Wednesday, November 19, 2014

December Memories Kit is in the House!

I'm so excited! My Gossamer Blue December Memories kit arrived this week. I wanted to pop on and share it with you. I have a wooden caddy that I use to organize my goodies every year. I pulled it out so that I could start getting ready! Here is it sitting on top of the box that my kit came in.


I opened my kit to find it beautifully packed! Here is the album. Love the colors!


As always, I want to share my top 5 favorite items from the kit. The cards are all lovely, but these are my faves! How fun is that top left one designed by Ashley Goldberg?

And can you say EYE CANDY? The striped and plaid enamel dots really do look good enough to eat.


Gossamer Blue has been adding some adorable acrylic shapes to the kits lately. I adore the ones that came in the December Memories one. Those snowflakes and trees are just too cute!


Another one of my favorites are these puffy stickers. I want them in triplicate! Especially love the deer head and the lights.


My December Memories album would not be  complete without sequins. And these are gorgeous.


I gathered all of the materials and placed them into my little caddy. I love how it all looks together.


In the front I placed the smaller embellishments - wood pieces, sequins, doilies, enamel dots, acrylics, etc.

In the back are the cards, die cuts, 6 by 8 papers, 6 by 6 paper pad, stamps and glassine bags.

 Now my kit is ready to go. I placed it in its own special spot and plan to start working on it this weekend. Can't wait!

Lori really did outdo herself this year. You can find the kit in the Gossamer Blue store. Be sure to check out the DT blogs as we are all sharing our creations with it. There will be a blog hop soon so we can showcase the base pages we've made. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Gossamer Blue November Blog Hop




Happy November. I'm so excited to be here to share a couple of projects with you! If you arrived from the Gossamer Blue Blog, you are in for a treat. The team is sharing lots of inspiration from the November kits.

Here is mine. I created an insert to go along with one of my Life's Pages spreads. On Labor Day weekend, we visited Sea Isle City, NJ for our annual Jersey Shore weekend. I printed several 2 by 2 pictures and created this.


I wanted to create a fun title for the cover so I combined the wood and Thickers with several die cuts.
I cut white cardstock for the background to keep it neutral. Most of the elements here are adhered to the outside of the page protector. Glue dots work best.


On the back I added my photos along with lots of fun elements from the kits.




My next project is a page I created using the amazing Gramercy Road collection. I am so in love with it! This page is about my annual trip to Linvilla Orchards with Ryan and my sister in law. We've done it every year since he was born and it's always one of my favorite fall traditions.


 I wanted to use the die cut numbers and was able to add them here.

I think the floral chipboard piece is my favorite item in the entire collection. It looks so pretty here with the cork, wood and die cut leaves!

I added lots of layers around the photo and tucked a tag behind it so I could add some extra journaling.


Here is the list of this month's participants. Next you are heading over to the amazing Beshka's blog. (I never cease to be amazed by her creations, and she is a lovely person, as well.)


Anabelle O'Malley  http://anabelleom.blogspot.com/ (you are here!)


Laura Rahel Crosby  http://laurarahel.blogspot.it/



Thanks for stopping by and Happy Hopping!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Gossamer Blue November Projects

Gossamer Blue kits are live! They are filled with Crater Paper, Basic Grey and Teresa Collins goodies this month. I really loved creating my Life's Pages spreads using the kits.

Here is what I came up with...


I made this spread using only the LP Main kit. I focused on purple and aqua here with splashes of black. I couldn't resist this adorable cork owl, too.

This month's kits included some cute acrylic pieces. How fun is that purple camera?

For this next spread, I used a mix of the main kit and add on 3. I love the Crate Paper tags that were in the kit and incorporated several on this page.


The Heidi Swapp die cuts were more of my favorite embellishments here.



Be sure to head over to the Gossamer Blue site and check out the kits, as well as the rest of the DT gallery. You won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gossamer Blue Blog Hop


Welcome to the Gossamer Blue Inspiration blog hop! We thought it would be a fun idea to share some projects with you, now that the October kits are arriving at your doorstep. Thanks for stopping by!

