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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!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dusty Attic OCT Sketch Challenge

Here is my Halloween themed layout for The Dusty Attic October Sketch Challenge.  Picture of my 2 boys doing "snow angels" in their candy a few years ago, LOL.  As I was scrapping this picture my daughter begged me to take a picture of her this year doing the same - too cute!

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Here is a close-up of the beautiful Large Number Panel (DA1050) and the script title from the Word Pack #4 (DA1077). On both of these pieces I swept some Navajo White Paint (DA0903), leaving some bare chipboard revealed. Next, I went over it all with some Vintage Gold Paint (DA0926), giving the white an antique finish and the bare chipboard some glimmer.

Here is the amazing layout inspiration this month - I just flipped the sketch.

Don't forget to enter your interpretation of the gorgeous layout this month for a chance to win a great chipboard prize package! Link your project to the top right side of the Dusty Attic Blog to enter!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Another year with Dusty Attic!

I am VERY excited to announce that I will be continuing to design for The Dusty Attic in 2015.   This will be my third year with them!  I am equally excited that ALL 8 members of the current team are staying "in the family", plus we are welcoming 7 new talented designers.  That's 15 "dusty" designers for the new year!

What a true honour to be selected among such amazing designers.  Check-out the announcement...

Friday, October 3, 2014

CM Sketch and a goodbye

I leave you with my last project for C'est Magnifique kits.  I have enjoyed being on the Design Team but am planning on starting full-time work soon and with 3 kids added to the mix, well... there just aren't enough hours in a day anymore.

Here is a layout I created using the October "Sweet Treats" kit. I used items from the main kit and the flower add-on for this layout. I even used a few pieces of Prima packaging from the flowers as layers around my image too!

This is the fantastic sketch for this month.

Don't forget to enter your interpretation of this beautiful sketch for a chance to win a fantastic prize! See details on the C'est Magnifique Blog! You have until October 30th to enter for a chance to win one of 2 prizes!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

C'est Magnifique October kit projects

Sadly this will be my final full reveal using C'est Magnifique kits.  The "Sweet Treats" October kit features some gorgeous Maja Designs papers - the coffee in the arbour collection.

Up first is layout of my dad and the start of his family (now has 2 more siblings) when he immigrated to Canada from Portugal. Everything on this layout is from the main kit and flower add-on except for a few doilies from my stash.  I pulled out some old creative memories tools to create the scallop circle design.

This is a display layout I created. Everything on this layout is from the main kit and flower add-on except for the doily and some seam binding from my stash.  The seam binding was tinted using the ink the kit and I also stamped on the doily with that very pretty pink ink.

A unisex birthday card to add to my stash when an unexpected event occurs. Everything on this card is from the main kit and flower add-on.

A girly gift box (kirigami folding) to add to my stash when an unexpected event occurs. Everything on this card is from the main kit and flower add-on except the seam binding... it was tinted using the pink ink in the kit.

A peek at the main kit this month...

The flower add-on I used...

I will be back with one final share in a few days, using the kit sketch so stay tuned!