Thursday, April 27, 2017

CAS on Sunday Challenge With My Favorite Things (and a pig)


Hello everyone!!  For someone that just complained that time felt as if it had slowed down lately, this week is flying by. Today I have a card for you that I made for this week's challenge over on the CAS on Sunday Challenge Blog.  This is Challenge #106 and you have to use a stencil for the challenge. 

Hmmmm....this will be easy considering I must own over 500 stencils.  But then my brain took a detour.  Because Brasil's version of Valentine's Day is coming up in June, I had a die and stamp set sitting on my work station that I had wanted to use.  And, while looking at the die, an idea popped into my head. This die would be a great stencil.  So....why not make one to use on the card?  

And that's what I did.  

I started with the Hugs & Kisses Cover Up die by Die-namics, which, it seems, has been retired by MFT!!  Grrrrr....  So I cut a piece of white cardstock and ran the die through my Big Shot to create a "stencil".   


I cut another piece of white cardstock with stitched rectangle from Bundle of Stitched Shapes (Simon Says Stamp).  I placed the "stencil" I made over the stitched rectangle and, using an applicator, applied some Spun Sugar, Mustard Seed, and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks through the "stencil".  


Next, using stamps from BB Hog Heaven set (My Favorite Things), I stamped one of the phrases on the card front.  I then cut a piece of white fun foam, adhered it to the cardstock and then adhered them both to the card front.  


Next I stamped and die cut the fence and one of the pigs and colored them with Copic markers (RV21, R00, E13, E33, and G07).  I glued the fence to the card front above the phrase and then adhered the pig head above the fence with pop dots so it looks 3D.  


That's it.  Of course now I need to go take a look at many of my background dies to see what else can be used as a stencil.  I hope you enjoyed this post. Feel free to leave me a comment below.  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

SIP Challenge #96 - CAS Wedding - With Gina K Designs


Hello...hello....hello.....I hope everyone is doing great so far this week!  There are so many "holidays" here this month, with long weekends, that time feels like it has slowed down.  

Today I want to share with you guys a super easy CAS (clean & simple) wedding card I made for this week's challenge over on the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge Blog.  I swear...you can make this in less than 10 minutes!


I started with a top folding A2 card base of white cardstock.  I then went through my stash and found a really classy metallic designer paper (from Brasil), which I adhered to the card front.  Then I cut another piece of white cardstock using the large stitched rectangle from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes (Simon Says Stamp).  

Strangely, I do not own many images for a wedding.  That is going to have to change soon.  LOL  But I do have this beautiful and classy set called "Always And Forever" by Gina K. Designs.  Sadly, it's retired.  I placed the cardstock in my Misti and, using Versafine Onyx Black ink, stamped the image and phrase several times until I got a nice black image.



I then cut a piece of white fun foam, which I adhered to the back of the cardstock, and then I adhered this to the card front, centered on the metallic paper.  Last thing was to adhere some silver sequins.



Done!  I told you...really easy, clean and simple.  And classy!!  I hope you have enjoyed this post and card.  I hope you find time to enter a card in the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge too!  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil -

Michael

Monday, April 24, 2017

Less Is More Stripe Challenge With Unity Stamps


Hello everyone.  I hope y'all had a great weekend!!  I had fun making two Card In A Box cards for a class I might be giving here.  The first one (on the left) I made using glittered fun foam, which came out great but the glue took too long to dry.  The other one (on the right) I made using Floral and Flutter stamps by Concord & 9th and cardstock.  Much easier to make and love how this one came out.  I'd love to know which one you like better.


I made today's card for the Less Is More Challenge Blog.  This week's challenge #325 is to use a stripe on the card.  As soon as I saw the word "stripe", stars and stripes popped into my head, and I knew the perfect image to use - "stars and stripes FOREVER" by Unity Stamp Co.  

I started with a top folding A2 card base of white cardstock.  Then, using the long stitched rectangle die from Die-namics Blueprints 1, I cut a piece of red, white, and blue cardstock.  I adhered a piece of double sided tape to the back of each of them and adhered the "stripes" across the top.  Red, White, and then Blue.


After I trimmed the edges with a craft knife, I stamped the image from "stars & stripes FOREVER" with black ink on to a piece of white cardstock, which I then colored with some Bic markers and then trimmed the image.  I stamped the phrase, adhered some pop dots under the image and applied it to the front of the card.  The last step was to apply some red, crystal, and blue stickles to the areas on the sides of the image.  Done!


I'm telling you, this is a really simple card to make!  Well, I hope you liked this card.  Let me know by leaving a comment below.  Thanks and...Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Flat Stanley Learns About Fruits From Brasil

Hello everyone.  This is my last post about Flat (for the moment).  Flat is leaving me soon but, before he left, I had to teach him about some fruits we have here in Brasil.  He learns about maracuja (passion fruit), caju (where cashew nuts come from), and Cacao, where our chocolate starts out from.  It's just a little bit quirky but was fun to do.  You would think - if I can do this why can't I seem to do crafty videos.  LOL

The video seems to be too large for blogger so you will have to click HERE to be taken to the video on You Tube.

Below is a photo of what the cacao fruit looks like.  If you want to learn more about cacao check out THIS video.

Cacao - where chocolate starts.

Below is a photo of what Caju or the cashew fruit looks like.  You can eat the fruit.  You can also plant the cashew seed at the top and grow a cashew tree. Inside the seed is the nut.  Click HERE to see a short video about cashew fruit.

Caju - where cashews come from.
Below is a photo of maracuja, or passion fruit.  HERE is a cute video about sweet maracuja, which actually does look like a lemon.  And HERE is a really cute video about how to make passion fruit juice.



I hope you enjoyed this short post about some interesting fruits here.  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Stamp Ink Paper Challenge No. 95 - Sketch With Unity Stamps


Hello all!  It's Thursday already.  The week is almost over and I cannot wait for this weekend.  There is a food truck festival in my town and a Churro Festival in the next town over!!  Yay!!  So, in my post this past Monday I made mention that I had screwed up on some of my stamping.  One of the phrases I stamped was crooked and the other phrase, because I stamped twice, looked out of focus.


So I slapped these suckers on my Scan N Cut and it cut out the images -


which is perfect to use for this week's Stamp Ink Paper Challenge, which is SIP Challenge No. 95 - A Sketch -  


I started by (a) making a top folding A2 card base of white cardstock, (b) cutting a piece of designer paper using the large stitched rectangle from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes (Simon Says Stamp), (c) cutting another piece of designer paper using one of the dies from Stitched Rectangles (Retired, MFT Stamps), (d) stamping and cutting the words "Sending" and "Love" in red chalk ink from the Label Maker Sentiments set (MFT Stamps), and (e) cutting the image from Blossomy Condolences by Unity Stamp Co.


First step was to adhere the two pieces of designer paper to the card front.  


Next steps were to color the bouquet of flowers using a variety of Bic Markers.  I then adhered it to the card front with some pop dots and I also adhered the two phrases, also with pop dots. 


The last things I did were to adhere some red sequins to the card front and apply some stickles to the leaves and parts of the flowers to give some shimmer.


And the card is now complete.  



I really love this set by Unity and it's still on sale for $6!!  Hope you enjoyed this card.  Let me know by leaving me a comment below.  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael