Gossamer Blue April reveal

Hey guys! It’s time for another round of fabulous kits from Gossamer Blue.

The April kits are simply lovely, although I didn’t get as much time to work on them this time around. Plus, I’ve been in kind of a weird creative rut.

But I’ll show you a couple of pages today, and then some cards and another project next time, ok?

Beautiful Spring page (Main kit, Bits & Pieces kit):


I took this photo last weekend during an engagement shoot with my niece. I love tulip trees. I Love all kinds of flowering trees, and I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of the lovely blooms while I took photos of my niece and her fiancé.


A combination title of a word sticker and the foam alphabet stickers. I have a thing for white on white.

Those plastic heart embellishments actually come in red, but i wanted them to pink. So I pulled out some acrylic paint and brushed it on those babies, and voila!


I really wanted to use some patterned paper on this page, but i also didn’t want to detract too much from the photo, so I added small torn strips of patterned paper along the top of the photo, just to add a little color and interest.

This Boy page (Life Pages kit, Main kit, Life Pages themed add-on):


I always try to use up at least some of my Life Pages cards each month, just because I like them a lot. I reeeeallllly need to get back into pocket scrapbooking, because I have so many fabulous cards that i just can’t get rid of.

I used 5 of them on this page, 2- 4″x6″, and 3- 3″ x4″. I did trim them down a little so they’d fit my design better. That colorful triangles one is my favorite.


This is a really old photo of my second son. He had the cutest nose and the most gorgeous eyes. He’s still a cutie, even though he towers over me now, and has a deep, masculine voice.


The stamped circles are from the exclusive Life Pages kit stamp. It’s a really cute stamp set with a lot of possibilities. I decided to jut use the circles on this page and add embellishments to some of them.

And here are your kit links for this month:

Main kit

Life Pages kit


And the gallery links:

April designer scrapbook gallery

April designer cards and projects gallery

April designer Life Pages gallery

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you’re having a great week!




Gossamer Blue March day 4

I’ve got just a couple more projects to share using the Gossamer Blue March kits. These kits are amazing. I had such a fun time creating these projects.

Note: there will be a Gossamer Blue designer Instagram hop this afternoon instead of our usual monthly blog hop. I hope you’ll head over to Gossamer Blue on Instagram at 3:00 EST for that.

Lovely card:


I really liked the colored doilies that came in the kits. I divided mine up between a few of my projects, including this card. The rub-ons were a fun way to dress up the doily without adding more layers.


The twine is from my stash, and I also added the mist droplets. Isn’t that doily so pretty?

Work hard play hard card:


This one is a little unique. I cut out some phrases from the patterned paper in the 6×6 stack to create this focal element. I created the background with the To-do list stamp from Jen Hadfield. Everything on this card is from the Bits & Pieces kit except for the glitter enamel dots. those are from the life Pages add-on #3 kit.


Lots of great advice here on this card, wouldn’t  you say? Perfect to send to someone  embarking on a new journey in life, or a friend who just needs some encouragement to stay focused on a goal and keep pushing foreword.

Again, here are your links for March:

March Main kit

March Life Pages kit

March add-ons

March designer scrapbook gallery

March designer cards and projects gallery

March designer Life Pages gallery

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget about the Insta-hop this afternoon. We’d love to have you join in on the fun!

Gossamer Blue March day 3

Hey there! I’m back with a few more project shares using the March Gossamer Blue kits.

XOXO page (Using Bits & Pieces kit only):


The Bits & Pieces kit is often one of my favorites each month. This time was no exception. I loved the 6×6 paper pad and the dies cut package especially. They’re both by Maggie Holmes. I really wanted to use a lot of those pretty roses and leaves on a page. So I created some circles with my gelatos as a place to rest each grouping of die cuts and other embellishments. I also added a few sequins from my stash.


This was SUCH a fun page to make, and although it looks like it would have taken a while, it really didn’t.


This is one of my very favorite pages to date. I love the painted circles and the cluster of feminine embellishments.

Love This Dude page:


This is my middle child who loves acting goofy. He’s great at bringing smiles to people’s faces.


I used four of the 4×4 Life Pages cards on this page. Keeping with a grid pattern made it really easy.  I really love simple pages like this one. I have lots of photos to preserve and limited time to do so, so pages like this work well for me. This would work well for more than one photo as well. Simply swap out one of the cards for a photos or layer more photos on top of the cards.


I cropped my photo in a square before printing so it would fit nicely on one of the cards. A paper clip holds it in place.

Be sure to check out the latest kits here.

And the March galleries here.


March GB reveal day 2

Ready for more Gossamer Blue projects? How about a few cards today?

I split my time equally between card making and scrapbooking this month and made four of each. This was a record breaker month for me, I think, as far as number of projects goes.

This month, in addition to the Main Kit and Life Pages kit, I got the Life Pages Main add-on, the Life Pages add-on #3, and the Bits & Pieces kit. I can’t name a favorite this month. I love them all. The Life Pages cards were especially good this month. I  always like the patterned paper package in the Bits & Pieces kit, and so many of the other elements in the kits were just right up my alley.

The Best Day Ever card (Life Pages kit only):


There are doilies in a couple of the kits this month. They come in a brown paper bag (so don’t miss them), and they come in such gorgeous colors. I got teal and pink, but I saw some people had yellow too. It probably depends on which kit you get. I cut a piece off of mine to use on this card.


I also used two of the 2×2 Life Pages cards, a rub-on, a phrase sticker, a brad, and some buttons from my stash. Aren’t those colors so fun?

Happy Smile card (Main Kit only):


I so love the gold acrylic elements in the Main Kit. They are so pretty. I paired one here with some stickers and a rubber embellishment.


I trimmed the rubber piece down a little bit so it would fit better. Since they’re soft, it’s very easy to trim them down if you need to.

Tell me what you’re loving from the kits so far? Have you ordered any of yours yet? I’d love to know which one(s) you chose.

Again, here are the links if you need them:

March Main Kit

March Life Pages Kit

March add-ons

And the gallery links:

March designer scrapbook gallery

March designer cards and projects gallery

March designer Life Pages gallery

March Gossamer Blue reveal

Hello, March!

I’m enjoying the lovely weather we’ve been having the last few days here in Pennsylvania.  But it makes me nervous. I don’t like when spring-like weather comes too soon, because then we all have spring fever and we know that the nice weather can’t last this early in the season. There’s an old saying I often heard as a child that says March either come in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, or comes in like a lamb and goes out like a lion. And it often does hold true. I’d rather March came in like a lion and got all its fury out of the way. The spring like weather is a farce this time of year, and just leaves people disappointed and cranky when it turns cold again.

But anyway, I did not come here to discuss the weather, but to share with you a few of the projects I made for the March Gossamer Blue release. No matter what is happening outside, the beautiful March kits will bring spring indoors with all the happy colors and beautiful florals.

I am seriously in love with these kits!! These are my favorite Gossamer Blue kits in the history of ever. They are a must this month, for sure!

I made eight projects this time, and I’ll share them over the span of a few days, so I don’t bombard you.

Love You page (Main kit only):


The kits this time are so very me. I love the florals, the pinks and greens, and the addition of black in a lot of the elements. The embellishments are fantastic. i loved each and every piece.

Here I used the very cool gold acrylic shapes and stickers from the On Trend 2 collection from My Mind’s Eye, the pink doily from the kit, puffy stickers from c’est la vie from Pink Paislee, a rubber embellishment from Maggie Holmes, and that beautiful paper and a transparency that are also from Pink Paislee  c’est la vie.


I punched out my doily with a circle punch and then stitched the circles onto my layout. I added lots of hearts, because…well..hearts! Who doesn’t love ’em?


Those gold acrylic shapes are just so awesome in that they are really unique, and I love unique. I get bored with the same old stuff regurgitated over and over again, and I really admire a company that can think outside the box and bring new and exciting things to the industry. I think these qualify, for sure!

Shine Your Light page:


This page was made with a variety of kits. I used the Life Pages kit, Life Pages Main add-on, and Life Pages add-on #3. The elements in these kits were so awesome, and perfect for some boy pages. I especially loved the die cut packages this month. The one I used here is from Shimelle’s Starshine collection. It has so many great pieces it it with very nice phrases.


I cut out the star from one of the 4×6 Life Pages cards and adhered it with foam adhesive. I added my journaling strips to mimic starbursts.


I love stars because they are so versatile and can be used for so many applications. One can never have too many, I think. And isn’t that frame cool? I really like it. That’s my oldest playing his beloved guitar. This was only taken about a year ago, but he looks so much younger here than he does now.

There’s such a variety to be found in the kits this month. I have so many more ideas to try and I’m sure I’ll be dipping into these kits over and over for the next couple of weeks.

Here are the product links for your convenience:

March Main kit

March Life Pages kit


And gallery links:

March Scrapbooking designer gallery

March cards and projects designer gallery

March Life Pages designer gallery

Thanks for stopping by! I hope your day is amazing!




March sneaks and more

Hey guys!

It’s been  while. How’ve you been?

I’ve been thinking and dreaming about lots of things. Things I’d like to do in the future. Dreams and goals I have, what I really want to be doing. It’s hard to know how everything fits together, what goals I should be pursuing. What exactly I should be doing and when. Seeking God’s direction. Learning and growing. Pushing forward in the directions I’d like to go, but not yet knowing fully what that looks like, exactly. Trusting God will show me just what i need to know at just the right time.

I was up on the Gossamer Blue blog this week, in case you missed it. I shared a fun little brag book project. You can see that here.

I’ve also been busy these last few days creating projects with the Gossamer Blue March kits, which are Ah-MAZ-ing!! Here’s a few sneaks for you.


I’ve been planning a crafting event for local folks here at my home. So, any local friends, if you’re interested, you can find out more on the Facebook event page here.



In other news, my boys are finally at the end of basketball season (yay!) with just one more tournament to go. Chloe’s all done with Bible Quizzing (yay!) and the boys are heading to Bible Quizzing finals in a few weeks. It feels good to be at the end of these two things that have been dominating our schedules over the last few months and move on to other things. Soon it will be preparing for student convention and end of school events. For me, it feels like the winter months went by so quickly.

Eric and I took a trip to Manhattan for my belated birthday gift. We had a great time. I took a bunch of photos and I’ll probably share a few sometime soon.

Gotta run. I’ll be back soon. Have an awesome day!

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.