Welcome to the Winged Masterpiece Blog Hop

Our team of Makers has some wonderful projects to inspire you using the Winged Masterpiece stamp of the month. Each month, we show you a variety of ways to use these exclusive stamp sets, and, this month, we are showing you how to use these beautiful floral butterfly and dragonfly images on your projects.

What is a blog hop? 151413618_10158228879417686_332923833687185585_nWell, if you are just starting out here or have come from Kristine Ponte’s blog, then you are in the right place.  As you travel from project to project, you will be inspired by our talented team.  When you are finished viewing my Simple Watercolor Dragonfly Card tutorial, you can click the link at the end to “hop” on over to the next creation.  If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


Dragonflies are my favorite creatures, so when I saw the Winged Masterpiece stamp set, I knew that I wanted to use that image. As you can see, it is filled with detailed flowers and leaves, so I had to be careful how I used the image. To prevent your eyes from being overwhelmed, I kept the project simple, used watercolors to shade the images, and added a little texture with bricks and hexagon shapes.

These Simple Watercolor Dragonfly cards are easy to make following my video tutorial. Before I show that video to you, I want to share a few of the details on each of these cards.

To create the brick background, I used Opaque Texture paste with a stencil I created on my Cricut Maker with our stencil sheets. I wanted the base of the card to have some texture and very little color so that the dragonfly stood out.

The colors on the dragonflies match the colors on the hexagons. I was inspired by a zip-strip on one of the March/April Mix-In papers with had floral patterns in Peacock, Glacier, and Sundance. I created a watercolor background using those same colors onto some distressed watercolor cardstock, then heat embossed the dragonfly images in black.

After the dragonflies were cut from the cardstock – fussy cut not die cut – I added them onto some hexagon shapes cut from those Mix-In papers. This is the first time I have used the Stitched Hexagon thin cut dies and I am loving how easily they can create a background.


Before I continue to explain how I made these cards and share the second card with you, I want you to have a chance to watch the video tutorial. You will learn how I created the watercolor and texture paste background and, hopefully, be inspired to use the Winged Masterpiece stamp set on a few cards of your own.

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As you saw in the video, both cards were created in much the same manner with a few little changes. On the first card, I added a stamped sentiment on the front. On the second, I chose to add a wooden sentiment instead.

These wooden sentiments are a must-have in my embellishment collection. I had added them to cards, scrapbook pages, and home décor pieces. They add just the right amount of texture and a natural element to your projects.

I also changed the color of the hexagons on the second card to match the yellow wing on the dragonfly. This image was also darker than the first, so I chose a lighter blue hexagon behind it.

The hexagons were adhered to the card using liquid adhesive and foam tape. I have found that this MonoGlue works much better to adhere elements to texture paste than a tape runner does.

Both of these cards were very simple to make – I just had to be patient and wait for all the elements to dry before I could put them together. I hope that this project inspired you to try something new and create a few Simple Watercolor Dragonfly cards of your own.  Now head on over to Darlys Recker’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 Winged Masterpiece stamp set is only available until March 31st. Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for FREE as a VIP or for only $5.00  with a qualifying purchase.

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Love Your Stash Day Three | Pocket Cards & Paper

Are you ready to Love Your Stash and start using some of your ever-growing papercraft collection? Throughout February, the Creative Design Team will be showing you unique ways to use your stash, and we are asking you to join us in this challenge. As you complete each weekly challenge, use #cdtloveyourstash when you post your creation. 


This week, our Creative Design Team is tackling paper and pocket cards that we have “collected” through the years. I will admit, it was very freeing to grab whatever I wanted to use from my craft space – It allowed me to pull a variety of elements together from both current and past collections to create a page for my daughter.

I began pulling out some Mix-In papers that were collecting dust and paired them with some Wood Grain paper. Mix-Ins are some of my favorite patterns to use, but I often overbuy them because I enjoy them so much. 

After creating the background, I reached for some pocket cards that would complement the photo. Lately, my brain has had a difficult time concentrating, and I become easily overwhelmed. As I was trying to figure out PML placement, I became frustrated with my lack of brainpower. Thank goodness I have such a wonderful husband who helped me narrow down the elements for this page. 

I chose a few pocket cards from the Bloom with Grace collection along with some black and white cards from an older collection. I honestly have no idea when these are from, but I know that they are from Close to My Heart. 

I also added a few stickers from the Bloom with Grace collection to match the theme of the layout. The other elements on this page are from recent and retired die cuts that are stored in my die cut binders. (I talk about these in my video.) 

Once all the elements were on the page, I went back the next day to see what needed fixing. I am sure that I am not the only one who does this. Sometimes, I need to walk away from a project and come back to process what changes are needed.

You can view the creation of this layout as you watch my process video.  I show you how I used pocket card as photo mats, titles, and journaling cards. 


The Creative Design Team would love for you to join us in our Love Your Stash challenge. If you need a little inspiration, you can view all of our weekly creations on our YouTube channels.  Make sure to subscribe to each channel so that you are notified when we add new videos. 

If you choose to accept the challenge, make sure to use the #CDTloveyourstash hashtag in you posts so that we can see what you have made. 

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Day 21: The Three Trees of Christmas Cards

Are you as amazed as I am with all the Christmas cards created so far?? I am just loving this 31 Days of Christmas card series, and I really hope that we continue the tradition next year. If you have no idea what I am talking about, then you will want to make sure you check out each of these lovely ladies channels.

Throughout the month of October, each of us has been posting a new Christmas card idea for you to create. Make sure that you are subscribed to each channel so that you don’t miss out! If you hit the notification bell, you will also be notified each time a video is added.


It is day twenty-one of our Creative Design Team video collab, and I have created three beautiful cards for you to try.  As I was attempting to plan for this month’s series, I knew that I wanted to make some “tree” cards and had intended on purchasing the Winter Scene stamp set, but, unfortunately, my aging brain made an error and I ordered the Autumn scene instead. So…instead of throwing in the towel, I decided to show you how to make some Christmas cards using any of the tree series stamps you might own. 

three christmas cards created using distress oxide inks and stamped tree images

These three cards not only use the Autumn Scene stamp set, they also feature two of our new Distress Oxide Inks – Chipped Sapphire and Pumice Stone.  I used each of these on my designs, along with some masking techniques, to create winter scenes.

On the first card, I used a simple piece of torn white cardstock to create the snowbanks in the background. This was done after I stamped the trees in Charcoal ink.  I discovered that our dye inks do not work well atop the distress oxide inks, so you will need to make sure you are stamping your inked images before you add the background on this card. 

To create the little bits of silver on the trees and in the snow, I used our Embossing Ink PensThese are just like using VersaMark ink in pen form, allowing you to have control over where you want embossing powder.  I used my pen with Silver Embossing Powder to create little dabs of sparkling snow in this scene.

After adding the sentiment in Scarlet, I started to assemble to card.  The background was designed using dry embossed Glacier cardstock and Comfort & Joy papers.  The Cascading Dots embossing folder reminded me of snow and it combined well with the deep scarlet red papers. 

I had so much fun creating the snow scene on this first card, that I decided to get my moneys worth on an accidental purchase.  I remembered the many beach scenes I had created in the past on some of my cards and decided that I would continue with a few wintry scenes using the Chipped Sapphire Ink. 


For those of you who have been waiting for this video tutorial, you can head on over to YoutUbe and watch me create all three cards.  Once you are done viewing and being inspired, you can continue reading how I made the other two cards. 


After the first card was complete, I started on the Berry Christmas Tree card. On this second card, I masked off two inches of space using some full-adhesive sticky notes then added the Distress Oxide ink around the edges.  I wanted the look of a glowing light in the background, so I avoided adding too much ink to the center. 

After my discovery with dye inks, I decided to try pigment ink instead.  This worked beautifully to create some tree branch silhouettes on the background. I stamped each of the bent tree images onto the card with the Black Pigment, then sprinkled each with clear embossing powder and heat set the images. 

To add the snow, I again used those Embossing Ink Pens.  I brushed the ink onto the branches and used White Embossing Powder to create the look of fallen snow.  After stamping the sentiment, I decided to bring in a little Christmas cheer with red berries. 

You might have noticed that I am really enjoying these Bitty Beads this season.  I have always used items like this on my projects, but usually add the embellishment after taking the photographs for my website.  Now that we carry these beads, I can show them off. 

After the beads were adhered to the card with Liquid Glass, I set the card aside and began working on the third card.  This time I cut out a stitched square using our Stitched Square thin cuts, masked off the scene and began inking with both the Chipped Sapphire and Pumice Stone distress oxide inks. 

The trees were heat embossed like the second card, except, this time, I added leaves.  The Autumn Scene stamp comes with leaf images so that you can add multicolor leaves on your fall trees, but I wanted some leaf silhouettes on my trees so I also stamped them with the Black Pigment ink. 

If you wanted to, you could add some silver snow or white snow to these trees like I did on the first two cards, or even add a few berries.  I chose to leave mine as is for a simple silent winter scene. 

All of the sentiments on these cards have been retired.  I haven’t been able to purchase any new Christmas stamps this year, but, like most of you, I had quite a few in my stash.  If you are needed a few Christmas sayings, we do have some new sentiments on my website AND the new Christmas catalog is arriving in November so you will have access to even more! Don’t forget to join as a VIP so that you get 15% back in rewards on all your Christmas craft supply purchase. 

I hope that today’s project inspired you and that you are looking forward to more Christmas card ideas in the remaining weeks. If you have missed any of the videos in our 31 Days of Christmas Cards series, you can view the entire playlist here.   I have one more Christmas card to add to the series on October 28th and I have big Cricut-ing plans for this one.  I hope that you are making each one of these along with me.   

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