Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Addicted To CAS No. 120 With Florals and Gina K. Designs


Hello everyone!  Thank you so much for all the love given to the "googly-eyed skulls" card that I made for the current challenge on the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.  Remember, you have until September 22nd to add your own card to the "Anything Goes" challenge.  

Today I have a super simple and special card - for a special lady.  A friend of mine asked me to make a card for her aunt Maria.  Maria loves to garden and is always telling people here "Onde uma flor cresce há esperança.", which basically translates to "where a flower grows there is hope".  When she told me this I immediately thought of this set by Gina K. Designs that has the same sentiment!!  

Then I saw that the current challenge over on the Addicted to CAS Challenge Blog is all about "florals".  So that's where I am also entering this card.



I started by placing a piece of white cardstock into my Misti.  Using black ink I stamped the two images from the Hopeful Flowers Duo set by Gina K. Designs.  



Then I cut (1) the cardstock using the large stitched rectangle die from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes set by Simon Says Stamp, (2) colored the flowers yellow (Maria's favorite color) with a Sharpie marker, and (3) adhered small crystals to the small dots in the image.


After this, I made a top folding A2 card base out of purple cardstock to which I adhered the white cardstock with the images.  Lastly, I adhered 3 purple sequins to the front and a piece of white cardstock to the inside.  


Done!  I told you....super simple.  I hope you enjoyed this card and tutorial. Feel free to leave me a comment below - I do normally answer all comments left and love reading them.  Until the next time....

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Guest Designer With Retro Rubber Challenge No. 71 - Anything Goes


Hello all.  Well, Mother Nature is certainly pissed off at the world lately.  This has kept me up at night since I have friends and relatives in the Houston and Miami areas.  But everyone survived with minor damage.  I hope all my readers also got through this unscathed.  

Today I am happy to announce that I am the guest designer with the amazing team over at the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog for their current Challenge No. 71 - Anything Goes.


I had a hard time deciding which theme to go with - Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving...but I settled on Halloween.  I went through my stash and pulled out a few stamps to use - all over a year old.  Probably over 5 years old.  But hardly ever used.  

I started by making a top folding A2 card base out of black cardstock.  I then cut 2 pieces of white cardstock using the large stitched rectangle die from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes set (Simon Says Stamp).  One of them I adhered to the inside of the card to be written on.  

With the other I stamped, in black ink, the spider's web from Tim Holtz' Halloween Cutouts in two of the corners and then adhered this to the card front.  

Next I cut a piece of black cardstock using the 2nd largest die from the Nested Stitched Scallop Rectangle set (Cottage Cutz).  I stamped the Skull Stack (retired/Stampendous) onto a piece of white cardstock, which I trimmed to 2.5" x 3.5", so it would fit inside the black cardstock.  I also die cut a piece of white cardstock using the banner die from Tag Me Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti) on which I stamped the phrase "Trick or Treat" from a really really old set from Inkadinkado. 


Next I adhered the skulls to the black scalloped cardstock, which I then adhered to the center of the card front.  I then adhered the banner with the phrase over the skulls with some pop dots.


The last thing I did was to adhere googly eyes to each of the skulls and a few metallic orange sequins to make this card even more fun!  


That's it.  Done!  


I hope you enjoyed this card.  If you want to add your own card to the challenge, just click HERE to be taken right to the challenge page.  You have until September 22nd to enter a card.  Please let me know if you do!!  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

~Michael

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge #70 - Back To School


Hello everyone and Happy Thursday!  I hope everyone is well.  It's been a crazy week here.  Ruy and I had a photo exhibition last weekend at the Belle Epoque Cultural Center here in town, which we did as a benefit for a charity.  It was nicely received and was a great feeling to see everyone's reactions to our photos.  I will try to get a post done this weekend about the show.  Of course afterward, I got sick for a few days, but am finally back up and running.  Today is Brasil's Independence Day so everything is closed and I finally found some time to do a new blog post.  

Yes, 2nd post about "back to school".  This time for the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog - 


I started with a piece of white cardstock.  Using some washi tape I taped down the "Numerals" stencil (TCW200S) by The Crafter's Workshop.  Next, using a mini blending tool (Ranger) with some inks from Reverse Confetti (Piggy Bank, Salsa, and Bumblebee Yellow), I applied the colors through the stencil.   



I removed the stencil and heat set the inks (just to be safe).  Then I used an alphabet stencil from StencilGirl Products and applied some Aqua ink (Reverse Confetti) to a few of the letters, also using the mini blending tool.  Heat set again (just to be safe).  I then die cut this using the large stitched rectangle die from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes (Simon Says Stamp).


After this I pulled out a stamp set called Book Border (SSC259) by Stampendous.  I have owned this set for YEARS and it has never felt the touch of ink to it's polymer skin.  LOL


So I inked the row of books and the phrase and stamped it on a piece of white cardstock.  I die cut it with a stitched rectangle die I own and colored it in with Sharpie markers.  I then adhered it to a piece of red cardstock. 


Lastly, I adhered this to the card front.  


That's it.  Done!  I think this would be a great card for a teacher on the first day of school.  As a thank you!  I hope you enjoyed this project.  Let me know by leaving a comment below.  Thanks and until next time -

Hugs from Brasil - 

~Michael

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Stamp Ink Paper "Back To School" Challenge with Memory Box


Hello everyone!  I hope everyone has been well.  I have been busy busy busy working on a bunch of different projects here. And, I started to teach English classes at a school in town two nights a week.  I really need more hours in my day but I think most of us feel this way.  LOL

I made today's card for the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge Blog.  Their challenge this week, No. 113, is Back To School


I had been working on another card using fish stamps but, when I saw that this challenge was a "back to school" challenge, I immediately thought of a "school of fish", and ran with it.  I started with a top folding A2 navy blue card base.  I then cut a piece of white cardstock using the large stitched rectangle from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes set (Simon Says Stamp).  Then I stamped several of the fish from the Fish Tales stamp set (Memory Box) and colored them in with Bic Markers.   I cut a piece of white fun foam, adhered this to the back of my colored fish and then adhered this to the card front.  I then adhered some small googly eyes to each of the fish.


While the eyes were drying, I typed the phrase on the computer, printed it out on white cardstock, cut around each of the words, adhered them to a piece of navy blue cardstock, cut them again and then adhered them under the fish.  

That's it.  Done.  I have to say that this fish set is my new happy set and I can see making a lot of cards with just this one set!  Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this quick card.  If you want to enter a card of your own, just click HERE to be taken right to the challenge.  And remember to share it with me! 

Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Friday, July 28, 2017

Cuppa Joe Card With The Paper Players


Hello everyone.  I have some friends here that have a rubber stamp company and I am in love with so many of Fran's images.  I was able to get some from her when I saw her at the Mega Artesenal last week and was very happy to put some ink to one of them today for this week's challenge over on The Paper Players Challenge Blog.  

This week's challenge - No. 354 - is a sketch - 


I started with a top folding A2 card base to which I adhered a piece of designer paper that I had in my stash.  I love these warm "coffee" colors.    


Since I did not have the phrase I wanted to use in a stamp, I created it on the computer and printed it on white cardstock.  Then I cut the cardstock to 2.5" x 5.5" and stamped the coffee cup with the hearts 3 times across the center, above the phrase, and then colored them in with some Copic markers.  


After this I cut a piece of dark brown fun foam, which I adhered under the white cardstock.  Then I adhered these to a piece of darker brown cardstock, 2.75" x 5.5", which I then adhered to the card front.


The last thing I did was to apply some Clear Wink of Stella to the hearts and the cups to give them a shimmer - and I was done!  


A super simple card to make and the cups can be any colors you want.  Of course now I want a cuppa Joe!  LOL  Let me know what you think of the card by leaving me comments below.  Hope you enjoyed this card.  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge 67 - Rainbow Colors



Hello everyone!  I hope everyone has been well.  I am finally getting over the flu.  We went to the Mega Artesenal last week, which is the largest arts and crafts festivals in Latin America.  It only happens one week per year and as soon as one ends I am waiting for the next to start.  Well, this year I got there for the first day and then got really sick, came home and stayed in bed for several days.  I was not happy but....stuff happens.  LOL   Now just counting down the days until July 2018.  HaHa!

Today I have a card I made for the current challenge over on the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.  This week's Challenge No. 67 is all about rainbows or rainbow colors!  Considering how bright my work usually is, this was a no-brainer.  I decided to go a bit artsy with a stamp with a great phrase and some paintbrushes with....you got it....rainbow colored paint on the tips.  Let's get started....

I started with an A2 top folding card base of white cardstock.   I went through my stash and found a fun multi colored paper, which I adhered to the card front.  


Next, using the stitched rectangle from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes set (Simon Says Stamp), I cut a piece of white cardstock and stamped the "Life is a Canvas" image (Technique Junkies) on the left side and colored the word "canvas" with rainbow colored Bic markers.  I then cut a piece of white fun foam, adhered it to the back of the white cardstock and then I adhered both to the card front so the colorful paper gave it a border.


Next I used 2 stamp sets from Papertrey Ink - the Friendship Jar stamp and the Friendship Jar Fillers stamp set.   I stamped the jar on both a piece of white cardstock and a piece of acetate.  Then I cut them out using the matching die from the Jar and Lid set.  Then I stamped the paintbrushes, colored them in with rainbow colored Bic markers and fussy cut them out.  



Next I adhered the brushes to the jar on white cardstock.  Then I adhered the acetate jar over the brushes so they look like they are in a glass jar.  Lastly I put a few pop dots on the back and adhered the jar to the card front next to the phrase.  


Done!  I am in love with this phrase and this jar of brushes.  I think I may need to redo this project on a canvas for the wall.  What do you guys think?  I hope you enjoyed this card and I hope you can find time to enter your own card into the Retro Rubber Challenge!!  Until next time....

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy July 4th Card with Reverse Confetti and Avery Elle



Good morning everyone!!  I want to wish a very Happy 4th of July to all of my American friends and family, in the USA and abroad.  Yes, Laurey, this means you in Canada also (LOL)!  I would also like to wish the U.S.A. a very Happy 241st Birthday! Although today is just regular day here we are going to try and make a BBQ for lunch.  I am also making chocolate chip cookies for a "July 4th" party we are going to tonight over at CNA, one of the English schools here. Can't get more American than chocolate chip cookies.  

Before I get to today's card I just want to tell you guys that I was a winner on last week's sketch challenge on the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog!  Yay!  I'll be a guest designer on a future challenge.  


If you wish to check out the winning card just click HERE!  This week they are having a wedding card challenge, which you can check out HERE!

Today I have a fun July 4th/Independence Day/Happy Birthday to the USA card using a few Confetti Cuts Dies from Reverse Confetti.  I started by grabbing a piece of red, white, and blue cardstock and cutting each of them several times using the Triple Chevies Confetti Cuts die.  I then cut some stars out of white cardstock using the Shakers 'N Frames Confetti Cuts die.


Then I grabbed a piece of scrap white cardstock and adhered the pieces in a red, white, blue pattern randomly using different sizes of each of the colors. 


When done I cut it using the large dotted rectangle die from the Dotted Elle-ments set from Avery Elle, which cuts the piece to 4" x 5.25" with a beautiful dotted border.  


I adhered this to a piece of white fun foam and then adhered it to the card front.


