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A big congrats to Suzy, the newest Featured Stamper (FS585) on Splitcoast! She has a wonderful gallery & since she lives in Texas & I am from Texas, I couldn’t resist picking THIS card to case. She has a lot of Tx themed cards but I liked the Tx flag on the balloon so I kept that. I used different stamps & dies & put my Tx flag on a punch out of the state outline.

This card turned out to be a little trickier than I thought it would. Mostly because the big Hot Air Balloons bg die actually has a very large balloon in the lower left that I didn’t want to be there. So I had to die cut it pretty carefully using a smaller top plate to avoid cutting it out. A tiny bit of it did start to cut so I covered it up by die cutting a small cloud in that area (just to right of her face). I also die cut a lt blue layer & lined it up a little off to shadow the white. The right balloon has a colored Tx state punch under it. The little cowgirl was done separately & fussy cut around the top & sides to go on top.

Here’s a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Cowgirl, (inside: Sending Smiles , US Map )
Paper:  Staples #110 white, X-Press It, lt blue
Ink:   Memento tuxedo black (summer sky also used on inside)
Accessories:   Serendipity Reverse Hot Air Balloon die, Howdy die Spellbinders A2 matting basics B dies, Lil’ Inker stitched rectangle die, Copic markers, Misti, Memory Box puffy clouds die, Punch Bunch Texas punch, small star punch


Welcome to the May#2 Blog Hop for Serendipity Stamps!

If you arrived here from Miriam’s blog, you’re 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 May 21 to leave comments on the blogs for a chance to win. Mary will announce a winner on May22 on her Blog.  Each month a different image is 50% off. This month- it’s the Simple Flower Set! On the first & third Wednesdays of every month., we’ll be celebrating with a Blog Hop!

My card is fairly quick since this fab die does almost all of the work for you! Since I first saw it, it’s been one of my faves (especially since I suggested it to Mary, way back when, lol)! I adore hot air balloons…it’s impossible not to smile & be happy when you see them. And I used it today because I have a friend who recently received some bad news, health wise & I’m sure she could use a smile.

After die cutting the reverse hot air balloons out of cobalt, I found some paper that had these chevrons in blues & green & I thought it went perfectly w/ the patterns in the balloons. I die cut the clouds part of the die again in white to add on top of the white stitched frame, then added the fussy cut speech bubble w/ the greeting in the lower right.

Here’s a look at the inside using some of the leftover parts. (I also used a mask of the balloon die to sponge the blue ink on the side of the envelope.)

Please be sure to comment on all the DT will be so appreciated & also increase your chances of winning!

Mary’s Blog

Patti Kehl

Carol Mayne

Karen Amidon

Miriam Napier

Julie Warner (you are here!)

Vickie Zimmer

Marybeth Lopez

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Speech Bubble set, Uplifting Words 
Paper:  Staples #110 white, cobalt, dp (Pebbles -Special Delivery Boy)
Ink:   Memento tuxedo black, Distress inks stormy sky
Accessories:   Serendipity Reverse Hot Air Balloon die Spellbinders A2 matting basics B dies, ODBD double stitched rectangle dies, sequins

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A big congrats to Barbara, the newest Featured Stamper (FS480) on Splitcoast! She has such a fun, colorful gallery. I chose THIS to case. I kept the same layout w/ the layered square, but I used different images, different colors & changed it from a Christmas card to a birthday card.
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I put the balloon in my Misti, stamped w/ Memento, colored w/ Copics then over stamped w/ Versafine. I also did 1 extra center section for both balloons to pop up. I already had the stitched white square so I die cut a slightly larger black layer for it & used a piercing tool to add the little windy swirls (for the TLC581) around the balloons.

For the background, I sponged the blue from the upper left corner in & the orange from the lower right in, directly on the card front. Yikes! I hardly EVER do that..I can count on 1 hand how many times I colored or stamped directly on a card front, & have fingers left over! I’m such a klutz, it’s like a recipe for disaster w/ me. But somehow, I lucked out this time & even managed to stamp the greeting w/o totally flubbing it. I just kept telling myself, “it’s only paper, it’s only paper”.

Here’s a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used.
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Congrats again, Barbara! Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: DRS Designs- Hot Air BalloonSending Sunshine, (inside – Sunny Day Birthday)
Paper: Staples white, X-Press It white, black
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx, Distress inks tumbled glass & spiced marmalade
Accessories: Copic markers, Stitched Rectangle dies, Misti, ODBD Stitched squares & squares dies, sequins, piercing tool