Friday, September 26, 2014

Amazing Things Created With The Scraps Of Elegance September Kit~Mary's Song

TGIF everybody!!! Today, I have a layout that I created with the Scraps Of Elegance September Kit~Mary's Song along with items from the Store and Reneabouquets Etsy Shop to share with you before I head off and into the weekend. I used a photo that I took of a little robin that had built her nest in my rose bush. My husband, David and I just recently became  empty nesters and this layout was a reminder of this time and attitude that we need to keep during this time in our lives. 

I started with layers of the kit papers, then did lots of technique work using items from my shops.
I distressed and inked the edges using the Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Set #11 (I used the Tea Dye Ink), an  then I used the Burlap Layering Stencil and TH Texture Paste, Inking it with ink and then misting over the top of the texture and letting it drip.

I colored the Blue Fern Chipboard frame from the kit  and then layered my photo in, along with flowers from the kit and from this month's Floral Add On and some cheesecloth for texture. 
The Bricks are chipboard pieces from last month's kit , and the quote was cut from some of the stickers that were in the kit to suit my layout.

I used some of the loose bricks and coated them with sand paste.

Here you can see some close ups of all the textures and techniques.

The Prima Nests are an item that I carry, (They will be back in stock September 30th).  The Crochet Lace 002 and Shabby Pink Roses Butterflies are also Reneabouquets Items. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and find the time to create something unique and beautiful this weekend!! Hugs ~Renea

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scraps Of Darkness/ Scraps Of Elegance September-October ATC Swap~

recently? We always have something fun going on and lots of inspiration!
I host a Bi-monthly ATC Swap and it is always lots of fun to swap a little piece of art with some of our members.

Today, I have an oversized tag and matching ATC that will get mailed out to my sweet swap partner, 
Niki Hackler-Maughan to share with you.

I used the Scraps Of Darkness August Kit~Weathered & Worn along with flowers from the August Floral Add On to create a large oversized Tag with lots of paper layering, texture, and paper curling.

I love little bird's nests and I now carry one of my favorite sets the Prima Cradle Sparrow Nests in both my and Reneabouquets Etsy Shops. The Crochet Trim 001, Tiny Treasures Salted Caramel Butterflies (with Gold Antenna choice), Tim Holtz Doily Stencil, Tim Holtz Texture Paint  and Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink #3 can also be found in my shops.

The back side features a tie on system to hold the ATC (Artist Trading Card).

And here is the little ATC for Niki! I hope she loves it!! Hugs ~Renea

Monday, September 15, 2014

My Very First Video Is Now Up On YouTube!

My very first YouTube Video is now up!! For all of you who have been cheering me on to create a walk through video of one of my Mini Albums, I have finally got up the nerve to do it. I would love for all of you to head over, subscribe, like it and let me know what you think. 

Thank you so much for always supporting and encouraging me!! I am truly grateful. Hugs ~Renea

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Beautiful Life Altered Book Box~

Today, I am taking it off the page, using the Scraps Of Elegance September Kit~Mary's Song to creat an Altered Keepsake Book Box. These boxes create such a wonderful way to store photo, treasures and trinkets and for this one, I chose a Vintage Image and Vintage style.

I will be providing Links for the Reneabouquets Products that I used on this project at the bottom of this post.

I took a paper mache book box, and coated it in gesso, then layered in distressed and inked papers from the kit running crochet lace from my shop along the edge. I then layered in paper Doilies and more layers of kit papers and then added on my image.

At the bottom corner, I layered in cheesecloth, feathers, past kit flowers, stash flowers, a flower from this month's floral add on topped with a rhinestone and pearl button from my shop, and then tucked in the little lock and key from the kit and topped it all with a Prima Sparrow Nest that you can find in my shop.

At the top right hand corner, I added a Baroque Metal Frame from my shop, and a Delicate Beauty Butterfly that I created just for the kit and that you can find in the kit or in my shop.

This is the backside of the book box. I layered in layers of inks, one that was from the kit, and then stamped the back with a past kit stamp. The little sticker piece on the closure was from the kit.

On the "binding" side, I layered on Tim Holtz Tissue tape and then inked it really heavy to give the look of a worn book binding.

And here you can see the "page" sides that I created using Tim Holtz Texture Paste from my shop and lots of inking. Sheer ribbon forms the closure that ties the book box closed, and keeps all your treasures inside. 

I hope that you find the time to create this weekend, and hopefully collect some trinkets and treasures for yourself! Hugs ~Renea

Items Used From The Shop:
Dina Wakley White Gesso
Tim Holtz Texture Paste
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Pads #3
Crochet Lace #3
Timeless Rhinestone & Pearl Button
Baroque Metal Frame
Delicate Beauty Butterflies
Prima Cradle Sparrow (nest)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Scraps Of Elegance September Kit~Mary's Song

The Scraps Of Elegance September Kit~Mary's Song was unveiled September 3rd and it is a natural beauty for sure!! I just love the Shabby/Country Chic feel to this kit. Melinda says that this kit reminds her of her Grandmother, and it so reminds me of the feel of my childhood when I used to spend so much time with my Granny as well.

The following layout refelects my love of the Country life and of horses. I think I captured some of my heart with this one!

I started with 2 different layers of the gorgeous Blue Fern Papers from the kit that I heavily distressed the edges on.  I then took some kit paper that had a lattice design on it and I cut it so that I had open and peek a boo parts.
Next, I layered in some of my Reneabouquets Butterfly Rings  that come in my brand new Reneabouquets Collections~Pinkalicious. This set comes with 3 different size Butterfly Rings, matching Butterflies and matching Reneabouquets Chunky Glitter Glass.

I created a corrugated board layer using the Reneabouquets Pale Pink Glitter Glass in the set, and topped it with my photo, and then distress crackle painted some places on my layout, inked them with the ink that was in this month's kit, and then added seed beads and more Chunky Glitter Glass. The Chipboard pieces are Scrapmatts Chipboard topped with pearl embellishments.

I then took cheesecloth and burlap pieces and topped them with flowers from this month's Floral Add On that I puff painted the edges on, tucked in some of the crystal pieces from the kit,  and added it to the bottom corner of my photo. I then tucked in a little Love Stick from my Reneabouquets Romantic Trinkets Pack.

At the top corner I repeated some of the matching flowers and trims and added the Prima Resin Heart piece from this month's Embellishment Add On, and topped it with one of the Authentique Stickers from the Kit that had the sentiment "You Are So Beautiful " on it. 

At the left hand top corner I added a Reneabouquets Country Chic Horseshoe Die Cut and topped it with a matching Reneabouquets Butterfly.

Thanks for dropping by! I can't wait to create some more with this kit and if you get a chance to create with it too, I hope you will drop by the Scraps Of Darkness/Scraps Of Elegance Facebook Community Page to share it with us! Hugs ~Renea

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sew Shabby Mini Album Created With The Scraps Of Darkness Weathered & Worn Kit & September Mood Board

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! Today, I have a Sewing themed Shabby Chic Mini Album that I created with the Scraps Of Darkness August Kit~Weathered & Worn and the SOD/SOE September Mood Board that you can find here:

I took the worn look and textures of the photos as inspiration and ran with it throughout each page of the Mini.

I started with layers of distressed papers and then added trims from the kit and some of the Shabby Dreams Pink Crochet Lace from my Reneabouquets Shops.

The center dimensional piece is actually a plastic phone case that I upcycled by finger painting it with Dina Wakley White Gesso and then layered in burlap and cheesecloth, and some Prima Resin pieces. The ruler was cut from the papers and pleated, then I added flowers from the kit.
All the little metal pieces and bobbins come in a Reneabouquets Sewing Trinkets Set in my shops as well as the Princess Rhinestone Button, and Tiny Treasures Oh So Shabby Chic Butterflies.

The D-Rings feature Burlap, Cheesecloth, hand dyed seam binding and kit trim as well as a Victorian Key from the Reneabouquets Keys Trinket Set.

I always love to get a side shot so that you can see all the YUMMYness the Trims and layers create!

The first page features a photo spot with a pull out tag for journaling.
The Second Page features a journaling spot, Prima Button and Clothespin, as well as a sweet little canvas tag  from the kit, with a butterfly rub on accent.

The Second Page is actually one of the Melissa Frances bags from the kit that I turned into a page pocket that houses a Tim Holtz Curio card that you can slide a photo into.

Here is a photo of what the curio card looks like pulled out.

The Third Page features a journaling/photo spot.
The Fourth Page features a journaling/photo spot some more of the Shabby Dreams Pink Crochet Lace and a little chipboard thread spool with hand dyed seam binding. In the corner is a stash Prima Resin Corner and I ran some of the rope from the kit that I had left over from a layout I did along the page edge.
The Vintage Look Metal Scissors on the hang tags can be found in both my and Reneabouquets Etsy Shops.

The Fifth page features a pocket I created from canvas then added trim from the kit at the top and Cluny Crochet Lace from my shops at the bottom. I added some little cut outs from the kit papers and attached them with a metal hinge clip and little paper clip and then tucked in some more cut outs into the pocket.

The Sixth Page is another one of the little bags turned into a pocket page with another Curio Cabinet Photo Card tucked in, and features space for journaling or photo(s). 

Here are all the tuck ins pulled out.

The Seventh Page features trim pieces, a Prima Flair Button and a photo spot.

The Eighth Page features a burlap covered pocket with some of the kit trim at the bottom and cut outs tucked in, as well as a cut out that I turned into a hang tag.

Note Cards untucked.

And here is the back side of my album covered in some of the gorgeous kit papers.

I hope you have enjoyed a walk through my Mini Album and I hope you get a chance to come play along with the Scraps Of Darkness/ Scraps Of Elegance September Mood Board. If you don't have time to play, at least drop by and hang out with us!! There is lots of chit chat and inspiration, so be sure to drop by! Hugs ~Renea