Wednesday, March 15, 2023

QKR Stampede Anything Goes Challenge | Slimline Happy Easter Card

 


Hello everyone!  It's the 15th of the month and that means that there is a new "Anything Goes" card challenge over on the QKR Stampede Challenge Blog.  


Since Easter is fast approaching I decided to make an Easter card and fell in love with the Happy Easter with Bouquet Digital Stamp.  I knew this would make a beautiful slimline Easter card.  

  • I printed the Happy Easter with Bouquet digital stamp - twice - on a sheet of white cardstock and colored one of them using some GRAF Duo alcohol markers and the Key Lime ultra fine-tip maker from BIC.  


  • Next, I made my card base, 3.5" x 8.5", using a sheet of dark pink/hot pink cardstock to which I adhered a piece of "Easterish" paper to the front and a piece of white cardstock to the inside for a message.   I also layered my Happy Easter on a piece of the same pink as the cardstock and adhered that to the card front. 

  • To make the card more fun, using the 2nd image, I colored the eggs and the Happy Easter words using the same colors as my card front.  Then I fussy cut the images and embossed them using Versamark Ink and Clear Embossing Powder.  I added some small pieces of foam tape to the back and adhered them to the card front. 


  • Lastly, I added some Emerald Stickles to the green leaves around the Easter eggs and I adhered a small dot of Glossy Accents to each of the small dots around the leaves and on the egg.  Once dry, they will give some texture and shimmer to the card.  


 Here is the final card. 


Don't forget to check out what the other members of the QKR Stampede Design Team made.  If you enter your own card in the challenge, you can win up to 3 digital stamps - FREE!  Go check it all out over on the QKR Stampede Blog.

I'd love to know what you think of the card and this digital image.  Let me know...leave a comment below.  Thanks for stopping by my blog today and, until next time...

Hugs from Brasil. 

~Michael

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Happy Pi Day | Happy Pie Day | Happy π Day

 


Hello everyone and Happy Pi Day...Happy Pie Day...Happy π Day!  I've been waiting months to make this card and it's finally here.  This is a short but fun post.  

According to piday.org, the first 10 digits of Pi is 3.1415926535 (although I count 11).  But, if you type π into a calculator and press enter, you will see 3.141592654 because the display is most often limited to 10 digits and it rounds the 10th number up to 4. 

Pi, represented by the lower-case Greek letter π - is one of the most well-known mathematical constants, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.  Pi has interested people around the world for over 4,000 years.  To learn more about Pi - go to piday.org.  It's quite fascinating.  

Now, on to my card...

I started by typing the first 10 digits of Pi on a piece of white cardstock and then I die-cut it using a stitched rectangle die measuring 4" x 5.25".  I made a top-folding card base using black cardstock and I adhered the white piece to the front. 

Next, I printed my sentiment - Happy π Day - on a piece of white cardstock, stamped my pie image from a Great Impressions Stamps circa 2008 above the sentiment, and colored it in using my fine-tip BIC markers.  I die-cut the image using a stitched rectangle die, die-cut a piece of black cardstock using the next size up and adhered the white to the black.

Lastly, I adhered the image to the card front, and added a heart crystal on the pie plate and 3 black enamel dots on the card front.

Done!  All I need to do now is mail this to someone who will understand and appreciate this card.  


I hope you enjoyed this fun and quirky card for a fun and quirky holiday.  Enjoy the rest of your day everyone.  And, don't forget to eat a slice of pie today!  What's your favorite?  Let me know by leaving a comment below.  Mine is apple pie!

As always, until next time, hugs from Brasil.

~Michael

Friday, March 3, 2023

Memorial Album for Levita, An Amazing Young Man / Álbum para Homenagear Levita, um Jovem Incrível


{English is below the Portuguese}

Fiz este álbum em julho de 2022, para homenagear a memória de Levita, um jovem marcante na cidade, que morreu em um trágico acidente há pouco mais de um ano. Embora não fôssemos grandes amigos, ele fazia parte de um grupo de teatro - Abrakortina - com alguns amigos meus, e tive o privilégio de vê-lo em duas peças. Ele era muito talentoso - um dançarino e coreógrafo fantástico, artista, ator, professor e mentor/modelo para tantas pessoas.

I made this album in July 2022, to honor the memory of Levita, a remarkable young man in town, who died in a tragic accident a little more than a year ago. Although we were not close friends, he was part of a theater group - Abrakortina - with some of my friends, and I had the privilege to see him in two plays. He was very talented - a fantastic dancer and choreographer, artist, actor, teacher, and mentor/role model to so many people.

Não consigo nem começar a explicar a quantidade de dor e depressão que se instalou nesta cidade nas semanas após sua morte.

I can't even begin to explain the amount of pain and depression that settled over this town in the weeks after his death.

Aqui está a página de Tributo de Levita no Facebook, se você estiver interessado em ver seu talento.

Here is Levita's Tribute page on Facebook, if you are interested in seeing his talent. Yes, it's in Portuguese. LOL

Algumas semanas após a morte de Levita, amigos dele fizeram um mural na cidade - Wlademir @wlad, Felipe @MDS, @Impar e @ogalva.o.

A few weeks after Levita died, friends of his made a mural in town - Wlademir @wlad, Felipe @MDS, @Impar and @ogalva.o







Assim que vi o mural, soube que precisava fazer um álbum para seus amigos de Abrakortina para homenagear sua memória. Abaixo estão as fotos do álbum. Imprimi algumas das fotos que tirei do mural para incluir no álbum e usei outros papéis de arte na rua porque esse era o estilo dele.

As soon as I saw the mural, I knew I needed to make an album for his friends in Abrakortina to honor his memory. Below are photos of the album. I printed some of the photos I took of the mural to include in the album and I used other street art papers because that was his style.

Encontrei com meus amigos Henrique e Aline na semana passada e eles vão apresentar isso para o resto do grupo neste final de semana. Percebemos que, quando o fiz em julho, o grupo ainda estava lidando com a perda de Levita e não seria um bom momento para entregá-lo a eles. Agora, um ano após a sua morte, sente que o grupo está pronto para o receber e, esperançosamente, enchê-lo de fotos e memórias para guardar no seu espaço para que Levita esteja sempre com eles.

I met with my friends Henrique and Aline last week and they are going to present this to the rest of the group this weekend. We realized that when I made it in July, the group was still coping with the loss of Levita and it would not have been a good time to give it to them. Now, a year after his death, he feels that the group is ready to receive this and, hopefully, fill it with photos and memories to keep in their space so that Levita is always with them.

Tenho um pequeno vídeo no meu canal do YT, abaixo, com fotos após o vídeo.
I have a short video on my YT Channel, below, with photos after the video.










Espero que eles amem o álbum tanto quanto eu amei fazê-lo para eles. Nada é pior do que fazer arte por um motivo muito triste. Espero que vocês amem também. Lembre-se de dizer a alguém que você ama hoje e espalhe um pouco de felicidade. Você nunca sabe quando será tarde demais. 
I hope they love the album as much as I loved making it for them.  Nothing is worse than making art for a very sad reason.  I hope you guys love it too.  Remember to tell someone you love them today and spread some happiness.  You never know when it will be too late.  


Paz, amor e felicidade do Brasil.


Peace, love, and happiness from Brasil.


~Michael


Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Yes, It's A Holiday | National Pig Day | QKR Stampede Blog

 


Hello everyone and welcome to March!  I hope y'all are doing well.  With all the rain we have been getting, I've been staying indoors a lot making cards, albums, folios, recipes, and a mess.  LOL. It's good to have something to do to pass the time.    

Today is also a new Yes, It's A Holiday collaboration with my friends Debra (@djdavison814) and Lori (@mamakobs), and we are celebrating National Pig Day.  Today is also my first card for the QKR Stampede Blog and, to kill two cards with one stamp, I used a pig digi and a sentiment digi, both from the QKR Stampede store. And, they are only $2 each!

I LOVE pigs.  I also love bacon but, please, don't tell the pigs.  I even have a collection of pig rubber stamps.  The photo below doesn't even include the unmounted and digi pig stamps.  

According to National Today, we celebrate because pigs have become part of American culture.  Heck, they are part of almost every culture.  Fossil records even show pigs roamed the earth as early as 40 million years ago.  WOW.  Click on the link to learn more about pigs and today's holiday. 

To help celebrate, I made a Christmas card using a pig!

I started by making a top-folding A2 card base using white cardstock and, to the front of the card, I adhered a piece of wrapping paper that I had in my stash from this past Christmas.  It's not screaming Christmas but it's red and shiny and works perfectly.  

Next, I printed the Christmas Pig Digi Stamp and the Merry Christmas Digital Stamp, both from QKR Stampede, on white cardstock and I trimmed it to 3 3/8" x 5.5".

Next, I colored the image using some Graf Duo alcohol markers.  Then I layered it on a piece of red cardstock but left a small 1/8" border on each side.  And I adhered this to the card front using foam tape to give the card some dimension. 


To finish the card off, I added Yellow Stickles to the star on the tree, Frosted Lace Stickles to the hat and tusks, and 5 crystals to the tree as ornaments.  


Done.  Here's the final card up close.

I love how this card came out and I love the fact that there is a whole month to celebrate pigs!  LOL. Don't forget to check out what Debra and Lori made over on their Instagram pages.  And, please, go check out today's blog post over on the QKR Stampede Blog where there are several other very talented makers sharing more card ideas with you.  Links are all below.  

Michael - @worldofmichaeltrent
Debra - @djdavison814
Lori - @mamakobs  
QKR Stampede Blog 

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  I hope you can find time to also stop by all the links above.  And, until next time...

Hugs from Brasil.

~Michael

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Crafty Elves' Countdown To Christmas - February 2023 Edition

 


Hello everyone and welcome to the February 2023 Edition of The Crafty Elves' Countdown to Christmas.  If you are new here, the Countdown happens on the 25th of each month when some Crafty Elves - me (World of Michael Trent), Debra (Meticulosity), Lisa (BZScrapper), and Misty (The Jolly Fat Elf) - share some card ideas to help you during the year with your holiday cards.  

Last month's post was, I have to say, an AMAZING CARD but also a really long blog post.  So, this month, I thought I would keep it short and simple.  I used two stamps from Technique Junkies - Vintage Botanical Holly as my main image and two different sentiments from the Gifts of Christmas set.   The only other thing you need is embossing powder and a Versamark or clear embossing ink pad.

Card No. 1



  • I made a top-folding A2 card using red cardstock.
  • I cut two pieces of white cardstock using a stitched rectangle die measuring 4" x 5.25".  One I adhered on the inside of the card for a message.
  • Using the other, I stamped Vintage Botanical Holly several times using Versamark Ink and then heat embossing with Green Foil embossing powder that I have in my stash (sorry, brand unknown).
  • I splattered some red paint on the front, dried the paint with a heat tool, and adhered it to the card front.
  • I stamped one of the sentiments from Gifts of Christmas on a piece of white cardstock, die cut it with a rectangle die, layered it on a piece of red cardstock, and, lastly, adhered this to the card front.
Card No. 2


  • I made a top-folding A2 card using red cardstock.
  • I cut two pieces of white cardstock using a stitched rectangle die measuring 4" x 5.25".  One I adhered on the inside of the card for a message.
  • Using the other and leaving room for my sentiment, I stamped Vintage Botanical Holly twice using Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with a Forrest Green embossing powder in my stash.  
  • I stamped one of the sentiments from Gifts of Christmas in the space I left for it and then adhered this to my card front.  
Now, before anyone says that the powder did not fully adhere or melt on one of the leaves, I saw that.  But, I also felt it worked on this card so I left it.  

I really like how these two cards turned out but I think Card No. 2, which is a much simpler and cleaner card, I like more.  But I love being able to use 1 or 2 stamps to get a few different cards made at the same time.  

Remember to go and check out what the other Crafty Elves have made for you this month.  All our links are below.    

Michael - World of Michael Trent 

Debra - Meticulosity

Lisa - BZ Scrapper 

Misty - The Jolly Fat Elf

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.  I'd love to know what you think of these two cards.  Have a favorite?  Until next time...

Hugs from Brasil!

~Michael

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

**Special Announcement** - QKR Stampede Design Team

 


Hello all!  I wanted to pop in here and spread some good news.  A few weeks ago I was cleaning out a box and I found some rubber stamps that I bought years ago from QKR Stampede and Eureka Stamps.  I was talking about this to my friend Sue since she was my rubber stamp roadie when I lived in the states and, the next day, she tells me that QKR Stampede was looking to add people to their design team - but with a catch.  They would only be using digital stamps, which is right up my alley.

I applied...sent them the usual...blog, IG page, crafty resume and, this week they contacted me asking me if I would join their team.  

Of course, I said YES!  So I am now one of the newest members of the QKR Stampede Design Team.  I will make a card on the 1st and 15th of each month using digital stamps from either QKR or Eureka.  Of course, my card will be on the QKR Stampede Blog, I will have a blog post here, and I will have links to everything I used and a step-by-step if you wish to remake the card. 






And, a HUGE thanks to Sue!!  You know who you are.  

I am sure many of you are scratching your heads and wondering who QKR and Eureka are.  They are not one of the huge names in the industry.  The ones with thousands of followers and big names promoting their images.  But they are a really well-known Mom & Pop type of stamp company.  The kind of stamp company I love to make cards for.  The lesser-knowns.     

Long story short...the first place I ever saw a rubber stamp was in The Ink Pad in NYC - almost 20 years ago.  One year, Anna, the owner, hired a bus to take people to a rubber stamp show - probably in Massachusetts.  I had never been to one but, when I walked in and saw all those booths selling stamps...I knew I had entered heaven!  There weren't any really big names at that time.  Most, if not all, were small Mom and Pop brands - Stamp On It was one of those booths and they were selling QKR and Eureka images.  And that's how it all started.  

Anyway, I am super proud to be part of this team and hope you will follow their blog - QKR Stampede Blog - and come back to check out what I make on the 1st and 15th of each month.  Also, go check out their sites.  If you love digi stamps as much as I do, their images are about $2 each.  

Until the 1st of March...

Hugs from Brasil!

~Michael

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Photography Themed Album for Ruy / Album in a Box / Your Book of Memories


 

Hello everyone.  The last 2-3 years have been crazy and I've made a lot of albums to keep me busy and my mind elsewhere.  About 2 years ago I made this photography-themed album for Ruy using the Album in a Box tutorial from Your Book of Memories and I paired it with digital papers from A Whimsical Adventure on Etsy and the digital version of the Mamma Razzi Collection from Bo Bunny, which I got on Snap Click Supply. 

Links to everything I used is at the end of this post, after the photos. 

I saw it this week and realized that I never shared this book - anywhere - so I'm doing this now.  I love this album a lot and want to make it again.  Soon.  Maybe.  This is such a cool book to make.  It actually goes together pretty quickly and I loved making it. 

You can see a walk-thru of this album over on my YouTube Channel by clicking below - 


Below are photos of the book but the video goes into more description than I can get in any photo.  












Your Book of Memories Main Page - 

Album in a Box Tutorial - 

A Whimsical Adventure on Etsy 
Vintage Camera Overlays/Paper Collection Bundle

Snap Click Supply

I'd love to know what you think of the album, the video, and the papers used. Leave me a comment if you want. Also, remember to give this a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel.

Thanks!! Hugs from Brasil!

~Michael

QKR Stampede Anything Goes Challenge | Slimline Happy Easter Card

  Hello everyone!  It's the 15th of the month and that means that there is a new "Anything Goes" card challenge over on the  Q...