Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"Love You" *Prima Marketing*

Hello there!!
Just popping in quick...with a page I created using the new Coffee Break collection from Prima..I love this sunny, fun, eclectic, modern collection :) So many fun ways you can go with it...

"Love You"

I adore the new Jute Trims and of course the darling Crochet Icons :) 
My background is a combination of coordinating Color Bloom sprays, stamping, and a bit of doodling with one of the new Pinwheel stencils!

Prima products:

846718 Coffee Break "Aromatic Blend"
846732 Coffee Break "Fill It To The Rim"
846701 Coffee Break "Coffeeology"
846725 Coffee Break "Caffeine Fix"
576356 Coffee Break Crochet Icon
578840 Coffee Break Flower "Cappuccino"
578503 Coffee Break Flower "Espresso"
578558 Coffee Break Flower "French Roast"
576882 Jute Trim "Teal"
576981 Wire Trim "Ecru"
577490 Melbourne Flower - "Kangaroo"
577544 Melbourne Flower - "Reef"
573737 Color Bloom Cotton Candy
573782 Color Bloom Soft Teal
573775 Color Bloom Sunshine
575984 7" Pinwheel Stencil Round

Have a great day!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

July Blue Fern Studios Projects

Good morning! Happy Monday :)
Just popping in to share my post that I have up today on the Blue Fern Studios Blog:


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 clusters of Prima Flowers and Wire Threads. 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! 


Monday, July 14, 2014

"Sun Is Shining" *Prima Marketing - Forever Green Collection*

Good afternoon!!
Oh boy, has it been awhile?!
As you can imagine, life has gotten extra busy this past week, mainly due to the arrival of our baby boy, Oliver John. He entered our lives on Monday, July 7th, all 10 pounds, 4.5 ounces of him!!
Everything went perfectly, he is beautiful, healthy, and we are all recovering wonderfully :)

So, as two of my "babies" are napping, and the other is off at her very first day of preschool, I have just a few moments to get a post written!!

You may have seen over on the Prima Blog that they have begun sharing the brand new summer releases!!
I am so excited about every single collection...but the one that is featured today is definitely my favorite...
I hope you will head over and check out the full reveal of papers, embellishments, and flowers today.

CHA Sum 2014 Main_LR 2

I also get to share my very first project with this collection, along with the new Pinwheel Stencils which are also being featured today!

This mixed media piece was created on a thick, round chunk of chipboard that I purchased at a craft store. I collaged the background with the Forever Green papers, then set to work adding tons of color with Prima's Color Bloom sprays. Atop that I have used the new Bethany Flowers and leaves, which were altered with the "Petal" Pinwheel Stencil, modeling paste, embossing powders, chalk inks, and black marker for tons of texture and color. 
I love creating a whimsical scene and the butterflies were the perfect accent :)

Prima Products: 575960 5" Pinwheel Stencil - Petal, 578459 Bethany Flowers - "Petal", 578688 Forever Green "Herb" Flowers, 846770 Forever Green "Spread Your Wings", 846817 Forever Green "Garden Talk", 846794 Forever Green "Nature's Bounty", 576974 Wire Thread - Sprout, 576912 Jute Trim - Mustard, 573874 Color Bloom Sorbet, 573850 Color Bloom Lime Wedge, 573942 Color Bloom Glistening Waves, 573775 Color Bloom Sunshine, 891923 Comfort Craft Chalk Edgers Set

I hope you're having a wonderful week so far :) 
See you soon!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

"Perky" *Blue Fern Studios*

Good morning!
How is your week going so far?
Here..we are playing the waiting game. Baby is due Friday, and we are anxiously (and uncomfortably...) waiting for him to make his appearance - hopefully any day now! Time sure has gone by fast and I cannot believe it is already July, wow!

Since it is a new month, there is also a new sketch challenge up on the Blue Fern Studios Blog.<<Click the link to check out inspiration from our design team, along with a peek at the fabulous prize you could win :)

Here is what I have done with this sketch..

I have used the new Ombre Dreams papers, along with some of the fabulous new chipboard designs (Seeing Stars) to complete my page. I added a pop of color using Prima Chalk Edgers and Gelatos. The flowers and crystals are Prima, as well. 

Here's the sketch:

Thank you so much for stopping in and taking a look :)
Your thoughts and prayers are much appreciated over the next few days as we continue to wait and or meet our little boy :) :) :)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A Layout + A Tag for Blue Fern Studios

Good morning!
I hope your weekend is off to a great start! I have a layout and tag to share created with Ombre Dreams and some of the new chipboard designs from Blue Fern Studios!

