Sunday, November 23, 2014

gossamer blue december memories preview

Oh, boy.  As December inches closer and closer, I'm happily popping in tonight to share a sneak peek at a project I'm making with the Gossamer Blue December Memories kit.  This kit is seriously FULL of Christmasy goodness--in both traditional and non-traditional styles.  I also want to let you know about another GB DT blog hop happening on November 30.  The team members will be showing you their December Memories albums and, given the talent on the GB team, I'm certain this hop is going to be nothing but inspiring!

As for me, I'm actually NOT going to be doing a December Daily album.  I'm making an Advent calendar with my DM kit instead.  While I'd love to capture the entirety of our December activities in a book, I just don't think I could keep up with it all and, quite frankly, it's just not that interesting around here!

But I think you know how much I love dressing up tiny packages and this kit is absolutely perfect for 25 days of little surprises.  (And then some!)

Since I've been working on my calendar, I've had a good chance to really explore all the contents of the kit and because there are so many embellishments and journaling cards, I don't think I could use them all on the calendar, even if I tried!  So I'd really love to make some extra tags, a few Christmas cards, and maybe even a piece or two of home decor---but we'll see how that goes time-wise!

I love these black/natural/wood embellishments here, for example, and may set them aside for another project.

If you're not into a neutral holiday palette, just look at all of these gorgeous, saturated colors!  This has got to be the coolest kit out there!  The other awesome thing about this kit is that it coordinates with GB's Get Happy Christmas collection so it's easy enough to pull in elements from that to mix with the DM kit.  (And vice versa, if you have items leftover from your DM stash--and I guarantee that you will! :)  

As for my calendar, I gathered together tiny silver tins, little kraft boxes, and small muslin bags from my own stash (they don't come in the kit) and mixed them with the gold-patterned glassine bags (from my favorite--Whisker Graphics!) that are included in the kit.  I've been seeing some really cool mis-matched calendar ideas this year and decided to go that direction, too, instead of using 25 of the same container.  There's a bit more freedom this way and I think it pairs well with the eclectic aesthetic of the kit, too.

The other thing I should tell you is that, selfishly, this is not an Advent calendar for my family.  This is all for me!  I'm filling it with crafty goodness--like bottle brush trees and wood veneer (my favorite go-to items this season)--and keeping it for myself!  Is that horrible of me?!

So be sure to stop back on Sunday, November 30, for the full reveal of my Advent calendar and to make the rounds to see the December Memories albums from the other gals on the team.  Also, I'll be posting photos all week on Instagram so you can see more on my feed there: @thurston_post
See you soon!

Monday, November 17, 2014

leaves + feathers gift toppers

For those of you that missed this on the Gossamer Blue blog over the weekend, I'm sharing it here now...It's also this week's edition my gift wrap idea... 

Falling leaves, Thanksgiving, family...that can only mean thing: it's November!  I think of gift-giving and (especially) gift-wrapping all year long, but once November hits, it's time to kick it up a notch to ramp up for December.  What better way to start than with some pretty (and easy) package toppers?

November's kits were full of gorgeous pieces and as I made my projects this month, I kept finding myself "stacking" the leaves from the LP Main Add-on together.  I had first thought of trying to make some kind of garland with them, until I put them together with the LP Themed Add-On feather pieces...then they became beautiful clusters that I thought would look really lovely on top of packages.

Packaging is perhaps my most favorite craft to create...the possibilities are endless and just like with other paper mediums--scrapbooking, card making, etc--it's fine to keep it simple or to go all out and cover your entire platform.  For these, I wanted to have a couple of layers and textures while keeping the main focus on the cluster of die cuts itself.

With autumn in mind, I gathered feathers and leaves from the same color families.  Warm colors always work well for fall but I even brought in one bouquet of cooler teals and purples.  When paired with gold, they suit this season just fine--and look quite lovely doing so!

I added a long, skinny sentiment to each topper.  I went with mostly fall-ish phrasing--November, "grateful for you," "my heart is full"--but you can switch out the sentiments with your recipient's name or to suit your occasion.  The November kits offer all kinds of possibilities, and don't forget about the Gossamer Blue collections, either--I pulled two of mine from them!

I wound metallic gold thread around the stems of each cluster and tied it off into a delicate little bow.  The bows are dainty, but large enough to be seen behind the fabric brad which tops each one, except for the teal and purple set.  For that one, I looped the thread through the cut-out N of the November wood accent and skipped the brad.  **Using a wire cutter, I snipped off the prongs of the brads to make them flush and easy to adhere to each bouquet.**

The package base is a kraft box mailer in 2 sizes (4" x 6" and 5" x 7").  I like using kraft boxes and paper because they go well with EVERYTHING!  They can be rustic, modern or anywhere in between.  The boxes are a good size to hold some personal stationary or even a set of nice cloth napkins...simple but personal gifts for a friend's birthday or your hostess at Thanksgiving dinner.

