Gossamer Blue

Hello friends!

It’s been a little while since I’ve checked in here. We bought our first house and have been consumed in the process of moving, unpacking, cleaning, setting up and all the excitement that goes along with that. I’ve still yet to do any decorating but most everything has been put away, the kids are finally all sleeping through the night (wait, where am I?, mom!!) and we finally have internet service. Sweet relief!

On that note, I have some super exciting news to share today! Gossamer Blue has expanded their design team and I will be joining as a cardmaker, alongside a seriously amazing lineup of talented ladies. Talk about an exciting, unexpected email to find in your inbox. Can you pinch me already!?! Read the announcement here. Their scrapbook kits and PL kits are pretty much the best out there and on top of that, they just announced 3 fresh new paper collections which will available in September. I’m going to share them all here too, because I am sure you will be just as excited to get your hands on them as I am :)

First up is Gramercy Road.

What a fresh color palette for the autumn season, with just a hint of fall to make it versatile. And the embellishments – classic label shapes, coordinating enamel dots, cork stickers, oh my! So much to love here.

On My Desk is equally charming with it’s eclectic mix of patterns, shapes and textures. I am drooling over the gold foiled die cut shapes and those little wood diamond cuts have already inspired a card design.

Get Happy is a colorful holiday collection which is also very versatile and contains pretty much the best ever woodgrain paper, loads of fabulous embellishments for decorating your holiday albums and eeps, a stamp set!! Love the hand drawn feel to the branches and that adorable deer mount.

You’ll be seeing more Gossamer Blue goodness here in the next month, sneaks for the September kits and projects made using the new collections too, so stop back soon if you get the chance!

Watercolor Hello

Hello, hello! One last card to share with you before I pack up the rest of my craft room and get down to the dirty work of deep cleaning and moving heavy boxes. This one is for the current Moxie Fab World challenge: Wonderful Words Challenge using word dies. This word die from Papertrey Ink is one of the few I own and since all the others are holiday related, hello it is!

My daughter and I were checking out some watercolor technique videos on YouTube the other weekend (Art Food Kitty had some great, informative ones that get to the point without all the extra chit chat you sometimes find on YouTube channels) and we sat down to create with our new found knowledge. Can’t believe I *almost* considered getting rid of this pretty butterfly stamp from Stampendous, but honestly, I’ve never found one I like better. And this one is 10 years old.

For the word die business, I debossed “hello” into the background to create an outline to paint around. Then wet with water and painted on the color with Colorbox Spritzers spray inks used in that tray above. The top “hello” was cut from black cardstock, given a coating of glossy accents and then adhered slightly offset so it would appear to be 3-D.

Really, I love how this turned out! It just makes me so happy :)

See you in a couple of weeks!

 

Joy Burst

Hello and TGIF! I have been busy packing and cleaning this week – we are moving! – but snuck in a little crafty time to play along with the current A Blog Named Hero Challenge. Coloring is so not my thing – I am far too impatient and can never stay in the lines – but gave it a shot anyhow.

I had yet to use this pretty Joy Burst stamp that has been collecting dust since last November and with the bright colors, you almost can’t tell it’s a holiday stamp. I colored the image with Faber-Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Markers and die cut it and then was just stuck on what else to do. So here it is slapped onto the front. Done and done.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

 

 

Inlaid Circle Thank You

Good morning! If you are here looking for the Clearsnap blog hop, please jump over to this post to check out all the new releases. If not, then I just have this fun card to share with you. It was created for the last Paper Crafts call but didn’t make it through. That’s okay because I still kind of love it!

The background was created by layering and die cutting several sizes of circles using the new Fancy Pants Burlap & Bouquets line which is so pretty. Love those Rifle Paper Co inspired flower designs that I am seeing pop up everywhere!!

Inlaid die cuts seem kind of intimidating (at least to me), but really it’s not and is just a little time consuming. Kind of like fitting together puzzle pieces. So try it! It helped me to keep adding adhesive sheeting to the back to keep everything in place.

Also, can’t seem to get enough of this Lawn Fawn alpha die! It’s gotten lots of mileage lately on this card and this card  and several more cards that haven’t yet been shared.

I’d like to also add this to the current Virginia’s View Challenge #5.

Have a great day!

Washington Vacation Mini Album

We’re so excited to share our brand new SUMMER release from Clearsnap with you! Gorgeous new Art Screens, more Creative Card designs, 6 new colors of ColorBox Spritzers, and 9 new Souvenir Stamps have been added to our lineup of products for your crafting fun. Our creative team has been busy behind closed doors creating inspiring projects with these new products, from cards to summer journals and more. Hop along with us today to check out these fabulous summer projects and be inspired.

Be sure to visit and comment on each blog in the hop. Then, use the widget on the Clearsnap blog to enter to win 2 of our new Art Screens and 2 of our new ColorBox Spritzers!

Clearsnap 
Sabrina Alery —> you are here
Steph Ackerman
Tami Sanders
Jennifer Priest 
Suzanne Austin 
Vivian Keh
Meihsia Liu

Hello! I have a mini album to share with you today using photos from a vacation our family took to northwestern Washington State in 2008. The inside is really simple and basically just uses 4″ x 6″ photos with dividers for each day we spent there. To be honest, I would most likely not go back to document a trip so old (and could likely not remember many details – thanks mom brain!) but this version made it very simple.

The cover uses an upcycled leather cover of a old datebook and was embossed with the gorgeous new Tropical stencil in gold powder. The gold against the teal leather feels so luxe!

There are 6 dividers inside and each one blocks off the photos we took on each day there. Fun fact: the week we visited, the weather was so sunny and beautiful and very unlike typical Washington climate. I am so happy luck worked out for us that way!

Each page was created by using the Colorbox® Spritzers spray ink to watercolor and leave speckles in ink for sort of an organic look. Spray inks are perfect for watercoloring because the are pretty much mixed and ready to go. And the ones I used here are archival quality so you won’t have to worry about them harming your photos.

Over the watercolored background I layered the Tropical fern stencil with white pigment ink and then created a number block with more pigment ink and the Stonework + Numeric stencils.

Each page reminds me of batik fabric and the way the first layer of color peeks through when the wax design is removed. Although I just used one color for a more monotone look.

It’s just sort of tropical and casual, sort of like the location itself. There is a technique video below if you would like to watch the process to try out for yourself.

It’s really easy enough that even the kids can help! The background of this last page was created by my six year old daughter. It may even be my favorite :)

Here is a video tutorial of the process so you can join in too.

Thanks for dropping in today! Hop over to Steph’s blog to see the gorgeous card she’s created.

Supplies:
Colorbox® Spritzers Dye Ink Spray – Pumpkin Pie, Lemon Drop, Frosted Plum, Mermaid, Grasshopper, Putty
Colorbox® Art Screens – Numeric, Stonework, Tropical
Colorbox® Pigment Ink – Frost White, Farmhouse 6-Color inkpad
Art Daubers
Embossing Powder – Gold

 

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