My sons … a few (13!) years ago!
For the month of February the More than Words Challenge was “Always & Quote.” My favorite quote of all time is by Helen Keller, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be see or even touch – they must be felt with the heart.” The greatest of all emotions is Love, and I don’t think there is a greater love than parental love – Always.
February 2019 More Than Words Main Challenge
A quick overview of what I did:
  • I first coated the Creative Embellishments Heart Flourish in the Prima Pastes and set it aside to dry.
  • I started with some clear gesso on the background, then added the stenciling & embossing.
  • All parts from the Prima Mould were coated in black gesso, then Bronze Age wax…and I just started stacking and arranging and gluing the ReneaBouquets Grid with the gears…And hoping for the best! LOL!
  • Then the pastes … layering and mixing and blending and watering down and building back up and drying … and doing it all over again!
  • The hearts & “Always” were both coated in black gesso, but the hearts only have Electric Violet Metallique Wax & “Always” has a mix of Electric Violet, Old Denim, and Mint Sparkle on top of Bronze Age.

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  • [From the] Tres Jolie February Scrapbooking Kit
  • 13@rts
  • Aqua Flora “Blue dreams”
  • Prima
    • Midnight Garden Collection “Old Map”
  • Resin Icons
    • Chalk Black Gears
    • Chalk Black Words
  • Creative Embellishments
    • Heart Flourish
  • ReneaBouquets
    • Beautiful Board
    • Grid Elements
  • 13@rts
    • Rose Fields Collection
    • “Always” Chipboard
  • Prima
    • Finnabair
    • Metallique Wax
    • Bronze Age
    • Electric Violet
    • Old Denim
    • Mint Sparkle
  • Rust Effect Paste
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Royal Blue
    • Lavender
  • Mechanica Mould
  • Vintage Trinkets (Clock)
    • Art Anthology
      • Diamond Grunge Stencil
    • Ranger
      • Antiquities Embossing Powder
      • Frosted Crystal
    • Archival Ink
      • Jet Black
    • Tim Holtz
      • Aged Mahogany Distress Oxide
    • Freckled Fawn
      • Wood Chips – Hearts
    • Stampers Anonymous
        • Tim Holtz
        • Bubble Stencil
      • Silhouette Curio
      • Silhouette Pen – Black
      • Unbranded
        • All the other gears not from the Prima Mould!

        Rattan Heart

        Rattan Heart created for the Creative Embellishments February Challenge

        Over on the Creative Embellishments Blog the February Challenge was a color challenge, and this heart is what I came up with!

        To color the rattan heart I used three different sprays, Shimmerz “Pretty In Pink” and “Sweetheart,” and I watered down the “Rose-Gold” Prima paint to make the third spray. After they were dry I had to add some lace…because Creative Embellishments had it as a twist, and I’m not one to “skip” on twists!

        It was after I had the lace on I decided to add make the inner and outer edges a bit darker with the “Rose Gold” Icing Paste!

        After that is was a matter of arranging the flowers and working in the chipboard from Creative Embellishments!

        For the Corner Flourish 4 (which has been cut apart) I put on a coat of white gesso, sprayed it with Shimmerz “Ruby”…twice, then I put on a layer of “Aged Mahogany” Distress Oxide and spritzed it with water! The berries were just coated in a layer of “Rustic Brown” paint, no gesso, because I wanted the paint to soak in some to “dull” it a little.


        • Tres Jolie February Mixed Media Kit
        • Scrapberry’s – Rattan Heart
        • Creative Embellishments Corner Flourish 4
      • ReneaBouquets
        • Vintage Burgundy Roses & Gardenias Flower Set
      • Creative Embellishments
        • Berries
      • Prima
        • Flowers (Item #594718)
        • Finnabair
        • Icing Paste
        • Rose Gold
      • Opal Magic Acrylic Paint
        • Rose-Gold
      • Metallique Acrylic Paint
        • Rustic Brown
      • Heavy Body Gel
      • Shimmerz
        • Coloringz
        • Pretty In Pink
      • Spritz
        • Ruby
      • Vibez
        • Sweetheart
      • Ranger
        • Tim Holtz
        • Distress Oxide
        • Aged Mahogany
      • Unknown
        • Lace

        Altered Box

        An altered box I did for the Reneabouquets Feb 2019 Valentintes/Romantic Mood Board Challenge over on Facebook!

        I started with the Shimmerz Raspberry Sherbet for the lower half of the box then used their Salt of the Earth for the upper half & lid, and left it to dry overnight. When I work up the next morning I felt that something was missing, so I pulled out my new Prima Indian Pink wax, my Nuvo Mousse, and my jar of Iridescent Glaze, and I sat down to ponder what to do with it all!

        Eventually I decided to put the Indian Pink wax on top of the Raspberry Sherbet, I added a middle band of color with the Nuvo Mousse, and I put the Iridescent Glaze on the remaining white Salt of the Earth. After it was all dry I was arranging the flowers on the lid and kept thinking I should add something subtle, which is where the lattice stenciling came from. Then I finished arranging my flowers, sprinkled on some glitter glass, and added the “Astrial Pink” butterfly from ReneaBouquets for some extra color.


        • ReneaBouquets:
        • Hot Pink Shard Glitter Glass
        • Astrial Pink Glass Wing Double Butterflies
        • Tropical Summer Limited Edition Anemone Mulberry Paper Flowers (the light pink flowers & leaves)
      • Shimmerz:
        • Paste-eez
        • Salt of the Earth
        • Raspberry Sherbet
      • Prima
        • Finnabair
        • Art Alchemy Metallic Wax
        • Indian Pink
      • Art Extravagance
        • Paper Texture Paste
      • Tonic
        • Nuvo Embellishment Mousse
        • Peony Pink
      • American Crafts
        • Vicki Boutin
        • CreativeFX Iridescent Glaze
      • Art Anthology
        • Lattice Stencil
      • KaiserCraft
        • Paper Blooms
        • Hot Pink
      • JudiKins Diamond Glaze
      • Fairly Purple Shadow Box!

        I received the January Mixed Media Kit from Tres Jolie and was just in love with the shadow box! (Yes, part of the kit! Kim puts EXCELLENT kits together!! Tres Jolie has a monthly scrapbooking, mixed media, and card, tags, & more kit. No, I’m not reimbursed in any way to promote the kits, I’m a regular customer who happens to love the kits!)

        Anyhow…the kit also came with purple paint & purple flowers…(and other items)…
        Then I saw the January Mood Board Challenge at Mixed Media Place and I thought to myself, “Huh, that works!”

        Mixed Media Place January 2019 Mood Board

        After I primed the shadow box (Kilz spray primer because I didn’t want to use a paintbrush on chicken wire!) I put on a coat of DecoArt “Lavender” Acrylic Paint. After that was dry I applied a thin coat of Prima’s “Frozen Berries.” The chicken wire was sprayed with Ayeeda Mist “Patina Bronze”by 13 @rts. The doily is a Creative Embellishments doily that I used black gesso on then painted with Prima’s “Rustic Brown.”

        After all that it was just a matter of playing with placement until I thought it “looked right.” (All the products I used are listed at the bottom of this post.)

        All lit up!

         Here are some close ups:

        This darling little fairy, “Tessie B Darling,” can be found over at, as well as the butterflies and the (light) purple flowers.

        [From the] Tres Jolie Mixed Media Kit (January 2019)
        -DecoArt “Lavender” Acrylic Paint
        -Creative Embellishments “Doily”
        -Prima Flowers (Most of the White flowers)
        -Darice Flowers (Dark Purple)
        -Shadow Box

        -Printed Beautiful Board Fairy – “Tessie B Darling”
        -“Salted Caramel” Premium Paper Glitter Glass, Tiny Treasures Premium Paper Glitter Glass, and Magical Miniatures Double Side Printed Butterflies
        -Purple & White Roses & Leaves Mulberry Flowers
        -Mulberry Paper Leaves

        Prima Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint
        -Rustic Brown
        -Frozen Berries

        Prima Heavy Bodied Gel

        Judi-Kins Diamond Glaze

        13 @rts
        -Ayeeda Mist: Patina Bronze

        Liquitex Black Gesso
        Kilz Spray Primer … because I didn’t want to try use a paintbrush on chicken wire! LOL
        Cinnamon Sticks (“generic” – from the grocery store)
        Unbranded light string

        Let It Snow!

        I came up with this project using the mood board over at Creative Embellishments January Challenge!

        I just went through my supplies with winter and snowflakes on my mind, and hoped for the best! LOL!!

        For the background I glued down some ReneaBouquet Beautiful Board – Beautiful Bits – Snowflakes & a Beautiful Board Snowflake Accent, then coated it all in Prima Royal Blue & Powder Blue Rust Effect Pastes. For the white paste I first put down some TCW Modeling Paste, then I topped it with more TCW Modeling Paste mixed with some Prima Paper Texture Paste + 13 @rts White Ayeeda Ink + some 13 @rts Magic Power. (All because I didn’t have a white grit paste like I thought I did!)

        I received the chipboard clock in a swap back in July 2018, I just coated it in “Rustic Brown” Prima Metallique paint and the pearls in a PocketLetter swap in January 2018.

        The feathers are from Creative Embellishments, coated in gesso and “White Pearl” Prima Metallique Paint.

        The dark blue flower is a Prima flower, and the white flowers are Tim Holtz. The light blue flowers, the butterfly, and the Chunky Glitter Glass are all from ReneaBouquet!

        Altered Jar!

        An altered jar I made, mostly just to see where it would go, but also entered in the May (2018), Reneabouquets Mood Board Challenge on Facebook.

        The jar I’ve had sitting around for a while, the top I found while digging up part of the yard last month, and the butterfly was left hanging on a stump by the previous owners. I washed everything up and set them aside without any plan for them at the time, but I decided to see what I could glue together this month.

        After I added the Moulds to the jar, I coated everything with white gesso, then started layering on the paints & when I thought that was too “bright” I decided I should FINALLY try out the Baked Textures!

        That mass of “netting” on the underside of the top piece is actually some “spider web” I picked up at the 99¢ store this past Halloween! I needed something to…cover…the top of the bottle, but I also wanted something different. After I got the “web” on I just randomly dribbled some JudiKins Diamond Glaze on and added the Silver Pink Shard Glitter Glass from Reneabouquets!

        To add some shine to the butterfly, that was painted with Vicki Boutin paints, I added Diamond Chunky Glitter Glass from Reneabouquets!

        The jar was painted with Prima’s Opal Magic “Blue Gold” on the bottom side of the flourishes, and Prima’s Sparks “Mermaid Sparkle” above the flourishes, while the flourishes themselves were painted with Opal Magic “Yellow-Blue” before having a layer of “Ancient Amber” Baked Texture added!

        A close up of the beautiful, handcrafted flowers from the Reneabouquet Shop! For the coloring of the lid, I mixed some “Mermaid Lagoon” Distress Oxide with some Vicki Boutin Iridescent Glaze, spritzed in a bit of water for easier mixing, and painted it on! And that rust all over? “Chunky Rust” Baked Texture! Absolutly Awesome!

        Product List:

        • Reneabouquet Exclusive Products: 
        • Diamond Chunky Glitter Glass 
        • Silver Pink Shard Glitter Glass 
        • All of the flowers and leaves! (From a couple “Teal and White” sets) 
      • Seth Apter/Emerald Creek: Baked Texture: 
        • Ancient Amber (Keyhole & Flourishes – After painting Yellow-Blue) 
        • Deep Sea (Butterfly Body) 
        • Chunky Rust (for the rust) 
      • Ranger Perfect Medium™ brush 
      • American Crafts – All The Good Things Collection – Mediums – Acrylic Color Pop
      • American Crafts – Mixed Media Collection – Glaze – Iridescent
      • Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads – Embossing Ink Clear
      • Prima – Iron Orchid Designs – Vintage Art Decor Mould – Large Fleurish
      • Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Acrylic Paint – Opal Magic – Yellow Blue
      • Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Acrylic Paint – Opal Magic – Blue Gold
      • Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Sparks Acrylic Paint – Mermaid Sparkle
      • Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Oxides Ink Pads – Mermaid Lagoon
      • JudiKins Diamond Glaze
      • Creative Paperclay
      • The netting is actually “spider web” from the 99¢ store I bought back at Halloween.
      • Spring Fling Tag Swap at Reneabouquets!

        Over on Facebook, Reneabouquets hosted a “Spring Fling” tag swap for May! This is the tag I came up with for my partner! (Well, I added to what I had been thinking of, because I had daffodils on the brain as soon as I signed up! LOL)

        The daffodils are cut from a thin Mulberry Paper and after I put them together I coated them in (watered down) Vicki Boutin Iridescent Glaze and added the stamen. And actually, I didn’t have the right shade of yellow for them, so after cutting the trumputs out I soaked them in Shimmerz: Creameez “Daffodil” (that was just a lucky coincidence the color I was looking for was also appropriately named!) 

