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Archive for January, 2016

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Welcome to the Serendipity January Blog Hop! We are showing off a fabulous new Balloon die & featuring some fun birthday images along with it! If you arrived here from Jenny’s Blog ,  you are in the right place..if not, you may want to head over there first. This is also for the Featured Stamper (FS468). Congrats to Michele! I chose THIS to case. I kept the bright colors & birthday & balloons theme, but I used a large reverse die and sponged on my background.
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 January 24 to leave comments on the blogs for a chance to win. Mary will  announce a winner on Monday January 25.  Each month a different image is 50% off. This month- it’s the Party Background. The special for the hop is free shipping on all US orders of $15 or more good January 20 -24. 
Be sure to check out the great deals on the Clearance Stamps!   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 challenge HERE.
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To make my very sparkly birthday card, I first die cut two layers out of white using two of the matting basics. Then the Party Balloons Reverse die was die cut in the smaller layer. On the larger layer, I used Distress inks to sponge on the different colors then attached the balloon layer on top. I also sponged one big balloon cut out and the Happy die and attached them. The Party Bg was stamped across a narrow strip using the Kaleidacolor ink & the Birthday was stamped on top.  I added stickles to the Happy & the one balloon on top and used a clear Wink of Stella on the other balloons. Since we’re combining the hop w/ the monthly Challenge of Stripes, my colors were put on in stripes (or wide bands) and the Party Bg on the strip is a stripe format.


Stamps: Serendipity Stamps –Party Background, Happy Birthday
Paper: Neenah white
Ink:  Distress Inks in squeezed lemonade, ripe persimmon, worn lipstick, candied apple, peacock feathers. twisted citron, cracked pistachio; Kaliedacolor Caribbean sea, Versafine onyx
Accessories:  Serendipity Happy & Party Balloon Reverse dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies, stickles, Wink of Stella

Now I’ll send you on to Karen’s blog..I’m sure she’ll have something fabulous to show you! Please be sure to visit all of the DT Blogs to increase your chance of winning! Here’s the order in case you get lost.

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Today’s Color Challenge on Splitcoast (CC566), is an interesting combo, pink, melon, & orange. I thought they would work well for a Valentine.
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My Valentine is mostly die cuts w/ just a bit of stamping, but when you have such beautiful dies, it’s always a pleasure to use them 🙂 I die cut the white front w/ the largest Double Stitched die and the patterned paper behind it w/ the largest Flourished Star Pattern die. I put the white stitched panel in my Misti and stamped the Wishing first w/ the melon ink but it was too pink so I overstamped w/ a pigment ink called Picante. I did the same w/ the little You underneath it. The hearts & Love were die cut out of a melony/coral paper that has a faint silvery pattern running through it.  I die cut the pennant swag out of white then the individual little toppers out of different patterned paper to add more of the colors. I replaced the O in Love w/ one of the smallest hearts.
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Here’s a look at the inside.
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Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs – Wishing Words, (Bless Your Heart -inside)
Paper: Neenah white, designer paper (SEI -Sunny Day & Claire, American Crafts-#Summer)
Ink:  SU melon mambo, Colorbox picante pigment ink
Accessories: ODBD Double Stitched Rectangles, Ornate Hearts, Flourished Star Pattern, Pennant Swag dies, Misti


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Today we are taking a look back at the Our Daily Bread designs January release! Don’t you love the fabulous dies & wonderful sets? And the Bible journaling sets are so beautiful! I’m featuring one in my card today, so you’ll see, they are beautiful for more than just one use. 
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I love the images on this anchor set..the smiling sun is so wonderfully hopeful above the scripture with the anchor and shells. I had some textured paper w/ a big anchor on it & I thought it would emphasize the scripture. I wanted the anchor to show up but not overpower the scripture so I stamped it onto a antique vanilla vellum using the multi color ink & embossed it w/ clear powder. I added just a hint of color on the back side of the vellum w/ some Copic markers then used the largest Double Stitched Rectangle to die cut it. I did it 2 corners at a time to get the narrower profile. On the striped anchor dp, I wanted to stamp some of the Fishing Net Bg but I wanted to mask the anchor. After thinking about it for a minute, I decided to make a copy of the dp, then cut out the anchor for a mask. It worked perfectly. The vellum panel was attached w/ tiny brads & I did a little out of the box on the large anchor. The finished card is a little taller & narrower to accommodate the long vellum panel (4 1/18″ x 6″). 

 Here’s a look at the inside.
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Please be sure to visit all of the DT Blogs for so much inspiration using the January sets & dies.
Sandee * Cathy * Julie * Lori * 

Robin T. * Dawn * Robin C.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs – The Anchor, Fishing Net Bg (Anchor the Soul – inside)
Paper: designer paper (Paper Studio – Cape Cod), antique vanilla vellum
Ink:  Kaleidacolor denim, Adirondack denim
Accessories: ODBD  Double Stitched Rectangles, Flourished Star Pattern, Leafy Edged Borders, dies, Copic markers, clear embossing powder, sand dollar button, mini antique gold brads

These are the sets & dies I used: