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Saturday, 16 March 2019

Nature's Playground Blue Fern DT

Hello! I am back with another design team project for Blue Fern Studios. I've been wanting to scrap my many photos of our holidays on the East Coast and the Wanderer Collection was perfect for this.
This is Cape Breton Nova Scotia. A stunning place on the East Coast of Canada. This was the view from my campsite. The Lakeside paper was the perfect backdrop for this photo.
I used a variety of papers and the Natural chipboard frame to surround my photo.  I cut the frame into four pieces to enlarge it and embossed it with a variety of colors. The Seven Seas embossing powder I used for the sides of the frame was a perfect match for the blue hue in the paper.
For some added texture I used a stencil from Fabrika Decoru and some Shabby Blue 3D Gel and then went over it a second time with molding paste and a light green mist. I then did some stamping with some distress oxide inks. First I stamped the page with one color then watered it down and blotted it to take some excess off then repeated with a second color. I went over it a third time with Black Archival ink. I really liked the effect and will play with this technique again.
For my title I cut the Nature's Playground chipboard apart so that I could spread it out and make it more manageable.I embossed it with brown to bring some earthy color to the page. I also embossed some pieces of drywall tape and put them randomly about the page.
I also added a few Art Stones for even more texture.
I used a piece of printed chipboard and again cut it in half to extend it's usage. I used some Lace #4 from Blue Fern to enhance my flower clusters. 
I used a variety of blooms from Blue Fern Studios to embellish my page.
I also used a stencil and went over it with Matte Gel then went over the area again with some Tickled Seedlings in effect to add little seedling blooms across the page.
To finish the page off I added some Meadow Seedlings in a few places. I may have over embellished the page somewhat I just seem to get "taken away" when I look at my photos of the East Coast as  it is the first time I can honestly say that I felt completely peaceful in life. If I didn't have my entire family here  I think I would consider relocating to Nova Scotia permanently.
I hope you liked the layout you will be most definitely seeing more of the East Coast in my blog in the months to come.

Products Used

Papers
Lakeside
Pacific Coast
Ocean Voage
Road Trip

Lace
#4 Lace

Chipboard
Natural Frame
Nature's Playground

Printed Chipboard

Embossing Powder
Seven Seas
Honey
It's A Girl 

Flowers
Wanderer Lilies
Courtship Blooms
Garden Blooms

Have a great day!
All the best! :)

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Cards with the Homespun Collection

Greetings! Today I have something a little different for you. Well different for me lol. I've made two cards from the beautiful HOMESPUN Collection from Blue Fern Studios.

 In truth I am not a card maker. It was never my passion in paper crafting but I have to admit that I really enjoyed making these two! It might be because I had such a variety of elements to play with. So lets take a look at the first one.
If you know me then you know that I love layers! The more the better. With this card I used a variety of elements to give it depth. I used a pretty polka dot paper for my base and began to build from there. I used a piece of burlap, some additional papers from the collection (I fussy cut a large floral element for the left side), I tore some paper from an old Thesaurus I had and bits of different lace from Blue Fern.  
 I stamped a fern onto a scrap piece of paper to use as a center focal point and embellished around it. I used Fern Leaves and heat embossed them with Ginger embossing powder, both from Blue Fern. The gorgeous little buds are also from Blue Fern but one of their older lines sadly you can't get them anymore. 

The lace is also from Blue Fern.
My second card is completely different.
Again layering up with fussy cut papers and this time I used a piece of printed chipboard to frame the house I cut from one of the papers. 
I used some Lush Leaves embossed with Ginger embossing powder for this card. These adorable little red blooms are also from an older line. 
I was thinking of a welcome home card when I made this so I cut out the house element from one of the papers and framed it with a printed chipboard frame.
I cut the title for the card from one of the tabs of paper along the bottom of the page.



Products Used

Papers
Tea Time
Homemade
Picturesque
Homegrown
Homestead

Printed Chipboard

Lace
Unknown

Chipboard
Fern Leaves
Lush Leaves

Seedlings
Flaming

Embossing Powder
Ginger

Blooms
Unknown Blue Fern

I enjoyed this process of making cards and plan on making many more. Thanks for visiting and I'll see you soon!
All the best! :)









Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Spread Your Wings and Fly-Blue Fern Studios design team

 Hello, hello! I am back to you today with another project done for the Blue Fern Design team. This time around I decided to do a small canvas for my granddaughter Emily. Emily had some severe separation anxiety after my last trip there so I promised to make her something to cheer her up and she could hang it in her room. So I pulled out my Happy Accident 2 papers and went to work! 
 I used a 7 by 9 canvas. First I primed the entire piece with Gesso to save me from any misting mistakes. Then I added a little bit of brick wall stenciling with molding paste. I added some lace along the top and bottom (both from Blue Fern) then attached a piece of chipboard border Mina's Border also from Blue Fern.  I then went to work with my Lindy's Stamp Gang mists in Tiffiany Lou Blue and Shabby Turbine Teal. I used a few other teals but primarily I stuck with the two.
 I used blooms from the Attic Charm Collection.
I used the chipboard piece Spread Your Wings and Fly as my focal point. I used Peacock, Honey, Raspberry, and it's a Girl embossing powders to decorate the piece.
I covered the Mina's Border chipboard piece with mists.
Masking work and some stamping using the Forever Stamp from Blue Fern. Aren't the lace pieces gorgeous!
Finally my last little bloom cluster. Again Attic Charm bloom with a small white flower also from Blue Fern that I don't have a name for. Now all I have to do is put it in the post and ship it off to Emily. I hope she likes it!
All the best! :)



Sunday, 24 February 2019

Joy

Hi there! Just dropped in with this quick little post about a layout I did using the February Limited Edition Kit from My Creative Scrapbooking Kit Club. I recently found a big box in my closet while de-cluttering and found the Kisses for Keaton album I have been working on for ages. (For the entire story please visit Kisses for Keaton)  I decided that seeing as I still had photos printed of the family I would finish this album once and for all and get it to them! My problem is I want to keep adding things and it's never truly finished. This year it will be going to the wonderful family it was meant for.
 The kit this month featured Prima Marketing's Poetic Rose Collection.
 I primed my background with clear Gesso then added some texture with a small Finn stencil and some molding paste. I then added my colors by misting through a bigger stencil, dabbing the excess off right on the page. If I ever get around to doing videos I will show this technique as it's quite fun.
 I used some emphera that came with the kit to help frame my photo.
 I fussy cut this metallic frame from one of the papers and cut along the inside edge so I could tuck part of the photo into it as a mat.
 The chipboard title came in the kit. I embossed it with Ginger embossing powder from Blue Fern Studios.
Last close-up. I fussy cut the small flower spray from one of the papers and added foam dots to it to get a 3D effect. This was a relatively easy page to do and I enjoyed not overthinking every thing! I am notorious for overthinking everything!

Well that's it for today short and sweet. I will be back this week with another project for Blue Fern Studios so I hope you'll be back! Thanks for looking!
All the best! :)

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Born to be Wild-Blue Fern Studios Design Team

Did you see it? On my sidebar? Yep it's true I made the Blue Fern Studios Design Team!!! I am so over the moon happy at reaching one of my personal goals this year.I have loved Blue Fern since their inception which is obvious in my galleries. With that being said I would like to show you my first project as a designer for Blue Fern! Yep going to be repeating that for awhile :)
 This is one of my all time favourite photos of my grandson Jaxon. My little man growing up.It's one of those timeless photos that you can't stop looking at. I decided to use the Remnant Collection to scrap this as it complimented the photo perfectly.
 
I had trouble matching flowers to this page so I made some and enhanced a couple from Blue Fern. I used Blue Fern papers to build the largest two blooms. I used the white flowers from Apricot Blooms added a faint trace of Lindy's Stamp Gang Mist to the center and finished them off with Purple Haze Seedlings. The brownish looking roses are from Heartland Roses & Blooms (again misted). I stamped some leaves on the B side of the Westfield paper and added some Tickled Seedlings for added texture.
 I used several different papers to add layers to my background. I used a Prima mask and added some moulding paste. I lightly misted the page with some Lindy's Stamp Gang mists and stamped the background with two Blue Fern Stamps, Tattered Newsprint and Grungy Grid. I used Blue Fern's Cogs & Gears Chipboard to embellish this page. I find boy pages more challenging to do. The cogs and gears work well with the motorcycle.
 Another close-up of the chipboard with Seedlings.
 Paper layers with mist and moulding paste.
 My title is also Blue Fern Chipboard. (Their chipboard makes great titles) I tried several things with this piece. First I primed it then heat embossed it with Ginger (a gold color) it didn't work with the page. Then I painted it a dark purple and that didn't work. Finally I added some Red Wine Sparkles to it and that was the final answer. 
A piece from the Painted Chipboard set.
The Tickled Pink Seedlings on my stamped leaves . That's  it for my first project. I hope you enjoyed. I know that I will do my very best to showcase the beautiful products Blue Fern makes. I will be back later this month with another Blue Fern design! 
All the best! :)

