Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Serendipity Stamps - Summer's Last Hurrah

Today Serendipity Stamps is having Part 2 of the 
Summer's Last Hurrah Challenge.  
There is still time for you to play along.  Details are HERE.



For the Design Team, we are adding a photo challenge to the mix.  
We are to take a photo we have and use it for our inspiration.


I chose this picture I took years ago of a butterfly visiting my pee gee hydrangea in late summer.  The pee gees don't bloom here in Atlanta until July and the blooms last for months, sometimes changing color.  I used the colors in the photo and my butterfly is black to match.  Notice the touch of orange on his wings?



Did you notice I used the corner die from the Floral Frame die set at the bottom of my card?  
I just die cut it twice and snipped off the ends so they would meet in the middle.



Here is a closeup of the butterfly.


Inside my card I glued the small butterfly from the Floral Frame die set.  
I love that there is a small version of the large butterfly!


The finished size is 4 3/4 x 6 1/4.
Serendipity has a new special this week.  
It's FREE shipping for US orders over $15!
Good through September 24th.

Check out what the rest of the Design Team created!
Vickie Zimmer

The GUEST Designer joining us this month is Bridget Finlay:
http://bridgetspaperblessings.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 12, 2014

Serendipity Leaf HOP!


Today is Serendipity Stamps Fall Leaf  Blog Hop!
The whole Design Team is using the Leaf Pop Stamps and Dies!

You should have come from Marybeth Lopez blog.


Texture, Texture, Texture!  
I was shooting for lots of texture on this card and I think I got it!


I airbrushed a piece of tan textured card stock with Copics then stamped the leaves on it.
Then I die cut them with the leaf dies.


Inside my card I just stamped some leaves in different colors.


I had some leftover leaves so I made a little tag with them.

The next BLOG on the list is: Vickie Zimmer

PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!

One random commenter will receive a $20 gift certificate off their next order.  Visitors have until midnight US EST 9-14 (Sunday)  to leave a comment.  The winner will be posted on Mary's blog on Monday, Sept 15!

Here is a link for the FACEBOOK page (so LIKE us!)

Here is the list for the HOP:

  • Stamps & Dies: Serendipity Stamps - Leaf Pops Cling Set 1323QCL, Leaf Pop Dies 0040PD
  • Paper: Misc red, green, tan card stock, Neenah Natural White, Bazzill dark brown
  • Ink: Versafine: Vintage Sepia
  • Other: "Charles" - embossing folder, Maya Road Burlap, rust twine, gold rhinestones, Copics

Friday, August 29, 2014

Serendipity Stamps Fall Blog Hop!



We are having a special Fall Blog Hop to show off the great new images and dies for Serendipity Stamps Fall Release!

Hopefully you came from Marybeth Lopez's site:


I used this darling new stamp called Kitty and Jack for my Halloween card! 


I had a great time coloring it with my Copics and I added some 
Viva Clear Gloss Pen to the moon for some shine.


 This sheer ribbon from my stash was the perfect compliment to the card.


 The new BOO Die adds that little something inside my card.  
I die cut it twice with black and green papers and layered it.
The finished size is 5 1/4 square.

Next you'll hop on to Vickie Zimmer's blog:

You have until Sept 1 to leave comments and the winner will be announced on Mary's blog on Sept 2.The Prize?  A $20 gift code off your next order.  There is a second chance to win - Like us and Share.  
The Facebook winner will also receive $20 off their next order.

Here are all the sites in case you need them:
  • Stamps: Serendipity Stamps - Kitty and Jack 1325G
  • Dies: Serendipity Stamps - Boo Die 036DD, Spellbinders - Labels One, Luscious Labels One, Grand Labels One
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Cat's Eye - Blackbird Chalk Ink
  • Paper: Neenah - Natural White, Black Linen, Echo Park - Chillingsworth Manor 6x6
  • Copics: B0000, YR21, YR23, YR24, YR27, W3, W5, YG91, YG93, YG95, C1, C4, C6
  • Other: Viva - Clear Glass Effects Gel, misc ribbon

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Graphic 45 - An Eerie Tale Angle Card


I have been playing with An Eerie Tale paper from Graphic 45 lately.  I made this angled tri-fold card and decorated both sides of it.  Here is the front and I did a ribbon closure that is tied on the side.


Here are the 2nd and 3rd front panels of the card.  I could write a message on the postcard.

 
These are the shorter panels on the backside of the card.   You can see that this fairy shows on the front side of the card when it is closed.  I got the fairy die as a freebie from Spellbinders at CHA last month.  I never thought I'd use it but look how pretty it is with this paper!


The backside last and largest panel is shown here.  Decorating the backside of the card is optional.  But, I love to use patterned paper whenever I can!  Especially paper as pretty as this one is!

The card measures 4 x 6 closed.  Cut your paper to 6 x 12 and score at 4 and 8.  Then make a mark on one edge at 4 inches then cut at the diagonal from the 6 inch end to 4 inches.  That gives you the angle at the top.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

  • Stamps: None!
  • Paper: Bazzill Heavyweight - Black, Graphic 45 - An Eerie Tale - 12 x 12
  • Ink: Cat's Eye - Blackbird Chalk Ink
  • Dies: Spellbinders - Cierra Fairy, Anna Griffin - Flourish Scroll
  • Ribbon: May Arts - Black Seam Binding

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Serendipity Stamps - Simple and Fancy 2



The Serendipity Stamps Blog Challenge  has a great challenge for August and it is Missing you/Wish you were here. For the design team we added in Simple for August 6 and Fancy/Fussy for August 20, using the same image.  I've used the Live your Life sentiment for mine.  This time its FANCY!



See my Fancy lace, flowers, leaf and pearls?





  I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig for the sentiment on the front and inside.  It is one stamp so I just inked up the words I wanted each time.

Finished size is an A2 - 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.
Serendipity has a new special this week.  
It's 40% off the highest priced item in your cart!
Just enter the code "40fromhigh814" when you check out.
Good through August 27th.

Check out what the rest of the Design Team created!
Vickie Zimmer

The Serendipity Guest Designer for August is Kecia Waters!
Check out her blog, Stamping Deets, HERE
  • Stamps: Serendipity Stamps - Live your life 463E
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black, Cat's Eye - Blackbird Chalk Ink
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest - Natural White & Black Linen, Graphic 45 - An Eerie Tale
  • Other: May Arts - Lace & black twine, Petaloo Flowers and Leaf with Pearls, Mini Perfect Layers

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs Book & Case


 When I got this great new paper by Graphic 45 I knew I wanted to make an accordion book and case for it.  I painted the edges of the case and book black before I adhered anything.  
Above is the front side of the case.


Here is the other side of the case.  The image is just part of one piece of 12 x 12 paper and a little die cut cat in the corner.  The case measures about 5 x 7.
 

I glued a ribbon across the front of the book leaving the ribbon hanging over the sides.  This way you just wrap the ribbon around the back of the book and tie on one side.  
This picture is the front of the book.
 


Here is the back of the book and I untied the ribbon so you could see the whole page.
 

On to the pages.....there are LOTS since I decorated the front and back of the book.
 

more pages....
 

I used the Banner and Tags plus the Journaling Cards to decorate the pages.
 


The black mat tucked behind the picture sides out and a photo or journaling can be adhered to it.
 

The strip of stamps is a pocket.  This black mat also pulls out.  
So, there is lots of room for pictures of Cat & Dogs!
  • Graphic 45 - Raining Cats & Dogs supplies: 12 x 12 paper, Journaling Cards, Banners & Tags, Flowers
  • Paper: Neenah - Black Linen
  • Dies: Anna Griffin - Flourish Scroll, Impression Obsession - Cats
  • Ribbon: May Arts
  • Ink: Cat's Eye - Blackbird Chalk Ink
  • Other: Mini Perfect Layers, Creative Imaginations Case & Book (no longer available)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Graphic 45 - Botanical Tea Cards

Recently I taught a class of 5 cards I designed with Graphic 45's Botanical Tea papers.
Here are the cards which are all made with the 12 x 12 papers.


My inspiration for this class was the sheet with 6 - 4 x 6 pictures, Love Notes.

Love Notes


The sentiment is also from Graphic 45's Botanical Tea set.  I stamped it first with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink then die cut it with a Spellbinders die.
 

I custom designed the size of this pocket and used the Envelope Punch Board to make it.  It had to fit the tag inside so I cut the paper 6 3/4" square.
 

The cute little teapot die is from Serendipity Stamps.  The tag is stamped with another image from the matching stamp set.
 

I call this one the FRAME card.  I die cut the window out of the blue piece with a Spellbinder die and popped it up with foam tape.
 

When I saw this great Anna Griffin die I just knew I had to have it and pair it up with Botanical Tea!  The big roses are fussy cut and mounted with foam tape.

I've moved on to teaching a class of cards and a box with a matching mini book with Graphic 45's By the Sea collection.  Next up is Good ol' Sport! 
Have a great weekend!

  • Stamps: Graphic 45 - Botanical Tea - Sets 2 & 3
  • Ink: Cat's Eye - Creamy Brown Chalk Ink, Versafine - Vintage Sepia
  • Papers: Graphic 45 - Botanical Tea 12 x 12, Neenah Natural White, Bazzill Heavyweight in Candy Bar, Candy Buttons and Gumball
  • Dies: Serendipity Stamps - Teapot, Anna Griffin - Flourish Medallion, Spellbinders - Labels 34 & Curved Rectangles
  • Other: May Arts ribbons, Maya Road roses, Bow Easy