Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"Dreams Come True" Layout + Video

Good morning!
It is my turn on the Blue Fern Blog...with my very first video as a member of the Video Education Team.
I am excited to share my layout process with you and hope you will enjoy watching it.
Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel so you don't miss out what our team has to share!

Here is my layout...
"Dreams Come True"
I used the Ombre Dreams paper collection, along with the Roman Clock Set - Small.

A few close ups..

And here you can watch, start to finish how I created it!

Thanks for watching!! Have a great day!!


Sunday, August 17, 2014

*New* Montage Paper Collection from Blue Fern Studios!

Have you seen this yet?!
Blue Fern Studios just revealed their super gorgeous new paper collection - 
and this one is not one to miss! My favorite, yet!!

BFS Montage collection preview.jpg

To get a much better, close up look at the papers, and for a chance to WIN ~ check out this post on the Blue Fern Blog!!

Have a wonderful week :) :) 


Monday, August 11, 2014

"My 3" *Prima Marketing*

Good morning!
How is your Monday, so far? (Dare I ask - ?) :)

Anyway - today I have another page on the Prima Blog featuring a fabulous "Art Recipe" idea using the new Prima Art Mediums. Have you had a look at the huge range of these? Everything from gesso, to gel mediums, to pastes, glitters, glass beads...and more. You don't wanna miss out! Awesome, high quality, and such a nice variety. SO much fun.

"My 3"
Journaling reads: "OH boy!! I think we are in for a wild ride!!

I just adore this photo. In fact, this one and a few others I took that day. These kids are the light of my life and while it gets pretty busy sometimes...I wouldn't have it any other way! They each have their own unique, fun personalities - (even Oliver - at just 1 month old!).

Anyway. I used the awesomely gorgeous new "Epiphany" collection for this one. I just LOVE this line. Everyone does, from what I hear! I love that the neutral colors really allow for you to personalize it...I do this by adding a splash of color here and there with Color Bloom sprays.

I had a blast creating the background for this page...I began by masking using the new Honeycomb stencil and the Finnabair Art Basics 3D Matte Gel. While that was still wet, I sprinkled in embossing powders, and the new Art Ingredients - Glass Glitters, Glass Beads, and Mica Flakes..along with some circular chipboard pieces I had sitting on my desk. I heat set everything, and then sprayed  with Color Bloom sprays and outlined a bit with watercolor pencils. I also used Color Bloom and the Glass Glitter to decorate the resin frame.

I adore the Wood Icons from this collection...so intricate and I just love that they are printed! Very neat!

Prima products:
961268 Elementals 6.5x10.25 Stencil - Honeycomb
961398 Finnabair Art Basics - 3D Matte Gel
961626 Art Ingredients - Glass Glitter Sterling
961664 Art Ingredients - Glass Glitter Platinum
961671 Art Ingredients - Glass Beads Crystal
961749 Art Ingredients - Mica Flakes Frosted
846855 Epiphany Collection - Clear As Day
846862 Epiphany Collection - Words to Live By
576059 Epiphany Wood Icons
578800 Epiphany Flowers - Unveil
578886 Epiphany Flowers - Proclamation
578848 Epiphany Flowers - Oracle
578794 Epiphany Flowers - Insight
573775 Color Bloom Sunshine
 573782 Color Bloom Soft Teal
892104 Shabby Chic Treasures
572334 Lace Stickers - Doily 3

:) :) :) 
Have a great day!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Blue Fern Studios : Giveaway!!

Good morning!
As I announced last week, I have joined the Blue Fern Studios Video Education Team :)
Did I also mention...there are FIVE other lovely ladies joining in to share their creative videos?!
To celebrate, Blue Fern is having an awesome giveaway!
You can win {2} Ombre Dreams paper collections!
All you need to do is "Subscribe" to the new BFS YouTube channel, here:

BFS_youtube link.v1.jpg

AND go to this Blue Fern Studios Blog Post and leave a comment letting them know you did!! Easy, right?!

And, one more thing....a teeny tiny sneak peek at my very first project as a Video Educator....stay tuned for my video tutorial on August 19th!

Have a great day!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

"Dream Garden" *Prima Marketing*

 Good morning!
How are you doing this week?
The weather is BEAUTIFUL non stop, and we are truly enjoying the end of summer around here. We spend most of our time playing outside and trying to "do" as much as possible before well, you know...I don't even wanna say it...winter. 
I have, however, had just a bit of time to create, as well! Like this one...created for Prima using the brand new Forever Green collection and the awesome new Finnabair mixed media products.
I hope you will take a look at the fabulous post on the Prima Blog yesterday, for some creative "Art Recipes" to make some awesome projects!

"Dream Garden"

I have used the Art Basics Modeling Paste to stencil the background, along with a splash of gorgeous Color Bloom sprays. Atop that, I applied the 3D Matte Gel Medium as an adhesive for a generous sprinkling of Glass Glitters and Glass Beads. 
These new art mediums are high quality, and oh so fun to work with!

I also used some of the beautiful new Jute Trims, to wrap around my chipboard circle {Blue Fern Studios} and to tuck into my clusters. I adore the Forever Green collection (I'm sure I've mentioned that before) and it was perfect for this photo capturing my oldest daughter's love of gardening. It has been so special sharing this newfound interest with her and seeing her become so enthusiastic about it :)

Prima Products:
846794 Forever Green - Nature's Bounty
846770 Forever Green - Spread Your Wings
846800 Forever Green - Orchard Fresh
578695 Forever Green Flowers - Spore
578688 Forever Green Flowers - Herb
578718 Forever Green Flowers - Hybrid
575892 Forever Green Ephemera
961398 Finnabair Art Basics 3D Matte Gel
961626 Finnabair Art Ingredients -Glass Glitter - Sterling
961671 Finnabair Art Ingredients - Glass Beads - Crystal
960179 6x6 Stencil - Checker
573850 Color Bloom Lime Wedge
573935 Color Bloom Tangerine
573874 Color Bloom Sorbet
5769125 Jute Trim - Mustard
892296 Shabby Chic Treasures - Antique Street Signs

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Blue Fern Studios - New Collection Sneak Peek + August Sketch!!

Good morning!
How is your weekend going so far??
I hope you all are getting some creative time in :)
Me - not so much....just busy busy with the kiddos but I sneak off to my craft room here and there ;)

Ok so - a few things to share. First and most exciting...there is a brand new collection coming from Blue Fern Studios!!!!
It is called "Montage" and looks absolutely stunning..take a look:

Gorgeous, isn't it?! I can't hardly wait to get my hands on it!!

Next up, we have a brand new sketch challenge to inspire you this month. Be sure to play along for the chance to win some awesome chipboard!

And one more exciting announcement...
I have decided to move over to Blue Fern's brand new Video Education Team! That means I will be creating video tutorials monthly for Blue Fern Studios!! I am so excited :) 
You will be able to find my videos on BFS' new YouTube channel...so be sure to subscribe so you don't miss out! There are some super talented ladies joining the Video Ed team and they are sure to inspire! Look out for my very first video on August 19th!

BFS_youtube link.v1.jpg

Thank you so much for stopping by today!!
Off to take care of this hungry little guy...


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"Love You" *Prima Marketing*

Hello there!!
Just popping in quick...with a page I created using the new Coffee Break collection from Prima..I love this sunny, fun, eclectic, modern collection :) So many fun ways you can go with it...

"Love You"

I adore the new Jute Trims and of course the darling Crochet Icons :) 
My background is a combination of coordinating Color Bloom sprays, stamping, and a bit of doodling with one of the new Pinwheel stencils!

Prima products:

846718 Coffee Break "Aromatic Blend"
846732 Coffee Break "Fill It To The Rim"
846701 Coffee Break "Coffeeology"
846725 Coffee Break "Caffeine Fix"
576356 Coffee Break Crochet Icon
578840 Coffee Break Flower "Cappuccino"
578503 Coffee Break Flower "Espresso"
578558 Coffee Break Flower "French Roast"
576882 Jute Trim "Teal"
576981 Wire Trim "Ecru"
577490 Melbourne Flower - "Kangaroo"
577544 Melbourne Flower - "Reef"
573737 Color Bloom Cotton Candy
573782 Color Bloom Soft Teal
573775 Color Bloom Sunshine
575984 7" Pinwheel Stencil Round

Have a great day!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

July Blue Fern Studios Projects

Good morning! Happy Monday :)
Just popping in to share my post that I have up today on the Blue Fern Studios Blog:


This month I want to share with you two soft, pastel colored pages. I usually reach for the bright colors but these two are a bit more subdued, and I like it!


First, let me introduce you to the newest addition to my family, Oliver John. He arrived on July 7th and was just 5 days old in this photo - my first layout with him on it :)
The Blue Fern Garden papers made the perfect soft background for a baby boy page. For the main paper I used the "Love Letters" paper, and for my layers I cut bits from many of my scraps of the other papers. I kept things pretty simple...lots of white space, and just the right amount of texture thanks to the "Mini Ring Things" chipboard pieces I layered here and there. These pieces were given just a gentle uneven coat of white chalk ink.

I also added one of the pretty "Layering Stems" to complete my clusters of Prima Flowers and Wire Threads. I love this piece!

"Perfect Moment"

This next page I used the gorgeous "Charlotte's Dream" paper from the Ombre Dreams collection. I love the pretty floral/lace texture of this paper! My background is a mix of watercolors, Gelatos, and stamping. 

To frame my photo and add movement I used the Wild Flourish Frame, which I cut in two and placed above/below the photo. This piece was primed with gesso and then painted using Gelatos and watercolors.

Thank you so very much for having a look at my projects today! 


Monday, July 14, 2014

"Sun Is Shining" *Prima Marketing - Forever Green Collection*

Good afternoon!!
Oh boy, has it been awhile?!
As you can imagine, life has gotten extra busy this past week, mainly due to the arrival of our baby boy, Oliver John. He entered our lives on Monday, July 7th, all 10 pounds, 4.5 ounces of him!!
Everything went perfectly, he is beautiful, healthy, and we are all recovering wonderfully :)

So, as two of my "babies" are napping, and the other is off at her very first day of preschool, I have just a few moments to get a post written!!

You may have seen over on the Prima Blog that they have begun sharing the brand new summer releases!!
I am so excited about every single collection...but the one that is featured today is definitely my favorite...
I hope you will head over and check out the full reveal of papers, embellishments, and flowers today.

CHA Sum 2014 Main_LR 2

I also get to share my very first project with this collection, along with the new Pinwheel Stencils which are also being featured today!

This mixed media piece was created on a thick, round chunk of chipboard that I purchased at a craft store. I collaged the background with the Forever Green papers, then set to work adding tons of color with Prima's Color Bloom sprays. Atop that I have used the new Bethany Flowers and leaves, which were altered with the "Petal" Pinwheel Stencil, modeling paste, embossing powders, chalk inks, and black marker for tons of texture and color. 
I love creating a whimsical scene and the butterflies were the perfect accent :)

Prima Products: 575960 5" Pinwheel Stencil - Petal, 578459 Bethany Flowers - "Petal", 578688 Forever Green "Herb" Flowers, 846770 Forever Green "Spread Your Wings", 846817 Forever Green "Garden Talk", 846794 Forever Green "Nature's Bounty", 576974 Wire Thread - Sprout, 576912 Jute Trim - Mustard, 573874 Color Bloom Sorbet, 573850 Color Bloom Lime Wedge, 573942 Color Bloom Glistening Waves, 573775 Color Bloom Sunshine, 891923 Comfort Craft Chalk Edgers Set

I hope you're having a wonderful week so far :) 
See you soon!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

"Perky" *Blue Fern Studios*

Good morning!
How is your week going so far?
Here..we are playing the waiting game. Baby is due Friday, and we are anxiously (and uncomfortably...) waiting for him to make his appearance - hopefully any day now! Time sure has gone by fast and I cannot believe it is already July, wow!

Since it is a new month, there is also a new sketch challenge up on the Blue Fern Studios Blog.<<Click the link to check out inspiration from our design team, along with a peek at the fabulous prize you could win :)

Here is what I have done with this sketch..

I have used the new Ombre Dreams papers, along with some of the fabulous new chipboard designs (Seeing Stars) to complete my page. I added a pop of color using Prima Chalk Edgers and Gelatos. The flowers and crystals are Prima, as well. 

Here's the sketch:

Thank you so much for stopping in and taking a look :)
Your thoughts and prayers are much appreciated over the next few days as we continue to wait and or meet our little boy :) :) :)