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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Blooming Beautiful.....



Hello dear stamping friends: THE FLOWER CHALLENGE has a new one for you and I'm pretty sure you will have the one element we are asking you to use and that is OLDER STAMPS.
We need to go dig them out from drawers, shelves, boxes, etc. and give them another chance, you will remember why you bought them in the first place and enjoy coloring these forgotten images.


The image I used for this card is from a 2008 Stampin' Up! set called "Blooming Beautiful", there are 3 images on this set, a vase with flowers, a little bee and this beautiful single flower.
I just stamped it on a piece of watercolor paper with Versafine black ink, clear heat embossed it and colored with SU markers.  
The background is from another old Stampin' Up! set called "En Francais" (2007), I really love this font, wish I could write like this, so beautiful.
The sentiment inside the envelope is from an old Flourishes set, it fits just perfectly.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


I again used the flower, I added the little bee and one of the sentiments, love that font.

I know you have some older stamp sets you haven't used in a while so go find them and join my teammates and me in THE FLOWER CHALLENGE gallery, we can't wait to see what you create.
Please read our 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.


A Sweet Smelling Christmas.....

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Hello everyone: With the Holidays upon us it's a great time to make a few more Christmas cards, you can never have too many, that's what I always say.
So the RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE has a new one for you and has this beautiful image to inspire you to come and play along.
I know it's a busy time of the year but still, we hope you all come and join us in our gallery.
Here is my card for this challenge.


This pretty image is from a Power Poppy set called Spice it Up which was released back in 2015 and that's how long I've owned this gorgeous set.
I stamped the image with Versafine black ink, clear heat embossed it and colored it with SU markers.
The sentiment is from a retired Stampin' Up! set called "Joy to the World", it came out back in the 2013-2014 Holiday Mini Catalog, I heat embossed it in gold.
I grabbed a Snowfall embossing folder for the front panel and wrapped a golden ribbon for a bit of sparkle.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from the same set and the little mug from another Power Poppy set called "Merry Littles, this set is perfect for embellishing the inside of your Holiday cards.

So I hope you go and dig out your OLDER THAN ONE YEAR stamp sets and come to join us in the gallery, we can't wait to see what you create.
Don't forget to stop by my teammates' blogs for more fabulous inspiration.

Ok, before I leave you I want to thank you for your comments on my RETRO RUBBER 100 CHALLENGE CELEBRATION POST so, here is the lucky winner of an OLDER THAN A YEAR BUT NEVER USED stamp set, and that winner is:

CAROL L.

Congratulations Carol, please email me with your home address at

grandmamaria5@gmail.com

and I will have your goodies fast on their way to you, please write WINNER OF 100 CHALLENGE POST on the subject line.

This is my last post for this year as my teammates and I take a little break to enjoy the Holidays with family and friends.
I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and may 2019 bring Health, Peace, Joy, Love, and Prosperity to you and yours.

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.

The Wilderness Awaits.....

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Hello everyone: It's time for another fabulous challenge over at SHOPPING OUR STASH, our theme is MASCULINE CARDS.  Some people, me included, have a hard time creating these types of cards mainly because they must be simple but still appealing, not to busy but still, with a little fan fare so, here is my rendition to this challenge and I hope you come and play along.


Most of my stamp sets are of flowers and little cute critters so, when I see a set that is spectacularly masculine, I immediately get it, like this one from Stampin' Up! called "The Wilderness Awaits" from the 2015-2016 catalog, all four images are beautifully detailed and perfectly masculine.
I stamped my fox on a die cut piece of watercolor paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with SU re-inkers, I added a bit of white Prismacolor pencil to his handsome face and the tip of his tail.
I die cut a bigger piece of Copper glimmer paper to frame this image.  I embossed a panel of green card stock and rubbed it with copper ink, added a couple of copper brads, ribbon and the sentiment.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


Again, nothing fancy, just a bit of decoration at the top done with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and a sentiment from a Power Poppy set called "Everything's Even Rosier".

So, I hope you come and join my teammates and I in our SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery, please stop by the blog and visit their blogs for more 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.