Sunday, September 25, 2016

Secret Birthday Album
~Jennifer Hedger-Owner- Dusty Attic~

Good afternoon Blog friends!
This afternoon finally sees the reveal of a tight kept secret!!! Yes...Girls can actually keep a secret...

Earlier this month saw the.....pssssstttt....40th.....birthday of a very special person! Owner and Boss-lady of Dusty Attic, Jennifer Hedger. To celebrate this milestone and special birthday our Design Team coordinator, Jen Burns got us all together and we each created a special page for Jennifer, which was presented to her at a Retreat this weekend. We had a special 'Secret Stuff' FB group were we posted updates and photos and just had a general good time sharing fun and laughter. We also got to see video clips that Jen took of Jennifer receiving her Album...Tears and laughter even from us all viewing it at home.

 These pages are from all over the world and so unique as each individual that created it! I am adding links at the end of the post to all the other DT pages...please visit them and leave some love won't you?

Had to add a little touch of Africa on my page...

I used the following Dusty Attic product on my page. All available from the Dusty Attic on-line Store.

I also used the following products on the page and Chip-boards.

Lindy's Stampgang Mists
Cranbury Mist Burgandy
Cotton Candy Pink
Edelweiss Moss Green

Lindy's Stampgang Embossing Powders
Gilded Burgandy Brass
Orbit Olive Gold
Spring Leaf Chateuse

Prills: I'm A-Maized
Prima/Finnabair Rust Pastes

With their permission I am also posting two pages that are not being blogged, but can most certainly not be missed!!!

This page was done by Sharon Giles, friend and confidant to the two Jen's...

And Jen Burns...Right Hand to the Boss-lady....

Filled to the brim with Lay-outs...with a couple still missing!!!!
Jennifer...May these always remind you of a special Birthday being loved and spoiled by your 2016 Dusty Attic Design Team!!!

May every birthday sweetly bring,
A thousand proofs of love;
A pure and perfect crystal spring
Of bliss from Heaven above!
~George Wells~ 

Amy Voorthuis
Amy's Pretty Papers

Gabrielle Pollacco

Heather Jacob

Heather McMahon

Helena Johansson

Joanne Bain

Lisa Nazario-Gregory

Maggie Armstrong

Rachelle Sigurdson

Tina Ollett

Valia Katzaki

~Important Life Details~
Dusty Attic September 2016 DT Page

Can one believe it? Spring has sprung here in South Africa! Wasn't it just yesterday that we felt the cold fingers of Winter creeping up on us? We did not have a very cold Winter at all this year, no frost...and the forecast is that we are in for another hot and dry Summer again...Uhg...heat...really wish Winter could stay a little longer!

Anyways...Here I am once again with my Design Team page for Dusty Attic....Thank goodness Michelle takes selfies, That gives me a photo now and then to!

I used some Dusty Attic Clear Crackle Varnish on the top and bottom of the page. Also mixed Dusty Attic Texture Paste with Lindy's Stampgang Magical's, Steel Shimmer and stencilled that on the background. I then sprayed with Lindys Moonshadow, Ethereal Emerald. The Laurel Sprigs and Lace Border #3 are Gesso'd and painted with Indian Copper H2O's.

I used paper from a South African produced range. It is Notable:Classic Era, from the Penelope Dee range by Trocraft, designed by Glenda Viljoen...I found it to be of an amazing quality to add mixed media to. The keys are from them as well.

The Ornate Frame #7  was gesso'd and painted with Dusty Attic paints Hot Chocolate and Storm Cloud  and also sprayed with the Lindy's mist.

From the Dusty Attic On-line store I used the following products....

Hot Chocolate
Storm Cloud
Clear Crackle Varnich

For much more amazing inspiration, please visit our Dusty Attic blog filled with projects from my fellow DT friends...

Memory is a child walking along a seashore.
 You never can tell 
what small pebble it will pick up
 and store away among its treasured things. 
~Pierce Harris, Atlanta Journal~

Thank you for taking the time to visit....

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Canvas for September's Dusty Attic Mood-Board

Hello to all my Blogger Friends...
Today I am showcasing my take on the currant Mood-board challenge from Dusty Attic...I made another canvas, 20x15cm, just love playing with a lot of different textures and colours on a rules...just FUN!!!

I loved the colours and textures of especially the bottom right image and based my design on that. Also took the Dream-catcher image using Dusty's Dream-catcher #1.

This is what my canvas looked like after all the elements were added and I started to Gesso everything. Here the top half is already gesso'd. I have used several items for texture...Gauze, Fibre, Lace, Prima Mini and Art stones and a thick layer of white crackle paste. The Dusty Attic chipboard pieces are from the Diamond Panel.

To colour the Dream-catcher I mixed Bling-y-Blonde Magical's from Lindy's Stampgang with Tim Holtz Distress Grit Paste and dabbed it onto the Dream-catcher. I also painted on some Tilt-a-Wheel Teal Magical's. The colours on the feathers are done with water colour pencils. 

To colour the background I used Twinklink H2O's Nutmeg and Burned Umber followed by a dry brushing of Metallique, Steampunk Copper Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint. The blue is Lindy's Flatfabio, Danny Zuko's Denim and Time Travel Teal Magical's, with a dry brush of Opal Magic, Aqua Rose Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint. 
The Dream title was painted with the two colours of magical's and water...

From the Dusty Attic shop I used the following...

Welcome to our September Board for 2016! Use the colours and words for Inspiration. Not only can you use Kraft, black or white cardstock but also it can be anything your heart desires to create, layouts, cards or an off the page project. The only "rule" is that you require Dusty Attic chipboard used on your masterpiece. Just add your link, name and country here to win a $100 Gift Voucher to the Dusty Attic website.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. 
Always remember, 
you have within you the strength,
 the patience, 
and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. 
~Harriet Tubman~

Thank you for your visit...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

~~~ Revamped Stationery Caddy ~~~

Dear Blog Friends...Grab yourself a Coffee, Tea, Wine, anything and prepare yourself for a long and interesting post filled with an overload of photos!!! I tried keeping them to a minimum but I have so much to share that I found it a little difficult....

Three years ago I altered a Stationery Caddy of mine...It was well used and loved but lately was looking a little tired and worn out. So last week I took the time and gave it a revamp! I absolutely Love the new look...very industrial looking with a little touch of Steampunk as well.

I present to you....

~~~~~ My new caddy ~~~~~

With the previous one the standard question was "How long did it take you to do?" I took four days working on this one. 

Day one was spend scraping all the previous medium and decorations off. A good soak and scrubbing followed and after some drying time I painted a coat of Black Gesso onto it. Before bedtime I added a thick layer of Prima Clear Crackle Paste to the corners and sides panels. I opted to keep the texture on the drawers, firstly because it still looked fine and was a real mission to get it on in the first to make it a little easier on myself! I did paint them with the black Gesso as well. Whilst soaking the caddy I painted the drawers with Distress Paints Broken China and Cracked Pistachio. After some drying time I also sprayed some Lindy's Stampgang Time Travel Teal mist on. I dry brushed some of the Prima paints on as well. In the end I found it all a bit too shiny and whilst busy with the Rust Paste on the caddy later on...I watered down some of the Brown paste and brushed that on as well...They now have a lovely weathered Patina look to them! I also soaked some pieces of cheesecloth that I have measured and cut to size in Tokreen and placed them on my craftmat to dry overnight.

Day two started with the painting of all the Dusty Attic Chipboard pieces...I used seven packets of different Gogs and two sized wings on here. I also glued the cheesecloth on the caddy. I then painted it all using Prima Art Alchemy Acrylic Paints Metallique Deep Water and Opal Magic Aqua-Rose. Whilst waiting for it all to dry I glued the embellishments onto the drawers. I used mainly Prima Mechanicals and Vintage Trinkets and some odds and ends from my trinket stash...All the elements were adhered using Art Basics Heavy Body Gel. What an amazing medium!!! I ended the day by placing and gluing the elements on the backside of the caddy. 

