Sunday, June 28, 2015

Frolic ~ Another new Blue Fern Studios collection!

Hello, Blue Fern fans.  We have some exciting news to share!  
We will soon be releasing another new paper collection called Frolic.  
We can't wait to show you more details, but for now, here's a little sneak peek.   
We will also be releasing some brand new stamps and chipboard pieces. 

 Be sure to check back!

Friday, June 26, 2015

A Junque Gypsy Layout for Marion Smith Designs!

Hello there, Marion Smith fans! I'm back today with my second post for the month featuring the oh-so-gorgeous Junque Gypsy collection in the 12x12 version with a subtitle tag from the 6x6 version. I've always loved anything that's a little Boho Chic, so when I stumbled upon this fab vintage photo, I couldn't wait to scrap it! I may have to even use it a couple of more times to satisfy the inner "Gypsy" in me! 

I love that paper tearing has become popular again because it gives an instant distressed look. I used a bit of super heavy gesso, a stencil and some mist to give my base paper some depth and texture. Then I framed the photo with a chipboard piece, some florals and a gorgeous Junque and Gems Aqua Button. When I sacrifice those babies, you know the layout is very special to me! It is super sparkly IRL. Amongst my floral cluster are some Time Keeper paper flowers and a piece of black netting from an old produce sack. 

Here are some close-ups for you:


I hope you're having a creative week! 
Thanks for coming by! 


Marion Smith Products used:
Junque Gypsy Dolce Vita
Junque Gypsy Nota Bene
Time Keeper Paper Flowers
Junque & Gems Aqua Buttons

Petaloo flowers
Blue Fern Studios chipboard

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Blue Fern Studios ~ My first Post!

Hello, Blue Fern Studios fans! My name is Sandi Clarkson and I am new to the Blue Fern Design Team ... although very familiar with the product. Having worked with the Blue Fern Studios owner, staff and many of my fellow team members, I almost feel like I've come back home! It doesn't hurt that I live in the same state where Blue Fern is manufactured to strengthen that sense of belonging! (Texas, USA) 

I'm married with three grown, married daughters and a growing number of grandkids! I still work 3 days a week and so I truly enjoy getting "lost" in creating! I like trying new techniques but am usually happiest when the results still fit my "pretty" criteria. My scrap room is my happy place. I kind of love that my desks have paint, gesso and runaway micro beads all over them. I'm mostly a layout girl but love, love, love doing the occasional canvas. 

Now, on to my first three Blue Fern projects! 

"Authentic Treasure"

I have the distinct pleasure of being one of the first DT members to receive the new Paisley & Vine paper collection! This collection was introduced here on the Blog on June 10th.  I wish my photos could truly capture how lovely this range is, with lots of great warm colors and fun patterns. Although it is a bit of a departure from the classic Blue Fern style, it is earthy and rich and will be a great addition.  My mind is racing with the possibilities! 

I decided to go "shabby" with my photos and chipboard choices but chose some bold paper patterns,  Splendor  and Bohemian, and layered them against a lovely turquoise background, Pathway. I love this color combo! 

I also fussy cut some title notes from the Playing Cards sheet and distress them a bit with my distress tool and some white paint. You can see bits of my chipboard pieces that are a little higher on the page. 

My photos were framed with the Royal Heart Frame which was gesso-ed and inked, as was my Dashwood Bouquet piece. I embossed the tips of my Dashwood Bouquet for a bit of glimmer. Photo credits go to Raphael Tuck and Sons but are from a copyright free database. 

The Royal Gate chipboard pieces was used to balance my layout and was treated similarly to the Royal Heart Frame. A few embellishments and it was done! 

Blue Fern Studios products used:
Paisley & Vine Pathway 
Paisley & Vine Splendor
Paisley & Vine Bohemian
Paisley & Vine Playing Cards

Royal Heart Frame
Royal Gate
Dashwood Bouquet


"Good Vibes" 

Once in a while I really love to let loose and go a little Boho/Steampunk as I call it. I had not had a chance yet to use side B of the Love Story Amazing Hearts paper. The colors and collage appearance are so totally "me!" I've also been dying to get my hands on those BFS Goggles! The Steampunk photo from Tumblr just brought it all together. 

Here are some close-ups:

After gesso-ing the goggles, I applied chalk ink and paints in different colors, adding a little metallic Patina from a tube. I've used Embossing powder on the inner rim and then painted the magnifiers black so that they would stand out. I've paired them with the Notebook edges which were treated with chalk inks and some random paint. Love Story Calling Cards made for a perfect photo mat. There is also some Journey stamping to the left with the Journey stamp. 

Here you can see the Graduated Circles which I've used to frame the photo. They were treated the same as the Notebook edges. My Good Vibes title is from the Good Vibes word set. You can also see a bit of the Journey stamping here on the right which helps create depth. 

The Cogs and Gears were treated the same. Love the Industrial look they bring. 

Of course, I finished off with florals, metal and Flair. 

Blue Fern Studios products used:
Love Story Amazing Hearts paper
Love Story Calling Cards paper

Cogs and Gears 
Graduated Circles 
Notebook Edges
Good vibes word set

Journey Stamp



I don't know about you but I've been on a purple kick lately along with a vintage photo binge! And so, the colors of the Deja Vu collection really called out to me. Here I've paired the collection with some sweet vintage photos, chipboard and purple and cream florals. 

The new Quatrefoil Frame made a fantastic photo mat here. It was simply gesso-ed with white. 

The Flutter Medley is also a newish piece and made for a great border at the bottom of my photos. I've used chalk ink to give it a tiny bit of color. The Delightful title is from the Optimist Word Set and was painted white, then off-set to provide balance. 

I'm in love with the new Peek-a-boos and used one at the top of my project. This photo also nicely demonstrates the use of the Halftone Stamp. 

Lots of fun dimension and texture! 

Blue Fern Studios products used:
Déjà Vu Un Voyage a Paris paper
Déjà Vu La Plume paper
Déjà Vu Tresors paper

Quatrefoil Frame
Flutter Medley
The Optimist Word Set

Halftone Stamp

Okay, that's it from me this month for Blue Fern Studios. 

Be sure to visit the "Where to Buy Blue Fern Studios" page on the BFS blog for information on finding vendors. 


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

My Creative Sketches June Challenge!

Here is the new sketch for My Creative Sketches. Isn't it fun?!

I have posted this earlier in the month but here's my take on the sketch.
 It's a fantastic way to get a couple of photos scrapped, so hope you can play along! 

Thanks for coming by! 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Romance Novel Ch.2 Layout with Sandi Clarkson

Hello, everyone! Sandi here with you today featuring a layout this time created with a mix of Marion Smith collections: Romance Novel Ch. 2, Timekeeper and Garment District. 

I've use a sheet of Timekeeper Marchant as my base and layered on the gorgeous Romance Novel Ch. 2 For Keeps. Before adding my additional layers, I prepared my background with clear gesso, super heavy gesso and mists. Then I had fun adding tons of layers using Romance Novel Ch. 2's Forever along with Garment District's Alterations tags and more of the Timekeeper Marchant. I've also used Marion's Pink Jasmine paper flowers. You can also see my Blue Fern Studios Floral Clock as an additional layer. 

Here are some close-ups:

Love this Blue Fern Studios Chipboarad title, Always and Forever. 

That sweet Flair is from A Flair For Buttons. 

Marion Smith Products used: 
Time Keeper Marchant
Romance Novel Ch. 2 For Keeps
Romance Novel Ch. 2 Forever
Pink Jamine Paper Flowers

Other products used: 
Prima Stencil
Prima and Manor House flowers
Kaisercraft Crochet Doily
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Always and Forever title, Floral Clock
Gesso and Mists
That's it from me today. 
Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Blue Fern's Studios new paper collection, Paisley and Vine

Just in time for warm weather, Blue Fern Studios is thrilled to introduce our brand new, modern paper collection......Paisley & Vine!  The paper in this collection is a combination  of nature inspired designs, combined with enduring patterns in shades of turquoise,  crisp greens, brick red and earthy brown.  This lively blend of colors is sure to add a little summer to your projects!

We also have 3 new chipboard designs created to coordinate with this collection.

Paisley & Vine Flourish

Paisley & Vine Flowers

Paisley & Vine Medley

I can't wait to get mine and start creating! 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, June 8, 2015

My Creative Scrapbook June Kit Reveal, part 2


Hey, there! It me again! Back with 3 more fun projects using the June LE Kit from My Creative Scrapbook. As I noted before,  this one features Basic Grey's Tea Garden, Carta Bella's Moments and Memories, a fun BG Fresh Cut Flower Kit along with lots of fab Prima products .. flowers, metal trinkets, wood foil embellishments and a great new stencil! Jam-packed with goodies to design with! 

I've scrapped some older photos that I never tire of scrapping of family member Olivia during her bridal shoot. She is such a treasure to our family! 

You can see the gorgeous stencil used really well on this layout. Along with lots of blooms and other embellishments, it's a bit on the simple side but lovely all the same. 




This is our little Peanut, also known as "P Dizzle" and other fun names.  Peyton, if we must be proper, LOL! The photo is from last year and I finally found the perfect papers for scrapping it!
Again, I made good use of the pretty Prima stencil, did some fussy cutting, and added in tons of embellishments. I almost went overboard this month on all my projects, just trying to show all the different products. There was a random sequin in my Kit. Probably a total accident but I decided to add it to this page just for fun!



Lastly, I whipped together this simple card with some of my leftovers. The butterfly is almost the same size as the bird, haha, but oh, well! At least I didn't waste anything! 

Thanks for coming by! 
My blog will be rather busy this month with 2 new Design Teams! 
Hopefully I can keep up!