Friday, September 22, 2017

Changing Seasons Blog Candy

Hi everybody,

Happy first day of fall!
To mark the occasion, I am giving away this set of 12 stamps. There are 11 seasonal silhouettes and a nesting frame stamp for you to use all through the coming seasons. I will choose a name at random on Tuesday September 26 so don't delay in adding your comment to this blog entry. Happy stamping,
Mike

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mike's September classes

Here's where I'll be teaching card making classes in September:

September 2017 Classes

Saturday, September 16

Card making classes at Perfect Day Scrapbooking – Huntington Beach CA. (714) 369-2862

10:30-12:30 Fancy Folds

1:30-3:30 Captivating Copper

 

Monday September 18

Card making classes at The Stamp Addict – San Diego (619) 667-5060

10:00-12:00 Fancy Folds

2:00-4:00 Fancy Folds

 

Saturday September 23

Card making classes at Hearts n Crafts etc. – Coving CA. (626) 967-9036

10:30-12:30 Fancy Folds

1:30 3:30 Marvelous Mandalas

 

Wednesday September 27

Card making class at the Fallbrook Women’s Club

11:00-1:00 Fancy Folds

 Please email me at

mike@strongstamps.com to reserve your space.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Daisy & Clover

Here is a digital stamp for you. I designed Daisy & Clover for a dear friend who has a miniature mule named Dennis the Menace. I include a little thank you card in all my shipments with Daisy & Clover on the front. Hope you like them as much as I do.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Black & White Panda Card


Here more cards with the new Panda stamp.
Soon avalable in my catalog.

Happy Stamping,
Mike.

The Black & White Blog Hop!



Hello Stampers!
Here is my card for the MSRS Black & White Blog Hop.
As I have some trouble uploading the real black and white one that I had ready, I share with you a link to my facebook, where you can see the video I made using the new panda stamp, that soon will be available in my catalog online.


You can see this Panda Hinge card working below
in this video:
video

The new Panda set has a large panda square, Bamboo and 5 little Panda squares.
Instructions for the hinge card can be found by scrolling down or click HERE.

I love making black and white cards,
so here are some more I made in the past for inspiration.

Recognize the stamps I used??
 



Please leave a  comment
so that I know you have been here.
I will pick a winner from all the comments and
you get the stamps I used to make this card! 

For more black and white inspiration hop over to
On Hetty's blog you can see all the participants of the blog hop.

Happy Stamping!
Mike

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July-August 2017 classes


 
 
July 2017 Classes

Saturday July 1

Card making classes at Scamper’s, Torrance CA

11:00-1:00 Hooray for Hollywood

2:00-4:00 6 card from 1 stamp (using Mike’s new Cloisonn√© Cube stamp

 

Saturday July 15

Card making classes at Perfect Day Scrapbooking, Huntington Beach CA.

10:30-12:30 Pounce wheel Paper Quilting

1:30-3:30 10 card from one stamp (take home easy to assemble)kits if you don’t finish in class.

 

Monday July 17

Card making classes at The Stamp Addict, San Diego CA

10:00-12:00 6 cards from 1 stamp (choose from 10 different designs)

2:00-4:00 6 card from 1 stamp

 

Saturday July 22

Card making classes at Hearts & Crafts etc. Covina CA.

10:30 – 12:30 Black & White Menagerie – animal theme cards in black & white

(Including Mike’s newest stamp set, Panda Silhouettes)

2:00-4:00 Techniques Lounge featuring 4 different techniques for card makers including Pounce Wheel Paper Quilting.

 

Wednesday, July 26

Card making class at The Fallbrook Women’s Club, Fallbrook CA.

6 cards from 1 stamp using Mike’s new Cloisonn√© Cube stamp set

 

August 2017 Classes

 

Saturday August 5

Card making classes at Scamper’s , Torrance CA

11L00-1:00 Asian designs from China, Japan & Korea

2:00-4:00 Black & White Menagerie 10:30 – 12:30 – animal theme cards in black & white

(Including Mike’s newest stamp set, Panda Silhouettes)

 

Saturday August 19

Card making classes at Perfect Day Scrapbooking Huntington Beach CA

10:30-12:30 Black & White Menagerie

2:00-4:00 Tropical Getaway (card inspired by vintage travel posters)

 

Monday, August 21

Card making classes at The Stamp Addict – San Diego CA

10:00-12:00 Black & White Menagerie featuring Mike’s new Panda set of stamps.

2:00-4:00 same

 

Wednesday August 23

Card making classes at the Fallbrook Women’s Club, Fallbrook CA.

11:00-1:00 6 cards from 1 stamp

 

 

Saturday August 26

Card making classes at Hearts & Crafts etc. Covina CA.

10:30-12:30 Tropical Getaway (cards based on vintage travel posters)

1:30-3:30 Captivating Copper (five cards predominantly in copper)

 

 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A tricky pop up card with hinge

How to make a Hinge card:

At the Great Yosemite Stamp Escape this year one of the participants gave me a great folded ATC with the coolest pop up I've ever seen. I adapted it for my card making classes. The little mechanism for making it work is a bit tricky so here are some step by step pictures to help you make it yourself. The top photo shows the card in the open position. The bottom photo is the closed card. I simple added the ATC to the front of a card body. After scoring and folding the hinge you will see there are two triangular sections in the middle of the hinge (see picture with the hinge resting on a gluestick). Those two sections are where you add adhesive to stick it to the folded ATC Open and lay it flat. Attach the hinge right over the fold with half of the hinge on the bottom of the fold and half of the hinge on the top of the fold.of the ATC fold. Press firmly to adhere the hinge to the ATC. Open and close the ATC a few times to make sure the hinge is sticking. In my card there are four 1 1/2" squares taped together on the reverse side. I added one photo to the front of each square. To attach the 4 paneled piece to the hinge, lay the ATC open with the hinge flat.. Add  about a 1/2" piece of double sided tape to the bottom left side of the hinge and the upper right side of the hinge. Lay the four panel piece on top of the hinge and press flat. Now carefully close the ATC. The little squares will collapse one on top of the other to lay flat.