Wednesday, November 25, 2015

"Come Unto Me" Art Journal Page by Tracey Sabella

Hi everyone! It's Tracey here to share the latest addition to my Scripture art journal. 

Donna's fabulous products are so versatile. It's so easy to switch gears from the bold and colorful page I posted recently to this subtle and nearly monochromatic page full of rugged textures. The thick chipboard pages in Donna's Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® are fabulous for mixed media. 

"Come Unto Me"

Tips and Techniques
Donna's Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx are so fabulous to work with. Here I've stamped the sentiment on basic white cardstock with Stormy Mix'd Media Inx, then heat set with clear embossing powder. I like to stamp first then die cut so I can center the sentiment in the die before cutting. A piece of washi tape will keep it in place. Once cut, I used my Foam Blending Tool to rub more of the Stormy ink across the die cut.

The background around the sentiment and the page edges are brushed with Donna's Clearsnap Woodstain Smooch Spritz, then spritzed with water to lighten and move the color.

I scored a vintage dictionary at our library book sale a couple months ago and used it to create one of Donna's Spellbinders Bitty Blossom flowers. It's rubbed lightly with Stormy Mix'd Media Inx to color. 

In keeping with the monochromatic look for my journal page, I very lightly sprinkled Donna's Black and Jasmine Mix'd Media Inx Embossing powder over her Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Foam Swirls and heat set. Because I used a light hand with the embossing powder, the swirls were still just a little tacky in places, so I sprinkled Donna's Clearsnap Sugar Shimmer Twinkle Dust Glitter to add a girly, sparkly touch. I also rubbed the edges lightly with Stormy Mix'd Media Inx. 

I distressed the lace after snipping off the lower edge and kept it the natural color.

I wanted a hint of textured color on my chipboard flower to draw my eye to the sentiment. I mixed Donna's Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Pigment powders into whipped spackle and dabbed it onto the chipboard with a brush to create this lovely texture. You may be thinking, Donna doesn't have green pigment powder?? Blue plus gold and a tiny bit of brown mixed together created this lovely green color. It's hard to capture in a photo, but there is a lovely shimmer on the flower and leaves from the mica powder. Once dry, I rubbed lightly with Stormy Mix'd Media ink to highlight the texture.

My background paper is from the corner of a 12 x 12" patterned paper. I just adore the textured patterns in the corner, so added similar stamping and shading around the page edge for a finished look.

I hope you've been inspired to experiment with Donna's Girlie Grunge products
to create your own one of a kind textures and colors.

Here are links to the other pages in my Art Journal:

~ Blessings ~

Donna Salazar Products

Donna Salazar Designs
Dear Sir ~ Rubber Stamp
Crackle ~ Rubber Stamp

Partner Products
Clearsnap®/Colorbox® ~ Foam Blending Tool
Clearsnap®/Colorbox® ~ Embossing Powder - Clear
Spellbinders®  ~ Radiant Rectangles
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® ~ Crafty Foam Tape

For a complete product list, please stop by my blog, Garden of Grace.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Nordic Christmas Card by Elena Olinevich

Hello Friends.

Christmas is coming and I am pretty busy with making Christmas Cards.

This year I am trying different colors for them, but one of my favorite and traditional one - is Nordic Christmas.

This time I tried to experiment some new stuff on it

I took the papers from the PhotoPlay "DearSanta" collection and attached to them many fabric trims, xoxoxo

I started with Donna's Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Canvas Ribbon, that I wrapped over the paper and adhered with Dodz™ XL, and then added the lace on the top of it.

After I tried to create a kind of wreath from Organza and fixed it on the trims with the  Dodz™ - Medium. Organza is quite transparent fabric, so the Dodz are so perfect as they are clear.

To make it look more festive, I added the flowers, Foam Swirls and touches of red. 

Hope that you have liked my card and thank you for stopping by today.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Christmas Card & Layout by ~Donna Salazar

Hello my peeps! I've been crazy busy with preparations for CHA so it was nice to be able to take a break and make a layout and card using some of my favorite products from Spellbinders®, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® and Clearsnap® with "Dear Santa" papers and stickers from my friends at Photoplay™.

