Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Blue Fern Studios August Challenge with My Creative Scrapbook

The Blue Fern Studios challenge for August is to use one of their 3 most recent paper collections: Seaside Cottage, Attic Charm or Tranquility. And lucky me, after finishing my design team commitments for My Creative Scrapbook, I still had plenty of the gorgeous Attic Charm collection left over from the August Limited Edition kit to play along (though sadly I had used up all of the Blue Fern Studios flowers from the kit).

My sister and I had tried to get tickets to Adele in Vancouver when they were first released, without luck. She surprised me mid-day the day of the second concert with a pair of tickets, and this photo was taken at the concert.

I started by tearing off one side of the Haberdashery paper and layering it over the Foyer paper, then blended the edge using white gesso. To add some colour to the background, I applied Shimmerz Dazzlerz through a Prima stencil. I then added two of the new Prima Color Bloom colors: Dragonfly Blue and Black Tulip with some water, letting them combine in some places to make a gorgeous purple. After that had dried, I coated everything with a thin coat of clear gesso before adding some lace and going back in with my sprays.

I wanted to add some black to ground everything, and well as a chipboard element to frame the photo, and the Film Strips chipboard coated in Distress Paint fit the bill.

 One of the Selfie Squares chippies was the perfect title for this layout. I painted the chippy white, then added several colours of embossing powder.

These gorgeous Prima Sophia roses, crusted with glitter, were included in the August Limited Edition kit. The little turquoise Encore flowers are favourites of mine from my stash.

At the end of the concert, confetti rained down, printed with lyrics from Adele songs and handwritten notes. I pocketed a number of them, hoping I'd be able to use them on a project, and have added one here "Everyone loves the things you do" from the song When We Were Young, as it sums up my generous, thoughtful sister beautifully.

I'm getting my entry in just under the gun this month, and can't wait to see what new challenge Blue Fern Studios comes out with tomorrow for September! Here's the graphic for this month's challenge:

Also, stay tuned for My Creative Scrapbook's September kits - sneaks will be out on the 2nd!

Blue Fern Studios Products:

- Attic Charm papers: Haberdashery, Foyer (from My Creative Scrapbook LE kit)
- Chipboard: Film Strips, Selfie Squares

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Two Cards - August Limited Edition Kit from My Creative Scrapbook

I'm back today to share two cards I created with the My Creative Scrapbook Limited Edition kit. This month the kit featured two cut apart papers, one from Graphic 45 and one from Blue Fern Studios. With these papers, I like to cut them apart as soon as I start working with the kit, as it gives me lots of little bits for layering on layouts and for making cards and tags (which I generally assemble while the media on my layouts are drying).

For my first card, I started with the packaging from the Blue Fern Studios chipboard included in the kit, as I love subtle pattern on all the BFS packaging. The piece with the nest was cut from the G45 June Cut Apart sheet, and I wanted to pair it with the adorable little chipboard birds from the Maggie Holmes Bloom chipboard sheet, however the quote printed on the paper was not the sentiment I was after for my card. I covered it up with one of the Calling Cards from the Attic Charm collection, mounted on some cardboard to give it dimension. I edged everything in gold mist, and added some trim from the kit and fussy cut flowers from the G45 June Flourish paper to tie all the layers together.

For the second card, I started with one of the Attic Charm Calling Cards. I wanted to preserve the image of the banister and bird at the bottom left, so I placed my cluster more toward the top right. I added gold mist in splatters and around all the edges, and layered on one of the Heidi Swapp frames from the kit, and the sparkly hearts from the Bloom chipboard sheet, and finished it off with some trim, one of the Sophia roses and a quote from the Calling Cards. 

 Just a quick post today, but thank you for stopping by to check it out nevertheless! If you haven't yet, be sure to stop by the My Creative Scrapbook store to check out all the fabulous August kits on offer.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Sonoma - My Creative Scrapbook August Limited Edition Kit

Good morning, Bloggers, and happy Monday! Today I'm sharing my third layout with the stunning My Creative Scrapbook August Limited Edition kit, featuring another photo from Evan and my recent trip to California, this time at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery (no kids, sun, wine - don't we look relaxed?).

I started by adding a coat of clear gesso to the Blue Fern Studios Generation paper, then added white crackle paste through a harlequin stencil, and added shading with grey and green Gelatos and a waterbrush once that was dry.

To frame my page and add some extra dimension, I added torn strips of paper left over from other projects with this kit.

The chipboard frames and elements and roses included in the kit are perfect for layering.

I cut strips of words from the Graphic 45 June Cut Apart paper and tucked those in amongst the chipboard frames for some added interest.

If you haven't picked up your August kit yet, be sure to stop by the My Creative Scrapbook store to check out not only the Limited Edition kit, but the other amazing August kits.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope it's the start of a marvelous week.

Kit Supplies Used:
- Blue Fern Studios Attic Charm papers: Generation, Foyer
- Graphic 45 Time To Flourish papers: June Cut Apart, June Flourish
- Heidi Swapp Photo Frames Chipboard
- Maggie Holmes Bloom Chipboard
- Blue Fern Studios flowers: Attic Charm Glitter Roses
- Prima flowers: Garden Fable Perrinial
- Doodlebug Designs alphas: Love Letters

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Wine - August My Creative Scrapbook Limited Edition Kit

Hi there! I'm back today with my second layout with the gorgeous My Creative Scrapbook August Limited Edition Kit.

