Monday, August 3, 2015

Memories Documented - Guest artist for Somerset Memories Blog

Hi everyone.
a few months ago  I was invited to write a post
for the Somerset Blog as a guest designer .
I am feeling very blessed indeed.

My Art Journal Cover 

I am so excited and grateful to have been invited to share 
one of my Art Journals with you .
I have journaled most of my life and love to look back and read
about my memories, words and feelings .
In 1999 my treasured son Mark, age 22 was killed on his motorbike .
as you may imagine this left a huge hole in my life.
I was absolutely consumed by pain and grief....3 years along my grief journey
I discovered scrapbooking in 2003 and it has changed my life .

"To me this craft is the perfect combination of art,
 photography, beautiful paper,
and glorious words.
I especially love to choose some elements, 
cast a spell and see what happens, to create a dream and follow it through.
 Subtle shadows, light and color are all ingredients for casting the spell.
  I am inspired by colour and texture …which I weave into my works
I love to include stitching, chipboard, journaling, muslin, 
fabrics, metal elements, inking, masking and texture paste..
Getting messy brings out the kid in me
Mark is always in my heart and Art Journaling
 is a wonderful and powerful way of keeping his memory alive .
I made a promise to myself to honour his memory
 by living my life to the best of my ability"

For this particular journal I chose 4 colors of the chakras
Orange, Yellow, Blue and Blue.
why may you ask ?
is the color of emotion. passion, pleasure and health.
is the color of self-esteem, self-worth, confidence and personal power
is the color of self expression, nervous system, communication, will power and creativity .
is the color of transformation.. being grounded and in touch with nature.
releasing the old/detachment and beginning the transformation into a new state of awareness .

Memories Documented 
 I have created lots of layering and texture. 
The layers represent my grief and pain.
I find by journaling and creating my heart is healing little by little .
The metal, spark plugs and cogs - Mark's motor bike 
The numbers represent the years of my journey
The Graphic45 pen-nibs are for my journaling.

Materials used 
Art book /We R Memory Keepers
All the chipboard is from Dusty Attic .
Golden texture paste
Tim Holtz
 Distress inks and sprays/metal name plate/tissue tape/collection stencils
Graphic 45 nibs / metal plate
Golden texture paste
Prima patterned paper
Kraft paper

"Write to yourself " 
Make the next book you buy an empty one
fill its pages with the thoughts. feelings and stories from your life
written words can capture a feeling forever.
record JOY and a decade later you can read it over and feel 
 you felt on that particular day.
"Record despair and one sad day you can read it once again
 and know that you can RECOVER just like you did before ".
Being a student of your own history you can design a better future.
capture in words your life's journey
before TIME steals away it's lessons.

I love to use the ring bound journals .
they are very sturdy 
and also makes it very easy to 
change and rearrange my pages and pockets.
 Lots of pockets with tags, holding memorabillia and journaling .
above is a shot of some of my pages in this journal .

A step by step to create one of my tags found in this Journal .
Firstly Gather the ingredients for the Tag 
Graphic45 black tag
Distress crackle paint
Distress rusty hinge spray/tissue tape 
Versa color turquoise ink
Golden moulding Paste
Pallet knife
A quote and paper.

Complete the tag with more distress ink to create richness and depth
add crackle paint and string. .

thanks so much for looking at my work .
I hope I have inspired you to have a play with an art journal 
they can be on any subject / theme you choose .
happy scrapping and 
warm hugz to each of you xoxo

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Rustic Art Journal page - Journey

Hello and a warm welcome to my blog
Time for my Dusty Attic July project 

Today I am sharing another grungy/rustic art journal page .
this was such fun to create
The railway track represents the journey of life 
unknown territory 
is the color of emotion. passion, pleasure and health.
is the color of self-esteem, self-worth, confidence and personal power
is the color of self expression, nervous system, communication, will power and creativity .
 Speaking up for oneself is so essential to feed the soul .

railway photo sourced from Pinterest .

Dusty Attic materials used .

Crackle Paint DA 0900
Dusty in Colour /Navajo White  DA 0903
Dusty in color /Sunburnt Orange DA 0908
Dusty in color/Oceania DA 0912
Small film strip DA 0935
Small Cogs 2 DA 0002
Spark plugs DA 1152
Barb wire DA 1186
Bar code 5 pack DA 0624

Word pack 3 DA 1041- JOURNEY 

thanks so much for dropping by 
take care and happy scrapping.
I love that you leave me some loving words 
big hugz from Heather x

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Hi there and a cosy warm welcome to each of you.
Today I am sharing a Tag in a pocket
I created for a treasured friend 
I wanted to create a card to show her how much I love her and cherish our friendship .
I handed it to her last week.
She really loved it .
Margy said 'I can tell this was made with love '
how beautiful is that !!

 lots of layers , just like our friendship .
lots of experiences and layers over the years .
wonderful x

I had fun creating
 this card 
and it feels wonderful to have such a beautiful friendship 
thanks for looking at my work 
until next time
Big warm Hugz from me xxox

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Dusty Attic - July Mood Board

Hello my friends , a very warm welcome to my blog

Today I am sharing my take on the
 for July

I just love these beautiful autumn colors .
it is Winter here in Australia at the moment 
so I loved playing with these 
light colors to brighten up the dull, overcast  days of Winter.

I chose to allow the light green, pale blue to dominate.
The dark brown features at the top and bottom section, 
with tiny splashes of the pale fawn on the metal embellie . 


some of the chippies are trimmed
e.g. the film strip ..
 I have only used the edges of the strips here
painted and layered on my embellie cluster .

Dusty Attic Materials used
Crackle Paint DA 0900
Dusty in Colour /Navajo White  DA 0903
Dusty in color/Oceania DA0912
Dusty in color/Jungle Green DA0920
Love that DA1074H
View finder DA 1081
Mini Branches #2 DA 1121
Film Strip : DA0934
Circle Frame set : DA 0490
Ornamental Trim set :DA 1347

the ornamental trim which is tucked under the right 
side of the pic, has been trimmed 
before adhering to my LO . 

 blooms, beads, metal, paint , chippies and stitching .

a mix of chippies, metal, fabric, and paint 
I adore adding crackle paint to metal embellies and the DA chippies, 
creating a rich finish.

 thanks so much for popping by and taking a look 
at my work 
I hope you are inspired to have a play with these colors 
and some yummy chipboard pieces .
happy scrapping until next time 
big hugz to each of you xox

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Guest designing for LemonCraft

Hello everyone and a warm welcome to each of you.
I am so honoured and excited to be invited as a 

Guest Designer for 

Heartfelt thanks to you Anna for asking me .

These papers are so beautiful and a pleasure to work with .
Soft, romantic and glorious designs and colors .

Today I have 3 projects to showcase and share with you .
my first project is a Layout I created to showcase these glorious  papers 

the BG paper is lacy and soft therefore 
I only needed to do a small amount of stamping and stitching .
I just adore these blooms .

as many of you know I love creating tags ...
so here are two for you to see .

 I adore the softness of the pearly white background
with the richness of the green and deeper pink .
I created some texture with fibre paste and a stencil .  
 I cut out and layered the green and pink butterflies , 
creating a cluster with the bird cage, butterflies, metal element , brads and flair.
the metal element is painted with white Gesso and secured with a glossy ceramic brad. 

 Here I created a pocket with a layered and stacked design on the front .
the pocket holds a TAG where I wrote a quote and left room to write a celebration message. 

a close up image to see more details of the layering. 
Lemoncraft Papers and materials used 
Lemon craft supplies - lace, brads, flairs.
Heart Painted - Gladness
Heart Painted - Melancholy
Heart Painted - Sadness
Heart Painted - Hope
Heart Painted - Kindness
thanks so much for looking at my work and I do hope I have inspired you 
to play with these beautiful Lemoncraft papers and supplies. 
warm hugz from Heather x

Monday, June 22, 2015

Soft Pastel card and a tag created for Dusty Attic .

Hello everyone
I welcome you to my blog today
here is my June project for 

This month I decided to share some card/tags with you .
Recently our niece was married 
and I wanted to create a hand made card for them to keep 
Emma said she really loved it and thought it was special 
as it was handmade .
I chose these colors for their softness and romantic feel.

Love You 
Dusty Attic materials used 
Love you Arrows DA1070
French Flourish border DA0275
Dusty in Colour /Navajo White  DA 0903
Dusty in bloom Bridal Veil  DA0805

I created a small pocket inside the card to hold a tag 
and a gift of money for the wishing well .

for Libby 
I wanted to create something special and unique
 for my treasured friend Libby
I used the alphas and created a spot to add Libby's name .
I love the soft pastel paints from Dusty Attic .
they are a dream to use
They go on very smooth and dry very quickly .

Dusty Attic materials Used .
Mini ABC set lower case DA0862
Foliage #3
Heart Arrow #2 DA1026
Crackle Paint DA 0900
Dusty in Colour/Oceania DA0912
Dusty in Colour /Navajo White  DA 0903
Dusty in Colour/sugar plum DA 0906
Heart attack border #3 DA 1210
the base of my tag is chipboard to create a strong foundation.
I have covered it with Maja design paper and applied texture paste with a stencil . 
next the dies are layered and the chippies 
are placed on the top . 
the hearts are cut from the 
Heart attack border #3 DA 1210, painted and stacked .

now you are able to purchase materials directly from
 the Dusty Attic website 

thanks so much for looking at my work 
I love that you stop and leave me some love .
warm hugz till next time xox