Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Alice In Wonderland ATC & Storage Box~

I have always loved a good book with a lot of imagination, and there has never been one quite like Alice In Wonderland! When I got this month's Scraps Of Elegance Kit~Chasing Rabbits, I quickly fell in love with all the Alice themed pieces, and I am sure you will too!!

Over at the Scraps Of Darkness/Scraps Of Elegance Community Facebook Page, I host a fun bi-monthly ATC Swap and this month my swap partner is one of my In Real Life friends Tracy Mercer. Tracy knows me so well, and knows that this quote from Alice In Wonderland, best suits my mad muse side~

The Mad Hatter: "Have I gone mad?"
Alice: "I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are"

I created her an "Alice" themed ATC based on this quote as well as a sweet little wooden storage box to hold it. 

I painted the whole box with white crackle paint, then took a Prima Damask Stencil and painted over it with Textured Modeling Paste, then while the stencil was still on it, I dabbed over it with pale, pink acrylic paint to get all the YUMMY texture you see.

On the top of the box I colored and fussy cut out a "Welcome to Wonderland" piece, and put it inside of a Prima Resin frame that I also added color to. I then blinged up one of the little mushrooms from the embellishment add on, some stash flowers with some tulle and cheesecloth pieces and then added a little bottle filled with colored water. The Alice In Wonderland is actually an old Vintage book illustration, that I took and did a digital redraw in to bring out the lines and Alice's sweet face, then did some digital coloring on to enhance it, and then did some chunky glitter painting on to gussy her up. I turned her into a die cut, so that I can offer her up in my Reneabouquets Etsy Shop.  She comes in 3 different sizes to accomodate different projects, and you can find her here:

On the inside of the box lid, I layered in some misted lace, a fusy cut and colored Alice piece from the kit papers, one of my Tiny Treasure Spun Sugar Butterflies and some flowers from a past kit.
The bottom houses my little ATC.

The ATC is the standard 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 size and features misting, glitter painted and fussy cut images, cheesecloth, hand dyed seam binding and a little metal cup charm, all surrounding the Alice quote "You would have to be half mad to dream me up." 

I hope Tracy loves her ATC and box from me, and I have loved having you join me for the details about it!! Hugs ~Renea

Friday, July 18, 2014

Collecting Family Memories With The Scraps Of Darkness June Kit~

TGIF everybody!! Before I head into the weekend, I have Pocket Journal that I would love to share with you. I created this project using the Scraps Of Darkness June Kit~Perfectly Stunning, and a pocket system that I created out of upcycled manilla file folders that I cut down and then sewed together. 

I layered lots of distressed and inked paper layers, an inked Doily, misted corrugated board, fussy cut pieces fromt he papers, and a sweet Vintage image that I purchased from Digital Collage Sheets.

The Crochet lace was from my stash, all the paper pieces, and flowers,  were from the kit.
The Tiffany Glass Butterflies and Vintage look Garden Gate Metal Key can be found in my Reneabouquets.com  Store or in my Reneabouquets Etsy Shop.

Here is a back side view.

And here is a photo of all the untucked pieces.
There is a manilla Folder piece, 6-Double Sided cards for adding photos and journaling to, and the little tickets remove from the metal clip and the hot air balloon un velcros for even more sweet spots.

Tha manilla folder opens up and there are 3 large, double sided Prima cards, and 2 small Prima cards for more journaling and photo spots. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit!! I hope you have a great weekend and that you find time to create something to collect your memories in to!! Hugs ~Renea

Monday, July 14, 2014

Happiness Is Tea Time & The Scraps Of Elegance July Kit~Chasing Rabbits

Welcome to Monday and to my blog!! Today, I would like to share a little tid bit about myself. I love Tea Time!! I don't drink coffee, but I love a cup of tea around 12:00 or so every day. I take mine with cream and honey, and my favorite tea is English Breakfast Tea. I also love to collect tea cups and tea pots, and so I was in the mood to do a little photography and I set up a really pretty display on my tea cart, using one of my tea cups, some old Vintage lace, some string pearls, a flower and a pocket watch that was one my husband, David's,  Pawpaw's pieces that were given to him by his mother. I think it turned out really romantic, and here is the original shot that I used on my layout:

And here is one that I did some Vintage color work on:

I created a layout using the Scraps Of Elegance July Kit~Chasing Rabbits and Charlotte's wonderful sketch that came with it:

To create a layout with my tea themed photo:

I wanted a really time worn look so I used a Vintage look paper from the kit on the bottom layer, then I tore, inked and grunge-punched  a contrasting damask print piece of paper for the second layer.

The lace piece is just a leftover piece in my stash that I cut around the pattern to fit how I wanted it to look.
I then did lots of layering around the photo with pieces that I cut from the kit, kit papers that I distressed and inked as well as some of the sticker pieces that were included in the kit.

The flowers were from the Floral Add on and my stash.

Here you can see the flower layering and the little pocket watch and tea cup I cut from the papers and stickers. 

Some more flower layers and paper & sticker pieces.
The resin pieces were also in the kit and I just love the sweet, Vintage look they add. 

Here you can see where I painted places on my paper with Crackle Paint and then inked over them to bring out the crackle. 

I just love the Vintage look and the papers and elements in this kit were perfect for capturing that look and for letting me share my love of Tea Time with you! Thanks for dropping by for a cup and I hope you have a great week!! Hugs ~Renea

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Chasing Rabbits With The Scraps Of Elegance July Kit~

The Mad Hatter: "Have I gone mad?"
Alice: "I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are"
We were certainly mad about Marion Smith Designs' Mad Tea Party collection, and just knew it would be perfect in one of our kits! We hope you will love it as much as we do...

I just love Alice In Wonderland, and when this Scraps Of Elegance Kit arrived at my door, I just knew I would be sliding down the Rabbit Hole with it!! The following is a Tim Holtz Configuration Book Box that I altered. I wanted to create something that was Shabby and Beautiful, but still had that whimsical "Alice" vibe to it:

I did lots of paper and book page tearing, distressing and inking  to form all the base layering. I then layered in some paper Doillies, fussy cut out the rabbit tag with the Alice Quote "If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense" and turned it into a tag with some hand dyed seam binding and a Radiance Rhinestone Pin Brooch from my Reneabouquets Etsy Shop.

I took some stash ruffled ribbon across the bottom and then added a flower from the kit and some roses from my stash. I then inked some of the little mushrooms in the Embellishment add on, adding some rhinestones to one of them. I added a clock curio knob and tied a Vintage look Metal key onto it with some more seam binding, and then popped on some of my hand crafted Water Lily Dragonflies from my Shop.

Here you can see all the paper layering and distress work that I did. The clock is fussy cut from some of the kit paper and tucked under tha layers. 

On the sides of the box I used a damask stencil and some textured modeling paste to create a gorgeous raised surface look. While the stencil was still on I dabbed it with a sponge and some pale pink acrylic paint to get the soft look.

I painted the back side with white acrylic, really letting my brush strokes show through and then stamped it with the Melissa Frances stamp in the embellishment add on.

I added a layer of paper to one side of the inside, but didn't embellish it so that the box would actually close. I wrapped the edges and taped the inside-sides of the little boxes with the decorative tape that was in the Embellishment Add on.  I then got to work with lots of little trinkets and fussy cut pieces from the kit papers.

Here is a close up shot so that you can see the details a little more closely. The "Alice" Butterfly is one that I completely designed, drew out and turned into a digital creation that I could then gussy up just for this kit. It is available in this month's kit or you can find it in my Reneabouquets Etsy Shop as well.

I hope you have enjoyed my first project wit the kit!! I enjoyed getting my "Mad" on for this project and can't wait to create some more with this amazing kit!
Hugs ~Renea

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Today Was Perfect With The Scraps Of Darkness June Kit~Perfectly Stunning

Our June kit is here! We've taken the beautiful Marion Smith Designs "Nirvana" Collection, added some gorgeous papers from BoBunny's "Somewhere In Time" and Kaisercraft's "Heirloom" collections, and then added coordinating embellishments to help you create "Perfectly Stunning" layouts and projects! Don't forget to check out our June kit add ons - they all coordinate beautifully with our Main Kit, and we have the new Steampunk Gelatos in the Creativity add on kit!

The following is the super gorgeous sketch created just for the kit by our very own Charlotte Jenkins (Suepup): 

And the following layout is my take on this month's sketch and it features an old family photo of my Granny & Pawpaw with my Dad, on my Granny's lap and their other two oldest sons mingled in. 

With those blues, browns, and rusts in the papers, I was in heaven!! I took a layer of  kit paper and did some tearing to expose the background paper, 

which I stenciled with a Tim Holtz Layering Stencil-Splatters that I now carry in both my Reneabouquets.com Store and in my Reneabouquets Etsy Shop

I used a Chipboard Bracket Frame that I double layer misted and then two tone inked to get a really yummy faux rust look.  All the flowers were from the kit and this month's floral add on.

I misted some burlap and used it behind my photo and then ran the trim from the kit across the bottom.

I created a hot air balloon embellishment by fussy cutting the balloon parts from some of the papers, then drawing out the shapes onto some corrugated board and cutting those out. I then two tone inked the corrugated board, added ball chain to join the two pieces together, distressed and inked the balloon pieces and added them to the corrugated board pieces. I then fussy cut out the "Today" sign from some of the papers and added a Secret Garden Glitter Glass Butterfly that can be found in either of my Reneabouquets Shops, and added another flower from the add on.

The clock was fussy cut from some of the papers, and I then die cut some Tim Holtz clock hands and two tone inked them and added a pearl center. 

The "Perfect" Kaisercraft Chipboard piece can be found in the kit and I misted it, then distress embossed it, and then inked randomly with the ink in the kit and then added some shading with black ink. 

Here you can see all the dimension, texture and layering in my layout.

Perfectly Stunning is the perfect name for this kit!! Whether you like masculine, heritage, girlie grunge, or Steampunk you can take it in any direction you want so stunningly!! Thank you for dropping by!! Hugs ~Renea

Sunday, June 29, 2014

It's Here!!!! The June Scraps Of Darkness Kit has arrived!!

Our June kit is here!  We've taken the beautiful Marion Smith Designs "Nirvana" Collection,  added some gorgeous 
papers from BoBunny's "Somewhere In Time" and Kaisercraft's "Heirloom" collections, and then added 
coordinating embellishments to help you create "Perfectly Stunning" layouts and projects!  Don't forget to check 
out our June kit add ons - they all coordinate beautifully with our Main Kit, and we have the new Steampunk 
Gelatos in the Creativity add on kit!
Included in this month's kit:
Patterned Paper4 double sided papers from Marion Smith Designs' Nirvana Collection
4 double sided papers from BoBunny's Somewhere In Time Collection
2 double sided papers from Kaisercraft's Heirloom Collection

Embellishments/Other Kit ComponentsPrima: Antique White Resin Frames (3 per pkg)
BoBunny: Somewhere In Time Collection - 12x12 Combo Cardstock Stickers
Fabscraps: Chipboard Word - Perfect
Fabscraps: Chipboard Word - Stunning
Clearsnap: Mix'd Media Inx by Donna Salazar - Peridot
Prima: Time Traveler's Memories Collection - Nice Time Flowers
Fabscraps: Heritage Charm - Square Birdcage
Kaisercraft: Heirloom Collection - 12x12 Die Cut Paper - Our Story
Kel-Toy - Jute Lace - 1/2" x 1 yard
Digital sketch by Suepup, d
elivered to you via email
We're sure you will love creating with this beautiful mixed media collection as much as we loved 
assembling it for you!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Vintage Sweetness~Scraps Of Elegance June Kit~Timeless

Welcome to the weekend!! I have layout that I created using the Scraps Of Elegance June Kit~Timeless and a sweet little Vintage image that I found on Pinterest and then did some cleaning up and Sepia color work on. I have added the image here in my blog to share with you, and hope you enjoy creating with it~

I created lots of distressed, inked and water distressed layers that I also did some stamping on.

I took some metal bobbins and added a patina finish with some alchohol inks, and then ran hand dyed seam binding around them and down the page.

The flowers were from the kit and past kits. I used some stash lace and tucked pieces of it and some cheesecloth behind the layers.

Here you can see some close ups of the stamping, bobbins, and seam binding. The Rhinestone Button  and the Tiny Treasures Breathless Butterflies are available in my Reneabouquets.com or Reneabouquets Etsy Shop.

Here you can see all the lace and flower layers, and I tucked in a sweet little Vintage Look Metal Scissor  that you can find in either of my shops in the Trinkets & Trims section.

Thank you so much for taking the time to drop by!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and hopefully find some time to create something beautiful for yourself~  Hugs~Renea