Thursday, October 30, 2014

His Kingdom Come

Hey my peeps! I don't know if you've heard of this new art community called His Kingdom Come and if not there is going to be a "Blog Hop" this weekend to introduce the Development Team and get everyone familiar with what this new community is all about. 

I'd been praying for a way to step 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! I'll be working with the mixed media folks (surprise, surprise... LOL) helping to moderate the mixed media forum, doing some faith journaling and offering online classes. 


In honor of this new adventure I'm offering my Faith Mixed Media Canvas for only $8 instead of $12 because 8 is the number for new beginnings in the bible!


You can find more info on this e-Class HERE.

The big launch for "His Kingdom Come" is THIS Saturday, Nov 1st. 

During the "Blog Hop" the Development Team will be giving out some wonderful prizes. You will need to complete the Hop to be able to put your name into the drawing. 
So when you wake up on Saturday you can start the hop with 
Diane Marra from Adore Him Creations.


Thanks for stopping by! Smooches ~D~

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Donna's Art Journal ~ "Choose Love"

Hello my peeps! I was able to crank out another art journal page while my grand son was taking a nap the other day! I was happily surprised at how quickly this came together. I LOOOOVE the texture... and it didn't take many steps to get all this texture either! Here are some quick step outs for you to see my process. Enjoy!!!

The quote says "Love is not a feeling it's a choice... choose love today."

And here are a few step out photos:
I started with a gessoed background then put a pretty thick layer of Flexible Modeling Paste over the majority of the page.

I wet a crocheted doily that I use for texture (that is why it's all colorful) and pressed it into the paste while the paste was wet.

I moved the doily down to the corner where the first press didn't reach and squished it down there too. You need to THOROUGHLY dry the modeling paste which will take a bit of time. It actually adds a cool look to the texture if you allow the paste to bubble up when you dry it. You don't want your carefully squished texture to get smooshed away because you got impatient and started working on it too soon. It's not like I'm speaking from experience or anything on that... LOL!

Once the background texture was dry I lightly rubbed my Honey Mix'd Media Inx over the top.

I misted the page with water to blend the Inx.

While it was still wet I spritz and flicked several colors of Smooch Spritz onto the background.

I added a bit more water so the flicks were really runny.

Then I tilted the book so it was sitting vertically and the Spritz would drip.

I added a quote from Donna Salazar (a very wise woman who has been married to her high school sweetie for 25 years so she knows what she is talking about because sometimes our men aren't acting very lovable... KWIM?) using my Mix'd Media Inx CHOX because I wanted the words to dry quickly.

I LOVE all that yummy texture!!!

I cut out a canvas heart then spritzed it with Holly Berries Smooch Spritz and decoupaged it to the page. I added some highlights with paint and a bit of Truffle MMI around the outside of the heart... just cuz I like it. ;)

You can really see the detail of the center of the doily in this photo.

Product used:
Mix'd Media Inx - Honey, Truffle
Mix'd Media Inx CHOX - Midnight
Smooch Spritz - Sea Breeze, River Mossy, Navy Twinkle, Electric Blue, Wood Stain, Holly Berries
White Gesso
Flexible Modeling Paste

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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)

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