Thursday, February 25, 2016

Baking Up A Delicious Treat With Reneabouquets~

I recently signed up for a swap over at Chic Craftique to make a Faux Cupcake for my swap partner. When I signed up, I thought "Oh that looks fairly simple", well I literally "ate" my words. It is so much easier to bake up some real cupcakes than it was to create this little treat, but I did have a really fun time pushing myself to create something new~so I hope you like it!!!
I used lots of YUMMIES from the and Reneabouquets Etsy to put together this Delicious Treat:

My swap partner, Mary Ann Ruiz, loves Shabby Chic and pinks so I wanted to create a piece that reflected that style and colors and took on a YUMMY confectionery look. I created a base from a pottery candle stick that I had in my upcycle bin. I coated it with Prima White Crackle Texture Paste, letting it air dry then inking over it with silver ink to bring out the crackle and give it an aged look. I then wrapped the stem with some of the rose lace I used on the cupcake. I then layered a paper doily over the top.

For the cupcake, I used a glass Mason Jelly Jar, and stuffed it with Teddy Bear Stuffing to create a "cupcake" shape.  I then took some more paper doilies and cut the center out, then pleated the lacy part around the lip of the jelly jar. I then took some Blush Pink Lace and wrapped the jar, then added a crystal band and topped it with a Anastasia Rhinestone Brooch for lots of bling!!

Next, I took one of the centers that I cut from the Doily and covered the top of the cupcake. I created icing using Ranger Texture Paste that I spread like icing using a Dina Wakley Palette Knife and I have to say it looks just like icing. While the paste was still wet, I sprinkled it with Reneabouquets Diamond Chunky Glitter Glass and it looked so good, I just wanted to take a bite!!
I wrapped the base with some sweet pink rose lace.

For the top of the cupcake, I added a Shabby Chic Chiffon Flower

and for the Cherry On Top, I added one of my Reneabouquets Tiny Treasures Sweet Pea Glitter Glass Butterflies.

Here is a shot of the cupcake without the stand. I just love how tasty it turned out!! I hope Mary loves it and that you find the time to participate in one of the events that the scrappy community puts on. It is so much fun, you meet so many wonderful people and you can push yourself out of your comfort zone by trying new things~ Hugs ~Renea

Items from the and Reneabouquets Etsy Shop:
Prima White Crackle Texture Paste

Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Timeless Blue Fern Studios Layout~

I grew up in the country and I think I learned to ride a horse as soon as I learned to walk. To me there is nothing like the feel of a Velvet nose nuzzling you, the look of those big eyes when you are giving them a skritch right between the eyes, or the feel of those muscles rippling underneath you as you move in unison during a run. 

"There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse."~ R.S. Surtees
This layout features a photo by Photographer-Roy Bozerth that I used to create this layout that reflects one of my loves:

I started with the gorgeous, dark wood grain Timeless Abode Paper for my background.
I then took a piece of Timeless Papillons Paper  tearing the edges and around the brick pattern, then heavily inking the edges with 2 different colors of ink and then painting over the inking with crackle paint to get an amazing aged, rustic look.

Next came some burlap and then another layer of inked and distressed paper topped with my photo that I distressed and double color inked the edges on. 

I love pockets and places to tuck journaling and small treasures, so I incorporated a canvas pocket into this layout, using a left over canvas mini album page that I turned sideways, threaded burlap through the ring holes, and added some Key Trinkets to.

Here is the closeup of the pocket that offers up a secret hiding place.

And there is a journal card that pulls out that I created out of one of the Blue Fern Timeless Calling Cards cut from the paper, adding some burlap string and a flower. 

At the top corner of my photo I used a Blue Fern Circle Chain that I hit with an ink pad, leaving color in some spots and the natural chipboard color in others, and added some flowers in.

At the side of my photo, I created a hemp rope bow and topped it with a Blue Fern Manor Hinge Chipboard Piece that I two tone inked with the same colors that I used on my paper edges and added a little flower.

At the bottom corner of my photo, I added a larger Blue Fern Chain Circle, more flowers, hemp rope and another Manor Hinge Chipboard Piece.

For my sign piece, I cut out the pattern from the Blue Fern Calling Cards Paper, added some Chipboard Pieces that were actually from the parts of the Manor Hinge Pieces that most people punch out and throw away. I love using even those odd pieces that are not a part of the original design. I cut the "Timeless" piece from the bottom piece that names the Timeless Paper you are using, once again using a piece that others throw away.
The Butterflies are my Handcrafted Organza Butterflies and looked so YUMMY with the Timeless Collection.

Here is a side shot, showing off all that dimension and texture that you can achieve so easily with Blue Fern Studio Products.

I hope you have enjoyed this peek into my horse loving soul!! May you always find the things in life that are food to your own soul! Hugs ~Renea

Blue Fern Studio Supply List:

Timeless Collection-Abode 
Timeless Collection Papillons
Timeless Collection Calling Cards


Circle Chains
Manor Hinges

Friday, February 5, 2016

True Love Pocket Journal~

With Valentine's Day just 9 days away, I wanted to create an off the page Pocket Journal that is perfect for journaling and tucking in some of those love notes and romantic momentos that surround the day of love, and the Blue Fern Blush Collection was soooooo perfect for capturing the look I wanted:

I started with a hand sewn, 3 layer pocket that gives me places to tuck items in, and then layered the front and back with the Blue Fern Blush Devoted Paper, adding a row of lace to create a romantic base layer.

