Saturday, November 22, 2014

Faith Shines Bright by ~ Tracey Sabella

Hi everyone, it's Tracey here with a scrapbook layout I created based on Mistra's fabulous November Girlie Grunge Sketch-n-Color. 

Faith is an important part of our lives, and we are so happy that Elizabeth and Andrew are carrying that faith into their marriage and lives together. I love this photo from their wedding where their love for each other and for our Lord shines so brightly in their faces. 

"Faith Shines Bright"

November Girlie Grunge Sketch-n-Color

As you can see I flipped and turned the sketch, using lanterns for some of the circles.

Tips and Techniques
I've used Donna's Spellbinders Grand Peony and Rose Creation dies to create the larger Open Lace Rose flower. The tutorial for this flower can be found HERE.

The photo mat is distressed with Donna's Zutter Distrezz-it-All. I've inked the edges of the paper scraps edging the photo with her Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx CHOX in Sage - one of the featured colors.

Here I've clustered some handcrafted little roses cut with Donna's Bitty Blossoms dies and dusted them with her Clearsnap Twinkle Dust Glitter in Sugar Shimmer. My Bitty Blossom flower tutorial can be found HERE.

I've embellished this beautiful chipboard piece from Um Wow Studio by painting and glittering. The top and "strings" are white. I wanted the hearts to be a pale pink, so I twisted my Petals Mix'd Media CHOX Inx onto my craft mat, then a dallop of white gesso. Mixing them tinted the gesso this lovely shade of pink. When dry, I brushed the hearts and upper flourish with glue and dusted with Sugar Shimmer Twinkle Dust Glitter.

I tried a new technique with Donna's embossing powder and glitter. I used Jasmine Mixed Media Inx to stamp out this fun grid circle. I sprinkled with Jasmine embossing powder, tapping off the excess then sprinkled with Twinkle Dust Glitter. I heated from the back of the page until the embossing powder had melted - capturing the sparkly glitter in the process. (If you heat set from the top, you will blow the glitter away before it gets set into the melting embossing power.) It does take a bit longer since the heat is not direct, but definitely worth the wait!!

Here's a shot showing some of my background textures. I did more of the glittered embossing for this other large circle stamp. 

I misted the background with water, then with some of Donna's Clearsnap Smooch Spritz in River Mossy, adding even more shimmer and shine. I then splattered with white ink and finished off by adhering a blend of microbeads and chunky glass glitter here and there across the page and around the clusters.

I don't have any close ups of the lanterns, but as you can see in the full photo at the top of the page. I stamped and embossed these images, then adhered Pralines and Cream Twinkle Dust Glitter so they look as if they are glowing and shining. The title is stamped in Stormy Mix'd Media Inx to bring in the final color from the sketch.

Thanks for stopping by today!! 

~ Blessings ~

Donna Salazar Products
Grandma’s Garden – Garden Journal Cards
GCD Studio ~ Botanique 12” Paper Pad
GCD Studio ~ Natural Beauty 12” Paper Pad
GCD Studio ~ Family Jeans 12” Paper Pad
GCD Studio ~ Mix’d Media Stax 2
Clearsnap ~ Mix’d Media Inx – Jasmine; Stormy
Clearsnap ~ Mix’d Media Inx CHOX – Sage; Petals
Clearsnap ~ Mix’d Media Inx Embossing Powder – Jasmine
Clearsnap ~ Twinkle Dust Glitter – Pralines & Cream; Sugar Shimmer
Clearsnap ~ Smooch Spritz – River Mossy 
Spellbinders ~ Grand Peony
Spellbinders ~ Rose Creations
Spellbinders ~ Bitty Blossoms
Zutter ~ Distrezz-it-All 

Other Products
Um Wow Studio ~ Flair – From the Heart
Um Wow Studio ~ Heart Strings Chipboard
Lace – Stash
Tim Holtz ~ Idea-ology – Accoutrements – Fanciful Buttons
The Charm Shop ~ Heart Charms
David Tutera ~ Pearl Rhinestone Crown Picks
Darice Sequins ~ Crystal Iris
Michaels ~ Metal Embellishments - Keys
Liquitex ~ Gesso – White; Clear
Higgins ~ Drawing Ink – White 
Stampendous ~ Fran-tage – Glass Glitter, Silver
Martha Stewart ~ Micro Beads – Pink Sapphire
Stampendous ~ N*Studio Stamps –  Brush Strokes; Mish Mesh
Close to My Heart ~ Clear Stamps – Illuminate
Forever in Time ~ Clear Stamps – Hearts Medley
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive; Zapdots, ½” Square, White
Art Glitter ~ Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Tombow ~ Multi Mono Liquid Glue
Ranger ~ Glossy Accents
Spellbinders ~ Artisan X-plorer
Liquitex ~ Splatter Brush
Darice ~ Heat Tool

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Take Me Deeper Weekly Devotional

His Kingdom Come is so excited to announce that the preparations are done and we are ready to launch!!! Personally, I am so flippin' excited about this!!!

