Monday, September 19, 2016

Remember Moments ~ Blue Fern Studios

Hey there Blue Fern Studios fans! 

Thanks so much for coming by the blog today. 
This is project #3 for September … 

"Remember Moments"

This "Mermaid" paper has become the signature paper from the Seaside Cottage collection and I love it! My original intent was to use it for an old photo of my dad but that will have to come another time …. once I get more of these papers. However, I was itching to scrap this brother and sister photo taken near a beach. Photo credit to the Souza's photographer, name unknown. 

Since everyone has already used this paper, I decided to "go big or go home" and used the large title "Remember Moments." Otherwise, it's actually a quite simple page. Under my photo I've used the Crossing the Lines chipboard. Both of these large pieces were inked and treated with some old rusting powders. 


Seaside Gala and Calling Cards papers were torn and tucked under my photo and on top of the chipboard. Cheesecloth was used as a base. I'm loving how versatile the Blue Fern Studios lilies are. 


A close-up of the title and also a view of some of the random stamping. 


The stenciling is light but yet ties the theme together. Now this layout is headed to the sister who is missing her brother while he's away on the mission field. 

Blue Fern Studios Products used:

Paper: Seaside Cottage Mermaid, Gala, Calling Cards
Chipboard: Remember Moments, Crossing the Lines
Flowers: Dark Tropic, Late Winter and Seaside Lilies, Courtship blooms
Stamp: Widgets

See you soon!
Sandi

Friday, September 16, 2016

Fall Memories ~ Blue Fern Studios DT work ~

Hello, hello! 
Thanks so much for coming by today. 
I'm here today sharing the second of my September DT creations for Blue Fern Studios.

It is always fun to play with my Blue Fern Studios projects! 

First up:

"Fall Memories"

My granddaughter KK loves her horses! She recently sent a few photos that I'm sure she's hoping to see on some scrapbook pages! LOL I pulled out one of my favorite collections … Autumn Anthology because I knew it would work perfectly with her blue checked shirt and her horse's coat. Because I had a wide section of blue background using the Robin paper, I was able to do some simple stenciling without covering up any pretty images. The Mercantile paper is an absolute fave of mine and I've torn it into strips. It's a busy design but the colors and images are wonderful. 


I have a lot of layers of chipboard going here and it's hard to photograph because they are semi-covered with the photo layer. But I used the Mini Ring Things as a bottom left layer and also around the edges of the page. These were inked and embossed with Ginger and given a smidgen bit of Burnt Copper Glitter for shine. The next layer, other than the paper was the Flourish Medley piece which was cut in half to lengthen it. It was embossed with Ebony Embossing Powder as well as Ginger, topped off with bits of the Burnt Copper Glitter. The Collage Frame was treated the same and is directly beneath my matted photo. 


I wanted to share just a closer view of the frame and flourish pieces. They look divine in real life! 


For flowers, I combined some of the Tranquil Blooms with our Seaside Lilies. A Calling Card serves as my title. 


I'm hooked on these side views because depth, layers and texture are "my thing!"

Blue Fern Studios Products used:

Paper: Autumn Anthology Newsworthy, Mercantile, Robin, Calling Cards
Chipboard: Mini Ring Things, Collage Frame, Flouirsh Medley
Embossing Powder: Ginger, Ebony
Glitter: Burnt Copper Glitter
Flowers: Tranquil Blooms, Seaside Lilies
Stamp: Halftone

See you next week with #3!
Sandi

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

September Inspiration ~ Blue Fern Studios

Knock, knock! Anyone there??? 
Thanks so much for coming by the blog today. 
I know I've been a bit missing in action!

I'm here with you today sharing the first of my September creations. 
It is always so exciting to go in my scrap room and play with my Blue Fern Studios projects! 
I love being a part of this team. 


"Summer Vacation, Lucy"

I haven't done a "Lucy" page in a while, so this old photo of Lucy fishing is perfect for using my Seaside Cottage papers. I've used both sides of the Splendor paper so that I could slit the grooves between the wood panels and distress them a bit. I've only used a minimal amount of mixed media so that the beautiful images would be dominant. Just a bit of colorizing with Cotton Candy Imagine Mist and stenciling. 



To get a uniform look, all three pieces of chipboard were treated the same way. First they were primed with white gesso, then heat embossed with a combination of Ginger and Chili Powder Embossing Powder. The large lantern from the Seaside Lanterns set got a heavier dose of Chili Powder, It was simply tucked in amongst my flowers and other paper layers.  The Harvest Lilies are new to the store and they seemed to work perfectly for this layout! 


I thought the chain and lantern would complete the corner of this page and indeed, they fit beautifully and balanced the design.  


I love the chunky look of the Summer Vacation chipboard and tried to give it a bit more ombre' look with my two powders. I left sections of the chipboard less heated for an interesting texture. 


A good close-up of the dimension you can achieve with your layers, chipboard and flowers. The photo was framed with Seaside Cottage Mermaid and Calling Cards. 

Blue Fern Studios Products used:

Paper: Seaside Cottage Splendor, Mermaid, Calling Cards
Chipboard: Seaside Lanterns, Summer Vacation
Embossing Powder: Ginger, Chili Powder
Mist: Cotton Candy 
Flowers: Harvest Lilies


That's it for today!
See you in a couple of days with project #2!
Sandi

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Blue Fern Studios September Mood Board ~ won't you play along?

I'm late in posting this .. my apologies! 

Welcome to September, and a brand new Blue Fern Challenge!  This month we have an awesome Mood Board for you.  This Mood Board was motivated by the feel and colors of our Seaside Cottage collection.   

You may draw inspiration from the colors, the theme, or the texture.  
You may take little bits from several areas of the mood board.  It's up to you!

Photo Credits:  WildflowersSeashells, Peach flowersBeach

Our Creative Team used the Mood Board and each was inspired by a different part of the board.

"This Moment" by Nicole Doiron - You may find it strange that despite the mood board giving off a very Summery feel, I was inspired to create a layout all about Autumn. I looked through my stash of Blue Fern Studios papers and I found that some of the papers from the Autumn Anthology collection went perfectly with the colour palette. I was mainly inspired by the peachy hues which reminded me of Fall leaves and I had just the right picture for it! I wanted to make my page romantic and elegant just as the mood board images and I find that the Gazebo chipboard piece gives it a warm inviting feel. I made sure to add lots of flowers including a peach Attic Charm Daisy which is my favorite. And to soften up my whole page to coordinate with the softness of the board, I dabbed some white paint on my papers, flowers, chipboard, embellishments to give it a whitewash effect... inspired by the Sea!



"A Walk on the Beach" by Karine Gagnon -  I was inspired by everything in the mood board: the colors, at first, but also the flowers and the beach picture. What a nice and soft mood board! I used the Serendipity collection, along with the Mesh Bits chipboards, A Walk on the Beach title, Seaside Lilies, Seaside Roses and Tranquil Roses and Lilies flowers, Brocade Texture and Arcadia Textures stamps and some Imagine Ink snow embossing powder.



"The Beach" by Wilma Voermans -  The mood  board inspired me with the beach feeling, yellow, green and sandy colors, and the warm soft overall mood.  I used Seaside Cottage paper, Seaside Lilies flowers and Seaweed chipboard.For the title I used the "a walk on the beach "chipboard, but I did cut it to get the words I wanted .



"The End of A Perfect Day" by Debbie Burns - I was inspired by the colors and beach theme on the mood board and the beautiful (not sure if it is a sunrise or sunset) picture. I used the Seaside Cottage collection.



"Summer Vacation" by Maja Nowak - September is a good moment to scrapbook holiday photos. And since our holiday are somehow always connected with water, the Seaside Cottage collection seemed an obvious choice to choose for one of my sons' pics. The colour palette was perhaps not the first combo I would have thought of while working with the sea-themed photos, but that's even better, I like challenges.  Besides, the collection colours are all represented, so it was quite easy to follow. I also used the flowers and chippies from the collection as well as a couple of embossing powders: 14 Karat, Breeze and Oatmeal.


We would LOVE to see how our Mood Board inspires you, and of course, we have a prize for one lucky winner, who will be chosen from a random draw.  We will also feature a few of your projects.

We ask that you follow these guidelines:

1). You can create any of the following projects - a layout, card, canvas, altered item, or album cover.
No tags, please.

2.) You must use at least one piece of Blue Fern Studios chipboard OR use Blue Fern Studios paper on your project.   {Do not use any other brand of chipboard on your project, please!}
  
  You can find a list of stores that carry Blue Fern products  HERE.

3.) Upload your project using the Inlinkz tool below by midnight EST on September 30, 2016.

Although it's not required, we hope you will share with us in your blog or gallery post how you were inspired by our Mood Board. Have fun!  We can't wait to see what you create.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Blue Fern Studios August Creations!

Hello, hello! 
Sandi here with you today!
I'm posting late this month due to vacation and lots of increased family activities! 
But I was so thrilled to receive my Blue Fern Studios Seaside Cottage collection! 
It is so unique and I love the vintage take on "beach."  


My photo is of a statue named Sirena that resides along Salado Creek in Salado, Texas. She had to be moved to higher ground a few years ago after some flooding of the creek. But she's a must-see every time we stop by there. My husband grew up in that area and we have made frequent trips over the years. 

My base is the beautiful Embark paper. I've also layered some B sides of Mermaid and the Calling Cards paper. Then I used the A side of Calling Cards for my photo layers. 




The Seaside Flourish chipboard is amazing! I want more! I coated it with gesso and them embossed with Oatmeal, Ginger and a hint of Mushroom. You can also see my Seaside Mermaid chippy here. Her upper body is embossed with Oatmeal Emobssing Powder and her lower body with In the Navy. Then I sprinkled some texture beads over that for interest. You can also see my Seaside Lily and my Attic Charm Daisy. 




This title piece could be used so many different ways for almost any theme! I did an ombre sort of embossing with it, the upper portion is done with Oatmeal, the lower portion with In the Navy and a slight bit of Mushroom in the middle. Tucked a lovely Seaside lily under my photo layers. These are such fantastic flowers! We now have them in a variety of colors! 




I've included this close-up to highlight the stamping I've done with the widgets stamp. On this month's projects, I've tried to reduce the clutter of mixed media, so that you can see all the beautiful images and prints on the paper itself. 




I added texture beads to my Seaside Flourish pieces as well. It makes an interesting combination with the shiny look of the Ginger Embossing Powder. 




Aw, sigh, just have to share some fun dimension! That's what chipboard and flowers are all about, right? There are hints of cheesecloth as an under layer for even more texture.

Blue Fern Studios Products used:
Paper: Seaside Cottage Embark, Mermaid and Calling Cards
Chipboard: Seaside Flourish, Perfect Day, Seaside Mermaid
Embossing Powder: Oatmeal, In the Navy, Ginger, Mushroom
Flowers: Seaside Lilies, Attic Charm Daisy
Stamps: Widgets

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The Whitewash paper from Seaside Cottage is my absolute fave! Grunge to the max! But still beautifully vintage! It could be used for so many themes! 

The gorgeous Seashell Frame chipboard piece was embossed with my fave combination of Oatmeal, 
Ginger, Mushroom and Nutmeg Embossing Powder over wet gesso.  I got the wet gesso idea from Wilma! It looks amazing! 

  

  Here's a close-up of the Seashell Frame. The wet gesso helps cease a bubbly effect that is so apropos. 
You can see some Calling Card pieces here as well as some Seaside Lilies and Roses. I also did a tiny bit of paint splattering which you can see. 



Another item created especially for this collection is
 "A Walk on the Beach" chipboard title, which I've embossed 
with Blue Fern Studios Ginger Embossing Powder. Then I dabbed it with white gesso. 
Of course, I had to add a couple of lilies there as well! 



The finishing touches were added, and the layout was embellished with 
 flowers from the Seaside Lilies and Seaside Roses flower collections. They were paint splattered and got a dab of gesso as well! 

 I am in the planning stages of more projects with Seaside Cottage. My dad was in the Navy and I want to scrap some of him in his uniform! This is the perfect collection for those vintage photos of him. 

Blue Fern Studios Products used: 
Paper: Seaside Cottage Whitewash, Calling Cards
Chipboard: Seashell Frame, A Walk on the Beach title 
Embossing Powder: Oatmeal, Ginger, Nutmeg, Mushroom
Flowers: Seaside Lilies, Seaside Roses

I'll be back in a few weeks with my September creations! It hardly feels like it should be August already and yet it's nearly over! My wall calendar still says June … 

See you then! 
Sandi

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