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Sunday, December 15, 2019

A Little Reminder for The Flower Challenge.......


Hello everyone: Well, there's still time for you guys to come and play along with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE "Use a Die" challenge, here's my card that I hope it will inspire you to join us in our gallery.




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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


I hope you find a bit of time to play along with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, come and check out the cards my awesome teammates created to inspire you to join us.
We have a $25.00 gift e-card offered by our generous sponsor Crackerbox and Suzy Stamps, check out their online store, you'll find lots of awesome products to choose from.

I would like to play on the following challenges.

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge
World Wide Open Design Team Monthly Challenge
Happy Little Stampers


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

This is what I used to create this card.

*Botanical Blooms (SU, retired)
*Simply Camelias from Power Poppy (Sentiment)
*Enamel Dots from Gina Marie Designs.
*Delicate Details (SU, retired)


Hugs.
Maria.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Orchids........



Hello everyone: I hope your Thanksgiving celebrations were beautiful and yummy, surrounded by family and dear friends.
And now, the Designer Team over at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE has a new challenge for you to play with for the month of December, we want you to use FLOWER DIES on your cards.
This is the card I made to inspire you to play along.



The card is made entirely with the "Climbing Orchid" bundle from Stampin' Up! (2017-2018 Catalog).  I stamped the flowers with "Picked Raspberries" and added some detail with Prismacolor pencils.
The branch is from Memory Box called "Grove Branch", the sentiment from the set.
I sponged some detail with a Splatter Stencil from Altenew and added a few enamel dots from Gina Marie 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 from another retired SU set called "Whimsical Words", the flower from the Orchid set.
I hope you find a bit of time in this busy month to come and play along with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE.
  
Please read our rules to be eligible for the prizes. 
This month we're being sponsored by Cracker Box & Suzy Stamps, they are generously giving our lucky winner an e-gift certificate for $25.00
Be sure to check out their online store, they have some fabulous crafty stuff.

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

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

An Angel for Christmas......

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Hello everyone: With Christmas just around the corner, my teammates and I at RETRO RUBBER want to encourage you to make one more Holiday card for your stash, from personal experience, you can never have too many Christmas cards to send to family and friends.


This sweet image is from one of my favorite Penny Black children stamps, this little Angel just fills my heart with warmth.  The name of the stamp is Ragged Angel, I bought it back in 2015. The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Frosted Gingerbread (2014).
I didn't add embellishments, I think she is just so beautiful on her own.  I stamped the image with Versafine black ink and colored with watercolors and Prismacolor pencils, I think I've finally achieved a good skin tone using 3 pencils, #939 "Peach", #929 "Pink" and #1034 "Goldenrod", applied very softly and also lightly blended with Gamsol.
I created some snow hills and added some Diamond Dust for a bit of sparkle.

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This is is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The Santa and Reindeer and the sentiment images are from a very old (2011) set I bought at Etsy, the little birds on the corner are from a retired SU set called "Christmas Lodge" (2011-2012 Holiday Mini).

So I hope you are inspired to create one more Christmas card and come and join my teammates and me in the RETRO RUBBER gallery.
Remember to use at least one of your stamps that is at least ONE YEAR OLD, please check the rest of our rules on our blog.

Thank you for stopping by, your comments always make my day.
Happy Holidays and my best wishes for Peace, Love and Health in 
2020.
Hugs from Maria.










Festive Turtledove.......

Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge Blog

Hello everyone: I hope you have enough Christmas cards to send to friends and family but, just in case you need more, here's a chance to create a couple of those last-minute cards that we need to send as soon as December rolls by so, my teammates and me over at SHOPPING OUR STASH have a Holiday Challenge for you to play with so come and join us in our gallery.


This image and the sentiments are from a 2017 Power Poppy set called Rustic Rejoicing.  I stamped it with Stazon black ink on a panel of Bristol Smooth paper and colored with Prismacolor pencils. The brick background is embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is stamped with a retired SU set called "Bordering Blooms", the sentiment from a very old Christmas set I got on Ebay.

So I hope you stop by the SHOPPING OUR STASH blog and check out my teammates' cards and then come and join us in our gallery.

From my family to yours, I'm wishing for you a Blessed Christmas and a Peaceful, Healthy, Joyful 2020.

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





Friday, November 15, 2019

A Little Reminder......


Hi there everyone: I'm here once again with my reminder post for the current THE FLOWER CHALLENGE which is "Spots or Stripes", if you haven't joined
 us in our gallery yet, I hope this card inspires you to do so, also, don't forget to drop by the challenge post to check out my teammates' awesome cards.
This month we are being sponsored by Top Flight Stamps who are kindly giving our winner an E-card worth $25.00 so go browse their web store and check out the awesome things they offer.
Moreover, one of The Flower Challenge DT members is also on the Top Flight Stamps DT and she is giving all of you a 10% off coupon, you just use her name
ERICKASTRANGE when you purchase at the store, awesome!!!!!!


Anyway, this image is from a Power Poppy set called POINSETTIA, stamped on watercolor paper with Versamark ink and gold heat embossed then, colored with SU markers, these markers are pretty old but they still work fabulously.
The Sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called MERRY LITTLES, the pattern paper is from my stash. I hope you can see the striped embossed panel on the right, I took a few pics and this one is the best one.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called GLISTENING PAPERWHITES, the little candle is from the Merry Littles set.

Please remember to add our Cue Card when you enter your card in THE FLOWER CHALLENGE challenge, your main image should be FLOWERS, you can only enter 6 other challenges including ours and please take a few minutes to read our rules, they are few but important if you want to have a chance to win the prize.
Our Guest Designer is Tracy, from Who is Tracy? stop by her blog and check out all of her fabulous and beautiful creations.
I also hope you stop by my teammates' blogs to see how they created their beautiful cards.

Have a wonderful weekend.
XO
Maria.












Saturday, November 9, 2019

A Neutral Thanksgiving........

Hello everyone: I'm in dire need of Thanksgiving cards so here's one I will quickly add to my stash and, I need to get busy ASAP to make a few more.


This image is from a Flourishes set called "A Season of Thanks" released back in September of 2011.  I stamped the image on a die-cut panel of Strathmore Bristol paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with Prismacolor pencils.  The DSP is from my stash and so is the ribbon.  I stamped the sentiment (from the set) on a banner die-cut from SPELLBINDERS 
I added some enamel dots from GINA MARIE DESIGNS.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from the same set as the front image, the leaf is from a Power Poppy set called "FEELING FALL

I'm playing along with the following challenges.


Thanksgiving or Thank You
The Diva's that cut ....paper!

Use at least 3 colors from the color palate.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

You are so "Mice".....

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Hi there, Retro Rubber friends: My teammates and I have a new challenge for you to play with and it's the very popular "RETRO RUBBER", so let's get creative with your older than a year stamps and join us in our gallery.
I made a few tags using a Stampin' Up! set that was first introduced back in 1999, which was way before I knew anything about rubber stamps, blogs, card making, etc.  I was browsing Pinterest and I came across one of these delightful images on a card, and I fell in love immediately. Lucky the lady who made the card gave the name of this set which is "Mice Messages" so I went on a hunt for a while until I found it on eBay, needless to say, I bought it!!! 
That was 2 years ago so, here's my set of tags, hope you like them.


I punched the Kraft card stock with the "Scalloped" SU punch and stamped the images with Memento black ink then, colored them with Prismacolor pencils, I just love the vintage look you get with Kraft paper.
There's a punched panel on the back to write messages, the Washi Tape on the top is from SU.

Hope you liked these little tags, I sure had a lot of fun creating them.

Please visit the RETRO RUBBER challenge and check out my teammates' creations, visit their blogs and leave them some comment love.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

No square or rectangle cards/Anything Goes.

No Rectangle or Square cards.










Let It Snow!!!!!

SOS Headquarters

Hello everyone: We had our first snowfall of the season precisely on Halloween, it was cold and super windy so, needless to say, there were no Trick or Treaters ringing our bell, I guess parents just took the kiddos to the Mall, Sigh!!!😞😞
So we are stuck with lots of our favorite candy bars and we have no other recourse but to eat them, sheeesh!!  I even thought of vacuum pack all of these bags to see if they would last till next Halloween but, it's more fun to enjoy them.
Anywho, the theme for this next 10 days over at SHOPPING OUR STASH is "SNOWFLAKES" and here's my card.


This image is from Lili of the Valley, stamped on watercolor paper and colored with Prismacolor pencils. The branch is from Memory Box and I think the Snowflakes too.  The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called"Warm Winter Wishes"
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The Snowflakes are from the Flourishes set and the Sentiment from a new Power Poppy set called Snow Kissed.
So I hope you come and play with me and my teammates over at SHOPPING OUR STASH, we can't wait to see your Snow Flake creations.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

Happy Holidays
Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge Blog

Christmas/Winter
Dragonfly Dreams





Monday, November 4, 2019

Snowy Paperwhites.....



