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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Peony Bouquet.....

Hello everyone: I have a card to share with you today I made using my brand, spanking new Altenew stamp set called Peony Bouquet . This stamp was out of stock for a while so I put on a request to be notified when it was back in stock and, when I got that email, I pounced on it, no sense in waiting, right?
Here is my card.

Ok, this card is a humble CASE of THIS ONE by the amazingly talented Marika Rahtu, her style of coloring with Copic markers and coloring pencils is simply incredible, I've learned a lot by watching her create her cards and this one is no exception. 
I stamped my flowers with Stazon Dove Gray ink because I wanted to keep it soft, but first, I created a little mask of this single flower so I could stamp the flowers and then, I colored them with SU markers and my Prismacolor pencils, softening the lines a little with a paper stump lightly dipped in baby oil, then I fussy cut them and placed them on the panel using foam dimensionals. 
I didn't have the embossed card stock she used and my wood grain embossing folder was not giving me the look I wanted so, I decided to heat emboss that panel with the SU Hardwood stamp. 
I don't know if you can see the lines, I was having a bit of a hard time taking this photos. I remember seeing a video on Pinterest about creating a little box with white walls for your pictures so, I grabbed some sheets of white cardstock and took this other picture, I think  here you can see the embossed panel better.

The only problem with this picture is that I forgot to put my little piece of paper with my blog's name.  I need to learn how to create a water mark for my blog pictures!!
But anyway, I'm learning as I go and this is something that absolutely needs to be DONE!!!!!
Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


I'm linking this card to the following challenges.
"Less is More" "What's Outside Your Window" challenge.
"Less is More"
The Card Concept "Naturally Pink" challenge.

The Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #186 "Anything Goes"

 The Sisterhood of Crafters photo inspiration challenge.

The Stamping Sensations "Flower Power" challenge.
Stamping Sensations

Thank you for stopping by, until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.

52 comments:

  1. This looks gorgeous and I'm super impressed at your colouring! And the fussy cutting - I honestly thought you'd got a peonies die I hadn't seen because it's so neat! Fab LIM entry!

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    1. Thank you Esther, it was a bit difficult to fussy cut this flowers, water color paper is not your friend when you want to use scissors.
      There is a die companion set but I don't have it, I think I might get it, just to make it easier to cut this beautiful flowers.

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  2. BEAUTIFUL creation ... I just love your design! Great job! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘PHOTO INSPIRATION’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    Darlene
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

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    1. Thank you Darlene, I had fun playing long with The Sisterhood, you can be sure I'll keep doing so, really enjoy your challenges.

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  3. Beautiful ! Love those sweet flowers going down the edge of the card ! So clever ...as always .
    Save this one for me ! Love it !!

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    1. Thanks my friend, my SU markers did great with this flowers and I love the design on Marika's card.
      Oh, and this card has your name on it already.

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  4. Oh Maria, you've done it again. Exquisite! I am stalking you although I don't always comment, but today I had to. I love the colors, and the embossed area is perfect for the texture. The products you used to color intrigues me. I must get some of that baby oil and try that. I have not combined markers with anything, and I do have pencils, so I must try that as well. I also thought you had a die for those beautiful peonies. One of my favorite flowers. OK, so now I need to go check out this stamp on that website. Thanks for making me spend more money. LOL (like you twisted my arm, right?) Hugs...

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    1. Thank you Bobbi, so glad you stopped by today. This pencil/paper stumps/baby oil technique is super easy, you can find lots of videos on Utube that are easy to follow. Hope you try it soon and also hope you come back and visit again.
      Oh, and there is a die for this stamp set, I'm sure you'll find it.

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  5. Such a soft and delicate card Maria. Your fussy cutting is spot on.

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    1. Thank you Lisa, snipping this flowers was not to bad but I would really love to have those dies.

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  6. Beautiful coloring on those blooms! Thanks so much for joining us at The Card Concept!

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  7. Thank you for stopping by, LauraJane.

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  8. Oh, wow ! Maria, your card is such a treat to the eyes. Beautiful coloring . You have used that stamp set amazingly well. :) Thanks so much for stopping by my Sizzix blog post and leaving a lovely comment. :)

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    1. And about watermarking your pictures, I simply started it off in Microsoft paint program on my lappy. It's the simplest. Or else, you can download a software called photoscape on your computer. It's good for editing pictures and adding watermarks. Hope that helps. :)

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    2. Oh Jasleen, thank you so much, first for stopping by to see my card and also, for your fabulous help. This technology overwhelms me at times, I'm almost 65 y/o and perhaps this is the reason all of this stuff is so foreign to me.
      I will definitely try your suggestion, thank you so much for helping me. I hope to see you visiting often.

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  9. Beautiful! Perfect CASE of Marika's card! You have amazing coloring skills, Maria!

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  10. Thank you TaeEun, I'm so glad you stopped by. Watching Marika do her coloring is always so inspiring.

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  11. Maria such a beautiful card, we obviously like a lot of the same stamps. Mine arrived yesterday. I love how you have done this. Been too sick to open mine yet but will get there. Take care xx

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    1. Oh Aileen, I'm so sorry you are not feeling well, I hope you'll recover quickly so you can enjoy this beautiful stamp set.
      Thank you for stopping by, it was fabulous to create this card, the images are gorgeous and a joy to color.

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  12. Maria, this is beautiful! Your colouring is amazing and loved that you used baby oil for blending as well. I've not used it, I've meant to. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Marika, it was you who inspired me to create this card, I watched your video several times while waiting for this set to arrive.
      You can use Gamsol to blend the color, I use baby oil because I don't have that other product and I saw a video where the lady said you can use it as well. It's easy and the colors blend beautifully.
      Thank you for stopping by.

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  13. Hi Maria, feleing better and thought I should just say how much I love your CASe of this card. Never call it humble babe cause it is brilliant, soft, beautifully coloured and put together.

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    1. Hello Aileen and so happy you are feeling better, thank you for this comment, I truly like the way it came out, you are just so kind.

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  14. Whoa! For a moment I thought Marika was a Guest Stamper on your blog but I see it's a Case and I don't blame you for studying her beautiful artwork! Funny I got the same "back in stock" email from Altenew but when I went to purchase it, they were all gone. Quick Draw McGraw in Indiana got to it before me! Enjoy and this is just beyond stunning!

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    1. Thank youPatti, I'm not there yet, although if you still had your blog.....
      I hope you get to buy this set, it's gorgeous and you can just stamp this flowers adding so much dimension and texture with either markers or pencils. I'm telling you my friend, the morning I received this message, I immediately bought the set, I didn't want to miss out again.

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  15. Lovely floral. With Picasa, you can add a text watermark as you are cropping or brightening your card. Very easy photo software.

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    1. Thank you Mary for, both your comment and the advise about this watermark business. I hope I can understand how it's done quickly.

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  16. Beautiful card! Love the coloring...just perfect. Thanks for sharing at Less is More!

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    1. Thank you Susan, coloring with pencils is easy and always so pretty.

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  17. Oh this is so pretty and elegant and your colouring is outstanding. A beautiful creation for our what's outside your window challenge. Thanks for playing along at Less is More this week. Sarah x

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    1. Thank you Sarah, finally I'm starting to see some flowers outside my windows.

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  18. Very pretty card! Lovely flower border!
    Thank you for joining us at ATSM and TCC!
    Lilian
    The Leaf Studio

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    1. Thank you for s topping by Lilian.

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  19. This is gorgeous, Maria. Such beautiful colouring and I love this layout with the embossed panels.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Less is More and ATSM this week, Anita x

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    1. Thank you Anita, I really love the ease of coloring with pencils.

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  20. This is so pretty inside and out. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

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    1. Thank you Pinky, finishing the inside helps save time when it comes time to mail this cards.

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  21. So very elegant ...yet simple! So glad you played along at The he Sisterhood of Crafters! Hope you will join us again soon! xx

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  22. So very elegant ...yet simple! So glad you played along at The he Sisterhood of Crafters! Hope you will join us again soon! xx

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  23. A very pretty floral creation! Thanks for joining us at stamping Sensations this month and good luck!

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  24. What a lovely project, Maria! LOVE the simple elegance of the peonies. Thanks for joining us at ATSM.
    x Asha

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  25. SO beautiful! I love the way you colored the flowers, and the simple elegance of this card. Thanks for joining us this week at The Card Concept :)

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  26. So glad you stopped by Kerin, it was really fun to play along with The Card Concept.

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  27. It's taken me a while to get around to seeing what's outside your window!
    This is as beautiful as ever MAria, your colouring is just superb!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  28. Thank you Chrissie, I always enjoy playing with the challenges at "Less is More".

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  29. Such a sweet card! pretty little sparkles too. Lou x (Guest designer at LIM)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Louise.

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