Sunday, April 7, 2013

3 Different Ways With Blue Fern by Svetlana Austin

Hello dear friends! 
Svetlana is here today to share with you a few different projects I created this month 
with Blue Fern Studios gorgeous chipboard.
I will begin with a little romantic frame I altered using some pretty chipboard pieces.

"Home Is Where The Heart Is" Altered Frame

The Princes Window I used for this project acts here rather as a door and it can actually open. I used little metal hinges to attache my window-door to the frame.

I used a sponge brush to apply gesso over my chipboard pieces. It is a very simple way to add some textured shabby look. Then I randomly added a few drops of glossy here and there and sprinkled it over with micro-beads. Once it was dry I rubbed a little gesso over the beads.

Blue Fern Studios products used for this project:

Princess Window (074578)

Country Picket Fence (074561)
Country Picket Fence - Click Image to Close

"Beautiful St. Petersburg" layout

For this layout I used Village Sign Post and Ornate Medallions.
The Village Sign Post did a great job highlighting that beautiful cathedral in the background of my photo.
I covered it with black distress embossing powder. I love the uneven shiny look it gave to my chipboard - 
it looks so real.

Little beautiful pieces of chipboard from Ornate Medallions set are defiantly among my favorites. 
They are perfect to create some pretty embellishments to decorate your projects. 
I used orange glimmer mist to color this medallion. Once it was dry I covered it with crackle accents. 
You see - very simple ways to make your chipboard look perfect for any kind of projects you have in mind!

Blue Fern Studios products used for this project:

Village Sigh Post (074776)

Ornate Medallions (074462)
Ornate Medallions - Click Image to Close

Decorated Drawer Unit

It have been already a while that I wanted to decorate this drawer unit to use it in my craft studio to store some bits and pieces. 
I cut the small Craftsman Frame to make decorative corners. These were sprayed with glimmer mist and covered with Crackle Accents for nice antique look.

Blooming Foliage was also cut in many small pieces to create pretty accents in the flower clusters I added to some of the drawers. I painted them with gesso then rubbed some areas with green ink and some areas with blue liquid pearls. I finished it off with Glossy Accents. I decorated the butterfly in the same way.

Blue Fern Studios products used for this project:

Craftsman Frame (074949)
Craftsman Frame - Click Image to Close

Brigitte Butterfly Set (074387)

Blooming Foliage (074851)
Blooming Foliage - Click Image to Close

I hope you were inspired to create something beautiful with Blue Fern Studios gorgeous chipboard.
Don't forget to share with us your projects in our gallery.
Thank you for visiting our blog today! Keep on coming - there is always something new and exciting!
Keep well!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Two Layouts, and a Canvas, with Kelly

Hello Blue Fern friends, happy Friday!! Kelly here, with three projects to share.
First up, this layout of my sweet, sweet girlie, Paisley...

First, I have used the gorgeous Damask Motif, I just love this peace! I painted it with gesso, then hit it with a heat gun to get that awesome bubbly texture. I then went over it with mulitple layers of Lindy's Stamp Gang mists in various pastels, to give it a really beautiful shimmer. I brushed on some Prima chalk ink here and there to accent.

Next up, one of the hearts from the Heart Set. I treated this one in a similar fashion, painted with gesso first, then I sprinkled just a bit of pearl embossing powder, then set with my heat gun, once again achieving the stunning bubbly texture. I then repeated the steps above with mists/ink. I painted a thin border around the edge with gesso, as well.

Damask Motif
Damask Motif

Heart Set
Heart Set - Click Image to Close

Next, we have this 8x10 "Joy" canvas...I really had a blast with this one!

 Below you can see the beautiful Spring Iris and Garden Daisies, which were a long process of trial and error...I started with the stems, painted them with a green mist, then then dabbed with chalk ink. The flowers were first embossed with Stampendous Embossing Enamel in Aged Wine, then painted over multiple times with various colors of mists until I got the colors right. After they were dry, I used a Sharpie Paint Pen to add some white accents and details.

I blended the bottoms of the stems into the "grassy" background with modeling paste and mists.

 Above you can see I used one of the Leafy Page Accents, to add a touch of elegant detail and interest. This piece was embossed with the Aged Embossing Enamel in Aged Green, then once again I used the paint pen.

Spring Iris -Small
Spring Iris - Small
Garden Daisies - Small
Garden Daisies - Small - Click Image to Close
Leafy Page Accents
Leafy Page Accents - Click Image to Close

 And lastly..

 On this one I have used the gorgeous Princess Window, which I simply colored with gesso and chalk ink, then outlined with acrylic paint to accent.

 Below I have used just a small segment of the Floral Wreath, which I treated in the same manner as the window.

Princess Window
Princess Window - Click Image to Close
Floral Wreath
Floral Wreath - Click Image to Close

Thank you so much for stopping by today!!! Have a wonderful and creative weekend!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A Layout, A Tag and a Trio of ATC's...oh my...

 April Showers Bring May Flowers.... But here in Sunny Florida where I live, the flowering is all year around. So I thought I would spread some Springtime with you today.    Lisa here with your Blue Fern Studios Blog Post. My first project is a tag I created using Lots of Prima product, and The Blue Fern Studios Royal Border is a perfect match to the elegance of the tag. It was the perfect size to sideline the edge.

 I had a bottle of Martha Stewart Flocking powder in the perfect color to match the flowers. I applied some Multi Medium to the Regal Border and covered it with the flocking powder, tapping off the excess. It gave the chip board a soft fuzzy look. Softening the hard edge of the tag.

 I created the journaling in Photoshop, printed it, cut the words out, inked them, then adhered to the tag. The tag was created using Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplate die.

                                                                      Royal Border 2
 My next prject is a trio of ATC cards. The smaller pieces of chip board are just perfect for Cards, Tags and ATC cards. I was thinking of turning this trio of ATC cards into a small banner.

Here is a view of the ATC cards individually. Together they form the journaling. "May Your Bobbin Always Be Full". I love to sew and there is always thread in my machine. That makes me happy!! I wound some String (part of my Tim Holtz Tattered Floral contest prize package) around the Miss Tailor bobbins and topped them with a tiny Tim Holtz safety pin.
                                                                      Miss Tailor Set

 My last project revolves around my entry for The Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Challenge entry. The paper flowers I created. I wanted to create some flowers for my Blue Fern Studios project that would compliment the Spring Iris chip board. I love the tall stalky delicate flowers.

To technique I used on the chip board was using Silks Acrylic Glaze in various colors of blues and greens. Once the paint was dry, I applied a thick layer of Crackle Accents. To get the  most out of the glaze color, I first painted the chip board with a coat of white acrylic paint.

 I used the same technique on the Happiness chip board.

                                                                    Large Spring Iris
                                                                  Good Vibes Word Set

Thank you for stopping  by and  allowing me to share my projects with you today. Keep checking back as every  other day, one of the fabulous designers will be displaying new projects with the Blue Fern Studios beautiful chip board. And there is always new stock and new designs being added to the store frequently. Blue Fern Studios is growing in leaps and bounds and I am very proud to be designing for them!!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Introducing: Our Monthly Sketch Challenge!

Hello Blue Fern Studios fans! We're very excited to announce that we will be kicking off the new month with our very first monthly sketch challenge! If you love our chipboard designs, then you are certain to love our sketches- they are designed by the very same fabulous talent, Michele Singh

Let's take a look at what she's created to kick-start your creativity, along with some inspiration from some of our design team members:

Gorgeous, isn't it?! Let's see what those design team members came up with:

As you can see, there are many ways to interpret this sketch! Feel free to flip or turn it as you like, mirror it, whatever- although we of course would like to see that your project was indeed inspired by our sketch. And the rules are simple:

1. You must use at least one piece of Blue Fern Studios chipboard in your entry (any piece of your choosing). If you're wondering where to buy, see the link HERE!

2. Please do not use any other brand of chipboard.

3. Upload your projects using the Inlinkz tool below by midnight EST on April 30th, 2013.

That's it! And for your efforts, one randomly drawn winner will  receive this fabulous arrangement of Blue Fern Studios chipboard:

So why not have a go at our sketch this month? We simply cannot WAIT to see what you will do with it!