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

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Stamp Ink Paper "Back To School" Challenge with Memory Box


Hello everyone!  I hope everyone has been well.  I have been busy busy busy working on a bunch of different projects here. And, I started to teach English classes at a school in town two nights a week.  I really need more hours in my day but I think most of us feel this way.  LOL

I made today's card for the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge Blog.  Their challenge this week, No. 113, is Back To School


I had been working on another card using fish stamps but, when I saw that this challenge was a "back to school" challenge, I immediately thought of a "school of fish", and ran with it.  I started with a top folding A2 navy blue card base.  I then cut a piece of white cardstock using the large stitched rectangle from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes set (Simon Says Stamp).  Then I stamped several of the fish from the Fish Tales stamp set (Memory Box) and colored them in with Bic Markers.   I cut a piece of white fun foam, adhered this to the back of my colored fish and then adhered this to the card front.  I then adhered some small googly eyes to each of the fish.


While the eyes were drying, I typed the phrase on the computer, printed it out on white cardstock, cut around each of the words, adhered them to a piece of navy blue cardstock, cut them again and then adhered them under the fish.  

That's it.  Done.  I have to say that this fish set is my new happy set and I can see making a lot of cards with just this one set!  Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this quick card.  If you want to enter a card of your own, just click HERE to be taken right to the challenge.  And remember to share it with me! 

Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Friday, July 28, 2017

Cuppa Joe Card With The Paper Players


Hello everyone.  I have some friends here that have a rubber stamp company and I am in love with so many of Fran's images.  I was able to get some from her when I saw her at the Mega Artesenal last week and was very happy to put some ink to one of them today for this week's challenge over on The Paper Players Challenge Blog.  

This week's challenge - No. 354 - is a sketch - 


I started with a top folding A2 card base to which I adhered a piece of designer paper that I had in my stash.  I love these warm "coffee" colors.    


Since I did not have the phrase I wanted to use in a stamp, I created it on the computer and printed it on white cardstock.  Then I cut the cardstock to 2.5" x 5.5" and stamped the coffee cup with the hearts 3 times across the center, above the phrase, and then colored them in with some Copic markers.  


After this I cut a piece of dark brown fun foam, which I adhered under the white cardstock.  Then I adhered these to a piece of darker brown cardstock, 2.75" x 5.5", which I then adhered to the card front.


The last thing I did was to apply some Clear Wink of Stella to the hearts and the cups to give them a shimmer - and I was done!  


A super simple card to make and the cups can be any colors you want.  Of course now I want a cuppa Joe!  LOL  Let me know what you think of the card by leaving me comments below.  Hope you enjoyed this card.  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge 67 - Rainbow Colors



Hello everyone!  I hope everyone has been well.  I am finally getting over the flu.  We went to the Mega Artesenal last week, which is the largest arts and crafts festivals in Latin America.  It only happens one week per year and as soon as one ends I am waiting for the next to start.  Well, this year I got there for the first day and then got really sick, came home and stayed in bed for several days.  I was not happy but....stuff happens.  LOL   Now just counting down the days until July 2018.  HaHa!

Today I have a card I made for the current challenge over on the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.  This week's Challenge No. 67 is all about rainbows or rainbow colors!  Considering how bright my work usually is, this was a no-brainer.  I decided to go a bit artsy with a stamp with a great phrase and some paintbrushes with....you got it....rainbow colored paint on the tips.  Let's get started....

I started with an A2 top folding card base of white cardstock.   I went through my stash and found a fun multi colored paper, which I adhered to the card front.  


Next, using the stitched rectangle from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes set (Simon Says Stamp), I cut a piece of white cardstock and stamped the "Life is a Canvas" image (Technique Junkies) on the left side and colored the word "canvas" with rainbow colored Bic markers.  I then cut a piece of white fun foam, adhered it to the back of the white cardstock and then I adhered both to the card front so the colorful paper gave it a border.


Next I used 2 stamp sets from Papertrey Ink - the Friendship Jar stamp and the Friendship Jar Fillers stamp set.   I stamped the jar on both a piece of white cardstock and a piece of acetate.  Then I cut them out using the matching die from the Jar and Lid set.  Then I stamped the paintbrushes, colored them in with rainbow colored Bic markers and fussy cut them out.  



Next I adhered the brushes to the jar on white cardstock.  Then I adhered the acetate jar over the brushes so they look like they are in a glass jar.  Lastly I put a few pop dots on the back and adhered the jar to the card front next to the phrase.  


Done!  I am in love with this phrase and this jar of brushes.  I think I may need to redo this project on a canvas for the wall.  What do you guys think?  I hope you enjoyed this card and I hope you can find time to enter your own card into the Retro Rubber Challenge!!  Until next time....

Hugs from Brasil - 

Michael