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 18, 2018

Serendipity Stamps April Blog Hop #2!

Hello everyone and welcome back!

It's that time again...time for a fun BLOG HOP with Serendipity Stamps! 


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!

Also, please welome the talented Sabrina Friel who is Serendipity's guest designer for the month of April!

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


I also wanted to mention that Serendipity Stamps is offering a fabulous sale from Wednesday,  April 18 until Sunday, April 22...40% off the highest item in your cart! Here's the Coupon Code...

"40fromhigh418"

Happy Shopping!

And now for my card today...I decided to make a greeting card using the adorable Skunk stamp! I just think this little guy is so cute!



I first created a peek-a-boo style card using a square die to create a window in the front of my card. ( I used orange Stardream cardstock for a little shimmer).  I then colored my skunk with Copic markers and placed him on the inside panel of my card. 



I then created my sentiment using the Hello die and the sunshine stamp. I first stamped the "sunshine" in Versamark ink and embossed with fine-detail white embossing powder onto a lilac sentiment strip. I then die-cut the "Hello" from white glitter paper and placed it on the sentiment strip. 

I wrapped some iridescent string a few times around the left side of the sentiment strip and then popped it up onto the front of my card using foam tape. Finally, I added some colored sequins around the sentiment to add a little bling.

A fairly simple but sweet card to send to a special someone in your life...that cute skunk is sure to make them smile!

Thanks again for joining me today! I hope you all have a wonderful and crafty week!!

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!!





Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Serendipity Stamps March Blog Hop #1!

Happy March everyone!!

I hope this post finds you well. It seems like everyone I know is either suffering from a cold or just getting over one, so I'm excited that Spring is just around the corner and we'll hopefully be past all of that for a while! Here in Atlanta the daffodils and the cherry trees are already in full bloom...our clue that Spring isn't far behind!

Before I share my card, please remember that today is the first day of Serendipity Stamp's first 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!

Bonnie Klass - guest designer
Marybeth Lopez 
Mary's Blog (Serendipity Stamps owner)
 
Julie Warner 
Beth Chiu (that's me!)
Vickie Zimmer

I couldn't resist playing with the brand new Friends stamp set this week! The images are so beautiful and I just adore the font.




 I first created the background using Distress Oxide inks in Worn Lipstick and Tattered Rose on Bristol Smooth watercolor paper. I then stamped my image using Versamark ink and embossed it using gold embossing powder. I really like the combination of the pinky-peach colors with the gold metallic powder. 



I cut my image out using a scalloped square die and mounted this onto some gold glittery paper, and then onto a paler pink cardstock. Finally, I used a square foam sheet between this and my background to pop up the image and give the card a bit of dimension. I added some bling with iridescent pink and peach sequins.

I used the hearts stamp from the same set to stamp the inside of my card with the Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink.




Thanks guys for visiting with me today! It means so much to me!!


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Serendipity Stamps February Blog Hop #1

Hi Everyone!
I hope you're all doing well and enjoying this winter season! It's still cold here in Atlanta, but for us crafters it's time to start thinking about SPRING! I like to make a few Easter cards to send to friends and family, and now is a great time for me to start...I just love coloring Springtime images and dreaming about the season to come!
Before I share my card with you, please know that today is the first day of Serendipity Stamp's first BLOG HOP for the month of February!

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...

Marybeth Lopez 
Mary's Blog (Serendipity Stamps owner)
 
Julie Warner 
Beth Chiu (that's me!)
Miriam Napier
Vickie Zimmer

For today's card I colored the Judy's Easter Basket Large image. This stamp is the stamp of the month and is 50% off throughout the month of February! I love it because it's such a nice large image and it fills an A2 card very nicely.



I colored my image with Copic markers. After coloring it, I decided I wanted some extra dimension so I restamped the image, colored the eggs again, and fussy cut several of the individual eggs. I used a paper sculpting tool to create an "egg shape" on each piece. I then used a drop of silicone glue to adhere the individual eggs on top of the original image. I'm not sure if you can see it very well in my images, but the effect of the individual eggs "popping out" of the basket gives it a dimensional or 3-D effect.




I also added some tiny gemstones to some of the eggs for a bit of bling.




I cut out my image, added a small border with some lavender Stardream cardstock, and mounted this with some foam tape on top of a plaid paper from my stash.

I hope you enjoyed my card today. As always, thanks for visiting my blog and good luck on the hop!!








Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Serendipity Stamps January Blog Hop #2!

Hello everyone! Thanks for joining me today for Serendipity Stamp's BLOG HOP!!

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...


Marybeth Lopez 
Mary's Blog (Serendipity Stamps owner)
 
Julie Warner 
Beth Chiu (that's me!)
Miriam Napier
Vickie Zimmer

Before I share today's card with you, I want to let  you know that the Individual Floral Alphabet Stamps are 50% off until the end of January! They make some really beautiful cards so be sure to check them out!

So I have to tell you...this week just wasn't a very good week for me, creatively speaking. I have no idea why. It just one of those weeks where I wasn't happy with anything I was making. I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about, right? It happens to all of us at some time or another! So I decided I wanted to do something relatively simple for today's card.

I went through my collection of Serendipity stamps and found this wonderful sentiment stamp with a quote by Claude Monet...it's called More Than Anything. It says "More than anything, I must have flowers always, always". What a fantastic sentiment to sent a friend who loves gardening! And with Spring right around the corner, I'm looking forward to seeing some beautiful flowers again soon!




I went through my stash and found some beautiful floral patterned paper and stamped the sentiment directly onto the paper using Versafine Onyx Black Ink. I then created a tag using a tag die and some leftover scraps of the paper. I used coordinating papers to create the background for my tag. I also used foam some foam rectangles to pop up some of the layers.

These papers have a Valentine's Day feel which is great for February, but any floral paper would do as long as it has some "white space" in which to stamp.

I then decorated my tag using some black silk ribbon, some black and white gingham ribbon, some black paper roses, and some matching sequins. 

As you can see, this card was so easy to create...great for those days when your creative mojo just isn't flowing like you want it to!


Thanks again for visiting my blog today! Good luck on the hop and remember, Spring really is just around the corner!