Thursday, August 22, 2013

Timeless Love ~ for Donna Salazar Designs

Here's my latest page for Donna Salazar Designs. Weddings are a special day for a bride. For this layout, I combined soft blues and pinks from all three of Donna's latest GCD Studios collections: Natural Beauty, Family Jeans, and Fun & Funky to showcase this dreamy photo of our daughter, Elizabeth, on her special day. 

"Timeless Love"

Tips and Techniques:
This focal flower features Donna's Spellbinders Grand Peony and Bitty Blossoms Dies. All the details can be found below in my Shabby Layered Blossoms Tutorial. 

I finished out my flower cluster with a variety of Bitty Blossoms. I also tucked in several crystal flourishes from Donna's Want2Scrap Build Your Own Bling. The chicken wire and heart buttons are from my stash.

The Bitty Blossoms from another angle.

I used Donna's Art Gone Wild Heart Applique stamp with Chiffon Mix'd Media Inx and Clearsnap Clear embossing powder to create these hearts that I fussy cut for my banner. I tucked in lace pieces adorned with Want2Scrap Teardrop Pearls

The large doilies are cut from Family Jeans - Heirloom and Natural Beauty - Blue Fence then the edges inked with Mix'd Media Inx and adorned with Want2Scrap Pearls. I stenciled here with Donna's Want2Scrap Heart Stencil and above the photo with her Leaves Stencil using molding paste then spritzed with Donna's River Mossy Smooch Spritz by Clearsnap. 

This double loop bow is tied with Iridescent Champagne Organza from Really Reasonable Ribbon topped with a Bitty Blossom flower. The ribbon is also looped through the design of the smaller doily. 

I embellished the denim back side of this Fun and Funky Yellow Polkas paper with Donna's gorgeous Art Gone Wild Brass Corner and Bubble Wrap Stamps. I combined Mix'd Media Inx and Mix'd Media Inx Embossing powders to achieve these shabby corners. And of course I used my favorite scrappy tool, Donna's Zutter Distrezz-It-All to distress the edges. 

I painted this Want2Scrap Fancy Chipboard Word with white gesso and inked with Bluejay Mix'd Media CHOX Inx. When dry I heat embossed with clear embossing powder by Clearsnap. 

Notice the grid design on the background. Before adhering my flowers and photo, I randomly placed pieces of drywall mesh tape and spritzed the page with River Mossy Smooch Spritz. When dry, I removed the tape leaving these great grid marks. The smooch added a ton of sparkle along with the subtle color. 

Now I'd like to share the details on how I created my layered focal flower. 

Shabby Layered Rose Tutorial

Supply List:
Spellbinders ~ Grand Calibur (not pictured)
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Grand Peony
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Bitty Blossoms
Spellbinders ~ M-Bossibilities
GCD Studios ~ Donna Salazar - Natural Beauty papers of choice
Ivory Crushed Voile Fabric
Tea light or other small candle
Bowl of water (not pictured)

Step 1. Die cut the following papers and fabric:
3 Grand Peony #6 from paper for outer petals (numbered from smallest to largest dies)
3 Grand Peony #4 from ivory crushed voile
1 Large Bitty Blossoms from paper for flower center

Step 2. Emboss the three outer Petals.

Step 3. Roll and shape Bitty Blossoms flower for center.

Step 4. Curl edges of crushed voile petals by pulling each petal close to, but not in the flame of your candle. Be sure to have a bowl of water next to you just in case your petal gets into the flame and needs extinguished. 

***Hint*** Start with a short candle wick. You don't want your flame to be too large. 

I have found that I can cut up to 5 layers of crushed voile at a time with the following sandwich ~ listed from the bottom to the top: cutting plate, cardstock, fabric layers, die - face down towards fabric, and on top another cutting plate. You may need to run this through your die cut machine several times for a complete cut.

Step 5. Shape outer embossed petals by curling each petal over a round pencil and pushing the petal upwards.

Step 6. Curl each petal side down over a round pencil to create a natural petal shape.

Step 7.  Assemble the three outer petal layers by placing a drop of quick drying glue in the center of each set of petals and glue together, off-setting the petals as shown.

Step 8. Assemble the three fabric petal layers, off-setting as you glue them together as in the previous step.

Step 9. Glue fabric layer on top of embossed layer.

Step 9. Glue the Bitty Blossoms flower to the center of your flower.

*** Hint*** If you would like a flatter flower you could use a large decorative crystal brad or button in place of the Bitty Blossom flower.

Side view of finished flower:

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my layout and tutorial!! 

~ Blessings ~

Supply List
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs ~ Family Jeans - Heirloom
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs ~ Family Jeans - Denim Stripe
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs ~ Family Jeans - Family Dots
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs ~ Family Jeans - Denim Stripe
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs ~ Fun & Funky - Yellow Polkas
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs ~ Natural Beauty - Twiggy
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs ~ Natural Beauty - Blue Fence
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs ~ Natural Beauty - 6" x 6" Pad
Want2Scrap ~ Fancy Chipboard Word - Love
Art Gone Wild: Donna Salazar Designs ~ Brass Corner, Heart Applique, Bubble Wrap
Clearsnap: Donna Salazar Designs ~ Mix'd Media Inx - Jasmine, Chiffon, Denim
Clearsnap: Donna Salazar Designs ~ Mix'd Media Inx CHOX - Bluejay
Clearsnap: Donna Salazar Designs ~ Mix'd Media Inx Embossing Powder - Jasmine, Denim
Clearsnap: Donna Salazar Designs ~ Smooch Spritz - River Mossy
Clearsnap: Top Boss Embossing Powder - Clear
Want2Scrap: Donna Salazar Designs ~ Heart
Want2Scrap: Donna Salazar Designs ~ Leaves
Spellbinders: Donna Salazar Designs ~ Grand Peony
Spellbinders: Donna Salazar Designs ~ Bitty Blossoms
Spellbinders: Pendants In Spades
Spellbinders: Heartfelt Creations ~ Blossom Corner
Spellbinders: M-Bossabilities - Flora
Martha Stewart Circle Edge Punch with Flower Arches, Modern Lace
Want2Scrap: Donna Salazar Designs - Build Your Own Bling
Want2Scrap: White Pearls, Teardrop White Pearls
CTMH: Timeless Charms
Really Reasonable Ribbon: May Arts Iridescent Sheer Ribbon - Champagne
Stash: Lace, Heart Buttons, Cherub Charm, Chicken Wire
Mixed Media:
Liquitex: White Gesso
Golden: Light Molding Paste
Helmar: 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Beacon: 3 in 1 Advanced Craft Glue
Art Glitter: Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Tombow: 3D Foam Tabs
Zutter: Donna Salazar Designs ~ Distrezz-It-All
EK Success: Honey Bee Scissors
EK Success: Tweezers
Darice: Heat Tool

I have entered this at:
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #94 - Anything Goes

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Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. You really do make the most gorgeous flowers my friend. Thank you for showing us in detail how it should be done. Your layout is stunning.

    1. Thank you, Lynette. So glad you enjoyed my tutorial. ~ Blessings

  2. Love those gorgeous flowers! Truly stunning! And I love the blues in this layout!

  3. Beautiful layout and definitely going to try that gorgeous flower!

    1. Thanks, Tracey. I can't wait to see your take on this flower. Let me know when you post one!! ~ Blessings

  4. Wow, Tracey, this is just stunning!! What a gorgeous layout!! The flowers look amazing!! And the picture is just beautiful!! Exquisite as always!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

    1. Thanks, Lisa!! One of my fave photos from Elizabeth's wedding. ~ Blessings

  5. ok WOW!!!! your flower work is amazing!!! gorgeous LO!!!

  6. A bouquet of flowers leading into a heart banner....can't get better than that - well, apart from your fab flower tutorial!!!! Stunning:):):)

  7. An incredible layout Tracey. Beautiful photo and gorgeous colour ... and I also love that amazing flower. God Bless. ox

  8. Tracey, your flowers are just amazing. I got some great hints from the tute even though I don't own any die cut machines. I do have several flower punches. Wonderful, expert fashioning of the beautiful card.

    1. Thanks Faye, You could make something similar with punches and hand cutting the voile petals. Let me know what you come up with!! ~ Blessings

  9. Stunning page, Tracey! Such great detail. And oh my! What a fab focal flower!

  10. This is beautiful Tracey!! Love the colors and the way you make those bloom, I have a roll-flower die too but can never make them as neat as yours!

    1. Thanks Kirsty! One of these days, I'll have to put up a tutorial on how I create my Bitty Blossoms flowers. ~ Blessings

  11. Love the perspective for this photo Tracey! And the heart banner with the flowers, is so pretty!

    1. Thank you, Ashley. I think it is the perspective that makes this one of my fave wedding photos of Elizabeth. ~ Blessings

  12. Amazing work!! Love the flowers! Actually, I love the entire layout.
    I would love to create something so amazing!

    Happy Crafting

  13. beautiful LO and photo!! and of course an amazing flower tutorial!! you are so good at those!!

  14. this colour palette! Thankyou for sharing the flower tutorial, wonderful!

  15. Wow do I love this gorgeous LO! The beautiful flowers, layers and so many girly embellies look stunning with the beautiful photo of your daughter :)

  16. GORGEOUS layout, Tracey! Thank you so much for the flower lesson! :o)

  17. Absolutely stunning and very fitting for such a special photo! Love your flowers and appreciate the tutorial!

  18. What a beautifully pretty page Tracey & those roses with the different textures & fabric are really pretty!!

  19. You create those flowers to perfection .... they are amazing and look exquisite on your layout.


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