Friday, March 6, 2015

It's New Products Day!

Welcome to the weekend everyone.......well, almost the weekend.  We sure hope yours includes some crafty, artsy time.  We have added six new chipboard pieces/sets this week.  Let's take a look:

First we have a set we call Symbols.  These will become a staple for many of us.  There are so many uses!

Do you have a Princess in your life?  If so, then you will love our new Royal Wands.

We also have 3 new windows for you.  These look pretty on so many projects. 

Kimmy's Window

Patter's Window

Valerie's Window

And last, but not least, something reminiscent of warmer weather, these sweet Spring Nosegays.  

That's it for today.  We would love to hear from you!  Let us know what you think of our new additions.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Join us for the My Creative Scrapbook Blog Hop!


Welcome to the My Creative Scrapbook March Kit Reveal Blog Hop!


My Creative Scrapbook is thrilled to celebrate the reveal of our beautiful March kits with an inspiration-filled blog hop complete with beautiful PRIZES!  The design team has prepared a spectacular assortment of projects for you, so be sure to visit each blog to soak up all of the inspiration.

Several prizes are up for grabs!

*** One lucky winner will receive a March Limited Edition kit! ***

*** One lucky winner will receive a March Main kit! ***

*** One lucky winner will receive the assortment of chipboard below, 
courtesy of our fabulous friends at Blue Fern Studios! ***

>>>>> Here is how you can win <<<<<

Simply visit each of the participating blogs and leave comments along the way. You’ll find the links to the participating blogs at the end of this post.  The prize winners will be randomly chosen from the comments!


Presenting the My Creative Scrapbook March kits:

My Creative Scrapbook is currently accepting new members!
Subscription information can be found here:

Before you go, remember to leave a comment to be entered into the prize drawings!

We would love it if you would follow us on Facebook, too.

The blog hop ends on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
Winners will be announced on the My Creative Scrapbook blog.

The next stop on the blog hop is SANDI CLARKSON'S BLOG

Here is the complete blog hop lineup:
Mariusz Gierszewski:

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Two New Layouts by Kim Price

Hello everyone, it's Kim here today and I have a couple of new projects to share featuring some of my favourite Blue Fern Studios products.

My first project is a dimensional layout created for a frame to be hung on the wall. I've used patterned papers from Montage - this collection truly takes my breath away every time I create with it - and some stunning chipboard pieces to showcase this photograph of a friend's daughters.

I've used the largest clockface piece from the Large Roman Clock Set which really set the scene for the rest of the layout. I simply gave this piece a coat of gesso then added some color with an off white shade of acrylic paint and added some watercolor in a shade to coordinate with Montage. The final touch was to add some chalk to give it a real vintage feel.

Adding the chipboard clockface to my custom made background I then went ahead and cut out some of the designs from my Montage patterned papers layering them up with some dimensional dots along with a few of the pieces from the Cogs & Gears set and lots of flowers. The two large butterfly images are photographs from my personal collection. Because this piece is intended to be hung on the wall I have chosen not to give it a title but to instead let the project speak for itself.

For my second project today I've created layout featuring the Sanctuary collection. The soft muted colors in Sanctuary remind me so much of time spent with nature and I've used a favorite snapshot of the girls taken when we were on a bushwalk in Australia and came across an unexpected waterfall.

I started out with a torn and tattered sheet of Meadows Of Time patterned paper, layering it over the dark side of Bountiful patterned paper and adding the fussy cut birds image from Birdsong Melody.

I've then give the largest piece from Mesh Bits, two Berry Stems and the "joy" sentiment from the Good Vibes pack a coat of gesso allowing them to thoroughly dry. A touch of watercolor really takes chipboard to a whole new level and I'm really loving how the Berry Stems have turned out using this method.

To help the "joy" sentiment stand out from the rest of my layout I've highlighted each letter using a fine black Sharpie, added some sweet little flower blooms and a scattering of sequins to finish off.

Thanks for calling in today, I hope you have enjoyed my projects for March and I look forward to calling in again next month.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

February Sketch Challenge Winner & Featured Layouts

We would like to take this time to announce the winner of our February Sketch Challenge, selected by a random draw.  Congratulations to entry #18 from Jorunn of Norway!  

Jorunn, you have won a prize package of Blue Fern Chipboard!  
Please send me an e-mail, within the next 7 days, 
at {valerie(at)bluefernstudios(dot)com} to claim your prize.

Jorunn created this layout using paper from our very first collection, Blue Fern Garden.  It is in celebration of her 10th wedding anniversary.  The Blue Fern title and other chipboard pieces first received a coat of gesso, and then glitter was added.  What a beautiful way to remember this special celebration!

Now we would like to feature some of the layouts that were uploaded for the February Sketch Challenge.  I was drawn to the beautiful color of blue that Jorunn used on her layout, and I noticed that several of you also used a similar shade of blue/green.  We would like to feature a few of those layouts this month. 

Marie-Eve Bernard of Canada applied mists to this beautiful blue paper from our Ombre Dreams collection for this fun beach layout.  You can see that she also applied mist to chipboard from the By the Sea and Circle Groups sets.

