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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Words to Live By......

Hello everyone: I'm late posting this simple card, got caught up with the usual "fun" activities at home.....meaning laundry, prepping my meals for the next 4-5 days, separating, vacuum packing, labeling, etc.
So, here's my card.


The sentiment is by Hampton Art, very old, I heat embossed it in gold.
I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the front panel and I sponged the musical notes with some distress inks.
The little charms are ancient!!! They were silver so I painted them gold.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a retired SU set called "Whimsical Words".

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

Typography.

Focus on the sentiment.

#177 "For a Lady or a Girl"
addicted-to-stamps-challenge

Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
Hugs.
Maria.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Haunting you!!!!!

Hello dear friends: How's your Halloween card stash? Well, mine is in dire need of some new cards so, here's this one that might inspire you to get your spooky stamps out of that drawer into the light.


This ghostly and adorable image is from Kraftin Kimmie, I haven't used these stamps in a while so I'm happy I decided to use this one for my card.
The spooky background is done with a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop and it's called Aspen Trees, I sponge it with Memento black ink.
The Ghostly Girl is "Hattie" from Kraftin Kimmie and it's unfortunately retired, but she is a cutie.
I stamped her on a piece of Drawing Paper because I needed to fussy cut it to make her look like she's actually floating around the trees.  I colored her with Prismacolor pencils and then, fussy cut it, I put a bit of painter's tape behind the delicate parts to give the paper a bit more sturdiness, this really works.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The little bats are from My Favorite Things and the sentiment I think it's from my stash of unknowns, very old too. 

I would like to play with the following challenges.

 
#241 Autumn Colors.

Challenge #209 Autumn Colors

#84 Anything Goes/No Twist

Stenciled Backgrounds
Stenciled Background [Tag or Card]

Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
Hugs.
Maria.





Monday, September 16, 2019

Twofer Critter Challenge.....

Hello everyone: I'm back with a card created with one of my favorite subjects....."Critters", love them all, great and small.
My card features a few stamps from Purple Onion and the great designer Stacey Yacula, her little critters are among the cutest ever!!


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Both cards are created with Shadow, super cute little owl, on this card I perched him on a Lamp Post and gave him a hat from Katzelkraft Accessories.  The sign is also from Purple Onion and the "Peace" sentiment from Power Poppy "Merry Littles".  I colored all the images with Prismacolor pencils.
The snow and snowflakes are die-cut and punched with glimmer paper.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called GLISTENING PAPERWHITES, the little tree from MERRY LITTLES.

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My Twofer card.


Same little owl but on this card I added some fluttering bats from a retired (sadly) by Hero Arts, I'm so glad I grabbed it when I did.
I created a mask for the Owl and the lamp so I could sponge the sky and stamp the bats. I drew by hand his little cape, the witch's hat is from a retired SU set called "Tee-Hee-Hee", (2014). I stamped it with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it then, I fussy cut it. 
The little houses in the distance are drawn from a retired SU die set called "Sleigh Ride", I just die cut the houses and traced around them twice.
All the images are colored with Prismacolor pencils, the sky and moon are sponged with Distress Inks.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from Inkadinkadoo.

I would like to play with the following challenges.


A Place To Start

Challenge #8 "For the Kids"

Cute Fall or Halloween cards for kids.
Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge Blog

Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
Hugs.
Maria.


Sunday, September 15, 2019

A Little Reminder.....


Hello everyone: Well, we are halfway through September already, the Holidays are around the corner and I'm happy to say I have a good stash of cards ready to be mailed soon to friends and family.
But today I have another card created with the other flowers from the beautiful
"Painted Petals" set from My Favorite Things.
We have 2 fabulous prizes of $25.00 to give away this month generously provided by our amazing sponsor MY FAVORITE THINGS.
All of us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, including our fantastic Guest Designer Michele Ferguson from "I Card Everyone" are using their products on our cards.


I stamped the flowers and leaves (on green card stock) with Versamark ink and heat embossed them with white embossing powder, I sponged some pink and blue on the flowers and then, fussy cut all of them.
I embossed a piece of vellum with the "Quilted Top" embossing folder, (SU retired).  The die-cut sentiment is from my stash of dies that have no name, sheeeesh!! I apologize.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is from SU "Delicate Details" (retired), the sentiment is from SU "Whimsical Words) (retired too). 

I hope you come and check out THE FLOWER CHALLENGE for more inspiration from my awesome teammates and then, come and play along with us in our gallery.
Remember to make FLOWERS the main focus of your cards, you can enter 6 other challenges, including ours and please upload our banner to your post when you enter our challenge.

Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
Hugs.
Maria.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Autumn Colors for RR #119.....

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Hello everyone: I'm back after taking some time off to deal with a difficult family situation which took all of us by surprise, leaving in its wake, confusion and pain.  We are dealing with it in the best way we can, taking it day by day and trying to support each other as we go through this rough time.
I want to thank all of you who have sent cards and emails with words of comfort and prayers, I'm incredibly grateful for your kindness and support.
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So I'm back with a card for the RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE with a theme of Fall Colors, which are absolutely my favorite. 
Here's my card and I hope it inspires you to come and play along in our gallery.


The image is from a Power Poppy set called Feeling Fall, (Fall of 2016) colored with Sakura Koi watercolors, the background was stamped with a retired SU stamp called "Hardwood" (2014 Mini), pattern paper from my stash.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called "Everything's Even Rosier".

I hope you come and play along with my teammates and me at the RETRO RUBBER gallery.  
Please remember to use at least one stamp that is older than a year, if you have the date of its release or when you bought it, we would love for you to share.

I would like to play with the following challenges.

Autumn Colors.

Falling in Love.
The Paper Girls Challenge Blog

Autumn.
Creative with Stamps

#44 Autumn is Coming.
            Daisy Chain Challenges





It's Been Rough!!!!!

SOS Headquarters

Hello everyone: I've been absent for a while taking care of a difficult family situation, things are ok for now, we're taking this day by day doing the best we can to cope until things get resolved. 
I want to thank all of you sweet friends who have sent cards and written to me, I'm so happy to have friends like you.
I'm back here in my craft room, doing some of the things I love so much and now
 I have another card to share with you, this time is for SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge and the theme is "The Dog Days of Summer".
We want to see some doggies on your cards, big dogs, little dogs and everything in between.
Here's my card and I hope it inspires you to come and play along.


All images and sentiment are from an Art Impressions stamp set called Doggie Kisses, except the bone, which is from Kaztelkraft's.
I colored the images with Prismacolor pencils.
The brick background is embossed with a Tim Holts EF.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from Art Impressions, the bone from Kaztelkraft.

Hope you stop by the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge blog and join us in our gallery, while you're there, be sure to check out my teammates' blogs for more awesome inspiration.

I would like to play with the following challenges.

Always Fun Challenges
"Create a Scene"
Always Fun Challenges

International Art and Soul
Layer it Up.
International Art & Soul




Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Anything Goes for THE FLOWER CHALLENGE.....


Hello again, everyone: I've been off for a while, dealing with a difficult family situation, things are just ok, this is a day by day thing, hard to deal with emotionally but we're doing our best.
I had a hard time concentrating, I sat at my desk many times trying to create something, anything but couldn't so I just got up and left, sometimes just going for a swim to get my mind out of the gutter.
But I missed coloring and making my cards so I'm here now sharing this one for THE FLOWER CHALLENGE "Anything Goes" September Challenge, I hope it gets you inspired to come and join my teammates and me in our gallery.

This time we have two fabulous gifts to give away given by our generous sponsor for this month, MY FAVORITE THINGS, we can't wait to see what you come up with.


My card was created using the PAINTED PETALS stamp set. I heat embossed the flowers with white embossing powder and stamped the leaves with SU "Lost Lagune" ink.  The birthday greeting is cut with a die from Die Cuts and More.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called POTTED PRIMROSES.

I hope you get inspired to come and play along at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE
remember to make FLOWERS the main focus on your card, you can play along with 6 challenges, including ours, please show our banner on your post and also, take a look at my teammates' awesome blogs, for more inspiration.

Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
Hugs.
Maria.