Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sam The Surfing Duck


This project all started when I got an email from Gerda Steiner Designs asking people to download a free digi of a surfing duck, make something with it, and upload it to the Instagram Surf Challenge.  Um....sure! Being in Brasil, without easy access to a stamp store, has made me embrace digi stamps a lot more than in the past.  So I went HERE and downloaded the free Surfing Duck digi, below.  Oh, I named him Sam, by the way.  Sam the Surfing Duck!  
I started with an A2 side folding white cardstock base.  I cut a piece of navy blue cardstock, 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", which I adhered to the card front.  

Then I cut a piece of light blue cardstock, 4" x 5 1/4", placed the "Shine" stencil by Memory Box over the cardstock, and sprayed it with Lemon Zest Dylusions ink spray.  



For the palm trees I used a set called "island2visit" by The Stamps of Life.  I wanted the palm trees to be taller than the stamp allowed so I stamped and embossed the truck, twice, and then I cut a piece off one of the trunks to glue at the top of the other.  I did this twice since I wanted two trees.  I also stamped the leaves stamp twice and had my Scan N Cut cut them out.  



Then I adhered one of the trees onto the card front as well as the leaves at the top.  


For the 2nd tree, I put some pop dots on the back of the trunk and the leaves and adhered this to the card front but on the left side of the first tree.


I wanted some sand on the bottom of the card so I dug through my stash and found a jar of Malibu Beach sand with glue from MuddPuddles, which I think is out of business now, and applied some of this to the bottom of the card front.  


Then I colored in the Sam the Surfing Duck digi with some Copic markers, added a few dots and dashes to his surfboard to give it a slight design, and applied glossy accents to his sunglasses and the surfboard.  



After it was dry I adhered Sam the Surfing Duck next to the trees.


The last step was to adhere this to the card front.  Done!!  Here is a close up of Sam - 


I hope you guys enjoyed this quirky little card.  It was fun to make.  If you want to make something too, click on the link at the top to get the digi or sign up for the newsletter on the blog HERE!

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Friday, June 24, 2016

God Bless America - July 4th Card No. 2


TGIF!!  I cannot believe that I woke up at 6:30 a.m. with enough energy to light the town for a month.  LOL.  Of course I lost all my energy when I found out that the UK decided to leave the EU.  The markets will tumble today, the media will talk to us about end times and, in a week, all will be back to normal. But I will just make the most of it and make cards and color.

Speaking of coloring..... Kathy from The Daily Marker is having her next 30 Day Coloring Challenge July 5th to August 5th - and I cannot wait!!  This is a great challenge and I really suggest people play along with her.  There is no stress with this challenge - other than to try and color something - it can be a small little image to a giant full page - at least once a day for 30 days.  If you want more info on the challenge you can click HERE to watch Kathy's video.  I hope you will be joining me.  


Today's card is my 2nd card in honor of July 4th or Independence Day in the USA.  I started with an A2 side folding white cardstock for the card base.  Then I cut a piece of red textured cardstock, 4 1/4" x 1 3/4", and adhered it to the bottom of the card front, and a piece of decorative paper with a red, white, and blue theme, 3 3/4" x 4 1/4", and adhered this above the red cardstock.  

Then I took one of the phrases from "Stars & Stripes Forever" by Unity Stamp Co., inked it up with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder - on the red cardstock.    

Next I used the Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner dies from My Favorite Things and cut a piece of white cardstock with the 3rd largest die and a piece of navy blue cardstock with the 4th largest die.  I distressed the edges of both and adhered the white to the navy blue cardstock.  Then I put some pop dots on the back of the navy piece and adhered this to the card front, above the embossed phrase. 

Then I stamped the image from the same set (twice) with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and color it in with Copic markers.  I went over the blue and red areas with a Clear Wink of Stella Brush marker to give it some shimmer.  I cut the heart out and adhered it to the center of the white cardstock.  Then I cut the star section from the 2nd image I stamped, colored it with the Clear Wink of Stella marker, put a pop dot under it and adhered it to the center of the heart. 

Lastly, I adhered a few red sequins near the heart and I adhered a clear heart to the center of the star.  Done!!

Here are some close ups of the image and the star. 



I hope you guys enjoyed this card.  Feel free to leave me a comment below with your thoughts.  I hope everyone has a great weekend and gets to color, craft a bit, or get some sun and relax.  I am working on a big stamped "scene", which I hope to have done for next week.  Until next time...

Hugs from Brasil - 
Michael  

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Summer is HERE!!! Let's Be Adventurers!

George & Scarlett Are Off On An Adventure
Good morning everyone!  According to the reports last night we were expecting torrential rains lasting through today.  They were wrong!  They must have passed us by because it is bright and sunny outside!  I am working on a huge "scene" project but will need to take a break soon so that I can take Max or Bandido on a very long walk.  

Today's card was made at least two months ago and I have no idea why I never blogged about it.  I really love how it came out.  I'm not happy with where I put the sentiment but I can deal with it for now.  All the stamps used on the card are from Unity Stamp Co.

A little back story (because it's kinda fun to do this) - 

The couple on the card front are George & Scarlett.  They have been married for 5 years now.  Scarlett met George at his restaurant where he is the chef.  She not only fell in love with the decor, the food, and the wine...but also with George. After they got married she started her own clothing line.  As you can see from her ensemble, she loves bright colors. Well, now that her line has taken off and George's restaurant is so successful, she decided to surprise George with a trip to Spain, and this is the card she gave him.  LOL. 

To make the card I started with a piece of white cardstock, 3 7/8" x 5 1/8".  I stamped the cart with all the luggage on it (from the Let's Be Adventurers set) on the right side.  Then I stamped George & Scarlett (from the George & Scarlett set) next to the cart.  I colored George & Scarlett with various Copic markers.  When done, I felt that Scarlett was not as exciting as George.  So I stamped her skirt again on a piece of decorative scrap paper that had a flower pattern on it, went over it with a bright yellow Copic, cut the skirt out, and layered it over the original skirt.  Lastly I stamped the phrase, also from the Let's be Adventurers set, on the right side.  

Then I layered this onto a piece of black cardstock, 4" x 5 1/4", which I then layered onto a piece of decorative scrapbook paper of a map, 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

Done!  Both of these sets are designed by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Co.  She has a HUGE series of "AngieGirls" stamps and I wish I could own them all.  They are also all on sale right now for $10 each.  I don't make anything by promoting this...just passing great info along.    

I hope you guys liked this card.  Please let me know by leaving some feedback below!  Now...back to my big "scene" card...

Hugs from Brasil!

Michael

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Stars & Stripes Forever


Hello everyone.  Hope y'all are having a good week so far.  I was not feeling great this past weekend so I chose to chill and catch up on some of my shows. I am feeling better this morning and got the idea for this card after I saw the trailer for the new "Independence Day" movie coming out.  The first movie is one of my favorites and, as much as I know the new movie will probably disappoint, I cannot wait to go see it on Thursday!  To celebrate....I made a card for July 4th!

I am using one of my favorite dies - Woven Ribbons Card Panel by Frantic Stamper.  I have also used it HERE.  To start, I cut a piece of textured red, white, and blue cardstock - just a bit larger than the die.  


Then I applied 2" wide double sided tape to the back of each piece and burnished well with a bone folder.   


Using my die cut machine, I die cut each of the pieces with the Woven Ribbons Card Panel die (use a metal adapter plate for a better cut).  

The red and blue show the front of each piece.
The white shows how the back of the piece will look.

Remove the outside border from the piece of blue cardstock and, working slowing, adhere just the upper corner of the piece to your card front.  You DO NOT want to adhere the whole piece.


Most of the sections of the die have 3 parts so I envisioned them as red, white, and blue. I place the 3 pieces of cardstock above my card front and, starting with the red of one section, I just started to fill in the card front.  It's like a puzzle.  And because we used the double sided tape on the back, all you have to do is remove the tape backing and insert the piece into the correct space.  Then burnish. 


Then I moved to the next section.  As I fill in each section, I move the border so that it is perfectly aligned with each piece.  This is why I do not adhere the whole border at once - you have no wiggle room.



The card front completely filled in.  

Once I had the whole card front filled in, I grabbed my Heidi Swapp Confetti Stencil, placed the stars where I wanted them and applied some Glossy White Embossing Paste with a palette knife.   


I removed the stencil (clean the stencil and knife immediately) - and felt there was too much white.


So I covered the stars some silver fine glitter.  


Once it all dried, most of the glitter came off but I liked the simple shimmer to the stars. Last thing I did was to stamp the phrase from the Stars & Stripes Forever set by Unity Stamp Co. on to white cardstock and die cut it using the X Stitched Oval Dies by Gina Marie.  I put 2 pop dots behind the oval and adhered it to the card front.  


I hope you enjoyed this card.  Please let me know by leaving a comment below.  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil -
Michael

Thursday, June 16, 2016

SIP Challenge 52 - Cardmaker's Choice - Card For A Veterinarian


Hello everyone.  One year ago my friend Justin Krieger started the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge blog. This week is their One Year Anniversary and they are having a Card Maker's Choice challenge - 

And, not only do they have a blog hop happening but you can also win a few goodies!  I hope you can check all the posts out, show all the designers some love, and enter a card or project into the challenge.  

The card I made for the challenge is a card I made yesterday for someone in town.  Her sister's birthday is this weekend and, since her sister is in the first year of Vet school, she asked me to make a card related to both.  You would think, with 6 dogs and 3 cats, that I would have stamps and papers related to animals, but I don't.  So I went to my favorite site - Etsy - and found THIS adorable digi image of a female vet - 


and then I searched a bit more and found THESE digi papers, which I knew would go perfect with the image of the vet.    

To make the card I started with a 5" x 7" Kraft card base.  Then I printed one of the digi papers, trimmed it to 4 3/4" x 6 3/4", distressed the sides, wrapped a piece of red ribbon around it, made a knot, and adhered it to the card front.  After this I printed the digi image of the Vet, 4" high, and colored her in with some Copic markers.  Then I trimmed the image to a strip 2" wide by 6 3/4" high, which I adhered to another piece of Kraft cardstock, 2 1/4" x 6 3/4", distressed the sides and adhered this to the card front.  Then I adhered a few sequins to the front and "Happy Birthday" to the inside.  Done!!

I hope you enjoyed this card.  Please let me know what your thoughts are by leaving a comment below.  I hope you can find the time to make a project for the challenge.  You have until June 19th at 8:00pm to enter it HERE.  Until next time...

Hugs from Brasil - 
Michael