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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Happy Fall, Y'all

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

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Autumn is my favorite Season of the Year, the cooler temperatures are so welcomed after enduring some really hot days in July and August but, it's the colors we enjoy every year that makes me wait for it every day.

I have a card to share that depicts exactly what I mean.




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This is the inside

This is what I used.
House Mouse "Fall Commute", I inked only this little mouse on my panel, the other leaves that are around him, were stamped, colored and fussy cut.
The sentiment in the front is from Power Poppy "Feeling Fall"
The sentiment inside is from Power Poppy "In Praise of Sunflowers"
I colored the leaves and mouse with Kuretake Gamsai Tombi watercolors.

I want to play with:




"Fall Leaves"

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





Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Artistically Inked #2......

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

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Here's a card I made to remind you to come and play along with us over at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE , you have until September 28th. to load up your cards, we hope to see you in our gallery.

I've been having lots of fun playing with this truly beautiful Stampin' Up! set called Artistically Inked, these images look amazing stamped in any color.




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This is the inside.




And this is what I used.

Stampin' Up! "Artistically Inked"
An Old but still juicy SU "Tempting Turquoise" ink pad.
The leaves were stamped twice, once with "Tempting Turquoise" and again
with "Old Olive", I really like the color I got, not green or blue, but it's just right.
I used the dies from this bundle to cut all the images.

I hope you come and play along with us over at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, we can't wait to see what you create.

Until next time, stay healthy and safe.
XO
Maria.

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I continued to play with this set, check out my DSP!!!!!


I'm going to make more in other color combinations, I'm sure they will all look amazing, let me know what you think, ok?
This is truly a beautiful and amazing stamp set.
XO









 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Knitting Comfort.

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

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I just love sketch challenges, especially when my teammate Claire Grantham, from the RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE BLOG is the one designing them, this one is no exception.

Here's the card I created to inspire you to play along with us.


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This is the inside.


My card is created with one of my most endearing images from a retired Flourishes set called "Stitched for You" (2012), I love this set because every single image reminds me of my sweet, amazing Maternal Grandma, she's the one who thought me how to knit, crochet and cross-stitch, I love her and miss her every single day. 

The images on this card were colored with Windsor&Newton watercolor markers.

I created my own DSP using the Stampin' Up! set called Artistically Inked, I love the watercolor look of these stamps. I used the long one to stamp my paper using two different shades of green, I added some gold accents to the images with a small brush, I think it came out pretty good, don't you think?

Here is a picture of my DSP.

I'm having lots of fun with this awesome stamp set, I'm going to create more DSP using other color combinations, I just love the way it turned out.

So, I hope you come over and check out the RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE BLOG  and get more inspiration from my fabulous teammates, we can't wait to see what you create.

Please keep in mind that the stamps you use MUST BE OLDER THAN ONE YEAR, I'm sure that, if you are like me, you must definitely have older stamps that you just can't get rid of, am I right?๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š

Till next time, stay healthy and safe.

XO

Maria.











All About Books.......

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

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The SHOPPING OUR STASH CHALLENGE BLOG has a new one for you to play with, our theme for the next 10 days is "BOOKS", so look in your stash and find some stamps with books and share your card with us in our gallery.

This is the card I made to inspire you to play along, and hop over to the challenge page to see my teammates' awesome inspiration projects.

This is the inside.


And this is what I used.

Flourishes "On the Porch" (2012)

My own DSP stamped with the "Artistically Inked" SU set, I added some gold details to mimic the real one๐Ÿ˜Š


The sentiment in the front is computer-generated.

The one on the inside and the little flower pots are from a Stampin' Up! set called "Garden Pleasures" (2001)

Prismacolor pencils, paper stumps and Gamsol.


I hope you go and SHOPPING OUR STASH, come along and join my teammates and me in our gallery.

Thank you for visiting me today.

Stay healthy and safe.

XO
Maria. 





Thursday, September 9, 2021

Artistically Inked.

 Hello everyone: I'm always praying and hoping you and your families are doing well, taking care of each other, staying healthy and safe.

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I have a card to share with you today made with a NBUS stamp set from Stampin' Up! called Artistically Inked bundle.




This is the inside.



And this is what I used.
Stampin' Up! "Artistically Inked"
Tim Holtz distress inks.
I created my own DSP for the background using the long stamp from the set and then applying gold ink with a small brush to some areas, I had the picture of the actual DSP from this suite on my screen, I think it came out pretty good if I say so myself๐Ÿ˜‰
I fell in love with this set as soon as I saw it in the catalog, I absolutely love the watercolor look of all the images.

I want to play with:
"Sparkle and Shine"

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






Saturday, September 4, 2021

Sweet Peas.

 Hello everyone: I'm always praying that you and your families are doing well, doing whatever it takes to stay healthy and safe.

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The theme for the month of September over at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE is:

This is a beautiful color and we can't wait to see what you create.

I went looking for some pictures of Turquoise things and I found these beautiful stones:



And these beautiful flowers.


And this is the card I created to inspire you to play with us.


This is the inside.


And this is what I used:

Flourishes "Sweet Peas" (2009)
Prismacolor pencils.


So I hope you come and play along with us over at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, please remember to read our rules, they are simple but important. 

Now, the month of October signals our 5th. Birthday, so I hope you guys come and check out our blog and play along, we're going to have some fun and fabulous surprises for you.

Thank you for stopping by today.
Stay healthy and safe.
XO
Maria.



Thursday, September 2, 2021

From the Desk Off......

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

I have a second post to share with you today, this card was super fast to create.



This is the inside.


This is a detail of the sweet little inkwell.


This is the very first stamp set I bought from Flourishes back in 2011.
I fell in love with these images the first time I saw them.
I positioned the stamp in a way that allowed me to ink up the image with a marker. I lightly added color with my Prismacolor pencils.
For the inside corner detail, I stamped the inkwell and then, again positioned the stamp with the pen on the MISTI to lean it on the edge of the inkwell.
The spots are heat embossed with WOW Gold embossing powder.
The sentiments are from the set.
The detail on the inside top is from SU "Delicate Details" (2017)

I want to play along with:




Thank you for stopping by my blog today.
Stay healthy and safe.
XO
Maria.