Wednesday 28 October 2015

Dusty in October

Hello again! I'm back to share a layout I made using the gorgeous Dusty Attic October mood board for my inspiration.

We've had such beautiful weather here lately yet the mood board still inspired me to think about some of my favourite places in the sunshine near the sea. Santorini would have to be at the top of my list!

Here's what I made:

This main chippie is one of my favourites ever! It's called Decorative Scroll #1 and it's so easy to make something special with it. It consists of two pieces - the wider backpiece and the finer front piece. You then layer the front one onto the back one. For this project, I painted the back piece with Silver Dusty Attic paint and the front piece with Mountain Meadow paint. I then coated both with relevant colours of Tinby Designs Metallic Melts. I gave the title and the hearts a similar treatment.

You can just see some different shapes peeping out from behind the scroll. I used Mountain Meadow paint through a Dusty Attic stencil. This was great for adding a bit of extra depth and detail.

I love the way the Hearts chippies can be split into open and closed hearts. That's double the value - awesome!

Here's the mood board. Isn't it beautiful? I was influenced by the sea photo, the circular shape the wave made, the sunset and the colours. I sure hope you can join in this month. Don't forget - you can win $100 worth of chippies!

Here are the Dusty Attic products I used:

Decorative Scroll #1 DA 0213

Word Pack #19 DA 1275

Heart Attack Panel Small #1 DA 1203

Dusty in Colour Paint in Mountain Meadow, 
Cashmere, Navajo White and Fine Silver

Fan Stencil DA 1320

Happy scrappin'!


Sunday 25 October 2015

An Off The Rails Tutorial

Hello scrappy friends! Today I have a tutorial for Off The Rails to share. I want to show you how to make you own unique watercolour creations. You can use this idea to make scrapbook pages, cards or anything!

Here's my layout:

Step 1

Splatter some black ink onto an A4 sheet of watercolour paper where your work will go.

Step 2

Draw some flowers in freehand. Don't worry of they're not perfect - that's the idea!

Step 3

Use a stencil to draw in some flourishes. You could also hand-draw leaves if you like.

Step 4

Mix some watercolour paint with water and just apply it to the central area of your petals.

Step 5

Mix another watercolour a couple of shades darker with water and fill in the rest of the petals. Try to keep the colours separate at times, although they will tend to mix when they're wet.

Step 6

The end result is a random mix of the two colours giving your petals a realistic multi-hued effect.

I kept my embellishments to a minimum so as not to hide the watercolour work

My layout was based on this month's beautiful mood board. Are you going to enter our challenge this month?

Happy scrappin'!


Thursday 22 October 2015

Photobombed at Scrappy Chat Designs!

Hello there! Today I have a layout to share that I made for Scrappy Chat Designs. I used the new "Nestled" kit which has fabulous Authentique papers - don't you just love the thick quality of these papers? - plus a fab product called Patina, plus calico, twine, metal shim and metal embellishments. Woohoo!

Here's a sneaky peek of what I made:

To see the full layout, head over to the Scrappy Chat Designs blog HERE.

All Scrappy Chat Designs members will receive a Tech Sheet showing how I made this. Are you a Scrappy Chat member yet? If not, here are the details:
Joining Scrappy Chat Designs is like doing 3 classes each month - all in the comfort of your own home!

Each premier kit comes with:
Video AND instructions to complete the three layouts and feature many techniques with product to be used well after the life of the kit. (With all of our kits you will have plenty of product and knowledge to add to future projects)
Photos of each project including close up detail pictures.
All the product needed to complete the project with a list of additional basic items used such as ink/ paints/gesso/texture paste and colour sprays you will need out of your supplies.
The kits focus on how to use various products teamed up with some pretty paper to compliment them, so there is always less or non-consumable products in our kits, to not only help you complete some beautiful projects, learn many techniques and ways of using the different product as well as taking them well beyond the kit projects.
Kits are $39 + postage and come out monthly. Please e-mail us at if you would like to order this kit

For more kits and other products visit our website

Scrappy Chat Designs Kit club Membership (e-mail us to purchase):
This lasts for 3 months is $135 and includes 3 kits at 5% off and postage for all 3 kits (they are released monthly). As a member you also get ‘insider’ info on what is coming up in the next kit – sometimes even a pic! You get additional 'Technique sheets' showing you more techniques you can nail with the product in the kit from the talented Arty Chic's. You are also guaranteed the kits which do sometimes sell out VERY quickly. If you are interested in membership, you need to pay the membership fee by the 30th of the month prior.

Just email for this deal 

Happy scrappin'!


Friday 16 October 2015

Clean and Simple Rules!

Hello and welcome back! I have a Dusty Attic layout to share today and this time I have made something VERY different for me! There's no particular reason why this is so different - I just wanted to play with patterned paper for a change.

Don't you just love that flourish under the photo? I wanted to show it off so I cut my patterned paper to suit. Here's how I decorated the flourish, the border and the title. It's really easy but looks fabulous!

Step 1

Add some Dusty Attic texture paste directly to the bare chippy with your finger. Dab it on roughly to create a stippled effect.

Step 2

Colour it with gold ink. This leaves you with a gorgeous textured piece plus the gold ink over the white texture paste creates a stunning pewter colour.

To make those flowers and leaves on the background, I simply applied the gold ink through a Dusty Attic stencil. I love the soft, airbrushed effect.

Here are the Dusty Attic products I used:

Texture Paste DA1218

Flower Burst Stencil DA1323

Ornamental Trim Set DA 1347

Lace Border #3 DA1344

Mini Captions #3 DA 1290

Foliage #3

Thanks so much for dropping in!

Happy scrappin'!

Heather McMahon

Friday 9 October 2015

Love Life

Hello and welcome back to my blog!

I have a quick and easy layout for you today. This can be made with just a few products.

There is only one piece of patterned paper used on this. I simply tore some off and placed it in the corner, adding a smaller piece in the bottom corner. I drew a few circles by hand then applied texture paste through a stencil and added a few sprays on top. I then added some chippies, most of which I left bare, my photo and journalling. Easy!

Happy scrappin'!


Thursday 1 October 2015

My Mood Board for Around The World!

Hello there! It's the first of the month and that means it's Scrap Around The World time! And this month is especially exciting for me as I designed the SATW mood board!

First, I'd like to share my layout.

I love the action and movement in the photo and the layout. The photo was a selfie my daughter took with her friends on top of The Luge on a trip to New Zealand. They look like they're having a blast!

Here's my SATW mood board.

It's not hard to work out which photo I used as my inspiration. I was actually surprised by my choice because when I made the mood board I fell in love with the tree image and assumed I would use that. But, when the time came to create, it was the watercolours that spoke to me. Of course, I also was inspired by the feathers (don't you love the heart shape the wings make?) and the circular elements (I sponged water through a dots stencil to remove some of the colour).

I hope you're not scared off by the bright colours! I wanted to make my mood board inspirational for all tastes. You can choose to ignore the colours completely and instead be inspired by the shapes, the feathers, the textures, the words or anything else that takes your fancy.

The feathers on my layout are from The Dusty Attic and have just been released. I adore them! I used a white paint pen to colour them then used a variety of products to colour the strands of beads. I added coordinating threads in and around the feathers.

I used Tinby Designs Metallic Melts to colour the title. I used silver on the top half and painted the bottom half black. I then added more silver Melts over parts of the black. I'm sure glad that Metallic Melts can be coated again and again because I changed my mind several times making this. There are three different colours under some parts of this title!

Are you going to give my mood board a go this month? I'd LOVE it if you did! I'm really looking forward to seeing what you create!

Don't forget - we have 11 fabulous prizes to be won!

Each month Scrap Around the World offers 10 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 products from 13@rts

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

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$30 gift certificate from Creative Embellishments

Prize package valued at $25 from 7 Dots Studio

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$20 worth of chipboard from 2Crafty Chipboard

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$15 gift certificate from Studio75

15 Euros worth of products from Scrap-Unlimited

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$15 gift voucher from Mixed Media Place

17.50 Euros worth of products from Danafix, France.

10th PRIZE
Over $15 worth of scrapbooking supplies from Design Team member Rachael Funnell {Australia}

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Scrapbook kit from Scraps of Elegance Kit Club

{The random winner will receive the SOE June 2015 kit valued at $36.95}

$50 gift certificate from The Dusty Attic

The deadline for this challenge is Friday, October 30th, 2015. You can find the challenge HERE!

Happy scrappin'!