Thursday, 29 November 2012

Tool Caddy

Jen at Dusty Attic has created a fabulous paint caddy for all the new paints that are coming out... but I'm using mine for my go to tools and adhesives, and some paints... it holds a lot!

I have covered the caddy with Donna Salazar's Spring in Bloom 'White Roses' paper, with the internal part covered in Grandma's Garden paper {the reverse of the Garden Journal Cards}.

One side has the word 'enough' on it... it's a word I chose to hang onto and remind myself of this year, after my hubby gave up work I went into the usual panic mode that accompanies losing half your income each year.  But realising that I have 'enough' is getting me through, helping me to relax a little over our finances and enjoy the blessings we do have, and when you focus on that... you realise you often have more than enough! 

One side I stencilled brickwork with modelling paste, then sprayed it with Smooch Spritz.  Then I added some cute washi tape  to the corners.  The colour was a little dark so I added a light sponging of white paint over the top to help it blend in.

This is my word  that I've been using for a few years now... breathe, to remind myself to breathe when stressed, because I actually hold my breathe when stressed out and then get all dizzy!  

I added some handmade flowers, as well as some Dusty in Bloom, Kaiser and Recollections ones.  The handmade flowers were cut with Donna Salazar's Peony Creations Dies, I love the ruffled edges of these.

Among the flowers I've tucked in chipboard flourishes and butterflies.  All the chipboard was painted with white paint and then sprayed with Smooch Spritz... keeping the colour tones all alike.

I so love these new butterflies from Dusty Attic, simply gorgeous!

More closeup snippets...

Products Used:

Patterned Paper
GCD Studios Spring in Bloom - White Roses
Donna Salazar Grandma's Garden - Garden Journal Cards

Dusty Attic Bookman Alpha Set
Dusty Attic Flutterbies #3
Dusty Attic Mini Scrolls
Dusty Attic Corner Flourish #2
Dusty Attic MDF Paint Caddy

Dusty in Bloom - Grassy Knoll
Kaiser Paper Blooms - Sage
Recollections Flowers - White
Recollections Resin Flowers - White

Want2Scrap BYOB

Clearsnap Smooch Spritz - River Mossy, Ice Rink, Mossy Mist
Dusty in Colour - Alabaster

Gauze, Washi Tape
Mont Marte Modelling Paste

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Heart - Australian Scrapbook Ideas #16

Here is the last of my commission for Issue #16... myself and Kel when he was only a newborn, sweet little thing he was!

Such beautiful Green Tara flowers... I love the softness of the Poppy flowers, adding some bows of tulle softens the cluster even more...

I used crackle stamp on a tag to create a textured background to feature the title...

Step by step instructions for these can be found in Issue #16 of Australian Scrapbook Ideas.

Thanks for visiting, take care and

Products used:


Grey Black Magic Core'dinations Cardstock
Sunshine and Shadows HOTP Paper Pack
Aqua & White Cardstock
Powder American Crafts POW Glitter Paper

Aqua Green Tara Damask 8cm Flower
Green Tara Poppy 8cm Organza Flower
Green Tara 3cm Silk Flowers with Swarovski Crystal Centers

Jasmine Donna Salazar Designs Mix'd Media Inx
Jasmine Donna Salazar Designs Mix'd Media Inx Embossing Powder
River Mossy Clearsnap Smooch Spritz
Titanium White Jo Sonya Acrylic Paint

14x8cm White Shipping Tag
Grey Websters Bloomers
White Maya Road Small Organza Roses Ribbon
White Green Tara Lace Trim
Pink Paislee Anthology Ticket
ZVA Creative Crystal Flourish
DMC 5 Pearl Embroidery Thread
White Soft Tulle
American Crafts Rainboots Thickers
Authentique Diction Stickers
HOTP Easy Vintage Labels Template
Donna Salazar Designs Crackle Stamp

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Mix'd Media Inx CHOX Launch Party

NEW Mix’d Media Inx CHOX Launch Party!


There are 8 colors in this product release:
Driftwood (tan), Sparrow (brown), Butternut (gold), Petals (pink), Sage (green), Bluejay (blue), Pomegranate (burgundy), and Midnight (black). And just like the Mix'd Media Inx, the containers have a flexible base (for a comfy grip) and a clear lid with a lip that lets you stack the pads.


You can also get the re-inkers in all 8 colors.


These new CHOX are fast drying, have LOADS of vibrant color, are great for stamping, edge distressing, coloring, and can be used in layers for blending colors (watch the technique video for day 1 on Donna's Blog). To give you an idea of how much pigment is in these inks, you can actually mix the re-inkers with a matte acrylic medium to use instead of or with acrylic paint!
Visit Donna's Blog each day from Nov 27th - Nov 29th for projects, ideas, technique videos and PRIZES!

Today’s Bloggers:

Here's some pics of the prizes we are giving away each day below:

  Day1  Day2  Day3

Each day of the launch party Donna will have TWO winners! Each prize will be a Mix'd Media Inx Chox pad and the matching re-inker. To be entered into the random drawings, leave a comment on the blogs above and add your name to the inlinkz for each day of our party! The winners will be announced during the first week of December.

If you want even more chances to win some of this new product, join Donna for Tuesday Tutorials!

This is the LIVE webshow that she hosts every other Tuesday from 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM Pacific Time

CLICK HERE to be linked to tonight's show (November 27th)

Monday, 26 November 2012

Girly Day Out - Australian Scrapbook Ideas #16

Here's the next one of my commissioned work for Australian Scrapbook Ideas #16... it was some pics after my sister, niece and myself had a girly day out shopping.

Yellow and grey isn't a colour combination I'd usually choose, but I loved seeing them together in the HOTP Sunshine and Shadows Paper Pack!  I certainly won't be shying away from it now...

LOVE that big Damask Flower from Green Tara, it was perfect for the grey tones in the layout with it's dark feature stamens.

I painted the chipboard White and then coated it with Fairy Dust Glitter to mimic the AC Thickers used for the title.

I used the template to create a hidden journaling area, a small hidden magnet helps to hold the flap closed.

All the how to's, hints, tips and step by step instructions can be found in Issue #16 of Australian Scrapbook Ideas Magazine.

Thanks for visiting, take care and

Products used:

Pale Yellow and White Cardstock
Sunshine and Shadows HOTP Paper Pack

Dusty Attic Mini Scrolls Chipboard
Dusty Attic Mini Heart Buttons Chipboard

Ivory Green Tara Damask 8cm Flower
Dusty in Bloom Flowers - Cornsilk, Champagne Kisses 

Titanium White Jo Sonya Acrylic Paint
Vintage Colorbox Mix'd Media Inx

HOTP Easy Vintage Labels Template
Small White Fringed Tassel
White Green Tara 5cm Lace 
Manilla Shipping Tag 
White DMC Perle 5 Embroidery Cotton
Small White Paper Doily
Yellow Handmade Crocheted Doily
Zva Creative Self Adhesive Pearl Swirl
Sugar Shimmer Donna Salazar Fairy Dust Glitter

American Crafts Bliss Thickers

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Love my Jeans - Donna Salazar Designs

Hi everyone!  Today I have a fun layout I created about my jeans!  I LOVE these jeans, I bought them when holidaying in the US, while shopping with Natasha... so not only are they cool {because they have rips and tears, and wear marks AND bling}, they have lasting memories with them as well.

I made some flowers with Donna's Rose Creations Die and used the watercolour paper and kraft labels from the Mix'd Media Stax.  Once cut out the watercolour papers were inked with Patina or Denim Mix'd Media Inx on the edges and the kraft labels sprinkled with Fairy Dust.  I was worried how the Fairy Dust would hold up on the labels after I wet the layers, squished them and then used the heat gun, but they kept their sparkle!!

How cute is this pocket?  It's one of Donna's new Dies - Pockets and Swirls Set - and the stitch marks are pressed into it, sew it's easy to sew!  I inked the die with Denim Mix'd Media Inx and used the embossing mat and plate on the Grand Calibur to 'print' the pocket outline.  Afterwards I then lightly brushed over some Patina Mix's Media Inx, hand sewed the detail and added some bling. 

This pic shows one of the Swirls from the die set, it's a sweet one, just perfect for tucking in behind a flower cluster.  I've also popped in some sweet roses, cherry blossoms and heirloom flowers from Green Tara to accent my handmade flowers.

And I was so excited to actually use Donna's Alpha's Dies, with the printed Botanique Alphas and the GCD Compatibles chipboard Alphas... LOL yeah I know, it's not a new thing but I've not used the 3 together yet and it was so easy!  I also used some of the words from Donna's Snapshot Die set to add to the title line.

I really had fun with this layout... I always do playing with Donna's designs, I think perhaps because she uses so many wonderful visual textures in her papers - like the denim print I have used from the Story Book Collection.

Thanks for visiting, until next time take care and be true to you.

Products Used:

Patterned Paper:
GCD Studios Botanique Collection - Family Portraits, Grandmas Pearls, Alphas
GCD Studios Story Book Collection - Fido

Green Tara Cherry Blossoms, Roses, Heirloom Flowers

Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx - Patina, Denim

Spellbinders Donna's Alphas, Rose Creations, Pockets & Swirls

Spellbinders Grand Calibur
Zutter Distrezz-it-All

Clearsnap Fairy Dust Glitter - Mixed Berries
ZVA Rhinestone Lines
Delish Rhinestones, Jute String
White Paper Doily, Invoice Sheet, White Tag

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop - Clearsnap

Welcome to Clearsnap's 2nd Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!!

Calling all crafters! Clearsnap have gathered designers from some of their favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop (Nov.16 - Nov.18) includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all of the thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could create for the holidays, all in one place, during their second annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!

To sweeten the Hop, Clearsnap are offering a gift for you! For every comment you leave on the blogs in the Hop, you’ll be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors! Use the Rafflecopter widget on the Clearsnap blog to gain extra entries each day:

Visit the list of blogs below and leave a comment on each by Nov 27, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST. Each day of the hop Clearsnap will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from!

Clearsnap –
Hampton Art -
Graphic45 –
Fiskateers -
Donna Salazar Designs –
Tombow USA –
Authentique Paper -
The Twinery -
Eileen Hull for Sizzix -
Globecraft Memories –
Dana Warren - Hampton Art -
Steph Ackerman – Globecraft Memories -
Arlene Cuevas – Graphic 45 -
Susan Lui – Graphic 45 -
Ashley Bores – The Twinery -
Mistra Hoolahan – Donna Salazar Designs - ***YOU ARE HERE
Nina Yang - Hampton Art - ***THIS IS YOUR NEXT STOP
Angie Blom – Authentique Paper -
Denise Hahn – Clearsnap –
Stephenie Hamen – Fiskateers -
Guiseppa Gubler – Authentique Paper -
Jessica Fick – The Twinery -

I created this for a work colleagueI wanted to get her something special to say thanks for her kindness in helping me out lately but couldn't think what... and then I thought I could make her something... and created this little wall hanging. 

I tried to keep all the tones neutral because I wasn't familiar with her home decor, but it needed just that little splash of red {lucky guess, it's her fave colour!}

I used a 5x7 canvas board as my base for this and added a thin coat of Fiber Paste and then placed a vintage crocheted doily over the top.  Then I added more Fiber Paste and sprayed it with Clearsnap's Smooch Spritz and set it aside to dry.  If you don't have Fiber Paste you could use moulding paste or texture paste for a similar effect.

I painted the chipboard scrolls white and then spritzed them with Smooch Spritz in Tea Party and Gingersnap and dried with a heat tool.  When dry, I used  Clearsnap's Glue Gloss randomly and sprinkled Clearsnaps Fairy Dust Glitter for that extra shimmer.

After positioning the chipboard I then added clusters of Flowers, Bling and Butterflies and added some bows.

The butterflies were cut from canvas with Donna Salazars Wonderful Wings die from Spellbinders, and the bling from Want2Scrap is made especially to match... love it!

The red cherry blossoms were originally white, I just spritzed them with some of Clearsnap's Holly Berries and Tea Party Smooch Spritz to get the perfect colour I needed.

Lastly I added a quote which I had printed onto some patterened paper, adhered to some thin chipboard and then cut out.  The edges were inked with Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx.

Product List:

Clearsnap SmoochSpritz - Caranel Latte, Gingersnap, Holly Berries, Tea Party
Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx - Honey
Clearsnap Glue Gloss
Clearsnap Fairy Dust Glitter - Pralines 'n Cream
Want2Scrap Canvas, Wonderful Wings Bling and BYOB
Spellbinders Wonderful Wings Die
Green Tara Roses, Cherry Blossoms, Gardenias, Tutu and Poppy
Dusty Attic Chipboard Scroll
Green Tara Natural Jute Ribbon
5x7 Flat Canvas
Vintage Doily
Golden Fiber Paste

Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season!

Happy Hopping!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Lady Liberty

Hiya!  Today I have one of my favourite photos from my trip to New York to share with you. Yes, I have to admit I have at least 50 favourite pics... but seeing the Statue of Liberty with my own eyes literally bought tears to my eyes.

