Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Do It Your Way With Blue Fern Studios

Hello dear friends!
Svetlana is here today to share with you this month's portion of Blue Fern Studios goodness from me.
I think you already got an idea that BFS chipboard can be used in any type of projects created in any style you want it to be. Here is just another couple of examples of it.
My first project is a bright and colorful layout. I was inspired by the "adorable" sentiment from Good Vibes pack.
To me "adorable" most of the time has something to do with a baby.
After deciding on this sentiment for the title of my project I pulled out this adorable photo of my then very small baby-boy and the creative process began! :-)

I roughly applied red acrylic pain with a dabber to Country Picket Fence chipboard. 
I left some areas raw to give it more authentic county feel. 
Once the paint was dry I stamped with wood grain stamp all over the fence.

I also used acrylic craft paint to cover the title piece. First I applied the white paint with a dabber.
Once dry I added blue paint over it leaving some areas white.

Blue Fern Studios chipboard used for this project:

Country Picket Fence

Country Picket Fence

Good Vibes

Good Vibes

My next project is a romantic mixed media canvas.
I used a lot of layers of different mediums to create the background and to decorate mt chipboard.

I already used some parts from this Blooming Foliage piece for my another project and I still had a pretty big piece left so I used it here. 
To decorate it I applied a few layers of different mediums. 
I began with some gesso. I covered my chipboard very roughly leaving some areas raw. 
Then a dabbed it with bright green acrylic paint. 
Again it was done a a rough way to leave some areas uncovered. 
I followed with blue liquid pearls. I would squeeze a little at some spots and rub it with my fingers. 
Liquid pearls are great for adding some color and shimmer as well. 
A few drops of pick liquid pearls here and there finished my chipboard piece off pretty well.

The Sweetheart Dressform was first covered with gesso. 
I really like the idea of letting some raw chipboard picking through all the paint.
Once it was dry I stamped all over with some pretty script stamp. 
I followed with a little bit of distress inks here and there and a little rub of blue liquid pearls.
I finished it off with a layer of transparent crackle paint. 

Blue Fern Studios chipboard used for this project:

Sweetheart Dressform

Blooming Foliage

Thank you for letting me share it with you!
I hope you enjoyed my projects and found it inspirational.
Keep on visiting our blog for more great ideas on how you can use Blue Fern Studios chipboard in your projects.
Don't forget to join our May sketch challenge.
Have a fantastic day, everyone! 

Monday, May 6, 2013

C'est Magnifique Blog Hop WINNER!!

It's finally time to reveal the winner of our giveaway for the C'est Magnifique Kits Blog Hop! We had so many great hoppers stop by and leave some kindness- thank you! So without further adieu...
CONGRATS to Monik!!!!!

We're glad you love our products, Monik! And you just won some for yourself :)- please email Leslie to claim your prize within 7 days: leslie@bluefernstudios.com

Congrats again and thank-you to everyone who took part in the blog hop!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Two Layouts From Kelly

Hi Blue Fern fans! Kelly here today with a couple of layouts to share.


I have used a few pieces of BFS chipboard, starting with the Twiggy Branch - Large, which I grounded my large flower cluster with. I think it makes for an interesting texture and reinforces the rugged/outdoors feel of the layout. This piece was simply dabbed with gesso, then given a few coats of brown glimmermist.

Below, I have used half of the little fram from the Second Hand Furnishings set, this was painted first with gesso, then a coat of silver ink, then brushed with a brown chalk ink.

Below is the other half of the frame, which was embossed with a chunky black embossing powder, then dabbed a bit with gesso.

Last little detail, I tucked in one of the Symphony Corners, this was treated the same as the first half of the frame above. These little corner pieces are the perfect shape for tucking into a cluster or in this case, a torn opening.

Twiggy Branch - Large
Twiggy Branch - Large
Second Hand Furnishings (the frame)
Second Hand Furnishings
Symphony Corners - Small
Symphony Corners - Small
"Cute Stuff"
 This next one, I kept a bit more simple, but still full of color and wonderful detail added just by incorporating a couple pieces of chipboard.

 Above, you can see the "Cute Stuff" title from the Good Vibes set. I coated the words in a dimensional paint. You can also see the smaller of the two Craftsman Frames, which was embossed in a pearl blue color, then rubbed a bit with various vibrant colored inks.

Above, I have cut off a segment of the larger of the two frames, and applied the same techniques as I did the smaller one.

Craftsman Frame
Craftsman Frame

Good Vibes
Good Vibes

Thank you so much for popping in today!! Have a great week!!!

Friday, May 3, 2013

An Altered Project, A Mixed Media Canvas and a Layout...

Hi, Lisa here with 3 different projects for my May Blue Fern Studios Blog Post. To show you versatility using the wonderful Blue Fern Studios chip board, I give you an altered box, a mixed media canvas and a layout. With National Scrapbooking Day coming upon us this weekend, I was inspired to stretch my creativity. And here is what I came up with...

                                        The Button Box
 I aged the Vintage Lock by heat embossing it using a bronze embossing powder, and adhered it to the front flap on the box.
 I used a silver embossing powder on the scissors to give it an aged worn look, and while the melted powder was still wet, I wiped it off a little to make it appear as if the silver plate was flaking off.

 I used the Doodle Corners on the corners of my button box, heat embossing them with the same bronze powder I used on the Vintage lock. I also heat embossed the buttons and spools and scattered them among the flowers. I wound floss around the spools and tied floss in the button holes.

                                                                       Miss Tailor Set

                                                                       Vintage Locks
                                                                      Doodle Corners
                                                      Mixed Media Canvas
 I used the Art Nouveau Frame for my 12 x 12 canvas. I white washed everything in Gesso, and used sprays and color mists on the chipboard pieces while they were still slightly damp. The color bleeds into the Gesso.

                                                                 Gabrielle Butterfly Set
                                                                   Art Nouveau Frame
                                                                      A Layout
 I cut the Damask Motif in half and used it to frame my photo for visual interest. I used crackle paint on the piece and sprayed a color mist after it dried.

 The beauty of Blue Fern Studios chip board is that it withstands just about any medium and holds up Really Really well. There isn't anything I wont try on it.

 The butterfly was base coated with Gesso and then sprayed with 2 different colors while it was still wet.

                                                                      Damask Motif
                                                                Gabrielle Butterfly Set
Thank you for joining me today for my May BFS Blog Post. I hope you pick up some pieces and start working on your own creative projects. Then hit us up and show us what you did!! We would love to see it! And don't forget our Sketch Challenge this month!! The sketch is really beautiful!!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Our May Sketch Challenge & Winner/Features from April!!

Hello and welcome to our May Sketch Challenge! Even as I'm typing this, I cannot believe that we're already in a new month! Thanks so much to those of you who participated in our very first sketch challenge last month- it was so much fun to look at your entries and see all of the creative ways our chipboard can be put to use. Such a treat! See our big winner and 3 features following the reveal for our current sketch!

But let's get to it! Here is our beautiful May sketch designed by Michele Singh:

And of course we have some inspiration from some of the design team members to get that creativity going!

I know I'm inspired- wow!! So go grab your BFS chipboard and get started on this sketch right away- you're not going to want to miss out on this month's prize, as chosen by random draw:

Feel free to flip, turn, or mirror the sketch to suit your creativity! We only have a few simple rules:

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 May 31st, 2013.
We look forward to your entries!

**NOW...on to the WINNER of our April sketch challenge!!**

CONGRATS to Migbell Guzman, who is also in our Top 3!!

#4 Migbell Guzman
We simply fell in love with Migbell's romantic design filled with incredible details. Congrats to you Migbell on being both our randomly-drawn winner of chipboard, and also for making our Top 3!!

Next, we have two other amazing features for you!!

#1 Ida
We loved Ida's artistic interpretation of our sketch! It just goes to show that one sketch can be altered to suit anyone's needs. Beautiful!

#7 Dawn Edwards
Another amazing example of an individual's interpretation of a sketch. Dawn flipped the sketch upside-down and created this happy, delightful piece. Amazing work, Dawn!!

THANK-YOU to everyone who participated in our sketch challenge in April!!

If you are participating for May, please link up BELOW! Thanks!