Wednesday, April 26, 2017

*Blue Fern Studios* Fan of the Month, Joy and Love


Hello Scrappy Friends! I'm back with my final post as "Fan of the Month" for Blue Fern Studios. There are two layouts for this post. The first one is called "Joy", and honors my son and his girlfriend. 


Blue Fern Embossing powders (Think Ink) are always easy to use. First, I apply embossing medium onto the chipboard, then sprinkle it with the embossing powder and use a heat tool to melt the powder. On the background piece of paper, I use a stencil and modeling paste to give texture, then splatter two colors of paint. 


One of my signature techniques is 3-D work. I start by cutting an image from the paper, then ink the sides of the paper to blend the colors onto the middle part of the paper so the white middle portion of the paper cannot be seen. 




Blue Fern Products

Paper: 

Spring Parade Collection, Marketplace
Spring Parade Collection, Sunrise

Chipboard:

Spring Bunny Frame
Garden Lattice Bits

Embossing Powders:
Snow
Sea Mist

Glitter:
Spring Posy

Flowers:
Spring Florals
Spring Peony and Berries






Now, for the second layout today, titled "Love". My husband is not in the photo because he is usually the photographer on holidays, but our two children are in it, as are my parents. 



I usually decide on one or two colors to splatter onto the background, and this layout is no exception. The multiple pieces of paper seen directly behind the picture from the "Spring Parade" collection receive a little distressing, then are popped up for dimension. 


Next, comes the fussy cutting of the images I wanted to use, blending the sides makes them look as if the ink goes all the way through the paper.  Last comes popping them up and gluing them in place.   



Many times in my work, I add texture to the paper by using a stamp, embossing medium and powder, as you can see here.  




Blue Fern Products

Paper: 

Spring Parade Collection, Joyful
Spring Parade Collection, April Medley
Spring Parade Collection, Sunday Best 


Chipboard:

Cosmos Basket
Garden Lattice Bits
Good Vibes 

Embossing Powders:
Lavender Eggs
Pink Dust
Snow


Flowers:
Heartland Blossoms
Spring Florals


Courtship Roses

Stamp:
Forever


Being "Fan of the Month" for April has been a joy. Valerie Serfozo, Creative Team Coordinator at Blue Fern Studios is a delight to work with and I appreciate her help and guidance. Thank you Valerie!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

*Blue Fern Studios* Fan of the Month, Happiness




Hi everyone! I'm back with a layout for Blue Fern Studios again! What an honor it is to be Fan of the Month!  This layout was created with the beautiful Spring Parade collection. I loved all of the soft pastels!

Click here to see the process video I made while getting creative with these lovely products! 


What a precious little bunny to pop up! Blue Fern Studios papers have beautiful images if you like to use this technique. 


The beautiful chipboard seemingly floats above the textures and paint that I added to the base paper. 



Blue Fern Products
Paper:
Spring Parade, June
Spring Parade, Remembrance
Spring Parade, May Vignettes

Chipboard:
Easter Egg Ornaments
Good Vibes
Bits of Honey

Embossing Powder:
Lavender Eggs

Flowers:
Dark Tropic Lilies
Courtship Roses
Spring Florals




Thanks for stopping by. There will be one more Blue Fern Studios feature at their blog next Wednesday, so be sure to stop by. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Honoring My Husband, Hack





Hello scrapbook friends! Today, I'm sharing a layout that I created for the CSI Design Team to honor my wonderful husband. Wednesday, April 19th is Husband Appreciation Day, and I want him to know how much I appreciate him. 
I am very blessed to have been married to him for forty two years and look forward to many years.






Speaking of Color Stories Inspiration, I would like to tell everyone who participated in the challenges over at CSI that there is currently a design team call. You can check it out here



Now, back to the layout....

Here is how I solved Case File 228:

Scheme: Used all five colors
Evidence: Arabesque shape, frame, branches,
      flowers
Testimony: Journal about your husband


Techniques used are tearing, painting, heat embossing 3-D work, masking. 


Products:

Blue Fern Studios

Paper

Memories, Calling Cards
Seaside Cottage, Splendor
Serendipity, Reminisce

Chipboard

Tweet Friends
Heartland Corner
Quatrefoil Panel


Embossing Powders

Snow
Golden Seas

Other Products

Prima 

Art Stones
Color Bloom Spray
Mini Art Stones


Ranger 

Emboss It Dabber
My journaling reads: 

                                                            "April, 2017

Honey, 

Please know that from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate all that you do for our family and for us as a couple. You "have my back" always and have put me on a pedestal. I am grateful for you!

                                         Love, 
                                         Patty"


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

*Blue Fern Studios* Fan of the Month, Easter Joy


Hi everyone! It's Patty Rogers again to share a layout I created with the beautiful "Spring Parade" collection by Blue Fern Studios. What an honor it is to be Blue Fern Studios Fan of the Month!  

I wanted to use this photo of my two children as they were running and searching for eggs on Easter Sunday. They were always very competative! 

Don't you love the "Spring Bunny Frame"? The charming little bunny and it's size are perfect for the trend in scrapbooking to use a small photo. 



For this piece, I used a variety of papers from the "Spring Parade" collection. The stripes in "Sunrise" begged for a horizontal or vertical design. I used an inking sponge to darken the paper behind the area of interest. This technique draws attention to the area and makes it pop. 


Some of the background work that I did can be seen here. First, I used "Essential Textures" stamp to play up the brick wall seen in the photo. I embossed the chipboard with two colors of embossing powder, then lightly added glitter. Also, I added a few splatters of gesso.


This  beautiful little girl is one of the many reasons I love Blue Fern Studios products! I fussy cut and popped her up for dimension. Also used here is "Garden Lattice Bits" in the background to repeat the garden theme. I seem to be hopelessly addicted to dimension, texture and beautiful paper! 



Placement of the flowers is close to the frame, to draw attention to the focal point. I painted a bit of gesso on the flowers to give them a lighter feel. 


Blue Fern Products

Paper: 

Spring Parade Collection, Spring Parade
Spring Parade Collection, Market Place
Spring Parade Collection, April Medley 
Spring Parade Collection, Sunrise
Spring Parade Collection, Susie's Garden

Chipboard:

Spring Bunny Frame
Garden Lattice Bits

Embossing Powders:
Snow
Sea Mist

Glitter:
Spring Posy

Flowers:
Spring Florals
Spring Peony and Berries

Stamps:
Essential Textures



Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! I love to read your comments. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

*Blue Fern Studios* Fan of the Month, Cute Stuff


Finally, I can reveal some news that I have been keeping a secret for a while now. This is not an April Fools joke. Blue Fern Studios has named me Fan of the Month for April! I've been told that it it is the same as being a Guest Designer. All of the papers are from the brand new Spring Parade collection, and they are beautiful!  The colors in the papers, flowers, embossing papers and glitter could not have been any more perfect for the portrait of our daughter, Elizabeth, when she was six and wearing her Easter dress. 


Techniques used for this layout include paper tearing, painting, crimping, stamping, heat embossing, 3-D work, fussy cutting and work with a stencil and modeling paste. 



Blue Fern Studios Products

Paper:
Spring Parade Marketplace
Spring Parade June
Spring Parade Susie's Garden
Spring Parade Sunday Best

Chipboard: 
Chesterville Shelf 
Good Vibes
Bits of Honey

Embossing Powders:
Lavender Eggs

Glitter:
Peacock Feathers Glitter

Flowers:
Spring Peony and Berries flowers
Heartland Blossoms



Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. See you next time!  

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Love This


Hello friends! I have a very special layout for you today that I created for the CSI Design Team. The reason it is special is because it is about a bond between granddaughter and grandmother. This relationship has brought both of these women a lot of happiness. 


Here is how I solved Case File 226:

Scheme: All five colors used
Evidence: string, bows, bugs, hearts, plants
Testimony: Write about what makes you happy



I adored this little fan from Montage Calling Cards by Blue Fern Studios. The words at the top of the fan say it all, "Love crown your Way". 


As always, there has to be texture in my layouts! 


Dimension is also a must! 


Doesn't the use of cheese cloth add feathery softness? I always add a few paint spatters, too. 


Products


Blue Fern Studios:

Paper
Blush, Sweetheart
Montage, Calling Cards

Chipboard
Garden Lattice Bits
Deja Vu Tweets
Spring Frame
Arrow Words

Embossing Powders
Snow
Pretty in Pink

Flowers
Courtship Roses
Heartland Roses and Blooms

Liquitex Modeling Paste
Pro Art Gesso

Prima Colorbloom, mask/stencil
Ranger Emboss It Dabber

From My Stash 
cheesecloth, metal heart, embroidery thread



The journaling reads, "Spending time with Grandmother has always made Elizabeth happy. Grandmother always had fun things to do while visiting her. She had a closet filled with toys, books and games for indoor play. For outdoor play, there were bicycles, her swimming pool and fun places to go. Grandmother had children from the neighborhood to come and play. She even enrolled Elizabeth in dance camp. Most importantly, Grandmother expressed, through her words and actions that she loved Elizabeth unconditionally, and that always made Liz very happy!"

Thanks to everyone who stops by and leaves a message! 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Dream


Hello fellow scrapbookers! I hope you are all enjoying some pretty spring weather if you live in the northern hemisphere! In Texas, we have had some beautiful weather this week and I can hardly wait to get in my garden, but that will have to saved for another day, because I am in a "Happy Scrappy Mood".

Today, I am sharing a layout that I created for CSI....Color Stories, Inspiration using the beautiful Heartland Collection from Blue Fern Studios. Scroll down to see how I solved this case and enjoy all the close up photos I took. 



Here is how I solved it: 

Scheme: All five colors used
Evidence: stripes, circles, diamond shapes, keys Testimony: I used the word dream in my journaling and on the layout. 



You can see here where I popped up the little cluster of paper flowers to get some dimension. 


More dimension and texture on the background using a stencil and modeling paste always adds interest! 


For even more texture, I ran the banners through my crimping tool, then splattered them with paint. The background also has paint spatters. 


Layering, layering and MORE layering here, as well as distressing and heat embossing. 




PRODUCTS


Blue Fern Studios
      Papers: Heartland Bicycle for Two
      and Love Song Serenade, 
Chipboards: Celebration Hearts and Wish,                     Wonder Dream 
Chained Bits
Stamp: Fleur Wallpaper  
Flowers: Christmas Blooms 
Embossing Powders: Imagine Ink Ruby and Snow
Deco Art 
Snow Writer
Liquitex
modeling paste
Prima 
stencil and color blooms spray 
Pro Art
Gesso
From my Stash
cheese cloth


My journaling says, "Dear Lee, My dream for you is that you will have a fulfilled life and your goals will be achieved. Most importantly, may you love and be loved. Love, Mom"