Thursday, September 1, 2016

RB Hop: Blessed Beyond Measure


Rose Blossom Blog Hops travel in a circle. Simply start anywhere along the route. You'll be guided to the next stop with a link near the end of each post leading you to the next hop-stop. Land back where you started and I guarantee you'll end up inspired to create with the 
September Stamp of the Month


September 2016 Stamp of the Month
"Blessed Beyond Measure:

Available HERE until September 30th


This Stamp of the Month is my 2016 favorite!  Pumpkins, leaves, and sentiments in a beautiful font all inspire me to start creating for Fall and Thanksgiving. This set is perfect for making everything from layouts to mini albums,  pocket cards to greeting cards, tags, and gifts. Who doesn't love that kind of versatility.

Here's my first project using this lovely set:

 I love setting a fancy Thanksgiving table complete with handcrafted decor. My settings always include a little box containing a hand rolled truffle and various other goodies from my local Chocolateir. These goodie boxes add just the right touch to each place setting.

This year's edition is cut from the now-retired Artiste Cartridge (page 37 at 3"). 
I used our newly released Swan Lake Papers and White-Gold Twine along with:

The Swan Lake color palette includes Peacock. I'm looking forward to incorporating a blue tone in my Fall projects for the first time. A little "outside the box" for me and I'm liking it so far!

Thanks for hopping with the Rose Blossoms. 
We're always grateful for your support and comments.

We'll be back on September 15th with more paper-love-inspiration!

I'm sending you off to see my friend and team mate SHELLY .... there's always something pretty going on at her stop!

Here's your Hop-Stops in case you get lost:

Marg - You are HERE! 

Monday, August 15, 2016

RB Hop: #Explore Rustic Fundamentals

Welcome to another Rose Blossom Blog Hop!
This time around, we were asked to create with either the new Uptown or Rustic Home Fundamental Collections by Close To My Heart

You may have just visited "Uptown Girl" Lynn at her Bungalow which means you are on the right track! We RB's hop in a circle so you can begin at any stop and complete the hop by ending off where you started. Easy-peasy is how we roll ....  or should I say "Hop'!

While I love the entire Fundamentals product line, I am especially pleased with the
  Rustic Home Collection. The woodsy grains and kraft papers with a hint of rose gold goodness and a trendy chevron will be a mainstay in my paper creations for the coming year.

{available now at}

I used the Rustic Home Collection to create the first of three layouts telling the story of a visit to the Northwest Fur Trade Company:

Just love that my g-kids are getting old enough to go on adventures that lead to history lessons!
Here's the link to NW Fur Trade Co in case you'd like to check it out sometime:

I would have never thought to embellish an outdoor-style layout with rose-gold accents or hearts ... but it worked so well using the All-Together Complements.  Nothing like picking up a new trick  simply by opening a zip-pouch full of CTMH embellishments!

Here are the stamps sets I used:
Marker Alphabet E1034 (love. love. love.)
Capture This D1702 (any set with journal lines and months is a keeper!)
D1707 Let's Go (a must have for explorers!)

Hope you're enjoying this creative hop with the Rose Blossoms ... we'll be back on September 1st with new Stamp of the Month creations!

Your next stop is SHELLY .... she's been a creatin' machine these days! L.O.V.E. I.T.

Here are all the blog stops for August 15th:

Marg -You are here!

Friday, July 15, 2016

RB Hop: Magical Scraps to Cards


You likely arrived from Lynn's Bungalow and saw something Magical ...
 not just because we're featuring Close To My Heart's Magical Paper Collection
but because magical is what Lynn does with paper and ink! 

Rose Blossom Hops move in a circle. You can start at any one of the stops and hop through until you land back where you started. The complete list is located at the end of this post in case you need it!


So many scraps ... so little time! My table top is nearly covered in Magical paper scraps, Sequins {love}, partial sticker sheets, stamps, and inks. There's been lots of scrappin' going on here at the Tator Patch. I'm still working on photo placement so my layouts aren't ready to share just yet.

In the meantime I decided to challenge myself. First, to straighten up some my Magical happy-mess {I know there's a pair of micro tip scissors in there somewhere}, Next, to see how many cards I could make in one hour using my Magical scraps!

Here are the results:

Simply cut down a 6x4 pocket page card, popped up the heart circle, added cranberry twine and sequins ... done!

Used THIS emboss folder to create the background, Magical Complements stickers, cranberry twine, and a stamped banner from an Art Philosophy stamp set ... done! **However, this is the culprit that put me 18 minutes beyond my one hour limit. I still struggle with clusters a bit but practice make perfect!

