Friday, 25 February 2011

EVERYDAY ( with you is cause for) CELEBRATION (Colour Combos Galore Combo 180)/ Scrapbook Challenges Sketch 242 PLUS *Glimmer misting tips*











*** Incl. lot of misting tips too***

Phew, all of a sudden I have tonnes to blog about!  I have another 2 layouts to show you (not including this one), an impromptu photoshoot when the Vervet monkeys came to visit & my son's 13th birthday story/photos to blog about too - not to mention a photo series I've been experimenting with lately using cellphone shots (kinda have their own charm in an unfoccused sorta way!)  Ooops, and I also have my first set of assignments to share with you from The Photographer's Workshop I am attending, plus some awesome links to camera bags, so yeah it's all happening baby!!


I really try to get Colour Combos Galore & The Colour Room challenges completed every week.  I find them simple to remember because CCG is due in every Wednesday & TCR is due in every Thursday.  I just find colour inspiring, and easy.  Being restricted in terms of what you can use on a page is actually very freeing as it gives you an opportunity to really focus on the design aspect of the layout without getting side-tracked.  I also love the little "twist" that CCG adds each week - The Designer's Challenge - in this case to incorporate banners into your layout.

SUPPLIES:-  Printed paper - My Mind's Eye "Fine & Dandy" Tickled Pink 'Radiant' paper
Bazzill Swiss Dot
Maya Mists - Rose Tea & Blue Hydrangea
Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist (Perfect Pearl)
Colourbox Ink - Red
Banner uses paper offcuts from KI Memories,  Sassafras Lass & others
White embroidery thread
Sentiment from GCD Artsy Urban die-cut borders
Webster's Pages Sparklers
Prima Diamante/Pearl Bling
Pink Paislee Sweetness Heart badge
Jenni Bowlin pearl stick-pins
Making Memories Vintage Findings & tiny alphas
Vintaj butterfly & bird
Crate Paper restoration 3D chipboard
Glitz Design Maya Glitzers (stickers)
Bo Bunny bling
Pink Paislee 'Fascinating" alphas

I combined this colour challenge with the weekly sketch over at Scrapbook Inspirations where I have my Design Team gig going on until the end of June.  There is always plenty of action on that site & lots of friendly fellow crafters leaving words of encouragement.  If you are ever in need of inspiration go into their forum & click on "Sketches" or "Designer Challenges" to see what I and all the other DT girls there get up to.  Nice prizes too make it even more worthwhile. 
I am determined to make regular use of my glimmer mists, which is why you may have noticed they are on almost every layout!  Initially I'll admit I was skeptical about whether they would take off but they have indeed, with many more companies than Tattered Angels jumping onto the bandwagon, in fact I will go so far as saying that personally I think the glimmer mist trend has heralded a return to artsy techniques on layouts as I have noticed a lot more "painterly" effects on layouts of late (& jumped on the wagon as I do...)

My tip for anyone out there skeptical as I was is "make a small investment" & give Glimmer Mists a go.  I started out with 3 bottles & now I have 2 dozen (yup, even I gulped at that - had NO idea - things breed in this studio I'm telling you!)  Keep aside a clean pizza box or a USPS 13 x 14 x 4 box (the one your kit arrives in every month!) & use that as a "spray box" to contain the overspill.  Honestly, mists are the LEAST messy art supply you could own, with almost zero clean up.
I often don't bother with the box any more, opting rather for plastic grocery bags, quickly slicing one open at the side & spreading it underneath & beyond (behind) my layout.  I prefer it because 1) it's quicker to grab the bag, 2) the bag is "wipe-clean", the left-over mist doesn't get absorbed into the box but stays on top of the plastic & 3) I use up every last drop for colouring flowers, trim etc (because the plastic is totally non-absorbent) so there is very little clean up by the time I have "mopped up all the juices" on the plastic bag.  I just grab a wet-wipe (I always keep a packet on my counter top) wipe the bag clean, fold & put away.  60 seconds tops...
4)  I like the LOOK of misting when it is a FINE spray & that look is best achieved when you OVER-SHOOT your paper.  5)  I can hold the mist more upright & at a lower lever & better angle if I don't have the side of the box to take into consideration.  So there you go, my top 5 reasons for glimmer misting the way I do - onto plastic, NOT IN A BOX, for a no mess, practically zero clean-up artsy experience.   

Are you up for it?  I hope so!

Another trick is to look for any potential "masks" (stencils) around the house.  The one above is NOT an expensive Heidi Swapp House of 3 Designer glimmer mask.  NOPE.  It's the egg tray from the side of the fridge....bwahahaha!!!  And no-one is any the wiser 'cos I washed it up & stuck it back in before breakfast :)

Happy weekend People!





11 comments:

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

WOWZER!!!! you are not just good at colors, you are so clever with sketches too, love love love this page, so much to look at and admire!!!!!

*re-tulips in my garden* no Helen, I do have green thumb, those beautiful tulips were on the street in NYC, I took those pic last Spring!

Heather Jacob said...

WOW OH WOW !!!!! this is a stunner!!! amazing, fantastic work .. love it all the colours are just perfect and I adore the banner ... love it all .. big hugz x

Debbi Tehrani said...

Sigh. You know I just love this layout! And wow! To see it up close in all this beautiful detail makes me love it even more!

Diana said...

I have 6 new mists. Can't wait to try them out. Thanks for the tips. They are most welcomed.

Pearl said...

ooo ! lots of great tips you've given here , grrlll ! way to go with the egg tray ! there is something abt about misting with circles . Really adds so much to the whole background . & 2 dozen bottles of mists is good ! I have at least 2.5 times that now ! sigh !!! & still adding on ....just 2 more new bottles of CHalkboard mists this week ! ack !

& love those banners too ! woot ! you are on a roll !

Bernadine said...

Lovely layout Helen. I have some glimmer mist bottles and I just need to take the step out the boat and give it a try. :)

Alia said...

AMAZING LO!

aussiescrapper said...

Oh wow, I just love your gorgeous tips on the misting, I am so going to try this when I get some, mine washed away in the floods here. But the colours are just stunning, I am going to try and buy some chalkboard mists, are these ones better you think. Melxxx

Helen Tilbury said...

Thanks girls! Diana there are quite a few videos on You Tube etc about misting - worth a watch if you have the time (ha ha...) o/wise you just have to force yourself to use them, be brave & experiment - the more you do it the more confident you feel, just like anything else :) Mel I don't have those chalkboard ones (yet!) so I can't say if they'll be easier - they sound more opaque so could be harder to use actually - just don't be heavy-handed & sure they will come out great :)

Lynette said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous...everything about this layout is perfection...well done my friend.

MARILYN said...

GORGEOUS page my friend!! Beautiful details!!
Congratulations on being Featured, Well deserve it!!! and the photo....ohhh I Love It!!!!
HUGS!!!