Summer Theme Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Stamp It Group’s Summer Theme Blog Hop! My name is Christina Miller, I am 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 site, thank you for letting me share my creations today! Let’s get started!

Today I am sharing a quick scrapbook page and a bonus card I made using pictures from my recent vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. My husband and I vacation twice a year with family and close friends, but this vacation was extra special for me! Not only was my younger son, who is stationed in Hawaii, and my older son, who is stationed in Maryland with his family, were able to come at the same time, but my beautiful mother, who lives in Oregon, was able to come out. This was her first “real vacation” since my step-father passed nearly two years ago and having us all under one roof for a whole week was truly a blessing.

Since this was a beach vacation, I just knew that products from the new 
Come Sail Away Suite and the Under the Sea Framelits Dies would be perfect for this scrapbook page! I first chose a few pictures to have printed in the 2” x 3” size and then chose these four 3” x 4” cards to layer with the pictures:

The picture of the lighthouse is layered on one of the cards, I notched the corners with my ½” Circle Punch, and the other pictures are layered on Night of Navy and Seaside Spray cardstock, cut at 2 ¼” x 3 ¼”:

These are pictures of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Wild Horses on the 4×4 Beach, sunset on the Currituck Sound with my mother, my granddaughters playing on the beach, and sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean with my two dogs

To create the sand dollar and starfish accents, I used a sponge with Crumb Cake ink to lightly dab on Whisper White cardstock and spritzed with Champagne Shimmer Paint using a Stampin’ Spritzer mixed with the paint and rubbing alcohol. I then used both dies from the Under the Sea Framelits to cut out three of each:

I used the seagrass die from Smooth Sailing and the coral die from Under the Sea to cut out one each in Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, and Mossy Meadow cardstock:

The final accent pieces are the rope and knot die from Smooth Sailing in Soft Suede cardstock and the net die from Under the Sea in Crumb Cake cardstock:

From the Come Sail Away DSP, I chose the striped balmy blue design for my 12” x 12” scrapbook page. I first arranged the pictures to my liking, added the die cut accent pieces, and then took a picture to refer back to as I assembled the scrapbook page:

Since I had a 4” x 6” picture of my mother and I, I thought I would make an easel card to send her as a happy reminder from her trip! I started with a 5 ½” x 8 ½” piece of Balmy Blue cardstock for the card base, scoring at 4 ¼”, and again at 2 1/8”:

I cut another piece of Balmy Blue cardstock at 4 ¼” x 5 ½” and used this design from the Come Sail Away DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

Since I trimmed the picture down to 3 ¾” x 5”, I cut a piece of Night of Navy cardstock to the same size and used the 2ndlargest mat die from the Rectangle Stitched Framelits to create the “frame” for the picture, used the same technique from the scrapbook page to create the sand dollar, and used the grass die from Smooth Sailing to cut out of Sahara Sand cardstock, brushing the whole piece with Wink of Stella:

I adhered the Night of Navy frame to the picture using my Fine Tip Glue Pen and adhered this to the DSP with dimensionals:

The sand dollar and sea grass are adhered with glue dots and the completed piece is adhered to the Balmy Blue cardstock base layer:

I burnished my score lines with my bone folder and applied adhesive to the bottom scored cardstock:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, adhere a ¾” x 5 ¼” piece of the same DSP from the card front to the bottom edge of the cardstock, the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greeting is heat embossed in Silver Emboss Powder on a piece of Night of Navy cardstock, cut out with the banner die from Smooth Sailing, and adhered with mini dimensionals:

I hope you have enjoyed these two summer themed projects and are inspired to create your own!

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!

This month’s giveaway:

The winner from the Father’s Day 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. Dawn Seelhoff  
5. Christina Miller  
6. Kim Quade  
7. Lori Mueller  
8. Shannon Lorenz-Hatch  
9. Tina Wardell  
10. Cindi Clarke  
11. Linda Cullen  
12. Gigi Melone  
13. Danette Herera

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Don’t put away those Christmas crafting supplies yet!

Hello and welcome to today’s project, which is a scrapbook page layout for Christmas! I don’t know about you, but I really haven’t “put away” any of my Christmas crafting goodies, so I thought what better way to use up left-over designer series paper than make a scrapbook page! If you like to scrapbook or even would like to start scrapbooking, it can be very overwhelming not just to keep up with, but where to start?! For Christmas 2016 I decided to make a scrapbook of the year for my parents, my in-laws, and my son and daughter in-law because we had an eventful and exciting year (my older son and DIL were married, my younger son graduated from boot camp, my older son was promoted in the service, first deployment homecoming, family vacation, and a birth announcement!). While it may have seemed easy because I just went chronologically through the year, making 4 (yes, FOUR) scrapbooks starting right after Thanksgiving was a lot! So needless to say, mine did not get made, but the other 3 did and I took pictures of each page for when I get around to making mine….

With the New Year upon us, I did make some “crafting resolutions” and one of those is to use up all the old designer series paper I have on hand, whether it’s card making, some sort of craft, or scrapbooking. With the end of the 2018 Holiday Catalog just days away, I thought that creating a quick and fun scrapbook page would be a great way to end the year and start on my resolution!

To start, I used the tree stamp from Winter Woods and stamped it twice in Garden Green ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I then cut out one image with the coordinating framelit from In the Woods and then cut out the other tree with the smaller framelit that gives it a 3D effect. I then used some of the Shimmery White Embossing Paste on the cut outs and set aside to dry:

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For this page, I decided to use one 4”x 6” photo and two 2”x 3” photos, so for the 4” x 6” I cut a piece of Garden Green cardstock at 4 ½” x 6 ½” and used this edgelit die from Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies on the sides. Then I cut two pieces of the DSP at 2 ½” x 3 ½”, just flipping over one of the DSP:

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The rest of the items I used is the sentiment from Snowflake Sentiments stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink on Whisper White cardstock, punched out with the Starburst Punch, punched out another in Garden Green cardstock, used both snowflake framelits to cut out 2 small and 3 large from the Sparkle Glimmer Paper, both layers of the tree are adhered with mini dimensionals, the deer’s are stamped in Crumb Cake ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the coordinating framelits from the Dashing Deer Bundle, and used the hill framelit from In the Woods on a piece of 1 ½” x 4” piece of White Velvet paper:

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I chose this design from the DSP and figured out the best placement for the pictures:

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Then I took the accessory pieces and placed them where I thought they looked best. The snowflakes are adhered using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, the deer in the upper right corner is adhered with dimensionals, the sentiment is adhered to the cardstock (slightly off) and then adhered with dimensionals, the hill is adhered to the DSP with the small deer adhered to the velvet paper, and then the layered tree is adhered with dimensionals:

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Wasn’t that pretty quick and easy? Even though I don’t have pictures ready, I’m going to store this in the time being in one of my 12” x 12” Page Protectors (page 194 in the AC). Another alternative to the picture size is two 4” x 6” or four 2” x 3” pictures. I just love the sentiment for this scrapbook page, it sums up the season!

From my family to yours, have a safe, happy, and prosperous 2019! Happy New Year!!

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

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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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Gift card holder in a snap!

Hello and welcome to today’s project, which is a very quick and easy gift card holder! This time of year is big for giving gift cards and you can buy (gasp!) a gift card holder just about anywhere, but why not make your own? The Envelope Punch Board is a fun way to create and customize a gift card holder for any occasion! You can use either designer series paper or cardstock to create the envelope and can go all out with decorating the outside, or keep it simple. This gift card holder is a very simple, which is helpful if you are making several or are limited on time and need one quickly. Let’s get started!

