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Welcome to the Dec #1 Blog Hop
 for Serendipity Stamps

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 Dec 9 to leave comments on the blogs for a chance to win. Mary will announce a winner on Dec 10 on her Blog. On the first & third Wednesdays of every month, we’ll be celebrating with a Blog Hop! The Special this month is the Penguinsstamp & Snow Birds Branch die – 50% off! Be sure to check out the Bargain Basement..for some really great deals on discontinued items.


My Christmas card was fairly easy…the wonderful Snowflake Reverse die did all the work for me! I found some coordinating papers in a pretty color then die cut the snowflakes in white to put on top. I used just the Merry of the Merry Christmas die & stamped the small Christmas w/ Distress oxide ink & added it under the top layers.

Here’s a look at the inside. I used some of the snowflakes from the front die cut.

Please be sure to comment on all the blogs..it is much appreciated & also increases your chances of winning! 

Mary’s Blog

Beth Chiu  

Julie Warner (you are here!)

Miriam Napier

Marybeth Lopez 

Vickie Zimmer (off this week)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Supplies:

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps –Christmas (inside: Warmest Wishes)
Paper:  Staples 110# white, aqua,  dp (American Crafts = Jolly)
Ink: Distress oxide evergreen bough
Accessories: Serendipity Merry Christmas, Snowflake Reverse die Rubbernecker Rectangle Stitch dies

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When I saw the technique challenge on Splitcoast (TLC676) was a fancy fold, the first thing I thought was “it’s gonna be trouble”. I was right. But at least I had resigned myself to that fact going in. And it was really only trouble for a few reasons…

1. I also decided I HAD to give the Gilded Faux Silk another try (first time was horrible). It made the sliding top really stiff & hard to fold.
2. My measurements were a little different so I had to reverse engineer it. Sheesh! Will I never learn?
3. I keep getting sucked into the bottomless pit of hubby’s plumbing reconfigurations. Not only has he acquired every plumbing tool known to man, he also constantly borrows MY crafting tools. Apparently, my tools are better than his tools, lol. And I have to help him reengineer the problem. (He’s NOT a plumber..he’s not even particularly mechanically inclined, lol.)

So..the gilded faux silk turned out better this time, probably because I needed snowflakes & blue & that looks good together. The fold finally cooperated. But then a fourth problem..silver & fancy folds are very HARD to photograph. It is what it is & here it is.

And here’s a look at the inside. I went simple since the front was an engineering feat!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies:

Stamps: DRS Designs –Blizzard of Thanks, Interlocking Snow, Snow Bg, Med. Filigree Snowflake (inside:Brush Thank You )
Paper: Staples 110# white, lt blue, cobalt blue, metallic silver
Ink: Kaliedacolor blue breeze, Distress ink blueprint sketch, chipped sapphire, Encore ultimate metallic silver, Versamark, Versafine majestic blue 
Accessories:  Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, exquisite circles, snowflakes, circles dies, Reverse Confetti squared off tag topper die, ODBD double stitched circle, snowflakes dies, silver embossing powder


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A big congrats to Rochelle, the newest Featured Stamper (FS557)! She has a sweet gallery & after browsing, I chose THIS to case. I kept the Christmas snow globe but left off the shaker & used different images & dies.


I love this big snow globe and the Christmas Village images fit perfectly inside it. Just had to decide which ones to use. Finally decided on the lovely Gazebo &  Lamp Post & added a couple more trees for balance. After stamping the globe, I die cut a circle almost the same size out of copy paper & used the left over as a reverse mask to stamp the images inside & keep them from going out of the edges.

After coloring everything, I used a white gel pen to add snow where I wanted it &  then some stickles for sparkle. The Triple Holly was fussy cut &  added & the greeting was stamped on the red & I used the white gel pen to highlight the letters. 

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

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Supplies:

Stamps: DRS Designs –  Christmas Lamp Post, Holly Days, Snow Globe, Gazebo, Christmas Village 4 in 1, Triple Holly, (inside – Beautiful Holiday)
Paper: Staples 110# white, red
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Accessories:  Lil’ Inker stitched rectangle dies,  Copic markers, stickles, white gel pen, Misti

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