Monday, September 9, 2013

A few layouts with Yana Smakula

Good morning everyone! Yana is here sharing a few layouts using with Blue Fern Studios chipboard and papers from 7Dots Studios.

All of the chipboard pieces on my projects were somehow altered. Some where painted with Plaid paints, some heat embossed with Stampendous embossing powder and some where covered with ClearSnap chalk ink. 

Imagination is the key:

For this layout I used the following chipboard pieces:
Garden Daisies Large
Nifty Tags & Tickets


Chipboards used:
Icons Set Three


Chipboards used:
All Natural Set
Bits of Honey
My Bike
Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a nice day!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

A trio of cards by Yvonne Yam

Hello there! This is Yvonne Yam, here to share with you my projects using Blue Fern Studios chipboard as well as the yummy papers from 7 Dots Studio. :)

This month I wanted to challenge myself to use the same supplies to create 3 different cards. I started with a mask and 2 mist colours to create my first background. After that, I pressed my card base on the residual mists left on the mask to create the second background. And then I used another card base to get the last mist impression.

Card 1: I added some lace to the card base along with a torn strip of 9th Wave patterned paper.

I misted the Tuscan window chipboard then adhered some lace on the top and some glass bead gel on the rest of the frame. I misted the paper bloom, then added some PearlEx for sheen.

This is the Tuscan Window chipboard I used.

Card 2: I added some lace to the base and "framed" the 9th Wave diecut.

The frame chipboard was covered with glass bead gel and painted with mist.

I used the frame from the Second Hand Furnishings set.

Card 3: Some torn 9th Wave patterned paper and lace for the base and a "framed" diecut.

The mirror was misted, then layered with lace. The bottle was covered with 9th Wave patterned paper and lace.

I used the mirror and bottle from the Vanity Set.

Hope I've inspired you to use your Blue Fern Studios chipboard. :)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Swirlydoos Blog Hop!

Welcome to Swirlydoos' September Kit Reveal Blog Hop Block Party!!

If you came here from Andie's blog, then you are on the right track.  If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there.  We have some amazing projects for you to see today !!  Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!!  Check out Swirlydoos on Facebook and Like Us!!!

Blue Fern Studios is happy to sponsor the following prize to one randomly drawn hopper:

You have until midnight, eastern time, on  9/5 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Friday 9/6.  In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:
1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. This way we know you were there. Become a follower if you're not already. Take your time. There are REALLY beautiful things to see along the way.
2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down.
Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a sentence.
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had, tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected.     Can't wait to hear from you.

Our special word is : HAPPINESS

The party continues over at Angelica's blog.  Have fun!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

August Sketch Challenge WINNERS!

We once again had some AMAZING entries for our sketch challenge in August and that NEVER makes it easy on us when it comes to choosing a TOP 3! But we got it narrowed down and are ready to reveal our lucky winners!

First things first- we did have a couple of entries that had to be disqualified due to the fact that there was not any chipboard used on those projects. We appreciate SO much the time and energy our contributers put into their entries- but we have just a couple of basic rules to adhere by, and one of them is that you must use at least one piece of BFS chipboard on your submission. :) 

So- our randomly drawn winner of this month's chipboard prize pack goes to............

...bestia cat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CONGRATS to you! Please send me your mailing information to within 7 days to claim your prize!

NOW on to our Top 3!! As mentioned, we had some just gorgeous entries this month~ take a look at who snagged our Top 3 Features:

This art journal cover is just astounding! The layers, colors, and textures make it a true piece of art- and a beautiful example of how our sketch can be used on non-layout projects as well. Our Garden Daisies put that perfect final touch on this piece. Thank-you so much for your gorgeous entry!

Tiffany Solorio
Tiffany's layout is simply beautiful with a photograph that just draws you in and sparks intrigue. The soft color palette and the simple gesso-touched Blooming Flourish creates a relaxing, comfortable scene. Well done, Tiffany!

Maja Stokk
Maja's entry is full of color, texture, and beauty! We love her artistic take on the sketch along with her sweet photo and title! And piecing apart the Damask Flourish piece to stretch her product is always such a great idea. Thank-you for sharing your work with us, Maja!

Once again, thank-you for playing along with us in August!

Our September challenge is currently running, so if you haven't yet- take a look! We would love to see what you create with it!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Blue Fern Studios + 7 Dots Studio = Love

Hi Blue Fern Studio Fans!! It's Lisa here, with a new set of layouts for your viewing pleasure. I hope to inspire you this week with my work.  What a delightful surprise when we found out that we were doing an awesome swap with 7 Dots Studio. It was like a match made in heaven!! But then again, Blue Fern Studios chip board will go with any paper or medium!! This first layout was done with the 7 Dots Studios collection Messy Head. I simply adore the wood grained pattern paper. I topped it with the print pattern paper and edge punched it. The paper and Twiggy Branch inspired me to use this photo of Flamingo's I took at Sunken Gardens a few years ago. They truly are "delightful" creatures.

I decided to leave the branch in a more natural color considering the wood grained paper went with it so well. I did rub a little Rock candy Stickles on it to give it a little sparkle. Then I just added some tiny flowers that I die cut.

  I love the word sets. I base coated the word and after it was dry, I dabbed on 2 different color glazes.

I used a white acrylic gesso to coat the Doily Bunting and the butterflies, and while the paint was thick and still wet, I sprinkled some Micro Beads in 2 different colors onto it and pressed them into the wet  paint.

A detailed look of the microbead/gesso technique. 

Twiggy Branch

Doily Bunting
The Optimist Word set
                                                                   Brigitte Butterfly Set

For this next layout I used Messy Head once again. I cant tell you how beautiful the 7 Dots paper is!!

On the flourish I used some crackle paint. Whe the paint was dry and crackled, I rubbed some soft chalk ink over it so that it seeped into the cracks. Then I just dry rubbed the ink off of the paint leaving it on very lightly in some spots. .

I did the same treatment to the Circle Motifs. Then I added a bit of pink ink and rubbed it lightly over the whole surface.

I took one of the circle Morifs and cut it in half. I positioned the pieces on the edges of the layout. They look like 2 different pieces. I only used 1 piece, and there are 3 pieces in the set.

                                                                   Blooming Flourish

                                                                        Circle Motifs
Thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out my creations this week. I surely had a wonderful time with my Blue Fern Studios chip board pairing it with 7 Dots Studios. Be sure to check back here on the Blue Fern Studios Blog often as the designers share their work and techniques. You are sure to be inspired. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

September Sketch Challenge!~ and a SWAP!

Welcome to the month of September and our NEW Sketch Challenge! We had some amazing entries last month~ thank-you if you played along! Be on the lookout for our prize winner and features on Thursday the 5th :)

To kick off our new month and new sketch challenge, we also have a SWAP to reveal! We have teamed up with 7 Dots Studio of Poland and all month long, our design team will be using 7 Dots Studio products on their projects! Additionally, the 7 Dots Studio team will be using Blue Fern Studios products- so make sure you stop by their blog this month too and see how their talented team is putting our pieces to work! 


This month we have another beautiful sketch created by the very talented Michele Singh:

This sketch- as always- could easily be rotated or mirrored. We would love to see your take on it! 

Here are a few samples from the design team:

Kelly Foster
(7 Dots Studio "Domestic Goddess", "Dreamer", & "Messy Head" Collections)

(7 Dots Studio "9th Wave" Collection)

Kristine Henanger
(7 Dots Studio "9th Wave" Collection)

Valerie Serfozo
(7 Dots Studio "The Queen's Heart" Collection)

Camilla Ekman
(7 Dots Studio "The Queen's Heart" Collection)

Patter Cross
(7 Dots Studio "Messy Head" Collection)

Lisa Gregory
(7 Dots Studio "9th Wave" Collection)

Erin Blegen
(7 Dots Studio "Messy Head" Collection)

So many different ways to do this one- and don't you worry if you don't have the chipboard pieces featured in the sketch- feel free to interpret it as you like with whatever you have :)
As always, we've got a great grab bag of chipboard for one randomly chosen participant:

In addition to our prize winner, we will also select a Top 3 to feature in our winner post!
We have just a few simple rules to follow if you would like to participate in our sketch challenge:
1.) Feel free to interpret the sketch as you please by means of taking it as-is or flipping/turning/mirroring it to suit your needs! **Please note that you can do whatever type of project you please- a layout, card, tag, canvas, altered item- whatever suits your mood and style! We would love to see the different ways our sketch can be used.**

2.) You must use at least one piece of Blue Fern Studios chipboard- but you do not need to use the pieces featured in the sketch! You can find the store nearest you HERE. {Do not use any other brand of chipboard on your project please!}
** We had a couple entries last month who did not use chipboard, so please note this step as you will be disqualified from the prize drawing and features**

3.) Upload your project using the Inlinkz tool below by midnight EST on September 30th, 2013.
We look forward to your entries!