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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Friends, Rain or Shine.....

Hello everyone: I have a new card to share with you made with one of my favorite images of friendship.


These sweet friends are under the umbrella of friendship, being there for each other, rain or shine.
I stamped the image on a piece of watercolor paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with SU markers. The "rain" is done with one of the stamps from an old SU set called "Gorgeous Grunge", the umbrella is stamped again on a scrap piece of Vanilla card stock with Antique Linen distress ink.
The clouds are from Memory Box.

This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


I used the Gorgeous Grunge to add that little rain border, the sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called "Sassy Succulents", the watering can is from an old Flourishes set called "From the Garden"

I'm playing along with the following challenges.




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

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Purples and Blues.....

Hello everyone: Well, the sun is finally out up here in NW Indiana, still a bit chilly, not the kind of weather we like but at least it's not freezing cold.
The beautiful blue skies and sunshine made me think of flowers so here's a card I made with one of my favorite bundles from SU, "Climbing Roses".


I stamped the roses on a piece of watercolor paper with Versafine black ink, clear heat embossed it and colored it with Sakura Koi watercolors. The little butterfly is from an old Stampendous set. The pattern paper and ribbon are from my stash and the sentiment from a Power Poppy set called Short Stacks.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is from a SU set called "Delicate Details" (retired), the sentiment from Power Poppy.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.



Die Cuttin Divas

Say it with Flowers.
Try it on Tuesday

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

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Some Tic Tac Toe Fun.....

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Hi, there blogging friends: My teammates and I over at RETRO RUBBER have a new and fun challenge for you to play with this time around, it's the ever so popular Tic Tac Toe grid in which you have some awesome combinations to try. 
Here's my card and I  hope it inspires you to come and join us in the gallery.


To create this card I used the diagonal with the "Punches or Dies, Leaves and Ribbon or Twine" 
I just added a few flowers but mostly there are leaves from two different SU sets. The "Botanical Builder" die set (2016) and the "Peaceful Petals" (2014 Occasions Mini), I added just 3 flowers to complete my decoration, a little piece of yellow Gingham paper behind my die cut panel and the sentiment from another retired SU set called "Happiness Shared" (2010-2011 Idea Book).
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment and the leaf are from another retired SU set called "Painted Harvest" (2017 Holiday Catalog)

I hope you come and play along with us over at RETRO RUBBER, please remember that at least one of your stamps MUST be at least one year old or more, if you can provide us with the date that would be awesome.
Please stop by the blog to check out my teammates' beautiful creations.

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



Another First For Me.....ATC cards.....

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Hello everyone: Until very recently, I've never heard of ATC cards so, I asked my teammates at SHOPPING OUR STASH about them and also, Google'd and searched on Pinterest and found a whole bunch of ideas on how to go about it so, here are my very first ATC cards, hope you like them.


I'm sure most of you have heard of these cards, you can really decorate them in any which way you want, you can put any image, colors, etc., the only rule is that they must be 2.5"x3.5", the rest is up to you.
I can see these cards on a card, with some pattern paper and other embellishments.
I used several stamp sets to create these cards. The first and second card have images from Power Poppy, the image on the third one I think is from Impression Obsession, the fourth one with the snowman is from Inkakinkado and the fifth one's image is from SU "Zoo Review" (retired).
I just cut my panels out of watercolor paper, sponged them with Distress Inks, stamped my images and added some other colors with Prismacolor pencils.

So there you have them, hope you get inspired to come along to the SHOPPING OUR STASH blog, check out my teammates' creations and join us in the gallery.

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

Monday, March 25, 2019

Just TRI.....

Hello everyone: Each time there is a sketch or a theme where you are asked to do 3 of something, my mind immediately gets flooded with images of the sport I love, TRIATHLON so, it's no surprise that when I saw the challenge theme over at "Less is More" I jumped in with this card.


Triathlon season is starting soon and the granddaughter of one of my Tri friends is doing her first. It's one of the smaller races but it's the perfect way to build confidence, strength, endurance, courage and the mental fortitude to participate in this fabulous sport. This card will be mailed to Debbie a couple of weeks before her race in June, wish I could be there to cheer her on but she lives in Spokane, WA.  So I went looking for a logo I could easily sketch and this one jumped at me, I love the fact the three disciplines are enclosed in a circle, to me, it means the incredible connection between all of them.
With this logo on my screen I used a pencil to lightly sketch the images, they are very simple as you can see, the trick was to create the lines for separating the three spaces so I took a piece of Vellum and traced the lines then, transferred them onto my paper. I sponged a bit of distress inks and filled the images with a black marker.
The word "Just" is from a Power Poppy set called "Everything's Even Rosier", I masked the other word and stamped it.  The word TRI is stamped using the MISTI and a set of letters from Avery Elle.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called "Orchids Rock" and the stars and word a the bottom from a graduation set from Fiskars.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.


2 Sisters on the Blog "Make it CAS"

First Triathlon for the granddaughter
of one of my Tri friends.


Love To Craft Challenge Blog

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