the Gingham Gala 6” x 6” DSP, cut the color of your choice at 4 ½”, this will give you a 1 ½” x 6” piece, and then cut that in half at ¾”. The remaining piece of DSP will measure 4 ½” x 6”, on the 6” side you will cut this at 3”, which will give you two pieces measuring 3” x 4 ½”. Cutting your DSP at these measurements will give you enough to make two cards from this one piece:

The base layer is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and is embossed with the Garden Trellis TIEF:

For the rest of the card front, you will need some scrap Whisper White cardstock to stamp the lily, stems, and leaf to cut out with the coordinating framelit die (I stamped the lily in Highland Heather ink and the leaf and stems in Granny Apple Green ink), and then a piece of coordinating organdy ribbon tied into a bow. **TIP-to make sure that the stamp and die line up for cutting, first place the die down, place the stamp inside the die, and then pick up the stamp with either your block or Stamparatus. I also have some tips and tricks about the best stamped image, which you can see that blog post by clicking here:

To assemble the card front, adhere the DSP to the embossed base layer:

I used glue dots to adhere the lily and leaf pieces together, then used dimensionals to adhere the DSP, and used a glue dot to adhere the ribbon:

This completed piece is then adhered to Highland Heather cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside, cut at piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings in Highland Heather ink, the stem in Granny Apple Green ink, the lily in Highland Heather ink, and then adhere the ¾” piece of Gingham Gala DSP along the bottom, trimming off the excess:

If you are looking for a great way to make multiples of for Easter, I hope this helps you! One sheet of colored cardstock, one sheet of Whisper White cardstock, one sheet of DSP, and some scrap for cutting the stamped images gives you two quick and easy cards! Missed out on the Lily Framelits and Organdy Ribbon? No worries! Stamp the lilies on a 2 ¾” x 4 ¼” piece of Whisper White cardstock (or smaller) and use white ribbon that you have on hand instead!

Wondering what specials are going on?? Current specials are listed to the right!!

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!  

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 Sale-A-Bration Theme Blog Hop is:

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

1. Tami White  
2. Pam Nichols  
3. Linda L Cullen  
4. Gigi Melone  
5. Christina Miller  
6. Lori Mueller  
7. Luly González  
8. Tina Wardell  
9. Danette Herera  
10. Shannon Lorenz-Hatch  
11. Rachael Rife  
12. Kim McPeek 

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