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A little bit of Girlie Grunge Fairy Magic

This months challenge over at Girlie Grunge (see my sidebar for the link) is to create a gift using Donna Salazar Products.

As my blog readers know I recently purchased the Rose and Carnation Creation dies. I have been playing with making flowers from different types of papers and the Comb I created won not only Artist of the Month on the Girlie Grunge site but also the August Colour Challenge on Jelly Bean Scrappers for which it was created. Rather exciting stuff.

Anyway I bought a wand from our local and rather awesome cheapie shop called Jolly Ollies (they often have a lot of crafty things that are really good quality at very low prices) so I got the plain wooden wand.

I painted it with a combination of paint dabbers, used some impasto over a glimmer screen to create the raised bits. Used some glossy accents over them and sprinkled on the glitter and Made the rose in the center with The Rose Creations Dies and some plain brown paper. Which I again used the paint dabbers on (2 shades of pinks and a smidge of white) before dabbing on a little glue and glittering the flower (I did the same thing for all the flowers in the circlet)

Next I used some ribbon and criss crossed it down the handle of the wand like ballet slippers (how cute would this be for a flower girl) and misted some tulle with Smooch Spritz in Pralines and Cream. Tore it into strips and knotted it around the wand.

To make the circlet I started with some beading wire plated together and then formed into a circle. Built up layers of tulle (also misted with pralines and cream smooch spritz). Wrapping them around to build up a base for the flowers to be attatched to and also to create a little bit of hanging detail at the back. The wrapped around some pearl trim, and ribbon. Attatched the flowers by adding wire to the back of the brads and twisting it around the circlet. The butterflies were created with brown paper and wire (make circles all the same size, attatch two together and cover in brown paper till you have built up around 4-6 layers, let dry then cut around the edges of the wire, paint and glitter) and viola a very sweet gift for one very lucky little girl 🙂

So here it is :

The set together

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a close up of the star part of the wand so you can see the detail better

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and two closer pics of the circlet from different sides

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and that’s all there is there isn’t anymore (for now)

Entered into

Simon Says Stamp and Show Glitter Week

and

Girlie Grunges September Challenge

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Rose Creations

Recently I was so excited to receive my first two sets of Donna Salazar Dies (in what I am sure will become a collection I already have my eye on the peony and one of her book/page sets) anyway I spent a few days with my trusty cuttlebug die cutting all sorts of things from cardstock, patterned paper, vintage sewing patterns, Kraft wrapping paper with a newspaper print I got off ebay, book pages and even brown paper from a roll I have though you could easily recycle it if you get it on packages.

All this so I could just have a play. I am so impressed with the versatility of these dies. If like me you are on a budget and looking for a set of dies that can create a lot of different flower looks in one well this is a fantastic place to start!!

I have a set of cake decorating tools that I have used to shape some of the flowers. Other than that I used two techniques that are featured in this video

It has been fun playing with the flowers. You can create small and large ones and all sizes inbetween. They are so quick and easy once you get the hang of it. Plus think of the fortune you will save in being able to make your own wonderful flowers!!

Here are some of the flowers I created using these dies:

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Launching My Cooking Blog and Showing off One of my August Jellybean challenges

Hi everyone first let me introduce you to heavenly cooking as I am often asked for recipes for things I make and have decided it is high time I start documenting these things. The first recipe is for a very healthy and wonderful Banana Bread.

So now back to crafting. I have been so excited to experiment with my new Donna Salazar Rose Creation Dies. I actually need to take some pics of the flowers I have been creating to show you just how incredibly versatile this set of Dies is. Well worth the investment because you will find yourself using them over and over again.

Anyway the Colour Challenge for August was oranges, and golds with a smidge of black and limish green thrown in.

Here is what I created I am also very excited to announce that this Comb has gotten me Featured Artist on Donna Salazar’s Girlie Grunge Ning Site for this Month!!!

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Not something you can wear in the rain as such but still something very pretty.
I used the rose creation dies, some cardstock, distress ink, Pitch Black Alcohol Ink, cake decorating and nail art tools, some bling and a little pearl mist along with some tulle.