Saturday, September 15, 2018

BEST EVER layout
(Sketchabilities DT - Sketch #153)

It's sketchy time with the best sketch challenge blog out there.
And of course, I mean Sketchabilities!

Here is Sketch #153 that inspired my layout above! Click HERE for all the details on this challenge.

When I saw this sketch, I thought fun, pretty and girly!
So I went in search of a photo that would fit that description and found
this old photo of my niece Ella when she was just a toddler.

Starting with a beige and brown background, I wanted to add some bright pink, 
blue and green and make them pop. Let's take a look at some details.

I used a lot of scraps from my paper supplies to create this layout.
It just goes to show that papers not from the same collection can still go well together.

What a perfect photo, and I am happy I was able to showcase it using this sketch!

Hopefully you will play along with us at Sketchabilities!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

(Dusty Attic DT)

September here in Canada and most other countries in the Northern hemisphere means the infamous return to school (like it or not!) and, since The Dusty Attic has released earlier this year some fabulous school-themed chipboard sets, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to document my nieces' return just last week.

I chose the Too Cool For School title which I covered in black embossing powder.

Because these chipboard pieces are so lifelike, I wanted to try to make them as realistic looking as possible, and in order to do that I used a combination of embossing powders, metallic markers and a bit of paint on each piece.

I really love the look of all this chipboard!

Look at this clip... You would think it was real!
I just covered it with black paint and then used metallic silver marker on the metal part.

Needless to say, I'm a very proud aunt to have such awesome nieces!

Now let's take a closer look at all the Dusty Attic chippies used on my page.

Too Cool For School - DA1963
Book Stack #2 - DA1967
Calculators - DA1965
Clips and Pins - DA1972
Page Pebbles #8 - DA1113
Pens & Pencils - DA1975
Rulers #2 - DA1969
Rulers #3 - DA1970
School Compass - DA1973
Scissors - DA1959

I hope that you have enjoyed looking at my layout and that now you will share with us on the Dusty FANattics FB page your back to school projects using this fabulous chipboard!

Check the Dusty Attic website for other school-themed chipboard and so much more!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

(More Than Words DT - September Main Challenge)

I have a bright, brilliant and bold layout to share with you today
that was inspired by the September Main Challenge at More Than Words!

It was inspired by the August Main Challenge from More Than Words!

Word Inspiration - SUNSHINE
Creative Challenge - YELLOW

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.

 SUNSHINE to me means happiness, energy, positivity. We all need it to survive and thrive and we should all want to spread a little bit of it around, in our life and in others'. 

YELLOW is not my favorite colour to scrap in, but I really enjoyed this creative challenge as it took me out of my comfort zone. It also enabled me to use some lovely yellow flowers from my stash as well as this gorgeous photo taken in my mother-in-law's garden this Summer.

The patterned papers used on my page are from My Mind's Eye.
I really loved the yellow and white striped pattern as the background
and I wanted to combine it with black and white accents in order
for the yellow to pop out even more.

I sprinkled some yellow and white sequins on my page, wanting to create somewhat of a reflective sunny effect, almost as sparkles of sunshine. I also used some yellow mist here and there.

The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic. I used yellow embossing powder on the Lacey Frame, as seen below. It represents in a way the sun peaking out from behind the photo.

This layout really makes me happy!  I hope it has the same effect on you!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

(Dusty Attic DT - August Mood Board
& Art Playground - Be Authentic Challenge)

Sharing with you today a whimsical layout inspired
by the beautiful in blue August mood board from Dusty Attic 
and the August Play on the new Art Playground challenge blog.

Below is the Dusty Attic August challenge with very lovely and elegant images
in different shades of blue and faded vintage greys and whites.
I absolutely am in love with it! Click HERE to find out how to play along!

I was also inspired by this gorgeous colour palette and the Be Authentic theme 
from this challenge from the Art Playground blog. Click HERE for details!

As you can see, I incorporated many of the colours from both mood boards. Grey, black, white and lots of blue of all shades and hues! I found that using a grey woodgrain pattern as my background fit perfectly and I fussy cut lots of beautiful butterflies from patterned paper. I chose to add the Layered Flourish, simply embossed with white, as they went along great with the butterflies in flight.

Following the Be Authentic theme, I opted for the Free Spirit impact title, coloring 'free' with navy blue embossing powder dabbed with white paint, and treating 'spirit' with lighter embossing powder, dabbed with white paint and then several shades of blue distress stain.

I thought that the Indian Arrow and Feather would go well with the somewhat bohemian feel
of the layout.

You can see here two of the newer chipboard sets available in the DA website, 
Iron Garnish #5 and Driftwood #2. Don't you love the details on those wood pieces?

You may find it strange how I overlapped the paper over the picture, as shown below.
Well, it just goes to show that creating doesn't always go your way. I accidentally put glue on the photo, right on the little girl's pretty cheek, and was unable to remove it. In fact, whatever I did seemed to make it worse. So dead set on using this photo, I just decided to hide the glue. Ha!

I hope you like my layout. I would love to read your feedback in the comments!

Now let's take a closer look at all the Dusty Attic chipboard featured on my page.

Driftwood #2 - DA2193
Feathers - DA0651
Indian Arrow - DA1355
Iron Garnish #5 - DA2135
Layered Flourish - DA1731
Mini Butterflies #2 - DA0893
Free Spirit Impact Title - DA2017

Make sure to check out the extensive collection of chipboard and other products
available on the Dusty Attic website and share with us your DA creation
on the Dusty FANattics Facebook page. We love to see what you create!

