Thursday, March 19, 2015


Springtime brings flowers and what better way to welcome them. Impression Obsession is having a "Happy Flowers" theme challenge! Play along for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate! You can find all the details on the IO Blog

See what flowers the team used for their, "happy"!
Karen Amidon...that's me!
Kittie Caracciolo

IO has so many wonderful floral images and dies it was hard to decide!
As you can see, I ended up using several!
I inked up the Cheery Daisy Bouquet first. For my next image I used the Picnic Basket. After stamping this onto my paper, I stamped the basket again onto Eclipse tape (for masking). I cut my basket out of the tape and placed it over the stamped image. I was then able to stamp on top of the basket with my Sunny Flower Jar. When the tape is taken gives the appearance that this jar of flowers is sitting behind the basket!

I ended up stamping one more flower arrangement, the Poise Picked Jar. This has been fussy cut and popped up in front. "Have a happy Day" was die cut with one of the tags from the Mini Rectangle Tags 1 Set.

"Thoughts of You" was used for the inside of my card, love this! I also added little snippets of the Geranium Bunch, Cheery Daises and Sunny Flowers.

Thanks for looking and hope the flowers brought some happy!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


 Serendipity is celebrating Spring Fever all month long! Play along in the challenge by creating a new design using a Serendipity stamp or die along with the theme of, "Spring"! You have until March 30th to share your design for a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate to the Serendipity Store. All details can be found here on the SSCB.

~We are so happy that Mary is back~ 
She is even caught up and is having a sale this week!
FREE shipping on all US orders of $15 or more. Good through 3/25

The DT was given an extra addition to add to the challenge...we are to add a touch of gloss.

Here is what the dt came up with
Karen Dunbrook...March Guest
Karen Amidon...that's me!

I have made a very simple card using the, "Nest in Tree" stamped in Memento, Rich Cocoa. The eggs were colored with Copics and Viva Gloss Gel was added. 

Here you can see the gloss that has been added to the eggs!

I wanted to show the nest used in a different way.
I started out with stamping the Nest in Leaf Green. Prisma colors were used along with Gamsol. I then fussy cut G45's, A Time to Flourish, March papers. Silicone was placed under the petals for added dimension. 

On the inside I have used the Happy Spring stamp.

Thanks for looking and have a fabulous day!

  • Stamps: Serendipity- 222F Nest n Tree, 847C Happy Spring
  • Ink: Memento-Rich Cocoa, Wendy Vecchi-Leaf Green
  • Papers: Neenah, G45 Time to Flourish, Bo Bunny
  • Other: Copics, Prisma Pencils, Gamsol, Collall, Viva Gloss Gel, Spellbinders- Lables Four, Matting basics, foam tape, jute, twine, seam binding 

Friday, March 13, 2015


It's time to share with you the Serendipity Stamps March Release. Every month there is a blog hop to introduce NEW stamps and dies. The dt has some great designs to inspire you. Play along by leaving a comment on all the blogs for a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate. 
You can leave comments through Sunday March 15th.
The winner will be announced on Mary's Blog Monday March 16th.

Now to get on with the Hop!
You should be arriving here from 

How adorable is this little guy?! The Baby Elephant is great for a newborn, child's  birthday, or even a trip to the zoo card! Serendipity has both the Baby Girl and Boy stamp that is the perfect size to add onto a card.

The inside of my card has the New Congratulations Die.

 The design on the paper is a portion of the Beaded String BG stamp. I have added a splash of water color to it. I think that we all are loving the, "You Make me Happy" Stamp!
Your next stop on the hop

Enjoy the hop and just incase you got lost along the way here are all the Blogs on the hop!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015


It's day three, and the last day for sharing some fabulous designs made with the NEW Spring Die collection.
It's not too late to play along!! Visit all the blogs and leave a comment for a chance to win a $25 IO Gift Certificate. 
Two prizes will be awarded on Thursday. One will be for Wednesday's comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. 
All the details can be found on the Impression Obsession Blog.

All the NEW dies that you have seen, plus more, are available NOW!

Karen Amidon...that's me!
Kittie Caracciolo

From Mondays Farm Girl to yesterdays Chickens and Roosters,  now we have Egg Bunnies! This is a sweet Egg Bunny Trio that has been highlighted with Pearlescent Chalks and a little Wink! I have used the inlayed technique on the Floral Panel Cutout and Easter Joy. 

Thanks for looking and hope that you enjoyed the hop!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Welcome back for day two of the Impression Obsession Spring Designer Die Hop! 
It's a three day hop that's sharing fun and beautiful NEW dies along with some great designs!
Follow the participating blogs and leave a comment for the chance to win an Impression Obsession $25 Gift Certificate. The more blogs that you comment on...the better your chances!! You can find all the details on the IO Blog.

All the NEW dies are available NOW!

Today's hop list:
Karen Amidon...that's me!
Kittie Caracciolo

Roosters and Chickens! I'm still stuck on the farm and decided to go a little whimsy on this one, lol! The spots on the first rooster were inspired by artist, James Wiens. He's colored up with Copics and raised by running the die through three times, stacked and glued together. It's hard to see the different dimensions but the chicken wire frame has been popped up higher than the center layer. His straw is natural jute twine that has been unraveled. Adorned with a bow and a little hello.

I decided to "doodle" a little more using the same Roosters and Chickens Die Set! How cute is the Scribble Checkerboard Cover a Card for this background?!!  You are My Sunshine says it all!

Thanks for looking and for all the wonderful comments!
See you tomorrow for day three!

Monday, March 9, 2015


Impression Obsession is having a 3 day hop to share some beautiful and fun new dies along with designs to inspire you! As always, Gift Certificates will be given away too!

The hop will start each day (March9th-March11th) with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am est.
The more blogs you visit each day and comment on...the better chance you will have to win a $25 IO Gift Certificate!!

All of the new dies you"ll be seeing are available NOW!  

Karen Amidon...that's me!
Kittie Caracciolo

The Farm Girl die set was just begging to have a scene created in a box!

G45's Home Sweet Home paper collection paired perfectly with the NEW die set! 
The Leafy Branch Die was used for the tree. I have colored all the die cut pieces with a combination of Copics, inks and chalk. The  Buttons were die cut and used as layers under the chipboard pieces.

Love those ducks and rooster! The little clumps of grass from the NEW Mini Bunnies set were just the right size! 

Thanks for looking and enjoy the hop!
  • Dies: Impression Obsession-DIE279-O Farm Girl, DIE055-N Leafy Branch, DIE067-C Buttons, DIE269-N Mini Bunnies
  • Papers: G45- Home Sweet Home-Papers and chipboard, Bazzill, Neenah 110
  • Inks: Distress Inks-Shabby Shutters, Vintage Photo, Cats Eye-Creamy Brown, Chestnut Roan, Memento-Bamboo, Cantaloupe, Dandelion, Love Letter
  • Copics: E0000  B97,93,91
  • Other: Pebbles Chalk, Mini Perfect Layers, ef-Chicken Wire,

Thursday, March 5, 2015



March is here, it's Thursday and Impression Obsession has a new challenge,"Think Spring"!
Join in and play along with us for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate! To get all the details you can go here to the IO Blog.

Let's see how the DT is "Thinking Spring"!
Karen Amidon...that's me!
Kittie Caracciolo
The background was created using the Small Butterfly Trio. They were stamped with Distress Ink onto a painted background I made. I have chosen the, "Like the Sun" stamp that was designed by Kalani Allred for my sentiment. The Gumdrop embellishment is from Tim Holtz and has been colored with one drop of alcohol ink!

The Fancy Butterfly Die was used on the inside.


I loved playing in the rain and splashing water while Puddle Jumping. This is another fabulous silhouette from Dina Kowal. I have stamped the image onto vellum with Wendy Vecchi's new Archival Ink in Sky Blue. It was then heat embossed with her matching embossing powder. IRL the blues really do match! The daisy is a NEW die from the Large Spiral Flowers. These flowers are fun to make and go with the smaller Spiral Flowers.


A sweet card to send to someone to let them know that they are your Sunshine!

Thanks for looking!   
Card one
Card Two

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Top o' the 'mornin' to ya! 
A new month always brings a new challenge. Spring is in the air...or at least it is here at the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog! Join in for a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate. All the details for playing along can be found on the SSCB.

A big welcome to our March guest designer, Karen Dunbrook. WOW! Check out her blog,, you are in for such a treat!

Spring means green and so does St Patty's Day! The design team was asked to create a design with St Patty's.
Take a look 
Karen Amidon...that's me!

 I have an easy St. Patty's Day card to share with you. It was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed. I love the little shamrock that is at the tip of the,"Y"! I've embellished the card with a few stamps, sequins and a Tim Holtz Gumdrop!

Thanks for looking!
  • Stamps: Serendipity-1293E Happy St Patty's Day
  • Papers: Neenah,Authentique-Lucky, Bazzill
  • Ink: Versamark, Alcohol Ink
  • Other: Tim Holtz- Gumdrops, Spellbinders-sequins,