Monday, September 17, 2018

"Seasonings Greetings" Shaker Card With Unity Stamp



Hello everyone.  Today's card has been in my head for weeks and I finally found the time to make it. I did some fine tuning as I made the card and it actually came out better in the end than it was in my head.  Has this ever happened to you? And I have to thank my friend Debra for the sentiment idea.  I was going to use "Seasons Greetings" but then she suggested "Seasonings Greetings", which I love even more, and that's what I went with in the end!   So, thanks Deb!! 

Here's how I made this card - 

1.  I prepared the sentiment "SEASONINGS GREETINGS" on the computer and printed two of them out on A4 white cardstock. 


2.  I positioned the stitched rectangle die over the sentiment, adhered it with some washi tape, trimmed the cardstock, and die cut it with my Big Shot.  (I'm sure there is an easier way with software but I do not know how to do this.  So, if you do, please let me know in the comments and I will love you forever!!  LOL)



3.  I placed one of the card fronts in my Misti Stamping Tool and stamped the salt and pepper shakers from What's Shakin' (Unity Stamps) with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. 


4.  I placed the card front in my Scan N Cut and had the machine cut the two images out with a .8 border.


5.  This next part is important to make THIS shaker card. I wanted the images of the salt and pepper shakers to be perfectly placed under the acetate.  So, before I adhered the acetate, I cut another piece of white cardstock to the same size - 4" x 5.25", placed it on the Misti Stamping Tool again and stamped the images.  Then I trimmed 1/8" off each side.  (This will all make sense soon.)

6.  I made a top folding A2 card base of white cardstock and adhered a piece of Christmas decorative paper to the front.

I also adhered a piece of acetate to the back of the stitched rectangle piece with the images cut out of it.  Then I adhered foam tape to the back.  

You should have at this point - your card base with the decorative paper, the piece of white cardstock with the images stamped on the front, and the stitched rectangle piece with the acetate and the foam tape on the back.


7.  Next, I colored the images with a silver gelly roll pen and a red and green Ultra Fine Tip Sharpie markers and glued it to the center of my card front.  This is why I trimmed 1/8" off each side - so it would fit nicely under the final piece.


8.  Next, I put a small amount of salt over one image and some pepper over the other, removed the tape backing from the foam tape, and adhered this over the images.



Here is the final card.  I love how, when the card is standing up, it looks like the shakers are made of glass and have some salt and pepper in the bottom.


I hope you enjoyed this card and the idea.  Please let me know by leaving a comment below.  I'll be back soon with another project.  Thanks for stopping by the blog today and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael  

Monday, September 10, 2018

If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge No. 102 - Catch Your Dreams with Little Blue Button


Hello everyone!!  This week was super busy.  Our town held their annual Festival of Immigrants - Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights - and we went each night to take photos and hang out with our friends.  It was a lot of fun but man, I am tired.  And yesterday we went back to Amparo, a town about an hour away, for a private tour of the main Cathedral in town.  A beautiful church and I'll try to have some photos later in the week.  

Last week I was the winner on the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog (IYGACACCB).  I won 4 digi stamps from Bugaboo Stamps for my "Fintastic" card. 


This week on the IYGACACCB it's their 4th Anniversary and their 102nd Challenge, which is an "anything goes" challenge, and I decided to join them again using a "dream catcher" image I recently purchased from Little Blue Button.  

Other than the coloring part, this is a super easy card to make!!

I started with a top folding A2 card to which I adhered a piece of decorative scrap paper.  I went with a dark wood look because I wanted the colors in the dream catcher to pop.  I also printed one of the images, cut it out, and colored it with a variety of BIC Ultra Fine Tip Markers.

  
I printed the words CATCH, YOUR, and DREAMS using a label font and cut them out leaving a slight border.   


I adhered the image to the card front and then adhered the words under the image using pop dots. I glued some crystals to the dream catcher and then applied some yellow Stickles to the center of the dream catcher.

Done!


Like I said, super easy.  I really love how this card came out.  I will have a few more cards this week using more images from Little Blue Button so I hope you will stop back.  

I'd love to know what you think of the card and this image.  And, as always, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael


Friday, August 31, 2018

Anthony's Paper Craft "Christmas In August" Blog Hop - Week 4 - String Art Shaker Tree Ornament


Hello crafty friends and anyone else that is along for the ride.  TGIF!!!  I am back with the team - Debra, Mike and Mary Kay for Week 4 of the Anthony's Paper Craft "Christmas in August" Blog Hop.   

So, the other night I was on Pinterest and I saw a "shaker ornament" pop up in my feed.   I don't know why but my mind immediately thought of the "faux string art" stamps that Anthony's Paper Craft sells and my head started spinning with ideas on how to use these images for "shaker ornaments".    

I decided to just go with it and see where this takes me and I wrote this post up as I made the ornament.  I hope it turns out the way the idea in my head looks.  LOL 


The first  I decided was that I would need a sheet of double sided decorative paper.  I went thru my stash and decided to use "Letters to Santa", which is from Graphic 45's 2009 Christmas Past Collection.  I cut two pieces 3.5" x 3.5" and stamped the Faux String Art - Large Open Square image using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink along with my Misti Stamping Tool. I cut each of the images out (super easy), cut the center out of one of them, and I also cut a piece of acetate about 2 1/16" x 2 1/16" (to fit in the center).


