Thursday, March 22, 2018

Samantha's Selfie Card with Bloobel Digi Stamps


Hello everyone!  Today I have a fast, fun, and quirky post.  I was recently introduced to a new (for me) digi stamp company called Bloobel by my friend Anne in Australia. The images might not be for everyone but, being a bit odd and different, I fell in love with them immediately!!  LOL

This is Samantha.  I call her Sam.  
Sam loves to take selfies.  
She also wants to be a Hollywood star.
The other night she heard on the radio that "some people at NASA" were looking at the stars.
Sam, not being the brightest bulb in the chandelier,  and not knowing who or what NASA is, decided that, since she wants to be a star, she is going to send her selfie to NASA.

So I made her this card.  LOL

I printed Selfie Portrait on to a piece of white cardstock.  I then colored her with Copic markers.  I colored her hair with E13 (Light Suntan) and then went back with E15 (Dark Suntan), her face with R00 (Pinkish White), her lips with FRV1 (Fluorescent Pink), her shirt with FYG1 (Fluorescent Yellow) and her eye with black and B23 (Phthalo Blue).

I made an A2 card of white cardstock, adhered a piece of black cardstock, then a piece of hot pink cardstock that I cut with a stitched rectangle die and, finally, the image of Samatha.  I applied some Clear Wink of Stella to her lips and above her eyes, which is hard to see in the photo. 

Lastly, I printed the phrase "Sending my selfie to NASA, because I'm a star." that I found on Pinterest and loved.  I cut the phrase in pieces and adhered to the card front with fun foam.  

Done!  Like I said, fast and fun.  If you have a friend that loves to take selfies of themselves, this is a great image to have in your arsenal.  Hope you enjoyed this quirky card and, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Monday, March 19, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches 328 With Anthony's Paper Craft



Hello everyone.  I hope y'all had a great weekend! Ours was busy as usual.  Saturday night we went to Arte & Fato for the photo exhibition.  There was a really nice turnout and it feels great to see people voting and donating food.  But we got home really late.  And last night we had our friend Rociel over for dinner and we were up late chatting.  It was his first time tasting Mac N Cheese and he loved mine!!  Good grief my butt is dragging.  I think tonight will be an early one.      

Today I have a super easy card for you that I made for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge Blog.  This is Challenge No. 328 and this is the sketch I had to work with - 



I have wanted to use this Teddy Bear stamp from Anthony's Paper Craft for the longest time and this sketch is just perfect for it.  And so easy!

I started with my white card base and adhered a piece of navy blue cardstock to the front.  Then, using the large stitched rectangle die from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes set (SSS), I cut a piece of plaid designer paper and adhered that to the navy blue cardstock. 


Next, I stamped the Teddy Bear on a piece of white cardstock, used my Scan N Cut to cut him out, and then colored him in with a few Copic markers.  I used E13 (Light Suntan) on the body and then blended along the edges with E15 (Dark Suntan). For the nose, I used R30 (Pale Yellowish Pink).  

I cut two banners, one in navy blue and the other in white cardstock, and I stamped the "Happy Birthday" from Greetings Set 1, on the white banner.  


Lastly, I adhered the Teddy Bear with some fun foam, I trimmed the sentiment, adhered it, and then I adhered 3 blue sequins to finish the card.  

   
Done!  I think this is an adorable baby boy card and the sketch made it so easy to make.  I hope you love it too.  Feel free to leave a comment below!  Thanks and until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Sunday, March 18, 2018

If You Give A Crafter A Cookie - Challenge 89 - Music



Hello hello hello everyone!!  So has everyone in the States starting to see even a hint of Spring yet?  We are still super hot here heading into Fall but I am not going to complain!  

I've been really busy lately helping Ruy with the photo club that he and his BFF, Bruna, started here in town.  They have almost 25 members so far, many of which are showing their photo in the club's 3rd photo exhibition, the theme of which is about a strong woman (or women) that they admire.  This exhibition is being held in a cool restaurant/pub here in town that plays live music by local artists.  And they have the best burgers in town.  So I've been there a lot.  LOL

Now for today's card, which I made for Challenge 89 over on the "If You Give A Crafter A Cookie" Challenge Blog, which is all about music.


I have a friend here that is (a) going on a trip soon and (b) loves music.  So I decided to make a card for her that would incorporate both music and travel.    

My card base is 5" square out of some manila colored cardstock.  For my background image, I stamped the Music Cover-a-Card (IO Stamps) stamp on a piece of Kraft cardstock using Coffee Archival Ink (Ranger).


Next, using Compass Blueprint (Holtz/Sizzix/Retired), I stamped the compass 4 times and the phrase banner once, with Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger).  


I die cut a piece of black cardstock with the 4" Stitched Square (Gina Marie Designs), I used the 3.5" stitched square die to cut one of the compass images out in full, and then I cut the rest of the images using the matching dies.  


Now to put it all together.  I distressed all the edges using Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger).  Then I adhered the Music background to the card front.  Then the black cardstock to the center.  Then I adhered the full compass image on to the black cardstock and, finally, the remaining pieces using foam tape.    


Lastly, I stamped the phrase in the phrase banner and adhered this to the front.  


Done!! 

I really like how this came out and hope my friend does too!  And, I hope you enjoyed this quick card.  Feel free to leave me a comment below.  And, as always -  

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Friday, March 16, 2018

Quick and Easy Easter Cards With Anthony's Paper Craft - Part 2


Hello crafty friends and innocent bystanders!!  I apologize for not having this blog post ready for when I promised but we got so busy here that I just could not find time to write this up.  

Without further ado (LOL) - Welcome to Part 2 of "Quick and Easy Easter Cards" using stamps from Anthony's Paper Craft.  The other day I showed the first four cards with simple step by step directions.  If you missed that post you can check it out {HERE}.  Today I am giving easy tutorials for Cards 5 thru 8.  Hope you like them!


Card 5
I started with a top folding A2 card base of white cardstock.  I adhered a piece of Easter themed paper to the front.  Then I cut a piece of white cardstock, 3" x 4", and stamped the Chocolate Bunny and the "Happy Easter" sentiment from Easter Set 1 both with Walnut Stain Distress Ink (Ranger).   Next, I adhered the white cardstock to a piece of dark brown cardstock, 3.25" x 4.25", adhered a piece of fun foam behind the brown cardstock, and then adhered that to the card front.  Done!


Card 6

I started by adhering a piece of Easter plaid paper to my card front.  I then cut a piece of white and a piece of dark pink cardstock using 2 of dies from Edgers Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti).  Using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink I stamped the tulips from Flower Set 2 on the white cardstock and then colored them in with BIC markers.  I cut a piece of fun foam, which I adhered to the back of the white cardstock.  Then I adhered the dark pink cardstock to the card front and, finally, I adhered the white cardstock to the dark pink.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment "Happy Easter" from Easter Set 1 on the plaid paper.  Done!


Card 7

OK...this card is super easy to make.  I started with a card base of light lilac cardstock.  I then cut a piece of white cardstock using a stitched rectangle die.  I stamped the basket of eggs and the sentiment "Happy Easter", both from Easter Set 1 and colored the eggs and the bow with BIC markers.  I adhered a piece of white fun foam behind the white cardstock, which I then adhered to the card front.  Lastly, I used some stickles on the eggs and adhered 3 sequins to the card front.  Done!!


Card 8
This is another super easy and fast card to make.  I really love white on white cards where one layer is embossed.  I started with a card base of white cardstock.  Then I cut another piece of white cardstock using the large Stitched Rectangle die from the Bundle of Stitched Dies (SSS).  Then I embossed that with the Christian Crosses embossing folder (Darice).  I adhered this to a piece of white fun foam, which I adhered to the card front.  Then I stamped the sentiment "Happy Easter" from Easter Set 1 on a piece of white cardstock, cut it out with a banner die, layered that on a piece of black cardstock, which I then adhered to the card front.  Done!

Phew!!  8 Easter cards done!  I'm telling you, you can get a lot of mileage out of these 3 Easter sets - Easter Set 1, Easter Set 2, and Chocolate Bunny - all from Anthony's Paper Craft.  Feel free to leave any comments below.  I'd love to know which of the 8 cards was your favorite.  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Quick and Easy Easter Cards With Anthony's Paper Craft - Part 1



Hello my crafty friends and curious bystanders!! I hope everyone is doing well and avoiding as much of the Spring nor'easters and snow as possible.  

I've been really busy lately making mini albums, writing up tutorials for classes, and Ruy and I were involved in a few photography related projects.  And, at night I've been busy making some quick and easy Easter cards using stamps from Anthony's Paper Craft.  

I used these two sets to make these cards - 


Easter Set 1

Easter Set 2

Below are some quick instructions for the top row of cards (Cards 1 thru 4) if you want to use these as inspiration or to remake them yourself.  

Card 1

I cut a piece of plaid Easter paper as my base.  Then I cut a piece of solid cardstock and a piece of white cardstock using the largest dies from the Nested Stitched Scallop Rectangle Set and the Rectangle Frame Set (both by Cottage Cutz).  I stamped "Happy Easter" on the white cardstock from Easter Set 1.  Then I stamped and cut out the eggs from Easter Set 2 and colored them with pastel BIC Markers.  I adhered them to the card front with foam tape and added stickles to each of the eggs for some glimmer. 


Card 2
For this card, my base is dark purple cardstock.  I cut a piece of white cardstock and embossed it with the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder (Stampin Up/Retired), which I adhered to the card base.  As with Card 1, above, I cut the same purple cardstock and a piece of white cardstock using the largest dies from the Nested Stitched Scallop Rectangle Set and the Rectangle Frame Set (both by Cottage Cutz).  Then I stamped "Happy Easter" (Easter Set 1) and one of the eggs (Easter Set 2).  I colored the egg with pastel BIC Markers, cut it in half along the zig-zag, and adhered each piece above the sentiment using foam tape.  Lastly, I adhered a few purple sequins.


Card 3

This card got included in the top photo because it was an Easter card that I had already made.  I use the eggs from Easter Set 2 again and you can see the step by step from my blog post back on February 23rd - HERE.  


Card 4
This card is so super simple to make.  I started with a base of purple cardstock.  Then I cut a piece of white cardstock, embossed it with the Flower Bouquet embossing folder (Crafts Too), layered it on a piece of black cardstock, which I then adhered to the card front.  I stamped the "Happy Easter" sentiment in the tag (Easter Set 1) and adhered a crystal to the center of each flower.  

The first 4 cards are DONE!  I hope you have enjoyed the 4 cards.  I will have cards 5 thru 8 in my blog post for tomorrow.  And I am working on a 3D Easter card that will hopefully be a post later in the week.  Feel free to leave me a comment below on which is your favorite card.  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael