Monday, October 12, 2015

An Art Journal created with scraps

I recently shared a master board created with Amplify! and a Seth Apter stencil.  I'd like to share the art journal I created when I started tearing/cutting up my master board.

When you are creating a cover for an art journal (or a page in an art journal) that is a great time to use up your stash of flowers, ribbons, etc.  The master board piece serves as the background and the other items are simply glued on top of it.

Later this week I'll share the cards I made with that same master board.  I used every scrap of it!  Inexpensive and original paper when all is said and done.

Take care ~ Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs ~ Renee

Friday, October 9, 2015

Drum roll please.......and the winner of the Groove Tool is......

Today is the drawing for the newly released Groove Tool!  I put the names of the commenters in a box and had my husband, Joe, draw one out.  The winner is Courtney Craig.  Congratulations!  Please email me (  your mailing address and I will get that out to you right away.

Thank you everyone that entered, I appreciate that, and hope to have more giveaways in the future!

BTW, being in South Carolina I've received a lot of queries as to the floods here recently.  We stayed close to home over the weekend due to the State of Emergency here.  There was flooding to the north and south of us but we are fortunately out of those areas.  The pond in the backyard was filled to the max by Monday morning and only the ducks and geese were happy about that.

 I'm very glad things are pretty much back to normal here and the sun is shining bright.  My thoughts and prayers are with those that were hit the hardest!

 Thanks for thinking of us!  Hugs ~ Renee

Saturday, October 3, 2015

A Technique using Amplify! to create an aged metal look

Today on the AIRs blog at IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko I will be sharing a technique used to make the product Amplify! and ink look like aged metal.  I used one of Seth Apter's fantastic stencils and IC/T products to create this master board.  I share on their blog some of the projects you can create with this master board that are really fun!  Check it out by clicking HERE.

Did you leave a comment on yesterday's post for the give-away next week?  I hope you do.  ~ hugs ~Renee

Friday, October 2, 2015

My First Give-Away! The Groove Tool used to alter playing cards.

You read it correctly, this will be my first give-away here on my blog.

From time to time different companies send me their products to try out.  If I think they are really good quality and something that I will truly use, I blog about it.   A few months back I was asked if I would like to try a new product called "The Groove" tool.  Of course I said yes.  During my move my new toy went with me but I didn't really have time to try it out.  The distributor emailed me last week to see what I thought of it......oops.  I pulled it out and gave it a whirl and what a delightful tool this is, can't wait to share it with you.

The Groove by Art-C is the first tool specifically designed for crafters to ink, sand, stencil and distress a wide variety of surfaces (wood, glass, cardstock, fabric, metal and more). It is portable, light-weight and cordless. Click here to watch The Groove tool.
Visit to learn more.
Here is a sample of some playing cards that I altered using the Groove tool.  It sure made sanding and inking very simple.  I've included some directions if you're interested in altering some playing cards in the near future.


Sand the surface of the playing card lightly leaving some of the original design on the card.  If you're using the Groove tool there are two different sanding tips and a low and high speed setting.  After sanding lightly tap off the dust.

Apply heavy gesso to the sanded portion of the card.  Allow to dry completely before proceeding.  You can use a heat gun but be careful not to cause the gesso to bubble unless, of course, you want that distressed look.

Stamp your chosen image on the gesso, sprinkle embossing powder on it and heat emboss the image.  Stamp a second image, cut it out, this will be used as a mask later.  BTW, this is one of Magda Polakow's new stamps manufactured by Stampotique.

Cover the image on the card with the mask to apply the background colors.  I used my new Brusho Crystal Colours for this project.  This was a combination of Prussian Blue and Light Brown.

Next I stamped on the card and added stenciling with some heavy gesso.  When this was all dry, I inked the edges of the card and allowed that to dry.
I liked this project so much I altered quite a few of the playing cards with different stamps, colors and phrases.  Here are a few of my favorites.

I am happy to announce that Momenta sent me a "Groove Tool" to offer as a give-away here on my blog.  If you are a follower of my blog and a resident of the USA just leave a comment here at the end of this LONG post.  I will give everyone until Thursday midnight, October 8th to leave a comment and then on Friday morning I will randomly pick a winner out of a hat.  I will include in the package some of my altered playing cards as inspiration just for fun.
I hope to see lots of comments and maybe some new followers, I love this tool and am anxious to share it with one of you!  I will announce the winner on Friday morning, October 9th.
Hugs ~ Renee

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Searching for my Muse

As I have mentioned before we sold our house in Massachusetts and have moved down to South Carolina, quite a long adventure but we're here and getting settled in.  I was sure I packed my "Muse" and carried her around with me for the past 5 months or so but at times I feel like she has been misplaced, then suddenly she reappears!  Usually when I feel like this I start drawing faces and inspiration soon follows.  So here I go again with the faces.  I don't like to start on a blank page so I used the paper to clean off gesso from a Seth Apter stencil first, let it dry then used the paper as a paint palette for a couple of days, just something to clean off a brush or mix watercolor pencil colors on.  Next I used Jane Davenport's small face stencil to get me going in the right direction.

How do you access your Muse?  Leave a comment if you like and share your process!
Hugs ~ Renee

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Amplify! your creativity

Check out the blog at IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko to see one of my latest projects using the product Amplify!  It is a wonderful product to gain more texture.

I hope you're having a beautiful weekend!  Hugs ~ Renee

Friday, September 11, 2015

So, what is YOUR favorite product to work with?

All artists have their favorite product to use.  Mine is shared on the Imagine Crafts blog today.  It's no secret that I'm in love with several of the IC/T products but I've been using this one a lot lately.  What's yours?  I'd love to hear about it.

Check out their site if you want to see not only what my favorite product is but also the other AIRs have shared their faves and have posted some wonderful projects to show how to use products you might not be familiar with.
I hope this finds you all well, I'm still unpacking here in South Carolina.  The weatherman said today that Fall was in the air......temperatures are dropping into the low 80's next week.  Can you see the big smile on my face?  Hugs ~ Renee