August 1, 2015

Mason jar themed gifts...

It's a new month over at Gossamer Blue and the line up of kits is fantastic.  Using mostly the Bits & Pieces Kit, I created a set of six mason jar themed gifts.  I might have a little luncheon for some retired ladies or at the very least, I'll have some nice gifts ready in my stash.

I started out with some drawstring bags that I got at Michael's.  I layered up all of the adorable mason jar tags and filled them with sequins and punched paper flowers.  
 I stamped on some congratulations type stamps from the set in the Main Kit.  Definitely well suited for retirement gifts or just a fun little gift in general.  I tied on baker's twine from my stash and used a brown safety pin to attach the tags to the cloth bags.
 Next I used the strawberry stamp in red ink and stamped them into a mason jar stamp from Michael's.
 I used various patterned papers from the 6 x 6 paper pad plus added Washi tape and some enamel stickers to each card front.  More images from the Main Kit stamp set were added to the cards.
 Reaching into my stash again, I grabbed some cello bags that I can use to hold a few candies or perhaps a baked treat.  I punched a mason jar from a punch I got at Target, outlined the jar image, then stamped on the "YAY" sentiment.
 I attached the jars to the sacks with more of the pretty October Afternoon Washi tape.  The giant clothespins were from Michael's in that cheap section.
 From my coveted collection of jams that I've been canning this season, I chose six of my prized Strawberry Peach Jams.
Each jar was topped with a punch circle label with some Washi tape underneath. 
Here's a little look at what a recipient might receive.  The cards will be tucked into the cloth bag.  If I do a luncheon this ensemble will probably top the plates.  Otherwise, it all might be tucked into a Kraft handled sack with a strip of torn vintage sheet for wrapping.
 Until then I'll just tuck all my goodies into my wire basket and them upon a shelf.
I hope you're inspired to create some gifts of your own.  Handmade....and always best in my opinion.  Have fun!

Be sure to check out the Gossamer Blue Design Team galleries over at the website.  The projects are just oozing with amazing-ness.

July 3, 2015

July Gossamer Blue.....vacation journaling cards

Hey everyone! The Gossamer Blue July Kits are now up in the shop.  This month presented us with some amazing kits and all new projects from our brand new Design Team.  Our own Peppermint Granberg took over illustrating my stamp concepts and she knocked it out of the ballpark.  There were so many great comments on the stamps this month, thank you!

Today I'm sharing some journaling cards I created to have on hand to scrapbook my daughter's recent trip to Chicago.  I love all the travel themed products in the kits this month so they came in very handy. I reached for the Life Pages Add-on #3 (now sold out, it was a good one) mostly.  I love to just rip open a kit and sort out all the pieces and parts. 
 I grouped together like items like the glittery pieces, tags and arrows.
 My daughter rode on a train, a car, a Segway and an airplane for this trip.  I definitely will want to use the airplane, suitcase and location icons. Plus all those tickets will make great accent pieces.
 I reached for most of the journaling cards, designed by Peppermint, and added simple embellishments to each card.  I'll use these as filler cards to go along with photos and plain cards that I will journal on.
 I collaged together several elements and then added machine stitching or stapling. I like to stitch over chipboard alphabets just in case they want to fall off in 50 years.
 Here's some close ups of the collaged accents.  So many fun little tidbits.  That vellum ticket?  Eeek.
 I stacked all my finished cards and the left over travel accents into a little tray so everything will be ready when I get around to scrapbooking the trip.  I also added in some of the awesome plain journaling cards from the shop.  There are lines, graphs, notebook designs and more.  I can't get enough of these in my stash.  I'll also be adding stamped images from the stamp set in the Life Pages Kit.  That little camper turned out soooo dang cute.  I just swoon over anything Peppermint does, right?
Okay guys, there's still kits left in the shop this month so be sure to check out the store.  Don't forget to grab a cup of coffee and stroll through the gallery too.  So much talent there!

June 28, 2015

Project Life..... Week 7, 2015

Today I'm sharing Week 7 of my 2015 Project Life.  I used One Little Bird journaling cards that I downloaded and printed here at home.  I love Peppermint's designs so much. Clean and simple and so easy to use.  Here's the two page spread. 
 The left page. Simple photos and a few embellished journaling cards.
 The right page.  I added more photos and journaling cards with hand written journaling.
 For the main, dated 4 x 6 insert, I added chipboard letters to a tag.
 I love how the One Little Bird kits coordinate so well and are designed so simply.  That leaves lots of room for embellishments and journaling.  Or I can leave the inserts unadorned if I want a cleaner look.
Slow but sure.....more pages to fill my album.

June 16, 2015

Freedom Flags

This Summer I have a made a bucket list of projects I'd like to make.  I saw some flags on Pinterest and Instagram and they soon made it to the top of my list.  My daughter's birthday is July 4th so it's always a big celebration around our house.  

I started by collecting lots of vintage trims, ribbons and old table runners.  That blue piece was perfect for my stars.  
I laid out my design and started trimming yards and yards of vintage trims.  
I stitched them all into place and just kept on creating since I had extra vintage materials on hand. 
 I went with a bohemian vintage look and kept everything look pretty rustic and raw.  Jordan helped me cut some limbs from the timber behind our house.  We got many a mosquito bite while collecting these limbs that we used to hang our flags.
 I added some details like these circles of old quilts I had in my stash. 
 Reds, whites and blues....including old trims from chenille quilts, binding strips, old faded jeans and ric rac.
 Crocheted blue stars steal the show if you ask me. 
 We ended up with some pretty cool creations I call Freedom Flags.  So perfect for showing your patriotic side and just in time for the July 4th celebrations. 
 Here are two of them hanging from my porch, complete with hanging ferns and party lights.  They look so pretty swaying in the breeze.
I kept a few for myself and there's a couple left in my shop right HERE.  They'll ship out quickly so you can decorate for the 4th.  Hope you enjoy.

June 15, 2015

Gossamer Blue Design June Inspiration Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog today....and please help me welcome the new Gossamer Blue Design Team.  Please visit the site/blog for all the details.  It's going to be a wildly creative new year at Gossamer Blue.  

Today we're kicking things off with a Design Team Inspiration Blog Hop.  We're sharing projects created with the June Gossamer Blue Kits.  They are just full of juicy fruit goodness! I created a trio of cards using the 6 x 6 paper pad from the Bits & Pieces Kit.  All other items are from the GB kits, except the card bases and the "just for you" stamp.
For each card I added some patterned paper to my base cardstock.  I then trimmed down a square card from one of the kit packages. I stamped on my sentiment in black ink.
I chose a few embellishments for each card front, like puffy stickers, cardstock stickers and glittered hearts.
To ground my embellishments, I adhered a strip of the gray floral patterned paper under each grouping of elements. Simple, bright & cheery, perfect for any occasion and just the right colors for Summer.
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Want even more fresh inspiration?  Grab a cup of coffee and browse through these wonderful blogs of the Gossamer Blue Design Team: 

Amy Yingling Anabelle O'Malley Beshka Kueser Brenda Weaver Caylee Grey Cindy Liebel Emily Spahn Erin Taylor Eunyoung Lee Diane Payne Heather Leopard Jill Cornell Jill Keller Katie Ehmann Laura Rahel Crosby Melanie Blackburn  Michiko Kato Sabrina Alery Yana Smakula

June 3, 2015

Simple notecards with coordinating envelopes...

Hey all, I'm back and am happy to share a few projects I've been working on.  It was a fun month at Gossamer Blue!

Today I'm sharing some sweet note cards I made using the June Gossamer Blue kits.  The Bits & Pieces Kit (now sold out) came with an adorable set of note cards from Dear Lizzy.  They were cute as they were but the kit also had some great coordinating chipboard stickers and a fun roller stamp from Amy Tangerine.  
 I added some chipboard stickers to each note card (2 of each style) and also some stamped images from the roller stamp. For the patterned paper that I added to the bottom of some cards, I used the 6 x 6 Pink Paislee paper pad from the Bits & Pieces Kit.  
 For these cards I added colorful tags from the June Life Pages Themed Add-on. The gold foil on these cards is really cute and just makes the designs pop.
I loved this month's kits so much.  The products are so colorful and cheery.  I'm off to make some more cards because I am plum out of thank you cards.  I'll be back soon to share more.  Thanks for stopping by today!

May 6, 2015

Embossed Hello Cards...

Hi there.  Today I'm sharing some embossed cards I made using the April Gossamer Blue kits.  I started with the 6 x 6 paper pad and stamp from the Bits & Pieces Kit. 
I trimmed down these small pieces to use on the card fronts. 
Next I reached for my embossing powders.  It's always fun to dig through your stash of supplies that you haven't used for a while. 
I embossed "hello" on all the small pieces then layered them with green ledger paper and small, lined index cards.  Paperclips and little top stitching added the finishing touches. 
Nice generic cards that I can add typed sentiments to if I need them more customized for a birthday, etc.
Lots of patterns and textures to add interest.
The embossing always adds a nice shiny look to the cards.
These just might end up in Josey's pile of thank you cards that I'm creating.  All I need to do is type up some thank you sentiments and then she can hand write a note inside.  Love having cards like this on hand.  Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

May 4, 2015

Project Life 2015....Week 11

Today I'm sharing Week 11 from my Project Life 2015 album.  Products are from the April Gossamer Blue kits.  
The right page including my watercolor sketch from a day at the pond fishing and shopping for Prom dresses in the city.
The left page.
The dated, 4 x 6 insert including the days of the week stamps from the Gossamer Blue April Life Pages Kit.
More stamps including the numbers in circles, perfect for making lists or numbering your journaling lines.
Lots of flower seeds, hoping to grow lots of Zinnias.  I can tell you, it ain't looking pretty for the Zinnias right now.  We'll see if I can salvage any of them to plant.
Hand journaling with die cut, stickers and wood veneer.
Another one for the books.  Thanks for stopping by!
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