Archive for March, 2010

25 Cent Sale – They Won’t Last Long!

I came across a cache of stamps the other day – guppies – the kind that reproduce quickly!   So just to get them out of the way I’ve added a 25 Cent Sale category to www.serendipitystamps.com.  All of these stamps are unmounted, but many have “sticky” cushion on the back (that’s the cushion used to mount a stamp to a wood block – and it can usually be easily removed).   Limit 2 of any stamp.

DON’T HESITATE – I EXPECT THESE TO SELL OUT FAST!!!!

Now – on to postcards!   Remember, the deadline for our customer postcard challenge is April 21st.   The postcard must be flat – something the PO would deliver with a .28 cent postcard stamp.   Below is Anya Schrier’s post card.   She used 762QCL English Rose Cling Set, 330F Post Card and 1195F May The Peace of the Lord to create the beautiful vintage-look card.   And, since it has to be flat, with no do-dads attached (do you suppose do-dad has an official definition for USPS guidelines?), she stitched for her embellishment – perfect!  And notice how she set up her photo – with canning jars and a vintage plate  – little things that make her photo really nice.

English Rose Postcard -762QCL -  Anya Schrier

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Postcard Challenge

Yes – finally – we’ve got another customer challange going!   Our DT completed their Postcard Challenge last week and so I have lots of wonderful inspiration for you.    If you missed my last post, here’s the basics for the challenge.

DEADLINE:  April 21st
RULES:  Your postcard can be any size, but it must be FLAT.  No layers or do dads. 
RANDOM DRAWING:   All submissions will be entered in a random drawing to win a free cling set of your choice.

And for your enjoyment, two more postcards from the Serendipity Stamps Design Team.  The first are from Kathie Bailey, who made two beautiful “correspondence” themed postcards using our Ink Bottle Cling Set – 212QCL.  And look at Kathie’s photo stand!  

Ink Bottle Postcard - 212QCL - Kathie Bailey

Next is a pretty spring postcard from Lynda Benden.   She used the large Violets – 431L image on her postcard as well as a mask and some corner rub ons to give her’s that vintage look. 

Violets Postcard -431L -  Lynda Benden

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$1 Sale

Just a quick note to let you know that I added 25 stamps to the dollar sale – we now have over 150 stamps on the dollar sale!   The new ones are displayed at the end – sorry – you’ll have to page through them all to see.   Again – soon – very soon I’ll be updating my website so I can organize things better!

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Post Card or Postcard?

Who cares – I love them!   I looked it up and you can spell it either way – check out postcards on Wikipedia – there’s all sorts of interesting information!   I actually sat down and wrote two postcards this morning (did you know it costs only .28 to mail a postcard?).  One was to my friend Joanne, who I write to a couple times a week.  The other was to my friend Linda.   She and I spent last weekend scouring antique malls in Dallas and happened to find a little box of the cutest postcards!  This was a happy coincidence since last week was Serendipity Stamps’ Design Teams’ Postcard challenge.  

And now I’m so excited about postcards that I decided it was about time to have another customer challenge – of course, a postcard challenge! 
DEADLINE:  April 21st
RULES:  Your postcard can be any size, but it must be FLAT.  No layers or do dads. 
RANDOM DRAWING:   All submissions will be entered in a random drawing to win a free cling set of your choice. 

Want some inspiration?   Here are a couple of the postcards created by our DT for their challenge.   Watch over the next couple of days for more postcards.   We’ll start with Jennifer Woodward’s Crocus Postcard since there’s a little crocus just like this poking up in my garden right now.   Jennifer used the Crocus Cling Set – 995QCL to create her postcard.  And guess what?  It’s on sale right now for 50% off!

Crocus Postcard - 995QCL- Jennifer Woodward

Below is Amy Cokley’s postcard – well, the back of it.   I wanted you to see our Postcard – 330F in action.   The perfect thing to give your postcard that vintage feel.

Postcard - 330F - Amy Cokley

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Easter Baskets

Last year I decided to fill my daughters’ Easter baskets with practical gifts rather than candy.   So they got socks and underwear – it doesn’t get much more practical than that right?   Well it didn’t go over so well so this year may find me in the chocolate bunny aisle again.   Plus – if I don’t give them candy, who am I supposed to sneak candy from for my own sweet tooth?

Some Easter Baskets for you.   These first cards, with the basket with the plain eggs is Jeanie’s Easter Basket – 701H – named after the artist who drew it.  This same basket is in the Cling set 567QCL with a beautiful word stamp.

Jennifer Woodward
Jeanne's-Easter-Basket-701H - Jennifer Woodward

Carolyn Hurst
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Pat Connelly
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The cards below were made using Judy’s Easter Basket – 702K – again named after the artist.    The cling set for this basket is 702QCL.

Carolyn Hurst
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Kathie Bailey
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Sue Eldred
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Chicks and Wagons

Believe it or not, one of the more challenging things I have to do is come up with names for the new images our artists create.   It seems like it would be easy, maybe even fun right?   But the name has to mean something to you the stamper – say you want to google to find a stamp with a chick and a wagon.   And it has to mean something to those of us here in the shop who have to pull the stamp off the shelf, or maybe press the stamp, or cut it out, and so on.  So when I really want to call a cute little chick “Norbert” I can’t – I have to call him “Chick with Egg Wagon”.   Here are LOTS of examples of the Chick with Egg Wagon – 1092F or 1092QCL.
Maria Levine
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Carolyn Hurst
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Sue Eldred
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Holly Craft
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Kelli Richardson
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Bunny Artists

In just about 3 weeks that silly Easter Bunny will be sneaking into our refrigerator and stealing all of our beautifully dyed Easter Eggs and hiding them all over the yard.  So don’t wait too long to get your Easter Stamps!   Our Bunny Artist image – 985F, which is available in a cling set, 985QCL too – has inspired our designers to create lots of cards!   Here are some to inspire you.

This first card was made by Sue Eldred using the stamps in the cling set, 985QCL.  Below that is a horizontal version.
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The card below was created by Carolyn Hurst.  In addition to the Bunny Artist, she used Happy Easter II – 706D.

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And below you’ll find two more cards created by Carolyn Hurst who used the Three Ducks  – 981F image too.

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Easter Flowers

I haven’t seen any flowers here yet….but a couple days ago the last of the snow that fell in December melted in the garden and there was still green spinach under there!   So surely it won’t be long before some flowers start peeking out.  Until then we’ll enjoy some examples made with the Easter Flower Corner image, which can be purchased individually as 842F or in a cling set as 842QCL that includes the words you see on Anya Schrier’s pretty card below. 

This-is-the-Day--770G-Anya Schrier

Carolyn Hurst created the card below using some 3D layering with the same image.
Easter Flower Corner - 842F - Carolyn Hurst

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Red and Blue Ribbons

Congratulations to my Uncle Wilbur for winning a blue ribbon at the Pasco County (Florida) Fair!  He won it for his Guava Jelly (and also one for his Cane Syrup).  I was never a big fan of Cane Syrup (being a Yankee – as my Florida cousins used to call me) but I once had a jar of Guava Jelly that my grandmother had made and it was just about the most heavenly thing a person could taste.   If you ever have the chance to taste some, don’t pass it up!   And what does this have to do with rubber stamping?   Just scroll down past Uncle Wilbur’s ribbon and you’ll see Sue Eldred’s red ribbon!

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Sue Eldred made the card below using our new Stamp of Approval – 1205E  image.  The red “ribbon” is a party streamer – crepe paper.    And that background?  That’s a newspaper with a photo of Sue’s son – who had won student of the month!
Stamp of Approval - 1205E - Sue Eldred72

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Spring Butterflies

This card is a perfect example of taking a couple of fairly simple stamps and making something absolutely beautiful with them.  Kathie used our Cloisonne Butterfly images (cloisonne is a form of enamelware – often used on beads and other jewelry) which are great for layering and coloring.   She used stickles to “glitterize” the butterflies.  You can buy these images individually, 607D and 606D or as a set of two stamps 608G.  She also used 012G Lace Corner to create a lovely border for her card, which ties in perfectly with the lacy butterflies and the elegant die cut border of her layer. 

Cloissone-Butterfly---608G-Kathie Bailey

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