Tuesday, May 24, 2016

"The Alamo Archways" Mixed Media Layout for Donna Salazar Designs

Hi my dear crafty friends! I have a new Creative Team project for Donna Salazar Designs with a girlie grunge layout featuring some of her Spellbinder and Donna Salazar with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L products.

Gary and I recently took a trip to the lovely city of San Antonio, Texas. While there we visited the site of the Alamo filled with rich history. This long archway struck me with it's beauty. I've been working my way through using all 20 of Donna's fabulous new Spellbinder products released last month. I've tucked a die cut created with her Cascading Stars etched die under and next to the photo. So perfect to give a patriotic touch. Of course you know how much I enjoy creating hand crafted flowers, so have also paired Donna's new Big Blossom and Jumbo Rose dies with her classic Bitty Blossoms and Rose creations for these girlie grunge flowers. I've added grungy color by mixing Donna Salazar with Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L Pigment Powders into her Girlie Grunge Art Medium. Please hop on over to Donna's blog for more details and close-ups HERE.

Here's a sneak peek:

Donna Salazar Designs Products

Partner Products

Other Products
Blue Fern Studios ~ Serendipity - Imagination **Scraps of Elegance
Prima ~ Timeless Memories - 6x6 Paper Pad #847340
Prima ~ Epiphany - 6x6 Paper Pad #846961
Kraft Cardstock - Stash
Prima ~ Memory Hardware - Pearls #990398
Prima ~ Metal Embellishments #9 #583552 **Scraps of Elegance
Blue Fern Studios ~ Whimsy Flourishes  **Scraps of Elegance
Craft Cornsortium ~ Always & Forever - Resin Roses, Duck Egg **Scraps of Elegance
Stamin ~ Black - Stash
Recollections ~ Mixed Media - Paper Icons, skeleton leaves
Recollections ~ Mixed Media - Paper Words, Inspire
Liquitex ~ Gesso - Clear
DecoArt ~ Dazzling Metallics - Metallic Paint: Renaissance Brown, Venetian Gold
Darice ~ Heat Tool

~ Blessings ~

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Donna Salazar & Friends Girlie Grunge Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Donna Salazar & Friends Girlie Grunge Blog Hop! We've arranged this hop to showcase all the new and exciting products that have recently been released from both Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® and Spellbinders®. We are sure that you will enjoy the projects that all of us have created for you AND... we've got PRIZES!!!

The Donna Salazar Designs Prize Pack has a Denim Art Journal, Girlie Grunge Twine, and Silver Pigment Powder from Donna Salazar with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® and a Jumbo Rose Steel Rule die from Donna Salazar Designs® with Spellbinders®.

There are several ways to enter: You can leave a blog comment, Tweet about this blog hop, and visit the Donna Salazar Designs Facebook page BUT signing up for a FREE membership on DonnaSalazar.com gets you the MOST entries!!! The contest opens at midnight on May 18th and closes at midnight on the 25th.

Here's the project that I created for you today.

Please note, in the spirit of full disclosure, I have received some of the products used to create this canvas. I use what I love and recommend only what I believe in. 

Donna is the queen of girlie grunge, however, I went totally masculine guy grunge on this canvas. I simply adore Donna's Spellbinders® gear dies. I used her new Gears Steel Rule Die to cut the larger gears on the left side of the canvas with heavy chipboard, then cut several Sprightly Sprockets gears from thin chipboard to tuck around the photo on the right.

Even up close in person they look like metal and are so easy to create. Donna's Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Pigment Powders give a perfect metallic sheen for this grungy technique. I've created a VIDEO TUTORIAL to show you how to make them.



Here's a close-up of the Faux Metal Gears.

The background paper was adhered to the canvas with Donna's Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Girlie Grunge Art Medium. I also brushed a coat onto the front side of the paper and while wet dabbed lightly with a paper towel to create texture. When dry, I rubbed the textured surface with Gold and Silver Pigment powders.

The linked rings under the gears are cut with Donna's new Spellbinders® Cascading Circles Die from thin chipboard and painted with Silver Pigment Powder mixed into Girlie Grunge Art Medium.

The torn paper framing the photo is embossed with Donna's new Spellbinders® Splattered Circles Embossing Folder and of course rubbed with her Gold and Silver Pigment Powders. The torn edges are inked with Donna's Clearsnap Stormy Mix'd Media Inx as well as the torn edges of the background paper.

I have a funny story to share about the rusted metal washer tucked in amongst the gears. I was invited to a birthday celebration for one of my scrapbooking friends. On our way into the restaurant, a glint of rust caught my eye, and I picked up this gem commenting, "I can use this on one of my projects." The girls all laughed knowing it wouldn't be long before I used it.

Here you can see the Sprightly Sprockets I cut from thinner chipboard. I Treated them similarly to the gears in the video, but just used one coat of paint and did not heat it to bubble.

Before applying the background paper, I painted the edges with sandstone color paint, applied a stenciled design with molding paste colored with Donna's Gold Pigment powder, then rubbed gold and silver pigment powders across the entire edge.

Visit all the blogs on the hop today for more inspiration and more chances to win.

Donna Salazar Designs
Tracey Sabella - That's me!
Elena Olinevich
Natasha Naranjo-Aguirre
Beth Pingry
Cheryl Waters

Donna Salazar Designs Products

NEW - Gears Steel Rule Die
NEW - Cascading Circles Die
NEW - Splattered Circles Embossing Folder
Sprightly Sprockets

Donna Salazar with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®
Girlie Grunge Art Medium
Pigment Powder - Silver
Pigment Powder - Gold
Pigment Powder - Blue

Mix'd Media Inx® - Stormy

Partner Products
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® ~ 3D Foam Squares - Black, Regular
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® ~ 3D Foam Squares - Black, Small
Home & Hobby® ~ Extreme Double-Sided Tape 1/8“

Other Products
Prima Marketing ~ Timeless Memories - 12x12 Paper Pad
Chipboard ~ Heavy, Light - Stash
US ArtQuest ~ Mini Prills - Ice Queen
Golden ~ Light Molding Paste
Folk Art ~ Acrylic Pwoint - Metallic Sequin Black
DecoArt ~ Acrylic Paint - Sandstone
The Crafter's Workshop ~ 6x6 Stencil - Mini Butterfly Collage
Prima Marketing ~ Water Brush

Thanks for stopping by. I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Shabby Flower Card with Handcrafted Flowers for Donna Salazar

I have a project up on the Donna Salazar Designs blog featuring more of her fab new Spellbinders products. Bitty Blossoms have long been one of my favorite die sets. I used them so much, that I purchased a second set so I could cut more at a time. So, you can imagine my excitement when I saw that Donna's new dies included Big Blossom, the next size up from her Bitty Blossoms dies. It can be used alone, or you can combine it like I did with her Bitty Blossoms to create gorgeous large, full flowers. I hope you'll stop by Donna's blog for more photos and all the details HERE.

Here's a sneak peek:

Donna Salazar DesignsProducts

Partner Products

Other Products
Craft and You Design ~ Spring Garden 06
Manilla Tag ~ Stash
Darice ~ 140 lb Cardstock - White (for card base)
Flower Stamen ~ Stash
Liquitex ~ Gesso - clear, white
Viva ~ Modeling Cream - Pearl
The Crafter's Workshop ~ 6x6” Template - Mini Texturized

~ Blessings ~

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Watercolor Poppies with VIDEO TUTORIAL ~ Scraps of Elegance April Kit

It is always so exciting when I have the opportunity to learn and develop a new technique. I was so thrilled to receive the Creativity Add on with the Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels, Himalayan Poppy stamp, and Prima Water brushes along with the Color Add On Brusho Crystals. I heat embossed the stamped image and watercolored the gorgeous poppies. I am not a watercolor artist, so I gave myself the freedom to paint samples to help learn techniques as well figuring out color selection. 

I have created a technique video sharing how to watercolor this fabulous image with the Creativity and Color Add On products.


If you enjoyed this video, please subscribe to my channel HERE.

Here's the fabulous April "Wonderful" Scraps of Elegance Kit:

The fabulous Add On kits can be viewed HERE.

