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Welcome to the February Blog Hop for Serendipity StampsIf you arrived here from Mary’s Blog,  you are in the right place..if not, you may want to head over there first.
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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 February 21 to leave comments on the blogs for a chance to win. Mary will  announce a winner on February 22.  Each month a different image is 50% off. This month- it’s the Tandem Bicycle Set..  The special is 40% off one item. Enter “40fromhigh0216” to get 40% off the highest priced item in the cart.  Good through 2/21. 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 challengHERE.

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The idea for my card came from a painting I saw somewhere. I don’t know who painted it or if they used oil, acrylic or water color, but I loved all the vibrant color & that stuck with me. My background is done w/ Brushos water color crystals on water color paper. I did a few washes but since the water colors are powder/crystal form, I wet the areas first, sprinkled a little of the color I wanted (the first was the turquoise), then worked them a bit w/ the paint brush. In most cases, I let the previous color dry before I moved to the next color. Toward the end, I added some almost dry brush strokes in some areas & I helped the yellow drip on down the page. Since it really made no sense to have a detailed image, I put the tandem bicycle in my Misti, stamped it few times (to get good coverage, since the paper has texture) w/ Versafine then used a black Tombow marker (water based) to fill it in and make a silhouette out of it. A white gelly roll pen was used to add the highlights on the bike. It was then die cut a couple of times w/ a white layer inserted in between & the greeting added on top.
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Here’s the inside…I kept it pretty simple.
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps –Tandem Bicycle, Miss You,  (inside – Thinking of You)
Paper:  white, water color
Ink:  Versafine onyx
Accessories:  Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, curved border dies, Brushos water color crystals, fishtail flag dies, black Tombow marker, white gel pen, Misti

For the Serendipity Monthly Challenge…Anything Goes, I made a birthday card with the cute little Bird Bath image.
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I already had the front piece w/ the stitched circle cut out so I stamped the little bird bath on a separate piece, colored it, masked it, then sponged the yellow from the top & blue from the bottom. After removing the mask, I over stamped it w/ Versafine (it was still in my Misti) then placed the frame around it.
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For the extra little birds, I had to do a mirror image by stamping it onto acrylic then stamping the acrylic to the paper. After I colored them, I went over the left facing one w/ a Micron pen to sharpen the lines then I fussy cut them both. I added the die cut & sponged Birthday and left the lower section of it in place. 2 of the clouds I added are from the Hot Air Balloon die & the large one is another die cut. 

Here are the Copics I used & below it is the inside. Again, it’s on the simple side, but when you don’t use designer paper, you don’t have any left to work with, lol.
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps Bird Bath  (inside – Everyday Words small horizontal)
Paper:  Neenah white, X-Press It white 
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx(to over stamp), Distress inks in tumbled glass, squeezed lemonade
Accessories:  Serendipity Birthday, Hot Air Balloons Reverse dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A dies, Copic markers, stitched rectangle dies, double stitched circle dies, Misti

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

Julie Warner (you are here!)

Karen Amidon

Marybeth Lopez

Miriam Napier

Vickie Zimmer

Jeanne Jachna

Jenny Gropp

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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21 Responses to “Serendipity February Blog Hop!”

  • Hi Julie, I am spellbound by your watercolour background with the silhouetted bike. Never seen such vibrant colours! Looks amazing!

  • Not sure how you do it but that background on The first card is amazing! Looks like a painting! Wow! The birdbath card is adorable and I love the soft colors!

  • Samantha O:

    Your silhouetted bike is amazing. I too saw and pinned an inspiring colourful silhouetted bike painting. However I think your bike took the idea up a notch – it’s absolutely gorgeous!

  • Natalie Godfrey:

    WOW! Both cards are awesome. Love the colors used.

  • Cyndee:

    Wow, great work!

  • Harriet Skelly:

    Julie this is totally gallery worthy – your background is amazing! I saw this on facebook and had to come look and see how you did this! Thanks for the explanation! Hugs, Harriet

  • I love, love, love both of these cards. I was fascinated to see how you did that colorful background…and what a wonderful idea to make the bicycle image into a silhouette!

  • Gilda (McStamper):

    Beautiful background and I haven’t used the Brusho crystals, but you did such a great job with them. Love the adorable birdbath card, too.

  • Julie – love your cards! Your sunset silhouette is stunning I ride my bike on trails at a nearby lake and this is the scene I often capture! I love your little bird bath with the fluffy clouds floating above – so pretty and springy!

  • Donna Whitten:

    Love your beautiful cards! Great job on both of them! The first is so vibrant and the second is so sweet! Thanks for sharing.

  • Beautiful cards; love the background created for your first card; the second card with its sweet image is adorable.

  • Pat:

    Love both these cards Julie and I adore that brightly watercolored background you have given the tandem, and the bird bath is so cute and the birthday looks great the way you have coloured it and left the bottom half embedded into the stitched border. Such pretty pastel colours too. x

  • Carla Hundley:

    Gorgeous background
    on the first card!
    Super cute second
    card, love the birds.
    Carla from Utah

  • You did an amazing job with the background for the bicycle.
    the reflection on the water almost makes you squint because the colors are so bright and beautiful.
    Wonderful card.
    The second is more peaceful but also very pretty.
    thanks for sharing.

  • Sue D:

    Wow –awesome background for the bike and sweet birthday card.

  • I LOVE this beautiful rainbow color in your card! Wow! Just beautiful!
    Take Care!

  • Kathy Krug:

    Such happy cards. Love that bird bath.

  • WoW! What a GORGEOUS background for that bike!! I love the way you do the insides of your cards, too!

  • Denise Bryant:

    Gorgeous cards! I love your color combos and details!

  • I am in total awestruck amazement at that totally fabulous background for the bike! Oh, my…just so awesome and beautiful. Wow wow wow!!

    I love the charming birdbath card. I had to pin this sweet little creation of yours. Love how you did the two-toned effect (which echoes your sky) on the die cut with the birdies perched here and there. And I love how you have the window cut with the image behind it and the clouds floating in front. Such a enchanting little scene. Love it. Thank you so much for sharing!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  • Teresa Godines #6857:

    Such pretty cards. Your background on the first one is stunning. thanks for the inspiration

Your comments are so appreciated!