Friday, April 29, 2011


This LO is entered into the monthly sketch challenge at DUSTY ATTIC for April. The sketch looked like a breeze....until I started on it. There was a lot of measuring to get it just right. It was not working as planned so I started another....plan B. That was taking so long so I reverted back to the plan A.... Get it right!.... With much frustration and time wasted, and a busy life, I finally got this done. Loaded it and was happy. Got to meet dead lines and personal challenges....thats what makes life never a dull moment!
Journaling was part of the challenge....not normally my thing...but this time I had no problem with it. I wrote the journaling with a gold ebbing pen. If you could read it, it would tell you....This is a view we woke up to every morning while staying with friends in Italy. The vacation house was 10 min. drive from 'Gardemeer' Frans and I had so much fun on this vacation. I have a lot more of these wonderful panorama photos so I can enjoy this vacation all over again.

The paper line I used is from BoBunny-Gabrille
Here you can see the wiring to secure the photo.
The photo and base for flowers and tittle have been attached to gray board.The edges have been sanded, something different from my usual distressing.
This close up shows the Dusty Attic chip-HINGES- There are two pair of larger types of hinges in the same packet. The hinges are first made white, then Gold Glimmer Glam is applied.
You can also see the embossing done with the heat gun. Brackets each side of the lettering.The stamp used -BoBunny- time piece.

Here is just a good photo of the wired flowers. For the Scrappies that live in Holland. I found these flowers at the Action. They also come in pink and clear, which is really good, as you could color them with the copic pens, if you wanted to.
I pulled apart the flower arrangement, which was wired on to a thicker wire. Rewired to how I wanted it. You have to wire the arrangement down through the paper/gray board to secure it. Glue and glue dots is not strong enough.The tittle is made from Qiucutz Grand-ABIGAIL- alphabet

Thats it for this time. Hope you had fun.
Catch you later.... Susan oxox

Thursday, April 28, 2011


This LO is one of my takes on the Dusty Attic April SKETCH. I found it a challenging sketch...but I made two! This is not entered in the challenge as I went for my first idea. you will see it at DUSTY ATTIC or later on another post. At first I found this LO a bit un-interesting and hard to get it done, but it kept growing and now it is more to my liking.
The paper line is a few years old, it was chosen to complement the color of my jacket. The line is from FOOF-FA-LAA. The photo...a very rare photo of my self with dark hair! Taken at .... yes ...a blast from the past....'SCRAP SALAD'. My LO was chosen as the best for a winter LO contest. This was the first time I had ever won a first prize for any thing, and the prize has been well used. A Quickutz Alphabet. I was asked a few months later if I would like to work in the store. We know what the answer would be! Ah-lase I had only 6 months of going to work to play before the store closed it's doors for personal reasons...thank goodness we have other play places to go.

While creating this LO, I had the chance to reminisce on a lot of fun people and memories. I met a lot of great ladies a gents in the store and have kept some as good friends.

Close up of the Dusty Attic chip. DA0491 FANCY LABELS. First applied gesso, then stickles to match the ribbon. Dusty Attic chips are to be found in Holland at

Scrap Salad lettering is made with the Quickutz alpha die: CK Typist. Cut x 5 in card stock, x 1 in FOOF-FA-LAA paper. When glued to LO, glossy added. Great how it pop's. I love to stitch, you can see I have stitched with silver metallic thread- from RAYAR

Leaves are cut from FOOF-FA-LAA with a die from CREATE A SHAPE avec. Stickles are added to give it a bling and green color.The flower blings are something I picked up at the Zeeman....a Dutch budget store. The budget stores are sure worth visiting every now and then.
The blue back ground strip was stamped, then embossed with clear embossing powder. The stamp is from FISKARS. To be found at I have also stitched around the blue strip....and of course distressed all edges of the papers. Just love it!

The little rosettes are made the same as a swirl flower. But I have a round punch that I use.It gives a uniform size.As I generally use a lot of these flowers, so I do not want them too big. I like to finished with stickles to give it that pop.

The digits for 2005, are also made from Quickutz - ELIZA
The flowers are from Prima Marketing-BETANICAL MIX. Sprayed with Glimmer Mist to match LO.
These are a great buy. They are an egg shell-off white color, which means you can, ink- em, spritz-em, mist-em, paint-em, stack-em and basically anything-em and they always look great.

This was fun, hope you are all having many scrappy days.......thanks for stopping by....and catch you later.....
oxoxxo Susan


When I saw the Websters Pages 'NEW DISCOVERIES'-Your Life paper.I knew exactly which photos to use from my stash....It just took a while to round to putting it all together, as this is an older line.But still a perfect combination of paper and photo..
Jan my eldest son, is here of the age were young boys start to do their fun crazy stuff.I might add, Jan never stopped. Jan is a die hard Marine....and is still doing hairy crazy stuff.
Creating this LO brought back a lot of childhood memories of his youth. Thats another thing I love about scrapping, you get to relive all the good moments all over again.

Close up of the cut work. The blue canoe is 2d. Beads used to simulate a water effect.

Dusty Attic chip used in this close up: DA 0508 FERNS. Painted with gesso then sprayed with Glimmer Mist. The butterfly's are from the new stamp collection from Websters Pages. Stamped, cut, colored with copic pens then, sprayed with perfect Pearls mist-KIWI- from Tim Holtz.
For those living in De NETHERLANDS/HOLLAND you can find these stamps at SIMPLE-SCRAPPEN in DEN HELDER.

Here you see stitching and beads to give that water effect. One of the new Websters Pages stamps used this one.....The sign is great as you can see I have stamped and cut it 3 times to make it 3d. I have also used it for a bit of journaling...Not my best point.,...

This stamp is also to be found at

The flowers are made from Prima Marketing-BOTANICAL MIX- These are great as you can color them to match your paper choice. Ink 'em - paint 'em - spray 'em - stack 'em - there is so much you can do with 'em, only thing is, you keep running out of 'em!
I used Websters Pages Pebbles for the center of the large flower and a vintage brad for the other.
To give the pebbles a red color I applied Glimmer Glam - BE POSITIVE, then glossy when dry.

You can see I have used more pebbles. I placed it between the torn paper and stitched it down with thread. This is repeated at the top of the age. Dusty Attic chips DA0507 FERNS and DA 0508 LEAVES.
The leaves are inked with dark green ink on the tips, spray with green Glimmer Mist, then apply glossy from Ranger.
Using the combination of cut flowers from the paper and the DA chips gives it more interest.
I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I have had making it.
Till the next time.......catch you later.....
oxoxox susan.

Monday, April 25, 2011


This LO was made with the Dusty Attic SKETCH CHALLENGE for Feb. The paper chosen is Prima Marketing -ANNALEE- collection. Dusty Attic chip used -VINTAGE CLOCK-
Close up of the layered frame, cut 3 times in the smaller size and once large with the Cricut machine. Embossed with embossing folder from Tim Holtz. Then inked and stitched.
Wings are cut with plastic packaging, once again I embossed then stickled with gold and blue. WINGS die from Sizzix. Clay wings from Melissa Frances. Stickled with gold, pink and blue. Crystals-Say it with crystals from Prima. Colored with a red copic pen. The pleated paper ribbon is made with the Martha Stewart deep edge punches.
The birds are from G45- ONCE UPON A SUMMERTIME- collection. Roses -Prima and ribbon flowers.
Ribbon flower worked with pink stickle's.Time Flys, colored with red copic pen.
Once again thanks for taking the time to visit. Love Susan

Friday, April 15, 2011


The Beach Bum here is Nicole. My niece, from my sister Michelle. Whom has stayed faithful to her birth place and remains living in the Wellington area,New Zealand. I was so happy to receive these photos of their vacation at Castle Cliff beach in the lower North Island, NZ.....It makes me home sick......
The LO was inspired from the Dusty Attic goodness I received in the post from the monthly sketch challenge prize...... Fellow scrappies,..... this is well worth going for! This site is great!Even if you to sign up to check out all the wonderful LO's and tutorials.I have found it to be a fun place to be. Check this out!
WARNING: This can be addictive!

Flowers: Tim Holtz Alterations die cuts-TATTERED FLORALS.
Leaves: Martha Stewart punch

Frame:This is made from the DUSTY ATTIC frame FLEUR de LIS FRAMES.(DA0511) The frame can be broken down and used more than once.
TIP: I used Tim Holtz Distress crackle paint-Weathered Wood and Vintage Photo. Paint this on. When dry apply PERFECT PEARLS from Ranger-with water and brush- When dry apply glossy in places then sprinkle glass beads. This brings it alive.

Crab:Stamped and cut from the Tattered Angles stamp collection-

Alphabet:Tim Holtz Alterations (sizzlets)- CHIP BLOCK
TIP:The Alphabet, cut from card stock or design paper x6. Glue on top of each other to made a chip.Distress ink around edges.Finish with glossy...Always looks great.

Seahorses and film strip: Tattered Angles-SEASIDE COASTAL BREEZE GLASS collection.

TIP:To give it the pop magic....add glossy were wanted.Then add glass beads. Different colors gives it more interest.Leave it over night to dry...give it the time to dry...believe me, one learns this from the school of hard knocks!

Thank you for taking the time to visit......catch you later....oxoxox

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Winner for the SECOND time!

Hi fellow scrappies!

I have a fantastic news flash to share with you.

Unbelievable - I'm still picking up my chin from the floor - it was announced on the Dusty Attic site that I won the March sketch challenge!!! I'm still recovering from the January announcement! There you go, this is what happens when you got to work with a wonderful product! The inspirational juices just keep on flowing!

Here is a sneak peek of the Dusty Attic announcement:

If you wish to read the full story, click HERE

To read my original blog post, follow this LINK.

I would like to thank all the girls at Dusty Attic for choosing my interpretation of the sketch!

a HUGE scrappy hug to all, Susan