Friday, March 28, 2014


You're invited to a Tea Time Blog Hop!
 Serendipity has two new dies and we couldn't be more excited to show them off! We are introducing the Teapot and Tea Cup by sharing fun and inspiring creations from the DT with a Blog Hop. These dies are so sweet!

The Hop will run through midnight on March 30th. Leave a comment on the DT members blogs and one commenter will be chosen randomly to win a $20 gift code.
Check back Monday March 31st on Mary's Blog to see if you are that lucky winner!

 When I first saw the Teapot and Tea Cup dies I started thinking... how fun it would be to make an invitation to a tea and have an individual personalized place card holding the tea bag! And voila, this is what I came up with! I've taken the Tea Time Stamp and stamped it randomly around the border of my card. The roses and greenery were colored with Copics and a touch of Wink of Stella. Clear embossing powder was used over the whole die cut to give the look of china. 

The pouch that I made to hold the tea bag is attached to the back of the Teapot die. I used the Tea Time Stamp again on the inside of my card and on the place card tea bag holder in place of where the guest name could go!

 The You're Invited Stamp was used on the back of the card to give all the tea party details! And now you have been invited to our Tea Hop! You should have arrived here from Mary's Blog and your next stop would be the talented Marybeth Lopez!
Here is the Hop order:
Karen are here!

Remember if you comment on all blogs you have a better chance of winning, plus we all love hearing from you! Good Luck.
  • Dies: Serendipity- 1298GD Teapot Die, 1299CD Tea Cup Die
  • Stamps: Serendipity- 102C Tea Time, 380E You're Invited
  • Ink: Memento- Tuxedo Black, Versamark
  • Papers: Neenah- Solar White, Bo Bunny- Pincushion, Bazzill
  • Other: Copics, Perfect Layer Rulers, Wink of Stella, Scor-tape, Spellbinders- Labels Twenty Eight, Circles, Floral Ovals, Sizzix- Square Scallops, Bow Easy, clear ep. foam tape 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


We are now into the second half of the Stitches challenge here at Serendipity. Playing along is easy and a blog is not required! For this challenge we ask that you use a Serendipity stamp or die and some stitching. Link it up on the SSCB and you have a chance to win a $20 gift coupon! More details can be found here.

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 The DT is adding an embossed die to the challenge along with our stitching.
Lets see what all the girls have come up with!

Karen Amidon...that's me!

The Artist Bunny is getting a head start on coloring his eggs! Isn't this image adorable?

I went with soft pastel colors. The bunny was inked up with London Fog. He has been fussy cut and colored with Copics. His paw and egg were stamped again, fussy cut and raised with foam tape. The painted egg and paint splats have a touch of Wink of Stella to give them a sparkle.
I mounted the Egg Scroll Die behind the bunny. The bottom layer was colored with V20, dry embossed and then Wink of Stella added to it. The top layer was also dry embossed and then die cut. Next it was heat embossed with clear ep to give it that wonderful shine! Stitching was done on the cardstock. The beautiful sheer ribbon also has stitching on it!

For the inside I have done the same embossing technique on the Egg Scroll Die
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with FREE shipping. Shop here!

I was recently asked if I would show the Copics I used...Here they are!

Thanks for looking and I love hearing your comments!
  • Stamps: Serendipity- 985F Artist Bunny
  • Dies: Serendipity- 1254FD Egg Scroll Die
  • Ink: Memento- London Fog
  • Papers: Neenah- Solar White, Doodlebug- hello spring 6x6, Bazzill, cardstock
  • Others: Copics, Perfect Layer Rulers, Wink of Stella, MFT- Pierced Oval Stax, Grand Calibur, clear ep. foam tape, enamel dots, thread, ribbon

Thursday, March 13, 2014


It's Thursday and I thought today would be a good day to try a Mojo Monday 336 Challenge! Make sense right?... Better late than never! This is what I came up with from the sketch that was created by Debbie Carriere.

This is a first for me as I have never followed a sketch before! I usually don't have a plan, make a mess, then see what I can do to make it look right! Lol
I love the new feather dies from Impression Obsession and thought that they paired nicely with the paper from Jillibean. The circle frame is popped up with foam tape along with the feathers.

The sentiments on the card are from the True Blue Friends set also from IO.
Thanks Debbie for such a fun sketch!

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful Thursday!
  • Stamps: Impression Obsession- True Blue Friends
  • Ink: Memento- London Fog
  • Papers: Neenah- Ivory, Jillibean Soup- Happy Camper Stew, Bazzill, cardstock
  • Dies: Impression Obsession- Feathers Set, Spellbinders-Circles
  • Other: Perfect Layer Rulers, Darice- Basket Weave EF, wooden bird and enamel embellishment, silk twine

Monday, March 10, 2014

Serendipity Stamps and Perfect Paper Crafting Hop!

Welcome to the Hop! Serendipity Stamps and Perfect Paper Crafting have teamed up for an exciting Hop! There will be TWO $50 gift certificates up for grabs, one from each company. Just leave a comment on EACH designers blog and you are in the running for a chance to win! You have until Sunday March 16th at 12 PM PT to leave your comments.  Monday March 17th you can find out if you are a winner by going to PPC Blog and SS Blog.

