Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Timeless Blue Fern Studios Layout~

I grew up in the country and I think I learned to ride a horse as soon as I learned to walk. To me there is nothing like the feel of a Velvet nose nuzzling you, the look of those big eyes when you are giving them a skritch right between the eyes, or the feel of those muscles rippling underneath you as you move in unison during a run. 

"There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse."~ R.S. Surtees
This layout features a photo by Photographer-Roy Bozerth that I used to create this layout that reflects one of my loves:

I started with the gorgeous, dark wood grain Timeless Abode Paper for my background.
I then took a piece of Timeless Papillons Paper  tearing the edges and around the brick pattern, then heavily inking the edges with 2 different colors of ink and then painting over the inking with crackle paint to get an amazing aged, rustic look.


Next came some burlap and then another layer of inked and distressed paper topped with my photo that I distressed and double color inked the edges on. 



I love pockets and places to tuck journaling and small treasures, so I incorporated a canvas pocket into this layout, using a left over canvas mini album page that I turned sideways, threaded burlap through the ring holes, and added some Key Trinkets to.



Here is the closeup of the pocket that offers up a secret hiding place.

And there is a journal card that pulls out that I created out of one of the Blue Fern Timeless Calling Cards cut from the paper, adding some burlap string and a flower. 



At the top corner of my photo I used a Blue Fern Circle Chain that I hit with an ink pad, leaving color in some spots and the natural chipboard color in others, and added some flowers in.



At the side of my photo, I created a hemp rope bow and topped it with a Blue Fern Manor Hinge Chipboard Piece that I two tone inked with the same colors that I used on my paper edges and added a little flower.



At the bottom corner of my photo, I added a larger Blue Fern Chain Circle, more flowers, hemp rope and another Manor Hinge Chipboard Piece.



For my sign piece, I cut out the pattern from the Blue Fern Calling Cards Paper, added some Chipboard Pieces that were actually from the parts of the Manor Hinge Pieces that most people punch out and throw away. I love using even those odd pieces that are not a part of the original design. I cut the "Timeless" piece from the bottom piece that names the Timeless Paper you are using, once again using a piece that others throw away.
The Butterflies are my Handcrafted Organza Butterflies and looked so YUMMY with the Timeless Collection.



Here is a side shot, showing off all that dimension and texture that you can achieve so easily with Blue Fern Studio Products.

I hope you have enjoyed this peek into my horse loving soul!! May you always find the things in life that are food to your own soul! Hugs ~Renea

Blue Fern Studio Supply List:

Paper:
Timeless Collection-Abode 
Timeless Collection Papillons
Timeless Collection Calling Cards

Chipboard:

Circle Chains
Manor Hinges




Friday, February 5, 2016

True Love Pocket Journal~

With Valentine's Day just 9 days away, I wanted to create an off the page Pocket Journal that is perfect for journaling and tucking in some of those love notes and romantic momentos that surround the day of love, and the Blue Fern Blush Collection was soooooo perfect for capturing the look I wanted:


I started with a hand sewn, 3 layer pocket that gives me places to tuck items in, and then layered the front and back with the Blue Fern Blush Devoted Paper, adding a row of lace to create a romantic base layer.



Next, I used a Blue Fern Floral Clock Chipboard  Piece, this is a gorgeous piece and I painted it with white crackle paint, sprinkled it with chunky glitter glass and gold microbeads and let it air dry to bring out the YUMMY crackle finish, then topped it with the hands and added a pearl center. 
The Butterflies are some of my handcrafted pieces that I love to add to my art work.


Here you can see all the texture!
The sweet couple was fussy cut from the  Blue Fern Blush Calling Cards, and added onto the clock piece with foam tape.


I then added some various flowers and some handcrafted texture roses.


At the bottom corner, I took a "True Love" sentiment piece from the Blue Fern Two Hearts Chipboard Set, inked it then went around the edges with a marker to make it stand out.


I fussy cut this piece from the Blue Fern Blush Cupid's Folly Paper, added some texture roses and added the piece on with foam tape.


I added a beautiful Vintage Metal Clip and cut out a butterfly from the Cupid's Folly Paper and put it under the glass dome for a Romantic touch.



I created tuck in pieces that are perfect for journaling, and adding small photos and momentos  to. They include:
2-Large Tags created with the Blue Fern Cupid's Folly Paper and topped with seam binding bows and buttons.
1-Fussy Cut Heart Piece from the Blue Fern Calling Cards Paper
3-Double Sided Cards  from the Blue Fern Calling Cards Paper
1-Fold Open Card  from the Blue Fern Calling Cards Paper
1-Accordion Fold Piece  from the Blue Fern Calling Cards Paper


And here is a back view.

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you!! May your day be filled with love, happiness and all the chocolate you can eat!!! Hugs ~Renea 

Blue Fern Studios Supply List:
PAPER:
Blue Fern Blush Devoted Paper
Blue Fern Blush Calling Cards
Blue Fern Cupid's Folly Paper

CHIPBOARD:
Blue Fern Floral Clock Chipboard
Blue Fern Two Hearts Chipboard Set

Items from the Reneabouquets.com and Reneabouquets Etsy:
Handcrafted Mini Texture Roses In, Pink, Soft Teal and Soft Yellow

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Doing What I Love With The Romantic Blue Fern February Sketch~

Love is in the air, and with the Blue Fern February Sketch to inspire me, I just had to create a Shabby, Romantic Layout!! 


I grabbed the new Blue Fern Studios Blush Paper Collection, a romantic photo of one of my FAV subjects-Ballet, and used the sketch to draw lots of inspiration from:


I started with a layer of Blush-Key To My Heart Paper, and then overlayed it with a piece of Blush-Celebration Paper,  


tearing random spots and curling back the edges to reveal the paper underneath.




I then took another piece of the Celebration Paper, and fussy cut out the top section and layered it on with foam tape to give me the feel of a curtain type piece that reminded me of the pattern in the sketch.
I created layers from leftover pieces of the 2 papers to top with my photo, cutting and curling some of the edges.


The word "Love" in the sketch inspired me to use the Love piece from the  Blue Fern 2 Hearts Set. 
I love texture and wanted to create lots of it, so I took a Blue Fern Everlasting Dangle Chipboard Piece and first painted it with Gesso and then wrapped it randomly with tulle.


I then took my heat gun to it to melt the tulle to the chipboard. I then randomly sprinkled Imagine Ink Cotton Candy Embossing Powder and some Glitter Glass and heat set them. I then added some Resin Ballet Slippers.


I pressed the "Love" Chipboard piece into clear embossing ink and then sprinkled it with the Cotton Candy Embossing Powder, heat set it and then created a crinkle seam binding bow and topped it with a  Glass Dome Cabochon. Such a Romantic. full of texture piece!!




I created a Flower Piece at the bottom corner using some soft flowers and then took a Blue Fern Chelsea Vines Set,



and heat embossed it with some Imagine Ink Sage Embossing Powder. Don't you just love the texture that heat embossing adds to chipboard? And the Imagine Ink Embossing Powders are just amazing to work with!




To add a bit more detail and depth to my layout, and pick up some of the pattern you see in the sketch,  I used a Blue Fern Arcadia Texture Stamp and stamped along the edge of my large Chipboard piece, 



And along the torn side of my layout.
I also added some of my Handcrafted Glitter Glass Dragonflies that looked amazing with the Blue Fern Papers!





Here is a side shot, so that you can see how you can create lots of dreamy layers and romantic drama using the Blue Fern Products.

I hope you get to spend Valentine's Day with someone that you love, and that you get to create some Romantic Projects of your own. I will be spending mine with the love of my life, my husband, David whom I have been married to for over 25 years!! He is soooooo loved! XOXO ~Renea

Blue Fern Supply List:

Paper:
Blue Fern Studios Blush Collection~Key To My Heart 
Blue Fern Studios Blush Collection~Celebration

Chipboard:
Everlasting Dangle
Chelsea Vines

Imagine Ink Embossing Powder:
Cotton Candy
Sage

Items From The Reneabouquets.com and Reneabouquets Etsy Shops:
Blue Fern Blush Collection
Blue Fern Everlasting Dangle


Saturday, January 30, 2016

ATC~Create Everyday~

I love doing ATC swaps with my scrappy friends and this is one that I created for Tosha Crow for a swap that I participate in on the Scraps Of Darkness Community Facebook Page. 




I started with a 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 Chipboard base and then layered Blue Fern Timeless Paper that I distressed and Inked with Tim Holtz Seedless Preserves Ink and then machine sewed. 


I then created a corrugated board pocket that I painted with Dina Wakley White Gesso then sprinkled randomly with Blue Fern Mystic Plum Embossing Powder, Reneabouquets Chunky Diamond Glitter Glass and RB Silver Microbeads. Next, I created a heart piece by cutting out the heart shape from different pieces of the Timeless papers, distressing and inking the edges with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Ink, and then sewing the layers together, adding some burlap and a sweet little rose that I misted with TH Seedless Preserves Stain



The Pull Out Tag Piece is one that I created using a heart that I cut from some Chipboard, then coated with Reneabouquets Pearl Glitter, Diamond Chunky Glitter and Silver Microbeads. I covered the backside in more of the Timeless Paper and then punched a hole, pulled some burlap strings through and tied a bow. I added the word "Create" to go with the other "Everyday" piece on the bottom of the ATC to inspire Tosha to "Create Everyday". 



I just love how the Pearl Shard Glitter, Diamond Glitter and Microbeads took on a mosaic look after I misted it with Seedless Preserves stain, and then over misted it with some Sunset Pink spray I had on hand~DELICIOUS!!

I hope you find the time to create everyday! Whether it be art, decorating our home, cooking or gardening, it is so important for us to daily do the things we love!! Hugs ~Renea


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Serendipity~New Blue Fern Paper Line Just Released!

Blue Fern Studios has just released it's newest paper line~Serendipity!!!


I don't know about you, but I can not wait to get my hands on it! I think it is perfect for any artist's style with those soft colors on some of the papers and the darker, more grungier prints on others. I just love all the details and pieces that are perfect for fussy cutting and off the page projects as well!!

You can check the collection out along with the new Chipboard and Glitters that were designed to coordinate with it, on the Blue Fern Blog!!! Hugs ~Renea

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Can You Believe This Started As A Place Mat??

I love to participate in fun swaps and when I saw this Elegant Envelope Swap on Chic Craftique's Facebook Events, I just had to try something new and participate!! The swap rules had us taking a Place Mat, yes a place mat and turning it into an Elegant Envelope full of YUMMIES to send to our swap partner. I grabbed my place mat and some Reneabouquets products and got to work to create the following envelope to send out to my swap partner Faith Chesney.



I started with a sheer gold place and folded it into an envelope. I then took curtain panel and covered the whole inside of the envelope and then edged it out with some Vintage lace from my stash,  hot gluing the sides to form the pouch. I then layered  on some Reneabouquets  Golden Goddess Wide Lace on the outer top flap of the envelope, and used a Vintage Romance Brooch to simulate a closure. I used spray adhesive to attach tall my laces, because I thought it would help to make the piece a bit more stiff and it worked perfectly.


I opened the envelope up and added some Reneabouquets My Romantic Heart Lace. I also used the same lace to cover the back side. I then added a strip of Vintage lace from my stash and a sweet resin angel. 




To decorate the outside, I created a pocket from a heart doily that I misted with Tim Holtz Tattered Rose Stain and then rolled some script paper and tied them with twine and tucked them in the pocket.



Next, I added an Ivory Chiffon Flower some mulberry paper flowers, some light green leaves, and a Love Stick and Cherub Die Cuts from the Reneabouquets Victorian Ephemera Set. 



I tucked in lots of treasures for my swap partner into the pocket that includes: 4 different Vintage Laces from my stash, 2 Vintage Doilies, some paper Doilies, a collection of Vintage images that I have recolorized over the past couple of years wrapped with hand dyed seam binding with a sweet Vintage Scissors Trinket, and a set of my handcrafted Reneabouquets Divine Romance Butterflies.

I hope my swap partner loves her Elegant Envelope!! I have to say this was a project that I would not have tried had I not wanted to participate in the swap, so I hope that I can encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new as well. If you would like to participate in a Chic Craftique swap, but are not a member, please feel free to message me on my Renea Harrison Facebook Page , and I will get Julie Monroe to send you an invite!! Hugs ~Renea

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Blue Fern Frolic Mini Album~

Today, I would love to share my 3rd January Project for Blue Fern Studios! I love creating off the page projects, and one of my FAV things is mini albums. I love creating pages that have little tuck ins for storing memories, and all kinds of unexpected treasures!!



 For this mini album, I used the Blue Fern Frolic Paper Collection,  starting with a layer of Friendship as the base layer and then adding a layer of  Petits Moments


I then added a layer of corrugated board that I added some beads, Imagine Ink Embossing Powder In Cerulean and cheesecloth to grunge it up a bit. I took some pieces of  the Blue Fern Shabby Brick Pieces Chipboard, textured them and added them to my cover design.


Next, I fussy cut out one of the birds from the Friendship Paper and glitter painted him up, then cut out the rest of the bird design and added it to a Blue Fern Majestic Chipboard Frame.


I painted the frame with a coat of gesso and then heat embossed it with the Cerulean Embossing Powder.



Here is a look at all the layering.


Here I created pocket pages with tags using the following Blue Fern Papers:
Frolic Petits Moments
Frolic Veranda



For these pages, I used:
Frolic Friendship and Frolic Petits Moments Papers
there is a pocket that I created using a cut out of the birds design and then created,


a sweet, little sewn booklet from the Calling Cards Paper, 


and a tag that tucks in at the top from the Dans Le Jardin paper.

These pocket pages were created with the Frolic Adorn Paper.


And all the tuck in and tags were created with the Frolic Calling Card Paper.


The last set of pages were created with the Frolic Dans Le Jardin Papers and feature a pocket,


With Frolic Calling Card tags as well as a large tag, tuck in created with Frolic Friendship Paper.


The back side was created using Frolic Friendship Paper.

Blue Fern Studio Supply List:
Paper:

Frolic Friendship
Frolic Calling Cards
Frolic Dans Le Jardin
Frolic Petits Moments

Frolic Veranda
Frolic Adorn

Chipboard:
Majestic Frame
Shabby Brick Pieces

Imagine Ink Embossing Powder:
Cerulean

Items used from the Reneabouquets.com and Reneabouquets Etsy: