Thursday, July 2, 2015

July Inspiration with Blue Fern Studios and a new paper collection!


Hello friends! How has your month of July been? The weather has been blazing hot and we're doing whatever we can to cool down.

It's my turn on the Blue Fern blog today and I have two creations to share with you. The first is based on the fabulous July sketch. Here is what it looks like:


I've kept the orientation of the sketch, as well as the dark background and my papers came from a mix of Sanctuary and Love Story to create my layout.


My mixed media background was created Birdsong Melody from Sanctuary, with a lot of paint dabbing with 13@rts matt and metallic paints, and layering with watercolors, as well as textural details using microspheres, dew drops and microbeads (also from 13@rts), as well as some string and stamping. I love it that Blue Fern tries in sneak in a few dark colored patterned papers into their collections for us to create our very own backgrounds.

Some close-ups:


The La Plume chipboard which I first painted with a light brown, followed by UTEE embossing for resist and layering with more browns. Beneath are paper layers made from scraps I had left over from Love Story collection.


The Notebook Edges chipboard, which I first heat embossed and then colored with different shades of blue. To add texture to my layers, I mixed chipboard, paper, lace and trims.


A close-up of some of the textural details I have in my background.

I hope my sample has inspired you to create a project of your own to participate in our monthly sketch challenge!


And now for my video tutorial. For this project, I revisited one of my all time favourites from Blue Fern Studios, the Ombre Dreams collection. 


I used only "Susan's Dream" because the images on the paper fit my composition perfectly and had the exact type of watercolor imagery I had in mind to create for my background. I also used scraps from Dream Cards and Charlotte's Dream to build up my layers.

Some close-ups:


A die cut from Dream Cards which I used as my title, and a Bohemian flower piece tucked into my cluster. You can also see the half-tone stamp which I used to add minute details to my background.


I love the big chipboard pieces because they are simply value for money and so fun to play with. Here, you see Medley Border which I have cut up into four pieces and tucked them everywhere to maintain the flow of my composition, as well as to break up the monotony of paper layering.


Interspersed in the layers is also the Notebook frame which I had added some texture to.

Here is the start-to-finish video. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I have creating the project.




And before I sign off, Blue Fern Studios has a fabulous new paper collection with matching stamps and chipboards, and I can't wait to show this one off to you!

Here's the collection:



and the full reveal can be seen here.

So that's all I have for today. Keep safe and keep cool!

love,


Monday, June 29, 2015

Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars with 13@rts

Hello friends! How are you this lovely Monday?

I have a special layout to share with you today, created with lots of fabulous products from the 13@rts store


This is a photo of the Milky Way which I shot while on holiday. Unfortunately it wasn't very well taken as I had all of 10 min to myself and it was freezing cold. Nevertheless, seeing it with my own eyes was one of the most breathtaking experience and I was glad to have shared it with my husband and children. It also was not a very easy photo to scrap because I wanted to re-create the feeling of a serene night sky and my usual style of flowers and layers definitely do not cut it here. So it was gathering inspiration from different ones and I must give credit to team mate Natalya Loi for the distinctive amazing way she works on her backgrounds!

More on the close-ups:


Lots of textural details here. I first dabbed black gesso with a sponge on the areas I wanted to work with, followed by dabbing on silver glitter paint. It gives a very beautiful effect of stars scattered across the night sky. I further emphasized the theme with the star stencil designed by Olga - using a mix of Metallic Old Silver paint with Magic powder to create a very fluid paste.

For the texture, I used microspheres in both plastic and silver versions, followed by some distress glitter and glass glitter from my own stash for an even more obvious sparkly effect. This was finished with some string - the Milky Way and our whole universe is held together by invisible strings known as gravity and I wanted to sneak the nerdy part of me into my art. I then patted on more black gesso with a palette knife for more foamy texture.


My title chipboards came from Olga's designs and it was simple silver glitter paint on top of black gesso. Under all the texture I had also used white matt paint on my script stamp and used it randomly over the page - just for contrast. I finally finished up the page with some stickles, dew drops, little wooden stars and splatters with Splash! acrylic ink.

And that's all I have for today. Hope you like this layout!

love,

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Scrap Around the World June Mood Board and a Video Tutorial

Hello everyone!

Finally it's my turn to reveal my project for Scrap Around the World's June mood board and I have a video tutorial to go along as well! But first, here is the mood board and some info on rules and prizes:


RIZES - Each month we offer 10 MERIT BASED PRIZES, one random prize
& one Follower's prize {see first paragraph} so 12 PRIZES PER MONTH!
We also offer our FIRST PRIZE WINNER plenty of EXPOSURE through a 
Guest Designer Position the following month, together with an exclusive 
badge for their side bar :)


To be eligible for our random prize you need to share your project to our Facebook
 Wall & LIKE our Facebook page HERE. You are welcome too, to follow us on
Instagram HERE & we'll follow you back if you upload your entries to Instagram
& link up to us with @ as well as # hashtag us as #scraparoundtheworld
You can also find & follow us on PINTEREST HERE.

ALL OUR PRIZES ALWAYS INCLUDE FREE INTERNATIONAL POSTAGE!!

1ST PRIZE

$50 gift certificate from Creative Embellishments






Creative Embellishments is a family owned company created by Michael

 & Nicolle Kramer, a husband & wife team who design & manufacture unique, 
high quality chipboard, wood, rubber stamps & flair products. We have been
 in operation since September 2013. 

It is our mission to offer fun & inspiring products that can be added to any project

 to bring out your inner creativity! In the near future we will soon be expanding
 into other mediums such as acrylic & stencil embellishments.

We also custom cut for individual orders & have a wholesale store for retailers, 
kit clubs & classes. Do your shopping HERE! If you own a store register for our
 wholesale section HERE. Be inspired by our blog HERE & follow us on
 Instagram HERE YouTube HERE.

2ND PRIZE

$35 worth of product from 13@rts

{Image below is for illustration purposes &
 may not reflect exactly what you will receive}.



13arts is a Polish manufacturer specialising in scrapbook papers, 
embellishments & artistic mediums. See our store HERE where
we ship worldwide!  Our blog HERE is full of inspiration & we
 have a monthly challenge where all our welcome!

Follow us on Instagram HERE, Twitter HERE & Facebook
 HERE & remember to follow us on Pinterest HERE too!!

3rd PRIZE

$30 worth of product from UmWowStudio

{Image below is for illustration purposes &
 may not reflect exactly what you will receive}.


UmWowStudio is an innovative embellishment company located in
 Las Vegas, Nevada.  With chipboard, flair & stencils currently in
 our product line (& more fun things on the way!) we span across
 all bits of paper crafting, including memory saving, card making,
 tags, stamping, mixed media, art journalling & more!

Shop with us HERE, follow our blog HERE & LIKE us on Facebook
HERE!  Follow our boards on Pinterest HERE & Youtube HERE

4th PRIZE

$25 worth of CHIPBOARD from 2Crafty Chipboard

{Image below is for illustration purposes &
 may not reflect exactly what you will receive}.



2Crafty Chipboard is an Australian owned & operated manufacturer & wholesaler 
of laser cut chipboard products, located in Sydney, Australia.  We have been
 in operation since October 2006 & have more than 1 000 designs on offer.
We pride ourselves on quality products that are versatile & up to date with 
market trends, as well as offering unbeatable customer service, 
with quick turnaround of jobs large & small. Visit our website HERE.

We are happy to quote on personalised jobs, whether it be a single title for a 
customer, or large jobs for retreats, classes etc.  If you are a retail business 
& would like to stock our range of unique products, please contact us
 for more information.  Please see further details on our blog HERE!

5th PRIZE

OVER $20 worth of product from 7 Dots Studio


{Exactly as shown below}





7 Dots Studio was born from dreams & for dreams. 
We are a European scrapbooking manufacturer of high 
quality scrapbooking products – paper, stickers, die-cuts,
 collage sheets, 6 x 6 pads, collection kits &chipboard.

Our collections are created by amazingly talented artists - 
from clean, graphic designs to mixed-media, grungy collage look. 
What you can always be sure of are high quality & thickness
 of our papers, which makes them perfect for all kinds of media.

 Among our products you will also find clear stamp sets coordinating 
with our collections to make them even more interesting & versatile.
We are amazingly happy & feel very blessed to see how much
 our products are loved by crafters & artists all around the world!

If you would like to see more awesome inspiration from our design team
please visit our blog HERE, our Facebook  page HERE & follow us on
Twitter HERE, Pinterest HERE & Instagram {7DOTSSTUDIO}.

6th PRIZE

$15 gift voucher from Mixed Media Place





Mixed Media Place is a treasure chest of different media for creative minds,
carrying a wide variety of embellishments & tools to get your projects going. 
The world of mixed media is a place of limitless possibilities - we are here
 to help you to spread your wings & fly! Find our blog HERE, LIKE us
 on Facebook HERE, follow our boards on Pinterest HERE
 & do your shopping HERE!

7th PRIZE

17.50 Euros worth of products from Danafix, France. 
.

www.copicmarqueurs.com is an online store 100% dedicated to all 
Copic products. All Copic products made & assembled by the European
 importer are available in stock & we offer fast, international delivery!

8th PRIZE

$15 worth of product from Studio75

Studio 75 is a  Polish manufacturer of scrapbooking papers & items 
such as chipboard albums, notebooks, spiral bindings & magnetic sheets.  
We have our own online store HERE, a bustling Facebook page HERE
 & a highly inspirational blog HERE - come & visit us - let's connect!

9th  PRIZE

15 Euros worth of product from Scrap-Unlimited

{Image below is for illustration purposes &
 may not reflect exactly what you will receive}.



Scrap-Unlimited is a craft supplies manufacturer from The Netherlands,
creating  & selling the most amazing selection of embellishments for the
crafting industry.  We offer shabby chic, vintage & steam-punk inspired 
embellishments, ribbon, flowers, metals, mini-books & mini novelty items.  

Check out our online store HERE for SO MUCH MORE!  
LIKE us on Facebook HERE & follow our highly
 inspirational blog HERE & our Pinterest board HERE.

10TH PRIZE

Over $40 worth of Prima & Petaloo goodies 
from Design Team member Nicole Doiron


4 assorted packs of Prima Epiphany flowers, 1 pack of Prima De Soie flowers, 
1 pack of Prima Arcadian Weathered roses & 3 packs of Petaloo beaded hat pins
RANDOM PRIZE

Scrapbook kit from SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE KIT CLUB
Random Winner usually receives the previous month's kit from 
Scraps of Elegance, valued at a whopping $36.95 but this month
our June Challenge winner will receive the current June Kit!

Scraps of Darkness & Scraps of Elegance are monthly scrapbook kit clubs
 that cater to scrapbookers who are looking for an alternative to what other 
kit clubs offer.  Our kits are designed for artists who wish to take scrapbooking
 to a level beyond.  We strive to include the latest & greatest items on the market
 that will enable you  to create not "just a layout", but a work of art. 

Visit our blog HERE,our Store HERE & sign up for our kits HERE & HERE
Please LIKE us on Facebook HERE, follow our boards on Pinterest HERE ,
subscribe to our Youtube channel HERE & find our tutorials HERE

We would LOVE to connect with you!!!

 RANDOM FOLLOWERS PRIZE

$50 GIFT CERTIFICATE from THE DUSTY ATTIC





The Dusty Attic is an Australian owned Laser Cutting business that designs 

& manufactures craft items & embellishments for the paper crafting market.

We began in July 2009 & are located in Perth, Western Australia. 



We are proud to be able to make our mark on the scrap booking & craft 
industry new designs We love seeing the creations our customers have
made & also love to hear your feedback, as this helps us with new ideas. 

We have an on-line store from which you can get all of your Dusty Attic
supplies. If you are a retail business & would like to stock our range 
of unique products please contact us to apply for a wholesale
 account or for more information.

 FOLLOW OUR BLOG HERE
OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE
& VIEW OUR PRODUCTS HERE.

The deadline for this challenge is Tuesday 30th June 2015.
HAPPY JUNE & THANKS FOR PLAYING!!


And here is my project! 

I was inspired by the colors, the paint strokes in the chevron motifs, the cracked egg edges as well as the quote about how we make our own happiness (mine is through spending time with my children). I'm using papers from the Mental Vacation collection which I designed for 13@rts. 



Creating texture with different mediums and materials.


Altering a piece of chipboard from my favourite company Blue Fern Studios and using it as a photo mat.


Also from BFS, my title piece.

Here is the video of how I put the whole page together. Enjoy viewing it!




And that's all I have for today. Thanks for dropping by!

love,