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Archive for February 17th, 2016

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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

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