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October Newsletter
Hello my cyber buddies!

October is the month when it really begins to feel like Fall in California (at least where I live, it does). I LOVE this time of the year; the cooler weather and the way the "lighting" seems to change (because the days are getting shorter) puts me in a festive mood. Another thing I love about October is the pumpkins! I always buy a bunch of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes with the intention of decorating them all. And yet, sadly, I still have 9 pumpkins... undecorated... even though they've been living with us for over 2 weeks. LOL! I guess I've had just a few things on my plate lately. But that means there is some GOOOD stuff coming from DSD!

Fall/Halloween was the theme for my Design Team's projects this month and everyone has done an amazing job. This month we featured Artistic Wire's product on cards, layouts, and mixed media... as well as product from my partner companies: Zutter - tools and/or clear acrylic, Clearsnap - Mix'd Media Inx and Smooch Spritz, GCD Studios - Artistic paper and the Crafty Chronicle. Head on over to my blog to check out what everyone has done.
Well... that's it for now... Smooches ~D~D-eyes
Here's The Scoop!
The latest news from DSD... I have new re-inkers for the Mix'd Media Inx that have been released.
These are great for re-inking your MMI pads... but that's not all! (insert shamwow voice here... LOL). The Inx are so thick that you can actually paint with them! They work kinda like oil paint but they mix and clean up with water. Depending on what you are painting on, you may need to heat set or emboss them. They also blend well with Smooch Spritz and I'm sure the longer I play with them, the more CARAZAY cool techniques I'll come up with!

I also get to announce that I have new Embossing Powders that match my Mix'd Media Inx line!!! Yay!!!
And if you know me... you know how much I LOVE embossing. I probably emboss on over half of my projects! These powders are awesome. They come in all the same colors as the Mix'd Media Inx. The "Leather" color has a touch of metallic in it and the "Denim" color is a dark blue so you can use it with your "Denim" inx to make your projects really look like denim.

And... One more exciting announcement... I also have a brand new product called Emboss Gloss.

Emboss Gloss is in the same smart container as the Glue Gloss but with embossing fluid instead! Now we can use the little wand for some detailed embossing in the way that I "tried" to use the Glue Gloss. The Glue Gloss would bubble up sometimes which gave my projects a really cool texture but sometimes I want smooth embossing... KWIM? And NOTHING beats Glue Gloss used with my Fairydust Glitter!

And last but definitely NOT least... I want to announce that I have promoted one of my Design Team Members to the position of Design Team Coordinator. Her projects are ALWAYS over the top gorgeous with some crazy intricate details like in the photo below:
Congratulations Natasha Naranjo Aguirre!!! You are the bomb diggity my sweet friend! Natasha will be keeping all the Design Team stuff organized, she is gonna be working on the Girlie Grunge Ning site, she'll be hosting LOTS of challenges and she'll be handling most of the giveaways from now on.

Such exciting stuff is happening and next month I'll have even more to announce!

Have you been to the "Girlie Grunge" Ning site yet? It is my "home base" for Donna Salazar Designs and all things Girlie and Grungie.   


You can join the site to see photos from my Design Team and all my Girlie Grunge cyber buds. You can even upload photos too if you wanna share some of your own Girlie Grunge work! I also have videos, links to old Ustream shows and I even have my new inexpensive "e-classes". You can also catch a link to my Tuesday Tutorials Live Ustream show straight from the site.  


You can join the site HERE and it is FREE!!! 

Hi, Natasha here. I am very excited to announce that we will begin holding monthly challenges over at Girlie Grunge!  We will begin our first
challenge on November 1st. How about I spill the beans and tell you what the challenge is so you can get a head start?  :o) 

For the first challenge, you will need to create a layout, card or off-the-page project that must include:

Hand-made Flowers
Corrugated Board
Any Donna Salazar product

Not sure of how to create your own flowers?  You can check out some of Donna Salazar's flower tutorials!
Old Flower Tutorial
 Spellbinders Rose Creations
*NEW* Mixed Media Flower

  You may use any type of corrugated board, but be sure to include at least one Donna Salazar product... papers, Smooch Spritz, Spellbinders dies, Mix'd Media Inx, Fairy Dust Glitter, etc.  Be sure to upload your project to the Girlie Grunge site by November 30, 2011 and remember to tag your photo using the following tag: November_2011_Challenge.  One winner will be selected to receive a fabulous prize pack filled with amazing goodies by Donna.  Good luck and most importantly... have fun with it!!!  Can't wait to see what you create! 

Featured Artists on Girlie Grunge
I almost forgot... we will also begin featuring crafty artists that have caught our eye on the front page of the Girlie Grunge site. Any project in the Girlie Grunge Gallery using DSD products will be eligible. Who knows... you may be the next featured artist! And if you are featured, we will be sending you a prize as well!

Much love and hugs...


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Join me every other Tuesday at   

7:00 PM Pacific for my FREE web show!  

The show is just 45 minutes so you don't have to set too much time aside... or you might even be able to watch the recording during your lunch!  I'll have some stuff pre-made that will be given away with the tags that I make during the show.


Click HERE to join the fun. If you login, you can participate at home via the live web chat and enter to win prizes! If you can't catch the live show you can view the recorded shows anytime.   


