October 21, 2014

Tray Tuesday...creating my own little mini kits

Hey it's Tuesday....and I have lots of goodies piled up on a tray.  Perfect!  Today I'm sharing my own little mini kit I created using items from the Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road collection and some items I created for my Rose Gold Craft Kit
 I like to nestle all the little bits and pieces onto a tray so that I can keep everything contained in one spot.  If I want to move my tray around my craft room I can.  It also makes it easy when I just have small spans of time to work on projects.....I can just shop my little stash and finish a project in 20 minutes or so.
 My tray gets a little scattered looking but I know that everything coordinates and I just love to dig around for just the right embellishments.
 Little tags and stickers here and there.  It's like a little contained mess.  Probably the way just about everything in my house.
 I'll keep this tray out for a while until I deplete most of this stash.  My goal is to work from now until Christmas time and create gifts for family and friends.  I have some homemade canned goods that I want to pair up with notepads and cards and such.
 I have these lovelies close by my tray too.
 Paint if I want to get a little more artsy and some lovely ribbon, just like the colors you get in my kit.
 These are the fabrics that I used for the fabric flags in the kit.  I just love those little things and will be showing you some ideas of how to use them in a future blog post.
 For the papers, here's a little tip from me....sort through all the papers you get in kits or purchase with a collection....then turn up the sides you like the most.  It makes it easy to see how you'd like to combine patterns and colors.
 Here's my first two creations from my tray of goodies.  I always purchase notebooks, usually from Target, and keep them in a locker basket on a shelf.  Once in a while I'll dig through the basket and pull out something that coordinates with the products I'm using.  Everybody loves notebooks so it's fun to see how I can pretty them up.
 From my Rose Gold Craft Kit I used paper clips and the gold doilies.  Other items were from the Gramercy Road collection, including the stamped image, stickers, dies, paper and enamel dots.
 A fun little notebook to set out on the counter for writing daily lists.
These two will be kept in a basket that will be filled with coordinating cards and gift sacks.  It will be so fun to package these up come Christmas time.
 Here's the full Rose Gold Craft Kit.  There's just a few of these left in the shop.  Some of my favorites from the kit are the handmade fabric paperclip flags, the burlap tag and the yards and yards of pretty ribbon.
Hope you're having a crafty day, my friends.

October 16, 2014

Rose Gold Craft Kit now in the shop..

A few days ago I posted about all the new crafty goodies I purchased to coordinate with the new Gramercy Road collection from Gossamer Blue.  You can see all the items I purchased that day here.  
I've spent many hours at my craft table and I've finally put together a kit full of handmade, stitched, painted and put together packaging items and embellishments.  The kit is now available in my shop here.  
 I've been loving these fabric paperclip flags.  I've left them plenty long so they can be snipped, clipped, pink, notched or left as is.  These are great to clip onto tags, sacks, card fronts and more.
 There's lots of tags that I pulled from my shop bins so that you can add layers and layers of embellishments.  Some are plain and many are painted with a pretty golden/bronze craft paint.  The paint makes a beautiful backdrop for more layers of embellishments.
 Here I've added burlap and cork to some tags for some wonderful texture.  Layer buttons, paper clips and little paper flowers from the kit on top of these.
 Lots of tags and flags to adding stamping, typed sentiments or how about trying a little calligraphy on some?
 Lots of little sacks, envelopes and painted index cards for some fun layers.  I found four coordinating ribbons that I hand wound onto a vintage clothespin.  You'll get 3 yards each of the four colors. Perfect for wrapping around cards, creating bows or tying around gift sacks.  Try running these through the sewing machine to create a pretty ruffled strip.  Or spray with water and crunch to let dry for a crinkly ribbon effect. You'll also get some gray twine for tying on tags, etc.
 It all coordinates so nicely with the Gramercy Road collection you see below.  Most of these items have been restocked after selling out quickly over at Gossamer Blue.  You can shop for the items here.
My plan is to take a kit I've saved for myself, pair it with the Gramercy Road items and create a nice inspiration tray full of crafty items.  I'll be creating new projects from my stash all month long.  I plan to create cards, notebooks, tags and packaging to use for Christmas gifts for the ladies.  I'm going to nestle it all into a basket and then gather up items to package as gifts come December.  Join me back here often for more inspiration.  I'll have a kit coming soon that coordinates with the On My Desk collection.  So stock up on Gossamer Blue goodies, purchase one of my kits and I'll see you back here for lots of ideas.  Thanks for stopping by!

October 15, 2014

Project Life Week 27 + 6 x 12 insert


Today the Gossamer Blue team is sharing projects created with our October kits.  Sneak peeks for November are going up today but we love to keep sharing some of our October inspiration with you.  I have Week 27 of my Project Life to show you today.  Here's the two page spread.
 The left page.
 The right page.
My 4 x 6 dated insert showcasing the Life Pages Main Kit stamp set.  It's so nice to have stamps that have the Week # with numbers you can stamp in the circle.  I'll be utilizing this stamp a ton.  
 Lots of 3 x4 cards in this week's slots.  We did some birthday shopping for Josey in the city.
 Goofy photos, that's how we roll.  I love the selfie that Jordan and I took in a bit pot at Walmart.
 Here's Jordo fixing us fried zucchini.  Girl about burnt the house down with all the smoke from the grease.
 Celebrating my mom's birthday this week too.
 I added a 6 x 12 insert for Josey's 17th birthday celebration.
 For the top part I used Becky Higgins' Project Life app on my iphone to create the photo collage.  I just emailed it to my big computer and printed it at a 6 x 6 size.  I left a spot blank so the fun badge would nestle in there just perfectly.
 I typed some journaling using my vintage typewriter.  I also added more stamps from the Life Pages Kit, some veneer numbers and stitched on some hearts.
 Here's the back side of the 6 x 12 insert which shows our July 4th celebrations.  I used the Project Life app again to create two 6 x 6 photo collages.  I love that I can do this all on my phone while sitting around and then just email the photo to my big computer.
 I left some more spots blank so that I could use bits and pieces from my kits to fill in some fun spots.
That's it for this week.  Thanks for stopping by. If you're following along on the blog hop, your next stop is Rebecca Luminarias. You can see a full list of participants over at the Gossamer Blue blog.  Have fun!

October 14, 2014

Tray Tuesday....Halloween treats

I'm back today for Tray Tuesday.  It's time for a some cute Halloween treat sack packaging and I've got just the right little goodies.  My tray today is an old chalkboard with a vintage dish that has some pretty orange flowers on it.  Sometimes the best way to create little vignettes is to just shop your house and cupboards.  This little mixy matchy method really shows off your creativity.  
My favorite candies to put in treat sacks are the candy corn M & M's and Reese's peanut butter pumpkins.  You just can't go wrong. 

 For my packaging today I'm using a Halloween Gift Sack Kit from my shop for the main packaging (now on sale). I grabbed a few Medium Glassine Sacks to package up the loose candy.  I just punched a few holes and added some Halloween twine to secure the sack.
 I assembled my treat sack just as my sample shows in the product listing.  I added a stamped name to the metal rimmed tag + I added in a few Halloween themed items from my stash to spruce up the packaging.  You could easily add a stamped image, stickers or die cuts too.
 Then it was time to package up the treats.  My glassine sack and pumpkin treat will fit inside the Halloween treat sack perfectly.
 Yum is right.  Who doesn't love to receive a little something special now and then?  This little treat is for Miss Becky, our school secretary.  She's the most pleasant, upbeat gal and she does her job very well.  It's always a treat to be greeted by her when you enter the high school.
So have you planned some special treats for those special someones?  There's just a handful of my kits left in the shop.  I'll be shipping them out lickety split so you'll have plenty of time to prepare them before Halloween.  If you're needing some more generic gift packaging take a look at my Pretty Paint & Paperclip Kit or my Darling Dear Kit that is perfect for Fall.  New to the shop recently, my Fall Leaf Kits would be so pretty at the Thanksgiving table.  Happy packaging and thanks so much for stopping by today!

October 7, 2014

New Gossamer Blue collections + coordinating shop items coming soon...

I get really excited when a crafty company releases a line that I absolutely love.  The kind of products where I just have to have every single item in the collection.  I'm so tickled that Gossamer Blue has released not one but two awesome new lines that I'm going to share with you today.  Well actually three because there is the Get Happy line also which is definitely going to make it's way into my December Daily this year. But today I'm sharing two of the collections...I'll share more on the holiday line in a future post.

First up is Gramercy Road designed by One Little Bird.  The colors in the collection just call my name. I thought you might like to see some real life photos of the products.  That always helps me when I'm making decisions on purchases.  This is the entire collection of the embellishments which include label stickers, alphabets, enamel dots, chipboard accents, cork accents, paper embellishments and a stamp set.  
 Here's some of my faves.  Isn't everything just so wonderfully coordinated?  I love the florals in this line too.
 Rose Gold is right on trend and this alphabet sticker sheet is gorgeous.  So shimmery and perfect.
 Here's the entire collection of the papers.  You're seeing fronts and back here.  Dreamy, right?
 Here's my faves from the papers.
I love this collection so much that I knew I wanted to use it all for some upcoming holiday gifts for friends and family.  I love to make notebooks and card sets to give as gifts.  While in the city last week, I took some time to stroll through the craft aisles and just had a good old time selecting items that coordinated with Gramercy Road.  I'll be using this new stash of goodies right along with the Gossamer Blue products. 
 Look at this beautiful fabric I found! It coordinates perfectly and I can't wait to cut into it.  I also found some fun cork, floss and shimmery burlap.
 Lots of ribbons and tags and clips that look so cute against the patterned papers.  Look for some fun shop items to be popping up in my shop soon.  I'll have plenty to share.  Of course there will be new blog posts with lots of ideas of what you can create with the all these fun products too.
Next up is On My Desk designed by Paislee Press.  I'm such a fan of Paislee Press so it's super exciting to have these products in the house.  Here's the line up of embellishments which include tab stickers, flair buttons, wood veneer, star stickers, gold foil transparencies, puffy stickers and paper embellishments.  
 Here's a few of my faves.  Hello, puffy stickers!
 Here's the entire line up of the patterned papers. You're seeing both sides here.
 So colorful and whimsical.  Here's some of my faves.
 Check out this floral gold vellum.  Gorgeous.
I also did a little shopping for this line too.  I was tickled to find such a mixy matchy group of fabrics.  Plus I got paint, fun tags, clips, beads, and more. 
 This little combo of fabrics is just waiting for me to cut into it.
 Lots of little embellishments. You'll be seeing items from this assortment in my shop soon too.
All of the new collections have been selling like crazy and Lori just restocked the Gossamer Blue store with refills.  Items sold out quickly the first go round so don't delay.  Gossamer Blue is a manufacturer now so you can also find our products at other retail and online stores.  Happy shopping and be sure to stop by often for lots of inspiration using the new products.  I'll be sharing more of the Get Happy holiday collection when December Memories time rolls around.  You're gonna love this mini album kit for the holidays.  
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