Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The March Kit from C'est Magnifique

Here's a look at the March Kit from C'est Magnifique, called "Whimsical Melodies".  The paper is from a Canadian manufacturer called Magenta.  What a great variety of colors!

This one, Macy, is for you.  What a sweet photo, and I love your little pony-tails!



I got a chance to use some chipboard from Blue Fern Studios that was in the kit. 


I just love distressing the chipboard.  Here I used the Glimmer Glaze that was in the kit, along with some Distress Stain.  


The flowers from the kit and flower add-on were such a great combination of colors and styles.


~~~Valerie

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Kitty Kisses

Hi everyone!  I hope you're having a great weekend.  I spent the morning making birthday cards at a crop, and the afternoon celebrating my niece's birthday.  Happy 6th birthday Makenzie!  

The C'est Magnifique Kits are selling out so quickly lately, but I wanted to give you just a peek at the March kit.  Even though the kit is already sold out, the paper is still available in the store.  It's a from a Canadian manufacturer, Magenta, and I really loved working with it.  Here's a look at the paper:


I created this layout using a photo of my niece, Abby, sharing a kitty kiss. 


I love these colors!  I swiped a Tim Holtz distressed ink pad over the edges of the flower to add some color. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

~~~Valerie

Monday, February 11, 2013

Blue Fern Studios Blog Hop Winner!

A big thanks to all of you who participated in the very first Blue Fern Studios Blog Hop!  Thank you also for all your kind comments.  I read every one of them.  I hope that by participating in the blog hop you were able to find some awesome ways to use chipboard on your projects.  

As promised, I now want to announce the winner of my giveaway to one of those who left a comment on my blog:


Entry # 19, chosen from the eligible comments, belongs to Magis, from Russia:


Congratulations Magis!  You have won this beautiful collection of Blue Fern Studios chipboard.



Please send me an e-mail at: valerie{at}bluefernstudios.com within the next 7 days to claim your prize.

~~~Valerie

Friday, February 8, 2013

Welcome to the Blue Fern Studios Blog Hop!

Hi everyone!  Thanks so much for joining us for the Blue Fern Studios blog hop.  I am Valerie Serfozo and so proud to be the design team coordinator for Blue Fern Studios.  If you're not familiar with this company, follow along the blog hop and you will fall in love with the stunning chipboard designs. 

What: Blue Fern Studios Blog Hop
When: February 8th-10th, 2013
How: Simply visit each of the blogs below, then leave a comment (and become a follower, if required). There are sure to be plenty of goodies along the way!

Who: Here is the blog list, in order:

As long as you stop at each of these blogs and leave a comment, you will be in the running for the randomly-drawn GRAND PRIZE:



Additionally, I will be giving away a little prize pack myself!  All you have to do is become a follower of my blog (if you aren't already), and leave me a comment.  I would love to know how often you use chipboard on your projects.  Here's what I'll be sending one lucky winner, selected by a random draw:


I find myself adding some chipboard to all my layouts!  It can be used naked, just as it is, or there are hundreds of ways to alter it.  Here's a layout I created last weekend using a photo of my precious niece Makenzie.  I used five different Blue Fern Studios chipboard pieces/sets on this layout.


This is a piece of chipboard from the "Heart Set".  I coated it gesso, then added some clear glue and some micro-beads.  The beads weren't the color I was going for, so instead of looking at it as a mistake, I chose to let it lead me in another direction.  I added some white pearl paint and a couple of shades of Shimmerz until it was the color I wanted. 

Here is a close-up of the very intricate "Symphony Border".  Here I painted the border white, then added some ultra-fine glitter while it was still wet. 

The "Natural Sprigs Set" is perfect for adding to your flower clusters.  I coated the piece with gesso, then swiped a green ink pad across it.  I also dabbed a little white pearl paint across the leaves to add some definition.

You can see on the "Seasonal Wild Flowers" that I blended several different shades of pink mists so that the piece wouldn't be one uniform color.  There are no mistakes when covering this chipboard because you just keep adding color until you get the shade you're looking for.

And lastly, I used a couple of the words from the "Valentine's Word Set" for my title.  This set is not all about Valentine's Day, and you can get several titles from it.  I primed the words with gesso, swiped some gray Distress Ink over them, and then wiped some white pearl paint over that to give them a somewhat marbled look.

Thanks for taking the time to participate in our Blog Hop.  The rest of the design team has some inspiration to share with you, and you will find more prizes along the way.


**Next stop on the hop is Camilla's Blog**
Have Fun!



Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Giveaway and a Blog Hop this Weekend!

Hi everyone.  Just a quick post today (but good stuff).  Leslie, the owner of C'est Magnifique Kits is giving away the "Bits and Pieces" from her February kit.  She is super busy so she always has lots of leftovers from the kit and the add-ons.  So head over to the C'est Magnifique Kits Blog and enter your name for a chance to win.  Here's what she's giving away.  Good luck!


I also want to let you know that Blue Fern Studios is having a Blog Hop February 8, 9, 10.  There will be lots of prizes and inspiration along the way.  
Hope to see you this weekend!


~~~Valerie

Friday, February 1, 2013

February Sketch Challenge

TGIF!  I am ready for the weekend.  How about you?  I have set aside some time to scrap this weekend and I'm really looking forward to it.  Of course I will also be watching the Super Bowl on Sunday. 

C├ęst Magnifique Kits has posted a new sketch challenge on their blog.  I sure hope you will play along this month.  Wait until you see how the design team used the sketch!  Here's a peek at the sketch.  You can find all the details HERE.

Have a great weekend!

~~~Valerie