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June 7, 2019

Altered Box Swap for ReneaBouquets


 Toni here with a swap project for ReneaBouquets.  Last month RB hosted a altered box swap and I decided to take a configurations box and make it into a steampunk embellishment box for my partner.
It's always fun to get involved in swaps because it gives you a theme of inspiration to create and also connects you with other creatives that enjoy the same thing as yourself. 

On the altered box I added a RB shaker box to the lid as well as many Beautiful Board pieces to enhance the top. The shaker boxes can be used on so many different projects, from layouts to cards, to altered projects as you see above. 
Once the box was completed I had fun filling it with some vintage and steampunk style embellishments for my swap partner to use on her projects. 
 As well as the box, it's always fun to create some extra goodies for your partner. Pictured here is the card I made as well as an altered notebook. 
Candy filled boxes, doily's as well as some stick pins were all adorned with RB's supplies from the store. A list of the supplies is below in the video description.
For your pleasure I have included as a process video below with all products for ReneaBouquets used listed in the video description. xoxo Toni

May 31, 2019

"Breathe In Breathe Out" Easy Mixed Media Layout

Hi everyone, today I want to share how very simple it is to add some mixed media elements to your scrapbook layouts. Mixed media has gotten so popular but still so many are intimidated by the word "Mixed Media". I'm here today to tell you if you are a scrapper or card maker, chances are you are already doing mixed media.

Wikipedia says: Mixed Media is an artwork in which more than one medium or material has been employed. Assemblages and collages are two common examples of art using different media that will make use of different materials including cloth, paper, wood and found objects. So, what that means if you are a card maker you use paper, sometimes stamping with ink, adding embellishments, sometimes markers etc. ... you are already doing mixed media. So don't let the word scare you any longer. Let's get
started with this very simple layout.  
I really wanted the colors on this to be very muted and subtle so that my photo would really be the focal point. The Art Anthology paints I used were our Metal Effects and our Stone Effects (all products will be listed blow in the video description. 
With the use of a couple of our stencils (and we have so many to choose from) this provided added patterns to my paper as well as texture. 
With the addition of some seed beads (because I can't ever get enough texture... lol) and pretty flowers, my layout was finished. I hope you give this a try. Below is a process video of me creating this layout. I hope I was able to inspire you to get in there and add some paints and textures to your scrapbook layouts. xoxo Toni

May 28, 2019

"Spring Meadow" Mixed Media Layout or ReneaBouquets

Hi everone, Toni here with a new project for ReneaBouquets and inspired by this month's beautiful moodboard. 
Mood boards are a great way to provide inspiration to you when your trying to get started on a layout or project. It provides you with textures, colors, imagery etc. What I grabbed a hold of is the watercolor, ethereal look of the images as well as the flowers and of course that unbelievable palette of colors. 
Using ReneaBouquet products is always an easy way to accomplish a look that maybe you are trying to achieve. How I usually start is I find a photo or get an idea in my head of what I want to create and then allow that to lead me in the ReneaBouquets store on the items that will indeed enhance my project. 
It can be overwhelming when you go to the store and see all the fantastic items to choose from and you don't know where to start. Many of the items in the store actually have a photo of a project that one of the designers created using that item which will give you and idea on how to utilize it.
In the layout above, I found the photo I wanted to scrap and realized it encompassed so much of the mood board. I then went to the RB store and chose some items that I new would really enhance my photo. And then I just sat down and started creating as you can view my process video below. Hope you give our mood boards a try and utilize them. Happy creating ! All supplies used will be listed in the video discription. 

May 20, 2019

"Life Began In A Garden" Mixed Media Vignette

Happy Monday everyone, today I'm here for a design team project for Art Anthology. One of my favorite things to do with art is create vintage, old, shabby pieces. I have always loved rusty things, antiques, well worn pieces. So today I have for you a T!m Holtz Vignette with a makeover. 
I have a process video below for your pleasure so you can watch my creative process. I have a few fun techniques to use for aging your projects. Also the supplies from Art Anthology that I used will be listed in the video description. 
The paper line I used is Stamperia "Garden" and I did some fussy cutting then gave the pieces a coat of crackle varnish on top. 
Here you can see the peeled paint technique as well as the wonderful job the crackle varnish does. And then when added with Art Anthology's mediums you really can achieve a weathered look. 
Here is wishing you a week filled with peace and joy. Thank you for stopping by. xoxo Toni

May 12, 2019

Mother's Day Present Altered Plate for ReneaBouquets

Hi everyone, and Happy Mother's Day to all those spectacular woman out there that have been fortunate enough to share their experiences, knowledge and heart with others.  Today I have a project I created for my mama for ReneaBouquets design team. 
I had this photo of my mama and me and I knew I wanted to create a keepsake with it. I purchased this plate at Hobby Lobby in the wedding section and it became the perfect backdrop. Adding lots of ReneaBouquets flowers, beautiful board and butterflies completed it perfectly. 
Below I have a process video for your pleasure so you can sit back and enjoy me creating. 
Have a spectacular day and thank you for stopping by !

