Saturday, 28 September 2013

Rock around the Clock

Todays layout is my DT entry for Southern Girls Challenge, with the theme this time being 'Song Inspired'.  I wanted to do something a bit different again and I think I have achieved that, with these lovely photos of the talented dancers at The Beach Hop, Whangamata 2013.

I started with paper from Kaisercraft Needles & Threads collection, which I splattered with paint.  The Dusty Attic skeleton clock face DA0430 has been painted with high gloss paint, as were the letters.  I used more of the colours with the photo matts, and the random flowers. 
Very basic, yet very effective.
This layout has also been entered in the Lets craft & create 'Colour me Happy' challenge

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Crazy Collage

Wow I cannot believe I actually created this!!! For someone who can't draw to save themselves, I am very impressed.  This is a page I've made in Fiona's Art Journal, which is the 1st of the monthly journals I will be contributing to with Creative Dreams

This is SUCH a crazy style.  Artists Teesha Moore & Jane Davenport are doing this crazy collage on You Tube, and now having done it I find you don't actually have to be an artist to create these masterpieces.  All you need is glossy magazines, pens, and a bit of paint . . . . . . and CRAZY imagination. 
This is definitely a style that I will be tempted to do again, and once you have a supply of glossy pictures in your stash, its surprisingly quick to actually put together.
Please follow my journey through the next 12 months as I contribute to all the other ladies journals as they arrive.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Playing Ladies

Wow I've got a bit more catch up to do, so this is hopefully the first of my weekends efforts. I had fun using this awesome photos of my sisters and I all dolled up for a race meeting in Forbes, NSW last year.

Here is the Dusty Attic monthly layout sketch I have followed:
I started with Kaisercraft paper from the Needles and Thread collection, then layered on a bit of Martha Stewart paper.  Lots of ink & gesso grunged up the page, then I softened the look with some muslim, doily, and random flowers.  Dusty Attic chippies DA0579 scroll #6 small, and DA0370 mini vines were gesso'd, glimmer misted, then stamped to give that tortoiseshell look - I love it.
I'm please with how this has turned out considering my senses and creativity are very dulled at the moment with a terrible head cold.  Thank you for looking, please leave a comment.

Sunday, 15 September 2013


Here I've created a small 4" canvas to enter into the latest challenge at lets craft & create where this fortnights theme is 'black and white'.

I started by covering the black canvas with a black lace fabric, sadly the photo doesn't show it but it looks gorgeous.  The bling is from Zva Creative, shabby rose and pearl trim from Louise Delore (Retail Girl), then I used a Dusty Attic mini word DA0476, which I finished with a bit of Kindy Glitz for the faintest touch of colour. 
My niece Tessa is so photogenic, I am lucky to have some beautiful photos of her.  I think this black and white photo really does show the dreamy side of her.  

Thank you for looking, please leave a comment.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Dodge parts

Todays layout is a bit overdue, but finally done.  This is for August's monthly sketch layout at Artistic Creationz.  Its great to find sketches needing more than one or two photos, even though these are weeny little photos.  So I thought what a great opportunity to use all these lovely photos taken by the NZ Rodder magazine of our pride and joy - our 1938 Dodge pickup.

Believe it or not I did actually start with a paper covered with cars, then placed my little 2"square photos as per sketch, picking out the purple and green from the photos.  Lots of trinkets, die cuts and bits finished the centre.  The frame around the title is from Dusty Attic, DA0869 - Elegant Frames.
It took a few days of thinking as to how to finish the outsides of the page, which I  bricked with texture paste, gesso'd & painted green & purple, then gesso'd again.  For the finishing touches I used a flourish stamp using TH Brushed Corduroy distress ink, and inking the edges and bricks also.
Another layout just a little different than my normal, but we've got to think outside the square a bit to learn now don't we.  I enjoyed the challenge, and have seen it is quite different to the other layouts created for this challenge.


Monday, 2 September 2013

Medieval Times

This is my first entry as a DT member for Southern Girls Challenge.  The challenge this has been made for is 'Make Believe'.  The girls seem to be choosing harder themes, I think to really try us newbies out, hehe.  But alas girls it hasn't phased us at all, from what I've seen already we are all taking it in our stride.

At first I was about to make another 'girly' layout with fairies and flowers, then I was reminded of these photos I had of this fancy dress party we attended recently.  It was a great evening, with about 95% of us dressing up.
To give the page that old 'medieval' feel I've used a beautiful houndstooth paper from Kaisercraft 'Just Believe' collection.  I've distressed and inked everything, as well as sanding, inking & distressing the photos to age them.  The old doily and trims fit the theme perfectly .  The key has been aged by firstly painting black, then I coated it with TH Distress Powder - vintage photo, I love how it turned out. The handmade flower was one from my stash I'd received in a swap sometime ago. 

I've thoroughly enjoyed making this layout to share with you and hope it inspires you along with all the other gorgeous DT entries as well.