Friday, March 1, 2019

~~~Celebrating You~~~
March 2019 - 13arts Challenge 76

And with this I post my first challenge as a 13arts Design Team member...
Knowing the amazing work done by Designers on the Team has challenged me to dig deep and produce work that is worthy being on the Team...Nothing like a healthy dose of 'competition' right...

I was inspired by the cute little Baby feet in the photo, thus I used a 30 odd year old photo of my eldest daughter's Christening. Also loved the idea of the book and used my Vintage Summer paper and some Script Tissue Paper to create the idea of paper-sheets. The quality of the paper is such that it holds the curls perfectly. I did use strips of foam-tape between the layers to help  keep the space between the layers. The brown colours come from the top left photo on the board. 

I used several white flowers from Petaloo that I sprayed with Ayeeda Mist; Pastel Antique Cream.

I prepared the background paper by giving it a light wash of watered down Gesso. Also sprayed it with the Antique Cream Mist. Used Gel Medium to adhere the two sizes of Glass Beads. Another layer of Gesso and then a healthy layer of Crackle Medium. Once that was dried I sprayed with Dark Brown Chalk Mist. A squirt of water helped the ink settle between the beads and cracks...

The Dusty Attic title was embossed with Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel from Stampendous and the raw leaves painted with Ayeeda Shiny Powder, Antique Gold.

To find the products I used and much more, please visit the 13arts Shop...

Thank you for your visit...till next time!
We tend to forget 
 that happiness 
doesn’t come as a result 
of getting something we don’t have, 
but rather 
of recognizing 
and appreciating what we do have. 
~Frederick Keonig~

Friday, February 22, 2019

~~~There is only one Happiness in Life...~~~
February 2019 - Dusty Attic Moodboard Project

Good Day Blogger Friends...
This months Colour scheme for the Dusty Attic Moodboard is just right up my alley! Gorgeous muted, earthy tones.
I had the perfect Embroidery threads and papers from 13@rts to create my page. The papers used are, Something Borrowed, Something Blue and Bridesmaid Dress from the Vintage Summer Collection. The photo is from Pinterest...

I began my page by hand-stitching on several layers. Also did a little stencil work using texture paste coloured with Infusion Stains, Emerald Isle, Royal Blood and The Sage to get the correct shade.

The two Dusty Attic pieces,  Antique Frame and Ivy Corner #2 were coloured with several shades of Green, Beige and Champagne Acrylic paints. Also sprayed a little Lindy's Stampgang sprays on them. 

The Title Chippy was swiped with some Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.

Please create and take part in this month Challenge...there is still enough time left to be in line to win one of two $50 store Gift vouchers. This and much more is what you will find in the Dusty Attic on-line store....

I hope you enjoyed my project and those of my fellow Dusty Attic Design Team friends....
Till next time.

Infuse your life with action.
 Don't wait for it to happen. 
Make it happen. 
Make your own future. 
Make your own hope.
 Make your own love. 
And whatever your beliefs, 
honor your creator, 
not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, 
but by doing what you can to make grace happen
... yourself, 
right now, 
right down here on Earth..
~Bradley Whitford~

Friday, February 8, 2019

~~~Trust where your Heart leads You~~~
February 2019 - Dusty Attic DT Project

Hello Dusty Attic and Blogland friends....
Today I share my second DT project for 2019 with you all. I decided to use this dreamy looking photo of my Daughter Chantelle for this Lay-out. The sentiment from the Prima paper range Vintage Emporium is exactly my wish for her for this Year...Hoping that she may also realise some of her Dreams, or at least be at peace with where she is and where she might be going in Life....

Using three sheets from the Prima pack, I did some punching, hand-stitching and stencilling on the background. I used the Leaves #3 Stencil with Embossing Paste and heat embossed them with Cafe au Lait embossing Powder from Lindy's Stampgang. The chipboard Frames were Gesso'd, and also embossed with the Lindy's Embossing Powder. I sprayed them with Lilac Chalk Spray by 13Arts and heat them again...this results in the spray mixing into the Embossing. The longer you heat, the more the ink will mix in the Embossing leaving a faint colouring. I did two coats of Inking and also sealed the ink with a layer of clear embossing.


I did not like the golden colour of the Bamboo sticks, therefor I gesso'd them and embossed with Perissa Embossing Powder from WOW. The Foliage leaves were also embossed with the same Powder.

For texture and interest I added Builders Tape and Gauss coloured with Cocklebells Coral spray form Lindy's. Also some Minnie Pearls Prills.

I hope you enjoyed my rather Shabby Chic page for this month....
Please visit the Dusty Attic Blog for much more inspiration from my fellow Design Team members.
Also feel free to have a look at all the products in the Dusty Attic on-line Store...

Good, better, best.
 Never let it rest. 
'Til your good is better 
and your better is best. 
~St. Jerome~

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

~~~ My Art, My Therapy ~~~
January 2019 - Dusty Attic Moodboard Project

Hello Dear Blog Friends....

I often get asked how does one use and interpret a Moodboard....
A Moodboard should inspire you with its colours, Images and overall feeling ...You can take either all or some of the colours that inspire you, maybe an image speaks to you or some moodboards have phrases or titles that you can use.

As you will see with this month beautiful Dusty Attic board, we have soft Aqua looking colours and the beautiful waves and shoreline image. Now I have to admit that my canvas started out quite differently. I had tissue tape and lovely tissue paper on it all going for a beach theme...and then I changed direction and rather used the colours but went for a more industrial looking canvas!!! Just showing that you can really go where your Mojo leads you. 

I also want you to see that there is all that extra chipboard that we should keep and utilise...Yes, I'm talking of the of-cuts / negatives that one tends to throw away! Not only are they perfect to use behind photos or embellishments to lift them, but some have the most amazing designs that can be used as well. Here I have used the of-cuts from the Industrial Corners and also the insides from the ATC frames. I embossed them with an embossing folder to add texture to them.

After adding the different tapes and changing my mind, I added a thick, rough layer of Plaster paste on the canvas. I stamped with a texture stamp to add texture and interest. I also added layers of embossed cutoffs and other chipboard elements. After a layer of Gesso and drying, I added my firsts layer of colour, A Bit o' Bubbly from Lindy's Stampgang.

The Industrial Corner was Gesso'd and sprayed with the same Spray. The wings of the Winged Keys got a rub of Mystic Turquoise Antique Wax. As for the rest I painted and sprayed with the following products. Matte Turquoise Paint and Pearl Turquoise Light Mist from 13Arts, Sassy Sapphire from Lindy's and Blue Green and Cool Grey Rust Effect Pastes. I also used Blue Light Fine Grained Grit from 13Arts in places.I used White Gold Metallique Wax to highlight certain areas.

The next 3 photos are just to show a little before all the mist and paints and elements were added.

I hope I have inspired you to also give the Moodboards a try.

Also remember that we have TWO x $50 Vouchers to the Dusty Attic website, so there are more chances to win. Remember the only criteria is that is has to have Dusty Attic chipboard on your creation. Just add your link, name and county to the right hand link and have fun with the board, and happy Creating everyone.

These are the products from the Dusty Shop that I have used....


Thank you for the visit and I leave you with this little piece of wisdom....

The purpose of art
 is washing the dust
 of daily life 
off our souls. 
~Pablo Picasso~
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