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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Let's Have Some S'more Fun............

SOS Headquarters

Hello everyone: The DT over at SHOPPING OUR STASH has a new challenge for you to play with and the theme is "The Great Outdoors", so dig up your Nature or Outdoorsy stamps and come and join my teammates and me in our gallery.
This is the card I made and, believe me, I'm longing for warm afternoons, sitting around the fire pit in our backyard, roasting (burning) hot dogs with the grandkids and, of course, making some S'mores.


These sweet images are from an old set (2013) called, what else? "S'more Fun".  I stamped the images on Strathmore Bristol paper with Versafine black ink and colored with Windsor&Newton watercolor markers, a set of 12 that my granddaughter Vanessa gave me last year, I love the intensity of the colors.
I did a bit of masking right there where the little yellow daisy is "behind" the S'more, the little birds and branches are from an Altenew set called "Birch Land" I sponged the edges with distress inks for the grass and sky, the pattern paper is from a retired line from Lili of the Valley, I've been hoarding this paper, I love it, most of all because it's ONE-SIDED.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called "Sassy Succulents", (2014) and the little cluster of flowers from an old Flourishes set called "From the Garden" (2012).

I hope you come by the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge blog and check out my teammates' beautiful creations, get inspired and play along with us in our gallery.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

Anything Goes/Food or Drink.
Crafting Happiness Challenges

Hand Colored Images.

Anything Goes.
Gem of A Craft Challenge

Thank you for visiting me today.
Hugs.
Maria.





Monday, February 17, 2020

The Perfect Pears.........

Hello everyone: I have a couple of cards I made to participate again in one of my favorite challenges.  The Twofer Challenge is one of a kind out there and I always have loads of fun creating my cards.  The DT comes up with the best themes and the challenge is to create two different cards, for two different occasions using the same stamp.  You really have to get creative and give your imagination a good workout, so here are my cards, it took me the better part of this morning to finish them, here they are together.


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This is my first card.


These luscious pears are from a 2011 Flourishes set called "Pears".
The images were stamped with Memento black ink on Strathmore Bristol paper and colored with Prismacolor pencils.  The sentiment took some doing, I had to take one of the sentiments from a Power Poppy set called Summer Berries and only use the "you are" on it and then, take one of the sentiments on the "Pears" set and tweak it a bit, stamping the word "PEAR" and then, masking the first 3 letters from the word "Perfect" and only use the last 4 letters, to create the word "PEAR-fect", clever, uh?
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This is how the INSIDE of this card looks like.


The sentiment is from the Power Poppy "Summer Berries" set and the little pear from the "Pears" set.
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Here's my Twofer.


I really wanted to use these pears to make a wedding card so, I just used two of the fruits, the one on the left is the "Groom", the one on the right is the "Bride" and I stamped them with gray Stazon ink and also colored them with Prismacolor pencils only, I went very light on the pressure to make it a bit softer.
I used a very old SU embossing folder, (the name escapes me) and to make this panel more Wedding like, I added some pearls to the centers of the flowers.
The sentiment is also a combination of both sentiments on the front.

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


The border is from a retired SU set called "Delicate Details", the sentiments are from a SU set called "Beautiful Bouquet", I think these words are just perfect for a newlywed couple who are just starting their life together. 
I put one of the little pears in the corner, I just love it.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.



CCC Digi Creations


Thank you for visiting me today.
Hugs.
Maria.

A QUICK NOTE.
I apologize if you are having trouble leaving a comment, I turned OFF the word verification thingy but some of you have told me at times, it appears, I'm so sorry for it but I think it's Blogger being a pain.
I also had to change the "Comment Moderation", I asked at a Blogger forum about the difficulties with comments and they suggested to change it so I get a notification when someone leaves a comment and then I go and publish it.
Anyway, thank you for stopping by.
Hugs again.
Maria.






Saturday, February 15, 2020

Just a Little Reminder.............



Hello again everyone: On this reminder post for THE FLOWER CHALLENGE with a theme of "Add Leaves", I confess I might have gone a bit overboard with all of these pretty flowers and leaves but, in my defense, I'm very tired of gray and cold days, we got about 3" of snow last night and everything looks nice and white and clean but still, I yearn for color, lots of it and that's one of the reasons I created this card that I hope inspires you to come and play along with my teammates and me in THE FLOWER CHALLENGE gallery.


I decided to use one of my favorite flowers die sets from Stampin' Up! called "Botanical Blooms", I don't have the stamp set but I can still create lots of pretty flowers in all colors of the rainbow.
I die cut a "Congratulations" word in gold foil paper to use this card for a June Wedding or Bridal Shower, which I know I'll use this year.
I sponged a little bit of distress inks on all of the flowers and added some Gina Marie Designs enamel dots to their centers.
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The Sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called "Marcella's Mix Tape Vol 2", the border is from a SU set called "Bordering Blooms" and I cut an extra little flower with the same die set.

Please go visit THE FLOWER CHALLENGE and check out my teammates' creations, I'm sure you'll find even more creative inspiration with their cards.

Thank you for stopping by today.
Hugs.
Maria.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

An Apple a Day...........

Hello everyone: Well, it looks like it's going to be another gray and cold day up here in the Midwest, but well......it's February so I guess it's expected.
I shouldn't complain, we haven't had a whole lot of snow and, so far, it's been a mild winter but, I'm yearning for Spring, I can't wait to see the first signs that it's finally arriving.
So I have a pair of cards to play along with the Twofer Card Challenge, which is one of my most favorites, the fabulous ladies of the Designer Team never cease to amaze me with their fun themes and awesome inspiration, thank you.

Here's a picture of my cards together.


This is my first card.


This delicious image is from a Power Poppy set called Farmers Market.
I stamped it on Strathmore Bristol paper with Versafine black ink, clear heat embossed it and colored it with Windsor&Newton watercolor markers, then fussy cut it.
The pattern papers are from a retired line from Lili of the Valley.
The sentiment on the top is from an old Flourishes set called "From the Garden", (designed by Marcella Hawley)
the sentiment on the bottom is from an old "There She Goes" set called "Wrapped in Joy".
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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, the apples are from the "Farmers Market" set.

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This is my Twofer.



I used the same apple stamp from the "Farmers Market" set and colored it with the Windsor&Newton markers, I fussy cut it again.
The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Tea in the Garden.

This is how the INSIDE of this card looks like.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Daffodils, the mug with aromatic apple-cinnamon tea is from an old Flourishes set called "Apple of my Eye", (designed by Marcella Hawley)

I want to play along with the following challenges.



Crafty Sentiment Designs
Use RED challenge.
Crafty Sentiments Designs




Tuesday, February 11, 2020

A Sweet Color Challenge........

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Hello everyone: With Valentine's Day just around the corner, the RETRO RUBBER challenge has this super sweet Color Challenge for you, I hope you come and play along in our gallery.


This beautiful image is from a 2016 Power Poppy set called "Everything's Even Rosier" 
I stamped the image with Versafine black ink and, after I dried it with my heat gun, I colored it with Prismacolor pencils. 
I wanted to have Pink, Red and White roses so I hope the ones that are supposed to be white look white. I saw a few pictures of white roses and they all seem to have a tinge of light green at the base of the petals.
The sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called "Natural Beauties"

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This is the INSIDE of my card.


The sentiment and petals are from the Power Poppy set.

I hope you come and play along with us at the RETRO RUBBER color challenge.
Please remember to use at least one stamp that is ONE YEAR OLD and if you know the year you bought it or when it was released, we would love to know.

Thank you for stopping by today.
Hugs.
Maria.





Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Just Add Leaves.........



Hi there everyone: THE FLOWER CHALLENGE for the month of February is to add LEAVES to your flower card, simple, eh?
All flowers have leaves so this can't be easier.


My card is very simple, created with a super old stamp set from SU called "Fast and Fabulous", (sounds like the title for a fast car movie, LOL!!"
I just stamped the flowers on Strathmore Bristol paper and colored with Prismacolors.  This set has no leaves so I used a leaf stamp from an Altenew set called "Peony Bouquet".
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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 a Power Poppy set called "Tea in the Garden" and the flower from the same set as in the front.
So I hope you hop over to THE FLOWER CHALLENGE to get even more inspiration from my amazing teammates and our fabulous Guest Designer, Galina Filippenko, please take a moment to check out her blog, she has some truly gorgeous cards.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.
Hugs.
Maria.






Love is in the Air........

SOS Headquarters

Hello everyone: February is here so the DT over at SHOPPING OUR STASH has a LOVE challenge for you to play with, this is the card I made to inspire you to come and play along.


This cutie pie of an Owl and the balloons are from Purple Onion Designs.
I stamped them on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper and colored it with Prismacolors and a red SU marker.  The die is from eBay.

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This is the INSIDE of my card.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called "Farmer's Market", the balloon from Purple Onion.
So I hope you go and shop your stash and come join my teammates and me at the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery.

I want to play with the following challenges.

AAA Birthday


Bitten by the Bug2
Valentine's/Anything Goes
Bitten by the Bug 2

Crafting Happiness Challenges
Anything Goes/twist HEARTS

Dream Valley Challenges
#218 "Love"

Make My Monday
#115 "I Heart You"
Make My Monday Challenge Blog

Thank you for stopping by today.
Hugs.
Maria.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Knit, Knit,and Knit some more...........

Hello everyone: When I was about 9 years old, my maternal grandma taught me how to Knit and Crochet, besides teaching me how to bake with yeast, make cakes and cookies and a lot of Mexican dishes over the years up until I left home at 21 as a brand new bride.


When I saw this beautiful set from Flourishes back in November of 2012 I bought it on the spot, it reminded me of my sweet grandma, her room with her sewing machine, her drawers full of fabric, yarn, and crochet threads and the warmth of her hands as she was guiding mine through the movements of needles and hook, sweet, amazing memories!!
I stamped the image on watercolor paper with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it then, colored it with SU markers.
I embossed the back panel with the beautiful SU embossing folder called "Tufted 3D", I love the quilted look it gives your card stock, the pattern paper is from an old and retired like from Lili of the Valley.
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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


I embossed the top with that beautiful EF, the sentiment is from the same Flourishes set.

