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

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 - 

Michael

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 - 

Michael

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 -

Michael

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 - 

Michael