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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tiny Clothes Line.....

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Hello everyone: Once again the RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE has a fun and versatile sketch for you to play with, here's the card I made and I hope it will inspire you to come and play along.


It's been a while since I made a baby card so I went into my collection of baby stamp sets and found this one from Flourishes called "Hello Baby" dating back from April of 2012, this set has the sweetest images and sentiments for babies.
I stamped this cute clothes line on a die cut piece of watercolor paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with SU markers, I sponged the sky and grass with distress inks.
The sentiment is from another adorable Flourishes set called "Baby Love" stamped on a die cut banner from Spellbinders.  The little Rocking Horse came in a bag of baby buttons, I just snipped the back to be able to attach it with a glue dot to the card.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from the "Hello Baby" set, and the baby rattle from the "Baby Love" set that came out back in August of 2009, I always bought my Flourishes sets right when they were available for purchase, didn't want to risk missing out on them.

I hope you come and play with us at the RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE and make sure you stop by to see what my teammates created to inspire you.

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.

Picking Wild Flowers.....


Hello everyone: I'm back blogging after taking a few days off, I needed this time to get some things taken care of, my mind was not feeling creative, my MOJO was hiding somewhere so I figured that maybe I needed to step out of my craft room and recharge.
 I'm here today with a card that I hope will inspire you to come and play along with my teammates and me at SHOPPING OUR STASH.  This week our challenge is "April Showers Bring May Flowers" so we want to see lots of flowers in our gallery.


I created this card with an image from a Power Poppy set called GO WILD.  First I cut a tag using the retired SU "Scalloped Tag Punch", I then embossed it using the SU "Filigree Frames" folder, stamped the image with Stazon black in and colored it with Sakura Koi watercolors.
The pattern paper and gold accents are from my stash. I also added a bow made with embroidery thread and a few Nuvo Drops, I saw THIS VIDEO BY THERESE CALVRID on how to achieve the best looking Nuvo Drops ever!! I've practiced and I think I have learned how to do this, the trick is, I think, on how you hold your Nuvo Drop bottle, the nozzle must be perpendicular to the paper where you will drop the liquid, hope the video helps you guys create these pretty embellishments easier.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Picking Wild Flowers", the little cupcake from a Penny Black set called "CUPCAKES".

I hope you come and play with us at SHOPPING OUR STASH, 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.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A Little Reminder.....


Hello everyone: THE FLOWER CHALLENGE has reached it's halfway point so, here's my second card for this challenge in which we're asking you to create a card using either Vellum or Acetate.
I created my first card with Vellum so, I wanted to give the Acetate a try.  After a few failed attempts at actually stamping on it, I decided to just create a window using it.  I hope the glare of the lights are not as noticeable, it was a real pickle to take this picture😕


I have this beautiful paper that I get when I buy stamp sets from POWER POPPY, Marcella Hawley always wraps the sets with this lovely paper and I save those strips every time, this one came in real handy as a background for my card.
The die cut flower is from a very old die set from Sizzix called "Flower Lily" but unfortunately it's discontinued😢
I used a piece of watercolor paper to die cut it and then, sponged the flower with Distress Inks and colored the stamen with SU markers. The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Dynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called Sunny Harvest.

I would like to play along with the following challenges.

Dare 2BArtzy May Challenge "Dreaming of Flowers"


Make My Monday Challenge #71 "Hints of Summer to Come"

The Paper Girls Challenge #151 "Friendship"

I hope you come and take a peek at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE reminder post to see the gorgeous creations my teammates have to inspire you and then, come and play along.

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 8, 2018

French Flower Cart.....


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Hello everyone: Finally!!! Spring is Here!! (Hopefully to stay) and since after the April Showers come May Flowers here's the theme and inspiration photo over at RETRO RUBBER for you to play with this time.
My card is from "I Brake for Stamps" and it's called French Flower Cart, I love the beautiful flower pots and the fresh flowers in them. The cart with its umbrella is just so sweet.
This stamp dates back to 2015, I'm so happy I wrote the year when I bought it in the back of the plain rubber stamp.


I stamped this image on some watercolor paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with SU markers and Sakura Koy watercolors. The ribbon and twine are from my stash.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.



The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Tulips for Friends"(bought it when it came out in 2013, discontinued) and the border on the top is from a retired SU set called "Bordering Blooms" from the 2014-2015 SU annual catalog.

I hope you get inspired to come and play with us at RETRO RUBBER, please don't forget to use at least ONE STAMP THAT IS OLDER THAN ONE YEAR and let us know how old is it, ok? 
Also, visit my teammates' blogs for more awesome inspiration.

I would like to play along with the following challenges.

CCC Digi Creations Challenge #92 "Flower Power"

Craft-Dee BowZ Anything goes, include a handmade bow.



Let's Craft and Create Challenge #137 "Anything Goes option Lace, Ribbon or Twine"

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.







On Butterfly Wings.....

Hello everyone: It's time for another SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge so, for the next week our theme is BUTTERFLIES. Here is my card that hope will inspire you to play along.


This butterflies were stamped with the retired Stampin' Up! set called "Papillon Potpourri", love it fro the beautiful images but also, because it has the coordinating punch for both sizes of butterflies.
I stamped the images on white card stock and sponged each one with a different color of distress inks then, I used Prismacolor pencils for the shading.  
I punched them out and adhered them with glue dots to the card, the pattern paper is from a discontinued line from Lili of the Valley.
The sentiment is from my stash where I put them when I change my mind, they are very handy to have around, I sponged the oval with the same inks as my butterflies.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called Gerbera Daisies.

I hope you play along with us over at the SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge, for more inspiration, visit the blogs of my teammates to check out their beautiful creations.

I would like to play along with the following challenges.


Daisy Chain Challenges #19 "Animals"

Pearly Sparkles Challenge "Things with Wings"

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 4, 2018

Vellum Golden Garden.....


Hello everyone: I'm sharing a card today with you for THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, this time the theme for this month is ACETATE/VELLUM.  I hope you come and join my teammates and me in our gallery, here's my card to inspire you to play along.


I choose to work with Vellum so I stamped this flowers from the Altenew acrylic set called GOLDEN GARDEN, I like the sketchy look on all of these images.
I grabbed a piece of pink Vellum and stamped the images with Versamark ink and then heat embossed them with White Pearl embossing powder from WOW.  I've been having a lot of fun coloring with my Prismacolor pencils so I decided to use them to add some shading and color to these flowers. After they were colored I fussy cut them and using a mask, stamped the greenery and berries on my panel, the sentiment is from an old set from Flourishes.

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Here is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The decorative border is from a retired SU set called "Delicate Details", the flower is from the Altenew set and the sentiment from the Flourishes set.

I hope you feel inspired to come and play along with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, please remember to read our rules and don't forget to display the banner for this challenge on your blog when you upload your cards to 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.



Thursday, May 3, 2018

A Prismacolor Azalea.....

Hello everyone: Lately, I've been having a lot of fun playing with my Prismacolor pencils, I'm getting more and more comfortable with them, I really love the way they lay on the paper, especially gray and Kraft card stock.  This card will be entered in a few challenges at the end of this post.


This beautiful image is from a Power Poppy set called AZALEA. I stamped the image on Ninah Smooth Desert Storm card stock with Antique Linen distress ink and colored with Prismacolor pencils, I wanted to try the No Line Technique on this One Layer Card.
The Butterfly is from my stash and it was stamped with Tumbled Glass distress ink, colored with Prismacolors and heat embossed, I hope you can see the shine, the word "Azalea" was also heat embossed but the picture doesn't capture that, I apologize.

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This is how the INSIDE of my card looks like.


The sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called SHORT STACKS, the flower from the Azalea set.
I will enter this card in the following challenges.




Ellibelle's Creative Moments May Challenge "For Girls Only"

Fab and Funky Challenges "Embossing Wet or Dry" I heat embossed the butterfly and the sentiment.

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.