Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Retro Rubber Color Challenge #63.....

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Hello everyone: As you can see, the new challenge at RETRO RUBBER is a COLOR CHALLENGE. This colors are soft and pretty so you can go in a bunch of directions with them.
Here is my card that I hope will inspire you to join us in the gallery.
For more inspiration, hop over to my teammates blogs to see the awesome projects they created.
Here is my card.


This image is from a retired 2012 stamp set called "Reason to Smile", which is one of those layering stamp sets, love this little Daisy, simple and sweet.
I just stamped it onto pieces of water color paper and colored with SU markers and the aqua painter, I tried to get colors close to the challenge's color palate.
The ribbon is from my stash and the sentiment from a Power Poppy set called Sassy Succulents.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is also from the Sassy Succulents set.
So there you have it, so go dig out your older than one year stamp sets and join my teammates and I in the RETRO RUBBER gallery. 
Do not forget to read our rules, they are few but important.
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.

Strings.....

Hello everyone and welcome to a new challenge over at SHOPPING OUR STASH
This time our theme is MUSIC so, dust off those old music sheet stamps, musical instruments, etc. and join us in the gallery.  Here is my card, I hope it will inspire you.


Two of my granddaughters play the Viola, it's truly amazing to see them on the stage with their High School and Middle School Orchestras performing.
This is a very simple card, the music score is a die from Memory Box and the sentiment is from Elizabeth Crafts, both die cut with blue foil paper.
The Viola was stamped onto a piece of water color paper and colored with Prismacolor pencils then, fussy cut, the bow was so darn hard to cut, I actually ruined one of the images and I had to start over.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


Sentiment from a retired Flourishes set called "Orchids" and the little flower on the corner from a retired Stampin Up! set called "Flowering Fields.
There is a lot more fabulous inspiration over at the SHOPPING OUR STASH blog, while there, stop by my teammates blogs to see their awesome creations.
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, May 16, 2017

"Life is Short.....buy the Fabric....."

Hello again, blog friends: I saw this quote at a Joan Fabrics store and I wrote it down, it struck me funny, like they were enticing us to "just go ahead and get it!!!" Now, for starters.....this card took some kind of doing, sheeesh!! From looking for my box of fabric pieces from my "quilting" days to actually think of a way to make a card with fabric for the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge this week. 
When my girls were little, I used to make very simple little summer dresses, drapes for the kitchen and bathroom windows, place mats, and stuff like that but, alas.....that didn't last to long, I do have a sewing machine but, when I tried to use it to make a card front with THIS directions I found about how to sew it onto card stock, the darn thing didn't want to work so, I had to go to plan "B", the problem was that I didn't have one so, I came out with this idea that I hope you like and gets you inspired to dig your fabric (I bet you guys have tons of it) and join my teammates and I in our gallery. 


Thank goodness for the Stampin' Up! "All Dressed Up!" dies, (sadly retired, BWAA!!๐Ÿ˜ž) but they saved my butt today. I used a few small pieces of this fabric that I fused to card stock with fusible fabric to make it easy to die cut. I used one of the dies to cut the top to make it look like a little jacket, added a few small pearls for buttons. The same with the little purse, the balloons are also die cut from fabric, I didn't want them to be made of paper, the ribbon and thread from my stash.
The sentiment is from SU "Teeny, Tiny Wishes", love this set, it fits perfectly on the Window Punch (retired) and that fits the Modern Label punch, (also retired).
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


I used the "Delicate Details" SU set (retired, sigh!!), the sentiment and little horn are from "Marcella's Mixetape Vol.1"
Now, here is a picture of the fabric I used for this card.


I was very happy to find this stuff, I can see me using it instead of DSP, there is more where this came from, really lovely patterns and colors, I'm going to be using it a lot.
So, I hope you feel inspired to join us in the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery and share your creations with us.
For more inspiration, hop over to the challenge page and check out my teammates creations.

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, May 15, 2017

Oh Sweet Pea.....



Hello everyone: Once again, we come to the half way point at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE and, once again, here I am with another card to inspire you to, either CASE me or one of my teammates. Your card doesn't have to be an exact copy of ours, we just want you to take any element on them, like the colors, layout, techniques, etc. and make your own card.
Please, mention on your post who's card you are CASEing and don't forget to please add our banner to your post, we sure appreciate that.
As always, when I'm not sure about the colors of flowers, I go to Google and I always find what I need, in this case I wanted to see how many colors Sweet Peas come in and, I was blown away by this picture.

I have never seen a real Sweet Pea flower before but this picture makes me want to maybe plant some Sweet Peas to, hopefully see them in person, they are just so beautiful.
So here is my card.


I stamped this image onto Strathmore water color paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with some of my SU markers and also, my Sakura Koi water colors, I wanted to get more or less the colors of those lovely flowers in the picture. 
I used an empty Wink of Stella brush that I filled with water, (you'll be amazed at how much of the glittery stuff is left behind after the brush is empty, mixing this with water loosens the glitter and works beautifully as an aqua brush, just make sure you shake it real good).
After I finished coloring, I embossed the panel with a retired SU embossing folder (it's name escapes me at the moment), and added a few Nuvo Jewel Drops, I love this stuff.
The sentiment is from the same set as the images.
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Here is a picture of the finish inside of my card.


Sentiment and image from the same set.
I hope this card inspires you to join my teammates and me in the THE FLOWER CHALLENGE gallery, take a look at the amazing creations of the Design Team and CASE one of us.
You can CASE the colors, layout, technique, etc. we can't wait to see what you create.
Please remember to add our banner to your post.
Also, you can participate onto 10 challenges including ours.
Most of all, have fun.

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



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cardinal Love.....

Hello everyone: I have another Holiday card to share with you today that will happily go into my Holiday card stash, I know Christmas is a long way off but, time flies and I want to be prepared.


This image is from a Power Poppy set called Cozy Cupfuls, I love this Cardinal couple, this birds visit the feeders all year round, love their song and their amazing colors.
I stamped the image onto Strathmore mixed media paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with, believe it or not, an empty Wink of Stella brush that I filled with water, (there's still some of the pretty glitter inside and it works perfectly) and my SU markers. Even though they are a bit dry because they are old and I use them a lot, they still give me enough ink to work with, I also used some of my Sakura Koi water colors. 
The sentiment is from the same set and I was able to curve it to stamp it there on the side using my MISTI. The gold frame was die cut with a Spellbinders set called "Oval Majesty" that I got on Ebay for about $6.00, free shipping, sheeesh!! I love a bargain!!!
The pattern papers are from a discontinued line from Lili of the Valley.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called Poinsettia and the little Poinsettia in the corner from a set called Merry Littles.
I'm entering this card onto the following challenges.

Power Poppy May Challenge "Frame It Up!"

Jingle Belles "My True Love"
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "It's a Frame Up!"
The Cutie Pie Challenge #111 "Ribbon and Rubber"
Use Your Stuff Challenge #263 "Feathers"

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, May 9, 2017

Old Fashioned Florals.....

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Hello everyone: There is a brand new challenge over at RETRO RUBBER, this time it's all about FLOWERS, it's Spring everywhere and the gardens are in bloom. I hope you feel inspired to dig out your floral stamps and join my teammates and I in the gallery. Please remember that at least one of the stamps you use be older than  ONE YEAR.
Here is a card I made with a retired Flourishes stamp set called "Old Fashioned Florals" that came out back in February of 2013 and I bought immediately.


This set has 3 oval images, I picked this two, stamped them onto die cut pieces of Strathmore mixed media paper with Versafine black ink and clear heat emboss them, I colored this images with SU markers and an empty Wink of Stella brush that I filled with water, this brushes even when empty, they work fabulously to water color. The pattern papers are from a discontinued line from Lili of the Valley (sigh!!) the sentiment from the same set.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment and flower are from another retired set called Sweet "Violets".
I hope you get inspired and play along, for more inspiration, hop over at RETRO RUBBER and check out my teammates beautiful creations.
Please remember that at least one of the stamps you use must be OLDER THAN A YEAR.
You can enter up to 10 challenges including ours.
No back linking, only new work.
Link to your post and not your blog.
Last but not least, 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.




Buttons n' a Little Bow.....

Hello everyone: There is a new challenge over at SHOPPING OUR STASH that I think you'd like to play with, this time we want to see BUTTONS, big ones, little ones, shaped ones, critters or flower ones, the sky's the limit so I hope you join us in the gallery.
Here is a card I made to inspire you to play and, for more inspiration, hop over my teammates blogs and check out their awesome creations.


It's funny we are having this challenge because I just happen to have a nice bag of gardening buttons I got at my local craft store, 30 buttons for $1.00, now that's a bargain. I used it to make THIS CARD,
and I still have a bunch of them, my favorite are this cute flower ones.
So I stamped this old, old retired image from Impression Obsession with Stazon Dove Gray ink, it has a bucket filled with little flowers that look like my buttons so I knew they would look great. I then colored the stamped flowers with some SU markers and I used Prismacolor pencils for the bucket. 
I stamped the two little bees from a Power Poppy set called Foxglove and Ranunculus. I cut them off the stamp just to be able to use them on other projects, they are beautifully detailed and a perfect size.
The little tag is die cut with a Spellbinders die set and the word "Love" is from a retired Flourishes set called "Old Fashioned Florals", this set has 4 teeny tiny words that fit inside this teeny tiny tag perfectly, I made a little bow with some embroidery thread.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


This image is also from the same set as the one on my front panel and so is the sentiment.
That little butterfly was added last minute because I smudge a bit of pink ink on my finish panel๐Ÿ˜ก, oh how I hate when this happens, don't you? Sheeesh!!
So I hope you feel inspired and go dig out your stash of buttons and join us in the gallery.
For more inspiration, check out the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge blog and my teammates' projects, you will be delighted.

I'm entering this card onto the following challenges.
Always Fun Challenges Challenge #5 "For a Female or Mom"
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Challenge #36 "Use Faux or Real Stitching" I used a cross stitch die.
Make my Monday Challenge #45 "May Flowers"
Crafting from the Heart Challenge #158 "Anything Goes"
Great Impressions Rubber Stamps May theme challenge "Feminine"

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, May 8, 2017

Rhapsody in Blue.....

Hello everyone: Today, the sun finally came out from hiding, it's been a good 4-5 days of cloudy skies, rain, fierce winds, cold temps, everything looks green and lush, my flowers are happy and the grass is tall, need to mow it, that's for sure, later maybe?.....For now, I have more pleasant things to do like coloring this awesome image from a Power Poppy set called Foxglove and Ranunculus, I love this fabulous flowers with their widely open blooms so the little bees and butterflies can stop and get a drink.  I was looking on Google for pictures of this flowers because I needed to know if they come in blue shades and, to my delight, they do, I will explain later why I needed to know this, in the mean time, here is a picture of some blue Floxgloves.

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Aren't this just gorgeous? Now, here is a picture of my card.


This lovely image is from a Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley stamp set called Foxglove and Ranunculus, I just love this image, specially those chubby little bees.
I stamped it onto a piece of Strathmore mixed media paper with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed it, then colored it with a mix of SU markers for shading and highlights and Sakura Koi water colors using my empty Wink of Stella brush, I found out that, even when there is no more of this beautiful, shimmery liquid, you can take the pen apart and fill it with water, put it back together, shake it and there you have it, a perfectly good water brush, I'm amazed at how much glitter stuff is left behind once the brush is actually empty.
I die cut the frame with a postage stamp die, in the front and inside for the sentiment.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


I stamped the sentiment from another Power Poppy set called Potted Primroses and the top of the Foxglove image plus the little bees. I actually snipped this sweeties off of the main stamp just so I could use them in different ways, like stamping more than two or just stamp them any where on my flower images, they are the perfect size.

I'm linking this card to the following challenges.
Power Poppy May Challenge "Frame It Up!"

Your Next Stamp "Sketch and Color" Challenge #63.

Daring Cardmakers "May's Elementary Inspiration"

Cut It Up! Challenge #121 "Wings" 
Crafting With Dragonflies Challenge #80 "Lots of Flowers and/or Mother's Day.

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, May 7, 2017

Mellow Yellow.....

Hello everyone: I have a card to share with you that I made for one of my dear Triathlon friends for his little one year old grandniece. He often writes to me with this requests and I'm always super happy to grant his wishes. He was an amazing inspiration and source of comfort and advice when I was training for my very first Iron Man Triathlon back in 2006. Jim is a veteran Triathlete, with many, many Iron Man Triathlons under his belt and he was just the best adviser and supporter I could ever have asked for. But I digress.....(I tend to go on and on about this amazing sport I love so much).
Anywho, his little grandniece is celebrating her first birthday in 2 weeks so I got a letter this morning asking for a cute card for little Esther, and this is what I made.  I'm happy I found some challenges I'm linking it to. 


As many of you know, I adore the House Mouse Siblings and this one is Monica "Jumping for Joy". Super simple card to make, I had the balloons already cut, the image was just quickly stamped onto a die cut panel of Strathmore mixed media paper with Stazon black ink and colored with a couple of Prismacolor pencils. The sentiment is from SU "Teeny, Tiny Wishes" that was the perfect size for a little banner. This card took me 15 min. to finish and that is because I was looking for this die cut panels and balloons I had and I couldn't find, sheeesh!!
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment and balloon are from a Hero Arts set.

I'm linking this card to the following challenges.
Just Add Ink Challenge #358, "Just Add Stitching" my panels are die cut with a cross stitch die.
Hanna and Friends Challenge #272 "Glitter" one of the balloons was cut with silver glitter paper.
Seize the Birthday "Anything Goes"
Stamps and Stencils "Fabric and Fibres" The balloons are attached with embroidery thread.
Through The Purple Haze Challenge #124 "Glitter", one of the balloons was cut with silver glitter paper.

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.



Friday, May 5, 2017

Gone With The Wind.....

Hello everyone: Well, I'm continuing to increase my Christmas card stash by playing with some Christmas challenges, by the time the Holidays come by, I will be set. I think I'm going to do the same for Halloween and Thanksgiving, we seem to neglect this other fun Holidays and, when they arrive, there we go, scrambling to make some cards to send to family and friends.
So here is my card, hope you like it, I will link it up to a few challenges at the end of this post.


This super cute image is from Stamping Bella and it's called Season Greetings and I think it's just adorable, looking at this little sweetie hanging on to that candy cane, blowing in the wind, is so funny and endearing at the same time.
I stamped her onto a panel of Strathmore water color paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with SU markers and Sakura Koi water colors for highlighting and shading.
Then, I made a mask of this image to sponge the sky with Tumbled Glass and Broken China DI.
I used my snow stencil with embossing paste to make the snow look more textured, I applied some of it to the snow bank where the candy cane is anchored, I love this stuff, it gives so much dimension and texture to your cards.
The pattern paper and the ribbon are from my Christmas stash.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Cozy Cupfuls and the little mitten is from another Power Poppy set called Merry Littles

I'm linking this card to the following challenges.
The Merry Christmas Challenge "Anything Christmas, optional theme Gingerbread"
Sparkles Christmas Challenges #76 "Snowflakes"
Craft-Dee Bowz "Anything Goes include a handmade bow"
Christmas Cards All Year Round May Challenge "Precipitation"
HLS May Christmas Challenge

Cheerful Sketches Challenge


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, May 4, 2017

CASEing US!!!!!.....


Hello dear blogging friends: Well, we at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, have reached challenge #8 and this time the theme is "CASE a Designer Team Member".....which basically means, you can check out all the cards from US and CASE them, you don't have to make them exactly alike, just take our cards and make a version that it's all your own.  You can CASE the style, the colors, the design, the technique, etc. So, here is my card, I hope it inspires you to maybe, possibly CASE it, ok?


This image is from a retired Flourishes set called "Picking Wild Flowers", (images by Marcella Hawley).  I stamped this beautiful bouquet onto a piece of Strathmore water color paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with a few SU markers and my Sakura Koi water colors. 
I need to get some real good water color brushes but, at the moment I had to make due with an empty Wink of Stella pen. I kind of took this pen apart, filled the empty chamber with some water, rinsing the precious glitter in the process trying not waste any, then I just put the pen back together and used it as my brush, I was so happy that the shimmer was transferred to my flowers.
After I was done coloring it, I embossed it with a Cuttlebug embossing folder that, for the life of me, I just can't remember the name of it, sheeesh!! If you recognize it, please let me know the name,ok?
Thank you in advance.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


Both sentiment and butterfly are from this pretty set.
So, there you have it, I hope this card inspires you to join my teammates and I in THE FLOWER CHALLENGE gallery, you can CASE me or my teammies so check out their awesome cards in the gallery and come and play along.
Please, when you upload your beautiful creation onto the gallery, copy our banner for this challenge on your post.
Also, you can enter up to 10 other challenges, including ours and don't forget to make flowers be the main focus on your card, but most importantly, have fun, fun, fun!!

