Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Jasri Bali - JULY Sketch - Heather McMahon

Hi there,

I've just returned from a wonderful holiday in Bali. I'd really like to thank all my followers who kept on commenting on my blog posts even though I often didn't have internet access and couldn't return the favour. I'm honoured you kept the one-way communications alive!

Anyway, I'm back in the connected world now and thought I'd create a front page for my album about our trip. Yes, I went away for 10 days and took over 800 photos! I'm going to need a whole album!

My layout is based on the July sketch at Dusty Attic. Here's the sketch:
 (Yep, its that easy)

And here's my layout:

I've used lots of new Dusty Attic Goodies and plenty of stamping on this. For the title, I cut the 2014 from another title and coated it in Dusty in Colour Jungle Green paint. I coated the Bookman letters in Cranberry paint and the topped them both with a haphazard coat of Gold Nugget Tinby Metallic Melts. The effect this creates reminds me of the old rustic Balinese furniture that you sometimes see.

Here's a close up:

I made the flowers from Dusty Attic's Flower Layers #6. To get that motley effect I first spray painted them with white paint then stamped them Stampin' Up! water-based inks. These inks don't soak into the paint and they show all the texture. The downside is that they re-activate whenever a wet medium touches them so they can be messy to use. I took advantage of this by applying white paint in the centre of the flowers to create that streaky look. I rummaged around the bottom of my flower drawers and found a few flower centres to add to the chippie flowers.
For the smaller flowers, I simply painted them with Alabaster paint then added a light coat of Jungle Green to the centres.

Just as I was making this layout, some brand spanking new chippies arrived and I immediately added them to the page. For both the Page Pebble and the letters I simply stamped them with white ink. This left the recessed pattern as raw chipboard. I love this effect!

All the stamps are from Kaisercraft with the exception of the two smaller butterflies which are Tim Holtz stamps.

Here are the Dusty Attic products I used:
Flower Layers # 6 DA1078

Bookman ABC Set DA0666

2014 Year In Review DA1092

mini Blossoms DA 1090

Page Pebbles #8 DA 1113

mini ABC Tile Set DA1109

Thanks for looking. I can't wait to get stuck into the rest of my holiday pics now!

Happy scrappin'!


Thursday, 17 July 2014

Not 1 not 2 not 3 BUT 4 Projects from Gabrielle Pollacco (WITH TUTORIALS)

Hello Dusty Attic Fans!  Gabrielle here with you today to share a bunch of projects I've made over the past few weeks using some NEW and some old favourite chipboard pieces!  I absolutely LOVE the new scripted chipboard titles Word Pack #4.  I just adore a pretty scripted title!  I also used the Cyclone Wire as an accent piece around the photo and the top of the page.


I used some shimmery paint (Shimmerz Key Lime) fading in and out of the title piece. I gave the whole title a finishing coat with some Glossy Accents.

A close up of the Cyclone wire accent

Another close-up of the title chippie...

The next project I'm sharing is Mermaid canvas I made using the NEW Sea Grass chippie, I just love the pretty flowing underwater look it gives a project!   I also used some Grass Clusters #2 and some Dusty Attic alphabet pieces for my title.

Here's a close-up of the Sea Grass chippie, ....I painted white and then added some Key Lime Shimmerz paint and Olive Green Shimmerz on the tips.  You can watch a Video Tutorial I made for this canvas here...


I made another Video Tutorial for an 8x10 Canvas using the Dusty Attic Divine Divas chippie and Ornate Frame #3 as the center piece of the design.  I also used a couple of the Baroque Corners and Elegant Frames for the title.

I used dimensional paint to create a textural finish to the frame and then used Shimmerz Inklingz (Brass Knuckles) and Dimensionz (Blue Lagoon) to give it a vintage brass look.

A close up view of the centerpiece...

I used a similar technique on the Baroque corners, using dimensional paints, Gesso and brown ink to make textural shabby chic embellishments for the corners.  Here is a Video Tutorial I made to show step by step how I made this canvas....


Can you tell I've been having fun with canvas's this month?  This was a fun, quick and easy canvas to make!  I used some beautiful Graphic 45 paper and stamps and some of my favourite Dusty Attic chippies.  

Corner Scroll #2 is one of my all time favourite scrolls!  It works so well with so many styles. I gave the chippies a coat of Gesso, did a little stamping and inking with brown chalk ink and then gave it a coat of Crackle medium to get a nice aged look.

I used the Dusty Attic Anchors chippie to accent the corner, I just rubbed on some Bronze 3D paint and randomly added some aqua color paint on some areas to give it an aged patina.  And here is a video tutorial I made for this reverse canvas project...


One more project I wanted to share with you all is a layout I made as a guest designer for Graphic 45.  I used the beautiful Botanical Tea collection papers and some of their lovely metal accents to make up this page.  I loved the pretty little pink blossoms that I could fussy cut from the patterned papers.  I married these with the amazing Dusty Attic Branch #1.

I simply painted the branch with Dusty Attic's Hot Chocolate paint and tipped the leaves with DA's  Pesto green paint....stuck on the fussy cut blooms, and voila, you have a unique embellishment for your project!

I hope you all enjoyed my project for this month and thank you all for having the patience to scroll through this super long post! :)  As you can tell, no matter what project I make up....Dusty Attic chippies are never far from my finger tips!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

A Midwinters Tale - Delight - Heather McMahon

Hello there! It's Heather McMahon with you today.

I was out walking a few weeks ago and came across these stunning toadstools. Luckily I had my phone with me and grabbed some pics. It wasn't until I was holding the Dusty Attic Old Wooden Fence in my hands that I realised how perfectly it would go with these pics.

Here's my project:

Everything except for the hessian on this project is chipboard!

Here's how I made it:

Old Wooden Fence: I dabbed some Hot Chocolate and Gingernut Dusty in Colour paints along each board and roughly brushed them out with a dry brush, leaving some small parts bare. The effect was that the two paints plus the bare chipboard combined to make the streaked look. I then added a few streaks of Vintage Gold paint over the top. When it was all dry I picked up small amounts of Soot paint on a wooden skewer and just brushed it on top in places.

Bearded Irises: The leaves and stems are various combinations of Forrest and Crushed Olive paints mixed in different ratios. I added some leaves from the Reeds #2. I've then used Cranberry, Alabaster and Cashmere (I adore this colour!) paints to detail the flowers. It helps to google images of irises first to get a rough understanding of how their colours are depicted. You don't have to be perfect though!

Title: I used the mini ABC Set lower to create the 'winter' word and inked it black. I inked the 'delight' word with red ink then applied Glistening Snow Tinby Metallic Melts to the lower half.

Dusty Attic products used:
Old Wooden Fence DA1094

Bearded Irises DA1096

Reeds #2 DA1028

mini ABC Set lower DA0862

Word Pack #4 DA1077

Dusty in Colour paints in Chocolate, Gingernut, Forrest, Crushed Olive, Cranberry, Alabaster and Cashmere.

I hope you find some magical winter delights too!

Happy scrappin'!

You can see more of Heather's work at www.heathermcmahon09.blogspot.com.au

Wednesday, 9 July 2014


Do you celebrate
"Christmas in July" ?
We have all your Christmas/Festive laser cuts covered here at  The Dusty Attic for your layouts or cards.
Have a look at some of our
Christmas Chippy
You could start now to make your Christmas decorations or we have an awesome range of Mini's that are perfect for cards
(There are only 168 days until Xmas)

Advent calendar with one of the three different inserts you can use inside the shadow box section

A sample of some of the Mini's for
 layouts, ATC's or Cards

Remember to add your layout to the
"customer link" on the right hand
 side to share your creations with us


Monday, 7 July 2014

Delight - Helena Johansson

Hi! Today I have a layout to share, with a photo of my ds by the lake at our summer house a couple of years ago. The title "Deligh" really suited this photo :)

I have layered lots of papers, flowers and Dusty Attic chipboard here. Two corner pieces, Corner Scroll #4 (DA0886) and Baroque Frame set (DA0541), was used here. I have painted all the chippies with white gesso.
The Dusty Attic words and titles are fabulous to work with! There are so many to choose from!

The Corner Scroll is "resting" on some flowers and helps framing the photo:

Thank you for stopping by today!