Saturday, October 25, 2014

"Shine Brightly Tag" by ~ DeeDee Catron


Hello Sweet Grungy Addicts!! 

DeeDee here today with the epitome of GRUNGE >>> some recycled paper, inking, misting, stamping, dipping, painting, distressing and charcoal. YUM. 

Today is my TUTORIAL day and I've got a fabO piece worked up for you all via video tutorial from start to finish. Let's take a look at the finished piece and follow up with the video: 




And now some closeup shots of those fabulous products by Donna:


You can see that superb marbling effect from the Clearsnap Smooch Spritz here, and also the shiny glimmery Twinkle Dust Glitter.




Donna Salazar Products:
Clearsnap : Mixed Media INX Black, Leather
Clearsnap : Smooch Spritz Wood Stain
Clearsnap : Twinkle Glitter Dust
GCD Studios : Mixed Media Stax2
Zutter : Distrezz It All

Other Products:
Viva Las VegaStamps! rubber stamps
UmWowStudio chipboard
Dymo Label Maker
Kraft paper, watercolor paper

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Butterfly Birthday Card by ~ Tracey Sabella

Hi, it's Tracey here to share a mixed media birthday card I created filled with Donna's amazing products.


Tips and Techniques
I just adore creating with Donna's Spellbinders dies. Here I've used the large and medium Bitty Blossoms dies and The lavender flower is cut from white cardstock using the number 3 die from her Rose Creations set. (I number the dies from smallest to largest.) I misted the layers with Mixed Berries Smooch Spritz and crinkled. When dry, I offset the petals, adhered and added stamen from my stash. I found the berry sprigs on clearance. Of course they were the wrong color, so I painted them with white gesso, and when dry, rubbed them with Wisteria Mix'd Media Ink.

Here's a side view of the bottom corner. I also added some tiny pre-made roses, which I brushed with Smooch Spritz. The flourishes are cut on my Cameo Silhouette. 

Donna's Spellbinders Wonderful Wings die set has gorgeous butterflies with coordinating backgrounds for each including this beauty. I cut the background from white canvas, fraying the edges. The delicate butterfly is cut from white cardstock, spritzed with Mixed Berries Smooch Spritz and edged with her Mixed Berries Twinkle Dust Glitter. The antennae are created with white wrapped wire.

The center of course is another Bitty Blossom flower. I've added chunky glass glitter to the center. Donna has just posted a fabulous video tutorial showing how easy it is to create her Bitty Blossoms. You can view it HERE.

The background is created with a small brick stencil using light molding paste. While the molding paste is still wet, I sprinkled lightly with Jasmine Mix'd Media Inx Embossing Powder and heat set. I then stenciled the doily in the top corner with more molding paste. I spritzed with Mixed Berries Smooch Spritz, focusing around the butterfly, clusters, and doily. The edges are distressed with Donna's Zutter Distrezz-it-All.

The birthday sentiment is simply printed on velum and adhered with a decorative brad. The vellum edges are dry brushed with gesso.

Thanks for stopping by today!

~ Blessings ~


DSD Card Products
GCD Studio ~ Natural Beauty 12” Pad
GCD Studio ~ Family Jeans 12” Pad
Clearsnap ~ Mix’d Media Inx –Wisteria
Clearsnap ~ Mix’d Media Inx Embossing Enamel – Jasmine
Clearsnap ~ Twinkle Dust Glitter – Mixed Berries
Clearsnap ~ Smooch Spritz – Mixed Berries
Spellbinders ~ Bitty Blossoms
Spellbinders ~ Wonderful Wings
Spellbinders ~ Rose Creations
Zutter ~ Distrezz-it-All

Other Products
Cardstock ~ White
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Open Roses – White 15mm, 10mm; Sweetheart Blossoms - White 
Creative Charms ~ Vintage Brads – VP-8210
Darice ~ Cover Spool Wire – White
Canvas, White
Golden ~ Light Molding Paste
Liquitex ~ Gesso – Clear, White
Stampendous ~ Fran-tage - Glass Glitter, Lavender
Prima ~ Elementals 6” Stencil- Doily 3 #960575
Small Brick Stencil 
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Art Gltter ~ Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Tombow ~ Multi Mono Liquid Glue
Spellbinders ~ Artisan X-plorer
Silhouette ~ Cameo
Silhouette Design Store ~ Elegant Flourish
Font ~ Jellyka Delicious Cake, from the internet

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Donna's Art Journal ~ "Butterfly"

Hello my peeps! I'm on a bloggin' roll! It has been hard for me to consistently blog since we moved because I take care of my grand son to some degree on a daily basis. Some days I get him up, feed him, bathe him, and dress him. Then we have a very tight schedule of fort building, walking and leaf gathering, wonderful music time using pots and wooden spoons, playing with cars and singing and dancing... It is very important stuff, this!
A couple days a week I may just help get him ready in the morning so he can go to his other grandma's house. But then, on his mommy or daddy's days off (because I have this uber-soft-mushy-center-filling for this little guy), I end up watching him for their "quick" 2 hour visits to the store or I keep him at home when they are in a hurry to take or pick up someone from work, or if they just need to do another of those "quick" errands... and I always have said "Yes, of course I'll watch him." I mean... who could resist a face like his?



