Mustang Sally cu 04287 Welcome to part 2 of the August Challenge for Serendipity StampsThis month the challenge is is Miss You/Thinking of You. You can get all the details over on the Serendipity Challenge Blog. The design team has the added challenge of using the same image from the first challenge, but making it a bit “more”. You only have to make a Miss You/Thinking of You card. The sale at Serendipity Stamps this week is 40% off the highest priced item in your cart when you use code “40fromhigh814″ – good through 8/27. And as always, we have a  have a gift certificate up for grabs to a random player.

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For my “more” card using the same mustang images, I started out the same…stamped it with Versafine onto water color paper and used water soluble graphite, a couple of water brushes & to add more color, I also added a combination of Distress reinkers in spun sugar & tattered rose.. I die cut with an oval die, edged it w/ black & matted it on a larger oval of a peachy/pink designer paper. The rope corner was stamped, colored the same way and die cut w/ a large square. The black print and larger pink layer were also die cut before being attached to my 4.25 x 5.50 card front. A multi tag punch was used to punch out the tag from a leftover piece of the colored water color paper and the greeting was stamped on top. A section of fussy cut piece of the rope corner and a black mini brad were added w/ the tag.

Here is my “simple” version from 8/6. Mustang Portrait 04276

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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps  Mustang 344QCLMiss You Small 624B
Paper: water color, dp (Prima – Almanac collection)
Ink:   Versafine onyx
Accessories:  Spellbinders petite oval dies,  ArtGraf Water Soluble Carbon Disc & pencil, water brushes, Distress Ink refills in spun sugar & tattered rose, multi tag punch (Punch Bunch), black Permapaque marker, black mini brad
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Today’s Technique Challenge on Splitcoast (TLC495) sounded really interesting…use a stencil and stamp thru it. Well…hmmm…I tried a bunch of my stencils, plastic & brass, but nothing really looked right or recognizable. And I was getting pretty frustrated. Yes, I know I have a low tolerance for irritation. Hubby’s response to my frequent “this is driving me crazy” is “Short Trip.” So I’m pretty sure my finished card wasn’t done exactly like directed, but I like it anyway. And it looks much better than my other attempts. So it is what it is.
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As my last resort, I die cut a big circle and used it as a stencil (or mask, if you will) and stamped a couple of silhouette leaf images using the desert heat rainbow pad inside the circle. The die cut clock was added on top. I removed a few of the center parts of the clock because I liked it better w/o them. The little matching section on the left, was a leftover part when I die cut the circle behind the clock and I stamped the leaves again to match then attached it to a black rectangle. I also added another matching strip under the lower edge of the card front. A fishtail flag die was used on the greeting and a couple of Candi dots added in the upper right corner to balance things out. 

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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Leaf Pop Negative set (new!), It’s About Time 308D
Paper: X-Press It white, black
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Kaliedacolor desert heat rainbow pad
Accessories:  Cheery Lynn Clock die, MFT fishtail banner die, Spellbinders grand circle dies, Candi dots


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Another big Congrats to Diane, the newest Featured Stamper (FS393)! I had this one picked out and really loved the clean layout, so I kept that, but used different images, different colors and due to an error in stamping the greeting (lol), I have more layers. I also left off the twine & added a strip of dp w/ a sparkly buckle on it & added a few sequins. 

I stamped the 3 different flip flips w/ the stone washed ink, die cut them & added them to die cut, layered squares. The rest is pretty easy. I added the backing layer of the same dp for a little more color and the white panel is actually 1 stacked on top of the other due to the mistake. The buckle was made by using a xyron coated piece of card stock, coating it w/ glitter using the laminate part of the xyron then die cutting. I like these because they sparkle but the glitter doesn’t rub off since it’s under the laminate. Usually I’ll do a big piece then die cut when I want it. 
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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs - Flip Flop FunLife is Better
Paper:  white, dp (ODBD Christian Faith collection)
Ink: Adirondack stone washed, VersaFine onyx (greeting)
Accessories: ODBD Flip Flop dies, , Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies & square dies, sequins, Sizzix buckle die, xyron, glitter
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A big congrats to Diane, the newest Featured Stamper (FS393) on Splitcoast! She has such a wonderful gallery. After much browsing, I chose THIS card to case. I really liked the strip background and color, so I kept those, but I used different images, added some embossed glitter in the negative strips and a cute little fish. 

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I cut the turquoise paper in strips like Diane did and stuck them to white card stock covered with adhesive. Then I had this idea that I’d like to cover the white blanks with glitter for a little different look. I also covered the edge of the layered circle with a glitter embossing powder very similar in color, as well as a left over strip that I cut to look like seaweed.  I also covered a Candi dot w/ VersaMark and embossed it w/ the same powder. The cute little fish was colored with Copics and fussy cut. The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 and these are the Copics I used for the fish. 

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Congrats again, Diane! Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: DRS Designs-  Big Mouth Bass, Birthday Wishes greeting, Bubbles, USA Home of the Free (for the F in Fishes)
Paper: white, turquoise
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, VersaMark, Kaleidacolor blue breeze (for fish bubbles)
Accessories: Copic markers,  Spellbinders A2 matting basics A  & circle dies, turquoise glitter, turquoise glitter embossing powder, Candi dot



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Today we are taking another look at the ODBD August Release! Did you enjoy the fun beach theme images & dies as much as we did? So many possibilities and so many colors you can use for these fabulous images. This is also for the Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoast (IC454).

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For my super sparkly card, I used the fun Flip Flop Fun set & dies, the Life is Better set & dies, the Ocean Treasures set and the Pennant Swag Alphabet & dies from last month. I scored some packages of glitter paper on a super great deal and as a bonus found out it was sticker card stock! I know Stazon ink would work, but you know…I only use it if I have to. Turns out I didn’t have to…Ancient Page works terrific on this glitter/coated card stock but I also heat set it just to be safe. As a side note, You can also add color to using alcohol (Copic) markers. So after stamping the sand dollar & flip flop border I die cut them. The pennant banner & scallop backer were also die cut & I used the pennant swag alphabet to stamp the BEACH on the flags. The greeting was stamped on some very pale peach card stock & I used a die from the Pennant dies set, cut it half way, took it out, turned the die around and die cut the other half for my double ended flag. 

I used some A2 matting dies to cut the largest layer and the pink glitter frame. The extra pair of flip flops were stamped, die cut and I added some stickles to the dots. 

 Thanks so much for stopping by! Please stop by and visit all of the Team for tons more fun inspiration! 

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Julie * Cathy * Paula * Grace * Chris * Lori * Dawn *

 Sandee * Wanda * Stacy

These are the sets & dies I used.


Flip Flop Fun GCS31 Flip Flop Dies Flip Flop Border Die Life is Better GCS30 Pennants dies Pennant Row Pennant Swag Alphabet GCS27 Ocean Treasures G572


Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs - Flip Flop FunLife is Better,  Pennant Swag Alphabet, Ocean Treasures
Paper:  dp (Making Memories), pink glitter sticker card stock (unknown), pale peach
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Ancient Page coal
Accessories: ODBD Flip Flop dies, ODBD Flip Flop Border dies ODBD Pennant dies,  ODBD Pennant Row dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies & circle dies,
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