Friday, August 29, 2014

"Create Dreams" by Mistra Hoolahan

Hi everyone, today I have a little 8x10 layout to share with you!  This one is of a favourite photo from when I was in New York... I was so very happy there, loved that city and loved one very special person I got to meet while there.

This layout is a little sneak peek for you. I've used the September Sketch-n-Color sketch as inspiration in creating this layout. Stop back by on September 1 for the sketch reveal. 


Today I have used Donna's Mix'd Media Inx, not only to stamp, but also to alter the colour of a flower, some ribbon and to make some 'ink' splotches.

It was so easy to do with the reinker, just a few drop with some water in a small mister bottle or dropper bottle and you have your own perfectly matched colour spray.  If you don't have the re-inker, then the ink pads are definitely juicy enough to blot onto a craft sheet and add some water.  The wonderfully pigmented ink creates colour that goes a long way!

Thanks for stopping by today!  See you again soon...

DSD Products used: 
Clearsnap - Mix'd Media Inx {Indigo, Stormy, Denim} | Mix'd Media Inx ReInker {Indigo} | Twinkle Dust Glitter {Sugar Shimmer} | Glue Gloss
Spellbinders Dies - Rose Creations | Wonderful Wings | Shadow Flowers
Art Gone Wild Stamps - Banner and Words | All My Love

Maja Design Patterned Papers
Paper Flowers, Gauze
Denim, Ribbon, Jewellery Findings, Tag

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Sister's Love by ~ Elena Olinevich

Hello crafty people.
I have a very heartwarming creation to share with you today.
Recently I found a photo I took when my second child was born.
and my eldest daughter wanted to hold him all the time too at that moment.

I used a neutral background from Natural Beauty collection.
I applied the texture paste using Hearts Stencil and then misted it with Clearsnap Smooch.

After that I embellished  my Layout with Rhinestone circles and some dies .
I cut the vines with Spellbinders Shadow Flowers dies:
and made some flowers using  Rose Creations Dies
and leaves:

Hope you have liked my bright Layout though I used non-usual colors for me
as Yellow and Fucsia.

Donna Salazar Designs products used
GCD Studios ~ Natural Beauty 12 x 12, Blue fence  - A
GCD Studios ~ Natural Beauty 6*6 pad
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx - Stormy
Smooch Spritz - Sea Breeze, Mixed Berries, Caramel Latte
Spellbinders - Shadow Flowers
Spellbinders - Rose Creations
Want2Scrap Stencil - Hearts and Bling
DSD Stamp - Stanza

Friday, August 22, 2014

"Love this Moment" layout by ~ Tracey Sabella

Hi everyone, it's Tracey back to share a layout with you. I used Mistra's gorgeous August colors and sketch. This is one of my favorite photos from Elizabeth and Andrew's wedding with a cloud of bubbles surrounding them. I adore how they are leaning in towards each other as they walk together for the first time as husband and wife.

"Love this Moment"

August Sketch-n-Color by Mistra Hoolahan

Tips and Techniques
I created this focal flower from white cardstock using Donna's Spellbinders Rose Creations and Carnation Creations Die sets. I used Mix'd Media Inx like water colors to tint the centers of the petals. To do this I rubbed the stamp pad onto a craft mat and spritzed on a light mist of water to dilute.

I rubbed Peridot, Patina, and Stormy Mix'd Media Inx around the page edge and then stamped lightly with Donna's Crackle stamp using more Stormy Inx.

I surrounded the focal flower with Bitty Blossoms Flowers created from patterned paper scraps and Mix'd Media Stax 2 Mulberry paper. These flowers were dabbed with Peridot and Patina Mix'd Media Inx, then brushed with gesso. A tutorial for my Bitty Bossoms Flowers can be found HERE. In keeping with the bubbles in the photo, I stenciled circles across this corner using light molding paste. I dabbed the circles with a toothbrush for added texture.

The feathers came from my sweet friend, Jesse. She collected them as her wee chicks shed them.

A close-up of my title area. More (bubble) circles. This time in crystal and acrylic. Here you can see that I used Donna's Zutter Distrezz-it-All to distress around the photo mat.

I cut this Leaky Shed Swirl Vine Corner into two pieces for either side of my cluster. I left it bare with some gesso dry brushed across. 

One final shot.

