Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tea for Two and Two for Tea.....

Hello dear friends: There is a new challenge over at SHOPPING OUR STASH and the theme this week is COFFEE OR TEA.  I love both beverages, I drink coffee early in the mornings so I can fully wake up and start the day but I love tea in the afternoon, specially Orange Chamomile, soothing when it's piping hot and so refreshing when cold. Here is a card that I hope will inspire you to join my teammates and I in our gallery.


This adorable image is from a Power Poppy set called Short Stacks, I just love, love the sweet little parakeet, this colorful birds are so cute and come in the most amazing colors, I chose this bright yellow for mine today, very fresh and vibrant for Spring.
I stamped the image onto a die cut piece of Strathmore mixed media paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with my Sakura Koi water colors, adding a bit of shading with SU markers. The pattern paper is from a discontinued line from Lili of the Valley, ribbon and enamel dots from my stash.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Christmas Tea" and so is the little pot and cup.
I hope you go feel inspired to join us in the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery, for more inspiration, please go to our challenge blog and check out the awesome cards from my teammates, be sure to stop by their blogs and leave them some comment love.

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.









Button It Up!!!!!

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Hello dear blogging friends: We have a new challenge for you to play with over at RETRO RUBBER, this time we want you to use BUTTONS in your creations, we can't wait to see what you share with us in our gallery. Here is my card that hope inspire you to play along.


I did not have any pretty buttons to make a card for this challenge, just the regular buttons like for shirts or blouses but nothing good enough to use here but, the other day I was at the craft store to get some supplies and, before I leave, I always check the bargain section at the end of the store, this time I found this beautiful buttons right there among other stuff in a small plastic bag, there are about 30 buttons of flowers, watering cans, hats and gardening tools for $1.00, I also found a flower and fence die for $3.00, I love a bargain, don't you?
Anyway, I stamped the leaf stem from the 2014 Stampin' Up! "Peaceful Petals", several times, masking the image as I went down the row, with Wild Wasabi ink, then, colored the leaves with Prismacolor pencils, I sponged some Wild Wasabi ink for the grass and some Tumbled Glass distress ink for the sky.  The little sign is made with THIS Purple Onion stamp trimming it to make just a sign I could hang from the fence with some copper wire.  The sentiment on it is from a 2009 retired Flourishes set called "Sweet Violets", (by Marcella Hawley) and the butterflies are from THIS CC Designs set that is discontinued.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


Both the sentiment and the little vase in the corner are from a 2013 Flourishes set (images by Marcella Hawley) called "Dahlias".
I hope this card inspires you to join my teammates and I at the RETRO RUBBER gallery, for more inspiration, hop over to the challenge and click on their creations, don't forget to leave them some comment love.
Please remember that the stamps you use to participate and have a chance to be picked as "Top Five" and have the chance to be our Guest Designer MUST BE OLDER THAN A YEAR, if you can give us the age of your stamps or how long you've had them, it would be fabulous.
Also, you can combine our challenge with up to 10 other challenges, including ours.
For more details on our simple rules, please check them out at the top of the challenge page.

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, April 23, 2017

Holiday Hello.....

Hello everyone: I need to keep increasing my stash of Holiday cards and, with that purpose in mind, I created this one, that I will link up to a few challenges at the end of this post.


This image is from a Power Poppy set called Cozy Cupfuls, I can almost smell that hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows.
I stamped it onto a piece of Strathmore mixed media paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with a few SU markers and a little bit of my Sakura Koi water colors.
The background pattern paper is from a discontinued line from Lili of the Valley, the one with the gold stripes from My Paper Studio, the sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called Merry Littles, which has a whole bunch of adorable little images, perfect for the Holidays.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The little gift image is from Merry Littles and the sentiment is from Ponsettia, another beautiful Power Poppy set.
I'm linking this card to the following challenges.

Power Poppy "Power and Spark" Pick a Sketch April Challenge.
I picked this one but I didn't slant the panel.

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge "April/Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas"
ABC Christmas Challenge "H and I are for?"  H is for Home, I is for Informal, I went with the Informal.

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, April 20, 2017

Smells like Christmas.....

Hello everyone: I love the smells of the Holidays and one of my personal favorites is the aroma of citrus and cloves. Here is a card I made with a Power Poppy set called Spice It Up, I will link this card to a few challenges at the end of this post.


I can almost smell the sweet aroma of this orange studded with cloves.
I stamped it with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it then colored it with my Sakura Koi water colors and some SU markers for shading. The "JOY" die cut word is from Penny Black Love and Joy decorative dies, I think the snow flake is from Mariane Designs, I'm sorry I can't remember.
The pattern papers are from my stash and the decorative edge is punched with an old Friskars punch.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment and the small image on the corner are from the set, I punched the top with the same Friskars punch and put a small piece of gold wrapping paper in the back, from my stash.

I'm linking this card to the following challenges.

I used this sketch.

Addicted To Stamps Challenge #238 "Holiday"

Chirstmas at Sweet Stamping April Challenge "Anything Christmas"
The Sisterhood of Crafters "STAMP IT!" Challenge"
Inspiration Destination Challenge #126 "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.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher.....

Hello dear blogging friends: Spring officially arrived a while back but up here in the Mid West, we have had some cold and rainy days, although you know what they say, "April Showers bring May Flowers" so, in spite of the down right cold temps, the tulips and daffodils are showing up and showing off their magical colors. Here is a card to celebrate them.


This image is from an old Flourishes called "Tulips for Friends" but now, you can get the revamped digital image over at POWER POPPY.
I stamped my image with Stazon black ink onto a piece of Strathmore water color paper and used my new Sakura Koi water colors to color it, love the vibrancy of this paints.
The pattern paper is from Lili of the Valley (discontinued 😞), the little butterfly is from Stampin' Up! Papillon Potpourri, such beautiful butterfly images, which is retiring this year, along with both fabulous punches so, hope you can grab this items before they are gone for good 😞
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment and small tulip are from the same Flourishes set that was perfect for this card.
I'm entering this card onto the following challenges.

Stinkin' Inkers Challenge #1 "Shower of Flowers"
Ike's World Challenge #86 "Anything goes, optional twist "Easter/Spring Flowers"
High Hopes Stamps April Challenge"Think Spring"
Deep Ocean Challenge #153 "Spring"
Creates and Makes Challenge #10 "Anything Goes" optional theme "Springtime"
Simon Wednesday Challenge "Showers and or Flowers"

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, April 18, 2017

Everything's Even Rosier.....

Hello dear blogging friends: There is a new challenge over at SHOPPING OUR STASH for you to play with, this week we want you to make your cards with ROSE IMAGES. With Mother's Day just a few weeks away, this could be your chance to make some beautiful cards for all the Moms in your life.  Here's my card, and I hope it inspires you to join my teammates and I in our gallery.


This beautiful image is from a Power Poppy set called Everything's Even Rosier, another gorgeous set of images by the amazing illustrator Marcella Hawley, I adore the detail of this images that are a joy to color. I stamped the image onto a piece of Strathmore mixed media paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with SU markers and Antique Linen distress ink, added a bit of shadow with Prismacolor pencils. 
The pattern pattern papers are from my stash of discontinued Lili of the Valley and the ribbon from a stash of bits and pieces of left overs, this one was just the right size.
I added a few NUVO Jewel Drops that I made myself, I'm becoming addicted to this wonderful product, the colors are gorgeous and they dry translucent.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called Azalea, I think it compliments the sentiment in front very well. I stamped this other rose image with SU Crisp Cantaloupe.
So, go dig out your stamp sets or single stamps with roses on them and join us in the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery, we can't wait to see what you make.
Be sure to visit my teammates blogs to see how they made their beautiful creations and leave them some comment love, we all love to read your thoughts.
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, April 17, 2017

Is Spring Finally Here?????

Hello everyone: I'm sure some of you have experienced a very rocky start for Spring, up here in the Mid West, we have had beautiful, warm, sunny days followed by cloudy, rainy and down right cold days so, it's a miracle the flowers are blooming and the trees are starting to show their brand new leaves so, to celebrate this beautiful season, I made this card which I will link to a few challenges at the end of this post.


This lovely bouquet of Spring flowers is from the Power Poppy set called Springtime Love. I stamped it onto a scalloped die cut piece of Strathmore water color paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with my brand new water color paints from Sakura Koi. The sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called Dynamic Duos: Foxglove and Ranunculus, the little bees are from one of the images, I snipped them off from the stamp to be able to use them like this, I keep them in a small zip lock back that is taped securely to the set. Pattern paper and ribbon from my stash.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


Both the sentiment and the little flowers are from this same set.

I'm linking this cards to the following challenges.

This is the sketch I followed.

613 Avenue Create, Anything Goes with optional twist of "Anything Spring"
613 Avenue Create

Great Impressions Theme Challenge "April Showers Bring May Flowers"

Penny Black And More April Challenge "Spring Flowers"
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #56 "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 this more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.

Friday, April 14, 2017

A Little Reminder.....


Hello everyone: We've come to the half way point on THE FLOWER CHALLENGE sketch challenge so, my teammates and I created some more cards for you to get inspired and join us in the gallery.  Here is mine.


I was having a hard time taking this pictures, it's foggy and gray and awful so, I apologize for the darkness, I think I will get one of those picture boxes with a built in LED light, I've seen some good ones out there.  But anywho, this image is from a Stampin' Up! 2015-2016 Catalog Hostess set called "Best Thoughts". I always loved this beautiful Hydrangea flower and I was lucky to get it on Ebay.
I just stamped it onto a panel of Whisper White card stock with Versamark ink and white heat embossed it, then, wetting each petal, I colored this flower with a set of  water colors that my aunt gave me the other day, they are from Sakura Koi and the shades are gorgeous.
I bought this sentiment plus a few more also on Ebay and I heat embossed it in gold glitter.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment and butterfly are from the same set.

Here is another look at the fabulous sketch we have for you to play with.


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, April 11, 2017

Got To Roll With The Punches.....Or Dies.....

Hello everyone: It's time for a new challenge over at SHOPPING OUR STASH, the subject for this week is PUNCHES OR DIES so, get busy and join my teammates and I in the gallery. Here is my card.

Sometimes I need a bit of inspiration to create my cards and for that, I go to Pinterest, where I found THIS CARD by Heidi Baks and decided to CASE it, thank you Heidi. 
This flowers are made with the awesome Stampin' Up! set called Botanical Builder Framelits Dies, fabulous images that you can die cut in any color, I'm so glad I invested in this dies, they are awesome.  I just sponged the centers of the flowers with some distress inks and added 3 enamel dots for dimension.
The word "you're" is cut with my Cricut machine, I'm ashamed to say I haven't used it in years, I was even thinking of selling it or donating it but I'm sure glad I didn't because it helped me cut this word to compliment my other sentiment "amazing" which is one of my new dies I bought from Ebay. 
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


I stamped my sentiment from the old Flourishes set called "Magnolias" and die cut it with a Spellbinders die set called "Oval Regalia".
So, there you have it, get your punches and or dies and I hope you join us in the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery, please stop by the blog and check out the awesome cards from the rest of the Designer Team, then visit their blogs and leave them some comment love. 
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.

Special Delivery.....

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Hello dear blogging friends: My teammates and I have a new challenge over at RETRO RUBBER for you to play with, this time we want to see you create your cards using your older than a year BABY CRITTER STAMPS , we can't wait to see what you create.
Here is my card that I hope inspires you to join us in the gallery.


Most of you know how much I adore the House Mouse siblings, this image is one of the many reasons why I just love them. The stamp is called "Butterflight" and I think it's just adorable, I have had this stamp for at least 5 years.
I colored it with SU markers and Prismacolor pencils for the Butterfly's wings, the pattern paper is from a discontinued line from Lili of the Valley, the sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Hello Baby". The little hearts on that tag are made with an old Stampin' Up! corner punch, I really do not use it to punch corners, I just love the perfect little hearts it punches.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The frame around the CONGRATULATIONS word is from Penny Black and this is discontinued, I couldn't find it to give yoiu the link so it's old, the sentiments are from a Tailored Expressions called "Onsie Twosie", I looked for it but I'm afraid it's discontinued, so it's pretty old too.
So I hope you feel inspired to join my teammates and me in the RETRO RUBBER gallery, please stop by and check their amazing cards and blogs and leave them some comment love.

Please remember that, in order to be considered for Top 5 Picks, the stamps you use must be older than a year, we would love to know how old they are or how long you've had them.
You can use other new products like paper, dies and punches but, at least one of the stamps used should be older than a year, we want you to give those older images a chance to shine again.
Also, you can combine our challenge with up to 10 challenges, INCLUDING OURS.

I'm entering this card onto the following challenges.
2 Crafty Critter Crazies "Must feature a Creature"
Crafting When We Can Challenge #141 "Animals"
Card Mania Challenge #91 "April Showers Bring May Flowers" my little mousy is going to land in a field of Lilies of the Valley.
Crafts and Me April Challenge "Things with Wings"
CCC Digi Creations Challenge #70 "Include and Animal"
Creative with Stamps "Baby" This challenge is celebrating their 1st. Anniversary.

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, April 10, 2017

Hello Gorgeous!!!!!

Hello everyone: Today I have a Fairy card to share with you that is not part of the rubber stamps my aunt gave me some years ago, this one is a digital image from Sugar Nellie called "Story Teller", unfortunately they do not have it anymore, I went to look for it and a few others that I wanted but they told me they do not sell those images anymore. Why????? I do not know why they discontinue this lovely images, oh well. Here is my card. (I'm so happy I bought this file)


I had this image for years, my printer is not working and since I really do not need it all that much, this sweetie was just there, in the downloads folder, waiting to be colored and enjoyed.  My youngest daughter, who luckily lives next door, told me to email this files to her to try to print them for me so I did and, VOILA!! it worked, I had so much fun coloring her.
I was afraid that the printer ink was going to bleed when I use water colors but it didn't, woo hoo!! so I colored her with SU markers and Prismacolor pencils.
I added some punched out little dots to the mushrooms because I saw this photo and loved it.

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Isn't it just gorgeous? 
Here is a close up picture of my little mushrooms and I hope you can see the glitter on her wings.


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


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Best Day Ever and the little flowers and grass from  Art Impressions. 

I'm entering this card onto the following challenges.
Cardz 4 Galz Challenge #44 "Fairy Nice"
Inkspirational Word Prompt "SPRING" hope my flowers fit the theme.


My time To Craft Challenge #343 "No Designer Paper"
Send A Smile 4 Kids (For Moms or Special Females, from the kids.)
For my 13 y/o granddaughter to give to her mom, (my youngest daughter)
Come and Get It Challenges "In The Garden"

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, April 7, 2017

Riding Pretty.....

Hello everyone: Well, finally today, after days and days of gray skies, cold temperatures, fierce winds and rain, the sun is shining bright outside, oh!!! it looks so beautiful outside my craft room windows, I have the drapes open and the light is inundating every corner of this room, which makes me so very happy.
It's still a bit chilly for a bike ride, only 38 degrees but non the less, it's a beautiful day.  I would love to go for a bike ride but I'm not to fond of freezing to death so instead, I made this card, wishing and hoping soon I it will be warm enough to go for a spin.  I will enter a few challenges at the end of this post.

This image is from Impression Obsession and the set is called "Riding Pretty". It comes with other images and sentiments, I picked the roses for the basket and the presents to stand on the bike rack.
I stamped all of this images onto Strathmore mixed media paper with Stazon black ink and colored them with SU markers and Prismacolor pencils. The flowers and gift stack were then fussy cut and placed on the bike with foam dimensionals.
The pattern paper is from Lili of the Valley (discontinued), the ribbon from my stash.  The little sentiment up there in the corner is from a Power Poppy set called Go Wild, I stamped it vertically on that little tag using the MISTI.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set called "Be Happy Today".

