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 - 


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 - 


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 - 


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Addicted to CAS with Grunge and MFT Stamps and Color Pop Inks

Hello everyone!  Gosh, what a strange few days this has been.  Yesterday we celebrated May Day here in Brasil - kind of like Labor Day in the states.  And, since a general nationwide strike started on Thursday (don't ask), it was like having a 5-day weekend.  But the (somewhat) quiet allowed me to be productive and enjoy some recent wins....

First, my CAS Wedding Card from last week, where I used that beautiful image from Gina K Designs, was chosen as a winner for the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #96.  Second, my "You Hog My Heart" Card from last week, where I used the dies and stamps from MFT Stamps, was a winner on the CAS on Sunday Challenge Blog!!  And, third, I woke up to find out that I was a random winner in a contest on the Stamp Junkies Facebook Group!  Cannot wait to see what I get.  A big YAY to me and a big hug to all of you guys for keeping me creative on this blog!

Today I have a super easy CAS birthday card to share with you guys.  I made  it for the Addicted to CAS Challenge Blog. This week's Challenge #110 is GRUNGE!!

When I saw "Grunge" I immediately thought of a stamp set I have called Distressed Patterns by MFT Stamps.  I wanted the colors to pop so I grabbed my Kiss, Ice, Sky, and Fresh Color Pop Inks by Susan Weckesser and ColorBox. I stamped different "grunge" images across the front of a piece of white cardstock that I had cut with the stitched rectangle from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes by Simon Says Stamp.  I love these vibrant colors!!   

I cut a top folding A2 card from white cardstock and I adhered this to the front of the card.  Then I cut the word "happy" from the Happy Die (MFT Stamps/retired) out of black metallic cardstock and I stamped the word "birthday" from the Label Maker Sentiments (MFT Stamps) using black onyx versafine ink.  

I adhered both to the card front so they sat on top of the colors.  I was thinking of adding some sequins but keeping the card this way allows it to be given to a guy or a girl.  Right?  

Done!!  Told you...simple and clean...or is that clean and simple?  LOL  I'm really happy with this card and love how those inks pop off the paper.  I made two more cards like this but not as CAS.  Will post those during the week.  

Hope you enjoyed this card and post.  Leave me a comment below if you wish.  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 


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 - 


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 -


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 - 


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 - 


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 - 


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Flat Stanley Visits Porto Alegre, Brasil

Hello again everyone.  This is another post for my cousin Sami about Flat Stanley's adventures here in Brasil.  This post is about the mini vacation we took with Flat down in Porto Alegre, Brasil.  Porto Alegre is the capital  and largest city of the state of Rio Grande do Sul. It was founded in 1769 by Manuel Sepúlveda and its population is about 1.5 million people. Although it is much smaller than São Paulo, Porto Alegre is the tenth most populous city in Brasil. Porto Alegre is a really beautiful city with a lot of things to do and see but we only had a few days here.  But we will be back (you have to say this in a terminator voice).

The first place we visited was the Mercado Municipal, which means Public Market.  The building is a landmark and was built in 1869.  The market has over 100 vendors selling fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, crafts, snacks, plants, and lots of other cool stuff!  

This is a cool video of Flat in the center of the market!


Here are some other photos of Flat in the market and all the cool stuff he found.

Flat found some really good bacalhau (ba-cal-yowe), which means cod fish!!  YUM!

Flat upstairs with a view to the main floor.  Look at all those vendors!!!

YAY!!  Flat found some sticky rice for Rachel, Sami's mommy!!!

Flat had to buy some veggies because he likes to eat well!
Flat even found some drums for Sami's Uncle David to play!

After this we walked around the city.  It was getting very hot when we stumbled on the Igreja Das Dores.  Igreja means Church in Portuguese.  This is the oldest church in Porto Alegre.  It was built between 1807 to 1904.  That is a long time! 

Flat outside the Igreja das Dores.

The inside of the Igreja das Dores.
We left the church and then went to Mario Quintana Cultural Center.  WOW! This is such a cool and interesting building. The building was originally a hotel called The Majestic Hotel.  Mario Quintana was a Brasilian poet who lived in the hotel between 1968 to 1980.  It is now a cultural center with a movie theater, a book store, and a beautiful garden and cafe on the roof.

Flat with Cousin Michael on the roof garden.

Yes...this is a bathtub filled with plants. 

We were so tired we stopped to have some pastries and drinks.

Flat wanted a beer but we told him NO!  He is too young for a beer!
Ice Cream Float for Flat!

Brasilian pastries and cookies for me and Flat!  YUM!

What else did we find?  Well, we found lots of cool old buildings.

This is the Beira-Rio Stadium.  Beira-Rio is the second biggest stadium in the Rio Grande do Sul state where lots and lots of soccer games are played.
It was also one of the stadiums for the 2014 World Cup.  

And, before we left, we took Flat on a ferry ride on the river so that he could see the sun set.

And, when we were waiting in the airport to go home we had to get something to eat.  We found a pizza place and Flat said that it reminded him of pizza from New York City.  It was sooooooooooooooooooooooo good!

Flat hopes that you and your classmates enjoyed this trip to Porto Alegre, Brasil.  
Love you!  

Cousin Michael (and Flat)