Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Sparkle by Vija

Okay blog readers, I hope you are ready for this.  Vija Anton, our Blue Fern Fan of the Month, has created a layout that is sweet, adorable, cuddly, cute, and any other charming words that you can think of.  No matter how frazzled you may be as you prepare for the holidays, this layout is sure to warm your heart just a little and bring a smile to your face.  She even decorated the little Christmas tree!

Here it is her layout and what Vija has to say about it:

I love doing layouts using pictures of dogs, mine or friends, and prefer to use regular collections rather than dog specific papers as I feel it gives me more scope to incorporate some mixed media techniques. This layout features a cute little Bichon Frise named Jewel, who belongs to my best friend on Instagram. 

For the background, I used the Homespun paper as a frame and cut around the flower corner to slip the Vintage Christmas paper and die cuts in behind it. I also did a little bit of stencil work on this one to emphasise the lacy pattern on the patterned paper. 

I used texture paste on the Snowflake frame and sprinkled it with seedlings and glitter and the title was finished with more glitter using Silver Bells embossing powder. The gorgeous lace helps soften the layout and adds some further texture. I also 'decorated' the Christmas tree with seedlings. This layout is all about 'SPARKLE'!!

The Blue Fern Products used were:

Vintage Christmas Wonderland paper
Homespun Homestead paper

Printed Chipboard:
Vintage Christmas printed chipboard

Snowflake frame 
Winter titles

Christmas Blooms

9A, 4

Sterling silver

Embossing Powder: 
Silver bells

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

December inspiration by Pascale B.

Hello Sweeties,

Today it's this time of the year where you have to give your farewell. I was really honored when Leslie and Valerie asked me again to be part of the Blue Fern Studios adventure. But today will be my last post here. So thank you, Leslie and Valerie.
But I have three last projects to share with you. I chose a photo of my maternal grandmother. The photo is blurry, but I like it. I chose to work with the Chesterville collection.

As always, I primed the background with clear gesso. Next, I made my own paste with a 3D gloss gel and two inks to obtain the right color. I used this paste with a stencil to add a design. 

Next, I embossed Krystal's Frame with the Amethyst powder. I just inked the Chelsea Vine.

I colored the Rose Leaves with a mica powder and added two embossing powders to add some texture.

The background dry, I added some colors with different inks.

I cut a few papers to add under the photo and glued all the embellishments with a 3D gel.

To finish the layout, I added some glitters and glass seedlings.

Blue Fern Studios products:
Chesterville - Holmes
Chesterville - Holmes
Chesterville - Chester
Chesterville - Chester
Spring Peony and Berries
Spring Peony and Berries

Happy Blooms
Krystal's Frame - Small
Krystal's Frame small   
   Rose Leaves
Rose Leaves
   Chelsea Vines
   Chelsea Vines
Embossing Powder - Amethyst
  Embossing Powder - Stormy Skies
Stormy skies
  Embossing Powder - Sea Mist
Sea Mist
  Seedlings - Glass
  Glitter - Eggplant
  Glitter - Grape


Here is my second monthly project for Blue Fern Studios. As Christmas is coming fast I was thinking about decoration. So I decided to make a table center with the beautiful Vintage Christmas collections. Nothing really complicated, but something simple and elegant, I hope you will agree.

You will need one band of cardstock 12" x 6" and one square 6" x 6". Fold the band in two, open, and fold again the top corners to the middle in order to form a triangle. Fold the square in a triangle too. You can glue the square as the model.

Next, you can glue the papers. With a crop-a-dile, I made some holes: if you want to put a  small light under the table center, the light will be visible.

I embossed the chipboards with different gold powders.

I die cut some leaves in a watercolor paper and inked them. I embossed the mistletoes with the Icicle powder.

To create the berry, I added hot glue and I dipped it immediately in the glitter.

Blue Fern Studios products:

Vintage Christmas - Auld Lang Syne
Vintage Christmas
Auld Lang Syne
Vintage Christmas - Magical
Vintage Christmas
Vintage Christmas 2 - Twas the Night
Vintage Christmas 2
Twas the Night
Vintage Christmas 2 - Let it Snow
Vintage Christmas 2
Let it snow
Winter Flakes
Winter Flakes
Embossing Powder - Antique Gold
Antique Gold
Glitter - Phoenix
Homespun Blossoms
Homespun Blossoms
Classic Ornaments
Classic Ornament
Embossing Powder - 14 Karat
14 Karat
Embossing Powder - Icicle
Happy Roses
Happy Roses
Tree Toys
Tree Toys
Embossing Powder - Ginger
Christmas Blooms
Christmas Blooms


And here is my third and last project. I chose to make a mini album with both Vintage Christmas collections.

First I made the box with cardboard. I painted all the edges with a gold acrylic paint before covering both sides of the box with papers.

... I just add a few pockets with tags,...

The inside is an accordion. As there is no space to add any embellishments,...

... as well as folders.

Blue Fern Studios products:

Vintage Christmas - Full Collection
Vintage Christmas
Full collection
Vintage Christmas 2 - Full Collection
Vintage Christmas 2
Full collection
Vintage Christmas - Printed Chipboard
Vintage Christmas
Printed Chipboard