Using the Circles 'n Scallops Confetti Cuts die I cut a piece of the blue cardstock with the large scallop die and adhered it to the card front.  Then I typed up the sentiment on the computer and printed it on white cardstock.  I used the large circle die to cut out the phrase, which I then adhered to the blue cardstock.  The final step was to adhere the white stars I cut earlier with a fine tip glue.


Done!!  I hope you enjoyed this card.  Let me know by leaving me a comment below.  Again, if you are celebrating today....enjoy the beach, the BBQ and being with friends.  Stay safe!!  Until next time....

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Friday, June 30, 2017

I'm Back.....with Retro Rubber Challenge No. 65


Hello everyone!  It's been too long since I have posted anything here because I was back in NY for a month.  Although I brought stamps and supplies back with me to play with I never made any of the ideas I planned on making.  It was a nice trip.  I got to family, catch up with some friends, and take care of some things.  I got back a week ago finally found some time to make some cards that I wanted to share with you guys.  

My apologies if the photos are not great....I now have a Mac and am learning how to work with photos!  Talk about stress!!  LOL

The two cards at the top I made for both a card swap (left side) and for the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog (right side).  For the card swap I had to use a stamp by either Penny Black or Stampendous.  So I decided to use the sketch in the current Retro Rubber Challenge No. 65 to make the card, which is this one - 



I started with an A2 top folding card base.  I found a piece of scrapbook paper in my stash with with leaves on it.  I cut a piece and adhered it to the top of the card.  Then I cut a piece of white cardstock, 4.25" x 4.5", on which I stamped the vine (Art Gone Wild - Retired), then the monkey image (Going Ape by Penny Black - Retired), and finally the phrases (Elephant Hearts by Sweet Stamp Shop - retired).  Crazy but all 3 of these stamps I have owned for years!  


I then colored in all the images using various Copic markers.  When done I adhered the cardstock to a piece of white fun foam, which I then adhered to the card front so it sat below the paper but raised up a bit.  I also adhered a few green sequins to the card front.  


Done!!  So cute and so easy!  I hope you enjoyed this card and it feels great to be making cards again!!  I'll be back soon with more crafty goodness!  

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

CAS On Sunday - Glitter or Sequin Challenge With Unity Stamps


Hello everyone!  Just wanted to pop in with a quick card I made yesterday for a few blog challenges.  First is the CAS On Sunday Challenge Blog.  I was so happy to be one of their top picks last week for Challenge #106 and had to play along again for this week's Challenge #107, which is is to use glitter or sequins on a card.  

I'm also adding it to this week's challenge over on the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge Blog, which is Challenge #97 - Mother's Day.

And this week's challenge on the Cards In Envy Challenge Blog, which is a Motherly Love Card Challenge.

Now...my first thought when I saw the words glitter and sequins was to make a shaker card.  But I figured that would everyone's first thought and I decided to go in a different direction.  I decided to use glitter as an element in the image.

I started by making a top folding A2 card base out of white cardstock to which I adhered a piece of decorative cardstock. I cut another piece of white cardstock using the stitched rectangle from Bundle of Stitched Shapes (Simon Says Stamp). I stamped the flower image from Everything Joyful & Beautiful (Unity Stamp Co.) using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then I colored it in using Copic markers (Y08, FRY1, FRV1, RV11, and G05).  


Next step was to add some glitter.  I started with the top yellow/orange flower by applying dots of glue to the black dots around the flower with my Zig 2 Way fine tip glue.  I then poured some Sunflower colored glitter (Recollections) over the glue.  I waited a minute and then removed the excess. 


I then went and did the same to the pink flower using Bubblegum colored glitter (Recollections).


When it was dry, I adhered this to the card front.  I also adhered some pink sequins and the phrase "Happy Mother's Day".  Done!


I love that I was able to use both glitter and sequins for the blog challenge!  I hope you enjoyed this post and this CAS card.  Let me know by leaving a comment below.  Hope you guys have a great day and .... until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael