Tuesday 31 January 2017

Cards - Valerie Ouellet

Good Morning, Here is two cards inspired by More than Words Mini Challenge and the Dusty Attic January Moodboard.

I was inspired by the blue tones of the pencils and flower in the moodboard.


Dusty Attic Chipboard used:

Other Dusty Attic used:

A Bientôt!
See you soon!

Monday 23 January 2017

Explore - Cathy Cafun - Mood Board Inspiration

Hi all, Cathy here sharing my January Mood Board Challenge creation.

This year the monthly challenges at The Dusty Attic have an added bonus.  You can now use the sketch with the Mood Board, just the Mood Board or just the sketch.  How gorgeous is the first Mood Board/Sketch Challenge for this month!!!  Don't you just love the beautiful blue tones and delicious textures as well as the fabulous sketch!!


I was inspired by the sketch as well as the blue tones from the Mood Board.

When creating my layouts, one of my must haves are stencils.  I love to create texture and dimension on my backgrounds using stencils and some form of mixed media.  For this layout I have used the gorgeous new Dusty Attic Scribble Circles Stencil.  It has a lovely grungy feel, so I decided to team it with white crackle medium, then stamped over the top with a water droplet stamp from Katzelkraft and a few random splatters of Izink (a fabulous glossy metallic medium).

I layered various pp's and DA Corrugated Card with foam tape to frame my photo, then tucked in a few beach stickers from Creative Imaginations.  The corrugated card was coated with gesso, then randomly painted with Luminarte Primary Elements in Bolivian Blue, which I mixed with water in a Mini Spritz Bottle.

To frame my photo I used the new Mini Chains chippies. which I coated with gesso, then randomly dabbed over with Dusty in Colour Denim, as well as a few touches of Izink.  There are 2 different styles of chain in the pack.  I also used the smaller chain on one of my paper layers and altered it the same way.

How cute are the Mini Shells chippies!!  Just the thing to add to your layers when creating a beach layout.  I used the seahorse to add a cute embellishment to my tag.  I coated it with Dusty in Colour Denim first, then painted over with Izink.  For a bit of texture I applied some mixed seed beads, which I adhered with Dusty Attic Clear Gloss Varnish.  To add a bit more depth, I very lightly swiped over the beads with gesso.

I altered the Blueprints Explore chippie the same way as the seahorse, but added a little more gesso to the edges to create depth.  To create the waves I 

To create the cluster at the top right of my layout I used the Compass Rose chippie, as well as one of the Page Pebbles #7, and a circle punched from the medallion pp.  The Compass Rose chippie was altered by coating with gesso, then painting the S E W and fleur de lis with Izink to make them pop.  I layered the centre of the rose with a sticker and one of the phrases from the Wordpl@y #7.

I also used the little starfish and scallop shell from the Mini Shells chippies in my little cluster at the bottom of my layout.  To create the effect of waves around my layers and the Explore title I used the smaller sections of the Elegant Swirls #3 and cut apart one of the larger sections, painted with gesso, then coated with Dusty Attic Clear Gloss Varnish.  I applied some mixed seed beads, with Clear Gloss Varnish inside the swirls of the waves and very lightly swiped over the beads with gesso.

To finish off I randomly stamped around my pp layers with the coral stamp from the Kaisercraft Mermaid Tales set, then applied some Prima Say it in Crystals for a touch of sparkle and shine.

Corrugated Cardboard - DA0830


Dusty Attic

Corrugated Cardboard - DA0830


WRMK, Authentique and Prima pp's

Creative Imaginations Beach stickers

Prima Say It In Crystals Aquarmarine

Prima White Crackle Medium

Prima Gesso

Kaisercraft Mermaid Tales Stamp Set

Katzelkraft water droplets stamp

Compass metal charm

Ranger Archival Ink Cobalt

Izink - volubilis

Luminarte Primary Elements - Bolivian Blue

Heidi Swapp Color Shine - Ocean

Seed Beads

Stickles - blue

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.

Happy Crafting :)

Sunday 22 January 2017

Dream Passionately - Cathy Cafun

Hi Everyone,

I am so excited to be part of The Dusty Attic Design Team for another year!! 
 OMG we have some very inspirational artists lined up for 2017... it's going to an amazing year!!!

Dream Passionately

I recently came across these gorgeous Lemoncraft pp's which have been sitting in my stash of pp's for a while, so I was inspired to create this soft and feminine layout using beautiful Dusty Attic chippies and a lovely Dusty Attic stencil to take the papers to another level by adding dimension and texture.

To create my background I used the lovely Fan Stencil with Shimmers Texturez.  Once dry, I went over with pink Stickles for a little sparkle, then splattered randomly with watered down white paint to soften

The Birds on a Branch #2 chippies were cut into sections and coated with gesso, then painted with Dusty in Colour Jungle Green.  The birds were painted with Dusty in Colour Oceania. and the edges with Dusty in Colour Jungle Green.  I highlighted the edges of the leaves in white to add depth.

To tie in with the pretty flowers in my photo, I coated some of the Mini Blossoms with Liquid Pearls, using the Dusty Attic Pearls for the flower centres, then randomly glued the blossoms to the branches and background.

 I love using frames to draw the eye to my photos.  Here I have used the large frame from the Decorative Frame Set, which I coated with Liquid Pearls, then highlighted the edges with Dusty in Colour Oceania.

To add another layer and a bit of contrast to the frame, I cut up a strip from the Fancy Trim #5 pack and painted with Dusty in Colour Dusty Pink, then used a sponge with a touch of white paint and lightly dabbed over the chipboard to soften the colour.

Word Disks chippies are perfect for adding a bit more dimension to your clusters/layers.  I used the 'love life' disk from the Word Disks #1 in my little flower cluster.  I painted the disk white, then coated the word with pink Liquid Pearls.  Once dry I backed with chippie with a contrasting pp.

The title is from the Live Beautifully pack and has been coated with gesso first, then painted with Dusty in Colour Oceania.


Lemoncraft pp's

Ranger Liquid Pearls

Prima Gesso

Ranger Stickles


Thanks so much for stopping by.

Happy Crafting :)