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.

Friday, July 15, 2016

MAGICAL Rose Blossoms Blog Hop

Welcome to another awesome Blog Hop with the Rose Blossoms, featuring the Magical collection from Close To My Heart. If you came here from Marg Van Patton's beautiful blog - YAY! If you're just getting started - YAY! No matter what you have more art ahead of you as you follow the links at the bottom through this great big wonderful circle of creativity.

Today I have a layout for you. 
If you're wondering where I got this terrifical layout design, it's from the new Annual Inspirations catalog thats going live for everyone on August 1st. Of course consultants have the privilege of seeing it first and when I saw this layout I knew I just had to make it. Of course the papers aren't the same. Or the stamps (I didn't stamp). OR several other things, but that's the beauty of scraplifting. You take a general idea and make it your own. If you look at page 65 you will see that I followed along pretty closely.  I still don't have the ability to leave a lot of white space so ... paint splatter!!

Here are the two individual pages closer up so you can see the details.

This is one of the easiest layouts to make with what I believe are stunning results. I resisted every urge I had to sneak more photos into the lower sections of the pages because I like to use lots of pictures. That camera paper in Magical is just so adorable though. It would be a shame to cover it up.

Thank you for stopping at my blog today. I can't wait to see what sort of MAGIC Kim Hill has created for you over at Violets and Sunshine. It's sure to inspire!

Monday, July 11, 2016

ONE Card, TWO Challenges

I have been "coloring" and plan to continue to be as consistent as possible fore the 30 day challenge over at The Daily Marker. It's hard not to turn the end results into something so here's another card. I am linking this to the Colour Q AND CAS(E) the Sketch! Here are the challenge items.

AND here's my card ... for someone who needs some encouragement.

Since I used water colors my colors aren't as bold as those used in the challenge but I loooove the result of painting these across one of the Close To My Heart watercolor cards. The white pattern is on the card so all you do is paint and it shows up. Such an easy way to make your own pretty cards.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Retro Sketches #221

BLOBS ... That's what I like to paint with my watercolors when stamps are involved. I'm not so great at staying in the lines so I guess a little bit about where the stamps might go and paint a blob. Then after the blobs dry I wind up with something like this ...

I've been trying to color a little bit every day with some sort of medium. This set of blobs is from the third day and the results make me so happy that I made a card using sketch #221 with Retro Sketches.

YES ... this is the strangest combination of colors I've ever used as I dug through my various paper scraps. BUT I really love it for some reason in all it's weirdness. I hope my hubby likes it too when it winds up on his pillow some day. Love notes can even be written on cactus cards!

Thank you for stopping by today.