Sunday, December 17, 2017

(Dusty Attic DT)

For my second Dusty Attic DT project this month, since it is December, 
I thought that I would create and share with you a set of Christmas cards
using some very festive Dusty Attic chipboard and colours!

On this first card, I some pieces from the Creative Layers #5 set
combined with a bit of Perforated Mesh.

On the poinsettias, I used Dusty in Colour Cranberry with some Clear Gloss Varnish and 
dabs of Vintage Gold to give them some shimmer and painted the pine branch 
with a mixture of Forest and Capri.  I decorated the center of my flowers with DA bling.

The second card showcases the rest of the Creative Layers set, which goes to show that 
these chipboard pieces can be used in layers as was intended or on their own as I did.

I used the 'Celebrate This' piece from the Mini Captions #10 set,
and turned it into my sentiment by covering the 'this' by 'noel' of the Wordplay #5.

On my last card, I cut up the Holly Flourish and layered the pieces
to frame a corner of my card and added a couple Stars #2.

I dabbed the flourish with Forest acrylic paint first and then once dry
I lightly dabbed some of the Capri colour and then covered it with Clear Gloss Varnish.

Here are the Dusty Attic products I used when creating this card set:

Dusty in Colour
Vintage Gold - DA0926

Until next time!

Friday, December 15, 2017

'TIS THE SEASON - Single Page Layout
(CSI DT - Case File 244 + Stuck?! Sketch)

This is a bittersweet reveal for me as it is my last case file
Yes, I am retiring as a CSI Detective at the end of the month,
but I am very grateful to Debbi at CSI for this incredible opportunity!

This is Case File No. 244 which inspired this layout.
Click HERE for more details and more DT inspiration based on this file.

The Scene quite obviously evoked Christmas feelings in me.

The Scheme is a classic Noel palette of red and green
with some neutral pale gray/almost white, gray and black.

From the Evidence, I chose Christmas, animals (the deer head), trees and ribbons (bow).

For my Testimony, I opted to just add a simple sentiment about what I love
 the most about Christmas and that is spending it with my love.

 I was also inspired by the December 1st Stuck?! Sketch.

To create this layout, I went and searched through my old Christmas stash
and found this very beautiful Pink Paislee collection that matched 
the Scheme quite perfectly.  It is called Merry & Bright.

The trees are from the Die Cut pack from Pink Paislee.

I spritzed some Snow White Glossy Ink Spray from Daily ART on my page.

It's true that Christmas just wouldn't be the same without him... 

Thank you so much for visiting!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

(Dusty Attic DT - December Mood Board Challenge)

I got busy with my extensive stash of Dusty Attic chipboard
to create this very fun and whimsical layout 
based on the Dusty Attic December mood board challenge!

Here is the lovely December mood board.  Click HERE for the details.

I was so inspired by the board as I absolutely loved its colours and retro feel!

I used only black, white and different hues of teal/aquamarine blue
so I treated all my chipboard with a combination of dark charcoal Copic marker
and the lovely Oceania Dusty in Colour acrylic paint.

I fussy cut the photo of my friend's beautiful daughter and created
with an array of flowers and the gorgeous and intricate Floral Fantasy design.

On my background white cardstock and beautiful 13arts Vintage Moments paper,
I used the River Stones stencil (as seen above) and a mixed media stamp.

To go with the Floral Fantasy chipboard, I also used the Fantasy Flowers
and one of the Paisley #3 border. These pieces are absolute must haves!

I added a few Mini Dragonflies and then lightly misted the embellishments 
with some Daily ART white Vintage Ink Spray.
Speaking of embellishments, the fabulous steampunk badges are from Cuts2luv!

I am very proud of how my page turned out and I find that it complements
the December mood board perfectly with a little 60's flower child look!

Here is the complete list of Dusty Attic products used:

Dusty in Colour

Make sure to visit the Dusty Attic website to see lots more of their designs
 and products as well as the blog for daily DT inspiration!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

FESTIVE NOËL - Gift Bag & Card Set
(Daily ART DT - Photo Tutorial)

How exciting it is for me today to share with you my very first 

Daily ART DT project on their blog and right here on mine!

Here is a photo tutorial on how I created this Christmas gift set with bag and card.

I started with creating the tag for the gift bag. I covered a Hardboard Tag #6 
with White Gesso over which I applied some Fine Texture Paste with
the Vintage C Stencil. This paste is perfect for adding just the right amount 
of texture to any project. I then used my heat gun to dry it all up.

Next came time to have fun with some different sprays.
To create the base of my tag, I used a combination of Vintage Nestle Leaf
and Glossy Olive and Cut Grass. I sprayed and then blended with a sponge
until I got the desired effect and colour.  I then dried it with my heat gun.

I wasn't quite finished with the tag.  I dabbed a bit of Red Chameleon Patina
and then spread with my pallet knife a bit of Malachite Velvet Paste. I adore Velvet Paste!
Then, to add even more texture, I added some cheese cloth which I glued
down using Gel Medium Gloss and then I sprayed some more Olive Glossy Ink.

I covered my chipboard embellishments with first Dark Red Acrylic Paint
and then some Pearl Red Stencil Paste to add a little shimmer.  Some of
the chipboard was already glittery, but I just added some more 
using Red Glitter Paste, Gold Stencil Paste and Transparent Glossy Varnish Spray.

Now that my tag was pretty much complete, it was then time to work on the bag.
I wanted to keep it simple and classy so I just added the Vintage N stencil design
with the Pearl Red Stencil Paste along the side of the bag. I sprinkled some Gold Glimmer
Ink Spray and added a few chipboard decorations before sticking my tag onto it.

As for my card, I treated the corrugated base similarly as my tag.
I stuck down some cheesecloth using Fine Texture Paste and Gel Medium Gloss,
and then I went a bit crazy with the different shades of Green and Snow White Inks.

I put my sentiment on a cardstock tag and added some decorations.
I finished by spraying a bit of Transparent Glossy Varnish on the card and the bag.

This is my finished card with some close-ups.

And here is my gift bag featuring the mixed media hardboard tag.

I hope you've enjoyed my tutorial and that you are now inspired 
to create your own special Christmas gift set for a special someone!

Here is the complete list of all Daily ART products used...



If you want to learn much more about all Daily ART products, visit their website HERE.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

HAPPY GO LUCKY - Single Page Layout
(Kraft+ International Guest Designer)

I am back today as the International Guest Designer
at a favorite challenge blog that inspires me every single month
but with which I don't always get to play along...
Kraft Plus Challenge Blog.

Take a look at the fabulous December PHOTO INSPO challenge
about which you can find all the details right HERE

I absolutely love this challenge's trendy image! I was immediately attracted to the busy 
and colourful patterns of the pillows and the variety of designs on the wall decor. 

With that inspiration in mind, I wanted to create a happy
and eclectic page using a darling photo of my niece in an outfit and demeanour
just as fun and colourful as the challenge image.

I found the perfect papers in my stash from Momenta and several badges inspired
by the buttons in the board as well as flowers, confetti and brads to create this happy
mix, all of course on a base of beautiful kraft paper!

All the chipboard used is from Dusty Attic and I used Dusty in Colour acrylic paints
to add different colours to them as well as on my background.

This is one of my all time favorite photo of my niece... she was having
a grand ol' time at Walt Disney World a few years back!

Thank you so much to Kraft Plus for having me as a GDT!