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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The little red moped.....

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Hello everyone: It's time for a new challenge over at the RETRO RUBBER challenge blog, this time it's all about TRANSPORTATION, whether by plane, ship, card, bus, bike, balloon.....you get the picture, right?  So get crafty and share your TRANSPORTATION creations in our gallery, here is a card I made with one of my favorite retired stamp sets from Stampin' Up! called "On the Grow", this set came in the 2011 Summer Mini. 


I wish I had one little moped exactly this color, you can picture me on one, can you? 
I stamped this image onto a panel of water color paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with water colors and my Wink of Stella, hope you can see the sweet sparkle on this bike.
The pattern papers are from my cherished stash of Lili of the Valley, I treasure this paper because it's discontinued, sigh!!😞
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The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Sassy Succulents, I just stamped the back of the little bike to make it look like it's leaving but, it has no driver so, I'm guessing she is just walking beside it to go to the next store.
Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.

In Dog Years.....

Hello everyone: We have a really cool challenge for you over at SHOPPING OUR STASH that we think you will have tons of fun with.  We want you to create a card that would be a bit inappropriate to send to your mom or any other proper and fine lady unless they can take a joke.
I must confess that I was stumped and even if I do own one set from Art Impressions which I used to make THIS CARD, I didn't want to use it again so, I went to Pinterst to find some ideas and, as always, I was not disappointed at all.  I kind of CASE'd THIS CARD, I just replaced the stick figure with one of the images on this fabulous stamp set from Kaztlekraft called Les Chiens, I adore this doggies!!!  The sentiment took some doing, sheeesh!! thank goodness for my MISTI.
Here is my card and I hope you join us in our gallery, we can't wait to see what you create.


This is a card that I think all of my friends and even some of my family could enjoy but, I would never, ever send it to my mother, no way!!
I stamped the letters from a super old alphabet set, I think it's from a company called "My First Stamp" or something like that, I've had it for years. The letters are so small and thin that without the MISTI would be almost impossible to line up. Both the letters and the doggie with his gift were stamped with Stazon black ink and colored with a bit of Basic Gray marker from SU and a black Prismacolor pencil for shadows. The bow was done with a couple of blue pencils.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from my stash of birthday stamps with no name or origin, the bone is from the doggie set.

I hope you find this challenge fun and give it a try. Show us your snarky, a bit inappropriate images and sentiments and let all of us have a good laugh.
Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single sentiment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Fairy Wishes.....

Hello everyone: I had this image in my box of "unfinished" projects and today I finally finished it up.
It's sad to have such a pretty Fairy just stuck in a box, don't you think?
I will link this card to a few challenges at the end of this post.


This image is from my stash of plain red rubber stamps that my aunt gifted me with some years ago. She found about 25 stamps in a box at a thrift store, they were dusty, some of them stained but I just washed them and was amazed at the beauty of this images.  I didn't know where they came from or what company made them but some time later I found out that they were from a company called "Sweet Pea Designs". 
I stamped this image onto water color paper with Stazon black ink and then, stamped the wings and flowers again with Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold glitter embossing powder, then colored it with Sakura Koi water colors, the sentiment is gold embossed onto Vellum.
The pattern paper is from a retired line from Lili of the Valley.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is my favorite to use when I make Fairy cards, it's from a discontinued stamp set from Flourishes called "Orchids", the butterflies are from my stash.

I'm playing at the following challenges.

The Paper Players Challenge #363, a sketch from Nancee.

Seize the Birthday "Anything Goes Birthday"

The Fairy and the Unicorn Challenge #7 
"Anything Goes with an optional theme of Pixie, Gnome or Troll.
I picked the Pixie.
Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.


Saturday, September 23, 2017

More Fairies.....

Hello everyone: I just realized I haven't play with my Fairy stamps in a while so, I made this card with one of them, it's one of my favorite images from this bunch of plain red rubber stamps that was given to me by my dear aunt (she is actually my hubby's aunt on his dad's side) after she purchased them from a thrift store some years ago. They had no name, they were just in a cardboard box, dirty, stained, some of them not even trimmed and she thought I would like them. Well, I not only like them, I LOVE THEM!!!!!  These are some of the most beautiful Fairy images I've ever seen. 
So here is my card.


I love this image, this is how I imagine little Faeries, playing with the morning dew on top of the flowers, so sweet and whimsical.
I stamped this image with Stazon black ink and colored it with Sakura Koi water colors, I added some Wink of Stella to her wings, the sentiment is from SU called "Teeny, Tiny Wishes", the decorative corners are from Spellbinders.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is one of my most favorites, the font is gorgeous and the words so meaningful.
The silhouette of the Fairy is from Poppy Stamps and it's stamped with Rich Razleberry from SU.

I'm entering this card onto the following challenges.
Delicious Doodles Challenge September "Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden"
Rubber Dance Theme Challenge September "Favorite Stamp" 
SheepSki Design Challenges #6 "Feature a Creature" 
The Rubber Buggy Challenge #2 "Flowers.

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.



Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Season of Giving.....

Hello everyone: Tomorrow, September 22nd. is the official start of my most favorite time of the year,
AUTUMN, I needed to increase my small stash of Thanksgiving cards so I created this one which I will enter onto a few challenges at the end of this post.


One of the things I love the most about Autumn is the amazing colors all around, the beautiful temperatures and, believe it or not, racking leaves.
This image is from an old and beloved Flourishes set called "A Season of Thanks" which has two more images and sentiments just as beautiful as this one.
I stamped it onto a panel of Strathmore water color paper with Versafine black ink and clear heat emboss it then colored it with Sakura Koi water colors and the Basic Gray SU marker for the vase.
The sentiment is from the set and it's stamped with SU Hello Honey ink.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is also from this set, I love the font. The little leaf and acorn are from my miscellaneous small stamp stash.

I'm entering this card onto the following challenges.


Stinkin' Inkers  Challenge, "Color Wheel", use your favorite colors.
Always Fun Challenges Challenge #24 "Fall Colors"
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #196 "Autumn"

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wish BIG.....

Hello everyone: I have a quick card I made just now, using some stuff I had laying around on my craft table.  I'm linking this card to a few challenges at the end of this post.


So many of you know I just adore the House Mouse siblings and I think this one is just perfect for my card. Very simple really, I just stamped the image with Stazon black ink, colored it with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol, I'm loving this stuff!!
The candle was die cut from some scraps of Lili of the Valley pattern paper for another card but I changed my mind so I saved the strip for later and, well, it worked great to make this huge candle. The "flame" was punched with the retired SU "Flower Builder Punch" and water colored.
The sentiment couldn't be more perfect, it's from a retired Flourishes set, stamped with Tim Holtz Picked Razpberries.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment and candle are from an old stash of Birthday stamps.

I'm linking this card to the following challenges.
CASology Week #267 "BIG"
Try it on Tuesday "My Friend" human, animal, imaginary.
Unicorn Challenge "Birthdays"
A Snowflake Promise challenge #44 Anything Goes.

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Crispy and sweet.....

Hello everyone, I'm here again with another card for the SHOPPING OUR STASH Challenge, this time, my teammates and I want to see APPLES or anything made with them, pies, tea, cider, etc. Here is my card and I hope it inspires you to come an play along with us.


This beautiful crate of apples is from a Power Poppy set called Farmers Market and it has other images just as delicious as this one.
I was very happy to use some of my stash of Lili of the Valley pattern paper that I've been hoarding since all of this collections have been retired or discontinued, sigh!!😕
I stamped the image onto a die cut panel of Strathmore mixed media paper with Versafine black ink and colored it with SU markers and Wink of Stella.
The sentiment is from the set.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment here is from the set and the little caramel apple from a retired Flourishes set.

I'm entering this card onto the following challenges.
Bitten by the Bug 2 "A is for Apple"
Crafting from the Heart "Anything Goes"
Crafty Cardmakers challenge #196 "Autumn"  (Apple harvest time)

I hope you can share your creations with us in our gallery.
Please stop by the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge blog and check out my teammates' awesome creations, visit their blogs and leave them some comment love.

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.