Next, using Multi Medium Matte, I adhered the acetate square to the back side of the window.  I also added an eyelet to each of the pieces.  When you do this, make sure you look at the designs on your papers to see if they go in a specific direction.  

Here you will see the back of my ornament and the direction of the designs.  So my eyelet had to be placed in that specific spot.


Next, I turned the front of my ornament over and placed doubled sided foam tape around the acetate.  I also placed a few on each of the corners so the ornament will not bend.  I removed the tape backing from the foam tape and added seed beads and prills to the center.  I also added a dab of glue to the foam tape before I adhered the other side to give me a few seconds of wiggle room.



Then I adhered the other piece sealing the beads inside.


I used a Brasilian product but it's basically the same thing as Prills or seed beads.


Next, I die cut the "scripty joy" (Lawn Fawn) out of textured red cardstock, 3 times, and glued them together.  


I felt it still needed more so....I threaded some red ribbon through the top along with a bead.  I also adhered some half pearls on the front (it may have gone too far but I kinda like them).  Finally, I adhered the word "joy" to the front and applied some clear Wink of Stella over the word to give some shimmer.

Here are photos of the front and back.




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I hope you enjoyed today's post.  I'd love to know what you think of my "faux string art shaker ornament".  Please remember to check out the other Design Team projects -   



I appreciate you stopping by the blog today and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Halloween Card with the October Vera Lane Studio


Hello everyone!!   I hope y'all are having an awesome week so far.  We're starting to get some warmer days here, which is making me very happy!!  I love the hot weather and the sun! 

I am in a card swapping group on Facebook and one of the cards I picked this month was a "jack-o-lantern" card.  I had just seen this adorable digi set from Vera Lane Studio on Etsy and knew she would be perfect for this card.  

I started by printing the October Digi stamps in the sizes that I wanted.  Not knowing where this card was taking me, I duplicated the images in case I wanted to pop dot the witches hat.   Better to print them all now.  

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After playing around with different dies I decided to go round.  I die cut the image with the hat using the largest die from the Standard Circles set (Spellbinders S4-114).  I also used the same die to cut a piece of black fun foam to layer the image on. I also fussy cut the extra hat that I printed and colored it with Copic markers 100 (Black) and YR16 (Apricot).



I colored in the image using a variety of Copic markers - 100 (Black), YR16 (Apricot), V17 (Amethyst), E51 (Milky White) and E31 (Brick Beige) and a Cloud Nine Grey BIC marker for the hair along with a white gel pen. 



I made an A2 card base of white cardstock and adhered a piece of Halloween decorative paper from the "Frightful" digi paper set (SnapClickSupply) to the front.  I adhered the image to the black fun foam I cut earlier, which I then adhered to the card front.  

Because this card is for a "jack-o-lantern" card swap, I needed a sentiment that fit.  I went through my stash of stickers and found the word "jack o' lantern" in an old DCWV sticker pack.  


I adhered it to a piece of black cardstock and then adhered this to the card front.    


Lastly, I adhered the hat that I fussy cut earlier to the top of the image using some glue and foam dots.  


Here is the final card.  At the last minute, I decided to adhere some orange stickles (Ranger) to the hat band and on her dress.


And that's it!!  Have you started your Halloween cards yet?  I'll have some more coming up soon!  I hope you've enjoyed this post and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge No. 101 - FISH!



Hello everyone and Happy Hump Day!!!  Man, this year is flying by.  I cannot believe it's almost September!  Crazy. But, I have a fun card for you today - all about fish! The If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog has a new challenge - No. 101 - and this is the inspiration photo we need to work with - 


I decided to use a digi-stamp set that I recently purchased from Vera Lane Studio on Etsy called Ocean 11, which has nothing to do with George Clooney and a lot to do with 10 fish and a shell.  LOL

I started by making an A2 card base of white cardstock to which I adhered a piece of blue cardstock (for the water).  I then took 3 of the fish and sized them so it looked like they were each fish food for the other, printed it on a piece of white cardstock, and die cut it with a stitched rectangle die.  


Next...I colored the fish using a variety of BIC markers.  Then, using the River Rocks 6 stencil by StencilGirl Products, I applied Salty Ocean Distress Ink through the stencil for the fish bubbles.   


I then adhered the fish to the card front.  Since the set did not come with a sentiment, I made one.  I printed out the words "Have A Fintastic Day!", cut the words apart, adhered them to the same blue cardstock as the base, and then adhered them under the fish.  I also applied some True Blue, Crystal, and Glam Pink Stickles (Ranger) to the fish, and set it aside to dry.


And this is the final card.  


I have some other ideas but need more hours in my day to get them out of my head.  I hope you enjoyed this quick card.  Let me know by leaving a comment below if you wish!  And, remember to "have a fintastic day".  LOL 

Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael