Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Friendship ~ *DSD* Spellbinding Acetate Tutorial & Fairy Dust Flower Tutorial

Here is my second project for Donna Salazar Designs to share with you!
I hope you enjoy these couple of quick tutorials on creating
Fairy Dust Flowers and Spellbinging Acetate.
I love working with Donna's products, they really do give you permission to just play and find your creative expression. I had a lot fun experimenting on this layout!
This is my gorgeous friend Deb Kingston taken on her last visit in Dec.
She really is a beautiful person inside and out!
The Handmade & Cut out flowers were made from the Crafty Chronical Paper.
I just cut rough circles from the Crafty Chronical and scrunched them up before inking them with the mix'd media inx and the smooch spritz. I then added the Fairy Dust Flowers as the centres.
I had lots of fun playing with the Smooch Spritz to create some pretty major drippage on this layout, I love how these inks worked with this Artistic Papers.

Fairy Dust Flowers - Tutorial
To make these simple flowers all you need is a Non Stick Craft Sheet, Mix'd Media Inx, Glossy Accents, Fairy Dust Glitter & Some brads or Gems.
 Step 1: Ink directly onto your craft sheet.

Step 2: Use the Glossy Accents to draw flower
shapes over the ink.

Step 3: Sprinkle your Fairy dust over the glossy
accents while it is still wet.

 Step 4: Leave overnight to dry completely, then peel
them off the craft sheet. You can use your scissors
to trim if needed.

 Step 5: Add a Brad or a Gem to the centre and slightly
scrunch the petals up. You now have a nice little
pliable glittery flower.

 Step 6: I added some of mine to the centre of some
scrunched paper flowers. I love the contrasting 
look against the paper. You can ink the edges in
a contrasting colour for a different look too.

 Spellbinding Acetate - Tutorial
 To create these embellishments, you need the Spellbinders Shadow Flowers, Mix'd Media Inks, Fairy Dust, a piece of Acetate or light Transparency & A Heat Gun.

Step 1: Cut out your Acetate shape from the
Spellbinder Die Cut. If you place a sheet of
patterened paper over the acetate as you cut it, it helps
to give a cleaner cut. You also have an extra piece
cut that you can use on something else later.

Step 2: Ink your piece of Acetate with the Mix'd Media Ink

 Step 3: Sprinkle fairy dust over the wet ink.

 Step 4: Heat with your heat gun, Heat long enough
so that the acetate starts to crinkle up slightly.
This adds a nice dimension to the piece.
If you find that your glitter keeps rubbing off you can
also add a little clear embossing powder to your piece
while you are heating it. I liked the look of it being
more hit and miss than perfectly coated.

Step 5: You can lightly ink the edges in a contrasting
colour to add more depth to your pieces.
Step 6: On this piece I lightly sprayed one end with some smooch spritz.




GCD Studios

Other Products:
Brads & Gems
Machine Sewing
Crochet Flowers
Masking Tape

Adhesives - Helmar Tiger Grip, Pritt Glue Stick, Ranger - Glossy Accents,
Double sided tape & 3D Foam Tape!
Prima Distressing Tool
Heat Gun.

Thanks for Dropping By!
I hope you have enjoyed these tutorials!
Have a great Day!
Michelle x

Friday, March 16, 2012

Simply Renee and Dusty Attic Blog Hop

Welcome to the Simply Renee and Dusty Attic Blog Hop!  We have much inspiration to share with you today!  Oh and of course... some fabulous prizes!

Simply Renee manufactures quality products that help you customize your organizational needs.  You may be familiar with their Clip it Up products.  You can view Simply Renee’s complete product line on their website.  They are having an amazing sale right now!  

For this blog hop, Simply Renee has teamed up with The Dusty Attic, an Australian owned and operated laser cutting business that designs and manufactures craft items and embellishments.  You can view some of these wonderful products as well as beautiful projects by fellow crafters on the Dusty Attic Ning site.  As you hop along with us today, you will see inspirational projects made by some of the talented Dusty Girls!  Here is the project I created for you using Dusty Attic chipboard embellishments.

For more details, close ups and Studio photos see this post (HERE)

What prizes are we giving away today?
Simply Renee is giving away a Clip it Up Base Unit, an Upper Tier and Zip Bags!
(Product Not Included)

The Dusty Attic is also giving away a prize pack filled with gorgeous chipboard elements and a few surprise goodies!  

So what do you need to do for a chance to win?
* Become a follower of the Simply Renee Blog and the Dusty Attic Blog
* Become a fan of the Simply Renee and Dusty Attic Facebook fan page
* Leave a comment on each blog of the hop

A winner will be chosen on March 22, 2012 and will be announced on both the Simply Renee and Dusty Attic blogs.

Wait!  There’s more!  Simply Renee is having another giveaway at this very moment!  
They are giving away one of these...
 (Product not included.  All-In-One accessories awarded may differ from those shown.)

An All-In-One with accessories!  The All-In-One Giveaway ends on March 20, 2012.  To enter, become a follower of their blog, a fan of their Facebook fan page and check their blog each day to find out what you need to do to receive extra entries.  Plus every item purchased on their website during the giveaway gives you an extra entry!

Now head on over to Mistra’s blog to see what my Dusty Sister has created for you!  
If you get lost along the way, you can return to the Simply Renee Blog for the full list of blogs to visit.

Good Luck!

Scrap Studio/Office Photos - My Inner Sanctuary

My Scrap Studio created for the Simply Renee and Dusty Attic Blog Hop.

This is my little abode that I live in! LOL Well practically!!

I have used the new Dusty Attic Lamps , Mini Heart Buttons and Scrolls on this layout.

I have used a mix of spray inks and paints to do the finishes on the dusty Pieces.
I will have a tut soon on how to do the lettering on dusty soon.

I have used white and copper gel pens and a green zig pen and finished with aqua paint to get this effect on the lamp. I just played with blending and overlapping the colours until I was
happy with it.

Now if you would like to follow me I will now take you on a tour of my little studio.....
Keep Up Now.... :) LOL

This is all the desk space I have to work on. I don't think it would matter if I had bigger, I would still manage to fill it up and still have no room. My Scrap Studio/Office is only a 3m x 3m room and she is packed full to the brim. I am building a new spacious studio soon I can't wait!!

 This is my office corner for the computer and a little tv (which I can't watch yet until we get an Ariel wired in) The set of draws on the desk are new and are making my life a lot easier. each draw is for a different job or project I have on. Is so much easier than having a pile of paper work pile up in the corner. Don's Dad made this desk for us many years ago, it has definitely stood the test of time! The Canvas in the background was painted by my daughter Leonii.
 Don's Dad also built these draws for me to measure too. the bottom two draws is actually one draw and holds all my patterned papers. I have paper, photo paper and printer inks in the top draws then pencils/ crayons etc. Misc alphabets in a couple of draws and all my masks. The bookcase beside that holds mainly sketch books that I have sketched layout ideas into. Beside that is a white cupboard that has all our bookwork in, it generally hides behind the door.
Everything is pretty much within reach around my desk. Its nice and compact, but that is out of necessity.

This is my trinket trays, inspired by Soul Sister Mistra after we hit the markets in Perth and seeing Mis's Trinkets all pretty in little saucers and tea cups. My good Friend Bev gave me the two tiered plates for Christmas! There were perfect!

Speaking of Mistra she made this gorgeous Trinket box for me too, It is perfect for my Bling and Pearls! The tin behind the box was a treasure I found at my Grandma's place last year. I now have more trinkets in it too after being inspired by Finnabair's Treasure boxes. I made the little hat pin holder out of a shot glass and stuffing it with a bit of foam that you get from different brad holders. Most of the hat pins here were made by my good friend Tina in WA. Those WA girls are too good to me! :)

This was another Treasure from Grandma's this is a draw from an old sewing machine stand. It is perfect for holding the wood stamps in.

To the left of my desk I have my ink and medium station. I just haven't been able to find the right baskets for these so it is still a work in progress, I am designing trays that will hold these perfectly!!
I can't wait!

I sort my mediums by colour, actually I sort a lot of my stuff by colour.
All my ink's, embossing powders, glimmer mists etc go in these together.

I find I use a lot more of my supplies this way as I don't think to look through each mediums basket. I use sticky dots to add the colour of each medium to and put it on the top lid. This helps to see what the colour will look like at a glance. I also emboss half of the lid of embossing powders too. Just be careful to not melt the soft plastic lids of some of them.

This is my wall of colour, just about everything here is sorted by colour!

There is lots in this little section. The blue and green folders up the top now have my Dusty Attic in them. They are sorted into the categories according to the web site. These are great as it doesn't matter if they are in packets or not. I have stamps and alphabets in the other baskets up the top. Next there are a heap of brad and eyelet containers then followed by paints and pens. Under that is different Die Cuts and white flowers and leaves in the plastic containers. On the bottom is my Sewing Machine and Cuttlebug. The plastic Draws to the right have mixed media bits and pieces.

