Sunday, December 22, 2013


Just a fun card to say, "Happy Holidays"!

The owl die from Serendipity Stamps is a favorite of mine. The detail on this is fabulous and cuts flawlessly! The solid owl die was recently released...wonderful!

Thanks for your wonderful comments!

  • Stamps: Serendipity- 945E Joy is Everywhere, Prickley Pear- Flourished Oval 3 Holidays
  • Dies: Serendipity- 1290ED Owl Die, 1291EOD Owl Solid
  • Ink: Versafine
  • Papers: Neenah- White, doodlebug- home for the holidays, cardstock
  • Others: Versamark, detailed white embossing powder, Spellbinders-circles, A2 Matting Basics, Impression Obsession-Holiday Leaf Cluster Die, Nellies- Oval dies, double adhesive tape, foam tape, pens, ribbons, threads, jewels   

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


 The new challenge from Serendipity is to use chalk! All you need to do is use a Serendipity Stamp (or die) in your design and incorporate chalk!

We love to see your creations
Play along and enter to win!
All the details can be found here

Take a look at all the fabulous "chalky" designs!


I have chosen a chalkboard technique. The fun Butterfly Garden image was stamped with VersaMagic- Cloud White, and embossed with detailed white. 
The image was colored with chalk pencils.
 When the card is closed, the left corner of the framed image is tucked under an embellished die cut with a bow.

When you open the chalkboard flap it reveals the  
"Happy Birthday" stamped message.

Unfold the bottom flap and there is room for a hand written personal note!

Ready to go shopping?
 Here is the link to the Serendipity Store and to see what the special is this week!


  • Stamps: Serendipity: 1280H Butterfly Garden, 1060D Happy Birthday
  • Ink: VersaMagic- Cloud White, Versafine- Onyx Black
  • Papers: Neenah-Ivory, G45- Mother Goose, Bazzill- black
  • Other: Stampendous- embossing powder, Color Box-Black Chalk, Spellbinders-A2 Matting Basics, Circles, Classic Scallops, MFT- Scalloped Ribbon Die, X-Static, black foam tape, ribbon, black foam tape, black dots

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Make a shaped card! Have fun, get creative, and share it with us for a chance to win! All the details can be found here on the Serendipity Challenge Blog.

Want a gift for a stamper friend or for yourself?
 Special now thru 12/11
Buy 3- Get One Free!
Happy shopping at the Serendipity Store!

Get inspired by all wonderful shapes from the DT here:

The holidays are here and I love making Christmas cards! Don't you love this image of the Bayleaf Wreath from Serendipity Stamps?

 The center of the wreath has been fussy cut. The beautiful "Let Heaven and Nature Sing" Serendipity stamp was used on the oval die cut. I inked up a small part of the wreath again and cut a portion of the leaves out. The cut leaves were put on top of the original stamped image giving the appearance of the oval being tucked into the wreath. The leaves were lifted and held in place with Collall dimensional glue. Each of the layers have been popped up with foam tape.

Using Eclipse tape, I covered part of the "Peace on Earth" stamp leaving only the word "Peace"!
 I took a small cutting of the bay leaves again and embellished them with a bow.

One More Shaped Card!

I've used the Bird Die from Serendipity on my second card. This bird is so graceful and cuts beautifully.

Cryogen paper was used for this card. It has a slight shimmer to it. All the color has come from sponging with Distress Ink. I made three die cuts of the bird and left the wings partially open. 
  I thought the elegant Peace Stamp paired nicely with the bird. A simple ribbon, some pearls and bow finishes it.

 Inside, I've embossed the same beautiful script of "Let Heaven and Nature Sing".

Looking forward to seeing your shapes!

Thanks for looking!

  • Stamps: Serendipity- 159C Peace, 392D Let Heaven and Nature, 935K Bayleaf Wreath Large, 528E Peace on Earth
  • Die: Serendipity- 1289ED Bird Die
  • Ink: VersaMark, Versafine, Memento, Distress Ink- Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint
  • Paper: Flourishes, Cryogen, Bazzill
  • Other: Copics,Stampendous- Embossing Powder, Spellbinders- Labels One, Decorative Labels One, Scalloped Labels One, Labels 28, Decorative Labels 28, Labels 22, Ovals, Elizabeth- double sided adhesive, Eclipse Tape, Collall, Glossy Accents, foam tape, sponges, pearls, ribbon  

Friday, November 22, 2013


She wiggles, she wobbles and she wants to play some games! Who could turn HER down!
Another fabulous holiday stamp from Ai to enter in their "Gobble 'til you Wobble" Challenge 123!
 Cards with movement... FUN, right?!!

I've used the new Reindeer Games Set for my card. Fussy cut, colored with Copics and she is on a wobbler shaking it!
Her glasses shine with a touch of Glossy Accents. Her jingle bells shimmer with the sprinkle of a glitter pen. Lips of ruby red and hands on the hips! Lots of layers and fun pattern paper. Add a bow, and she's ready to play!

Inside, my go to favorite sentiment for Ai holiday cards...

Thanks for looking
Happy Thanksgiving
"Gobble 'til You Wobble"

  • Stamps: Art Impression- Reindeer Games, Catch the Spirit
  • Ink: Memento-Tuxedo Black
  • Papers: Neenah- Classic White, Doodlebug designs- home for the holidays, cardstock
  • Dies: Spellbinders- Circles, Scalloped Circles, A2 Basic Matting Frames
  • Other: Copics, Perfect Layer Rulers, Bow Easy, Glossy Accents, Viva Glitter Pen, Foam tape, ribbon

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

SSCB #24 Gift or Gift Tags

Play along with us and make a gift or gift tag with a Serendipity Stamp or die. Enter to win a $20.00 gift certificate.
 You can find all the details here on the SSCB.

Your design can be for any occasion, but I'm thinking...HOLIDAYS!
Here are your links to see what the DT girls made: 
Karen Amidon...that's me!

The Matchbook Candy Holder makes a wonderful little gift or stocking stuffer!
The sweet Candy Canes with Holly stamp was the perfect size and match to use with this technique. 
The image was colored with Copics. Glossy Accents glaze the red stripes on the candy canes! A small red and white gingham bow was placed over the original stamped bow.

The inside holds a small bag of peppermints!
 To make the Matchbook Candy Holder, you can find the tutorial here on Splitcoast Stampers.

Isn't this Gingerbread Boy and Girl just the cutest? They were stamped with Rich Cocoa ink, fussy cut, and colored with Copics. I added Glossy Accents to their icing to give a little shine. The "To:" and "From:" stamps are a must to have on hand for your cards and tags! What little boy or girl wouldn't love this on their package?!

I love the whimsy feel of the four images in the Christmas Set. Each design was fun to color, fussy cut, and embellish. The images would also be great for stamping the outside of your holiday envelopes!
Ready to go shopping?
Now until 11/27
40% off highest item
Shop here now!

Hope that you will join us
We love seeing your designs!
Thanks for looking and love to hear your comments!

Matchbook Candy Holder
  • Stamps: Serendipity-399E Candy Canes With Holly
  • Ink: Menento- Tuxedo Black
  • Papers: Neenah- Classic White, G45- Nutcracker Sweet Collection, Bazzill
  • Other: Copics, Glossy Accents, ribbon, candy 
Gingerbread Boy and Girl Tags
Christmas Whimsy Tags
  • Stamps: Serendipity- 411QCL Christmas Whimsy Cling Set
  • Ink: Memento- Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Neenah- Solar White, Bo Bunny- Elf Magic Mistletoe Collection, cardstock
  • Other: Copics, Nellie's die- Rectangle Multi-frames, Spellbinders- Circles, Glossy Accents, Corner Chomper, Scor-tape, foam tape, hole punch, ribbon, button,    twine,  tree light embelishment

Sunday, November 10, 2013


Come inside and feel the warmth!
I'm thinking it's nice and toasty with the fire glowing inside this little chalet.

It has been the perfect weather to get cozy, curl up with a book and "grab a cup"! But right now Flourishes is hosting a challenge inspired by this delish photo!

To get all the details you can go here 

 Now it's time for me to get cozy and card is done!
 The "Snow Wonderful" Flourishes image is just beautiful.  Blues and browns are a favorite of mine. I have colored with Copics and dusted the snow with touch of glitter. My card is embellished with pine cones, evergreens and fuzzy pom-poms!  

Thanks for looking and stay cozy!

  • Stamps: Flourishes- Snow Wonderful
  • Ink: Memento- Tuxedo Black
  • Papers: Cryogen White, Graphic 45- Twelve Days of Christmas, Prima- North Country, Bazzill, Kraft
  • Other: Flourishes- Classic Key Hole Die, Copics, Spellbinders- Labels One, Labels Twenty Eight, A2 Basic Matting, Viva Glitter Pen, Color box- Chestnut Roan, Versa Magic Chalk, Impression Obsession- Fancy Tree Die, Bow Easy, ribbon, burlap, twine, pom-poms 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


 It's time to get creative with your Paper Scraps! Serendipity Stamps is hosting another EASY challenge.
 Use your paper scraps in your design along with a Serendipity Stamps image or die. Enter your design for a chance to win a gift certificate! You can find the details here at the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog .

FREE shipping on any US order over $10 
Good thru 11-13

  Here's the links to see how the DT used their scraps!

Karen Amidon...that's me!

Everyone has leftovers! This is such a great way to use up those scraps!  The sweet Snowman with Birds stamp was colored with Copics. A little dusting of iridescent glitter was added to his body. The scarf is adorned with tassels made from embroidery thread.

The "Joy is Everywhere" sentiment has such a beautiful script. It also would be fabulous to use on the front of a card. 
Finished size is A-2

Basket Weaving with Scraps!

On my second card the technique I used with my scraps was basket weaving. Basically each strip is woven over and under...just like making those pot holders!

 Foam tape was used on all the strips that ran horizontally (weft) to give it a nice contour. The Wheat Sheaf image was stamped with Rich Cocoa and left natural.

Inside the "November" month stamp was used from the beautiful Illustrated Months Cling Set. The individual months can also be purchased separately.
The bottom woven edge was a left over cut from the front!
Finished size is 5 1/4 x 5

Looking forward to seeing your designs with paper scraps!
Thanks and love to hear your comments

Snowman Card
  • Stamps: Serendipity: 1288G Snowman with Birds, 945E Joy Is Everywhere
  • Ink: Memento- Tuxedo Black 
  • Papers: Neenah Solar White, Jillibean- Sifted Snowflakes (front & back), Ripe Avocados, Bo Bunny- Raspberry Double Dot, Bazzill- Jawbreaker, cardstock
  • Other: Copics,Spellbinders- A2 Bracket Boarders One, Circles, Scalloped Circles Glossy Accents, Viva Pearl Pen-black, Viva Glitter Liner, Corner Chomper, foam tape,embroidery thread, Seam binding, iridescent twine, button, brad  
Wheat Sheaf Card

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Poor Bob, he's all tangled up in a mess! This stamp is too funny! I thought he would be great to enter in the Ai Challenge 122- "Holly Jolly Christmas"! Bob is one of Ai's HILARIOUS Christmas stamps.

I had this lightbulb paper from Bo Bunny that paired up with him perfectly. The black twine was crisscrossed to repeat the strands of lights in the paper. Bob was colored with Copics. On his pants, I used a swatch of denim and colorless blender to give the "jeans" a textured look. Glossy Accents was added to the bulbs for shine.  The "catchy" sentiment is from Ai. 
 All layers are popped up with foam tape.

I found this cute lightbulb boarder and sentiment in my stash. I'm not sure which company it's from :(
If anyone knows I'll add it to the credits!

Thanks for looking and always love to hear from you!

  • Stamps: Art Impressions- Tangled Bob, Catch the Spirit
  • Ink: Memento- Tuxedo black, Versafine, Onyx Black
  • Dies: Spellbinders- A2 Matting Basics A, Nellie's- Ovals
  • Papers: Neenah- Classic White, Doodlebug Designs- Home for the Holidays, Bazzill cardstock
  • Other: Copics, Colorless Blender,Glossy Accents, Perfect Layer Rulers, Scor-tape, foam tape, denim swatch, twine, unknown stamp


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Retro Owl

I made this retro owl card a few weeks ago when the die was first introduced from Serendipity Stamps. His true colors are softer!

The steps for making him are the same as my card on the Owl Blog Hop. There have been so many fun ways to use this die. Some great ideas can be seen here!

Fun little owl die from Serendipity for the inside. 
Thanks for looking! 
  • Stamps: Serendipity- 851D Who Loves Ya Baby, 1159E Retro Owl
  • Die: Serendipity- 1290ED Owl Die
  • Ink: Memento-Rich Cocoa, Tangelo, Distress Ink- Crushed Olive
  • Papers: Neenah- Ivory, Bo Bunny- Double Dots, Jillibean- Pink Salt, Simple Stories, MME- Unforgettable, Fine and Dandy, American Crafts
  • Other: Spellbinders- Circles, Scalloped Circles, Matting A2, Perfect Layer Rulers, Scor-tape, foam tape, ribbons, twine, button, Maya Road- Trinket Pins- Leaf, dots

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Flourishes- Mad for Plaid

 This beautiful stamp is from the Autumn Blessings Set from Flourishes.
The FTTC this week is "Mad for Plaid"!
 I love all the fall colors in this paper. The plaid is paired with a sweet little acorn print.

Copics were used to color the image. I used a few fun dies and kept the card CAS, with a BIG bow! 

The inside sentiment is from the same collection. 
Finished size is 5 1/2 x 4 1/2

Thanks for looking!

  • Stamps: Flourishes- Autumn Blessings
  • Dies: Spellbinders- Captivating Squares, Squares, A2 Bracket Boarders, Marvelous Squares, Nellie's- Oval nesting
  • Ink: Memento- Tuxedo Black, Versafine- Onyx Black
  • Papers: Neenah- Solar White, Authentique- Thankful, Bazzill
  • Other: Copics, Perfect Layer Rulers, Color Box- Chestnut Roan, Scor-tape, foam tape, Silk ribbon, seam binding, twine, jewels

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

SSCB #22 Focus on Sentiment or Quote!

Time for another SS Challenge! Just use any Serendipity Stamps Sentiment or Quote as your focus. Serendipity has so many wonderful stamps to choose from it was hard for me to decide. So, I made two cards to show you!

The special of the week is 20% off all stamps in the Words and Verse Category!
This offer is good through 10/30

 If you are new to our challenges you can find all the details here on the SSCB. The winner, chosen by random, will receive a $20.00 discount on their order!
If you have played before, welcome back!
We love seeing all of your designs!

Here are your Links for the SSDT!
Karen Amidon...thats me!

 "Here's To The Blessings " quote was chosen for the focus. On the background I used the clear embossing technique with the beautiful Acorns & Sweetgum stamp.

I really like how this gives a tone on tone effect. To add some interest, I fussy cut leaves from the stamped image.  The lighting decided to give its own spin on the paprika colored paper and turned it bright orange!!

 The "Peace" stamp was used inside. I wanted to keep it CAS. All three of these stamps are included in the "Sweetgum & Acorns Cling Set".

My second card was made with the same layout and technique. I used the "To Everything" stamp as my focus. I repeated the acorns in the embossed pattern by adding the charms.

Thank you for looking and love to hear your comments!