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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Zentangle Flower Shop for DD.....

Hello everyone: It's been a while since I made a Zentangle card, for those of you who haven't heard about this fun doodling technique, it's just a relaxing and fun and very easy to learn way to create patterns, that can be, literally, anything that comes to your mind. Perhaps my card will show it better than I'm explaining it.


When I saw the mood board over at the Double D Challenges, the decorated wood eggs (well, they look like they are wood eggs to me) made me think of Zentangle and that's why I created this card.
These flowers are from a retired Stampin' Up! set called "Flower Shop" (2013-2014), I used the flower that has the outlines only so I could fill them up with my doodles. This set has a coordinating punch, which I used to punch out the flowers after I did my doodling.
The leaves are from an Altenew set called "Peony Bouquet", which I also decorated, and the sentiment is from another Altenew set called "Beautiful Day"

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like. 


I used a scrap piece of pattern paper as a border, the sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Springtime Love and I partially stamped and decorated the same flower at the bottom.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.



Anything Goes/3 or more flowers.
Simply Create Too Challenge Blog

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

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Audrey Loves Make Up.....and Spots.....


Hello everyone: I had the awesome surprise of being picked as a lucky winner of the "Less is More" challenge #394 "Buds and Petals" with THIS CARD, so the fabulous ladies of the Designer Team asked me to be their Guest Designer for Challenge # 398, One Layer Card, "SPOTS".


So I'm thrilled to share with you this card I made for this challenge, I hope it inspires you to come and play along.


This image is from Stamping Bella and it's called Audrey Loves Makeup, doesn't she looks so elegant?
I stamped the image on a folded piece of watercolor paper with Stazon black ink and colored her dress, hat and purse with a bit of Picked Raspberry distress ink, then I grabbed THIS FALLING SNOW STENCIL and carefully looked for a section where I can cover the dress, purse and hat and, with a sponge dauber, I went over that very lightly with the distress ink. 
I used Prismacolor pencils to add color to her sweet face, arms, legs and hat, I applied a gold gel pen to the details on her purse, her necklace and tiny lipstick, I also added an earring, just to complete her jewelry, I sure hope you can see it.
The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Sassy Succulents, the spots are from a retired Stampin' Up! set called Gorgeous Grunge.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from the Stamping Bella set, the spots from the Gorgeous Grunge set.
I hope you get inspired to come and play along at the "Less is More" challenge, you might be their next Guest Designer.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.


Challenge #388 "Strips and/or dots"
The Paper Shelter

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





Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Just Chilax.....

Hello everyone: Don't you just wish you could do exactly what these little mice are doing? Oh my gosh!! what a perfect way to catch some ZZZZZ's!!!
This image is from House Mouse and it's called "Ray of Sunshine".
I looked for it to give you a link but it seems to be discontinued, so sad.
I stamped the image on watercolor paper with Versafine black ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder then, colored it with SU Hello Honey for the flowers and Old Olive for the leaves, Mudpie and Muzzy were colored with a bit of Derwent watercolor pencils.
I sponged the sky with Tumbled Glass ink and the sun with Hello Honey.
I was debating as to where to put the sentiment, which is from an old Flourishes set called "Pinwheels and Popcicles". I didn't want to cover the image and didn't want to stamp it on the panel either so I decided to stamp it on Vellum with Stazon black ink and die cut it with a tag die, I added an enamel dot to hide the glue dot.


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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is stamped with a retired SU set called "Delicate Details", the sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Potted Primroses and my little jumping mouse is "Jumping for Joy" from House Mouse.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

#293 "Anything Goes/Summer Fun"

Challenge #27
2 Crafty Critter Crazies

#221 "Man/Boys or Rain/Sun"
The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog

"No Pattern Paper"
Sparkles Monthly Challenges

#78 "Summer"

bastel-traum


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


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Beautiful Bouquet.....

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Hello everyone: Well, with my grandkids and my hubby on vacation, it's been hard to get into my crafting mode, so this time I opted to use a card I created a while ago for Brian King's Spring Swap. This card was sent to him and he, in turn, sent it to someone in the USA.  I have not blogged about it until today for the RETRO RUBBER "Anything Goes" Challenge.


This beautiful bundle is called "Beautiful Bouquet" and it's from the 2017-2018 SU catalog, I love the sweet, delicate flowers in it.
As you can see, there is very little stamping, the brick wall is done with a Tim Holtz EF, the sentiment is from a retired SU set called "Itty Bitty Banners" (2013).
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is stamped with a retired SU set called "Delicate Details", the sentiment I can't recall right now where is it from, I apologize. The little flower is from the Beautiful Bouquet bundle.

I hope you get inspired to come and play along with my teammates and me at the RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE.
Please don't forget to use stamps that are older than one year to have a chance to be one of our winners.
Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
Hugs.
Maria.


A Pun(y) Card.....well.....sort of.....

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Hello everyone: It's almost never that I'm faced with the dilemma of not having a stamp set with the images I need to create a card for a challenge but, well.....this time it happened when I tried to create something for SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge, the theme is cards with Puns in them and I honestly wrack my brain trying to come up with something with almost no luck.
But, thank goodness for Pinterest because I found THIS IMAGE that I thought it was just perfect for my card and here it is.


Ok, almost everything on this panel is made by hand, I did die cut the dark brown circle behind my "donut" and the pattern paper is from my stash but, the donut and the sentiment were drawn by hand copying the image I mentioned, on brown and lime green card stock then, fussy cut.
The "sprinkles" are stamped with one of the images from "Gorgeous Grunge" (SU, retired), I added a few Rhine Stones for a bit of bling.

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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 and the little candles from a Penny Black set called Cupcakes.

So, there you have it, my Pun(y) card, I hope it inspires you to come and play along, even if you don't have anything "punny", just let your imagination help you create it. 
Don't forget to go visit the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge blog, you'll find lots of inspiration looking at my teammates' cards, they are awesome!!!!!

I'm playing along with this challenge.

"PUNNY"
Always Fun Challenges


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




Monday, June 17, 2019

Finally!!! My Bee Twofers.....



Hello everyone: Well, the Twofer Card Challenge #17 is all about BEES, these little marvels of Nature so, I was astonished that I didn't have more bee images to work with for this challenge.
I finally made up my mind and used a retired SU set called "Just Buzzing By".
Here are my cards together.


My first card: Stamped the images on Canson Mixed Media paper with Stazon black ink and colored them with Prismacolor pencils. I replaced the sign on the door of the hive by stamping it again, masking the "Hive Sweet Hive" words and replacing them with a handwritten "Welcome Home" ones, making this card a welcome home card.


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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a retired Flourishes set called "On the Porch", the jar of Honey is from the Bee set.

This is my Twofer.


On this card I used the same little bees and a few images from other sets.
The banner is from an old Flourishes set called "Smore Fun", the gifts are from another retired Flourishes set called "All Wrapped Up!", the Jar is from the bee set. I sponged a bit of Hello Honey ink using a beehive stencil.
Everything is colored with Prismacolor pencils.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment and flower are from the Bee set.

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










Saturday, June 15, 2019

A Little "Background" Reminder.....


Hello everyone: Once again, we've come to the halfway point for THE FLOWER CHALLENGE "BACKGROUND" challenge, here's my card to inspire you to come and play along with us in our gallery.


I went looking for stamp sets that have smaller flower images and I found several from Power Poppy, I will list them at the end of this post.
The sentiment is from one of them called Azalea.
I stamped all the images on a panel of Canson Mixed Media paper with Stazon black ink and colored them with Prismacolor pencils and paper stumps dipped in Gamsol. The smaller outline flowers are from a super old Stampin' Up! set called "Furry Folk" (2011-2012 catalog.)

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is stamped with a Penny Black set called "Wonderful also colored with Prismacolor pencils.

These are the Power Poppy sets I used on the front of this card.


I hope you come and join my teammates and me in THE FLOWER CHALLENGE gallery. 
Please remember to read our rules and include our banner in your post, we have a fabulous prize offered by our Guest Designer Deepti Malik and it would be sad if you can't have a chance to win it. 

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






Sunday, June 9, 2019

Tag You're It!!!.....

Hi everyone: I have a quick post to share today, a Tag with some really sweet critters.


I'm a sucker for mice, especially if they look this cute, LOL!!  I must admit that I wouldn't want to see them inside my house but, when I see them scurrying away from the bird seed that falls from the feeders, I want to just grab them and pet them, sooooo adorable.😉
Anywho, this sweet pair is from a Penny Black set called "HUGS", I stamped it on a tag I punched with the SU Scalloped Tag Topper with Stazon black ink and colored it with Prismacolor pencils, the sentiment is from another Penny Black set called WONDERFUL, I stamp part on the top and part on the bottom.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

UMBRELLAS

Anything Goes with a Critter.
2 Crafty Critter Crazies


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

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Class of 2019.....

Hello everyone: Here's another Graduation card, this time for my neighbor's grandson. I really like making these types of cards, the young people graduating are full of promise and dreams, with their future in their hands, ready to start on the next Journey, God Speed and God Bless you all.


A simple card, for a young man, the colors of his school, a few stars, the 2019 numbers were cut with my Cricut,(I should use it more often) and the CONGRATULATIONS, cap and diploma cut with a die.  The embossed paw prints are done with a Darice EF, this young man is graduating from the Crown Point High School and their mascot is a Bulldog. 

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like. 


The punched detail is done with a Fiskars punch, the sentiments and diploma are stamped with a Fiskars graduation set.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

Challenge #193 "You're The Man"
Crafty Gals Corner

Masculine.

#38 "For Men and Boys"
Papercraft Challenges

For the Men/Boys
Unicorn Challenge Blog

Graduation Challenge
Bitten by the Bug 2

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


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Wish I Was There.....

Hello everyone: Beach days are soon approaching and we can't wait to go to have a picnic with our grandchildren and take a plunge in the cool waters of Lake Michigan. 
I have a card today that is a little snippet of what a fabulous beach day could look like, relaxing, sunny, warm.


This fun image is from a Power Poppy set called Best Day Ever, I stamped it on watercolor paper and colored it with SU markers adding a bit of shading with my Prismacolor pencils. The sentiment is from the set, the little shells from a very old Flourishes set called "Seaside Life" (2009), stamped, colored and fussy cut.  The little flip flops are punched out with a punch from EK Success I got at the bargain bin at my craft store also a very long time ago and now is sadly discontinued.
The pattern papers are from my stash.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from the Power Poppy set, the shells from the Flourishes set.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.


June Challenge. Anything Goes/Watercolors.

Use Your Stuff

Very colorful/True Colors
Stamping Sensations

By the Seaside.
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog

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

XO
Maria.



Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Shower of Flowers.....


Hello everyone: My teammates and I have a new challenge for you this month of June.  We want you to FOCUS ON BACKGROUND STAMPING.  Here's the card I made to inspire you to come along and play with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE gallery.


I stamped the images from the retired SU set called "Fabulous Florets" with Versamark ink and heat embossed in gold and then, colored them with my Prismacolor pencils. The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called "Pure Prairie Spirit", the little bees from another Power Poppy set called "Dynamic Duos: Foxglove and Ranunculus", I snipped these little bees from the stamp set just so I can use them on other cards, they are just about the perfect size. 

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment and corner flowers are from the same Powe Poppy set.
Be sure to visit THE FLOWER CHALLENGE for more inspiration from my awesome teammates.
Please remember to use FLOWERS as the main focus on your cards, include our banner on your blog when you upload your project to the gallery, only new work please, no back linking, you can participate in 6 other challenges and, most of all, have fun, we can't wait to see what you create.

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