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



  1. Three amazing cards Karen, I love them all! Your frames are a great idea, and your basket of flowers looks fabulous in grey! I would never have thought to make flowers grey, but it works, beautifully!

  2. Wow! as always, awesome projects! The gray makes everything look so stunning!

  3. We're all sharing our secrets today!!!! Makes total sense that you are a floral designer - you have a great eye for color and balance. I can't believe you made three beautiful cards. I love how you broke up the rose stamp into four separate close up images on the first. The daisy basket is drop dead gorgeous, and the last is so fun with the whimsical flowers.

  4. These 3 are beautiful, Karen! You did such a wonderful job w/ all the black & white. Love the layouts and papers!

  5. These are awesome cards! I love them all! Thanks for your creativity! Joleen

  6. No wonder your cards are designed so well. Look at you … made so many gorgeous shades of gray cards. Love them all! Love the edge on the last one and the gingham bow.Gorgeous work again Karen!

  7. Great cards Karen! I especially love the first one. So unique!

  8. Gad, Karen, where to start on these elegant cards! I think most people forget the effect of black and white on cards! I really like how you layered your roses on your first card and then the stem on the inside!! Those flowers in the baske on your second are beautiful. Especially with the die cuts, DPs and ribbon you used to make it pop! Wow on your third card!! I hear you on the bell bottoms, but I love what you did with fussy cutting your flowers, like I do, and the die cut border with the beautiful die cut sentiment! The inside showing of your final full image and sentiment!! What lovely cards and keepers!