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Hey there... welcome!  The layout I am sharing with you today was made for an event in Spain called ScrapLabMadrid.  I was asked to create a layout that focused mainly on the paper and to also embellish using paper.  This is what I came up with!

For this layout I used papers from various (older) collections by 7 Dots Studios.  I love mixing paper collections because I feel that there are more creative possibilities.  I generally choose a color theme first and then search for coordinating papers based on that.  In this case I went with cool-toned neutrals and grays with a hint of peach and pops of purple.




The simplest way to add interest to any layout using paper is to add layers!  I tore up a few sheets, distressed the edges and adhered the layers to the top and bottom of my page.  Along the outer border, I tucked punched paper beneath the layers.
The random stitching helps to add texture to the layout, and the purple ink splatters help to bring my color scheme together.




Here you can get a glimpse of the bottom layers as well as the gorgeous chipboard scrolls I added.  The Dusty Attic scrolls (DA1542 Industrial Scrolls) were inked with several different colors and embossed using powder by Lindy's Stamp Gang.  I love how they turned out!




All of the flowers on this layout were made by hand using paper that was cut with Bitty Blossoms and Rose Creations dies by Donna Salazar.  These are my all-time favorite dies for flower making.




An easy way to create a photo mat for your photo is to stack layers of leftover paper and punched paper (also made from scraps).  A quick tip for adding depth to the photo mat is to crumple up the layers before stacking them.
And finally, to balance the design out, I added a Cog Cluster (DA1393) beneath the photo.




This was a simple, yet fun project and I hope you like it.  You can purchase Dusty Attic chipboard HERE, and if the design you are looking for happens to be out of stock, you can place a special order HERE.

Be sure to follow me on Facebook where I post giveaways that almost always include Dusty Attic chipboard!

Thanks for stopping by.  See you next time!
Paper:
7 Dots Studio: 9th Wave - Coral Reef
7 Dots Studio: Messy Head - Just Saying
7 Dots Studio: Messy Head - Love Letter
7 Dots Studio: Cold Country - Secret Diary
7 Dots Studio: Cold Country - Lonely Evenings
7 Dots Studio: Cold Country - Freezing Tears
7 Dots Studio: Cold Country - Forgotten
Chipboard:
Ink:
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: VaVaVa Voom Violet
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Voodoo Violet Blue
Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mist - Crocheted Doily
Ranger: Inkssentials - Emboss It
Ranger: Distress Ink - Weathered Wood
Ranger: Distress Stain - Picket Fence
Embossing Powder:
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Aurora Amethyst
Ranger: Melt Art - White
Punches:
EK Success: Binding Edge
Dies:
Spellbinders: Donna Salazar Designs - Bitty Blossoms
Spellbinders: Donna Salazar Designs - Rose Creations
Tools/Machines:
Fiskars: ProCision Rotary Bipass Trimmer
Sizzix: Vagabond
Other:
Embroidery Floss
Staples
Adhesive:
Art Glitter: Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Beacon: 3 in 1 Advanced Craft Glue
3L Scrapbook Adhesive: 3D Foam Squares

Hey there... Welcome!  
The project I am sharing with you today was inspired by a quote that I found online:

"She is proof that you can walk through hell and still be an angel."

Before I get into my project details I would like to share a quick background as to how this piece came about and why it is significant to me.

These past two years have been extremely challenging for me.  My life has changed drastically in terms of friends, family, health and even my home.  You could say I have been 'to hell and back', and it's not something I would wish upon anyone.  Despite the obstacles I have had to face, I have not allowed the pain and struggle to change the person that I am.  Although at times, I admit, I felt as though I would fail, I did not allow the darkness to overcome the goodness that I have within.  I have always been kind and compassionate, and I have always put others before myself.  I am fiercely loyal and will be the first person by your side when needed.  This is who I am, and this is who I will always be.  As dramatic as I may sound at the moment LOL, I am sure there are a few of you that can relate to my struggle. ;o)

Anyway, as soon as I read that quote, I had a vision of how I wanted to portray it on a canvas.  This is what I came up with.  I hope you like it.  :o)




For this project I used an 11"x14" stretch linen canvas that I purchased from Michaels.  I was immediately drawn to the linen surface when I saw it and I LOVE that it is not white.  To add texture to my canvas I used Ceramic Stucco by Liquitex and the Mini Bricks stencil by The Crafter's Workshop to create the brick background.  Once the medium was dry, I applied several different Distress Inks to achieve the desired color.
















The upper right portion of this canvas represents the 'light' within the angel... the goodness.  All of the flowers were made by hand using paper from various collections by Pion Design.  The smaller flowers were cut from Bitty Blossoms dies and the larger flowers were cut using Rose Creations dies, both by Donna Salazar.

The chipboard flourishes, DA0848 Floral Corners and DA0628 Corner Flourish #1, were inked with Tawny Turquoise by Lindy's Stamp Gang.  The color changes from turquoise to brown, depending on the angle at which you look at the flourishes.




Behind the flowers is a layer of Girlie Grunge Gauze by Donna Salazar.  I love the texture of this material and the way it absorbs color.





This gorgeous tree by The Dusty Attic, DA0091 Bare Tree #2, was first inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, and then parts of the surface were spritzed with Dark Chocolate Truffle by LSG.  This resulted in different tones (light and dark) of brown and helped to give the tree a bit of dimension.  To create an old, distressed look, I embossed random areas using Distress Embossing Powder by Ranger.  Love the rough texture that this gave the tree.  The Mini Birds were inked with black ink, and I swiped the thinnest layer of white paint across the surface using my finger so that the birds didn't appear so 'flat'.




For 'the dark side' I used several chipboard designs:
Each piece was inked with a variety of brown and black ink, and the flourishes were sprayed with a coppery red ink to mimic the color of flames.




The reason I added a few flowers from the corner of 'light' is because I wanted to show that the 'angel' leaves behind traces of her goodness despite her presence in the 'darkness'.




The 'angel' (DA0657 Divine Divas) was sprayed with the same ink used in the upper right corner, Tawny Turquoise.  Her skirt is made from the Girlie Grunge Gauze I used in the background as well as bits of lace and ribbon scraps.




The wings were dampened with water and split apart to create more of a 3D effect.  They were also embossed with two different embossing powders by Lindy's Stamp Gang - Angel Wings Jade and Magic Moon Pearls.




The chipboard cogs (DA0001 Cogs #1) represent the turmoil felt within which is why I used both the turquoise and coppery red colors to color them.




I hope you like how this piece turned out.  It was a pleasure to work on.  All of the chipboard designs used for this canvas can be purchased HERE.  If any are out of stock you can special-order them HERE.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.  Hope to see you again next time!
Paper:
Pion Design: From my Heart II - Homing Pigeons
Pion Design: From my Heart II - Small Roses
Pion Design: Fairytale of Spring - Tulip Bud
Pion Design: For Father - Shoe Factory
Pion Design: For Father - Flowers for Father
Pion Design: Silent Night - Lilies
Chipboard:
Textiles:
3L by Scrapbook Adhesives: Donna Salazar Designs - Girlie Grunge Gauze                  
Ink:
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Cattail Copper Brown
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Dark Chocolate Truffle
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Teeth Chattering Teal
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Tawny Turquoise
Ranger: Distress Ink - Black Soot
Ranger: Distress Ink - Pumice Stone
Ranger: Distress Stain - Pumice Stone
Ranger: Distress Stain - Walnut Stain
Ranger: Distress Stain - Picket Fence
Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mist - Crocheted Doily
Embossing Powder:
Ranger: Distress Embossing Powder - Black Soot
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Angel Wings Jade
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Magic Moon Pearls
Medium:
Liquitex: Ceramic Stucco
Ranger: Inkssentials - Glue n Seal Matte
Masks/Stencils:
The Crafter’s Workshop: Mini Bricks 6x6
Dies:
Tools/Machines:
Sizzix: Vagabond
Other:
Make Market: 11x14 Stretched Linen Canvas
Adhesive:
Art Glitter: Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
3L Scrapbook Adhesive: 3D Foam Squares

Hey there!  Just wanted to share a quick project that I made using a bottle that I purchased from IKEA.  IKEA is a great place to find inexpensive items to alter such as bottles, jars, frames, mirrors etc.  The bottle I chose to use is the 34 oz. KORKEN bottle with stopper that currently retails for $2.99 in the US.




The bottle is clear glass, but I wanted to give it more of a frosty look.  I adhered skeleton leaves using Inkssentials Glue n Seal (Matte) by Ranger.  I then coated the entire bottle with this medium and allowed it to dry resulting in a frosty appearance.  I spritzed the entire surface with Lindy's Stamp Gang's Teeth Chattering Teal mist.  This color is basically a translucent white but adds a beautiful turquoise shimmer to the frosty surface.




Then comes the fun part!  I adhered loads of flowers and bling/pearls by Prima.  To add dimension to the floral cluster, use foam adhesive to adhere some of the flowers.  




I topped the bottle off with a ribbon and charm and voila!  Such an easy, yet beautiful project.  I have this bottle in my bedroom and it makes a lovely decorative piece.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you back soon!
Flowers:
Prima: Odette - Aqua
Prima: Soprano - White
Prima: Lyric
Prima: Joulee Quartz
Prima: Encore               
Pearls:
Prima: Say it in Pearls #554149
Ink:
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Teeth Chattering Teal
Other:
IKEA: Glass Bottle
Skeleton Leaves
Adhesive:
Art Glitter: Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Beacon: 3 in 1 Advanced Craft Glue
3L Scrapbook Adhesive: 3D Foam Squares
Inkssentials: Glue n Seal

Hey there!  I'm back to share a layout I made using two older collections by Maja Design - Vintage Autumn Basic and Vintage Summer Basics.  I keep a stash of these papers on hand because the colors and designs are right up my alley.




The photo is of my daughter taken a few years back.  I can't believe how much she has grown since then!  It's inevitable, of course, but the older the kids get, the older I feel.  :o(
The photo is adorned with white flowers by Prima, handmade flowers using Donna Salazar's Bitty Blossom dies and blue mulberry flowers.




I added texture and a touch of color to the background paper using the Tile Texture stencil by The Crafter's Workshop and a Liquitex medium mixed with ink.




This gorgeous chipboard design is part of the Wrought Iron Design Set by The Dusty Attic.  It's one of my favorites and can be purchased HERE along with loads of other designs.  I punched and stitched the border of my layout to add more texture and interest.




The tile is made up of chipboard from Mini Words #2 and Word Pack #4 by The Dusty Attic.  I embossed the title using embossing powder by Lindy's Stamp Gang.  This embossing powder has a gorgeous pearl finish with reflective color properties.

That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by and see ya next time!
Paper:
Maja Design: Vintage Autumn Basics - No. XX
Maja Design: Vintage Autumn Basics - No. XXI
Maja Design: Vintage Autumn Basics - No. XXIII
Maja Design: Vintage Summer Basics - 1910
Chipboard:
Flowers:
Prima: Pierott - White              
Pearls:
Prima: Say it in Pearls #554149
Zva Creative: PEW-02CB-106
Ink:
Inkssentials: Emboss it
Ranger: Distress Ink - Weathered Wood
Clearsnap: Mix’d Media Inx - Jasmine
Clearsnap: Mix’d Media Inx - Stormy
Embossing Powder:
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Cosmic Pink Blue
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Magic Moon Pearls
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Angel Wings Sapphire
Medium:
Liquitex: Ceramic Stucco
Masks/Stencils:
The Crafters Workshop: Tile Texture
Punches:
Martha Stewart Crafts: Cherish
Dies:
Spellbinders: Bitty Blossoms
Tools/Machines:
Fiskars: ProCision Rotary Bipass Trimmer
Sizzix: Vagabond
Other:
Embroidery Floss
Adhesive:
Art Glitter: Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Beacon: 3 in 1 Advanced Craft Glue
3L Scrapbook Adhesive: 3D Foam Squares
Sketch:
Page Drafts #30.1 by Em Straface

Hey there!  I'm back again to share a box that I altered.  This box is a mache hat box by Darice.  They make boxes in all shapes and sizes as well as other designs.  I like the quality and sturdiness of their products.

The first step I usually take when altering an item is to brush a very thin, uneven layer of white gesso onto the surface.  This provides a nice base that will help colors stand out and a surface that mediums and inks can adhere to.




I tore up tissue paper (any tissue paper used for gifting that does not have a waxy texture to it) into random sizes and shapes and crumpled each piece to give it a wrinkled texture.  Then I adhered the pieces to the box using Matte Glue n Seal by Inkssentials (Mod Podge will work as well... matte Mod Podge is best), overlapping the pieces and keeping the wrinkles apparent.  I also stuck random-sized pieces of printed tissue tape to add a little interest.




Once the box and lid were covered with tissue, I sprayed several different ink colors to the surface and allowed to dry.  After, I dry-brushed an almost non-existent layer of white gesso to the entire surface with a very light hand.  The point of this is not to cover the color we just added but to highlight the lovely wrinkles and creases.




I adorned the cover and sides with an array of different flowers by Prima and Green Tara.





Then I accented the flowers with Dusty Attic chipboard that I altered with paint, ink and embossing powder.  You can see a list of the chipboard items I used in the product list below and they can be purchased HERE.


Altering boxes is probably my favorite type of project.  Aside from being fairly simple to do, I can let my imagination run wild because the possibilities are endless!


Thank you so much for stopping by.  Until next time!
xoxo
Chipboard:
Flowers:
Prima:Encore D
Prima: Roses Lime Cooler
Prima: Soprano White
Prima: Fairytale Roses Teal
Prima: Ladybird Turquoise
Prima: Unknown
Green Tara: Primula 4.5cm Silk & Organza Flowers - Pale Green
Green Tara: Sakura 5cm Silk & Pearl Flowers - Ivory                 
Ink:
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Edelweiss Moss Green
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Tiffany Lou Blue
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Tibetan Poppy Teal
Inssentials: Emboss It
Embossing Powder:
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Reindeer Moss Green
Medium:
Faber Castell: Gesso
Other:
Darice: Mache Hat Box
Tissue Paper
Advantus: Tissue Tape - Sketchbook
Adhesive:
Art Glitter: Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Beacon: 3 in 1 Advanced Craft Glue
Helmar: Zap Dots
3L Scrapbook Adhesive: 3D Foam Squares
Inkssentials: Glue n Seal Matte




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