Paper Pumpkin June 2019-A Little Smile Alternative

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is my kick off for alternative’s to Paper Pumpkin’s June 2019 kit, A Little Smile! June is usually a pretty busy month for me with the new catalog and family vacation, so I usually take a break from PP….but, I was too distracted to suspend this month’s kit! This kit is so stinking adorable that I’m not disappointed I forgot! This week will be all about full size alternatives since the kit makes note size cards. Each card inspiration will incorporate a little more to “step it up”, but today we are going to keep it basic and only add cardstock and ink!

For card #1, you will need the products from the kit on the right (cut the back of the note card piece off) and then cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3 ¾” x 5” and stamp the sand dollar and star in Coastal Cabana ink (stamp off first, then stamp 2ndand 3rdgeneration ink) and the coral is stamped in Crumb Cake ink (stamp off first):

Use the twine from the kit to wrap around the Whisper White cardstock layer, adhere the coral die cut vellum behind the palm tree piece, adhere this to the note card front piece, and then adhere the star:

This piece is then adhered on top of the Whisper White cardstock base layer and then adhered to a Crumb Cake cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

The inside is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, the sentiment, sand dollar, and star are stamped in Coastal Cabana ink (only the sentiment is not stamped off first) and the texture stamp from the kit is stamped in Crumb Cake ink, stamping off first:

For card #2, you will need products from the kit on the right (the back of the note card is trimmed off), the sentiment is stamped in Crumb Cake ink, and a 3 ¾” x 5” piece of Crumb Cake cardstock, stamping the sand dollar 1st and 2nd generation: 

Adhere the sentiment to the laser-cut vellum circle, use adhesive behind the label to adhere the vellum circle to the note card layer, adhere the prawns behind the sand dollar and then adhere this to the note card layer:

Adhere the note card layer to the Crumb Cake cardstock base layer, tie a piece of twine into a bow around the bottom, and then adhere this to a Coastal Cabana cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

The inside is Whisper White cardstock cut at 4” x 5 ¼” and the sentiment and sand dollars are stamped in Coastal Cabana ink:

Aren’t these just adorable?? This kit is just the thing to get you in the mood for summer! I just love the idea behind this kit, Random Acts of Kindness. You make these little note cards, keep them in the storage envelope to take the cards with you, and hand them out to brighten someone’s day! These would also work perfectly to create a scrapbook page with 2” x 3” pictures!

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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Summer Theme Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Stamp It Group’s Summer Theme 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 on over from another site, thank you for letting me share my creations today! Let’s get started!

Today I am sharing a quick scrapbook page and a bonus card I made using pictures from my recent vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. My husband and I vacation twice a year with family and close friends, but this vacation was extra special for me! Not only was my younger son, who is stationed in Hawaii, and my older son, who is stationed in Maryland with his family, were able to come at the same time, but my beautiful mother, who lives in Oregon, was able to come out. This was her first “real vacation” since my step-father passed nearly two years ago and having us all under one roof for a whole week was truly a blessing.

Since this was a beach vacation, I just knew that products from the new 
Come Sail Away Suite and the Under the Sea Framelits Dies would be perfect for this scrapbook page! I first chose a few pictures to have printed in the 2” x 3” size and then chose these four 3” x 4” cards to layer with the pictures:

The picture of the lighthouse is layered on one of the cards, I notched the corners with my ½” Circle Punch, and the other pictures are layered on Night of Navy and Seaside Spray cardstock, cut at 2 ¼” x 3 ¼”:

These are pictures of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Wild Horses on the 4×4 Beach, sunset on the Currituck Sound with my mother, my granddaughters playing on the beach, and sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean with my two dogs

To create the sand dollar and starfish accents, I used a sponge with Crumb Cake ink to lightly dab on Whisper White cardstock and spritzed with Champagne Shimmer Paint using a Stampin’ Spritzer mixed with the paint and rubbing alcohol. I then used both dies from the Under the Sea Framelits to cut out three of each:

I used the seagrass die from Smooth Sailing and the coral die from Under the Sea to cut out one each in Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, and Mossy Meadow cardstock:

The final accent pieces are the rope and knot die from Smooth Sailing in Soft Suede cardstock and the net die from Under the Sea in Crumb Cake cardstock:

From the Come Sail Away DSP, I chose the striped balmy blue design for my 12” x 12” scrapbook page. I first arranged the pictures to my liking, added the die cut accent pieces, and then took a picture to refer back to as I assembled the scrapbook page:

Since I had a 4” x 6” picture of my mother and I, I thought I would make an easel card to send her as a happy reminder from her trip! I started with a 5 ½” x 8 ½” piece of Balmy Blue cardstock for the card base, scoring at 4 ¼”, and again at 2 1/8”:

I cut another piece of Balmy Blue cardstock at 4 ¼” x 5 ½” and used this design from the Come Sail Away DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

Since I trimmed the picture down to 3 ¾” x 5”, I cut a piece of Night of Navy cardstock to the same size and used the 2ndlargest mat die from the Rectangle Stitched Framelits to create the “frame” for the picture, used the same technique from the scrapbook page to create the sand dollar, and used the grass die from Smooth Sailing to cut out of Sahara Sand cardstock, brushing the whole piece with Wink of Stella:

I adhered the Night of Navy frame to the picture using my Fine Tip Glue Pen and adhered this to the DSP with dimensionals:

The sand dollar and sea grass are adhered with glue dots and the completed piece is adhered to the Balmy Blue cardstock base layer:

I burnished my score lines with my bone folder and applied adhesive to the bottom scored cardstock:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, adhere a ¾” x 5 ¼” piece of the same DSP from the card front to the bottom edge of the cardstock, the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greeting is heat embossed in Silver Emboss Powder on a piece of Night of Navy cardstock, cut out with the banner die from Smooth Sailing, and adhered with mini dimensionals:

I hope you have enjoyed these two summer themed projects and are inspired to create your own!

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 Father’s Day 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. Dawn Seelhoff  
5. Christina Miller  
6. Kim Quade  
7. Lori Mueller  
8. Shannon Lorenz-Hatch  
9. Tina Wardell  
10. Cindi Clarke  
11. Linda Cullen  
12. Gigi Melone  
13. Danette Herera

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Create your own Floral Essence!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a sweet card featuring the Floral Essence Bundle! While this suite has coordinating designer series paper, I thought I would do something different and create my own background with completely different colors! How many times have you had an idea pop into your head that you would like to try, but it was not going the way you thought it would? That is the case with creating the base layer for the card front, after I stamped and colored the leaves, I just did not like it at all! But rather than putting it in “that pile” (you know, the one of failed tries and you’ll come back to it later?), I chose to follow thru with the card to the end and then decide. I do like the end result and I discovered a trick to creating a third layer of petals!!

The base layer for the card front is Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I randomly stamped the smaller flower image with Lovely Lipstick ink, first full strength and then second generation and did the same process for the flower centers with Petal Pink ink:

I stamped the both leaf stamps in Call Me Clover ink, full strength and second generation. These are then colored in with Light Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends:

To create the layered flower, I first stamped the petal image in Lovely Lipstick ink on the Petal Pink Vellum from the Perennial Essence Vellum Cardstock four times, heat embossed with Clear Emboss Powder, and then punched out with the coordinating Perennial Flower Punch:

You will then use the ½” Circle Punch to punch out the middle of two flowers, layer the other two flowers together, and then adhere the rest of the petals around the back side of the flower. I discovered that by doing this the petals line up easily for that third layer and no extra bulk! I then used my Bone Folder to curl the edges of the first two layer of petals:

You will also need two 4” strips of the Scalloped Lace Trim, a 1 ½” x 4” piece of Lovely Lipstick cardstock, stamp the sentiment in Lovely Lipstick ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out with the second largest rectangle die from the Rectangle Stitched Framelits, and the flower with a Clear Faceted Gem in the middle:

To assemble these pieces, use your Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the ribbon along the back edges of the Lovely Lipstick cardstock, adhere the sentiment towards the right side of the Lovely Lipstick cardstock, and then adhere the flower:

The stamped and colored base layer is adhered to a Call Me Clover cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”, and the completed sentiment piece is adhered about the middle of the base layer:

The inside is a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, the sentiment and flowers are stamped in Lovely Lipstick ink, the flower middles are stamped in Petal Pink ink, and the leaves are stamped in Call Me Clover ink, colored in with Light Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends (same way as the base layer):

So what do you think of my version with the Floral Essence Bundle? I really do like the final result of this card, the ribbon edges and the layered flower are my favorite! I was trying to figure out a simple way to make another layer with the petals without having to do a bunch of cutting and it just came to me to try a circle punch! I bet this would even work with the Daisy Lane stamp set!!

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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This Little Piggy birthday card!

Hello and welcome to today’s fun birthday card featuring This Little Piggy stamp set! Let’s face it, we all have a stamp set (or two or three) that we get because it is “so stinking cute”, make a card or two, and then….it just sits on the shelf or in a drawer neglected and collecting dust. So, I dusted off this stamp set and challenged myself to create this cute birthday card, which was super easy with Stampin’ Blends!

The base layer is Blushing Bride cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and I used the Buffalo Check background stamp in Smoky Slate ink:

The two pig stamps are stamped in Memento Ink on Whisper White cardstock, cut at 3” x 4 ¼”:

The grass/ground is colored with Light Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends, the pig hoofs are colored with Light Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends, the sun is created with a sponge dauber with Daffodil Delight ink, the sky is colored with Light Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends, and then I used the Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends to color around the sun:

The pig ears and noses are colored with Dark Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blends, the rest of the pigs are colored with Dark Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends, the leaf on the daisy is colored with Light Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends, and the center of the daisy is colored in with Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends. I did use the Color Lifter where the Light Balmy Blue and Light Granny Apple Green colors meet to soften that line:

I adhered a piece of Whisper White Flax Ribbon across the middle of the Buffalo Check base layer with Tear & Tape:

The base layer is adhered to a Smoky Slate cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½ x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”, the stamped and colored cardstock is adhered with dimensionals, and then I added four of the pearl white adhesive-backed sequins:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment with Smoky Slate ink, stamp the pig with Memento Ink, and color with the same colors as the front of the card:

Wasn’t this a fun and cute card to make using Stampin’ Blends? Do you have a stamp set (or two) that you haven’t used in a while? Then bring it out and get let your creativity flow! 

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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Smile when it’s your time to shine!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a great card combining the Daisy Lane stamp set and Garden Lane Designer Series Paper! This DSP is perfect when you want a simple card with little stamping. I chose to use Mossy Meadow as my card base because I felt it really made the other colors in the DSP “pop” and I was able to create color coordinating ribbon with Stampin’ Blends.

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

You will also need for the card front a Pearlized Doily, the sentiment heat embossed in silver on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the smallest Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Soft Sea Foam cardstock cut out with the largest Layering Square Framelits and then embossed with the Tufted DTIEF, and enough Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon to tie into a bow, colored with the Dark Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blend Pen:

I used my Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the doily to the embossed square, turned it 90 degrees to adhere the sentiment to the middle, and then adhered this to the DSP base layer with dimensionals:

I then tied the ribbon into a bow around the bottom of the DSP and then adhered to the Mossy Meadow cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½” (it is easier for me to color a couple pieces of ribbon, tie one into a bow, adhere the other piece around the front of the DSP, and then adhere the bow with a glue dot):

The inside sentiment is on a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Whisper White cardstock in Mossy Meadow ink, the flowers are first stamped in Soft Sea Foam ink and then I used a Sponge Dauber with Mossy Meadow ink to color the middle, and I adhered a ½” x 4” piece of the same DSP design as the front along the bottom:

Wasn’t this a fun and easy card to make? To me, this DSP is perfect for using sentiment stamps alone with it and pairs easily with Whisper White and just about any of the Neutrals for your card base layer. This is such a simple and easy card layout that you could use with any designer series paper.

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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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!

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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There’s so much to love about Abstract Impressions!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is easy card to make with the Abstract Impressions stamp set and the Springtime Impressions Dies! I absolutely love the Perennial Essence 12” x 12” Vellum Cardstock and using Petal Pink with the butterfly die would be perfect! This vellum cardstock comes in Old Olive, So Saffron, and Petal Pink, so this is an awesome addition to have! It is slightly different from SU! regular vellum cardstock, which is perfect for using an embossing folder and die cutting as it is a little bit thicker, with one side smooth and the other with a little bit of texture.

The base layer is Rich Razzleberry cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and embossed with the Country Floral 3D Embossing Folder (note-the correct item #151823, below is the picture from when it was originally released during Sale-A-Bration. The new folder will be released shortly):

For the rest of the card front, you will use the butterfly die to cut out of the Petal Pink vellum cardstock, some Petal Pink Organdy Ribbon to tie into a bow, one of each size of the Rhinestone Basic Jewels colored with Dark Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Blends, Very Vanilla cardstock cut out with the 3rdlargest Rectangle Stitched Framelits, and then stamp the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss ink and use both grass stamps in Pear Pizzazz ink:

The embossed Rich Razzleberry cardstock base layer is adhered to a Blackberry Bliss cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

I tied the organdy ribbon into a bow and used a glue dot to adhere above the sentiment and then used glue dots to adhere the butterfly, these are hidden behind the rhinestones:

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

For the inside, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss ink, and stamp the butterfly in Petal Pink and Blackberry Bliss inks:

Fun and easy card to make! If you haven’t thought about the Perennial Essence Vellum Cardstock, you should check it out! Having colored vellum will bring your cards and project up a notch!

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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