Saturday, January 31, 2015

You are my Happiness
January Prima Product Pick

This is my take on the product pick challenge for January...It is filled with beautiful soft Greens and Blue/Turquoise colours. As promised, I am using the sketch again, this time keeping to it as it was ment to be. From the Epiphany Collection I used 'At this Moment' paper...I wanted the beautiful Lamp image to co-inside with my frame, but those who know the design of the paper will know that the image is on the right hand side of the paper...therefore I used two sheets, cutting and mending them to suit my design.

I used Opaque Matte Modeling Paste to stencil some words and coated them with Light Pink Art Sugar.
I also used Clistening Waves, Peony and Vintage Coal Color Bloom Spray Mist on my background.

Some Prima flowers and two Crochet Icons are tucked between my arrangements as well.
I again coloured the frames with the Color Bloom Sprays.

From the inspiration boards I added a little glass bottle...

Not easy to see...but there is added texture from Crystal Glass Beads and Pearl Glass Glitter...all adhered with Soft Matte Gel. Also a good dusting of Antique Silver Art Sugar.

Thank you for once again visiting me and my Art...

For happiness one needs security, 
but joy can spring like a flower 
even from the cliffs of despair.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I am my own kind of Perfect
Prima January 2015 BAP

I love using sketches and usually challenge myself  to stay as true to the sketch as possible. I might flip or rotate it and always try to incorporate elements as shown in the sketch....
But when I saw this sketch by Jennifer Snyder my mind just saw one thing and I had to use the Artistic license to cut the main image in thirds. Therefore apology's to is still your sketch...just changed a little...
I am also doing a page for the Prima PP and used the same sketch, as it was meant to!

Seeing as Finnabair has a Sparkle and Shine Blog Hop Challenge going on...I am entering this page over there....

You can still see the sketch...right???
I used two sheets of Prima paper, Love Affair from Time Traveler Collection and Roses are Red from Stationary Desk Collection.
After lightly gesso'ing parts of the background, I used a Prima Stencil and Clear Crackle Paste to create  the leaf pattern. 
I sprayed and splattered using Color Bloom Tea Stain and Vintage Coal Mists.
The horizontal Dotted lines are also stencilled using Pastel Brown Edge Chalk.

The crackles show up beautifully from the Vintage Coal mist that seeped into them .

The frame was cut and I coloured it with the same two sprays as the background.

Being inspired by Louise Nelson's awesome work with sequins made me dig mine out and use them as the effect and think I will be using them more in future as well!

Around the edges of the frame I applied Charcoal Art Sugar, Henna Mica Flakes and Sterling Glass Glitter...all from the Finnabair line of Art Ingredients. They were all very easily adhered using Soft Matte Gel.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog...Always so much appreciated.
Have a wonderful and restful weekend....

Never be in a hurry,
 do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.
 Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
 even if your whole world seems upset.
Saint Francis de Sales

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The best Things
Dusty Attic Jan 2015 Inspiration Board

Hello dear Blog Friends...

Today I bring you my page using the gorgeous Inspiration Board designed by our own Natasha Naranjo Aguirre...It is a gorgeous image filled with warm, rich colours and inspirational words. It is so easy to take part in our monthly challenge...complete a project using Dusty Attic chipboard pieces and at least three of the colours, link your project to the list on the right side of the Dusty Attic blog, and stand a chance to win a &100 gift voucher to redeem in our shop!!! And for the month of January there is a 20% of discount if you use the promotional code happy2015.


I have scrapped this photo that I took a few years ago before...but it suited the challenge perfectly. I knew I wanted to use and layer many chipboard pieces, therefore I kept the paper layers minimal. I did how ever use many different media's on the paper and the chipboard's themselves.

On the background I have stencilled with Finnabair Copper Crackle Texture Paste. I sprayed some Lindy's Frolic in the Forest Black and used some of my very ancient Rub-ons in the corners.

The two Butterflies were Gesso'd and heat embossed with two colours of Lindy's embossing powders, Château Rue and Terra Cotta Plum.

I used Cornflower Blue Archival Ink and applied it in three different manners resulting in three unique effects. Firstly I applied it using a foam blending tool behind the photo. I then applied it through a stencil, still with the blending tool but with some more pressure. Thirdly I stamped, resulting in the darker blue image.

The vine was gesso'd and some glass glitters added at the end of the leaves for texture. I painted the leaves with Lindy's Edelweiss Moss Green Starburst Spray and added some black Art Sugar to it.

The Doilys were painted with Cornflower Blue Archival Ink and randomly embossed with Aged Teal Embossing Enamel. The Flower Buds were painted black and also randomly embossed with Aged Black Embossing Enamel.

