a scrapbook page and a winner!

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Last weekend I attended a scrapbook retreat by the Chesapeake Bay. It was great to get away for some uninterrupted crafty time. Not to mention that having my meals and clean up all taken care of by others for a few days was bliss!

This page was one I completed over the weekend. I used the On My Desk collection from Gossamer Blue with just a few extra things added.

The photos are ones of my daughter when she was two. Those pudgy cheeks and pigtails are killing me! It doesn’t feel that long ago that she looked that way. (sigh)

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That bicycle flair was one I got in one of my Gossamer Blue kits. I thought it was a perfect fit.

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The little bicycle flash card was one I’ve had a long time. I believe it came in an ephemera kit. From October Afternoon, possibly? Besides the flash card and flair, everything is from Gossamer Blue, On My Desk. I love that collection so much!

I added just a touch of stitching here and there when I got home.

And now for the winner!

I said I’d choose one person who commented on my Gossamer Blue January Inspiration blog hop post to win a package of goodies. Sorry it’s taken me so long, but the winner of the prize package is:

Anna Cate who said:

“Love the bubbles!”

Congrats, Anna Cate!! Please contact me with your mailing address so I can send you your package of fun!

Thanks so much to all of you for commenting! Giving away prize packages is fun, so maybe I’ll do it next time too. :)

 

Pretty Envelopes with Gossamer Blue

In case you missed it, I shared a post over on the Gossamer Blue blog a few days ago on making pretty envelopes. Here’s what I shared there:

Many of you enjoy making your own cards to hand out to friends and family members. It’s a fun way to exercise your creativity, use up your scrapbooking supplies, and save money on the Hallmark versions.
But what about the envelope you choose to send/present it in? It’s easy enough to slip a hand made card into a plain envelope, and that’s what I do most of the time. But how fun would it be to receive a pretty envelope in the mail amongst all the boring bills?
Or when you hand a card to someone in person, they might get a hint of how special the card inside is, just by looking at the decorated envelope! It will stand out from the rest, that’s for sure.
Dressed up envelopes are just plain fun, and I think they make the recipient feel all the more special. Today I’d like to share a few ways you can dress up your envelopes and take your card giving up a notch.
1. Line the inside with pretty patterned paper.

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This is fairly easy to do. I laid my envelope down onto my patterned paper and traced the flap. Then I cut about 1/8” inside the lines so it would be a little smaller than the flap. Be sure to leave enough paper to extend down inside the envelope far enough past the opening.
It’s fun to choose patterned paper to match your card or the color of your envelope. I kind of want to line all my envelopes now, because it just looks so pretty!

2. Make your own envelopes out of patterned paper or cardstock.

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This is a fun way to use some of your favorite pretty papers. The great thing about making your own is that you can make them any size you want. So, if you have an odd sized card, making your own envelope for it is a great way to go!

I didn’t use any patterns or templates for these. I simply folded and cut, and played around with the sizes. You can easily make your own, or look up some templates online. If you’d like detailed instructions on how I made these I’d be happy to share the process on my blog. Just leave me a comment below and I will see if I can create a tutorial for you.
You can simply glue the flaps shut with a bit of adhesive, or you can add some string closures with brads or eyelets. Or tape it shut with some washi tape.

3. Decorate the front.

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I used stamps on some of mine. Flowers for just a bit of decoration (they coordinate with the liner paper inside), and a scalloped stamp to create an address spot.

The bottom one has a piece of cardstock stitched into place to create a spot for addressing the envelope.
You could also try out some doodling, rub-ons, washi tape, and other flat decorations to dress up the front of envelopes that will be going through the mail.
For ones you’ll be giving in person, why not try this:

4. Decorate them with fun embellishments.

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This is great for those times you’ll be presenting the card in person. Use some die cuts, washi tape, wood veneers, cork accents, enamel dots, etc.etc. to dress up your envelopes. You can really have fun with this! All of a sudden it’s just as much fun to create the envelope as it is to create the card! And just as much fun to receive too!

So why not make some envelopes worthy of holding those gorgeous had made cards you enjoy giving away? I think your recipients will love it!

Journaling Bible- This is Eternal Life

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Hi everyone! I feel a little scattered on the blog front lately. I’ve been meaning to share my latest Journaling Bible entry with you for a little while now, but life kept on getting in the way.

But this one is about a verse that has grown in meaning to me over the last year or so. When we think about Jesus dying on the cross for our sins so we can have eternal life, what do you think of? For most of my life, eternal life, to me, meant that I would be able to spend eternity in heaven with Christ after I die, or Jesus returns, whichever comes first. And that’s true. It is what eternal life means. At least partly.

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But this verse, found in John 17:3 says this “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” So, according to this verse, we get to experience eternal life here, on this side of heaven. Eternal life is truly knowing the One True God, and His Son, Jesus Christ. Not just knowing about Him. Not just attending church, or mass each week. Not just being outwardly religious. But eternal life is found in KNOWING God!! It’s God’s heart that we would truly know him and His Son, Jesus. That is why Jesus came, so we could know God and be reconciled to Him. And when we do, we find eternity planted in our hearts.

IMG_9647This is exciting, right? It’s exciting that the the eternal, true God finds his home in people like you and me. It’s exciting to me that God wants us to know Him so much that He willingly sent His one and only Son to die for us so we could know Him. How’s that for your Father’s heart? He already knows you. Everything about you. He wants you and me to truly know Him and his Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit on a personal and intimate level. Not just as some big guy in the sky, or some god far removed from humanity, or someone stern, harsh, and difficult to please. If that was how he is, he would’t have sacrificed his son for you! His son wouldn’t have willingly died in your place! He loves you and me so intensely and wants you to know him back!

I encourage you to dig into the Word of God and find for yourself the truths that are in there. God’s love for you and me is written all over the pages. Seek Him with your whole heart and seek to know Him on an intimate level. He longs to commune with you and me. To live in us, to work in us and through us to show Himself to a hurting world.

For this page I used a mixture of old letter stickers, rub-ons, die cuts, stamps, hand lettering and print outs from Shanna Noel’s blog that I printed out onto vellum. I’m finding that this is a great way to use up some of those supplies that have been sitting here for a while, unnoticed. I went with a pink, yellow, and black color scheme with woodgrain accents this time.

What do you think of this verse? Has this verse spoken to you at all in any way? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Runway Inspired- neons

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I used to take part in lots of challenges, back in my first several years of card making. I always enjoyed them a lot, and they were a great way to stretch myself creatively and begin to find my style.

Nowadays, I just don’t find the time to take part in challenges as much, even though I still find them to be a lot of fun. Every once in a while I decide to do one that really catches my eye for one reason or another.

Like this one, from Runway Inspired Challenges.

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I still love neons done right, and this photo really caught my eye. That dress would turn heads for sure, right? So bold and bright. I’d never be caught in head to toe neon, like this dress. I prefer to use neon in little bits here and there, along with a lot of neutrals thrown in.

My card, above, is what I was inspired to make from this photo. I used some intense yellow mist splotches on my background. Then layered it with a piece of tulle that I colored using my neon pink Hero Arts ink pad. I layered the tulle over top of some neon pink washi tape for more intense color. I also had some new stamps from Altenew that I wanted to use, and they ended up being perfect for this card.

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I also added some stitching and thread, and itty bitty rhinestones to give it some glamour. A play off of that beautifully decorated bodice.

This card will go in my stash of Thinking of You cards I’m making for someone. So, Melody, if you’re reading, I hope you like this one! :)

Thanks for joining me today. If you missed the Gossamer Blue design team’s Inpiration blog hop, you can find it here.

Thanks for stopping by!

January Gossamer Blue blog hop

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It’s the 15th of the month, and that means it’s time again for the Gossamer Blue design team inspiration blog hop!

Each month we bring you this blog hop filled with inspiration for using the current month’s kits to give you an extra boost of inspiration, above and beyond what you’ll already find in the galleries. Enjoy the hop!

As an extra, fun little something, I will be choosing one blog commenter to send a package of crafty goodies to. But you have to comment to win. I haven’t chosen the prize yet, but it will be something fun. I’ll stuff an envelope full of some fun things any crafter would love and send it your way as a fun surprise package. So, leave your comments below for a chance to win!

Also, everyone loves to receive comments, so while you’re hopping and checking out the work of the rest of the design team, I encourage you to leave them some love too. They are a bunch of wildly talented and super sweet ladies, and I hope you let them know you’ve enjoyed what they took the time to share today.

I decided I’d do something I don’t do nearly often enough these days and make a scrapbook page!

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I used bits and pieces from various kits for this page about my husband and I on New Year’s Eve. I stuck with a simple design and chose to use various embellishments to dress it up.

I love the gold scripted words from Dear Lizzy in the Life Pages themed add-on. The hello one paired well with the 2015 enamel embellishment,a leo found in the Life pages themed add-on.

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I had a little fun with the enamel dots from the Life Pages kit and used them to add some champagne bubbles to my photo.

 

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More of the gold puffy stickers, and the chalkboard tags from the life Pages themed add-on. Papers are from the main kit. The “Let’s do this” card is also from the Life Pages kit.

 

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Thanks so much for stopping by and hopping along with us today! Be sure to leave your comment below for a chance to win the surprise package!

Head on over and give these ladies some feedback. I know you’ll find lots of great projects along the way!

Anabelle O’Malley

Brenda Weaver

Danielle Flanders

Diane Payne

Emily Spahn

Erin Taylor

Eunyoung Lee

Heather Leopard

Jessica Lohof

Jill Keller

Joy Taylor

Katie Ehmann

Laura Rahel Crosby

Maria Lacuesta

Melanie Blackburn

Michelle Wooderson

Michiko Kato

Naomi Atkins

Rebecca Luminarias

Sabrina Alery

Tara Anderson

Vanessa Perry

Hello. How You Doin’?

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Hey there! How you doin’?

I took a little break, although I’m figuring none of you really noticed. I guess since I blogged pretty consistently throughout the craziness of Christmas and all the holidays, I felt like I needed a teensy break. So, a week off was great for me. Especially during the week where the kids headed off to school and we all tried hard to get back into the normal routine of things, which is always a bit of a struggle after having so much time off.

Plus, I celebrated my birthday last week, so it was good to take a little time for myself. I won’t say how old I am, but let’s just say that next year will require a big celebration. I’m pretty sure you can guess which milestone I will hit. I’m still in denial. I can’t bring myself to say it just yet. But I’m already thinking about how I will celebrate here on the blog with all of you. :)

So, I sat down and made a card, just because. I didn’t have any design team commitments or deadlines to meet, but just created something just for fun. It felt good. Plus, I have an order for 20 Thinking of you/hello type cards to fulfill, so this one will go on that stack.

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In the process of organizing a few things in my craft space, I came across some little-used embossing folders and decided they needed a little lovin’. One thing led to another, and this little shaker card filled with pretty sequins came to be. I kind of like it a lot. Sequins are just little bits of happiness. And those tiny silver stars are some I’ve had for a while. I have tons of them and don’t use them much. But they are the perfect addition to a shaker. I like the variety they add in the sizes of the sequins and they help fill in the gaps.

The “hello” die cut is from Dear Lizzy, and came in one of my Gossamer Blue kits. A had this ombre effect on my mind when I saw these, and I love it. The rest of the sentiment is from the Hello stamp set from Mama Elephant.

So…how are you doin’? I’d love for you to drop me a line and let me know what’s up in your corner of the world! I have had quite a few new readers join me in the last few months, so welcome! I always love to hear from my readers and do my best to respond to comments whenever I can. And, if you haven’t commented in a while, I’d love to hear from you again. You all are valuable to me, and are the reason I come here to blog in the first place. Love you guys, and I hope your day is going well!

 

 

Gossamer Blue January reveal 2

Hey guys! I’m back to share the rest of my cards for the Gossamer Blue January reveal. I shared the first three cards yesterday, and you can take a peek at those here, if you missed it.

Hello card, using the Bits & Pieces add-on:

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The Bits & Pieces add-on kit continues to be my favorite each month. I think it’s the addition of a larger stamp set, 6″x6″ paper pad, and fun embellishments that just make it perfect for card makers that makes me like it so much. If you’re a card maker and wondering which Gossamer Blue kit to purchase, I’d highly recommend the Bits & Pieces add-on.

This time the stamp and papers were from the Serendipity line from Dear Lizzy for American Crafts. I really, really love this line. Love the papers, love the stamp set, love the embellishments. This card uses the Serendipity stamp set and papers. I added the card stock and twine from my stash.

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I saw an image in Pinterest a few weeks ago that I thought would be fun to replicate on a card, but when I went to search for it, I couldn’t find it anywhere. I guess I must have forgotten to re-pin it. I remembered it was a floral image in grey tones with pops of accent colors. So, I tried to recreate something similar on my card. I chose to color the floral stamped images with just grey paint. I like it.

XOXO card using the Main Kit only:

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This one is quite simple. The main kit comes with a package of glitter heart stickers, and there is quite a lot of them. I decided it would be fun to use a bunch on one card. I peeled the sticker sheet away from the backing and placed it on my card. Then I peeled away the negative and left the hearts behind in the spaced out exactly as they were on the sheet. Some of them came away with the negative part, but i decided I liked it that way, so I left it.

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Since the background is pretty busy, I chose to keep the rest of the card super simple and just added a few xoxox strips which I cut from one of the ephemera pieces that comes in the kit.

Sweet card, using the Bits & Pieces add-on and the Main Kit:

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Here againI used the Serendipity papers and embellishments to create this fun, layered card. The chipboard letters are also from the Serendipity line, but they are included in the Main kit.  I wanted to use as many of those papers as possible, so I trimmed lots of them in small pieces and just layered them onto my card, stitching some of them down.

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LOVE those marbled popsicles! Cute!

That’s all for this time around. As always, if you have any questions at all about any of the cards I shared, how I made them, supplies I used, Gossamer Blue kits, etc. please feel free to leave me a comment.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy weekend!