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.



Monday, August 15, 2016

Basic Fundamentals Rose Blossom Blog Hop



Today we bring you projects created with one of two paper packs. These papers can be yours FREE if you take advantage of the Basically The Best special for the month of August.


You may have come here from Marg's wonderful blog, if so I have no doubt it was something inspiring. Maybe you're just getting started. Either way make sure that you hop through all the blogs to see so many wonderful projects to inspire you using these papers.

My paper choice for this hop was the Uptown Fundamentals. This paper pack can be dressed up with sparkly accents or used for everyday activities. I don't have a lot of flashy moments in my life, but my family does play an intense game of bocce ball! 

I let the pictures be the highlight and only added a tiny pop of color here and there. A shout out goes to Karen Pedersen for inspiring me to use dots to create the pop of color. This layout was fast and easy. Those are my favorite kind. I love the neutral palette of this paper pack it really goes with EVERYTHING!!

If you've been following my blog at all you will know that I rarely make just one page. I'm actually learning to do that more often but in the meantime, here's the whole layout.

Check and see what Kim Hill has created. It's sure to be something that will make you want to drop everything and create.

Monday, August 1, 2016

PURR-FECT HALLOWEEN - August Stamp Of The Month Blog Hop

Welcome to another fun Rose Blossoms Blog Hop. Today we're showing you what you can create with the August Stamp Of The Month. If you came from Lynn's Bungalow you've certainly already seen something fun. After you take a look at the creation below make sure to hop all the way around the circle so you get to see everything in this short little hop. It's sure to inspire you.

Here's the stamp set that can be yours for only $5 with a $50 order. Cute stuff!

Is it time to think about Halloween? Yes, if you want to get all of your creative projects finished. The good news is that this set can avoid Halloween altogether if you aren't quite ready. I concentrated on the cat. I've been coloring for the past 27 days. Awhile back I posted THIS as part of the process.


After painting the cats to the sides the middle one just wouldn't come to me, so I stopped and called the cat "uncooperative".  When it came time to design something for this hop I zoomed in on the idea that the cat just may be crazy!! I started coloring more cats.



Those are all fairly "normal" cats. I was looking for something crazier!!


I tried to make a crazy cat two different times. I have a favorite card of these two. What do you think?


These cats were colored with watercolor pencil and then "painted". The coloring was fun but you never know what will happen when you start painting. Some things get better and some don't. Here's the before picture. I'm not even a cat person but this was really fun.


It was so much fun there's an envelope too!! This is a business size card in order to make lots of cats.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. The next stop is Kim Hill over at Violets and Sunshine. She is sure to have something to entertain and inspire you.