This is a great time of year to take a drive through the country. Pastures are emerald green and full of baby calves. Fields are freshly plowed or, if you’re lucky, full of the tiny purple flowers (weeds) called henbit. Last week I passed a field full of butter colored winter wheat ready for harvest. The challenge this month at the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog is to create a Monogram card or a card that features a verse. DT member Julie Warner created the card above using our Summer Barn image and our One Day In the Country verse. She also added a die cut “C”, from our Celebrate Die and a die cut “t” from our Sweet Die to add some dimension and highlight the verse. Julie also stamped the inside of her card using our Winter Barn and Thinking Of You ($1 Cling Sale!) stamps. I’m lucky enough to drive by my own beautiful old barn everyday on my way up my driveway.
I first saw the phrase “Practice Random Acts of Gardening” on a bumper sticker. What a fun, whimsical idea! It reminded me of a video I’d seen years ago about a man who was a “guerilla gardener” – he planted flowers in potholes, sidewalk cracks and any other odd place he could find. I tried to convey this idea of flowers coming up where you don’t expect them. My little fence is the bottom from our Daisy Garden Die and the flowers growing up in front of the fence are from our Daisy Border die. I used the CL Fanciful Flourish Mini to add a bit of extra vine. And last but not least is the Practice Random Acts of Gardening stamped on one of the new Stitched Tag Dies from PPP.
You can see the video of the pothole gardener here. Are you inspired? I am! I’m planning to stop by the local nursery, pick up a 4 pack of marigolds and find some potholes! I’ll be sure to report back!
The winner of our April Release Blog Hop is Pat of Colorful Card Creations! Pat – contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to claim your $20 Gift Certificate for www.serendipitystamps.com. Congrats Pat! I just love this bright, cheery card that Karen Amidon created for the Blog Hop last week. She makes it so easy by using patterned paper for her flowers! Karen used our new Spring Flower Pops stamps and dies and our new Bloom die. Visit Karen’s blog to see how she created these flowers – there’s more to it than meets the eye!
April’s challenge at Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog is to make a card that features a monogram or a verse. Monograms are huge right now. My college-aged daughters and their friends have monogrammed ball caps, t-shirts, backpacks, even shoes! I recently came across a pretty monogrammed locket with little tintype photos inside of a man and woman that look to be taken about the time of the civil war. The monogram is so intricately intertwined that I had a hard time figuring out the letters. I’m still trying to work out who’s locket it is (it was in my . I created my monogram card using Serendipity’s Elegant Alphabet and the Olive Branch Large. Want some inspiration? Pop on over to the Challenge Blog and see what our Design Team has come up with!
Are you ready for spring? We are! And you’ll see lots and lots of spring in today’s April Release Blog Hop! We have loads of new stamps and dies that bring on the creative spirit of spring! So let’s get hopping – and while you hop, be sure to leave a trail of comments so that we can find you and put you in our random drawing for one lucky winner of a $20 gift card to use at www.serendipitystamps.com.
Click the link below to display and print our April release.
Serendipity Stamps April Release
Below is a list of our Design Team Members’ Blogs. Be sure to visit each one to see every big of April! If you get lost along the way, you can always hop back here to find your way back. Oh!
One more tidbit – from Friday through Monday – we’re having an April Release Special! Buy 3 items, get a 4th one free! That’s right – put 4 items in your cart and the lowest priced one is free! Put 8 items in your cart and the 2 lowest items will be free! Ends Sunday, April 12th at midnight! And don’t forget, our 50% off stamps of the month is the Jar Label.
Mary’s Blog (you’re here!)
Design Team Alumni Holly Craft posted this fantastic box on her blog yesterday. Holly used our new Spring Flower Pops Stamps and Die set, our And I Think To Myself stamp, and our Bloom Die. All of these stamps and dies can be found in our What’s New category. Visit her blog for a great tutorial showing how she created her flowers and box.
April Release Blog Hop This Friday!
Want to see more of the Spring Flower Pops? Join us Friday in our April Release Blog Hop. The entire Serendipity Stamps Design Team will be showing them and many more new stamps and dies off! And of course there will be a prize involved!
Serendipity Stamps would like to wish everyone a happy Easter!
The card above was created by DT Alumni Anya Schrier using our This Is The Day and Easter Flower Corner stamps. Both are available in one set.
The card below was created by DT member Jenny Gropp using our Bunny With Paint stamp - isn’t he adorable?
I’ve been trying to send postcards to my daughters once a week or so (the two oldest are away at college). I just write the mundane little things I’m doing – whatever comes to my head. Yesterday I confessed that I’d saved back a couple of boxes of conversation hearts because I love stale conversation hearts! You know how they get sort of soft and chewy after a while? That’s the best! So this pretty card from DT member Karen Amidon isn’t late – as far as I’m concerned it’s at it’s peak! Karen used our Jar Label and Love You Small stamps. The Jar Label is our current Stamp of the Month – it’s 50% off! The Love You Small is currently on our $1 Cling sale.
Monogram or Verse Challenge
The Serendipity Stamps Challenge this April is to create a Monogram card or a card that uses a Verse as it’s focal point. So Simple! Heck – buy the Jar Label and monogram it! Enter and you could win our blog badge or a $20 Gift Code to use at www.serendipitystamps.com. Don’t have an alphabet set? No problem! I created my daughter’s monogram below using letters from our Dream and Love dies and the valance embellishments from our Floral Frame die set. OK – another confession – I started this card ages ago and still haven’t finished it – anyone else have this problem?
The Serendipity Stamps Challenge this April is Monogram’s and Verse.
Serendipity Stamps has as many, if not more, verse stamps than image stamps. And what’s really amazing is that 99% of them are hand lettered by lettering artists. You won’t find any of these “fonts” on your computer! A beautifully lettered verse deserves to be the focal point of your card – not hidden inside! Jeanne Jachna used our And They Lived and English Rose stamps on her card above.
We also have some of the most gorgeous alphabet sets in the stamping world. According to Wikipedia, a Monogram is a design created from two or more letters – but who’s counting? (I encourage you to click the link and take a look – there are all sorts of amazing designs from the East India Trading Company’s monogram to that of Mark Twain – and wonderful inspiration for a design for your card!). Don’t have an alphabet set? Be creative – use one letter from a verse or a die cut! DT Alumni Kathie Bailey used two letters from our Floral Alphabet.
Stamp of the Month – 50%Off! – Jar Label
Each month we will feature one stamp at 50% off. This stamp will either coordinate with the theme of the challenge or with the current season. For April I chose our Jar Label. You’re right – at first glance, it has nothing to do with Verse or Monograms – but there’s plenty of room on this jar for a “monogram!” Let’s see what you can come up with!
Stamp and Die Sets = Big Savings!
I recently added several combination sets of stamps and coordinating dies to the What’s New section of www.serendipitystamps.com. These sets provide great savings and so will not be part of any other discounts. The card above was created by Serendipity Stamps Design Team member Jeanne Jachna using our new (part of our April release!) Spring Flower Pops Stamps and Dies and our new Bloom Die. Below is a gallery of several other cards created with our stamp and die sets, all of which can be found in the What’s New section.