Monday, August 18, 2014

Frienship Canvses from Susie

Sometime ago I posted a Mad Hatter Printer Tray I created for my friend Susie (aka scrapsmart) at for a friendship swap we did earlier this summer.  I received these earlier this summer, but between vacation and other commitments,  I'm FINELY getting a chance to share the beautiful canvases she created for me.  I just love and adore them!  I absolutely love soft feminine styles, like shabby and vintage and aqua is my favorite color palette so Susie totally knocked this one out of the park!   Here's a couple more close ups that I hope you enjoy:

Well friends that's it for me today.

Thank you so much for these lovely gifts Susie, I'll cherish them for many, many, many years to come!   I am sorry for taking so long getting them up to share but believe me when I say your friendship brightens my day and warms my heart today and everyday!   Thank you for all your support, inspiration, kindness and encouragement.   I'm so glad you happened to me!   Big hugs and lots of love!  ~ Your Friend Always ~ Dawna

Be an Individual - Be Fearless Steampunk Shadow Box

Hi Friends,

The youngest of my grandson's just celebrated his 15th birthday last weekend and while I don't normally make my boys things (except cards), I decided this would be a great birthday to encourage him to be who he is, no matter what!  

There's no better designer to help me express this sentiment than Time Holtz!  I love his "Be an Individual" stamp and it says what I want for all of my grandchildren perfectly!  I also included the idea that time fly's by incorporating Tim's weather clock and Red Rubber's Steampunk Sparrow stamp. 

For a complete list of everything I used to create this project, please visit my gallery, Dawna's Place at  Thank you for dropping by and I hope you enjoy a creative day!  ~ Big Hugs ~ Dawna

Botanical Tea Shabby Chic Clock

 Morning Friends,

Dawna here with a lovely clock I created for my very sweet and talented friend, Glenda (aka ILOVEPAPILLONS) at   Glenda adores shabby chic, which is still somewhat new to me, but I wanted to try my hand at something she would enjoy displaying in her new scraproom.  

I loved Graphic 45's Botanical Tea paper collection and when I saw Blue Fern's "Floral Clock," I knew right away I wanted to use them to make Glenda a shabby chic clock.  

As a base I used Dusty Attic's 8x8 shadow box from their 2013 CHA release.  And, I recently won a goodie bag from Martica at in a recent Tag Challenge she hosted and received this lovely 4" long swirly white lace.  I knew it would be the perfect finishing touch for Glenda's project.  Thank you Martica! 

Glenda always has a kind word and is always encouraging others around her.  She is very creative and always inspires me with her beautiful creations.   I've really enjoyed getting to know Glenda better this past year and appreciate having her in my life very much.  Her family roots are in South Africa and she currently lives in beautiful sunny FL with her husband.  She's an empty nester, like me, so we spend time enjoying our family, friends and creating. 

Glenda loves her new clock and promises to find a perfect place to display it in her new scraproom.  Here's a few more close ups I hope you enjoy:

Well friends that's it for me this morning.  For a complete list of products used on this project, please feel free to visit my gallery, Dawna's Place on   Thank you for dropping by and may I wish you all a happy day!   Big Hugs ~ Dawna


Sunday, August 3, 2014

"Time for Love" - Wedding Day Album

"Time for Love" Wedding Day Album
Hi Friends,

Today I'm sharing a my first paper bag album.  I did this album for our wedding photos taken in Santa Barbara, CA on May 18, 1985.  Richard and I will be coming up on 30 years together next year and neither of us can believe its been that long!   We both realize what a blessing that is and how much that says about the life we've created and enjoy together.  Like any marriage, it isn't always easy, but we are so very grateful for all of our blessings. 

"Time for Love" Cover Close-Up
To celebrate this years anniversary we took our RV to one of our favorite beach spots just over the hill to South Carlsbad in San Diego, CA. While hubby was busy surfing, I was busy creating this beautiful keepsake of our special day.  
"Time for Love" Wedding  Day Album
I love the way it turned out in real life.  But, like a lot of projects, sometimes the pictures just don't do it justice.  I feel like that's the case with this project.  So, I'm hoping to do a video preview of it in the near future.  That way I can show you all of the albums nooks and cranny's and share a few tips and tricks too.  Until then, please take your time and enjoy these photos:
Pages 1, 2 and 3
Page 4, 5 and 8
Pages 5, 6 and 7
Pages 8 and 9
Pages 10 and 11
Pages 12, 13, 14 and 15
Pages 16, 17, 18 and 19
Pages 20, 21, 22 and 23
Page 24
Page 25
Page 26
Cherish, Heart, Believe and Journey Charm Chain
Well that's it for me today.  I hope you enjoyed my "Time for Love" Wedding Day Album.   I always love hearing from you, so if you have a moment to leave a comment it will be very much appreciated.  Wishing you all a wonderful day today and everyday!  

Big Hugs ~ Dawna

 ************ Step-by-Step Tutorial ************* 

If your interested in making one of these albums, the following is a list of the supplies (and their respective links) that I used to make mine.  I've also listed the step by step tutorials generously provided by Ginger at My Sisters Scrapper on YouTube.  I recommend that you watch the videos first as it goes though everything you'll need to gather and everything you'll need to do for this project.   Once you review the videos, collect your supplies and tools, you'll have no problem following along in real time. 

You are welcome to chose your own paper collection and embellishments or you can use the supplies listed.  Under each item listed, I've also noted brief directions too..  If you have questions, please feel free to leave me a comment and I'll be happy to respond to you. 

 "Time to Love" Wedding Day Album 
Supplies List

12 x 12 Medium Weight Chipboard Sheets
Used as the basis for your album cover, pages and large tags. 
Paper Bags:  Celebrate It -  3lb. Paper Sacks
Use as the basis for your album.
Prima Stationers Desk Collection - A4 Paper Pad
Used for covering your paper bag, its chipboard flaps, making pockets, large tags, and belly bands to hold your big tags.  This is a huge paper pad, so you will have quite a bit left over to play with!  
Prima Stationers Desk Collection - 3x4 Artist Trading Cards 
Used to make small tags.  
Prima Stationers Desk Chipboard Collection
Used to embellish as shown throughout the album. 
Prima Stationers Desk Collection - Wood Icons in a Box
Used to embellish your pages throughout the album. 
Prima Stationers Desk Collection - Tag Me - Ticket & Tag Set
To be placed inside your pockets for journaling spots.
Lawn Fawn Lawn Trimmings - Hemp Cord Spool - Natural
Thread through eyelets to use as ties on your handmade tags. 
We R Memory Keepers - Eyelets - Standard - Cool Metal
Create tie holes on all your handmade tags, make charm eyelet along binder edge, and to eyelet together the tassels to the black velvet tie ribbon. 
Prima Shabby Chic Treasures- Punk - Tassels
Use two burgundy ones at the end of the velvet ties.  Attach them with eyelets. 
Prima - Junkyard Findings Collection -  Garden Sinks
Use as the fountain on the front cover. 
Prima - Lace Trim - Medallion
After spray painting, use one behind the clock chipboard on the front cover.  
Prima Color Bloom Spray-Vintage Coal
Paint the lace medallion black then place it behind the clock.
Prima Color Bloom Spray - Worn Leather
Use over vintage coal on the resin frame for front cover.  
Prima Resin Embellishments Frame - Antique White - Two
Paint with Vintage Coal first, then with Worn Leather to give it a vintage antiqued frame look.  Pop-up frame on three sides so you can slip in a small photo from the open top.  
Wink of Luna Metallic Brush Pen, Black
Paint the white area on the fountain for a metal patina.   
Wink of Luna Metallic Brush Pen, Blue
Paint a water stream (over the metal patina) coming from the tap into the basin.   Add sparkle with Diamond Stickles.   Stickles by Ranger - Diamond
Use over water stream and on flowers to give them sparkle. 

Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Tattered Pinecone Die
Use to create red rolled roses.  The rhinestone center bling I used is no longer available, but you can choose your own center to use.  Just remember to roll the flower loosely. 
Petaloo - Darjeeling Collection - Teastained Cream Flowers
Used the burgundy centered ones on the inside of the album. 
Deep Red, Black & Cream Mulberry Open Roses and leaves
Use to embellish the front cover as desired or shown.
White Pearlized Heart Stick Pins Use  a few through the flowers on the cover.  No red ones are available now. 
Tim Holtz Ideology - Metal Corners
Cinch onto the corners of the front and back covers.  
Blossom Bucket TOP HAT
Used under husbands picture on Page 3.  
Blossom Bucket LIPS Large 
Used on Under couples picture and large "Noted' tag.
Blossom Bucket NATURAL HEARTS Comparable item.  I actually found the hearts painted with red dots at The Stampin Post. 
Blossom Bucket FASHION GLASSED Small
I actually found the Large ones at The Stampin Post.  They may still have some in stock.  Used on Large tag. 
3/8" Black Velvet Ribbon
Use about 15" each (x2) for tie closure. The pearl rhinestones I used to cover the end of the ribbon and attach it to the album are no longer available (They came from Teresa Collins "Tell Your Story Rhinestone Medallion Collection).  You will need a substitute if you want to tie your journal together for a closure.  Buttons or 2 large self adhesive rhinestones would work fine.  Use glue on all self adhesive items to make sure they don't fall off later. 
Tim Holtz Muse Tokens
Used on Charm Chain
Time Holtz Keys 
Used on Charm Chain
Tim Holtz Clasps
Used on Charm Chain 
Tim Holtz Tim Holtz Chain
Used to make the Charm Chain
Tim Holtz Hinge Clips
Used to hold tickets and photos throughout the album. 
Say it in Crystals - Mini Swirls
Use throughout as bird, butterfly and dragon fly tail swirls.
Use under 'tickets' to create tag 'stops' that prevent tags from slipping off the end of the page. 
Paper to Paper Adhesive:  Aleene's Easy Flow Tacky Glue
I highly recommend this over using an adhesive tape gun as this will give you 30 seconds to get your work straight before it grabs and holds.  Permanent adhesive runners stay right where you put them or if you use repositional tape, it won't hold anything in your pockets, they will just fall apart.  
Metals, Chipboard, and Flowers to Paper Adhesive:  Helmar 450 - Works like a glue gun in a bottle, except it won't burn you! 
1/2" Double Sided Scor-Tape
Used to adhere your chipboard pages to the paper sacks. 

Other Tools

EK Success - Scalloped Punch 
Use to edge pockets, edge belly bands (1 1/2" to 2" wide bands that are glued down at the sides to allow tags to slip through them but hold them down in place, see the last page in the book called 'Noted' for same of belly band and pop-up ticket 'stop.') and binding paper edge for front cover. 
Crop-A-Dile II Big Bite Punch by We R Memory KeepersUsed to create holes and set eyelets for the charm chain, tags and secure tassels to velvet ribbon. 
Paper Cutter - Your choice

Precision Fussy Cutting Scissors - Your choice
Standard Paper Cutting Scissors - Your choice
Ruler - Your choice
Work Surface Mat - Your choice
 Other Products Used:
Michaels:  Various other metal embellishments (a flower, butterfly, and love birds) and rhinestone charms (hanging from charm chain). Chose a few that you like to decorate the cover and to personalize your charm chain. 
The Stampin Post:  All specialty ribbons (and some Blossom Bucket Studio 490 items) including:  Black Leather Open Scrolled Lace (On the cover along binding),  I Love You Black Ribbon, Happy Anniversary Cream Ribbon, Handmade with Love Cream Ribbon, Vintage Butterfly Ribbon (all shown on the tags) are all available at The Stampin Post by calling the shop.  Sorry they don't have an on-line store, but can take phone orders. 
Step by Step Tutorial

I followed Ginger's Vertical Paper Bag Album Tutorial Series from My Sisters Scrapper.  Here are the YouTube links for you to follow along:

1)  Getting Started  
2)  Building Pages (Part 1a)
3)  Building the Cover (Part 1b)
4)  Creating the Binding (Part 2)
5)  Creating Base Pages (Part 3)
6)  Creating Photo Mats (Part 4)
7)  Decorating the Cover (Part 5)

*** End of Tutorial ***

Monday, July 21, 2014

"One of a Kind Dad"

Hi Friends,

I created this altered frame for for my dad, Donnie Spencer, to display this very special picture of us.  This is the only picture I have of me sitting in his lap and I'm only 5 years old here.  At age 25, he is so young and handsome, I am so grateful to have this wonderful picture of us together.  

Here are a few more close ups:

Top of Frame Close Up
Key Hole and Hanging Key Close Up
Pocket Watch and Gear Close Up
Dated 1961 Close Up
Bottom of Frame Close Up
My dad absolutely loved his Father's Day gift and I hope you enjoyed it too.  Thank you so much for dropping by.  If you have time to leave a comment, please know that I sincerely appreciate hearing from you!  Until next time, always create from your heart and live life inspired!  ~ Dawna <3

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"Love is Kind" Vintage Girl & Dolly Tag

Hi Friends,

Today I'm sharing a special vintage dolly image that our swap hostess, Martica from, has challenged us to create a tag around.  Even with her little broken head you can tell dolly has been well loved for many years years.   I adored this little girl especially the way she gives her beloved dolly a gentle kiss.  It's such a sweet image, I just had to join my friends and and play along! 

So, here's my take on this sweet tag challenge, which I've titled "Love is Kind:"

"Love is Kind" Vintage Girl & Dolly Tag

Title Label,  Peek-a-Boo Angel, Vintage Girl with Dolly and Handcrafted Flower and Leaves Close Up
Seam Binding Ribbon Tag Hanger with Silver and Pink Gemstone Trinket and Handcrafted Flower and Leaves Close Up

Seam Binding Ribbon Tag Hanger with Silver and Pink Gemstone Trinket Close Up

I hope you enjoyed this sweet little tag.  If you did, the remainder of this post gives the directions, including a downloadable image of this sweet little girl and her dolly, and links to the supplies I used to create this tag are all listed below.   I hope you're inspired to create something from your  heart today!

Well that's it for me dear friends!   I'll be sending this one off to Martica, but I love how it turned out so I think I'll have to make a keeper for myself as well.  I've got quite a few other goodies coming your way, so stay tuned for more creative goodness very soon!   Hugs to All  ~ Dawna  <3
Make Your Own Tag with Flowers

To make this tag, I started with Julie Nuttings Hancock Tags from Prima.  I used the pink one with soft roses and leaves.  

To make the flowers, I used Coordination's soft pink pastel cardstock from their spring collection pack.  To create the flowers, I used Miron Smith's new Bloom Impressions Flower Tool with a little twist.  Instead of using the individual petals as  recommended, I used Heartfelt Creations Tattered Blooms which are whole flowers.  I cut four to five sizes for layering, then lightly misted them with water and cinched each layer in the bloom maker.  Then I let the all the layers dry and slightly curled the tips under with my finger nails.  I added a stamen from a McGill flower punch set and finished the flower with a rose.  I used Donna Salazar's leaves from her Bitty Blooms collection and  finished the petals and leaves off by embossing them, then distressing them with Tim Holtz's Vintage Photo Ink.  As a final touch, I added some Diamond Stickles for a bit of sparkle on the flower stamen and rose flower centers.  These flowers were so easy to make and they came out looking great!     

Next I added some deeply scalloped lace from my stash at the bottom of the tag and also some of Prima's Floral Lace. I cut the floral lace into leaves and tucked them here and there behind the flowers.  Then finished the flower clusters off with some distressed green leaves here and there.  

I fussy cut this little girl image:

To create the Love is Kind title, I selected Spellbinder's Filigree Label and Small Ovals to create and print up the title, distressed and popped up the oval and layered them together for a pretty framed title block.  

Lastly I used seam binding ribbon to hang the pink gemstone trinket.  These trinkets are available in the jewelry making section of any big box store, so feel free to find something that works for you.   Good luck dear friends and have fun!  

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sunshine Chalk Cards

Morning Friends,

A few weeks ago my local stamp store, The Stampin Post in Old Town Temecula, CA hosted a card class and taught us how to work with powdered chalk and white ink.  We used these adorable stamps from Darcie, learned several tips and all had a great time.  

I love the papers and sentiments used on these cards, they are so happy and just make me smile.  Here's the whole collection we created:

And here's a few more close ups:
A Pint of Thanks and a Quart of Gratitude
Sending Sunshine Your Way

Tomorrow May Rain so I'll Follow the Sun
Hello Sunshine
All of these Darcie stamps are no longer available at Darcie's site, however, they are still available at The Stampin Post.  Feel free to contact the shop if your interested in making a purchase.  

Well friends that's it for me today.  I hope you enjoyed these happy cards.   Until next time, be inspired and create something from the heart!    Hugs ~ Dawna