Tropical Sailing Home card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun alternative made with the Sailing Home stamp set and Smooth Sailing dies! While the Come Sail Away Suite is one of my favorites, I really wanted to create a fun card with a tropical flair, but keeping it fairly simple. I did experiment with how to create the background with Stampin’ Blends, water coloring, and ink refills, I chose to use a drop of ink from the ink refills on a clear block because I liked this result the best! Add some tropical colored flowers and Viola! Tropical Sailing Home card!

For the base layer, I used a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and stamped the bigger sailboat in Gray Granite ink. Note-I just placed an order and it included the new watercolor paper, but it has not arrived yet and Thick WWCS is a great alternative:

I used my clear E block with a drop of Blueberry Bushel, Pineapple Punch, Pumpkin Pie, and Calypso Coral ink refills, my aqua painter to spread the ink, and then spritzed with water. I already cut a mask for the sailboat, so then I just flipped the block over, making sure the Blueberry Bushel ink was around and below the sailboat, onto the Thick WWCS:

I wanted to “frame” the sailboat, so I used the fourth and fifth mat dies from the Stitched Rectangle Dies (first is the largest mat die) to cut out of Whisper White cardstock. I used the flower and leaf stamps from Butterfly Wishes, stamping the leaf in Granny Apple Green ink and the flowers in Pumpkin Pie and Calypso Coral inks, first in Pumpkin Pie and then the “rock-n-roll” technique with Calypso Coral, then fussy cutting out:

I used glue dots to layer and adhere the flowers and leaves into a cluster, then adhered to the frame with liquid glue:

The frame is adhered to the based layer with liquid glue and then the base layer is adhered with dimensionals to a Calypso Coral cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”:

To tie the inside to the card front, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, create a mask for the flower, and stamp the leaves and flowers the same as the card front in the bottom corner:

Wasn’t that a fun tropical alternative?? I’m not big on fussy cutting, but the flower and leaf from Butterfly Wishes was very easy to cut, but you could easily substitute for any flower stamp and die you may have! If you don’t have the ink refills, you could substitute by using your stamp pad directly on the block and just “blend” the ink with your aqua painter.

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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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Butterfly Wishes card with the new Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features several new products from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, including the new Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder! As you may know, Stampin’ Up! has made some changes to their embossing and die cutting line, specifically they are no longer working with Sizzix, but are working with a new supplier. Since the launch of the new annual catalog, SU! has introduced a new embossing folder plate (it’s blue!!) that’s designed to work with the new 3D folders that are thinner than the old dynamic folders. After my card tutorial, I’ll show you what I tried and found out using the new plate versus the standard cutting pads.

This card was actually inspired by the annual catalog for the Butterfly Wishes stamp set on page 18. There is a little bit of fussy cutting involved, but even for someone like me who is not a fan of fussy cutting, this was pretty easy!

I first started with stamping the butterfly twice on Petal Pink cardstock in Petal Pink ink, fussy cut them out of the cardstock, and then on one of the butterflies I trimmed the body and antennae off. The flowers from the stamp set are stamped in So Saffron ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and fussy cut out:

The sentiment is stamped in Gray Granite ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out with the “square” Rectangle Stitched Die, use the smallest Rectangle Stitched Die to cut out of Purple Posy cardstock, cut a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Gray Granite cardstock and emboss with the Brick & Mortar embossing folder that is inked with the Gray Granite ink pad, adhere a silver Designer Elements to the middle of the flowers, cut a 5” piece of Purple Posy Scalloped Linen Ribbon, fold in half, and wrap some Linen Thread around to tie into a knot (I used a glue dot to keep the ribbon folded over while I tied the thread), I used the 2ndlargest Stitched Nested Label to cut a piece of this design from the Perennial Essence DSP, and I curled the butterfly wings with my bone folder, used the Fine Tip Glue Pen along the bottom edge of the butterfly wing behind the full butterfly (tip of the right side wing down along to the edge of the bottom left wing till just about where it starts to curve) to adhere the two wings together, the cut out image with the body will be on top:

To assemble the card front, adhere the stitched sentiment piece on top of the rectangle cardstock, adhere to the embossed base layer, and then use two glue dots to adhere the ribbon. Adhere the DSP to the embossed base layer, adhere two of the flowers with glue dots and the third with a mini dimensional, and then adhere the butterfly with mini dimensionals:

