Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Blue Fern Studios: January Projects Part II

I'm back again today with the second part of my Blue Fern Studios monthly project shares. 

First up, another layout using the NEW Blue Fern Garden Paper Collection:

"Live Your Story"
I've taken the opportunity to show the masculine side of this collection with this layout. There are plenty of blues, greens, and browns in these papers which I've put to use here :)

I've added stamping and watercolors to bring the "Beaded Strings" piece to life.

Adding a darker pigment to the outside of the circles while dabbing away the middles helps add some dimension.

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:

Blue Fern Garden Collection Papers
Beaded Strings

Secondly, I have a sweet and simple card to share:

I've used one of the sweet little "Petite Windows" pieces to give view to the pretty fairy beyond.

I first dabbed the edges of the window with a pale blue chalk ink and then used Glossy Accents and some white glittery embossing powder to create a frosted look over the rest of the window.

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:

Petite Windows

I'm so glad you stopped in today :)

And in case you haven't yet, I invite you to join us for our monthly sketch challenge. There are still a few days remaining and we'd LOVE to have you join us :)

Take care!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

February Magnifique Mixed Media Kit~!

Good morning!

I'm so excited that I can finally share with you my first project using the {SOLD OUT} February Magnifique Mixed Media Kit from C'est Magnifique! It's such a joy putting these together each month, and just as much so creating with them. 

Today I have a special canvas to share with you; a reminder to myself to cultivate the fruits of the spirit. For me, visual reminders are a must and creating something about which I feel passionate makes for a great project. I really loved putting this together :)

"Fruits of the Spirit" Canvas
This kit had so many fun things to choose from, and the color palette is simply awesome :)

I used book pages to create the distressed, torn layers like you see on the bottom of the canvas here. I highlighted them with the Magenta Shimmerz and Pink Azalea Twinkling H20's.

 The fussy cut flowers were trimmed from one of the Prima Paintables cards. 

My title was cut from one of the Prima Chalkboard cards, with details cut from the We R Memory Keepers cards and the backdrop from one of the Manor House Creations papers included in the main kit. Underneath you can see just a hint of the Pink Azalea Twinkling H2O's. I've added jute twine and gold thread from my stash.

Fussy cut butterfly courtesy the Prima Paintables.

I've used the KaiserCraft clear stamp along with some distress ink and stamped it randomly throughout my canvas.

Finally, the Splash of Color Modeling Cream and ColorBox stencil worked together to add some beautiful detail. The Ranger "Scattered Straw" Distress Paint was easy to dab on for additional color.

Here's another look at the complete February Magnifique Mixed Media Kit:

Magnifique Mixed Media Kit:

Ranger: Distress Paint: Scattered Straw
Shimmerz: Magenta
Shimmerz: Texturez; Gold Mine: 1/2 jar
LuminArte: Twinkling H2O's: Pink Azalea
Splash of Color: Viva Colour: Modeling Cream Dimensional Paint: Pearl: 1/3 jar
Clearsnap: Donna Salazar: Mixd Media Inx: CHOX: Pomegranate
Prima: Assorted Flowers
Assorted Prima Paintables/Chalkboard Pocket Cards
KaiserCraft: Texture Clear Stamp: Dictionary Meanings
We R Memory Keepers: Albums Made Easy: Captured: Die Cut Cards and Envelopes
General Pencil Co.: All Surface Pencils: Black & White
ColorBox: Art Screens: 6 x 6 Stencil: Mandala
* Some embellishments are partial packages

Thanks for coming by and letting me share with you!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Blue Fern Studios: A First Look @ "Blue Fern Garden" in Action!

Good morning!

I'm extra excited today because I get to share with you my very first project using the NEW  
"Blue Fern Garden" Paper Collection from Blue Fern Studios!

You will absolutely LOVE these papers :). They are incredibly detailed with crystal clear images printed on a nice heavyweight paper. I was impressed...and I'm confident that you will be too :)

{Psst...if you want to get your hands on these papers NOW, head on over to the C'est Magnifique store. They are in stock and ready to ship, along with all of their new chipboard designs, including those you see here!}

Today I'm sharing with you a girly girl layout to really show off the truly feminine side of this collection. Lots of pinks with just a hint of blue, paired with a few of my most favorite of the new chipboard designs...

This piece is one of the "Jeweled Page Baubles". I've dressed it up with glitter and various colors of microbeads.

The "Jeweled Trinkets" like this one are just as beautiful :)

I tore a section of the "Number Grid- Small" to create a textured photo mat. I used a sandy colored chalk ink and just a hint of mist/embossing powder to give it a little bit of color.

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:

Blue Fern Garden Collection Papers
Number Grid- Small
Jeweled Trinkets
Jeweled Page Baubles

Thank-you for coming over today :)
I have lots to show you this week, including my other 2 projects for Blue Fern, as well as a Magnifique Mixed Media project, some Webster's and some Prima. So don't stay away too long ;)

Take care,

Sunday, January 26, 2014

"Oh, Brother": NEW Prima CHA Winter 2014: Everyday Vintage


It's been a while, I know. And it's not for lack of things to share- I have some projects backed up that I haven't had the opportunity to get on here. But I have been suffering with strep throat for well over a week and it's been pretty debilitating. 

