Saturday, August 1, 2015

Our August Sketch Challenge

Are you ready to get the month started with a new sketch?  Our sketch designer, Michele Singh, has another great sketch for us.  This one could so easily be rotated to give it an entirely new look.  I'm sure we can count on you, our fabulous readers, to come up with something amazing!

Here is how some members of our Creative Team used the sketch as inspiration:


Keren Tamir (Ombre Dreams Collection)

Jelissa Mei (Paisley & Vine Collection)

Marie Josée Hamel (Paisley and Vine Collection)

Debbie Burns (Frolic Collection)

Kim Price (Ombre Dreams Collection)

Wilma Voermans (Paisley and Vine Collection)

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Now it is YOUR turn to show us how you used the August sketch.

One lucky winner, selected by a random draw, will receive a prize package of Blue Fern Studios chipboard!

In addition, we will also select 3 (or more) layouts to feature.
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! 

2). Please note that you can do whatever type of project you please - a layout, card, 
  canvas, altered item- whatever suits your mood and style! 
We would love to see the different ways our sketch can be used.

3.) 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!}

4.) Upload your project using the Inlinkz tool below by midnight EST on August 31, 2015

We look forward to seeing how you use our sketch and Blue Fern products!
Enter Here:

Friday, July 31, 2015

Look What's New!

Hi everyone!  We hope your July was a good one.  We had a great month at Blue Fern Studios with the release of our most recent paper collection, Frolic.  We have added some new chipboard pieces this week and we can't wait to share them with you!

First up is a set of two frames that come in both a small and large size.

Double Swirl Frames - Small

Double Swirl Frames - Large

Since we are talking about frames, how about this set of three with a built in paper clip!

Clip Frames

And this elegant frame that would be so lovely surrounding a photo.

Swirly Circle

We have also added a few items from nature.

Willow Flower

Arching Leaves

Birds in Flight

Last, but not least, how about some titles for your projects.

We can't wait to see how all of you use these chipboard pieces on your projects.  
We would love for you to tell us your favorites!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Easy and simple with Galina Sazonova. July Projects.

Hi everyone!
Today I want to show you how easy and simple you can make useful and beautiful things.) This will help me packing from chipboard and excellent product Blue Fern Studios!)
I collect antique dolls and have a lot of fabrics, laces and ribbons to them. Some of them are very beautiful and rare enough, so I would like save small pieces and information about them.
But I would like to start with its first project -  card-motivator, which has developed in the process of working on a folder-album.)
1. "Follow your dreams"

 And a little more ...

2. Mini-album for the cute ribbons and lace) ....

As you can see the base of the album - packing from chipboard. 
  also actively used stamps for decorating chipboarda and background of mini album.
 And a little bit more on the page ....

Use products Blue Fern Studios:
Montage - Calling Cards, Fairyland
Ombre Dreams - Ginger's Dream
Miss Tailor Set
Spring Frame

Thank you for visiting BFS blog!)
Have a nice day!)

Monday, July 27, 2015

'Free spirit' basic scrapbooking layout by Marta Lapkowska + VIDEO tutorial

Hello my friends!
I am so happy to be back to you with my new project and also VIDEO tutorial.
Today's work will present new collection 'Paisley & Vine'.
Those are beautiful papers with lots of flowers, flourishes with red, yellow and brownish colours.

Here is my page called 'Free spirit'

When I saw this stunning collection for the first time, I knew that my page will be full of flowers and cute die cuts. This paper collection is full of stunning designs which could be cut out and turned into lovely page embellishments.

I added few embossed chipboards and title from 'Playing cards' 12x12 paper from 'Paisley & Vine'

I hope you enjoyed this basic, simple project. If you wish to see in steps how I made this page please feel free to watch my video tutorial.
I hope you will find some inspiration and motivation to create some great makes!

Hugs, Marta xx

Sunday, July 26, 2015

"One of a Kind" layout by Marie-Josée

Hello all,

Today, I will show you a layout I created with Blue Fern Studios newest paper collection, Frolic.  It is a beautiful collection, and the paper is as thick as usual. I am sure you will fall in love with this wonderful collection! I used three different papers: Veranda, Secretary and Friendship!

 On this layout, I used the One of a Kind chipboard as my title. Since it was a little bit to big to fot where I wanted to put it, I cut it. Here's what it looked like in one piece, before I cut it:

I altered it with white gesso. And here's what it looks like once cut in two:

Finally, I added the Déjà Vu Border Chippie, also altered with gesso:

Friday, July 24, 2015

Mixed media layouts by Zanka

Today I have two projects to show for you, created with BFS Ombre Dreams. This collection has a delicate mixed media feel and whether you just leave it there or add more -like I did here- to enhance this effect, I'm sure you will be delighted with the result!

'Everyday Moments'
The chipboards are primed with clear gesso and painted with different colours of paints. In the background I used the same primer, adding watercolours randomly and finishing it off with the stencil.
Chipboards used:Organic coins, Everyday Moments, Layering Stems
Stamps:Forever, Halftone

' A Beautiful Life'
In this layout I used the same techniques, but different colours. The focus point is enhanced with a layered composition of chipboards, which makes the photo really pop out.
Chipboards used: Spring Branch, Deja Vu border, Grid pieces.
Stamps: Vintage Edges

These are my last 2 layouts in July and for a while I will not be sharing new works here...I have to temporarily step down from my DT tasks due to personal reasons but I hope to see you again in a few months.
Lots of love!
Zaneta aka Zanka

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Frolic and more with Sandi ~

"Fun in the Sun"

Hello, Blue Fern Studios fans! 
Sandi here with you today sharing a mix of new products along with some olders ones as well. I hope the month of July is going well for you. Mine is super busy, busy, busy! I hope August will be a little more "normal" and I'll have some leisure time for creating! 

Anyway, I have created a layout for you using the A side of the Friendship paper from the brand new Frolic collection.  I usually try to steer away from the A sides at least for a while but this blue was calling my name .. which is kind of unusual for me.  But I knew that it would be a great background for this photo of the grandkids taken on the Fourth of July weekend, a holiday here in the USA. My photo mat layers are the Adorn papers. 

As par for the course, I did some background work with gesso, a stencil, super heavy gesso and mists. Just a light touch as the papers are so pretty. 

This is the new Frolic Mesh chipboard piece! Gosh, I adore this one! It is for sure going to be a favorite. I inked it and then did sme random embossing in dark copper. 

I was excited to get these sweet Paisley and Vine Flowers chipboard piece in my design team kit! They are adorable ! Sweet and dainty. They were merely gesso-ed and inked. They picked a few random bits of embossing powder from my kraft mat and that created some fun texture

My title piece Fun in the Sun was painted, misted and the embossed all over for a shiny look. 

Blue Fern Studio products used:
Frolic Friendship
Frolic Adorn

Frolic in the Sun
Frolic Mesh
Paisley and Vine Flowers


"Cute Stuff"

Next, I decided to play up some of the greens from the Paisley and Vine collection for this photo of my granddaughter. The photo is rather poor quality but she needed it scrapped, so there you go! 
I did some photo editing and tried to have a little fun in the process. 

I've layered a sheet of Whimsy paper over Bohemian and then used torn strips of Bohemain (both sides) along with Splendor. Playing cards made for a perfect photo mat and subtitle. 

Have you seen the new Novelty trim pieces? That red piece in the center is one of them. Mine is painted and then misted in shades of red-orange. I also adore the Deja Vu Atelier Chippie! It made for a beautiful vertical piece to ground my layout. Gesso gave it some tooth and then I used paints and mists. The Cute Stuff title from the Good Vibes set is an oldie that I still enjoy using. I've simply inked it in brown. 

 The Halftone stamp was used to further frame the photo by adding texture and depth all around the photo area. 

Here are a couple of close-ups:

Swooning over the Atelier piece and stamps! 

Just another little close-up. 

Blue Fern Studios products used:
Paisley and Vine Splendor
Paisley and Vine Whimsy
Paisley and Vine Bohemian
Paisley and Vine Playing Cards

Novelty Trims
Déjà Vu Atelier Chippie
Good Vibes



"Enjoy the Journey"

You might have already seen this one! It was made for last month's Sketch challenge but I never got a chance to share it.  I've used a combination of Ombre Dreams papers, Shannon's Dream and Julianna's Dream. Using a stencil, super heavy gesso and mist, I created a really fun background. A little brighter than I originally had in mind but I love the final result. All my chipboard was treated with gesso, chalk inks and microbeads and are listed below. 


Love the layering stems.

Microbead fun! 

Blue Fern Studios products used:
Ombre Dreams Shannon's Dream paper
Ombre Dreams Julianna's Dream paper

Layering Stems
Enjoy the Journey title
Jeweled Page Baubles
Flutter Page Singles

Well, that's it from me this month. 
Hopefully next month will be a bit quieter around our house and I can get back to
 creating a little more leisurely. There are lots of new goodies on my desk. 

Thanks for coming by!