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Today is a bittersweet day. We (the Featured Stamper Hostesses) are having to say goodbye to one of our own…Bridget Finlay. We are sad she is leaving, but we understand that Bridget has an important mission. 

For this card, I chose THIS card of Bridget’s. I really love the contrast of the turquoise & peach and her perfect layout, so I kept those. For me, the real challenge of caseing Bridget is I don’t want to change a thing! But change I must, so I used different images, a doily die cut instead of the heart and I used a stamped, die cut butterfly instead of the punched one Bridget used. 

I started with a die cut white panel, attached some drywall mesh and sponged on the tumbled glass ink in a random rather than solid manner, then added a little splatter w/ the same ink & a water brush. After die cutting the doily w/ peach, I cut it apart & reassembled it a little smaller to fit the area. The big butterfly was stamped on dp & die cut. I really loved the shiny little teal leaf embellies Bridget used, so I made mine out of aluminum foil glued to c/s, colored w/ Copics and die cut. For the flower, I used a Prima on top and punched a larger one to go underneath.
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To make the greeting, I die cut the letters out of turquoise twice, stacked them on top of each for dimension & glued them in an up/down manner to mimic the wonderful die Bridget used. The pretty little flower on top of the big butterfly was a gift from my sweet friend, Sabrina


Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs - Butterfly
Paper:  white, peach, turquoise, small piece of dp (Basic Grey -Hopscotch)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Distress ink tumbled glass
Accessories: ODBD Doily dies, ODBD Butterfly die,  ODBD Fancy Foliage dieSpellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies & Font One upper & lower case dies, Copic markers, turquoise gem, aluminum foil, butterfly multi punch (Martha Stewart), hibiscus flower die (Quickutz), button, Prima flower

Because I could spend a lifetime caseing Bridget, I made a second card in her honor.
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For my card, I cased THIS card of Bridget’s. I just love the bright colors and spools of thread. So I kept those, but I used different images/dies and made my own backgrounds.

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The big solid doily image was stamped w/ the yellow ink on the large bg and partials of it were stamped w/ the other ink colors on the side strip. The little thread spools were stamped, colored & die cut & on two of them I trimmed away the measuring tape. After stamping the 2 greetings, I pierced around the edge, added a punched button border & some colorful buttons. These are the Copics I used.
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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs - Birthday Doily, Spool Tape, Sew Special
Paper:  white, turquoise,yellow
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, dandelion, tangelo, bahama blue, cottage ivy
Accessories: ODBD Spool dieSpellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies, Copic markers, piercing tool & mat, button border punch (EK Success), buttons


Thanks so much for stopping by! A fond farewell, Bridget, and may you be richly blessed in your future endeavors!
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Halloween Curtains 04520
What a super  Inspiration Challenge (IC459) today on Splitcoast! Be inspired by Kittie! I’m always inspired by Kittie! And I’ve really enjoyed getting to know her. For my card, I was inspired by THIS wonderful Halloween card she made. And as homage to Kittie, I included a window. 

I die cut the decorative window out of black and attached a sort of spooky looking sky behind the top that I made with Copics. I had a fun Jackolantern that I had apparently colored & fussy cut at some earlier date & I thought he looked good in the window except that he didn’t show up very well against that orange sky. So I trimmed down the black window insets, stamped the spider web on them, then added them to white insets & placed them inside the window frame. The curtains were made w/ some wide webby ribbon I had & I used the star brads as tie backs. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: DRS Designs- Fancy Pumpkin, Tiny Happy Halloween,  Empty Spider Web
Paper: white, black
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Colorbox frost white pigment
Accessories:   Spellbinders A2 matting basics A dies, Copic markers, Cheery Lynn window die, web lace ribbon, star brads
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Today we are taking another look at the Our Daily Bread designs September release! The images and doily dies are well…to die for! Vintage is not a style I use very often, but these lovely antique dress form images just scream vintage. 

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After stamping and coloring the Victoria dress form, I die cut it using the Antique Labels die, left the die in place and sponged on some antique linen ink. The Doily die was cut out of black and added behind the dress form. On the ivory panel underneath it on the left, I stamped the Birthday Doily image using the spun sugar ink.  The designer paper on right was much paler to begin with, but I added more color to the flowers and also stamped the Elizabeth dress form with the tattered rose ink randomly all over it. 

I finished w/ some half pearls in different sizes and a seam ribbon bow I also colored with Copics to match. The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 and these are the Copics I used.

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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs - Victoria, Elizabeth, Birthday Doily
Paper:  white, dp (Prima – Almanac), black, ivory
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Distress ink tattered rose, spun sugar, antique linen, vintage photo
Accessories: ODBD Doily dies, ODBD Antique Labels & Borders dies,  Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies, Copic markers, half pearls, seam ribbon, mini bowdabra

 Please stop by and visit all of the DT for more inspiration!

Chris * Grace * Julie * Cathy * Lori Sandee * 

Dawn * Paula * Stacy * Wanda


Thanks so much for stopping by!
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These are the fabulous images & dies I used:
Birthday Doily G584 doilydiewebgraphic Elizabeth Victoria antique_labels_border_dies


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Welcome to part two of the September Challenge for Serendipity Stamps! This month the challenge is is Summer’s Last Hurrah! You can get all the details over on the Serendipity Challenge Blog. The theme for the Sept Challenge is “Summer’s Last Hurrah”. The DT has the added challenge of using one of our own photos as inspiration. And as always, we have a  have a gift certificate up for grabs to a random player. The sale this week is Free Shipping on all US orders over $15. Good thru 9/24.

Train Staition 04567 For my train station card, I was inspired by a summer vacation we took one year to Hilton Head, SC. While there, we visited a number of other towns and in one we stopped to have lunch, there was an old, but well preserved train station depot. I loved the old 1900 era look of it. If I could find that picture, I’d show you, but you’ll just have trust me on this. So I stamped & colored the train image then put a window on top w/ the fussy cut suitcases in front. I wanted it to look like someone waiting in the station for the train to come in. After die cutting the window, I used an embossing folder on the lower 2/3 of it to resemble bead board paneling. The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 and these are the (truly ridiculous number of) Copics I used.

Train Station copics04563 I kept the inside simple.. an embossed strip and another fussy cut suitcases image.
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Please be sure to stop by all of the DT Blogs for more inspiration & comment to be entered in the drawing! And this month we have a special Guest…

Bridget Finlay (Guest Designer)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps Train on Track 1239G, Suitcases 353F, Miss You 624B, Sending Lots of Love 971D
Paper: Xpress Itwhite, wine red
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Accessories:  Cheery Lynn window die FRM141A, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B & banner pennant dies, Quickuts/Lifestyle embossing folder (stripes label), Cuttlebug dot border (With Love set), dimensional silicone



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Autumn Watercolor 04572
Today’s Technique Challenge (TLC499) on Splitcoast seemed easy enough, then I almost forgot the main objective…taping off an area for the greeting. I started by adding a couple of watercolor washes from each side of a piece of w/c paper. Then I realized I had forgot to tape an area off. So I quickly added a piece of torn painters tape and added a bit more color. Then I stamped the solid leaves using a combination of the Distress inks, misting the stamp a bit and stamping. Then I added the outline leaves. After I removed the tape, I wet the masked area with a water brush and blotted with a paper towel to remove a little of the color. Dried it with a heat gun then stamped my greeting.


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Because it looked a little too simple to me, I die cut the top, added a die cut white layer and put it back on the frame left from die cutting the top piece. I’ve found as long as you add a layer between, you’ll never miss the missing back :) And this way you don’t have to do two pieces to match. A few extra leaves were fussy cut and added on top. For a little sparkle, I added some orange stickles here & there. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: DRS Designs- Med. Silhouette Leaf, Open Leaf, Beauty of Autumn
Paper: white, water color
Ink: Versafine onyx, Distress inks in warm honey, spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon
Accessories:   stickles, Spellbinders A2 matting basics B dies, Peerless water colors, water brushes


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