Wednesday, December 28, 2016

~ Designer Favorites 2016 ~

Have you ever created a project that instantly became a fave? Maybe your photo spoke to memories past, or your new art supplies really got the creative juices flowing or even the mood you were in  as you created.  But somehow, it became a fave. 

Well, we decided to ask our Creative Team to show us THEIR favorite Blue Fern Studios project for 2016! 
They all agreed it was very hard to choose! 
But here is what they finally settled on  … 

Here's what Nicole said about her choice:

"I chose this layout as my favorite Blue Fern Studios DT creation because frankly, it is one of my all-time favorite any DT creations! But of course, Blue Fern Studios is the reason why it is so special. I am in love with woodgrain pattern and this one from the Tranquility collection with its teal blue tint is just gorgeous. I love the softness and serene feeling that this layout evokes with a very simple photo and a very inspiring quote. Every time I take a look at the chipboard focal piece, La Plume, I get a sense of peace and hope."

Designer Keren Tamir is a master at doing beach themed projects! Give her some blue and green and she's happy! Here, she took one of our Seaside Cottage papers and created this amazing calm and peaceful scene! Her chipboard choices are exquisite and replicates the ripples of the ocean! Ah, so relaxing! 

Marilyn Rivera also found it hard to choose just one project! Her background in fashion design is almost always incorporated in her layouts, most notably her fabulous pleating of her paper. Here, it seems the bride is pulling aside a curtain. Marilyn likes to frame her photos with embellishments, flowers, stenciling, ink and pearls. This is also a favorite photo of hers. 

Just one peek at this beauty and you can see Renae Harrison's love for mixing unexpected textures together.  The feminine photo, flowers, pearls and lace work beautifully against her rolled paper pieces, twine and wood sprigs. The chipboard was left almost natural to blend with her theme. 

Pascale is a master at making her photos the focus of her layouts. Here she has taken a vintage photo and clustered it with chipboard and flowers while still allowing the paper to shine! We adore the unique circular design. We will miss her amazing sneak peeks of her chipboard alterations. 

Here's what Debbie had to say about her fave:

"Here is my favorite from the Seaside Cottage Collection. I wanted to use the picture of my friend's daughter walking on the beach. Everything on this layout came together perfectly. Love the soft colors of the papers, flowers and embossing powders on the chipboard."

Cathi O'Neill is a fan of our older Ombre Dreams collection and it worked perfectly for this beach photo of her daughters! Her cluster of chipboard, flowers and shells are perfect accents. We love that she's including some stamping to create more dimension. Great choice! 

Here is what Karine told us about her "second favorite" project:
(Her actual favorite was recently used in her December post, so she chose another.) 

"I love this layout because it has everything I love about scrapbooking: memories, texture, chipboards, flowers and beautiful colors."

Marie-Eve had this to say about this layout of her sweet baby:

"It is My favorite because of the Mémoires collection That i just love!  It also included some texture chipboard , my favorite ones. Finally, It is a picture of my precious baby boy."

Elena Volchkova- Ukraine 

Elena also had a hard time choosing but finally settled on this one. Her style is always soft in texture but she often includes a few bright pops of color as she does here. You might notice this paper is that same one that Cathi chose. 

Sandi said:

"I finally settled on this layout as my favorite because I loved the grunge-y photo of my youngest daughter and took my inspiration from it. I had so much fun altering the chipboard pieces to complement the photo and the Serendipity paper. Also, because I usually do more shabby, romantic pages, this was an artistic departure for me." 

Maja Nowak - Poland

From Maja:

"I loved making each and every one of my projects for Blue Fern Studion during my term on the team, putting my heart into every creation. So if I have to pick just one most favourite, my choice is based on the amount of fun I had while creating, measured by the amount of BFS products used for it. :) And thus my pick is the mini I made for my June post, Crazy Cousins. It marks my absolute record with 21 chipboard pieced from 14 various sets, 13 embossing powders and 23 motives from 13 stamp sets. Plus fun photos I was working with." :) 

Karolina said this about her favorite:
We agree this is an amazing piece! 

"It was so hard to choose only one, so I needed more time. Here is my favorite. I picked this one because I love a marine style and colors and all details of this layout."

Yuko Tanaka - Japan

How could one ever decide on a favorite of Yuko Tanaka? She is known for  her great use of multiple photos and unique fussy cutting placement. Here she has used one of her wedding photos as well as a more recent one taken at the same chapel.  Her white chipboard just shines against her Timeless papers.   Such a soft, feminine page! 

Jelissa Mei - Singapore - Video Educator

Video Educator Jelissa Mei always wows with her unique backgrounds and great chipboard techniques. We thought this sweet photo of her baby girl with her daddy needed to be highlighted today. Jelissa makes great use of white space (Blush) around the photo cluster to really draw the eye towards it. We will miss Jelissa's great video tutorials but encourage you to visit our You Tube channel (link on the right sidebar)  in case you missed one. 

We have had a great year here at Blue Fern Studios! 
Lots of new products have been released and thoroughly enjoyed. 
We want to thank each and every designer who has been a part of this year for all your inspiration and dedication to the Creative Team.  

Here's to a great 2017! 


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Mary Christmas by Elena Volchkova

Hi, everyone! Soon the New Year, and today I would like to please you with a holiday mood! My layouts and greeting cards for your inspiration!

"Two sweet girls" layout

This layout about two pretty girls - аunt and niece. But both know how to have fun. And they are having fun and celebrate! Young and wonderful!

I used the Deck the Halls paper from the Vintage Christmas Collection as my background paper.
Very festive scrap paper!

Good Vibes I covered with Imagine Ink Honey embossing powder

Arching Leaves was covered with mixture of Imagine Ink embossing powders in Verdant and Lucky, which give the the perfect combination! Magic Green!

I embossed small rings (from Mini Rings set) with the Magenta and Tangerine embossing powders. And I use them as Christmas balls with beads, bells and sequins.

Blue Fern Studios Supply List:
Paper: Vintage Christmas - Deck the Halls; Vintage Christmas 2 - Holiday Cards
Chipboard: Arching Leaves, Good Vibes, Mini Rings
Imagine Ink Embossing Powder: Honey, Verdant, Lucky, Magenta, Tangerine
Flowers: Tranquil Blooms

"Christmas in Paris" layout

My second layout this is a fantasy of Paris. On a beautiful winter fairy tale in the in the dreamy city.
I used the Noel paper from the Vintage Christmas Collection as my background paper. And a lot of romantic details, 
I invite you to enjoy. I invite you... to Paris :)

Photo of the Eiffel Tower with trees in the snow, old letters, metal corner openwork, flowers and thread sisal.

Corner Flourishes I divided into two parts. They was covered with Coral Imagine Ink embossing powder.

French Word Plaisir I embossed with the Celestial Imagine Ink embossing powder.

The star anise adds warmth. And red glitter accents added to the festive mood. I used Fire Engine glitter in my layout.

Blue Fern Studios Supply List:
Paper: Vintage Christmas - Noel
Chipboard: French Words, Corner Flourishes
Imagine Ink Embossing Powder: Coral, Celestial
Glitters: Fire Engine
Flowers: Christmas Blooms, Soft Blossoms

Two christmas cards

Creating postcards in December is do wonderful process, so is it possible create only one item? Minimum two and they are is never enough somehow :) So my advice - always make them a little more!

I used the Tree Trimmings paper from the Vintage Christmas Collection as cards background. And I cutting elements from Holiday Cards (also Vintage Christmas Collection)

I embossed the Seeing Stars with the 14 Karat and Copper embossing powders.
Joy & Love I covered with Imagine Ink Poinsettia embossing powder

Blue Fern Studios Supply List:
Paper: Vintage Christmas 2 - Holiday Cards, Tree Trimmings
Chipboard: Good Vibes, Seeing Stars
Imagine Ink Embossing Powder: 14 Karat, Copper, Poinsettia
Glitters: Sunshine
Flowers: Christmas Blooms, Memoires Blooms,

I hope you enjoy viewing my works.
I congratulate all of you with the New Year 2017! Let it be magical and wonderful!

Hugs, Elena Volchkova

Monday, December 26, 2016

3 Chrstmas layouts with Yuko

Have you all had a wonderful Christmas?
I spent my time at home with my family.

Today I would like to introduce three Christmas layouts!

I love paper of this red stripe!
However, anything becomes much the same when based on this.
So I made half daringly this time and used it.

Corner chip board was processed with ANTIQUEGOLD embossed powder.

The letter of the title posted red glitter FIRE ENGINE.
A layout of Christmas may become a lot gorgeous.

I also pressed the clear stamp.

<Blue Fern Studiso>
Paper   Vintage Christmas 2 - Holiday Treats/Holiday Cards/Let it Snow
Vintage Christmas - Greeting Cards
Chipboard  Dangled Flake/Chunky Words/Formal Corners
Embossing Powder ANTIQUEGOLD
Flower  Christmas Blooms
Stamp  Christmas Collage

Very pale light blue color friendly atmosphere paper.
But since the ornament of the colorful tree was reflected in the photograph
I dared to make a monochrome photograph.

This neighborhood attached various textures.
The light blue lame is very beautiful with light blue and silver mixed!

I applied a brick texture with Modape.
I was able to meet before drying so that 
the surface can be traced like a toothbrush 
so that irregularities can be made.

Because I wanted the snow here to feel a bit frozen
I used GLOSS GEL and dyr glitter.

I also used a stamp here.
It will be tightened if a little black comes in.

<Blue Fern Studiso>
Paper  Vintage Christmas - Auld Lang Syne/ Wonderland
Chipboard  Winter Cabin/Wish, Wonder, Dream
Embossing Powder  PEAL/FROZEN
Flower  Soft Blossoms/Christmas Blooms
Stamp  Christmas Collage

【Cool Christmas】
The end is a little classical feeling.
The picture is Christmas 
in Harry Potter area of Universal Studios Japan!

I went to the other day, 
but it is different from colorful tree etc. in USJ
Very chic and cool image tree and cityscape.
So I tried making it a little cool.
I'm really happy to use this picture !

I also did this coloring method in my class
It is a process to make two color embossed powder overlap.
This method is favorite because it can be used anything at all .

The fluffy snow is piled up!

I also made snow on the flowers.

<Blue Fern Studiso>
Paper  Vintage Christmas - Noel/Deck the Halls
Vintage Christmas 2 - Holiday Cards
Chipboard  Star of David Set/Ironwork Edges/
Glitter PYRITE
Embossing Powder  EBONY/GINGER
Flower  Christmas Blooms

Blue Fern Studios' DT that I had for three years
is also the last in this month.
At first there is only a chip board,
Although shops handled in Japan 
were also few manufacturers
It has become a very famous manufacturer
 in the past few years since paper has been released!

I was really happy to be involved with Blue Fern Studios ❤
I never thought I could do it for three years
I was really happy!

I also appreciate Valerie who always reply me gently
 in my poor English! 

DT is over, but  I love Blue Fern Studios ❤
I'm going to use a lot to continue making works!

Thank you very much!