Monday, December 17, 2012

Guess who's the Graphic Designer behind Blue Fern Studios…

It’s me! 


In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new papercraft company in town, and it’s called Blue Fern Studios. I am proud to announce that I am the Principal Graphic Designer for Blue Fern!  We’ve started with chipboard designs and will be offering a paper line soon. Other products are also in the works.  Blue Fern Studios is a wholesale company, so you will need to look for products at your favorite scrapbooking store. But there are some giveaways happening so you can get your hands on some of the fantastic chipboard by participating (see info below).

You may have wondered why my blog has not had very many posts the past few months, now you know why! I’ve been drawing chipboard designs on my trusty Mac late into the night. My goal has been to create unique, beautiful designs, and some fun stuff too.

I know you will appreciate the attention to detail I’ve given these designs. If your favorite scrapbooking vendor doesn’t carry Blue Fern Studios products yet, please ask them to!

Favorite Chipboard Giveaway!

Check out our website store at, and let me know what your favorite designs are. Follow my blog and comment on this post (below) by Sunday, January 6th.  I will  randomly draw one winner on January 7th. One lucky winner will get a prize of some of my favorite chipboard designs (seen below):


Get two chances to win!

1. For your first chance to win, go to  and look at the chipboard designs, then tell me here on my blog what your favorite designs are.  Follow my blog and comment on this post (below) by Sunday, January 6th.

2. For a second chance to win, share this giveaway post (link back here) on your blog. Post below that you’ve done so.

Thanks for stopping by and best of luck to those who enter!


Saturday, December 1, 2012

December sketch for Cést Magnifique

Hi Everyone,
Here's my sketch for the Cést Magnifique December kit! I hope you make some fantastic creations with this sketch.  You can check out the contents of the December kit here; a preview is below. There are some neat goodies in this kit!

Michele  ;-)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Feeling sketchy!

Hi Everyone, here's a fresh sketch, enjoy!

Michele ;-)

Blog hop winner!

Thank You!
First of all, I would like to sincerely thank all of you who stopped by my blog, left comments and followed me. It's so exciting to have such sweet and talented artists following my blog. I hope you will all enjoy using my sketches, and maybe even be inspired by some of my layouts.
I have nearly 70 new followers thanks to the Cést Magnifique blog hop event! 

Selecting a winner…
After taking out two duplicate posts, I had 82 total posts. Using, a random number was generated between 1 and 82. Number 74 came up, and yep, she's a follower!   

She's an Aussie, her name is Jullene Karl and her blog is 
Congratulations Jullene, you've won a $30 gift certificate to Cést Magnifique!  
(Jullene, I'll need your email address to hook you up with Cést Magnifique.)

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the blog hop!

Michele ;-)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cést Magnifique Kits 1st Anniversary Blog Hop!

Hi everyone and welcome to the Cést Magnifique Kits Blog Hop!

If you've arrived here from Joyce Lawrence's blog, then you're right on track! If not, head back to the beginning of the hop HERE at the Cést Magnifique Kits blog! Along the way there will be plenty of inspiration as the design team shares with you their projects created with the amazing November kit. There will also be prizes from four manufacturers, and prizes from Cést Magnifique Kits AND their design team! Lots and lots of goodies to be won!

This month I have the pleasure of designing my very first sketch for Cést Magnifique.
Here it is (I hope you love it!):

Below is the November Cést Magnifique kit, which features the 7 Dots Studio: Domestic Goddess paper line, designed by Anna Dąbrowska (Finnabair)—of which I am a huge fan!  I based my sketch (above) on the items that are included in this kit.

follow, comment, and you are entered for a chance to
WIN a $30 gift certificate!
I'm giving away a $30 gift certificate to the Cést Magnifique Kits store, simply follow my blog and leave a comment to this post to be eligible. One winner will be randomly drawn.

It’s time to get started! Here’s what you need to do:
1. Visit each blog along the Blog Hop
2. Leave a comment on each blog (and become a follower, if required)
3. End the blog hop back at the Cést Magnifque Kits Blog, and leave a comment

You have until midnight (US EST) on Monday, October 29 to complete the Blog Hop.

Your next stop along the Hop is at the Manor House Creations blog

Good luck and have fun!
Michele ;-)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Saturday, September 8, 2012


Here's my page for CSI's case file no. 36 using this weeks fab sketch from Once Upon a sketch. I usually scrap digitally, but this time I got messy and had some fun with traditional materials.

Evidence: Use letters, leaves, misting, tone on tone, scattered elements, curved shapes.

Testimony: Journal in the form of a letter: A pull-out tag on the right side has a little letter for my journaling, it says:
May, 2004, Dear Charlotte, How you make me smile with that sunshine-happy face of yours. Do you know what joy you've brought into my life? You make me happier than I've ever been. You charm everyone with that cute face of yours. What a joyful, sweet and fun baby you are. Love, Mommy 


Here's the case file:

Join the fun all September log and CSI where we are playing with case files and sketches from Once Upon a Sketch!

And be sure to pick up the coordinated printables I designed for this case file:

Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Case file No. 34

I hope all of you will take a look at CSI case file number 34, it's fantastic!
Here's the file:

Sometimes you just want to scrap something pretty, and this case file was perfect for that.
Here's my layout: "Still"

Here's the kiddo caught after a crazy jumping on the bed session. She can never sit still for me, but I managed to get this photo.

Evidence: birds, stripes, ribbon
Testimony: use inspiration word relax as a jumping off point

Journaling says:
Captured: delightfully still for just a second after jumping like a monkey on the bed.

Stuff: Rhonna Farrer Kiss Me collection, digital stamps, plus lots of CU stuff, Splendid Finns bakers twine, case file coordinates. Everything altered, grunged up, recolored, twisted and turned.

If you'd like to play this week and need a jumping off point, be sure to check out the coordinates I designed to go with the case file, here's the preview:

Free to download for CSI members! You can get them at the bottom of this post (click here).

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sketchy Thursday!

Hi fellow scrappers. I had a request for a sketch with an angel and a zipper pull, so here it is!

Michele ;-)


Here's a peek at the case file to be revealed tomorrow over at CSI:

Be sure to check out the case file, and the printable coordinates that I've designed for it. They are free to download for any member.

Michele  ;-)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sketchy Wednesday!

Sometimes you just need a little something to get you through the week, enjoy!



Here's a sneaky peek at the case file to be revealed this Friday over at CSI:

Be sure to check out the case file, and the printable coordinates that I've designed for it. They are free to download for any member.

Michele  ;-)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sketchy Sunday


The Color Room #123

I couldn't resist the color palette for the color room this week! If you are familiar with Anna Dabrowska's work, then you will see some influences here. I was lucky enough to spend an entire day learning her techniques in a class a few weeks ago. What an amazing artist she is.

Here's the palette:

Here's my layout: Elegant at Three


Studio Rosey Posey, now and then and kindred spirits kits
some handmade stuff, a couple Jenni Bowlin buttons, one Prima charm.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

More sketches!


Here are more sketches to work with. I hope these inspire you to create something fantastic!  I’d love to see what you do, so please post a link to your blog so I can visit and say “hi.”  


Monday, August 6, 2012

Getting Sketchy

I am a creative director/graphic designer for a media company, and I’ve been at it for a long time. I am so fortunate to be able to do what I love for a living.  I also love paper crafting.  Combining both my loves of paper crafting and my vocation, allows me to scrap digitally, design printable scrapbooking elements (coordinates) for CSI, and much more.

So why am I telling you all of this?

Well, here’s the question of the day:

Do you like to work with sketches? My scrappy-pal Joyce likes to start with a sketch. She was looking for some fresh designs, and I told her I would make some for her. So I did; and I’m going to share them with you, too!  Joyce has a romantic, shabby, mixed-media style. She’s an advanced scrapper and true artist that is always experimenting with the latest techniques. I wanted to make sketches that would work well with her style and this made for a fantastic challenge that I thoroughly enjoyed. I’m hooked on making these now, so be on the lookout for sketches here on my blog. Below are a few of my favorites so far. Enjoy!

Michele ;-)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sweet Shop! I want to go there ;-)

Here's CSI case file number 29, and it's delightful! This is such a fun case file, and I wanted to capture that in my layout.

Here's my layout: "Sweets" 

Journaling says:
follow the trail
of treats and toys
and there you will find
one happy kid
we call Charlie.
(there is also a stamp that says "fabulous day")

stripes, labels, wood, something transparent, sanded paint, angles, weathered look.
Testimony: long thin strips, write about labels

Sweet shop constructed from several elements from various kits and stock images:
Holliewood studios, sweet shop
Marta vanEck: desperate green kit
Lorie Davison: Love Stories From The Red Flower Shop
Rhonna Farrer: Lace it up kit, Roughed Up 2 Tool Kit, honeycomb pieces, Punk Junque
and one cute, happy kid in silly socks.

If you like this case file, be sure to download the printables I created for this CSI case file, here's the link, and here's the preview of what's inside:

thanks for looking!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Poor, neglected blog

It's hard to believe that it's been since the end of April that I have posted to this blog, but let's face the truth. Time to catch up!  This week I have two layouts to share so far; one for each of my favorite challenge sites.

Here's case file number 28:

Here's my layout: Get Silly

This was such a fun case file, and I was lucky enough to dig up a funny photo for it…

Journaling says:
• Get Silly
• squawk, squeak, jump, juggle, rattle, shake, flip, flop, burp. Oh the funny things you do, my sweet, silly girl!
• "Hey, there is no 'off' button on this model"
• Quote from Dr. Seuss: From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.

Evidence: robots, circles, metal, create shadows, tone-on-tone pattern.
Testimony: Document something silly, something related to technology
Stuff:  CSI coordinates, some CU items, plus one stock image.

If you like these images, you can download the printable coordinates I created by following this link: (coordinates are at the end of the post). Here's a preview of what's included:


The Color Room (
Palette number #119

Here's my layout: First Day

My kiddo on the day she was born. I've been waiting to scrap this for a long time, finally found the perfect palette!

Journaling: Sweet Charlotte
Charlotte on her first day, perfect in every way.

Lorie Davison Kits: Love Stories From The Red Flower Shop, Under The Dogwood Blossoms
studiogirls: Studio Mix #23: Heartfelt Secret
pink Lotty: Mode De Paris

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

First time challenge at Colorful Creations

This is my first time playing at Colorful Creations, it was fun! I decided to do the "tic tac toe" challenge. The idea for this challenge is to select a winning combination on the board below. I used the winning combination of "banners, ribbon and stitching" for this layout.

Here's my layout; 16 Weeks

Journaling says:
16 Weeks
Here’s our precious Charlotte at just 16 weeks old. She’s sweet as pie, and look at those cute cheeks! How blessed we all are to finally have such an adorable baby in our lives. She has quickly become our whole world.

Digital items include:
Lorie Davison "Love Stories From The Red Flower Shop "
CU stitching, and one ribbon from Dianne Rigdon designs

Thanks for looking!

the Archers

Well, I never thought I'd scrap a page about an astrological sign, but Thanks to Debbi at CSI for the fantastic idea, now I have!

Here's the case file:

Here's my layout; the Archers

Evidence: circles, stars, branches/leaves (in the background), map (globe), translucent elements.
Testimony: Write about an astrological sign.

Journaling says:
Sagittarius, Ruled by Jupiter, Nov23—Dec21
Our beloved Sagittarians Grandpa was born on December 11th, 1942. Charlotte was born on December 15th, 2003. They share many traits, but most of all they share a deep love
for one another.

Lucky Number : 1 • Lucky Color : Royal Blue • Lucky Flower: Carnation, wallflower, clove-pink Lucky Gemstone: Turquoise, Yellow Sapphire • Lucky Day: Wednesday

A typical Sagittarius has a bright, sunny disposition and an almost incurable sense of optimism regarding the future. They are good-natured, and have an irrepressible sense of fun and inspiring spiritual side. The Sagittarius carries the sense of being in a state of divine grace, at one with the universe. Those born under this sign are characterized by optimism, aspiration, inspiration, enthusiasm and expansiveness.

some items made by me, some CU stuff
Kitschy digitals frame
"Equinox" by by Ildi Geist
"Celestial" by Tumble Fish Studios
"Symphony of Angels" by Eanas Creation

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Magic 8

This week I decided to get inspired by a sketch over at creative scrappers. I chose #202, here's the sketch:
Here's my layout; Magic 8

Journaling says:
Magic 8
Who’s this gorgeous 16 year old? What? She’s just turned eight? That’s crazy! No one looks like that when they are only eight years old. It must be the magic of being eight that makes her look so cute. What a great kid Charlotte is. She’s sweet and smart, and so much fun! She loves animals, music, flowers, pretty things, playing video games, and brownies. She’s a neat kid, and loved by everyone. December 2011

Spring morning by Thaty Borges Designs
Truly You by Danielle Engebretson Designs

Thanks for looking!