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Welcome to the May#2 Blog Hop for Serendipity Stamps!

If you arrived here from Miriam’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 May 21 to leave comments on the blogs for a chance to win. Mary will announce a winner on May22 on her Blog.  Each month a different image is 50% off. This month- it’s the Simple Flower Set! On the first & third Wednesdays of every month., we’ll be celebrating with a Blog Hop!

My card is fairly quick since this fab die does almost all of the work for you! Since I first saw it, it’s been one of my faves (especially since I suggested it to Mary, way back when, lol)! I adore hot air balloons…it’s impossible not to smile & be happy when you see them. And I used it today because I have a friend who recently received some bad news, health wise & I’m sure she could use a smile.

After die cutting the reverse hot air balloons out of cobalt, I found some paper that had these chevrons in blues & green & I thought it went perfectly w/ the patterns in the balloons. I die cut the clouds part of the die again in white to add on top of the white stitched frame, then added the fussy cut speech bubble w/ the greeting in the lower right.

Here’s a look at the inside using some of the leftover parts. (I also used a mask of the balloon die to sponge the blue ink on the side of the envelope.)

Please be sure to comment on all the DT Blogs..it will be so appreciated & also increase your chances of winning!

Mary’s Blog

Patti Kehl

Carol Mayne

Karen Amidon

Miriam Napier

Julie Warner (you are here!)

Vickie Zimmer

Marybeth Lopez

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Supplies:

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Speech Bubble set, Uplifting Words 
Paper:  Staples #110 white, cobalt, dp (Pebbles -Special Delivery Boy)
Ink:   Memento tuxedo black, Distress inks stormy sky
Accessories:   Serendipity Reverse Hot Air Balloon die Spellbinders A2 matting basics B dies, ODBD double stitched rectangle dies, sequins

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Today we are taking another look at the Our Daily Bread designs June Release! Such fabulous dies & stamp/die duo sets! Did you order yours yet?
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For my project, I created a fun surprise box. The Surprise Box die makes it so easy to do & it’s a blast figuring out which dies to use when decorating it. I went with a birthday stars & presents theme. And I may have gone a little over the top w/ the layers. My box is actually very sturdy as I used a very heavy white c/s for the inside & cut another white layer for the outside (I wanted the inside to be as pretty as the outside w/ the embossing) then added all the die cut paper rectangles, stars & presents around the outside.

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This is a better picture of the outside & underside of the flaps. The only problem w/ this box, is how to photograph it. So I took a bunch of pics. Star Wish Box closed IMG0317
The balloons, stars & Wish are so sparkly in person! There’s even a little cupcake tucked under the Wish. I will tell you, to make the Pierced Rectangles & plain Rectangle layers on the outside, I did have to do a little resizing to make them smaller. But that’s pretty easy..just be sure to match up the pierced holes when cutting the other end. Star Wish Box top 09403
I also added another long liner to the outside of the back to use as sort of the inside of a card, where I could write a little message. And this all folds flat-ish to fit in a standard A2 or A6 envelope.
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Supplies:

Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs – Sending My Love
Paper: Staples 110# white, Recollections heavy white, ODBD- Birthday Bash, Birthday Brights, DCWV Glitter matstack
Ink:  Versafine onyx
Accessories: ODBD  Pierced Rectangles, Balloons & Streamers, Happy Birthday, Celebrate/WishSurprise Box, Cake & Candles, Bitty Borders, Sparkling Stars dies

Please be sure to stop by and visit all of the DT Blogs. It will be so appreciated! 
Cathy * Dawn * Lori * Robin * Melissa * Julie *
Sandee 
Diana * Grace * Lisa * Sabrina * Jan (Guest Designer)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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I’m a little late finishing this..mainly because I already had my Blog Hop Release for ODBD posted yesterday (still time to comment to win 🙂 & didn’t want to throw it off the front page. I combined the Sketch Challenge (SC595) & the Color Challenge (CC585) for my card. The colors are cherry cobbler, wild wasabi & gold. I have a couple of shades of gold in the stripe paper (I’m hoping they didn’t mean metallic). 

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For my mostly die cut card, I used one long panel of the Surprise Box die & cut it twice. I did move the die up a tad to shorten the piece in order to fit my card. One full panel was used for the center & I cut the other in half to use on the sides, along w/ a couple of narrow strips of the cherry. Then I added the die cut balloons, presents, bow & Sending part of the greeting. The rest of the greeting was stamped on the little oval item of the sketch. 

Here’s a look at the inside. I used the negative of the Sending die & put back the little inside pieces. 
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Supplies:

Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs – Sending My Love
Paper: Staples 110# white, dk red,  dp (My Mind’s Eye -Collectable/Remarkable)
Ink:  Versafine crimson red
Accessories: ODBD   Pierced Rectangles, Balloons & StreamersMini BowHappy Birthday, Pierced Ovals, Ovals, Celebrate/Wish, Surprise Box dies

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
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