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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dusty Attic + Meg's Garden = LOVE!

It's almost the end of "love" month and I'm here to share a layout using some gorgeous Meg's Garden papers and lots of BRAND NEW Dusty Attic chipboard.  This layout was inspired by the February DA mood board and... who says you can't use Christmas papers all year long? They are so pretty!

On all of the chipboard I splattered DA's Navajo White DA0903 paint and topped it with DA Clear Crackle DA0900 Varnish.  This is a really easy way to achieve a nice rustic look. The title is from the DA1170 pack.

A very Elegant Swirl DA1123 complements the papers.

More pretty chipboard from the Elegant Swirl DA1123 pack - and some beautiful DA Bridal Veil DA0805 blooms too!

Drum roll please... here is the gorgeous mood board this month.  Make sure to enter your interpretation for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Dusty Attic!

I hope everyone was spoiled with love this month!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Peace (Dusty Attic/ Meg's Garden)

Another holiday layout featuring beautiful Meg's Garden Christmas papers and lots of gorgeous Dusty Attic chipboard.

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On the "peace" mini word from the pack #2 (DA0476) and the "nameplate" #6 (DA0872), I painted them with "navajo white" paint (DA0903) and topped with german glitter glass and diamond dust glass.
On the "corner flourish" #1 (DA0628), I also used the white paint and topped with coloured glitter glass, but with a little less coverage than above. I wanted the gorgeous flowers and sprays to stand out against the pretty flourish.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Believe (Dusty Attic/ Meg's Garden)

A few weeks ago I received some gorgeous Christmas papers from Meg's Garden and I knew they were perfect to create a layout using the December Dusty Attic Sketch.

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Here is the gorgeous sketch that inspired the layout.  Be sure to enter your interpretation of this beautiful sketch (link to the right side of the DA blog) for a chance to win some amazing chipboard!

Here is a close-up of the "Believe" title (DA0496). It was painted with "Alabaster" white paint (DA0902) and then topped with some diamond dust glitter glass.

The "scroll boarder #1" chipboard (DA0219) was finished the same way as above, with DA paint and glitter glass.

Thanks for joining me on the blog today, happy holidays!

Dusty Attic Retreat - March 2015

Awesome retreat in Australia - click on image for details!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Sweet Dreams (Dusty Attic)

A layout I created using a picture of my first born as an infant.  This is one of my favourite baby pictures of him (he is now 11 years old).  I dug out some Pion papers and then started to add gorgeous Dusty Attic products.

On the "sweet dreams" (DA0943) title, I randomly inked it with distress inks, leaving a little of the bare chipboard exposed (for a two-toned effect).

I treated the "corner flourish #2" (DA0629) the same way with inks (as the title), and then added some pretty "bridal veil" blooms (DA0805).

Sometimes an easy chipboard treatment is the perfect way to complement your photo and paper choices.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Dusty Attic NOV Sketch

This is a layout inspired by the November Dusty Attic Sketch Challenge.  I went a little retro this month and used some very old Prima papers and a photo of my daughter on her first birthday. In addition to chipboard, I also used some gorgeous Dusty Attic Celestial White blooms.

Here is the beautiful sketch (I flipped it). Don't forget to enter your interpretation of this sketch for a chance to win some awesome chipboard!  Just link your project on the Dusty Blog (top right side).

Here is a close-up of the scallop Lacing Tash, painted with Dusty Attic Navajo White and Dusty Pink paint.  I also used the same paints on one of the the Fancy Labels and the title from the Mini Words #1 pack. I splattered the paint to leave some bare chipboard exposed.

Next is a close-up of one of the gorgeous Baroque Corners set with some of the white paint splattered on.

Don't forget that Dusty Attic now sells GIFT CERTIFICATES - just in time for holiday giving!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cherished (Dusty Attic Chipboard)

This is a layout I made as a gift for a friend, using a stock photo that can be replaced.  I complimented some beautiful Pion Design papers with three gorgeous pieces of Dusty Attic chipboard.  Lots of heavy distressing on this shabby-chic layout too.

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The first piece of chipboard used was a corner flourish # 1. This is such an elegant flourish and you get 2 pieces per pack!  I simply painted it and then used some grey chalk ink on the edges.

The next chipboard piece is a birdcage #5... again you get 2 of these pretty cages per pack.  I used some white crackle paint and then lightly brushed it over with grey chalk ink to highlight the cracks.

Lastly, I used one of the words from the word pack #1. I inked the the title with grey chalk ink and then painted over it with Dusty in Colour Fine Silver paint.  This paint is so lustrous!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dusty Attic OCT Sketch Challenge

Here is my Halloween themed layout for The Dusty Attic October Sketch Challenge.  Picture of my 2 boys doing "snow angels" in their candy a few years ago, LOL.  As I was scrapping this picture my daughter begged me to take a picture of her this year doing the same - too cute!

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Here is a close-up of the beautiful Large Number Panel (DA1050) and the script title from the Word Pack #4 (DA1077). On both of these pieces I swept some Navajo White Paint (DA0903), leaving some bare chipboard revealed. Next, I went over it all with some Vintage Gold Paint (DA0926), giving the white an antique finish and the bare chipboard some glimmer.

Here is the amazing layout inspiration this month - I just flipped the sketch.

Don't forget to enter your interpretation of the gorgeous layout this month for a chance to win a great chipboard prize package! Link your project to the top right side of the Dusty Attic Blog to enter!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Another year with Dusty Attic!

I am VERY excited to announce that I will be continuing to design for The Dusty Attic in 2015.   This will be my third year with them!  I am equally excited that ALL 8 members of the current team are staying "in the family", plus we are welcoming 7 new talented designers.  That's 15 "dusty" designers for the new year!

What a true honour to be selected among such amazing designers.  Check-out the announcement...

Friday, October 3, 2014

CM Sketch and a goodbye

I leave you with my last project for C'est Magnifique kits.  I have enjoyed being on the Design Team but am planning on starting full-time work soon and with 3 kids added to the mix, well... there just aren't enough hours in a day anymore.

Here is a layout I created using the October "Sweet Treats" kit. I used items from the main kit and the flower add-on for this layout. I even used a few pieces of Prima packaging from the flowers as layers around my image too!

This is the fantastic sketch for this month.

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 October 30th to enter for a chance to win one of 2 prizes!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

C'est Magnifique October kit projects

Sadly this will be my final full reveal using C'est Magnifique kits.  The "Sweet Treats" October kit features some gorgeous Maja Designs papers - the coffee in the arbour collection.

Up first is layout of my dad and the start of his family (now has 2 more siblings) when he immigrated to Canada from Portugal. Everything on this layout is from the main kit and flower add-on except for a few doilies from my stash.  I pulled out some old creative memories tools to create the scallop circle design.

This is a display layout I created. Everything on this layout is from the main kit and flower add-on except for the doily and some seam binding from my stash.  The seam binding was tinted using the ink the kit and I also stamped on the doily with that very pretty pink ink.

A unisex birthday card to add to my stash when an unexpected event occurs. Everything on this card is from the main kit and flower add-on.

A girly gift box (kirigami folding) to add to my stash when an unexpected event occurs. Everything on this card is from the main kit and flower add-on except the seam binding... it was tinted using the pink ink in the kit.

A peek at the main kit this month...

The flower add-on I used...

I will be back with one final share in a few days, using the kit sketch so stay tuned!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

10% off Dusty Attic products!


The most asked question we get from People is 
Where can I buy Dusty Attic products from?
Well they decided to make it easier and offer
 Retail on the new website
(as well as Wholesale to Online Stores and Shops)
To Celebrate they thought they would have a
 FaceBook 10% off your order offer
..... then we thought
 (doing lots of thinking!)
Not all of our lovely readers are on FaceBook so lets put it out into
 the Blog world as well...
So when you are processing your order use the
Promotion code:   DUSTYFB10
and you will get  10 % off your whole order
(time to stock up on Paints and flowers as well )
(Code will expire on Saturday 20/09/2014)
* Just a note - If you get an error message when going to the new website you will need to clear your old history and cookies from the old site

Monday, September 15, 2014

Add-ons for the CM October kit!

Here is just a peek at what's coming up for October with C'est Magnifique kits. These are the gorgeous add-ons... you'll have to wait until the 30th to see the full kit reveal as well as the beautiful creations from the design team!

 The papers (double your fun by getting an add-on set)

The flower add-on

The embellishment add-on

The mixed media kit

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Buy chipboard directly from Dusty Attic

Did you know you can now buy chipboard directly from the brand new Dusty Attic Website?  Here is a peek at what the new, beautiful homepage looks like at:

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Card sets - C'est Magnifique Sept. Kit

I'm back today to share my last projects created with the stunningly beautiful and versatile "Nature's Journey" September kit from C'est Magnifique. The papers and flowers are to die for... so perfectly coordinated!

First, a card set with a beach feel to them. I used the fantastic ink and beautiful script stamp in the kit on plain white cardstock to create the background. Then, I added several layers of paper from the kit - easy breezy!

Here is another card set, again using the stamp and ink for the background. This set features lots of fussy cutting from the gorgeous papers. Lots of distressed layers on the cards for texture too.

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today while I share my creations!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Dusty Attic Sept. Sketch Challenge

This month I was very inspired to use my absolute favourite Dusty Attic chipboard set for my sketch layout - the skeleton clock faces (DA0430). I never get tired of creating with these gorgeous clocks - and you get 4 in the set! I also used a newer piece for the "moments" title from the last chipboard release. There are six gorgeous large script titles in the word pack #4 (DA1077).

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Here is a close-up view. I wanted a matte and rustic look so I simply used gesso on the bare clocks and distress ink on the title - leaving some of the bare chipboard showing.

Don't forget to enter your interpretation of this beautiful sketch for a chance to win some chipboard goodness! Link to the top right side of the DA blog to enter your project.

NOTE: All of the other product used on this layout (with exception to the chipboard) was from the gorgeous C'est Magnifique "Nature's Journey" September kit.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

DT Call - Dusty Attic Chipboard

Want to design for a FANTASTIC chipboard company?

Applications due September 30th!

Monday, September 1, 2014

C'est Magnifique Sept. Sketch Challenge

I am back today to share a layout created with C'est Magnifique's September Sketch Challenge. The picture is of my parents on their honeymoon in Barbados (it's amazing that they have this picture!).

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I rotated the fantastic sketch like this. All of the elements on my layout are from the main kit and the flower add-on. I adore the colours in this kit so much!

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 September 30th to enter for a chance to win one of 2 prizes!