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Friday, December 15, 2017

A Little Reminder.....

Hello everyone: We have come to the half way point at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE "Anything but a Card" challenge so, here I am with a fun, and easy project for you that can be useful at the same time. Hope it gets you inspired to join my teammates and me in our gallery.


This is a Handmade Card and Tag holder that can later be used as a pretty organizer for your work desk. You can put pencils, pens, note pads, etc. 
You can see the VIDEO HERE, Angelina has the measurements for this project and easy to follow directions on her video.  
She also provides the link to the tags on her project so CLICK HERE to see how she made her tags, of course you can decorate this project in any way you want to and fit it to any occasion or season.
The flower on the front panel of this greeting card and tag holder is an Amaryllis, which is a flower you also see during the Holidays.
I hope you come and join us and play along, this projects are fun and easy to create and make super gifts for teachers, although I think anyone would be thrilled to receive one.

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, December 12, 2017

Holiday Tags for SOS.....

Hello everyone: I've been absent for a while taking care of some family issues but now, I'm very happy to be back doing this that I love so much.
The SHOPPING OUR STASH challenge blog has a new theme for you to play with that I'm sure will help you a lot as the Holidays approach fast.
The theme is TAGS, which we all need to put them on our gifts under the Christmas Tree.
Here are a couple I made to inspire you to join my teammates and I in our gallery.


This tags are made with a favorite and sadly retired Stampin' Up! set called "Winter Memories".
I just made the tags with the SU "Scalloped Tag Punch", decorated each panel with an embossing folder, stamped my images and colored them with Prismacolor pencils.
The ribbon and gold thread are from my stash.  I plan to make more tags with other pretty images, the recipients of the gifts will surely love them.
On the inside there is enough room to write the name of the recipient and who is the gift from.

I hope you decide to come and play with us at the SHOPPING OUR STASH CHALLENGE, this tags can be easily mass produced with the MISTI and colored with any medium you'd like. 

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, December 4, 2017

Ceramic Tile Coasters.....

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Hello everyone: The new challenge at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE  is to make "ANYTHING BUT A CARD".  Now, that means you can make any project as long as FLOWERS are the main focus.
Some time ago while browsing Pinterest, I saw THIS VIDEO  by Tami White and Vanessa Brown about how to make beautiful coasters with ceramic tiles and stamped images, I thought it was simply amazing, beautiful and easy to do so I decided to give it a try.  I went to my local Home Depot (or any store of this type) to look for the tiles and I found them with no trouble and here are the tiles I made with them.




I followed the directions Tami gave on the video, I cleaned the dust from the tiles and stamped the images with Stazon black ink, I was amazed at how clearly the images were on the tile.
Then I colored with a set of chalks I had and never really used until now.
The images are from a set from Flourishes that has the flowers of each month, I really love how they look all colored, so very pretty. I stamped all 12 months and put little rubber feet on the other side, they really are waterproof after a couple of coats of the clear acrylic sealant.
I truly love the way they came out, it's simple and easy and fast, each tile took me like 10 minutes to color, the drying time of the two coats of sealant took longer. I do recommend you take your tiles outside to spray, or if it's cold or raining, take them to the garage for proper ventilation.
There is a second video that you can watch HERE with more samples.

So I hope this inspires you to do this project or, for more inspiration go check out what my teammates created at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE blog and leave them some comment love.

When you upload your project, please include the logo for this challenge, you can copy and paste it from the one at the top of my post.
Please read our rules, they are simple but important, and come and play along with us in our gallery, 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, November 28, 2017

Snowbuddy Likes You.....

Hello crafty friends: It's time for a new challenge over at SHOPPING OUR STASH, the theme is SNOW or anything that has to do with it, this is another chance for you to increase your Holiday card stash so, get busy and join my teammates and I in our gallery.
This is the card I made to inspire you to play along.


These cute little characters and the fence are from Purple Onion Designs, Snowy the Winter OwlWinterberry (Small Snowman) and Snowy Fence, I did a bit of masking to stamp the Snowman in front of the fence, easy peasy.
Colored with Sakura Koi water colors.
I used a Snow Fall stencil to apply Ranger Texture Paste Opaque over my panel and on the fence and ground, I found 4 leftover snowflakes I've cut for another project and added them to the corners with glue dots, I also placed a Rhine Stone in the center of each for a bit of bling.
The sentiment is from a retired SU set called "Snow Much Fun".

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I always finish the inside of my cards, this saves me a lot of time when I need to mail them.


Both the sentiment and the little bird are from the same SU set.

So I hope you hop over the SHOPPING OUR STASH blog to get more inspiration from my teammates and come on 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.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Little Reminder.....

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Hello everyone: My teammates and I at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, want to thank everyone who participated in our First Anniversary Challenge.  The gallery was full of gorgeous cards, featuring all kinds of styles and techniques, we had such a great time looking at them, visiting your blogs and leaving you some comment love.  We enlisted the help of Mr. Random Number Generator to pick the winners of the prizes we had for you and I hope you will enjoy your goodies when they arrive if they haven't arrived already.  Thank you, thank you for making this challenge blog a success in our first year, we couldn't have done it without you.
So, here we go with our challenge for the month of November.  This time we want to see CAS cards.
Here is mine and I hope it inspires you to come and play along with us.


I must confess I'm still not very comfortable with the CAS style, I always hesitate about submitting my cards because I feel there is something missing.  In a CAS card there has to be a lot of "empty" space, no embellishments and a main image that leaves enough area around, I hope my sentiment didn't clutter the panel.
This image is from an old Flourishes set called Magnolias, love this amazingly fragrant flowers.
I decided to try to "color" this flowers with just my Black and White Prismacolor pencils after I watched THIS VIDEO, I thought it was a beautiful technique so I decided to give it a try. I don't have the paper she used so I just stamped my image with Stazon black ink onto a piece of light gray card stock. I sharpened my two pencils and went to work, using my white pencil on the areas that had no shading, then using the black pencil to add a bit of detail and contour. 
I thought of coloring the leaves a light green but decided to just do the whole image in white.
I also thought of adding some Rhine Stones or Nuvo Drops but I stopped myself, after all, this needs to stay as CAS as possible.

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I always finish the inside of my cards, this saves me a lot of time when I mail them.

 

I made the inside also CAS, but this time I stamped all of the images in light green.

I hope you come and join us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE CAS challenge, give this style of card making a try, after all, this is a challenge, right?
Don't forget to stop by the blog and check out my teammates' creations and leave them some sweet comment love.
Please don't forget to add our banner to your post and link back to us, read our rules, they are simple 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.



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

On the Road Again.....

Hello stamping friends: This week at SHOPPING OUR STASH, my teammates and I have a new fun challenge for you to play with. The theme is TRANSPORTATION and we would love for you to join us in our gallery.  I made this card that I hope will inspire you to play along.


I love Shopping My Stash of old and beloved sets and this one is one my favorites.

This images are from a retired Stampin' Up! set called "Loads of Love", it made it's debut back in 2004  but I didn't buy it until much later, I love the little truck and all the fun accessories you can load on it.  One of my Triathlon friends is finally moving to her new home, after living in a small apartment with her husband, 2 little boys and two small doggies.  I know there are 3 doggies on this card but I told her that maybe now that she has a nice back yard, they could get a third, LOL!! 
I stamped all of this images on Strathmore watercolor paper and colored them with some SU markers, I stamped the truck two more times and cut the back portion of it to accommodate the furniture, boxes and gifts, which are some of the cute images on this set.
The background is done with SU "Lovely as a Tree", the birds are from SU "Up, Up and Away", the fence is a Martha Stewart punch.

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I've been finishing the inside of all the cards I make since January of this year and believe me, it saves a lot of time when I mail them, besides, the cards look nicely finished.


The sentiment here is from an old Flourishes set called "Magnolias", the trees from SU "Lovely as a Tree"
So I hope you come and join my teammates and me in the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery, there you can check out what the rest of the team created for your inspiration.  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.


Monday, November 13, 2017

White on White Christmas.....

Hello everyone: I have one more Christmas card to add to my stash, which is quite LARGE😉
I participate in Christmas challenges all year round so, by the time the Holidays are here, I'm ready with a lot of (excuse me for tutting my own horn) really pretty cards to send to family and friends.
Here is this one I just finished, I had a bit of trouble taking the picture since it's all in white except for the sentiment, which I heat embossed in silver.


There are a lot of different dies on this card. The large one I think is from Marianne Designs and it's old, I apologize for not knowing it's name.  The Snowflake Ornament and the Bow (Precious Hearts) are from Memory Box, the sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Cozy Cupfuls.  I added a few Rhine Stones and also, someTwinklets Diamond Dust, this stuff is AWESOME !!!!! I saw it on THIS CARD by Therese Calvrid from Lost in Paper and I just fell in love with it. It's not glitter, it's actual glass flakes so it shimmers beautifully, I hope you can see it on the card.

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I always finish the inside of my cards, this saves me time when I need to mail them. 


The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Christmas Candles", the little heart from a Penny Black set called A Bright Tomorrow.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

The Paper Players A color challenge from Nance

Crafty Friends Challenge #70 "Christmas"


Christmas Cards Challenges #25 "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.