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Personalized Coffee Mug ~ Pebeo Porcelaine 150 for Crafty Crusaders

Are you looking for a personalized Christmas gift idea, then you can’t go past these.
These personalized coffee mugs are soooo easy to make and gives your gift a unique touch that friends and family are sure to love. Especially those with unique names. 🙂
Check out the video tutorial below to see how easy this is to create 🙂
Thank you for watching, Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and an Awesome New Year!
Hope all your creative dreams come true. 🙂


"Beautiful Eyes" ~ Donna Salazar & Dimensional Border Tutorial

Howdy I am back again this time with another layout of my gorgeous girl! I miss her so much since she moved to Brisbane. She is growing up into a beautiful young lady! I can’t believe she will be 20 next month!

I have a tutorial below on how to create this textured frame.

This flower was created using Botanique papers and the Grand Peony Creations
 Dimensional Border Tutorial
 It is pretty easy to create this dimensional border. All you need is a peace of patterned paper. Using your craft knife and cut a cross though the middle of the paper. Only cut up to a couple of inches in form the corners. If you have a pattern on the corners like this paper, blade around the pattern so it stays flat.

 Next spray water all over the paper, make it wet enough so that it is easy enough to manipulate.
 Then starting at the center of the paper, concertina, crumple and fold the paper back onto itself.
 Once you are happy with the folded borders use your craft knife to poke a hole into the center of the border and hold it together with a brad. Then Wallah a quick and easy dimensional border!

GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs – Fun & Funky
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs – Natural Beauty
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs – Family Jeans
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs – Botanique
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs – Crafty Chronicles
Art Gone Wild: Donna Salazar Designs – All my Love
Clearsnap: Mix’d Media Inx – Chiffon
Spellbinders: Grand Peony Creations
Want 2 Scrap: Donna Salazar Designs – Sprightly sprockets black
Want 2 Scrap: Donna Salazar Designs – Corrugated Hand Drawn Swirls
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs – Natural Beauty Alphas
Clearsnap: Smooch Spritz – Vanilla Shimmer
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!!
Have a Great Day! xx

Let your light Shine the way! ~ Dusty Attic ~ Tutorial

Welcome back, today I have a project to share with you for Dusty Attic using the new release dusty Moroccan Lamps and French Border. This canvas has a lot of dimension on it! And in creating this dimension on the intricate pieces I worked out an easier way of creating varying depths to your pieces. See the tutorial below for this simple and effective technique.
Even though this looks like a shadow box it is just a normal canvas with a chipboard border.
Dusty Attic: French Garden Border – DA0845

Moroccan Lamps – DA0835
Dusty in Colour:
Capri – DA0915
Oceania – DA0912
Navajo White – DA0903

Dimensional Lamp Tutorial

For this tutorial I have used the Dusty in Colour Paints, a gold sharpie pen. A sponge for painting. Then to add the dimension you just need some strips of chipboard off cuts and some tiger grip glue or something similar.

To get the painted effect on the lamps I first painted the lamp with the Capri paint. Then using the Gold Sharpie (Love these metallic sharpies I got them in a pack with gold, silver and a bronze.)
fill in the lines on the lamp.

To soften the look I have sponged some of the Oceania paint over the lamps and very lightly over the gold pen lines.

To add even more dimension I have used my finger to add some white paint highlights over the lamps.
Now the secret to getting great dimension of varying heights is to use chipboard strips. you can even used the offcuts from the pieces the chipboard comes in. Just cut them into strips to what ever height you want to raise your pieces. To get this effect before I would add layers of foam tape. But not only are the chipboard strips easier to hide behind intricate pieces you can cut them, to what ever height you like. Add the strips to your chip pieces using a strong glue then glue the chip pieces to your work. So happy with how effective this is!

I painted the chipboard with brown paint before cutting it into strips. You can paint the chipboard to to match the background of your page so that it is less noticeable behind your chip pieces. You can also bend the chipboard into curves if needed too!

I have used narrow chipboard strips to create the border around this canvas. I then added the french border to the top of the chipboard frame to give it more of a box look.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial!!

Love Birds ~ Donna Salazar Designs ~ DT Swap

Hello There, I hope this post finds you all excited about the possibilities of the New Year Ahead.
And what an exciting year will it be for Jessy when she welcomes her beautiful bub into the world.
I hope you like this Jess, All your photos were just gorgeous, but I think this photo of the two of you is soo beautiful! So much love! x

Creating the Background
To make this background I have used torn strips from the Crafty Chronicle and have pasted them over the background of the storybook paper.

Next I have used a card to spread modelling paste over the background.

Then finished off with some spots of the Peridot Reinker then spritzed with water to blend and spread.
Not shown here but as an afterthought I also stamped the Dear Sir and Bricks Stamps on the background in Denim Ink.

Creating the Letters
I have used the GCD Compatibles “Donna’s Alphas” Chipboard Letters.
This is an easy technique to add a bit of interest to your letters and give them a rustic charm.
Step 1: Using a PVA glue like Helmar’s Tiger Grip randomly add some lines across the chipboard letters.
Step 2: Next place some of the Crafty Chronicles paper over the letters, print side up. Then leave this to dry.
Step 3: Once the glue has dried tear back the paper, it will tear away from the spots with no glue under it. Don’t worry if you tear a bit of the chipboard letter off too, this just adds to the charm.
If you prefer this not to happen hold your finger (or nail) on the chipboard letter under a loose edge of the paper while you tear away the excess.
Step 4: Next I have used my finger to spread a little of the Verdigris Reinker over the edges of the letter and a little on top. Add sparingly.  (I think the Verdigris is my new fave colour!!)

Step 5: Spritz the letters with a little water to blend the colour over the letter.
Step 6: I have also added a little of the Peridot Reinker to the edges.
Step 7: Then to finish off I used a black pen to draw an outline on the letters.
I hope you have enjoyed this simple technique!
Products used:
Patterned Paper
GCD StoryBook
Crafty Chronicles
GCD Compatibles “Donna’s Alphas”
Want2Scrap – Chipbopard
Want2Scrap – Flourish & Free as a Bird
Dusty Attic
Clearsnap Mix’d Media Inx Reinkers – Verdigris, Peridot
Clearsnap Mix’d Media Inx – Denim
Donna Salazar – Dear Sir, Bricks
Spellbinders – Grand Peony Creations
Black Pen

  Thanks for dropping by!
Have a great day!
Michelle xx