18 April 2014

Rose Blossom Blog Hop: On a Lark....

Hi All! Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop! If you've hopped over from Rose Blossom Legacies, you're in the right place. (Isn't Brenda Rose AMAZINGLY talented? I love going over to her blog for inspiration!)

So when I designed today's project, I had my poor, bare front door in mind. However, after the torrential downpour on Tuesday, I realized that it probably wouldn't hold up to DC spring weather. (If April showers bring May flowers, we're in for an unusually gorgeous May out here!) So, this little gem will be gracing my entry way instead:

I have to say that one of my favorite product suites that Close To My Heart carries is its My Creations Line. It really makes home decor projects so much easier to do. For this project, I started with the My Creations Bracket Frame and the Skylark Collection (my FAVORITE collection in the idea book ...and that's saying a lot because I like them all...). You can use the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cut a shape that will cover the bracket frame beautifully. However, since I'm using a Cricut Mini these days, I covered the frame with paper and then used my Exacto knife to cut it out. (Still, all in all, a quick process.) I inked around the edges with Saddle Exclusive ink. 

For the inside of the frame, I cut a sheet of Lagoon cardstock at 8 13/16 inches square and layered it with patterned paper cut at 8 1/2 inches square. I added a piece of Burlap Ribbon to the center and layered it with patterned paper and a zip strip. The "H" is cut at 6 inches wide using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge. I cut it from patterned paper and White Daisy Cardstock and layered the two for a shadowed effect. (I also inked around the edges of the patterned paper with Saddle Exclusive ink to provide more contrast.) The monogram is popped up using dimensional adhesive.

After sliding the monogram into place, I went to work on embellishing the frame. The top flower is made using Base & Bling Adhesive Dots and Skylark textiles. I ripped off a strip of fabric and pleated it around the adhesive dot. I then finished it off with a small flower from the Skylark Assortment pack. A couple of leaves cut using the Artbooking project completes the look.

For the bottom embellishments, I created a flower-like bow using Burlap Ribbon, Skylark textiles and patterned paper. I added a large daisy from the Skylark Assortment pack to finish it off. I then stamped the "Welcome" sentiment, from the Balloon Talk stamp set, in Lagoon Exclusive Ink on White Daisy cardstock and cut it out. I used a foundry pin to attach it to the bow and added another little Skylark flower for texture and contrast.

Finally,  I inked up a couple of butterflies from my stash in Buttercup, Sweet Leaf, and Lagoon Exclusive inks and layered them for dimension. I added sparkles to the butterfly and Sparkle flourishes to the bottom of the frame and called it done....

Here's another look at the frame:

So, what do you think?

It's no coincidence that we are using Skylark and Cricut together this month because, for April only, you can get your choice of Cricut Collections for free when you sign up to become a Consultant with Close To My Heart. AND the consultant kit comes packed with Skylark!

Take a look:

All this plus YOUR CHOICE of one of the Cricut Collections for just $99. Pretty amazing deal! If you want to become a consultant or purchase any of the CTMH products used in this project, please see me here!

Now hop on over to These Eager Hands and see what the oh-so-talented Cathy Arbuckle has made to inspire you!

And here's the Hop List if you get lost along the way:

Kim Hill (That's Me)

or you can hop back over to Rose Blossom Legacies, and Brenda will get you back on track! 


  1. What a fun idea ... I love those 3D flowers. Who knew that you could curl CTMH paper like party ribbon.

  2. This frame is gorgeous. Love what you have done with the burlap to create a flower along with other textures. Just beautiful Kim!

  3. Simply stunning! SO many great ideas for the embellishments. :)

  4. Oh my goodness graciousness! This is just stunning, Kim, and a beautiful piece for your home!!

  5. Oh how I love this Kim! You know...you have such talent and I love coming to visit your blog!! Your creativity shines!

  6. Kim, this is gorgeous!! Your flower and butterfly is amazing! I always love seeing what you create with the my creations line!

  7. What a gorgeous project, Kim! I love that you shared some close ups of the details because there are just so many yummy details!

  8. Kim it's just beautiful! I love the textiles and the burlap ties in wonderfully!

  9. OMGoodness, your monogram frame is absolutely stunning, Kim! I LOVE decor projects like this! Such a fun shape and that paper truly is gorgeous. Your handmade flowers and the pretty butterfly just melt my heart!

  10. Another gorgeous home decor piece by KH! This altered frame is a new fave with all the delicious details. Love how you inked those butterflies and added the fabric flower. The bow is over the top cuteness! Inspiring!

  11. I just want to hug that little bow and the flower! They are just that cute!! lol. Love your project Kim! I am always so hesitant with home decor items... guess I need to just jump in!! Lovely project!

  12. First off .... very punny post title. (why didn't I think of that?} What a pleasure reading through older posts and catching up with your blog tonight! This nice little piece of home décor really takes the cake! I see you have an affection for those inking up those paper butterflies ..... simply lovely.
    Easter Blessings to you and yours.