I have two brand new projects to share today. The first is a card that I made with the October kits. I used supplies from the Main Kit and the Life's Pages Kit on here. I love to use Life's Pages cards on my card fronts and chose a white one with a scalloped circle as my starting point here. I knew it would be perfect to layer elements onto.



I added a die cut frame, the flower die cuts, the banner die cut and the wood piece. I love the pops of red and black on the white. Using foam adhesive on the back of the LP card added for more dimension, as well. 


 My second project today is a layout that I made using the gorgeous new Gramercy Road line by Gossamer Blue. I'm so in love with all three of the new collections, but this is my favorite. It's perfect for Autumn, but it isn't themed, so it can be used for so many things!



I love so may of the papers so I cut a variety of them into squares and layered them behind the photo along with a few of the die cuts and tags.

I love the stamp set that coordinates with the kit and used it in several places. Here you can see the cute 'documented' circle.  

And here is the long arrow. And see those sequins?? How fun are they? I think they will be getting a LOT of use. So will those beautiful die cut leaves. Swoon!

So, thanks for stopping by. There is a ton of inspiration on the hop, you're in for a treat. Here is the list of participants. If you are coming here from the GB blog, you'll be heading over to Beshka next.  Happy Hopping!


Anabelle O'Malley ( YOU ARE HERE, IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW. ;) )


























Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Gossamer Blue October Projects

It's October 1st and you know what that means! Gossamer Blue kits are now on sale. You definitely don't want to miss out on the October kits. There are a wonderful mix of Teresa Collins, My Mind's Eye and Chickaniddy goodies. Additionally, there are so many amazing exclusives this month. The cards in the Life's Pages kits are my favorites EVER! Traci outdid herself.

Here are my projects for this month...

This first spread doesn't have too many photos. It was a sad week for our family. Ryan lost a friend, suddenly, to a brain aneurysm. I devoted the left hand page to Tommy and added a lot of journaling under the cards.



On this page, I focused on Ryan's new tooth. He'd broken his front one and we had it fixed this week. The 'I Like Your Face' card was perfect for his before and after photo.

 Both of the above projects were made with the main kit only, along with the printables.

This next project used a mix of kits.

 I just love the floral die cuts and the cute Chickaniddy enamel stars.



So, be sure to head over to Gossamer Blue and check out the kits. They are bound to go quickly! You won't be disappointed.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Gossamer Blue September Kits

Gossamer Blue September kits are live! If you like gold, you'll love this month's kits. Check them out:

Here is the main kit.

And here is the Life's Pages kit. They are filled with great colors!

I had so much fun creating this month. Here are the two spreads I made using the kits...

This one is bright and colorful. I created a little pocket on the bottom right hand card. Then, I stitched two cards together to create some hidden journaling.





I decided to go with soft colors and black and white pictures on this one. I love Add On 3 each month. Peppermint Grandberg designs the cards and they are amazing. These were perfecct paired with Crate's Notes and Things goodies.



Be sure to stop by the Gossamer Blue gallery. There is so much inspiration there!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I ♥ Summer

I saw something recently that said, 'For teachers, the whole month of August is like one long Sunday night'. Isn't that the truth. I've been walking around with a little pit in my stomach knowing that my favorite time of year is going to be over soon. I know I should enjoy the time that I have now, but I'm still pretty sad. So, I thought that sharing this layout that I recently made for Crate would be appropriate given my mood.

I love how it turned out.


This page started out because I did some die cutting for another project. I loved the negative space so much and knew that I wanted to use it for something. I adhered it over another piece of cardstock using foram adhesive. I also tucked vellum die cuts and a doily underneath it. 

 One of the die cuts was tucked under, sticking out a bit, as well.

Then, I added my photos and lots of other little goodies.



The little gold sequins were really fun to add as a design element to draw your eyes down the page. I used a mix of Styleboard and Open Road on here. Isn't it fun?

Well, thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a great day!