Tuesday, 5 July 2022

Grateful Friendship - Judith Tijsen

Hi there,

Here I am with another post. I really enjoyed making this one. It has become a real mixed media project.

I often go to a thrift shop here in my neighbourhood and that is were I found this wooden bread board.

I made the first layer with brown acrylic paint.

Then I applied crackle paste here and there.

The next layer again with brown acrylic paint and another layer with sea green paint.

Then I partially removed it again with a cloth.

I used the following Dusty Attic products:

Clockworks - DA1750

Sunday, 3 July 2022

#angel - Michelle Van Oudtshoorn

Well hello July!

And boy is it really cold here in New Zealand. We were having these balmy winter days and then all of a sudden we had a drop in temperature and winter arrived with a vengeance.

Of course when it's so cold outside, you don't need an excuse to stay indoors and scrapbook! 

I took some inspiration off a card I saw on Facebook with die cut numbers in cardstock, and it gave an idea to create this layout  - knowing that I had some Dusty Attic chipboard numbers - DA2389 called "Number Jumble" - and that would work well. I also used some stars from DA2441 and postmarks from DA3150, loosened them from the sheet, and added these all onto double sided tape on my mixed media mat. Using a sponge dauber, I sponged the numbers, the stars and the postmarks with shades of yellow, orange, pink and green paint. Once dried I added clear Wink of Stellar to all the chipboard pieces (accept the title)
I used a Uniquely Creative range of papers - fussy cut the flowers, leaves and squirrel. I used two different papers, tearing the striped paper in half, inking the edges and adhering to the base page, and inking all around. I inked all the fussy cut pieces before adhering around my matted photo.
I layered the fussy cut elements adding the numbers and stars as I layered, and then also added the postmarks 

I then added the title "#angel" from the DA1597 Hashtag sayings - painted with an orange tone and adding stickles to the title. I then covered the photo, splattered white paint over the layout and added coloured pearls to finish.
These are the products I have used 
DA1597 (Hashtag sayings)

Hashtag sayings 

Best wishes,

Saturday, 2 July 2022

Maritime 20th Anniversary card and June Mood Board Winners

Welcome to the announcement of the June Mood Board winners who have both won a $50 (AUD) credit to the Dusty Attic Website 


Karen Brierley


Nicole Lacoste

(Please email   jenburns900@hotmail.com  for details)


Have you seen the July Mood Board ?

It is very easy to enter, just add your take of the challenge into the comments section on the Dusty FANattics Facebook page comments section.

and now for today's Design Team blog post by 


 Hi there!

Today I'm going to show you a maritime-themed project. The card is commissioned for a couple who really like the sea, on the occasion of their 20th Wedding Anniversary. I received guidelines as to the colors and themes, the rest is my creativity. I was very happy for this order, due to the fact that it perfectly matched the challenge on the Cudna Paczka group, in addition I decided to use the map no. 18/52. It was also an interesting journey through memories and I was finally able to use the collected cardboards from Dusty Attic on a nautical theme.

So far, I have done 5 projects on this theme, in 2018-2019. It is interesting that when I handed over each of these cards to the customer - each time I was satisfied with the end result. Now, however, I can clearly see the progress of my workshop on this example and I know that I would not give at least three of them in such a state today. I encourage you to do such a summary - it is a fantastic way to realise yourself how big progress you have made - no one stay in the same point for 4 years, right? I am curious what I will think about this card in 4 years!.. So, let's start!

This time, Craft Sensation papers from the Marble collection are used here. I put 6 layers of paper and each of these layers is sewn on the machine - you don't even know how much time it took! The edges are ragged and stained with vintage Stamperia paste. The individual layers are glued over a distance and create a fantastic 3D effect. Before arranging the composition, I applied a pattern from the Scales Stencil (DA1759) by Dusty Attic. I tinted it with a haze in a shade of emerald green, and then sprinkled fine sand on the glue.

Next, the individual elements that made up the composition followed: green gauze sticks out in several places, cardboard circles in two sizes (available in the store in the set) - I also painted them in the same shade and I highlighted the edges with silver wax. I glued a beige string around the rim and decorated it with 3D droplets from Nuvo in the shade of gloss-olive branch - I wanted to create an imitation of a porthole and I hope that it reminds you at least a little. On the left and at the bottom, I placed seaweed (photos and links can be found at the end of the post), which also got a turquoise green color with whitewashed edges and are covered with sand.

I made the flowers myself from the same sheet of paper so that they fit beautifully together, I sprinkled them with turquoise particles. From the edge I glued a white string, a ribbon of dyed gauze, and naturally I had to add a vintage ribbon - now that I have them in stock in all possible colors - it will be hard to create the project without this accessory. Below the flowers, I placed a miniature metal anchor and a rudder, stained with acrylic paint. I placed shells above the flowers, which I also sprinkled with sand. In many places you can also see white mini pebbles in various sizes, covering the gaps and completing the whole design.

Between the mentioned portholes I put a piece of a fishing net, on which I do not know what two seagulls are doing - seriously ... only after I glued them I asked myself what these birds mean in the underwater environment... And I have no answer - my imagination played a trick on me and finally I decided to left the seagulls there. In the lower right corner I added the words Congratulations and the number 20. Last but not least are two gorgeous octopus cut from corrugated cardboard, lightened with white acrylic paint. Their eyes are cabochons and they hold cute hearts in their tentacles. At the end, the card was splashed with white dots.

How do you like my design on the maritime theme? I'm quite satisfied, the client showed me 200% of her satisfaction, so I can only hope that the recipients will also find joy in the gift they receive. See you soon!

Dusty Attic's products:

Friday, 1 July 2022

July 2022


A new way to pay for all of your goodies, Antonis Tzanidakis classes as well as chipboard, stencils, kits and the retreat store, just select AFTERPAY at checkout, this makes your total amount spread out over four fortnightly payments.

 Antonis Tzanidakis Classes 

Venue: Hotel Clipper, 20-30 Patterson Rd, Rockingham WA



Classes will run from 9.30am - 2.30pm 

(with a short break for lunch) 

3.30pm - 8.30pm 

(with a short break for dinner)

Bring your own meals or there are plenty of food outlets close to the venue. 

Accomodation at Hotel Clipper is also available for those who want to stay, phone 08 5278000 for booking details - use the code "DUSTYATTICAUG" to receive a discounted rate of $145 per night 

Sir Vagabond Compass – Class #1

Date: Friday 19th August

Time: 9:30am – 2:00pm

Atelier Mixed Media Layout – Class #2

Date: Friday 19th August

Time: 3:30pm – 8:30pm

Captain Gato Notebook – Class #3

Date: Saturday 20th August

Time: 9:30am – 2:00pm

Antonis Dusty Attic Exclusive – Class #4

Date: Saturday 20th August

Time: 3:30pm – 8:30pm

The Aviator Album – Class #5

Date: Sunday 21st August

Time: 9:30am – 2:00pm

Aviator Notebooks – Class #6

Date: Sunday 21st August

Time: 3:30pm – 8:00pm

Antonis Tzandikas Weekend – All 6 Classes
Bonus $675  (Instead of $750)

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Hello Dusty FANattics and welcome to July mood board challenge, this is such a beautiful pretty board.
You could win one of two AUD $50 credits to the 

Inspiration is bought to us today by 

Jen Burns 

This layout is of my beautiful little grand daughter on her FIRST Birthday. Her headband and tutu have the colours of the Mood Board in them so was perfect for this challenge. 

I wanted to create a magical little scene as she looks like a little fairy herself. So I started with the new large Gnome, butterflie and Songbirds.

I have spray painted all of my chipboard pieces with white matt paint and let dry.

Then  I have used watercolour paints to colour all of the pieces, when you have painted over the top you can use a damp brush to then lift paint off, like the white sections on the toadstools, wings on the songbirds and parts of the large gnome.

The 1st Birthday title I have left white and adhered it to the photo and added one of the songbirds at the top. The wings can be adhered straight or on an angle like I have to look like it is in use.

After making a cluster with the toadstools I have added botanical mix pieces, the cute little one that looks like love hearts is a fav of mine together with pink and mint flowers. 

I have coloured the large gnome also with watercolours, at first I had used too much and he was quite bright. Just use a baby wipe to take the colour off you don't want then I added some white gesso to his hat to add some texture. The finishing touch was adding words from the word strip #2 pack.

Dusty Attic products used 

*** NEW SIZE - Approx 12cm tall ***