Sunday, 13 April 2014

A Dusty Attic/Scrappy Chat Designs challenge

Hi all,

Well the wintry weather has just arrived here and I don't like it already! And we have about six long months to go....

On a brighter note, I've had a lot of fun using my latest kit from Scrappy Chat Designs as the base for this month's sketch challenge at The Dusty Attic.

Firstly, here's the fabulous sketch from Nadia. For once I managed to stick to it fairly closely! I'm a shocker for getting sidetracked from sketches and then my final layout looks nothing like the sketch!

And here's my layout:

I was trying to take passport photos of Connor at home. I've done it before and the ones of my daughter worked this time but not the ones of Connor. The lady at the post office told me that his jawline wasn't defined enough! I should have gone to another post office....

The cardstock, stamps (I love these!), Tinby Metallic Melts, Pink Paislee paper and Izink were all from the March kit from Scrappy Chat Designs. How cool are these products!

The Dusty Attic chipboards are:
  • Vintage Camera small - DA1072
  • Geometric Corners - DA1030
  • Chevron Panel small - DA1068
  • Around the World - DA1036 (I just used part of the edges from this)
  • Bookman ABC Set - DA0666
  • Mini ABC Set upper - DA0861
  • Alabaster Dusty in Colour Paint - DA0902
  • Dusty in Colour Clear Gloss Varnish - DA0900
To make the background, I first swished around some Alabaster paint then applied some Gelatos over the top. I mixed some Izink with water in a spray bottle but there wasn't much in the container and it splattered rather than sprayed. I love this effect. I then used a stencil I had recently bought and added some texture with texture paste.

I framed the photos with scraps left over from when I cut up an Around the World Chippie for another project. The chevron strip on the right side under the photos is the negative section left over from when I took out the chevrons for the left hand side. I think these 'waste' strips make awesome embellishments! Using Dusty Attic paints and Tinby Metallic Melts, I faded the colours of the chevrons from blue through to white.

Isn't that camera chippie amazing! I love the detail on it.

I also used the Metallic Melts to colour the Geometric Corners and used blue and black inks with those fantastic Kaisercraft stamps to add more activity to the background.

I must confess, I had a near disaster with that title! I had painted it with the Izink and wondered how it would react with Dusty Attic's Clear Crackle Varnish. I hadn't used the crackle for a while and the nozzle had blocked so I gave it a good squeeze. (You can see what's coming can't you?). SPLAT! The lid blew off and crackle flew onto my walls,  my window and my set of drawers! After my initial panic I soon realised that it all cleaned up with just a cloth and water. Phew! Meanwhile, a large blob had fallen onto the title so I just kid of smudged it around a bit. It tended to remove the colour in the Izink (any water-based product does) but it did manage to crackle it and I love the final result!

Happy scrappin'!



  1. Such a Fabulous layout Heather, full of amazing texture, layers, great colousr and elements...Love it!!

  2. I totally agree with Janice, the texture and detail is fabulous, and those layers work so well, love it.

  3. Wonderful take on the sketch, love the chevron shapes and the background looks fabulous! And a bit cooler up here today with a bit of rain, have a great week!

  4. Beautifull page with a lot of details. It's great. Have a good sunday;

  5. it when stuff like that happens....I do stupid stuff all the time....but it's amazing how it all turns out perfectly [like this page!] in the end...& YES! That camera is it & the chevrons & the page....& BOO HISS to PO lady!!!!

  6. This is gorgeous!!!! LOVING the colors, the film strips and the camera!!!!!!!

  7. fabulous arty funky page, great colors and texture , love this x

  8. WOW totally adore your masculine LO Heather!! Your background looks fantastic and I love all your altered chippie details!!

  9. Wow what an eye catching page, love all the elements and yeah that camera is awesome! So glad the mishap didnt turn out to be a nightmare phew... thank goodness for water based products hey!

  10. This is just fabulous Heather! Amazing background work!

  11. Heather this is just a fabulous layout I love it. The colours, the texture and the chippies look amazing. I have to say the stories with the passport photos is just a pain.... You can see his face clearly :P Thanks for playing along with us at OUAS this month. Don't forget to load your layout on our OUAS FB page for another chance to win a fab prize... Love this one :D

  12. Fun and fresh page Heather! Love the chippies and the awesome! The pics are cool too...the jawline not defined enough...oh my word!!!! ;-) The test of any good scrapper is how to recover from disaster...and you did a stunning job! Love that bright and bold title! Glad you were also able to just wipe up the mess! Winter is also setting in here by us and it's starting to get very chilly in the mornings and evenings! Thanks for your reply visit to my blog, it is really appreciated! ;-)

  13. sure know how to use those chippies to perfection! I love the artsy background work too! And the doodling on the photos!

    P/s: Send some of the cold over's sooooo hot here! lol

  14. This is awesome Heather! Saw it on the SM FB page this morning and had to come and leave you a comment. I love the background work and all the gorgeous chipboard. :) xx