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A big congrats to Karren, the newest Featured Stamper on Splitcoast (FS389)! Such a fabulous gallery she has! Lots I want to case, but I was drawn to this really cute card. I kept the Christmas theme and colors, but I don’t have anything like those cute little Christmas kitties, so I used different images, an oval instead of a square & a grid die instead of the scallops & twine & moved the greeting. 

I’ve always loved this candy cane image & for a quite a while I’ve wanted to try the “no line”  technique. Well, it’s harder than I imagined. I stamped the image w/ gray ink (so it wouldn’t really show) then carefully colored it with Copics. I definitely need more practice with this technique, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I added a white grid die cut w/ a red background and a fussy cut holly image to finish it. Pretty CAS. Here are the Copics I used.

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Congrats again to Karren! Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: DRS Designs-   Candy Canes, Triple Holly, Merry Christmas Arc
Paper: white, red linen
Ink: Memento London Fog & tuxedo black
Accessories: Copic markers, Impression Obsession grid die #172-1,Spellbinders petite oval dies
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Today we are taking a look back at the Our Daily Bread designs fabulous July release! Don’t you LOVE those trendy pennant dies and coordinating stamps? I sure do! I can see lots of uses for these babies in my future! I had a lot of fun with this card….and it’s a combination of dies and left overs from earlier projects. Isn’t it great when you find bits & pieces that all come together in a new project? This is also for the Inspiration Challenge (IC450). I was inspired by THIS pillow. 

The other day, we had a Splitcoast challenge to “color the embossing” (TLC489). The aqua lower section is one of my “try outs”. After I embossed it, I colored over the top with a white marker. The top section, is a small leftover of a die cut ODBD Daisy Chain die. I had a few white asters left, so I die cut a few more from the Asters die and layered them together w/ a black print Candi dot on top. I used a white strip to stamp the rest of my greeting (from the Dad set) and bordered it w/ a black die cut from the Beautiful Borders dies. 
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And for the grand finale, I die cut a white Pennant Row and stamped the Happy on it from the Pennant Alphabet stamp set then added an aqua scallop pennant form the same Pennant Row dies underneath. A few more Candi dots finished it all. 

These are the wonderful sets and dies I used. 

ODBD Custom Aster dies Pennant Alphabet GCS24 Pennant Row Daisy Chain Background CSBD37





Please be sure to stop and visit all of the team blogs for more inspiration!
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Julie * Grace * Lori * Cathy * Chris * Sandee * 

Dawn * Paula * Wanda * Silke * Stacy * Angie


Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs  Pennant Alphabet, Dad
Paper: X-Press It white, aqua, black
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Accessories: ODBD Pennant Row dies,  ODBD Aster, Pennant Row, Daisy Chain BG, Beautiful Borders dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies, white permapaque marker, Darice embossing folder, Candi dots
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A big congrats to Katie, the newest Queen for the Day (QFTD220) on Splitcoast! She has a wonderful gallery and I was so pleased to be asked by Trish to be a Guest Designer for her crowning! There are a lot of cards I wanted to case, but THIS one really stuck in my head. I guess I’m just crazy for color…especially rainbows of color. That’s about the only thing my card has in common with Katie’s fun card. Not really sure how it went from cute little chicks to tall skyscrapers, but there you go.  

Christmas Rainbow 04145 For my card, I stamped my newly acquired Christmas scene twice and colored the buildings on both but only the sky/moon on one. I cut off the lower row w/ the Jingle Bell greeting in favor of a larger one underneath.  I die cut a square window on the black layer, and a slightly larger window on the white layer. The extra row of buildings was fussy cut and popped up on top of the window and slightly down.

After stamping the greeting, I added a single row of a die cut border and attached a rainbow strip behind it. This was a tad challenging since it’s a 3 row die & I also made the row shorter than the actual die. So to do this, I cut my strip the size I needed, put the die on top w/ only 1 row on the paper and only cut half way down. Took it out, and turned the die around (so it would have finished ends on both sides) and cut the other half. This is similar to the tutorial I did a long time ago: Resizing Your Nesties.  The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 and these are the Copics I used.
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Thanks so much for stopping by! Congrats again, Katie!

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Stamps: Crafty Individuals – Jingle Rooftop CI-254, Studio G (greeting)
Paper: X-Press It white, lblack
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versfine onyx (for the greeting)
Accessories:  Copic markers, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B  & square diesImpression Obsession grid die #172-1,, 
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Welcome to  the second part of the July Challenge for Serendipity Stamps! This month the challenge is is Twine. The design team has the added challenge of Cool…(cool colors, water, cool images…etc). You only have to use twine. The sale at Serendipity Stamps this week is Buy 3, Get a 4th one free.  Runs through July 23rd

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For my card, I used cool teal and turquoise colors. To make the background, I die cut a white strip and several colors of turquoise/teal with a border die. I attached them to a white panel then pieced the different colors of the cut outs back into some of the spaces left. The flower (sunflower) was colored w/ Copics and fussy cut. I added a wrinkled seam ribbon bow topped off w/ a flower button tied w/ twine and the greeting on a little die cut tag. Just a touch of Wink of Stella was added to the flower center. The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 and these are the Copics I used.
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By the way, the prize this month is an assorted pack of twine from The Twinery!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Please be sure to visit all the blogs to be entered to win!

Vickie Zimmer
Jeanne Jachna
Jenny Gropp
Julie Warner
Karen Amidon
Marybeth Lopez
Miriam Napier

Jen Cuthbertson (July Guest Designer)

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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Wild Lg Sunflower 550L
Paper: X-Press It white, sky, turquoise, teal
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Accessories:  Copic markers, Spellbinders Adorning squares, squares, matting basics A & Asian accents dies,  twine (The Twinery),seam ribbon, Wink of Stella clear, ODBD tag die, flower button




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The two challenges today on Splitcoast, the CAS281 (a color challenge) and the TLC490 (stamp, punch) seemed doable as a combination, so that was the direction I went.  My card isn’t quite as clean & simple as I originally intended, but it’s close enough for me, since most everything is punched or die cut. 

The fun greeting was stamped on a large die cut tag and again a few times on scrap pieces. I used a multi tag punch to punch out parts of the greeting, then added a some color w/ my Copics and popped them up on top of the original greeting. The teapot & cup were die cut and I added a scrap behind the roses parts that I also added color. The peach doily was die cut as well as the white & coral layers. 

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

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – A Woman is Like Greeting
Paper: X-Press It white, peach, coral
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Accessories:  Serendipity Teapot & Teacup dies,  Copic markers, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies,  multi tag punch (McGill), ribbon, ODBD lg Tag die, Cheery Lynn Kiwi doily die
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