July 15, 2014

Gossamer Blue August Sneak Peeks...

Just back from vacation and my Gossamer Blue kits for August just arrived.  They're packed full of fresh and fun new products from some fabulous companies.  The papers are especially fun with lots of vibrant hues, original illustrations & lots of great filter looks.  Today I'm sharing some peeks of my favorite kit items....

The August Main Scrapbooking Kit......I love the colors of the patterned papers, a great vellum sheet and awesome new printed cork shapes.  I think the circle ones will work perfectly with the stamp set images. 
The August Main Add-On Kit....This one is a must have.  The patterned papers are delightful, just look at those strawberries and fox images.  For embellishments, I'm loving the printed wood shapes and resin flowers.  
The August Main Add-On Kit #2...Webster's Pages makes its way into the kits this month.  The colors and designs are fresh and new and so colorful.  Check out the new metal embellishments.  I can see these layered with threads and buttons.  
The Bits & Pieces Kit....This is always a fun one to open.  This month features a cute paper paper, stickers, brads and the oh so cute butterfly paperclips and October Afternoon roller stamp.  
The Life Pages Main Kit.....You'll love the new printed cork shapes this month.  I'm going to try them out with stapling and stitching onto some journaling cards.  Take note that the circle stamps from this kit fit into the stamp in the Main Scrapbooking Kit. The journaling cards this month are extra fun too. 
The Life Pages Main Add-on Kit........This one is a fave for sure.  The colors and embellishments in this one are just too cute.  Packed full of little embellishments. 
The Life Pages Themed Kit....Perfect for documenting school days.  We are knee deep in Summer but I've got some May weeks to catch up on and this kit will be perfect for back to school photos.  There are more of the printed cork, some fun October Afternoon printed sheets and the most adorable journaling cards.  See those wood veneer stars?  You just can't have too many of those.  
The Life Pages Add-on Kit #3...Awesome journaling cards, a new gold cut sheet and one of my favorites every time there's a new style...the Heidi Swapp adhesive notes.  More of the cork pieces too, you'll love them!
Can't wait to get to work with these kits.  What do you think your favorites will be?

Check this out.....there will be new Gossamer Blue announcements coming soon.  How exciting, right?!
Hope your week is off to a crafty good start.  I've got some catching up to do since vacation but stop back soon for a new post.  

July 11, 2014

Project Life 2014...Week 18 (inserts with multiple photos for one event)

In my Week 17 Project Life spread I used products from just the July Gossamer Blue Life Pages Kit.  This week I'm sharing Week 18 of my Project Life 2014 & I'm mixing up the July Gossamer Blue kits. There's little bit of everything in this week + a few inserts. 
Here's the two page spread.  Love the colors for this week.  I always seem to find just the right mix from the Gossamer Blue kits to suit my likes.
The left page.  For this week I used lots of journaling cards from the July Life Pages Add-On 3 Kit.  Love Peppermint's work and her subtle use of color and pattern.
Here's the right page.
This is one of my recent favorite inserts.  I love the greens and blues with the added oranges.  This chipboard alpha from the main July Main Kit is a favorite too.  It's mixy matchy style just goes with anything, adding just a bit of whimsy.  It's from the Open Road collection from Crate Paper called Mixed Letter Thickers.
A number 4 from the alpha set + a stamp from the Main Kit.
Stitched embellishment from Crate Paper + one of the Studio Calico phrase stickers from the Bits & Pieces Kit. Do you add foodie type photos to your Project Life?  I love taking closeup shots of plated food.  It's fun to add in a few props like pretty plates and cloth napkins too.  
Just photos from the week with a few added embellishments.
For the insert on the left, below, I  used another One Little Bird journaling card as a base.  I used Traci Reed's journaling card with the pink circle and punched out the circle.  There's lots of creativity you can you add to the cards by manipulating them just a bit.  That cute puffy flower sticker is from the July Main Kit. If you like cool ampersands then the Main Kit is for you.  You must get the chipboard alpha, it's that good. On the right you can see one of the ampersands + I altered another journaling card by trimming off the bottom and stitching it to a photo.
I trimmed lots of little notched flags from the 6 x 6 pad in the Bits & Pieces this month. On the right I used more of the chipboard alpha from the Main Kit.
This week I had one insert with a front layout and separate back layout.  The front features a day of planting the old chicken feeders.  The photos were just so pretty...I had to use more than one.
I created a little title insert using more hand cut, notched flags and embellishments from the kits.
My back insert is a new favorite too.  It features photos of my girls + a friend and their catch from fishing.  Again, just too many photos to narrow down so I used quite a few.  I've pretty much omitted 12 x 12, large size layouts from my scrapbooking.  I just love using multiple photos and the Project Life divided page protectors make it easy to complete a large spread.
Loveeee the inserts here.  The colors and flowers and that quirky little alphabet just all plopped themselves down onto my 3 x 4 cards.  I really love the little Studio Calico phrase sticker sheet from the Bits & Pieces kit and the Studio Calico wood grain star sequins from the July Main Add-On Kit looks so cute when paired with the chipboard star accent.  A little machine stitching ensures the pieces will stay secured.
It's so fun to work with the Gossamer Blue kits for my Project Life.  There's just such a great selection and it all coordinates so beautifully.  I can't wait to use more of this kit and do some catching up on my weeks.  Thanks for stopping by today!

July 10, 2014

Recipe: Peach Dumplings with Homemade Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

I was asked to bring a dessert to my sister's July 4th celebration.  We always try to "bring it" when it comes to food in our family.  I thought something with peaches would be yummy so I found this awesome recipe for Peach Dumplings on Pinterest.  It makes for a beautiful presentation aside from being quite delicious. 
I prepared the recipe just as noted with the exception of using 2 peaches instead of one.  I just cut two slices for each crescent roll. You start by mixing the dry ingredients with melted butter. 
 I also doubled the recipe and used a 9 x 13 pan.  Here's the rolled up crescent rolls with peaches, the buttery crumb topping and a quirky ingredient, the 7 Up poured around the unbaked dumplings.
 Pop them in the oven and wait for the magic to happen.
 The dumplings bake up so pretty and browned and bubbly.  The peaches are nicely done and so juicy, with lots of cinnamon goodness all around them.
 I served each dumpling with a scoop of my mom's homemade vanilla ice cream.  It always gets raves reviews and is the best recipe I've tried for homemade ice cream.
I also drizzled on some warm caramel sauce for a pretty presentation.  The dumplings are warm and sweet and so delicious. 
You definitely get that homemade awesomeness when you serve these little yummies.  They got rave reviews at the July 4th celebration so we're adding them to the "keeper" list of recipes.  I hope you give them a try.

July 8, 2014

Colorado Road Trip 2014 Mini Album....the supplies

My family + 3 other families are headed to Colorado soon for a fun Summer vacation. I've got the making of a mini album in progress so I thought I'd share my supplies that I have set aside for this project. 
The Gossamer Blue July kits were packed full of products that were simply perfect for the look I was going for.  Our vacation will include lots of ATV trails, road side stops by flowing creeks, white water rafting, picnics and nature hikes.  I wanted lots of florals, nature and fun prints + some road trip embellishments.  Here's what I selected....

First up was this beautiful assortment of patterned papers.  These come from all the various kits + the 6 x 6 Open Road Crate Paper pad from the July Bits & Pieces Kit
 The sticker embellishments were right on track for my mini album.  The chipboard alpha and October Afternoon label sheet is from the July Main Kit.  The Open Road stickers from Crate Paper are in the July Main Add-On Kit.  The Studio Calico phrase sticker sheet is from the July Bits & Pieces Kit and the Pink Paislee Switchboard alpha is from the July Life Pages Add-On 3 Kit.
 I dug through my stash of Gossamer Blue stamps, choosing sets that had travel and foodie images.
 I have lots of little tins packed full of travel, floral and label images.  These are tucked into the various July Gossamer Blue Kits.
 For my mini album, the Studio Calico Handbooks are becoming a favorite.  I'll be using the Chocolate Handbook this time along with different size page protectors. A fun discovery is that the We R Memory Keepers 2 x 2 Photo Sleeves and the 4 x 4 Photo Sleeves fit the rings of the Hand Books. I'll also be trimming some other Project Life page protectors down I'm sure.  I love mini albums to have lots of different size page protectors and things like pockets, etc.
 I really love the Crate Paper Open Road Journaling Cards that are included in the July Gossamer Blue Life Pages Main Add-On Kit.  I'll pair them with other GB journaling cards and ones that I create on my own for some fun title cards.  You can see a peek of some title cards I created in advance.  I love the feel of this album....lots of muted nature colors, some quirky alphabets like what you might see on old hotel signs with the big arrows pointing to the hotels and snippets of road trip and nature themed embellishments.
 Totally fun and I can't wait to add in my vacation photos & journaling.
 I packed up a few vintage storage items with my kit supplies.
 When I return from our road trip I'll have everything waiting for me.  If I have enough space I'm hoping that I can fit our 2013 Colorado trip photos into this album too and just divide the two events with index labels or title pages.
I'll be updating the blog with progress photos of my mini album so stay tuned.  Be sure to shop the Gossamer Blue kits this month if you like the feel of this album.  I'm so pleased with the selections in this month's kits. So, so perfect for my album theme.  Are you headed out for vacation soon?  I'd love to hear your plans for documenting your Summer trips.  

July 7, 2014

Project Life 2014....Week 17

I've got Week 17 of my Project Life 2014 to share today.  I'm using just the Gossamer Blue July Life Pages Kit for this spread. By using just one kit, it's a good way to use minimal embellishments yet everything still coordinates.  
I used ampersand in this 3 x 4 journaling card as my weekly, dated insert for this week.  I added some watercoloring to the ampersand along with some machine stitching and enamel dots.  The polka dot ring from the Life Pages Kit is stamped onto a Starburst Grid Paper Label.  Both the Workspace Wednesday and the date stamp are from the Life Pages Kit as well.
Here I typed on half of a Notebook Paper Label for some journaling.
Tiny alphabet letters make for some fun hashtags.
Here I used some Gossamer Blue journaling cards from the Life Pages Kit along with some of the Open Road Stitched Borders from Crate Paper, also included in the kit.
More of the same for these inserts.  I've been asked recently what size I typically print my square photos.  I usually print them at 2.5" square.
Here I used the Diptic app on my iPhone to create a collage of Jordan making a stellar catch at a softball game.  I used the date stamp again and one of the Pink Paislee Label Stickers from the kit.
Lots of goodies from this month's Life Pages Kit.  Stay tuned later this week for more Project Life updates using the July Gossamer Blue products.  To keep it totally real......I'm 10 or so weeks behind in my Project Life.  It happens every year in May.  Lots of school events, then my birthday and Mother's Day, then the weather gets nicer and we start planting the gardens.....we get busy.  Life starts perkin' up from the long Winter.  I roll with it now, knowing that once school starts back up I'll get caught up....but man, it would be nice to be all caught up.  Such is life though and I'd rather enjoy all the memories and live in the moments.  There will be time for scrapbooking soon.

July 5, 2014

Project Life 2014.....Week 16

Edited for question:  I print my square photos at 2.5" x 2.5" with a white border for the 3 x 4 inserts.  

Hey everyone, hope all my American friends had a good July 4th.  We celebrated Josey's birthday too so it's always a fun celebration with friends and family.  Today I'm sharing Week 16 of my Project Life 2014.  This week uses Gossamer Blue June kit items and stamps.  I'll be sharing the July release items with my upcoming Project Life posts.  

Really loved the finished look of this week's spread. The grays and yellows were just my style. 
Here's the left page.
Here's the right page.
Loved this 4 x 6 designed by our in house Gossamer Blue designers.  Perfect for adding letters for the week # and I also stitched on a sticker with some Washi tape overlay + used the fun puffy stickers by Evalicious.
Softball was in full swing, always have to capture a few photos of the girls with their besties.
I love side by side photos of the girls.  These photos of the girls in their camo + their signature faux diamond earrings + fun sunglasses + camo caps were just too fun.  I used two chipboard letters and a big gold ampersand along with some typed journaling on a Notebook Paper Label.
Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs always make a presence for Easter at our house.  I used another Notebook Paper Label with typed journaling and layered it with a tag from a Gossamer Blue kit.
On to the 3 x 4 inserts.  I used some journaling cards from the June kits + I created a few of my own using patterned paper and some machine stitching. Loved the puffy stickers from Evalicious so much this month.
This little foodie sticker from the Kelly Purkey sheet for Basic Greay was perfect for my homemade spaghetti sauce photo.
More typed Notebook Paper Labels.  If you like adding square photos, these labels fit perfectly beneath them for journaling. The star stamps are from the Gossamber Blue kits.
My Mind's Eye made an appearance in this month's kits.  Loved this oval embellishment on a Gossamer Blue journaling card.
One of my favorite photos paired with my favorite stamp from the June kits.  I have always loved ledger lines and typewriter fonts so I designed this stamp & Elle's Studio brought it to life perfectly.
Love the little clustering of elements on these inserts.
Another favorite stamp from the June Life Pages stamp set.  The Sat/Sun stamp lets you type in or hand write a little recap of the weekend.  Love that look so much. Need a little "something" to add to an insert?  A little tape slipped under a photo might be the perfect graphic element.  Here I used a Medium Manila Parcel Tag along with some staples.
I'll be sharing more Project Life weeks soon which will showcase the July Gossamer Blue kits.  Stay tuned.

In shop news, I'll be adding lots of greeting cards back into the shop.  I've had lots of card customers over the years and I know it's nice to just purchase a card sometimes for inspiration or to add to your stash.  Look for new additions to be added often.
There's also some fun vintage and handmade items in the shop like this Set of 6 Pink Floral Napkins.  
Look for new supply items to be added to the shop starting late Summer or early Fall.  I'll also be adding in more card kits with fun embellishments and pretty papers, like this Green Typewriter with Pretties Kit.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I enjoy your company and so appreciate the patronage to my little shop.  
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