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

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