Thursday, September 17, 2020

You're A Gem of a Friend

 


Hello y'all.  I hope everyone is okay and trying to stay as safe as possible.  2020 has certainly been a trying year for all of us.  We are moving out of winter into spring but considering how hot it is here I think we jumped right to summer.  But I do love the heat! 

It's that time - a new challenge over on the If You Give A Crafter a Cookie Challenge Blog.  We are up to Challenge No. 151 and it's all about gems...diamonds...shiny rocks...or, maybe, a rainbow! Here is the inspiration photo the Design Team had to work with should you wish to join us!


Although I used some older items from my stash to make this card, there are plenty of newer items on the market that can be used in their places if you want to recreate the card.  

I started by making a top-folding A2 card base using white cardstock.  Then I covered it with a piece of decorative scrapbook paper.  I also cut another piece of white cardstock, 4" x 5.25", and embossed it using the Gems Background Embossing Folder by Darice.   


Next, I used a piece of glittered paper and the Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip - Naturally Serif, to cut out the letters for my sentiment - "you're a GEM of a friend". Although it's discontinued, there are plenty of alphabet dies out there that can be used.  


Next, I adhered the Gems Background to my card front.  Then I adhered each of the letters to the card front to form my sentiment.  You can use liquid glue if you want but I used my Xyron 1.5" Sticker Maker.   




The last thing I did was to apply Clear Wink of Stella in all the gems to give shimmer to the card front and the gems.  


I hope you enjoyed this card idea.  If you want to play along with us, just click HERE to be taken to the challenge blog. If you play along with the challenge, please let me know so I can check out your creation.  

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.  Stay safe and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

~Michael

Friday, September 4, 2020

Happy Birthday Cupcake!


Hi everyone!!  I hope y'all are doing okay.  We have a long weekend coming up also (Monday is Brasil's Independence Day) and we are planning a day trip to an Olive tree farm where they make their own olive oil. I hope.  We are hearing that some towns are closing their borders so, we'll see.  

Today's card was made using Cupcakes 1 from Anthony's Paper Craft and I think it's perfect, not just for someone that loves cupcakes, but also for a birthday. 

On a side note, before we get to the step by step - Misty, The Jolly Fat Elf, did a great video (and has one or two more coming) showing what she did with the set too.  Check it out HERE!
   
Now...for my card.

I started by making a card base out of white cardstock, 4" x 9", which I covered with decorative paper from my stash.

Then I cut another piece of white cardstock, 3.5" x 8.5", which I put into my Misti, and, using a center ruler, I stamped the sentiment in the center.  



Then I stamped the various cupcakes going in different directions so they surrounded the sentiment.   


Next, I colored in all the cupcakes using Prismacolor and Letraset markers and then I layered it on a piece of pink cardstock, 3 5/8" x 8 5/8".




Lastly, working slowly, I adhered various colors of Stickles as the frosting on the cupcakes and set it aside to completely dry.  I used Yellow, Firefly, Lavender, Glam Pink, and Frosted Lace Stickles. 


Here is the final card after everything dried.


And here is another card I made but this time I used Clear Wink of Stella on the cupcake frosting and I stamped my sentiment separately and added to the lower corner.


Done!  I'd love to know what you think.  Feel free to leave me a comment below.  I have another card or two using the Cupcakes 1 set so keep a look out for them in the next few days.  

Have a safe weekend everyone.  And, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

~Michael


 

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Slimline Back To School Card

 


Hello Hello Hello everyone!!  It's time for a new challenge over on the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog.  If you would like to play along with us for Challenge No. 150, here is the "inspiration photo" that the team had to work with - 

  


I am also going to enter this card into a few "anything goes" card challenge blogs if you want to play along with them too.



As soon as I saw the photo that the Design Team had to work with, I got the idea in my head to make a slimline card with books stacked up high and a girl sitting at the top, reading. 

Let's first make a top-folding slimline card - 

  • I cut two pieces of white cardstock, 3.5" x 8.5" and 3.5" x 9".  
  • I placed the 2nd piece with the 9" side along the top of my scoreboard and scored at 1/2".    
  • Then I burnished the 1/2" section, applied double-sided tape to it, and adhered it to piece 1 to form the card.   
  
Now that the top-folding slimline card is done, I then adhered a piece of red cardstock to the front.  

Now for the papers -  

I used the digital version of Echo Park's Back to School Mega Collection and I printed a full A4 page of one design (the one with the script on the blackboard) and the other page with the small journaling cards. 

Now for the digi stamps - 

Using a graphics program (Pages), I imported the 2 digital stamps I wanted to use on the card front - Book Stack and Girl Book Sitter both by Bugaboo Stamps.  (If you want to recreate this card but with a boy, they also have a Boy Book Sitter image).  Then I printed several of the book image and two of the girl image on to white cardstock (I plan on making more than one card).  

This is what you should have now - 



Next, I cut a piece of "script on the blackboard" paper to 3.25" x 8.25" and adhered it to the card front.  I also fussy cut the image on the small journaling card that says "what we learn becomes who we are" and put it to the side to use later.

Then, I colored 4 of the book stacks and one of the girl reading.  Then I fussy cut the images.  

This is what you should have now - 


Now to put the card together -

Before adhering the books down, I do a test to see how they will stack.  You will need to cut some off or cut them apart to your liking.  Just remember to leave room for the girl at the top. 

When I have it they way I want, I adhere the books using foam tape and then the girl at the top sitting on the book stack.  You will need to put some glue on her legs, not foam tape, as they will adhere to the books.



Lastly, I adhered the quote we cut out earlier, using foam tape and wet glue, and I put some Glossy Accents on the glasses so they look like glass when dry.  



Here is the final card.  


I have a friend who is a teacher here and I think this will be a perfect gift for her for her house or classroom.  I'd love to know what you think of the card.  And, if you play along with the challenge, please let me know so I can check out your creation.  

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.  Stay safe and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

~Michael

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Crafty Elves Countdown to Christmas - August 2020 Edition + Video

 


Hello everyone and welcome to the August 2020 edition of The Crafty Elves Countdown to Christmas.  I cannot believe that Christmas is in 122 days!  Something new with this post - I made a video showing you guys the cards I made with a quick explanation of how I made them.  


You can also check out the video directly on my YouTube Channel - HERE.

The other Crafty Elves, Debra, Lisa, and Jessica, have also been busy making their Christmas cards for you to see and the links to their blogs are at the end of this post.  I hope you will find some time to show them some love also!

Now, on to my cards - 

Card Idea No. 1


  • I started by making a top-folding A2 card our of white cardstock and adhering a piece of red cardstock to the front.
  • Using a 4" x 5.25" stitched rectangle die, I cut a piece of holiday paper, which I adhered to a piece of fun foam, which i then adhered to the card front. 
  • I stamped the Winter Village (H170/Retired) from Great Impressions Rubber Stamps and the sentiment from Christmas Sentiments 1 from Anthony's Paper Craft on to a piece of white cardstock and colored it in using a variety of BIC Intensity Ultra Fine Tip markers.
  • I trimmed the image, layered it on a piece of fun foam, and adhered it to the card front.
  • Lastly, I used Frosted Lace Stickles on all the areas where there is snow in the image.

Card Idea No. 2


For this card, I used a stamp called "Three Ornaments" from Motivet, a brand that, sadly, went out of business many years ago.  But almost every stamp company has Christmas ornament images that you can use if you wish to re-create the card.

  • I started by making a top-folding A2 card of white cardstock, to which I adhered a piece of Christmas designer paper.
  • I cut a piece of white cardstock and stamped the "Three Ornaments" image as well as the sentiment from Christmas Sentiments 1 from Anthony's Paper Craft.
  • I "colored" parts of the ornaments using Gold, True Blue, Firefly, and Yellow Stickles (Ranger).  I also adhered small crystals and placed this to the side to dry.
  • I die cut a piece of red cardstock using an Inside Scallop Stitched Rectangle die.    
  • Once the Stickles were dry, I adhered that piece to the back of the red rectangle piece, which I then adhered to the card front. 

Card Idea Nos. 3(a and b)



For these two cards, I used the new Peppermint Wishes Digital Stamp set and the Peppermint Wishes Digital Paper/Ephemera set from Polka Dot Orchard.   

A few weeks ago I made a Christmas photo folio,  and the cover of the folio looked like a card, and I decided to recreate it here.  


  • I started with a top folding A2 card base of red cardstock.  
  • I printed one of the candy-cane papers from the Peppermint Wishes Ephemera set, cut a piece of it using a stitched rectangle die, adhered it to a piece of fun foam and then I adhered it to the card front.
  • I applied Christmas Red Stickles (Ranger)  to the candy canes and set it aside to dry.  
  • I printed the sentiment from the Peppermint Wishes Stamp set, cut it using a stitched banner die and adhered it to a piece of red cardstock.  
  • Once the Stickles were dry, I adhered the sentiment to the card front using foam tape.  
For my 2nd card - 

  • I started with a top-folding A2 card base of white cardstock, to which I adhered one of the designs from the Peppermint Wishes Ephemera set.
  • Then I printed out the large background image from the Peppermint Wishes Stamp set, colored it using BIC Intensity Ultra Fine Tip markers, adhered it to a piece of red cardstock and then to the card front.    
  • I printed the sentiment, also from the Peppermint Wishes Stamp set, adhered it to a piece of red cardstock and then to the card front. 
  • The last thing I did was to color in some of the images using True Blue and Christmas Red Stickles and to adhere a small crystal on the center of each snowflake. 
Card Idea Nos. 4(a-d)

For these 4 cards, I used images from The Happy Holiday Tags Bundle Digital set from The Paper Rabbit on Etsy.  You might know The Paper Rabbit as Lindsay Ostrom - Creator of Cuteness - one of my favorite designers.  The bundle comes with both Christmas and Hanukkah images. 

 
I will not bore you with a post about all 4 cards other than to explain:
  • I made my top folding card bases to which I adhered a piece of decorative paper or cardstock.  
  • I colored and cut out the 4 images I wanted to use.  Some of them had a "to/for" section on the tag, which I tried to trim away.  
  • I layered the images on to a piece of red cardstock and then on to the card fronts.  
  • I adhered my sentiment under the images except for the Santa image where I adhered it, diagonally, across the "to/for" sentiment on the tag.
  • Lastly, I used a variety of Stickles (Ranger) and, at times, enamel dots to add some bling and fun to the card fronts.  
Bigger versions of each of the cards are below - 





Done!!

I'd love to know which card(s) is/are your favorite and I really hope these cards have inspired you to dig into your stamp stash and to find the time to make some holiday cards yourself.

Please remember to check out what the other Crafty Elves have up their sleeves this month - 


As always, thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  You can also follow me on my Instagram page by clicking HERE!

Until next time, hugs from Brasil - 

~Michael

Thursday, August 6, 2020

For the Bride and Groom...




Hello everyone and welcome to August 2020!  This year is just flying by and I cannot believe that it will be the holidays in 5 months.  If we have holidays this year!  

It's time for a new challenge on the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog.  
If you would like to play along with us, below is the "inspiration photo" that the team had to work with for Challenge No. 148.  You could make a wedding card, a floral card, a basket of flowers...plenty of ideas.    


When I first saw the photo, I immediately thought of a white on white wedding card.  The card came together very quickly and, it's quite classy! 

I cut a piece of heavyweight white cardstock in half on the short side.  I made my top-folding A2 card base using one half, and, with the other half, I die cut the Quilted Frame Elle-ments die from Avery Elle.  I also cut a piece of white fun foam to fit under the Quilted Frame.  


I adhered the fun foam to the quilted frame piece, which I then adhered to the card front.  Then I adhered a small half pearl to each of the crosshatches using Multi-Matte Medium.  I also stamped the bride and groom from Wedding by Inkadinkdo on to the oval center part.  


I adhered the oval bride and groom to the card front using foam tape and I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the bride's dress to give shimmer.  Then I stamped the sentiment from the Life Stuff Sentiments set (IOStamps), die-cut it using a stitched banner die, and adhered it to the card front.  Lastly, I adhered 3 flowers near the banner. 

