Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Paper Crafter's Library DT feature: Celebrate moments mini-album by Donna Espiritu

Woot! Check out Paper Crafter's Library DT feature today... yep! It's ME! :)
I created a mini-album with video tutorial... so head on over to their blog to take a look on my project.

Here is a little sneak peek for you all! :D


Thanks for dropping by!

Happy crafting,
Donna
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Monday, September 15, 2014

You bewitch me

Hi all! 
I have another Graphic 45 project I wanna share today...  It's a simple but very nice card, I would say :)

"You bewitch me"
I love how this card turned out, the colors in the collection jived so well even if my aim is not really a Halloween-themed card. I really like the blend of textures courtesy of the embossed background and the dimension of the layered flowers.
I used an embossing folder which I have in my stash for the longest time. I am afraid to use it but I recently had the courage to play with some dies and embossing to add texture to my projects.

I say let's not be afraid to experiment and use up whatever we have in our stash!
Thanks for dropping by!

Supplies used:
Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale 8x8 papers
Graphic 45 An Eerie tale flowers
Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale stickers
Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale banners
Couture Creations Endless Dreams Collection Tranquility decorative die
Cuttlebug Moroccan Screen embossing folder
Manor house flower and leaves
Distress Ink Antique Linen
White cardstock
Adhesives (glue, foam tape, double-sided tape)

Happy crafting,
Donna
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Come away with me cards

I made two cards recently for a Design team call.. which I unfortunately didn't make. lol! :D But I am okay with it... it made me do something out of my usual comfort zone. I loved how these cards turned out and made me wanna make more!

"The joy of the journey"
First time to try out embossing a metal embellishment.. and I LOVED it! It's soooo cool! I will definitely do this more often. Oh and see, I used my Sizzix Tattered floral die again.. I will never get tired using it over and over! Lol! :D 


This card is pretty chic I must say, the heart is actually stacked 3 times for a nice effect. It's not clearly seen in the image but it's like butterfly wings :D
Some of the supplies I used on these cards can be purchased at the Pretty Paper Studio store.
Thanks for dropping by!

Supplies used:
Graphic 45 Come away with me paper collection
Graphic 45 Come away with me  Ephemera pack
Graphic 45 Staples metal key
Graphic 45 Staples metal butterflies
Graphic 45 Saples metal brad
Sizzix tattered floral die
Couture Creations Endless Dream colletion: tranquility and kaleidoscope heart
My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline howdy doody clear stamp
Cuttlebug Embossing folder: Moroccan Screen
Cuttlebug Embossing folder Anna Griffin: Brocade
Rhinestones
twine
Stazon brown ink
Stickles


Happy crafting,
Donna
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Petaloo and Graphic 45 blog hop: Day 4

I am excited to share with you what I have created for the Petaloo and Graphic 45 blog hop! We're on day 4 and we still have lots of fabulous projects to share with you all!

Here is the Halloween decor I created for this hop. I wasn't able to get my Petaloo flowers on time so I just used what I have and somehow made it work for my idea!

"Magical and enchanting Halloween hanging wood decor"

There were several papers in the collection that were dream come true for fussy cutters like me. Even the smallest of prints (like the roses) added great dimension when popped up with foam tape. I created this wooden decor painting the wood with gesso and then purple acrylic paint. After the paint dried, I applied Mod Podge on the surface and started decorating with the fussy cut pieces. I also made a wing out of washi tape adhered on a piece of patterned paper and placed underneath the woman figure, depicting either an angel or a fairy. Up to your imagination!

I brushed stickles on some parts like the flowers and some of the fussy cut pieces using my finger. I finished it off with a ribbon attaching it to the back.

I hope you liked this and do visit the Graphic 45 and Petaloo blogs for more inspiring projects from fellow DT members and for a chance to WIN great prizes!!!

