Sunday, November 23, 2014

"Fowl Play" Holiday Card No. 1


Happy Sunday everyone.  It's a bit overcast here today and I am really hoping it rains. We are having a major H2O shortage and we can REALLY use the rain here!  

Today's post is another card with a stencil - the Fowl Play stencil by StencilGirl Products.  Not only do I love this stencil but I love the name even more.  

Fowl Play....what a great play on words here.

Several holiday cards popped into my head as soon as I saw this stencil.  Today is the first card.  I'll have other cards this week using the same stencil.  

Instead of my usual step by step with 32 steps (LOL), I am going to give a short paragraph of how I put the card together with a list of the supplies used should you want to try it yourself.  These cards are not difficult at all and I am sure many of your family and friends would love to receive one of these cards!

Step by Step:

Cut a piece of red cardstock 7" x 7", score at 3.5" and fold in half.  This is your card base.  Cut a piece of black cardstock 3.25" x 6.75" and adhere to card front.  Cut two pieces of white cardstock - 3" x 6.5". Adhere one piece to the inside of your card.  

On the other piece of white cardstock, stamp the sentiment in the middle.  I used Barn Door Distress Ink by Ranger.  Lay the stencil on one side of the phrase and, with a dauber and black ink (I used Black Soot Distress Ink), daub the bird stencil outline.  Now clean your stencil, flip it over, and do the other side.  

Trust me on the "clean your stencil" part!!


Adhere to card front.  Adhere a red crystal in each corner.  I also applied Orange Wink of Stella to the beaks and tips of the feathers and Clear Wink of Stella to the rest of the birds.

Supplies Used:

White, Red, and Black Cardstock 
Black Soot and Barn Door Distress Inks by Ranger
Dauber
Orange and Clear Wink of Stella Brush Pens

Hope you guys liked this card!  Let me know.  
Hugs from Brasil -
~Michael

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cosmopolis Street Art


Just a cool photo of some cool street art on a textured wall here in Cosmopolis, Sao Paulo, Brasil.  Some might call it graffiti, some call it dirt, but I call it art!

What do you call it?  

~Michael

"You Mean The World To Me" Card



Hey everyone!  Well, I am back in Brasil.  I had a great two months in NY and will blog a bit about my trip in a few days. Got out just in time as the cold swept down as my plane left.  As much as I loved being back home, it was very hard for me to do much crafting since most of my stuff was here. But now, I can get back into the groove.  

One day when I was hanging at The Ink Pad NYC's best rubber stamp store) - I saw the phrase used in this card and knew I had the stencil to go with it when I got home. This is a VERY simple and easy card to make to show someone you care about just how much you love them - no matter where in the world they may be.

Step by Step:

1.  Cut a piece of dark blue cardstock 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and score in half. This is your card base.  

Cut 2 pieces of cardstock 4" x 5 1/4". Stamp the phrase on the bottom of one piece. Distress the edges of the other piece and adhere to the inside of the card.


2.  Adhere the stencil to the card front with painter's tape.  Make sure you put a piece of tape between the two globes so that you only emboss one of them.  Using black embossing paste and a palette knife, apply the embossing paste over the stencil.  Smooth out, remove excess.  Remove stencil carefully and clean immediately. 



Place embossed piece to the side and allow to dry completely.


3.  Adhere the cardstock to the front of the card.  I also went over the phrase with a clear Wink of Stella brush pen. 


4.  Sign and give to someone special!

Hope you enjoyed this card.  

Hugs from Brasil -

~Michael

Supplies Used:

Phrase - You Mean The World To Me (1170E) by Catslife Press
Dark Blue Cardstock - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" scored in half
White Cardstock - 2 pieces at 4" x 5 1/4"
Vintage Photo Distress Ink and Applicator
Matte Black Embossing Paste by Dreamweaver
Palette Knife
Clear Wink of Stella Brush Pen

Friday, November 7, 2014

StenDoodled 2015 Calendar with StencilGirl Club Stencils



Hey everyone.  I am on the StencilGirl Blog today showing how I transformed one of those $1.50 two-year calendars that every craft store has, into a one of a kind StenDoodled calendar.  But I used only stencils from StencilGirl's Monthly Club!  Come check it out - HERE.

For more info on the monthly kit, which includes stencils only available through the club, click HERE!  If you LOVE stencils, you will want to check it out.

Hugs!!

Michael

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Great Classes At Great American Stamp Store

So many stencils and markers!!

This weekend I taught some classes at Great American Stamp Store in Westport, CT.  The morning class was an Intro to StenDoodle class and the afternoon class was a Memory Box Holiday Card class.  We had so much fun. I was very lucky that my BFF Sue drove me up there, hung out while I gave the classes and then drove us back.  I did not ask her to do this but when I mentioned to her that I was going to take the train, she almost slapped me. 

Of course the StenDoodle class was a very quiet one because everyone just zones and zens out while doing this technique.  For this class we made an ATC and 4.5" card using Art Squares from Inchie Arts (my new favorite product).  I really think everyone loved it and everyone made different and fun cards.

This is me talking about what to look for in a stencil when doing StenDoodle.



 

The Great American Stamp Store is located at 8 Church Street South in Westport, CT.  They have walls of wood mounted rubber stamps, clear stamps, pens, markers, stencils...the list goes on and on.  And, they have more punches than I have ever seen in one store. Trust me, if they don't have the punch you want, it isn't made!  LOL  

Below is a photo of Judy.  She and her daughter Jaime own and run the store. If you have never been here, it is a must if you are in the area or are planning a road trip. 


Everyone working hard.  You could hear a pin drop!

Here are some of the creations everyone made.



Unfortunately, I forgot to take any photos of the afternoon class.  I know...bad!  But it was a nice class.  I even had one person in the class who had never made a card before.  

Now to prepare for my classes at the Ink Pad in NYC this Tuesday and Saturday! 

Hugs from NYC!
~Michael