Thursday, 29 March 2012

"Dulcy" - Donna Salazar Designs

I'd like for you to meet "Dulcy" and her little fairy doll friend "Iridessa"!  She's a hanging Art Doll and I've made her to keep me company in my studio.

I made my first Art Doll in early 2011 for an International Swap run by Australian Mixed Media Artist Linda Baldock.  I was nervous at first, but now I love making them and thought I'd share with you how I created her.

First thing we need to do is trace her body and 'arms' outline onto some Zutter Corrugated Board, cut them out and then tear off the outer layer, revealing the corrugation underneath.   HERE is a link to download a PDF to print, I have saved it at 8x10", but you can make it any size that you want!  Linda has some very cool templates, but I drew this simpler one, a little more 'me'.

Next grab some paper offcuts and adhere them randomly using your preferred decoupage glue, leaving some of the corrugated board showing.

Once dry I then add some impasto medium over the paper joins to help blend them in with one another.  While still wet, spray some Smooch Spritz over the Impasto and into the corrugations.  Wipe off the excess with a baby wipe, blending as you do and set it aside to dry.  Once dry, tear off the excess paper  so it is flush with the body forme.

While that is drying swipe Mix'd Media Inx in Jasmine across her 'arms', let it dry.

Cut some fairy wings using the largest of the Spellbinders Wonderful Wings Die, I have cut 2 paper layers from some Spring in Bloom papers and 4 layers of Tulle.  Cut them in half and adhere them to the back of your Art Doll Body.  Even headless she's looking pretty already!!

Now my favourite part... dressing her!  Attach her arms first and then gather some lace, trim and muslin and add a 'skirt' and drape a 'cloak'.

Before we finish, we need to cut a backing piece to support her head.  Using your template and some trim you plan to use as a 'bonnet' trace onto some more Zutter Corrugated Board, cut out and cut a small hole to thread some ribbon through so you can hang her on a wall later.  I've not made this part of the template because I like the extra support of the 2nd piece of board, and we don't know what size 'head' she needs until you have the trims you want to use.  Add your 'bonnet' trims to this backing piece and then adhere it to the body.  Add her 'face' and you are finished!

I made her face using an art mould and air dry clay, once dry I painted her with some buff coloured acrylic paint and used some Mix'd Media Inx Refill to colour her lips and eyelids.  Mixed with the paint it creates a lovely medium to add just the right colours.   

Add some flowers to her 'dress', I have used the Spellbinders Rose Creations die to cut some of my own flowers from Spring in Bloom papers and Crafty Chronicle, and have also tucked in some little paper roses sprayed with Smooch Spritz to match.

"Iridessa", her little fairy doll, was created from a Want2Scrap Chipboard Paper Doll, covered with various embossing powders.  She too has little wings cut using Spellbinders Wonderful Wings Die and a little tulle tutu!  She is so cute and was such fun to create!!

Donna is having a random giveaway on my post for this over on the DSD Blog!    Don't forget to check Donna's blog each day to see what they will be giving away!  Also, be sure that you are a fan of the Donna Salazar Designs Facebook Fan Page because that is where Natasha will be announcing the winners! 

Until next time, take care and be true to you!
Mis xo

DSD Products used:

Clearsnap - Mix'd Media Inx {Jasmine}, Mix'd Media Inx Refill {Peridot, Chiffon}, Smooch Spritz {River Mossy, Ice Rink}, Fairy Dust {Mixed Berries}
Want2Scrap - Chipboard Paper Doll

Thanks for visiting, take care and

Monday, 26 March 2012

Love and Magic, Reverse Canvas - Green Tara

I sat down to create a lovely layout to share with you all on the weekend, and created a reverse canvas instead... as you do!  It's funny where your imagination and products will take you.  

I had collected a pack of the petals and a mix of roses, as well as some banana leaf fibre paper and that stunning piece of lace... all in those lovely seaglass, turquoise and white tones... my favourite, and then just played and ended up with another item to decorate my studio with!!

I reversed the canvas and lined it with the 12x12 Banana Leaf Fibre paper, allowing it to crumple to add texture.  I added impasto to hold the lace and add texture and also used some Opaque Flakes Medium and Diamond Dust to add sparkle and interest.  I love the effect of all these wonderful textures.

Then I adhered a few of the flat petals from the petal pack.  These are such a great quick grab item, 22 petals with different sizes, all in the some colour.  I used white here so that I could spray them with some colour.  I overlapped them and covered most of the background, leaving the fabulous banana leaf fibre to show through in places and then I sprayed with smooch spritz inks to get some amazing colour and shimmer happening. 

