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

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bitty Blossom Tutorial by ~Donna

Hey my peeps! I had someone ask me for a flower tutorial when I posted a pic on Instagram of some flowers I had made while Hunter was taking a nap. It has been a while since I posted a flower tutorial so I thought I'd go ahead and do a new one. This is just basic stuff but if you have never seen me in "flower making action" before then it is probably just what you wanted to see! 

Below is a pic of some flowers like the ones I make in the
video that you can watch HERE.

Product used:
Bitty Blossoms, Rose Creations, Grand Peony Creations

TONIGHT we are having the PJ Party for True Scrap 6!!! I can't wait for it to get started... it is gonna be a BLAST! By the way... it isn't too late for you to sign up! This is gonna be an amazing event with 8 awesome instructors and LOADS of awesome stuff for you to learn. I hope you can join us!!!

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial & Thanks for stopping by!
Smooches ~D~
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

"Transform" Mixed Media Painting by ~Donna

Hello my peeps! I love mixed media... I mean, REALLY love it! I love how you get some crazy textures just by applying different mediums in different orders, adding water, adding heat, dry brushing, layering, etc... Texture just makes me happy.

I created this painting over multiple different sessions. The original background took a few hours, then the textures were added with LOTS of different mediums and that took another couple hours. Then I decided that the painting was too dark and had to do a white wash on the whole thing to tone it down which took another hour or so and the final little details took me another hour or so. There was LOTS of love that went into this canvas. I don't have a tutorial for you today... because this canvas is really big (6 feet across) and the step by step photos were too difficult, but I do have lots of close ups and can tell you the product that I used.

This is a handmade canvas that my dad helped me make back when I was in college. This is the 3rd time that I've painted over it because it is such an awesome canvas but my style has been refined over the last 20+ years and if I feel that one of my paintings can be improved... I just add on or paint over it.

I began by painting over the entire background (in small sections) with a thick layer of Liquitex Titanium White paint. I spritzed Smooch Spritz in several colors over the wet paint and then sprayed water over it to make the color and paint blend. I worked in small sections so that I could also use a heat gun to get the background to crackle where the different mediums were blending together. If you try this drippy technique you may want to sit your canvas in a large tray to catch the water and paint.

I wanted to mention that Smooch Spritz isn't permanent unless you add something to act as a fixative. When it mixes with paint and water it will become permanent but I always like to add matte medium or a decoupage medium over the painted canvas periodically. This also helps me to get the crazy layering that my paintings usually have as well.

 In the photo below you can see how the Smooch Spritz and water, dripped into the thick layer of white acrylic paint and made little rivulets. You can also see some of the Art Anthology Dimensional Crystal paint in Champagne that I added through a stencil to add transparent bits of sparkle and color.

 In the photo below I created the textured damask using a stencil that I cut using my Silhouette and Liquitex Natural Sand texture paste. I had to let it dry naturally then it was painted over with Art Anthology Velvet Dimensional paint in Truffle. I white washed the canvas and then added some Art Anthology Dimensional Crystal in Champagne over the top. I wanted to add a bit more color to the raised design so I ran my Mix'd Media Inx CHOX pad in Drifwood over it. I would caution that if you are going to try this at home that you make sure to dab the pad and don't rub it because the texture paste can act like sandpaper on your pad.

 You can see the stenciled brick and number texture in the background as well as the white dripped paint from when I white washed the canvas. The brick and numbers were one of the first things that were added to the canvas using Liquitex Flexible Modeling Paste.

 Below is an even better view of the stenciled texture as well as the areas where I rubbed Art Anthology Velvet Dimensional paint in Mayan Gold over the letters to highlight the edges.

 In the photo below you can see more damask shapes using textured paste and some using the Art Anthology Dimensional Crystal paint. 

 Product used:
Mix'd Media Inx CHOX - Driftwood
Smooch Spritz - Sea Breeze, River Mossy, Navy Twinkle, Wood Stain, Caramel Latte
Velvet Dimensional Paint - Truffle, Mayan Gold
Dimensional Crystal - Champagne
Basics Paint - Titanium White
Effects Medium - Natural Sand
Flexible Modeling Paste

If you haven't checked it out yet... I'm one of 8 instructors who will be teaching during The True Scrap 6 event which is happening on Oct 18th. There is a great video that will give you a quick look at who is teaching and what each class is about on the info page HERE. I hope you can join us!

Thanks for stopping by! Smooches ~D~

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Best Day Ever by ~ Tracey Sabella

It's Tracey here to share my latest Donna Salazar project with you. I just adore Mistra's October Sketch-n-Color using some of Donna's signature colors. I thought they would be perfect for a guy page. This a wedding photo of our son-in-law, Andrew, with his groomsmen. I printed the photo in sepia to tie into the honey background. 

This layout has a bit more "white space" than usual for me, but I adore the way it turned out. Below I share the details on my happy accident that created the crackled drips. In addition to Donna's Mix'd Media Inx, I've featured her Spellbinder's Sprightly Sprockets dies and Zutter Distrezz-it-All. Sketch details can be found HERE.

"The Best Day Ever"

Tips and Techniques
I cut/embossed these gears from grey cardstock using Donna's Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets dies. I rubbed them with her Clearsnap Stormy and Patina Mix'd Media Inx, then rubbed very lightly with metallic patina paint. 

Here's another view of the gears. I distressed the paper strips behind the photo and gears with Donna's Zutter Distrezz-it-All. 

I use a lot of mixed media these days, so I have been brushing all of my background paper with clear gesso. Donna does some cool misting techniques using Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage medium, and I adore the way the color moves on it. So once the gesso was dry I brushed on two coats of Fast Finish Decoupage. When it was nearly dry, I put small dabs of reinker in the three featured colors across the page just above where the top paper strip would cover them. I spritzed the color dabs with water and tapped the page lightly to achieve the drips. To my surprise, where it was the wettest, the decoupage medium raised up to form this amazing crackle texture. It was quite soft, so I was careful not to touch it (and ruin the crackle effect) until I had heat set it to dry. You could also set it aside to air dry, but I'm too impatient for that!! :-) 

I created grey molding paste by rubbing my Stormy Mixed Media Inx pad onto my craft mat several times, then I put a palette knife full of molding paste onto the colored spot on my mat and mixed the inx into the molding paste. I stenciled this fab light bulb (from fellow design team member DeeDee's Um Wow Store). After the molding paste had dried, I dry brushed metallic paint across at an angle. 

I hope you've been inspired to get inky with Donna's Mix'd Media Inx on your next project!

~ Blessings ~

Donna Salazar Products
GCD Studio  ~ Natural Beauty 12x12” pad
Clearsnap ~ Mix’d Media Inx Reinker – Stormy, Patina, Honey
Clearsnap ~ Mix’d Media Inx – Stormy, Patina
Spellbinders ~ Sprightly Sprockets Dies
Zutter Distrezz-it-All

Other Products
Grey Cardstock ~ Stash
Um Wow Studio ~ Circle Confetti
Um Wow Studio ~ Light Bulb Mask
Golden ~ Light Molding Paste
Liquitex ~ Gesso – Clear
Beacon ~ Fast Finish Decoupage
Jacquard ~ Lumiere – Halo Blue Gold
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar ~Liquid Scrap Dots
Ranger ~ Heat It

Thursday, October 9, 2014

True Scrap 6 Giveaway!!!

Hey-low my peeps! This is just a really quick blog post to let you know that I get to give away a spot to the upcoming True Scrap 6 event!!! Woot Woot!!! Here are the deets:

  • Here's what you need to do: 
    1. Visit and watch the short video at the top of the page. 
    2. Return here and leave a comment below by midnight, October 9, about which class you're most excited about (Ummmm... Mine, duh. LOL!)
    3. Check back on 10/10 to see if you won! 
  • And here's something for EVERYONE... Not sure you'll be lucky enough to win a spot? No worries... you can use coupon code “HERO” at checkout to save 20% off the regular registration rate. Just head over to and get yourself signed up! (Coupon expires 10/13).
    About True Scrap: True Scrap blends the best of on-demand, web-based learning with the excitement and energy of a live, in-person event. True Scrap events have delighted thousands of ecstatic students over the past three years. Produced by Lain Ehmann with previous instructors ranging from Heidi Swapp to Shimelle Laine, True Scrap events are sure to inspire, entertain, and educate. Find out more at
    Rules and guidelines:
    One entry per person, please. Contest closes to entries on Thursday, 10/9 at midnight Pacific. Winners will be chosen by random drawing on Friday, 10/10 and will be posted on, and spots must be claimed by Sunday, October 12. If you have already purchased a spot and subsequently win a spot, you may transfer your prize to another person or receive a credit from your original purchase towards a future True Scrap event. No cash refunds will be given. 
The winners have been announced!!! Watch the video HERE. If you've won you need to send an e-mail to by midnight Sunday, October 12th to claim your prize!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cre8time with Donna

Hello my peeps! I have been making sure to carve out some time for creating blog posts, creating new e-Classes for the Girlie Grunge site and even to Cre8time for ME! Taking time for yourself is soooo important. My Bestie has her masters in Clinical Psycology and even she forgets that she needs to make sure to do some "self care" each week. So my "Me" time this week was to do an art journal page and I used the new journal that I made for my True Scrap 6 class. It kinda ended up looking like a scrapbook page but I really like it anyway. 

I have some pics for you below as well as some step by step photos... ENJOY!!! 

I practice my techniques on bits of vintage book pages cut into circles and I keep them on hand in case I can use them on something cool. In this case, I painted the pages with white acrylic paint then adhered the circles to the wet paint. I then "blobbed" (that is my "technical term"... LOL) some decoupage medium onto the page and blended it with a brush.

You will want to make sure that anything that covers where the pages connect is pressed into the groove to make the pages easier to turn. 

I "dribbled" (again another of my "technical terms"... LOL) some of my Sea Breeze Smooch Spritz over the wet paint and decoupage medium.

I misted the page with a generous amount of water...

Then I tilted the page so it was sitting vertically on my table and the drips could run freely down the page.

Again... while the mediums were still wet I used a heat gun to dry the drips to create a crackle where the different mediums were blending. This is one of my FAVORITE things about creating mixed media pieces.

This is a close up of the Smooch Spritz crackling over the paint.

Here is another close up of the crackling Smooch Spritz.

I added a Silhouette die cut, UmWow Studio chippies, and 3L Scrapbook Adhesives kraft photo corners around my photo.

I stapled some paper flowers to the edges that were made using my Spellbinders Carnation Creation and Grand Peonies dies and Graphic 45 papers. 

I spritzed some Wood Stain Smooch Spritz into a bowl and used the cap to the large glass Spritz bottles from Clearsnap as my applicator.

I added circles randomly across the page.

I did the same with the Caramel Latte Smooch Spritz.

I dried the circles with my heat gun.

I added bits of torn paper, tags, book pages, etc... A lot of these bits were extras left over from other projects that were still sitting on my table and they had glitter, decoupage medium, Inx or CHOX already on them.

And here is the finished page in good lighting.

Here is a close up of some of the detail... UmWow chippies, Smooch Spritz circles, crackled background, 3L Scrapbook Adhesives photo corner...

Here is a close up of more of the background showing the torn papers, Spellbinder's flower, and a teeny tiny UmWow Studio heart.

This is a good close up of the crackled background, Silhouette die cut, and one of my technique practice circles.

And here is the bottom right corner showing more crackle, the Spritz circles, more torn paper bits, the Spellbinder's flower, and another UmWow Studio chippie.

Product used:
Smooch Spritz - Sea Breeze, Wood Stain, Caramel Latte
Carnation Creations, Grand Peony Creations
Kraft Photo Corners
Basics Paint - Titanium White
Tiny House Mash
Love You To The Moon & Back

I'm going to be doing a LIVE interview on Spreecast with Lain Ehmann on Thursday, October 9th at 12:00 PM Pacific to talk about our upcoming True Scrap 6 event later this month. It is a totally interactive video interview so you will get to see my dorky facial expressions and hear my unedited answers to your questions. It will be totally FUN and I hope that you can join us!!!

Thanks for stopping by! Smooches ~D~

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