Around The Bend

Stampin Up Around The Bend

Well, it has been quite an adjustment to leave Nashville and arrive in Northern New York.  Nashville temperatures were in the 80’s when we left.  Northern New York temperatures are in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.  Although that doesn’t seem really cold, it is when you are used to the 80’s.  Luckily we have lots of blankets and some heat in the cottage.  It takes a while for it to warm up, but it is better than nothing.  Oh, and there has been no snow (like it was last year when we arrived)!

I used the stamp set and dies called Around The Bend to make this card.  It is a fun stamp set with some bendy (yes, that is a word according to Google) images which the dies cut around.  If you look at my card you can see the Night Of Navy bendy line with the dots underneath it.  That is one stamp and then the die follows the bends and cuts out a scalloped edge around the dots.  There are also some extra dies in the set that cut out flowers, leaves and a big die that cuts out leaves for a corner.  I stamped the line and dots on a 5.25″ x 3.5″ piece of Basic White card stock and then cut it out.

After that I cut out a 5.25″ c 2.4″ piece of the Countryside Inn Designer Series Paper.  I adhered that to a Basic White card base and then the first piece I cut on top of that.  Next, I cut out a  5.25″ x 3.5″ piece of Boho Blue card stock using another die that cut out the stitched curve and the various dots at the same time.  I layered that on top of the card.

Next, I stamped the sentiment in Night Of Navy ink and cut it out using a die from the Stylish Shapes die set.  I added that to the card and thought I was done but I noticed that the sentiment needed a little more so I cut out a Night Of Navy flower and Old Olive leaves.

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Framed Florets

Stampin Up Framed Florets & Around The Bend

I have been doing a lot of organizing of my stamp area and supplies.  It started because I was looking for something specific and I could not find it anywhere. I realized that it could have been in five or six different spots.  I am not good with chaos and that is how the room was feeling.  I purchased some bins from Amazon, threw out a bunch of things and I sold some.  Now, all my adhesives, embellishments, ribbons, etc. are in one place.  I have a great drawer for all envelopes. My 8,000 pens are together and my card stock is nicely labeled and in alphabetical order by color family.  It feels good to be able to find things easily.  I still have a long way to go but I am getting there.

As a result of this, I am selling some retired products on my blog under a separate page called Retired Products For Sale.  You can click on the page link just above this post. I will be adding more things as I get them photographed and labeled.   If you have any specific requests, let me know.

I made this card using the Framed Florets Bundle and Around The Bend dies.  I just realized as I was writing this blog post that Stampin’ Up! just added a new set of dies called Radiating Stitches as an Online Exclusive product and it matches perfectly with both of these die sets!  I see a new card using them all in my future.

The first thing I did to make this card is cut out all the flowers and leaves.  The card stock colors I used are Orchid Oasis, Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green and Daffodil Delight.  I love all of these colors together.  I arranged them on a Basic White card base until I liked the way they looked.  Then I took a piece of Press & Seal and layed it on top of all the pieces.  The Press & Seal is a sticky so it picked up all the pieces and kept them exacly how I arranged them.  Then all you need to do is add some adhesive to the back of the pieces, flip them over (carefully) and adhere them to the card base.  I love this little trick that I learned from Jennifer McGuire.  Believe it or not, her husband actually invented Press & Seal!

Next, I stamped the sentiment from Framed Florets and cut it out using one of the coordinating dies.  I used the same die to cut out the frame.  I adhered both of them to the card front using Dimensionals.  Lastly, I added some Glossy Dots.

Don’t forget to take a look at my separate page selling retired products!

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