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Welcome to the January Challenge for Serendipity Stamps! This month the challenge is Hidden Gems! You can get all the details over on the Serendipity Challenge Blog. The sale this week is Buy 3 Get 1 Free. Good through January 14 and as always, we have a  have a gift certificate up for grabs to a random player.

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For my hidden gem, I used the wonderful Winter Town and a sort of spotlight technique. I also did something I rarely do…I didn’t color a single thing.  At first I wanted to white emboss it on navy card stock, but the image is so detailed, it just couldn’t be done. So I went in the reverse direction and stamped it with navy ink onto white card stock. Just the spotlight area was stamped again on a smaller, taller piece and I added some “snow” with the Ink Spots image and few snowflakes cut from the Snow die.

I used the Marble Feathers background on the navy card stock layers. You can see it a bit more on the card inside along with some trimmed off navy strips and some stamped snowflakes & one fussy cut snowflake. 

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Please be sure to visit and comment on all the DT blogs to increase your chance of winning! Our special Guest Designer is:
Kimberly Wiener 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Supplies:

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Winter Town 292L , Ink Spots 321D, Marble Feathers 753L, Snowflake small 356C, Snowflake Cling set 1335G
Paper: Neenah white, navy
Ink:  Adirondack denim
Accessories: Serendipity Snow 039DD die, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies
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Today we are taking another look at the North Coast Creations December Release! Such fun images for big & little boys! 
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On my first card, I used the Dump Truck Birthday set. After coloring and die cutting, I added some of the ODBD Patriotic paper and an ODBD Pennant across the top. The die cut banner was stamped w/ letters from the ODBD Pennant Swag Alphabet. The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 and these are the Copics I used.
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Supplies:

Stamps:  North Coast Creations –Dump Truck Birthday, ODBD Pennant Swag Alphabet 
Paper:  white, dk green, dp (ODBD Patriotic collection)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Accessories: ODBD Pennant RowSpellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, Copic markers

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For my second card, I used the fun I Dig You set. I brown embossed the image on a tan piece of designer paper and fussy cut it. On the brown patterned paper, I used the small stars die (from the Sparkling Stars dies) a number of times across the lower right corner then placed another piece of patterned paper behind it.

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Supplies:

Stamps:  North Coast Creations –I Dig You
Paper: dp (Basic Grey – Life of the Party)
Ink: Colorbox frost white pigment, dark brown chalk inks
Accessories: ODBD Sparkling Stars diesSpellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, white embossing powder, brown embossing powder

Please be sure to visit all of the DT for more inspiration using these fun sets!
Julie * Lisa * Dawn * Sandee * Lori * 

Amber * Angie

These are the sets, dies & papers I used.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Happy New Year & welcome to the Serendipity January Blog Hop! We are showing off some beautiful new Border & Valentine dies! If you arrived here from  Jenny’s Blog  you are in the right place..if not, you may want to head over there first.

Prize info:

  • A $20 gift certificate is up for grabs and the winner will be chosen randomly from one of the blogs.  
  • Commenters have until Jan 4 to leave a comment.  The winner wil be posted on Marys blog on Jan 5.  


Tulip Love 05417 On my first card, I couldn’t wait to use the new Heart Scroll Border die. After die cutting it in white, I die cut the scallop part in a blue-violet designer paper and just a narrow border of the lime green dp from the same paper pad. The beautiful Tulip Vase was colored with Copics and die cut using an out of the box technique.

Tulip Love ootb 05399 Here’s a picture showing you a bit about doing this out of the box using a die. Basically, lightly pencil the inside of the die and make cuts around the areas that will be above the die then lift them so they will not be cut. Then die cut & emboss as usual. Please see the link above for more detailed info. 

Tulip Love ootb2 05402 Here’s a part I rarely show…this collection of dp has some of my fave colors and I’m running low, so I die cut the fancy lime green layer behind the tulips out of the backing layer in order to not use another sheet. With the blue-violet layer on top of the larger lime green, the cut out will never be missed :) The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 and these are the Copics I used.

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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Tulip Vase 
Paper:X-Press It white, dp (SEI – On the Coast)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Accessories: Serendipity Heart Scroll & Border, Love, Happy, Valentines, & Day dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies, Copic markers, 

My second card was pretty quick. Minimal coloring and mostly die cuts.
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The Bird with Hearts was stamped with the greeting just below it then die cut. The hearts were stamped again on some red glitter sticker paper and fussy cut.


Only Heart 05430 The Heart & Scroll border and the Mini Scroll Heart & Scallop Heart  dies were also die cut out of the red glitter paper. I die cut an extra scallop heart out of white then hand trimmed it close to the red glitter scroll heart. The dove was lightly shaded with a couple of cool gray Copics. Here’s a look at the inside.


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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Bird with Hearts, My Only Heart, Happy Valentine’s Day II
Paper:X-Press It white, red glitter sticker paper, red linen
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Accessories: Serendipity Heart Scroll & Border,  Heart Scroll & Heart Solid dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies, cool gray Copic markers

Here’s the hop order in case you get lost:

 Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Happy New Year!! Welcome to the January Release for Our Daily Bread designs!  We have some very cool sets and dies for you this month and we know you’re going to want them all! 

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 January 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 January 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

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On my first card, I’m using the wonderful, grunge style Rock Star set. I know this set will look great on masculine and teen birthday cards and while it does have an edgy, grunge thing going, somehow it still looks a little clean when I get hold of it, lol. Guess I’m just not a grunge type, but it does show that you don’t have to distress it a bunch to have a fun look.

After stamping and adding a little color, I die cut the guitar using an out of the box technique and the largest star from the Sparkling Star dies. I used a smaller star for the greeting then added a little stickles to them. The layers behind the stars were fussy cut. The background was die cut on the right side four times w/ a curved die then strips of peach & aqua inserted underneath and few more die cut stars on top. The finished card is 5.50 x 4.25 and these are the Copics I used.

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I usually forget to show you the inside, but I remembered on these. Here’s a little look at this one using some of the left over frames and pieces from the front.

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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs – Rock Star
Paper:  white, aqua, peach, dp (MME – Cut & Paste)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Accessories: ODBD Sparkling StarsSpellbinders A2 matting basics A&B, hexagon, curved border dies, Copic markers, stickles, white eighth note brad

On my second card, I’m using the Music Speaks, Just a Note sets along with the new Faithful Fish Pattern die.
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The large treble clef was stamped, colored & fussy cut. I stamped part of the image on another piece, masked it a bit and stamped the bird & music bar. After coloring I die cut it and added the die cut & embossed fish pattern behind it. I actually die cut this twice out of the aqua and on the smaller one, I cut it across the middle and shortened it. Since the long oval covers the seam, you don’t even see it.

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In between the two aqua layers, I put a piece of the Chalkboard paper collection. The finished card is 5.50 x 4.25 and these are the Copics I used.
 And here’s a peek at the inside.
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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs – Just A Note, Music Speaks, Flourish Label Borders
Paper:  white, aqua, dp (ODBD Chalkboard collection)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Accessories: ODBD Faithful Fish PatternODBD Vintage Flourish Pattern, ODBD Antique Labels & Border dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A&B, mega oval dies, Copic markers, stickles
Please be sure to visit all of the DT blogs and comment so you’ll be entered to win!
Cathy * Sandee * Lori * Dawn * Julie * Angie * Chris * Grace * 
Audrey * Silke Wanda * Sabrina * Lisa

Here are the sets, dies & papers I used:
                

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous & Creative New Year!

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A big Congrats to Natalie, the newest Featured Stamper! She has such a beautiful gallery..it was hard to chose, but I kept coming back to THIS. I kept the banners and layout, but used different colors, different stamps and made mine a baby card. 
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Well..I used a lot of dies & images on this, lol. After stamping the baby, I colored & fussy cut it out. The baby bed is made using the Gilded Gate die and trimmed w/ a stamped, die cut crochet border. The pennants were die cut, the BABY stamped on four of them & backed w/ the scalloped pennants die cut out of the dp. 

The large white border was added under the largest layer and the greeting was stamped on a mini tag die & backed with another die cut mini tag stamped w/ a ticket stamp. The bottom left seemed a little empty so I added a die cut, stacked button. The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 and these are the Copics I used.
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Congrats again, Natalie! Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs – Mini Tag SentimentsFree Admission, Pennant Swag Alphabet, Baby Jesus
Paper:  white, ODBD Heart & Soul paper collection 
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Colorbox pink sky & pink pastel chalk inks
Accessories: ODBD Mini TagsGilded GateFlourished Star PatternPennant RowMatting Circles, Beautiful Borders, Crochet Border dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A, Copic markers


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