Monday, May 15, 2017

RB Hop: Live Beautifully

Welcome to our Live Beautifully Blog Hop!
This month's hop is all of five stops .... 
Short, sweet and oh so inspiring!


We're featuring the exclusive "Live Beautifully" product line this time around. The exclusive papers, stamp set, layout kit, and album bundles are only available during the month of May in celebration of National Scrapbooking Month! 

See the full line-up right here:

While the gorgeous rose-floral prints are eye-catching headliners, I found myself drawn to the smaller graphic prints. What I really love about these prints is that they stand well on their own. I made these simple cards using my favorite Live Beautifully patterned papers:

This art deco-ish print is my favorite! 
I used Sea Glass card stock to coordinate with the zip strip.
The sentiment was cut using a Thin Cut and Black Glitter Paper.

I paired this dotty print with Emerald card stock, white Shimmer Trim, our new Star Thin Cuts, coordinating A-Stamp, and Emerald Ink.

This card was made using the gold dotty print, Desert Sand card stock, the Live Beautifully Stamp Set, gold embossing powder, Gold Glitter Gems, and Uptown Ribbon. 

This black and white floral was a perfect pairing for Raspberry card stock, a sentiment from the Live Beautifully Stamp Set, a glittery scallop border and a couple of staples!

Here's an easel card using using four patterned papers, a zip strip, the new Ovals Thin Cut, coordinating A-Stamp, Black Dots, White Twine, and various Shin Han markers.

Here's a few close-ups. 
Loving the Live Beautifully sentiments!


This Blog Hop has been brought to you by these talented 
Close To My Heart Consultants:

Marg -You are Here!
Kim Hill

Thanks for hopping with the Rose Blossoms!

You off to see KIM next and judging from the wee peek I spied this morning, 
you're about to witness "WOW"!

See you next month!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

RB Hop: Some Kinda Wonderful!

Welcome to another Rose Blossom Blog Hop!

This month we're featuring the "Some Kinda Wonderful" Paper Collection 
by Close To My Heart.

You likely hopped over from Lynn's Bungalow. I saw a sneak peek earlier this week and know she worked her magic again! {how does she do that?}

I created this 12x12 page using photos of my youngest g-kid:

Isn't this fun? I found the trick when using all the colorful, trendy patterns in this collection, was to break them down into smaller pieces. That way, the paper coordinates beautifully even though the patterns are very different. Love that "Some Kinda Wonderful" inspired me to create something a little outside my box ... and I had fun doing it!
*I also used a sketch from Pinterest ... I believe it was a PageMap but am not absolutely certain.

The Complements (stickers and black glitter embellishments) are super fun and a must-have! Honestly ... I didn't fall in love with this collection until I started using it. Now, I'm hooked! 

Now ... hop on over to see what our very own Pretty Piece SHELLY has in store for you!

This Hop has been brought to you by these ladies:
{and they truly are Some Kinda Wonderful!}
Simply click on a name if you get lost!

Marg - You are Here!

Thanks for HoPPinG with us!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Cute, Practical, and Oh So Easy!

Just wanted to share the two card designs from the Sugar Rush Card Workshop Your Way.

This workshop kit comes with the supplies to make 10 each of the two designs you see here. You can mix it up anyway you'd like. The exclusive stamp set included in the kit can be used again and again to make more cards, scrapbook page embellishments, and more!

The Sugar Rush Card Workshop Your Way is available until April 30th right here:

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Introducing Some Kinda Wonderful!

HaPPy ApRiL everyone!

Time to feature another fAbULouS Paper Collection from Close To My Heart.

Some Kinda Wonderful is just that .... Wonderful! 
Bold color and trendy patterns make this collection fun and versatile. 

Some Kinda Wonderful 
available until April 30th

 Paper Pack and perfectly coordinated Complements:

Stamps Sets and Thing Cuts designed for both Scrapbookers and Card Makers!

 Coordination Cardstock, Gems, Shimmer Trims, Ribbons and more ...
How about some inspiration direct from the Close To My Heart Art Studio?

Shop these and other really WONDERFUL crafting products here;

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

RB Blog Hop: Thin Cut Creativity

Welcome to another Rose Blossom Blog Hop!

This time around we're featuring Close to My Heart's Thin Cuts. You likely came here by way of Lynn's Bungalow ... she's a crafty one isn't she? 

I used three of our stand alone thin cuts to create embellishments for this page:

I nabbed this pic from my daughter's Facebook page the minute I saw it. I love when my kiddos find the time to get together. They all live a good distance from each other and it's nice to know they make the effort to spend time with each other when they can. Love these all-grown-up kids to pieces!

Here's a tip for using thin cuts on your scrapbook pages:
Layer several cuts to create a sturdier, chipboard-like embellishment. I usually use 4-6 cuts and adhere them with the Bonding Memories Glue Pen. The layered thin cut can be attached with Foam Tape for added dimension.

My photo is attached with Thin Foam Tape on the sides and bottom. That allowed me to tuck a journal card in behind the photo.

I used a few fun embellishments from the You & Me Complements and some
  Black & White Dots to finish things off.

These are three Thin Cuts I used.
You'll find these and more right HERE and even better ...
They're all on sale for 25% off this month!

Shop these and more awesome products at

Thanks for hopping with the Rose Blossoms. 
We appreciate your support and hope we've inspired you! 

You'll be visiting our very own, very creative, very awesome SHELLY next!

This hop has been brought to you by:

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Papercrafting Meets the NFL

Question: What's a little friendly football smack-talk among fellow papercrafters ?
Answer: A whole lotta fun!

I've never met Tracey Pierce in person but this is what I know about her:

1. She has a really cool craft space
2. She's very creative {love her cards}
3. She loves her family and is a true country girl at heart
4. She's a die hard Seattle Seahawks fan!

I on the other hand  am an enthusiastic Minnesota Vikings fan. So, back in the 2015-2016 NFL season Tracey and I started some friendly online banter. That turned into a bit of a wager. When the Vikings and Seahawks play against each other, the losing team's fan had to create something using the winning team colors. That first year the Vikings let me down {go figure} and I made something for Tracey using a blue-green combo. 

This year however, the Seahawks lost to the Vikings and lookie-lookie what I scored:

Not only did she create with Vikings colors, but she included some wonderful treats
from her home state! How cool is that?

Super cute 6x6 card featuring Fundamentals paper and the exclusive 
Operation Smile Stamp Set

How about this 12x12 page!
I have the perfect photos in mind for this one.

And about the confetti sprinkles in the pics ... 
Tracey's green packaging didn't escape my notice!
Die-hard Hawks fan to the core I'm tellin' ya!

Thank you Tracey from the bottom of my Purple and Gold heart!

You can find Tracey and her creations here:



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

RB Hop: Hello Lovely

Welcome to the Rose Blossom February Blog Hop!

This month we're creating with the Hello Lovely Collection. And lovely it is!
My daughter asked me for some note cards recently and that gave me a very good reason to create with the Hello Baby Cardmaking Kit. 

I used a cut from the {now retired} Artiste Cricut Cartridge to create this box with Sea Glass cardstock, and the signature Hello Lovely floral print paper. 

I wrapped the file box with our new Blush Shimmer Ribbon {fantastic ribbon!}
I used some leftover Hello Lovely Complements to complete the box. 

Here are the cards:
 Aside from the gorgeous papers, I was really digging the "Hello" sentiment 
in the stamp set that comes with the kit. 
 Then of course, there's that adorable and versatile banner complete with little end ties!

Always nice to have a "baby" card handy in the stash!
This card is one of two pre-designed beauties from the kit.
Full color, easy-to-follow instructions can be downloaded from my website here:

Here's a look at the kit:
Create 12 cards using the downloadable instructions or use your own ideas and techniques.
You can find this and many other creative kits here:


I had the pleasure of spending a retreat weekend with the {hello} lovely Shelly and got a first-hand look at her creations using this collection ... Awesome stuff!

Thank you for hopping with the Rose Blossoms!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Sugar Rush Bits and Pieces

I loved playing around with the new Sugar Rush papers in January! 
I'm moving on to February's Featured Paper Collection but, before doing that I used up some of my Sugar Rush scraps to create some fun treats for Valentines Day, a birthday or two, or any "just because" moment that may come my way. 

Cute little drawer-style card box inspired by THIS BLOG HOP POST!

Three of the cards inside are designs from the Sugar Rush Workshop Your Way. I made the layouts in the kit and had plenty of leftovers to create nine cards! (3 each of 3 designs). The fourth card is a simple design using the scrapbook Sugar Rush Stamp Set and was inspired by 

I wrapped Hershey Bars and a variety of movie-box candy. 
Love how my leftover pocket cards made for perfect and easy designs!
There's also Sugar Rush Washi Tape and Dots shown here.

There's always a reason to celebrate something
 and who doesn't like a sweet surprise every now and then?

See the entire Sugar Rush Collection and more by visiting my website today!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Introducing Hello Lovely!

February's Featured Paper Collection really lives up to it's name ... Hello Lovely!

I represented Close To My Heart at a Scrap-A-Thon last weekend and this collection was by far the favorite! See what you think:

12x12 Printed Papers with Pocket Page cut-outs, Coordinating Cardstock and Complememts

Click HERE to see the entire collection

Add in the new Blush Shimmer Ribbon, the Gold Gems, and a Shimmer Brush.

Click HERE to see more!

Make scrapbooking and cardmaking easier and a whole lot more fun when you use these
Workshop Your Way Kits!

See all the kits we have available right HERE!

Two stamps sets designed to coordinate perfectly with the papers. One for specific to scrapbooking, the other made with card making in mind. There's a Thin Cuts die cut set to go with that stamp set on the right ...WOW!

Click HERE to Shop my Website!

How about some artwork examples direct from Close To My Heart's Art Studio:

Loving those tags ... how about you?

This card features the Hello Lovely paper, Blush Simmer Ribbon and the 
February Stamp of the Month!

How's that for combining Lovely with a whole bunch of Cute?!
"Easter Bunny" is yours for only $5.00 with a qualifying purchase from my website:
Shop 24/7 right HERE

Too see these and TONS of other great paper crafting products, visit my website today!