Your eyes are a reflection of your spirit-MTW May 2021 Mini

Hey, all! Today I have the tag I made for the More Than Words May 2021 Mini Challenge, “Eyes.” As you can see in the photos, lighting can change how this project looks!

The word “eyes” has to appear on the project, so I went looking for quotes that could inspire me. It just so happened that I had my (new) Finnabair Moulds sitting out at the same time. By my bead drawer. And a plan started to formulate!

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Process video:


May Mini EYES


You will see how lighting and flash vs no-flash change the appearance of the mediums, especially with the shine from the paints!

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I started with a Julie Nutting tag. Not for the pattern, but because I like the size and the weight of it.

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I used a Heidi Swapp stencil, some random filigree, and Ingvild Bolme “Nail Heads” to build my background.

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I added some paper straws, a metal butterfly, and a key under my skull.

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Another “Nail Head” in one eye and a rose in the other.

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Another comparison of how lighting (or a flash) can change the appearance.

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I had so much fun with this project! I love getting out my paints and pastes and getting messy! I hope you enjoyed this tag as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

Stay Crafty, Friends

Red heart C.J.


Products:

Lindy’s Gang: Starburst Squirts “Polite People Purple,” Tres Jolie Kit Club: Paper Straws, Heidi Swapp: “Square Lattice” Stencil, Prima-Ingvild Bolme: “Nail Heads” Tiny Junkyard Findings, Prima-Julie Nutting: “Hancock” Tag Pad, Prima-Finnabair: “Skull & Bones” Mould, “Rusty Red” Matte Wax, “Burnt Sienna” Liquid Acrylic, “Purple” & “Lavender” Rust Effect Paste, Mega Art Stones, Art Stones, & Mini Art Stones, “Violet-Gold” & “Violet-Green” Opal Magic Acrylic Paint, Jacquard: “Halo Violet Gold” Lumiere Acrylic Paint, Ranger-Dina Wakely: Black Gesso, TCW: Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste, Liquitex Matte Super Heavy Gel, JudiKins Diamond Glaze, Tonic-Tim Holtz Edge Distresser, Unknown: rose, filigree, mask, butterfly, key, & chain

Fairy Moonlight – July 2020 Mixed Media Place Challenge

Hey, all! Welcome back to my little corner!

Today I’m bringing you a little piece I did for the July 2020 Challenge over at the Mixed Media Place blog.

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Looking at the moodboard for this month I was immediately drawn to the mushrooms. I absolutely adore mushrooms in art. In food, I can tolerate them (except those white “button” mushrooms, Ewww), but in art I absolutely love them! In addition to the mushrooms, all the colors kept making me think of sunsets and the dusk of early evening. Check out my process video, which can be found under the Mixed Media Place Moodboard!


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Mixed Media Place Moodboard


Process Video:


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I have quite a few mediums making up my background; a couple of Jacquard Paints topped with three different Distress Oxide Sprays. For my moon and stars, I used two Prima/Finnabair paints, one of which is “Unicorn’s Hair,” which was also used for my splatter!

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I really loved the idea of just having a fairy silhouette looking at the night sky, so I grabbed up my Creative Embellishments chipboard, added some black gesso, but by the end, I decided to add a coat of “Charcoal Black” Matte Wax.

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I used “Burnt Sienna” Liquid Acrylic Paint to give some shadowy depth behind the mushrooms.

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To add a little extra to the moon and stars I lightly brushed on some “White Gold” Metallique Wax, and to give a little extra shine to the mushroom caps I added some “Heather Hills” wax on the front curves (if that makes sense!)

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Thank you for joining me here at my little corner! I hope you enjoyed this project and I hope you’ll visit me again soon!

Stay Crafty,
C.J.


Products:

Creative Embellishments “Mega Fairy Chipboard Pack In Black,” Prima/Finnabair Sparks “Unicorn’s Hair,” Opal Magic “Yellow-Blue,” Liquid Acrylic “Burnt Sienna,” “Stars & Moons” Mould, Matte Wax “Charcoal Black,” Metallique Wax Cire Cera “White Gold” & “Heather Hills,” Lindy’s Gang Moon Shadow Mist “Gossamer Gold” & Starburst Squirts “Polite People Purple,” Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Paint “Antique Linen,” “Ground Espresso” & “Wilted Violet,” Distress Oxide Spray “Fossilized Amber,” “Worn Lipstick” & “Wilted Violet,” Jacquard Lumiere “Halo Pink Gold” & “Halo Violet Gold,” Floral Garden “Floral Moss,” Decorative Pebbles & Sand, Little Birdie Black Gesso, Creative Paperclay, Amazing Cast Resin, Liquitex Super Heavy Gel, TCW Gloss Gel Medium, Krylon Workable Fixatif, scrap piece of MDF (it was used as protection/packing material for something else I ordered)

Letters for Linny! (ReneaBouquets "Initial" Swap)

Linny’s Initials – for the ReneaBouquets Initial Swap hosted by Donna (bonprof) over at scrapbook.com!

At the start of the swap, when we exchanged addresses, Linny told me her craft room was mauve, burgundy, pink, green, and cream, so I tried to make it so her letters would match her already established decor! (She told me they would go well in her craft room, so mission accomplished!)

Below you’ll find the process video, some close up photos, and the full product list!
Process Video:
Close-ups


Products:

  • [From the] Tres Jolie Cards, Tags, & More Sept. 2019 Kit
  • Dress My Craft
  • Vintage Saga
  • 6×6 Collection Pack
  • Lindy’s
    • Embossing Powder
    • Oakleaf Olive
        • ReneaBouquets
          • Shard Glitter Glass
          • Pearl
        • Beautiful Beads
          • Glass
          • Cranberry (Gifted to me by Terry in the Nov. 2018 RB Swap! Thank-you, Terry!!)
        • Mulberry Paper Roses
          • Green (Don’t know the “proper” name.)
          • Pink Spring Mix
          • Mini Mermaid Tails (the ivory ones)
          • The ‘other’ pink ones (I don’t know which set they came from)
        • Ranger
          • Perfect Pearls
          • Blush
        • Prima
          • Finnabair
          • Metallique Acrylic Paint
          • Red Wine
        • Texture Paste
          • White Crackle
          • Paper
        • Wax Cire Cera
          • Sweet Rose
        • Art Anthology
          • 6×9 Stencil
          • Lattice
        • Simon Says Stamp
          • Embossing and Watermark Ink
          • Clear
        • Liquitex
          • Matte Super Heavy Gel
          • Matte Gel
        • JudiKins
          • Diamond Glaze
        • Jacquard
          • Gum Arabic
        • Unbranded
          • L & J Wood Block Alpha (Sold by Fantwa, according to my Order History, on Amazon)

          Mermaids Welcome (Shadow Box)

          “Mermaids Welcome” Shadowbox! Created for the “Paradise In August” Collaboration between ReneaBoquets & Crafty City!

          Process Video:



          Close-ups:



