Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Layout, Handmade Embellishments, & Mini Album Covers!

Good morning,!

I'm here with you today with a little bit of everything :). I'm always looking for ways to show appreciation for crafters of all kinds, and being someone who loves variety in order to keep myself interested creatively, I decided to create three very different examples for you this month, all featuring Blue Fern Studios products. 

To start with, I'd like to share my layout:

"This Makes Me Smile"
What a great photo, right?! I loved it so much, and I wanted to capture it effectively. Inspired by the energy of the FABULOUS Webster's Pages "Our Travels" background paper (in addition to the ADORABLE "Hello World" collection!), I decided to support the movement of the circular aspect of this base with the "Beaded Strings" chipboard piece. 

I used a Prima Cartographer stamp along with some Prima metallic chalk ink to stamp my primed chipboard. While the ink was still wet, I covered it with clear embossing powder and set with a heat gun. This way, your ink won't smear and the stamped area is given some dimension.

I love how this chipboard piece pulls this whole layout together, acting as a frame for my photos, an anchor for my clusters, and a holding piece for my title. 

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
Beaded Strings

Next, I have some handmade layered, dimensional embellishments:

Handmade Embellishments
These are a great way to use up scraps! I gathered up my "Blue Fern Garden" collection paper scraps and ran them through my die cutter using various steel dies. I also primed, painted, and stamped up some favorite chipboard pieces. Along with some Prima "Princess" Collection stickers and foam adhesive, I began to layer away, creating a cohesive set in 30 minutes or less!

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
Blue Fern Garden Paper Collection
Miss Tailor Set
Regal Ornaments
Vintage Keys
Leafy Page Accents

Finally, I have a couple mini album covers:

Mini Album Covers
No mini album is complete without a perfect Blue Fern Studios chipboard accent! For the top album, I've used a title piece that I felt was perfectly balanced for this album's size. It was stamped with ink matching the bird images on the Prima "Princess" collection paper and heat treated with clear embossing powder. For the bottom album, the Film Strips piece's linear design, size, and style was well suited for the accompanying Webster's Pages "Citrus Squeeze" papers.

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
Memories Captured
Film Strips

Thank-you for checking out my variety of projects today!

Before I go, I have a couple of reminders for you.

Firstly, if you missed the sneak peek of the NEW Blue Fern Studios paper collection, take a look HERE:

GORGEOUS, right?!?!

Secondly, you STILL have time to join in on our April Sketch Challenge! Get those entries in by midnight tonight!!

Take care :)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"Remember This Moment": May MMM Kit

It's my turn today to share with you my first project using the {SOLD OUT} May Magnifique Mixed Media (say that 3 times fast!) Kit from C'est Magnifique

The gorgeous pastels and fresh spring colors arrive just in time! 

"Remember This Moment" Card
Could pink and yellow together be any more pretty?? 

The die cuts and wood embellishments in this kit offers endless layering possibilities. 

For the base of this card, I used a palette knife and scraped on some of the 13 Arts "Matte Lemon" acrylic paint randomly over the background. 

 Then I unscrewed the sprayer from the bottle of the 13 Arts "Pastel Yellow" mist and flicked mist splats using the straw of the sprayer.

For the textured detail here, I used the Tim Holtz mask with some modeling paste, covered with the Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel, and set with a heat tool.

Our May MMM Kit {Sold Out}

I hope you've enjoyed this first look at this amazing kit!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

"Friend": A Mixed Media Card

Hi everyone.I'm checking in today with one more look at our beautiful April MMM Kit from C'est Magnifique. Today I have a mixed media card to share with you!

"Friend" Card
I started by creating the base of my card using the Riddersholm Design papers from the main kit. I glued on some layers of paper and book pages and then covered them with gesso. Following that, I applied masking with the April MMM kit mask and modeling paste; set with heat gun.

Next, using a palette knife I applied the Lumiere paint over some of the masked areas for pops of color. Once dry, I proceeded to spray (from a distance) the Lindy's Stamp Gang mist and then toss on some mist splats. Inka Gold was applied to the edges of my card.

Embellishing came last. I wanted some funky accents for this card, so I applied white paint to the Blue Fern Studios chipboard and then added some of the rub-ons from the MMM kit. The Prima resin frame was accented with the Lumiere paint and then backed up by a Prima Cartographer wood embellishment. Some vintage lace trim from my stash added texture to the linear arrangement behind my embellishments.

The April MMM Kit {SOLD OUT}

Thank-you for coming by for a final look and farewell to our stunning April MMM Kit!

Take care!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The April PPP from Prima!

Good morning! This post is coming to you via autopost as we are finally getting a new roof put on our house- and since we have satellite internet transmitted through a satellite on our roof- that means our satellite will be out of commission for a few days! But it's good- gives me a chance to really disconnect for a few days. But I shall return :)

Over the next few days I will have some posts for you that I've prearranged, just as this one is. Today I have my sample for the April PPP challenge from Prima! It's a beauty- so I hope you have a chance to play along :)

"Enjoy Life"

This month's PPP:

This color palette goes perfectly with the "Princess" collection, which I definitely put to use!

Plenty of Princess Collection flowers were used here, and layer upon layer was added beneath and arround my photos. I LOVE the crochet icons and trims that came with the Winter 2014 release, and who doesn't love the gorgeous array of colors in this collection??

Trims, flowers, pearls,'s all here. With such a great palette and suggested products- who can stop with just one?? ;)

Prima Products Used:

951016 Princess Collection "Sophia"
846596 Free Spirit Collection "Enlightened"
573263 Princess Collection Tag Me
572716 Princess Collection Flair Buttons & Clear Stamp
971250 InstaScrap ATC Cards
573676 Crochet Icons
573607 Trim
574451 Princess- Glass Slippers
574390 Princess- Rags to Riches
574314 Princess- Whimsical

Thanks for coming over. I pray you are doing well- have a wonderful week and see you soon!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Blue Fern Sketch Challenge

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

As usual, we've got a beautiful sketch and of course some goodies to be won! So bookmark or pin this one now because you don't want to miss out :)

April Sketch
This one can easily be flipped or turned to suit your photo! 

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 April 30th, 2014.
We look forward to your entries!