Thursday, March 31, 2016

Donna Salazar Designs NEW Site & Blog!!!

Hello my peeps! I've got EXCITING news!!! This is the very last blog post that will be posted here because I have a newly redesigned website that has my new Donna Salazar Designs blog right on it!!! 
Everything Girlie Grunge and Donna Salazar Designs will now be in one place!

You can see all of the Donna Salazar Designs licensed products and catch links to them (if available):
I'll be hosting my Donna Salazar Designs e-Classes from the new site too. 
Moving the e-Classes over made me realize how old some of them were so a lot of them are moving over to the FREE e-Class section (there are currently 5 there now) and the rest are getting re-vamped, updated, completely re-done or they are just going to e-Class heaven. I've also got a lot of new e-Classes in progress and am SUPER excited about my new "Joy of Upcycling Denim" 9 project bundle!!!
 If you have purchased any of the e-Classes on the Donna Salazar Designs Ning site download what you need now because the site will be closing down on April 15th. If you miss the window, don't worry... just e-mail me and I'll see what I can do about getting you what you need.
Another exciting feature is the Donna Salazar Designs Gallery. There are photos of some of our best and/or favorite projects in the gallery AND when you click on the photo you will be magically transported to the blog post (old blog or new blog) where the project was originally posted. So all the content that is on the site will remain.

Getting the site ready and up and running has been a total labor of love by my good friend Natasha Naranjo-Aguirre (everyone give her a shout out!). I've been focusing mostly on the blog and e-Classes and she has done almost everything else... including designing all the new logos... which I absolutely LOVE!!!

There is so much more to come... I'm quite excited and I hope you are too!!!

Thanks for stopping by (for the last time here)
Smooches ~D~

Monday, March 28, 2016

Shabby Chic Card with Video Tutorial by Elena Olinevich

Hello friends,
I've a got a new card to share with you.

I used some new products from the new release.
I wanted to create something cold and soft at the same time,
so that is the reason for the color choice.

Here is a start to finish tutorial I made for you.

Product used:
Donna Salazar Designs® with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® product used:


Partner Products

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Girlie Grunge Easter Eggs by Donna Salazar

Happy Easter everyone!!! Whether you celebrate today by going to church or doing an egg hunt... or maybe by doing both, I hope that you have a blessed day and that you are surrounded by the people you love the most!!! 

I've got some Girlie Grunge Easter eggs to share with you today. I purchased some craft eggs from Michael's so that I can keep these to decorate next year too. All the eggs were made with my new Girlie Grunge Art Medium and my Pigment Powders from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® but I also used some of my Mix'd Media Inx from Colorbox® on a few as well.

I decoupaged a couple of the eggs then added the Pigment Powder over the damp Art Medium. When you burnish the Pigment Powder over the damp Art Medium it really makes it shine. I've talked a bit about it in the video of my DIY Doily Bowls. On one of the decoupaged eggs I added the Pigment Powder into some Art Medium watered down by half with a bit of blue Pigment Powder in the mix then used that to decoupage the egg. 

I normally don't decorate my kitchen table for anything other than Thanksgiving/Fall and Christmas/Winter but I decided to do an Easter/Spring theme this year as well. I think I'm going to keep doing this theme and will add in a cross and more Eastery stuff next year. 

Product used:
Pigment Powder - Gold, Blue, Pink

Mix'd Media Inx - Wisteria, Petals, Chiffon, Berries, Patina, Indigo

And PLEASE go to my blog post with info about my application to be the next #homeandfamilyDIYstar if you haven't seen it yet!!! I could REALLY use your help in getting my DREAM JOB!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!! Smooches ~D~

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Denim Pocket Pillow by Donna Salazar

Hello my peeps! Today I'm sharing a SEWING project! I know, right? Who knew that I could sew. I was inspired to do this project by the Soft Touch pillow insert from Fairfield. I felt that maybe I needed yet another denim pillow because I never seem to have enough denim in my life... LOL! 

