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I'm a Winner! (Sometimes)

So the super fun Heather Goldiecar did a post with some of her awesome layouts...I commented on the post because she had a layout dedicated to Sanuk flips, which are my all time favorite flips.  EVER.  And guess what happened?  I WON SOME HAPPY MAIL!

(Please ignore the wee baby hand snagging stuff from the pile o' loot.)

So yeah, I got a ton of awesome papers and embellies and I do believe I'll be whipping out some cards and other goodies soon.  THANKS HEATHER, YOU'RE THE BEST!!!

Whew! Some days it's a marathon...


I finished another three layouts from my Gossamer Blue July kits.  First up is 3 Generations, a layout featuring my super cute, bubble-blowing hubby, Miss Q and my youthful mother-in-law.

Next is We Are seems not a one of us looks alike in my family, but we can sure make stupid faces!!!  My sister Amy is on the right and my nieces Shelby (dark hair) and Katie (blonde) are in the middle.  I'm trying to use my handwriting more on layouts, but this didn't turn out as I would have liked, darn it!

I also did the Gossamer Blue Scraplift challenge this month, lifting the lovely Erica's Snow Day layout.
I loved her misting from corner to corner, and the snowflakes are sooooo pretty.  I did a little bit of misting, but mainly used an ink pad + stencil to get a similar effect on my layout, Sister.

I feel as if I get into a bit of a rut and my layouts are a bunch of the same, so the scraplift challenge helps me get out of my same 'ol, same 'ol.  And holy cow, how unattractive is my face in that top right picture?  I had no idea I could look so incredibly constipated :-/  HAHAHAHA!

Gossamer Blue, Layout Two

I LUUUUURRRRRRVVVVE the colors in the July kits!  So gorgeous, really.
After photographing the layout, I'm not real sure I like the ink splatters, but whaddya gonna do?  The vellum paper is lovely, so I cut up the strip and used it to make a banner (shocker!), and the clouds are really to die for.  Looking at the photos I can't believe my Q was that tiny way back in December!  She was a bit unsure about playgroup in general, as my girlie is a bit on the cautious side at first.  Can't believe how much she has grown in 7 months!!!

Gossamer Blue Pinterest Challenge

I skipped last month's GB Pinterest challenge, so I had to jump on this month's challenge super-quick so I could be sure to get my entry in!  I opted to use a color scheme chosen by the fabulous Emily rather then search for one of my own; I find that Em's inspirations are spot-on and easy to work with, so I went with this one:

Here's my take on the colors:
The background has the darker blue text on white, the orangey-yellow heart paper gives the pop of color and the green paper helps pull the color scheme together.  I like the cork accents to bring in the tan color in the inspiration picture.  So there you have it!