"With simply paper and a little creativity anyone can create"

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dusty Attic August Challenge

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue!  I decided to give a VERY old layout a HUGE update using three fantastic Dusty Attic chipboard pieces (scroll, title and lacing) and lots of great Dusty in colour paints too.  I had to "borrow" this heritage layout from my dad since I gave it to him for his 60th birthday (picture of him and his mom). This was the very FIRST "antique" layout I created... but it looked so plain and really sad in the frame in my parent's house.  It was in desperate need of chipboard and paper layering for added texture.

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It was actually the August Dusty Attic monthly sketch challenge that inspired me to revisit this layout... starting with the lacing piece to anchor the page.
Don't forget to enter your interpretation of this beautiful sketch for a chance to win some chipboard goodness! Link to the right side of the DA blog to enter.

Here is a close-up of the scroll and title chipboard that was primed, painted, crackle varnished, glazed and inked.

Another look at the layering of paint, crackle varnish, glaze and ink.

A lifetime is... (DA0920)
Lacing tash (DA0631)

Monday, August 18, 2014

C'est Magnifique September Sneak

Here is a little peek at what's coming up in the September kit from C'est Magnifique... but you'll have to wait until August 30th to see the full main kit and the design team reveals.

The paper add-on (to double the fun of your kit)
The flower add-on (I "can't live" without it this one)

The embellishment add-on (sooooo pretty)

 The mixed media kit (very fun!)

Friday, August 1, 2014

C'est Magnifique July Sketch Challenge

I'm back today to reveal my last project made with the gorgeous "Beautiful Stories" August kit from C'est Magnifique kits. Everything you see on this layout is from the main kit contents and a bit of the flower add-on. So many amazing pretties to work with this month (as usual :) These were my favourite papers in the kit, plus lace, flowers, chipboard, resins - oh my!

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This is a summer display layout - perfect colors to complement my home decor. I used the Heidi Swap mist in the kit on the papers and also on the Prima garden fairy resins. I adore the "blush" color!

Here is the "oh so pretty" sketch designed by our newest DT member Sarah!

Don't forget to enter your interpretation of this beautiful sketch for a chance to win a fantastic prize! See details on the C'est Magnifique Blog! You have until August 31st to enter.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dusty Attic gift tag and card set

Today I am sharing a wedding gift tag and card set I made using some beautiful Dusty Attic chipboard pieces (and some left overs from my C'est Magnifique August kit).  I cut up some sweet pea frame set to embellish the pretty floral papers, priming the chipboard with gesso and then simply inking with chalk inks. The brand new chipboard word tags #1 were sponged with gesso and then sprayed with mist.

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Here is a close-up to show you how the chipboard finishes appear in full sunlight.  A few flowers, pearls and gems and then voila - a pretty wedding set made in half an hour (seriously!).

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

C'est Magnifique August Reveal!

It's time to reveal my projects made with the BEAUTIFUL August kit from C'est Magnifique Kits! The August "Beautiful Stories" kit features KaiserCraft and Manor House Creations papers as well as soooo many amazing embellishments (as always). Here we go... tons to see!

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Up first is a baby photo of my oldest son when he was just over a year old. Everything on this layout is from the main kit and the gorgeous flower add-on. The papers are such a perfect mix of collections!

Up next is a picture taken on my wedding day with my parents. The soft papers were perfect to complement the lush greenery behind us (in the Bahamas :) Again all of the elements on this layout are from the main kit and the gorgeous flower add-on.

I used some scraps from the previous layout to create a French thank you card using main kit contents  and the flower add-on (plus a script stamp and some glitter from my stash).

Here is another card made with main kit contents and the flower add-on. This one features lots of distressing and some fussy cutting - such beautiful papers to work with!

Lastly, a wedding card featuring the Manor House Creations product in the main kit... plus a frame and a little crinkled seam binding from my stash.  The seam binding was originally cream and I tinted it using the gorgeous Heidi Swap spray in the kit. This wedding card was actually inspired by the Manor House Creations wedding card competition.

Now for a peek at the "Beautiful Stories" main kit...

And the awesome flower add-on (that I can't live without)...

I will be back in a few days to reveal my August kit sketch layout - so stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dusty Attic Facebook GIVEAWAY!

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday Dear
Dusty Attic....
Happy Birthday to US!

Thats right Dusty Attic is 
FIVE years old
So to celebrate TODAY we are having a...

All you need to do is leave us 
a birthday message in 
the comments on the DUSTY ATTIC blog
 post TODAY and our Facebook 
page too... to win 
The Facebook page is HERE
(Comments are moderated so they wont show up straight away - but they will later)

so GOOD LUCK xox

Pssttt - The "boss" just told me there is going to be MORE than ONE winner!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dusty Attic July Sketch Challenge

Each month we have a fantastic Dusty Attic sketch challenge and the winner gets a great chipboard package prize - link your layout entry on the right side of the DA blog!

This month I decided to pull out some old papers from my stash (G45 and Basic Grey) to complement the lovely sketch. These floral papers were perfect to be embellished with the newest birds on a branch, mini gates and hashtag saying chipboard pieces.

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Let's start with the beautiful sketch - so inspirational!

I cut the chipboard branch in two and placed the pieces at the top of my page. The branch was finished using Dusty Attic paints (alabaster, forrest, pesto, crushed olive, soot,  hot chocolate). The birds were primed with gesso, inked with pink for the bellies and finished with snow-tex.

The gates were simply randomly splattered with gesso - that's it! The title was primed with gesso and topped with snow-tex. I also added a few Dusty Attic celestial white blooms and some smaller Petaloo flowers (around gates and in the branch).

Thanks for joining today and don't forget to link your interpretation of the monthly sketch on the right side of the Dusty Attic Blog!

Dusty Attic products used:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

C'est Magnifique August Preview

Here is a little peek at what's coming for C'est Magnifique's August kit... but you'll have to wait until the 30th for the full main kit reveal :)

The papers (Kaisercraft and Manor House)

The mixed media kit

The flower add-on

The embellishment add-on

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

C'est Magnifique *GIVEAWAY*

July MIXED MEDIA KIT giveaway!

We want C'est Magnifique to get to 1000 likes on FACEBOOK and when we do, we would love to giveaway one of the gorgeous July Magnifique Mixed Media Kits! To be in with a chance for the draw, please check out Karita's amazing video for the Mixed Media Kit and come back and leave us a FB comment, like our Facebook page and like and share the FB post

If you subscribe to Karita's YouTube channel or share our giveaway on any other social media, come back and let us know for another chance in the draw! Check out Karita's Video here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pGWk4OBDHJ4

Friday, July 4, 2014

Fourth of July Special at C'est Magnifique!

Fourth of July Special at C'est Magnifique! Buy 4 or more items from the store and you will receive a special free gift chosen by Deonna the owner. The more you put in the cart the more amazing the special gift will be!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

C'est Magnifique July Sketch

I'm back today to share a summer display layout for my mantle. I made it using the fantastic July kit and the gorgeous kit sketch by C'est Magnifique. Everything on this layout (except the vintage ladies) is from the main kit and the flower add-on. So many gorgeous flowers (as usual) this month and the new Blue Fern papers are out of this world - so pretty. Deonna really put together a stellar kit for her first one as the new owner of the kit club.

I rotated the beautiful sketch like this...

Don't forget to enter your interpretation of this beautiful sketch for a chance to win a fantastic prize! See details on the C'est Magnifique blog

Monday, June 30, 2014

5 July kit designs - C'est Magnifique

Here are a few designs I made with the STUNNING July kit from C'est Magnifique. This is the first kit release with the new CM owner. Deonna has really put together a glorious July kit (featuring the fantastic brand new Blue Fern papers). Each month I receive the main kit and the flower add-on and these kits are so packed that I can easily create 5-7 projects!

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My first layout features my favourite papers from the kit as well a a mixture of the gorgeous flowers in the main kit and from the flower add-on. I added a few doilies from my stash to soften around the photo but otherwise, all of the beautiful elements are in the kit. Gotta LOVE the pretty die cuts and crochet buttons!

Next is a layout using the fabulous teal and purple in the kit. I made the doily circle with plain cardstock and my MS circle punch (fantastic tool!). The details in these papers are so beautiful and make creating so easy!

There is such a great variety of fun embellishments and colours in the main kit to play with so I decided to make a few cards. On this first one I added a little heart doily from my stash.

My second card features more of the pretty die cut stickers and pretty papers.

For my third card, I decided to have some fun and make a double pinwheel. The embellishments in this kit are so fantastic for any type of project!

Here is a peek at the July main kit...

I just can't live without the monthly flower add-on!

STAY TUNED - I will be back tomorrow with one more project inspired by the kit sketch.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Dusty Attic Journal

I created an altered Dusty Attic journal this month. The Dusty journal was already a beautiful deep rose colour so I just enhanced it by adding some pearl texture paste in a script stencil as well as sponging gesso through a damask stencil. Next, I sprayed the entire surface with 2 pink and red mists. The mists nicely pooled around the script giving it a great shadow effect.

I then primed my chipboard accents with gesso and sprayed them with white pearl mist -- brand new ornate crosses (cut the ends to create top left hinges), a divine diva, an elegant flourish and a mini word were used. Some of the pieces were then slightly inked with light pink. The diva bodice and mini word were simply given a generous coat of diamond dust for extra texture and sparkle.

Dusty Attic product used:
Dusty Journal - DA0950
Elegant flourish small - DA0878
Ornate Crosses - DA1083
Divine Divas - DA0657
Mini words pack #2 - DA0476

Thanks for joining me on the blog today!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Something Tattered and ClearSnap Cross

Welcome to day 2 of the Clearsnap and Something Tattered cross-promotion!

From June 20 to the 22nd, we are showcasing projects created by both of our Design Teams. ClearSnap was so generous in providing each Something Tattered designer with gorgeous inks to works with for this cross promotion. I chose to use the brand new Splash and Concord chalk inks as well as a touch of silver pigment ink for my project.

We were given a wedding theme so I created a little gift box to hold a piece of jewelry for the Maid of Honour to wear on the big day. I created the background using 2 brand new Clearsnap chalk ink colours, then stamped with gesso and pigment ink on top.

ClearSnap products used:
ClearSnap ColorBox Chalk Inks in Concord and Splash, ColorBox Pigment ink in Silver

Something Tattered products used:
Powder Antique Wallpaper stamp and Vintage Sterling Monogram

Here's a little about Clearsnap®:

Finding new ways to help our customers add color to craft projects is our passion. From our beginnings in a garage workshop more than 20 years ago, we've grown into a leading US manufacturer in the paper crafts industry.

In 1986, Clearsnap®developed the Rollagraph® roller stamp system, beginning a legacy of innovation. Rollagraph® introduced the world to the self-inking rolling rubber stamp with interchangeable ink cartridges and stamp wheels.

With the ColorBox® line of inkpads, Clearsnap® introduced many features common on today's inkpads, such as the raised inking surface which allows the use of any size inkpad with any size stamp. Cat's Eye® inkpads brought high quality inks to the market at an affordable price. Petal Point® and Paintbox® inkpads offer removable plates or petals in a multi-color palette.

Clearsnap® uses only the finest quality materials in our products. When we develop a new inkpad, applicator or embellishment, we put it through its paces. We invite some of the best, most experienced and demanding artists to test it for us. Products that survive and shine through this process make it into our catalog and onto our web site. 

And here's a little about Something Tattered: 

When Beth began hunting wallpaper for the bandboxes she was creating in 1990 it started a life of antiquing adventures and a passion for old paper. In 1993 Beth’s wallpaper covered boxes we featured in Victoria magazine and Beth’s sister Marilyn Krehbiel joined her in the pursuit. Marilyn’s business Hannah’s Treasures evolved into purveying historic wallpapers for movie sets. Beth peddled her boxes to the coast of California and settled in the west. In 1997 Beth married Peter Neumann, son of a letterpress printer, who shared Beth’s appreciation for the old paper arts. In 2011 Peter and Beth began Something Tattered in response to Beth’s newest pursuit, Wedding Paper designs from her vast collection of antique paper. In 2013 Something Tattered launched the current line of craft stamps and in 2014 the new antique wallpaper stamps were added bringing the adventure full circle. We hope you will share the passion.

From June 20 to the 22nd, we are showcasing projects created by both of our Design Teams.

We are so glad you took the time to visit as our Designers have some beautiful and inspiring projects to share with you today. We were challenged to create Wedding themed projects without using patterned paper. The designs you see were created exclusively with Clearsnap inks and Something Tattered stamps!

To see what the Clearsnap DT created with our Something Tattered products click here

To see what the rest of the Something Tattered DT created using the Clearsnap products click here

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 20, 2014

3-day blog hop!

I will be back tomorrow to share my project made with Something Tattered Stamps and ClearSnap inks.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dusty Attic sketch with Something Tattered

I decided to do something a little dramatic - black, taupe and coral... but then I softened it all up with distressing, mists and masking. Not my usual to use paint and goop on a layout - messy but a fun effect. This is a picture taken the day we brought our daughter home from the hospital.

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Here is a peek at the background I created with gesso, Something Tattered Stamps (Swirls Set and French Script Poem), coral mist and of course some gorgeous Dusty Attic chipboard. I used many leftovers from my June C'est Magnifique kit (paper, mist, ribbon roses and doily die cuts) for this layout.

Here is a close-up of the lace border chipboard that I splattered with Dusty Attic Black Soot paint and then sprayed with a coral mist (it soaks into the bare parts of the chipboard). I even soaked up the leftover mist from all the chipboard (border, butterfly and title) with the ribbon roses - they used to be light pink.

I also used the gorgeous JUNE Dusty Attic sketch as inspiration.
Be sure to enter and link to your interpretation on the Dusty Attic Blog for a chance to win some amazing chipboard!

Dusty Attic Products used:
Daddy's Girl - DA0040
Lace Border #1 - DA0843
Monarch Butterflies - DA0819
Black Soot Paint - DA0925

Something Tattered Stamps used:
French Script Poem

Swirls Set

Thanks for joining me on my blog today!