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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Harvest Time at Twofer Challenge #10.....

Hello dear stamping friends: I have a couple of cards to share with you that I will enter in the TWOFER CARD CHALLENGE #10. Ever since this challenge started back in January of this year, I've been participating on each one of them and having a blast doing it, I even won challenge #4 with THESE 4 CARDS, this is a fun, fun challenge, hope you guys give it a try.
These are my Twofers.


I've been itching to ink up this awesome NBUS set from My Favorite Things called HARVEST MOUSE, I just love this sweet and adorable mice and, for those of you who don't know, I love mice, I  have a bunch of them in my craft room and I love to play with them, (wink, wink!!)
No worries, my friends, they all made of rubber and, in this case, acrylic, LOL!!  I know of one sweet friend that probably was going EEKKK!! as she was reading this post, hahaha!! 
Anywho, here are the individual pictures of these cards and the stuff I used to create them.


This first card was made using the same little mousey but replacing the bushel of blueberries with a pumpkin, this is a GRATEFUL card for the abundance of Nature and for the abundance of friends.
 I stamped the images with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed them, I colored them with SU markers, the pattern paper is from a sadly retired line from Lili of the Valley😢
The sentiment is from a Hero Arts stamp set from the September kit that my dear friend Aileen Ryan from COLOUR AND SPARKLE gifted me with, love the images and I'm working on some cards using this set. I added a few Nuvo drops just because I love them😊

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This is how the INSIDE of this card looks like.


I used a scrap piece of the pattern paper to adorn the top, the sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called "Sassy Succulents" which is totally on sale now, Woo Hoo!!
The little pumpkin is from the same Hero Arts set.

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This is my Twofer card.


Ok, here's the same little mouse but this time I masked the bushel of Blueberries and substituted it with one of Apples.  The paper is also from Lili of the Valley, the ribbon is from my stash and the wooden piece from Stampin' Up! (retired).
The image is stamped with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed, colored with SU markers.

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The border is stamped with a retired SU set called "Bordering Blooms", the sentiment is from the "Harvest Mouse" set, making this card a LOVE YOU card.

I would like to play with the following challenges.

TWOFER CARD CHALLENGE #10 "Harvest"

613 Avenue Create Anything goes/Optional Twist Use Something Wooden.
613 Avenue Create

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #167 "Autumn colors"
addicted-to-stamps-challenge

Dragonfly Dreams "Autumnal Colors"
Dragonfly Dreams

Stamping Sensations October Challenge, "Shades of Autumn"
Stamping Sensations


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, October 16, 2018

Pink Is The New Orange.....

Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge Blog

Hello everyone: The SHOPPING OUR STASH has a new challenge for you to play with this coming week, the theme is PINK IS THE NEW ORANGE so we want you to start creating and come to join my teammates and me in the gallery.
Here is my card and I hope it inspires you to come and play along.


This image is from a Power Poppy set called AZALEA, the sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called BEST DAY EVER, I stamped the flowers with Versafine black ink on a piece of watercolor paper and clear heat embossed it then, colored it with SU markers and an aqua painter.
I placed a few pink and orange Rhine Stones for a bit of sparkle.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from the "Best Day Ever" set and the flowers from the Azalea set.

I hope you come and play along, we can't wait to see what you create.
Please stop by the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge blog and check out my teammates' beautiful creations and leave them some crafty love.

I would like to play along with the following challenges.

Classic Design Team Challenge I belong to 3 DTs.
Classic Design Design Team Open Challenge Blog


The Cutie Pie Challenge #128 "Going Girly"
The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog

Creations in Pink Anything Goes in Mainly Pink.

Crafters Cafe Challenge #206 "Feminine"

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, October 15, 2018

A Little Reminder.....



Hello everyone: It's time for a little reminder for THE FLOWER CHALLENGE "Add Sparkle" Challenge, so here is the card I made to inspire you to come along and play with us.
You can also go and check out the reminder post for even more inspiration from my teammates' amazing cards, I hope to see you in the gallery.


This card is made with a Power Poppy set called Orchids Rock which has two amazing images and a bunch of inspiring sentiments.  I picked the image of the Lady Slipper for my card, I just love the look of these beautiful flowers.
I stamped this image on a die cut piece of watercolor paper with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it then I colored it with SU markers and an aqua painter. The pattern papers are from a retired line from Lili of the Valley, the gold glitter paper and the ribbon are from my stash.
Most of you know how hard it is to photograph Wink of Stella so here is a closeup of the image where you might be able to see the lovely shimmer.



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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The Sentiment and the little Orchid on the bottom corner are from the same set, the border is from a retired SU set called "Delicate Details", I love this beautiful, lacy images. 

So I hope you stop by THE FLOWER CHALLENGE reminder post for more awesome inspiration from my teammates.
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, October 9, 2018

Let's Play Tic, Tac, Toe with RR.....

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Hello everyone: I don't know about you but I love the Tic, Tac, Toe challenges, they are fun and best of all, you have a lot of options to choose from.
This is the new RETRO RUBBER challenge for the next 10 days so we hope you come along and play with us, we can't wait to see your creations in the gallery.
Here is my card, hope you get inspired and join us.


I used some images from a couple of Penny Black stamp sets to create this card, this sets are about 5 years old and I love them, I often mix the images to create little scenes like this one. The image of the little mouse riding on the snail and the one with the mousey walking are from the set called Critter Party and the little bees holding the envelope are from another set called Hugs, all the images are colored with Prismacolor pencils, the pattern papers are from my stash and the sentiment from a retired SU set called "Happy Hour", this came out in the 2012-2013 Idea Book and Catalog.
I used the diagonal on the Tic Tac Toe chart that has "Animals, Birthday and Ribbon".

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a set called Wonderful, the kitten on the corner from the Critter Party set, also colored with Prismacolor Pencils.

I hope you come and check out what my teammates created for your inspiration over at the RETRO RUBBER Challenge blog and come to join us in the gallery.

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.







Olive and Oak.....

Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge Blog

Hello dear friends: It's time for another fun challenge over at SHOPPING OUR STASH, the theme for the next week is GIVE THANKS, so you can create a Thank You card or a Thanksgiving card, your choice, we can't wait to see your creations in the gallery.
This is the card I made and I hope it inspires you to play along.


The image is from a Power Poppy set called "Olive and Oak", I stamped the image on watercolor paper and colored it with Stampin Up markers and an Aqua Painter, then carefully fussy cut it and placed it on my embossed panel with foam tape. The ribbon is from my stash and so is the bright orange enamel dot.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is stamped with a retired SU set called "Delicate Details", the sentiment is from a retired Flourishes set called "Dahlias", the Olive cluster from the Power Poppy set.
I hope you come and play along with us at SHOPPING OUR STASH, visit my teammates' blogs for more fabulous 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.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Hand Embossed Vellum.....

Hello everyone: I love Vellum, I love how it softens an image or a background and it also adds a touch of elegance to handmade cards.
I have an old Pergamano kit I bought a long time ago that has some really pretty patterns to emboss on Vellum or Parchment Paper so I decided to create a card following one of these patterns and hand emboss a piece of Vellum, so here is my card, hope you like it, I will play along with a few challenges at the end of this post.


I just die cut a piece of Vellum with the Wonky Stitched die set and carefully traced the images and the sentiment with a white gel pen, then, I went over each with my stylus, flicking the edge of the petals to get that white effect and retracing the outline of all of the images.
Then I added some color to the back of the Vellum with some Prismacolor pencils.
I attached the Vellum with glue dots to a panel of black card stock and added some Rhine Stones to cover them, I also added gold ones to the centers of the flowers.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The edge is stamped with the retired SU set called "Delicate Details", the sentiment and the flower on the corner are from a The Ton set called Beautiful Day.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.



Seize the Birthday


Always Happy Birthday October Challenge
Always Happy Birthday

Happy Little Stampers


Sunny Day Crafting "Must include an animal" I included a butterfly.
Sunny Day Crafting

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.

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This is the kit I bought a few years ago, I tried to look for it again but the two Amazon sites, one in Europe and one here in the USA lists it as CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE.
I apologize for not giving this information when I posted this card.


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Just add Sparkle.....



Hello everyone: This month of October we at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE are celebrating our second Anniversary, I can't believe that it's been already 2 years since this challenge blog, that celebrates FLOWERS was created by the totally talented Aileen Ryan and Vivien Hodge.  It's been quite a ride, full of fun, support, love, care and patience, I'm one lucky, lucky gal having all of these wonderful ladies to work with.
My teammates and I want to thank all of you who have participated in our challenge for the last 2 years, we hope you'll continue to play along with us this year.
I also want to thank my amazing teammates, they are incredibly talented, kind and generous, it's a privilege to be in their company.


So, to celebrate THE FLOWER CHALLENGE second Anniversary, we want you guys to add SPARKLE to your cards, the more sparkle the better.
Here is my card and I hope it will inspire you to come and play along with us in our gallery.
We have a surprise for the lucky winner that I'm sure you'll love so, get your glittery goodness ready, create something sparkly and come to join the fun.


This is an image from the Power Poppy set called POINSETTIA. I stamped it on a die cut panel of water color paper with Versafine Black Ink and clear heat embossed it, I colored it with SU markers, I added some shimmery Rusty paint to the little fruits and using a glue pen, added some light green glitter to the flower.  I truly hope you can see it, it's really hard to photograph the sparkle.
The die cut is from Spellbinders and it's called A2 Tranquil Moments

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border on the top is from a retired SU set called "Delicate Details", the sentiment is from the Poinsettia set and the small flower from another Power Poppy set called Merry Littles.

So I hope you come and join my teammates and I and help us celebrate our second Anniversary.
Please remember to make FLOWERS the focal point in your cards.
Please add our challenge banner to your post when you add your cards to the gallery.
You can participate in 6 other challenges only.
No back linking.
Only new work, please.

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, October 3, 2018

Halloween Already!!!??

Well, it's true, October is here!!! Where did the year go??  I love Autumn and all that comes with it, from the cooler temperatures to the magnificent colors and, of course, HALLOWEEN!! 
So I'm sharing this card that will be added to my considerable stash of "spooky" greetings ready to be sent out.


The image and the sentiment are from a Power Poppy set called Feeling Fall.  I stamped them with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed them and colored them with SU markers, then I embossed a panel of rusty card stock with a retired SU folder, (I forget the name, I apologize).

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


Both the sentiment and the gorgeous spider are from a retired SU set called "Dark and Dreary"

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

The Paper Players with a Tic Tac Toe by LeAnne
I went with the middle horizontal line, ribbon, pumpkin and any embossing.

Animal Friends Challenge #67 October "Autumn or Halloween"
Animal Friends Challenge

Unicorn Challenge #37 "Autumn or Halloween"
Unicorn Challenge Blog

Paper Minutes Challenge #557 "Watercolors"

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, October 2, 2018

Pearls for SOS.....

Hello everyone: The new challenge over at SHOPPING OUR STASH is PEARLS, love this little treasures from the sea.
This is my card that I  hope will inspire you  to come and play along.


The embossing folder is a super old one from Stampin' Up!  I don't remember the name but it's beautiful, as you can see.
I just embossed a panel of white cardstock with it and then, colored it with Picked Raspberries and Shabby Shutters distress inks.  I added the pearls to the center of the flowers.
Most times, I stamp several images and color them just to have them at hand, it saves me lots of time because I go to my box where I keep this images and, if the theme of a challenge calls for one or I need one to fill in a space, I have it ready to go. 
This image and the sentiment are from an old Flourishes set called "From the Garden".

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border on top is from a retired SU set called "Delicate Details", the sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Everything's Even Rosier, the little flower on the corner is from a retired SU set called "Stippled Blossoms".

I hope you stop by the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge blog to get more inspiration from my teammates' creations and then, come and join us in the gallery.

I would like to play with the following challenges.

Dream Valley Challenges #187 "PEARLS OR GEMS"

Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge #150 "Anything Goes
An option of embossing, wet or dry.


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, September 25, 2018

Let's Smoosh, Shall We?....

Hello dear blogging friends: Well, I must confess, I've never used the SMOOSHING TECHNIQUE BEFORE, but there is a first time for everything and the SHOPPING OUR STASH has giving me and all of you, the chance to try this fun and easy way to do a color wash background.
You can use your panel in which ever way you want, I chose to make a couple of pretty Christmas Ornaments and a Christmas card to add to my nice stash of Holiday cards.
Here is my card, I hope it inspires you to come and play along with us in our gallery.


I used THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL by Loll and CASE'd THIS GORGEOUS CARD she made, I'm in love with this fabulous technique.
I grabbed a panel of Watercolor paper that is nice and kind of thick to be able to absorb the pigment and keep it. I used distress inks in Mermaid Lagoon and Seedless Grapes and followed her directions, I was really pleasantly surprised at how easy and how beautiful it came out.
Then, I grabbed a couple of Snowflakes from a box of left over die cuts and glue them to the ornaments and then, applied a nice, thick layer of Glossy Accents all over the surface.  
Here are a couple of pictures of how beautifully shiny they look.



I then added some silver thread and placed them on the panel with dimensional foam.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is from a retired SU set called "Delicate Borders", the sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called POINSETTIA and the little snow flake from a Penny Black set called "A Bright Tomorrow"
So I hope you go and Shop Your Stash and come and join my teammates and I at the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery, there you can check out their awesome creations.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

Allsorts Challenge Week #486 "Water or the color Blue"

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge  #404 "Anything Goes Christmas"

Hiding in my Craftroom Challenge #371 "Any Holiday"

Sweet Stamping "Dies or Punches"

Crafty Catz Challenge, "Anything Goes/Optional Theme "Let's do Christmas"

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.



An Apple a Day.....

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Hello dear crafting friends: There is a super fabulous sketch over at the RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE created by the also fabulous Claire Grantham for you to play with so, grab your OLDER THAN ONE YEAR stamps, get busy an come and join my teammates and me in our gallery.
Here is my card and I hope you get inspired to play along.


The image is from a super old Stampin' Up! set called "Feathered Hope", the wood blocks have a date on the decal that says 1998!!!!!  WOW!! that was waaaaay before I even entertain the idea of stamping, heck.....it's the year my granddaughter Vanessa was born so, I was totally and completely absorbed in caring for her while her mother went to work.
So, through the wonder of Ebay and while browsing one morning, I saw this set, in pristine condition and very reasonably priced so I pounced on it without a second thought, I'm now the joyful owner of this gorgeous set, it makes me happy to stamp the images and color them, I love it.
The pattern paper behind the image is from a retired line from Lili of the Valley, the wood plank paper is from a collection called WOOD EFFECT from a company called MODA SCRAP.
The designs on this paper are gorgeous and, to my absolute delight, they are ONE SIDED!!!!!
WOO HOO!! I just couldn't possibly pick a side to put under, I just couldn't.
The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Simply Camelias, the little brad from my stash of super old Stampin' Up! embellishments, I don't remember from what year they are.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called ***** and the little birds are from the SU set.

I know that almost all of you guys have stamp sets that are OLDER THAN ONE YEAR and the RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE is the perfect place to give those beloved and maybe a bit forgotten sets a chance to get inked up again and shine, WE LOVE OLD STAMPS.

So I hope you go dig out your older sets and come and play along with me and my awesome teammates in our gallery.

Please read OUR RULES, they are few and simple, the most important one is that at least one of the stamps you use on your cards MUST BE OLDER THAN A YEAR.

I will play along with the following challenges.

SUO Challenges #208 "Nature/Fall"

Cards in Envy "Feels Like Fall" Challenge.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #218 "Autumn Colors"

The Cutie Pie Challenge Challenge #127 "Shades of Autumn"

Make My Monday Challenge #80 "Autumn/Fall Colors"

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.