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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Let's Play Tic Tac Tow with Retro Rubber!!

 Hello everyone: As always, I pray and hope you and your families are doing well, taking care of each other and staying healthy and safe.

The RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE has a new Tic Tac Toe grid for you to play with.


I chose the first row going vertical, Masculine, Embossing and Stripes.

Here's my card, which I created for my hubby for his 67th. Birthday💕
coming up in August.


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This is the INSIDE.



And this is what I used.

The image is from Art Impressions, I got it on eBay about a month ago but I think it came out back in 2013 according to some research on Pinterest.
I used a diagonal stripe embossing folder for my background panel.
The sentiment in the front is from Concord & 9th., "Happy Day (2016)
I stamped the cute golfer image on a piece of white card stock and colored it with Prismacolor pencils, then fussy cut it.  I placed a piece of painter's tape behind the golf club to make it a bit more sturdy as I cut it.
The sentiment inside is from Power Poppy's "Short Stacks" (2015)
I punched the "golf ball" with a 1.25 circle punch and embossed it with a dot embossing folder, I'm very happy it looks so real, 👍

My teammates and I over at RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE hope you will come and play along with us in our gallery. Don't forget to stop by the challenge to get more inspiration from my awesome teammates.

Thank you for visiting me today, I appreciate and read every single comment you leave on my posts.

Stay healthy and safe.

XO
Maria.

I apologize for the comment section being so far below, I just don't know why this happened, I've tried to fix it but I can't.





































One Of My Favorite Bugs!!!!!

 Hello everyone: I hope all of you and your families are doing well, keeping each other safe and healthy.

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My teammates and I over at shopping our stash have a new theme for you to play with and it's all about bugs!!

My favorite bug is the spider, I have a lot of respect and admiration for this critters and, even if I don't want them inside my house, I never kill them, I trap them with a glass and a piece of cardstock and take them outside to my flower pots, I figure they will have a better chance to find food out there than in here.

Anywho, here is my card and believe me, I used every single spider stamp I own, this was so much fun and, since spiders seem to be associated with Halloween, I made this card using this cute little mummy, who is not to thrilled about all of these spiders showing up at the same time, I hope he's going to get a glass and some cardstock to trap them and take them outside, Lol!!

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This is the inside.



This is what I used.

The mummy is from Stampabilities (2006, discontinued)

spiders: 

Stampin' Up! "Best friends" (2006, retired)

Stampin' Up! "Dark and dreary" (2010, retired)

Stampin' up! "bite me" (2013, retired)

 my teammates and I hope you go look for your bug stamps, we're sure you have some, and come and play along with us in our gallery, we can't wait to see what you create.

Thank you for visiting me today.

stay healthy and safe.

xo

Maria.



Thursday, July 15, 2021

A Little Reminder with Poppies.

Hello everyone: As always, is my hope you and your families are doing well, taking care of each other and staying healthy and safe.

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It's time for a little reminder for THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, and I chose this beautiful Power Poppy image from a set called "Poppies".

This is the inside.


And this is what I used.
Power Poppy "Poppies" (retired)
Power Poppy "Best Day Ever" and "Everything is
Even Rosier" for the sentiment.
WOW Pearlescent embossing powder.
Gansai Tombi watercolors.
DSP from my stash.

I hope this reminder inspires you to come and play along with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE.
I hope to see you in our gallery.

Stay healthy and safe.
XO
Maria.






 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

A Mummy Kitty.

 Hello everyone: I'm always hoping you and your families are doing well, staying healthy and safe.

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I'm here with a fun Halloween card to inspire you to join us and play at the 2 OLD BATS HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE, this is our mood board.


And this is my card.


I took my inspiration from the adorable kitty on the mood board, she totally looks like my "Ivy".
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This is the INSID


THIS IS WHAT I USED.

