Sunday, June 29, 2014

Blue Fern Studios Sketch Challenge

...and yes I am alive and scrapbooking, paper crafting, "junkin", and now working on yard art.  Along with all that I am blessed to be able to spend a great deal of time with all my grandgirls.  So blogging has suffered a bit.

I still drool over one of my favorite manufacturer's line of chipboard.  Blue Fern Studio.  I would highly recommend the chipboard and their paper.  Both are awesome!  I have purchased their products through A Cherry on Top and BlueMoon Scrapbooking

This is my June entry for their monthly sketch challenge.

Graceful Friends
This is Little and her best dancing friend T at their recital.  They are both wonderful dancers and so much fun to watch them play together with their active imagination!

Blue Fern Studios chipboard, flower and diamonds
Bo Bunny Enchanted paper line and embellishments and rub-ons
Idea-ology metal butterfly (Tim Holtz)
Prima Finnabair stencil
Ranger Distress Inks (Tim Holtz)
Faber-Castell Gelatos 
Martha Stewart doily and gesso

I've missed everyone ... leave me a comment and let me know you came over to my "home" at D's Paper Studio blog!

Have a Crafty Day!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Old Products Meets New Products = A Lot of Fun

It is wonderful when I get to rummage through my older products and add them to the latest and greatest products.  Like many scrapbookers I have a lot of older products I just haven't used yet because new products just keep coming out.  LOL  They were and are great products.  I am trying to marry the older products to  the newer ones...just because I love them both.

Key to my Heart (my granddaughter Ali)

  • The Technique Tuesday Tile is the oldest element on the page.  It was a bit off white so I painted it with Gesso. 
  • The Tim Holtz key and pearls, Prima small resin flowers and button, Kaisercraft pearls are not as old as the tile but still several years old.

Half Way In-between
My Basic Grey wooden buttons and Prima Flowers are not "old" but just in-between new and old. 

My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Record It!, Blue Fern Studios chipboard title and key with lock, Martha Stewart crochet ribbon are all a part of the newer lines.

This is a balanced use of the old and new products while still allowing the new products to shine next to the sweet little face in the photo. 

Do you mix it up?

Have a Crafty Day!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Number 1 Element for Your Layout

No matter the paper, the chipboard, bling, paint, and ink my number one element for my layouts are the photos.  I would love for all my photos be taken in a professional matter, but they are not.  Some photos are from the 30's, 40's 50's 60's, etc.  Some are of professional quality and some of blurry.  Many of the memories captured are happy, but some reflect the funny and sad part of living.  No matter, the focal point must be your photo.

Making your photo the number one focal point is hard for me because I love the variety of papers and more.  I want to play and create.  If you are like me you can get carried away with all the products available to us.  Now this is not to say we shouldn't paint, ink, add elements, but we can't forget bring focus to the photo.  Again this can be a real challenge to me.

This is a photo of my daughter and granddaughter (Little).  It is a selfie ... a new category in for scrapbooked photos!
Some Details
Photo taken by my daughter with her iPhone
Paper:  My Minds Eye Lost and Found Record It Heirloom line
Chipboard:  Blue Fern Studios, doily and title
Flowers and bling :  Prima
Other: ribbon from May Arts, charm from Bo Bunny, and white hearts from Martha Stewart

What do you do to make your photo "pop"? 

Happy St. Patrick's Day.  Enjoy the green.  I'm Irish on my mothers side of the family so I will enjoy our day.

Have A Crafty Day!

Friday, March 14, 2014

What Are You Obsessed With In The Crafting World?

Some of my favorite obsessions right now are directed at my Scrapbooking.  To name a few:
Graphic 45 All Things
Blue Fern Studios All Things
Bo Bunny Paper and Flowers
Kaisercraft Paper
Tim Holtz mixed media products
Prima Flowers and Pearls/Crystals
of course photos of my grandgirls and my dad's old photos.

Matter-of-fact there are several more with other parts of scrapbooking ... tools(like Fiskars and X-ACTO), glues (like Glue Dots, Glue Art, Aleenes) etc., etc., etc.  Oh my, as I'm writing this I realize I have many more obsessions connected with my craft. So I'll stop here.

I used several of these items in my layout today.  


Quick Story
I took this photo one day when I was watching LS (Little's Sister).  She was sick and having a bit of a rough time.  She finally fell asleep.  When I checked on her she was curled up holding her "baby" and had her little fingers in her mouth.  This is outside her norm for sleeping.  My heart was melted with my little grandgirl.

