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January 12, 2019

"Be Present" Layout


Hi everyone, so excited to share with you my very first design team project for Reneabouquets. This mixed media layout is filled with texture and beautiful items from Reneabouquets store. 
This months mood board is sweet and soft with that vintage feel and it helped inspire me with this layout. 
My title is my 2019 inspirational words "Be Present" and this was stamped with archival ink on white muslin. 

Reneabouquets Beautiful Board was gently distressed with ink. The flowers and butterflies can all be purchased in the Reneabouquets store. 
Wishing you a 2019 filled with magical creativity. I appreciate you stoppimg by and for your pleasure I have included a process video for this layout. All Reneabouquet products used are listed on the video as well as their web links. xoxo Toni 
Entering this layout in the following wonderful challenges: 
TIO-Something Old Something New- Something old are my photos and something new is my Reneabouquets Beautiful Board pieces. 
Frilly & Funky - Be Inspired... inspired by Lovleigh Loops for her fun technique for a watercolor background. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu6d9pQ3zNQ

December 18, 2018

Mixed Media Jewelry Christmas Tree


Merry Christmas everyone, it's that time of year when everything seems to have just a bit more sparkle in the air. I decided to take some of my old jewelry that was lacking sparkle and put some sparkle back into it with this mixed media canvas. It's my turn on Art Anthology's blog today to provide some inspiration. 
I decided to take the back of this canvas and adhere a bunch of old broken jewelry I had and create some new life into it. I adhered the jewelry pieces in the shape of a tree and then primed the surface with gesso. 
I also added Mud Paste and art stones to the back of the canvas for more texture, then I got out my spays and Minx shimmering inks and away I went. 
The outside of the frame was an old photo mat I had and I primed it with gesso and then using Art Anthology's Ringlet stencil and pretty Sorbet paints I colored it up. Then for the final touches I add gemstones and pearls here and there. Super easy and fun technique and I always love a way to recycle old items. Hope you give this a try. For your pleasure I have also included a video below so you can view my creative process. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

December 7, 2018

Altered Art Journal Cover

Hi crafty peeps... Today I have for you a design team project for Art Anthology and I'm dressing up the front of my art journal.

 I titled the front of my journal  "Anthology". I felt is was fitting:  Merriam Webster says:  anthology  noun an·​thol·​o·​gy  Definition of anthology  1a collection of selected literary pieces or passages or works of art or music. 

Adding texture to the front was grungeboard letters, latex lace and Mud Paste ran through 2 different stencils. 
The painting process as well as adding the Colorations can be viewed below in my video for your pleasure. I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to view my blog. Hope you were inspired and will give this easy technique a try. Creatively yours, Toni

Entering this piece in the following challenges: 
Creative Artiste #45-Mixed Media Anything Goes 

December 3, 2018

Cozy Christmas Reverse Canvas

Hi everyone, hope you are having fun creating for the upcoming holidays. ReneaBouquets had a reverse canvas challenge "Cozy Christmas" and this is what I came up with. Hope you are inspired.
I altered the inside of the canvas with chipboard to create little cubbies to fill with Christmas goodies. Lots of ReneaBouquets items here as well as Ideaology. 
Love making these shadow boxes because each one takes on a life of it's own and the items you can add to them is endless. 
The outside of the box I decorated with pretty cotton crocheted lace from ReneaBouquets and I will list the products below of all that I used. 
Wishing you a Christmas filled with magic and wonder. For your pleasure I have created a process video below which explains this canvas a little more in detail. xoxo Toni

Entering this canvas in the following wonderful challenges: 
CropStop #46-Lots and Lots of Ideaology and Paper Dolls

ReneaBouquets products used : 
BB Explosion Box Decorative Kit https://www.reneabouquets.com/product-page/beautiful-board-explosion-ornament-box-gift-holder-decoration-kit
BB Beautiful Snowflakes https://www.reneabouquets.com/product-page/copy-of-beautiful-board-medium-vintage-snowflakes-set-of-7-laser-cut-chipboard
BB Large Victorian Scroll https://www.reneabouquets.com/product-page/beautiful-board-large-victorian-scroll-pattern
Blue Fern Vintage Christmas Paper https://www.reneabouquets.com/product-page/blue-fern-studios-vintage-christmas-2-12-papers
Natural Cotton Crochet Lace https://www.reneabouquets.com/product-page/natural-cotton-crochet-lace-cluny-lace-002

November 27, 2018

Farmhouse Style Explosion Box for ReneaBouquets

Hi everyone, Toni here with a fun new project for ReneaBouquets. These are the brand new Explosion Box/Ornaments that are now available in the store.  

My Christmas theme this year is Farmhouse Rustic and so I wanted to dress this little box up like a woodsy diorama to sit on my table. 
The horse was painted first with silver paint pounced on for texture and then embossed with silver EP for a fun metal effect. 
I wanted the corrugated metal look on the sides so I achieved this using Metallics Kraft Paper, give it a light sand and distressing it with Black Soot Reinker. 
The ReneaBouquet Explosion Box and decorative snowflakes were all painted with a simple coat of white gesso and then  Gathered Twigs DI was used on the edges . 
The top of the box was decorated with Sizzix Poinsettia and Festive Greens diecuts.  And to finish to off a light coat of DIY snow was applied everywhere along with Rock Candy glitter. 
Hope you enjoyed. For your pleasure I have included a process video below for your viewing. 

November 26, 2018

Cozy Christmas Layout for Art Anthology

Hi eveyone, it's my turn for a Art Anthology project and I'm using one of my favorite stencils "Twilight" today along with texture paste, beads, glitter, chipboard, flowers etc. etc. etc. 

It's so easy to take a simple layout and give that extra pazazz with mixed media. Just a bit of paste run through a stencil can make a world of difference. 
This layout may look difficult but it actually was very simple. I think I got it done in about 2 hours, which is great for me. 

Adding Mud paste and while still wet I sprinkled on some gorgeous ReneaBouquets Dark Red Microbeads for more texture. 
Using AA's Metal Effects Gold here and there on the layout spritzed everything up a bit. 
And then for a bit of whimsy I altered up some Blue Fern chipboard, T!m Holtz quote chips and Christmas Ephemera.  I hope you are inspired. 

Entering my layout in the following challenges: 
Crop Stop #45 (Distress Ink Gathered Twigs, Sizzix Festive Greens, Ideology Quote Chip, Ideology Ephemera
 More Than Words -My daughter is the main focal point of my layout and she is the future women of the world.... strong, independent, capable. 
TIO-Friends and Family 

Would love you to take a moment to watch my process video and if you enjoy please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel... 

November 19, 2018

Angel Christmas Tag Swap for ReneaBouquets


I am currently in a tag swap with ReneaBouquets and we were to do an "angel theme" tag. Featuring on this tag are several beautiful ReneaBouquets pieces and I will list them below with their websites. 
The pretty Printed Beautiful Board Angel image is from ReneaBouquets of course and I add Stickles to her wardrobe for a subtle sparkle. The poinsettia was made using Blue Ferns Vintage Christmas paper collection and Sizzix Poinsettia die and texture fade set. 

The tree was created using also Blue Ferns Vintage Christmas paper and Renea Bouquets Shabby Christmas Tree, enhanced with pearls. For your pleasure I also have provided for you a video below. Hope you take the time to view and if you enjoy please give it a thumbs up and would love you to subscribe to my channel. Have a magical Christmas Season !

ReneaBouquets store: https://www.reneabouquets.com/shop-c5em ReneaBouquets Blog: https://www.reneabouquets.com/ ReneaBouquets Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/Artis... BB Shabby Christmas Tree https://www.reneabouquets.com/product... Printed BB Victorian Winter Angel https://www.reneabouquets.com/product... BB Beautiful Bits Snowflakes https://www.reneabouquets.com/product... Blue Fern Vintage Christmas Paper Collection https://www.reneabouquets.com/product...

November 17, 2018

Adventures Await Layout


Hi everyone, today I'm having fun with Art Anthology's stencils. They are an easy way to adventure dimension as well as interest to your projects. I only needed to use one of our stencils ... Scales... because it actually has 3 different designs on it. So let's get started.  
Below is a video so you can watch me create this layout in detail . I started off by adding Art Antholoy's Mud mixed with craft sand and ran it through a scroll shape for my corners of layout.

Using another portion of the stencil I added some dimension here and there on the layout around the photos.
Then to add a bit of contrast color I ran our Sorbet-Leaf through another section of the same stencil. 
I encourage you to get your hands on some of our stencils, they make scrapbooking so much fun and the ideas are endless. Have a special day and happy creating !


November 11, 2018

Explosion Box/Ornament for ReneaBouquets


Hi everyone, today I'm up on the blog to share with you a project using the new Explosion Box/Ornaments that can be purchased at ReneaBouquets. These boxes are perfectly adorable without doing anything to them, but they are so much fun to decorate as well. The poinsettias above were highlighted with homemade snow... baking soda, white paint and white glue mixed together. 
I left the box in it's natural state and embellished it using Blue Fern's Vintage Christmas paper. Also adding some dark red microbeads to the carousel horse. 
With the addition of some deep red rhinestones to some of the beautiful board (from ReneaBouquets) decorative pieces. 

Here is a better photograph of the darling carousel horse and I added some Stickled embellished poinsettias from ReneaBouquets also to add that Christmas look. 
To finish it off I also added a T!m Holtz Lantern which will look so pretty on my Christmas tree. 
For your enjoyment I have included a video below so you can watch my creative process. Listed on the video is also all the products and their websites for ReneaBouquets goodies. xoxo Toni


October 31, 2018

Enjoy The Ride Journal Page


Happy Halloween all, today I have a journal page for Art Anthology and it's inspired by this month's moodboard. 

 Mixed media can sometimes be intimidating to some and I hope this post encourages you "Don't be afraid of mixed media ... Enjoy the Ride".
I find my art journal is a perfect place to play and experiment with new techniques. Allows me to make notes on my page of what works and what I'm not too fond of. 
This page I wanted to try Seth Aptners Baked Enamel on wet texture paste and I really like the results. 
I also wanted to see if Art Anthology's Sorbet-Glass paint could possibly be used as an adhesive for foiling and gilding flakes and it also worked nicely. Left my chipboard and nice high gloss with randomly areas of foil... Very organic.... Get yourself an art journal... or just gather some mixed media paper, watercolor paper or even cardstock and start playing..... but most of all "Enjoy that Ride" !



October 28, 2018

Altered Gift Boxes for ReneaBouquets Guest Design Team

What a fun time I have had as guest designer for ReneaBouquets this month. Having the opportunity to work with the gorgeous products from their store has been such a treat. Today I have my last guest design team project for this month and it's some cute little boxes I altered to put gifts in for some friends.
I purchased these little boxes at Michaels for $1.50 I believe and they are the perfect size to put a special little something in for a gift. With Christmas right around the corner I new I needed to grab a few of these and alter. 
I started off first by coloring each box with a different DI ink and then went to town on embellishing each one differently with ReneaBouquet Beautiful Boards and flowers. 
Each flower was dipped in melted UTEE to give a pretty glass-like appearance. 

A list of supplied used from ReneaBouquets is listed in my video below. I hope you take a moment and drop by the store, you will be amazed at her products. Wishing you days of creative bliss !


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.