Sunday, June 16, 2024

Coffee and Cards with Deb and Celeste | Father's Day Edition

 


Hello everyone and Happy Father's Day to those that are celebrating.  Today I am joining my friends Deb (Meticulosity) and Celeste (CraftingJunky) for their June Coffee and Card Collab.  Each month they make a card based on a specific mood board, theme, or color, and they talk about the coffee they are drinking that day.   

My coffee for today is just everyday Brasilian coffee by Melitta, which, in my opinion, is the best and smoothest.  It's being had with my chocolate chip loaf in my fav cup.  Not the loaf, the coffee. 

And the mood board that we had to work with is below.  Lots of tones of brown and, since today is Father's Day, I thought I would make a quick card using scraps from my stash.

The first thing I did was to make a top-folding A2 card using brown cardstock.  Then I die-cut a piece of white cardstock using a 4" x 5.25" stitched rectangle die and adhered it to the inside of the card.  

Because the mood board is filled with brown tones, I went through my stash of papers, pulled out 5 scraps, and cut them into 1" x 5.5" strips.  Then I turned them over, and, on one side only, marked 1/4" in on the bottom of each side, and used a metal ruler to trim the pieces. 






I adhered the 5 pieces to a piece of Kraft cardstock leaving about 1/8" between each piece, die cut it using a 4" x 5.25" stitched rectangle die, adhered a piece of fun foam to the back, and then adhered it to the card front.  

To finish off the card...

I stamped Happy Father's Day from Technique Junkies on a piece of white cardstock and die-cut it using a stitched banner die.  Then I die cut a piece of the brown cardstock using the next size-up banner die.  I adhered the sentiment to the brown and then to the card front.  


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  Please remember to go check out what Deb and Celeste made on their blogs.  Until next time...

Hugs from Brasil.

~Michael 

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Hang 10 | Learn To Surf | Technique Junkies Surfing Card

 


Hello everyone and Happy Saturday!  When we go to the beach I love to sit and watch the surfers on the waves.  It must be an amazing feeling to be riding a wave.  And, surfing is huge here in Brasil. 

When I saw the new Hang 10 stamp from Technique Junkies I knew I would be doing a lot of coloring and, I also knew that the surfboards on Hang 10 would go perfectly with the Learn to Surf stamp.  Because Summer will arrive soon in the USA, and it's always summer here in Brasil, I thought this would be a fun card to make.  

  • First, I stamped Hang 10 on white cardstock and used my Scan N Cut to cut the surfboards with a small border.  You can also fussy cut then if that is your thing.  
  • I colored in a few of them and then applied glossy accents to each surfboard so they would have a glossy when dry.  Then I set them aside to dry for a few hours. 
  • While they were drying, I made a top-folding card using blue cardstock.
  • I die-cut a piece of light blue cardstock using a 4" x 5.25" stitched rectangle die, and embossed it with the Waves 3D Embossing Folder from Memory Box.
  • I stamped Learn to Surf on white cardstock, die-cut it with a rectangle die, layered it on a piece of blue cardstock, and adhered a piece of fun foam to the back.

  • I adhered the embossed waves piece to my card front.  Then I adhered the sentiment to the card front making sure to leave room for the surfboards.   

  • Lastly, I adhered the surfboards to the bottom of the sentiment using wet glue and foam squares and I also adhered a piece of white cardstock to the inside for a message.  
 

Done!

I really love this card if I do say so myself.  LOL.  The glossy accents on the surfboards really make them pop.  What do you think?  I'd love to know...leave a comment below!  If you love this stamp or anything else on the Technique Junkies website, you can save 10% at checkout by using my code - TJ10Michael.  

Until next time...

Hugs from Brasil.

~Michael

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Technique Junkies | June New Stamp Release | Flip Flops - Glass Slipper of the South

 

Hello everyone and welcome to the June 2024 New Stamp Release with Technique Junkies.  This month there are 14 new stamps - all screaming SUMMER!  All the new stamps in the release are 15% off through Saturday, June 8th.  And, if you use my code - TJ10Michael - you can take 10% off the rest of the website.


If you love and want ALL the new stamps, grab the 
Gotta Have It All Bundle, all the new stamps for $91.73.  These stamps would normally cost $122.30. You save $30.57 by buying the bundle.  It's a great deal and it's as if you're getting a few of the stamps for free.


To help celebrate the new release, I made these fun, colorful, and easy cards using the new Flip Flops Background stamp and I paired them with The Glass Slipper stamp.  These two stamps were made to go with each other.  The Flip Flops Background stamp is the perfect stamp to color, paper piece, or you can stamp it on a colorful background and let the paper do all the work for you, which is what I did. 
    

