Serendipity February Blog Hop!

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Welcome to the Serendipity February Blog Hop! We are showing off some beautiful new dies & images! 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.

For a second chance to win – like us on Facebook and share the ad about the hop.  One person who does both will be selected to win a second $20 gift certificate.  If you already like us on FB all you have to do is share the ad with a friend.  Click on the “share” link under the photo. 

Visitors can leave comments through Feb 16 and the winner will be announced on Mary’s blog on  Feb 17.

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My first card features the gorgeous new Daisy Garden die & Daisy Border die along with the wonderful Easter die. I paired them with the sweet little Three Ducks image. Recently, Mary (Serendipity Stamps owner) and I had a little discussion about marbled paper. I have quite a stash of paper I hand marbled a long time ago and since every piece is one of a kind, I made color copies to use and I came across one of my favorite pieces so I used it for this card. Here’s a look at the copy before I cut it and used it. I thought the colors would be wonderful for an Easter card.
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In order to die cut the ducks, I had to do a little out of the box technique (tutorial HERE). The top part was a little trickier…when I die cut the Daisy Garden die, I lined up the die to determine where to cut the pierced rectangle out of the remainder. I did it this way because I wanted the marbled paper to show through the Daisy Garden die and I didn’t want to have to hand cut it. I did the same with the turquoise layer. Worked perfectly! I paper pieced the little Easter eggs on the image out of some more of the marbled paper.  Here are the Copics I used.
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And on the inside, I used a little of the left over marbled paper and the leftover negative of the die cut Easter.
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Three Ducks, Happy Christmas (Happy on inside)
Paper: X-Press It white, turquoise, copy of hand marbled paper
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Colorbox sea crystal chalk ink (inside)
Accessories:  Serendipity Daisy Garden dieDaisy Border die & Easter die, Spellbinders pierced rectangle, radiant rectangle (pieced long oval), & mega oval dies, Copic markers

My second & third cards, I actually started for challenges on Splitcoast but didn’t finish right away so here they are! Promise, I wasn’t trying to be an overachiever!
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I love this cute little Sick Puppy image. After stamping and coloring him, I had an idea to cut him out and have him perched in a window opening. I die cut the white panel w/ a rectangle die then cut the pierced circle and placed the puppy on the edge and added the greeting below him.
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Daisy Garden die was added, half on, half under the top. The background is a mono print background I made a while back (tutorials HERE and HERE). These are the Copics I used.
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Sick Puppy, Heard You’re One Sick Puppy
Paper: X-Press It white, mono print background
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx (greeting)
Accessories:  Serendipity Daisy Garden die, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, pieced circle dies, Copic markers

For the last card, I had to stick it on the end because I made it for my hubby for Valentine’s Day. He has a feed that shows the beginning of my blog posts on his home page, so if it’s on top, he’ll see it before I want him to.
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I had the hardest time with this one..I love the dies, but I couldn’t figure out what to put with them. Then on Monday, there was a challenge to use your embossing folders to “stamp” an image. I had this Queen of Hearts embossing folder so I inked it and “stamped” it onto white. No embossing, just used it to stamp.
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I added the layered Poker Chips die cuts, the Lucky die, and I cut apart the S from the Sweet die and a trimmed “a” from the Imagine die to make my So word. Here’s a look at the inside.
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I used the IN also from the Imagine die combined with the Love die, more poker chips and Happy Valentine’s Day.


Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Happy Valentine’s Day II
Paper: X-Press It white, red linen, black, dp (Glitz- Black & White)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Distress ink barn door, worn lipstick (to ink the embossing folder)
Accessories:  Serendipity Poker Chips die,  Lucky die,  Sweet die, Imagine die, Love dieSpellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, black grosgrain ribbon, Cuttlebug Queen of Hearts embossing folder (Love is in the Air set)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Now, you’ll need to hop on over to Karen’s Blog. Please be sure to visit and comment on all the team blogs to increase your chances to win! Here’s the order in case you get lost.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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29 Responses to Serendipity February Blog Hop!

  1. Oh my gosh where do I start! These are all amazing! Gorgeous Easter card and I love the way that darling puppy has a paw outside of the oval…too cute! Looks like you found a great way to use the die “lucky”

  2. I love all of your wonderful cards and the marbled paper you created is absolutely gorgeous! The love the chicks stamp you used and all of the wonderful new dies! Can’t wait to go shopping!!

  3. Avatar KT Fit Kitty
    KT Fit Kitty says:

    What a gorgeous showcase of cards! I was loving the duck card and then I saw that adorable puppy hanging over the die cut. OMGoodness, all your cards look amazing! Thanks for the tutorial on the out-of-the-box technique – it’s been a while since I’ve tried that and it looks amazing on your ducks!

  4. Avatar Maria Alder
    Maria Alder says:

    I Love these cards, they are all amazing !
    Especially the one with the little chicks,
    used so many different dies etc. And I love
    of course the cute little poorly puppy,Ohhh
    Maria from Uk

  5. Oh Julie! You really showcased these dies in the most amazing ways today! I am obsessed with that duckie card – so clever how you cut the borders and used them both! And that wonderful background peeking through is amazing! Flipped over that little “curtain” above puppy in the window too! Really clever!

  6. Avatar Susie Sonnier
    Susie Sonnier says:

    So adorable! Love the new stamps and dies!

  7. WOW! Wish I could sit and craft with you for a while just to learn how you think of these things and create. Awesome!

  8. wow, these are amazing. I love those ducks, and that puppy on the edge is awesome.
    Happy Valentines Day.

  9. Avatar Mary Holshouser
    Mary Holshouser says:

    The coloring is great. Love how you put the puppy in the oval.
    The background on the first card is beautiful and really shows off the nicely through the die cut.
    thanks for sharing some wonderful cards.

  10. OH MY GOODNESS! Your cards are beautiful. My favorite is the one with the ducks using the beautiful dies and your own paper creation!! Of course, who wouldn’t love that puppy hanging his head and foot over the edge like that. Your Lucky and Valentine cards are so pretty. Love how you used all the dies on your cards. SUPER GREAT job! TFS

  11. Avatar Teresa Godines
    Teresa Godines says:

    WOW!!! I am wowed by your creations. I love that marble paper you used for your first card. TFS

  12. Avatar Jean Bullock
    Jean Bullock says:

    The cards look great as usual. I am especially impressed by marbled paper. Great effect!

  13. Avatar Barbara M.
    Barbara M. says:

    Your cards are wonderful. Love the ducks!

  14. You never cease to amaze me with your creativity, skill, and artistry! These cards are amazing. Your marbled papers are gorgeous, and your die cutting techniques astonishing. Beautiful!

  15. Avatar Donna Whitten
    Donna Whitten says:

    Wow!!! I loved your awesome cards, and your marbled papers are fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Avatar Amy Marshall
    Amy Marshall says:

    Wow! What fabulous cards.

  17. Avatar Janet Cobb
    Janet Cobb says:

    Beautiful! I do love that lil’ pup and the lil’ ducks! And I love how you did the Queen of Hearts card, very inspired!

  18. Avatar Gilda (McStamper)
    Gilda (McStamper) says:

    Wow! What wonderful cards. they are all fabulous.

  19. Cute cards.

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  20. Every time I see those amazing poker chip dies I fall in love! GREAT card! Awesome design!

  21. Avatar Cheryl Bennett
    Cheryl Bennett says:

    What super creative cards! Love them all!!

  22. Julie, your cards are all astounding! TFS the tips for everything. I’m feeling like I could never be able to create such beautiful cards, but with your tips I can start new (for me) techniques and learn!

  23. Fabulous and creative cards. Love the marbled paper, the sweet puppy and how you used the dies.

  24. Avatar Sharon Nichols
    Sharon Nichols says:

    Cards are fabulous! The marble paper is gorgeous with the ducks. All I could think of was Easter eggs. Loved how you fussy cut the puppy and hung over the circle, so cute and classy. And your clever way of using the lucky. Love your cards.

  25. Wow! All of these cards are so beautifully done. So much inspiration here. I have learned so much today…just by looking at your cards and reading your post. Thanks so much for sharing.

  26. WOW, such nice cards! I want to try that cutting technique that you used on the Easter card, Very cute!

  27. wow! your work is spectacular! very unique and creative

  28. Avatar Denise Bryant
    Denise Bryant says:

    Fabulous cards! I love the new stamps and dies! The Daisy Border die and that sweet puppy are two of my favorites!

  29. Especially love the easter and lucky cards! Great idea inking up the embossing folder for the queen. The ducks are darling and wonderful use of dies on that card Julie!