May 7, 2019

Shabby Chic Pin Cushion and Stick Pins for ReneaBouquets

Hi everyone, today I'm up on ReneaBouquets blog with a new design team project.  I have for you a shabby chic style pin cushion to hold some pretty stick pins for my projects. Very easy and ReneaBouquets products makes it that much easier to enhance and embellish. 
Using a peat pot that I purchased at the dollar store for the base and then made the cushion from batting, muslin and lace. 
Then I added some pretty flowers from RB store and of course one of her beautiful butterflies. The stick pins were also adorned with the tiny buds from your flower line as well as one of her tiny butterfly's . 
Very easy and fun to make and for your pleasure I have included a process video below so you can watch my process... Wishing you a week filled with creativity!

April 30, 2019

Altered Dollar Store Notebooks

Hi everyone, I'm up on the blog today for an Art Anthology design team project. I'm always finding wonderful things at the dollar store and they can always be used in my art. Today I am altering some of there little notebooks or journals. These are great to send to someone for happy mail or to include in a RAK.
I have a video below showing my creative process on one of the notebooks. These literally only take about 30 to 45 minutes to alter and customize them.  
Using simple mixed media techniques provide that interesting texture and subtle changes to the background. 
The receiver will now have a one of a kind little notebook that you have created with love. I hope yu grab yourself some of these sweet little journals and give this altering process a try. Have a spectacular day !

April 27, 2019

Shabby Chic Ballerina Layout

Hi everyone... Toni here with a new design team layout for ReneaBouquets. The store is plump full of gorgeous items to make creating and decorating your projects a breeze. Pictured above is one of the brand new Beautiful Board Music Note Butterflys. It's exquisite !
Playing off the colors in my photo I knew I wanted this layout to be frilly, so I decided to do some paper ruffles, also enhanced with ReneaBouquets Ivory Tulle. 
I gave the beautiful board a coat of crackle varnish and then antiqued it with Green Patina and Brushed Corduroy DI. 
The ReneaBouquet flowers were blinged up with the No Hole Microbeads in Champagne and Teal. A full list of products and their websites will be below. 
I hope you were inspired and for your pleasure I have also included a step by step video below. 

April 20, 2019

Embroidery Hoop Shaker for ReneaBouquets

Hi everyone, it's my turn for a ReneaBouquets design team project and I decided to create a shaker embroidery hoop. Filled with pretties from ReneaBouquets store. 
Lots of Beautiful Board from the store and I left it in its beautiful natural state. 
The butterfly inside the shaker is a brand new style called Musical Note Butterfly and it's just gorgeous. 
With the addition of the pretty flowers with a bit of microbeads sprinkled on top and of course one of the exquisite butterflies from the store as well.  Hope you enjoyed. For your pleasure I have also included a step by step video. Happy crafting !

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April 15, 2019

Mixed Media Vintage Frame for Art Anthology

Hi everyone, I'm up on the blog today with a design team project for Art Anthology. Recently purchased a frame at the dollar store and it was screaming to be altered. 
Lots of layers, lots of texture and a color scheme that is not usual for me. But it definitely has that grunge appeal that I so adore. 
I love taking a simple item and making it into an unexpected piece. I started off by adding lace to the foundation to provide interesting textures, then layered several different shades of inks and sprays. 
Utilized some of my metal pieces, chipboard and ideaology stash. I so enjoyed making this messy project. I hope you were inspired. And for your enjoyment I have included a process video below. I appreciate your stopping by. Wishing you a month filled with creative wonder !

April 12, 2019

Spring Garden Purse

 
Happy spring everyone... hope you are having a wonderful month. Today I have a design team project for ReneaBouquets and I have created a spring time garden purse.
Inspired by ReneaBouquets moodboard this month I used several ReneaBouquet products. 
Added some chunky glitters and microbeads to the flowers for added texture and interest. 
Ideaology Baseboard Doll was colored a bit with water base pens, and of course ReneaBouquet butterflies always complete a project perfectly. For a list of products used check out this blogpost HERE. 
Hope this brought a little bit of "springtime" into your creative life. And for your pleasure I have also included a process video for your viewing. Have a spectacular month. 

March 31, 2019

"Wonderful You" Mixed Media Tag

 
Hi everyone, today I have a special project to share with you. It's my design team project for Art Anthology. Dedicated to a wonderful friend for many many years that I lost almost 2 years ago. The image on the front of this tag is from the very last birthday card she gave me. On the back of this tag I adhered her personal note to me at the time. I think this is  perfect place to hold on to this keepsake. Hope you enjoy my project.
I prepped this wooden tag with white gesso and then collaged book pages as well as scrapbook paper on the top. Then I used a stencil with black modeling paste for some added texture. 
For more vintage goodness I rusted up this metal heart as well as added Ideaology Transparent Wings, & added florals. 
Rust and Patina Texture paste was also added to the corners of the tag for a yummy texture. 
I sprayed my seam binding to match my project and added some rusty wire to wrap around the entire tag. I hope you enjoyed. For your pleasure here is a video of my creative process... xoxo Toni
art (ärt) noun - supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty.