Thursday 28 April 2016

A Dusty Journal!


I'm back with you today to share a journal that I altered. I've been doing a 12-week fitness challenge at a gym and we have to keep a journal for it. We are split into teams and they told us to decorate our journals in our team colours. As you can imagine, asking a scrapper to decorate a journal was like asking the sun to shine or the wind to blow - it's just what we do naturally!

Here's what I made:

I used Dusty Attic paints on the background through a Dusty Attic stencil. I then splashed some Magicals around. Here's what the first layers looked like.

I added a few more layers of paints and Magicals to get the final effect.

I LOVE this chippie scroll. I simply painted it in silver and let it shine!

It's quite hard to stencil on a surface that has already been stenciled on as the surface becomes uneven and wet mediums seep under the stencils, so I stenciled the butterflies onto a piece of white cardstock, cut them out and glued them onto the cover. It was slow work but I love the white borders around the butterflies as it helps them to stand out from the background.

These are the Dusty Attic products I used:

Decorative Frame #1 DA0207

Circuit Stencil DA 1322

Butterflight Stencil DA1493

Dusty in Colour Paints in Oceania,
Denim, Dusty Pink and Silver

Bookman ABC Set DA0666

Happy scrappin'!


PS - I've lost 7 kilos in the challenge so far and am sooo much fitter! Woohoo!

Tuesday 26 April 2016

Nothing Vintage Garden About This!

Hello friends!

I'm here today to share my new layout using the fab 'Vintage Garden' kit from Scrappy Chat Designs. As you can see there is nothing vintage or garden about my layout! I love that Scrappy Chat kits allow for different tastes and styles!

Here's my layout:

I'm thinking that you're wondering how on earth I made those balloons and flourishes. It's quilling! Yep, there is a quilling tool and quilling papers in the kit this month. Don't worry if you've never tried this before - it's easy!

If you are a Scrappy Chat Designs member, a Tech Sheet showing you how to make this layout will be on its way soon.

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 $45 + 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 $149 and includes 3 kits at OVER 10% off!!! and postage for all 3 kits INCLUDED (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. So to commence in February (next kit to be released) you need to have your membership fee paid by 30th January. Just email for this deal

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Happy scrappin'!


Saturday 23 April 2016

A Mini Challenge Tag

Hello again. I can't believe it's been two weeks since I posted in here. I've been sooo busy!

The first ever PaperArts Expo was held in Melbourne. I taught at it and it was great fun. It was wonderful to meet so many fabulous ladies there. The event was very well run. I look forward to them holding another one next year!

It's time again for the new More Than Words Mini Challenge. The challenge is live now and you can find it HERE. I made a tag this month.

I can't believe I used purple - I think that's twice in a couple of months! It just seemed to work on this.

I adore the fabulous Dusty Attic feather chippies. You can find them HERE.

And here's the challenge board:
I sure hope you can join in this month!

Happy scrappin'!


Tuesday 5 April 2016

Some R & R with The Dusty Attic

Hello and welcome back!

We recently had a beach  holiday and it was so great to just get out and unwind. I love this photo I took of my daughter just enjoying the water.

I used the chippies to support the photo in this layout. They didn't need a lot of embellishing as I wanted to keep the page quite natural-looking. I simply coated the Bubbles with gesso and kept the remaining chippies bare.

I popped the middles out of the Bubbles which gave me extra circle chippies - bonus! I used some of the circles here but kept most of them for a future project or two. I use the flying seagulls a lot - I love these!

The white corrugated card is also available from The Dusty Attic. This is so versatile! I love that it adds so much depth to a page so easily.

The Dusty Attic products I used are:
Bubbles DA1509

Word Pack #10 DA1266

Seagulls DA1042

Mini Seagulls DA1176

Corrugated Card DA0830

Happy scrappin'!

Heather McMahon

Friday 1 April 2016

April Challenge at More Than Words!

Hello and welcome back to my blog. The first of the month is always an exciting time because that means it's time for the new More Than Words reveal!

Firstly, I'll show you what I've made for it:

The photo was taken by my brother. His work takes him to many remote places in Australia. This photo was taken on the North-West Coastal Highway, a few hundred kilometres from Karratha in Western Australia. I think it's amazing!

You're not going to guess from my layout what the challenge is so I'd better show you!

The challenge is to be influenced by the word "Escape" and to use something from the Mood Photo. I looked at the Mood Photo and thought of wide open spaces and then knew exactly which photo to use. There's even a solitary tree in the photo. I don't think you can escape to more wide open spaces than outback Australia!

I felt that the bronze colour of my metal embellishments suited the rustic feel of the photo so I didn't alter them at all. I layered them up, mixing brands and styles for a rough and ready look. Most of them came from a purchase I made at my2angels a while ago though.

I stencilled the sunburst under the photos first to emphasise the sun in the photo. Scraps of paper and a few stickers added splashes of rich colour.

I made the word "Sunburnt" by putting alpha stickers on a piece of paper then stamping over the top of them. The raised stickers prevented the ink from reaching close to the letters and thus left a white border around them.

I hope you're able to join us at More Than Words this month. You can find the challenge HERE.

Happy scrappin'!