Gossamer Blue September reveal 2

I’m back with more Gossamer Blue September kit projects today.
I shared the scrapbook layouts yesterday, so today it’s going to be the cards.

Just Be You card (Main Kit only):

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Pinkfresh Studio has been knocking out some super cute collections lately, and the September kits include some of their Happy Things collection. Their designs are just so fun and whimsical, so unlike anything else out there right now. The puffy stickers are from Pinkfresh Studio. The patterned paper is from Elle’s Studio. I also added a few stitched elements to my card for even more whimsy.

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And the owl…isn’t it cute? He/she is sharing some important words of wisdom. Just be you. Don’t forget that.

Mini card trio (Main Kit, Life Pages kit, Life Pages Main add-on, Life Pages add-on #3):

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I decided to do something a little different and make a set of mini cards. These measure 3″ x 4″, so they could even work to slip inside a Life Pages pocket page instead of mailing them.

I used a variety of kits for these cards. By the end I and all my kits all spread out over my desk and had lost track of which product belonged where. But I think I used a little bit from each of those kits.

Dream Today

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Wild at Heart

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Smile

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I just loved how these turned out. They would also make great lunchbox notes, gift card holders, or an addition to a package.

Have you been enjoying the September reveal so far?

Again, here are the direct links to the kits:

Main Kit

Life Pages Kit

add-ons

And here are the design team gallery links:

Scrapbook gallery

cards and projects gallery

Life Pages gallery

 

 

Gossamer Blue September 2015 reveal

Good morning! Today is reveal day for the September Gossamer Blue kits! Today I’m sharing the scrapbook layouts I made with these kits, and tomorrow I’ll be sharing the cards, so stay tuned.

Special for today layout (Life Pages kit, Life Pages Main add-on, and Life Pages add-on #3):

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Even though there are plenty of summer items included in the kits, I couldn’t wait to make a page using this photo I took last fall of a pretty red leaf.

Journaling says:

It was just an ordinary day of shopping when i just happened to look down and notice this pretty red leaf on the sidewalk. I was struck by how its only job was to just “be”. Whether anyone noticed it or not. It was just quietly beautiful right where it was. So just be. Be your beautiful self right where you are. Whether anyone notices or not.

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I love the ephemera kit from Crate Paper included in the LP add-on #3. It’s full of all kinds of gorgeous die cuts! The patterned paper you see is actually a 4″ x 4″ Life Pages card included in the Life Pages Main add-on. I cut it in two pieces to add to this layout. It just so happened that i had a 3″ x 4″ photo to use, so they were the perfect size for each other!

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And I had to use that “fall” wood veneer piece. Love! I also used some stamping and glitter splatters.

Cute cousins layout (Main Kit only):

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I had to make a main kit only layout! One of my favorite piece in the entire kit was that piece of patterned paper from Crate Paper. I cut the rectangles apart and used two pieces in this layout. The flashcard looking pieces (F is for fun and S smile) are the ones I used. So cute!
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I used photos from a couple of summers ago. We had some of my nephews and a niece over for a cousin sleepover. It was great fun! I can’t believe how much the kids have changed since then. My kids love their cousins. And I’m so happy they have a relationship like that. It sure does make summer sleepovers awesome!

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I hope you’re liking what you see. Here are the links to the September kits:

Main Kit

Life Pages Kit

Add-ons

And here are the design team gallery links:

Scrapbook gallery

Cards and projects gallery

Life Pages gallery

supply challenge- wood veneer and cork embellishments

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If you’re at all like me, you probably have certain supplies that just seem to build up. I have several of those, but especially wood veneer and cork accents right now. It probably has to do with the fact that I get either wood veneer or cork embellishments, or both, with nearly every Gossamer Blue kit. I love wood veneer and cork. But if I found my stash growing to where it wouldn’t fit the designated container anymore.

My craft space is small, so I have to either stay on top of using things up, or get rid of things that tend to pile up by selling it or giving it away. I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to use things up when they get to the overflow point. And how fun to try to use as many of these items on one project as I can, right?

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I had this small photo that I took on a recent visit to an Anthropologie store that I thought would be fun to use. I pulled out all my Gossamer Blue wood veneer and cork accents and chose ones I thought worked well with this photo.

Then I arranged them all in a pleasing manner and adhered them with liquid glue.

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Since this technique is busy, I kept the rest of the supplies to a minimum.

I also used some older patterned paper from Crate Paper on this layout, along with some Gossamer Blue patterned paper. This was a quick and easy layout to put together.

I really, really loved how it turned out. Kind of quirky and unique, just like Anthropologie!

Do you have any certain supplies that tend to get out of hand? Want to join me in challenging yourself to use it up? I dare you!

I’d love for you to share your project with me. Just link it up in the comment section below. I promise I’ll check it out and leave a comment.

Gossamer Blue September sneaks

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Each month I am always surprised by how quickly four weeks can go by! I’m ready for September. I love fall. It’s my favorite season of all. I love summer too, and I’ve enjoyed it. But I’ve had enough sun and heat. Enough trying to keep my poor outdoor plants alive. I’m ready for cooler weather. Crisp mornings and changing leaves.

The September kits have plenty of summer goodness in them for you to finish up any summertime projects. They are a good mix of summer products and multi-seasonal items. I’m pretty sure you will love them!

Also, I was up on the Gossamer Blue blog last week with a fun post on wearing your art with digital cut files. You can check that out here.

And just to let you know, there is a new class coming to Gossamer Blue!

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You can find out more about the class and register here.

Gossamer Blue is turning 3 this month and they are celebrating with a sale!! Check that out here.

I think that’s all for now. Later!

 

On My Desk- You Inspire Me

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Oh hey! Yes, it’s me! I am still around.

I realize I said I had a lot to share…oh, about a month ago or so. And then I dropped off the grid. Sorry about that. I still do have a lot to share. I’ll get to that all as soon as I can.

See, the end of summer kind of snuck up on us. It seemed like it was all fine and good. We were going at a pretty relaxed pace, no worries. Hakuna matata. But then August came and we realized, like we do every summer, that the summer days are slipping away fast, and that we’d better stuff as much into August as we can. So we had sleepovers, and a vacation, and school shopping and the like.

The last week before school started was a little crazy. But now I can’t believe we’re three days into another school year again. The transition has gone smoothly thus far. I am enjoying the new schedule again. I’ve been getting up at 5 am to make breakfast and pack my lunch boxes before the kids and my husband leave at 6:30. I like to give myself plenty of time. Especially since I usually cook an actual breakfast. No cold cereal unless we have to, for some reason.

By the time the kids go to bed, I am bushed! Trying to get into the habit of being in bed by 9 and asleep by 9:30. I have such night owl tendencies and so it’s hard.

In other news, I got a new camera. But I don’t know how to use it yet. I’m working on it. My old camera is a Canon and the new one is a Nikon. So not only am I learning how to use a more complex camera, the Nikon settings are all so new to me. But I’ll get there. I’ve been reading the manual to try to figure it all out. Exciting, I know.

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This card was made using some leftovers from the third card in this post. I had painted some card stock with several colors of acrylic paint to make those cards. It was so pretty. And you know me, I could not throw that away. I punched out a few triangles from the leftover painted paper to make this card. That leftover painted paper has been floating around my craft space for quite a while, so it was nice to finally find a use for it.

I added a few tiny mist drops to the background, some black thread, and a stamped sentiment from Altenew.

I’ve missed being here. I’ve missed sharing the things I’ve been working on. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a few sneak peeks of new Gossamer Blue projects. I’ll share more of those soon.

How have you been? I’d love to hear from you.Drop me a line and let me know how things are in your world.

 

 

 

 

 

5 on the 5th, a little late

Oh hey there! This month is slipping on by way too fast. So fast that I am having a hard time remembering which day it is. Which must be why I completely forgot to post a 5 on the 5th post. Because the 5th just went on right by me and I didn’t even notice!!

I’ll get this 5 on the 5th thing down sometime. Maybe even sometime this year!

So anyway, here are my five things on the 5th, just a couple of days late.

5 paper crafting trends I’m loving (and may never tire of):

  1. watercolor. I seriously love it so much that I can’t imagine not loving it forever. And there are a million ways to incorporate watercolor in a project, so I think maybe I will not tire of it any time soon. These watercolor ideas by Jen KinKade are awesome.
  2. Woodgrain. I have loved this trend for quite some time. I love using different woods in my household decorating, so I think it’s just my style to enjoy the look of woodgrain.
  3. white everything. I love the clean, modern look of using lots of white. That is also something I incorporate into my decorating. Funny how that works. If you don’t know what your paper crafting style is, look around at the things you tend to purchase for your home or how you choose to decorate it. I just love this page by Marivi Pazos, and this card by Dana Fleckenstein.
  4. brush script. Love this trend. Hope it never goes away.
  5. Pineapples and citrus. This is a little trend I’ve been seeing a lot lately. Especially with summer themed products. I like it a lot. Although, I think for me it could go the way of the doily and the feather. I could tire of it if it gets overused. But for now I’m loving the freshness it adds to a project. Thinking about how I could incorporate citrus into a winter themed layout. :) I already have some ideas.

Well, there’s my list of things I’m loving. How about you?

Gossamer Blue August reveal- Summer Reading

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This page was made for Page Maps, using one of their fabulous ketches. You can find it, and other great sketches here.

It was a lot of fun to work with their  sketches. I used this one:

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Everything used here is from the Gossamer Blue August kits.

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If you’re wondering why the acetate number paper is backwards, it’s because I liked the color of the backside better. The front is gold, but the back side is this lovely rose gold. I felt it went so much better with the other pinks on my page than the gold did.

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And I managed to get away with using florals and pinks on this page about my son reading at the local library. But I think it works. Especially since the photos are taken in their lovely courtyard with lots of summer flowers blooming. We have the prettiest library to go to! It’s in a large, beautiful, old building with very high ceilings and gorgeous woodwork. Every time I go there I dream about somehow turning it into my house. Ha!

You can see more design team work in the layout gallery here, the cards and projects gallery hereand the Life Pages gallery here.

XOXO

Brenda