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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Let's Party!!!!!!!

Hello everyone: I'm rushing to have this card finished to enter a few challenges.
It's been a bit of a busy morning, I had to do a water change on my 75 gals. marine tank, clean the filter, windows inside and out and clean up my kitchen after all of this is done.


I've been itching to ink up these adorable mice from the SU set called "Sweet Storybook" from the 2018-2019 annual catalog for a long time but you know how it goes....you buy a stamp set, it arrives and then.....you put it away on a designated place in your craft room and, well....you forget you have it until you find it again and you wonder why it's been neglected.
But anywho, I love these pair of friends and the fabulous "Amanita Muscaria" or
"Fly Agaric" mushroom in the background.
I stamped all the images on white card stock, color them with my Prismacolor pencils, put a bit of painter's tape behind the mice tails to make them a bit sturdier and fussy cut them.
I stamped a bit of grass to give the mice something to stand on, using the bottom of the Mallard Duck in the retired Stampin' Up! set called "Wilderness Awaits", the sign and the sentiment are from Purple Onion, and the balloons, string, and bows are from the retired SU die set called "Balloon Pup-Up".

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.  


The border is from a SU set called "Bordering Blooms", the sentiment from a Power Poppy set called "Sassy Succulents" and the little mushroom in the corner from another Power Poppy set called "Natural Beauties".

I'm playing along with the following challenges.


Your favorite animal and why.
I really love all animals but mice are just so adorable, I see them outside my kitchen window, going back and forth from the bird feeders, no matter the weather. I wouldn't want them inside my house though, they belong outdoors.
As You Like It Challenge


Clean and Simple.
Krafty Chicks Challenge

Thank you for visiting me today.
Hugs.
Maria.

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.