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Today’s Sketch Challenge on Splitcoast (SC534) seemed perfect for an idea I had a couple of weeks ago to make a beach umbrella scene. Originally I was going to use bright, summer colors, but changed my mind & made it softer, sandy colors.

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After I die cut the large sand background & smaller white one, I used a curved border die to cut off the bottom and replaced it w/ a piece of designer paper. I also added a little piece of a punched fence, a few pieces of die cut grass & a die cut border to cover the cut.

The umbrella was die cut out a dusty pink & the toppers cut from more of the same collection of dp. I added the flip flops, clouds & a few crystals.  Here’s a peek at the simple inside using some leftovers. (It’s not really crooked, lol. It’s just a weird angle.)
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Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs – Flip Flop Fun, Happy Birthday (from Little Boys set)
Paper: white, textured sand & dusty pink (DCWV matstack), dp (ODBD Shabby Rose collection)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Distress Inks Victorian Velvet
Accessories: ODBD Flourished Star PatternClouds & RaindropsUmbrellas, Flip Flops dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & curved border dies, crystals, picket fence punch


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Welcome to the Our Daily Bread designs April Release! We have some fabulous images & dies for you this month!

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 April 2, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on April 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!
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For my first card, I made a background on water color paper using Distress Inks, a water spritzer & a teflon craft sheet. I smooshed one ink color onto the mat, spritzed,  then lightly pressed the paper to it. After drying the one color, I wiped off the mat and proceeded to the next color. I used 3 harmonious colors in all & the reason I did it one at a time & dried in between was to layer the colors and not have them all run together. I like the way the background reminds me of a rainy day, but with happier colors. I die cut it and used the outermost die from the Flourished Star Pattern die to cut the pierced layer behind it. The umbrella & umbrella topper were die cut from 4 colors of card stock & the Happy die was cut from 2 of the colors and stacked, offset. I used it to replace the Happy in the greeting & used a stamp positioner to rearrange the rest of the wording.
The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 & here’s a look at the inside:
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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs – April Showers, Showers of Blessings
Paper: white, water color, lt blue, cobalt blue, lt green, aqua
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Distress Inks evergreen bough, tumbled glass, broken china
Accessories: ODBD Flourished Star PatternHappy Birthday, Clouds & Raindrops, Umbrellas, Layered Lacey Squares diesSpellbinders A2 matting basics A&B dies, SAMJ, teflon craft sheet

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My second card also started with water color paper, but this time I used actual water colors on it along w/ some metallic gold & white acrylic paints.
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When I saw this greeting in the How Great Thou Art set, I kept picturing a swirling galaxy of stars so that was the look I was trying to achieve. I wanted to splatter some masking fluid on the background first, but found mine had totally dried up. So I watered down a little white acrylic paint & splattered it first & after it dried I did several water color washes using different shades of blue. After drying it w/ my heat gun, I splattered a little more white & a little gold on top & used a small paint brush to add some swaths of gold here & there. I used a metallic brushed gold card stock to die cut the Vintage Flourish frame & also the stars. The greeting was heat embossed & die cut in a circle to add on top of the large star. Here’s a different view showing how shimmery it all looks w/ the gold highlights.
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And the inside of the card:
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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs – How Great Thou Art
Paper: water color, metallic brushed gold
Ink:  Versacolor midnight pigment ink, Memento blue danube (inside)
Accessories: ODBD Vintage Flourish Pattern, Sparkling StarsLayered Lacey Squares (inside) dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A&B & circle dies, water colors, Cobalt Tapestry embossing powder, white & metallic gold acrylic paint

Please be sure to visit & comment on all the DT blogs for your chance to win!

Julie * Sandee * Cathy * Dawn * Lori *
 Angie * Chris * Grace *Silke * Wanda * 
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Welcome to the April Challenge for
 Serendipity Stamps! This month the challenge is Monograms & Verse! You can get all the details over on the Serendipity Challenge Blog.  We have something new…a “Stamp of the Month”. Each month a different image will be 50% off. This month- it’s the Jar Label.  And as always, we have a  have a gift certificate up for grabs to a random player.
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For my Monogram card, rather than just have the Monogram by itself, I used the Monogram snipped from the Thanks die (I also snipped off a bit of the flourish) as the first letter in my greeting. I used a stamp positioner to move the lines of the greeting to better fit the Monogram. I love this Giraffe set and rather than color it, I used a piece of drywall mesh (it’s sticky on the backside) as a stencil, masked the sides, sponged some ink through it and added a little more color in a few of the squares w/ Copics. The image was stamped on top & die cut. I added a black mat then put it back on the larger piece it was cut from so it looks like the grid continues. A few of the sequins from the Wood Sequin combo were sprinkled here & there.

The inside was also kept simple:
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps –Giraffe cling set , Thinking of You ( on inside)
Paper:  Neenah white, black
Ink:  Versafine Onyx, Kaleidaolor tahiti (for sponging the grid)
Accessories:  Serendipity Thanks die, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B,  Copic markers, Wood Sequins

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Thanks so much for stopping by!
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