Monday, March 31, 2014

NEW from Prima!

Prima has begun sharing their mid-release collections, including the new Julie Nutting wooden dolls and new doll stamps! 

Today I have a card to show you using one of those new wooden dolls:

"Hello, Dear Friend" Card
These dolls are super easy to color in! I simply took a paintbrush and water and some Ingvild Bolme Fluid Chalk Edger pads and colored away. If you're not so much the paper piecer/fussy cutter as is more required of the doll stamps, these wooden dolls are definitely for you. They take beautifully to color!

I've used plenty of "Princess" Collection goodies throughout this card, including the pretty bling seen here on the purse, my background paper, and this tag which I've used as the title for my card.

I've also used some of the new Prima trims, Leeza Gibbons Instascrap transparencies and frame, and Princess Collection flowers and leaves. 

Prima Products Used:
910624 Julie Nutting Wooden Dolls
813468 Something Blue Collection "Announcement"
951023 Princess Collection "Princess Collage"
573263 Princess Collection Tag Me
573195 Princess Collection SIIC
971229 Instascrap Transparencies
971274 Instascrap Frames
573607 Trim
573386 Trim
574451 Princess- Glass Slippers
574390 Princess- Rags to Riches
891213 Chalk Edger Old Rose
892364 Resist Chalk Edger Shabby Tote
891053 Chalk Edger Raspberry Pie

I hope you've enjoyed having a look at one of Prima's newest releases! Make sure you keep up with the blog- they have new things coming at you all throughout the next couple of weeks :)

Have a wonderful day :)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Layout, a Card, and a Tag~!

Hello :) 

I know, I know...I've been a bad blogger. I will try to fix that, but I make no promises ;)~ life is busy, as it is for us all. And I've just been trying to be okay with not getting everything it's not that I'm not around, just...busy. Good news is other than having some strep throat in the house this week, we're good. It's spring break and I've got my oldest home from school all week so I'm remembering what it's like to be a SAHM to three kids on a full-time basis. It's good, though. I think I realize so much more how much I miss him when I get to have him around more like I have this week.

They grow far too fast, don't they?

But let's get down to business. I have three Blue Fern Studios projects to share :)

I'm going to start out today with my youngest, who is growing like a weed like her brothers. She's such a little "cute cute" as I call her. My princess. I wanted to create something fun and sweet as candy- just like her. I had so much fun creating with this adorable "Hello World" line from Webster's Pages, a new release from Winter CHA. I think you will love it :)

The large panels available from Blue Fern Studios like this "Number Grid" one are so great for working with 12" x 12" layouts. I like to cut mine up and make them suit my design. 

I painted the panel white before randomly dabbing it with embossing ink, sprinkling with Stampendous "Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel", and setting with a heat gun. I love the pretty pink and textured bits splattered throughout the chipboard to mimic my background.

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
Number Grid

"Different" Card

As like anyone who has ever used chipboard before, sometimes the raw look just suits the project best. Here I've used a few various pieces and have simply dabbed them randomly with a Prima white chalk edger pad before adding them to my project. Combined with some of the more subtle Blue Fern Studios papers, I created a neutral, monochromatic look which I love.

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
Blue Fern Garden "Love Letters"
Blue Fern Garden "Calling Cards"
Checker Bits
Film Strips
Eclectic Hearts

"Love" Tag
 Sometimes downsizing a chipboard piece can give you exactly what you need for a particular project. Here I've taken the middle out of the "Helen's Doily" to beautifully accent this tag. Primed with gesso, covered with a Prima "Shabby Tote" chalk edger pad, and adorned with pearls :) The Blue Fern Garden "Picnic" paper was whitewashed with gesso to make it a little bit more subtle in order to achieve the look I was going for.

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
Blue Fern Garden "Picnic"
Blue Fern Garden "Calling Cards"
Helen's Doily

That's it for me! I hope you enjoyed :)

Don't forget about our March Sketch Challenge- still plenty of time to play along!

Friday, March 21, 2014

The April MMM KIt~!

Good morning!

 Today I'm sharing with you my first project using the Magnifique Mixed Media kit for April from C'est Magnifique Kits. My sister Kelly recently shared a fabulous video with you featuring this kit. I hope you had a chance to check it out! If not- see it {HERE}.

My layout today features papers from the main kit, as well as plenty of goodies from the MMM kit. 

"Snow Queen"
I adore this color palette against this rustic woodgrain paper. The tags and wood embellishments, along with the flowers allow for plenty of nice layering opportunities and interesting details.

I started out my layout with my masking. I used the stencil from the MMM kit along with some modeling paste to create the vertical designs seen on either side of my page. Topped with some of the Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder and set with a heat gun, my masking was complete.

Next came misting and mist splats. I love the almost tea-stained effect this mist creates. 

Masking tape and washi tape were the first layers I created atop my masked areas. They set the feel of the design for me. 

Torn paper layers and doilies interchanged with flowers, tags, and wood icons created plenty of dimension while keeping the attention on this sweet photo of my daughter :)

Art Anthology: Sorbet: Dimensional Paint: Imperial 1oz.
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Embossing Powder: Madonna Robe Blue Gold

Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Moonshadow Mist: Violaceous Violet

Viva: Inka Gold: Gold
Jacquard: Lumiere: Perlescent Turquoise 1 oz.
Prima: Ingvild Bolme: Shabby Chic Treasures: Oval Resin Frames
Prima: Tatiana: Victorian 
Prima: Cartographer: Wood Embellishments 
Prima: Cartographer: Tags and Tickets
The Crafter’s Workshop: 6x6 Stencil: Mini Cut Circles
KaiserCraft: Rubons: These Days: Brown
Prima: Assorted Flowers (Mini Sachet: Meadow, Prima: Labelle: Jade)
*some items are partial packages 
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you've enjoyed having another look at our MMM kit this month. You can find it in the store {HERE}!
Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Webster's Pages Blog Hop

Good morning and welcome to the Webster's Pages Blog Hop!

If you arrived here from Jamie Harder's blog, you're right on track. However, if you've just stumbled upon this hop, you can join in on the fun by starting from the beginning at the Webster's Pages blog {HERE}. Trust me, you won't want to miss out. Why? Because some lucky winner is going to find a pot of gold...A.K.A. a pile of Webster's Pages goodies!

Let's keep going, shall we?

Here is the complete Blog Hop list, in order:

 As you know, some of us good girls have used green on our projects, whereas the naughty girls have not. Have you been able to spot them?

Of course, I'm a good girl. And used plenty of green :) Here is a card using the "Party Time" collection:

"Have a Ball!"
What a gorgeous, fun collection this is! I just cannot get enough :) I thought this party table image was perfect for this card. I had fun adding some little extra details to the party hat- way too adorable.

Here you can see how I've used one of the new wood frame embellishments as a backdrop for the table.

The beauty of Webster's Pages trims is that they are so interchangeable with so many different collections. This tinsel trim was perfectly festive for a party card.

And just because I was having so much fun creating with the Party Time collection, I went ahead and started on a handmade notebook.

I used a cereal box to create my front and back covers. Just simply cut a 7" x 10" piece and fold in half to create a 5" x 7" book. The inside pages are hand stitched in before my paper is added to the outside for a clean, seamless look :)

But that is it from me today! I hope you've enjoyed my projects and those along the way.

There's much more to be seen- and you've almost made it to that pot of gold!

Your next stop: the beautiful Emeline Seet!

Monday, March 10, 2014

"Just Because. I Love You." ~ March MMM Kit from C'est Magnifique!

Hi everyone!

I sure hope you had a great weekend and are all ready for a new week. Me? Not so ready- but here we are, right?? ;)

  Today I'm sharing my final project using the March Magnifique Mixed Media Kit from C'est Magnifique!

"Just Because. I Love You."
I decided to go with a simple yet elegant card to showcase the subtle side of the possibilities with the mixed media kit. 

I spritzed the Lindy's Stamp Gang mist and then just a bit of water before dabbing with a wipe to draw up a little bit of the color. I tilted the card just before dabbing to allow the drips to fall a little bit more as seen here.

I've also used the same mist on one of the white flowers to pull the whole look together.

My flower cluster included plenty of layers between the bows and flowers and the chipboard piece which I cut in half before sticking behind the top and bottom of my cluster.

I hope you've enjoyed my MMM projects this month!
And be on the lookout for our next kit to be revealed SOON :)!

Take care,

Friday, March 7, 2014

Prima Marketing: Flower Focus & Free Spirit

Good morning :)

I thought I would share with you today a layout that I created a little while back for Prima Marketing for Winter CHA 2014. This one ended up being one of my favorites; I was able to combine the Free Spirit Collection {one of my faves of the new releases} as well as a bunch of the new flowers from this release- and we all know how much I love my flowers!

"You're My Sunshine"
I felt that the fun, retro imagery worked really nicely with this adorable photo of my daughter. She truly is my sweet sunshine :)

Lots of layers have been added beneath my photos; transparencies, a wood ATC, pages from the new ATC pads, and printed chipboard. I love to give plenty of dimension to boost my photo above and over my flower clusters.

The metallic silver worked really nicely with these papers and against the bright pops of color. And the crochet icons- aren't they adorable?! Definitely must-haves!!

I layered in a bit of the new crocheted trim beneath my flower cluster, topping it off with some beads and bling. I've applied acrylic paint to my background (seen in blue) and then masked on top of it with modeling paste before giving it some dimension with white embossing powder.

Products Used:
846589 Free Spirit Collection "Dreaming"
846657 Free Spirit Collection "Groovy"
846633 Free Spirit Collection "Hippie"
846640 Free Spirit Collection "Artsy"
573645 Free Spirit Chipboard Pieces
573638 Free Spirit 3x4 ATC Pad
573621 Free Spirit 6x4 ATC Pad
572914 Free Spirit Wood Embellishments
573164 Free Spirit SIIC
572754 Free Spirit Brads
971229 InstaScrap Transparencies
573676 Crochet Icons
573993 Trim
572183 12"x12" Stencil "Stain"
575298 At the Altar
575212 Freshley Picked
575274 Mr. & Mrs.
575151 Hand Delivered
574826 Joyous
774802 Royal
574857 Bella
574604 Tailored
574703 Absolute
574611 Impulsive

I'm so glad you stopped by today. I hope you have a really great weekend and I'll see you again soon :)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

March Sketch at Blue Fern Studios!

Good morning everyone :)

I hope your week is closing up nicely- and that your month is off to a great start as well!

Today I am sharing with you the March sketch from Blue Fern Studios. It's another beauty designed by Michele Singh, and we invite you to come and play along!

And as always, there's a gorgeous prize pack to be won:

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 chipboard 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!}

Sunday, March 2, 2014

3 Projects for Blue Fern Studios!

Good morning, friends!

I'm here with you today to share my February projects. I have a bit of a variety for you, so I hope you have a moment to scroll on through :)

"Snapshots" Canvas
What I tried to focus on this month was specializing each piece with some special chipboard, and showing how you can create something great without a ton of effort. As you can see here, I've left this chipboard film strip raw. I loved the contrast against my brightly colored canvas and it was just what I needed to tone this project down and ground it appropriately.

I really tried to take advantage of this film strip and use its openings to showcase embellishments and even my title quote. 

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
Film Strips

On my next two projects I've showcased the "Blue Fern Garden" paper collection.
First, I have a card to share:

"You Are So Loved" Card
I'm still so blown away by the incredibly realistic details on these papers. Look at that butterfly- doesn't it appear to be dimensional, ready to fly away? It's hard to believe that this is a flat patterned paper!

I've chosen to showcase one of the Royal Page Baubles pieces on this card. I first painted it with gesso before using a chalk ink to stamp a design over top. Before the ink had an opportunity to dry, I dusted it with clear embossing powder and set with a heat gun. Finally, I backed the middle of the chipboard piece with a transparency.

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
Blue Fern Garden: Parlour
Royal Page Baubles

Finally, I have a handmade notebook/mini album/journal to share :)

"Blue Fern Garden Journal"
The base of this journal is cardboard from an empty cereal box. I covered it with Blue Fern Garden papers before hand stitching several pages into the inside.

A really great feature of these papers is it offers the best of both worlds: fantastic imagery which allows you to minimalize your own embellishing, and amazing background papers which work great with mixed media and journaling while providing a pleasant contrast to the more bold papers.

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
Blue Fern Garden Collection
Romantic Page Dangles

Thank-you for stopping by today!
Hope you've had a great weekend :)