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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Have a Very "Mice" Birthday.......

Hello everyone: Like always, I'm hoping and wishing you and your families are doing well, we're still hanging in there, and most importantly, we wear our darn masks every single time we go out to buy groceries, etc.
Take care, stay healthy, safe and wear your masks.
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I have a card to share with you, I'll play along with a few challenges.


The Penny Black critters are some of my favorites and these little mice are just adorable. This set is called Critter Party I stamped the image on Strathmore Bristol paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with Prismacolor pencils, the pattern paper is from my stash, the musical notes are from Memory Box, but I'm not quite sure.
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This is the INSIDE of my card.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Party Time which happens to be on sale now, Woo Hoo!!! 
The little kitty is from the same Penny Black set as my image in the front.

I'm playing with the following challenges.


"Cute"
Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog

Coming in just in the nick of time
with Mice and Music.

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

Friday, May 29, 2020

Take Care Dear Friend.......

Hello dear friends: Once again I'm here keeping in touch with you via my blog.
My hope is that all of you are still doing well, taking care and being patient.
Sending love and hugs.
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I have a card created with my most favorite mice stamps, I'll link it up to a few challenges, the idea came to me from the sketch and the battle about wearing masks.

This is Monica from House Mouse, I stamped her on a panel of Strathmore Bristol paper and colored her with Prismacolor pencils. Using a small piece of vellum, I traced her little face to create the mask, then I rubbed the outline on a scrap of pink pattern paper to transfer it to then, fussy cut it.
The little hearts are punched with a retired SU punch called "Pinking Hearts", the sentiment is stamped using a combination of sets from Power Poppy.
The words "take care" are from "Tea in the Garden", the "dear friend" words are from "Always Here"
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Here's a close-up of the little mask on her face. 


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This is the INSIDE of my card.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called "Always Here"

I want to play along with the following challenges.


Mouse and Mask.

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

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Tinkerbell.......

Hello everyone: I have no words to say today about this grim milestone this Country has surpassed, all I'll say is that my heart breaks for each one of those families who have lost their beloveds.
God Bless you all.
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I have a card today that, as I was coloring it and creating the little scene, transported me for a few hours to the sweet realm where Fairies live.


This sweet image is from a 49 and Market stamp set called Friends Forever, I just adore this little scene, I really think Never Land looked like this for Tinkerbell.
Stamped on Bristol Smooth Vellum surface paper with Stazon black ink, I colored with both SU re-inkers for the grass and trees and Prismacolor pencils for the mushrooms, Fairy and her little mouse friend.
I was struggling to find a place for a sentiment but I think it would have looked out of place, I'm letting the image speak for itself.

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This is the INSID


The border is from a SU set called Grace's Garden, the mushroom is from the Fairy set and the sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Orichids", I love it and I always use it when I create a Fairy card.

I want to play with the following challenges.

I was totally inspired by Tinkerbell.

"Begins with M" Mushrooms.

Thank you for visiting.
Stay safe and healthy.
XO (from a distance)
Maria.




Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Another One For My Stash.......

Hello everyone: I hope all of you are doing well, hanging in there, being patient and strong for your families, friends and neighbors. 
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I have one more Christmas card to add to my stash, this image was in my "unfinished" box, where I keep uncolored panels to do later, it came really handy to play along with a few challenges.


This image is from an old Flourishes set called "Naturally Merry" (11-2012), stamped with Stazon black ink and colored with a light wash of Stampin' Up! "Old Olive" refill ink and then, added shadows and details with my Prismacolor pencils, the berries are done with a SU "Real Red" marker.
The sentiment is from a Powe Poppy set called Simple Joys, which happens to be on sale right now.
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This is the INSIDE of my card.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Glistening Paperwhites which is also on sale. The little gift is from another Power Poppy set called Merry Littles, I often use this set to decorate the inside of my Christmas cards.

I want to play along with these challenges.


Thank you for stopping by.
Stay healthy and safe.
Hugs.
Maria.



Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Sticking Together.......

Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge Blog

With every post, I keep wishing and hoping you and your families are healthy and safe, I keep telling my grandchildren that we must be patient and don't rush into anything, this virus doesn't discriminate, so caution is of the utmost importance, listening to the experts and scientists who are working diligently to find a solution for all of us.
God Bless every single person who is working on the front lines, from hospitals and clinics to grocery stores and everything in between.
THANK YOU.
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Hello everyone: It's time for another SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge for you to play with, this time we want to see STICKERS on your cards, we can't wait to see what you come up with.
I must confess that it's been a good 4 years since I've used stickers on a card, I went back to see when I created a card with stickers and I found THIS CARD from 2016. I do have a few stickers I bought a long time ago but I just don't use them, I think I buy them because they are either super cute or really beautiful.
So I found this small stash of stickers on a small drawer by my desk, honestly, I haven't opened it in a long while.
But here's my card, hope it inspires you to come and play along.

 

Everything on this card is from my stash, the adorable puppy sticker, musical notes, gift, and sticker tag where the sentiment is stamped.

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This is the INSIDE of my card.


This is what I used.

Stamps:
There She Goes "Wrapped in Joy" (I think it's discontinued)
Dies:
Memory Box "Party Music" (maybe discontinued also)
Prismacolor pencils to color the gift boxes.

I hope you stop by the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge blog and get more inspiration from my awesome teammates.

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

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Morning Glory, Geraniums and Tulips.......

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Hello Everyone: I'm here again wishing all of you health and safety, as the Country slowly attempts to get back to "business as usual", be cautious and safe.
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My RETRO RUBBER teammates and I have another Tic, Tac, Toe challenge for you to play with for the next 10 days, I hope to see you in our gallery.
Here's the card I made using the last horizontal row.


Have you ever lost something in your craft room, gave up looking and then found it again? Well, the little flower pots on this card are from a totally forgotten "Flower Soft" kit I bought maybe 7 or 8 years ago, I still have 2 uncut sheets of flower pots, 3 of glass vases and 3 of urns, so pretty and detailed, all you have to do is fussy cut them.
The flowers are from an old Flourishes set called "From the Garden" (2012), I stamped them on white card stock, colored them with my Prismacolor pencils and then fussy cut them.
The butterfly is from a SU set called "Papillon Potpourri" (2012-2013)
I used an old birch stencil for my background, the pattern paper is from a retired line from Lili of the Valley.
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This is the INSIDE of my card.

 

The sentiment and gardening tools are from the Flourishes set.

I hope you come and play along with us at RETRO RUBBER, please remember to use stamps older than one year, read our rules for more details.

I'm playing along with these challenges.

May Challenge "In the Garden"
Dare2BArtzy Blog

Thank you for visiting today.
Stay healthy and safe.
Hugs.
Maria.






Monday, May 18, 2020

Painted Harvest Twofer.......

Hello everyone: I'm posted very late today, we were busy trimming bushes and old branches because today was the last day for the service to come and pick them up to make mulch, it rained a bit but we're done, phew!!
I hope all of you are doing well, it felt so good to be outside on this cloudy but warm day, doing something outdoors, it's hard not to be able to go anywhere, even after the "we're open" suggestion, heck NO!! we're staying put, grilling outside is awesome if you want a change of scenery??
Anywho, stay safe and healthy and don't rush into things, just saying.
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I finally finished my cards for the Twofer Challenge with the prompt word FLOWERS.


My cards are created with the retired SU set called "Painted Harvest", love this set, the flowers can be stamped in any color, as you can see in these pictures.
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My first card.


The inside.


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My Twofer.


This little bear was inspired by this card I saw on Pinterest, unfortunately, there's no name to credit, but I want to thank this crafter for the inspiration.

The inside.


I'm playing along with the following challenges.


May Challenge "Say it with Flowers"
Stamping Sensations

#147 "Pretty in Pink"
The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog

Challenge #368 "Baby"
The card I'm submitting is the pink one.

This is what I used:
Stamps:
SU "Painted Harvest".
SU "Flowering Fields".
SU "Bordering Details".
Power Poppy "Summer Berries"

Inks: 
SU "Daffodil Delight"
SU "Hello Honey"
Altenew "Caramel Toffee"
Altenew "Coral Berry"'
Altenew "Frosty Pink"
Tim Holtz "Peeled Paint"
Tim Holtz "Shabby Shutters"

The sentiments on the baby card are
from a miscellaneous box.

Thank you for visiting me today.
Stay Healthy and Safe.
Hugs.
Maria.