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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Abigail is Painting.....

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Hello everyone: It's time for another challenge over at RETRO RUBBER and I know this theme is a favorite of you guys. I haven't used my Stamping Bella stamps in a while so here is this one, which is one of my favorites because I always picture my granddaughter Vanessa hard at work.


The name of this image is "Abigail Painting", stamped on watercolor paper with Stazon black ink and colored with some of my SU markers and Prismacolor pencils. The DSP is from Lili of the Valley,(discontinued), the sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called "Sassy Succulents.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


I combined 3 different sets here.  The sentiment is from a brand, spanking new SU set called All The Good Things, the border on the top is from a retired SU set called "Delicate Borders" and the little image on the corner is from a Mo Manning stamp called "The Artist", I have it in rubber but it can also be bought in digital format.

I hope you come along and play with us over at RETRO RUBBER, for more inspiration, please stop by the blog to see my teammates amazing cards and leave them some comment love.

Please don't forget to use at least one stamp that is OLDER THAN ONE YEAR.
Please let us know how long you had this stamps or the year when they were released.
You can enter 13 challenges including ours.

I hope you go dig out your beloved older stamps and join my teammates and me in the RETRO RUBBER gallery, 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.




Woof and Miaw.....


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Hello everyone: I've often been asked if I'm a cat lover or a dog lover and I always answer BOTH!!  My hubby and I grew up in a home that always had cats and dogs, plus birds, hamsters, and fish so there was no surprise that this challenge from SHOPPING OUR STASH was right up my alley.
Here is the card I created for your inspiration.


I don't know about you but, I simply love the Kaztelkraft critters, I have several sets of this totally funny and fabulous animals whos facial expressions are simply priceless.
I used two sets of stamps here, the grumpy kitty is from the set called Russian Cats and the smiling doggies from The Dogs set.
Stamped the images with Stazon black ink and colored them with SU markers and Prismacolor pencils, the sentiment was painstakingly stamped with this super old alphabet set, it was a bit tricky to line up the word "Cheese", so thank goodness for the MISTI.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.



The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called "Sassy Succulents" and the little chickies from Tiddly Inks and it's called For the Birds
So I hope you go and dig out your kitty and doggie stamps and come to play with us in the gallery.
Don't forget to visit my teammates' blogs to check out their fabulous creations and leave 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.






Sunday, November 4, 2018

Spring Blossoms in November.....


Hello, hello: I can't believe it's November already!! where did the year go!!!  But I hope it has been a good year for you guys and that you are all geared up for the upcoming Holiday Season.
So, the theme over at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE is SPECIAL OCCASION so, we want to see cards celebrating Birthdays, Weddings, Accomplishments, a New Baby, Engagement, etc.  
I created a Congratulations card, I hope you like it and then you go to our challenge page and check out my teammates' amazing creations.


This beautiful image is from an old Flourishes stamp set called "Spring Blossoms" illustrated by Marcella Hawley, this set came out in 2013 and now, Marcella has this lovely image on her Power Poppy store in DIGITAL FORM so you too can enjoy it.
I stamped this image on a panel of watercolor paper that I embossed with this pretty embossing folder from Sizzix, with Stazon black ink using my MISTI, I colored it with Sakura Koi watercolors and then, I gave it some shading and highlights with my Prismacolor pencils. 
After I was done coloring it, I placed the panel back on my MISTI, inked my stamp with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it, sometimes after coloring with Prismacolors the stamped image kind of looses the edges so stamping it again brings back the nice outline.

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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 flowers on the corner are from the same Flourishes set, colored with Prismacolors.

So come by THE FLOWER CHALLENGE blog and play along with us, my teammates have some beautiful cards for you to get more inspiration from.

Please remember to upload our banner to your blog post and make FLOWERS the main focus on your card.  You can enter 6 challenges INCLUDING OURS, please.

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my post, I want you to know that I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.



Thursday, November 1, 2018

CAS Sweet Peas.....

