Monday, July 28, 2014

Serendipity & The Twinery Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Serendipity Stamps and The Twinery Blog Hop!  For the next 3 days we'll treat you to PRIZES and some great creations using Serendipity Stamps dies and images as well as twine from The Twinery!  I have 2 cards to show you today.

You should have arrived here from Christine's blog:

I did a little sewing with the red twine.  I poked the holes first then used a needle and thread to do the stitching.  I used Tim Holtz's markers and a waterbrush to color my image.

The HELLO image was stamped first and then punched out with an oval punch.  The boat image was cut out with a square die.

Inside my 4 x 4 card I stamped the boat image again in Distress Ink.  
On to card #2....

I used the Serendipity Lighthouse die and the red twine again for my second card.  The clouds are craft paint applied with my finger.  I think it gives them a natural shape and look!

This card is an A-2 and I embossed a line down the right side of the card base for interest.

Serendipity is giving out prizes if you comment on the blogs and Facebook:
You can win a $25 credit towards your next purchase if you leave comments on all the Serendipity Stamp posts.
You can win the Facebook prize of a $25 credit towards your next purchase if you LIKE the Serendipity Stamps Facebook page AND leave a comment.

Serendipity Stamps sale during the blog hop is 20% off all items in the “Garden” category through August  3!
Next on the hop is Katarina:
Katarina Damm-Blomberg -

Here is the full HOP list for today! 
Serendipity Stamps -
Katarina Damm-Blomberg -
Rebecca Greco -

Card 1:
  • Serendipity Stamps: Sail Boat 236E, Hello Small 619A
  • The Twinery: Maraschino Solid twine
  • Paper: Graphic 45 - By the Sea 8x8, Neenah Natural White, misc red
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Ink - Black, Tim Holtz Distress Markers, Versafine - Deep Lagoon, Cat's Eye - Chestnut Roan
  • Other: oval punch, needle, paper piercer, waterbrush
 Card 2:
  • Serendipity Stamps: Lighthouse die 031ED
  • The Twinery: Maraschino Solid twine
  • Paper: Authentique - Ten 12 x 12, Neenah Solar White, misc red & grey
  • Ink: Cat's Eye - Chestnut Roan
  • Other: Scor Buddy, white acrylic paint, N2 Copic marker, Mini Perfect Layers

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Come Away With Me card

Just a quick post for a new card I made with Graphic 45's Come Away With Me papers.
I did some fussy cutting on the people and car and popped them up with foam tape.  The stamp in the corner is from the matching chipboard collection.

I used the Anna Griffin large flourish die for the accent piece.  
I just LOVE that floral paper with the brown background.

Graphic 45 has started making Journaling Cards to match some of their collections.  
I used one inside my card.
Have a great weekend everyone!
  • Stamps: None!
  • Ink: Cat's Eye - Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink
  • Paper: Graphic 45 - Come Away With Me 12 x 12, Journaling Cards, peach and brown cardstock
  • Other: Graphic 45 - Come Away With Me - Chipboard 1, Anna Griffin - Flourish die

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Serendipity Stamps - COOL! COOL! COOL!

The Serendipity Stamps Blog Challenge  has a new challenge for July to use TWINE! You have until August 4 to play.

The Design Team has added a "COOL" theme as part of the challenge this week but you only need to use twine to play along.  COOL can be the weather, cool things, cool colors etc! I chose a COOL pitcher of lemonade for my card. 
(The light yellow looks a little neon in the picture, but I assure you, its not!)

I popped up the little lemons and slices on foam tape.

I used the Natural Solid twine from The Twinery to make my double bow.  They have a great assortment of colors and styles.   I didn't have yellow twine so I colored it yellow with a Copic Marker. 

Inside my card are two complimentary stamps from Serendipity.  This would be a good card to send someone who is going through a hard time.
Finished size is 4 1/2 x 4 3/4.
Serendipity has a new sale this week.  Buy 3 get a 4th free!  
Good through July 23rd.

Check out what the rest of the COOL Design Team created!

Guest Designer:
Jen Cuthbertson
  • Stamps: Serendipity Stamps - Lemonade Pitcher 989GLemons 988F, When Life Gives You Lemons 990D
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest - Solar White & Black Linen, Graphic 45 - Come Away with Me 6x6, yellow card stock
  • Other: Spellbinders Labels 22 & Decorative Labels 22, The Twinery - Natural Solid twine, blue & yellow ribbon, Bow Easy
  • Copics: Y11, Y13, Y15; B0000, B52, C1, 0 Colorless Blender

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Serendipity Stamps - HOT! HOT! HOT!

The Serendipity Stamps Blog Challenge  has a new challenge for July to use TWINE! You have until August 4 to play.

The Design Team has added a "HOT" theme as part of the challenge this week but you only need to use twine to play along.  HOT can be the weather, heat embossing, hot colors etc! I chose the HOT colors of red, orange and yellow for my card.

Masking is the technique I used on this card.  I was so inspired by Julie Warner's Sunflower card shown HERE.  Her card just called out to me.  
I used similar colors and the Sunflower stamp.

I made a mask with a Post-it note and stamped the flower over and over.

Here is my image before coloring.

I used the black and white twine from The Twinery to make my triple bow.  They have a great assortment of colors and styles.

Inside I stamped another flower and colored it up.  I didn't use a sentiment so I can choose one later for whatever occasion comes along. 
The finished size is an A-2.

Serendipity still has the 50% Off Wood Clearance Sale, lots of $1 stamps, and Clearance stamps.

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

Guest Designer:

Friday, June 27, 2014

Graphic 45 Couture Cards & Box

Recently I finished teaching a box and card set with Graphic 45's Couture line.  I kept the box and cards simple so the set could be made in a 3 hour class.  The cards don't have too many thick embellishments on them so 5 could fit in the box.

Rather than decorating the whole box I put the elegant peacock paper on the backside of it and made a belly band that slides on and off.  The picture and layer behind it are die cut with ovals and the peacock feather is tucked behind them.  I put a little piece of black paper behind the heart opening and inked the edges black.

I used the whole sheet called "Beautiful" for the belly band and cards.  It was the inspiration for this class. Here are the 5 cards.  They all have black bases and are A-2 sized.

 Tiny flowers are made by Maya Road.

 The pearl and rhinestone flower is made by Maya Road.

The scroll die cut is by My Favorite Things.
I taught this class 9 times.  The boxed set is good for a gift and many students made duplicates. I had a great time designing this class and teaching it too!
  • Stamps: Impression Obsession - Peacock, Graphic 45 Couture Set #3 for insides of cards
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black, Cat's Eye - Blackbird Chalk, Distress Ink - Broken China
  • Paper: Graphic 45 - Couture 12 x 12, Neenah Black Linen
  • Dies: Impression Obsession - Peacock Feather, MFT scroll, Spellbinders Labels 28, Nellie's Dies - Ovals
  • Other: black rhinestones, 2mm pearls, May Arts black lace, Maya Road flowers & Pearl flowers, Envelope Punch Board (for box)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Serendipity Stamps SSBC #32

We are back with the 2nd Window Challenge for the Serendipity Stamps Blog Challenge The Design Team has added an accordion card as part of the challenge this week but you only need to make a window card to play along.

My card has 3 panels and I cut windows in the first and third panels.  I backed them with ocean scenes.  As I made this card I kept thinking, "it's too plain!".  As I thought about what to add or how to improve it I realized sometimes plain is good.  Anything I added looked wrong.  
So, plain it will stay!

I did a little trick with the "Hi" on the front.  I used the Hope word die and cut off most of the "o" and the p and e.  You can make other words with the word dies by cutting the letters apart.  Just give it a try!  I used some adhesive cork cut with a deckle scissor for the land/sand.  
LOVE the texture it gives a card.

For the clouds I just dipped my finger in craft acrylic paint and dabbed it on.  I think they look light and fluffy!  The birds were inked with Stormy Sky Distress ink to make them more interesting and I used the card base paper to die cut them.

Finished size is 12 x 4.

This week’s sale at Serendipity is the ever popular 40% off coupon.   The code is “40fromhigh614”. The coupon is good through June 24. The 40% is off the highest priced item in your cart.

The current special of a free cling stamp with each die will continue while supplies last.

Check out what the rest of the Design Team created:

  • Stamps and Dies: Serendipity Stamps - Lighthouse Die 031ED, Peace, Hope, Punctuation Dies 030HD, And the Song 087D
  • Other Dies: Impression Obsession - Sea Birds
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink - Stormy Sky
  • Paper: Bazzill White, black, grey & yellow card stock
  • Other: Mini Perfect Layers, white acrylic paint, Karen Foster Cork Sheet, deckle scissors

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Serendipity Summer Release Blog Hop - Day 3

So it is Day 3 of the Serendipity Stamps Summer Release Blog Hop.  
Today I have a few new stamps to show off.  Isn't the peacock image pretty?  
I had fun coloring her to match the paper.

The branch and bird are separate images so I stamped the bird first then masked her.  I stamped the branch under her so she would be sitting on it.  I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure the placement was just right.

Adding a few gems gives the card a little sparkle.

Inside a classic birthday sentiment finishes it off.
The finished size is 6 x 6.

If you comment on the postings you'll be in the running for a $20 Gift Card!  The more you comment, the greater your chance to win!  
You can comment through Tuesday and the winner will be announced on Wednesday.
If you place an order you will get a Free Mini Grab Bag (minimum order: $20)!

Check out the Design Team's creations!  Here is the HOP order: