Friday, June 20, 2014

More Blue Fern Projects Using the Ombre Dreams Papers

Today I'm sharing some projects I've made using the amazing new paper line, Ombre Dreams. I have to say that I LOVE this paper so much!

"Dreams Come True" Layout

This is my layout based on the June sketch. 

I used the "Dream Cards" paper to make the title. I wanted to use this piece of the "Layering Stems" set  in this flower cluster, but I only had ONE! What's a girl to do? Well, I soaked that piece in water for a few minutes, then peeled the layers, and got three pieces out of it! This is a great way to get a lighter look with chipboard, and let it flow and give a little different kind of dimension. After the pieces dried, I painted them with green paint and added some darker green ink for a realistic look.

I primed the "Renaissance Border" with gesso, and added some purple microbeads while the gesso was still wet. The beads only stuck in some places, and gives it a unique look. After the gesso was dry, I misted the whole piece with some peach colored mist.

I added a a "Royal Page Bauble" that I painted gold using distress stain.

 "Wonder" Layout

 I adore cemetery statues! I found this picture on Reddit, and there was no photographer listed to give credit to, but MAN! What an amazing photo! I printed it out some time ago, and it seemed to fit so well with the "Ginger's Dream" paper. 

I painted the "Ginger's Poppies" pieces with gesso, then added some green watercolor for the leaves and stems, then added some watered down Izink to the flowers, which resisted in some spots- AWESOME!
 Here's the other poppy.

One of the layers behind the photo is the "Grand Garden Gate." I used a combination of distress stains, distress inks, and chalk inks to get this patina look. 

"All You Need is Love" Layout

This is one of my favorite pictures of me and my son. I've made a few layouts with this picture before, but my family has taken them! This one is just for me. 

Again, I primed the "Small Circle Flourish" with gesso and painted the leaves and flowers with some green and purple mists to give a watercolor look. Then, I added some flowers. See that heart lock? I cut that from one of the "Romantic Page Dangles" and colored it with silver Izink and grey chalk ink.

Here I cut up more "Romantic Page Dangles" so I could use the chains to accent the larger chain which is from the "Page Chains" set, and used the same products I did on the heart lock. 

The key is from the "Vintage Keys" set. I lightly scraped black archival ink over the key. 

Thanks for having a look at my pages using Ombre Dreams! Have a great day!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Swirlydoos June Blog Hop and Reveal!

Welcome to:
June Scrapbook Kit Reveal & Blog Hop!

If you came here from Kim'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!!! Make sure you have LIKED & FOLLOWED Swirlydoos on Facebook!!!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful June collection:

Rose Bouquet

And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our June scrapbook kit!

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

Has it sold out? - become a subscriber and not only will you never miss a kit again, but you'll also pay less for your monthly scrapbook kits!
*Mention this blog hop and save 10% on your first kit*

 Never miss one of our kits again!

We have some absolutely beautiful scrapbook projects for you to see today !!  

Oh my, this Rose Bouquet kit screams SUMMER! I love it so much! Here's what I've done with the kit so far.

Metal Picture Frame

I LOVE this Prima picture frame, and it is PERFECT for the Rose Bouquet kit! 

Maya Angelou was an amazing writer, and such a wise woman. I remember being captivated by her writing when I was in 7th grade, reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. I later read her poetry and other writings, and I even taught some of her poems when I was an English teacher. I can't say enough about her, but I learned so much from this amazing woman! This is my tribute to her:

Everything except the small piece of lace, a couple of blue flowers, and the resin angel are from the Rose Bouquet kit collection. 

Here's a side view:

 And, here are a couple of closeups:

I also have a step by step video tutorial for this project that you can see here:


"Adorable" Layout

This layout is based on the June sketch. The pictures are of my sweet Elijah playing with Daddy's hat. :) I'm probably biased, but I think he is flat adorable. The "adorable" title is a piece of Blue Fern Studios chipboard from my stash, but everything else is from the Rose Bouquet kit collection. 

I loved the blue and brown/tan tones of this kit, and I thought it was ideal for a boy page. The Ruby Rock-it wood paper was a little too grey for my color scheme, so I used some Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to make it match. I cut up the strips and distressed them like I did with all of the layers. 

I cut the circle ring with my Cameo.The foliage is cut out of cardstock from the cardstock add on with a Memory Box die. I added some green dye ink to the leaves, then pinched some of the leaves for some dimension. The photos are framed with some of the wood squares in the kit that I broke up to make corners. The small roses are from the project add on that I inked with brown ink.

"Together" Layout

I snapped this pic of me and my Elijah on Mother's Day! To start, I made lots of layers and have some ripped edges and some of the gems from the embellishment add on peeking out. For the smaller layers, I just used scraps and cut out some pieces to match, mixing them with some of the edges of the Kaisercraft papers and some of the coral lace. The brown clock is cutout of the brown paper with my Cameo. 

For the resin frame I misted it with some of the new Prima mists, dried slightly, then wiped with a paper towel. The peach flowers are from the flower add on and main kit.  I added some of the green trim to the flower cluster.

Thanks for having a peek at my projects and viewing the video tutorial. :)

So, let's get started! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! You have until midnight, eastern time, on Thursday, 6/12 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Friday 6/13. 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!

My special word is : good

The party continues over at Debbie's blog. Have fun!

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Blue Fern Studios June Sketch Challenge!

Hello! Every month Blue Fern Studios hosts a sketch challenge. Here is the sketch for June:

June Sketch

How lovely is that? I was lucky enough to use the sketch using the new Ombre' Dreams collection:

Wanna play along? Here's 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 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 on the Blue Fern Studios blog by midnight EST on June 30th, 2014.
We look forward to your entries!