Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Each Day ~ Blue Fern Studios

Back today with Design Team project #2 for Blue Fern Studios. 

Let's jump right in! 

"Each Day" 

When I created this sweet layout, I still had my Memoires paper collection out on my desk and   couldn't wait to use them again along with some new supplies from Blue Fern Studios! These little grandsons have become a favorite subject to scrap this year! Aren't they precious?! 



The title piece is quite large and very dramatic, especially in red! I've embossed it with Golden Bricks Embossing Powder and then stamped it with black ink and the crackle texture stamp. It also got a few dabs of white gesso and ink. 



My other chipboard piece is also on the large side. I've tucked it under my photo layers after embossing it with Army Dust Glitter. Then I did some paper tearing and had fun creating my background. This time I reached for my new Crackle Texture stamp! My blooms are a combination of collections: Memoires Blooms, Late Winter Lilies and some tiny Courtship Blooms. Last but not least, my darling photo of Silas and Samuel. Awww! 


Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
 Paper: Memoires Songbird's Drama, Tale of Treasure, Autumn Biography
 Chipboard: Each Day, Swirled Floral Corners Large
 Embossing Powder: Golden Bricks
Glitter: Army Dust
Flowers: Memoires Blooms, Late Winter Lilies, Courtship Blooms
 Stamps: Crackle Texture

That's it for today!
Thanks for coming by!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Blue Fern Studios 2017 Design Team announcement!

As Social Media Director for Blue Fern Studios, I am so excited about today's announcement of our 2017 team! 
I look forward to working with each of them. 

Here is a recap of this morning's blogpost! 



"Wow, we were so impressed by the applications we received for our design team call!  
We looked carefully at each application, visited blogs and online galleries, and were so amazed
 by the artistic work of each one of you who applied.  Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

Making the announcement is exciting, but we know that we must also disappoint many of you, 
and that makes it difficult for us.  More than anything, we wish we could add 
each and every one of you to our team.  Thanks to all of you 
for taking the time to submit your application.  

We would now like to announce the 2017 Blue Fern Design Team:

Annie Samson - Canada

Babi Kind - United States

Catherine Giguere - Canada

Halyna - Ukraine

Kris Berc - United States

Lydia Guijt - United States

Tartine Peluche - Canada

Wendy Scholten - Netherlands

Vera Shelemekh - Russia 


Congratulations to each of you!  
We look forward to a wonderful 2017."

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Christmas Vintage 2 Canvas ~ Blue Fern Studios

Hello, hello! 
Sandi Clarkson here with you today sharing my November inspiration for Blue Fern Studios. 

Last weekend my Design Team package arrived with all the gorgeous Vintage Christmas goodies .. paper, chipboard, flowers and more! Vintage Christmas 2 is such a beautiful complement to Vintage Christmas 1. I wasn't really quite ready to scrap Christmas yet but these papers made the prospect irresistible. I just had to dig in!


I decided to create a canvas this time around. I love creating a unique background with my wet mediums, paper and embellishments! So, I gessoed, stenciled, stamped, misted, splattered and even used my gelatoes to build up the background. Then I set about fussy cutting some images from the Vintage Christmas 2 papers … Tree Trim and Let it Snow. I tore some strips of those same papers to layer under my photo. 



Aren't those floral images just gorgeous?!! Michelle Singh designed this collection and did such a beautiful job! After using a medium to adhered the paper to the canvas, I did some random stamping with the Scratched stamp. Love all the texture stamps so much! (Photo is the hubby and I, done for the our church directory. Kind of a quick one but not too bad.) 



Next, I got busy on choosing a chipboard and altering it. In the end, I only used just the Berry Frame which was altered with Ruby and Magenta Embossing Powder. Then dabbed with white gesso, as was everything else for continuing the shabby feel. Note the Christmas Blooms that coordinate with these papers! Couldn't be a better match! 



For my title, I've used a Holiday card that says "All I want for Christmas is you." I don't take for granted that I still have him this year after his battle with cancer last Fall and Winter. 


Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
Paper: Vintage Christmas 2 Tree Trim, Let it Snow, Holiday Cards
Chipboard: Berry Frame
Embossing Powder: Ruby, Magenta
Flowers: Christmas Blooms
Mist: Winter Mint, Persimmon
Stamps: Scratched

I'll be back next week to share my second November project for Blue Fern!
Thanks for coming by! I surely appreciate every visit!


Sandi

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Yesterday ~ Blue Fern Studios Sketch Sample!

Hello, hello!

My latest project was based on this month's Blue Fern Studios Sketch by Michele Singh. You can find the October Challenge HERE.  We hope you'll find time to play along! 

This is my Design Team sample: 

"Yesterday"

I've been waiting to scrap this sweet photo since last November. As a Designer I am always working ahead, so I was using Christmas paper by the time I got the photo. This is sweet granddaughter Zoe with a pumpkin almost half as big as her! 

I dug back for an old favorite of mine, the Ombre Collection, specifically Leslie's Dream and Shannon's Dream. I took this opportunity to use the French Ironwork chipboard to anchor my design. I doubled my photos and nested then on some Calling Card, Shannon's Dream, cheesecloth and flowers! 



The Seasonal Wildflowers are a favorite of my as well, especially for outdoor scenes. Tp add color I've used a combination of Lime and Sage Embossing Powder. 


The French Ironwork is a majestic piece that I could used over and over. There are so many ways you could alter this for your designs. Here I've inked the piece and then added Nutmeg, 14 Karat and Chili Powder. The Yesterday title was treated the same. 



My Attic Charm flowers seemed a perfect match for my little pumpkin patch, so I used the Glitter Roses and Attic Charm Daisies to complete my design. I added a few simple textural pieces such as cheese cloth and seam binding. To draw the eye to the center of the page, I use Persimmon Imagine Ink Mist around the central design to blend everything together and then to splatter on the page. 


Just a dab of gesso and I'm done with this one! 

Blue Fern Studios products used:
Paper: Ombre Dreams Leslies Dreams, Shannon's Dreams and Calaling Cards
Chipboard: French Ironwork, Seasonal Wildflowers, Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday
Embossing Powder: Nutmeg, 14 Karat and Chili Powder
Stamps: Halftone
Flowers: Attic Charm Glitter Roses, Daisies
Mist: Persimmon


I think that wraps up October for me. 
You'll be seeing me here next month with some more Memoires creations, our newest paper collection! 

Thanks for coming by! 
Sandi


Saturday, October 15, 2016

More Blue Fern Inspiration!

Hello, everybody!
I'm back today sharing another  October Blue Fern Studios creation.
This time using the near and dear to my heart Serendipity paper collection.

"Reminisce"

Serendipity is the collection that just keeps on giving for me! I have used almost all I have and am saving my tiniest scraps because it is so cherished! This time another engagement photo with a sunburst which captures the joy between these two lovebirds! 

I did some texture work on the Merriment paper and then starting preparing my chipboard pieces. First the Rose Collage and then the Destiny Collage. This time, I decided to colorize with gelatoes after priming my chipboard with white gesso. Then I kicked the pieces up a notch by adding some random Auburn Embossing Powder. The Reminisce title piece from Serendipity Words 2 is simply inked and then dabbed with white gesso. 


For flowers, I've used a combination of Tranquil Roses, Memoires Blooms and Late Winter Lilies. Layers were built with torn pieces of the Fascination paper and corrugated cardboard. 


 The Calling Cards that come with each paper collection are perfect for layering and as seen here, for using as a subtitle or title phrase. I've tucked in a bridal pearl spray from my stash and added a few art stones to my design. Of course, everything was dabbed with gesso to blend. 


The Destiny Collage piece is a knockout on its own but the Auburn Embossing Powder is perfect for providing warmth to the page. 



Just a close up of both the right corner of my design.  


And finally a good close-up of the chipboard pieces themselves. 

Blue Fern Products used:
Paper: Serendipity Merriment, Fascination and Calling Cards
Chipboard: Rose Collage, Destiny Collage, Serendipity Words 2
Embossing Powder: Auburn
Flowers: Tranquil Roses, Memoires Blooms and Late Winter Lilies


That's all for today. 
I'll be back in a few days with one last October project for Blue Fern. 

Thanks for coming by! 
Sandi