Monday, November 26, 2012

Scraps Of Darkness/Scraps Of Elegance ATC Swap

Over at Scraps Of Darkness and Scraps Of Elegance, we have lots of fun challenges, and swaps going on in the forums. One of those is a ATC Swap that I host by monthly where we pair up with a partner and swap out one of our tiny works of art. This ATC was made for Lisa Novogrodski (Raining). I wanted to keep with my own style, but reflect something about Lisa, so I chose "She Dreams In Flowers", because Lisa creates some of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen. Thank you Lisa for always inspiring us to create beautifully!

I hope you are inspired to create something beautiful and unique of your own and to try out a fun challenge or swap with some friends. It is so much fun!! Hugs, ~Renea

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Welcome To The Scraps Of Darkness November Blog Hop And Design Team Reveal!!!

We are unveiling our November kit “Karma”

We have a special guest joining us this month
And they are giving away a fantastic prize!

Scraps of Darkness  is giving away our fabulous November Kit  to one lucky winner!

Our Scraps of Elegance Designers  are sharing their work with the November “Je t’aime” kit

All you have to do is become a follower of the Scraps of Darkness blog and “like us” on Facebook. Visit each participating blog, become a follower of those blogs and leave a comment. When you have visited everyone return to the Scraps of Darkness blog and leave us a comment letting us know how much fun you had! If you post about this blog hop on your own blog you will be entered into the drawing twice for an extra chance to win!

We are sure you will be inspired by our talented design team!
The November kit is stunning and you won’t want to miss out on grabbing one for yourself!
   **Open to international entries **
*You have until Sunday November 18th  1:00 AM PST to complete the hop.
*The winner will be announced on this blog on Monday November 19th.
*Be sure to check back on that day to see if you have won…

Have Fun!
Blogs to visit:
Mandy Harrell-
Jennifer Snyder-
Renea Harrison-
Karen Zueger-
Lisa Novogrodski-
Elena Olinevich-
Michelle Phillips-
Karolina Stopyra-
Rachael Funnell-
Helena Johansson-

Each month with our amazing kits, we get a sketch from our very own super talented and always inspiring Charlotte (SuePup). I love working with these sketches and when your mojo needs a boost they will always give it a jump start. 

Here is this month's sketch: 

And here is my take on the sketch:

I am not normally a yellow person, but I have to say, I may have changed my mind-lol! I loved how the yellow background made everything just pop! 

Items I used from this month's kit and add ons:
Main Kit- Bo Bunny Serenade Pendant and Sunrise Papers, Kaisercraft Hint Paper, and Bo Bunny Serenade Stickers
Romance Add On- Prima SIIC Welcome To Paris, 
Flora & Fauna Add On-Petaloo Canterbury Charcoal Flowers, Bo Bunny Wilberry Dahlias
Color Add On-Ranger Studio Brushes

I used a Crafter's Template and black puff paint to create the clock faces in the background, and the butterflies are Cherry Crush Glitter Glass Butterflies from my Etsy shop~Reneabouquets~

This next layout features a photo titled "Nimue"  of one of my artist friends Meli, her link: Meli is one of those unique and totally beautiful people that I have met along this journey that I call my life, and I love scrapping her amazing art.

Items I used from this month's Kit and Add On's:
Main Kit-Bo Bunny Serenade Dragonfly Paper (front and back sides), Bo Bunny Wildberry Zinnias, Kaisercraft Secret Bird Society Rub Ons, Handcrafted Dragonfly
Paper Add On-Bo Bunny Serenade Cut Outs
Romance Add On- Bo Bunny Serenade Trinkets, Petaloo Color Me Crazy Gates, Graphic 45 Birdsong Chipboard
Flora & Fauna Add On-Bo Bunny Natural Earth Pansy, Petaloo Canterbury Rose Charcoal, Petaloo Canterbury Vine Spray
Color Add On-Ranger Brushes, Studio Dash Of Red Acrylic Paint
Creativity Kit- Dylussions Stencil Dotted Flowers

This next layout features one of my favorite subjects to scrap, my son Draven. Can you believe he is a Junior this year??! I can't believe how fast it has gone, and we just started visiting colleges over his Fall break, and it really hit me that he will be going away to college in a year and 1/2. A part of me is sad, but the other part is so excited to see him turn into a fine young man, and make his own way in this world. The photo is one that my sis, Tammy took of him when they were Downtown taking photos together, so thank you Sis!!

Items I used from this month's Kit and Add On's:
Main Kit-Bo Bunny Serenade, Garden, Trellis, Combo Stickers Papers, Kaisercraft  Wooden Letters, Kaisercraft Secret Bird Society Rub Ons
Romance Add On-Bo Bunny Serenade Trinkets, Dylussions Lemon Zest Mist
Flora & Fauna Add On-Bo Bunny Wild berry Dahlias and Natural Earth Pansies
Color Add On-Ranger Distress Clear Rock Candy, Studio yellow pastel, and dash of red acrylic paint, Ranger Paint Brushes

This last project is one that I did using the Scraps of Elegance November Kit-Je t' aime. It is an altered memory box and stationary set.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit, and I am so glad that you could join us for the hop!! Your next stop is with my super talented sister, Karen Zueger-, and I just know that she has something spectacular in store for you!!! Big Hugs ~Renea

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Guest Designer Renea Harrison Featuring 7Dots Studio

Welcome to the weekend everybody!! I am back as a Guest Designer this week and was so very excited to get to work with the Berry71Bleu Sponsor this month,  7Dots Studios' gorgeous papers!! I love 7Dots Papers, they are so nice and thick and perfect for the kind of distressing and technique work that I love to do. 

I also got to play along with Bellaidea's Fun Challenge this month.

She decided to break some rules and have lots of fun!
For this challenge there is only one criteria - 
Do something the way you have never done before. 
Mix together bold or unusual colours , add texture
& unusual embellishments.

Our sponsor from Poland -  7 Dots Studio are so generous -  not only
 did they supply the whole design team and us Guest Designers  with beautiful papers, 
they have also given us THREE beautiful paper packs as prizes too - 
so the merit winner AND THE RUNNER UP (2nd place) will also
 win a complete paper pack, then of course a random winner too!
We also are offering our Merit Winner an opportunity to
Guest Design on our blog here too!

Check out the 7 Dots Studio Blog for ideas on how to 
use these wonderful papers! 

Contest RULES

1. You are allowed to make a an altered/off the page project as long as you follow the challenge specifications.
2. Projects must be linked up to our linky tool in the sidebar, using the URL of the ACTUAL POST not your entire blog.
3. You may submit as many entries as you want and combine your entry with up to 2 other challenges.
4. It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Berry71Bleu TOGETHER with a link back to our blog.
5. All entries must be received by MIDNIGHT EST on the 31st day of the month the challenge was posted.
6. Entries to be submitted via the linky tool at the top of the sidebar ONLY, not by e mail and not by linking up in the comments section please.

Now here is my layout that I created using those amazing 7Dots Studio papers:

I used lots of distressed layers of the 7Dots Domestic Goddess Papers and tags, along with 7Dots Hopefully stickers and tags. I got a little crazy and did some paint splatters in unusual colors for me, black, gold and pink, and then used this crazy florist "ribbon" that I found that looked like chicken wire that was coated. I love the pattern, and the coating lends tons of texture.

Here you can see all the water distressing I did, and the rolling back of the paper to form a pocket that I layered with painted corrugated board and then filled with lots of flowers, and a metal charm that I popped one of the 7Dots Hopefully Stickers onto.

Here are all those messy paint splatters, and you can see that I used a 7Dots tag that I cut out in the shape of a banner and tucked behind the photo with some pleated Vintage lace. I did 3 different distressed peek a boos that I layered seed beads onto, and then tucked some of the 7Dots stickers behind with more pleated lace.

I layered my photo on top of one of the 7Dots journaling tags that I used to create my title "Destination", and then added on two of my Pink Lemonade Glitter Glass Butterflies from my Etsy Shop to add even more dimension.

I just love scrapping with no moderation and with a touch of wildness. It sets me free and allows me to create without boundaries. This challenge was soooo much fun-thank you Bellaidea!! And a huge thank you to 7Dots Studios!!! You make creating beautiful projects a snap! ~Renea