This completed piece is adhered to a Purple Posy cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

The inside is a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, the butterflies are stamped in Petal Pink ink and the sentiment with Purple Posy ink using a Stampin’ Write Marker:

Isn’t this a super cute card?? I just love the new Brick & Mortar embossing folder, it has a lot of fun detail, and I wanted to show you that by inking up the embossing folder before I embossed the cardstock!! If you are not sure about the changes to the embossing folders, don’t be! I actually ordered three of the folders in my last order, Brick & Mortar 3D, High Seas 3D, and Beads & Baubles, and they work great! Below is my insight on the Brick & Mortar since it has a lot of little details!

The new 3D Embossing Folder Plate

First let me say that I’ve had my SU! Big Shot for 10 years, so that means I have the old tab style multipurpose platform, I just never really got around to purchasing the new style, so this is what my insight is based on. I tried several different ways to emboss with the new embossing plate and the old standard plates, spritzing with water, and dry embossing. You definitely need to spritz your cardstock with water, it does make a difference! My first attempt with the new embossing plate, the platform on Tab 1, and spritzed:

Result from 3D Embossing Plate, Multipurpose Platform on Tab 1, and spritzed with water

Not a lot of detail, so my next attempt was with Tab 2 (both tabs closed), the standard cutting pad, and spritzed:

Result from standard cutting pad, multipurpose platform on tab 2, and spritzed with water (back side of embossed cardstock)

Much better! However, it was almost “forcing” the folder thru the Big Shot and I know that continual use like that will warp the embossing folder and put stress on the Big Shot. I tried one more time with the embossing plate on Tab 1:

Result from 3D embossing plate, multipurpose platform on tab 1, spritzed with water, and ran thru Big Shot 3 times

Looks so much better! The difference this time is that I ran it thru the Big Shot 3 times, yes, 3 times! I ran it forth, back, and forth and yes, you should always put the spine first, which I did, but I just didn’t take it out. Kind of like when you have detailed thinlit die and you have to run it thru a couple of times to get a good and complete cut? 

So bottom line is, get the new embossing plate, if the embossing folder has detail (like Brick & Mortar), just run it thru a couple more times, and make sure you spritz with water!! 

The right is with the standard cutting pad, which was a tight squeeze thru the Big Shot and the left is with the new embossing folder and ran thru the Big Shot 3 times, not a tight squeeze

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog! 

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I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Sending you Butterfly Wishes

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which feature’s the Butterfly Wishes stamp set from the 2019-2020 catalog and the new In Color Pretty Peacock! This beautiful and distinctive cling stamp set can be found on page 18 in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog and it also coordinates with the Butterfly Duet Punch! So, if you love “all things butterfly” then this set is a must on your shopping list! I also wanted to show you how Pretty Peacock “plays well” with others and paired it with Mint Macaron and Gray Granite to create this beautiful and easy card.

To start, your card base is Pretty Peacock cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”, the base layer is Mint Macaron cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and then a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 2” x 5 ¼”:

To create the card front, ink up your Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder (formerly known as Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder) with your Pretty Peacock ink pad, and emboss the Mint Macaron cardstock base layer. You will stamp the tree branch and butterfly stamp in Gray Granite ink on the Whisper White cardstock, stamp the biggest butterfly stamp in Pretty Peacock ink on a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, punching out with the 2” Circle Punch, and then punching out a layering piece with the 2 ¼” Circle Punch in Pretty Peacock cardstock. You will also need enough Gray Granite Texture Weave Ribbon to tie around the base layer into a knot:

To assemble, adhere the stamped Whisper White cardstock strip to the embossed Mint Macaron base layer, layer and adhere the punched circle pieces together and use dimensionals to adhere on top, and then tie the texture ribbon into a knot along the bottom of the embossed cardstock:

This completed piece is adhered to the Pretty Peacock cardstock card base and then I added some Wink of Stella to the circle layered butterfly:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the same small butterfly from the card front in Gray Granite ink and then stamp the sentiment in Pretty Peacock ink:

Quick and easy card, right?? This is a perfect sentiment to use for any celebration! What do you think of Pretty Peacock? I just love this color and if you are wondering how this compares to Tranquil Tide, Tranquil Tide is more of a green and Pretty Peacock is more of a blue when compared side by side. Soft Sea Foam and Mint Macaron are great coordinating colors to pair Pretty Peacock with.

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog! 

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products.

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Life is beautiful with Mosaic Mood

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the Mosaic Mood Designer Series Paper combined with the Colorful Seasons and Butterfly Wishes stamp sets! I received this DSP at OnStage in April from Prize Patrol (Free DSP? Yes, please!!) and I will admit that this design is not what I would typically gravitate to (you can find the Mosaic Mood Suite on page 119 in the 2019-2020 AC), however, this really is beautiful DSP that has shiny accents on one side. I chose to pair this with the new Mint Macaron Textile Ribbon to accent and this ribbon is very easy to use. 

For my base layer, I chose this design from the DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

The additional pieces for the card front is a piece of textile ribbon long enough to wrap around just the front of the DSP (about 7 ½”), the sentiment stamped in Terracotta Tile ink on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out with the 3rdlargest Stitched Nested Labels Dies, and then the two butterflies stamped in Terracotta Tile ink and cut out with the Butterfly Duet Punch:

Now, the butterfly stamps that coordinate with the Butterfly Duet Punch are two separate cling (red rubber) stamps. So, you can either stamp them however you want on the cardstock and then punch out, or you can create a template with the punch, layer this on top of your cardstock using your Stamparatus, align the stamps in the punched-out spots, lift the stamps with the Stamparatus plate, ink, stamp the images, and then punch out:

To assemble the card front, wrap and adhere the ribbon around the middle of the DSP, adhere the stamped sentiment on top, adhere the butterflies with mini dimensionals, and then I used Gold Metallic Pearls in the corners of the stamped sentiment piece:

This is then adhered to a Terracotta Tile cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Terracotta Tile ink and the butterflies in Mint Macaron ink:

Wasn’t this an easy and awesome card to make? This just goes to show you that you can like only the DSP from a suite, but totally make it your own! What do you think of Terracotta Tile as one of the new 2019-2021 In Colors?One reason I chose the Mint Macaron Textile Ribbon is because it also coordinates with the Garden Lane DSP, so now I will get even more use out of this ribbon! Food for thought when you are trying to pick out ribbon…

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog! 

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I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Birthday wishes with Floral Essence and Garden Lane DSP

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features new products from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog! With the launch of the new catalog starting June 4th, it’s time for me to get creative and show them to you! For this card, I am using new designer series paper, ribbon, dies, and two stamp sets. If you haven’t seen the Garden Lane DSP (page 165), definitely give it a look! This DSP may have a lot of greens in it, but it was so easy to color coordinate the flower from Floral Essence with Stampin’ Blends.

For the card front, start with this design from the DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, enough Scalloped Lace Trim to tie into a bow around the DSP, and the sentiment is stamped in Garden Green ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, cut out with the 2ndsmallest Stitched Nested Labels:

For the flower, use your Stamparatus to first stamp the flower from Floral Essence in Smoky Slate ink on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. To color the flower, first use Light Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blends around the edges of the flower petals, color the inner petal with the Dark Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Blends (avoiding the petal “veins”), I used the Light Mint Macaron again to blend in the line between the two colors on the petals, and then used Light Pineapple Punch to color in the “veins”. I then stamped the flower image again in Versamark ink, heat embossed with Silver Emboss Powder, and then fussy cut out. For the leaves, I stamped the image twice on Very Vanilla cardstock in Versamark ink, heat embossed with Silver Emboss Powder, colored in with Dark Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blends and then fussy cut out:

The leaves are adhered to the back of the flower with glue dots and I used one of the largest Clear Faceted Gems for the middle of the flower:

The lace trim is adhered to the cardstock and the sentiment and flower is adhered with dimensionals:

The completed card front is adhered to a Garden Green cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, I adhered a ¾” x 4” piece of DSP to the side and stamped the sentiment in Garden Green ink:

Isn’t this a gorgeous card? While this designer series paper coordinates with the Magnolia Lane and Garden Lane Suites, I chose to just order this DSP for now so that I would have some pretty paper to play with and use other products. 

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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