Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Guest Designer at TIOT

Happy Monday! - Warning!! A picture heavy Post!!!
A couple of weeks ago I was asked to be a Guest Designer over at Try It On Tuesday - as you can imagine I was well pleased, not least because the permanent DT are such an amazingly talented lot so I am in exalted company!
TIOT is a challenge blog which sets a theme and then encourages you to make anything within the guidelines of the theme, cards, altered art, ATC, scrapbook page, tag - anything you want and this fortnight's challenge is also an 'open' one of  'Anything Goes' so you can literally do whatever you want!

A friend recently asked me to make 'something other than a card' for her sister's 50th Birthday. The birthday girl is a mad footie fan (like me!) and her team wear orange and black....
I used white pearlised card dusted with a combo of Wild Honey and Dried Marigold DI to make a box. Using the pearlised card as a base has meant the box kind of 'shimmers'.
The border is an MS punch cut from black pearlised card and I made a tag, attached it with some black satin ribbon tied into a bow across the top.
Opened up it reveals a mass of shimmering gold, white and black.

I double layered the inside of the box so that the panels had some weight to 'drop'. 
I gold embossed the large butterflies entirely and used a Stemplglede flourish stamp to gold emboss the black pearlised panels and the bodies of the tiny butterflies.  I made a rose using Spellbinders  blossom dies and popped a dew drop in the centre of it.  
Although this took quite some time to make I am happy with the overall result - even if I'm not so happy about my photography skills! I've blamed the combination of embossing powder and shimmering card as well as the awkward shape but I hope you can see enough of it to imagine it in real life!
Please pop over to TIOT and join in this fortnight - the DT have some fab inspiration for you too.
Other challenges -
Crafty Bloggers - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes
Fashionable Stamping - Anything Goes
Take A Word - Butterflies
Whoopsi Daisy - Lots of layers
Come and get It - Anything But a Card
The Crafty Pad - Things With Wings
Poodles Parlour - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz- All that glitters
Thanks for looking in today - and if you've been able to find the time to leave me a comment, I appreciate it and hope you have a lovely day whatever you're doing. x 


  1. wow its stunning Viv - not surprised they wanted you you are a talented lady so fit right in with the team xx

  2. Oh WOW Viv, this is just stunning. Love it!
    Caz x

  3. cor blimey matey this is super love the colors to she be well happy with this its fabulous ...hugs sassxxxxx

  4. Hi Viv, this is such an awesome creation... what patience you must own to come out with this brilliant piece. Love everything about it - the color combo, the embossing, the butterflies and the flowers.

    PS: Your photos are great, it is not easy to photograph shiny stuff as you said.

  5. wow this is a fab exploding box Viv, love it, x

  6. This is a gorgeous exploding box Viv, such a lovely colour combination and fab attention to detail.
    Thank you for joining us at Whoopsi Daisy this week.

  7. Oh wow, what a stunning box, it looks so classy :o)
    Jackie xx

  8. Oh this is stunning, thanks for sharing it with us at CraftyCatz this week.xx

  9. Hi Viv
    A gorgeous and beautiful creation love the colour's thankyou for joining us this week at CRAFTYCATZ CHALLENGES
    Hugs Dianne xx

  10. What a great box... so glamorous and elegant! Beautifully constructed.
    Alison x

  11. Its beautiful me sweets what a brilliant idea, and congratulations to you too about time lol big huggies June xxxx

  12. Its an amazing and gorgeous project, love all the details and the gold embossing.
    We are thrilled to have you as our Guest Designer this week.
    Yvonne x

  13. What a beautiful exploding box! Thanks for sharing it with us at The Crafty Pad this week!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx
    PS I have Candy on my blog!

  14. WOW! Viv This is stunning,love the colour combo.
    Wendy xx

  15. That's a breathtaking project, so wonderful. Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

  16. A very pretty box, love the colors.
    thanks for playing at Come and Get It this week.

  17. Congrats on being our GD this week at TIOT! Your box is fabulous and I love the gold and black combo. Beautiful.
    Hugz, Z

  18. Viv, what a wonderful idea. It is just beautiful.


  19. Oh WOW! What a color explosion with the black and the gold! It looks spectacular and very vintage-y Love love love love it! Congrats on your GDT too! Thanks for playing with us this week at The Crafty Pad :)

  20. wow this is fantastic viv.really stunnig design and i love the colour combo :D

    xx coops xx

  21. Wow, a great gift. It may have taken you sometime to create but you should pat yourself on the shoulder it looks great! Wonderful detail and I love the butterflies. Thanks for joining our Anything but a Card challenge this week at Come and Get It. Regards Meighan

  22. Hi Viv, Lovely to have you as our Guest Designer this week and what a fabulous project, the colours are gorgeous.
    Avril xx

  23. Hi Viv, This is a stunning project.
    Love the shimmer!
    Thanks for joining us at FSC
    Avril xx

  24. Superb stamping and embossing ... what a stunning creation Viv , it has an oriental feel to me, with the stamping and the black and gold , what a fantastic creation well done Hugs Elaine

  25. Wow Viv your project is absolutely stunning ! Your stamping and design is just awesome ! Thanks for joining us at FSC. Sue C x

  26. FANTASTIC exploding box Viv !! Great to have you playing along at The Crafty Pad this week !!

    hugs Diane xx

  27. Love your box and all the treasures it reveals!!!! So gorgeous!

    Greetings from Vienna,

    die amelie

  28. Absolutely amazing! What gorgeous work. Thanks so much for joining us at Crafty Catz this week.

  29. wooooooooooow what an eyecatcher!!! Simply gorgeous!
    xoxo, Alessandra

  30. Wow! What a lot of work. Love the colours and the embossing. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us on Come and Get It Challenge Blog.

  31. Love your butterflies artwork, Thanks so much for taking part in Take a word this week.

  32. Thank you so much for playing with us at Whoopsi Daisy.
    Hugs Nataliya

  33. Holy smokes!! This is absolutely breathtaking! Thanks for joining us at WhoopsiDaisy this week. Hugs...Mona

  34. Gorgeous exploding box and I'm sure your friend will absolutely go gaga for it.


  35. Hi Anne


    This is amazing and must have taken ages to put together.

    Love the black and gold together and all the gorgeous embossing.

    A real treat in a box!!!

    Love Jules xx

  36. Hi Viv

    I have just left a comment here for you and am now wondering if I called you Anne?!?!?

    Or am I just slowly going mad!!!

    Sorry if I did.

    I really do know who you are!!

    Love Jules xx

  37. This is beautiful Viv, thank you for playing along at WD xx Jan

  38. Stunning work Viv! Lovely to have you with us this fortnight. You are a very talented lady! Have a wonderful week. Angela

  39. Viv this box is stunning, fantastic colour choice so elegant. xxx

  40. Hi
    You created something that will be treasured for a lifetime.
    Brimming with elegance, simply gorgeous.
    Thank you for sharing with us at FSC.


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