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

embossed canvas

Number three in the dry embossed techniques I am practicing is Embossed Canvas. 

I love the look of this technique because of the texture.

The instructions are fairly simple which is a big plus for any technique.

I have to more dry embossed techniques to share, but first I will be focusing on some Clean and Simple Techniques from the Online Card Class I am taking starting 1/26. 

until next time, mel xoxo

I think you can see that even better on my technique tag. The monochromatic color really sets off the shabby chic or distressed look of the ink rubbed over the raised image.

embossed acetate

Hero Arts acetate panel embossed in a Hero Arts folder. Sentiment is also from Hero Arts, white heat embossed on black Bazzill cardstock. Finishing touches are a gauzy ribbon bow and two sequins.

The second dry embossed technique is embossed acetate. I am using a Hero Arts acetate card cut down for the panel and tag I created.
















This is another technique I am practicing from the Inspiration Showcase from Online Card Classes by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner. Here is the technique tag and instructions:

I don't often use orange on my cards and tags, but I do love this combination of Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, and Wild Honey looks like a rich ombre.


On the tag, I used a little bit of glossy accents adhesive to hold the acetate in place. The card uses a foam dot under the sentiment.









This is another technique that has few steps but a great look. That is how techniques should be. IMHO

until next time... mel xoxo

embossed glossy

This is the first post in the dry embossed techniques I am sharing. Inspired from the Inspiration Showcase by Online Card Classes from Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner. This posted is focused on embossing on glossy paper. I love this look. First there is the card.

Next is the tag I made for the technique and added to my technique ring.

The biggest tip I can give you with this technique is to sand the tops of the embossed (raised) design. This allows the ink to better penetrate the paper and darken that part of the image.

to be continued... mel xoxo

Ranger Glossy card stock dry embossed with a Hero Arts folder and rubbed with Distress Inks Milled Lavender, Seedless Preserves and Faded Jeans then mounted on Nenah Solar White card base. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set white heat embossed on black Bazzill yardstick and tied with a little piece of purple twine.

salvaging a card

Not every technique turns out. As I mentioned before, I had trouble with the paint resist technique. In my initial attempt I used a stamp without a bold stamping face, too much fine detail.

The fine stamp did not have enough area of paint for a good resist image when ink was buffed onto the painted surface. I knew I couldn't use the panel I created as my example of the technique, but it was too pretty to toss.

As a card, this is pretty and I like the effect.

see you next time, mel xoxo


Nenah Solar White 80 lb cardstock, stamped with Hero Arts Spice Market Looped Flower with Adirondack Pearl paint, then rubbed with Distress Victorian Velvet and Wild Honey inks, Simon Says Stamp sentiment stamped in Versafine black ink, stamped dots are also from Simon Says Stamp. Mounted on Nenah Desert Storm cardbase.

in the craft room today

I am creating a series of cards and tags based on the techniques I learned in the Inspiration Showcase class through . These classes are taught by Jennifer MCcGuire and Kristina Werner. Although I finished this class a number of years ago, once registered you have access forever. Which allows me to go back and retake the course whenever I please.

The class demonstrates a number of techniques and instructs how to display them on a canvas to hang in your crafting space. I love my canvas and I want to go one step farther by creating a ring of tags showing each technique. I think this will help me when I am looking for ideas on what to do with a new stamp set or for a needed card.

The first technique is Traditional Resist. 

see you next time, mel xoxo


Glossy cardstock stamped with Hero Arts Flower Bursts Pattern in Versamark ink then rubbed wit Adirondack Pool ink. Cardbase is Nenah Solar White layered with Simon Says Stamp Sea Glass cardstock. The sentiment is from a Studio Calico kit stamped in Versafine black ink. 

The tag is Nenah Solar White 110b cardstock stamped with Hero Arts Chevron background in Versamark ink then rubbed with Adirondack Pool ink.

On the back of the tag, I wrote basic instructions.

I should have masked the back to keep it clean, but I don't mind the mess.