Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Serendipity Stamps June Blog Hop and Challenge Reminder (Believe and Imagine...Magic Happens!)


I'm excited to welcome you to the Serendipity Stamps July Blog Hopwhere this month's theme is Inspirational (Believe, Create, Dream Imagine).  When you hop along with us (you should have arrived here from wonderfully talented Patti's blog) you'll be treated to some dazzling creativity AND and a prize opportunity.

  Here's the hop order:
Carol Mayne (you are here)
Please leave comments on all the blogs as you hop; one commenter will be selected to win a $20 gift certificate for Serendipity Stamps! You have until Midnight on Sunday July 24 (US EST) to leave comments; the lucky winner will be posted on Mary's Blog on Monday July 25. Enticing!!

Imagine. Dream. Create. Believe.  Words that inspire; words that have the power to create magic. And that's what I tried to capture in the cards I designed for this event, using the awesome, cut-like-butter Imagine and Believe dies that *had* to be showcased in shimmery gold foil paper (stacked atop two additional layers cut from water-colour paper).  The foil paper is a challenge to photograph, but in real life, these dies are knockouts! I paired them with the wizard's hat and sentiment from the Magic set.

A second photo, trying to capture how pretty the sentiment is in gold.  A highlight of this die: the swirl in the *g* becomes the dot (or tittle, as Laura B has taught us *grin) for the *i*.  Love it!

For those Harry Potter fans in the audience: a second card using Gryffindor colours: red and gold:

And, to wrap things up, a couple of note cards.  These word dies placed on a patterned background would make a pretty  gift set...ideas percolating...

The dies, the stamps...oh, you will definitely see these in action in the near future! We all could use a little 'magic' in our lives, right? Right! 

Before I send you off to Vickie Zimmer's blog to see her marvelous creation, I'm wondering:

Have you played along with our latest challengeSSCB#57 Just ADD Water!

If I can do this, you most certainly can!!

The challenge guidelines - with a $20 prize as incentive - are easy to follow:
As long as your cards/projects (yes, more than one is a-okay) focuses on the theme and includes ONE Serendipity product (of the oodles available...do check the amazing and vast selections in the shop!),
you are in the running!

Looking forward to seeing you in the gallery; 
the link up is open until midnight, July 29.
    Interested in shopping? Of course you are!!  Check out this darling Sprinkler image, which is the 50% off June "Stamp of the Month." Sweetness, right?

    You can also enjoy free shipping July 20-24 on all Continental US orders $25 and more.

    Also sharing at:
    Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies July Challenge

    Thank you so much for spending time with me today; your visit brings me immense joy!


    1. These are so very effective Carol....love the colours again and the magic aspect. YES we can all do with a little magic in our lives........abracadabra.......I'm on your doorstep........is the kettle on?

    2. Carole's comment sure made me smile. :) Would that the world was full of that kind of magic. I also smiled at your pretty cards full of fun and whimsy. Those foils look brilliant and I definitely got the Harry Potter vibe. Thanks for sharing your magic with us, Carol!! Hugs! :)

    3. These are all so fun, Carol! I love your inked backgrounds! And those word dies are lovely!
      And I agree with Carole.... I would love to "disapparate" and appear in Alberta so we could go for coffee!

    4. Carol these are all so dreamy!!!!! Your watercolor backgrounds All look wonderful! I have the broom stamp but not sure I have ever seen the magic set look at you showing me new things!

    5. Wonderful cards. Love the backgrounds and the foil die cuts.

    6. Magical cards, so lovely!

    7. What a fun set of cards! Love the dreamy colors in the background. And the beautiful gold die cuts just add to the magic!

    8. Holy Buckets Carol!! (that's what we say in the midwest) heehee Loving those beautiful water colored panels!! and the Gold die cuts are the perfect touch!!


    9. Your cads are "magical"! Love them!

    10. Love the backgrounds you created!

    11. So can you whip up some magic and get us together for, oh, a week or so?! Wouldn't that be just a 'dream???!!!' Love what you've done with these dies and stamps. This array of cards is simple and stunning. Sa-wheet!!! Bev

    12. So many fabulous and magical cards Miss Carol...love them all!

    13. Those note cards are my favorites! Love those colors!

    14. You have done magic with the wonderful word dies, Carol!!! Love the gold on your great bgs - the colours are so beautiful!!! The gift cards are very pretty!!!
      Have a great day!!!

    15. BEAUTIFUL!!! The dies are divine with really, REALLY tidy cut lines (sweet for such a fine, detailed die). Adore your beautiful blended backgrounds and the pretty scalloped borders!

    16. I love all your pretty watercolour backgrounds with the lovely gold die-cuts Carol.Such a lovely set of cards!

    17. Sometimes a word and wonderful background are all you need to get the point across, Carol. These are wonderful.

    18. Gorgeous cards Carol! I am loving those inky backgrounds, so beautiful, so vibrant! The die cut sentiments are so amazing, I love them so much!! Love the way the "g" dots the "i" in Imagine! Love the loopy letters of these dies too-I guess these are going on my wish list as I have fallen in love! Hugs, Brenda

    19. Really gorgeous cards, Carol! Your foil sentiments are perfect with these artistic backgrounds, and the colors are amazing! LOVE them all!

    20. I love these magical cards! The inking is beautiful (I LOVE PURPLE), the magic hat and sentiment - the sorcerer's apprentice would be very pleased with these! You made me see these stamps in a new way!

    21. Beautiful Cards..love the bg you have created..Thank you so much for joining us at Happy Little Stamper's anything goes with dies Challenge.

    22. Beautiful word dies which you've showcased so well with the gorgeous backgrounds!