Monday 10 February 2014

Play - Gabrielle Pollacco

Hi everyone! It's me Gabrielle here with you today to share my latest project using some fun new chippies from Dusty Attic and some Vintage Spring Basics collection mixed in with a little bit of Vintage Summer and Autumn Basics from Maja Design. I began by first using a Martha Stewart edge/corner punch on the edges of a neutral paper from the Vintage Summer Basics collection (1899). I then did a little inking with some Donna Salazar Distress Ink (Denim) and used a Heidi Swapp stencil and homemade texture paste over the inked areas.

The photo is one of my great nieces that my nephew's wife Danielle was kind enough to share with me. I wanted to keep the design light and airy and playful like the photo of Jade and at the same time play up the blues in the photo.

To make the floral design I used some super cute Dusty Attic chipboard (Spider Crysanthemum and Flower Buds), painted white and tinted with some blue and green chalk inks (Versa Magic Inks). I punched tiny blooms using a floral punch (Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch) on some cardstock and the left over strips of paper from the background (tinted blue at the edges, ). The butterfly is from Tattered Angels, Nature Glimmer Glass (I'm trying to use up bits of old stash with each layout I create).

I just love the little strips at the bottoms of the paper collections (not even sure what it says, LOL) but I love the pretty design element they add to a page!   I just adore the new cute l'il heart arrows, they make fun accents for a page.  For the one I used above, I simply painted it with white gesso, inked it with some blue Distress ink (Denim) and brown chalk ink.  I finished the design by adding some Dusty Attic Gloss Medium to the heart to give it a glassy look.

For some reason I really love the way burlap looks with the blues in this collection. In keeping with the neutral accents, I chose a Prima flower in a natural fabric and added some smaller blooms in blue from Petaloo (Darjeeling collection...Love these blooms, I think they are a perfect match for the blues in the Maja collections). And I also used some more clock cut-outs from the Vintage Autumn Basics (I just love this paper for embellishing my layouts, the clocks seem to add a nice touch to any layout whether masculine or feminine).

Dusty Attic Products used for this project:
~ Spider Crysanthemum
~ Flower Buds
~ Heart Arrows #2
~ Hinges
~ Dusty In Color Gloss Varnish
~ Dusty In Bloom (Latte)

Maja Design products used for this project:
Patterned Paper: Vintage Spring Basics (4th of April, 4rth of April-bs, 5th of April), Vintage Summer Basics (1899), Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI)

Thanks so much for stopping by today and checkin' out my project, hope you all get a chance to get your Dusty on this week! xo


  1. ooo absolutely gorgeous.. love the colors and love the design and love how you have used the chippies.. love this..

  2. Simply stunning - the added little flower heads are a brilliant touch!
    Alison x