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Welcome to the March Challenge for Serendipity Stamps! This month the challenge is Spring Fever! You can get all the details over on the Serendipity Challenge Blog.  For the Design Team, we have the added challenge of making a St. Patrick’s Day card.  And as always, we have a  have a gift certificate up for grabs to a random player.
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My card today is a little simpler than normal and the finished project has very little in common with my original idea. Everything except the little green owl with hat was pretty much reworked. Sometimes you gotta go where you gotta go. After I colored & fussy cut the little owl, I made a hat for him using a couple of punches. For the hat, I used a long neck vase punch, then cut off the vase part. Another cut was made below the curve & I turned the strip around to make a hat brim and added a yellow strip for the band. A clover punch was used for the 4 leaf clover addition.

I added a big yellow sun/moon behind the owl, the greeting in the lower right and a couple of die cut corners to balance things out. These are the Copics I used.

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And here’s a look at the inside with a leftover frame and a second owl I fussy cut. He was a test drive for the colors on the other owl and I didn’t want him to be left out :)

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 Please be sure to stop by and comment on all the DT blogs to increase your chances to win! And we have a special Guest Designer this month…my friend, 
Karen Dunbrook! You’re going to love her card!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps  Retro Owl, Happy St. Pat’s Greeting, Sending Lots of Love (inside)
Paper: Neenah white, dp (MME)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Distress Ink mown grass (inside)
Accessories:   dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, circle dies, Copic markers, clover punch, vase punch (for hat)
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Welcome to the Our Daily Bread designs March Release! We have some beautiful St. Patrick’s Day & Easter images & dies for you this month!

Prize Information: – 
Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps found in the “stamps column” of the website just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until March 2, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. EST to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on March 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

For my first project, I’m using the fabulous new St. Patrick’s Day set. I was in a real gold embossing mood, and I used a lot of gold embossing powder on both of my cards. But I just love gold embossing with the spring greens on a St. Patrick’s Day card. Since as a general rule, embossing powder & Copics don’t play together well, I stamped the frame first with Memento cantaloupe ink, figuring that the color would blend in with the gold. I added the greens in the frame with Copics, then used a stamp positioner to line up the frame again, stamp it with gold pigment ink, then heat embossed w/ the gold powder. The Irish Blessing was gold embossed inside the frame, die cut, then added to a green fancy die cut.

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For the largest green & gold layer, I gold embossed the Vintage Pattern Mini 2 then sponged on two green inks & die cut w/ the largest of the Flourished Star Pattern dies. The metallic gold rectangle was die cut using the same die, but I had to resize it to make it smaller. I also did the clover image the same way as the frame, cut it the added it under the frame. The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 and these are the Copics I used (the violets were used on the clover flowers, but are very hard to see).
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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs – St. Patrick’s Day, Clover, Vintage Pattern Mini 2
Paper:  Neenah white, metallic brushed gold, textured green
Ink:  Memento cantaloupe, Encore ultimate metallic gold pigment, Kaleidacolor fresh greens (for sponging the lg background)
Accessories:  ODBD Flourished Star pattern die,  Spellbinders labels 4 & gold labels 4 dies, gold detail embossing powder, Copic markers, Candi dots, Stamp-a-ma-jig

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My second card uses several new ODBD sets…Floral Egg, Blessed Easter &  Basket of Blessings sets. I started by making a large water color background with Twinkling H2O’s in pastel colors. It’s almost impossible to capture the subtle shimmer, but it adds a lot in real life. I then gold embossed the Floral Egg & smaller eggs; die cut the smaller eggs & fussy cut the large egg. The grass was die cut using the fabulous Grass Border die and I made a frame out of the left over background & gold embossed the greeting on it.
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The pink gingham (from the gorgeous new ODBD Shabby Rose paper collection) was die cut using the Flourished Star Pattern die (do you think I LOVE this die?) & the remaining twinkling background was added underneath. I used some leftover eggs and pieces for the inside.
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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs –Floral Egg, Blessed Easter, Basket of Blessings
Paper:  Neenah white, dp (ODBD Shabby Rose paper collection)
Ink:  Encore ultimate metallic gold pigment
Accessories:  ODBD Flourished Star pattern, Grass Border, Eggs dies,  Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, petite oval dies, gold detail embossing powder, Twinkling H2O paints

Please be sure to visit all of the DT blogs & comment to increase your chances of winning!

Julie * Cathy * Lori * Dawn * Sandee * Grace * 
Angie * Lisa * Sabrina * Silke * Chris *
These are the fabulous sets, dies & paper I used:
Thanks so much for stopping by!
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A big congrats to Becky, the newest Featured Stamper on Splitcoast (FS421)! She has a fun, colorful gallery and it was hard to pick, but I kept coming back to THIS card. I even started out to use a horse silhouette, but mine was a bit too small so I changed it to a baby giraffe & then changed the stars to buttons. I also changed it to a baby card & added some die cut lace & piercing.

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My card is pretty simple…mostly die cuts. The baby giraffe was stamped on kraft & I added just a bit of shading with a white Prismacolor pencil. The inside edge of the circle die was traced w/ a black Sharpie then I used the same die to cut it, added some piercing & added a white scallop circle  die cut behind it. The large kraft panel was die cut across the bottom w/ a scallop die then more piercing all around. The white crochet lace was also die cut & added beneath it. I used a border piercing die to just emboss the front of the white card. Some kraft & white buttons were die cut, twine tied through them & added in the scallops.

Congrats again, Becky! Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: DRS Designs – Jenny GiraffeCute as a Button Greeting
Paper: Neenah white, kraft
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Accessories:  white Prismacolor pencil, Spellbinders A2 matting basics B, circle & scallop circle dies, ODBD Flourished Star Pattern (embossed card front), Matting circles (buttons)& Beautiful Borders (crochet lace) dies,  fishtail banner dies (MFT), baker’s twine, piercing tool & mat, Lifestyle/Quickutz scallop border dies
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Today’s Inspiration Challenge (IC482) is a Pinterest Board full of Tea images. I didn’t have to go far to pick my inspiration…I chose THIS set. Tea sets usually make me think of lavenders & purples so it really appealed to me.
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The tea set was stamped & colored very sparingly with Copics, then die cut & I used a pale lavender Copic around the edge. I used a scallop die twice to cut the lower edge of the larger white panel & also edge the top scallop w/ the same marker. On the top of this panel, I lined up the alphabet dies, die cut them, then trimmed the top down. I used the actual die cut letters, cut in half, for the top part & added a little aqua Copic to them. The tea border was stamped across the bottom of the die cut lavender panel & I added a die cut bow & tea rose on the side. The edge of the large lavender panel was also shaded a bit w/ the lavender marker.The finished card is 5.50 x 4.25 and these are the Copics I used.
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This card is also on the Serendipity Blog today because Serendipity is one of the sponsors of the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop organized by Amy Tsuruta from Tsuruta Designs. You might want to click the link to the Serendipity Blog and check it out. They’re giving away some really fabulous prizes!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps –Tea Service, Tea Border
Paper: X-Press It, Neenah white, pale lavender
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, grape jelly
Accessories:  Copic markers, Spellbinders  pierced rectangles, resplendent rectangles, Font One upper & lowercase alphabets, curved borders 1 dies, Cheery Lynn pretty bows & small tea rose dies


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Today’s Ways to Use It Challenge (WT520), is all about the color green (but you can also add earth tones). So my mostly green card w/ earth tone yellow/gold I think will fit the bill.
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I started by stamping the Infinity Shamrock, masking it, then stamping the shamrock top from the Hatfull of Shamrocks then coloring them in. I die cut white & a gold panels w/ circles cut out toward the top to frame my bouquet. the greeting was stamped underneath. I stamped, colored and fussy cut a few shamrocks to add on either side of the greeting. These weren’t originally in the plan, but became necessary when a couple of mysterious spots appeared. 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! If you haven’t yet, please check out the DRS Thursday Challenge..this week All Ears (use an image, punch or die of something that has ears..people, bunnies, dogs, cats, etc). The wonderful Hatfull of Shamrocks image I used is one of 3 stamps you can win just for entering & DRS images are not required!

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Stamps: DRS Designs – Infinity Shamrock,  Hatfull of ShamrocksLucky to Have You Greeting,Shamrockin’ Day (shamrocks beside the greeting)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black,
Paper: Neenah white, gold
Accessories: Copic markers, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, circles dies, Cheery Lynn pretty bows die


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