Monday, July 6, 2020

Never Stop Wondering.....

Hello everyone: I hope you and your families are doing well in these uncertain times. 
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I have a Fairy card to share with you today.


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This is the INSIDE of this card.


This is what I used (front)
49 and Market "The Beauty of Jasmin" (Fairy)
Versafine black ink.
SU markers and Aquapainter.
Power Poppy "Orchids Rock" (sentiment)
Cuttle Bug embossing folder.
Distress Inks for sponging.
Gina Marie Designs enamel dots.
Inside:
Fiskars decorating punch.
Flourishes "Orchids" (sentiment)
49 and Market (flower)

I want to play with the following challenges.


Challenge #87 "Tiny Things"
International Art & Soul

July challenge "All Creatures Great and Small"
Stamping Sensations

Fantasy.
The fairy and the unicorn

Thank you for visiting me today.
Stay healthy and safe, please!!
XO
Maria.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Christmas Stocking....

Hello everyone: I'm hoping and praying you and your families are doing well in these difficult times.
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I have a card made entirely out of scraps of paper and a leftover tag from last year's Holiday season.


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This is the INSIDE of this card.


This is what I used:
Power Poppy "Poinsettia" 
Power Poppy "Cozy Cupfuls"
Power Poppy "Merry Littles"
Prismacolor Pencils.
Tim Holtz "Kraft-Core" card stock.
Gina Marie Enamel Dots.
Ribbon and pattern paper from my stash.

Challenges I'm playing with.

 
I'm using this 2015 sketch from Freshly Made sketches.

#514 "Stamp Act"
Krafty Chicks Challenge

Anything Festive.
Fezziwigs Festive Frolics.
Christmas in July.

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






















Saturday, July 4, 2020

Summer Flowers.

Hello everyone: As always, I hope and pray you and your families are doing well in these troubling times. 
Common sense and justice and change in our thinking must prevail if we all want to go back to our normal times, just saying.
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Image may contain: flower and text

Well, we are just starting Summer and, up here in the MidWest, we are feeling it.
The theme for the Month of July over at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE is SUMMER/WINTER.  We have friends all over the world and that means that for some of us it's Summer but for some it's Winter.
I created these cards depicting some beautiful Summer flowers.


I have this very old Flourishes set called "A Year In Flowers" (2013), it has a flower for every month of the year.  Since Summer officially starts June 20th., I picked these two flowers for June and July.
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I stamped these roses with Stampin' Up! markers on Strathmore Watercolor paper and colored them using a damp brush, then fussy cut them. The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called "Go Wild" (on sale now), the pattern paper is from my Lili of the Valley stash.
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This is the INSIDE of this card.


Patter paper from Lili of the Valley, sentiment from a Flourishes set, I forgot the name but it's from 2009-2010.
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My Twofer.


Another Summer Flower from this set is the Tiger Lily for the month of July.
Stamped in Spiced Marmalade for the flowers and Old Olive for the stems and colored with Prismacolor pencils.
The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called "Poppies" also on sale now.
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This is the INSIDE of this card.


The sentiment and the flower basket are from "Around the Harbor" (Flourishes)

I want to play along with the following challenges.

Anything Goes Coloring Challenge.
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge

Summer +A Sentiment.
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog



I hope you are inspired to come and play along with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE , stop by and check out my teammates' awesome creations.
Remember to use flowers as your main image and please remember to read our rules.
Thank you for visiting me today.
Stay healthy and safe.
XO
Maria.





Friday, July 3, 2020

A Little, Vintage Bird House..

Hello everyone: I hope all of you and your families are still doing well in these very difficult times.
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I have a quick card using one of my UFO's, (Un-Finished Objects), this image was already colored and framed, I don't know why I didn't complete a card, I just love this little birdhouse.


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This is the inside of my card.


This is what I used:

"Garden Pleasures", Stampin' Up! (2001)
"Whimsical Words" Stampin' Up! (2010)
"Furry Folk" Stampin' Up! (2011-2012)
"Faith in Nature" (2011-2012)
Prismacolor Pencils.
Pattern Papers from my stash.

I want to play with the following challenges.


#514 "Stamp Act"
Krafty Chicks Challenge

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

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Poppy Moments.

Hello everyone: I hope you and your families are doing well, staying healthy and safe, wearing a mask and keeping your distance.
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I recently purchased the "Poppy Moments" die set from Stampin' Up!, I love these dies, they are so beautiful and detailed.


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This is the INSIDE of this card.


I'm playing along with the following challenges.

CAS(E) this Sketch

Your Next Stamp


Festive Friday
I used geometric shape (Hexagon), birthday theme and flower theme.

This is what I used: 
Poppy Moments (SU) 
Crackle Paint background stamp (SU)
Hexagon dies (Unknown)
Power Poppy "Tea in the Garden"
Power Poppy "Dynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips"
Impression Obsession "Butterfly"
Gina Marie Designs Enamel Dots.
Prismacolor pencils.
Pattern paper from my stash.

Thank you for visiting me today.
Stay healthy and safe.
Hugs.
Maria.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Bewitched.....

Hello everyone: I hope you and your families are doing well, I know I say this to you guys every time I post on my blog but it's my most sincere and heartfelt prayer and hope, in these very difficult times.
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I know all of us have in our craft room, very old stamp sets that we love but, for no particular reason, don't use as often as we should so, we keep buying new ones neglecting our old ones that have every right to be inked up.
That's what my teammates and I over at RETRO RUBBER want to encourage you to do, so go and dig out your old favorites and share your cards with us at our gallery, if you can, please let us know how old your stamp sets are.


