Gossamer Blue December sneaks

Hey there! I know I’ve been absent. But all for good reason!

I’ve ben a bit preoccupied. I’ve been creating like crazy with the Gossamer Blue December kits, working on my December Memories album, working on some Christmas projects, and in the midst of it all, transferring all my craft stuff from the basement to my new crafts pace upstairs.

I know I picked the craziest time to move my craft space. But it felt like it was the right time. I’m happy to say that it is nearly complete and I plan to show you around soon. Probably after the craziness of the holidays is over. (How many times can I use the word crazy, or a version of it?)

In the meantime, let me share just a few sneak peeks of my projects for the December Gossamer Blue kits. I made seven cards this time. I was having too much fun to stop!

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These kits are so gorgeous! My favorite month so far.

I can’t wait to share with you some of the things I’ve been doing with my December Memories album. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen a couple of photos. The Gossamer Blue team is planning on doing a December Memories blog hop this Sunday to give you lots of inspiration for your own albums and to get you excited to work on yours, and get started if you haven’t yet. This is my first year doing a December album, and I would honestly have to say that it’s my favorite project so far. I’ve really, really been loving it!

I agreed to host my husband’s family for Thanksgiving on Thursday, so it just got a little crazier! Tons to get done, not enough time to do it. But it’s good. I’m having fun. But with that being said, I probably won’t be able to blog again before the blog hop on Sunday, so I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I have so much gratefulness in my heart for so many, many things. I can’t wait to celebrate and eat turkey and stuffing, and spend time with family, and hold my baby niece, and eat some more :) Yes, it’s mostly about the food. I will not lie!

Have a wonderful week!

 

November Inspiration Blog Hop

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Hey there! Welcome to this month’s inspiration blog hop with the Gossamer Blue team! The purpose of this blog hop is to provide you with a boost of inspiration for using your November kits, just as they are arriving at your doorstep. Things move fast in the kit world, and we want you to get the most use out of your current kit, even when sneak peeks of the next kits will soon be here.

You may have come here from Beshka’s blog, are a regular reader, or just happened to find your way here today. However you got here, welcome, and I hope you enjoy the blog hop.

This time I thought it would be fun to create a set of small cards that would be great to give together as a gift. Maybe stacking them and tying them together with a bit of lace, along with some coordinating envelopes. I sometimes give my cards away for others to use and send out to their friends, and I think a selection of coordinating ones like these would be especially fun to give away.

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These cards are smaller than normal, measuring 4″x 4 1/2″. I pulled out the package of Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper die cuts and began stitching them onto the cards. I embellished them further with some wood veneer, cork, rub-ons, patterned paper, and mist.

Happy Day:

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Oh, hi!:

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Always:

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Today:

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I had so much fun making these to share with you. I hope you like them and feel inspired in new ways to use your Gossamer Blue November kits.

From here you can head on over to Cindy’s blog and check out what fabulousness awaits!

In case you get lost, you can refer to this list of blog hop participants:

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Anabelle O’Malley

Beshka Kueser

Brenda Weaver- That’s me!

Cindy Leibel

Diane Payne

Emily Spahn

Erin Taylor

Eyoung Lee

Jill Cornell

Heather Leopard

Jill Keller

Kasie Przbyt

Katie Ehman

Keisha Campbell

Laurel Rahel Crosby

Maria Lacuesta

Melanie Blackburn

Michelle Wooderson

Nicole Harper

Rebecca Luminarias

Sabrina Alery

Vanessa Perry

 

 

 

Creative Jumpstart :: Hello New Glasses

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Creative Jumpstart is a bi-monthly challenge issued by Marcy Penner and Stephanie Bryan to challenge each other, and their readers,  in their paper crafting endeavors. I always enjoy a challenge, even though it seems I don’t usually find/take the time to participate. This time it’s a recipe challenge. The recipe ingredients are:

1 frame

2 brads

5 patterned papers.

I pulled out the On My Desk collection from Gossamer Blue, along with a few items from past kits, to create this page.

A little back story about this page:

I recently got a new pair of glasses. That may not seem like a big deal to most. And it’s not. Unless you figure in the fact that I had my old pair for about 18 years. And that they had broken a long time ago and were held together with masking tape. And that I had to constantly tighten the screws that wanted to wiggle out. And that my face is small and the only pair that fit my face at the time was from the kids’ section. And that they had Mickey Mouse emblems on the side. Nothing against Mickey Mouse, but that’s really not me at all, if you know what I mean. And that I never, ever wore these outside my home. For obvious reasons.

Why I had these for so long? Well, you know how it is? Especially when you have kids. Seems like there is always someone else that needs something, like glasses, or braces, or whatever. And we keep putting ourselves last. That, and I just wore them for a short time after I got up in the morning, until I woke up enough to put my contact lenses in. So it really wasn’t a huge need. I was always thinking that “someday” I should replace them. Funny how time passes by.

So, the day I finally got a new pair was kind of exciting to me. I finally made the decision to get a new pair after I had issues with my eye on a weekend trip and had to drive home wearing only one contact lens. I figured it would be a really, really good idea to have a backup pair of glasses that I could actually wear in public in case something like that ever happened again. :)

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I know it’s a little hard to read, but the little white tab in the photo of me holding my glasses says “we are here”. And it’s pointing down to the word trash. It felt good to throw those babies away!

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Those beautiful brads are from the Maggie Holmes line from Crate Paper and come from one of my past Gossamer Blue kits. The glasses rub-on is also from a past kit. How could I NOT use that on this page?

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A puffy sticker and pretty papers from the On My Desk line. I used two papers here, and three under my photo for a total of five.

It was fun to try out a challenge again, so thanks to Marcy and Stephanie for the creative jumpstart!

 

 

Decorating the Thanksgiving Table

For this month’s team blog post  at Gossamer Blue, I knew I wanted to work with the Gramercy Road collection to create some kind of table decor for Thanksgiving. The colors and patterns in the Gramercy Road line are just perfect for autumn projects.

I really enjoy creating a nice table spread a couple of times a year. Usually for important holidays, like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. There’s just something about a nicely dressed table that makes things feel so much more special.

I kept things fairly simple, because I know the holidays can get so hectic. And, even though I want the table to look nice, I don’t want it to be very time consuming to get it that way. I made all these decorations (plus staged and photographed them) in one morning. So when I say they don’t take a lot of time, I really mean it.

I wanted to create something for each family member’s place setting, so I made these pockets out of patterned paper to hold the silverware. You could also use these pockets to hold things besides silverware. Like a rolled up or folded napkin, a sheet of paper and a pen for writing down things you’re thankful for, or a special treat for each person.

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These were so simple to make. I folded a piece of paper measuring 5″ x 12″ in half, folding the top down a bit, or trimming it (like you’ll see in the photos below) so that both sides of the gorgeous papers show.

I used my sewing machine to stitch the sides, but even if you don’t have a sewing machine, you can still make these. Just adhere the sides together with a strong adhesive, such as red liner tape,  instead of sewing them. Then I trimmed the edges with a pinking shears.

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I love that the Gramercy Road line contains patterns and colors for everyone. I was able to make some nice masculine looking pockets for my husband and sons, but also make some more feminine looking ones for my daughter and myself.

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I added stamping to each of these pockets, in some way or another. I love the stamp set that coordinates with this line. I also added some of my own items, such as doilies, twine, and lace.

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The place tags were the simplest project ever! I used the skinny labels and the rose gold foil alphabet stickers to create these. I simply stuck the alphabets onto the labels and then stitched them to help them stay in place. That’s it. You could also add these name tags to a small gift or favor packet. Or you could punch a hole in the end and thread twine through it to wrap around the silverware or a napkin, instead of using it like I did here.

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I also used some of my supplies to dress up a candle for the table. Candles always make everything a little more special, and dressing up a candle to match your table decor is such a simple way to add a little extra something. Here a label, a strip of paper, a bit of lace, and a few stalks of wheat were all I used to take a plain candle up a few notches.

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I love that I was able to create these projects early so I can have them set out on my dining room table for a few weeks. It makes me happy to walk into the room and see things looking all pretty and ready for the Thanksgiving feast.

If you have any questions at all about any of these projects, just leave a comment on the comments section below and I’ll be happy to answer any questions.

Thanks so much for joining me today!

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Gossamer Blue November reveal day 3

I have two more cards to share with you that I created using the November kits from Gossamer Blue. If you missed the other two days, you can find them here and here.

Let Your Light Shine card, using Main kit and Bits & Pieces Kit:

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I went a little more simple with the design of this card. It doesn’t use a lot of product, but I really wanted to highlight the stamp set included in the Bits & Pieces kit.  I drew on the circles with a marker, then stamped the sentiment and starbursts. Then I added a rub-on, a tiny strip of patterned paper, some of those fantastic acrylic accents, mist drops, and a few little pearls from my stash.

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I really like how it turned out. I think this was one of my favorites this time around.

It’s the Little Things card, made using the Main Kit, Bits & Pieces kit, and Life Pages add-on #3:

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For my final card, I wanted to play around with that cute flower stamp set from the Main Kit exclusive stamp. I painted on some circles on watercolor paper. Then stamped the flowers over them after they dried. It’s a simple, but really fun, way to incorporate some watercoloring into your designs.

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I added a tiny rub-on sentiment, a die cut leaf, and a cute brad.

Be sure to head on over to the Gossamer Blue website gallery to see what the other designers have been doing with these kits. You’ll have to become a member to view the gallery, but it’s free, of course, and there is a whole lot of talent over there.

Also, you’ll get to see another batch of inspiration from the November kits when we have the designer blog hop on the 15th.

If you’re not a subscriber to the Gossamer Blue kits, and you love what you’ve been seeing the designers create, I would encourage you to sign up. The kits usually sell out quickly once they go on sale, but a subscription would ensure you get the kits you want. And you can unsubscribe at any time with no penalties. So, even if you want to try it for a month or two, I’d say go for it! The kits are always full of amazing product, and I have really been enjoying each one. And just so you know…I’ve seen peeks of what’s coming in the December kits, and just between us, it’s going to be amazing. Trust me!

December Memories

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Each year Gossamer Blue puts out it’s own version of a December Daily scrapbooking Kit. At Gossamer Blue it’s called the December Memories kit. Same concept, different products. I’ve never done a December Daily/Memories album before. I began one several years ago and never finished it. But it was at a time when I had too many things going on and it just fell by the wayside.

I was a little bit hesitant to take on the December Memories project. Mainly because I was afraid I would start and not finish. But then……

I began to see sneak peeks of the Gossamer Blue December Memories kit on Instagram and I fell instantly in love with it! It includes some products designed By Ashley Goldberg, a designer whose work I just recently became familiar with. Some of Ashley Goldberg’s  clients include Urban Outfitters, Land of Nod, Design sponge, Apartment therapy, and many more. I really, really love her work.

It was designed to coordinate with the Get Happy Collection from Gossamer Blue, designed by Allison Pennington. Take a look:

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Isn’t it gorgeous? I really, really love the color combination and the whimsical, funky prints and patterns included. I love the acrylic embellishments, the wood veneer, and those adorable plaid and striped enamel dots! Hello!! SO cute!

There is washi tape, vellum labels and accents, a really great stamp set designed by Mish Wooderson, doilies, puffy accents, and so.much.more! Plus, it comes with the cutest little yellow striped album ever!

I’m waiting for my kit to arrive so I can begin. I’m beyond excited to try out my hand at creating an album for all of our December memories. I can’t wait to get started, and I can’t wait to begin sharing it here with you!

The kit is now available for purchase and you can find more photos and purchasing information here. If you’re interested in purchasing it, you may want to act quickly. There are only a select number available, and I think they’ll go quickly.

Have you ever done a December Memories or December Daily album? Do you plan to do one this year? Tell me about it. I’d love to hear.

Gossamer Blue November reveal day 2

I was on a roll this month! I created six cards in all for the November Gossamer Blue kits, and I could have kept on going. I had so many ideas I wanted to use. But I’ll store them away until next time, I guess.

I’m sharing two more cards here today. If you missed it, I also shared two cards yesterday.

Hello card using Life Pages add-on #3, Bits & Pieces add-on, and Life Pages themed add-on:

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I went a little wonky on this one. I randomly cut out some rectangular shapes from some of the patterned paper, not being too careful about keeping them perfect or uniform. Then I just had fun layering some items on top. I especially love that acrylic hello.

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m kind of loving purples right now. So I was excited to see the addition of some purple accents this time around.

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Some stitching and mist splotches further emphasize the look I was going for.

Hello awesome card using the Life Pages kit.

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I love the Crate Paper rub-ons that come with this kit. I used three separate ones on this card. There’s also a really fun stamp set that I can’t wait to use some more. And how cute is that owl?

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I’ll be back to share more with you tomorrow. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your day with me!