The photo was taken with my iPhone... they can take fabulous shots!  I put a filter from PicFX over it and all those gorgeous aqua tones came through in the sky, perfect!

I've used a cluster of Green Tara flowers above the corrugated board, I love the contrast of the 2 looks, soft versus grungy!    I also found a little Pebble Clip from Making Memories that I have had stashed away for years... it says 'travel' and the colour was a perfect match.  The scrapping universe must have known I'd need it for just this layout one day!

Snippets of lace, more flowers and a bow... my favourite things.

And a gorgeous Dusty Attic Fancy Label, left raw for a change, sometimes naked is good {for chippy, not so much for me} LOL!

Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time, take care and be true to you!

Products used:

Patterned Paper:
Heidi Swapp Vintage Chic Beautiful Songs and Handwritten Patterned Paper
Little Yellow Bicycle Paradise Teal Too Patterned Paper
Teresa Collins World Traveler 6x6 Paper Pad

Dusty Attic Fancy Labels Chipboard

Teal Green Tara 4cm Heirloom
White Green Tara Cherry Blossoms
Ivory and White Green Tara Roses
White Green Tara Petals
Turquoise Green Tara Mini Roses

Want2Scrap Grace Classy Corners

Peridot and Jasmine Donna Salazar Mix'd Media Inx

Jasmine Donna Salazar Mix'd Media Embossing

River Mossy and Ice Rink Clearsnap Smooch Spritz

Martha Stewart Flourish Lace and Doily Lace Trim Punches

Art Gone Wild Branch Stamp

Spellbinders Rose Creations and Grand Peony Dies

White Green Tara Lace
Zutter Corrugated Board
Making Memories Travel Pebble Clips
Rebecca Sower Nostalgiques Postal Pieces Stickers
Handmade Halo Pebbledashers
White Paper Doily, Shipping Tags
Dymo Caption Maker
Ivory Green Tara Coloured Jute Ribbon
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


Dusty Attic's new Design Team for 2013!

Please welcome our new Team Members:

Audrey Underwood - Australia
Geraldine Pasinati - Australia
Karen Shady - Australia
Louise Collins - England
Olga Znamenskaya (Pastila) - Russia
Tina Dalton - Australia

and our returning Team Members:

Belinda Spencer - Australia
Helena Johansson - Sweden
Jenny Burns - Australia
Mistra Hoolahan - Australia
Michelle Grant - Australia

We also have an impressive list of Guest Designers who will be introduced as the year progresses!

It was a lot harder than anticipated putting together the new 2013 design team. We received so many outstanding entries to choose from, and have chosen the new team to showcase a new collective of styles. 

The new team will receive their first kits soon and have work ready to share with you at the start of the New Year, until then our current team have more gorgeous work as always to inspire you!

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Make a Wish - Dusty Attic

Jen at Dusty has created a fabulous little ATC Shadow box.  These come as a flat sheet and fold up to create a frame the perfect size to hold an ATC... so cool!!   

I created a little "Make a Wish" Frame with one.  It was so easy and quick!    I covered the assembled frame with Tim Holtz Tissue, allowing it to stay all crinkly.  Then added a wee bit of moulding paste through a stencil for some more textured pattern, and then sprayed with the Mixed Berries Smooch Spritz.

With a few chippy peices, Dusty in Bloom Flower and a title, and of course a resin fairy... it was finished!

I added one of the new corners from the DeVine Frame set and also an ATC Frame backed with corrugated board...

And my latest favourite... Flutterbies #3...

The Chippy was painted white and then touched with Glue Gloss and sprinkled with Fairy Dust Glitter...

I hope you like this quick little share... I can't wait to make some now that will house an ATC.  With the monthly ATC challenges over at Dusty Ning that won't be far away!!

See you soon.
Mis xo

Products used:

Dusty Attic ATC Shadow Box
Dusty Attic Flutterbies #3
Dusty Attic deVine Frame Set
Dusty Attic ATC Frame #1
Dusty Attic Mini Wish

Dusty In Bloom Vintage Rose
Green Tara Cherry Blossoms

Dusty Attic Acrylic Paint - Alabaster
Clearsnap Smooch Spritz - Mixed Berries
Clearnsap Colobox Mix'd Media Inx - Wisteria
Golden Paint

Gauze, Prima Resin Fairy
Zutter Corrugated Board
Clearsnap Fairy Dust Glitter - Sugar Shimmer
Inkssentials Glue n'Seal