Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Monday, 29 April 2013
Zva Creative, their Design Team & little old me
(Guest Designing for Zva for March, April & May! Yeah!!)
welcome you to our April blog hop! We are excited happy you are joining us and look forward to sharing our new work with you!
Today's Blog Hop begins at Zva Creative's Facebook page!
Be sure head on over to check it out!
Here's a list of participants (in case there is a glitch along the way) :-
Helen Tilbury THIS IS ME!
As you know, Zva offers many beautiful colour groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. If you like what you see along the hop you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.
I used Zva bling on THREE of my projects this month!
Let's take a look shall we?!
3 different ways to use Zva Bling
1) For a trendy ombre effect
2) On a masculine page
3) As the star of a simple page!
I went for an ombre effect on my page here - mixing various colours and blending them into each other, so I decided to use an array of bling colours to match.
I cut up & mixed pink, purple & green bling flourishes for an array of colour.
When working with bling I am never dictated to by the shape or size of the flourish as I simply cut the flourishes down to suit my page.
Above you can see that I have mixed four different colours together & softened the effect by adding flowers, vines & leaves intermingled with the bling.
Next up is BLING ON A BOY PAGE!
Yup, why not?! I went for a masculine, pewter colour & I laid my bling over a mess of tangled threads!!
Just LOVING the look of that!
I also used smaller black bling underneath my photo & to draw attention to my title at the top left of the page.
Lastly I created a simple page using one big, black bling flourish that I cut into two pieces & repositioned.
I didn't have to add much else at all - often bling jazzes up a page SO much that little else is necessary! I hope my pages have inspired you to use up your Zva bling in different ways!
If you want to see my pages in more detail - with LOTS of close-ups and explanatory text - check back soon as I always showcase each layout separately here on my blog & do just that!
If you would like to play along with our design team, just follow along the blog path. I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!
The Blog Hop starts today, April 29th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, April 30th.
Hidden on FIVE of the designer's blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Blog Hop post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win.
The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 1st on
We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to Zva's blog on Wednesday to see if you are a winner!
We also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize! To increase your chances of winning:
* Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you "tweeted" about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products. If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry.
*Hop over to Zva's facebook page and "like" our page or leave a comment there to tell us that you stopped by if you already like follow us there!
The blog hop begins here at Zva Creative's Facebook page! Your next stop is Fabi Ormerod. Enjoy! Thank you for joining us!
P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on May 27th for our next Zva blog hop!
Friday, 26 April 2013
Hi Everyone! I'm here today with a really cute & VERY dimensional mini-album from My Creative Scrapbook this month. It was a pure delight to make & I split it into 3 creative sessions of a few hours each as there was drying time between each layer.
I used many different mediums on this little piece & am really happy I was prompted to create this teeny book as I generally don't get around to making mini-albums due to the time that they take. Of course they are always well worth the effort & really suitable for keeping complete events in one place, as they are able to tell an entire story.
The story mine tells is of our last bittersweet trip to Cape Town, where we visited my sister for the last time before she died, last year. Here's the kit that I was sent to work with.
The Maya Road mini-album was a combination of raw chipboard & undyed linen so I misted, stenciled, gessoed & varnished each piece before I begun putting the album together.
Mini-Album Tips & tricks by Helen Tilbury for My Creative Scrapbook April 2013 Album Kit
Working on this gorgeous little beauty should take you about 12 hours - I suggest making it over the course of a week (during the evenings if you work during the day) as there's drying time between processes.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN assembling the album you need to do the 'ground work' preparing the raw chipboard pieces, the linen cover & pages & the inside chipboard cover & chipboard pages.
You do NOT need to use the same colours or mediums as I have used so feel free to improvise & use what you have on hand!
FOR THE PAGES - I misted using the 'Driftwood' mist from the kit & also used a PINK mist for some contrast - spraying randomly on each page - once dry I used the Maya Road 6" grid mask (from a previous My Creative Scrapbook Kit) together with some gesso & quickly added some texture/pattern to only some areas of each page. I finished off my page preparation by spraying each page with 'Glitter Varnish' (in a spray can) to seal.
FOR THE COVER - I misted with the 'Driftwood' mist provided aswell as some yellow mist (with the driftwood towards the edges & the yellow mist towards the centre/spine) then toned the mist down by rubbing white acrylic paint over the mist with my finger then using Golden Hard Molding Paste on the cover (using the negative from the chipboard pieces as my mask) & finally sealed with Glitter Varnish.
FOR THE INSIDE COVER - I used Golden Glass Bead Gel then rubbed over with a sponge dipped in the 'Driftwood' & PINK mist for a mottled effect & finally sealed by spraying with glitter varnish.
FOR THE CHIPBOARD PIECES - I painted them with white acrylic paint, followed by Golden Glass Bead Gel followed by misting then glitter varnish (drying between layers). I cut these all into smaller pieces to fit my tiny album too.
FOR THE FLOWERS - I dabbed them with gesso on a sponge then sealed with glitter varnish.
FOR THE ARTISAN ELEMENTS from Pink Paislee (the cream rubber embellishments) I painted these with gold glitter varnish (I use nail varnish & it works perfectly) then cut these elements up smaller so I could tuck them under my flower clusters.
FOR MY ALBUM SPINE - I reserved one flower & hot glued the lace & measuring tape ribbon on first before knotting & inking up the remaining measuring tape ribbon to make the bows.
Once you have prepared all your pieces & selected & printed out your photos the fun begins!
A tip to make sure you have a balanced album = lay out all the photos on your desk and pair with a selection of embellishments until all your embellishments are utilised - that way they will be evenly distributed! (I cut up the black rhinestone swirl into smaller parts too!)
Now cluster & layer to your hearts delight!
Want your mini-album to last 'forever'? Turn on your hot-glue gun & use it for EVERYTHING - it's the strongest hold & it's what's required for something that gets handled often & is not behind a page protector in an album.
Have fun & create your own mini masterpiece!!
Don't worry that your book won't close - that's the whole idea - it's a 3D shabby delight & meant to stand upright on a counter just waiting for passers by to take a peek. It also looks awesome up on a shelf away from little hands :)