Archive for December, 2016

Blog Hop Winner – Late – Sorry!

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Congratulations to the winner of our December Blog Hop – Marcia HILL!   Marcia, email me at to find out how to claim your prize!

Time to Create!

The Christmas Cards are all in the mail (some of you may be saying “Duhhhh!” but my cards just went out yesterday 🙁  You’re slowly packing away the wrapping paper, boxes, bags and bows.   The Christmas decoration boxes are coming up again from the basement.   It’s time re-group.  Time to do for you.   Craft for you.  Create for you.  What do you love to make, feel, smell, see?   Paper – yes or you wouldn’t be reading this blog.   But I bet there are other things….yarn, paint, fabric and thread, seeds, dirt, dough, poetry, history, trails, woods …What do you want to do more of in 2017 just for you?   Let’s not call these resolutions – maybe just little promises to yourself.   Here are mine – feel free to comment with your own – I’d love to see what everyone hopes to do.

Knit a fair isle pattern, complete a century ride, visit my friend in Maine…


Yarn Basket, Create Die, Mug of Art – visit these links for more creative ideas!

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Serendipity Stamps Thank You & Holiday Break

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Thank you to all you wonderful, fabulous, magnificent Serendipity Stamps customers!   It never ceases to amaze me how honest, patient and kind my customers are.   I wish all of you a wonderful holiday week and a promising and peaceful New Year!

Serendipity Stamps will be closed December 23rd through January 4th for our holiday break.   Feel free to fill up our inbox with orders and we’ll begin shipping them when we return!

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December Blog Hop – take a peak for a chance to win!

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Welcome to our December 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 “Thank You.”  We’ll all need Thank You cards after the holidays right?  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.

December “Thank You” Issue

Remember, our challenge this month at the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog is “Sparkle.”   That’s right – all you have to do is include a Serendipity Stamps image and something sparkly and your all set.  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 November, get 50% off our Winter Doe.  A beautiful stamp for quick and easy winter cards.

297-Winter Doe-Jeanne Jachnacrop

40% Off Coupon!

Yup, just enter the code “40fromhigh1216” during checkout to get 40% off the highest priced item in your card.   Even on sale items!   Coupon good through Sunday 12/25.

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

Mary’s Blog (you’re here!)


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Gift Tag Ideas

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Most of you already have all your holiday cards made and mailed (notice I didn’t say “most of us”!).   But you might still be needing that special gift tag.   Whether you want one you can finish in 2 minutes, or one you can have the kiddos help create, or one you want to make 20 copies of, we’ve got ideas for you.   The names of the stamps used on these tags is in the caption.   Be sure to check out the Pretty Pink Posh Die page for great tag dies!  Marybeth’s tag above is a beautiful quick one!   Just stamp our Nativity, add some glitter and bells and you’re good to go!

Need stocking stuffer ideas?   Maybe for yourself?   Check out our Yard Sale!   Lot’s of bargains on goodies you might have thought to put on your list to Santa.   Sequins, colored pencils, dies, designer paper, and lots more!  If something says it’s sold out, please email me at and double check – our shopping cart does not do a very good job at inventory!

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Designer Spotlight – Julie Warner


Designer Spotlight – Julie Warner

Today I’m posting the 2nd in a series of Designer Spotlights – posts featuring each of the Serendipity Stamps Design Team members.  Each of Serendipity’s designers has a distinctive style.   When I think of Julie’s style I think COLOR!   Julie’s creations are always bold and beautiful and often created with water color (both background and foreground – you won’t find much Designer Paper in Julie’s work!)   Here, in her own words, is how she does it.

Hi, everyone! I’m Julie Warner…I’m a native Texan who now calls north Georgia home.  I’ve always been creative so it was easy for my parents at Christmas… they just gave me paints or papers or really any art supply & I was happy. My creative style is pretty varied & I love experimenting with backgrounds & tricky techniques. Most of the time when I do an involved technique I’ll take some extra pics or add a little tutorial for it on my blog: The Write Stuff.

When I start a project, it always starts w/ the image. Usually by looking at it I get an idea of the direction I want to go. Usually, I color first, then pick the paper to go with it.

When I was working with this beautiful Poinsettia image, I knew immediately I wanted to water color it, but I wanted it to be loose, not necessarily contained by the lines. I love stamping on top of free flowing watercolor backgrounds so that was my plan for this. Instead of pan or tube watercolors, I used Brushos. I lightly wet part of the watercolor paper w/ a spritzer, then sprinkled on the reds, pink & orange colors, then spritzed it again. In areas where the color seemed too concentrated, I took a wet paintbrush & blended it out. I let this dry a little, then repeated it w/ the greens, trying not to go over the red areas.


I used a plastic sheet placed up against the corner inside my Misti & stamped the image. This allowed me to position the paper to stamp the image where I wanted. Since it was big enough, I stamped it twice to use on two different cards.


I decided to deepen the color just a bit inside the leaves/petals of the poinsettia & the easiest way to do this is w/ watercolor pencils.


Instead of using the pencil directly on the image, I used a waterbrush to pick up color from the pencil tip, then painted it onto the image.

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When I’m designing a project, the most important things I concentrate on are color, contrast & composition. I love high contrast (light/dark) & strong color contrast. Here the reds & greens are color opposites so I like that a lot. Since there is so much vibrant red in the image, I went w/ 2 greens (a light & a dark) for the layers.  When I found the two colors of green that agreed w/ each other & w/ the image, I put the poinsettia image on top of each & went w/ the citron on top because it looked the best behind the red & gave more contrast. The dk green didn’t bring out the color as well when it was right next  the poinsettias.

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Since this image in on the large size, I trimmed away most of the background around the left side of the image in order to have more of the citron green show. A dk green layer was added behind the poinsettia & also behind the citron layer. The greeting was stamped off the to left to help balance the composition and keep the eye flowing across the card. The blank citron areas give the eye a place to rest & draw the eye to the bright reds of the image. I could have added just a few sequins & I may go back & do that, but I’m pretty satisfied w/ composition as it is w/ the odd number of items (2 flowers  + 1 greeting). Odd numbers are just more pleasing to the eye. The other composition principal I try to follow is demonstrated by this Scalene Triangle below.


If you turn the card horizontally, & lay the left side down, you’ll see the triangle represented by the flowers & greeting.

The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 (A2).|Stamps: Poinsettia Lg, Celebrate Each Day

Ink: Versafine onyx

Paper: watercolor, dk green, citron felt (The Paper Cut)

Dies: MFT diagonal stitched rectangles, Spellbinders A2 matting basics B

Accessories: Brushos watercolor crystals, paintbrush, waterbrush, Misti, white gel pen, craft knife, spritzer, watercolor pencils

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Get Both Stamps of the Month Today!

297-Winter Doe-Jeanne Jachna

It’s the first of the month – you know what that means!   A new Stamp of the Month!   For December, our Winter Doe will be 50% off.

BUT WAIT!   Today only – Thurs Dec 1st – get both the December AND the November Stamp of the Month for 50% off.  November SOTM is Snowperson With Wreath.   That’s right – go ahead and double dip!    Jeanne’s card above includes the Nature Gives stamp and Birgit’s card below includes the Winter Fenceline stamp.

December Challenge

Our challenge this month is “Sparkle”!   It’s that time of year right?   So just throw some glitter (or sequins, or anything else sparkly) on it and submit it to the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog and you could be the next winner of our Blog Badge or of our random drawing for a $20 gift certificate!  Head on over there right now to see what kind of sparkly creations our DT has come up with!

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