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 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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Welcome to the Doodled Borders Blog Hop

I am so happy to be able to join this month’s stamp of the month blog hop with my fellow Makers. 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 adorable doodled images on your projects.

What is a blog hop? 136957575_10225564649602260_5947054056233782743_n Well, if you have come here from Kimberly Loewen’s blog, then you are in the right place.  As you travel from blog to blog, you will be inspired by projects created by our talented team.  When you are finished viewing my Doodled Border Valentine 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.


As a cardmaker, I like having a quick, simple pattern that I can make last-minute. If you are like me, you are going to enjoy the video tutorial I created showing you how to make these three cards using the Doodled Border stamp set

The original card with the bow was inspired by a few cards I found on Pinterest that used washi tape and ribbon.  I decided to take that pattern and adapt it to these border stamp images.

The first card was stamped using Scarlet ink with those adorable doodled hearts. I added a sentiment along the top border then embellished the card with a small bow.  

The bow was cut out using our Small Bow thin cuts, then dry embossed using a swiss dot embossing folder.  Adding those whimsical polka-dots matched the doodle hearts so well. 

The second card was stamped in the same manner as the first. This time, instead of the hearts, I used the little asterisks border to match the flower on the front of the card. 

I used Scarlet ink to match the Blue Belle flower sticker and gems, then added a simple wooden sentiment. Those wooden sentiments are some of my favorites to use on cards. 

The third and final card has more of a masculine feel. I designed this as a Valentine for my son. I used Espresso ink with a few of the large borders to create the background then added some die cuts I had leftover in my stash. 

Each card was created using the same technique, yet, they each look so uniquely different because of the colors used and the embellishments added. You could easily change the look of your cards by selecting a different color palette, die cut, or sentiment.

If you would like to learn how to make some of these Doodled Borders cards, you can view my video tutorial. I show you how to ensure that your borders are stamped straight across the card, and I share a few tips to help you as you create.

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I hope that these cards inspired you to try something new with the Doodled Borders stamp set.  Now head on over to Megan Lawrence’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 Doodled Borders stamp set is only available until February 28th.  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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