Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happy Halloween "Batty" Card No. 2


Hello everyone!!  I seriously need to find more hours in my day or maybe more days in my week.  But I have a feeling most of us feel this way.  So much to do and so little time to get it all done!  Anyway, as promised, I am back today with one more "batty" Halloween card.  I wasn't planning on making two cards with the bat stamps but, while I was making yesterday's card another Halloween card with bats popped up in my Facebook feed - it was THIS one from my friend Justin's blog.  He had embossed bats with black embossing powder on black cardstock.  I had never thought of doing that and had to give it a go too!  

I started with an A2 top folding card base, adhered a piece of orange cardstock to the card front, and then distressed the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.


Next, I cut a piece of black cardstock with one of my stitched rectangle dies.  Then I stamped the bat image from my Halloween Wishes set several times using Versamark ink.  


Then I grabbed my heat gun, some Black Sparkle embossing powder by Ranger, and heat embossed the bats.  LOVED how they came out!  Once they cooled I adhered a piece of black fun foam to the back and then adhered this to the card front.


Next, I stamped the two banner images from my Halloween set - the smaller one onto white cardstock and the larger one onto orange cardstock.  Then I stamped the phrase from my Happy Halloween set on the smaller banner - all with Onyx Black Versafine ink.  Once dry I cut the two banners out and adhered the smaller banner on top of the larger banner.




I then put some pop dots on the back and adhered it to the card front.



The last thing I did....because the card was calling for them...was to glue down some small googly eyes on each bat. 


Done!  I really love how this card came out and it's a really quick card to make.  Thanks Justin for the inspiration!!  Let me know what you think of the card by leaving a comment below!!  

As always, thanks for stopping by the blog.  Until next time....

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

My New Halloween Stamps And A "Batty" Halloween Card



Hello everyone!  It's been a crazy couple of weeks and I am very excited to announce that I have come out with a small line of Halloween stamps here in Brasil.  Long story short....I was asked to give a charity class next weekend and they asked me for Halloween projects.  I knew I could never get stamps here in time so I finally took one of those ideas in my head and made it a reality.  My friend Francine here has a rubber stamp company called Scraplooving and I have always loved her images.  So I tossed the idea out to her of me designing some Halloween images that she could make for the class (and to sell).  She said let's run with this and before I knew it, I was sketching ideas, which is really not that easy for someone who is not an artist, and the next thing I knew....I had rubber stamps in my hands that I made!  Crazy!  

Here are the designs I have come out with - 


I wanted to share a card I made yesterday using some of the stamps.  If you wanted to recreate the card I am sure you have a bat image (or two) in your stash.  LOL

I started by stamping the two bat images (from HERE and HERE) with Onyx Black Versafine ink onto white cardstock.  Then had the Scan N Cut cut the images for me.


Next, I went through my stash of papers and adhered this paper to my A2 card front.


Next, I cut a piece of black cardstock using the largest die from the Nested Stitched Scallop Rectangle set and I also cut a piece of designer paper with the largest die from the Rectangle Frame set - both from Cottage Cutz.  Then I stamped the phrase "Halloween Wishes" from THIS set using Onyx Black Versafine ink and adhered the designer paper to the black cardstock, which I then adhered to the card front.


Next I adhered the bats around the front of the card, above the phrase.  


And the last thing I did...just to add a splash of color, was to adhere 3 purple sequins to the card front.  Done!!


I hope you enjoyed this card.  Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.  And please stop back tomorrow when I will have another "bat" themed Halloween card for you!  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Addicted To CAS No. 120 With Florals and Gina K. Designs


Hello everyone!  Thank you so much for all the love given to the "googly-eyed skulls" card that I made for the current challenge on the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.  Remember, you have until September 22nd to add your own card to the "Anything Goes" challenge.  

Today I have a super simple and special card - for a special lady.  A friend of mine asked me to make a card for her aunt Maria.  Maria loves to garden and is always telling people here "Onde uma flor cresce há esperança.", which basically translates to "where a flower grows there is hope".  When she told me this I immediately thought of this set by Gina K. Designs that has the same sentiment!!  

Then I saw that the current challenge over on the Addicted to CAS Challenge Blog is all about "florals".  So that's where I am also entering this card.



I started by placing a piece of white cardstock into my Misti.  Using black ink I stamped the two images from the Hopeful Flowers Duo set by Gina K. Designs.  



Then I cut (1) the cardstock using the large stitched rectangle die from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes set by Simon Says Stamp, (2) colored the flowers yellow (Maria's favorite color) with a Sharpie marker, and (3) adhered small crystals to the small dots in the image.


After this, I made a top folding A2 card base out of purple cardstock to which I adhered the white cardstock with the images.  Lastly, I adhered 3 purple sequins to the front and a piece of white cardstock to the inside.  


Done!  I told you....super simple.  I hope you enjoyed this card and tutorial. Feel free to leave me a comment below - I do normally answer all comments left and love reading them.  Until the next time....

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Guest Designer With Retro Rubber Challenge No. 71 - Anything Goes


Hello all.  Well, Mother Nature is certainly pissed off at the world lately.  This has kept me up at night since I have friends and relatives in the Houston and Miami areas.  But everyone survived with minor damage.  I hope all my readers also got through this unscathed.  

Today I am happy to announce that I am the guest designer with the amazing team over at the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog for their current Challenge No. 71 - Anything Goes.


I had a hard time deciding which theme to go with - Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving...but I settled on Halloween.  I went through my stash and pulled out a few stamps to use - all over a year old.  Probably over 5 years old.  But hardly ever used.  

I started by making a top folding A2 card base out of black cardstock.  I then cut 2 pieces of white cardstock using the large stitched rectangle die from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes set (Simon Says Stamp).  One of them I adhered to the inside of the card to be written on.  

With the other I stamped, in black ink, the spider's web from Tim Holtz' Halloween Cutouts in two of the corners and then adhered this to the card front.  

Next I cut a piece of black cardstock using the 2nd largest die from the Nested Stitched Scallop Rectangle set (Cottage Cutz).  I stamped the Skull Stack (retired/Stampendous) onto a piece of white cardstock, which I trimmed to 2.5" x 3.5", so it would fit inside the black cardstock.  I also die cut a piece of white cardstock using the banner die from Tag Me Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti) on which I stamped the phrase "Trick or Treat" from a really really old set from Inkadinkado. 


Next I adhered the skulls to the black scalloped cardstock, which I then adhered to the center of the card front.  I then adhered the banner with the phrase over the skulls with some pop dots.


The last thing I did was to adhere googly eyes to each of the skulls and a few metallic orange sequins to make this card even more fun!  


That's it.  Done!  


I hope you enjoyed this card.  If you want to add your own card to the challenge, just click HERE to be taken right to the challenge page.  You have until September 22nd to enter a card.  Please let me know if you do!!  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

~Michael

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge #70 - Back To School


Hello everyone and Happy Thursday!  I hope everyone is well.  It's been a crazy week here.  Ruy and I had a photo exhibition last weekend at the Belle Epoque Cultural Center here in town, which we did as a benefit for a charity.  It was nicely received and was a great feeling to see everyone's reactions to our photos.  I will try to get a post done this weekend about the show.  Of course afterward, I got sick for a few days, but am finally back up and running.  Today is Brasil's Independence Day so everything is closed and I finally found some time to do a new blog post.  

Yes, 2nd post about "back to school".  This time for the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog - 


I started with a piece of white cardstock.  Using some washi tape I taped down the "Numerals" stencil (TCW200S) by The Crafter's Workshop.  Next, using a mini blending tool (Ranger) with some inks from Reverse Confetti (Piggy Bank, Salsa, and Bumblebee Yellow), I applied the colors through the stencil.   



I removed the stencil and heat set the inks (just to be safe).  Then I used an alphabet stencil from StencilGirl Products and applied some Aqua ink (Reverse Confetti) to a few of the letters, also using the mini blending tool.  Heat set again (just to be safe).  I then die cut this using the large stitched rectangle die from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes (Simon Says Stamp).


After this I pulled out a stamp set called Book Border (SSC259) by Stampendous.  I have owned this set for YEARS and it has never felt the touch of ink to it's polymer skin.  LOL


So I inked the row of books and the phrase and stamped it on a piece of white cardstock.  I die cut it with a stitched rectangle die I own and colored it in with Sharpie markers.  I then adhered it to a piece of red cardstock. 


Lastly, I adhered this to the card front.  


That's it.  Done!  I think this would be a great card for a teacher on the first day of school.  As a thank you!  I hope you enjoyed this project.  Let me know by leaving a comment below.  Thanks and until next time -

Hugs from Brasil - 

~Michael