        Product List:

        • Reneabouquet Products: 
        • “Silver Pink” Glitter Glass 
        • Beautiful Board Small Quilling Flourish 
        • Tiny Treasures Sweet Pea Lavender Premium Paper Glitter Glass Butterflies 
        • Mini Pink Lemonade Mulberry Roses & Leaves Set 
        • The gardenias were pulled from different rose sets I had from Reneabouquets 
        • The paper is from Blue Fern Studios: Spring Parade, and you can purchase this from Reneabouquet! 
      • Silhouette Cameo 3
      • PixScan Cutting Mat
      • AutoBlade
      • The lattice cut on the background and the daffodils are both files from the Silhouette store (Design IDs #40858 and #112756)
      • Ranger 
        • Multi Medium – Matte
        • Glossy Accents
      • Scotch ATG
      • Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchamey
        • Sparks Acrylic Pain – Fairy Wings
        • Opal Magic Wax – Royal Robes
        • Art Basics – 3D Gloss Gel
      • Vicki Boutin Iridescent Glaze
      • Shimmerz: Creameez “Daffodil”
      • Tim Holtz Distress Oxide “Shaded Lilac”
      • JudiKins Diamond Glaze
      • Deer Winter

        Deer Winter!

        Recently I have been getting an urge to branch out and try my hand at Mixed Media canvas work. When I came across the deer at the 99¢ store I knew I had found what to try and work around! Plus, it went well with the December Challenge over at Creative Embellishments that had already put the idea of doing some winter work in my mind!

        Unfortunately I had already started, and almost completed this project before I bought my webcam, so there is no video of my process…which spanned over multiple days! But I did take a lot of close up photos for a better look!

        I used Amazing Cast Resin with the Prima Large Flourish Mould them more Amazing Cast Resin to “glue” the flourishes, Tim Holtz Wood Slices, and canvas together.

        Products Used:

        • ReneaBouquet 
      • Shimmerz
        • Dazzlerz
        • Foiled Again
      • Paint
        • Anchors Away
      • Tim Holtz
        • Distress Glitter
        • Clear Rock Candy
      • Distress Crackle Paint
        • Clear Rock Candy
      • Flourish Stencil
      • Wood Slices
      • Prima
        • Texture Paste
        • White Crackle
        • Antique Silver Crackle
      • Color Bloom
        • Summer Sky
      • Mould
        • Large Fleurish
      • Amazing Cast Resin
      • Dylusions
        • Ink Spray
        • London Blue
      • Echo Park Paper Co.
        • Woodgrain Stencil
      • Fabri-Tac
      • Judi-Kins Diamond Glaze
      • Ranger Glossy Accents
      • US Art Supply Canvas (8×10)
      • Unknown/Unbranded
        • Lace came in with a Pocket Letter
        • Blue Glass Beads
        • I came across the deer in the Christmas Ornament section of the 99¢ store, and I am a sucker for shiny, blue objects!

        Christmas Tag!

        The tag I made for the “Glorious Holiday Tag Swap!” hosted by Donna (bonprof) over at!

        I sprayed the canvas, texture pasted the canvas, sprayed it some more, and added some glitter paste in select spots! (Good news, I finally got a webcam, someday I hope to make videos…it is just so much easier than typing it all out! I assume anyhow, at least I’ll be able to say “Here, watch this!” LOL)
        I wrapped the gold wire around a tape roll (packing tape size) to make the wreath base, then just started sticking the pine needle die cuts around it. The ornaments are from ReneaBouquets (link in product list), as is the glitter I used to “fill in” some of the areas of them. I embossed them with Red Geranium Embossing Powder (Ranger) and added a light coat of Rose Gold Metallique Wax (Prima). I did the same to the Merry Christmas.

        Yes, it lights up!

        Products Used:

        • ReneaBouquets
      • BoBunny
        • Gold Glitter Paste
      • Ranger
        • Gold Embossing Powder
        • Texture Paste
        • Big Emboss It
        • Wendi Vecchi
        • Red Geranium Embossing Powder
      • Tim Holtz
        • Candied Apple Distress Spray Stain
      • Stampers Anonymous
        • Tim Holtz
        • Flourish Stencil
      • Carta Bella
        • Lattice Stencil
      • Advantas
        • Idea-ology Tim Holtz
        • Bouquet
      • Simon Says Stamp
        • Pine Needle Trio Die
      • Core’dinations
        • Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection
      • Core’dinations
        • Vintage Stack
      • Prima
        • White Crackle Texture Paste
        • 3D Gloss Gel
        • Finnabair
        • Rose Gold Metallique Wax
      • Heidi Swapp Color Shine
        • Bronze
      • Fabri-Tac
      • JudiKins Diamond Glaze
      • Unknown/Unbranded
        • Laminated Canvas
        • Merry Christmas Die
        • Berries
        • Gold Wire
        • The lights are a little necklace I came across at the 99¢ store!
        • The poinsettias are actually from an earring & brooch set from Avon I believe.