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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Designer Series Paper Spotlight: In Good Taste

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a beautiful anniversary card, but can also be a wedding card, featuring the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper and the Forever Fern Bundle! I just can’t tell you how much I love this new DSP from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog! Of course, I love when new bundles and suites have coordinating DSP, but I also like to see if I can “get more” out of DSP by coordinating with other bundles and suites, especially those that have carried over into the new annual catalog. This is especially exciting for those of us that are “designer series paper connoisseurs” (I prefer this term to “paper hoarder”, don’t you? Lol). The card that I created today is an anniversary card, but it could also be a wedding card, made with the Forever Fern Bundle.

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. Using Gray Granite cardstock, use the embossing branch die to cut two pieces.

2. Using Vellum cardstock, use the leaf die to cut two pieces. This piece will be cut in half when assembling the pieces.

3. Use three of the four accent leaf dies to cut three pieces from Gray Granite cardstock.

4. Stamp the sentiment from Forever Fern stamp set in Rococo Rose ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the second largest rectangle Stitched Rectangle Die.

5. Cut a 2” x 4” piece of Champagne Foil Sheet and emboss with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing folder. This will be layered under the sentiment piece.

Adhere the sentiment piece on top of the embossed Champagne Foil Sheet and use your Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the three small leaf pieces in the corners as shown:

I cut the vellum leaf piece in half and arranged on top of the Gray Granite cardstock piece, place some adhesive on the back of the embossed foil sheet in the corner, and placed over the leaf pieces to adhere to the back. This is repeated for the other corner:

The completed sentiment piece is adhered to the DSP base layer with dimensionals and then adhered to a Gray Granite 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 sentiment in Rococo Rose ink, use the two small branch stamps in Gray Granite ink at the top and bottom as shown, and then use the small splatter stamp in Rococo Rose ink:

Isn’t this a beautiful card with this Designer Series Paper? When I first saw the Forever Fern stamp set, the sentiment I used for this card I thought would be perfect if I ever need to make a wedding card, so I decided to use it for an anniversary card. For my next blog post, I will show you another design from this DSP using a carrying over stamp set and dies from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog!**Products used from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog will be available for customers on June 3, 2020**

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A Tropical Oasis Birthday!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a quick and easy birthday card made with the Tropical Oasis Suite! The weather may (or may not) be warming up, so why not send a beautiful birthday card to make someone’s day with a tropical theme? Today’s card is not only quick and easy to make, but it also uses up the beautiful Tropical Oasis DSP! This will give you room for all the new and gorgeous Designer Series Paper from the upcoming 2020-2021 Annual Catalog! 

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

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

1. Cut this other design from the DSP at 3” x 3” and then cut a piece of Real Red cardstock at 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” to layer under the DSP.

2. Stamp the sentiment from Timeless Tropical in Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out with the smallest layering Stitched Rectangle Dies.

3. Stamp the pineapple and palm tree stamps on Sahara Sand cardstock in Early Espresso ink and cut out with the coordinating dies.

4. Use one of the Tropical Oasis Trinkets, for this card I used one of the palm leaves, but any of them would work.

5. Cut a 4 ¼” piece of the Braided Burlap Trim and use your fingers to fray the ends and to slightly pull the sides of the trim, making it loose.

The trim on the top is how it would be and the trim on the bottom is after I frayed the ends and stretched it from the sides.

For the centerpiece, adhere the DSP and cardstock layers together, adhere the cut-out palm trees to the DSP, adhere the sentiment on top, along the bottom of the trees, adhere the cut-out pineapple towards the corner, and use a glue dot to adhere the trinket to the corner of the die cut sentiment piece:

Use Tear & Tape to adhere the Braided Burlap Trim to the middle of the DSP base layer:

Use dimensionals to adhere the sentiment centerpiece to the DSP, over the burlap trim:

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

For the inside cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso ink, and adhere a ¾” x 4” piece of DSP (same design as the base layer) along the bottom:

Isn’t this a fun and tropical birthday card?? I wasn’t sure if combining two different DSP designs would work, but I do like how this card turned out! If you notice, the base layer is not my typical 4″ x 5 1/4″ cut, that is because the piece of DSP I was using measured 5″ x 12″, so I just adjusted the measurement! The stamp set and dies will be carrying over into the new catalog, but the DSP, trinkets, and burlap trim will not, so don’t forget, all products on the retirement list are only “while supplies last”!

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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Bright and cheerful Get Well card!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a bright and cheerful “get well” card featuring the Dandelion Wishes and Itty Bitty Greetings stamp sets and the Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Series Paper! No matter the reason, sending well wishes to a friend or loved one to let them know you are thinking of them will surely brighten their day! Combing the Dandelion Wishes and Itty Bitty Greeting stamp sets is the perfect combination for today’s card!

The base layer is this design from the Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

For the card front, you will need:

1. Enough Very Vanilla Scalloped Laced Trim to tie around the DSP base layer into a bow.

2. Using the fourth smallest layering Stitched Rectangle Die, cut out a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, stamp the dandelion stamp in Versamark ink and heat set with Clear Emboss Powder, sponge So Saffron ink over the embossed image, and stamp the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings in Memento ink.

3. Using the fifth smallest layering Stitched Rectangle Die, cut out a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock, this will be layered under the Very Vanilla cardstock piece.

4. One 5mm Rhinestone Basic Jewel, not pictured.

To assemble the card front, adhere the layered Stitched Recetangle cardstock to the DSP base layer, place the 5mm Rhinestone Basic Jewel in the middle of the dandelion, and tie the ribbon around the DSP base layer into a bow:

This completed piece is adhered to a Crushed Curry Cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment and the fluff in So Saffron ink, and adhere a ¾” x 4” strip of DSP along the bottom:

Don’t you love this cheerful card? So easy to make, especially if you don’t have any cards on hand! Only the Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP is on the retirement list, so don’t forget, all products on the retirement list are only “while supplies last”!

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No line watercoloring with Rooted in Nature

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a quick and easy “no line watercoloring” card featuring the Rooted in Nature stamp set! If you have never tried watercoloring, today’s card is a great way to give it a try, even if you don’t think you have “an artistic bone”! lol Just like with card making, it’s best to start with something small and simple, this way you can work on your skills and gradually work on adding more to your cards!

The base layer for this card is this design from the Garden Lane DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

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

1. A 4” strip of the Whisper White Flax Ribbon.

2. Sahara Sand Adhesive-Backed Sequins, from the Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins.

3. Heat emboss the sentiment on Garden Green cardstock in White Embossing Powder and use your snips to cut out.

4. Stamp and watercolor the tree image on a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper (instructions below for stamping and coloring) and cut out with the third smallest layering Stitched Rectangle Die. Use the fourth smallest layering Stitched Rectangle Die to cut a piece of Soft Sea Foam cardstock, which will be layered under the watercolor paper.

For the “no line watercoloring”:

1. Stamp the tree image on the watercolor paper in Smoky Slate.

2. Using the smaller aqua painter brush, use Early Espresso ink for the tree trunk and limbs and Mossy Meadow ink for the leaves.

3. Using the bigger aqua painter brush, use Soft Sea Foam ink to color around the tree, from top to bottom. I gave this a gradient look by using less ink as I colored down to the bottom of the tree.

To assemble the card front, use Tear & Tape to adhere the flax ribbon across the middle of the DSP, use dimensionals to adhere the tree image and sentiment pieces, and use your Take Your Pick tool to place four of the Sahara Sand adhesive-back sequins to the DSP:

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

For the inside, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Garden Green ink, and adhere a ¾” x 4” strip of coordinating DSP along the bottom:

Quick and easy card to make! No line watercoloring is another great way to give your stamped images a different look! Of the products used for this card, the Garden Lane DSP, Whisper White Flax Ribbon, and the Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins are all on the retirement list from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. Don’t forget, all products on the retirement list are only “while supplies last”!

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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Mother’s Day Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Stamp It Group’s Mother’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 my creation with you today!

With Mother’s Day just a couple weeks away, now is a good time to get started on your cards and crafts! When it comes to Mother’s Day, do you send cards to your friends and family (aside from your mother, MIL, and/or grandmother(s))? I sure do! This is a great way to let them know that you are thinking of them and honoring them on Mother’s Day, especially now! With the supplies I used, I will show you how to make multiples of a truly lovely card to send out.

The base layer is Petal Pink Vellum Cardstock from the Perennial Essence Vellum Cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. The vellum cardstock is embossed with the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing folder, on the lighter (or smooth) side of the vellum cardstock. What that means is, the lighter side of the cardstock is facing the side of the EF that has the logo and line:

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

1. Stamp the sentiment from Strong & Beautiful in Lovely Lipstick in on a ½” strip of Whisper White cardstock, trimming any excess off. This is a great way to use those ½” strips from when you cut your Whisper White cardstock down to 4” x 5 ¼”.

