Friday, October 11, 2013

"Smile" for Donna Salazar Designs

Oh these cooler fall days are so pleasant and the hints of color in the trees are becoming more robust. By next week, there should be lots of gorgeous color.

I decided to go fun and funky with this page of my sweet niece for Donna Salazar Designs. Doesn't she have a contagious smile? She was sitting outside on a retaining wall that beautiful sunny day, kind of like the one I created here. 

Of course I featured Donna's Fun & Funky paper collection by GCD Studios and lots of fun Clearsnap inks and mists.


Tips and Techniques:
I enjoy creating these sweet Bitty Blossoms roses. Here I used a mix of different GCD Studios paper collections designed by Donna along with a couple mulberry Bitty Blossoms created with her Mix'd Media Stax 2. 

I tied the sweet denim bow using the Zutter Bow-it-All and added a crystal flourish by Want2Scrap. 

Each of Donna's paper pads come with a sheet of embossed images. I cut my "Smile" title and stars from the Family Jeans sheet. I get so much mileage from my 6"x 6" paper pads. I cut this fun banner from one sheet out of my Fun & Funky pad and added a little doodling at the edges. 

I did a fair amount of fussy cutting for this layout, from the photo of my niece to this gorgeous flourish cut from the image sheet in my 6" x 6" Natural Beauty paper pad. A tutorial for my Twine Flower can be found here. I altered it by wrapping around the loom 4 times instead of 2 and then cut the ends to make a fuzzy daisy instead of loops. 

I created these bricks with Donna's Want2Scrap 8" x 10" Small Bricks Stencil and light molding paste. I mixed and watered down Donna's - Caramel Latte and Wood Stain Smooch Spritz and brushed it like a wash over the bricks allowing it to pool and drip between the bricks. 

The scrollwork piece is die cut with the Spellbinders Garden Weave die. More hand cutting to create the grass, which is all one piece with the base tucked behind the torn corrugated board. 

For the wispy sky, First I spread Super Heavy Gesso across the page with a credit card and allowed to dry. Then I used my finger to swirl molding paste above the bricks for the sky. After it dried, I added water to Donna's Sea Breeze Smooch Spritz and brushed it across the molding paste to color. 

I cut this sun from chipboard using a Spellbinder Blossom Two die. It's easy to transform a chipboard flower into a sun by adding texture and bling, Here I layered on gel medium mixed with gold micro marbles, dabs of Clearsnap gold reinker, and Gold Glow Smooch Spritz. Most of the color comes from Donna's Vintage Mix'd Media Inx and shimmer from her Pralines & Cream Fairy Dust Glitter. The sun rays are stitched, adding gold seed beads as I went. 

Product List:
GCD Studios ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Fun & Funky: 6" x 6" Paper Pad, Funky Flourish Front
GCD Studios ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Family Jeans: Image Sheet, Denim Stripe B, Family Clouds B, Houndstooth B, Heirloom B
GCD Studios ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Natural Beauty: 6" x 6" Paper Pad, Blue Fence A
GCD Studios ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Stax 2
Want2Scrap 8" x 10" Corrugated Board
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Inx: Patina, Peridot, Truffle, Vintage
Clearsnap ~ Color Box Pigment Ink Refill: Gold
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Smooch Spritz: Wood Stain, Caramel Latte, Sea Breeze
Clearsnap ~ Smooch Spritz: Gold Glow
Americana Acrylic Paint - Driftwood
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Bitty Blossoms
Spellbinders ~ Blossom Two
Spellbinders ~ Garden Weave
Want2Scrap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - 8" x 10" Small Bricks Stencil
Want2Scrap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Say It with Bling Finesse Swirls: Clear Rhinestones
Darice TOHO Beads - Round Galvanized Gold
Hemptique Baker's Twine ~ Blue/White
DMC Embroidery Floss ~ #726
Cheese Cloth
Mixed Media
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Emboss Gloss
Clearsnap ~ Top Boss Clear Embossing Powder
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Fairy Dust Glitter: Pralines & Cream
Gold Mini Marbles
Helmar ~ Crystal Kote Gloss Varnish Spray
Golden ~ Light Molding Paste
Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso
Liquitex Gesso
Zutter ~ Bow-it-All
Spellbinders Artisan X-Plorer
Bazzill In-Stitch'z Piercing Tool and Foam Mat
EK Success Honey Bee Scissors
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Drying Adhesive
Helmar ~ Premium Craft Glue
Helmar ~ Scrap Dots

If you have time, stop by Donna's Blog to leave a comment there. Thanks!!

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. Tis is SUCH a fun page...she looks great sitting on your wall...the WALL looks great too & I love the sun stitching, too:):))

  2. Wowwwwwwww! This is AWESOME!! LOVING that brick wall you made for her to 'sit' on and loveeeeeeee the sun and the clouds!!!!

  3. oh wow such a cool page!!! LOVE LOVE the work that went into the page!!

  4. Wow, this is stunning!! I love the scene you've created!! Your details are always the stitched rays and the bricks!! And your niece is so beautiful!! Happy Friday :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. How fun!! I recognized your sparkly sun technique!

  6. Oh, that's just fantastic, Tracey! Lots of goodness...and I really like the stitching! :o)

  7. Wow Tracey I love this! That photo of her sitting on the wall is wonderful.. and love the flowers and brick work and sun and so many other elements here.. love all of this!!

  8. So fun Tracey!! The brick pattern looks so awesome on your page and I love how you used the cut out photo!

  9. WOW - the techniques you have used all look amazing! The flowers, the brick work, the stitching and fussy-cutting are all super awesome! Love the composition too!

  10. Such a fun page Tracey!! Love your background work with that fabulous brick wall and your niece looks so cute sitting on it!! Love your flowers and that sun as well. All of it is simply gorgeous!!! ox

  11. Art and beauty everywhere on this page . I could come and just enjoy your flowers but everything else is just as lovely..................Lis

  12. What a great layout Tracey! I love all those beautiful flowers and what a fun photo of your niece.

  13. This looks gorgeous!! I love the handmade flowers and the background you created for your cut-out scene.. Awesome!! :-)

  14. adorable LO Tracey!! love how she's sitting there!

  15. What a fun layout Tracey! Love all your beautiful blossoms!

  16. Cool work the bricks are looking so real to.

  17. What a fantastic page....that brickwork is brilliant!,
    Alison xx


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