Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Wishes Card for Helmar

For those of us in the US, tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I'll be spending the day at the home of one of my husband's cousins where everyone, about 50 in all, will be gathered together for a special day of family fellowship and food. All of our children will be able to make it, and it's always so wonderful to spend time with them!! 

Today I'm sharing a card I created for Thanksgiving featuring Helmar products. As you've probably figured out, my go to adhesives these days are the Helmar liquid adhesives that work so well with my mixed media style. However, when putting a card together, the Helmar Quickfix Adhesive Runner works great to make quick work of putting all the paper layers together.

"A Day of Thanks"

Tips and Techniques
I prepared my layers by trimming to size, inking the edges, and stitching. Then to adhere, I simply ran the Helmar Quickfix Adhesive Runner around the edges. There are two things I appreciate about the Helmar Quickfix Adhesive Runner. First, it is very tacky, so I don't have to worry about my project coming apart. Second, it is just adhesive - no stiff tape component, so it's easy to apply to curvy shapes as well as straight lines. 

I also used the Helmar Quickfix Adhesive Runner to adhere my strip of ribbon.

I selected flowers, a berry sprig and jewelry pendant from my stash. These heavier items were adhered with Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive

I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment on white cardstock, then centered and die cut it before rubbing with several shades of ink to color. 

I also stamped and embossed the inside sentiment. Here is where I really love using the adhesive runner - to build layered frames. I cut out my sentiment, then applied the adhesive runner to adhere to the darker cardstock and used a transparent ruler and craft knife to trim the mat for perfectly even edges. 

Before adhering my layers, I created the swirling leaf design on the top layer by dry embossing the grungy fall color paper. I then sanded the raised edges to expose the white paper core. 

Thanks for dropping by today to check out my project.
I hope you've been inspired to create!! 

Helmar Products:

Other Products:
BoBunny Vintage Double Dot - Buttercup (Thank you Juliana!)
We R Memory Keepers - Black Widow Collection
Brown Cardstock
BoBunny Blossoms - Wildberry Daisy (Thank you, Juliana!)
Petaloo Darjeeling Mini Mix
Cappuccino Satin with Grosgrain Edges ~ Really Reasonable Ribbon
Tonal Duets - Pendant
Creative Imaginations Clear Stamps - Thankful
Darice Embossing Folder - Fall Leaf
Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, Wild Honey
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar - Mixed Media Inx: Leather
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar - Mixed Media Inx Embossing Powder: Leather
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar - Mixed Media Inx CHOX: Sparrow
Spellbinders ~ Decorative Labels Twenty-Two
Sizzix - Big Shot
Core-dinations - Sanding Block
Tim Holtz - Grid Blocks
Sewing Machine

I'd like to give special thanks to Juliana Michaels for her gift of BoBunny goodies!!
If you'd like to see some of her amazing work stop by her blog:

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.
~ Blessings ~

Friday, November 22, 2013

"Live the Life" Grungy Birthday Card for Donna Salazar

The trees are now bare and the cooler temperatures are settling in. We've not started a fire in our wood burner yet, but the wood is stacked next to the house ready to go. I know some of my dear followers in the Southern hemisphere are entering the hot days of summer-like weather as it cools off here.

I have created a grungy, masculine card with a steampunk edge featuring The Zutter Distrezz-it-All by Donna Salazar Designs and her Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets dies.

"Live the Life"

Tips and Techniques
I cut these gears from thin chipboard using Donna's Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets dies with the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer. This machine has more pressure and cut the chipboard in just a couple passes. I swirled together some metallic copper and metallic back acrylic paint and brushed thickly across the gears. While wet, I used my heat tool to bubble and dry the paint to get this grungy, weathered texture. Then I randomly applied more metallic black paint and heated again. You could use any colors to get the effect needed for your particular project. 

Here's another view of the small gears. You can also see the grungy corrugated board in this shot. 

First, I cut a piece of Donna's Want2Scrap Corrugated Board just a little larger than the finished size I wanted. I then spritzed with water and pressed on the corrugated ridges pushing them down in different directions to get a wavy, grungy look and dried. Once dry, I deeply distressed the edges in my Distrezz-it-All which distressed cardboard with ease.  

Then I spritzed again with water, then very lightly with Donna's Wood Stain Smooch Spritz by Clearsnap and splattered with her Caramel Latte Smooch. I added a couple more sprays of Wood Stain to the overspray on my craft mat along with a couple spritzes of water, then dragged the edges of the corrugated board through the watery mist to color and darken the edges. When there was just a small bit of mist left on the sheet, I put the corrugated board face down and rubbed across the rest of the mist to highlight the ridges. 

Here you can see the larger gear and all the grungy layers including: Donna's Want2Scrap Canvas fringed and inked, then layers of dark brown cardstock and Donna's Natural Beauty papers - all distrezzed with my Distrezz-it-All. As you can see I have distressed some of the papers lightly and some deeply to get a variety of textures. I've covered most of my stamping up, but have used some of Donna's Art Gone Wild stamps on the background. 

One final shot of the grungy texture and layers. 

Donna has now released her Distrezz-it-All V3.0.
For all the details and a demonstration of this handy machine, 
check out her Youtube video here.

Donna will be giving away a new Distrezz-it-All V3.0 when
her Distrezz-it-All Facebook page gets 2,000 likes.
For other ways to enter this drawing go here

Donna Salazar Designs Products
GCD Studios ~ Natural Beauty 6 x 6 pad and 12 x 12 collection
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx: Black, Leather, Pewter, Honey, Stormy
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx CHOX: Midnight, Sparrow
Clearsnap ~ Smooch Spritz: Caramel Latte, Wood Stain
Want2Scrap ~ 7" x 7" Canvas
Art Gone Wild Stamps ~ Binoculars
Art Gone Wild Stamps ~ Brass Corner
Art Gone Wild Stamps ~ Ruler
Spellbinders ~ Sprightly Sprockets
Zutter ~ Distrezz-it-All

Other Products
Thin Chipboard
Black Webbing ~ May Arts - Really Reasonable Ribbon
Jute Ribbon ~ Really Reasonable Ribbon
Visual Artistry ~ Tim Holtz - Life's Possibilities
Folk Art Acrylic ~ Metallic Sequin Black
DecoArt ~ Dazzling Metallics - Worn Penny
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar ~ Premium Craft Glue
Helmar ~ Fabric Glue
Spellbinders ~ Artisan X-plorer
Martha Stewart ~ Mini Score Board
Darice ~ Heat Tool

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

All Dressed Up for Christmas Tag Details for Leaky Shed Studio

I'm back to share photos and details of my Christmas Tag featuring the Julie Nutting 4" Naughty or Nice Christmas doll. Yes, you know me all too well. I went with a nice version. These girls are so fun to work with and as you've seen in our design team examples can be used in so many different ways!!

Tips and Techniques:
Here you can see a few more details on my doll. Her dress and hair were colored with Copic Markers, then her body and shoes painted. The fluffy edges on her dress, hat and shoes were created with white Liquid Applique. This is a fun product that you apply, allow to dry, then when heat is applied, it puffs up. To add sparkle, I brushed the puffed areas with Designer Dries Clear glue and sprinkled with Fairy Dust Glitter by Donna Salazar. It's not too visible in the photos, but I brushed Heidi Swapp Cherry Color Shine over the red for a touch of soft shimmer.

This wrinkled bow is a great way to finish off a tag. I have a tutorial on creating Grungy Wrinkled Ribbon from rayon seam binding here.

I die cut the green layer using a Spellbinders die and added sparkle to the flourish corners with more Fairy Dust Glitter. The white snowflake border was brushed with Stickles. Lots of shimmer on this tag!

The bottom was layered with lacy punched Christmas paper, gorgeous white lace embellished with pearls, a strip of red rhinestones and more Fairy Dust Glitter on the punched yellow border.

The Merry Christmas sentiment was printed on a transparency sheet. I also tucked in a snippet of a gold doily and a punched snowflake heat embossed with glitter/holographic embossing powder.

Leaky Shed Studio Products
Naughty or Nice 4"

Other Products
BoBunny Silver and Gold Collection (Thank you, Juliana Michaels!)
Rayon Seam Binding ~ Really Reasonable Ribbon
Imaginisce Royal Jewels 
Martha Stewart Punches
Christmas Flake Font (From Internet)
Transparency Paper (Stash)
Gold Doily (Stash)
Red Rhinestone Chain (Stash)
Lace (Stash)
Spellbinders ~ Radient Rectangles
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar - Fairy Dust Glitter: Sugar Shimmer
Copic Markers: Cardinal R59, Sepia E37
Sakura Micron Marker - Black
Acrylic Paint
Marvy ~ Liquid Applique
Heidi Swapp Color Shine ~ Sweet Cherry
Ranger Stickles ~ Stardust
Art Institute ~ Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Tombo ~ Multi - Mono Liquid Glue
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar ~ Fabric Glue
Helmar ~ Premium Craft Glue
Helmar V2 Vellum Adhesive

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Christmas Tag Sneak Peek for Leaky Shed Studio

I have a Christmas tag up on the Helmar blog today featuring one of the Julie Nutting chipboard girls. Here's a sneak peek:

If you would like to see more close-ups and details,
head on over to the Leaky Shed Studio blog

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Friday, November 15, 2013

Change is Beautiful ~ Guest Designing for Berry71Bleu

I'm so excited and honored to be guest designing for Berry71Bleu this month.

I just have to express how much I enjoyed designing with this month's challenge!! When I studied the November Berry71Bleu mood board, I immediately thought about the changes that happen as our children meet their soul mates and start making plans for a life together. It has been so sweet to watch our children make these changes and start lives of their own apart from us.

I was drawn to this engagement photo of our middle daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband, Andrew. The color and design in this gorgeous 7 Dots Studio, 9th Wave paper, couldn't be more perfect for this sweet photo. I've added a mix of handcrafted and purchased flowers along with gorgeous chipboard, jewelry findings, and vintage buttons. The phrase in the mood board was just perfect for my title, and I used the blues and pinks for my color palette.

"Change Is Beautiful"

November Berry71Bleu Mood Board:

I pulled inspiration from the gorgeous Blue Fern Studio November Challenge Sketch:

Close-ups and Details:
This lovely Blue Fern chipboard flourish was colored by heat embossing with Fran-tage Aged Aqua embossing enamel and the Blue Fern Vintage Key with a Metallic Bronze embossing powder. I softened the flowers and metal embellishments by brushing with gesso. You can also see behind the title where I have splattered gesso to add visual texture. I have a collection of vintage buttons that friends and family have blessed me with, and I've added some of them around the flowers and title. 

This focal flower was hand crafted with petals cut from Grand Peony and Carnation Creations dies. The petals were dampened, scrunched and misted to achieve this texture and color. The shell button is from my vintage button collection. I also keep my eye open in the jewelry department and grab jewelry findings that have been clearanced. The crystal flower and art deco piece are some that I've found. 

I colored this lovely Blue Fern Brigitte Butterfly with Luminarte Twinkling H2O's - streaking the color across the chipboard. After it had dried I added more texture with gesso. Next to my butterfly, you can see the dimension where I used modeling paste with a stencil, then brushed with Perfect Pearls Mist. I adore how the mica in the mist pooled into the crevices of the dried molding paste. It's hard to see here, but the mica glistens beautifully in the light. 

I hope you've been inspired to create a layout of your own with the Berry71Bleu Mood Board.

Products Used:
7 Dots Studio ~ 9th Wave - Stormy Sea
Blue Fern Studios ~ Brigitte Butterflies
Blue Fern Studios ~ Vintage Keys
Blue Fern Studios ~ Vintage Locks
Blue Fern Studios ~ Blue Fern Flourish
Kraft Cardstock
Tim Holtz ~ Idea-ology - Tissue Tape: Sketchbook, Symphony
Colorbok ~ Victorian Parlour Clear Alpha Stickers
Fancy Pants ~ Happy Go Lucky - Sticker Fundamentals
Prima ~ Angel Eyes Celebrate
Petaloo ~ Color Me Crazy - Mini Pearl Dasies
Petaloo ~ Penny Lane - Assorted Floral Small - Teal
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ 15mm Open Roses - Deep Ivory - Really Reasonable Ribbon
Momenta ~ Metal Stickers - ST-5707
Jesse James ~ Dress it up Flats - Versailles
Colorbok Antique Paperie Mixed Gemstone Strips
Tonal Duets ~ Pendant
Jolee's Botique ~ French General - Dimensional Stickers
EK Success ~ 1/2" Epoxy Circles
Spare-Parts ~ Antique Flower Brads - large
Horizon ~ Pendant
Vintage Buttons
Martha Stewart ~ Punch - Deco Shells
Spellbinders ~ Pendants in Spades
 Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Grand Peony
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Carnation Creations
Prima ~ Stencil - Netting
Ranger ~ Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Inx: Jasmine
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Inx Embossing Powder: Jasmine
Liquitex ~ Gesso
Luminart ~ Twinkling H2O's - Cedarwood, Zircon, Meridian
Ranger ~ Perfect Pearls Mist - Cappuccino
Judi-Kins ~ Metallic Bronze Embossing Powder
Ranger ~ Embossing Powder - Seafoam White
Stampendeous ~ Fran-tage - Embossing Enamel: Aqua
Ranger ~ Alcohol Ink: Espresso, Pebble
Helmar ~ Premium Craft Glue, 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Spellbinders: Artisan X-plorer

Play along this month at Berry71Bleu for your chance to win one of these fantastic prize packages!

Main Prize:
Liquitex Prize Package

Acrylic Mediums
Adult Size Liquitex Apron

Random Prize:


Liquitex offers the widest spectrum of vibrant intense acrylic paints, acrylic mediums and art supplies that enable you to bring your creative vision to life. The possibilities to expand your creativity are endless with their innovative toolbox. Liquitex was the first water-based acrylic paint created in 1955 and since then has partnered with artists to ensure that they continually evolve and innovate – resulting in a long history of acrylic innovation. Today, Liquitex offers the largest array of vibrant acrylic paints, mediums and tools to enable acrylic artists to continually explore their art and take it to new and unprecedented boundaries. Their innovative drive, creative passion and intense desire to share the joys of artistic expression through unparalleled education and community outreach programs, has ensured that Liquitex will continue to be a strong partner in helping artists explore their art for decades to come.

Frog Dog Studio is a monthly Mixed Media kit club. We have a talented team of designers who will share video and photo tutorials on how to make kit projects and use kit supplies, in easy, fun, and creative ways. We pride ourselves on making the world Mixed Media friendly and want to share our excitement and passion for creating art with our subscribers. We believe that Mixed Media is the window to the soul, and embrace individualism, and self expression. Getting our hands messy with paint, ink, and glue is a natural part of our lives.

Maja Design Corp is based in Uddevalla, Sweden. We are dedicated to create unique and high quality vintage inspired patterned paper for scrapbooking and crafts. Maja Design was founded in November 2007, and since then, have grown to supply over 70 retailers in Sweden and 90 all over the world. Founder Marie Jansson says: "In the fall of 2004, a dear friend asked me to join her to a scrapbooking course. From that moment, I became totally amazed and thrilled by all the beautiful papers and decorations in the art of scrapbooking. After some time as a captivated scrapper, I got curious to create my own patterns. I have always had a devotion for color and form. I had access to great printing facility, as I worked at a printers office. Since 2007, I have been blessed to be able to work with my great passion - to design and create colored coordinated paper."

Our Design Team sponsor this month is 7 Dots Studio. We'll be sharing our work on the 7 Dots Studio Blog this month, so be sure to stop by for a visit!
We are a team of creative women who cannot image their world without paper, glue and the creative process. Scrapbooking is our passion and we love to share our passion with other scrapbookers. For this reason, 7 Dots Studio exists. The quality of our products is our top priority. Our collections are made from thick (250gsm), acid-free, lignin-free, archival scrapbooking paper. We also offer high quality cardstock stickers.

Please note that if the winner(s) of this challenge are international they will be responsible for shipping costs.

Make sure you follow the CHALLENGE RULES.

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Thursday, November 14, 2013

"Contentment" Canvas for Leaky Shed Studio

I'm excited to be sharing my first design team project using gorgeous Leaky Shed Studio chipboard. I have a lovely gift idea for you. Who doesn't love to receive a handcrafted decor piece? I used the Julie Nutting 4" Classy Doll as my focal piece on this sweet mixed media canvas for my niece.


Tips and Techniques:
I cut two different patterns of coordinating paper to dress the doll skirt and painted the top in a coordinating color. To give dimension and depth, I added highlights with gesso in the folds of the skirt. Her hair is colored with a Vintage Photo Distress marker, and I swirled two shades of gold metallic paint together to color her belt. I used flesh tone acrylic paint for her skin and added a touch of color to her cheeks with distress ink. 

Here's a side view of the canvas focusing on the girl. You can see how the metallic paint on her belt shimmers in the light! 

I adore texture and dimension and enjoyed getting messy fingers creating this textured canvas. I started by adhering gorgeous Maja paper to the canvas with matte gel medium, then brushed the gel medium across the top of the paper so it would hold up to my mixed media techniques. I stamped script, grid marks, and music notes in brown. When that ink was dry, I stamped with more script and bubble wrap in white, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat embossed. I cut a couple small pieces of sheet rock mesh for the corners, then used a doily stencil with light molding paste over top of everything else. The sides of the canvas were painted in a coordinating color swirled with gesso. When dry, I spritzed the entire canvas with a gold mica laden mist allowing it to drip over and color the sides of the canvas as well. The mica adds such a wonderful, glowing shimmer. 

The sentiment, from Word Art Wednesday was sized and printed on white cardstock. I tore it out, rubbed on Distress Ink to color, then glued in place. 

Here's an angle that shows all the lovely texture.

Leaky Shed Studio Products:
Classy 4"

Other Products:
Maja Designs ~ Vintage Spring Basics - 1st of March, 3rd of March
Word Art Wednesday ~ Verse for sentiment
Prima ~ Stencil - Doily 1
Stampers Anonymous ~ Tim Holtz - Playful Journey, Urban Grunge
Art Gone Wild ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Stanza, Bubble Wrap, Dear Sir
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Inx: Jasmine, Leather
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Inx CHOX - Sparrow
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Inx Embossing Powder: Jasmine
Ranger ~ Distress Ink - Victorian Velvet, Antique Linen
Ranger ~ Distress Marker - Vintage Photo
Pigma ~ Micron - 05 Black
Golden ~ Light Molding Paste, Regular Matte Gel
Liquitex ~ White Gesso
Various Acrylic Paints by DecoArt, Folk Art, Making Memories
Sheetrock Mesh (Hardware Store)
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar ~ Acid Free Glue

I hope you've been inspired to grab one of these sweet chipboard dolls and created a canvas for that special gal in your life!! 

I invite you to stop by my blog on Thursday for a full listing of other supplies used to create this canvas.

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"Here Comes the Bride" for Helmar

Today I'm sharing a layout of our lovely daughter-in-law, Rachel, as she takes in her first glimpse of our son, Joseph on their wedding day featuring Helmar Scrapdots. I adore using mixed media and lots of layers. For that to work, I find that I need to raise certain elements on my pages, particularly the photo mat. You'll see why and how in my tips and techniques.

"Here Comes the Bride"

Tips and Techniques
When I layer on my pages, one of the things I like to do is to raise the photo and mats, so that I can tuck a variety of elements and flowers underneath. Helmar Zapdots are the perfect solution for this task! I simply glue the photo and mat layers together with Helmar Premium Craft Glue, then place three or four Zapdots down the back as shown. This will leave all the edges free. Once I'm done embellishing, if there are any areas that need more support, I add more Zapdots.

This chipboard clock was heat embossed and embellished with small pearls, then adhered with Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive 

These lovely flowers and the window charm are all adhered with Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive - my favorite adhesive when adhering to a mixed media background like I have here. The transparency corner piece is also adhered with a small dab as well.

The window shape was stenciled using molding paste. I inked the background paper first to help make this textured image pop.

Here's another view of the same flowers. You can see that I also tucked in a gold metal rose. Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive is a fabulous adhesive for a variety of materials including metal.

You can also see how I tucked parts of this cluster in under the raised photo mats. This is why Helmar Zapdots work so well for this application!

This wooden heart flourish was heat embossed with embossing powder. I used lots of layers, from distressed papers to shiny gold doilies - all adhered with Helmar Premium Craft Glue.

Another of my flower clusters - again you can see how Helmar Zapdots raised the photo mat so that some of my elements can easily be tucked right underneath. 

A close-up of these lovely flowers.

Finally, my embellished title. I inked around the background area where I planed to place my title sticker. The paper ornaments were fussy cut from coordinating paper and adhered with Helmar Premium Craft Glue, while the berry cluster is adhered with Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.

I hope you'll try some Helmar Zapdots on your projects to give added height and dimension to your next scrapbook layout or card.

Helmar Product List:

Other Products used:
Leaky Shed Studio ~ Clock #3
 BoBunny ~ Enchanted Collection
Kaisercraft ~ Turtle Dove Collection, Wood Heart Flourish
Prima ~ Stencils
Petaloo ~ Flowers
Ranger ~ Distress Ink
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Flowers
Want2Scrap ~ Pearls
Imaginisce ~ Jewels
Momenta ~ Metal Rose
Zutter ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Distrezz-it-All

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Mixed Media Canvas Sneak Peek for Leaky Shed Studio

My first design team project is up today at Leaky Shed Studio - a mixed media canvas featuring the Classy 4" Julie Nutting Doll.

Here's a sneak peek:

All the details including close-ups are on the Leaky Shed Studio Blog. I so appreciate when you go leave comments for me there! 

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Monday, November 11, 2013

"Beauty Unrefined" with Blossoming Peony Bud Tutorial for Donna Salazar Designs

I've been busy creating and have several projects to share with you this week. The first is this layout of our daughter, Elizabeth featuring Donna Salazar Designs girlie grunge products. This pretty photo was taken on her wedding day. She's so beautiful and filled with joy and happiness on this special day!

Today I'm featuring Donna's Spellbinder dies. Her flower dies are so versatile and can be used to create many different flowers. For this page, I created three gorgeous sets of flowers and have shared a tutorial for the ivory Blossoming Peony Buds later in this post. I've also used her Sprightly Sprockets to die cut her Want2Scrap corrugated board for the gears you see tucked into the clusters. 

"Beauty Unrefined"

Tips and Techniques
I hand crafted most of these flowers using Donna's Spellbinders Rose Creations and Grand Peony Dies. I've also used leaves from her Bitty Blossoms dies and the corrugated gear is cut with Sprightly Sprockets. 

For the background, I started by stamping with Donna's Art Gone Wild Crackle and Dear Sir stamps using Mix'd Media Inx. I then spread ceramic stucco over Donna's 8" x 10" Want2Scrap Brick Stencil and when dry, spritzed with her Clearsnap Smooch Spritz. 

The frame is a Want2Scrap Chipboard Piece which I spray painted with gesso. After misting the petals of my flowers with Smooch Spritz, I had some overspray on my craft sheet which I used on the frame creating an ombre effect. 

In this close-up you can see my ivory Blossoming Peony Bud. I have included a tutorial for these little beauties later in this post. The rose buds were created with Donna's Rose Creation Dies and the glimmer comes from Clearsnap Fairydust Glitter and Smooch Spritz by Donna. The Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer cuts through corrugated board with ease and was used with Sprightly Sprockets dies, then dry brushed with gesso, misted with Smooch Spritz, then finished off with Mix'd Media Inx. 

The title was cut from the die cut sheet included with Donna's Natural Beauty paper pad. The individual rose leaves are cut with Bitty Blossoms dies, then inked with Mix'd Media Inx. 

The sweet focal flower here is cut with Rose Creations dies using Donna's Mix'd Media Stax2 dictionary and mulberry papers. 

Blossoming Peony Bud Tutorial

Supply List
GCD Studios ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Stax2 (Mulberry Paper)
Crushed Voile Fabric - Ivory
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Rose Creations
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Grand Peony
Spellbinders ~ Artisan X-plorer
Craft Tweezers
Large Diameter Stylus
Foam Pad
Helmar Fabric Glue (Not Pictured)
Bowl of water (Not pictured)

Step 1. Counting from the smallest to the largest dies in your set, use the #3 Grand Peony die to cut three from the crushed voile. Use the #4 Rose Creations die to cut two from the mulberry paper in the Mix'd Media Stax2 paper stack. 

Step 2. Use a small candle to melt the edges of each petal on all three of the Grand Peony Voile layers by running the edge of each petal near the flame but do not allow the fabric to actually touch the flame. The voile fabric will melt and curl as it gets hot. 

***Hint ~ keep a bowl of water right next to you on your work table, so if you get too close to the flame, you can quickly extinguish the burning petal in the water. 

Step 3. Apply a small amount of fabric glue to the center of one of the voile layers and lay the next layer on top, offsetting the petals. 

Add the third layer the same way. 

Step 4. Lay the mulberry Rose Creation pieces with the rough textured side down on a foam mat. Roll each petal with the stylus to round and cup each one. 

***Tip - any kind of foam mat will work - even one of the foam mats that brads are stuck into when you get them. If you don't have a stylus you could try something like the capped end of a marker or pen with a rounded cap.

Step 5. Apply glue to the inside (smooth side) of one of the mulberry paper layers and form it into a bud shape.

Step 6. Apply glue the bottom and lower portion of this first bud and wrap the second mulberry paper layer around it - offsetting the petals to form a larger bud. 

Step 7. Use craft tweezers to roll down the edges of the mulberry bud as shown.

Step 8. Put fabric glue around the base and about the bottom third of the mulberry bud, then wrap the fabric layers around the bud - scrunching the fabric in place and holding for a few moments until the glue has set. The time will vary depending on the glue used. I only had to hold it in place 15 to 20 second until it was set enough to stay in place. Now you have a completed Blossoming Peony Bud. 

And here's one final shot of this sweet blossom on my layout.

Thanks for stopping by today!! I hope you've been inspired to give this a try.

Product List
GCD Studios ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Natural Beauty Twiggy B, Image Sheet
GCD Studios ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Stax 2
Want2Scrap ~ Vintage Fancy Frames
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Inx: Jasmine, M0ssy, Leather, Stormy, Schoolhouse
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Inx CHOX: Sparrow, Butternut
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Smooch Spritz: Tea Party, Caramel Latte, Holly Berries
Clearsnap ~ Smooch Spritz: Gold Glow, Mossy Mist
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Fairydust Glitter: Pralines & Cream
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Rose Creations
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Grand Peony
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Bitty Blossoms
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Sprightly Sprockets
Spellbinders ~ Foliage
Art Gone Wild ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Dear Sir
Art Gone Wild ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Crackle
Want2Scrap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - 8" x 10" Bricks Stencil
Want2Scrap ~ Donna Salazar Designs -
Prima Flower
Petaloo ~ Color Me Crazy - Canterbery Spray, Vine Spray - white
Wild Orchid Crafts 15mm Open Roses - Deep Ivory
Mixed Media
Liquitex Ceramic Stucco
Liquitex Gesso
Liquitex Spray Gesso
Helmar ~ Gemstone Glue
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar ~ Crystal Kote Gloss Varnish

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~ Blessings, Tracey ~