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Welcome to the February Blog Hop for Serendipity StampsIf you arrived here from Mary’s Blog,  you are in the right place..if not, you may want to head over there first.
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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 February 21 to leave comments on the blogs for a chance to win. Mary will  announce a winner on February 22.  Each month a different image is 50% off. This month- it’s the Tandem Bicycle Set..  The special is 40% off one item. Enter “40fromhigh0216” to get 40% off the highest priced item in the cart.  Good through 2/21. 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 challengHERE.

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The idea for my card came from a painting I saw somewhere. I don’t know who painted it or if they used oil, acrylic or water color, but I loved all the vibrant color & that stuck with me. My background is done w/ Brushos water color crystals on water color paper. I did a few washes but since the water colors are powder/crystal form, I wet the areas first, sprinkled a little of the color I wanted (the first was the turquoise), then worked them a bit w/ the paint brush. In most cases, I let the previous color dry before I moved to the next color. Toward the end, I added some almost dry brush strokes in some areas & I helped the yellow drip on down the page. Since it really made no sense to have a detailed image, I put the tandem bicycle in my Misti, stamped it few times (to get good coverage, since the paper has texture) w/ Versafine then used a black Tombow marker (water based) to fill it in and make a silhouette out of it. A white gelly roll pen was used to add the highlights on the bike. It was then die cut a couple of times w/ a white layer inserted in between & the greeting added on top.
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Here’s the inside…I kept it pretty simple.
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps –Tandem Bicycle, Miss You,  (inside – Thinking of You)
Paper:  white, water color
Ink:  Versafine onyx
Accessories:  Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, curved border dies, Brushos water color crystals, fishtail flag dies, black Tombow marker, white gel pen, Misti

For the Serendipity Monthly Challenge…Anything Goes, I made a birthday card with the cute little Bird Bath image.
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I already had the front piece w/ the stitched circle cut out so I stamped the little bird bath on a separate piece, colored it, masked it, then sponged the yellow from the top & blue from the bottom. After removing the mask, I over stamped it w/ Versafine (it was still in my Misti) then placed the frame around it.
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For the extra little birds, I had to do a mirror image by stamping it onto acrylic then stamping the acrylic to the paper. After I colored them, I went over the left facing one w/ a Micron pen to sharpen the lines then I fussy cut them both. I added the die cut & sponged Birthday and left the lower section of it in place. 2 of the clouds I added are from the Hot Air Balloon die & the large one is another die cut. 

Here are the Copics I used & below it is the inside. Again, it’s on the simple side, but when you don’t use designer paper, you don’t have any left to work with, lol.
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps Bird Bath  (inside – Everyday Words small horizontal)
Paper:  Neenah white, X-Press It white 
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx(to over stamp), Distress inks in tumbled glass, squeezed lemonade
Accessories:  Serendipity Birthday, Hot Air Balloons Reverse dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A dies, Copic markers, stitched rectangle dies, double stitched circle dies, Misti

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.

Mary’s Blog

Julie Warner (you are here!)

Karen Amidon

Marybeth Lopez

Miriam Napier

Vickie Zimmer

Jeanne Jachna

Jenny Gropp

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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A big congrats to Michele, the newest Featured Stamper (FS471) on Splitcoast! She has a lovely gallery & it didn’t take me long to pick THIS one to case. I kept the floral theme & used the same corner die, but I used different images, different colors & turned mine horizontal. 

For my card, I started with a bright yellow/orange water color background I made a while back. I die cut it then a white layer for the top. After die cutting the corner, I stamped the large Flourished Easter greeting on it. The lilies were stamped on a piece of Hammermill white, colored w/ Copics, over stamped w/ Versafine then die cut w/ the new matching die.
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I added some gems on the background & a little stickles on the flowers. Here’s a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used for the flowers.
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Congrats again, Michele! Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs – Beauty, Flourished Happy Easter,  ( inside- Earth’s Gladdest Day)
Paper:  Hammermill 100# white, water color
Ink:  Versafine onyx, Memento tuxedo black
Accessories: ODBD Flourished Star Pattern dies, Sizzix 660220 Thinlits, Brushos water color crystals, stickles, Misti, gems, Copic markers, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A dies

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Today’s Inspiration Challenge (IC532) is a page of 100 color combinations. Since they’re all together on the page, it’s impossible to link to just one but here’s a picture of it. I chose #85 Classic Metallics.

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Usually, I go with the bright, vibrant colors, but occasionally I like to work with neutral tones…sort of a palette cleanse thing. To make my card, I used part of an Ornate Corner Tile to make my central design. I put it in my Misti & stamped it 4 times on the corners w/ Memento. After coloring w/ Copics I over stamped it w/ Versafine. If you look at the picture below, you’ll see why. The bottom two have been over stamped..the top two have not. Big difference!
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I did a little out of the box to remove some of the white background & added a black square layer. The design was stamped & colored again 4 times & I fussy cut those out to add under the squares. A greeting was added below on separate layers & I added a black/metallic gold Candi button in the center of my design.

These are the Copics I used.
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Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: DRS Designs- Ornate Corner Tile, Warm Wishes
Paper: Staples white, black, kraft
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx
Accessories:  Spellbinders squares dies, Copic markers, Misti, Lil’ Inkers stitched rectangles dies, ODBD Flourished Star Pattern & Double Stitched Rectangles dies, Candi Dot