Friday, 9 March 2018

Smile-49 & Market

This past summer I took my granddaughters camping with me. Of course there was the mandatory photo shots. Me chasing the girls all over the park taking photos. Then one day I was sitting at the beach with Lilly. We were watching her sister do her gymnastic routine in the sand. We were just talking. I was thinking to myself "wow how much her face has changed as she moves into puberty". My baby was growing so fast and I immediately grabbed my camera and took a photo before she knew what hit her lol! This photo is the result. The most honest Lilly picture I have. 
I used the papers from 49 & Market's Sand and Sea line for this they were a perfect match!!
I used Blue Fern chipboard on this layout they have such awesome beach chippies!
I heat embossed both pieces using a variety of colors. I love the Peacock embossing powder the glitter it gives off is amazing! Along with coral, a green and a copper I finished this piece.
I also used 49 & Markets funky 3D embellishments. They really do make the layout pop!
Another perspective.
My sweet baby girl who is now 11!! It was hard enough watching my own girls grow so fast and leave home but to watch my grandchildren grow like weeds is harder for me. They are my pride and joy. We have a bond like no other. As a grandparent you don't have to deal with all the grief of discipling them, taking them to school etc. . .There is just love. Spoiling them and loving them. I guess I will have to trust in that bond to keep them close to me as they get older. They make my life complete.

All the best! :)

Monday, 26 February 2018

Remember Today

 This month at More Than Words we have another wonderful challenge. I have to admit that I struggled with the challenge and will explain shortly but first this is my layout.
 This was taken about nine years ago. My oldest granddaughter Lilly had a special bond with our dog Flash. You would often find the two curled up somewhere whether it was reading in bed or watching cartoons.  This relates to the comfortable part of the challenge "snuggling".
The challenge this month was about the word comfortable and the creative challenge was using three of the colors in the palette. I found this part of the challenge most difficult as I am not a fan of green. I managed to work it out eventually lol.
I used both background misting and my chipboard to introduce the green into my project. This chipboard is from Creative Embellishments.
I used one of my older mists from Tattered Angels for my background in Fern. The butterfly is from a Prima stamp from a Finnibar set. 
I used blooms from 49 & Market"s older lines.
The lace is from Blue Fern Studios.
Lots of blooms on this layout!
The flair is from Cuts 2 Luv.
A closeup of my babies.
My title using a Recollections embossing powder. (I was trying to use up some of my older stash.)
This project has a lot of depth and will require a shadow box. I will be giving it to Lilly for her room as a keepsake.

Well that's it for another session. I hope to be back soon. I am struggling with my creative side these days. I need to get both my life and my room in order. Wish me luck! Take care!
All the best! :)

Saturday, 24 February 2018

I love you

 I am slowly trying to catch up on scrapping photos of my youngest grandson Hudson. He is already walking and I've yet to scrap his newborn photos. Bad grandma! So I've taken out a series my daughter gave me from a photo shoot and I plan on making my way through them. This is the first. Titled simply "I love you" 
 I used Maya Design's beautiful Sofeiro collection. Although Hudson is a boy I wanted to play of the pink tones in my daughter's sweater. I used green to add the boy element.
 I used a mixture of blooms but most of them are from 49 & Market who make the most wonderful flowers! I've added pink seedlings from Blue Fern Studios in various places for more interest.
 The heart is a Prima resin I primed with gesso then painted with Finnibar's wonderful Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint in Green Gold. With the white gesso it turns gold without gesso the color is green! I love these paints. I need more! More seedlings but green this time inside the heart.
A very simple background. Primed with clear gesso. I stenciled a damask pattern on with molding paste and lightly misted it with pink. I wanted the focus to be on the papers rather than an overwhelming mixed media background.
You can see the beautiful chipboard frame here from Blue Fern Studios. I also primed it so that it would pick up the embossing powder better. It's a baby pink. Some cheesecloth and more seedlings.
Another flower cluster using 49 & Market blooms.
You get a better view of that gorgeous chipboard frame. And of course my beautiful daughter and grandson.
I used the Prima doily die to cut out some doilies to frame the photo.

That's all for today. I hope to be back to you soon!
All the best :)

Monday, 29 January 2018

Beach Walk-Fan of the Month Blue Fern Studios

Today is my last day as Blue Fern fan of the month for January but I will continue to be an avid fan of Blue Fern forever! My last layout was done using the Seaside collection (one of my personal favs!). 
 This is a photo taken this past September while on holiday with my hubby and pup Bruiser (so suitably named!). Taken on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Pictou, Nova Scotia, it was our first holiday in 15 years! 
 I used the Seashell frame for my photo. Again I cut the chipboard, I swear there are times I don't! I primed it with Gesso then had fun heat embossing it with a variety of embossing powders. (Honey, Sage, Glistening Waves, Seven Seas, Ginger and Coral) You can see in my background that I did some stencil and misting work to try and match the papers to my photo.
 I also used a starfish from the Nautical pieces as well as some seashells I picked up from the beach while we were there. I wanted some real momentos on my page. The vial from Tim Holtz also holds beach sand from the shores of Caribou Monroe Provincial Park. 
 I used coral embossing powder for my title. It worked with the page so well. A few melanges from Prima were also included for some added interest.
 Along the bottom of my page I mixed Art Stones in some Gel medium and added them to my page. I then misted them again to try and match the sandy color of the paper and my photo. I added some paper layers behind my photo and fussy cut a ilttle flower cluster to run along the side of my photo. You get a good close up of Bruiser here. It was his first holiday and I have to admit he was amazing to travel with. He was a saint on the long drives but a terror on the beach! He loved running in the ocean. He just didn't know when to stop and needless to say shortly after this photo I ended up bruised and wet from his wanting to "play" lol.
Again more shells from the beach and Prima embellishments including an anchor from Frank Garcia's St. Tropez collection. The blooms are lilies from both the Harvest and Wanderer lines. 
 And finally the last close up of my split title. It actually said A Walk on the Beach but I wanted to shorten it. That's one of the many things I love about Blue Fern's chipboard, it's adaptable! And another little starfish from Prima.

