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)

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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Take a Tour of the New Catalog with Me

I can’t wait to share with you all the new patterns, products, and images in the May June Season catalog. From rustic folk art to americana designs, little chickens with glasses, and military images – there is so much to love this spring. Before I go into more detail, take a few moments to watch my catalog tour. If you would like to view the catalog online you can do so here on my website.


As you saw in the video, we have two new paper pattern suites, a mix-in paper pack, which I love, and quite a few new stamps and thin cut dies. We also have a new set of Craft with Heart collections which you can have delivered to your door.

I have both the scrapbooking and cardmaking subscriptions delivered to my doorstep each season. These easy-to-assemble kits come with everything you need to make the project – all you need is adhesive. If you are looking for a simple way to make cards and scrapbook pages, then you will want to take a look at Craft with Heart.

With Craft with Heart, you receive regular deliveries of card or layout kits. Each kit includes pre-printed bases, die-cut shapes, and stickers giving you a shortcut to beautiful artwork. Cardmaking kits also include exclusive stamp sets, an acrylix block, and mini ink pads you can use again and again. These subscription kits are perfect for any crafter.

Not only do we have two new sets of Craft with Heart collections, but we also have two new paper pattern suites. Out first collection is called Hillside Cottage. This paper suite has a rustic tole paint and quilt-like look to it.

Just like our other paper suites, the Hillside Cottage Collection has coordinating cardstock, wood shape embellishments, pocket cards, and a Cricut collection. There is also a scrapbooking kit and card making kit you can purchase.

Our second paper suite is called Stars and Sparklers and it is one of my new favorites. I love the red, white, and blue polka-dots and stripes in this collection.

Just like our other collections, Stars & Sparklers has coordinating cardstock, pocket cards, embellishments, a scrapbooking kit, a cardmaking kit, and a Cricut collection.

The two Cricut collections this season are designed to match these two paper suites. These image sets cannot be purchased in Design Space and are not available in access. The only way to own these collections is through my affiliate link.

I cannot wait to create with these new Cricut collections. There are so many possibilities for all those images.

As you saw in the catalog walkthrough video, there are quite a few other items available this season. Each of these products are items that I would suggest you grab sooner than later.

Our season catalog products are available while supplies last and I am guessing that the Mix-In papers and Thin Cuts will be very popular this spring. Once they are sold out, there is no guarantee they will be made available again.


So….are you as excited as I am about these new paper suites, stamp sets, and thin cuts dies? I can’t wait to show you all the fun projects you can make this season.

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