Monday, June 26, 2017

Cats Rule.....Dogs Drool?????

Hello everyone: Some time ago, I discovered a fabulous stamp company on Pinterest called KATZELKRAFT, after looking at the fabulous cards on this board, I went to the site and I fell in love with their stamp sets.  So here is this card made with two different sets, I will link it to a few challenges at the end of this post.


Don't you just love this pair of friends?  As a cat and dog lover, I've seen this happening in my own house and it's hilarious.  The doggie wants to play and the cat wont have it, ha, ha!!! 
The dog image is from the set called Les Chines and the cat image is from the set called Les Chats Russes.  I stamped them onto a die cut circle of water color paper, using THIS TECHNIQUE, with Stazon black ink, I made a mask of the doggie to be able to stamp the cat next to it, colored with SU markers and aqua painter.
The embossed panel with the doggie/kitty paws is from DARICE.
The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Sassy Succulents.  Using my MISTI, I stamped the words to make them fit on the banner.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Picking Wild Flowers", the little bone is from the Dog set, I just thought it would look so cute dangling there, as if the cat gave it to the dog but, judging by the expression on the kitty, it's kind of like he didn't really wanted to give it to him, LOL!!
The bow and thread were drawn by hand.

I'm linking this card to the following challenges.


Sweet Stampers Challenge #8, Dies and or Punches.
2 Crafty Critter Crazies, your card MUST include a creature.
Crafting When We Can Challenge #147, "Use an Image"

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.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Christmas Teddy and Train.....

Hello everybody: In a continuous effort to have a good stash of Christmas cards for the Holidays, I made this one using a super sweet, retired set from Stampin' Up!, images like this are timeless.


I like to combine stamp sets, both old and new, to achieve a certain look on my cards, I have a good stash of vintage, beautiful and retired sets from all over the place, here I combined two old and one new to create this card.
The sweet, fluffy Teddy and the adorable little Train are from a retired Stampin' Up! set called "Teddy and Train", this set is perfect for baby cards but, like in this case, also for a cute Christmas card.  The pile of beautifully wrapped gifts the Teddy is leaning on is from a retired Flourishes set called "All Wrapped Up!".  The sentiment here is from a new Power Poppy set called Wreaths Plain and Fancy.  I die cut the oval from Spellbinders Decorative Elements Floral Ovals.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Poinsettia, the little gift from Merry Littles.

I'm linking this card to the following challenges.


                             Christmas at Sweet Stamping June Challenge "Anything Goes for Christmas"                                     Crafting By Design "Animals" Hope my little Teddy Bear counts.
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #128, "Any Holiday"
ModSquad Challenge Use lots of colors on your creation.

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.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Muse Farewell to Jenni.....

Hello everyone : Jenni Murray from the MUSE CHALLENGE is having a goodbye post as she is leaving the DT.  Her card is simple and, at the same time, a bit tricky to make, I wanted to give it a try and, after a couple of fail attempts and thanks to my MISTI, I was able to create this card, that looks a lot like hers. Here is my card and Jenni's.






I went to look for sets that had "Thank You" sentiments in them,  I tried to find the ones that would fit the 3"x3" center panel and, after a short while, I found two, both sets are old and retired from Flourishes, I used one called "Picking Wild Flowers" for the center sentiment and another one called "With Gratitude" for all the sentiments around it. This stamp is a long one with the word "Thank You" in English, Spanish, French and German, with really beautiful fonts.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment and Humming Bird are from an retired Flourishes set called "Humming Along", the little flower is from a retired Stampin' Up! set called "Happiness Shared".

I'm linking this card to the following challenges:


ModSquad Challenge "Colorful Creations" Use many colors on your card.
Sisterhood of Crafters"Anything Goes" but try to think outside the box.
I've never made a card like this so, I hope it's ok. for this challenge.

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, June 20, 2017

It's Sooooo PINK!!!!!

Hello everyone: The new challenge over at SHOPPING OUR STASH is all about the color PINK so, here is my inspiration card, I don't think I've ever made a card this pink before, except for some invitations.....I'll explain, hope you like it.


I don't usually buy this very pink card stock but I had some in my pink stash that was left over from some Birthday Invitation cards I made for one of my youngest daughter's sister in law's granddaughter, (sheeesh!! that's a mouthful, eh?) she was going to turn 9, if I remember correctly. This little girl LOVES PINK and all things girly, so I went and bought a few pieces of this very bright pink card stock and made 30 invitations, very cute, if I say so myself. I had some left over pieces which came in really handy for this card.
The images are from an Altenew set called Persian Motifs.  I stamped this images onto Vellum with Versamark ink and heat embossed them with WOW pearlescent embossing powder and colored them with Prismacolor pencils then, fussy cut them and adhered them with glue dots to the panel, the Butterflies are from SU retired set Papillon Potpourri, stamped and colored in the same way.
The word "Hope" is die cut with an Elizabeth Craft Designs.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Magnolias", the butterfly is from an unknown set I had for years and years.
So, are you in a PINK MODE now? I hope so, my teammates and I can't wait to see what you create, there are tons of occasions that will fit this challenge beautifully.
For more inspiration, hop over the SHOPPING OUR STASH blog and check out the rest of the Design Team's creations, you will be happy you did.
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.


Chinese Lanterns for RR#65.....

Hello dear friends: This week over at RETRO RUBBER, we have a very cool sketch challenge for you to play with, I think there are a lot of ways to interpret it so, go grab your OLDER THAN ONE YEAR stamp sets (we would love it if you can tell us the age of your stamp or how long you've had it😍,ok?) This challenge is dedicated to older stamp sets, those that we have neglected for a while, they need to be inked up and share and this is the perfect place to do it. Here is my inspiration card, made with a 2013 Flourishes stamp set called "Pinwheels and Popsicles".


I love all the images on this old set, they are fun, festive and lend themselves to be brightly colored like I did right here.
I stamped just the line where the lanterns are hanging with an old ink pad, just so I can see it and I could go over it with a gold gel pen,  and the tassels with Versamark ink and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder, onto a panel of Stampin' Up! Whisper White card stock and then, I stamped the lanterns again onto some water color paper with Stazon black ink because I wanted to water color the lanterns and fussy cut them for added dimension.
To follow our sketch, I cut very thin strips of card stock in the same colors as my lanterns and glue them under the image, I stamped the sentiment from the same set and added 4 Rhine Stones, also in the colors of the lanterns.
Here's the RETRO RUBBER SKETCH for you to play with.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


I repeated the colors on the inside too, I love the look of this thin strips of paper.
The Sentiment and balloon are from a Hero Arts set called "Be Happy Today"

I'm linking this card onto the following challenges.
Everybody Art Challenge "Happy Birthday"
Tuesday Throwdown challenge #348 "Party Time"
Tiddly Inks Challenge #220 "Make it Rectangle"

I hope my card inspired you to play along with us, for more inspiration, hop over the RETRO RUBBER challenge and visit my awesome teammates' blogs, you'd be happy you did.
Please remember to use at least one stamp that is OLDER THAN A YEAR.
Only new work please, do not back link to posts before our challenge date.
You can combine our challenge with other challenges but please limit those entries to no more than 10, including ours.
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.









Saturday, June 17, 2017

Flirty and fun.....

Hello everyone: I have a super fun and cute card I made with a set of stamps I bought on Ebay some time ago. I don't know were they are from or their stamp set name, they came in a grab bag that was labeled "Feminine and Flirty", they were like $6.00 for about 10 stamps.
Anywho, her is my card, I think I will give it to my hubby for Father's Day 😘


Aren't this just adorable? I just stamped this image onto water color paper with Stazon black ink and colored them with SU markers this time and my "fixed" Wink of Stella pen, you can check HERE to see how I fix it so I can still use it once it's dry.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Lots of Thoughts", the little lace circle, from the same group as the main image.

I'm linking this card onto the following challenges.

CASOLOGY Week #253, "Clothes"



Making Memories Crafting Challenge #6 "Anything Goes/Bingo Board.
Taking a chance here, I went with the diagonal "Lace, Image, Sentiment"
I want to say this cute clothes have lace on them.


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.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Pansy Garden.....



