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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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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A Heat Embossed Monochromatic Card in Blue

For the Color Dare Challenge Design Team

Have you ever had an idea in your head that didn’t quite work out as you planned? That is exactly what happened when I made this week’s inspiration creation. Before I tell you more about my mishaps, let me tell you about this week’s Color My Heart Dare color challenge. 

The challenge this week is a monochromatic challenge, which means that you can only use one color – blue.  You are allowed to use black white, and neutrals on your creations. Make sure to link your challenge to the blog before July 23rd. 


So…these past few weeks have been full of activity in our home with renovations, a yard being taken all the way back to dirt, and the typical addition of summer chores.  I have fallen a bit behind this month so I decided to keep my project super simple with a few little fun techniques.  That is when I should have realized that I don’t do “simple” very well. 

I started out with a great design in my head – a block design with only two colors. Each of the blocks need some type of stamped image, so chose to use the floral bouquet from our stamp of the month to add some designs to the card.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t just stamp the images in blue, I had to heat emboss in white which – like when a moose eats muffin – lead to over embossing the whole background. 

Once the embossing was done and the card was assembled, I decided to start stitching – AT MIDNIGHT. I should have just stopped, but I was determined to finish the card. Straight stitching lead to zig-zag stitching which lead to me fussing with a ribbon bow for over twenty minutes (which you can see is now just a knot).  

At this point I realized that I didn’t have a sentiment. Have you ever tried to stamp on heat embossing?? Trying to stamp anything at 1:00AM is one thing, but trying to make something work that should never have been attempted is another. 😜

BUT…I made it work.  I grabbed my StazOn ink pad and placed that sentiment right over the heat embossed flowers. (That stuff will stamp on anything.)  In hindsight, I should have left off the sentiment or placed it onto vellum or stamped less flowers – but you know – that whole moose and muffin thing.

Even with it’s mishaps, and late night craziness, the card didn’t turn out half bad. I hope that you were inspired to try something new (or avoid a crafting mishap) and that you join us for another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge.

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