Wednesday, January 6, 2016

My First Projects for Blue Fern Studios: Cathi O'Neill

Hi, I am so excited to be here today with my first projects for Blue Fern Studios!

My name is Cathi O'Neill and I am an American who wandered the world and married an Irishman. I have been living in Ireland since 1997. I live in a beautiful village on the Shannon River with my DH of 20 years (wow, that makes me feel old!) and my two beautiful daughters, Aine (onya) 13 and Aisling (ashling) 11, who are the subject of many of my projects!!

I have always loved crafting since I was a little girl. My grandmother taught me to knit and crochet and I remember sewing Barbie doll clothes with her on her front porch! I am a knitter and quilter as well, but have recently in the last few years found cardmaking and scrapbooking, and an obsession was born!! Barely a day goes by when I haven't done something crafty!!

I would say my style is a mixture of vintage, shabby chic with a hint of mixed media, you will often see me using vintage images! I hope you will come visit me at my blog at

My first project uses the amazing new paper line, Blush. I have chosen a gorgeous vintage image that had just a tint of pink and blue in it...I used those to guide the layout's colors. I chose the beautiful Sweetheart paper for base of my layout.

I used many of the cut out cards and titles from the Blush Calling Card paper, layering them up! You can also see the Postal Textures stamps here in the background, I used Walnut Stain distress ink to make a weathered and distressed stamping background.

You can see two of the chipboard pieces I used, the gorgeous Floral Medley Frame and the Bits of Honey pieces. I used the Imagine Ink Sage and Bonny Blue on the frame leaving some sections plain for an overall distressed look. The Bits of Honey pieces were embossed with the Bonny Blue and I added some Walnut Stain distress ink to age them a little.

I used lots of yummy flowers from my stash in my floral cluster adding a ribbon for extra detail. I finished off the cluster with the heart lock from the Vintage Locks chipboard set.

Blue Fern Studio Supply List:
Blush-Sweetheart and Calling Card
Bits of Honey
Floral Medley Frame
Vintage Locks
Imagine Ink Embossing Powder:
Sage, Honey, Bonny Blue

My next layout features the gorgeous new Timeless collection and a beautiful selfie my daughter took on my iPad. It is always fun to find new photos to use for my layouts taken for me on the iPad, a selfie addicted girl is great for a scrapper! I have used the Timeless Ma├žonnerie page for the layout base.

You can see some more layers in this page using the Timeless Calling Cards paper cut outs. Under the photo I have used the middle clock from the Roman Clock Set - Large. I used the Imagine Ink Mystic Plum embossing powder to color up the chipboard, adding some gesso for distressing.

I love the retro font used for the Timeless chipboard! This layout is called Timeless Beauty, which I happen to think my daughter is! I have used Imagine Ink Mystic Plum embossing powder and gesso again to color and distress the title.

I have added some gorgeous flowers and a nest which I think works well with the bird imagery in one of the calling cards. I have also tucked in some tags under the photo cluster. I also used Seedless Preserves distress ink and a stone wall mask to tone in with the papers. I added a bit of blue and brown splashes too.

I finished off my layout with a beautiful handcrafted butterfly by Renea.

Blue Fern Studio Supply List:
Timeless -Ma├žonnerie and Calling Card
Roman Clocks - Large
Imagine Ink Embossing Powder:
Mystic Plum

You might have seen this layout in the challenge post earlier, this is my take on the January sketch challenge. I have used the Frolic Allegro paper for my base. Here is the sketch you can use to play along this month:

I have used the beautiful Royal Monarch butterfly chipboard and embossed it in Imagine Ink Honey and Cotton Candy. I have made a homemade satin and tulle flower and have used the Essential Textures and Texture Circle stamps for my background.

Here you can see lots of layers from the Montage Calling Cards paper and the Turkish Bits and Arrow Words chipboards.

Imagine Ink Honey and Cotton Candy are used here again to color the chipboard. To finish off the layout with my gorgeous vintage ballerina I simply added a little clip to the corner of the photo.

Blue Fern Studio Supply List:
Frolic - Allegro
Montage - Calling Cards
Turkish Bits
Arrow Words
Royal Monarchs
Essential Textures
Texture Circles
Imagine Ink Embossing Powder:
Cotton Candy

Thank you so much for having a look at my projects for this month. I am so excited to be here!


  1. Those are most beautiful romantic pages ever ! love your details work and layers, beauty in it's best ! So happy seeing you on the team, well deserved ! You rocked those designs, so much inspiration and love ! Thank you for sharing your talent with us ! xx

  2. Gorgeous layouts! I love the romantic touches and the vintage feel of it! Really beautiful! Tfs, Hugs Brigitta

  3. Such beautiful, romantic pages!! I always love seeing your details and the Vintage style is so perfect for you!!

  4. So gorgeous, Cathi! And so excited to have you on the team!!

  5. Congratulations Cathi, love your layouts, look forward to seeing more
    hugs and best wishes

  6. Gorgeous pages Cathi! happy to have you on the team! :) x

  7. Lovely work! My great great great grandfather was a red headed Irishman who immigrated to America. He came over during the potato famine. So proud of my Irish heritage! Congrats Cathi, for making the DT!

  8. Gorgeous! Stunning! Beautiful artistry with the Blue Fern products. Congrats Cathi!

  9. Wow, Cathi - your work is gorgeous and I loved each page!

  10. Absolutely adore your layouts Cathi! All your chipboard pieces are so colorful and stand out perfectly! Great post!!