Thursday, May 31, 2012

Some fun with Queen Kat

Today I wanted to share this simple but fun black and red card using a cute image from Queen Kat designs and the Mary Francis collection.


This would make such a cute card for a good friend.  I embossed the background strip using an embossing folder.

Be sure to swing on by the QUEEN KAT DESIGNS STORE to check out the full Mary Francis line as well as the rest.

Next week is a new release at Queen Kat so be sure to stay tuned.

Till later

Maria

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Sweet Stop Challenge


I played along again this week in The Sweet Stop Challenge.  This the challenge blog for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps! Last week I played along and had my butterfly card as on of their featured cards which was fun!

Here is this week's sketch:


Here is what I did using the digi called Berry Sweet Cocoa. 


I used papers by Simple Stories from their newest paper collection called Summer Fresh.  The button up top is a paper button made using a Martha Stewart button punch.

Well that's all for now!

Maria

Just Us Girls - An Inspiration challenge!


Hi everyone! For this week's Just Us Girls challenge we have changed it up a bit!  Instead of running a 3D template challenge the last week of the month, we are now going with an inspiration photo.  Check out this great photo for your inspriation:


The first thing that comes to mind is baby boy.  Then I remembered I had this blue and brown paper from a long time ago tucked away that might work well and this new image I just got from Unity Stamp Co.  Together I came up with this:




The paper had yellow in it as well but I figured it was ok and just went with it.  This image and sentiment is from Unity Stamp Co by Phyllis Harris called: Determination.  In the background I used the {ippity} background stamp called: A bit of burlap

Check out what the Just Us Girls DT came up with:






How to play: Please copy and use our graphic on your post. You need to upload your project for this week's challenge to your online blog or public photo gallery. Leave a link that goes directly to your project in the Linky Tools form at the bottom of this post. If you upload to online galleries, please also use the keyword or tag, JUGS138. After you post to Linky Tools you may also leave a comment here.

Deadline to be considered for the "Chic of the Week" is 9:00 PM EST on Thursday, May 31th. The Linky Tools form will close at that time. Our top pick, "Chic of the Week", will be announced on the following Friday morning.

ALSO:

THERE IS A FUN SALE GOING ON THIS WEEKEND ALL {IPPITY} IS ON SALE!


To place any {ippity} orders you can go to the UNITY STAMP CO site and on the left bar pick the Pick an {ippity} Chick. Then you will be prompted a list of Unity Endorsed Chicks! Pick me MARIA LEVINE! :-)

AND I would love for you to join my {ippity} DT for the Month of June and join me and my team on our hop then!  Play along with our FLORAL theme for the hop using {ippity} if you have them but it's not required.  One lucky person will be our guest next month!  That person will receive a package from me including some {ippity} stamps!  Come on by my Facebook Fan page for more info or to post your floral creation!  DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS MONDAY MAY 28TH!  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO USE {IPPITY} BUT IF YOU HAVE SOME I WOULD LOVE TO SEE IT.






Thanks for stopping by!

Maria

Friday, May 25, 2012

Friends with Flair / {ippity} sale / DT CALL

It's Friends with Flair Friday Unity/{ippity} style!  Today I want to share a card I made using one of the newer {ippity} sets called JAVA FRIEND.  I know I shared this one as a sneak peek but I don't believe I shared it on my blog in full!



The lovely pattern paper in the background is by My Mind's Eye.  I used some stickler for the heart.

FUN SALE GOING ON THIS WEEKEND ALL {IPPITY} IS ON SALE!


To place any {ippity} orders you can go to the UNITY STAMP CO site and on the left bar pick the Pick an {ippity} Chick. Then you will be prompted a list of Unity Endorsed Chicks! Pick me MARIA LEVINE! :-)

AND I would love for you to join my {ippity} DT for the Month of June and join me and my team on our hop then!  Play along with our FLORAL theme for the hop using {ippity} if you have them but it's not required.  One lucky person will be our guest next month!  That person will receive a package from me including some {ippity} stamps!  Come on by my Facebook Fan page for more info or to post your floral creation!  DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS MONDAY MAY 28TH!  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO USE {IPPITY} BUT IF YOU HAVE SOME I WOULD LOVE TO SEE IT.






Thanks for stopping by!

Maria

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge

This weekend I played along with this week's The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!  I purchased 2 digi's to play with.  I am going to get some of their stamp sets as well but I am waiting as I will see them at a stamp show very soon, so I thought it would be more fun to buy in person! For now I'll work with a couple of digi's for fun.

Here is this week's sketch:


Here is what I did using the butterfly & flower digi :


I didn't have a Sweet 'n Sassy sentiment so I just printed it off on my computer instead.  The teal lace and white ribbon is from the wonderful trim shop Creating is Fun.

I added some clear stickler to the butterfly and some cinnamon to the center of the flower.


Well that's all for now!

Till later!!

Maria 

Friends till the End

Today I want to share with you a fun image from Queen Kat Designs called Unique Mary Francis.  I used some nestablities to cut out the image, I love how these images look great even if you just use a part of them.



Be sure to head on over to the QKD shop to check out all the stamps they have to offer!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Maria

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Just Us Girls Color Challenge

Welcome to the Just Us Girls Color Challenge!  This week our colors are BLUE, YELLOW AND WHITE.

I used some Simple Stories paper from the new collection called Summer Fresh and {ippity} Stamps!

Here it is:



On the middle of the butterfly I added some clear glitter glue from Stampin Up!  I used a tiny attacher to attach the tags to the blue section.

My butterfly is from the {ippity} kit called Now &Always and the "dream" sentiment is from the {ippity} Kit called:  Make your Mark and the tags are from the kit called "the best"

Now be sure to head on over to the JUST US GIRLS BLOG and check out what the other design team members cooked up!

I am also an {ippity} chick and I would love to be YOUR {ippity} Chick:
To place any {ippity} orders you can go to the UNITY STAMP CO site and on the left bar pick the Pick an {ippity} Chick. Then you will be prompted a list of Unity Endorsed Chicks! Pick me MARIA LEVINE! :-)

AND I would love for you to join my {ippity} DT for the Month of June and join me and my team on our hop then!  Play along with our FLORAL theme for the hop using {ippity} if you have them but it's not required.  One lucky person will be our guest next month!  That person will receive a package from me including some {ippity} stamps!  Come on by my Facebook Fan page for more info or to post your floral creation!






Thanks for stopping by!

Maria

Friday, May 18, 2012

Friends with Flair Friday and {ippity} Chick Challenge!

It's time for Friends with Flair Friday!  Today I am sharing a card I made for the {ippity} Chick Challenge this week!

Check out the sketch this week:





I used a Unity sentiment from Favorite Sentiments along with the butterfly from the {ippity} kit Now & Always.




To place any {ippity} orders you can go to the UNITY STAMP CO site and on the left bar pick the Pick an {ippity} Chick. Then you will be prompted a list of Unity Endorsed Chicks! Pick me MARIA LEVINE! :-)

AND I would love for you to join my {ippity} DT for the Month of June and join me and my team on our hop then!  Play along with our FLORAL theme for the hop using {ippity} if you have them but it's not required.  One lucky person will be our guest next month!  That person will receive a package from me including some {ippity} stamps!  Come on by my Facebook Fan page for more info or to post your floral creation!






Thanks for stopping by!

Maria

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Creating is Fun Blog Hop!



Welcome to the CREATING IS FUN BLOG HOP!

If you are arriving from the lovely Carrie then you are on the right track, if not head on over to Martha's blog to start this hop from the top!


The green ribbon is from CIF and the lace and button in my little flower is also from CIF!  My Stamped images are from Unity Stamp Co.

Here is the full line up in case you get lost along the way:


Maria L-http://riacreations.blogspot.com/ -- YOU ARE HERE!


One lucky commentor on the hop will be randomly picked to receive a $25 Gift Certificate to CREATING IS FUN!


Well that's all for now!


Monday, May 14, 2012

Paper Smooches SPARK Challenge!


Not long ago I finally got a Paper Smooches set!  I actually was pleased to find them at a (somewhat) local scrapbook store.  I picked up one of my favorite sets called  Chubby Chums.  I will definitely have to get some more.

Each week at the Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge blog there is a new and fun challenge to play along with with!  It goes live each Monday and today I played along!

This week is called the Designer Draft challenge where you take sketches and use them as you see fit.




Here is what I came up with using the cat and the dog:


Aren't' these cuties!


Thanks for stopping by!

Maria

Saturday, May 12, 2012

JUST US GIRLS #136



It's time for another fun JUST US GIRLS challenge!  This week we have a fun technique challenge from Lynn - Generation Stamping!  You can find a fantastic tutorial HERE.

Here is what I came up with using New Season, New Wonder.





Closeup:





To place any {ippity} orders you can go to the UNITY STAMP CO site and on the left bar pick the Pick an {ippity} Chick. Then you will be prompted a list of Unity Endorsed Chicks! Pick me MARIA LEVINE! :-)

Be sure to swing on by the JUST US GIRLS Design Team for loads of wonderful inspiration:




BIG MOTHER'S DAY SALE GOING ON:


While you are filling your cart with new releases you will also want to check out the big clearance section also!


