Sunday, December 2, 2018

Embellishment Boxes Make Beautiful Christmas Gifts!

Need a Beautiful Gift for the crafter on your Christmas List? How about an Embellishment Box? These are really popular this year and so much fun to put together, like this one that I created with products from Reneabouquets

The Box is a Nook Book Box that I coated with Dina Wakley Gesso and then got to decorating. I used papers from the Blue Fern Studios Vintage Christmas 2 Paper Collection, stenciling it with a  Tim Holtz Doily Stencil, and Ranger Texture Paste

then edging the top layer out with Ranger Texture Paste, and then coating the paste with Diamond Chunky Glitter Glass to get a snowy look.

I ran Gold Locket Lace down the front side of the box and then overhanging it onto the spine of the book. I took a Beautiful Board Laser Cut Chipboard Small Ornate Clock and a set of

 sponge painted them with Dina Wakley Gesso, and then sprinkled them with Gold Microbeads and topped the platforms that were designed for Beautiful Beads Candy with the Beautiful Beads Peppermint Candy Flat Back Pearls, so YUMMY!!

I fussy cut the little boy and girl from the BF papers and gave them little snowballs created out of  Ranger Texture Paste, and Diamond Chunky Glitter Glass.

I created a flower cluster using the following flower sets:
Red Mulberry Paper Poinsettia & Mini Roses Set
Pink & White Roses & Gardenias Set

Where I had overlapped the Gold Locket Lace onto the spine, I then ran Beautiful Butterfly Lace
over the top of it for a wonderful dimensional look.

For the sides of the box, I painted them with Ranger Opaque Crackle Paste, let that air dry, then inked it with gold ink to bring out the crackle, then topped the sides with  Beautiful Board Laser Cut Chipboard Small Holly Flourishes that I heat embossed in layers of color.

I really loved how these turned out!! They gave the box a high end, Vintage look! 

I decorated the insides of the box so that even once the embellishments have been used up, you still have a beautiful piece to use to store treasures in.

I filled my box with the following Embellishments:

The back of the box is finished out in matching paper, and ties closed with lace.
I hope you are taking the time to really enjoy the Holidays, and that you find the time to create some special gifts for your family and friends. Thanks so much for dropping by!! Hugs ~Renea

 Products from and the Reneabouquets Etsy used on this project:
Nook Book Box
Blue Fern Studios Vintage Christmas 2 Paper Collection
Ranger Texture Paste
Tim Holtz Doily Stencil
Diamond Chunky Glitter Glass
Beautiful Board Laser Cut Chipboard Small Ornate Clock
Beautiful Board Laser Cut Chipboard Decorative Snowflake Accents
Dina Wakley Gesso
Gold Microbeads
Beautiful Beads Peppermint Candy Flat Back Pearls
Gold Locket Lace
Red Mulberry Paper Poinsettia & Mini Roses Set
Pink & White Roses & Gardenias Set
Beautiful Butterfly Lace
Beautiful Board Laser Cut Chipboard Small Holly Flourish
Ranger Opaque Crackle Paste
Gold Locket Lace
Vintage Peacock Brooch
Printed Beautiful Board Laser Cut Chipboard Small Christmas Carol
Vintage Red Rose
Ivory Rose
Red Mini roses
Vintage Red Rose Bud
1 Jar of Beautiful Beads Peppermint Candy Flat Back Pearls
Small Christmas Carol Butterflies

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Shake It Up!!

I participated in the Reneabouquets November Angel Tag Swap hosted by Reneabouquets Design Team Artist Donna Anderson in the Artists With An Edge Group and I wanted to create something special for my swap partner Marci Bensing. I love all the shaker pieces that I have seen other artists create, so I wanted to make my own Beautiful Board Laser Cut Chipboard Shaker Box to go on the tag, so I sat down did all my preliminary drawings and then got to work on all the math and designing to bring the product to life. It is so exciting to have something inside your head and then bring it out in a creation that is all your own!!

I started with a base layer of  Blue Fern Studios Vintage Christmas Paper, then added a 2nd layer of paper that I stenciled using a Tim Holtz Doily Stencil and Ranger Texture Paste.  I then painted all the edges with Ranger Texture Paste and sprinkled the paste with Diamond Chunky Glitter Glass.

Next, I added a seam binding bow and topped it with a silver Jingle Bell that I dusted with Diamond Chunky Glitter Glass. I took a set of Beautiful Board Laser Cut Chipboard Small Angel Wings and heat embossed them a silvery, icicle color added Pink Chunky Glitter Glass to the little heart connector in the set, added some feathers for softness, and

then punched a hole in the heart and added a tiny little jingle bell as a dangle .

I decorated the Premium Paper Cover by first painting it with Ranger Opaque Crackle Paste, letting that air dry and then inking with silver ink to bring out the cracks.   I then painted all the edges with Ranger Texture Paste and sprinkled the paste with Diamond Chunky Glitter Glass.

I just love how it turned out all frosty, beautiful and fun!!

I took 2  Beautiful Board Laser Cut Chipboard Small Butterfly Scroll Flourishes, that I gesso'ed,  sprinkled Diamond Chunky Glitter Glass, and added Silver Candy Beautiful Beads Flat back Pearls to and added those to the corners of the Shaker Box.

A layer of Timeless White Lace was added across the bottom, and then I created a floral cluster with flowers from the following sets:

I fussy cut out an angel photo to add to the shaker box. The image was one that I purchased from Etsy Shop: IrelandRoseStudios. I can digitally create my own images, but I love to support other artists and she does an amazing job with her images and the quality is excellent.

Here you can see the side view of the shaker box and all the dimension and detail that went into the tag.
Thank you so much for visiting me and taking a look at one of my projects!! I really love being a part of the paper crafting community and participating in swaps and challenges, and I hope you get a chance to participate in some of the fun events that are hosted out there in the community. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet new artists, create and support one another. Hugs ~Renea

Here is a short little video showing some of the products on this project:

Products Used From and the Reneabouquets Etsy:

Friday, November 9, 2018

Creating Beautiful Christmas Decorations is a Snap~

Time to get started on those handcrafted Christmas gifts and decorations!! I love creating items to decorate my home with for the Holidays! Today, I have a Carousel Themed Explosion Christmas Ornament that will be going on my tree this year using products that you can find at Reneabouquets.

Covering the 3 Solid Sides with Prima Santa Baby Paper, and then painting 2 of the small decorative pieces from the Decoration Kit and adding those to the bottom of the box. I can tell it is gloomy here, because my colors are a little off showing up more purplish than the Antique Mauve that they are.
All Chipboard pieces were adhered with Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue.

For the top and the  front of the box, I heat embossed then took some Lindy's Magicals (Sleigh Bells) and painted over the embossing to get a really gorgeous gold shimmer. 

I then added 2 of the Larger Decorative pieces from the kit to each side of the lid and topped the front view with a Tiny Treasures Lissie Glitter Glass Butterfly. I then tied my box closed with a hand dyed seam binding ribbon topped with a Pink & Ivory Mini Rose.

For the inside of the box, I covered all 3 of the solid sides with matching paper, added a painted frame from the decoration kit to the back wall side, and then heat embossed and Magical Painted the bottom and inside front side.

I colored my Carousel Horse with Tim Holtz Distress Markers, added some of the Pink & Ivory Mini Roses to the base and topped them with a Lissie Butterfly Kiss.

I hope that you find the time during this busy Holiday Season to create something beautiful for yourself, family or friends!! Thank you for taking the time to visit!! Hugs ~Renea

Products used from and the Reneabouquets Etsy:

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Shabby Christmas Embellishment Box~

I love all the Embellishment Boxes I have seen artists creating this year and so I decided to create one that would make a Beautiful Christmas Gift with products that you can find at Reneabouquets!!
I started with a Paper Mache Nook Book Box and I coated the inside and outside with
Dina Wakley White Gesso and then got started decorating the outside of the box.

I started with a layer of  Blue Fern Vintage Christmas Paper Collection. I then added some Flower Crown Lace and draped it over the cover and down onto the spine.
Next came a Beautiful Board Shabby Christmas Tree Laser Cut Chipboard With Bead Holes that I did some two tone inking to with  im Holtz Bundled Sage Distress Ink, and Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink. I glued Beautiful Beads Irridescent Pearls-Unicorn Cand into the Bead Holes on the tree and then created a snowy look on some of the branches using Ranger Texture Paste sprinkled with
The box ties closed with hand dyed seam binding that wraps around a metal bobbin that I topped with a Sweetheart Button.

At the base of the tree I added flowers from the following sets:
Pink & Ivory Mini Roses
frosting the large rose with the glitter glass and then adding a silver jingle bell and a little Christmas paper piece that I edged with  Ranger Texture Paste and

At the top corner of the book cover, I rolled down the paper added on a piece of  Princess Crown Lace, and some flowers from the sets that I used earlier.   

On the spine where I draped the Flower Crown Lace I added some Beautiful Board Decorative Snowflakes, inking the 2nd layer of the stackable snowflakes and topped them with with Beautiful Bead Silver Candy for a gorgeous, dimensional look.

For the "pages" part of the box, I took 2-Beautiful Board Stackable Heart Border Laser Cut Chipboard, took the hearts that stack on top of the bottom layer of chipboard and coated them with
Pale Pink Chunky Glitter Glass. I absolutely love how this looks!! So much dimension and texture that really sets the box off!!

The BBoard is so durable, I actually just bent the board around the corners. The Board can take the bending, but on some of the intricate details the top layer did pop loose, but I just added glue and pushed those back down onto the bottom layers 😉

I completely decorated the inside of the box with images from the papers so that once all the embellishments have been used, you still have a usable keepsake.

I  covered the back side with matching papers for a designer look.

And then filled my box with matching embellishments:
Pink & Ivory Mini Roses
Creating a gift that would be treasured by any crafter!

Thank you for stopping by the blog and I hope that you get a chance to create some gifts for loved ones and friends that came from your own 2 hands!! Hugs ~Renea

Items Used On This Project that you can find at and in the Reneabouquets Etsy:

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Do You Love To Swap?? Sweet Mini Canvas~

Do you love to do swaps? I do!! It is so much fun to create and receive little works of art between friends! The following is a Mini Canvas that I created for my Reneabouquets Artists With An Edge Group, October Swap Partner-Toni Burks. 

I started with a 5 x 7 Mini Canvas and sprayed it with Tim Holtz Walnut Distress Spray Stain. I admit I am not a huge canvas artist, I am a paper artist, so most of my canvas got covered in paper 😉
The papers are from a sold out Blue Fern Collection~Wanderlust, and I distressed and heavily inked the edges with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I also created a corrugated board layer that I coated with Ranger Opaque Crackle Paste, let it air dry and then back bent the board to make really deep cracks and inked them with the Vintage Photo Ink do make them really pop!

I then scissor cut the bottom of the corrugated board in 1/2 inch strips and paper rolled those and then inked the curls with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress InkTim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink and
Tim Holtz Weathered Wood Distress Ink.

All paper and board layers were attached with Aleene's Fast Grab Tack Glue.

I then took some of the inked Beautiful Board Heart Lattice Elements,

and layered a Tiny
Beautiful Board Lacy Heart Frame on top of it and cut the lattice to fit my heart shape, and then popped on one of the Teal Candy Pieces.

Roses from the following sets:
Tucking in a feather and a burlap string bow from my stash.

To add even more texture and depth, I created puddles with Judikins Diamond Glaze and then sprinkled on Chunky Glitter Glass Teal, and popped on some Beautiful Beads Hand Tinted Glass Beads In Teal~YUM!!

I took a sweet little wooden clothes pin (gifted to me by a past swap partner-Geena Marquez), inked it with the Vintage Photo Ink, and added that on below the dragonfly.

Here you can see all the texture and depth the layering and products created.

The last step was to add a little Tim Holtz Mini Display Hanger that I added one of the Mulberry Roses, burlap string bows and another clothes pin to. I added Chunky Glitter Glass Teal to the label holder and topped that with  Beautiful Bits Tiny Hearts.

I just love the Shabby Country Chic look of this canvas and I hope Toni loves it as well!!
Thank you for stopping by!! Hugs ~Renea

Products from and the Reneabouquets Etsy used for this project:
Personal Stash Items:
Blue Fern Wanderlust Papers
Organic Corrugated Board
Burlap String
Little Wooden Clothespins ( A Gift from sweet, scrappy friend Geena Marquez)