I am sad to say that Moments of Tranquility Shop has been closed for good.
I am grateful for the years of support and kindness that I have received. :o)

If you are here looking for Dusty Attic chipboard... DON'T PANIC!
You can now purchase Dusty Attic chipboard directly from the manufacturer HERE.

I can finally scream it from the roof tops... I AM A DONNA SALAZAR DESIGN TEAM MEMBER!!!! Wooooooohooooo!!!  If you were following along with Donna's phone calls, I was Call #3... the girl from New Jersey who wanted to scream at work!  LOL.  I am so incredibly excited and honored to be working with such a talented group of artists.  Looking forward to a fabulous year filled with scrappy goodness!

Here is the new team...

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Mentorship Program:

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Monday friends!  This is a photo of me and my hubby when we were dating in 2009.  Please ignore the bags under my eyes  :o)... I had taken a trip to the hospital the day before.
This layout is based on a sketch by my GYSO team mate, Jodi Wilton.  I used the new Prima Moulin Rouge papers for this page.
The little metal embellies were purchased from Maxine's Melange (Australia).  Maxine is an incredibly sweet person who sells beautiful vintage goodies.
This gorgeous chippie (Decorative Trim set DA0435) is made by The Dusty Attic.  I dry embossed it and inked it with Glimmer Mist.  I then heat embossed random areas using Distress embossing powder and added a touch of coordinating Stickles.  
The fabric flower and pearl flourish are made by Prima.  The chipboard foliage behind the flowers (DA0506) was dry embossed using a Texture Fades embossing folder.
I borrowed this quote from a stamp.  I printed and cut out each word and stitched them onto my layout.
This is also a Prima flower, but I tore out the center and added a mulberry rose and some Diamond Dust.
These Dusty Attic Ornate Gates (DA0189) were inked with Glimmer Mist and painted with Glimmer Glam.
The corner flourishes were hand-stitched.  I used a stitching template, but I added extra holes for a more defined flourish.

For a list of products used, please click on the link below.
My Life to Keep

Thank you for stopping by to take a peek at my layout.  Have a beautiful week!

I am so excited to announce that I was featured in the 'Profiled People' section of Scrapping.no, the biggest scrapbooking forum in Norway!  I am so honored!  Thank you Linda for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful site!  

Hello again!  I hope you are all well!  I wanted to share a card I made a little over a week ago.  This is my first card!!!!  So please don't laugh.  :o)  It kind of ended up looking like a mini layout rather than a card LOL.  The night I made it I felt like crafting, but I didn't want to start an entire layout so I decided to give card making a try.  I had no idea where to begin!  I didn't even know what size it should be!  I had a lot of fun making this and it won't be the last time I make a card.  Thanks Jenny for the encouragement and motivation.  :o)

I used paper from Tim Holtz's Vintage Shabby Collection.  I really love the bird on this paper.  I stitched the flourishes using my Quick Tip

The hinge is a chippie made by The Dusty Attic (Hinges DA0509).  I didn't actually plan for it to come out looking the way it does but I LOVE the end result.  I originally embossed it, painted it white and then inked it with a color similar to the brown cord I used for my lacing.  I then sanded off pieces of the hinge to give it a distressed look and applied rock candy Crackle paint on top.  Somehow the combination of all of those elements caused the hinge to turn a pinkish color and it ended up matching my paper perfectly!!  What luck!  It looks awesome up close.   I guess sometimes the best effects are the result of accidents!

Thanks for taking a peek at my little creation.  Have a beautiful day!

For a list of products used, please click on the link below.
Love is...

I love to add lacing to my work and I often use ribbon, lace, twine and hemp cord.  Generally I use a needle to help me lace, but hemp cord tends to be too thick.  If you have ever worked with hemp cord then you know
 how it tends to unravel.  This can become a pain when you're trying to lace up your project.  

To solve this problem, add a bit of crazy glue to the ends of the cord and it will stay stiff and in one piece.  This also works well with ribbon that tends to fray.  :o)

Happy Monday friends!  It's time for another sketch over at Get Your Sketch On (GYSO).  I decided to use the Once Upon a Springtime Collection by Graphic 45.  I had a really hard time with this layout because I don't work too well with busy papers.  But I decided to give it a try because I love this collection!  

The photo is of my daughter when she was 2 years old.  She had dressed up as Tinkerbell for Halloween.  I like that I was able to use these G45 papers for a Halloween layout.

On this layout I did a lot of fussy cutting... something I don't do often.  There are so many different pieces layered onto this page.  I admire those of you who fussy cut on your layouts because it is a lot of work.  I added a dab of Stickles and a tiny pearl to the center of each cut flower.

This chipboard element (Foliage DA0506) is made by The Dusty Attic.  I inked it and added a touch of Stickles.
Although it's a little difficult to tell from the photos, I decorated the wings of each fairy with Stickles too.
The little white flowers were made using Dusty Attic Flower Layers #3 (DA0504).  I painted the layers with acrylic paint, added texture using an embossing folder and inked them using Distress Ink.  
I punched the edges of my photo and added stitching to create a decorative border.
I accidentally cut off a few of this poor little fairy's fingers.  :o(  So now it looks like she's pointing at the flowers.  :o)
This is another Dusty Attic chippie that is part of the foliage pack.
I did a lot of hand stitching on this layout.  The lace around the border is actually stitched onto the layout.  

Thank you for stopping by.  I can't say this is one of my favorite layouts, but I had fun creating it!  

For a list of products used, please click on the link below.
A Little Fairy

Have a wonderful day!

Hi everyone!  Just wanted to share a layout I made of my son.  Thanks to my scrap buddy Kay for inspiring me to make another grungy layout.  :o)
This flower was made using Dusty Attic chipboard Flower Layers #1 (DA0502).  My Dusty Attic team mate, Mistra, inspired me to make these flowers.  For a tutorial on how to make these embossed flowers, please click here.
The title is made out of Grunge board.  I embossed the letters using a Texture Fades embossing folder and then highlighted the raised surfaces and edges with Stickles.  The stitched flourish was made using a Bazzill stitching template, but I added extra holes for greater detail.  The chain fence (DA0450) is made by The Dusty Attic. I inked it with a spray ink and embossed it with Distress embossing powder.  I also highlighted it using Perfect Pearls and acrylic paint.
The time piece is made by Tim Holtz as are the metal flowers and foliage.
 This hinge is made by The Dusty Attic.  I embossed it and then inked it with glimmer mist. I also added a touch of gold acrylic paint and secured it to my layout using brads. 
I decided to stitch my own flourishes because I do not have any small stitching templates.  For a quick tip on how to create your own stitched flourishes click here.

The little tag is a Tim Holtz Fragment Charm.  I attached it to a swivel clasp and hooked it onto a hitch fastener.  The little metal heart on the tag is from Maxine's Melange.  Maxine is an Australian-based retailer and she sells a lot of vintage trinkets and also Dusty Attic products!  Stop by her site today and tell her I said "hi".  :o)

For a list of products used, click on the link below.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a fantastic day!

This tutorial was inspired by the talented Mistra.  Please be sure to check out her tutorial over at The Dusty Attic.  :o)  I used chipboard flower layers made by The Dusty Attic for this tutorial.  You could also use a sturdy cardstock or patterned paper.  Just skip on to Step 4 if you are not using chipboard.
Supplies needed:
- Dusty Attic chipboard Flower Layers (DA0502)
- Water
- Craft knife
- Embossing folder
- Big Shot or other embossing machine
- Glimmer mist
- Embossing ink
- Distress embossing powder
- Heat tool
- Ink pad
- Wooden skewer
- Craft pick or Needle
- Brads
- Heat tool

STEP 1:  Soak the chipboard flower layers with water for about a minute.  Allow water to saturate the chipboard.

STEP 2:  Carefully peel the layers of the chipboard apart.  You can use a craft knife to help you.  The chippie should split into 3 layers.  Be careful not to tear the layers.

STEP 3:  You should be able to split 3 flower layers into 9 layers.  Dry each layer using a heat tool.

STEP 4:  Place all of the flower layers into an embossing folder and run it through your embossing machine.

STEP 5:  Ink each layer using glimmer mist.

Tip: To darken the raised impressions... turn the flower layer over after misting it and gently rub it in the puddle of mist.  Dry layers with a heat tool.

STEP 6:  Gently pat embossing ink onto a layer.  You do not have to cover the entire layer.  Just randomly blot the ink.

STEP 7:  While the embossing ink is still damp, pour Distress embossing powder onto the flower layer.  Repeat Steps 6-7 for each layer. 

STEP 8:  Shake off the excess embossing powder and heat each layer with a heat tool (again) to melt the embossing powder.  The reason I chose to dry each layer between steps is to avoid tearing the layers. 

STEP 9:  Ink the edges of each layer to add a little depth.

STEP 10:  (You can choose which layers you would like to use and how to assemble them to create your flower.)  For one flower I used two of the large layers, one medium layer and one small layer.  Using a wooden skewer, curl the petals of the two large layers inward.

STEP 11:  Curl back the petals of the medium layer as shown.

STEP 12:  For the small layer, push up all of the petals.

STEP 13:  Using a craft pick or needle, poke a hole through the center of each flower layer.

STEP 14:  Assemble your flower and place a brad through the holes.  And you're done!

I used the remaining flower layers (one large layer, two medium layers and two small layers) to create the flower shown at the beginning of this tutorial.  I also curled all of the petals inward instead.  Use your creativity to vary the look of this flower!

Thanks for checking out my tutorial.  Hope you find it useful!

To see the layout where I used this technique, click on the link below.

  • I have decided to step down from all Design Teams to spend more time with my family. I do occasionally create so keep an eye out!