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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

A Sketch for Retro Rubber # 172.

Hello everyone: As always, I pray and hope you and your families are doing well, keeping each other healthy and safe.

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The Retro Rubber Challenge has this fun sketch designed by our teammate Claire, I hope you will come and play along.

Here is the card I created to inspire you to join us in our gallery.



This is the inside.


And this is what I used.
Stampin' Up! "Pretty Pines" dies.
Power Poppy "Glistening Paper Whites"
for the sentiments. (2016)
Memory Box "Precious Hearts" for the bows.
Stampin' Up! "Detailed Bands" Dies, (2020)

Thank you for stopping by today.
Thank you in advance for your comments, I sure appreciate them.
Please stay healthy and safe.
XO
Maria.












3 Of a Kind for SOS.A

Hello everyone: I'm always hoping and praying you and your families are doing well, keeping each other healthy and safe.

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Welcome to another SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge, this time we want to see cards featuring 3 of something, 3 cups, 3 trees, 3 critters, etc. 

Here's my card to inspire you to play along.

This is the inside.




And this is what I used.

Power Poppy "Mushrooms" for both the front and the inside.

So I hope you come and play along with us over at SHOPPING OUR STASH, you can go to the challenge page to check out my teammates' beautiful creations and come join us in our gallery, we can't wait to see what you create.

Thank you for visiting me today, I appreciate your comments so much.

Please, stay healthy and safe.

XO
Maria.




 

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Fabulous Florets.

 Hello everyone: As always, I hope and pray you and your families are doing well, keeping each other healthy and safe.

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Sympathy cards are the hardest ones to create, I'm sure you agree.

I created this one for my youngest daughter's cousin in law who's mom passed away Saturday.


This is the inside.




And this is what I used.

Stampin' Up! "Fabulous Florets" (2011)

Ranger "Liquid Platinum" embossing powder.

The little butterfly I think it's from Penny Black.

The sentiment is from a 2011 Flourishes set called "Calla Lillies"

The inside sentiment is from "My Sentiments Exactly"

The border is from a 2017 SU set called "Delicate Details"


I want to play with:

"Less is More" challenge #456




"Anything Goes"

Thank you for visiting me today, I appreciate your comments so much and, if you have a question, please don't hesitate to ask.

Stay healthy and safe.
XO
Maria.







Wednesday, November 17, 2021

An Oldie but still a beauty.

Hello everyone: I always hope and pray you and your families are doing well, keeping each other healthy and safe.

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I have a good stash of very old Stampin' Up! stamp sets that I bought at least 10 years ago and the "Forest Festivities" (2011-2012) is one of them, I just love the sweet images on this set.


This is the inside.



And this is what I used.
Stampin' Up! "Forest Festivities" (2011-2012)
Flourishes "Christmas Classics" (2010)
Prismacolor pencils.

I want to play with these challenges.


"Christmas"



Thank you for visiting me today, I very much appreciate your comments.
If you have a question, please don't hesitate to ask.

Stay healthy and safe.
XO
Maria.




Monday, November 15, 2021

The Flower Challenge #62 Reminder.

 Hello everyone: As always, I hope and pray you and your families are doing well, keeping each other healthy and safe.

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The Flower Challenge is at the halfway point, this is the card I created to inspire you to come and play along.


This is the inside.


And this is what I used.

Altenew "Persian Motifs"

Stampin' Up! "Painted Harvest"

Altenew "Beautiful Day"

Kuretake Gamsai Tombi watercolors.

Stonehedge black watercolor paper.

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Thank you for visiting me today.

Please stay healthy and safe.

XO
Maria.

















Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Tic, Tac, Toe with SOS.

 Hello everyone: As always, I hope and pray you and your families are doing well, keeping each other healthy and safe.

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Welcome to another SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge, this time is a fun Tic, Tac, Toe grid .


This is the card I made to inspire you to play along.

 

I used the first horizontal row, and believe me when I tell you, I did a lot, a lot of smushing, 5 panels in all to get this one that, well, let's just say it's the better of them all, which tells me I need more practice with this technique.

This is the inside.


And this is what I used.

The embossing folder is from Stampin' Up! but I forget the name.

Altenew "Enchanted Iris"

Cas-ual Fridays "Foxy" for the word "Friend" (2018)

The "smooshed" colors are from Tim Holtz distress inks.


Thank you for visiting me today, I appreciate your comments so very much and, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me.

Visit the SHOPPING OUR STASH for more inspiration from my awesome teammates and then, come and play along with us.

Please stay healthy and safe.

XO
Maria.

 



Retro Rubber Challenge #171, "Fall Colors"

  Hello everyone: As always, I hope and pray you and your families are doing well, keeping each other healthy and safe.

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 Welcome to another fun challenge over at RETRO RUBBER.  Use the inspiration photo to create your card and come and join us in our gallery.

This is the card I made to inspire you to play along.

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This is the inside.


And this is what I used.

Flourishes "Gerbera Daisies" (2009)
Flourishes "With Gratitude" (2011)
Prismacolor pencils.

Please remember to use your older than one year stamp sets, it's fun to get new stuff but we must not forget those older images that brought so much joy to us when they were new, as you can see, this 12 year old "Gerbera Daisies" set is as beautiful as the day I bought it.
If you can, please let us know how old your stamps are, we would love to know.

Thank you for visiting me today.
I'm grateful for your comments, if you have a question, please don't hesitate to ask me, I will answer it the best way I know how.

Please, stay healthy and safe.
XO
Maria.




Friday, November 5, 2021

More Cuteness Overload.

Hello everyone: As always, I hope and pray you and your families are doing well, keeping each other healthy and safe.

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I have another cute card created with the beautiful and utterly adorable Sweet Stockings Designer Series Paper.


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This is the inside.


And this is what I used.

Stampin' Up! Sweet Stockings DSP 
I fussy cut all 3 of the images.

Stampin' Up! "In the Woods" dies (retired)

Stampin' Up! "Succulent Framelits" (retired)

Stampin' Up! "Hardwood" (2014, retired)

Penny Black "A Bright Tomorrow" (out of stock)

Power Poppy "Simple Joys" (2016)

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I want to play with these challenges.



Challenge #417 "Christmas"


Challenge #490 "Christmas is Coming"


Thank you for visiting me today.
I'm so very grateful for your comments.

Stay healthy and safe.

XO
Maria.








Thursday, November 4, 2021

THE FLOWER CHALLENGE #62 ADD LEAVES.

   Hello everyone: As always, I hope and pray you and your families are doing well, keeping each other healthy and safe.

 

THE FLOWER CHALLENGE new theme for the month of November is:  


We know that flowers have leaves but we want you to add a few more to your design.


This is my card.



This is the inside.

And this is what I used.
Creative Expressions "Classic Poinsettia"
The sentiments in the front and inside of the card are from Power Poppy "Glistening Paperwhites".
The leaves are from SU "Poppy Moments" die set.
The silver detail is from SU "Pretty Pines"
The frame is from Spellbinders but I forget the name. 
The inside top border is from SU "Curvy Dies"
The Corner Poinsettia is from Power Poppy's
"Merry Littles".

I hope you hop over to THE FLOWER CHALLENGE blog for more inspiration from my talented teammates and then, come and play along with us in our gallery.

Thank you for stopping by today and for your comments.

Stay healthy and safe.
XO
Maria.








Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Irresistible!!!!!!!!

 Hello everyone: I'm always hoping and praying you and your families are doing well, keeping each other healthy and safe.

Ok, I've been having loads of fun fussy cutting the adorable critters on the Stampin' Up! DSP called "Sweet Stockings", I can't resist these images, all of them are just so sweet and incredibly cute.

So I created a couple of cards using these little friends.

This is the inside.





Here's my Twofer.


This is the inside.



And this is what I used for both cards.

Stampin' Up! Sweet Stockings DSP.

Stampin' Up! "In the Woods" Framelits dies.

Stampin' Up! Succulents Framelits dies.

Stampin' Up! "Ornament Keepsakes" (2012)

Power Poppy "Glitter House Village" (2017)

Sentiments.

Power Poppy "Geraniums Take 2" (2014)

Power Poppy "Tweet Tidings" (2017)

Power Poppy "Serene Scenes" (2019)

Penny Black "A Bright Tomorrow" (2012)

Gina Marie Designs Rhyne Stones.

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I want to play with these challenges.

Paper Minutes. Challenge #716 "Pastel Christmas"

Through the Craft Room Door "Anything Goes Christmas"


Thank you for stopping by today.

Please stay healthy and safe.

XO

Maria.





Tuesday, November 2, 2021

2 Old Bats November Challenge.

 Hello everyone: As always, I hope and pray you and your families are doing well, keeping each other healthy and safe.

It's time for a new challenge over at 2 OLD BATS HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE, here is the inspiration board for the month of november.


Here is my card.


This is the inside.


and this is what I used.

Flourishes "witching you a happy Halloween" (2010)
for all the images and sentiments in the front.
Stampin' Up! "cauldron bubble" (2018)
for all the images inside.
Stampin' Up! "tee-hee-hee" (2014)
for all the sentiments inside.

I hope you come and play along with us at
"2 OLD BATS HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE", this is a great way to have
a good stash of cards by the time October rolls along.

Please stay healthy and safe.
xo
maria.







Monday, November 1, 2021

Sweet Stockings Cheer.

Hello everyone: I hope and pray you and your families are doing well, keeping each other healthy and safe.

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A couple of months ago I bought a pack of Stampin' Up! DSP called

"Sweet Stockings", I fell in love with these adorable doggies, kitties, and mice, with beautiful Christmas details.

Most of my card-making friends know I really don't like DSP, and that is not because the designs and images are not beautiful, the paper is DOUBLE SIDED and it's precisely, for this reason, I most times don't buy it, I just can't bring myself to put one of these sides under.  In the case of SWEET STOCKINGS, the underside of the DSP is pretty but I feel it's ok to put it under.

So, I've been fussy cutting these adorable little critters, and here's a card I made with them.  These images are from the ends of the sheet and that's why the images are not complete but they are sweet and beautiful nonetheless.


This is the inside.


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This is what I used.

The little critters are fussy cut from the Stampin' Up! 

The Christmas Tree is from Memory Box.
The Christmas ornament and sentiment are from Penny Black
"A Bright Tomorrow", currently out of stock.
The flower on the wall is from a retired SU die set called
"Succulent Framelits"
The border on the inside is from Power Poppy 
The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called
"Sweets of the Season"

I'm playing with:



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









Tuesday, October 26, 2021

FALL COLORS AND STAMPS/RETRO RUBBER #170

Hello everyone: As always, I hope and pray you and your families are doing well, keeping each other healthy and safe.

The RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE team wants you to be inspired by the beautiful Autumn picture below.

 

I took my inspiration from the beautiful bounty and colors.

Here's my card.




This is the inside.

And this is what I used.

The Cornucopia image is from Cynthia Elmore, as it appears on the side of the wood-mount, I bought it at Hobby Lobby and used it for the first time in 2016.
The sentiments in the front and inside are from Flourishes "With Gratitude" (2011)
The little bucket in the inside corner is from SU "Pleasant Pheasants" (2018)
I colored the images with Prismacolor pencils.

I hope you hop over the RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE BLOG for more inspiration from my talented teammates and then, come and play along in our gallery.

Thank you for stopping by today, I appreciate your comments so much.

Stay healthy and safe.
XO
Maria







Friday, October 22, 2021

Two Ears.

Hello everyone: As always, I hope and pray you and your families are doing well, keeping each other healthy and safe.

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I'm very happy to share this very nostalgic card with you today, if you are over 50 you will recall having a phone like this one when you were a kid.


Here's my card.


This is the inside.


And this is what I used.

Flourishes "Call Me" (2013)
Flourishes "Grab a Cup" (2010)
I used Stampin' Up! ink pads to watercolor the images.
The DSP is from my stash.

I want to play with these challenges.



Week 42 


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










Monday, October 18, 2021

Thanks a Bunch.

 Hello everyone: As always, I hope and pray you and your families are doing well, keeping each other healthy and safe.

I have a very CAS card to share with you today.


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This is the inside.

And this is what I used.

My Favorite Things "Harvest Mouse"
Flourishes "With Gratitude" (2011, discontinued)
The border on the inside from SU "Pleasant Pheasants"
The inside sentiment from "Harvest Mouse"
Prismacolor pencils.

I want to play with:






Thank you for stopping by today.
Please, stay healthy and safe.

Maria.