Archive for October, 2016

Blog Hop Winner!

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Congratulations to Sue LD – the winner of our random pick from the Blog Hop comments who wins a $20 Gift Card to use at    Sue LD please contact me at to find out how to claim your prize!

I love how these 2 cards show that you can get great results with just a few seconds of coloring!   No need to color the entire image – just a few dabs of color and you’re set.   On the card above Patti used our Autumn Wreath Large, Winter Wear Background, Everyday Words, and Thanksgiving. (Check out our $1 Sale for bargains on small stamps!).    Below, Vickie used our October Stamp of the month Pumpkin Border and We Give Thanks.

931 pumpkin border we give thanks vickie

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October Blog Hop (pssst – free shipping too!)

PicMonkey Collage

Welcome to our October Blog Hop!   This year we’re focusing on cards for all occasions – cards to have in your stash ready to send at a moment’s notice.  Our theme this month is “Celebrate Anything!”  Our Design Team has created a great assortment of cards to spur on your creativity!   Click the link below to display and print a copy of our Celebrate Issue.

October “Celebrate!” Issue

Remember, our challenge this month at the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog is “Anything Goes!”   That’s right – all you have to do is include a Serendipity Stamps image.  Never entered a challenge before?  Don’t be shy!   No judgement here – our Design Team will peak in and tell you what they love about your card and then we’ll pick one random entry to win a $20 Gift Certificate!

Stamp of the Month!  During October, get 50% off our Pumpkin Border.   A great image for Thanksgiving cards!

Free Shipping on all US Orders of $25 or more!   From now through Sunday October 23rd.

Time to Hop!
Are you ready to start hopping?   Just follow the list below.   If you get lost along the way, just come right back here and hop back on board.  Remember to leave your comments along the way!   I’ll pick one random commenter on Monday to win a $20 Gift Certificate to use at

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An Autumn Wreath Card

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I love this creative die-cut card!   DT member Karen Amidon used our Leaves Reverse and Welcome Dies.   But she also used a couple of other dies that might not be obvious at first glance.   Behind all those leaves is our Creepy Wreath Die (not so creepy in this case!).   And behind that beautiful wreath is a “door” created with the PPP Storybook 2 die.   Below are some other examples of cards created with these dies.  Some of the other images you’ll see on these cards are our Happy Halloween Large, Baby Booties Small, Baby Boy Small, Autumn Die, Autumn Leaves, Celebrate, PPP Borders and Oak and Acorn Die.

New Pretty Pink Posh Dies! – We’ve added the newest PPP dies to our PPP collection!   As you can see above these dies are so flexible and enable so much creativity!   Check them out HERE.  If it looks like we’ve sold out, go ahead and order it – we have more on order!

Mini Cling Grab Bags! – I have little stamps coming out my ears!    Did you know you can get a Mini Cling Grab Bag of 5 stamps for just $1?  That’s 20 cents a stamp!!!!   Don’t want to take your chances on a grab bag?   Check out our $1 Sale to get exactly what you want.

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Designer Spotlight – Jeanne Jachna

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Designer Spotlight – Jeanne Jachna

Today I’m posting the first in a series of Designer Spotlights – posts featuring each of the Serendipity Stamps Design Team members.   I got this idea as I was staring at one of Jeanne Jachna’s amazing creations.  You may have noticed that Jeanne’s style is NOT Clean and Simple.    I always end up thinking – how in the world does she do it?   How does she pull together all these layers and elements to create such a beautifully designed card?   It takes time, and care, and attention to detail.   Here’s how she does it.

Hi!   I’m Jeanne Jachna!  I’m a crafty gal from Northwest Indiana.    Crafting is my sweet escape from the stress of everyday life.   I fell in love with the intricate stamp images and gorgeous calligraphy sentiments that you can only find at Serendipity Stamps.   I’ve been blessed to be on the design team for the past four years!  You can always find me playing the challenge or here at my blog – A Kept Life.

Each of us has our own unique style – and while I’ve tried everything from clean and simple, to watercolor and distress backgrounds, I keep coming back to layers.

I love mixing and matching pattern papers – something that comes easy for me.  I’m often asked how I select papers, and how I decide what order to  layer them.  Today I’m going to share some of my thought process when I’m creating.


I usually start by selecting 3-4 different papers that I think look pretty together.   These papers are from Basic Grey’s “Spice Market” collection.  6” pads of paper are a nice choice because the prints are smaller and the pads are more affordable.  These particular papers are from a 12” pack.  I trim these to 6” squares to make them easy to work with.   If you decide to work with 12” papers make sure the prints are easy to recognize when you cut the paper down to your card size.

