Saturday, July 15, 2017

July Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends!  Welcome to the CTMH Rose Blossom's monthly blog hop! You should have come from Morgan's fabulous blog Tweetscraps! This month we are featuring cardstock and stamps.  The challenge was to not use any patterned paper, only plain or colored cardstock with stamped sentiments and images. This is a fabulous challenge, considering CTMH is having a "Buy 2, get 1 free" Stampaganza special on stamps this month!

I decided to use a lot of the vibrant colors that I love and create my own patterned paper with my stamps.  I use the popular "So Many Smiles" stamp set with the masking technique to make my background paper.  It really was so fun to create!  Hope you like it!

Please keep hopping over to Ginger's blog, where I know you will find something marvelous to inspire you!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

April Blog Hop

Welcome to the Rose Blossom's CTMH April Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring the Some Kind of Wonderful paper pack.  If you have come from Mary's blog, then you are hopping in the right direction! I am always inspired by Mary's creativity!

I chose to use all paper with just a couple of embellishments to create my cards.  I wanted to highlight as many of the beautiful patterns from this pack as I could (though I think I still might have missed one or two beauties).  I love mixing patterns and colors-- and the designers of this paper made it so easy to do that!  I love black and white mixed with bright colors, don't you? The sentiment was cut from the sheet of PML sections, ready to cut and use! I used double stick foam tape to attach the sentiment, to give it a little pop, white twine for the bow and black and white dots to finish it off.

Now, hop on along to Ginger's blog for some more "Some Kind of Wonderful" fun!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Rose Blossom's February blog hop!  I am sure you've seen some really beautiful projects from our team using this gorgeous "Hello Lovely" paper!  If you have come from sweet Mary's Pixie Dust Playground, you are moving in the right direction and I know you have seen some beautiful work!

 My contribution this time is simple and I have had to battle a comedy of errors along the way to get this done-- but the lesson here is never give up! LOL! :) To be more specific, I realized last night at 11:00 pm that TODAY was the day for the hop!  Did I have a project complete? That would be "No!" Did I panic a little-- yes!! I thought about calling in sick (To craft?  Yes, please!), but in all honesty, I have an extremely challenging class this year, and I just couldn't do it. It takes an awful lot for me to take a day off, and my conscience wouldn't let me. So, I ran home as soon as we had the "all clear" and I pulled out my paper. Could I find the stamps I wanted to use? Again, no. Well, the good news is that this WTW Hello Lovely packet has the most amazing set of Complements!  I trimmed the I and the U in the word "Beautiful" to make them smaller and used one of the gorgeous heart stickers to make my I heart U sentiment. I used one of the stunning floral stickers, a portion of the PML page for a frame and the zip strip trim and sparkle gems for embellishment. Voila! A pretty little card in very little time at all. :)  I realized my challenges were not over, though. My camera was no where to be found. So... iPhone to the rescue-- however, our 200 year old computer has some limited capabilities... and that, plus my own personal struggles with technology, put me a bit further into panic mode. Let's just say it took me an hour and 15 minutes to upload and edit (as the computer kept shutting down, re-starting and "repairing" -- thank goodness that worked btw!) my 1 single photo.  But, there it is. :) A testimony to perseverance! 

In all honesty, Hello Lovely was not my favorite paper in the Seasonal Expressions. I tend to run away from anything with peach or apricot tones.HOWEVER, after working with this paper and the gorgeous complements, I will tell you I now truly love it!  If you are at all hesitant, I would tell you that you will be amazed by how stunning this paper is in person. You. Will. Love. It.  I promise!

Now, hop on along to Kelly's beautiful blog, where I know you will be inspired!

xoxo-- until next time!

P.S.-- I think a new camera and computer are in my near future! Off to the Walmarts! lol!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January Blog Hop

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Welcome! Thanks for hopping along with the CTMH Rose Blossoms!  This month we are featuring new products from the brand new Seasonal Expressions. If you have come from Mary's Pixie Dust Playground, you are hopping in the right direction! I know she had something wonderful to share with you.

It was hard to pick just one thing to "show off" this time!  I seriously love everything in the new seasonal book. That being said, I finally settled on the Dreamin' Big paper pack.  I love the colors and the beautiful patterns. The floral paper had me at "hello!" Those flowers are precious and the reverse print is a fun scattering of little bugs-- perfect for those little boy pictures and cards or just a spring/summer touch,  The other patterns are just the complement needed for the bolder patterns or to allow you favorite photos to become the star. I also used the coordinating Dreamin Big Complements pack, which made decorating easy, and the Dreamin Big Scrapbooking stamp set.

So, I created a couple of fancy fold cards that remind me of little presents just begging to be opened:

And here are the insides:

It is hard to tell, but the card base is a 4.5 in gray cardstock square upon which a 4.25 buttercup square is mounted, and then a 12 x 4 in piece of folded patterned paper is attached on top. The 12 x 4 piece was scored at 4 and 8 inches to create a 3 sectioned piece that folded inward. The two outside flaps were then folded diagonally and hole punched to created the folded gates. Inside, I mounted a 3,75 inch square of pretty juniper patterned paper (solid cardstock is also a good choice, so that a message can be stamped or written). These cards were not too difficult and a lot of fun to make!  I hope you'll try one yourself!

Now, hop right along to Kelly's blog, where I am sure you'll see something fantastic! 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Flower Market Blog Hop

Hello Crafty People!  Welcome to the RB Close to My Heart mid-month blog hop!  We are sharing projects created with the Flower Market Cricut cartridge this time. If you have come from my sweet friend Mary's blog, then I am sure you've seen something beautiful!

I have to be honest-- I was a little overwhelmed here! There are so many beautiful images to choose from-- everything from containers and every kind of flower imaginable, to bicycles, typewriters, banners, wreathes galore and more.  This is truly a fabulous cartridge to have!  When trying to pick just one to work with, I changed my mind so many times...  So, I finally narrowed it down to this sweet mason jar with a little lacy label.  The flowers were from the same page of the booklet and I cut them in three layers-- two shades of Thistle and one in a soft green called Willow. All of the papers used on the card are from the Whimsy Fundamentals collection.

Now hop on along to Kelly's fabulous blog to see what wonderful project she has to share!

Until next time!  xoxo

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends!  Thanks so much for visiting!  The Rose Blossom team is featuring the Close to My Heart October Stamp of the Month in this blog hop.  The stamp set is called Yuletide Joy and it is a beauty! If you have come from Shelly's beautiful blog, then you are on the right track!

This set reminds me of the oh-so-popular coloring books that are everywhere these days.  I was tempted to stamp in black and just color away!  I decided to go in a different direction, though and keep the stamping simple and do some random stamping for the background and then add a few embellishments. I used cranberry ink and cardstock, some glitter paper (brown-retired, I think) and gold dot paper from the Rustic Fundamentals. Popped a little bow on top and Voila! All done!  Here is the finished product:

. Now, hop on along to Sue's lovely blog to see what she has in store!


Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Blog Hop

Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month blog hop! If you came from Morgan's blog, then you are in the right spot!

We are featuring a gorgeous fall set this month!  Perfect for the entire fall season.  Here are my creations:

Now hop along to Kelly's blog to see her fabulous project.