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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fast Pumpkin.....

Hello everyone: Ok, this card is the FASTEST card I've ever made in my life!!!!!  I mean, it took me literally 9 min. 43 sec. from start to finish. 
You might be wondering why I noted the time, right?  Well, it's because of the As You See It Challenge #160 "Haste makes Taste". The thing here is to make a card under 10min. 
I actually entered THIS CARD to the challenge before but, when I read the comment from one of the DT ladies I discovered that the challenge was about making your card under 10min. so I wrote to her apologizing for not reading the rules and removed my card.
But I thought this was a fun challenge to enter so I decided to give it another try by making this card just this morning.


Ok, in the rules of this challenge you are permitted to assemble all of your materials, from paper to inks, stamps, colors, etc. The trick for me was to find a set that had all I needed to do this quickly and I found it on the Verve set called "Bountiful Harvest". I also have card stock panels already cut in all the colors just so I can have them ready when I need them.
So, I set up my digital kitchen timer for 10 minutes, assembled all of my stuff, including the MISTI, on top of my table and went through the motions of what I was going to do.  First, I "designed" this card in my head and, when I was sure everything I needed was near me, I started the timer and went to work, I honestly was nervous, can you believe it? LOL!!.
First I die cut the front panel, then I stamped the pumpkin on a scrap piece of watercolor paper and the sentiment at the same time. I colored the little image rather quickly and assembled the front panel, with this done I went to work on the inside of my card.

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Here is a picture of the finished inside of this card, this also took me very little time, as you can see, it's super simple and I stamped both the sentiment and the leaves at the same time with the MISTI, glued the panels to the card base and BAM!! I was done!!!
9 minutes, 43 seconds, phew!! 



I'm entering this Fast Card in the following challenges.

As You See It Challenge #160, "Haste Makes Taste", 9 minutes 43 seconds.
Stamping Sensations October "Autumn Glory"

Addicted to CAS Challenge #122


Use Your Stuff Challenge #284 "Tis The Season for Pumpkin Spice"
I inked up the Verve stamp set for the first time in a long, long time.

Artistic Inspirations Challenge #188 "Creepy or 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.

Green Beauty.....

Hello everyone: There is a new challenge over at SHOPPING OUR STASH, this time we want to see ZOMBIES, WALKING CORPSES, ETC. we are trying to encourage you to add some fun Halloween cards to your stash so, here is my card and I hope it inspires you to join my teammates and me in the gallery.


Ain't she gorgeous? she is from Krafting Kimmie but I'm afraid this particular stamp is discontinued, I bought it a good 5 years ago.
So this time I did a mayor Shopping of my Stash to create this card. I used two leftover pieces of card stock, the one with the bats and the black one with the embossed Birch Trees from SU.  The spider web in the corner is also from SU, I just cut it in half and then in fourths.
The image is stamped on a piece of watercolor paper with Versafine ink and colored with Sakura Koy watercolors, I sponged a bit of Shabby Shutters and Black Soot distress inks all around this cutie pie.
The spider on the corner and the pumpkin she is holding are, believe it or not, confetti.

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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card. I always finish the inside to save me time when I need to mail my cards to family and friends. 


I used the other fourth of the cut our spider web and another little confetti spider, the sentiment is from a Stapin' Up! set called "Dark and Dreary", from the 2010 Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini.

So come and join my teammates and me in the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery, be sure to check out the rest of the cards the Designer Team created for your inspiration.
Leave us your comments, we love to hear what you think.
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, October 16, 2017

Ahh!! Spiders.....they are awesome!!!!!

Hello everyone: Sometimes I wish I would have started stamping sooner than I did, which is back in 2010 more or less. I often go to Pinterest for some inspiration which I always find but, I also find cards that totally stop me in my tracks and I sit here wanting to have the stamp set that was used to create them. If I'm lucky enough, the creator of the card gives the name of the set and that sends me on the hunt and, if it's current, it's easy to find but, when it's OLD, then it's more difficult.
Ahh!! but I'm stubborn as.....and, when I want something bad enough, I'll move Heaven and Earth until I get it, maybe that's the IronMan in me, who knows but this is the case of this two images on my card, I saw them therefore, I had to have them, thank goodness for Ebay!!!


Does any of you recognize this images? They belong to two different stamp sets.
The Spider is from a 2006 Stampin' Up! set called "Best Friends", the Cauldron is from a set of two stamps from a company called "Just Animals", which I never heard of.
Anywho, I wish I would have started stamping back in 2006 because I would have bought this set immediately but that was the year of my first Iron Man Triathlon so, all I did was train like crazy, every day for 10 months, which was great because I had a fantastic race.
So, I stamped both this images on watercolor paper with Versafine black ink and colored them with some SU markers and Sakura Koi watercolors. I sponged some black ink around them to make some smoke, LOL!! the sentiment is from my stash.
I'm going to be creating more cards with this fantastic images so I hope you can stop by the rest of the week to see them.
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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


The images here are both from a retired SU set called "Dark and Dreary" from the 2010 Holiday Mini catalog, love this images.

I want to enter this card onto the following challenges.

The Paper Players, I hope the "smoke" still makes this card CAS.

Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #113 "Halloween Hoopla"
Crafty Calendar Challenge October challenge "Halloween"
The Crazy Challenge "Halloween"

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, October 15, 2017

A Little Reminder.....

Hello dear friends: All of us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE are so happy to see all of your beautiful cards in our gallery, thank you so much for helping us celebrate our First Birthday.  We are half way there so, my teammates and I have a bit more inspiration for you on the blog, please read the rules for this challenge carefully, there are some awesome prizes up for grabs so, good luck to all!!
Here is my card, hope to see you in the gallery.


For my reminder card, I chose another gorgeous image from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley called DYNAMIC DUOS.  She is one of our fabulous sponsors and I'm ever so thankful she agreed to donate a $30.00 gift card to her on line store. 
I stamped this Tulips on watercolor paper with Versafine black ink and colored them with Sakura Koi watercolors, I added some highlights with Prismacolor pencils. I sponged a bit of Spiced Marmalade on the outline placing the die cut back on the die to get that pretty frame effect.
The Sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called Simply Camellias, I love the font.
The pattern paper is from The Paper Studio, the ribbon, from my stash.
I placed a few Nuvo Drops around just because I love the way they look.

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Here is a picture of the finish inside of my card.  Sometimes some of you think it's another card but it's really the inside. I decided in January of this year to finish the insides of every card I make, it saves me a ton of time when I need to mail them.


Sentiment is from the Dynamic Duos set, the little Tulips from a retired Flourishes set called "From the Garden", I colored this image with Prismacolor pencils.

Here is the banner for this challenge, please add it to your post. Also, don't forget to READ THE RULES for this challenge so you can upload your creation to the gallery and have a chance to win one of the awesome prices we have for you.


Please hop over THE FLOWER CHALLENGE blog to see my teammates awesome creations.
We all hope to see you in the gallery.
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.




Pumpkin Season.....got to love it!!!!!

Hello everyone: Love Autumn and everything that it offers.....colors, weather, sweaters, pumpkin patches, baking and even racking gazillions of leaves. 
My card has some of my favorite pumpkin images from an old Flourishes set called "A Season of Thanks", I will link it to a few challenges at the end of this post.


I stamped the image on a panel of watercolor paper with Stazon black ink and colored with SU markers. I love the retired Pumpkin Pie ink to color pumpkins, I don't think there is any other color that is as close as the real thing, thank goodness I have a reinker, which I treasure.
The sentiment is from this set.

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Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card. I made a commitment back in January to always finish the inside, now I don't even think twice, this saves me a ton of time when I mail them.


The sentiment and little pumpkin are also from this set, I just stamped the small pumpkin inking it with my SU marker.

I'm linking this card to the following challenges.

 

Color Throwdown (I hope that the black shade under the image and the black frame around the panel counts.😉

Alphabet Challenge "P" is for Pumpkins. 

QRK Stampede Challenge #265 "Pumpkins or Anything Goes"

Crafty Friends Challenge #68 "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.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Mini and Mighty.....

Hello everyone: I think this is the first time I post a card that is really small, this is maybe not an actual card but a note, something that I can tuck inside my hubby's lunch box Monday morning.
I will link this card/note to a few challenges at the end of this post.


This note card measures 3 1/4 x 3 1/4. The image is from a Power Poppy set called Sunny Harvest, I partially stamped it on watercolor paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with SU markers. The sentiment is from the set.

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Here is a picture of the finished inside of this note card.


Both sentiment and flower are from the set.

I'm linking this note card to the following challenges.



Muse Challenge #237 Our Muse is Tracey M. McNeely.


Moving Along With The Times Challenge #56 "Autumn/Fall"
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #372 "Fall"

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, October 11, 2017

Haunting with Horace.....

Hello everyone: I'm so getting in the mood for Halloween so I'm making a few more cards for my stash to send out to family and friends, near and far.
I'm linking this card to a few challenges at the end of this post.


This handsome fella is a NBUS stamp from Kraftin Kimmie, I don't know why I haven't used it before, he is quite a looker, all dressed up and ready for some haunting fun.
I stamped the image on watercolor paper with Versafine black ink and colored with my SU markers.
The pattern paper is from my Halloween stash, the bats are die cut but I don't know where the die came from, might be from Cherry Lynn. I added a bit of Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Diamonds for the eyes, hope you can see it.

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This is a picture of the finished inside of my card. It's not a second card, just wanted to make sure to clarify this because of the challenges I'm entering.


The sentiment is from Inkadinkado and the black cat and spider web are from a retired SU set called "Bite Me"
I'm linking this card to the following challenges.

Cardz 4 Guys Challenge #180 "Boo/Halloween or Autumn Thank You"
Crafty Sentiments Designs "Halloween/Fall Challenge"
Tiddly Inks Challenge #206 "SpookaBoo!"
Try it on Tuesday "It's Halloween Time"


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.