Friday, April 25, 2014


Serendipity is having another Blog Hop to share with you some wonderful new stamps! Play along by commenting on Mary's Blog and ALL the DT members for a chance to win! You have until midnight Sunday 4/27 to leave a comment. One lucky participant will be chosen for a $20 gift code to be used at the Serendipity Store. The winner will be announced on Mary's Blog Monday 4/28.

I'm the caboose of the hop this time, you should have arrived here from 

Isn't this stamp a beauty! With mother's day right around the corner this is an easy way to make a her a fabulous card! No coloring, just the wonderful script of, "Happy Mother's Day", a few die cuts, pretty papers and trim!

Love, love, love the Wildflowers and Mason Jar! I stayed with the mother's day theme by adding the "Mom", but oh the possibilities with these stamps has me so excited! I stamped the floral image onto Copic paper. The jars are inked on vellum. The jar image has just enough shading to where I was able to dab glue just in the right spots without it showing! A few flowers were fussy cut and I added some extra leaves at the opening of the jar.

Here are the Copics I used for the Wildflowers.

The sweet watering can is " Flowers and Ferns". I've used another gorgeous stamp saying, "Happy Mother's Day"!

These are the Copics for Flowers and Ferns.

Karen are here!
Remember to leave some love on All the blogs to be in the hop for a chance to win the prize!

Card 1
  • Stamps: Serendipity-1303E Happy Mother's Day Stitched 
  • Papers: Neenah, MME Quilting Bee, Bazzill
  • Other: Copic- BG70, MFT-Blueprints Fourteen and One dies,Spellbinders- Labels Thirty-Four Nesties and Decorative, Labels Three, Perfect Layer Minis, foam tape, Maya Road- Vintage Paper Roses, pearls, silk ribbon, twine
Card 2
  • Stamps: Serendipity-1307D Mason Jar, 1306F Wildflowers, 825A Mom small
  • Papers: Neenah, Bo Bunny- The Avenues, Bazzill, Vellum, SU
  • Other: Copics, MFT-Blueprints Fourteen, IO-Mini Rectangle Tags, button, ruffle trim, foam tape, twine
Card 3

  • Stamps: Serendipity- 007G Flowers and Ferns, 089D Happy Mother's Day
  • Papers: Neenah, Authentique- Flourish, Bazzill
  • Other: Copics, Spellbinders- A2 matting basics, Labels Twenty-Eight, MFT- Pierced Oval Stax, Four Corners, embossing folder, foam tape, silk ribbon, ruffle ribbon, button


Monday, April 21, 2014


 It's another Ai day!

Love the new 2014 Girlfriends release. It's week two for Art Impressions Challenge 133 and I've used one of the new sets for my entry. The requirement is to have two or more friends on your creation. 

These two must be really good friends to be sharing such a good laugh! The beach scene was created with die cuts, sand and lots of layers! The ladies were colored with Copics and then fussy cut. 

Not only are the girls a hoot but the sayings that come with this set are great too! To see all the new Girlfriends you can visit them here!

Here are the Copics I used. 

Hope you laughed today and thanks for taking time to look!

  • Stamps: Art Impressions- Girlfriends Laughing Set
  • Ink: Memento-Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink- Antique Linen
  • Paper: Neenah- solar White, ep- Summertime Bliss, Bazzill
  • Dies: MFT- Blueprints 14, Impression Obsession- Pail, Shell Set, Ocean Border, Sun and Moon, Square Shaker Frame
  • Other: Copics, Perfect Layer Minis, sand, foam tape, resin charms, twine 

Friday, April 18, 2014


Quick post with some COLOR! Doesn't this say, spring? The floral basket is from Serendipity Stamps. Flowers were colored with Copics and Wink of Stella was added to the bow on the basket.

The inside sentiment was stamped with Serendipity's, "Happy Spring". I've used floral die cuts from IO to embellish.

Thanks for looking and Happy Easter!

  • Stamps: Serendipity- 1002K Large Spring Basket, 847C Happy Spring 
  • Dies: MFT-Die-namics- BluePrints 1, Stitched Circle Stax, Pierced Oval Stax, Spellbinders-A2 Matting Basics, Impressions Obsessions- Layered Floral Set
  • Papers: Neenah- Solar White, Lawn Fawn-Hello Sunshine-Dawn, Bazzill, American Crafts-Color Crush
  • Other: Copics, Wink of Stella, ribbon

Thursday, April 17, 2014


I love the new Die-namics Lily from MFT! Lilies are a favorite of mine, (all flowers are my favorite!) and come in an array of so many beautiful color combinations. This reminds me of daylilies that are seen in the summertime.

For the foliage I die cut a few extra of the flower stems and trimmed their tips to a point. Everything was colored with Copics.

The petals of the lily have been curved using a ball stylus and popped up with foam tape.

Here are the Copics I used.

Thanks so much for looking!
  • Stamps: none!
  • Dies: MFT-Die-namics Lily, BluePrints 14, Spellbinders- A2 Matting Basics A and B, Labels Twenty-Nine
  • Ink: Memento- Tuxedo Black, Tangelo 
  • Papers: Neenah- Solar White, MME- Quilting Bee, Bazzill
  • Other: Copics, Perfect layer Minis, Scor-tape, Bow Easy, foam tape, ribbon, twine, dots

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Welcome to the second half of the SS monthly challenge. Create a project using a Serendipity Stamp or die, shades of gray and play along with us! All skill levels are welcome! A $20 gift certificate is up for grabs for one lucky winner who's name will be chosen randomly. Details can be found on the SSCB here!

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If you have been following or playing with us then you know that the DT is given a little extra challenge in addition to using the monthly theme of "Shades of Gray". We were given, "Love is in the Air"! 

Here are the links to see what all the girls came up with:



 What a wonderful way to say "love is in the air" by using the Bird with Hearts Stamp and Love You sentiment! 
The image was stamped onto the heart shape which was made using the Heart Solid Die. I added a few extra gray hearts that I stamped and fussy cut. 

On the inside of my card I have repeated the same fussy cut hearts that were stamped from the Bird with Hearts image. This would make a fun Valentines card...but, I decided to go with a different theme and use the beautiful Happy Anniversary Stamp!

Thanks for looking!
  • Stamps: Serendipity- 176E Bird with Hearts, 623B Love You small, 376D Happy Anniversary
  • Dies: Serendipity- 1253EOD Heart Solid Die
  • Ink: Versafine- Onyx Black 
  • Papers: Neenah- Solar White, Bo Bunny- Head Over Heels, Bazzill
  • Other: Memento- Dual Marker, MFT- Die-namics- BluePrints 1 and 2, Stitched Circles, IO- Mini Rectangle Tags, Spellbinders- A2 Matting Basics, Nellie's Circles, Scor-tape, foam tape, dots, silk ribbon

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Another Fabulous Challenge from Art Impressions!

The challenge is to think pink, add some bling and "get girly"! To see all the other fun entries you can go HERE to the Ai Challenge Blog.

 This little gem of a girl is so special! So special that she needs a crown just like the rest of us girls, and NOT from the dentist, right? I just love her! 
Loaded with bling, dusted with sparkles and dressed in pink!
She is one of the new stamps from the "Ai People" collection. You can find her in stores now and soon to be released on the website HERE.

Fabulous, indeed! I thought this paired perfectly with her for the inside of the card.

These are the Copics I used.

Thanks for looking and love hearing from you!
  • Stamps: Art Impressions- Crown People, F3563 Fabulous
  • Ink: Memento- Tuxedo Black, Color Box Chalk- Creamy Brown
  • Papers: Neenah- Solar White, MME- Indie Chic- Saffron, Bazzill-Taffy
  • Dies: Die-namics-BluePrints 1, Sizzix- Banners, Nellie's Ovals
  • Other: Copics, Wink of Stella, Perfect Layer Minis, Glossy Accents, enamel dots, rhinestones, sheer ribbon, twine

Thursday, April 3, 2014


March 30-April 5 Anything Goes (wk 5) challenge

Woofers & Tweeters!
This set is so cute! Paper Smooches has such fun stamps and coordinating dies. I am entering my dog Spot in the "Anything Goes" Challenge.

I stamped the image twice and fussy cut Spot. I also fussy cut the eye and popped it up with foam tape. The coloring has been done with Copics and Glossy Accents added for shine.

 The dog tag sentiment, "i dig you" is also in the stamp set. I found these great papers from Bo Bunny that goes perfect with these "Woofers"!

This is my little guy Digger! His mouth, nose and eyes have been fussy cut and raised with foam tape. Don't you just love those eyes? 

Thanks for looking!

  • Stamps: Paper Smooches- Woofers and Tweeters, Inky Antics- Puppy and Kitty Love
  • Dies: Woofers Extras, Memory Box- Simple Buckles, Impression Obsession- mini Rectangle Tags, Spellbinders- Circles, labels twenty-eight, Reverse Wonky Rectangles
  • Papers: Neenah-Solar White, Bo Bunny- Happy Trails, Bazzill
  • Other: Copics, Vivia Pearl Pen- black, Perfect Layer Rulers, Glossy Accents, foam tape, enamel dots, ribbon, twine

Wednesday, April 2, 2014



April is here and it's time for a new challenge at Serendipity. We are not fooling when we say that we want to see "shades of gray"...what? Back up! It's finally spring and now we are asking for black, white and grays...yep! 

Play along with us in the "shady gray" challenge! Any theme will work. The only rules are that we ask you to use a Serendipity Stamp or die and shades of gray. You have the whole month of April to enter your design. One lucky winner will be chosen randomly for a $20 gift code to be used at the Serendipity Store. Details can be found here on SSCB.

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The twist that the DT was given for this challenge was, "pick a stamp or die that represents some element of our life and explain our choice". Yikes!
 I have been a floral designer for over 35 years and since flowers have been such a huge part of my life...I'm going with FLOWERS!

Serendipity has so many beautiful floral images it was hard to choose, so I made three cards! The Rose stamp was used on my first card. I spilt the image into four parts, framing each section. Wink of Stella was brushed over the shaded areas which gives it a twinkle. I've embellished the frames with die cuts, lucite flowers, crystals and silk ribbon.

The fourth framed image from the Rose was used on the inside.

The sweet Daisy Basket was colored with Copics using the cool tones of gray. 

I stamped the image twice. Fussy cut several of the daisies and popped them up with foam tape. A black Viva Pearl Pen was used to dot the flower centers.

Memories of the 70's!
This card was inspired by a favorite pair of hiphugger bellbottoms with HUGE daisies all over them! I'll spare you the photo!
The flowers were stamped and cut from the Sun Garden image. The "shades of gray" on the daisies were colored with Copics. Dots of Glossy Accents were used to highlight the centers. With my theme being flowers, I used the" Flowers" stamp on the front!

Ahhh! Finally the last picture and the inside of my card! I'm showing more of the image from the fun design of the Sun Garden Stamp. I thought the "Hi there" was the perfect saying in giving you a glimpse into an element of my life! 

Ready to see what the other DT members came up with? Here are your links:
Karen Amidon...that's me!
Thanks for looking. Peace, Love, and Flower Power!
Card 1

  • Stamps: Serendipity- 281L Rose
  • Ink: Memento- Tuxedo Black
  • Papers: Neenah- Solar White, Lawn Fawn- hello sunshine, Bazzill
  • Other: Copics, Spellbinders- squares, MFT- Die-namics- Four Corners, Perfect Layer Rulers, Wink of Stella-clear, foam tape, score-tape, Maya Road- Sparkle Flowers, crystals, silk ribbon
Card 2
  • Stamps: Serendipity- 604E Daisy Basket small
  • Ink: Memento- Tuxedo Black
  • Papers: Neenah- Solar White, Lawn Fawn- hello sunshine, Bazzill
  • Other:Copics, Viva Pearl Pen- black, MFT Die-namics Stitched Circle Stax, Four Corners, Spellbinders- Scalloped Circles, Scor-tape, foam tape, pearl dots, ribbon, twine
Card 3
  • Stamps: Serendipity- 1281K Sun Garden, 581K Flower, Leaves, Family, Friends Set, 620B Hi There- Large
  • Ink: Memento- Tuxedo Black, Verssfine- Onyx Black
  • Papers: Neenah- Solar White, Lawn Fawn- hello sunshine, Bazzill
  • Other: Copics, Spellbinders- A2 Curved Borders, Nellies- Ovals, Cuttlebug- embossing folder, Bow Easy, Wink of Stella-clear, Glossy Accents, silk, seam binding, silk, twine