Saturday, September 20, 2014

Celebrating Simple Things Card by ~ Elena Olinevich

Hello Friends.

Today I have a card to share with you, that I wanted to create
for a person who loves rustic style and laces too.

"Celebrating Simple Things"

  I didn't want to use any denim fabric for this , though my friends is a jeans addict. To start with I used Donna's Pocket and Swirls Dies from Spellbinders and cut 2 pockets.

For my background I used a Brick Wall Stencil , modeling paste
and colored everything with Donna's Clearsnap Smooch in 2 colors:
River Mossy and Sea Breeze.

To create the flower I used Rose Creations Dies as well as some leftovers for my background that I inked with Blue Jay and Stormy Mix'd Media Inks.
Just added some splatters of dark blue ink and here it is.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Donna Salazar Designs products used:
GCD Studio ~ Fun & Funky , 6x6 paper pad
Spellbinders Dies ~ Rose Craetions, Pockets and Swirls
Want2Scrap ~ BrickWall Stencil
Clearsnap ~ Smooch Spritz - River Mossy, Sea Breeze
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx - Blue Jay and Stormy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Canvas For A Friend by ~Donna

Hello my peeps. Wow... 2 posts from me in the same week. This must be a record! I've been crazy busy in my studio this week and I have a canvas to share today. I made this for my neighbor/friend because it is her birthday today... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Adriana! 

This is a 9x12 canvas that I decoupaged with vintage book pages then did layers and layers of inky-painty-goodness. After I got the first layers of color down I decoupaged a couple paper flowers on and added even more layers of Adriana's favorite colors.

 I love the quote and all the textures.

Here is another close up of the layers. You can see the crackle effect here.

And one more close up of the layers.  You can see the bubbled up effect here.
Product used:
Mix'd Media Inx - Honey, Jasmine, Berries, Wisteria, Patina
Mix'd Media Inx CHOX - Bluejay, Sparrow
Smooch Spritz - Mixed Berries, Sea Breeze, River Mossy
Sorbet Dimensional Paint - Imperial
Basics Paint - Titanium White, Bright Aqua Green

I will be showing almost all of the techniques that I used on this canvas in the class that I'm teaching at True Scrap 6 "Mixed Media Masterpieces Using Crafty Supplies"

And here is a sneak peek of the canvas that I'll be teaching:

Thanks for stopping by! Smooches ~D~
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

True Scrap 6!

Hello my peeps! I'm superdy duper excited about teaching at this years True Scrap 6 Event. I'm teaching alongside some amazingly talented instructors:

And this is my class...
The “Mixed Media Maven”, Donna Salazar, is going to take you on an inky-painty-glitzy-grungy adventure. Donna will be helping you make your own mixed media masterpieces. You’ll learn how to use craft supplies that you probably already have on hand in ways that you may never have imagined, mixing and combining them to get some AMAZING textures and effects. Donna will demonstrate these fun and artsy techniques on a canvas, but she will also show you how to use the same processes and products to create journal covers, treasure boxes, home decor, etc… You won’t want to miss this totally fun, jam packed, and technique-filled class.

Here is a sneak peek at the "show" projects. My start to finish project will be a canvas. 

True Scrap
October 18, 2014
Produced by Lain Ehmann
For more info or to register click HERE

Food for thought: It would probably cost thousands of dollars to take all 8 classes from these intructors individually. But you'll get it ALL for less than $100*!

P.S.*We have a rockin' special for early bird registrations! Sign up by Oct. 10 and SAVE $20 with code HERO - that means you'll get access to all eight classes, PLUS three virtual make-and-take short projects, PLUS a pre-event PJ party on Friday night, Oct. 17, PLUS full replays, plus extra goodies, for only $79

But that's not all... (LOL) If you sign up before Sept. 19, we have ANOTHER special bonus. You can get access to Heidi Swapp's “Your Memory File: A New Approach to Scrapbooking” from True Scrap 5, valued at $12.95. And it's a gift to you, free, with your True Scrap 5 registration!
Smooches ~D~

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Creative Kitty Layout by ~ Mistra Hoolahan

Hi everyone!  Today I have a fun, messy style layout to share with you.   I'm playing around trying some new {to me} things and I really love the messy mixed media backgrounds that are becoming popular, but I still want to make them 'me'.

One way to keep things 'me' is to still incorporate my love of handmade elements and the fabulous texture of fabrics.  I'm loving the look so far!

Click on the Image for a larger view

Today I have used Donna's "Dear Sir" Stamp in the very background using Midnight Mix'd Media Inx Chox and made sure it was thoroughly dry {quick zap with a heat tool for the Chox and it's all good} before adding a very thin layer of gesso in random spots.  After this I've added pattern with a stencil using Texture Paste.  Once it all dried I had fun spraying SmoochSpritz inks and let them run!  I've used Caramel Latte SmoochSpritz and then to get the grey tone colour, I've mixed some Jasmine Mix'd Media Inx Re-inker, Water, WoodStain and IceRink SmoochSpritz to get a lighter tone.  For the ink 'splatters' I used Truffle Mix'd Media Ink Re-Inker with some water to create my own flat colour spray.   

