Friday 28 August 2015

Going Herbal with Scrappy Chat Designs

Hello there!

I'm back today to tell you about a layout I made using the "A Time To Dream" kit from Scrappy Chat Designs. Have I told you that this is my fave Scrappy Chat kit ever? I think I have - I love it!

This month we have the most beautiful Ken Oliver Studios paper and the amazing Color Burst powder, among other things.

Here's a sneaky peek of what I made:

For the full layout, plus tips on how to use some of the products in this kit, head over to the Scrappy Chat blog here.

Happy scrappin'!


Tuesday 25 August 2015

I'm Off The Rails In August

Hello there!

I'm back today to share a start-to-finish mixed media layout for Off The Rails.. I've used the stunning sketch and the fabulous mood board as my inspiration.

Here they are:

I adore the colours in the mood board and that sketch is yummo!

Here's what I made:

I used lots of Dusty Attic paints on this as the colours were a perfect match for the mood board colours.

Step 1

Tear out a coupe of book pages and roughly paint them with watered-down Silks. I used African Jade and Guatemalan Green.

Step 2

Tear the pages and adhere around where your photos will sit. Stamp in random places around the edges. I used a Kaisercraft "Journal' stamp.

Step 3

Apply texture paste, gesso or similar through a stencil. My stencil is a Tim Holtz one called Burlap.

Step 4

Use a sponge to apply 'Sunshine' Dusty in Colour paint through a TCW stencil.

Step 5

Find a lid from a bottle of spray. Dip it in black paint and use this to stamp a row of circles on the right of the photo and groups around the photo.

Step 6

Taking the Tim Holtz stencil again, apply the four colours from the mood board randomly around the photo area using a sponge. I used Dusty in Colour paints in Sunshine, Mountain Meadow, Stormy Skies and Oceania mixed with Faded Denim.

Step 7

Mount the photos on yellow patterned paper and white cardstock. Punch a wide border from white cardstock, trim to fit and attach under the photo framing. Use a black pen to outline the photos.

Step 8

Stamp an image to compliment your photos and colour it with Silk and paints. Cut out and attach to you photos.

Step 9

Paint your chipboard alphas and some diamonds to scatter around your photo. Add alpha stickers to finish off the title.

Step 10

Add a few embellishments, including the date and place, between the photos and you're done! I used a Dusty Attic Page Pebble for the sub-title.

I sure hope you can join in the Off The Rails Challenge this month!

Happy scrappin'!


Friday 21 August 2015

A Dusty Play

Hello again!

I've been playing with chipboard! I had a Dusty Attic chippie that I wanted to use, but I wanted to make it somehow different. So I did what any self-respecting scrapper would do - I hacked into it with a pair of scissors! Now don't get me wrong, the chippie was gorgeous to start with. I just wanted to make it more 'me'!

Here's the chippie:

This is called the String of Hearts Frame Set (DA 1017). It's an older chippie but definitely a goodie! I used the larger, outside piece.

And here's what I made with it:

I cut the frame up into smaller sections then used these to form an incomplete circle. I didn't use all of the chipboard piece - I still have some hearts left for another project. This technique also allowed me to shrink the circle down to suit my layout better.

The title is made from two different alpha chippies - Typewriter ABC set (DA 0143) and Dusty Curls ABC Set (DA 0468). I painted them with Dusty in Colour paints in Oceania, Faded Denim and Sunshine. I added hearts from the mini Hearts # 2 set (DA 0990). The mixed shapes in this set make it a fave of mine.

To make my background, I cut out eight circle segments from scrap papers (this is a fabulous way to use up scraps!) and machine stitched them into place. I layered on some paper twine to form a few more circles to use under the chippies.

I added coordinating papers on the hearts and stitched around them to match the stitched background. Yes, it was slow work but worth it! I let the threads hang loose and they formed a beautiful cascading effect down the hearts.

Don't forget, the winner of the August challenge will win a  
$100 Dusty Attic voucher! 
You can find the challenge here.