Thanks for stopping by today!! 
~ Blessings ~

Donna Salazar Products
GCD Studios ~ Natural Beauty 12 x 12" pad
GCD Studios ~ Botanique 12 x 12" pad
GCD Studios ~ Spring in Bloom 12 x 12" pad
GCD Studios ~ Mix'd Media Stax 2 - Mulberry Paper
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx - Peridot; Pewter; Stormy; Patina
Spellbinders Dies ~ Rose Creations
Spellbinders Dies ~ Carnation Creations
Spellbinders Dies ~ Bitty Blossoms
Art Gone Wild ~ Crackle Stamp
Zutter ~ Distrezz-it-All

Other Products
My Mind's Eye ~ Lost & Found Record It! Antique Alpha & Word Stickers
Pan Pastels
Leaky Shed Studio ~ Swirl Vine Corner
Prima ~ IOD Everyday Vintage Paintables
Prima ~ Engraver Brads; SIIC Circles; Glitter Hearts; Clear Pebbles; Wood Buttons - Lyric
Idea-ology ~ Industrious Stickers, Borders
Golden ~ Light Molding Paste
Liquitex ~ Gesso - clear, white
Prima 6 x 6" Stencil - Doily
TCW ~ Circle Explosion 12" Stencil
Helmar ~ Premium Craft Glue; 450 Quick Dry Adhesive; Zapdots
Darice ~ Heat Tool
Spellbinders ~ Artisan X-plorer

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Before & After "Painting Re-Do" by ~Donna

Hi my peeps! I originally created this painting back in the early 90's using an image that I got from a photography magazine. I loved the composition of the photo and thought it would make a great painting. We were young and struggling and I didn't have any canvas on hand so I painted on a thick piece of chipboard. I ended up loving the girl but I didn't like that the chipboard warped and that the background made it so you couldn't see her hair. I put her in a frame behind glass and every time I really looked at it the background always bothered me.
When we moved and we started to paint and fix things up I started to get an idea of how I could re-do this painting so that it fit more into my style now. I decoupaged a canvas with vintage book pages, Fast Finish Decoupage and white paint and let it dry completely. I cut the girl away from the background, adhered her to the canvas and then I began to add color to the background. 

I mixed Fast Finish Decoupage with Wood Stain Smooch Spritz and a tiny bit of brown paint and added it to the edges of the girls body and blended outward. I mixed Fast Finish Decoupage with Sea Breeze Smooch Spritz and blended into some of the brown areas. I added drips of the Wood Stain and Sea Breeze mixed together across the top of the canvas and sprayed Mixed Berries Smooch Spritz directly onto the canvas to make the drips blend and lengthen. 
I dried the canvas completely then spread a THICK layer of Fast Finish Decoupage over the entire canvas. I let it dry in the sun then added another layer of Fast Finish Decoupage. I repeated this a couple times to have a nice thick layer of protection over the chipboard. It did make the chipboard warp even more (which had me worried) but as the painting dried over the next 24 hours most of the warping went away and there is less warping now than when it was behind glass.

This is the finished result.

So even though my Smooch Spritz isn't "designed" for fine art, you can absolutely use it for fine art as long as you add some kind of binding medium. Any decoupage medium, gel mediums, and even Gum Arabic will work.

Product used 
Smooch Spritz - Wood Stain, Sea Breeze, Mixed Berries
Beacon Adhesives:
Fast Finish Decoupage
Basics Acrylic Paint - White & Brown

Thanks for stopping by! Smooches ~D~

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

"Smile" Wallhanging with Tutorial by ~ Mistra Hoolahan

Hi again! Today I have  cute little hanging to share with you all.  This originally started
out as a card, but I kept adding layers and somehow it became a little hanging!

I love these little 'hangings', they are fun to make and I like to challenge myself to use only the things left on my desk after finishing a layout.  Mind you, since I drag out enough stuff to complete 20 layouts while working on one, it does leave me lots of choice LOL.  I've cut out some of Donna's little clouds from her Fun and Funky Cutout Sheet, as well as one from the Family Jeans collection. 

The ribbon was originally white and was 'dyed' using Donna's Denim Mix'd Media Inx for a perfect match.  Once it's dried with a heat gun the colour doesn't run, love it!

I also stole Donna's idea of feeding paper strips through my Dymo labeller... handy since I ran out of tape!  I love the soft subtle look of it.