In places I added Finnabair Plum Glass Beads, Platinum Glass Glitter, Gold Leaf Mica Flakes and a dusting of light Pink Art Sugar. All of them were adhered with Soft Matte Gel

I used the following pieces on my page

Mini Doily Set

Between the Sheets:


Like water which can clearly mirror 
the sky and the trees only so long
 as its surface is undisturbed, 
the mind can only reflect
 the true image of the Self when it is tranquil
 and wholly relaxed.
Indra Devi

Thursday, January 15, 2015


Today just a short post to show another page made during the all-night scrapping night at Fruitful Hands end of November 2014. 

I took inspiration from the November Colour Challenge at Lindy's Stampgang...but never got to entering the page...The colours were so well suited to the dress Chantelle wore for her Matric Farewell Dance.

The colours I used were all Starbursts...

A Bit of Bubbly
Red Hot Poker Orange 
Time Travel Teal

I created texture and layers using several stamps, canvas strips and texture paste through Prima Stencils. I used Wooden Hearts and a Feather flower from Prima.

Dogs laugh, 
but they laugh with their tails.

Apologies for this really short post...I am busy with three projects at the moment and hope to post them soon...
Keep well and keep creating...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Canvas full of Texture...

 Hi Blog friends...

At the end of November we had our Christmas all-nighter at Fruitful Hands in Benoni,where I created 2 pages and this canvas...and then due to some silliness, {black dog of depression and severe nervous eye twitching} nothing was done during December...I am trying very hard to get my self back into the creating mood,  but in the meantime I can show you what I did during the night and early hours crafting with friends. Amazing how the time flies...all dark until suddenly you blink and a new day has broken...

Now, with this canvas my aim was to do less and have some glorious white space...epic fail...LOL!!! Let's blame it on the awesome products I took with me, just HAD to use them all! I am really going to try to work 'cleaner' this year...don't know how far I will get, but let's give it a try at least...

I did however have fun layering different materials, canvas strips, paper strips, lace and fibres and colouring them with my Lindy's Magicals mixed with water. I took only them with as I tend to work with my mist sprays regularly and neglect my mica's and magicals.
I used the following colours on the canvas.

Pumpkin Mist
Rusty Lantern Lime
Steampunk Sepia

On the frame I used Autumn Plum and Terra Cotta. I also brushed some black Art Sugar into the crevices with some Soft Gel Medium.


From Finnabair's Art Ingredients range I used these products...

Copper Glass Glitters
Gold Leaf Mica Flakes
Black Art Sugar

I used Ranger's Texture Paste which held the colours of the Lindy's Magicals beautifully.

The next three shots are just some close-ups of the sides of the canvas.

Thank you for visiting me...I will have the second LO for you tomorrow...Take care...

Make friends with the angels, 
who though invisible are always with you. 
Often invoke them,
 constantly praise them,
 and make good use of their help and assistance 
in all your temporal and spiritual affairs.
Saint Francis de Sales

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Dusty Attic-Jan 2015 Design Team Reveal

And just like that we once again stand at the beginning of a brand spanking New Year!!! What will it hold for us? We don't know...but I am hoping that whatever is thrown my way, I will be able to handle it with dignity and a positive attitude...

This is my very first reveal as a Dusty Attic Designer...Still jumping from excitement at this dream of mine come true!!! 

The image was taken from Pinterest, I still want to swap it for a photo of my daughter. I used Maja Design papers, Petaloo and Prima flowers on it.

I used two small corners from the Baroque Corner set...After applying Gesso, I painted some Lindy's Mist on it.

The French Flourish was treated with coarse Texture Paste and also painted with several LSG mists.

The mini Grass Clusters and Swirly Vine were given a coarse Texture layer and painted with several LSG Magicals.

I used the following Dusty Attic pieces. Please visit the Dusty Attic Store were you can now purchase more hassles, just open an account and shop to your hearts desire!!! 

Also visit the Dusty Attic Blog to catch up with all the latest news and inspiration from out Design Team...

we are bringing to you this year is a
MOOD BOARD designed by Natasha Naranjo Aguirre 
(instead of the monthly sketch)
with a brilliant prize of a
$100 gift voucher
(You will have to register on the Dusty Attic website to redeem your voucher and postage costs is also included in this amount)

You can take inspiration from the stunning pictures supplied along with the prompt words and colours . To enter you just need to add your link to the right hand side bar at the top. Please take note that this board serves as inspiration...the most important rule is that you must use Dusty Attic chipboard pieces on you work...

Happiness often sneaks in
 through a door 
you didn't know you left open.
John Barrymore

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