Sunday, April 20, 2014

Beautiful Card with tutorial by ~ Elena Olinevich

Hello crafty people. 
Today I have a card to share with you and some tips on how I created it.

I combined some Prima Marketing flowers with cut with dies by Spellbinders.
Then I arranged them all ina  cluster and it looked like this:

I never use the flowers without gesso, so I took a brush and started covering the background and the flowers with a haevy gesso.

I guess it looks softer after gesso.
Then I misted some areas with Smooch

Just love those shimmery drips.
and then I took my soft brush and colored some areas  with a more dark Smooch

Quiet simple but looks a bit different from the ordinary, isn't it?

Happy Easter
and enjoy your time with the family.

Products used:
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar - Natural Beauty collection
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar - Family Jeans collection
Spellbinders: Donna Salazar - Rose Creations
Clearsnap ~ Smooch - Caramel Latte and Pralines & Cream
Heavy Gesso
Prima marketing flowers

Monday, April 14, 2014

Me & You Layout by ~ Mistra Hoolahan

Hi all!!   I'm loving this little 8x10 I've done of Kel and myself.  He's a great kid and keeps me laughing with his antics.  This one I thought we'd have a nice photo together... yeah, perhaps not!  But it's him, that's us... and so this one has become a favourite photo.

I've kept the colours very simple for this one, just the browns and denim patterns from Donna Salazar's Family Jeans collection {Denim Swirl, Denim Stripe & Family Notebook B}.  The clouds and title are from the Fun and Funky Cutout Sheet which comes with the Paper Pads.  The edges were distressed with Zutter's Distrezz-it-All, I love the fabulous torn, feathered distressing it gives.

The cut-outs really make for quick and simple, yet perfectly matched embellishements.

Thanks for stopping by, remember to take care of you!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

"Happy" Layout and Build-A-Page Tutorial by ~ Helena Johansson

I simply fell in love with this months Girlie Grunge Sketch-n-color - a fabulous sketch by Mistra and amazing colors to go with it, I had so much fun creating my layout!
Come visit us at Donna's Ning-site and the fantastic gallery there! If you create something using our Girlie Grunge Sketch-n-color, do upload it into the gallery so we all can admire it!

I flipped the sketch 90 degrees:

Before I show you close-ups, I want to share how I did the background on this page, using a brick stencil from Want2Scrap and Donna's with Mixed Media Inx in the colors of this month: Pewter, Peridot and Patina.

I started with three papers from GCD Studios & Donna's, the Natural Beauty Collection and the Family Jeans collection. In the bottom I have Blue Fence from Natural Beauty, then Casual Elegance also from Natural Beauty (used a border punsch for this one) and finally Heirloom from Family Jeans.

After gluing the papers as shown below, I painted with some white gesso using a sponge, just a thin layer. Then I used a brick stencil from Want2Scrap & Donna's with texture paste. 

After the paste had dried I took out my Mix'd Media Inx, colors Pewter, Peridot and Patina. The Colorbox tool is perfect to use when working with these inks!

I started painting on topp of the bricks and gesso, using the darkest color, Patina, first. When painting I use circular moves and then let the ink fade out. I didn't care too much about how it turned out in the middle, since I already knew I was going to have a piece of paper covering this spot.

I then repeated with the Pewter ink, trying to let the gray melt into the dark blue.

I finished the background with the Periodot color, using the same technique as before:

Amazing colors together!

Then I added a piece of paper, Family cards, from the Family Jeans collection, a piece of cheesecloth and my photos (these are of my darling nephew, Malte. Isn't he just adorable?!).

The title, Happy, I cut out from the 12x12 pad image sheet, Family Jeans collection.

The brick background peeks out behind the wood paper. Bricks and wood - gives a rustic yet romantic feel!

I made two flowers using Spellbinders Rose Creations dies and Heirloom paper from the Family Jeans collection. I have distressed the edges of each flower layer, sprayed some Smooch Spritz, River Mossy, and then painted the edges with a bit of gesso.

A couple of close-ups from different angles:

Thank you for stopping by today!


Products used:

GCD Studios: Donna Salazar - Natural Beauty collection, Blue Fence
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar - Natural Beauty collection, Casual Elegance
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar - Family Jeans collection, Heirloom
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar - Family Jeans collection, Family Cards
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar - Family Jeans collection, 12x12 pad image sheet

Want2Scrap: Donna Salazar - Bricks (small)

Mix'd Media Inx - Pewter
Mix'd Media Inx - Peridot
Mix'd Media Inx - Patina
Smooch Spritz - River Mossy

Spellbinders: Donna Salazar - Rose Creations

Gesso and texture paste
Flowers from Petaloo and Prima
Chipboard from Dusty Attic

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Butterfly Card with Twinkling Butterfly Tutorial by ~ Tracey Sabella

It's Tracey here to share a card I created featuring Donna's Spellbinders Wonderful Wings dies and Clearsnap Twinkle Dust Glitter along with a photo tutorial on how to create my Twinkling Butterflies.

Butterfly Card

Tips and Techniques
Here's a close-up of the Twinkling Butterflies. Please scroll down to find my tutorial.

I've embellished with one of my Open Lace Roses using Donna's Spellbinders Grand Peony and Rose Creation Dies. My tutorial for these flowers can be found here. (Please note, even the largest of the "Grand" Peony dies fit in regular size die cut machines.) 

Below the rose, I've layered Spellbinders Foliage leaves cut from Donna's Mix'd Media Stax 2 Mulberry paper. Some are lightly inked and some left in the natural color.

Another view of the butterflies and flower.

I've stamped the sentiment with Donna's Mix'd Media Inx, then heat embossed with Clearsnap clear embossing powder. 

Edges of the card and sentiment flag are distressed with Donna's Zutter Distrezz-it-All.

I've used the same techniques for the sentiment inside the card. 

A side view.

Twinkling Butterfly Tutorial

Supply List
Donna Salazar Products
Spellbinders ~ Wonderful Wings Dies
Clearsnap ~ Twinkle Dust Glitter - Mixed Berries
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx - Denim

Other Products
Clearsnap ~ Glue Gloss
Want2Scrap ~ Say It with Pearls Baby Bling - White
Want2Scrap ~ Say It with Pearls - Tear Drop Pearls - White
Spellbinders ~ Artisan X-plorer

Step 1. Select one of the Wonderful Wings Butterflies and cut from a scrap of white or light cream cardstock. 

***Hint*** To more easily remove the intricately cut paper from the die, layer two sheets of wax paper between the die and the paper when cutting.

Step 2. Lightly rub Denim Mix'd Media Inx across the edges of the wings as shown.

Step 3. Brush Glue Gloss across the wings in the areas you have inked. 

Step 4. Sprinkle the wet glue with Donna's Twinkle Dust Glitter in Mixed Berries. (Donna's Fairy Dust Glitter has been renamed to Twinkle Dust Glitter.)

Step 5. Add pearls for the body of the butterfly.

~ Blessings ~

Donna Salazar Products
GCD Studio ~ Natural Beauty Collection
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx - Denim
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx - Stormy
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx CHOX - Bluejay
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx Embossing Powder - Jasmine
Clearsnap ~ Twinkle Dust Glitter (Formerly Fairy Dust Glitter)
Spellbinders ~ Wonderful Wings
Spellbinders ~ Grand Peony
Spellbinders ~ Rose Creations
Zutter ~ Distrezz-it-All

Other Products
We R Memory Keepers ~ Storytime Cloud Cardstock
Want2Scrap ~ TearDrop Pearls, white
Want2Scrap ~ Baby Bling Pearls, white
Want2Scrap ~ Beautiful Bling Border
Darice ~ Finishing Accent Brads 12mm Crystal AB
Organza Ribbon ~ Stash
Lace ~ Stash
Doily ~ Stash
White Thread ~ Stash
Clearsnap ~ Clear Embossing Powder
Spellbinders ~ Foliage; Pendants in Spades; Opulent Ovals
Close to My Heart ~ Sincere Expressions; Look to the Light
Clearsnap ~ Glue Gloss
Helmar ~ Craft and Hobby PVA Glue; 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Spellbinders ~ Artisan X-plorer
Sewing Machine

Monday, April 7, 2014

April Sketch~n~Color

Hello my peeps! Our move to Mission Viejo is still in progress... will it ever end? I've finished most of the house painting... just a hallway left and I'll be done (for now). I'm starting on new e-Classes and YouTube videos this week so be on the lookout for new stuff from me... FINALLY!

Mistra's sketches are uber-AMAZING and she always gets them to me on time... However, that doesn't necessarily mean that I'm on the ball enough to post them on time... LOL! I'm posting this a bit late but better late than never. My DT girlies are creating projects with these sketches so be on the lookout for those too.

So without further ado... here it this month's sketch for your enjoyment!

Thanks for stopping by! Smooches ~D~

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

"Fun" Mixed Media Layout by ~ Nadia Cannizzo

 Hey there everyone. 

Today I am sharing a layout I created for Donna Salazar Designs 

 This was indeed a fun day back in November when my friend Georgia and I attended Heidi Swapp's and Kim Jeffress' classes ! 

I started by applying clear gesso on my background , spraying some of Donna's mists then modeling paste with Donna's 8x10 brick stencil. 

I then applied embossing powder on top of the still wet modeling paste to give the brick wall a "rough" texture to it.  

 I used the 8x10 corrugated cardboard and flowers from Manor House Creations to build up my layers. 

And here is a Manor House Creations frame.

Materials List

Donna Salazar Designs Mix'd Media Stax 2
 Donna Salazar Designs Natural Beauty
Want2Scrap Donna Salazar Designs 8x10 Corrugated Cardboard
Embossing Powder
Mix'd Media Inx Embossing Powder - Honey
Clearsnap Donna Salazar Designs - Smooch Spritz Sprays set
 Donna Salazar Designs Chipboard Alpha's Pink 
Want2Scrap Donna Salazar Designs 8x10 Large Bricks stencil
Manor House Creations - Tea Roses : Soft Gold
Manor House Creations: Letters From Paris
Manor House Creations : Blossom Believe
Crochet Heart: Manor House Creations
Doily Frame: Manor House Creations 


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