I'm entering this card onto the following challenges.

Simon Says Happy Birthday SSS is celebrating it's 8th. birthday!!!!!
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #117 "3+Layers" my card has 5.

(PIN)spirational Challenges #187 (I was thrilled to see this picture, looks like my bike)




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, April 6, 2017

Alleluia.....

Hello dear blogging friends: Easter is fast approaching so I pulled out an old stamp that I haven't used in a long time.  It's simple but beautiful, I will link this card to a few challenges at the end of this post, here is my card.

This stamp is from Stampabilities and it's called "Resurrection Cross", I think it's discontinued.
I stamped it with Stazon black ink onto a panel of Strathmore mixed media paper that I die cut with the Wonky Stitched dies and colored it with SU markers and an aqua painter, the background is sponged with Hello Honey and Baked Brown Sugar. The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "He Is Risen". Didn't put any embellishments on this card, I think it doesn't need any.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


Both the sentiment and the Easter Lily are from the same set.

I'm entering this card onto the following challenges.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #236 "Anything Goes"

Creative Moments Challenge #115 "Anything Goes, optional twist "Easter"
Cards und More Challenge #181 "Cards for Easter"
Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #164 "Easter or Spring"

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, April 5, 2017

Just Keep Swimming.....

Hello dear blogging friends: Some time ago I won this Beta Fish stamp with THIS CARD at the Designs by Ryn October challenge, I used to be very shy about putting my cards out there but my friends convinced me to share them and now, I love participating in challenges, this gives me a chance to push myself to be creative and also, I meet a lot of fabulous card makers out there sharing their love for this craft.
I have a card to share with you today and I will link it up to several challenges at the end of this post.


This beautiful image of a Beta Fish is being inked for the first time, I don't know why I waited so long to play with it.
I stamped my image onto a die cut panel of Strathmore mixed media paper with Versafine black ink and clear heat emboss it, then colored it with SU markers, an aqua painter an did some highlights with Prismacolor pencils. The pattern paper is from Lili of the Valley (retired), the sentiment form THIS Hero Arts clear stamp set.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The bubbles are from another Designs by Ryn stamp called Rising Bubbles and the sentiment from an old Flourishes set called "Magnolias".

I'm entering this card onto the following challenges.
Designs by Ryn April Customer Creation Challenge.
LiveLoveCards April Challenge "Sea Life", this fish doesn't live in the sea so I'm taking a leap of faith here with this card.
The Crazy Challenge #245 "Bingo" I picked the bottom choices, hope the shades of pink are ok.
My Creative Scoop Color Inspiration Monday.
2 Crafty Critter Crazies, your card MUST have a critter.

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, April 4, 2017

Pretty in Blue.....


Hello everyone: This month, at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, we have a sketch challenge for you to play with so, come and join my teammates and me in the gallery. 
Here it's the sketch and the card I made with it, hope it will inspire you to play along.

This image is from a Power Poppy set called Potted Primroses, the sentiment is from the set too.
I Google'd this pretty flowers to see what colors they come in and I was amazed at the huge array of shades and variations so, I picked the blue ones for my card.
I stamped them onto a die cut piece of Strathmore mixed media paper with Stazon black ink and colored them with SU markers, an aqua painter and Prismacolor pencils. 
Now, about that beautiful green/silver paper.....I save every single piece of pattern paper Marcella Hawley, the owner of Power Poppy, wraps my purchased stamp sets with, I used a piece of one of this papers for my card,  she also always writes little personal notes for us, I've also saved them all. 
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Sweet Peas", the potted flower from Power Poppy's "Potted Primroses".
I hope you get inspired by the sketch and my card, for more inspiration, hop over THE FLOWER CHALLENGE blog and check out my teammates amazing creations, don't forget to leave them some comment love.
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.