Monday, June 13, 2016

Life is Wonderful with Made With Love

Hello friends, how are you?

The June holidays are in full swing and I hope the kiddos are having fun enjoying their break from school. For mummies and daddies, this means no more waking up early to send the kids to school, and vacay, vacay, vacay! Looking at all the vacation photos on my Facebook newsfeed, I can't wait for our family holiday to quickly come. But first, today's share for my LSS!

This one had me dumbfounded for awhile because I don't want to create a layout, and I didn't have enough time for a mini-album. I had run out of small canvases and I was just standing like a fool in my scrap-room pulling out drawers and hoping to find inspiration in there. And lo and behold, I spied these wooden resin holders from Prima which I had kept aside until I had found a purpose for them. And they came to my rescue!

This is a home display piece I created from one such wood resin holder. I might have mentioned before I love wood grain texture so this was a pleasure to work with. I first primed the whole piece with gesso so that the acrylic paint would not soak into the wood and become un-usable. I had gone for the Tiffany Blue look with the Art Alchemy Light Patina Metallic Acrylic paint. The metallic sheen is quite subtle here, but under the light it's just gorgeous.

More details in the close-ups:

Mixing and matching different Blue Fern Studios paper collections, something I havn't actually done before despite having so much of their papers at home! Here's a butterfly fussy-cut out from the Tranquility collection. I had dabbed some Sticklers on it for a shimmer.

A Dangle chipboard from Blue Fern Studios. I had first painted it with Steampunk Copper acrylic paint and sealed it with Rock Candy distress crackle paint for a really vintage look.

Lots of fussy-cut elements from Courtship Lane and Attic Charm papers, both from Blue Fern Studios. The title piece is from Kaisercraft's ephemera pack.

So I managed to get myself a woodgrain stencil (yes!) and although there wasn't a lot of space here to see it clearly, it's right there on the side of the wooden box.

A piece of Blue Fern chipboard (Layering Stem) peeking out from the side. I had painted it green with Tattered Angels Fairway and covered it with a layer of Iridescent Gold.

And that's all I have for you today. The supplies are all available from the Made With Love store at 313 Somerset B2, and here's the list below:


Prima Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint (Light Patina, Steampunk Copper)
Tattered Angels Mists (Fairway, Iridescent Gold)

Blue Fern Studios (Deja Vu chippies, Layering Stems)

Patterned paper:

Blue Fern Studios (Attic Charm, Tranquility)


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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Attic Charm with Blue Fern Studios

Hello friends!

Today I'm popping in to share my June creations for Blue Fern Studios, featuring another beautiful collection from Michelle Singh - Attic Charm! The papers are decked in so many gorgeous subtle details and pretty colors, not to mention reminders of the good ole days that I went to dig out old photos of my parents for the two projects I've made.

First is a layout of a photo of my folks when they were dating back in '73.

When I saw the b/w photo, I had tried to imagine what it would have looked like in color and all that came to mind was the blue sky. So I had built most of the layout around the color and chose the paper "Haberdashery" as my background paper.

More details in the close-ups:

Some bits of the Looped Frame chipboard here. I had stamped with Romantic Accents stamp and heat embossed with Imagine Ink Ebony EP before painting over with duo-toned acrylic paint.

Fussy cut flowers for layering, and subtitles from Calling Cards.

A heat-embossed image with Ebony EP using one of the Bourbon Street stamps. Love the details here!

Another view of the floral cluster.

My title piece "Always and Forever" which I had painted with Perfect Pearls.

Blue Fern Studios products used:

paper: Attic Charm - Haberdashery, Calling Cards, Generation, Mercantile, Sachet
chipboard: Looped Frames, Always and Forever
stamps: Bourbon Street, Romantic Accents
Embossing powder: Ebony

My second project is a video tutorial and I've repurposed an IKEA photo frame for the project. My parents don't have a lot of their photos on display so I hope they will find a good place to put this up.

The Dangles Border chipboard was a fun piece to use because it resembles lace. I had also die cut out a clock from the "Sachet" paper. One fabulous thing about Blue Fern's papers (and my students keep reminding me too) is that they are thicker than most other brands of patterned paper out there. This means that if you have delicate die cut designs, the paper is very unlikely to tear and can take the weight of any other mediums you might want to add.

Other details in the close-ups:

Attic Charm daisies are the perfect addition.

Layering Stems - one of my favourites! Seen together with Attic Charm daisies and glitter roses.

The die cut clock with lots of details in the background.

Altered Dangles Border with a bit of sparkle.

Lots of fussy cut details again.

And here is the start to finish video for this project. Sit back and enjoy!

Blue Fern Studios products used:

paper: Attic Charm - Generation, Sachet, Calling Cards, Attire
chipboard: Dangles Border, Layering Stems
Stamps: Romantic Accents set
Embossing powder: 14 Karat, Clover, Verdant

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tranquility with Blue Fern Studios

Hello Blue Fern friends!

I'm up on the blog today to share with you my creations for May. I had other projects planned for this post but this collection was too beautiful for me to put down. As usual, I like to play with light and dark background papers and this post is no different.

For my first project, I based it on the May sketch challenge although it didn't make it in time for the sketch reveal a few days ago. Below is the sketch again:

I just had to make a big deal of the blues here because of the boys' t-shirts. It also matches the color scheme of the paper perfectly. Lots of subtle details in the background as I wanted it to merge with the paper itself.

Some details in the close-ups:

Tranquillity flowers. I'm so glad BFS has released coordinating flower packs! No more hunting high and low for blooms that match. 

Altering one of the roses a bit with some watercolor paint to create an ombre effect.

A chippie which I altered by first painting with green watercolor, followed by layering the embossing powders Lilac, Amethyst and with a sprinkle of glitter in Sunshine. 

For my title piece "Blissful", I layered the embossing powders In The Navy, Seven Seas, Cerulean and Breeze.

My second share is a video tutorial, of a layout of the boys at Rockingham Beach. Granted it was close to winter and chilly, we were hoping to make a day trip to Penguin Island just across the shore and check out the wildlife. Unfortunately the ferry trips were all canceled but we had a lot of fun picking up shells and watching the sea birds play in the distance. 

I love how the whole project turned out, although there were a few bits which I thought I could have added more details - some of you may know what I'm talking about when I say I wanted to do something this minute and the next minute I've clean forgotten it! Nevertheless, I'm a sucker for woodgrain patterns and this sheet of Calm (I've used the reverse side for the first layout, that's how much I like it) really got my groove going. 

Some details in the close-ups:

A cute little anchor amidst the waves. Matched with Tranquility flowers. 

More altered blooms, shells and seaweed chippies.

Love how the glitter sparkles in the sunlight, much like seaspray on a summer day.

Lapping waves and foam

The title piece - Fascination. Love the duo-toned effect in the sun!

And here is the start to finish video tutorial. I have noted the feedback from the previous video and slowed things down here so that you don't miss out on the action. Sit back and have fun!