Hello everyone: There was a time when CAS cards were not on my list to create.  I like layering and a little bit of embellishing but, somehow, CAS cards have grown on me so, here's this one that I will enter into a few challenges.


This image is from a super old Flourishes stamp set called "Sweet Peas",  I stamped it on a folded piece of white cardstock with Stazon black ink and colored it with Prismacolor pencils, the sentiment is from another Flourishes set called "Tulips for Friends" and it's heat embossed in gold.
It's hard to see in this picture so I took a few more and this one is the best I could get.



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And this is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


I think this sentiment is from Penny Black but I'm not sure, I have no packaging for it.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.




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, October 30, 2018

The Sweetest Bat Girl.....

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Hello dear blogging friends: Tomorrow is Halloween so here at SHOPPING OUR STASH, my teammates and I are showing off our Halloween cards and we hope you come and join the fun showing us yours in the gallery.
Here is mine and I hope it inspires you to come and play along.


This little Bat Girl (no, it's not Batman's sidekick, LOL!!) is from Kraftin' Kimmie and it's called "Batty Princess", (I've had this rubber stamp for at least 3 years), I absolutely love her wings, her hair, her dress, her batty friend and, of course, her spider friend too. 
I stamped her on a piece of watercolor paper with Gray Stazon ink and colored her with my Sakura Koi watercolors and my Prismacolor pencils.
The spider is from a super old Stampin' Up! set called "Best Friends" that came out back in 2006, talk about OLD, eh? the BOO sentiment was punched with a punch that is so old also I had forgotten where I got it.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


All of the images are from a retired SU set called "Bite Me"

So I hope you get your Halloween stamps out and come and join my teammates and me in the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery, don't forget to stop by the DT's blogs to check out their creations and get more inspiration from them.

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, October 28, 2018

Apple Picking Season.....

Hello dear blogging friends: Well, apple picking season is here and let me tell you, the flavor of those cold, fresh picked apples is second to none.
So to celebrate this beautiful tradition around here I made this card and I hope some of you have a chance to go pick some delicious apples real soon.


This delicious crate of apples comes from the Power Poppy set called FARMER'S MARKET and all of the other images are just as beautiful and as fresh looking at this one.
I stamped it on a die cut watercolor circle with Stazon Gray ink, (I think it's called Dove Gray), and colored it with SU markers, a damp brush and Prismacolor pencils. The background is a SU stamp called "Hardwood". 
The sentiment is from the set.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called SHORT STACKS, the apples are part of the image on the front, I just inked those with a gray SU marker.

I would like to play along with the following challenges.

Power Poppy Creative Confetti sketch challenge by Julie Koerber.

Crafty Friends Challenge Blog

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #67 "Autumn Colors"
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Dragonfly Dreams Autumnal Colors.
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International Art and Soul Challenge #45 "Autumn Colors"

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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, October 27, 2018

Amanita Muscaria.....

Hello everyone and a happy weekend to you all. 
A few weeks ago I bought this gorgeous stamp set from Power Poppy called WILD MUSHROOMS, as soon as I started seeing the sneak peeks from the DT members, I knew I was going to get it so, here is my card, featuring one of these amazing mushroom images.


I stamped this image on a die cut piece of watercolor paper with Versafine black ink and colored it with my SU markers. I'm amazed at the fact these markers are still plenty juicy, even if they are very, very old.  The pattern papers are from my stash, the sentiment is from the set, the enamel dots are home made by me, using the directions on THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL, I love how they turned out, she baked them at 450 degrees for about 12 min. if you want them to spread a bit more, for 8 min. to make them smaller.  The only kind of tedious part is lining them up on your baking sheet.

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Here is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The little mushroom is from the Wild Mushrooms set, the sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called Best Day Ever.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.


Colour Crazy Craft Challenge

Ellibelle Creative Moments Crafty Wednesday. Outdoors/Nature.

Crafty Friends Challenge Blog



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.