Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Joy To You Always....Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop and Half-Way Challenge Reminder (Texture)


Mid-way through the month (going way toooo fast!) which means it's time for the Serendipity Stamps November Blog Hop, where this month's theme is Welcome; perfect  for those of you preparing to welcome guests in celebration of US Thanksgiving and the upcoming festive season.  

The DT are ready and rarin' to go with their Welcome-themed cards, which also feature this month's challenge technique: texture. When you hop along with us (you should have arrived here from wonderfully talented Patti Kehl's  blog) you're in store for a  double-treat: the joy of seeing marvelous inspiration AND the opportunity to win$20 gift certificate to one commenter randomly selected from all the blogs. You can leave comments through to midnight Nov. 20th; the winner will be announced on Mary's blog on Monday, Nov. 21st.

Carol Mayne (you are here)

Over the weekend, my husband I went on a forest hike and as we walked, flutters of snowflakes were making a delicate appearance. Talk about marvelous inspiration for my first card: a monochromatic grey palette, a birch trees embossed background, a scattering of sparkle-paper snowflakes (Snowflake Reverse Die) and a silver embossed sentiment (Joy To You Always).  In real life, this is a shimmery card!

I'm not one for using embossing powders often (warping, limited space, etc. etc.), but when I do, oh, how I love the effect. Maybe more colours of ep would boost my investment in this technique. Now that's an idea! *grin*

Since I had my grey card-stock out, a second card made an appearance (I'm so predictable!). Texture, this time, comes from the sparkle of the Ornament die and, again, the silver embossed  Joy To You Always sentiment.  

Two more cards for my Christmas stash.  Let's not discuss how many more I need to do! Someone needs to get organized! 

Before I send you off on your *joyful* way, a trio of important items:

  • Sale Alert! From now through Nov. 21st,. it's 20% Autumn and Halloween categories. No coupon code required. Happy shopping! 
Whatever you choose, be sure to include at least one Serendipity Stamps image (stamp or die) on your design!
That's it from me; the stage is now yours!

Looking forward to seeing your creativity in the gallery!
Be sure to link up at the challenge blog by November 28 11:55 pm, US EST,

Also sharing at:

Christmas Card Challenges #48~Glitter (my snowflakes and ornament are soooo sparkly!)

Thank you for spending part of your day with me; your visit brings me joy!


  1. Two very 'cool'cards...bet they really sparkle in real life! xx

  2. Great cards. Love the simplicity of the first one.

  3. Beautiful cards, Carol! Those birch trees are beautiful. I adore the few little snowflakes falling gently down. So glad you had that inspiring forest walk. We got some lovely benefit from it, too! :) The ornament on your second card is absolutely gorgeous! So detailed and sparkly. Wonderful, beautiful, fabulous work! Hugs!! :)

  4. Hi Carol! Love where you got your inspiration ! Such beautiful cards and I love that you let the sentiment stand alone! It's so beautiful and the font is one I love!

  5. Both cards are
    so lovely and
    I love the way
    you embossed
    the first card!
    Carla from Utah

  6. Lovely cards. I like the addition of the snowflakes on the first one.

  7. Lovely cards - always been a fan of white on white! Thanks!

  8. These are both gorgeous!! Embossing and dies are my 2 favourite things, so I just love your cards!!
    Thanks for playing along this week at Christmas Card Challenges!!
    Debbie (CCC DT)
    Debbie's Dash of This and That

  9. Gorgeous cards. I love the white one embossing. TFS

  10. Love the embossed trees.
    The ornament is so pretty.
    Great cards.
    thanks for sharing.

  11. These are both gorgeous Carol, but as I have a huge affinity for birch trees, I love love the first one! It's looks gorgeous on the grey with the tiny flakes floating around. Wish we had some flakes floating around here! It's 80 degrees today! So not Christmasy! ((Hugs))

  12. Your amazing white on white cards with the delicate silver embossing are both the epitome of elegance!

  13. Beautiful Carol...love that gorgeous white on white!

  14. Both your cards are serene and lovely, Carol! Your first card evokes the hush of a gentle snowfall in the woods! Love it and love that wonderful giant ornament being the star on your second card!! Hugs, Darnell

  15. So lovely & elegant Carol!I can only imagine how pretty it was on your hike and so wonderful you could draw inspiration from that for your gorgeous creations! I'm very behind with commenting so I'm off to see more of your lovely work.

  16. SOOOOOOO deliciously clean and simple!!! Gorgeous embossed backgrounds play so nice & quiet with the beautiful swirly sentiment!

  17. I love these pretty cards! Awesome textures and details! I love the embossed bitch trees and the snowflakes. Beautiful sentiment! Also a gorgeous ornament die!

  18. Beautiful white cards, Carol--really love the first one!

  19. These are such elegant CAS cards, Carol.

  20. Oooh, these are simply GORGEOUS! Love them!

  21. Beautiful and so crisp! I love how pretty these look in white!
    Take care!

  22. Beautiful cards Carol. Simple and fabulous designs. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatalicious and we hope to see you again soon. Huhs, Gale DT

  23. Very beautiful christmas cards !
    Thank you for joining the Creatalicious Challenge.
    Jessica DT

  24. Wow! Stunning cards!!! Really festive!!!

  25. Elegant, serene and so stylish, Carol ... a joy indeed to see this duo of delights! Hugs to you, my friend! Anita :)

  26. Excellent cards! Love the monochromatic scheme and the sentiment is fabulous. I especially like that sentiment because it works for both religious and secular belief systems. Well done.

  27. Wonderfully elegant and peaceful.

  28. A wonderful card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes with optional use a sentiment” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)