Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Serendipity Stamps July Blog Hop #2!!

Hello Everyone!

 It's July and you know what that means...time for Christmas in July!! Yes, I'm one of those weirdos that actually starts thinking about making their Christmas cards right in the heat of the Atlanta summertime!

I've got a beautiful Christmas card to share with you so that you can start thinking about making your Christmas cards early too! But first...it's time for another BLOG HOP!!  


Serendipity showcases a new set of stamps every two weeks. Just comment on the Design Team's blogs listed below to enter to win a $20 gift certificate to Serendipity Stamps. The more blogs you comment on, the likelier you are to win!


Here's a list of all the designers participating in the blog hop today...

Mary's Blog (Serendipity Stamp's owner)

Marybeth Lopez
Miriam Napier

I also wanted to remind you guys about a couple of sales going on right now at Serendipity Stamps. Both the Grill stamp and the Friends die are 50% off until the end of July. Also, please check out the 20% off clearance sale on select dies at https://www.serendipitystamps.com/category/specials.html! Happy shopping!!

Today's Christmas card features the very sweet Nativity stamp...


I created this card by stamping the image onto Copic X-Press It paper in Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloring it with Copic markers. I used B0000 and B000 to create my sky background. 

I just love that sweet little lamb and that dove visiting the Baby Jesus, don't you? I used some warm grey markers to color them. I used the tip of my marker to "dot" the lamb's fur and create a more textured look.

I used some Wink of Stella glitter pen on the star and a few other areas of my image, but it's a bit difficult to see in the photos, sorry!


Once my stamped image was colored, I began putting my card together. I created a "frame" for my image using gold shimmery cardstock. I then used a "burst"-style die to create a background layer using teal mirror cardstock. Before placing my image down onto the teal layer, I ran a piece of teal silk ribbon across the mirror cardstock using a strong adhesive tape to secure it. I then popped up the nativity layer using foam tape and adhered it to the mirror paper. A teal silk bow was then added to the left side of my frame.

I then used foam tape to add this layer onto a "frame" of the shimmery gold cardstock, and finally layered this onto a white 4.75" x 4.75" square card.

For the inside of my card, I stamped a sentiment from the For Unto Us Cling Stamp Set using Lawn Fawn's Peacock ink and layered this using a 1/16" teal mirror cardstock border and another white and gold layer. I really love the teal and gold colors together for the holidays!


Thank you all so much for visiting with me today! Before I go I want to also let you know that the Nativity stamp I used for my card is also available as a SET with a beautiful verse so be sure and check that out here...Nativity Cling Set.

Have a great week!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Serendipity Stamps July Blog Hop #1!

Hello Everyone and Happy Fourth of July!!


Serendipity showcases a new set of stamps every two weeks. Just comment on the Design Team's blogs listed below to enter to win a $20 gift certificate to Serendipity Stamps. The more blogs you comment on, the likelier you are to win!

Here's a list of all the designers participating in the blog hop today...

Marybeth Lopez

Today's card features Serendipity Stamp's Grill stamp. I love the cool retro look of this stamp!


I tried a little something different for this card. Instead of stamping the image onto my usual Copic X-Press It or Neenah cardstock, I stamped it directly onto my patterned paper. I used Authentique's 'Honor" 6x6 coordinating papers for this project. 

I colored my image using Copic markers and then cut it out using a rectangle die. This was mounted onto a scalloped red rectangle, using a navy 1/16" border around my image first. I added some fishtail banners to this using the coordinating patterned papers and popped two of them up with foam tape onto my card background.




I also added a small fishtail banner to the upper right-hand corner of my image and topped it with a tiny bow made from red jute twine.

As a final touch, I added lots of red, blue, and clear sequins and some gold stars as well. 

Thanks for visiting today! Have a safe and happy holidays, everyone...and good luck on the blog hop!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Serendipity Stamps June Blog Hop #2!!

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are all enjoying your summer! The temperature is really climbing here in Atlanta...great weather for staying inside and crafting! 

Keep in mind that today is the first day of Serendipity Stamp's second BLOG HOP for the month of June! 

Serendipity Stamps showcases a new set of stamps every two weeks. Just comment on the Design Team's blogs listed below to enter to win a $20 gift certificate to Serendipity Stamps. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have of winning!

Here's a list of all the designers participating in the blog hop today...

Today's card features the adorable Bikini Kitty stamp from Serendipity Stamps. I thought this would be a fun card to send to a friend who needs a little reminder to take time out for herself from time to time (don't we all need to remember this?)


I stamped my image onto Copic X-Press It paper using Ink On 3's Blackout Detail Ink and began coloring with Copic markers. I first colored my sky around the the kitty with BG0000 and BG000.  I extended the beach sand area on both sides using a Sigma Micron .45mm pen and then colored the sand using E31 and E33. Kitty's bikini was colored by blending RV34, R14, YR16 and Y35. I used the same colors for her umbrella but added YG01 for a pop of lime green. The kitty was colored with YR 21, YR23 and YR24, plus a little R20 for her cheeks and ears.

After Kitty was all colored up, I colored and fussy cut an extra umbrella and used a ball stylus to shape it into a more rounded shape and added it on top of the original umbrella using a couple of small drops of COLLALL colloidal silicone...in retrospect it was almost too small of an area to do this technique with, but it still added a bit of interest to the card.

Next, I cut out my image using a rectangle frame die and put that aside while I worked on my card.

I used Kraft colored cardstock to create a top-folding A2-sized card. I then cut an A2-sized rectangle from persimmon cardstock, then turned the rectangle die at an angle and cut it diagonally. I like doing it this way because I like to have the stitched line across the cut line at the top (hope that makes sense...sometimes it's hard to explain things in writing)!



I glued the persimmon panel to another A2-sized rectangle and then placed a o.5 inch strip of Scor-Pal tape above it. I took some kraft colored jute twine and wrapped it around the panel several times, using the Scor-Pal tape as my adhesive. Once this was finished, I added the panel to the front of my card using my ATG gun.

I then used foam tape to adhere kitty's "frame" to the front of my card, being careful not to place the foam tape directly on top of the twine. I used a double layer of foam tape to add the kitty image so that it popped up above my frame.

For my sentiment, I stamped "Just Unwind" from the Meow Mix Cling Set using Versafine Vintage Sepia ink and cut it out using a stitched fishtail banner. I added it below my kitty using foam tape. 

I used Nuvo drops in the colors Ripened Pumpkin and English Mustard to create glossy little "pearls" to add to my card. I didn't add this directly to my card as I have a fear of accidentally making a mistake on my card after all the hard work I've put into it! To get around this, I simply squeeze the drops out onto a piece of acetate, let them dry (usually overnight), and then glue them onto the front of my card. 

I also added a jute twine bow onto my card as a final touch. 

Thanks everyone for visiting today! I hope you all have a fantastic week and good luck on the blog hop!!







Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Serendipity Stamps June Blog Hop #1

Happy June everyone!

 Can you believe it's already summertime? I've been dreaming about the beach so I decided to create a shell card for you today! Before we get started, let me remind you that today is the beginning of Serendipity Stamp's first June BLOG HOP!!

Serendipity showcases a new set of stamps every two weeks. Just comment on the Design Team's blogs listed below to enter to win a $20 gift certificate to Serendipity Stamps. The more blogs you comment on, the likelier you are to win!

Here's a list of all the designers participating in the blog hop today...


On to today's card! This stamp has got to be one of my all-time favorites from Serendipity...it  features a beautifully detailed Triton shell


 Before coloring this image, I decided to go online and study some images of this stunning shell. Some of my favorite images were those where the sunlight was shining behind the shell and the opening was a gorgeous shade of coral. I attempted to replicate this color with my Copic markers. I used shades of cream and light browns to color the rest of the shell. I then fussy cut my image and put it aside while I worked on my background.

To create the background for this card, I stamped with some stripes and distress stamps from my stash using MFT's Persimmon and Extreme Black Ink. I added some jute twine and some Buttermilk and Ebony Black Nuvo drops as well. I then placed my shell on top of the background using some foam tape for dimension.


I layered my panel several times with some black, deep coral, and sand-colored cardstock, using a scalloped die for the deep coral layer. I used more foam tape to pop up some of the layers. I then placed my layers on an A2-sized black card.


For the inside of my card, I stamped the My Life quote by Thoreau using MFT's Persimmon Ink. It's such a beautiful sentiment and is great for an everyday "Thinking of You" card. I added more layers to the inside of my card to give it a finished look.

I hope you all enjoyed your visit to my little corner of the world today. As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful summer!



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Serendipity Stamps May Blog Hop #2

Hi guys! So great to be back with you again!

I made a card with a beautiful hydrangea stamped image to share with you, but first let me remind you that today begins the second May BLOG HOP for Serendipity Stamps! 




Serendipity Stamps showcases a new set of stamps every two weeks. Just comment on the Design Team’s blogs listed below to enter to win a $20 gift certificate from Serendipity...the more blogs you comment on, the likelier you are to win!


Also, please welcome back the talented Christine Alexander who is Serendipity's guest designer for the month of May!

Here's a list of all the designers participating in the blog hop today...


One last reminder before I tell you about my card...Serendipity Stamps has over 100 stamps currently in their $1 cling stamp sale! Be sure to check them out at https://www.serendipitystamps.com/category/dollar25-um-stamp-sale.html

Today's card features the gorgeous Hydrangea Large rubber stamp. I love the exquisite detail in this stamp!




Creating this card was fun and easy! I first stamped the hydrangea image onto Copic X-Press It paper using MFT's Extreme Black Ink. I added the Thinking of You sentiment above my hydrangeas.  I  used my Copic markers to color my hydrangeas. Even though I love blue hydrangeas, I wanted to do something a bit different here so I went to the internet and searched for images of hydrangeas.  I found this one I really liked and tried to replicate the colors with my markers. I made sure to add some BG0000 around the perimeter of my image to give a hint of sky.