Perfect timing to get some great deals!
Perfect Paper Crafting is offering a 5% discount on your order! Just go here and use the code, serendipity5%    
at checkout.
Serendipity Stamps has taken all the stamps and dies in the Easter Category and is giving a 20% discount on them until Wednesday March 12th! 

You should have arrived here from Dana Joys' Blog...if you got lost along the way...
Here is the Hop Order

Karen Amidon...You are here!
Miriam Napier 

Hurry spring! Isn't this a gorgeous stamp from Serendipity?
I inked up a small portion of the Zinnia image and colored it with Copics. The butterfly was stamped again and fussy cut. I've used silicone to pop the wings up. The fun "Spring" Stamp is from the Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter Set. Take a look at all those layers!! I am a BIG fan of the Perfect Layer Rulers and now they have the Perfect Layers Mini  and  Perfect Cutting Mat! These are awesome and so easy to use.

For the inside...layers, layers and more layers! One of my favorite measurements on the ruler is 1/16 inch for that nice fine border!  Easy peasy and what a difference it makes to your card! No more fussing with repositioning! 
Serendipity has sooo many wonderful sentiments in their line! I just love the script for Butterfly Kisses, beautiful!

Thanks for joining the hop and your next blog to visit is the very talented 
Miriam Napier

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Ai CHALLENGE 130- "Sheer Perfection"

It's week two for Art Impressions Challenge # 130. The only requirements are that you use vellum for Sheer Perfection! They want to "see through" our creations!

Celeste is normally sitting on a comfy couch enjoying a beverage! I chose to fussy cut her off the couch and place her on a curve and a window sill. The glass panes in the windows are vellum!

The inside sentiment is part of the Celeste Set. Now, with age, the need for lots of glasses can go 2 ways! In my case and a little play on "seeing through", I need lots of glasses...eyeglasses that is! Definitely not as much fun!

Hope that you can see clearly today and thanks for looking!

  • Stamps: Ai-Celeste Set, Comfy on the Couch (one set of eyeglasses!) 
  • Ink: Memento- Tuxedo Black, Peanut Brittle
  • Papers: Neenah-Solar White, Bo Bunny- Avenues Collection, Double Dot (backside), MME-Sunshine, clear vellum
  • Dies: Spellbinders- A2 Matting Basics, A2 Curved Borders One, Window One
  • Other: Copics, Perfect Layer Rulers, Glossy Accents, clear ep, jewels

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


A new month brings a new challenge...and hopefully some sunshine too!
For the month of March we want to see some stitching, real or faux! Play along by using a Serendipity Stamp or die, stitch and link up! Visit the SSCB here to find all the details.

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The DT was given the theme of, "I get around". Along with our stitches we were to use an image from the Vehicles category.

Need some inspiration...
Heres your links to see how the girls get around!
Miriam Napier...out this week!

Doesn't this card say,"little boy"?

I chose this awesome image of the airplane to use for a young boys birthday card. I've seen the biplane colored many different ways and thought it would be fun to use bright colors and a lot of contrast!
Birthdays are to be celebrated and what better way to say ..."It's a special day!" This sentiment is a part of the Everyday Words Set.

The cross stitch was done with a very thin needle! Using a pierced oval die made it much easier to keep it uniform!

Stamping the message on the banner flags worked great for the inside. I masked the "Birthday" and stamped just the "Happy", twice! The banner on the bottom shows the full Happy Birthday sentiment.
Enjoy your day and thanks for looking!
  • Stamps: Serendipity- 1261J Airplane, 1060D Happy Birthday Simple, 470J Everyday Words Small Vertical Set
  • Ink: Memento
  • Papers: Neenah- Ivory, MME- boy crazy, Bazzill
  • Other: Copics, Cats Eye Chalk-Chestnut Roan, MFT- Pierced Oval Stax, Spellbinders-Labels Nine, Labels Twenty-Two, Nellie's- Ovals, Sizzix- Banners, Scor-tape, Eclipse Tape, foam tape, Perfect Layer Rulers, MME- enamel dots, twine, thread, ribbon, button,

Monday, March 3, 2014

JRC #115

SPRING CHEER is the challange that is going on now at JustRite Papercraft.
 I'm cheering...come on spring! For the challenge they want to see "a cheerful spring palette". Here is what I came up with.

Greens, flowers and gingham say spring to me! I've chosen the floral image from the Grateful Heart stamp collection. Isn't this image just beautiful? I love how there is sooooo many combinations you can choose from with their products! Of course, the Vintage Labels Two dies were also a perfect match! 

On the inside I used the "flowers and sunshine" sentiment from the same collection. Very appropriate don't you think?! 
Thanks for looking and come on sunshine!
  • Stamps: JustRite-Grateful Heart
  • Ink: Memento_ Tuxedo Black
  • Papers: Neenah- solar white, Bo Bunny- Pincushion, Bazzill, cardstock
  • Dies: JustRite- Vintage Labels Two, Spellbinders- Fancy Tags, A2 Matting Basics, Nellie's- Ovals
  • Other: Copics, Darice- embossing folder, Color Box chalk- charcoal, Scor-tape, foam tape, ribbon