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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Moon Fairy.........

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Hello everyone: I haven't played with my Fairy stamps in a while so I made this card for the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge with a theme of "Sun/Moon/Stars", my teammates and I can't wait to see what you create.


This image is called "Moon Fairy", I stamped the image with Stazon black ink on a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper, colored it with Prismacolor pencils, then I die-cut it with a circle die. Before I even realized it, I had cut out that part of her dress that is hanging outside the circle, I was beside myself, I was wondering how I was going to repair this mistake, I had already colored the Fairy and was very happy with the results so, very carefully I fussy cut that little sliver of her dress and attached it to the image with double-sided tape, phew!! 
I added a couple of Rhine Stones to her wings and one to that star she's reaching for, I also added some Wink of Stella to her wings, her dress, the moon and her hair.  I tried to darken the sky to make it look like a night sky but I don't have the correct inks for that, something I need to remedy ASAP!!
The word "amazing" was die-cut but I don't remember where I got that die, the pattern paper is from my stash.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like. 


The sentiment is my favorite to use when I make Fairy cards, it's from an old Flourishes set called "Orchids" (by Marcella Hawley), the little Fairy in the corner is from a set from 49 and Market called "Friends Forever" but I'm afraid it's no longer available, I bought it a long time ago.

So I hope you get inspired to come and play along with my teammates and me at the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge blog, please visit us to see my teammates' creations.

Thank you for stopping by.
Stay safe and healthy.

Sending virtual hugs.
Maria.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Be Well........

Hello again, everyone: I hope you and your families are doing well, keeping busy and staying safe.
Like most of you, I've spent lots of time in my craft room, we haven't gone out of our house in over 2 weeks so, my home is clean and safe.
Here's a little card that I will enter in a couple of challenges.


This adorable image is from a 1999 Stampin' Up! set called "Mice Messages" which came out about 10 years before I even had any notion of card making and rubber stamping but one day, I was browsing Pinterest and I came across a card made with one of the other 3 stamps on this set and I fell in love.  Luckily, the lady that made that card left a link to her blog, I went to look and on her post, she wrote the name of the set.  So I went on a hunt until I found it on eBay, WOO HOO!! 
So, anyway, I stamped it on a folded A-2 card base made of Strathmore Bristol paper and colored it with Windsor/Newton watercolor markers.
There is no sentiment because I'm entering the Less is More One Layer Challenge and the theme is NO SENTIMENT.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is from a SU set called "Delicate Details" (2017 SAB), the sentiment is from another SU set called "Whimsical Words" (2010 SAB) and the little mousey is from yet another SU set called "Furry Folk" (2011-2012 Catty)

I'm playing along with the following challenges.


The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog

CAS Challenge, use your favorite technique.
Watercoloring is one.


Challenge #3, Furry Friends.

Thank you for visiting me today.
Stay healthy, safe and keep on crafting.
Sending lots of virtual hugs.
Maria.


Sunday, March 29, 2020

A Snowy Day!!!!!!!!

Hello everyone: I hope all of you are doing well and adjusting to being home 24/7 at least for now and since I have a lot of time on my hands and I can't go swimming, I've been spending it in my craft room doing one of the things I love best, using my new and old stamps which I've promised myself I'd do.
Here's a card I will joyfully add to my Christmas stash.


This image is from Stamping Bella and it's called "Seasons Greetings" and I think it absolutely needs NO sentiment, the image says it all!!!
I stamped this cutie pie on watercolor paper with Versafine black ink, clear heat embossed it and colored it with Windsor&Newton watercolor markers, I created some snowbanks with a Prismacolor pencil and then, sponged the panel with distress ink, I created the "snow" with embossing paste and a snow stencil.

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This is how the inside of my card looks like.


 The border is from a retired SU set called "Delicate Details", the sentiment is from Stamping Bella and the candy canes from a Power Poppy set called "Merry Littles".

I want to play with the following challenges.


Challenge #112 "Embossing of any kind"
I heat embossed the image and added
embossing paste for the snow.
CCC Digi Creations
Thank you for stopping by today.
Stay safe and healthy.
Sending lots of virtual hugs.
Maria.


Saturday, March 28, 2020

Lets Have Cake.......

Hello everyone: I know I say it every time I post but, I hope you all are doing well, keeping busy and being cautious, we all need to adjust to a new "normal" so, let's make the most of it.  I'm posting a little late because we went to the store to get some things we needed and I'm happy to say we found what we needed.



