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!


Monday, April 25, 2016

Treasure Chest with Made With Love

Hello friends, how have you been?

Today I am up on the Made With Love blog with a small altered item to share with you, created with the new acrylic paints from Prima. 

The chipboard box is a nice little cutie from G45 which my DT co-ordinator Aida has kindly packed in for me, together with loads of yummy ephemera and trinkets for me to play with. Not to mention two jars of the new metallic acrylic paints from Prima Marketing!

Here are some close-ups:

Little tickets and trinkets which I had fun layering over a Blue Fern Studios chipboard. The chipboard was primed with black gesso and embossed with white EP. Then I used the silky smooth Opal magic acrylic paint from Prima (Blue-Gold) to paint over. As you can see, the embossed bits have a lovely blue-turquoise tinge while the rest is a stunning gold. I then highlighted with some Patina acrylic paint. The exterior of the box was primed with white gesso and had light paste stenciled over for a floral design. Then I painted a nice thick coat of Copper metallic acrylic over. 

Some fussy-cut frames and pictures from a sheet of Bo Bunny's Beautiful Dreamer collection, which I happily layered beneath the chipboard and resin. Everything was given a thin layer of Patina metallic paint.

The inside of the box - with a mini-tag album .

Some details on the tag album. The tags were covered with black gesso and had light paste stenciled over. Then I used the Opal Magic Blue-Gold paint over so you can see the different colors more clearly here.

Supplies used (available from Made With Love):

pp: Bo Bunny's Beautiful Dreamer
flowers: Prima Marketing
cardboard box: Graphic 45
mediums (Art Alchemy metallic paints - Steampunk Copper, Light Patina, Opal Magic Blue-Gold,  light paste): Prima Marketing
And that's all I have for today. Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

April Inspirations for Blue Fern Studios

Friends Hello!  How Quickly Time Passes And We'Re Into The Month Of April! Today I'M Up On The Blue Fern Blog With Two Creations Made From The Serendipity And Courtship Lane Collection.

My first share is this layout using Courtship Lane papers. I chose pink (yes!) Because it matches the boys' T-shirt in the photo and also, every time I see them, my heart is just filled with love for them. Keeping my background work simple so that the papers can shine.

Some close-ups:

My title chipboard -. I made a paste from iridescent medium and mixed it with some pink metallic paint I was able to get some body and texture out of the mix and make my title more interesting. 

The Sweetheart frame which I painted with metallic pink frame and some shimmery pink watercolors.

New flowers from Blue Fern Studios! {Heart} these! 

My all time favourite Layering Stems - which I had layered 3 Imagine Ink embossing powders - Clover, Verdant and Grassy Knoll.

My next layout is created with the Serendipity collection and I love just how much creative space these papers give me. What got my attention was how the colors blended into each other and I wanted to create that in the chipboards as well. With so many lovely . Quotes In Calling Cards, I Ended Up Using One Of Them As A Title For My Eldest Boy Who Has A Vivid Imagination  Details In The Close-Ups:

Cutting up the quote and scattering them all over the page, using them to create a sense of motion.

Snipping up Chelsea Vine chipboard and tucking it in everywhere. I've also used Blue Fern Studios flowers in my cluster. You can also see how I have layered the embossing powders in my background.

My Bird in Flight treated the most fun way - with tissue paper. 

More Blue Fern blooms.

Lots of goodies in the background.

The gorgeous duo-tone blue-gold on Swirly Circle chipboard.

And here is the start-to-finish video:

Also, do not forget our amazing sketch challenge every month! Here is the sketch by Michelle and you can check out our DT's gorgeous samples here.

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