Welcome to the Outdoor Borders Blog Hop

Our team of Makers have some incredible projects to inspire you using the Outdoor Borders stamp set this month. Did you know that you can get these stamps free as a VIP? If you plan on getting this beautiful border 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 Maureen OSullivan’s blog – either way, you are in the right place.  When you are finished viewing my Summer Rainbow Cards cards 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.


I have been in such a creative funk recently and I can’t seem to get the cogs in my brain dusted off and working. These two Summer Rainbow cards were created back in April for the May Blog Hop, but, as you can see, I used the wrong stamp set. Despite the mishaps, I am grateful that the project was already complete, because today, I am suffering from a lack of creative juices.

I kept the project simple so that I could show off a few of the different designs in the Outdoor Borders stamp set. Each of the images was stamped onto distress watercolor paper with VersaMark Ink then heat embossed using White Embossing powder.

After setting the images with a heat tool, I applied pigment to the images. The embossing powder creates a resist against the pigment allowing the images to stand out on the design.

On the first card, I applied Watercolor Paints which created a very soft beach-like feel to the card. I realized quickly that you need very little water to create the resist. Too much water added to the pigment will cause it to seep under the stamped images.

On the second card, I applied Distress Oxide Inks to create a bright bold summery card. I love how the border images stand out on this design.

On each of the cards, I added some Flower Sequins and Wood Sentiments. The sentiments were shaded using Liquid Pearls, a Black Shimmer Brush, and Stickles. If you would like to learn more ways to shade our wooden sentiments and icons, you can view my video here.

If you would like to see how I created these two cards and get a few more tips and tricks for using the Outdoor Border stamp set, you can view my cardmaking tutorial video below.


I hope that this project inspired you to create a few cards of your own. They are super simple to make and can be recreated using a variety of colors. Now head on over to Haley Dyer’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 Outdoor Borders stamp set is only available during the month of June. Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for FREE as a VIP or at a discounted price of $5.00 with a qualifying order.

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A Mosaic Tile Card for the Color Dare Challenge

Forgive me for the lack of creations this week. It has been quite an emotional one for me. As I was attempted to create for the Color Dare blog, I honestly struggled. I don’t know about you, but emotions really affect my creative process. Before I tell you about the card I created, let me first show you the beautiful spring colors we have for you to use this week at the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog.

These colors come from our current Mix-Ins paper collection and they are simply delightful and some of my favorites in the new catalog.  Peacock and Peach are one of my favorite combinations, but instead of using just those two, I chose to use all the colors on a simple watercolor mosaic card. 

If you are a member of my VIP group, you were able to watch me as I created this card.  I decided to start sharing a little of my creative brain with my VIPs a few times a month as they get a little look at my crafting space and the projects I am working on. This week, they saw how I made this card unedited and unscripted. Yep, that was frightening

The flower image for this card came from our A Million Little Things stamp set which was stamped onto watercolor paper using Intense Black Ink. 

After the ink had set a few minutes, I started shading the background and the image with Watercolor Pencils.  With watercolors, nothing is ever perfect. Remember how I said my emotions have been affecting my creative brain – well, this card reflects every bit of that. 

I used shades of Linen, Peacock, and Mint for the background and shades of Peach for the flowers.  To add a little sparkle, I brushed the flowers with our Peach Shimmer Brush which is much darker than I anticipated it to be.  After creating the mosaic tile pattern, I added a sentiment stamped onto vellum and backed the design with Peacock cardstock. 

Simple and easy to make and something to get my creative neurons firing again.  

I hope this card inspired you and that you will consider joining us for another Color Dare challenge.  All you need to do is link your photo to the blog before June 11th. 

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A Watercolor Card for the Heat it Up Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Heat it Up Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of heat embossing techniques as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 85046186_10157103154262934_7513137689042878464_o If you have come here from Michelle Johns’ 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.

This week, I decided to pull out the watercolor pencils, white embossing powder, and floral stamps to create a very simple heat-embossed card.  It’s been a while since I have painted an image, and, to be honest, I forgot how much I enjoyed it.

Since this is a “Technique” blog hop”, I will be showing you a few tips to create your own Watercolor Roses card and provide you with a simple video showing you how to use embossing powders.  


I began creating my card by stamping a piece of watercolor paper with White Pigment ink using images from the Love These People stamp set.  These images were randomly stamped along the left side of the paper.  I chose White Pigment instead of VersaMark so that I could see the images after I had stamped them. 

Once the images had been stamped, I sprinkled on White Embossing Powder and used a heat tool to set the powder.  I did notice that a few of my leaf images didn’t touch the other images like I wanted them to. Instead of trying to re-stamp the leaves, I used an Embossing Ink Pen and drew an extension of the stems. 

As I shaded the images, I used the raised embossing powder as a sort of “dam” for my colors. On this card, I shaded the images with Watercolor Pencils using the “pencil palette method”, but you could use watercolor paints instead.  

After the paint was dry, I splattered the image with Gold Shimmer, added some Liquid Glass Dots, then framed it in a Kraft Stitched Rectangle.  The only embellishments are a simple burlap strand bow and some gold gems. 

If you would like to learn more Embossing Powder Techniques,  you will enjoy this Fab Friday Find tutorial I created last year for my VIP Group. 


I hope that you were inspired by today’s project and that you learn something new about Heat Embossing.  Now ‘Hop” on over to Tamara Sandwisch’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 our heat embossing products.  

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