A whole lot of awesome!

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I was browsing the aisles of TJ Maxx earlier this week and came across this really cute black and white striped notebook. I love journals and notebooks and have a lot of them lying around pretty much all of the time. I love to use them to write stuff in when inspiration strikes, tucked away in my purse for the times I’m out and about and see something I want to remember, or on my desk for jotting down blog ideas and notes for future projects. I’m a  list maker to the core, and you know what they say. List makers gonna list!

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I wanted to showcase a lot of that beautiful black and white, because I’m a sucker for black and white, Especially stripes. I gravitate towards them like a bug to light. So when I saw this notebook it was instant love. I decided I really needed wanted a new notebook to write down blog topic ideas, my blog schedule, and future projects. I plan to keep in on my desk by my computer and not storing on a shelf, so adding lots of embellishments to the front wasn’t going to be an issue.

I pulled out some of my pieces from the October Gossamer Blue kits and just had fun with it.

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You may not recognize those letter stickers, but I assure you, they are the same ones that came with the main kit. I just decided to give them a makeover. That’s the cool thing about letter stickers. You can usually change them up if the color isn’t working for you. These stickers were originally a golden orange color, but I used my Sharpie paint pens to change them to black and white. Simple and effective.

I also used my silhouette Cameo to cut out one of the October exclusive cut files to add to my notebook. But I changed that up a little bit as well. The cut out says love these awesome photos, but I cut off these and photos and was left with this cut out you see in the yellow.

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I have lots of little pieces left yet from these kits. There is so much packed into them. this was a great way to get to use some of them. I added a wood veneer tag, rub-ons, flair, a floral die cut, some stamping, some enamel stars, and then some twine and mist droplets.

I’m excited about how this turned out and I can’t wait to put it by my computer and begin filling it up with fun blog ideas and inspiration.

Do you love notebooks too? I’d love to hear how you use yours the most.

Gossamer Blue inspiration blog hop

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Hello everyone! I’m so glad you’re here, because today is a fun day! The girls on the Gossamer Blue design teams are coming together to bring you a blog hop featuring the October kits.

All of us on the design team share our projects at the beginning of the month, which is great for building excitement for receiving your own kit. But, now that you have your kit in your hands, we thought it would be great to give you another dose of inspiration to help you keep on getting the most out of those kits, all the way up until the day the new ones go live. Isn’t that great? I’m so excited to see what all the girls have been working on. I know it’s going to be amazing. And the reason I know that is because my design team sisters are so amazingly talented that they blow me away over and over again!

If you’re following the blog hop order, you most likely came here from Beshka’s blog. Isn’t she awesome? I just love her work, and her blog!

So, I created a little  card to share with you today. But, I also created another project using the October kits that I thought I’d save and share with you tomorrow. So I hope you come on back to see.

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The patterned papers and the little stars are from the main kit and the stamp is from the Bits & Pieces add-on.  The sequins are some from my stash that I’ve had for almost forever.

To make that colorful sentiment, I first stamped the sentiment with orange distress ink and then sprayed it with water to get the color to run. Then I stamped it a second time, using red distress ink and sprayed it with just a little bit more water. Then, I stamped it a third time, again using the red ink. I really wanted something colorful and vibrant, something happy, to go along with the colorful paper.

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I love that sunburst patterned paper. It’s so fun and cheerful looking. I think both the main kit and the Bits & Pieces add-on that I used here are sold out.  Most of the kits are sold out for the month, but the following add-ons and extras are still available:

Exclusive paper kit. Contains the patterned papers designed exclusively for Gossamer Blue.

Extra card stock

Main Kit paper only add-on. An extra sheet of all the papers that come in the main kit, including the one I used on my card.

Add-on kit paper only. A sheet of all the papers in the main add-on.

Extra acrylic from the Life Pages kit. Cute!

Extra wood veneer from the main kit. Also cute!

There’s not a whole lot left. That’s because Lori is just so good at creating these beautifulkits and they usually go quickly. So if you see something you like, you might want to grab it before it’s gone.

I absolutely love working with the Gossamer Blue kits. I was a subscriber to another kit club for quite a while, until I joined the Gossamer Blue team and always enjoyed it a lot. I love the variety of products I get to work with each month. I love that I receive a package at my doorstep each month. It’s like having 12 birthdays a year! I also love that I don’t have to spend time searching online for items I’d like to purchase. There is just so much product out there that it can be overwhelming. I love it that someone has taken the time to pull a bunch of goodies together. Very rarely have I received something I really didn’t like in all the years I’ve been a part of a kit club. My kit pieces still remain some of my very favorites. I also love that Lori is not only so great at picking out some of the latest and greatest and most beautiful pieces, but she has extremely talented designers working with her to create amazing exclusives for the Gossamer Blue kits each and every month. It’s an all around win, in my opinion, and if you’ve never tried out a kit club, I highly recommend it!

So now, on to the rest of the team. From here you can head on over to the ever so fabulous Cindy Liebel. I know she will have something wonderful to share today. And, if you lose your way along the hop, no worries. I have the entire list of participants below, or you can simply head on over to the Gossamer Blue blog and start there.

Thanks so much for stopping in today and sharing part of your day with me. Feel free to leave a comment below. I’d love hearing from you!

Blog hop order:

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Annabelle O’Malley

Beshka Kueser

Brenda Weaver <- You are here!

Cindy Liebel

Danielle Flanders

Diane Payne

Emily Spahn

Erin Taylor

Eunyoung Lee

Evgenia Petzer

Heather Leopard

Jill Cornell

Jill Keller

Joy Taylor

Katie Ehmann

Keisha Campbell

Laura Crosby

Maria Lacuesta

Melanie Blckburn

Michelle Wooderson

Rebecca Luminarias

Sabrina Alery

Tara Anderson

Vanessa Perry

Yana Smakula

 

 

On My Desk- C&N happy memories now in progress

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The On My Desk collection from Gossamer Blue has been begging me to make a layout with it. I really wanted to use some of the bright pinks and girly designs that come with this collection, so I set out to find a photo I could use.

I found this Instagram photo I took just a few weeks ago of Chloe and a friend of hers on a mother/daughter beach excursion. We had stopped at Sweet Frog for lunch.  I probably normally wouldn’t do Sweet Frog for lunch, knowing how many candies and sweets my daughter enjoys piling on top of her yogurt. Not exactly a healthy lunch option. Especially knowing from experience how much harder it is to maintain a healthy, balanced diet while on vacation. But being on vacation calls for a little loosening of the rules, right? A little Sweet Frog for lunch is probably OK just this once. It made a great memory and I was happy to catch this shot of my daughter and her little friend enjoying their sweet treat. They are so cute!

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I purchased the flower cut file from Kim Stewart a little while ago and was waiting for a chance to use it. These cut files are just so gorgeous! I adhered them loosely so they would lift off the page in some spots, creating some dimension.

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I pulled a little of this and that together to make the “happy memories now in progress” subtitle. All of these pieces are found in the On my Desk collection. There are puffy stickers, die cuts, wood veneer pieces, etc. The gold letter stickers are left over from the September Gossamer Blue kits.

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I backed parts of the cut out designs with some of the pretty papers in the collection. I seriously love each and every piece of patterned paper in the On My Desk collection. There are so many fun girly designs, like the gems, flowers and hearts. But there are plenty of neutral and masculine designs as well. Like the blue polka dots, the stars, and more. I feel like it’s a very well rounded collection with something for everyone.

If you’d like to see more of this collection, check it out here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Drop me a line and let me know what you think of this collection, any questions you have, or just say hello. I love hearing from my readers!

 

On My Desk

 

 

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Last week I received a huge box of the new Gossamer Blue collections in the mail and I had such fun sorting through everything and checking it all out.

So yesterday I decided to take a break from my chores for a bit and just play with the new stuff. I pulled out the new On My Desk collection, which is just so lovely. It’s fresh with bright pops of orange, yellow and blue, offset by blacks and golds. There are wood veneer pieces, puffy stickers, the cutest little star enamel pieces ever, fabulous gold foil transparencies, and SO. MUCH.MORE! It’s really, really lovely! You can see all of it in the store here.

Some of the pieces are sold out. The new collections have been selling well, and it’s really no surprise. I haven’t met any piece of the new collections that I didn’t like! I really think Gossamer Blue hit it out of the park with their first collections and I’m sure we will only see more awesomeness from them in the future.

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I was playing around with the little wood veneer pieces and settled on this cute little gem that caught my eye right away. I’ve been thinking that it would be great to pair with some “punny” sentiments. like this one. I typed out the sentiment on my typewriter and then just cut it out with a scissors so it would get just a little wonky. I wasn’t going for perfection here at all.

Then I added it to piece of patterned paper and layered more patterned papers and a piece of one of the transparencies underneath. I attached everything to a white 5″x5″ card base and added a few black ink splotches for good measure.

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I wanted to add more stitching, but my sewing machine needle broke and I discovered I had no replacements. So that little bit of stitching on top will have to do.

You wanna know something crazy? I bought myself a very nice sewing machine the year before I got married. I used to sew some of my own clothes back then. I used it to sew my wedding dress. Now it sits in my craft space, and I use more for sewing on my paper crafting projects than I do for anything else. I decided I really didn’t enjoy sewing clothes all that much after all, but I do enjoy adding stitching to my cards and pages. Go figure. It’s my most expensive paper crafting tool I own. Ha!

I’ve been just enjoying looking at the pretty new collections so much that I almost had to force myself to cut into them and use them. But no worries. I have plenty of projects to work on, so I’ll have to overcome it at some point. Do you have some favorites that you hate to use because you love them so much? What are some of your favorite products on the market right now? Any that you think I should check out? Please do share.

 

 

Gossamer Blue October reveal day #2

Hey guys! I’m back again with a couple more projects to share from October’s Gossamer blue kit reveal.

I made this card using the Main kit, Bit’s & Pieces add-on kit, and Life Pages themed add-on.

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The themed add-on this month was a Halloween themed kit and pretty much all of the items were pretty strictly for Halloween, such as spider webs, Jack-o-lanterns, etc. So I challenged myself to come up with something not Halloween with the kit. These little wooden leaves are so cute, and not so halloween themed, so I paired them up with one of the Life Pages cards with black and white stripes. I think black and white works for nearly anything, so I felt it worked well for a fall-ish friendship card. I dry brushed some white paint over the card first and added some white mist spots again. I also pulled a white doily from my stash and cut it down to add to my card to soften up this harsh black and white lines.

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It ended up being one of my favorite cards this time around. Because I love black and white. I love leaves. And I love to challenge myself to think outside the box.

I switched gears a lot with this next card. I felt like I was working with a lot of neutrals and soft colors, which are my preference, but sometimes you just need a kick of color, if you know what I mean.

i made this card using the Main kit and the Bits & Pieces kit.

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The Bits & pieces kit includes a really great stamp set this time and I wanted to use it on a card. There are a lot of great sentiments in the set, but i chose to work with the heart stamp that comes in the set. I stamped and heat embossed it several times onto my paper, then brushed watercolors over them and punched them out.

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I added more rub-ons, because hello, they’re just awesome! Favorite thing from the Main kit this month, remember. There are a lot of small images and sentiments that are fun to use when you just want a touch of something.

And those little hearts! Ack! So cute!! And there’s a little bit of gold in the kits again this month, because who doesn’t love gold right now, right?

If you’d like to try the Gossamer Blue kits out for yourself, you can find them right here.

Gossamer Blue October reveal day #1

It’s October, y’all! How that’s even possible, I have no earthly idea.

But you know what this means, right? It’s time to reveal another awesomely fantastical kit from Gossamer Blue!

Each month I pinch myself when my kits come because I just can’t believe how incredibly lucky I am to get to design for such an amazing company! Each month the kits are just so beautiful, and this month is no exception.

This time around I thought I’d do things a little differently. Instead of posting all my October kit projects on one day, I’m dividing them up between two days.

So, here’s the first card I made with the October kit.

This card was made with contents of the main kit only.

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Awesome products from Crate Paper, Teresa Collins, and Chickaniddy Crafts, to name a few.

The Crate Paper rub-ons were one of my favorite products from the entire kit this month. I couldn’t stop using them. I made myself save a few for other projects. The images are really fun and unique, and it’s been a while since I’ve used rub-ons. I just love ‘em! And these go on like butter! A must for rub-ons, in my opinion.

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I like these colors for fall. The die cuts are perfect for fall-ish projects. Isn’t that exclusive stamp cute? I think it would be great used as a tab on scrapbook pages.

The second card I made is using the Life Pages only kit.

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I was in the mood for some fall leaves, so I die cut some from some of the Life pages cards that came with the kit. The pink wood grain one is my personal favorite. These colors may not be typical fall colors, but I like the softness.

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The fact that the brads match the papers perfectly makes me happier than it probably should. Paper crafters understand, am I right? I couldn’t resist adding some messy white mist splotches.

The hello stamp is just one from the set that comes with the kit. The entire set is really cute, and perfect for scrapbook pages.

Speaking of scrapbook pages, I’m finally done with the daunting and frustrating, task of sorting through all of our photos. Now I can begin to sort through my scrapbook pages, figure out if I have any missing photos, and start ordering photos to make more pages. Having all these fantastic supplies coming each month is seriously getting me in the mood for some kick butt scrapbooking sessions. Anyone with me?

I’ll share two more cards from this month’s kits tomorrow.

You can go HERE to order your very one Gossamer Blue kits. You can’t go wrong. You can decide to cancel at any time with no fees. Here’s a link to the FAQ page so you can find out more.

In other news, today is this kid’s birthday!

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We are now parents to teenager #2. Just like that. I swear, he was a baby yesterday. This is the boy that likes to do little annoying things until we either laugh or cry. Mostly we laugh because he’s usually so stinking funny. The one that is a little shy and quite, until you get to know him, like me. The kid who can imitate so many voices that I’m convinced he’s going to do voice overs someday. The one who hates to perform in front of others, but will stand up and defend the kid getting picked on. The one who is funny, smart, sensitive, shy, sincere, thoughtful, exasperating and just awesome, all rolled up in one. Sometimes even all in the same day. Happy birthday, Isaiah the Great! Goodness, I love this kid!

Hope your day is awesome! Thanks so much for stopping by!