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Hello again fellow crafters!  This is a shadow box frame I created for my daughter.
This frame (Ornate Frame Shadow Box DA0300) is manufactured by The Dusty Attic.  It comes in pieces and must be assembled, but it only takes a few minutes to put together.  
First I covered the entire frame with gesso to create a surface that will accept mediums and ink easily.  Allow the gesso to dry thoroughly.
To add texture to my frame, I randomly applied ceramic stucco and glass beads gel to the front surface.
Then I misted the frame using two different colors.  At this point my hands were covered in gesso, ink and stucco, but getting messy is the fun part!  Once the frame is dry, it’s time to decorate it!!

I adorned the corners with mulberry and satin flowers, mini chipboard vines (DA0370) and ornate chipboard corners (mini corner #2 DA0553). The word 'treasure' is also a Dusty Attic chippie (Mini Words #2 DA0476).

The inside of the frame was decorated with lace, and the photo was adhered using Helmar Zapdots for dimension.
Here is a close-up of the amazing texture the stucco and gel adds to my frame.  (Plus, I had to sneak in a few eyelets too!  LOL)

I had so much fun creating this frame!  Have a beautiful day and enjoy your week!  



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Ornate Shadow Box Frame






Hello Friends!  This is a layout I created using this week's sketch from Creative Scrappers. I also used lots of Helmar goodies. This week at Helmar, we are featuring products manufactured by FabScraps.  I made the layout below using the following Helmar products: 450 Quick Dry, Quick-Fix Adhesive Runner, Zapdots, and Liquid Scrap Dots.
This layout was made using four different collections by FabScraps: Heritage, High Tea, Burlesque and Vintage Baby.  The baby in the photo with all of the pigtails is my daughter a few years ago.
To me, my baby girl is beautiful both inside and out.  She is the kindest and most caring person I know.  I love her gentle soul and how she is so incredibly unique.
The flowers were adhered using Zapdots.  These foam adhesives are perfect for creating dimension.  The flower with the pink center is hand-made.  You can find the tutorial HERE. (Dusty Attic Mini Vines DA0370)
This cute filigree embellishment is also made by FabScraps.  I added rhinestones to the bodies of the butterflies to further decorate them.  I adhered the butterflies to my layout using Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots.
My dear friend from Australia, Mistra (aka my personal shopper LOL), sent me this gorgeous vintage lace.  I adhered it to the back of my Circle Frame by the Dusty Attic (DA0490) using Helmar 450 Quick Dry.

The leaf is also a filigree embellishment made by FabScraps.  The edges of the photo of my daughter were dry-brushed with white acrylic paint.  I tucked a layer of tulle behind the photo to soften the feel of my layout.
Thanks for stopping by today. Have a beautiful week!!

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Little Beauty

 

Hi everyone!! This is a desk organizer I created for my craft studio. I ADORE the Antiquities Collection by Donna Salazar Designs, so most of the pieces I have created for my studio have been made with this collection.
The dividers of the desk organizer and the drawers were covered with gorgeous papers from this collection. I added vintage lace to further decorate my organizer. After adhering the papers to my project, I dry-brushed white acrylic paint onto the surface and misted it with a variety of inks. Then I inked all of the edges with Truffle Mix'd Media Inx.
I created the large, hand-made flower using the Rose Creations dies by Spellbinders. You can find a tutorial for this flower HERE. The leaves (Leafy Stem #3 DA0580) are manufactured by The Dusty Attic. This chipboard element was dry embossed to add texture to the leaves.
This Wrought Iron Trim Set (DA0547) was painted and inked to give it an aged look. I adhered the chipboard element with a spray adhesive to avoid glue from seeping out from under.
Each of the smaller drawers is decorated with an inspirational word (Mini Words #3 DA0477) and my favorite embellie... eyelets! I love the look of metal embellishments on any project.


The sides of the desk organizer were decorated in a slightly different manner. I covered the surface of the sides with printed tissue paper, making sure to leave creases and wrinkles in the paper. Then I added a coat of gesso for added texture and a layer of Glass Bead Gel. The entire surface was then misted and the edges inked. 


Here is a view of one of the sides of the desk organizer.



 This gorgeous corrugated flower was made by my sweet friend, Chrissy.  Thanks girl!
This is a closer view of the Glass Beads Gel. I love the beautiful texture this adds to my project!
The back of the organizer was altered in a similar manner. Only instead of adding Glass Beads Gel, I used Ceramic Stucco to give the surface more texture.


For a list of products used, please click on the link below.
Desk Organizer

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a beautiful, creative day!




 Hello my friends!  Today I'd like to share a tutorial on how I created the background for the mirror below.  You can see the original post for this mirror HERE.

 I purchased this mirror at Ikea for $2.99.  It is PERFECT for altering because of its large surface area.

Let's get started!
STEP 1: Cover the center with cardstock to avoid painting the mirror.
 STEP 2: Tear up different-sized pieces of Donna Salazar's Crafty Chronicle.
  
STEP 3: Using a brush, apply a layer of decoupage medium to a small area of the surface of the mirror frame.  

STEP 4: Adhere a torn piece of The Crafty Chronicle to the frame and cover it with a thin layer of decoupage.

STEP 5: Continue to randomly adhere torn pieces to the frame.  Be sure to overlap the layers.  It is okay to have pieces hanging off the side because it will be trimmed later.

 This is how funky your mirror will look at this point.  Make sure the entire surface is sealed with decoupage.

STEP 6: Turn the frame over and trim off the excess paper from the edges with a craft knife.  You may want to add a bit of decoupage to the edges of the mirror frame to prevent the paper from lifting at the edges.
 STEP 7: Dry brush a layer of white gesso or white acrylic paint over the entire surface.  Add paint splatters if desired.
 STEP 8: I LOVE texture so I added ceramic stucco to random areas.  I applied the stucco with a round brush to create numerous 'peaks' in the texture.



Lookin' good so far!!  Messy and fun!




 STEP 9: Here I added distressed dots using white embossing powder by Clearsnap.  You can use paint as well.
 
STEP 10:  Apply ink to the edges of your mirror.


 Voila!!  A masterpiece!!!!  Okay, maybe not... but you end up with a pretty cool background!  Have fun with it!



Hi all!  The Dusty Attic is sponsoring The Color Room this month, and I am happy to be Guest designing this week!  Check out this gorgeous palette!  I used Webster's Pages for this layout.  The cream-colored papers were just what I needed to complement this palette.










I also used Lydell's beautiful sketch!
The chipboard title letters are made by The Dusty Attic (Dusty Curls ABC DA0468).  I inked them and added pearls to each letter.
A little tulle lacing to add a soft, feminine touch...
The fussy cut flowers behind the photos are cut from the Webster's pages vellum paper.  The design and colors of this paper are simply gorgeous!
A hand-stitched corner flourish...
The 'circle' chippies are not really circles LOL.  They are actually window arches (Arch Window Set #1 DA0569).

 These leaves were cut from a large chippie (Leafy Stem #3 DA0580).  I ran the chippie through an embossing machine to add texture to the leaves.  

That's all for today!  Short and sweet!  Have a beautiful day!





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