Tuesday, 17 January 2017

"Merry Christmas" Maja Design DT Creation - "I Wish"

Hello and a warm welcome to you on the lead up to the big festive day. As this will be my last blog post until Christmas, I felt it only fitting to do a Christmas card .
So without further ado I present 

"Merry Christmas"

There will be a couple of my dearest closest friends having a giggle to themselves and one in particular maybe! She has for sometime now, been telling me to push the envelope and maybe do something a little out of my normal, so to speak. And for me that would be a card! Never in my wildest dreams would I have created a card, yet here I am!

I have kept this I think fairly simple adding in a little of me. Me being torn papers and those are of the gorgeous Maja Design "I Wish" collection. They are more than stunning and for this particular project I decided to stay with the vintage colours and style.

I have added in some beautiful and one of my all time favourite chipboard from Dusty Attic, the Baroque Corner. And also some Dusty Attic corrugated board to keep it a little rustic. The Baroque Corner piece was embossed and then sanded slightly to removed most all of the shine from the embossing powder.

And of course I added in some lace and twine along with some beautiful Poinsettias from Ultimate Crafts, large and smaller blooms I chose for this card.

And a little teastained muslin along with a dry brushing of gesso! I have a complete list of materials used for this little project below.

Maja Design - I wish  - Ephemera

Maja Design - I wish  - "Those memories will last" bs

Maja Design - I wish - "You a happy New Year" bs

Dusty Attic Baroque Corner Large

Dusty Attic Corrugated Board

Other Products Used
Ultimate Crafts Large "Seasons Greetings" Mixed Poinsettias ULT157663
Ultimate Crafts Large "Seasons Greetings" Small Mixed Poinsettias ULT157665
Miscellaneous Christmas Deco (White)
Liquitex Gesso (White)
Glimmermist Walnut Gold 
Stamp It - Superfine Detail Embossing Powder
Versa Mark Ink
Clear Seed Beads
Tea Stained Muslin
Sanding Block

Well that is all from me today.
I would like to thank you for visiting. 
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy and safe New Year.
Design Team Member 2016

"Escape" DA Project - January

Happy New Year and welcome. 

I am here with you today to share my very first Dusty Attic post for 2017. I am so very happy to be staying on with Dusty Attic for another year, so much more than you could know. For my first project this year I decided to do something a little masculine and to help me do this I have used this month's Dusty Attic  January Moodboard. It is up and yet again it is spectacular. You can see for yourself below.

And as always I started sifting through photos to find my inspiration. When I stumbled across this one I just had to use it. This photo of my hubby is very special to me and even more so because he does not feature in my layouts so often, due to the fact that when the camera comes out he seems to disappear rather quickly!!
My moodboard project has been titled 


I so enjoyed creating this. And believe it or not, not once did I reach for a flower.......who would have thought! I have used a huge amount of chipboards on this layout and they have been used mostly around the base of the photo. The main chipboards used to create the platform for the photo was the Seagrass (large and small). They were all dressed with Crackle Paste and left to dry and crack. I then covered them with some Inka Gold Iceblue and Platinum. The photos really don't show the true outcome of the gorgeous sheen it produced. It also highlighted the cracks produced by the crackle paste really really well.

I have also used the large anchor as you can see above. Again I used Crackle Paste to firstly dress the piece and then I rubbed it over with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and then I painted on some Tattered Angels GlitterGlam (Grand Tetons).  I randomly dabbed over some Dusty Attic Crackle Varnish to highlight sections of the Anchor. You can also see above the Fishnet Panel which I ripped apart into several pieces. They were all primed with Gesso and coloured with Grand Tetons GlimmerGlam and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

And the same from another view. You can also see here the chippie word Escape.....love this font.....really gorgeous piece. I simply dressed it with Liquid Pearls.

So this is where I had my real fun. I used my Dusty Attic Rusting Powder which I would be so lost without when creating rustic projects. The Ships Wheel below and the flourish above were dressed in this. When I used the rusting powder I only sprinkled it over wet gesso randomly. I let it dry for a few minutes and then sprayed each piece with a little vinegar. I find you should not over wet the chipboard as the reaction time can take a lot longer. Once it started drying I used my finger to spread the powder and the colour a little. When it was totally dry I wiped over some liquid pearls to add a hint of darkness to it each piece. I then decided that this looked so cool that I went back and added rusting powder to the fishnet panel and the background page which I have never done before but the outcome, well I love how it turned out. If you have never tried the rusting powder you should give it a go!! I would be ever so lost without it!

You will also see that I added in some Prima Art Stones (Small and Large). They were coloured with the Glimmer Glam to make them shiny so they didn't get too lost in the background. 

And from another view. Here you can see where I added in the rusting powder to the background page. It really helps the photo pop off the page a little more. And for good measure I teastained some muslin and added in ripped sections.

 For your convenience I have added in a complete materials list below. For specific Dusty Attic products just click on the link below each photo and it will take you straight to the page. 

Materials Used 

Dusty Attic Flourish #7 DA0416 x 1
Dusty Attic Seagrass Large DA1103
Dusty Attic Seagrass Small DA1104 x 2
Dusty Attic Ships Wheel Medium DA1679
Dusty Attic Word Pack #10 "Escape" DA1266
Dusty Attic Anchors (Large) DA 0558
Dusty Attic Fish Net Panel DA0654
Dusty Attic Rusting Powder DA0995
Vinegar (Spray Bottle)
Blue Fern Studios Seaside Cottage "Embark"
Blue Fern Studios Seaside Cottage "Mermaid"
Liquid Pearls Onyx Pearl
Distress Ink Black Soot
Distress Ink Rusty Hinge
Distress Ink Weathered Wood
Prima Marketing Color Bloom Chrome Spray Mist
Art Basics Heavy Gesso
Art Basics 3D Gloss Gel Transparent
Art Extravagance Art Stones White Large #963705
Art Extravagance Art Stones White Small #963712
Art Extravagance Texture Paste White Crackle
Liquitex Clear Gesso
Liquitex Black Gesso
Tattered Angels Glam Glitter Paint Grand Tetons

Well that is all from me today. I do hope I have inspired you in some small way today, to give this months Dusty Attic Moodboard a go. All you need do is create a project using some or all of the moodboard components and a little or a lot of  Dusty Attic chipboard products and upload it to the right side of the blog......It's that easy!! You could win a Dusty Attic voucher for $100.00.

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Thank you for taking the time to pop in and see my project today.
Until next time. xxx

"Tranquility" 49andMarket / Dusty Attic January

A big welcome back today. I am hoping that this post finds you well.
I have my next 49andMarket creation to share with you today. This project can also be found at A Place to Create as my next teaching class project. If so interested you can contact the store and leave details with the girls to save you a seat . So without further ado I present to you 


I have so many photos of the beach from when we lived up north. Our biggest pastime when the kiddies were younger, on weekends, was spent at the beach or camping near the beach. I miss these times as my children are much older and the weekends consist more of running to sporting activities and part time jobs. This photo is a series of photos that I mirrored the image to suit the layout as I had  already done the background before choosing the photo which is out of character for me I know, but this is how it happened this time around!

I had in my mind a layout with a colour combination of greys and yellows.......how things turn around when a photo comes into play as inspiration. I chose grey as my background paper was the b side of the Vintage Artistry paper "Ephemera". I have loved this piece since the day I laid eyes on my goodies box. So it seems that I keep the best till last! I used two pieces of this paper. One for my background which I have layered with lots of textures and paints. And the second piece I have cut the butterfly from the "A" side and from the "B" side I cut a 6 x 6" piece tore it up and coloured it with some paints. This became my matting for my sanded photo.

I don't think I need to tell you how very much I love the 49andMarket Rustic blooms collections. This time around I have used the green blooms from both the packs. I have coloured them a little to bring the page together.

And of course no page is complete without the addition of gorgeous Dusty Attic chipboards. I have used the new Dodads to support my photo and cluster. This is a two piece pack which I have simply mounted and layered one above the other.

And again.... you can see the word "tranquility" above. This is definitely the feeling I wanted to convey in my layout, as I remember this moment with my youngest. She was so caught up in packing the sand into the bucket to make her sandcastles that she didn't blink an eyelid at me clicking away with my camera. 

The stencilling on the background is also a new addition to the Dusty Attic collection of stencils. This one is called "Criss Cross". And the pearls too are from Dusty Attic....they have everything to compliment the 49andMarket collections!!

I have also snuck in some moss here!

And here you can see the addition of the Basics 49andMarket blooms. These teeny tiny roses are just a delightful addition to any layout. I have softened the colours of these to compliment the page.

Well I hope that I have inspired you in some way to pull out your 49andMarket Vintage Artistry collection and do a project yourself this weekend maybe?

Until next time ......thank you for taking the time to visit. See you again very soon.


Materials Used


And also......

Faber Castell Whipped Spackle
Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste
Liquitex Gesso
Archival Ink Potting Mix