Store: http://www.scrapsofdarkness.com/
Store Chipboard: http://www.scrapsofdarkness.com/chipboard-wood/?sort=newest
Blog: http://scrapsofdarkness.blogspot.com/
Online Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/scrapsofdarkness/

Here's a close-up photo:

To finish the image for this card, I rubbed ThermoWeb Deco Foil Transfer Adhesive across a foam makeup sponge and used it to apply the adhesive to a script stamp which I used around the edges and in to the poppy image. I let it sit until completely dry then applied the gold Deco Foil from the main kit. As I suspected with using such a detailed stamp, the gold did not adhere to all of the stamping. I pulled out my Sweet Violet Purple Teal Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals from a previous SOE kit and rubbed it lightly across the card, which left a lovely halo of purple around the poppies and darkened into a lovely teal on the stamped areas. To deepen the shading around the edges, I rubbed Donna Salazar with Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx in Wisteria, then went over that very, very lightly with Indigo. The outer paper border is the BoBunny Garland paper from the Main Kit, stamped with a grungy stamp in Wisteria. Finally I added a sentiment stamped on vellum.

Product List

Main Kit
BoBunny - Secret Garden Collection:  Garland
Thermoweb: Deco Foil Transfer Sheets (4) (Gold)

Creativity Add On
Prima Artist Quality Oil Pastel Crayons set
Prima Water Brush Pens 3pk
CC Designs 3.125x4.125" Himalayan Poppy Cling Stamp

Color Add On
Brusho Ost. Blue Crystal Color

Previous Kit
April 2015 SOE Kit ~ Lindy’s Stamp Gang - Magical - Sweet Violet Purple Teal

Other Products
Strathmore Windpower ~ MixedMedia Vellum Surface - 140 lb.
Donna Salazar with Clearsnap ~ Mix’d Media Inx - Wisteria, Indigo, Stormy
Tsukineco ~ StazOn - Azure
Ranger ~ Perfect Medium
Judi-Kins ~ Embossing Powder - Metallic Bronze
Prima ~ Cling Stamps - Rust & Dust #962050
Stampendous ~ Stamps - Royal Heart
Close To My Heart ~ Just to Say - Cricut Collection
ThermoWeb ~ Deco Foil Transfer Adhesesive (Thanks Juliana Michaels!)
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ Crafty Power Tape

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Watercolor Dragonfly Card ~ May Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop

Welcome to the May Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop!

You should be coming to my blog from Donna Idlet. Then after visiting me, hop over to Bonnie Garby. To start at the beginning of the hop, please head over to Gloria Stengel! You can scroll down to the bottom of this post for a full list of designers participating in this month's blog hop.

Have you ever see a cool technique, buy a collection of products to use and then it sits there collecting dust? Last year I saw some really amazing projects created with Brusho Crystal Colours, so of course I purchased the entire set. I created one card when I first got them, then there they sat. My goal for this month's hoarder's hop was to put those watercolour crystals to good use. This is a different project than I usually create - no dimension and little texture, but I adore the visual effect. I've finished off my card using paper, embossing powder, and a stamp that I've had for several years.

Most of my cards are too thick to mail easily, so it's nice to create one that can simply be addressed, stamped, and sent on its way!!

And here's a close-up so you can see the lovley watercolour effect behind this embossed image. The wings are a mixture of Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals and Brushos, while the background is created with two colors of Brusho Crystals.

I hope you've been inspired to grab a neglected technique product
and put it to good use on an upcoming project!!

Your next stop on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop is the talented Bonnie Garby. If you have dropped by my blog and would like to start at the beginning, be sure to hop on over to Gloria's blog HERE.

May Craft Hoarders

3. Tracey Sabella ~ That's me!!

BoBunny ~ DoubleDot - Brilliant Blue Vintage
Strathmore Windpower ~ Mixed Media Vellum Surface - 140 lb.
Card Base - Stash
Ranger ~ Perfect Medium
Ranger ~ Embossing Powder - Copper
Ranger ~ Distress Ink - Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Salty Ocean
Colourcraft ~ Brusho Colours - Purple, Turquoise
Lindy’s Stamp Gang ~ Magicals - Tibetan Poppy Teal
Stampendous ~ Cling Rubber - Dragonfly
Hero Arts ~ Clear Stamps - Everyday Sayings
Helmar ~ Premium Craft Glue

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~