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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Another Fairy for RRC #132............

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Hello everyone: I hope all of you are coping well with this new "normal", I know it can be frustrating and infuriating, and that's ok. but we must stay calm and focused on staying safe and healthy, we also must be patient and understanding and, most of all, we must obey the rules, they are there to keep us healthy so, NO complaining, just DO IT!!!!!!

Ok, the RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE for the next 10 days is to use Squares on your card so I created a square base and layers for this sweet little Fairy.


I'm a sucker for Fairies, I just can't get enough of them, especially when they are babies, like this sweetie pie.
I stamped the image from a Penny Black stamp set called Fairy Sweet (released back in 2006) on a piece of Strathmore Bristol watercolor paper with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it, colored it with Windsor & Newton watercolor markers, then I went over the lines of the wings with a gold gel pen, I added some shading with Prismacolor pencils. The swirls on the upper corner are from a die called "Paisley Edge Dot & Drop Die" (Scrapbook.com), I bought it at Hobby Lobby in the bargain bin early last year.
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 This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Sassy Succulents that unfortunately is retired.

So I hope you are inspired to come and play along with us at RETRO RUBBER, please remember to use stamps that are at least 1 YEAR OLD and, if you can, please let us know how old yours are.

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










Monday, April 6, 2020

At the Zoo.........

Hello everyone: I hope all of you and your families are doing well, staying home and following the safety guidelines, I know it's hard to be indoors, not being able to see family and friends and live our social life like before this pandemic, but this is the reality we're living now so we need to stay put and endure and find something fun to do indoors, like creating cards.


These fabulous wild animals are from the retired SU set called "Zoo Review" (2011-2012), this set is perfect for making masculine cards. 
I realized the other day when I was organizing all the cards I've been making, that my masculine stash has 4 cards only and that is not acceptable so, this one is happily going to that stash.
I stamped the image with Stazon black ink on Strathmore Bristol paper and colored it with Prismacolor pencils, I found the card base in my "save for later" stash, came in real handy.  I needed a vertical sentiment and sadly, I don't have any so I improvised using the word "Celebrate" was stamped using the MISTI  on a tag die cut.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is the other half of the one in the front of the card, the animals are from the Zoo Review set.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.


Going with both, Birthday and Toppings.

April 2020 "Animal Magic"
Country View Challenges

"Z is for Zoo Animals"
Alphabet Challenge Blog

Thank you for stopping by.
Stay healthy and safe.

XO
Maria.



Sunday, April 5, 2020

Autumn CAS...........

Hello everyone: I'm here again hoping and wishing everyone is doing ok, following the guidelines, washing your hands, staying home and protecting yourselves the best way you can, if you need to go out.

So I have a CAS card to share with you all that I will enter on a few challenges.


I used the "Grove Branch" from Memory Box and the leaves from Impression Obsession, I used SU re-inkers in Tangarine Tango, Peek-a-boo Peach and Wild Wassabi to watercolor the branch and leaves.
The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread and it's called "Autumn Blessings".
I don't know if the online store is closed because I couldn't log on.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is from a retired SU set called "Gorgeous Grunge", the sentiment and the leaf are from the Our Daily Bread set.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

 


Thank you for stopping by today.
Stay safe and healthy and be patient.

Sending lots of virtual hugs.
Maria.



Saturday, April 4, 2020

It's Spring and Autumn............


Hello again, everyone: My teammates and I at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE are very fortunate to have followers from all over the world, so we know it's either Autumn or Spring in your corner of this World at this moment in time so, to celebrate these two wonderful seasons our theme for the next challenge is "SPRING/AUTUMN" and my teammates and I would love to see you join us in our gallery.  We have a fabulous Guest Designer joining the fun, her name is Trina P and her blog is Phamtastic Design, go pay her a visit so you can check out her fabulous cards.


We being sponsored this month by the fun and fabulous Bugaboo Digi Stamps and they have generously offered a $12.00 gift card for our lucky winner, they have a huge array of images so, go and check them out.
This cute teapot is one of them.  I printed it and colored it with Prismacolor pencils, I added some gold paint to the dots, here's a picture where you could see the gold better.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Dynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips, I added 4 enamel dots from Gina Marie Designs.

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This is the INSIDE of my card.


I stamped the border with a retired SU set called "Bordering Blooms", the sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Tweet Tidings, and the image in the corner is from a retired SU set called "Sweet Summer".

Thank you for stopping by today.
Hugs.
Maria.



Friday, April 3, 2020

Hydrangea in Bloom.......

Hello everyone: I'm making a lot of progress using my very old stamp sets, this one is called "Best Thoughts" it's from way back in 2015-2016 and it was a SU Host set I found on eBay.


I can't wait until my Hydrangea bushes start blooming, the color of the flowers is just like the one on this image, a little pink a little purple and a whole lot of beauty.  I stamped this flower on a die-cut piece of Strathmore Bristol card stock with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it, the butterfly and the sentiment are from this set.  I don't remember where the beautiful washi tape came from but I love it.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Tea in the Garden, the butterfly is from an old Flourishes set called "Gerbera Daisies".

I'm playing along with the following challenges.


#248 Anything Goes+a Sentiment
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog

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

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Moon Fairy.........

SOS Headquarters

Hello everyone: I haven't played with my Fairy stamps in a while so I made this card for the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge with a theme of "Sun/Moon/Stars", my teammates and I can't wait to see what you create.


This image is called "Moon Fairy", I stamped the image with Stazon black ink on a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper, colored it with Prismacolor pencils, then I die-cut it with a circle die. Before I even realized it, I had cut out that part of her dress that is hanging outside the circle, I was beside myself, I was wondering how I was going to repair this mistake, I had already colored the Fairy and was very happy with the results so, very carefully I fussy cut that little sliver of her dress and attached it to the image with double-sided tape, phew!! 
I added a couple of Rhine Stones to her wings and one to that star she's reaching for, I also added some Wink of Stella to her wings, her dress, the moon and her hair.  I tried to darken the sky to make it look like a night sky but I don't have the correct inks for that, something I need to remedy ASAP!!
The word "amazing" was die-cut but I don't remember where I got that die, the pattern paper is from my stash.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like. 


The sentiment is my favorite to use when I make Fairy cards, it's from an old Flourishes set called "Orchids" (by Marcella Hawley), the little Fairy in the corner is from a set from 49 and Market called "Friends Forever" but I'm afraid it's no longer available, I bought it a long time ago.

So I hope you get inspired to come and play along with my teammates and me at the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge blog, please visit us to see my teammates' creations.

Thank you for stopping by.
Stay safe and healthy.

Sending virtual hugs.
Maria.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Be Well........

Hello again, everyone: I hope you and your families are doing well, keeping busy and staying safe.
Like most of you, I've spent lots of time in my craft room, we haven't gone out of our house in over 2 weeks so, my home is clean and safe.
Here's a little card that I will enter in a couple of challenges.


This adorable image is from a 1999 Stampin' Up! set called "Mice Messages" which came out about 10 years before I even had any notion of card making and rubber stamping but one day, I was browsing Pinterest and I came across a card made with one of the other 3 stamps on this set and I fell in love.  Luckily, the lady that made that card left a link to her blog, I went to look and on her post, she wrote the name of the set.  So I went on a hunt until I found it on eBay, WOO HOO!! 
So, anyway, I stamped it on a folded A-2 card base made of Strathmore Bristol paper and colored it with Windsor/Newton watercolor markers.
There is no sentiment because I'm entering the Less is More One Layer Challenge and the theme is NO SENTIMENT.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is from a SU set called "Delicate Details" (2017 SAB), the sentiment is from another SU set called "Whimsical Words" (2010 SAB) and the little mousey is from yet another SU set called "Furry Folk" (2011-2012 Catty)

I'm playing along with the following challenges.


The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog

CAS Challenge, use your favorite technique.
Watercoloring is one.


Challenge #3, Furry Friends.

Thank you for visiting me today.
Stay healthy, safe and keep on crafting.
Sending lots of virtual hugs.
Maria.