Saturday, December 8, 2012

Family ~ Donna Salazar Designs ~ DT Swap

Hellooooo, How is everyone today?? I am back again with another DT Swap layout, this month I had to do Lisa's photo. What a gorgeous family! I hope you like it Lisa!

I got to play with Donna's new corrugated swirls and Swirls Stamp on this layout!
I have also used another one of Mistra's Wild Rose Flowers (Blue one) on this layout!
The orange flower here was created with paper towel and mix media stax. You can see the tutorial for this flower HERE!

Creating the Background:
The background swirls were created with the Swirls stamp. Start with white cardstock stamp the swirls with the jasmin mix'd media inx, overlapping in a diagonal pattern. emboss with clear embossing powder. Then using the denim and patina mix'd media inx refills I added a line of ink to the top and bottom of the page. Heavily spritz these with water to created the drips up and down the page. I did one end first then the other. Keep spritzing with water until you are happy with the result. I then cut a border off about an inch in from the edge. Cutting around the swirls so they go over the edge. Then distress the edges. Once the photo and embellishments have been added I added some liquid pearl dots over the swirls.

The orange background is from an example I used with the rock salt technique I did on a video tutorial I did awhile ago HERE.

I love Donna's currugated Swirls from want2scrap they are so funky. I have inked over the corrugated swirls with the jasmin inx then spritzed with water to soften the look.

I have also used an orange water colour pencil to change the colour of a couple of the paper pieces. The bow on the dress form was pink and the stripes on the family tag were pink. I coloured over them with the water colour pencil then blended with a water pen.


Chipboard Currugated Swirls Flourish
Nestabling Labels twenty-two - white

GCD Studios
Mix'd Media StaxCrafty Chronicles vol 3 #1

Art Gone Wild Stamps
Banner & Words

Other Products:
Paper Towel

Embroidery Thread
Clear Embossing Powder
Liquid Pearls White Opal
Dusty Attic Gloss Varnish


Helmar Tiger Grip
Double Sided Tape
Heat Gun

  Thanks for dropping by!
Have a great day!
Michelle xx

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Washes the Soul ~Canvas~ Dusty Attic

Howdy, I hope this post finds you well and not melted all over the floor! Man it is sooo hot here! Its nice in the aircon now though!
I have given myself the day off today, I have been learning and researching and working on my Businesses & Design team work nearly non stop for weeks! Its been hard though, my mind is thinking I should be doing this and that and this and so on!
Anyway I had an invite to go to lunch and the movies today, so throwing caution to the wind of what needs doing around here I went and have given myself the whole day off from any work. We had a lovely day, we saw Les Miserables. It was a good movie and very well done! The acting and singing was brilliant. But it is not an uplifting movie, so much pain and suffering. It was quite long too!! I saw the Les Mis stage show close to 18 years ago, but couldn't remember the story line so I was trying to work out what parts of the movie I recognized from the stage show. Was so long ago, a few scenes and songs were familiar. I enjoyed it all the same!
Was a fabulous day out with friends too!!!
So now I am home, Oh and I know I said I wasn't doing any work today but this post was already half done so I just wanted to write about having a day off, and now I plan to play for the rest of the night, Wil has gone to a party and Don is at work so will be nice and quiet!
Now... what will I do?? A canvas or a layout! Mmmmm...

I will leave you with this canvas I did for a friend awhile ago! x

I created this reverse canvas for my friend Renee awhile ago.
I love this quote!

Mod Podge, Gesso, Impasto
Adirondack Dabber Paints - Red Pepper, Snow Cap
Jo Sonja Paints - Colony Blue, Napthol Crimson
Perfect Pearl Mists - Pewter
Paper - Kaisercrafts
Petaloo - Flower
Bird - A touch of nature

Dusty Attic
Chain Fence DA0450
Scroll #6 small DA0579
Chandelier small 2 pk

Thanks for dropping by!
Have a great day!
Michelle x

Believe, Create, Inspire Canvas - Donna Salazar & Dusty Attic

This canvas combines two of my Faves, Donna Salazar Designs & Dusty Attic!
I had fun creating this canvas, it was nice to just experiment and play, I am soo happy with the results too!! I have more of Mistra's Flowers made from the Donna Salazar Rose Creations Die.
You can see Mistra's tutorial on how to make these flowers here: Wild Rose Tutorial. They are sooo yummy! I also have some of the new Dusty releases on here too! I love anything that is nature and earthy, these pieces were right up my alley!
I also have another new love on here and that is modelling paste and stenciling. I love this damask stencil, it is the Damask Stencil by My Art-C.
The New Dusty Gum Leaves and Birds a field were perfect for this piece! I love the new mini Chicken Wire too!!
You can see how yummy the damask stencil is here, I love the effect you get when you spray the smooch spritz over them too!
I love Mistra's flowers! They really are divine!


Spellbinders - Rose Creations

GCD Studios
Botanique Collection 

Dusty Attic

Birds a field DA0749
Gum Leave (New Release 2013)

 Paints - Oceania DA0912 (Coming Soon)

Other Products:
Modelling Paste
My Art-C - Damask template
Collections Tissue Paper
Lace & String
Rusty Hinge
23x34cm canvas

Helmar Tiger Grip 
Double Sided Tape

Thanks for dropping by!
Have a great day!
Michelle xx

Monday, December 3, 2012

Where the HeArt Is ~Canvas~ * Dusty Attic*

I have really been enjoying playing with canvas's lately, this was one of the ones I did earlier.
This is a reverse canvas, you simply work from the back of the canvas and use the back as a 3D frame.

I painted and wet the cherry blossoms to seperate them and lifted the edges to give them a more 3D look, then added bits of flowers and beads.
I have used a crackle medium over the roof tops to add more texture. The fence is cut from the gate, the top was perfect for the fence here!


Canvas, Mod Podge, Crackle Accents
Adirondack Dabber Paints - Snow Cap, Lettuce, Mushroom
Glimmer Mist - Olive Vine, Creme de Chocolate
  Acrylis Paint - Aqua
Paper - Prima Madeline, 7 Gypsies - Tissue Paper
Butterfle Napkin, Collections - Butterflies
Green Tara - Silver Sprays
Adorn it Alphas
  Lace, Paper Roses/ Flowers, Gauze, Doily

Dusty Attic
Cherry Blossom DA0640
Main Street DA0408
Ornate Gates large DA0187

Thanks for dropping by!
Have a great day!
Michelle x
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