Thursday, February 18, 2016



Welcome to a new IO challenge-Happy Birthday 
Play along and enter for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate. Use all IO dies/stamps and link up! You can find all the guidelines on the IO Blog.

Here is some inspiration from the DT
 Anna Wight 

Last week at Impressive Ideas we had the pleasure of Melinda Doster sharing her techniques for creating backgrounds with PanPastels. WOW, what talent! She is so engaging, funny and her designs are beautiful! What a treat, thank you Mitra and Melinda! 

I made the background using the Cover-a-Card Broken Link. It was stamped with Versamark and the PanPastels were rubbed over it. 
The silhouette stamp from Dina is Girl Swing and happy day is from Valentine Brush Words.

On the inside, Happy Birthday is from the cling set of Everyday Words.

Thanks for looking and have a happy day!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016



It's time for Serendipity's monthly blog hop.
Visit the Serendipity's Design Team blog and leave comments along the way.
One lucky winner will be chosen at random from the blogs to receive a $20 gift certificate. You can leave comments through February 21. Mary will announce a winner on her blog Monday February 22.

Remember we are at the half way mark for the "Anything Goes" challenge. Play along using Serendipity stamps or dies for a chance to win a $20 Serendipity gift certificate. All the details can be found on the SSCB.

You should be arriving here from

They say an elephant never forgets... a good friend never forgets either!
The Baby Elephant image was stamped in the front first. I then masked it and stamped the other two that are in the bg. The frame was made with the Beaded Strings BG stamp and PanPastels. I'd never forget you is new this month.

Your next stop on the hop will be

Here is the full list of the hop
Mary's Blog
The special for the hop is 40% OFF the highest priced item in the cart
Good Wed-Sunday 2/17

Stamp of the month
50% OFF
Thanks for looking and enjoy the hop!

Thursday, February 4, 2016



The theme this week is Forever Friends!
Join the IO Team and play along in our challenge to win a $25 Impression Gift Certificate. Just use IO stamps or dies, create and link up! You don't have to have a blog to play! 
We love seeing all of your designs...they inspire us too!
More challenge info can be found here on the IO Blog.

Memories of childhood friends..Friends Forever!
Dina Kowal has such a talent for capturing the moment with her wonderful silhouettes!
Twirling is one of my many new favorites!
I added the pink ribbon and bows using the Gown die. 
The friends script is from the clear set of Love Lines.

The friend sentiment used here is from the True Blue Friend 
set. The stamp actually stamps a clean image! I wanted a soft grey colored ink and it bled a little, oops!

Distress inks were used on the solid bottom layer of the Fancy Butterfly die cut. I love the intricate design of this die and it cuts beautifully.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, February 1, 2016


It's time again for a new monthly challenge at Serendipity Stamps.
We have changed things up a bit. On the first of each month we will start a new theme for the monthly challenge. At the half way point the DT will be showing more samples as well as celebrating with a monthly blog hop!
This gives a second chance to win a $20 SS gift certificate!!

Join in and play along, it's easy!
Design with the monthly theme of Anything Goes using Serendipity stamps or dies and link don't have to have a blog to play!
New to our challenges? You can find all the details here on the SSCB.

Want to go shopping?
The Tandem Bicycle is 50% Off for the month of February

 I have made a fun and easy cover for a note pad decorating it with the stamp of the month!
The Tandem Bike was stamped and colored with Copics. I stamped the front tire and basket again, colored them and then fussy cut. I curved the tire and basket with a ball stylus and used silicone to hold and keep the shape. These two pieces were then glued over the same part of the stamped image.
The balloons were die cut from the new Party Balloons die which also have silicone for dimension. 

A bike isn't complete without colorful streamers, right? These were made with embroidery thread. A little dusting of Wink of Stella and some shiny gloss dresses up this girlie bike!

For the inside I found this sweet note pad that measures 3.5in x 7.5in. I added a tear off calander and a side pocket.

This is super easy to make!
For this one I made a ribbon tie closer. A magnet with a decorative die cut works great too!

Ribbon closer measurements: Base 9 1/4" x 8"
Score at: 1/2, 4 3/8, 4 7/8, 8 3/4
Fold on all score lines-bump side in!
 Cut a slit for your ribbon on the 1/2" tab scoreline that is on either side. Thread ribbon through slit. Tape or glue down ribbon under this tab to secure. (Make sure that the ribbon is not longer than the folded tab!) The whole tab can be taped flat now. 
I have used a heavy weight paper and reinforced the spine and sides by adding extra layers. 

Time to decorate...have fun!

The Serendipity guest designer for the month of February is the fabulous, Darnell Knauss from djkardkreations!

Be sure to check out her blog along with the rest of the Serendipity Stamps DT

Thanks for looking and see you Feburary 17th for our Blog Hop and Anything Goes!