The picture below shows some of the prizes that I  

have made during the last couple shows. And, in case you didn't know, I always give away the projects I make during the show to the people who can answer product questions... so make sure you take notes while I'm talking... LOL.

septprizes You can also access the shows from my

Ning site by clicking on the Ustream button on the right hand side of the screen.  

The next shows are on November 1st and the 15th. 


If you are a store and carry my products, send an e-mail to with your store logo and website info and I'll create a link to your store from 

Monthly Desktop Inspiration

This month my wonderful Design Team has created projects with the theme "Fall/Halloween".  


I normally have a fun quote to go with the Desktop Inspiration but this month I just have the cute little sign.




You can see the original post and even download the image above to use as your computer's wallpaper on my October 3rd blog post.

This month I have chosen a project from the galleries that I felt was an impressive use of my products. This layout is by Mistra.

Mistra used papers from my Antiquities line: "Let's Ride" and "Harmony"mistra
If you are making projects using my products and would like a chance to be featured, upload your projects to and tag all of my products that you have used... from my Spellbinder dies, to papers, to Smooch Spritz, glitter and Inx... I'd love to see your work!

Mistra got a goodie package with some of my Mix'd Media Inx sent to her for allowing me to showcase her beautiful work.
Donna's Class/Event Dates

Rose Creations Slider Card "e-Class" $10

(You can sign up to take the class for the next 30 days)
Girlie Grunge site
In this mini class you will learn several different flower techniques using my Rose Creations die set from Spellbinders... plus how to make the slider card. You will get a step by step instructional pdf and a narrated slide presentation. You can also purchase a $5 ticket to the bonus USTREAM video portion of the class.  

October 31st - Magical Inky Techniques 2 - $35
 My Creative Classroom
In this 4 week course we will be picking up where we left off in the first Magical Inky Techniques class. You will be making an Inky-Painty-Glitzy-Grungy book of techniques, some of which will be 3 dimensional. The first week is dedicated to making the cover of the book in all its distressed, decoupaged, glittered and embossed goodness. During the remaining 3 weeks you will make 12 inky technique tags, 4 different technique tags per week, and though this is in Inky class... you will still get lots of dimensional techniques as well.
November 3rd - All About Christmas - $45
 My Creative Classroom (Donna's Project photos below)

It's beginning to look a lot like...Christmas! Gather up your holiday crafting supplies and come join four MCC instructors for a wide variety of Christmas projects from home decor to card making to rubber stamping and loads in between. This 6-week class is loaded with detailed projects that will have you creating items to be cherished for years to come.  
  • Week 1 with Donna Salazar - Count down to "the most wonderful day of the year" as you create a "Girlie Grunge Christmas Countdown" wall hanging in Donna's signature style. This decor item is made with cardboard, bling and Spellbinders die-cuts using Mix'd Media Inx, Smooch Spritz and Fairy Dust Glitter from Clearsnap. It is sure to be a family favorite year after year. 
  • Week 2 with Catherine Scanlon - Create five unique and festive handmade ornaments. You'll do a little sewing, a little beading, a little of this and a little of that to create ornaments from classic to whimsical.  
  • Week 3 with Sandy Hulsart - Create four elegant masked, stippled, and stamped cards. Using masking techniques create these wonderful one layer holiday cards with softly stippled backgrounds.
  • Week 4 with Deena Ziegler - Create two Christmas cards and a holiday door banner using various techniques and downloadable/printable templates.
  • Week 5 with Donna Salazar - Create "Mixed Media Elf House" tabletop home decor project with cardboard, the Crafty Chronicle, Spellbinders die cuts, trims and stamps using Mix'd Media Inx, Smooch Spritz and embossing powder from Clearsnap.  
  • Week 6 with Catherine Scanlon - Make a lovely vintage-style winter white shadowbox that you can adorn with a vintage holiday photo, ephemera or current family photo. Start with a new shadowbox or vintage box/cigar box and transform it to a lovely winter wonderland with glitter, vintage papers, snowflakes and more. This will be another heirloom in the making!
November 4th and 5th - Make n Take $5.00
Want2Scrap booth - Ontario Scrapbook Expo
Visit the Want2Scrap booth Friday and Saturday to make this Make n Take project with Donna Salazar (while supplies last) 


Just cuz I love you all... EVERYONE who is subscribed to this newsletter will be entered into a drawing to win the Crafty Chronicle Vol2 (the actual paper version)  



You don't have to do anything to win... you just need to be subscribed to this newsletter. Each month I will randomly draw a name from all my LOYAL cyber friends and announce it here.


This month's LOYALTY winner is:  


Please send your name and mailing address to:


Dont' forget to mention that you won in the  

Crafty Chronicle Newsletter drawing.  


"Like" Donna Salazar Designs on Facebook    

Just in case you missed this... Natasha has set up a new Facebook Fan Page for Donna Salazar Designs Products. She is giving away a Crafty Chronicle every time we hit another 100 fans! And... when we hit 1,000 fans, we will be giving away a Distrezz-it-All!!!  

All you have to do is "Like" the page and  you are entered to win! We already gave away the first Crafty Chronicle so hurry up and join in the fun so you don't miss out!!! 

Handmade Holidays Bloghop 2011
Nov 4th-6th

Calling all crafters! We've gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could make for the holidays, all in one place on this Hop!

Start HERE on the 4th


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