söndag 10 maj 2015

Smiles are free ~ Dusty Attic May Inspiration Board

This months inspiration board uses some of my fav colors - different kind of teal and turquoise - just amazing! So, I pulled out some of my fav Dusty Attic chipboard pieces and lots (lots!!) of flowers in different blue shades. This is what I came up with:
And here is the inspiration board:

I have used the Ornate Gate small (DA0189) and Ornate Corner #13 (DA1137), both painted white and then distressed a bit.
Now prepare yourself for lots of close-ups!

Lots of layering of papers and flowers!

"Smiles are free" - I adore my daughters smile!

For the background, I painted the Prima paper with some white gesso, then used a stencil with clear gesso and misted with different mists. I have also painted with perfect pearls around the flowers and chipboard.

Thank you for stopping by today!

onsdag 6 maj 2015

Tranquility ~ Dusty Attic

Hi everybody! It's almost Summer here in Sweden, so I thought I'd show you a page with a photo from last Summer. A glass of rosé wine in our garden! The title "Tranquility" suits this photo so well. It was a perfect Summer night, I was sitting in the garden with a glass of wine, just watching the laundry dry!
The title is from Word pack #8 (DA1171) and was painted with white gesso. The Swirly Vine #4 (DA1101) was painted white too.

Among the flowers and leaves I have put a couple of Maiden Hair Fern (DA1167) that I first painted white, then embossed with Mix'd Media Inx, color Leather.

Thank you for stopping by today!

lördag 2 maj 2015

Swirlydoos April kit!

Hi there! Today it's my turn to share some projects with the April kit. I have three layouts to show you today, and also a little tutorial!
I started with the sketch, and for this layout I actually used a photo of ME! I know, I can hardly believe it myself!
Anyway, here is the sketch, gorgeous as always:

And here is my layout:
I just love the kraft, pink and white together! I kept the cute little butterflies from BoBunny raw, to go with the Petaloo doilies and kraft flowers.
A couple of close-ups:
The title, Dream Passionately, is chipboard from Dusty Attic and included in the embellie add-on. I kept this piece raw too. I tucked Angelicas cute little butterflies in here too. Love these!

Next, a layout about love. This is a very special photo. The hands belong to my grandmother, who is 92 years old, and one of my cousins. We have very strong family bonds, and this photo says it all to me. Love completely.
For once, I didn't use any mists or stencils on the background, just a thin layer of white gesso. I wanted this layout to a bit "cleaner" than I usually make them. I painted the beautiful frame from Blue Fern Studios white and then added the white ribbon, flowers, some cheesecloth and finally the Dusty Attic title and a few pearls.

And now for my third layout today, a page about my darling daughter and our most recent family member, our little puppy Fanny.
Lots of white gesso, clear gesso and mists on the background! I then painted the fence white and arranged the photo and flowers with the little iron piece (adore this one!!). I used Angelicas amazing butterflies here too, and the Dusty Attic title was painted white.
Here's a little tutorial on how I altered the BoBunny butterflies, and I call them "newspaper butterflies".
First, I painted the butterflies with white gesso, using a sponge.

Then I let them dry upside down on a newspaper (sometimes works with patterned paper too, but I find newspaper the best for this technique). This only takes a few seconds, depending on how much gesso you used.

When I pulled the butterflies away, some of the newspaper print stuck on them.

I finished the butterflies off using clear gloss varnish.

Here are the finished butterflies!

I used the same technique on the Dusty Attic flower stem chipboard piece that came with the March kit.
Thank you for stopping by today!