The new Paper Trimmer by Stampin’ Up!

Hello and welcome to today’s special blog post featuring the new Paper Trimmer by Stampin’ Up! This highly anticipated replacement trimmer is currently available to demonstrators now thru October 31, 2019 and will be released for customer purchase by the end of the year! Since the release to demonstrators coincided with an order I was already planning to place, I took the plunge so that I could share with you what the new and improved trimmer is about!

Let me first start off with the old Stampin’ Trimmer, which I have loved since I purchased it 3 ½ years ago, and it was replacing an old Fiskars trimmer that I had had FOREVER. I know that one of the biggest issues was the trimmer blades, but I was pretty fortunate in that department. Of course, the more you use something, like a cutting blade, the faster it will wear out or “not cut as nicely”. I also learned that cutting Glimmer Paper took a big toll on the cutting blade. So, I purchased a guillotine paper cutter, nothing fancy, at a local office supply store. I find this is very convenient for cutting large amounts of cardstock (like Whisper White and Very Vanilla that I used a lot of for the inside of my cards) and cutting down glimmer paper. I still have my “dull” cutting blades and use one of those when I am cutting smaller pieces of glimmer paper.

Old vs. New: Size

When you have a side by side comparison, you will see the new trimmer is longer, but not as wide, which is because the new trimmer has straight edges on the sides, whereas the old trimmer is curved on one side and the other side has the curved lip to pull out the extendable ruler. 

The new trimmer is also thinner and lighter than the old trimmer. The new extendable ruler also slides into a locked place and does not need that little “kickstand” to steady the arm, there is a built-in footing for this.

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Old vs. New: Measuring

The biggest difference with the new trimmer is that it measures in both imperial and metric. There are three places that mark the measurements, top, middle, and bottom, whereas the old trimmer just had them at the top and bottom. The new trimmer still measures to 6 ¼” across the top, but only goes to just over 4 ¾” across the middle and bottom to accommodate the extendable ruler. This is ok for me, but if you measure and cut from the bottom, this is a change that will need some adjusting to. The old trimmer had a “stop line” across the top so that you could see the measurement lines at the paper and above, whereas the new does not, only at the paper. This may take a little getting used to, but not a big deal. The measurement lines on the right side go to 1 ½”, whereas the measurement lines only go to 1 ¼” on the old.

The new extendable ruler is actually longer, up to 17 ¼”, whereas the old extendable ruler went just over 14 ½”. The new extendable ruler is also flush across when extended, whereas the old was not, making it easier to measure in smaller increments. 

Old vs. New: Handle

To lock the handle in place with the old trimmer, there is a button at the top that you slide to lock, but with the new trimmer the handle automatically locks into place when closed. This is pretty convenient, how many times have you grabbed your trimmer only to have the handle fly open and the cutting mat fall out? Yeah, been there many of times! Lol

The measurement lines on the handle are now on the right side, whereas the measurement lines on the old handle are on the left. I do like this, along with the fact that the grid lines on the trimmer base are bigger, making it easier to see the lines on the handle.

Old vs. New: Cutting and Scoring

Another big difference is the cutting and scoring blades, they are completely redesigned, so no, they will not work with the old trimmer. I feel that the glide in the handle is a bit smoother with the new trimmer. You can easily remove the cutting and scoring blades, there is a little area towards the bottom that you can easily pop them in and out in. If you are using the handle to cut or score, it is much easier to see where the blade is at along those measurement lines.

I have taken a close-up of the new cutting blades and the blade is so much bigger for the new trimmer!! Hopefully, this will mean getting more cutting out of the new blades, but if you notice, you can also flip them around in the handle. What I mean by that is, if you are one that favors cutting from the top or bottom normally, you can flip the cutting blade in the track and use the other side. The old trimmer only fit the track in the handle one way, thus you would have to adjust the direction you cut the paper. Also, maybe these ones can be sharpened, I never seemed to be able to accomplish this with the old cutting blades.

There is also no mat that goes in the track of the new trimmer, so no additional replacement parts to buy. The track in the new trimmer seems a bit deeper, so only time and usage will tell how often you will need to clean out those tiny bits that get stuck in there.

Old vs. New: Storage

The old trimmer has a handy storage area for your blades and other small items, whereas the new trimmer does not. That is just a matter of preference, so that just means that if you craft on the go, bring an extra trimmer with you to be safe!

Old vs. New: Price

The cost of the new trimmer is $25 (USD), whereas the old trimmer was $30 (USD), so the new is a few dollars less. The replacement blades now come in a pack of four for $12 (USD), which the old blades only came in a pack of two for $6 (USD), basically the same price. There is currently no option for replacing scoring blades, but that may be released at a later date. I still use my original scoring blade, so I’m fairly confident that the new scoring blade will last some time. I also wanted to add that if you are one that hangs or would like to hang your trimmer up, there is a notch at the top for this. I currently keep mine on my desk, underneath my Mega Stamp Case Shelf from Stamp-n-Storage, right next to my Stamparatus.

Hopefully I have covered the basics and have given you a good idea about the changes with the release of the new Paper Trimmer by Stampin’ Up! Whether you have the old trimmer or are looking for a new paper trimmer, I don’t think you will be disappointed! Once Stampin’ Up! provides a release date for customers to purchase the new trimmer, this information will be updated on my blog, so stay tuned!

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!

Shimmer nighttime card with Waterfront stamp set

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a beautiful friendship card featuring the Waterfront stamp set! Shimmer White Emboss Powder is one of the new embossing powders added to the annual catalog this year and I wanted to try it out to see how it would look creating a night sky! The best way to describe the powder is that it has a “hint of glitter”, but also gives your embossed image a bit of texture. This is sure to come in handy for Christmas cards and I can’t wait to use the Shimmer Black Emboss Powder for Halloween cards!

The base layer for this card is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I used my Stamparatus to stamp the mountains three times each in Night of Navy ink. I positioned the mountains just slightly lower than half way down the cardstock:

First start with a sponge brayer and Balmy Blue ink right across the mountains:

Use a second sponge brayer with Pacific Point ink above and below the mountains:

Use a third sponge brayer with Blueberry Bushel ink to cover the top and bottom of the cardstock:

I then used a sponge dauber with Night of Navy ink around the edges and a sponge dauber with Pacific Point ink to blend in the already inked area:

I first used the splatter or dotted stamp to stamp stars along the top in and the sun/moon in Craft White ink. I then heat embossed Shimmer White Embossing Powder:

You will also need a 4” piece of White Flax Ribbon, stamp the sentiment in Night of Navy ink, cut out with the smallest Stitched Shapes Die, and then use the third smallest Layering Squares Die to cut out a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock to layer under the sentiment:

The base layer is adhered to a Sahara Sand cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”, the flax ribbon is adhered with Tear & Tape, and then the layered sentiment is adhered over the ribbon with mini dimensionals in each corner:

The sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy ink, use a sponge dauber with So Saffron ink, stamp the ground in Sahara Sand ink, the palm trees in Crumb Cake and Old Olive inks, and the house in Night of Navy ink:

Isn’t this an awesome card to send to a friend to let them know you are thinking of them? The Waterfront stamp set has been one of my favorites, there are so many possible sceneries that you can create with it! 

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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New Catalog Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Stamp It Group’s New Catalog 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 over from another site, thank you for letting me share my creation with you today. Let’s get started!

I first have to say that this card was really a labor of love for me because as much as I love the Butterfly Wishes stamp set, I was bound and determined to figure out another way to add some color to the stamped images. After experimenting on Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstock with Early Espresso ink, I added color with Stampin’ Blends and was surprised at the results, the Early Espresso ink did not bleed! I even stamped off once before coloring with the Stampin’ Blends and had the same results. 

