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Well, I can't really tell you allllll about me! LOL. But I can tell you that I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, and Christian. And I love scrapbooking, card making, painting, and altered art.  I love to coordinate parties with themes and come up with new ways to incorporate paper art into them.   I enjoy working with my hands and making something out of nothing.  It's such a wonderful thing to know that there are so many beautiful women out there who share the same passion for this hobby....ART! that I do. I draw inspiration from everything around me and from people like you! So, let's get scrappin'!

Monday, March 31, 2014

MFP Color Challenge 16

Hi all:

The card below was created for the Color Challenge over at Mark's Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company. The challenge this week was to incorporate the colors Grey/Gray and Burgundy.  The guidelines ask that you use the challenge colors as the main colors in your project; whether a layout or card. And you could use any shades or hues of the challenge colors.















Ok, did you ever have one of those moments when you say "mmmm, not sure I like the layout of this?" Well, that's what I did.  And so I went back and changed the placement of the flourishes.  Still not sure whether I like it better, but it's done.




The main design of the card is in several shades of grey/gray adhered to a white card stock base; with only a  burgandy mulberry flower to finish it off.

Until next time
Hugs+Kisses
Renee


Recipe:  
Color Bok adhesive backed textured card stock, Color Bok patterned paper from the Neutral Stack, MS die cut page, Die-namics Fancy Flourish, mulberry flower, several MS punches, TH sentiment




Sunday, March 30, 2014

MFP/Color Challenge: Burgundy and Grey

Hi my crafty peeps:

The card created below is for the color challenge over at Mark's Finest Papers.  The challenge this week was to use the primary colors of burgundy and Grey.  And this is what I came up with







Products used:  textured burgundy/grey card stock, oak leaf punch, EK Success flower punch, sentiment by Inkadinkado, ColorBok Neutral foil patterned paper stack, Craft Medley cup sequins, Glossy Accents


The patterned paper is a mix of a darker grey and foil black.  I've punched several oak leafs in grey and burgundy and used them to surround the punched flower of the same patterned paper.  All of this has been double matted to the burgundy card stock base.  To complete the card, I've piled on a bunch of sequins to the center of the flower and added Glossy Accents to hold them in place.

Thanks for stopping by.
See you soon!
Hugs+Kisses
Renee



MFP: SWAT Challenge 91

Hi all:

My procrastinating daughter told me that she needed a birthday card five minutes before she was to go out the door to meet a friend.  "Nothing fancy, but I know that she liked the last birthday card that you made for her," she says.  No pressure right? LOL

And since I've been trying to keep up with the Challenge Blogs that I like to frequent, I decided that I'd add another card to the SWAT Challenge at Mark's Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co.  So, this is what I came up with.







This week's challenge twist was to create a pocket card.  To finish off the card I added a Prima cloth flower with a button to coordinate with the textured cardstock.  The tags inserted into the pocket say Happy - Birthday - Friend.  It actually did come together pretty quickly. And I scored a quick kiss on the cheek on her way out the door. Worth it!

Until next time
Hugs+Kisses
Renee


Recipe
Prima flower, textured card stock, Crate Paper Party Day patterned card stock, MS daisy chain punch, GeorgePacific white card stock, Kaiser Craft mini alphas, swirl stamp from Glimmer Screens

Friday, March 28, 2014

MFP Challenges (3/28/14)

Hi all:

This card was created for the Inspirational Challenge (#56) over at Mark's Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co. The pictures below were to be used as inspiration for creating your project:



The pictures reminded me that Spring would eventually get here!  It's been a really long Winter here and frankly, I've had enough of the cold and snow.

I wanted to experiment with using my Faber Castell Gelatos differently, other than using them in my art journals.  And so I decided to use them along with a stamp.  This is the result










 http://mfpspeedytv.ning.com/page/inspirational-challenge-56-flower-pots




 The second card was created for the challenge at Tutorial Time on Speedy TV. The technique tutorial this week is to create sponged sunrays.



Sentiment says: Everything will be OK, even if we can't see what OK is yet.
http://mfpspeedytv.ning.com/page/tutorial-time-on-speedy-tv-challenge-94


Can you tell how ready I am for bright sunshine, warm weather, and maybe a little beach time???? LOL


Until next time
Hugs+Kisses
Renee



Thursday, March 27, 2014

613 Avenue Create

Hi everyone:

The card here was created for Challenge #64 Anything Goes over at one of my favorite challenge blogs. http://avenue613.blogspot.com/2014/03/challenge-64-anything-goesoptional.html.   I chose to do the optional twist this week; which is Birds of a Feather (using birds, feathers, wings, etc.).  Open to each individual's interpretation.

Several weeks ago, I created a similar card.  I loved the paper so much that I decided to use that paper again with different embellishments.

And this is what I came up with.  The first two photos show the card without the feather.  And the second two photos show the completed card with the feather.

 










Entered into this challenge
http://avenue613.blogspot.com/2014/03/challenge-64-anything-goesoptional.html

I like the card with and without the feather.  What do you think?


Until next time
Hugs+Kisses
Renee

Recipe
Michael's 8" off white doily, patterned paper from K & Co. Rhapsody Active Imagination Flat Paper, Prima flower spray - Zephyr, textured card stock in tan & orange, smooth white card stock,  feather, sentiment stamp 


Mark's Finest Papers Challenges

Hi all:

I have a couple of cards to share with you this week.

This card was created for Sketch With a Twist Challenge #91 over at Mark's Finest Papers a Heinrich Co. The challenge this week was to create a pocket card.  I haven't made any of these in a little while, so it was fun to get back into the swing of things with this technique.







 

And this card was created for Simple Salutations Challenge #90; also at Mark's Finest Papers.  The challenge this week was to create an elegant card.  Of course, everyone's definition of what is considered elegant is different.  This week I wanted to play with doilies and animals.  Not what I would normally consider in my realm of elegant; but I reaaaally like how this turned out!







I'm still working (of course when I have the chance) to get better photos;  that's why I've added so many pics of these projects; to give you a  better view.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.  Be sure to leave me some bloggy love! I always look forward to hearing from you.

Until later,
Hugs+Kisses
Renee

Recipes
Card 1: MS punch, patterned paper and card stock by S.E.I., bling from ViVAmerica, mulberry flowers
Card 2: Paper doilies, feather, mulberry flowers, textured card stock (white/brown) ColorBok, patterned card stock by ColorBok


Monday, March 24, 2014

MFP Christmas Card Challenge 2014

Hi all:
Just a  quick post as it's late and I'm a tired little crafter....
These two cards were created for the Mark's Finest Papers Christmas Card Challenge of 2014.  Even though technically it's not a challenge.  I've signed up to make two cards per month until just before Christmas of this year so that I'll have gotten the bulk of my list done to send out.

Hopefully the photos are clear enough to see.  I'm still experiencing electronic difficulties.  It's like every camera I own has gone completely wonky on me and I can't figure out what the problem is with any of them! So, I'm using the camera on my phone for now. And hopefully in the future, I can take new pics and replace these with better quality photos.  Here's to keeping my fingers crossed....







Thanks for stopping by!
Until later
Nighty-Night!
Hugs+Kisses
Renee



Thursday, March 20, 2014

MFP/Friends....

Hi all

I've been MIA from posting much of anything, anywhere... life has been busy and tiring!

The challenge at MFP's Friends of Speedy TV #116 is covered boxes.  You can find the challenge, which runs for another two days at  http://mfpspeedytv.ning.com/page/friends-of-speedy-tv-challenge-116-altered-box-03-17-14.  It was a fun challenge since I love altering things.  More importantly, I love creating from scratch.  So while taking a look around my desk and in my stash, I spotted a box of tissues that I have on hand and decided that I would create  tissue box cover.  Here it is:




I created it out of medium weight chipboard.  The patterned paper is an extra 12x12 sheet that I purchased for another project quite some time ago and have no idea who it's by (although I kind of think that it was from DCWV).  I don't know why I gave it a beach theme, except that I've had these shells in my stash for a long time.  I'm always saving them after my family and I have what we call a "seafood fest."  You know, crabs, oysters, fish, clams, shrimp, mussels, baked potatoes, broccoli and corn on the cob. Yum!  I painted the box with sage green acrylic paint first (which also helped to strengthen the structure of the box.  To finish it off, I added paper flowers and doilies and sealed everything with several coats of ModPodge.  I love how it turned out and I think that I'll be making a few more to scatter throughout the house.  It came together really fast!

What do you think?

Until next time
Hugs+Kisses
Renee

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

MFP Challenges

Hi all:

I have several cards to share this week.  The first card is being entered into this week's Friends of Speedy TV Challenge #115 http://mfpspeedytv.ning.com/page/friends-of-speedy-tv-challenge-115-spring-colours-03-10-14; using Spring Colours, over at Mark's Finest Papers a Heinrich Co.










http://mfpspeedytv.ning.com/page/friends-of-speedy-tv-challenge-115-spring-colours-03-10-14

I used a, now discontinued, Rubberneckers image and scrap card stock and patterned paper, along with my Copic and Bic markers.  I added two flowers with a button in the middle and a strip of ribbon to finish it off.

