Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hello Today!

Every month, I create a project for the Gossamer Blue blog using the Life's Pages cards. This month's layout is one of my favorites that I've done. I absolutely fell in love with the cards that were designed by Peppermint Granberg in Add On 3. I knew as soon as I saw them that I wanted to create a page with them as the focus. Here is what I made:


I selected my favorite cards and then added a couple of the Amy Tangerine tags. The green one was stitched by me!

Then, I stitched the edges of all of the cards and started embellishing them. I stuck with a pink and green theme.

I tucked a couple of the gold doilies under the cards and flipped them over so that the cream side would show through with just a hint of gold peeking out. To tone down the cord stars, I inked them with pastel pink chalk ink.
 



 
 
This is my favorite card. I added some stitching and gems then finished it off with a heart. 

Since I wanted the cards as my focus, and I had a ton of pics, I created little collages in PSE and journaled directly on them. Then, I clipped all of the photos to the card and adhered the clip to the layout.
 So, I got the best of both worlds...I focused on the cards AND created a layout with lots of pics and journaling.

That's about it for today. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Gossamer Blue April Projects

Well, my wonderful spring break is over. Boo. And I'm back at work. But, at least the weather is getting better. That always puts me in a great mood. I am hoping to put my winter clothes away for good sometime very soon.

Gossamer Blue's April kits are now live. They are filled with bright, fun colors and really awesome PL cards. Here are my spreads for this month...

 

 On this one, I printed my photo on a 4 by 6 card. then  I added some journaling on my two 3 by 4 cards and sewed them to the top, creating flip up pocket. I slid the photo into the page protector and left the flaps outside so they could be lifted up. This is a great way to be able to extend my 6 by 8 pages.

 
 
I love the rainbow card. It says "it's not always sunshine and rainbows." This was the perfect card for the story of Fran's emergency surgery.


I added more journaling on the tag I tucked behind the photo.
 
 
Here is my second spread...

Again, I added some hidden journaling. I used the ribbon to create a tab on the journaled card and tucked it behind the date card. The kits came with some sweet wood pieces. I added some Prima chalk ink tot he one on this card.

Couldn't resist a card dedicated to one of my favorite Trader Joe Meals - sweet potato gnocchi with brown butter and sage sauce.

Well, that's about all for today. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Hello Kitty and Pretty in Pink


Another week has come and gone. This one was nice and relaxing. And today tops it off. It's my birthday! ;)

Here are last week's spreads. I love this first one. It made me feel so 'springy' when I opened my planner. The cloud and heart washi is my favorite. And of course I love anything pink and aqua. I used some die cuts from Basic Grey's Fresh Cut line on here. The floral washi is from BG, too, as are the hole reinforcers.

Washi- AC Moore, Basic Grey, Ebay (thin)
Die cuts- Basic Grey
Card- We R Memory Keepers (Simply Happy Collection)


And since we are now officially in Spring, I figured I'd use my cute spring themed Hello Kitty stickers. I found them in the Target Dollar spot.
Washi- Ebay (animals), Bella Blvd. (chevron), Queen and Co. (pink polka dot)
Stickers- Target
Clip- Walgreens
Card- Recollections

That's it for today. Thanks for letting me share.:) Have a great day.

Monday, March 31, 2014

A Couple of Cards

Hooray! I'm on spring break. I'm sitting here in Nags Head, NC as I write. My brother bought a house here recently and I brought my mom and Ryan down for a couple of days to visit. It's still cold, but being at the beach on a cold day is always better than being at home. I'm loving the Outer Banks. We've done lots of fun things this weekend - driving along the beach, eating Carolina BBQ, visiting the Wright Bother's memorial, taking long walks with the beach with the dogs. I could definitely get used to this.

So, here are a couple of cards that I've made recently. This first one uses some pretty Basic Grey flowers.  Aren't they fun? I added Webster's Pages and Prima papers to the background.


The fun thing about these are that they come unassembled. You can layer them however you want.
This next card uses some Crate and Heidi Swapp goodies. I layered them  and love how it turned out. I made it based on the March Color Sketch at Emma's Paperie. You can check it out HERE.


I love using color inspiration pieces. It helps me really think outside the box and put together things that I might otherwise not use together.

Well, that's about it for today. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. :)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Transparency Cards

I have always loved the look of transparencies on cards. I think they add a lot of softness to them. They also allow for a different type of layering to go on. Adding a sticker or piece of chipboard to the inside of the card and letting it peek through to the front is a great way of creating dimension. So, when I received my March Gossamer Blue kits and found the Webster's Pages transparent 3 by 4 journaling cards in them, I knew what I wanted to do. Here is the final result.

 

 On this first card, I stitched one of the transparencies to some cardstock, so that it became the card front. Some chipboard (MME) and a sticker inside finished it off along with some sweet enamel dots.

The transparency was stitched onto a journaling card here. I topped it off with the cameo and butterfly sticker.

I loved this gold dotted card so much! I traced a piece of the heart transparency and added it to the label o the card.  The little enamel dots were a lot of fun to add as details.


Next up is my favorite card. I love anything with sequins! So, I created a pocket with
one of the transparencies and filled it up. I cut apart some of the sequins for visual interest. And since those gold enamel dots are so amazing, I popped on a couple of those, too.

 This card is similar to the first. The transparency served as the cover, again. I added the chipboard and stickers to the front. Inside I added the letter U to complete the sentiment. :)

I love this little sweet set. Mint, gold and pink are favorite colors of mine, right now, so I had a great time putting them all together.

Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you have any questions!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Catching Up- Kittys, Icons and St. Patrick's Day

It's just amazing how quickly time is flying by. I had all good intentions of doing my Filofax post this weekend. I ended up getting sick (the stomach flu, ugh) on Sunday and all of a sudden I turn around and it's Tuesday. I thought I'd post several of my spreads to catch up. But first, I want to share my new organizer. I've tried a couple of different ways to hold my pen and Filofax collection and finally found one that I love. It looks pretty, too!

It's a Craftsman tool tote and is just the size to hold my pens and personal sized Filos. I organized the pens by type - Gelly Rolls, Frixions, Frixion markers and Staedtlers. On the side are my Coletos and refills. I found this tote at KMart, though I've also seen them online.

So, here are my last couple of week's worth of pages. This first one is just fun! All of the stickers are from Doodlebug's Feeling Groovy collections. The striped washi is also Doodlebug and the thin washi is from ebay. (For some reason, my ebay page isn't showing my past purchases, so I can't link it up right now, but if you search thin washi, I'm sure it will show up.)
 Here is what I was in my Green Original two weeks ago. I decided to go for a cute kitty theme and used lots of my Kawaii goodies on here. The animal washi, thin washi, stickers and sticky notes are all from ebay. The houndstooth washi is from Pink Paislee. And the banner sticky notes came in an RAK.
 

 Here's last week's St. Pattys Day theme in my Green Original. The cellophane tape is from Ebay (seller amazondigital ) The stickers are all from a cute set from Michael's.

And last week in my Yellow Finsbury... Everything is from Doodlebug's Day by Day collection. Again, the washi is Doodlebug, too. Are you seeing a pattern here? I love Doodlebug stickers for decorating.
 
Thank you so much for stopping by. If you have any questions about where I got any of these items I'll be happy to get back to you. Have a great day!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Watercolor Background

Happy Spring! I'm so excited that it is finally here. And it feels like spring, too. Hoping it will stay this way, but with the forecast of snow next Tuesday, I'm not holding my breath, yet. LOL. However, anything is better than the Polar -Vortex/Blizzard filled weeks that we'd been having. Just walking outside makes me happy. The daffodils are coming up and the birds are singing. I am a happy girl, again.

Today I have a layout to share with you. I have been really enjoying using my watercolors to create backgrounds. I love the look. On this page, I used pinks and oranges to complement the pretty Webster's Pages circle paper that I used along the bottom. Let me tell you what I did.

 I started off by selecting my colors. I used my Gelatos this time. Then, I took a piece of transparency. You could use any kind of plastic, though. Reusing packaging from supplies works great, too. I colored them onto the transparency then I spritzed it with water. I picked up the plastic and swirled the colors together. Then, I flipped it over and pressed it onto the paper. I did this several times layering the colors.

Once I got the look that I wanted, I picked up the paper and let the extra color drip down the page. Sometimes I mop it up with a tissue if I don't want drips, but they worked well here.
I finished off by layering my photo with papers, brads and photo corners. I added some stickers and the wood veneer. Then, I finished it off with the adorable cameo.

That's it! Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day. :)