2. Using this design from the Best Dressed 6” x 6” DSP, use the fourth largest (or fourth smallest, or the middle size) layering Stitched Rectangle Die.

3. On a piece of Basic Black cardstock, heat emboss this stamp from Beautiful Moments stamp set in Shimmer White Embossing Powder. The image is then cut out with the fourth largest Stitched Nested Label Dies.

4. You will also need three Champagne Rhinestone Jewels, not pictured.

The heat embossed image is adhered to the middle of the DSP and I used the three rhinestones in the center of the flowers on the DSP. I first adhered the sentiment with dimensionals along the bottom of the embossed vellum and then adhered the DSP layer with dimensionals. Adhering the sentiment first helped make sure I evenly adhere all pieces to the embossed vellum base layer:

This completed piece is adhered to a Lovely Lipstick cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”, placing the adhesive behind the sentiment and DSP pieces:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment from Strong & Beautiful in Lovely Lipstick ink, and adhere a ¾” strip of the same DSP design as the card front along the bottom:

Isn’t this a beautiful card? I chose to heat emboss the image on the card front with the Shimmer White Emboss Powder because I felt it tied into the inside sentiment. Now, when you use 6” x 6” and the Stitched Rectangle Die, you can get two pieces from the DSP when you cut the pieces out side by side. This will then leave just under a 2” strip of DSP, which I cut two ¾” strips to adhere to the inside cardstock, trimming off the excess. I had three pieces of this DSP left, so I was able to make a total of six cards!

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 last month’s Easter 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. Dawn Seelhoff with Dawn’s INKlings  
3. Tina Wardell~Tina’s Crafty Ink Spot  
4. Christina Miller  
5. Luly Gonzalez  
6. Lori Mueller – Stampin’ Dreams  
7. Pam Nichols – Just Dreamin’ Stamps  
8. Lori McBride  
9. Gianna Melone  
10. JaNette Howard  
11. Shannon Lorenz-Hatch  
12. Kim Quade  
13. Rachael Rife  
14. Karen Page

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A little coloring therapy with Breathtaking Bouquet

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun way to practice your Stampin’ Blends skills with the Breathtaking Bouquet background stamp set! Whether you have a few or have all of the Stampin’ Blends Marker’s, learning how to fine-tune your skills can be overwhelming, so having a stamp set that you can experiment with can be a great motivator! For the most part, when I use Stampin’ Blends it’s for coloring little things, so it was time to bring this beautiful background stamp back out and get a little “coloring therapy” going!

The base layer is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and the stamp is heat embossed with Copper Emboss Powder:

I first started by coloring the leaves in Dark Granny Apple Green and Dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends. I tried to keep it so that one shape of leaves was one color and the other shape was the other color, you may also discover with your coloring that you missed a leaf or two, so keep those blends handy:

I colored the three different flowers with Light and Dark Flirty Flamingo, Light and Dark Rococo Rose, and Light and Dark Purple Posy Stampin’ Blends. With the Flirty Flamingo, I used the dark around the center of the flower and any petal shading and the other two I used the dark around the petal edges and blending in with the light blend:

I really didn’t like the “white space” (what isn’t leaves and flowers), so I used my Light Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Blends to fill it all in. I felt it was light enough not to take away from the actual coloring of the leaves and flowers:

You will also need a 4 ½” piece of Petal Pink Organdy Ribbon and the sentiment from Peaceful Moments is stamped in Gray Granite ink on Whisper White cardstock and custom cut out with the second smallest rectangle Stitched Rectangle Dies. *custom cut means that the sentiment is too long, so I first cut out one end, lined up, and cut out the other end:

I adhered the ribbon along the bottom of the cardstock, with the ends adhered to the backside, and the sentiment is adhered on top with dimensionals:

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

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, first ink the sentiment from Peaceful Moments in Gray Granite ink and then I used my Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Write Marker to color the word “heart” and then stamped on the WW cardstock:

Isn’t this a fun background stamp to get your color therapy with?? It’s so easy to pick any Stampin’ Blends to color with, there really is no “right or wrong way”!! You can easily color in several pieces and then use them at a later date for whatever sentiment you need!!

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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