Thursday, February 4, 2016

Adorable with 13@rts

Hello friends!

Hope the weather is turning warmer for all of you. It's raining today so it's lovely and cool now, and I'm really enjoying the light breeze. Today I'm on the blog to share a layout of my little girl with you using the Secret Letters collection.

I prepared my background with 13@rts clear gesso to leave the details on the paper visible, but I did dry brushed some gesso for a rugged look. I then used my favourite doily stencil from the collection and painted it over with Coral matte paint and Dirty Pink pastel mist - I'm so happy to be finally using so much pink! This was followed by stenciling on more word sentiments from "My Letters" mask.

Some close-ups:

A moth I fussy cut out and brushed on Clear Pearl mist for a beautiful shine.

My chipboard from Blue Fern Studios which I painted with Coral matt paint, and layered very thinly Pink Metallic Paint, followed by a layer of Clear Pearl mist before finishing off with some embossing powder.

Some other details here of the background and also another fussy-cut doily.

My title - painted with Pink Metallic paint. And I finished off the whole page with splatters of Berry pastel mist and Splash! acrylic ink.

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

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February Inspiration for Blue Fern Studios

Hello friends!

We've moved into the second month of 2016, and things are happening fast at home! For those in the northern hemisphere, I hope your days are getting warmer too. And those down under, keep chilling!

I'm up on the blog today to share two creations using the amazing Blush collection. I love this line of papers because of the sweet colors and it's also just perfect for scrapping photos of any kind, not only for Valentine's Day. 

First to show you is this layout of my husband and me. I hardly ever scrap our photos because I'm camera shy and the husband is a selfie addict with our kids. But this photo is just perfect for the papers so I couldn't resist. 

My background paper is "Enamored" - and it truly fits the name! Love the B side so much that I've designed a  workshop just around it. The details and subtle masking makes it perfect for mixed media projects that carry a light touch, which is exactly what I have done here.

Some close-ups:

I used the stamps from Romantic Accents set together with Icicle embossing powder (these two are a perfect match) and created a detail resist over which I painted. You can see that I've used translucent water colors to preserve as much of the background paper as I can.

A lot of fussy cut details under my Flutter Medley chipboard - which I had embossed using Icicle EP and Textured Circle stamp.

Layering the different scraps of papers and journaling cards behind the sweet little girl I've cut out.

The other end of the Flutter Medley chipboard.

My title piece from Clip Frames which I first embossed all over with Oatmeal EP, then using the same stamp, added on another layer of Cerulean EP.

My second share is one of my little girl and her dad. I've gone for a brighter look because these two were having such a delightful time together playing.

Some close-ups:

My title - Daddy's Little Girl. This is quite a big piece and so I didn't follow conventional ways of placing titles (ie. under or next to photo) but choose to give it its own space above the photo.

Some background detail created with the Key to My Heart stamp and embossing powder.

Rose Medley chipboard altered with water colors, mist and embossing powder.

Layering behind the chipboard.

My must-have floral cluster.

And below is how I put this layout together. Sit back and enjoy the video tutorial!

If you don't already remember, a new month means a new sketch! This is a lovely one by Michelle and I absolutely love it!

So do find the time to join in the challenge to win yourself some prizes!

And last but not least, presenting our new paper collection!

The details on this collection is amazing, and a definite must-have! Check out our blog for more images from the papers.

That's all for today, thanks for dropping by!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Celebrate with 13@rts

Hello friends!

Hope your 2016 has been great so far. Mine is just filled to the brim with the kids and their activities and catching some me-time is a miracle! And I was so glad to find time to make a card for a special someone.

I've used paper from Aida's Secret Letters collection and based my mono-chrome palette entirely on the gorgeous mauve and pinks.

Some close-ups:

Bits of the background here. I first used the lovely new doily stencil (love it!!) and painted over with Dirty Pink in the chalk and pastel mists, followed by splatters of pastel Berry mist and black Splash! ink. For my title, I painted the words with white Splash! ink.

When all that is dried, I went over with the "Always the Music" stencil. This is another favourite of mine because of the details in the notes and script and I love to use this to add more texture to my background. Lastly is a script stamp with some embossing powder for a darker color tone to accent the whole card.

I have a doily die cut from white cardstock and gave it a slightly different treatment. First I splattered Berry mist over it without gesso and let the color sink in. It leaves a intense but even splash of color and I applied gesso over. Finally it's Berry mist again but the effects are greatly different. The spots of mist dries with a darker edge around a much lighter pool of the mist. With this, I was able to make my doily look more interesting with a dyed and dried look. The chipboard was treated as usual with painting Dirty Pink chalk mist randomly.

And this is all I have for today. Have a great weekend ahead!