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April 22, 2016

Vintage Cards with Barnmarket



Hello, Cathi here with some more cards! I have been on a cardmaking kick lately and wanted to use the Barnmarket line to create some gorgeous vintage cards.


My first card and all the cards use the beautiful Spottet Rose paper in that gorgeous shade of blue. I have layered this card with the equally gorgeous Blackboard paper in soft pink to which I have added some stitching!  I added a shipping tag which I distressed with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, then layered several images from the Barnmarket paper, including the Special Friend cut outs. I had all the gorgeous flowers in my stash and added the butterflies also found on the cut apart paper. I added some twine and staples to the background and to the tag.


Here you can see the great dimension the butterflies give the card along with the gorgeous flowers.


For my second card I started with the Blackboard paper adding stitching around the edges. I then layered the Spottet Rose paper, again adding stitching. Again I have added a cut out from the Barnmarket sheet along with a sentiment and two gorgeous butterflies!



The butterflies look like they are ready to fly off the page, and you can see here how I popped the sentiment up on foam dots.


My final card is very dimensional. Again I have used the beautiful Spottet Rose  as my base, doing double stitching around the edge of the paper. I love the dragonfly tag and the sentiment from the Barnmarket paper.  I added a gorgeous flower vine and added another butterfly cut out to add amongst it branches, tucking a doily under to bring the design together.


I love the look of the cards created with Barnmarket . It is a beautiful collection, check it out here in the store!!  Thank you so much for stopping by!




April 12, 2016

April Projects for Blue Fern Studios


Hello friends! I'm here with two more projects for April! I am a little later this month as I was feeling very ill the last two weeks, and have nearly shaken the flu off, but it is still stubbornly lingering!! Once I felt better again I was able to finish off my projects and this first one is one of my favorites!

My daughter was in her first regional youth ballet performance last weekend. I took my cough drops and antibiotics with me and I watched her and the company perform some beautiful classical ballet pieces and contemporary pieces. She looks so elegant and so grown up in this photo, I just had to use it for a layout this month! The base page is the gorgeous Fondness paper from the Blush collection.


I used several cutouts from the Blush Calling Cards paper to tuck in underneath my photo, inking the edges in Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  Here you can see where I used the gorgeous Imagine Ink Snow and Lime Embossing Powders on the gorgeous Dare to Dream chipboard piece and Fancy Fob Watch piece. I also added some touches of Imagine Ink Cotton Candy Embossing Powder, a favorite of mine!


I have added some gorgeous Courtship Blooms and Roses along with some flowers from my stash. Again you can see the gorgeous Imagine Ink Lime, Snow, and Cotton Candy embossing powders on the fob chain.


To finish off my layout I used several stamp sets: Forever, Halftone, and Essential Textures using Walnut Stain and Worn Lipstick Distress Stains.

Blue Fern Studios Supplies:

Paper:
Blue Fern Studios Blush Collection~Fondness
Blue Fern Studios Blush Collection~Calling Cards

Chipboard:
Dare to Dream
Fancy Fob Watch

Imagine Ink Embossing Powder:
Snow
Lime
Cotton Candy

Stamps:
Forever
Essential Textures
Halftone


My next layout features the Serendipity collection and a photo of my great grandmother! I love to use actual vintage family photos of my own family and find this communion photo beautiful! For the base of this page I have used Serendipity Chronicle paper.


I cut the gorgeous Floral Spray chipboard piece and tucked it in under and around my photos. I colored the chipboard with the Imagine Ink Verdant embossing powder. You can also see some cut out pieces tucked in around the photo from the Serendipity Calling Cards page. 


I used a lot of beautiful flowers from my stash and also tucked in two green Courtship Blooms. Again I took the Imagine Ink Verdant Embossing Powder and colored in the Reminisce chipboard from the Serendipity Words 2 set.  I did a lot of background stamping using the Essential Textures, Texture Circles and Forever stamp sets.


My final little chipboard I added was this adorable bird from the All Natural set that I tucked in my flower cluster. I used Imagine Ink Buttercup embossing powder to color in the little bird. I love it!

Blue Fern Studios Supplies:

Paper:
Blue Fern Studios Serendipity Collection~Chronicle
Blue Fern Studios Serendipity  Collection~Calling Cards

Chipboard:
Floral Spray
Serendipity Words 2
All Natural Set

Imagine Ink Embossing Powder:
Verdant
Buttercup

Stamps:
Forever
Essential Textures
Texture Circles


April 8, 2016

Nature Collage Card for Riddersholm Designs


Hello fellow crafters! Can you tell I love the Newport collection? Last time I made a card and tag with the beachy themed papers and today I wanted to do a nature collage with the gorgeous pinks from the set!


To add some great texture I layered some corrugated cardboard over the gorgeous Breeze paper from the collection.  I added some delicate Wycinaka chipboard to the card as well as tucking in some scraps from the other side of the Breeze paper underneath my collage.


Riddersholm Designs collections always come with a gorgeous cutout sheet of images and tags. I have added several to this card.

 
I added some gorgeous Prima flowers and buttons from my stash and finished off my card with a triple row of stitching.

Newport is such a versatile collection with stunning colors and themes, check it out in the shop!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

April 1, 2016

April Sketch Challenge at Blue Fern Studios


I can't believe how the months are flying by this year! It is time for the April Sketch Challenge over at Blue Fern Studios and here is my layout I'd love to share, featuring the gorgeous Courtship Lane papers and my ballerina who isn't camera shy in her costume for her youth ballet show, Coppelia!

Here is the gorgeous sketch this layout was based on:



Of course I had to used the ballerina from the Music Box chipboard, embossed with Imagine Ink Embossing Powder in Cotton Candy.  I have also done a little cluster in the top right hand corner of the layout with the Turkish Bits, again with the Imagine Ink Embossing Powder in Cotton Candy. Here you can see the gorgeous Courtship Lane Roses.


I have tucked in some of the Courtship Lane West Plaza paper under my photos here, adding more Courtship Lane Roses and Blooms. To tie in with the black lacing on the costume I have added some black seambinding in a bow and some black lace.  I have added some stamping from the music stamp from the Texture Circles Stamp Set and the diamond pattern from the Forever Stamp Set.


Here you can see more Courtship Lane blooms and the I Think You're Wonderful Chipboard  which I have embossed with the Imagine Ink Embossing Powders in Cotton Candy and Heavenly


To finish off my layout, I added some masking and molding paste and some purple splashes. I tucked in a tag for journaling and a Reneabouquet butterfly.

 Blue Fern Studios Supplies:

Paper:
Blue Fern Studios Courtship Lane Collection~Calling Cards
Blue Fern Studios Montage Collection~West Plaza


Chipboard:
Music Box
Turkish Bits
I Think You're Wonderful

Imagine Ink Embossing Powder:
Cotton Candy
Heavenly

Stamps:
Texture Circles
Forever

Flowers:
Courtship Blooms
Courtship Roses


Now it is your turn! We would love for you to use the April Sketch as inspiration for your project. We will have a prize for one lucky winner (from a random draw), and will feature a few projects from YOU at the end of the month!

We ask that you follow these guidelines:

  1.  Feel free to interpret the sketch as you please by means of taking it as-is or flipping/turning/mirroring it to suit your needs, but please make sure your layout resembles the sketch.
  2. Please note that you can do whatever type of project you please - a layout, card, canvas, altered item- whatever suits your mood and style! We would love to see the different ways our sketch can be used.
  3. You must use at least one piece of Blue Fern Studios chipboard OR use Blue Fern Studios paper on your project. Please note that you do not need to use the pieces featured in the sketch - use whatever suits your fancy! You can find the store nearest you HERE.{Do not use any other brand of chipboard on your project, please!
  4. Upload your project using the Inlinkz tool below by midnight EST on April 30, 2016.

March 25, 2016

Dreaming of Summer with Riddersholm Newport Papers


Last project I did for Riddersholm used the pastel pink shades in the Newport collection for a spring theme! Today I used the gorgeous beachy Shells paper from the collection with my favorite blues, browns and grays. I absolutely love how my tag and card turned out!


For the tag, I cut out the shape and inked the edges. I also sewed in dark gray thread around the edge of the tag. I fussy cut the compass shape from the paper, again inking the edges.



I love the colors of the Prima flowers I used on these project this week, they match so well with the papers! I added some thick netting to fit the beach theme!



Of course I had to tuck in some shells, and also added a cut out title to the tag, Stay Calm and listen to the waves!  I also added in some Wycinaka chipboard grasses.



Here you can see where I added some splashes done with Shimmerz Texturez and a stencil. I finished off the tag with a lot of gorgeous ribbons and lace found in the shop!



My card also uses the gorgeous Shells paper.Again I added gray stitching to the edge of the card.


I built up the card starting with the gorgeous neutral flowers from Prima in gray and black. I added some shells into the cluster and the gorgeous thick netting.


I tucked in a few more white flowers, added some cutout pieces to the card and added my favorite script stamp to the background.

I hope you like my tag and card set, they are some of my favorite pieces for the year.  Have a look at the gorgeous Newport Collection it is so versatile!










March 20, 2016

March Challenge at Berry71bleu


It is definitely starting to feel like spring here in Ireland and I have been totally inspired by Tusia's gorgeous moodboard to create some lovely spring like pastel cards!! I took the colors and the shapes of the flowers and added some butterflies all from the moodboard below:


Here is my first card.


I just love all the 7 Dots papers, but the gorgeous Illumination collection is PERFECT for spring! I love the soft muted pastel colors!  I also used a sticker from the Soulmates collection for this!  I had some Prima flowers and vines from my stash that worked perfectly and added a beautiful butterfly from Reneabouquet. I finished off the card with some stitching along the edges.


My second card also features the Illumination paper and the sticker from the Soulmates collection.  I chose another Prima flower and vine and Reneabouquet butterfly to match the moodboard. These two cards in the set work great together and I think follow the moodboard well!!  Will you join us for this challenge and make your own gorgeous spring colored projects??

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March 11, 2016

Spring Inspiration with Riddershlom Newport Papers


Spring is coming and Easter is on the way, so I wanted to share the gorgeous pink pastel papers in the Newport collection! I have chosen a sweet photo of my eldest when she was little, on a nature walk we did one spring afternoon many years ago! I chose for my base page the beautiful Breeze paper, so soft and beautiful!


I just love using the cutouts from the collections and this layout is no different. You can see some tags and pieces I used and some of the butterflies I cut out from the papers too!. I made some small blooms using the papers from the collection as well.


I love adding the Riddersholm Glitter Glass to a layout for some extra texture. Here you can see lots of the stitching, misting, splashing and stamping I have done too. I just love the ivy vine I found in my stash, added a great touch to the woodland photo!


Here you can see a few layers of the Postcard paper, which is the same paper I used to make my pretty little rolled blossoms. Finally, after adding more flowers and vines, tags and stamping to my layout, I finished it off with a title chipboard from Wycinaka: Sweet Love.

I had a great time working with layers and mixed media for this layout and I hope you like it! It was great to get out some of my favorite stamps and just have fun.

Thanks so much for visiting!