I chose to create an envelope that measured 3 ½” x 5” so that it was big enough to fit the gift card and not too big that I couldn’t mail it. I started with a 7 ¼” x 7 ¼” piece of Dashing Along DSP and followed the instructions for scoring and punching, don’t forget to use the built-in corner rounder:

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The belly band is a 1 ½” x 11” piece of Garden Green cardstock, scored at 2 ¾” and at 8 ¼”:

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The inside holder is a 1 ¾” x 4” of Cherry Cobbler cardstock. I used the 2” Circle Punch to create the notch at the top:

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The sentiment is from Cookie-Cutter Christmas stamped in Memento Ink and I used liquid glue around the side and bottom edges to adhere to the envelope.  You will want to make sure that you are as close to the edge as possible, this is a tight fit for the gift card:

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To decorate the belly band, I used the Starburst Punch on a piece of Sparkle Glimmer Paper, stamped the reindeer from Cookie-Cutter Christmas in Early Espresso ink on a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock, and then punched out with the coordinating Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. To make the nose, I used the ¾” Circle Punch on a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock, used snips to cut off enough of the top to cover the nose, used a bit of Wink of Stella, and glued to the reindeer. This piece is glued to the Sparkle Glimmer Paper (liquid glue works bester on glimmer paper) and then this is glued to the ends of the belly band:

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Then you just slide the belly band on the envelope:

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Quick and easy, right? What I love about the Envelope Punch Board is that you can create an envelope for a card as small as 2” x 3 ½” to as big as 6” x 8 ½”! This is also great for creating a bigger envelope for those slightly thicker cards or if you want to really have your card stand out with an awesome envelope!

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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Mix it up Monday!

Hello and welcome to Mix it up Monday! Today I am mixing a whole lot of creativeness to make this awesome display case picture! I was inspired to make this as a follow up to the Father’s Day Blog Hop card from Saturday, if you missed it, you can see it here. Please note, this 8” x 10” display case picture frame is not sold by Stampin’ Up!

I first started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 5” x 7”:

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I masked the bottom half of the cardstock at 4”:

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The sun stamp is from the High Tide stamp set in Pineapple Punch ink:

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The sun stamp from Lilypad Lake is only a ring image, so I used that in Crushed Curry ink around the Pineapple Punch sun:

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I used a Sponge Brayer in Crushed Curry ink across the mask line (yes, I forgot to mask the sun, however, I will show you what I did later):

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For the rest of the sunset coloring, I used sponges in Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie, Poppy Parade, Merry Merlot, and Night of Navy:

How if fixed the mistake with the sun, is I used the sun stamp from High Tide again and stamped it twice in Crushed Curry ink:

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I removed the mask from the bottom of the sunset and repositioned it to cover the sunset:

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The shoreline was created by using the lighthouse ground cover stamp from High Tide in Sahara Sand ink and then I used a Sponge Brayer in Sahara Sand to fill in:

To create the water, start with a Sponge Brayer and Blueberry Bushel ink, and you will want to get a concentration of ink towards the sunset line:

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Next, you will use another Sponge Brayer and Night of Navy ink to make the water even darker. I really like combining these two colors together for this water look, I sampled these on a piece of scratch paper to first see if I just wanted one of the blues by themselves or to combine them together:

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When I removed the mask I didn’t quite like the abrupt line between the water and the sunset, so I used the Sponge Brayer with Blueberry Bushel in and carefully went along that line to try and soften it up:

To create the sun reflection on the water, I used this little stamp from High Tide and Whisper White Craft ink:

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I filled in the rest of the water using the wave stamp from High Tide and Whisper White Craft ink. My craft ink is very juicy, so I stamped off on a piece of scrap paper and then stamped the image on the cardstock 2 or 3 more times before inking again and repeating the process:

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Using Basic Black cardstock, cut out these images using the Lakeside Framelit Dies. The sailboat framelit from this set cuts out two boats together and then a small one, so I positioned the cardstock so it would only cut out this small sailboat:

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The images are then positioned and adhered with Glue Dots:

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Since I wasn’t sure which Designer Series Paper I wanted to use, I waited until the previous part was complete and then chose this DSP from Nature’s Poem DSP and trimmed it down to 8” x 10”:

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I used Multipurpose Glue to adhere the cardstock to the DSP so I would have time to reposition if needed and to ensure it stays adhered to the DSP since the glass from the frame is not right on top of it:

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To complete the project, place in the display frame:

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I thought this was a great follow up for a Father’s Day gift to go along with the card or you can even make a card with these instructions, just us a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut at 4” x 5 ¼”.

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!

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, or joining my team!

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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Happy Wishes

Hello and welcome to part 5 of this week’s Sale-A-Bration spotlight on stamp sets! Today I created two quick and easy cards with the Happy Wishes stamp set! You can earn this free with a qualifying $100.00 order and if you are looking for a stamp set with lots of saying, this is it! But don’t delay, Sale-A-Bration ends tomorrow, Saturday March 31st!

Happy Day card:

The card base is Berry Burst cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”, and the base layer is Berry Burst Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”.

From the Myths & Magic 6” x 6” Glimmer Paper, cut at piece of the iridescent paper 2” x 5 ¼” and punch the end out with the Banner Triple Punch.

On a piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the “happy” stamp in Basic Gray Archival ink, color the leaves with Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Marker, and the flowers are colored in Blushing Bride, Berry Burst, and Rich Razzleberry inks. I used the Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Marker but used a Blender Pen with the Berry Burst and Rich Razzleberry inks since the markers were too dark for me. The “day” sentiment was stamped in Berry Burst ink. This is then cut out with the 2nd largest Lots of Labels Thinlits and I used some Snail on the back to adhere some Silver Metallic Thread.

To put this card together, I adhered the glimmer paper with Fast Fuse to the Foil DSP layer, adhered that to the card base, and adhered the sentiment in the middle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Best Wishes card:

The card base is in Tempting Turquoise cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”, and the base layer is Soft Sky Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”.

From the Myths & Magic 6” x 6” Glimmer Paper, cut at piece of the turquoise paper 2” x 5 ¼” and punch the end out with the Banner Triple Punch.

On a piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the “best” in Basic Gray Archival ink, color the leaves with Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Marker and color the flowers with a Blender Pen and Tempting Turquoise and Soft Sky inks. The “wishes” sentiment is stamped in Tempting Turquoise ink. This is then cut out with the 3rd largest Lots of Labels Thinlits and I used some Snail on the back to adhere some Silver Metallic Thread.

To put this card together, I adhered the glimmer paper with Fast Fuse to the Foil DSP layer, adhered that to the card base, and adhered the sentiment in the middle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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With so many sentiments from this set, the greetings are endless! What I love about these cards is how quick and simple they were to create and the added sparkle of glitter and foil papers!

Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by!



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Beyond card making

Did you know that you can expand your creativity beyond card making and scrapbooking? Have you ever thought about creating a treasured memory from a simple photo? This is what today’s project is about!

This last September we spent a week in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with family and friends and what a wonderful time we all had! We surprised our very dear friends with their daughter, son-in-law, and grandbabies coming up from Florida and we surprised my in-laws (who live in Washington State) with our youngest son flying in from Hawaii. My MIL absolutely loves lighthouses, so one day my husband drove my in-laws and son around to visit the lighthouses. This picture was taken on Hatteras Island in front of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse of the three of them and we thought this picture would be great to use for my MIL for her birthday.

The frame, shells, and netting all came from a local craft store, but I really wanted to add something extra to this and knew that the High Tide stamp set would be perfect! The bottom scenery is on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 2” x 4”. Using Sponge Daubers, I sponged Pool Party ink on the top half for the water and sponged Sahara Sand ink on the bottom half for the sand, the waves are stamped in Dapper Denim ink, the grass is stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink, the birds are stamped in Memento ink, and I used the “speckled” stamp from the Waterfront set in Sahara Sand ink. The sentiment is stamped in Pool Party ink and then used a Sponge Dauber with Dapper Denim ink around the edges of the sentiment to give a slight ombre’ effect, then I used the 6th largest Scalloped Square framelit to cut the sentiment. Everything is adhered with a hot glue gun, lots and lots of hot glue! 😊

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Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed this project and thanks for stopping by!

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