Friday, May 25, 2018

OCD - Obsessive Coffee Disorder with Coffee Lovers



Happy Friday everyone!  I'm excited because today starts the week-long "Spring + Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop" over at Coffee Loving Cardmakers.  Being a coffee loving papercrafter I have a bunch of coffee stamps and papers and I hope to get a card made each day for the week.  There are a lot of prizes to be won so I hope you will join me and check it out.


For the first day, I am doing a sort of mini blog hop between myself and my friend Mike of Dezines By EM.  Mike lives in California and is not only part of the Anthony Paper Craft's Design Team but he also makes some awesome SVG files.  And we both decided to do a project using the new Coffee 1 stamp by Anthony's Paper Craft.  He made a gift card holder and the link is all the way at the end of this post!  

I made two cards - both using the same idea but with different images.  I started with a piece of A2 Kraft cardstock for the bases.  I then adhered a piece of light brown textured cardstock to one card front and dark textured cardstock to the other card front.  Both are from the Neutrals Pack by American Crafts.  


Next, I cut a piece from each of the brown cardstocks using the Oval Burst Background die (Gina Marie Designs) - keep the inside pieces for another project.  


Then I adhered just the center of each of them to the card front using the light on the dark card front and vice versa.  I glue down the rest as I am placing each of the pieces into the card, which I show later on.


Next, I used the Oval Burst Background die again on 9 sheets from the Crazy for Coffee paper pad by Your Next Stamp.  This might seem excessive but you actually get at least 4-5 cards with this technique using all the pieces from each of the patterns and since the papers are printed on one side only, you are not losing the other side.  


What I love about this paper pad is that one of the patterns is made in both blue and pink giving you the option of making the card more masculine or feminine depending on who you plan to give a card.


Next, using pieces from the patterns you cut, fill in the card fronts by adhering the pieces.  It's like a puzzle.  What I like to do is adhere a piece from one pattern on one side and then adhere another piece from the same pattern but on the opposite side of the card front.  


Then I take two more pieces from the next design and adhere them on the card but on opposite sides.


Continue doing this until the whole card front has been filled in.


Next, I glue down the rest of the Oval Burst Background by using Multi Medium Matte with the thin tipped applicator.  I work in sections applying some of the glue between the pieces of cardstock and around the edges.



And then slowly glue the areas down.



Lastly, for one of the cards, I stamped the phrase "OCD Obsessive Coffee Disorder" from the Coffee 1 by Anthony's Paper Craft on a piece of white cardstock.  Then I die cut it with a die from Stitched Circle Layers by Memory Box and the next size up from a piece of the dark brown cardstock.  I adhered the dark brown circle to the card front in the center and then I adhered the phrase using foam tape. 



For the other card front, I stamped the coffee cup, also from Coffee 1 by Anthony's Paper Craft, and colored it with watercolor pencils.  Because I used the blue triangles from the paper pad I colored the cup in blue also.  Then I die cut it with a square stitched die and layered it on a piece of the dark brown cardstock.  



And that's it!  I know...a bit over the top but I love all these coffee images and colors on the card front.  I hope you do too.  Feel free to leave me a comment below!  

Don't forget to check out Mike's blog post HERE.  He made an awesome gift card holder using the same images! 

I'll be back tomorrow with another coffee-related card.  Until then - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge 92 with Bugaboo Digi Stamps


Hello and Happy Wednesday everyone!!!  I wanted to share a quick card I made for the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog.  This is Cookie Challenge 92 and the inspiration was - 


Since the sponsor for this challenge is Bugaboo Stamps I wanted to use one of their images.  I decided to make a "spring" card and used Whimsical Cat 1 (Bugaboo) as my image.      

This is a super simple card to make.  

I printed out the image on to white cardstock and colored it with a variety of my BIC markers.  I then cut it using a stitched rectangle die.  


Next, using the Polkadot Flowers Digi Paper, also by Bugaboo, I printed one of the designs onto a piece of white cardstock, which I then trimmed and adhered to my card front.   


I cut a piece of white fun foam that I adhered to the white cardstock, which I then adhered to the card front.  I also used some Stickles (Ranger) on the flowers and then I adhered 3 small pink sequins to finish off the card. 


I left the inside blank so someone can write what they want.  And that's it!  


For a chance to win a prize from Bugaboo Stamps, just link up a project to Challenge 92 - by May 2nd!!  Let me know if you do so I can go and check it out.  Thanks for stopping by the blog and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Thursday, April 19, 2018

3D Butterfly Card With BIC Markers



Good morning everyone!  Gosh, I am typing this up at 4am.  Could not sleep.  Creative juices flowing.  How many of you guys go through the same thing?  It's crazy and I am very happy that I have a pitcher of iced coffee waiting for me!  LOL

Today I have a card I made for a friend who loves butterflies.  I have made a card like this [here] but I had the idea to make the butterflies 3D and had to get this idea out of my head.  I used Butterflies 1 and 2 from Anthony's Paper Craft again but this time with watercolor paper and BIC markers, which blended beautifully on the paper.  I hope you guys like how this came out as much as I do!

I started by cutting a piece of white cardstock with the large stitched rectangle die from the Stitched Shapes Bundle (Simon Says Stamp).  I placed the cardstock in my Misti, centered Butterflies 2 (Anthony's Paper Craft) on the cardstock, closed the lid and stamped the image several times with London Fog Memento Ink.  This ink might bead up or look blotchy but give it some time to dry and it will look fine.



Next, I placed Butterflies 1 (Anthony's Paper Craft) over the solid stamped image, closed the lid, and then stamped this image using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. 


On a piece of watercolor paper, I stamped Butterflies 1 again and colored the butterflies with my BIC markers.  I love how some of these colors blended.  


I then fussy cut the butterflies using a fine tip scissor by Martha Stewart and then I ran a black N15 Tombow marker around the edge to get rid of the white border.


I adhered the cardstock to a piece of fun foam and then to the card front.  I then adhered all the butterflies making sure I did not glue all the wings down - gives more dimension to the butterflies. Lastly, I added some stickles to parts of the butterflies for some glimmer.    




I hope you enjoyed this card.  Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.  I have one more idea festering in my head with this stamp that I hope to have done soon.  Thanks for stopping by the blog and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge 91 with Unity Stamp and an Ice Cream Truck!


Hello everyone!!!  I think my mojo took another holiday because I have been trying to make some cards for days and nothing in my head was working!!  Maybe, because I have been making so many mini albums, that my fingers have forgotten how to make a card?  Is that possible?  LOL

I saw over on the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog that the current challenge, Cookie Challenge 91 - is all about transportation.  This ice cream truck stamp set was sitting on my desk and, since this is a form of transportation, I was able to pop this clean and simple card out of my head! 

I cut a piece of white cardstock using the large stitched rectangle from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes (Simon Says Stamp).  Then I placed the Journal Texture No. 2 stencil (StencilGirl Products) down on the cardstock and distressed over it with Spun Sugar Distress Ink by Ranger.



Next, I stamped the ice cream truck from the More Than Ice Cream set (Unity Stamps) on a piece of white cardstock and colored it with a variety of BIC markers.  


Then I fussy cut the ice cream truck (really, not that hard).   I also stamped the ice cream truck on top of the stenciled area because I wanted to keep the music notes coming out of the truck.  I also stamped the sentiment under the image. 


Lastly, I adhered the white cardstock to my card front and I adhered some pop dots behind the ice cream truck and adhered it on top of the stamped image.  Done!!


I hope you enjoyed this quick card!!  Perfect for the summer which may or may not appear this year.  LOL . Please feel free to leave a comment below letting me know what you think of the card!!  I appreciate you stopping by the blog and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Samantha's Selfie Card with Bloobel Digi Stamps


Hello everyone!  Today I have a fast, fun, and quirky post.  I was recently introduced to a new (for me) digi stamp company called Bloobel by my friend Anne in Australia. The images might not be for everyone but, being a bit odd and different, I fell in love with them immediately!!  LOL

This is Samantha.  I call her Sam.  
Sam loves to take selfies.  
She also wants to be a Hollywood star.
The other night she heard on the radio that "some people at NASA" were looking at the stars.
Sam, not being the brightest bulb in the chandelier,  and not knowing who or what NASA is, decided that, since she wants to be a star, she is going to send her selfie to NASA.

So I made her this card.  LOL

I printed Selfie Portrait on to a piece of white cardstock.  I then colored her with Copic markers.  I colored her hair with E13 (Light Suntan) and then went back with E15 (Dark Suntan), her face with R00 (Pinkish White), her lips with FRV1 (Fluorescent Pink), her shirt with FYG1 (Fluorescent Yellow) and her eye with black and B23 (Phthalo Blue).

I made an A2 card of white cardstock, adhered a piece of black cardstock, then a piece of hot pink cardstock that I cut with a stitched rectangle die and, finally, the image of Samatha.  I applied some Clear Wink of Stella to her lips and above her eyes, which is hard to see in the photo. 

Lastly, I printed the phrase "Sending my selfie to NASA, because I'm a star." that I found on Pinterest and loved.  I cut the phrase in pieces and adhered to the card front with fun foam.  

Done!  Like I said, fast and fun.  If you have a friend that loves to take selfies of themselves, this is a great image to have in your arsenal.  Hope you enjoyed this quirky card and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael