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Welcome to the December Challenge for Serendipity Stamps! This month the challenge is Sparkle & Shine! You can get all the details over on the Serendipity Challenge Blog.  The DT has the added challenge of adding gold or silver … and as always, we have a  have a gift certificate up for grabs to a random player.

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My card today features this beautiful holly wreath! I love gold embossing on Christmas cards but I also know that embossing powder and Copic markers can be a little tricky. If you’re careful, you can add a little color, but blending and using a blender pen are not recommended. They usually tend to “melt” the embossed powder. So in order to have the best of both worlds, I stamped the wreath w/ black, colored it with Copics then fussy cut it. I didn’t even try to cut out the tiniest little sprigs because I wanted the embossed gold version of these to show. Using gold ink & gold powder, I embossed it on another piece of white, added just a hint of color then did an out of the box treatment on it using a hexagon die. Then I attached the fussy cut version on top, a little to the side so the gold embossing would show more. The edges of the hexagon were also gold embossed. The greeting was gold embossed underneath the wreath and the other die cut layers were added before I attached it to the card. 

Gold stickles were added to the poinsettia centers and stardust stickles to the red bow. The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 and these are the Copics I used. 

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Our Guest Designer: Nancy Penir 

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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Holly Wreath Cling set 413QCL
Paper: white, dk red, dp (Pebbles – Welcome Christmas)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Encore ultimate metallic gold pigment
Accessories: Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, hexagon & bracket borders dies, Copic markers, detail gold embossing powder, Candi button, stickles, gold metal dots
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Welcome to the North Coast Creations December Release! We have some really fun images for you this month! Perfect for that birthday boy (young or old) on your list.

Prize Information:
Just for commenting on the Design Team Blog Posts, you have a chance to win a $10 NCC Gift Certificate, good towards the purchase of NCC Stamps.  You have until December 17, 2014 at 10:00 PM EST to leave a comments on the participating designers blogs for a chance to win! Two random winners will be selected from the comments left on the designers blogs, the winners will be announced on the NCC Blog on December 18, 2014, be sure to check back there to see if you have won!
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On my first card, I used the fun Dump Truck Birthday set. After coloring and die cutting the truck, I added a green border with a marker. The Caution strip was stamped in green on the yellow dp across the bottom and an extra piece was cut out to “tape” across the truck panel. The other piece of dp was cut w/ a curved die and bordered w/ a narrow strip of dk green. The finished card is 5.50 x 4.25 and these are the Copics I used.
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Stamps:  North Coast Creations –Dump Truck Birthday
Paper:  white, dk green, dp (Basic Grey – Wander)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, cottage ivy
Accessories: Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, curved border dies, Copic markers

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On my second card, I used the super cute I Dig You set. Again, I stamped, colored & die cut the image. I added a couple of mats behind it then a larger background of chocolate & white polka dot paper.
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I used the large frame die from the ODBD Flourished Star Pattern dies to emboss the front of my white card before I added the other layers & image. The greeting tag was die cut with one of the ODBD Mini Tag dies and tied w/ some baker’s twine. The finished card is 5.50 x 4.25 and these are the Copics I used.
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Stamps:  North Coast Creations –I Dig You
Paper:  white, map dp (Paper Studio -Uncharted), chocolate/white polka dot (Pebbles -Welcome Christmas)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, rich cocoa
Accessories: ODBD Flourished Star Pattern & Mini Tag dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, Copic markers, Candi dot, baker’s twine

Please be sure to visit & comment on all the DT blogs to make sure you’re entered to win!

Lori * Julie * Lisa * Dawn * Amber * Sandee * Angie

These are the wonderful sets and dies I used:
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For  Lee’s VSN Challenge (VSNDEC14N) on Splitcoast, I made this fun Christmas card. Aren’t these reindeer cute? it seems a perfect time for them to load up on their magic grain. We don’t want them to fall out of the sky on their Christmas eve ride!  I stamped the middle one, masked him then stamped the other two beside him. I knew I wanted to make him into Rudolph so I put him out front. After coloring them & the background, I stamped the snow bg using sky blue ink. The Merry Christmaswas stamped in red and I cut an arced banner & attached two fussy cut holly bunches on either side. I used a stamp-a-ma-jig to place the From All greeting and made the two lines a bit closer together then colored in the letters. A single holly berry was stamped & fussy cut to make Rudolph’s nose then I added a little red stickles to it and star dust stickles to the magic grain.

