Friday, November 17, 2017

HOCUS POCUS - Double Page Layout
(Dusty Attic DT)

No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you!
You ARE seeing double as I have created a double-page
Halloween-themed layout for you today for my Dusty Attic DT reveal!

Note that this page was inspired by a sketch that I found online a couple years past
designed by Scrapbook Generation. I only had a printed copy and couldn't find the same
sketch online to show you, but I have added the link to Scrapbook Generation HERE.

I know that October 31st is past now (tricks have been stored away until next year
and treats have most likely been enjoyed!), but I am so happy at how
this double spread turned out. I am no fan of Halloween projects,
but I have to say that seeing the many new spooky chippies released
on the Dusty Attic website a few weeks ago really inspired me to search out
some Halloween pictures and start creating!

This title It's Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus immediately caught my eye
as I had photos of a party decoration display which I helped
my friend Nath set up for her kids's school Halloween party.
I painted the title with the Dusty in Colour acrylic paint called Raisin.
Behind the title is another gorgeous October new release, a large Spider Web 
which was painted black and dabbed with the Raisin as well.

I've also used a few Web Corners which I covered 
in strings of cheesecloth and decorated with die cut spiders.

I love working with stencils and I have to say that the Dusty Attic
stencils are of such great quality, created out of sturdy plastic
which works so well with all types of mediums.  Here I just simply
colored in the pattern by dabbing the acrylic paint over the stencil.

I have had the Echo Park 'Chillingsworth Manor' paper collection in my stash 
for a while and am glad that I finally got a chance to use it up. 
It went perfectly well with the DA chippies and my pictures.

Make sure to visit the Dusty Attic website HERE
to see all of these new releases and so much more!

Dusty Attic Supply List


Dusty in Colour

Make sure to visit the Dusty Attic blog for daily inspiration
and share your own DA creations on the Dusty FANattics FB group.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration Case File No. 22

Have you had the chance to check out the newest Case File 

Well, here it is!

CSI is now offering a new twist to their challenges starting in January
(and they are giving  you a chance to try it out this month)!
You can draw your own inspiration from The Scene, however you'd like!
But don't worry - if you like the traditional clues, that will always be
an option too.  So your choice!

Here is the simpler new version  of Case File 242:

I didn't solve this one, but some fellow DT members did
a fabulous job at solving it right HERE on the CSI blog.

I hope that you will put on your detective hat and play along!

Friday, November 10, 2017

FOREVER BE MY ALWAYS - Single Page Layout
(Dusty Attic DT - November Mood Board)

It's reveal day for me for my Dusty Attic DT!

This layout was inspired by this stunning rustic November mood board that 
is sure to inspire you too! Click HERE to visit the Dusty Attic blog to find out 
more about the challenge and to see lots and lots of DT inspiration!

The images have inspired me to use corrugated cardboard, many rusty colours
as well as many industrial elements amid flowers and stars.
On the corrugated background and on some of the chipboard, I used 
Dusty in Colour Capri and Sunburt Orange as well as the Rusting Powder.

I absolutely love using chipboard titles on my pages
and Dusty Attic has the best ones around, including this one!
I treated it with a combination of paint, embossing powder and metallic marker.

This piece called Industrial Barbed Stars is stunning!

It is absolutely a favorite of mine!

I used the Rusting Powder on the large Hinge.  You just add a little adhesive to your chipboard (I used spray adhesive) and sprinkle a little powder.  Then you spray the powder with some vinegar (yes! vinegar!) and let it stand to dry.  I then dabbed some acrylic paint to add to the effect.

And here's a final close-up with a smiling happy BF and I! :)

I hope you like my take on this fabulous challenge and here's to hoping 
that you will play along!  You could win a huge Dusty Attic stash of your own!

Dusty Attic Supply List


Dusty in Colour

Until next time!

Monday, November 6, 2017

YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE - 8 x 10 Canvas
(Mixed Media & Art + Words & Paintery Challenges)

I got my hands a bit messy over the weekend creating this mixed media
canvas, playing along with 2 fabulous challenges.

I was enthralled by it at very first sight... love the dramatic colors and the fantasy 
mystical feel.  I particularly liked the lantern image, and so I created my canvas 
with a light bulb theme with lots of sparkling gold accents.

Another great challenge that inspired my canvas and which seemed to go perfectly
with the challenge above is the October challenge from Words & Paintery...
shades of blue and gold with a quote that is reminiscent of mixed media. 

I began by priming my canvas with clear gesso, then I used several shades
of mist (navy blue, purple, blue, white) with lots of water to create a marble effect.
I did some stamping, stenciling and dabbed a bit of gold around the edge.

All the gorgeous chipboard used are from Dusty Attic: 

I treated the chipboard with mostly metallic markers as well as embossing powder.

The Perforated Mesh chippie is one of my newly favorite DA piece...
so versatile and perfect for mixed media creations!

The mixed media creative process for me is always a bit of a surprise for me
as I never know exactly how it will end up, but I am very pleased with this one!

Thank you for visiting!

Friday, November 3, 2017

(CSI DT - Major Case File 241)

Who's ready for a brand new case to solve from CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration!?

The Major Case File #241 was released a couple days ago, and this is how I solved it!

For more information on Case File #239 and all the wonderful prizes up for grabs,
click HERE.  You will also see how my fellow DT members solved it,
and let me tell you, they are a bunch of pretty fabulous detectives!

Let me explain how I solved this case!

The Scene in this case celebrates quite obviously the beautiful season of Autumn! 
A couple weeks I received a very generous package of gorgeous papers 
from Pion Design and in the pack was the Summer Falls into Autumn collection 
whose warm Fall-themed papers were just perfect for this scene.

In the Scheme offers a seasonal palette of very page gray, peanut brown,
light, buttery yellow, crimson and almost white gray.

From the Evidence list, I chose: 
some watercolor, leaves, woodgrain, white rub-on (ok, I cheated as I didn't have
 any white rub-ons so I used rub-on style stickers instead) and vellum.

For the Testimony, I simply decided to journal about my love of Fall.

And as always, the Major Case comes with a fabulous sketch
by The Nifty Pixel! Check out all their fabulous sketches right HERE.

Now let's take a look at some details:

I did some fussy cutting in the Pion Design patterned papers.

They come with gorgeous vintage image and journaling cards from which I cut out the adorable little girls, the autumn leaves and pumpkins as well as some tags.

I used thick vellum die-cuts in the form of leaves and a flower.

That lovely chipboard title is from none other than Dusty Attic!
You can find it in the Mini Captions #10 from the DA store right HERE.

And there you go!  Another CSI case file solved,
and I am having so much fun playing scrapbooking detective!
I hope you will play along!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

BEAUTIFUL LIFE - Single Page Layout
(More Than Words DT - November Main Challenge)

I am so excited to being able to share with you this layout
created for the brand new More Than Words Main Challenge
as I absolutely love the theme of this challenge
and am quite pleased with how my layout turned out!

Here is the November Main Challenge:
Word Inspiration - OUTDOORS
Creative Challenge - WOODGRAIN

You can find all you need to know about this challenge and the fabulous prizes
up for grabs as well as inspiration from the very talented MTW DT right HERE.

My favourite season to spend OUTDOORS is the Fall. This couple selfie was taken in October a couple years ago during a beautiful stroll on our hometown ocean boardwalk in the crisp cool Autumn air. 

Along with many elements inspired by the outdoors like trees, branches nest and birds, I used a beautiful WOODGRAIN background to respect the creative challenge. If you look really closely, you can even see some woodgrain pattern on a badge used behind my little tree.

Now let's look at some details, starting with this close-up shot at my title which is a gorgeous Dusty Attic chipboard piece that I coloured with Copic markers, then created a teal ombre effect with embossing powder and different paints.

The cute little tree in the image above as well as the branch and bird nest below are also from Dusty Attic. I used a combination of many teal coloured embellishments found in my stash from brads to stickers to flowers right down to microbeads.

This woodgrain pattern from Prima's Amber Moon collection is absolutely gorgeous!

Of course, I need to finish with a close-up of the happy couple! 

I really hope that you enjoy this layout as much as I enjoyed creating it!

I cannot wait to see  your take on this month's More Than Words challenge!!

Monday, October 23, 2017

(More Than Words DT - October Mini Challenge)

There's only one week left in October (where does the time go!?)
so that means it's time for me to share another mini project
for the More Than Words Mini Challenge.  This time, I created a card.

The October Mini word is... FINE.

Click HERE to find out all you need to know about the Mini Challenge
and to see gorgeous inspiration from the More Than Words DT.
Remember that in order to participate, you have to share your project
on the More Than Words FB page right HERE by the end of the month.

I wanted to keep this card bright and cheerful, perfect for a birthday.

I added the word FINE using Thickers alphas.

Tags are one of my favorite elements to use on any project
so I used 2 on this card.  I also created layers with a doily,
fussy cut flowers and lots of bright beautiful flowers.

As I often do, I 'whitewashed' my final product by dabbing
some white acrylic paint on pretty much... everything. :)

I really hope that you will play along!

Friday, October 20, 2017

THANKFUL - Single Page Layout
(Scraps of Elegance - 'Falling Leaves' Kit
+ Off the Rails Scrapbooking October Challenge)

Hello! This is my 4th and final project created 
with the Scraps of Elegance "Falling Leaves" kit!

I opted for a neutral colour combination of grey and white
with a touch of different shades of yellow!

I can never get enough of Autumn-themed layouts and projects,
so this was the perfect kit for me! Plus, I have loads of Fall photos to scrap, 
this one from my boyfriend and I's very first Autumn together back in 2006!  
The leaves were just starting to change colour and we were FALLing in love!

Look at all those gorgeous blooms all from the Floral add-on.

In the Elements add-on, there is some beautiful Washi tape from Prima
so I added a few strips on this page. I decorated with many pieces of Prima Ephemera.

Look at us... so young and hopeful!  And the spark is as much alive as it was then!

Now it's your turn... make sure that you share with us your creations
using the Scraps of Darkness or Scraps of Elegance kits
by joining our Facebook Mixed Media Community right HERE.