And I know I've done them before... but I've done another Brick Wall Tutorial for you!  This one was created on the mulberry paper from Donna's Mix'd Media Stax and the soft paper gives it a whole different look I feel.  Brick Wall on Mulberry Tutorial HERE. {PDF Download through}
Thanks for visiting today, I hope you find the tutorial useful!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

"Snow Day" Farewell Layout by ~ Helena Johansson

Hi everybody! The layout I have to share today is a winter layout, even though we are in the middle of summer here in Sweden. It's been so hot lately, the only way I could think of to cool down, was to scrap about winter!
This is my last work for Donna Salazar, it is time for me to move on. I have had an amazing time on this team and it was a dream come true when I was asked to join! Donna's products are totally awesome to work with!
Back to my layout. I have worked with different papers from GCD Studios and Donna's, all in blue shades. I cut them using a diecut paper as a template, distressed the edges and then painted the edges with white gesso. I didn't do any more background work, all the paint and mist you see was added later in the process.

Behind the photo I have used Spellbinders and Donna's Shadow Flowers dies (I cut four pieces of one of the dies, and glued them on the back of the photo, to create a frame).

I have also used Spellbinders and Donna's Wonderful Wings dies to make the beautiful butterflies. I have sprinkled some Twinkle dust glitter, Sugar Shimmer, on these beauties.

The alpha is from GCD Studios and Donna's Family Jeans collection.

After adding flowers, vines and the butterflies, I painted everything lightly with some white gesso. I then dripped some Smoochspritz, color Evergreen, here and there. The purple flower was added last, so no paint or mist on that one.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the sweet comments you have given me here and on Donna's facebook page.



Donna Salazar products used:

GCD Studios: Donna Salazar - Natural Beauty collection, Wall vines B
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar - Family Cards B
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar - Family Notebook A

Ink and glitter:
Smoochspritz - Evergreen
Donna Salazar - Twinkle dust glitter, Sugar Shimmer

Spellbinders Shadow Flowers
Spellbinders Wonderful wings

GCD Studios: Donna Salazar - Family Jeans collection, chipboard Alpha

Other products used: 
Chipboard and mini roses from Dusty Attic
Flowers from Petaloo

Sunday, August 10, 2014

"The Journey" Masculine Mixed Media Card by ~ Tracey Sabella

It's Tracey here to share another project with you. I'm on a roll with masculine cards. Our son's birthday is later this month, so I've created a card for his special day. He asked in jest, a while back if I was able to create a layout without flowers on it. I have met that challenge and thought I'd follow through and create a totally grungy guy card for him (no flowers at all). While Donna's products are totally "Girlie Grunge", they also create gorgeous grungy guy things!!

"The Journey"

Tips and Techniques
I've cut and embossed black cardstock using Donna's Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets Dies, then rubbed several colors of metallic paint over them to look like aged patina. Metal gears can get pricey, but these are quick and easy, and you can create bunches of them from a single sheet of paper.

The sentiment is stamped with Donna's Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx. I fussy cut around the sentiment and layered it over a torn strip of Donna's Zutter Corrugated board that I colored with Mix'd Media Inx and white gesso.

Here you can see the layers and dimension.

I've used some of Donna's older paper from the Antiquities collection. I just adore this steampunk winged image. I spread Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint over the wings and allowed to dry. Then I went back and used a paint brush to apply Donna's Clearsnap Smooch Spritz in Wood Stain to highlight the crackle. I finished off the image with one of my "metallic" gears.

A close-up of the sprocket section. The ruler is fussy cut from another page from the Antiquities collection and the Want2Scrap Key was painted, then heated with my heat tool while wet until it bubbled to get this great texture.

More stamping with Mix'd Media Inx. To color the hot air balloon image, I dabbed a paint brush into the Mix'd Media Inx pad then brushed the ink across the image. I've also rubbed Mix'd Media Inx around the edge of the paper.

I hope you'll grab your Donna Salazar grungy goodies to create a project of your own!!

~ Blessings ~

Donna Salazar Products
GCD Studio ~ Antiquities Collection 12x12" pad
Zutter ~ Corrugated Board
Clearsnap ~ Smooch Spritz ~ Wood Stain
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx - Truffle; Schoolhouse; Adobe; Leather; Black; Peridot; Patina
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx CHOX - Butternut
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx Embossing Powder - Leather
Spellbinders ~ Sprightly Sprockets

Other Products
Want2Scrap ~ Antique Keys w/Hardware - Chipboard, Card Size
Lumiere Paint ~ Pearlescent Blue; Metallic Bronze; Halo Blue Gold
Liquitex ~ Gesso - Clear; White
Ranger ~ Distress Crackle Paint - Clear Rock Candy
Stampers Anonymous ~ Lost and Found
Stampabilities ~ May Your Birthday Be Filled . . . 
Hampton Art ~ Danelle Johnson - Hot Air Balloons
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Darice ~ Heat Tool
Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer