Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Hello everyone: In this day and age of electronic communication, the beauty of handwritten words is sadly getting lost. Kids are still being taught some kind of penmanship but, even the little ones in kindergarten, have computers available to them so, more and more everyone is grabbing pen and paper less and less and instead, just sit at the computer, (like I'm doing now, sheeesh!!😧)and write an email to friends and family.  I wont deny my note will arrive at it's destination blazing fast but, it's so much sweeter and personal, to find an envelope (that is NOT a bill) with a beautiful handmade card and a handwritten message inside, ahh!! HAPPY MAIL!!!
So, to encourage all of us to actually grab pen and paper to communicate with our friends and family, the SHOPPING OUR STASH has a challenge for you to play with with a theme of "HAPPY MAIL" which means anything that has to do with writing a letter, from envelopes to pens, stamps to mailboxes and, of course, images of the friendly post office folks who, rain or shine, they deliver our mail, whether is HAPPY or not, to our homes daily.
Here is my card that I hope will inspire you to join my teammates and I in our gallery.

This image is from my huge stash of Flourishes stamp sets and it's the very first one I bought when I discovered this company back in 2011.
I stamped it onto a die cut piece of water color paper using a postage stamp die, with Stazon black ink and colored it with SU markers this time. I stamped the little ink well separate, colored it and fussy cut it to add dimension to this panel.
I sponged a bit of Hello Honey around the image and added a piece of lace from my ribbon stash.
Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.

The sentiment is from this set, I stamped a partial image of the flowers and the ink well again.
I'm entering this card onto the following challenges.
City Crafters Week #366, FRAME IT.
The Crazy Challenge #250 USE FLOWERS.
Fashionable Stamping Challenges Challenge #124 MAKE IT FEMININE.

I hope my card inspires you to join us in the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery, we're looking forward to see what you create.
Please read our rules, they are few but important.
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.


lauren bergold said...

this is really LOVELY maria!!! <3

Barbara Godden said...

Gorgeous card, love that stamp.

Donna said...

Beautiful and elegant!
Fab job teammie!

Sonny P. said...

Well, you know I am a Happy Mail gal !! This is a pretty card as usual . Whoever you send it to will just love it !!

Mimi said...

Oh wow, Maria... you articulated the purpose of the challenge and the sentiment of letter-writing beautifully! And your card is a knockout! Really love the way you did a partial flower image inside-- such a professional touch!

Shirley said...

What feminine girl doesn't like flowers Maria. Beautiful card with a gorgeous stamped image.

Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

Mary Fish said...

Old stamps with beautiful new uses! This is lovely, Maria.

Ros Crawford said...

So lovely! Thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

Marlies said...

A gorgeous card in beautiful colours and I love the elegant stamp you used! Thanks for joining our challenge at Addicted to Stamps. Marlies

Leslie Miller said...

Maria, I just had to stop here first... This is such a gorgeous stamp set and one of my favorite images from them. You've made it into a beautiful card with your pretty coloring and lovely touch of lace. I truly love to send cards with little personal notes inside. Every card I make is sent to someone. Some are given away for friends to use, but most are mailed by me. A couple of my friends right here in town send me letters within cards occasionally, even though we're just a phone call or an email away. The handwritten notes are the greatest joy to receive.

Caro´s kreative Welt said...

This is a wonderful card. Flowers for a girl...great idea. Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
Greetings Carola

lonneke said...

Wat a beutiful card. I like the stamps you used .
thank you for joining us in The Crazy Challenge.
Greetings Lonneke dt

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