Friday, July 3, 2015

Tag You're It - Peony

Happy Friday!  Are you counting down to the weekend?  I hope the festivities start early for you today!   I bought my parents a swing  for their yard.  I got the easy part - picking it out and paying for it.  Now I need to talk DH into picking it up, delivering it to my parents and then putting it together.   I'm trying to get my folks to spend a little more time outside - I know how much I love it.   My simple pleasure for today was putting out peanuts and watching the blue jays come down and take them away one at a time.  A little chipmunk even got in on the action and stole a few!

A new challenge begins today at Tag You're It Challenge!  The inspiration this week is from DT member Erin Thiem!  It's gorgeous!   Lots to love here.. The distressed inky background, the pattern paper peeking from the second layer, the pop of red from the pretty flower, and swoon.. the rings of twine for texture. 
I kept lots of elements the same although they look entirely different.  A switch of color, flower stamp and embellishments.   I turned the twine into a little butterfly bow and added wood sequins to replace the shiny ones on Erin's tag.

Want to see more?  Head on over to Tag You're It Challenge, and see the other samples from the design team.  There's some new teamies to meet while you're there!  I hope you'll welcome them and that you'll find a little time to play along!

Stamp:  Serendipity Peony
Dies:  Lil Inker Stitched Tags
Pattern Paper:  Pink Pailsee "Solstice" 6x6"
Ivory Button Twine, 5/8" Ivory Twill May Arts
Wood Sequins Cloud 9
Ink:  Memento, Copic, Ranger Tattered Rose
Glossy Accents
Ultra Fine Glitter - Martha Stewart
Misc:  Button, Mini Clip

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Serendipity Stamps July Release - Howdy Partner!

Howdy Friends!!   Serendipity Stamps is celebrating their newest release with a blog hop!  And if you love western images you're going to flip over these!  If you're following along on the hop you should have reached me from my talented friend Vickie Zimmer's blog.  If you want to start at the beginning and get all the details you can find them here at  Mary's Blog.  July's release has lots of new images and dies to see - I'm showing only a few of them here today. 

The poker chip die is one of my favorites - I love the little suits along the outer rim and the interchangeable centers.  It's easy to switch these up for the guys or the gals just by changing the color.

The sentiment is available in two different styles (a circular layout, and this horizontal layout).   The horizontal stamp reads "When the chips are down you can always count on me" and the circular one read "When the chips are down I can always count on you".  All the border dies on my projects today are from Pretty Pink Posh and can also be found at the Serendipity store. 
Here's a masculine version with the same layout.   The chips look great in just about every color combination!  Those little wood look sequins are from Serendipity too!
What else is new?  The cutest little cowgirl ever!  

And a new word die - "Howdy".   Take a closer look and you'll see the  end of it has a rope pattern engraved in it!!

There's also a new bandanna die that you're going to want to check out!
The next step on your hop is Jenny Gropp - and let me tell you.. that girl can seriously color!!  But before you go.. make sure you leave me a comment!!!   One random commenter selected from the comments on all the blogs will be selected to win a $20 Gift Certificate to Serendipity Stamps. But you have to leave a comment to enter. You have until Sunday July 5 to leave a comment The winner will be announced on Monday July 6 on Mary's Blog!!! 

No worries!! Everyone is a winner!!! Mary is running a special to celebrate the new release!

Special: Sale is free shipping on all US orders of $15 or more (Continental US only).
The 50% off Stamp of the month is Winter Doe (shown above).

Here's a complete list of everyone on the hop today for a quick reference!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Hopping and good luck!!

All cards finished Size 4.25 x  5.5"
Feminine "You can count on me" for the gals
Serendipity Stamps Stamp:  "When the chips are down"
Dies:  Serendipity Stamps Poker Chip, Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Border
Sequins:  Wood Look - Serendipity,  Colored Pretty Pink Posh
Twinery Blossom Twine
Pattern Paper:  My Mind's Eye "Presh Cut & Paste" 6x6"

Masculine "You can count on me" for the guys
Serendipity Stamps Stamp:  "When the chips are down"
Die:  Serendipity Stamps Poker Chip, Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Border, MFT Blueprints 15, Fishtail Flags
Sequins:  Wood Look - Serendipity
Pattern Paper - Basic Grey "Serenade"

Little Buckaroo
Serendipity Stamps Cowgirl
Dies:  Serendipity Stamps Howdy, Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Border, Stitched Banner Duo 2
Pattern Paper: Simple Stories "Summer Fresh"
Twinery Natural Twine
Washi MT
7/8" Cluny Fan Lace Simplicity
Ink: Memento, Copic
Glitter Stars Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby)
Star Pin Maya Road

Pretty Little Studio Island Adventure

Looking for a swashbuckling adventure?  You have to check out Pretty Little Studio's new Treasure Island Collection.  It is full of pirates and mermaids.  Here's a peek at my card featured on their blog this week.
To see more just click here!

Finished Size 4.25  x 5.5”
Pretty Little Studio Products
Flair  “Anchors Away”
Bingo Card “Ocean Blue”
Pattern Paper “ Treasure Island 8x8”
Die:  “Will Tall Tide”
Tabs:  “Treasure Map”
Stamp  WPlus9 Cupids Bow
Wood Veneer Stars Studio Calico
The Twinery Solid Maraschino Twine

Twinery Firecracker Flag Ceremony

Are you gearing up for the 4th?  It's always  a big event in my area - fireworks are legal and you can expect it to be loud and smokey!  Poor Moriko will be hiding in the basement!  

Doing something a little different today - a scrapbook page at the Twinery.  Yes... I do a little scrap booking too - not as much as I used to.  The kids are getting older and not so happy with mom pointing a camera at them all the time.   
I've had these photos from a BSA Flag Ceremony set to the side - so I was happy for the excuse to work on them for my Twinery Post.  I'm featuring the new Firecracker Twine - Yep!  It's Red White and Blue!  You can read more here! 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Poppystamps Challenge - A Day In The Park

A new challenge begins today at Poppystamps.  Not familiar with Poppystamps?  Their parent company is Memory Box and I bet if you take a second look at your die collection you just might find you have a few Poppystamps dies in your collection already.  The challenge this month is "A day in the park", and it's a monthly challenge so there is plenty of time to play!  You just might even win a few free dies just for playing!  You can get all the details here at the Poppystamps Blog!

I had lots of fun playing with my Poppy dies and wanted to show how I came up with my design.  I usually mix and match colors and elements until I'm happy with the layout.   Here's how it came together before everything got die cut and glued down.
I thought a bike ride through the park would be nice on a beautiful day!  Apparently someone else had the same idea because there are kits flying in the background, and it looks to be a beautiful summer day.  No rain in sight (that's my fantasy lately with all the rain we're having in the Chicago area.)
 The sentiment is from the Poppy "Hope and Thanks" set.  It has lots of sentiments to mix and match with the words "hope" and "thanks". 

The Kite die comes with a large and small kite, clouds and little bows for the tail.  I drew the kite string with a marker.  I colored the tires, seat and handle of the bike with a sharpie marker to add color.

I hope you'll join us at Poppystamps!   You can click here to see more projects from the design team!