Thursday, July 20, 2017

Don't Have a Cow!!! Three is Better!!...

Hello dear friends: I have a card to share with you this very, very stormy morning made with on of the cutest sets of critters I own.  It's from My Favorite Things and it's called The Whole Herd.


I mean, can this cows be more adorable?  I stamped them onto a water color paper oval die cut with Stazon black ink and colored them with Prismacolor pencils and Distress Inks in Shabby Shutters for the grass, Broken China for the sky and a bit of Spun Sugar for their cute little snouts.
The pattern papers are from a retired collection from Lili of the Valley, the sentiment from the set.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


I just glued a scrap strip of the pattern paper and stamped the sentiment and the cow from the set.

I'm linking this card to the following challenges.

Pause,Dream,Enjoy Challenges #182 "Down on the Farm"
(I turned it on it's side, hope it's ok)

Happy Little Stampers July challenge "Animals"

The Crafty Addicts Challenge #38 Anything goes/Something Humorous.
(I think this cows are hilarious)
Crafty Animals Anything Goes/must have animals.

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, July 18, 2017

RAINBOWS!!!!!

Hello everyone: We at RETRO RUBBER, have a new challenge for you to have some fun with, this time we want to see RAINBOWS!!  Here is this card I made to inspire you to join my teammates and I in our gallery.


This sweet little Hedgehogs are from a Penny Black stamp set called "WONDERFUL" I bought it back in March of 2014.
I stamped this two cuties onto a panel of water color paper with Stazon black ink, sponged the sky and grass with Distress Inks in Shabby Shutters and Tumbled Glass, die cut the balloons and added some embroidery strings using a glue dot to attach them to the hands of the little Hedgehogs. The sprigs of grass and flowers are stamped with a couple of Art Impressions stamps.
Now, I'm going to show you another card I made with Rainbow colors.  I saw THIS VIDEO by Nicole Picadura that encouraged me to give this technique a try.  I always love seeing cards with gorgeous water color washes but, every time I attempt to make one, I end up with a muddy mess. 
This is not all the pretty I would have wanted but at least the colors are not completely messed up.


I kind of like the colors on the left, with the reds and orange tones but, it starts getting bad after the yellow and blue, the purple at the end was saved because I soaked the puddle of water that was mixing the green and blue and overtaking the purple.  I need A LOT more practice, this is kind of ok for my first try.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my first card.


The sentiment is from Hero Arts and I inked it up using my SU markers in Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise and Elegant Eggplant.

So stop by the RETRO RUBBER to see the awesome cards my teammates have there for your inspiration and please join us in the gallery.

Please remember to use at least ONE OF YOUR STAMPS that is older than ONE YEAR and, 
please mention the age of your stamps or how long you've had them.
Only new work, no back linking please.
You can enter up to 10 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. 


The Warm Glow.....

Hello everyone: This week over at SHOPPING OUR STASH, we have a new challenge for you to have some fun with. The theme is "You Light Up My Life" which means we want you to use any kind of light source image on your cards.  It could be a lamp, flash light, lantern, etc. you get the picture. Here is the card I made to hopefully inspire you to join my teammates and I in the gallery.


This pretty image is from my old stash of Flourishes sets and it's called "S'more Fun".  I stamped it with Stazon black ink onto a die cut piece of water color paper and colored it with my Prismacolor pencils. I applied a bit of Hello Honey with a sponge dauber for the glow.
The background is done with the retired SU embossing folder called "Woodland", I applied a thin coat of Baked Brown Sugar to the side that is not raised and ran the card stock through the Big Shot.
I sponged a bit of Broken China between the trees for a sky and I stamped and die cut the little Cardinal Birds with a teeny tiny cardinal die from a collection from Paper Tray Ink called "All Through the House".  The sentiment is from the Flourishes set, stamped onto Vellum.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment and corner flowers are from a Power Poppy set called Sunny Harvest, stamped with Hello Honey ink.

I hope you come and play along with us over at SHOPPING OUR STASH, don't forget to visit the blogs of my teammates for even more inspiration.

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.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Orange Crush!!!!!


