Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Love Notes Mailbox for Donna Salazar!

I'm so delighted to share with you that I am Donna Salazar's Guest Designer for June!

I will have a few other fun things to share with you later, but for today let's kick it off with my love notes mailbox. This mailbox is made by Maya Road and comes with a mini album, but I will share that with you later!

I've had this mailbox for a little while, but wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with it. Once I received the Antiquities line from Donna, I just knew these papers were perfect for it! I started by base coat painting it with a dusty rose acrylic paint.  Oh, and if you zoom in on this image, you will see that I used two Epiphany Crafts epoxy hearts to create leaves for my flower under my big butterfly in the lid. 

I then covered it with the "Let's Ride" papers. The flag is covered with The Crafty Chronicle.  I distressed the edges, stitching around the edges for some interest and texture. I slightly dampened them and crumpled them, then smoothed them out before I covered it.  For the back of the mailbox, I did a torn layer to reveal a beautiful bouquet of flower from "Vintage Gears".
One of the fun things about this line is that it has a really great vintage vibe with steam punk appeal. I played that up by using some of the Sprightly Sprockets, misted with a little River Moss Smooch Spritz into my floral layers. The Crafty Chronicle makes the best ever flowers, and those custom buttons from Epiphany Crafts are the perfect compliment!
Smoochy Tip: The leaves for my flowers were colored with River Moss Smooch spray. I spritzed some onto my silicone mat, then added a little water and used a brush to get my leaves to the desired color.

I had so much fun with UTEE on this project. I have to say I absolutely adore the effect that Donna's Fairy Dust Glitter gives when layered in with the UTEE.  This is a covered chipboard butterfly by Melody Ross with a Spellbinders diecut on top. 
It's harder to capture in photos sometimes, but my double butterfly has it and my larger Fanciful Flight butterfly has it also and the shimmer and shine is wonderful!  That shimmer really brings things to life!!!
This side has a Martha Stewart doily layered up with the sprockets and an Epiphany Crafts Round 20 button.  There is another Round 14 and a heart shaped covered chipboard in the corner.

Products used:
DSD Antiquities Collection by GCD Studios
DSD River Moss Smooch Spritz by Clearsnap
Fanciful Flight by Donna Salazar for Spellbinders
Sprightly Sprockets by Donna Salazar for Spellbinders
Mixed Berries Fairy Dust Glitter by Donna Salazar for Clearsnap
Crafty Chronicle by Donna Salazar
Zva Creative pearl flourishes (2)
UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel)
Donna Salazar Fairy Dust in Mixed Berries
Martha Stewart, Fiskars & EK Success Punches
Epiphany Crafts 14 round, 14 button, 14 heart and 20 button
Epiphany Crafts respective punches
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet and Walnut Stain
Melody Ross Chipboard Butterflies for GCD Studios
Martha Stewart Doily
Heidi Swapp Distress Tool
Kaisercraft pink pearls (3)
Sizzix Tattered Florals die by Tim Holtz
Other: Dusty Rose Acrylic Paint, Foam Brush, Pink Jute, Ivory Embroidery Floss, Black Thread, Sewing Machine
Thanks so much for stopping by and spending a moment with me!  Have a super scrappity day!!!
~ Rhonda

1 comment:

Carol said...

Gorgeous mailbox Rhonda, Love the textures and the details are amazing! TFS