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

A Cactus Flower Layout | Video Collab

Our Creative Design Team has another video collab for you featuring the Operation Smile Stamp Set and Bright Paper Stack. We are entitling it Creative Ways to Help Kids Smile Bright-ly.  Our goal is to teach you ways to use both of these products as you learn how to support Operation Smile. 

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Not only did I show you a few ways to use the Every Bit of Wonderful Stamp Set, I also gave you a few tips and tricks for using your watercolor pencils to shade those beautiful floral images.  When I first saw this stamp set, I immediately pictured cactus flowers. 

I knew that I had the perfect photo for this and I started designing a layout with Cricut cut cactus and stamped watercolor flowers. 

The cactus on this layout were created from images in the You Are Here collection and cut from Toffee cardstock and the Bright Paper Stack.  That lovely little six-inch stack of paper is another product our Creative Design Team is featuring in this collab.  

I chose to use the pattern papers as backgrounds for my cactus.  These papers are bright, so I chose to distress them a bit with a sanding block to dull the color a little. 

The flower images were shaded using watercolor pencils. These are such sweet, simple little flowers are so much fun to color.  This stamp set is our current Operation Smile stamp and with every purchase of this stamp set, $7 USD are donated to the life saving mission of Operation Smile.

To match the cactus theme, I chose to use our Woodgrain and Mix-In Papers in the background.  I just adore those new wood-grains and I can’t wait to use them again. 

I hope that these projects inspire you and encourage you to take another look at that Every Bit of Wonderful Stamp Set, and I hope that you take the time to visit each of the Creative Design Team members’ channels. 

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

Color Your World Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Color Your World Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of ways to COLOR what you love as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 79834512_10156957929042934_4413576352637124608_oIf you have come here from Valerie Kapsha’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading, 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.

I never saw myself as a person who would enjoy “coloring”, but it is something I have become fond of especially when using our TriBlend Markers and Watercolors. For this month’s Technique Blog Hop, I chose to feature these two wonderful items on my Shaded Seashell card that I created for my husband.

I knew that I wanted to keep this card simple and easy to re-create, so I began designing a blue background on a piece of watercolor paper.  I swished paint onto the paper using a Flat Waterbrush, quickly dried it with my heat tool, then stamped some random “sand” along the base with Almond Ink.  I used that same “sand” image to create white sea foam.

After stamping the sentiment with Intense Black Ink, I adhered the watercolor paper to a card base, then framed it with a Stitched Glacier Rectangle. Now the fun can begin! After stamping the seashell images with Intense Black, I pulled out a my TriBlend Markers and a few Shimmer Brushes. I was delighted by the fact that each marker had ALL THREE shades I needed to create shadows and dimension – no extra thought needed

Once the sea shell images were shaded, I used a Wisteria Shimmer Brush to add a little color, applied a touch of Gold Shimmer to the Sand Dollar, and drew a few little highlights with a White Gel Pen.  The shells were attached to the card with Foam Tape and a few Rose Gold Sequins added. How simple is that? 

Those TriBlends are some of my favorites to shade images with.  Each one comes with all three colors needed to shade and highlight your design.  Members of my VIP Group were able to watch a video showing how these NEW Markers work as they watched me use them to shade my Warm Wishes Card. To me, these are one of the better alcohol markers for crafters, like you and me, who wish create beautifully shaded images without breaking the bank.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Maz Wood’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 Coloring Your World.

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Here is a list of some of the items I used on my project