I tucked in some Dusty Attic Flourishes which were painted white and then covered with Fairy Dust Glitter... I love sparkle.

A little quote that means something to me...

I hung a Dusty Attic Birdcage from the lace with some rusted old necklace chain, saves to hold onto those old bits of 'junk', they come in handy!

Ahhh where would we be without the beautiful Green Tara roses!  I have used 3cm, 2cm, 1.5cm and 1cm roses in White, Mint and the new Turquoise.   Some of them were sprayed with Ice Rink Smooch Spritz to give them just the right tonings {and shimmer} to match my background.

I hand painted this little bird I had in my stash with Smooch Ink to match, she was just right sitting with the flowers!

Thanks for visiting, take care and be true to you.  Mis xo

Green Tara Products used:

Green Tara Banana Leaf Fibre, Moss

GreenTara  Roses, 3cm Turquoise, 2cm White and Mint, 1.5cm and 1cm White
Green Tara Petal Pack, White


Other Products Used:

Dusty Attic Birdcage #5
Dusty Attic Mini Scrolls

Clearsnap Smooch - Ocean Soul, Frosted Aqua, Pool, Mocha, Shabby Pink, Moonlight
Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx - Jasmine, Peridot
Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx Re-Inker - Peridot

Embossing Powder:
Ranger Antiquities - Verdigris, Rust

Clearsnap Smooch Spritz - Ice Rink, River Mossy, Olive Vine

Jo Sonya Gesso - White
Liquitex White Opaque Flakes
Mont Marte Impasto

Clearsnap Fairy Dust Glitter - Sugar Shimmer
Twinklets Diamond Dust

Inkssentials Crackle Accents
Bird, Authentque Diction Stickers

Heat Gun

Helmar Tiger Grip
Inkssentials Glue'n'Seal
Allison Ellis Hotset Powder

Thursday, 15 March 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.

This is my space... snippets of where I create.  It's a work in progress, I am continually adding and changing, moving to different rooms and back again, but I think I have it all just about perfect now {well it will be once my hubby installs my wall mounted Clip It Up's}!

And some closeups of Dusty goodies!

The new Scroll #8 and a snippet of one of the Nameplate #5.

The Scroll #8 was painted with white paint and then inked with Chiffon and Peridot Mix'd Media Ink, sprayed with Smooch Spritz and then Embossed.

The Nameplate was painted white and then coated with Fairy Dusty Glitter using some Allison Ellis Hot Set Glue as the adhesive.

The newest products to Dusty Attic... Dusty in Bloom!  Yep... Dusty are stocking their very own flowers, stunning aren't they!  They'll be available for order for retailers very soon.

And some more snippets:

I was inspired to cut up and tuck in the nameplates by one of Belinda Spencer's layouts... such a cute idea!!

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 Tomoko’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!

Thanks for visiting, take care and

Products used: 

Dusty Attic Scroll #8
Dusty Attic Nameplate #5
Dusty Attic Mini Words #3

Patterned Paper:
GCD Studios - Spring in Bloom - White Roses
GCD Studios - Crafty Chronicle - Younique
BoBunny - Country Garden - Almanac
BoBunny - Country Garden - Morning
BoBunny - Country Garden - Vines

Dusty Attic Dusty in Bloom - Celestial White
Dusty Attic Dusty in Bloom - Leaves

Rhinestone Trim

Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx - Peridot, Jasmine, Chiffon
Embossing Powder:
Lindy's Stamp Gang - Magic Moon Pearls

Clearsnap Smooch Spritz - Sea Breeze, River Mossy, Ice Rink
Jo Sonya Acrylic Paint - Titanium White

Clearsnap Fairy Dust Glitter - Sugar Shimmer

Martha Stewart

Zutter Bind it All

American Crafts Cardstock - Dark Kraft
Lace Trim, Crochet Trim
Authentique Diction Stickers
Carolee's Adorn It Alpha Stickers - Burlap Rust
KaiserCraft Resin Flower
Pink Paislee and Prima Buttons
DMC Thread

Helmar Tiger Grip
2/S Tape
Foam Tape
Allison Ellis Hot Set Powder

Keep Smiling

Today I would like to share with you my very first DSD post - a layout I created with Donna's Spring in Bloom papers.  I have fallen in love with this range... such wonderfully perfect colours and patterns!!

I love layers... layers of paper, fabric, trims, anything!

Zutter Corrugated Board was inked with Mix'd Media Inx, embossed and then sprayed with Smooch Spritz, it adds such wonderful texture to a page.

The large flowers were cut and created from the Spellbinders Rose Creations Die, using Spring in Bloom and Crafty Chronicle papers.

Don't you just LOVE that Want2Scrap Nestabling, I love that they fit the Spellbinders Dies and Want2Scrap Nestaboard and the quality is fabulous!

Fairy Dust glitter is always such a perfect finishing touch on handmade paper flowers.

The quote was cut from the Younique Crafty Chronicle.

DSD Products used:

Take care and

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Loving Green Tara...

More fabulous news... I get to play with Green Tara for another term!!  I'm so happy and truly excited to be invited back for another term as I truly do love their 'everything'... flowers, handmade papers, trims, laces... all those wonderful things!!   

And I was even more excited to find that they are stocking some larger flowers now {up to 8cm wooohooo}, beautiful beautiful blossoms... sigh...

Damask 8cm

Poppy 8cm

Laurel 6.5cm

Sakura 5cm

Heirloom 6.5cm

If you click on the images it will take you too the wholesale site, where you can see the other colours available.  Check out what's new... there's plenty others there, including some gorgeous Rainforest Butterflies!!    Green Tara are a wholesale site only, but see what they have and talk to your LSS to get some in, they've got wonderful terms and great service!  I know that my LSS Tomorrow's Memories have some on the way... squeeee!!

Thanks for visiting, take care and

Friday, 9 March 2012


I have created this for Tomorrow's Memories using the new G45 Kraft Reflections papers... oh my goodness, I'm in lust!  I love earthy tones and simply love love love this!  Look at that PP in the background {Bed of Roses}, I think that will have to become a new all time fave!!

These papers have almost gone, like in a day... BUT there's more on the way {oh darn, I wasn't going to share that so there would be more for ME, silly Mis}!

loving bows right now, my own and especially the pre-made iddy ones from Green Tara..

a handmade flower using a Spellbinder's Grand Peony Creations die by Donna Salazar {my dies are being hammered lately, LOVE them}...

and an iddy bit of wonderful raw Dusty Attic chipboard, this fancy trim #4 had the perfect pattern for this layout...

Thanks for visiting, take care and

Products Used:

Patterned Paper:
Graphic 45 - Kraft Reflections - Bed of Roses
Graphic 45 - Kraft Reflections - Glimpses of Paris
{currently available from Tomorrow's Memories}
Cardstock - Red & Kraft

Dusty Attic Fancy Trim #4

Green Tara Roses
Green Tara Leaves
Prima, Other

ZVA Crystal Swirls, Lines

Tim Holtz Distress Stains - Fired Brick, Picket Fence

Martha Stewart - Swirling Lace

Spellbinders - Grand Peony Creations

Spellbinders - Grand Calibur

Vintage Crochet/Lace Panel
Crocheted Doily
Green Tara Coloured Jute Trim
Green Tara Bows
Green Tara Red/Gold Bead Stem
Websters Chipboard Sticker Buttons
7 Gypsies Label Sticker
Little Yellow Bicycle Pins

Helmar Tiger Grip
Helmar Scrap Dots

Thursday, 8 March 2012


These are the sublime new papers from Little Yellow Bicycle, called "Saturday's". It's one of those ranges that is so versatile - it's double sided, has a lovely texture on one side and really was so lovely to work with!!  They are currently in store at Tomorrow's Memories, and I think they'll sell pretty quickly!  And you can see this IRL there too!

I chose to scrap the kids... my son and god-daughter.  It's one of her self portraits and just captures them as they are {ie no adults in the car}!  Kel being his loopy self, her trying not to laugh at him... each on very different paths, but together they create a simple harmony.

hand crocheted doilies... and a handmade flower...

pretty trims and stick pins...

and lovely Dusty Attic chipboard...

Thanks for visiting, take care and

Products used:

Patterned Paper:
Little Yellow Bicycle – Saturdays {available at Tomorrow's Memories}
American Crafts Cardstock – Light Kraft

Dusty Attic Foliage
Dusty Attic Typewriter ABC Set

Green Tara Roses

Clearsnap Mix’d Media Inx Re-Inker - Denim

Clearsnap Smooch Spritz – Olive Vine, Ice Rink, River Mossy

Jo Sonya Acrylic Paint – Unbleached Titanium

Martha Stewart Punches – Cherish, Swirling Lace

Spellbinders Rose Creations Die

Spellbinders Grand Calibur

Little Yellow Bicycle Pins
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape
Maya Road Trim
Crochet Doilies
Carolee’s Alpha Stickers
DMC Thread

Helmar Tiger Grip
Helmar Scrap Dots
2/S Tape