“A Life Without Dreams is like a Garden without Flowers”

Hello and welcome to my latest blog post.

Recently I was asked to showcase some Dusty Attic products in store, so that customers had some ideas on what the products could be used for and how they looked when altered with different mixed media.

This was a bit of a challenge but I am very happy with the end result.

 All the products used on this canvas can be found on the Dusty Attic website.

The beautiful flowers are from Made with Memories.

 I have used a mixture of  Dusty Attic paint to cover the base.

For some added texture  I have applied some gauze and added some script with a stencil and texture paste.

To create the wall , I separated the chipboard and used the bricks and wall panel.

To colour the bricks, I have used a mixture of red and brown, making some darker than others.

The mason jar made the perfect vase for my display of flowers.

I have painted the jar to reflect the flowers being in a vase of water.

This beautiful flower is made using a technique to separate the chipboard and layering the pieces to form the flower.

Paint in desired colour, glue with helmer 450 and then cut the post from a Kaisercraft Pearl brad

and adhere to centre of flower.

For more information on splitting chipboard I have posted a tutorial that I made.

 You can see the video at the end of this blog post.


To create the quote, I have used the mini letters from Dusty Attic and I just lightly white washed them to blend with the rest of the canvas.

 To create this canvas you will need

Canvas (any size)

Dusty Attic paints : Dusty Pink

                          : Oceania

                                    : Crushed Olive

                            : Alabaster

                    : Gold

                                   : Hot Chocolate

                             : Cranberry

Dusty Attic Chipboard : Mason Jars DA1086

                                              : Brick Wall Panel DA0316

                                                     : Mini ABC Set Lower DA0862

                                                         : Flower Layers #4 Large DA0860

Crafters Warehouse Script Stencil

Texture Paste


Flowers : Roses & Lilies

Kaisercraft Pearl Brads

Helmar 450

Designed for Made with Memories

Do you love to use chipboard? Do you love mixed media? Are you a more traditional scrapbooker or card maker?

I would love to see your projects.

I had a great time getting messy and it was great to see the end result.

It never is quite like you envisage it in your head though.

Until next time


Keep the Faith



Road to Grants Pass 18.6.12 – USA Travel Journal 2012

Road to Grants Pass – 18.6.12

Today we left our sweet little room at Hacienda Motel and headed towards Portland, but decided to vary our destination. Love the fact that we can make it up as we go. Have decided not to head to Canada this trip, so we can concentrate on getting through the States. That way we have an excuse to come back and do more road trips and hopefully with the kids next time around….I am missing them terribly and I hope they are prepared for lots of hugs, tears and kisses on my return..I won’t let them out of my sight for days…lol.

We spent most of the day on the road today, up the highway. We didn’t really go off the major highway to smaller roads and towns. Just followed the GPS. But Dave and I like the smaller roads and exploring the towns, so will be going on the hunt for a better map to show me the smaller roads. So we can really see this country.

We did happen to pass the most delightful array of rainbow coloured trucks, unfortunately by the time we seen them, we only got a quick snapshot of them. We did try to go back and take a better pic, but we got slightly off the beaten track to a road that was quite bumpy and due to the fact that I was driving, I got a little scared and turned around and headed back to the highway. Dave was prepared to go bush bashing, but I kindly reminded him that we were in a Mustang and not a F250…so we got out of there.


We then continued along the highway until we seen some old cars, so we had to go and investigate of course. Men and their cars. Good thing I enjoy looking at them too. We got to chatting with the owner, as we are looking for a friend back home that wants a certain part and he gave us a few numbers and places to check out. He let us take a look around and take some pics and we then got back on the highway and headed towards our destination for the night.

We have now made it to Grants Pass in Oregon and will stop here overnight. Looking forward to a hot shower and bed.

I loved the roof on this house.

Off to chat with my children now.

Take care and will update again tomorrow.