And you can perhaps combine your inspiration with the Art Playground challenge too.
It's like a match made in heaven. :)

Until next time!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

(More Than Words DT - August Mini Challenge)

It's Mini Challenge time over on the More Than Words blog,
and this is my card created especially for it, using the August mini word!

Take a look at the August Mini Challenge board:
 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.

As you know, the August Main Challenge at MTW was to be inspired by YESTERDAY and to incorporate a VINTAGE style to our project. Well, I did the same for this card for the Mini Challenge. I wanted to create a more masculine card with an antique rustic feel.

I thought that a kraft base would be perfect with some kraft stickers and twice 
to contrast with the bright blue of the tag and chipboard with some black accents. 

The fancy chipboard door hinges are from Dusty Attic.

Will you play along with us at More Than Words?!

I am looking forward to see your Mini creations using this word!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

CUTE Layout
(Sketchabilities DT - Sketch #152)

I am back today to reveal a brand new sketch challenge at Sketchabilities
and this fun girly layout that I created, inspired by it.

Take a look at this fabulous new sketch:
To learn all about the Sketchabilities challenge, click HERE.

When I started to brainstorm for this layout, I had thoughts of fun bright colours and lots of girly accents. I first went in search of a photo of my nieces and found one from a few years back which absolutely makes me happy when I look at it. They were (and still are) as cute as can be! I then went in my paper stash and found this old collection from My Mind's Eye, The Sweetest Thing, which incorporated exactly the theme and colours in my head.

I really went old school with this layout and even took out my old border punches to create the vertical borders inspired by the sketch.

When in search of decorative pieces for my page, I came across this little cutie...

to go along with these cute little faces that I love so much! A perfect match!

Are you feeling inspired by this sketch as well?  Then, make sure to play along by the end of the month and share your creation on the Sketchabilities blog HERE!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

(Dusty Attic DT)

As my first August DT reveal for The Dusty Attic,
I created this mixed media canvas that I hope you will like.

I started off with a black canvas and covered it with a thin coat of black gesso.
I then added some texture and design using the Dusty Attic Dragonflies stencil with some stencil paste and then I dabbed a bit of paint with a makeup foam to create a marble effect.

I used one of the new impact titles which I love - they are large and bold and come in different fonts. They do make an impact, thus the name chosen for them!

Below you see a Decorative Hinge #1 which I covered with black pearl and amber gold velvet paste. 

I also did the same on the 'everyday' part of the title as well as the butterfly from the Flutterbies #1 set and the Mini Dragonflies.

Dusty Attic has a multitude of beautiful intricate frames to choose from. The ones that I used on my canvas are the Fancy Frames #8. I painted one in Faded Denim with some dabs of Lavender Blush, and the other one was painted with a mixture of Pesto and Crushed Olive. I then very lightly dabbed some white paint as well as amber gold paste on them, giving them a more distressed look.

All the flowers that I decorated my frame with are from the Dusty Attic Dusty in Bloom collection. I chose to go with the Grassy Knoll and Blue Bonnet sets which became the inspiration for my canvas colour palette. After the canvas complete, I misted the flowers with gold. I then sprayed the canvas with adhesive spray and sprinkled some Dress My Craft Crystal Clear Sequins, also available at the Dusty Attic website.

I really hope that you have enjoyed seeing my canvas and reading on my creative process as much as I enjoyed creating it myself. Playing with Dusty Attic chipboard pieces is definitely the best part of it!

Now, take a closer look at all the Dusty Attic products that I used.

Find Beauty in the Everyday Impact Title - DA2020
Fancy Frame #8 - DA2128
Flutterbies #1 - DA0389
Mini Dragonflies - DA0518
Wordplay #3 Black - DA1787
Quoted Sentiments #1 Black - DA1568
Dragonflies - DA1311
Dusty in Bloom
Blue Bonnet - DA0807
Grassy Knoll - DA0809
Dusty in Colour
Faded Denim - DA0913
Lavender Blush - DA0911
Pesto - DA0918
Crushed Olive - DA0917
Dress My Craft - Crystal Clear - DMCS3250

Make sure to visit the Dusty Attic website to see lots more of their chipboard, stencil, flower and paint collections as well as many other accessories for all your crafting needs.

See you back in a few days!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

(More Than Words DT - August Main Challenge)

I went vintage this month with this layout!

It was inspired by the August Main Challenge from More Than Words!
Word Inspiration - YESTERDAY
Creative Challenge - VINTAGE

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.

The word YESTERDAY obviously made me go back in the past, and this old picture came to mind. It's of my mom when she was only a teenager posing with her youngest brother in an old photo booth. She was a spitfire, as people tell me, and you can tell by this picture. She still is actually. I absolutely love the hairstyle! 

To incorporate the VINTAGE creative challenge, I chose the sepia photo and decorated my page with old-fashioned buttons and brads.

Let's look at some details:

I added lots of layers behind the photo and added flowers with a vintage print on them
as well as an old library style tag and a chipboard antique keyhole.

As you can see, I used many old-style patterns on my page.

Although they may be considered 'passé' by many, I still have lots of brads
in my stash and I still love to use them on my layouts.
This one seemed particularly perfect for the theme of this challenge.

This photo puts a smile on my face everytime I look at it.
I am so happy that I finally found the perfect opportunity to use it in my work.

Did I mention already that I just love that bow?! hehe

Make sure to visit the More Than Words blog for lots more inspiration
from my fellow DT members. The August reveal is a true classic beauty!