1 stamp set, 3 ways

I’ve noticed I’ve gotten away from using my stamps over the last, oh I don’t know, year or so maybe. Since I stopped submitting cards for publication. I mean, I’ve been using the exclusive Gossamer Blue kit stamps, but not the stamp sets I own from other companies that I really love. I’ve been creating cards without much stamping. And those are fine too. But I’ve really been neglecting my stamp collection, and I miss it!

I really wanted to get back into using more stamps. I’d like to make those stamp purchases more worthwhile. Plus, I miss the different techniques stamping allows me to try.

So, I’m bringing a new feature to this blog that I hope to do monthly. I’m calling it 1 stamp set, 3 ways. I’ll be featuring one stamp set each month and then sharing three different ways to use that stamp set. I plan to vary the styles of cards and the techniques I share, so hopefully I can share something that will inspire people with different styles and tastes.

The stamp sets will not always be the newest releases, but rather ones I may have had for a while and haven’t gotten around to using much. There might be a new purchase thrown in here and there, but I’ll most likely be sticking with the stamp sets I already own.

My goals are:

  1. to get more use out of my stamp sets
  2. to try a wider variety of techniques
  3. to inspire you to use the stamp sets you have in new ways

For my first 1 stamp set, 3 ways feature, I used the Southwestern Style stamp set from Paper trey Ink.


I owned this stamp set for quite a while, but I hadn’t even used it once. How sad. I bought it because I really love southwestern style, and the stamps in this set seem to be very versatile.

So, here goes!

Southwestern Style watercolor Hello card:


For my first example using this stamp set, I chose to pair the set with some watercolors. I like the southwestern designs softened with a bit of water coloring. The designs were heat embossed with white embossing powder before the watercolors were added.



I added the sentiment stamped on a banner and mounted with foam adhesive.

Example number two!

Southwestern Style shabby chic Cheers to You card:


I really wanted to pair the designs in this set with some patterned paper. So I pulled out a little container full of patterned paper pieces I keep in my studio and began pulling some out that I thought would work. When I came across that blue floral paper I thought how fun it would be to create a card with a southwestern prairie, feminine vibe. I found a few other pieces of patterned paper to add to it. One with a wood grain design, and two with geometric designs that I felt went well with the designs in the stamp set. Then I stamped a few of the designs from the set onto some strips of paper to add to the mix, along with some pieces I cut from a  doily, a bit of twine, and some sequins to finish the look.



And example number 3.

Southwestern Style Geometric Masculine Birthday card:


I’m always in need of masculine birthday cards, with two boys who constantly get invited to teen friends’ birthday parties, and/or a husband looking for a card to give someone at the last minute.

This card showcases the set in an entirely different way. You wouldn’t think by looking at this card that the designs are southwestern, since this card is anything but. But if anything, I feel it shows how versatile a stamp set can be, even when it’s mostly geared towards one style. I stamped the design multiple times to created the repeating background, then stamped over top in several places using the small open square that comes with the set. That piece is intended to use inside the design I used on the first card. But by using it this way, the end result is a more modern geometric design.



I had so much fun coming up with different ways to use this set. It’s always good to stretch your brain to think in new ways and come up with different uses for the supplies we own.

I hope you enjoyed this new feature. I’m excited to bring you more!

Let me know which example  is your favorite in the comments below.


Gossamer Blue February reveal

I think being on a kit club design team makes the months seem to go faster than ever. Almost as soon as I complete the projects for one month, I’m already looking forward to the next month’s box of goodies to arrive. The weeks in between seem to go quickly. But each month I feel so honored to have the awesome opportunity to get to use the Gossamer Blue kits to create things I enjoy making.

The February kits have a bit of a spring flavor to them. It seemed a little ironic to be looking at spring-like papers while there was a couple feet of snow outside. I know I’m an odd bird, but I’m not at all ready for spring to arrive yet. Don’t get me wrong. I love springtime as much as the next person. It’s probably my favorite season after fall. But I enjoy the winter months of spending more time indoors, getting things crossed off my to-do list that just won’t get done once the weather turns warmer. I like my months of hibernation, warm sweaters, cozy slippers, and snow flying outside while I curl up with a cup of coffee inside.

But let’s get on to the projects, shall we?

