Archive for September, 2015

Stamped Backgrounds – Still Time!


Creating your own background can be so easy!   On the card above SSDT member Miriam Napier used our Japanese Maple and a variety of colors to create a beautiful background in a few seconds.  Add a beautiful verse (our Autumn Is) and in a few more seconds you have a completed beautiful card!

TODAY – Sept 30th is the last day to get our Japanese Maple stamp 50% off!

Creating your own background can also be an opportunity to take some time to try out a new technique.   On the card below SSDT member Vickie Zimmer created a water color background and then stamped over that with the Japanese Maple.  Isn’t that background stunning?   Again, just add our new Blessings Die cut, a few sequins, and Voila!   Another beautiful card.

You have lots of time – until Oct 5th – to enter our Create Your Own Background challenge.   Give it a go!   You could win our blog badge, or maybe even our random drawing for a $20 Gift Certificate!


Be sure to pop in this Friday, Oct 2nd for our October Release Blog Hop!

10-2-15 Blog Hop Badge copy




More Creative Backgrounds



Creating your own background does not have to be a big, long, drawn-out ordeal.   It can be as simple as this!   Ink up a beautiful stamp and press once.   This month’s Serendipity Stamps Challenge is to create your own background.  No rules on how – it can be stamped, painted, die cut – the options are endless!   Submit your card (that includes at least one Serendipity Stamps image) to the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog and you could win our blog badge or our random drawing for a $20 Gift Card!

On the card above SS Design Team member Marybeth Lopez used our Magnolia stamp and the My Die to create her elegant monogram card.  Below are several other cards with created backgrounds.   Take a look, then head over to our Challenge Blog to see a whole crop of new cards from the Design Team!   Products listed below gallery.


The following stamps and dies were used on the cards above:

Retro Rectangle, Enjoy Die

French Lattice Die, Geranium Stamp, Dream Die

Spring Flower Pops, Miss You, Retro Rectangle,

Retro Rectangle, Enjoy Die

Retro Rectangle, Thanks Die

Beaded Strings Background Stamp, And I Think Stamp

Butterflies in Flight, There’s Nothing

Candle, Happy Die

Hello Background Stamp, Hello die

Thistle Stamp, Thanks Die

Wildflowers Stamp, Hope Die

Feather Background Stamp




NBUS Winner!

1205-Stamp of Approval- Sue Eldred

Winner!   Winner!

Congratulations to Cindy H – the winner of our random drawing for leaving a comment on our NBUS post!   Cindy – to claim your prize – please email me at   (Psssst – Our work shop is closed from Sept 19 – Sept 27th for Autumn Break.   I will be in and out and should be able to contact you during the break).

Autumn Break

The Serendipity Stamps work shop will be closed from Sept 19 – Sept 27th.    Please feel free to place your orders, email etc.   But we will not be shipping orders until the 28th.

DT Alumni Sue Eldred created the fun Red Ribbon card above using our Stamp of Approval.

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A Card To Celebrate Anything


You never know what you’re going to need to celebrate.   A birthday, wedding, anniversary, or maybe the first snowfall of the year!   This card would work for any of the above.  Make yourself a pile of these in different colors – maybe with different sequins or confetti – balloons, wedding bells, snowflakes…and you’ll be ready for all sorts of occasions.

Serendipity Stamps Design Team member Marybeth Lopez made this card using our Celebrate Die and the PPP Stitched Duo Die.   Did you know that we carry the entire line of Pretty Pink Posh dies?   Marybeth also created her own background using our Jen’s Zen background stamp.   Perfect inspiration for our current “Create Your Own Background” challenge!   You have lots of time to enter your own background creation for your chance to win a $20 Gift Card!  On the card below, Marybeth used our Everyday Words stamp and the PPP Stitched Banner Duo 1 die.



Make a Bird – Any Bird!


Our new Birdies Dies are so much fun!   Think of a bird you see at your feeder and you can make it.   On Design Team member Marybeth Lopez’ card above I see 3 birds that I see here in Missouri all summer – a female goldfinch (poor girls are so dull compares to their mates!), an indigo bunting, and a bluebird.  I have no idea if these are the birds Marybeth thought she was making but this is what they look like to me!   Marybeth also created a fun background using our Leaf Word Background stamp.   Another great inspiration for this month’s Create Your Own Background Challenge!   Below is a gallery of cards created using our Birdies Dies.   You’ll also see lots of our other dies and stamped images.   Just leave a comment below if you have any questions!




Want to win a $20 Gift Card?


September Challenge – Create a Background

It’s so easy to win a $20 Gift Card from   Just submit a card that includes a background you’ve created yourself and includes a Serendipity Stamps image.   Submit it by Oct 5th to the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog.   We’ll pick one random entry to win a $20 Gift Card and we’ll pick our favorite entry to win our blog badge.   Kara Lynn created this beautiful card for the Anything Goes challenge last month and won our badge.   But this card also is a great example of creating a background.   Kara used our Pumpkin Die to stencil the background of her card.

Not sure how to enter?   Just email me at and we’ll talk you though it!   Don’t be shy – our Designers will take a peek at your card and tell you what they love.   Have fun, challenge yourself – and win!

Cleaning Shop!

It’s time to clean shop here at Serendipity Stamps and you get the benefits!   Right now we have a great variety of Bo Bunny Paper and Sticker packs.   (With a little K&Co. thrown into the Mash Up Pack)  All the paper is 12″ x 12″.    A huge variety of themes and colors.  Stock up and have that perfect paper right at your fingertips.



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Create Your Own Background


Serendipity Stamps Challenge – Create Your Own Background

This is one of my favorite challenges – I love seeing how creative everyone gets!   When I was searching through the SSDT cards to find examples I was surprised at how many I found – they do it all the time!  Now it’s your turn.   Create your own background for your card, use a Serendipity Stamps image on the card and submit it to the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog.   You could win our blog badge or you could win our random drawing for a $20 Gift Card to use at  Be sure to pop on over there to see all the great examples of backgrounds from our Design Team!

The card above was created by Serendipity Stamps Design Team member Karen Amidon using our Summer Flower Background to create her background and our Petunia as her foreground.

Stamp of the Month

I try to coordinate our Stamp of the Month with our challenge and this month’s 50% off stamp works great for backgrounds.   You’ll even see one today from the SSDT!   This month the Japanese Maple is our 50% Off Stamp Of The Month!



Blog Hop Winner!



Congratulations to Michele Henderson for being the random winner of our September Blog Hop!   Michele – contact me at to find out how to claim your $20 Gift Card to use at

The card above was created by SSDT member Karen Amidon using our new Fall Pops Cling Set and the PPP Stitched Duo 3 Die (we carry all of the Pretty Pink Posh Dies!).

The Balloons are Back!

The Hot Air Balloons Die is back in stock!   The card below was created by SSDT member Julie Warner using the Balloons Die and our Hello Die.



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Got NBUS? (Never Before Used Stuff)


Of course you have NBUS!   What crafter doesn’t have “Never Been Used Stuff?”   Well now is the perfect time to put some of that stuff to use.   Darnell Knauss of DJKarddreations is hosting her NBUS Challenge today and Serendipity Stamps is sponsoring it!   So just pull out something you’ve never used before, whip up a card, and submit it to the challenge by Sept 18th.     Darnell is offering all sorts of great prizes!

Want to double your chances of winning?   Let me hear what you think of these pretty cards created by SS Design Team members Jeanne Jachna , Julie Warner, and Vickie Zimmer for the NBUS challenge.  Julie used our new Twig Wreath Stamp, Oak Leaf Die Set and Autumn Die.  Vickie used our new Fall Pops Cling Set and Leaf Pop Set.  Jeanne used our new Fall Pops Cling Set and the PPP Stitched Border 1 Die Set to make her card.  I’ll pick one random commenter to win a $20 Gift Card just for taking a minute to leave a comment here by Sept 18th.  I’ll announce the winner on Sept 19th.






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Serendipity’s Labor Day Sale!


How has your weekend been so far?   I hope with all my heart that you’ve had time to rest and relax- maybe doing one of the things you see in this post.   Camping, taking a nap under a shady tree, playing in the sprinkler with your kids or grandkids, fishing, golfing, traveling the country, or maybe, just jotting a note to a friend on a hand-made card.  Whatever you do – don’t forget to take advantage of our big Labor Day Weekend Sale!

Buy 3 Items, Get the 4th Free – good through Monday Sept 7th

-lowest priced item of the 4 is free

-buy 8 items and 2 are free, and so on and so on

-clearance, wood stamp sale, and $1 stamps are included (but do you really want your freebie to be a $1 stamp?).  Clear envelopes are not included.

Stamp of the Month

Our 50% Off Stamp of the Month for September is the Japanese Maple.

1142-Autumn Is-404 Japanese maple-cropJeanne Jachna


Stock up on Accessories!

I’ve added another great Paper and Sticker Pack to the line up.   I call this the Mash-Up.   It includes a little bit of everything.  35 sheets of paper and stickers for just $6!   This could be your freebie!



The cards you see above were created using the following stamps and dies:

Camper Stamp Set

Tall Tree Med and Tall Tree Large

Paintbrush and Just a Quick Note

Rowboat with Dock

US Map









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