My Obsessions I Used
  • Blue Fern Studios Paper and Chipboard.  The lattice was cut from one of their awesome papers.  The chipboard is the brick underneath the photo and the pieces I popped out are placed on the upper right side covered with Tim's Distress Embossing Powder.  Also the ornament on the lower left side is covered with Gesso and Tim's Distress Crackle paint then Distress Ink. The butterflies are colored with Geletos from Faber-Castell.  I added a sprinkle of Tim's Distress Glitter to the pink butterfly.
  • Prima Flowers and Pearls/Crystals.  The white and darker yellow flower are Prima's and the pink/yellow ones are from Jolees.  
  • Fiskars and X-ACTO craft knife, scissors and trimmer
  • Glue Art Tape Runner and Rangers' Glossy Accents glue
Whew!  That's a lot of obsession.  This is my entry for Blue Fern Studios' monthly sketch.

So what is your crafty obsessions?

Have a Crafty Weekend

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Transforming Stickers

I am so not a sticker scrapbooker.  I don't know why, just not my cup of tea...until recently.

I'm going through my older stash and found a sheet of scalloped circle stickers by Creative Imaginations.  Old ....  I didn't care for the printed design for what I was doing but I did like the scalloped circle.  I feel like Dr. Suess ... she thought, thought, thought.  LOL

On the first layout I decided to paint the front of the sticker with Gesso.  It worked great.  No runs and I don't worry about it coming off the shiny finish.  I looks like the edge of a giant doily. 

Memories Captured (me and my dad)

Blue Fern Studios paper, title, and stem to the bird cage.
Michael's wooden bird cage
Prima flowers and butterflies
Peteloo flower
Martha Stewart Lace, Wilton Dolily
Gesso, Faber-Castell Geletos
You can see a closer look of the painted sticker and the wooden bird cage using Gesso and Gelatos.

My second layout is a holiday themed.  This time I turned to the sticky side of the scalloped circle and added Tim Holtz Distress Glitter.  I sprinkled it on, patted it down a bit, and tapped off any excess.  It turned out brilliantly. 

Adam & Jacob (brothers)
Fancy Pants paper
Quickutz  flowers, Kaisercraft rhinestones
Tim Holtz key, ticket, Distress Ink Vintage Photo
American Crafts Thickers letters
Fiskars Scalloped Border Punch

If you like a good internet search here is the name of this particular sticker sheet and a photo.  Creative Imaginations - Narratives - Antique Cream Collection by Karen Russell - 12x12 Sticker Sheets - Cream Circle. 

Have A Crafty Day!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Using Your Foundation Paper As Your Elements!

I love beautifully designed paper.  I often try to work around it so it can show off the intricate designs.   I will add a few elements that work with the theme.  This time it was different.

Earth Day with Little

I worked with the intention of using the design as elements.  The paper from Blue Fern Studios had several designs and one in particular that I wanted to work into.  Printed on the paper are two dangle designs.  I added Blue Fern Studios chipboard dangles painted with Gesso into the existing design.  I love how they compliment each other and enhance the overall design of the page. 

Secondly I wanted to work with the whole lower left corner with the flowers, and spring work.  I wanted continue the flowing movement so I added Prima's crystals, and Basic Grey rub-ons.  I added the flowers from Prima along with the little element "care" to add to the theme of the layout. 

Of course Spring cries of new green leaves on the trees.
  • I painted the chipboard (Blue Fern Studios) with Gesso.  
  • Then I painted the branches and leaves with Distress Inks from Tim Holtz.  I just squeezed some out on my mat and used a fine tip brush and painted it on.  
  • After it dried I added embossing ink with a sponge in small areas and added Tim's Distress Embossing Powder to highlight the leaves. 

The last touch comes from 7Gypsies with the bird.  One thing I kept in mind while added all these elements was to work within the design especially the circle with "Timeless Beauty."  I was really pleased with the end results.

As you can tell I'm dreaming of Spring!

Have A Crafty Day!

Friday, March 07, 2014

My Little Budding Artist

Little (my granddaughter) just turned 3.  Unbelievable!  One thing I've enjoyed watching with my grandgirl is her budding talent as an artist. 

Children's Museum in Charleston
She painted her "bird" right before her birthday.  
I loved it. 

Do have a little budding artist in the family?  Tell me about it in the comment section.  If you have a blog post about your budding artist leave me a link.  Thanks

Have a Crafty Weekend!

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