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Friday, April 20, 2018

My Furry Friend.....

Hello everyone: I'm very happy to announce that I finally learned to work the new printer, mind you.....I'm still a bit apprehensive about certain features but all I wanted was to be able to re-size and print digital images.
This sweet and endearing one is from Mo's Digital Pencil and it's called Mummu's Kissa, love this scene, the kitty rubbing against her leg, purring and she looking down at her furry friend with absolute love in her eyes. I didn't want to add a sentiment or even the word "FRIEND", I think this image shouts that word loud and clear on it's own.


I printed the image on water color paper and actually let it dry overnight, I was concerned about the ink bleeding when I used some water colors and Prismacolor pencils. 

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Sassy Succulents, the kitty at the bottom is from a retired Stampin' Up! set called "Sitting Here", the lace at the top is from another retired SU set called "Delicate Details".

I'm entering this card in the following challenges.

Double D Challenge the theme is FRIENDSHIP.

The Cutie Pie Challenge #122 "Delightful Digis"

Get Creative Challenges #68 "No Pattern Paper"

2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #13 "Anything Goes with a Critter"

CCC Digi Creations Challenge #91 "Include an Animal"

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, April 19, 2018

Oh Rats!!!!! Twofer fun #4.....

Hello everybody: I have a couple of more cards for the awesome TWOFER CARD CHALLENGE #4. This time, the gals want to see cards with pets in them so, here are mine.


I personally never had a rat for a pet but I know that they are kept for that purpose by some people and the Katzelkraft rats are some of the cutest.
This image is from a stamp set called Les Rats de Ville and each image is just so darn fabulous.

Here are some individual pictures of my cards. The first one is a Birthday card, stamped with Stazon black ink and colored with Prismacolor pencils. The balloon is a die cut and the sentiments are from a retired Flourishes set called "Pinwheels and Popsicles".


This is how the INSIDE of this card looks like.

 

Sentiment is from Hero Arts called "Happy Today", fireworks from a set called PYROTECHNICS.

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For my second card I made one that could be a Valentine or a "Just Because....." card.
The sentiment is from Penny Black and I think the words "this much" are from a set by "Your Next Stamp", but it's so old I really can't remember.
The grass and flowers are from Arts Impressions.


And this is how the INSIDE of this card looks like.


The sentiment and the little flowers in the corner are from a retired Flourishes set called "Picking Wild Flowers"

So I hope you like my Rat cards, I know my friend Sonny Peterson is going to be thrilled about this post, right my friend? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I'm entering this cards to the following challenges.


Mod Squad Challenge Birthday card with a Balloon in it.

Everybody Art Challenge #423 "Use a Die"

2 Crafty Critter Crazies "Must have a Critter"


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 17, 2018

One of a Kind.....

Hello everyone: The SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge has a new one for you to play with this week, our theme is "Hey Dude" which means "MASCULINE CARDS".  I must confess I always have a bit of trouble creating cards for guys, especially teens, oh my goodness!!! It's so hard because you can't really make a card with teddy bears or little trains anymore, ask me how I know this and I will tell you that, my grandsons grew out of the cute kid's cards a while ago so, I decided to use my one and only teen boy image from Penny Black called VIDEO BOY, as a rubber stamp and here is the link for the DIGITAL IMAGE, just in case you just want to print it anytime you need to, I just adore the intense look on this kid's face, totally concentrating on whatever game his is playing, I bet he is darn good at it too!!


I stamped the image on water color paper with Stazon black in and colored with a few SU markers, his sweet face is colored with a Crayola marker that I treasure because it's the only marker that gives me the skin tone I want, I can make it darker for shading by applying a bit more where needed, I gave him a bit of blush on his cheeks with a cotton swab and a bit of red chalk.
I colored his hair with my black Prismacolor pencil adding a bit of the white pencil for the shine.
The pattern paper is from MODASCRAP and it's called "Wood Effect", which apparently is sold out at the moment so I hope they bring it back because it's beautiful.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


I really couldn't find a sentiment for a teen boy in my stash so I just added this one from a Power Poppy set called Sassy Succulents (the little sentiment on the front of the card is from the same set.)
I decided to stamp just the bag of chips, soda can and chocolate bar from the Video Boy image to decorate the inside, I colored this with Prismacolor pencils.

