Saturday, November 28, 2015

Dusty Attic November 2015 Mood Board

 Hello Dusty Attic Lovers!! Today I bring you my interpretation of the Mood Board this month.The lavender and the gold colors in the palette just screamed my creative name. I had a ton of fun using my favorite color. Purple!!I took a series of photos of my dear grand daughter Charlotte in a fairy Tutu I handmade, and dreamed of creating a woodsy fairy like layout. This is the result.

If you know me, you know I love butterflies, so I am always looking for new and beautiful ones. While cruising my favorite digital site,  Studio Girls Scrapbook Graphics,   I found these gorgeous purple butterflies in a kit by Rosy Posey. The Featherweight Collection. There are a lot of elements I will be using in future projects.

One of the simplest things you can do to dress up your chip board is to heat emboss it. I primed it with white gesso then used Lindys Stamp Gang embossing powder in Spring Leaf Chartreuse. I added a few dots of Distress Stickles just for a little sparkle.

To get the texture on this Elegant Frame, I used a technique shown by my teamie Gabrielle Pollacco, but I added a twist. I used dimensional paint on the frame,  once the dimensional paint was dry, I painted it using Crackle paint in white, sprayed it with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst in  Teapot Purple then very lightly heat embossed it with Aurora Amethyst.

I just heat embossed the words from the Cherish Yesterday set with Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder in Aurora Amethyst. It naturally has a 2 toned effect. Love that about Lindys Embossing Powders!!

The Branches and Berries chipboard was painted in white gesso, then painted with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals.  I  adore the delicate leaves on this branch. The flowers are Dusty in Bloom flowers in Vintage Rose. They have a gorgeous sheen to some of them. I love the mixed textures of fabric and paper flowers in some of the packages.

I'll tell ya....Working with corrugated cardboard is pretty addicting to me. Peeling back the layers just makes it that more beautiful. And oh so dimensional. If you want that rustic woodsy feel, give it a try. 

 Thank you for joining me today!! Please check out this gorgeous Mood Board and see what it inspires you to come up with . Join us for a chance to win a fabulous prize!!

 November Mood Board

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Frank Garcia Design Team and .....ME!!!!!!!

I met Frank Garcia almost 5 years ago when he first started scrapping and showing up on forums and galleries. I remember how I felt when I first noticed his posts online in galleries....I was mesmerized by the raw talent I saw. I just knew he was destined to be big..Over the years, we have formed a wonderful friendship, spoke of our Hispanic heritages, talked about food, art, traveling  and of course scrapping. I remember when he showed me  little sneaks of designs he was working on, (pre-Prima)I showed him mine, we would critique each, of course loving them all. I just knew they would end up in print on a big scale one day!! Fast forward  to November 2015.. Franks dream came true with Prima.
Here we are. Frank is living his dream, and I could not be happier for him!! Artist, Designer, Friend extraordinaire!! I am thankful for his friendship over the years, and now I get to be a part of his dreams. Being asked to design for the Inaugural Frank Garcia Design Team.. I am honored, but most of all blessed. This man has my scrappy heart. And I am soooo proud of him!!!! From humble beginnings to This...Gracias Frank. Te amo muchisimo!!!

Here you go...I would like to introduce you to The Frank Garcia Design team!!!!! Wait until you see what we have in  store for you!!!

The Frank Garcia Design Team
Trina McClune Design Team Coordinator
Congrats Teamies!!!! This is going to be a rockin time!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Lindys Stamp Gang...Faux Copper Filigree Leaves tutorial

 I am always discovering new ways to use Lindys products. I was going through my stash of embellishments and found that I was hoarding my metal filigree findings. Then came the thought..Why not try to recreate my own using intricate die-cuts and Lindy's embossing powder!!. It worked out beautifully. And it was oh so simple!! So as to not take away from their beauty, I decided to minimize the shimmer on my layout. I started with a 12x12 piece of Kraft paper and wrinkled it up. I opened it and adhered it to a piece of 12x12 corrugated cardboard. I sprayed the whole paper lightly using Mission Bells Brown Starburst Spray. I used brown distress ink and a sponge  applicator and went over the torn and distressed edges and the creases of the Kraft paper until I got a look sort of a worn leather look. I also sprayed the exposed corrugated cardboard with Incandescent Copper Moon Shadow Mist.Then the fun began layering all of my elements.

Here is a close up of the layout. The frame around the photo is wood. I sprayed it with  Incandescent Copper Moon Shadow Mist. The yellow flowers are spiral cut and were sprayed with Luminous Lemon Flat Fabio Spray. The brown flowers were sprayed with  combination of Mission Bells Brown and Cattail Copper Brown Starburst Sprays.

The fall colored oak leaves were left over from a previous layout I did. CLICK HERE. 

The Dusty Attic chipboard piece was sprayed with  Incandescent Copper Moon Shadow Mist. And the edges of the torn pieces of paper under the photo were edged with the same spray.

I used the different shaped leaves under the floral clusters. The filigree leaves were die cut from Prima's gorgeous Forest Leaves die.

 Here is a closeup of the leaves. 

I only adhered the leaves by the stems. I wanted them to pop off the page to show dimension just like a real copper filigree piece. For my leaves, I used Cleopatra's Copper Embossing Powder. I cant wait to test out the other colors I have. My suggestions are Byzantine Bronze, Caesars Gold, Midnight Pewter, Queen Sheba's Silver, and Silver Moon Turquoise to start out with. There are many other colors to choose from. CLICK HERE to see them all!

 These are the real deal. Filagree Metal Leaves. These were my inspiration for my idea to recreate them. These leaves are brass.

Here is the simple tutorial to follow so that you can recreate them for yourself. I chose to do a copper look.  Just right click on the photo and save to your computer for a quick reference.

Don't forget to join us this month for the Lindys Stamp Gang Color Challenge!! These colors are among my favorite, because they remind me of Autumn in the Apple Orchid farms on Long Island where I grew up.

Thank you for joining me today!! Now grab those sprays and embossing powders and show me what you have done!! 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Picture Perfect...Lindys Stamp Gang November 2015 Color Challenge

Welcome to the Lindy's Stamp Gang November 2015 Color Challenge. Autumn is my favorite season because of the colors. In Florida we don't have those gorgeous golden warm fall colors during Autumn, so I often create them in my projects. Grab a hot cup of something and cruise through this post.
I layered 2 pieces of patterned paper onto a piece of corrugated cardboard using Mod Podge and a foam brush. I distressed the edges before I mounted them. I brushed the entire background with gel medium. I used a Prima doily mask and Art Basics crackle texture paste, then after it dried, I randomly sprayed  Canna Lily Burnt Orange and Golden Sleigh Bells onto the paper blotting it for a softer feel. I let some of it drip by tilting the paper.

over the Prima flowers. It changed the colors perfectly. 

I used Dusty Attic chipboard to compliment the layered matting for the photo. I primed it with white gesso then  heat embossed it with Kaiser Russet Red.

Here is a closer look at the flowers. Each one was sprayed with a different color for variety.

And the flowers on the other side of the layout. I really love the golden yellow color. And you can see the shimmer of the gold on the leaves.

The die cut leaves were sprayed with  Greased Lightning Green Flat Fabio spray, and because I like a bit of shimmer, I added a light spritz of  Golden Sleigh Bells. This made the leaves shimmer.

I layered the photo mats using corrugated cardboard in between each mat. I also mounted each mat onto corrugated cardboard for dimension. I edged the mats using the wand of the spray bottle to apply the color. The distressed edges soaked up the sprays beautifully.

The Dusty Attic word Picture Perfect was heat embossed with Holly Berry Red Gold and a sprinkle of  Kaiser Russet Red embossing powder. I love that you can mix some of the powders for a great color effect.

Lindys colors are so true to life when it comes to coloring your botanicals. The possibilities are endless. I just love the intensity and shimmer of the colors. Even your Flat Fabios can be transformed into a shimmery color with just a coat of Glitz Spray, but I will leave that for another post!!

Thank you for joining me this week. Now I hope you join us for the Color challenge this month for a chance to win  1 of 5 $50 Gift Certificates to the Lindy's Store! That]s a lot of Lindy]s love!!

The November 2015 Limited Edition Mega Set
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Friday, October 30, 2015

Gilding the Lily..October Mood Board Challenge

 Welcome to the Dusty Attic October Mood Board Challenge. It amazes me, what just a few colors can do to a project. My inspiration from the Mood Board came from the words..Glow and Heaven..and the color Gold. I added the darker blue for a bit of contrast. I was going for a gilded frame look again. I achieved it using the larger piece in the Garden Frame set. I also wanted it to look like the frame was carved out of the background and that was easy to achieve. See closeups below. To prepare my background, I mounted white card stock onto a piece of corrugated cardboard, then I painted the whole paper with Dusty In Colour Mountain Meadow and let it dry completely.

In order to get the feel that the chipboard was a wooden inlay, I coated the back of the frame chipboard  with a layer of texture paste.  Not to thin, but not to thick. I laid the chipboard onto the background and pressed down gently until the texture paste squeezed out the sides a teeny bit and I let it dry. Then I painted it with Mountain meadow.

Once it was entirely dry, I used the Mountain meadow and sealed the edges of the chipboard by brushing the paint into the edges of the chipboard paying special attention to the nooks and crannies, until you could not see texture paste or the edges of the chipboard.

This made it look like the chipboard was carved out of the background.  Once I was satisfied that all of the edges were totally sealed, I placed the Dusty Attic Fan stencil in the middle and lightly sprayed the entire layout with Lindy's Stamp Gang Glory of the Seas Gold. Then using a gold wax medium, I rubbed it over the chipboard until I got the coverage I wanted.

I painted my printed dragonflies with a bit of the Mountain Meadows paint watered down with water. Using it full strength, I rubbed it on the edges of the paper layers under the photo. I used gold on the photo.At the very end of my post, I added a file of the dragonflies I created. Feel free to save it to your computer to print them out yourself. I used 2 of the same size, just cut out the wings of one of them and layered it onto the whole one. Lift the wings for dimension. I ran out of vellum, but imagine the top layer in velum!!


 I also rubbed the gold wax medium onto the word disks. I gave it a couple of coats and they looked like metal pieces. I used Rub'n Buff.

I tucked the Dusty in Bloom flowers under the photo layers and I layered some of them on my die cut flowers.

I simply love dragonflies!! And everything Dusty Attic!!  Thank you for joining me this month at Dusty Attic. I hope you were inspired to try a new technique and follow the mood board!! 

Dusty In Bloom Smokey Blue