Sunday, 31 May 2015

Colours of the Rainbow 2

Hi there.

Gosh, so sorry I've been MIA lately. I'm frantically trying to get ready for the Brisbane Scrapbooking Expo. I have the kits ready to go but am still working out what to do for my display. Am working on something now - just hope it turns out as I envisage it!

Meanwhile, I thought I'd share the other two layouts that I made for my article in the current edition of Australian Scrapbook Ideas magazine. I wrote about how to incorporate rainbows into your layouts. I showed you the first layout here. Here are the other two:

Full instructions on how to make these are in the magazine.

If you're going to the expo, drop in and say hi. I'll be teaching in Classroom 7 and demonstrating at the Studio M Designs stand.

Happy scrappin'!


Saturday, 23 May 2015

A 13 arts Selfie Challenge


For the first time in ages, I have finally got around to entering an online challenge! I saw this one over at 13arts where the challenge is to scrap a photo using a selfie. You can find the challenge here.

I started rummaging through the few selfies I have, then had a brainwave. The best selfies in the world are those taken by my daughter (I may be a little biased there). There was nothing in the rules to say the selfie had to be of me so I used a classic selfie she took when she used to love dressing up in Gothic Lolita clothes. I love that these photos give me the opportunity to do some creative scrapping to match the pics.

Here's my layout - Gothic Lolita Selfie:

I loved creating the background for this. Apart from the 13arts background paper, there is no other paper on here. I created that teal framework using stamping, stenciling, paints, Silks, stitching and pen. I then layered up large alphas to create the subtitle plus add detail to the background framework.

I highlighted some of the designs on the 13arts paper with paints and used the Silks as a wash over some areas.

I treated the Dusty Attic chippies with ink and Tinby Designs Metallic Melts. I love the grungy look this creates. That chippie is a stunner - it's called French Flourish #2.

Thanks so much for dropping by.

Happy scrappin'!


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

All the Colours of the Rainbow

Hello again!

In the latest copy of Australian Scrapbook Ideas magazine I have written an article on how to use rainbows as inspiration for your layouts. I really had fun with this one.

Here's one of my layouts:

I love the bright, bold colours on this. All the details on how I made this page are in the magazine. I hope you can read the article!

If you're going to the Brisbane Scrapbooking Expo you'll be able to see this layout in real life as the tutors each have a display there.

Happy scrappin'!


Monday, 11 May 2015

So Proud

Hi there! I'm here with you today to share my layout using the gorgeous May mood board from The Dusty Attic as my inspiration.

Here's the mood board. Don't you just love the colours?

Don't forget there is a $100 prize pack up for grabs over on the blog here.

I just had to use those gorgeous teals and greys, but I also added some red for some pops of contrast. Here's what I made:

One of my new fave chippies is this French Flourish, which I coated in silver Beck BT's Tinby Design Metallic Melts. It's stunning!

I only used half of a flourish here. I cut part of the remainder off to add to the title cluster. I coated the title with silver ink and  a sprinkling of Carbon Metallic Melts to give that grungy, mottled appearance. Dusty Attic have just released a heap of new word packs with great words like this one. Gosh they make creating titles easy! That gorgeous stamp is from IndigoBlu.

That framework behind the photo is actually the waste from an Old Wooden Fence chippie. A coat of silver Metallic Melts and it takes on a whole new lease of life! I also added a house from the Main Street set and a Him & Her chippie on the other side. To get that funky stenciling on the background, I mixed Soot Dusty in Colour paint with impasto and spread it through the stencil.

Dusty Attic products I used are:

Old Wooden Fence small DA1166
(waste only)

Main Street DA0408

Him & Her Border DA1065

French Flourish 2 DA0274

Word Pack #12 DA1268

Dusty in Colour Mountain Meadow, Capri and Soot.

Happy scrappin'!


Friday, 8 May 2015

Fighting Mad!

Hello scrappy friends. I'm here today with some awesome Dusty Attic goodies to share with you.

I believe I'm a fairly calm person and I rarely get angry, but I was VERY angry when I made this layout! I don't think I've ever scrapped before while I've been angry so it was an interesting experience. I must say that I found it very therapeutic.

Soapbox warning here! If you just want to look at the layout, skip this section! In a nutshell, I work part-time on a voluntary basis, trying to get better regulations in place for people living near wind turbines. Most people would be very shocked if they knew how little protection there was for those people. Many wind projects are not compliant with the regulations but nobody polices this which is really bizarre. If a night club was making noise at 2am you could call the police and/or the EPA and they would do something about it straight away. If  a wind turbine is making noise at 2am you can only call the wind company the next day, who may or may not respond at some time in the future. We know of people who lived with a faulty, screeching turbine for over a year before the company did anything about it.

I think wind turbines have their place, but that place is not near people's homes. The reason I was so mad yesterday is that we found out that the approved, but unbuilt, project near us just got another 5 year extension to its permit to build. Plus the company have applied to increase the height of the turbines to over 160 metres. That's higher than a 50-story building. And there are 62 of them. This is a rural landscape, not an industrial one. I hate that someone in Melbourne just ticks a box and decides our future and we get no say in it.

Anyway, that's enough ranting for now! Here's my layout:

As you can see I got very verbal on this one! I just let it all out. I didn't even think about what I was writing - except I did have to stop once to check how to spell 'bureaucrat'!

I love how the gate came up on this one. To decorate the shrubs on the ends, I first applied impasto with my finger in a dabbing motion to create rough texture. You could use texture paste or any similar product. When the impasto was dry, I dipped an old, stiff paintbrush into Forrest paint and dabbed it in an up and down motion onto the rough surface to add even more texture. I then did the same thing with Pesto paint. Dusty paints dry so quickly - I love them!

I inked the gate with a rust-coloured ink then applied three different colours of Beck BT's Tinby Designs Metallic Melts to get that rusty, weathered look. I used the same treatment on the title, only this time I used two colours.

It is possible to stitch chipboard down like I did here. You need to glue alphas and other small pieces in place first though as the foot of the machine tries to push them away. Just take it slow and steady.

The gorgeous house is from the Main Street set. I adore this set. I've finished the page off with some Dusty in Bloom flowers and a beautiful branch.

Thanks for looking today and putting up with my frustrations. Next time life gives you a bum steer, think about venting on paper - it's a great release!

Dusty Attic products used:
Typewriter ABC Set DA0143

Main Street DA0408

Branch #3 DA1094

Farm Fence #2 DA1097

Dusty in Bloom 'Champagne Kisses' and 'Wild Moss'

Dusty in Colour  - Forrest, Pesto, Jungle Green,
Cashmere and Alabaster.

Happy scrappin'!

Heather McMahon

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Scrappy Chattin'

Hello lovely ladies (and the occasional gent!)

I've been playing again! I have the latest Scrappy Chat Designs kit here and I have had so much fun with this. The kit is called "Home Grown" and has a fabulous combination of papers and products.

Here's what I made:

Those green speckles are Stampendous Fragments. They're kind of like eggshell pieces and they are sooo cool! I love the way we always get surprises like this in the kits.

If you're a Scrappy Chat Designs member, you will receive a Tech Sheet on how to make this project.

Kits are $39 a month plus postage. You get three instructional videos with each kit plus Tech Sheets and support. For more details click here.

Happy scrappin'!


Friday, 1 May 2015

Scrapping with Gelati Colours

Hello there.

The first of each month is always an exciting date because it's reveal time over at Scrap Around The World. This month is extra special though as it's our second birthday which also means it's our annual Epic Event! There are heaps of extra prizes - over $2,000 worth! First prize is a whopping $150 gift voucher from our very own Dusty Attic. Plus our previous winners get to compete for the Top 10 players of the season!

Here's the luscious and almost edible new mood board, by SATW's founder, Helen Tilbury. You can find all the details of the challenge here.

I adore the gelati colours in this. I took my inspirations from the colours but also from the picture of the ice-cream. The idea of licking an ice-cream reminded me that I had a very old photo of my daughter licking the beaters after her nana had made a cake. This photo is poor quality but still begged to be scrapped. 

Here's what I made:

I'm still using Webster's pages in so much of my work lately. I just used up scraps behind the photo on this one.

My mum used to spoil my kids rotten when she babysat them!

The title is made with a Heidi Swapp die.


As usual we have the support of our 2015 MAJOR PERMANENT SPONSORS 




Aladine {France}


Our Overall Winner also receives a Guest Designer Position which comes with plenty of exposure in your own special post as well as an exclusive Guest Designer badge!



$150 GIFT CERTIFICATE from their on-line store - chipboard galore!!

The Dusty Attic is an Australian owned Laser Cutting business that designs & manufactures craft items & embellishments for the paper crafting market.We began in July 2009 & are located in Perth, Western Australia. 

We are proud to be able to make our mark on the scrap booking & craft industry with our great range of products. We are continually creating new designs to keep things fresh! 

We love seeing the creations our customers have made & also love to hear your feedback, as this helps us with new ideas. We have an on-line store from which you can get all of your Dusty Attic supplies. 

If you are a retail business & would like to stock our range of unique products please contact us to apply for a wholesale account or for more information.


OVER $100 worth of product from 7 Dots Studio in Poland!
{Exactly as shown below}
7 Dots Studio was born from dreams & for dreams. 