Diane Mercier's lovely layout features the same shade of blue/green using Blue Fern Chipboard as a title and an accent piece. I love the artsy look of this one!

Joanne of Canada also used the Adorable chipboard piece for her title.  The background is paper from the Ombre Dreams collection.  Look at how those beautiful blue eyes stand out!

Alison Bevis was excited to find paper from the Ombre Dreams collection when she recently attended a class.  She used it so beautifully, along with Olga's Balloon chipboard piece, to scrapbook this sweet baby photo.  I love how Alison and Joanne (above) combined this shade of blue with yellow.

We hope you enjoyed this color-coordinated collection of beautiful projects created by the participant's in our sketch challenge.  It's always exciting to see how you use our products!

Of course, we have a brand new sketch for you this month.  You will find a link to the sketch post at the top of our sidebar.  Have a great day!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Always and Forever

Hello friends!

How is your Monday? I'm home with a sick child but having fun doing some craft work with him. Today, I have a reverse canvas tutorial for Blue Fern Studios that I would like to share with you. It's created with the stunning new "Love Story" collection and I used some of the gorgeous chippies from BFS as well.

Here is the canvas:

Lots of fussy cutting and layering, which I felt was a good way to bring out the loveliness of this collection.

Some close-ups:

Popping up my elements for dimension and sneaking in the Floral Medley chipboard in between. I'm also very into canvas frills after I found a huge bargain pack for only $2 at the local textile district. Told myself that I must find the time for such bargain hunts in the heart of the city.

Tucking in flowers to fill out the space, and dotting the background with bling.

My title piece from "calling cards". I did a lot less alteration on my flowers this time round, preferring to let the colors from the papers take the limelight.

And here is the start to finish video for this reverse canvas. Hope you enjoy it!

Blue Fern Studios products used:
Love Story collection - "calling cards", "concerto", "twenty-one", "sweet song", "Forever" stamps
Floral Medley Frame
Flourish Medley


Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Sketch Challenge

Really? Could it be March already?  Well, that's what the calendar says so that means our sketch designer, Michele Singh, has a brand new sketch for you! 

 I love the beautiful chipboard frame (Keepsake Frame) on this month's sketch, but as you will see below, you don't HAVE to use a frame on your layout.  Our Creative Team interpreted the sketch in several different ways.  

Keren Tamir used a frame from our Ever After Frame Set

Zaneta Glowa used layers of beautiful Love Story paper under her photo, instead of using a frame. 

Yuko Tanaka rotated the sketch and used our Boston Lattice chipboard piece behind her photos.

Melinda Thompson used paper from the Sanctuary collection for her layout and she also chose to layer paper under her photo.

 The 4-piece Memory Frames Set is very popular and is what Karita Vainio used for her sketch layout.

We have many chipboard pieces that can used as a frame.  Kim Price framed her photo with the Roman Clock and added some Blue Fern flourishes. 

Marie-Josee Hamel's background paper is from Ombre Dreams.
Instead of a frame, she let patterned paper in a contrasting color, frame her photo.  

Blue Fern title

Mini Ring Things chipboard set

What's next? 
One lucky winner, selected by a random draw, will receive a prize package of Blue Fern Studios chipboard!

In addition, we will also select 3 (or more) layouts to feature.
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! 

2). Please note that you can do whatever type of project you please - a layout, card, 
  canvas, altered item- whatever suits your mood and style! 
We would love to see the different ways our sketch can be used.

3.) 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!}

4.) Upload your project using the Inlinkz tool below by midnight EST on March 31, 2015

We look forward to seeing how you use our sketch and Blue Fern products!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Some inspiration from Bente

Hi, today it's me Bente here to share my latest projects with you. 
I have used the most recent beautiful paper collection from Blue Fern Studios for my creations.
It's called 'Love Story' and as you can tell for yourself it's really beautiful. I loved combining these stunning patterned papers with a variety of Blue Fern Studios chipboards

 For this page I used the 12x12 Chickenwire panel and cut out a section of it for my page.
I whitewashed the chipboard with some gesso.
I even used a piece of this same panel for one of my cards. I used the smallest size  'Splattered circles' to frame my photo after using a chalk inker to colour it black.

My title is made up of a combination of a die cut word (hello) and a chipboard word, sunshine, from the Optimist Word Set.
To build up some background texture I used the tiny stars of the new stamp set 'Forever' .

Here is m,y second page. I love this pictuer of my daughter and you may have seen it before :-)

I used the Adore,Love,Cherish word set here as well as the Ironwork Arch and one of the smaller birdcages. I inked the arch black and gave the rest a lick of gold paint and then dabbed some white paint on top.

A lot of layering going on here with these gorgeous papers.

I built up the background with several layers of gesso stencils, mists and paints.

To round off this post I have a couple of feminine cards to share.

As I said earlier I used the chicken wire panel for one of the cards. For the other card I picked the lovely Ornate Frame. It's so elegant and easy to use for all kinds of projects.

I hope you can see in this picture my treatment of the frame. I spread some gesso on top with my fingers, then covered it in glue  before finally sprinkling some sparkly  'Art Sugar' on top.
It looks really pretty IRL.

That's all from me today.
Have a great week end with lots of time to be creative.
Hope to see you soon again!