That is it. My final piece as Fan of the Month. I would like to thank Valerie and Leslie from Blue Fern Studios for giving me the opportunity to showcase my work with their gorgeous products. I have been a fan of Blue Fern since it's inception and think I will continue to be for a very long time! It's be fun! Thanks for coming by and I hope to see you soon!
All the best! :)

Monday, 22 January 2018

Wish-Mini Challenge Word for January More Than Words

Hello and welcome back! Today I am here with a short post about this month's Mini Challenge at More Than Words! The word this month is WISH.
I made a card for my granddaughter Lilly's 11th Birthday. I used the Zella Teal line from Prima Marketing. I love, love, love this line teal is my absolute favorite color! Everything on this card is from Prima!
I hope you come out this month and give it a try!! I'll be looking for you there!
All the best! :)

You are my Inspiration Blue Fern Fan of the month January

 This is my third layout as Blue Fern's Fan of the Month for January. I choose to scrap this photo of my mom at 18. My mother and I had a precarious relationship through out my earlier years. We often clashed and I became the rebellious blacksheep of the family. When my father was diagnosed with cancer I moved back in with my parents to care for him fulltime. He passed after only four months. Three months later my mother was diagnosed with reoccurring breast cancer. For the last three years of her life I was her everything. Nurse, cook, maid. In that last year our relationship changed and we became best friends. My mom shared things with me that no one else knew. We had movie marathon nights binge eating sweets from the bakery. We stayed up late and talked and slept late everyday. I stayed by her side through every procedure and in the end advocated for her to die with dignity. My mother passed away in my arms on May 5th 2011. I will forever be changed by the experience of being her caregiver. Most of all I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to get to really know my mom and take care of her in return for all the support she gave me throughout my life. She is my Inspiration! I miss you mom, so very much! 
I used the Remnants line for this layout. 
I used the Faded Bloom chipboard and cut it in half placing one bloom at either end of my photo. I used Nighsky embossing powder for the flower and a Lindy's light green for the leaves. 
I also used some Printed chipboard on this piece. I took the two burgundy frames from the sheet and separated them. I tucked one under each corner the added some Purple Haze Seedlings in the corner for added texture. I then painted my title You are my Inspiration" in Dark Velvet metallic paint from Finnibar. Again I cut the title and placed each piece upon the faded blooms to pull the layout in a bit.
I cut various papers into tags to build layers behind my photo. I misted a ribbon in Lindy's ink to match the papers. I also did some stamping and heat embossing on the page using Garden Frolic and Butterfly stamps from Blue Fern.
Another printed chippie that speaks volumes as to how I feel about my mom. A little purple glitter from my stash was also added.
I used the Remnants Florals to embellish this page. The colors worked perfectly.
A close up of the Printed Chippie and Seedlings.
Final close-up of my blooms. I used the following products from Blue Fern:

Chancery Lane

Faded Blooms
You are my Inspiration

Purple Haze

Embossing Powder:

Printed Chipboard

Remnants Florals

Garden Frolic

That is it for my layout for today. 
and BY THE WAY!!!

Did you hear the great news??? Blue Fern Studios has gone Retail!!!
 That's right now you can buy you're favorite Blue Fern Supplies directly from their new Retail Store!! This is heaven for me. No more scouring different stores to find what I need!! The announcement came out last week on the Blue Fern Fanatics Facebook page!! Check it out!!

Well that's it for me for now! I will be back next week with another Blue Fern layout from a different line! I hope you come and visit!
All the best! :)

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Families are Forever Blue Fern Fan of the Month

I am back today with my second layout as Blue Fern fan of the month for January. Today I am showing you a layout done with blue Fern's latest release Remnants!
These papers are filled with gorgeous rich colors and can be used for just about anything!
Once again I cut my chipboard title into pieces so I could spread it across the page. I embossed the title with  Garnet. Behind the title is a chippie from their printed chipboard line.
Another piece of the title along with another piece of chipboard called Persian Ornament. I embossed this piece with the gorgeous Night Sky embossing powder and then added some Meadow Seedlings along the bottom.
Last piece if the title. 
I used a Prima die to cut this doily from the Mayfair paper and added a little chippie from the Printed Chipboard to embellish it.
I used a Prima stencil and added some design to my page. Once dried I colored the flower pattern with a watercolor pencil in a cranberry color then added Redwine Glitter on top for some sparkle. Another piece of printed Chippie as well.
I used the Remnants floral bloom and the white one is from the Homespun collection. Behind it is a fussy cut bloom from the Mayfair paper that matches the chipboard in the top left corner.
That is it for me for this week. I am sicker than a dog with the flu the actual "flu" and plan on resting a bit today. I hope you all have a great week!
All the best! :)