Also there is still time to go on my {ippity} hop with my {ippity} DT HERE!  I am giving away an {ippity} prize and will announce that later today!!

AND I would love for you to join my {ippity} DT for the Month of June and join me and my team on our hop then!  Play along with our FLORAL theme for the hop using {ippity} if you have them but it's not required.  One lucky person will be our guest next month!  That person will receive a package from me including some {ippity} stamps!




Here is a recap of the new releases for you:








Another magnificent {ippity} release!!!


Thanks for stopping by!

Maria

Friday, May 11, 2012

WINNER WINNER!


Hey I'm back with the randomly picked winner from my {ippity} Design Team Blog hop!  And the winner is:


Thanks to everyone who hopped along with us and I hope you will hop again with us in June!!!

Paula please send me your mailing info!

THANKS!

Friends with Flair Friday and NEW {IPPITY}!


Friday means some Friends with Flair Unity/{ippity} style!  Did you hang out at the release party last night?  Lots of fun chatting while Angela posted all of the new releases.  

Today for FWF I have a card using the new release of course:-)



For this I used One of those Days and the sentiment from Java Friend.  



Come join me on my FACEBOOK FAN PAGE - GOT {Ippity} Maria Levine's {ippity} Fan Page! I share lots of samples, ideas, sales, sneak peeks! I also have a GUEST DESIGNER challenge join going on right now! I'm looking to bring a guest with me and my {ippity} Design Team for our JUNE BLOG HOP! You will receive a fun package from me including {ippity}Stamps!


To place any {ippity} orders you can go to the UNITY STAMP CO site and on the left bar pick the Pick an {ippity} Chick. Then you will be prompted a list of Unity Endorsed Chicks! Pick me MARIA LEVINE! :-)

BIG MOTHER'S DAY SALE GOING ON:


While you are filling your cart with new releases you will also want to check out the big clearance section also!


Also there is still time to go on my {ippity} hop with my {ippity} DT HERE!  I am giving away an {ippity} prize and will announce that later today!!

AND I would love for you to join my {ippity} DT for the Month of June and join me and my team on our hop then!  Play along with our FLORAL theme for the hop using {ippity} if you have them but it's not required.  One lucky person will be our guest next month!  That person will receive a package from me including some {ippity} stamps!




Here is a recap of the new releases for you:








Another magnificent {ippity} release!!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Swing on by a little later for the WINNER of the blog hop!!!




Thanks for stopping by!

Maria

Thursday, May 10, 2012

{ippity} Chicks New Release Hop!


Horray it's release day for {ippity} and Unity!!  And this is the {ippity} Chick monthly blog hop!  
If you arrived from Sabrina's Blog then you are on the right track.  If not head on back to the {ippity} opportunity blog to start this hop from the top!



Come join me on my FACEBOOK FAN PAGE - GOT {Ippity} Maria Levine's {ippity} Fan Page! I share lots of samples, ideas, sales, sneak peeks! I also have a GUEST DESIGNER challenge join going on right now! I'm looking to bring a guest with me and my {ippity} Design Team for our JUNE BLOG HOP! You will receive a fun package from me including {ippity}Stamps!


To place any {ippity} orders you can go to the UNITY STAMP CO site and on the left bar pick the Pick an {ippity} Chick. Then you will be prompted a list of Unity Endorsed Chicks! Pick me MARIA LEVINE! :-)


Also there is still time to go on my {ippity} hop with my {ippity} DT HERE!  I am giving away an {ippity} prize for that but not until later tomorrow!  AND I would love for you to join my {ippity} DT for the Month of June and join me and my team on our hop then!  Play along with our FLORAL theme for the hop using {ippity} if you have them but it's not required.  One lucky person will our guest next month!  That person will receive a package from me including some {ippity} stamps!




Are you ready for the new releases?








Another magnificent {ippity} release!!!  So exciting!

Here is something I made using one of the new kits:


Here is a closeup:



I used papers from Stampin Up and DP from Prima!  I added stickles to the ice cubes.  My beautiful white and pink lace is from CREATING IS FUN!



{ippity} blog 
rona - a little inspiration from rona
rebecca - blooming pink
susan - paper and joy
sabrina - ippity online
maria - ria creations -  **you are here!**
barbara - {ippity} do da - ***GO HERE NEXT***
jennifer -  mitten's papercrafting
noelle -noelle scraps alot
andrea - ippity stamps 4 you
joan - tails in the stamp room
jenmarie - taylor-made by jenmarie
heather f. - i heart {ippity}
lisa - schnauz scraps
patricia - my crafty creations
jen - jens cup of creations
angie - {stampsings of the shug}
{ippity} blog 



You're next stop on this hop is to BARBARA'S BLOG!

Thanks for stopping by!

Maria