Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Summer Love Tag for TioT as Guest Designer

Hello :)
After being picked as one of the top 5 for the May Transport challenge, I was very honoured to have been asked to be a guest designer by Avril for TIOT tags challenge for the next two weeks ...thank you :)
I don't usually make that many tags but I really enjoyed doing this and can see me making more of them from now on.
List of items I used are at the bottom of my post.

I die cut the tag, swirl and 'Love' word on corrugated cardboard ( the cartons that my husbands wine is delivered in is very useful and the wine very nice of course! ) the honeycomb die was cut out of pale green craft foam.
Then on the tag I used a stencil with structure gel and when dry gessoed over it all and then randomly painted with the chalk paints and stuck down the painted swirl. (this had started off blue but then I decided to go over the top of the swirl with a grey Promarker for a mottled effect).


I stuck gems on the butterfly, painted over them and the butterfly and then added a little silver wax on the body and antennae. The honeycomb die cut was randomly painted too.
The crown and flowers were made in moulds with air drying clay and later painted.

The large word die actually originally said 'With Love' and was very easy to cut up and separate the words. That was painted with the blue 'Mermaid' paint.
After everything was glued down I watered down some of the Gold paint and added a few spots, splats and dribbles.

Items used: 

Corrugated cardboard and pale green craft foam.

4 Dies: (1) Sizzix Bigz Tim Holtz ‘Tag and bookplate’
(2) Swirl X-cut (not sure what set is called)
(3) word set by X-cut (had things like 'With Love' 'Best Wishes' etc)
(4) Sizzix thinlet Tim Holtz Mixed media (set of 4 dies)

Prima stencil called ‘Salvage district’  

Galleria structure gel

Paints - Paperartsy Fresco chalk paints : Sherbet, Mermaid, Snowflake, Limelight,

Nougat and South Pacific.
Rowney Cryla (in tube) ‘Rich Gold. 

white gesso.
Grey Promarker.
Metallic silver wax.
Wooden butterfly from stash added gem stones by ‘Anita’ and painted over top. 
Silk flower from stash.
Small flowers and crown made in moulds with air dry clay. ‘Plaid Modge Podge’ molds..
set:24893 ‘Royal Icons’ and 24889 ‘Flowers’.

Cosmic shimmer glue.

Grey and blue organza ribbon.

Thanks so much for stopping by here today.
I hope you will stop by TIOT and join in,
I look forward to visiting you
and seeing your creations.
Gill x



  1. Wonderful tag, nice to have you with us this time round at TIOT, hugs, Valerie

  2. So pleased to see you here as our Guest Designer! Your tag is so beautiful and I love how you used craft foam for die cutting the word and the honeycomb (I shall be trying that!!!) The addition of the gold paint, splats and dribbles is a perfect finishing touch! Hugs, Chrisx

  3. Its a gorgeous tag Gill and it has awesome details and embellishments . We are so pleased to have you as our Guest Designer for this challenge at TioT's.
    Yvonne xx

  4. So very beautiful, just love it.
    Hugs Marjut

  5. Fabulous tag Gill and great to have you as our GD

    Love Chrissie xx

  6. AH! The joys of owning a die cutting machine. I love this tag. It's definitely a beauty.

  7. Thanks for being our GD at Try it on Tuesday Gill- it's a lovely tag!

  8. It's a fabulous tag Gill, so many gorgeous details. It was lovely to have you join us as our Guest Designer for this challenge.
    Hugs, Avril xx

  9. Hi Gill! A wonderful tag! Love all the fabulous details you've added on it. The colours are very beautiful too. Thank you for being our Guest Designer for this challenge!
    Hugs, Mar

  10. absolutely beautiful Gill-so soft and summery!

  11. Beautiful tag, love all your embellishments and the gold splatters


  12. This tag is absolutely WONDERFUL Gill! I am really proud to have you with us as a guest designer at TioT's!
    oxo Susi

  13. Beautiful tag, love all your embellishments and the gold splatters


  14. That is an amazing tag Gill. I'm with you about the garden, and your garden feels like one in full bloom. Hugs-Erika

  15. Congratulations on being the guest designer for Try it on Tuesday! Oh my, you definately created this with a lot of love and it is so so beautiful! I really enjoyed seeing and reading how you created it too and thanks for listing the materials you used. I love the way you paint over elements to give them a different look and your give the pieces your own style, the butterfly is so lovely and I would never think to paint over gemstones. The layers, textures and detail you have created are perfect - I love this tag! Wishing you a lovely week! J 😊

    1. Thanks so much Jo.
      You know I always admire your project write ups and all the info... but I don't know how you manage all the details, most of the time I can never remember what I've done or used as I've probably change my mind half a dozen times a long the way.
      Hope you've had a great weekend too xx

  16. Oh wow, wow, wow! A fantastic tag, Gill! All colors in wonderful harmony and so many beautiful details! Thank you for your exactly description, and therefore I see I never can do such a fine work!
    Liebe Grüße, Rike x

  17. Ooooh so beautiful Gill, loving all the textures going on. I've actually rediscovered my love of tags lately ;)
    Donna xx

  18. Gosh, this is an amazing tag. Imagine making the flower and crown, they look terrific.
    My eyes are out in stalks looking at your materials, I think I have two of these.
    Well done on winning and being guest designer.

  19. I love the textures and layering-Gorgeous tag!

  20. A really beautiful tag, love all the different elements. Thank you for visiting my blog. Hugs Wendy

  21. Stunning tag Gill, really admire work like this! something I could not achieve, love the colours and beautiful elements.
    Thank you for stopping by and leaving me comment x
    Hugs Pam x

  22. lovely mixed media..great details.


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