"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Blue Fern Studios has announced their 2014 Design Team, and I made the team!!! Yea!

Blue Fern Studios ("BFS") has announced their 2014 Design Team, and I'll be back in January 2014 designing with an awesome new and talented team.  I am in receipt of some new chipboard designs from Blue Fern Studios and have already set to work in creating with the chipboard.  I'm working on some new techniques to apply to chipboard and am looking forward to sharing them with you too.  See you in January at BFS.

Meet the 2014 Design Team at Blue Fern Studios:
Evgenia Pelzer - South Africa
Jackie Clark - Canada
Jelissa Mei - Singapore
Joyce Lawrence - United States
Keren Tamir - Canada
Leila Cardoso - Brasil
Lisa Griffith - United States
Marie Josee Hamel - Canada
Maja Stokk - Sweden
Olga Heldwein - Poland
Rae Moses - United States
Yuko Tanaka – Japan
Camilla Ekman - Sweden
Erin Blegen -  United States
Kelly Foster - United States
Lisa Gregory - United States
Patter Cross --United States
Valerie Serfozo -  United States

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Soul In Love Series (Artists Trading Cards)

A weekend experiment with a background idea turned into "The Soul In Love Series" featuring some clips of passages I've read over the years about nurturing our souls. The Blue Fern Studios Checker Bits chipboard helped to add some dimension and additional interest as well.  I've got enough of the background technique experiment left to create a future art journal page, but I'm saving that for a rainy day. :)  There's mica flakes, gel molding medium, light molding paste, stamping, misting, stencil and stamping work on these little gems. 

Close ups for you:


Hope your weekend was stirring some creativity for your soul this weekend too.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Wedding Card for Cardabilities Sketch #86

I thought creating ATC's would satisfy my need for working with small things and details, but when I accidently happened to find this sketch featured at  "Cardabilities," I was immediately inspired and smitten with the idea of creating a card. And, coincidently I was going to need one for an impending wedding.

I set out to create a background spritzing various mists on my mat and applying the cardstock on the puddles of the mist and gently applied pressure to the cardstock to pick up those colors.  After the mists dried, a script stamp was applied in various places, and finally a stencil was applied using light molding paste. Below are some close ups of the background work.

I so enjoyed creating this card for a very dear couple, and Cardabilities has certainly inspired me to create more.  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Scrapfriends Challenge #19

Another fab sketch from Scrapfriends! This particular sketch site inspires me to get out my mixed media supplies, they almost always some architectural element on their sketches that make them so very interesting and appealing.  
I was so delighted to open up my email from Angela to find this sketch to use for my guest designer post at Scrapfriends.  I was disappointed that I didn't own any feather elements, but it inspired me to use a sea theme.   On the header of this page, I used some corrugated cardboard, gesso, stamps, mists, and my Kosher Salt technique that I have used on other projects.  I used this same technique on the Blue Fern Studios star fish chipboard pieces as well.
Chipboard pieces are all from Blue Fern Studios: the little ocean wave banner, star fish, "Beauty", and the coral and shell at the bottom of the page.
Ocean themed stamps are from 7 Gypsies.
How will the sketch inspire your theme?  You have two weeks to post your layout here.
Close ups: