Sunday, 1 October 2023

October 2023 - NEW Chipboard Release


Hello and welcome to October! 
Here at Dusty HQ we are so SUPER EXCITED for two reasons. 
We have a brand NEW RELEASE of Chipboard and Stencils PLUS 
3Quarter Designs have used this months Mood Board colours in their NEW Release Incredible Jouneys "with The Dusty Attic" .


Collage Framework #2

Stacked Suitcases 

Travel Postmarks


Mini Compass Rose 

Wordstrips #6

Mini Filmstrips #2

Travel Postmarks 

Wordstrips #6


Mini Compass Rose 

Wordstrips #6

Travel Postmarks


This brings us to the October Mood Board and Sketch challenges, for your chance to win a $50 (AUD) credit to the Dusty Attic Online store just add your own take into the comments section on the 
Dusty FANattics Facebook page 

Join us tomorrow to see the two lucky winners from Septembers challenges 

Saturday, 30 September 2023

First Day - Adri Du Preez

 Hello everyone!

Welcome to the blog today. 

My September design team layout features beautiful school chippies from Dusty Attic.

Our lives are filled with new events and experiences, and going to school for the first time is one of those very special events. How can one forget their first day?  I still remember my first day of school clearly.

My granddaughter started Grade 1 in January of this year.  She was so excited when she put on her school uniform for the first time. It was such a memorable day for the family.  She is so sweet, brave, and smart, and already made a lot of friends and beautiful memories.

A week after school started I arranged this photo shoot.

Here is my layout.

I included a folder and booklet with tabs in this layout.

Here is the inside of the folder.

Here is the booklet.  I will show photos of the inside as well.

All the chippies were first primed with a layer of white gesso and then painted 
with Americana Acrylic paint.

For the Ombre effect on the title and word pack, I used Cool Blue at the top and Quilt Blue Heritage Acrylic Paint at the bottom and dry brushed with white acrylic paint in the middle.

I used a white Posca Pen as well as the Light Green to color the book stack.
I colored the apple with  and the bracket as well as the bracket on the folder with Sour Apple.

The broken bits numbers were painted with white acrylic paint and the edges were dry brushed with Cool Blue.

I colored these adorable little pencils with Posca Pens in Orange, Light Green, and Yellow.  I left the wood part of the pencil raw.

These Mini Me chippies are my favorite.  They are so cute!  They were colored in the same colors as the pencils.  I glued some of these Mini Me chippies to the title as well.

Some close up of the inside of the booklet.

Dusty Attic products used.

Thank you for visiting the blog. 

Visit the Dusty Attic online shop for more amazing chipboard designs.

Friday, 29 September 2023

Wedding Card Set - Ankarika Craft

I greet you today with two cards made for a wedding occasion. This was quite a work-intensive project, it took me three days to finish them. This is because I was struggling to arrange the space...

But let's start from the beginning. My customer's expectations were quite clear: A maroon colour mixed with gold, with a reference to an Indian vibe, as the bride and groom have just such roots. I hadn't yet done an assignment with such a style, so it took me a while to go through my supplies in the workshop in search of matching elements.

The paper is by Craft Sensations, embossed with a 3D embossing folder from Sizzix and then I highlighted the design very lightly with gold wax. The edges are sewn on the machine with my favourite stitch. The cards have hangers at the top with a delicate white ribbon.

The main feature is, of course, the couples in love cut from the 'Romantic Moments' collection extras from Margaret Mycraftime. I've placed them on beautifully decorated balconies: Juliette #4 and Juliette #3 and these are of course from Dusty Attic. They are absolutely fantastic and the size fits perfectly on a DL card. As well as the two designs seen in my artwork there are others in the shop. 

There's no point in waiting - pop into the shop and pick your favourites! The range is expanding all the time and I'm thinking it's probably impossible to have just one piece of every shape available in the shop! There are so many shapes and for every occasion!!! And while I'm on the subject, just for the record: Yes, this is an advertising partnership - but one that is backed up by the full acceptance and even love of the product being advertised! I love The Dusty Attic cardboards with all my heart and can therefore recommend them with peace of mind. :)

I protected all the chipboards with white gesso and then treated the balcony and the bricks around the balcony with Finnabair's cream texture paste, which created an interesting texture reminiscent of a wall. I then coloured the bricks with burgundy wax around the edges, and all the other cardboards with gold wax to accentuate any unevenness, giving the whole card an original style. You can watch the process of preparing the balcony at my IG on a reel entitled: "Let's make a romantic balcony".

A romantic curtain with a butterfly pin blows from the balcony. It's a trimmed white gauze. From between the folds protrude gold pendants that are styled in an Indian theme, at least that's how I see it. And there are tiny white flowers growing on the balcony.

At the top I arranged a rather large flower composition. There's a large foamiran flower, accompanied by several smaller ones, white paper leaves from a die-cutting machine, and the whole thing is completed with lovely cardboard swirls designed by Nuneka. The stylish inscriptions 'to the moon and back', 'Together forever', 'Congratulations' and 'Just for you' culminate this romantic scene.

Please note: one of these cards is still available for sale at my Etsy shop:

Dusty Attic's products:

Thanks and see you soon!