Day three saw me battling to add the elements to the sides of the caddy...not always the easiest to do, for both sides had a heavy embellishment cluster that kept falling of whilst working on the other side...Not even using the glue gun as well worked...I just had to be a little patience and wait before turning it around. You might ask why I did not use a Heatgun? I did try...but it being a plastic object made the Gesso and Paint bubble and lift...patience just had to do! I also completed decorating the lid.

Then on day four I could do the really fun part of it all...The Prima Rust Paste!!! I just had a blast applying it and seeing the entire caddy change into a grungy well worn looking object...

~~~ The Lid ~~~ 

On the lid I used a The Crafters Workshop stencil and Studio 490 Black Embossing Paste to stencil the word ART and some texture on. I also used the Distressed Diamond Stencil from Dusty Attic in the top left corner. Once dry, I replaced the Art stencil and used the Dusty Attic Threaded Beads Stencil on top of it with some black glitter coloured Gel Medium. 

~~~ The Drawers ~~~

As you can see, I kept the Drawer Pulls as well...I did however take the corner embellishments of and added new ones.  I did a lot of layering, Chipboard on chipboard, Trinkets on chipboard and embellishments on embellishments. I painted some of the metal embellishments...Twice!!! The first attempt was just the wrong colour combo...So paint remover out and tried again. Much happier with the second try. Here I used Distress Paints Broken China and Forest Moss. I wiped some Mushroom Alcohol Ink onto the Watch faces and used the same on the embellishments too.

~~~ Left Side ~~~

The flat pieces that are connecting some of the Cogs were stripped from
an old Typewriter. I aged them with vinegar to get the rusted effect. The wings from Dusty Attic were...wait for it...yes...soaked in warm water and distressed and dried with a Heatgun!!! I painted them with Prima Metallique Silver Spoon Paint and dusted the following Perfect Pearls onto them...Blue Smoke, Forever Green and Forever Red.

~~~ The Back ~~~

This time round I did pay more attention to the back panel as well. The main pieces are the two Dusty Cog Clusters in the corners. I am really impressed with the look they added to this panel. I loved the Taps I had added, but wished I had some of the water-drops left...I felt it was useless having the empty Taps on here. Light-bulb moment...make my own water-drops!!! I formed some drops using Dimensional Glue on my craft sheet and left them overnight to dry...Viola!!! Loving the added interest of the air-bubbles inside the drops...
One of the "bad" things about close-ups like these...I see all the clue spots and missed paint spots...but rest assure...they are now all covered!

~~~ Right Side ~~~

I applied the Rust Paste in such a way that some of the blue paint is still visible. Was aiming for a Patina kind of effect. The arm with the little Angel is movable...Fun playing with it and have the Angel shift position now and then...


If you are still with me...Thank You and congratulations for reading through it all!!!!

I have some behind the scenes photos for you and also the link again should you wish to see the "Old" caddy.

Painted and all the elements added...The white spots are of course some Prima Art stones and Mini Art Stones. All for added texture.

My desk...this was nearing the end, most of the elements were already!

The different stages of achieving the textured effects on my Chipboard...First a coating of Rusty Hinge Distress Paint. Random dabbing of Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint. Mixed some Tilt-a-Wheel Teal Magical's from Lindy's with texture paste and lastly mixed some Vintage Photo Distress Paint with some Magic Powder from 13@rts and dabbed that on. Forgot to take a photo, but in the close-ups one can see that I also sprinkled some clear UTEE randomly and heat set it... 

Should you be interested in these or any other Dusty Attic chipboards or products, please visit the Dusty Attic on-line store...

Wishing you all well...go and create!!!

Art is a shadow of what a person is thinking...
 a small glimpse of what they hold inside.
 Little secrets, regrets, joys...
 every line has its own meaning.
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