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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Create a Floating Butterfly Layout

In July,  I was blessed with a sneak peek of the new Creativity in Motion collection of animated stamps and was asked to create a few projects showing you how to use them.  Today, I am sharing a scrapbook page I made with floating butterflies that were stamped using those animated images.  I have also created a simple process video for you to enjoy so that you can learn some tips and tricks for creating your own Floating Butterfly layout. 

When I first saw the Creativity in Motion collection, I honestly wasn’t sure if I would be able to use it.  I have a condition that does not allow me to see certain dimensional art as intended which is probably why Van Gogh and Signac are two of my favorite artists. 

These lenticular stamps are designed to work with the striped acetate sheets to create a image that appears as if it is moving.  I recently created a slimline butterfly card showing how these images appear animated. If you missed it, you can view it here


llen·tic·u·lar/lenˈtikyələr/ (adjective) images with an illusion of depth, or that appear to have the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles


As I opened up my box of goodies, I fell in love with these butterfly and dragonfly images. The distressed images with worn lines made them appear like little works of art. I just had to find a way to use them.

I decided to create a layout that was bright and full of fun♥, just like the photo, and went to town creating this playful page. In the video below, I show you how I created the texture paste background and heat embossed butterflies, and I give you a few tips and tricks for layering elements and aligning your foam letter stickers. 

Not only did I use the butterflies from the Creativity in Motion bundle, I also used those adorable bright paper patterns and the Border Tab thin cut dies. The bright paper stack is full of all sorts of patterns you can use on your cards, scrapbook pages, and Cricut projects. 

I chose to layer multiple pieces behind my photo to match the fanciful polka-dots and flowers on the girls’ clothes. Each piece was edged with black using our blending tools. This is the first time I have edged a paper with black ink and I am liking how it looks. I may have to try it again soon. 

The journaling for this page is hidden behind the photo on a little card that I created using the Border Tab thin cut dies and stamp set.   I also used this die on quite a few pages in my Disney album, but at the time the product was still “top secret”, so I couldn’t tell any of you what I was using.  You can’t imagine how hard that was.  I had quite a few questions asking me how I made those mini-album pull-outs and now you know.

To complete the page, I needed a title that wasn’t too bold or busy, yet matched these three cousin’s personalities, so I chose to use our Foam Alphabet along with my label maker and a sentiment sticker to create a phase that describes these three girls perfectly.

I hope that today’s project inspired you to try something new and look at the Butterfly Kisses stamp set in a whole new way.  The Creativity in Motion Bundle is available at a discount during the month of September. Make sure to stop by my website and take a look at all the components in this kit so that you can join me for the Free Virtual event.  

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Here is a List of the Supplies Shown Today (view all my supplies)

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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