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Monday, April 29, 2019

If These Walls Could Talk Layout - Blue Fern

This is the cute bungalow we moved from last year (yet remained in the same community), after purchasing our lake house. I still get emotional when I think of almost 18 years worth of memories in that place.

For this layout I used Blue Fern's gorgeous Remnants paper collection, coordinating adhesive shapes, lace, flowers, garden daisies chipboard and tattered walls ephemera. A few little embellishments from my stash to tie everything together.

On the close-up, you can see that I used Blue Fern's lavender seedlings on the garden daisies chipboard. They perfectly matched the purple lilacs in the photo. I still miss all the pretty lilacs we had on that property! Well, as always... thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my project today.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Altered Can and Jar - Blue Fern

I decided to have some fun altering a tomato can and a mayonnaise jar...

I just can't seem to get enough of Blue Fern's Homespun and Heartland collections.  

On the tomato can I added an adhesive butterfly from the Remnants collection, Tattered walls ephemera and Blue Fern flowers too. Nothing from my stash on here - this is ALL gorgeous Blue Fern product.

On the mayonnaise jar, Homespun adhesive shapes, Tattered walls ephemera, Blue Fern flowers, ribbon and flourish heart chipboard... again nothing from my stash on this project either!

On the heart chipboard I inked in dark pink and then randomly glued some pink embossing powder on top for a thick shabby look. Well... once again tanks for stopping by to take a peek at my projects!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Travel Cards & Envelope Set - Blue Fern

Taking a little family trip soon and thought this would be a great journaling card set, for my 3 kids...

Wanderlust and is such a fantastic paper collections for this type of project! I simply grabbed a craft envelope, stamped with a beautiful Blue Fern background stamp, added paper layers, plus coordinating adhesive shapes, directions chipboard, and lots of inking on this project.

Above is a close-up of the envelope. As you can see... lots of distress ink used on here from stamping to chipboard and on the paper edges too.

On the 3 little cards, more adhesive shapes and inked directions chipboard. I am very sure I will be using more of this pretty collection post-vacation!  Thanks for stopping by to view my project today.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Lake House Layout - Blue Fern

We moved to a lakefront house a while back (less than 2 miles from our last house)... what a change and more renovations still to be done!  I will share a layout of my previous house at another time.

For this layout I used the gorgeous Blue Fern Amber & Apricot paper collection, coordinating adhesives shapes, tattered walls ephemera, rose leaves and hook & keys chipboard, plus gorgeous flowers. Lots of distressed layers and only a few embellishments from my stash.

On the leaves and key chipboard pieces I used variety of inks and chalks, for a rustic look. Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my newest project!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Wedding Gift Set - Blue Fern Studios

Well, I think it is obvious that I simply adore Blue Fern's HOMESPUN collection... so, I created a country style wedding card & gift bag set.

On the card I used several of the collection's adhesive accents plus LOVE STORY ACCENTS chipboard and beautiful Blue Fern flowers too!  I primed the chipboard with gesso, glazed on some glass beads medium and quickly sprinkled some embossing glitter (Blue Fern), as well added some diamond glass to the dress (for more texture).  The only thing from my "stash" is the pink heart paper doily.

For the gift bag, I used a simple craft bag and a circle doily I had... then I added Homespun paper collection layers, adhesive accents, Blue Fern flowers and more love store accents chipboard too.  On the chipboard I used texture paste and sprinkled some Blue fern embossing glitter before it dried.

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at project today!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Kirigami Gift Boxes - Blue Fern Studios

I am back to share a cute project idea - 6 x6 inch kirigami gift boxes. These are great for any time of year. I had fun playing with the Blue Fern's Heartland and Homespun collections, plus their gorgeous flowers, lace, adhesive shapes (that coordinate with the paper collections)... and of course chipboard (the clock is from the love story accents).

Here is a close-up of the first box... The only thing used from my "stash" is a paper doily.

Here is a close-up of the second box... On the clock chipboard (from the love story accents), I simply dabbed ink to leave expose raw chipboard showing. Sometimes less is more on some projects and a simple technique is perfect to suit the design style.

Thanks for taking the time to view my projects today and you can find a kirigami gift box tutorial on the right side of my blog with other turorials or directly at:

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Cards for "LOVE" month - Blue Fern Studios

The first card features a mix of the gorgeous Blue Fern Heartland and Homespun collections, plus love story adornments and 2 hearts set chipboard.  On the chipboard, I primed with gesso, glazed with a glass beads medium and then sprinkled BF pink embossing powder (before it dried).  Look at the gorgeous flowers and adhesive shapes that coordinate with the paper collections... Blue Fern makes designing so easy!  The only thing from my stash is that cute heart doily.

The second card features again a mix of the beautiful Heartland and Homespun collections, plus love letters chipboard.  On this chipboard, I simply randomly dabbed gesso to leave exposed raw chipboard.  I then dabbed a bit of clear glue and quickly sprinkled blue BF embossing powder (before it dried).  Once again, the only thing from my sash is the circle doily.  More gorgeous BF flowers that perfectly matched this project! 

Thanks for taking the time to view my projects today.  I cannot wait to create more and share new projects soon.  Blue Fern is a real treat to design with since there are so many amazing elements to design with, that all perfectly coordinate.

Sunday, February 17, 2019


After an almost 4-year break from being on design teams, due to work, raising kids, and major house renovations... I am so happy to announce that I will be designing for Blue Fern Studios for 2019.  I have decided to only work 3 days per week, so I am now a bit free to getting back to being able to commit to design team work... and renew my passion for paper art!  See who else is on the team = I am in very good company!

See the full announcement and individual blogs

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dusty Attic + Meg's Garden = LOVE!

It's almost the end of "love" month and I'm here to share a layout using some gorgeous Meg's Garden papers and lots of BRAND NEW Dusty Attic chipboard.  This layout was inspired by the February DA mood board and... who says you can't use Christmas papers all year long? They are so pretty!

On all of the chipboard I splattered DA's Navajo White DA0903 paint and topped it with DA Clear Crackle DA0900 Varnish.  This is a really easy way to achieve a nice rustic look. The title is from the DA1170 pack.

A very Elegant Swirl DA1123 complements the papers.

More pretty chipboard from the Elegant Swirl DA1123 pack - and some beautiful DA Bridal Veil DA0805 blooms too!

Drum roll please... here is the gorgeous mood board this month.  Make sure to enter your interpretation for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Dusty Attic!

I hope everyone was spoiled with love this month!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Peace (Dusty Attic/ Meg's Garden)

Another holiday layout featuring beautiful Meg's Garden Christmas papers and lots of gorgeous Dusty Attic chipboard.

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On the "peace" mini word from the pack #2 (DA0476) and the "nameplate" #6 (DA0872), I painted them with "navajo white" paint (DA0903) and topped with german glitter glass and diamond dust glass.
On the "corner flourish" #1 (DA0628), I also used the white paint and topped with coloured glitter glass, but with a little less coverage than above. I wanted the gorgeous flowers and sprays to stand out against the pretty flourish.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Believe (Dusty Attic/ Meg's Garden)

A few weeks ago I received some gorgeous Christmas papers from Meg's Garden and I knew they were perfect to create a layout using the December Dusty Attic Sketch.

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Here is the gorgeous sketch that inspired the layout.  Be sure to enter your interpretation of this beautiful sketch (link to the right side of the DA blog) for a chance to win some amazing chipboard!

Here is a close-up of the "Believe" title (DA0496). It was painted with "Alabaster" white paint (DA0902) and then topped with some diamond dust glitter glass.

The "scroll boarder #1" chipboard (DA0219) was finished the same way as above, with DA paint and glitter glass.

Thanks for joining me on the blog today, happy holidays!

Dusty Attic Retreat - March 2015

Awesome retreat in Australia - click on image for details!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Sweet Dreams (Dusty Attic)

A layout I created using a picture of my first born as an infant.  This is one of my favourite baby pictures of him (he is now 11 years old).  I dug out some Pion papers and then started to add gorgeous Dusty Attic products.

On the "sweet dreams" (DA0943) title, I randomly inked it with distress inks, leaving a little of the bare chipboard exposed (for a two-toned effect).

I treated the "corner flourish #2" (DA0629) the same way with inks (as the title), and then added some pretty "bridal veil" blooms (DA0805).

Sometimes an easy chipboard treatment is the perfect way to complement your photo and paper choices.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Dusty Attic NOV Sketch

This is a layout inspired by the November Dusty Attic Sketch Challenge.  I went a little retro this month and used some very old Prima papers and a photo of my daughter on her first birthday. In addition to chipboard, I also used some gorgeous Dusty Attic Celestial White blooms.

Here is the beautiful sketch (I flipped it). Don't forget to enter your interpretation of this sketch for a chance to win some awesome chipboard!  Just link your project on the Dusty Blog (top right side).

Here is a close-up of the scallop Lacing Tash, painted with Dusty Attic Navajo White and Dusty Pink paint.  I also used the same paints on one of the the Fancy Labels and the title from the Mini Words #1 pack. I splattered the paint to leave some bare chipboard exposed.

Next is a close-up of one of the gorgeous Baroque Corners set with some of the white paint splattered on.

Don't forget that Dusty Attic now sells GIFT CERTIFICATES - just in time for holiday giving!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cherished (Dusty Attic Chipboard)

This is a layout I made as a gift for a friend, using a stock photo that can be replaced.  I complimented some beautiful Pion Design papers with three gorgeous pieces of Dusty Attic chipboard.  Lots of heavy distressing on this shabby-chic layout too.

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The first piece of chipboard used was a corner flourish # 1. This is such an elegant flourish and you get 2 pieces per pack!  I simply painted it and then used some grey chalk ink on the edges.

The next chipboard piece is a birdcage #5... again you get 2 of these pretty cages per pack.  I used some white crackle paint and then lightly brushed it over with grey chalk ink to highlight the cracks.

Lastly, I used one of the words from the word pack #1. I inked the the title with grey chalk ink and then painted over it with Dusty in Colour Fine Silver paint.  This paint is so lustrous!