Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bright days

I just fell in love with this color palette this summer... the teal, pink/purple and orange color combo. I had wanted to create with this. The thing I love about cards is that even when you love a color palette and cannot find any photos to complement it, cards are a fun way to combine things, use up your supplies and create!

I also did a few cards from the new Simple Stories 100 days of summer line. I saw this line and knew I had to have the collection!

Here are the cards I made... the first of many projects with this fun bright collection!

Be back soon with some of my art homework to share ;)


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Free to be you

Hey there . Hope you all are enjoying your summer. We have been swimming, eating ice cream, driving, enjoying the warm sun and travelling to new places. I always love the longer days and quiet nights as we sit outside unwinding from the days adventures!

  Steal some time away to get your artsy on this summer~!  I put together a fun bright layout by layering these gorgeous papers from Donna Salazars Antiquities line mixed with some scraps from Pink Paislee and Simple Stories... I had fun cutting and spritzing and being artistic! Donna's muted, shabby tones blend perfectly with other manufacturers accents and patterns to create a fun layering of grungy goodness!

I used some Smooch Spritz in River Mossy to add this rich blue coloring to a paper doily and a light coat of it onto the Artistic paper journal tag.

Here you can see the layering of spritzed and distressed pattern papers.

These dragon fly accents are by Spellbinders from the Fanciful Flight collection.

They are also spritzed to keep the color scheme consistent . Add some Fairy Dust Glitter to give them a transluscent look.

So I hope I"ve inspired you to squeeze some crafty time for yourself and try something new, play around and have fun this summer with your art!

Pattern papers, Antiquities, and Spring in Bloom  by Donna Salazar Designs for GCD
Pink Paislee, blue and Simple Stories, 100 days of Summer line
Artistic Journal tags, Donna Salazar Designs, GCD
Die Cuts, Fanciful flights by Donna Salazar Designs for Spellbinders
Paper die cut  from Glitz
Smooch Spritz,( River Mossy, Wood Stain, Vanilla Sugar and Cherry Ice)  Donna Salazar Designs for Clearsnap
Fairy Dust Glitter, Sugar Shimmer Donna Salazar for Clearsnap
Letter stickers from Sassafrass Lass
metal studs from 7 Gypsies
lace, Prima
Gems from Recollections
Stickers, K and Co
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Super Secret Sneaks

CHA... otherwise known as Craft and Hobby Association bi annual trade show takes place next week. I am not attending but with technology, have the priviledge of watching it all unfold online.... How exciting for us crafters... all new stuff. Summer is the Fall and Winter/Xmas lines that get released and are always very very cool stuff!

Donna Salazar and team are being VERY super sneaky about all the new goods... Us Design Team members know only as much as the rest of ya'll!

I did see this on the Scrapbook. com blog though and I am wickedly excited...
Summer 11 Donna Salazar Designs sneak peeks

Woot... I'll keep you updated as we find out more....

Been busy playing with manual mode and inking my fingers up with soft pastels... having two intensive summer classes is kicking my little booty!!!  Only 2 more classes and then I am free for a month . Not sure how I will handle having no school ... lol may even get to do some crafts for fun... what a idea!!

Be back soon with some fun cards to share


Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Artistic Banner

Hey there summer. Kim here with an artistic banner that will add a special touch to everyones summer decor!  For our international friends, where it may even be winter,this banner is great for you as well.
Grab your Artistic papers and lets get going...

First off, I started with the Banner Artistic papers designed by Donna Salazar. I cut the scalloped triangles out and spritzed them with River Mossy Smooch Spritz.

Next, from the Spring In Bloom Artistic Papers, I had fun coloring in the images to match whatever cardstock or season it is. It can be tailored to uniquely express any feeling depending on what you want to convey. Since it is summer here in the States, I wanted to do some rosey, orange flowers and some vivid blues and dark greens.
I used copic markers but you can also use pastels, crayons, watercolor, acrylics, stamping inks... whatever your artistic hearts desire!!! These papers truly bring out the Picasso in us all.

Next, I carefully fussy cut around the part of the image I wanted to fit onto the banner. I loved this rose image here:

I continued adding colored images, small embellishments and strips of other Donna Salazar pattern papers until each banner had some accents added.
I also created some larger triangles out of cardstock and finished them with Pattern papers, images, and accents as well. I also used some tags from the Artistic Journal cards as mats for several words and accents. I left them uncolored to see the scroll patterns details.
You can see the various shapes here
 as well as here:

Once all your little banner pieces are to your liking,  punch some holes on both sides of each triangle using a mini hole punch.  String the banner pieces using Kraft twine or cord, having the line run in the back of the banner.

I tied two bows on the ends of the banner to keep the pieces from sliding off. Hang the banner up and let everyone marvel at your creativity. The artistic papers give this such a charming addition and because they come un painted/colored, can be created to match your unique ideas.
Have fun and hope some of you get your Artsy on and create a banner too!
If you create a banner using some of Donna's Banner Artistic papers, link us up... we would love to see!

Artistic Papers, Donna Salazar Designs, GCD
Smooch Spritz, Donna Salazar, Clearsnap
Pattern papers from Spring in Bloom, Antiquities, Trunk in my Attic and Winter,  Donna Salazar Designs, GCD 
Flower and branch embellishments , Paper Accents, K and Co
Kraft cord, copic markers
Run On's,  Kaiser

For more ideas using these papers, see my blog at  

Inside My Head