Hello everyone and a happy November to you all!!
 THE FLOWER CHALLENGE has a new one for you to play with, this month's theme is SPOTS OR STRIPES.
This is the card I made to inspire you to come and join us at our gallery.


This beautiful image is from a Power Poppy set called Glistening Paperwhites. I stamped it on a panel of Strathmore Bristol paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with Prismacolor pencils, then I fussy cut it and propped it on top of the blue striped DSP with foam dimensionals. I used a dotted embossing folder from Darice and I die cut the corners and the sentiment with gold foil paper.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is from Merry Littles and the sentiment from the Glistening Paperwhites.

So I hope you feel inspired to come along and play with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, for more inspiration, check out my teammates' blogs.
Don't forget to use FLOWER images as the main focus on your cards, you can participate in 6 challenges including ours and please upload our banner on your post when you upload your cards to our challenge page.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

#32 "Christmas is Coming"

#46 "Christmas"

Challenge #41
"Make a Christmas Card"

November "Hand Stamped"

"Christmas/Winter"

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







Friday, November 1, 2019

Elegant Pine Cone.....

Hello everyone: I've been fighting a cold for a few days, I'm better now but it was awful, ughhh!! I tried to ignore it and kept going to work out but I finally decided to just stay home and rest.
So, I have here a Christmas card made with a really pretty image from Stampendous called Pine Cone Decoration.


The image is stamped on a 4.25x5.5 folded piece of Ninah Desert Storm card stock with Stazon black ink and colored with Prismacolor pencils. The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Glistening Paperwhites.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment and the pine branch on the corner are from the Paperwhites set, the pine border from "Merry Littles".

I want to play along with the following challenges.


#269 "Holiday Cards"
Art Impressions Blog

Anything Christmas Goes.
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog

Tuesday Throwdown
Challenge #443 One Layer Wonder.
Tuesday Throwdown

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


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

I've got my EYES on YOU!!!

SOS Headquarters

Hello everyone: The SHOPPING OUR STASH Designer Team has a fun challenge for you to play with and the theme is HALLOWEEN, which is just around the corner so I hope you go and check your Stash of spooky, fun stamps and come and join my teammates and me in our gallery. Here's my card, hope you like it.


It's so much fun to create Halloween cards, the spookier the better, don't you think? I used one of my old-time favorite sets from SU called "Jar of Haunts"
(2016 Holiday Mini) this particular image is YUCKY in the funniest way possible, the dripping slime, the added spiders, crawling down and inside this jar, with these eyeballs floating around in some kind of "preservative", had me laughing as I was stamping them, I know a few of you guys will get a chill down your spine, tee hee!!
I just stamped this image with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it, colored with a neon green Crayola marker and So Saffron from SU. 
The pattern paper and ribbon are from my stash, I can't remember where the sentiment came from.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.

 

Every image on the inside is from this fun set.

So there you have it, hope it inspires you to come and play along with us at SHOPPING OUR STASH, where you'll find more awesome inspiration from my fabulous teammates, we can't wait to see what you create.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

Simon Says Monday Challenge
SPOOKY

Crafting Happiness Challenges
#19 "Halloween Colors"
Crafting Happiness Challenges

Artsystamper Challenge #2
Pattern Paper

Always Fun Challenges #133
Something Scary.
Always Fun Challenges

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
















Jar of Haunts.....

Hello everyone: Halloween is approaching fast so my teammates and I at the RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE, have a fabulous sketch for you created by my awesome teammate Claire so come along and play with us.
Here's the sketch.
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And here's my card.

 

This card is created with one of the images from a retired SU set called "Jar of Haunts" (2016Holiday Mini).  I stamped this one on watercolor paper with black ink and went over with a damp brush to pull the color, easy peasy, the frighting eyes, which I stamped, colored with markers and fussy cut and the sentiment are also from the set.
The paper is from my stash and so are the spiders

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


This cool sentiment is from a retired Stampin' Up! set called "Dark and Dreary" (2010 Holiday Mini)

I hope you feel inspired and go check out the RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE, there you will find even more inspiration from my awesome Teammates.

I want to play along with the following challenges.

"Something Scary"

"Pattern Paper"
Artsystamper Digitals Challenge blog

Halloween Colors
Crafting Happiness Challenges

SPOOKY

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

Maria.






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.
I stamped the image on a die-cut piece of white card stock masking the candle and, with the aid of the MISTI, repositioned the stamp so I can stamp one of the sparklers in place of the candle, then I 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.