Tuesday, July 31, 2012

You Me Us - Donna Salazar July Challenge

July has come to an end. I hope you had a wonderful month and have lots of wonderful memory making days in August!!

As you know, I enjoy using non-scrapbook items on my layouts, so I was so excited to see the Donna Salazar July Challenge to create a project using an item not make for scrapbooking. Mistra's fabulous sketch was optional, but it was such a fabulous sketch, that I had to use it and of course lots and lots of Donna's amazing products.

I used more of our daughter, Elizabeth, and Andrew's engagement photos. These shots were taken in our backyard.

Here's Mistra's lovely sketch:


I used Donna's Spellbinder Rose Creations Die to created the two smaller flowers and her Grand Peony Die for the larger. The center of the flower is a flea market find - a piece of an earring. Behind the flowers is a cloud of denim threads from an old pair of jeans. The edges of the flowers were brushed with a bit of acrylic paint. The white bits of lace flowers above the larger paper flower were cut from a piece of gorgeous bridal lace.

You can see a bit of the flexible texture paste stencil below the flowers. I tinted the paste with a combination of Smooch Spritz and Distress Ink to coordinate with the Botanique paper. I spread it over two different Martha Stewart stencils - the flourishes on the left and the scalloped, flourished circle in the upper right corner. After removing the stencils while the paste was still wet, I used a paint brush to add additional texture.

Another of my hand-crafted flowers surrounded by another piece of fussy cut bridal lace. The flower petals were cut from a pink sheet of Donna's Botanique collection. I spritzed it with her Sea Breeze Smooch Spritz and then with water to get this lovely shade of purple.

The crystal links and chain on the bottom photo is a fragment from a necklace that I used on another page.

I worked on this LO while we were on our anniversary trip. I was trying to figure out how I wanted to treat this gorgeous piece of Want 2 Scrap chipboard when Gary unwrapped a new golf shirt, tossing the tissue paper into the trash. Yes, you guessed it. I grabbed the tissue paper and used it on this chipboard piece, then misted with two shades of Donna's gorgeous Smooch Spritz - Mixed Berries and Smooch Spritz.

I hand stitched a straight stitch around the page and one mat layer while using a hand drawn swirled border around the other mat.

The drippy spot behing this Chipboard was created with Donna's Smooch Spritz.

This sweet butterfly was created with Donna's Zutter Corrugated Board. I painted the edges with acrylic paint, inked with some Distress Ink and added the antennae created with brown wrapped floral wire. I won this gorgeous Zva swirl in the Zva Creations blog hop last month and the color and size were perfect for my butterfly trail.

There are two layers of stamping. I used Donna's Vine stamp with Archival ink first. Then over this, I used some bubble wrap with small bubbles to stamp a background with distress ink and heat embossed holographic embossing powder on the stamped dots. Additionally at the botton of the page, I used Donna's Crackle stamp below the chicken wire. The wire was a gift from my friends Barb and Mandy. It had actually been used and was being stored in the barn, so there is a bit of natural patina here. LOL

No particular technique here, but I thought I'd share a close-up for you to see the sweet Scripture on these jewelry charms by Darice.

I used the Distrezz-It-All on my paper edges and photos.

The blue "lace" pieces tucked into my distressed openings are actually denim from old jeans that I cut with a Spellbinder die.

Products Used:

Donna Salazar Products:
Botanique paper collection
Zutter Distrezz-It-All
Zutter Corrugated Board
Spellbinder Rose Creations Dies
Spellbinder Grand Peony Dies
Art Gone Wild Crackle Stamp
Art Gone Wild Vine Stamp
Smooch Spritz - Mixed Berries
Smooch Spritz - Sea Breeze

Non Scrapbooking Items:
Denim from old pair of Jeans
Tissue paper rescued from the trash
Chicken Wire
Vintage Earring piece
DMC Embroidery Floss #931
Crystal Necklace Fragment
Martha Stewart Crafts Stencils from the Flourish Collection
Liquitex Flexible Modeling Paste
DecoArt Crafters Acrylic Paint - Antique White
Michaels Wine Charm (hanging from Prima flower)
Bubble Wrap
Darice Signed Sealed, Remembered Altered Art Jewelry Charms
Darice Covered Floral Wire
Darice Jewelry Spacers (bottom right corner)

Other Embellishments:
Heidi Grace Epoxy Stickers - Sentiments 2
Darice Rhinestones
Want 2 Scrap Chipboard Shape Style A
Want 2 Scrap Fancy Tags 2
Prima Flowers Whisper Collection Moulin # 548667
K & Company Brenda Walton Adhesive Rhinestones
Zva Creations Pearl/Crystal Flourish # CRW-04CB-120

Other Technique Products:
Spellbinders Iron Work Accents Dies
Tim Holtz Alterations Movers and Shapers Mini Butterflies Die and Base Tray
Distress Ink
Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder
Ranger Archival Ink

Helmar Professional Acid Free Glue
Helmar Zap Dots 3D 1/4" Square
Scotch ATG and Quick Dry Acid Free Adhesive
Hercules Tape

Big Shot
Ranger Craft Mat
Darice Heat Tool
Tonic Studios Piercing Tool
Bazzil In Stitch'z Mat
Fiskars Craft Mat and Craft Knife
Martha Stewart Ruler

I have also entered this at:
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #38 - Use an encouraging sentiment **

Thanks for stopping by! I Treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. Oh wow! This is gorgeous! Love your attention to details and the amazing textures...while keeping the photos the focal point. Awesome Tracey! :)

  2. This is GORGEOUS! I love love love the colors, the photos, and love love loveeeeeeeeee those flowers and the bling!!!!

  3. This is another wonderful layout, Tracey. I love so many elements here, but I think my most favorite is the chicken wire. This is just amazing.
    Thanks for sharing this with us in this week's challenge at Word Art Wednesday. What a blessing you are to us!
    Karen L

  4. Tracey, once again you wowed me!!! This is sooooo beautiful! I love your mix of scrapbooking and non scrapbooking products. I would have never thought to die cut an old pair of jeans to make lace...guess I'll be pulling a pair from our give away pile.

  5. Oh how beautiful, I love the charms, what a special verse to put on this lovely layout.. and all your details.. fabulous.. Love your flowers too. they are marvellous!!

  6. Beautiful LO Tracey! The flowers are awesome and I love the stenciled paste and those charms.

  7. Many perfect elements. Great textures. Love the charms!

  8. Wow your layout is absolutely stunning you did a great great job on it - love it tfs!!!

  9. Those purple flowers are delicious!! This is so very gorgeous, Tracey, love it!

  10. Tracey, this is a GORGEOUS WORK OF ART. Wow, the denim fragments are made beautiful here...tissue on chipboard...homemade flower. You've inspired me to look at remnants as potential elegance! BEAUTIFUL!

  11. This is absolutely gorgeous! Tucking it away in my stash of favorites. ;-)

  12. Wow, Tracey! You always amaze me with your stunning details. The chicken wire & stitching are so beautiful here...and I LOVE the stitchy-looking leafy vines...sooo pretty!!

  13. this is just so so amazing, love every inch of it...your flowers are gorgeous and the yummy layers...wow wow wow

  14. WOW!! Another stunning layout!! Your work is always so amazing! So much detail, I keep looking at it and finding something new!! GORGEOUS!!! The flowers are just beautiful. Great challenge for you to use non scrapbooking items. Good luck!!


  15. Amazingly done! Every little detail is gorgeous! WOW!

  16. This is a beautiful page, Tracey!! You did an amazing job with the different textures on your layout and I love the pretty flowers and the chicken wire you used!

  17. So pretty Tracey! Love the beautiful blossoms and fancy butterfly! Thanks for inspiring!

  18. I am always amazed by the detail on your pages Tracey Another wonderful LO!
    Alison xx

  19. Wow! What a lovely scrapbook page! I've enjoyed looking at all the beautiful details (I LOVE details!) As simple as it sounds, I think my favorite element is the butterfly!
    So very, very pretty!
    BTW - Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog!

  20. wow beautiful layout! all the details are amazing!! love the charms they are stunning!

  21. Tracey! This layout is absolutely amazing! I am loving the photos so much! You created such wonderful memories for them here on your beautiful page!

  22. Tracey, hi!! You did a gorgeous job on this layout, as always!! You are so talented and I'm excited to say I'm following YOUR blog now!! That is so awesome, too, that you know the Lord! I swear, all of this is His doing. :) Have a blessed day, lady, and thanks for the sweetest comments on my blog!

  23. stunning page and love all the pretty details throughout it!!! also your always are great with technique work!! thanks soo much for your wonderful comments when you come by to visit my blog!!

  24. Wow what a totally stunning page Tracey - great job!!

  25. Your scrapbook pages are lays awe inspiring. Blessings!

  26. Wow your page is amazing!! You are so talented :) I'm curious, how do you store pages like this with the flowers? I made some pages awhile ago with flowers like those but they ended up getting squished while sitting in my album.


  27. Wow, this layout is simply gorgeous! So romantic and elegant. I'm in love with the amazing flowers that you made. I wish I could make them like that.

  28. Oh, my gracious, girl! You sure know how to deliver on texture and detail! I just adore all that hand stitching, and your color palette is divine!

  29. Love how this turned out.

    Thanks so much for sharing your art with us on WAW.


  30. wow this is so delish and glorious .. love it so much xox
    thanks so much for leaving me some love on my blog about my page on Mark .. means a great deal to me .. big hugz x

  31. Wow! Your page is gorgeous, Tracey!! Love your flowers! Amazing work!

  32. Waaaay beautiful ...........Lis

  33. So glad u took the time to comment at my blog so I could fid your amazing blog. I'm now an eager follower. I think this evening I'm going to wrk on following one of your tutorials. Tans for the inspiration

  34. Hi Tracey, I am always amazed at your attention to detail....just fabulous! Such a Beautiful layout!

  35. Beautiful pictures, Tracey and you scrapped them to perfection.

  36. Fantastic! Lovely playful LO.
    Love n hugs

  37. Great tutorial Tracey, so many great little ideas. You did an amazing job on those flowers too. Thanks for sharing. Cheers Di xo

  38. Another Beautiful page!! I Love how you had the flash of genius with the tissue paper on the chipboard! All the other layers and embellies are fabulous!!


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