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


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cottage Cutz Holiday Owls Tutorial


Today I'm going to show you how I put together a cute 
Cottage Cutz die called Holiday Owls.


There are lots of pieces to this die so I just die cut it once
with white cardstock. 


 After I passed it through my Vagabond I put 
2 all-over-sticky Post-It notes on it to hold the pieces in place.


Here I turned it over and made sure all the pieces were in place.


Next I colored it with my Copic markers.  Another option is to die
cut sections of it with different colored card stock instead of coloring it.


Here I started gluing the owl pieces together and placing
them with repositionable adhesive on my die cut square.
TIP: glue the feet to the branch and not the owls.
They are too small to glue to the owls.


Here are 2 finished pieces.  For the eyes I used several things.
Black nailheads for the largest owl, Black Glaze pen and 2mm
pearls for the smaller owls. Other enhancements are a clear
glaze pen for the berries and beaks and Nuvo White Blizzard
for glitter on the holly leaves, stocking tops and hat fuzzy areas.


Inside I finished up the card with Impression Obsession's 
Merry Christmas stamp.

Hope you enjoyed this and have a great week!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Serendipity Stamps - September Blog Hop #2!



Today I decided to play with Serendipity's wonderful 
Reverse Falling Leaves Die!
I used it to cut lots of patterned papers for a variety of colorful leaves.
I edged each one in Chestnut Roan ink to help them stand out.


Using foam tape I popped up the two kraft
scalloped frames so I could curve
the leaves before attaching them.


Inside I added more of the leaves left over from the front.
The finished size is 4 1/4" square.

Fall is coming! I can't wait!


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:

Rake 

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:  Leaves Reverse Die 078HDUplifting Words Set 1398QCL
  • Inks: Versafine - Vintage Sepia, Cats Eye - Chestnut Roan Chalk
  • Paper: Carta Bella 6x6 Hello Fall, Lawn Fawn 6x6 Knock on Wood, Kraft, Neenah 110lb Natural White
  • Other: Lawn Fawn Stitched Squares, MFT - Square Scalloped Inside Dies & Pierced Squares, Bow Easy, twine

Thursday, September 14, 2017

New Lawn Fawn for Christmas


Ive been making a bunch of Lawn Fawn cards and tags lately.  
I just love the products in their recent release!
The otter is from Winter Otter and the ornament is from the
Stitched Ornament die.


Inside I used Distress Oxide Candied Apple ink for the sentiment.
It is a perfect match with the Lawn Fawn paper.


Next up is a mini card with the Mini Wreath die.  I double cut the bow
and layered it on top.  I put Glossy Accents on the berries and bow.



Inside I used Distress Oxide Candied Apple ink again.



My final project is an ornament with the darling otter and 
die cut elements from the Mini Wreath die set.

All of these products are available at Impressive Ideas!

Have a wonderful week!

  • Lawn Fawn products:  Stitched Square Dies, Stitched Circles, Stitched Circle Tag, Stitched Ornaments, Outside In Stitched Scalloped Squares, Knit Picky Petite 6x6 pad, Winter Otter stamps and dies, Mini Wreath
  • Other: Distress Oxide Ink: Candied Apple, Copics, Neenah Solar White 110lb, Bazzill Light Blue heavyweight, Bow Easy, Iridescent Twine

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Serendipity Stamps - September Blog Hop #1!


Welcome to the first HOP in September for Serendipity Stamps!
Mary has some beautiful new products for us.  Here is the 
Kite Reverse Die
all done up with Distress Oxide Inks.


Inside I stamped this cute sentiment with Distress Oxide Ink 
in Wilted Violet.  Finished size is 4.25 x 4.25.


Here is another one with some different colors.  The background 
was done with regular Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass.
Another cute sentiment from the Uplifting Words set 
stamped in Broken China.

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:

Rake 

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, August 23, 2017

Holtz - Silly Monsters Day 3




I've made a bunch of Silly Monster cards with Tim Holtz's new dies.  
I'll post one a day over the next few days.  (It is day 3.)
I die cut the Silly Monsters from Stardream Metallic paper with Distress
Oxide Inks on them.  I find using a coated paper helps the ink move 
and react with water better than card stock and 
metallic paper adds a little shimmer!

This guy reminds me of MIKE from Monsters Inc. 
but he has 2 eyes instead of just 1!  I edged
him in a little Charcoal Chalk ink to make him 
stand out from the background.


Finished size is 4 1/4" square.

Have a great week!
  • Stamps: Tim Holtz - Crazy Talk, Slate & Stone CSM 299
  • Dies: Tim Holtz - Silly Monsters, Impression Obsession - Scribbles Circles, Lawn Fawn - Stitched Squares & Rectangles, MFT - Wonky Squares
  • Ink: Distress Oxides, Versafine Onyx Black, Cat's Eye - Chalk Ink Charcoal
  • Paper: Stardream Metallic - Hera 12x12, Neenah Solar White, Bazzill Licorice Twist, The Paper Cut - Brick
  • Other: Gelly Roll Glaze Pen - Black, Glossy Accents