Thursday, September 19, 2019

If You Give A Crafter A Cookie - Back To School with Bugaboo Stamps



Hello everyone!  As I say every year, I cannot believe it's September....summer is over (for you guys in the USA)....and it's back to school for the kids.  Over on the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog we are celebrating the "back to school" theme with Challenge No. 126 and here is the inspiration photo the design team had to work with - 




I started with a top folding A2 card base of white cardstock to which I adhered a piece of decorative paper from the Bundle of Joy A New Girl Collection from Echo Park.  I used one of the sheets called Alphabet Antics because of the letters on the sheet - perfect for a back to school theme.



Next up was my image.  Using Gimp (a free image editor), I merged two digital stamps into one - book stack and book sitter - both from Bugaboo Stamps.

After printing it to the size I needed, I die cut the image, along with a solid piece of cardstock, using dies from the A2 Matting Basics A and A2 Matting Basics B sets (Spellbinders).


Then I colored the image, adhered it to the solid cardstock, and then adhered this to the card front.  


Lastly, I printed out the words "back to school" on white cardstock, trimmed them, adhered them to cardstock, trimmed again, and adhered them to the card front. 


And here is the final card....ready to be placed into someone's lunchbox or book bag.  Or as a thank you note to a teacher.


I hope you guys like this card.  I'd love to know.  Feel free to leave a comment below!  And, if you join us during the next two weeks for this challenge, please let me know so I can check out your card.  

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and, until next time, hugs from Brasil!

~Michael

Thursday, September 5, 2019

If You Give A Crafter A Cookie 5 Year Birthday Celebration



Hello everyone!!!  Today is an awesome day - the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog turns 5 years old!!!  Not many challenge blogs go for 5 years and I am proud to be on the design team, along with a lot of other talented people!  Some of the team members are having a giveaway so make sure you stop by all the blogs! 

If you wish to play along with the team for Cookie Challenge #125, which is a birthday theme, the inspiration photo for this challenge is - 


For my design team card, I went kinda simple.  But fun!  I started with a top folding A2 card base of white cardstock.  Using one of the dies from the A2 Matting Basics A Set (Spellbinders) I cut and embossed a piece of decorative paper, which I then adhered to the card front. 


Next, I cut a piece of white cardstock with a stitched rectangle die.  Then I stamped one of the cupcakes and the "happy birthday" sentiment from Cupcakes 1 (Anthony's Paper Craft).


Next, using BIC Ultra Fine Tip Markers and Studio 71 markers, I colored in the image.  



Next, I adhered this to a piece of white fun foam, which I then adhered to the card front.  And, lastly, I applied some Crystal and Yellow Stickles Glitter Glue (Ranger) to the cupcake frosting, the candle, and the bow.  


Here's the final card.  



Happy Birthday to the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog!!  Here's hoping for several more fun years.  

I'd love to know what you think of my card - please feel free to leave me a comment below!!  I'll be back again soon with another fun project.  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil -
Michael 

Friday, August 30, 2019

Thanks A Latte - Coffes Loving Cardmakers


Hello everyone.   Well, today is my last post as Guest Designer on Coffee Loving Cardmakers.  I've had a blast and decided, for my final week, to make a "thank you" card as a way to thank Amy for asking me to be the Guest Designer.  I hope y'all enjoyed my cards and if you missed any of them, there are links at the end of this post if you would like to check them out.  

Now, on to today's card.....

I started by adhering a piece of dark brown textured cardstock (DCWV) to the front of my card base. Then I stamped Hardwood (Stampin Up) on to a piece of white cardstock using Pumice Stone Distress Ink (Ranger).  Then I cut it using a Stitched Rectangle Die (Simon Says Stamp).



Next, I stamped Espresso (IO Stamps) on to a piece of white cardstock using Jet Black Amalgam Ink (Gina K. Designs) and then I die cut it using the largest die from the Stitched Rectangles STAX (MFT Stamps).


Next, I adhered the image to a piece of cardstock, which I then adhered to the card front, off-center. And I colored in the cups and steam using BIC markers.


And, lastly, I stamped the sentiment "thanks a latte" (IO Stamps) on to a piece of white cardstock, cut the words apart, adhered them to a piece of brown cardstock and then, using foam tape, adhered them to the card front. 


Done!  I was going to use Stickles on the cups but decided to stop and leave the card as it is.  Of course, I am now rethinking this decision....LOL

I had a lot of fun as the August Guest Designer for Coffee Loving Cardmakers and hope you enjoyed my creations.  If you are following on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers site, you can find my other 4 cards HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE and if you are following over on my blog, you can find the other 4 cards HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE!  

Thanks again so much and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

~Michael

Friday, August 23, 2019

Feel The Love.....The Caffinated Love



Hello everyone...it's the crazy American....living in the countryside of São Paulo and I am back with a new Guest Designer card for Coffee Loving Cardmakers.  For this week's card, I am celebrating "caffeinated love" with a stamp set from Unity Stamp.    


I started by adhering a piece of red cardstock to my card front.  Then I cut a piece of white cardstock with the Hugs & Kisses Cover-Up die (My Favorite Things/retired), which I then adhered to the red cardstock.  Now, I know this is retired but a piece of designer paper with some X's and O's would work perfectly as well. 


I used Jet Black Amalgam Ink (Gina K. Designs) to stamp two of the coffee cup image and each of the sentiments from the Love to Go stamp set (Unity Stamp).    

  
I colored and fussy cut the cups, trimmed each of the sentiments and layered them on a piece of black cardstock.  Then I adhered the cups to the front - one with glue, the other with foam tape, and then the sentiments.



Lastly, I adhered some Diamond Glaze (JudiKins) on the top of each heart and placed to the side to dry.  It will dry hard and look great!



And, here's the final card.  I love how the Diamond Glaze hardens on the hearts.  


I hope you guys enjoyed this card.  It felt great to finally put some ink to these stamps and it's really such an easy, fun card to make.  I'd love to know what you think...please feel free to leave a comment below.  Thanks and until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 
Michael

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge No. 124 - Coffee Drinking Llama


Hello everyone!!  Did you know that even llamas love coffee....liquid life....java juice?  I didn't either until I found this image and made this card.  LOL 

Today's card is my Design Team project for the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog and today is Challenge No. 124 - and it's all about llamas!  Here is the inspiration photo that the design team had to use in case you want to play along - 


In order to make something for this challenge, I needed a llama stamp, of which I had none, so I jumped on Etsy and started my search.  I found THIS adorable digital llama clip art set and THIS digital "Sweet Morning" coffee paper set, which went perfectly with the llama images.  So I bought them.  

I made a top folding A2 card base of white cardstock to which I adhered a piece of Kraft cardstock.  Then I printed one of the designs from the Sweet Morning dig paper and die cut it using the Quilted Frame Die from Avery Elle.


Next, I printed the image of the llama drinking coffee on to an A4 sheet of cardstock.  I was able to fit 4 of the image on 1 sheet so I figure I can make 2 cards.  


I fussy cut one whole image and just the llama on the second image.  Then I colored the llama with some Copic markers.  I used RV10 Pale Pink on her ears, cheeks,  and nose and E000 Pale Fruit Pink, on her body.  I did not want a stark white llama and the E000 gives just a hint of color.


I adhered the full image to the card front covering the oval center and then, using foam tape, I adhered the colored llama image.   


Lastly, I adhered some pink and orange Stickles to the bow, collar, cup, and steam coming out of the cup.  And a sticker/sentiment from the Small Talk Stickers (Ranger/Holtz).


And that's it!  Super easy and fun card to make.  Love this set of llamas and now I have options for so many cards.  I hope you liked this project.  Feel free to leave a comment below and, if you play along with the challenge, which I hope you can do, please let me know!  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 
Michael