Next, I used a Blue Fern Floral Clock Chipboard  Piece, this is a gorgeous piece and I painted it with white crackle paint, sprinkled it with chunky glitter glass and gold microbeads and let it air dry to bring out the YUMMY crackle finish, then topped it with the hands and added a pearl center. 
The Butterflies are some of my handcrafted pieces that I love to add to my art work.

Here you can see all the texture!
The sweet couple was fussy cut from the  Blue Fern Blush Calling Cards, and added onto the clock piece with foam tape.

I then added some various flowers and some handcrafted texture roses.

At the bottom corner, I took a "True Love" sentiment piece from the Blue Fern Two Hearts Chipboard Set, inked it then went around the edges with a marker to make it stand out.

I fussy cut this piece from the Blue Fern Blush Cupid's Folly Paper, added some texture roses and added the piece on with foam tape.

I added a beautiful Vintage Metal Clip and cut out a butterfly from the Cupid's Folly Paper and put it under the glass dome for a Romantic touch.

I created tuck in pieces that are perfect for journaling, and adding small photos and momentos  to. They include:
2-Large Tags created with the Blue Fern Cupid's Folly Paper and topped with seam binding bows and buttons.
1-Fussy Cut Heart Piece from the Blue Fern Calling Cards Paper
3-Double Sided Cards  from the Blue Fern Calling Cards Paper
1-Fold Open Card  from the Blue Fern Calling Cards Paper
1-Accordion Fold Piece  from the Blue Fern Calling Cards Paper

And here is a back view.

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you!! May your day be filled with love, happiness and all the chocolate you can eat!!! Hugs ~Renea 

Blue Fern Studios Supply List:
Blue Fern Blush Devoted Paper
Blue Fern Blush Calling Cards
Blue Fern Cupid's Folly Paper

Blue Fern Floral Clock Chipboard
Blue Fern Two Hearts Chipboard Set

Items from the and Reneabouquets Etsy:
Handcrafted Mini Texture Roses In, Pink, Soft Teal and Soft Yellow

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Doing What I Love With The Romantic Blue Fern February Sketch~

Love is in the air, and with the Blue Fern February Sketch to inspire me, I just had to create a Shabby, Romantic Layout!! 

I grabbed the new Blue Fern Studios Blush Paper Collection, a romantic photo of one of my FAV subjects-Ballet, and used the sketch to draw lots of inspiration from:

I started with a layer of Blush-Key To My Heart Paper, and then overlayed it with a piece of Blush-Celebration Paper,  

tearing random spots and curling back the edges to reveal the paper underneath.

I then took another piece of the Celebration Paper, and fussy cut out the top section and layered it on with foam tape to give me the feel of a curtain type piece that reminded me of the pattern in the sketch.
I created layers from leftover pieces of the 2 papers to top with my photo, cutting and curling some of the edges.

The word "Love" in the sketch inspired me to use the Love piece from the  Blue Fern 2 Hearts Set. 
I love texture and wanted to create lots of it, so I took a Blue Fern Everlasting Dangle Chipboard Piece and first painted it with Gesso and then wrapped it randomly with tulle.

I then took my heat gun to it to melt the tulle to the chipboard. I then randomly sprinkled Imagine Ink Cotton Candy Embossing Powder and some Glitter Glass and heat set them. I then added some Resin Ballet Slippers.

I pressed the "Love" Chipboard piece into clear embossing ink and then sprinkled it with the Cotton Candy Embossing Powder, heat set it and then created a crinkle seam binding bow and topped it with a  Glass Dome Cabochon. Such a Romantic. full of texture piece!!

I created a Flower Piece at the bottom corner using some soft flowers and then took a Blue Fern Chelsea Vines Set,

and heat embossed it with some Imagine Ink Sage Embossing Powder. Don't you just love the texture that heat embossing adds to chipboard? And the Imagine Ink Embossing Powders are just amazing to work with!

To add a bit more detail and depth to my layout, and pick up some of the pattern you see in the sketch,  I used a Blue Fern Arcadia Texture Stamp and stamped along the edge of my large Chipboard piece, 

And along the torn side of my layout.
I also added some of my Handcrafted Glitter Glass Dragonflies that looked amazing with the Blue Fern Papers!

Here is a side shot, so that you can see how you can create lots of dreamy layers and romantic drama using the Blue Fern Products.

I hope you get to spend Valentine's Day with someone that you love, and that you get to create some Romantic Projects of your own. I will be spending mine with the love of my life, my husband, David whom I have been married to for over 25 years!! He is soooooo loved! XOXO ~Renea

Blue Fern Supply List:

Blue Fern Studios Blush Collection~Key To My Heart 
Blue Fern Studios Blush Collection~Celebration

Everlasting Dangle
Chelsea Vines

Imagine Ink Embossing Powder:
Cotton Candy

Items From The and Reneabouquets Etsy Shops:
Blue Fern Blush Collection
Blue Fern Everlasting Dangle