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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Abigail is Painting.....

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Hello everyone: It's time for another challenge over at RETRO RUBBER and I know this theme is a favorite of you guys. I haven't used my Stamping Bella stamps in a while so here is this one, which is one of my favorites because I always picture my granddaughter Vanessa hard at work.


The name of this image is "Abigail Painting", stamped on watercolor paper with Stazon black ink and colored with some of my SU markers and Prismacolor pencils. The DSP is from Lili of the Valley,(discontinued), the sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called "Sassy Succulents.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


I combined 3 different sets here.  The sentiment is from a brand, spanking new SU set called All The Good Things, the border on the top is from a retired SU set called "Delicate Borders" and the little image on the corner is from a Mo Manning stamp called "The Artist", I have it in rubber but it can also be bought in digital format.

I hope you come along and play with us over at RETRO RUBBER, for more inspiration, please stop by the blog to see my teammates amazing cards and leave them some comment love.

Please don't forget to use at least one stamp that is OLDER THAN ONE YEAR.
Please let us know how long you had this stamps or the year when they were released.
You can enter 13 challenges including ours.

I hope you go dig out your beloved older stamps and join my teammates and me in the RETRO RUBBER gallery, 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.




Woof and Miaw.....


SOS Headquarters

Hello everyone: I've often been asked if I'm a cat lover or a dog lover and I always answer BOTH!!  My hubby and I grew up in a home that always had cats and dogs, plus birds, hamsters, and fish so there was no surprise that this challenge from SHOPPING OUR STASH was right up my alley.
Here is the card I created for your inspiration.


I don't know about you but, I simply love the Kaztelkraft critters, I have several sets of this totally funny and fabulous animals whos facial expressions are simply priceless.
I used two sets of stamps here, the grumpy kitty is from the set called Russian Cats and the smiling doggies from The Dogs set.
Stamped the images with Stazon black ink and colored them with SU markers and Prismacolor pencils, the sentiment was painstakingly stamped with this super old alphabet set, it was a bit tricky to line up the word "Cheese", so thank goodness for the MISTI.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.



The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called "Sassy Succulents" and the little chickies from Tiddly Inks and it's called For the Birds
So I hope you go and dig out your kitty and doggie stamps and come to play with us in the gallery.
Don't forget to visit my teammates' blogs to check out their fabulous creations and leave some comment love.
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, November 4, 2018

Spring Blossoms in November.....


Hello, hello: I can't believe it's November already!! where did the year go!!!  But I hope it has been a good year for you guys and that you are all geared up for the upcoming Holiday Season.
So, the theme over at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE is SPECIAL OCCASION so, we want to see cards celebrating Birthdays, Weddings, Accomplishments, a New Baby, Engagement, etc.  
I created a Congratulations card, I hope you like it and then you go to our challenge page and check out my teammates' amazing creations.


This beautiful image is from an old Flourishes stamp set called "Spring Blossoms" illustrated by Marcella Hawley, this set came out in 2013 and now, Marcella has this lovely image on her Power Poppy store in DIGITAL FORM so you too can enjoy it.
I stamped this image on a panel of watercolor paper that I embossed with this pretty embossing folder from Sizzix, with Stazon black ink using my MISTI, I colored it with Sakura Koi watercolors and then, I gave it some shading and highlights with my Prismacolor pencils. 
After I was done coloring it, I placed the panel back on my MISTI, inked my stamp with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it, sometimes after coloring with Prismacolors the stamped image kind of looses the edges so stamping it again brings back the nice outline.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called SHORT STACKS, the flowers on the corner are from the same Flourishes set, colored with Prismacolors.

So come by THE FLOWER CHALLENGE blog and play along with us, my teammates have some beautiful cards for you to get more inspiration from.

Please remember to upload our banner to your blog post and make FLOWERS the main focus on your card.  You can enter 6 challenges INCLUDING OURS, please.

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my post, I want you to know that I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.