Welcome to the Strong Roots Blog Hop

Can you believe that it is already July?! Time flies when you are having fun in the craft space. This month, our team of Makers has another incredible set of projects using the stamp of the month. If you plan on getting this etched images stamp set, then you will want to save a few of these ideas because, today, we are going to inspire you. 

What is a blog hop? This is a wonderful way for you to gather a few ideas for using a specific element on your projects. You may be just starting here or you may have come from Gina Brandstetter’s blog – either way, you are in the right place.  When you are finished viewing my Welcome Home card and video tutorial, click the link at the end of my post to “hop” on over to the next website. If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


Let me start by saying that this month’s design is one that I don’t usually share with others, but a friend told me that I needed to show all of my creations and stop fearing what people think. So, today, I am sharing my vintage-inspired Welcome Home card along with a video tutorial showing you how to make one of your own. 

This month’s card does have a few retired products paired with the Strong Roots stamp set. My package of new paper was lost in the mail, and I did not arrive in time to make my design, so I used paper that I hoped would carry over into this month. Unfortunately, the mix-in papers sold out quicker than I imagined. 

Items like ledger paper, woodgrain paper, and tags are all items you can easily find within your craft stash, and, who knows, you might find something even better. 

This card design gave me a chance to play with my Distress Oxide Inks. I was able to create a blended background behind the cottage, use them as watercolors to shade the tree, and create some splatter using a waterbrush. 

The Strong Roots stamp set not only has some lovely etched images, it also contains a few simple sentiments. I chose to use the word “Home” for the front of my card, then added another sentiment inside that says “is where the heart is”. 

The distressed layers of torn paper, texture paste, tags, watercolor paper, and pewter elements remind me of a vintage drawing. I love how it all came together and I hope that you do, too.

If you would like to learn a few new ways to use your Distress Oxide Inks and create Welcome Home card of your own, I have created a simple video tutorial for you.

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I hope that my Welcome Home card inspired you to try something new and that you learned a few new ways to use the Strong Roots stamp of the month.  Now head on over to Wendy Kessler’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all of the blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas.  

Don’t forget! The Strong stamp set is only available during July. Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to learn how you can get this stamp set FREE as a VIP or at a discounted price of $5.00 with a qualifying order.

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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

Here Comes the Sun: Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Here Comes the Sun blog hop! This month our team is going to show you a variety of ways to use Sunbursts on your paper crafting projects. 

Whether you are starting here or have come from Kim Loewen’s blog, you are in the right place.  When you are finished taking a look at how I used Cricut images to create a 4th of July Sunburst layout, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.


For Memorial Day, I created a set of military cards with some red, white, and blue backgrounds using our Sunburst Background die. I enjoyed the look of all those Stars & Sparklers patterns so much, that I decided to replicate the design on a scrapbook page.

The background for this page was created using a Cricut cut from the Artbooking collection. I used my Contour tool to remove the unwanted images and cut out each of the “sun rays” from my Stars & Sparklers patterns. Later in the week, I will be adding a video tutorial to my YouTube channel showing you how to create a sunburst background like this.

After designing and cutting out the background pieces, I added my photo to the page onto some layers of pattern paper and PML cards.

Around the photo, I added all sorts of iconic images to reflect my little firecrackers . Aren’t they just too funny?

To be honest, I struggled to get the photo to stand out on the page. With such a busy background, I wanted to make sure that I had a focal point. To prevent the photo from disappearing in the background, I made sure that the frames behind the photo were dark and bold and I placed the photo so that the sunburst pattern draws your eyes to the center of the page.

I also framed the photo with stickers using images to mimic items in the photo. This page has a firecracker theme, so many of the images look like they are exploding off the layout.

To create the title, I cut a 4th of July SVG image I uploaded into Cricut Design Space and layered the cardstock onto some star images from the sticker sheet. I also attached a small wooden arrow to match the other wooden elements on the page.

There will be a process video later this week showing you how to create this sunburst background and all the elements on the page. Make sure that you are subscribed to my channel so that you are notified when that video is added. 


I hope that this project inspired you and gave you a few new ideas for adding sunbursts to your projects. Now hop on over to Brenda Lapp’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Maker blogs to get some great crafting tips and other sunburst ideas. Don’t forget, a few of the products shown here will be retiring on June 30th. If you wish to recreate this design, stop by my website and grab yourself a few supplies before they are gone. 

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Welcome to the Outdoor Borders Blog Hop

Our team of Makers have some incredible projects to inspire you using the Outdoor Borders stamp set this month. Did you know that you can get these stamps free as a VIP? If you plan on getting this beautiful border stamp set, then you will want to save a few of these ideas because, today, we are going to inspire you. 

What is a blog hop? This is a wonderful way for you to gather a few ideas for using a specific element on your projects. You may be just starting here or you may have come from Maureen OSullivan’s blog – either way, you are in the right place.  When you are finished viewing my Summer Rainbow Cards cards video tutorial, click the link at the end of my post to “hop” on over to the next website. If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


I have been in such a creative funk recently and I can’t seem to get the cogs in my brain dusted off and working. These two Summer Rainbow cards were created back in April for the May Blog Hop, but, as you can see, I used the wrong stamp set. Despite the mishaps, I am grateful that the project was already complete, because today, I am suffering from a lack of creative juices.

I kept the project simple so that I could show off a few of the different designs in the Outdoor Borders stamp set. Each of the images was stamped onto distress watercolor paper with VersaMark Ink then heat embossed using White Embossing powder.

After setting the images with a heat tool, I applied pigment to the images. The embossing powder creates a resist against the pigment allowing the images to stand out on the design.

On the first card, I applied Watercolor Paints which created a very soft beach-like feel to the card. I realized quickly that you need very little water to create the resist. Too much water added to the pigment will cause it to seep under the stamped images.

On the second card, I applied Distress Oxide Inks to create a bright bold summery card. I love how the border images stand out on this design.

On each of the cards, I added some Flower Sequins and Wood Sentiments. The sentiments were shaded using Liquid Pearls, a Black Shimmer Brush, and Stickles. If you would like to learn more ways to shade our wooden sentiments and icons, you can view my video here.

If you would like to see how I created these two cards and get a few more tips and tricks for using the Outdoor Border stamp set, you can view my cardmaking tutorial video below.


I hope that this project inspired you to create a few cards of your own. They are super simple to make and can be recreated using a variety of colors. Now head on over to Haley Dyer’s blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all of the blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas.  

Don’t forget! The Outdoor Borders stamp set is only available during the month of June. Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for FREE as a VIP or at a discounted price of $5.00 with a qualifying order.

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