Happy Mother's Day! Today I thought it would be fun to bring you a special guest designer to share her creative talents with us, my mom Shirley Hall. My mom has always been creative and for many years worked as a miniature artists, hand painting collectable miniature figurines. For as long as I can remember, our house was full of all types of arts and crafts supplies and really great office supplies. That environment definitely fostered my love for creativity. Quite a few years later when scrapbooking really got really big, it was my mom who suggested that I give it a try.
For today's feature, I asked my mom to participate in a challenge with me. Not so much a challenge as in a competition, but a challenge to see what we each would create if we used the same three dies. My mom chose the dies and chose the Tim Holtz Tag & Bookplate, Distressed Doily, and Tattered Florals dies.
And here is what we created. . . first up, my mom's tag:
The tag was die-cut from manila tagboard using Sizzix die: Tags and Bookplates, and then embossed with the BasicGrey Sizzix Dots and Flowers Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The tag was colored with Tim Holtz Distress Stain Spun Sugar and brushed with Blush Perfect Pearls, and highlighted with Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Ink.
The Doily was cut from white tagboard using Sizzix die: On The Edge Distressed Doily and inked with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink. The doily was attached to the tag for a pocket and hand stitched with two strands of Ecru embroidery floss. “Loose threads” for left for a worn appearance.
In the tag pocket is a photo is of my mother and her 3 children. The poem I selected was printed on light card stock so it could be distressed and made to look like it was read many times. It was inked with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink.
The Poem (author unknown) reads:
I said a prayer for you
to thank the Lord above
For blessing me with a lifetime
of your tenderhearted love.
I thanked God for the caring
you've shown me through the years,
For the closeness we've enjoyed
in time of laughter and of tears.
And so, I thank you from the heart
for all you've done for me
And I bless the Lord for giving me
the best mother there could be.”
The Flower was cut from a piece of “icky- yellow” fabric I had using Tattered Florals Sizzix Die. I loved this fabric because it was thin, and fairly stiff--but the color was awful so I misted it with Perfect Pearls Mist Biscotti and then Kiwi. I added a touch of Scattered Straw Distress Ink to the center to add some depth. The result was a beautiful color! I dried it with my Heat It Craft Tool and assembled the flower, and placing a pearl button in the center. I cut the leaves from white tagboard using the leaf from Sizzix Build a Lilac Flower Die. I colored the leaf with Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress Stain. When dry, I shaped the leaves with a bamboo skewer and attached it under the flower.
Tag was tied with white silk ribbon, “aged” with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink.
And my tag. . .
For my tag, I decided I wanted to use two die-cuts from the Distress Doily die to make it look as though a doily was wrapped around the tag and tied in place with ribbon.
To give my doily piece a news print look, I adhered a Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap to manila cardstock before die cutting. After dying crinkle ribbon, I added small Tattered Florals flowers with brads to the ends of each strand of ribbon. To create centers for the flowers, I used the small flower shaped discarded pieces from the doily die-cut.
My tag was cut from manila cardstock and colored with Picket Fence, Worn Lipstick, and Barn Door Distress Stains and Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist. All elements were edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
After untying the ribbon, the tag opens up to reveal the sentiment inside. To create the center, I layered one of the book plate die-cuts cut from grungepaper with a Mini Heart cut from foil tape. Before layering, I colored the book plate with Distress Stains and stamped a woodgrain pattern onto it. I added machine stitching through the heart and book plate for added decoration. Across the top of the heart, I added a small torn piece of manila cardstock and used Tim Holtz Chit Chat Stickers to add the sentiment.
If you would like a full tutorial from start to finish of how I created my tag, I have one posted on my website today: http://tammytutterow.typepad.com/tammy_tutterow/2012/05/tutorial-doily-wrapped-mothers-day-tag.html. It is super long but has every step photographed with directions and a full supply list. It includes some fun techniques so I hope you will take a look!
Finally today we would like to offer a giveaway in celebration of Mother's Day! For me, the greatest gift my mother gave me was the love of creativity and having a home full of creative tools that allowed me to explore and escape into a world of creativity. To enter, leave a comment on this post about the the greatest gift your mother gave you or a favorite memory about your mom. One lucky random winner will receive a prize pack that includes the three dies from our challenge: the Tag & Bookplate, Distressed Doily, and Tattered Florals. Comments will close at midnight May 19, 2012 (PST).
Good luck and Happy Mother's Day!