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Shabby Chic Envelope with Attributes of Love for ReneaBouquets

Hello friends!
Welcome to my blog. I am sharing a very special project with you today, as I am thrilled to be invited as a Guest Designer for ReneaBouquets this month!
To make use of her absolutely gorgeous projects, I decided to make a piece inspired by 1 Corinthians 13. In this chapter of the Bible, we can read about the Attributes of Love. I was inspired to use this as the message of my home decor piece. 
This is a metal and wood envelope, and as you can see, I was able to alter it and make it a gorgeous piece that would be suitable for home decor, or to celebrate any special occasion!

I began by painting the base of the envelope with gesso, and adding designer paper to the inside. I then used gel medium, and Diamond Chunky Glitter Glass to give it a shabby distressed, but classy look. Of course I had to make use of some of Renea's absolutely gorgeous Vintage Blue Mulberry flowers
I love Gardenias and Roses, so these had to make it on the front. I surrounded a Beautiful Board Victorian Heart Doily and added  Small Victorian Scroll Borders, all embossed in white, and then topped them off with Butterflies to match. The Wide Floral Embroidered Lace and Reneabouquets Trim-Timeless White Lace
 added just the perfect mix of vintage and femininity to my project. 
Here you can see the beautiful Trim Timeless White lace as well as the texture from the glass glitter added to the designer paper. I used Stamperia papers for this project, as well as vellum and Kraft paper for lots of shabby texture.


You may be surprised to learn that Renea  also carries trinkets, but you can see some here, with the little glass bauble, as well as the precious pearl and diamond button I added to the front of the large envelope.

 Here you can see that I designed banners to top my envelopes. Each with a different attribute of love, and all take part in completing the Bible verse about love.


 Here is a closeup of one of the envelopes that I stitched with gold thread, and added magnets to for easier closure.
 I also used a delicate skeleton leaf from Renea's shop to add texture to a small note that I hand stitched with gold thread. All of my enveloped got texture and shabbiness from Renea's shop!

Here you can see the gorgeous Moonstone glass beads, Champagne Microbeads, Heart Lattice Chipboard, and Pendant Blue dragonfly, all from Renea's shop. The lent just the perfect shabby touch to this romantic envelope that I layered using vellum that I embossed and altered with mixed media. 

Here you can see where I also made a small banner using vintage seam binding topped with small hearts and Cotton Candy flat back pearls . This envelope is also a shaker, and has an inlay heart that also states :Love does not delight in evil bu rejoices in the Truth...

For this envelope I used more of the stunning wide floral embroidered lace, Cotton candy pearls, and another dragonfly to go along with the tattered papers, tulle, and vellum lace piece for an extra shabby look. 

I also heat embossed and distressed the envelopes as needed using Ranger Oxide ink and White Embossing powder from Recollections, and a stamp from BoBunny. 

The last envelope in this project was made using embossed vellum, mulberry paper, glimmery tulle, embossed and distressed paper, lacy paper diecuts, and I added heart paper clips from Tonic Studios as well as the gorgeous dragonfly that matched perfectly from Reneabouquets. 
I share more details in my video, as well as a tutorial showing the assembly of the large envelope. This was tons of fun to make, and it was a wonderful experience using these gorgeous projects. Please use the links for your convenience, and as always I hope that you can 
Be inspired, & 
Be Blessed!
~Raquel 



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