Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Blue Fern Studios August Creations!

Hello, hello! 
Sandi here with you today!
I'm posting late this month due to vacation and lots of increased family activities! 
But I was so thrilled to receive my Blue Fern Studios Seaside Cottage collection! 
It is so unique and I love the vintage take on "beach."  

My photo is of a statue named Sirena that resides along Salado Creek in Salado, Texas. She had to be moved to higher ground a few years ago after some flooding of the creek. But she's a must-see every time we stop by there. My husband grew up in that area and we have made frequent trips over the years. 

My base is the beautiful Embark paper. I've also layered some B sides of Mermaid and the Calling Cards paper. Then I used the A side of Calling Cards for my photo layers. 

The Seaside Flourish chipboard is amazing! I want more! I coated it with gesso and them embossed with Oatmeal, Ginger and a hint of Mushroom. You can also see my Seaside Mermaid chippy here. Her upper body is embossed with Oatmeal Emobssing Powder and her lower body with In the Navy. Then I sprinkled some texture beads over that for interest. You can also see my Seaside Lily and my Attic Charm Daisy. 

This title piece could be used so many different ways for almost any theme! I did an ombre sort of embossing with it, the upper portion is done with Oatmeal, the lower portion with In the Navy and a slight bit of Mushroom in the middle. Tucked a lovely Seaside lily under my photo layers. These are such fantastic flowers! We now have them in a variety of colors! 

I've included this close-up to highlight the stamping I've done with the widgets stamp. On this month's projects, I've tried to reduce the clutter of mixed media, so that you can see all the beautiful images and prints on the paper itself. 

I added texture beads to my Seaside Flourish pieces as well. It makes an interesting combination with the shiny look of the Ginger Embossing Powder. 

Aw, sigh, just have to share some fun dimension! That's what chipboard and flowers are all about, right? There are hints of cheesecloth as an under layer for even more texture.

Blue Fern Studios Products used:
Paper: Seaside Cottage Embark, Mermaid and Calling Cards
Chipboard: Seaside Flourish, Perfect Day, Seaside Mermaid
Embossing Powder: Oatmeal, In the Navy, Ginger, Mushroom
Flowers: Seaside Lilies, Attic Charm Daisy
Stamps: Widgets


The Whitewash paper from Seaside Cottage is my absolute fave! Grunge to the max! But still beautifully vintage! It could be used for so many themes! 

The gorgeous Seashell Frame chipboard piece was embossed with my fave combination of Oatmeal, 
Ginger, Mushroom and Nutmeg Embossing Powder over wet gesso.  I got the wet gesso idea from Wilma! It looks amazing! 


  Here's a close-up of the Seashell Frame. The wet gesso helps cease a bubbly effect that is so apropos. 
You can see some Calling Card pieces here as well as some Seaside Lilies and Roses. I also did a tiny bit of paint splattering which you can see. 

Another item created especially for this collection is
 "A Walk on the Beach" chipboard title, which I've embossed 
with Blue Fern Studios Ginger Embossing Powder. Then I dabbed it with white gesso. 
Of course, I had to add a couple of lilies there as well! 

The finishing touches were added, and the layout was embellished with 
 flowers from the Seaside Lilies and Seaside Roses flower collections. They were paint splattered and got a dab of gesso as well! 

 I am in the planning stages of more projects with Seaside Cottage. My dad was in the Navy and I want to scrap some of him in his uniform! This is the perfect collection for those vintage photos of him. 

Blue Fern Studios Products used: 
Paper: Seaside Cottage Whitewash, Calling Cards
Chipboard: Seashell Frame, A Walk on the Beach title 
Embossing Powder: Oatmeal, Ginger, Nutmeg, Mushroom
Flowers: Seaside Lilies, Seaside Roses

I'll be back in a few weeks with my September creations! It hardly feels like it should be August already and yet it's nearly over! My wall calendar still says June … 

See you then! 



  1. These are stunning! LOVING the colors and the layers!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Both are beautiful layouts! I especially love the embossing on the title chipboards! The texturing on both looks fabulous!

  3. These are gorgeous Sandi, I love how you have altered the chipboards to add such great texture and color... beautiful creating!

  4. This is beautiful, Sandi. I love all the details and textures and layering. Gorgeous! -Carrie

  5. I love them both! The textures and layers are divine. Perfection! Have a great holiday weekend! ~Carrie