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There are three responses to a piece of design — yes, no, and WOW! WOW is the one to aim for.


Hi, and welcome.

Continuing our month long designer spotlight, today, we are featuring some of Heather McMahons lovely work.

Heather shares a little about her style, and about how she goes about creating her wonderful creations.



So Japanese detail 1 (2)

I don’t think I have a particular style as I am constantly trying out different techniques and products. If anything, my layouts tend to be textural and often arty. I use a lot of mists, chipboard, haberdashery items and, of course, flowers. I tend to make several layouts in one style as I experiment with it, then discover something else and head down a different path. I love variety and am very focussed on colour.

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So Japanese detail 2 (2)

I used two full sheets of 12 x 12 paper to make the fan background. I have attached a sheet of chipboard to the back for strength. I incorporated a wire crane from a card I bought In Japan and added trails and “leaves” using a Japanese-style ribbon. I even added small chopsticks.

Above all though, I think the gorgeous Manor House flowers make the page. They’re so elegant and the colours work beautifully.

‘So Jananese’

MHC Products used: Romance – sweetheart champagne, Sublime – aqua & cream, Country lane – green, Blossoms – airlee, leaves.

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I was inspired by the gorgeous colours in the ScrapCake papers for this layout. They created such a wonderful summery feeling and matched Indi’s zinc perfectly!



‘Think zinc’

MHC Products used: Taniesha.

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I love this photo of my mum when she was a girl. She lived on a farm and loved it. Mum’s favourite colour is purple so, even though it’s a colour I don’t use a lot, I decided to make it in purple for her. I’m glad I did as I love the result! I covered wire in florists’ tape then hot glued the Manor House Creations flowers to it. The birds are cut from the Manor House packaging.




Layout ‘1951’

MHC Products used: Country lane – purple, Sprinkles – mauve, Blossoms – byron, Cutie pies – mauve, Shimmers – snow, MHC packaging.

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I love these pics of my daughter. She doesn’t like posing for photos but this day she was more than willing as she was showing off her new clothes. It was a bit scary how well she could pose when she wanted to!



Layout ‘Pose’