Tuesday, June 11, 2019

If You Give A Crafter A Cookie - SuperHero Card with Bugaboo Stamps



Hello everyone and Happy June!!  It's that time of the year again.  No, not summer!!  Father's Day!  And, just in time, Challenge 118 on the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie challenge blog, is all about "superheroes", of which many men in the dad role, are!    



My friend Debra, who is on the If You Give A Crafter design team, made an adorable card for this challenge (you can see it HERE) and I had to join her because this card was itching to get out of my head.  

I started with a top folding A2 card base of which cardstock.  I adhered the Circle Rays stencil (StencilGirl Products) to the card front with painter's tape and, using a blending tool, I blended in squeezed lemonade distress ink.  I also found a (very old) die from QuicKutz called City Skyline, which I die cut using a piece of decorative paper from my stash.  


I then adhered the skyline to my card front and cut away the excess.



Next, I printed the Super Dad digi stamp from Bugaboo Stamps on to a piece of white cardstock at 80%.  I wanted something more than just coloring this guy so I went thru my stash and found some simple patterned designs and printed the image out on them too.     


I then fussy cut the different parts - the cape, the bodysuit, the letter "D", and the stars - using fine tip scissors from Martha Stewart.


I then adhered all the pieces to the main image.


And then I adhered Super Dad to the card front along with the two stars.  I made a sentiment on the computer using a free comic type font called Edson Comics, printed it out on to white cardstock, die cut it using a fishtail border die, and adhered it to the card front on the left.  


That's it!  I had a lot of fun making this card and realized, after making it, that you can use this card all year round.  Not just for Father's Day but for your dad's birthday, or you can change Dad to Dude and use for your uncle's birthday or any cool guy in your life. 

I'd love to know what you think!!  Think I need to make a few of these cards now.  Until next time - 


Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Colorful Coffee Cards Three Ways with Anthony's Paper Craft




Hello everyone.  Today I have 3 cards using the same stamp set - Coffee 2 from Anthony's Paper Craft.  I think it's great to get lots of cards from one stamp set and this is one of them.  OK, the 3 cards are different, yet similar, and I did use the same "to go" image on each of the cards, but it's so easy to color and cut out.  LOL

Each of the cards is a top folding 5.25" square card.  

For the first card, I started with my card base, a piece of white cardstock cut to 4.5" square, a piece of white fun foam 4.25" square, a piece of dark brown cardstock 1.5" x 4.5", and some coffee bean washi tape I had in my stash.



Next, I adhered the strip of brown cardstock to the front of the white square, ran the washi tape along the top and bottom of the brown cardstock, adhered the fun foam to the back, and then I adhered this to the card front. 



Then I stamped the small "to go" cup from Coffee 2 from Anthony's Paper Craft - several times - colored them in some bright colors using my BIC Fine markers, and then fussy cut them.  Easy images to fussy cut.  I put some foam tape/pop-dots behind each of them, adhered them to the card front, and then adhered a sentiment from one of my many sticker packs in my stash.



This card I am entering two card challenge blogs - the Less is More Challenge Blog because the theme this week is "beverages" and this card is CAS. 


And in the Casology Challenge Blog because this week the theme is color.


For the second card, I adhered a piece of decorative paper to the card front.  It's from the digital Coffee paper pad by Echo Park. I then adhered the brown strip vertically, adhered 4 of the coffee cups and the sentiment along the left side.


For the third card, I pretty much did the same as the first card but I adhered the white cardstock to a piece of brown cardstock, to match the strip, and I used stickles on each of the cups to give some shimmer.


I hope you enjoyed these 3 card ideas.  I would love to know which one you think is best.  I love them all but, I am biased.  But I do love reading your comments.  

Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop With Gracielle Design Digital Stamps



Hello everyone.  I made another card for the Spring|Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, which is still going strong but ends tomorrow.  



Actually, I made a few coffee cards but I posted them over on my Instagram account.  If you would like to see them follow me there, just click HERE.  

For today's card, I am using two digi stamp sets, Stay Strong and Sweetness, and some a digital paper pad called Blue & Pink Watercolored, all from Gracielle Design.  I liked the flowers from one set and the coffee to go cup from the other and decided to make a new image.  

I started with a top folding A2 card base of white cardstock on which I adhered one of the design pages from the paper pad.  Sadly, you won't see much of the paper but I liked it behind the main image.   



Next, I printed the two digital images, 4 times on a sheet of A4 white cardstock.  The Heart Frappuccino image from Stay Strong, which I printed at 105%, and the Ice Cream Bouquet from Sweetness, which I printed at 90%.  


Then, using a stitched rectangle die that measures 4" x 5.25", I cute one of the Ice Cream Bouquets.   


I also fussy cut one of the cups from the Heart Frappuccino image.  I also ran a black marker around the image to cover any white cardstock showing.


Next is the tricky part.  Using an x-acto knife and a pair of fine tip scissors, I cut the section between the ice cream cone and the flowers.  The idea is that the cup will slide under so the flowers will be coming out of the cup.  Not that there is anything wrong with the cone but I wanted the flowers sitting in the "to go" cup.  



When I had enough room, I slid the cup from behind the flowers until I got it positioned where I wanted it and then I adhered it down.   


Now...I had photos for the next few steps but the files did not transfer over correctly and I was not able to use them.  But the rest is easy to follow.

I colored in the flowers and the cup with my BIC markers.  I printed out the sentiment I wanted and die cut it using a fishtail die.  I adhered it with pop dots and then cut the heart from another image and adhered that over the heart in the cup.  

The final thing was to apply some stickles, lightly, over the image and allow them to dry.  I also added 3 round pink sequins to the card front.


And here is the final card again.  


It was fun to mix and match the two set and I really love how the new image looks.  Hmmm, I wonder if Gracielle will like it too.  LOL   I'd love to know what you think so please leave me a comment below if you would like.  

As always, until next time, hugs from Brasil!

Michael

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

3 Vintage Style Coffee Cards with Anthony's Paper Craft and the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


Hello everyone!!  The 2019 Spring|Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is in full swing!! 


And Anthony's Paper Craft has a new set of vintage style stamps called Coffee 2.  Since I am on his design team, I thought it was a good time to push myself out of my comfort zone.  In the end, I made 3 vintage/coffee/masculine cards that I am really happy with!!  And I hope you like them too.

Not knowing which image(s) would talk to me, I started by putting all the images into my Misti and stamping them on to a piece of white cardstock and, then, cutting them out with my Scan N Cut.  I decided to give them a border since it's easier to cut a border than to add one!  


I wanted the images against a more rustic/vintage type of background and I went searching thru my digital paper files.  I found a pad called Barista, by Basic Grey,  that had a cool wood grain pattern and another of burlap.  So I printed them on to A4 white cardstock.   



For the first card, I made the sentiment on my computer, printed it onto white cardstock, and then used a stitched rectangle to cut out the area I wanted to use.  I then colored in two of the images using BIC Fine Markers, put pop-dots behind them and adhered them next to the sentiment.  I layered this on to a piece of red cardstock and then onto the card front over the burlap digital paper.  A few sequins and I was done!  


For the 2nd and 3rd cards, I started with top folding A2 card bases to which I adhered the digital papers - one with the wood grain and the other with the burlap again.   I also used two stitched rectangle dies to cut a piece of white cardstock and a piece of brown cardstock for each card front.  



For the card with the burlap background, I decided to stamp the sack of coffee beans in the lower right corner, then I fussy cut the grinder and adhered it above the sack of beans, fussy cut the coffee label and adhered it with a pop-dot and then I adhered the "Adventure Awaits", which is a Tim Holtz quote chip, along the bottom.  I used Tombow markers (942, 969, 992, 620, and N60) to color in all the images.  



For the 3rd card, the one with the wood grain background, I used some of the other images to also give a masculine/vintage feel - but with some color this time.  I used some old Prismacolor markers to color in the cup and the coffee beans.  



I'd love to know which card you like the best.  I love the last card the best but that's probably because of the colors popping off the card. 

I hope you check out the blog hop and the amazing coffee cards over on the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's site as well as the coffee images over on Anthony's Paper Craft.  


Until next time....hugs from Brasil!!

Michael

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Quick Butterfly Card with Anthony's Paper Craft



Hello everyone.  I feel terrible as I have done it again - disappeared from the blog.  I seem to post more to my Instagram and Facebook pages than I do to my blog but I will try to work on that.  

Today I have a quick card that I made using two images from Anthony's Paper Craft.  A butterfly background stamp called "Butterflies 1", which has 11 beautiful butterflies on it and a sentiment called "Thinking of You".  I love Butterflies 1 a lot because you can use the whole image as a background image or just use some of the butterflies, as I did with this card.    

I started with my A2 card base of white cardstock to which I adhered a piece of decorative paper from an old paper pad from Recollections called Valentine.  (I am trying to use up all my older papers).




I cut a strip of white cardstock, 2" x 5.5" and, using my Misti and Jet Black Amalgam ink from Gina K Designs, I stamped the Thinking of You sentiment.  


Next, I adhered the strip of white cardstock with the sentiment to a piece of black cardstock, 2.25" x 5.5".  


Then I adhered a piece of black fun foam, also 2.25" x 5.5", to the back.  


And, then I adhered this to the card front, a bit off center. 


Next up....the butterflies.....

I stamped Butterflies 1 on to a piece of white cardstock with the Jet Black Amalgam ink by Gina K. Designs -


colored in a few of them using my Ultra Fine Tip BIC Markers (Lime Sorbet, Oceanview Blue, Yellow Blaze, Summer Melon, and Polynesian Purple)


then fussy cut 3 of them to use on the card.  (I decided not to use the big orange one.)  I also ran my clear Wink of Stella Brush pen over each of them to give them a shimmer.


Then I adhered each of the butterflies to the card front.


And, lastly, I added some Firefly, Ice Blue, and Yellow Stickles (Ranger) to each of the butterflies.


That's it.  What's nice is that you can stamp the butterflies, color them, cut them and you will have enough to make at least 3 to 4 cards.  If you would like, you can leave me a comment below.  Let me know what you think of the card.  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Anthony's Paper Craft February 2019 New Release Blog Hop - Floral Background 2


Hello everyone and welcome to the first Anthony's Paper Craft Blog Hop of 2019!!  


I am once again teaming up with some of the other design team members -

Debra (Meticulosity),
Mary Kay (MKW Cards) and

to show you guys some of the new sets being released by Anthony's Paper Craft on February 2, 2019.  This is an amazing release filled with several beautiful floral images, a new coffee set, a set of owls, some new tiles....and more.    


For this hop I used Floral Background 2, the link of which will be added on Feb. 1, and which is also one of my favorites. 

I started by stamping Floral Background 2 with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock.  I then used my stitched rectangle die to cut the image out.


I then colored in - very lightly and quickly - the stems and leaves of the flowers using my Key Lime Ultra Fine BIC Marker.


Next, I colored in the flowers with my Pink Flamingo BIC Marker.


Before I dealt with the centers of the flowers, I made my card base by adhering a piece of decorative paper to my card front.  I went with a light pink so the focus was on the flowers.


Then I cut a piece of pink fun foam, adhered this behind my Floral Background 2 image and then adhered it to the card front.


I could have used the "Thanks A Bunch" sentiment that comes with the set but I wanted to make this card more for an everyday card.  So I pulled out a "hello" die that I had in my stash from Top Dog Dies and I cut each piece.


Next, I adhered the two pieces to the upper right of the card front.  I am not really a fan of sentiments in this space but it really works for this card.


And, lastly, I adhered some yellow seed beads.  I place the card in a box top, applied some glue to the center of the flowers and placed the beads on top.  Once they dry I will remove the excess and put them back in the bag.  


Here is a close-up of the inside of the flowers once the beads were dry.  


And here is the final card again.  


I hope you enjoyed this post and card.  I think you guys are going to love all the new releases on February 1st. 

Remember to check out my fellow Design Team Members by clicking on their names below to see what new set they used and what they did with it.  

Debra (Meticulosity),
Mary Kay (MKW Cards) and

And make sure you check back soon.....I will have more cards with the new release as well as a giveaway contest!  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 
Michael