Saturday, October 25, 2014

Projects from our Creative Team

Since it's the weekend, we thought it would be nice to give you some inspiration from our Creative Team.  You will notice that each of these layouts began with a white or very pastel background.  Some designers chose to stay with a light or pastel color scheme, and others used dramatic color against the background.  Either way, you're going to want to give this a try!

Kelly Foster

Marie Josee Hamel

Evgenia Petzer

Yuko Tanaka

Keren Tamir

Jelissa Mei

Leila Cardoso

Patter Cross

Rae Moses

If this is a style you haven't used for a while, we hope you will take inspiration from one of these layouts and create a project beginning with a white or pastel background, and build color from there.  Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, October 24, 2014

colors and pastels 3 LO by Olga

Hello !

Lately I often use yellow. Lots of yellow. In this work I use Ups and Downs Panel and arrows from it. I use combination of sweet photo of my little dude :) As title I use sentence from Optimist Word Set and some Filmstrips.

For this one I use one of my summer nature pictures .  I used here Checker bits and Jeweled page dangles as elements and Dream Big sentence from Optimist set as title.  Dangle is covered with glitter I really like this look that transparent glitter gives on works ! I used also BFS papers from Ombre dreams collection

Here I also used summer photo and soft pastel colors from Ombre dreams. I really love this collection!
One of Capture Words sentences is title of my work . one graduated circle and one of pettie butique frames fill up my composition.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Video Tutorial with Adrienne Ford

Hello Everyone! 

Adrienne here, stopping in for a share of my latest video for Blue Fern Studios! I was incredibly inspired to create with this photo of my son. I always love adding a little bit of playful interaction between photo and chipboard mixed in with some seriously bold color. I really love how the Grunge Shooting Stars are placed as if they are shooting from his back. The colors I have added to this are bold and vibrant. They add so much to the already gorgeous chipboard!

So go get your brightest acrylics and sparkles and get ready for my October Video- Smile!

Blue Fern Products-

Grunge Shooting Stars
Seeing Stars
Arrow Words
Ombre Dreams: Charlotte's Dream

Thanks for stopping in!!! :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

'Memories' by Lisa Griffith

Hello Blue Fern Studios fans! 

I hope this post finds you all well....
I had so much fun creating this layout using some beautiful fall colors and 
pretty Blue Fern Studios chipboards and papers.


I started with the paper 'Timeless' from the Blue Fern Garden collection. I created the background by  masking with texture paste and then used watercolors to paint some browns, oranges and golds.

I used the title chipboard called 'Memories' and also added pieces of the 'Wild Flourish Bundle'.

My second project is a card I made for a friend.

Here I started with the paper 'Leslie's Dream' from the 'Ombre Dreams' collection as my base and glued some pieces of the chipboard 'Turkish Panel'. Then I added my flowers and did some painting on the background with yellow and pink watercolors.

My third project for this month was a layout using the October sketch 
designed by Michele Singh for the Blue Fern Studios October sketch challenge.

Here is the sketch for still have time to enter! There is a wonderful prize pack 
of new chipboard to be won!

I hope you have enjoyed my projects this month....
Until next time...
Lisa xo

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Your October Inspiration with Patter

Well, it's the 21st which means it's my turn to share some Blue Fern Studios inspiration. For my creations this month, I created a card and a layout for you along with a layout using the October sketch. Let's look at each of them.

When our identical triplets daughters turned 20 this past September, two of them were away at college. Celebrating a milestone with them away from home was hard. So, I enlisted the help of one of their friends at school to have some special surprises waiting for them on their special day. In order to thank her for her help, I created this card and included a gift card. 

I started with the new Blue Fern Studios Montage papers (Now and Then and Fairyland). Then I added a sentiment from the Arrow Words chipboard set. 

To color the chipboard, I lightly tapped on some black gesso. You can still see some bits of the natural chipboard showing through. I wanted it to have a more textured look instead of painted just black so I was able to achieve that by painting it in this way.
Blue Fern Studios products used:
Montage Now and Then paper
Montage Fairyland paper
Arrow Words chipboard

For this 8 1/2 x 11 layout, I started with the new Blue Fern Studios Mercantile paper. I toned down the background just a bit by putting down a thin layer of gesso. Once dry, I added some stenciling and Gelatos for color.

I used two chipboard pieces from Blue Fern StudiosAdore, Love, and Cherish that I used for the title, and the Wild Flourish Frame. To cover the title chipboard, I just covered in black gesso. To cover the flourish chipboard, I first coated it in gesso. While the gesso was wet, I sprinkled on two different colors of embossing powder.

Blue Fern Studios products used:
Montage Now and Then paper
Montage Mercantile paper
Montage Fairyland paper
Montage Bouquet paper
Wild Flourish Frame chipboard 
Adore, Love, and Cherish chipboard

This photo is very precious to me. This is my daughter that went on an 8-week ministry trip this summer as lead guitarist for a worship band called "The Difference." I am so proud of her. I used this photo of her playing during chapel at school to create this 8 1/2 x 11 layout.

I used the new Blue Fern Studios Montage paper line. The Icon Set One chipboard set was perfect for this layout as it has a guitar in the set. I covered the guitar with Inka Gold graphite. Then I added some smudges of Gelatos in black licorice. I think it gave the guitar a nice effect. I also wrapped some twine around the top of the guitar for "strings."

For the rest of the layout, I used the Chunky Words chipboard set for the title. I covered that chipboard piece in Gelatos and Shimmerz Dazzelerz.

Blue Fern Studios products used:
Montage Now and Then paper
Montage Invitation paper
Icon Set One chipboard 
Chunky Words

Thanks for stopping by, and remember there is still time to join in the Blue Fern Studios October Sketch Challenge. Click here for details. Blessings,

Monday, October 20, 2014

More Montage Layouts with Rae

Hello everyone! Today I'm sharing three layouts I have made with the Montage paper collection.

"Sweet as Honey" Layout

I used a handful of papers from the Montage paper collection to create this layout, and ripped the papers to create dimension. I had fun playing with these light colors, adding a lot of white with the ripped edges, doily, frame, and bunting!

Here is a close up of the Twilight Garden Frame. I primed it with a heavy layer of gesso, then sprinkled glass filler over it to give it a sugared look. I use the same technique on pieces of the Organic Vine that I cut up and tucked under the flower cluster.

The title is from The Latest Buzz set. I treated it with multiple colors of embossing powder to get this look.

I used the same technique on this small piece of doily bunting.

"Happy Memories" Layout

I just adore this piece of Montage paper, Mercantile. It's a very busy pattern, so I tried to keep my design simple by adding black accents and also choosing a black and white picture that wasn't too busy.

Here is a closeup that captures both pieces of chipboard I used.

For the Large Circle Frame, I simply painted it with one coat of black chalkboard paint, allowing hints of the natural color of the chipboard show through the paint. I added some pearls to the circles in the design, and some flowers over the flower silhouettes on the frame.

The title is two pieces from the Chunky Word Set that I treated using some multicolored embossing powder.

Untitled Fall Layout

Again, I used Montage paper, but added a piece from the Ombre Dreams collection for the layers under the picture. I found this picture on Pinterest. 

Here are two closeups of the Floral Wreath that show the distressing of the piece. I sprayed the chipboard with water, and separated the edges to create a level of dimension and "realness" of the leaves and flowers. Once it was curly, I dried it with a heat gun, then added some green and brown mists.

I cut a piece of the Country Picket Fence to add to the bottom corner, and scraped it with a distress ink pad to get that finish.

Lastly, I added a bird from the Little Birds Set. I used brown and gold embossing powders.

Thanks for checking out my projects! Have a great day!