I love having the paints like this it is so easy to find and use from here. I wish I could find more of these containers, are are hard acrylic squares and some cross dividers in them.

Just a view from the other end. Everything in this room is just supporting itself. I have got draws holding up shelves and shelves lying sideways on top. so nothing is built in here. I have basically put all this up myself. I am forever re organising things to make the space more streamlined.
I love my wall of colour. These are my favourite draws. I used to be able to get them from Bunnings but they don't stock them anymore! :(  They are great because the draw just comes out while you are working with it and when you are finished you just throw everything back in the draw and put it back away. They used to come in a set of 3 or 4 draws and you could take the tops and bottoms off and join them together. I have flowers, buttons and beads up the top.

These containers come from Woolies. I have been collecting them for about 6 years Every now and then I would grab a few more with the groceries. They are perfect for the flowers and buttons. I love that you can get your hand in the tops and they are plastic so no chance on them smashing. They are also a lot lighter to sit up on a shelf.

The key to any good organisation is to label everything. I would be forever going around in circles if things weren't labelled. These draws have all my ribbons and bits and pieces of embellishments by colour.
I have a row of Themed Draws with rub on's Words and Stickers etc
1. Holiday/ Beach/ Travel
2. Celebrations/ Christmas
3. Wedding/ Love
4. Sports/ School/ Music/ Pets
5. Friends
6. Boys
7. Girls
8. Baby/ Family
9. Grandparents/ Heritage
10. Sentiments
Then I have a row of Light Colours of each shade
then Bright Colours And Dark Colours.
And on the right is a row of Paper Scraps by colour.
I only put square or rectangle pieces of scraps in these draws, I always trim off any uneven shapes.

And just to show you, my room doesn't always look that tidy, this is after one project!!!
At least it is quick and easy to put everything away.

I got these gorgeous frames around these pics from Designer Digitals

I hope you have enjoyed the tour through my little room! It really is my Happy Place! :)
Thanks for Dropping By!!
Michelle xx

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spread Your Wings ~ *DSD* Shadow Box

I am so excited to have my hands on some of the new products from Donna Salazar Designs. I have had so much fun playing with these projects. It was the best cure for a recent bout of scrappers block that got a hold of me! I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed making them!
The base for this project is a Dusty Attic 6x6 Shadow Box. I started with the paper doll, and just started playing with the DSD Inks and the Smooch Spritzes and before I knew it I had a gorgeous Butterfly Fairy in my hands!

The butterfly Fairy is made using the Want 2 Scrap Paper Doll Designer Embellies. She has a few layers of paints and inks on her including a layer of glitter, in the end I ended up painting her white. The whole outfit all started out as white too, there are a couple of layers of lace and organza on her Skirt and top. I spritzed her with the Caramel Latte Smooch Spritz then repainted the body with white. The large Butterfly wings are from the Spring in Bloom range (One Sheet Wonderful).

I have used the Pralines & Cream Fairy Dust to add that special sparkle.

The background behind the fairy is from the Artistic Paper Range (Spring in Bloom 6x6 Square)
I inked this with the Peridot Mix'd Media Inx, then used a paper towel to wipe off the excess.

The corrugated board on the corners is from Zutter! I love the depth of the corrugation on this board!
I inked this with the Peridot Inx then clear embossed it. I love how the finish come up.
The frame was painted with Jo Sonja Burnt Umber Paint then sanded. I stamped over the brown with a Kasisercraft Grid stamp and Peridot Mixed Media Inx, then stamped over that with a Kaisercraft Script stamp and the Truffle Mixed Media Inx.




GCD Studios

Other Products Used:
Dusty Attic - 6x6 Shadow Box Frame
Kaisercraft Stamps - Script & Grid, Resin Blossoms, Paper Blooms
Green Tara - Sprays
Prima - Butterfly,  Flowers, Shabby Chic Resin Treasures
ZVA creative - Crystal
Jo Sonja - Burnt Umber Paint
Little Birdie - Craft Sequins
Ranger - White Dabber Paint, Glossy Accents
Adhesives - Mod Podge, Helmar Tiger Grip, Scrap Dots, 3D foam tape.

Thanks for dropping by!
Wishing you a wonderful day!
Michelle x
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