Hello everyone: It's that time again when all of us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE are reminding you to go and check it out and join my teammates and I in our gallery.
The "Anything Goes" theme is very popular because it gives you the chance to just go and create whatever you'd like, just keep in mind that FLOWERS should be the main focus of your card.
Here is my card that I hope inspires you to play along.


Pansies are some of the sweetest of flowers, they are small but they are gorgeous and hardy, they come in all kinds of colors and some, like in this card, have 2 or 3 colors in their petals. Most times, when I need to have an idea about the colors of flowers I go to Google, here's a picture of Pansies that gave me the starting point to color this images.

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Aren't they just lovely? Well, my image was stamped onto a piece of water color paper with Stazon black ink and colored with Sakura Koi water colors and my water filled Wink of Stella brush, I just opened the brush, filled it with water and shook it, there is a lot of the glittery stuff left in there after your brush feels dry, so don't throw it away!! 
This is what I do, super easy!!
Unscrew the brush part from the bottom then, with some small pliers, carefully grab the black part and pull it out of the chamber where the glitter is, put it aside like in this picture. Then, grab the bottom part and carefully fill it with water but not all the way or it will spill the glittery stuff.
Now, put the black thingy back inside the water filled part, screw back the brush part and shake it. Hope you give this a try, there is a lot of the glittery stuff inside this chamber, enough to water color with a shimmery look.
Anywho.....on my first CARD for this challenge I die cut the picket fence for my little patch of flowers, this time, I used a small Martha Stewart fence punch on a piece of brown card stock that I stamped with a Wood Grain background stamp, the "dirt and grass" were stamped with the retired SU "Gorgeous Grunge" and a small grass image from Art Impressions.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from a retired Flourishes set called "Tulips for Friends" and the little flowers in the corner from another set called "Violets", I didn't have a small enough Pansy image to fit.
So now it's your turn to hop over THE FLOWER CHALLENGE to check out what my teammates have created and join us in our gallery.
Please add the Challenge Banner to your post when you upload your card to the gallery and also, please limit your other challenges participation to 6, including ours, read our rules at the top of the challenge page, 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. 





Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hey Sugar!!!!!

Hello everyone: I made another quick card this morning, nothing fancy, just very CAS, at least this is what I think.

See what I mean?  This little sugar bowls are from a very old stamp set from Cornish Heritage Farms, all the images are very retro, very 50's. and I really love them.
All I did is stamp the sugar bowls using the MISTI and then, I made a mask for the sugar bowl just so I can stamp the spoon, colored them with Prismacolor pencils and paper stumps dipped in baby oil and that was it. Super quick and easy.
The sentiment is from an old flourishes set called "Fresh Baked" and it's perfect for this images.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


Sentiment and sugar container are from the same set.
I'm linking this card to the following challenges.

Crafting from the Heart Challenge #163 "Anything Goes"

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, June 13, 2017

HAPPY MAIL.....

Hello everyone: In this day and age of electronic communication, the beauty of handwritten words is sadly getting lost. Kids are still being taught some kind of penmanship but, even the little ones in kindergarten, have computers available to them so, more and more everyone is grabbing pen and paper less and less and instead, just sit at the computer, (like I'm doing now, sheeesh!!😧)and write an email to friends and family.  I wont deny my note will arrive at it's destination blazing fast but, it's so much sweeter and personal, to find an envelope (that is NOT a bill) with a beautiful handmade card and a handwritten message inside, ahh!! HAPPY MAIL!!!
So, to encourage all of us to actually grab pen and paper to communicate with our friends and family, the SHOPPING OUR STASH has a challenge for you to play with with a theme of "HAPPY MAIL" which means anything that has to do with writing a letter, from envelopes to pens, stamps to mailboxes and, of course, images of the friendly post office folks who, rain or shine, they deliver our mail, whether is HAPPY or not, to our homes daily.
Here is my card that I hope will inspire you to join my teammates and I in our gallery.


This image is from my huge stash of Flourishes stamp sets and it's the very first one I bought when I discovered this company back in 2011.
I stamped it onto a die cut piece of water color paper using a postage stamp die, with Stazon black ink and colored it with SU markers this time. I stamped the little ink well separate, colored it and fussy cut it to add dimension to this panel.
I sponged a bit of Hello Honey around the image and added a piece of lace from my ribbon stash.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from this set, I stamped a partial image of the flowers and the ink well again.
I'm entering this card onto the following challenges.
City Crafters Week #366, FRAME IT.
The Crazy Challenge #250 USE FLOWERS.
Fashionable Stamping Challenges Challenge #124 MAKE IT FEMININE.

I hope my card inspires you to join us in the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery, we're looking forward to see what you create.
Please 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.



Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Taste of Honey.....

Hello everyone: I have a card to share with you, made with one of the sweetest and sadly retired, Stampin' Up! sets called "Just Buzzing By.....", I mean, this little bees are just adorable.
But this time I only used the Honey Jar, that reminds me a lot of the one Winnie the Poo always treasured and constantly was eating from.
This card will be entered onto a couple of challenges, one of them is the "Less is More", this time the talented gals of the DT want us to make a "ONE LAYER" card.



This image was stamped onto a blank card base, the kind I always use for my cards. I stamped it with Stazon Dove Gray ink and colored it with my Prismacolor pencils and paper stumps dipped in baby oil.  The circles around this jar were made with one circle die, I just draw around the inside and then the outside of it with  my pencils.
Then, using a stencil, I sponged the Honeycomb image with Hello Honey ink and stamped the sentiment from a retired Flourishes stamp set called "Apple of my Eye", by Marcella Hawley, the little bees are from a Power Poppy set called Dynamic Duos.....Foxglove and Ranunculus, both this bees were carefully snipped off the stamp just so I can use them on other cards, I keep them in a little ziplock bag taped to the back of the set.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


I stamped the sentiment and sponged the Honeycomb border with Hello Honey.

I'm linking my card onto this challenges.


Pause, Dream, Enjoy Challenges #176, Optional Theme "One Layer"

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.






Thursday, June 8, 2017

Blue, Blue Birthday.....

Hello everyone: No, it's not a sad birthday card, it's just BLUE.  I will link this card to a few challenges at the end of this post, one of them requires using this color for our cards.
This yummy slice of cake is from an old retired Flourishes set called "Pinwheels and Popsicles" and I love it for really fun Birthday cards.


I stamped the image onto Strathmore water color paper with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it, then colored it with Sakura Koi water colors. After I finished coloring the cake, I felt like it needed something extra so I stamped the little candle from a House Mouse stamp called "Birthday Cupcake" and fussy cut it, what's a birthday cake without candles, right?
House Mouse Birthday Cupcake Rubber Stamp - Cute Mouse Asleep on Cupcake and Another With Full Belly - Stampa Rosa 58
I just adore this chubby little mice, with their bellies full of cake.
The pattern papers are from my stash, the one with the flowers I think it's from Stampin' Up!, but I'm not totally sure.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


Both the sentiment and the Pinwheel are from the same set. I die cut the sentiment with THIS Spellbinders die set called "Oval Regalia"

I'm linking this card to the following challenges.
The Paper Players with a birthday theme from Jaydee.



Tiddly Ink Challenge #202 "Make It Rectangle"

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.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

So Sassy!!!!!


Hello everyone: I love Succulent plants but, for some reason, I haven't had any luck keeping them alive, I either water them to much or not at all, or they don't get enough sun or to much, which would be ok according to the directions on the pots so, maybe it's me πŸ˜• so, I rely on stamped images to enjoy this sweet and beautiful little plants, like the ones on this card.


What do you think, eh? I would love to have this cuties on my window sill, that's for sure.  This image is from a Power Poppy stamp set called Sassy Succulents and they couldn't be more adorable.
I stamped the image onto a die cut panel of water color paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with SU markers and an empty Wink of Stella brush, that I opened and filled with water, (I'm going to show you some pictures of this process soon)  I'm going to link this card to a few challenges at the end of this post and one of them is the Power Poppy June Challenge "Go Ahead.....Bug Me!", one of the other challenges is the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge with a theme of "Succulents".  
Anywho, I wanted to use this images but I needed a BUG so, I thought and thought and then I recalled an old and sweet Stampin' Up! set called A Flower For All Seasons and there, on the image with the Sun Flowers, there is a teeny, tiny Lady Bug that totally and perfectly fits for this card, I truly hope this is ok with the Power Poppy Challenge.
So, after I colored the Succulents, I very carefully and using my MISTI and a black marker, I stamped this little bug on my Succulents, ohh!! I'm so super happy about the way it turned out.
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.


