Sketch Challenges 2014

Friday, 25 April 2014

Decrotive Wall Panels ( WITH a VIDEO Tutorial) - Gabrielle Pollacco

Hello my lovely friends! Today I'm excited to share with you all a home decor project! It's no secret that I'm a big fan of the shabby-chic style, and I while I love this style for scrapbooking, today I thought I'd take it off the page and into the home. For my project I used a variety of Maja Design papers, some of my favourite Dusty Attic chippies and some really lovely embellishments that I got from my friend Angelica's Little Scrap shop!    I made a video step by step on how I created this project, so grab yourself a cup of coffee, kick back and enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed my video tutorial. Here are some individual shots of the each of the panels in this decorative wall hanging....

I used Vintage Spring Basics (4rth of April) as the base of this panel. I also added clocks from the Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI) paper to decorate the panel. The chipboard is from Dusty Attic Designs (Cherry Blossom Branch) and the butterfly is from Angelica's Little Scrap Shop. I used home-made texture paste and a Crafters Workshop stencil (Mini Time Travel) for the clock designs.

I did a fair bit of layering with my patterned papers for the middle panel. I used a pretty blue paper from Crea Diem (Leva och växa) for the top layer, the next gingham layer is from Ska vi ta en Fika? (Två fröknar - bs) and then a bright blue layer from Crea Diem (Skapa dagen). I needed a lighter layer for my stamped quote (Tim Holtz stamp), so I used a scrap piece I had left over from my last project from the Vintage Spring Basics (6th of March). The stencils I used for this one were Crafters Workshop 'Art Is' and 'Brick'. The stitch I used was from Prima. The cute lil frame and the butterflies are from Angelica's Little Scrap Shop.

For my final panel I used another part of the Crea Diem paper I used in the middle panel (Leva och växa) and created a peek-a-boo tear showing a strip pattern paper from Vintage Spring Basics (4th of April-bs). I again used a Cherry Blossom branch from Dusty Attic and the 'Art Is' and 'Brick' stencils from Crafters Workshop. Here are a couple more views of the panels...

I hope my little project has inspired you to give home decor projects a try using Dusty Attic chipboard with vintage/shabby chic papers. Thanks for taking the time to watch my little tutorial! xo

Thursday, 24 April 2014

April Sketch Layouts - Heather McMahon and Helena Johansson

Don't forget you still have lots of time to enter the Sketch Challenge
You can enter at our ning over   HERE 
The Design Team do the sketch each month to show you how it can be changed
to suit your very own style of scrapping  

Dusty Attic goodies she has used
Vintage Camera small - DA1072
Geometric Corners - DA1030
Chevron Panel small - DA1068
Around the World - DA1036 (i just used part of the edges from this)
Bookman ABC Set - DA0666
Mini ABC Set upper - DA0861
Alabaster Dusty in Colour Paint - DA0902
Dusty in Colour Clear Gloss Varnish - DA0900


Hi! Today I have a new Dusty Attic layout to share,
and I have used the April sketch, made by Nadia Cannizzo.
Such a fab sketch, don't you think?!

Here's my take. Lots of flowers, I know, but I do love flowers :) 
I have tucked some Spider Chrysanthemum leaves (DA1043) into the flower cluster. I painted them white, then with Dusty in Colour, Fine Silver (DA0927). I finished them off with some Clear Gloss Varnish (DA0901).
The beautiful butterflies are from Reneabouquets:
The little Lamp Post (DA0185) I painted with white enamel accents.
The title, Memories, was painted as the leaves above, with white, silver and varnish:
I have also tucked some Leafy Stems (DA0447) in the flower cluster. These I just painted with some white gesso.
The white flowers are Dusty in Blooms, Celestial White (DA0800)
The ivory flowers are Botanica flowers from Petaloo.
 Thanks for stopping by today!
Thanks for dropping by and tomorrow there is a special Off the
 Page project with a video tutorial from Gabrielle Pollacco

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Beauty - Heather Jacob

Hello and welcome my fellow scrappers 
Heather J. here today sharing my April Project 
showcasing a LO laden with Dusty Attic chipboard .
I felt in a green mood this month 
and found the perfect photo to connect with green/autumn hues.


for my title I used the Mini words #2 : DA 0476
Chicken wire Panel : DA 0177
Scrabble hearts : DA 1019

Leafy scroll :  DA 0764

Dusty Attic items used .
Leafy scroll :  DA 0764
Mini words #2 : DA 0476
Chicken wire Panel : DA 0177
Scrabble hearts : DA 1019
Dusty in Colour Pesto : DA0918
Dusty in Colour Navajo White : DA0903
Dusty in Colour Bisque: DA0921 
Thanks so much for popping by .
wishing you heaps of happy scrapping 
with these glorious chippies .
love and hugz from Heather x

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Love That - Nadia Cannizzo

Well good morning. I am hoping you are all well and creating up a storm. 

I have one more creation to show you today. This time it is for The Dusty Attic and I must admit to using the same colour scheme I used for my other April project this month. What can I say, I am a tad addicted to the combination of the STUNNING new releases from The Dusty Attic, 9th Wave collection by 7Dots Studio, and the Industrial Chic collection by Lindy's Stamp Gang.

"Love That" 

OK OK ... so let me tell you as much as I LOVED the combination I mentioned above, well this layout almost ended up in the bin. I think I tried to do too much and it ended up looking too buy. So what's a girl to do with little time to create anything else AND hearing the baby stir on her sleep which meant I probably wouldnt get back to this for a few days??? well.. God's gift to stressed out mums.. "GESSO"  LOL Yes, once everything had dried and once baby settled again for a few more minutes, I applied white GESSO all over the stenciled background and started again. Thank you dear God :) 

Here are some closeups..

Materials List
From The Dusty Attic

Number Grid small Love this, Love that arrows Dusty In Bloom Grassy Knoll
    Number Grid small (DA1071)           Love This, Love That Arrows (DA1074)  Grassy Knoll (DA0809)

Paper: 7 Dots Studio: 9th Wave collection
Stencil: Prima Marketing: 12x12 Bubbles
Colour: Lindy's Stamo Gang: Industrial Chic Collection , Viva Decor: Precious Metal Colour - Turquoise

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Monday, 14 April 2014

LOVE - April Sketch - Vicky Alberto

Hi everyone
Today Vicki is on the blog showing us her take on this months sketch challenge
 Her layout is so pretty with a Stunning photo

You can enter  HERE at the ning site 

You can see more details
 (especially of that gorgeous stamping) 

Thanks for joining us today 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Re-Vamping with Vicky Alberto

It's never too late to add Dusty Attic chipboard to a project. Have you ever looked back at some of the first layouts you ever created and thought "not a bad START but..."? That's how I feel about a lot of my first projects. These two that I'm sharing today begged me to polish them up. I updated each of them with an extra distressed paper layer, tons of beautiful Dusty Attic chipboard, plus a few other embellishments too.

I spattered the chipboard with 3 fabulous Dusty Attic paints.
Dusty Attic products added: 
Leafy frame set (DA0605)
Big bro title (DA0172)
Mini scrolls (DA0685)
Bridal veil blooms (DA0805)
Navajo white paint (DA0903)
Faded denim paint (DA0913)
Mountain meadow paint (DA0916)

Some of the most common things we do as new scrapbookers is put limited layers and few textures or details on our layouts. Often our design concept/composition is good but we fail to add the extras that turn them from flat to fabulous. I was no exception to this when I started this hobby (almost 5 years ago). A few simple changes can drastically improve the look of your project.

I painted and stamped over all of the chipboard pieces.
Dusty Attic products used:
Corner flourish #3 (DA0623)
Monarch Butterfly (DA0819)
Baroque corners (DA0543)
Navajo white paint (DA0903)

I know you're curious how those projects looked before I updated them so here is a peek. One good thing about being a "newbie" scrapper was the fact that I had poor adhesive and cheap sticker letters - so it made some things easy to remove from these layouts.

Hopefully this blog post inspires you to re-visit some of your old creations. Thanks for taking the time to view my projects today!

Vicky Alberto