Here is how I made these cards if you would like to give them a shot, also.

  • I made 2 card bases.  One with purple cardstock, the other with white.  
  • I went through the Art For Everyone pad by Vicki Boutin (American Crafts) until I found 2 designs that I knew would look great - one was more yellow, the other more purple and I cut a piece from each sheet.  
  • I stamped the Flip Flops Background on each one.  
  • Then I die-cut the yellow piece using a stitched rectangle die, adhered a piece of fun foam behind it, and then to the purple card front.  For the purple sheet, I adhered it right to white card front and trimmed away the excess paper.
  • I stamped The Glass Slipper on two pieces of white cardstock, die-cut them using 2 different banner dies, layered them, and adhered them to each card front.  
  • Lastly, on the purple card, I adhered a few purple crystals.  
Here is the purple card base with the yellow paper - 


And here is the white card base with the purple paper.


I love them both but, do you have a fav?  I'd love to know.  Below are links to the blogs of the Technique Junkies Design Team and I hope you will find the time to go check out what each of them has made to kick off the June release.    


Hugs from Brasil.

~Michael 

Friday, May 24, 2024

Crafty Elves Countdown to Christmas | Whimsical Winter | Technique Junkies


Welcome to the June 2024 Edition of The Crafty Elves Countdown to Christmas.  I'm playing along with the other Crafty Elves again this month - Debra from Meticulosity and Lisa from Life of a BZScrapper.  On the 25th of each month, we have a Christmas card collab together, where each of us shares at least 1-holiday card idea in the hopes that we inspire you to begin making your holiday cards.  

To make this card I used Whimsical Winter and one of the sentiments from Christmas Lights, Set of 4 - both from Technique Junkies.  

  • I made a top-folding A2 card using red cardstock.  Then I die-cut two pieces of white cardstock using a stitched rectangle die measuring 4" x 5.25" and adhered one to the inside.
  • With the other, I stamped the bottom part of Whimsical Winter using Versamark ink, stamped it on my card front, and heat embossed it with a red embossing powder.
  • Using my homemade cloud stencil, Blue Ribbon Dye Ink from Ranger, and an ink blending brush, I added the clouds to the upper part of my card.
  • Using Lily Pad Dye Ink from Ranger, I stamped the trees from Whimsical Winter over the clouds. 
  • I adhered a piece of fun foam to the back and adhered it to my card front.    
  • I had some Christmas puffy stickers in my stash that I had picked up at Hobby Lobby a few years ago.  I removed one of the car stickers and a trailer, brushed cornstarch on the back to remove the sticky backing (you can also use powder or an embossing buddy), and adhered them to the card front using foam squares. 
  • Lastly, I stamped one of the sentiments from Christmas Lights, Set of 4 on white cardstock, die-cut it using a banner die, layered it on a piece of red, and adhered it to the top of the card.  Then I added some white stickle glue to look like snowflakes.  
I hope you have enjoyed this card and I really hope you will find time to visit the other Crafty Elves and see what they made.  All of our social media links are below.  

Michael - World of Michael Trent

Debra - Meticulosity

Lisa - Life of a BZ Scrapper

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  I would love to know what you think of this card idea - leave a comment below and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil.

~Michael

Friday, April 19, 2024

Make A Tall Giraffe Slimline Card Using An A2 Giraffe Stamp | Technique Junkies | Giraffe Love

 

Hello all. I am in love with the new Giraffe Love stamp from Technique Junkies.  It's one of the new stamps in the April 2024 New Stamp Release (15% off through April 25th).  Giraffes always make me smile and are the first animal I gravitate to at the zoo.  And they are so easy to color.  I wanted to take this A2 size stamp and use it to make a slimline card and, I think I managed that.   

Come join me and my madness.  LOL

First, I stamped Giraffe Love twice on white cardstock.  Then I die-cut them using a 4" x 5.25" stitched rectangle die - I wanted a stitched look around the whole card. 

To make my card base I used the Slim Stitched Rectangle Die Set from Pink Fresh Studio.   The largest die measures 3 5/8" x 8 5/8" so that is what my card base needs to be.  I cut 2 pieces of white cardstock - one at 3 5/8" x 8 5/8" and the other at 3 5/8" x 9 1/8".  I scored 1/2" at the top of the longer piece and adhered them together to make my slimline card base. 

Then I used the largest die to cut a piece of orange textured paper I found in my stash, the next size down to cut a piece of orange cardstock, and a piece of white fun foam to fit under the orange cardstock.  

Then I used the next die down, the smaller of the stitched dies, to cut the top and bottom parts of my card.  I lined up the two images, secured the die with washi tape, and die-cut - giving me two pieces.


I adhered the textured paper to my card front, the white fun foam behind the orange cardstock, and then to the card front.  Then I used various Ultra Fine Tip BIC Intensity Markers to color the 2 pieces of Giraffe Love, which I then adhered to the card front.  

To finish the card, we need to cover the seam connecting the two pieces.  I used the smallest stitched die to cut a 1.25" piece of the textured paper and a 1" piece of the orange cardstock.  I also die-cut the Hey die from Heffy Doodle to cut 2 pieces of red cardstock and 1 piece of red glittered fun foam.  

I adhered the orange piece to the textured paper.  Then I adhered the 2 red cardstock pieces together, then the glittered piece on top.  

I glued the strip to the center of the card and then I glued the hey to the strip. 

The last thing I did was to add some different colored Stickles around the front of the card to give some shimmer and shine.  Here's the final card again.  


I'd love to know what you think of this idea, the new stamp, etc.  Again, the Giraffe Love stamp is on sale until the 25th of April.  And, if you go shopping, you can save 10% at check on everything else (the new release is already 15% off) by using my code at checkout - TJ10Michael.  

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and I hope y'all have a great weekend.  Until next time...

Hugs from Brasil.

~Michael

Monday, April 15, 2024

Technique Junkies April 2024 New Stamp Release | Adulting Is Overrated


Welcome to the April 2024 New Stamp Release with Technique Junkies.  This month there are 13 new stamps - something for everyone - and they are all 15% off through Thursday, April 25th, if you use my code - TJ10Michael - you can take 10% off the rest of the website.


If you love and want ALL the new stamps, grab the Gotta Have It All Bundle, all the new stamps for $95.02.  These stamps would normally cost $127.35. You save $31.83 by buying the bundle.  It's a great deal and it's like you're getting a few stamps for free.  


To help celebrate the new release, I made this cool, colorful, and glossy card using the new Beer Glassware stamp.  I wanted a snarky(ish) sentiment to go with the Beer Glassware and, as I dug through my stash of Technique Junkies stamps, I came upon Adulting is Overrated, which is perfect!  

Here is how I made this card if you would like to give it a shot also.

  • The first thing I did was to stamp Beer Glassware on white cardstock, trimmed it to 4" x 5.5", and colored the different beer glasses using Ultra Fine Tip BIC Intensity Markers.
  • I applied Glossy Accents to each of the beer glasses and set it aside to dry.  You can also use Diamond Glaze if you have it. 
  • I made a top-folding A2 card using black cardstock.
  • I cut a piece of white cardstock using a 4" x 5.25" stitched rectangle die, stamped Adulting is Overrated in the lower right corner, and adhered it to the inside of the card.  
  • When the glossy accents were dry (the next morning), I adhered a piece of black fun foam to the back and then adhered to my card front.  Below is a close-up of the beer glassware once the glossy accents dried.   

Below are links to all the Makers on the Technique Junkies Design Team.  I hope you can find some time to go check out what everyone else has made with the new release.  


Hugs from Brasil.

~Michael

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Zen Circles 2 Cards | Use Positive and Negative | Technique Junkies

 

Hello everyone.  Back on March 1st, I shared a shaker card I made using the Zen Circles and Feel Like Sunshine stamps from Technique Junkies, which you can see HERE if you want. 

I cannot state enough how much I love this image.  

But I had forgotten that I had already started a more in-depth step-by-step with photos, and I never showed the card I made using the negative space I cut from the image.  

So, consider this a sort of Part 2 to my March 1st post.  :-) 

Card No. 1 - Shaker Card


After stamping and coloring the entire Zen Circles image using Ultra Fine Tip BIC Intensity Markers, I used a kraft knife to carefully cut out the area in the center of the card, leaving room around it for foam tape.  

I stamped Feel Like Sunshine on the front of my A2 card base.  Then, using my colored piece as a template, I carefully drew around the inside of the center using a pencil.  This way I will know where to place my shaker elements.  


I cut a piece of acetate, 3 7/8" x 5 1/8", which I adhered to the back of my colored Zen Circles piece and then I added my foam tape on top of the acetate and around the cut-out section.  I am using a window foam, which is a little thicker than normal foam tape.  

I placed a small roll of tape on my sentiment, then added the shaker elements inside, then carefully and slowly erased the pencil mark.  I brushed the back of the acetate with an embossing buddy to remove any static and then adhered the Zen Circles piece with the acetate on top of my shaker elements.  To add a splash of shimmer and shine, I adhered some small crystals to the front of the card.  



Card No. 2 Using the Negative Piece  


This card uses the piece piece I cut out when making the shaker card, above.  

I made a top-folding A2 card base using blue cardstock.  Then I cut 2 pieces of white cardstock, 4" x 5.25".  One I adhered to the inside of the card.  Using the 2nd, I embossed it using an embossing folder I bought here in Brasil, and adhered it to the card front.



I adhered the negative piece I cut from the first card to the card front using foam tape, and then 
I adhered one of the Tim Holtz quote chips covering part of the negative piece. 

Here are both cards again.


I hope you have enjoyed these 2 card ideas using the Zen Circles and Feel Like Sunshine stamps.  If you go shopping on the Technique Junkies website (www.techniquejunkies.com) you can save 10% at checkout by using my Friends and Family Discount Code - TJ10Michael

I'd love to know what you think of the cards.  Have a fav?  Leave a comment below and let me know.  Thanks!!  Until next time...

Hugs from Brasil.

~Michael

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Crafty Elves Countdown to Christmas - March 2023 - Christmas Fishes

 


Hello everyone.  Believe it or not but I have yet to make a holiday card this year (not counting this post) and I've missed making them.  I've also missed Debra and Lisa, my other Crafty Elves and I decided to join them this month for the March 2023 Crafty Elves Countdown to Chrismas.  

And, I have a theme - Christmas Fishes.  

I've always wanted to make a "Christmas Fishes" type of card and the other day while organizing my Technique Junkies stamps, I found 2 fish stamps and decided to finally get this idea off my bucket list. LOL 

Christmas Fishes Card

  • I stamped Fancy Fish from Technique Junkies on a piece of white cardstock using Sea Glass, Blue Lagoon, and Blue Raspberry ink cubes from Gina K Designs.  I tapped Sea Glass first, then some Blue Lagoon, and then I used Blue Raspberry around the edges.  
  • I made an A2 card, adhered some striped Christmas paper to the card front, then my stamped image to a piece of red cardstock, and then to the card front.
  • I decided not to color the fish so that the Santa Hats would pop more.
  • Using scraps of red cardstock and scraps of white glittered cardstock, I die-cut a bunch of Santa hats using dies I picked up here in Brasil, and adhered one to each fish.  
  • I made my Christmas Fishes sentiment on the computer, printed it on white cardstock, die-cut it using a banner die, and adhered the 2 words to my card front. 
  • Lastly, just to annoy Debra and to add a bit more quirk to an already quirky card, I added a googly eye on each fish. 
I hope you have enjoyed this card and I really hope you will find time to visit the other Crafty Elves and see what they made.  All of our social media links are below.  

Michael - World of Michael Trent

Debra - Meticulosity

Lisa - Life of a BZ Scrapper

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  I would love to know what you think of this card idea - leave a comment below and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil.

~Michael

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Coffee & Friends Card with Technique Junkies and Paper House Productions


Hello all.  How are you guys doing today?  I'm sitting here in my studio, having a cuppa Joe, on this rainy and chilly Saturday morning in the countryside of São Paulo, and I wanted to pop out a quick coffee-themed card.  

So, here goes...

  • I made a top-folding A2 card base using Kraft cardstock. 
  • I die-cut a piece of white cardstock with a 4" x 5.25" stitched rectangle die, which I adhered to the inside of the card leaving space for a message.
  • Next, I stamped Whimsical Coffee Background from Technique Junkies, colored the various cups and words using Ultra Fine Tip BIC Intensity Markers, die-cut it using the same 4" x 5.25" stitched rectangle die, adhered a piece of black fun foam to the back, and then I adhered it to the card front.  


  • I cut a piece of Kraft cardstock, die-cut it using the 4" x 5.25" stitched rectangle die (so the stitching will match up), embossed it with the Cross Weaves 3D Embossing Folder from Altenew (just to add some texture to the card), and then distressed the edges with black ink.   
  • I adhered one of the stickers from 3D Coffee Talk Stickers from Paper House Productions to the embossed Kraft piece and then it to my card front. 


Done!  Hope you have enjoyed this quick card.  Enjoy the rest of your day or weekend depending on when you read this post.  If you love Technique Junkies products as much as I do, you can save 10% at checkout by using my code - TJ10Michael - just head over to www.techniquejunkies.com

Until next time...

Hugs from Brasil.

~Michael

Coffee and Cards with Deb and Celeste | Father's Day Edition

  Hello everyone and Happy Father's Day to those that are celebrating.  Today I am joining my friends Deb ( Meticulosity ) and Celeste ...