I would like to enter this card onto the following challenges.
LiveLoveCards May Challenge "Anything Goes"
Poppy Stamps Challenge #32, "Flower Power"
Creative Sketchy Girls Challenge #11 "Butterflies and or Flowers"
Craftaholics R Us May Challenge "Spring Colors or Flowers"
Country View Challenges May Challenge "Flower Power"

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, May 2, 2017

Fresh Baked.....

Hello everyone: We have a new challenge over at SHOPPING OUR STASH for you to play with, this time we want to see some good old fashioned FUSSY CUTTING, no die cutting OK? just grab your scissors and snip, snip, snip something, create a card and play along.  Here is my card, I hope it will inspire you to join my teammates and me in the gallery. (Maybe you'll also feel the urge to bake some cookies,๐Ÿ˜‰)


This cute little apron image is from my retired stash of Flourishes stamp sets, this particular set is called "Fresh Baked", all images are from the very talented Marcella Hawley) the spoon and cookies are from this set too.  I stamped the apron 3 times, once on a piece of Lili of the Valley pattern paper because I wanted the little yellow flowers on it, then, I stamped the ruffle and the little recipe and wood spoon sticking out of the little pocket on to some scrap water color paper, colored it and fussy cut them, I made a cut right on the top of that apron pocket to stick the recipe to make it look like it's actually sticking out of it, then I put some dimensional foam under the skirt of the apron after I did a bit of shading with Prismacolor pencils, and attached it to the ruffle, then I put a few more foam dimensionals behind the apron and attached it to a panel of cream card stock that I sponged with a bit of Hello Honey ink, the spoon and cookies were also colored and fussy cut and attached with foam.

Here are some close ups of this images.




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And here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from the set.
I didn't use one single die to create this card, just my paper cutter to cut the panels.
I hope you find some time to play along with us over at SHOPPING OUR STASH, for more inspiration please visit the challenge blog and check out my teammates awesome creations.
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, May 1, 2017

Morning Glory.....

Hello everyone: Well, I'm late posting this card, been busy all day with yard work, grandkids orthodontic appointments and doing some of my prep work for my planned meals for the week, I had to postpone writing this post due to all of that other stuff I had to do today. 
But here is my card, I will link it up to a few challenges at the end of this post.


This image is from Penny Black and it's called Trumpet Song. This is a big stamp and it's one of those images that you color with your markers directly on the rubber, it looks like you actually took some brushes and painted this flowers with awesome brush strokes.
I saw this technique HERE done by Virginia Lu and I really got so fascinated that I went ahead and bought the stamp she is using on this video. Since then, I've bought 3 other stamps and I love them.
I use my Stampin' Up! markers and a bit of water from a spray bottle, I added a few details with the fine tip of the markers, a couple of butterflies and a banner sentiment.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment and flower are from old Flourishes sets.

I'm linking this card to the following challenges.
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #147 "Flowers and Butterflies"
Glitter "N" Sparkle Challenge #237 "Flower Power"
Penny Black and More "Spring Challenge"
Stamping Sensations "Anything Goes"
613 Avenue Create challenge #196 "Spring has Sprung"

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





Thursday, April 27, 2017

Gingerbread House.....

Hello everyone: I have another Christmas card that will go into my box of Holiday greetings, I know
Spring is still here but, having a good stash of Christmas cards comes really handy when it's time to start mailing them to family and friends. I'm linking this card to some challenges down below.


This lovely and super sweet image is from the Power Poppy set called Frosted Gingerbread, I stamped it onto a die cut panel of Strathmore water color paper with Versafine black ink and colored it with some SU markers and my Sakura Koi water colors. I'm sad to admit my SU markers are very old and some are really dry so I've often had to use some water to be able to color with them, unfortunately, I do not have any of the re inkers but that's ok, I still use them and for the amount of color I need for my projects, they still work fine.....but I digress.....After coloring the image I then I applied some Ranger Texture Paste where the "snow" or "icing" is, I love the 3D effect I got.


This stuff actually looks like sugar icing, so pretty. I added some small pearls to the roof and a bit of Wink of Stella (which is also kind of gone, need a new one, sheeesh!!) everywhere there are candies.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.  Some of you have asked me why I highlight the words "finished inside" when I show it to you and it's because sometimes the inside has been confused with a card front and I've been told that "it didn't follow the challenge's theme, sketch and/or colors" so I just want to be sure the challenges I participate in know that the first picture is of the front and the second one is the inside.


Both the sentiment and the little Gingerbread cookies are from the same set.

I'm linking this card to the following challenges.

Power Poppy April challenge "Pick a Sketch", this is the one I used.

Merry Monday Challenge #245 "Use Kraft"

Christmas at Sweet Stamping "April Challenge" Anything Christmas.
Crafting By Designs "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas".
Fab n' Funky Challenges #348 "Christmas"

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, April 25, 2017

Tea for Two and Two for Tea.....

Hello dear friends: There is a new challenge over at SHOPPING OUR STASH and the theme this week is COFFEE OR TEA.  I love both beverages, I drink coffee early in the mornings so I can fully wake up and start the day but I love tea in the afternoon, specially Orange Chamomile, soothing when it's piping hot and so refreshing when cold. Here is a card that I hope will inspire you to join my teammates and I in our gallery.


This adorable image is from a Power Poppy set called Short Stacks, I just love, love the sweet little parakeet, this colorful birds are so cute and come in the most amazing colors, I chose this bright yellow for mine today, very fresh and vibrant for Spring.
I stamped the image onto a die cut piece of Strathmore mixed media paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with my Sakura Koi water colors, adding a bit of shading with SU markers. The pattern paper is from a discontinued line from Lili of the Valley, ribbon and enamel dots from my stash.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Christmas Tea" and so is the little pot and cup.
I hope you go feel inspired to join us in the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery, for more inspiration, please go to our challenge blog and check out the awesome cards from my teammates, be sure to stop by 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.









Button It Up!!!!!

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Hello dear blogging friends: We have a new challenge for you to play with over at RETRO RUBBER, this time we want you to use BUTTONS in your creations, we can't wait to see what you share with us in our gallery. Here is my card that hope inspire you to play along.


I did not have any pretty buttons to make a card for this challenge, just the regular buttons like for shirts or blouses but nothing good enough to use here but, the other day I was at the craft store to get some supplies and, before I leave, I always check the bargain section at the end of the store, this time I found this beautiful buttons right there among other stuff in a small plastic bag, there are about 30 buttons of flowers, watering cans, hats and gardening tools for $1.00, I also found a flower and fence die for $3.00, I love a bargain, don't you?
Anyway, I stamped the leaf stem from the 2014 Stampin' Up! "Peaceful Petals", several times, masking the image as I went down the row, with Wild Wasabi ink, then, colored the leaves with Prismacolor pencils, I sponged some Wild Wasabi ink for the grass and some Tumbled Glass distress ink for the sky.  The little sign is made with THIS Purple Onion stamp trimming it to make just a sign I could hang from the fence with some copper wire.  The sentiment on it is from a 2009 retired Flourishes set called "Sweet Violets", (by Marcella Hawley) and the butterflies are from THIS CC Designs set that is discontinued.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


Both the sentiment and the little vase in the corner are from a 2013 Flourishes set (images by Marcella Hawley) called "Dahlias".
I hope this card inspires you to join my teammates and I at the RETRO RUBBER gallery, for more inspiration, hop over to the challenge and click on their creations, don't forget to leave them some comment love.
Please remember that the stamps you use to participate and have a chance to be picked as "Top Five" and have the chance to be our Guest Designer MUST BE OLDER THAN A YEAR, if you can give us the age of your stamps or how long you've had them, it would be fabulous.
Also, you can combine our challenge with up to 10 other challenges, including ours.
For more details on our simple rules, please check them out at the top of the challenge page.

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.