Friday, December 30, 2011

TOP 12 of 2011

Okay, I thought I would do the cliche thing and post my 12 most favorite craft projects I made this past year.

No surprise that many of these are projects I created using Donna Salazar products. Several of these have been published online, featured in magazines or blogs. I feel fortunate to have such appreciated artwork.
Do you have a favorite? I would love to hear your thoughts...
Happy New Year!!!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Have you finished....

shopping for the holidays yet? Only 4 days left! ahhhhhhhh... is it just me or as it gets closer to Christmas, there is so much more to do and time moves much faster?  Hmmmm? 
I did manage to heal myself of this cold and bake 4 types of cookies... Chocolate balls, Sandies, Peanut Butter Blossoms, Gingerbread and a special little biscuit for my sweet little daddy who will be alone in Arizona this year :(  His presents are due to arrive... as I write this and I will add this little box of goodies just before his birthday (Jan 2).
The teachers gifts are bought... Im just trying to figure out a unique way to wrap them all... maybe some paper stockings? 

Looking forward to spending a few days with down time... where nothing is open, no place to go and family out of town... I want to spend the day purging and cleaning but doesn't seem too festive for Christmas, huh?  ;)

Thinking of everyone during this busy time of year. Hope you take some time to slow down a bit and take it all in... so much to be grateful for, so much to celebrate. Cheers!

Friday, December 09, 2011

Holiday Ornaments

"Its the Most... Wonderful Time.... of the Year".... okay, enough singing... :)
  Its me Kim and I am here to share some projects I made for Christmas.
I created these two cute little ornaments with some of Donna's fun new Embossing powders. They match the colors of her Mix'd Media Inx... so there are so many fun techniques to try!
Today, I am sharing these ornaments that I created . They are easy to make and adding the touches of embossing gives them some dimension and lift.

The Santa ornament is a piece of Nestaboard.(pre shaped chipboard).  I used Mix'd Media Inx in Jasmine. I added directly from pad to surface like shown below... I applied two coats, allowing it to dry in between.

When the chipboard is completely covered with ink and dry, I layered a favorite vintage image right over it. You can use a sheer transparent accent like I did or print one onto transparency from your favorite vintage clip art graphic.
Punch a hole through the top, tie a bow and  some twine to create a hanging ornament.

To create the next ornament, I embossed an image from a favorite pattern paper.

I really wanted it to pop so I used the Embossing Gloss which has a narrow wand that allows you to literally hand paint on the embossing gel.

Add Jasmine Mix'd Media Inx Embossing powder to the wet image.

Heat set with a gun .

The unique thing about this Gloss is that you can go back over small sections you may have missed.. or go over the entire image again for a thicker coat. You can also draw images free hand with the wand and get a completely individual image !

Once the image has dried, I cut the paper to create a border adhering it  around a empty ribbon spool.I punched two small holes along the top to add twine for hanging

While taking a break, I  noticed one cute but  naughty puppy trying to do her own form of "distressing" a piece of chipboard... ;)
Who me?

Okay, back to crafts.... Next up , I added a small paper image to the inside of the spool. I thought it would be fun to use the embossing powder to add "snow" to a few areas in the image.

I cut a favorite quote from the Crafty Chronicle news and added it around the spool

I added a lace bow and a cardstock punched border to the front of the spool.

Hang ornaments and admire how crafty you can be with ink and embossing powder!


Cardstock, Bazzill
Pattern paper, Antiquities, Donna Salazar Designs, GCD
Edger Punch, Martha Stewart
Lace and satin ribbon, Offray
Paper quote from Crafty Chronicle, Donna Salazar, GCD
Sheer and paper die cuts, K and Co.
Mix'd media Inx, Jasmine, Donna Salazar Designs for Clearsnap
Twine, craft supply
Nestaboard, lacey oval, Want 2 Scrap
Embossing Gloss and Mix'd Media Embossing Powders, Donna Salazar Designs, Clearsnap

Have a very Happy Holiday!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

craftiness variety

I wanted to share some other crafts (other than cards and scrapbook pages) that I have been working on... I find time to create smaller crafts. Sometimes these take less time and can be done while watching tv or visiting with family, etc... so I tend to do more of these during busier times of the year.

First up is some new "posies" I found these gorgeous cupcake liners at Target.. I loved the bright green and polka dots with the darker richer red... so pretty and blends well with handmade buttons, Kraft paper bags and twine...

Secondly, I have been needle felting like a crazy woman. This is really addictive... I started making felted balls in all colors and finally stringed them together to creates some fun bracelets... Here are a few of the color combinations I created...
Be back soon with a sampling of my art I have worked on in Drawing II.. work to date, I should say.. more to come..


Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas pj's

Every year ,  I buy my kid's a set of new soft , fluffy pajama's to open and wear for Christmas eve. I love taking an annual shot of them dressed and waiting for Santa...

I had fun creating a fun tree accent. Using Donna's Banner ARtistic papers. Cut out the banner using a spellbinders die . I used Mix'd Media Inx in           to color it in and sprinkled it with Fairy Dust Glitter. Layer some gold ball gem strips to resemble lights. when you adhere it to the page, use foam squares or pop dots to give it dimension and have it stand away from the page.

Donna's weathered winter papers are mixed with lace, chipboard and buttons on a 12 inch sheet of distressed, corrugated board. A sheer large gold bow finishes the page.

A fun way to capture tradition and be creative too.


Pattern papers, green, grey, Weathered Winter, Donna Salazar Designs;  red, Cosmo Cricket
Chipboard letters, Scenic route
Button, Making Memories
Artistic Papers, Banner, Donna Salazar Designs, GCD
Candy cane accents, Darice, Michaels
Resin white scroll accents, Melissa Frances
Distrezzer tool, and corrugated board, Zutter,
Gold gems, Recollections
Star burst seal, Studio Calico
Sheer Ribbon, Offray
Paper Doiley
Smooch Spritz, Mix'd Media Inx and Fairy Dust Glitter, Donna Salazar Designs, Clearsnap

Monday, November 07, 2011

Paper Towels and planning

Believe it or not, we are into the Holidays... at least we are here at Donna Salazar Designs. This month we are sharing projects that you can make for the upcoming holiday season.
I don't know about you but thinking about the holidays already is getting me a bit stressed. Here is a little Holiday Planner I created . Planning and writing things down always seems to get me more organized and less stressed.
The little book is completely handmade from Pattern papers and cardstock with several embellishments, die cuts and bound together with lots of love and care as I am sure it will get its use this upcoming season!!
First, I die cut several dies out of pattern papers using Donna's Sprightly Sprockets and Carnation Creations dies. I added Mix'd Media Inx and Fairy Dust glitter to give them appropriate holiday shine.
Next I assembled the book  distressing and inking the edges of various pattern papers from the Weathered Winter line.
As I was getting ready to assemble my little book, I dropped my new (and very coveted) Smooch Spritz in Hollyberry!!!

Yikes... Instead of looking like a crime scene, I was able to absorb most of it onto a roll of papertowel.  Not wanting to waste any of that gorgeous stuff, I decided to have some fun with it instead!

I added some Evergreen smooch spritz with the Holly berry.
I hand cut leaves to make holly out of the spritzed and stained  dry paper towel.

Next, I created a little bow by carefully tying a strip of the paper towel. Once it is spritzed, it is a bit delicate. Allowing it to fully dry helps it absorb the liquid and hold together better. I snipped the ends to resemble a bow.
Thirdly, I rolled a small piece to form a teeny handmade flower bud.

I can't believe how many ideas I had just from a silly mistake!

I layered and bound the book using my bind it all.
Now I am a bit more ready to get my planning on ... and this little book will remind me to make even the challenges that come along into inspiring opportunities... a great lesson for a busy time of year!
Here's to a peaceful start and some inspiration to get thinking about the holidays.


Cardstock, Bazzill
           Pattern papers, Antiquities and Weathered Winter lines from Donna Salazar Designs, GCD, Pinecone Press
    Smooch Spritz in Evergreen and Holly Berry  Mix'd Media Inx in Chiffon and Jasmine

              Manila Tag, chipboard sticker from Jenni Bowlin
              Crafty Chronicle by Donna Salazar Designs, GCD
              Sheer tags, Making Memories, Chipboard pieces, Want 2 Scrap, ribbon, lace, buttons
              from craft supply

              Fairy Dust Glitter, Donna Salazar Designs, Clearsnap
              Die Cuts, Carnation Creations and Sprightly Sprockets, Donna Salazar designs for
              Bind It All,  and O Wires from Zutter
              Tiny christmas ornament, from Target
              Twine and ribbon, Offray