Friday, August 17, 2018

Anthony's Paper Craft "Christmas In August" Blog Hop - Celebrate The Season Card


Hello everyone!!  Thank you so much for making last week's blog hop with the Anthony's Paper Craft Design Team such a success.  Once again I have teamed up with DebraMike, and Mary Kay for week two of the Anthony's Paper Craft "Christmas in August" blog hop.  

Remember, any orders at Anthony's Paper Craft -  over $25 (U.S.A. only) can get free shipping by using the coupon code "freeship25".  Offer is good until August 31, 2018!

This week I wanted to make a Christmas card - but not a typical Christmas card.  I went through my stash of stamps and pulled out a set that is really for birthdays or parties, I knew that it would be perfect for my "not your typical Christmas card" idea.    

I started with my card base to which I adhered one of the designer papers from the Twas The Night Before Christmas pad (Echo Park).  Then I die cut a piece of textured red cardstock with the largest die from the Stitched Rectangle Layers (Memory Box) and adhered that to the card front. 



Next, I stamped the wrapping paper with ribbons image from the Celebrate Set 1 on to a piece of white cardstock.  Then I stamped the phrase "Celebrate the Season" from Christmas Sentiments 1 under the image. Note: there is another image in the set, wrapped presents, that would also work perfectly!  I then die cut the image using the 2nd to largest die from the Stitched Rectangle Layers (Memory Box).



I colored in the image using a variety of BIC Ultra Fine Tip markers, adhered it to the card front on top of the red cardstock, and, lastly, adhered some Stickles over each of the ribbons - Firefly, Christmas Red, True Blue, and Gold.  



I love this stamp set.  Perfect for birthdays, parties, invitations and, now, Christmas!!  I hope you enjoyed today's card.  Please feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you think of the card. Also, don't forget to check out the other design team members' blogs, below, to see what they have made for week two of the Christmas in August Blog Hop - 


Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil.



Michael

Saturday, August 11, 2018

If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge No. 100 - Mermaid Card



Hello everyone and Happy Saturday!!  It's a bit cold today.  We woke up at 6am and it was less than 35F so Ruy went and made a fire in the fireplace.  Go figure!!  Normally July is the cold month and by this time it's warming up already.  Now that I have defrosted I can get this quick post done!!  LOL

I made this card for the 100th Cookie Challenge over on the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog.  My friend Debra is on their design team so I thought I would show her some support.  The cookie inspiration photo to use is - 




I decided to go with a mermaid card and I used a digi stamp called Mermaid Kisses that I bought from an Etsy shop called All Dressed Up Stamps.  

I printed her on a piece of white cardstock and then colored her in using Milky White (E51) Copic marker for her face and body and a variety of BIC Markers on the rest of her.   Her hair is Tiki Hut Tan, her fin is Oceanview Blue blended with Key Lime.  I used Lemon Bliss on the shells in her hair and on the fish.  Other colors used were Petal Pink and Fandango Pink.

I went through my stash and found a piece of paper that had the colors of water, which I adhered to my card front.  Then I cut some Seaweed Ribbons from Memory Box with another piece of designer paper and adhered them to the card front.  I put some pop dots behind the mermaid and the fish and adhered her to the card front.  

For the sentiment, I found a sticker pack in my stash called Love from Cosmo Cricket and used one of the phrases.  

Lastly, I adhered a few small turquoise sequins to the card front and added some Clear Wink of Stella Brush to her fin and tail to give a shimmer (prob can't see in the photo).


I hope you have enjoyed this quick card.  If you decide to make anything for the challenge...please let me know so I can see it too!!  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Friday, August 10, 2018

Anthony Paper Craft "Christmas In August" Blog Hop - Cozy Christmas Fireplace




Hello everyone.  I am so excited to announce that I am participating in the first ever Anthony's Paper Craft Blog Hop.  The amazingly talented members of the Design Team - Debra Davison, Mike Fernholz, Mary Kay Werry and myself have teamed up for a "Christmas in August" hop - happening each Friday in August, starting today!  

We hope to inspire you with some amazing Christmas projects - along with having some fun and maybe a prize or two to win.  I hope you will visit each of us, leave comments if you love our ideas, follow our blogs, Facebook and Instagram pages if you wish, and spread the news to all your fellow crafters!!!  There is even a code at the end of this post for free shipping over at Anthony's Paper Craft.

My card for the hop is a 3D card using one of the beautiful fireplace images, along with one of the mantles, and a bunch of other smaller images that all work together to give a homey holiday card.  Can you smell the wood burning?  


I started by sifting through my stash of 6x6 papers to find a design that would work well as wallpaper.  I found a perfect design in a pad called Jingle made by Lily Bee Design, which I adhered to my card front.  Then I distressed the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  


Next, I stamped, colored, and fussy cut Fireplace 2 - Stone.



On a piece of white cardstock I stamped the following stamps and then had my Scan N Cut cut them out.  


The holly plant in the basket and the large stocking are from Christmas Set 2, the smaller stockings, the wreath, and the poinsettia plants are from Ornament Set 1 and the Christmas mantel is from the Fireplace Mantle Set.

I decided to use the mantle, the two small stocking, the wreath, and one of the poinsettia plants.  I colored all of them in with Sharpie markers and then used some stickles to give them some shimmer.


Next, I adhered the fireplace to the card front.


Then I adhered the wreath, mantel, poinsettia and two stockings using pop dots.  I also traced around the fireplace with a dark brown sharpie to make it pop.


Here is the final card.  I stamped Merry Christmas on the inside from the Christmas Sentiments 1 set.


I hope you have enjoyed this card.  I'd love to know so please feel free to leave a comment below.  

Don't forget to check out the other design team members' blogs, below, to see what they have made for the Christmas in August Blog Hop - 

Mike Fernholz (he also has a giveaway) 

And, any orders at Anthony's Paper Craft -  over $25 (USA only) can get free shipping by using the cose "freeship25".  Offer is good until August 31, 2018!    

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil.

Michael

Monday, July 23, 2018

If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge #98 With All Dressed Up



Hello everyone!!!  My friend Debra is part of the design team for the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog.  I like to take part whenever I can and I made today's card for their current Cookie Challenge #98 for which we had this inspiration photo to inspire us - 



I decided to first go and check out the sponsor for this challenge, All Dressed Up, which is an Etsy store with the cutest digi stamps.  I ended up buying a few, including Kiss For Valentines, which I used on today's card.  

I started by printing two of the Kiss For Valentines digi images on a piece of A4 sized cardstock and then I grabbed my BIC Markers (both fine tip and ultra fine tip).


I took one of the images and cut the main focal point with a 3.5" circle die.  I then colored in the image with the BIC Markers.  


Next, the paper.  I went thru my stash and found a paper pad called Beautiful Moments from Carta Bella.  I pulled out two of the designs - one for the card front and the other to use with the matching scallop die.  


I made my card base 4.5" x 4.5", adhered one of the papers to the card front, then I adhered the scallop paper, then I adhered the image (with a piece of fun foam behind it).


I took the other image and fussy cut some of the flowers and the leaves and colored them in again with the BIC Markers.


Then I put some pop dots behind each of them and adhered them to the card front, along with a fun sentiment from Tim Holtz's Quote Chips and a crystal in the center of the largest flower.  Oh, I also ran some of the Clear Wink of Stella Brush marker over the flowers to give some shimmer.  

Done!!


I love how this card came out and I loved using the focal part of the image instead of using the whole image.  I hope you love it too!!  I'd love it if you could stop by Debra's blog too and show her some love - {HERE} - and also over at the cookie challenge itself - {HERE}.  

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil!

Michael

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sunday Coffee With Deb, Celeste, and a Masculine Card Sketch



Happy Sunday everyone!!!  My coffee loving/crafty friends - Deb and Celeste asked me to join them again for some coffee and cards.  It's a beautiful morning here in the countryside of São Paulo and, for some reason, my brain woke up early today.  I'm sitting on the veranda, drinking some Hazelnut coffee from Dunkin Donuts and listening to the birds wake up along with me.   I love this time of the morning.

For today's card, Celeste picked a sketch for us to work with - 


and the card had to be masculine, which, believe it or not, I have issues making.  I went through my stash and pulled out the Engraver Collection Kit by Prima, which was perfect.  

I started with a top folding A2 white card base to which I adhered a piece of dark brown, textured cardstock.  Then, using a stitched rectangle die I cut a piece from one of the sheets in the Engraver pad.


I distressed the edges with Black Soot distress ink and adhered it to the card front.


Next, using the Fishtail/Banner Die set (Your Next Stamp), I cut two pieces from the Engraver pad using two different sized dies.  For the main focal point of the card front, I found a mustache stamp and die set in my stash (Hero Arts/Retired).  I stamped one of the designs and then die cut it.


I distressed all the pieces with the Black Soot distress ink.  Then I adhered the longer fishtail banner piece to the card front.  I also trimmed the thinner fishtail banner piece and adhered it under the mustache.



Finally, I adhered the mustache/banner piece to the card front with pop dots and then I adhered the word "Original", from Tim Holtz' Quote Chips, under the mustache.  


Done!  Here is the final card - 


This was a last minute card and I really love how this came out.  I hope you do too and I'd love to know what you think.  Please don't forget to stop by Deb's blog {HERE} and Celeste's blog {HERE} and show them some love!  

As always, thanks for taking the time to stop by my little blog and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil!

Michael