Thursday, January 9, 2020

If You Give A Crafter A Cookie - Snowflake Challenge



Hello everyone!! Happy New Year - and welcome to 2020.  Crazy how time flies!  I hope everyone had a great holiday, whatever you celebrated and that you had a great New Year - because we all celebrate that! 

With a new year comes new card challenges with the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog.  The first challenge, Challenge No. 133, is all about "Snowflakes" and here is the inspiration photo that the Design Team had to work with should you wish to play along - 



I know it's winter in many parts of the world but it felt a little strange to be making cards with snowflakes after the holidays.  But then I realized that it's never too early to start making holiday cards for 2020 and that is what I did.  I made two cards.

I started by cutting my A2 top-folding card bases from a piece of 12x12 white cardstock.   With the excess part, I stamped two of the snowflakes from 4 by 4 Snowflakes (Anthony's Paper Craft) using the Blue Raspberry ink cube (Gina K. Designs).  (Note - I change the color I use on the snowflakes later in the tutorial). 


There are 16 snowflakes to pick from and each one measures 1.25" x 1.25".  I knew that I wanted to add some crystals at the end so I picked two snowflakes that would work well with small crystals.  And I spaced the snowflakes apart so that I would have space to die cut them.

I adhered a piece of decorative paper to each of the card fronts using the Merry & Bright paper pad (Fancy Pants Design).  I die cut the snowflakes using a stitched square die (Gina Marie Designs) and, using the next size up, I die cut a solid piece from the same Merry & Bright pad.  



It was at this point that I realized that the snowflake color did not go well with the paper I chose so I went back and stamped the snowflakes again using the Blue Lagoon ink cube (Gina K. Designs) and then I die cut them again.



I adhered the darker blue paper to the card front and then I adhered a snowflake to that using foam tape.



I die-cut two sentiment strips out of white cardstock, placed them in my Misti, and stamped a sentiment on each one using Jet Black Amalgam Ink (Gina K. Designs).  "Happy Holidays" on one and "Peach, Love, & Joy" on the other.  Both are from the Christmas Sentiments 1 - (Anthony's Paper Craft).




Lastly, I adhered the sentiment strips under each of the snowflakes and then adhered some crystals to each snowflake.






I ended up making a 3rd card because, when I stamped the snowflakes in the Blue Lagoon ink, I stamped the wrong snowflake.  But you will have to check back here n the 25th to check it out.  

I'd love to know what you think of the cards.  Feel free to leave a comment below.  I do answer all the comments left.  It might not be on the same day, but I get to them in time.  And if you take part in the challenge please let me know so I can check out your card!  

Until next time....Hugs from Brasil.

~Michael

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Gingerbread In A Hot Chocolate Hot Tub Card



Hello everyone!!  WOW...only 12 more days until my birthday....oh, I mean, only 13 more days until Christmas!!!  LOL  If you are still trying to make a few Christmas cards and are stressing out, maybe today's card will help.  It uses a digi stamp so there is no need to order anything and wait for it to arrive AND it's super simple to make!!  

I made this card for the new challenge over on the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog.  The new challenge, No. 132, is all about gingerbread people.  Here is the inspiration photo the Design Team had to use when making their card.


To make this card, I had to first buy a gingerbread digi image.  It seems that I do not own a gingerbread man stamp.  Strange!  So, I jumped on Etsy and found this adorable "Gingerbread In Hot Chocolate Hot Tub" from Drawn By Krista.  After I purchased it I printed 4 of the images at 50% on to a piece of white cardstock.  I then trimmed one of the images to 3.25" x 5.5" for the card front.  

I also made a top-folding A2 card and adhered a strip of Christmas washi tape to each side of the front.  

And, I cut a piece of red cardstock, 3.5" x 5.5".  


Next, I adhered the red cardstock to the center of the card front between the washi strips.


I colored the image using Ultra Fine Tip BIC Markers (my fav).  I used Woodsy Brown for the hot cocoa, Adobe Orange for the gingerbread man, Blue Skies Blue for the buttons, Pink Flamingo for the hearts on his cheeks, Key Lime for the holly leaves, and Rambunctious Red for the hat, bow tie, and holly berries and a Pinkish White (R00) Copic marker for the tongue and inside the mouth.  Then I stamped a sentiment under the image, adhered a piece of red fun foam to the back, and then I adhered this to the card front.  


The last thing I did was to add Stickles.  I used Firefly on the holly leaves, Christmas Red on the holly berries, and Frosted Lace on the hat, eyebrows, and for the icing on his arms.  I realized after I added the Frosted Lace to the hat, that I forgot to color the hat.  So I went back colored it with the Rambunctious Red BIC marker.


I then placed the card on the side to dry and once dry - here is the final card.


I really love how this card came out.  I hope you guys do too.  Let me know what you think....leave a comment below if you would like to.  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 
Michael

Monday, December 9, 2019

Star of David Hanukkah Card with Anthony's Paper Craft



Hello everyone.  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  I had a few more ideas in my head for Hanukkah cards and today I was able to get at least one of them done.  I decided to make this one a 5.5" square card.  


I started with a few squares - a 5.5" square card base of light blue cardstock, the next layer of navy cardstock cut 5.25" square, and a piece of decorative Chanukah paper cut 5" square.  


I adhered the decorative paper to the navy cardstock, which I then adhered to the card front.


I cut a piece of the light blue cardstock 2.5" x 5.25" and stamped the Star of David from the Festival of Lights set by Anthony's Paper Craft.  I used a stamp positioner and Blue Ribbon ink from Ranger.


I layered this to a piece of the navy cardstock, I adhered a piece of fun foam to the back of the navy and then I adhered the whole piece to the front of the card. 


Next, I die cut a banner die and stamped "Happy Hanukkah" (also from the Festival of Lights set) in the center using the same blue ink and adhered it down to the card front.  


To finish off the card, I stamped the Star of David on to a piece of white cardstock and fussy cut it out. Then I die cut each of the blue cardstocks with a stitched square die and layered one upon the other. And, lastly, I adhered the Star of David to the center using a piece of foam tape.


There's a lot of blue going on here but that is typical of a Hanukkah card.  LOL.  I would love to know what you think of the card.  Feel free to leave a comment below.  I'll be back again soon with another project and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 
Michael 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Happy Hanukkah/Chanukah Card No. 2 with Anthony's Paper Craft



Hello all and Happy Tuesday!!  It seems that not many people are making Hanukkah cards because I got a lot of cool feedback on yesterday's card.  But, I'll be honest, I tend to make more Christmas cards too.  But not this week!!  

Today I have another Hanukkah card for you.  I used "Festival of Lights" from Anthony's Paper Craft for today's card.  And it's another super simple and fast card to make.

I started by making a top-folding A2 card base of white cardstock and adhering a piece of decorative paper to the front.  I used this Hanukkah Digital Paper set I found on Etsy.  

Then I die cut a piece of white cardstock with a double stitched rectangle die that measures 3.25" x 4.5".  I stamped the menorah and the sentiment from the Festival of Lights set using Jet Black Amalgam ink (Gina K. Designs) and colored the menorah with some gel pens.  The metallic silver was perfect for the menorah. 


Next, I used the next size up of the double-stitched rectangle dies and I cut a piece of mirrored cardstock.  This is perfect for a Hanukkah card!


Before I glue it all together, I stamped the sentiment inside the card using the Jet Black Amalgam ink again.


Lastly, I adhered the piece of cardstock with the menorah to the mirrored cardstock and then I adhered this to the card front. 

And the card is done!


I really love how classic and simple this card is to make.  I have to make a few more to send out to family.  Let me know what you think...I'd love to know.  I'll be back again tomorrow with another card.  Until then - 

Hugs from Brasil - 
Michael


Monday, December 2, 2019

Happy Hanukkah/Chanukah Card with Anthony's Paper Craft



Hello everyone and Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Is everyone finished with their holiday shopping?  Have you even started yet?  I 've made a few Christmas cards in the last couple of days and this week I wanted to focus on Hanukkah cards.  

Anthony's Paper Craft has a few really nice Hanukkah/Chanukah stamp sets.  One set is called Festival of Lights, which has 7 images and 3 sentiments.  The other stamp set, which I used on today's card, is called Hanukkah Mantel, which is made to coordinate with one of the 3 fireplace stamps.  But I liked the idea of using it alone for a quick card.  

I started by cutting a piece of white cardstock with a stitched rectangle die that measures 4" x 5.25". Then I stamped the Hanukkah Mantel and it's matching sentiment in the center using Jet Black Amalgam ink from Gina K. Designs.



I then colored in the image using some gel pens I found at Home Goods when I was in NY last month. Actually, my friend Sue found them for me and showed them to me.  And, they are pretty good for only $10!


I made a top-folding A2 card base of white cardstock, to which I adhered a piece of Hanukkah paper.  Then cut a piece of fun foam, glued it to the back of the which cardstock and then I adhered this to the card front.  


The last thing I did was to adhere some clear crystals to the image for a little shimmer.  


And here's the final card.


I really love how this mantel looks alone on the card front.  And I really love this image.  Very unique.  I'd love to know what you think of the card.  Leave me a message below if you would like.  

I'll be back with more Hanukkah cards this week.  Until then - 

Hugs from Brasil - 
Michael