Serendipity January Blog Hop!

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Welcome to the Serendipity January Blog Hop! We are showing off a fabulous new Balloon die & featuring some fun birthday images along with it! If you arrived here from Jenny’s Blog ,  you are in the right place..if not, you may want to head over there first. This is also for the Featured Stamper (FS468). Congrats to Michele! I chose THIS to case. I kept the bright colors & birthday & balloons theme, but I used a large reverse die and sponged on my background.
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 January 24 to leave comments on the blogs for a chance to win. Mary will  announce a winner on Monday January 25.  Each month a different image is 50% off. This month- it’s the Party Background. The special for the hop is free shipping on all US orders of $15 or more good January 20 -24. 
Be sure to check out the great deals on the Clearance Stamps!   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 challenge HERE.
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To make my very sparkly birthday card, I first die cut two layers out of white using two of the matting basics. Then the Party Balloons Reverse die was die cut in the smaller layer. On the larger layer, I used Distress inks to sponge on the different colors then attached the balloon layer on top. I also sponged one big balloon cut out and the Happy die and attached them. The Party Bg was stamped across a narrow strip using the Kaleidacolor ink & the Birthday was stamped on top.  I added stickles to the Happy & the one balloon on top and used a clear Wink of Stella on the other balloons. Since we’re combining the hop w/ the monthly Challenge of Stripes, my colors were put on in stripes (or wide bands) and the Party Bg on the strip is a stripe format.


Stamps: Serendipity Stamps –Party Background, Happy Birthday
Paper: Neenah white
Ink:  Distress Inks in squeezed lemonade, ripe persimmon, worn lipstick, candied apple, peacock feathers. twisted citron, cracked pistachio; Kaliedacolor Caribbean sea, Versafine onyx
Accessories:  Serendipity Happy & Party Balloon Reverse dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies, stickles, Wink of Stella

Now I’ll send you on to Karen’s blog..I’m sure she’ll have something fabulous to show you! Please be sure to visit all of the DT Blogs to increase your chance of winning! Here’s the order in case you get lost.

Mary’s Blog

30 Responses to Serendipity January Blog Hop!

  1. Gorgeous card, and the background is great,
    love the way you have created it :))

  2. Julie I LOVE your sparkly birthday card! You did a great job of sneaking in some stripes via the sponged background and the words. You are so good at creating your own beautiful backgrounds!

  3. I make a lot of birthday cards, so I’m always looking for new ideas. Great card! Thanks!

  4. Ooooh this is gorgeous! I love the way the balloons have a little sparkle to them! Very pretty!
    Take care!

  5. The sponged inks look amazing on this balloon card , Julie! Love the colors and shimmer!

  6. Avatar Teresa Godines #6857
    Teresa Godines #6857 says:

    Very pretty. Love how you used the negative of the punch. That shimmer paper is wonderful

  7. So pretty. Love the sparkle. Hugz

  8. Cool card.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

  9. I love all the colors on your card! I just became a new feed follower & Pinterest follower- salnclts.

  10. Your card is so cute! I love how you used all the dies. The colors and sparkle are really pretty, also. Great job!

  11. Avatar Donna Whitten
    Donna Whitten says:

    Wow! Awesome card, love it!

  12. Pretty and festive colors and I like the sparkle.

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

    Love your sparkly card.

  14. Your shimmery ‘rainbow’ birthday card has planted a smile alllll over my face! Your background is stunning; a perfect way to showcase the fabulous new balloon die! Love it!

  15. Such a fun birthday card! Love the colorful and sparkly background!

  16. This bright and sparkles card is sure to make someone’s day.

  17. You the queen of colored bgs – I love this with the glitter. Every time I see your cards, I want to go buy more dies and inks – very dangerous! I love your cards!!! Hugz

  18. Avatar Sharon Gullikson
    Sharon Gullikson says:

    AMAZING inking of the balloons. I LOVE it.

  19. So sparkly and festive looking!

  20. I love the sparkly balloons and sentiment using these new dies and the colours are extremely pretty A gorgeous card!

  21. Avatar Lisa Duggin
    Lisa Duggin says:

    This is such a happy card, anyone would love it! Blessings, Lisa

  22. That balloon die is wonderful…makes a special card so easy

  23. Avatar Diane Laube
    Diane Laube says:

    Love your card, the die cut and the colors. You do such great cards.

  24. Avatar Cheryl Bennett
    Cheryl Bennett says:

    Bright and beautiful!

  25. Avatar Renee Drew in MI
    Renee Drew in MI says:

    Julie, this card is amazing! Based on what you’ve used, and how beautifully you’ve used them, the dies are in my Wish List to be purchased very soon!

  26. Great card–love the colorful balloons.

  27. What a cheerful card! I like the colors of your balloons and all the sparkle!

  28. Avatar Carla Hundley
    Carla Hundley says:

    Love this charming
    b-day card. Great
    dies used and colors
    on it.
    Carla from Utah

  29. What a fabulous use of negative die cuts! Love those gorgeous, shiny colors!!

  30. Love the colors on this card.