Thursday, August 27, 2015

~More Autumn Anthology from Blue Fern Studios~

Here are more images of the new collection - Autumn Anthology, designed by the very talented Michele Singh.  This is going to be a long post, with a lot of images, because there is so much to see!

We begin with the paper collection.  In addition to the beautiful colors, you will find an array of dainty lace patterns, a charming cottage and gazebo, classic ironwork, and vintage newsprint adorning this collection of 10 patterned papers.  There are also plenty of items just perfect for fussy cutting, and numerous cards for you to cut apart and tuck into your projects.

But that's not all!  This collection is packed with enough products to get your creativity going, and keep it flowing for quite some time.  Each item in this release builds on the others!

For the first time, we are excited to add a collection of  mists that were selected to further bring alive the colors in this collection:

Imagine Ink Mica Color Mist - Leaf

(a leafy green with silver mica)

Imagine Ink Mica Color Mist - Persimmon 

(a beautiful coral red with bronze mica)

Imagine Ink Mica Color Mist - Sky 

(a beautiful sky blue with silver mica)

What would a release be without some new chipboard pieces to go along with it?  

French Ironwork

Iron Signage

Ironwork Edges

We round out this amazing collection with a couple of elegant stamp sets.

Flight & Flair

Parisian Ironwork

Wow!  This is an amazing collection and we are so excited to bring it to you.  It is available in our Store now, and will be shipping to your favorite retailer soon!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

My August Blue Fern Studios Projects

Hello, everyone! 
Sandi here with you today sharing my August projects!

"Capture the Moment"

The B side of the Frolic Friendship paper is so gorgeous and I thought it would make a lovely background for this photo of my brother and youngest niece. I wanted to go with a bit of a monochromatic feel, so my chipboard was altered to blend in with the paper colors. 

The Jeweled Frame was so perfect for my photo because 1.) it is elegant and 2.) our family name is "Key." I kept my alterations pretty simple with mists and inks but did add some microbeads here and there throughout the entire page. You can also see the use of the Halftone stamp. 

This is a close-up of the Memories Captured title piece which is a nice 2 piece set. 

Blue Fern products used:
Frolic Friendship
Frolic Adorn both sides
Frolic Calling Cards

Jeweled Frame
Memories Captured




I tried to go clean and simple on this layout. This beautiful damask paper from the Frolic collection, Petits Moments, is just divine and can stand on its own. Also, I wanted simple backdrop for the Timeless Floral Corner chipboard. I added a little bit of mixed media and did some stamping with the "Forever" stamp to add dimension. The Geometric Bits were misted and used as layers. 

Isn't that Corner piece awesome? So much beautiful detail! There are so many ways to alter this one but  I used mists, dimensional beads and some old nearly dried up glitter paint.  Loving this fun photo of two of the grandkids! 

Microbeads are a fun way to add a little umph to your chipboard without really doing too much .. just gel and beads and you're done! 

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
Frolic Petits Moments
Frolic Calling Cards
Frolic Adorn
Frolic Dans Le Jardin

Timeless Floral Corner
Geometric Bits
Arrow Words



'Everyday Moments"

My next project was done with the Paisley and Vine collection. It was "in progress" when my Frolic collection arrived and I set it aside to work on a Frolic project for you. So, I decided to go back and finish this one up! 

I actually embossed the Frolic Bird Ornament this time! But the Treasured Floral Frame is fairly plain. Just gessoed and then some color added to the floral part with water colors. And also a dab of embossing on the ends. 

My Sweet Arrow Word was colored with water colors.  I also took this opportunity to use up some older flowers that were in my stash. Yay for that! 

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
Paisley and Vine Nature
Paisley and Vine Bohemian
Paisley and Vine Playing Cards

Treasured Floral Frame
Arrow Words
Frolic Bird Ornaments

That's it for me this time! 
Be sure to ask your retailers to carry Blue Fern Studios if they are not already. 
There is an information tab at the top! 
See you next time! 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Autumn Anthology ~ Blue Fern Studios

The newest collection from Blue Fern Studios is in the Blue Fern Studios store and has begun shipping to retailers! 

I cannot wait for this one to arrive in my Design Team box! 

More details coming soon! 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

"Posh" layout with Sandi

Hello, everyone! 

Sandi here with you today sharing a layout created with papers from the "Posh" collection. Classic teal, florals and leopard … so yummy! 

I did a small bit of mixed media work on the background but kept it very light. I wanted that floral paper to really shine front and center. 

Then I built up a few layers with media, papers, embellies and flowers. I even pulled out a fabric flower I've had for YEARS~ but it was so perfect for this photo!

Here are a few close-ups:

That's it from me today.
Thanks for coming by today! 

Marion Smith Products used:
Posh Brooklyn
Posh Ritzy (both sides)
Posh Finer Things
Junque and Gems Resin flower

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Marion Smith Gift Card Envie!

Well, hello! Sandi here today, wiping her brow! 
Have you ever had a project that fought you all the way? Well, that was this one!  
I thought it would be fun and quick but my little project seemed doomed from the start. 
But you know what? I persevered and now I love it so much, I'm not sure I can give it away! 

Anyway, I was wanting to make this little gift card/memory envelope from the Time Keeper Tinker paper shown above. And I wanted to pair it with a variety of paper that might not been done before. It's always a fun thing to rummage through my MSD stuff and decide what I want to use! I ended up with Mad Tea Party, Romance Novel Chapter 2, Junque Gypsy and of course, Time Keeper. 

Loved adding a second diagonal pocket on the front and a couple of extra cards tucked inside there! Mixing the collections was actually loads of fun! Everything Marion Smith designs goes together so seamlessly. 

Of course,  finding the "perfect" embellishments is not always the easiest thing to do when you are trying to accomplish multiple tasks.  I finally settled on a vine from my stash. Also, I've had this little wooden bird forever and could never find a use for him but he's perfect here!  

Do be careful not to glue your papers to wrong side of the envie.  Just sayin'. Don't you love the fussy cut butterfly? So classic! 

I took such pains to use the green and cream Mad Tea Party "Tea Party" papers and then mostly covered them up but they are oh, so pretty, sigh! I still adore that collection! Then, I've used lots of fussy cut pieces. The rhinestones were just a little remnant that I hadn't used. Love when that happens! 

After several hours of messing around on the front, seriously, yes, I didn't do anything to the back except add the buttons for closure. One is sewn and the other added with a foam adhesive, Next time, I'll plan ahead and sew and them both on.

I'm excited about my end result and think it will be perfect for gift card giving this summer!
Actually, I can't wait to get started on another! 

Marion Smith Products Used:
Time Keeper Tinker 
Time Keeper Exploratorium
Mad Tea Party - Tea Party
Mad Tea Party Cut & Create Small Ephemera 
Junque Gypsy Faux Pas
Romance Novel Chapter 2, My Type