Saturday, April 4, 2009

Stampin Up Fifth Avenue Floral

Hiya Friends!! Look. . .I created a card using a Stampin Up stamp! That's a cause for celebration! Why? Because I haven't been using my Stampin Up stamps often these days. Just too many stamps to use. . .but my goal is to use my Stampin Up stamps at least once or twice a week!

I think the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set is the only one in the new catalog that I felt I MUST have. I love this set and can't wait to use it on my projects. Hey, if you want to buy it from my SU online website, you can shop online: Click Here

I know. . .I'm sorry for pitching a sale but other than two or three people buying from my online website each month, I'm debating whether it's worth paying for. I'm also hobby status right now and no longer have regular customers. . .I think I may need to give up being a demonstrator.

I don't want to give it up because I may find time to be active again but at the same time, I can't be meeting my $300 quota each quarter on my own. Anyway, if you need something from SU and you don't have a regular demonstrator. . .help me out for the time being until I can return to active status. LOL!

Gosh, I've been busy for the past few days. Something is always coming up. It's those unplanned things that sort of get in the way.

Yesterday my husband and I decided to hang out at the casino resort near our home. It's called "the Pechanga Resort and Casino". I only lost a $100 . . "only"? LOL! Yeah I know, any money lost is bad but actually, I've lost more than that in the past when we we're in Vegas. I'm much smarter now. . .I don't continue if I'm at my "$100 loss threshold"

When I mean a $100 loss, I mean money that I had actually put in to those dumb slot machines. It's not including all the money I actually won and fed back into the machine! At one point, I was ahead by $200 but my greediness had me glued to the chair feeding the machines until I lost my own money. Arggh! If I was smart I should have walked away when I gained $200 but I wanted to win the progressive. Dumb? Yeah, I am but I'd like to think that maybe, I'll win the progressive. . .or anything more than just $10 at a time.

Anyway, I better start discussing my card. . .LOL! I can chat about anything, lemme' tell yah. Thank goodness for Facebook. Lot's of nonsense talk going on there! LOL!

I colored my images with Copic Marker, cut them out and layered them. I decided to use a non-SU designer paper because I still had a bit of scrap of desinger paper from the project I made on my last post. I then added a bit of Stickles. . .that's about it!

Are you hating all my bright yellow and orange cards? Too much brightness for you. . like "whoa"! LOL! I don't know what is going on with me but I've been wanting to use all these bright colors . . .typically, I don't like them but lately they've been calling me. . ."Maria, Maria. . . "

Anyway, hope you all have a fantastic day. I'll see if I can visit your blogs some time today!!

Card Details:

Stamp set: SU Fifth Evenue Floral
Paper: DCWV designer paper, SU Pumpkin Pie, Riding Hood Red
Ink: Copic markers, SU Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Stickles Glitter, SU Large Oval Punch, Making Memories Ribbon, SU Ticket Corner Punch, JoAnn brads


pescbrico said...

I LOVE the colors on your cards! It's just so beautiful!

Lulu said...

Oh Maria, this is just beautiful. I love paper toile. You've done an outstanding job -as usual. TFS

StampinCathy said...

OMGosh!! This is just one amazing card. I just love the bright colors and love how you did the flowers. So inspiring!

Unknown said...

its beautiful! love all the colors.
and I am the same way, I have been neglecting my SU stamps ;)

Cindy Haffner said...

Beautiful Maria I love your colors, i always love y our colors, they make me happy.

Diane said...

How could anyone hate your cards?
I love it,those colors are just what we need right now!!!!
You did a wonderful job as always Maria!!!
Think,if you wouldn't of gambled,you'd have $100.towards new stamps,lol!
I wouldn't be able to gamble,I'd rather keep if for my stamp addiction,hehe!

de said...

Wow Maria! This is so pretty! I love your bright colors and I'm a big fan of orange lately!!! Very elegant card, and I LOVE the sentiment!

Funny you said something about visiting your SU website... I was just on there!!!

I have the same issue with CTMH. I manage to barely meet my quota each quarter, and I did cancel my website, but I'm thinking about letting it go. I buy so many of my stamps from other companies... but I'll hold out atleast this next quarter. SO if you ever need any CTMH, let me know! LOL.

Cheryl Walker said...

Maria I love this card and I have to agree, it is the one set in this book that I do have to have. Well there is one other set, but I too have sooo many stamps that I havent had time either to use my stamp'n up ones other that sentiments, I do use them

I do love your card, you did a Beautiful job on it and love the coloring with the copics!!! They are my favorite now :)

dont feel bad about loosing 100.00 at least you got to have fun. Sheesh if I want to go to a casino I have to drive hours, so we dont go. when we lived in california we were only maybe 2 - 3 hours away. we would go once in awhile. Anyways would love to go on a mini vacation to the casino for the day...LOL

Well hope you have a wonderful weekend!! And you did an AWESOME job on this!!!!


Gabby said...

This is GORGEOUS Maria! I hear you about not using SU stamps often...same story here! Same story also with the demoship! I had to let it go because I just couldn't do the $300 quarterly myself either! Now I wish I had some moolah left over to buy that set! It's gorgeous and I need to do florals once in a while. Maybe I shouldn't get rid of some of my floral stamps I'm selling on my blog.

BTW...hopefully soon I come across some cash and we can meet up and head out to Pechanga! ;) Double our!

Rita said...

Luv your card Maria you did an awesome job! I luv your yellow & bright colors!

I know what ya mean about those slots, I luv playing them & always want to win more but I will leave it when I reach $100. but then I'll play another one & lose some more or make some more! We have two Indian reservations & now MGM grand in Connecticut that we luv going to. Well next time win big kiddo!

Tina said...

Maria - super fun I am watching twilight right now - hadn't read the book wasn't really interested in it but I am actually enjoying it.

I love all the colors in your card. You truly have talent.

I think I will place an order for SU through you...I need a few things. I was a demo but quit for the same reasons you are considering it. Mostly hobby...
Have a great sunday

Denise said...


Love this card, the colors are so cheerful. Great Spring card.

Beth Norman said...

Thud. That's me falling on the floor. Absolutely stunning, Maria. Hmmm, so you lost $100. At least you had some fun. I once took $10 into a casino and after losing $5, I just could do it any more--LOL. Hope your sales pick up. I'd help out, but I'm in a Stampers 12 group already.

Rachel Brumley said...


Beautiful card and beautiful colors. I have that stamp set but didn't know what to do with you - you've inspired me!

CreativeMish said...

I love the bright yellows, oranges and reds! This card is really beautiful! Wow!

Christine said...

Maria, Your card is beautiful. I love the bright colors and how you layered the flowers. Fantastic work. I am with you on SU! The economy has really hurt my business too and I am considering letting it go. I am just hoping things will get better.

Lauretta See said...

WOW!!!!!!! i really love what you didi with this set of stamps.. i would of never thought of doing this kind of colors.. it is stunning ;)) wow great job xxx :)

Melyssa said...

Wow your card is amazing! The flowers are gorgeous! WOW.

Melyssa said...

I have to add that I love the colours! It's amazing.

Anonymous said...

WOW! Your card is gorgeous and the colors are perfect!



Bumbles and Fairy-Tales said...

I love your vibrant, colorful card! They always make me smile and look forward to the warm weather :)
I love how you layered the flower!
Like always, awesome job Maria!!!

Little C's Creations said...

How pretty!! Yes, I've noticed all the none-SU! creations you've been making... break loose, sister... break loose!!! LOL... You have talent that can go to ALL stamp companies out there. Love your coloring skills, and cutting each image must've been very therapeutic.


Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

I love your bright cards! This rose card is gorgeous!

Emma said...

Your cards are beautiful Maria, what I also love about your cards is that you have your own style. Thanks for sharing.

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my freakin' goodness Maria...this card is GORGEOUS...wowzers girl! I love the colours and that stamp is so pretty! I have wanted it but was intimidated to colour it have done is beautifully though!!!
I totally understand your debate about your SU status. In Canada I need to spend $400 each quarter and it can be difficult to meet minimums. I'm glad you pulled out your SU! stamps though!

Cami said...

I love your bright colors because they are cheerful and striking Maria! Gosh how many times did you have to stamp the flowers to get so many layering? You have so much patience! I love this flowe set also and I did buy it and the embossing folder! Very pretty! Hugs, Cami

Cami said...

I love your bright colors because they are cheerful and striking Maria! Gosh how many times did you have to stamp the flowers to get so many layering? You have so much patience! I love this flowe set also and I did buy it and the embossing folder! Very pretty! Hugs, Cami

Risa said...

I love your floral card Maria! The flower really pops and the colors are fantastic! As always...beautiful job and that sentiment...I LOVE it!
Speaking of casinos, my husband and I are taking off for a week Easter night. entire week in a fabulous hotel, great food and slot machines. I feel guilty saying that I love it...but I do!!! *lol*

mel m. m. mccarthy said...

DrrrrooooooooooL! This looks like my fantasy garden. The colour the sparkle. What an incredible work of art Maria. You just continue to amaze time after time. ROCKin inspiration again! :O) Hope you had a great weekend & are having a happy Monday, :O) mel

Elena said...

This card is so beatiful! I love the colors you chose to color with! And the sparkles you added are so pretty!

Rihani said...

Hey Maria! Gorgeous card, I love the layering and the colours!! :) You must get asked this a lot but do you make a card everyday? LOL....just curious :)

Heather Schlatter said...

Oh my word Maria!!! I can not believe this is 5th Avenue Floral!!!

I love what you did with it I have never seen it used as a rose yet and your coloring amazing!!!!

I could not stay active without my Monthly Stampers club as I rarely do in home workshops!!! I did a ton when I started out and then I had Tucker and only kept up with my monthly club and now I need to get started back into workshops for some extra stamp moolaa!!! I love that I can use my SU income on other stamps that part is nice but with club and end of the month income I rarely make more than $100 - $200 without doing workshops on top of club!!!


Janna said...

Oh Maria this is just stunning!!! Wow, wow,w ow! I love the deminsion and glitter on the flower! So beautiful!!! I love this layout and the beautiful sentiment as well! Just stunning!

I have to say I have never gone gambling before mainly because I knwo that I would do the same thing! LOL! I would just love to hear the machine chink!


Anonymous said...

This card is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Amazing! I am just starting into the stamping word and this stamp set is the first one I bought. If you don't mind a question, how did you make the black edges around the flowers? I'm so glad I found you site! Please keep posting your wonderful work! Tina

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