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Archive for September, 2016

Welcome to the September Blog Hop for Serendipity StampsIf you arrived here from Mary’s Blogyou 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 September 25 to leave comments on the blogs for a chance to win. Mary will  announce a winner on September 26. The sale this time is buy 3 get a 4th item free! No coupon required…the lowest item will be free & if you order 8, you get 2 free, etc. Good thru 9/25/16. Each month a different image is 50% off. This month- it’s the  Postoid Set! 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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Since the challenge for this month is “no coloring” & I really love color, I thought a good way to add color would be by using different ink colors. I started by die cutting the stitched rectangle out of one of the faint printed pieces of the designer paper then stamping the 4 different stamp images w/ four different ink colors. I did have to do a little masking. Three extra stamp images were also stamped & the red & green ones were fussy cut inside the post edge, the navy one was trimmed outside the postage edge. These were all attached to larger navy layers that I used the postage edge scissors to trim (remember all those scissors we all bought way back when?)

The greeting was stamped on a white piece the same width as the postoid panel & I used a lg. corner rounder to trim the ends. The text print paper was die cut w/ a rectangle then I used a dotted edge curved die to cut away the bottom & add the faint white dots w/ a white Prismacolor pencil.

Here’s a look at the inside.

Please be sure to comment on all the DT blogs. It will be much appreciated & will also increase your chances of winning! Now I’ll send you on to Karen’s Blog. Here’s the order in case you get lost.

Mary’s Blog

Julie Warner (you are here!)

Karen Amidon

Marybeth Lopez

Miriam Napier

Patti Kehl

Carol Mayne

Vickie Zimmer

Jeanne Jachna

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Postoid Set, Miss You, (inside- Sending Smiles)
Paper:  Staples #110 white,  navy, dp (Teresa Collins- Everyday Moments)
Ink:   Adirondack denim, butterscotch, cranberry, Archival library green, 
Accessories:   Spellbinders A2 matting basics A dies, Fiskars postage edge scissors, MFT Diagonal Stitched Rectangles dies, AE Dotted Borders dies, white Prismacolor pencil. Lg. corner rounder, Lil’ Inker stitched rectangle dies

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Today’s Inspiration Challenge (IC563) is all about hats & since I chose THIS hat because I knew I had this cute Jack O’Lantern w/ a pointy hat image I could use. I’m also adding this to the WT601 Challenge to heat emboss (the greeting was).  starry-jack-09807
To begin, I stamped the Jack O’Lantern, colored w/ Copics, added a little Wink of Stella to the stars & buckle then fussy cut it. For the white panel, funny enough, but I already had it w/ the embossed greeting & the big star cut out of it. Seriously…I save everything! And more often than not, it pays off. I thought it made the perfect backdrop for Jack & the die cut stacked stars down the right when attached on top of a black layer. starry-jack-xcu-09813
The stacked stars were die cut out of black, gold glitter & coppery orange glitter card stock then paper pieced all together. In person, the coppery orange is a lot more orange but not so bright it overshadows the orange in the jack o’lantern. 
Below is the inside…I used a negative of the stacked stars as a mask & sponged the colors through it. And the Copics I used to color Jack are right underneath it.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: DRS Designs Fancy PumpkinTiny Happy Halloween (retiring soon!), (inside – Moonlight Halloween Greeting)
Paper: Staples 110# white, black, gold glitter, copper glitter
Ink: Memento tuxedo black (Kaleidacolor melon melody & riviera on inside)
Accessories:  Copic markers,Misti, Wink of Stella, Misti, cinnamon spice embossing powder, Poppystamps stacked stars die, MFT diagonal stitched rectangle dies, ODBD Sparkling Stars dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A dies


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Today’s Color Challenge (CC600) offered 5 different color combos. I chose the first combo…smoky slate, coastal cabana & bermuda bay. Since I don’t have the actual colors, I came as close as I could using ink & Copics.
I stamped the dove, added just a little gray shading to it, masked it, then sponged on the color for the bg. I used a few Copics to deepen the color & fill in any blank spots. Cut a few layers, die cut half of the greeting & added some gray snowflakes under the layers. seasons-dove-xcu-09821
Thanks so much for stopping by! 
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Christmas Dove, Season’s Greetings
Paper:  Staples #110 white, Neenah white linen, gray, turquoise glitter (DCWV mat stack)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx, Distress inks cracked pistachio, peacock feathers
Accessories:  Serendipity Snowflake reverse, Season’s Greetings dies, Copic markers, stickles

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