In early July Evan and I got away for 9 days without our kids for a much-needed getaway, and we headed down to California, spending a couple of days in LA before heading up to wine country. Three days of wine tasting was about as much as Evan, who isn't a big drinker, could handle, but I was in heaven.

This picture was the tasting set up at St. Clair-Brown winery, our favourite of the wineries we visited, and I knew I wanted to include it on a scrapbook layout. And the soft, vintage colours of the Attic Charm papers from Blue Fern Studios included in the kit were the perfect complement.

The Blue Fern Studios Mandala Frame is a gorgeous accent piece. To create a rustic, gilded look, I started by priming it with white gesso, then added misting to select spots (letting the gesso show through) with two colours of gold spray to give it some shading. To help it stand apart from the background more, I then edged it with a gold leafing pen for a gilded look, and finished it off with some wine-coloured splatters.

The kit contains a set of Metal Trinkets and Alphas by Prima, which I altered to make my title. I started by brushing some white gesso across the piece using my finger so that it worked into some of the nooks and crannies but still left some contrast in the deep recesses. I then brushed the gesso off the raised areas. Once that was dried, I misted the pieces from a distance with gold spray. To give it the illusion of vines and grape clusters, I coloured selected areas with Gelatos applied with a water brush, then applied the alpha stickers.

For the fifth metal trinket, I fussy cut the clock from the Calling Card paper, and created a domed covering for it similar to that on the alphas using Glossy Accents.

I added splatters to the background with various mists and Gelatos mixed with water. To create the layers I fussy cut the flowers and clock from the packaging for the Blue Fern Studios flowers, and fussy cut the decorative strip from the Curio paper, and mounted the strip onto cardboard for some added dimension. I dry-brushed white gesso over the chipboard banner from the Maggie Holmes Bloom chipboard sheet in the kit to tone it down a little before layering it over the Mandala Frame.

 The rolled Prima roses from the kit are perfect for clusters, and lay beautifully on their sides. And look at the gorgeous shine on the Attic Charm Glitter Roses!

 I happened to be scrapping this layout on the deck at my in-laws' rustic ocean-front cabin, and as I was working some dried lichen blew across the table, so I saved it and included it in my cluster.

 Thank you for stopping by today! If you haven't picked up your kit yet, be sure to head over to My Creative Scrapbook and become a subscriber so you never miss a kit again.

Kit Supplies Used:

 - Blue Fern Studios Attic Charm papers: Mercantile, Curio, Calling Cards
- Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Mandala Frame
- Prima Timeless Memories: Metal Trinkets & Alphas
- Blue Fern Studios flowers: Attic Charm Glitter Roses (and packaging)
- Prima flowers: Garden Fable - Perrinial, Sophia
- Maggie Holmes Bloom chipboard

Friday, August 5, 2016

My Creative Scrapbook August Limited Edition Kit

I am honoured to have been asked to be a Guest Designer for My Creative Scrapbook with their gorgeous Limited Edition kits. This month’s kit features the beautiful papers from Blue Fern Studios’ Attic Charm collection (and if you’ve followed my blog for awhile, you know I have a soft spot for Blue Fern) and Graphic 45’s Time To Flourish collection, along with gorgeous flowers from Prima and Blue Fern Studios, and chipboard from Blue Fern, Maggie Holmes and Heidi Swapp.

For my first layout, I wanted to achieve a fun theme to go with the picture of two of my boys jumping on the beach. Motivated by the chipboard pinwheels, I set out to create pinwheels of my own with some G45 paper (the larger of the two measures 2x2” and the smaller 1.5x1.5”) to use as accents.

I started with some background work. First, I coated the entire page in clear gesso to allow myself more control with the media I would apply later on. I scraped heavy white gesso in certain spots using a palette knife. Once that was dry, I added stencilling with white crackle paste, which I allowed to dry before brushing over some of the gold spray from the kit using a wet paintbrush to dilute it. I also brushed the gold spray around the edges, adding a darker gold colour from my stash closer to the edge.

To bring in the blue from the picture, I painted through a stencil using Gelatos, then added paper strips, a decorative straw, drywall tape, trim from the kit (cut in half for a ragged edge) and stamping to complete the background.

One of the first things I did when I received the kit was to cut apart the G45 June Cut Apart and BFS Calling Cards papers so that I would have lots of little bits for layering (I edged these with different colours of Gelatos for this layout to give them definition). I fussy cut the blue flowers and roses from the G45 papers, and layered those in along with some cheesecloth and the pinwheels I'd made earlier. 

The rolled roses from Prima included in this kit are great for tucking into clusters, as they do equally well on their sides.

The Maggie Holmes Bloom chipboard is great for layering - I used it for the centres of all of my pinwheels and to tuck in to my clusters.

If you aren't already a My Creative Scrapbooker subscriber, head on over to the website to check out not only this month's kits, but also past kits - you won't be disappointed!

Thank you for stopping by today! I have more Limited Edition kit projects to share with you over the coming weeks.

Kit Supplies Used

- Blue Fern Studios Attic Charm papers: Sachet, Calling Cards
- Graphic 45 Time To Flourish papers: June Flourish, June Cut Apart
- Maggie Holmes Bloom chipboard
- Heidi Swapp mist: Gold Lame
- Trim
- Blue Fern Studios flowers: Attic Charm Glitter Roses
- Prima flowers: Garden Fable - Perrinial
- Doodlebug Designs alphas: Love Letters