Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Halloween ATC - Dusty Attic

Happy Halloween everyone... I hope you have a fabulously spooky day and night!  

The October theme for Dusty Attic's ATC Challenge and Swap was Halloween, fittingly!  Here is the one I've created...

I used molding paste in the background and then sprayed it with some LSG Moonshadow and Starburst Stains, it gave it a worn old look. 

The Mini Ornate Frame was painted white and then spritzed with Starburst Stains and Smooch Sprtiz, dried off and then coated with Dusty Attic's NEW Clear Gloss Crackle {Yep, there's a whole pile of fabulous new things from Dusty out at the moment... a stunning range of paint colours, gloss varnish and crackle varnish!!

These paints are the BEST, they are thick and luscious an dry with a gorgeous satin sheen.  To coat the chipboard to a pure white usually I need about 4 or 5 coats of other paints, this one only needed 2!    If you are a retailer, keep an eye on the website, they'll be up for ordering soon!

Until next time, stay safe and take care of you!

Mis xo

Monday, 29 October 2012

Puppy Dog Eyes - Donna Salazar Designs

Hi everyone!  Today I have a layout I have created for my team-mate Lisa, of her gorgeous pooch... look at those puppy dog eyes!

I have used some of Donna's Botanique papers, the blue grey tones were a lovely match for the creamy brown tones of the photo.  I have also used some of Donna's new HandDrawn Swirls from Want2Scrap... and I stamped, again!  

I made a beige toned flower from cardstock using Donna's Rose Creations Die by Spellbinders and have used some vintage toned brown, blue and green flowers to add smaller accents.

I found this little button in  my stash and the colour was just right, it was only afterwards that I realised it looks a little like a ball, nice fluke for layout about a dog!   The little butterfly is a metal one I picked up at Michael's when I was in the US.  I've painted it white and then added Glue Gloss and Fairy Dust Glitter so it sparkles.

I painted, stamped and embossed the hand-drawn swirls chipboard to match.  There is a mini tutorial on how I've done this at the end of this post.

I fussy cut one of the branches from the Botanique paper, inked the edges with Denim and then Jasmine Mix'd Media Inx and raised it slightly from the layout using small 3D Foam Squares.   I've tied a small tag to the branch so Lisa can add the date and name in her own writing.

 Lined Swirls Tutorial
I have used Donna's Dear Sir Stamp from Art Gone Wild to create 'lines' on the swirls to mimic the striped paper used on the layout.

You will need:
Want2Scrap Chipboard HandDrawn Swirls
White Paint
Denim and Indigo Mix'd Media Inx
Honey Mix'd Media Embossing
Dear Sir Stamp
Water Spritzer and Heat Gun

Paint the chipboard white, just a light coat is all that is needed.
Arrange so that the swirls are how you would like the 'lines' to follow.

Stamp with the Denim MMI onto the chipboard.

Spritz lightly with water and allow the colour to bleed slightly, dry off with a heat gun.

Stamp again using the Indigo MMI.

While the ink is still wet {you have loads of time, MMI is great like that}, randomly sprinkle some Honey embossing powder.  You don't want to cover all the ink, just patches.

Emboss with a heat gun and you have created some swirls that have distressed 'lines' on them!

Just a quick little technique that could be used with any stamps and chippy, I love the contrast it gives with the water washed background and embossed areas.

Until next time, take care of you.

Product List:

Patterned Paper:
GCD Studio Botanique

Want2Scrap HandDrawn Swirls

Recollections Floral Embellishments
Dusty in Bloom

Mix'd Media Inx {Denim, Indigo}

Clearsnap Smooch Spritz {Caramel Latte and Sea Kiss}

Spellbinders Rose Creations Die

Art Gone Wild {Dear Sir and Chicken Wire}

Gauze, Lace Trim
Fabric Button, Tag
Recollections Metal Butterfly
Clothing Label, Kaiser Sparklets
Dymo Caption Maker
DMC Thread

Monday, 15 October 2012

Do What You Can... Wall Hanging - Donna Salazar Designs

Hi everyone!  Today I have another wall hanging to share with you.  I am loving creating these lately... pretty things to hang on the wall.  Hubby isn't too excited a boutme asking for more holes to be drilled though LOL!!

I stamped on this one and used Donna's new Free as a Bird Stamp.  {I know, I'm so brave}, well actually I stamped first onto some watercolour paper from the Mix'd Media Stax and embossed it with Jasmine Mix'd Media Embossing.  It was then glued to the Corrugated Board and the background added around it, so it had a seamless look.

I have used some Golden Fibre Paste over the Corrugated Card to create my 'worn' background, and while wet sprayed it with my favourite SmoochSpritz colour combination; Ice Rink, River Mossy and Caramel Latte.  The Ice Rink adds a gorgeous cool silvery shimmer, River Mossy that fabulous deep teal and the Caramel Latte the fabulous warm contrast needed to give it some life!

Donna's Designer Embellie's Chipboard Swirls from Want2Scrap add interest to the flower clusters.  They were painted white and then spritzed with River Mossy & Caramel Latte SmoochSpritz so they blended with the background.  I also overlayed some of Donna's BYOB also from Want2Scrap, they work beautifully together.

The large flowers were made using Donna's Rose Creations & Grand Peony Die Sets from Spellbinders, and also some smaller ones were created from Donna's Bitty Blossom Die.

I've added some lace and silver trims, some satin and paper roses and finished it off with a quote that called to me, something I have learned this year and reminds me that I have 'enough', and that's all we need.

I hope you are inspired with this, it's hanging in my scrap room making me happy {because Natasha hasn't stolen this one from me... yet} LOL.

Products used:

Want2Scrap Designer Embellies - Hand Drawn Swirls, Chipboard

Art Gone Wild - Free as a Bird

Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx - Jasmine

Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx Embossing - Jasmine

Want2Scrap BYOB

Clearsnap Smooch Spritz - River Mossy, Ice Rink, Caramel Latte

Golden Fiber Paste

Spellbinders Rose Creations, Grand Peony Creations and Bitty Blossoms

Spellbinders Grand Calibur
Green Tara 4cm Heirloom - Grey Blue, Teal
Green Tara Cherry Blossoms
Green Tara Roses

GCD Mix'd Media Stax
Zutter Corrugated Board
Green Tara Lace
Green Tara Silver Diamante Trim
White Tulle

Saturday, 6 October 2012

The Dusty Attic 2013 Design Team Call

We are very excited to announce the 2013 Design Team Call for The Dusty Attic!  We are looking for dedicated designers who love Dusty Attic chipboard.  International applicants are welcome!

Please email the following information to .  
Please include ‘DT Submission’ as your subject.  Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2012.

  • Name
  • Email
  • Mailing Address
  • Phone Number
  • Blog Link
  • Link to Resume
  • Short Bio
  • List of Current Design Teams
  • Links to all active galleries including
  • Photos of FOUR (4) Projects.  (Please submit images at approx. 600 pixels.)
**Use of Dusty Attic products is required.**
(3) Layouts
(1) Altered project

If selected, each member will serve a 12 month term.  We compensate generously with our products and require the following from each member each month:
  • (3) projects (layouts or off-the-page; two cards equals one project) and (1) ATC
  • Active participation on the Dusty Attic Ning site

New designers will be notified as soon as possible and the new Design Team will be announced on November 14, 2012.  We look forward to receiving your applications.  Good Luck!

The Dusty Attic Admin

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Darren's Creative Studio - Tomorrow's Memories

I have had these snaps of Darren's little creative zone for a while, wanting to scrap them but just needing the right papers.  Tomorrow's Memories had the perfect papers just waiting for me, Prima's new Craftsman Collection!  As soon as I saw them I knew they'd be perfect.  

Teamed up with Dusty Attic's Cogs it all came together perfectly, love that!

The chipboard was lightly inked with Mix'd Media Inx, just Truffle and Patina - these inks are so easy to work with, they are so perfect for blending.  

I also inked the paper edges with the Truffle Ink to grunge it all up that little more.

I added some stitching in hemp twine, I wanted something rougher and man styled so I sewed it so the back of the stitches show, such a cool look for these grungier layouts.  

The only other embellishment it needed was a strip of Green Tara Coloured Jute ribbon {not all ribbons are girly} and it was done - simple and uncluttered, with that fabulous paper doing all the work!

Thanks for visiting, take care and

Products used {stock available through Tomorrow's Memories are in bold}:

Patterned Paper:
Prima Craftsman Collection -Tool of the Trade, Mechanic, Gear Up

Dusty Attic Jumbo Cogs
Dusty Attic Cogs 2
Dusty Attic Bookman ABC Set

Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx - Truffle, Patina

Martha Stewart Flourish Lace

Green Tara 25mm Coloured Jute Ribbon - Camel
Hemp Twine
Dymo Label Maker