01 April 2016

Dusty Attic - April Mood Board

Pale lavenders, alabaster whites and en trend teals, these colours represent Aprils mood board.  I think I could look at these dreamy pictures all day!!

When my daughter was 3 I took her to visit a lavender farm in the Waikato.  It was pure beauty.  Row upon row of lavender, buzzing with sleepy drunk bees, interspersed with old gnarly old olive trees, it was a scrapbookers heaven!!!  I have used one of the photos in my layout this month as it fit the bill just perfectly!

I used the DA1502 Federation Frame as the basis to work upon.  Painted with a coat of DA Alabaster White paint and backed with white muslin.

I also painted up the DA1001 Lavender set, using DA Lavender Blush, DA Pesto, and DA Denim.  A smattering of Dusty in Bloom flowers and the word 'Love' trimmed from the MC#6 Live Laugh Love set.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to check the Dusty Attic blog for your daily dose of inspiration!

Cheerio - Maggie

02 March 2016

Dusty Attic March Moodboard

Hello all!  So nice to be back into the swing of things after a short hiatus!  I am very excited to be part of the 2016 Dusty Attic Creative Team - if you haven't checked out their range of beautiful chipboard, flowers, paint and other essential mixed media items then click here.

Each month, the team at Dusty Attic put up a moodboard - details as follows:

''Welcome to our Mood Board for 2016, we hope you love it as much as we do! Use the colours and words for Inspiration. Not only can you use Kraft, black or white cardstock but also it can be anything your heart desires to create, layouts, cards or an off the page project. The only "rule" is that you require Dusty Attic chipboard used on your masterpiece. Just add your link, name and country here to win a $100 Gift Voucher to the Dusty Attic website.''

I have been lucky enough to see all the moodboards for the year ahead and they are totally gorgeous! 

I created this altered wooden block for January...

February's moodboard entries can be seen here.  A display of very beautiful and talented work.

This is my take on the Feb Moodboard - a layout using lots of lovely chippy and paint.

But on to the delicious moodboard for March - a very shabby and vintage look and feel.  Creams, whites and sepias, with fabric textures of lace, burlap and muslin.  Hmmm, right up my alley and a perfect canvas to celebrate my Grandparents!

I used a 12x12 sheet of Dusty Attic Corrugated Card DA08309 to create a faux printers tray.  Easy to cut out and work with.  Painted, inked, distressed and textured, the corrugated card was able to withstand a fair bit of punishment!

A mixture of chipboard is incorporated into the layout, purely for decorative purposes of course!  Using a mixture of Alabaster and Sunshine Dusty Attic paint, I painted the chipboard a lovely vintage cream, then clear embossed with UTEE.  Really love the result!  A few blooms of Dusty Attic Bridal Veil complimented the look.

Some close up shots...

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to seeing your March Moodboard Entries!


Corrugated Card
Corrugated Card

Dusty in Colour Alabaster

Dusty in Colour Sunshine

Dusty In Bloom Bridal Veil
Bridal Veil

Image 1
Vintage Frame

Federation Frame set
Federation Frame Set

Word Strips
Word Strips

Lattice small
Lattice Small

29 June 2014

Marion Smith Design Team 2013 - A Year In Review

 -Excerpt from Twilight-

And so my year on the Marion Smith Design Team concludes.  It has been my immeasurable pleasure and honour to be amongst those hand picked by Marion to showcase her inaugural collections.

Not only have I loved creating with her paper designs, but it’s been so exciting to see the development of her complimentary products such as the never ending gorgeous Junque Gems, the intricately designed stamps and of course the Bloom Impressions tool.

I am sure Marion will continue to forge her success in this industry,  supported by her fabulous, fit and equally talented husband Garett, and I know that I will continue to enjoy her collections, both past and present. 

So I’d like to leave you with a short slide show of the Marion Smith Designs projects I have enjoyed creating over the last 12 months.  Thanks to you all for your inspiring comments left on the blog and your own support of Marion’s products.  Xxx

13 June 2014

Finalist Entry Kaisercraft DT 2014/15

Hello fellow crafters!

I was delighted to receive two new Kaisercraft Collections to create my Finalist DT Entry projects with. Base Coat Christmas and Tropical Punch.  What a wonderful palette of colours to play with!  I'd love to share with you some images of the projects.

Basecoat Christmas Collection 2014

I created a layout depicting a Christmas Wreath.  This collection has so many wonderful images to fussy cut and use as embellishments, so these became the decorations for the wreath.

I crafted the actual wreath base from corrugated cardboard, primed with gesso then aged with distress stains and antique gold embossing powders.

I also decoupaged some dictionary definitions from an older Kaisercraft collection, randomly over the wreath to add another layer of interest.

There are lots of little details, including wooden Kaisercraft leaves and hearts, ruby coloured beads and the occasional festive charm!

All I need now is some pine needle scent to spray over it - to really invoke the Christmas spirit!

Tropical Punch Collection

I must admit, I had difficulty deciding which photos to use with these papers - since they all pretty much worked!  The palette in this collection just screams of summer days and balmy tropical holidays!  Here I have created a layout of my beautiful daughter - whose personality matches the colours!

Once again, I let the paper be the star of the show here, by using the images as embellishments.  All the floral images are double layered and slightly shaped ( a-la paper tole) to give definition and a more realistic look and feel.

The papers in this collection are such that they would work for boy and girl themed layouts as well as general holiday/home/garden.  A multitude of options - this collection will become a 'go to' choice for me!

Short & Sweet

To finish today, here are some short and sweet projects - a simple layout and a fun bookmark...and yes - I mixed the papers from both lines for these!!

Lots of white space (literally!) on this layout!  This photo makes me feel pretty happy!

Love the combination of yellow and wood grain papers - almost reminiscent of the 70's!  And yes - that's a feather tucked in the left side there - my feather fixation still continues!!!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today - I hope these projects and papers inspire you!


12 June 2014

Renaissance Scrapbooking - A Return to Basics

Hello to all my crafty friends!

Have you seen this?

Welcome to the Renaissance Scrapbooking Group - celebrating a return to the basic premises of scrapbooking. Borne from a discussion about the need/want to get photos and journaling on a page in an aesthetic and fun way, without feeling obliged to go down the mixed media route. This group is not about dissing mixed media - which I personally love too - but rather rediscovering a simple, old fashioned craft.

To join the group we only ask that you share with us the one thing that you enjoy most about this craft. I love to handcraft embellishments for my layouts - using paper, stamps and anything else that take my fancy!

We hope that this group will be a fun, informative and inspiring collective for 'paper artistes' around the globe! Once again - welcome.

If you would like to join our group click here  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1498801960333823/


07 June 2014

Gluedots and Marion Smith Designs - Welcome to our Bloghop!

Welcome to our bloghop!  Thanks for finding your way to my blog - I hope to inspire you today with an altered piece I made with Easter in mind.

I was thrilled to receive a healthy supply of Gluedots a few weeks ago, and even better still - a fabulous pink Gluedot dispenser!  Gluedots are the perfect adhesive for an altered project like mine, and as they come in different sizes (small, med, large, xlarge etc) there was no need to cut up the dots to suit.

So, I'd like to share my altered cross with you.  I started with a plain MDF cross which I painted with gesso then black acrylic paint.  I then covered the front with paper from the Nirvana Collection by Marion Smith Designs and lightly sanded back the edges.

Choosing which Junque Gems and resins to use was the hardest part really!  Since they are all so gorgeous I ended up making a random selection and just going with the flow! Little strands of dyed and distressed muslin are tucked in here and there to soften the effect.

And a few inspirational sayings added the final touches.

Here are a couple of close ups, so you can see the details...

 Thanks for joining us today on this fun blog hop!


16 May 2014

Kaisercraft DT 2014

Hi again ladies and gents!

This time around I am posting my 3 projects that I have created as my Kaisercraft DT Application.  Seriously, Kaisercraft have some of the easiest products to work with and such a huge variety, it would be a  creative dream to work with their collections!

First up is an OTP project - I chose to alter a Kaiser Wood mirror for my daughter, using lots of bits and bobs, gesso, sprays an gold patina wax.

The background was covered in paper from the ever populr 75c range, and an abundance of flowers, plaited muslin and trinkets were added.

Next up is a layout using papers from the new Mr Fox collection, and a couple of elements from the Here and Now Journal cards.  I thought these papers were perfect for showcasing multiple photos - something that can sometimes be a challenge!

I backed some of the Viewmaster cutouts onto chipboard to add a little more dimension to the layout, and facilitate more effective layering.

And lastly, a sweet card for someone very special.  I love using the Kaisercraft wooden ladders as they are so versatile.  In this instance, I have used a ladder as a trelllis for the beautiful blooms to climb on.

Base Coat papers make perfect card backgrounds, especially the 6x6 paper pad. 

Well, that's my 3 Kaisercraft projects!  Thanks for stopping by!