Mediterranean Cruise

Wow! I can’t believe it has been over a month since my last post. I have been busy with the kids summer activities and I was just out of the country for 10 days on a Mediterranean cruise. It was beautiful and a nice break. Now it it back to reality! My kids go back to school in a week, so I will get sometime again to craft!  Hope you are enjoying your summer….

Here are some pictures from Italy!

Thanks for stopping by,
Dawn

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Cork Bulletin Box

Hello! Today I am sharing a decorated “Bulletin Box” from Gina’s Designs. I embellished the box with Gina’s Designs chipboard shapes painted with Tim Holtz’s distressed paints. The bow at the bottom is made with Lovebug Creations’ Mama’s Mesh. The banner was fussy cut from a Recollections paper pad. Paper die cuts, Prima flowers, and twine complete the box.

I am going to use this for a display case in my festival booth to pin up some beautiful rustic earrings!

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Here is a side view which shows the depth of the box.
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Thanks for stopping by!
Dawn Rene

Supplies
Ribbon: Lovebug Creations’ - Mama’s Mesh, Twine
Paper: Recollections
Dies: Gina’s Designs – “Bulletin Box” and Other Chipboard Shapes, Memory Box, Sizzix
Ink: Tim Holts – Distressed Inks
Embellishments: Prima – Flowers

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COPIC Workshop – Whimsical Faces and Hair

Hello! Hope everyone is having a great weekend…  I had a very special Saturday. I attended a COPIC Workshop “Whimsical Faces and Hair”. The workshop was taught by Colleen Schaan. We learned how to color hair and faces with COPIC markers. It was great to get tips from the experts and do some hands on learning. Here are a couple pictures of the practice images I worked on. I know they look funny without their clothes being colored. They need to have a class on Sunday for coloring clothes :-)

I love her eyes…

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I used to be scared to color girls with crazy hair like this… now I can’t wait to color more!

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I highly recommend these classes if they come to a city near you!

Thanks for stopping by,
Dawn Rene

 

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Long Time No Post

Wow! I can’t believe how fast time goes by…. I haven’t posted in a while. I just got a new job (for my day job I am an IT executive) – so things have been extra crazy. I am also preparing my booth for the summer and fall festivals.  In my spare time, I made some more tags with the new Julie Nutting doll stamps. This one is Tasha – I love dressing her up with pretty papers!

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Thanks for stopping by!
Dawn Rene

Supplies
Ribbon: Lace, Fibers
Paper: Unknown Scraps
Chipboard Die Cuts: Gina’s Designs
Stamp: Prima Julie Nutting Doll
Ink and Paints: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distressed Paints
Embellishments: Eyelet, Black Crystal Bling

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Designs By Dawn Rene Revamped Festival Booth

I revamped my booth for the local arts festivals this year! It is still a work in progress, but I needed to take a couple pictures to submit with my applications. So I thought I would share what I have done so far.

I also re-did my jewelry line…  I describe it as “rustic with a contemporary twist.”  Most of the pieces are made with natural or recycled materials – cork, wood, bottle caps, bullets, paper, glass, hardware, etc. I have a friend that has started making jewelry with me and has been a great inspiration for the new look of the booth too. We have applied to 4 festivals. They are juried so very hard to get into – wish us luck!

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Here are some of the new items I made with my friend for the booth….

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The wreath is the focal point for the back of the booth. The base is wood branches. A burlap bow and flower are attached at the top. Wooden letters that were painted moss green hang from the wreath. Simple!

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This is an earring display that I used in my booth last year.  It was painted white with white ribbon. We did a little distressing on the sides of the frames, added some cute flowers and used twine instead of the ribbon to hold the earring cards.

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This is a crate that I found at a Goodwill store for like $2. We put a layer of white paint on top of a brown paint and then used an electric sander to get the distressed look. My friend found the fabulous knobs at a local boutique for a great price. We have been looking for more rustic or distressed looking knobs at flea markets and antique shops – but haven’t been able to find any more!

We bought some more great items to make displays last weekend on a trip to the Georgia mountains. We are working on them now and will be back to show you more soon!

Thanks for stopping by….
Dawn

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Wedding Cake Congrats Card

Hello! Today I am sharing another card I made with The Rubber Cafe’s May Creative Cafe Kit of the Month. The focal point is a cake stamp colored with COPIC markers. This card could be used for a wedding or an anniversary.

Here is a picture of the finished card…

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I used 6″ x 6″ white card stock as the base. I cut out various layers of paper and distressed the edges. I cut out tags from the kraft card stock in the kit and used a crinkle roller to add texture. The twine and ribbon are also from the kit.

Here is a close up of the card…

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Thanks for stopping by!
Dawn Rene

Supplies
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe – May Creative Cafe Kit of the Month
Paper: The Rubber Cafe - May Creative Cafe Kit of the Month
Ink and Markers: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad, COPIC Markers
Adhesive: The Rubber Cafe - Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments: Ribbon and Twine from the Kit
Other: Crinkle Roller, Ranger Black Glossy Accents, Eyelets

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DIY Summer Wreath

I wasn’t really happy with the spring wreath I made last month and I have to look at it every day when I walk in the door. So I decided it was time to update it again. It is 88 degrees here in Atlanta – so I can consider it summer :-)  I again kept the base from my winter wreath and just added some embellishments that I got on sale at Michael’s. I love the yellow burlap birds!

Thanks for stopping by,
Dawn

Summer Burlap Wreath

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Julie Nutting Dream Tag

Woo hoo!  I finally bought a couple of the new Julie Nutting Mixed Media doll stamps. I made this tag for my friend’s birthday. These tags are so fun to make and they can also be used as book markers. I actually still do read paper books even though I have a Kindle. Hope you are having a great weekend….

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Thanks for stopping by!
Dawn Rene

Supplies
Ribbon: Lace, Fiber, Seam Binding Ribbon
Paper: BoBunny – The Avenues, CTMH Cardstock
Dies: Butterfly – Sizzix, Flowers – Die-Namics Flowers, Foliage – Memory Box
Stamp: Dream – Rubber Necker, Julie Nutting Doll – Prima
Ink: Memento Rich Coca Ink
Embellishments: Eyelet, Paper Flower

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DIY Lariat Charm Necklace

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I am preparing for my summer art festivals – making inventory to sell. The other night I made a necklace for myself! I have been wanting a lariat charm necklace. A couple weekends ago I was in San Fran on vacation and I saw this heart charm holder. I was so excited – perfect center piece for a lariat necklace. All the charms and chains are from my stash. The gemstone is an iron tigers eye briolette. I love it!  This necklace won’t be for sale in my booth this summer :-)

 

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Here is a close up of the charms and heart center piece.

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Thanks for stopping by!
Dawn Rene

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Collage Card with The Rubber Cafe Card Kit

Hello! Today I am sharing another card I made with The Rubber Cafe’s May Creative Cafe Kit of the Month. It was a quick and fun card to create!

Here is a picture of the finished card…

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I used a 5″ x 7″ white card stock card as the base. I cut out various shapes from patterned paper and distressed the edges to create a collage background.

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Then I just had fun decorating each piece!  I embellished with stamps, ribbon, brads, stickers, and flat back pearls from the kit. Isn’t it “sweet” :-)

Here is a close up of the card…

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Thanks for stopping by!
Dawn Rene

Supplies
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe – May Creative Cafe Kit of the Month
Paper: The Rubber Cafe - May Creative Cafe Kit of the Month
Ink: Rich Coca Memento Ink Pad
Adhesive: The Rubber Cafe - Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments: Ribbon, Brad, Flat Back Pearls, Stickers (all from the kit)

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