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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

There's More Fish in the Sea.....

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Hello everyone: The SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge has a fun, "fishy" one for you, this time we want you to "Go Fishing" and show us some fishies on your cards, big fish, little fish and everything in between.
 Here's the card I created to inspire you to come and join my teammates and me in our gallery.


This card was made using a beautiful Stampin' Up! set called "All the Good Things" that came out one year ago last June. I love this beautiful Koi fish and the other images plus, the sentiments are amazing. The Lily Pads and flowers are from a 2009 Flourishes set called "Peace Within" and the bubbles are from a set by Designs by Ryn called "Water Effects".
I placed a piece of vellum on top of the fish to give the appearance of water and to have the Water Lillies look like they are floating on top.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from the SU set and the little fish in the corner from the Flourishes set.

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





Two Fun Frames for RR #117.....

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Hi there everyone: My teammates and I over at RETRO RUBBER have a new challenge for you to play with, this one is another very popular challenge, the always popular ANYTHING GOES so, go get your older than a year stamps and come and join us in our gallery.


I decided not to create a card this time so I created these two frames following the directions of the fantabulous Julie DiMatteo, she has the most awesome videos and projects over at her blog THE PAPER PIXIE, so go check out this particular video on how to create these super cute shadow boxes.
I followed her directions and then, I just decorated these boxes with totally different themes just to show you that, the sky is the limit when you make this super fun frames.

On the first frame, I created a little Christmas scene, with Santa and one of his Reindeer sharing some apples using a set from Power Poppy called UnderGlass Christmas Traditions (2017), I used a piece of pattern paper with Christmas Ornaments for the background, I die cut the Christmas Lights, colored the "bulbs" and added some Crystal Effects for a bit of shine, the sentiment is from this set.



On the second frame, I went with a Summer scene, with these little Hedgehogs from a Penny Black stamp set called "Hugs" purchased back in 2015, greeting each other surrounded by flowers, so sweet!! 
The fence was punched with an old Martha Stewart punch, the wooden sun and sign are from SU.


So I hope you give this fun and popular challenge a chance and come to our RETRO RUBBER challenge blog and join us in our gallery.
Don't forget to use at least one stamp set that is OLDER THAN ONE YEAR and, if you can, please let us know how long you've had it.

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





Sunday, August 4, 2019

Hello Sunshine.....


Hi, there everyone: I hope you all are enjoying Summer, we certainly are.
So it's August, sheeesh!! half of 2019 is gone and now it's time for the new challenge over at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, our theme is "Use Your Favorite Flower".
This month we have a fabulous Prize from Michelle from Clearly Besotted who is generously sponsoring us, and it's a £20.00 E-card for one lucky winner.
There are some beautiful stamp sets, stencils and dies at the store so make sure you go and check that out.  And for more great news, the amazing Therese Calvrid is our Guest Designer for the month of August, she is one incredibly talented lady so go check out her blog Lost in Paper, to see what I'm talking about, her videos are simply fabulous.

Here's my DT card for this challenge, hope it inspires you to come and play with all of us in our gallery.


One of my favorite flowers is the Sunflower so I'm lucky I have this gorgeous image from the Power Poppy set called In Praise of Sunflowers.
Sunflowers are beautiful, with their big, smiley faces and bright, sunny colors, their centers that hold the seeds that are so yummy to eat and that also, attract birds, from the humble House Sparrow to Finches, Cardinals, Woodpeckers, Blue Jays and more.
I stamped this image on watercolor paper with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it then, colored it with Sakura Koy watercolors.
The pattern paper on the top is from Lili of the Valley (retired) and the "brick" on the bottom is from, believe it or not, some decorative backsplash, self-adhesive tiles that I found at Home Depot on sale, I thought they were so pretty and, since they are made out of vinyl, I thought they would look really awesome on cards.
What do you think?
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


Both the sentiment and the corner image are from the same Power Poppy set.

I hope you come and check out my teammates' creations at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE blog and then, join us in our gallery.

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






Saturday, August 3, 2019

Bookmarks at Tag You're It!

Hello everyone: I have a quick post to share today, I've been busy doing some much needed basement updating, cleaning and sorting things down there, putting stuff in boxes to be donated, I finally broke the barrier of wanting to keep my grandchildren's toys, books, etc., I feel like I was holding on to their babyhood and childhood, especially now that they are 21, 19, 16, 15 and 12.


This "pace saver" like I like to call them, was created with an image from a 2012 Flourishes set called "From the Desk Off.....", I cut the tag with a die set from Papertray Ink called "Half and Half", (I tried to get a link again to the store but that is the only one I found), I stamped the images and colored them with Prismacolor pencils. The sentiment is a combination of a Power Poppy set called "Springtime Love", I inked the words "I Heart" with markers and then stamped the word "books" with an Avery Elle alphabet set.
The book I have in this picture is a beautiful one, it's called "Simple Abundance" by Sarah Ban Breathnach and it's full of inspiring and truly comforting short stories for each and every day of the year.  I love it because all you need to do is look for the date of the day you are living and you'll have a wonderful passage to relax you and reassure you, I have in on my nightstand and I pick it up once in a while when I need to feel things will be ok.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.


Steampunk or Ribbon and Lace.
The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog

Brown Sugar Challenge
Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog

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

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Ferngully, the last Rainforest.....


Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge Blog

Hello everyone: It's time for a new and fun challenge from SHOPPING OUR STASH, the theme is "BASED ON A BOOK", which means your cards should be created with a book, any book in mind, whether is fictional or not, we can't wait to see what you come up with.
My card is based on a book by Diana Young called
FernGully, The Last Rainforest, we still have the VHS cassette LOL!! The kids used to watch it all the time.
 Now, most of you know I love Fairies, real or not, these fantastic little creatures have always made me wish I could someday see one.
When my granddaughters were about 10, 7 and 6 years old, I bought them a book on  How To Make Fairy Houses so, during Summer Break, they spent countless hours in my backyard under the oaks and pine trees, collecting little twigs, rocks, moss, leaves, and bark to make little houses and I gave them scraps of glimmer paper, sequences, beads, Rhine Stones, and yarn to attract them, it was so sweet and we all treasure these memories now that these girls are 21, 16 and 15, sigh!!
Here's my card.


This image is from a collection of plain, unmounted red rubber stamps my aunt found at a thrift store a few years ago, they are the most beautiful images of Fairies I've ever seen.
I stamped the image on Strathmore Bristol Vellum Surface paper with Stazon Black ink and colored with my Prismacolor pencils, I used a retired SU set called "Field Flowers" and one from my stash of unknowns to add some greenery in the background. The grass and little flowers are from Arts Impressions.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Orchids" and it's absolutely beautiful, I use it every time I make a Fairy card.
The little mushroom is from a Power Poppy set called Natural Beauties.

So go look for your favorite books, create a card and join us in the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

"Things with wings or tails"
digidesignchallengeblog

Show us your Magical Makes.
Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog

Anything Goes/optional Mermaids.
The fairy and the unicorn

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



Tic, Tac, Toe for RETRO RUBBER.....

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Hello everyone: The RETRO RUBBER challenge has a Tic Tac Toe board for you to play with, this is a very popular challenge because you have a lot of choices to pick from.  I picked the diagonal row: Pattern Paper/Texture/Color Pens/Pencils/Inks.


This coming September 1st. my hubby and I will be celebrating our 46th. Wedding Anniversary so, I created this card to slip into his lunch bag on that day.
I just love the sentiments on the front panel and on the inside, which complement each other perfectly. 
These cute little succulents are from a stamp set by My Favorite Things called "Sweet Succulents", which I bought a year ago last May, way before I made that resolution of not buying any more stuff and I'm so happy I did because I love it.
The pattern paper is from "My Paper Studio", the embossed panel was done with a Tim Holtz embossing folder, the table is stamped with a retired SU set called "Scene in a Garden", from the 2009 Occasions Mini then, fussy cut.  The Succulents are stamped on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper and colored with SU markers and Prismacolor pencils and die cut using the companion die set, the sentiment is from the MFT set.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment and other images are from the MFT set.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

"BANNERS"
Bitten by the Bug 2




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















Saturday, July 27, 2019

A Couple of Christmas Tags.....

Hello everyone: Besides making a few Christmas cards I'm also making some Christmas Tags, which will come in really handy when the Holidays roll in.


I love all the images on the Power Poppy set called Merry Littles which I usually use to complete the inside of my Holiday cards.
These tags are created with a retired SU stamp and die set called "That's the Tag", it has some really pretty images and dies to create the cutest little tags.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.



Anything Goes Christmas/optional theme, use twine or ribbon
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge


Christmas in July.
My Time To Craft!






Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Little Succulents.....

Hello dear friends: I love Succulents, these hardy and beautiful little plants are easy to keep and simply adorable. 


The images and sentiment are from a Power Poppy set called "Sassy Succulents, the pattern paper from my stash.
I stamped them with Stazon black ink and colored them with my Prismacolor pencils, I embossed the panel with a Stampin' Up! embossing folder called "Subtle Dynamic Impressions".
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.



Both the sentiment and the little Succulent are from the Power Poppy set.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.




Monday, July 22, 2019

Black and White Daisy.....

Hello everyone: When someone asks me what is my favorite flower I honestly can't say, I love all flowers, from the regal Rose to the elegant Iris, the happy Daffodil and the always smiling Pansy, Violas and Violets, the "humble" Daisy is so beautiful too, simple and sweet, whether in all white or yellow, orange and pink, Daisies are lovely by themselves or as a complement to any bouquet.


These images are from a retired SU set called "Every Moment" (2010-2011)
I stamped them on a black card base with white ink and colored them with Prismacolor pencils, the sentiment is from Elizabeth Craft Designs.
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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 sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Azalea, the small Daisy from Penny Black.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.


Things with Wings
Dragonfly Dreams

Flowers
            Daisy Chain Challenges

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

Hugs.
Maria.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

A Second Set of Twofers.....




Hello everyone: Well, I'm happy to see there's still time to sneak in The Twofer Challenge with these cards, both created using an old 
Flourishes set called "Calla Lillies"


And here they are individually.


This is a Bridal Showe Card.
When I was growing up, my sweet maternal Grandma had huge pots of these flowers in the patio and little backyard of her house, these flowers were all white with the bright yellow center, I never saw Calla Lillies in any other color.
I colored these flowers with Prismacolor pencils, the sentiment is from a retired SU set called "Teeny, Tiny Wishes", the filigree die is from Mariane Designs.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a retired SU set called "Hand-Penned Holidays", the border from SU "Delicate Details".
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Here's my Twofer.


This is a Sympathy card.
Once again I used my Prismacolor pencils, I really love how the white pencil makes the card stock even whiter. I decided to use browns instead of black for my card base and pattern paper, I think it gives this card a softer look. 
The sentiment is very simple, stamped with gray Stazon ink.
I thought about using a few pearls but decided to let the flowers stand-alone.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like


The sentiment and the flower are from the "Calla Lillies" set.

I want to play along with the following challenges.


            Daisy Chain Challenges


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










Tuesday, July 16, 2019

More Christmas in July.....


Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge Blog

Hello everyone: The SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge is celebrating their 400th. post!!! WOW!! that is indeed an awesome milestone. The theme for this hot, hot July (well, at least where I am) is CHRISTMAS IN JULY so get your Holiday stamp sets and help us celebrate, and join my teammates and me in our gallery.


This image is from a Power Poppy set called Cozy Cupfuls which was released back in 2015, love this beautifully wrapped gifts and I can almost smell the hot chocolate and little marshmallows in that cute mug.
I stamped the image on Ninah 80lb. card stock with Stazon black ink before I embossed the panel then colored it with Prismacolor pencils, I added a bit of gold ink to the bow and some Rhine Stones for a little bling.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


I stamped the border with the Bordering Blooms stamp set (SU), the sentiment and the corner image are from a retired SU set called "Father Christmas"

I hope you feel inspired to come and join us at the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery with your Christmas in July creations, we can't wait to see them.
Stop by the blog to check out my teammates' cards for more inspiration, visit their blogs and leave them some sweet comment love.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

A Place To Start

Challenge #62 "Christmas in July"
International Art & Soul

Christmas in July
Crafty Sentiments Designs

I turned it on the horizontal.

Christmas in July. 

Christmas in July.

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