Friday, September 19, 2014

NEW Ingvild Bolme Shabby Chic Metals from Prima!

Have you seen the new Ingvild Bolme Shabby Chic Metals from Prima yet? Prima made the full, big reveal earlier this week- and you are just going to be in love! Such intricate pieces with moveable parts...amazing. Truly, not a detail was spared in these pieces!

This is a nature-inspired canvas that I created, featuring a couple of these new pieces. 

This shabby metal latch has three different parts to it, complete with a functioning sliding bolt. If you love fine details, you will be truly pleased with these!

This vintage water pump reminds me of one that I have in my own garden. I wanted to give it an aged appeal, and there's just so much texture on the surface that coloring and altering truly has no limits!

Check out the blog for more- including Ingvild's new stamp-n-add set and resins!!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Prima: Featuring NEW Wood Icons!

Today's post is all about the new release wood icons from Prima! I must say I am absolutely in love with the fact that some of these come printed. If you're short on time (as I am MOST of the time), this is an absoulte time saver when it comes to wanting to dress up your wood icons. It's already done for you!

"Fall Tag"

I've used lots of "Cigar Box Secrets" goodies here! The "Special" sentiment is one such printed wood icon- isn't it awesome? I love it so much! The crown wood icon a little further up was actually flipped to the backside for the raw look :)

Hand-cut details, tons of new release flowers, and bling went into this tag. I really went for a blend of colors that would compliment the change of seasons here...

Follow along on the Prima blog all week for these fabulous embellishments and more!

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Introducing "Montage" & a GIVEAWAY!

Good morning!

I recently got back from vacation and wanted to get caught up and share with you the reveal of Blue Fern Studios' latest paper collection "Montage", as well as a chance for you to win a collection for yourself!

SO stunning...!!

Head on over to the Blue Fern Studios blog for a closer look- and details on how YOU can WIN!!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Prima: August PPP!

Good morning :)

I'd like to share with you today the card I created for this month's Prima Product Picks :)

"Daydreaming About Us"
I've combined lots of new products on this card; papers from Coffee Break & Epiphany collections, Color Bloom sprays, lots of beautiful new flowers, new trim, and a sweet 3D embellishment from Epiphany for my sentiment.

Such a stunning pastel palette and so many goodies from which to be inspired!!

Here are some closeups of my card:

I'm so pleased with all the glitter available in the new flowers! Who doesn't love a little extra sparkle?? And all the roses...roses are my favorite Prima flowers :)

The jute trims are awesome for getting that unkempt look on your projects!

Prima Products Used: 846701 Cofee Break Collection "Coffeeology", 846732 Coffee Break Collection "Fill it to the Rim", 846862 Epiphany Collection "Words to Live By", 576257 Epiphany 3D Stickers, 573782 Color Bloom- Soft Teal, 891725 Chalk Edger- Pastel Pink, 577070 Weave Trim "Buff", 576875 Jute Trim- Wheat, 577612 Manhattan- Times Square, 577957 Sarasota- Peaceful, 577711 Winthrop- Tourmaline, 577759 Rodanthe- Esplanade, 578596 Cigar Box Secrets- Humidor, 573157 Cartogra

I hope you get the chance to join us this month! Hope to see you there :)!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Prima: Forever Green Garden Journal

It seems fitting that today's post features a garden journal, as it is my gardening and foraging that has kept me so busy and away from my blog :)

If you haven't yet checked out the amazing Prima collection "Forever Green", you must do so! It is stunning- and absolutely perfect for this bountiful time of year...and just what I needed to record my gardening escapades this year. 

"Garden Journal 2014"
Prima has a ton of new gorgeous trims, which I've incorporated here and throughout. I love the natural, raw texture of these neutral trims for my nature-based project.

Here I've used the Forever Green cling mount stamp set, crochet icons, and bling from the 3-D stickers set.

So many fussy cut details from this beautiful collection!...

Prima Products Used:
Prima Products: 846817 Forever Green Collection "Garden Talk", 846800 Forever Green Collection "Orchard Fresh", 846794 Forever Green Collection "Nature's Bounty", 846787 Forever Green Collection "Botanical Garden", 846770 Forever Green Collection "Spread Your Wings", 846763 Forever Green Collection "Watch Them Grow", 575755 Forever Green Cling Stamps, 576233 Forever Green 3D Stickers, 576370 Forever Green Crochet Icons, 578701 Forever Green "Succulent", 578732 Forever Green "Grow", 578749 Forever Green "Sprout", 572808 Metal Die-Cuts, 572815 Metal Die-Cuts, 577117 Weave Trim "Flower", 577025 Lace Trim "Almond", 577049 Lace Trim "Champagne", 576875 Jute Trim "Wheat"

 I hope you have a wonderful day!
Thanks for stopping by :)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Blue Fern Studios: August Sketch Challenge!

It's a new month and time for a new sketch from Blue Fern Studios!

August Sketch
And we have a brand NEW batch of goodies for you too- including some of our NEWEST designs, hot off the press! Take a look at what one lucky randomly drawn winning participant will win from this month's sketch challenge:
In addition to our prize winner, we will also select a Top 3 to feature in our winner post!
We have just a few simple rules to follow if you would like to participate in our sketch challenge:
1.) Feel free to interpret the sketch as you please by means of taking it as-is or flipping/turning/mirroring it to suit your needs! **Please note that you can do whatever type of project you please- a layout, card, tag, canvas, altered item- whatever suits your mood and style! We would love to see the different ways our sketch can be used.**

2.) You must use at least one piece of Blue Fern Studios chipboard OR use Blue Fern Studios paper on your project. Please note that you do not need to use the pieces featured in the sketch- use whatever suits your fancy! You can find the store nearest you HERE. {Do not use any other brand of chipboard on your project please!}

3.) Upload your project using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the sketch post HERE by midnight EST on August 31st, 2014.
See you there!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Blue Fern Studios July Projects!

Good morning! I'm here today to share with you my July projects for Blue Fern Studios! I've got a layout, card, and tag lined up for you so let's get started :)

"Very Best of Times"
I've combined here a variety of Blue Fern chipboard and paper amidst some background work. I really loved this photo of my daughter and wanted something pretty yet fun and simple all at the same time. The fun color palette of the Ombre Dreams paper combined with the lovely chipboard pieces that I chose really helped to accomplish that :)

This "Lace Rounds" piece was simply stamped with a pastel yellow chalk ink from Prima. I left some of the detailed bits unpunched from the chipboard. 

I thought that this frame from the "Memory Frames" set worked out just great for this page. I painted it with pastel yellow acrylic paint, then stamped with clear embossing ink, added some pastel pink embossing powder and set with a heat gun. Above and below my frame I added one of the "Jeweled Trinkets" pieces (cut in half) and added some gems and other embellishments to add a little more interest.

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
Ombre Dreams Paper: Julianna's Dream
Memory Frames Set
Jeweled Trinkets
Lace Rounds

"Dare to be Yourself"
For this card I used some bits and pieces that I had of chipboard. It was a fun way to put them to good use- and all they needed was a random splatter of gesso!

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
Ombre Dreams Paper: Shannon's Dream
Roman Clock Set- Small
Roman Clock Set- Large (hands)
Brick Rings


Finally, I have a tag to share. I've taken another of the "Lace Rounds" pieces and misted it with a Prima Color Bloom spray mist. Then, while wet, added white embossing powder and set with a heat gun. For the large "Tattered Butterflies" piece, I applied microbeads and seed beads using glossy accents. 

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
Ombre Dreams Paper: Julianna's Dream
Lace Rounds
Tattered Butterflies

That's it for me! Thanks so much for coming by for a peek :)

Take care,

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

NEW Prima: Epiphany Collection!

Good morning!

Prima has been sharing looks at their new Summer CHA 2014 collections over the last several days, and today it's all about the gorgeous "Epiphany" collection! I have a mixed media canvas up on the blog today and I'm happy to be able to share it with you all :)

I've loved Prima products for a long, long time. And this one was like Pixie Glen meets Printery with a fresh new spin! Love it so fave of the new releases. Scripty doodles, neutrals, vintage sweetness... pure perfection. I thought it went so well with this photo of my daughter on our front steps.

Color Blooms sprays and Chalk Edgers helped mix up my background. Lots of hand-cut layers accented by gorgeous new flowers and new layered embellishments. So many things to love!

Textures added in with new trims and metal dies. And just a little bit of stamp work with some coordinating stamps :).

See the full collection and many, many more projects {HERE}. And stay tuned- there's so much more to come this week yet!

Take care :)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Blue Fern Studios July Sketch Challenge!!

Good morning :) I'm enjoying the extra-long weekend here, and have a jam-packed schedule. Anyone else feeling the summer pressure yet?? Here in my neck of the woods, our summers are very short and we have to make the most of it :)...I tend to take that to an extreme ;)

Today I wanted to check in with you all and share the newest sketch challenge over at the Blue Fern Studios blog...

Every month, we welcome you to join us for our sketch challenge! All we ask is that you include either Blue Fern Studios paper and/or chipboard in your interpretation of the sketch...that's it! You can create any type of paper craft you wish, as long as we can see some resemblance of the sketch in there ;)

And guess what? You can either be in our Top 3 Features, OR win this!...

Always a unique batch of different chipboard designs, both beautiful and versatile for all of your crafting projects!

Hope to see you there :) :) :)

Have a good weekend!

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Many Shades of Ombre Dreams

Good morning!

I'm here today to share with you three different projects I created this month using the gorgeous Ombre Dreams collection from Blue Fern Studios! I just can't get over how beautiful these papers are, and what a delight to put them to work! There's such a beautiful array of colors available in this range that I decided to spotlight a different palette in each of my projects...

"My Boy"
I LOVE the watercolor-y washed out seashore shades in the "Ginger's Dream" paper, which I chose to use as my background for this photo of my middle child at the beach. And layered in pieces behind my photo are some more blues from the "Susan's Dream" paper.

I chose to feature the Roman Clock Set- Small on my layout as well. This set can be split up into three different clocks (along with hands); I chose the largest of the clocks, cut it in half, dabbed it with white chalk ink, and used them to really set the design of my page.

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
Ombre Dreams: Ginger's Dream
Ombre Dreams: Susan's Dream
Roman Clock Set- Small

Other Products Used:
Prima Marketing: Flowers, Ribbon, Resin Bird & Clock, Bling, "Memorandum" ATC Card
Webster's Pages: Paper Straws

"Thoughts" Card
Next up, I went with two more fabulous papers that are predominantly purple, while offering hints of many other colors including green, blue, pink, turquoise, and more: Joyce's Dream and Dream Cards. It was very difficult not to use some mixed media on the background of this card, but I really wanted to show off the lovely delicate patterns :)

The butterfly piece you see here is from the "Tattered Butterfly" set, which features 4 butterflies in various sizes. I just love the intricate detail in this butterfly design. I decided to go with a random smattering of embossing enamel which was set with a heat gun. Embossing enamel offers a great mix of color and texture which catch the light beautifully! For even more sparkle, I added a pretty crystal to the center.

Since I had my Roman Clock pieces out, I went with one of the smaller pieces in the set here. First I painted it with a lilac shade of acrylic paint and, while still wet, dusted it with a sparkly white embossing powder to give it a pretty frosted look. 

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
Ombre Dreams: Joyce's Dream
Ombre Dreams: Dream Cards
Roman Clock Set- Small
Tattered Butterflies

Other Products Used:
Prima Marketing: Flowers, Doily Die, Metal Clock Embellishment

"Discover" Card
Finally, we have some orange/peach/pinks to feature! The Shannon's Dream paper is full of tropical citrus colors and dreamy floral patterns. 

The Wild Flourish Bundle chipboard piece was just what I needed to set the foundation for my cluster on this card. It was covered with a pale yellow chalk ink, embossed with clear embossing powder, and accented with some bling.

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
Ombre Dreams: Shannon's Dream
Wild Flourish Bundle

Other Products Used:
Prima Marketing: Flowers, Metal Embellishment
Webster's Pages: Sticker Sentiment, Resin Leaves

Thank-you for checking out my post today!
We're nearing the end of the month- don't forget about our June Sketch Challenge~ if you loved some of the pieces in my post today, you have the chance to win a couple of them in this month's prize pack! Don't miss out :)