Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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.


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.


  1. Such a beautiful bushel and lovely coloring!

  2. What a sweet little image! Beautiful for Autumn, nice find and congratulations on inking up this gem in the drawer!

  3. I love the sketch and I love my old stamps, and your story of how you acquired and adore this set shows how much you appreciate them, too. It's so pretty! I LOVE the papers you used with it. Such a warm and wonderful combination. That little bird is so sweet and so the sentiment is perfect with it. I feel the same about double sided papers. It's so hard to cut and waste one side, so only if I have several of each design... then it's not so bad. Would you believe I have three different card projects all currently in the works? Start one, then realize I need to get a different card in the mail. I'm so happy I'll be staying home for a while!

  4. Maria, your card is simply stunning! I love how you colored it and the details are perfect for an Autumn card. Hope you are doing well and back in your craft room!

  5. I can see why you pounced on that sweet set. It gives you such an opportunity to show off your gorgeous colouring skills. Very pretty, Maria. You're making the most of your time off your feet in the craft room, it seems!

  6. A beautiful card! Such a lovely image and beautifully coloured! Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers. x

  7. A beautiful card. Such a lovely image and great design. Thanks for joining us at The Cutie Pie Challenge. Pat K xx

  8. Maria, you are so sweet, thanks for your lovely comment about me :) I love how you have used the sketch, as always your colouring is excellent, fancy a trip to NYC to teach me?! I love the brad too, the colours in it are a perfect match to all your other elements. Cx

  9. Lovely card, thanks for joining us over at Crafty Cardmakers, hope to see you again!
    Jo x

  10. What a gorgeous card! Love the coloring on the basket of apples. Great layout and textures. Thanks for joining in the Feels Like Fall challenge at Cards In Envy. Looking forward to seeing your creative projects in the future galleries again.

  11. Love this little basket of apples ! So pretty ...especially that sweet Bluebird !

  12. Well ,that little bird is still sweet even if it`s not a Bluebird ! GIGGLE !!

  13. Fabulous card and such beautiful colouring on those apples. Love that sweet bird. Stunning Maria.

  14. Very beautiful card. Love the colours. Great to see you at the Make My Monday challenges. Hope to see you again soon. Nandini, DT