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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Welcome Home.....

Hello everyone: I'm sticking to my 2019 resolution to use my old and dear stamp sets, it gives me true joy to look at them after not using them for a while.


This cozy image is from a 2012 retired Flourishes set called "On the Porch".
This wicker chair with its fluffy cushion and a warm blanket invites you to sit on your porch with a good book and enjoy a sunny afternoon.
The image is stamped on a lightweight watercolor paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with SU markers and Prismacolor pencils, then I fussy cut it and adhere it to an embossed panel of white card stock using a Tim Holtz EF. The pillow was stamped on a scrap piece of Lili of the Valley pattern paper and fussy cut, I added a Candy Dot for the button.
The little bird in the front and inside of this card and the flower pots are from another beautiful, retired SU set called "Scene in a Garden" from the 2009 Occasions Mini.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from another retired SU set called "Feathered Hope", all the stamps on this woodblock set have the year 1998 on the decals. I've used this set one other time only on this card. The year this set came out was way before I started stamping, it's the year my granddaughter Vanessa was born, she will be 21 this coming May so this set is 21 years old, talk about vintage.

I want to play with the following challenges.

With a fabulous sketch from Jaydee.

Crafty Friends Theme "Animals and or Birds"
There is a little bird sitting on the book. 😊
Crafty Friends Challenge Blog

Thank you for stopping by, I sure appreciate your kind comments.
Hugs.
Maria.



Tuesday, January 29, 2019

A Tribute to Jessi.....

Hello dear blogging friends: The SHOPPING OUR STASH has a challenge for you this week in which we are going to remember Jessi Fogan, one of the members of this team who passed away on December 27th. 2018, she was 42 years old.
So all of us are paying tribute to this warm, funny, creative, beautiful and caring young woman who left this Earth way too soon.
After browsing through her blog and trying to choose among all of her wonderful cards for one to CASE, I finally came across the card I wanted to recreate so, here is my card inspired by Jessi's beautiful creation.


The pattern papers are from my stash and the cute Santa image, who's reading the "Nice List", is from a retired Stampin' Up! set called "Forest Festivities" that came out back in the 2011-2012 Holiday Mini, I stamped it on white cardstock with Stazon black ink and colored it with Prismacolor pencils.
I was inspired by THIS CARD FROM JESSI from a post back in January 2015.


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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called POINSETTIA and the little Poinsettia is from another Power Poppy set called MERRY LITTLES, which is one of my favorite sets to finish the inside of my cards.
If you want more inspiration, go check my teammates' blogs or stop by the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge.

So I hope you go visit Jessi's blog, browse her posts for a bit and find something to inspire you. You can read the beautiful post our teammate Donna wrote about Jessi HERE, there is a beautiful picture there of this beautiful lady.

Thank you for stopping by, I sure appreciate your kind comments.
Until next time. 
XO
Maria.





Hearts and Ribbon.....

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Hello everyone: Well, Valentine's Day is almost here so my teammates and I over at RETRO RUBBER want to inspire you to create some pretty cards to send to those you love.  This time around we want to see you use ribbons on your love themed cards.  Here's my card and I hope it inspires you to come and play along.


This image is from a retired Stampin' Up set called "Take It to Heart" from the 2012 Occasions Mini.
I stamped the image on watercolor paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with SU markers and Prismacolor pencils. I found some heart-shaped doilies in my embellishment drawer that were the perfect size for my card.  The ribbon on the top is also from SU and it's retired.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like. 


The sentiment and the token are from a Flourishes stamp set called "Token of my Affection.

So come along and play with us, check out the RETRO RUBBER challenge blog and be even more inspired by my teammates' creations.

Thank you for stopping by, I sure appreciate your kind comments.
Hugs.
Maria.💐