I've created a ruffle {yep, I'm still very much in love with my ruffles} and a Worn Rose using Donna's Rose Creations Die from Spellbinders.  You can find a tutorial link on my blog for the Worn Rose HERE.  I love these roses, they almost sit flat... well flat for me, but have such wonderful impact.  I'm not too sure what I'd do without Donn'a fabulous Flower Dies because nothing beats having your very own hand-made perfectly matched flower!

Thanks for stopping by again!  Don't forget to check out our latest Sketch-n-Color inspiration challenge... you can find it on the blog HERE.

DSD Products Used

GCD Studios Family Jeans - Family Cards B, Family Notebook B, Houndstooth B
GCD Studios Fun and Funky - Blue Damask B

Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx Chox - Midnight
Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx Re-Inkers - Jasmine, Truffle
Clearsnap SmoochSpritz - Woodstain, Caramel Latte, IceRink

Art Gone Wild - Dear Sir

Spellbinders Rose Creations

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Anniversary Card by ~ Tracey Sabella

Hi everyone, it's Tracey back to share an anniversary card I created for my parents who are celebrating 55 years of marriage. I've used Donna's Spellbinder flower dies and inks to create my flowers and am sharing a tutorial for the Feathered Rose. 

Anniversary Card

Tips and Techniques
My Feathered Rose is created with Donna's Spellbinders Rose Creations and Carnation Creations dies and colored with her Mix'd Media Inx and Smooch Spritz by Clearsnap. Please scroll down for my tutorial. 

The remaining flowers are created from Donna's Spellbinder's Bitty Blossoms dies using her Mix'd Media Stax2 Mulberry paper, patterned paper, and cardstock. The edges are distressed with Donna's Zutter Distrezz-it-All.

The background is stenciled, dry brushed with gesso, and splattered, then dripped with Donna's Pralines and Cream Smooch Spritz. I've also used Smooch to color the printed canvas and cheese cloth tucked into my cluster. The leaves are cut with Carnation Creations dies. 

For the inside I've used Mix'd Media Inx to stamp and emboss the sentiment. I've distressed the background with Donna's Art Gone Wild stamps. I then spritzed with Pralines & Cream Smooch Spritz to add a little color and lots of shimmer. 

One final shot.

Feathered Rose Tutorial
**I photographed this tutorial as I was creating a flower for another project,
so you will see variations in the color and center.

Supply List
White Cardstock
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar - Carnation Creations
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar - Rose Creations
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar - Mix'd Media Inx
Foam Pad
Round Nose Pliers or other tool to curl petals
Spellbinders ~ Artisan X-plorer

Step 1.
I've numbered my dies from each set from the smallest to the largest. 
Cut two each of the following from white cardstock:
Rose Creations #3
Rose Creations #6
Carnation Creations #5

Step 2.
Use a stylus to cup the back of each of the rose petals. (Large & small)

Step 3.
Turn the rose sections over and use the stylus to cup the center. This will also raise the petals.

Step 4.
Cup each of the carnation petals by rolling the stylus from the center to the tip of each petal.

Step 5. 
Use round nose pliers to curl each of the petals to the right on one section and in the opposite direction on the other. If you don't have round nose pliers, you can curl the petals around something slender like a bamboo skewer or thin knitting needle.

Step 6.
Color flowers.
I twisted a Mix'd Media Inx pad onto a craft mat and spritzed with water. I used this like water color paint and brushed it onto the flowers with a paint brush. The centers will be covered, so don't need colored. The petal tips are left white.

Step 7.
Glue the largest petals together, offsetting the petals as shown.

Step 8.
Select 5 or 10 similar sized feathers. For this flower I used 5. The flower on my card uses 10.
If using 5 feathers - adhere between each petal.
If using 10, adhere between each petal, and also in the center of each petal.
Place so the feathers extend over the edges about the same distance. They may not line up in the center equally, but that's just fine, since it will be covered up with the next layer.

Step 9.
Adhere the carnation petals together, offsetting the petals as shown.
The petals will curl into each other since they are curled in opposite directions.
Glue these petals over the feathers.

Step 10.
Use the round nose pliers to curl back the edges of the smaller rose petals.
Offset and adhere as shown.
Step 11.
Add center.
A variety of centers can be used. Here I've used a medium bitty blossom and for the flower on my card, I used stamen. You could also use a brad, button, or large rhinestone.

Here's a side view.

And a close-up from my card.

Thanks for stopping by today!
~ Blessings ~

Donna Salazar Products
GCD Studios ~ Natural Beauty; Family Jeans
GCD Studios ~ Mix'd Media Stax 2
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx - Vintage; Truffle; Pewter; Mossy
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx CHOX - Butternut
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx Embossing Powder - Truffle
Clearsnap ~ Smooch Spritz - Pralines & Cream; Woodstain
Spellbinders ~ Rose Creations
Spellbinders ~ Carnation Creations
Spellbinders ~ Bitty Blossoms
Art Gone Wild Stamps ~ Crackle; Heart Applique; Family Portraits
Zutter ~ Distrezz-it-All

Other Products
Cardstock ~ Kraft; White; Butterscotch
Little Yellow Bicycle ~ Canvas Stickers - Frames
Darice ~ Feathers
White Thread
Golden ~ Light Molding Paste
Liquitex ~ Gesso, white, clear
Spellbinders ~ Radient Rectangles
TCW ~ Mini Art Is 6" Stencil
DCWV ~ Stencil - heart
Cloud 9 Design ~ Love Phrase Stamp Set
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive; Premium Craft Glue
Spellbinders ~ Artisan X-plorer
Ranger ~ Heat It
Sewing Machine

Friday, September 5, 2014

Adventure Awaits Mini Album by ~ DeeDee Catron

Hello Hello friends!! I'm so excited to be here on the Donna Salazar Designs blog today! My first official post and I am SO SUPER ECSTATIC to be here sharing some inspiration with you. I kind of feel like we should JUMP right in. So onto my first project:

A MINI ALBUM!! :) :) My Sister is having a baby very soon, and I wanted to send a little something for her to show some encouragement and just let her know she can rely on me for things. Now.. the inside is a little private, so I'll only really be showing sneak peeks, but they're enough, trust me! :D The entire album is made from 7 Dots Studio's Nature Walk collection mixed with Donna Salazar's Humor Cards for Clearsnap and the awesome Mix'd Media Stax 2 for GCD Studios. 

I took the face of the card and distressed it with bot Mix'd  Media Inx and the Zutter Distrezz-it-all. A bit o' gesso, stamping, ink and layering and the cover was done! 

The background for this page was created with a mask, gesso and Donna's Mix'd Media CHOX ink which has the best pad for scraping across raised surfaces. The wish comes from her Mix'd Media Stax2 paper with dictionary print.

Here is a good photo of the Spellbinders Creative Pages dies in use. I used the smallest one to create a pocket page where It ucked some images of my sister and I. The stamp was stamped in Midnight CHOX and used without a block to create the uneven grungy look.

Thanks for stopping by to visit me today, I hope to see you back here on the 25th for a tutorial :)

DSD Products used:
Clearsnap - Mix'd Media Inx {Pewter} | Mix'd Media Inx Chox {Midnight} | Humor Cards
GCD Studios - Mix'd Media Stax 2
Spellbinders Dies - Creative Pages | Creative Page tabs
Zutter - Distrezz-it-all

UmWowStudio chipboard, flair and mask
7 Dots Studio Nature Walk collection
Viva Las VegaStamps! rubber stamps
May Arts Ribbons
thread, gesso, staples, epoxy stickers, adhesive, punches

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Happy Announcement - DeeDee is joining us!

Hello my peeps! I don't know if you have noticed but we have lost a few girls from the DT this year. I didn't want to do a full DT call so I just started checking out groups on Facebook that had talented crafters. I saw a TON of talented gals and if I had unlimited resources I would have added several girls but for now I chose a gal that I have actually met in person. The story is really cute so I'll share the abbreviated version. 

My daughter and I LOOOVE Doctor Who. I saw an awesome card (by my friend Jennifer Priest) that was using a police box stamp (like the Tardis) from Viva LasVegastamps. I ordered one when DeeDee filled the order she recognized my name and asked if I wanted to do a guest spot on their blog. I did. I then met her (and bought more Doctor Who stamps) when I went to CHA Summer in Las Vegas last year. 

I saw that DeeDee was posting a lot of really cool projects in one of the Facebook groups that I frequent and when I needed to add a new gal I sent her a message and asked if she wanted to join us. She said "Yes!"

So without further ado... I would like to introduce you to DeeDee Catron...

Hello! My name is DeeDee Catron - I'm a 27 year old mom and wife. I am the Marketing and Artistic Director of Viva Las VegaStamps!, Owner/Creative Director of UmWowStudio, Collection Designer for 7 Dots Studio and all around arts and crafts lover. I love everything from designing the products to using them in fine arts, paper crafts, mixed media projects and more. You'll find I adore tags the most, but also really love to play on big 12x12 surfaces and small ATC sized bits. I'm excited to be joining the Donna Salazar team and can't wait to inspire you with her grungy girly products! 

Please take a moment to welcome her to the team!

Thanks for stopping by! Smooches ~D~

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