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Blog Hop Winner! May #1

Congratulations to blog hop winner Mary Holshouser!   You won our random drawing for a a $20 gift certificate to use at www.serendipitystamps.com.   Email me at serendipity@serendipitystamps.com to find out how to claim your prize.

It’s spring – and yes, that means flowers, but it also means BABIES!   They’re popping up everywhere (my husband gently transferred a nest of baby wrens from our campers’ battery case to another spot last night – the wrens were NOT happy about this and let their displeasure be known loud and clear, but mama found her babies and settled in fine).  So I thought I’d share a couple of cards for babies.  Above you see our Baby Booties dies.  Below you see our Tulip Vase stamp and our Baby die (who says baby cards need to be pastel?)

And remember, our 50% off stamp of the month is actually 4 stamps!   Our Simple Flowers Cling Stamp set used by Carol below on a birthday card that would also serve well and a simple baby announcement if you used our New Addition stamp instead of the Happy Birthday.

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Baby, Baby, Baby

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All orders from the United States totalling $10 or more get free shipping through 4/10.

ENTER YOUR BABY PROJECT!

Our current Serendipity Stamps Challenge is “Oh Baby!”   Submit a “baby” design that includes at least one Serendipity Stamps image and you could win $20 off your next order.   Don’t be shy!   We want to see what you’re doing with Serendipity’s Stamps!

One of my daughters is graduating from high school this year.  We spent last night watching old home videos to transfer to a DVD to play at her party.  Oh what fun!   I have 3 girls – each looks and acts completely different from the other.  This little card above, created by SSDT member Cathy Weber is so cute! (Calico Background and Quilted Hearts)  I still have a box of my favorite little outfits from my girls and I’m betting there’s one in there that looks much like this!

How many of you watch PBS’ “Call The Midwife?”   –  Lord they loved their “prams”!   All those babies lined up in a row in their carriages just catching some air.   Jenny Gropp used our Baby Carriage in blue in her gorgeous card below.

 

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Free Shipping – Oh Baby!

All US orders of $10 or more receive free shipping through April 10th!

This adorable card was created by Jeanne Jachna for our new Serendipity Stamps Challenge.  She used our Teddy Bear , Baby Boy, Baby Blocks and Snips and Snails rubber stamps.

Visit the Challenge Blog today and check out the rest of the inspirational creations from the SS Design Team.   Then get busy with your own baby card and enter it in our challenge by April 14th.   You could win $20 off your next Serendipity Stamps order!

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Free Shipping – Last Day!

Today, Wednesday 2/13, is the last day to get free shipping at www.serendipitystamps.com!

Have you entered our current blog challenge?    All you have to do is create a project using a scoring tool – and you could win a Scor-Pal board!   Scor-Pal has tons of fun projects on their website – some super easy – some more complicated – take your pick!   Just be sure your project includes a Serendipity Stamps image.   This adorable BABY box was created by Design Team Alumni Jennifer Woodward using letters from our Floral Alphabet.   Jump over to our challenge blog to see lots of fun inspirational designs!

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Quilted Baby Card Tutorial

Here is another great tutorial from Anya Schrier.    In this one she shows us how to create a background of quilted fabric for a beautiful baby card.  Anya created this a few months ago for the Serendipity Stamps Design Team Baby Card Challenge.

Quilted Baby Card Tutorial

Materials:

 Serendipity Stamps:

  • Baby Carriage (633G)
  • A New Addition (775D)

Cardstock (all measurements are in inches):

Cream: 3 ½ by 4 ½, additional for images

 Other:

  • Fabric (2 pieces, 4 ½ by 5 ½ inches each)
  • Quilt Batting
  • Coloring Medium
  • Embellishments

Step 1: Gather your materials.  You could easily adjust the measurements for any sized card.

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 Step 2: Sandwich the cardstock between the two pieces of fabric and stitch along three sides.  Stuff the quilt batting into the open side. 

