Sunday, June 28, 2015


Hi Lovely Blog Readers!!! I hope you are all well!!
During my post today and over the next few as well I am going to talk with you a little about color theory, and share a creation with you showing you my take on each color scheme.
There are many different color combinations you can use for example a Monochromatic color scheme which I am sure you are all familiar with. The next easiest to use is an analogous color scheme. This is when you use 2 or more (usually 3) colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, which is what I have based my creation on today.

A Color Wheel is made up of Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary colors. A regular color wheel will display shades (when black is added) on the outside, then working towards the center display tones (when grey is added), the hue (the color in its pure form), and finally in the center, tints (when white is added). A color wheel can have many different tints, tones and shades like the one one below.

A common belief when working with a color wheel is that you must pick just one color from each row, for example in the row of green which is a secondary color, you would have a dark green, emerald green, olive green, grey green, apple green, bright green, light green, ect. Many people feel that they can only pick one of these. This is not true. In a monochromatic scheme you would use all or just some of the different types of greens, and using an analogous color scheme, complementary or split complementary scheme, ect, is no different.

For my creation today, using an analogous color scheme I have selected the Blue/Green's, Green's, and Yellow/Green's. Not just a shade from one, a tint from another, ect, but many shades, tones, tints and hue's from each of these 3 columns, actually giving me quite a broad range of colors to work with.

I have also put together another YouTube video for you so you can see just how this layout came together.

'Happy Boy'

I didn't want to overpower my layout by using these colors in equal proportions so I have chosen the Blue/Green's as my focus colors with small amounts Green in the background and just a tint of Yellow/Green to accent.

Some close-ups:

 Here is the video:

 I will be back for my next 13 Arts post with more on Color theory, so make sure you stay tuned!!
I hope you enjoyed my post and thank you for stopping by!!!

13 Arts products used:
Mental Vacation Collection - Papers;  Starlight Collection - Papers;

Color Basic Collection - Papers;  Color Basic Mask - Squares;


Hi Dusty Attic fans!!! It's Jacqueline here today to share with you a quick canvas I made based on this month's moodboard. When I first saw the colors I was like oh no I can't use those together. While they looked stunning in the picture, red is just not me. The more I looked at the picture though and thought about how pretty the red and green looked together, the more I wanted to try it.

Here is the moodboard:


 Here is what I came up with:


I wanted the hearts to be the feature of the canvas, so I have simply painted them white with a couple of coats of Gesso so that they really stand out against the reds and greens.

Some details:

For my title I have taken the word 'Forever' from the Word Pack 19. I have simple colored it with black ink, then used a white gel pen to outline the letters. 

I have layered the middle sized Lacey Heart Frame above a cluster of flowers, then placed a die-cut flower and a few other flowers on top, before adding the smallest Lacey Heart Frame and my title on top.


 I have taken 2 of theses leafy stems from Foliage #2 and placed one on either side of the canvas. I have used Gel Medium to attach some Glass microspheres from 13 Arts, then painted them both with Metallic green paint.

I finished off by adding a few hearts from the Mini Hearts #2 pack, with I have covered in Chunky Gold Glitter.

That's all from me today. 
I hope you have enjoyed my post!! I will be back again soon with more to share.

Dusty Attic chipboard used:

Friday, June 12, 2015


Hi everyone!!! I hope you are all well!!! Today I have a quick card I would like to share with you which I made for my Son's Kindergarten Teachers birthday. I have used lots of beautiful 13 Arts products in warm brown tones with a touch of white, grey and black.
I have also put together a super quick, detailed and easy to follow step-by-step tutorial for you!!!

'Happy Birthday'

Some details:

Here is the tutorial:

Step 1 and 2: Cut a sheet of 13 arts paper to fit all the way around your card then score the middle and fold, then attach it securely to your card. Normally I will only cut the paper to fit the front of the card, but I liked the idea of having the slight patterned paper on the back as well.
Use your palette knife (or an old credit card) to scrape some gesso randomly on the front of the card.

Step 3 and 4: When the gesso is dry place your stencil on the front of the card and spread Gel Medium through. Dry with a heat gun. The heat will cause the Gel medium to bubble and crack a little, but it adds nice texture. When it is completely dry you can begin to add color. I have used the following mists: Chalk Dark Brown, Chalk Yellow Amber, Pastel White and Pastel Antique Cream, mixing them together on my craft mat to create different shades, tones and tints of brown.
I have simply used a paint brush and splattered it onto the card then sprayed a little water to spread the mists. I have dried it and repeated this step until I was happy with the gradients and distribution of the color.

Step 5 and 6: Cut a strip of paper to fit across the card, and a banner shape. Distress the edges of both. Attach the strip to the top of the card leaving a small gap at the top edge, then tear a square piece of calico and use your fingers to distress and fray the edges, using glue to secure it to the strip at the top of the card. Add your banner on top using a layer of foam tape. Wrap some waxed cord around your fingers a few times to make a little circle frame a glue it onto your card along with some sparkly gold thread.
Use your paint brush and some water to splatter any of the left over mix of mist onto your paper and calico, then dip your brush into some black SPLASH! ink and splatter this as well.

Steps 7 and 8: Add a straw to the right of the card, tucking it beneath the banner, then layer some flowers above your twine circle, adding in a small chipboard frame painted white with gesso (paint it with your finger for a bumpy texture!!). Cut a small strip of paper, cutting a banner into each end, and using a Gold Gel Pen write 'Happy Birthday' onto it. Secure it to your card to the lower right of the flower cluster using foam tape, then add another flower just below. Add a few gems to the background.
Next brush some Pearl Gold Paint around the edge of the card then doodle a border with your Gold Pen, also draw some circles around your gems. Brush the edges of your flowers with gesso and splatter Pearl Gold mist over everything.

To finish your card add some Gel Medium randomly to your flowers and papers and sprinkle Colored Grit and mica Flakes. I have also added a distressed paper triangle to the bottom of the card.

I hope you enjoyed today's post!!!

Thank you for stopping by!!!

13 Arts products used:
Mental Vacation - Papers
Gel Medium
Ayeeda Mist - Pearl Gold
Ayeeda Mist - Pastel White
Ayeeda Mist - Pastel Antique Cream
Ayeeda Mist - Chalk Dark Brown
Ayeeda Mist - Chalk Yellow Amber
Colored Grit - Yellow Sand
Mica Flakes - Light Gold
Adhesive Gems - For Wedding 1
  Ayeeda Paint - Pearl Gold 
Stencil - Fly Away Collection 'Love'
SPLASH! Ink - Black

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Hi everyone!!!! I hope you are all well!! Today I am sharing a beautiful 12 x 16 inch canvas of my niece Delilah, using my favorite girly colors, Dusty Attic chippies and Prima flowers.


I have lots of close-ups for you too:

I have chosen this photo of my niece jumping on the trampoline which I then cut out as i wanted to create a 'Fairy in the Garden' type canvas and I loved how the wind blowing in her hair helped give the appearance she was flying.
I have taken the largest of the Monarch Butterflies, and cut in half, then turned one side upside down so that both of the wings were facing the same direction. They have been painted with gesso, Twinkling H2o's and I have added detail with Gold Glitter Paint. I then taped the wings to her back adding a small foam square between them so that the front wing sat slightly higher than the one behind.

You can see here I have also added one of the smaller Monarch Butterflies to my canvas, painting it the same way as the 'Fairy Wings'.
 I have also painted a Cameo Ribbon Slide with gesso and Twinkling H2o's, before cutting it in half, placing one on the edge of the canvas, and the other under my paper layers. I have then layered my title on top, 'xoxo' which I have painted with black ink.
 I have used both the large and small of the 'Decorative Frames #1' painting both with Gesso, and Gold Glitter Paint. You can see part of the larger one in the photo above...... I have placed the photo of Delilah above the circle part of the frame.

The smaller of the 2 'Decorative Frames #1' has been placed just below and to the right of the larger frame, though this time I have turned it upside down.

I have added into my flower cluster at the bottom one each of the 'Foliage #3' and 'Foliage #4'. Both have been primed with gesso and the leaves brushed with Twinkling H2o's.

I have taken one of the longer plates from the 'Nameplates #2'  and cut the center out to make a frame. I have then painted it with Black Ink and cut it in half lengthwise placing each half at the top and bottom of the canvas.

I have also taken 2 of the larger leafy stems from 'Foliage #2' also painted white then brushed with Twinkling H2o's. I have tucked the first one amongst my papers and flowers just behind the 'Fairy Wings' at the top of the canvas.

The second, I have placed to the right of the photo and canvas.

 For my background I have decided to do something a little different. As I do not have a brick mask I instead chose to use the bricks from the Brick Wall Panel. I have used 1 and a half packs to create the background of my canvas. I began by punching out all the bricks then organizing them on my background..... Gluing them down as I went. Once the glue was dry I brushed on a few coats of gesso, using a smaller brush to get all the edges painted as well. I finished off by painting with mists and Twinkling H2o's, and randomly scraping a mix of Gel Medium and Microspheres into some of the gaps between bricks.

That's all from me today. I hope I have inspired you to pull out your favorite Dusty Attic chipboards and have a go at creating something fun and unique!!!

Dusty Attic products used:
Nameplates #2
XOXO Title