Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Two Extremes
Girly Grunge & Modern Vintage
By Di Garling


Hello everyone, it's Di back with you today.

 This fabulous photo was given to me, along with a whole lot
more from my good friend Ann Nguyen whose hubby, Kent  is an
amazing photographer & he takes the BEST pics.
This photo shoot was done by Kent using this gorgeous model
 who is dressed up rather sexy in all latex & boots.
I do so love this pic & I will definitely be using more of them
 in the future, they are so arty.  Thanks so much Kent.

There is a little story behind this layout,  when
I had almost finished it, after about eight hours, doing all sorts
of different background treatments etc (I do take forever),
the last thing I did before finishing was to unscrew the lid off
a bottle of black Glimmermist to do a few little splashes, when I
 accidently knocked the black mist over. It went all over my desk &
the right side of my page while I was trying to rescue my
 new cream carpet on the floor. I did manage to stop the
 mist before it ran off the
 front of the desk onto my new carpet but I had to sacrifice
 my page. Definitely "layout versus carpet",  but you know
what, I am really happy with the whole look of the spilt mist !!!

I have used some of the Green Tara 10cm wide  black "Tulle" which
 I simply tore into pieces & tied in a big knot. This created the centre to
build my cluster around. Love this effect, although it is really hard to
 photograph being all black.

 Next I added a Green Tara "Primula" flower in white which
 I misted in hot pink to match my background, followed by a
"Satin & Pearl Rosette" flower in purple & a little
"Heirloom" flower in black.

All of these gorgeous giant chippie cogs as well as my title,
 "Today" are from 2 Crafty chipboard.

A couple of different size Green Tara "Roses" which
again I have misted in just the right colours to
match my layout.

In this photo you can see I have used yet another
great Green Tara trim in black,  this is their "Lattice" trim
& I have attached a metal buckle to the top to keep in with
the whole theme of my layout.


Well from one extreme to another. This pic was given to me by
another friend whose daughter has started to do some
modelling. Although a modern photo I think they have
captured a real vintage feel.

This gorgeous "Damask" flower in mustard takes centre stage.
I actually took the back layer off as I wanted to make the flower
smaller & I have cut the back piece in two & used it in both of
my other clusters, so one flower did three clusters. In this cluster 
I have also used a "Lace Pearl Flower" in black & a
couple of different size "Roses" in red, which I wiped
the edges with a little Viva gold paste.

Underneath my photo I have used some beautiful black
"Bud N Bow" trim to create a feeling of opulance.

All this beautiful chipboard is from

Next up I have added some little Green Tara  "Mesh Hearts" in
copper & a few more "Roses" in light brown which again I have 
wiped a little gold Viva paste on the edges.

Here I have finished off with a couple of Green Taras "Velvet Leaves"
which again I have misted to get just the right colour.

"Love Who You Are"

My last layout you may have seen before. I did it back in March
for a challenge over at CSI.
Lots of beautiful Green Tara flowers, leaves, roses,
mini rosebuds, mini daisies, flower sprays & Burlap trim.

I have used the NEW "Burlap Trim" to tie this big knot with
as well I have used it to create some layers behind my photos.
 I do so love this trim & it comes in different colours too.

I have also used one of the gold "Flower Sprays" at the
 bottom of my cluster & I have twisted it to add to the
realism. I think these look great twisted, rather than
just leaving them straight. Gives a whole different look.

Well thats about all from me this month.
See you back here again in June with some more
ideas & inspiration.

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Until next time.
Cheers Di  xo


  1. wow...three amazing layouts Di! So inspiring and I also think the spilled mist looks fab!

  2. wow - loving those layouts Di!

  3. Di these layouts are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing and giving me some inspiration this morning

  4. stunning layouts Di, you have done an amazing job on them all

  5. All such beautiful layouts Di

  6. Absolutely wonderful - perhaps you should spill things more often.

  7. Lovely work Di, very eye catching

  8. Beautiful work, stunning colors! :)

  9. Gorgeous work! I had to laugh about your mist story, thankfully you saved the carpet but it looks great on the page. An accident that was supposed to happen I think!

  10. Thanks girls for the kind words. Cheers Di xoxoxo

  11. Gosh, what some beautiful work here! That first layout is so striking and dramatic, the colors are just stunning, makes the page just jump out! And I totally LOVE the yellow and love those cute little blooms popping out! These are so beautiful, you really know how to showcase those exceptional blooms with your stunning work!

  12. Di I love,love,love your style!!! Modern and romantic at the same time! Striking colors and great designs!!!xx