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

it's been too long...

I always intend to blog regularly but life gets in the way. Hi, I'm Mel and I'm an infrequent blogger. Thanks for viewing my blog today.

I stepped into the craft room today to make a card for one of my teammates that is celebrating her one year anniversary at work. Of course I rarely stop at just one card. #crafterproblems

Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings sentiment in white emboss. Memory Box Delightful Peony colored with Ripe Persimmon and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks (leaves are Cracked Pistachio and Mowed Lawn).

Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings sentiment in white emboss. Memory Box Delightful Peony colored with Ripe Persimmon and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks (leaves are Cracked Pistachio and Mowed Lawn).

I really like the color and simplicity of this card. The sentiment is very subtle but still visible because the white embossing stands out well against the sky blue. I could have stopped there, but die cutting the flower left a great negative.

Lawn Fawn Scripty Saying sentiment. Memory Box Delightful Peony layered on patterned paper (unknown).

Lawn Fawn Scripty Saying sentiment. Memory Box Delightful Peony layered on patterned paper (unknown).

I am really happy with the way this card. The patterned paper I found in my stash is fun and unexpected for a flower. I also like the way the sentiment runs up the side of the card. This one is unconventional and quirky.

Now I don't know which card to give her. I guess there are much worse problems to have.

mel xoxo

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

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.

canvas resist

This technique can be done with any kind of fabric. Here I have used sticky-back canvas by Claudine Hellmuth Studio.

This is the fourth of five resist techniques from the Inspiration Showcase Online Card Class by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner. This one is fairly easy and very straight forward. I was able to do this one right on the first try, which is always a good feeling.

Hero Arts background white embossed on sSticky-back canvas then rubbed with Faded Jeans and Peacock Feathers Distress ink. It's mounted on Navy cardstock which is stamped with a Studio Calico white embossed sentiment.  

The next technique is Kissed Resist. see you next time, mel xoxo

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.

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.

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.