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