Thursday, April 16, 2015


Welcome to a new Impression Obsession Challenge, "School Spirit". To enter use IO stamps and/or dies and show school colors, graduation, etc.  By playing along you will have the chance to win a $25 IO Gift Certificate. 
All the guidelines can be found here on the IO Blog.

Wanna get inspired? 
Here's a look at the IODT Spirit! 

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

It's getting close to graduation time and I love having cards pre made for the occasion. I thought the stamp, Smallest Step, would work great for a college grad! 
The background was designed using the Gelli Plate and lots of colors. I used the Ocean Border die for the curves along the edge.

 Dina's silhouette stamp, Runningwas colored with Distress Markers for the inside of my card. "Congratulations", says it all to the new grad! 

Thanks for looking
  • Stamps: Impression Obsession-E17013 Smallest Step, CL307 All Occasion II, D13333 Running
  • Dies: IO-DIE101-D Ocean Border
  • Papers: Neenah 110, Bazzill- Rain, Penny Black 6x6 Painted Blooms, HW vellum
  • Other: Gelli Plate, Golden Open Acrylics, Dina Wakley Acrylics, Distress Markers-Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Cracked Pistachio, Ripe Persimmon

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

SCB #42 Monograms and Verses~2

It's mid month which means time for the Serendipity DT to share more of their designs to inspire you! The challenge for the month is to create something using Serendipity stamps and or dies along with verse or monograms. Play along for the chance to win a Serendipity $20 Gift Certificate. For more details you can go to the SSCB.

Karen Amidon...that's me!

 Clipping the die cuts are and easy way to create monograms. I have chosen the Hello and Baby die. I love the font of the H and B. The card has been embellished with stamped flower blossoms that looked like the dp! The orange and yellow flower are from the Summer Flower Pop Cling Set. The pink flower is the center of the daffodil from the new Spring Flower Pops. The Flower Corner and the Flowers and Ferns stamp were used for the greenery.

For the inside I have used the the full stamped image of the Flower Corner.

The stamp of the month is the Jar's 50% OFF until the end of the month.
Also 50% OFF select Wood Mounted Stamps

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Simon Says Wednesday Challenge is, you got it, April Showers!
They say, "April showers bring May flowers"...where I live we are definitely experiencing the showers so our May should be beautiful!

  My card that I am entering in the challenge was made using the Memory Box Splashing Puddles die. It just so happens that Simon Says is showcasing Memory Box Products this week! You can check out Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog and see all the wonderful challenge entries.

These little guys from Penny Black look "toadily happy" splashing in the puddles.
Thanks for looking
  • Stamps: Penny Black- Toadily
  • Dies: Memory Box-Splashing Puddles, MFT-Stitched Circles
  • Papers: Neenah 110, Lawn Fawn-Beachside, echo park-Carrots
  • Other: Prismacolors, Gamsol, Stick-It

Friday, April 10, 2015


The April release is here and Serendipity Stamps is having their monthly blog hop to share them with you. There are fun new stamps and dies ready for shipping from the online store now!
Play along by leaving a comment on the design team blogs for a chance to win a $20 Serendipity Gift Certificate. The more blogs you comment on the better your chances are! You can leave comments through 4/12...the winner will be announced on Mary's blog, Monday 4/13.

Don't forget the stamp of the month is 50% OFF! This month it's the Jar Label. Mary is also running a sale~ Buy 3, Get a 4th FREE! Good Friday through Sunday 4/10 ~ 4/12.

You should be arriving here from the incredibly talented

 The Bloom die is so playful. I love the little flowers that make the o's and the leaf tips on the letters. The die was run though on the floral paper. I  ran the die again with black and then white paper. The letters were then inlayed back into the negative space.

 The flowers were stamped and fussy cut. I used the matching Flower Pops Die Set to make the white borders around the flowers. 
Buy the stamp and die set together here and save!

The background was created by using Tim Holt tissue paper, distress inks, paints and Gesso. Perfect for the NEW Create die!

Your next stop on the hop is

To see the full blog hop you can go here to the SSCB!
Thanks for hopping!

Sunday, April 5, 2015


 This is the second week for AI "Spring Colors" challenge. I love playing along in their challenges and this one using bright and vibrant colors is perfect for sharing the Elephant Set that I've have inked up and colored! 

Isn't she a beauty and oh so color coordinated! Her dress was paper pieced and I have dotted the center of each flower with Viva Gloss Gel. Love that bumpy texture! Lotsa popped up layers and embellies on this gal! The inside reads, "it's okay...i'd be jealous too".

 I have made a set of three cards, matching envies and a desk top box holder.
Ladies, Laughs and Layers!

Edna and I go way back...I just adore her and have used her many times! Can't you taste the chocolate bonbons and feel any stress just evaporate along with those bubbles? Lol! On the inside she reads, "At our age we can be anything we choose to be...we choose fabulous!"

Huge fan of wobbles so needless to say, yay for the "Shake your Booty" line of stamps! The Dancer Set was used here for my third card. I bet you can guess what the inside does, yep, she shakes her...skirt! So fun!

Doesn't this make a great gift!
Thanks for looking

  • Stamps: Art Impressions-Elephant Set 4191, Edna Soaking P1760, Dancer Set 4308, Lounger Set (saying) 4473
  • Dies: Impression Obsession-DIE017V Border Duo 1, MFT-Pierced Oval Stax, Mama Elephant-Sew Fancy, Nellie's-Ovals
  • Papers: Neenah 110, Doodlebug-Rainbow Ribbons, Springtime Trimmings, Sweet swiss Dots, Pretty Plaid, Garden Trellis, Sweetheart Bouquet, Bazzill, Bo Bunny
  • Other: Copics, Wink of Stella, Wobbles, Viva Gloss Gel, embellishments 

Thursday, April 2, 2015


 Impression Obsession's challenge is, "You did it"! 
Play along by sharing your design using IO stamps or dies. you can find all the guidelines on the IO Blog.

Here is the IODT to help inspire you!
I decided to go with a graduation theme for, "You did it"!
Where I live we have two main college colors...
Red and Black ~ Old Gold and White

You won't see any Yellow Jackets flying around here but, you might hear the sound of a Bulldog barking! 
College graduation is such a wonderful, exciting time! I have chosen to use Dina Kowals, "Live As Though Life Was Created For You"! This is from her Maya Cling Collection that has been so popular.
Three other words of praise from the More Basic Greetings set were stamped and die cut with the Mini Rectangle Tags. I've used Silly String to attach these tags onto the Tied Line Die.
Thanks for looking, go dawgs!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


It's April's fools day but, I promise that we are not fooling when we say that we want you to join in and play along in the Serendipity Stamps April challenge! For the whole month of April we are creating designs with "Monograms and Verses". Get creative...snip letters off a die or use letters from a verse. We can't wait to see what you will come up with!
For more information on playing you can go to the SSCB.

Mary has decided to have a "stamp of the month". Each month there will be a different stamp that she will be offering at 50% OFF! This month Mary has chosen a great stamp that fits nicely with spring and gardening! Can you guess which one it might be? It's the Jar Label, which can be seen here!

Need some's what the dt has made!
Karen Amidon...that's me!

The flowers that i've colored are from the April NEW stamp and die release! I love designing with the Spring Flower Pops Cling Set, it's great having the matching dies too! The verse that I have added is,"All Shall Be Well".  My monogramed letter is "S" and was cut off of the Sweet Die.

Here's another way to use a letter from a stamp. I have masked the letters around the "K" for a monogram. This letter came from "Be Kind", as you can see here!

Thanks for looking!