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!

Monday, October 21, 2013


Aren't these" Whoots" just the cutest?!
Owls seem to be the hot trend now everywhere!
This card was made for the AI "Perfect Papers" Challenge. We were to use three different textures or papers on our project.

These guys were stamped onto Cryogen Paper and colored with Copics. I love to use the iridescent paper when coloring winter scenes and holiday images. I fussy cut the owls and instead of glueing them flat, I have curved the center three. The end guys were pushed in a little to help make the curve. Collall was used in the middle so they would not flatten. I added fluffy pom poms to the end of the ties on their hats. There is Glossy Accents on their beaks to give a little shine. I've trim my card with a few snow flakes, pearls, ribbons, a button, and of course, a bow!

For inside of the card I used another AI stamp, "Catch the Spirit".

Thanks for Looking and love to hear your comments!

  • Stamps: Art Impressions- Five Whoots Set, Catch the Spirit
  • Dies: Nellie's- Oval Nesting, Spellbinders- Snowflakes, IO-Snowflakes
  • Papers: Cryogen, Flourishes White 110, Jillibean- Spoonful of Honey, Candied Cheer, cardstock
  • Other: Copics, Collall, Perfect Layer Rulers, Glossy Accents, foam tape, Score tape, pom poms, pearls, ribbons, twine, button

Friday, October 18, 2013


The Serendipity DT is excited to share with you the new OWL DIE
 We are having a Blog Hop to show it off!

  Play along with us and leave a comment on EACH DT members blog! A random drawing for a $10.00 store gift certificate will be announced October 21st on the Serendipity Blog.

I can't wait to see what the girls have created!  
If you are following the should have just come from:
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Karen Amidon!

Isn't this die fabulous?! To make him I used double sided adhesive tape and adhered black cardstock to it. Next, the OWL DIE was placed on top and cut. I then removed all the cut pieces which left the adhesive exposed. The owl was cut a few more times using colored cardstock. 

  I took the colored die cut pieces and placed them to the adhesive. To give him a little sparkle, I used micro fine orange glitter in the small open areas.

 The top protective layer of the adhesive was then peeled off. I made one more owl using the black paper placing it on top. I lightly rubbed glitter over the finished owl. The layers are popped up with foam tape. He is trimmed with jewels, ribbon and a bow.

I added a few extra "Who"s to the "Who loves ya Baby?" Stamp! The cute little guy peeping up is a fun Retro Owl Serendipity Stamp!
If you like all three, they also come as the Owl Die word Stamp Set!

Your next stop in the hop is
Marybeth Lopez
Remember to leave a comment on EVERY BLOG for a chance to win!
Here's the order of your links:

Karen are here!
Vickie Zimmer 

Thanks for hopping by and playing!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

SSCB #21 Paper Piecing!

  Come and play along with us at Serendipity Stamps. The challenge is Paper Piecing so get out those scissors and start cutting! The rules are very simple, use at least one of Serendipity Stamps images or dies in your project, thats it! You don't have to have a blog to play! You can link your designs up to any online gallery. 
New to our challenges?...No worries! All the details can be found here on the  
Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog

Shop and buy 3 get a 4th one FREE!
Offer is good through October 16, 2013

Have fun and check out the paper cuts from the girls!

Karen Amidon-thats me!


Isn't this Scarecrow Boy stamp just the cutest?! This little guy has so much detail. Can you believe that there is no pattern paper used except for the diamond print background! That's right, it's all stamped on solid colored paper and paper pieced! Just like paper dolls!

 The Scarecrow Boy was stamped onto white paper for the base. I colored the sun, pumpkins, leaves, and straw with my Copics. Each item of his clothing was then stamped onto the colored cardstock and fussy cut. Using a ball styIus I rounded his belly, knees, gloves, and hat to give him some dimension. His face was stamped onto canvas and a Copic marker was used to rosy up his cheeks. I took a fine tip pen and went over the features on his face.

 I used raffia and let it hang out of his clothing to give the appearance that he was stuffed with straw. Black twine was added to tie up his shirt and pant legs. The buttons are made from a small hole punch. His broomstick is a toothpick! Burlap, ribbon and buttons, "oh my", were used to finish the card!

Die cut swatches that were faux stitched adorn the inside edges. The Festive Fall Stamp is a favorite and was used for my sentiment on the inside of my card.

Finished card is 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 

Looking forward to seeing all your great ideas.
Happy Cutting and thanks for playing along!

  • Stamps: Serendipity Stamps- 799H Scarecrow Boy, 1225D Festive Fall
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Neenah Solar White, Bo Bunny Mama-razzi Collection, Bazzill Candy Corn, Peanut Cluster, Candy Bar, Gold Coins, Kachins
  • Other: Copics, Spellbinders Square Swatches, reverse Wonky Rectangles, Perfect Layer Rulers, Signo Pen, Pigma Micron Pen, Memento Dual Marker, hole punch, ball stylus, toothpick, twine, ribbon, raffia, canvas, burlap, foam tape, Score tape, toothpicks

Sunday, October 6, 2013

All Cracked Up!

Graphic 45 Mother Goose
 This paper collection has been on my desk for awhile now. I am so drawn to all the different colors and patterns that Graphic 45 is known for. They fascinate and imtimated me! There is definitely an art to working with them. So today, I decided to get my big girl pants on and just go for it!

 One of the first things I did was to get out the Crackle Accents and put it all over his egg face! I repeated the same thing on a few of the Humpty Dumpty's in the background paper.

That expression tells all!

I fussy cut a second image of Humptys' clothing, hands, and shoes. I wanted some dimension added to him so I curved his body with a ball stylus and popped it up with foam tape and Collall. 

 A 2 inch strip was cut from the 8 X 8 pad. I added the scalloped edge and then ran it along the bottom to make a pocket. Inside the pocket there is a book marker, Mother Goose card, and a blank sheet for a message.

Finished size is A2
Thanks so much for looking!

  • Dies: Spellbinders- Labels Twenty-Eight, Dienamics -Scalloped Ribbon Boarder
  • Ink: Cat's Eye -Black
  • Paper: Graphic 45- Mother Goose, Flourishes- Classic black, Neenah- Solar White
  • Other: Perfect Layer Rulers, Bow Easy, Crackle Accents, Glossy Accents, Collall, foam tape, Score Tape, Signo Pen- white, Viva Pearl Pen- black, ribbon, twine, button, hole punch