Monday, November 27, 2017

WHERE THE ROSES GROW - Birthday Cards Set
(Pion Design Product Showcase)

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be sent a whole box full
of gorgeous Pion Design patterned papers and I have been admiring
them since, thinking up creative ideas in my head but not quite wanting
to cut into all the beautiful designs! I know I'm not the only one like that!

Well, this weekend I decided to go ahead and cut into the stunning 
to create a set of 3 very feminine birthday cards.  

On card #1, I used one of the lovely vintage image from the collection.
I found it was perfect for a birthday card meant for a special best friend.

I adorned each card with natural wooden shapes which I found
complement the soft colour palette of this line.

Card #2 features beautiful tags plus beautiful dusty rose blooms
that I cut out from the paper. The papers have so many elegant Victorian
images and elements perfect for fussy cutting.

 I decorated this card with more natural wood and lovely roses from my stash.

For card #3, I just knew that I had to explore the time clock theme
as my favorite paper from the collection is full of beautiful clock faces,
each one as pretty as the next. I had a hard time choosing ones to use.

I am absolutely in love with these beautiful antique colours and designs.

And there you have it!
3 birthday cards with this must-have, if you are a shabby chic designer like me,
collection from Pion Design called Where the Roses Grow.

I also received some gorgeous Pion Design Christmas papers too,
so you all know which kind of cards I will be doing next!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

(More Than Words DT - November Mini Challenge)

It's time for another Mini Challenge at More Than Words!

Here is the October 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.

 I found a Dusty Attic chipboard piece with the word WALKING
on it and I modified it to get WALK and used it in quote.

My tag is a tag upon a tag upon a tag!
The base tag was covered in script stenciled modeling paste
and black paint as well as different shades of purple.
I misted the white tag and then painted the top kraft tag
in a lilac shade and then dabbed it with black and white.

I wanted to make my tag sparkle and shine so I sprayed it 
with adhesive and sprinkled lots of sequins.

This beautiful badge is from Cuts2luv.

I hope you like my tag and that you are now inspired to play along!

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!