Friday, 29 November 2013

Sweet Girl - Donna Salazar Designs

My god-daughter popped in to visit on her way to and from visiting her mum.  She's growing into such a lovely young lady, we always think of her as our sweet girl!

I loved using the cute pastel colours when we did last month's challenge at Scrap Around the World, so I've used them again here. And also being inspired to use sketches again, I chose one from Pagemaps for this one...

And yes... I used a banner, but it was cute here, and the little Diecuts that match the Family Jeans collections were sooo perfect for it!

With so many patterns and layers for this one, I just used a few small flowers to embellish it.  I used some gauze to soften the layers, tucked in some snippets of crochet lace and added some hand stitching.

The 'Sweet' title is cut from the cut out sheet that comes with the Family Jeans 12x12 Paper Pad.  I really am loving using these lately, they are easy and convenient, and obviously match perfectly!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you liked this sweet little layout - I really am having fun with these softer colours, stepping outside my comfort zone of neutral tones!

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DSD Products used:
GCD Studios - Family Jeans 12x12 Paper Pad
GCD Studios - Mix'd Media Stax 2
GCD Studios - Family Jeans Die-cut Shapes
Also used:
Gauze, Bakers Twine, Paper Flowers
White Self Adhesive Lace Trim
DMC Perle Embroidery Thread
Polaroid Frame, White Shipping Tag
Font: Special Elite
Sketch: Pagemaps March 2013

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Here and Now - Donna Salazar Designs

Hi lovelies!  I have another layout to share with you all today.  This one was so much fun, I think it helps that I have a kooky son to inspire me!

I have used Donna's Natural Beauty papers for this one, with some little cut out clouds from the Fun and Funky Paper Pad.  These little clouds are so darn cute!  I originally had the little 2x2 photos placed square in the squares... I lifted the layout up to hunt for something I'd lost underneath {as you do} and the photos shifted... and I preferred the look, it suits the silly photos!  Love little 'accidents' like that, the ones that are meant to happen.   

All the paper layers were distressed with the Distrezz-It-All, it's become my new best friend again - the poor thing was sadly neglected for a little while {I stole it's power point for something else}, but no longer!

I've made some flowers using Donna's Bitty Blossoms die.  They make just the right sized flowers for clustering.  Tracey has a fabulous little step by step on how she makes the Bitty Blossoms > HERE.  I'm still learning to perfect my method on these ones, I keep trying different ways, but Tracey has them just perfect!

I've hand cut out the title and clouds and used them as embellishments on the page...

... and have popped in some pearls into the flower centers, with a few scattered near the clusters.

Thanks for stopping by today, see you again soon!

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DSD Products used:

GCD Studios - Natural Beauty 12x12 Paper Pad
GCD Studios - Natural Beauty Cut Out Sheet {Here and Now}
GCD Studios - Fun and Funky Cut Out Sheet {Clouds}
GCD Studios - Mix'd Media Stax 2

Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx - Stormy

Want 2 Scrap Self Adhesive Pearls - LeCreme

Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms Die

Also used:

Tab Punch, Shipping Tag
DMC Perle Embroider Thread


Friday, 15 November 2013

Be Happy Card - Donna Salazar Designs

Hi lovelies!  I thought I'd have a go at creating a card to share with you today.  I've always said "I don't 'do' cards", but I can... it's more that most of my cards need to be wrapped and not posted because they end up so thick. 

This was such fun to create.  I used one of Donna's 6x6 Paper Pads for the papers here, to cut the flowers and created the layered background. They are the perfect size for cards.  For this one I used papers from the Fun and Funky range.  I love the cutout sheets, the little people are so cute! 

This range is lots of fun, it's got funky brights and patterns on one side, and more neutral tones of the reverse - making it very versatile. I've distressed the edges with my Distrezz-It-All, it's the only thing that gives those fabulously distressed edges!  As always, little denim offcuts go so well with Donna's papers, here I've cut a little tab from some Denim using Donna's Creative Page Tab Dies.  I frayed the edges and given it a little spritz of colour using Caramel Latte and Sea Breeze Smooch Spritz.

I've then created some handmade flowers!  The larger one uses layers of Fun & Funky papers as well as some Crafty Chronicle pages.  It was cut with the Rose Creations Die and I used my Wild Rose technique, but with a whole lot more layers!  All the little ones were cut using the Bitty Blossoms die - so cute!  I've used some sweet Denim coloured pearls in the centre of the Bitty Blossoms, and then scattered some across the card.

I also used some cute little laser cut corrugated swirls, these I gave a quick spray with Flat White Spray paint.  Then to finish it off I cut out a title and the 3 little people from the Fun and Funky 12x12 Paper Pad CutOut sheet... too easy!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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DSD Products used:
GCD Studios - Fun and Funky 6x6 Paper Pad
GCD Studios - Fun and Funky 12x12 Cut Out Sheet
GCD Studios - Crafty Chronicle 2
Clearsnap Smooch Spritz - Caramel Latte, Sea Breeze
Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx - Jasmine
Spellbinders Rose Creations Die
Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms Die
Spellbinders Creative Page Tabs Die
Want 2 Scrap ATC Denim
Want 2 Scrap Self Adhesive Pearls - Steel Blue
Want 2 Scrap Card Size Hand Drawn Swirls - Corrugated
Zutter Distrezz-It-All
Spellbinders Grand Calibur


Saturday, 9 November 2013

Precious - Donna Salazar Designs

Hi everyone!  Today I have a simple little layout to share with you, all in lovely blue/grey tones.  These are my parents, they've known each other since they were 5 years old... that's quite precious!

Today I have used papers from Donna's Natural Beauty collection.  I love the blue grey tones in this set, so lovely!   The paper edges were distressed with the Distrezz-It-All, making what would be a clean neat layout just that little bit grungier.  It adds such wonderful visual texture to the layers, without adding too much bulk or weight.
Instead of making flowers for this, I've hand cut a few love hearts from some canvas and spritzed them randomly with Sea Breeze and Ice Rink Smooch Spritz.

I've added some little 'sparklets' to add a little random bling to the page. 

The "precious" was cut from the Family Jeans cut out sheet and used as the base for a title - it's so handy that a lot of Donna's collections can work seamlessly with other collections!

Thanks so much for popping in today!!

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DSD Products used:

GCD Studios - Natural Beauty 12x12 Paper Pad
GCD Studios - Family Jeans CutOut Sheet

Clearsnap Smooch Spritz - Sea Breeze, Ice Rink
Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx - Patina, Stormy

Want 2 Scrap 8x8 Canvas Sheets

Also used:
Dymo Label Maker, Tab Punch
Pearl/Rhinestone Strip
Kaiser Sparklets
DMC Perle Embroidery Thread


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Random Ramblings - Gratitude

Ok so... I've not had a chatter with you all lately, it could be that nothing random has happened lately? But that's not so true - there's always something happening! I think I've just been busy... between finishing up with a couple of DT's, helping with some blog work, working full time, hurting my back {sigh}, trying to play, having guests, seeing my sis and in between all that doing absolutely nothing at all {sleep} I've been a busy girl! Oh my, yeah I have been busy... take a breath Missy.

Reducing my DT commitments was supposed to ease up the pressure on my life... it didn't work yet, but then it has been filled up with the things I was hoping it would be - living!  Another reason is I've been struggling to put on my 'happy journal face' - that's the face you put on to journal {or ramble as the case is here} when you want to document your life, but at the time life is in fact pretty shitty.  Right now, there's a whole pile of crap happening... but I am fighting daily to not let it take me over completely.  And, putting on that 'happy journal face' does help, it really does.  It shows yourself that there are wonderful, beautiful things happening - no matter who is trying to bring you down.  It helps you remain grateful for things that are right, and there's lots of those little things if you look for them.

Okay, so lets talk about some of the big things:

Finishing up DT's: 
Yep, I never thought I'd need or have to do it but I stepped down from Green Tara and Dusty Attic in September, and have just published my final posts for Green Tara last week.  It was difficult to make the choice, it was so hard to let them go... being a part of both The Dusty Attic and Green Tara meant the world to me and I was so proud and grateful to be a part of both teams. You know how you think you'll have that big sigh of relief when you're no longer worrying about letting people down {because I have been running around chasing my tail since March}... well that didn't happen, instead the sense of loss was a huge shock to me, I wasn't quite prepared for it.  Or the feeling of "OMG what have I done" when you meet people you've inspired from your work through these companies and they thank you and compliment you, and I've let them go, by choice... am I crazy?! You have feelings of "will I lose my identity as a scrapper", "will what I do matter anymore" and other just as silly feelings.  You have to focus back on why you did it... to try and keep your head above water, concentrate on your family who need you, relax a bit and have some fun.  I am still with Donna Salazar and still do work for Australian Scrapbook Ideas, and will be back teaching at Tomorrow's... but the workload has reduced enough now for me to not have to scrap every weekend, allowing time for it to become a hobby again instead of a job and allowing me to spend that precious extra time with my family, because they are what matter most.

Well work is work... but I'm lucky I have a great job though, with a great company.  I've been there for 26 years all up now, that's quite a while!  But work is good and most days I enjoy it - I am enjoying being upstairs on my own little quiet office, sometimes it's a little too quiet though LOL.

My Back:
Yeah... that wasn't fun.  I did a whole pile of spring cleaning and pinched my Sciatic a few weeks ago.  Ended up with a week off work and was bored senseless.  There's nothing worse than being at home and not being able to do a thing, and I was too medicated to do anything but sleep.  The frustrating thing with sciatic is it's best to not always lie down - so I had to continually change positions, but then I kept falling asleep from the meds, couldn't win LOL.  Because of it I also missed going to a retreat I was looking forward to.  I tried so hard to get there... I had the car packed {took me 2 hours to pack it}, I got in, drove to the highway and had to turn around and come home. Sad case!  But it's much better now, can even wear my heels to work again, so I'm thankful all that is mended!

Play Time:
This was a struggle the last few months.  I think I was simply overwhelmed with everything, re-adjusting to not being under so much pressure, or adjusting to pressures from other avenues perhaps.  But this last weekend I've had a ball, got my groove back and just played.  I caught up with a few of the girls at Tomorrow's on Sunday, I just took my DSD papers and dies and cut out Bitty Blossoms and Rose Creations petals, and chattered and relaxed... and it was wonderful.  I'm feeling rejuvenated.  Perhaps because we had a snippet of good news last week, perhaps just because it was time to stop hiding away and feeling sorry for myself... who knows, so long as I'm feeling less stressed, that's all that matters right?!

I have been having fun though with my Project Life pages.  They've evolved into simple clean pages - I'm still surprised they haven't ended up packed full of bits and layers! It's also morphing into more of a personal journal for me, which I'm pretty fine with for now.  As a family we are quiet - we don't go out much, and when others come over, we spend time enjoying them, not taking photos.  I'm the most social in the family, I'm the one who takes the photos and I'm the one who tells the story, so I guess it's natural for my Project Life to come more from my perspectives.  This year is still practice for me, to see what works and what approach I want to start the new year with.  I'm thinking I'll also create a Gratitude album as well... I have the cute "Just Add Colour" Kit that was designed for Instagram Prints, so I think that will be a side project for me - Project Gratitude?! Just something to help us cultivate a better life for us next year, once we are through the dramas that this year came with.

The Home Front:
We've had some guests again... we had our god-daughter visit, she's family - but she's still a guest.  Even though we only had her with us a few days, it was just so wonderful to see her and spend some one on one girl time with her.  In-between my sister has popped in to see us, as well as mum and dad, again, family, but guests enough for us!  We love having people we love come to visit, always have.  Our house is definitely not a show home; it's a well used, very lived in home, but it scrubs up ok when we put the effort in and our doors are always open to our friends and loved ones.  Shamefully it was neglected somewhat the last year and a half.  I know having someone live with us who didn't lift a finger to help contributed towards that, but I also have to take into account my general exhaustion, a touch of melancholy, Darren's depression growing worse... so many factors, and now trying to get it back to perfect is really hard.  But it's starting to shine again now, just bit by bit - one day each weekend I go into "ninja tidy up an area mode" and it's happening.  It'll get there again, de-cluttering will help that.  We really have so much 'stuff' and that doesn't help things either LOL.  There's a bulk refuse collection at the end of the year, we'll take advantage of that for sure this time - if it has no purpose it needs to go bye-byes!  That's going to get hard when it comes to sentimental things, both my hubby and I are shockers for sentiment {you know, like the scary Egyptian style cat statue that you'd never buy now, but because you bought it at a swap meet when you first met it's sentimental and can't be parted with}.  I think we'll need to form a plan of attack.  Perhaps it needs to tick at least 2 out of 3 'reasons' to stay... hmmm, any suggestions?

And that's about it, up to date with the happenings in my little world...

When I started writing this one, I had no direction to what it was all about, but a common element came to the forefront - gratitude... 

 And so, right now I am feeling a bit happier, feeling much gratitude for the wonderful opportunities I've had in my creative life, feeling tremendously grateful for the beautiful souls I have in my life that care about me and mine {and those special few who are helping me learn to trust again}... and feeling a little bit blessed, even amongst the chaos that surrounds me.

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Monday, 4 November 2013

Donna Salazar Giveaways!

Hi everyone!! I just have to share this with you all. Donna Salazar has two fabulous giveaways going on right now. You all know how much I love her products, and here's a chance for you to win some for yourself!! 

First, Donna just started a new Youtube channel and would like you to subscribe, so she's having a Mega Prize Giveaway. All you need to do to enter is subscribe to her new Youtube channel: She'll be giving this away in November, so head right on over to get your name in the hat for this fabulous prize package.

Just look at this prize package valued at more than $100.

The second giveaway is for her brand new Zutter Distrezz-it-All V3.0. This new Distrezz-it-All V3.0 works just the same as V2.0. The only changes are the power cord and color. Stop by Donna's blog and use Rafflecopter to enter as well as liking the Distrezz-it-All Facebook page. As soon as this page gets 2,000 likes, Donna will be drawing a winner. All the details can be found here. Be sure to watch Donna's Wednesday Webisodes Video demonstrating all the cool distressing techniques you can achieve with the Distrezz-it-All. It can be viewed here.

Zutter Distrezz-it-All V3.0

PS . . . be sure to watch the bloopers on Donna's videos. They are sure to bring a smile to your face as you see her goofs and her absolutely adorable grandson, Hunter. 

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Friday, 1 November 2013

Wonderful Wings Hanging - Donna Salazar Designs & HandMade Holidays Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to the Third Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop!! The best crafters, designers, and makers have come together to create and share a series of thoughtful, handmade gifts for the holidays during this 3 day blog hop. Our goal is to inspire you to create something from the heart this holiday season as well as share how to use our products in fun, innovative ways. We intend this hop to serve as a resource to you for this holiday season and for years to come.

Hop along to each blog in the list. Each day, from November 1 through November 3, 2013, Clearsnap will be posting a brand new list of blogs to hop to. Comment on each blog, share your favorite posts over social media, and then use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of each post to enter to win the Grand Prize, a gift basket filled with crafty swag from the companies on the hop! We’re ready to inspire, share, and create – are you ready to hop?

For the Blog Hop I have created this little wall hanging to share.  I've been wanting to use this chippy frame set I've had for a while, but wasn't quite sure what to do with it.  So I decided it could become a base and then I work up from there and see what happened… and now I have this sweet little wall hanging ready to be wrapped up in time for Christmas!  I even have a little step by step for you all to show you how I created the base.

The little squares were covered in Donna's Natural Beauty papers from the cute little 6x6 Paper Pads, as well as some of her corrugated board, canvas and denim from Want2Scrap.

I created lots of sweet little flowers using Donna's Bitty Blossoms Die from Spellbinders, some of these were given a dusting of Fairy Dust Glitter.

I cut butterflies using Donna's Wonderful Wings Die from Spellbinders out of Canvas and Denim from Want2Scrap.

Click HERE for a downloadable PDF of the Step by Step Instructions via

Today's Hop List:

November 1:
Sizzix – Eileen Hull Designs
You are HERE - Donna Salazar Designs - Mistra Hoolahan
100 Proof Press – Elise Durenburger
ICE Resin – Lexi Grenzer
Graphic 45 – Rhea Freitag
Clearsnap – Debbie Cole
Smoothfoam – Vicki O’Dell
100 Proof Press – Teresa Abajo
Sizzix –  Amy Bowerman
ICE Resin – Jo DeSerio Jones
Smoothfoam – Lisa Fulmer

And here is your link to the the Rafflecopter giveaway

Pop in each day to the Clearsnap Blog HERE to get each days Blog Hop addresses.

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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Purple Gift Box - Green Tara

Today I have to share with you my very last post as a member of the Green Tara Design Team. I decided to make a sweet little gift box topped with some beautiful flowers and my favourite ribbon.

I edged the lid of the box with Silver Diamante Trim, adding some elegance to the box and tying in the silver butterfly charm and foil pattern on the paper.

The lovely lavender and lilac tones worked so well together…

It has truly been an honour to have been a part of this wonderful team for the last few years… I still remember the absolute excitement when I received the phone call asking me to join the team.  It was a dream come true!  Thank you Alison and Di for everything, it has been a fabulous experience working with such quality products, and people!  xoxo

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Green Tara Products used:

Damask 8cm, Lavender - XF9225LAV
Sakura 5cm, Lilac - XF9221L
Satin Rosette 5cm, Palest Lilac - XF9330PL
Roses 1.5cm, Lavender - FDR003L

Silver Diamante Trim, Wave - RBY25
Coloured Jute Ribbon, Lavender - RB407LAV
Lace Ribbon, Flower White - RB6813WH

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Tranquility - Green Tara

I started this layout wayyyy back in February this year… and I just couldn't quite get it happening.  This weekend gone I pulled it out again and it all came together so easily.  Just goes to show that sometimes it's best to just walk away and try again later!

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The one part of the layout that was working for me were the Green Tara flowers.  I had chosen my favourite Cherry Blossoms, Sakura, flat Petals, Roses and a Moss Wild Rose.

The White Flower Lace Ribbon helped add just that little more white to balance the layout.  This lace is very versatile, it can be layered, used as is or cut up to add tiny accents.

Green Tara Products Used:

Roses 3cm, White - FDR024WH
Cherry Blossoms, White - FLC22WH
Wild Rose 7cm, Moss - XF9318MO
Sakura 5cm, White - XF9221WH
22 Petals Pack, White - P22WH 

Lace Ribbon, White Flower - RB6813WH

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Love These Two - Green Tara

Our gorgeous goddaughter stopped with us a few days on her way down south, and again on her way back home, and as always it was so wonderful to see her.  Unfortunately like all 16yo girls, trying to get a photo of her is near impossible, so when I get some they become my treasures!

This layout was a quick snap of Kel and her… Kel as always being a total goose, and Courtney trying her best to tolerate him.

"Love these Two"

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I adore this Sage Satin Rosette, the colour is most divine and was perfect for the papers.  I felt the shape of it also would be a lovely compliment to the Sprightly Sprockets I've used on the layout.

The white flower clusters soften the sprocket clusters...

I have used the Flat Petals under the flowers and sprockets as it emulates the teeth on the cogs...

The "Love" is a wood veneer laser cut, I spray painted it white and then coated with with Fairy Dust Glitter.

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Green Tara Products Used:

Primula 4.5cm, White - XF9325WH
Cherry Blossoms, White - FLC22WH
Satin Rosette, Sage - XF9330SA
22 Petals Pack - P22WH

Lace 5cm, White - L2902W

Sketch: Pagemaps {Sept '13}