Tuesday, 7 January 2014

My First Dusty Attic Post

Hi there,

I'm very excited to share my first post as a member of the Dusty Attic 2014 Design Team with you!

Each month Dusty Attic have a sketch challenge. All the sketches are provided by the amazing Nadia Connizzo. Here is the January sketch:

And here is my take on it:

I flipped the sketch to suit the orientation of my photo. I love this photo of my daughter. She was having such a great time just being silly.

Isn't that Dusty Attic Ivy Corner amazing? I painted it with Dusty In Colour paints. Here's how.

1. Paint the entire piece with Forrest Dusty In Colour paint.
2. Mix a bit of Hot Chocolate paint with some Forrest paint and paint the branch sections of the chipboard.
3. Using an old or cheap fine brush (one that gives a streaky application), paint Pesto paint over the top third or so of each leaf, letting it radiate out from the centre in streaks.
4. Using Jungle Green paint and the same brush, repeat the above step but only cover about half of the Pesto colour.
5. I then painted the arrow on the top with Soot paint and finished off the piece by twisting Dusty Roses around the arrow.

Here are some close ups:

The background paper and some of the embellies are actually a Christmas range from Fancy Pants. I love these papers! I don't think they look Christmasy at all here - I just had to make sure my title tag and photo covered some of the key Christmas features!

To make the cluster around the title, I took another piece of the Ivy Corner and painted it in exactly the same way as above. I left all the small heart shapes at the end with just the Forrest colour as they didn't need the variegated ivy look I was painting onto the ivy leaves. I took one of the Mini Banners, cut it in half and painted it with Navajo White paint. I then strung a string above it and I was done!

It would be fabulous if you could join in the sketch challenge. Head over to the ning site here to join in.

Here are the Dusty Attic products I used:
Ivy Corners DA1018

Mini Banners DA1021

Dusty Roses white DA0971

Dusty in Colour – Soot DA0925

 Plus I also used Dusty In Colour paints in the following colours:
                               - Forrest DA091
                                - Hot Chocolate DA0923
                                - Jungle Green DA0920
                                - Pesto DA0918
                                - Navajo White DA0903

Other products I used were:
Fancy Pants and BasicGrey papers
Martha Stewart border punch
Fancy Pants stickers, flair and ticket
Ranger Distress ink
Sharpie pen

Happy Scrappin'



  1. Wowsies! This is stunning...those ivy leaves are just.....wow! And I LOVE the way you've used the calendar on the bottom....& you're right, the paper doesn't look 'Christmassy' at all:):) Fab start on your Dusty Attic journey:):):)

  2. This is gorgeous Heather.. I love that corner ivy and you have colored it perfectly.. wonderful happy photo too.. beautiful layout for your DA post!

  3. this is SO beautiful Heather! the details on the ivy are sensational, you really brought the elements of the design out in your painting! Congrats on joining the Dusty Attic team! You are sure to rock that gig!

  4. This is sooooooooooo gorgeous!! I love love love those vines!!!!

  5. Heather this is divine!!! Love that ivy and you coloured it beautifully ... looks so realistic!!! Gorgeous photo and a fabulous page. Well done for your first DA project!! ox

  6. Stunning layout and congrats on being on the DT!!!! Chipboard is sooooo much fun :)

  7. Absolutely beautiful work Heather. The ivy vine looks incredible!

  8. Beautiful layout Heather! The ivy vine looks great - must put that on my shopping list