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Archive for March 16th, 2016

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Today’s Sketch Challenge (SC584) & yesterday’s Color Challenge (CC574) both seemed easy but turned out not to be so for me. I’m still undecided about this card, but it is what it is.
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I used an old stamp from Hero Arts I know had been retired by them a long while ago, but I found Peddler’s Pack is apparently selling I guess you learn something every day. After stamping this cute bunny on the kraft w/ Memento, I used Prismacolor pencils to color him then over stamped w/ Versafine. I did the same for the Chinese coin & used a circle punch on it. The Easter letters were die cut once out of the kraft & once out of white, then stacked offset. After cutting off the requisite corner for the sketch, I added the dots w/ a border embossing folder. The largest layer really is a close clone of sahara sand, even though it looks about the same as the kraft in this pic. Oh well!

Here are the pencil colors I used. If you can’t read them, they are: 
Blender, White, Pale Vermillion, Salmon Pink, Lt. Peach, Peach, Ginger Root, Beige, French Gray 50%, French Gray 70%.

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Stamps: Hero Arts – Haiku Bunny, All Night Media – Chinese Coin
Paper:  kraft, sand, peach
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx (to over stamp)
Accessories:  Spellbinders A2 matting basics  A & B, Font One upper & lower case dies, Prismacolor pencils,  Misti, 5/8″ circle punch, Cuttlebug embossing border folder (With Love set)

Baby Nest cu 08667
Weekly-Favorite  x3
Welcome to the March Blog Hop for Serendipity Stamps! If you arrived here from Jenny’s Blog,  you are in the right place..if not, you may want to head over there first.

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 March 20 to leave comments on the blogs for a chance to win. Mary will  announce a winner on March21.  Each month a different image is 50% off. This month- it’s the To the World.. The special is buy 3 items get your 4th (least expensive) item free.   Good through 3/20. 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 baby card came from some paint chips I had in my stash. I thought the colors would be perfect for a baby girl card. With the colors in hand, I picked out the closest colors of Copic markers & refills & loaded a mini mister w/ isopropyl alcohol & spritzed a plain white panel w/ it. No need to use your Copic blender refill for this when the alcohol will do the same basic job at much less cost. With the paper wet, I dropped the blender colors here & there & let the colors spread, spritzing w/ more alcohol when needed. When the colors looked like I wanted, I dropped a few droplets of alcohol to make the paler circles. When it dried, I die cut it, put it in my Misti, stamped w/ Memento, added just a touch more color to the image, then over stamped w/ Versafine. I used a white gel pen to go over the eggs. The Congratulations was die cut out of another paint chip & I shortened it by snipping off part of the word & repositioning the curlicue tail of the G. 

Here’s a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used. I also used the exact same colors of refills for the background.
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Nest in Tree
Paper:  Martha Stewart paint chips (no longer available),  Hammermill white
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx (to over stamp)
Accessories:  Serendipity Baby set, Congratulations dies,  Misti, white gel pen, med. corner rounder,  Copic markers & matching refills, stitched rectangle dies, isopropyl alcohol 91%, mini mister

Old Barn cu 08678 Weekly-Favorite  x3  best-of-2016-scs-smaller
This card is continuing the Serendipity Challenge Theme this month of circles/dots. To make this card, I started by making a watercolor background w/ a series of washes for the ground, sky & hillside in the back right.When dry, I die cut it, placed it my Misti & stamped the barn scene w/ Memento. 

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Since the colors for the barn would be darker, I just added some detail watercolor on top of the barn. It turned out to be a little darker than I wanted, so I stamped the barn roof & front again on a separate piece of watercolor paper, used Brushos on the roof (to get the rusty look), painted the front, then paper pieced them on top of the original. Then I die cut w/ a pierced circle, added the white circle & put them back on top for a sort of spotlight look. A narrow white frame & the die cut Hello were attached on top.

Her’s a look at the inside. The narrow strips were about all I had left from the piece so I stamped the barn scene using the lilac distress ink then added the greeting.
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Barn w/ Windmill, (inside- Quick Note)
Paper:  watercolor, Neenah white
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx (to overstamp), (inside- Distress ink shaded lilac)
Accessories:  Serendipity Hello die, Misti, watercolor pan set, Brusho watercolor crystals, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, circles, pierced circle dies

I made this card a few days ago using more of the new images. You can get all the details on it by clicking HERE.
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