Friends card (Main kit):


I always adore a bit of watercolor. This small floral sticker stood out to me and just begged me to create a piece to accompany it. So I pulled out my watercolors and created the circular piece, stamping it with one of the exclusive kit stamps (yes, they’re back!!) once the watercolor was dry.


Simple beauty. A little patterned paper accent, a little watercolor, a little floral, and a little bit of mist drops.

Fabulous page (Life Pages kit):


The Life Pages kit contains so many really great photo pocket cards. I just had to use some of them in my projects. I used three of them on this page. I also used the exclusive Life Pages kit stamp set.


Ahhh…sushi!! One of my very favorite foods. This page tells about the day I learned how to make it from a Japanese friend of a friend. So good! So awesome!


That large, gold, “fabulous” die cut was perfect for this. The star stickers are for the five stars I give the sushi and the lesson on making it.

Fantastic card (Main kit, Life Pages kit, Add-on #2, Main add-on) :


There are some really awesome puffy sticker script words in the kits this month. These are from add-on #2. I cut away the patterned paper from the upper edge of the sticker and then angled the paper onto the corner of the card and trimmed it off.


I clustered some of my favorite embellishments together for visual impact. I love that plaid badge.

I’ll be back with more projects over the next several days/weeks. In the meantime, you can check out these links to see more.

February kits:

February Main kit

February Life Pages kit



February designer  scrapbook gallery

February designer cards and projects gallery

February designer Life Pages gallery

There are so many great projects in the gallery from the design team. What’s your favorite project in the gallery? I’d love to hear.

Hope you have an awesome day!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a little something new I’ve been working on. I hope you’ll join me.




watercolor lessons: brush strokes

Hey guys!

I’m taking a class over at Online Card Classes called Watercolor for Card Makers, Intermediate Techniques. I took the original Watercolor for Card Makers back when it came out and loved it so much. So when I saw this one I immediately signed up for it.

I know I probably won’t be able to find the time to make a card for each day’s homework. there is a LOT smooshed into this class. It’s well worth the money, since they really do teach you a lot of techniques. Plus the card samples are out of this world gorgeous! If I can improve my watercoloring skills even a little it will have been worth it. I’d love to be able to paint like Dawn Woleslagle, but I know it takes years of practice. I’ll do what I can.


For the first class we learned all about brush strokes and loading our brush with a proper mix of water and pigment to achieve the results we’re looking for. The class assignment was to create a card using the techniques we learned, but creating a geometric design. Well, you can see I didn’t follow the rules, but chose to create an organic design instead.

But the same techniques of brush loading and getting a feel for your brush and the pigment/water ratio applies here as well.

I grabbed a couple of leaves off the little palm plant in my son’s bedroom as inspiration for this painting. I wasn’t quite able to active the same shape as the leaves I picked, but maybe next time. It was a lot of fun creating the different shapes of leaves and seeing how the colors varied depending on the amount of pigment I had in my brush.


I stamped a simple sentiment to not distract from the painted design, layered it over some card stock, mounted it to a card and called it done.

What’s even more exciting is that my order of Peerless watercolor papers just came in the mail, so I now have a wider array of watercolor options to chose from!!

I’m sure I’ll be back with more homework results from this class. I can’t wait to try more ideas.



Gossamer Blue February sneak and January blog post

Hey guys! Yes, I’m still here! I’ve just been buried under a bunch of snow, and snow gear, and kids, and never ending to-do lists.

When we have a few snow days in a row, I always feel like it takes me a while to get back into routine. This week the kids had two days off and one day with a two hour delay because of snow. Now they’re back in school, but it still feels like it should be Tuesday, but it’s already Friday and my brain is very confused.

Anyway, the snow was glorious. It still is, just not as much as it was those first few days. It was the best snow ever! About 30″ here, and so light and fluffy! It was so awesome! I was able to go out and get a lot of photos, we enjoyed our days snowed in, and we went sledding and drank hot cocoa. Wonderful!!

But today I wanted to share a few sneak peeks at some of the projects I made with the February Gossamer Blue kits. I made three pages and three cards this time around.




Also, I was up on the Gossamer Blue blog a couple of days ago. I shared this art journal page.


You can see more here.

I’ll be back soon!

hope your week is going great!!


Gossamer Blue January blog hop /// 2016 goals mini book


Hey guys!! Glad to have you here with us on the blog hop today. Each month the Gossamer Blue design team brings you a blog hop as a way to keep you inspired as you receive your kits each month. We know things move quickly in the paper crafting kit world, and sometimes it’s hard to keep up. But we hope to be able to help you out along the way by bringing you a fresh dose of project inspiration to keep you going.

I have the entire blog hop order listed below for your convenience and reference.

Today I’m sharing this mini book I created for my 2016 goals. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but I do like to give myself some goals to work towards in the coming year. This year’s goals are pretty simple. Get better at photography, get better at photoshop, and get more active and in shape.


I made my book using some of the Life Pages insert cards and used glue and tape to bind them together at the top for a tablet style book.

I added a lot of tags and embellishments inside, so it doesn’t lay flat. But I tied some of the baker’s twine around it to keep it all together a bit more.

Here are the inside page of my book.


Pages 1-4  focus mostly on my photography goals. I recorded some things I’d like to focus on, and in the next few pages I left some space for writing notes.


Pages 5-8 are for space for writing some things down as I go, some of my photoshop goals, and I also added a tiny cellophane envelope for holding some small photos I’d like to print out later.


The last four pages focus on some fitness goals. I used to run a little bit, but haven’t been very active for a while. I really would like to incorporate more exercise into my daily routine. I also left some space for writing things down later.


Thanks for joining me today. If you’d like to continue along on the blog hop, you can find all the links below.

Have an awesome day!!

Alex Hunter

Anabelle O’Malley

Andrea Gray

Brenda Weaver

Chantal Philippe

Diane Payne

Emily Spahn

Eyoung Lee

France Wisniewski

Heather Leopard

Jill Keller

Joy Taylor

Kasia “Antilight” Petrus

Kathleen Graumüller

Kellie Winnell

Kelly Xenos

Michelle Wedertz

Olatz Garaiyurrebaso

Sandra Dietrich

Sian Fair

Gossamer Blue January /// Snow Day, Yay!

I’m not sure why, but I’ve been having a hard time getting back into my normal routine since the holidays. Maybe this week will seem a little more normal to me.

You know what doesn’t feel normal? My oldest just got his driver’s license last week!! And we left him drive away on his own to a destination an hour away from home for his first solo trip. Talk about having to let go!! This mama’s not ready for her kids to be off on their own, but time just slips away, and they keep on growing and changing on me. Anybody relate? (sigh)

Anyway, here are the last two projects I created using the January Gossamer Blue kits. These two projects came together so quickly and easily, and are some of my favorites.

If you haven’t checked out the Gossamer Blue designer galleries yet, you can do that here.

Snow Day page:


We haven’t gotten any snow yet this winter (Boo!!!), so I consoled myself by creating a scrapbook page with one of my snow day photos from last winter. I love snow so much, and the evergreens in our front lawn always look so gorgeous covered in snow, and I can’t resist snapping a few photos each year.

I kept the design of this page calm and serene and reminiscent of the snow with lots of white and white space.


I accented the page with the foil letters, gold heart embellishment, and some punched snowflakes.

Yay! card:


I decided to break out of my white or light grey card base box and try a darker shade of grey to make the base of this card. I love how it contrasts with the floral paper.

I made the tag out of watercolor paper and painted on the light grey stripes


I like how it turned out, and it’s pretty flat and easy to mail, so that’s a win!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope your week is off to a fabulous start!


Gossamer Blue January /// Hello Love, Today is the day

Hey guys! I’m back with more to share from the January Gossamer Blue kits.

Hello Love page:


I used an Instagram photo of my husband, taken on one of our dates, to make this page. I used some of the wood veneer, a colorful tag, some of the puffy stickers, patterned paper, a label and journaling card for this page.


Today is the day card:


I pulled out some pretty yellows, pinks and treys to use on this card. I used the diamond shaped paper clips as embellishments on their own instead. The tiny stars are from the On My Desk collection from Gossamer Blue.


Love that pretty floral tab and the gold accents. This card is feminine office theme-y with those tabs, labels, paper clips and sticky notes.

Oh, and I also wanted to let you guys know that we’ve started a Gossamer Blue fan page on Facebook. It’s a place for  subscribers, friends, and fans of Gossamer Blue. Get to know us (from owner to designers) , see behind the scenes sneaks and peeks, and chat about your love of all things paper!                                                                                                                                                                   It’s going to be so fun! I hope you’ll join us so we can get to know you. Check it out here!