Friday, 15 February 2019

Curious Hudson

 Today I have something different for you. Part of my New Years Resolution was to use up more of my stash. My shelves are overflowing with papers that I hoarded partly because they were beautiful and I didn't want to ruin them or simply because another line came out before I had a chance to use the papers and they were pushed back in the line. So today I give you one of my favorites from Basic Grey called Oliver. This line is absolutely fantastic for scrapping little boy or even big boy photos for that matter. 
Look at those sweet baby blues! This is Hudson my youngest grandson. He is absolutely scrumptious and quite the character. 
I backed my photo with several different papers. Then I used the little train sticker
 as a pop-up embellishment. When you bought Basic Grey papers in a kit format they came with a sheet of thick stickers and a matching sheet of Alphas. These work perfectly for embellishing your page.
This line has adorable little monkeys throughout which was perfect as I always call Hudson my little monkey.I fussy cut this little guy from one of the papers.
For my blooms I used Prima flowers and customized one of the burlap ones with a brad from the Oliver line. I used a Blue Fern chipboard frame which I heat embossed then cut up to surround my photo to add more dimension.
My background is done with a Prima mask and some Lindy's Stamp Gang mists matching the colors of the papers. I tried to outline the stenciling but my hands are not what they used to be with my neck difficulties.Sadly it did not come out the way I wanted but learn from your mistakes I guess.
I used some Prima Art Stones (misted in red) to add more texture to my page.
A little photo tag added to the picture was a cute little touch. Basic Grey always had wonderful embellishments to compliment their paper lines from printed chipboard rubons, brads to stickers and photo tags. My title is partly a rubon! 

I have quite a few lines from Basic Grey so be ready for some more "vintage" reveals!
All the best! :)

Saturday, 26 January 2019

An Epic Life

Good morning and welcome to my blog. Today I have a layout done with this month's Limited Edition Kit from My Creative Scrapbook Kit Club. This month's kit featured the gorgeous Lavender Frost Collection from Prima.
Meet Meet Mervyne Greene, my former father-in-law. Now well into his eighties he has led an extraordinary life. Having fought in two wars (consequently being shot in one of them) he is a well travelled man. After the army he settled into civilian life where he raised his four children with a disciplined hand. He lost his wife to cancer at the age of 33 and was left to raise his four children alone. He later remarried and added two more children to his brood. He has a very dry and somewhat warped sense of humor and we are forever bound to each other by our love and grief over the loss of the same man, his son James who we lost at the age of 42 to cancer. He now battles yet another insidious enemy Alzheimer's Disease.This page is for his granddaughter Jessie who has a deep and profound bound with her grandfather.
I used the gorgeous stamp set that came with the kit and stamped some white cardstock with embossing ink. I then heat embossed two frames with Ginger from Blue Fern Studios to get that old goldy look to it and then fussy cut the frames out. I used several layers of different papers to back my photo.
I inked my background with Iced Spruce Distress Oxide Ink from Tim Holtz. I then used a lace stencil from Finnibar to add some texture with molding paste. I went over the masked areas with my ink pad directly to get a darker pigment of ink. A little stamping with black Archival Ink and I was done.
I used some Art Stones for some extra texture on the page.
I used the Prima blooms that came with the kit. I just loved the little flower spray! I also love that Prima now includes little vellum sheets with their flower packs which you can easily use on your project. All the blooms in the kit are matched to the paper making embellishing your page a breeze!
I printed out my title and backed it with some leftover paper from the bottom of one of the pages. I also stamped a few goldy leaves with the stamp set that came in the kit. I love this photo. I see so many things in his face I could go on forever. It saddens me to see such a larger than life person succumb to this horrible illness. I can only pray for him and take comfort in the fact that his legacy will live on in his granddaughter.
Hope you are having a great day and I hope to see you soon with some great news!!
All the best! :)