Sunday, June 10, 2018

Happy 4th of July Card with Anthony's Paper Craft



Hello everyone!  This year is really moving quickly. It feels like it was just January but it's already June!! Well, this means that the 4th of July is right around. The other day I made a photo folio (a future post) using an old paper pad from Heidi Swapp, and I was left with a lot of scrap papers that I wanted to use for cards. 

Today's card is the first card using these scraps and paired it with a set called 4th of July from Anthony's Paper Craft.  


I started with one of the leftover scraps, a design with some bluish stars, which I adhered to a piece of white cardstock, leaving room on the bottom for the sentiment.   


Next, I die cut the piece using a stitched rectangle die (Simon Says Stamp) and my Big Shot (Sizzix).


and adhered this to my card front of red textured cardstock.  Now I have my red, white, and blue colors.


I stamped the Statue of Liberty image and had my Scan N Cut cut it out.  You can also fussy cut the image if you want.  I adhered it to the card front with some pop dots, stamped the sentiment to the left of the image, and then adhered 3 sequins, 1 red, 1 clear (for the white) and 1 blue.  


That's it.  Super easy to make.  Although this pad is pretty old I am sure you guys have paper in your stash that would work just as well.  I'll be back with some more simple cards to make with scraps.  

Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Monday, June 4, 2018

There Is Beauty In Simplicity




Hello everyone.  I hope you all had an amazing weekend.  Ours was quiet.  Saturday night was burgers, beer, and live music at our favorite pub here - Art & Fato Music Pub.  


and Sunday was a quiet day to work on projects and color for The Daily Marker's 30-Day Coloring Challenge.  Can you believe this is her 10 year anniversary?  Crazy!!    Yesterday, for Day 3, I made a very quick and simple card using an old stamp from Great Impressions Rubber Stamps.

I started with a piece of white cardstock cut with a stitched rectangle die.  Then I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then I colored it with a variety of Ultra-Fine tip BIC Markers.    


I wanted a simple sentiment so I grabbed my package of Small Talk Stickers by Tim Holtz and decided on "there is beauty in simplicity", which I cut and adhered next to the image.  


I adhered a piece of black cardstock to my white base and then I adhered my card front to the black. I didn't add anything else because I wanted the simplicity of the card to match the sentiment.  


I hope you enjoyed this quick card.  Let me know if you are taking part in the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I would love to see your work.  

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

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Like Wildflowers; You Must Allow Yourself To Grow (with Coffee!)



Hello everyone.  So, here it is, Tuesday night and I am trying to figure out what card to make for tomorrow.  I want it to be about coffee since the Spring | Summer 2018 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is still going strong (850 entries so far).  But I get distracted when I am stressing myself out so I jumped on Pinterest to see if something inspired me.  The first image I saw was this quote about wildflowers growing....


...and, lately, I have felt like this wildflower - trying to grow here in Brasil where I never thought I would.  And that sparked my idea to use flowers in a coffee cup!!!  I know...a strange path but I will not argue with fate!  LOL

I pulled out two sets - Coffee Cup Clear by Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps and Wildflower Set 465 by Rubbernecker Stamps, which, sadly, is no longer being made, but other flowers stamps will work just as nicely.  

I started with an A2 base of white cardstock.  I then cut a strip of decorative paper 1.25" x 5.5" (from Barista by BasicGrey), which I adhered to the left side. 


Then I cut a 1/2" strip of textured cardstock (American Crafts), which I adhered right next to the decorative paper.


I then cut a piece of white cardstock, 3" x 5.5" and a piece of scrap, and, using my Misti, I stamped the flowers on the long piece and the coffee cup on the scrap piece.


Next, I colored the images using BIC markers, adhered a piece of fun foam behind the flower cardstock and adhered this to the card front.  I fussy cut the coffee cup and placed that over the flowers using foam tape.  

Then I stamped, cut, layered and adhered the sentiment to the card front along with some small crystals inside each flower.  Done!!



I love how this came out.  Feel free to leave me a comment below!!  And, I hope your day blooms with happiness!!!  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Simple Warhol (ish) Coffee Note Cards With Uplifting Messages



Hello everyone and Happy Tuesday?  This post was supposed to go live yesterday but the day got away from me.  For Day 5 of the Spring | Summer 2018 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop I wanted to share these simple "coffee-themed" Warhol(ish) note cards that I made for someone in town that owns a small cafe.  She told me she wanted 4 small note cards, with a coffee theme, and a simple motivational type of message on each card.  And she wanted them in English.
  

And this is what I came up with.


I started with 4" square cards as my base.  Using this Coffee and Donut digital paper, I printed 4 designs and adhered one design to each card front.  I cut 4 pieces of white cardstock using my Stitched Squares set by Gina Marie Designs.  On each of the pieces I stamped the coffee cup from Coffee 1 by Anthony's Paper Craft in different distress ink colors - Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, and Ground Espresso.  I tried my best to match the paper design to each distress ink color.



I adhered each of the coffee cups to a piece of mirrored cardstock, as close to their color as possible.  Then I adhered that to the card front with foam tape- to give them some height.  

The final task was to find motivational phrases - which I found using Tim Holtz's Small Talk Stickers from his idea-ology line!  My friend came over and we picked out 4 that I adhered to the card fronts.  Two were on the mirrored cardstock and the other two went right on the card front!  Done!!



I really love how these came out.  The cups in the different colors on the bright papers....perfect!!  I'd love to know what you think.  Please leave me a comment below.  Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael  

Monday, May 28, 2018

If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge 94 With Cats and Dogs!!



Happy Memorial Day everyone!!  At least to those in the USA.  My dad was in the Navy when he was a youngster and I think it is very important to remember all those that fought, died, and are still fighting for freedom - not only for the USA but for other countries around the globe.  

So...THANK YOU!!!  

I made today's card for the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog.  Their current challenge, No. 94, is all about cats and dogs.  Here is the inspiration for this challenge - 


I decided to use a new stamp set from Your Next Stamp called Photo Booth along with its matching die called Photo Booth Polaroid.  I cut the die 3 times using textured white cardstock, stamped one of the phrases on each of them, then I stamped 3 of the cat/dog images on plain white cardstock with black ink, placed the die over each of the images and cut them out.  (I ended up only using 2 for the card).


Then I colored in two of the images using a few Copic markers. 


For my card base, I adhered a piece of brown textured cardstock to my white card front.  To the front of that, I printed out one of the designs from a digi paper I had previously purchased on Etsy called Puppy Love, cut it with a stitched rectangle die, layered it on a piece of brown fun foam, which I then adhered to the brown cardstock.   Phew!!  


I distressed the Polaroid frame and adhered the bottom frame with one of the images first, 


then I adhered the top Polaroid frame and the other image.


That's it!  Done!!  I just love these images!!  Of course I also have 7 dogs and 3 cats so how can I not love them?  LOL.   I  hope you enjoyed this card.  Please let me know by leaving a comment below!!  And, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael