Saturday, December 17, 2016

SIP Challenge 78 - Winter Holiday with Unity Stamps



Hello everyone!  Wow....this month is just flying by and it seems that I have no time to do anything for fun!! How is everyone doing with their holiday shopping? Anyone finished yet?  Since it's summer here we are off to the beach for a few days and will enjoy seeing Santa on the sand!!  Honestly, I do miss this time of year in NYC with all the decorations hanging in the streets, the Christmas windows at Saks, Lord & Taylor, Macy's....Christmas music everywhere, bells ringing and all the holiday fairs. But.....I do NOT miss the cold weather!  

This week over at the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge Blog they are having SIP Challenge No. 78 - Winter Holiday

And I made two Christmas cards out of one main image.  I know that the phrase "I Am More Than What You See" does not seem "Christmasy" and was not created for this.  What I am trying to get across here is that Christmas is "more than just what you see".  By using it with half of the "snowflake" with the word "believe", I hope that people will look beyond the decorations, etc. to see the real meaning of Christmas.  Sound corny??  Tell me the truth!!  LOL

I started by stamping the image from Magical Days (Unity Stamp Co.) on to a piece of white cardstock.  Then I carefully cut it in half.


Next I placed the second to largest Stitched Square die (Gina Marie) over the image, secured it with painter's tape, and die cut it.  Then I took this image and placed it (temporarily) on a piece of red cardstock, positioned the largest of the Stitched Square dies so that there would be a small border, removed the white cardstock, and then die cut the red cardstock.  


I did this with the other half of the image also so that I would get two cards out of this one image.


Next, using the largest die from the Pierced Rectangle STAX (MFT), I die cut a piece of white cardstock.    I stamped the phrase "I Am More" on to my stamp positioner.  Using the piece of red cardstock as a guide I figured out where I wanted to stamp the phrase and drew a light pencil line.  Then I went and stamped the image using black ink. I heat set the image and then erased the pencil line.  I did this so that the image would line up perfectly with the phrase. 


After I colored in my image, I adhered it to the piece of red cardstock, which I then adhered next to the phrase.  I then cut a piece of white fun foam, adhered this to the back of the cardstock with the images and then adhered this to the card front.  I also adhered some crystals to the image.


Here is the second card using the other side of the image.


You will have to tell me what you think of these cards.  I LOVE this phrase by Donna Downey.  And although this stamp is geared more towards a woman to be used with some of the other images on the site, I think this phrase pertains to ALL of us. We are ALL more than what we see at a first glance.  No?  Please, tell me what you think!  

I hope to have another card or two done before Christmas.  So, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Easiest Christmas Card for Dog Lovers


Hello everyone and Happy Saturday!!  Just wanted to pop in and share with you guys a really really really simple Christmas card.  I am going to call this card "the easiest Christmas card to make for dog lovers" card.  LOL.  

I was actually searching for this stamp last week to enter into the CAS on Sunday challenge blog for their pet challenge. But I couldn't find it.  Then, yesterday, while cleaning out a drawer, guess what I found?  Yes...this stamp of Archie the Holiday Dog, which I picked up last year at Paper Source.  At least now I can enter this card into the CAS on Sunday Challenge #97, which is Christmas.  


I started by cutting a piece of white cardstock 4" x 5.25".  Then I stamped Archie on the card front in Onyx Black Versafine ink.  I then stamped the phrase "warm wishes" from Word Critters - Winter Birds set by Your Next Stamp, in Satin Red Versafine ink. 

I then cut a top folding A2 card out of textured white cardstock and adhered the piece to the card front.  I colored in the hat with Rambunctious Red Bic Marker, adhered 3 red sequins to the card front and then adhered some Polar White Flower Soft to the hat using matte medium and set it aside to dry.

That's it.  Quite easy if I say so myself.  And talk about clean and simple.  LOL. I hope you guys liked this quick and easy card.  I have the same image of Archie but without the Santa hat and will have to put some ideas together.  Enjoy the rest of your Saturday and weekend everyone!!  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Saturday, November 26, 2016

A StenDoodled Birthday Card For My Brother!!


Good morning everyone.  I hope everyone survived their Thanksgiving (if they celebrated) and their Black Friday shopping (if they did any).  We normally do some sort of Thanksgiving dinner here with friends but this year it was just a pizza with hopes of a turkey dinner with all the fixings soon.  

As for Black Friday, you cannot beat the 30% off that Simon Says Stamp gave on Thursday and was able to finally get 1 die and 3 stamp sets that I have had on my wish list. On Friday (at 6am my time) Ellen Hutson had a great sale and I was able to add some Inchie Arts products and 2 WPlus9 sets I have been wanting.  There was plenty more that I wanted but I kept my wallet in check. What bargains or deals did you find?  I'd love to know!

Now for today's card.  It seems my parents scheduled the arrival of their children around major holidays.  LOL.  My birthday is Christmas Eve and my brother's is Thanksgiving.  Of course he always got birthday gifts and Hanukkah gifts and I always got 1 gift for both celebrations.  I know.  Unfair.  But therapy helped.  Kidding!!!  Last year I made a card for my bro (HERE) but he never received it (thanks to the Brasilian post office).  So this year I decided to make a StenDoodled birthday card for him that he will have to enjoy online until I see him in person!!  Whatcha think bro??

I started by stamping this Happy Birthday image on a piece of white cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  I am 99.999% sure that this stamp, although retired, was made by DRS Designs.

You can also use letter stencils and spell out whatever word you wish to use this way. 


The next thing you need to do is fill in each letter with a different stencil design (otherwise it would not be a StenDoodle. Right?)  Because these letters are about 1" tall, the perfect stencil to use is the Doodle It Inchie Stencil by Maria McGuire from StencilGirl Products.  

This stencil has a bunch of different designs and I tried to use a different one in each of the letters.  Place the design you want to use over the letter and trace the design with a Copic Multiliner or Micron pen, making sure you do NOT go out of the lines of the letter.  You can also trace with a pencil and then go back with your marker. 


 Here is the card front after all the designs were in each letter.


Next I used the Cake! set by Jane's Doodles.   Using a stamp positioner I stamped the cake and the candles so they were sitting on top of the image.  


Next I colored in the whole image using a variety of Copic markers.  I also trimmed the white cardstock to 3 1/2" x 6 1/4" and adhered it to a piece of black cardstock.


The last things I did was to adhere this to a Kraft card 3 3/4" x 6 3/4", applied some yellow Stickles to the candles and Espresso Dimensional Pearls to the cake as frosting and set aside to fully dry.  


Done!!  I love love love using stencils inside of open letters like this image or within open stencil letters.  Each card becomes unique to the person you are making it for or for the occasion.  I hope you enjoyed this idea of a StenDoodled birthday card.  Let me know by leaving a comment below!  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

More Coffee Please!!


Hello again everyone.  Yes, two posts in one day and both are coffee related.  I actually started this idea late last night for National Espresso Day and did not think I would have enough time today to finish it.  But, since the car had to be taken to the mechanic, I found the time!  I just love this smiling Lady Liberty holding up her large coffee for the whole city to see. Hope you do too!

I started with a piece of white cardstock, 4" x 5.25".  Then I stamped the Liberty Balloon Holder (Eureka Stamps) with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored her with Copic markers. 


Next, using a piece of black cardstock and a piece of grey textured cardstock I cut the City Landscape Layers die (Impression Obsession) and adhered them to the card front so it looks like Lady Liberty is behind the city.


Next I stamped the phrase next to Lady Liberty using Coffee Town by Sweet Stamp Shop and adhered it to a top folding A2 card base of Kraft cardstock.  I stamped and fussy cut the coffee cup (also from Coffee Town), colored the word "coffee" and the coffee cup with Fluorescent Copic markers, and then pop dotted the cup in Lady Liberty's hand.  The last thing I did was to adhere a few sequins in the same colors to the card front.


Done!!  I promise this is the last project for today!  And I also think this woudl be a great card for a Starbuck gift card.  Hmmmmm.  Hope you enjoyed this quick card also.  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil  -

Michael

Happy National Espresso Day!!


Hello everyone!!  Today, November 23rd, is National Espresso Day so allow me to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy National Espresso Day!!  LOL!!  You can learn more about espresso and this holiday by clicking HERE.  Since I am a huge coffee lover and live in coffee country I love making coffee related projects when I can.  I wanted to share one of those projects with you today - a wall hanging stack of coffee cups.  

I started with a "stack of cups" digi image that I found on Carmen's Place, a fun store on Etsy that sells digi images.  You can find the digi image I used HERE and another one with several coffee related images HERE.    

I sized and printed the digi image on a full A4 sheet of white cardstock. Because I wanted an easy watercolor effect I colored the image with a water brush and several Tombow markers.  You can also use distress inks.



I decided that I can get two projects from this image so I fussy cut the stack of cups and then trimmed across the 3rd cup from the bottom.  Because I wanted to protect the image for any liquids I rubbed MicroGlaze by JudiKins over the whole piece.  



Next I stamped, die cut, and colored the Flower Bouquet by Donna Salazar for Spellbinders, also with a waterbrush and Tombow markers.  I did fussy cut the bottom of the flowers so there was no white border.  Below are both pieces fully colored.


Now, because my cups are so bright (like most of my work) I needed to mount them on paper that would tone them down a bit.  Coffee/brown hued papers would work perfect.  I started with a base piece of cardstock 4 5/8" x 7 1/8".  I then found a piece of decorative paper with a "newsprint" type of look in my stash and cut a piece 4 1/8" x 6 3/4", which I mounted on a piece of black cardstock, which was then mounted to the center of the base paper. 


Then I adhered some pop dots behind my cups and the flowers and adhered them to the front of the wall hanging.  I also applied some Stickles to parts of the cups and flowers to give a shimmer.  I also adhered a piece of ribbon on the back so that the piece could hang on the wall.

The Stack of Cups hanging on the wall.

And that's it.  I'd love to know what you think of this piece.  I'll have more coffee related projects coming up and more with these digi images from Carmen.  Enjoy the rest of your day and go have an espresso!!  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael