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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Sweets for The Twofer Challenge.....

Hello everyone: Well, it took a bit of time for me to come up with a couple of cards for the new Twofer Challenge, with a theme of SWEETS, and it wasn't because I don't have any sweets stamps, but because I had to figure out how to create two cards, using the same stamp, for two different occasions.
So I came up with these two cards, hope you like them.


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I decided to create a Happy New Year card, I don't make too many of those but I really like the way this one turned out.
The image is from a Power Poppy set called Under Glass, love all the images on it with the option to put them under the glass bell or not.
Colored the image with Prismacolor pencils, and added a bit of gold paint to the sparklers, the embossing folder is from SU (retired) but I can't recall the name, the golden frame from my stash of die cuts.
The word "happy" and the "2020" are from a die set that I got at the bargain bin at Michael's, I paid $3.00 for it, woo hoo!!
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is from a stash of leftover pattern paper, the sentiment and horn are from Power Poppy set called "Marcella's Mixtape Vol. 1"

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Here's my Twofer.


I made a Birthday card, coloring the image the same way, I added a strip of pattern paper with the candles, so cute, die-cut the panels and stamped the sentiment from a Power Poppy set called Tea in the Garden, I added some enamel dots from Gina Marie Designs.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The row of balloons are from a My Favorite Things set called, the sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Ewe Are the Best and the cupcake from a Penny Black set called Cupcakes

I want to play along with the following challenges.


Challenge #243 "Sparkle"
Crafty Cardmakers

#185 "Birthdays"
The Paper Girls Challenge Blog

Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
Hugs.
Maria.



Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A Little Reminder with CAS-ual Fridays.....


Hello, blogging friends: We're at the halfway point at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE so I'm here again with my second CAS card using the beautiful Mon Ami Stamp Set from CAS-ual Fridays.


I stamped the flowers with Rich Razzleberry ink from SU on watercolor paper and using a damp brush, pulled the color just a bit, then I added shadows with my Prismacolors. The sentiment is from the set. 
I die cut the window with a scalloped circle die and placed glimmer paper on the back for a bit of shine. I added the pearls where the details on the flowers are.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment, leaf and bottom flower are from the set.

I hope you get inspired to come and play along with us in our gallery and while you're there, check out my teammates' blogs for more awesome inspiration.
I want to remind you that we have a prize to give away again this month. The super talented Michelle, from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is generously giving a $25.00 gift to one lucky winner to spend at the store, all of us in the Design Team have used CAS-ual Fridays stamps, Michelle generously provided all of us plus our Guest Designer with her lovely stamp sets.

Now, THE FLOWER CHALLENGE is turning 3!!!!! so come along and help us celebrate, will you?
It's amazing how time flies when you are having so much fun.
Our Guest Designer this month is the awesome Tina Magnusson so go check out her blog and her beautiful cards, live her a bit of comment love.

Don't forget to read our rules, they are few but important, we would be so sad if you lose your chance to win the fabulous prize we have for you.
Please upload our banner when you enter our challenge.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

Challenge #243 "Sparkle"
Crafty Cardmakers

#211 Clean and Simple.

"Sparkle"
Heart 2 Heart Challenges

"All Things Pink"

Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make me smile.
Hugs.
Maria.









Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Blooming Pumpkin.......

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Hello everyone: My teammates and I at SHOPPING OUR STASH want to get you in the mood for Autumn, Pumpkin Pie, crisp, clear days with gorgeous colors on the trees, Thanksgiving, etc. so we invite you to come and play along with us over the challenge blog and share your cards featuring Pumpkins or anything that spells Autumn for you.


Well, the name of this challenge blog is SHOPPING OUR STASH and oh boy!! I totally did this to create this card.
I have a box with a whole bunch of nameless red rubber stamps, this one seems to have been attached to a woodblock that I most likely peeled off and discarded back when wasn't thinking of blogging at all. I regret doing this but woodblock stamps take up a lot of space, maybe that's the reason I did it.
I'm going to create more cards with using the stamps in this box, I think they all deserve to be inked up.
I stamped the image with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it, then colored with SU re-inkers.
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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", the flower from a retired 2006 SU set called "Reason to Smile", brought back in 2012 for a limited time.

I hope you get inspired to come and play with us at the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery, we can't wait to see what you create.

Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
XO
Maria.

Retro Rubber Tic, Tac, Toe Fun!!!!!

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Hello again everyone: Now, don't you love Tic, Tac, Toe challenges? I certainly do, you have a lot of options to choose from, all fun and easy to do so, come on and play with my RETRO RUBBER teammates and me in our gallery!!
Here is my card, I used the bottom horizontal line "Die Cut or Punch, Monochrome and Birthday".


I used the beautiful and retired SU set called "Every Moment", (2010-2011).
Stamped the image on Drawing paper after die cutting the panels, colored it with a few Prismacolor pencils.
The embossing folder is also from Stampin' Up! but I can't recall the name.
The sentiment is from Flourishes.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is from another SU set called Bordering Blooms (2014-2015 retired)
The sentiment is from a Flourishes set called Lenten Rose.

I hope you come and play along with us at the RETRO RUBBER gallery.
Please remember to use at least one stamp that is ONE YEAR OLD and if you can, share how old it is or how long you've owned it.
For more inspiration visit my teammates' blogs and don't forget to leave them some comment love.

Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
Hugs.
Maria.

Friday, October 4, 2019

CAS Fun With CASual Fridays.....


Hello dear friends: My teammates and I over at THE FLOWER CHALLENGEhave a new one for you to play in the month of October. 
The theme is CAS (Clean and Simple), which basically means there should be a lot of white, empty space, not many embellishments, and minimal layers.
Once again this month we have a fabulous prize of $25.00 for you to win that the fabulous Michele from CAS-ual Friday Stamps has generously donated, she also gave all of us at The Flower Challenge some of her stamps to play with for this fun challenge so, I hope you get inspired and come and join us in our gallery.
Here's my card.


I used the two flower images on this set from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps called Mon Ami, the stems are also part of it.
I stamped the flowers with Versamark ink and heat embossed them with Pearlescent embossing powder, I used a set of Niji Pearlescent  Watercolors to color the flowers, the stems were stamped with Altenew "Forest Glades" ink.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like. 


The sentiment and leaf are from the set.

We have a new Guest Designer for the month of October, her name is 
Tina Magnusson, check our her blog to see her beautiful creations and leave her some comment love.

I hope you go check THE FLOWER CHALLENGE to get more awesome inspiration from all my teammates, check their blogs to see how they created their beautiful cards.
Please don't forget to read our rules, especially the one about entering other challenges, you can enter only 6 including ours and make the focus of your cards FLOWERS. 
Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
Hugs.
Maria.







Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Best Friends.....Yikes!!!!!

Hello everyone: Do you still send Halloween cards to friends and family? Well, I do, even to my grown grandkids, (2 of them are adults already, sheeesh!!) they still get a kick out of them although it's getting harder and harder to create any kind of greeting card for my 18 y/o grandson.
Anywho, here's a card I will happily add to my Halloween stash and soon will be on its merry way to someone I love.


This card is created with a 2006 Stampin' Up! set called "Best Friends". 
Back when this set was in circulation, I didn't know anything about card making, rubber stamps, blogs, etc. otherwise, believe me, I would have grabbed immediately. I started stamping maybe back in 2010 so I never knew this set existed until I saw a card on Pinterest made with one of the images, and then, the hunt began.
All I had was the name of the set so I went searching on I started searching for it on the Internet until I finally saw it on eBay and I bought it on the spot, I love it.
I stamped this sweetie pie and her friendly Bat on watercolor paper with Versafine black in and clear heat embossed it then, colored with some Sakura Koy watercolors. I wanted to give her a nice attire so I colored her hat and dress a nice orange instead of black.
The pattern paper is from my stash and so is the ribbon. The sentiment is from the set.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is super old and I don't know where it came from, the spider is from a bag of confetti.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

The Paper Players
I went with the horizontal line in the middle,
Orange, Die-cut and Halloween.
The dies are both the circle and the scalloped.


Stampin' Up! Only Challenges
SUO Challenges -

Crafting Happiness Challenges
#16
Crafting Happiness Challenges

Crafty Cardmakers
#242 Add a Critter.
I added my little Bat.
Crafty Cardmakers
Krafty Chicks Challenge
Sketch used with Julee Tilman's permission.


Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
Hugs.
Maria.




Sunday, September 29, 2019

Just Fly......

Hello everyone and happy Football Sunday!!
The Dallas Cowboys are playing tonight and.....THEY ARE GOING TO TELEVISE IT!!! WOO HOO!!
Anyway, I have a card to share that I hope you like.


This beautiful butterfly is from a "The Crafts Meow" and it's called "Beautiful Spring", I think this company is no longer in business because I couldn't find it to share the link but it dates back to 2015.
I stamped the butterfly on watercolor paper with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Pearlescent embossing powder, then colored with Sakura Koi watercolors. 
The design on the background is done using a stencil from Altenew called Splatters, I applied Texture Paste from Ranger and sprinkled with Diamond Dust from Twinklets.
The word is die-cut with white glimmer paper.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is from a retired SU set called "Delicate Details", the sentiment is from a CAS-ual Fridays set called Mon Ami, the butterfly from a retired SU set called "Kindness Matters"

I would like to play with the following challenges.

(I picked Sparkle and Pearl)

Challenge #169

Challenge 177 (For a Girl/Lady)
addicted-to-stamps-challenge

Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
Hugs.
Maria.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Welcome Autumn......

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Hello everyone: It's time for another "ANYTHING GOES" challenge over at RETRO RUBBER, which is a favorite since you can create whatever you want keeping in mind that at least one of the stamps you use is OVER A YEAR OLD.
Here's my card that I hope inspires you to play along.


I embossed the green panel with a Tim Holtz "Alterations" EF, the leaves were stamped on watercolor paper with the retired SU set called "Vintage Leaves" (2015-2016) colored with SU re-inkers. The lacy frame is from a Spellbinders die set called "Oval Majesty", I added some enamel dots from Gina Marie Designs. The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Feeling Fall, I heat embossed it in gold.
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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" (2014-2015)
That beautiful sentiment is from a box of unmounted rubber stamps with no name, I'm so sorry but this is very old and I can't remember where I got it.

I hope you come and play with my teammates and me in the RETRO RUBBER gallery, we can't wait to see what you create.
Please read our rules, they are few but important.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges.

Autumn.

Autumn Colors.

#15 Autumn/Fall


I'm so happy you stopped by, your comments always make my day.

Hugs.
Maria.


Gold Embossing on Vellum.....


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Hello everyone: It's time for another fun challenge over at SHOPPING OUR STASH, the theme is EMBOSSING, dry or heat or both.
Here's my card and I hope it inspires you to come and play along.


This image is from the Stampin' Up! 2019 SAB catalog.
I really love the lace look behind the lovely flowers.
I stamped the image on vellum with Versamark ink and heat embossed it in gold then, colored it on the back with Prismacolor pencils.
The sentiment is from a retired SU set called "Itty Bitty Banners" (2012).
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a retired SU set called "Touch of Kindness" (2011 Summer Mini)

Hope you find a bit of time to join my teammates and me at the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery, we can't wait to see what you create.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

#46 "No DSP"

Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
Hugs.
Maria.



Saturday, September 21, 2019

Words to Live By......

Hello everyone: I'm late posting this simple card, got caught up with the usual "fun" activities at home.....meaning laundry, prepping my meals for the next 4-5 days, separating, vacuum packing, labeling, etc.
So, here's my card.


The sentiment is by Hampton Art, very old, I heat embossed it in gold.
I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the front panel and I sponged the musical notes with some distress inks.
The little charms are ancient!!! They were silver so I painted them gold.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a retired SU set called "Whimsical Words".

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

Typography.

Focus on the sentiment.

#177 "For a Lady or a Girl"
addicted-to-stamps-challenge

Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
Hugs.
Maria.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Haunting you!!!!!

Hello dear friends: How's your Halloween card stash? Well, mine is in dire need of some new cards so, here's this one that might inspire you to get your spooky stamps out of that drawer into the light.


This ghostly and adorable image is from Kraftin Kimmie, I haven't used these stamps in a while so I'm happy I decided to use this one for my card.
The spooky background is done with a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop and it's called Aspen Trees, I sponge it with Memento black ink.
The Ghostly Girl is "Hattie" from Kraftin Kimmie and it's unfortunately retired, but she is a cutie.
I stamped her on a piece of Drawing Paper because I needed to fussy cut it to make her look like she's actually floating around the trees.  I colored her with Prismacolor pencils and then, fussy cut it, I put a bit of painter's tape behind the delicate parts to give the paper a bit more sturdiness, this really works.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The little bats are from My Favorite Things and the sentiment I think it's from my stash of unknowns, very old too. 

I would like to play with the following challenges.

 
#241 Autumn Colors.

Challenge #209 Autumn Colors

#84 Anything Goes/No Twist

Stenciled Backgrounds
Stenciled Background [Tag or Card]

Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
Hugs.
Maria.