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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

snowy new album makes me wish for snow...

although no snow will be heading my way any time soon, I am sorry to say. The desert Southwest is definitely not known for it's snowy winters, although some high desert areas get a light sprinkling now and then. We don't. Nada. Nothing. Dry as a bone. SAD.
Ah well. I can venture up into the mountains to play in the snow, it will just never grace my yard. SO- I make do with dreaming about it, and dream I do!
Love the colors in this, creamy pinks, blues, greens, and creams with a splash of red.
The flowers on here are SOOO pretty! I think I will be heading back to Joanns for more!


I always add lots of tags. I think it gives people more room to journal and it is also a place for more photos.

My favorite set of pages in here, I think. Pretty and soft.

This is a really cute layout and it has my very favorite ribbon. I have tried to find more of it and can't. It is an Offray ribbon in red and white stripes, looks candy canelicious!

These papers are my favorite Christmas papers ever. They are so pretty, love the design work.
The doilies on here are elegant and add a nice lacy touch.


I got a new set of Martha's page trimmers (punches). These turned out so delicate, it is a nice effect.
The whole album turned out just as I wanted, fun with a bit of whimsy. There are jingle bells (gives it a nice tinkling noise too!) are cute, I picked them up at Card Blanc on Etsy, I love my new doilies, those are from Etsy also, at MWooderson.
Thanks for taking a peek, have a blessed day!
Renee


Thursday, December 2, 2010

There are vintage santas galore in this new album!

A pretty new wintery album in softer colors with touches of red...
lots of different shades of white,

some soft pinks, blues, and greens,

dainty little bits and pieces,

some old postcards, and pretty velvet flowers

glittered stars and candy cane bows,

winter greens and berries,

and finally, some snowflakes for frosting...

This was really fun to work on. Working with whites popped into my head on Turkey Day and I started work on Friday. ;o) This is my first piece for The Paper Hen House, a wonderful group of artists I have been thrilled to join! It is in my ebay store, here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290507271574&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT. These ladies are all very talented and I will have to work hard to keep up!
They have a Facebook page and so now I need to remember to post any new listings there too. Oh, but my brain does spin!
 I am starting to get ready for the Christmas holidays, my absolute favorite. I have all of my little village houses out and then discovered I have no idea at all where I put almost all of the lights that go in them! I have looked and looked, but found nothing. Somewhere they are all together, just waiting. Probably neatly wrapped on a shelf, sitting quietly while I run around digging and hunting. I pray they turn up soon!
Blessings to you...
Renee



Friday, November 19, 2010

Quick Photo...


Just a quick peek at the finished album. I used Prima flowers, sprayed them with reds and golds from Glimmer Mist,  Velvet trim, macrame lace, floral picks, loads of ribbons, and epoxy brads from Basic Grey.

The adorable mittens are from Tattered Angels Glimmer Chips- the Embossed set, Frosty Memories. I inked them on both sides, punched them with my Cropodile and threaded some pretty Bakers Twine through.. from The Twinery on Etsy. The felt snowflakes are from some amazing ribbon I picked up at Target last year or the year before. The Vintage images are Crafty Secrets and also from Tweety Jill.

These gorgeous vintagey papers are from Bo Bunny, their new line Noel...LOVE IT!

The trading cards here are from Pink Paislee's  Father Christmas line from my store. ;o)


These poinsettias are so beautiful... Prima, of course.

The paper rick rack is made by a sweet friend on ebay, Papermajekbyann. It is super easy to use and I love the look.
Thanks for taking a peek!
Have a super weekend~
Renee

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Fast Glimpse

Here is a quick peek at my new album:


I will come back in and post a few more pics tomorrow. ;O)
Renee

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

winter wonderland

I am starting to feel like winter may actually get here. The desert doesn't really have a winter, it will cool off, but doesn't get cold. Our low temperatures during the day in winter are often in the mid 60's. Nice and cool, but not exactly wintery!
I created this in a "hopeful" wintery frame of mind. The mountains here do get snow, sometimes a fair amount, so we go play in the snow a couple of times when we can. My son loves it until he is cold and wet! This layout will work beautifully for some sledding pictures, maybe a snowball fight?


This fun layout has lots of different embellishments. I collected a bunch of things I thought might work and then over several days arranged and rearranged until I got it where I was happy with it.
I added shimmer with Glimmer Mist, on the mats I used Apple and Pieces of Heart, both are gorgeous!
On the tiny roses I used Marshmallow, on the larger flowers I used Turquoise, Pieces of Heart , Dragonfly, and Marshmallow.

It was really fun putting this together. I have listed it in my ebay shop, http://stores.ebay.com/Pretty-Papers-Pretty-Ribbons. There are lots more photos on the listing. Always feel free to ask any questions!
Have a blessed day~
Renee


Saturday, October 9, 2010

beachy fun...

Paperbag albums are so much fun for me. I think it's because you can make something amazing out of something so mundane (although useful!).  This is my newest album.
I wanted a vintage, beachy theme so I used Graphic 45 papers from their Boardwalk line. Their papers are so rich and full of color and texture. They are really a joy to work with. Of course Tattered Angels figures prominately in here as well, I have used lots of Glimmer Mist, Glimmer Glm, chipboard, card sets, etc. .
There is also elements from October Afternoon; papers, Jenni Bowlin; papers, embellishments, Prima, some beautiful crocheted flowers made by my friend, Denise; and always, always, ribbons. (shouldn't the world be tied around the middle, prettily, with a lovely ribbon?
I really enjoy the beach, although we don't get there very often. I have had great fun over the last couple of months scouting homes on the ocean. I was really surprised at how inexpensively you can pick up oceanfront homes with a bit of work. They may be small and need some work and updating, but it is something to consider....
I try to add lots of tags to my albums because I like to add little snippets of info, maybe a funny thing that happened on the way. They are also a great way to add small pictures, or maybe one that you have cropped down. The pockets that the tags tuck into are also fun for event tickets, programs, postcards, or other keepsakes you wish to include.
I had to laugh at the bathing suits in this pics. My son (12) came in at some point and wanted to know why I didn't have a bathing suit like that???? I explained they really didn't sell them any more and besides, they weren't really attractive, were they?
You have to give the ladies in these old photos some points for courage though. They were quite risque in their day. Go for it, Girls!
I did post this album in my ebay store. ;o)
God Bless,all!
Renee





Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I have been a busy bee!

I haven't posted for a while as I was busy creating a few things. I decided to submit some items for the Tattered Angels Design Team (definitely stretching my wings here!) and have been busy buzzing away in my scraproom! Never having submitted a darn thing before, it was most difficult to decide what to do. I ending up doing what I am comfortable doing for most of the pieces, they had requested 5 different items.
This little album was not one of those comfortable things! I usually am creating things (albums, layouts, cards) for other people and rarely make anything for myself or even scrapbook my family.
The edges of the cover are aged with Copper Kettle Glimmer Glam, I love how that turned out.
So this little album is for me. ;oD I am really happy with the finished result. I did all of the pages with different methods (read experiments) of using Glimmer Mist products. The chipboard letters above started out pink. I just kept adding pools of glimmer Mist little by little and letting them swirl together and dry. They turned out really pretty! I used Glimmer Glam around the edges of the page to add depth and more glimmer. The stamped images in the back are done with Tattered Angels stamps.

I made the album with the chipboard packaging that comes with Prima flowers and chipboard backing that came with some Basic Grey ribbons. I used alcohol inks on the right side of the page here from Ranger. The edges of the pages are darkened with the Copper Kettle Glimmer Glam again here.

These two I used the pooling process, but also did some blotting to get the colors where I wanted them. The colors in here are Glacier, Sapphire, Sea Glass and Denim.
These two pages are glimmered (sprayed) with a number of layers and colors. I wanted to see the green background, but obliterate most of the lettering.
I will keep adding the other projects over the next few days. It was really fun to just create things because I wanted to and let my imagination go. The only restriction was that I needed to use Tattered Angels products, but that wasn't hard at all since I love them!
Have a blessed day!
Renee



Friday, September 10, 2010

there is a chill in the air...

I know it is temporary, but wow! I am very very tired of hot weather. It has been cool enough in the evenings to have the windows open some, I can't say I have been chilly yet, but I will take cool with a smile on my face. That is kind of what inspired this album. I was just so excited to think ahead to fall! Pumpkins,  Autumn breezes. Harvest time. Back to school. Thanksgiving!!!! (I am thinking fresh rolls, pumpkin pie, roasting turkey.....YUM.)
Anyway a peek at some of it:


I learned a little something making this one... Plan your pages out ahead of time... and mark them, lightly, but mark them with your plan for the page. I had planned to put a Halloween page in before  the Thanksgiving one and accidentally started the Thanksgiving one instead. Too late! As the albums are sewn together, it wasn't fixable. The album turned out lovely and I don't really like Halloween so it was ok- just not my plan!
If anyone has any ideas on how to change a booboo like that, I am ALWAYS open to suggestion!
If someone out there likes this one, I have listed it on ebay...you can click on my store link, Pretty Papers Pretty Ribbons, up at the left.
Hoping your week is blessed~
Renee

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Remember these days

Feeling the need to create something different and new, I started out with a blank piece of chipboard, cut in a sort of a tag shape. I covered it in paper and just started playing around with ideas. The result was this:

I am pleased with how it turned out, it is pretty and vintagey, very much my kind of thing!
Doorknob or wall hanging, I am well pleased.
Happy Labor Day!
Renee

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Crinkled Ribbons

I had seen some beautiful ribbons in photos and wanted to purchase some to use and discovered that everyone was making their own! Well, I went ahead and ordered some seam binding and tried it and goodness, what an easy and rewarding project! Tammy Tutterow has a video on her blog (http://tammytutterow.typepad.com/)  that you can watch and learn how to for yourself. I highly recommend it.
These tags were embellished with some of the ribbon I made but it is super easy to make whatever color you would like. I also made pink and a darker red for my vintage album (below).
God bless...
Renee

Friday, August 20, 2010

New Vintage (style) Album

This album was really fun to work on! It is made of paper bags that have been sewn down the middle.
Then holes are punched along your sewn "binding" and ribbons are threaded through, and tied. I usually create the cover of the album, front and back, first.

The pages are then decorated as you wish...

This one is made from three bags, 8" wide at the bottom. Finished, it is almost 8"x8".

The ends of the bags that are open are used as a pocket that encloses a pull-out for more photos.
I also usually add a number of pockets inside the album for keepsakes and whatnot.

Add lots of details for pretty pages in whatever theme you choose.

The pages with no pocket on the side I open up the top with an exacto and then use them as a pocket also. I line the pockets with paper to make sliding the pull-outs in and out easier.

This is one of the pull-outs. If you do a layout for each side you can add photos to each side. I am all for more pictures!

This album uses mostly Graphic 45 papers, Prima flowers, ribbons, some Prima rhinestones, pearls, and some pretties I purchased on ebay!
I hope your day is truly blessed. ;oD
Hugs!
Renee