Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Serendipity Stamps September Blog Hop #2!



Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing well and having fun creating those fall cards! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays so I’ve been having lots of fun creating cards for family and friends. I have a fun Halloween card for you today, but first I wanted to let you know that today is the first day of the Serendipity Stamps September Blog Hop #2!

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! Also please note that the stamp and die of the month are Pumpkins on a Fence and Creepy Wreath, respectively…both are half off for the month of September!

Here’s a list of all the designers participating in the blog hop today…









In other great news…Serendipity Stamps will be holding a SALE along with this week’s blog hop! Buy three items and the fourth one is free!




Today’s card features the die of the month...Creepy Wreath…this is a fabulous die that can be used to create a Halloween wreath, but it could also be used to create Christmas wreaths or any other kind of wreath!



I first created my background by inking Distress Inks in Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserves onto a panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock using my ink blending tool. I then die cut the Creepy Wreath twice, once from black cardstock and once from Bristol Smooth cardstock. I inked the Bristol Smooth one using the same Distress Inks.



I used a scalloped rectangle die to cut my inked panel and then layered this onto black cardstock. Once this was finished, I layered my two wreath dies together and adhered them to a small circle frame cut from black cardstock. This was then mounted onto my inked panel using foam tape to pop it up from the background.



I decorated my creepy wreath using the adorable owl from the Halloween Pops Cling Set and the extra dies included in the Creepy Wreath die set. I colored the owl using YG17, YG23, YG03, V17 V15, V12, and Y06. I used glitter papers for the ghosts and skull, and then added lots of sequins in spooky colors to bling it up a bit!



For my sentiment, I used the Creepy stamp. I stamped the image, colored it in ombre fashion using Copic markers in YG17, YG23, and YG03. I added a bit of grey with T0 and T1 on the spider webs. I then fussy cut this out and added it to the front of my card.




To complete the front of this card, I mounted my panel onto an A2 sized lime green glittery cardstock and then mounted the entire thing onto a black A2 sized card.



For the inside of my card, I stamped the Witching You sentiment and colored the pumpkin in with Copics in V15, V12, and Y6. I adhered an inked strip from my previous Distress Ink blending to the bottom of the panel and mounted this with more black and lime green glitter cardstock.




That’s all the spookiness for today! As always, thank you for visiting and have a spook-tacular week!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Serendipity Stamps September Blog Hop #1!



Hello Everyone! Happy September!! There’s a nip in the air…time to start making those Fall cards!

And guess what? It’s time for Serendipity Stamp’s first Blog Hop of September! 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! Also please note that the stamp and die of the month are Pumpkins on a Fence and the Boo die, respectively…both are half off for the month of August!

Here’s a list of all the designers participating in the blog hop today…









My card for today is a Halloween one and features the beautiful Pumpkin Die


I die cut the pumpkin  from black mirror cardstock and placed an orange cardstock behind it. I love this die because it looks wonderful in black and orange for Halloween, but would be equally beautiful cut in harvest colors for a Fall or Thanksgiving card.

I layered several different pieces of cardstock to create a background for my card and then added a piece of black Dresden trim from my stash. I then die cut the Boo Die from the same black mirror cardstock and adhered this to my card using some black foam cut from the same die for dimension. I adhered this panel to another piece of black mirror cardstock so that I had a black border around my card.



As a final touch I added some jute twine and enamel drops.

For the inside of my card, I stamped the Happy Halloween Arc using Memento’s Black Tuxedo Ink and added a cute little black cat from the Creepy Wreath die.



I hope you all have a fantastic week! Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!








Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Serendipity Stamps August Blog Hop #2!!

It’s Serendipity Stamp's Blog Hop time everyone!! 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! Also please note that the stamp and die of the month are Acorns and Sweetgum and Sympathy, respectively…both are half off for the month of August!
Here’s a list of all the designers participating in the blog hop today…
 For today’s card I decided to create a Fall card using Serendipity’s Leaves Reverse Die and the All Those Golden sentiment.


I first created a background for my card using Distress Oxide Inks in the following Fall colors…



I blended them onto Bristol Smooth paper using my ink blending tool.


I sprinkled water onto my background and dried it with my heat tool, added more bands of color, and added more water. I didn’t blot the ink up with a paper towel in this case…I simply added the water and dried it with my heat tool.
This was the result…


I love how these inks oxidize and change colors when water is added!
I then used a stitched rectangle die to cut out an A2 sized panel to create the front of my card.

 Next, I  stamped All Those Golden onto cream colored cardstock and cut it out using a tag die. I mounted the tag onto my background using foam tape. I made a small bow from green burlap twine and added that with a button to the tag.
Next, I made another background using the same Distress Oxide Inks and cut out some leaves using the Leaves Reverse Die. I added these to the background and tag, popping some up with foam tape for dimension. I also tucked some of the smaller leaves under the twine.
 I added some sequins and tiny beads to the background and tag to finish off the front of my card and adhered this to an A2 sized cream card.


 For the inside of my card, I glued a strip from my leftover Distress Oxide background onto cream cardstock and cut these out using a smaller stitched rectangle die.  I mounted this onto an olive green mat. I then added one of my leftover leaves as a final touch.



I hope you enjoyed my Fall card today and are inspired to create one of your own! Thanks for visiting and have a fantastic week!!






Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Serendipity Stamps August Blog Hop #1!


Hi all!!


It's August, can you believe it? And you know what that means...fall can't be too far behind! Time to start thinking about making those fall cards! 


I love anything fall-themed. When our local papercrafting store begins carrying fall stamps, I admit I go a little crazy, but collecting fabulous stamps is part of the fun of our hobby, right? 


I have a fall card for you today, but first let me remind you that today is the first day of Serendipity Stamp's first August 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...


Keep in mind that the stamp and die of the month are Acorns and Sweetgum and Sympathy, respectively...both are 50% for the month of August! Woo-hoo!

For today's card I used the Acorns stamp...





This stamp is so pretty and so easy to color! I took a fun class last year with the incredibly talented Jenny from One Krafty Cat (http://onekraftykat.blogspot.com/). In the class we learned how to color leaves to make them look realistic. One of the main things I learned was not to worry about blending the colors perfectly...leaves aren't perfect in nature so why should they be in our images?  Here are the Copic markers I used...




 After my image was colored I cut it out using an oval die cut. 

I created the card background using Authentique's 'Harvest' patterned paper collection. I chose several papers to layer and used die cuts to create the horizonal stripes strip and the lacy edge border. I wrapped persimmon-colored twine twice around the card, securing with strong tape. I then popped up my image using foam tape and added it to my background. 


Next, I made a bow using the persimmon twine and an acorn charm from my stash and added it to the card. I also die cut a small leaf from the Leaves Reverse Die and tucked it below my bow. 



At this point I decided to make my card into a fall 'thank you' card. For my sentiment, I stamped For All You Do (small) using Distress Oxide Ink in Walnut Stain. I cut this out using a fishtail banner die and mounted this onto the front of my card.



For the inside, I layered more Authentique patterned papers. I stamped the Thank You II Horizontal using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink and added it with another leaf to finish the card.




As always, a big THANK YOU for visiting my blog today...I hope you have a great week!!


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!!