Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valerie Shares a Little Bit of Love

Hi all.  It's February, so it's only natural to think of love.  My parent's just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.  Instead of a card, I wanted to make a canvas for them.  I chose the beautiful Ornate Frame to use in the background.  It's a large piece of chipboard, but it works great for a project like this.

I primed the chipboard with gesso, then applied pink paint, and some Shimmerz Dazzlerz.  While it was still wet, I also sprinkled it with white glitter.  When dry, I used some ink around the edges.

I am having such a great time creating with the Blue Fern Garden paper collection.  I love the beautiful colors and attention to detail in the backgrounds.  This is one of my absolute favorites from the collection.

If you're like me, you often have problems coming up with a title, or would like something different.  The Blue Fern chipboard words are the perfect solution.  I wanted this title to stand out against the background, so I painted it brown, and used some dimensional adhesive to lift it off the page just a little.  It really adds some depth, and it's a nice change from alphabet stickers.

Here is a closer look at the heart from the Winter Page Dangles set of three.  This photo also gives you a closer look at the detail in the paper.  I primed the chipboard with gesso, and then painted it with Distress Stain.  It wasn't quite the color I wanted, so I also used some red ink.  It was finished off with a few pearls and some Inka Gold (Old Silver). 

Thanks for stopping by today and letting me share my projects with you.  Jackie is up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by and see what she has been creating.  ~~~Valerie

Saturday, February 8, 2014

My First Post by Leila Cardoso

Hello Ladies

Here's my first post and I would like to say that I am excited to be part of this wonderful team and work with Blue Fern Studios chipboard and papers.

I'm 37, married, mother of 2 amazing kids (12 and 6 years old), my great source of inspiration. I live in Araruama - Rio de Janeiro / Brazil.

I started scrapbooking in October 2010 and never more stopped,. I just love this incredible paper world.

You can see more of my work on my blog:

Let's see what I have to show today???

Layout "Adorable"

I painted the chipboard with blue pen "Tombow"...

Blue Fern products used:
-Blue Fern Garden Parlour 
-Blue Fern Garden Timeless
-Turkish bits
-Good vibes

Layout "Treasure the Moment"

I put some gesso on chipboard pieces and them some pink gelatos...

Blue Fern products used:
-Blue Fern Garden Boudoir
-Blue Fern Garden In Bloom
-Blue Fern Garden Calling Cards
-Treasure the Moment
-Eclectic Hearts

If you have not seen the sketch this month, it is worth checking out as it is gorgeous...

Card "Follow your Bliss"

I painted the chipboard with metallic gelatos in gold color...

Blue Fern products used:
-Blue Fern Garden Parlour
-Broken Rings

Thanks for stopping by here today, hope you have enjoyed and been inspired!!!



Friday, February 7, 2014

Blue Fern Garden with Camilla

I am so excited to show you my first layout and card using the brand new paper collection from Blue Fern Studios. And of course I have used some fabulous Blue Fern Studios chipboards as well.

For my layout I have used one of the papers as background. I have cut out a piece of another to use as layers behind the photos. The paper stripes are actually the pieces I have cut of from the papers I have used. The chipboards you see on the layout are also new. I have only painted them in white.

Here you see one of the Charmed Page Dangles.

And here you see one of the Beaded Strings.

This is the card I made using the papers. 

It is the Jeweled Page Baubles and one of the Eclectic Hearts. I have painted them with white gesso, then smeared on some blue, stamped with black ink and finished with some glossy accents.

Make sure to check back to see some more inspiration from the design team.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

January Sketch Challenge WINNER & Top 3 Features!!

Good morning :)

Today is always an exciting day because we get to make someone a lucky WINNER, and three others our esteemed FEATURES of the previous month's sketch challenge!

We were so pleased with the beautiful entries we received and cannot thank you enough for sharing your artistry with us. We hope you have a chance to play along this month too!

Let's start with our lucky randomly drawn winner of the January Sketch Challenge prize package:

CONGRATS to Teresa A.!!!!!!!!!!!
We're so excited for you, Teresa! Thanks for playing along!
Please email me {} within 7 days to claim your prize.

A reminder of the chipboard prize pack we offered up in January:

And now, let's take a moment to admire our Top 3 Features!

We LOVE the way Krystle used our January sketch to create this awesome 2-page layout! What an excellent use of our Page Chains- the clean, crisp design of this double pager makes its a stunner!

We loved Marina's soft, neutral color palette and masked details. And it's always inspiring to see how certain elements from our sketches are re-created in different ways, and the hanging baubles that Marina has incorporated here were pure perfection!

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Beatrice has created a bold, classy layout using red and black. There are so many great details to admire here!!

Congrats again to our lucky prize winner, and to our fabulous features :)

Play along with us this month! We have another GREAT prize to be won and, as always, an inspiring sketch to work with. See you there!

Monday, February 3, 2014

A Blue Fern Garden layout, Tiny Mini, and a journaling entry.

Hi, Lisa here today, and I will be sharing with you 3 different projects. A 12x12 layout, a tiny mini and a journaling entry to my journal book. The Blue Fern garden paper line is just my style. I love the colors, the patterns and the images of the vintage roses are my favorite!!
Here is my 12x12 layout.

 I used  the Tattered Diamond Bits scattered over the layout. and to frame the photo, used the Beaded Strings to frame the photo. Both were painted with white acrylic paint then sprayed with Radiant Rains Mist while the paint was still wet. I added some pearls to the little circles on the frame. 

I did the same paint and mist treatment on the Memory Frames. When the acrylic is still wet, and it is sprayed, it leaves a gorgeous weathered look on the chipboard.

The next project I would like to share with you is my tiny mini. I adapted the pattern from a couple of Post It Notes Covers that I did a couple of years ago. The difference is I created pages for the inside using the beautiful Blue Fern Garden paper rather than using Post It Notes.

I used Viva Color Crackle paint on the Iron Works Accents. Once the the paint dried and crackles, I painted Silks Acrylic Glaze in Olive Vine over it. I wrapped the piece of chipboard over around the book binding before painting to prevent cracking.

Here is the detailed chipboard wrapped around the book binding. I created a small charm to hang from the eyelet I punched on top of the mini before I place the inside pages in.

 Here is peek inside the book. I fussy cut some of the paper to get the images centered perfectly. Then cut out all of the words in back of the paper and used them on each of the pages in the mini.

I used a corner punch on some of the pages in the mini.

Here is a close up of the mini with the seam binding ribbon closure. I used Silks acrylic paint to color the seam binding.

And finally I created another journal entry for my mixed media journal I am working on. I used the February sketch and took some of the elements in the design and applied it to the pages.

 This is the left side of the journal entry.

 This is the right side of the journal entry.

I painted the Berry Stems with Silks acrylic paint and after it dries, I dotted the tiny circles with glue and sprinkled microbeads of the glue. Once it dried, I sprayed a clear acrylic sealer over the entire chipboard in place to secure the beads.

Here are 2 of the smaller Berry Stems in the set.

The Always and Forever chipboard quote is treated the same way I did the Iron Work Accents in the mini.

For the 2 hearts from the Heart Set, I painted it with white acrylic paint and then sprayed them with Radiant Rains Shimmering Mist in Grapefruit Pink while the acrylic paint is still wet.

Thank you for stopping by to see my projects this month. The Blue Fern Garden paper collection is my all time favorite right now!!! I adore each and every piece and design!!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

February Sketch Challenge!

Welcome to a new {and short!} month :). 

We have yet another beautiful sketch for you to work with:

And, as always, LOTS of inspiration to jumpstart your creativity!

Marie Josee-Hamel

Camilla Ekman

Yuko Tanaka

Maja Stokk

Kelly Foster

Jackie Clark

Jelissa Mei

Evgenia Petzer

Keren Tamir

And we have a brand NEW batch of goodies for you too- including some of our NEWEST designs, hot off the press! Take a look at what one lucky randomly drawn winning participant will win from this month's sketch challenge:

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!}

3.) Upload your project using the Inlinkz tool below by midnight EST on February 28th, 2014.
We look forward to your entries!