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

Friday, November 7, 2014

Ready, Set, Shake!

I'm sharing with you today one of Art Impressions new Shakers, the Snowman! I admit, I love snowmen and this guy steals my heart!

Love that smile! 

His arm full of presents shake! I think cards with movement are so much fun so, I am a big fan of Action Wobbles!
The small snowflakes are from the center of the "Snow" die cut from Serendipity.

So true, "Some People Are Worth Melting For"! This stamp is from Impression Obsession's Frozen Collection which has so many "warm your heart" sayings!

Have a great weekend and thanks for looking!
  • Stamps: Art Impressions- 4514 Snowman Shaker, Impression Obsession-CL551 Frozen Collection
  • Ink: Memento- Tuxedo Black, Versafine- Imperial Purple
  • Dies: Serendipity Stamps: 039DD Snow, Spellbinders-A2 Matting Basics, MFT-Pierced Oval Stax, Lawn Fawn- Stitched Hillside Border, Forest Border
  • Papers: Neenah, doodlebug-6x6 Frosty and Friends, Bazzill, metallic card stock 
  • Other: Copics, Action Wobble, Mini Perfect Layers, Memento Dual Marker, Wink of Stella-clear, Stickles-Rock Candy

Thursday, November 6, 2014


It's Thursday which means time for a new Impression Obsession Challenge! Get ready for the holidays and share with us your Thanksgiving Wishes! As always, a $25 Gift Certificate to the IO Online Store is up for grabs! It's easy to play along, just use your IO stamps or dies and enter! All the guidelines can be found on the IO Blog here.

Here are your links to the Thanksgiving Wishes!

Karen Amidon...that's me!

Today I am sharing with you two projects both using the same Thanksgiving sentiment, "A Special Time". The first one is a card made using  Leaves Die Set. These dies cut beautifully and the veins in the leaves are so detailed. The coloring on the leaves was created by using distress inks. I broke down the fibers in the paper by using a ball stylus, this also gave the leaves their shape. 

My second Thanksgiving Wish was created using a burlap panel. I have embellished the sentiment with several different die cuts. The leaves are from the Oak Leaves and Rake set. The branches were cut from the Reading Tree. The sweet pumpkins and apple are from the, "Pumpkin Patch" and "Bushel of Apples" die sets. The background has been airbrushed with a Copic marker the color of pumpkin pie, yum!

Thank you for taking time to look!

1st Card



Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Thankful is the theme for the month of November. Serendipity invites you to play along in their challenge. Show us one of your creations using Serendipity stamps and or dies, it's that easy! There is a $20 Gift certificate to the Serendipity Store for one lucky winner that will be chosen randomly.  New to challenges? You can find all the details on the SSCB HERE

A big welcome to our November guest designer, Lisa Minckler! Take a minute to check out her fun blog, "You Made Me Ink"!

Here's the links to see what the DT has made
Karen Amidon are here!

I love this time of the year! The Autumn Wreath reminds me of the harvest and the beginning of a new season. Our family gathers together all year long but the holidays are always a special time to be with each other. 
This stamp is beautifully detailed. The grapevine and leaves give this wreath a natural feel, yet it is very elegant. The rich colors of the wreath come from being colored with Copics. To get the crisp white border, I airbrushed around the image leaving the die in place.

Designing the inside of a card is as much fun to me as the front! Isn't this script gorgeous?  I masked off the word, "Be" on the, "Be Thankful" stamp. The cornicoupia has been fussy cut from the, "Novemberstamp. Serendipity has a wonderful stamp set of all the months which can be seen here!

Anything in the Autumn or Thanksgiving Category is 20% this week!
Perfect time to get those things from your November wish list!

Thanks for looking and remember there will be a blog hop here Friday November 14th!

  • Stamps: Serendipity- 928QCL Small Autumn Wreath Cling Set, 397E Be Thankful, 595F November
  • Ink: Memento, memento Luxe
  • Papers: Neenah 110, G45 Raining Cats and Dogs-Pitter Patter, Carta Bella- 6x6 a perfect Autumn, Bazzill
  • Other: Copics, Darice ef- Fall Leaf BG, Perfect Mini Layers, MFT- Pierced Oval Stax, Vertical Stitched Stax, Spellbinders- Labels 22, Decorative Labels 22, Labels 34, Scalloped Circles, May Arts ribbon