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Welcome to the October Blog Hop for Serendipity Stamps! If you arrived here from Jeanne’s blog, you’re in the right place..if not, you may want to head over there first.

The Prize – One $20 gift code will go to one random commenter from the blogs. So be sure  to visit all the blogs because you don’t know which one the winner will be drawn from. You have through Sunday October 23 to leave comments on the blogs for a chance to win. Mary will  announce a winner on October 24. The sale this week will be free shipping on US orders of $25 or more good Wed the 19th through Sunday the 23rd.  There’s no coupon code  required.   Each month a different image is 50% off. This month- it’s the  Pumpkin Border.  On the third Wednesday of every month., we’ll be celebrating with a Blog Hop!  For another chance to win,  be sure to play along with our monthly challenge. You can get all the details on the challengHERE.
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This is also for the Splitcoast Featured Stamper, Bev! I chose THIS card to case, keeping the Christmas theme & layout, but I used different images, water colored my image & used a die cut greeting. For my card, I used this beautiful Poinsettia. I just love poinsettias & I can’t wait for the stores to get them in for Christmas. This image just said “water color” to me but instead of using my usual pan w/c, I used Brushos water color crystals. I sprinkled a few reds & greens on a blank palette then added water & painted w/ them as if they were pan w/c. Since this is a large image, I was pretty sure I was going to have to use my out of the box technique w/ the chosen die. I’ve shown this technique before, but a dear friend of mine, Kittie Caracciolo, who works w/ dies like you wouldn’t believe, mentioned that she just doesn’t “get” the out of the box. So here it is again 🙂 Once you understand the principal, it’s pretty easy. And it’s probably my most used & favorite technique. You can click the green link above for the original tutorial & you can also click any of these pictures to enlarge them.
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The reason I didn’t fully cut out the little branches before die cutting is because they are so fragile & it’s easy to break them off. After die cutting, I’ll fully trim them out.
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The most important thing to remember is that anything that falls out of the box, must be lifted above the die or else it will be cut off.
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Here’s a look at the inside.
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Please be sure to comment on all the DT blogs. It will be much appreciated & will also increase your chances of winning! 

Mary’s Blog

Karen Amidon

Marybeth Lopez

Miriam Napier

Patti Kehl

Carol Mayne

Vickie Zimmer

Jeanne Jachna

Julie Warner (you are here!)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Supplies:

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Poinsettia Lg
Paper:  Staples #110 white,  water color, red pepper, dp (Paper Studio- Holly on Black, HOTP- Green Plaid, both retired)
Ink:   Versafine onyx
Accessories:   Serendipity Celebrate & Season’s Greetings dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies, Brushos water color crystals, MFT diagonal stitched rectangle dies

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A big congrats to Simone, the newest Featured Stamper (FS478) on Splitcoast! She has a wonderful gallery with beautiful CAS designs! There are several I picked to case, but I kept coming back to THIS one. I just love the 3 little pinwheels so I kept that, but I used different images, added more layers & left off the gems.
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To make my 3 pinwheels, I die cut 3 sizes of squares out of kraft c/s then gold heat embossed the Log Cabin Quilt on one side of all three. On the reverse sides, I used a pencil eraser to make the gold polka dots.

I shared my easy method of making pinwheels from a square shape in THIS post, but basically, just cut from the 4 corners in to almost the center as shown below. (The first is the Log Cabin side, the pic below it is the reverse side w/ the pencil eraser dots.)
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After you have the corners cut, just bring one point of each side in to the center & attach. It doesn’t matter which you start w/, just make sure to fold the same point on each side.
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After I die cut all the layers & the greeting, I inked up the greeting & gold embossed it, too. I also gold embossed the center of the Dresden Quilt image then used different sized circle punches & added these to the centers of my pinwheels.

Here’s a look at the inside using some leftover strips & circles.
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Congrats again, Simone! Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Supplies:

Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs – Log Cabin Quilt,  Dresden Quilt Stamp,  (inside –Wishing Words)
Paper: Staples 110# white, kraft
Ink: Encore Ultimate Metallic Gold pigment
Accessories: ODBD Double Stitched Rectangles,  SquaresRectanglesLavish Layers, Wishing dies, detail gold embossing powder, multi circle punch



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Today we are taking another look at the Our Daily Bread designs December release! Aren’t you over the moon with these beautiful images & fabulous dies? As a special treat, I’m including a little tutorial on how I did the double die cutting. The stitched circle around the horses is part of the white stitched frame. Tricky, huh? It’s actually a combination of out of the box & into the window. I will mention, I do both of these techniques on a regular basis so I don’t have a problem coloring my image first. If you’re trying this for the first time, you may want to color afterwards. That way if you have to try again, you won’t be out a lot of time & effort coloring it.
This is also for IC524 Inspiration Challenge & THIS was the button I was inspired by.

Birthday Paints 08015 After I stamped my image w/ Memento onto a 4.25 x 5.50 piece of X-Press It, I colored it w/ Copics. The horses were colored to resemble Indian Paints. I still had the image in my Misti, so I over stamped it w/ Versafine to really sharpen the details.  Now comes the Double Die Cutting how to…(click any picture to make it bigger.) 

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Birthday Paints cu 08013 To finish, I stamped the mill scene onto textured chocolate using the sepia ink twice then added the highlights w/ a white Prismacolor pencil. The leftover outer stitched circle frame was colored w/ a Copic & put back around the image. A punched fence was attached behind the image & the oval stitched greeting added on top. 

Here’s a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used. 
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Supplies:

Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs–Saddle Up, Living Water
Paper: X-Press It white, textured chocolate
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx (to over stamp after coloring), Versafine sepia (greeting & background)
Accessories: ODBD Double Stitched RectanglesRectangles, Stitched Ovals,Double Stitched CirclesFlourished Star Pattern dies, Copic markers, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A dies,  Misti, Martha Stewart fence punch, white prismacolor pencil

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Please be sure to stop & visit all of the DT Blogs. You’ll find so much inspiration on ways to use this fabulous release!
Julie * Amy * Cathy * Robin * Sandee *

 Dawn * Lori * America

These are the wonderful images & dies I used.
   

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