Friday, April 4, 2014

Spring Is In The Air...Blue Fern Studios April Blog Post plus a sketch challenge.

 Spring is in the air, and that means the flowers bloom and gardens flourish. To get you in the mood for spring I used lots of flowers and spring colors. Blue Fern Studios has lots of floral inspired chipboard for your projects.
  On the first layout I used the Graduated Circles to frame my photo. I painted it with Lindy's Magical Micas  and after it was dry, used glossy accents on it to stick my micro beads to.I did a bit of machine stitching around the layout and the mats. I used Blue Fern Garden paper for this layout.

Once the frame was dry, I added some Doodle Flowers to the circle. I primed the Doodle Flowers with white gesso, then sprayed them with mist, then I topped each with a rhinestone.

 I used the Angel eyes word from the Spiritually Speaking set. I used the same colors and technique as on the Doodle Flowers.

 The flowers are a mix of silk flowers from Michaels plucked off of their plastic stems, Prima, and hand made flowers using various Sizzix dies.The leaves are a Spellbinders die from the Foliage set. All of the peach colored flowers and chip board were colored with Heidi Swapp's spray in Georgia Peach.

On this next layout, I used the Best Of Times chipboard frame from the Memory Frames set.  The design was inspired by using the April Blue Fern Studios Sketch Challenge. It is a beauty, so give it a go and you'll have a chance to win some beautiful Blue Fern Studios chipboard!

The paper I used is Blue Fern Gardens. I did a little mixed media with gesso, distress ink and masks for the background. The Crafters Workshop and Prima masks were both used.

For the frame, I primed it with gesso, then colored it using  Gelatos in 2 colors, plus Lindy's Stamp Gang Magical Micas, spritzed it with water, and rubbed it into the frame. I used Liquid Pearls to dot the outer edges of the hearts.

I used the Mini Ring Things in various parts of the page. The little heart is one of the pieces  from the Blue Fern Bits. Don't throw away those pieces that fall out of your Blue Fern Panels chipboard, they make great little fillers. With left over paper bits I created some rolled roses for the centers of my Prima flowers.

 Here is a close up of the Memory Frame, and a border from the the Doily Bunting set. 

This next layout was put together in 30 minutes. Which even amazed me, as I am a slow scrapper. I was very inspired by watching some mixed media videos, and Nadia Cannizzo did a video tutorial that made me pull out my Industrial Chic spray set from Lindys. Check it out HERE...I practically closed my eyes and just started throwing things onto my paper.  I let the Blue Fern Studios chipboard dictate the design. I used a brick mask to mimic the Shabby Brick Bits, the word Believe from the Spiritually Speaking set to evoke emotion from the beautiful photo I found on Tumbler (I know the last name of the photographer is Mueller) and the Spring Branch to signify the season. I simply am in love with concrete angels.I want to travel the world and just visit old cemeteries... I have also entered this layout into the 7 Dots Studio March challenge Fly Away. After all it was Blue Fern Studios that introduced me to 7 Dots Studio!!

I primed the word with gesso and sprayed it using 2 coats of Lindy's and dried  it in between each coat.

I primed the Spring Branch with gesso. Once it was dry. I sprayed the leaves  using the green in the Industrial Chic set.  and then painted the branch part with acrylic paint. Then I used a pearl pen in the same brown/gold color and rubbed it into the branch. I did the same with the brick bits.

I sprayed some Gauze and fluffed it out to add under my photo. Then I just tucked the brick bits under the photo here and there. 

I also sprayed the flowers to enhance the colors and blend them into the background paper and chipboard.

Thank you for joining me for my April Blog Post. I hope you have been inspired. Until next time, Happy Spring!!


  1. Beautiful pages my friend. I love to hear how you achieved the look.

  2. I could look all inspire me to be better <3

    Paula xo xo

  3. Stunning layouts all three! Thank you for joining to the 7 Dots Studio challenge!

  4. OH Lisa I always love your layouts but this one with the angel is my all time favourite!!!! I think I already told you though!! so glad you joined us at the 7 Dots Studio Challenge!!

  5. Just beautiful like everything thing else you create!!Thanks for joining us at 7 Dots Studio Challenge!!

  6. So beautiful Lisa....your projects are just amazing! So, so gorgeous! Love the "Believe" page...just amazing and the colours fabulous! Love, love!!!


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