Monday, September 30, 2013

Valerie Wraps Up September

Hi blog readers.  It's Valerie Serfozo today and I'm here to wrap up the month of September, which has been filled with all things wonderful from 7 Dots Studio.  We have been so excited to share September with them.  Our design team has created some awesome projects combining Blue Fern Studios chipboard and paper from 7 Dots Studio.

And in case you've missed it, the 7 Dots design team has been creating with Blue Fern Studios chipboard this month.  We hope you'll stop by their blog to see how they have used our chipboard. 

Now I'd like to share a couple of layouts that I created this month.  The first one is loving titled "Queen Bee", which fits my niece Makenzie perfectly!  Even at a young age, she likes to be in charge of things.  I have used the Messy Head and The Queen of Hearts collections from 7 Dots, along with several pieces of Blue Fern chipboard.

In this close-up you can see the detail on this piece from the graduated circles.  I have really piled on gesso, paint, distress stain, and embossing powder to give it this corroded metal look.  I can tell you that Blue Fern chipboard holds up extremely well to anything you throw on it.

Here again I used some embossing powder on the gold pieces, and added some sparkle to the title.  

I love the new "Fancy Weeds" and chose to use them to add some green to my flower cluster. 

Blue Fern Products Used:

Graduated Circles (the set contains 5 circles graduating in size from 3" to 11")

The Latest Buzz

Vintage Keys

Pretty Weeds

For my second layout this month, I selected another background paper from the Messy Head collection from 7 Dots Studio.  I love the ombre effect of this paper.  My nephew just turned 2 years old, and I was reminded of the newborn photos I took of him.  There is almost nothing sweeter than a sleeping baby.

I really like to use Blue Fern chipboard in my flower clusters.  On this case, I took apart the Organic Vine Corner and tucked it in several places.  To achieve the variegated coloring, I used two colors of big brush markers and tapped it with a baby wipe while they were still wet.  I like the uneven look of it. 

I used one of the Gabrielle Butterflies in the corner of my layout.  After applying gesso and letting it dry completely, I swiped a gelato over the chipboard and blended lightly with a baby wipe, since I didn't want complete coverage. 

And for this beautiful Bordeaux Frame, I just used some Distress Ink and Inka Gold.  I enjoy adding several types of products to the chipboard until I get the look I want. 

Blue Fern Products Used:

Organic Vine Corner

Gabrielle Butterfly Set

Bordeaux Layered Frame (I only used one piece of this set)

Thanks for visiting today.  Erin will be back tomorrow with our October Sketch Challenge.


  1. Such stunning and adorable projects, Valerie!!! Very pretty!!

  2. I adore the background on the first l/o, the texture and shimmer on those circles are awesome.

  3. I love both your layouts. The graduated circles are some of my favorite Blue Fern Studios chipboard.