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.

Love - A Bridal Canvas Gift

Happy Monday!  It has been quite the week and I am so grateful for a day off to breathe and play.

 I have been playing with mixed media and altered canvas for the past few weeks - knees deep in gesso, stencils, air dry clay, paints- messy and wonderful!  I have also watched lots of youtube tutorials and even purchased a few layout kits so I can learn from so many talented artists out there as this is a new venture for me.

I began this endeavor by creating a "torso" with air dry clay from a Barbie doll mold I purchased some years ago. The mold is much like this one here (etsy) and it comes in several parts so you can use all of them or just one section (I used the front torso so it would lie flat) which looks just like the finished torso below.  Once dry I lightly coated it with gesso.
With that, I began to create a gown using laces and trims from my stash. First, I attached lots of tulle as a base and then wrapped various lengths of lace to make the bodice and dress. I was inspired by Angela Holt's youtube video but unlike her, I could not make the torso freehand!
Again, below is a close up of the dress. I mounted it on a Prima Shabby Chic Frame that I backed with Tim Holtz "mirror" paper. Honestly, it looks and behaves like a real mirror! I have used it before and just love it for these projects! 

Once my dress was embellished with Swarovski crystals, I thought I would mount it on a wrapped canvas and so began my trial and error. I am happy with how it turned out! I used Caio Bella design papers- The Sound of Spring Collection to which I added texture paste and script stencil.  I also added pearls on a string, a wood heart covered with gesso and Frantage, chipboard and some beautiful flowers.  

I know I have a lot more to learn but this was a great way to move out of my comfort zone and get messy! Have a great day, and as always, thank you for your kind comments! This canvas is available in my ETSY shop for purchase! 

Challenges Entered:
A Inky Mess -anything mixed media
613 Avenue Create- use something wooden (heart, love)
We Love to Create - Mixed Media
Creative Artiste-Anything Mixed Media
Color My Heart #312- Glacier,White, Sugarplum

Leilani - Child of Heaven

       Happy Sunday! Finally a day where the humidity took a break and it was actually cool enough to open windows!  I am here today to share a card I created using the Connie Fong digi image, "Leilani".  Her Hawaiian name means "child from heaven." 


"Leilani" is colored with both copic markers and Shin Han alcohol makers (the blue dress and bow BG7, BG9, BG5).  I do not own many Shin Han markers but I added a few to my copic collection that were of colors that seems to be different from the copic blues.  Here is another view.

I mounted the image on a Spellbinder scallop oval die and propped her up with double sided mounting tape. The gorgeous papers are the 6x6 (four matching papers) from PION.  I was able to use two of them on the card front and other inside the card to which a sentiment can be added and personalized.  Matching cardstock from Tim Holtz collection. Here is a close up.
Additional details include lace, pearls and satin ribbon from my stash, beautiful blue/gray pearl button from Etsy (New York Button Sister) and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.  
Thanks so much for stopping by. Thanks also for your kind comments.
I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Color Crazy Challenge- Colored Image
Crafting with Attitude - Anything Goes
Back to Basics - Use a digi image
The House that Stamps Built- Photo Inspiration
Crafter's Castle- Shabby Chic
Polkadoodles  Anything Goes

Flower Wisdom

     Happy Thursday. My two cards in one week! I must be back.  Just stopping by to post an encouragement card I created using a Quiet Fire calligraphy stamp. I just love the sentiment.

     I have been wanting to use this vibrant Pion paper (6x6) for some time and I found the floral design on it to perfectly compliment the sentiment. These 6x6 papers feature one 12 inch square (for those who are not familiar with Pion) and each of the four squares are a coordinating design. So I used all of them for both the background, die cuts and inside the card as well. This design paper is called "Vintage Garden".
Here is another view of the sentiment.  
    Thanks for visiting and for your kind comments. Card recipe with details below. Have a great dayThis card is available in my ETSY store for purchase. 

Card Recipe:
Design Paper: Pion Vintage Garden
Sentiment: Quietfire Design
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Dies: Spellbinder border and Pierced Ovals (?)
Ink: (Sentiment) Ranger Archival Plum and Fired Brick for distresses edges
Pearls: My stash
Butterfly: The Kreative Korner (Etsy)

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