Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Video ~ Project highlights from the January Limited Edition Kit

In case you missed it, here is the short video I created with highlights of my 3 projects from the January My Creative Scrapbook  Kit.  (Just a little practice run in my quest to learn to do process videos!)



Project highlights from the January Limited Edition Kit. 

Thanks for coming by! 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Swooning here ... The Full Serendipity Collection from Blue FernStudios ..

Hello everyone! 
 As promised, I'm here here today to help introduce the new Serendipity paper collection (created by Michele Singh)  from Blue Fern Studios … and the chipboard, stamps, embossing powder and glitter that coordinate with the paper.

First up, we have the paper.  You are going to love the gorgeous colors and details!  
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines serendipity as: luck that takes the form of
finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for.  

As you journey through this 10 sheet collection, you are going to find a myriad of treasures, intertwined with beautiful borders, textured backgrounds, dainty vintage flowers, and sweet songbirds.

Chronicle might be my fave! 

Sigh … 

Love this one! 

Next up are the chipboard pieces we have created to coordinate with this collection.  We thought the titles of each page of this collection were so wonderful, that we created chipboard titles, too!

For all your stamping needs, we have three sets of stamps to coordinate with this collection.

We hope you have enjoyed seeing all the creative ways our Design Team has been using our new Embossing Powders.  We have three new colors that will be beautiful with the Serendipity collection.

Lastly, we have some gorgeous new colors of glitter to add some sparkle to your projects.

 Thanks for stopping by today. 
 I hope you enjoyed a look at our new Serendipity collection and everything that goes with it!

Friday, January 22, 2016

My Creative Sketch Challenge!

A New Sketch for January !

It’s time once again to unveil another fabulous Sketch. Pam has put together a pretty awesome prize pack, yet again…Have fun and good luck everyone!


The Sketch Contest begins January 16 right here on our Sketch Blog.

The deadline for this contest is February 14 (midnight EST, USA)

The winner will be a random draw and announced on February 15.

Anyone, anywhere, may enter this contest using any desired products. You do not have to be a member of our kit club to be eligible for the prize. We do ship our prizes internationally!

You may enter this contest as many times as you'd like... multiple entries are welcome.

You may combine this sketch challenge with any other challenge or design team work that allows combining!  Just make sure we can see the sketch in your finished layout :)

The random draw prize...

The New Sketch…

Veronica Goh-Sketch DT

Shizuka Hirano-Sketch DT

Debbie Weinhold-Sketch DT

Tracy Mclennon - DT

Angel Rodrigue -DT- Sketch Blog Coordinator

Vivian Lake -GDT

Christine Meyer - DT-Social Media Coordinator

Saturday, January 16, 2016

A wintry project ~ Blue Fern Studios

And last but not least, my third January project for Blue Fern Studios


I've been dying to scrap this sweet father/son photo and challenged myself to get it done this month. 
Since they look a little "chilly" I wanted to give the page a frosty feel, so I've pulled out the Autumn Anthology Cottage piece. 

I'm not usually one to mix my "blues" but I just went for it here and am very pleased with the results. I've used the Sky Imagine Ink on the background and paper and on the Floral Lattice Bits. 

For the Roman Clock set, I opted to use the new Heavenly Embossing Powder. Wow, this one really glistens! If you like sparkle, this is the one for you! It's amazing! 

My word title is from the Optimist Set and is simply lightly inked with some brown ink. 

Aren't the Clock Hands intricate and beautiful? 
And the Heavenly Embossing Powder, wow! 

The Floral Lattice anchors the opposite side of the page. You can also see a good view of the Texture 1 stamp being used on my background layer.

Blue Fern Studios Products used:
Autumn Anthology Cottage
Autumn Anthology Calling Cards


Roman Clock Set large
Floral Lattice bits
The Optimist Word Set



Embossing Powder:



Texture 1

I hope that these projects have inspired to get out your Blue Fern products and 

have a little play! I am already working on February's projects! 

Thank you for every comment! 
You are so appreciated! 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

True Love with Blue Fern Studios

And now for a girly page! 
Created for Blue Fern Studios

 "True Love"

Next, I'm digging my hands into my new Blush collection stash! These papers are so my colors! I love me some teal with peachy-pink and a touch of yellow. They feel so warm to me. 

Lots of background interest was created on the Enamored paper, side B with Mists and stamps as listed below. And of course, some stenciling. For paper layering, I've torn some of the Enamored, side A as well as the Fondness papers and then the Valentine Cards to tuck here and there. 

I still had a few bits of the Floral Lattice Bits on my desk and decided to just paint them white and let them be a nice contrast to the other colors. I made some circles on my paper, being sure to capture those sweet red hearts near the top! Aren't they cute? 

You can also see part of the Chelsea Medallion that I've used as a photo layer. I misted it with Winter Fern and then heat embossed with Fern Embossing Powder. 

It seems fitting to start working some hearts into my creations, so I've used a couple of pieces from the Valentine Hearts chipboard set. Both were gessoed, then misted with Persimmon and finally heat embossed with the new Garnet color. The top piece with the keyhole is so fun! For that one I mixed in some 14 Karat EP with a double embossing technique. 

Just a closer look at this sweet hearts! And the wings. 

On the right, I've made a Valentine Cards cluster and layered in some flowers and resin. One little fussy cut butterfly is in the mix. He's from the Frolic collection. The Weathered Doilies stamping come into view in this close-up, as well as the Photography stamp. 

A fun dimensional shot! 

Blue Fern Studios Products used:
Blush Enamored
Blush Fondness
Blush Valentine Cards

Chelsea Medallion
Floral Lattice bits
Valentine Hearts

Winter Mint

Embossing Powder:
14 Karat

Texture 1
Weathered Doilies

That's it for today! 
I'll be back in a couple of days with the last of my January projects for Blue Fern. 
Hope to see you then! 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

It's January ~ Blue Fern Studios!

Hello, Blue Fern Studios fans!

I've been re-introduced on the BFS blog today and here is how it reads:

 My name is Sandi Clarkson and I am thrilled to begin my Second Term with the Blue Fern Design Team.  Having worked with the Blue Fern Studios owner, staff and many of my fellow team members, this tuly feels like home! It also doesn't hurt that I live in the same state where Blue Fern is manufactured to strengthen my sense of belonging! (Texas, USA)  Because of that proximity, I am sometimes the very first designer to get to see the new products! Talk about exciting!! 

I'm married with three grown, married daughters and a growing number of grandkids! By profession, I'm a very recently retired Audiologist (last week) and am excited to have more free time to get "lost" in creating! I enjoy 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. 


So, onward with January's first BFS project ...

"XOXO" (based on the January sketch and flipped)

This month I actually did 2 masculine layouts! Or maybe it is safer to say that I've used masculine photos and then did my own thing! For this first one, I've pulled out some older papers from the Sanctuary collection along with some older chipboard pieces. But I've paired them with some of the new embossing powders that I was dying to try .. Oatmeal and Sage. 

The background for this one was created with a stencil, super heavy gesso, tissue tape and a couple of mists, Persimmon and Jingle Bells. The Persimmon helped pull out some of the peachy, red tones from the paper itself. 

Beneath my photo layers is the Paisley and Vine Medley split in half which I've first gessoed and then embossed with the Oatmeal Embossing Powder. The XOXO title was treated the same but double embossed. I've included the Notebook Edges pieces of chipboard which lend themselves nicely to "guy" projects. For them, I've used the new Sage Embossing Powder and then splashed them with white paint. 

My lower cluster includes a Notebook piece as well as more of the Chelsea Vines which were used around the photo as well. Some variegation was created with my gelatos. 

Most of the Blue Fern paper collections come with a Calling Cards sheet which is ideal for photo layers and titles/subtitles. And I generally add some corrugated cardboard for increased dimension. 

I finished my page with flowers and specks of splattered paint, first white, then black. 

Blue Fern Products used:
Santaury Birdsong Melody
Sanctuary Garden Plaza
Sanctuary Calling Cards

Paisley and Vine Medley
Notebook Edges
Chelsea Vines

Jingle Bells

Embossing Powder:


I'll be back tomorrow with my second BFS project. 
Of course, you can see it now over on the Blog

Please be sure to check out the sketch challenge HERE
See you next time! 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Video and Project #3 ~ My Creative Scrapbook

I'm back with Project #3 from the January Limited Edition Kit from My Creative Scrapook. 

The Limited Edition Kit was packed full of gorgeous Kaisercraft Treasured Moments papers and embellishments! Bling, alphas, Blue Fern Studios chipboard, trim … And 3 packages of Prima!!! 

I went with a different color palette on this one! And made good use of the embellies from the Kit by trying to focus on the butterflies. 

Here's some close ups:

The flowers in this kit were truly gorgeous and made my projects come together more quickly. 

A little stenciling and misting in the background. Plus I've used the Prima packaging as my photo mat. 

Love the die cut butterflies! 

A few splatters around the page.

The Marion Smith Junque Gypsy's paper created just the dash of teal that this page needed! 

Here is the short video I created with highlights of my 3 projects for the January MCS Kit.  Just a little practice run in my quest to learn to do process videos! 

Project Highlights, Jan LE Kit, My Creative Scrapbook

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