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

Gossamer Blue August reveal

 

 

Hello, August! Nice to meet you! I’m sure you have lots of great things in store for us. Just like the August kits from Gossamer Blue. They are full of good things! These kits include products from some of my favorite companies and they are so colorful and vibrant. Perfect for documenting the hot and humid days of summer. I created a variety of projects this time. I’m sharing two here today. Stay tuned for the rest.

Happiness card (Main Kit):

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Umm…hello, cute little Volkswagon van! Aren’t you the cutest thing! I want a real one of these. A pink one, just like this. With green windows. Cute! I just had to put this on a project, so I chose to make a card with it.

I also love the puffy stickers from October Afternoon. I made a fun watercolor background for my card. I think it fits the vibe, don’t you think?

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There are a LOT of great pieces in this chipboard package from Simple Stories besides the van. I love it all. So many cute summertime icons.

 

Summer tags (various kits):

IMG_6983I pulled out stuff from various kits to make these tags, including the main kit, Life Pages kit, the main kit add-on, and add-on #2. Tags are such fun to make. I love to select product to fill the small space.

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Easy like a Sunday morning. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy. Cute little basket of lemons, and stamped phrase, and a cork heart layered on some patterned paper.

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Paint and washi and a wood veneer anchor, with blobs of white mist, of course.

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And a tag I made from patterned paper, layered with more patterned paper and some cute ice cream treat stickers.

And on the right is a simple one with patterned paper, a chipboard frame, and flair, finished off with a little word sticker.

Don’t you just love the bright and happy colors? I do, although there are also some more subtle shades for those of us who like those too. The August kits are really pretty great all around. Head on over to Gossamer Blue and check them all out. Snag yours before they sell out!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

 

here in my own heart

I made an art journal page several months ago that I haven’t shared here yet.

I felt like creating something to reflect my heart that day. But I wasn’t sure what. So I pulled out my art journal and decided I’d just start somewhere and see where it led me.

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Most days I feel happy. Brave. Content. But some days I don’t.

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Journaling: “Some days are messy. Some days it feels like the sun isn’t shining, even if it is. Some days you wonder if anyone sees, hears, cares, understands.

Some days I want to pull myself inside my own heart and withdraw from the world around me. Some days my heart feels trampled and I just want to protect it.

Sometimes it feels safer in here.”

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My page is messy. The silk screen leaked with my first attempt using the black paint. That wasn’t really what I was going for. Then the silk screen pulled off some parts of the patterned paper. So I pulled off other parts too. That wasn’t part of the plan. I wanted it neat. Tidy. Just right.

Life is like that. It’s beautiful, but messy. Some days it’s a beautiful mess,  and some days you just want beauty, but all you get is messy. Some days your best attempts don’t turn out as planned. Some days it feels like all you do is mess up, even when you’re trying your best not to.

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As an introvert, sometimes all I want to do is to retreat into myself. It’s safe there. I don’t have to worry there about what others think, or feel, or demand. Sometimes I just want to stay there for a while, until it feels safe to emerge again. Or until I feel stronger, whichever comes first.

As an introvert, people are exhausting to me sometimes. Putting myself out there to build relationships is  emotionally taxing. Some days it doesn’t feel worth it. It’s hard work. It takes a lot from me. It doesn’t come easy, like it seems to for other people. Sometimes I feel spent, even though the relationship may be one I treasure immensely. And if the time and effort I’ve put into building a friendship doesn’t seem to be showing that it was worth it, it makes me want to withdraw, where it’s safer. To protect my heart.

Except that’s a lonely place. But safe. But lonely.

So, I have a choice. Stay in there where it’s neat and tidy, and understandable, and safe. But lonely.

Or step out there, where it’s messy, and not safe, and risky. Most days this is what I choose to do. To risk it. Because I know it will reap rewards. Life is dull and lonely without the people in it. Caring takes risk. Being vulnerable takes bravery. Being me takes a measure of courage. And this is what I choose to do most days.

But some days…..some days I just want to stay inside.

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August sneak peeks

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How? That is the question.

My calendar tells me we’re just a few days away from August.

Again, I ask, how?

The cashier at the store I was shopping in yesterday said something about back-to-school shopping, and it took a while for that to register in my brain. Once August arrives, the summer goes by like the wind.

But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There is still some summer left to enjoy, and there is till lots of summer goodness coming your way from Gossamer Blue. The August kits are so colorful and fun, and so full of summer freshness. I can’t wait until you see them! Only a few more days!