Serendipity August Blog Hop!

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Welcome to the Serendipity August Blog HopWe are showing off some wonderful new images & dies! 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 August 9 to leave comments on the blogs for a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate to SS.  Mary will  announced a winner on Monday August 10.  Sale is free shipping on all US orders of $15 or more Good 8-7 to 8-9.
 We have something new…a “Stamp of the Month”. Each month a different image will be 50% off. This month- it’s the Veggie Basket. Be sure to check out the great deals on the Clearance Stamps & sale stamps!
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Isn’t this a fabulous rooster image? I just love it & it’s so fun to color. I knew roosters have a lot of color, but until I did an image search, I didn’t realize just how colorful they are! I used my Misti to stamp my rooster w/ Memento then colored him with Copics. Since it was still in the Misti, I stamped over him using Versafine & the details just popped! Then I did what turned out to be a tricky die cutting on the image by cutting only the top half w/ a pierced circle and only the bottom half w/ a pierced square. I like how it turned out. For the top background, again I used the Misti to stamp the wonderful Bandana image onto kraft card stock then used a white gel pen to add some tracings around the image. 

Here’s a look at the inside.
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And the Copics I used ( a lot, lol!)
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps  Rooster on Fence, Cock-a-doodle-do, Bandana, (inside- Happy Birthday
Paper: X-Press It white, kraft
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx (to overstamp image after coloring & for the bandana)
Accessories:  Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, circles, pierced rectangles & pierced circles dies,  Copic markers, MISTI, white gel pen

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My second card uses this fabulous new Hot Air Balloon Reverse die! I’m over the moon with it! At first I was going to put some designer paper behind it, but changed my mind and made a brayered background for it. I had a leftover piece of matte coated card stock (it really soaks up the ink) & after brayering it, I masked the center & stamped the edge of Wood Background image with black ink then I sprayed it w/ a matte acrylic sealer because this matte coat paper is a little fussy & I wanted the ink to stay put.
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I attached the white die cut onto a second die cut & then some pieces of thick card stock to elevate it above the background. The greeting was stamped in the lower right & some sequins added for sparkle. Here’s the inside.
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Let Your Dreams Soar, Wood Background
Paper: Neenah white, Kromecoat matte
Ink:   Versafine onyx, Kaliedacolor Caribbean sea
Accessories:  Serendipity Hot Air Balloon Reverse die, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, dies, brayer, matte spray sealer, stitched rectangle dies

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21 Responses to Serendipity August Blog Hop!

  1. the coloring of the rooster looks perfect!

  2. Avatar Sandy C.
    Sandy C. says:

    Love the beautiful coloring job on the rooster! I also think the new balloon die is to die for!

  3. Beautiful cards!

  4. Avatar Kim Heggins
    Kim Heggins says:

    Gorgeous cards…love that beautiful hot air balloon!

  5. Avatar Donna Dacy
    Donna Dacy says:

    Love your cards. The rooster looks so real. I love the die too. Your background behind it is beautiful. Your last card is so clean and simple. Great designs..TFS

  6. Avatar Donna Whitten
    Donna Whitten says:

    Wow, awesome cards! Great coloring! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Love these cards! What you did with the pierced dies looks fabulous! And the brayers colors behind the hot air balloons are simply gorgeous!

  8. You cards are terrific! Love all that color and fun!

  9. Avatar Kathy Krug
    Kathy Krug says:

    Beautiful cards. i love that rooster and beautiful cover plate.

  10. Avatar Amante del Papel
    Amante del Papel says:

    I love your color choice for your second card, is so beautiful1

  11. Avatar Teresa Godines
    Teresa Godines says:

    Both projects are very eye catching. I love how you colored the rooster. TFS

  12. Beautiful coloring of the rooster image and the bandana background is perfect. Love the background colors for the balloons.

  13. Avatar Mary Holshouser
    Mary Holshouser says:

    The coloring on the rooster is beautiful
    He will be used a lot. So many people have them as decorations in their house so the rooster will be appropriate for cards to them.
    thanks for sharing.

  14. Love the cards ! The cockerel is fabuloues coloured in.
    Love the Bandana stamp, it’s gorgeous x

  15. I particularly love the heavenly colors of your balloon card. Beautiful!

  16. Fantastic cards! I really love the bold colors on the rooster!

  17. Avatar Janet Cobb
    Janet Cobb says:

    Love the vibrant colors on the rooster and your balloon card is gorgeous! I love that die!

  18. Julie your cards are fabulous! Love the white highlights on the bandana stamped image. Brayering your background for the balloons is perfect!

  19. Great custom cut with the pierced dies. Love the rooster. Hugz

  20. I love your rainbow colored rooster! Your coloring is always spectacular and this is no exception! Great balloons too! The distress background is stunning peeking through!

  21. These are beautiful. TFS.