Because I wanted some texture, I chose to layer some stitched white fabric over 4x6 journaling cards from the Life Pages Kit.  I chose the cards that best matched my cluster.  I then wrapped gold trim around each box and attached my stack of feathers and leaves with a dab of glue.

These came together pretty quickly and the best part is that I still have plenty of leaves and feathers to make more!  Happy crafting!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

gossamer blue inspiration blog hop :: november :: floral tags

Hi there!  It's the 15th which means it's time for another Gossamer Blue Blog Hop.  If you're following along, you probably just came from Nicole Harper's page.  Welcome here!  (And if you're not following along, you will probably want to...The GB Design Team is sharing some of their really awesome projects, all made with the November kits.)  I've got some lovely floral tags--because I'm convinced that you can never have too many tags.

GB's November kits offered some gorgeous items from Maggie Holmes, Heidi Swapp, Basic Grey, and of course, the amazing in-house GB designers!  I certainly did a lot of mixing and matching of both brands and kits to create my tags.

The acrylic words from the Life Pages Add-on #3 were some of my most favorite items.  I wanted to use them on everything I made this month, but in the end, settled on the tags.  I like how the bold black gives a bit of an edge to the otherwise overflowing-with-feminity pieces.  Because, while I wanted them to be very floral and pretty, sometimes it gets to be a tad too much.

 This Heidi Swapp tiny triangle garland from the Bits & Pieces kit was actually an afterthought, but after I added it, I was so glad that I did.  Again, it lends a modern touch to the shabby chic roses.

I think both Peppermint and Traci (GB graphic designers) did so well designing the journaling cards this month, too.  I've never done a Life Pages-type of layout but I find so many other uses for the cards that they've become one of my must-have craft supplies.  They are the perfect size to use as the base for these tags, for example, and the two cards I chose for this project--Peppermint's green with black florals on the love tag, and Traci's wood grain for the hey lovely one--feel like they were tailor-made for this set.

The flowery pieces from the ephemera pack in Maggie Holmes' Open Book, which you've been seeing a lot of here this week, were the basis for my tags.  I was attracted to the pinks and greens of the die cuts and when I started layering them together with the gold and black, I loved what I was seeing.  The ephemera pack comes in the Life Pages Themed Add-On.

Heidi Swapp's signature words (out of the Life Pages Main Add-on) pretty much work anywhere, don't you agree?

The most difficult thing about using the November kits was putting them away to work on other things!  

Thanks for hopping by!  Next up is Sabrina Alery.  I've got the entire list of designers with links here but if you get lost, you can always head back to the GB blog for all the blog hop information.  Have fun!

           ---> Rebecca Luminarias <--- That's me!

Friday, November 14, 2014

etsy update and COUPON!!

Oh, boy, we're only 2 Fridays away from Black Friday--YIKES!!  With that in mind, I've FINALLY got an Etsy update for you!  And how about a pre-Black Friday sale, too???  Sound good?  Hop over to my Etsy shop, look around, favorite a few things (and the shop, too, while you're at it :), and then use coupon code BLOG20 to save 20% off any or all of those items!  Yup, 20% off of your entire purchase.  I'm feeling generous so I'll probably include one or two extras with your order, too. 

Rose gold is my favorite color right now and I especially love it paired with dark wood so I designed a special mini kit just to celebrate my love for the two.  In case you haven't heard me say it before, those will be my Christmas gift wrap colors this year. 

The kit comes with some pretty tags, specialty doilies, a really lovely set of mini clothespins, and some gold shimmer twine (more on that below).  A few of the supplies I used to make this kit are a bit pricey and hard to find so the kit is limited edition and won't be around for long.  Get it while you can!

Next up are tiny tins of gold and silver glitter bitty clothespins.  You get 12 1" clips in each cute little tin--perfect for keeping or sharing.

If you like shimmery things--it's pretty obvious that I do--then you will LOVE this shimmer twine!

It comes in gold...



...or a trio of all three colors.  I've started including it in many of my gift wrap kits because it's so dreamy to use!

Even though there's a Christmas buzz in the air, it is still fall for several more weeks so how about this colorful set of autumn-inspired clothespins?

 But since a lot of folks are already shopping for the holidays, here's a sparkly red and silver set...

I will have a holiday Etsy update coming up next week or the week after.  I'm trying to wrap up making all my festive items this month so that people can get them ordered and delivered in plenty of time for gift-wrapping and giving.

I'm also currently taking custom requests so if you've got ideas, send me an email here or conversation on Etsy.  Looking for unique, homespun tags to pretty up your packages?  Need custom color combinations of washi clothespins for your home decor or holiday party?  Would you like a whole gift wrap kit in your own colors and style (traditional, shiny, rustic, modern)?  Let's talk!!  I'm working on a custom kit request right now and my customer gave me the most elegant and rich color scheme to work with--it's beautiful and I'll be sure to share it before I send it off to her.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget about the sale!  Coupon code BLOG20 for 20% off your entire purchase (excludes shipping).  I'd be so grateful, too, if you helped me spread the word!