Saturday, November 30, 2019

Peace Love Joy Christmas Card with Anthony's Paper Craft



Hello everyone!!  Happy Saturday!!  Is everyone done with their Black Friday purchases?  I've actually been good.  I used up a gift card I had from Simon Says Stamp with their Thanksgiving sale and I picked up a digital template from Jen Of Eve Designs on Etsy.  But the weekend is not over yet and anything is possible.  LOL

I made two more using Christmas Set 1 from Anthony's Paper Craft.  Both have a more traditional look but are super simple cards to make.  

I started by adhering a piece of decorative paper to the front of top-folding A2 card bases.  


Then I stamped the images - the candles with the pinecones and the bell with the holly, on to a piece of white cardstock, colored them using Ultra Fine Tip BIC Markers, and then, die-cut them using the 2nd largest die from the Pierced Rectangles STAX from My Favorite Things.  


Then, using the largest die from the same set, I die cut two pieces of red cardstock.  


I adhered the images to the red cardstock and then to the center of each card front.  


Now to finish off the cards -

For the card with the bell and the holly, I finished it off by stamping "Merry Christmas" from Christmas Sentiments 1.  Then I adhered a small red crystal to each corner and for the berries.  I also added Christmas Red and Firefly stickles to the holly leaves and ribbon.



For the card with the candles and the pinecones, I finished it off by die cutting the words "peace, love, and joy" 4 times using red cardstock.  Then I glued them together and adhered them next to the image. I also added some Crystal and Yellow Stickles to the pinecones and candles.   



That's it.  I love this Christmas Set 1....perfectly sized images for simple traditional cards.  I'd love to know what you think.  Feel free to leave a comment below!  I will hopefully be back tomorrow with some Chanukah cards.  Until then....

Hugs from Brasil - 
Michael

Friday, November 29, 2019

Christmas Card - Basket of Holly - Anthony's Paper Craft



Hello everyone!  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving - at least those that celebrate the holiday.  I do miss Thanksgiving and all the smells that go along with it.  Although Thanksgiving is not a Brasilian holiday, Ruy and I did make a small turkey with some sides and we enjoyed a nice meal.     

It's a bit hot here and I am trying to get into the holiday spirit.  So I pulled out some Christmas and Chanukah stamp sets from Anthony's Paper Craft to play with.  For today's card, I used the holly in a basket image from Christmas Set 1 to make a more traditional but super simple card.   

I started by adhering a piece of "Tis The Season" (CMR9487) from PhotoPlay's Christmas Memories Collection, to the front of my top-folding A2 card base.  I also stamped the holly in the basket image using Jet Black Amalgam Ink (Gina K. Designs) on a piece of white cardstock and cut it out using a stitched rectangle die.  I also cut a piece of white fun foam to fit behind the image.  


I colored the basket of holly using Ultra Fine Tip BIC Markers (my fav).  Then I adhered the white cardstock to the fun foam and then to the card front.  And I adhered a few red sequins.  



Next, I cut the word Noel from a die I have using red cardstock.  I cut the word 4 times and then glued them together and adhered it next to the image.





The last thing I did was to apply some Firefly and Christmas Red Stickles to the image to give some shimmer.  




I hope you enjoyed this simple card.  Sometimes simple is nice to make and this is a very fast card to make too.  Enjoy your day and your Black Friday shopping if you are doing any!  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Black Friday - Anthony's Paper Craft - Free Stamp - Free Shipping



Hello hello hello everyone and "Happy Black Friday 2019"!!  I know there are lots of sales and deals going on this weekend but I had to pop in and tell you about Black Friday deal over at Anthony's Paper Craft, which runs from Friday, November 29th thru Midnight on Monday, December 2, 2019.

Anthony has released a "Christmas Collage" stamp that will only be available this holiday season and there are only 40 stamps available.  Once they are gone, it might not be back.  Oh, and you cannot buy the stamp.  It's free with any order over $25. And....it gets even better....if you purchase $50 or more, you will get the stamp for free AND you get free shipping - in the USA only.  

The stamp measures 3.75" x 5" and is perfect to color and layer on an A2 card front.  Here is a sample card made by Anthony.  


And here's a card I made.  

I started by stamping the image on to a piece of white cardstock and then coloring with BIC Markers - both Fine and Ultra Fine Tip markers. 


I then layered this on to a piece of red cardstock and then again on to a piece of gold cardstock, which is my card front. 

The last things I did was to add a few jewels to the Christmas tree and lots of stickles (Ranger) - Christmas Red, Crystal, and Firefly.  


The inside says "Merry Christmas".  I really had fun making this card.  I love all the colors and the shimmer from the Stickles.  I'd love to know what you think!!

Remember - the stamp is FREE at Anthony's Paper Craft with a $25 purchase.  Now thru 11:59 pm on Monday, December 2, 2019!!  

Happy Shopping everyone!  If you get anything, leave me a comment below and let me know what you ordered.  Have a great weekend everyone!!

Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge No. 131 - Christmas Snow-globe



Hello everyone!!  It's been forever since I posted anything here but I have a good reason.  I went home to NY - originally to spend time with my Dad for his 83rd birthday.  But, after purchasing my ticket, Dad fell and fractured his hip.  So my trip home did not go as planned and I ended up spending a lot of time with him in rehab and then with him when he was sent home.  I got to spend more time with Dad than I expected but my crafting time was limited to practically none.  

Dad is home now and doing much better.  As long as he does his exercises and listens to his physical therapists, I am hopeful that he will be back to dancing soon!  

I am back in Brasil now and decided to jump back into the cardmaking arena with the newest challenge from the If You Give A Crafter A Cookie Challenge Blog.  We are up to Challenge No. 131 which is all about Christmas.  Here is the photo the design team had to use for inspiration should you wish to play along with us!


I used a new stamp set I got from Unity Stamp Co. called "Our House To Yours" to make this super simple and fast card!

I started by adhering a piece of decorative paper to the front of a top folding A2 card base.  I cut a piece of white cardstock using a stitched rectangle die and stamped the image and sentiment from "Our House To Yours" by Unity Stamp Co., using Jet Black Amalgam Ink by Gina K. Designs.  Then I colored the image using Ultra Fine Tip BIC Markers and Copic B0000 (Pale Celestine) for the background.    


I cut a piece of white fun foam, adhered it to the back of the image piece, and then adhered them to the card front.


To finish off the card, I added Crystal Stickles by Ranger under the houses to look like snow and on the small dots in the image to look like falling snow.  And I added a few small crystals to the center of the larger snowflakes and the main star above the town.  Below is a close-up of the card.


That's it!  I told you, really fast and simple.  But these are the best kinda cards anyway.  I'll be back over the next few days showing some more holiday cards using stamps from Anthony's Paper Craft for his big Black Friday sale.  Come back tomorrow!!  

As always, until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 
Michael

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