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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

More Christmas in July.....


Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge Blog

Hello everyone: The SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge is celebrating their 400th. post!!! WOW!! that is indeed an awesome milestone. The theme for this hot, hot July (well, at least where I am) is CHRISTMAS IN JULY so get your Holiday stamp sets and help us celebrate, and join my teammates and me in our gallery.


This image is from a Power Poppy set called Cozy Cupfuls which was released back in 2015, love this beautifully wrapped gifts and I can almost smell the hot chocolate and little marshmallows in that cute mug.
I stamped the image on Ninah 80lb. card stock with Stazon black ink before I embossed the panel then colored it with Prismacolor pencils, I added a bit of gold ink to the bow and some Rhine Stones for a little bling.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


I stamped the border with the Bordering Blooms stamp set (SU), the sentiment and the corner image are from a retired SU set called "Father Christmas"

I hope you feel inspired to come and join us at the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery with your Christmas in July creations, we can't wait to see them.
Stop by the blog to check out my teammates' cards for more inspiration, visit their blogs and leave them some sweet comment love.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

A Place To Start

Challenge #62 "Christmas in July"
International Art & Soul

Christmas in July
Crafty Sentiments Designs

I turned it on the horizontal.

Christmas in July. 

Christmas in July.

Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
Hugs.
Maria.

Retro Rubber Color Me! Challenge.....

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Hello everyone: Aren't those flowers just so beautiful?
The RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE has this gorgeous picture for you to get inspired to come and play along and here's the card I made for this challenge.


Violas, Pansies, Violets are my most favorite small flower, they are hardy, colorful and gorgeous.
The image is from a 2009 Flourishes set called "Sweet Violets".
I stamped it on Strathmore Vellum paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with Prismacolor pencils, the surface of this paper is smooth so it blends the colors easily, the pattern paper is from my stash and the sentiment from the set.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Orchids Rock, released and bought immediately by me in February 2015.

I hope you come to visit our RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE  blog and check out my teammates' creations, please don't forget that the stamps you use on your cards MUST BE OLDER THAN A YEAR, if you can give us the approximate date of their release or how long you've had them, we would love it.

Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
XO
Maria.

Monday, July 15, 2019

A Delicious Garden Twofer.....

Hello everyone: The fabulous ladies at the TWOFER CHALLENGE never cease to surprise me, each challenge prompt word has been fun and, well.....challenging too. Here are my cards, together first then, individually.


I wish I had a thumb GREEN enough to grow these amazing Veggies, the most I've grown is a few herbs and a couple of tomato plants that, amazingly enough, gave us some pretty nice tomatoes last year. 
But this gorgeous pile of veggies from a Power Poppy set called "Farmers Market" makes you feel like an expert gardener.


This is a "Get Well" card.
I stamped the image on watercolor paper with Versafine black ink, clear heat embossed it and colored with Sakura Koy watercolors, the pattern papers are from a retired line from Lili of the Valley, the "get well wishes" sentiment is from a retired SU set called "Teeny, Tiny Wishes", the other one from an old flourishes set called "From the Garden".
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 This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from Penny Black, the apples from the same Power Poppy set.

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Here's my Twofer card.


This is a Birthday card.
I stamped this image the same way but this time I did a bit of fussy cutting on the bottom veggies, the "Happy Birthday" sentiment is from SU "Teeny, Tiny Wishes", the "Way to Grow" from the Power Poppy set.
I added a strip of striped paper I save from all the Power Poppy stamp sets I get, I cut it to put the sets on their plastic envelopes, I think it's so colorful and it looks really awesome as an added detail, don't you think?
The little watering can is a button from my stash.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is from SU "Bordering Blooms", the sentiment from Penny Black and the little sprig of Chives from Power Poppy "Sage Advice"

I'm playing along with the following challenges.


July Challenge "Anything Goes"
A Place To Start


Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
XO
Maria.


A Little Pastel Reminder.....


Hello everyone: It's that time again for THE FLOWER CHALLENGE "Pretty Pastels" reminder and I'm here with a new card to inspire you to come and play along.

This image is from a Power Poppy set called Springtime Love, I stamped it on white card stock with Wisteria Wonder ink (I can't believe this ink pad is still juicy enough to stamp with) and colored it with Prismacolor pencils.
The sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called Dynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is called Everything's Even Rosier from Power Poppy, the butterfly is from a 2004 Stampendous set (discontinued)

I hope you stop by THE FLOWER CHALLENGE blog to check out my teammates' gorgeous creations, gather more inspiration and come join us in the gallery, we can't wait to see what you create.
Remember we have a price Bev from UNIKO to give away this month, she's sponsoring us and we are so very grateful.
Please remember that FLOWERS should be the main focus on your cards, you can only enter 6 other challenges, including ours, for more details on our rules, just click on the tab above the post. 
And stop by also by our fabulous Guest Designer Michelle Lupton to check out her gorgeous cards.
Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
XO
Maria.





Saturday, July 13, 2019

Seaside Memories.....

Hello everyone: I have a simple card today featuring a long-forgotten rubber stamp from Inkadinkado, that's all I can tell you.


I don't even remember when I got it or what's its name but, none the less, it's a pretty image and I'm glad I decided to use it today, inked up with Stazon black ink and colored with Prismacolor pencils, the sentiment is from a very old Flourishes set called "Seaside Life" (2009).

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment and the seashell are from the Flourishes set.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

Sketch by Linda.



Get inspired by Seashells.

Challenge #120 "Summer"
Creative Craft Cottage

Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
XO
Maria.


Friday, July 12, 2019

Christmas Candles and Pine Leaves.....

Hello everyone: I have another super easy and fast Christmas card to add to my stash, I must say that the "Christmas in July" theme out there is the perfect chance to get some Holiday cards ready and into your stash.


This image is also from the retired Flourishes set called "Christmas Candles", I created THIS CARD a couple of days ago with the same set.
I stamped the image on a panel that I embossed with the retired SU embossing folder called "Pine Bough" sponged with Old Olive and Garden Green inks, the candles and leaves are colored with Prismacolor pencils. I didn't add any sentiment, I think it would've crowded the panel.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The little pine branches on the top and the candle on the corner are from a Power Poppy set called "Merry Littles", the sentiment is from the candles set.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.


Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog

Challenge #505 "It's Begining to Look a Lot Like Christmas"
little red wagon

I turned the sketch on the horizontal.

Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
XO
Maria.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Christmas Candles and Snowflakes.....

Hello everyone: I have another card to add to my growing Christmas Card stash so I know I'll be set when the Holidays roll around.


The image is from an old Flourishes set called "Christmas Candles" (2011), stamped with Stazon black ink and colored lightly with Prismacolor pencils, the embossing is done with a retired SU folder called "Northern Flurries", I lightly sponged it with Tumbled Glass distress ink and added a few Rhinestones for a little bit of bling.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The snowflakes on the border are stamped with a retired SU set called "Spirited Snowman", the sentiment is from the candles set and the little candle on the corner from a Power Poppy set called "Merry Littles".

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

Challenge #62 "Christmas in July"
International Art & Soul


#445 Anything Goes/For a Man or a Boy
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge


Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
XO
Maria.