Happy scrappin'!

Heather McMahon

Tuesday 18 August 2015

A Rich, Luxurious Scrappy Chat page

Hello there! I'm back today to share my first layout using the totally amazing "A Time to Dream" kit for Scrappy Chat Designs. Oh my gosh, I adore this kit!. The products in it just blew me away! There are stunning papers from Ken Oliver which have a very cool shiny surface and amazing designs. There is a stencil and the most beautiful beads I have ever worked with. There is a very cool product called Color burst as well as ephemera, book paper and cardstock. Wow!

Here's a sneaky peek of what I made. To see the full layout head over to the Scrappy Chat Designs page HERE.

If you're a Scrappy Chat Designs member, you'll be oohing and ahhing over this kit, I can guarantee it! You'll be receiving a Tech Sheet shortly showing how to make this project, step by step. Drop in next week to see some of the other awesome products being used.

Happy scrappin'!


Saturday 15 August 2015

A Summery Off The Rails

Hello there!

I hope that wherever you live, it is warmer than here at the moment. Gosh, it's been wild, wet and horrible. It's been great scrapping weather though!

I've been making a project for Off The Rails.. I've used the stunning sketch and the fabulous mood board as my inspiration.

Here they are:

I adore the colours in the mood board and that sketch is yummo!

Here's what I made:

I'll be back next week to share my start-to-finish mixed media layout tutorial with you. I hope you can join me!

Happy scrappin'!


Monday 10 August 2015

Dusty in August


It's been so cold and wintery here that I'm more than happy to be scrapping a bright, sunny layout. At least I can look at it and pretend it's warm!

My layout today is for the stunning mood board at The Dusty Attic. The mood boards are always sooo beautiful. Here's the board for August:

See what I mean about them being so beautiful? Here's what I made:

I took my inspiration from the yellow grass in the photo and the rural setting. I remembered this photo I took once of a beautiful paddock of canola in full flower. A decade or so ago you would never see canola around my area, but now it's quite common.

Now although I adore purple Jacaranda trees, I am not a fan of scrapping with purple. I wasn't going to use it all but I did manage to sneak a bit onto the background and, I'm pleased to say, the layout was better for it!

I absolutely love the circular frame chipboard and I use it quite a bit. It's called Decorative Frame #1. I coated it, plus two small Polaroid Frames with gesso then topped them with a coat of Silks to give them a limewashed look. I painted up some Tile Alphas and layered them on top to form part of my title.

Can you see the tiny birds on there? They're some of the mini Birds on a Wire. The rest of the piece is on the other side of the layout. I also painted up some Foliage #4 with Sunshine paint and tucked them under the photo.

Here are the Dusty Attic products I used:

Polaroid frames DA 0932

Decorative Frame #1 DA 0207

Foliage #4 DA 1294

Tile ABC Set DA 1119

Mini Birds on a Wire DA 1173

Dusty in Colour Sunshine DA 0905

Dusty in Colour Clear Gloss Varnish DA 0901

I used the Clear Gloss Varnish as an adhesive. It's the best adhesive ever!

Happy scrappin'!

Heather McMahon

Wednesday 5 August 2015

It's Challenge Time!

Hello and welcome back to my blog!

I love entering online challenges but sadly, I find my other scrappy commitments often prevent me from having enough time to just indulge. Recently though, I had a scrappy night to spare so I checked out a few favourite challenge sites. I found three that really inspired me so I thought I'd give them all a go! Here's my layout:

To make the background on this, I first applied Silks to a sponge brush and swirled it down the page. I added some orange to a couple of places on the brush for the swipes below the photo. I've become a bit of a Silks addict and am loving experimenting with this gorgeous product.

I then cut a couple of strips of 7 Dots paper, punched the edge of one, and painted them with the Silks. I drew a light pencil line where I wanted my large flourish to go then I stitched it, adjusting my stitch width as I went. It looks pretty cool I think!

The thing I really liked about these challenges is that they allowed me to create a layout that really means something to me. We recently went on a holiday and met some amazing people and I wanted to write about how meeting great people like these is such an important part of travelling.

I took a Dusty Attic Large Number Panel and trimmed it to fit my photo. I painted it white and used it as a frame. I like the numbers peeking out from behind the pic.

The challenges I'm entering are:


The challenge this month is Typesetting - incorporate letters or numbers into your project. I used letter stickers and words cut from papers to create my journalling and incorporated numbers as a photo frame.

Mixed Media Place

The challenge is to use a special word. Travel is an important part of my life and I relished the opportunity to explain one of the many reasons why I love it so much.
Products that I used in my layout are:
Silks - Apricot Nectar
Silks - African Jade
7 Dots paper - Destination Unknown
7 Dots paper - Thoughts Keeper

Words & Paintery

I love the colours on this one and my beach photo worked perfectly with the theme. We were just chilling on the beach watching the sunset. Aaaahhhh.....

Happy scrappin'!


Saturday 1 August 2015

A Seaside Scrap Around The World

Hello and welcome back!

It's August (the last month of winter - yay!) and the new mood board is up at Scrap Around The World. This is a soft, beachy, vintage mood board, perfect for the warm days the northern hemisphere are currently experiencing. Fortunately, it's also a time when we southerners go on holidays to escape the cold so I also have some very recent beach photos!

Firstly, here's the mood board:

And here's what I made:

Obviously, I was very inspired by the top two photos of the mood board. I managed to get a photo of a bike on a beach with footprints and the sea lapping at the sand. I also got the word 'explore' in there as that's exactly what we were doing!

I love accentuating the open space feel of photos like these. I did this by extending the photo across the whole page. I used different mediums to create different effects. The sky is made with watercolours. These are perfect for wispy skies. The sea is made with Silks. These have a little more body than watercolours and add a subtle glimmer. The sand is made with a mix of Dusty Attic paints, Whipped Spackle and a touch of Silks. I stippled the mix on with the end of a brush to give a sandy look. If you look closely you'll see I used paints to extend the footprints and the bike tracks.

The red heart and some of the flowers are from a pack I received ages ago from Two Sisters Scrapbooking. It's a pretty cool pack!


Each month Scrap Around the World offers10 MERIT BASED PRIZES, 1 random prize & 1 follower's prize so 12 PRIZES PER MONTH!

All winners must be official Google Friend Connect Followers of the SATW blog {see the SATW's sidebar - top left - to sign up!}

One random winner is chosen from all the entries, but please remember that to be eligible for this, you MUST upload your entry to the SATW Facebook page HERE! The other random prize is for one lucky COMMENTER so no need to even enter a project for this prize! Just leave some comment encouragement on any of the SATW 7 monthly blog posts right HERE!


$50 worth of chipboard from 2Crafty Chipboard
{image below is for illustration purposes & may not reflect exactly what you will receive}

$35 value Googie Bag of die-cut chipboard from Scrapiniec

Prize package valued at $30 from 7 Dots Studio {exactly as shown below}

$25 worth of products from 13@rts
{image below is for illustration purposes & may not reflect exactly what you will receive}

$20 gift certificate from Creative Embellishments

$15 gift voucher from Mixed Media Place

17.50 Euros worth of products from Danafix, France.

$15 gift certificate from Studio75

15 Euros worth of products from Scrap-Unlimited
{image below is for illustration purposes & may not reflect exactly what you will receive}

10th PRIZE
Over $15 worth of scrapbooking supplies from Design Team member Karine Gagnon {Canada}
{exactly as shown below}

Scrapbook kit from Scraps of Elegance Kit Club
{The random winner will receive the June 2015 kit valued at $36.95}

$50 gift certificate from The Dusty Attic

The deadline for this challenge is Monday August 31st 2015.
I hope you will join us at Scrap Around The World!!

Happy scrappin'!