Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Pretty as a Picture (2nd layout for Blue Fern Studios October Fan of the Month)

Today I'm very happy and excited to show you the second layout I've created 
as the Blue Fern Studios October Fan of the Month!

 This is my beautiful Mom when she was just 18 years old in 1948.
I knew this lovely photo would be perfect for the breathtaking page named 
Picturesque in the Blue Fern Studios Homespun collection!  

My designs always coordinate around pretty paper, rather than covering it up.  
That's exactly what I've done here.  
Not only is the gorgeous paper a stand out, but so are all of the embellishments!

Every one of my creations has special meaning for me in some way.  
This one of course is my dear mother, but also I noticed that she's wearing a pearl necklace.  
I rummaged through the costume/faux jewelry pieces of hers and found a pearl necklace!
 Some snippets from it really add a little bit more of 'her' in this layout.
I was especially excited to see things about sewing in this gorgeous Homespun collection!
My mother could sew very well and often made dresses for me when I was a child. 
She later made many of them for my daughter too!

I fussy cut & edge inked some ornate scissors from the Crafty page. 
They fit nicely at the bottom of the 'frame'.
On the Calling Cards page were lots of choices too!  
The 'Simple Sewing Cards' is adorable and a great corner fit!
Also, how perfect it is to use the word 'Homemade'.  
A Homespun Bloom really dressed up these cute cards!

The photo is placed on cardboard for added dimension & then framed by a pretty floral piece 
that is found on the backside of the Picturesque page. 
The beautiful Blue Fern chipboard piece, Royal Border, is heat embossed in Rusty Rose.
The entire piece was then lightly brushed with matte gel and heavily coated with Ruby Slippers glitter. 
I let this dry and set, then brushed off excess areas with my fingertip and a dry paint brush.  
Look how gorgeous it turned out!

I made two matching flower clusters for each side of the photo with the pretty Homespun Blooms.  
Red Christmas berry picks were added to match the printed ones on the page!  
Blue Fern's beautiful flesh toned Lace 3 was the perfect size.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.
I'm anxious to get started on next Wednesday's layout and I hope you'll be back to see it!
Have a great week everyone!
Lisa : )

Products used:

Homespun paper collection:

Calling Cards


Imagine Ink Media:
Rusty Rose (EP)

Ruby Slippers (Glitter)

Royal Border chipboard

Homespun Blooms #837388

Lace 3

2-tone Yellow Aster Daisies

Rose Leaves 40mm

MINI Red mix Sweetheart Blossoms

Hobby Lobby - Red Christmas berry picks

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Blue Fern Studios October Fan of the Month - 1st layout

Hi everyone!  I'm so happy to share some exciting news with you!  
I was chosen to be the October Fan of the Month for Blue Fern Studios!!  
Every Wednesday in October I will present a brand new creation on their site, as well as here on my blog. 
I'm THRILLED because I've used their products for quite a long time.
  Their paper collections are my favorite!  

The first layout for October is one that I previously made - Lucy's Beloved String .  
I used many Blue Fern products on this one.  It's one of my most favorites of Lucy. 
I chose this layout as my first presentation because it speaks volumes about who I am.....
a cat lover (especially of Lucy & Miss Gali). >^..^<  

Hope you will have time to hop over and read my bio and see my first post on the Blue Fern Studios site!  
Just click here.

Have a wonderful day!  Lisa : )

Blue Fern Studios Products used:

Happy Accident paper "Blessing" backside

Essential Textures Clear Stamp Set - bricks

Imagine Ink embossing powders - Oatmeal & Starry Night

Chipboard - Doodle Corners

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lucy Blue

Here is a layout of my beautiful Lucy!
I took this photo 8/19/17 with my iphone.  
The incandescent lights in our bathroom made the photo look yellowish and Lucy's eyes a much softer blue than they really are.  I had to work on fixing the photo so that it is closer to Lucy's true colors. 

I made this layout late in the evening and didn't realize until today that the heart chipboards on 
each side of the photo aren't level with one another.  LOLOLOL!
Plus my photograph of this layout is a bit on the angled side. Oh well!  C'est la vie!

I'm completely in awe how close in color this 49 and Market paper is to Lucy's eyes in the photo!!! 
WOW!!   It was then that I decided to title this Lucy Blue >^..^<

I was so anxious to use some new Spellbinders dies I recently bought!  
I used all four dies on this layout.  I LOVE them!!  

**Helpful tips** 
Intricate dies like the one shown below will be much easier to remove from your die if you add wax paper in between the die & the paper.  
MOST important: always add a piece of cardstock in between the platform & the acrylic cutting pad for a thorough cut.  

Staying with Lucy's colors of beige/buff, dark chocolate brown & blue, I created flower clusters.  

I FINALLY had the right layout to use this pretty button on!

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day!

Products used:

49 and Market - Heirloom Botanicals collection - Oasis

Spellbinders dies - Iron Romance

Sizzix Thinlits dies - Tim Holtz Alpha-numeric Script

Creative Embellishments chipboard - Whole Lotta Love Border

Blue Fern Studios Imagine Ink Embossing Powder - Stormy Skies

Tattered Lace dies - Ornate Leaves

Wild Orchid Crafts -
White Frosted Berry Spray

Blue Mix Cottage Roses - 30mm

Brown Mix Open Roses - 15mm

Blue Mix Curly Wild Roses 35mm

Vintage Mix Open Roses 10mm

2-tone Antique Blue Open Roses 25mm

ColorBox Pigment Ink - Colonial Blue

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Thinking of You (handmade card for a friend)

Hello everyone.  I know that it's been a while since I've posted anything, but I've been really down in the dumps since our little Pepper passed away & along with other set backs, I just haven't felt like creating.  

However, I was very honored to have been asked to share well wishes with a very sweet lady who is ill.  
She really needs to know that her friends are thinking about her and praying for her. 

I made her a card & pocket-envelope using Blue Fern Studios Spring Parade paper collection.  
The pocket-envelope is 8-1/2" long x 6" high.  
I used Sweet Grape colored seam binding for a little handle.  
My favorite color is purple, so I wanted to share a little piece of me with this dear lady.
Rub-on glitter butterflies and a pretty white pearl swirl piece completed the envelope decorations.

The card is 6" x 6". 
I decorated the front of it with Spellbinders Victorian Medallion Two, die cut in white cardstock.  
The "Thinking of you" sentiment is printed on BFS paper; die cut with Spellbinders Victorian Tags
adhered with foam tape for dimension and placed to the left bottom of the medallion.
It's edge inked with Wisteria color.

Decorations were completed with a small arrangement of pretty roses from Wild Orchid Crafts
Tattered Lace rose leaves die cuts; floral fussy cuts from the BFS Spring Parade collection papers; 
and lilac pearls along the printed lace edge. 

I wrote a personal note inside the card for this dear lady.  I've blocked her name for privacy purposes.  
I sure hope she starts feeling better soon.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend! 

Products used:

Blue Fern Studios - Spring Parade paper collection
for Main Card & fussy cut flowers

for fussy cut flowers

for pocket-Envelope

Spellbinders dies - 
Victorian Medallion Two

Victorian Tags

Paper House - Rub On Glitter Butterflies

Wants2Scrap - White Pearl Swirls (#7504)

Wild Orchid Crafts flowers - 
30mm Purple Cottage Rose

10mm 2-tone (Green & White) Open Roses

Tattered Lace dies - Ornate Leaves

Hug Snug - Seam Binding - Sweet Grape
Michael's - Recollections Lilac Pearls
ColorBox - Pigment Ink - Wisteria