          Products

          • ReneaBouquets
          • [From] Treasure Box #1
          • Chunky Glitter Glass
          • Diamond
        • Beautiful Beads
          • Unicorn Candy
        • Printed Beautiful Board Laser Cut Chipboard
          • Small Ocean Orchid Mermaid
          • Tiny Sunkissed Mermaid
        • Beautiful Board Laser Cut Chipboard
          • Small Mermaids Welcome Sign
          • Small Seashell Frame
        • Beautiful Board (From Stash)
          • Small Nautical Anchor
        • craftycity
          • Mintay
          • Paradise
        • Fabrika Decoru
          • Shadow Box
        • idea-ology
          • Tim Holtz
          • Vignette Hardware
          • Corked Domes
        • Ranger
          • Emboss It Pen
          • Tim Holtz
          • Distress Oxide
          • Cracked Pistachio
        • Emerald Creek
          • Seth Apter
          • Baked Texture
          • Dirty Sand
          • Chunky Rust
        • Prima
          • Finnabair
          • Metallique Wax
          • Rose Gold
        • Texture Paste
          • Anemone & Coral Set
          • Blue Green
          • Fire Orange
          • Taupe Rose
        • US Shell Inc.
          • Hobby Shells
          • Cholla Pieces
        • Jacquard
          • Gum Arabic
        • Liquitex
          • Matte Super Heavy Gel
        • JudiKins
          • Diamond Glaze
        • E6000
        • Beacon
          • FabriTac
        • Unknown/Unbranded
          • Sand
          • Pebbles
          • Texture Pebbles
          • Seashells
          • Sand Dollars
          • Starfish
          • Glass Decor Pebbles
          • Gold-ish Beads (I received them from Brandy M. in a swap!)
          • Clear & White Pearls/Beads
          • Clear Microbeads
          • Chain
          • Spoon
          • Burlap Ribbon
          • Glass Micro Beads (they are intended for fingernail art, so they are super micro!)
          • Sand
          • Gold
        • Glass Vials
        • Beach Wall Plaque

          ReneaBouquets and Crafty City are having a collaboration this month (Aug. 2019) called Paradise In August! ReneaBouquets has two “Treasure Boxes” to choose from (Treasure Box #1, Treasure Box #2) that work wonderfully with the Mintay “Paradise” Collection available at Crafty City!

          For this project I used items from Treasure Box #1, and I have more than enough to do, at least, two more projects. (For the ideas I have swimming about anyhow!)

          After the following photos is the process video, some close-up photos, and a product list.

          ReneaBouquets Treasure Box #1
          12×12 Paper Collection
          6×6 Paper Collection

          Process Video:

          Some close ups:




          Products

          • ReneaBouquets
          • Chunky Glitter Glass
          • Diamond
        • Beautiful Beads Candy – Flat-back Pearls
          • Cotton Candy
        • Beautiful Board
          • Starfish with Accents Set
        • Beautiful Board
          • Starfish (2 from stash)
          • April in Paris 
          • Small Adornment Pattern
        • [From] Crafty City [for the collaboration with ReneaBouquets]
          • Mintay
          • Paradise Paper Collection
          • 12×12 Paper Pad
          • 6×6 Paper Pad
        • Lindy’s
          • Magical Shakers
          • Grab A Guy Gold
          • Alpine Ice Rose
          • Bratwurst Brown
        • Art Anthology
          • 6×9 Stencil
          • Lattice
        • Prima
          • Art Philosophy
          • Concentrated Watercolor
          • Bora Bora
        • Finnabair
          • 3D Gloss Gel
        • Ranger
          • Perfect Pearls
          • Blush
          • Perfect Pearl
        • Tonic
          • Tim Holtz
          • Paper Distresser
        • We R Memory Keepers
          • 3 Way Corner Punch
          • Jacquard
            • PearlEx
            • Flamingo Pink
          • Mod Podge
            • Gloss Acrylic Sealer
          • Krylon 
            • Workable Fixatif
          • Darice
            • Wood Plaque
          • JudiKins
            • Diamond Glaze
          • Daler Rowney
            • White Gesso
          • Liquitex
            • Matte Super Heavy Gel

            You can, let go (a mixed media tag)

            You can, let go
            Process Video:
            ReneaBouqeut Beautiful Board filled with ReneaBouquet micro glass beads.

            Beautiful handmade roses by ReneaBouquets!

            JudiKins Diamond Glaze works great for this because is thin and dries fast!
            I’ve had these unbranded glass beads for a while, and they have almost made it to a few previous projects, but today I finally got to use them and not just put them back away! (They are a little bigger than the micro beads from ReneaBouquets)




            Products:

            • ReneaBouquets
            • Glass Microbeads
            • Champagne
            • Gold
            • Teal
            • Purple
          • Beautiful Board
            • Small Lacy The Moon Fairy (gifted to me by Mary Jane in the May RB swap!)
            • Beautiful Bits
            • Star
          • Mulberry Paper Roses
            • Mini Chocolate Covered Caramel
          • Creative Embellishments
            • Flourish 15
          • Prima
            • Finnabair
            • Opal Magic Acrylic Paint
            • Rose-Gold
          • Wax Cire Cera
            • Electric Violet
          • Sentiments Stickers
          • Julie Nutting
            • Tag Pad
          • Prima Flowers
            • Prima Handmade
            • Candy Gems Melon (Item #549381)
            • Item #634483
          • Watercolors
            • Tropical
            • Ranger
              • Tim Holtz
              • Distress Oxide
              • Peacock Feathers
            • Distress Spray Stain
              • Wilted Violet
            • Distress Paint
              • Wilted Violet
            • Mini Blending Tool
            • Perfect Pearls
              • Blue Patina
              • Heirloom Gold
            • Tonic
              • Tim Holtz 
              • Paper Distresser
            • Jacquard
              • Lumiere
              • Halo Violet Gold
            • PearlEx
              • Reflex Violet
              • Misty Lavender
            • DMC Embroidery Floss
              • Precious Metal Effects
              • E3821
            • JudiKins
              • Diamond Glaze
            • Liquitex
              • Matte Super Heavy Gel
            • Unknown/Unbranded
              • Clear Glass Beads
              • “Stone Path” Die
              • Gold Sewing Machine Thread

              Altered Box – ReneaBouquet May Swap!

              Altered ‘cigar’ box for the May 2019 ReneaBouquet Facebook Swap!

              **Someone mentioned the word ‘tutorial,’ and I’ll try that here as best I can…

              I do have a computer and a webcam and everything, BUT in early 2018 the power supply on my computer fried itself…I mean there were sparks and everything! And well my computer works well enough-ish, I’m pretty sure the motherboard took some damage because it hasn’t been quite right since (and my webcam tends to overpower it now). All this happened right before we moved almost 2300 miles, so getting my computer back to 100% hasn’t been a priority! (Although dealing with it being like 85% is starting to get on my nerves A LOT!)**

              Ok…the short and sweet “tutorial.”

              I used Art Glitter Adhesive to hold the papers to the wood. The lid has the 13 @rts paper, and the bottom is only wrapped on the sides with the Hip Kit Club paper (the bottom of the box is just white gesso). I used quite a bit of glue, basically “painting” a thin layer where it would be touching the paper and burnishing it down with the edge of my bone folder and some elbow grease. And I let it dry a full day before moving on to the next layer!

              I did not gesso my paper, gesso is wet and I found that to be a risk I didn’t want to take! I used Krylon Workable Fixative as a protective coating before gluing down the Mould pieces, flowers, 7 Gypsies doilies, and ReneaBouquet Grid Beautiful Board. All of these parts, except the Beautiful Board which has it’s own coating, needed gesso before the next step.

              Next I did the bits of embossing.

              Now, the really wet, “please let the glue and Krylon work their best,” part! First, I had to spritz water where I was planning on adding all those Lindy’s & Jaquard powders, then I had to add more water on top of the powders! I did heat dry, and there is more than one layer of powders (Between the layers I used more Krylon Workable Fixative so there would be no reactivation of the lower levels!). I did the same technique along the sides of the bottom, except there was only one layering of powders. And, because I heat dry the powders, it reheated the embossing powder which caused it to push it’s way through in spots!!

              Now, to help everything withstand being used, there is three (I think) coats of (Mod Podge) acrylic sealer. Some is glossy, some is matte. Yes, I did it that way on purpose!

              After all that was dry I added the feet, hinges, and latch, then the butterflies and cabachon.

              *The cabachon is a 50mm dome on top of a piece from Tim Holtz’s Botanical Layers & a ReneaBouquet butterfly, adhered with JudiKins Diamond Glaze. The edges are done with Finnabair waxes, White Gold & Peacock.*

              On the inside of the box I used Mod Podge Vintage to glue the Prima tissue paper in place then let that dry. After the Mod Podge dried I randomly added spots of color with the Finnabair Waxes and coated the edge of the lid and bottom with Finnabair wax. And everything is coated in acrylic sealer to (hopefully) add durability.

              Products:

              • ReneaBouquets
              • Beautiful Board – Grid Elements
              • Butterfly Kisses
              • Delicate Beauty (the black & white butterflies)
            • Magical Miniatures
              • My Romantic Heart (the butterfly under the cabochon)
            • 13 @rts
              • Aqua Flora
              • Countless Love
            • Hip Kit Club
              • Color Dazzel
              • Rainbow
            • Art Anthology
              • Lotus Stencil
            • Lindy’s
              • Magical Shaker
              • Alpine Ice Rose
              • Bratwurst Brown
              • Grab A Guy Gold
            • Jacquard
              • PearlEx
              • Reflex Violet
              • Misty Lavender
            • Emerald Creek
              • Seth Apter
              • Baked Texture
              • Patina Oxide
            • Ranger
              • Big Emboss It
            • 7 Gypsies
              • Architextures
              • Doilies
            • idea-ology
              • Tim Holtz
              • Botanical Layers
            • Prima
              • Finnabair
              • Art Alchemy Wax
              • Vintage Silk
              • Mint Sparkle
              • Peacock
              • Electric Violet
              • White Gold
            • Mould
              • Mechanica
            • Tissue Paper
              • Musica
            • Heavy Body Gel
              • Unknown/Unbranded
                • Cabochon
                • Box feet
              • **I think the box is Darice (Cigar Box)
                • Dream (Altered Artist Palette)

                  “Dream” – Altered Artists Palette – May Creative Embellishments Mood Board Challenge!

                  I had always wanted to do an altered palette, and when it showed up in the May Mixed Media Kit from Tres Jolie I was overjoyed!! And, it just so happened that the paints included with the kit word perfectly with the Creative Embellishments Challenge this month!

                  The mood board for the Creative Embellishments May Challenge!

                  I rubbed some Prima/Finnabair Metallique Waxes on the fairies from Creative Embellishments.
                  I found “Dream” at my local Dollar Tree, and it was mirrored. First I sprayed it with some Krylon Original Primer, then I added the Pink-o do Mayo and Halo Pink Gold paint (drying between colors!!) and soaked them in water so the colors could pool together however they wanted!
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                  Products:

                  • [From the] Tres Jolie May 2019 Mixed Media Kit
                  • Studio 71
                  • Traditional Wooden Palette Set
                • Prima
                  • Archival Cast
                  • Flora
                • Texture Paste
                  • White Sand
                • Flowers
                  • Sunrise Sunset Collection
                  • Item # 565169
                • Jacquard
                  • Lumiere
                  • Halo Violet Gold
                  • Halo Blue Gold
                  • Halo Pink Gold
                • Creative Embellishments
                  • Mega Pack Fairies In Black Chipboard
                • Shimmerz Paints
                  • Pink-o de Mayo
                  • Anchors Away
                  • Butter Cream
                • American Crafts
                  • Vicki Boutin
                  • CreativeFX
                  • Iridescent Glaze
                • Prima
                  • Finnabair
                  • Stars & Moons Mould
                  • Heavy Body Gel
                  • Wax Cire Cera
                  • Firebird
                  • Sweet Rose
                  • Old Demin
                • Unknown
                  • “Dream” (I kinda threw the package away, but I found it at Dollar Tree.)