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.

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Give your card a different look with distressing!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which very little stamping, but whole lot of sponging, with distressing the Come Sail Away Suite! The sailboat featured on the card front is one of the 3” x 4” designs from the Come Sail Away Memories and More card pack and I thought what better way to create a card than to pair it with the coordinating DSP and distressing! I’ll even show you how I “distressed” the anchor and twine!

To start, your base layer is Soft Suede cardstock, cut at 3 ¾” x 5 ¼”, this design from the Come Sail Away DSP, cut at 3 ½” x 5”, and the sailboat from the memories and more card pack:

I first started with the Soft Suede base layer, stamped it with the Crackle Paint Background stamp in Soft Suede and then embossed with the Pinewood Planks DTIEF:

Then I simply tore the paper around each side and use a Stampin’ Sponge with Soft Suede ink around the torn edges and the raised embossed part of the cardstock:

I repeated the same process for the DSP, tearing around the edges and inking with a sponge and Soft Suede ink:

For the sailboat, I tore around the edges, used a sponge with Balmy Blue ink and then lightly went around with Soft Suede, not adding anymore ink to the sponge from the ink pad:

So that you can tell a difference, the anchor trinket on the right is how it comes and the trinket on the left has been distressed a little. I patted the trinket with my Stazon Ink pad, set it aside to let dry completely, and then used my sponge with Soft Suede ink (dapping) to “darken” the look of the anchor:

I used some of the Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker’s Twine to tie around the anchor and then a couple of knots, use either your paper piercer or the pointed end attachment from Take Your Pick to loosen the threads of the twine, and then I used my sponge with the Soft Suede ink to “dap” the twine, giving it a distressed look:

The card base is Sahara Sand cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”, and I used a sponge dauber with Sahara Sand ink lightly around the edges of the card front:

I adhered the embossed base layer to the card base, slightly at an angle to the left, the DSP is adhered slightly at an angle to the right, the sailboat is adhered at a slight angle to the left, and then the anchor and twine are adhered with glue dots:

The inside of the card is Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, the sentiment is stamped in Sahara Sand ink, the anchor is heat embossed with Clear Emboss Powder and I used a sponge dauber with Sahara Sand ink to sponge the ink around the anchor, and also used the sponge dauber with Sahara Sand around the edges of the Very Vanilla cardstock:

Don’t you just love how all the distressing gave this card a different look? The Come Sail Away Memories & More card pack has lots of great designs and stickers that are not just perfect for scrapbooking, but can also give you a quick and easy card! The stamp set, card pack, ink, and cardstock is an affordable alternative to buying all the products from the suite and you still get some amazing cards!!

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Fun fold card with the Come Sail Away Suite!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which an awesome fun fold card featuring the Come Sail Away Suite! This suite makes making those masculine cards so easy! What better way to show off this suite than to make a fun fold card? While this style of card may look complicated, it’s pretty easy and I’m going to show you each step on how I made this card, so let’s get started!

Your card base is Seaside Spray cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½” and at 2 ¾”:

You will have a smaller card base, which is Night of Navy cardstock, cut at 3 ¾” x 7 ½”, and scored at 3 ¾”:

For this smaller card base, fold the card in half at the score line, and the opening will be facing left. I chose this design from Come Sail Away DSP, cut at 3 ½” x 3 ½”, and the lighthouse is stamped in Soft Suede ink on Crumb Cake cardstock, cut out with the coordinating die. The DSP is adhered to the card front and the lighthouse is adhered with dimensionals:

For the inside of the smaller card base, cut a piece of Whisper White and Seaside Spray cardstock at 3 ½” x 3 ½”. The sentiment from Itty Bitty Birthdays is stamped in Night of Navy ink on the Whisper White cardstock. The Seaside Spray cardstock is embossed with the High Seas 3D folder, but before embossing, I used a sponge dauber with Night of Navy ink to color the folder, spritzed the paper with water, and then embossed. The two sailboats are stamped in Whisper White cardstock in Night of Navy ink, I used a blender pen to “pull the ink” from the shadows and fill ink, and then cut out with the coordinating die:

These are adhered to the inside with snail:

For the card base, you will need two piece of DSP cut at 2 ½”x 4” for the two small panels, the seagrass die is used to cut out of Sahara Sand and Mossy Meadow cardstock, the sentiment is stamped in Soft Suede ink on Crumb Cake cardstock and cut out with the 1 ½” Circle Punch, the sentiment die is used to cut out a piece in Soft Suede ink, and then you will need an anchor and boats wheel from the trinkets, I used some Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker’s Twine to tie into knots on the anchor:

The two panel pieces of DSP are adhered to the cardstock and the seagrass is adhere to the inside panel:

The flap from the smaller card is going to go under the sentiment, so before adhering anything, I lined up the smaller flap and the sentiment piece so that I knew how far to the right the smaller card needed to go, but also where I could place the sentiment so that it would help close the card:

I used liquid glue (this is important) to adhere the smaller card to the card base, then that way I had a little wiggle room if I need to move the smaller card:

I used a clear block to help keep the card flap closed so that I could line up the sentiment with dimensionals. You do not want dimensionals all the way over to the right, you need to leave that space open for the flap:

Then I adhered the trinkets with glue dots:

Here is the completed card opened:

Now I could have used one more piece of DSP in between the Seaside Spray cardstock and the sentiment, but I liked it this way. Here are the measurements for this fun fold card so you can make your own!

Card base: 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½” and 2 ¾”

Inside base: 3 ¾” x 7 ½”, scored at 3 ¾”

Card base layers (cardstock or DSP): 2 pieces cut at 2 ½” x 4” and one piece at 4” x 5 ¼”

Inside card layers: 3 ½” x 3 ½”

For the flap, you will need a smaller piece with dimensionals

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Embossing with Sailing Home

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features heat embossing with the Sailing Home stamp set, Smooth Sailing dies, and the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper! Have you ever tried heat embossing with distinktive stamps? It can be a little tricky and look like a blob on your cardstock, but I am very pleased with how the Sailing Home stamp set turned out! Another tip I can pass along with this stamp set, is that you can use your Stamparatus to line up the rope stamp!

The base layer for the card front is Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I used my Stamparatus to stamp the rope stamp in Soft Suede ink, using the “hinge step” technique, but instead of moving the plate down to the next insert, you will skip two steps down:

Additionally for the card front, you will need this design from the Come Sail Away DSP cut at 3” x 4 ¼”, heat emboss the bird and large sailboat stamps with Copper Embossing Powder on Crumb Cake cardstock, cutting out with the 4thlargest Stitched Nested Labels Dies, the ship’s wheel is cut out of Copper Foil Sheets, and then a piece of Copper Trim that I braided to look like a rope:

Adhere the Crumb Cake cardstock to the DSP and then adhere this piece at an angle to the Very Vanilla base layer:

The base layer is adhered to a Crumb Cake cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”, I cut little pieces from the Foam Strips to adhere the ship’s wheel, and glue dots to adhere the Copper Trim rope:

For the inside, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, heat emboss the smaller ship with Copper Embossing Powder, and adhere a 1” x 5 ¼” piece of the same DSP from the card front:

Wasn’t this a fun card to make?? I first tried heat embossing with the Butterfly Wishes stamp set and that did not work out at all, so I was very pleased that these distinktive stamps worked out! This is a great masculine card for any occasion and with Father’s Day just a couple days away, this would be perfect!

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Lilypad Lake silhouette card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a beach themed card with the Lilypad Lake stamp set and the Lakeside Framelits Dies! Don’t be fooled by this card, it is so very easy to make, but you may just get ink on your fingers! Lol Since the warm weather is here (or maybe on the way where you live), I thought this would be a fun way to create with this stamp and die set.

The base layer is a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I first stamped the Crackle Paint background stamp in Gray Granite ink, dragged my Coastal Cabana ink pad across the backside (the raised side w/o the Sizzix and SU! logos) of the Pinewood Planks 3D folder, and then embossed to create a “weathered wood look”:

To create the sunset, I used the second largest Layering Circle Die to cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock and then used a post it note across the bottom half for a mask. Using Sponge Daubers, I first colored the whole area with Daffodil Delight ink, then coloring in layers going down with Mango Melody, Poppy Parade, and Blackberry Bliss inks, creating a gradient effect:

I removed the post it note and used the wave stamp in Blueberry Bushel ink, stamping several times until the area is filled in:

To fill in the white space of the waves, I used the sponge daubers from creating the sunset to make it look like the sky is reflecting off the water:

Additionally for the card front, you will layer the sunset piece on Pool Party cardstock cut out with the second largest scalloped Layering Circles Framelits, the heron, two boats and grass cut out of Basic Black cardstock, and then a 4” piece of Burlap Ribbon:

To assemble the card front, I adhered the heron to the layered sunset piece (covering my little boo-boo with ink on my fingers), adhered the boats with each going opposite direction, adhere the grass together by flipping one side over (kinda like the boats, each facing opposite directions) and using a mini dimensional that I cut in half to adhere to the layered circle sunset piece, and the Burlap Ribbon is adhered to the embossed base layer with Tear & Tape:

This completed piece is adhered to a Pool Party cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the heron in Gray Granite ink, color the heron in with Light and Dark Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends, stamp the wave stamp along the bottom in Blueberry Bushel ink, use a sponge dauber with Seaside Spray ink to fill in the waves, and then the sentiment is stamped in Pool Party ink:

That really was easy! This would also be a great Father’s Day card and you could easily make multiples of! Coloring with Sponge Daubers is so easy and yes, I have one for each Stampin’ Up color and they are all labeled! That is just my personal preference, I don’t want to mix up colors, just in case! lol

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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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Having fun with the new Come Sail Away Suite!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features products from the new Come Sail Away Suite from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog! As a demonstrator, it is very exciting to attend an OnStage event because not only do you receive your very own copy of an upcoming catalog, get to see upcoming new products first hand, but are also able to purchase select products! So, when I saw the Come Sail Away Suite, this was a MUST on my list! This suite includes the stamp set, dies, designer series paper, baker’s twine, trinkets, memories & more card pack, and 3D embossing folder, which I was able to purchase everything except the embossing folder. If you are looking for a “manlier” themed suite, this is perfect! This stamp set is also one of the new DistINKTive sets, which I just love! The first card I chose to make with this suite is actually a simple birthday card, which is perfect for someone who loves lighthouses.

I first started with a scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped the lighthouse image in Night of Navy ink. I then cut the lighthouse with the coordinating die, which is part of the new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss product line. What’s the difference? The new dies “hug” the edge of the stamped image, making it easier to line up:

For the base layer, I cut this design from the DSP at 4” x 5 ¼” and then cut this design at 1 ½” x 5 ¼”:

For the rest of the card front, I cut a piece of Thick Very Vanilla cardstock using the third largest Stitched Rectangle Framelit, used my aqua painter with some Balmy Blue ink to watercolor the background, the cut-out lighthouse, and I braided the baker’s twine to make it look like a rope, then tying the anchor trinket at the end:

To assemble the card front, adhere the two pieces of DSP together and then adhere to a Night of Navy cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

The lighthouse is adhered with dimensionals on the watercolor washed piece of Thick Very Vanilla cardstock and the anchor is adhered with mini dimensionals. I cut one mini dimensional in half and then cut in half again, which will hide the dimensional behind the anchor. I used dimensionals on the back of the Thick Very Vanilla piece, using one to secure the other end of the baker’s twine around the corner of the cardstock. I then used a glue dot to secure baker’s twine in place. Before I adhered this completed piece to the card front, I thought it needed just a little sentiment, so I used “Happy Day” from Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set:

For the inside, I cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” and stamped the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings and the anchor in Night of Navy ink:

What do you think?? Don’t you just love this suite?? Even though I didn’t use it, the memories & more card pack not only comes with 50 double sided cards in two sizes, laser-cut specialty card, but also sticker sheets! So, even if you are on the fence about the sentiments from the stamp set, you can always change it up using one of the sentiments from the four sheets of the memories & more card pack! 

The program that I use for showing you the products used is not updated with the Come Sail Away Suite, so I took pictures of these amazing products:

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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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