We are a European scrapbooking manufacturer of high quality scrapbooking products – paper, stickers, die-cuts, collage sheets, 6 x 6 pads, collection kits &chipboard.

Our collections are created by amazingly talented artists - from clean, graphic designs to mixed-media, grungy collage look. What you can always be sure of are high quality & thickness of our papers, which makes them perfect for all kinds of media.

Among our products you will also find clear stamp sets coordinating with our collections to make them even more interesting & versatile. We are amazingly happy & feel very blessed to see how much our products are loved by crafters & artists all around the world!

If you would like to see more awesome inspiration from our design team
please visit our blog HERE, our Facebook page HERE & follow us on
Twitter HERE, Pinterest HERE & Instagram {7DOTSSTUDIO}.


OVER $100 worth of CHIPBOARD from 2 Crafty Chipboard in Australia!

Winner will receive this wonderful selection of 2 Crafty Chipboard's most popular chipboard pieces valued at over $100 retail value!!

2 Crafty Chipboard is an Australian owned & operated manufacturer & wholesaler 
of laser cut chipboard products, located in Sydney, Australia. We have been
in operation since October 2006 & have more than 1 000 designs on offer.

We pride ourselves on quality products that are versatile & up to date with 
market trends, as well as offering unbeatable customer service, 
with quick turnaround of jobs large & small. Visit our website HERE.

We are happy to quote on personalised jobs, whether it be a single title for a 
customer, or large jobs for retreats, classes etc. If you are a retail business 
& would like to stock our range of unique products, please contact us for more information. 

Please see further details on our blog HERE or our Facebook page HERE.


$100 worth of product from 13@rts in Poland!
{Image below is a random selection of their products 
& not indicative of exactly what you will receive}

13arts is a Polish manufacturer specialising in scrapbook papers, embellishments & artistic mediums. See our store HERE where we ship worldwide! Our blog HERE is full of inspiration & we have a monthly challenge where all our welcome!

Follow us on Instagram HERE, Twitter HERE & Facebook
HERE & remember to follow us on Pinterest HERE too!!


$100 worth of product from UmWowStudio in the USA!
{Image below is a random selection of their products}

UmWowStudio is an innovative embellishment company located in Las Vegas, Nevada. With chipboard, flair & stencils currently in their product line (& more fun things on the way!) we span across all bits of paper crafting, including memory saving, card making,
tags, stamping, mixed media, art journalling & more!

Shop with us HERE, follow our blog HERE & LIKE us on Facebook
HERE! Follow our boards on Pinterest HERE & YouTube HERE!!


$100 Gift Certificate from Creative Embellishments from the USA!

Creative Embellishments is a family owned company created by
Michael & Nicolle Kramer, a husband & wife team who design
& manufacture unique, high quality chipboard, wood, rubber stamps
& flair products. We have been in operation since September 2013.

It is our mission to offer fun & inspiring products that can be added to
any project to bring out your inner creativity! In the near future we will
be expanding into other mediums such as acrylic & stencil embellishments.

We also custom cut for individual orders & have a wholesale store for 
retailers, kit clubs & classes. Do your shopping HERE! If you own a
store register for our wholesale section HERE. Be inspired by our blog
HERE & follow us on Instagram HERE & YouTube HERE.


€100 worth of metal,chipboard, resin & fabric 
embellishments from Scrap Unlimited in The Netherlands!
{Image below is a random selection of their products}

Scrap-Unlimited is a craft supplies manufacturer from The Netherlands,
creating & selling the most amazing selection of embellishments for the
crafting industry. We offer shabby chic, vintage & steam-punk inspired 
embellishments, ribbon, flowers, metals, mini-books & mini novelty items. 

Check out our on-line store HERE for SO MUCH MORE! 
LIKE us on Facebook HERE & follow our highly
inspirational blog HERE & our Pinterest board HERE.


$100 Gift Certificate from The Flying Unicorn of the USA!

Flying Unicorn...Your Passion. Your Art. 
Our on-line store HERE has an incredible selection of products for all 
paper-crafts artists. Our Kit of the Month is filled with the latest & greatest
~ including an off-the-page project to keep your creative muse flowing!

Be sure to check out the Flying Unicorn forums HERE, a hot & happening place 
which includes monthly challenges, tips, techniques & friendships that last! 

We also have a blog HERE & a Facebook page HERE
where you can find loads of inspiration!


$100 worth of papers from PION DESIGN of Sweden!

Pion Design is a manufacturer of high quality scrapbooking papers located
in the northern part of Sweden. Our unique paper collections are of a
timeless design with a romantic & vintage feeling, & the papers are
designed & printed locally. We release several paper collections each
year & can be found in stores worldwide. We welcome your visit!

10th PRIZE

$100 worth of papers from MAJA DESIGN also from Sweden!

