Thursday, June 15, 2017

NO WORRIES Rose Blossom Blog Hop


Welcome Hoppers!! If you came from Lynn's Bungalow you have already seen something inspiring. If you're starting here make sure to click the link at the end to keep on hopping all the way through. 

We're featuring the No Worries Paper Pack and coordinating products. Last year I went to Hawaii for the first time so my plan was to use this hop as an excuse to get some layouts done. Here is the only layout I have so far. I just couldn't cover that palm tree paper!! I can't wait to make more with these papers and spectacular coordinating embellishments (Compliments and Sequins).


Here's what I'm featuring today though. It's just ONE card. But it immediately goes into my list of the top ten cards I've ever made. That's not a real list but if I made one this would be on it.


I had to take this cutie outside to get the full effect. When I was in Hawaii my favorite part was the lush greenery. When we drove along the ocean coastline I looked into the jungle on the opposite side of the car! I wanted to stop and take photos of all the plants. Of course you can't stop on those curvy mountainous drives. So those photos don't exist. My yard is kind of reminding me of that beauty right now on a much smaller scale.


Here's a close up of our hula bear.


I dug through a variety of older stamp sets to make this card and I had to use that hibiscus sticker from the retired Calypso complements. BUT you can get this bear stamp with coordinating thin cuts right now and all of the materials used for this card. I made the grass skirt with the White Burlap Ribbon. It can be pulled apart for this fun skirty effect.


Here's one last shot to give you the 3D effect of all this. No foam tape needed! What about those No Worries Sequins though? A little woodgrain and neutrals to match so many things beyond your No Worries projects. I use three different PML cards from the paper pack to make this card. The only thing that might be missing is sunglasses!!

In my opinion the No Worries Workshop Your Way is the best way to get everything necessary to create your heart out with your summer memories.

Thank you for hopping by. Please go see what Kim Hill has made for you. It's bound to be something you want to copy. That's what I think when I see here work. She's so creative.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Day 60



For the past 59 days I have been creating every day for a minimum of 15 minutes. It's part of something called #The100DayProject. I haven't really gotten involved with that community, but if you search the hashtag you're certain to get an eyeful of amazing art. 

In the beginning of this adventure I wandered aimlessly. It was fun to just walk into my little crafty space and see what I would like to do. On Day 39 I made a decision to focus so I went beyond creativity to mixing in some productivity. Here's an example of what my typical 15 minutes turns into. This layout was done at least a year ago. Since I didn't know the exact DOB of the babies in the photos I shoved the layout in a box for "journaling".  This morning I sat down and searched through Facebook for just that little bit of information. The actual journaling took less than two minutes.

TIP OF THE DAY ... even if you aren't able to finish the journaling on a page take the time to write down the facts to store with the pages so that when you come back to add them you actually know what they are. It's a huge time saver at some point!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Going Green Blog Hop


Today I'm hopping along with some very talented ladies to highlight my all time favorite color for my whole entire life!!! GREEN  (is this too enthusiastic?)

If you came here from Lovely Lalia's blog then you're hopping along just right. You may also start here and go from one artist to another. Make sure to click on the link at the bottom of each post. 

As I mentioned, green is my favorite color. It's also one of the school colors for the high school my kids all graduated from. I took this opportunity to take out some of those graduation photos that haven't made it to the page yet. Tis this season so I'm inspired even though these pictures are two years ago. Believe it or not I had them printed the summer after graduation.

I printed 80 photos, which is most likely the reason that I never scrapped this event. Less is more people!!! The pictures aren't the best quality either. Sometimes I forget that we aren't creating something for a competition. We're putting together our family memories. Bad photos still capture the moment. Our layouts don't have to look like magazine pages.

In any case, I narrowed the 80 down to 27!! That's not much better but I still used most of those. Check it out. Here's my basic layout. It's simple and I was able to use up a whole lot of buttons!




Once it's in the album this is what happens. I put these mini page protectors in between the two pages.



Keep your eye on the center section.





It's pretty much like a magic trick. I didn't labor over this layout at all. Sometimes that's the best kind of scrapbooking. Get out the green stuff and make something!

Thank you for hopping by. Check out what Stephanie has for you by clicking HERE.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

SOME KINDA WONDERFUL Rose Blossoms Blog Hop

Are you ready for what might end up being our most colorful blog hop yet? The Rose Blossoms are creating with the Some Kinda Wonderful paper, which you have only two more weeks to add to your collection. After you see everyone's work you will wonder if you need one pack of this paper or two.

If you came from Marg's blog then WOO HOO!! If you're starting here that's great too. Make sure to find the link at the bottom of every blog so you can see everything that people have created with these products. You'll probably want to hop through twice. I always do!

It will come as no surprise that I have layouts for you. Five of them!! I used up most of the paper packet and the complements with these. If you have any preconceived notion about what the theme of this paper is you're probably wrong! LOL!! 

Once you see these layouts below you'll be convinced that it goes with everything!

 




Thank you for hopping on to my blog today. It's impossible to photograph but the black words and shapes are all sparkly!! I also plowed through a whole pack of black shimmer trim for these. In real life there's lot of glitter in these layouts that range from cat sitting to my son's senior engineering project. And also two of these layouts happened at Christmas time!! Sometimes Christmas calls for amped up versions of red and green!

To get a look at these products and place an order click HERE
You will see the paper pack and down below are the coordinating products.  

Now you're off to enjoy whatever Kim Hill has for you. 
It's sure to be great because that's how she rolls.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

THIN CUTS Rose Blossoms Blog Hop

It's Blog Hop day ... woo hoo!!  I'm always excited to be a part of this because I know I'm going to see some amazing Close To My Heart art AND be inspired to create above and beyond. You either came from Marg's magnificent blog or you're starting here. Whatever the case make sure to go all the way through and keep on hopping until you've seen all of the wonderful Rose Blossom creations.

We are featuring CTMH Thin Cuts, which are 25% off for the whole month of March. There's plenty of time left to build your thin cut collection. There are two kinds of thin cuts - stand alone shapes and cuts that coordinate with our tremendous stamp sets. I decided to work with the stand alone cuts. BUT I love them all! I'm certain that you'll see some great examples of both in this hop.

Here's my layout ...



This layout features two different sets - Happy & Stars. As you can see I got a LOT of mileage out of just these two sets for this layout. Do you notice how some of the starts are open and some are filled? I love how you can (carefully) use the whole star. That means this set adds up to SIX different stars that are available. {This is a secret, but sometimes I'm not careful and my thin cuts slide off the paper as I'm setting things up to cut. That might just account for the stars that are tucked in here and there or seem to be sliding off the page!! NEVER throw away your apparent mistakes!!}

For old time's sake I took out some paper and a pen to make this. My scrapbooking roots started just like that! The only upgrade here is glitter paper, which I didn't have 20 years ago! I had soooo much fun keeping it simple. AND as busy as it is my photos are still highlighted.

Here's another important thing about thin cuts. There's usually something useful left behind. With the negative space I have seven delightful cards to use for a variety of happy occasions. I've decorated two of them so far, with MORE thin cuts (Basic Hearts and Happy Birthday). This satisfies both of my creative outcomes, scrapbooking AND cards. Win-Win!!


Thank you for taking a look today. Now you get to check out Tweetscraps, where Morgan has surely made something you will want to duplicate. Enjoy!!

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 me 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!