Friday, December 8, 2017

My Favorite Things - Cross Stitch Holiday Card


Lately I've been into cross stitching using both Paper Smooches 
and My Favorite Things cross stitched dies.  This one is 
Paper Smooches which is bigger than MFT's.


I used Distress Oxide Inks to do the trees and sentiment.


Inside I did the sentiment in the ombre style by stamping the 
whole word in the lighter color then stamping the 
lower half with the darker ink.  A very cool effect!

I hope you are having a festive December!

Finished size is A-2.
  • MFT: Handwritten Holidays stamps, tree die, Stitched Rectangles
  • Paper Smooches: Cross Stitch Die
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Candied Apple, Fired Brick
  • Paper: Neenah - Solar White 110lb, Cherry Splash Bazzill, Bristol Smooth for trees


Thursday, December 7, 2017

MFT Color Challenge 82


This week I decided to enter the My Favorite Things Color Challenge.
The color scheme wasn't Christmas but I decided to go that
way anyway.  I'm addicted to cross stitching lately and found this 
cute image on Pinterest.  


I outlined the image in grey so it wouldn't be as harsh
as black.  The sentiment is stamped in grey as well.



Inside I used a color similar to Cornflower blue in ink and paper.
You still have 5 days to participate and possibly win a $50 
Gift Voucher from My Favorite Things!

Finished size is an A-2.


  • MFT: Hand Lettered Holiday, CROSS STITCH Tag die
  • Ink: Versafine - Smokey Grey, Majestic Blue; Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass
  • Dies: Lawn Fawn - Cross Stitched Rectangles


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Serendipity Stamps - December Blog Hop #1



Welcome to Serendipity Stamps First December Hop!  
Is anyone else thinking, Where did the year go?  
Time just flies!  Today I have a card that uses many
of Serendipity's new products.  For the background 
and birds I used my Distress Oxide Inks 
on Bristol Smooth card stock.


The finished size i s 5 1/4 x 4 1/2.  I usually let the art dictate 
the size of my card.  Especially true in this case!

The December Stamp of the Month is:

The HOP Prize is a $20 Serendipity Stamps Gift Certificate 
to a random commenter.  
You can leave comments from Wednesday through Sunday
 and Mary will announce the winner on Monday.

Here is the list of Design Team members participating in the HOP:

Mary's Blog
Beth Chiu
Patti Kehl
Carol Mayne
Miriam Napier
Julie Warner 
Vickie Zimmer 
Marybeth Lopez

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Serendipity Stamps - November Blog Hop #2



Welcome to this month's 2nd HOP for Serendipity Stamps!
Today I used the darling new stamps, Happy Holidays Set. 
I love the edgy, rustic design of these stamps.  
Pairing them up with some linen ribbon seemed
to be the right design.  They are colored with Copics 
and covered with a glossy glaze pen.  



I cut my sentiment stamp apart so it would be easier
to stamp this way instead of one long line.

Finished size is 4 3/4 " square.

Here is a little tag I made to go with the card.



Stamp of the month for 50% off is SLED:


The HOP Prize is a $20 Serendipity Stamps Gift Certificate 
to a random commenter.  
You can leave comments from Wednesday through Sunday
 and Mary will announce the winner on Monday.

Here is the list of Design Team members participating in the HOP:

Mary's Blog
Beth Chiu
Patti Kehl
Carol Mayne
Miriam Napier
Julie Warner  (not hopping this week)
Vickie Zimmer 
Marybeth Lopez


  • Serendipity Stamps: Happy Holidays Set 1423CSS
  • Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black & Olympia Green
  • Paper: Authentique - Alpine 6x6, Neenah Natural White, Bazzill Black
  • Other dies: My Favorite Things - Cross Stitched Tag & Wonky Square dies, Lawn Fawn - Stitched Squares
  • Other: Echo Park Enamel Dots - I Love Winter, May Arts - Linen Ribbon
  • COPICS: W0, W2, B93, B95, YG93, YG95, YG97

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Serendipity Stamps - November Blog Hop #1



Welcome to Serendipity's November Blog Hop!
I used the CUTE new Embroidered Bird stamps 
on my mini box and cards.



The box is 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 and the cards are 2 3/4 square.  
I used my Envelope Punch Board to make the box.  
My paper measured 6 x 6 and my first score mark and punch
is at 2 1/2 and my second score mark is at 3 1/4. 
Rotate paper counterclockwise
and score and punch twice on each side to make the box.

The HOP Prize is a $20 Serendipity Stamps Gift Certificate 
to a random commenter.  
You can leave comments from Wednesday through Sunday
 and Mary will announce the winner on Monday.

Here is the list of Design Team members participating in the HOP:

Mary's Blog
Beth Chiu
Patti Kehl
Carol Mayne
Miriam Napier
Julie Warner 
Vickie Zimmer 
Marybeth Lopez


  • Serendipity Stamps: Embroidered Bird Cling Stamp Set 1418QCL
  • Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Paper: G45 Winter Wonderland 8x8, Neenah Natural White
  • Other dies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Circles, Tonic Tiny Scalloped Squares

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Serendipity Stamps - October Blog Hop #2


Welcome to HOP #2 for October!  You should have arrived 
here from Carol Mayne's blog.
I decided to use this great traditional turkey for my fall card.
He has such great detail he can stand alone with coloring.


I added some fall leaves from the Reverse Leaves die in the corner.
Finished size is 4 1/4 square.

The HOP Prize is a $20 Serendipity Stamps Gift Certificate 
to a random commenter.  
You can leave comments from Wednesday through Sunday
 and Mary will announce the winner on Monday.

The 50% off Stamp of the Month is:

Autumn Chair

There is a sale going on at Serendipity Stamps from 
Wednesday through Sunday.  Buy 3 items, get the fourth free!
Details are on the website.

Here is the list of Design Team members participating in the HOP:

Mary's Blog
Beth Chiu
Patti Kehl
Carol Mayne
Miriam Napier
Julie Warner  (out this week)
Vickie Zimmer 
Marybeth Lopez


  • Serendipity Stamps: Turkey small 801E, Reverse Leaves die 078HD
  • Inks: Versafine - Vintage Sepia, Cat's Eye Chalk - Chestnut Roan
  • Paper - Carta Bella - Hello Fall 6x6
  • Other dies: MFT Stitched Inside & Out Squares, Tonic Scalloped Squares

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Serendipity Stamps - October Blog Hop #1


Recently I made a batch of card for my Bridge-playing Mom.  
I used the cool Playing Cards Stamp and Die set!
The sentiments are perfect to go along with all those cute suit dies!


I made a bunch of shaker cards 'cuz I don't care how old you are, 
everybody smiles over a shaker card!


Its easy to decorate the insides with leftover die cuts
and a clever sentiment.


Some of the dies are so small that you can
use them inside your shaker.


 Another inside above.





Hope you enjoyed this set of "playing cards"!

The HOP Prize is a $20 Serendipity Stamps Gift Certificate 
to a random commenter.  
You can leave comments from Wednesday through Sunday
 and Mary will announce the winner on Monday.

The 50% off Stamp of the Month is:

Autumn Chair

Here is the list of Design Team members participating in the HOP:

Mary's Blog
Beth Chiu
Patti Kehl
Carol Mayne
Miriam Napier
Julie Warner 
Vickie Zimmer 
Marybeth Lopez