 


Done!  Now if only I had a wedding to go to or a couple to give the card.  LOL  I'd love to know what you think of the card.  And, if you play along with the challenge, please let me know so I can check out your card.  Thanks for stopping by the blog today. 

Stay safe and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil -

~Michael

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Crafty Elves Countdown to Christmas - July 2020 Edition




Hello everyone and welcome to the July 2020 edition of The Crafty Elves Countdown to Christmas!  I have to say, this has been a busy crafty month with me making a few albums/folios, a few cards, and lots of cookies, cakes and candies!  The other elves, (DebraLisa, and Jessica), have also been busy making their Christmas/Hanukkah/Holiday cards for this month.  

Here are my 4 Crafty Elf cards for July.  The links to the other Crafty Elves' cards are at the end of this post and I hope you will also take some time to check out what they have made.

Card No. 1


  • I made a top folding A2 card base of white cardstock to which I adhered a piece of decorative paper.  
  • I cut another piece of white cardstock using a stitched rectangle die and then, using a stamp positioner, I stamped the Vintage Holly Border (Great Impressions) with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on the top.  Then I turned the cardstock around and stamped the image again on the other side.
  • I colored the holly and berries using Rambunctious Red, Key Lime, and Forest Green BIC Intensity Ultra Fine Tip Markers.
  • I adhered a piece of white fun foam behind the cardstock with the holly berries border and then adhered it to the card front.
  • I stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment (Technique Junkies) on a piece a white cardstock and then die cut it using Nestabilities Labels Eighteen (Spellbinders/retired) and colored in the image using the same markers.
  • I adhered this to the card front using foam tape.
Card Nos. 2 and 3




For cards 2 and 3, I used Christmas embossing folders that I have had in my stash since Noah launched his ark. Honestly, I forgot how easy and fast it is to make a card using an embossing folder.  

  • I made 2 top folding A2 cards to which I adhered a piece of decorative Christmas themed paper from Carta Bella's Christmas Market paper pad.  
  • I cut 2 pieces of white cardstock using a stitched rectangle die and I embossed each one with a different folder - Christmas Ornaments by Crafts-Too and Christmas Ornaments by Cuttlebug
  • I cut 2 pieces of white fun foam and adhered each of the embossed pieces to each piece of fun foam.
  • Using the sentiment set called Gifts of Christmas by Technique Junkies, I stamped one sentiment on the front of one of the cards and for the other, I stamped the sentiment, cut it out with a stitched banner die, layered it on a piece of red cardstock and then adhered it to the card front.
  • Lastly, I adhered some crystals to one of the card fronts for some shimmer.  



Card No. 4


For this card, I used the Snowflake Block Die by Simon Says Stamp to make a shaker card, an idea I have had in my head since I got this die.  

  • I started by making a top folding A2 card base to which I adhered a piece of decorative Christmas paper from Dear Santa by Photoplay.
  • I cut another piece of white cardstock using the stitched rectangle die from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes by Simon Says Stamp. 
  • Then I adhered the Snowflake Block die where I wanted it and then ran it thru my Sizzix machine.  Then I adhered a piece of acetate behind it to cover the space left from the die.   
  • I adhered the snowflake die cut using spray glue.
  • I stamped my sentiment "Peace on Earth" from Classic Christmas (Hero Arts/retired) on to a piece of white cardstock, layered it on a piece of red, and then adhered it to the card front.
  • Lastly, I adhered crystals to some of the snowflakes for some shimmer.   

Done!!

I hope these cards have inspired you to break out some of your Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza/Holiday stamps to make some cards.  We all have a lot of time on our hands right now.

There is also a new Holiday Blog Hop that started TODAY...that I will be entering these cards into also.  Some great sponsors with prizes to be won!  You can check out the hop and all the details HERE.


Please remember to check out what the other Crafty Elves have up their sleeves this month - 


I'd love to know which of my projects was your favorite!  As always, thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  You can also follow me on my Instagram page by clicking HERE!

Until next time, hugs from Brasil - 

~Michael

You're A Gem of a Friend

  Hello y'all.  I hope everyone is okay and trying to stay as safe as possible.  2020 has certainly been a trying year for all of us.  W...