Gossamer Blue | etched metal bracelet...

hey everyone, it's been quiet around here, i know. i'm just thrilled to mark things off my to-do list so i can add more to it!

So, today's project is all about metal etching with Gossamer Blue Stamps. i've always wanted to try out this technique but never took the time to do so, until i found out i could make up my own solution using household products and a few things we'd never think about buying.

below are a few examples as to what i'm talking about... then you can read more about how i etched the design onto metal using Gossamer Blue's exclusive stamps (available in the main kit only) over on the GB blog today...

have a lovely day, xoxo!!

summer + arm accessory sneak...

a while back i shared a link on facebook, 1970's summer, which brought back a ton of childhood memories. i thought it would be fun for the kids to have a similar experience as we did growing up.

i love the concept and ideas and so far, we've accomplished a handful of them... i'm not sure if we could actually get number 4 done though. the amount of money it costs to see a movie is pretty hefty... really wish we had a drive-in theater though; that would be awesome! and believe it or not, i've allowed them to eat an awful lot of junk/candy. my gosh, the excitement on their faces when they ask if they can have more than one ice cream sandwich or eight cookies or a few packs of pez kids candy is so cute. not to mention they've quenched their thirst by drinking a full pitcher of pink lemonade in one day, insane!

i have not seen both of my babies since Saturday... Tyler's buddy Ace, slept over for two days and they couldn't bare to be apart, so Ty is hanging out w/ Ace and his family for two days. Corinne is also hangin' w/ her bestie for two days, celebrating her friends birthday. she even packed extra clothes just in case the opportunity came... hehe, love it! they come home today and i can not wait to see them and hear about all the fun they've had over the past few days.

and i've been spending ample time at my workbench creating some new arm accessories that i am really excited about. hope to have them listed in the shop over the next few days... by the end of the week for sure!

...enjoy your Monday!!

Gossamer Blue | enjoy the ride...

did you have a great 4th? it was pretty laid back, low key for us, but really nice. we didn't do too much this year. we enjoyed fireworks this year at a friends house, which was nice and the kids enjoyed themselves.

lately, i haven't been consistent w/ my fitness lately and it is showing. i have been slacking, mostly b/c of my upper right thigh causing me issues. i continue to work on making it feel better though. i decided to start up w/ some crossfit workouts. i'm really looking forward to something new and different. speaking of fitness, today's layout share is a selfie during one of my many bike rides last year... i used a mix of products from Gossamer Blue's add-ons and life pages kits.

the July papers and project life cards linear designs and geometric shapes are truly amazing... so, i mixed them all up onto one layout. a seemingly simple page that took forever to create... why is that? my cowgirl layout i did took all of 40 minutes and yet, go figure!


new things | scrapbooking + scoutmob...

guten morgen and happy Sunday!

wanted to share a few new things happening this month... i'm a guest designer for Masterful Scrapbook Design and this months new ebook is all about Product Play! this was such a fun project to work on. i loved the assignments and details that went along with them. it really allowed me to broaden my creativity and keeping with my true style! Masterful Scrapbook is a wonderful place to become a member. you'll have access to loads of inspiration and ebooks each month. be sure to become a member and get your hands on the current Product Play ebook now available.

also, some wonderful news i've been eager to share for the past few months. Saturday, my little shop went live over at Scoutmob. it's a place where independent makers from around the world create and sell their goods. it's so surreal and so cool at the same time! at the moment, my CT2 shop is small, but i'm happy with it and look forward to offering more in the very near future. be sure to stop by and explore other the site, there is a 15% off your entire purchase until just before midnight, July 6th, use AMERICA15 code at checkout.

i will still continue to keep my etsy shop open, as it's the main home where i sell my jewelry. i do need to update it, which i'll have a few things listed later today and each day this week! i've had a few custom orders i needed to complete before the three day holiday!

hope you enjoy the rest of your day... xo!

Page Maps | July sketch, poolside...

hey everyone, my layout share today showcases PageMaps July sketch. i'm a sucker for small photos in a page design and i love how simple the sketch was and easy to use.

i loved the floral and polka dots throughout the sketch, which inspired my use of circle elements on my layout and mixed it up with diago
nal lines in my title treatment.

these photo are some of my favorites from last summer. the kids had such a great time playing together by the pool... and of course, i can never get enough of their humor!

and if you haven't yet, register for PageMaps University Layout Class 2. there are LOTS and LOTS of sketch ideas and inspiration from a fabulous group of talent for a great deal!!

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