Maja Design is a Swedish manufacturer of craft paper. Since we began in
November 2007 we have been dedicated to design unique, high quality 
patterned paper for scrapbooking & crafts. 

Our vintage inspired collections are created to be long lasting & timeless
yet still modern.Today we proudly ship our beloved designs to more
than 30 countries around the world! 

We hope our beloved designs will inspire your creativity!
Follow us on social media by clicking our links!! -Blog, Pinterest, Instagram

11th PRIZE

$100 Gift certificate from The Scrapbook Diaries in the USA!

The Scrapbook Diaries is an on-line store that brings international products
& designers right to your doorstep. We specialize in exclusive
project-based kits from designers around the world. 

Designers provide video and/or written directions for you to complete
a finished project. It’s the perfect way to get access to your favourite
designers from the comfort of your own home! FIND US HERE.

In addition we carry top quality brands that are typically hard to find anywhere
else all in one place. We carry stock from companies such as
2 Crafty Chipboard, 7 Dots Studio, 13 arts, Blue Fern Studios, 
Dusty Attic, Lemon Craft, Maja Design, Pion Designs, 
Prima Marketing, ScrapFx & UHK Galleries. 

We are constantly adding more companies & designers to our exclusive mix!

12th PRIZE

$100 Worth of stamps from Viva Las Vegas Stamps in the USA!

Viva Las VegaStamps! is the world's leading manufacturer in deeply etched
pink rubber stamps. With over 19,000 different stamp images we've got
what you need! Stop by our blog for inspiration, visit us on Facebook
& Instagram & SHOP AWAY at our on-line retail store HERE!

13th PRIZE

$100 Worth of paper crafting goodies from Wholescrap Land in the USA!
{including Dies, papers, brads, flowers, inks, sprays, stencils, die-cuts & MORE!!}

Wholescrap Land is family owned webstore selling all kind of supplies
for scrapbooking & paper crafting. We ship worldwide!


14th PRIZE

$100 Worth of products from Aladine of France!
{HUGE selection of IZINKS, stamps, etc, as per image!!}

Aladine develops high-quality products such as inks & stamps, for use on scrapbooking,
cardmaking, fabric & DIY projects. Our IZINKS dye & pigment inks are fantastic as are 
our cute tubs FULL of stamps{see above!} as well as our giant foam stamps!

You can find out more about us HERE & follow us on Facebook HERE!!

15th PRIZE

$50 Gift Certificate from Studio75 in Poland!

Studio 75 is a Polish manufacturer of scrapbooking papers & items 
such as chipboard albums, notebooks, spiral bindings & magnetic sheets. 
We have our own on-line store HERE, a bustling Facebook page HERE
& a highly inspirational blog HERE - come & visit us - let's connect!

16th PRIZE

$50 Gift Certificate from Danafix in France!

is an on-line store 100% dedicated to all Copic products. 
All Copic products made & assembled by the European importer
are available in stock & we offer fast, international delivery!


This prize is awarded to ONE RANDOM COMMENTER
on any of this month's blog posts! You also need 
to be an official follower of course!! {see our graphic
at the top of this post for full details...}

{from June 2015 onwards this prize will be sponsored by Dusty Attic
& Mixed Media Place will revert back to their regular prize sponsorship :)}

€45 Gift Certificate from Mixed Media Place

Mixed Media Place is a treasure chest of different media for creative minds,
carrying a wide variety of embellishments & tools to get your projects going. 

The world of mixed media is a place of limitless possibilities - 
we are here to help you to spread your wings & fly!

Find our blog HERE, LIKE us on Facebook HERE
follow our boards on Pinterest HERE & do your shopping HERE!

As always this is sponsored by the wonderful

& can be won by ANY OF OUR OFFICIAL FOLLOWERS but you 
MUST also upload your project to our Facebook Page to be eligible!
Prize is valued at $36.95 & as with all our prizes, postage is also paid for!!

Scraps of Darkness & Scraps of Elegance are monthly scrapbook kit clubs
that cater to scrapbookers who are looking for an alternative to what other 
kit clubs offer. Our kits are designed for artists who wish to take scrapbooking
to a level beyond. We strive to include the latest & greatest items on the market
that will enable you to create not "just a layout", but a work of art. 

Visit our blog HERE,our Store HERE & sign up for our kits HERE & HERE!
Please LIKE us on Facebook HERE, follow our boards on Pinterest HERE,
subscribe to our YouTube channel HERE & find our tutorials HERE!!

So there you have it everyone!
Followed by an additional 6 PRIZES OPEN TO EVERYONE!
Additionally another 2 PRIZES THAT CAN BE RANDOMLY WON!!
18 PRIZES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Phew - that's a lot of prizes! I sure hope you can join us for this huge month!

Happy scrappin'!