Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Retro Rubber Color Challenge #63.....

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Hello everyone: As you can see, the new challenge at RETRO RUBBER is a COLOR CHALLENGE. This colors are soft and pretty so you can go in a bunch of directions with them.
Here is my card that I hope will inspire you to join us in the gallery.
For more inspiration, hop over to my teammates blogs to see the awesome projects they created.
Here is my card.


This image is from a retired 2012 stamp set called "Reason to Smile", which is one of those layering stamp sets, love this little Daisy, simple and sweet.
I just stamped it onto pieces of water color paper and colored with SU markers and the aqua painter, I tried to get colors close to the challenge's color palate.
The ribbon is from my stash and the sentiment from a Power Poppy set called Sassy Succulents.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is also from the Sassy Succulents set.
So there you have it, so go dig out your older than one year stamp sets and join my teammates and I in the RETRO RUBBER gallery. 
Do not forget to read our rules, they are few but important.
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 them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.

Strings.....

Hello everyone and welcome to a new challenge over at SHOPPING OUR STASH
This time our theme is MUSIC so, dust off those old music sheet stamps, musical instruments, etc. and join us in the gallery.  Here is my card, I hope it will inspire you.


Two of my granddaughters play the Viola, it's truly amazing to see them on the stage with their High School and Middle School Orchestras performing.
This is a very simple card, the music score is a die from Memory Box and the sentiment is from Elizabeth Crafts, both die cut with blue foil paper.
The Viola was stamped onto a piece of water color paper and colored with Prismacolor pencils then, fussy cut, the bow was so darn hard to cut, I actually ruined one of the images and I had to start over.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


Sentiment from a retired Flourishes set called "Orchids" and the little flower on the corner from a retired Stampin Up! set called "Flowering Fields.
There is a lot more fabulous inspiration over at the SHOPPING OUR STASH blog, while there, stop by my teammates blogs to see their awesome creations.
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 them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

"Life is Short.....buy the Fabric....."

Hello again, blog friends: I saw this quote at a Joan Fabrics store and I wrote it down, it struck me funny, like they were enticing us to "just go ahead and get it!!!" Now, for starters.....this card took some kind of doing, sheeesh!! From looking for my box of fabric pieces from my "quilting" days to actually think of a way to make a card with fabric for the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge this week. 
When my girls were little, I used to make very simple little summer dresses, drapes for the kitchen and bathroom windows, place mats, and stuff like that but, alas.....that didn't last to long, I do have a sewing machine but, when I tried to use it to make a card front with THIS directions I found about how to sew it onto card stock, the darn thing didn't want to work so, I had to go to plan "B", the problem was that I didn't have one so, I came out with this idea that I hope you like and gets you inspired to dig your fabric (I bet you guys have tons of it) and join my teammates and I in our gallery. 


Thank goodness for the Stampin' Up! "All Dressed Up!" dies, (sadly retired, BWAA!!😞) but they saved my butt today. I used a few small pieces of this fabric that I fused to card stock with fusible fabric to make it easy to die cut. I used one of the dies to cut the top to make it look like a little jacket, added a few small pearls for buttons. The same with the little purse, the balloons are also die cut from fabric, I didn't want them to be made of paper, the ribbon and thread from my stash.
The sentiment is from SU "Teeny, Tiny Wishes", love this set, it fits perfectly on the Window Punch (retired) and that fits the Modern Label punch, (also retired).
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


I used the "Delicate Details" SU set (retired, sigh!!), the sentiment and little horn are from "Marcella's Mixetape Vol.1"
Now, here is a picture of the fabric I used for this card.


I was very happy to find this stuff, I can see me using it instead of DSP, there is more where this came from, really lovely patterns and colors, I'm going to be using it a lot.
So, I hope you feel inspired to join us in the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery and share your creations with us.
For more inspiration, hop over to the challenge page and check out my teammates creations.

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 them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Oh Sweet Pea.....



Hello everyone: Once again, we come to the half way point at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE and, once again, here I am with another card to inspire you to, either CASE me or one of my teammates. Your card doesn't have to be an exact copy of ours, we just want you to take any element on them, like the colors, layout, techniques, etc. and make your own card.
Please, mention on your post who's card you are CASEing and don't forget to please add our banner to your post, we sure appreciate that.
As always, when I'm not sure about the colors of flowers, I go to Google and I always find what I need, in this case I wanted to see how many colors Sweet Peas come in and, I was blown away by this picture.

I have never seen a real Sweet Pea flower before but this picture makes me want to maybe plant some Sweet Peas to, hopefully see them in person, they are just so beautiful.
So here is my card.


I stamped this image onto Strathmore water color paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with some of my SU markers and also, my Sakura Koi water colors, I wanted to get more or less the colors of those lovely flowers in the picture. 
I used an empty Wink of Stella brush that I filled with water, (you'll be amazed at how much of the glittery stuff is left behind after the brush is empty, mixing this with water loosens the glitter and works beautifully as an aqua brush, just make sure you shake it real good).
After I finished coloring, I embossed the panel with a retired SU embossing folder (it's name escapes me at the moment), and added a few Nuvo Jewel Drops, I love this stuff.
The sentiment is from the same set as the images.
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Here is a picture of the finish inside of my card.


