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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Creating a Card with Love of Color

How many times have you tried to pick out colors for a project, drug out the color wheel, and become frustrated that nothing seems to match? OR do you stick with a set of colors you know will always work? Well, my friend, today is the day to venture out of your color comfort zone.  I am going to show you a simple way to choose a palette for your project using the Love of Color idea book.  

If you are a member of my Create with Miss. Carrie VIP Group, you had a chance to see this card created during my Fab Friday Find video.  I walked you through this wonderful Love of Color book and showed you how to make this card using our September stamp set

This how-to book is designed to help you find complementarity colors for your projects.  On this card, I knew that I wanted to use the Desert Rose cardstock, but I wasn’t quite sure which colors would match.  All I had to do was open up the book to “Desert Rose” and I was shown multiple options for projects and color combinations. 

Not only was I able to find a color palette to match Desert Rose, I was also inspired by one of the projects in the book.  This how-to book is FULL of projects you can create using the color combinations shown.  It even tells you where to find the cutting guide in our other how-to books. 

For those of you who may have missed out on the Fab Friday Find Video, here is a modified version of the video showing you the Love of Color idea book and the card making process. The full-length version can be viewed in my VIP Group.  

This card was really simple to make and fun to create using the Love of Color palette suggestions. I would have never thought to pair Desert Rose with Mint and Ballerina. 

I hope that this project inspired you to venture outside your “color comfort zone” and try a few new colors in your designs.  I know that having this book helps me to consider new combinations and I am often inspired by the projects within. 

If you would like to purchase either of the Love of Color books or any of our How-to Books, you can do so on my website.  Most of these books fit right inside our 6″ x 8″ Every Day Life Binders making it easy to flip through and transport.   

If you would like to recreate this card, make sure that you snag that September stamp of the month before September 30th. This stamp set is available for only $5.00 with any $50 purchase. 

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Welcome to the Paper Piecing Technique Blog Hop

Our talented technique blog hop team team is at it again creating projects just for you using a variety of Close to My Heart products. 102932174_10157506350477934_6111016736239477906_oThis month, we are showing you some lovely Paper Piecing techniques. If you have come here from Cat Nowak’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished taking a look at my Sweet Summer Bunch 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.

Normally, I have some how-to photos or a short video to view for these technique hops, but right now my craft space looks like a paper factory blew up as I balance crafting with a huge renovation project in the front yard, so, today we are going to keep it simple as I show you a few of the techniques I used on my Sweet Summer Bunch layout and give you a few tips for Paper Piecing stamped images. 

I chose to make this layout as bright and as colorful and as lively as the children in the photos – my little summer bunch.  In the year 2000, our children were 1, 3, 5, and 6 which made each day quite the adventure. 

To match the vivid, childish, “bunch” theme, I chose to use the little girl image from the July stamp of the month.   She is so sweet and full of color and perfect for paper piecing. 

After stamping the entire image onto White Daisy cardstock, I stamped the dress portion onto some pink plaid Blue Skies paper and the flowers onto some vellum which was heat-embossed.  I shaded the flowers using matching Tri-Blend markers then got to work on paper piecing. 

When you are cutting images out for paper piecing, you will want cut outside the stamped line (most of the time).  By cutting outside the line, your stamped image appears continuous.  Now, I did say “most of the time” because, on this image, I also cut inside the black line around the stems of the flowers. This allowed the stamped portion of the stems to pop through and look three-dimensional. 

When you look at the image up-close, you can see where I cut the pattern paper and the vellum. Layering those papers onto this stamped image gives it such a unique look.  I like how to vellum softens the darker tones of the flowers to match the soft tones of the Mix-In papers I used in the background. 

The remaining portions of my layout were created using a variety of products I had on hand.  My goal this year is to “use what I have” as I create my scrapbook pages.  You will probably see one or two little retired items, but almost everything on this layout is current – just not all from the same paper suite. 

The title was created using some stickers that I had leftover from a Story By Stacy mini-album, a Cricut cut from the Summer Vibes collection, and letters stamped using the Chronicle Type stamp set.  I embellished the title with a vellum flower cut from Stitched Together which I dry embossed with polka-dots. 

All three flowers have polka-dots and wooden buttons in the center.  I love the whimsical look they create. 

The photo was embellished with leftover tags, another Story By Stacy item, and some Summer Vibes paper and stickers.  Mixing and matching various paper suites is easy to do when you stick to the same color scheme and add a few basics to balance the clusters. 

I hope you enjoyed today’s Paper Piecing project and you were inspired to try something new. Now ‘Hop” on over to Lauren Moore’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 for using Paper Piecing on your projects.  

Don’t forget, the July Stamp of the Month is only available through July 31st. If you wish to recreate this design, stop by my website and find out how you can get it for only $5.00. 

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