Wednesday, February 15, 2017

HELLO LOVELY Rose Blossoms Blog Hop


Welcome to our Hello Lovely Blog Hop. If you've hopped over from Marg's Blog you're on the right track. Make sure you see everyone's beautiful creations by clicking the link to the next blogger at the end of this post. I also have a guest at the end. I'm so excited to show you her card.

I'm excited to announce that - WOO HOO - I was able to do something I've always wanted to take the time to do. I have used up an entire Workshop Your Way (paper AND embellishments) with only this many scraps left ...


That whole tiny pile went in the garbage, which is another big accomplishment for me.

First I made five layouts. This one shows Hello Lovely playing with neutrals so I'm highlighting it. 

If you'd like two see the rest of the layouts you can click HERE.

The paper that was left after five layouts was turned into 16 cards.


There's not a single Gold Glitter Gem, Hello Lovely Complement, or scrap of Blush Shimmer Ribbon left. AND I love these cards. I will use them all as I write notes throughout this year. A few of these are duplicated designs with different sentiments. But most are unique. The Hello Lovely Thin Cut Bundle was used along with a wide variety of other stamps that I have on hand. 

Here are my top five picks from the pile. 






AND now I have a special guest, my friend and downline Anne Rukke
She made this beautiful card using Hello Lovely and the January SOTM. 
Don't you just love how she rolled those tiny flowers?


 I love my CTMH team, the Pretty Pieces. In February you can get 3 SOTM stamp sets FREE when you sign up. After you've hopped through come back and click HERE to learn more.

Now it's time to see the wonderfulness on Kim Hill's blog. Thank You for hopping with us.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Blog Hop With Hearts



I'm so excited to take part in the wonderful blog hop because ... hearts. I love hearts. They're my favorite shape. Some people have a favorite ice cream. I have a favorite shape. 

If you came here from  Wendy Coffman's Blog then you're on the right track. If you just stumbled on you're in for a lot of inspiration as you hop through these heart projects.

Do you have scraps that all seem to wind up being strips? I've been working with the Sugar Rush Paper Packet and wound up with a big stack.  So, I did this. It's hard to throw even the smallest piece away sometimes. It doesn't look like much but here's how it all starts ...


Turn it over and it's all adhered to a 4 x 5.25 inch piece of white cardstock. Once that's finished take out a scissors or trimmer and cut off everything that falls off the white page. When I do this I cover as much of the base piece with adhesive as possible and then adhere the pieces to that. You'll notice that the overlapping pieces are clean. That's because some of them are still possibly great scraps! LOL! ALSO, I do very little planning here. Take a pile of strips and start adding to the paper. I try not to put the exact same ones next to each other but that's about it.



I ran this piece through my Cuttlebug using a Heart Thin Cut
It's important to center it as best possible (you'll see).


This is what you wind up with in pieces.


Do the same thing with a coordinating, less busy piece of paper the same size.



Now you're ready to make TWO cards. I really love it when I can make two cards at once. These are adhered to a basic white card base.


The fun really begins when you add various stamps and embellishments. 
Here you have my two finished cards.



I spent less than a half hour going through the rest of the scraps and wound up with 8 more cards that are ready to decorate. Even without bling these make be very happy. Look at all those hearts!



Of course you don't have to wait for scraps to do something like this, but if you have some ...

Thank you for hopping over. Now go to Amie Kiger's Blog to see more inspiration. She has a list of all the participants plus something that I'm sure will make your heart full!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Seasonal Expressions Rose Blossoms Blog Hop


Happy New Year!! The Rose Blossoms are going to bring you a beautiful hop every month this year. You'll have to stay tuned in to see what we feature because it will change each month. Our choice for January is anything from the new Seasonal Expressions. Get your pen and paper out because you're surely going to want to make a list of products that you need to order ASAP!! If you came from the Marvelous Marg's blog then you're on the right track. Make sure to click the link at the end to see what Kim has for you too.

I've been using the Sugar Rush Paper Packet to make cards for a card buffet at the end of this month. You'll see almost all of the papers in this pack on these cards along with new stamps, tools and embellishments. There are also items from the Annual Inspirations on these cards. Here you go.


Sugar Rush Dots (cherry on the top)

Center of card


Clear Sparkles (Did you know you can color those with Shin Han markers?)
Silver Shimmer Trim (Did you know you can punch shimmer trim?)



Nothing new here, except the paper & washi that I've referenced above. BUT you gotta love how existing & retired products work so well with new CTMH products. 



Center of card ... the other part of the Happy Birthday Thin Cut


More retired mixed with new. 



All of these cards use CTMH white card bases
There's also a variety of card stock, ink, and in the mix. 

Thank you for hopping to my blog today. make sure to hop the Violets and Sunshine where Kim has certainly made something wonderful for you to see.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Sparkling New Year Blog Hop


Did someone say sparkle? I'm so be happy to have a little sparkly something ready to show for this January hop with some VERY talented ladies. If you just came from Wendy's blog you're right on track. Make sure to click on all of the links to see all of the talent in the hop.

I have just one card BUT it's a card with a lot of sparkles and a little pizzazz for the receiver. When it gets pulled out the envelope it looks like this ...


There's Sea Glass glitter paper and lots of shimmer from the clear shimmer brush. It's very difficult to photograph shimmer. Trust me when I say there's sparkle everywhere!! Whoever gets blessed with this card can stand it up just like this ...


It's an easel card. I think that's just so much fun. Thank you for taking a look today. To see what's next click HERE to see the sparkly fun that Kelly has created.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

THOUGHTFUL FLOWERS -December Stamp of the Month

It's that time again. The first of the month is a great time to hop with the Rose Blossoms to see some amazing artwork using the current Stamp Of The Month. Look at that variety of flowers!!

Make sure that you look at all of the blogs in this hop to see some stunning artwork with this beautiful set.  I you came from Lynn Darda's blog you're at the next stop.

I made a scrapbook page for you today. I can't wait to make amazing cards with this set but I have sooooooooo many pictures to deal with. I'd love to tell you the story of the mayhem involved in bringing you this page but you'll just have to believe me when I say that this comes to you due based on a creative idea, a series of debacles and a colossal mess! I loved making the mess too.


This is NOT what the idea looked like in my head. My imagination had a lot more variety of colors and more focused attention to each individual flower. But I love this too. Maybe next time I'll have to try the other idea again. All I did here was to paint a colorful area on a piece of watercolor paper and then stamp flowers in black in a fairly random way. You can't really tell from the straight on photo, but there's a little bit of a layering thing going on. I did do a tiny bit of fussy cutting as you can see below.


It was hard to decide if I needed a title for this page or not. And truthfully I ran out of creativity by the time that finishing touch needed to be added. I looked for an easy way out. The Adventure Fundamentals Complements were there for me with work "dream" already cut out in these beautiful glittery letters.  My life is better than I ever would've tried to imagine with this awesome man by my side. We have love and friendship and sooooooooooo much more. I'm truly living the dream.


Make sure to hop over to Kim Hill's blog next. I can't tell you what she made but this time around I know it will have flowers. 


Saturday, October 1, 2016

YULETIDE JOY - October Stamp of the Month Rose Blossoms Blog Hop

It's that time again. The Rose Blossoms are creating with the newest Stamp Of The Month, Yuletide Joy.

If you came here from Marg's Blog then you're following along perfectly. I'm sure you saw something fantastic there. You can also start right here and hop all the way around so you can see all of the inspiration. Whichever way you do it make sure to click on the link at the bottom of each post to keep seeing new artwork until you arrive back to where you started.

This stamp set has me thinking about waaaaaaaaaay too many ways that it can be colored or painted or embossed or any other number of creative ideas. Instead of running off in every direction I decided to do the most basic thing. Here's a card I made for you with ink and card stock. There are no fancy techniques or additional tools. It's so easy. I was able to use the majority of the stamps except for two of the sentiments. AND I love the results. It's colorful and subdued all at once. 


I used the bell, stocking and present to make the background pieces by stamping the images side by side. Originally I thought those would turn out to be something else, but when you work with CTMH products things more or less create themselves.

Thank you for taking a look. Now it's time to hop over to Kristine's Blog to see what she did with these images. I'm guessing colored pencils!! BUT it's strictly a guess. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

BLESSED BEYOND MEASURE - September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop





It's that time again ... another awesome blog hop with the Rose Blossoms. Today we're showing you the September Stamp of the Month called "Blessed Beyond Measure". If you came from Marg's blog you're right on track. I can't wait to see how she embossed with these stamps. When you get to the end of this post make sure to click on the link to the next blog. You will want to see ALL of the creative inspirational ideas. Once you get back here you've seen it all.

 This set is just beautiful and so versatile. I'm sure you are going to see some very elegant creations. I have turned in a different direction. That pumpkin caught my eye immediately and I thought about these awesome photos from last October. My hubby and I were chosen to judge this amazing family pumpkin carving contest. I love our badges that provide me with a title AND journaling all in one.
If you've see the new Holiday Expressions you might just recognize this design. It's part of the City Sidewalks Workshop. Do you see the resemblance?

How exciting is it to have a whole bunch of new products to create with starting today. I used paper from the Jeepers Creepers paper pack, along with the embellishments. Never be afraid to mix and match papers with great ideas that you see in our catalogs. 

Here's a closer look at both of the pages.


I really love this layout because I REALLY love this memory. I've been hearing about this family pumpkin carving party heavy duty competition for nearly all of it's 29 years. It's not for people outside of the Matuseski family unless they're judges and we were honored to take on this position for the first time. We weren't even allowed to come until all of the pumpkins were carved and lined up. This way we couldn't play favorites. This is hardcore, which made it pretty stressful to judge. One of my favorite parts is that there was a beautiful scrapbook there showing all the years before this one. I'm thinking we'll be in that scrapbook when the family gets together this year. What a great book of memories they've made. We're so happy to be a little part of that.

Here are a couple of close ups of the stamps I used. Several of them match the Artbooking Cricut cartridge. I also got to play with our awesome new stamp pads in bold new colors.



Thank you so much for stopping by today. Please hop along to Kim Hill's blog to see what sort of awesome item she has created. I've seen a sneak peek and I can't wait to see it myself.