Super easy!! Strip of Magical Paper and zip strips, a pocket card cut, popped, and stamped, shimmer trim, and a heart ... done!

Another quick one here. Pocket card matted with a Magical paper scrap, stamped banner and 2" circle, zip strip across the front and done!

So how did I do? ...

My Creative Score = 4 cards in 1 hour 18 minutes 
My Clean Up Score = ziltch, zippity-do-da, nada. 
My Fun Factor Score = 110% {and that's what counts}

Now. I'm sending you off to see what kind of Pretty Piece the talented SHELLY has for you.
{I'll be in my crafty space ... cleaning up!}

Thanks for hopping with the Rose Blossoms
See you on August 1st with new Stamp of the Month creations!

Your Hop Route:

Marg - Your are here!
Kim Hill
Mary Newman 

Find the Magical Paper Collection and other beautifully coordinated products here:

Friday, July 1, 2016

RB Hop: "L" is for ...

Welcome to another Stamp of the Month Blog Hop with the Rose Blossoms!

I usually follow Lynn on the hop route but she's busy with a kitchen remodel project this week!
 So ... I bet you came here via the ever talented and inspiring Brenda Rose!
I just spent six super-fun-inspiring days with Brenda at the Annual Close To My Heart Convention and let me tell you ... we came home with a whole lotta ideas and creative tips to share in the coming months!


Here's the July Stamp of the Month
"From the Notebook"

Available until July 31st
I'm kind of a sucker for any stamp set that allows me to add lines for journaling on pages and layouts. The little icon images lend themselves easily to planners or calendars, and how about that adorable name tag! Did you know? .... the  images outlined in red indicate cuts that can be found on our Artistry Cricut cartridge.


Here's how I used July's Stamp of the Month:

I made this simple page using my youngest g-kid's pre-school photo, scraps from the Calypso paper collection, and watercolor paint:

The idea for this page came from that big "L" Lily is holding in the photo. How clever of the school picture photogs to use letter props for the pre-schoolers!

The big "L" was cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge and custom-colored using watercolor paints. The file tab at the top of the photo and the mini notebook pages are also colored with watercolor paint. I'm taking a shine to using watercolor techniques on more and more of my projects. I little dab here, a brushstroke there, spatter-spatter ... It's fun and new and customizable too!

"List Journaling" is an easy way to add a fun message or story to any page or layout. In this case, I simply chose "L" words that are familiar to Lily or were recently found in books I read to her. The third little notebook sheet is a simple sentence to remind Lily that she's pretty special.

Your next stop on the hop will take you to see SHELLY who was very happy to find time to play with paper and ink this week. I'm very sure the results are fantastic, as always!

Thanks for hopping with the Rose Blossoms! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Florence Had Me at Hello

I am head over heels in love with the Florence Collection!

The Peacock-Poppy-Saffron-Ruby-Flaxen-Whisper
 color palette "had me at hello" and inspired this layout:

I used a single photo-focus approach on the left page and included my journaling.
I used a pocket page approach on the right side. The Florence paper pack includes pocket page cut-apart cards. While I'm not using actual pocket page protectors, the effect is much the same. Pretty sure I'll be doing more layouts using this method. I like the flexibility of this combination.

I didn't add a "big" title to this layout because I really want the photo and the story to take center stage. Instead, I added the "best wishes" floral embellishment to the corner of the main photo. It still captures the theme of the story in a subtle, sub-title sort of way.

Shop my website for Florence today!

Thanks for stopping by the Tator Patch!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

RB Hop: Salt Water Taffy Season!

{one of my summer favorites ...right up there with grilled brats and fireworks!}

With the recent announcement that Close To My Heart will be retiring the current Cricut Collections, we Rose Blossoms want to highlight some Cricut cartridge favorites. If you arrived here from Lynn's Bungalow I just bet you were wow'ed by her cutting edge creativity!

Our blog hops travel in a complete circle so you can start anywhere on the hop ... You'll end off where you started.

Art Philosophy and Artiste have been my go-to cartridges for quick, homemade, fun gifties. These two cartridges, along with coordinating stamp sets, allow me to create party decor, beautiful rolled flowers, banners, mini albums, layout embellishments, and so much more.

This is what happened when I combined Art Phil and Artiste with salt water taffy last week:

Artiste Popcorn Box and Pinwheel
Paper: Calypso
Stamp Set: C1650 "One in a Melon"
Poppy Twine, Mini Clothes Pin, Coral Shimmer Trim

Art Philosophy Basket and Tag made with coordinated stamp
Paper: Florence
Gold Sequins and Shimmer Trim, Blue Glitter Gems

I just might have Disney on my brain as I prepare to leave for the 
Annual Close To My Heart Convention next week!

Art Philosophy Pillow Box and Circles {to make the mouse silhouette}
Paper: Magical
Red Enamel heart

Thanks ever so much for hopping with the Rose Blossoms!
We'll be back on July 1st with new Stamp of the Month inspiration.

Your next hop-stop will take you to see SHELLY who specializes in all things pretty!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

RB Blog Hop: That 70's Guy


It's the 1st of June and that means there's a new Stamp of the Month to see!
You likely hopped over from Lynn's Bungalow ... don't you just love her artwork? 

Here's June's Stamp of the Month
"Long Way Home"

Available right HERE for $17.95 or $5.00 with a $50 purchase until June 30th


I happen to live under the same roof with a motor-head. Back in the day {for me, that would be the 70's} there was a hot spot called Northstar Speedway. Racing of every noisy-fast-fuel charged automotive kind took place in the summer months. It was great fun and oh-so-cool! Well, as it turned out, my guy was a drag racer at the speedway. I discovered that little fact when I saw his trophy collection during our early days of dating.

When we moved 6 years ago, my 70's guy decided it was time to do away with the trophies. Because there are no known photos of his racing days I talked him into having his picture taken with them before they were donated to the recycle. What he didn't know, was that I peeled off the plates so I could use them on a layout someday.

Well, thanks to this adorable Stamp of the Month, "someday" just happened!

I used some of our new FLORENCE papers. Seriously LOVE that sheet with the small type!
The bottom of the pages are sanded to add a little road surface effect.
The cars are numbered with Fundamental alpha/numeral stickers.
The title was created using four different alphabet stamp sets. The cars and signs were stamped and "fussy cut" ....  a process that I really enjoy. Learning to use stamping techniques on layouts forever changed how I scrapbook in a very positive and creative way. {thank you Brenda Rose!} 

The trophy plates are concealed in a Flip Flap to separate them from the paper and photos.
The flap lifts to reveal a journal card from the new Picture My Life Journal Card Set.

Thanks for hopping with the Rose Blossoms

We'll see you again on June 15th for some Cricut inspiration!

Your next stop on this very fun hop is SHELLY and you're in for something pretty special!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

SO Much to LOVE in May!

The month of May is chock FULL of new product, savings, and even a FREE paper pack!

Let's get started:

Stamp of the Month
"Celebrate With Cake"
$17.95 or $5.00 with a $50 purchase
Shop it HERE

National Scrapbooking Month!

How about a FREE Paper Pack?

Shop my website HERE
Happy times can be yours during the month of May thanks to National Scrapbooking Month! With a qualifying purchase of $60, you can get the exclusive Happy Times paper packet for FREE! This fun paper packet, which is available for one month only, features floral designs, gold foil details, and more! You can also purchase this exclusive paper packet at full retail for $14.95 with no purchase requirement. 

Get the coordinating D-size stamp set, My Acrylix® Happy Times, for $17.95. Together with the Happy Times paper packet, this stamp set will help keep your precious memories vivid and bright in the pages of your scrapbook. 

ALL albums are ON SALE!
Save 25% right now, right HERE

New product galore in the May-August 2016 Seasonal Expressions
See it ALL right HERE

Here's a peak at a few of my favorites:




So there you have it .....
There's just so much to love about Close To My Heart in May!
Shopping for all your creative paper crafting supplies just became even easier and more affordable and inspiring than ever!

Friday, April 15, 2016

RB Hop: Teamwork


This edition of the Rose Blossom Blog Hop features our favorite Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridges. Why you ask? .... Because you can earn a FREE Cricut Cartridge of your choice when you begin a creative adventure with Close To My Heart!

Please visit my website HERE for all the inviting details, or contact me via email at
I'm happy to answer your questions and would love welcome you to my team!

I used the Artbooking cartridge to make a layout featuring photos of my grandson when he attended football camp in Florida last month. He loves playing quarterback and even threw the winning touchdown pass in one game ... so proud of him! 

Baseball season is up next and my Artbooking cartridge is at the ready for those photos too. 

He loves seeing colorful "busy" layouts like this one in his album:

Artbooking allows me to create fun, themed, pre-measured layouts and mini albums.
More often than not, I use solid color card stock to make my Artbooking projects.

Accent the project with, stamping, glitter paper, ribbon, sequins or whatever suits your fancy to finish off the creation and BAM! ... it doesn't get any easier than this!

There's just so much to love about Artbooking!

There's even a video series for Artbooking. Check it out ;   

Here are a few more Artbooking creations I shared in previous posts:

This one features TEN things I LOVE about being a 
Close To My Heart Consultant!

Thank you for hopping with the Rose Blossoms ... 
We're back on May 1st with some Stamp of the Month inspiration!

Your next stop is to the land of Violets & Sunshine to see my friend and fellow team mate

Friday, April 1, 2016

RB Hop: Flashback!

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

If you just came from Lynn's Bungalow I'm sure you loved what she shared (I loved the sneak peek she shared this week!) We Rose Blossoms hop in a circle so you start anywhere and land right back where you began! 

The second I laid eyes on the April Stamp of the Month "Life in Pictures" my mind flashed back to my Dad who was a camera buff and designated family shutterbug! This stamp set is a keeper for me and I hope it is for you too! It's available HERE until April 30th

I managed to find two photos of my Dad doing what I remember him doing at every family event ... snapping photos! I used both those pics plus one more to create this page:

It's funny how this stamp set triggered so many childhood memories! 
I used the Urban color palette and tons of ink to create a retro/vintage look.

The journal text is contained in two flip flaps that I trimmed down to fit my space perfectly.
The cameras are stamped on Saffron card stock and inked in Saddle
I used a sponge dauber and Saddle ink to make the Gold Sequins appear bronze.

In case you're interested, here's that journal entry:

I don’t think scientists have identified a “shutterbug” gene but I’m pretty sure there must be one! Aside from his love of a good joke, my Dad seemed to be the family photographer. Dad always had some of the newest cameras available. Photos, home movies, and slide shows were the norm for us. I remember the near blinding light of the early flashbulbs, and the excitement flash cubes created! There were also numerous trips to the local Foto Mat to get film developed.
I can still hear the low hum and click of the 8mm film reel as it projected home movies onto the pop-up screen in our living room. I was there when Dad brought home his Polaroid Instamatic. Everyone had to try it out! I realize now how revolutionary that camera was at the time.
These days, I’m the one sporting the camera. I love documenting everything from big events to everyday life. 
While I may not have been very close to my Dad, I at least feel connected to him through photography. It may not be genetic, but most likely just a desire to capture moments, preserve smiles, and hang on to things we hold dear. Pretty sure he’d be ecstatic about digital photography. I’d also like to think he’d appreciate that I use photos to tell my story … and a little of his too.
Thanks for the “shutterbug gene” Dad!

My "Flashback" to childhood will grace a spot in my craft room thanks to our 

**Thanks so much for hopping with the Rose Blossoms**
We'll be back on April 15th with inspiration yet to be determined!

Your next stop is to visit our very own talented, "tweet", and wildly successful ...... 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

RB Hop: Favorite A-List Stamp Sets!

Willing to bet you just came from Lynn's Bungalow and saw something really lovely and inspiring! 

If this is your start point, no worries! You'll click through each Rose Blossom post and land right back here. We like easy and simply and hope you'll find inspiration along the way!

With Stampaganza in full swing, we were asked to share artwork using our favorite stamp set. Well, my favorite stamp set is always the one sitting on my craft table at the time. Why not just go with that, right? Except, for the first time in ages my craft table was perfectly clear of clutter and all my stamp sets were put in their assigned bins ... really! Plan A was a no-go.

So , on to Plan B. I simply love my A-Stamp Sets. Hands down the easiest, cutest, and fun-loving little sets anywhere on the market. Not to mention they come with a very reasonable $6.95 price tag.

I got my stamping-start with "A" sets. For a beginner, they weren't intimidating. I was able to try stamping and learn various techniques with smaller images. Needless to say, I fell in love with stamping. These days I rarely create a layout without some sort of stamping, and manage to crank out a card or two without too much trouble. 

So ... I picked 3 of my favorite current A-Listers and created {or recreated} these little gems:

This card appeared in our first Annual Inspirations (page 95)
I updated the papers with Charlotte and used Pattern 21 in Make From Your Heart Vol 1
*This set is on my Top 10 A-List. Who doesn't need to hear those words every once in a while.
And "no" ... I did not succumb to sewing on paper! I used our  Stitch Guide and Foam Mat to create the illusion of me operating a sewing machine!


Dug into some scraps from Charlotte and whipped up this easy card.
I used the "merci beaucoup" sentiment to create a tone-on-tone background on the Sorbet strip.


A1175 "Pen Pals"

Straight off page 26 of the current Annual Inspirations, this set of little note cards is super easy to make. Add a slim, fine tip pen and you have a great little gift too!

Many thanks for hopping with the Rose Blossoms

We'll be back on April 1st to show off a new Stamp of the Month

I'm sending you off to be inspired by the one and only
at Violets & Sunshine!