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







Monday, July 31, 2017

Christmas in (Late) July Card!

Hi guys, hope everyone had a great weekend! It's SCORCHING hot here in Atlanta....perfect weather for staying inside, crafting, and dreaming of cooler weather. So when
I saw this precious llama stamp from Serendipity Stamps, I was inspired to create a Christmas card!




Just look at this cute little guy, all dressed up for the holidays!





Creating this card was so much fun! I first stamped the llama image onto Neenah 110 lb cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored him with Copic markers (W0, W1, W3, and W5). I then cut him out using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangle Frames Dies. I cut another rectangle from mirror black cardstock and framed him using that. When I initially cut the llama out, there was a bit of his neck left over so I glued that on top of the black frame to elongate his neck. I loved the way it turned out! I decorated my little llama with a bit of red jute string and a jingle bell brad (I snipped off the back of the brad using my craft snips and used Ultimate Glue to secure it below the ribbon).

I added a little green border around that and put some foam tape on the back while I prepared the rest of the card.

I then cut the largest A2 sized rectangle from black mirror cardstock using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangle Die. To this I added a black and red patterned paper from Carta Bella's "Christmas Delivery', bordered by a little red mat.

I die cut some snowflakes using Serendipity Stamp's Reverse Snowflake Die and placed a few of them on the edges of the patterned paper. After that I removed the backing from the foam tape on my llama panel and added the panel on top of the patterned paper. A few more snowflakes were added on top. Finally,  I added sequins to the centers of all the snowflakes for some bling.




For the inside of this A2 card, I created another black mirrored panel, a little red border, and more Carta Bella ' Christmas Delivery' paper. I stamped this wonderful sentiment,  'Merriest of Merrys', from Serendipity Stamps and added a black cardstock border and another snowflake.

I wish you guys could feel the weight of this card! All of those layers really make for a nice, solid card....it just feels great in your hand.

I hope you all enjoyed my Christmas in July card! Rest assured there will be many more Fall and Winter cards coming up soon! Thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SERENDIPITY STAMPS JULY BLOG HOP #2!!

Hi everyone! 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'll be to win!

You have until Sunday, July 23 at midnight to enter. Be sure to check back on the Serendipity Stamps blog on Monday to see if you're a winner.  Go0d luck!


Beth Chiu (that's me!)


I have two cards to share with you today. The first features the gorgeous Goldfinch stamp. I couldn't wait to play with this image...we have so enjoyed watching the throngs of g0ldfinch visiting our bird feeder this summer!

To create this card, I first stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with the Copic markers shown below. I also used BG 0000 and BG 000 on the background.



I then cut out the image using an oval die and placed a black paper doily behind it. I placed foam sheeting behind the goldfinch oval and mounted it on yellow cardstock. A black and white ribbon was placed between the layers and at the top of the oval. A touch of green jute ribbon was added at the top as well. This was then placed on a purple mat and adhered to my black A2 card.  Finally, I placed little jewels and the Serendipity Stamps Thanks die on the front.

My second card used the awesome SS And I Think to Myself die.


This little 4x4 card was so easy to make! I created the background using Distress Oxide Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, and Peacock Feathers.  I then stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink, cut it out using a circle die, added a scalloped circle frame in black, and popped it up using foam sheeting. I added this onto a square frame and added some black jute ribbon and sequins. Super fun and easy!!

Thanks everyone for visiting my very first post as a member of the Serendipity Stamps Design Team! I am proud and honored to be joining this group of amazing artists!

Have an awesome week everybody!!




Friday, July 14, 2017

A Big 'My Favorite Things' Thank You!

Hello friends! I just had to share this easy card I made using My Favorite Thing's new 'Big Thanks' die. It's such a great size...I just love it!

I created the background for this card by first embossing MFT's Wavy Coloring Book stamp with Ranger's white embossing powder. I then colored over my embossed image using Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, and Faded Jeans, being careful to wipe over the image with a lint-free cloth as I colored so that the inks didn't stain the embossed image. I cut out the rectangle frame using MFT's Stitched Rectangle Frames die and popped the inner rectangle up using foam sheeting. I placed the entire image over a navy card and added a few Doodlebug Design Sprinkles for fun. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Newton's Nook Inky Paws Challenge #50...Newton Dreams of Italy



When I saw the gorgeous summery colors of this challenge, I knew I had to make a card using them. This adorable set where Newton visits Italy is one of my favorites. I can just envision Newton riding all over Italy on his purple scooter and seeing all the sights! 


I made this card using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside Pop-Up Die and created the orange sky using Distress Oxide Ink in Spiced Marmalade. I then created the tree background using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Tree Borders. I colored all the kitties from Newton's Nook's 'Newton Dreams of Italy' using Copic Markers and cut them out with the corresponding dies. The purple plaid paper is from Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid Rainbow paper pack. I stamped my sentiment and cut it out using MFT's Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strips. A few sequins were added and voila! 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Not Feline Well?

   


I created this adorable little card using Newton's Nook stamps. The images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers. This card would surely bring a smile to someone who isn't feeling well! 


Supplies used for this card: