Saturday, February 13, 2016

Brotherly Love - Wonderful! More Than Words Challenge

Hello Bloggers! I'm playing along with the More Than Words challenge this month. The "word" part of the challenge this month is "Wonderful", while the "more" portion is to make your project sparkle.

When I think of the word wonderful, I think of the bond that my three boys share - their love is truly wonderful to me. Full of conflict and complexity, naturally, but also deep, goofy, enduring and beautiful - and I chose to celebrate that on my layout.

I am in love with dark background paper right now, and chose the dark, grungy tones of the Blue Fern Studios "Sanctuary" collection for my sparkly boy layout.

I started off by scraping some heavy gesso over my background, to which I added stencilling. I didn't have just the right colour of paint, so I cracked open a bottle of Liquid Pearls and used that, sprinkling in superfine glitter while it was still wet. I then splattered my background liberally with gold and blue mist to pull out the subtle background colours in the paper.

To continue on with the star motif, which I associate with a more masculine tone, I used the Blue Fern Studios Seeing Stars chipboard set, which I covered with Shimmerz Dazzlerz paint and sprinkled with glitter.

For a grounding, metallic influence, I heat embossed one of the Mixed Chains chippies in Midnight Copper and then dry brushed on some gesso.

I balanced all of the sparkle with some grungier elements: metals, cork and corrugated cardboard.

Even though it's a boy layout, I couldn't resist adding some flowers, but mixed in some metal and cork elements to help to integrate them to the rest of the layout. I love these Prima Winthrop vines - I think I bought them in every colour!

I had a lot of fun playing along with More Than Words, and can't wait for their March challenge!

Supplies Used:

Blue Fern Studios

Sanctuary Paper Collection:
- Correspondence
- Meadows of Time

Paisley & Vine Paper Collection:
- Playing Cards

Montage Collection: 
- Now And Then

- Mixed Chains
- Seeing Stars

Prima Marketing Inc.

- Winthrop Flowers: Amethyst
- Sunrise Sunset Vintage Trinkets: Roman Numerals
- Epiphany: Cork Stickers
- Paperclips: Something Blue
- Junkyard Findings: Industrial Lamps
- Art Sugar
- Heavy Gesso: White
- Stencil: Stars
- Color Bloom Spray: Gold Foil, Antique Gold, Deep Teal, Soft Teal


- Shimmerz Dazzlerz: Gummy Beary Blue
 - Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powder: Midnight Copper
- Liquid Pearls: Majestic Purple

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Better Late Than Never!

I had originally prepared this layout in July, but with everything else going on has sat in a pile for the intervening 7 months. I really love the brightness of it, though, so I'm pulling it out to share now. I used some of the lovely Blue Fern Studios Ombre Dreams papers for my background - they are still some of my favourites.

I wanted to go for an art journal style background, so I started off by masking with gesso, and then added layer after layer of masking with different mediums and finished off the background with some stamping. I punched assorted sizes of circles out of scrap bits, and coloured them with Gelatos before adhering them to the page and adding some doodling around them.

I cut the Blue Fern Studios Organic Vine chippy in half to bracket my photo, and applied several layers of blue and green paint, heat setting them for some bubbly texture. I adhered them to my page before splattering everything with black and white Splash ink from 13 Arts.

Some colourful Petaloo blooms and little Prima trinkets finish it all off.

Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies Used

Blue Fern Studios

Ombre Dreams paper collection:

- Leslie's Dream
- Dream Cards
- Charlotte's Dream


- Organic Vine