Blog tour

I was recently tagged by the sweet and super talented Beshka Keuser to do a favorite scrapbooker blog hop. Thanks, Beshka!! Be sure to check out her blog. Her photos are so inspiring to me.

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1. What am I working on right now?

I just finished a bunch of projects on my list, so now I’m ready to dive into my October kits for Gossamer Blue. That means lots of cards coming up. I don’t have anything started on my table yet, but that’s what is next on my list.

2. How long does it take to complete a project?

Hmmm…that depends. If I have an idea brewing, i can usually crank out a card in 15 minutes. A scrapbook layout in maybe 30. Sometimes it takes longer, depending on how things fall together.

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment? 

Wood accents. Gold anything. Brush script anything. My Gossamer blue kits. Love them. they make putting projects together so easy!

4. How does my writing/creative process work? 

I am usually inspired by a photo I’ve seen somewhere, like Pinterest, that I think would translate well into a paper crafted project, or I am inspired just by the product itself. Then I see how well that works out. Sometimes it comes out just like I imagined, but other times not. And that’s OK. I’m trying to be less structured and just go with it and see how things turn out. My process is more organic, these days I guess. More me, less copying others. I want to see what comes out of my own heart and head. That makes me happy.

5. How do I become inspired or stay inspired?

Well, I already mentioned Pinterest. That is my go-to place for inspiration. It’s not hard to get inspired. It’s the staying inspired that is harder for me. Sometimes other responsibilities steal my inspiration away before I have a chance to do anything about it. In a perfect world, I would be able to sit down immediately and work when inspiration strikes, but life happens, and that’s usually not the case. When I’m having a creative slump where inspiration just isn’t happening, it helps me to step away and take a break. I often doesn’t work well for me if I try to force it. So I will do things like head to the local book store and read a few magazines (home decor magazines are my favorite). Or work on a different kind of project other than paper crafting. Or I organize something in my home. When my home feels chaotic I find it harder to be inspired.

6. What is my signature style?

I’m not sure I can nail down my signature style. Do I have one? I don’t know. I feel like it’s always shifting and changing as my interests and things that inspire me change. I definitely like white space. I like things clean, but with a little twist thrown in. I like messy, but clean messy, does that even make sense? Probably not to anyone except me. It’s like my home. My goal is for it to be clean, but not sterile. Relaxed and simple, but not cluttered. Familiar and welcoming, but a little surprising. I like a bit of an eclectic feel. A bit of the unusual. Something unexpected to keep things interesting. Does my paper crafting style reflect that? I don’t know. You tell me?

How fun! Thanks, Beshka!

I am tagging the super sweet, funny and talented, Stephanie Howell.

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I’ve been reading Stephanie’s blog for years and she’s still one of my favorites to read. Her scrapbooking style is fun, laid back, and easy. I like that. She makes me laugh and cry with stories of her four sweet and sassy daughters and her life in Italy with her handsome soldier. I’ve felt a connection to her as a mom over the years, so it was so much fun for me to actually get to “meet” and connect with her through the Gossamer Blue design team.

And also the awesomely talented Danielle Flanders!

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Danielle has been a favorite card maker and scrapbooker of mine for years! I have many of her projects pinned to my inspiration board. Danielle has more talent packed into her little pinky than most of us do in our entire body. She’s on several popular design teams, including Gossamer Blue. Some people seem to run out of steam when they serve on several teams, but Danielle continues to crank out one stunning project after another. Her blog is such a treat to visit. You will be inspired, for sure!

I hope you’ll check out both of these awesome ladies! I’m thrilled to point you in their direction!

 

 

Mister Huey Masks- a Gossamer Blue designer blog post

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Hey there, everyone! It’s my day to post over on the Gossamer Blue blog today. I’m sharing some fun ideas for using the Studio Calico masks that came with the September Life Pages add-on #3. I love masks. There are just so many ways to use them. I was going to show you just a few different ideas, but then when I started I just couldn’t stop. I had to try one more thing! So, that means I have four mask ideas over on the Gossamer Blue blog today, and four more ideas here! That makes 8 crazy cool ideas for using your masks, in case you weren’t counting.

So head on over to the Gossamer Blue blog and check those ideas out, then come back here to read the rest of this post. Or, if you’re so inclined, read through this post first, then head over there to see more. It makes no difference to me. You’ll just want to be sure to check them all out.

USING MASKS AS A STAMP:

I love to use my masks two ways, the positive and the negative, to get the most use out of them. For these next two ideas, I applied color to the back side of my mask, then flipped them over and “stamped” them onto my page.

I used two different mediums to get two different looks.

This one is using Glelatos:

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I scribbled on the back side of the mask with a few coordinating colors of gelatos. Then I wet it with a mister and blended the colors a little with my finger before flipping it over and stamping. I love the messy look of this. I love that the blending of the colors changes with the amount of water used. You can see that I used more water in some places than others. You have to play around with it a little to figure out what you like best.

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This “stamping” technique uses distress inks:

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I dabbed the back side of my masks with three colors of distress inks, then misted it with water to allow the colors to blend. Then I laid it down on the surface of my paper and carefully pulled it away. What I love about this techniques is the interesting pools of colors that are left behind. You could probably try this with any type of ink pad, but to get blending like this the distress inks are the best because they’re specially formulated to blend together when mixed with water.

I added this piece to a photo pocket scrapbook page:

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I also used another piece on this page made using a mask technique. The upper left corner piece uses a watercolor look also, but it’s done in an entirely different way.

using watercolors:

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I taped my mask down onto a piece of watercolor paper, then used my watercolors to brush color into the negative spaces. After it was completely dry, I removed the tape and added a few spritzes of black paint. For this technique, you could use watercolors like I did, or watered down ink refills or spray mists, diluted acrylic paints and more.

Here’s a closer look at the two pieces I used on the scrapbook page:

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The last idea I have to share with you today is similar to the stamping technique, but it takes it a step further.

Faux letterpress:

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Did you know you could use your masks like an embossing folder? And by adding some inks to the mask before running it through the embossing machine (I use my Big Shot), the end result looks very much like letterpress. It’s a little bit difficult to see in the photo, but the masks will not leave quite as deep of an impression as an embossing folder would. I used three colors of spray inks for this one. The great thing about using spray inks is that some of them have a shimmery substance added to them, so, even though you can’t see it on the photo, the color has a beautiful shimmery luster to it. I love it!

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Be sure to check out 4 more ways to use your Mister Huey masks over on the Gossamer Blue blog. I’d love it if you’d drop me a comment (here or there) to let me know which of these techniques is you favorite!

Thanks for stopping by!

These days…

I know it’s been quiet here on my blog. But my life has been anything but, which explains a lot. There were many times I’d get an idea and think “Oh, I should blog about that”, and in the very next instant my mind was somewhere else, frantically trying to pare down the things on my to-do list,  and I’d forget all about what it was I wanted to blog about.

If it’s not chauffeuring my kids around, then it’s cooking, or cleaning, or organizing, or taking care of church responsibilities.

In the last week I’ve also taken photos of some really cute kids:


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I’m not a professional by a long shot, and I have no intentions of going in that direction. At all. I like photography, but it’s not my passion, and I can’t see myself doing it a lot and still enjoying it. But I do like to photograph kids. And babies. I get to photograph my new niece or nephew in a few weeks once he or she makes an appearance, and I’m really looking forward to that. So, just doing it every once in a while is just a great way to get some practice and learn some new things. That’s it.

I also taught a class for a woman’s group at my church this week. We made paper bead jewelry using this tutorial by Cindy Leibel.

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I’m busy planning a surprise party for my son who is about to turn 13.

I’ve been creating projects for my first Gossamer Blue blog post, going live on Sunday.

I’ve been making and planning projects to make for the current call for submissions from Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking magazine. It’s been several months since I’ve submitted anything. It was a good break, and I needed it. I went through a spell where I felt like I didn’t have many fresh ideas. But I feel like I could get back into it again.

Overall, it hasn’t been just one big thing that’s been keeping me busy, but a million and one little things that seem to demand my attention immediately. Things I can’t push off until later. So blogging gets pushed aside every once in a while.

And such is life.

So, what have you been up to?

 

Journaling Bible- Feet on a Rock

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I had more fun creating in my journaling Bible. Not only is this fun to me because I get to decorate my Bible while learning and growing in my faith, but it’s also a really quick and easy artistic fix. The smaller space makes it easy to do in just a few minutes.

My goal is not to spend a lot of time making my pages, but to keep them simple enough to do in spurts of 10-15 minutes at a time. The last thing I’d want is for a project like this to get cumbersome. After all, the goal is to spend time in the Word. This is only to help me remember what the Lord has been teaching me while enjoying connecting with Him through the creative process.

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This time I chose to highlight Psalm 40, verses 1-3.  These verses speak about how the Lord hears our cries and draws us up out of the slimy pit, out of the mire. When I reflect back on what God has brought me out of, what He has rescued me from, I am so thankful! I wasn’t into all kinds of “bad” stuff, like drugs, alcohol, etc. But He rescued me from the filth of my own anger and pride, my self centeredness, the pains of past hurts and insecurities. He heard my cry for deliverance from a depressed state of mind and and a feeling of being unloved and unworthy, and began a healing process in me that is still going on today. He created a safe place for my feet to land and began to show His Father heart of love to me. I am secure in Him and I have a firm foundation that will never be moved!

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I pulled out my seldom used chalks for this page. As you can see, I’ve had them for a while, but I don’t think to use them much anymore. But they were great for this project. The colors are subtle and transparent enough to allow the text to show through. I know some people cover up the text in their Bibles, but I just can’t bring myself to do that. I enjoy using mediums that still allow the text to show through. I created the diamond pattern by brushing the chalk over a stencil using just my finger and blending the colors together. I think I’ll have to try this on a scrapbook page now, because I love the effect.

If you have any questions or thoughts about my journaling Bible process, have thoughts to share on these Bible passages, or would like to share your testimony of God’s rescuing Grace, I’d so love to hear it. I always enjoy reading your comments!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Gossamer Blue September reveal!

Hey guys! It’s reveal time! Yay!!

I’ve been looking forward to this day so much! The day that I finally get to share what I’ve been making with the Gossamer Blue September kits!

First off, let me just say that working with the September kits was such a pleasure. The kits are full of gorgeous products from some of my favorite manufacturers, including Studio Calico, Pink Paislee,  Crate Paper and more! I really think you’ll love them too, and I hope you’ll head on over to the Gossamer Blue website and check them all out.

I made five cards for this reveal. I will be sharing some scrapbook pages I made soon. Also, be sure to check out the work from the other designers. They’ve all done such an amazing job showcasing these products in scrapbook pages, Life Pages spreads, and cards.

My Favorite card: main kit only

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I made good use of the gold pen that came in the main kit. I used it on a lot of my projects this month. It’s perfect for adding a border or filling in a stamped design, like I did here, or a grid line, like the card below. I also used it to add little dots and hearts, and even a hand written piece. Love it! One of my favorite products in this month’s kits, for sure!

Happy card: main kit only

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A gold grid design filled with bits and pieces of my favorite items form the main kit.

Wander card: Life Pages kit only

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I stamped that frame multiple times without adding more ink. This frame stamp was designed to use on square photos to add to you Life Pages spreads. Wouldn’t it be cute stamped over top of a photo? I have to try that soon.

Beautiful card: Bits & pieces kit, Main add-on kit, Main kit

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I cut out some petals and leaves by hand to create this dimensional flower. Don’t you just love this pretty paper patterns? And there’s the gold pen again.

Excellence noted card: Main kit, Main kit add-on, Life Pages add-on #3

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A cluster of some of my favorite embellishments make up this card. I so love that gold dot paper and the gold glitter circle stickers.

See anything you like?

These kits are full of  lots of great gold accent pieces, which I love! Gold is so popular right now. Plus, the colors are perfection, the papers are fantastic, and the Gossamer Blue exclusive pieces are lovely. Head on over to the Gossamer Blue website to check these kits out further, and to order your own.

 

 

 

Journaling Bible

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I was so intrigued by this idea when I first read about it on this post on Shanna Noel’s blog several months ago. I thought the idea of a journaling Bible was so fantastic that I promptly ordered my own Bible on Amazon. And then I stored it away in my craft space and forgot about it.

Then, just a few days ago, I read this post (again on Shanna Noel’s blog) and was again so inspired to make my own journaling Bible. I also discovered there’s a Journaling Bible Facebook group (which I promptly joined), Pinterest board, and Instagram hashtag. This week I was determined to get out my Bible and try my hand at it.

My goals in making a journaling Bible are:

#1. To connect with God in a deeper way. I love art, I love God and His Word. Combining the two speaks to my heart in a wonderful way

#2. I’m a visual person, and I feel that by journaling my thoughts and highlighting meaningful verses would be a great way to help me to remember them.

#3. Having a place to express my love for God, my questions, my prayers, my times of trial and my times of growth, especially in such a visual way, makes me happy.

#4. Hopefully one day this Bible might be a connection to future generations. I hope my children and grandchildren might be able to catch a glimpse of who I was, and more importantly, who God was to me. I hope this can serve as an encouragement and an inspiration to them too.

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I read Psalm 21:6 as part of my morning devotions and it really spoke to me. I would like to point out, in case you noticed it and wondered, that I did write the wrong reference at the top of my journaling page. Ignore that. I plan to correct that later.

The verses I read speak about the joy of being in the presence of the Lord. My devotional book spoke about “enjoying” the Lord. I can’t say that I really thought about enjoying the Lord before. Loving him, yes. Wanting to know Him, yes. Being awed and amazed by Him, yes. But do I really enjoy him?

When I thought about it, an image came to my mind of a small child being so excited about his daddy coming home at the end of the day so they can play together. The child looks forward to that time with an anticipation he can barely contain. When daddy comes home, they experience joy at being in one another’s presence. I want to enjoy my heavenly Father like that. To look forward to our times together with sweet anticipation. To laugh and giggle in His presence because He is just so much fun!

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I don’t often think of the “fun” aspect of God. But he’s the author of joy, right? In His presence is fullness of joy. He’s come to give us the abundant life. Life is pretty serious a lot of the time. It’s full of all kinds of sadness, sorrow, hurt and disappointments. But I wonder if God doesn’t want me to have more fun with Him. Spending time with our awesome daddy God should be the most fun thing a human being can possibly experience. Other things can bring us temporal joy or happiness. But can anything else really compare to the joy we receive from spending time in the presence of almighty God?

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I had a great time pulling out various things to use for my page. It was a lot of fun to combine this and that. I was able to use a lot of alphabet stickers. Those often get neglected, for some reason.

In case you’d like to check these out:

Here’s a link to the Journaling Bible Pinterest page. Some of those girls are making such beautiful work! I am SO inspired every time I go there.

This is the Bible I’m using, but there are many Bibles you can purchase. Just be sure to get one with wide margins.

I think my first page was pretty simple. I’d like to branch out more and use a wider range of textures and mediums. I love what people are doing with mists and masks and drops of paint. There are also many printables on Shanna’s blog. I haven’t used any of them, but they are awesome. I hope to try some of them as well.

What do you think? Does keeping a journaling Bible sound like something you’d like to try? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

Gossamer Blue September Sneaks

Hey there! It’s been a busy week this week, but I wanted to take a quick moment to share a few sneak peeks of projects I created using the upcoming September kits from Gossamer Blue.

When I got these kits I was so excited to see the beautiful colors, the fun embellishments, the patterned papers (both exclusive to GB and from other manufacturers). Everything goes together so well. I’m having a blast making things with the kits, and they will be perfect for all of those summer photos you took, for those of you who scrapbook.

Here’s a tiny look at a few of the projects I’ve been working on.

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Pretty papers and embellishments!

 

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Lots of gold in these kits this time around. Yay!

 

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My favorite project so far.

 

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There you have it! My first ever sneak peeks for Gossamer Blue! I can’t wait to share all of these, and more in full. Stay tuned. See anything you like?