Sunday, January 15, 2017

RB Hop: It's a Guy Thing!

Welcome to our first Blog Hop of 2017
We Rose Blossoms are ready to bring you another year of Close To My Heart Inspiration and fun!

We're celebrating a new year AND new product from the 2017 Seasonal Expressions 1 Book. We each had to pick a favorite and it wasn't easy. If you arrived here by way of the lovely and wildly talented Brenda Rose you're on track to see more goooood stuff!

I really love how Close To My Heart expanded the Fundamentals product line by adding new complements packs. Our fabulous line of Fundamental Papers just got even more versatile and exciting. I am especially excited about this Fundamentals Complements pack:

 I made this page using the Enchantment Fundamentals papers and some favorite photos of my youngest grandson:

This page is a little out of my box and I had fun creating it!
I used thin strips of Peacock card stock to underline words in the word-puzzle print. 
Then, I added the (retired) Black Enamel Stars to accent the paper strips.

Next, I made this layout using lifted-from-facebook photos posted by our very own "Grizzly Adams"!

I used Rustic Home Fundamentals papers as a base. 
See how nicely the same complements pack transitioned from Enchantment to Rustic Home 
and "little boy" to "big boy" themed pages? It's a guy-thing all right. 
Who doesn't just love that kind of versatility?

Here's a look at the other new Complements packs available right now!
These packs are designed to coordinate perfectly with the Whimsy, Basics, and Adventure Fundamentals papers. I can't wait to play with all of them as I scrapbook all my favorite photos in the coming months!

Thanks for hopping with the Rose Blossoms. 
We'll be back on February 15th with another round of inspiration!

I'm sending you off to see SHELLY next ... 
Rumor has it she's been a paper crafting machine!


Here's your Hop List ... just in case you get side tracked:

Marg You are Here!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Introducing Sugar Rush!

SO excited for the New Year AND the release of fabulous new product in the 
 2017 Seasonal Expressions 1 

Products in this book are available from January - April 2017
See the entire book right here: 

 Today I'm introducing the Sugar Rush Collection:
Paper Pack chock-full of bold, colorful prints ~ Workshop Your Way Kit ~ Coordinating Cardstock

Embellishment Pack ~ Washi Tape ~ Enamel Dots

Scrapbooking Stamp Set ~ Thin Cuts ~ Cardmaking Stamp Set

Just look at this artwork from Close To My Heart's Studio:

~ Cards ~ Gifts ~ Pocket Pages ~ Layouts ~

There's something for everyone!

Shop and Be Inspired 24/7

Saturday, October 15, 2016

RB Hop: Flower Market Fun!


Time to have some fun digging into the newest Cricut Collection from Close to My Heart: Flower Market. I'm willing to bet that this won't be the only hop we feature this amazing cartridge!

Our hops travel in a circle so you can "hop-on" anywhere and land back where you started to complete the tour! You likely just paid my friend Lynn a visit and undoubtedly came away with some ideas of your own. She often inspires many of us on the Rose Blossom team. 


Here's the bundle we're working with:

Available as a physical cartridge OR a digital cartridge right HERE!
Both options include three exclusive My Acrylix  stamp sets and the Adventure cardstock pack featuring 10 delightful colors to choose from.

While flowers are the main attraction on this cartridge, there's a whole lot to love about the other cuts .. and check out those stamp sets! There are eight background stamps and a full set of sentiments perfect for cards, tags, layout embellishments, and more. 

I used our eight new colors 
{Pansy, Lemon, Raspberry, Emerald, Willow, Blossom, Tangerine, and Sea Glass} 
to create these card-minis:

Just look at those great backgrounds!

How about those sentiments and fun-cuts?
See? There's whole lot more to Flower Market!

Leave it to Close To My Heart to offer yet another must-have Cricut Collection! 
This one is fast becoming a Rose Blossom favorite!

Your next stop will take you to see MORGAN who always has something really "tweet" to share! 

Thanks for hopping with the Rose Blossoms!
Wishing you a lovely and blessed Fall Season.

Here's your Hop Stop List:

Marg {you are here!}
Cathy A
Mary Newman
Kristine Porter
Kelly Massman
Sue Chapman

Saturday, October 1, 2016

RB Hop: Playing with Yuletide Joy


There's a new Stamp of the Month today and the Rose Blossoms are here to share a few ideas. You likely hopped over from Brenda ..... hows that for some serious inspiration!
Our hops travel in a circle so you can "hop-on" anywhere and land back where you started to complete the tour! There's a list at the bottom of this post in case you need it.


Here's the lovely October Stamp of the Month:
Available HERE until October 31st

When I first saw this set I thought of cards and gift tags right away. Not really sure of where I might go with this, I simply dug in and started playing with the images. Then the Embossing Powder and Craft Heater came out. Next, the "Oh Deer" Papers and Complements, some Gold Twine, and a Thin Cut.

One thing led to another and the finished project wasn't a card or a tag after all!

This sampler style page is destine to be the title page for this year's Christmas Album. It includes many of my holiday favorites ... the color red, bells, silver and gold (because I can never pick which one I like most), the quiet beauty of nature, peace, love, hope, and joy.

 Our new Color of the Year "Sea Glass" is a wonderful addition to my holiday color palette. I was so surprised at how well it does with the more traditional reds and greens. I used the "Noel" sentiment to create a tone-on-tone background with Sea Glass cardstock and dye ink.

As long as I had the embossing powder out, I decided to "dress up" that deer. His antlers, tail, and feet are all polished and ready to prance in the holidays!

You can find these and many, many other beautifully coordinated products HERE!

Thanks for hopping with the Rose Blossoms! 
We simply adore doing these twice-monthly hops and hope you come away inspired and motivated!

Your next stop is SHELLY who never lets us down when it comes to "pretty"!

Here's your Hop Route:

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!