Friday 23 December 2016

December Mini Challenge at More Than Words

Welcome back! This is a mini post for the More Than Words Mini Challenge! Here's what I made for December:

I built a tag on top of a gift envelope. I'm going to give this to someone on Christmas Day. I love those baubles on a wire. They ancient but fabulous!

I know it's a tough time of year to be scrapping but maybe a quick Mini Challenge is just what you need!

Hope you can join us. You can find the challenge here.
Ho, ho, ho!

Happy scrappin'!


Thursday 15 December 2016


Hello again friends! I have a layout to show you today that I made using some of my favourite Dusty Attic chippies. I had so much fun with this!

I absolutely love Dusty Attic's Whimsy Frames. I know I'll be using these again and again. There are plenty of different designs and I'm working my way through them all! I simply inked my frame in black ink to make it stand out from the bright, busy background. This is so quick and easy to do.

The background is a riot of colour and scraps - I love this edgy, arty style. It might look like I've thrown it all together but it actually takes me ages to get the balance of colour and weight right. The background is made using my current favourite stencil - the Scribble Circles. I just swiped gesso through it. I put all sorts of nick-nacks on top, like this cute little Dusty Attic bird.

I've painted my title in bold colours, again to help them stand out from the background. I mixed up my Dusty Attic fonts to add to that funky feel. I then painted the alphas with Clear Gloss Varnish to give the title a more polished look. I also ran a line of Clear Gloss Varnish around the inside edge of the frame.

The Dusty Attic products I've used are:
Whimsy Frames #5 DA1561

Bookman ABC Set DA0666

Typewriter ABC Set DA0143

Tile ABC Set DA1119

Mini Birds on a Wire DA1173

Scribble Circles Stencil DA1608

Dusty in Colour Paint
in Soot and Navajo White

and of course, my ever reliable...
Dusty in Colour
Clear Glass Varnish DA1901

Happy scrappin!


Sunday 11 December 2016

Kraft Plus

Hello! How are you getting on with the silly season so far? I hope it's more fun than fluster for you :)

Much to my surprise, I've had more scrapping time than usual lately so I decided to give the challenge at Kraft+ a go. I can't believe I've never entered this fabulous Aussie-based challenge before. It's open to anyone though, not just Aussies.

I've been playing with my Colour Crush powders again. I simply love them! Here's what I made:

The challenge was to be inspired by anything to do with "Home". I thought about it and decided to scrap about how thrilled my hubby and I are that the kids still love regularly coming home to see us, even though they both live in Melbourne. We took this selfie last week in an attempt to get a decent Christmas photo. This was the best of the bad bunch!

I used a brick stamp on the background to symbolise the solidness of home. I've been on a mission lately to use things from my scraps drawer - that's the drawer where I put all those little bits and pieces that I made for previous projects but didn't use. I did a bit of fussy-cutting from some papers I found in there.

All the pink, red and yellow pieces are created with Colour Crush powders. I adore this look! I'm also having a bit of a book paper fetish lately too so I had to add some of that in.

Are you going to join in at Kraft+ this month? Here's the mood board:

Happy scrappin'!


Tuesday 6 December 2016


Hello again my scrappy friends. I'm back today with a layout I made using the stunning December mood board at The Dusty Attic. The mood board photos are rich and luxurious so I thought I'd follow their lead.

I simply adore that star border! It could be used for birthdays, Christmas, anything really! I sprayed the Dusty Attic flowers with silver spray to match my layout and painted all the chippies, including that stunning title, in silver too. Of course I used Clear Gloss Varnish to glue down those fine chippies. The nozzle is perfect for jobs like this.

And yep, there it is again - another Mini Heart Button! This time I covered it in the purple paper to match the layout and added some funky silver thread to the middle. Tucked underneath is an arm of an Ornate Cross. I just keep bits like this that are left over from other projects. You never know when a cool shape like this might work on something else!

I hunted through my (somewhat extensive!) stash but couldn't find any silver background paper. I did find some old Mistables paper though so I sprayed it with silver mist and viola! - a gorgeous background appeared in front of my eyes! I stitched the framework around the photo area then swiped Tinby Designs Colour Crush across the area to highlight it. I did the same under the title.

Why don't you join in the challenge this month? There is a whopping $100 Dusty Attic voucher up for grabs! Here's the totally gorgeous mood board:

You can find the challenge here.

The Dusty Attic products I used are:

Breathtaking DA1588

Star Banner DA1436

Branch #4 Small DA1185

Stars #3 DA1153

Stars #1 DA0933

Page Pebbles #3 DA1107

Mini Heart Buttons DA0682

Ornate Crosses DA1083

Dusty in Bloom Bridal Veil DA0805

Dusty in Colour Lavender Blush

Dusty in Colour Clear Gloss Varnish

Happy scrappin'!

Heather McMahon

Thursday 1 December 2016

Traditions at More Than Words

Hello and welcome back! This month we're focusing on Traditions over at More Than Words. What does the word 'Traditions' make you want to create? You also have to add something handmade to your project.

At this time of year, the word 'Traditions' would make many of us think of Christmas but I took a different view. Here's what I made:

We do have Christmas traditions in our house but I've wanted to scrap about our family's Doctor Who obsession for a while. We used to look forward to Sunday nights when we would all snuggle up on the couch and watch Doctor Who together. We would criticise the Daleks and roll our eyes at the corny bits but we loved it anyway. My kids were a lot younger then and it was a great way to have some fun family time.

I used Tinby Designs Colour Crush to make the swirly, splattered outer-space scene. My handmade touches are the wire 'planets' and I hand-drew cracks onto the universe background with Liquid Pearls.

Here's the challenge board. Are you going to join in this month? You can find the challenge here.

Happy scrappin'!


Friday 25 November 2016

A Moment to Shine

Hello! Well I've had a hugely busy month but somehow I've found myself at the end of it with some scrappy time to spare. I hunted around the challenge blogs and found a great challenge over at 7 Dots Studio. The theme this month is "Moments in Time". Just about anything would suit this challenge but I chose to scrap about a beautiful moment I caught between two of my nieces.

I used papers, elements and stickers from the gorgeous Verano Azul range from 7 Dots. I love the way the lighter section at the top of the page looks like clouds. It works so well with the photo.

I adore the expression of freedom that the girls show in this photo. I want them to know that they are beautiful girls and I hope that they shine all their lives like they do in this photo.

There are lots of Dusty Attic goodies on this page - the chippies and paints are all theirs. I covered the chippie heart button with 7 Dots paper so everything coordinated.

You can find the 7 Dots challenge here.

I hope you can give the challenge a go - it's fun!

Happy scrappin'!


Wednesday 23 November 2016

A November ATC

Hello again. It's the last week of the month which means it's Mini Challenge time at More Than Words! I love these Mini Challenges.

Here's the ATC I made:

I really enjoyed making this. I had another idea in mind when I started but the blue background that I made with Tinby Designs Colour Crush was so cool that I didn't want to cover it up! That stunning star banner is from Dusty Attic. You can find it here. 

The word that must be used on your entry is 'Day'. Here's the challenge board.

I sure hope you can join in the challenge. Remember, entries close on the last day of the month!

Happy scrappin'!


Saturday 19 November 2016

A Tribute to Lost Art

Hello and welcome back! Today I have a layout to share for The Dusty Attic that I made as a tribute to an amazing man and his art.

Bruno is an incredibly talented artist and sculptor in Marysville, Victoria. We saw his work years ago and all our family loved it so much that we bought a statue that was a replica of a huge one in the main street of Marysville. A few years later, fires swept through the area killing many people and destroying much of Bruno's work, including the original statue. We are so glad that our little statue of the old bushwalker and his grandson continues to sit in our garden, forever watching the country around it.

Don't you just love these funky new frames from The Dusty Attic? I can see myself using a lot of these! That poppy is a fave chippy too. Poppies are my favourite flowers.

To make the background I scraped on a little Dusty Attic Navajo White paint then added some splashes of Tinby Designs Colour Crush and some stamping. 

Here are a few closies:

The Dusty Attic products I used are:
Whimsy Frames #6 DA1562

Poppies DA1289

Dusty in Colour Paint
in Forrest, Navajo White
and Soot.

Dusty in Colour Clear
Gloss Varnish DA 0901

Happy scrappin'!

Heather McMahon