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Welcome to part 2 of the July Challenge for Serendipity StampsThis month the challenge is Monochrome..pick one color & use it. You can get all the details over on the Serendipity Challenge Blog.  We have something new…a “Stamp of the Month”. Each month a different image will be 50% off. This month- it’s the Winter Doe.  Get a Craft Pick free with your $25 order (while supplies last) & be sure to check out the great deals on the Clearance Stamps. And as always, we have a  have a gift certificate up for grabs to a random player.
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The color I went with for my monochrome card is red. I thought it would stand out well against all the white space. I had two partial sheets, one w/ a faint woodgrain pattern, the other w/ tiny white stars so the layout evolved around these pieces. The USA map was stamped on a white pierced panel & I had to tilt it a bit & move HI & AK a bit to fit around the greeting. The die cut Concho (from the Bandana die) was added in the corner along with a punched state of TX & little heart. I have several sizes of TX punches/dies & I chose it because I’m a TX native, it’s in the middle & the shape is easily recognizable. 😀 And I love the concho..it reminds me of the Texas Ranger badge & a couple of my ancestors were TX Rangers. But this map would work great with any state you want to highlight.
Here’s a look at the inside using the last bits of leftover paper.
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Supplies:

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – US Map, Sending Smiles 
Paper: Neenah white, dp (Basic Grey – Life of the Party)
Ink:  Versafine onyx
Accessories:  Serendipity Howdy & Bandana dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, pierced rectangle dies, Texas punches (Punch Bunch, EK Success), heart punch (Recollections), woodgrain embossing folder (Paper Studio)

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I needed a card for a friend who’s not been feeling well, and normally I wouldn’t make this cute little piglet so pink, but since it’s monochromatic, I needed him to go with the paper. This is also for SweetMissDaisy’s Dare to Get Dirty Challenge. The details are HERE, but you’ll need to be a Fan Club member…it’s easy, just click to find out how. 
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For the Piggy, I used my Misti to stamp her with Memento, colored with Copics, then over stamped using Versafine. Love how it really brings out the details! I did move the little flowers from the image in order to make way for the Out of Snorts greeting.  I added a couple of die cut frames around her then stamped the flower on both papers and fussy cut. 
Here’s a look at the inside & also the Copics I used.
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Supplies:

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps –Piggy, Out of Snorts, Tiny Flower, Thinking of You (inside)
Paper: Neenah white, X-Press It white,  dp (Basic Grey – Green at Heart)
Ink:   Memento tuxedo blackVersafine onyx (Distress ink -worn lipstick on inside)
Accessories:  Copic markers, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, pierced rectangle dies,  butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), Misti, stickles

Please be sure to stop by and visit all of the DT Blogs & comment (it will definitely be appreciated & will also increase your chance of winning!)

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A big congrats to Cathy, the newest Featured Stamper on Splitcoast (FS419)! She has such a wonderful gallery and it was hard to chose just one. I finally went with THIS card to case. I kept the layout but flipped sides with the embellishment additions, used different images and made mine a birthday card instead of Christmas.
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A while back, I used another Deep Red Stamps image ( a beautiful Chevelle) which I think they must have liked because they were kind enough to send me another image. Being a native Texan, this funny little cowboy really appealed to my sense of humor and I know he will be terrific for cards going to my family still in Texas. So I colored him, die cut using a little out of the box technique with a stitched rectangle, added a greeting and some more layers. I die cut the hat and made a lasso out of twine. I tell you, this ol’ cowpoke and the expression on the “fake” horse’s face just crack me up.

Here’s a peek at the inside and also the colors of Copics I used.
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Congrats again, Cathy! Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: Deep Red Stamps- Cowboy, Deadbeat Designs –Texas Post, Jam’n Stamps- Barbed Wire Border & Texas Sized Birthday
Paper: X-Press It white, chocolate textured, dusty blue textured
Ink: Memento tuxedo black & rich cocoa, Adirondack denim
Accessories: Copic markers, Spellbinders matting basics B,  & circle dies, Lil’ Inkers stitched rectangle dies, Tessler Designs cowboy hat & boot dies, twine

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Weekly-Favorite
Today, I’m combining a few challenges from Splitcoast…first my card is for the Free For All (F4A206), to have LOVE somewhere on your project.

For the big LOVE letters on top, I stamped the woven plaid in a couple of directions, using a couple of pink/red colors, then stamped the stacked love image on top and fussy cut the letters.
On the 4.25 x 5.50 card front, I stamped the heart background diagonally using the light pink ink. The  fun mailbox is a die cut and I used a metallic silver, a metallic flecked gray and shimmery red card stock to cut it and assembled them together. On the little letter, I stamped parts of a new greeting (Hug a Nurse, You’ll Heal Better…coming soon!) and I used a stamp positioner to add the L in place of the B in Better to create the word Letter. The white scallop and narrow red frames were left overs and I stacked them and arranged the LOVE on top and the mailbox thru the frames.
Supplies:

Stamps: DRS Designs – Stacked LoveWoven PlaidInterlocking Heart Background
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, love letter & angel pink, Colorbox rouge & warm red chalk inks
Paper: white, shimmer red, metallic silver, metallic flecked gray
Accessories:  Quickutz mailbox die, Spellbinders scallop rectangle & rectangles dies

For a couple of the following Altered Book pages, this first one is for the MIX53 challenge, Layers.

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These are all pages from an altered book I made a while back for my sister’s birthday. Since we were born and raised in Texas, I chose to start with the book “Texas” by James Michener. I used quite a bit of text from it, but also a ton of pictures from magazines, especially Texas Monthly, clip art and stamps from a whole bunch of companies. I started by removing some pages and gluing other pages together for stability, then used a variety of colors of acrylic paints to base coat the pages. Then I would use a variety of ink colors and stamped images to create the backgrounds. Then the collage work started with all of the images. This is just a few of the pages…the entire book is around 45-50 double pages with all manner of pockets, fold outs, telescoping images, tags and pull outs. Some tell the history of Texas, some are on individual cities and regions of Texas..some tell about personal family history &  experiences, recipes, music & some are just for fun.
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I love all the fun images on this page..the only thing that always bothered me is the misspelling of “y’all” on the left page. I cut this out for the size, went ahead and used it, but it still bothers me. I guess the typist just had her contractions confused, since as every Texan knows, y’all is “you all” and the apostrophe goes after the y. And just to be clear, “y’all” is singular, “all y’all” is plural, lol. 
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And this page is also for the Ways to Use It (WT464), Horses as well as the Mix53. Julie Warner – https://thewritestuff.justwritedesigns.com
This is a group of pages (see the angle cuts on the right?) that have a bunch of recipes and pictures of Tex-Mex food and restaurants. 

Julie Warner – https://thewritestuff.justwritedesigns.com This is a couple of fun stories about Texas Rangers and since we have an ancestor who was a Ranger, it was fun to include it.

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Some Texas wildflowers, state bird and postage stamps. Julie Warner – https://thewritestuff.justwritedesigns.com

Another page with pretty pictures but I don’t know if you can still buy a little piece of Texas as this ad says. Julie Warner – https://thewritestuff.justwritedesigns.com


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And here we have some Texas music! Is there anything better? I’ve been to the Kerrville Folk Festival and it was always fabulous! And just interesting to me, but one of my cousins lived down the street from one of the ZZ Top members (I won’t say which, lol) and Buddy Holly was a cousin of my dad’s (so I guess he was cousin too) and they were born on the same day, same year. How cool! 
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And this is the cover. Like I mentioned, these are just a few pages, but I hope you enjoyed them!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
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