Thursday, December 18, 2014


I like to think that I'm organized and ahead of schedule for the holidays but...there is always a last minute gift that I need! Todays challenge at Impression Obsession is, you guessed it," Last Minute Holiday Gifts"! Share with us your ideas for "last minute gifts" using IO stamps or dies for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate. An extra plus... you will have a grab and go gift made! Need more info on how to enter? You can go to the IO Blog for all details.

Here are a few ideas from the gals for those last minute gifts

"Do you wanna build a snowman?" Isn't this a cute way to package those yummy holiday snowball cookies? I have had so much fun using the sayings from the Frozen Collection.

The top of the mason jar was covered with burlap. I used the the Snowflakes Die Set to decorate the top and tag. Add a bow, a little Wink of Stella and you have a wonderful and easy "last minute gift"!

Thanks for looking and can't wait to see your ideas!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014



It's hard to believe that it's the middle of December and time for Serendipity's mid month post!  You still have plenty of time to play along. Share with us one of your holidays cards or anything that has a little sparkle or shine using a Serendipity stamp or die! You can find the details to enter on the SSCB.

You probably know how this works by now...the DT is given an extra element added to the challenge...this time it's silver! I have added a little platinum, gold and champagne too!

Serendipity will be having an "After Christmas Sale"
All Christmas Stamps & Dies 20% OFF!
*Free Shipping-orders over $15 Continental US Only*

Check out the DT silver, shines, and sparkles!!
Karen Amidon are here!
Nancy Penir...guest designer

This card was inspired by Tosha Leyendekker with Stamp Talk with Tosh. Her work is amazing and she has such a beautiful style!  You can see her gorgeous card  here.

I love gold, silver and platinum used together. I have taken the beautiful  Mistletoe image from Serendipity and heat embossed it in platinum. The oval die cut and dp were edged in silver with a Krylon pen. A gold pen and creamy brown Cat's Eye chalk was used to edge the other papers.

 The berries on the mistletoe were dotted with Viva Glitter Liner which gives them a subtle silvery shimmer! I've colored the silk ribbon with Copics to match the metallic  paper.

Thanks for looking and Happy Holidays!
  • Stamps: Serendipity-482J Mistletoe Large, 392D Let Heaven and Nature
  • Ink: Versamark
  • Papers: Neenah, KaiserCraft 6x6 Yuletide,12x12 Weave, metallic cardstock
  • Other: Copics, Wink of Stella, Viva Glitter Liner, Krylon Pen- silver, 18kt gold,  Cat's Eye Chalk, Nellies- Ovals, Ana Griffin- Flourish Medallion, Maya Road-silk burlap, pearls

Friday, December 12, 2014


It's the most wonderful time of the year!
And it's Friday...Yay!

This snowman from Impression Obsession is decked out for the holidays! I love his santa hat and paper pieced scarf. With the Snowman Set you have the option of two different hats. Add your creative flair and have fun designing your own little guy! The background is dry embossed with a snowflake pattern. A few snowy hills, bows and a banner made from the Holiday Bottom Word Edgers complete the card.

Another easy card made with Impression Obsession dies. I started out using the Snowflake Background. A beautiful die by itself but I just kept going! I dry embossed the Christmas Trees instead of having the cut outs. A big red circle was added to break up the busy patterns! The trees and circle were edged in silver with a Krylon pen.

For the inside I have used the beautiful, "Seasons Greetings" die, which cuts like butter! The snowflakes were cut from the Snowflake Background die.

Thanks for looking and Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


I have used the Christmas Morning stamp for the image that you are seeing through the Window. Dina's silhouettes tell such a story! 

In the window box I have used the Small Bow die and the greenery is from the Fir Sprig Set. The Holly Flourish cascades down the brick and shutter.

For the inside of the card I used, "Christmas is Love"

This is the same image that I used for the scene behind the window! This really captures Christmas Morning!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, December 4, 2014


It's Thursday, which means welcome to another Impression Obsession Challenge! We loved seeing all of your Holiday Greetings! We are now in full swing of the holiday mood so, lets keep it CAS! 
 IO has a $25 Gift Certificate up for grabs. The challenge this week is to make it Clean and Simple.
The guidelines on how to enter can be found here on the IO Blog.

Here's a look at the girl's take on CAS!

Karen Amidon...that's me!

 Impression Obsession dies are a wonderful way to make a CAS holiday card. I think the Angels  in the gold foil die cuts  are so elegant. The Holiday Bottom Word Edgers have been a favorite of mine this card making season. 

The beautiful saying for the inside is Heavenly Peace.

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


At Serendipity we are sharing with you a little Sparkle and Shine this month. The designers have even thrown in a little snow! So, are you feeling the holiday spirit yet? We would love for you join us by sharing your sparkles here at the SSCB! As always there is a $20 Gift Certificate up for grabs! To get all the details on how to play, you can find them here

This weeks' sale is a 40% off coupon. Enter "40fromhigh1214" to get 40% off the highest priced item in your cart.

A big welcome to our December guest designer, Nancy Penir-Artful Notions. If you are not familiar with her work, you are in for a treat!

See how the Serendipity girls shine!
Nancy Penir...guest designer

"Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!"

I just smile when I look at this guy, he is just too cute! Snowmen are a favorite of mine and Serendipity has some really great images to ink up! The Snowman and Fence has been inked up and colored with Copics. I have stamped his scarf and hat trim with Memento onto a pattern dp and then fussy cut. There are lots of different snow textures going on here! Clear Wink of Stella was brushed on first, of course, my favorite! Next, I used touches of the Snow Marker which was puffed up with the heat gun! I added more sparkly snow with the Viva Glitter Liner, Holo Iridescent. Transparent Gloss Gel shines on his nose and his coal has been highlighted with Viva Gloss Gel in black.

Where there is snow there is cold! And "Baby it's Cold Outside"!

Stay warm and thanks for looking!
  • Stamps: Serendipity- 936G Snowman and Fence, 655C I love Snow, 652C Baby it's Cold 
  • Ink: Memento, Memento Dual Marker
  • Papers: Neenah, Bo Bunny-6x6 elf magic collection, Bazzill, metallic
  • Other: Copics, Spellbinders-Circles, A2 Matting Basics, Nellies Circles, Wink ofStella, Marvy- Snow marker, Mini Perfect Layers, Viva- Pearl Pen-black, Gloss Gel, Glitter, snowflake brads, May Arts silk burlap threads

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Welcome to the CardMaker and Impression Obsession Holiday Blog Hop!
The CardMaker Designers and Impression Obsession Designers will be sharing some wonderful holiday projects featuring stamps and dies from Impression Obsession.

Join in the fun and leave a comment on ALL the blogs for a chance to win! Two winners will be chosen randomly to win a $25 Impression Obsession GIFT CERTIFICATE!

You will have until Thursday Dec 4th at midnight CT to enter. 
The winners will be announced on the Impression Obsession Blog Dec 5th.

You should be arriving here from JENNY GROPP-One Krafty Kat!

 I've used a three different pine dies from Impression Obsession to make this swag. 
The Pine Branch die was used for my base. I die cut the Pine Pair several times in a heavy weight paper. The pinecone dies are from the Pine Sprig Cluster.

 Distress inks were used to highlight how beautifully detailed the embossed design is on the pinecones.

Here is another card using the same dies. The Season's Greetings was made using the Holiday Bottom Word Edgers. Love these dies and there are three different greeting to this set! 

Your next stop on the hop is NOELLE McADAMS-PAPER & ICE 

Thanks for looking and good luck!
Here are your links of the full hop!

Thursday, November 20, 2014


It's time to get into full swing for making those holiday cards. We would love to see your "Holiday Greetings" that you have created using Impression Obsession stamps or dies. Enter your design for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to be used at the IO. You can find all the details here on how to enter.

Need some inspiration?
 Take a look at the wonderful ideas the girls have come up with!
Daniela Dobson
Time to get Cozy!

All cozy in front of a warm fire! Isn't the new Fireplace die wonderful? There is so much detail on the woodwork and bricks. I have die cut some of the pieces a few times and layered them for dimension. IO recently released a collection of new dies that are incredible and perfect for making holiday projects. If you haven't seen them, take a look here!   

The garland on the mantel was made using the Fir Sprig Set and the Holly Leaf Cluster die. I have curved and shaped the foliage using a ball stylus. A special, "Season's Greetings" banner was made from the Holiday Bottom EdgersI have added Flower Soft for the fur on top of the stockings.

I love the set of three Evergreen Trees that flank the sides of the fireplace. A cozy home needs a sweet cat curled up next to the fireplace! The Cat Set comes with six different cat dies!

For the inside I used the, "Warm and Cozy" sentiment. Love this font and it's the perfect sentiment for a holiday greeting! 