The pillow insert is 14x14 so I cut two 16x16 pieces of denim. I started by sewing the denim piping along the edge of one side then sewed the Levis® pocket to the center... but offset just a touch because I knew I'd be adding the flower. I pinned the 2 pieces of 16x16 denim together, wrong side out, and sewed around the edge with the foot right on the piping to give it a nice clean edge. I left a hole on the last side that was half the width of the pillow, turned the case inside out, added the pillow insert and sewed the cover shut, again with the foot right on the piping.

I then made the flower pin and bow pin that could be removed (to make washing the pillow easier) and have the step by step instructions for you.

I started by die cutting a whole bunch of roses and leaves from denim and Oly*Fun Rose Gold material using my new Jumbo Rose steel rule die from Spellbinders®. These roses are the next couple sizes up from one of my first dies (and still a very popular die) with Spellbinders® called Rose Creations.  I painted the backs of all of the flowers and leaves with my Girlie Grunge Art Medium from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® to stiffen the materials enough to form them.

After the medium was dry I put the Oly*Fun die cuts in my Medallion Em-Bossing folder and ran them through the Platinum machine.

I had some canvas flowers that were perfect for the flower center that I had cut from my Canvas Ribbons from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® using my Rose Creations dies. I painted them with Girlie Grunge Art Medium to stiffen them and keep the edges from fraying. I also cut 3 pieces of my Girlie Grunge Twine to use to string all the die cuts together. This was made easier when I dipped the ends of the Girlie Grunge Twine into my Girlie Grunge Art Medium then twisted them together. 

When it dried (after about a minute) the end was stiff like a shoe lace which made it supper easy to thread it through the shank of a vintage button.

I then dipped the ends of both sides of the Girlie Grunge Twine into the Girlie Grunge Art Medium again and twisted to thread through all the flower die cuts.

I started with the canvas flowers...

Then I threaded the smaller denim and Oly*Fun roses with the petals offset then the larger roses.

I trimmed the Girlie Grunge Twine and spread the ends out. I used a Dodz™XL to adhere the ends in place. I used another Dodz™XL on top of 3 leaves that I adhered to the bottom of the rose.

I die cut the larger rose from my Jumbo Rose die with a piece of stiffen2 interlining from Fairfield. I then sewed a pin to the back of it.

I lined up the stiffen2 interlining die cut on the back of the flower and used a heat gun in between the flower and the interlining pressing each petal to the flower as I went to fuse them together. 

I tied a bow with my organza ribbon from my Texture Ribbons pack from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® and sewed a pin to the back.

I used a heat gun to make the bow look more girlie grunge.

I added both pins to the pillow and called it done!!! 

Here is a close up of the denim piping on the side of the pillow.

The whole project only took me about 2 hours total!!! Easy peasy!!!

Product used:
Donna Salazar Designs® with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®


Soft Touch pillow insert
Oly*Fun Craft Sheet Rose Gold
stiffen2 Interlining

Thanks for stopping by!!! Smooches ~D~

Friday, March 25, 2016

Help Donna To Be The Next DIY Star!

I Need Your Help

Hello my peeps! I have taken a HUGE leap and have applied to the Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family" show's competition for the next DIY star. I need help with votes because I applied a little late. If you could please vote for my application and share my link on your various social media channels I would be SO grateful!!!

To vote, the site requires you to set up an account so you can only vote one time per applicant. To set up an account you can click on the link below to go to the website. It is pretty easy to set up an account if you set it up first before you click on any of the videos. After you create your account search for Donna Salazar then click on the "Like My Application" button. If you leave a nice comment under my video that is helpful too! And last but not least PLEASE "Share" my application with your friends and family.

1 - Create Account - Dream Jobs Home & Family 
2 - Like My Application - Donna Salazar's Application
3 - Comment & Share 

Thanks for stopping by!!! Smooches ~D~