Sunday 29 November 2015

Something BIG is Coming!!!!

Check back here on the 1st of December for some very exciting news!


Friday 27 November 2015

The Mad Hatter

Hello there!

I had a layout published in Scrapbooking Memories magazine, Volume 18, No 3. This one had an interesting technique which you might find useful.

Do you have any old tubes of photo glue in your stash? I used to use these all the time and I sometimes still pull them out as they have some unique properties.

To make the pattern in the red paint, I first rubbed photo glue through a stencil with my finger. I removed the stencil and cleaned it straight away. I then swiped red paint over the stencilled area. When the glue was completely dry, I rubbed it off with my finger which left the white paper showing through underneath. It's pretty cool I think!

I also used a stamp through a diamond stencil to create another interesting feature. I then traced around the diamonds with a pen.

Happy scrappin'!


Saturday 21 November 2015

Gift Cards for Gift Cards!

Hello there! I thought that with Christmas coming up it might be a good idea to re-visit an idea I had earlier in the year about how to present gift cards in a meaningful and attractive way. I've put this post up before so if you've seen it, feel free to move on!

I bought some gift cards to give to some family members and was wondering how I could present them nicely to their recipients. My solution was to create a card that provided both a place to write my sentiments plus a place to hold the gift card.

Here's what I made:

Can you see the gift cards? They're tucked into pockets on the front of the cards.

The darker card was made with a young male in mind, hence the grunginess. I started with a clothing tag as my base for the pocket and stitched a diagonally cut piece of paper onto it to slide the gift card into. The chippie word 'Dude', the barbed wire and the spark plug were all treated with Gelatos and Beck BT's Tinby Designs Metallic Melts in a similar way to that which I described in a previous post here.  Isn't that chippie font so cool?

The background was made using texture paste through a stencil then adding some sprays.

The female card was much harder to make because I already had the gift card and it was hot pink. Eeek! I teamed it up with some stunning Websters Pages paper and kept the embellishments pretty rather than grungy. I love these Dusty Attic titles.

Here are the products I used:

Word Pack #6

Barb Wire #2

Spark Plugs

Stars #3

mini Stars

Word Pack #7

Branch #4 small

Flutterbies #3

mini Hearts #2

I hope this has inspired you to add a personal touch to your gift-voucher giving this year! Don't forget you can buy Dusty Attic products online now here.

Happy scrappin'!


Sunday 15 November 2015

Dusty in Santorini

Hello! I'm back today with a layout for The Dusty Attic. I've scrapped another one of my Santorini photos. I don't know why but I seem to keep turning to my Dusty Attic chippies every time I scrap one of these pics. They just seem to match!

Here's what I made:

There's quite an interesting story to this background. I firstly had the idea of keeping the background fairly sparse so I just used pink Gelatos through a Feathers & Arrows stencil. I applied the Gelatos with a baby wipe. I decided that the hot pink Gelato was too stark for the page so I added some yellow Magicals. Now the page was too lolly-coloured so I toned it down with some white spray. I still didn't like it and almost threw it out but thought I'd try layering another stencil pattern on top. I applied gesso through the Confetti stencil to act as a bit of a resist, then added some blue Magicals over that. I liked where this was heading but it now looked like I had sprinkles (hundreds and thousands) on my page! I almost gave up again but thought I'd throw a heap more blue Magicals on there as a last ditch effort. It worked! I ended up with a very layered and detailed background, which was the opposite to what I started out trying to achieve!

Don't you just love that scroll under the photo? This was the piece that inspired this layout. I painted all the chippies white then used Gelatos to colour them.

I always write at least a date and location of the photo on my layouts however this one will be going into my album along with LOTS of other Santorini photos so I felt a date and location weren't necessary this time.

These are the Dusty Attic products that I used:

Scroll #2 DA 0215

Party Lights #1

Fleur de lis DA 1280

Word Pack #17 DA 1273

Feathers & Arrows Stencil DA 1327

Confetti stencil DA 1324

Happy scrappin'!

Heather McMahon

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Dusty in November

Hello and welcome back! I have a new layout to share using the gorgeous November mood board from The Dusty Attic.

The shattered glass effect of the mood board inspired me to cut my photo up into strips.

I painted my Floral Corners with different coloured Dusty Attic paints. If you look closely at the picture below, you'll see some chipboard 'splashes' around the flowers. These are just the waste pieces from the Floral Corners chipboard. Always keep your eye on your waste pieces - you never know what sort of interesting shapes are there!

I used Dusty Attic's Flower Burst stencil and brown ink to create the floral shapes around the photo then used gold Tinby Designs Metallic Melts on top. My title was created with Dusty Attic paint and Metallic Melts. I love the cool effect this creates!

The Dusty Attic products I used are:

Floral Corners DA0848

Mini Captions #6 DA1385 

Flower Burst Stencil DA1323

Dusty in Colour Paints in Hot Chocolate, 
Sunburnt  Orange, Cashmere, Dusty Pink and Navajo White.

I hope you can join in the challenge this month. The winner receives a whopping $100 gift voucher! You can find the challenge here.

Happy scrappin'!


Sunday 8 November 2015

A Cuppa for Scrappy Chat Designs

Hello scrappy friends! I hope you're enjoying the busy end of the year.

I've been playing with my latest Scrappy Chat Designs kit again. I had loads of fun with the Patina in this one!

Here are a couple of sneaks. Head over to the Scrappy Chat Designs blog HERE to see the full layout plus some tips on creating this page.

I LOVE the Ranger Patina that was in the kit. It worked so well with the metal shim.

Yep! That's a tea bag! There's one in the kit!

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'!


Sunday 1 November 2015

SATW in Singapore!

Hello scrappy friends! It's the beginning of a new month which means it's Scrap Around The World time! You can find this month's challenge here.

Here's what I made:

Yes, I caught up with a past and a present SATW girl in Singapore recently! Jelissa Mei and Priscilla Lim are both such lovely ladies. I was so excited to meet them, however I became sick on the way to see them and could barely hold a conversation. I had to leave early :( I promise ladies, next time I'm in Singapore I'll try again!

Here's the fabulous mood board by Tiphanie Barbreau. Isn't it gorgeous?

I've been hanging onto the photo of the three of us just waiting for the right SATW mood board. I just had to use this photo for a SATW challenge of course! As soon as I saw those little houses on the mood board I knew what I wanted to make. To me, Singapore is all about the tall buildings, yet there are still some smaller houses in some areas.

I made the skyscrapers by swiping strips of paint down the page then stencilling 'windows' on with texture paste.

Those gorgeous little houses are from The Dusty Attic. There are extra window shapes which can be added onto some of the houses. I simply painted them with Dusty Attic paints and they came up wonderfully.

The title is made from Dusty attic alphas, again painted with the Dusty Attic paints, and some cool Doodlebug alpha stickers. I wrote my journalling beneath this.

Are you able to join in the challenge this month? There are some very generous prizes!

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 Creative Embellishments

$35 worth of chipboard from 2Crafty Chipboard

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$30 value Goodie Bag of die-cut chipboard from Scrapiniec

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$25 worth of products from 13@rts

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Prize package valued at $20 from 7 Dots Studio

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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

$15 gift certificate from Studio75

10th PRIZE
Over $15 worth of scrapbooking supplies from Design Team member Tusia Lech {Poland}

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Scrapbook kit from Scraps of Elegance Kit Club

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

$50 gift certificate from The Dusty Attic

I hope you will join us at Scrap Around The World!
The deadline for this challenge is Monday, November 30th, 2015.

Happy scrappin'!