Friday, 19 December 2014

Girl with Attitude - Heather McMahon

Hello all. It's Heather McMahon here to share with you a layout I made using my stunning new Dusty Attic chipboards. I've gone for a more modern touch on this one.

Those of you who know my work will be reeling in shock that I used purple - and, what's more, I love it! I painted the string frame with Sugar Plum Dusty in Colour paint then added Royal Purple Beck BT's Tinby Designs Metallic Melts on top. What a stunning colour combination!

For the "Attitude" title, I painted the top half with Navajo White Dusty in Colour paint and the bottom half with the Sugar Plum. I then added the Royal Purple Metallic Melts over both paint colours to get that graduated effect. I love these new words! I think it's funny that most of the words in this particular pack would traditionally be associated with boys but I think they suit my daughter perfectly!

The gorgeous flowers from Dusty Attic serve two purposes here - of course one purpose is that they just look stunning, but the other is that I used them to hide distracting elements in the photo.
The other letters and the stars are all treated with gold ink and Metallic Melts.
I made the background by simply stamping with the sprayed side of a Kaisercraft stencil. Coincidentally, I found the Dusty Attic stars matched some of the stenciled stars perfectly! I sat the chippie stars on the white star shapes and they looked like they were made to fit.

Don't forget that you can now order your Dusty Attic supplies online. There are also gift vouchers available so you might have to drop the odd hint or two.

Here are the Dusty Attic products that I used:

String Frame Set DA1181

Stars #3 DA1153

mini Stars DA1040
Word Pack #6 DA1187

mini ABC Set lower DA0862
Dusty in Bloom Celestial White DA0800
Assorted Dusty Roses
Dusty in Colour paints - Navajo White and Sugar Plum
Thanks so much for dropping by today. I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all our Dusty Attic friends a wonderful holiday season and a happy and safe 2015.

Happy scrappin'!
Heather McMahon
You can see more of Heather's work at

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Christmas Surprise - Heather McMahon

Hello there! It's Heather McMahon here today with a bit of Dusty Attic Christmas cheer.

Santa came early to my house and delivered a box of Dusty Attic goodies so I just had to use them straight away. I followed the gorgeous December sketch:

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Here's what I created:


I've used a mix of new and older chippies here. I always love the new releases but still go back to older designs as well.

I love the new word packs. I used a combination of letters, a word from a new word pack and numbers to make my title. I coated the letters and numbers with Dusty in Colour paints and the word with

Isn't the picture my daughter drew for my son amazing?

I layered the chippies up in places. Here I have an Elegant Swirl under a Music stave under a Word Disk. I love that you can see through some of these layers and see the chippies underneath. As before, I have coated them with different Dusty in Colour paints and gold Metallic Melts.

I painted all the notes on the music stave and scattered stars across the page.

The Dusty Attic products I used are:

Elegant Swirl # 13 DA1133

Word Disks #1 DA1195
Music DA0351

Word Pack #7 DA1165
Bookman ABC Set DA0666

mini Number Set DA0863

mini Him & Her DA1064 

Stars #3 DA1153

mini Stars DA1040
Dusty in Colour Paints - Denim, Faded Denim, Alabaster and Soot.

I hope you take some wonderful Christmas shots this year and have just as much fun scrapping them as you did enjoying the Christmas moments.
Happy scrappin'!
Heather McMahon
You can see more of Heather's work at

Thursday, 11 December 2014


Dusty Attic Retreat
6th – 8th March 2015
Muresk Institute –Northam 
It’s time to grab a few friends and plan a fun filled weekend away, from Friday 6th March until Sunday 8th March 2015.
Full accommodation, your own single bedroom, all meals starting with Friday night dinner, morning and afternoon tea, lots of room to create and a Goody Bag.
There will also be classes available along with raffles and giveaways over the weekend. Dusty Attic will have their range of Chippy along with a small shop with speciality papers, ribbons, flowers and adhesives
ALL of this for $350
(Classes are optional and at extra cost)
$100 deposit will be required by 9th January 2015
Email us at
A registration form will be sent to you along with a map and directions to Muresk.
We sold out of spaces so quickly last year, it is going to be an event not to miss - full of fun and inspiration. 

Muresk Institute

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Creating a Scene with Dusty Attic - Gabrielle Pollacco

Scrapbook page by Gabrielle Pollacco using Dusty Attic Chipboard and Websters Pages Paper, Nest Collection

Hi all!  Today I had a chance to play with some really sweet papers from Webster's Pages called "Nest". Lately I'm just crazy about bird/nest/nature images in my work and this beautiful collection is just full of them! I wanted to do sort of a view, peeking outside using the fun Dusty Attic chipboard Door Frame on the pretty, shabby-chic looking wood/board paper from the Nest collection (called Begin Anew).  I printed out the photo as a 3x7 to fit behind the piece of chipboard and gave the door a weathered look.

Scrapbook page by Gabrielle Pollacco using Dusty Attic Chipboard and Websters Pages Paper, Nest Collection

For the door frame (Door #2) I started by first painting the whole thing with some white Gesso.  Then I added streaks of Cashmere, Oceania and Mountain Meadow 'Dusty In Color' paints.  I did some light stamping with a Bo Bunny Text stamp (It is Written) and rubbed a brown chalk ink (Ingvild Bolme's 'Branch Bark'}along all the edges of the frame. There was a really versatile paper in the Nest collection that has a number of cute designs called 'Storyteller Card Sheet II" that has this weathered door design, I cut out the door handle bit from this and glued it onto the door frame.  To add another fun effect I cut out an egg/floral design from the paper called 'The Nest' and added it to the top of the door with some Spanish Moss, to make it look like a bird had made a little nest at the top of the door frame. I also fussy cut lots of the floral images from this paper to tuck around the door frame.

Scrapbook page by Gabrielle Pollacco using Dusty Attic Chipboard and Websters Pages Paper, Nest Collection

I embellished the top right corner of my page with brand NEW chippies from Dusty Attic.  I just love the new branch designs! Here I used the Branch #4 Small chipboard piece, combining the two pieces to make this branch accent.  I used brown and green chalk inks to add color to the branches (Ingvilde Bolme's 'Branch Bark' and 'Moss Lawn' inks)....then I added some floral buds but fussy cutting some of the blooms from the back of the paper called 'The Nest' and glued them onto the branches.

I added another NEW and gorgeous chipboard piece from Dusty Attic called Ornate Corners #13, you get 2 sets of corners (4 in all)....I used one of the smaller corner accents here.  I simply painted the chippie with some white Gesso, gave the edges a light rubbing with brown chalk ink and added a few adhesive pearl accents.

Here is a close-up of a couple more chipboard designs I added to my page.  Dusty Attic just put out a whole lot of fun new title designs, among these is this 'Serenity' title...while I had my Oceania paint out, I just lightly brushed the bottom part of my title chippie with the aqua paint so that it faded into the top white part.  I gave the title a quick coat of Dusty Attic "Clear Crackle Varnish' to give a pretty effect to the title. (I didn't mention it, but I did the same for the Door frame and for the hinge accent).  One more little chipboard accent I added was the Seagull on the stump. Again, easy to paint, just add a coat of white Gesso, and using some Ingvild Bolme 'Branch Bark' and 'Old Road' chalk inks, I colored up the the piece.

Scrapbook page by Gabrielle Pollacco using Dusty Attic Chipboard and Websters Pages Paper, Nest Collection

In the bottom right corner I hung a cute little knot-hole image from the 'Special Places' paper, from a Dusty Attic chipboard Hinge. I added a fussy cut butterfly from the 'My Style' paper (also cut some of the Rose designs for around the door from this paper as well).

Scrapbook page by Gabrielle Pollacco using Dusty Attic Chipboard and Websters Pages Paper, Nest Collection, Tresors de Luxe fabric flowers

Here is a close-up of the floral cluster in the corner of the door.  You can see some of the fussy cut blooms from the 'My Style' paper as well as some Maiden Hair Ferns, a NEW chipboard design .  These I again used the brown and green chalk inks on them and then used a bit of 'Dusty Pink' paint and 'Navajo White' paint to the top few tips of the fern strands to give the appearance of a floral strand.  And finally I added some beautiful pink/coral color fabric blooms that were sent to me from Lucy Ohanyan, owner of Tresors de Luxe.

Dusty Attic Chipboard used on this project:
~ Door #2
~ Branch #4 small
~ Ornate Corners #13
~ Word Pack #5
~ Hinges
~ Maiden hair Fern
~ Seagulls
~ Dusty In Color: Dusty Pink, Navajo White, Oceania, Mountain Meadow
~ Dusty Attic Clear Crackle Varnish

You can purchase both Dusty Attic chipboard and Websters Pages papers directly from their websites or at a local scrapbook store near you (if they don't carry these products, it's always good to ask your local store owner if they will bring them in!).  There are also some awesome online stores in North America that have a great variety of Dusty Attic chipboard in their shops.... Moments of Tranquility (has a huge selection), and The Scrapbook Diaries. I recently found out a local store here in Ontario (Canada) called The Scrapping Bug has ordered in a variety of Dusty Attic chipboard as well!  Natasha over at Moments of Tranquility is also willing to order in DA specific Dusty Attic Chipboard pieces if she does not have them in her shop....just follow the instructions at her site HERE. And for those of you who would like to give a gift of Dusty Attic chipboard to a scrapping friend, Dusty Attic now has Gift Certificates as well! You can find them at the top of the Website just under the spot where it says 'Go To Checkout".

Hope you enjoyed todays project, I appreciate all your kind comments & feedback! xo

Monday, 8 December 2014

Brand New Designs

WOAH !!!
I got a message from Jen Hedger (commonly known as "the boss") saying
"I have uploaded new products to the website"
I went straight away and had a look and knew I had to show you here on the blog, below are just a few of my favorites.
 There is new Christmas stuff, Frames, boy stuff, mini's (the bird cages are awesome) words, titles (with new fonts) branches and MORE !
Have a look on the Dusty Attic website  

Image 1
Funky Trees DA1161
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Tyre Tracks Small DA1194
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Word Disks #1 DA1195
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String Frame Set DA1181
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Beaded Tinsel DA1177
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Mini Me Small DA1154

Remember you can order online straight from the website  AND we do Gift Certificates.

I cant wait to start creating with all the new goodies and also see what the Design Team do as well.


Friday, 5 December 2014

Precious Memory - Rachelle Sigurdson

Hello,today I am going to share with you a LO I did using the beautiful  Dusty Attic sketch that Nadia created for December....

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DID you also know that the prize has changed?
Instead of getting a pack in the mail you will receive a $100 Gift certificate to choose your very
 own Dusty Attic chippy that you would like
 (includes postage in this amount and to be ordered from the Dusty Attic website)

The Dusty Attic Chipboard used:
Image 1

Fancy Trim #2 (DA0446)

Lace Border #2 (DA0844)

Christmas Banners (DA0769)

Corner Flourish #3 (DA0623)

Page Pebbles #3 (DA1107)

I used the Vintage Frost Basics Collection from Maja Design. The Burlap Flowers & the Berries are Petaloo. Here are some closeups of detail.....

I cut the Corner Flourish in half,then painted it with white crackle. Once the crackle dried I rubbed in brown chalk & inked the edges using a brown ink pad......

I used Shimmeringz (Baby's Breath) on the page pebble,then inked the edges....

I used white crackle paint on the string & bows of the Christmas Banner. I painted the ornaments cloudy blue,then I applied a thick coat of clear crackle, sprinkling on clear glass glitter & rock candy glitter while the crackle was still wet.....

I painted the lace border, with white crackle,& rubbed in the chalk, once the crackle dried. I traced the lace border, on to a piece of paper, I was working with. I then cut it out, applied a thick coat of clear crackle on the paper,then placed the lace border on top of that. I then sprinkled on the glass glitter & rock candy glitter....


You can now get your Dusty Attic Products & Gift Certificates from
Dusty Attich
Thank you so much, for taking the time to look & I am looking forward, to see what you come up with,with this months sketch....Rachelle