Sunday, 6 May 2018

More than Words May Challenge - Frames

Word Inspiration - MEMORIES
Creative Challenge - FRAME

What does the word MEMORIES inspire you to create?
You can choose to use the actual word somewhere on your project 
or simply be inspired by it.  Since words are an integral part of our challenges, we want to know how this month's word stimulated your creative process, so please do explain in your blog post how
it inspired you if it isn't obvious in your work.

In homes across the world, we keep our special photo memories in frames. Look around your home and chances are you will see many frames. We also love to use frames on scrapbooking projects, whether they are chipboard, cardstock, stickers, stamps, etc. For our creative challenge, we would love to see you frame it up by adding at least 1 FRAME to your project.

I have chosen my version of MEMORIES by using a photo from Facebook. In the future, my everyday memories will be by looking back at my daily electronic footprint such as Facebook and Instagram, and of course the good old #selfie! I have incorporated FRAMES around my photo layered on another 
frame with stamped embossed frames.

Dusty Attic Mood Board - May Challenge

Large Tag - I thought I would create a grungy tag that featured my nephew have a lovely quite time with my beautiful granddaughter Amelia. I started by adding a coloured wash to the base with yellows, oranges and sepia tones. Using the diamond stencil, randomly apply over the base and allow to dry so that base colours seep into the paste used for the stencil. Use Tim Holtz brown distress oxides to add some grungyness to the background and cut the bright colours. Add random strips of paper to the base. Paint the different chipboard pieces apply a light rub of bronze wax to added a aged look. For the wings, use Tim Holtz distress oxides to add some grungyness. Add the words and  randomly stamp a diamond pattern onto the background remembering to make sure that the stamp is coming from underneath the main features. Add bronze micro beads underneath the main pieces and along the strips of paper that are showing. 

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Dusty Attic Project - May

Wow - what a beautiful mood board with softness, richness and colour. I thought that it was the perfect platform to decorate a masquerade mask. I used paints to colour the base of the mask and then using different dusty Attic chipboard placed on the main part of the mask to create a base for the flowers. Using different flowers, gauze that had been tinted with orange paints and gears and cogs, added to the mask on top of the floral Dusty Attic chipboard. To add a change of colour to off set the organe, apricot and tangerine tones, I added dark green sprigs to in and underneath the main floral arrangement. 

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Sunday, 15 April 2018

Dusty Attic Mood Board Challenge - April

I thought these colours where perfect to put with a photo of my beautiful granddaughter Amelia.

I found some paper that had a great blue wood grain but it was a bit pale and not as vibrant as I would like. I used clear crackle paste and painted the pattern of the wood grain so that it would add texture to the page. Once dry (tip: leave to dry naturally as drying with a heat gun doesn't allow the crackle to develop properly). To add a more vibrant blue colour, I added Lindy Stamp Gang Magicals in bright blue and sprayed allowing the water to flow following the wood grain pattern. 

The base of the main textured area is large pieces of tissue paper stuck down with more clear crackle paste. Once dry, using a variety of Finnabair alchemy paints to paint vertical strips to blend the tissue paper. I used a Tim Holtz oxide ink to add a rustic look so that it wasn't too shimmery with the alchemy paints. 

I finished with stiffened gauze that was coloured with DA Denim paint, painted chip board layered under a photo mat. To blend in,  I flicked various paints over the main embellishment area. 

flowers were spray various complimentary colours with Lindy Stamp Gang sprays and added to the layout. Frame and words were added and a light blue gold paint dabbed on the edges of flower petals, frame and words to add a grungy look. 

I hope you enjoy my layout and I welcome your comments on my blog. 

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Sunday, 1 April 2018

DUSTY ATTIC - April Challenge

What a beautiful pop of colour in this mood board. I have focused on the gorgeous blue architectural feature in the pictures. 

I started by using Lindy Stamp Gangs Magicals to create a blue wash on white card stock. Once dry, I stamped randomly to add a grungy look. I painted the chipboard in different blues, denim and green. Using Tim Holtz distress oxides, stamped on to the chipboard - suing a complimentary oxide colour and sprayed with water. I dried with a heat tool so that the oxide dried unevenly on the painted surface. The aim was to take of the too perfect paint surface and make it more grungy. Once all dried, positioned the pieces underneath a raised photo mat made up of 3-4 pieces of plain and pattered card sock. I flicked the paint used on the chipboard over the made embellishment area and added white to lift the tones. Using cotton lace cut so that it frayed, I stamped with Tim Holtz Oxide inks and sprayed with water. Dried and inserted under the photo mat. I dyed art stones in Colour Blast Shimmer Pot - Leather and using clear glue, added to the lace making sure that the larger stones formed a line of over the main lace lines and smaller ones adding texture and filling in the gaps. 

The words were painted in Dusty Attic Gingernut and using walnut stain oxide inks, a grungy layer added. I added the photo and used small chip board pieces to raise it up so that it was lifted up higher than the embellishments. Finally I used Colour Blast Shimmer Pot - Gold to added a hint of colour on the the edges of the art stones, photo mat, edge of the tags and words. A last touch of white paint on the edges of the words and the scroll to highlight them against the art stones. 

You are welcome to use any of the  techniques that I have added in my description. If you enjoy the layout, please take the time to add a comment to my blog:

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