Beautiful

IMG_1422

This is my beautiful girl!

She is headstrong and stubborn. She is compassionate and sensitive. She is independent and smart. She’s cute and funny. She is doing so well at playing the violin. She still adores babies, small children, and small animals. She is both frustrating and lovable. The smattering of freckles across her little nose makes me melt.

I think she brings out the best in me and the worst in me. Kids tend to do that, don’t they? She can make me want to pull my hair out sometimes, but then she’ll smile at me and wrinkle up her nose and her eyes twinkle and I am undone. When I curl up beside her on her bed at bedtime to chat and say prayers, I can’t believe I’m so blessed to call her mine. We have the best talks then, about all kinds of stuff. The mother/daughter bond between us is strong. I pray it stays that way.

IMG_1427

This page uses the June kits from Gossamer Blue. They are pretty and flowery and fun, so perfect for a little girl! I sewed quite a few of the tiniest embellishments along the top of my page. There were so many tiny cute embellishments in the ephemera packages that just begged to be used up.

IMG_1434

I painted the chipboard “C” with some acrylic paint to match the patterned paper. I love how versatile that chipboard alphabet is. I’ve seen lots of people stitching these, and that looks so cute that I may have to try it.

This is the last project I made using the June kits. I finally have dismantled all of them and separated them out. I had such fun with them, but there’s SO much more to come! Tomorrow is the reveal for the July kits, and you will love those too, I’m sure.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

sneaks and such

GBJulysneakpeek

 

So, it’s nearly time for some new kit releases from Gossamer Blue! Yay!

These kits are great for all the travel themed projects you might have on your list, but there’s plenty there for non-travel projects too. I’ve been having fun with these. I made several projects so far with plans for more. Here’s a sneak of the ones I’ve been working on.

Also, I forgot to mention that I was up on the Gossamer Blue blog last week sharing some ideas for ways to dress up the Dear Lizzy notecards that came in the June Bits & pieces kit. You can see one example below and you can read that entire post here.

GBJune1

I’ve got one more June kit project to share with you before we move on to the July kits. Stay tuned, there’s so much to share!

Lookin’ Good, good lookin’!

IMG_1238

This is my boy. The same one in the page I shared yesterday. Isn’t he handsome? This boy has grown so. stinking. much over the past year!! A year ago he was trying hard to pass me up in height. Now he is proud to be able to look down on me. He is 13 1/2 and so quickly turning into a man that it scares me.

This is the kid that has the great sense of humor. The one that keeps up laughing, although the childish, silly humor is fading, and a more mature sense of humor is taking it’s place. This boy rocks the Rubik’s Cube and playing the piano.

IMG_1239

It’s this boy, who always hated dressing up, who is now asking my opinion on what he should wear and what goes together, and chooses the button down shirts for church on his own, without any nagging or prompting on our part to “pick something a little nicer”.

While watching a TV series on WW2 with his dad that, unfortunately, included some bad language, his dad turned to him and asked if he’s be able to ignore those words. This boy responded emphatically “Yes, dad. I don’t swear!”

I love this kid!

IMG_1242

I’m almost done sharing my June kit pages. I have one more that I’ll share with you next week. This one was made using supplies from the Main kit, Life Pages kit, Main add-on, Add-on kit #2, and the Life Pages themed add-on

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great weekend. Mine will include a photo shoot, having friends over, and a picnic with our church family.

Let the good times roll!

IMG_1233

I’m back with another page from the June kit. I’m trying to squeeze them all in before the end of the month without overwhelming you! Ha!

This one is another 81/2″ x 11″ page that will go in my album. This page was SO hard to photograph! I’m not sure why. Maybe it was the foil elements, or maybe the shade of blue background paper. I had the hardest time getting the colors to come out right and everything to look sharp.

This is another favorite ocean picture of two of my kids. I love this photo of my son holding his boogie board in the surf. I think it’s because it reminds me of how quickly he’s turning into a young man. That physique isn’t one of a little boy anymore. His shoulders are getting bigger and more defined and his chest is getting more muscular. It’s even more shocking to me when I look back at photos taken just a year or two before. This is one example of why I like to take some of the same kinds of photos every year. It records the passing of time so well. Not long ago they were little toddlers running around with round bellies and chubby cheeks. Looking at photos like this make my heart hurt a little. From pride and the fact that they are growing up so quickly!

Plus, I love the way my daughter’s head is poking out of the water. My kids enjoy the ocean as much, or more, than I do!

IMG_1234

The elements in the June kits are so much fun! I really, REALLY love the Citrus Bliss ephemera package and other embellishments from Pink Paislee. I love the citrus theme, the flamingos, and the colors in this line so much.

IMG_1236

This page uses the main kit, the Bits & Pieces kit, and the Life Pages themed add-on.

It’s a simple page, but I had fun making it.

I hope you’re having a great week. Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

Beautiful Day with the June kits

IMG_1186

Several days ago I received my July kits from Gossamer Blue to begin making projects for the July release. And normally, when I get new kits, the old ones get taken apart and put away with all my other supplies.

But I love the June kits so much that I couldn’t bring myself to put them away. Not yet. I really wanted to make a few summer layouts with the June kits, since they are so fitting for summer themed  projects. I have this layout and three more to share with you yet before we get into the July kits. And I still haven’t put the June kits away. Who knows? Maybe I’ll make a few more before I finally decide I’m done. Or maybe the June kits will have a permanent spot in my craft space, since I love them so much and all!

IMG_1190

I recently ordered a bunch of my Instagram photos from Persnickety Prints in this 3″x4″ size. Since my Instagram photos tend to be pretty random with only 1 or 2 photos from each event, I wasn’t sure how I wanted to scrapbook them.

Maybe you’re wondering why I would scrapbook them at all? Well, my iPhone is my go-to camera most of the time, since that is what I most readily have available and it’s easy to carry. So my iPhone photos tend to be some of my favorite, since they are in the moment. I could just scroll through my Instagram feed and enjoy them that way, but I love the process of putting a photo to a page, especially ones that are my favorites. That stack of freshly printed Instagram photos makes me so happy! I LOVE to flip through them and see all my favorite Instagram moments right in front of me.

So I decided my Instagram photos will be going into an album just for me, and mostly for my own enjoyment. I’m using an 81/2″x 11″ size, since I ordered smaller sized photos. It’s been a while since I’ve done an 81/2″x 11″ size album, so I think I’ll enjoy it for something different. This album will be kind of like an all about me album, I guess. It will be filled with all the things I love. My favorite moments, things, people, and events.

IMG_1192

Even though the June kits were bright and full of color, I was able to pull out some more neutral colors to use on this page about my daughter and her friend by the ocean. I love this photo so much! The ocean always makes me happy, and my beach photos are some of my very favorites. I love the colors in this one. I love how their swim suits match the colors of the sea and how they are standing by the water’s edge. This was also a new friendship beginning between my daughter and the other girl. This beach trip was the first time they had met. I wonder what they’re talking about there by the water’s edge.

Have you been enjoying the Gossamer Blue June kits as much as I have been? I hope so. I’ll be back to share more June kit projects over the next few days.

 

Simple stitched tags

IMG_1080

Have I ever told you guys that I sewed my own wedding dress?

And have I told you that, since then, I have decided that I hate to sew clothes? And I never sew my own clothes anymore, except for the rare occasion I must mend something. And even then, I push it off until I have a huge pile of clothes to mend, or someone outgrows it or just forgets about it. There have been things left on my pile of things to mend that I had forgotten I ever had. That’s how much I resist sewing.

But, for some reason, I enjoy stitching on paper. Go figure. So now pretty much the only action my poor sewing machine sees is when I get it out to stitch my paper crafts. Oh well.

So I’ve been into dressing up some plain manila tags recently. I love to dig through my leftover paper scraps and random embellishments to find things I can use on the plain tags.

I like to keep them simple and then just keep them to tuck onto a layout or add to a gift package.

For these I used my sewing machine to add just a little stitching to each one.

IMG_1165

Just a bit of paper, a stamped phrase, and a straight line of stitching.

IMG_1168

This one features a scrap piece of watercolored paper, a bit of patterned paper, a sticker, and some stitching.

IMG_1169

This one is a tad more complex. I added a sheet of acetate and tucked in a few little flowers before stitching it the whole way.

IMG_1162

Easy and fast.

Thanks for stopping by!

Gossamer Blue announcement

If you are looking for the June Gossamer Blue design team blog hop, you can find that here.

I just wanted to pop in and let you all in on this fun announcement!

GBDT2015

You can see the announcement on the Gossamer Blue blog here, and read all of our bios on the bios page here.

I’m so excited to be staying on another term with Gossamer Blue! Working with them is so much fun! I can tell you that there are a lot of fun things in store this year with Gossamer Blue, so I hope you’ll be hanging around to take it all in with us. It’s going to be a really great year!!