Serendipity March Blog Hop!

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Welcome to the Serendipity March 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. You have until Sunday, March 15 to leave comments. The winner will be announced on Mary’s blog on Monday March 16.
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For my card today, I’m using this super cute Baby Elephant and You Make Me Happy circle greeting. After coloring & fussy cutting the baby ellie, I figured out how to work out the (mostly flat) shaker pouch on the side for my sequin mix. I read about a fancy tool to seal pouches like this (reminds me of my seal a meal, but looks like a stencil cutter). Since I don’t happen to have one and I needed one right this minute, I subbed a bit. Let me show you a few pics that hopefully will explain.
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This is the back side of the largest white layer. I started by die cutting all my layers using the matting basics & pierced rectangles. After penciling in where my side opening would be, I used part of a curved die to cut it. Actually, to make sure all the pieces would be cut the same, I used temporary tape to line them up and cut them as one.  For the pouch, I cut a triangular piece from the folded edge of a page protector…sort of like cutting a pattern on the fold. Double sided tape was applied between the protector layers on the top part (to close it), I filled it w/ sequins, then added another strip of tape at the bottom to close the pouch and attached it to the back side of my largest layer as shown.
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This is the same piece from the front side.
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And how they look all stacked together. That’s the curved die I used to cut the side opening. All that was left was to attach everything to the card, add my circle cut greeting and a few die cut clouds. The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 and these are the Copics I used.
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A peek at the inside: 
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Supplies:

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Baby Elephant, You Make Me Happy,  Happy BirthdayII , Cupcake & Candle ( on inside)
Paper: X-Press It white, Neenah white, dp (Basic Grey- Kneehighs)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Accessories:  Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, pierced rectangle, circle dies,  cloud dies, stitched hills dies, Copic markers, sheet protector, double sided tape, sequins

This is a card I posted a day or so ago using some of the Retro Starburst Images. Just click on the pic and it will take you to the post with all the info.
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Now, you’ll need to hop on over to Karen’s Blog. I know she’ll have something wonderful to show you! Here’s the hop list, in case you get lost:

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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34 Responses to Serendipity March Blog Hop!

  1. Avatar Joan Smith
    Joan Smith says:

    OMG Your card is fabulous, fun and definitely one super outstanding creative job!! Your little elephant is so cute…you did an amazing coloring job and girl talk about a cute & clever shaker wow you really came up with such a neat and creative idea for it WOW!! I love your reto starburst card too it is so beautiful. You definitely are one super talented gal. YOU so ROCK!!

  2. That little elephant is adorable – love your coloring of him. How clever on the shaker part of the card – great idea and that curved die is awesome – and I don’t have it!

  3. Avatar Michel E
    Michel E says:

    Love the elephant.

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  4. That elephant is adorable and colored beautifully. I love the design of this card, and thanks for the mini tutorial.

  5. Avatar Janet Cobb
    Janet Cobb says:

    All of the cards are just lovely…and I really love that unique shaker!

  6. Avatar Karen Amidon
    Karen Amidon says:

    So clever, Julie, he’s adorable!

  7. I love the simple touch of the thin colorful border around the cupcake card!

  8. Your cards are just beautiful! You are so creative to come up with that idea to make your shaker card! I really like how you did that. Thanks for sharing the info.

  9. Avatar Donna Whitten
    Donna Whitten says:

    Love your work! Thanks for sharing your shaker tip for the cute elephant card.

  10. Avatar Teresa Godines
    Teresa Godines says:

    Your elephant card is super cute. I do love the shape of your cut out for the shaker. Thank you for showing us the process.

  11. Avatar Christine Kiehl
    Christine Kiehl says:

    Nicely done! So clever how the colorful “spray” is coming out of his trunk! So clever!

  12. Avatar Kim Heggins
    Kim Heggins says:

    Love both of your cards. So pretty.

  13. Avatar Kathy Krug
    Kathy Krug says:

    This is one of the most exciting cards I have ever seen. Such a fancy and fun idea. Tons of work but the finished product is well worth it.

  14. Wow! That sequins pouch on the side is AMAZING! I have never seen that before! Really great idea and really colorful and fun card!

  15. Avatar Talitha Wright
    Talitha Wright says:

    Love the cards. I’m crazy about sequins. This is such a creative way to use them.

  16. Avatar Miriam N
    Miriam N says:

    Those sequins almost look like colorful jellybeans!! Over the TOP cute Julie!

  17. Such an intricate design. You rock my world. The colouring on the elephant is fantastic too.

  18. Avatar Renee Drew
    Renee Drew says:

    Both of your cards are gorgeous, Julie! I was especially impressed with the great designs on the insides!

  19. Yep total fool for a shaker card here – put out the bling and I’m there Julie! Like a party going on!! SO cute and fun!! The second with the floral spray is a show stopper too – gorgeous flower and clever background design!

  20. Avatar Jean Bullock
    Jean Bullock says:

    Is there nothing you cannot do! This is the best and most unique shaker card I have seen. I love it. The flower card is gorgeous.

  21. Avatar Sharon Nichols
    Sharon Nichols says:

    The card is just perfect, so cheerful. Love the clouds you cut from the designer paper. It’s all so colorful and the sequins look like bits of candy! Love it all. Wonderful job!

  22. Very cute and fun elephant shaker card and lovely floral card.

  23. Avatar Vickey Ezell
    Vickey Ezell says:

    How. Adorable. Is. This Elephant Card? I just said, oohhhh, when I saw it. Love it! And thank you for all your instructions too. You are very clever to think that all up!

  24. How clever of you! The elephant card is such a delight and I thank you for the instructions. The 2nd card is so darn pretty – I love them both.

  25. The Ellie is so cute and the retro card design is beautiful -thanks for the tutorial – will try it.

  26. All of the cards are lovely, but that sweet elephant is my favorite!

  27. Avatar Mary Holshouser
    Mary Holshouser says:

    thanks for the detailed instructions on making the shaker card. It really makes the card look so intricate but once you’ve made one I’m sure they go together much easier.
    Love the little elephant. this was a great card.
    The others were nice, but the elephant won out.
    thanks for sharing

  28. Avatar Lorna Baumann
    Lorna Baumann says:

    Really cute cards. Love that baby elephant.

  29. Love that shaker pouch and the cute elephant. The second card is gorgeous. Hugz

  30. That elephant card is absolutely wonderful!!! Love, love, love it!!!

  31. Avatar Christine
    Christine says:

    Amazing cards. The elephant is so sweet,and the shaker pouch very unique! Love your elegant floral card, too!

  32. Julie both cards are gorgeous that little elephant is so darn cute.

  33. I am over the moon with this amazing post! Where do I start! Love the adorable shaker card, you really did a great job on that one. I like how you just added it on the edge. I have used the clear envelope before but only in the middle you idea is AMAZING! You second ares is amazing as well with the cut outs! Great work Julie!

  34. Avatar KT Fit Kitty
    KT Fit Kitty says:

    Both cards are gorgeous but that little elephant stole my heart! Gorgeous shaker card! Your starburst flower card looks amazing too!