Most brands of papers have a border printed along their edge.  These borders show other prints in the collection that coordinate well with the paper pattern.   Notice that the navy print has a yellow and aqua border – these means these colors will work well together.  These 5 pages contain only 3 colors – Navy, Aqua and Yellow.  Those are the colors that will be repeated throughout the design to tie all the elements together.

Before I can decide how to layout the patterns I need to know where my focal point image will be – how large is it?  What shape will it be?  Since the papers I chose were primarily in blue I selected the Hydrangea stamp and inked it up with blue ink.  Notice that most pattern paper packs come with a neutral paper – you can use this to stamp on.  If your pack doesn’t have a neutral use a plain white or ivory card stock to stamp on.

Lay a die cut over your stamped image to help you determine what shape you like better.  There is no right or wrong – just a personal preference.  Do you like the image cropped closely or do you like more space around it?   I decided to cut the hydrangea with an oval die cut.  I actually cut off part of the stamped image – that’s ok too!


I typically layer designs by alternating dark and light patterns.  It makes each pattern distinct when they don’t fade into each other. Since I stamped my hydrangea on the light neutral that came in the paper pack I created a dark layer matt for the stamped image.  I always use a solid card stock for matting an image.  Solids are the best way to break up patterns.

Now that we know the shape of our focal point image we can work our way up from the card base.  My card base is made from a light card stock (White) so that I can easily write a personal message on the inside.  Next I cut a slightly smaller panel of navy card stock to coordinate with my first pattern paper layer – the navy.


I keep a sample of all my colored card stock on a ring handy to help me match colors.  The samples were cut with a hole punch, and I have the name of the color and the manufacturer written on the back of each sample.


Since I started with a dark background, and the focal point has a dark matt I added a light pattern piece.  I experiment with the placement and sizes of the pieces.  Nothing is adhered … so it’s easy to make adjustments.   I’m adding the papers where they can be seen around the focal image.  The area on the right looks empty to me.


Remember we’re working with the 5 pieces of pattern paper we started with.  I interchanged the remaining pieces and decided to add some yellow behind the flowers.


The yellow seemed like it was taking over.   Let’s look through the papers we have left.  There’s only one so I hope it looks good!! Yes!  I like the aqua print over the yellow.


I wanted a finished edge to the long panel on the right so I added a border.  I chose scallop border shape to repeat the pattern on the scallop oval.    But what color should we make the border?   Remember the three colors in our prints  that I told you we’d be repeating..   We already have yellow touching navy – so I used aqua.  If I’m not sure I will cut the border in the colors of my design and switch them out until I’m happy with what looks best.  I always save the extra die cuts in a folder with the die so there’s no waste.

It’s looking good.. time to add a sentiment.   Nothing is adhered yet so play around with where it looks good to you – maybe at the top or bottom?  I decided to put this one across the stamped image.  But now the bottom of the card looks a little empty.

hydrangea button

I added a navy button to the bottom corner of the design.  I think I will thread twine through it.   I wrap the twine around the entire card front and finish it with a bow.   I love to add twine to designs.  It’s a great way to ground elements so they don’t look like their floating.


Now for embellishing.  Some gems add sparkle to the stamped flower image.  Some sequins would look great too.  I decided on the wood look sequins from the store – the neutral colors go with everything so I don’t have to worry about what color to use.


This is the finished card.  I hope this will inspire you to try some layers.  There’s lots of beautiful papers to choose from!


Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5″

Stamps | Serendipity Stamps Everyday Words Small Horizontal, Hydrangea Large

Dies | Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 1 | Spellbinder Oval, Scallop Oval | MFT Fishtail Flags

Pattern Paper | Basic Grey Spice Market 12″

Sequins | Serendipity Stamps Bamboo, Mahogany

Twinery Twine Midnight Blue

Misc. Gems, Button


















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October Challenge – Anything Goes!


Welcome to October!   Over at our Challenge Blog our Design Team has posted a pumpkin patch full of cards to inspire you.   Our challenge this month is “Anything Goes” so that leaves you wide open!   Just submit your card making sure it includes a Serendipity Stamps image and you’re good to go!   Here are a couple of cards from Jeanne and Jenny.   The both used our Ghost With Pumpkin Stamp – isn’t he adorable?  Jeanne also used our Smile Die and the Smell My Feet stamp (but she only used the first line of that familiar rhyme!).

YARD SALE!  We still have a wide variety of items in our Yard Sale!   Everything from ink pads, to unmounted grab bags, to designer paper.  Most are 1 of a kind items!