Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Yes, It's a Holiday - National Camera Day

 


Hello everyone and welcome to another "Yes, It is a Holiday" or "Yes, It's a Holiday" blog post.  Today, the holiday crew - Debra, Lori, and myself, are celebrating National Camera Day, a day to celebrate the fact that photography, once so complicated and expensive, is now part of almost all of our everyday lives.  

Did you know that the word "photography" is based on two Greek words that, when put together, mean "writing with light"?  I didn't. 

As an avid photographer, I have many stamps, dies, and papers related to photography and photos and had to take part in today's holiday.  So, to help celebrate I made this fun card using a few RETIRED products from MFT Stamps/Die-Namics - Die-namics Cute Cameras 2, Die-namics Precious Polaroids, and Picture This Stamp Set.  Maybe one day they will re-release them.  

I made a top-folding A2 card base of white cardstock to which I adhered a piece of decorative paper from my stash.     



Then I die-cut some of the cameras from the Cute Cameras 2 set in both black cardstock and silver mirror cardstock.  Any excess pieces will be used for other projects. 


Next, I played around with the cameras until I had the look I wanted and then I adhered them to the card front.  I started with the middle camera, which I backed on to a piece of white cardstock first and then I adhered it to the center of the card using foam tape.  This way I can add a polaroid and message at the end.  



Then I adhered the other cameras and the silver pieces.  When done, I trimmed off the sides.  I also die-cut the heart from pink cardstock and adhered them inside the cameras. 


Next, I used one of the frames from Precious Polaroids to cut a piece of pink cardstock and a piece of white. 

I adhered the pink polaroid to another piece of pink cardstock to have a solid background.  Then I stamped the word smile, from the Picture This stamp set, on the inside part of the white cardstock and adhered it to the inside of the polaroid. 

I cut the polaroid on an angle and slipped it inside the middle camera gluing down the bottom part. 





Done!

If you would like to read about this holiday, just click on the link below.

https://nationaltoday.com/national-camera-day/

I hope you can find some time to check out the cards that Debra and Lori made for today's fun holiday.  Links are below to our Instagram pages.  

  

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.  Enjoy the rest of your day and I hope you find some time to take some photos...even if it's with your cell phone.   

Hugs from Brasil -
Michael

Monday, June 27, 2022

Yes, It's a Holiday - National Sunglasses Day

 


Hello everyone and welcome to another "Yes, It is a Holiday" card collaboration with my friends Debra and Lori.  Today we are celebrating National Sunglasses Day.  

If you want to read more about this odd and fun holiday, just click the link below.  

https://nationaltoday.com/national-sunglasses-day/

I started by scanning and printing a section of a NYC Subway map that I happen to have in my stash.  Then I used a stitched rectangle die to cut the part I wanted to use and adhered it to the card front.


Next, the sunglasses.  I was having issues with this part but found a really OLD set called Cool Shades from Hero Arts in my stash.  It's so old that I bought it at Archivers and they closed in 2014.  

If you would like to recreate this card but don't have any sunglass stamps or dies, below are some stamps/dies that are available for you to buy if you so wish to do. 

Spectacular Adventures Stamp/Die Bundle - Altenew

Shades of Summer - Taylored Expressions

Stay Cool - My Favorite Things


I stamped the glasses with the stripes in black ink and colored it with a yellow marker and I used the die to cut a piece of silver mirror cardstock.


I fussy cut the inside and outside of the glasses and adhered them to the silver mirror cardstock.  Then I applied Diamond Glaze to the inside of the glasses on top of the mirror cardstock and set it aside to dry.



Once it was dry and clear, I adhered it to the card front using foam tape.  Then I adhered one of the sentiment quotes from Tim Holtz. 


Done!

I hope you can find some time to check out the cards that Debra and Lori made for today's fun holiday.  Links are below to our Instagram pages.    


Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.  Enjoy the rest of your day and I hope you find some time to stretch your body and relax your mind.  Since I can't seem to achieve that, I will just enjoy my evening with a nice glass of wine.  

Hugs from Brasil -
Michael
     

Saturday, June 25, 2022

The Crafty Elves Countdown to Christmas - June 2022 Edition



Hello everyone and welcome to the June 2022 edition of The Crafty Elves' Countdown to Christmas.  I'm really excited to share my 4 ideas this month because I only used digital papers and stamps - with an optional die here and there - and these ideas will show that you can make cards without breaking the bank.  

If you are just joining us, on the 25th of each month, the Crafty Elves - Debra of Meticulosity, Lisa of Life of a BZScrapper, and myself - post {up to} 4 Christmas/Holiday card ideas.  Instead of stressing in November to make holiday cards, we make them each month so, at the end of the year, we are ready to send them out.  And we hope to inspire you to do the same.  

Links to Debra's and Lisa's projects, as well as links to all of our social media pages, are at the end of this post.
   There are even more photos of the individual cards over on my IG page too.  

Now, on to my ideas for this month.

Card Idea No. 1


For these two cards, I used the Jumbled Christmas Lights digital image from Paradise Soft Creative on Etsy.  What's great about an image like this is that it is already pre-colored and the digital file has several options - the image alone, or with the sentiment provided. 

For the card on the left:
  • I made an A2 card base using white cardstock, to which I adhered a piece of decorative paper.  
  • I printed the Jumbled Christmas Lights image and then I die cut it using a stitched rectangle die (optional).  
  • I adhered this to a piece of red cardstock, then to a piece of thin fun foam, and then to the card front. 
  • Lastly, I used sentiments from the Embossed Christmas Sentiments from LOTVDigiShop on Etsy.  I printed what I wanted to use, fussy cut them, and adhered them to the card front.  
For the card on the right:
  • I made an A2 card base using white cardstock, to which I adhered a piece of red cardstock.    
  • I printed the Jumbled Christmas Lights image and then I die cut it using a stitched rectangle die (optional) and adhered it to the red cardstock.  
  • I used a Merry Christmas die to cut some red cardstock and adhered it to the card front.  This is optional and you can do the same type of sentiment as in the first card. 
  • Lastly, I applied Glossy Accents to each of the lights to give a look f glass and set it aside to dry.  
Card Idea No. 2


I showed this idea last month as part of the May 2022 Crafty Elves Countdown to Christmas.   The sheet of paper I used last month was really dark and really red. This time I wanted lighter.  So, I went thru my stash and a sheet called Freeze, from the Peaceful Collection by Authentique (circa, 2012). 

I won't blah, blah, blah here since I did that last month but, I followed THIS video by Maymay Made It Crafts on YouTube.  Oh, and it's all my friend Sue's fault for sending me the video!  Shout out to Sue! 
  • I made 6 A2 top-folding cards using red cardstock. 
  • Following the directions in the video, above, I cut 6 pieces and adered one to each card front.
  • I cut 6 pieces of white cardstock, 4" x 5.25", and adhered it to the inside of each card for a message.
  • Lastly, I printed sentiments from the Christmas Shapes set from Captured Harvest on Esty.  I trimmed them, layered them on a piece of red cardstock, and then adhered one to each card front. 
In the photo below you can see the full sheet of paper and the cards next to it that all came out of it. 


Card Idea No. 3


For these two cards, I used papers from the Christmas Traditions Junk Journal Kit from My Porch Prints on Etsy.

For the card on the left, the pinecone card:
  • I started by making my A2 card base using red cardstock.    
  • I printed the paper with the pinecone in the size I wanted and then I die cut it using an A2 stitched rectangle die (optional).  
  • I distressed the edges a bit with Vintage Photo distress ink and then I adhered it to the card front.  
  • I printed one of the sentiments, layered it on a piece of red cardstock, and adhered it to the card front.  
  • Lastly, I cut a piece of white cardstock and adhered it to the inside for a message.    
For the card on the right, the ornaments card:
  • I started by making my A2 card base using red cardstock.    
  • I printed two of the papers - one a background and the other the paper with the ornaments in the sizes I wanted.  I die cut the background paper using an A2 sized stitched rectangle die (4.25" x 5.5") and the piece with the ornaments using one size down (3.75" x 5").
  • The background piece I adhered to the card front.  The ornament piece, I adhered to a piece of red cardstock and then to the card front.      
  • I printed one of the sentiments, layered it on a piece of red cardstock, and adhered it to the card front.  
  • Lastly, I cut a piece of white cardstock and adhered it to the inside for a message.
Card Idea No. 4


I loved making these simple Christmas slimline cards also using papers from the Christmas Traditions Junk Journal Kit from My Porch Prints on Etsy.  Although I used a die for the sentiments, you can use a digital sentiment if you want.
  • I started by making my slimline card bases.  You have so many options when it comes to slimline but I made mine 3.75" x 8.75" using white cardstock.  
  • I covered each of my card fronts with a piece of red cardstock.
  • I printed one of the sheets from the Christmas Traditions and then cut two sections of the paper, 3.5" x 8.5", which I adhered to a piece of fun foam and then to the card front.
  • Lastly, I used a Merry Christmas die with red cardstock and I adhered the sentiment to the front.  You can use a digital sentiment like in some of the other cards in today's post.
And there they are - 4 quick, simple, and fun Christmas card ideas.  

I hope you can find some time to visit the other Crafty Elves also.  Debra and Lisa also have amazing card ideas for the holiday season.  

Debra's Blog Post - Meticulosity
Debra's IG Page - djdavison814

Lisa's Blog Post - Life of a BZscrapper
Lisa's IG Page - bzscrapper

My IG Page - worldofmichaeltrent
My Facebook Page - World Of Michael Trent
My YouTube Page - World of Michael Trent

I'd love to know what you think of my card ideas.  And, until next time...hugs from Brasil!

~Michael  

Friday, June 24, 2022

LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2022 Week 4 - Love Wins - Collaboration with Misty and Debra

 


Hello everyone and welcome to Week 4 of my LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2022 collaboration with my friends Debra of Meticulosity, and Misty aka The Jolly Fat Elf.   Our cards from the last three weeks can all be found over on our social media pages, along with a lot of other fabulous card ideas, links to which can be found at the end of this post.

I think this was one of the fastest cards I made so far.  All it involved was a stencil, some Gina K. Designs inks, and an alphabet die.  After using this Happy stencil, I can see so many cards being made.  Hope you love this idea too.   

I started by securing the Lots of Happy Stencil (Heffy Doodle) to a piece of white cardstock.  Then I used a Mini Blending Brush and inks - all from Gina K. Designs - in a rainbow fashion.  I started with Red Hot, then Tangerine Twist, Wild Dandelion, Lucky Clover, Powder Blue, and, lastly, ended with Lovely Lavender.  



I did have one little glitch with the stencil...but I was able to fix it for the final card.


I made a 6" x 6" square card using white cardstock, to which I adhered a piece of purple cardstock.  Then I trimmed my stencil piece to 5.75" square and adhered that to the card front. 


Next, I used the Monogram Alphabet Die Set (Little B) along with several pieces of bright, glittered fun foam and I cut the letters P, R, I, D, and E using a different color for each letter.  Then I used a ruler and adhered the letters to the card front.



Lastly, to add a little something more to the card front, I adhered 3 small enamel hearts.



And that's it for my card for this week.  I hope y'all can find some time to visit Misty's and Debra's pages and show them some love too.  

Below are Misty's cards, which you can find over on her YouTube Channel - HERE.  





Below is Debra's card for this week and you can find her over on her IG page HERE




Because Debra is a Brand Ambassador for Paper House, you can use her discount code, "Debra22" at checkout on the Paper House Productions website to receive a 15% discount.  Debra "might" earn a small commission on your purchases.  

Below are all of our pages if you want to come over and pay us a visit.  And, if you do, thanks!

Misty's Links

The Jolly Fat Elf on Facebook

The Jolly Fat Elf on Instagram

The Jolly Fat Elf on YouTube

Debra's Links

Debra on Instagram - djdavison814

Debra's Blog - Meticulosity

My Links

The World of Michael Trent on Instagram

The World of Michael Trent on Facebook

The World of Michael Trent on YouTube

Until next time, hugs from Brasil.  

~Michael  

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Yes, It's A Holiday - International Yoga Day

 


Hello everyone and welcome to another "Yes, It is a Holiday" or "Yes, It's a Holiday" blog post.  Today, the holiday crew - Debra, Lori, and myself, are celebrating International Yoga Day.  

Did you know that yoga is an ancient practice that started in India 5,000 years ago?  It's a way to interconnect the mind, body, and soul.  There are also specific colors for yoga.  Blue, purple, green, yellow, pink, and white prompt calming and soothing feelings.  Yellow, blushing pink, and white create a peaceful environment while also infusing energy into a room.  

As for the word "namaste" - if you take a yoga class in the US, the teacher will probably use the word namaste, which means "I bow to you" in Sanskrit.  

To read more about this holiday, just click below -

https://nationaltoday.com/international-yoga-day/

To help celebrate I made this quick card using the Large Mandala (BR1801) from Anthony's Paper Craft along with the word "namaste" that I created on the computer (more on that, below).

I started by stamping the Large Mandala on white cardstock using Versamark Ink and embossing it with Black Sparkle embossing powder by Ranger.  Then I fussy cut the image. 

Next, I colored it in with some watercolor brush markers by BIC.  


The mandala measures 5" wide so I made a top-folding card 5.5" x 5.5", adhered a piece of purple cardstock to the front, and then a piece of decorative paper on top of that. 

For the word "namaste", I printed the word on a piece of white cardstock in the font and size I wanted.  Then I scanned it as a data file using my Scan N Cut and then cut the words out of white cardstock.



I glued 3 of the words together and then I heat embossed it with a Glacier White embossing powder from my stash.  Once it was good to handle, I adhered it to the center of the card. 


I hope you can find some time to check out the cards that Debra and Lori made for today's fun holiday.  Links are below to our Instagram pages.    


Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.  Enjoy the rest of your day and I hope you find some time to stretch your body and relax your mind.  Since I can't seem to achieve that, I will just enjoy my evening with a nice glass of wine.  

Hugs from Brasil -
Michael

Monday, June 20, 2022

LGBTQIA+ Pride Month 2022 - NYC Pride Parade Card


Hello everyone.  Hope your June is going well so far.  We have had some freakin cold nights here but 3 blankets, while we sleep, help a lot.  We wake up to 33F to 35F but it goes into the 80s during the day and then cold again at night.  Hopefully, this cold front will end soon.  

Today, while making a card for an upcoming blog post, I screwed up.  So I decided to use my mistake to make a card for today.  Since it's Pride Month and my project includes the NYC subway map, I thought I would make a quick card in honor of the NYC Pride Parade that will happen on Sunday, June 26th.  

If you should need any info about the parade, just click HERE to be taken to their official website. 

I started by making a top folding A2 card base.  Then I printed one of the designs from these rainbow papers I bought from Best Graphics Online on Etsy and I die-cut part of it using an A2 stitched rectangle die from Pink & Main.  I also used a smaller die from the same set to cut part of the NYC subway map, which I adhered to a piece of Pink Mirri cardstock from Anthony's Paper Craft


Next, I used a VERY OLD stamp/die set called Cool Shades from Hero Arts (long retired).  I used the die to cut a piece of the same pink mirri cardstock and I stamped the glasses with the stripes on a piece of hot pink cardstock.  I fussy cut the stamped image and removed the inside portion too.  Adhered it to the Pink Mirri cardstock and then applied Diamond Glaze to the inside and set it aside to dry.  


Once dry, I put the card together.  Rainbow paper adhered to the card front, then the map on the Pink Mirri cardstock to the rainbow paper.  


Then I adhered the sunglasses with foam tape, a quote chip from Tim Holtz, and a sticker from Paper House Productions.


I hope you like this quick idea.  To be honest, this card using a map could be made for almost any city you have a map for.  Just add sunglasses and a quote or sentiment and you are done.  

If you are going to Pride, please be careful and safe.  Until next time...

Hugs from Brasil. 

~Michael

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Yes, It's a Holiday - Happy Juneteenth 2022

 


Hello everyone.  Today is Juneteenth and I wanted to make a card to show my support for this relatively unknown holiday.  I know I am already getting eye rolls from some people and, if the subject of racism or people of color upsets you, you can move on.  But I hope you will read thru to the end and try to have a little empathy today.

Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. It is also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, and Black Independence Day. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX, and announced the end of the civil war and the end of slavery. Although the Emancipation Proclamation came 2½ years earlier on January 1, 1863, many enslavers continued to hold enslaved Black people captive after the announcement, and Juneteenth became a symbolic date representing African-American freedom.

Why am I posting a card?  This gay, Jewish, white guy?  Because I want to show my support in the fight to end racism, which, sadly, will never be erased.  I cannot imagine what it's like to be a parent of a black child, wondering, every time this child leaves the house if she or she will come home safely.  I never understood how a person can hate another person just based on the color of their skin.  I was not raised like that.  I do hate some people but they come in every color and are usually just morons or racists.  

I remember the first time I drove to Jones Beach, way back when, and I didn't know that different Fields on the beach were for different folk.  The Spanish people hung out in one area, the black people were in another, and the white in their own.  I settled on the beach and a black woman came over to ask me if I was confused because I was in the black section of the beach.  HUH?  Why are there sections?  

And then, on my first trip to Brasil in 2002, I was in Rio sitting on the beach and realized, for the first time in my life, that I was sitting with people of every skin tone and no one was having any issues.  Brasilians have mixed for so long that your skin tone doesn't define you.  It felt great to be sitting like that.  Normal.

Even now, in 2022, I could be walking and holding the hand of my boyfriend with fear that someone might not like it and take matters into their own hands.  Same problem but not about skin tone.  Hatred sucks and it needs to end.  

Someone I know once told me that they wished all the black people could be put on boats and shipped back to where they came from.  My jaw hit the floor.  As if the descendants of all the black people here came over on their own...on a vacation...or looking for a better life. They were dragged out of their countries and enslaved. And, sadly, it still happens today.  

I found this on the Wayside Youth & Family Support Network website and thought it was perfect to share in this post. 
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10 Things We Want White People to Do to Celebrate Juneteenth

  1. We want white people to deeply consider the wound of racism on the hearts of every Black American.
  2. On Juneteenth we want white people to read, study Black history, Black poets, Black leaders, Black achievements.
  3. We want white people to do things about racism as readily as they do things for their own children.
  4. We want white people to make a list of resolutions, of promises, of vows about what will it take for them to use their power, their privilege, their platforms of power to give space to Black and Brown leaders.
  5. We want them to find an accountability partner and make the list public of what actions they will take. They CAN do this on social media. A lot of those actions will be giving up privilege and making room for folks who they may not have noticed have no room at all.
  6. We want white people to stop talking about how uncomfortable it is to talk about racism or police violence.
  7. We want white people to stop being afraid of their own internalized white supremacy. We want them to search and look within at hard facts of thought and deed. Who cares about being comfortable? What about being true, brave and real instead?
  8. Then we want white people to stop talking and listen to what needs to be done.
  9. We want white people to plan on spending time in spaces with folks who are not like you.
  10. We want white people to hold other white people accountable not on social media, instead with measured voices that call folks in to look and wrestle – to change. We are interested in courageous conversations, in hearing folks out and in allowing themselves to feel terrible and to let that feeling be a crucible for change.

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To show my support, I made this card. I wanted to do something with different skin tones so I went thru my stash of DCWV paper pads and pulled out different colors that I felt represented different skin tones.  I also pulled out the Triple Chevies die (retired/Reverse Confetti) to cut each of the colors.  

Then I used the die to cut each of the different colored cardstock.


I adhered them to a piece of white cardstock until I had enough to cover my A2 card front.  And then I used an A2-sized stitched rectangle die (Pink & Main) to cut my card front, which I then adhered to my card front.



Next, I needed a sentiment.  I did not want to go the "Happy Juneteenth" type of card on the outside.  I wanted a positive quote.  So I checked online and found this amazing quote from Barack Obama, saved it, printed it, layered it on a piece of cardstock, and adhered it to the card front using foam tape. 





Maybe, one person will read this post and start to think of how they feel.  If one person can change, then it was worth posting.  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and, until next time...

Hugs from Brasil.
~Michael 

Yes, It's a Holiday - National Camera Day

  Hello everyone and welcome to another "Yes, It is a Holiday" or "Yes, It's a Holiday" blog post.  Today, the holid...