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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Two Wreaths for Twofer Challenge #11.....

Hello everyone: Well, I'm coming in a bit late but still with 3 days to go to share my cards at the TWOFER CHALLENGE #11, this time, the theme is WREATHS, so we need to create two different cards for two different occasions using the same stamp, die or stencil.
Here are my Twofer Cards, first together and then, I'll share a picture of them, explaining how I created them.


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For this wreath I used this very old W Plus 9 stamp and die set called Woodland Wreaths, it has a coordinating die that you can find HERE, I heat embossed this wreath in gold.  The Jingle Bells I think are from Memory Box, but I'm not to sure about that, they are also very old.

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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 flower from "Merry Littles".

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For my Twofer card I created a baby wreath, I saw this awesome baby wreaths for baby showers where people put all of the baby stuff on them, they look super cute so I decided to create one.
The wreath is heat embossed with SU Crushed Curry embossing powder and all of the baby items are from a 2010-2011 SU set called "Baby Bundle", they were the perfect size for this wreath.  
I stamped them, colored them and then, fussy cut them, cute eh?
The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Baby Love".

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


Both the sentiment and the baby rattle are from the "Baby Love" set.

So there you have them, my twofer cards for the awesome Twofer Challenge #11 "WREATHS"

I'm playing along with the following challenges.



crafting from the heart

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #222 "Lots of Layers"
Crafty Cardmakers
Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Shock Top Cheers!!!!!

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Hello everyone: There is a new challenge over at SHOPPING OUR STASH and this time we want to see cards that are inspired by a food or beverage label so you can take your inspiration from the colors, the images, the food or beverage itself, etc. 
So here is my card that was created using one of the labels of these delicious beers.



Isn't this illustration just super cool?  I love the colors, the image and all the awesome details of it, like the hair made of wheat straws and the face made with an orange segment and those sunglasses, WOW!! But anyway, since I don't have a beer mug stamp, I decided to sketch this mug from one of ours, LOL!!  The other time I made a card with a beer mug in it was THIS ONE in which I traced the mug on a SU catalog. 
The pattern paper is from my stash, the sentiment is from a retired SU set called "Happy Hour" from the 2012-2013 catalog.
This card is for one of my hubby's friends from work who's celebrating his 63rd. Birthday next week.
I'm sure he'll get a kick out of this card, tee hee!!

Here is a peek at the collection where this label came from.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


A simple sentiment from Hero Arts for the inside, guys don't like to much fuss.

So I hope you come and play along with us at SHOPPING OUR STASH, we can't wait to see what you create. 

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.


It's a CELEBRATION!!!!!

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Hello everyone:  The new RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE is a celebration of our 100th. Challenge and for that, we have our first ever BLOG HOP, with prizes for everyone who leaves a comment on the Designer Team's blogs.  Each one of us has a prize which is a brand new but older than a year stamp plus a little something extra so, we all hope you come along and play.
Here is the card I made to celebrate this super fabulous occasion.


I picked the diagonal line, BALLOONS, CONFETTI AND CAKE.  
These balloons were cut out of glitter paper with the retired SU die set called "Balloon Pop Up", the confetti embossing folder is also from SU and the cupcakes are from a Penny Black 2013 stamp set called "Cupcakes", colored them with Prismacolor pencils and glitter pens. 
The sentiment is from a retired 2010-2011 SU set called "Curly Cute".

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from Inkadinka Do, the lines from retired SU set called "Gorgeous Grunge" the balloon from Penny Black.

Here are the links to my teammates' posts, please stop by and leave them your comments for a chance to win. 

Claire Grantham
Donna Idlet
Maria Rodriguez (you are here)

I'm sure you'll find tons of inspiration along the way stopping by my awesome teammate's blogs,  leave them a comment for a chance to win.

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping and good luck.
Hugs from Maria.





Thursday, November 15, 2018

A Little Reminder.....



Hello everyone: Well, here I am with a little reminder for our November Challenge which is a SPECIAL OCCASION so any celebration would be fabulous.
My card is to celebrate a birthday, 


I love the look of Vellum, especially when its heat embossed so I did just that with my flowers using the Altenew stamp set called "BEAUTIFUL DAY and WOW Pearlescent embossing powder.
I then colored the flowers and leaves with SU markers, fussy cut them and arranged them on my panel with glue dots, the sentiment is from the set. 

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called "Farmers Market", the border on top from a retired
SU set called "Delicate Borders"

There is still time to play along with us over at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, we can't wait to see your creations on our gallery.
Please remember to add our challenge banner to your blog post when you add your card.
Make sure flowers are the main focus of it.
Only new work please, no back linking.
You can enter up to 6 challenges including ours.

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Abigail is Painting.....

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Hello everyone: It's time for another challenge over at RETRO RUBBER and I know this theme is a favorite of you guys. I haven't used my Stamping Bella stamps in a while so here is this one, which is one of my favorites because I always picture my granddaughter Vanessa hard at work.


The name of this image is "Abigail Painting", stamped on watercolor paper with Stazon black ink and colored with some of my SU markers and Prismacolor pencils. The DSP is from Lili of the Valley,(discontinued), the sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called "Sassy Succulents.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


I combined 3 different sets here.  The sentiment is from a brand, spanking new SU set called All The Good Things, the border on the top is from a retired SU set called "Delicate Borders" and the little image on the corner is from a Mo Manning stamp called "The Artist", I have it in rubber but it can also be bought in digital format.

I hope you come along and play with us over at RETRO RUBBER, for more inspiration, please stop by the blog to see my teammates amazing cards and leave them some comment love.

Please don't forget to use at least one stamp that is OLDER THAN ONE YEAR.
Please let us know how long you had this stamps or the year when they were released.
You can enter 13 challenges including ours.

I hope you go dig out your beloved older stamps and join my teammates and me in the RETRO RUBBER gallery, we can't wait to see what you create.

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express,
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.




Woof and Miaw.....


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Hello everyone: I've often been asked if I'm a cat lover or a dog lover and I always answer BOTH!!  My hubby and I grew up in a home that always had cats and dogs, plus birds, hamsters, and fish so there was no surprise that this challenge from SHOPPING OUR STASH was right up my alley.
Here is the card I created for your inspiration.


I don't know about you but, I simply love the Kaztelkraft critters, I have several sets of this totally funny and fabulous animals whos facial expressions are simply priceless.
I used two sets of stamps here, the grumpy kitty is from the set called Russian Cats and the smiling doggies from The Dogs set.
Stamped the images with Stazon black ink and colored them with SU markers and Prismacolor pencils, the sentiment was painstakingly stamped with this super old alphabet set, it was a bit tricky to line up the word "Cheese", so thank goodness for the MISTI.

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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" and the little chickies from Tiddly Inks and it's called For the Birds
So I hope you go and dig out your kitty and doggie stamps and come to play with us in the gallery.
Don't forget to visit my teammates' blogs to check out their fabulous creations and leave some comment love.
Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.






Sunday, November 4, 2018

Spring Blossoms in November.....


Hello, hello: I can't believe it's November already!! where did the year go!!!  But I hope it has been a good year for you guys and that you are all geared up for the upcoming Holiday Season.
So, the theme over at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE is SPECIAL OCCASION so, we want to see cards celebrating Birthdays, Weddings, Accomplishments, a New Baby, Engagement, etc.  
I created a Congratulations card, I hope you like it and then you go to our challenge page and check out my teammates' amazing creations.


This beautiful image is from an old Flourishes stamp set called "Spring Blossoms" illustrated by Marcella Hawley, this set came out in 2013 and now, Marcella has this lovely image on her Power Poppy store in DIGITAL FORM so you too can enjoy it.
I stamped this image on a panel of watercolor paper that I embossed with this pretty embossing folder from Sizzix, with Stazon black ink using my MISTI, I colored it with Sakura Koi watercolors and then, I gave it some shading and highlights with my Prismacolor pencils. 
After I was done coloring it, I placed the panel back on my MISTI, inked my stamp with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it, sometimes after coloring with Prismacolors the stamped image kind of looses the edges so stamping it again brings back the nice outline.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called SHORT STACKS, the flowers on the corner are from the same Flourishes set, colored with Prismacolors.

So come by THE FLOWER CHALLENGE blog and play along with us, my teammates have some beautiful cards for you to get more inspiration from.

Please remember to upload our banner to your blog post and make FLOWERS the main focus on your card.  You can enter 6 challenges INCLUDING OURS, please.

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my post, I want you to know that I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.