Gossamer Blue March reveal

I have a confession to make. I’ve kind of fallen off the grid this past week! I’ve had my March Gossamer Blue projects done for a while, but I totally forgot to share some sneak peeks with you!

I got caught up in a painting project last week. My daughter’s room has needed a redo for quite a while and I promised her I’d get it done in either January or February. Well, January slipped on by, and I hadn’t gotten around to it. And then we were nearing the end of February. Last weekend we began to tackle it, and as it always does, it took longer than I hoped. I spent the greater part of last week painting, shopping for decor items, and putting things all back together. There are still a few things to do, but it’s nearly finished.

But, I apologize for forgetting all about you, and all about my finished cards, and all about the fact that February has only 28 days and the first of March just snuck up on me and took me by surprise! So sorry!

So, here I am! It’s March 1st, and that means there are new kits in the house!! Yippeee! If you haven’t seen them yet, hurry on over to the Gossamer Blue shop and take a look at the gorgeousness for yourself. Here are the links:

March Main kit

March Life Pages kit

add-on kits

Most of them are still available, so hurry and get the ones you want!

And here are the projects I made this month.

YOU be original (main kit only):

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What I loved from the main kit this time: Umm…..everything! Seriously! I love the flowers, the puffy stickers, the clear alphabet, the enamel shapes, the patterned papers. I love it all!

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Special Day (Life Pages kit only):

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What I loved from the Life Pages kit this month: The stamp set, the gold puffy stickers, the chipboard alphabets and shapes (although I didn’t get to use them yet), and of course, the Life Pages exclusive cards.

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I’m so Sorry (Bits and Pieces add-on kit):

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Probably my very favorite item of all in all the kits combined this month are the the foil journaling cards from Pinkfresh studio in this month’s Bits & Pieces kit. They. are. amazing!! I used one here and layered it over a watercolored piece of vellum. Then I added some of the beautiful sequins from the Bits and Pieces kit. They are my second favorite item this month. The Bits & Pieces kit is usually my favorite, but this month’s is just so, so good!!

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The sentiment was typed out on my typewriter.

Don’t Quit Your Day Dream (Main Kit and Life Pages add-on #3):

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I really loved the items from Pinkfresh Studio in the kits this month. They have a really fun, cutesy, kind of kitchy vibe. I’m not sure how to explain it. But I really loved it, since since they were so unique and different. I thought it would be fun to go a little bit abstract and create a fun background for the piuffy stickers, rub-ons, and sequins.

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I smooshed on a few different colors of ink, then brushed white paint over top when the ink was dry to tone down the colors and make them subtle. I kind of love how it turned out. Pretty different than any card I’ve created before, but I like it.

And that’s it for this today. I will be back later to share more projects using this month’s kits. Now that my daughter’s room is almost finished I hope to spend more time in my little craft nook. My hands start to itch when I go too long without making something!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Let me know what sparked your interest in this month’s kits!

Journaling Bible- He Satisfies

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Hey guys! I made this Bible journaling page yesterday when I should have been painting my daughter’s room (haha!). So, I thought I’d get right on it and share it with you all today. At least my procrastination ended up being beneficial in some way, right?

I wanted to use some white lettering with a bright colored background, so I chose to emboss my stamped letters with white embossing powder before applying the color. The embossing acts as a resist for the watercolors.

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I really wanted to use some saturated color on this page, so I pulled out my gelatos and had fun applying some bright pinks.

The secret to using gelatos is to to use a heavy hand, and apply them pretty thickly. Then use a small amount of water and a large brush to blend them together. Gelatos are great for using on the thin Bible pages, because you can get by with using such a small amount of water. I wet my brush, get as much water out as I can on the edge of my water jar, then blot more water out of my brush with my fingers before brushing over the gelatos.

My gelatos are a bit streaky, but I’m ok with that. That’s mostly because of how I applied them in an up and down motion. If you prefer less streaks, you could apply them in a circular motion instead.

The verse I chose to highlight this time is Psalm 107:9. For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. 

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When I mediated on this verse and some of other verses in this chapter, the song Healer by Kari Jobe came to mind.

He satisfies the thirsty. He is all I need. He is the answer for every longing and desire of my heart. All I could ever want or desire can be found in. He fills the hungry with good things. He is more than enough. Everything that comes from His hand is good.

Even when I’m going through a tough time. Even when life doesn’t make sense. Even when it hurts so bad. I want to be able to say that I trust Him. That I trust that He is still good. That I trust that He is still my portion. And that He still satisfies.

The images I’ve seen on Facebook this past week of the Christian men who were recently beheaded by ISIS came to mind. I didn’t watch the videos. I don’t want those images into my mind, and I don’t have to watch the videos to know what happened.

But the faces of those brave, courageous brothers came to my mind. I want that kind of faith and trust. That even faced with a violent death I will be convinced that my Lord is enough. That He is still my portion. And that I trust Him with the outcome. When I have nothing else at all but the Lord, I want to be able to say that He is still enough. He still satisfies.

Am I there yet? No. Not even close. I still try to find satisfaction in other things. I still so easily forget that in Him is where all the longings and desires of my heart find their fulfillment. I get so easily distressed when things don’t go my way. I’m so quick to turn and say “Why God?”, when I go through a valley. But I want to get to the place where He is really all I need. I don’t need to be comfortable, I need Jesus. I don’t need an easy life, I need Him. I don’t need everything to go my way, I need Him.

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I used some flower cut-outs that I’ve had for a while. They are by Kim Stewart and you can find them here, if you’d like to purchase them for yourself. The black glitter letters are some old ones from Pink Paislee that I’ve had for a while. The cork pieces are from Gossamer Blue. The vellum arrow is from Crate Paper’s Kiss Kiss line in the ephemera pack.

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Then I outlined my letters and made some black polka dots with a marker and added my cork embellishments.  I love how the cork looks with the bright pink. Be sure that your gelatos are completely dry before adding the rest of your embellishments. I hit mine with my heat gun to speed up the process.

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He. He is enough. He is the answer. He is my heart’s desire. He is everything. He satisfies.

Drop me a line in the comments section below. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this verse or this Bible journaling page, hear any questions you may have, or anything else you’d like to say.

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Think of me slaving away with a paintbrush in my hand and paint in my hair, OK? And if you feel inclined to come over and help, you can do that too! I won’t turn you away. And I may even feed you cookies! 

 

 

This Was Fun

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Oh hey! How are you guys? It’s been a week since my last post. How does that happen?

In that week we had Valentine’s Day. And I didn’t make any Valentine’s day crafts, except for the treats my daughter helped me make to share with her class. The ones we finished up the night before (as usual) and I didn’t take the time to photograph (as usual), except for a quick shot that I posted to Instagram.

We’ve had a couple of snow delays in the past week, which always messes up my schedule somewhat. Sleeping in a little is nice, but trying to catch up all day long isn’t so much fun. Today is a snow day for my kids. The two youngest are out shoveling and playing. It’s bitter cold, so we’ll see how long they actually last. Hot cocoa may be in order.

This scrapbook page is one I completed at the scrapbook retreat a few weeks ago. You may have caught a sneak peek at it, if you follow me on Instagram.

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I used a combination of products, some of which are fairly new, and some I’ve had for a while. That pocket page “Life is good” card and the flair are from Kelly Purkey Second City collection. The wood grain alphabet stickers are old ones from Studio Calico. the wood veneer stars and red paper clip are from my stash. I think the paper clip may have come from an old Studio Calico kit. I have no idea where that die cut tree card came from, but I love it. I think it came with an ephemera pack. Probably American Crafts. It looks like it could be a Dear Lizzie product, but I can’t remember.

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I also added some stamping. I like stamping thiose little phrases off a few times. It makes a bigger impact. Pus I just like the way it looks.

These photos are of my second son, taken several years ago. He was having fun in an inflatable jump house. He looks happy (and sweaty) doesn’t he?

I’m still working at scrapbooking old photos and filling in the gaps in my scrapbooks. It’s taking me a long time, since I don’t have as much time to dedicate to it as I’d like. But I’ll keep plugging away. Scrapbooking my photos is becoming more and more important to me.

Another things I’ve been plugging away at is my craft space. I shared with you guys that I moved my craft area from the basement to my second story. I began that process in late November/early December. Not the best time to make that move. But I’m happy to say that it is nearly finished. I have a few more final touches to make yet, and then I’ll be ready to share it with you guys. I’m really happy with how it turned out. Especially since it’s such a small space. But I think that’s one of the reasons I love it. It’s a very cozy and welcoming space. I’ll be sure to share more soon!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! For those of you who left comments last week, I apologize for not responding. I promise I will respond, even though it’s been a while. I love and appreciate you all and the times you stop by to say hello and share your thoughts.

I hope you have a happy day!

 

December Memories- final post

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I did it! I finally finished my December Memories album using the December Memories kit from Gossamer Blue! Originally my goal was to finish in early January. When that didn’t happen, I decided that having it done by February was a worthy goal. Well, I finished it on February 1st, so I’m pretty proud and happy that I finished it in pretty good time, for my first time.

I’m sharing all the pages I haven’t yet shared here on my blog, and this post is very photo heavy. So, get comfortable and let’s get going.

If you’d like to see the pages I previously shared, you can find them here and here.

Day 13: I recorded the fact that we dealt with some sickness this month and a photo of a cup of tea, which was a common beverage of choice during the sick days.

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On the other side of the red striped piece of paper, I added a bunch of ornament die cuts and embellishments to coordinate with my bokeh tree lights photo.

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I showed this page before, but I decided to embellish the tree with some of the sequins that came in the kit. I used a lot of sequins in my album, but I still have a TON left over! I love that the kit includes so many fun embellishments.

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Here’s another “filler” page. A piece of patterned paper layered over some white card stock I had punched some holes into so I could just add it to the album. Also a 3″ x 4″ card and a puffy sticker.

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Day 16: I recorded many of the cookies I baked this year. I bake a lot during the month of December. I also added two more photos on the other side of this one. It’s a fun way for me to remember which ones I made this year.

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Day 18: I also took photos of some of my decorations, since they tend to change every year. This year I loved the little ceramic village I found at the dollar store. I put one of the little buildings into a glass container with some salt for the snow and some bottle brush trees.

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Day 20: My daughter and husband on their daddy/daughter date to see the Nutcracker Ballet. She was so excited to get all dressed up in a new dress. She carefully applied lip gloss, and proudly wore one of my necklaces for the evening.

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Day 21: My family’s Christmas get together. I took many photos, but only chose a few to add to my album. These photos are of my dad handing out his gifts to the grandkids.

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Since my mom passed away and my dad is on his own, he gifts all 20 of his grandchildren with money to make things a little easier.

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A cozy winter nap is always nice.

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Day 23: Hot cocoa. A favorite winter beverage. I added some of the gold bags to my album by punching some holes along the side. I thought they’d make a great place to add the Christmas cards we received, but I ended up having enough album pages for that. I still like the way they look, even though they’re empty.

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Day 24: Christmas Eve. These are the gingerbread houses we made the day before Christmas. I added some stamping along the bottom of the page. The tree stamp is the one included with the kit.

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Day 25: Another bokeh shot. This time with candy canes.

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These are our Christmas Day photos. The candy cane sweet rolls on the left are a favorite yearly tradition. The kid beg me to make them every year, so we had them for our Christmas morning brunch after opening gifts.

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Showing off a new pair of socks. The kids each got a new pair of cozy socks in their advent box on Christmas morning to wear on Christmas Day.

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These are just some of our photos from opening our gifts. I didn’t include nearly all of them. But we’re not a family that is heavy on the gift giving. I just picked out one or two of my favorite photos of each person to include on these pages.

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I had to include the photos of the gifts Chloe made for her brothers. She didn’t have any money to spend, so I bought some small wooden pieces and nails so she could paint them and make some string art for her brothers to hang in their rooms. She did an amazing job and was so proud of her gifts. And her brothers loved them!

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Day 26: Our traditional family-on-the-sofa timer photo. On the right side is the photo of me wearing the gift Eric bought me. You can’t see them very well here, but I’m wearing some tiny gold necklaces, which I love.

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Days 27-30: There wasn’t much going on in the days right after Christmas. A lot of catching up on stuff, just hanging out etc. The photo on the left is one I took of all the Christmas cards we received this year.

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Day 31: New Year’s Eve. I included some photos of us at a New Year’s Eve party.

On the right is a the story of the Weaver family waiting until after the New Year for their Christmas get together this year, and that’s why there were no photos of that included in this album.

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I had a couple of empty pockets, so I slid our Christmas cards into them. I love that I had a place to include them in my album and store them safely. Plus it’s easy to pull them out and look at them when we want to.

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I had shared this snow day page that I made ahead of time in one of my earlier posts. However, we had NO SNOW in December! What to do? I had already made the page. So I decided to add it in anyway, and tell the story of our no snow December.

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Thoughts on the December Memories album process.

#1.Will I do it again next year? Probably, although I learned some things along the way to make the process go a little smoother next time. I learned some things that worked for me (keeping a list of daily activities we did) and things that didn’t (making pages ahead of time).

#2. How will I change things next time? Aside from the things I mentioned above, I learned some valuable lessons about having a preconceived notion about what the Christmas season should look like for us. Some things I planned to do didn’t happen. I over extended myself at the beginning of the month and took on too many things, which led me to feeling overwhelmed, distracted, and just generally on behind. Next year I want to simplify. It’s not about capturing some grand events, but just our daily activities. I want to capture more of the small details next time.

#3. Did I love this project? Yes and no, but let me explain. It’s not the project so much, but that I wasn’t able to enjoy it as much as I should have because of the reasons I mentioned above. This year felt so “off” and different for me. I’m not sure of all the reasons. I normally love everything about Christmas. But this year I was overwhelmed, distracted, feeling bleh. We had a busier schedule than it seems we usually do, which meant that we didn’t have a lot of time to do the seasonal stuff I had hoped to. We usually decorate the tree together, but I/we had no time, so Chloe did most of the tree decorating by herself, which makes me feel sad and guilty. Our Christmas was different since Eric’s family didn’t get together, so there wasn’t the usual going to Grandma’s that we normally do and look forward to. And Christmas feels different since my mom is gone too. With everything together, Christmas felt not quite as magical as it often does for me. So it’s not the project that I wasn’t feeling the love for, but the fact that my entire season felt off kilter.  But, in spite of that, I still enjoy paging through this album and remembering the things we did. I’m glad I did it anyway, even though this year felt “off” to me. It was fun to take the time to record some details I would otherwise have missed.

And that’s it for my December Memories posts for this time around.

 

 

 

 

 

Gossamer Blue February reveal 2

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Yesterday I shared my cards using the February Gossamer Blue main kit only. You can see those by scrolling down, or by clicking here.

Today I’m sharing the rest of my February projects, and these are made using a variety of kits.

This card (above) was made using the Life Pages kit only.

I told you I was really into angles this time. LOL! The large “V” shaped piece was cut from one of the Life Pages pocket inserts.

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The Life Pages kits includes a really nice stamp set. It includes a few different words to pair together, plus some hearts you could use to stamp inside the one included in the “Love” part, or use on their own.

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This card uses the Bits & Pieces kit and the exclusive digital print outs for February. I loved the stamp set included in this  month’s Bits & Pieces kit! The clouds are very cute, and I would like to get the chance to play around with that one some more.

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I watercolored a background for my clouds, which was a fun way to use this stamp. The heart gem and the enamel dots are from the Main Kit.

This next card also uses the exclusive digital files for the month of February.

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I love the chevron background included in this month’s digital cut files. There are just so many possibilities with this one. I chose to use the cut out parts on my card. I have the other part saved to use on another project.

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Those pretty alphabet letters, chipboard flowers, and the wood grain paper, are all from the Life Pages Themed add-on.

Again, please excuse the poor photos this time! I had to take them in less than ideal lighting conditions.

If you have any questions about any of the products or techniques I used on these cards, fire away. Have any questions on how you can start a subscription with Gossamer Blue? I’d be happy to help you with that as well.

 

 

Gossamer Blue February Reveal- Main Kit

The February Gossamer Blue kits are now live! You can see them all here:

Main Kit

Life Pages Kit

Main Kit add- on

Life Pages Main add-on

Life Pages Themed add-on

Bits & Pieces Kit

I’m sharing the cards I made using the Main Kit only today.

I’ve been enjoying exploring different ways to use angles on my cards, and both of my cards today show the results of that.

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The colors in the kits are quite a bit different than the last several months have been. There are more primary colors, and much more of a retro feel to the kits this time. I enjoyed seeing the different colors, themes, and patterns this time. I felt like they really worked well for a lot more masculine projects, although my cards still do show a feminine side.

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I loved the pattern on this paper and felt like it really paired well with soft blush, cream and white.

This next one is much bolder, and again I was playing around with different angles.

Please forgive the photos this time. I was on a tight schedule and had to take these photos without natural light. I planned to retake them later, but that never happened.

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That “absolutely” part of the sentiment is part of one of the stamps that comes with the kit. I used a marker to ink up just the one word to stamp this.

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I hand cut a couple of triangles to adhere to my card, along with a brad from the kit, and a little bit of thread.

I’ll be back tomorrow to share more of my projects from this month’s release.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Gossamer Blue February sneak peeks!

It’s that time again!! The Gossamer Blue February kits will soon be here and I’ve got some sneak peeks for you to whet your appetite.

These kits were a lot of fun to work with, and as usual, I could have made way more. Always more ideas than time.

Anyway, here goes.

Main kit:

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Life Pages kit:

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Bits & Pieces kit, Main kit, exclusive printables:

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Life Pages themed add-on, exclusive digital files:

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Fun, right? My favorites were all the awesome stamps this time around. I want to do so much more with them!

The digital files are awesome this month too! I adore the cute files, and I think you will too! And the printables! Super Cute! I have them laying on my desk so I can use more of them.

If you’d like to see a little more, you can head on over to the Gossamer Blue website and take a gander at the Look Book.

Tell me, which items stand out to you this time?