I would like to play with the following challenges.

The Card Concept
I was inspired by the colors.
Clean and Layered.


Stinkin' Inkers Challenge
"Warm Up"
Stinkin' Inkers Challenge Blog

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

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Sunflower Thank you......

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Hello everyone: The new challenge over at RETRO RUBBER is a favorite of mine, Tic, Tac, Toe is fun to play with because you have lots of combinations to choose from so, my teammates and I hope you come along and join us in our gallery.
This is the card I made using the vertical line on the right, "Pattern Paper, Thanks, and Nature".  I encourage you to come and check out my teammates' beautiful creations for more fabulous inspiration.


The image is from a Power Poppy set called In Praise of Sunflowers, (released and bought back in 2016) and it's a beautiful one.
I stamped the Sunflower on a panel of Bristol Smooth mixed media paper with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it, then colored it with Sakura Koi watercolors and fussy cut it. I have a tip for you about fussy cutting an intricate image......I always put some painter's tape behind the parts of the image that might rip when cutting them, in this instance, I applied the tape behind the stems of the leaves and the little bud, that way you make the paper a bit stronger and easier to cut. 
The pattern papers are from my stash, the sentiment is from the set.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called Sassy Succulents, the small Sunflower is from the sunflower set.
I hope you come and play along with us at RETRO RUBBER, please don't forget to use at least one stamp that is one year old or older and, if you can, let us know the age of it, we are all about using our old and sometimes forgotten stamp sets.

Thank you for visiting me today.
Hugs.




Sunday, January 26, 2020

Falling Petals........

Hello everyone:  I'm slowly but surely getting back into my MOJO so I'm sharing this card today done with one of my favorite Altenew stamp sets.


This is the "Persian Motifs" and these beautiful images give you the option of coloring them any color you want to suit the occasion.
I stamped them on a panel of watercolor paper with Versafine black ink, clear heat embossed them and colored them with SU ink refills. The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Simply Camelias, I also added a few enamel dots from Gina Marie Designs.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called Short Stacks and the flower in the corner from the Altenew set.

I would like to play with the following challenges.


I just used the left side for my card,
I hope it's ok.

"Anything Goes/optional twist "Flowers"

Thank you for visiting me today.
Hugs.
Maria.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Blue Jay for SOS.........

Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge Blog

Hello everyone: I've been away for a while taking care of some very sad and difficult situations with our family.  I want to thank my amazing teammates at SHOPPING OUR STASH for their comforting words, support and understanding and for the beautiful cards I received from them, this means the world to me and I feel blessed and forever thankful to be a part of such a wonderful group of women who always, no matter what, will have your back.

But I'm back and I'm happy to be in my craft room again, doing one of the things I love the most, coloring and creating cards for your inspiration so, I hope you come and join us in our gallery, the theme this time is to create a Winter card using predominantly the color BLUE.


This image is from a Power Poppy set called Serene Scenes I had in my stash of un-inked stamp sets and that's a shame because it's so beautiful.
So I stamped it on a die-cut panel of watercolor paper with Versafine ink and colored with SU markers and a bit of shimmery silver paint.
The sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called Cozy Cupfuls.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like. 


The sentiment and the little branch are from a retired SU set called "Beauty of the Season" (2014 Holiday Mini).

I hope you can come and play with us at the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery, stop by to check my teammates' beautiful creations.

Thank you for visiting me today and for your sweet comments.
Hugs.
Maria.





Monday, January 20, 2020

My first Twofer of 2020......




Hello everybody: It was very hard to wait for the first Twofer Challenge theme for 2020 and, as usual, the talented DT came up with a fabulous prompt.
I'm happy to submit these cards for one of my favorite challenges.


And this is my first card.


I used two hearts punches plus the Postage Stamp (SU-retired) Punch to create this card.  The bigger heart is punched with a retired SU hearts punch, the smaller heart, with the Owl Builder Punch (SU-retired)
The sentiment is from an old Valentine's Day set from Flourishes called "Tokens of Affection"

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This is how the INSIDE of this card looks like.


The sentiment and banner are from a Flourishes called "From the Heart" (2015) 

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My second card is created with a super fun die set from SU called "Apron Builder", LOVE IT!!! that fortunately is still available and ON SALE!!



The pattern papers are from my stash and I used the same heart punches to decorate the apron and banner, the sentiment is stamped with a super old alphabet set from "Your Next Stamp".
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This is how the INSIDE of this card looks like.


The sentiment is from a 2017 Power Poppy set called Tweet Tidings.

I would like to play along with the following challenges.


Send a Smile for Kids "Valentine or Anything Goes"
Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge Blog

Gem of a Challenge "Anything Goes"
Gem of A Craft Challenge

Thank you for stopping by today.
Hugs.
Maria.