So, I hope you get inspired to join my teammates and me at the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery, this challenge will help you create those masculine cards we all need at times.
For more inspiration, visit my teammates blogs, you'll be happy you did.

I would like to play with the following challenges.

MOO-MANIA "Masculine"

Inspire.Create Challenges #015 "Masculine"

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, April 16, 2018

I Believe in Fairies.....

Hello everybody: Who doesn't love Fairies?? I know I do and, every time I make a Fairy card, I want to believe this magical, ethereal little creatures are out there, somewhere, unseen by humans, living happily on my flower beds and in the back yard's bushes and trees. 


This sweet image is from a stamp set called The Beauty of Jasmine from the collection "The Flower Fairies" by Cicely Mary Barker. I love all of these sweet and beautiful images.
I stamped the flowers (I know Jasmine flowers are white or off white but I wanted a little splash of color) and the Fairy on water color paper with Versafine black ink and heat clear embossed it then colored it with SU markers. I sponged a bit of  Shabby Shutters distress ink on the panel and stamped some dots with the retired SU set called "Gorgeous Grunge" I added Wink of Stella to the wings but, you know how hard it is to photograph this stuff. The sentiment is from a Kraftin Kimmie set.

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Here is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a retired Flourishes set called "Orchids" and it's my favorite one to add to my Fairy cards, the sprig of Lavender and butterfly are from the Fairy set.

I would like to enter the following challenges.


Do-Al(l) Kreatives Challenge #16 "Pastel Colors"


Sweet Stampers Challenge #19 "To Cute"

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single message 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, April 15, 2018

Water Lilies.....


Hello dear blogging friends: This is a friendly reminder from THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, we are at the half point mark for the SHAPE CARDS CHALLENGE in which we are asking you to create cards with other fun shapes besides squares and rectangles.
So this is my Designer Team card that I created using the diamond fold technique, following THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL I found on Linda Bauwin's blog called STAMPING WITH LINDA.


This images are from a retired Flourishes set called "Water Lilies" and it's truly beautiful. I stamped the image on watercolor paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with Sakura Koi watercolors, SU markers and Prismacolor pencils. The sentiment is from the set.  I stamped the big and small Lily Pads on the side panels and then, stamped the Lotus buds on scrap pieces of watercolor paper, colored them the same way and fussy cut them, propping them up with foam dimensionals.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The brad holds this little door to the main panel so you just swing it open to read the sentiment.
There is enough room in the "inside" panel to write a short little message.

I would like to play along with the following challenges.

Quick Quotes Challenge #86 Theme "Include a Fold"

All Sorts Challenge Week #463 "Spring Flowers or Showers"

So there you have it, I hope this inspires you to come and play along with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE gallery, we can't wait to see what you create.

Please read our rules, remember FLOWERS should be the main focus on your cards.
You can enter up to six challenges, including ours.
And please, add our banner to your blog post.

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.

A very CAS Christmas.....

Hello everyone: I have another simple Christmas card to add to my growing stash, I will play along with a few challenges at the end of this post.


This image is from a 2013 WPLUS 9 set called WOODLAND WREATHS (out of stock at a the moment). I haven't used this set in a long while so I'm bringing it back from obscurity as well as some old Champagne color Rhine Stones (I had to pick the ones that are not loosing their color backing) and some pearls rarely used.
The twine is from my stash.
Super simple card, the sentiment is from a 2015 Power Poppy set called COZY CUPFULS.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like. 


Here, I'm bringing back a retired 2013-2014 SU Christmas set called "Joy to the World", the pine needles and pine cones are from a Power Poppy set called MERRY LITTLES.

I would like to enter this card to the following challenges.


The Merry Christmas Challenge #15 "Anything Goes/optional theme Christmas Trees.

DOUBLE D CHALLENGE Theme "Twine"


Brown Sugar Challenge #277 Pearls or Mother's Day Theme.

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, April 13, 2018

Twofer Fun #4 with the Kats.....

Hi there, everyone: I have a couple of cards to share with you for the Twofer Card Challenge #4 in which Darnell and the team are asking us to create two cards, for different occasions using the same stamps or dies, the prompt word this time is PETS so, here is my take on this challenge, using a couple of my Kaztlekraft adorable kitty images.


I must say that I'm an animal lover person, when our daughters were young, we had our share of both kitties and doggies in our house plus hamsters, frogs, fish, mice, and quite a few backyard birds and ducklings and bunnies that were rescued as little babies and raised by us and then, let go free. 
 These cats are from a Katzelkraft set called "Russian Cats",  these images are all fun and fabulous, you can really create all kinds of cards by just changing the sentiment.
I stamped these kitties on watercolor paper with Stazon black in and colored them with SU markers.
All the accessories and sentiments are from several stamp sets that were perfect for the themes on my cards, I love it when I can use a whole bunch of stamps from my treasured stash.

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Here are some individual pictures of the cards.



The pattern paper on this card is from MODASCRAP and it's called "Wood Effect", the gifts are from a retired Flourishes set called "All Wrapped Up!", the little cup cake is from a Penny Black set called "Cupcakes" (temporarily out of stock ๐Ÿ˜ž)
The sentiment is from two Power Poppy sets, I just added a couple of extra "O's" and "U's" to the words to make sure you guys know this kitty is singing his little heart out.
The hats were handmade with some scraps of glitter and foil papers.

This is how the INSIDE this card looks like.


The sentiment and the little horn are from a Power Poppy set called "Marcella's Mixed Tape 2"

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This is my second card, using the same cats, I just added a table from the retired SU set called "Scenes from a Garden", a couple of little Santa's hats for the kitties from the Power Poppy set called Merry Littles  and a line of die cut Christmas Lights from Whimsy Stamps, hope you can see the Glossy Accents on them. The Sentiment and the musical notes the kitty is singing are from a Stamping Bella set called "Caroling Chicks , the same gifts from Flourishes. Colored everything with SU markers and added Dazzling Details to the pom poms and rim of the hats.


This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Ponsettia, the little gift from "Merry Littles"

I would like to enter these cards on the following challenges.


Aud Sentiments Challenge #201 "Happy Birthday"

CCEE Stampers Challenge #1815 "National Pet Day"

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #463 "Christmas"

Seize the Birthday "Vibrant Colors"

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 10, 2018

We're in this Together.....


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Hello everyone: They say that April Showers bring May flowers but up here all we've seen is snow, shigh!! I'm just hoping that Spring comes soon with a bit warmer weather, I'm very tired of the cold, gray days and I've just about had it with snow!!
Anywho, here is the card I created for the new challenge at RETRO RUBBER, hope you get inspired to join my teammates and me in the gallery.


This image is from a 2014-2015 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog called "In This Together", I just love these pretty girl images all decked up and styling.
I stamped this image on watercolor paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with SU markers, the pink pattern paper is from a retired line from Lili of the Valley, the other graphic one is from my stash. I added some Rhine Stones to the opposite corners for some bling, the umbrella top was stamped on a piece of pattern paper and fussy cut then, popped up with small dimenssionals.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.



The sentiment is from a 2014 Power Poppy set called Sassy Succulents, which contains some of the cutest little succulents I've seen, beautifully detailed and simply adorable.
The flower in the corner is from a retired SU set called "Fast and Fabulous" from the 2010-2011 idea book and catalog, I love the double stamping on these images.

So there you have it, I hope you got inspired to come and play along with us at the RETRO RUBBER gallery with my teammates and I, we can't wait to see what you create.

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.




Take Your #Selfie to the Beach.....

Hello everyone: We are well in April here but there is no signs of Spring, let alone Summer around, it's cold and snowing up  here in Crown Point, IN. I just hope my Tulips and Daffodils are not going to freeze, their green leaves are above ground, poor things, but they are resilient, that's for sure.
Anywho, I have a card to share with you today for the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge this week, we all want you guys to go to the Beach, even if it's only in your mind.


This image is from a Power Poppy set called Best Day Ever and, as you can see, just looking at it makes you feel warm and dreaming.
I stamped the images on watercolor paper with Versafine black ink and clear heat emboss it, then colored it with SU markers, the hook, keys and camera were fussy cut. The sentiment is from the set.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is also from the set, the shells are from a retired Flourishes set called "Seaside Life"

So I hope you feel inspired to come and play along with us at SHOPPING OUR STASH, don't forget to go take a peek at my teammates' blogs and see their fabulous 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.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

No Squares, No Rectangles, ok?.....


Hello everyone: My teammates and I have a new challenge for you to play with over at THE FLOWER CHALLENGEgallery, this time the theme is "SHAPED CARDS", this means for you to use any other shape except RECTANGLES OR SQUARES.  Make it an oval, circle, triangle, heart, hexagon, etc. you get the picture. So here is my card to inspire you to come and play along.


This image is from a Flourishes set called "Tulips for Friends" it's retired, but now, Power Poppy has a new version of this same image in a Photopolymer stamp set called Loving Tulips.
I stamped this image on a die cut piece of Strathmore 140lb. watercolor paper with Versafine black ink and clear heat emboss it then, colored it with SU markers and an aqua painter.
The black lacy oval was cut with the Spellbinders die set called Oval Regalia, I cut two pieces with black card stock and glue the top part for a hinge, it worked better than I thought. 

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment and the flowers in the bottle are from the Power Poppy set called Go Wild.

So I hope you feel inspired to join us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE gallery, and for more inspiration please check out the amazing projects of my teammates, go to their blogs to see how they created them and leave them some comment love.

A2Z Scrapbooking linky party April challenge "Flower Power"

Always Happy Birthday Challenge "Anything Goes/option Balloons"

Card Mania Challenge #103 "Spring"

Delicious Doodles Challenges "April, Anything but a Square"

Just For Fun Challenges "Spring 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.



Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Tiniest Things.....

Hello everyone: Once again there is a new challenge over at SHOPPING OUR STASH for your crafting enjoyment and this time, we are asking you to create a card using BLACK AND WHITE + ONE MORE COLOR. Here is my card and I hope it inspires you to join us in the gallery.


This was a simple and quick card, the flowers were die cut with the fabulous "Botanical Blooms" from Stampin' Up! (retired๐Ÿ˜•) The Butterfly is from another sadly retired SU set called "Papillon Potpourri", colored with a So Saffron marker, the sentiment is from a retired Flourishes set called "Hummingbirds".

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from the "Hummingbirds" set and the flowers from an Altenew set called Moments in Time.

So I hope you get inspired to come and join us in the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery. Don't forget to stop by my teamies' blogs to get more fabulous inspiration from them.

I would like to play with the following challenges.

Get Creative Challenges "No Pattern Paper"

Whoopsi Daisy Challenge "Anything Goes with option of Flowers"

Crafty Catz Challenge #410 "Anything Goes/Use your old stash"
These dies are 2 years old.

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, April 1, 2018

Enchanted Nap.....

Hello again everyone: I have another card done with my amazing collection of Fairy rubber stamps.
I made THIS CARD on March 26th. with another image from this awesome and beautiful Fairies.
I'm slipping under the radar here to link this card to the Double D Challenge  so I hope that I can make the dead line with this card.


I was given this amazing collection of plain rubber stamps by my dear aunt, she found them at a thrift store and got the whole lot of 25 for $10.00.
I stamped this image on water color paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with some SU markers and Sakura Koi watercolors.
As I was putting some shade on the mushroom cap, I smeared black ink on the Fairy's dress, I was just staring at this black stain and I knew right there it was not going anywhere so, in an effort to save the rest of my panel, I went to my drawer of pattern papers and found a piece of one with some really pretty shades of blue and golden yellow so, I stamped the Fairy's image on this paper and fussy cut the dress and the small piece by her face, it was either this or trash the card, I think it looks ok, right?


In this picture I hope you can see the shimmer of the Wink of Stella I added to the Fairy's dress, wings, a bit on her hair and her arm, after all, Fairies are totally covered in Fairy Dust, you know this! I also added some Crystal Effects to the drops of water hanging on the spider web and, of course, on the one that will drop any second now to wake this sweet Fairy from her nap.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is my favorite to add to my Fairy cards, the flower image from my stash of unknowns.

I would like to enter the following challenges.


Crafting With Friends Challenge #64 "Anything Goes"

Kitty Bee Designs Challenge #115 "Spring"


Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge Week #13 "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, March 27, 2018

Hello Frankie!!!!!


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Hello everyone: Even if Spring is only beginning, I'm making some Halloween cards for my stash, I tend to neglect this fun season and then, I'm press for time to make my cards for family and friends. The RETRO RUBBER has the ever so popular "ANYTHING GOES" challenge for you guys to play along with so, here is my card that I hope will inspire you to join us in the gallery.


This totally fun and awesome image is from a 2006 Stampin' Up! set called "Best Friends" (this is the link to the Splitcoaststampers Stampin' Up! gallery for this particular set) and let me tell you, I wish someone would bring back this over the top fabulous stamp set, which came out waaaaay before I started stamping, otherwise I would have bought it on the spot!!!!!
How did I manage to snag this set you might ask?? well, I saw one of the images on Pinterest, I follow the trail and fortunately, the lady who used this set mentioned the name and with this little piece of information, I went on a wild hunt trying to find it and find it I did on Ebay. When I saw it I immediately bought it and the good thing about it is that it was super affordable for being such an old set so, here is Frankie in all it's glory, ready to go Trick or Treating around the neighborhood.
I stamped him on watercolor paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with Sakura Koy watercolors, I love the neon shades that give his "sweet" face that fabulous green glow and, since his t-shirt says "I Love Bats", I stamped this little bat, from Kraftin Kimmie, on Frankie's head.
The pattern papers are from my stash.

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Here is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The spider web, spider and sentiment are from another retired SU set called, what else.....""Bite Me", it came out in September of 2013.

So there you have it, another Halloween card for my stash created at the start of Spring, fun, eh?
So I hope you get inspired to come and play along with my awesome teammates and I in the RETRO RUBBER gallery.  Remember to make sure YOUR STAMPS ARE OVER ONE YEAR OLD and also please, tell us how long you've had them.

I would like to play along with the following challenges.

Crazy 4 Challenges #427 "Cards with Children's Theme" Fun Halloween.

Hiding in my Craft Room "Any Holiday" 

heARTful STamping "Anything Goes + a Stamp"

Crafty Friends Challenge #80 "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.



A NO INK CARD.....

Hello everyone: Once again, my teammates and I at SHOPPING OUR STASH, have a new challenge for you to play with this coming week, this time the theme is NO INK, this means, no markers, no ink pads, no re-inkers, etc. you get the picture, right? Pencils, like Prismacolors or any other kind of pencils, are allowed since they don't have any ink on them, so, here is my card that I hope will inspire you to come and join us in our gallery.


I don't usually create cards that do not have some kind of stamped image which I color with markers or watercolors so, this challenge is a bit out of my comfort zone. Then, I saw THIS LOVELY CARD on Pinterest so I decided to CASE it, thank you so much DeAnn Rauzi.
All I used here are dies from the "Pretty Pines" set from Stampin' Up!, (retired), I cut the pine cones with some silver glimmer paper and then, the back of them was die cut in plain white, I added a silver thread bow and unraveled it to give it an airy look.
The "Peace" word was cut with one of the dies on the Penny Black set called Love and Joy with a piece of blue cardstock, the pine branches with the Pretty Pines die set.
I also cut a piece of Vellum and embossed it with the "Pine Bough" embossing folder for a bit of texture, I love how Vellum looks when you dry emboss it. The pattern paper is from my stash.

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Here is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


I cut the word "Love" with the same Penny Black dies in blue and pine branch with the same "Pretty Pines" die set with silver glimmer paper.

I would like to play along with the following challenges.


The Crazy Challenge #271 "Use Glitter"

The Paper Girls Challenge #148 "Embossing"

Dragonfly Dreams "All That Glitters"

Hiding in my Craft Room Challenge #345 "Any Holiday"


I hope my card inspires you to come and play along with us at the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery, my teammates and I can't wait to see what you create.

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.