Serendipity May Blog Hop!

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Welcome to the Serendipity May Blog HopWe 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 through May 3rd to leave your comments & Mary will announce the winner on her blog on May 4th. 
Special:  Free Shipping on US orders of $15 or more.  Good Friday May 1 to Sunday May 3rd.
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Are you ready for summer & summer vacations? If this cute camper doesn’t get you in the mood I don’t know what will. I know they are usually a silver color, but it’s my camper & I wanted some bright colors. After coloring it with Copics, I fussy cut around the top because I already knew I wanted it to sit on top of a frame with the US map inside a window. Then I had to make a background for my map. I’ve done a different version of Bokeh before, but for this one, I started by sponging on the colors, then used circle masks, a pencil eraser & a Q-tip with white pigment ink to make the Bokeh circles. Here’s a look at the background before I stamped the map.
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I also added a few darker spots w/ the eraser and the same ink pads just for a little contrast. Then I stamped the map & added the frame with the greeting stamped on the right. The die cut Enjoy was added in the left corner.These are the Copics I used for the camper.
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps –Camper, US Map, Home is Where You Park It
Paper: Neenah white, X-Press It white, small piece of black (for backing on Enjoy die)
Ink:  Versafine onyx, Memento tuxedo black, Kaleidacolor melon melody & riviera pads, Colorbox frost white pigment
Accessories:  Serendipity Enjoy die, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies, stitched rectangle dies, black Candi dot

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My next card was almost entirely paper piecing. I’ve had this big pad of fun summertime papers for a while & they are a little cartoonish but so colorful. I thought it would be fun with this fun new Hammock image.
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I die cut the paper with a stitched rectangle die utilizing the cute sun & clouds already on the paper. A stitched hill die was used to cut the bottom part of the paper and add it on top (it’s a 12 x 12 pad). The hammock image was pieced using a couple of different areas & papers from the same collection. I did have to rearrange the greeting a bit in order to fit it around the hammock & I added the Relax die cut on top.Copics were used to color the tree, sky and stripes of the hammock & these are the colors I used.
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On the inside, I used some of the left over papers.
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps –Hammock, Rest Relax , Happy BirthdayII (inside)
Paper: X-Press It white, dp (
Ink:  Versafine onyx, Memento tuxedo black
Accessories:  Serendipity Relax die,stitched rectangle dies, stitched hill dies, Copic markers

Now I’ll send you on 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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I’m entering my first card in the Curtain Call -Travel On Challenge!
And also in the CAS-ual Friday CFC139 Challenge!

32 Responses to Serendipity May Blog Hop!

  1. Avatar Joan L Smith
    Joan L Smith says:

    OMG WOW OMG!! Your cards are absolutely breathtaking WOW!!
    first off your Map Card…is a WOW you really did an outstanding bokeh job your map is amazing your Travel Trailer is amazing too…love the colors and all of your super clever and creative ideas. Your Hammock card is amazing too and I’m so in awe of your paper piecing you did another outstanding amazing creative job. Love how you did the inside of your card! WOW You are one super talented gal who definitely creates with passion. You so ROCK!!

  2. These are amazing Julie, love the color of your little camper and what a great idea to make the map background with the same hues! The sentiment is fabulous!! I want to jump on that hammock and listen to the chirping of the birds! Finally spring is here!! Yeah!

  3. Wonderful release, love the Camper stamp! Thanks for inspiration!

  4. Good heavens, Julie! How do you send these out??? They need frames and places on the wall. Coloring genius! The hammock throw is my favorite!

  5. Great idea to put the trailer with the USA map,fun card. Your second card is wonderful with so many details ,gorgeous work again Julie! Outstanding!!!!

  6. Avatar Natalie Godfrey
    Natalie Godfrey says:

    Fantastic job! I love the paper piecing of the hammock. And the colors of the paper is so cute.

  7. I LOVE your cards! That little camper is just so cute! Absolutely adorable!

  8. Both these cards are fabulous! So nicely colored and the paper piecing is so nicely done! Just had to pin these to my pinterest board.

  9. Avatar Kathy Krug
    Kathy Krug says:

    Love all the paper piecing and how you used the map with the camper and that cute sentiment.

  10. Avatar Christine Kiehl
    Christine Kiehl says:

    Wow. What a set of cards! Looks like you had great fun crafting for the blog hop! Love how you placed your hammock on your first card with the map! So clever!

  11. Both of these are fabulous! Love the combo of stamp sets and the background of the first one and love the bright colors of the second one. Great color choices on both.

  12. Avatar Barbara M.
    Barbara M. says:

    Love the camper.

  13. Avatar Mary Holshouser
    Mary Holshouser says:

    Wonderful cards. Love the shading on the map.
    The coloring on the camper and the hammock are wonderful.
    thanks for sharing some great cards.

  14. Avatar Teresa Godines
    Teresa Godines says:

    Love the fun summer cards. TFS

  15. Avatar KT Fit Kitty
    KT Fit Kitty says:

    Your cards are so beautiful! I love the beautiful inky background on your first card, and I love the gorgeous paper-piecing on the second card! Thank you for the blog hop!

  16. Avatar Donna Whitten
    Donna Whitten says:

    Wow! Awesome cards! Love this release. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Avatar Amy Marshall
    Amy Marshall says:

    Super fun summertime cards. Love the map background.

  18. Wow! Stunning cards filled with beautiful color! Love the background and fun camper! Fab paper piecing on the hammock stamp! What a great scene…well done!:-)

  19. These are great. I love the second one in particular. It is so playful 🙂

  20. Avatar Michel Espey
    Michel Espey says:

    Love the cards.

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  21. Avatar Renee Drew
    Renee Drew says:

    Julie, your cards are astounding! The intensity of the colors really makes the cards come to life!

  22. Avatar Karen Amidon
    Karen Amidon says:

    Fabulous, Julie! Great look with the map and camper. Love your Bokeh bg too!

  23. Avatar Kim Heggins
    Kim Heggins says:

    Oh my goodness….these are so amazing!

  24. Great colors and love that camper.

  25. that camper is my favorite

  26. Avatar Maria Alder
    Maria Alder says:

    Hi, Love how you made the background for the map stamp and the caravan is sooo inviting looking 🙂
    The Hammock card is so summery and relaxing tfs !

  27. Avatar Carol K
    Carol K says:

    the colors are amazing. . .so vibrant!

  28. Avatar Jean Bullock
    Jean Bullock says:

    What a wonderful scene you created with the second card. Awesome.

  29. Avatar Claire Boyd
    Claire Boyd says:

    WOW amazing cards. The hammock had been my favourite so far but now the caravan has over taken ! Love the sentiment too about parking it – made me smile

  30. great cards. love the colors and that camper. thanks for joining us on curtain call.

  31. Love your bokeh background on the first card! Thanks so much for playing along with our birthday challenge at CAS-ual Fridays 🙂

  32. Avatar Cristine Redmond
    Cristine Redmond says:

    Great bokeh background! It’s so vibrant! Thanks for playing along with the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!