Monday, 20 March 2023

Altered Tin - Judith Tijsen - Video Tutorial

Hello Dear Dusty Attic fans,

For the first time I made a You-Tube video for you of this creation for Dusty Attic. 
At the bottom of this page you can find the link to my You-Tube channel and the video.

After practicing a few times, this is my first video and I hope you enjoy watching my creations come about. So there are not many videos on it yet, but I hope that will change in the future.

And then we will of course talk about the creation itself. I visited my favorite secondhandstore again. Where I found this cute chocolate can.


Used Dusty Attic products:


DA2440 - Mini Foliage #1

YouTube Video

XXX Judith


Sunday, 19 March 2023

I am a Mum - Heather Woodall

 Hi all

This is not how I would normally start a blog post, but feel that it is important. I am wanting to put here a trigger warning - I will be talking about miscarriage and infertility and some photos from my experience.

With Mother's Day approaching I was talking with Shelley at the scrapbook store about classes, and we came up with this idea for a box mostly concentrated around the 1st trimester of a pregnancy, but it has been designed for every female that has been pregnant, whether your pregnancy ended at 10 weeks or full term. Whether you have full arms or empty arms. It is somewhere to store some of those memories of your/my pregnancy experience.

I started with the Dusty Attic Cigar Box DA0981 as the base. It was assembled and painted in a soft dusty pink/mauve colour to match the beautiful soft papers from Studio 73. While I had my paints out, I also painted my other chipboard pieces (which I will list down further)

I then covered the front and side of the box with patterned paper. Then I glued on the Floral Frame DA1528 which had been painted in the same colour. Please note that Jen very nicely adapted this frame as a one off to match the box for us.

I then layered on the Christmas Berries DA3143 which had been painted in white

The "I'm A Mum" title which I have painted in a slightly darker dusty pink than the box was also a special order, but I do believe Jen will be adding this to her website soon if you wish to purchase it.

I then started adding some layers of fussy cut flowers, a shadow for the lady in the middle, and finished off the title with glossy accents.

I then moved to the inside of the box - here is where my story will become very obvious very quickly. I tell and share my story, not because I want sympathy or people to say how strong I am, but because I want to help break the taboo-ness around the word "miscarriage" and "infertility", I want to help other woman feel like they too can tell their stories and talk about their pregnancies and babies, they were just as real as a pregnancy that went full term and ended with a live birth.

I had multiple pregnancies (7 to be exact) and all ended in miscarriage. This box, although very difficult to actually do, I am a Mum even if I struggle identify as that, and this box is about being a mum, not so much about the baby itself.

Inside I created tags that are about a 1/4" smaller than the size of the box so that they fit nicely inside and joined with a clip ring. Each tag tells a little bit about my story, from ultrasounds, to baby bumps, to the words that every female doesn't want to hear "there is no heartbeat", through to the ways that I found to move on and help others. 

At the end I have some empty tags, although my motherhood story may seemed to be finished, you never know what will happen in the future, so have left some empty tags and some patterned paper so that I can keep adding.

If you are interested in doing this box in a class, it will be held at the Scrapbook Superstore on Friday 5th May and Saturday 6th May. Please give Shelley a call at the store on 4722 2152 to find out more details and to book your spot.

I know that this has been a confronting blog post, but I hope that it has reached someone that needs to be reached.

Thank you

Friday, 17 March 2023

LIFE Unscripted - Miss Carrie

 Hello, crafting friends. It’s Miss. Carrie here with another scrapbook project for you to try.

Today, I am using a delightful photo collage with some florals, bits of mixed media, and a playful title.

Unique collage photos taken with an app photo are popular right now, so I thought this would be a great way to record the memory. I chose softer green, mauve, and charcoal hues to complement the photos.

I framed the photo collage with cherry blossoms that were shaded with a mix of shimmerz paints and watercolor pencils. I prepped each piece with white gesso, then layered some softer pink inklingz pigment over the top.
While the paint was still wet, I shaded the centers of the cherry blossoms with darker pink and red watercolor pencils and blended the colors into the pink paint. After shading the stems with coffee, I used the coffee shimmerz to give the flowers a more distressed feel. 

I finished off the pieces with some liquid embellishments and pearls.

Before adding the cherry blossoms to the page, I added a few leaf images with modeling paste and the leaf 4 stencil. These are very subtle and create a lovely texture behind all the chipboard elements.

To bring a bit of pink over to the opposite side of the photo, I used the distress grid stencil to create random bits of texture and splatter. I started with a blend of spun sugar and picked raspberry ink, then layered espresso ink over the top to give it a distressed look.

When I was finished with the stencils, I added charcoal shimmerz splatters over the top. This is the same charcoal color I used to shade some of the botanicals, title, and small filmstrip.

The small daisies were colored with a mix of spays. I started with a layer of white acrylic spray and then spritzed them with some mauve ink. The water-based ink pooled onto the acrylic and created this lovely texture.

The life unscripted title fits this photo perfectly. The charcoal color is such a great contrast to the pink and brings a classic look to the design. I paired this chipboard title with a few stickers and a large coffee-colored arrow.

Throughout the page, I tucked butterflies and a few little phrases and added some bits of stitching to bring in another texture. If you would like to see how this came together, I have a process video on my youtube channel.

I hope this project inspired you to try something new. I can't wait to see what you create!!

Thursday, 16 March 2023

Good times with Friends - Rikki G - Sketch Inspiration

 Good morning how are you ? I am here today to share this month's Dusty Attic Sketch Challenge  and since I had some of the Moodboard papers on my desk I decided on combining them once again. Don't forget you have double the chance  to win if you enter the two challenges, so why don't you give it a go?

and here is a reminder of the Mood board:

This sketch works out great if you have little bits of chipboard left over, so the Skeleton Clock I chopped up and had a quarter of it leftover......

The Square Geo is perfect to chop up and scatter around the layout and you will still have leftovers for another layout.

The Vine Border is also cut into smaller pieces from a previous layout.

You can layer elements of the Geo Panel to add interest and tie your layers together.

I hope this inspires you to have a play and use all your left over chipboard, till next time, 
have a creative day.

All you need to do is add your take of the challenge into the comments section on the Dusty FANattics Facebook page HERE for your chance to win one of two amazing $50 Credits to choose any. 

Good Luck and have fun creating.


Wednesday, 15 March 2023

Daring and Strong - Adri Du Preez - Mood Board inspiration

Hello everyone!

Here is my layout inspired by the March mood board which features beautiful Dusty Attic chipboard pieces.

Here is the mood board.

and here is my layout.

I used a lot of industrial chipboard pieces on this layout. I cut the large frame from the 
Cogs Frame Set in half and glued it to the corners of my page.  One piece of the cog was 
leftover, which I will use for another project.

All the Industrial chipboard pieces were covered with black gesso. 
Next, I painted the chipboard pieces using a sponge brush and Americana Acrylic paint 
in Burnt Umber, Grey Storm, and Slate Grey, and then dry brushed with white acrylic paint.

Two mini captions were covered with Slate Grey and dry brushed with white acrylic 
paint.  To make the captions stand out more, I glued dark gray cardstock to the back.

Some close-ups.

Dusty Attic products used.

I hope you find time to play along with this mood board.  Share your projects on 
our Facebook Page here for your chance to win a  $50 (AUD) credit for two lucky winners 
to the Dusty Attic online shop so you can choose 
your very own chippies you would like to use.

Thank you for visiting the blog today.

Happy crafting!