Take Me Deeper™ is a free weekly journey at His Kingdom Come beginning Friday, January 2 2015. Take Me Deeper™ will be a weekly devotional and verse that will prompt us into spending time in His word. It is about each of us encouraging, sharing and studying the word. 

Each week you will get the opportunity to translate bible study into art- mixed media, a journal, a photograph, or a digital page, poem, music. Every Friday HKC will post a verse, devotional, worship video and examples of how we interpreted the bible study in our art.  We pray that these 52 weeks will change how you approach, engage and apply God’s word in your life and art. At the end of the year regardless of how many weeks you've participated, you will have created a legacy of the faith walk. This legacy will show you how God has moved in your life!

Who can join?
We welcome anyone who wants to take their faith walk deeper into understanding God’s Word and deeper into their creativity. We will begin January 2, but you can join at any time during the year. You can’t be “behind” since this is about your personal journey with God and your creativity. The community at His Kingdom Come will walk with you, support and encourage you!

Where will the devotionals be?
Posts will be on the HKC site and on the HKC Facebook Page.

Where can I share and discuss my preferred art medium?
Discussions will be across all the art mediums, so feel free to check out each art group for ideas, questions, suggestions and creative ideas.

So how do I start?
First, become a member of His Kingdom Come. It is free and the first step in accessing all the creativity on the site. Beginning December 2014, HKC will have suggestions for making a journal, decorating a journal, what journal to use, and supplies to gather.

If I am doing other projects, can I incorporate them into Take Me Deeper? 
Yes, if you are part of the Journaling Bible community, or any other art community or project, you can mesh all the projects together. Take Me Deeper will assist you in reading your bible, understanding God’s word, and helping you learn how to express your God-given creativity.

What about One Little Word or My One Word? How does that fit into this process? 
So glad you asked! Part of Take me deeper will be the opportunity to participate in Logos365™- finding the word God gives you to focus on for an entire year. Logos365™ will be a component of Take Me Deeper.  We will offer a worksheet for you to use to discover your logos365™, discussions about how to identify your logos365™ and how to live your logos365™ out through the year. Then, monthly Logos365™ prompts will initiate discussions about how you are doing living your word.

Go deeper
Find out how 52 weeks will change how you
& apply God’s word

52 devotions
52 verses
52 art projects

Will you walk out in faith with us in 2015 and go deeper?

Come and have fun, faith and friendship for free at His Kingdom Come!

Join us at His Kingdom Come 
and sign up for the Take me Deeper group HERE

Thanks for stopping by! Smooches ~D~

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Classes by Donna

Hey my peeps! If we've been cyber buds for a while then you know that I used to teach LOTS of live classes. With stores closing left and right locally, it was getting harder and harder to schedule stuff. So I adapted; Most of my classes have been online and I've offered a bunch of freebie stuff on my YouTube channel. BUT... now that I've moved to a new city, I have a local store that is the KEY-YOU-TEST little store that you've ever seen and I'm going to start teaching there regularly!

It is called Pages of Tyme and it just so happens to be right smack dab next to my FAVE beautiful hiking trail (with the "evil hill" that is really steep and never ending but really gets my heart pumpin).  The full trail takes me an hour and a half but it is soooo worth it! If you follow me on Instagram I post pics of the beautifulness quite a bit.

So... back to my class (My A.D.D. shows up even in my blog posts... LOL)

Store info and class description
25108 Marguerite Parkway, Ste D
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
PH: 949-455-0555
Christmas Card Buffet
Saturday, December 6th
2:00 - 4:30
In this 2.5 hour class Donna will show you how to set up your own card buffet so that you can create your holiday cards (that will look like you spent hours on each one) both quickly and efficiently! You will also be learning some of Donna's FAVE techniques like how to make her signature paper flowers using her dies from Spellbinders, inky fun with her Mix'd Media Inx, drippy-spritzy happiness with her Smooch Spritz, distressing up your cards and embellies with her Distrezz-it-All... and more! You will make 3 cards similar to her class samples and then you will be released upon the wonderful buffet of girly grunge goodness so that you can make a couple more on your own (or with a little guidance from Donna).

Here is a sneak peek picture of the cards and some of the card buffet goodies in the background:
And here is a sneak peek of the supplies for the 3 main cards kitted up all "cute like" with the cards in the background:

The cards are on display in the store so if you want to see them close up you can see them there.

I've also got a couple new e-Classes on my Girlie Grunge site:

This hand crafted 3D "Girlie Grunge Cardboard Cross" e-Class has a ton of techniques and it is in my Value e-Classes section for ONLY $5. You will learn how to completely assemble the cross from flat pieces of cardboard and kraft paper, how to customize paint color, how to get a crackle finish, how to add touches of color to the edges with CHOX, and how to add the twine, beads and embellies. 
CLICK HERE for more info

This is an adorable house that I'll show you how to build from large shipping tags and bits of cardboard. The finished house is about 6" high. You can use any colors that you like to make it match your own home decor. You get a 15 page very detailed downloadable step by step instructional pdf with photos as well as a 15 minute narrated presentation with large photos. 
CLICK HERE for more info

 And I've even got a FREEBIE class (that is a simplified "mini-me" version of what you will see in most of my e-Classes) so you can get a feel for what the e-Classes are like. 

I hope you can join me LIVE at Pages of Tyme in December 
or anytime in one of my e-Classes!

Thanks for stopping by! Smooches ~D~

Visit the Girlie Grunge site for challenges, giveaways, tutorials, e-Classes, etc... HERE

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wander The Sea Tag by ~ DeeDee Catron

Hello Girly Grunge fans :) DeeDee here today with a deliciously layered tag bit using tons of my favorite products including amazing bits by Donna Salazar.

First I should probably just put it all out there - I LOVE texture. I love frayed bits and grungy pieces, rips and tears, fuzziness, threads and more! And ever since I've gotten my little hands on Donna Salazar's Mix'd Media Stax II I cannot put it down! So let me prep you with that and then show you my tag:

The tag base is watercolor paper. I love the rich texture and sturdiness it gives to my pieces. But I also REALLY love it because it compliments the piece of handmade paper from the Mix'd Media Stax II paper pad like a DREAM. The colors are identical, the textures are so fun together, and I love pairing them up. 

SO >> Base watercolor paper. The bottom of the tag has a paper doily and some washi tape that have both been sewn on.  THEN there's a layer of pop dots, a Destination Unknown diecut tag from 7 Dots Studio, some cheesecloth and THEN the handmade paper from the Mix'd Media Stax II pad. It's been cut into a heart and sewn down with the same black thread as the washi tape and doily.

Before I sewed down the heart I doused it in Glue Gloss and Twinkle Dust Glitter by Clearsnap. Then it was layered with an UmWowStudio chipboard daisy that was altered with the Twinkle Dust Glitter on top of a layer of gesso. The flower is from Prima. The anchor comes from an UmWowStudio set of chipboard and has been altered with gesso and Clearsnap Smooch Spritz. 

Here you can really see the depth that the tag has. I finished it off with a sticker from Destination unknown and some May Arts Ribbon. What do you think? :)

Thanks so much for joining me today -- see you next time! -DeeDee

DSD Products used:
Clearsnap - Twinkle Dust Glitter
Clearsnap - Smooch Spritz - Wood Stain
GCD Studios - Mix'd Media Stax II

UmWowStudio : chipboard Daisy, chipboard Anchor
7 Dots Studio : Destination Unknown diecut tags and word stickers
Prima Marketing : Flowers and Gesso
May Arts Ribbon, dimensional adhesive, watercolor paper, washi tape, doily, sewing machine and thread.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Butterfly Trinket Box by ~ Tracey Sabella

Hi everyone!! It's Tracey back to share a trinket box I've altered using lots of Donna's fabulous girlie grunge products combining textured mixed media and glittered handcrafted flowers and butterflies. I'm always excited to work with her products with the wide variety of looks I can achieve.

Butterfly Trinket Box

Tips and Techniques
I've created this sweet rose using the three smallest dies in Donna's Spellbinder Rose Creations die set. The mini roses are created from mulberry paper cut with Bitty Blossoms dies. I painted the corrugated flourishes then rubbed with Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx. The flowers and flourishes were brushed with glue and sprinkled with Donna's Clearsnap Sugar Shimmer Twinkle Dust Glitter.

Box Front
The handcrafted butterflies are cut from cardstock with a Spellbinders Wonderful Wings die and glittered with Pralines and Cream Twinkle Dust Glitter. My Twinkling Butterfly Tutorial can be found HERE.

The hinges are brushed with a mixture of white and gold alcohol ink to distress.

Box Back
I started by removing the hinges and painting this unfinished wood box with a coat of white gesso. I recently received a box of goodies package with pearlized tissue paper. I brushed sections of the box with Mod Podge and applied crinkled pieces of tissue paper. I then applied a second coat of tissue paper in the same way for lots of texture. (I first covered the glass with painter's tape.)

Side One
I used Donna's Art Gone Wild Vine Stamp randomly around the entire box with her Mix'd Media Inx CHOX in Pomegranate. I was sure to stamp across the lid and around corners with the design for a cohesive look. Because I knew I would be applying mist over the stamping, I used CHOX ink because it does not react with water once dry, and I would be adding mist over the stamping.

Next I used several stencils with gold modeling cream. I heat set until the modeling cream bubbled and popped for added texture.

Side Two
My next step was to apply Donna's River Mossy Clearsnap Smooch Spritz. I spritzed a couple sprays of Smooch onto my craft mat along with a couple spritzes of water. I picked it up with an eyedropper to apply to the box. I squeezed on mist, spritzed on a little more water, then moved the box around to spread the mist. I heat set to dry then moved on to the next section. I wanted some of the gorgeous pearlized tissue paper to show through, so only covered about 2/3 of the box with mist. I just love how the mist settled into the crevices to highlight the peaks and valleys of the texture.

Finally, I randomly squeezed on glossy accents and sprinkled with pearlized seed beads, one section at a time.

~ Blessings ~

DSD Products
GCD Studios ~ Natural Beauty Collection 12” Pad
GCD Studios ~ Mixed Media Stax 2 - Mulberry Paper
Clearsnap ~ Mix’d Media Inx – Peridot, Patina
Clearsnap ~ Mix’d Media Inx CHOX – Pomegranate
Clearsnap ~ Smooch Spritz – River Mossy
Clearsnap ~ Twinkle Dust Glitter – Sugar Shimmer, Pralines & Cream
Spellbinders ~ Rose Creations
Spellbinders ~ Bitty Blossoms
Spellbinder ~ Wonderful Wings
Art Gone Wild ~ Vine

We R Memory Keepers ~ Cardstock – Happy Campers Marshmallow
Wood Box
Tissue Paper
Darice ~ TOHO Beads 11/0 Round Luster Creme
Self-Adhesive Pearls – Round, Teardrop
Crystals - Clear, Round
Liquitex ~ Gesso – White
Golden ~ Light Molding Paste – Gold
Viva ~ Modeling Cream
Ranger ~ Alcohol Ink Mixatives ~ Snow Cap; Gold
Martha Stewart Crafts ~ Adhesive Stencils – Scrolls; Fair Isle Dots
Martha Stewart Crafts ~ Stencils – Eyelet Lace
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive; Gemstone Glue
Tombow ~ Multi Mono Liquid Glue
Spellbinders ~ Artisan X-plorer
Heat Tool

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

About Donna & A "His Kingdom Come" Giveaway

Hello my peeps!  Today I am celebrating the launch of a brand new online Christian Creative Community: His Kingdom Come. We are a team of talented Christian artists that have come together to launch this exciting new community and I am one of the moderators for the Mixed Media Group.

His Kingdom Come is an online Community where fellow Christians can encourage, share and learn about Christianity and explore the God-given creativity that He has put in us all. It will be a safe place to share your faith, be inspired, and explore creativity across many art mediums - journaling, mixed media, painting, bible journaling, textiles, watercolor and more. His Kingdom Come will offer free tutorials, technique classes, devotionals, crafts to celebrate the holidays, opportunities to go deeper in your faith and in your knowledge of God and the Bible. The website will also offer Christian artists a platform to host classes (free or fee-based) which you will be able to sign up for.

I've been asked to share a little about who I am and my creativity because even if we've been cyber buddies for a while you might not know my story.

ABOUT ME: I am a wife, mom, grandma, artist, designer, teacher and kid at heart. I have been married for over 25 years to my high school sweetheart, I have 2 adult children and one grandson (who is the most handsome and wonderful baby ever to be born!). I went to church with my grandma when I was little but I wasn't saved until I was 16. My mom gave me a bible for Christmas that year and it is the same bible I use today! I have been involved with prayer ministry, youth ministry, women's ministry, I've run bible studies from my home, and my hubby and I ran a children's ministry (nursery through Jr. High) for almost 5 years at our previous church.
high school: marriage:
son:   daughter:


MY ARTISTIC STYLE: I took art as an elective my Freshman year in high school (because my mom forced me to) and I fell in LOVE with it! I was going to college to get my degree in Fine Arts but left it all to be a wife and mom. I love Inky-Painty-Glitzy-Grunginess... what I call my “Girly Grunge” look. My style is especially appealing to mixed media artists; however, my love of flowers and all things sparkly seems to appeal to crafters of all types and styles. I think what I'm known most for is my handmade paper flowers (which have evolved over the years but began all the way back in early 2008). Here is one of my first flower videos that was filmed with my girlfriends from the scrapbook reality show "Scrapbook Lifestyles": watch HERE Eventually I teamed up with Spellbinders and came out with my very own Donna Salazar flower dies. Here is the video for the launch of my very first flower die with Spellbinders: watch HERE

How does your faith impact your creativity? 
Not every project that I make is faith based but my faith has been finding it's way into my artwork since High School. There are a few chapters or verses in the bible that have had the most impact on my life and these are the words that have ended up in my artwork. Sometimes all I need is just one word like the word "LOVE" (which I use a LOT), and which is also used in the bible, like a gajillion times! 

The canvas below is a mixed media piece that I created a couple years ago (I added the crown because I'm a daughter of the King)

The acrylic painting below is on a vintage glass window that I painted back in 2000 - Gal 5:22-23

This is my newest painting that is hanging on a wall in my living room. It is about 8 feet wide - Rom 12:2

Why did you accept the moderator position for this group? 
Our church closed a few years ago and we were kinda like lost sheep for a while. We found a new church home but we haven't stepped back into ministry. I'd been praying for a way to get back into ministry in a way that would seamlessly work with my crazy schedule and then I got an e-mail from Shonna, asking if I wanted to be involved. Isn't it wonderful when you get a very obvious, in your face, it can't be a coincidence, answer to your prayers!?!? I'm proud to be part of a team of Christian artists who will be helping with the launching of this one of a kind Christian Faith Art Community!

What do you want the group to be, do, etc?

I'd love for this group to be a way for people to be encouraged to not keep their faith in a separate box from their artistic lives. Using your God given talent to create something that is from your soul moves you in a way that not many other things can. It can be a form of praising God from the absolute center of your being.

What other areas of creativity do you dabble in?
If it is creative... I want to dabble in it: draw, paint, sculpt, mixed media, paper crafting, jewelry making, home decor, creating artistic altered clothing, knit/crochet, cooking, photography... I love it All! I've got a few example random pics for you below.

Below is a home decor house that is an e-Class on my site. 

(You can get more info about this $8 E-Class HERE)
Below is a necklace I made with odds and ends and the center bezel is made with ICE Resin.
Below is a denim apron and wings that my daughter and I made for Elena from Charity Wings.
Below is a HUGE blanket that I made for my hubby.

Below are a couple photos that I took of my grandson.

What are your hopes for this new community?
I hope that people will be inspired artistically and in their faith by looking through the galleries. 
I hope that the story behind this ministry/community will encourage people to also participate in whichever group they feel called to. 
I hope that there will be opportunities for people to be prayed for and ministered to through the community and forums.
I hope that it will be a FUN place to be because I'm a goofy, fun-loving, kinda gal.

Please remember to comment below this post (here on my blog) and join our community HERE. We will randomly choose one lucky winner from the people who join our community TODAY to win a great prize! 

I hope you are as excited as I am at being part of this new online ministry/community. Our vision is to build an online community, (not just be a project-led site) a place where you can find encouragement, share your heart, your problems, and hopefully find inspiration and friendship.

To join our community please visit His Kingdom Come

Thanks for stopping by! Smooches ~D~

Visit the Girlie Grunge site for challenges, giveaways, tutorials, e-Classes, etc... HERE

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Merry Christmas Card by ~ Elena Olinevich

Hello Friends.

Christmas is coming and it's time when all crafters are busy with cardmaking and decorations. I have decided to start doing my preparations earlier, as I am always short in time.

So I made this card in lilac, as it seems to me it looks frosty and wintery. To create my background I used  Mix'd Media Stax, torn parts of dictionary sheets and mulberry paper

Then I misted the background with Smooch Spritz in Mixed Berries.

To make my flowers I used tissue paper from the Mix'd Media Stax and Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms Dies.

I hope you have liked my lilac Christmas card.

Donna Salazar Designs products used:
GSD Studio - Mix'd Media Stax 2
Spellbinders Dies - Bitty Blossoms
Clearsnap Smooch Spritz - Mixed Berries