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: 


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! 

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.


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! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October Blue Fern Studios Inspiration!

Hello, hello!
Sandi here with you today sharing the first of my October creations.
I've used 3 different paper collections but one thing remains the same: awesome Blue Fern Studios chipboard!

I received the new Memoires paper collection just a few days ago along with a new batch of chipboard, flowers, stamps, embossing powder and glitter. I love taking time to admire everything and start formulating ideas for projects.

"True Story"

The Memoires paper are my new favorite … they are kind of a blend of the "Serendipity" feel paired with the warm colors of our "Autumn Anthology" papers. So hard to decide where to start because each one is so beautiful! 

The base layer is Twilight Fable layered with some torn Nature's Novel and Calling Cards for my photo layers. I did some mixed media work and then stamped randomly with the Crackle Textures stamp. Behind my photo you'll find the Persian Ornament chipboard piece which was embossed with the new Mocha Embossing Powder. It sure does shine! I treated the title piece from True Story, Big Drama the same way. I wanted the colors to mimic the papers, so stayed in that color family.  

The Spring in Paris chipboard piece is divine! I chose Black Sand embossing powder for that one as well as for the border piece, Mina's Border. I thought is would work well for architectural pieces. Here you can see some of our new flowers, Memoires Blooms. So yummy! 

My border is only attached in one spot since it is layered over the Persian Ornament piece, so it looks a little crooked although it's not. It's just dangling a bit. See how much shine you get with Mocha Embossing Powder, wow!

I'm dying over all the new stamps I received this time! Some of them have been available for a few months but my previous DT order went in before their release. I love stamps that have textural effects and have used this one around the edges of the paper and then randomly thoughout the design. 

A really good look at the Persian Ornament chipboard! 

Another sweet Memories Bloom off to the side. 
I finished with some black ink splatters. 
Now I can't wait to create my next Memoires project! 

Blue Fern Studios products used:
Paper: Memoires Twilight Fable, Nature's Novel, Calling Cards
Chipboard: Persian Ornament, Spring in Paris, Mina's Border, True Story, Big Drama set
Stamps: Crackle Textures
Embossing Powder: Mocha, Black Sand
Flowers: Memoires Blooms

I think that wraps up for today.  
I have 2 more fun Blue Fern Studios layouts to share for October! 
Thanks for coming by! 


Monday, October 10, 2016

Blue Fern Studios Design Team Call

 It's time for us to start looking ahead to 2017, and we are searching for some talented designers and video educators to be a part of our Creative Team!   Blue Fern Studios is continuing to grow and we need paper-crafters of all styles to help showcase our beautiful, high quality patterned paper, chipboard, stamps, embossing powder and glitter.   This call is open to all countries.  

To Apply:

Please email the following information to Be sure to include "Design Team Application" in your subject. Application deadline is October 31, 2016 at Midnight US EST.

Full Name

E-Mail Address


Link to your Blog

Link to your YouTube Channel (if you create videos)

List of Current Design Teams (and terms)

Please let us know if you design for any Stores (brick & mortar, or online)

Links to any Current Online Galleries

Three projects that best showcase your style, preferably using Blue Fern chipboard and patterned paper.  If you do not have access to Blue Fern products,  please use products with a similar style.  When viewing your photographs we will be looking for sharp focus, good lighting, and accurate illustration of color.  

Please resize all images to 650 pixels.

If selected, successful applicants will create (3) projects per month (choice of a combination of layouts, mixed media, altered items, or cards) and will be compensated with a generous selection of Blue Fern Studios products. New additions to our team will be notified once the selection is complete.  The 2017 Creative Team and Video Educators will officially be announced November 15, 2016 on the Blue Fern Studios blog.

We look forward to reviewing your applications, and wish you all the best of luck!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Blue Fern Studios October Challenge!

This month we are doing a sketch challenge at Blue Fern Studios! We hope that you will find the time to play along! This is a great one! For some DT examples, please visit out blog:…/october-challenge.html

Can't wait to see what you create!