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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A Father’s Day Fancy Fold Card

I truly enjoy teaching new techniques and showing crafters, like you, how to use supplies you have in your craft room. This past month, I began a new series on Facebook called Fun Fold Friday, and this Father’s Day card is just one of the projects I created in May. If you didn’t have a chance to join me, you can view the video at the bottom of this post.

This simple version of a double flap card was easy to make using a standard A2 size card base. After removing half of the front panel, I added some blue belle and black pattern papers from a variety of paper collections.

The flap on the right side of the card was created using some additional cardstock, pattern paper, and tags cut from our new Mix-In pack. One of the pattern sheets in that pack is full of wonderful banners and tags which I also used on my Daddy’s Boy layout. Those layers of tags and banners add such a fun element to the design.

On one of the tags, I added a tassel of black embroidery thread to mimic a fishing fly. I thought it would add to the theme of the card which includes some images from the My Dad Rocks stamp set.

The images themselves were stamped using Espresso ink then shaded with a little watercolor paint. Since these inks are water-based, they did fade a little when the paint was added, but I like the way it turned out.

If you like this Father’s Day stamp and need a few more ideas, click here to see another card I created.

Along with this Father’s Day card, I also shared how to make a similar card using our Lovely collection. This double flap card design looks so beautiful, yet it is so simple to make once you learn a few little tricks.

For those of you who missed Fun Fold Friday, here is a link to the video from my Facebook page that you can view.

If you wish to see more Fun Fold Friday tutorials, you can visit my Facebook page and follow me online. I will be posting the schedule of upcoming tutorials in my Events so that you know when the next Fun Fold Friday will take place.

Thank you to everyone who joined me for my first live events. I hope you enjoyed these projects and were encouraged to try something new.

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Back to School Layout | Video Collab

Our Creative Design Team is back with another video collab for you. This month, we are sharing a variety of Color Theory projects and showing you ways you can combine color on your designs. If you are new to my blog and haven’t heard about our Creative Design Team, you can read more about them here.


I was a little late to sign up this month, and ended up choosing Secondary Colors for my Color Theory project. Before I share more about that color palette, let me warn you that I went waaayyy outside the box – which is something I usually do. Instead of your typical bright secondary colors, I “shifted” the color wheel a little and used a version of orange, green, and purple in the tertiary shades.

My Back to Virtual School layout features peach, peacock, and mulberry. This is a version of secondary colors in the tertiary color palette. I love how all of these colors came together on this page.

If you have no idea what I am talking about when I say Secondary and Tertiary colors, let me give you a quick little color wheel lesson.

All colors are based on three Primary Colors – Red, Blue, and Yellow. It is these three colors that make up all of the other colors. By simply adding white, black, or combining the colors, you get another color on the color wheel.

Secondary Colors are the colors created when you combine primary colors. Red mixed with Yellow creates Orange. Blue mixed with Yellow creates Green. Red mixed with Blue creates Purple or Violet.

If I were to use just secondary colors on a layout, it would look like this. Here is a birthday layout I created a while back using Purple and Green with a hint of Orange.

Now let’s take a look at how I “shifted” the color wheel to create a secondary-like combination on my Back to Virtual School layout.

On my page, I used Peach for my orange, Peacock for green, and Mulberry for violet. These three colors are considered Tertiary colors. Tertiary colors are combinations of primary and secondary colors.

Did she just say mulberry?? Yes, I did! On this layout, I just gave you a sneak peek at a NEW color and paper pack coming in May. 😉

Throughout the layout a used a few patterns and stickers from the upcoming You Are Enough collection. I am just loving these new colors and the addition of Rose Gold and I can’t wait to share more projects with you.


Now that I have explained how I created this twist on a Secondary Color palette and explained to you what Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary colors are, let’s take a look at the process video.

In this video, I share a few more twists on secondary colors and show you how this scrapbook layout came together.

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So, are you ready to give this color combination a try? This little twist on the secondary color palette is just one of the ways you can combine color on your projects. I want you to be able to expand your thoughts on color and try new combinations on your upcoming projects.

Our Creative Design Team has quite a few other Color Theory ideas for you this month. Make sure you stop by each of their channels to see what they have made for you. If you missed any past videos, you can view our Creative Design Team playlist.

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