I just love, love all of the images on this set from Stampin' Up! called "Cauldron Bubble" (2018 Holiday Mini). I must confess that the little critters and the ghost were the ones that caught my eye first.  I stamped all of these images on Strathmore Bristol paper with Stazon black ink and colored them with Windsor&Newton watercolor markers, I stamped the bubbles and the fire separately colored them and fussy cut them to add some dimension, I sponged some Spiced Marmalade ink on the cauldron to give the illusion of the light of the fire reflecting on it.
The window was cut with a Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz XL Die
The pattern papers are from my stash, the sentiment, from the set.

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This is the INSIDE of this card.


The sentiment and the little broom are from the set.
I hope you stop by the RETRO RUBBER challenge page to check out my teammates' fabulous creations and then, come and play along with us.

I want to play with the following challenges.

Fantasy.
Get Creative Challenges

Use Your Stuff


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




Saturday, June 27, 2020

Vibrant Thanks

Hello everyone: I'm always praying that you and your families are doing well during these sad and troublesome times, please stay healthy and safe.
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My card today is done with a beautiful Summer flower.  Zinnias come in all the colors of the rainbow, mine is yellow.


I'd like to think that this flower is enjoying a gorgeous sunset, and those busy little bees are having one last nectar drink before going home.
The image and the sentiment are from a Power Poppy set called "Vibrant Thanks", unfortunately, is sold out.
The corner die cut is done with a Tim Holtz Alterations Mixed Media Dies.
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This is the INSIDE of the card.


I sponged the top with a honeycomb stencil, the sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Pure Prairie Spirit.

I want to play with the following challenges.


"In the Summer Garden"

Thank you for visiting today.
Stay healthy and safe.
XO
Maria.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Hydrangea in Bloom

Hello everyone: As always, I'm hoping from the bottom of my heart that you and your families are doing well, staying healthy and safe.
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This card is entirely made out of scraps, even the image that I found, already stamped and colored, inside the "Best Thoughts" stamp set case from Stampin' Up! (2015-2016), I probably meant to finish it, put it away and forgot it, sheeesh!


I stamped and gold heat embossed the flower and then, colored it with SU markers, I'm really so happy they are still with enough ink to help me color my images.  I cut the top and bottom panels with a scalloped die, I used the Spellbinders Hemstitched Squares, the DSP might be from SU but I'm not sure.
The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Poppies, the banner is from Spellbinders die set called Ribbon Banners Etched Dies.

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This is the INSIDE of this card.


The sentiment is from the Power Poppy "Poppies" set, I inked it up with markers in each of the colors of the rainbow.
The butterfly is from a Stampendous set called "Butterflies"

I want to play along with the following challenges.

June Challenge "In the Summer Garden"
(My Hydrangeas have started to bloom, so beautifully.

#202 "Circles"
The Paper Girls Challenge Blog

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

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Pinwheels X 5.......

Hello everyone: I might sound like a broken record (this is for all of you baby boomers who remember the vinyl LP's), but as always, it is my most heartfelt hope that you and your families are doing well in this very difficult times.
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This card was not created using anything from my stash of UFO's (UnFinishedObjects) but I really like the way it turned out.


These fabulous Pinwheels are from an old, retired Flourishes set called "Pinwheels and Popsicles" (2013), the sentiment is also from this set.
I stamped this beautiful Pinwheel 5 times, colored each with Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut them, I always put a piece of painters tape underneath images that have very delicate parts, like the sticks on the pinwheels, to give them a bit more sturdiness as I fussy cut them, it works perfectly.
I don't know if any of you recognize the colorful strip across the panel, well, if you don't, it's from the packages that the Power Poppy stamp sets come in. I love the colors so, I cut it up when I place my new sets on their plastic sleeves, I think it looks really cool on this card.  
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The sentiment and balloons are from another Flourishes set from 2010, I think it's called "Celebrate" but I'm not sure, the package is long gone.

I want to play along with the following challenges.

"Repeat Day"
Day of the Month Card Club

#228 "All Occasions"

#2025 Anything Goes.

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














Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Happiness is Homemade.......

Hello everyone: As always I hope you and your families are doing well in this trying and difficult times.
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The SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge for the next 10 days is about everything sweet, this is the card I made to inspire you to come and play along.



This super sweet image is from an old Flourishes set called "Fresh Baked" (2012). I stamped these images on Strathmore Bristol paper with Stazon black ink and colored them with SU markers and re-inkers, the markers are old but most of them are still ok to use.
The sentiment is from the same set, the pattern paper is from my stash, the lace border was punched with a Martha Stewart punch.
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Both the sentiment and the little spoon are from the same stamp set.

I hope you come and play along with us at SHOPPING OUR STASH, make sure you stop by the challenge to check out my awesome teammates' cards for more inspiration, we can't wait to see what you create.

Stay safe and healthy.
XO
Maria.




Monday, June 22, 2020

Sending Love.......

Hello everyone: I'm always hoping you and your families are doing well, I pray for patience and endurance for all of us in these very difficult times.
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I have this card to share with you created with another stamped image from my pile of UFO's, I'm making a serious dent but I still have a good amount of unfinished images that will make pretty cards.


This mailbox is part of the retired Flourishes set called "Friendly Reminders", the envelope is die-cut with the retired SU set called "Love Notes", the pattern papers and twine are from my stash, I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils.

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This next picture has the little "letter" inside the envelope, pulled out.
The sentiment on it is from a retired 2013 Flourishes set called "Spring Blossoms".


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The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Simply Camelias (on sale now) and I also used the word "and" from the Wild Mushrooms set that's unfortunately, sold out.

I'm playing along with these challenges.


Challenge #432 "Color It!
The Paper Shelter

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