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October Sketch Challenge


Welcome to the Gossamer Blue October Sketch Challenge!

Gossamer Blue October #Sketch

This month we asked subscriber Zhanna Akhtyamova  to join us and we really love what she came up with. Here’s her work and what she has to say…

Zhanna Akhtyamova for Gossamer Blue

From the first look at the October kit I realized that I would make an autumn page. I had a very beautiful photo of my youngest daughter from a walk in the autumn forest. For the background I took a watercolor paper and made it more lively with the beautiful color sprays and stamps.


The rub-ons also worked well  for the background. I love to use vellum in my creations and do it very often.  I love how the paper from Teresa Collins with the golds look together with the color of autumn leaves form the photo, really such a beautiful effect!  And I’m in love with the die cuts and wood veneers.


WOW! We are in love with this layout. Thank you so much for joining us, Zhanna!


Design team member Michiko is also joining in on the challenge this month. Here’s her take!

Michiko Kato for Gossamer Blue

I made my layout with October main kit & life pages kit & add-on kit. I wanted to create a fun and visually interesting layout  with triangles.

I hope you will try October sketch challenge, and I want to see a lot of your layouts!




How about that for inspiration???


Now it’s  YOUR TURN!


Show us your take on the October sketch by sharing it in the Gossamer Blue Sketch Challenge Gallery. We will announce a winner with the next Sketch Challenge on November 28 ! The prize will be a $10 Gift Card to Gossamer Blue.

Have FUN!




Oh- And the winner for our  September Sketch Challenge is:




Way to go Jen ! Email stephanie(at)gossamerblue(dot)com to get your code.

Pattern Play

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Hi friends, it’s Heather and I’m here to provide some die cut inspiration for this month’s Pattern Play.  You know I usually like to go bold or go home and this month is no exception.  I was drawn to the black and white stripe paper and that gorgeous diamond pattern on the back. When I saw these designs I immediately thought of this photo of my daughter and how she “shines bright like a diamond”. Let’s take a look at the project and then I’ll walk you through the how to…

Heather Leopard // via Gossamer Blue

Supplies: October Main Kit, October Main Add-On Kit,  October Add-On Kit # 2

How to:
Download or create a cut file that has sections of the file cut out (Gossamer Blue has fab ones!) and enlarge it so that it measures about 6 inches. Cut out of solid cardstock.  Solid cardstock is critical because we are going to add pattern paper to the back of it and we don’t want to have patterns colliding and clashing.

Pick your favorite patterned papers from the kit and adhere them to all or some of the sections of the shape that is cut out.I chose to fill 5 of the 8 sections.

My Sparkle Diamond by Heather Leopard
Decide where you want to place your file. TIP: I knew I just had to find a way to use both sides of the paper because I loved both sides so I cut the paper out where I knew it would be covered by my diamond. That’s how I got those cute little diamonds that are scattered around the page.

Place your photo and any layers over a portion of the cut and then embellish it as you wish.

My Sparkle Title by Heather Leopard

Add your title and journaling to complete the page.
I love how striking the gold and black color combo is and how the large diamond anchors the page.

I hope I’ve inspired you to supersize your die cuts!


Key Ring + Simple Card


Good morning everyone, Evgenia here!

This time I have prepared an easy card and a super-cute and easy key ring that you can recreate if you wish.




I wanted to show how we can use the wonderful wood veneer that is exclusively designed for us in every single kit that we get. The wood items are even more precious in the fall season, as they bring that special warm feeling. Also as I love the little details I really like to use the enamel dots that can add that little accent exactly where it is needed.

Watch my video for details + tips. Enjoy!