Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sneak Peek ....

Hello everyone, today I'm sharing a little sneak peek of a project I have been working on for awhile but don't seem to get the time to finish it off.  I've set a deadline to finish it and will share the complete layout with you then.  Until the reveal, I hope you enjoy the adornment used on these precious Blue Fern Studios chipboard pieces, these are what make the whole layout in my opinion, so maybe you don't have to come back and see the finished piece after all. LOL.  Both the Lantern and the Key are exquisitely designed by Michele Singh for Blue Fern Studios, she does have an eye for details and keeps things fresh for us, and pays mindful attention as to how we can treat them.  In this case, there was room for me to bling it up with pearls, and rhinestones and still be able to add some texture too.  

When I post the final project, I'll provide some instructions on how you can add more texture to your chipboard embellishments.

You can purchase the Lantern, Key chipboard and some wonderful other chipboard designs here.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tags featuring Blue Fern Studios Chipboard

Hello everyone, today I'm sharing my design team projects for July.  This lovely little shabby chic tag features the Blue Fern Studios Roman Clock.  You get three different sized clocks in one package.  Here is the smallest of the three clocks dressed up in molding paste to make it look a little withered and some mist applied too.  The background of the tag itself was created using white cardstock, printed book papers, gesso, textured paste and some mist made out of tea bags.  I have enough of the back ground paper to create another project, and I love the periwinkle color so much, that I want to use it again. The ribbons are made of tule, rayon seam ribbon, and fiber with some pearl beads woven in a few of the pieces.

Here is a close up of some of the ribbon work and my newly purchased Memory Box Stencil (quarterfoil panel) work on the very top of the tag.

The gears/widgets are metal charms treated with some shimmery metallic paste.  Some of the same paste was applied on top of the molding paste treatment on the Roman Clock. The hands on the Blue Fern Studios clock come in the chipboard package and are very ornately crafted.

Here's a tag made out of the Juliana Dream paper from the Blue Fern Studios Ombre Dream Collection.  Such lovely soft colors are in this paper.  Here the Blue Fern Studios Layering Stem was treated with a texture paste, misted and lightly washed with a watercolor pencil.  The rayon ribbon was laid down with beads woven into the ribbon to hold the ribbon down on the tag and add more texture and interest...such a delicate treatment for the ribbon. I've used it before and will use it every chance I get, because it adds so much elegance and just another wonderful detail that we so enjoy.

Thank you for visiting, and I hope I have inspired you to use your Blue Fern Studios chipboard pieces.  Click here to find out where you can purchase Blue Fern Studios chipboard.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Organizing Product to Share with You.

Hi everyone,

I finally got some time to organize some of my art products.....again.  I'm like Goldilocks, I'm always looking for that "perfect thing", it's always elusive, of course.  But every once in awhile, I get lucky.
I found these ScrapOnizer containers, "The Scrapbookers Tool Box" are what they are commonly referred too. What I like about them is that there are many different number of storage compartments inside the containers.  The one above that stores my Blue Fern Studios chipboard pieces have four compartments. They also have individual mini compartments that you purchase separately and these store things like mini charms, and brads, like the one under the bead organizer box.  They also have a container that has three compartments inside the box and here I have stored my watercolor pots. And, the best thing is, they all fit into a container that looks like one of those magazine holders, or those holders that store 12 x 12 papers.  They're light-weight and easy to use.

The little mini bead storage compartment was purchased at JoAnn's Fabrics. Inside the plastic box are individual mini boxes that are perfect for beads.

Ok, I have to go back and fill up the rest of these containers....just wanted to share an organization idea with you.  Of course, I'm always open to other organization drop me a line and share your ideas too.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Seeing Stars....Blue Fern Studios July Sketch Challenge

This July Sketch  is so sweet and wonderfully works with the Ombre Dreams “Susan’s Dream” paper by Blue Fern Studios (“BFS”).  I worked with the beautiful pattern/design on the paper to help me build and enhance my layout .  I hadn’t realized that one particular bunch of the BFS stars were a compositional piece until my chipboard arrived in the mail. I was so delighted that it was one piece because it was so easy to work with on the sketch and just as easy to dress up too. Coat the star piece with white gesso, then coat with clear gesso (when working with light colors of paints and mists, the white gesso resists these types of colors and the clear gesso will hold on to them).  A few of the stars were treated with glue and fiber paper to build up the stars and add some dimension.


Click here to find out all the details for the Blue Fern Studios July Sketch Challenge.

And click here to find out where to purchase Blue Fern Studios products.
Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Card designed with the Ombre Dreams Paper Collection and Blue Fern Studios Chipboard too.

Here's that sweet little card I promised you.  I adored the colors of orchid, lilac and yellow in the Juliana's Dream paper from Blue Fern Studios new paper collection, "Ombre Dreams."  Some light stamping so as not to over power the delicate design of the paper was applied on top of the card; and I  added some lacey bits and sewing too to add some texture.

These daisies are elements from the Jeweled Page Dangle chipboard (the dangle portion is in the picture below).  Aren't they sweet?  White paint was applied on top of the chipboard, followed by a charcoal gray water color pencil to add an inner petal, then fill in the center of the inner petal with a little dab of colored mist using a very small brush.  Don't worry if you over do it or make a mistake, simply start over with white paint and start again. (I speak from experience...LOL.)

Here's the exquisite part of the whole dangle piece.  The piece itself is very small and at first I was tempted to just paint it white and leave it that way because it looked just fine that way too.  But, no, my inner voice whispered, "embellish, embellish, embellish," and so I did.  Again, lightly trace the pattern of the chipboard design with a watercolor pencil, highlight some of the sides with some yummy Glimmer Glam paint.  Add some molding paste on top of the bauble portion to add some dimension, and apply three values of the same color mist for shading and interest.  Give it a try, I think you will be happy with the results.

Thanks so much for taking a peek. Until the next time.....happy creating to you.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Juliana's Dream Paper Collection by Blue Fern Studios

Sharing with you today one of my June Blue Fern Studios design team projects featuring Juliana's Dream paper from the Ombre Dreams paper collection, and some chipboard too.  This paper collection has a color for everyone, and for me it’s the orchid, lilac, and yellow colors.
The Quatrefoil Panel chipboard was used as a stencil in the background  to add some texture, layering, to further blend the colors together, and grounding the softness of the colors with a hint of charcoal mist. 

Close up of the Grande Cage:

Close up of the Bohemian Butterfly and the beaded ribbon attached to a Washi tape tag:

I'll be sharing a sweet little card from the same paper collection in a few days, hope to see you soon.

Thank you for stopping by and taking a peek.





Monday, June 2, 2014

Spring Tag

Hi everyone,

Seems I'm always late these days. Summer has just begun, and I'm still thinking about spring.  Today, I'm sharing a purple and green colored tag with you featuring some Blue Fern Studios ("BFS")chipboard as my architectural element. Here you'll find the BFS Turkish Bits, and  Spring Trinket chipboard. Some of the old Creative Imagination papers sneaked in here too.

The purple colored strip of paper in the middle was applied using the image transfer technique where you apply, in this case, some heavy gel medium on the underside of some printed paper, and rub the paper very firmly on top of some card stock and set aside to dry. After the papers have dried, spritz with some water and slowly rub the top side of the paper off until the underside of the printed paper is revealed. It's a nice way to lighten up a very dark and heavy colored pattern paper, or just to make the paper look seamless.  In the Labels category below you can find other projects where I've use the image transfer technique too.

Happy creating to you...