Welcome to the Garden Tags SOTM Blog Hop

This month, we are featuring a variety of projects using the June Stamp of the Month – Garden Tags.94149292_10157392415067686_5509103444763344896_n  If you have come here from Kathy Burrows’ Blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished viewing my Distressed Garden Tags, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog


I truly enjoy creating tags It gives me a break from the everyday creations I make and allows me to play with layers and layers of products.  Today, I dug out the texture paste, shimmer brushes, vellum, ribbon, and thread to create some delightfully distressed Garden Tags. How sweet are these??!!

If you have not had a chance to purchase the new June Stamp of the month, you will to make sure that you also grab yourself a set of Tags & Tabs Thin CutsThese metal dies fit this stamp set perfectly and prevent you from having to hand-cut these beautifully designed tags. 

The base layers of my tags were created in Cricut Design Space using images from our ArtPhilosphy collection.  These two layers were cut from French Vanilla Cardstock & Kraft paper. 

I created a distressed look onto the Kraft layer using the Strokes of an Artist stamp set, some splatters of Lagoon & Toffee Shimmer, and texture paste. 

After the background layers were complete, I started to create the top layer tags using the Garden Tags stamp set.  Both tags were heat embossed to give some texture – one in Peacock, the other in Espresso – then splattered with shimmer brushes

To add a little dimension, I created some additional layers for the tags. The dragonfly wings were stamped onto vellum and added to the tag.  I stamped the flower image from the Garden Tags stamp set in Espresso and shaded it with TriBlend Markers, then attached it with a foam dot. Both added little more texture and interest to each of the tags.

The sentiments on each were created using the Stitched Together Cardmaking stamp set, which were stamped using Intense Black ink, cut out by hand, and adhered to the tags with foam tape. 


I had so much fun making these! I hope they inspired you to dig out some of your tag-making supplies and start creating. Now ‘Hop” on over to Gina McDonald Brandstetter’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Garden stamp set is only available until June 30th.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.

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A Sweet Easter Box for the Color Dare Challenge (Free Cricut File)

This week, our Design Team is playing with these beautiful spring colors and I was inspired to create a little something for Easter. 84662677_10215949739878356_9124462603634999296_n Before you take a look at my creation and take advantage of the Free Design Space Project File, I want to encourage you to play along with us at the Color My Heart Color Dare Blog.   This challenge is open to anyone who loves to create with paper.  All you have to do is use the colors in the photo, take a snapshot of your creation, and share the link where you posted it (Facebook, Pinterest, SplitCoast Stampers, Instagram).  It’s so simple and fun, AND it’s gives you something to do while you are staying safe at home.  Just make sure to join the challenge BEFORE April 16th.

Is it just me or do the inspiration colors just scream spring? All those beautiful pastel colors made me ready for the snow to melt in my yard so that I can enjoy the the warm air and flowers in bloom.  Spring means that Easter right around the corner,  which is my inspiration for this Sweet Easter Box I created to be filled with my favorite chocolate treat. 

This adorable little box was created using our Mix-In papers and images from the ArtPhilosophy Cricut Collection.  A complete list of supplies I used can be found at the very bottom of this post.   

For those of you who would like to recreate this project and give it as a special Easter Treat, I have a FREE DESIGN SPACE file just for you.  All you need to do is click on the link below to open the file and start creating your Sweet Easter Boxes.  After you have cut out all of your images, you can use the instructions below to help you assemble your box. 



Assembly Instructions:

  • After cutting the box from the Butterfly Mix-In paper, fold along the cut/score lines. (If you plan on stitching the sentiment in place – DO NOT GLUE THE TABS)
  • Using the Say It with Style Stamp Set, stamp the sentiment with Intense Black Ink onto the two French Vanilla cardstock strips.
  • Temporarily adhere the two sentiment strips onto the front of the box.  Using a Piercing Tool, create holes for the thread to go through. Create four simple straight stitches on the sides of the sentiment strips. 
  • Adhere the tabs of the box in place using liquid adhesive to form your box. 
  • Using a sanding block, sand the edges of the flowers, leaves, and lagoon butterfly.  (To create the “veins” in the leaves, fold the leaf in half then sand along the fold.)
  • Assemble the flower using 3D Foam Dots and adhere onto the front of the box with the leaves. 
  • Assemble the butterfly and adhere to the handle of the box.
  • Add Ribbon, Bitty Gems, or Shimmer to embellish. 
  • Fill with treats and give to someone special!!! 

I hope that you were inspired by today’s project and that you plan to join us for this week’s Color Dare Challenge.  Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions.  

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A Valentine Coffee Treat Holder for the Video Collab Hop

Welcome to the February Creative Design Team Video Colab Hop! 80755930_10158118631278169_8967992594239848448_oThis month, our team has created a variety of Treat Holder projects you can make using your Close to My Heart products. When you have finished watching my video tutorial, you can click on the link in the comments to “hop” to the next video on the list.  If you get lost along the way, a complete list of the Creative Design Team & their creations can be found here, on my blog

Coffee is one of my favorite treats, second to chocolate, so, for this month’s Creative Design Team hop, I designed a Treat Holder for both of these indulgences to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  This adorable Valentine Coffee Treat Holder can be filled with any of your favorite sweets & treats to give for any occasion. 

This entire creation was inspired by a photo I found in an old craft book. I redesigned the project in Cricut® Design Space using images from our Art Philosophy Collection, then used the images to decorate a reusable coffee mug that I purchased from Michaels.  I have included links to all the products I used at the very bottom of this post. 

In my process video, I will show you how I put together my design for this Valentine Coffee Treat Holder using features like Contour and Print-then-Cut in Design Space®. You will also have an opportunity to see how I use the Oh My Heart papers to make this a truly whimsical Valentine craft you can create and give. 

This little Valentine Coffee Treat Holder was fun to create and will be even more enjoyable to give away on Valentine’s Day.  Since this one is a bit on the “girly” side, I am working on a few more treat holders for my boys using the Spruced Up collection. I can’t wait to show them to you.  If you wish to make a few treats of your own, you can view the video tutorial I createdand see how easy these Valentine Coffee Treat Holders are to make. 

Make sure to stop by my YouTube channel to view all of the other Creative Design Team creations.  Katy Donaldson Taylor, from Scrapin Katy, is next on the list with an adorable Treat Holder designed just for you.  

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Here is a List of the Supplies Used on my Project