The second card is for the SWAT Challenge; also at Mark's Finest Papers.
The challenge this week is to use this sketch 
with the twist being to add the color green.  I finally used my Stampin' Up! Hello Doily and Perfectly Penned stamps; along with Stampin' Up! Pear Pizzazz ink.  I also added a paper doily that was inked to the inside of the card.  The inside sentiment says "Finally, a day that really is all about you."



And lastly, the third card is for the Simple Salutations Challenge at MFP (#88).  This week's challenge is to create a masculine card.  The base of the card is Tuxedo Black card stock by Core'dinations; along with patterned card stock from S.E.I.  The sentiment is from the Fiskars Simple Thoughts/Laughter set.  I then added buttons to complete  the card.






.http://mfpspeedytv.ning.com/page/simple-salutations-challenge-88

Until next time
Hugs+Kisses
Renee




Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Journal Page (a Throwback)

Hi everyone.
Thanks for coming by to take a peek....

I'm here to share another journal page with you all.  This is one of the very first pages that I ever journaled. 

Flashback....
In 1977, when I was 14 years old, my sister made me read the book I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by the great Maya Angelou. Basically, the story is an autobiography and also a piece of literature.  And after I finished reading it, she made me write a short essay on what the story was about and to tell her the answer to the question.  I remember that when I read the book, I was angry, sad, confused, empathetic, and then brave.  I remember that when I answered the question, my sister smiled at me, hugged me, and then walked away.  I never really understood what that part was about, and never asked.  But I did figure that I must've answered the question correctly.  

Anyway, here it is

notice anything about the bird?

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill 
for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
an the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom. 


Creation by Song on YouTube Thank You!

Hi everyone:
Just a quick post to let you know that there is a "giftaway" being done over on YouTube by a very gifted crafter.  I happened upon her channel a couple of months ago when I heard her name on another video.  So of course, I looked her up and started watching one video.  Before I knew it, I had watched all of her videos over night! LOL. Now that's what you call CRAFTING and YOUTUBE ADDICTION! Good thing it was the weekened. LOL.  Her name is Song and she is sponsoring this as a big thank you to her subscribers and those that follow her YouTube, Blog, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram for their support.  She has some great videos and tutorials for crafters of all kinds (these are two of my favorites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLEozeucqWQ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ-w7Mr_qVM).  She'll be choosing two winners for this giveaway; 1) to the person that makes a comment on her thank you video and 2) to the person that does a YouTube video or Blog  response.  Also, she'd like to know what your current favorite paper collection is? And of course you need to subscribe to her channel!

You can find her videos at
http://www.youtube.com/user/creationbysong/videos, so you should stop by and take a peek at what she's been up to.  And you can see the video for this giveaway at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB85a8CaV8Y.

You can also follow her here

Her Blog: http://creationbysong.blogspot.com/
Her Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/songli5732/
Her  Instagram: creationbysong
Her Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conghui.li


Bye-Bye for now!
Hugs+Kisses
Renee


Friday, March 7, 2014

Journal Page

Hi all:

I'm back again with another journal page.  This one I completed late one night when I couldn't seem to fall asleep.  I felt anxious and excited.  Except I really had no idea WHY! LOL.  Anyway, I used my water color crayons to create a brightly painted background and stenciled leaves across the entire double page.




it's bright and cheerful!


I love working with my water colors.  In reality, I don't think I'm very good at using them.  But I do have fun making a mess and experimenting.  And to me, that's the name of the crafting game...having FUN!

And when it was completed, I finally got some sleep.  Granted, it wasn't a lot of sleep, considering that I had to get up in less than three hours to go to work. LOL.  But - sleep - all - the - same!

Until next time
Hugs+Kisses
Renee



Monday, March 3, 2014

MFP/Simple Salutations 86

                                          Hi everyone:
I'm back again with a quick post.  As I am trying to play catch up on my favorite challenge blogs (since I had an unexpected snow day...Yayyyyy Me!)

This card was created for the Simple Salutations Challenge over at Mark's Finest  Papers.

Our hostess for this challenge Stephanie Ackerman challenged us to make a clean and simple sympathy card.  And this is what I came up with using a piece of GeorgiaPacific white card stock, EK Success scallop punch, and My Mind's Eye stamps.

 http://mfpspeedytv.ning.com/page/simple-salutations-challenge-86


Until we meet again
Hugs+Kisses
                                          Renee