This card was created with a couple of totally forgotten stamp sets, the cake is from Stampin' Up! set called "Celebration Time", (I have the dies too) from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog and the equally forgotten "Layering Marble" stamp set from Waffle Flower, (2013)
I must confess that this set is a bit tricky to use, I watched several videos on Utube to try to learn how to position the stamps but I think I need more practice, I kind of got a bit frustrated so I decided to just stamp the images trying to create the marble effect and then, I added some gold paint to some places for a little bling.  The sentiment is from a retired SU set called "Itty Bitty Banners" (2013), the little paper flowers are from my stash.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a 2010 Sale-a-bration SU set called "Whimsical Words", the little candles are from a Penny Black set called "Cupcakes"

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

Playing with the sketch and the cake.


Birthday 
digidesignchallengeblog

Thank you for stopping by today.
Stay safe and healthy.
Hugs.
Maria.






Thursday, March 26, 2020

Oh, Sweet Pea.......

Hello everyone: I hope all of you are doing well, staying safe and healthy, in these uncertain times, we must help each other by obeying the guidelines set up by experts, who know what they are talking about and will not misguide you, we also must be patient and keep busy, I'm thankful for this hobby that helps us pass the time and also, be creative.



This image is from a Power Poppy set called Sweet Memories, unfortunately the stamp set is retired but you can get the digital version called Sweet Pea Show, (on sale now😉), the pattern paper is from Lili of the Valley (retired), I embossed the back panel with the "Quilt Top" embossing folder from SU.  The image is stamped with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed, then colored with SU markers and an aqua brush.
The butterfly is from a retired SU set called "Papillon Potpourri"

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called Dynamic Duos:Foxglove and Ranunculus, the peapod from the Sweet Memories set.

I want to play with the following challenges.

I moved the shape on the vertical.

Make it Feminine.
Dragonfly Dreams

March Challenge "Spring Flowers"
Penny Black and More

Pastel Colors
Papercraft Challenges

Thank you for stopping by.
Hugs.
Maria.











Wednesday, March 25, 2020

A Cup of Tea.........

Hello everyone: I hope all of you are doing well, staying healthy and safe.

I've been trying to use the old stamp sets that I've own for years and, I'm sorry to say, I've neglected for way too long so, here's this card using one of those sets that haven't seen ink for a while.


This image is from an old Flourishes set called "Grab a Cup" (2013), stamped with black ink and colored with Prismacolor pencils.  The pattern paper is from Lili of the Valley (retired), the enamel dots from Gina Marie Designs, the sentiment is from a Papertrey Ink stamp set called Tea for Two Additions (2013) 
I'm afraid these two sets might be unavailable. 

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This is the INSIDE of my card.


The border is from a retired (2017 SAB) SU set called "Delicate Details", the sentiment is from the Grab a Cup set and the little loose tea infuser, from the Papertrey Ink set.

I want to play along with the following challenges.


Make it Feminine.
Dragonfly Dreams

Papercraft Challenges
Challenge #56 Pastel Colors.
Papercraft Challenges

Thank you for visiting and for your comments.
XO
Maria.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Ears to You..........

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Hello everyone: Here's a fun Tic Tac Toe board from the  RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE with lots of fun options for Easter, and here's the card I made to inspire you to come and play along, I picked the diagonal line with Easter, die-cut or punch and baby animals.


These little bunnies are from a 2013 Stampin' Up! set called "Ears to You", I just love them, especially when they are stamped in pastel colors.
I used an old Darice EF to emboss the back panel, I sponged it with distress inks.
I stamped the bunnies and fussy cut them and gave each a little bunny tail.
I stamped a bunch of flowers and grass with some Art Impressions stamps and added a little butterfly from Penny Black. 
I die cut a flower and it's center with the retired SU die set "Botanical Builder", the leaves are punched with a retired SU punch called "Bird Builder Punch".
The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Signs of Spring" (2009)

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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" (2014-2015), the sentiment is from another old Flourishes set called "He Is Risen" (2012) and the eggs are from a retired SU set called "Nature Walk" (2011 Occasions Mini).
I hope you stop by the RETRO RUBBER challenge blog for more inspiration from my fabulous teammates.
Remember to use at least one stamps that is one year old or older and, if you can, please tell us the year you purchased it or the year it was released, that will give you a good idea of when you bought it.
I also go to the Splitcoaststampers page when I need to know the year my Stampin' Up! stamps were released, it's in alphabetical order, you just click on the picture with the letters your set start with and just scroll down till you get to your stamp set.

Thank you for visiting me today.
Hugs.
Maria.





Sunday, March 22, 2020

Christmas Line Up!!!!!

Hi there everyone: I know Christmas is still far away, up here we're not out of the cold yet, this morning the temperature is a bone-chilling 26 degrees which won't improve much the rest of the day.
So here's this simple little card that I will gladly add to my Holiday stash.


This line of festive gifts is from an old Flourishes set called "Christmas Borders" (2009) and they are cute as can be, I colored them with SU markers, the sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Marcella's Mix Tape Vol.1 (this set is, unfortunately, retired) and I heat embossed it in gold for a bit of bling.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is from a SU set called "Delicate Details", the sentiment is from another SU set called "Perfectly Penned" (2011-2012 annual catalog).
The balloon is from a Penny Black set called Wonderful

I would like to play with the following challenges.

Thank you for visiting and for your comments.

Maria.




Saturday, March 21, 2020

Basket of Blooms.........

Hello everyone: I'm a bit late with this post, I was doing other stuff around the house, mainly laundry and preparing some meals to freeze for later but, here's this card created with yet another NBUS stamp, I can't believe I haven't inked it up until now, shame on me!!


This is a stamp set called "Basket of Blooms" from the 2018 Sale-a-bration catalog, I just love this image so much. I stamped it on Strathmore Bristol Smooth and die cut the circle, I colored with SU markers and re-inkers.
The golden pattern paper is from Hobby Lobby, the sentiment is from the set.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a retired SU set called "Whimsical Words"

I'm playing along with the following challenges.


Color Throwdown.


Creative Fingers Challenge #182
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog

Daring Cardmakers/Floral Focus
Daring Cardmakers

Thank you for visiting me today.
Hugs.
Maria.








Friday, March 20, 2020

Tweet Tidings.......

Hello everyone: I pray and hope all of you are staying healthy and safe, we all need to be extra patient while we adjust to this new "normal", our carefree days are gone for now, but with God's help and working together, we can conquer this disease and hopefully, learn some valuable lessons.

I have another card created with a new, uninked (till now) stamp set from Power Poppy called Tweet Tidings, these little Chickadees are just adorable, I love watching them come to the feeders rain or shine.


I stamped this little bird on Strathmore Bristol paper with Versafine black ink and colored with SU markers, I added some stickles to the snow on the branch for a bit of shine, the sentiment and musical notes are from the set, the pattern papers are from a retired line from Lili of the Valley. 

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


All of the images are from the same Power Poppy set.

I want to play along with the following challenges.

I CASed THIS BEAUTY from Julie Koerber
but only used one little Chickadee.

Anything Goes/Christmas Animals.

Thank you for stopping by.
Hugs.
Maria.









Thursday, March 19, 2020

Poppies........

Hello everyone: I have several stamp sets that are brand, spanking new that are begging for some ink, this one from Power Poppy is one of them.


This stamp set is called Poppies and the images are beautiful.
I stamped this one on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper with Versafine ink and clear heat embossed it then, colored it with SU markers, the sentiment is from a set that has no name, it's old, so I probably disposed of the package a long time ago.  I struggled a bit with adding some embellishments, the card I CASE'd, from Stacy Morgan is this one below, I had a problem with the bow, my ribbon was not very pliable and I should have cut my image a bit smaller so I could add a bit of a border at the bottom, that's why I added the ribbon on the side.  

Poppies Stamp Set - Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The border is from a retired SU set called "Delicate Details", the sentiment and flower are from the "Poppies" stamp set.

I want to play with the following challenges.



I turned the sketch on the Vertical.
Thank you for stopping by today.
Hugs.
Maria.









Wednesday, March 18, 2020

More Forest Beauties..........

Hello everyone: I have another card made with the Power Poppy set called Woodland Treasures and that's what they are, little views of what you might encounter when you're taking a walk through the forests.


I stamped the image on a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper with Versafine ink and clear heat embossed it, then I colored with SU markers, I lightly sponged the panel with Distress Inks. 

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.

 

I stamped a leaf border using one of the stamps on a retired SU set called "Fabulous Flourettes" (2011 Mini), the sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Around the Arbor" (2010) and the little mushrooms are from a Power Poppy set called Natural Beauties.

I want to play along with the following challenges.

Power Poppy Sketch Challenge




Thank you for stopping by.
Hugs.
Maria.