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Friday, June 15, 2018

A Little Reminder in Blue and Yellow.....



Hello everyone: THE FLOWER CHALLENGE has come to it's half way point and here I am with a little reminder that there is still time for you to play along.
This challenge asks for you to use a previous challenge, you can find the link to all of them on the upper right corner of the challenge page, click on it and you will be shown the post with all of the cards and projects my teammates and I shared on that date.

Here is the banner for that challenge posted on January 5th. of 2017.


And here is the card I made using that challenge.



My image is from an old and retired Flourishes set called "Bees and Blooms" and was stamped on a piece of water color paper with Antique Linen ink,  that had been die cut with one of the dies from a Tim Holtz set Mixed Media Thinlitz, I used the Honeycomb one.
I colored the image with SU markers and Prismacolor pencils.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is from a retired SU set called "Bordering Blooms" and the sentiment is from another retired Flourishes set called "Sweet Peas".

I hope you come and play along with us in the gallery. For more inspiration, check out THE FLOWER CHALLENGE post to see my teammates beautiful creations.

Please include our banner on your blog post when you enter the challenge and don't forget to read the 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.



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Calypso Coral with a Twist of Lemon Lime.....



Hello everyone: I saw the challenge over at THE PAPER PLAYERS and I decided to give it a try.  Color challenges are a bit hard for me because I don't always have the colors but this time I did and I'm loving this combination from the very talented Nance Leedy, it's very bright and cheerful.
Here is my card.


The images are from a stamp set that is so old that I lost the packaging but I think this stamps are from Our Daily Bread, (they came with the dies too) but I'm not 100% sure, I apologize. 
I stamped the flowers and butterfly on watercolor paper with Antique Linen ink and colored them with my old Calypso Coral ink pad for the flowers and butterflies and Sakura Koi watercolors for the green parts.  I'm really loving the No Line Coloring Technique.  The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Words of Wisdom", the sentiments are from Mother Theresa and they are beautiful.EI was lucky to find some lemon/lime scraps and one fitted perfectly behind the die cut circle.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like

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The border on the top is from a retired SU set called "Bordering Blooms", the sentiment is from the same Flourishes set and the butterflies from the same Our Daily Bread set.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges.


Dare2BArtzy June Challenge "Bright Colors"
Dare2BArtzy Blog
heARTful Stamping Challenge "Anything Goes + a Stamp"
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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 12, 2018

SOS Color Challenge.....


Hello everyone: The SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge has a color challenge for you to play with this coming week, the shades are rich and beautiful so I hope you come along and play with us.
Here is my card that I hope will inspire you to join my teammates and me in the gallery.


I used an image from a set by Art Impressions called SHOPPES, which contains 4 stamps to create a beautiful tri-fold card, I only used one of the images on my card.
I stamped it on a die cut piece of watercolor paper that had been glued to a Terra Cotta die cut piece of card stock that I had in my stash of "I changed my mind" box, colored it with a few SU markers that are still ok with ink. 
The blue layer is done with another piece of card stock from a pad called Kraft Core and sanded out a bit to reveal the undertones, I really like this paper.
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 retired SU set called "Perfectly Penned", the little cup on the corner has unknown origins, my 20 y/o granddaughter bought it for me from the bargain bin at the craft store.

So I hope you find some time to come and play along with us at SHOPPING OUR STASH, please visit the blog to check out my teammates awesome projects for your inspiration.

I would like to play along with the following challenges.

Dare2BArtzy June Challenge "Bright Colors"
Dare2BArtzy Blog


Stamping Sensations June Challenge "Anything Goes"
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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, June 10, 2018

Guest Designer for The Twofer Card Challenge.....


Hello everybody: I'm beyond thrilled to be the April Twofer Card Challenge Winner and to top this honor, I was invited by the fabulous Darnell and her awesome Design Team to be their Guest Designer for the TWOFER JUNE CHALLENGE #6 so, without further delay, here are my TWOFER cards that I hope will inspire you to come and play along in this fabulous and super fun challenge.
The Prompt for this challenge is TREES.  You must create two cards with two different designs for two different occasions using the same Tree stamp or die. 


Here are my TWOFER cards together, I will share an individual picture of them later on.


My TWOFER this time are a Christmas card and a Halloween card.....talk about two different celebrations and occasions, right?  The stamp I used on both cards in different ways is the Purple Onion Birch Tree Background, I used it to create the frame for the Nativity Image on my Christmas card and the "Spooky" forest for my little critters, all dressed up for Trick or Treating, on my Halloween card.
Here are the individual pictures of these cards, I will briefly explain how I created them and what I used on each.


For this card, I stamped the trees 4 times with Antique Linen distress ink and added some shadows with a Prismacolor pencil then, I fussy cut them and placed a brad on each corner to secure the frame, I also added a bit of glue to the corners for reinforcement.
I stamped the image form the retired SU set called "All Ye Faithful" with Stazon black ink and colored it with SU markers and Prismacolor pencils, I glued the frame on top and attached it to an embossed panel using a brick embossing folder. The pine branches, bow and gold detail are die cut with the retired SU die set called "Pretty Pines thinlits".
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This is how the INSIDE of this card looks like.


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

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This is my second card using the same Purple Onion Birch Tree background.


I stamped the Birch Trees on a panel of black card stock with white ink and added the shading with a white Prismacolor pencil,  the little critters are also from Purple Onion and they are TROUBLE the Halloween BatSHADOW THE OWL and BUTTERCUP BUNNY, I hand drew the Owl's cape and the Bunny's mask and cape myself since I didn't have the rubber stamps with these images, the sign is THIS ONE, I love it because it's perfect for stamping small sentiments, the one here is from the SU TEENY, TINY WISHES, love this set, it has a sentiment for every occasion.

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This is how the INSIDE of this card looks like.


The sentiment is from my stash and the PUMPKINS from Purple Onion, the little bat is from Kraftin Kimmie.

So there you have it, my TWOFER cards for my GUEST DESIGNER SPOT!!!!!


So, come on over to the TWOFER CARD CHALLENGE #6, check out the amazing cards the Design Team have for your inspiration and join the fun. 
Thank you so much Darnell and all the amazing ladies of the Design Team for inviting me to join you guys this month, I'm thrilled and honored to be in such fantastic company.

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 5, 2018

On Fire with the Mice.....

Hello everyone: Well, all of my 5 grandchildren are finally on Summer Brake and that means, a house full of kiddos, even the "older" ones, wanting to go to the pool, ride their bikes, etc. So, my time for crafting is a bit limited so that's why I created this card for the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge with an image that I had already colored but changed my mind about giving it to my daughter for a friend of hers in church who was celebrating a birthday and she just doesn't like mice so, I gave her something else and kept this fun image in my stash of unfinished cards.
This card fits the SHOPPING OUR STASH CHALLENGE because this week we are asking you to create your cards using your favorite image, technique, colors, papers, etc.  As you can see, I used my favorite little critters, the House Mouse siblings and I used my favorite way to stamp and color them, using Versafine black ink, clear heat embossing it and colored with my watercolors.


I added a few enamel dots and a sentiment also from my stash of leftover or put on hold sentiments.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a retired SU set called "Perfectly Penned" and the fireworks from The Ton "Pyrotechnics" set.

So I hope you find some time to come and play along with my fab SHOPPING OUR STASH teammates and me in our 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.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Tissue Paper Dispensers.....



Hello dear blogging friends: It's time for a new theme for you to play with over at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, this one is USE A PREVIOUS CHALLENGE and that means you should go to the tab at the top of our page and see the different challenges we've had since we started and pick the one you want to play with, I hope you have fun and join us in our gallery.
The theme I chose was "Anything but a Card" which was our Challenge #15 for December 4th. 2017.
I had so much fun with this challenge, you can check my projects HERE and HERE and of course check both posts from THE FLOWER CHALLENGE HERE for the December 4th. 2017 and HERE for the reminder post on December 16th. 2017 so you can have some ideas and loads of inspiration from all the projects my awesome teammates shared on those dates. 



Here are my projects for this challenge, hope you like them and come along to play, I made two because you can get make them out of one 8x11 sheet of cardstock.



As you can see, these are Kleenex dispensers for the travel size packages.  I saw THIS VIDEO and I thought these were so darn adorable and an easy and fabulous gift to give to teachers and coaches or just about anybody so, I hope you like them.



This first dispenser is decorated with pattern paper from Lili of the Valley (retired), the bouquet of Sunflowers is from a Power Poppy set called Sunny Harvest, stamped on watercolor paper, colored with SU markers and fussy cut. The sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called Olive and Oak Expanded.

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The second dispenser is also created using some scraps from Lili of the Valley, the center flower is from a Power Poppy set called Simply Camellias, stamped with Antique Linen distress ink for the No Line Coloring technique and colored with Prismacolor pencils.


Here is a picture of the sentiments.


So there you have it, hope this inspires you to come and play along with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE , you can choose from any of the past challenges by clicking on the link at the top of the page, please remember to copy the logo of THE FLOWER CHALLENGE and the logo of the challenge you chose, explaining briefly which one it is in your post when you upload your card to the gallery.
Also, please remember to link your project or card to only 6 other challenges, including ours but most importantly, have fun.

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, May 29, 2018

Class of 2018.....


Hello everyone: Well Graduations will be taking place all over the Country in the next weeks so my teammates and I, over at the SHOPPING OUR STASH CHALLENGE have a great challenge for all of you who will soon need these types of cards to give to friends and family whose kids are graduating this year.   
Here's the card I created for the son of my youngest daughter's friend from Church, who's celebrating this amazing accomplishment soon.


The request was to create a card for a young man, which is always really challenging, masculine cards always are but this one more so because this young man is 18 years old.
So I kept it simple, used the Hobart, Indiana High School colors which are purple and bright yellow and just die cut a hat, diploma and the words "Class of" and hand wrote the year on the punched out piece, added a couple of purple Rhine Stones and that was it.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.

 

Also, very simple with the sentiment from the retired SU set called "Perfectly Penned" and just a bit of bling with the fireworks from the Pyrotechnics set from 
The Ton.
So I hope you get inspired to play along with us at SHOPPING OUR STASH, please visit the blog to check out what my awesome teammates have there for you.

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, May 23, 2018

TWOFER CHALLENGE #5.....

Hello everyone: Well, I'm a bit late with my cards for the Twofer Challenge #5 so I'm precariously flying under the radar with these cards but, the weather is really awesome and we've been enjoying it, that's my story and I'm sticking to it, 😉 so here are my cards to participate in this awesome and super fun challenge.


And here are the individual cards.


This one has an image from House Mouse called "Hummingbird Feeder", I masked the Hummingbird to add the butterfly die cut from the Stampin' Up! set "Watercolor Wings", the pattern paper is from Lili of the Valley and the sentiment from Flourishes.

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This is how the INSIDE of the first card looks like.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called GO WILD and the fireworks from a stamp set by The Ton called PYROTECHNICS.

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Here is my second card.

 

This card has an image from another House Mouse set called "Fall Commuters", I only wanted this particular image so I covered the entire stamp with lots of painters tape, carefully inked the mouse and a bit of the stem of the leaf, removed the tape and stamped it on my panel, it was awesome to see I got the image perfectly stamped on the first try. After this, I sponged the sky, the grass, stamped the little flowers and the sign, then, I created the butterfly with the small image from Watercolor Wings.

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This is how the INSIDE of this card looks like.


The sentiment is from two old Flourishes sets.

I would like to play with the following challenges.


Art Journal Journey "Flora and Fauna"

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #194 "All Creatures Great and Small"


Pearly Sparkles Challenge #28 "Things with Wings"

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, May 22, 2018

Tiny Clothes Line.....

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Hello everyone: Once again the RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE has a fun and versatile sketch for you to play with, here's the card I made and I hope it will inspire you to come and play along.


It's been a while since I made a baby card so I went into my collection of baby stamp sets and found this one from Flourishes called "Hello Baby" dating back from April of 2012, this set has the sweetest images and sentiments for babies.
I stamped this cute clothes line on a die cut piece of watercolor paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with SU markers, I sponged the sky and grass with distress inks.
The sentiment is from another adorable Flourishes set called "Baby Love" stamped on a die cut banner from Spellbinders.  The little Rocking Horse came in a bag of baby buttons, I just snipped the back to be able to attach it with a glue dot to the card.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from the "Hello Baby" set, and the baby rattle from the "Baby Love" set that came out back in August of 2009, I always bought my Flourishes sets right when they were available for purchase, didn't want to risk missing out on them.

I hope you come and play with us at the RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE and make sure you stop by to see what my teammates created to inspire you.

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.

Picking Wild Flowers.....


Hello everyone: I'm back blogging after taking a few days off, I needed this time to get some things taken care of, my mind was not feeling creative, my MOJO was hiding somewhere so I figured that maybe I needed to step out of my craft room and recharge.
 I'm here today with a card that I hope will inspire you to come and play along with my teammates and me at SHOPPING OUR STASH.  This week our challenge is "April Showers Bring May Flowers" so we want to see lots of flowers in our gallery.


I created this card with an image from a Power Poppy set called GO WILD.  First I cut a tag using the retired SU "Scalloped Tag Punch", I then embossed it using the SU "Filigree Frames" folder, stamped the image with Stazon black in and colored it with Sakura Koi watercolors.
The pattern paper and gold accents are from my stash. I also added a bow made with embroidery thread and a few Nuvo Drops, I saw THIS VIDEO BY THERESE CALVRID on how to achieve the best looking Nuvo Drops ever!! I've practiced and I think I have learned how to do this, the trick is, I think, on how you hold your Nuvo Drop bottle, the nozzle must be perpendicular to the paper where you will drop the liquid, hope the video helps you guys create these pretty embellishments easier.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Picking Wild Flowers", the little cupcake from a Penny Black set called "CUPCAKES".

I hope you come and play 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.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A Little Reminder.....


Hello everyone: THE FLOWER CHALLENGE has reached it's halfway point so, here's my second card for this challenge in which we're asking you to create a card using either Vellum or Acetate.
I created my first card with Vellum so, I wanted to give the Acetate a try.  After a few failed attempts at actually stamping on it, I decided to just create a window using it.  I hope the glare of the lights are not as noticeable, it was a real pickle to take this picture😕


I have this beautiful paper that I get when I buy stamp sets from POWER POPPY, Marcella Hawley always wraps the sets with this lovely paper and I save those strips every time, this one came in real handy as a background for my card.
The die cut flower is from a very old die set from Sizzix called "Flower Lily" but unfortunately it's discontinued😢
I used a piece of watercolor paper to die cut it and then, sponged the flower with Distress Inks and colored the stamen with SU markers. The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Dynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called Sunny Harvest.

I would like to play along with the following challenges.

Dare 2BArtzy May Challenge "Dreaming of Flowers"


Make My Monday Challenge #71 "Hints of Summer to Come"

The Paper Girls Challenge #151 "Friendship"

I hope you come and take a peek at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE reminder post to see the gorgeous creations my teammates have to inspire you and then, come and play along.

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, May 8, 2018

French Flower Cart.....


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Hello everyone: Finally!!! Spring is Here!! (Hopefully to stay) and since after the April Showers come May Flowers here's the theme and inspiration photo over at RETRO RUBBER for you to play with this time.
My card is from "I Brake for Stamps" and it's called French Flower Cart, I love the beautiful flower pots and the fresh flowers in them. The cart with its umbrella is just so sweet.
This stamp dates back to 2015, I'm so happy I wrote the year when I bought it in the back of the plain rubber stamp.


I stamped this image on some watercolor paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with SU markers and Sakura Koy watercolors. The ribbon and twine are from my stash.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.



The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Tulips for Friends"(bought it when it came out in 2013, discontinued) and the border on the top is from a retired SU set called "Bordering Blooms" from the 2014-2015 SU annual catalog.

I hope you get inspired to come and play with us at RETRO RUBBER, please don't forget to use at least ONE STAMP THAT IS OLDER THAN ONE YEAR and let us know how old is it, ok? 
Also, visit my teammates' blogs for more awesome inspiration.

I would like to play along with the following challenges.

CCC Digi Creations Challenge #92 "Flower Power"

Craft-Dee BowZ Anything goes, include a handmade bow.



Let's Craft and Create Challenge #137 "Anything Goes option Lace, Ribbon or Twine"

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.