Sunday, March 1, 2015

Today I Am The Guest Designer Over At "Can You Case It?"



I was asked by my friend Eva, who I met through my friend Justin, who I met through my friend Renee  because I had been following him on Pinterest (whoa, long story.  Sorry, I digressed).  Anyway, Eva asked me if I would be a Guest Designer on her challenge blog called "Can You Case It?".  I was honored to be asked and said "sure"..."no problem"..."I'd be honored"...blah, blah, blah.  Then I found out that I wasn't really "casing" something already made.  I was given a "sketch" to "case"!  

To be honest - I HATE SKETCHES!  LOL

So I sat myself down and had a little conversation with myself.  I told myself, "self, sometimes you just have to face your fears, face those things that make you squirm, and sweat, and put fear into your creative thought process".  But I did it.  And, I have to admit, it was a lot more fun than I expected.  Maybe I be taking part in other sketches down the road. 


Here is this week's "sketch" that I had to "case" - 




Since I was already in the middle of making some baby cards for a client and had all the supplies out on my table, I decided to make two of the baby cards using the sketch, Both cards are basically the same with the only differences being the embossing folders used and each card has a different "embellishment". You can see the 2nd card further down.   


Please note - I like to use Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges of all my pieces to make it blend nicer and make it look softer.  This is optional! 

How to make the card -


Start with an A2 sized card base of dark pink cardstock.  Adhere a 4"x 3.5" piece of pink textured cardstock to the top of the 4"x 5.25" piece of white cardstock.  Stamp the phrase "Bundle of Love" with black archival ink (as close to the bottom as possible).  Stamp the crown with the princess phrase on the 1.5" pink circle.  Adhere the pink circle to the scalloped circle and set aside for later use.  




Place a piece of 3.75"x 3.5" white cardstock into the embossing folder in the exact position you want it to emboss.  Run it through your die cut machine. Adhere it to the pink textured cardstock.  The bottom will go over the pink cardstock but the ribbon will cover this.  Apply some ribbon glue or other adhesive to the back of the ribbon and wrap around the card front - covering where the cardstocks meet.  Then adhere this to the card front.




Apply a crystal to each of the scallops and on the crown.  Then apply some pop dots on the back of the scallop circle and adhere to the front left side of the card front.  Then run a line of crystals under the ribbon.  Don't forget any small spaces to the left of the scallop.



Now just adhere a piece of white cardstock to the inside - 4" x 5.25" and give to that special someone or mommy (or daddy) to be!




Here is the other card I made.  Also for a girl but this time I used an embossing folder by Crafts-Too called Babies Feet (CTFD4001) and I used some small wooden fabric covered baby feet buttons I get here in Brasil.  





So there you have my Guest Designer card(s) for the Can You Case It? sketch challenge for this week. Stop by the blog and see what the rest of the design team has done and show them some love by uploading one of your cards to the gallery! 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and the cards.  Also, check out Eva's blog over at 

http://evascardsandthings.evabussom.com

and Justin's blog over at 

http://jkcardsonline.com.

Hugs from Brasil -
~Michael

Supplies Used:




Dark Pink A2 card base (4.25" x 5.5")
White Cardstock 4" x 5.25" (2 pieces - one is for the inside of card)
White Cardstock 3.75" x 3.5"
Pink Textured Cardstock 4" x 3.5"
Dark Pink 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch (Stampin Up)
Pink 1 1/2" Circle Punch (Marvy)
Baby Shower Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)
Build-A-Onesie Girl Stamp Set (The Greeting Farm)
"Bundle of Love" (Hero Arts for Archivers)
Crystals
Ribbon (Michaels)
Black Archival Ink (Ranger)
Vintage Photo Distress Ink with Applicator (optional) (Ranger)
Double Sided Tape or Adhesive of your choice
Clear Blocks for Stamps
Pop Dots
Die Cut Machine

Friday, February 13, 2015

"Love XOXO" Valentine's Day Card



Hello everyone.  It's FRIDAY!!!  I know a few of you are beyond happy about that.  LOL. Today starts Carnival here in Brasil.  First up is Sao Paulo City and then Rio.  The whole country comes to a complete standstill.  Next week the post office and banks are closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday!  Crazy but fun.  

Here is one more card for Valentine's Day using the same 3D technique as my card from February 9th.  Hope you like.  It's very easy to make.  

Hugs from Brasil (Abraços do Brasil) -
~Michael


Step by Step (Passo a Passo):

(1) The card size is A2 (4.25" x 5.5").  Cut a strip of patterned paper - 3/4" x 5.25" - and adhere to card front.

(1) O tamanho do cartão é A2. Corte uma tira de papel decorado - 3/4 "x 5.25" - e cole na parte dianteira do cartão.




(2) Cut two pieces of white cardstock - 3.4" x 5.25" and 2.5" x 5.25".  Place pop dots on the back of each piece.  Adhere the smaller piece to the right of the patterned paper and the other piece to the left of the patterned paper.

(2) Corte dois pedaços de cardstock branca - 3,4" x 5,25" e 2,5" x 5,25". Coloque fita banana na parte traseira de cada peça. Aderir a peça menor para a direita do papel decorado e a outra parte para a esquerda do papel decorado.


(3) Cut the "love" diecut out of red cardstock.  Adhere glue to the back and pieces of pop dot where you know it will cover the patterned paper.  Adhere to card front.

(3) Corte a faca "amor" de cardstock vermelha. Cole cola na parte de trás os pedaços de fita banana onde você sabe que vai cobrir o papel decorado. Cole na parte dianteira do cartão.



(4) Apply some Diamond Glaze over the phrase. Adhere some heart embellishments.  Allow all to dry.

(4) Aplique um pouco de Diamond Glaze ou Dimensional Relevo 3D Incolor sobre a frase. Cole alguns embellishments tipo coracoes. Deixe secar.



Now sign it and give it to someone you love!  But make sure you include a box of chocolates too.  LOL

Agora assiná-lo e dá-lo a alguém que você ama! Mas certifique-se de incluir uma caixa de chocolates também.  kkk

Supplies Used:
Base - A7 White Cardstock (5" x 7" card)
Patterned paper or 6x6 Scrapbook Pad
"Love" Die Cut and Die Cut Machine (Big Shot, etc.)
Foam Tape or Pop Dots
Heart Embellishments
Diamond Glaze or Glossy Accents
Glue

Materiais usadas:
Papel decorado ou 6x6 Pad Scrapbook
"Love" Faca and Big Shot Machine
Fita Banana ou Dots Pop
Embellishments do coração
Cola Diamand Glaze ou Relevo 3D Incolor (Acrilex)
Cola

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Can You Case It? (CYCI) Black, Red, and White Color Challenge


Good morning folks.  Got up today at 11:00am.  That NEVER happens.  We saw the new Walking Dead episode last night (great one, too, if you watch) and then I proceeded to toss and turn almost all night! It's either the zombies or the fact that I have too many projects in my head that need to come out!  LOL

Today's card was made to enter into the black, white and red color challenge over at Can You Case It? 


How to make the card:  

Make an A2 card base out of textured red cardstock.  Adhere the black cardstock to the card front.  Then adhere the white cardstock to the black.  Using your die cut machine, cut and then emboss the Typewriter die out of black cardstock.  

Cut a piece of red cardstock with the 4th largest die from the Pierced Rectangle STAX. Adhere the 1.75" x 3" white cardstock to the piece you just cut.  Place a piece of double sided tape at the bottom (don't remove the top piece yet).  Now, slip this piece through the typewriter so that it sits just above where the keys start (look at the back).  Make three marks with a pencil so that you will know where to stamp your phrase.  Remove the piece and, using a stamp positioner, stamp your phrase.  


Then stamp above the pencil lines.  Erase the pencil lines, remove the adhesive to the double sided tape, slip it back into the typewriter. 


Apply some pop dots to the back, above the keys, and some glue to the area around the keys.  Then glue to the front of your card.  Adhere the keys area first and then push down. The area with the pop dots will bend to give you some depth to the typewriter.



Now just adhere a piece of 4" x 5.25" cardstock to the inside - to write on - and give it someone special!

Hope you liked this card.  Let me know what you think!

Hugs from Brasil -
~Michael

Supplies Used:

Red Textured Cardstock - 4.25"x11", scored at 5.5" and folded in half (for card base) 
Black Cardstock - 4"x5.25"
White Cardstock - 3.75"x5", 1.75"x3", and 4"x5.25"
Bottom of My Heart Stamp Set by Sweet N Sassy Stamps
Typewriter Die from Spellbinders (IN-022)
Die-namics Pierced Rectangle STAX
Die Cut Machine (Big Shot, Big Kick, Cuttlebug, etc.)
Double Sided Tape and Liquid Glue
Pop Dots

Monday, February 9, 2015

"Love" - Black, White and Red Valentine's Day Card


Good morning everyone!  Since I am 3 hours ahead of NY, the Grammy Awards did not start until 11pm. I tried - I really tried - to get through the whole show but I crashed at 1am.  Was nice to wake up to find out that Sam Smith won 4 awards!  Now I hope that this brings him some happiness and his next album will be a bit more upbeat.  HA!  Did you guys watch?

Today I have another easy Valentine's Day card.  The color scheme is black, red and white.  I am also going to enter this card into the Can You Case It Color Challenge this week that is black, red and white.  Perfect timing.  If you want to enter their challenge you can check out their website at canyoucaseit.com.

How I Made The Card

(1) Make card base.  Cut a piece of patterned Valentine's Day paper and adhere it - 4" in from the right side of the card.


(2) Apply pop dots or foam tape to the back of each of the pieces of white cardstock.


(3) Adhere the smaller piece of white cardstock to the right side of the patterned paper. Make sure you keep a 1/8" border.  Then adhere the larger size on the left side of the paper.



(4) Die cut the Love die two times - once out of black cardstock and once out of red cardstock.  Cut small pieces of foam tape or pop dots and adhere to the back of the "o" and the "v" and then adhere glue to the rest.  

Adhere the phrase to the front of the card positioning the "o" and the "v" over the patterned paper.  Then adhere the hearts cut from the red cardstock to the front.




(5) Last - I applied some Frosted Lace Stickles to the hearts!  Done.


Now just sign the card and give it to someone that will appreciate a handmade card!  Hope you enjoyed this card.  Let me know if you make any!

Hugs from Brasil -

~Michael

Supplies I Used

Card base - white cardstock - 7" x 10", scored at 5" and folded
Piece of patterned paper - 2.5" x 4.75"
Piece of white cardstock - 1.5" x 4.75"
Piece of white cardstock - 3" x 4.75"
Pop Dots or Foam Tape
Die Cut Machine
Scor Pal or other scoring tool

Sunday, February 8, 2015

"XO" Valentine's Day Card



Hello everyone.  Hope y'all are having a great weekend!  Yesterday Ruy and I went into Sao Paulo and met some friends for a day of fun and to see Whiskey!  He went nuts when he saw us and, as much as he missed Ruy, he missed me more.  LOL. He was pretty much in my arms for most of the morning!  Barbara loves him and Whiskey is really loving his new home.  Check out his smile below!


Today I am showing another Valentine's Day card. Seriously, you can make this card in under 15 minutes!  I love love love this background from MFT and the "XO" letters go perfectly with it.

Below was the first card I made.  I cut the "X" and the "O" from black cardstock but when I applied the Crystal Stickles, they turned it a nice green patina, which I kinda like.  Also, my friend Sue suggested I not put a flower on the top as it hides both hearts and to keep them red and white, not pink.  


I remade the card for this step by step and I changed the letters to white cardstock.  I also played around with the flowers.  At the very bottom is another example without any flowers.  Hope you guys like. 

How to make the card -

(1). Grab your die cut machine and cut the Hugs & Kisses background die from the 4.25" x 5.5" piece of white cardstock.   Cut the "X" and the "O" from the Round-A-Bout Alphabet set from the scrap piece of white cardstock.  Cut the largest heart die from the Heart Die Set - 2 from a red cardstock scrap and 2 from a black cardstock scrap.  


(2) Glue the XO background to the red card front. Then glue one red heart over a black heart but leave a small amount of the black cardstock showing.  This gives a bit of a shadow and will give some depth to the hearts.  




(3) Put some pop dots or foam tape on the back of the hearts and adhere them to the card front towards the lower right corner.  Then glue the "X" and the "O" on the hearts.  




(4)  Apply the Crystal Stickles on top of the "X" and the "O" to give it some sparkle.  Then glue the roses around the bottom of the hearts.  I use a liquid glue that will dry clear to adhere the roses. 




OR - leave the roses off!  


I hope you guys liked this step by step.  Let me know which card you loved the most.  Below is a list of the supplies I used.  Check back tomorrow for another Valentine's Day card! 

Hugs from Brasil -

~Michael

The stuff I used to make the card -

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Red Cardstock - 4.25" x 11" - scored at 5.5" and folded in half
White Cardstock - 4.25" x 5.5" and 4" x 5.25" (one piece each)
Scrap piece of black, red, and white cardstock
Red and white small paper roses (Prima, Recollections)
Die Cut Machine
Glue 
Pop Dots