Thanks for looking and stay warm and cozy!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Serendipity Stamps has a "Thankful" challenge going on for the whole month of November. It's mid month so that means time for the DT to share more ideas and inspiration! There is always an extra challenge given to us and this time it's Repurpose! Play along using a Serendipity stamp/die for a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate. You can find the details here on the SSCB.

This weeks sale is FREE shipping on any US orders of $15 or more. 
Good through November 26th.

Here are your links to the DT Blogs!
Vickie Zimmer
Jenny Gropp
Karen Amidon are here!
Lisa Minckler...November Guest

I have used the Wheat Sheaf in two different ways on my card. I stamped the image onto a Gelli Plate that had tangerine and umber paint on it for my background paper. The other stamped image was colored with Copics.
For my repurpose items I found sticks, feathers and leaves to incorporate in my design! From an old dictionary I tore out the words and definitions to, "thankful, grateful, family, health and love"! IRL the green paper and orange pumpkin are toned down!!

I made a second card using the same technique with the Gelli Plate. The Wheat Sheaf is in the background along with the imprint of a wooden piece and coil brad. I took a gold Krylon pen and colored the chipboard and wooden pieces. Thankful was stamped in Memento Luxe, Rich Cocoa. 

  • Stamps: Serendipity- 1028G Wheat Sheaf, 397E Thankful
  • Paper: Neenah, Bazzill, Authentique- 6x6 Thankful
  • Ink: Memento Luxe- Rich Cocoa
  • Other: CopicsGelli Plate, Dona Wakley- Heavy Body Acrylic Paint, Viva Pearl Pen, Krylon-18kt Gold Pen, wooden embellishments, pumpkin, coil brads, dictionary, raffia, sticks, leaves, feathers, Spellbinders- A2-Matting Basics, Labels Twenty- Eight, Thirty-Six, MFT Oval Pierced Stax, Rectangle Pierced Stax 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ai Challenge 148

Its beginning to look a lot like...ZOO Animals decked out for the holidays!
I made this card for Art Impressions Challenge 148. You can also go here to see all of the fabulous entries!

This little guy is too adorable! Isn't the design of his scarf and hat wonderful? He looks so majestic standing there with his armful of candy canes!  I love penguins and thought he was just begging to be colored for the Ai Challenge! The image and sentiment are from Art Impressions , Warm Your Heart Set.

Thanks for Looking!
  • Stamps: Art Impressions-4519 Warm Your Heart Set
  • Papers: Neenah, ep- 12x12 Christmas Cheer, Ranger- Watercolor Paper
  • Dies- Impression Obsession- DIE217-E Evergreen Trees, Lawn Fawn- Stitched Hillside Borders, Spellbinders- A2 Matting Basics, Nellies- Circles
  • Other: Copics, Copic-Opaque White, Wink Of Stella, Darice-ef, Ranger- Texture Paste, Tim Holtz- Speckles Stencil, Glossy Accents,   

Friday, November 14, 2014


"It's the most wonderful time of the year"...and of the month! It's time for a Serendipity Blog Hop! Get inspired with some holiday ideas from the DT. Visit each blog and leave a little love along the way for a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate to the Serendipity Store!  The winner will be chosen randomly from one of the blogs.The more blogs that you comment on the better chance you have of winning!

You will have until Monday November 17th to leave a comment.
The winner will be posted on Mary's Blog Tuesday November 18th

For a second chance to win...LIKE Serendipity Stamps and SHARE on Facebook. A $20 gift certificate will be awarded. Click HERE for our Facebook Page.

You should be arriving here from MARY'S BLOG!

Retro is very popular right now and especially with holiday decorations. These Ornament images are such a flash back to my childhood memories of the beautifully decorated trees! I love the whimsical fluffy garland stamp that I used to hang the ornaments. All of these stamps are from the same collection, Ornament Pops Cling Set

For the inside I have used the, "wishing you" stamp along with the "Joy" die.

Thanks for looking and your next stop will be at the very creative DT member 

  • Stamps: Serendipity- 1324QCL Ornaments Cling Set, 1336A Wishing You
  • Dies: Serendipity: 038DD Joy Die
  • Ink: Memento- Tuxedo Black, Versa Color- Olive
  • Papers: Neenah, ep 6x6 Christmas Cheer, Bazzill
  • Other: Copics, Wink of Stella, Bow Easy, Darice ef- Patchwork, Spellbinders- A2 Matting Basics, MFT- Pierced Oval Stax, Vertical Stitched Stax, Nellies- Ovals, Circles