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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Black and White Dahlia.....

Hello everyone: From all the Monochromatic color options, Black and White are my favorite so, every time I see a challenge with this theme I jump in.
Here's a card I created using one of my old Flourishes sets called "Dahlias" that was released back in July of 2013.


I stamped the image on a die cut piece of white card stock, first with gray ink and colored it using only the Black and White Prismacolor pencils.  I left the stamp on my MISTI to restamp the image using Versafine black ink and clear heat emboss it to have a more defined outline. 
The butterfly and the sentiment are from a Power Poppy set called Pure Prairie Spirit, I stamped the Butterfly on a scrap piece of white card stock with Versafine black ink and added a bit of shading with my black pencil then, I fussy cut it and glue it to the panel, the ribbon is from my stash.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like. 


The sentiment is from the Power Poppy set, the little vase in the corner, from the Flourishes set.

I want to play with the following challenges.


Spots and/or Stripes.
Unicorn Challenge Blog

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog

Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #117
No pattern paper.
Creative Craft Cottage

Pearly Sparkles Challenge #39
Flowers or Showers.
Pearly Sparkles Challenge Blog

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

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

So Charming.....

Hi there, everyone: I don't know about you but sometimes, I buy stuff only to put it on the waiting list to be inked up and I never get around to do it, shame on me!!! Well, this year I'm keeping my resolution of using only what I have, some of this stuff is still in its unopen package, ughhh!! Double shame on me!!!
So today I have a super cute card made with one of these beautiful and neglected, brand new stamp sets from Stampin' Up! called "Charming Cafe", I even bought the dies, seriously.....Triple sham......well.....you know, right? 
So here's this sweet bundle in all it's cute glory.


Isn't it just adorable?? Super easy to color, the dies cut the paper really close to the image and I've seen lots of cards made with this set that really makes me smile, so this is just the first one, I'll be making a lot more.
I stamped the images on white card stock with Stazon black ink and colored them with my Prismacolor pencils, easy peasy!! 
The garland was stamped again and die cut, the same with the little topiaries, ohh!! sooo cute!!!
I stamped the sentiment using different colors of SU markers.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is done with a retired SU set called "Delicate Details", the rest is from the Charming Cafe set.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.



Easter/Spring
Use Your Stuff

Challenge #11 Easter/Anything Goes

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



Monday, April 15, 2019

Stippled Blossoms.....


Hello everyone: It's time for a little reminder for TTHE FLOWER CHALLENGE Sketch challenge.
Here's the sketch, I just turned on the horizontal.

And here's my card, I just turned the sketch on the horizontal.


These flowers are from a very old Stampin' Up! set called "Stippled Blossoms" that came out in the 2012-2013 catalog. In my resolution for this year to use my super old and neglected sets, I'm so happy to have pulled this one out. It's a bit tricky to stamp the two-step images so I'm very grateful to have my MISTI.
I used some Distress Inks for stamping, a scrap piece of pattern paper from Lili of the Valley, another from pink vellum and a metal sentiment from my stash. The words "you are" are borrowed from a Power Poppy set called Dynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips, I added a few Enamel Dots from Gina Marie Designs.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is from a retired SU set called "Delicate Details", the sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Tea in the Garden, the little bud is from the SU set and the Butterfly from a Stampendous Set (retired)

I hope you stop by THE FLOWER CHALLENGE blog to see my awesome teammates' beautiful cards and then, come and join us in the gallery.

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




Sunday, April 14, 2019

Kiss the Frog.....

Hello everyone: In keeping with my 2019 resolution of trying not to buy any more new stamps and just use what I have, which is A LOT!! here's this card created with this SADLY DISCONTINUED rubber stamps from "Alotofstamps", that always brings a smile to my face, I even think the company is no longer in business because I went hunting for it and I couldn't find it anywhere.
But, anywho, here's my card, hope it makes you smile.


A simple card, really. This Froggy is super easy to color and fussy cut. 
The "sentiment" was from a 2009 card maker magazine I got at a second-hand store, the image of the frog on that card was from a stamp set that came with that sentiment,  super fun but when I looked for it, I couldn't find it so I used this Martini drenched frog, which is also super fun and I just hand wrote the sentiment on this die cut piece of card stock.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


I was really wracking my brain to find a sentiment for the inside that would kind of fit the theme on the front so I went rummaging through my old stamps and found one from Impression Obsession called Riding Pretty, this set is so cute and I have the dies too, WOO HOO!!  The little froggy on the corner is from a retired SU set called "A Flower for all Seasons", isn't she just the cutest? This set is from way back in the 2008-2009 catalog, I love each one of the 4 stamps.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

Hope there is enough open space on this card.🙏
 

Crafty Catz Challenge
Anything Goes/option Make us Smile.
Hope my froggy brings a smile to your face.
Crafty Catz
No Designer Paper.

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


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Polar Bear Twofers.....

Hello everyone: I've been rather busy this past week with some family stuff but all that is sorted out now so here I am, back in my craft room with a couple of cute cards to enter in the Twofer Card Challenge #15, the theme this time is really fun, "Zoo Animals" so, here are my cards, hope you like them.


Now, here's card #1.


This sweet image is from Lili of the Valley and I think it's called "Snow Buddies".  I stamped it on a piece of white card stock with gray Stazon Ink and lightly colored with Prismacolor pencils. I added some Diamond Dust for snow.
the pattern paper is from my stash and the sentiment is from a SU set called "Spirited Snowmen", so cute.
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This is how the INSIDE of this card looks like.

The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Poinsettia and the little candle from another Power Poppy set called Merry Littles.
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Here's my Twofer card.


I used the same little Polar Bear image but I masked the little Penguin and Christmas Tree and, after stamping the image on the right, I used the MIRROR IMAGE TECHNIQUE to stamp the other one on the left.
I added a panel of starry sky pattern paper, a few Rhine Stones for stars and a sentiment from a Power Poppy set called Sassy Succulents, the hearts are from my little stash of leftovers. I also colored the little Polar Bears with my Prismacolor pencils.
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This is how the inside of my Twofer card looks like.


The little snowflakes are from an old Flourishes set and the sentiment from the same Power Poppy set "Sassy Succulents".

So there you have it, my Twofer cards, I hope you like them.

I'm entering these cards on the following challenges.


Anything Goes/optional twist "make us smile"
I hope my little Polar Bears put a smile on your faces.
Crafty Catz

Winter Wonderland "Cute Christmas"

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




Thursday, April 4, 2019

Climbing Orchids.....


Hello everyone and welcome to another fun time over at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE.  My teammates and I have an awesome sketch for you to play with so I hope you find some flower stamps and come and join us in our gallery.  
This is the sketch.
And here's my card, I left it without a sentiment so I can add it as I need it.


These images are from a beautiful SU set called "Climbing Orchids", it has a coordinating die set which comes in very handy to cut out these pretty flowers.
I stamped all 3 of them on watercolor paper with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed them, then I color them in with some Sakura Koi watercolors. 
The branch is from Memory Box, the papers from my stash and the enamel dots from Gina Marie Designs.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.

 

The lace border is from a retired SU set called "Delicate Details", the sentiment and the little Orchids buds from the Orchid set.
So I hope you join my teammates and me at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE gallery, we can't wait to see what you create.

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




Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Let Your Light Shine.....in 15.....

Hello everyone: Well, today the sun is shining beautifully and the temperatures
are in the low 50s. Woo Hoo!! Finally, nice and fresh to do some very badly needed yard work.....a bit later.
I have a quick card to share with you guys that literally took me about 15 minutes to complete.....well, that was after I picked the right stamp, decided on the colors, sentiment and design, putting it together was really about 15 min.


I already had the white card stock panel cut out so it was just a matter of die cutting the design, stamping the sentiment, coloring the little image with Prismacolor pencils and attaching the panel to my card base. 
The image is from an old Flourishes set called "S'more Fun", the sentiment is from another Flourishes set called "Beauty Within" and the die cut is from My Favorite Things Rectangle Peek-a-boo Window.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is stamped with a retired SU set called "Delicate Details", the sentiment is from another retired SU set called "Whimsical Words" and the little flowers on the corner are from a Power Poppy set called Tea in the Garden.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.


This card took me about 15 min. to complete after
I assembled all of my stuff.

Try Stamping on Tuesday Challenge #401
Sketch or "Frames" I opted for Frames.

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