Hello everyone: Once again, it's time to send out a little reminder to you to join us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE.   In this challenge we want to see you create your cards using either DRY EMBOSSING OR HEAT EMBOSSING or both.  Here is the card I made to inspire you to join my teammates and I in our gallery.


The other day, I saw THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL from StampTV., about how to "color" with Bleach. I was intrigued, I never thought of Bleach as a stamping tool, 😲 sheeesh!! I just use it for the laundry!!! but non the less, I decided to give it a try,  the results were awesome!!  So, for my card I picked this beautiful bouquet from a Power Poppy set called Countryside Bouquet Deluxe.  First I sponged some Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon on a panel of water color paper, then I stamped the flowers with Versmark ink and heat emboss it with white embossing powder.  Then I went over the flowers with a small brush dipped in the bleach and just touched some areas, the color immediately started to fade so I was real careful not to do to much.  I love the way this turned out, and the best part of all, is that there is no bleach smell when it dries. 
Then, I made a cut on either side of the stems and wrapped some twine a few times and tied a bow.
I stamped part of a sentiment from the Power Poppy set called Azaleas and die cut the word "Amazing" with an Elizabeth Craft Designs die.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Dahlias", it was also die cut with THIS Spellbinders die set.  The flower at the bottom is from the same set as the front flowers.
I colored it with Prismacolor pencils.

I hope this card inspires you to join us in THE FLOWER CHALLENGE  gallery.

Please add our challenge banner to your post when you enter our challenge.


Please check our rules, there are simple but important.
So, pop over THE FLOWER CHALLENGE to see my teammates amazing inspiration cards and join us in the 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.




Friday, July 14, 2017

You Are The Bomb!!!!!

Hello everyone: I made this card yesterday but, as it's usually the case, LIFE got in the way and I couldn't take pictures or write the post until this morning so, here  it is, hope you like it.
I will link this card to a few challenges at the end of this post.


This beautiful image is from the Power Poppy set called Dynamic Duos:Peonies and Tulips.
I stamped with Stazon black ink on Strathmore water color paper and colored it with SU markers,  an aqua painter and Prismacolors for added shadows.
The black die cut is from Spellbinders, pattern paper from my stash.

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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


I don't have a smaller image of a Peony for the inside so I just stamped the same image but with Spun Sugar Distress Ink, the sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Tulips for Friends"

I would like to enter this card onto the following challenges.

The Sisterhood of Crafters "Where in the World?" I live in Indiana and the State Flower is the Peony.
Peonies are also called "Bombs" hence the sentiment. 
The Paper Shelter Challenge #302 "Punches or Dies"

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, July 11, 2017

CAS Tulip for SOS #311.....

Hello dear blogging friends: I love the CAS style of card making but sometimes I find it a bit difficult to leave a lot of empty space on my cards but, none the less, once in a while I venture into making this very elegant and, well.....simple cards to get used to the guidelines for CAS.
This week over at SHOPPING OUR STASH we want to see your interpretation of this style of card making, so I hope my card inspires you to join my teammates and me in our gallery.


I love SHOPPING MY STASH of very old and retired stamp sets, I have a ton of Flourishes sets that I absolutely love, this image is from one of those retired sets called "Tulips for Friends" that came out back in 2013. I stamped it onto a die cut piece of watercolor paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with some of my Sakura Koy watercolors. I always save the negative piece of die cuts, I have a nice stash of them in a box ready for when I need them.  I really wanted to color this Tulip and leave it alone but, as I was finishing adding some shadows to the petals, my aqua painter decided to jump off of my hand and it landed on the bottom left side of the flower making a big smear of paint on it.
I gasped!!!😨, my first impulse was to just start over but, I really loved the colors I got on this flower so, I decided to fix it somehow. I tried to remove the ink with a small brush and water but, all I achieved was to make the ink bleed so, what the heck!! I went around the whole image with my brush dipped in water and that was that!! 
A small sentiment and a couple of Nuvo drops completed this card front.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from another Flourishes set called "With Gratitude", the little tulips on the bottom, from "From the Garden", colored with Prismacolor pencils.
So I hope you give this challenge a try, go check out the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge blog to see my teammates awesome creations.  And, for your 411, July 12th. is Simplicity Day, CHECK OUT THIS LINK to this blog and find out how you can simplify your life, there are some awesome quotes there that I've been implementing in my craft room. 