Both the sentiment and the image are from the same set.

Here are the challenges I'm linking my card to.

Power Poppy June Challenge "Go Ahead.....Bug Me!"


Use Your Stuff Challenge #266 "Pattern Papers"
Lemon Shortbread Challenge #43 "Anything Goes"
Crafting From The Heart Challenge #162 "Anything Goes"

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, June 6, 2017

Mousy Get Well Wishes.....

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Hello dear blog friends: There is a new challenge over at the RETRO RUBBER challenge blog and it's one of the most popular ones, as the banner says, ANYTHING GOES this time so, I hope you find some time to play along with my teammates and I in our gallery.
Here is a card I made with, what I think, is the oldest stamp set in my craft room, one that was issued way long before I started stamping back in, if I recall correctly, 2010 or so. This set is called "Mice Messages" from Stampin' Up! and it's as cute as it can be.

Stampin' Up Mice Messages Set of 4 Stamps Retired 1999 Celebrate Love Friends

As you can see, the date on the wood block is 1999, I saw it on Ebay and I just had to have it and here is the card I created with one of the images, I was smiling, from ear to ear as I was coloring this sweetie pie.





Isn't she adorable?  I stamped this image onto a die cut circle of water color paper with Stazon ink and colored it with Prismacolor pencils and paper stumps dipped in baby oil. The background was made with a Woodgrain background stamp and the "floor" is a piece of Lili of the Valley pattern paper, (discontinued)
The lilac pattern paper is also from Lili of the Valley and sadly, also discontinued.  The sentiment is from this stamp but I snipped it off just to be able to place it anywhere I wanted.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment and the bench are from an old retired Flourishes set called "Around the Arbor".
So there you have it, hope you got inspired by my card to play along with us at RETRO RUBBER for our "ANYTHING GOES" challenge, for more inspiration hop over the challenge blog and check out my awesome teammates creations.
Please remember to use at least one stamp that is OLDER THAN A YEAR, whether it's how long you've had it or the date it was issued, we want to give all of our older and a bit neglected stamps a chance to shine again.
Also, please limit your challenge participation to 10 challenges, including ours.

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.

Lighthouse for SOS.....

Hello everyone: Well, Father's Day is almost here and the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge blog is having a challenge with a "Masculine" theme so, as I often do when I need to make this types of cards, I reached for my very small stash of masculine stamps where I found this handsome "Lighthouse" stamp from Impression Obsession called Ocracoke Island Lighthouse that's perfect for the guys so, here is my card that I hope will inspire you to join my teammates and I in our gallery.


I don't know about you but for me, it's hard to make masculine cards.  When I buy stamp sets, I navigate towards the flowers and cute little critters and it's rare to find out there beautiful images for men so, every time I see something like this image, I buy it immediately.
Masculine cards can't have a lot of embellishments so, all I did is create a "Sailor's Knot" following THIS TUTORIAL, you can use any type of string, I used a piece of Jute twine, I took two pieces instead of one. You just have to practice a bit, it took me a few tries to get it right but I think it adds a really rustic and beautiful touch to this card.
The image was stamped onto a piece of water color paper with Stazon black ink an colored with Prismacolors, I made a mask for the Lighthouse to sponge the sun and the sky.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


Keeping with the Nautical/Masculine theme, I stamped a couple of images from the retired SU set called "The Open Sea", which is another awesome masculine set.
I hope you are inspired to play along with us at SHOPPING OUR STASH, please visit my teammates' blogs to see their awesome creations and join in.

I'm linking this card to the following challenges.
Cards in Envy "You're the Man"
Simon Says Stamp "Simon Says Masculine"
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #190 "For a Special Man/Boy or Father's Day"
Unicorn Challenge Blog Challenge #22 "For the Guys"
Crafting by Design Challenge #162 "Always Anything Goes"

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.