The first project I'm sharing is this 8.5"x11" layout with a photo of me and my bestie with my daughter that was taken TEN YEARS AGO!!! My how time has just flown by!!!

In the close up below you can see some matte splatters and some glittery splatters. I pressed my Mix'd Media Inx pad onto a non stick craft sheet then blended with water and used a fan brush to splatter. I then watered down some white acrylic paint and used the same brush to splatter that. While the paint was still wet I sprinkled my Twinkle Dust Glitter in Sugar Shimmer over it and I got 2 different types of splatters. I also added some of my E-Z Stars with the same glitter.

I added a little Girlie Grunge touch with my denim ribbon on the strip as well as a rolled denim ribbon flower. 

I made a couple of Bitty Blossoms out of white card stock and then I spritzed one with Holly Berries Smooch Spritz to create the little sparkly deep red rose and then I added some of my Carnation Creations die cuts to the Bitty Blossom.

I had a ton of fun with all the stickers that came in the "Dear Santa" paper pack.

Making the card was SUPER easy!!! I just cut one of the 12x12 papers down to size, distressed the edges, inked them with Mix'd Media Inx CHOX, then added a bit of white paint to the edges. I then splattered the back ground with a little bit of the same paint watered down a bit then sprinkled with Twinkle Dust Glitter while all the paint was still wet. 

I added a piece of burlap from my Texture Ribbons pack and a piece of scalloped denim from my Denim Ribbons pack both from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®. I added 3 Bitty Blossoms and adhered a few stickers and this card was done!

In the close up photo below you can see the inked edges with glittery paint edges and splatters really well. The stickers are also from the "Dear Santa" paper line.


Home & Hobby

Mix'd Media Inx CHOX - Driftood
Mix'd Media Inx - Jasmine
Twinkle Dust Glitter - Sugar Shimmer
Smooch Spritz - Holly Berries

PhotoPlay "Dear Santa" papers

Next Saturday (the 28th) I'll have a video tutorial for you where I'll show you how I make "Brown Bag Flowers" from grocery bags that end up having a texture like hand made paper.

And don't forget about my "Girlie Grunge Holiday Cards" e-Class

For ONLY $10 you get: 
  • Detailed step by step instructions (downloadable pdf)
  • A narrated slide presentation video
  • & THREE separate start to finish videos (one for each card)

PLUS I still have some kits left for this class (see kit contents below).

Click on the class info link to see more details> Girlie Grunge Holiday Cards e-Class

Thanks for stopping by!!! Smooches ~D~

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

"Find Some Color in this Black & White World" Layout by Tracey Sabella

Hi everyone! It's Tracey back with a layout to share with you today featuring Donna's fabulous products. It's so much fun trying them out in new ways. 

One of my dear on-line scrapbooking friends, Val Thorpe, took a tour of Europe this summer. She posted many amazing photos, but this one captured my attention and imagination. I just adore the brilliant colors in these old churches in the city of Maastricht, the Netherlands. Many thanks to Val for allowing me to create with her photo.

"Find Some Color in this Black & White World"

Tips and Techniques
I cut these leaves with Donna's Spellbinders Rose Creations dies from her Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Texture Ribbons (burlap). I mixed her Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Pigment Powders with Matte Medium to create "paint" to color the leaves. Then to soften the leaves and flowers, I dry brushed them with gesso. 

I mixed Donna's blue, gold, and just a smidgen of brown pigment powders into soft molding paste for a rich, teal color and stenciled the grid lines with it. There are just so man fun ways to use this sparkling color!! I also mixed up some "paint" as I mentioned earlier to lightly color the leaves. I used some of this to splatter across the background. I also made some in gold to splatter for a two-toned effect. You'll see this paint used several ways on my layout.

This sentiment couldn't be more perfect for this gorgeous photo!! It was printed in gray, so I used the paint I created to color it as well. 

The chipboard started out as one compact flourish. I cut it apart to spread across the page. I applied white gesso, then used the paints I created to color it, randomly brushing the two colors across the pieces for a grungy effect.

A view of the top corner. The fleur-de-lis was treated like the chipboard - white gesso, then brushed with the Pigment Powder paint. I added some chunky glass glitter and microbeads from my stash around the clusters and photo.

 Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® ~ DODZ™ work great to adhere flowers and embellishments to the page.

The white mulberry roses are cut with Donna's Bitty Blossoms dies. After die-cutting the mulberry paper, I spritzed it with water and crinkled the piece up into a ball and let it sit overnight to dry. Once dry, I opened it up and created the Bitty Blossom rose, like normal.

I hope you've been inspired to get creative with Donna's Pigment Powders!

~ Blessings ~

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**Photo Credit: Val Thorpe
To view her gorgeous work, please stop by her blog: Val-Belle's Ramblings.

For a complete product list, please stop by my blog: Garden of Grace.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Rose Christmas Card by Elena Olinevich

Hello Crafty people.
I am practicing at cardmaking at the moment, as it is Christmas season coming. Anyway, I have noticed that simple cards now hold my creative attention, and I really enjoy making them.

Here is the latest card I made using some of Donna's Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® products.

I started with absolutely plane white background and only die cut the star in it.
After that I added denim ribbon and tried to create an unusual bow. Donna's Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Dodz™XL work perfectly for fixing any fabric. I especially like to create the folds with textile using them.

Then I added the lace and the flower again using E-Z Dodz™

I really tried to keep some simple embellishments.
I only added Donna's Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® E-Z stars, but they needed to be colored, especially those on the white background.
Lastly I applied clear gloss gel using a rose stencil and then sprinkled Donna's
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Pigment Powder in Pink on it.

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Grammy Donna's Pumpkin Soup

Hello my peeps! Today is Halloween here in the U.S. 

My family isn't big into the scary stuff. What we like are the cute little toddlers running around in costumes that make them look like little stuffed animals, the fall decorations everywhere, sitting around a firepit on our front lawn, spending time with friends and my family's MOST favorite thing is my Pumpkin Soup. I make it more than once during the Fall but my family won't let me miss making it on Halloween.
I know some of you might be like... "Ewww" because you're thinking pumpkin pie in a soup... but this is NOTHING like that. I started making this soup when I was a teenager. My mom and I had watched the Frugal Gourmet make it and then we made it and we fell in love. I lost that recipe a long time ago so I make it from memory but every year I've tweaked it a bit here and a bit there anyway until I finally came up with the recipe below. 

Grammy Donna's Pumpkin Soup

1 medium pumpkin peeled and diced (approximately 6 cups)
6 peeled and diced medium potatoes (approximately 4 cups)
1/2 onion diced
2 Tbs of minced garlic 
1 pound of bacon (keep 2 Tbs of drippings)
2 cups chopped chicken (white or dark)
1/2 cube butter
1 can chicken broth plus an equal amount of water
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Cook the bacon in a frying pan and strain the cooked pieces. Drain bacon grease except for approximately 2 Tbs. Place the chopped onion, butter, and garlic in the frying pan and carmelize the onions. Move the ingredients from the pan to a large pot, add the chopped chicken and cook over medium heat.
While the chicken is cooking, begin peeling and chopping the potato and pumpkin, throw into pot as you go. Make sure that you periodically stir the pot as you are peeling and chopping. Once the pumpkin and potato is in the pot, add the chicken broth and water and continue to boil over medium heat stirring occasionally. At 1.5 hours, use a potato masher to break up any large pieces that are left. 
Crumble 3/4 of the bacon and add to the soup with 1 cup of the cheddar cheese. Use the remaining bacon and cheddar cheese to top off each person's bowl. Then just serve hot with a Sourdough baguette! I promise you... it will be DELISH!!!

Thanks for Stopping by!!! Smooches ~D~