Saturday, March 12, 2016

It feels like Spring! with Sandi Clarkson

Hello, Blue Fern fans! 
Sandi here with you today sharing my March creations using some of our newest products! 
This month I'm focusing on Courtship Lane! 

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I've been wanting to scrap this photo for a while even though it's not the best quality.  This sweet little family is expecting twin boys any day! Anyway, this Courtship Parkway paper seemed perfect for an outdoor family photo. Lots of earth tones mixed in with a pinch of purple. 
I prepared my background with gesso, stenciling and stamping with the Halftone and the Photography stamps. 

Next, I prepared my chipboard and decided to have fun with color this time around. The Seasonal Wildflowers piece is a combination of Sage and Lucky Embossing Powders. Then it was dabbed with gesso. My Graduated Circle piece is just one of this great set of circles, lots for your money! It was prepared with gesso, gelato and Cotton Candy Embossing Powder  .. done randomly. 

This is also a good time to point out the new Flowers! Yes, there are coordinating flowers for the Courtship Lane collection, blooms and roses.  I've added a touch of yellow to the white and purple flower and then gessoed all of them. Loving the yellow I added to that purple rose! Kicked it up a notch! 

The Today title is from the Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday set and was prepared with gesso, gelato and Honey Embossing Powder. I made the heart and bow portion of the Winter Page Dangle the same as the title and circle chips. 

Bits of Honey are left natural and lightly touched with gesso. 

Just another great shot of the new Roses and Blooms. (The peach one is from my stash.) 

I threw this photo in because you can clearly see the Halftone stamping and you get to see the new flowers one more time. 

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
Paper: Courtship Lane Parkway, Calling Cards and West Plaza
Chipboard: Graduated Circles, Bits of Honey, Today Tomorrow Yesterday set, Seasonal Wildflowers, Winter Page Dangles
Embossing Powder: Honey, Cotton Candy, Sage and Lucky
Stamps: Halftone, Photography
Flowers: Courtship Lane Blooms, Courtship Lane Roses


I was going to save this sweet layout for next month but I decided to hold another completed project and replace it with this one! For once, my post will have 3 layouts using one paper collection! 

I prepared my background (Royal Street) with clear gesso and then built layers with stenciling, gesso and stamping with the Garden Frolic, Love Story 2 and the Photography stamps. 

I love this sweet photo of a couple of the grandkids. So precious! For photo mat layers I've used the Courtship Lane Calling Cards, and both sides of West Plaza.  Of course, my Butterfly Friends chippy provides yet another layer. It has been prepared with white gesso and then heat embossed with Snow Embossing Powder. You can also see here one of the Courtship purple Roses and a couple of the Courtship Blooms! 
My Happy title is from Arrow Words and was heat embossed with Iris Embossing Powder. I snipped off the arrow and added it higher on the photo. 

Just the other side of the Butterfly Friends chippy which I cut in half so that it could peek out both sides. Love, love, love how that Iris Embossing Powder looks on the Happy title. 

I took this photo to highlight some of the stamping done for adding dimension. 

This magnificent Gazebo piece is simply painted white and then inked, stamped randomly and popped up on dimensional tape. I added the Organic Vine Corner to one edge and wow, it looks like it is growing up the Gazebo! Love that effect. Of course, I had to add in some of the new flowers! 
The vine is simply inked .. one of my favorite ways to alter chipboard. I like a matte finish. 

Just a close-up of the purple Courtship Roses and the light green Courtship Bloom. I made them my own my adding some yellow coloring and microbeads. And isn't that vine to die for? 

Blue Fern Studios Products used:
Paper: Courtship Lane Royal Street, West Plaza, Calling Cards
Chipboard: Butterfly Friends, Gazebo, Organic Vine Corner, Arrow Words
Stamps: Garden Frolic, Love Story 2, Photography
Embossing Powder: Snow, Iris
Flowers: Courtship Roses, Courtship Blooms



This layout was created for our March Sketch Challenge. We hope you get a chance to play along! I decided to go purple on this one. There is lots of simple background work on this one including some stamping with the Christmas Collage stamp .. yes, really! Then I layered the papers as listed below but my primary background layer is Courtship East Plaza. 

I wanted this layout to be all soft and feminine, so my chipboard is simply painted with white gesso. I've used the Serendipity Anticipation title and the Township collage. 

Just a little floral close-up and some stamping and ink splattering. I've used some clusters of microbeads here and there for more texture. 

I've been wanting to use the Banner Flags chippy and when they showed up on this month's sketch. I pulled one out! So cute! 

Just s couple of dimensional shots! Love adding in corrugated cardboard to anything! 

Blue Fern Studios Products used:
Courtship Lane East Plaza, West Plaza, Calling Cards
Anticipation, Township Collage, Banner Flags
Christmas Collage

That's it from me this month!

Remember,  I'll be back on the 17th with a Social Media Update.
Be sure and tag or hashtag us on Instagram because I'm looking for folks to feature!
Or use the little camera icon at the top of the right sidebar!

See you then!