Supplies:
Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale 12x12 papers
Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale 8x8 papers
Graphic 45 washi tape
Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale chipboards
Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale stickers
Petaloo flowers Botanica collection Faux dried minis
Petaloo flowers Floral Embellishments Darjeeling Medium Mix
Ribbon
Gesso
Acrylic paint
Mod Podge matte
Stickles
Black ink
Adhesives (glue, foam tape)

Happy crafting,
Donna
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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Mother Goose backpack with mini-album

I've had this backpack template long time ago and just got to play with it recently for a Graphic 45 project. It was fun assembling, I made three! Each one for my nieces (Cheska, Chanelle and Chloe).
I used my favorite flower die at the moment, the Sizzix tattered floral die. You might probably see projects from me with flowers made out of this die for a very long time hahaha I also used this to my Mother Goose tag mini-album.
I also made coordinating mini-albums to store those back-to-school photos of your precious little ones.


For the complete list of supplies, check out the post on the Graphic45 blog
Backpack template from here.
Happy crafting,
Donna
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Friday, August 29, 2014

School memories tag mini-album

I have created a tutorial for Graphic 45 and it's in their latest newsletter which you can have access to by subscribing! >>>Check out this link<<<

The tags were decorated/embellished on both sides...
Front of the tags

Back of the tags...
I used the really colorful and playful Mother Goose collection. It had fun planning and creating this project.
Here are some more detailed shots




List of supplies and tools in the newsletter. Hope you check it out >>http://eepurl.com/1j-k9<<
Thanks for dropping by!

Happy crafting,
Donna
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Days of the week- documented (a hybrid mini-album)

Two of the digital designers I CT for, Mari Koegelenberg and Sugarplum Paperie, had a wonderful collaboration together, "Days of the week" and you can grab it while ON SALE.

When this collection first came out in a different store, I did digital layouts for most of the kits. Now that both of them transferred to Pixels and Company, I opted to take another approach in using this collection. I created a hybrid mini-album with a video tutorial to boot! :)
The flowers were created using my Big Shot and Sizzix Tattered Floral dies. I combined the printed flowers and flowers from my stash as well. I take chances like this to use up my old stash of embellishments and papers as much as possible.
I hope you like it as I had fun creating and shooting the video tutorial for this hybrid mini-album.
Complete list of supplies and tools and additional photos/images of the completed album in the video.
Enjoy!


Happy crafting,
Donna
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Favor boxes

Hi folks... check out my latest hybrid creations using Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs templates and cutting files and Graphic 45 collections.


"Make this adorable Jewelry Box out of a single sheet of paper! Perfect for wedding favors."


and here is my take on this cute little box...

I used Sweet Sentiments collection by Graphic 45 (mix of 12X12, 8x8 and 6x6 paper sheets)



I also used Kelleigh's Rose in Bloom Template Set and Cutting Files to create the flowers. I had to make it a bit smaller to fit on a 6x6 sheet of paper, lowered the opacity of the cut lines, just enough to see when printed to minimize the dark lines. Then I sprayed a bit of water before forming each layer. Spraying water softens it a tad and makes it easier to curve the petals using a skewer. Finally, embellish with some cutouts, trims and paper twine and you're done. That's it! Super easy to make! 

"This triangle shaped box is perfect party or wedding favor packaging.  Holds three nice sized truffles or other small gifts!  The unique fluttery top creates a pretty little package! "

and this is my take on this cute truffle box template. I made three in a set.





For these boxes, I used Botanical tea collection by Graphic45 and Paper flower pieces template set and cutting files (freebie) by Kelleigh Ratzlaff. To create the flowers, I sprayed water first before crinkling them up to achieve that ragged look. Just be careful not to tear when unfolding them. I inked the edges of the boxes and the cutouts using antique linen distress ink to give it a bit of shabby/vintage-look.

Hope you liked my projects today! Watch out for more in the coming days!

Happy crafting,
Donna
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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Beautiful little moments

Here is another layout I made for Pretty Paper Studio's current challenge, Sew Lovely.

My beautiful nieces and introducing the latest addition to our family, baby Chloe!
You can check out the tutorial of this layout and list of supplies I used here.
Thanks for dropping by!

Happy crafting,
Donna
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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

By the sea mini-album

A couple of firsts in creating this mini...
This is my first Snapguide tutorial! I used Graphic 45's "By the sea" collection.
This is also my first to use real seashells on a project! :D I had fun scouring for this lol!
Check out the tutorial and complete list of supplies in this Snapguide tutorial.

Thanks for dropping by!

Happy crafting,
Donna
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