Thursday, July 11, 2019

If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge No. 121 - The Beach


Hello everyone!!  The beach!  I love and miss the beach!  Even though I live in Brasil, we are at least 2 hours (or more) to a beach and the traffic we have to deal with can be insane!  So I spend summers at the pool instead.  We are now in winter and that means no beach or pool here in the countryside of São Paulo but I can still make a fun beach card and imagine the sand between my toes!

There is a new challenge over on the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog.  It's Challenge No. 121 and it's all about the beach.  Here is the inspiration photo the design team was given to work with in case you want to play along with us - 



The first thing I wanted was a sunset background.  I have a lot of distress inks but I recently got all of the Gina K Design inks and wondered if they would work the same way.  I found this nice color combo from The Colours of Magic, an Instagram account I follow.  Next, I picked 5 colors from the Gina K. Designs line that matched as close to the distress inks she used.  I went with Blue Raspberry, Wild Dandelion, Prickly Pear, Tangerine Twist, and Faded Brick.   

I cut a piece of white cardstock with a stitched rectangle die and decided to use one of those "life-changing blending brushes" with each of the inks.

Working from the bottom up, I started with Blue Raspberry, then Wild Dandelion, Prickly Pear, Tangerine Twist, and Faded Brick.  After each blending, I went back to the color before to blend it in again.   






I heat set the inks and was blown away by how nicely they blended!!  My blending inks just tripled in colors!!  YAY!

I made a card base of light blue cardstock.  Then I adhered the blended piece to a piece of navy blue cardstock and then to the card front.  


Next, I stamped "Hammock Pig" (Hambo Stamps) on to white cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored it in with Copic markers, fussy cut it with fine tip scissors (Martha Stewart), and adhered it to the card front with pop dots.


The last thing I needed was a sentiment.  Not having one I grabbed Small Talk (Holtz/idea-ology), found the one I wanted to use and adhered it to the card front under the image.


And that's it!  I am in love with how these inks blend...did I mention that before?  LOL  I would love to know what you think too.  Feel free to leave a comment below. 

If you would like to take part in Challenge No. 121 you can click HERE to get all the details!  I hope you do.  Until next time....

Hugs from Brasil -
Michael

Sunday, June 30, 2019

It's Coffee and Cupcakes With Deb and Celeste Day



Hello...Hello....Hello.....everyone.  Yes, I am in a good mood today.  That's because I was asked to have "cyber" coffee with my friends Deb and Celeste again and the theme is "anything goes".  This time I am bringing cupcakes.  Well, a cupcake card that it is.

Before I get to the card let's talk about today's choice of coffee.  A few week's ago Ruy and I went to a green market in the town next to use and there was a coffee food truck there.  The coffee was great and we bought a bag of the beans.  Freshly ground Brasilian coffee is the best!! 


Now, for the card - 


The first thing I did was to print out the USA Cupcake digi stamp from Bugaboo Stamps.   They also have a Canadian Cupcake and both are on sale for $1 right now.  Yes, $1 US!!  

I trimmed the image to 3" x 4" and then I applied some white puffy paint to the cupcake.  I wanted it to look like it was white frosting.  Although this is a Brasilian brand, I am confident that there is something similar that you can find in the country you live in.  



Then I added some red, white and blue seed beads to the wet paint and, when it's dry, the beads will not fall out.  I put this aside to dry overnight.



Next, I cut a piece of red, white, and blue cardstock to fit the Sun Rays Quilted Card Panel die from Frantic Stamper and I applied double sided tape to the back.  This way it will be easier to adhere the pieces to the card front later.



Then I die cut the 3 pieces using my die cut machine. 


I cut an A2 card base of white cardstock and adhered the frame from the white cardstock.


Then I adhered one of the red pieces and then went around the whole card in a red, white, blue pattern until I glued in all the pieces.  



Then I colored in my image, adhered it to a piece of the blue cardstock, which I then adhered to the card front.  

But I wasn't happy.  So I printed out another image in the same size, colored in the flag again and one of the stars, cut them out and adhered them to the cupcake with foam tape.  The last thing I did was to adhere a few light blue crystals to the front.  


I'd love to know what you thought of this card.  Feel free to leave a comment below.  I answer all comments!  Also, please be sure to stop by my Deb's Blog and Celeste's Blog and show them some love too!!

I hope everyone has a great 4th of July in the USA and, please, stay safe!  Until next time -

Hugs from Brasil - 
Michael

Saturday, June 29, 2019

You Better......Werk That (Pineapple) Crown!!



Hello everyone!  As you guys know, I made a card the other day for Challenge No. 120 over on the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog.  If you missed it, you can check it out HERE.  I had a lot of fun making some more cards with this fruit theme and wanted to share another one with you today.  

But, first, a little back story. 

I started to watch RuPaul's Drag Race a few weeks ago and fell in love with this show.  Not something I ever thought I would say.  LOL  One of RuPaul's catchphrases is "You Better Work" but he uses "work" with an "e" - like this "Werk".  While on Pinterest the other day a card popped up in my feed of a gold crown and the phrase "Work That Crown".  I immediately thought of a pineapple, since it also has a crown, and I wondered how I could "werk" this phrase into a card.  And today's card was born.   

I started with a top folding A2 card base of purple cardstock.  I cut a piece of Marigold Morning cardstock (Stampin Up/Retired), die cut it with a stitched inside scallop die, and then adhered the outside part to the card front.  The inside we will use later.   



Then I sized the pineapple digi image to about 2.25" x 4.5" and made the catchphrase "Werk That Crown" on the computer and printed them both out on white cardstock.



I placed the same stitched inside scallop die over the image and die cut it.  Now I have the inside section to use on the card front.




I colored the pineapple, adhered it to the card front using foam tape and then I used the Clear Wink of Stella pen on top of the pineapple to give it shimmer.


The last things I did to finish off the card was to die cut the phrase with a banner die I have, layered it on a piece of the same purple cardstock, and adhere it to the card front.  I also added some purple sequins on the front and a piece of white cardstock on the inside.  



After looking at this card in the morning I realized that the shimmer was not enough for a "crown".  So I added green Stickles to the crown.  Here's the final card.



I loved making this very tongue in cheek card and I hope you enjoyed it too.  I'd love to know what you think.  I might be back with another card or two related to the fruit challenge over on the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog.  Until next time -

Hugs from Brasil - 


Michael

Friday, June 28, 2019

Happy Pride Heart Card - Show Your Pride or Your Support for the LGBT Community



Hello everyone!!  It's Pride weekend in a lot of cities around the world this weekend and I wanted to make a card to show support for my community.  Sadly, it's scary times right now - globally - for the LGBT community and I hope that the strides we have made in the past 50 years do not get removed or go away.  I truly believe that every human being is entitled to the same rights no matter your race, sexuality, or color of your skin.  I wish everyone felt this way.

Now, on to the card!! 

This idea for this card actually came from an ad that I saw of a black tank top with a rainbow heart in the center.  I decided to run with this idea and make a card.   

This is a great project because you don't need to have a heart die or banner die to make the card.  You can draw your own heart and cut it out and then you can cut strips of the colored cardstock for the heart.
Supplies Used:




Cardstock in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink and white
A piece of white fun foam the size of the heart you will use
Nesting Heart Dies (QuicKutz/Retired)
Stitched Banner Die (Blueprints 1 MFT/Die-namics/Retired)
Die Cut Machine
Onyx Black Versafine Ink 


Step by Step:

With my die cut machine, I cut the heart die with white cardstock and a piece of white fun foam.  I then made a 6" square card base.  You will need to make a card base to fit the heart size you are using.  I cut one of each of the colors with the stitched banner die.  



I didn't know if the strips would fully cover the heart, so I used repositionable tape and temporarily adhered each of the strips.  I adhered the red and the pink first.  Then I went back with the orange, yellow, green, and blue.  When I got to the purple I realized I was not going to be able to cover the whole heart but I would be able to put a sentiment across to cover the open section.    


Next, I permanently adhered each of the strips on the heart, trimmed the excess, and glued the fun foam heart to the back.  I adhered a piece of decorative paper to the card front from the Echo Park/Coffee Collection (I think it was a perfect design) and then I adhered the heart on top.  



Next, I stamped the sentiment "you make my heart smile" on white cardstock, which I layered on a piece of orange cardstock with just a hint of a border, and then I adhered this to the card front with some pop dots on each end to keep it level with the heart. 

And here is the final card - 


I was debating about adding a few sequins here and there but, in the end, I felt that with all the colors this card didn't really need anything else.

I hope you enjoyed this card.  If you are going to any pride festivities this weekend, please stay safe!!  Feel free to let me know what you think of this design.  I'd love to know.  And, as usual, until next time - 


Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Thursday, June 27, 2019

If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge No. 120 With A Pineapple



Hi everyone.  I have some exciting news to share with everyone.  I am now a Design Team member for the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog.  My friend Debra has been on the team for some time now and she urged me to apply and I was asked to join the other talented people.  It's a fun blog where the inspiration for each challenge is based on a photo of a cookie.  And I do love cookies, and cake, and brownies....sorry, I digressed.  I hope you will start to follow them and play along with us.

The inspiration for my first project for the Design Team was this photo for Challenge No. 120 -


Having no images of fruit that I can think of, I jumped onto Etsy and found THESE adorable digi images of fruits to use, which also happen to be on sale for 50% right now!  

I started by printing out a sheet of the pineapples at 25% of their original size on to white cardstock.  Then I played around with some of my BIC colors and colored in two of them and then I fussy cut them out.   

  

I made a top folding A2 card base of white cardstock.  Then I cut a piece of Marigold Morning cardstock (Stampin Up/Retired), 4" x 5.25", and embbosed it with the Diamonds & Dots embossing folder (QuicKutz/Retired).  I felt that the criss/cross design of the folder went well with the pineapple. 

I fussy cut the pineapple, adhered it with pop dots to a piece of white cardstock, which I then adhered to a piece of orange cardstock, which i then adhered to the card front.


Next, I lightly applied Firefly and Yellow Stickles (Ranger) on the pineapple.  I also adhered 3 sequins to the card front (mainly because I had to cover up a spot that appeared out of nowhere).  LOL


While the Stickles were drying, I went online to research what the pineapple meant.  My friend Sue told me once and, even though I thought it meant "thanks", it really means "welcome" throughout the South and symbolizes friendship, hospitality and warmth.

I stamped a speech bubble with the word "welcome" (Balloon Talk/CTMH) using Onyx Black Versafine ink, heat embossed it with clear embossing powder, fussy cut it, and adhered it on the card front.


And here is the final card.


I loved making this card.   I have to admit, when I saw the cookie inspiration I was thinking "what the heck am I going to make using fruit?"  But it pushed me out of my comfort zone, which is what these card challenges are all about.  Actually, I was so inspired by this challenge that I made some other cards using the same digi stamp set and those will be posted in the next few days. 

I'd love to know what you thought of this card.  Feel free to leave a comment below.  I read and answer all the comments left for me.  And if you take part in Challenge No. 120 please let me know so I can check out your project.  Until next time -

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael