Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Soft Kitty - A Layout For BasicGrey

Hello everyone! Firstly I have to apologise for the late posting on my recent layout for BasicGrey this month. I've been so under the weather this past couple of weeks but I'm happy to say I woke today feeling a bit better so hopefully that means I'm on the mend now.

So, today I'm sharing a simple layout featuring some of the stunning patterned papers from the new Prism collection. I thought I would go with a white theme, adding chipboard elements and die cuts to create focus and design.

To complement Prism I've chosen to use a black and white photograph of our lovely Burmese when she was just a kitten. We now have a second set of little feet running around the house - my gorgeous husband gave me a Bengal kitten for my birthday recently so I'll probably be scrapping a few photographs of her too soon!

There's a simple step x step tutorial live on the BasicGrey blog now on how to recreate this layout, along with instruction on how I have altered the wooden shape in the centre of the layout - you can find this here.

Thanks so much for calling in. Hope you're doing well.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Words & Paintery February 2015

So here we are, halfway through February which means it's time for a new challenge at the Words & Paintery challenge blog

This month we are playing with some lovely citrus themed colours - yellow, orange and green adding a touch of black and white for some variation along with an old but very much loved photograph of Courtney. I've used some Blue Fern Studios chipboard painted with gesso and a splash of watercolour for a fun look. This has been one of my favourite go to techniques for a few weeks now and I'm completely loving it.

Here's a peek at this month's palette, don't forget to hook up your entry for a chance to win this months prize. 


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Home Decor - BasicGrey

Hello again! Today I wanted to drop by to share my latest creation for BasicGrey - a home decor piece fusing together two collections, BasicGrey Spice Market and BasicGrey J'Adore.

This piece was so much fun to create right from the start and the sentiment on the Spice Market chipboard piece is perfect for a bedroom doorhanger - never stop dreaming.

You can find this piece along with a photographic step x step on the BasicGrey blog here.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Love Story - Brand New Collection By Blue Fern Studios

Hello there! Today I wanted to drop by to share my latest creation for Blue Fern Studios, featuring patterned papers from the brand new collection Love Story. There are so many beautiful designs to choose from but today I've chosen to use Amazing Heart, Twenty One and Calling Cards along with a selection of Blue Fern Studios chipboard and some subtle background stamping using the Love Story coordinating stamp sets.

I've used the Amazing Heart patterned paper as my background, adding fussy cut elements from both Twenty One and Calling Cards paper, tucking in watercoloured chipboard pieces taken from Cogs And Gears, Mini Flourishes and Chunky Heart Panel.

Thanks for dropping by, have a great day!


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

An Altered Paint Palette & A Scrapbooking Layout - Blue Fern Studios

Hello everyone. I'm back again today to share some photographs of my latest projects for Blue Fern Studios.

For my first project I decided on altering a wooden paint palette in a romantic shabby chic style to compliment the stunning patterned papers from Blue Fern Studios Montage collection and some gorgeous chipboard pieces.

With Valentine's Day just around the corner I decided to keep with this theme and I've painted up one of the adorable cherub pieces from BFS Valentine Cupids Set, adding detail using a combination of paint, water soluble crayon, pencils and markers. I just love how this sweet little character turned out!

For my title piece I've chosen the word "love" from the Adore, Love, Cherish pack painting it with watered down acrylic paint and adding some fine doodled love with a simple black Sharpie.

Here's a shot of the dimension in this piece. The papers are just breathtaking.

And my final project for this month at Blue Fern is a layout created using the lovely Sanctuary collection. I've used one of the darker patterned papers as my layout base, adding gorgeous splashes of coral shades of colour to coordinate. Again I've chosen to decorate my chipboard pieces with paint to help bring them to life - one of my favourite techniques for chipboard right now.

Thanks for dropping by. You can find more detail on these projects as well as further close up photographs on the Blue Fern Studios blog here.

**On a side note, after I posted this update to the blog I noticed that the layout design -almost- looks like a map of Australia. Just me or can you see it too? Happy accident.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

BasicGrey 2015 Design Team Announcement!

Oh my goodness, I'm so so happy to be continuing with BasicGrey on the new 2015 Design Team. I've had such a great time with this company and am absolutely thrilled to be amongst such wonderful talent. We have a much smaller team this year but there is no shortage of greatness and I can't wait to see what this year brings to us all.

Did I tell you? BasicGrey was the very first patterned paper I ever bought myself way back when. I purchased the Scarlet's Letter collection pack online and when it finally arrived I was so reluctant to use any of the precious package for fear of ruining it! Well many years later I'm not at all reluctant to dive into my BG goodies and I can't believe I've been given this second opportunity to get in amongst it all. I've been truly blessed, I know it.


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Love - Blue Fern Studios February Sketch Challenge

Hi guys! My gosh, it's February already - January really just seemed to fly so fast this year and here we are already introducing the new sketch for Blue Fern Studios! There are so many amazing entries for January and one lucky entry will win a fab Blue Fern Studios bundle of chipboard! And, we are doing it all again for February.

My version of the sketch challenge this month uses patterned papers from Blue Fern Studios Montage collection - I love working with this collection - and some beautiful chipboard shapes as well. 

I've painted my Jasmine Collage piece with watercolours to coordinate with my patterned papers, adding some doodled detail with a fine black Sharpie.

The small heart shape taken from the Chunky Heart Panel and again, I have added watercolour to create some beautiful colour and texture. My "love" title from the "Adore, Love, Cherish" set is the perfect finishing touch. To this piece I've used some dimensional pearl paint which looks AMAZING!

Here is a final look at some of the detail. I've done a lot of fussy cutting into the patterned papers, layering them together with dimensional tape for a fun finish and I have to say I'm really happy with how this layout has turned out. 

And finally here's a look at this month's sketch challenge! You can find lots of inspiration by the rest of the team at Blue Fern Studios blog, so be sure to drop by to take a look. And I'll look forward to seeing your amazing take on the challenge as well!