Serendipity March Blog Hop!

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Welcome to the March Blog Hop for Serendipity Stamps! 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 March 20 to leave comments on the blogs for a chance to win. Mary will  announce a winner on March21.  Each month a different image is 50% off. This month- it’s the To the World.. The special is buy 3 items get your 4th (least expensive) item free.   Good through 3/20. 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 baby card came from some paint chips I had in my stash. I thought the colors would be perfect for a baby girl card. With the colors in hand, I picked out the closest colors of Copic markers & refills & loaded a mini mister w/ isopropyl alcohol & spritzed a plain white panel w/ it. No need to use your Copic blender refill for this when the alcohol will do the same basic job at much less cost. With the paper wet, I dropped the blender colors here & there & let the colors spread, spritzing w/ more alcohol when needed. When the colors looked like I wanted, I dropped a few droplets of alcohol to make the paler circles. When it dried, I die cut it, put it in my Misti, stamped w/ Memento, added just a touch more color to the image, then over stamped w/ Versafine. I used a white gel pen to go over the eggs. The Congratulations was die cut out of another paint chip & I shortened it by snipping off part of the word & repositioning the curlicue tail of the G. 

Here’s a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used. I also used the exact same colors of refills for the background.
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Nest in Tree
Paper:  Martha Stewart paint chips (no longer available),  Hammermill white
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx (to over stamp)
Accessories:  Serendipity Baby set, Congratulations dies,  Misti, white gel pen, med. corner rounder,  Copic markers & matching refills, stitched rectangle dies, isopropyl alcohol 91%, mini mister

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This card is continuing the Serendipity Challenge Theme this month of circles/dots. To make this card, I started by making a watercolor background w/ a series of washes for the ground, sky & hillside in the back right.When dry, I die cut it, placed it my Misti & stamped the barn scene w/ Memento. 

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Since the colors for the barn would be darker, I just added some detail watercolor on top of the barn. It turned out to be a little darker than I wanted, so I stamped the barn roof & front again on a separate piece of watercolor paper, used Brushos on the roof (to get the rusty look), painted the front, then paper pieced them on top of the original. Then I die cut w/ a pierced circle, added the white circle & put them back on top for a sort of spotlight look. A narrow white frame & the die cut Hello were attached on top.

Her’s a look at the inside. The narrow strips were about all I had left from the piece so I stamped the barn scene using the lilac distress ink then added the greeting.
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Barn w/ Windmill, (inside- Quick Note)
Paper:  watercolor, Neenah white
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx (to overstamp), (inside- Distress ink shaded lilac)
Accessories:  Serendipity Hello die, Misti, watercolor pan set, Brusho watercolor crystals, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, circles, pierced circle dies

I made this card a few days ago using more of the new images. You can get all the details on it by clicking HERE.
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Please be sure to visit & comment on all the DT will be much appreciated & also increase your chances of winning! Here’s the order in case you get lost. 

Mary’s Blog

Karen Amidon

Marybeth Lopez

Miriam Napier

Vickie Zimmer

Jeanne Jachna

Jenny Gropp

Julie Warner (you are here!)

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

  1. Avatar Carol H.
    Carol H. says:

    Your cards are so pretty! The Copic background is so soft and pretty–what a great technique!!

  2. What a great batch of cards! Love the insides!! I never think to cut my images like that, but must try it as it looks super!!

  3. So many wonderful projects.
    You do a wonderful job with layering on your cards.
    thanks for sharing.

  4. All of your cards are gorgeous! Love your colorful backgrounds and the dies you used are perfect for your cards!

  5. Absolutely gorgeous! What a talent you are blessed with! Love that baby card! Your farm and coloring turned out amazing! I love them all and said wow to all when I saw them. Take care Julie!

  6. Avatar Pat Robinson
    Pat Robinson says:

    I don’t know how to say how much I love all of these cards with the different styles and fab techniques. My favorite is that first barn card, which I bookmarked this page so I can study that beauty again!

  7. Stunning cards! Love all the fabulous watercolor work!!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  8. Your cards are lovely but I really love the barn card. So gorgeous. Hugz

  9. Avatar Donna Whitten
    Donna Whitten says:

    Wonderful one of a kind cards! Love them! The insides are lovely also!

  10. Can’t get enough of the nest in tree, beautiful! And so are the other cards!

  11. Great coloring. Thanks for sharing.

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

    Stunning cards. I could not pick a favorite. I love the color combo of the last card. Great scene you created with the barn. Your coloring is incredible. And I really like the way you used the paint chips on the other cards. Thanks for the inspiration

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

    Wonderful cards. The barn is just beautiful. Fantastic coloring.

  14. I can’t believe how different and amazing all of your cards are. That card with the barn is colored so perfectly and I love the one with the birds nest. Thank you for sharing these awesome projects with us!

  15. Avatar Kim Heggins
    Kim Heggins says:

    Oh my….so many beautiful cards.

  16. Julie, you are so creative. Love how you have incorporated the paint samples with the image, beautiful!

  17. Your cards are always stunning, Julie! Love the colors and technique used for the baby card. The barn is beautiful and the butterflies are gorgeous on the red background.

  18. Your cards are so lovely both on the outside and inside.

  19. Avatar karenladd
    karenladd says:

    How clever to use that nest image for a baby card and I love your splotched background technique! LOVE the way you colored the barn card, wow!

  20. All your cards are simply amazing! My favorite is the barn scene, love how you used the circle to highlight a section of the barn!

  21. Well, isn’t your barn scene the coolest. Well done with the circle.

  22. Avatar Denise Bryant
    Denise Bryant says:

    Lovely cards! You were busy! The Barn With Windmill card is my favorite… amazing coloring and details!

  23. All are beautiful cards! I especially like your barn scene!

  24. An outstanding array of cards here, each one so unique! Your baby card really captures my heart: brilliant to draw inspiration from paint chips and then work your magic! New parents will be enthralled to receive this gem; keepsake guaranteed! Your watercolouring…incredibly impressive! So glad I *discovered* your cards this morning; smiling brightly at what I’ve seen…

  25. Great Cards Julie, as always. You just give me so much inspiration.
    Loved the Barn card, with the circle focus. Gave me the impression of looking through a camera lens.