The image is from Whipper Snapper Designs, it's called "Mummy Cat",
the stamp I have from a long time ago came with the background of the moon, clouds, and tombstones, I think this one is discontinued.
The ghosts are from "Kraftin Kimmie", I stamped them on Vellum with gray ink
and fussy cut them, I put a small piece of double-sided tape to hold them in place.
I sponged the sky with Distress Inks.
I used Prismacolor pencils for the cat and the moon.
The inside sentiment is from a Flourishes set called "Witching you a Happy Halloween. 
I punched the witches with a Martha Stewart punch.

I hope you go and check out the 2 OLD BATS HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE for more inspiration from my awesome teammates.

Thank you for your visit and your comments.
Stay healthy and safe.
XO
Maria.











Saturday, July 10, 2021

I'm a Guest Designer at the TWOFER CARD CHALLENGE!!!

 Hello everyone: As always, I hope you and your families are doing well, keeping each other healthy and safe.

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Well, I'm very happy to be the Guest Designer at the Twofer Challenge #40, my 
Twofers for Challenge #38 were picked as the Conventional winner, WooHoo!!

The Prompt for this challenge is:

Twofer Card Challenge


And here are my cards.


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Card # 1,"Friendship"


This is the INSIDE.


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My Twofer. "New Home"


This is the INSIDE.



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This is what I used.

Most times, I like to combine several stamp sets from different companies to achieve the look I want for my cards.

Card #1.

Stampin' Up! "Free as a Bird".

Stampin' Up! "Climbing Roses".

DSP from my stash.

Enamel Dots from Gina Marie Designs.

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Card #2

Stampin' Up! "Free as a Bird". I used the mirror stamping technique to create the two little birds.

Stampin' Up! "Crackle Paint"

The die-cut flower might be from Memory Box, but I'm not sure, I apologize for not having this information, this die is very old.

Flourishes "Friendly Reminders" for the sentiments in the front.

Stampin' Up! "Beautiful Bouquet" for the inside sentiment and the leaves on the branch.

Altenew "Birch Land" for the little birdhouse.

The DSP is from my stash.

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I hope you give this TWOFER CARD CHALLENGE a chance, I love putting my creative mind to the test when I play along with this challenge, I feel grateful to all the ladies in the Design Team for inviting me to be their Guest Designer this time around.


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today, I appreciate your visit and your comments.

Please stay healthy and safe.
Till next time.
Maria.






Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Christmas in July!!

 Hello everyone: I'm always hoping you and your families are doing well, keeping each other healthy and safe.

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July just started and it's been hot and humid this past week, so my teammates and I over at SHOPPING OUR STASH want you to put yourselves in a Christmas kind of mood and create some Holiday cards for our challenge.

This is the card I made to inspire you to come and play along.


This is the INSIDE.


This is what I used.

Penny Black "In the Manger" (2013)
Power Poppy "Oh Holy Night" (2014), for the sentiments
on the front and inside of the card.
Power Poppy "Glitter Village" (2017) for the pine sprig.
Prismacolor pencils.
Lace punched border from Martha Stewart.
DSP from my stash.

I hope you hop over to the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge blog to get more
inspiration from my awesome teammates and then, join us in our gallery.

Thank you for visiting me today.
Stay healthy and safe.

Maria.


A Fun Sketch from Retro Rubber.

Hello everyone: I'm always hoping you and your families are doing well, keeping each other healthy and safe.

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The RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE has a fun and fabulous sketch for you to play with, designed by our teammate Claire Grantham, we hope you will play along and join us in our gallery.


This is the card I created with the sketch.




This is the INSIDE.



And this is what I used.

Stampin' Up! "Peace Within" (2009-2010)
The teeny, tiny bird on top of the basket's handle is from an
Altenew set called "Birch Land" (2015)
Stampin' Up! "Gorgeous Grunge" (2013-2014)
Spellbinders "Hemstitched Squares"
Prismacolor pencils.
The strips of paper on the front and inside are cut from
the Power Poppy packages, I love how bright and colorful they are.


I hope you find a bit of time and play along with us at 

I love sketches, they take the guesswork out of creating your cards, this one is really fun and gives you lots of options on what to use for each part.
Hop over to the challenge page for more inspiration from my awesome teammates.

Till next time, please stay healthy and safe.
XO
Maria.