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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

SOS CHRISTMAS IN JULY.....

Hello everyone: It's amazing how time flies, don't you think? Just a few months ago, we were still shoveling snow from our driveway and bundling up to go anywhere and now, we are in the middle of the year, enjoying warm temperatures, trips to the beach and water parks, cooking out, etc.
But my teammates and over at SHOPPING OUR STASH want you to think Christmas thoughts and join us in the gallery with your "Christmas in July" creations.
Here is my card, I went out of my usual style and used only dies to create it, hope you like it.


Thes cookie die cuts are done with a Papertrey Ink die set called SWEET HOLIDAY WISHES, it has a coordinating stamp set but sometimes, getting the dies is all you need.
The cookies are cut with the dies and I just added little dots with a white gel pen to decorate them a bit. The pattern paper is from an old Holiday pad and the ribbon from my stash of bits and pieces.
The sentiment is from a little box of left over sentiments, it was just the perfect size for my card.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.



The lacy border is from a retired SU set called "Bordering Details", the sentiment is from a retired Flourishes set called "Sweets of the Season" and the yummy cookie from my Papertrey Ink die set.

I hope you can come and play along with us at SHOPPING OUR STASH, please stop by the blog and click on my teammates' cards to see how they made them.

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.

Sip by Sip.....


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Hello everyone: The RETRO RUBBER challenge has a fun and versatile sketch for you to play with so we hope you find a bit of time to come and join my teammates and I in our gallery.
Here is my card, for more inspiration, stop by the blog and check out the rest of the team's creations.


This cute line of Tea Pots is from a super old 1996 Stampin' Up! set called "Best Borders" and it has 4 borders with the cutest images, besides this one, there is a Snow Man border, a Bird House border and a Garden border, all sweet and adorable.
I stamped the image on watercolor paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with SU markers and Prismacolor Pencils. The lacy border is from a Martha Stewart punch and the pattern paper from a retired line from Lili of the Valley.  The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called SHORT STACKS.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from the "Short Stacks" set, the little tea pots from the "Best Borders" set.

I hope you visit the RETRO RUBBER challenge blog to check the rest of the Designer Team's beautiful creations and get ready to play along with 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.





Sunday, July 15, 2018

Orchids Rock!!!!!


Hello everyone: Once again, THE FLOWER CHALLENGE has arrived at the halfway point so, my teammates and I want to give you a bit more inspiration to play along with us.

The theme is MONOCHROME, here is my card, done all in black and white this time, and I hope you stop by the challenge page and check out what the rest of the Designer Team has created.


This beautiful image is from a Power Poppy set called ORCHIDS ROCK and they totally do. These images on the set look amazing in any color.
I just stamped them on a piece of Drawing Paper with Versafine black ink and colored them with my black and white Prismacolor pencils. The sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called DAFFODILS, which is also gorgeous.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from the DAFFODILS stamp set.

I hope you find a bit of time to come and play along with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, we can't wait to see what you create.

Please include our banner when you upload your card to the gallery, make sure the main image on your card are FLOWERS, you can link your card to 6 challenges, including ours.
There is a complete list of the RULES on our main page, please read them carefully, they are few but important.
I would like to play with the following challenges.

Craft Stamper Magazine "Anything Goes"

Simply Create Tool Challenge #140 "No Pattern Paper"

All Sorts Challenge "Week 476/477 Flowers All Over"

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 10, 2018

An Apple a Day.....

Hello dear blogging friends:  The SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge has a really yummy one for you, we want to see FOOD on your cards, anything and everything that can be eaten, ok?  My teammates and I can't wait to see what you create.  Here is my card that hopefully will inspire you to come and play along.


This image is from a Power Poppy set called Farmers Market and it has the most beautiful and fresh images of good old fruits and veggies.
I stamped the image on watercolor paper with Versafine black ink and colored it with Sakura Koy watercolors, the nice red apple is from a retired Flourishes set called "Apple of My Eye", stamped on watercolor paper, colored with watercolors and fussy cut.  My sentiments in front and inside are from another Power Poppy set called Sassy Succulents. I added a few Rhine Stones just for a bit of bling.
The yellow pattern paper is from Lili of the Valley and the wood piece from my stash of leftovers from a pack I bought some time ago at the craft store.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The little caramel apple is from the retired Flourishes set called "Apple of My Eye".

I hope you come and play along with us over at SHOPPING OUR STASH, and don't forget to go visit my teammates' blogs to see their beautiful creations. 

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 4, 2018

Pretty in Pink.....



Hello dear blogging friends: The new challenge over at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE is all about MONOCHROME, you can use any color and the shades of that color on your cards, you can use black or white as an option and to stamp your sentiment.
Anywho, here is my card for the challenge, I hope it inspires you to create a card using perhaps your favorite color and join my teammates and me in the gallery.


This image is from a Power Poppy set called Countryside Bouquet Delux and I chose to use all kinds of pink shades on it. I saw THIS VIDEO on Pinterest and decided to kind of CASE the card, which is really beautiful. I added a few highlights and shading with a couple of Prismacolor pencils and a few Rhine Stones for bling, the corner die cuts, I found a piece of ribbon, that happens to look exactly as the colors of distress inks I used for the card in a bag where I save the last pieces from the spools, the sentiment was a leftover from another card, the pattern paper is from a discontinued line from Lili of the Valley.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The images and sentiment are from the same set.

I hope this card will inspire you to come and play along with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, for more inspiration, please stop by the challenge to check out my awesome teammates' beautiful cards and check out their blogs to find out how they created them.

Please don't forget to include our banner for this challenge on your blog post when you link your card to the page and please also remember you can enter only 6 challenges including ours.

I would like to play along with the following challenges.

The Paper Nest Dolls ALWAYS ANYTHING GOES 

Use Your Stuff Challenge #319 MONOCHROMATIC

Incy Wincy Designs for July, FLOWERS.

Dream Valley Challenges #182 ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

Crafty Sentiments Designs BRIGHT COLORS CHALLENGE

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 3, 2018

Quilted With Love.....

Hello everyone: A new challenge is on at the SHOPPING OUR STASH blog and we hope you can find a bit of time in your Summer activities to play along.  The theme is GEOMETRIC FIGURES, so get your circles and squares, rectangles and triangles, or whatever other geometric figures you have in your stash and join my teammates and me in the gallery.
This is my card, hope it inspires you to play.


As you can see, there is minimum stamping on this card, I just punched the Hexagons with a retired SU punch out of all of my Lili of the Valley scraps, taped them together and for the middle, I added a die cut circle I had in my stash of leftovers, then added some "stitching" with a gray marker.
I glued this "quilt" to a doily and stamped the sentiment on a banner I had also already cut.
The background pattern paper is from Lili of the Valley.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


Both the sentiment and the little flower are from the same set.

I hope you join us in the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery, we can't wait to see what you create.
Please visit the blog to admire my teammates' fabulous cards.

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.

CELEBRATE!!!!! with Retro Rubber.....

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Hello crafty friends: I had so much fun creating this card that I'm so glad the day arrived to share it with you today as inspiration for the RETRO RUBBER challenge, I hope you find some time to join my teammates and me in our gallery.



I have this super old stamp set from Flourishes (sadly discontinued) that dates back from 2013 when it was finally released, I couldn't wait to buy it and I did as soon as it was available, tee hee!!
The images are simply adorable, as you can see here with this sweet and vintage RV camper trailer.
I love every detail on this image and I placed it on a warm Summer's night, with a starry sky and fun and festive Fireworks to celebrate Independence Day.
I stamped this image on watercolor paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with SU markers and ink pads, I love the glow that I was able to achieve coming out of the little door.
Then I fussy cut it and placed it on the panel after I stamped it again with white ink to have the grass under it, I just colored the pole holding the little awning with a silver gel pen and then, using part of an image from another Flourishes set called "Patriotism on Parade", I stamped the little American Flag, colored it and fussy cut it to place it on top of that pole, I was amazed how perfect the size was.
The fireworks are from a The Ton set called PYROTECHNICS and they are heat embossed with glitter embossing powders.

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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 image on the bottom form the Flourishes set.
So I hope you get inspired to come and play along with us at RETRO RUBBER, please make sure at least one of your stamps is older than a year, we would love to know it's age.
Stop by the blog to check out my teammates' amazing creations and then, play along with us, 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, June 29, 2018

Growing Love.....

Hello dear crafting friends: I've been busy with my grandchildren almost every day, we go out to the pool, the beaches in Chicago, bowling, movies, water park, etc. it's fun but that cuts my card making time a bit, so most times, I start the card and then have to finish it in the next day or two, but we don't mind at all, having our grandkids around, from the oldest to the youngest, is a thrill and we love it.
Anywho, here is this little card I just finished and I will enter it at a few challenges at the end of this post.


This image is from an old Flourishes set called "From the Garden", I stamped it on watercolor paper with Versafine black ink and colored it with SU markers and a bit of Sakura Koi watercolors, the pattern paper is from a retired line from Lili of the Valley, the sentiment is from the set.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment and the flowers are from the set, the die cut for the sentiment is from a Spellbinders set called OVAL REGALIA 

I would like to play with the following challenges.


Use Your Stuff Challenge #318
Use Your Stuff

Crafter's Castle Anything Goes.

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 26, 2018

Happy Birthday, USA!!!!!

Hello crafting friends: My teammates and I at SHOPPING OUR STASH have a new challenge for you to play with that is just in time for the fast approaching 4th. of July celebrations.
Here is my card to inspire you join us in the gallery.


This sweet image is from a 2009 Flourishes stamp set called "Patriotism on Parade", I love all the images on this set but this one is my favorite. 
I stamped it on watercolor paper with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it then, colored it with SU markers, the pattern paper is from a small stash of patriotic papers, the ribbon was a left over piece that I died with some thread, the flower is a sticker.  The fireworks are from a set by The Ton called PYROTECHNICS  which I heat embossed with glitter embossing powder and the white heat embossed sentiment from a Power Poppy set called "Marcella's Mixed Tape Vol. 1"

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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", the little girl waving the Flag is from the Patriotism on Parade set.

I would like to play along with the following challenges.


Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #214 "Embossing Wet or Dry"

Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #121 "Stars and Stripes"

A Gem of a Challenge Challenge #222 "Red, White and Blue"

Simply Papercraft "Anything Goes"


I hope you get inspired to play along with us at SHOPPING OUR STASH, visit the blog for more inspiration from my  fabulously creative 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.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Be Yourself.....

Hello everyone: I have a very simple and easy card to share today, I was able to finish it late yesterday, but I was too tired to write the blog post and upload it. 
But anywho, here it is, I will link it up to a few challenges at the end of this post.


These cute succulent images are from one of my favorite stamp sets from Power Poppy called SASSY SUCCULENTS, love all of these little and adorable plants.
I stamped the images on watercolor paper with Stampin Up! markers by applying the ink directly to the stamp then, with a small wet brush, I just pulled the color a bit, I didn't want a black outline.
I stamped the "ledge" for this little pots to sit on with the retired SU set called "Bordering Details"

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from the same Power Poppy set and I found it in my "change my mind" sentiment box, you know how it is, sometimes you think a sentiment is going to work and then, well, you change your mind, I have a few of these saved up.

I would like to play with the following challenges.

Less is More


Inkspirational


Crafting with Friends Challenge #70  "Anything Goes"

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 22, 2018

Butterflies and Morning Glory.....

Hello, dear blogging friends: I started this card 2 days ago and I finally managed to finish it today, with my grandchildren on Summer Break, it's been a bit hectic around here for about 2 weeks now, we've gone to the pool, the beach, mini golfing and the other day, we went to see "The Incredibles 2", which by the way, it's AWESOME!!!!! waiting 14 years for the sequel was totally worth it, I highly recommend you guys go see it, you don't have to be a kid to love it 😉
Anyway, this card will be entered in a few challenges at the end of this post.


This image is from Northwoods and it's called "Petunias and Butterflies" although I colored them in blue because to me, they also look like Morning Glory.
I stamped the image on watercolor paper with Versafine black ink and colored it with SU markers and Sakura Koi watercolors. The image is quite big so I couldn't layer it with pattern papers or add too many embellishments and just opted to add a few enamel dots to the corners of the panel.
I think the image looks just fine on its own.
The sentiment is from the retired SU set called "Charming Cafe", stamped on a die cut banner from Spellbinders.

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This is how the INSIDof my card looks like.


The border is from a retired SU set called "Delicate Details", the sentiment is also from the retired SU Bundle called "Charming Cafe" and the butterfly from a set I have had for years but I just can't remember where it came from.

I would like to play along with the following challenges.

Double D Challenges with a theme of BUTTERFLIES.



As You Like It Challenge "Favorite type of embossing and why"
I love heat embossing, especially for watercolors, the raised border on the images provide a perfect little "well" for your watercolors.

Moving Along With the Times #74 "June Blooms"

Pattie's Creations Design Challenge #147 "Anything that Flies"

FabrikaFantasy Challenge #21 "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, June 19, 2018

Baby, Baby for Retro Rubber.....

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Hello crafty friends: My teammates and I at the RETRO RUBBER challenge blog, have a fun and fabulous new challenge for you, one that is always a favorite because of the many possibilities to play with. I hope you have some time to join us in the gallery, although I know how hard it can be to have some "alone time", with the children and grandchildren out on Summer Break, I tell you this because our own grandchildren are on vacation and you know what that means, right? 😊😉


 For my card, I chose the middle horizontal line on the Tic Tac Toe diagram, "Embossing, Pattern Paper and Baby".  The sweet images are from a long discontinued Flourishes set called "Hello Baby" that dates back to 2012, the Teddy Bear and Ducky are from another beloved set called "Baby Love", this set dates from 2009.
I stamped the Onsie and the Baby Booties on watercolor paper and colored them with "Coastal Cabana", I added a couple of yellow brads for the booties buttons.
I cut a piece of Lili of the Valley pattern paper (discontinued) and a piece of Vellum the same size, I embossed the Vellum with a retired SU embossing folder called "Filigree Frame" and stamped the Teddy and the Ducky with Stazon black ink and colored them on the back with SU markers.
The sentiment is from the "Baby Love" set.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment and the Baby Rattle are from the "Baby Love" set.

I hope you can find some time to come and play along with us at RETRO RUBBER, we can't wait to see what you create.  Please stop by the blog to check out my teammates' beautiful creations.

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.



Our Wonderful Crafting Machines.....

Hello crafting friends: The SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge has a new and fun one for you to play this week, we want you to use your favorite crafting machine or tool, I have 2 that I just can't live without.....the BIG SHOT and the MISTI.  I use this tools every single day in my craft room, I can't picture my crafting life without them so, here is my card that uses both of this wonderful machines that have changed the crafting world forever.


I used a lot of my stash of die cut flowers done with the now retired SU "Botanical Blooms", this is one beautiful die set, it has a stamp set but the dies are more than enough by themselves.
I saw THIS CARD on Pinterest and I decided to use some of my already cut flowers, all I did is to sponge them a bit with distress inks. 
I also had a strip of black card stock that I had heat embossed in white using the "Bordering Blooms" stamp set from SU and I thought I could incorporate it on my card, even if the design doesn't look like the flowers.
The sentiment was die cut with oval dies and stamped with Versafine black ink.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


I used some scraps of the DSP to decorate the inside, the sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Sweet Peas" and the flower on the corner also from my stash.

I hope you stop by the SHOPPING OUR STASH blog and check out my teammates beautiful creations then, come and play along.
Please let us know what craft machine or tool you used to create your cards.

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 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"
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.