Be Yourself - Mermaid Fantasy for Reneabouquets

     Summer is here and there is an ocean breeze in the air! At least that is what I hope viewing this card inspires in you.  Stopping by to share my latest make for  Renea is filling the shop with all things ocean-filled!  Beautiful Board, Printed Beautiful Board, Pearls, Mermaids, lace, glitter...if it is in the ocean, she has it and it is oh-so-much-fun to create with all of it!
     For my card, I began with a 6" square base and digital design papers (Raspberry Road) that I knew would so compliment Renea's products. I covered the smallest of the Shell Chipboard Tags set with design papers and distressed all in Salty Ocean, Vintage Photo distress inks.  Next I added cheesecloth and glued the most exquisite Beautiful Beads in "Mermaid Tail". I also added some Glass Glitter in Patina. I stamped a sentiment from Stampelglede using a mix of black and Salty Ocean Distress ink. 

     On top of the tag, I distressed and attached the Beautiful Board Shell Border  and added another Beautiful Bead.  Last I propped my Printed Beautiful Board Mermaid using Renea's Beautiful Board Laser Cut Circles which are great for adding dimension! As always, the best part for me is adding the gorgeous mulberry paper flowers. All of these beauties are available in Renea's shop. Here is a peek of the products used to make this card. Hop on over to Renea's shop and be sure to check out the inspiration gallery under each item! 
This card is available for purchase in my ETSY SHOP here.
Have a great day!
Challenges entered:
Crafty Friends Challenge- Fairies & Fantasy
Crafting from The Heart - Anything Goes
Dream  Valley Challenges -Anything Goes
Love to Create Challenge - Mixed Media

Reneabouquets Wedding Shadow Box

Stopping by to share my latest make for As you know Renea has both an online shop and an Reneabouquet ETSY shop from which to purchase some of the most unique items.
For my creation, I made a beautiful wedding shadowbox featuring a beautiful gown and lots of Reneabouquet items
I made the gown out of satin and lace and added pearls and sequins. The base is an airdry clay mold of a Barbie torso. I only use the front of the torso so the piece lies flat.  I used Lemon Craft design papers and embellished with Reneabouquets Victorian Mirror that I embossing with Lindy's Pale Pink EP and glitter. I inked the mirror backing with Vintage Photo distress ink to give it a vintage feel.
On a scrap piece of matching dp, I inked up a stamp from Quietfire Designs and inked with distress inks. On top of the mirror, I used one of Reneabouquets gorgeous beautiful board cherubs. Above, I added her Beautiful board doves. I placed both the mirror and gown on Renea's ivory lace embellished with pearl string.  Last, I added some pink roses on top of Renea's qulling flourishes that were covered with glitter. 
It is so hard to photograph a creation behind glass because of the glare but here is the finished shadowbox. It is quite deep allowing for a full gown and any other embellishments/keepsakes the couple want to add.
Please visit and take a peek at all the lovely items. You will be so inspired. Have a great day and thank you for your kind comments. This shadowbox is available for immediate purchase in my ETSY shop.

Reneabouquet Vintage Mother's Day Card

Happy Thursday!  I am happy to share that I am now a regular member of the Reneabouquet Design Team. I was thrilled to be asked to guest design for Renea a few months ago and now I am here to share her stunning products with you each month, with the hopes that I can inspire you to create her unique items.  Renea has an online shop filled with her own unique "beautiful board" and "printed beautiful board" along with designer items and the most one-of-a- kind embellishments. Links to her shop and the items I used are below!

I created this vintage Mother's Day card with Renea's Open Frame Trellis Printed Beautiful Board as my inspiration.  It is open on one side and comes with a separate "rose" that you can add anywhere else along the trellis.  I printed out a beautiful vintage image of mother and child as my focal point. (HINT: I laminate all photos  I use on my projects. It allows me to embellish without fear of ruining the photo with glue, glitter or touch.) here  and ETSY Reneabouquet here

The beautiful Butterfly Lace Embellishment on the left of the card can also be found in Renea's shop and in other stunning colors. I dabbed Vintage Photo distress on the butterfly to give it a "tea stained" look as well as the design paper edges.  Beneath the photo, I added Ivory Wide Floral Lace  and Renea's Red Flatback Pearls.

The papers are sadly no longer available. They were the last of my Blue Fern Studio's "Love Story" but Renea has some Blue Fern lines just as stunning in her shop.  

Have a great day and thank you, as always, for your kind comments.

I will be entering the following challenges:

Wedding Keepsake Box- Georgia Blues

Good Morning... I am here to share a beautiful custom made Wedding Keepsake Box I created for a special groom to give his bride to be!  Since the bridal party was going to wear navy blue, I immediately thought to use Prima's "Georgia Blues" collection of design papers purchased at Reneabouquets online shop.   I blurred the image of the couple and their full names for their privacy (see pic below)
     The box was purchased unfinished.  First I removed the gold hinges and clasp (they seem cheaply made to me) and the box top and bottom were separated making it super easy to work with.  Then after sanding with super fine sandpaper,  I sponged the box with Finnabair's Art Basics Gesso and then when dry, I painted  both top and bottom, inside and out with two coats of Finnabair's Acrylic Paints in Snow White and Linen. They are thick and creamy delicious paints and I diluted with a tiny bit of water to cover the box once the gesso dried. Next, I applied the papers using the absolute BEST glue for adhering design paper to wood which I also discovered at Reneabouquets shop here - Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue.  Now I have used Mod Podge and a ton of other glues but as you can see from the pics, it looks like the papers are embedded in the wood- to lumps, folds tears... amazing. I did dilute it with a bit of water in a little cup and applied to the wood ONLY with a paintbrush. Once I placed the precut papers on top, I used a rubber tool (could use a credit card) to smooth over and voila!
    I gessoed a gold (yup gold) resin frame and painted in white with Finnabairs gesso and paint (above) and added the printed photo behind it. This time I first laminated the photo, then die cut and adhered to back of frame. The lamination prevents the photo from being damaged by handling or added glitter and embellishments.
    The inside of the box was decorated with another sheet from the "Georgia Blues" 12x12 collection (I know hard to find ).  On top I added a gorgeous resin bride and groom just purchased from a new shop in the UK called The Resin Embellishment Shop (you order from Facebook shop).  Sarah Wright sells the most amazing resin embellishments and they arrived to my  home in NY in super fast time.
     I also bought new antique style hinges and clasps on Amazon (here) and using an ordinary phillips head screwdriver, once all was painted and papers applied, I reassembled using the new clasps and hinges.

     To embellish the top, I added beautiful mulberry flowers, pearls and lace around the entire box.
The "Beautiful Beads, also from Reneabouquets shop are called Midnight Magic. I sprinkled them amid the flowers.

     Last, as I lined the bottom inside of the box with faux suede. Velvet is my next choice when I can find it in the colors I need!  I wrapped a piece over a sturdy piece of chipboard cut to the inside size of the box, glued onto the chipboard and then placed inside the box. This way, any beautiful jewelry or keepsake is protected. 
    One last look and thank you as always for your kind comments!

Love is in the Air!

Since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I thought I would play with some of my favorite digital images from Mo Manning. This one is called "Be Mine" and she comes with adorable sentiments!
My little fairy cherub is colored with both copic markers and prismacolor pencils on her pleated skirt!  The design papers are older and are called Whimsy "Love is in the Air" ..  they are adorable Valentine's Day papers. I love the turquoise and red combinations on these papers.  
I embellished the card simply with die cut hearts from an older Sizzix Bigz die called "Tipsy Hearts" which is only available on Ebay right now. I love to stack them.  The die cuts around the image and the red border are "Antique Frames" from Penny Black. I added roses and leaves-what is Valentine's Day without flowers???  Last, I dabbed some glitter dust on her fairy wings and skirt.  

Thanks for stopping by and, as always, for your kind comments. This card is available in my ETSY store

Reneabouquet Vintage Christmas Card

Happy Sunday! Stopping by amid the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to share a vintage Christmas card for Reneabouquet!  If you have not visited her online store yet, you must! The Beautiful Board , Beautiful Printed Board and Beautiful Bead Board, exclusive to her shop, are amazing to use in any creation. These are incredibly unique die cuts with incredible color clarity, durability and thickness that make them pop off the page!  For my card, I used all products from 
 I began with Blue Fern Studios "Vintage Christmas" 12x12 paper pad. I added vintage white lace. The focal point is the Beautiful Bead Board Decorative Snowflake on which I added white and red (peppermint) flatback pearls. The Beautiful Bead Board has flat spaces added to the design for you to add flat or round pearls!  

Last, but not least, I added my Beautiful Printed Board - Christmas Carol, a vintage girl with umbrella and white/red roses to surround her. Love those Christmas reds!  The sentiment was embossed with red embossing powder of vellum and attached to the inside of the snowflake.  
It was truly an inspiration and a pleasure to be a guest designer for Reneabouquet. Thank you, as always, for your kind comments. Have a great day!

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Pinspirational - Picture challenge (colors red & white)
Aud's Sentiment Challenge- Christmas Sentiment 
Christmas Card Challenge BlogSpot- People image

Reneabouquet Beautiful Board Vintage Christmas

Good Morning and Happy Weekend! Today I am sharing a vintage Christmas Card I made using products from one of my favorite online shops, Reneabouquet!  I was fortunate to be asked to be a Guest Design Team member for this month and I am loving playing with all the unique items I received, especially her signature "Beautiful Board" and "Printed Beautiful Board." 

Renea designs and sells all of her unique items, including paper, flowers, one-of-a-kind embellishments as well as her signature beautiful board in small and large sizes in her online shop HERE as well as her Reneabouquet ETSY shop HERE.  

 I used the Reneabouquet Beautiful Board TeaTime Clock (with separate hands to set the time that fits the occasion), Laser cut Victorian Winter Angel, printed Beautiful Board  and the Beautiful Board Shabby Snowflakes One.  I embossed the clock with Bridal Tinsel and gold embossing powders.  The gorgeous design papers, Blue Fern Studios Christmas Collection are also available in Renea's shop as well as her to die for Lace,  flatback pearls and mulberry paper flowers! 

November-December Coupon: Purchase 4 Explosion Boxes (must purchase 4), put the Beautiful Board Explosion Ornament, Box, Gift Holder Decoration Kit in your cart (must put product in cart), use Coupon Code: EXPLOSION (must be ALL CAPS) at checkout and receive the Decoration Kit for free a $6.99 Value. Only one coupon per order please

NOVEMBER COUPON: Spend $30.00 or more before shipping at Put One Set Of Tiny Treasures Butterflies or Dragonflies In Your Style Choice in your cart, enter Coupon Code: TINYTREASURES (all caps) at checkout, and and receive One Set Of Tiny Treasures Butterflies or Dragonflies In Your Style Choice free. A $4.35 value. Only one coupon per order. Purchase must be $30.00 or more before shipping. You must put item in your cart to receive this offer.

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