Wednesday, 17 August 2022

20th Wedding Anniversary Card - Ankarika Craft

  Hi there!

Today I want to show you a card that I made on the occasion of the 20th wedding anniversary for a couple living in Poland. I like orders that travel around the world - it's so fascinating... So far my art works are located in: Ireland, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Norway, France and of course the vast majority in England - where I have my craft studio. How does it look like with you? Do you sell your projects locally or on a larger scale?

I was asked to make a musical card, with an emphasis on the presence of a guitar - unfortunately I didn't have a fantastic guitar from Dusty Attic, but fortunately I found a die in the depths of a drawer. To make this card, I used paper from Margaret, which - as you look at - on the right side of the page - also has a guitar. I figured such a repetition would look nice. The edges of the paper are torn and sewn on the machine. The background is secured with a clear gesso with a Gradient stencil in white - you can see the pattern sticking out from under the music notes in several places.

The notes are secured with white gesso and then I sprayed them with a mist in a shade of bottle green. They are stuck to paper plates sewed on the machine and glued over a distance. The aforementioned guitar is cut three times with a die, the individual layers are glued together for stiffening. I embossed the honeycomb pattern on the guitar with an embossing folder and finally highlighted it with silver wax. I put "xoxoxo" and "Endless Love" on the guitar.

I made the flowers from Craft Sensation paper and they perfectly match the frames I cut from the same sheet. The flower centers are small color-matched beads. The floral composition, as usual, is enriched with jagged gauze, green sisal, small pebbles and slightly larger polystyrene balls. This time I opted for three different types of leaves. You can see the paper leaves made by me using the mask from Dusty Attic. Next to it, I put cardboard leaves from set #2 - protected with white gesso, and I gave the color with sage wax. At the bottom there are also leaves from the die.

Piece of film is sticking out next to the guitar, the flowers are complemented by a fantastic bottle green bow from the Old Fashion Ribbons ribbon - I shyly remind you that you can buy these ribbons from me in England. Next to the ribbon, I placed a delicate white string. In several places on the sheet you will find small pearls and the number 20 in the upper left corner.

The center of the card is also decorated, but this is a private part for the couple - only for them to view. Another order is completed - it's a joy for me. I cordially greet you and encourage you to shop - because recently brilliant industrial shapes have appeared in the Dusty Attic store - I am waiting impatiently for them!

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Thank you for visiting me and we'll see you soon on the topic of music, again! ;)

Monday, 15 August 2022

In the garden - Adri Du Preez

Hello everyone!

I am sharing my July design team layout with you, loaded with stunning Dusty Attic chipboard pieces. 

 After what has seemed like the coldest winter in Pretoria, change is finally on the horizon as we are experiencing wonderful weather at the moment.  I am sure spring is on its way and I have never been more ready.

This is my grandson Janco helping me plant seedlings.

For this layout, I used paper from the 49 and Market Curators Botanical collection.

Here is my layout.

I used bookplates and tabs from the Curators Essential collection to create a booklet and stamped it with a coffee stain stamp. 

Chipboard pieces are always painted with Americana Acrylic paint unless otherwise stated.

Both titles were covered with white gesso before being painted with Hauser Light Green and Cool Blue, then dry brushed with white acrylic paint.

Bugs, ants, and spiderwebs are essential to a garden and were painted with black acrylic paint.  The spiderweb was dry brushed with silver acrylic paint.

The flower clusters are made up of a variety of pretty blooms and die-cut foliage and flowers.  I also used the Foliage Clusters #2, a new addition to the beautiful foliage collection.  The foliage was first covered with white gesso and then painted with Hauser Light Green and Cool Blue and dry brushed with white acrylic paint.  I snipped the foliage into pieces and tucked them into the flower clusters. 

The wood slices were inked with brown and black ink and dry brushed with Plantation Pine for a moss look.

The birdhouses, butterfly, plant label, and seedlings in the wheelbarrow were first covered with white gesso and then painted with Hauser Light Green, Cool Blue, Pineapple, and dry brushed with white acrylic paint.

I covered the garden tools with black gesso and Burnt Umber and dry brushed them with Mont Marte Metallic acrylic paint in Silver.  

For the rust effect on the wheelbarrow and watering can I lightly covered them with white gesso making sure I don't cover the detail. With a sponge brush, I then dabbed the wheelbarrow and the watering can with Grey Storm, Slate Grey, and randomly with Georgia Clay.

The flower pots were randomly covered with coarse texture paste.  I then painted the posts with Traditional Burnt Umber and Georgia Clay.  For the moss on the pots, I used Plantation Pine and Hauser Light Green. Twine was also glued to the pots.


The final touches to this layout included art stone and splatters with diluted white gesso.

 Dusty Attic products used.

Thank you for visiting the blog today.

Happy crafting!

Sunday, 14 August 2022

Simply Perfect - Jen Burns - Mood Board inspiration


Hello everyone, today I am sharing my take on the Dusty Attic Mood Board challenge for August, it is super sweet pinks and browns.

This photo of my gorgeous little grand daughter was taken at a park where she kept bobbing her head down and saying "Peek-A-Boo".  This is just one of the many things that photographs do, evoke memories attached to them.

I started by spray painting all of my chipboard except the frame and title white. While it was drying I have covered the Distress Frame with the patterned paper and machine stitched around the edges of the pink background.

I have painted an ombre effect onto the Simply Perfect title with browns and pinks, and the pink of the little frames. I have added black card behind the mini hearts to make them "pop" and some of the patterned paper inside.

The Cherry Blossom tree and the cute little Songbird have been painted using the same brown for the branches and pink for the blossoms adding white, dark pink and light brown dots.

The flowers, leaves and bird are fussy cut from the Forest tea party paper. The chippy toadstools layered in between where a must along with the awesome dandelions, you can't see them and not want to make a wish. 

The Forrest Friends Llamas are simply just too super gorgeous together with the cute little Forrest Friends Reindeer.  I have left them mainly white and just coloured their wool and scarves with fine tipped markers.

Dusty Attic products used

Forest Friends - Llama #3

Forest Friends - Reindeers Small

Songbirds #2

Simply Perfect Impact title 
(complete with mini polaroid frames)

Thank you for joining me today. 

For your chance to win one of two $50 (AUD) credits to the amazing 


Just put your take of the challenge into the comments section on the Dusty FANattics page here.

Paper used P13 Forest Tea Party