Saturday, September 19, 2020

Twofer Challenge #31.

Hello everyone: As always, my prayers and sincere hope that you and your families are doing well in these very difficult times we are living. I'm also praying for some very much needed CHANGE hopefully, very soon.

God Bless us all.

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It's no secret that The Twofer Card Challenge is one of my favorites. I've been participating since the very first one, I think Darnell had the best idea for a challenge ever!! Besides working your noodle to its maximum potential, you end up with two cards, very cleverly created with the fun thems the fabulous ladies from the DT come up with every month.

Here are my cards together.


This is the first one.


The pine trees are from a very old SU set called "Lovely as a Tree", (2002) the cute little camper is from a Flourishes set called "S'more Fun" (2013), the birds are from another SU set called "Up, Up and Away" (2011-2012)
The camper was stamped on Canson Mix Media paper, colored with Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut.
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This is the inside.


The sentiment and banner are from the Flourishes set.

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Here's my Twofer.


I used the pine tree from "Lovely as a Tree" to create a Christmas swag, I die cut a couple of pine cones, the bow and the golden branches from the SU set called "Pretty Pines" (retired)
The sentiment is from another SU set called "Christmas Lodge" (2011-2012).
(Retired)
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This is the inside.


The sentiment is from a set called "Nesties Ornaments" by Sparkle N Sprinkle".

I want to play with the following challenges.



Thank you for visiting me today.
Stay healthy, safe and please wear your masks.
XO
Maria.












Tuesday, September 15, 2020

A Little Reminder.

Hello everyone: As always, it's my wish and my prayer that all of you are doing well, these are very difficult times and I truly hope that brighter days are on the horizon, for all aspects of our lives.

Keep taking care of yourself and each other and please, don't forget to wear your masks.

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THE FLOWER CHALLENGE has arrived at its halfway point so my teammates and I have a quick reminder and some fabulous inspiration on our challenge blog so, I hope you guys hop over there and then, join us in our gallery.

 


We have Bugaboo Stamps as our fabulous sponsor this month and they have offered a $12.00 gift code for our winner, they have beautiful and whimsical images in their store so go and check them out.  The image on my card is one of many amazing floral choices.
This floral vase is printed on Canson Mixed Media paper and colored with Prismacolor pencils for the flowers and leaves and bronze watercolors for the vase and splatters.
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This is the INSID


I left it without a sentiment because this card can be for any occasion so I will stamp a sentiment as needed.
The little flowers are from a retired SU set called "Beautiful Bouquet", the butterfly is from another retired SU set called "Kindness Matters"

So I hope you come and join my teammates and me in our gallery.
Please don't forget to read our rules, it would be sad if you can't be our winner for not following them. 

Thank you for visiting.
Please stay healthy, safe and wear your masks.
XO
Maria.





 

Monday, September 14, 2020

More Masked Little Mice.

 Hello everyone: My prayers go for all of you who are being affected by the terrible fires on the West Coast, I pray for my friends who live in California and Oregon, I'm so sorry for the devastating loss all of you are suffering right now.

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I have another card done with THIS STAMP SET from House Mouse.

 

I think this is one of the best ways to encourage everyone to wear a mask, I mean, these little siblings are doing it, we should too.

The image is stamped on Canson Mixed Media paper with Stazon ink and colored with Prismacolor pencils. The balloons are from Purple Onion.

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Here's the inside.

The sentiment is from the HM set, the little mice footprints from Penny Black  HOMEMADE.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

"Less is More"

House Mouse Designs

"Anything Goes", option Christmas.

All Sorts Challenge Week #589 

"Incorporate things you love"

I LOVE House Mouse Mice.

Allsorts challenge blog

Thank you for visiting me today.

Please, stay healthy, safe and, like Monica, wear your masks.


Till next time.

XO
Maria.




Friday, September 11, 2020

Never Too Cute.

 Hello everyone: I'm praying that you and your families are doing well in these difficult times. I'm also praying for all of the people who are in the path of these horrific fires, some of my friends live in California and Oregon and they tell me that the skies are orange and filled with smoke. I'm praying for your safety and that of all of your loved ones.

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I don't know about you guys but, I have enough stamp sets to last me for the rest of my creative life so, I've promised a couple of times not to get any more stamps, no matter how beautiful or cute they are.

Some of you know that I adore the House Mouse siblings and I do have a lot of images of these sweet little critters but, about a month ago I saw a set that just made me go crazy enough to break my promise of not getting new stuff.

I made this card with it, I'm asking you, how can I not get this set??

The name is "Masked Mice"


Isn't this little mousey just so adorable?? 
I just stamped it on Canson Mix Media paper with Memento black ink and, once it was dry, I colored with Prismacolor pencils.
The pattern paper is from my dwindling stash from Lili of the Valley, the other one was stamped with a background stamp from Impression Obsession called Swirl Background
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 This is the INSIDE


The sentiment is from the set.

I want to play along with the following challenges.

#323 "Anything Goes" option Christmas.


"Colorful"

Thank you for visiting me today.
I hope you follow the example of this sweet little critter and also, please, wear your masks when going out.

Stay healthy and safe.
XO
Maria.




Tuesday, September 8, 2020

A Color Challenge for Retro Rubber.

 Hello Everyone: I hope all is good with you and your families as we deal with these very troubling times. I hope and pray that CHANGES will soon be here so we can all start healing physically, mentally and emotionally.

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Well, I'm sure most of you are struggling with the "new and supposedly improved" Blogger Interface, and I just found out that Facebook is doing similar changes. I hope that I can still come here to share my cards with you.  I'm not fond of changes at all, especially when things are working fine, I don't know why "they", whoever they are, think that "improving" something that's running well is a good thing.

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The new RETRO RUBBER challenge is a COLOR one, these colors are beautiful and fresh, so I hope you get inspired to come and play along with my teammates and me in our gallery.

This is the card I made.


This beautiful image is from my Fairy collection of plain red rubber stamps that my aunt Norma gifted me with some years ago, she found a box with about 25 plain red rubber stamps, all dirty and stained but, she knew how much I loved stamping so she bought the whole lot for about $10.00
I colored the image with Windsor&Newton watercolor markers and Prismacolor pencils for shading and for the Fairy's skin. I added some Nuvo Drops around and Glossy Accents to the drops on the rose and leaves.

This is the INSIDE of the card.


This sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Orchids" and I always use it when I make my Fairy cards.

I hope you go visit the RETRO RUBBER challenge blog for more inspiration from my teammates' cards and then, come and play along in our gallery.

Thank you for visiting me today.
Stay healthy, safe and please wear your masks.

XO
Maria.



Friday, September 4, 2020

The Flower Challenge #48.

Hello everyone: I hope all of you and your families are still doing well, do your best to stay healthy, safe and please don't forget to wear your masks.
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The new theme for THE FLOWER CHALLENGE is a color one, we would love to see your cards created with PINK and BROWN in our gallery.
This is the card I created to inspire you to come and play along.

We are being sponsored this month by BUGABOO STAMPS who's generously giving a $12.00 gift code to our lucky winner, this is enough to get approximately 4 digital stamps.  They have so many beautiful and fun stamps for you to choose from, my card is made with one of them.


I printed the image on Canson Mixed Media paper and colored it with Prismacolor pencils.  I'm not very sure where the die-cut sentiment comes from, it's either from Elizabeth Craft Designs or Die Cuts & More, I apologize.
I cut the word 5 times, once with pink card stock, 4 times in black to give it dimension, it was a bit of a task to glue all 5 layers.
The frame was cut with the "Hemstitch Squares" from Spellbinders.

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This is the inside.


The border is from a SU set called "Delicate Details" (2017 SAB, retired), the sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called "Sage Advise", on sale now😉
The climbing rose is from a SU set called Grace's Garden.

I hope you go and visit THE FLOWER CHALLENGE blog for more inspiration from my teammates and come and join us in the gallery.

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

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Gifts and Cake.


Hello everyone: As always, I hope and pray you and your families are doing well, these are scary and worrisome times but we can get through them like we've done before.  When things are not working they must get fixed, CHANGES need to be made no matter how hard they might seem right now. 
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Isn't this a gorgeous bouquet of colorful flowers?
Well, my teammates and I over at the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge blog want you to use these beautiful colors on your cards and come and play along with us in our gallery. 


These festive and delightful images are just perfect for kids and adults alike. 
My card is a CASE of THIS gorgeous card created by my dear friend Leslie Miller, her blog Running With Scissors is jam-packed with beautiful cards, I hope you go and check it out.
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This is the INSIDE.


And this is what I used to create this card.

Front of the card.
"Party Time" from Power Poppy
The sentiment is from Power Poppy "Simply Camellias"

The inside.
The sentiment is from Power Poppy "Best Day Ever" (sold out😢)
Die cut from Spellbinders "Oval Regalia"
Little gift box from There She Goes "Wrapped in Joy"

So I hope you come and check out the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge blog and join us in our gallery.

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