15 May 2017

Live Beautifully

Hi All! Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop for the month of May featuring the limited edition Live Beautifully Collection by Close To My Heart. If you just hopped over from the incomparable Marg Van Patten's blog, I didn't Have Potatoes, you're in the right place!

So May is National Scrapbooking Month and to celebrate, Close To My Heart has released the limited edition (available through the end of May) Live Beautifully collection:

This limited edition collection offers something for everyone. If you're a scrapbooker, cardmaker, or just all around paper crafter, check out the gorgeous paper pack (that includes specialty papers with gold foiling) and stamp set. If you like things quick and easy and beautiful, there's the Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit that has all that you need to make 5 lovely layouts including page protectors (you just bring a little adhesive). And if you just need the whole thing from start to finish, there's a bundle that includes a beautiful album, adhesive, the Cut Above Kit, and even an archival safe journaling pen so you can tell your story.

So what am I making with Live Beautifully? I'm so glad you asked!

Let's take a look:

I began by covering this little frame with two of the patterns in the Live Beautifully collection. I added a black and white zip strip from the top of one of the papers to the inner edge of the frame to create a more finished look. I then sealed the paper with Ranger's Distress Collage Crazing Medium, and let it dry. After the frame was dry, I hid the seam between the papers by adding gold shimmer ribbon from the Uptown ribbon pack and layered that with the crochet ribbon from the Rustic Home ribbon pack to give it a more shabby chic feel.

To embellish the frame, I stamped a sentiment from the Live Beautifully stamp set in VersaMark ink and heat embossed it in gold. I then stamped the main sentiment from the Beautiful Moments stamp in VersaMark ink on a scrap of dotted kraft cardstock from the Rustic Home Fundamentals paper pack, and heat embossed it in gold as well. I also heat embossed images from the Keep Dreaming stamp set in gold on vellum, and used my Prismacolor pencils to color the images on the reverse side. (The rose image is actually embossed in gold sparkle embossing powder, while the leaves are in the same gold as the sentiments.) Once I was finished coloring the images, I fussy cut them and added them to the front of my frame, along with a nest of gold thread and jute twine (which is really just strands I cut from the jute ribbon in the Rustic Home ribbon pack. After arranging the flower, I thought the frame still needed a little something. So I dug into my stash and found some paper butterflies and a few black sparkles. I added Gilded Gold Stickles to the largest butterfly and then popped all three of them up with dimensional adhesive.

Here are some close-ups of the details:

And here is the frame once more, in situ, as it were:

And there you have it! A lovely reminder to Live Beautifully!

I hope you enjoyed my little frame. Remember, the Live Beautifully collection is only available for the month of May.

Now hop on over and see what the oh-so-talented Morgan Vogt has in store for you at Tweetscraps.

Have a wonderfully, creative week living your beautiful life!

02 May 2017

The Best Kind of Homework....

Hi All! So if you follow me on social media, you know that I spent this past weekend in Columbus, Ohio at Simon Says Create 2017. What a fabulous event! We had classes taught by Tim Holtz, Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner, Dawn Woleslagle of W+9, and Yana Smakula. It was fantastic! In addition to the classes, there were a number of companies present showing their latest releases and doing Create and Takes. I'll be posting some of those projects on my social media this week, so if you're not following me yet, please do! {Here are the links for Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.}

Today's project, however, was one that I couldn't finish there. It was a Create and Take brought to us by the lovely folks at JilliBean Soup.  The project was so popular that I could never actually get in to do it. However, when I went back the next day, they were kind enough to put together a kit of the previous day's project so I could take it home! (I'll post pics on Instagram of the second project, which is an adorable [and super easy] shaker card.) So let's take a look:

This little decor piece is made from a 6x6 Wood Plank Pine 3D base. The kit included a bunch of paper tags, which I cut down to cover part of the base.  (I made sure to leave some of the wood texture peeking through.) They also threw in two wooden tags, a burlap tag and a large canvas tag, which I didn't end up using. (But I will...oh yes, I will....) I covered the large wooden tag with more of the paper included in the kit, and offset the wooden and burlap tags to create an embellishment. I added yellow seam binding to both tags and tied them with bakers twine (from my stash) and heavy twine (from the kit). I then added the wooden words "hello" and "Today" (from the kit) to the the small tags and glued them to a cork circle that I had left over from one of the classes. I then added it to the base. I also had a corrugated paper diamond also leftover from a class, so I cut it in half and added the triangles to the bottom of the piece to give it more interest and texture. I stamped the word LIVE to the large tag using Close To My Heart's May 2017 Stamp Of The Month: Live, Laugh, Love, and did a little heat embossing in white. I also stamped flowers from the same set onto patterned papers from the kit, heat embossed them in white, and fussy cut them to embellish the project further. I added a flower sequin from Studio Katia to the middle of each flower and then added a gem from Jillibean Soup's Birthday shaker mix to the top of the sequin for a little extra bling. I then stamped sentiments from Close To My Heart's limited edition Live Beautifully stamp set (it's only available through May, as well). After I glued the flowers and tag in place, I felt like the piece needed something else, so I stamped the words "INSPIRE," "CREATE," and "EXPLORE" from Wplus9's Color My World stamp set onto patterned paper from the kit, heat embossed them in white, cut them out and popped them up using foam tape. Finally, I added gold shimmer to the tag, flowers, wooden words, and to the edges of the little words, and called it done.

Here's a closer look at some of the elements:

The cool thing about this particular base is that it can either stand alone (like you saw in the first picture) or it comes ready to hang:

So I hope you enjoyed this little project! Don't forget to check out Instagram and Facebook to see some of the other projects from the weekend.

Have a wonderfully creative week!

15 April 2017

O Happy Day! It's Some Kinda Wonderful!

Hi All! Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop for the month of April! If you just hopped over from from the AMAZING Shelly Nemitz's blog, Just One Pretty Piece, you're in the right place.

This month we're featuring the fun and funky Some Kinda Wonderful collection by Close To My Heart.

I have to be honest, I wasn't certain I would like this collection. Oh how wrong I was! The bright, rich colors are fabulous to create with, and the funky fonts and fun icons can't help but make you smile. I've had a ball using it for cards, scrapbooking, gift packaging, planning, and for today's project: a simple, college-ruled composition book turned Fabulous Journal!

Let's take a look:

I started by covering the front and back of this journal with papers from the Some Kinda Wonderful collection. I added black glitter letters for the title, and then jazzed it up a bit more with stickers and other glitter accents (all from the Some Kinda Wonderful Compliments pack). I kept the layers fairly flat because this will be traveling with me.

Here's a collage of the close ups of the front:

And here's the back, which I kept very plain:

Now let's take a look at the inside covers.

I covered the inside front cover with Glacier cardstock and added a stash pocket. I matted the pocket and cover with patterned paper. I like to add my name and contact info in my journals in case I happen to said journal, so I created a little name plate from a 3 x 4 journaling card on the cut apart page included in the paper pack. I added a stickers from the compliments pack for a little extra somethin', and then turned to the back cover.

Here, I added a pocket that I made from a sheet of patterned paper and blinged it up with more stickers and black glitter compliments. 

And that's it! A fabulous journal just waiting to be filled!

Hope you enjoyed this project! Now for more inspiration hop on over to the FANTASTIC Mary Newman's blog, The Pixie Dust Playground. If you get lost along the way, here's a list of hop participants:

Kim {that's me!}

See you soon and have a wonderfully creative weekend!