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A card for your guy!


Are you ready for Father’s Day?   Or your brother’s birthday?   How about your neighbor’s retirement?   Bosses Day?  You never know when you might need a masculine card!   That’s why this month our “Grill” stamp is 50% off!   You still have time to get one!

Serendipity Stamps Challenge

Be sure to visit the Challenge Blog today!   Our DT has posted their 2nd batch of Man Cards for your inspiration.  Each month at the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog we host a challenge for you!   Yes you!   This month the challenge is “My Guy”.   Just enter your masculine themed card made with at least one Serendipity Stamps image by June 29th and you’ll have a chance to win our random drawing for a $20 gift card to or our blog badge!  Give it a try – our DT members will pop in and let you know what they love about your card!

The card above was created by DT member Marybeth Lopez using our Grill stamp and our Everyday Words set.


20% Off Home and Farm Stamps

All the stamps in our Home and Farm category are 20% off through January 30th.   Barns, cottages, victorian sofas, all those wonderful images of home.   Cathy Weber made this adorable card using our Summer Barn image.

Did everyone see our Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog yesterday?   Our design team really went all out using our “Care” stamps – which are free with any order of $20 or more.   Be sure to enter your design!   You can download the “recycle” image that Jeanne Jachna used below from the challenge blog!




Last Day – Buy 3, Get the 4th Item Free!

Today is the last day to get  one of your items free at   Buy 4 items and one of them will be free!

At my Thanksgiving dinner we always have 3 pies.   Pumpkin, pecan, and apple.   That way there’s plenty left for breakfast!   Design Team Alumni Yvonne Hagane made this card using our Bowl of Apples stamp – which is currently on our clearance sale – 20% off!




Independence Day

Serendipity Stamps wishes all of you a very fun, happy, and safe Independence Day!

206-Flag-Jenny Gropp


Our 50% Off stamps of the week are the Bikini Kitty and the Beach Puppy!

1147-Bikini Kitty Patriotic-Sue Eldred





Get 1 Free!

Buy 3 items and get a 4th free!   The lowest priced item is free.   If you buy 8 items, 2 of them are free (and so on, and so on).   This includes clearance and 25 cent/$1.00 items (but do you really want your 25 cent stamp to be the free one?).  50% off items are NOT included.

While we were closed for summer break our design team put on a patriotic show!   Click the small images in the gallery above to see larger versions.   Enjoy!   You can click the links at the right to visit their blogs for more details.


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Riding the Rails

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My youngest daughter and I took the train recently from Kansas City to St. Louis.   Over the years I’ve heard horror stories about long delays along the normally 5 hour route, but recently I’d heard that most of those problems had been resolved so I decided we’d take the chance.   The train ride was great!   Very comfortable seating, similar to an airplane but with lots more seating space.   We left from Independence, MO, just east of Kansas City (home of Harry Truman and the Truman Presidential Library).  
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It’s a small train station, staffed for just a few hours a day by volunteers.  There was a small, well kept parking lot, and benches on which to wait.     The train stops at least a half dozen times as it crosses the state, but only for a few minutes each time.    Much of the route is right along the Missouri River, through small towns, and farmland.  Very pretty scenery – much better than what we see from the highway (no billboards!!!!).   The trip takes just about the same amount of time as driving, and with two of us, we spent a bit less than we would have one gas.   Our trip back was not quite as idyllic – the air conditioning in our car was working only sporadically.   But the passengers took it in stride – most where St. Louis Cardinal fans traveling to Kansas City to watch the series with the Royals (I’m proud to report that our KC Royals won the series!), and were in festive moods.   This lack of grumbling really made the difference between what could have been a very long, tedious trip and what ended up being a “warm” , but fun adventure.   All of this is a not-so-subtle lead in to a couple of great samples made by our design team using our new Train Engine Large – 1217J image.  The name of each designer will display when select each photo.


Independence Day

Happy Independence Day everyone!   Half of my family is away at a Work Camp for our church youth group, so it’s kind of an odd July 4th for me.   But some good friends have invited myself and my oldest daughter over to grill burgers and feast on the cucumbers I picked from my garden today and a blueberry pie from the berries we picked earlier this week.  It doesn’t get much better than that does it?  I hope your day is full of fun and friends and remembrance of the many blessings, privileges, and responsibilities we owe to the men who had the courage to sign that Declaration of Independence all those many years ago, and to the women who stood alongside them.   

Below are two projects created years ago by Cheryl Helm.   Cheryl was a pioneer in tea-dying and created beautiful “aged”  projects long before anyone heard of walnut ink or distressing.   Cheryl used the following images:  047H – Eagle, 206K – Flag, 214H – We the People, and 243E – God Bless America

Patriotic - Cheryl Helm   patriotic tag - Cheryl Helm

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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

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

Adirondak Chair Postcard - 712QCL - Velta Wesson

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Spring Butterflies

This card is a perfect example of taking a couple of fairly simple stamps and making something absolutely beautiful with them.  Kathie used our Cloisonne Butterfly images (cloisonne is a form of enamelware – often used on beads and other jewelry) which are great for layering and coloring.   She used stickles to “glitterize” the butterflies.  You can buy these images individually, 607D and 606D or as a set of two stamps 608G.  She also used 012G Lace Corner to create a lovely border for her card, which ties in perfectly with the lacy butterflies and the elegant die cut border of her layer. 

Cloissone-Butterfly---608G-Kathie Bailey

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The Best Antidote for Snow…

…is spring cards!    At least that’s what I keep telling myself.   (Today it’s snowing here in Missouri – again.   So far it looks like about 8″ piled up on the BBQ grill.   Won’t be needing THAT for a while!)   I’ve been sending lots of Easter cards your way the last couple of weeks so I thought I’d change it up a bit and throw in some cards here and there that show our new spring line of stamps.   Serendipity’s incredible design team just completed their February Challenge, which was – you guessed it – Spring!  The card below was created by Lynda Benden.    Lynda used our new Table For Two Cling Set 1200QCL.  Notice that cute awning she put over the table?   Lynda is so creative!

Table-For-Two---1200G---Lynda Benden
Your Friendship Means A Latte -1199E - Lynda Benden

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