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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

VIOLETS FOR THE FLOWER CHALLENGE OLC.....


Hello everyone: It's the half way on THE FLOWER CHALLENGE "One Layer Card" challenge so here I am with another card to inspire you to come and play along.


This image is from a very old and retired Flourishes set called "Sweet Violets". I stamped it on a folded watercolor card base with Versafine black ink, clear heat embossed it and colored it with Sakura Koy watercolors.  I wanted to frame the image with something so I grabbed a SU embossing folder called "Filigree", this kind of ground my little flowers.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is done with a SU set called "Delicate Details", the sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called SAGE ADVICE.

I hope you join my teammates and I at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE gallery and also check out the fabulous and beautiful inspiration cards from the rest of the Design Team, we can't wait to see what you create.
Please include our logo on your post when you upload your card, make sure the main image is a flower, you can participate in 6 challenges including ours.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #110 "No pattern papers"
Creative Craft Cottage

Tiddly Inks Challenge #216 "Clean and Simple"
Tiddly Inks 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, August 14, 2018

Leaves for SOS.....

Hello, blogging friends: Autumn is kind of around the corner, which is fine with me since it's my most favorite Season of the Year. I love the cooler temperatures but most of all, I love the glorious colors on the trees.
The theme over at SHOPPING OUR STASH is LEAVES so here is the card I made to inspire you to come and play along with us.


These leaves were stamped and then heat embossed with gold and copper embossing powder with the "Vintage Leaves" stamp set from the 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! catalog (sadly retired) then I die cut them with the coordinating die set, (also retired­čś×), I sponged the leaves with distress inks to add color to them.
The panel with the gold design is from SU and the wood pattern paper from MODA SCRAP "WOOD EFFECTS" I adore this amazing paper and the great thing about it is that it's ONE SIDED!! so you don't have to struggle picking what side to use.
The ribbons are from my stash of bits and pieces, I was lucky I had that gold cord in the bag which was just about enough to make a bow, I need to get more, I really love how easy it is to make a bow with it.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Dahlias", the leaf from the same set.

I hope this card inspires you to come along and play with us at SHOPPING OUR STASH, for more inspiration stop by the blog and check out my teammates' beautiful creations.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

Southern Girls Challenge "Make your mark with Team Lou"
Southern Girls Challenge

Try it on Tuesday "Inspired by a Song" 
The song that inspired my card is Autumn Leaves by Eva Cassidy.


Cut It Up "Your Favorite Color" Mine are the colors of Autumn.
Cut It Up




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.



Wonderful Autumn.....


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Hello dear blogging friends: Here I am with a really fun TIC TAC TOE challenge at RETRO RUBBER, love this challenges because you have a lot of options to choose from.
I made my card with the vertical line on the far right, MASCULINE, ONE WORD, LEAVES. 
Here is my card, hope it inspires you to play along.


This leaves where die cut with a die set from Memory Box using watercolor paper and then sponged with distress inks, the branches were hand drawn and then fussy cut.
The sentiment both inside and out are from a 2013 set called Dahlias from Flourishes.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Dahlias" and the Acorns are from a set from Our Daily Bread called "Autumn Blessings"

I hope you stop by the RETRO RUBBER blog and check out what my awesome teammates have created to inspire you and come and play along with us.
Remember that at least one of the stamps you use has to be 1 year old or older. 

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

Southern Girls Challenge Make your mark with Team Lou.
Southern Girls Challenge

Try it on Tuesday "Inspired by a song" 
The song that inspired my card is Autumn Leaves by Eva Cassidy.
Try it on Tuesday


Scrap from your Heart Challenge #24
"One for the Guys"
Scrap from your heart

Craftaholics R Us Challenge #32 "Use Yellow"
Craftaholics R Us

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.






Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Silhouettes for SOS #366.....

Hello dear blogging friends: There is a new challenge over at SHOPPING OUR STASH for you to play with, the theme is SILHOUETTES so look around your craft room for these type of stamps and come join us in the gallery.  This is my card and I hope you get inspired to come and play along.


This image was bought on Ebay but there was no information at all about it from the seller, but I love this sweet Fairy and the rest of the stamps on this set, there are a lot of small butterflies, some flourishes and flowers.  I stamped it on a Ninah Solar White panel with Versafine black ink and clear heat emboss it, then I sponged the paper with Distress Inks, the corners were punched with a "My Paper Studio" punch. The little charm says "believe", I hope you can see the word.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a retired Flourishes set called "Orchids".

So I hope this card inspires you to play along with us at SHOPPING OUR STASH, we can't wait to see what you create.

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, August 4, 2018

A Beautiful Day OLC.....



Hello dear blogging friends: It's time for a new challenge over at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE and this time it's a ONE LAYER CARD.
I've been having a lot of fun coloring with my Prismacolor pencils and I love the way they look on Kraft card stock so, I cut a card base with it and stamped my images. I did a bit of masking to be able to accommodate my flowers on the edge of the panel.  I hope this card inspires you to come and join my teammates and me in the gallery.


This images are from an Altenew set called BEAUTIFUL DAY, stamped several times with Antique Linen Distress Ink and colored with Prismacolor pencils. I went over the stamens with a brown thin marker, the sentiment is 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 POTTED PRIMROSES, the border is from a retired SU set called "Delicate Details", the corner flowers from the Altenew set.

I hope you have a bit of time to come and play along with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, my teammates and I can't wait to see what you create.
Please read our rules, they are few but important,  include our logo on your post when you link up your card to the gallery, you can only link your card to 6 other challenges, make sure FLOWERS are the main focus on your 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.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

A Very, Very Special Card.....

Hello dear blogging friends: The card I'm sharing with you today has a very special meaning for me because it was made with my 20 year old granddaughter Vanessa's first ever digital image, created by her and it shows some of her amazing talents as an illustrator and artist.   You can read a bit of her story HERE and view the image at her ETSY SHOP and , perhaps get this beautiful image for yourselves.  Here is the card I made with it, hope you like it.


I printed the image on a die cut panel of Drawing Paper because I wanted to color it with my Prismacolors, the sentiment is from a stash of unknowns, this one might be from Stampendous.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called "Short Stacks" the leaves from a retired SU set called "Peaceful Petals"

I would like to play along with the following challenges.


Country View Challenges  "In the Summer Garden"

Sheepski Designs Challenge #16 "For Someone Special"

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, July 24, 2018

Rustic Rejoicing.....

Hello everyone: There is a new challenge over at SHOPPING OUR STASH and this time my teammates and I want you to use Kraft cardstock in your creations.
Here is my card and I hope it inspires you to come and join us in the gallery.


This card is created using a lovely image from a Power Poppy set called RUSTIC REJOICING, I stamped it on a piece of watercolor paper with Versafine black ink, clear heat embossed it and colored it with SU markers and re-inkers, then I added it to a folded Kraft card base.
I added a bit of Wink of Stella to the ribbon, I hope you can see it, this shimmery stuff is hard to photograph. I die cut the watercolor panel with a Spellbinders die called "Majestic Labels 25". I also added the corner dies from a set from Cherry Lynn I found in my stash of left over embellishments.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment and Jingle Bell are from the set, the lacy border is from a retired SU set called "Delicate Details"

I hope you stop by the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge blog and check out my team mates beautiful and creative projects and join us in the gallery.

I'd like to play with the following challenges.

Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #109 "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"
Christmas for me.

Digi Doodle Studios  Challenge #7 "Christmas in July"

Sweet Stampers Challenge #22 "Christmas in July"

The Merry Christmas Challenge "Anything Christmas"

Morgan's Art World Challenge #07 "Anything Goes"

Wide World Open Design Team Challenge  "Anything Goes"
Member of 3 DT's
The Flower Challenge
Retro Rubber
Shopping Our Stash

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.