today in card making

Every once in a while you are handed an opportunity to just have fun. Today was one of those days. My friend and paper dealer/enabler/goddess, Kim Holmes hosted a 12-hour crop today as a fundraiser for her daughter's church mission trip. Although I was not able to attend for 12-hours, I spent a good portion of the day laughing, crafting, and really getting a recharge on my crafty batteries. I needed that. 

And here is the result:

Card 1 - Neat and Tangled stamp set, distress ink, Bazzill textured card stock

Card 1 - Neat and Tangled stamp set, distress ink, Bazzill textured card stock

Essentials by Ellen (Ellen Hutson LLC) Bokeh Dots stamp set, Distress inks, Studio Calico sentiment

Essentials by Ellen (Ellen Hutson LLC) Bokeh Dots stamp set, Distress inks, Studio Calico sentiment

Hero Arts Lace stencil, Distress inks, Simon Says Stamp sentiment

Hero Arts Lace stencil, Distress inks, Simon Says Stamp sentiment

Spending time in a group of crafty women always gets the creative juices following.

more later, mel xoxo

bright and shiny

I have the cutest stamp set from Simon Says Stamp called Watts Up. I decided to dust it off to make a card for a friend that might need a little cheering up.

Simon Says Stamp Watts Up image and sentiment with Sun Ray stencil (unknown), Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, and Scattered Straw Distress inks  on watercolor paper an mounted to a kraft  card base (Nenah Desert Storm).

Simon Says Stamp Watts Up image and sentiment with Sun Ray stencil (unknown), Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, and Scattered Straw Distress inks on watercolor paper an mounted to a kraft card base (Nenah Desert Storm).

I love Distress Inks on watercolor paper. I don't use a lot of stencils but this is my favorite application of one. The graphic look of the rays as if they are coming from the lightbulb make me smile.

mel xoxo

puppy love

If you have seen my Instagram you know that I love dogs. I love my dogs and other's dogs too. TunaMeltsMyHeart and HarlowandSage are two of my favorite follows.

Today's cards are in that theme of dogs. I created two (virtually identical) Thank You cards using a Simon Says Stamp paw print die.

Simon Says Stamp Paw die cut, white inlaid in fog. My Favorite Things sentiment.

Simon Says Stamp Paw die cut, white inlaid in fog. My Favorite Things sentiment.

Simon Says Stamp Paw die cut fog inlaid in white. Memory Box sentiment.

Simon Says Stamp Paw die cut fog inlaid in white. Memory Box sentiment.

I like the simplicity of both of these cards. The inlaid effect makes the paw print pop. The stripe background adds movement and interest to the first card. I think I prefer that one. But why stop at one card when you can make a second card with the scraps.

mel xoxo

kissed resist

Here is my final resist technique as inspired from the Online Card Class Inspiration Showcase by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner. I love the way this technique looks because it have great depth to the image. It looks a lot harder than it is to complete.

As I said before, I love this technique's look especially when I am able to pull of ombre inking like I did here. #proud

This completes the first five techniques from this class. I am putting the tags together on a ring so that I can easily access them in the future.

Our next series of five is all about dry embossing and die-cutting. see you next time, mel xoxo

Hero Arts Spice Market background inked with Versamark ink then kissed with Tim Holtz Reflections Text inked with Peacock Feathers Distress ink. Next the kissed stamp is applied and embossed with clear embossing. The image is rubbed with Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, and Ripe Persimmon Distress inks. I wrapped the panel with Coral hemp twine and mounted onto Nenah Desert Storm cardbase. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp and stamped in Versafine black ink. As a final touch I added a few buttons from my vast collection.

a sad event

It is always sad to make sympathy cards. I usually don't make these unless I have a reason. I am happy with the card. I think it's elegant. I love using black silhouette flowers against a colorful background.

If you have any questions about the card, supplies used or the technique, let me know in the comments.

see you again soon, mel xoxo

 

Nenah Solar White cardstock and Tim Holtz Wrought Iron Stencil rubbed with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood, and Pumice Stone. Simon Says Stamp sentiment and leaves stamped in Versafine Black ink. The leaves are covered in Glaze black ink pen. Simon Says Stamp Sea Glass cradles layered with Bazill Basics black cardstock.