Saturday, February 22, 2014

Lady Belle Wishing Well Video Tutorial

Happy Saturday, everyone! I'm sharing a project I made with the Lady Belle kit (and a couple of things from my stash) today. I was so inspired by the Maja Design paper, and I just KNEW I had to use it on this Kaisercraft wishing well that I've had in a box for two years!

And, here's the video:


I hope you like it.

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Blue Fern Studios Projects made with the new Blue Fern Garden collection

Hello everyone! Today I'm going to share some projects I've made using the fabulous Blue Fern Garden paper line, and some of the amazing Blue Fern Studios chipboard.

I am so in love with Blue Fern Garden papers! The style is so elegant, yet so versatile.

Dream Card

 For the base of my card, I used the the Blue Fern Garden "In Bloom" paper, distressed and inked. I also used the top corner of the "Parlour" paper to capture the beautiful image of a doily, butterfly, and dream dictionary snippet. I wanted to bring out the blues and and creams of that part of the paper, so I used those colors on the "Bordeaux Layered Frame."

I used a heavy layer of gesso on the bottom layer of the frame, and I sprayed it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Patina while it was still wet. I let it dry slightly, then added Silks Acrylic Glaze in Emperor's Gold in heavy random strokes.

The top layer of the frame is randomly colored with two brown tones of distress inks and then lightly grazed with a dark brown archival ink.

For this "Small Spring Iris" piece, I primed it with gesso, then used different green and gold mists for the stems. For the flower tops, I layered green, blue, and purple embossing powders.

I Love You More Layout

This is my layout based on the February sketch. I used "Timeless" and "Parlour," papers from the Blue Fern Garden line for the background and "Boudoir" to mat the photo.

In this closeup, you see two pieces of chipboard. The leaves are are a piece from the "Natural Sprigs Set" that I painted green and sprinkled with fine glitter while wet. I also used fine glitter on the "I Love You More" piece after I painted black and sprayed with some iridescent mist. I dusted off some of the glitter when it was dry for the random look. 

I cut a small piece of the "Chicken Wire Panel" and used a metallic distress stain as a base. Then, I brushed it with an archival ink pad for the worn look. The birds are just inked with black archival ink.

I coated the "Garden Window" with Martha Stewart Crackle Specialty Finish with a thick coat using a palette knife for an uneven "stucco" finish. And like the other pieces, I lightly brushed it with black ink.

There's still plenty of time to join us for the February sketch challenge

Magical Layout

I used the following papers from the Blue Fern Garden line: "Love Letters," "Boudoir," "In Bloom" and "Signature."

On the "Blooming Foliage" piece, I primed with gesso, used a metallic green mist, then used some green pigment ink over it, then used a brown chalk ink in random spots. 

On the "Romantic Page Dangles," I painted them with green paint, then randomly used a metallic distress stain. While the paints were still wet, I sprinkled a brown embossing powder to create this weathered look.

In this picture you can see the "Country Picket Fence" that I treated with gesso and crackle paint and brown chalk ink. The "Magical" title piece is from the "Winter Titles" set. I used three different colors of embossing powder to achieve this look. 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 


Friday, February 14, 2014

Die~Namites Dies and Splash of Color Blog Hop!!!!!

We have assembled a GREAT TEAM of Guest Designers to participate in our LOVE INSPIRED CREATIVE EVENT!!

If you have arrived here from the Die~Namites Dies blog, you are in the right place! Make sure you leave a comment on each blog, as a Random Winner will be chosen from one of our Guest Designer’s blogs for a $25 Gift Certificate to

Die~Namites Dies has a new release full of wonderful Love Inspired Dies which will be showcased by our Die~Namites Guest Designers.

I am so honored to be among these amazing designers! Thank you, Lynne for giving me this opportunity! It's been a pleasure working with these fabulous new dies, and the very beautiful Splash of Color collection, Cotswald Manor. 

"Love Always" Card

The pinks in the Cotswald Manor collection are beyond beautiful! And, the paper with the cut outs is so pretty. I cut out the journaling block, envelope, and "love always" banner from that sheet. Grey chalk ink really made the cream and pink colors pop! 

Next, I colored a white 
Heart Doily die...

by covering it with gesso, and then painted it with 

making a creamy reddish pink color. Once dry, I lightly grazed the doily with black chalk ink. Then, I mixed some more of the Love Struck glaze with

to achieve this color and effect:

 Valentine's Day Card Holder

This year I decided to make a mail box holder for my daughter to use for her Valentine's Day party at school. Again, I used the Splash of Color Cotswald Manor collection for this project. 

The mailbox is a paper mache box. I started by covering the box with the different papers on the outside:

and the inside:
Here are a couple of images with the box open:

 I colored the red flag with the Inka Gold in Lava Red.

Then I added a
Heart Flourish die...

And, added some tiny dots using the

then added a stamp cut out from the Cotswald Manor paper. 

 I used the same die and technique on the back of the box:

I tried not to add too much to the front because it will be open and needs to sit somewhat flat, but it did need something, and this

was a beautiful addition. Again, I used the Viva pearl pen as I did on the other dies to bring some fluidity to the project. 

 Here's a close up for more details:
And one last picture:

Thank you so much for letting me share my "love inspired" projects with you!

Be sure to take a moment to like Die~Namites Dies and Splash of Color on Facebook!

You have until midnight on Feb 15th to participate and comment on the designers blogs.

Thanks again for joining the Die~Namites Dies and Splash of Color blog hop!

Now head over to Stacy’s blog for more Love Inspired creations!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Welcome to Swirlydoos' February Kit Reveal Blog Hop Block Party!!

If you came here from Ulrika's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there. We have some amazing projects for you to see today !! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! Check out Swirlydoos on Facebook and Like Us!!!

In case you haven't seen it yet, and EVEN if you have, let's take another look at the Lady Belle Kit:

And look at these LOVELY add ons:

Are you a subscriber? If so, your kit is on it's way or you already have it!!!!  If not, check out the Swirlydoos Boutique to see if there are any February kits or add ons in the store!

I LOVE this kit. I love them all, but I was so ready to play with these colors and fabulous papers, and perfect embellishments! I still have a few more projects I want to do too, but for now, this is what I came up with.

Remember Layout (Based on the monthly sketch.)

So, this is our sketch this month:

And this is my take on it:

 I cut off the sprockets of the die cut paper and stuffed them in between my top and middle large layer. I used that same die cut paper to cut out a circle. I added a smaller circle, added some more layers to mat the pic, and stuck part of a film strip sticker in between. The chicken wire was colored with the precious metal paint from the mediums add on. The flowers are from the flower add on. I also use the Tim Holtz stencil from the embellishment add on. I finished off the layout with the copper Liquid Pearls around the circle. 

Here's a close up:

Black Canvas Project Kit

So, the project kit this month is OFF THE CHARTS gorgeous, and SUPER fun to work with. I had a blast making this:

Here are some closeups:

And, here is the video tutorial I made to share how I created this canvas:

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Thursday 2/6 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Friday 2/7. In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:
1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. This way we know you were there. Take your time. There are REALLY beautiful things to see along the way.
2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down. 
Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a sentence. 
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had, tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected. Can't wait to hear from you.

My special word is : YOUR

The party continues over at the Maja Design Blog. Have fun!

Here is the order and blog addresses:

Authentique: CLICK HERE
Die-namites: CLICK HERE

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Blue Fern Studios February Sketch Challenge!!!!!

Blue Fern Studios has one of the most amazing sketch artists, Michele Singh! And, this is the sketch she has created for the month of February:

When you enter the sketch challenge, here's what you can win:

So, here are the details:
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- but you do not need to use the pieces featured in the sketch! 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 on the Blue Fern Studios Blog by midnight EST on February 28th, 2014.
We look forward to your entries!

Altered Frame for Die~Namites Dies!

Hello, everyone! Here's another project I made for Die~Namites Dies. I decided to make an altered frame to hang for Valentine's Day:

And the center of my design is the

I made two of the butterfly frame dies: one black, which I used for the actual design, and another with patterned paper, and I used the negative of that die cut for the inside of the black die cut.  

For the foliage, I used three cuts of the

and cut them up to coordinate with my design. I placed pearls in different sizes in the center of each of the flowers.

I added strands of sisal under and over the die cuts, and bent them to add more dimension. 

Thanks for checking out my project, and thank you to Lynne, for this wonderful opportunity to be a guest designer for Die~Namites this month!!!


Product List

Die~Namites Flowering Branch Die
Die~Namites Butterfly Frame Die
Michaels Wood Oval Frame
Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays
Wendi Vecchi Embossing Paste
Ranger Distress Ink
Prima Stencil
Prima Pearl Flourishes
Prima Burlap
Prima Resin
Kaisercraft Pearls
Kaisercraft Mini Roses
Pion Vintage Garden Paper Line
Shabby Green Door Paper

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Guest Designing for Die~Namites Dies!

Hello, everyone!  I am THRILLED to be guest designing for Die~Namites this month! A little about me: I live in Colorado with my husband and three children, and, like most of you, scrapbooking is my passion! 

Today, I'm sharing  this vintage layout I made:

I have an obsession with layering, as you can see! I even layered the branches, which I are cut from these dies:


I love the size of the knobby branch because it can be paired with other dies to create more dimension and still allow the details of the smaller ones remain visible, especially when you are using multiple colors!

I was able to get this amount of dimension with these dies I cut out by spritzing them with water, an then briefly hitting them with a heat gun to allow them to stiffen and slightly curl up.

And, for added interest, added a

just above the photograph. I added some pearls for accents.

Thanks for letting me share my project with you today! Be sure to check out these AMAZING dies!


 Die~Namites Dies: Bamboo Sticks
Die~Namites Dies: Knobby Branch
Die~Namites Dies: Swirly Butterfly
Pion: Studio of Memories Paper Collection
Assorted Prima Flowers
Prima Pearls
Lace and Pearl Trims