The finished card is 5.50 x 4.25 and these are the Copics I used.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the DRS Thursday Challenge. This week, Sing it to Me! Add stamped music or sheet music or be inspired by a song. DRS image are not required!
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Stamps: DRS Designs- Feeding ReindeerSnow Background, Merry Christmas Arc, Triple HollyFrom All Greeting
Paper:  X-Press It white, Christmas green
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, love letter, Memories sky blue
Accessories: Copic markers, stickles, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, red permapaque marker
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Today’s Inspiration Challenge (IC471) is for one of my favorite sites…Pendleton! We order from them frequently. For my first card, I chose THIS for inspiration. And since I really needed a couple of quick cards my hubby could send for business, both are clean & simple, using mostly (or all) die cuts. 

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After die cutting then assembling the oval, rectangle & crochet border, the greeting was die cut out of white & added on top. The holly on the two corners is the only stamped, colored & fussy cut addition. The finished card is 5.50 x 4.25 and these are the Copics I used for the holly.

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Stamps: DRS Designs- Merry Christmas Pine Oval
Paper:  Neenah white, red linen
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Accessories: Copic markers, Spellbinders A2 matting basics B, Radiant Rectangles (white pierced oval), Mega ovals & Happy Holidays dies, Cheery Lynn crochet border die, stickles

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This card was inspired by THIS Pendleton item and took only about half an hour to make :) No stamping…it’s entirely die cuts. The red/white polka dot is from a box of blank Christmas cards and the tree paper is from a 6×6 paper pad. I backed the die cut words w/ a scrap of textured white I had so they would show up better. 

Stamps: none
Paper:  textured white, red/white polka dot (Paper Studio boxed cards) tree dp (American Crafts – Jolly)
Ink: none
Accessories:  Spellbinders A2 matting basics B, curved border dies, Memory Box happy holidays die

I’m adding one more card to this post for a challenge today for Virtual Stamp Night on Splitcoast. This is for Sabrina’s VSNDEC14E Get Your Skates On!

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This ice skates image is such a pretty one. On winter cards, I always look for ways to use it because I like it so much. And I think with the iced over pond in this image, they fit perfectly. I added some tops of pine trees in front of it so it would look like you’re seeing it through a window. And one of my favorite things…a pink winter sky. A few snowflakes, some sparkly stickles and the fun greeting finish it all. The card is 4.25 x 5.50 and these are the Copics I used.
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Stamps: DRS Designs- Christmas Village PondIce SkatesSnow Background, Let it SnowAddress Label TreesPine Tree Snowdrifts
Paper:  white pine green
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Ancient Page neptune
Accessories: Copic markers, Spellbinders petite oval & A2 matting basics A & B dies, stickles


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For my Christmas Tree card today, I actually started it on Monday for the Clean & Simple Challenge (CAS302) to add music or music notes, but I didn’t finish until today when I saw the sketch challenge (SC518). I took a small liberty w/ the sketch by making the center rectangle a different shape.

Since this is mostly die cuts, it really was easy. :) I die cut a large white panel w/ a matting basic die then sponged the entire panel using the greens & blues of a Kaleidacolor ink pad. The center section was die cut using the center of the ODBD Vintage Flourish die (the rest of the die was used to die cut the white overlay). I stamped the tree on the center cut out and the O Christmas Tree Carol on the rest then attached the white die cut overlay and the tree section back inside. That saved a lot of time since I didn’t have to mask anything. 

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I added a white die cut Gilded Gate across the bottom and the stamped & die cut greeting. The ornaments on the tree were colored in w/ a white gel pen then I added a little Wink of Stella.

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Stamps:  Our Daily Bread designsMini Tag Sentiments, Free AdmissionCountry Tree, O Christmas Tree Carol 
Paper:  white
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Kaleidacolor Caribbean Sea
Accessories: ODBD Gilded Gate die, ODBD Mini Tags diesODBD Vintage Flourish Pattern diesSpellbinders A2 matting basics A, white gel pen, clear Wink of Stella
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