Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Serendipity Stamps November Blog Hop #2!

Hi everyone! I can't believe we're already in the middle of November! I hope everyone is busy planning for a wonderful Thanksgiving with their friends and families.

I've been having fun making all sorts of holiday cards and I have a really fun one with a retro-style vibe to share with you today. 

Just a reminder.... today is the first day of Serendipity Stamp's second November 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!

Also please note that Serendipity Stamps is having a SALE beginning today 11/15/17 and ending Sunday 11/19/17...all items (stamps AND dies) in the Autumn. Halloween, and Thanksgiving categories will be 20% off!! Time to stock up for next year!!

Here's a list of all the design team members participating in the hop... 
Beth Chiu (that's me!)
Mary's Blog (owner)
You have until Sunday, November 19 at midnight to enter. Be sure to check back on the Serendipity Stamps blog on Monday to see if you're a winner!  
And here's my card for today...I LOVE this new die from Serendipity! It's called the Merry Christmas Die and it is just gorgeous! Especially when used with a specialty paper such as mirror cardstock!
To create this shaker card, I first created the shaker element using a dome die cut. I cut it out from some glittery green cardstock and assembled the shaker using some clear acetate and two layers of foam tape. I like using at least two layers of foam tape so that my sequins have lots of room to shake about. I put lots of clear holographic sequins inside the shaker to simulate the look of snow.

The edges didn't look very "finished" to me after I put the shaker together...I could see the two layers of foam tape around the edges and it just wasn't very pretty! So I decided to add some Christmas ribbon from my stash. I placed some very strong liquid adhesive around the edges of the shaker and carefully added the ribbon. I also made a little bow and added it to the top.  Here's a side view of how the shaker looked after I added the ribbon...much cleaner!


I cut out the sentiment from the Merry Christmas Die using red mirror cardstock and glued it onto the front of my shaker. I then created a background for my shaker using rectangle dies from green glitter and red mirror cardstock and Christmas-themed patterned paper. After I glued my shaker element onto my background, I added a few clear holographic, red, and green sequins to the front of my card. 


 For the inside of my card, I stamped one of the sentiments from the Happy Holidays Cling Stamp Set in red hot ink. (Can't you just hear Andy Williams singing ""It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"? I can!) 

I mounted my inside sentiment with more green, red, and white layers. I just love the glitter paper and the mirror cardstock....they make everything so festive.

So that's it for today...a relatively easy card to make considering there was no coloring to be done. Just find some pretty paper and die cut!

Good luck on the Blog Hop! Thanks so much for visiting my blog today, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!






Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Serendipity Stamps November Blog Hop#1!!

Happy November, Friends! Halloween is finally over, and you know what that means for us crafters....time for full-on, no-holes barred, crazy holiday cardmaking!!

Before I share my holiday card with you, I wanted to remind you that today is the first day of 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!

You have until Sunday, November 5 at midnight to enter. Be sure to check back on the Serendipity Stamps blog on Monday to see if you're a winner!  
Here's a list of all the design team members participating in the hop...

Beth Chiu (that's me!)

Mary's Blog (the owner)

Patti Kehl


Carol Mayne

Julie Warner

Vickie Zimmer

Today's card brought back great memories for me. I used to love snow skiing and I haven't been in years! I saw this little skiing snowman and he just captured my heart! Although I did have to wonder what would happen if he fell...would he roll down the hill and  become an even bigger snowman?


Anyway! Creating this card was a snap...I first cut a background panel from patterned paper using a rectangle die with scalloped edges and then mounted it to the front of a navy A2 sized card using some foam.  I then stamped Serendipity Stamp's Snowman on Skis using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Copic paper. I colored him in with the following Copic markers:
B 32, B34, and B37
BG 11, BG 13, and BG 49
Y 32 and Y35
YR 68
C0, C1, C3, and C5
B0000
I added some shine to my snowman using glossy accents and a glaze pen. I adhered my image onto two oval frames made of coordinating pattered paper. (A little tip: use your patterned paper as a guide to decide on your Copic color schemes!) 
I then cut out three sentiments from navy cardstock using the Joy die and glued them on top of one another using liquid glue. Layering the pieces in this way will create a more substantial feel to your sentiment. I glued the sentiment onto the card, added a little white iridescent bow, and then a little gold jingle bell.
Finally, a few sequins for fun...I always seem to want a few sequins! 
Here's what the inside of the card looks like...


I used the sentiment Dashing Through the Snow for the inside. I colored the word Snow using BG 11. BG13, and BG49. I mounted the sentiment on two pieces of coordinating cardstock and then glued a small strip of the mint green paper below the bottom of my sentiment. 

I hope you all enjoyed my card today. If you love snowmen, make sure to check out all the adorable ones available at Serendipity Stamps....there are a ton of them!

Thanks so much for visiting and good luck on the hop!!






Monday, October 16, 2017

Serendipity Stamps October Blog Hop #2!

Hello everyone! It's that time again! Time for Serendipity Stamp's second BLOG HOP for the month of October! 

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!

You have until Sunday,  October 22 at midnight to enter. Be sure to check back on the Serendipity Stamps blog to see if you're a winner!  


In other exciting news...Serendipity Stamps wil be having a SALE October 18-22....if you buy three items you'll get your fourth item FREE! Woo-hoo!!!
Here's a list of all the design team members participating in the hop...
Beth Chiu (that's me!)

Mary's Blog (the owner)

Carol Mayne


It's also time to make Halloween cards and I was so inspired by Serendipity Stamp's Spider stamp! That cute little spider with his wiggly legs is just TOO cute! My card is a little "outside the box" in that I used some non-traditional Halloween colors with the addition of the pink, lime green, and purple hues.




To make this card, I first stamped the spider onto Copic X-Press It paper with Memento's Tuxedo Black ink. I then colored the background with a BV0000 marker and colored the rest of the spider with RV52, RV55, BVo1, and BV02. I cute the image out with a circle die and layered it on top of a larger black circle. 


I then created an A2 sized card from black cardstock and layered a colorful piece of dotted patterned paper on it. 





I cut out a fishtail banner using hot pink cardstock and placed it in the center of the card. I popped up my spider circle using foam sheeting and placed it onto the banner. I then cut out the Boo die three times, stacked them, and glued them on top of one another. This gave my sentiment a little height without having to try to put foam tape or foam sheeting behind it.  I then placed this element onto my card. I applied some glossy accents to my spider's body and legs, some purple jute twine, and some pink sequins to finish off the front of my card.

For the inside of my card, I stamped Serendipity's Witching You stamp and colored in the tiny pumpkin "o" with Copic YR04 and Y17. I added more glossy accents to the pumpkin and then mounted this on black and purple cardstock rectangles. I used a strip of coordinating patterned paper to line the entire left edge of my card and placed my sentiment over the bottom paper. 



Happy Halloween everyone! Hope you get lots of treats and very few tricks!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Serendipity Stamps October Blog Hop#1

Happy October, Friends! I'm so excited we're nearing the holidays...so many wonderful stamps and dies to play with! Holiday cards are so much fun to make and Halloween is definitely one of my favorite holidays!

Before I share my spooky card with you, I want to let you know that today begins the first Serendipity Stamps BLOG HOP for the month of October! 

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!

You have until Sunday,  October 8 at midnight to enter. Be sure to check back on the Serendipity Stamps blog on Monday to see if you're a winner!  
Here's a list of all the design team members participating in the hop...
Carol Mayne

Julie Warner
Beth Chiu (that's me!)

Mary's Blog (the owner)

Patti Kehl

Today's card features Serendipity Stamp's Graveyard stamp, Boo die, and the Creepy Wreath die.


To create this spooky scene, I first stamped the image in Memento's Tuxedo Black ink onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper. I find this paper to be wonderful for blending distress inks, but other types of cardstock work well, too.

I then created my grass and sky by blending Distress Oxide inks in Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, and Wilted Violet. (I masked my tombstones with masking paper before blending the ink over them.)


After my inks were blended, I removed the masks and  colored the gravestones with Copic markers in cool grey tones. I then stamped the gravestones image again on Copic X-Press it paper and colored them with Copic markers, again in cool greys. I cut the individual gravestones out with scissors and placed them above the tombstones on the colored panel using foam tape. I love the look of popping up parts of my images with foam tape...it gives such great dimension!



I cut the finished image out using a frame die and popped the outside frame up with foam tape. Finally, I  added some finishing touches...the Serendipity Stamps Boo die, the bats from the Creepy Wreath die, a button from my stash and a bow made from jute twine.

I hope you all have a SPOOKTACULAR month! Good luck on the blog hop and thanks for visiting!!


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Serendipity Stamps September Blog Hop #2!

Hello my crafty friends! I hope you are all having a wonderful month!

I just wanted to let you know that today begins the second Serendipity Stamps BLOG HOP for the month of September! 

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!

You have until Sunday,  September 24 at midnight to enter. Be sure to check back on the Serendipity Stamps blog on Monday to see if you're a winner!  
Here's a list of all the design team members participating in the hop...

Julie Warner
Beth Chiu (that's me!)

Mary's Blog (the owner)

Patti Kehl

I can't believe that this Friday, September 22, is the first day of Fall. Even though it's still warm here in Atlanta, I'm beginning to see the trees changing color and it won't be long until those leaves start falling!

So, in light of that, today's card features Serendipity Stamp's beautiful rake stamp. This stamp is Serendipity Stamp's Stamp of the Month and is currently 50% off! This stamp could be used for any fall-themed card, but I decided to make mine a Thanksgiving card.



I first stamped the rake image in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then stamped Serendipity Stamp's One Falling Leaf  sentiment below it.  I colored the image using Copic markers. For the leaves, I used a variety of colors in the Y, YR, R, YG, and E families. I then added a complimentary teal color in the rake (BG 72, 75, and 78) and used E 31. 34, 35, and 37 for the tree bark. The rake tines were colored with C3 and C5.

I then mounted my colored panel onto a piece of candy corn cardstock, and then mounted that onto a piece of teal plaid paper. The finished panel was placed on a standard A2 sized card. As a finishing touch, I placed a small bow from my ribbon stash at the top of the card. 

 I then began working on the inside of my card. I believe the inside deserves just as much love as the outside of the card!



For the inside, I used Serendipity's Thanksgiving stamp, Blessings Die, and the Oak Leaf stamp. It's fun and easy to match your different stamps and dies together to create your own custom sentiment! I can see myself using the Blessings die for so many things...
Christmas Blessings, Baby Blessings, Marriage Blessings, etc.!

I hope you all enjoyed my card today...simple and easy to  make. Happy Fall everybody! Thanks for visiting and good luck on the Blog Hop!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Serenity Stamps September Blog Hop #1!!

Hello everyone and happy September!

Fall is just around the corner, can you believe it? It won't be long until we'll all be wearing sweaters and drinking hot cocoa!
But first....today begins the first Serenity Stamps BLOG HOP for the month of September! 

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!

You have until Sunday,  September 10 at midnight to enter. Be sure to check back on the Serendipity Stamps blog on Monday to see if you're a winner!  

Here's a list of all the design team members participating in the hop...
Beth Chiu (that's me!)

I just love the stamps I used for my card today...it features Serendipity Stamp's Tree Frame and Take Time to Sit.


I stamped the tree frame in Tuxedo Black ink by Memento and colored the trunks in different shades of browns to look like bark. I then used a variety of markers colors to  "dot in" leaves all over the tops of the trees. It takes a few minutes to cover all the "leaves", but it's worth the time and it's fun to choose which colors you want your leaves to be!

I anchored my trees to the ground using yell0w-green markers added some Copic BG0000 for the sky. Here are all the colors I used...


After coloring the trees, I cut the inside out using scissors and an exacto knife. I used my Memento black marker to go over the edges I cut...this gave my project a more finished look. I then stamped the sentiment on another piece of paper, colored it in,  and finished it off with some Sakura glaze pen.

I then lined up my sentiment behind the tree frame and popped up the top layer with foam tape for dimension.


Finally, I layered my pieces onto an A2 sized card made from heavyweight cardstock. I think this design would also make a beautiful shaker card!

Thanks all for visiting and good luck on the blog hop!!



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Serendipity Stamps August Blog Hop #2!

Happy Wednesday Everyone! It's Blog Hopping time!


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!

You have until Sunday, August 20th at midnight to enter. Be sure to check back on the Serendipity Stamps blog on Monday to see if you're a winner!  

Here's a list of all the design team members participating in the hop...
Beth Chiu (that's me!)
Today's cards feature the Never Give Up stamp by Serendipity Stamps...I think this is such a wonderful image to create a card for a friend or family member who needs a little support. I know anyone would love to receive a little hug in the mail when they're going through a tough time.


I stamped the image by masking all lines of the sentiment except the one I was working on. I then inked each line separately using dye inks in different colors. I mounted the sentiment with three layers of matching cardstock, using foam tape between some of the layers for dimension. Finally, I mounted my layers onto a 4x4 card.



And of course I added a few purple stars for some bling!

I decided to make another card using the same stamp but with different colors. I can't decide which color palette I like best...what do you guys think?


For this card I decided to bling it up using some iridescent sequins. I can't seem to make a card without adding at least a little bling!


Thanks so much for visiting my little corner of the world today! Wishing you good luck on the blog hop!

Have an awesome week!


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Serendipity Stamps August Blog Hop #1!


Happy Wednesday Everyone! Are you ready to 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!

You have until Sunday, August 6 at midnight to enter. Be sure to check back on the Serendipity Stamps blog on Monday to see if you're a winner.  Good luck!!

Okay, let's go! Here's a list of all the design team members participating in the hop...

Mary's Blog
Beth Chiu (that's me!)


Today's card features Serendipity Stamp's cool Train On Track image. I'm still a bit into the spirit after my Christmas in July card so I decided to make another holiday card! I think this would be a great card for the man in your life...even big "boys" love trains!
My late grandfather was a train engineer on the Southern Railroad so I colored this engine in green in honor of him.

The fun thing about this image is that you can design it any way you like. I decided to create a wintery scene but I also think this would make a beautiful fall card...instead of white snowy hills and trees you could color your image in the beautiful fall colors of orange, yellow, and brown!
I first stamped my image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto white paper. I then colored my image using Copic Markers. I added some greys into the "snow", since snow isn't purely white but a blend of white and shadows.
After coloring, I cut the image out using an oval die and then added some ultrafine transparent glitter  with clear glue. I also added a few details on the train with a clear gel pen.

After the train image was finished, I began putting my card together.  I cut a black snowy A2 backdrop using patterned paper and placed it on a pre-prepared black A2 card. I then cut two fishtail banners from patterned paper and glued them to my card.

I die cut two squares with cutout corners, one from heavy cardstock and one from patterned  paper and layered these together. I put foam tape between all the layers and popped them up from the background. I think the foam tape adds such a nice touch as you can see in the photo below.


Finally, I added some red twine and some glossy red enamel dots to finish it all off.


For the inside of the card, I stamped Serenity Stamp's Love and Joy onto white cardstock and cut it out using a rectangle die. I layered this with some mats in red and olive green colors, and finally added more patterned papers.

Thanks for visiting today...hope you all have a wonderful week!

Copics Used: YG25, YG17, YG67, R22, R24, R46, W0, W1, W3, W5, C3, C5, Y06, BG0000, E31, E33, E35