Sunday, May 3, 2015

Can You Case It? Sketch No. 68


Good morning everyone!!  I hope everyone has had a great week!  I have been very creative this past week.  I had the card for today finished days before I expected, which gave me the time to start a baby mini album.  It is not yet finished but I got the outside cover done and a few pages. If you check yesterday's post, you can see what I have done so far.  I love making these books!! 

Well, today is Sunday, which means - another CanYouCaseIt.com Challenge!!  This week it's a sketch. Have I mentioned how much I hate sketches?  LOL.  This one looked so easy yet I still had a hard time getting it done.  I think the simpler it is, the harder it is for me to do it.  But I did...




For this card I started with an A2 card base of white cardstock, top folded.  Then I adhered a piece of decorative scrap paper from a 6" x 6" paper pad I had laying around called Lucky Charm.  It's made by American Crafts for the Dear Lizzy line.  Then I die cut the largest die from the Stitched Rectangles STAX from a solid piece of paper from the same pad, and the next die down from a piece of watercolor paper.  

Then I stamped the flower image from the Cherish Every Moment set, using Archival Jet Black ink from Ranger, onto a piece of watercolor paper and then two more times onto scrap watercolor paper. Colored them in using my Inktense Pencils (love these) and a water brush.  Notice that I only colored in certain areas on the scrap images because I knew I would be cutting these parts out to pop dot.

  
Adhered the red paper to the card front and then adhered the watercolor paper to the red.  Cut out the parts of the flowers from the scrap watercolor paper, put a small button through each of the flower centers, added some pop dots to the back and adhered them to the card front.    Then I glued some small crystals to the small dots in the image and to each of the 4 corners of the watercolor paper and applied some Frosted Lace Stickles to the flowers.  




My final step was to stamp the phrase on the front of the card black archival ink and color in a bit with the yellow pencil.  Done!!  Again, here is the final card - 



I hope you liked today's card.  And I really hope you guys enter a card into this week's CHALLENGE!!  As always -

Hugs from Brasil - 

~Michael

Supplies Used To Make This Card
A2 White Cardstock for base.  4.25" x 11" folded at 5.5"
Lucy Charm Paper Pad from the Dear Lizzy line at American Crafts
Inktense Watersoluble Ink Pencils by Derwent
Water Brush
Archival Jet Black ink by Ranger
Pop Dots
Button
Crystals 
Frosted Lace Stickles by Ranger

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Making of a Baby Mini Album - Part 1



Hello everyone!!  No card today but I did want to share some photos of a baby mini album I am making for a friend. Okay...her grandson is now over a year old but I have not had the time to make this until now.  Hopefully she will want to fill it with photos of the first year but, if not, it will go to someone else!  LOL

The inspiration for this album comes from a women I found on youtube about a year ago.  Her name is Sheryl and she has a series of videos showing how to make a book like what I am making.  Once you watch the videos you will be able to take the different aspects of what she does and make your own books.  The videos are really well done and very easy to follow.  You can find her HERE.

The photo at the top is the front of the book.  The papers are from a Brasilian scrapbook paper company.  The stars are chipboard from Momento Divertido (Brasilian), which I embossed with Denim embossing powder from Stampin Up and Shabby White embossing enamel from Stampendous. The "hello" is a small wooden piece I found in the clearance section at Michael's about a year ago, also embossed with Denim, and the "baby" is from the Oh Baby die by My Favorite Things, which I cut from dark blue paper and then covered with glossy accents.  I am on the fence but I think I want to add one more small star above the "hello".

Here is the book fully open showing the front, spine and back of the book.  


I also got a few pages done.  


The above will be the first page.  The baby onesie is a die from Top Dog, as are the crown and the neck and leg pieces.  Paper is brasilian and I added a small button at the bottom.  Inside will be the info on the baby's birth. 

The outside of page 2.  The button holds the front flap closed.

The page opened to show the areas for photos or journaling. 
For this page, the button holds the flap down and when you open it, you have room for 2 photos or some journaling. Lots of layers but a fun page. 


This is the last page done so far.  The polaroid diecuts are from a stamp/die set from A Jillian Vance Design called Foto Frame.  4 little photos on one page.  Love it!!  The letters are from a sticker set I found on clearance someplace.  But they look great on this page.    

Well, that's it so far.  It's fun to do but a lot of thinking goes into this book.  As I get more pages done, I will add them to the blog until the whole book is finished.  

Hugs from Brasil -

~Michael

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

More Mother's Day Inspiration


Hello everyone.  Thanks so much for all the comments and views to my post this past Sunday for the CYCI Mother's Day Inspiration card.  While working on that card, another idea popped into my head - the card above.  This time I used a 3" white art square from Inchie Arts.   I love this product!! It is an artist grade matboard and I love how it stands up to any medium I might be using - dry to wet.  

I StenDoodled the umbrella in the same way as the previous card - traced the umbrella from the Rain stencil with a Copic Multi Liner.  Then went back in with the Slices 6 stencil and then the Doodle It Inchie stencil - all from StencilGirl Products.  Colored it in with my Inktense Watercolor Pencils and a water brush.  The colors do not bleed on the matboard and get absorbed very nicely.  I then applied some Diamond Glaze from Judikins over the umbrella and set it aside to dry.

While it was drying, I stamped the Flowers in Bloom set from Sweet N Sassy several times with black archival ink. Colored them in with Tombow markers and a water brush. Then cut them out.  

When the Diamond Glaze was dry (after a few hours) I inked up the sides with Versamark and the dipped each side into Aged Gold Embossing Enamel from Stampendous and heat set.  I loved how the gold looks against the black cardstock. I then adhere the art square to a piece of 4" x 8" folded black cardstock.  Applied some pop dots to the back of the flowers I cut out and arranged them so they were coming out of the umbrella.  

Then I added a few sequins and cut a piece of white cardstock for the inside of the card.  Then some stickles on the flowers.  Done!  

Here is a look at the card from the side.  You can see the dimension that the card gets when using, not just the pop dots behind the flowers, but an extra layer when you use an art square by Inchie Arts.  


Hope you enjoyed this card.  Please leave feedback and let me know!  Thanks and hugs from Brasil.

~Michael

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Can You Case It No. 67 - Mother's Day Inspiration


Hello everyone.  I hope you guys had a great week.  My week has been a bit crazy.  Ruy left for NYC to take care of some business, leaving me here alone in the countryside of Sao Paulo for the next 2 weeks!  Just me, 5 dogs, 3 cats, and a lot of time on my hands.  So, I am getting a few projects that have been festering in my head done and watching a few movies he would never watch - like Sharknado.  Trust me...do NOT watch this.  LOL

Today is Sunday, which means it is also Can You Case It day. This week's challenge, CYCI No. 67, is all about Mother's Day.  A few weeks ago I came across a card on Pinterest that I loved.  As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to re-do it as a StenDoodle with a few of my favorite stencils from StencilGirl Products.  It has been ages since I picked up a stencil and it felt great to be using a few again.  I am really pleased with how it came out and I hope you guys are too.

Below is the card that inspired me.  You can click on the photo to be taken to the original blog post.


And here is my version!  


How To Make It:

Start with an A2 base of white cardstock.  Take another piece of the same white cardstock and die cut the largest die from the Die-namics Stitched Rectangle set.  Place one of the umbrellas from the Rain stencil on the cardstock and trace with a permanent black fine tip marker (i.e. Sharpie, Copic Multi Liner, Faber Castell Pitt).  If you plan to color with Copics, you MUST use a Copic Multi Liner pen!


Now make a mask with the same umbrella and a sticky note or scrap of paper.  Place over the umbrella you traced. Then, stamp your images so that the flowers are coming out of the umbrella. You might want to use a stamp positioner for this part too.  Do one side, then the other.  


On a piece of scrap white cardstock, stamp the flower image twice and trace the umbrella.  


Place the Slices 6 stencil over the umbrella and trace the sections with the permanent marker.  Then place different parts of the Doodle It Inchie stencil over each of the sections and trace those designs.  

When done - color the umbrella and also color the large flower from the images you stamped on the scrap cardstock.  Then cut the umbrella and the large flowers out with a scissor.



Stamp phrase above umbrella.  Then adhere the white cardstock with the stitched border onto a piece of colored cardstock (optional) and adhere that to the card front. Then, using pop dots, adhere the colored umbrella to the card front and the small flowers you cut out.  Add Stickles if you want to make it glimmer a bit.





Now just write a nice message inside and send it out!  

Hope you liked this card.  Don't forget to enter your own card into the challenge!!  Click HERE for the details!

Hugs from Brasil -

~Michael

Supplies Used:

Messages for Mom by Stampin Up (Retired)
With Love On Mother's Day phrase by Inkadinkado (95344)
Die-namics Stitched Rectangles STAX (MFT)
Copics Used - BG05, G07, G14, RV11, RV21, RV34, YR04, and Y08
Copic Multi Liner 0.3
Stamp Positioner (optional)
Sticky Notes
Yellow Stickles by Ranger

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Can You Case It (CYCI) No. 66


Good morning and happy Sunday to everyone.  Because it's Sunday, this means another Can You Case It Challenge.  This week is no. 66 and, once again, it was my choice to do whatever I wanted.  I love these weeks!!

There are also 3 new amazing designers that have been added to the CYCI Design Team - Maggie Mata, Tina Riddle, and Holly Stene!  You can read more about them over at Can You Case It and make sure to enter a card in the challenge no. 66 - just click HERE!

Below is the card I made this week's challenge.  I love this card because it can be used for Mother's Day (which is coming up quickly) or for any other occasion (just change the phrase) or leave the phrase off completely and use as a quick note card.  And, you can make it in under 10 minutes!


I started with an A2 Whisper White cardstock base (Stampin Up).  Cut a piece of Perfect Plum cardstock (Stampin Up) at 4" x 5.25" and adhere it to the card front.  Cut another piece of Whisper White cardstock in 3.75" x 5".  

For the jar, flowers and stems, I used 2 different sets from PaperTrey Ink - Friendship Jar Summer Fillers (jar and flowers) and  Friendship Jar Fillers (for the stems in the water).

I did NOT want this image to be centered on the card.  I wanted it off center and off the page.  So I stamped the jar first so that a small portion was off the cardstock.  Then I masked above the jar and stamped the stems portion from the flowers in the Fillers set so that they would look like they were sitting in the water.  Then I stamped the flowers from the Summer Fillers set over the top of the jar.  
For coloring - First I used I used G14 (Apple Green) on the stems.  Then I colored the water in the jar with B000 (Pale Porcelain Blue).  Then I used G07 (Nile Green) and G14 (Apple Green) on the leaves, and BV00 (Mauve Shadow) and BV04 (Blue Berry) on the flowers.  Finally a dab of Y08 (Acid Yellow) for the center of each flower and then I went back and put a dab of Yellow Stickles over the Y08 for a bit of shimmer.  


Then I stamped the Best Wishes phrase (Vintage Labels, Stampin Up - retired) on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and layered it on a piece of the Perfect Plum. Glue to card front and then place a few pop dots to the back and adhere to the card front.  

That's it.  Really a very easy card to make.  I hope you will join us this week and enter an easy, less than 10 minute card, using whatever stamps and papers and colors you want.  Make sure to enter it in the Can You Case It No. 66 Challenge.  And check out all the other fantastic creations by the rest of the Design Team Members!!

Thanks for stopping by and hugs from Brasil.

~Michael 

Supplies Used:
Whisper White and Perfect Plum Cardstock (Stampin Up)
Vintage Labels (Sale-A-Bration set from Stampin Up_
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Copics - B000, Y08, BV00, BV04, G07, G14
Pop Dots
Yellow Stickles