Sentiment and image from the same set.
I hope this card inspires you to join my teammates and me in the THE FLOWER CHALLENGE gallery, take a look at the amazing creations of the Design Team and CASE one of us.
You can CASE the colors, layout, technique, etc. we can't wait to see what you create.
Please remember to add our banner to your post.
Also, you can participate onto 10 challenges including ours.
Most of all, have fun.

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



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cardinal Love.....

Hello everyone: I have another Holiday card to share with you today that will happily go into my Holiday card stash, I know Christmas is a long way off but, time flies and I want to be prepared.


This image is from a Power Poppy set called Cozy Cupfuls, I love this Cardinal couple, this birds visit the feeders all year round, love their song and their amazing colors.
I stamped the image onto Strathmore mixed media paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with, believe it or not, an empty Wink of Stella brush that I filled with water, (there's still some of the pretty glitter inside and it works perfectly) and my SU markers. Even though they are a bit dry because they are old and I use them a lot, they still give me enough ink to work with, I also used some of my Sakura Koi water colors. 
The sentiment is from the same set and I was able to curve it to stamp it there on the side using my MISTI. The gold frame was die cut with a Spellbinders set called "Oval Majesty" that I got on Ebay for about $6.00, free shipping, sheeesh!! I love a bargain!!!
The pattern papers are from a discontinued line from Lili of the Valley.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called Poinsettia and the little Poinsettia in the corner from a set called Merry Littles.
I'm entering this card onto the following challenges.

Power Poppy May Challenge "Frame It Up!"

Jingle Belles "My True Love"
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "It's a Frame Up!"
The Cutie Pie Challenge #111 "Ribbon and Rubber"
Use Your Stuff Challenge #263 "Feathers"

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 them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.




Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Old Fashioned Florals.....

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Hello everyone: There is a brand new challenge over at RETRO RUBBER, this time it's all about FLOWERS, it's Spring everywhere and the gardens are in bloom. I hope you feel inspired to dig out your floral stamps and join my teammates and I in the gallery. Please remember that at least one of the stamps you use be older than  ONE YEAR.
Here is a card I made with a retired Flourishes stamp set called "Old Fashioned Florals" that came out back in February of 2013 and I bought immediately.


This set has 3 oval images, I picked this two, stamped them onto die cut pieces of Strathmore mixed media paper with Versafine black ink and clear heat emboss them, I colored this images with SU markers and an empty Wink of Stella brush that I filled with water, this brushes even when empty, they work fabulously to water color. The pattern papers are from a discontinued line from Lili of the Valley (sigh!!) the sentiment from the same set.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment and flower are from another retired set called Sweet "Violets".
I hope you get inspired and play along, for more inspiration, hop over at RETRO RUBBER and check out my teammates beautiful creations.
Please remember that at least one of the stamps you use must be OLDER THAN A YEAR.
You can enter up to 10 challenges including ours.
No back linking, only new work.
Link to your post and not your blog.
Last but not least, have fun.
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 them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.




Buttons n' a Little Bow.....

Hello everyone: There is a new challenge over at SHOPPING OUR STASH that I think you'd like to play with, this time we want to see BUTTONS, big ones, little ones, shaped ones, critters or flower ones, the sky's the limit so I hope you join us in the gallery.
Here is a card I made to inspire you to play and, for more inspiration, hop over my teammates blogs and check out their awesome creations.


It's funny we are having this challenge because I just happen to have a nice bag of gardening buttons I got at my local craft store, 30 buttons for $1.00, now that's a bargain. I used it to make THIS CARD,
and I still have a bunch of them, my favorite are this cute flower ones.
So I stamped this old, old retired image from Impression Obsession with Stazon Dove Gray ink, it has a bucket filled with little flowers that look like my buttons so I knew they would look great. I then colored the stamped flowers with some SU markers and I used Prismacolor pencils for the bucket. 
I stamped the two little bees from a Power Poppy set called Foxglove and Ranunculus. I cut them off the stamp just to be able to use them on other projects, they are beautifully detailed and a perfect size.
The little tag is die cut with a Spellbinders die set and the word "Love" is from a retired Flourishes set called "Old Fashioned Florals", this set has 4 teeny tiny words that fit inside this teeny tiny tag perfectly, I made a little bow with some embroidery thread.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


This image is also from the same set as the one on my front panel and so is the sentiment.
That little butterfly was added last minute because I smudge a bit of pink ink on my finish panel😡, oh how I hate when this happens, don't you? Sheeesh!!
So I hope you feel inspired and go dig out your stash of buttons and join us in the gallery.
For more inspiration, check out the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge blog and my teammates' projects, you will be delighted.

I'm entering this card onto the following challenges.
Always Fun Challenges Challenge #5 "For a Female or Mom"
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Challenge #36 "Use Faux or Real Stitching" I used a cross stitch die.
Make my Monday Challenge #45 "May Flowers"
Crafting from the Heart Challenge #158 "Anything Goes"
Great Impressions Rubber Stamps May theme challenge "Feminine"

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 them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.