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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.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Carve Out Some Halloween Fun!!!!!

Hello everyone: We are half way into September and Autumn is definitely in the air.  I'm loving this beautiful "sweater weather", the trees are starting to get their amazing Fall colors and soon, Halloween will be here so, I made this card to add to my stash to send out to family and friends.
I will link this card to a few challenges at the end of this post.


This fabulous image is from a Power Poppy set called Feeling Fall. I stamped it onto a panel of Strathmore water color paper with Versafine black onix ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder, then I colored it with my Sakura Koi water colors. 
I made a mask of the top pumpkins to sponge some Stampin' Up! "Hello Honey" ink for the moon and then, a mask of the moon to sponge some Tim Holtz "Broken China" for the sky after I framed the image with painter's tape.
For the floor, I sponged a bit of SU "Baked Brown Sugar", the sentiment is from the set and it's also heat embossed with Versafine black onix ink.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


Both the sentiment and the pumpkin are from a retired Flourishes set called "Witching You a Happy Halloween"
I'm linking this card to the following challenges.



Craftaholics R Us Challenge #36 "Pumpkins"
ModSquad Challenge "The Heat is On" Use Heat Embossing.
The Paper Shelter Chellenge #309 "Embossing of any kind"
Inspiration Destination "Anything Goes" Optional Twist "Recipe" I didn't use it on this card.
Simon Says Stamp "Clean and Simple"

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 13, 2017

OLC for LIM.....

Hello everyone: I have a quick CAS card to share with you that I will link to a few challenges at the end of this post.  Here is my card, hope you like it.


I just adore the Purple Onion little critters from the Stacey Yacula Collection, so cute, whimsical, so sweet, easy and fun to color, this little guy is called Shadow and he is being lifted by this balloons. 
I stamped this images with Stazon black ink onto a folded panel of Strathmore mixed media paper and colored them with SU markers and my Wink of Stella.
I stamped the owl onto a piece of scrap paper to make a mask so I can sponge a bit of blue for the sky with Tumbled Glass distress ink. The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Farmer's Market, the balloon is from Purple Onion.

I'm linking this card onto the following challenges.

AAA Cards CAS Game #98 "All Creatures Great or Small"

Try it on Tuesday challenge "My Friend" human, animal, imaginary".
Everybody Art Challenge #408 "Clean and Simple"
Snowflakes 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 12, 2017

Smells like Christmas.....

Hello everyone: This week at SHOPPING OUR STASH, we have a new challenge for you to have fun with.  We want to see you EMBOSS!! Heat embossing or dry embossing or both, why not, eh?
Here is my card to inspire you to join my teammates and me in our gallery.


I chose to do both techniques on this card. First I gold heat emboss this beautiful image from a Power Poppy set called Spice it Up, I colored the image with SU markers and my Wink of Stella.
The sentiment is from the set and the dry embossed panel is from The Paper Studio.
The sentiment is from my little box where I put sentiments that I end up not using, it's also gold embossed. Ribbon from my stash.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from the same set, the little Mug of Joy from Power Poppy's Merry Littles and the garland on top from a retired SU set called "Bordering Blooms"
I hope you stop by the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge blog and check out my teammates awesome inspiration cards and then, come and play along.
Please read our rules, they are few but important and most of all, have fun!!

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.



Retro Rubber Cup of Love.....

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Hello everyone: The theme for the next RETRO RUBBER challenge is the much loved ANYTHING GOES, this gives you the freedom to choose whatever style, colors, subject, celebration, season of the year.....you get the message so, come and join us in the gallery, will you?
Here is my card that I hope inspires you to play along.


This is one of my most favorite stamp sets from Stampin' Up! called "Morning Cup". It came out in the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog, I absolutely love this sweet images.
I made a (kind of) CAS card, just stamping the tea pot, mug and tea bag onto a panel of water color paper and coloring them with Sakura Koi water colors.  The teeny, tiny hearts pouring out of the tea pot are made with an equally old SU punch called "Pinking Hearts", it's a corner punch but I mostly use it for the perfect little hearts it punches.
I made some score lines on the top and side of the panel, hope you can see them.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from another retired SU set called "Whimsical Words" that came out on the 2010 Sale-a-bration catalog.  Love the font on all of this sentiments.

Hope you decide to come and join us in the RETRO RUBBER gallery.
Please read our rules, they are few but important, most of all, have fun.
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.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Purple Onion Christmas.....

Hello everyone: I just love little critter images and Purple Onion has some of the cutest, sweetest around. Easy to color and very economical since they come unmounted, which is just what I like.
Here is a card I made with a couple of this images, doing a bit of masking along the way, I will enter this card onto a few challenges at the end of this post.


Stamped this images onto Strathmore mixed media paper with Stazon black ink and colored them with SU markers. I added silver gel pen to the star and garland as well as the ribbon on the gift box.
I added a strip of silver glimmer paper to the side for added sparkle.
The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Merry Littles, this set is packed with adorable images and sweet sentiments.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Spice it Up, the little gift box from Merry Littles.

I'm linking this card to the following challenges.

The Paper Players Challenge #361, color challenge by Jaydee.

AAA Cards CAS game #98 "All Creatures Great and Small" (I adore this little squirrel).

Christmas Card Challenges, use the inspiration photo or just create a Christmas card.

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.



Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sending Love.....



Hello everyone: We have come to the halfway point on THE FLOWER CHALLENGE #12, the always fun Tic, Tac, Toe. 
Here is my card that hopefully will inspire you to come and play with us.


This time I chose the diagonal EMBOSSING, WATERCOLOR AND BLUE.
I used a Paper Studio embossing folder for my background panel, which I stamped with a very old script stamp, the Hydrangea is from a retired Flourishes set that has the same name.  I stamped it with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it then, colored it with Sakura Koi water colors. I added a bit of Wink of Stella to the flowers, hope you can see it, because it's so hard to photograph.
I added a bit of bling with a few Rhine Stones.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


Sentiment and flowers are from a retired Flourishes set called "Picking Wild Flowers"
I hope you get inspired to join us in THE FLOWER CHALLENGE gallery and for more inspiration stop by my teammates' blogs to check out their amazing cards.
Please read our rules, they are few but important and don't forget to add our challenge banner to your post when you upload your card t the gallery.


And here is the Tic Tac Toe banner for you to play with.
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.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Flying By.....

Hello everyone: Autumn has always been my most favorite time of the year, love the amazing display of colors and beautiful temperatures, not to hot, not to cold, just right. Also, the Holidays are near and homes around here are starting to decorate for Halloween, which I enjoy doing a lot so, here's a card I made to add to my stash of "spooky" cards for family and friends, I will link this card to a few challenges at the end of this post.


I had this awesome stamp set from Kaztelkraft called Les Rats de Ville and, I think you'll agree, they are both adorable and kind of.....how should I put it?.....creepy?? I don't know but, what ever feeling they inspire, I just love them.
I stamped this one onto a panel of Strathmore water color paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with Prismacolor pencils, the moon is just punched out and so is the Witch (this is an old Martha Stewart punch), I embossed the background with an embossing folder, the pattern paper is from my stash. The spider on the sentiment and the little pumpkin are from a bag of confetti that is going to last me for a life time. 
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The spider web and spider are from a retired SU set called "Bite Me" and the sentiment from a retired Flourishes set called "Witching You a Happy Halloween".

I'm linking this card to the following challenges.


Sheepski Design Challenge #6 "Feature a Creature"
Pearly Sparkles Challenge #20 "Fur and Paws"
One Crazy Stamper Inc. September Challenge "Seasons of Celebration"
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #6 "Must have a Creature"

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 7, 2017

Christmas Stockings.....

Hello everyone: If you think about it and, even if it's only September, Christmas is truly just around the corner so, I made this little card to add to my stash so, when the Holidays are here, all I need to do is write a sweet message, address, stamp and seal the envelopes and send this Merry Messages on their way to family and friends.  Christmas Challenges are great to increase your stash so, I hope you participate often.  Here is my card and I will enter it onto a few challenges at the end of this post.


I stamped this old Flourishes image onto a die cut panel of water color paper and colored it with SU markers and my Wink of Stella, which I filled with water after the glittery stuff had run out so I can still use it, it works perfectly.
I added some glitter to the top of the stockings, hope you can see it better on this picture.


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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card. 


The garland was stamped with the retired SU set called "Bordering Blooms", the sentiment is from my stash and the little gift from another retired Flourishes set.

I'm entering this card onto the following challenges.

ABC Christmas Challenge S is for Sketch, T is for Trio, I chose the Trio of Stockings.


The Merry Christmas Challenge Challenge #33, "Anything Goes + Christmas"
Double D challenge "GLITTER, GLITTER, GLITTER"

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 espress.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Yummy Treats.....

Hello there dear blogging friends: It feels so good to be able to be in my craft room having fun with my stamp sets, inks, markers, papers, giving my MOJO a chance to wake up from a very long slumber.  So here I am with a fun card that will be entered into a few challenges at the end of this post, hope you like it.


This "yummy" image is from a retired Stampin' Up! set called "Jar of Haunts", this is one of those sets that could never, ever go out of style, I love each of the spooky and fun images and sentiments.
I stamped this jar and the eyes with Versafine black ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder then, I colored the iris of the eyes with blue and the slime with lime green.  I stamped the dripping slime onto a scrap of vellum with Stazon black ink and colored it with a green water color pencil. The blue holographic paper is from an old gift bag, I knew I would use it one day!!
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card. 


The sentiment and spooky eyes are from the same set, the spider web from my stash and the owl was punched with an old Martha Stewart punch.

I will enter this card onto the following challenges.


Everybody Art Challenge #408 Clean and Simple.
Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #177 "Something beginning with the letter "D" (DISGUSTING)?
Fairy Tale Challenge Blog #175 "Something from your kitchen" Well, if I was a Witch.....
Tuesday Throwdown #359 "Punches and or dies" I used both.

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.