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As if a hurricane two months ago wasn't bad enough... this time we were hit with a snow storm... in October!!  I don't think anyone was prepared for what we received.  The snowfall was so quick and intense that the wet, heavy snow that accumulated on the trees caused thousands of them to snap and fall.  My drive home from work was like an obstacle course!  EVERY street that I passed was covered with branches and fallen trees.  Giant snow mounds from the trees kept hitting the roof of my car, causing my heart to stop.  I just wanted to get home in one piece and preferably without a tree trunk sticking out of the top of my car.  Thankfully I arrived home safely, but nonetheless, I arrived to a home without power.  We managed to endure over 24 hours in the cold house with no heat or electricity, but as the temperature continued to drop, we decided to head over to my parents' house where there is heat and internet!!!  I have come to realize how attached I am to modern technology.  LOL!!  I was desperate to check my emails and get some work done on the computer.  According to the news, we may not regain power until Friday.  So I guess that means I have to go back home, pack up my studio in about 10 suitcases and bring my stash to my parents' house.  LOL.  Hope all of my Northeastern friends are well and safe.  It looks like this winter is going to be a mean one.  Stay safe and sending you all my love.



Hello my chickies!!  Hope everyone is well!  I have a few updates to report regarding Donna Salazar Designs.  


* First, there is a new Facebook fan page up and can be found HERE.  Be sure to 'LIKE' our fan page to stay up to date with new product releases, challenges, tutorials, giveaway and much more!  At the moment, we are holding a giveaway
... for every 100 new fans we gain, we will give away a Crafty Chronicle.  Once we reach 1,000 fans, we are giving away a Distrezz-it-All!

Donna Salazar also has a Ning site called, Girlie Grunge.  This is the perfect place to upload your inky, painty, girlie and grungy projects!  You can upload any of your work; the use of Donna Salazar products is not required.

Although your projects do not need to contain Donna's products, the use of her products will increase you chances of being a featured artist (and I hear there's a goodie pack involved too!).

The October issue of The Crafty Chronicle Newsletter (electronic version) has just been released.  Click HERE to read all of the latest news regarding Donna Salazar Designs.  You can also subscribe to this monthly newsletter HERE.

That's all for now... I think.  LOL.  So many exciting things are in the works and I will keep you up to date!  Have a beautiful day!!



 Hello friends!  Time for another sketch at Creative Scrappers!  This is my last layout for this DT term, but I am happy to announce that I was accepted for another term!  So the fun WILL continue!

This photo of my daughter was taken this past summer.  I adore the expression in her eyes and the beauty of her face.  Funny thing is... this beautiful expression was caught on camera at the doctor's office. She was looking up at me and pleading to not let the doctor giver her any shots. Luckily, she did not get any shots that day.  LOL.







 

The title words are made of chipboard and are manufactured by The Dusty Attic (Mini Words #2 DA0476, Mini Words #3 DA0477).  The nameplates that hold the title and sentiments are also made by The Dusty Attic (Nameplates #4 DA0585).


I attached the nameplates together using jump rings to create the effect of a hanging sign.




 Here are some more Dusty Attic goodies.  
(Ferns DA0507, Baroque Frame Set Square DA0541)
 (Wrought Iron Design Sat DA0574)

The borders were hand-stitched and of course... I didn't forget my eyelets!  The distressed dots on the background paper were embossed with white embossing powder.  

 These decorative flourishes were actually cut from the chippie you see above the photo.   These chipboard elements can be easily cut and altered to accommodate your needs.
 The roses were cut from another sheet from the Butterfly Garden collection and adhered with foam squares for added dimension.




This beautiful vintage-looking butterfly was purchased from Kay's Kreative Korner.  Kay is incredibly talented at making butterfly embellishments and other goodies such as vines, beaded flowers etc.  

That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful week!

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



 Hello my sweet friends!  Today I'm here to share a 'fall' layout with you.  Fall is one of the themes this month at Donna Salazar Designs, so I created a layout using my own interpretation of the word 'fall'.  That's what we artists are supposed to do, right?  We use our creative interpretations to create art!  LOL.  This layout is about how I continue to fall in love with my hubby every day.  :o)
For this layout, I used Donna Salazar's Antiquities Collection as well as a few of her other fabulous goodies.  You have probably noticed, from the variety of wonderful projects that my team mates have created, that this versatile collection can be used for so many different themes and occasions.  That is why it is one of my faves!!  
This flower was made using Donna Salazar's Rose Creations dies.  You can find a tutorial for this flower HERE.  The edges of the flower were inked with her new Mix'd Media Inx in Chiffon.  If you haven't tried these inx yet, you must!
Do you see the music notes pebbles around the flower?  These are from Handmade Halo.  Corinne has an AMAZING variety of embellishments.  Be sure to check her out HERE.  You can also become of a fan of her Facebook Page by clicking HERE.
I'd like to send a big THANK YOU to Artistic Wire for sending us some wonderful products!  See the little wire heart in between the photos?  That was made using Artistic wire.  The possibilities of wire embellishments are endless!  All you need is an imagination and some wire.
I also used wire to adorn my title letters.  Just a little wire wrapped around them adds a funky touch.
A touch of tulle softens the feel of this layout.  You can find a tutorial for my lacing HERE.  Can you see the cute heart-shaped pebble from Handmade Halo hiding behind the flower?
I created these hand-stitched flourishes by stamping a flourish stamp onto my paper using a color that blends in with the background, yet is still noticeable.  I then used a craft pick to pierce holes along the stamped flourish.  Then I stitched away!  The rhinestones were added for interest.  
The background paper is actually a plain sheet of kraft paper that I stamped, inked and painted for a grungier look.  Donna's Inx in Jasmine is perfect for creating a painted effect without the paint!  
After hand-stitching the border of this paper, I adhered a decorative trim to the edges.  Most of the edges of the papers were inked with Mix'd Media Inx in Truffle.  
All of the chipboard elements, including this bracket, are manufactured by The Dusty Attic.
And as always, I couldn't forget my eyelets!  I love metal embellishments!  Behind the photo, I tucked away pieces of The Crafty Chronicle.  Aside from being interesting reading material, The Crafty Chronicle can be used to embellish, make flowers and create beautiful layers.

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you all have a beautiful day!

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




Thank you so much for all of the emails and comments I received for my birthday!  I am overwhelmed and truly grateful to have such amazing friends.  I didn't do much today... I worked in the morning, crafted in the afternoon and I even got to take a relaxing nap LOL.  But in all honesty, I couldn't have asked for a better birthday.  These days, a peaceful day filled with love and good health is TRULY a blessing.   Thank you all for making my day so special.  Mwah!  xoxo




 
 
Things have been so hectic lately that I forgot to announce some good news!  I was recently promoted to Design Team Coordinator of Donna Salazar Designs!  What an honor!  I am enjoying my new role on this team and look forward to all of the exciting things to come!! 





Hello again friends!  Here is a layout created using another fabulous sketch from Creative Scrappers!  I had so much fun with this layout!  The papers are from Tim Holtz, and the photo is of my daughter a few weeks ago on her first day of dance lessons.  She was so anxious to take lessons!  I am happy that she truly enjoys it!

The hand-made flowers were made using Donna Salazar's Rose Creations dies.  Click HERE for a tutorial on how to create these flowers.
The pink rectangles in the background were made by tearing and adhering pieces of patterned paper.  Then I stitched around the border and added brads to each corner.
This GORGEOUS flourish (Vine Flourish DA0485) is made by The Dusty Attic.  I applied ceramic stucco to the leaves to add texture, and I peeled apart the layers for added dimension.
To add texture to my title letters, I stamped and embossed them with white embossing powder.  I almost always use foam squares to adhere my title because I love the dimension it creates.
I splattered paint onto my background and used Donna Salazar's Mix'd Media Inx to stamp the dots onto my background.  Her Jasmine Inx (an opaque white) is perfect for creating a painted stamp effect without the paint.  LOVE HER INX!!
You didn't think I would leave out my eyelets, did ya?  Hee hee.  I used my Martha Stewart scoring board to create the pleats in this corner.  Then I tied it all up with a piece of hemp cord.


Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a fabulous week ahead!  Mwah!!

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








Hello again!  Here is yet another flower tutorial for you all!  I hope you are not getting tired of my flower tuts.  :o)  This one is super simple and I have used this flower a lot lately because it is so fast and cute!

Thank you, Mistra, for the beautiful name you have given this flower!

Supplies Needed
  • Donna Salazar's Rose Creations Dies (or similar)- You can create up to four different sized flowers with this tutorial and these dies.  The key is to choose three consecutive sizes.  You will need two of each size.  
  • Ink (for the edges of your flowers)
  • Needle nose pliers or tweezers
  • Quick-drying glue
  • Decorative brad or other embellie for your flower center

Here is an example of just two possible combinations of sizes.  
STEP 1:  Ink the edges of each layer.
STEP 2:  If you are familiar with my flower tutorials, then you know what a 'double pinch and twist' is.  If not, follow along!  Using your pliers or tweezer, pinch the left side of the petal of your first layer.
STEP 3:  Gently twist inward towards the center of the petal.  It helps to use your free hand to hold down the edge of the petal while you are twisting.
STEP 4:  Now pinch the right side of the same petal.
STEP 5:  Gently twist toward the center of the petal.  Again, hold the edge to make this process easier.
STEP 6:  Now do this to every petal of each layer.  Don't worry... with practice, this process becomes rather quick.
STEP 7:  Now start assembling your flower by stacking the layers.  Start with the two layers of the largest size.  Place a dab of glue around the center of the first layer and adhere the second layer to it.  Remember to off-set your petals.  Do this with all layers (from largest to smallest).
This is what you will end up with.
Now add a decorative brad, a bead or whatever you please to the center of your flower.  Use your fingers to gently 'fluff up' the petals.

That's it! So simple!  Hope you have fun with this tutorial!  Have a beautiful day!
















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