Good news is- I'm on the mend :) So I'm back today with another Prima share, this time featuring the NEW Everyday Vintage Paintables :)

"Oh, Brother"
I've used the Paintables cards to add layers beneath my photo, some of them I've fussy cut the pretty intricate designs out of, and others I've torn and layered along the top left and bottom right of my layout.

I've added in some other new CHA goodies here as well: the paper and chipboard pieces are Stationer's Desk, and the canvas/burlap and gold rimmed flowers are new releases :)

I'm a sucker for anything black and white, so these paintables are right up my alley! I'm always looking for ways to add layers and interest to my projects, and these come in great sizes and patterns!

Prima Products Used:
813796 Stationer's Desk Collection "Captured Drama"
813963 Paintables
813970 Paintables
813987 Paintables
813703 Stationer's Desk Chipboard Pieces
990169 Cartographer Chipboard Pieces
990114 Cartographer Cling Stamp
572877 Stationer's Desk Wood Embellishments
563233 Sunrise Sunset Tiny Alphabet
574680 Tempting
574857 Bella
574826 Joyous
571566 Le Mia
557324 Charlotte Tiffany

Thanks for coming by! I hope you had a great weekend and are staying warm (in my part of the world)- or cool (if you're lucky enough to have that beautiful thing called HEAT!) ;)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

NEW Webster's Pages "Growing Up Girl" {Winter CHA 2014}

Good morning, my friends :)

Today I'm sharing with you a layout that I created for Webster's Pages, using their NEW "Growing Up Girl" collection, designed by the amazingly sweet Brandin O'Neill. 

The day I received these papers was the same day we had a tragic incident at home where I lost all of my precious chickens. I needed to create a project for CHA and it was so difficult to do anything creative when I was so stricken. But let me tell you, working with this incredibly sweet collection was truly therapeutic. I took my time, fussy cutting away and thinking my thoughts, not really sure where I was going with it or if it would even turn out at all. But slowly, the scene came into place and I was able to create a layout of my very own little growing up girl :)

"Growing Up Girl" Layout
I am in love with the colors and motifs in this collection. So many fussy cutting opportunities, which is what I've always loved about Brandin's collections. She is a design diva, that's for sure! :)

I was able to layer and combine so many little details. I love a collection that gives you options :)

 I had to add a touch of the gold thread I've been so obsessed with lately...

 I loved combining the fabulous wardrobe motif with this photo of my daughter pulling some new clothes out of a gift bag. I might not be a girly girl, but she most certainly is- so this was fitting for her!

Products Used:

Thank-you for stopping by!
Stop by the Webster's Pages blog all week for more projects featuring all 6 of the new collections!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

February Magnifique Mixed Media Kit available NOW!

Today is the day we reveal the February Magnifique Mixed Media kit from C'est Magnifique! The good news for you is that it didn't get put into the store until just recently, so you might yet get a chance at snagging one for yourself- but be quick. These notoriously sell out in about 24 hours!

My sister and I have again put together a diverse kit that is brimming with a variety of mediums and supporting products. Try something new!

Magnifique Mixed Media Kit Contents:
Ranger: Distress Paint: Scattered Straw
Shimmerz: Magenta
Shimmerz: Texturez; Gold Mine: 1/2 jar
LuminArte: Twinkling H2O's: Pink Azalea
Splash of Color: Viva Colour: Modeling Cream Dimensional Paint: Pearl: 1/3 jar
Clearsnap: Donna Salazar: Mixd Media Inx: CHOX: Pomegranate
Prima: Assorted Flowers
Assorted Prima Paintables/Chalkboard Pocket Cards
KaiserCraft: Texture Clear Stamp: Dictionary Meanings
We R Memory Keepers: Albums Made Easy: Captured: Die Cut Cards and Envelopes
General Pencil Co.: All Surface Pencils: Black & White
ColorBox: Art Screens: 6 x 6 Stencil: Mandala
* Some embellishments are partial packages*

Thanks for coming over! Check back a little later in the month for some inspiration from me using this kit, or head on over to the C'est Magnifique blog today to see Kelly's instructional video!
 See you tomorrow! :)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Prima: NEW Ingvild Bolme {Altered Frame} Winter CHA 2014

Here we are again with another Winter CHA 2014 release from Prima Marketing!

Ingvild Bolme has created a plethora of new goodies to play with. They are by far my most favorite embellishments of all, so I was delighted to see the variety of designs that Ingvild came out with this time around, and I'm sure you will agree ;).

The largest of her new designs comes in the form of a really cool frame which I got to alter. Here's a look!

"All the Details" Altered Frame
Being a huge fan of anything vintage and antique, I was so excited to find that this frame genuinely feels and appears vintage. So I wanted to leave the surface of the frame alone as it really was too perfect to mess with. So I set my sights on altering the inside and embellishing just a portion of the outside.

The silver flowers seen here are from the new release flowers. I'm loving metallics at the moment!

What's really nice about this frame is the back can be removed for embellishing. So when I went to cover the back with paper, I simply removed it from the frame, placed it on paper and traced around it. Cut and glue and you're done!  

The railing and key are two of the many Ingvild Bolme designs offered in this release and the papers and embellishments are from the Free Spirit Collection :).

Products Used:
892401 Ingvild Bolme Altered Metal Frame
846626 Free Spirit Collection "Perceptions"
892234 Junkyard Findings Vintage Keys
892050 Shabby Chic Treasures Railings
573638 Free Spirit 3x4 ATC Pad
572150 12x12 Stencil Flowers
572075 Wire Thread Teal
573645 Free Spirit Chipboard Pieces
572754 Free Spirit Brads
574604 Tailored
574598 Limitless
571542 Le Mia
556013 Charme Rose En Francais
565367 Fairy Rhymes Vines
565886 Labelle Harbor
571610 Audrey- Smokey Flower
571436 Layla

 Thanks again for coming over to my blog :)
I'll be back yet again tomorrow...hope to see you :)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Prima: Bloom Collection {NEW Winter CHA 2014}

I'm here today with a look at another NEW collection from Prima:

Bloom Collection

Designed by the talented Jamie Dougherty, this collection is bound to inspire your inner artist!

"Inspire & Create" Bloom Book Cover
The Bloom Book is filled with page after page for inspiring and creating your artwork. And of course there are an array of flowers and embellishments to go with it- in a bright, beautiful color scheme you are sure to love!

Here I've used some of the paper from inside the book to create the title for my book cover, along with various background textures and some help from chipboard shapes, flowers, leaves, and more :)

The fabulous bloom girls in this collection are amazing! I loved this confident artsy girl- she just had to take center stage on my cover :). She's way cooler than me- but she gave me the confidence I needed to make my plan come together for this design. :)

Products Used:

980009 Bloom Collection Art Book
573065 Bloom Collection Paperclips
980108 Bloom Collection Brads
980153 Bloom Collection Chipboard Pieces
572099 Wire Thread Sweet Pink
572204 12x12 Stencil Anchors
921842 Poppies and Peonies Canvas Banners
575212 Freshly Picked
575151 Hand Delivered
575120 In Full Bloom
575168 Fragrant

I hope you are having a great weekend! I have Prima shares over the next few days, so don't miss out :)
Take care,

Friday, January 10, 2014

"Dream" Layout: January MMM Kit

Hello everyone :).

I'm here with you today with one more look at our 
January Magnifique Mixed Media Kit from C'est Magnifique

When it comes to mixed media, you don't always have to go big and bold- even if the colors are as rich and beautiful as the ones in this kit. I chose to dilute the color of the "Raspberry Wine" Silks with some gesso to create the perfect purple/pink shade subtly seen beneath my masked areas. 

Using a wide spatula, I scraped the Silks vertically, up and down my page. 

I then diluted the "African Jade" Silks {again with gesso} and applied just a small amount over the "Raspberry Wine" areas, just as a highlight {seen bottom left}. I wanted to maintain a soft, dreamy feel to my layout.

The other half of my Blue Fern Studios "Ruth's Doily" {leftover from my canvas project} can be seen beneath my photo.

One last look at the January MMM Kit:

Don't miss out on the next one {to be revealed in just a few days!}, see how to Join {HERE}.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Blue Fern Studios: GIVEAWAY {of their NEW paper collection!} & Sketch!

Blue Fern Studios is currently hosting a giveaway to celebrate their NEW Paper Collection:

Blue Fern Garden

First take a look at these gorgeous papers, and then scroll down to see how you can make it your OWN!

Are you in love yet? I know we are!

Now, for your chance to WIN:

-You can gain {one} entry by simply entering the link to your blog using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the post HERE

-Gain a {second} entry by sharing this giveaway on your blog {in a blog post}; simply enter the link to that post using the Inlinkz tool.

-Please be sure you are a follower of Blue Fern Studios!

-We'd love to see this shared on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. Why? By getting the word out there, we get more entries- but what does that mean for you? 

*~*Every time we reach an additional 50 entries, we will give away ANOTHER paper collection! Therefore, if we get 50 entries, we give away 2 collections. 100 entries, we give away 3, and so on...The more you share, the better your chances of snagging one of these collections for yourself!*~*

So enter, share, and cross your fingers! This giveaway runs through January 20th, 2014 at midnight {Central Time}. The lucky winner{s} will be chosen by random draw shortly thereafter.

Head on over to the GIVEAWAY Post {HERE}


Next, we have the January Sketch Challenge from Blue Fern Studios!

 Another beauty to inspire your creativity!!

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- but you do not need to use the pieces featured in the sketch! 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 post {HERE} by midnight EST on January 31st, 2014.

See you there!