However, lately I'm doing a little better about "trying" to say "No" more often, thus, more regular blog posts and tutorials for you! And yet there has still been plenty of time for fort building, leaf gathering and singing & dancing. It's all about balance I guess.

Anywho... I've got a stepped out tutorial of an art journal page for you that I made when I had a couple hours to myself. The quote is from a Dave Matthew's Band song.

Here are some step outs:
The background was painted with some white gesso and dried then I added some of my original Mix'd Media Inx.

I began with the lightest color (Jasmine) and covered random areas of the background by bending the edges of the squishy pad back and using the rounded center to pat the Inx on, then I blended it in with my fingers.

 I used a stylus blender with Honey MMI around the edges.

I sprayed a light mist of water and the Inx became almost "watercolor-like" so I could blend it with my fingers (you can use an ink blender but I like to get my hands dirty).

I added some Patina in random areas around the edges.

I misted with water and blended the Patina in as well. I LOVE the way that these Inx react when you are using them on a gessoed surface!

I sprayed some Green Olive Smooch Spritz into a bowl and used a watercolor brush to add some vines and leaves.


I added a bit more green on the bottom and added a tiny bit of water splatters to give the leaves water spots and make some of the Spritz run.

I flicked some Ice Rink, Sea Breeze, Evergreen & River Mossy Spritz on the background, added a bit more water and let some of it drip.

I added some MMI in Truffle along the bottom and sides.

I then blended again with a bit of water.

I misted water in a couple spots to get extra drips.

I added a bit more water to the background then added more Honey MMI to the background above the vines using a stylus blender loaded up with Inx.

I blended with my finders and misted with a tiny bit more water to get the Inx to drip into the vines.

I used some Gloss Heavy Gel to decoupage the butterflies onto the background. I had printed the butterflies onto Crafty Chronicle pages a long time ago and finally had a use for them. I "think" I got the images as a free download on Pinterest.

I used a small paintbrush to apply some Truffly MMI around the edges of the butterflies to make them stand out from the background.

I blended the Inx into the background using water on the same brush.

I used my Sparrow CHOX to stamp the quote because I needed the ink to dry faster. I would have used the original Inx if I was going to emboss the quote.

And this is the finished page.



Product used:
Mix'd Media Inx (MMI) - Jasmine, Honey, Patina, Truffle
Mix'd Media Inx CHOX - Sparrow
Smooch Spritz - Ice Rink, Sea Breeze, River Mossy, Evergreen
White Gesso
Gloss Heavy Gel
Distrezz-it-All (page edges pre-made)

Thanks for stopping by! Smooches ~D~

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Cogs Mini Album by ~ Elena Olinevich

Hello Dear Friends. Today I have a Mini album to share with you.


I used a Cogs Mini Album to create it.

I covered the cover with gesso and some bits from Mix'd Media Stax2.
After - I misted it with Smooch Inks
For other pages I used the papers by Green Cat Story.

 To embellish my first page I used Cogs Rhinestones.
and I inked all the pages with Mix'd Media Inx


For my second page I used Spellbinders Dies Pockets

Also I added the chipboard cogs.

I spritzed Smooch ink and made some drops with it too.

The leaves and the flower are made using Spellbinders Dies - Rose Craetions

 and here is how it looks on the page:

More cogs and a Swirl, that I colored and then added Clearsnap Twinkle Dust Glitter.

Next pages:
I added more chipboard swirls and embellished it with the leaves and flowers made with Spellbinders Dies:




More pockets and the swirls are from the same Spellbindes Dies Set:

I also applied the texture paste using the small stencil hearts and then colored it with a brush with  Smooch Spritz in Evergreen and Caramel Latte
I added Pocket Negatives as well.




It was a great pleasure to combine some mixed media techniques on the background and to save the beauty of the papers.

Donna Salazar Designs Products used:
Spellbinders Dies: Rose Creations, Pockets and Swirls
Clearsnap Mixed media Inx - Stormy, Truffle, Sage, Petals
Clearsnap Smooch Spritz - River Mossy, Caramel Latte, Pralines & Cream, Tea Party
Clearsnap Twinkle Dust Glitter

Thank you for stopping by today