Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Video Tutorial with Adrienne Ford

Hello There! My Name is Adrienne Ford and I am thrilled to join the Blue Fern Studios Video Education Team and the Blue Fern Family! I love working with chipboard and finding new and exciting ways to alter it. I cannot wait to share my ideas with you. But before I do that, let me tell you a little about myself.

A little bit about me; My scrapping/crafting journey began 4 years ago, by means of some stickers and a paper trimmer. If I could describe my work in one word it would be "refined." I LOVE attention to detail and treat my projects like a puzzle with lots complex and unique pieces. I love that I have found myself and my place in this industry and feel at home with Mixed Media and lots of yummy art mediums! 

Through lots of trial and error, I have come to find that I use my fingers more than a brush and I might do things that are a bit unconventional- things that would make Monet roll over in his grave. :) But even though there is paint splattered on the wall and some in even my hair, crafting has been one of the best things that has happened to me- I have had so much creative fun, and that's all that matters right?!

I have a wonderful husband and two young children, which you will get to know in the future. In my spare time I enjoy binge watching Netflix shows, relaxing, and of course creating! I also am on the Prima Marketing Design Team and am a Live with Prima Educator. 

 I hope that I can be an inspiration to you and take some of the guess work out of crafting, so that all you have to do is enjoy creating something beautiful!

You can check out my blog at

So, lets get right to it, shall we?! I have a video for you today sharing a couple of different chipboard pieces. When creating with chipboard, I always look at my pieces and see what might work well together. I have this photo of myself that I thought would work well with the BFS "Brown Eyed Girl" piece. I would incorporate the bubbles into the overall theme, by bringing focus to the eye and the bubbles by placing it directly over my eye in the photo. I adding a little bit of embellishing, and I decided to try something and created a headdress out of the chipboard and embellishments. 

And some close ups.....

Blue Fern Studio Products: 

648560 Ombre Dreams: Susan's Dream

Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink in Latte

Ready for the video on how I altered this yummy chipboard?!

Thanks for taking the time to stop in! 

Until Next Time,


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

'Girl in Braids' by Lisa Griffith

Hello Blue Fern Studio fans, it's my turn to share my July projects with you.

I adore vintage photos and I found this beauty on Pinterest. I was looking at this beautiful girl and I thought that the paper 'Shannon's Dream' was so perfect for a soft girly layout. I used lots of masking and misting in the background and then I added two pieces of 'Lace Rounds', a piece from 'Royal Monarchs' and finally a piece from the 'Natural Sprigs' set that I painted white and then sprayed with my gold and pink mists. I also used some pieces of the paper 'Dream Cards' under my photo.

Here is a close up...

My next projects is a card I made using the paper 'Charlotte's Dream'.

For this card I took the chipboard called 'Ginger's Poppies' and colored it with purple mist for my focal point. I also used a piece from the 'Veranda Cage Set' that I embossed in white.

Thanks for stopping by today,
Hugs, Lisa

Monday, July 21, 2014

Pastel Pages - With Kelly Foster

Good morning, Kelly here!
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 cluster. 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! See you next month!!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

July Projects with Rae

Hello! Rae with you today to share my latest projects made with an array of Blue Fern papers and chippies.

Sparkle Card

First up, I have this card I made with the Ombre Dreams paper.

I used two pieces of chipboard on this card, and here's a close up that shows the details. The "Sparkle" piece is from the "Winter Titles" set. I used some metallic stain by sponging it on the raw piece for a toned down metal look. Sponging it on also gives some bubbles on the piece that adds a slight touch of dimension.

For the "Treasured Floral Frame," I primed it with gesso, then used some shimmery watercolors in two different colors in random spots, leaving some of the gesso exposed.

Timeless Beauty Altered Mailbox

I altered this paper mache mailbox with papers from the Blue Fern Garden line. 

This is the back view, showcasing my favorite piece of paper from the line. :)

In this close up, you can see how I line the inside of the mailbox, and stuffed it full of various flowers.

I used the "Blooming Flourishes." Two pieces come in the set.

Here's a closeup to see the details of the flourishes. I ran them through my die cut machine with a script embossing folder, then primed them with gesso, and while still wet, added some dry green milk paint. It left a grainy and chalky surface, which I love. After it was dry, I used green and brown distress inks to change the color in a way that complimented the papers better.

Beautiful Layout

I really loaded up on the chipboard in this layout!

For the "Beautiful" title piece, I ran a chalk ink pad over it, being sure to get an uneven coat. 

For both the "Fancy Bird Cage" and the "Shabby Brick Bits," I used the same technique, which is simple: I grazed each of the pieces with brown archival ink, being sure to leave a lot exposed, then using distress ink with a blending tool to get that definition that you can see on the bird cage.
 And, here's a closeup that shows the finish on the "Roman Clock Set" (Large). I used white chalk ink and then misted it with light brown, dark brown, and gold inks.

For the "Corner Flourish," I primed it with gesso, then painted it with three coats of three different green paints.

Thanks for checking out my projects today!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bright and Bold by Jackie Clark

Hello Blue Fern fans! Jackie with you here today, taking a break from our family's seaside summer vacation to share my July, summer-inspired projects. I have two very different projects for you today; the first light, airy and summery, and the second darker and more sultry, like those warm summer nights.

Sometimes you see a piece of chipboard, and a project starts to take shape in your mind. That's what happened for me with the Butterfly Grid. I saw it, and a project started to evolve. I knew that I wanted to pair it with the Butterfly Kisses title and the Tattered Butterflies, and my layout grew out of that.

One of the glorious things about the Blue Fern Studios panels is the ability to cut them apart and use them in whatever way best suits your project. I cut mine into the big piece on the left and the smaller piece on the right, and have some leftover for another project. I primed the whole thing with gesso, and then set about colouring the butterflies with shimmery watercolour paints.

For the grid piece on the right I added one of the Tattered Butterflies to coordinate with the butterflies in the Butterfly Grid.

For the Butterfly Kisses title piece I sprinkled on embossing powders in pink, blue and yellow randomly and heat set them.

 The colours of the Ombre Dreams papers inspired my colour choices, and I loaded on media in the background to create a fun, sunny layout.

Blue Fern Studios Products:

- Ombre Dreams: Susan's Dream, Ginger's Dream
- Chipboard: Butterfly Grid, Butterfly Kisses, Tattered Butterflies

My second layout has a darker colour scheme, but it still evokes summery memories for me, as the picture was taken on my honeymoon, during a very hot summer in Bordeaux - that's my (then) new husband's hand holding the wineglass; hard to believe it's been 11 years!

Although the picture is anything but industrial in nature, the Industrial Corner and Working Parts chippies just seemed like a natural fit. For some reason I pictured them a deep, dark red, but I didn't have a red embossing powder. Not to worry, I used a red acrylic glaze, and added clear embossing powder overtop while it was still wet and heat set it. I then added embossing ink randomly throughout and added both gold and a silver/black embossing powder.

Here's a look at one of the finished pieces.

Thank you so much for stopping in to view my projects today! We love to see what you create with Blue Fern Studios products, so be sure to keep posting your creations to our Facebook page and our Gallery.

Blue Fern Studios Products:

- Chipboard: Industrial Corner, Working Parts

Friday, July 18, 2014

Round & Round Circular Designs- by Keren Tamir

Keren here and its my turn today on the Blue Fern Studios blog. I have an all around theme this month which is "Circles". I have used different circular designs this month to create each of my layouts. I hope they inspire you to create with circles and love them just as much as I do!!!

First up is:

"Good Vibes"

I used the Ombré Dreams- Leslie's Dream paper as a background for this layout.

I just love using circular designs on my layouts and I tried to incorporate different circle motifs in each of these layouts. I also used stencils and stamps to create different textured circles in the background.

I framed this cute photo of my daughter picking strawberries in the field with the treasured floral chipboard frame. I primed it with gesso and then colored it with markers.

Then I added circles from the Circle Group set which were coloured in yellow marker. finally I added the Good Vibes title on the side because she's truly just so happy here!!



For this layout I used the Techno rings to frame the photo of my daughter painting and one of the words from the Ombré Dreams- Dream Cards paper.  First I primed them with gesso, Then I painted them with gelatos and added some stickles glitter. I also stamped them with a circular stitched stamp (which is the same stamp used on the background). Finally I created white lines on them with a white acrylic marker.

I used the Ombré Dreams- Joyce's dream and matched all the embellishments and inks to it.

my daughter had so much fun using the dropper to create splatters on the page. It gave me so much joy watching her and so I used the Joy title from the Good Vibes chipboard word set.



I used the Ombré Dreams- Susan's Dream as the background for this layout and added some layers with the Dream Cards paper.

Finally I want to show you the layout I created for the July sketch challenge. I also happened to use a circular motif so I thought I'd share the design.

The small circle flourish chipboard frame was perfect to frame this natural looking photo of my daughter.

I also used the bohemian flowers, little birds and a frame trinket to to add to the natural look. Finally I added the natural title from the All Natural word set.

Thank you so much for visiting the Blue Fern Studios blog today. You can still enter the July sketch Challenge Here

Have a wonderful day!!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tags by Joyce

Hello everyone, today I'm sharing a few tags with you.  The BFS Roman Clock Set comes in three sizes in one package.  The smallest of the three is just perfect for a tag or card. Here the clock looks a little weathered with some molding paste applied around the circumference of the clock. I am already looking forward to using the remaining two clock chipboard pieces on future creations.
Roman Clock Tag:

Close up of the Roman Clock Chipboard:

The last tag was created using the Juliana’s Dream page from the Ombre Dream paper collection and one of the Layering Stems chipboard collection. Here a little textured product was applied on top of the chipboard and then misted and painted.

Close up of the Layering Stem:

Thank you for stopping by and visiting us, and remember there’s still time to submit your take on the July Sketch Challenge.  Here’s my take on the sketch using the Susan's Dreams paper from the Ombre Collection....the perfect pattern placement that is made a part of the paper did all the work for me:

Close up of the Seeing Stars chipboard using molding paste, fiber paper, mists and a water color pencil: