Sunday, September 14, 2014

Rose Blossoms #30yearsofhappy Blog Hop

Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop!  Boy, are you in for a treat today!!  I promise that you will be inspired as you hop along and see some fabulous ideas using the #30yearsofhappy stamp set!

If you came here from the very talented Mary's blog, you are on the right path.  This blog hop is a great big circle, so no matter where you start you will can still make it through all 9 blogs.  Should you get lost along the way, you can always come back here and go to the bottom of the post.  I've got everyone listed.

I owe my son a "congratulations-you-did-it-I-am-so-proud-of-you" card for a personal milestone that he recently achieved.  I love sending cards to Shane because he does keep them and look over them again!  I was looking at a sleeve card from Artfully Sent, and it was perfect for what I wanted to do!

I used five stamps from #30yearsofhappy and stamped them with black archival ink.  I used 3-d foam tape to pop the images up on the grid front of the sleeve card.  I inserted some honey paper fundamentals with Shane's photo.  I will still  have room to slide in a note.  What a fun card!!  Other items I used are black epoxy stars, black shimmer trim, and a Base & Bling key charm.

To remind you of the special, when you place an order of $30 or more, you will receive the #30yearsofhappy stamp set FREE!

Now it's time to move on to your next blog!  You are going to Tammie's wonderful blog, and I know you are going to love what you see!!!

Should you get lost along the way, here is our blog hop list:


Just a little note:  I get so many e-mails and facebook messages asking me when the next Rose Blossom blog hop will be.  Thank you so much for supporting me and my team!!  Our next hop will be October 12th, and we will be make Thanksgiving and Christmas cards with Artfully Sent.  I hope we see you then!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Candy Corn Kisses

When we got news yesterday morning that the Artfully Sent Cricut Collection was available, I got on my website and ordered one to be delivered overnight.  So by noon today, I had that brand spanking new cartridge in my hot little hands!

I have a Gathering Saturday morning at 10:00 am, so I wanted to be sure to have a sample of each of the functions to show.  I made 6 samples in less than two hours!  You are going to love this cartridge!

I want to show you my favorite of the bunch.  This is considered a sentiment card.

The Cricut did all the fancy cutting making this 5 x 7 card.    I add some honey and white daisy paper behind the cut-out and then lined the card with honey paper.  The spider is from one of the Halloween keys, and then I simply added ribbon and epoxy stars.  How easy and fun!

Back to playing...there are 700 keys and 400 projects on the Artfully Sent cartridge!  Not to mention the 3 fabulous stamp sets filled with sentiments, frames, and alphas.  Oh, am I going to have fun!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Thinking of You

Happy Friday!

This card combines two specials that we have going on this month:
(always just $5 with a $50 purchase)
(FREE with a $30 stamp purchase!  
And even better, that $30 purchase counts toward the Stamp of the Month!)

This is a very clean and simple card, and so quick to make!  I stamped the tree with chocolate ink, and then I cut two hearts using my Artiste cartridge.  That wonderful ribbon is cranberry twill, and I added some random bling from my stash to the branches.  The subtle "thinking of you" is one of the sentiments from #30yearsofhappy.

Thank you for stopping in today, and I hope that your day is most blessed!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Artfully Sent Cricut Collection Available NOW!

I am so happy to announce that the

Artfully Sent Cricut Collection is now available!

Read below for my SPECIAL OFFER!

Close To My Heart has done all the think-work required to make gorgeous cards.  The Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge houses 700 images intended to work together to create 400 complete projects.  (Yes, I did say 400 projects!!)

  • The collection included the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge, three stamp sets that focus on sentiments, frames, and alphabet, and a package of White Daisy cardstock to get you started!
There are 6 functions on the cartridge that contain 25 themes.  You will find:
  • Pop-up cards
  • Icon cards
  • Scene cards
  • Sentiment cards
  • Sleeve cards
  • Pocket cards
Place your order with me directly, and I send you a FREE package of Colonial White Cardstock (value $10.99).  That way you will have both White Daisy (included in collection) and Colonial White to create your bases! You can contact me at (763) 227-0583 or

If you prefer to order directly CLICK HERE.  I will see your order and still send you the Colonial White Cardstock!

I will be holding two free classes for those that purchase Artfully Sent from me. Please RSVP as there is limited seating.
  • Monday, September 29th at 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, October 23rd at 6:30 pm
You will go home with free completed projects and tips on how to use your new product!  I will hold more classes as need arises.  When you purchase a Cricut collection from me, I want you to feel confident in using it!

In closing, I want you to see a few samples so that you know what the excitement is all about!  
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Guest Designer

I felt so honored to be asked to be a guest designer at Atlantic Hearts!  Michelle designs some awesome sketches, and it's fun to play along over there!  Here is the card I created for this week's sketch.

I love the September Stamp of the Month, and Michelle's sketch was perfect.  I used Yuletide Carol, and don't you think this traditional Christmas paper was perfect for this wedding/anniversary card?  I embossed the tree from the stamp set with versamark and white embossing powder.  I wanted to follow through by embossing the heart and sentiment.  I used ruby pigment ink to stamp them and embossed them with clear embossing powder.

Here is Michelle's sketch:

I hope you will stop by Atlantic Hearts and play along!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Relax and Stay Awhile

I am a memory keeper.  

There is nothing I love more than lingering over a layout for a few hours because for me it's not just about putting a photo on paper.  It's about recalling the memories, thinking about the day or the event, and putting that love into the paper and embellishments.  So it often takes me two or three hours to put just a few pictures on pages.  I am okay with that...

As I said, I am a memory keeper.

These photos are from a catamaran excursion in Costa Rica.  This was a bucket list day for my husband.  He has always wanted to take a leisurely day on a catamaran on an ocean.  Every time I think on this day, I am overwhelmed that I earned this trip for the two of us just because I am a memory keeper and share that with others.  Close To My Heart is such a generous company.

So we were on this catamaran for a sunset cruise, and the day couldn't be more perfect.  The sun was shining, the sky was blue, and we had great Close To My Heart friends all around.  We anchored and were able to get off.  Are you kidding?  Jerry was all over that!  He went for the snorkeling equipment and swam away to look under the sea.  I jumped in, took a mouth full of salt water, and floated around with my sweet friend Kim.  As we were sailing back, we were blessed with the most beautiful of sunsets.  

It was a day that dreams are made of.  

While scrapping the most perfect of days, why would I want to rush through the process?  As you have probably guessed by now, I am not a "scrap-40-pages-in-one-night" person.  We have so many lovely things that match, and it's great fun for me to take out bits and pieces to put it all together,

Oh!  I should tell you that this is Seaside Paper, Seaside Complements, Seaside Assortment, and Seaside Picture My Life cards.  I added a little neutral twine and some Artisan Studs.  The wooden embellishments are discontinued, but you can find everything else on my website.

Thank you so much for stopping in!  It is always a pleasure when you visit!

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You Did It, Rockstar! #30yearsofhappy

I just couldn't resist and had to put these papers together!  This is the wonderful Paper Fundamentals in black and honey.  Not only are two sentiment stamps from #30yearsofhappy, but so are the arrows.  Pretty fun, right?

Have you ordered $30 in stamps yet so that you can get this stamp set free?  You can't get better than free!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

#30yearsofhappy for the Guys

Well, isn't this anchor fun?  It made a great inchie card for the guys!  The kraft paper, sequins, and twine maintained the masculine/nautical feel.  There's a little something for everyone in the #30yearsofhappy stamp set.  Remember, it's yours free with a $30 in stamp purchases!!
The lagoon patterned paper is from the Adventure Paper Fundamentals.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Pretty in Pink with #30yearsofhappy

One little stamp can pack quite a punch, don't you think?  Both the flower and the tag are from #30yearsofhappy.  The background paper is from the Whimsy Paper Fundamentals and the color is Pixie.  Not only would this card be fun to receive, but oh so fun to pop into the mail!

Thanks for stopping in today!
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Family is Forever...September Stamp of the Month

The minute I saw the September Stamp of the Month, I knew what I wanted to do with it.  I love our shadow box frame because it gives me the opportunity to cluster and add thick embellishments.  Let me show you up close so that you can really see.

 Yuletide paper is just gorgeous, and it gives a fabulous old-fashioned Christmas feel to a project.  The hearts are from the stamp of the month, and I've stamped them in ruby, new england ivy, and cashmere.  I placed those first using 3-d foam tape down the center.  That allowed me to fold the hearts up.  The "sweet moments" and "family is forever" sentiments are also from the stamp of the month.  With the hearts down, I was then able to cluster around them using Yuletide stickers and the Yuletide assortment.  What do you think of that big rose?  Close To My Heart is so good about making embellishments just for me!  (Well, it wasn't really made just for me, but it sure is nice to have!)  I gathered the cranberry twill ribbon to layer at the bottom.  I felt like the project needed a little balance, and that's why I added the bow on the left.

As always, the stamp of the month is just $5 with a $50 purchase!  

Thank you for stopping in today, and may your day be most blessed!
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Monday, September 1, 2014

Simply Inspired Blog Hop

I am so glad that you could join us on this hop to gather all kinds of inspiration for the fantabulous #30yearsofhappy stamp set. If you've come here from the Scraptabulous Dana's blog (and she really is scraptabulous - her layouts are amazing!), then you are on the right track!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you'll find the complete list of participating consultants here.

The stamps on this set are perfect for the little additions on your projects.  I created this magazine file from the Cricut Artiste cartridge, and it's going to be the door prize gift at my Gathering on Saturday.

I used paper from Chalk it Up to create this.  Because I chose to make a file with 3" x 3" cards, it only took one sheet of Flaxen and a half sheet of print paper to make this!  I've embellished with black shimmer trim, black twill ribbon, and Chalk it Up embellishments.

Now I am so happy to send you to the very talented Sheri.  Not only is her work amazing, but she is just a lovely person! You are going to love your visit at her blog!  Be sure to follow the hop all the way around because I know you will be inspired by what you see!!

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Halloween Treat Bag Class

Halloween Treat Bag Class
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Pathfinding Card Class

PATHFINDING CLASS - choose your option from the drop-down box:

Brenda's September News and Classes

Stop by all week long as I tell you about #30yearsofhappy!  I will be sharing fun examples of what you can do with this stamp set.  30 stamps!!  Think of all that you can create!!

With just $30 in stamp purchases, you will get this fantabulous stamp set FREE!

Oh how I love the September Stamp of the Month.  You will see me use this on cards and layouts this month.  It's definitely a keeper, and with a $50 purchase, you can get this stamp set for just $5.

(Classes are held at my home unless otherwise noted, and paper is always pre-cut.  General supplies needed for all classes are scissors, tape runner, glue dots, and 3-d foam tape.)

Create two 2-page layouts:
Monday, September 22nd at 6:30 pm:  Chalk it Up Layout Class ($23) – 2 OPENINGS

Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:30 pm:  Chalk it Up Layout Class ($23) – 1 OPENING

Tuesday, September 30th at 6:30 pm:  Chalk it Up Layout Class ($23) – 1 OPENING

Monday, October 6th at 6:30 pm:  Pathfinding Gratitude Cards
($20 or $29 includes stamp set)
Create 15 thank you cards using various techniques.  Perfect for fall!

Tuesday, October 7th at 6:30 pm:  Pathfinding Gratitude Cards
($20 or $29 includes stamp set)
Create 15 thank you cards using various techniques.  Perfect for fall!

Sunday, October 12th at 2:00 pm:  Halloween Treat Bags ($12)
Create 5 Halloween treat bags complete with candy inside!

Scaredy Cat Layout Class, Christmas Tags in a Bag, Snowhaven Christmas Cards,  Christmas Box, Christmas Pennant Frame, Base & Bling Necklace and Bracelet, Christmas Mini Album, Pathfinding Layout Class, Yuletide Carol Layout Class, Designer Creations Gift Wrap


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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Today's the last day to grab the Picture My Life special.  Yesterday I showed you some pages and today I've got a card for you made from the Balloon Ride program.

It's so easy to just pile the Picture My Life cards on top of each and create something beautiful!

Thanks for stopping in today!

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