Saturday, February 20, 2016

Canvas for Scraps of Darkness on-line Store

Hello Blog Friends...

This year I am fortunate to be promoting the on-line shop of Scraps of Darkness!!! Yes...are you aware that Melinda Kelly not only runs the very popular Kit clubs, Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance...each with their own very,very talented Design Teams...She also has the on-line shop were you can buy individual items found in the Kits!
Also available in the shop are Gift Certificates, an easy option for those hard to shop for people...and another bonus is free shipping!

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$10.00 Off Shipping On International Orders Over $100* - Use Coupon Code: Save10
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I created a 8'x8' canvas board for this project. A nice size to start with if you have never done a canvas. I find creating on a canvas fun and relaxing...just play with different mediums and techniques and try not to stress too much to achieve perfection!!! 

Today I have a few step-by-step photos...and a linked list of products at the end of the post.

I started by priming the canvas with Dina Wakley Clear Gesso because I knew I was going to use a stencil with Clear Crackle Paint and I did not want my Spray Mist to colour the background. Here you can see I used different stamps and Black Archival Ink to start an out line for my design. Very often the first layers of a design will get lost after several layers of mediums, but it does help to have the out line to start off with, as it can be daunting to just work on a 'clean' canvas. 

Next I layered strips of the Heidi Swapp Definition Stickers, some gauss from my own stash and Color Fragments and Embossing Enamels from Stampendous. I used Dina Wakley Gel medium to adhere all my elements. The set I used was from a previous Scraps of Elegance kit, it was the Jewel Pink Kit. In the shop there is a similar kit called the Stampendous Fran-Tage Encrusted Jewel Kit: Gold. The kit has 5 vials filled with different embossing enamels, fragments and glass glitters. Fun to use!!!
Here is a typical example of a design that got lost later on under paints ext...but now I can go and duplicate it on another project, thinking a card perhaps and then stop at this stage as not to loose the effect of the Script stickers!

I covered the complete canvas with the Rebecca Baer Stencil: Flights of Fancy using a Crackle Paint. I sprinkled some Minnie Pearls Prills on the wet crackle paint. After drying, I sprayed with Prima Color Bloom Spray: Cotton Candy and Lindy's Bodacious Blush.

The Prima wood elements were painted with the two sprays and some Distress Inks. The Melissa Frances Resin Frame was given some random Crackle Paint and also sprayed with both the sprays.

I have to once again mention that I think US Artquest Prills are just the absolute, most gorgeous design elements that I owe at the moment! Here I used a good amount of the Minnie Pearls in the corner of the frame. I also used Aged Rose embossing Enamel in the the golden specks it has. I used Gesso to highlight the Prills and other elements on the canvas.

My flowers are beautiful Petaloo Antique Rose blooms with a few Prima Magnolia Floral Lace trims underneath.

Thank you for your visit...Please take some time and visit the blog to see the Design Team projects made with the various Kits at 

From the Scraps of Darkness shop I used...

Winsor & Newton 8x8 Artist Canvas Board
Dina Wakley Medium: Clear Gesso
Dina Wakley Medium: Soft Matte Gel Medium
Heidi Swapp Definitions Stickers
Stampendous Frantage Encrusted Jewel Kit: Gold
Rebecca Baer Stencil: Flights of Fancy
Melissa Frances Resin Embellishment: Regal Frame
Prima Color Bloom Spray: Cotton Candy
Lindy's Stampgand Starburst Spray: Bodacious Blush
Petaloo Penny Lane Mixed Blossoms: Antique Rose 
Prima Floral Lace Trim: Magnolia
US Artquest Prills: Minnie Pearls

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Days like these make me Smile
Dusty Attic Feb 2016 Mood-board

I know I'm not the only one who is never really Happy with what I create...and then once in awhile there is that one page that just works and looks good in my own opinion. This is one of them...

The February mood-board from Dusty Attic is filled with gorgeous, soft, dreamy looking images. The pastel colour palette has soft Teals, Blue Greys and even a little Purple. There are images of cabinets, chairs, a desk, frames and even a little Teddy-Bear...Enough inspiration to get you going this month!

I immediately fell in love with the frames and knew I want to layer two Decorative Frames on top of each other. I feel this gives a kind of artistic feel as they are covering Michelle's face, but still allows me to see her gorgeous smile...which is also a prompt from the Mood-board.

Papers are from Blue Fern Studio...Un Voyage a Paris from Deja Vu and Ginger's Dream from Ombre Dreams. I had another design in mind but absolutely ruined beyond use the only sheet of paper that I had...but in the end I think I love this one! With a Prima stencil and Broken China DI I stencilled a little on the background. Also did some stencilling with Prima Snowflake Paste..This gives some texture and a little sparkle...The splats are made with a mix of  Dimensional Glue, a few drops of water and a tiny bit of Lindy's Stampgang Magicals, Time Travel Teal...

My flowers are all from Petaloo International...The Tickets are such great elements to tuck between layers. All the word chipboards were just lightly Gesso'd and inked with the Broken China DI.

This is a high photo cluster because of all the fibre trims I have added...resulting in the frame-ends literally hanging in the air.

To colour the bottom Decorative Frame #2 and top Decorative Frame #1 I made a paste of  Mountain Meadow Paint and 13 Arts Magic Multi-purpose Powder and plastered it on the chipboard. I also sprayed it with LSG FlatFabio, Merci Beaucaupe Mint.

Can you also see a little snake in that curl...?

Combining a Word Strip and Page Pebble to create my title.

The small frame from the Decorative Frame Set #1 was ideal to be placed at the bottom of my page.

If you would like to purchase these and other products...please find them at the

Play along with our monthly Mood-board challenge. Just add your link, name and country to the left-hand link HERE to win a $100 Gift Voucher to the Dusty Attic website. Also take note that there is an additional Gift draw at the end of the year for those who play along each month!!!


Thank you for your visit..

Every time you smile at someone,
 it is an action of love,
 a gift to that person, 
a beautiful thing.
 ~Mother Teresa~

Monday, February 8, 2016

February 2016 - Dusty Attic DT Page

It's Saturday...I am all alone and think it's the perfect time to try and catch up on all my bloggy time entries!
Last week I had my hair done and actually felt confidant enough to put my camera on a stand, hit the timer button and take a few photos of myself...for me that is such a big step, for I really, really hate myself on a photo!!! After 273 photos there were a few that were saved from being dumped in the trash-can, of which this is one.
I had to honour this momentous occasion by using al time favourite chipboard...Dusty Attic!  Working on two sheets of 7 Dots Studio papers from the Thoughts Keeper collection and using no flowers...can hardly believe that...I present to you  -Snapshot-

From Dusty Attic I used the following pieces,
Fishnet Panel, Lace Border #4, Ornate Frame Set and Spring Blooms #3. The bark is a thin paper like embellishment that I picked up during one of my visits to the nursery, it is an awesome looking filler!

I did not gesso my pieces before hand, merely painted them with the Dusty in Colour Acrylic Paints. I cut the piece of frame that was hidden behind the bark and used it as an accent in the top corner. I mixed Sugar Plum with a little Soot to paint the frame. Once dry I sprayed it with Lindy's Stampgang Flat Fabio Merci Beaucope Mint. I wrapped Prima Wire Tread around it with some added glass beads.

I love making a paste from the paints by using 13@rts Magic Powder...I made three colour batches using Gingernut, Mountain Meadow and Sugar Plum and used the Creative Script Stencil on the background.

Using just two pieces of the Lace Border #4 as accents. I painted them with Mountain Meadow and pressed some paste on for texture. This shows that one does not need to use the entire border as is...they make excellent filler pieces as well...

The Spring Blooms were painted with Sugar Plum and Dusty Pink paints and misted with Lindy's Cotton Candy Pink. Added a tiny crystal for Bling...

Some 7 Dots Studio Tags and Finnabair Antique Silver Art Sugar.

Visit the Dusty Attic shop and you will find theses and many more... 

Like the sky opens after a rainy day
 we must open to ourselves....
 Learn to love yourself for who you are 
and open so the world can see you shine.
 ~James Poland~

Hope you have a peaceful weekend...
Much Love

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