"Remembering Special Moments"

For this one I paired the warm colors in my photo with the pretty orange and pinks in the "Shannon's Dream" paper. I applied all kinds of mixed media work to my background, followed by the "Wild Flourish Bundle" (cut in two and placed half in each cluster), and behind that, tucked in some of the "Mixed Chains".

All of the chipboard was first painted white, then colored with chalk inks, Inka Gold Metallic Rub, and lightly stamped. I used Prima's Color Blooms on my background, for gorgeous shimmery color. I then blended with Prima Chalk Edgers as well...all of the flowers are Prima, too, of course :)

Blue Fern Products:
Ombre Dreams "Shannon's Dream"
Ombre Dreams "Dream Cards"
Wild Flourish Bundle
Mixed Chains

"Be Free" Tag
For my tag base, I cut the tag shape from one of the "Dream Cards" and layered it over a piece of "Joyce's Dream" and cut around it. I cut a piece of the Number Grid - Small, and first painted it with Primary Elements Artist Pigments mixed with a clear glaze. Atop that, I painted with Silks in various colors, then adhered to my tag.

 I applied the same paints to one of the Spring Trinkets, and the little diamond pieces are off cuts from one of the panels. Everything was given a bit more color with watercolor paints and mist splatters.

Blue Fern products:
Ombre Dreams "Dream Cards"
Ombre Dreams "Joyce's Dream"
Number Grid - Small
Spring Trinkets
Blue Fern Bits

Thank you so much for taking a look today! I hope you are enjoying the Ombre Dreams collection as much as I am :)


Thursday, June 19, 2014

*Prima Special Delivery Kit* *Lovely Girl*

Good evening!
Did you see/hear about the new kit Prima is putting together?! It is called "Special Delivery" and is packed full of amazing Prima products..at an awesome price! See the details, and how to purchase, HERE.
The kit also comes along with a whole pile of inspiration from the Prima team, and each project includes step by step photos and instructions - how cool is that?! One kit, five projects, five tutorials!! Amazing!
I was thrilled to be asked to create a project with June's kit. I decided on a layout, which I call "Lovely Girl" and like I said, find the step by step for this, and the other girls' projects - HERE.

"Lovely Girl"

I very much enjoyed the gorgeous, warm, summery colors from this kit...and the fact that it included a couple of my favorite Prima paper collections, ever - Almanac and Songbird. 
As always, I had to add my own splash of bright colors via my photo and mixed media work :)

Here's a look at the June Special Delivery Kit:

Thank you so much for stopping by today :)


Saturday, June 14, 2014

"Life Is Sweet" Canvas Tutorial *Prima Marketing*

Good morning!
It is a rainy, cold Saturday...time to catch up on some blogging, I think!
This past week on the Prima Blog was "Finnabair Week" where we showcased some of Finn's awesome products for Prima. Finnabair's collections have truly been some of my favorites to create with over the past year!!
I created this 8x8 canvas....and also a quick step by step tutorial to go with it - enjoy!!

"Life Is Sweet"

Here are the steps:

Step by step instructions:
1. Choose your supplies. Cut the Finnabair Elementals Resist Canvas sheet to just a bit smaller than your canvas. The canvas I used was 8"x8". Fray the edges, fringe the bottom with a scissors, and pull some of the fringes so they tear a bit. Adhere to your canvas, leaving some of the fringes loose.
2. Over the fringed part of the canvas, mask using the 12x12 Bamboo stencil with modeling paste. Go about 1/3 of the way up the canvas, with the lines being varied in height. Allow to dry completely, or use heat tool.
3. Spritz gently just along the bottom with Color Bloom in Antique Gold, and then spray over that with water (not shown.). This will lighten it up a bit and let the color blend nicely into the canvas.
4. Spray a bit more generously with Color Bloom in Lime Wedge just above that, spray again with water and hold canvas upside down to allow drips.
5. Along the top, around the edges and blending in and down, use Ingvild Bolme Fluid Chalk Edgers (I used Blue Jay, Worn Jeans, and Pastel Blue) followed by a spritz of water (if needed) to blend. Wipe off excess to reveal the resist polka dots!
6. Grab a few of the Finnabair Mechanicals - Bottle Caps, and give them a coat or two of gesso so that colors will adhere nicely to the metal.
7. Using Color Blooms, Chalk Edgers, and other paints, if needed, add a bit of varied color to the bottle caps.
8. Adhere the bottle caps, embellish them further with a few Prima flowers, and use Prima Wire Thread (I chose Lime Green and Sage) to create curly/twisty "stems" for your flowers.
9. Add a few Prima paper and fabric leaves to your stems.
10. Using the Chalk Edgers again, add a bit more bold color around the edges of your canvas to really brighten things up!
11. Use one of the cute Lace Stickers as your title, and you're finished! I went back in and added a few finishing touches, using the threads I tore from the Resist Canvas sheet in the beginning, as "tufts" of grass along the bottom.

Thanks for having a look! I hope your weekend is going great!

Prima products:
960629 Elementals Resist Canvas
574918 Seashore – Starfish
572266 Lace Sticker – Contentment
961091 Mechanicals – Bottle Caps
0891893 Ingvild Bolme – Chalk Edgers Set Pastels
891961 Ingvild Bolme – Metallic Chalk Edgers
891930 Ingvild Bolme – Chalk Edgers Set
572112 Wire Thread – Lime Green
572013 Wire Thread – Sage
573850 Color Bloom Lime Wedge
573843 Color Bloom Antique Gold
567118 Joulee Violet
575212 Bloom Flower Freshly Picked

Thursday, June 12, 2014

"Smile" and "{2}" *7 Dots Studio*

Hello there!
This post marks my final month designing for 7 Dots Studio. I have so enjoyed my time there, and have always been 100% thrilled with the gorgeous products I have had the privilege to create with over the past year. I want to say a huge "THANK YOU!!!" to Tusia for taking me on and letting my represent 7 Dots Studio :) :)

I have two layouts to share...one monochromatic and one a "bit" more colorful...


This one came together quite quickly...created using the Nature Walk collection - papers, stickers, and tags..I chose to use a photo collage I made of my daughter's "close ups"...she is such a character!

I used  a new piece of Blue Fern Studios chipboard - the Dot Grid Panel...which I cut into sections and added paints/embossing enamel. The "Smile" title is Prima - one of their gorgeous Resins from this past mid release. Also, as always, I used lots of gorgeous Prima flowers :)

I adore the descriptive word phrase stickers..I always seem to find one or two that go perfectly with my photo :)

7 Dots Studio products:
Nature Walk: Cloudy, Musical Blooms
Nature Walk: Word Stickers, Element Stickers, Die Cut Tags
Illumination: Clear Stamp Set 1


Please do not feel sorry for my little girl...the sad face is just one of her ridiculous reactions to being told that awful word...."No." She was begging to eat more cheese (her favorite food) and well, sometimes Mom has to draw the line and say NO more, haha! I just love the instant heart melting  pouty face kids can put on!

Funny story about this page....it nearly ended up in the trash after my 4 year old attacked it with a bottle of hot pink mist! I did some adjusting, and some strategically placed distressing, and fixed it all up :)

To go with my photos, I combined two of my all time favorite 7DS collections...Messy Head and Dreamer. I think it made for a unique layout!
I have also used Blue Fern on this page, the Number Grid (Small), and more of the Prima chalkboard resin pieces...those cute little { } around  my photo :)

7 Dots Studio products:
Messy Head - 
Dreamer - City Lights
Illumination - Clear Stamp Set 1
Cold Country - Word Stickers

Thank you so much!
Have a wonderful day!!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

***Prima Marketing Announces The 2014-2015 Design Team!!!***

Good morning!!!
Happy news to share today - Prima Marketing has just announced the 2014-2015 Design Team, and I am THRILLED to be spending another year creating with my favorite products on the market!!!!!

There is a super fabulous talent - overload on the team again this year, check out the announcement, here!!
I want to say "thank you!!!!!!!!!!!" to Prima for having faith in me and keeping me around :) :) :)

Thank you so much for your support and for letting me share my JOY :)

Have a great day!!!

Monday, June 2, 2014

"You Are My Sunshine" *Blue Fern Studios*

Good evening!
Late night blogging for me...that is a rare occurrence these days. We had some computer issues that are (hopefully!) now fixed, so I am playing catch up :)
The new Sketch Challenge went up on the Blue Fern Studios blog yesterday..and our Design Team all used the gorgeous new  Ombré Dreams collection to play along :) If you haven't had a look yet, head over and see the beautiful variety of projects this month..along with a new prize pack and details on how to join in!

"You Are My Sunshine"

I started out using the "Shannon's Dream" paper for my background, followed by strips torn and layered from other sheets. I cut my title from the Dream Cards sheet.

Those circles you see (and maybe have seen on one or two of my other recent projects - I am obsessed!) are the Techno Rings. These were painted with Gelatos and acrylic paint, along with Prima Color Bloom in Gilded.

I have also tucked in a few of the Bohemian Flowers, which were embossed white and painted with watercolor paint...and tucked in amongst my Prima flowers and leaves.

Here is the beautiful sketch! I hope you are inspired to join in this month :)

Have a great night!!