Around The Bend

Stampin Up Around The Bend

Red Tide has hit the Sarasota area and it is not much fun.  A “red tide” is a common term used for a harmful algal bloom. In case you don’t know, harmful algal blooms, or HABs, occur when colonies of algae—simple plants that live in the sea and freshwater—grow out of control while producing toxic or harmful effects on people, fish, shellfish, marine mammals, and birds. The most common effect it has on people is that it makes us cough.  A lot.  I am not sure exactly what causes it but I am sure you could do a Google search if you want more information.  In any case, when red tide comes to Sarasota when we are here, we end up staying inside because who wants to cough all day?  Thankfully, today it is better so we can go out and enjoy the sunshine and warmth.

This is a quick and easy card I made a couple of weeks ago.  Actually, I think the layout was included in the class I took last month, but I am not positive.  In any case, the hardest part of this card for me was to tie the ribbon.  I am sure many of you can sympathize with that.

I first took a 3″ x 4″ piece of Fresh Freesia card stock and layered a 2 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ piece of Designer Series Paper called Dandy Designs on top of it.  Dandy Designs DSP is one of the products you can order for free with a qualifying order during Sale-a-bration.  I love this paper because the colors are so bright and fun.  You get 48 12″ x 12″ pieces in the pack and each piece has a different design on the front and back.  As a side note, there are only two weeks left for Sale-a-bration so don’t miss out!

After adhering the piece of Fresh Freesia and Dandy Designs Designer Series paper to a Pale Papaya card base, I cut another 1″ x 4″ piece of it and layered that on top of a 1 1/8″ x 4″ piece of Pale Papaya card stock.  I wrapped a piece of retired Pale Papaya ribbon around it and adhered it to my card.  Next,  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Around The Bend and cut it out using one of the Stylish Shapes Dies set and glued it to the card using Dimensionals.  Lastly, I added some Opaque Adhesive Backed Gems under the sentiment.

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Pansy Patch Diagonal Fun Fold

Stampin Up Pansy Patch, Diagonal Fun Fold Card

I have to say we picked a great time to head to Florida.  Tennesse had a mini ice storm right after we left.  I call it mini because everything was covered with a thin layer of ice. The schools were closed for a day and the city shut down. When we lived in Northern New York an ice storm meant inches of ice on everything. The trees were breaking, power poles were down and the roads were unpassable.  There was no power and no school for weeks.  Of course, this doesn’t mean that Tennessee should not have reacted this way because it is all what you are used to. In any case, I am glad we missed it.  It is 80 and sunny here and I am enjoying every minute of it.

The card I made for today is called a Diagonal Fun Fold Card.  This is what it looks like when you open it.

The center portion opens to the right and then the diagonal front piece opens to the left.  It was fairly simple to make.

First, I took a 5.5″ x 8.5″ piece of Basic White card stock that I folded in half.  Then I cut from the fold down to the corner of the front of the card to make the diagonal part. I took a 5.25″ x 4″ piece of Dandy Designs Designer Series Paper and cut that in half diagonally and adhered it to the front of the card.  I cut another piece of the same size and added that to the inside of the card.  Dandy Designs DSP is one of the products you can get for free during Sale-a-bration. It is a huge pack (48 sheets) of 12″ x 12″ double-sided paper that has four sheets of each design.  I absolutely love the colors of this paper.  They are so soft and beautiful.

Next, I took an 8″ x 3″ piece of Basic White card stock and folded it in half.  I added a 2.75″ x 3.75″ piece of Dandy Designs DSP to the back.  If you look at the photo above you can see why it has to be on the back since it opens the opposite way.  I used the stamp set called Pansy Patch and the coordinating Pansy Dies to make the flowers and leaves.  The Pansy Patch stamp set is a two-step stamp set.  That means it can take two or more stamps to make one image.  I first stamped the outside of the pansy in Calypso Coral ink, the middle section in Pale Papaya and the center of the flower in Highland Heather.  Then I cut them out using the coordinating die.  I cut three leaves out of Soft Succulent card stock.  The dies are different because they cut out the outside edge of the leaf and they emboss at the same time.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Heron Habitat and cut it out using a die from Stylish Shapes.

Don’t forget there is only one month left to Sale-a-brate and earn free products!  The products will be available while supplies last or until the end of February.  Plus, Stampin’ Up! added more items on February 1st!


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Let’s Set Sail

Stampin Up Lets Set Sail

This is another card I made during that sunny 70 degree say we had a couple of weeks ago. It motivated me to make some summery cards.  Of course, it has gotten cold again and they are even talking possible snow but at least the snow does not last very long in Nashville.

I am, once again, using that gorgeous paper in the Sale-a-bration Catalog called Dandy Designs.  This pack of Designer Series Paper has 48 sheets for gorgeous double-sided paper.  You can get it free with a $100 order.  It is so worth it!  I cut a 4″ x 5.25″ piece and adhered it to a Basic White card base.

Next, I cut out the frame using two of the Stitched Rectangle dies.  To make it easier, I cut out the larger one first.  Then, I taped a smaller die to the larger die cut to keep it in place and cut out the center.  You can use Washi Tape or medical tape for this.  Sometimes Washi Tape can be a little to strong but you can stick it on your pants or sleeves a couple of times to redue the tackiness.

I took a 3″ x 4.25″ piece of Basic White card stock and added color to it using Blending Brushes and Balmy Blue, Tahitian Tide and Pacific Point ink for the background.  I first stamped the birds from the stamp set called Let’s Set Sail in Whisper White ink but they did not show up very well so I added some more using Starry Sky ink.  I am just saying the white birds are in the distance behind some clouds. I adhered this piece to the back of the frame I made earlier.

After this, I stamped the sails in Starry Sky ink and the sailboat in Crumb Cake and punched them using using the coordinating Sailboat Builder Punch.  If you purchase the stamp set and the punch in a bundle you can save 10%.  I stamped the shadow of the sailboat using Whisper White ink and the sentiment from Heron Habitat in Starry Sky ink.

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Framed Florets

Stampin Up Framed Florets

Stampin’ Up!® is a great company that really listens to their customers and demonstrators.  One of the things we have been asking for is the that the name of the stamp sets with coordinating dies both have the same name.  It is hard enough to remember one name in a bundle but two was even harder.  I am so happy that beginning with the new 2023 January – April Mini Catalog, they listened so that stamp sets and dies both use the same name!  It’s the little things!

Framed Florets is a bundle that is in the new Mini Catalog.  Stampin’ Up!® did a pre-release with this bundle that included the stamps, dies, Designer Series Paper and some embellishments.  Unfortunately, the DSP and embellishments were ‘as supplies last” so they are no longer available but the stamps and dies are.  You may see me still use the retired DSP in the future because it was so pretty but you can always replace it with another DSP.

To make this card I first took a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Dandy Designs Designer Series Paper and used on the the Framed Florets dies to cut the oval hearts out of the center.  This paper is in the 2023 Sale-a-bration Catalog and is just gorgeous.  You can get this paper for FREE with a qualifying order!  I have used it a few times in the past and I think it is one of my all time favorites.  After I cut out the oval hearts I layered it onto a Basic White card base.

Next, I cut a piece of Basic White card stock using one of the other dies in the Framed Florets set.  This die cut out the oval frame as well as the inside oval.  I layered that onto the card.  It fits perfectly between the oval hearts.  Then I stamped the flowers using Fresh Freesia ink onto a piece of Fresh Freesia card stock and the leaves using Parakeet Party ink on Parakeet Party card stock and cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I stamped the sentiment onto Fresh Freesia card stock and cut that out using a die from the set called Give It A Whirl.  I layered that on top using Mini Dimensionals.

You can get the Dandy Designs DSP for free if you purchase the Framed Florets bundle (or any other merchandise totaling $50 or more before shipping and tax).  It really is beautiful paper and you will love.  There is not limit to how many items you can get for free.  Plus Sale-a-bration is a great time to join Stampin’ Up! In addition to the already excellent value of the Starter Kit, if you decide to sign up as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration, you can choose from three incredible options:

  • Option 1: The exclusive Boho Blue Mini Machine ($63 value) + your choice of $175* of Stampin’ Up! products for only $129.
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