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.

Monday, July 10, 2017

The "Dreaded" OLC.....

Hello dear blogging friends: I love, love all kinds of styles for making cards but there is one style that always intimidates me a bit.....CAS!!  Yes, yes, I know, what's so hard about it?? Well, I often need to fill up the space and that is a BIG No No!!!   But, none the less, I enter this challenges just to be able to practice and learn, how else am I going to get any better in teaching my brain it's ok to leave empty space around so, here is this card I made for the Less is More Challenge #336 & 337, which is collaborating with the AAA Cards and the talented DT's are asking us to make a "One Layer Card" with the added "bonus" of using colored card stock, anything but white is to be used.


This image is from the retired Flourishes set called "Zinnias", the butterfly is from a set I've had for years but I don't know it's name or where it came from, it has 9 gorgeously detailed images. I stamped the flowers and the butterfly onto a single, yellow card base first with Stazon black ink, color them with my Prismacolor pencils, easy peasy, and once it was finished, I stamped it again with Versafine black ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder to make the lines visible again, the pencils kind of made them look opaque,  I just left the images on my MISTI so I could stamp them again in the exact same place.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card, I also left this with no layers.


Both the sentiment and the butterfly are from the same sets.

I'm linking this card onto the following challenges.


AAA Cards: CAS game #94 A collaboration with "Less is More" 

International Art and Soul Challenge #12 "Elements of Nature" 
(Flora, Fauna, Water, Sky, People.....)

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.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Ahh!! The Bling!!!

Hello everybody: I have a card to share today made with one of my favorite images from Arts Impressions, this super fun, adorable lady is from the set called Beach Babes and I think she is totally fabulous, love the sentiment and the HUGE rock on  her finger, LOL!!
I'm linking this card to a few challenges at the end of this post.


After arranging my layers, I stamped her onto a piece of water color paper with Stazon black ink and colored her with some neon green water color paint who's origins I can't remember, this little plastic tube of paint is super old but I love that it still works.  I added Dazzling Details to her bathing suit and hat, Glossy Accents to her shades and glass and a bit of Panama City Beach sand under her beach chair. This sand is from those amazing Spring Break vacations my hubby and I took with our grandchildren, when they were younger, sigh!! how we miss those days.😒
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from a retired Flourishes set called "Camellias" and the yummy drink from a retired Stampin' Up! set called "Happy Hour".

I'm linking this card to the following challenges.
Art Impressions Challenge #212 "Bling, Glitter or Glossy"
Creative Knockouts Challenge #201 "Summer Fun"
DL.ART Challenge #207 "Summer Fun"
Making Memories Crafting "Anything Goes/Anything but Square"

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.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tissue Paper Fairy.....

Hello dear blog friends: Many of you know how much I love Fairies, never seen one in person but, well.....you'll never know, right?  Until that day or night comes, I have to rely on beautiful images of Fairies to satisfy the need to actually encounter one. 
This little one is from a stamp set collection by Cicely Mary Barker called The Flower Fairies. This images are so beautiful, so delicate and detailed that, when I found out that some of them were available over at 49 and Market, I had to get them.  I only wish that the other Fairies were made into rubber stamps too, sigh!! 
Ok, one of the challenges I want to enter with this card is the CAS Mix Up Card July Challenge in which we are asked to make a card using "Stamping+Tissue Paper+a Choice" from the list on the right side of the challenge's page, I picked "Fussy Cutting". Here is my card, if you click on the image, you can see the awesome gold embossing better.


I've never done the Tissue Paper technique but let me tell you, it's fun super easy and the results are stunning, if I say so myself.  I followed THIS AWESOME TUTORIAL by the equally awesome LOLL, this video tutorial is fabulous, perfectly explained and super easy to follow.
So, I did the colors on the tissue paper the way she did on the first segment of the video, then I dried it with my heat gun, I just couldn't wait for it to dry on it's own.  Then, I crinkled the paper in my hand and unfold it, glued it to a piece of white card stock making sure I had wrinkles on it, then I again dried it with the heat gun, (can you tell I'm very impatient?) then, rubbed it with the embossing buddy and very, very carefully, rubbed Versamark on it, making sure I just touch the tips of the wrinkles, then applied the gold embossing powder and heat it to set it. The result blew me away, I think I just found a new favorite technique, I just love it.
I stamped the Fairy and flowers onto a piece of Strathmore water color paper and colored them then I put some Scotch tape on the back to give it a bit more sturdiness to fussy cutting with paper snips and an exacto knife, it was a bit tricky doing the leaves.  I glue the Fairy and flowers to the embossed panel and put small pieces of foam dimmensionals on the leaves. 
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Orchids" and it's one of my most favorites, I always use it when I make Fairy cards, the words are beautiful.
The little butterfly perched on the Lavender twig is from another one of the sets I bought from 49 and Market.
I want to enter this card onto the following challenges.

CAS Mix Up Challenge, I used the Fussy Cutting from the list.

Sparkles Monthly Challenge #93, Embossing heat or dry.
Make My Monday Challenge #49 "Summer Brights" Hope the colors and gold embossing are ok.

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, July 4, 2017

EMBOSS IT!!!!!


Hello everyone: July is here and with it comes a new challenge for you to play with over at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE.  I want to thank all of you amazing crafters who participated in our June Challenge "Anything Goes", we had a fabulous turnout, over 182 entries!!! which made my teammates and I, very happy.
So for our July challenge we want to see some EMBOSSING, heat or dry, which ever you'd like or even both techniques, we can't wait to see what you create.
Here is my inspiration card for this month, and I hope you join us in the gallery.


This lovely Azalea image is one of my first purchases from Power Poppy back in 2014, this set is called Azalea. I stamped this image onto a piece of water color paper with Versamark ink and heat embossed it in gold then, colored it with my Sakura Koi water colors and my fixed Wink of Stella.
I embossed a piece of pink card stock and a piece of SU retired vellum with a retired embossing folder, (I forget the name of this one, sorry).
The sentiment is from the set. I added a few Nuvo Drops and a triple bow made with some organza ribbon.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


I embossed just the top of the pink card stock with the same folder, the sentiment is from a retired Flourishes set called "Tulips for Friends"
So go ahead and join us in the gallery, please check my teammates amazing creations HERE, I'm sure you will get even more inspired.

Please add our banner to your post when you enter our challenge,
Please, only new work, no back linking.
Please you can enter only 6 challenges including ours.
You might enter this challenge up to 5 times but each entry must be different.

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 works can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.




For the Bride and Groom.....

Hello everyone: The RETRO RUBBER challenge has a new challenge for you to play with and the theme is WEDDINGS.  I haven't had requests for Wedding cards lately so this was a great opportunity to make one and keep it handy.  I wanted to use this adorable cutouts I've had since like forever and this was my chance.  Here is my card, hope you like it.


 I had this little cutouts in my embellishments drawer, they were bought in Mexico some years ago and had been neglected for a very long time, I think they are the cutest. I had to fussy cut around the image as they have a somewhat wide outline and, since I wanted to put the Groom behind the Bride, that outline was in the way.


 I adore the faces of this images, the Bride, with a blissful look on her pretty face, so happy and dreamy, the Groom.....well.....he looks happy too but, judging by his grin and the sweat on his brow, he also looks.....Ehmm! worried? scared? I don't know, what do you think?
The lovely flowers that serve as a backdrop for the sweet couple are die cut with the fabulous and sadly retired "Botanical Blooms" die set that came out in the 2016 Stampin' Up! catalog, I only bought the dies.  The sentiment is from the 2009-2010 Stampin' Up! set "Teeny Tiny Wishes".
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Here is a picture of the finish inside of my card.

The sentiment and the little flowers in the corner are from a 2010 Flourishes set called "Picking Wild Flowers", the die cut is from a Spellbinders die set called "Oval Regalia".
I hope you join us in the RETRO RUBBER gallery, don't forget to visit my awesome teammates' blogs and see their fabulous creations, you'll be happy you did.
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Here are a few guide lines for you.
Please make sure you use at least one stamp on your card that is older than a year.
If at all possible, please tell us the age of your stamp or how long you've had it.
Only new creations, no back linking.
You can participate only in 10 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.

Stars and Stripes.....

Hello everyone: My teammates and I have a new challenge for you this week over at SHOPPING OUR STASH, we want you to show us the colors of your flag. Well, I'm originally from Mexico City and I came to this Country as a new bride back in 1973.   I proudly became an American Citizen in 1990 so, I lived here more than in my native Mexico, since I got married when I was 21y/o and I've been married 44 years come this September.
So I made two cards this time, this first one is to Honor and Celebrate my Adoptive Country, in which I've raised my sweet family, made wonderful, endearing friends and done fabulous, amazing, memorable things along the way.  
Here is my first card that I hope will inspire you to join us in the gallery.


This was a super fast card to make, I had everything I needed already, so it was just a matter of die cutting, stamping a little and cut the paper to size. I cut red card stock for the front panel and blue for the inside of my card, I die cut the white panel with an old Flourishes die, the stars are from a set I bought at Hobby Lobby a long time ago, can't remember the name, so sorry.
The stamped words are also from an old Flourishes set that, at the moment, can't recall it's name.
Back  when I started stamping about 10 years ago, having a blog was not in my plans so I never bother to write down or save some information about the stuff I was buying, I totally apologize.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


This also was stamped using the images from that Flourishes set.
Now, as I mentioned earlier, here is a card made with the colors of my native Country of Mexico.


I die cut the cute dress with the retired Stampin' Up! die set called "All Dressed Up!" (not quite sure about the nameπŸ˜•) The top was die cut using another one of the dies on some glitter paper. The ribbon is from my stash but I added Dazzling Details in Cherry Cobbler to match the top of the dress.
The hat on a rack is from a 2010 Flourishes set called "Friendly Reminders", I colored it with Prismacolor pencils. I die cut the frames both in front and inside with a Postage Stamp die set.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


I used two sets from Flourishes for this panel, the banners are from the set "S'more Fun" and the word "Celebrate" from  a Power Poppy set called "Marcella's Mixtape Vol. 1", I used Garden Green and Real Red Stampin' Up! markers to ink it up. 

I'll enter the first card onto the following challenges.

Simon Says Stamp RED, WHITE and BLUE
Cards in Envy RED, WHITE and BLUE
Time Out Challenges #86 Celebrations with optional twist "One Layer Cards"

So there you have it, hope this cards will inspire you to join us in the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery, make sure you visit my awesome teammates' blogs to find more inspiration and join us.
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, June 27, 2017

One More For My Halloween Stash!!!!!

Hi there everyone: Well, I don't know about you but, I like to have a good stash of Holiday cards ready for when the Season arrives, I've been making a good amount of Christmas cards but I don't have many for Halloween and Thanksgiving so, here is my first Halloween card of the year.  I'm linking it to a few challenges at the end of this post.


This is a really beautiful image from a Power Poppy set called Feeling Fall and, even though I think the intention of this image is for a Fall card, I made it Halloween by adding the scary spider from the retired Stampin' Up! set called "Dark and Dreary".  I often combine stamp sets, old and new, to create the scene I want, in this case, that spider did the trick.
The images are stamped onto a die cut panel of water color paper with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed, then colored with some of my Sakura Koi water colors.  The sentiment is from the set and the pattern paper from my stash.
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Here is a picture of the finish inside of my card.


This images are from a retired Stampin' Up! set called "Bite Me!", love it!!!

I'm linking this card onto the following challenges.


heARTful Stamping Challenge "Anything Goes+a Stamp"
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #3 "Anything Goes with a Critter"


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.


My Kind of Vacation.....

Hello everyone: Well, kids around the USA are on Summer Break, I love it!!! because I get to see my grandkids very often, they come our house to go to the club house pool, they go on bike rides, spend the night, etc. Even if they are not little anymore, (19, 17, 14, 13 and 9), they still love hanging out with Grammy and Grandpy and Grammy and Grandpy couldn't be happier.
We, hubby and I, have been so fortunate to have this children in our lives from the moment they were born to right now, we were able to take them on Spring Break vacations since the oldest ones were toddlers, for 15 consecutive years, we went all over the USA and Mexico with them, our best memories of this vacations were to the beaches of Mexico and Panama City FL.
The SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge is a super fun one, it's all about what you like to do when you are on vacation, for me.....give me a beach, surf, sand and a cold beer, let me watch my grandchildren splash around and build sand castles, that's the ticket.
Here is my inspiration card for you, if you want more inspiration, hop over the challenge and see what my awesome teammates created, you will be happy you did.


This image is from my older stash of Power Poppy stamp sets, it's called Best Day Ever, the little shells are from an old Flourishes set called "Seaside Life" I just stamped them with gray Stazon ink, colored them, fussy cut them and adhered them to the panel with glue dots, the word "memories" is from my stash of metal sentiments, it's just perfect for my card.
I stamped this images onto water color paper with Stazon black ink and colored with my Stampin Up! markers and my FIXED WINK OF STELLA brush. The sentiment is from the same set.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment and shell are also from the sets.
So come on over to the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge blog and join us, I'm sure you have tons of memories of past vacations, whether on a beach, the mountains, interesting cities, camping, cruising, etc., you could share them with us in the gallery.
Don't forget to hop over my teammates blogs to see their beautiful creations, I'm sure you will be super inspired.
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.





Monday, June 26, 2017

Cats Rule.....Dogs Drool?????

Hello everyone: Some time ago, I discovered a fabulous stamp company on Pinterest called KATZELKRAFT, after looking at the fabulous cards on this board, I went to the site and I fell in love with their stamp sets.  So here is this card made with two different sets, I will link it to a few challenges at the end of this post.


Don't you just love this pair of friends?  As a cat and dog lover, I've seen this happening in my own house and it's hilarious.  The doggie wants to play and the cat wont have it, ha, ha!!! 
The dog image is from the set called Les Chines and the cat image is from the set called Les Chats Russes.  I stamped them onto a die cut circle of water color paper, using THIS TECHNIQUE, with Stazon black ink, I made a mask of the doggie to be able to stamp the cat next to it, colored with SU markers and aqua painter.
The embossed panel with the doggie/kitty paws is from DARICE.
The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Sassy Succulents.  Using my MISTI, I stamped the words to make them fit on the banner.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Picking Wild Flowers", the little bone is from the Dog set, I just thought it would look so cute dangling there, as if the cat gave it to the dog but, judging by the expression on the kitty, it's kind of like he didn't really wanted to give it to him, LOL!!
The bow and thread were drawn by hand.

I'm linking this card to the following challenges.


Sweet Stampers Challenge #8, Dies and or Punches.
2 Crafty Critter Crazies, your card MUST include a creature.
Crafting When We Can Challenge #147, "Use an Image"

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.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Christmas Teddy and Train.....

Hello everybody: In a continuous effort to have a good stash of Christmas cards for the Holidays, I made this one using a super sweet, retired set from Stampin' Up!, images like this are timeless.


I like to combine stamp sets, both old and new, to achieve a certain look on my cards, I have a good stash of vintage, beautiful and retired sets from all over the place, here I combined two old and one new to create this card.
The sweet, fluffy Teddy and the adorable little Train are from a retired Stampin' Up! set called "Teddy and Train", this set is perfect for baby cards but, like in this case, also for a cute Christmas card.  The pile of beautifully wrapped gifts the Teddy is leaning on is from a retired Flourishes set called "All Wrapped Up!".  The sentiment here is from a new Power Poppy set called Wreaths Plain and Fancy.  I die cut the oval from Spellbinders Decorative Elements Floral Ovals.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Poinsettia, the little gift from Merry Littles.

I'm linking this card to the following challenges.


                             Christmas at Sweet Stamping June Challenge "Anything Goes for Christmas"                                     Crafting By Design "Animals" Hope my little Teddy Bear counts.
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #128, "Any Holiday"
ModSquad Challenge Use lots of colors on your creation.

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.