To start, I first used the largest Stitched Nested Labels to cut out of Whisper White cardstock. I stamped the large butterfly in Early Espresso ink, figured out where I wanted the branch placement, and then stamped that in Early Espresso ink (the branch is a little dark, you can stamp off once if you want it lighter):

I colored in the butterfly and flowers with Light Rococo Rose Stampin’ Blends, the leaves with Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends, and made some stamen lines with the Dark Rococo Rose Stampin’ Blends:

The base layer is Blackberry Bliss cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and embossed with the Brick & Mortar 3D Folder, you will use the debossed side:

Additionally for the card front, you will use this design from the 2019-2021 6” x 6” DSP, cut at 3” x 5 ¼”, Rose Metallic Thread, and stamp the butterfly with Early Espresso ink on Whisper White cardstock, color with the Light and Dark Rococo Rose Stampin’ Blends, and punch out with the Butterfly Duet Punch:

I wrapped the Rose Metallic Thread around the middle of the DSP several times, adhering the ends to the back of the DSP:

The Stitched Nested Label piece is adhered to the middle of the DSP and then this is adhered to the embossed base layer (debossed side):

This is then adhered to a Blackberry Bliss cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”. I curled the butterfly wings with my bone folder, adhered it with a mini dimensional, and added three of the rectangle shaped Petal Pink Rhinestone Gems:

The inside is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, the sentiment is stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink, and the butterfly is stamped in Early Espresso ink, colored with the Light and Dark Rococo Rose Stampin’ Blends:


Fun and easy card to make! Again, these are my results that I’m sharing with you, you can always stamp off once before coloring and I even tried Pineapple Punch, Mango Melody, and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends. While not all of my “idea’s” work out, I really do like the results of this!

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 Summer 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  
2. Tina Wardell  
3. Lori Mueller  
4. Luly Gonzalez  
5. Jodie Ball  
6. Pam Nichols  
7. Christina Miller  
8. Danette Herera  
9. Dawn Seelhoff  
10. Shannon Lorenz-Hatch  
11. Kathi Desmarais  
12. Kim Quade  
13. Linda Cullen  
14. Gigi Melone  
15. Rachael Rife  

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Paper Pumpkin April 2019, Sentimental Rose

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which are alternative creations from the April 2019 Paper Pumpkin, Sentimental Rose! From this kit you can make 9 note sized cards, but I thought I would share with you some full-size alternatives using just a few extra supplies. What is so nice about this month’s kit is that you can a variety of cards with the sentiments! Today’s cards will be using the Mother’s Day sentiment.

For the card on the right, I cut the note sized card base in half (or on the score line), the printed side will be used for the base layer and the blank side will be used for the inside of the card. You will also need this label, stamping the sentiment in Gray Granite ink, one of the corrugated labels, this layering base layer, stamping the rose in Flirty Flamingo ink:

To assemble the card front, adhere the stamped layer to the base layer, use enough baker’s twine to wrap around twice and tie into a knot, adhere the sentiment piece to the corrugated label, adhering with dimensionals. I decided to use one of the Mint Macaron enamel dots for the center of the rose:

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

For the inside, the sentiment and rose are stamped in Flirty Flamingo ink and the leaves are stamped in Mint Macaron ink:

For the card on the left, I cut the note sized card base in half at the score line, the printed side will be used for the base layer and the blank side will be used for the inside of the card. You will also need one of the corrugated element pieces, one of the flower bases, and baker’s twine, folding a piece in half and tying into a bow, sniping the end pieces:

Adhere the flower base to the corrugated element piece (if you turn it the right way, it is layered so that the corrugated element piece is layered perfectly underneath):

Adhere this piece to the base layer, stamp the sentiment in Calypso Coral ink, and then adhere the baker’s twine with a glue dot. :

This completed piece is adhered to a Calypso Coral card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”. I decided to add some rhinestones, which I colored with Dark Calypso Coral and Dark Flirty Flamingo:

The inside sentiment and rose are stamped in Calypso Coral ink and the leaves are stamped in Mint Macaron ink:

Aren’t these quick and easy full-size alternatives?? If you missed my previous post, you can see it HERE, which is another alternative from this stamp set! I love how many alternative sentiments are in this month’s kit. If you are thinking about signing up for Paper Pumpkin, let me know and I will answer your questions!

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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Gallery Grunge meets Butterfly Gala!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the Gallery Grunge stamp set and the new Butterfly Gala Bundle from the 2019 Occasions Catalog! What is in the Butterfly Gala Bundle? A super cute photopolymer stamp set and a coordinating punch! What I love about this set is that there are 4 butterfly designs that you can stamp and are made so that you punch them out perfectly! There are some very sweet sentiments and butterfly backgrounds to fill in the design, or you can color them in with your Stampin’ Blends. Today’s card is a great way to #makeacard and #sendacard to let a special someone know you are thinking of them, so let’s get started!

The card base is Gray Granite cardstock, cut at 4 ½” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

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The base layer is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I used the “plank floor” stamp from Gallery Grunge in Gray Granit ink to create a background:

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For the front of the card, I stamped this butterfly design on Whisper White cardstock in Memento ink. To get three butterflies, I stamped the whole image first and then inked up just the small butterfly again and stamped that towards the edge of the cardstock. The punch and the stamps have the big butterfly on the bottom and the small butterfly on top. I then colored the butterflies in with Light Petal Pink, Light Flirty Flamingo, and Light Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blends and then added a Wink of Stella, then punching out. The sentiment is in Gray Granite ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the second smallest oval die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. You will also need a 3” piece of Burlap Ribbon and 3 of the 5mm Pearls, which I colored with the Light Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blend:

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To assemble the card front, adhere the base layer to the card base. I first adhered the Burlap Ribbon with glue dots and then adhered the sentiment with dimensionals on top. I next adhered the butterflies with mini dimensionals and then added the colored pearls:

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The inside is Whisper White cardstock, which I stamped and colored the same butterflies as the front, also with some Wink of Stella. I left this blank so this can be used for any occasion it may be needed for:

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Do you decorate your envelopes? I sure do and for this envelope the same butterfly design and colors are used, along with Wink of Stella, to tie them all together. I love decorating the envelope, but I do keep it very simple and it will tie into what the card being sent is about:

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Another quick and easy card that is sure to put a smile on your recipient’s face! Remember, it doesn’t have to be a holiday or special occasion to send a card, #makeacard and #sendacard is a sweet way to brighten someone’s day!!

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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OnStage Hartford 2018!

I was fortunate to be able to attend OnStage this year in Hartford, Connecticut! I had an absolutely wonderful time, was able to reconnect with old friends and meet several new! Our team, Stamp It Group, had the pleasure of honoring our up-line, Tami White, and her momentous achievement of $2 Million in sales! We were also given the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog, but sadly I can only show the cover! Once you get your hands on this, you will not be able to put it down! I love it! So stay tuned, I walked away with some goodies that I am able to share and also was able to purchase some products from the catalog that will be here in a couple of days! Next week will be full of new and exciting products!! Can you see how many sticky notes I have!

So for today’s special post, I’m sharing some of the pictures from my trip and the wonderful friends I made!

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Congratulations to Tami!!

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Having fun with the photo booth, thank you Rachael!!

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Having fun and getting creative with new products!!

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Dinner and fun with friends!!

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Stamp it group in Hartford!!

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share the fun!

Sweet as can be!

Today I’m sharing another creation from the Moon Baby and Dare to Dream stamp sets! This is really the first time I’ve used Dare to Dream, which is a hostess set from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, considering it’s been sitting on my shelf since I won it at OnStage last April!

I first started with a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼” and again at 2 1/8”:

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After folding the front panel pieces, I used the “hot air balloon” from Dare to Dream and stamped in Melon Mambo ink:

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On a piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the “baby with the umbrella” in Black Archival ink. The Designer Series Paper used is from Painted with Love, cut out with the largest scalloped Layering Squares Framelits, and the baby is cut out with the 2nd largest square framelit:

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Then color in the umbrella with Melon Mambo Stampin Write Marker, the baby’s pajamas with the Powder Pink Stampin’ Write Marker, the baby’s hands and face are colored in with Ivory Stampin’ Blends, and the hair with Bronze Stampin’ Write Marker. This is then adhered to the scalloped square piece of DSP:

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The inside is a piece of 1 ½” x 5 ½” DSP and a piece of 2 5/8” x 5 ½” Whisper White cardstock. I used Multipurpose Glue on these pieces to give me a chance to set them on the inside. The sentiment is from Dare to Dream, stamped in Melon Mambo ink, and added some stars in Powder Pink ink. I used adhesive on the left side of the layering square piece, centering in the middle:

With the different colors on this DSP, you could change to Powder Pink or even Rich Razzleberry! I love this super cute card, what do you think?

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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