Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Up-Cycle A Starbucks Holiday Cup to a Holiday Card


Hello everyone!!  Last week we went to the mall and I made sure we stopped at Starbucks so I could get my hands on the new holiday cup.  I know for most people going to the mall is a normal event - but here - where nothing is normal, going to the mall means a 30 to 40-minute drive, paying a toll both ways, AND we have to pay to park in the mall.  DON'T ASK!  So when we go it has to be worth the trip.  But I digress.  LOL

I returned home with two cups - a Tall and a Grande - and after I cleaned them I put them aside to be used down the road. But then I saw Kathy Racoosin's video on her Instagram page and I got inspired.  You can see the video HERE.  And you can see what she did with her 2016 cup HERE, and her 2015 cup HERE.  Just follow her and subscribe to her blog The Daily Marker - it's totally worth it. 

After the Tall cup dried I took it apart.  


Then I cut and embossed the image using the largest die from the A2 Matting Basics B set (Spellbinders).


Then I sat on the veranda with some Sharpie markers (and some jellybeans) and I colored the cup.  I also used Copic markers for the various skin tone colors.


I cut a top folding A2 card base of white cardstock and adhered a piece of red cardstock on top.  I also cut a piece of white fun foam, adhered it to the back of the Starbucks cup, which I then adhered to the card front.


I stamped the sentiment "Holiday Wishes" (American Art Stamp) on a piece of white cardstock that I cut out using a Stitched Circle die (Memory Box) and then I used a punch to cut the scallop circle of red cardstock, which I adhered over the Starbucks logo (sorry Starbucks).


I added a few small crystals on the tree and some other areas on the card.  I also found a metallic red pen that I ran over all the red areas on the card front to give it some shimmer.  

Done.  Easy Peasy!  


I hope you enjoyed this card.  Now you have an idea of what to do with the Starbucks holiday cup you are running out to get!!  LOL  Until next time everyone - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Anthony's Paper Craft - Round 3D Ornament Christmas Card


Happy Wednesday/Hump Day everyone!  So....I have some exciting news!!  A few weeks ago I got a Facebook message from Anthony Gilbert who owns Anthony's Paper Craft, a rubber stamp company in Cleveland, Ohio.  He told me that he loved my work and asked me if I would like to be part of his design team.  Um....YES!  I have to admit, not having to apply for a design team because the owner loves your work - completely made my month!  

I am in the middle of making a bunch of cards for Christmas and Hanukkah and today's project is using the Round Ornament.  I fell in love with this stamp as soon as I saw it because it reminded me of my StenDoodle technique and I knew I would be able to use lots of color and make it 3D.   

Let me show you how it's done.  I started by adhering a piece of decorative Christmas paper from my stash to my card front.  Then I cut a piece of white cardstock using a stitched rectangle die.  Now for a phrase...the other day I found a stack (trust me, a stack) of peel off stickers I had bought years ago and had never used.  I found one from Magenta Style called Christmas Words Gold and decided to use the phrase "Deck The Halls" under the ornament.


I then stamped the Round Ornament image twice on white cardstock.  Because I wanted the ornament a little bit larger for my card front and I wanted to make it 3D, I scanned the image, printed two of them on white cardstock, and then cut them out with my Scan N Cut.   

Note:  Although Anthony's Paper Craft does not have dies to match the images, many of them cut out beautifully with the Scan N Cut.  Trust me!!


Next...I colored!!  One of the ornaments I colored completely using 5 Sharpie fine point markers - red, green, yellow, blue, and peach.  For the 2nd ornament, I colored only the two flowers and then cut them out.


Next, I put some pop dots behind each of the cut out flowers and adhered them to the ornament - giving a 3D effect.


And, finally, the last few steps - I adhered the ornament to the card front by using pop dots behind the ornament and glue on the chain.  Then I adhered some really small crystals to the ornament and the chain to make it pop.


I hope you enjoyed my first project with Anthony's Paper Craft.  I'd love to know...leave me a comment below!  And if you try this project also let me know.  I would love to see it.  Until next time...

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Friday, November 10, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge 75 - Fall Colors with Inkadinkado and Hero Arts Ombré Inks



Hello everyone!!  While I was putting away the Halloween stamps last week I found a small stamp set of leaves that I had never inked up and figured they would have to wait until next year.  Then I saw this "fall leaves" challenge by the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog and had to go pull them out!!   

I have to admit that it feels a little strange to be working on a fall card since it is Spring here but I am happy to be back playing with the amazing ladies for the current Retro Rubber Challenge 75- Fall Colors -  


I started by stamping the leaves from Leaves (99489) (Inkadinkado) (circa 2009) onto a piece of a yellow post-it note to make a mask.  Then I grabbed 3 of my Ombré inks (Hero Arts) in autumn colors - Light Ruby to Royal Red (AF319), Butter Bar to Orange Soda (AF309), and Ombré Autumn (AF366).

I started by stamping the largest leaf in the Light Ruby to Royal Red ink on a piece of white cardstock, 3 5/8" x 4n7/8".  


I then placed the mask over the leaf and stamped the next leaves using Butter to Orange and Ombré Autumn inks.


I continued masking and stamping until I had stamped the leaves across the whole piece of cardstock. 


I then put the cardstock in my Mistii (My Sweet Petunia) and stamped the word "gratitude" from Harvest Expressions (98555/Inkadinkado) with Onyx Black Versafine ink.


Lastly, I made my card base.  I started with an A2 piece of white cardstock.  I adhered a piece of autumn colored textured cardstock to the front, then a layer of black cardstock with a stitched border, and then the white cardstock with the leaves.  The final act was to adhere a few orange metallic sequins to the card front.


Done!!  I left the inside blank so it can be written on.  I'm glad I finally got some ink on these leaf stamps.  I think they are really beautiful with these "autumn" colored Ombré inks!  I'd love to know what you think of the card.  Let me know by leaving a comment below!  

Thanks for stopping by the blog and...until next time....

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happy Halloween "Batty" Card No. 2


Hello everyone!!  I seriously need to find more hours in my day or maybe more days in my week.  But I have a feeling most of us feel this way.  So much to do and so little time to get it all done!  Anyway, as promised, I am back today with one more "batty" Halloween card.  I wasn't planning on making two cards with the bat stamps but, while I was making yesterday's card another Halloween card with bats popped up in my Facebook feed - it was THIS one from my friend Justin's blog.  He had embossed bats with black embossing powder on black cardstock.  I had never thought of doing that and had to give it a go too!  

I started with an A2 top folding card base, adhered a piece of orange cardstock to the card front, and then distressed the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.


Next, I cut a piece of black cardstock with one of my stitched rectangle dies.  Then I stamped the bat image from my Halloween Wishes set several times using Versamark ink.  


Then I grabbed my heat gun, some Black Sparkle embossing powder by Ranger, and heat embossed the bats.  LOVED how they came out!  Once they cooled I adhered a piece of black fun foam to the back and then adhered this to the card front.


Next, I stamped the two banner images from my Halloween set - the smaller one onto white cardstock and the larger one onto orange cardstock.  Then I stamped the phrase from my Happy Halloween set on the smaller banner - all with Onyx Black Versafine ink.  Once dry I cut the two banners out and adhered the smaller banner on top of the larger banner.




I then put some pop dots on the back and adhered it to the card front.



The last thing I did....because the card was calling for them...was to glue down some small googly eyes on each bat. 


Done!  I really love how this card came out and it's a really quick card to make.  Thanks Justin for the inspiration!!  Let me know what you think of the card by leaving a comment below!!  

As always, thanks for stopping by the blog.  Until next time....

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

My New Halloween Stamps And A "Batty" Halloween Card



Hello everyone!  It's been a crazy couple of weeks and I am very excited to announce that I have come out with a small line of Halloween stamps here in Brasil.  Long story short....I was asked to give a charity class next weekend and they asked me for Halloween projects.  I knew I could never get stamps here in time so I finally took one of those ideas in my head and made it a reality.  My friend Francine here has a rubber stamp company called Scraplooving and I have always loved her images.  So I tossed the idea out to her of me designing some Halloween images that she could make for the class (and to sell).  She said let's run with this and before I knew it, I was sketching ideas, which is really not that easy for someone who is not an artist, and the next thing I knew....I had rubber stamps in my hands that I made!  Crazy!  

Here are the designs I have come out with - 


I wanted to share a card I made yesterday using some of the stamps.  If you wanted to recreate the card I am sure you have a bat image (or two) in your stash.  LOL

I started by stamping the two bat images (from HERE and HERE) with Onyx Black Versafine ink onto white cardstock.  Then had the Scan N Cut cut the images for me.


Next, I went through my stash of papers and adhered this paper to my A2 card front.


Next, I cut a piece of black cardstock using the largest die from the Nested Stitched Scallop Rectangle set and I also cut a piece of designer paper with the largest die from the Rectangle Frame set - both from Cottage Cutz.  Then I stamped the phrase "Halloween Wishes" from THIS set using Onyx Black Versafine ink and adhered the designer paper to the black cardstock, which I then adhered to the card front.


Next I adhered the bats around the front of the card, above the phrase.  


And the last thing I did...just to add a splash of color, was to adhere 3 purple sequins to the card front.  Done!!


I hope you enjoyed this card.  Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.  And please stop back tomorrow when I will have another "bat" themed Halloween card for you!  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

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