Nov 29, 2011

Ornate Shadow Box Frame

Hello again fellow crafters! Natasha here with a shadow box frame I created for my daughter.
This frame is manufactured by The Dusty Attic. It comes in pieces and must be assembled, but it only takes a few minutes to put together.
First I covered the entire frame with gesso to create a surface that will accept mediums and inks easily. Allow the gesso to dry thoroughly.
To add texture to my frame, I randomly applied ceramic stucco and glass beads gel to the front surface.
Then I misted the frame using two different colors. At this point my hands were covered in gesso, ink and stucco, but getting messy is the fun part! Once the frame is dry, it’s time to decorate it!!

I adorned the corners of the frame with mulberry and satin flowers, chipboard vines and ornate chipboard corners.
The inside of the frame was decorated with lace, and the photo was adhered using Helmar Zapdots for dimension.
Here is a close-up of the amazing texture the stucco and gel adds to my frame. (Plus, I had to sneak in a few eyelets too! LOL)

I had so much fun creating this frame! I’ll be back next week to share another project.
Have a beautiful day and enjoy your week!

Nov 28, 2011

Cyber Monday 50% OFF SALE!!!

Don’t miss out on our last day of our 2 Annual 50%OFF HOLIDAY SALE!!!! www.

Renee is feeling like Santa and wants to still give away 1 free bag of 40 clips with your order.

*The FUN doesn't stop there - GIVEAWAY!!!!*

Send a friend to our blog and Facebook and have them "Like Us" and leave a comment. ALSO HAVE THEM INCLUDE YOUR NAME and both of you will be entered into the contest.

Tell us if you could be anywhere for the Holidays where would it be and why?

Leave comments on Facebook and on the blog

for chances to win a Main Base.

Ways to enter the contests.

Every item you order your name will be put in a drawing

Comment on blog posts (one per post)

Comment on facebook (one per day)

                              We will be drawing a name on Tuesday November 29.

Surprise drawing Sarina Reina won a Swinging Wall Arm. Please email us with your address.

Simply Renee Inc



Beauty is not in the face;  Beauty is a light in the heart.~ Kahlil Gibran

Nov 23, 2011

Congratulations Lindy !!!

You are the winner of the Under the Shelf Rod.
Lindy said...
I'm thankful for family, friends and all my wonderful cyber friends I made from this wonderful scrapbooking hobby!
Send us your address to and we will get that out to you.
Don't forget the 50% OFF Holiday Sale going on through Monday November 28 on our website
*The FUN doesn't stop here - there are more GIVEAWAYS!!!!*
Send a friend to our blog and facebook and have them "Like Us" and leave a comment. ALSO HAVE THEM INCLUDE YOUR NAME and both of you will be entered into the contest.
  Tell us if you could be anywhere for the Holidays where would it be and why?
Leave comments on facebook and on the blog
 for chances to win a Main Base
Ways to enter the contests.

Every item you order your name will be put in a drawing  
 Comment on blog posts (one per post)
Comment on facebook (one per day)

                               We will be drawing a name on Tuesday November 29. 
Watch for surprise drawings during this time!!!
Thanks and Happy Holidays!!!

Simply Renee 

Vintage Desk Organizer

Hi everyone!! Natasha here to share a desk organizer I created for my craft studio. I ADORE the Antiquities Collection by Donna Salazar Designs, so most of the pieces I have created for my studio have been made with this collection.

The dividers of the desk organizer and the drawers were covered with gorgeous papers from this collection. I added vintage lace to further decorate my organizer. After adhering the papers to my project, I dry-brushed white acrylic paint onto the surface and misted it with a variety of inks. Then I inked all of the edges with Truffle Mix'd Media Inx.

I created the large, hand-made flower using the Rose Creations dies by Spellbinders. You can find a tutorial for this flower HERE. The leaves are manufactured by The Dusty Attic. This chipboard element was dry embossed to add texture to the leaves.

This Wrought Iron Trim Set was painted and inked to give it an aged look. I adhered the chipboard element with a spray adhesive to avoid glue from seeping out from under.

Each of the smaller drawers is decorated with an inspirational word and my favorite embellie... eyelets! I love the look of metal embellishments on any project.

The sides of the desk organizer were decorated in a slightly different manner. I covered the surface of the sides with printed tissue paper, making sure to leave creases and wrinkles in the paper. Then I added a coat of gesso for added texture and a layer of Glass Bead Gel. The entire surface was then misted and the edges inked.

Here is a view of one of the sides of the desk organizer.

This is a closer view of the Glass Beads Gel. I love the beautiful texture this adds to my project!

The back of the organizer was altered in a similar manner. Only instead of adding Glass Beads Gel, I used Ceramic Stucco to give the surface more texture.

Before I go, I'd like to show you how I organize my layouts now. I used to keep my layouts in large stackable boxes, but I quickly ran out of space for those boxes. I also realized that the boxes made it difficult for my baby girl (my aspring scrapbook artist) to view my layouts (something she LOVES to do). So I decided to hang my work on Clip It Up Swinging Wall Arms instead.

My studio has many nooks and crannies because the ceilings are angled. So this solution works perfectly for me! Plus, each Swinging Wall Arm holds numerous layouts! This is such a beautiful and organized way to display my work without adding clutter to my studio. (Now I just need about 10 more Swinging Wall Arms to hold the rest of my layouts LOL!)

Thank you for stopping by today. Have a beautiful and creative day! See you next week!

Nov 22, 2011

50% Off Sale

We are having our week long *50% 0ff sale for the Holidays!  The first 100 orders will receive a free bag of 40 clips! Also your name will be added for the drawing for each item you order!

You can also be entered for the drawing that will be held this Wednesday and another at the end of the week by leaving one comment a day on facebook and on the blog!

Good Luck and Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

*Some items are excluded

Nov 21, 2011



There are two ways you can live: You can live as if nothing is a miracle: You can live as if everything is a miracle.

~Albert Einstein

Nov 20, 2011

2 Annual 50% Off Holiday Sale!!!

This time of year we’re grateful for so many things!   We love the changing colors of fall,  family gatherings, amazing customers and most of all SALES!!!  To start the holiday shopping off right we’re going to start early and have an unbelievable week long sale. 
 Starting November 21st and through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and of course Cyber Monday the 28th we are having 50% off  on our website!!!!    We want to give you the opportunity to shop early with amazing prices and no lines.
Renee is going to be playing Santa and will be picking random comments on our blog and facebook for lots of fun giveways too!!!
Ways to enter the contests. 
  • Every item you order your name will be put in a drawing 
  • Comment on blog posts (one per post)
  • Comment on facebook (one per day)
 On top of that the first 100 orders will receive a FREE bag of 40 Clips!!!

Let's start this sale off right leave a comment. Telling us what you are most grateful for. We will pick a winner on Wednesday 23. for a Under the Shelf Rod.
Now for the fine print (don’t worry it’s short)  -  Retail customers only, cannot be combined with any other offer. Excludes 18" -36" Ribbon Organizers and the New All-in-One product. US & Canada customers can order online, International customers email us at!!!
 Don't miss out on this amazing prices and good luck on the contests. 

Happy Holidays from Simply Renee!!!!!!

Nov 16, 2011

Ready for the Holidays “Clip it Up” Style

 Barbara and I are both thinking along the same wavelengths…time to get ready for the holidays!!

Like Barbara, I had all my Christmas stuff piled into boxes, and I really didn’t know what I had. So I sorted through it all, got rid of a lot, put all the papers into a file box and all my embellies I hung onto my Clip It Up.



  Last year I won the entire Dear Lizzy Christmas collection from American Crafts, so a lot of the things on my Clip it Up are from that collection. With some of the scraps that I had, I whipped up a few cards to share with you today!




Every year I do a December Daily album, and this year I am gonna use my stash instead of buying new! I am using the Fancy Pants Brag Book as my base and will keep it right next to my Clip it Up so that I can do my pages very quickly!

Thanks for joining me this week!


Be sure to keep checking the blog and our Facebook page for lots of fun giveaways and amazing Sales through the Holidays!!!!

Nov 9, 2011

Getting Organized For the Holiday’s!!!

Hello Fellow Scrappers!

It's Barbara again, and I am thinking about Christmas! that is, Christmas scrapbooking supplies.

I normally keep my Christmas scrap goodies out until about the middle of February. Then I tuck them away somewhere. Well, I decided it was time to get them out and see exactly what I had left from last year. Not to mention, I need them out where I can see them.

So this will be another post about the Clip it Up Swinging Arm Mount. I have found so many uses for them! I love them and they take up very little room.  I actually had to use two Clip it Up Swinging Arm Mounts for all the supplies I had left. It sure is nice to have a place where I can have them displayed, and yet it was so easy to do. I now know what I have and what I will need.

Normally I would  have it all in a basket or ziploc bag, and then have to go digging through everything to find a particular thing. Now it's all hung up and easy to find, and just in time to get ready for Christmas.

I know I need to make a few cards, and I am also thinking about making a few Christmas ornaments. It's my favorite holiday!

Anyway, here are the pictures of the Clip it Up Swinging Arm Mounts and my leftover goodies.



The layout I am sharing with you today is of my sweet grandaughter. I used My Mind’s Eye Lost and Found 2 Blush collection. The flowers are made by Petaloo and are very blingy, but I thought it was fitting to have bling when talking about Christmas. Plus the flowers match the papers perfectly!


Thank you for stopping by! I hope I have inspired you, and that you are blessed during the upcoming holidays!


Nov 8, 2011

"Trash to Treasure" Winner and 30% off Sale

Congratulations Dawn Winner of a Main Base!!!!

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

I am not surprised at all that she is talented. Excited to see the program.

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

Oh my word I would totally love this! Love the vintage feel with fun saves.
How great you got to share this.

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

I am so an American Picker fan! I am always so sad when I hear someone tossed something I would have re-purposed.
Your bedroom is wonderful-love the bench foot board cute for sure

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

I am so enjoying all the pics from your home.You have an amazing eye for details-I just love it.
Wish I was near your area, sounds like you have great places to pick up stuff.
Thanks for sharing
Thanks for all your comments!!!
Special One Day Sale 30% off our website
Happy Shopping and thanks for entering our contest.  Please keep checking back for great Holiday Contests and Sales!!!!

Simply Renee Inc.

Nov 7, 2011

Places I shop!!!

The link to the Studio 5 segment is:

Here are a couple of pictures from two other areas of my home:


This is my landing coming from the main floor to the second floor.


Right across from the landing is this  reading area I designed for my kids.  Now I read with my grandkids there.  You can’t see but the  shelves above the seating area store our favorite books.

I’ve enjoyed showing you my remodeled rooms!  I love to look at ideas and get inspired, so I thought sharing some of the projects I’ve done would be fun.

I remember going to a trade show, and people were surprised at some of the booth pieces I had created.  I guess they just thought I was an organizer – not the creative type!  Being creative is something that brings me a lot of joy and happiness.  I know I have more energy and I’m happier when I’m creating!

I just thought I’d share some of my favorite spots here in the Salt Lake City, UT area.  That way, if  you’re ever passing through or visiting, you’ll have some destinations to add to your list of places to go.

 Second Hand Chic:  Kelly is the owner and we’ve bonded over our love for vintage!   I’m a regular there – never leave empty handed!   2006 South 900 East     Open 10 AM - 6 PM       Monday – Saturday      (801)433.0044

Home Again:  has two locations:  2100 S 1019 E  Salt Lake City, UT 84106-232  (801) 487-46682   and  7490 S 700 W  Midvale, UT      801-255-5457  ( I shop at the Midvale location every hair day!)

Abode: 1720 South 900 East  Salt Lake City, UT 84105-3202
(801) 486-2633

Abby’s : 180 31st St
Ogden, UT 84401

Emilie Jayne – 801-359-3356  - 801 S 800 E  Salt Lake City

Sandy Antique Mall:   Randy and Jane – owners    8672 S State  Sandy, UT   801-568-9840

The Vintage Butterfly:  2030 S 900 E  SLC  -   801-230-1038      Anita is the owner.

Star Mill – Daniel is the MAN!  147 E  600 N  American Fork UT 801-369-2422

Now and Again:  Michael -   501 E 300 S   Salt Lake City, UT 84102(801) 364-0664

Aunt Elsie’s  Trinkets and Treasures:  Denise is the owner and she is  located at historic Gardner Village   -  1100 West 7800 South
We are in restored home “No. 2″
on the South side of Village
West Jordan Utah 84088

Recently found places that are worth going to

Just a Bed of Roses:  Brenda -  15 East State St. Farmington, Ut  801-451-2556

About Time Antique Mall:   538  So  Main Street  Logan, UT  435-752-9150   Connie

Hope you get a chance to visit any of these great places when you’re in town!


Don't forget to leave a comment to win a Clip it Up Main Base!  Winner will be announced Tuesday.  Good Luck!!

Quote of the Week

“Nothing passes. Everything stays with you. Everything makes it’s mark.”

― Shelagh Delaney

Nov 6, 2011

Guest Bedroom

In the Studio 5 segment – they showed the bed in my guest room .  When Jenn and I went out looking for something fun and unique for the headboard,  we found this vintage metal cover for a window.  I loved it, but knew it wasn’t wide enough.  We decided we’d keep our eyes opened and try to find something to go on both sides of the metalwork.  After shopping, I left Jenn to go to my hair appt.  There’s a place called Second Hand Chic I go every time I get my hair done because it’s right next door.  I walked in after my appt. and there was the solution for my bed.  Kelly had just brought these two pillars in off of an old home.  I bought them on the spot! Kept them chippy and just wiped them off.   Kelly usually doesn’t have things like that in her shop – but it was destiny!!!  Problem solved…same day!!!! DSC_1076 If you’re in the Salt Lake area, stop in and see Kelly and tell her Renee sent you!!!  I love her shop because she prices things reasonably and moves her inventory around.  She puts things in color grouping and it’s  a treat to go in and see how she’s decorated.  She’s always good about promoting other similar shops and has become a cute friend of mine! 


We had some dead trees in front of our home, and my husband asked my son to chop them down.  I went out because I was nervous about the whole thing.  I told him to move our bench, and he kept reassuring me the tree was going to be falling another way.  Well… we all know that “Mother knows best!” and yes, the tree fell and broke the bench in half.  So – I had him remove all the broken pieces and the cast iron ends of the  bench became the end of my bed.  Might as well make a bad situation into a good one!!!!!

DSC_1085  I  loved this antique croquet box and put it up for my shelf.


I found these metal shutters and fell in love with them.  The old hand made metal basket below holds the  extra pillows when someone is sleeping in there.


This is my grandmother’s wedding dress.  I loved  that she gave it to me to keep.  It has such fine hand work on it – hard to see in the picture – but beautifully simple!


I found  this table and two old chairs  – the one chair was already painted the color of the room – bonus!!!  Love old suitcases to display things in.


This radiator use to be in a building my dad owned.  When they were going to level the bldg to build a parking lot (sad) I would have taken all the radiators – but being newly married and having no place to store them – I only got one.  We have dragged it around our whole married life and finally it got the room it deserves.  They are SO HEAVY – it took 4 of us to carry it upstairs!!!!

Thanks for joining me on a tour of the rooms that I’m finally getting around to re-modeling.  It’s my creative outlet for now!  My dream job would be having someone pay me to go and find “treasures” and re-purpose them!  Do you think Frank and Mike from American Pickers would let me join them on their free-styling time?????  It drives me crazy cause I see so many cool things they pass up for OIL CANS – REALLY!!!!  Are you an American Picker fan?


Remember to comment  here and Facebook to enter our contest for a Clip it Up Main Base!  Tomorrow I’ll share some of my other favorite places to shop!

Nov 5, 2011

Bathroom #2

This is the “before” picture of my bathroom upstairs.  It was dated and the only thing  I had done since we moved in 25 yrs ago was to get rid of the wallpaper, remove the linoleum and replace it with tile and a neutral paint.  BORING!!!


Before…  (As you can see I’d already started patching things up and ripping up the tile baseboard)   I’m not very good at remembering to take the “before pics”!    













One of my hardest things to solve – but then turned into one of my favorites was the floor under the sink. 


I couldn’t find tile to match what was already in there.  So I  went to a salvage yard and found an old door with some rich color and panels.  We cut the door to fit in the area under the sink and I love it!!!!  I have three favorite things in this room.  They were all areas that I had a hard time problem solving – but they turned out to be the best!  The door on the floor is #1!


Another architectural piece above the sink that I got at the same place as the door. I loved how the sink looks and the old syrup bottle as the soap container.


My #2 favorite!  I wanted something unique for my towel holder and I already had those cute funny crooked wheels from one of my outings and thought to pair them up with the pulley.  Love how you can see it in the mirror as well as the actual piece hanging down.  LOVE,  LOVE  LOVE this!  It’s a “happy thing” for me!


There use to be a framed in doorway separating this part of the bathroom.  I removed it and put the boards along the  whole wall.  Painted them and then used  gel stain to antiqued them.  I loved how it opened up the room and makes it look soooo much bigger!


Loved this vanity.  It looks like wood, but it’s metal.  Yes, I’m going through a heavy metal stage right now!


This  chippy old screen door had a great green color on it.  We used it in our booth at shows, so when we changed the booth –I found a great place for it to retire in.  It’s a great backdrop for the chippy  rusty metal stand that holds the towels.


#3 Favorite!  As I was trying to come up with a unique TP holder – I had this light sconce so I  added an old spindle to it, cut it off to the right length, then added a metal part of a lantern burner on the end that was cut.  I was pleasantly surprised with how cute it turned out.


This is the view behind the door.  I used old fork to hang up the hangers.

DSC_1060 A friend of mine from California brought me two of her old bird cages.  I used this one as my light in the bathroom.  Love the lines it creates when it’s on.  The other one I used in my Studio.  Love them!!!  Thanks  Shawna!!!


This is the other part of the door – I couldn’t waste it so it became the valance for the curtain.  I used vintage spoons to hold my unique curtain rod.

Thanks for joining me on part 2 of the remodeled bathrooms! Don’t forget to leave comments on facebook and the blog to be entered into the contest for a  Clip it Up Main Base.


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