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)

Send a Welcome Home Card & Join the Color Dare Challenge

I miss the days when you welcomed someone to their new home with cards, casseroles, and containers of cookies.  This week, as I looked at the inspiration board for the Color My Heart Dare Challenge, I was inspired by the welcoming feel of the papers chosen and decided to bring back the tradition of sending a “welcome to your new home” card.


Our color palette for the week is a simple Tic-Tac-Toe board inspired by the Feels Like Home collection.  You can choose to use any colors in a row, column or diagonal plus additional colors from board and any neutral colors.  I chose to use Sapphire, Sugarplum, and Silver with a touch of Fern and Mink on my card.


As you look at my  card, you will notice that there is not a bit of stamping on the outside of the card.  For this project, I decided to take advantage of the beautiful images from our Feels Like Home Cut-Apart paper and Complements.

What are Cut-Apart papers? These are the newest addition to the Close to My Heart paper collections and I adore♥ them. In each pack of paper, you receive two sheets of Cut-Apart images with a simple pattern on the back. This allows you to either fussy-cut and use the images, use the patterned paper, or both. On my card, I used the “Home” photo frame, the House, the Heart and some scraps from between the images on the Cut-Apart sheet. MissCarriesCreations-WelcomeHomeCardDDetail

What are Complements? Complements are a beautiful collection of Die Cuts and stickers that coordinate with (or complement) our papers. If you look at the collection above, you can see that they are each beautifully designed to be on quite a few paper of your paper crating crafting creations.  Can you pick out the images I used on my card from the complements pack?

I hope that you have been inspired by this week’s Welcome Home card and that you join us at Color My Heart Dare for the challenge.  Don’t forget to take advantage of the BOGO paper party that ends on March 31st.  This is a great time to stock up before the papers retire in April and have a chance to play with those Cut-Apart pages I spoke about.

♥ I can’t wait to see what you create!