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Step 3: Stitch up the fourth side.  Using a fabric marker or pins, mark where you want to stitch the quilted pattern.  I wanted to stitch a diagonal pattern, so I marked the centers of each of my sides with straight pins.

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Step 4: Begin stitching your pattern, starting with opposite corners (top left to bottom right, etc.).  This creates a big ‘X’ design.

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Step 5: Complete the stitching.  I created the diamond quilted pattern by stitching from the center of each side to the center of the adjacent side.

 Step 6. Use pinking shears to trim the excess material from the outer edges.  Because you have stitched a piece of cardstock inside your ‘quilt’ it will help to keep the fabric flat and adhere easily to your card front. Use a strong adhesive to adhere the fabric to your card front (I used Scor-Tape).

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Step 7: Color the Baby Carriage image, trim and adhere to card.  Stamp the sentiment and adhere to card.  Accent with a stick pin and baker’s twine.

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Take a minute to visit Anya’s Blog.   You’ll find it VERY interesting!  Be sure to go to the home page and scroll down to see her photos!

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Customer Postcard Challenge

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Congratulations to Velta Wesson!   You won the random drawing from our Customer Postcard Challenge!   Velta gets a free QCL sized cling set of her choice.   Thanks for entering Velta and here’s the pretty postcard you sent.   She used our cling set 712QCL – Adirondak Chair.   You can check out Velta’s blog at http://www.impressionsbyv.blogspot.com/

 Watch for my next post to see what our next Customer Challenge will be.  

Adirondak Chair Postcard - 712QCL - Velta Wesson

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Let Sleeping Bunnies Be

We have a bit of a twisted history with the Easter Bunny in our family.   My husband is a hunter – and bunnies are sometimes on his list of prey (but usually only as a last resort – if he just can’t find anything else to shoot, squirrels fall into a similar category).   ANYWAY – as the girls run around the yard hunting eggs, my husband yells threats that he’ll shoot that Easter Bunny for hiding all of the eggs we worked so hard dying!   But no one, not even my husband, would shoot a bunny as adorable as this little guy.   The Sleeping Bunny Cling Set – 983QCL includes a lovely Laura Ingalls Wilder quote.   Or you can get the same stamp individually – 983E – Sleeping Bunny.  As you can see, this stamp would be great for baby cards as well as Easter cards.

The card below was made by Lynda Benden.

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The card below was made by Carolyn Hurst.  She also used 706D Happy Easter and if you look closely at the background you’ll shadow stamping of butterflies and Easter Eggs.  

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The card below was made by Sue Eldred.  She also used 617B Thinking of You Small.
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And last, but not least, is another card from Lynda Benden.
Sleeping Bunny 2 - 983E - Lynda Benden

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Favorite Tennis Shoes

My daughter received a pair of black, high-top, Converse for her birthday on Sunday.  The circle of life….I still have “one” of my favorite pair of Converse.  They were orange high-tops.  I wore them in college – 25 years ago.  I have no idea where the mate went!   Below are two awesome cards made by Dina Kowal and Jennifer Woodward.  They used the Serendipity Stamps image 221G – Tennis Shoes or 221QCL.     Tennis Shoes - 221G - Dina KowalAnd look – no mates!

Tennis Shoes - 221G - Jennifer Woodward

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All The Pretty Dresses

When I asked the new design team members which stamps they wanted to begin working with, I was happy to find many of them chose one of my very favorite stamps, Three Dresses – 017G.  This is one of the “original 65” – the 65 stamps I had in my first printed catalog.  It is very dear to me because I have three daughters!  When I started SS, my oldest two daughters were 5 and 7 yrs old and wouldn’t wear anything BUT dresses (boy has that changed!).  Now there are three girls, ages 14, 14, and 16.  And the closest they get to a dress is a too-short jean skirt!  Anyway, I thought you might like to see a group of these wonderful dress cards!

Three Dresses - 017G Jennifer Woodward  Three Dresses 017G - Kathie Bailey

 Three Dresses - 017G - Lynda Benden  Three Dresses - 017 - Sue Eldred

 

Three Dresses - 017G - Shannan Teubner

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