Friday, August 15, 2014

Pretty As A Picture

This months Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge colors have some of  the most beautiful jewel toned colors I have ever worked with. They are also some of my favorite colors. I love the violet and blues together.  Throw in  touch of green and you can't go wrong. Experimenting with mixing some of the colors together, gave me a variety of tones for the flowers. For the flowers I used Sweet Violet Purple Teal and Pretty in Pink Pink.

I just searched the internet for flowers in the blue family that would match the colors on the challenge. The photo of these morning Glorys were perfect! 

To create the base of my layout, I mounted a piece of white card stock onto  piece of thick corrugated cardboard with ModPodge. I coated the white cardstock with some gesso. This gave my base the feeling of canvas. When it was dry, I peeled back the paper and top layer of cardboard around the edges of the base, curled back some cutouts and wrinkled the corners. I sprayed it, used molding paste, then did some masking and  little stamping for added texture.

I fell in love with the little nests filled with Robins eggs that Gabrielle Pollacco  creates for her projects and had to give it  try. I used excelsior for the nest, and the eggs were rolled from Fimo Clay. I added Hydrangea Blue spray and  touch of Whale Watch to some gesso and created the robins egg blue to paint the eggs.  I used some black acrylic pint watered down a bit to speckle the eggs, Just glue them into the nest. They are adorable and easy to create.

The die cut leaves and the stamen in the flowers were sprayed with Maidenhair Fern Green.  I mounted the photo on  piece of corrugated cardboard that was primed with gesso, then spayed with Sweet Violet Purple Teal.

I coated the Blue Fern Studios Chipboard with white gesso, let it dry, then heat embossed it with  Hydrangea Blue Mauve embossing powder. Lindys embossing powder has a two/toned effect that is beautiful! When the light hits it, you can see a bit of violet in this blue color.

I really love this months Lindy's Color Challenge colors. I hope you join us this month with your own creations!! I know I would love to see what you do!! Grab  Lindy's Limited Edition August 2014 Challenge Mega Set to get the color party started!! Here re the colors in this months challenge. They are sure to become some of your "go to" colors.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bridal Shower Kraft Gift Bag Tutorial for BoBunny

BoBunny is continuing their feature on Kraft Gift Bags. For this feature I chose to create  a Bridal Shower Wishing Well project along with a tutorial. I think this would  be a fun project to do for any occasion. What a great way to share recipes, thoughts or good wishes. What could you use this idea for??
Here is my Recipe Card in Kraft Bag for Bridal Shower Wishing Well...

 To cover the Kraft bag, cut a piece of patterned paper just slightly smaller than the surface of the bag, ink the edges and adhere the paper to the flap side of the bag.

For the flap, I used a die which happens to be the perfect size for the flap on the bag. I also cut  the same shape using thin chipboard as well. This will give the flap some weight when adhered to the paper. Ink the edges attach the trimmed die cut to the flap of the bag.

Attach a flower to the middle of the die-cut flap.

This is the underside of the flap. Place a chipboard circle. behind the flower. This will give it additional weight to keep the flap down without the use of magnets. It also gives it a nice clean finish.

Using a hole punch, punch out a half circle in the top middle of the bag. Now trim a recipe card so that it slides in the bag with ease. The half circle punch out makes it easy to pull out the recipe card.

Now time to decorate the outside of the bag. Die cut a small tag and layer it. I placed some lined patterned paper to write a small sentiment on. Do some random stamping and add the letters to the side of the bag.

This is the finished Recipe in a Gift Bag, for a Bridal Shower Wishing Well. I think this is great idea to collect recipes for the bride to be. The concept could be applied to different themes. How about tips for new moms at a baby shower!!! The ideas are endless!!

This is the finished Recipe in a Gift Bag, for a Bridal Shower Wishing Well. I think this is great idea to collect recipes for the bride to be. The concept could be applied to different themes. How about tips for new moms at a baby shower!!! The ideas are endless!!

BoBunny Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Antique/The Avenues
Stamps: Distressed Textures Stamps
Kraft:  Kraft Gift Bag Plain
Misc Me: The Avenues Recipe Contents/The Avenues Notepaper
Blossoms: Natural Earth Zinnia

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Big Blue Fern Studio News!!!!

Fern Studios Sketch and Stuff!

Blue Fern Studios is ROCKING August! Here's a preview of the up-and-coming paper collection "Montage":

{Are you excited yet?? We know we are!!}
Now let's take a look at the awesome sketch Michele Singh has drawn up for you this month:
August Sketch
And we have a brand NEW batch of goodies for you too- including some of our NEWEST designs, hot off the press! Take a look at what one lucky randomly drawn winning participant will win from this month's sketch challenge:
In addition to our prize winner, we will also select a Top 3 to feature in our winner post!
We have just a few simple rules to follow if you would like to participate in our sketch challenge:
1.) Feel free to interpret the sketch as you please by means of taking it as-is or flipping/turning/mirroring it to suit your needs! **Please note that you can do whatever type of project you please- a layout, card, tag, canvas, altered item- whatever suits your mood and style! We would love to see the different ways our sketch can be used.**

2.) You must use at least one piece of Blue Fern Studios chipboard OR use Blue Fern Studios paper on your project. Please note that you do not need to use the pieces featured in the sketch- use whatever suits your fancy! You can find the store nearest you HERE{Do not use any other brand of chipboard on your project please!}

3.) Upload your project using the Inlinkz tool below by midnight EST on August 31st, 2014.
We look forward to your entries!
AND, a special announcement: Congrats to the six talented and beautiful designers who will be making up our Video Education Team!!
Please join us in welcoming and congratulating the following:
Adrienne Ford
Kelly Foster
Olga Heldwein
Jelissa Mei
Steff Miller
Tiffany Solorio
We just know that these girls will do an incredible job bringing together products & techniques and sharing them with you all!
Now...we did mention that we have a giveaway going on to celebrate this new team, right? Of course we did! How about an Ombre Dreams paper collection up for grabs? Or better yet- how about TWO complete collections?
It's easy to win! 
Simply become a subscriber to our new YouTube channel, then check back here to leave a comment letting us know you did so. That is IT.
You have until midnight, August 13th. 
{Two lucky winners will be selected via}
Good luck all...and again CONGRATS to our new Video Education Team!!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

BoBunny..Go Back to School in Style!!!

Going back to school in style can be fun. I took a simple black and white composition notebook and covered it with patterned paper. Then I began building my design by fussy cutting designs from other BoBunny papers from the Pop Quiz Collection and started building upon the base.

I fussy cut the Progress Report design and mounted it on corrugated cardboard. I slipped some edge punched strips underneath before adding it to the middle of the cover.

The flowers and leaves were all die cuts from some of my various flower and leaf die collections and assembled in layers. The BoBunny buttons were used for the middles of the flowers.

Just another closeup of the flowers on the cover.

Bo Bunny Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Report Card, Homework,Hall Pass / Pop Quiz
Buttons: Pop Quiz

Blue Fern Studios August 2014 Blog Post

It is another beautiful day at Blue Fern Studios. Today I will share with you a layout, a mini and a trio of tags. For all 3 projects,  I used Blue Fern Studios Ombre Dreams paper. I did some masking with molding paste and some inking on the background of my layout. The color I used on all 3 projects uses Lindy's Stamp Gang August Limited Edition Color Challenge set.

To color the Wild Field Stem, once again, I heat embossed it using a few different colors from Lindys Stamp Gang. Hydrangea Blue Mauve , Midnight Violet for the flower part and  Reindeer Moss Green for the stem. I heat embossed it twice to get 2 different colors on the flower part and let some of it bleed into the stem.

For the Majestic Frame, I heat embossed it with Lindys Reindeer Moss Green and added a couple of jewels, then just kissed the edges with some soft charcoal ink.

 For the leaves of the flowers, I used the silk leaves that I pulled off of the store bought silk flowers. I painted them with white gesso, then sprayed them with Lindys in Hydrangea Blue, and  Maidenhair Fern Green. The colors are amazing. The smaller roses were colored the same way.

For the cover of the mini, I used a couple of the Berry Stems and the Memories frame from the Memory Frame Set.There is a tutorial for the flowers HERE.

I painted the frame and the Berry Stems with white gesso, then heat embossed it using Lindys Stamp Gang embossing powder in  Maidenhair Fern Green. 

The Circle Motif was heat embossed straight onto raw chipboard with Lindy's Geranium Coral Blush . I gave it  double coat for texture.

I popped in some large eyelets to the front and back covers and sprayed some seam binding in Wild Honeysuckle Coral to use as the ties.

For the spine of the mini I used Tim Holtz Grunge paper,coated it with gesso and after it dried I sprayed 3 coats of Lindys Starburst Spray in Wild Honeysuckle Coral. Wow..This color is gorgeous!!!
 For the tags, I used the Framed Trinkets set which contains all 3 pieces. I used cut out pieces from the Bits Of Honey set.

I coated the chipboard with white gesso and heat embossed them with Lindy's embossing powder in Geranium Coral Blush.

Once the tags were complete, I gave them an overall spray with Lindys Starburst spray in Wild Honeysuckle Coral for extra color and shimmer.

I hope you enjoyed my latest creations. Until next time, grab some BFS chipboard. There are new designs being added to the collection all of the time. Enjoy... Dont forget to check out the color challenge at Lindys using these gorgeous colors!!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Lindys Stamp Gang August Color Chllenge.

 It is August already. That means another wonderful Color Challenge at Lindys Stamp Gang..The colors this month are simply divine!!! 
The colors included in this Special Edition set are the following: 
Hydrangea Blue
Maidenhair Fern Green
Wild Honeysuckle Coral
Sweet Violet Purple Teal
Whale Watch Blue

Here is my layout using the Special Edition Color Challenge Mega set. I found the photo of the dragonfly on Tumblr and thought the colors were a perfect match!! I used Blue Fern Studios paper collection Ombre Dreams. Lindy's colors this month are once again a perfect match!! I masked the background with texture paste. I sprayed some Sweet Violet Purple Teal Starburst  Spray into the texture paste before applying it to the paper. Then I randomly sprayed and splashed Hydrangea Blue.

For the Blue Fern Studios Chipboard, I primed it in white gesso, when it was dry, I used the Embossing powder in Maidenhair Fern Green. Once it was heat embossed I splashed  little Hydrangea Blue on it as well.

For the stamped dragonfly, I fussy cut it out and I  used a variety of the sprays from the set.

 I inked the edges of the tags and sprayed some of the flowers to enhance the colors. I heat embossed some of my leafy die cuts s well with the Maidenhair Fern Green.

For the Blue Fern Studios Chipboard Lace Heart Border, I primed it with gesso and after it dried heat embossed it with the  Maidenhair Fern Green.

 Here is the other dragonfly on my page. This is an older Tim Holtz Stampers anonymous stamp set, but one of my faves. I stamped 2 of them for each dragonfly, and I just cut off the head and body off of one, and layered just the wings for the double layered effect.

Head on over to the Lindys August Color challenge Blog Post for all of the details on how you can enter to win a wonderful $50.00 gift certificate to the Lindy’s Stamp Gang store!! This challenge is valid on blog posts dated August 1st, 2014- August 31st, 2014.Come see what the other designers  have created for your inspirational pleasure!!

Check out another wonderful reveal. Now Under The Boardwalk and Tres Chic come in Flat Magicals!!! Everything about Lindy's products truly amazes me. I am so honored to be part of the Seasonal Team!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team July Blog Hop

If you came to my blog from the very talented  Vicki Dutcher's blog, then you're on the right track...Welcome to another month of Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team Blog Hops!! I love to pull put the beautiful stamps and dies that I received when I was on the Heartfelt Creations Design Team. I started my background with adhering  piece  of Kraft paper to  piece of 12x12 corrugated cardboard using ModPodge. I used  mask and molding paste to get the chevron design for the background. While it was still wet, I spayed it with Lindys Stamp Gang Starburst spray in Azure Sea Asters. For this layout, I used Lindy's July color palette and their Limited  Edition spray set. I then used the Heartfelt Creations HCPC 3367 Vintage Life Background PreCut Set stamp and randomly stamped the background.

 Update!! 8/2/14  Congratulations to Anita Braddock. You won the hop!! Email Emma Lou to claim your prize!!!

For the frame I used 2 different Sizzix die cuts and stacked them to create a  2 dimensional frame. I used Lindy's Scotch Broom Yellow embossing powder on the bottom frame, then when it was dry, sprayed it with Golden Sleigh Bells. For the top, I just sprayed it, then used a pearl pen for the dots and swirls.

The flowers were die cut using Spellbinders Rose Creations die. I sprayed them with Lindys Starburst spray in Peony Scarlet Red and Flat Fabios in Queen Of Hearts Red.  I then stamped the flowers with Heartfelt Creations HCPC 3406 Botanical Floral 1 precut set (retired) using black ink.That why it is so important to grab the stamps when they are still available. These are one of my favorite!

I added a half pearl to the centers of the flowers. Some of the flowers were stacked. The leaves were created using Heartfelt Creations HCD 712 Bella Rose Die which is a custom Heartfelt Creations Die manufactured by Spellbinders. I then sprayed the die cut with Lindys Starburst spray in My Mojito Green. I then used Heartfelt Creations HCPC 3390 Bella Rose Leaves PreCut Set to stamp the die cut leaves. I did dd  little touch of Lindys Golden Sleigh Bells for golden shimmer. I only put ink on the leaf part of the stamp and left the swirls free of ink.

Now you should be headed to Candy Slabaugh's blog to see what she has created for the hop!!
And don't forget to check back on Sat. August 2nd where  the winner will be announced.The
Hop starts 8am EST on Tues. July 29th and closes Fri. August 1st at midnight. So continue on this wonderfully creative journey where you will surely be inspired!! The winner receives $25 gift certificate to shop at Heartfelt Creations.

 Blog Hop Order if you get lost...

Lindys July Color Challenge.

 I hope you join us for Lindys Color Challenge this month.  The colors of July are simply delicious! Reminds me of an ice cold sorbet on a hot summer day! Check out this line up of color... You can visit Lindy's to see the sets that are available.

 My layout started with a white piece of card stock. I sprayed it with  Azure Sea Asters. Then using a mask I layered  on some My Mojito Green. I used another mask with molding paste in random spots.  To finish it off I sprayed some Golden Sleigh Bells for extra warm shimmer. I also splashed on some color.

The flowers were die cut and sprayed with Golden Sleigh Bells and Peony Scarlet Red.
The leaves were all die cut, coated with molding paste and spayed with My Mojito Green.

Here is  a closeup of the flowers and leaves.I also did some random stamping on the background using BoBunny  script stamp.

The Stampers Anonymous Classic Favorites dragonfly stamp was stamped on BoBunny patterned paper and colored with the sprays. The photo frame is a wood piece that was coated with crackle paint then spayed with Golden Sleigh Bells

The tags and dragonflies were die cut from BoBunny Demimonde Stand 6x6 patterned paper pad. The colors were enhanced using the sprays that matched the colors of the paper. I added a little molding paste around the edges for texture. The other die cuts on the page were all  painted with the sprays using a small paint brush.

Thanks for visiting. I hope you will be inspired to create your own project using this months luscious colors. I know once I put the colors on paper, my mojo just flowed so easily!!