Gossamer Blue May Design Team Inspiration blog hop

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Hey guys! How’s it going? springtime is just whizzing on by, isn’t it?

Since today is the 15th, that means it’s time again for an inspiration blog hop with the Gossamer Blue design team.

This time I created a scrapbook page to share with you for the blog hop. I feel very rusty with my scrap booking. I don’t know….I used to feel a lot more comfortable with scrapbooking such a large space. But the more I work with cards and smaller areas, the harder time I have knowing what to do with such a big space. I just need to do more scrapbooking so I feel more comfortable again, right? That’s what I think.

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I actually had started on this page once before, didn’t like it at all, ripped it all apart and started all over again.Another thing I’m struggling with regarding scrapbooking lately is that I’m having a hard time with my photos. The ones I’m working on are snapshots of my kids that I took years ago. I love them, but a lot of them are busy and distracting, which makes it hard to scrapbook. I think I’ll be converting some of them to black and white to make it a little easier.

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I used the Main Kit, Life Pages kit, and Life Pages themed add-on for this page.  The wood veneer words and the alphabets are from the main kit, as are the patterned papers. The stamp is from the Life Pages kit.

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Those chalkboard stickers are great, aren’t they? They’re from the Life Pages kit.

Journaling reads: These boys love to pick beans! And they love to eat them. I’ll never forget the time I saw them run up to the porch with handfuls of beans and bow their little heads to pray before they ate them. So, so cute!

Goodness, I feel like I have so much to share with you guys, but no time to blog!! I’ve been a mad woman, with outside work, throwing a gigantic 16th birthday party for my son, and trying hard to finish up a few things before summer begins. But I have some fun things coming. I promise.

But for now, head on over to visit the blogs of these amazing ladies for lots of fabulous inspiration for today! And thanks for stopping by!

And, just because it’s blog hop time, and because I’ve been a blog slacker lately, I’ll give away a fun package of paper crafting goodies to one person who comments. I’ll ship it out anywhere in the US.

Anabelle O’Malley
Beshka Kueser
Brenda Weaver <<< You are here.
Caylee Grey
Cindy Liebel
Diane Payne
Emily Spahn
Erin Taylor
Eunyoung Lee
Heather Leopard
Jill Keller
Joy Taylor
Katie Ehmann
Laura Rahel Crosby
Tara Anderson

Thanks for stopping by! I hope your day is amazing!

May Gossamer Blue kits are live!

Hey guys!! The first day of the month means it’s reveal day at Gossamer Blue! Head on over to the website and take a look at those awesome new kits. Be sure to grab the ones you want before they’re gone! Here are the links:

Main Kit

Life Pages kit

add-ons

This time, in addition to the main kit and Life Pages kit, I got the Life Pages main add-on, Bits & Pieces kit, and the Life Pages themed add-on.

And here are the cards I made this time around.

My Amazing Friend (Main kit):

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The kits include lots of Crate Paper this month, which I absolutely A.D.O.R.E.! This embellishment package is so much fun. I used several pieces to dress up little bits of the beautiful patterned paper.

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I added a sentiment with my typewriter. I love the fresh vintage vibe to these papers and embellishments.

Sweet (main kit):

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I really liked the large wood veneer and cork pieces in this month’s main kit. I did some watercoloring on a piece of card stock and then layered my wood veneer piece on top.

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I makes a statement all on its own, so I didn’t add much else, except for the cute gold stars and pretty papers.

Happy birthday (Bits & Pieces kit):

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Once again, that pretty paper is from Crate Paper (Confetti collection). Isn’t it fun? This is the 6″x6″ paper pad. I used lots of bits and pieces from the paper pad to create this card.

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I also added puffy gold stickers and stamped mint green hearts.

Remember you are loved (Life Pages kit, Bits & Pieces kit, Life Pages themed add-on, Life Pages main add-on):

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I really loved the huge gold paper clips in the Life Pages main add-on. Another favorite item, or items, were the tiny wood veneer, cork, and plastic hearts and stars in the Life Pages main kit. Love them!!

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See, how cute? Just itty bitty. Perfect for tucking into a small space or just adding a little something.

Hello (Life Pages kit):

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This one’s a simple one. I wanted to use one of the cards in the life Pages kit, so I paired it with the gold puffy sticker and mounted it on some pretty blue card stock.

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And there’s another look at those adorable little wood veneer hearts!

Want to see what the rest of the design team did with these kits? You can visit the gallery and check them all out. You’ll find the scrapbook designer’s gallery here, the cards and projects designer’s gallery here, and the Life Pages designer’s gallery here.

We’d love for you to stop by, take a look around, say hello to everyone in the forums, and share your projects with us. 

Have a great weekend!

card process with Gossamer Blue

In case you missed it, I shared a card last week on the Gossamer Blue blog, showing my card process from start to finish. I nearly forgot to share it here with you, so here it is.

Card process from start to finish:

I asked the question on the forum not too long ago about what kinds of things you all would like to see as far as card making goes. One of the responses suggested a start to finish tutorial on my card making process.

I’ve been making cards for quite a while now, and it comes pretty naturally to me. But, for those of you who are just getting started in card making, or maybe have no idea where to begin, I thought it would be fun to take you through my thought process when I sit down to make a card.

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Probably at least 90% of the time I begin with certain products I’d like to use. Especially when making cards with my Gossamer Blue kits. I pull out a few certain things, see if any of them spark an idea, and go from there.

This time I knew I wanted to use these wood veneer pieces from Crate Paper that came in the Life Pages Theme add-on this month. I thought they’d look great paired with the Crate Paper puffy stickers that come in the Main Kit. I also really wanted to use that “wonderful” card.

I also had a basic layout concept in mind. Sometimes I do, and other times I just play around with it until an idea comes to mind.
I also knew I wanted to incorporate some machine stitching somewhere. I wasn’t sure if I actually would, but that was on my list.

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Then I pulled out a few more items from my April kits that I thought I might use for my card. I often make a little pile of stuff I think I might use and just go from there. Sometimes I use the things on the pile, sometimes not.

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I love the blue card stock from the April Main Kit. It’s such a pretty shade. So I chose to use that for my card base.

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Then I began to just play around with placement. I placed the card over to the right to create a space for the veneer pieces. Nothing is adhered down at this point. I’m just experimenting.

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I cut apart the little puffy stickers, leaving them adhered to the sheet so I could move them around to figure out where I want them without committing.

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Once I was happy with the placement of all my elements I began to adhere them.
I also added a bit of machine stitching to the card and selected a little phrase sticker to add to it.

And I didn’t take a photo of this, but I also decided I wanted to add a little piece of floral patterned paper to the right side of the card. Sometimes that happens. I change my mind about something after I have everything glued down. Fortunately, the little puffy stickers peeled up easily so I could tuck my patterned paper strip underneath without a problem.

And here’s the final results:

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So, you can see I didn’t use all of the items I picked out at the beginning. That’s OK. I tend to not use a ton of different products on my cards most of the time, but prefer to stick with three or four different items. Using more than that feels overwhelming to me. But that’s just my personal preference.

I hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions at all about card making or my process, please feel free to leave your questions in the comments below. And if you have any other suggestions on what kinds of things you’d like to see regarding card making, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Gossamer Blue May sneak peeks

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It’s that time again!!In just a few days the newest kits from Gossamer Blue will be available to purchase.

The kits this time have such a fun vibe! I loved the colors, patterns, and fun embellishments. I have more ideas in store to share with you just as soon as I find (or take) a little more time to play. I made five cards this time, but barely scratched the surface in using all the pieces I want to use. You will love these kits, I promise!

These will be available on the first go May, so don’t miss it!

Journaling Bible- what to do when you mess up

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Do you ever have those times when you set out with a general idea in mind, but things just don’t quite work out as planned? I’m pretty sure we all do. This page happens to be one of those such projects for me.

I chose this verse to focus on in Psalm 32:8:

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (NIV)

But I like the New King James Version better. This is the version I read first and I love how it spoke to me:

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will guide you with My eye. (NKJV)

When I read that I thought “hmmm…He will guide me with His eye? How does that work?”

But did you ever give your kids the stink eye, hoping your stern look will make them behave? Or send a message to your spouse with just a look across the room? Or share a secret with a friend with just a glance? That’s the kind of intimacy this verse speaks of to me. It’s a whole lot more connected, more intimate, more familiar than God just having His loving eye on me, which is great, don’t get me wrong. Having God’s loving eye on me is comforting too. But to be so close to God that He can guide me with His eye. With just a glance, a certain sparkle or knowing look. That’s the kind on intimacy and closeness I want with my Lord, don’t you?

How does that translate to our lives? After all, we can’t really see God’s eye. How can He guide us with his eye if we can’t see it? To me, it means more of a Spiritual eye. That the closer I get to the Lord, the better I will be able to feel, hear, see, and understand His nudgings. The closer I get to God, the better I will know what He wants and expects and desires. I’ll better understand His glance of love, His look of chastening, and yes, we’ll even share secrets that belong only to the two of us. God secrets are the best ones!

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So anyway, on to the page. I really wanted to use some new acrylic paints I got. I had sort of an idea of how I wanted this page to look, more or less. I wanted the paints nice and concentrated over in the left margin, and then more transparent over the script, because I really like it when I can still read the words when I’m finished.

So I set out with my paints, using a plastic scraper to apply the paint to my page. But the paint got way too dark! I wanted just a little bit of blue, but it kind of took over. And the more I scraped the paint around, the worse it got. The paint was covering the text so much that I couldn’t read it. So I grabbed a slightly wet paint brush and tried removing some of the paint so I could read the words. It worked, but left the paint with so many more streaks and lines than I would have wished.

I had a piece of extra card stock tucked under my page for extra stability while I worked, but as the paint dried, my page stuck to the card stock. When I tried to peel it up, my page began to tear. So now I not only had ugly paint, I also had a torn page. I was just thinking to myself that I’d just chalk this one up as a failure and move on.

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But then I had the idea to cover the torn areas with washi tape. I figured I had nothing to lose at this point, so I went for it. Then I pulled out some very old black and white rub-ons that I’ve had for a very long time, and began to apply them to my margin. And guess what! I actually began to like how it turned out.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been seeing more and more home decor and other projects featuring modern and funky eyes. I really wasn’t to crazy about them when I first started seeing them, but they kind of grew on me. So I thought it would be fun to create my own eyes for this page. I pulled out a few letter stickers to spell out my phrase, then grabbed a couple of random stamps to create the eyes. I used an open leaf/flower petal one for the outline, and a round dot for the the center. Then i added a few strokes with a sharpie for the lashes.

Maybe to some of you, seeing an eye staring back at you would be unsettling, but I kind of like the craziness of it.

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So I have to tell you one more thing about this page. When I was finished I was struck by how this page, after the mess ups and all, reminded me of how God’s grace is just like that. When we think we’ve made such a mess of things that it could never be repaired. That nothing beautiful could ever come out of all the ugly mess we’ve made. God’s grace comes in and makes something beautiful, gives us another chance, cleans us up and makes us pure and holy.

I shared a photo of just a corner of this page a couple of days ago, kind of as a sneak peek. And when I took a closer look at the photo after I posted it, I saw that the sunshine spilling across my desk had illuminated this verse: Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. (Pslam 32:1)

Isn’t that beautiful! And I promise I didn’t even see that until after I had posted what I did about God’s grace!

So even though I’m still not all that crazy about the paint on this page, the messages that are contained here for me make it so meaningful. The message about God’s eye, the message of His grace, and the message about not giving up when it feels like all is lost, but keep working at it.

So here are my tips for a few things you can do when you think you’ve messed up a project beyond repair:

1. Cover it up. This is what I do most of the time when I make mistakes. There’s usually some way to cover it up so no one even knows.

2. Rework it. If you can’t cover it up, maybe you can work it into your design somehow. Add and embellishment or something that will distract the viewer’s eye from the mistake. Most times they probably won’t even notice anyway.

3. Keep going. What may look like a really bad mistake can sometimes be turned into something you like even better, if you just keep on going.

4. Chalk it up as a learning opportunity. Not every project has to be a winner. And all of us have those projects that are just a huge fail. And that’s OK. Sometimes those fails can be a really great way to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

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Thanks for stopping by today! I know this post got  a little bit long, so thanks for sticking with me!

If you have any questions at all about Bible journaling, the process or products I used, or just want to leave me a note to say hello, I’d love that. Your questions and comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Have an awesome day!

 

Gossamer Blue Design Team April Inspiration blog hop

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Hello, hello!! Welcome to another fun blog hop with the Gossamer Blue girls! I always enjoy these hops so much, and I hope you do too!

Today I pulled a few things out of my April kits to make some super easy cards that take almost no time at all.

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I always love all the Life Pages cards that come in the Life Pages kits and add-ons. But I tend to accumulate them, since I don’t do a ton of pocket page scrapbooking. I thought it would be fun to use up some of them on my cards.

I made two cards using the same, basic design, and each card uses two Life Pages insert cards. I used a patterned one and a phrase one on each card, then added a few embellishments to each.

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This one is pretty and feminine. I chose a text patterned paper from the Bits & Pieces kit as my background. Then I paired the Hello Beautiful sentiment card with a pink chevron patterned one and layered them on top. Both the Hello Beautiful card and the pink chevron one are from the Life Pages Themed add-on.

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I also added some chipboard flowers from the Main Kit, a wood veneer heart from the Bits & Pieces kit, and a polka dot tab sticker from the Main Kit.

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I managed to make the second one entirely different than the first by choosing more graphic designs and a modern color scheme to work with.

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This camera card from the Life Pages kit already had a phrase on it, but I wanted it to say something more fitting for a card. These tiny phrase stickers, also from the Life Pages kit, were the perfect thing. I chose a few that made sense and placed them over the existing phrase.

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I kept this one a little cleaner and just added a few gold star stickers from the Main Kit as accents. The patterned paper I used for the background here is from Bits & Pieces Kit. The triangle patterned pocket page card is also from the Life Pages kit.

Thanks to my Life Pages pocket page inserts, these two cards came together in no time at all. Plus I was able to use up a few instead of letting them accumulate.

Be sure to take a hop around and check out what all the other design team gals made using this month’s kits. I know you’ll be inspired!

Anabelle O’Malley

Beshka Kueser

Brenda Weaver <<<You are here

Caylee Grey

Cindy Liebel

Diane Payne

Emily Spahn

Eunyoung Lee

Heather Leopard

Jessica Lohof

Jill Cornell

Jill Keller

Kasia Przybyt

Katie Ehmann

Laura Rahel Crosby

Magda Mizera

Melanie Blackburn

Michelle Wooderson

Michiko Kato

Rebecca Luminarias

Sabrina Alery

Yana Smakula

Thanks for joining me today!