After the coloring was finished, I die-cut my panel and then mounted it with foam tape onto some green polka-dot paper to match the hydrangea's leaves. I love using foam tape to give extra dimension to my cards! I finished with a little bow made from lime-green jute twine and some little blue "pearls".

As always, a great big THANK YOU for visiting with me today! Look forward to seeing everyone again very soon! Good luck on the blog hop!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Serendipity Stamps April Blog Hop #1!!

Happy April Everyone!


Hope everyone is doing well and had a wonderful Easter holiday with their family and friends...and I hope maybe you got a little time away to play with your art supplies!!

I made something a little different for today’s card, but first let me remind you that today is the first day of Serendipity Stamp’s first BLOG HOP for the month of April!

Serendipity Stamps showcases a new set of stamps every two weeks. Just comment of the Design Team’s blogs listed below to enter to win a $20 gift certificate for Serendipity...the more blogs you comment on, the likelier you are to win!

Here's a list of all the designers participating in the blog hop today...

I've been playing with some of the BRAND NEW items over at Serendipity Stamps and I'm loving them! This Wedded Bliss set is definitely one of my favorites from the new collections. It's a great set, especially with all the Spring weddings happening right now, but I decided to use it to make an anniversary card for my husband! We celebrate 25 happy years together next month (TWENTY-FIVE!) and I really wanted to make him something special. You guys get the sneak peek, but my husband won't see it until our anniversary!


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The set has lots of great sentiments, but the "I Still Do" sentiment is just so perfect for anniversaries! I love the little diamond ring next to it!

I stamped the bride and groom image onto Copic X-Press It paper using MFT's Extreme Black Ink and colored it with my Copic markers (I made sure to color their hair to match my husband's and my hair!).  I then cut the image out using some oval frames and applied it to a square card front I made using some red and black glitter paper and some black and white striped patterned paper. 


I then added some black paper roses and some pearly white and black enamel dots to finish the look. 

For the inside of my card, I stamped the "Forever (and always)" sentiment into white cardstock and framed it using more of the red and black glitter paper.



The font of this is just so pretty!!

As always, a big THANK YOU to you guys for stopping to visit with me today! Have a wonderful week and good luck on the blog hop!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Serendipity Stamps March Blog Hop #2!

Happy Spring you guys!!

I've gotta tell you...I'm starting to get really excited because Springtime just officially began yesterday! I've been seeing lots of happy Springtime stamp images lately, and the gorgeous lilacs stamp from Serendipity Stamps that I've colored for today's card has to be one of my all-time favorites. Floral stamps are awesome because they can be used for so many different types of cards...thinking of you, birthday, sympathy, Mother's Day or other holiday, etc...pretty much any type of card you'd like to create!

Please note that today is the first day of Serendipity Stamp's second BLOG HOP for the month of March!

Serendipity Stamps showcases a new set of stamps every two weeks. Just comment on the Design  Team's blogs listed below to enter to win a $20 Serendipity Stamps gift certificate.....the more blogs you comment on, the more likely you are to win!

Here's a list of all the designers participating in the blog hop today...please welcome the talented Bonnie Klass who is our guest designer this month! And I apologize for all the different shades of purple fonts...I'm having some strange issues with my program that I just can't seem to get worked out yet!

The lilacs stamp I used for my card this week is the Stamp of the Month for March which means that it will be 50% off until the end of this month!! Yay!! And before I forget....another YAY! There's a SALE going on right now at Serendipity Stamps! Buy any three items and get the fourth one FREE! The sale ends March 24th so be sure and check it out!

Here's my card for today...


I stamped the image onto Copic X-Press It paper using MFT's Extreme Black Ink. I wasn't exactly sure which colors I wanted to use for my image, so I went online and searched different lilac and butterfly images until I found one I liked and tried to mimic that one using my Copic markers. I used blue-violet, violet, and red-violet shades together to attempt to create more dimension and depth in the flowers. I used YG03/17/67 for the leaves, V000/01/04 for the butterfly, and BG0000/000/01 for the area around the image. 

I thought the image looked a bit flat so I decided to add a little bling to the flowers. I used two different types of sequins to do this...one was a regular iridescent sequin and the other was a much smaller circle without the regular sequin's "hole" in the center. It looks pretty when you turn the card back and forth in the light but unfortunately,  I had a hard time getting the camera to capture this.  The following photo may give you a little better idea...it all depends on how the light hits it!


I used purple Stardream cardstock to create a "frame" for my lilacs and used some foam tape between my frame and my lilacs. I then adhered these to the front of an A2 sized card. I also added a little bow made from green jute twine to the front of my card.

I used a Serendipity Stamps sentiment for the inside of my card...it's called Sending Lots of Love. I really love the elegance and the simplicity of this stamp! I stamped it using MFT ink in Grape Jelly which matched my Stardream cardstock perfectly.



That's all for today! As always, thanks for visiting and good luck on the Blog Hop!!