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!

April 30, 2015

Project Life 2015...Week 8

Hey there.  Whew, time gets away from me here on the blog.  I share a lot on Instagram but this time of year leaves little time for blogging.  I'm knee deep in Prom this week and Josey's graduation is right around the corner.  With that said I'm wayyy behind on Project Life.  It's okay though, I'm still enjoying the process when I get time to work on my albums.

I'm sharing Week 8 of 2015 today.  All products are from Gossamer Blue.  Here's the left page.  It was a week full of art.  I'm really getting back into my sketching and painting.  You can see my progress on my Instagram account. Lots of experimenting, new art supplies and wonderful colors. 
The right page.  New acrylic paints, card making with a friend and contemplating what to do with some vintage fabrics.
I have a 6 x 12 insert this week of a homemade cherry pie I made.  It's the year of the perfect pie for me and this cherry pie was the bomb.  I may have designed that little pie stamp for Gossamer Blue just so I could use it on my pie pages.  :)
Hope all is well in your little corner of the world.  I'll be back to share more projects soon.  The Gossamer Blue May release is almost here, be sure to check the GB store and gallery for project inspiration.

April 23, 2015

Vintage Melmac/Melamime now in shop....

Today I have added this adorable set of blue and pink floral Melmac/Melamime dishes to my shop.  
 Nearly 70 pieces of dishes including dinner plates, cups and saucers, butter dish, creamer and sugar dishes, plates, bowls and more.
 Perfect for everyday dishes, picnics or campers, parties, bridal showers and more.
 Lots of styling options.
Or pair the dishes with other pieces from your stash like cake plates for cute party displays.  
I've also put a lot of other vintage items on sale including aprons, trays and more.
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