Sunday, December 4, 2016

Staring In Wonderment.....



Hello everyone: I have a card I was supposed to post yesterday but I got sidetracked so, here it is today. I saw this die on Pinterest some time ago, it's from Poppy Stamps and it's called Snowflake Breeze and, as it's usually the case, added it to my never ending wish list, from which I pick some stuff to buy once in a while, wish I could buy it all but that would put my self imposed budget in the RED for a very long time.  But anyway, here's my card, hope you like it.


I cut a panel of SU Whisper White card stock with the die, then, I cut a piece of, believe it or not, Christmas wrapping paper, I wanted to cut it with silver glimmer paper but all I had was small pieces so I had to dig out this shimmery paper and, I must say, it worked great, hope you can see the speckles of glitter, I placed a panel of dark blue card stock behind the top panel to make those snowflakes really pop.
The little Snowman is from a retired SU stamp set called "White Christmas", from the 2014 Holiday Mini catalog, super cute images, love the look on his sweet face, I just love this set. The sentiment is from SU Teeny Tiny Wishes.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


I used a strip of the same paper to "hang" my sentiment, which is from the same set, the star and the little Polar Bear too. I inked each letter with SU markers.
I would like to enter this card onto the following challenges.
                                                 
       Craftyhazelnut's Challenge #310 "Vintage or Anything goes as long as it's Christmas.
                                                  Fantasy Stampers Challenge #77 "CAS Christmas"
                                                All Sorts Challenge Blog Week #392 "CAS"
                              A Gem of A Challenge #183 "Snowman/Snowwoman"
                                                Challenge Up Your Life Challenge #55 "Snowflakes"
                                             

Thank you so much for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate this more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping, hugs from Maria.


Picking Wild Flowers.....


                                                                           
Hello everyone: Well, here we are with another fabulous challenge for you to play with over at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE#3, this time, we want you to go dig out some of your favorite, OLD flower stamps and/or dies, and join us in the gallery. You know how it is sometimes, we keep buying new things and the old favorites get a bit forgotten, right?  Well, here's your chance to give them another chance to shine.  My card has an image from a stamp set called "Picking Wild Flowers" that I bought from a company called Flourishes back in 2010. That original company went out of business about 3 years ago. The die is from Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Labels 8 and it's also an old friend, I've had it since 2012.


I stamped the image onto a panel of Strathmore multi media paper with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it then, colored it with SU markers and the aqua painter. I die cut this panel with the retired SU Labels Collection dies and I glued it to the purple Spellbinders die, the card base is in Basic Black, I added a few Rhine Stones for a bit of bling.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


I hope you give our Challenge #3 a try, I know you have old stamps and dies, so why not enjoy creating a beautiful card with them and join us in the gallery. 
Please read our rules, there are not many but they are important. 
For more inspiration, hop over THE FLOWER CHALLENGE and my teammates blogs and check out their awesome creations.
Also, please display our badge on your blog post, here it is for you to copy.


Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate this more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.




Thursday, December 1, 2016

Good Tidings.....

Hello everyone: Well, it's here!!! December 1st!! I don't know about you but for me, this year just flew by at warp speed so now, it's time to crank it up and finish those Christmas cards with enough time to send them out so, I look for Christmas challenges to get a few more on my stash.
This one has totally NON TRADITIONAL Christmas colors but it's really pretty, if I say so myself. Hope you think so too. I will link this card to a few challenges at the end of this post.


This image is from a set from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley called Cozy Cupfuls, all of the images are beautiful.  I stamped this one onto a die cut panel of Strathmore multi media paper with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it, then colored with SU markers and an aqua painter.
The sentiment comes in this set, the purple vellum paper is from my stash, the golden one from SU but it's retired.
Here is a close up of the pearls.


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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called Spice It Up, also with gorgeous images of oranges and cloves, hmmmm!! smells so good.
The images at the bottom are from Merry Littles, my "go to" set from Power Poppy, to adorn the inside of my Holiday cards.

I would like to enter this card onto the following challenges.

Crafty Creation Challenges #329 "Christmas"

The Sisterhood of Crafters "Use Some Pearls"
The Paper Shelter Challenge #275 "A Christmas Card"

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate this more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Bargello anyone?????

Hello dear blogging friends: This new challenge over at Shopping Our Stash  is a real fun one, we want you to make your cards using the BARGELLO TECHNIQUE.  Must tell you, I've never tried this technique, I've seen it but never tried it so I knew I needed study this a bit to be able to do it right, the good thing is that the video is really fabulous and easy to follow, we hope you give this technique and our challenge a try.  What I found out is that this is a great way to use all of those left over pattern paper pieces that you can't bring yourself to trow away, here is my card, hope you like it.


Once I had watched the video a couple of times, all I needed to do is dig into the box where I put all of my leftover patter paper pieces and get to work, it was actually relaxing and surprisingly easy. 
You know me, I must have a stamped, water colored image so I grabbed this old favorite from Power Poppy's Poinsettia stamp set, stamped it with Versafine black ink and colored it with SU markers and the aqua painter. I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of Vellum just so the design could be seen, I didn't want to cover all my hard work.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


Sentiment is from the same set, the little tree in the corner is from Power Poppy's Merry Littles, which is my "go to" set to finish the inside of my Holiday cards, all of this images are simply adorable.
So, I hope you give this easy and fun technique a try and then, please join us in our gallery, we can't wait to see what you create.  Don't forget to go check out my teammates beautiful cards on their blogs for more awesome inspiration. 
Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate this more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.


Friday, November 25, 2016

A Very Vintage Christmas.....

Hello everyone: Every year, a little before the Holiday season starts, Brian King organizes a Holiday card swap for all of his blog followers, he asks us to make a card, using current SU products as much as possible and send it to him, along with a self addressed and stamped envelope, at his house, where he takes pictures of all the cards, mix them up and sends them back to all of us who participated, it's fun to receive a beautiful card from far away, thanks to him.  Then, at a later date, he starts sharing all of the cards that arrived in his overflowing mail box, with us on his blog.  It's so much fun seeing all of this beautiful cards on parade, where we can appreciate and get inspired by all of them, this is the card I sent, using the new Father Christmas stamp set and the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, I love, love both of this beautiful sets.


I used the Birch embossing folder on a panel of Cherry Cobbler card stock, added a strip of retired SU gold embossed vellum from the Winter Wonderland Designer Paper Stack, die cut the pine branches, pine cones and bows with the Pretty Pines dies and added a bit of Dazzling Diamonds for a bit of sparkle. The beautiful Santa image was stamped onto a piece of Strathmore multi media paper and colored with SU markers and an aqua painter, I added a few little Rhine Stones to the Christmas Tree as ornaments.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card. This stamps are part of this beautiful set.


I would like to enter this card onto the following challenges.
TIME OUT CHALLENGES #71 "Christmas with an optional twist of glimmer/shimmer"
Moving Along With The Times challenge #34 "Anything Goes with Christmas"
Creative Knockouts challenge #169 "Tis the Season"
CRAFT ROCKET CHALLENGES #29 "Winter Time"
As You Like It "Favorite Christmas color combination and why?" 
Love the traditional Christmas colors of red, green and gold.
Thank you for stopping by, I always read all the comments you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate this more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Soft and Fluffy.....

Hello everyone: I have another card made with my absolutely favorite little critters, the House Mouse siblings, this one is a CAS card, (hope I'm right).  As I read the definition of CAS this types of cards should have lots of open space, minimum layers and embellishments and should be easily reproduced once you have the design so, for me, this card was super easy to make.
I'm entering this card to the CASology Challenge, Week#225, with THE CUE WORD "SOFT".


When I saw CASology's new challenge, my mind immediately geared towards this little image, perhaps because of the puffy cotton ball this sweetie is sleeping on, or perhaps because this little mouse is pure softness on it's own. 
I die cut a panel of Strathmore multi media paper and die cut it with THIS Wonky Stitched Dies by Gina Marie Designs, then I stamped my little mouse with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it, colored it with SU markers and an aqua painter, the sentiment is from SU Teeny, Tiny Wishes, inked up with Certainly Celery.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from my stash, the little baby rattle is from a retired Flourishes set called "Baby Love"
I will link up this card to the following challenges.

 CASology challenge, week #225.

Die Cutting Divas Challenge #293 "Anything Goes" with a die.
Lemon Shortbread Challenge #29 "Anything Goes"
RETARTE #90 "Anything Goes"
Sunny Day Crafting Challenge #24 "Anything Goes"

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate this more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.




Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A Vintage Christmas.....

Hello everyone: The RETRO RUBBER challenge is back, this time it's a fabulous sketch that will spark your imagination and allow you to create something fabulous and join us in the gallery.  I think Sketches are up there in the favorite challenges category with the "Anything Goes" ones because you can really fill the spaces with anything you want, you can even turn the sketch on it's head and/or use it horizontally, it 's up to you so, come along and play with us, we can't wait to see what you create.
This is my inspiration card for you and, for even more inspiration, hop over my teammates' blogs to see the wonderful projects they made.

This image is truly Vintage, both in look and age. The stamp set was from Flourishes and it's called "Petals and Peace" and it was issued around November of 2012. 
I stamped this image onto a panel of Strathmore multi media paper with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it, then I colored it with my SU markers and an aqua painter. The bells are colored with a gold gel pen. After I finished coloring it, I fussy cut it. I picked up the colors of the pattern paper to choose my card stock, I really love this one sided paper, I'm down to a few pieces so I think it's time to get some more.
The Sentiment is from another very old Flourishes set called "Sentimental Christmas" that dates way back in November of 2011.
I usually find out the age of my stamps by visiting Splitcoaststampers, if you know the name of your sets, this is a great place to find the first time they were used.
Another great way is through Pinterest browsing the name of the set you will find cards made with it and, by visiting the blogs of the creators of those cards, you can more or less, see the date when they were used. Remember that at Retro Rubber  one of the rules is for you to please tell us the age of your stamp sets, or at least, how long you've had them.
Here is the fabulous sketch for you to enjoy.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley's Ponsettia that was issued for the first time back in 2014 and that is how long I've had it.
The little present on the corner is from another Power Poppy set called Merry Littles which contains a fabulous array of super sweet and cute little images to adorn the front or the inside of your Holiday cards, this is my go to set for finishing the inside.
I hope you like this card and join me and my fabulous teammates in our gallery. Please remember to read our rules, they are few but important, the two main ones are: 1.- the stamps you use MUST be at least one year old and 2.- you can only link up to a maximum of 10 challenges, including ours.
For even more amazing inspiration, hop over my teamies blogs and check out their awesome projects.
Thank you so much for stopping by, I always read every comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate this more than words can express.
Until next time,  happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.