Designer Series Paper Spotlight: In Good Taste part 2

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a “not quite a retirement” retirement card featuring the Sailing Home stamp set, Smooth Sailing Dies, and In Good Taste DSP! We have a dear family friend who recently retired after 25 years of military service and they are not “officially” retiring, but what I like to refer to as “the next chapter” in life! This is the perfect card to honor and celebrate his service, but to also customize it as he and his wife love spending time outdoors and near the water!

The base layer is this design from the In Good Taste DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

For the card front, you will need:

1. Stamp the large and small sailboats in Night of Navy ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the coordinating die.

2. Heat emboss the sentiment in White Embossing Powder on a piece of Misty Moonlight cardstock and cut out with the coordinating die.

3. Cut a 9” piece of Misty Moonlight/silver Baker’s Twine from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack.

4. Use the fourth largest layering Stitched Rectangle Die to cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock. For the “water”, I dragged my Clear Block H across my Seaside Spray ink pad, tapped the block on the ink pad a couple of times, used my Aquapainter to “smear” the ink, and then pressed the ink side of the block onto the stitched Whisper White cardstock. I used the ink leftover on the Aquapainter to color in some more of the ink and then stamped the birds in Night of Navy ink.

5. Cut a piece of Silver Foil Sheet at 2 5/7” x 4 ¼” to layer under the Whisper White scenery piece.

Adhere the Silver Foil and Whisper White layers together and then adhere this to the base layer DSP, more towards the upper left corner:

I adhered the sailboats to the “water” and placed some adhesive in the corner for the baker’s twine and then just “circled around”, making sure both ends are on the adhesive:

The sentiment is adhered over the baker’s twine with mini dimensionals and this completed piece is adhered to a Seaside Spray cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” and stamp the lighthouse and sentiment from Itty Bitty Birthdays in Night of Navy ink:

Isn’t this a great pairing of the Sailing Home stamp set with the In Good Taste DSP? Since the Come Sail Away DSP retired with the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, I was so excited to find another DSP that I could use with this stamp and die set! For me, that means that I’m more inclined to use this stamp and die set and not just look at it as it collects dust on my shelf! Another DSP that I thought would also pair nicely, is the World of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper!

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Father’s Day Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Stamp It Group’s Father’s Day Blog Hop! My name is Christina Miller and you are visiting my blog, Christina’s Creative Corner! Whether this is your first stop on the blog hop tour or you have hopped on over from another blog, thank you for letting me share both of my creations with you today!

For my Father’s Day cards, I chose two different versions of a similar card layout featuring products from the Country Club and Come Sail Away Suites! The Country Club Suite is perfect for Father’s Day cards, but not everyone is a golfer, so I also chose to use the Come Sail Away Suite as an alternative card for my family and friends that I will be sending cards to.

For the Country Club card, your base layer will be this design from the Country Club DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. You will also need to cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock at 1” x 5 ¼” and this alternative design from the DSP at ¾” x 5 ¼”:

Adhere the 1” strip of Basic Black cardstock along the bottom of the DSP base layer and then adhere the alternative DSP design as shown:

For the card front, you will need:

1. Use Night of Navy and Poppy Parade cardstock to cut one of each with the V-shaped vine piece.

2. Use the second largest Layering Oval Die to cut a piece of Garden Green cardstock and emboss with the Absolutely Argyle 3D Embossing Folder.

3. Use Basic Gray ink to stamp the golf club four times on Whisper White cardstock and use the coordinating die to cut out.

4. Stamp the sentiment in Memento ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the coordinating “shield shape” die.

5. Use the small three golf balls die to cut out of Whisper White cardstock.

To assemble the “centerpiece”, use a dimensional to adhere the sentiment to the middle of the embossed oval cardstock, adhere the vine pieces together, with the Night of Navy on top, and cut mini dimensionals in half to adhere this piece around the sentiment, and then adhere the golf clubs to the backside of the embossed oval cardstock:

This piece is adhered to the DSP base layer with dimensionals:

I used glue dots to adhere the three golf balls in-between the golf clubs and then adhered this completed base layer to a Basic Black cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, adhere a ¾” x 4” strip of the DSP design used for the base layer along the side, and stamp the sentiment in Memento ink:

For my alternative card using Come Sail Away, the dimensions for the DSP and the Night of Navy cardstock are the same as above:

For the card front, you will need:

1. Stamp the lighthouse in Night of Navy ink on Sahara Sand cardstock and cut out with the coordinating die.

2. Use the seagrass die to cut out one piece in Sahara Sand and one piece in Mossy Meadow cardstocks.

3. Cut a piece of Vellum cardstock with the same oval die and emboss with the High Seas 3D Embossing Folder, inked with Balmy Blue ink.

4. Use one of the Sail Away Trinkets.

To assemble, I layered and adhered the seagrass to the Vellum cardstock, adhered the lighthouse on top, and used glue dots to adhere the trinket on the side. I placed adhesive on the backside of the Vellum cardstock behind the seagrass and lighthouse to adhere this piece to the DSP base layer:

For the inside, the cardstock and DSP strip are the same, but the sentiment is from Itty Bitty Birthdays, stamped in Night of Navy ink:

Which card is your favorite?? These are two alternative ideas that your recipient will surely love! When creating the Come Sail Away card, I wanted to use a sentiment that could be for friends or family, but still wishing them a Happy Father’s Day, and I thought the sentiment from Itty Bitty Birthdays was perfect! 

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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 last month’s Mother’s Day 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 on the Blog Hop Tour:

1. Tami White  
2. Mary Bush  
3. Luly Gonzalez  
4. Christina Miller  
5. Lori Mueller  
6. Pam Nichols – Just Dreamin’ Stamps  
7. Cindi Clarke  
8. Lori McBride  
9. Danette Herrera  
10. Oksana Semenska  
11. Gigi Melone  
12. Kim Quade  
13. Traci Raether  
14. Linda Cullen  
15. JaNette Hodges Howard

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CASEing the catalog with Sailing Home

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a quick and easy card that I CASEd from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog featuring the Come Sail Away Suite! I don’t know about you, but sometimes I forget about all the great ideas that you can find for making cards and crafts right in the annual catalog! Even though the only products from this suite that are carrying over into the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog are the stamp set and dies, I thought I would show you a quick and easy card to make that would be perfect for a variety of occasions:

The base layer is Soft Suede cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and embossed with the High Seas 3D Embossing Folder:

For the rest of the card front, you will need:

1. Use the seagrass die to cut two pieces from Old Olive cardstock and one piece from Mossy Meadow and Vellum cardstocks each.

2. Use the 2” Circle Punch to punch out of Vellum cardstock.

3. Stamp the sentiment in Mossy Meadow ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out with the large sentiment die.

4. Stamp the anchor in Night of Navy ink on Sahara Sand cardstock and cut out with the coordinating die.

5. Cut a 9” piece of the Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker’s Twine.

I used glue dots to adhere the seagrass to the embossed base layer, with the Old Olive cardstock seagrass overlapping the Vellum seagrass to hide the glue dots:

I adhered the sentiment off-set to the vellum circle and placed adhesive on the back hidden by the sentiment. Thread the twine thru the hole of the anchor, tie into a knot, trim the excess twine, and adhere the anchor with dimensionals and a glue dot behind the knot to keep it in place:

The completed base layer is adhered to a Crumb Cake 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” and stamp the anchor in the corner in Night of Navy ink:

Quick and easy card, right?? I opted not to use an inside sentiment at this time, but save this card for “as needed”. As I said before, this suite is retiring and the only products carrying over are the stamp set and dies, but will not be available at the discounted bundled price. Don’t forget, all products on the retirement list are only “while supplies last”!

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Sail in the direction of your dreams!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun and quick card featuring the Come Sail Away Suite! I just love the sentiments from the Come Sail Away stamp set and the sentiment I chose for today’s card is really a versatile and could be used for several occasions. I thought it would also be fun to incorporate the net die from Under the Sea to give the card front just a little added texture!

The base layer is this design from the Come Sail Away DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

Additionally, for the card front you will need:

1. Stamp the lighthouse in Night of Navy ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the coordinating die.

2. Use the net die from Under the Sea on Sahara Sand cardstock.
3. Stamp the compass in Night of Navy ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the 1 ½” Circle Punch.

3. Stamp the sentiment in Sahara Sand ink on Whisper White cardstock and punch out with the 1 ½” Circle Punch.

4. Use the sentiment die from Smooth Sailing to cut out a piece in Night of Navy cardstock.

5. Use Silver Foil to cut out the two compass direction arrows.

6. One silver brad in the smallest size.

Layer the two compass arrows together with the Fine Tip Glue Pen and then use the pierce end of the Take You Pick tool to poke a hole in the middle (for your brad) on your pierce mat:

I used my Fine Tip Glue Pen to place glue on certain spots along the back of the net to adhere to the base layer:

I then used my Multipurpose Glue to adhere the compass and lighthouse on top of the net. The sentiment is adhered to the layering piece and then adhered with dimensionals:

The base layer is then adhered to a Seaside Spray cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”. At this point I felt that something should be added, so I used the Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker’s twine for the bow. I used 18” of twine, folded into three 6” pieces, tied into a bow, trimmed the ends, and adhered with Multipurpose Glue:

The inside is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and I adhered a ¾” x 4” of coordinating cardstock along the bottom:

Since this is what I consider a versatile card, I opted not to include an inside sentiment at this time, but save for I choose to use it for. This really is a simple card to make, but I feel that the compass arrows in silver foil, the silver brad, and bow give it just a little extra touch!

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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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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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