Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day/TGIF/Retro Rubber Challenge No. 58 - Anything Goes!


Hello everyone!  TGIF.....Happy St. Patrick's Day 2017....happy everything. OMGosh...so many things going on here at once.  I got a job for a cafe/bakery in town.  They are making their own handmade chocolate Easter eggs and they asked me to make bands to go around the boxes.  200 of them.  When I am done I will show it all.  I am also taking part in an ATC swap.  Not only is it my first swap but I have never done an ATC before.  It's been a lot of fun and I cannot wait to finish them all to show you guys!  But free time has been tight.

But for today....it's Retro Rubber Challenge Blog Day.  I am thrilled to say that I was their top pick for last week's challenge!!  Thank You Retro Rubber!  All the cards entered rocked and I am honored to have won.  I will be a guest designer for them on an upcoming challenge.  You can check out the winning card HERE.

For this week's Retro Rubber Challenge No. 58 it's an Anything Goes challenge.  Last week I pulled out a stamp by Hero Arts that I wanted to use and, since I had some Kraft paper laying about, I decided to throw the two together for today's card.  All the stamps in this post are at least two years old and the ink was still in the packaging and is now discontinued by Hero Arts.  LOL.  



I started with a top folding A2 card base of white cardstock.  I then pulled out a piece of Kraft cardstock and stamped the Hardwood background stamp (Stampin Up) using Latte Chalk Ink by Hero Arts.  Once dry I trimmed it to 4.25" x 5.5", distressed the edges with the Latte chalk ink, and adhered it to the card front.


Next I cut another piece of Kraft cardstock and stamped/embossed Leafy Vines (Hero Arts) using Versamark ink and white embossing powder (Hero Arts).


Next I trimmed the Leafy Vines to 3.75" x 5", distressed the edges with the Latte chalk ink, and adhered it to a piece of black cardstock, 4" x 5.25".  I then cut a piece of black fun foam, adhered this to the back of the black cardstock, and then adhered this to the card front.  You will have 4 layers.   


Lastly, I stamped the words "Just" and "Because" from Label Maker Sentiments  (My Favorite Things) in Onyx Black Versafine ink on white cardstock, trimmed both the words, adhered them to Kraft cardstock, distressed the edges and adhered to the card front using some small pop dots.  Done!!


A pretty easy card to make and with the Label Maker set, you can use whatever words best fit the occasion of why you need the card.  A great set to own!  I hope you liked this card.  If you want to take part in the Retro Rubber Challenge, you have until March 24th to enter a project.  Just click HERE to enter one of your own.  

Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 
Michael

Friday, March 3, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge 57 - Color My World and The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge


Hello everyone!  I love it when the planets align and I have the opportunity to use a project in more than one place!  Two things happened this week in my favor.  First - the 7th "30 Day Coloring Challenge" started over on The Daily Marker.  I always stress out over these because I really want to do something each day but always fail.  This time I am just going with the flow.  If I make something, fine.  If not, no big deal!!  


And, the current Retro Rubber Challenge - Challenge 57 - is all about color!  I had to use the photo below for inspiration.  


I had two ideas in my head.  One was a vertical card and the other was a horizontal card.  I decided to use an older (like from 2007) stamp by Penny Black called tigress (3817K), which is still being made (YAY), and some Bic Markers in the colors from the inspiration photo.

For the horizontal card I started with an A2 card base of white cardstock.  I then cut another piece of white cardstock, 4" x 5.25", and stamped the image of the twice (yes, I used a stamp positioner).  I then stamped the phrase "Thanks A Bunch" from THIS Dear Lizzy stamp set.  

I then colored the flowers in using Bic Markers - Rambunctious Red, Blue Skies Blue, Key Lime, Hot Aqua, and Yellow Blaze.


I then adhered a piece of white fun foam to the back and then adhered this to the card front.  The last thing I did was to apply some Stickles to each of the flowers using True Blue, Firefly, Xmas Red, and Yellow. 


For the vertical card, I also started with a top folding A2 card base of white cardstock.  I then cut another piece of white cardstock, 4" x 5.25", and stamped the tigress stamp in the lower right side.  I then stamped the phrase "you color my world" by Viva Las Vegas Stamps, next to the flowers.  I colored the flowers with the same Bic Markers, applied the same Stickles to each of the flowers, adhered a piece of white fun foam to the back and adhered this to the card front.

  
That's it!!  I love how these primary colors pop off the card.  Very clean and simple!  I hope you get a chance to check out the 30 Day Coloring Challenge and maybe you can even make a card for the Retro Rubber Card Challenge!  

Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Saturday, February 25, 2017

"Loving On" - Your Next Stamp - Congratulations/Cheers Card


Happy Saturday everyone!!  Here in Brasil it's time for Carnaval, which is very different than the one in New Orleans! This is an annual festival held between the Friday afternoon (51 days before Easter) and Ash Wednesday at noon, which marks the beginning of Lent, the forty-day period before Easter.  Huge parades of "Samba Schools" are going on every night in all the major cities here.  Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro have the largest parades, which are also televised.  The costumes are amazing and some of them take a whole year to make and use amazing fabrics, feathers, beads, crystals.....

If you want to learn more about it, check out this page on Wikipedia HERE.

Now for today's post.....I have another card for the "Loving On" - Your Next Stamp.  I love this set of champagne glasses from "Clink".  You can use this set for an anniversary, for the New Year, to celebrate a new baby or a new job...it's just very versatile.

I started with a top folding A2 card base of black cardstock.  I then embossed a piece of metallic white cardstock in an embossing folder from Couture Creations called Annalee, which I adhered to the card front.  I then stamped the glasses on a piece of vellum and embossed it with Sparkle embossing powder by Ranger.  I die cut it using the matching "Clink die" and adhered it to the card front in the center.  

Next I die cut the "Fancy Cheers die" a few times out of thick black cardstock and glued them together.  Then I embossed the word with the same Sparkle embossing powder and adhered it to the card front under the glasses.  The final touch was to adhere a few black sequins to the card front.  

I hope you liked this easy card.  Remember to leave a comment below and on each of the other blog posts in this "hop" to be entered to win a stamp set from Your Next Stamp.  

Here are links to all the posts (other than today's post) so make sure you go check them all out and leave comments!  

World Of Michael Trent (my first post)

Until next time - Hugs from Brasil!!

Michael

Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Loving On" - Your Next Stamp with Katemade Designs


Hello everyone!!  Today is my opportunity to share with you another blogger's love of Your Next Stamp in the "Loving On" series.  So, without further ado, I would like to introduce Katie Bolinger to you guys - 

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Hello World Of Michael Trent readers. I’m Katie Bolinger and I have been paper crafting for nearly 20 years. As a graphic designer I spend my days looking at a computer screen, I started paper crafting so I could be creative after work without having to look at a screen. I’ve tried a lot of different papercrafts but I always come back to making cards.

Three years ago I tried Project Life to document the first year of our puppy’s life. I took a lot of pictures of my son and our dog as they grew. A lot of pictures. When I had the select few I planned to use printed I wanted a number of them cut to 3”x4” with rounded corners. This was going to be a pain. I searched the interwebs for a die I could run through my Cuttlebug and at that time there was only one solution, Your Next Stamp Die Set Journaled Weekly (YNSD69).

Since that first purchase I have followed Your Next Stamp (YNS) and added image after image to my wish list. These stamps are perfect for coloring addicts like me. The images remind me of the best coloring books of my youth.  I have found things in their online store that I’ve never seen anywhere else. No one else has a friendly dragon like Dante or a cuter dancing gecko than they do, and they have a cute ass too. (Check out the post to understand better). LOL


Visit me at Katemade Designs to see more creations using Your Next Stamp.

You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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To see how Katie is "Loving On" - Your Next Stamp head over to her blog - HERE - and check out her creations.  Remember to leave a comment on her blog in order to be entered to win a free stamp set by Your Next Stamp!

If you want to see my post on how I am "Loving On" - Your Next Stamp - just click - HERE - and remember to leave a comment on my blog too!  

Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"Loving On" - Your Next Stamp ....


Hello everyone!!  Sorry for disappearing.  No, I was not abducted by aliens nor did I win a round-the-world cruise.  LOL. Life just got in the way as most of you can understand.  The holidays were a bit crazy here and I did some travelling to other parts of Brasil.  Then….well…..I lost my mojo.  I think I left the door open one day it went for a very long walk.  LOL

But it’s back now and I need to thank Katie over at Katemade Designs!  She posted on Facebook that she was going to do one of her “Loving On” series using stamps by Your Next Stamp and she was looking for others to join her. So here I am! I have loved products by Your Next Stamp for a few years now.  Not only are they adorable but they are really well made, their phrases come in some really nice fonts, and their customer service is amazing.  

So this week I am “Loving On - Your Next Stamp”.  I will have two posts this week and I will be sharing posts from some of the other folks along on the hop. For today’s card I used the Word Critters - Spring Birds set along with the matching Spring Birds Die set.  

I started by making a top folding card base of white cardstock - 4.25” x 11”, scored at 5.5”.  I then cut a piece of black cardstock and applied it to the card front.  Then I found a cool piece of scrapbook paper in my stash that had leaves on it so I cut a piece to 4” x 5.25” and adhered that to the center of the black cardstock.

(Sorry for the glare - shiny paper.)

Next up I stamped the two birds and the nest with the eggs, die cut them, and colored them in with Tombow markers.  I then cut a piece of white cardstock, 2.75” x 4”, and stamped the branch,the hearts and the phrase, and colored them in with Tombow markers. I adhered this to a piece of black cardstock, 3” x 4.25”, and then adhered the nest and birds with pop dots.


The last thing I did was to adhere this piece to the card front and I was done!


I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy card using stamps and dies from Your Next Stamp.  

Karen, the owner at Your Next Stamp, has offered a stamp set to one lucky winner this week. So leave a comment to enter and get yourself some of the YNS love.

Until next time….Hugs from Brasil -

Michael