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Welcome to the July #1 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 July 9 to leave comments on the blogs for a chance to win. Mary will announce a winner on July 10 on her Blog.  Each month a different image is 50% off. This month- it’s the Sunflower Rake! On the first & third Wednesdays of every month., we’ll be celebrating with a Blog Hop!

When I think of sunflowers, I seem to gravitate toward a blue & yellow color palette. And it went that way here when I came across this blue & white striped paper then found the printed flower paper went so well w/ it. The Sunflower die  was die cut a couple of times..once out of the flower pattern paper & once out of the blue stripe then layered as seen. I added a white scallop circle & yellow stitched circle behind it to add a little more weight. The papers were all die cut & layered & I added a yellow Dragonfly to the side of the sunflower. The two words were combined to make the greeting. 

Here’s a look at the inside using some leftover pieces.

Next stop is Vickie‘s Blog!  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

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 – Hello, Sunshine (inside – Just Wanted to Say)
Paper:  Staples #110 white, butter yellow, dp (blue= American Crafts- Marine, patterned= Pebbles -Family Ties) 
Ink:  Versafine majestic blue
Accessories:  Serendipity Sunflower, Floral Frame & Embellishment dies,  Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, bracket border, scalloped circle dies, Lil’ Inker stitched rectangles dies, ODBD double stitched circle dies,  Misti

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Welcome to  the June Challenge for Serendipity Stamps! This month the challenge is is Window Cards. The special at Serendipity Stamps this week is  the ever popular 40% off coupon.  Code “40fromhigh614”  Good through 6/24.   40% off the highest priced item in your cart. The design team has the added challenge of making an accordion card with a window. You only have to make a window card. I love window cards…accordion cards, not so much, lol. 

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I’m pretty sure I should just call this the energizer bunny card. It just kept going & going & growing! With so much real estate on this layout, I never know when to stop adding things, which is really at odds with my need for a clean layout. For the basics…I cut a letter size piece of white card stock to 5.50 x 11. From the left side, I scored at 2″, 4.5″,  and 7″….so my separate panels measure (from left) 2″, 2.5″, 2.5″, and 4″. I used these sizes because when folded, it measures 4 x 5.50 so it will fit in an A2 envelope. When closed, it looks like the picture above. When open, it looks like the picture below.

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I stamped and colored the Lg Geranium and Sm Geranium, then fussy cut the larger version for the front, die cut the smaller for the inside window. For the inside panels, I die cut larger frames, a bunch of the corner elements and frame elements from  Floral Frame & Embellishment dies. All of the backgrounds are panels I made by “stamping” with an embossing folder. I sprayed different colors of Heidi Swapp shine spray directly onto one side of an embossing folder, placed white card stock inside and pressed. I did not emboss these panels so they are completely flat but have the image of the folder on them. In real life, the sprays are so shimmery but so hard to capture with the camera. 

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The greeting was stamped on the largest Labels 28 on the last panel, die cut, and with the die still in place, I sponged on some Distress Ink spun sugar along the inside edges. The Serendipity die cut small butterfly and dragonfly were spritzed with the Heidi Swapp sprays and added to the two smaller inside panels.

These are the Copics I used.
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Thanks so much for stopping by! Please be sure to stop by all the DT blogs to be entered in the drawing. 
 

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

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Supplies:

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Lg Geranium 1112J, Sm Geranium 1113D, Happy Birthday 093D
Paper: X-Press It white, Georgia Pacific white, vellum
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Distress Ink spun sugar
Accessories:  Serendipity Floral Frame & Embellishment dies, Copic markers, Spellbinders matting basics A & B, Labels 28 dies, Heidi Swapp shine sprays, Lifestyle Crafts/Quickutz embossing folder (Dainty set), Wink of Stella (clear) pen
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Julie Warner – http://thewritestuff.justwritedesigns.com

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Welcome to the Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop!  Today we are featuring a bunch of brand new word dies! You are really going to love these. Something for everyone and every occasion. 

First, the prize details:

  • $20 gift code to one person who has commented on ALL the blogs.
  • To enter to win leave a comment through midnight Sunday 5-18.
  • Winner will be posted on Mary’s blog  Monday 5-19
Julie Warner – http://thewritestuff.justwritedesigns.com
For my cards, I chose to use the Dream and Imagine die cuts words for my cards. On this card, I used the Dream die and the first thing that came to me was a Dreamcatcher. Somewhere I saw a dreamcatcher that had an owl for the centerpiece and the owl was so similar to this one, I thought this little owl would be perfect. I die cut him out of  black and the solid owl version out of white. I also cut another detailed owl out of white paper to place on top of the solid backing so I could see where I wanted to color. After coloring the solid backing, I attached the black owl on top. I used some of the same markers to color a piece of white in bands before I die cut the Dream word. The feathers were stamped, colored and fussy cut. For the dreamcatcher, I die cut a sunflower and backed it with a circle die cut. 
The finished card is 4.25 x 7 and these are the Copics I used.
Julie Warner – http://thewritestuff.justwritedesigns.com
Supplies:

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps  Feather Background 448L
Paper: X-Press It white, black, Bazzill white textured
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Accessories:  Copic markers, Serendipity Dream, Owl & Solid Owl dies, Spellbinders squares, circles dies, Perfect Paper Crafting mini rulers, Memory Box wild sunflower die

My second card features the Imagine die. 

Julie Warner – http://thewritestuff.justwritedesigns.com
I stamped the Toadstools & Violets, colored them then die cut them using a little bit of my out of the box technique. I had some left over pieces of violet, lavender and rust that coordinated nicely, so I used the closest sizes of matting basic dies to give them a little polish. I die cut the Imagine, corners and top bracket  out of white and added them for contrast.
Julie Warner – http://thewritestuff.justwritedesigns.com
The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 and these are the Copics I used.
Julie Warner – http://thewritestuff.justwritedesigns.com
Supplies:

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps Toadstools & VioletsPaper: X-Press It white, violet, lavender, rust, grass green
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Accessories:  Copic markers, Serendipity Imagine, Floral Frame & Embellishement dies, Spellbinders labels 22, Matting basics A & B dies, neon yellow gel pen (for violet centers)

My final card features the Floral Frame and Embellishments along with the larger Floral Dragonfly & Solid Dragonfly dies.
Julie Warner – http://thewritestuff.justwritedesigns.com
I had some spritzed, water colored background left over from another project with these bright red/orange colors so I die cut the dragonflies and Dream out of it. The larger background behind the floral frame was made by sponging on a variety of pink, red, yellow and orange inks. After I die the floral frame out of white, I used a slightly smaller square die to trim down the left over square center in order to leave some of the red/orange border around it. This card measures 5″ square.

Julie Warner – http://thewritestuff.justwritedesigns.com
Supplies:

Stamps: none
Paper: X-Press It white
Ink:  Memento love letter, Kaleidacolor desert heat & melon melody rainbow pads, Distress ink worn lipstick
Accessories:  Serendipity Dream, Floral Frame & Embellishment , Floral Dragonfly, Solid Dragonfly dies, Spellbinders square dies, Perfect Paper Crafting mini rulers

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to visit all of the Design Team blogs so you’ll be entered to win! 

Mary’s Blog
Miriam Napier
Pauline Pollington
Vickie Zimmer
Anya Schrier
Jeanne Jachna
Jenny Gropp
Julie Warner
Karen Amidon
Marybeth Lopez

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