Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sweet Dreams.....

Hello everyone: Do you believe in Fairies? I do and because of that, I enjoy coloring images of this ethereal little creatures that live among flowers or deep in forests, that are attracted to mirrors, pencils, honey, silver and gold foil paper and also, glass beads.
Some years ago my aunt found a box with about 25 plain rubber stamps at a thrift store, she bought them on the spot because she knows how much I love Fairies. This stamps were dirty and dusty, some looked like they have been used and were all stained. After I washed them and started stamping the images to see how they looked like, I was astonished at the beauty of this images.  Unfortunately there was no name of any company that made them in that dirty box but, just about 2 years ago, I found out that they were from a company called Sweet Pea Stamps. They are no longer in business so I feel real fortunate to own this lovely images.  Here is a card made with one of them, that I will link to a few challenges at the end of this post.


I stamped the image onto a panel of Strathmore mixed media paper and water colored it with SU markers and an aqua painter, I added a bit of detail with my Prismacolor pencils.
The twigs in the background were stamped using a stamps with corals, I just masked the Fairy and mouse. I didn't want to add a sentiment, I really didn't want to clutter this image so I just die cut the word "Dream" from a left over piece after I cut the panel.
I added a bit of ribbon and some paper punched with a lace punch.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is one of my absolute favorites, it's from an old retired set from Flourishes called "Orchids", the little mushrooms on the bottom are die cut with a border die from C. C. Designs but unfortunately, it's discontinued. 

I would like to enter this card onto the following challenges.
CCC Digi Creations Challenge #67 Fairies.
Petal Lu Challenges #32 Anything Goes.
Die Cut Divas February Challenge "Use Red or Pink"
Creatalicious Challenges Challenge #109 Anything Goes/optional use ribbon or twine.
Animal Friends Challenge #47, no DSP and must contain an Animal.

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, February 17, 2017

No Line Coloring #2.....

Hello everyone: Yesterday I made THIS CARD to enter the Power Poppy February Challenge, among others that I will list at the end of this post. In this challenge our host Cindy Lawrence from The Creative Closet is asking us to create our cards using the No Line Coloring Technique.
I've watched several videos about this technique, they seem easy but it's a bit tricky, well at least for me so, here I am, with my second attempt, let me know what you think.


This flowers are from a set called Countryside Bouquet Delux from Power Poppy. This images are gorgeous, perfect for Spring themed cards.  So I stamped only the flower heads from one of the stamps in the set with Tumbled Glass distress ink because I was going to color them blue with the same ink and an aqua painter, the stems were done with a SU marker in Wild Wasabi. I made a little mask of one of the front faced flowers to stamp the image a second time. The sentiment is from a retired Flourishes set called "Tulips for Friends".  The grass is from a stamp by Art Impressions and the dots from a retired SU set called "Gorgeous Grunge"
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from the same retired Flourishes set.

I'm entering this card onto the following challenges.
Power Poppy "Power and Spark" February challenge "Say Yes to No Lines"

Crafting by Design "Polka Dots" challenge. I'm pushing the envelope with my "dots"

Addicted to Stamps and More "Clean and Simple"

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #167 "No Red or Pink"
Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge BLUE.
Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenges #14 "Flowering February"

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, February 15, 2017

No Line Coloring.....Attempt #1.....

Hello everyone: Well, there are a few things that kind of intimidate me a little in the world of card making, some are technical like, I have NO EARTHLY CLUE as how to use the Permalink thingy so my dear and ever so patient friends at my DT. challenge blogs, help me linking my card post to the challenge. I've tried, believe me, still the darn thing doesn't want to work for me, I'll keep trying though, I'm not one to give up easily.
Now, the other thing is the NO LINE COLORING technique.....Now, this is hard, I'm used to coloring my images knowing there is a dark line for me to follow but, in the "No Line Technique", the stamped image must be very, very faint, you shouldn't be able to actually see it so then, you can go with your markers or pencils and color it.
The fabulous Power Poppy Challenge Blog has a challenge for the month of February, Cindy Lawrence from The Creative Closet is the host and they ask us to create our cards using this technique so, after a few failed attempts, here is my first card, hope you like it.


I did struggle with this card, not only with coloring the actual image but with the layout too. I wanted some contrast with the soft colors of this flower so I chose this pattern paper from Lili of the Valley and die cut the left upper corner with a die from Tim Holts.
The image is from a Power Poppy set called Simply Camelias, which happens to be on sale now! I stamped the image onto a panel of Strathmore mixed media paper with Spun Sugar distress ink and colored it with Prismacolor Pencils and paper stumps dipped lightly in baby oil.
The sentiment is from a retired Flourishes set and the butterfly from Stampin' Up! "Papillion Potpourri" also colored with Prismacolor pencils.
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 This is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from a retired Flourishes set, the rest is from a retired Stampin' Up! set called "Kindness Matters"
So there, my first attempt at No Line Coloring, I'm going to keep trying because I really want to do it better and besides, if you enter this challenge over at Power Poppy and your card is randomly chosen, you win a brand new set from Marcella Hawley, now..... what better incentive than this?

I'm entering this card onto the following challenges.
Power Poppy "Say yes to No Lines" Use the "No Lines" coloring technique.

Ike's World Challenges #82 "Anything Goes" with an optional twist "Nature"
Lemon Shortbread Challenge #35 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, February 14, 2017

A Little Reminder.....

Hello everyone: It's the half way point on THE FLOWER CHALLENGE #4, where we had the fabulous and talented Therese Calvird from LOST IN PAPER as our Guest Designer for this month and we asked you to join us in the gallery by CASEing her beautiful card.  She has a video on her blog where she shows how she made it so be sure to stop by.
Here is a picture of her card, followed by my CASE reminder card.
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This delicate die is from Memory Box and it's called  Pennington Rose Corner Die.  I die cut a piece of white card stock and then, placed the negative over my card base to calculate where I needed to add the color using sponge daubers and distress inks in Pickled Raspberry and Shabby Shutters then, glued the negative onto my card base followed by the die cut. 
Now, I've come to the realization that I only have maybe 5 or 6 sentiment word dies, one with the word LOVE is part of a Christmas set, the other ones were not really suitable for this card so, I was in a bind trying to figure out what to do.  I have an old Cricut machine that I bought years and years ago as a kit when this cutting machines first came out, it has 2 cartridges with sentiments and figures but, I lost the manual and really didn't use it all that much so, I just packed it up and forgot about it.  But I needed a sentiment so I went to my basement and grabbed this dusty old thing hoping it will still work. Well, it does but the blade is as dull as a butter knife and the sticky sheet not to sticky anymore so I had to improvise, I had even forgotten how to use it, sheeesh!! But with the help of Google I found the directions and, well.....to make an already long story short and after a few failed attempts, having to use scotch tape to hold the card stock to the "sticky" sheet, I was able to cut 3 sentiments, which I glued one on top of the other, for some dimension.
Anywho, I think I will go and buy the blades, the sentiments on this cartridges are really nice but I will get me some sentiment dies for sure.
           Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.
                                                             
 

The corner butterflies are made with a super old punch from EK Success, the sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Springtime Love.

I would like to enter this card onto the following challenges.
Glitter and Sparkle Challenge #226 "Love is in the Air"
Crafting When We Can Challenge #137 "Flowers"
AAA Cards: CAS Game #83 "Shape your Love"


Well, I hope this card gets you in the mood to join my teammates and me in THE FLOWER CHALLENGE gallery. Don't forget to pay them a visit to get even more inspiration from their beautiful cards and also, please don't forget to include our challenge banner when you submit your cards to the gallery, here it is for you to copy and paste.

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.



Heartless Romance.....

Hello everyone: Catchy title, eh? LOL!! The reason for it is that, over at SHOPPING OUR STASH, we want you to make Romantic Cards but without using hearts.  I fought the urge to add some hearts to my card but, after it was done, I'm glad I didn't because, even without hearts, this card is so romantic and sweet, well.....I think so.  Here it is, hope you like it and get inspired to join my teammates and me at the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery.


Well, what do you think? this sweet little mice from the set HUGS by Penny Black, say it all without a word, I just love this image.
I stamped it onto a die cut panel with Stazon black ink and colored it with SU markers and the aqua painter, I stamped the little flower umbrella on a separate piece of paper, colored it and fussy cut it, curling the edges a little to give it some dimension then, using a glue dot, I placed it on top of the stamped image. I sponged Tumbled Glass Distress Ink for the sky and just a hint of Old Olive for the grass.
I wanted a border but the next die up was to big so I grabbed a doily and cut out the center, then, cut it to make a long strip which I glued to the back gathering it a bit as I went around. 
The pattern paper is from my treasured, one sided stash from Lili of the Valley, the ribbon from my bottomless drawer and the sentiment was found in a box where I put sentiments when I change my mind. 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.


The sentiment and the little flowers are from an old Flourishes set called "Picking Wild Flowers"

I hope you find some time to play along with us at SHOPPING OUR STASH, for more inspiration, go and visit my teammates blogs to see their fabulous cards.

I would like to enter this card onto the following challenges.
Dragonfly Journeys Challenge#85 "Love is in the Air"
Come and Get It Challeges "Love is in the Air"
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #141 "Love"
Glitter "N" Sparkle Challenge #226 "Love is in the Air"
Stamping Sensations February Challenge "Animal Magic" (must contain animals)

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.



Eeekk!! Have a Mice Birthday.....

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Hello everyone:  My teammates and I over at RETRO RUBBER, have a new and easy challenge for you this time around, we want to see Birthday cards, for kids and kids at heart 😉. I think Birthday cards are always in high demand so it's good to have some already made in your stash.   Those of you who know me well, know I love mice.  The real ones are adorable, although I don't think I would like to have them running around in my house, LOL!! but there are a few rubber stamp companies that have adorable little images of mice and one of my favorite is Lili of the Valley, my card was made with one of them.
This stamp line has been discontinued from Lili of the Valley, I had this stamp for 3 years along with the other 4 I bought when they had a sale. It's so sad when images like this one are no longer available, I'm sure glad I got them.


Aren't this little guys just so adorable? This image is easy to color, I did it with my Prismacolor pencils and paper stumps dipped in baby oil, added some gold gel pen to some of the bows and ribbons and a few Rhine Stones for bling. The background panel was stamped with a stamp from Impression Obsession called "Background Swirls".
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from Penny Black and the little line of gifts from an old Flourishes border stamp that is at least 5 years old, colored with Prismacolor Pencils.
So now it's your turn to create a birthday card and join us in the gallery. Birthday cards are always good to have on hand so come aboard and play.
Please don't forget to check our challenge page HERE to get more inspiration from my fabulous teammates cards.

And also, please don't forget to:
Use at least one stamp older than one year.
You can use new papers, dies and embellishments.
Please, submit your card to only 10 challenges including ours.
Please, submit only new work, no back linking.
Have lots of fun!

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you 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, February 10, 2017

Stinking.....CUTE!!!!!

Hello everyone: I have a super easy card to share with you today, that I will link to a few challenges at the end of this post, Valentine's Day is fast approaching and I needed a couple of cards for my youngest grandchildren, this is one of them.


I love the images on this retired SU set called "Pun Fun", I haven't used it in a while, so thanks to the challenges I'm entering, I dusted it up and grabbed this stinking cute little skunk to make my card.
Easy peasy.....stamped it on a panel of water color paper with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it then, colored with SU markers and the aqua painter. 
The pattern papers are from a sadly discontinued line from Lili of the Valley, the hearts were punched with the ever so fabulous Owl Builder punch from SU.
I embossed the dark brown panel with a dot embossing folder, hope you can see it. 
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiments are from  a retired Flourishes set called "From the Heart".
I'm linking this card to the following challenges.

Die Cut Divas Sketch challenge #303.
Cards Und More challenge #177, Pets and other furry friends.
Mod Squad Challenge Blog "Let me see you TEXT(urize)", I dry and heat embossed my card.
Paper Craft Crew Challenges Theme Challenge #230 "LOVE"

Join me in a celebration of love with the Paper Craft Crew Theme Challenge 230. #pcc2017 #themechallenge #love www.papercraftcrew.com

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Simon Says Cute".

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.