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  • Serendipity SSCB #33 Twine

    Stroll On the Beach cu 04036Welcome to  the July Challenge for Serendipity StampsThis month the challenge is is Twine. The design team has the added challenge HOT…(hot colors, heat embossing, what’s hot…etc). You only have to use twine. And be sure to check out the 50% Off Wood Clearance Sale, lots of $1 stamps, and Clearance stamps!
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    For my card, I went with the Hot Colors option. I love beach sunset scenes so that’s the look I was going for here. I used a combination of sponging and Copic markers for the colors. I grew up in a beach town and I really love palm tree images so I thought this coconut palm would be perfect. After stamping it and the little sun/cloud image, I sponged on some hot sunset colors above the horizon and some water colors below. Normally, I would mask the tree and horizon, but I didn’t feel like cutting out a mask for the palm tree, so I sponged very close to the tree then filled in any white areas w/ Copics.

    Stroll on the Beach 04033The tree and sand were colored with Copics and I used a white gel pen to add some highlights. For the twine part of the Challenge, I used a piercing mat & tool to make the two rows of holes, then used some of the yellow/orange twine from The Twinery to stitch the two layers together. I did divide the 4 strands of twine and only used 2 strands to stitch. The finished card is 5.50 x 4.25 and these are the Copics & inks I used for coloring.

    I’m also adding this to the Simon Says Monday Challenge…White, since this whole panel started out white.

    Stroll on the Beach copics 04030By the way, the prize this month is an assorted pack of twine from The Twinery!

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    Thanks so much for stopping by! Please be sure to visit all the blogs to be entered to win!
    Vickie Zimmer
    Jeanne Jachna
    Jenny Gropp
    Julie Warner
    Karen Amidon
    Marybeth Lopez
    Miriam Napier

    Birgit Edblom (DT Alumni)
    Jen Cuthbertson (July Guest Designer)

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    Stamps: Serendipity Stamps Palm Tree set 004QCL, My Life 288E
    Paper: X-Press It white, black
    Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Kaleidacolor blue breeze & desert heat ink pads, Versafine onyx (greeting only)
    Accessories: Spellbinders matting basics B dies, twine (The Twinery), piercing tool & mat, needle




  • Sewn w/ Love

    Julie Warner - justwritedesigns - https://thewritestuff.justwritedesigns.com

    Wonderful sketch today at Splitcoast (SC344)! I turned it and flipped it to fit my images. This is also for Andrea’s DTGD11 challenge. If y’all are Fan Club members, you can read all about it HERE.

    All images are Our Daily Bread designs. The tag was stamped, die cut and the sentiment split up a little to fit inside. The pincushion was also die cut and colored w/ markers.

    The bottom border of the dp was punched then I went along the punched edge w/ pinking shears. I cut out a couple of sections of embossed measuring tape and sponged over the top and attached them behind the pincushion.

    Thanks so much for stopping by!




    Stamps: ODBD – Pincushion, Pincushion Tag, Sewn with Love
    Paper: vanilla, dp (Basic Grey – Sweet Threads collection)
    Ink: VersaFine Onyx
    Accessories: Tombow markers, ODBD tag & pincushion dies, EK Success argyle border punch, pinking shears, piercing tool, cotton yarn, Sizzix embossing folder

  • ODBD August Release Blog Hop!

    Julie Warner - justwritedesigns - https://thewritestuff.justwritedesigns.com

    Welcome to the August release blog hop! If you arrived here from the ODBD Blog, you are in the right place! If not, you might want to start at the ODBD Blog where you will see the entire list with links just in case any are broken along the way!

    Julie Warner - justwritedesigns https://thewritestuff.justwritedesigns.com/

    For my project, I made a 6×6 card, which could also be put in a scrapbook or a frame.   These are my grandparents, Margaret and Elmo, circa 1935 when they were married. While I sat looking at all the wonderful new releases, I looked up and saw these pics of my grandparents and remembered how much my grandmother loved to sew and knit and crochet. She taught my mom to sew, who then taught me. Grandmother also taught me to knit. I remember Grandmother’s old black Singer w/ the knee pedal, and she never would trade it for a newer model.  My grandmother had an identical twin sister and I don’t think they lived more that a few miles apart all of their lives. They looked identical their entire lives and while it may have confused others, the family never had trouble telling them apart.  My grandfather survived a devastating hurricane when he was a little boy. Almost the entire city flooded and he was separated from his parents for 3 days. Thankfully, they were all reunited and they even found my Granddaddy’s pony! We used to love going to his Kiwanis club pancake suppers when we were little. Pancakes for supper! What could be better?

    I copied and reduced the pictures to fit. There were so many things I wanted to include, like a copy of the patterns of two of my grandmother’s dresses (w/ material swatches) she made for her trousseau. But there just wasn’t room and in the end, I kept to the same sepia tones of the photographs.  Since she loved crochet, the addition of the crochet border seemed the perfect choice. The date w/ the hand stitched border, was from the copy of her dress patterns and is their wedding date in her handwriting.  I included four buttons to represent their four children. Looking at these pictures, it’s funny how much my aunt & uncle (they are also twins) look like these pictures of their parents!

    I wasn’t sure whether or not to add the ending. But I’m one who always likes to know how a story ends. For my grandparents, it ended too soon. My grandfather lived until he was in his mid sixties and was coming home from a funeral when he was killed in a car accident. About five years later, my uncle Bud, their oldest son, was killed in a plane crash. My grandmother was a strong, deeply religious woman, but she was never the same after that. Really, none of us were. She lost her battle with cancer about five years after that and her twin sister followed a few years later. We have a lot of happy memories of all of them and I believe as long as the memory lives, the loved one never really leaves us. So the next time I see pancakes, I’ll think of my grandfather and smile. And when I knit or sew,  I’ll think of my grandmother.

    Thanks so much for stopping by!
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    Stamps: ODBD Spool & Tape, Blessings Collection (Sewn w/ Love), Serve the Lord
    Paper: ivory, dp (Prima – Moulin Rouge collection), small amount of lace pattern dp (HOTP), vanilla vellum
    Ink: Archival sepia, Colorbox frost white pigment
    Accessories: ODBD spool & tape die, crochet border and circle dies, Spellbinders petite oval & circle dies,  Pixie sewing machine, piercing tool, white embossing powder, buttons, ribbons, Scor Buddy, copy machine, mini scallop scissors