Monday, June 27, 2016

Mermaid Card by Tonya Gibbs

Be still my heart! 
Tonya had given my mermaid life...I love the way she colored her! Yes!!! Take a look! 
Thank you Tonya! 

Yvonne Blair Art Girls Tonya Gibbs Mermaid Card #mixedmedia #iostamp #ybartgirls

Hi everyone, I hope your summer is off to a great start. It is HOT HOT HOT here in Florida and we are hitting the waves at the beach and soaking in some of that fantastic Florida sunshine!  I decided to share with you a little card today using Yvonne's wonderful Mermaid and Keep Room stamps from Impression Obsession.

This was the first time I had colored this Mermaid stamp so I wanted to stick with a traditional color pallet.  I used Prima's watercolor pencils.  For your convenience, I have highlighted the sets and the colors that I used in today's tutorial. You could always substitute out these colors for your preferences, you don't need to have all of these sets to color this image.

For the sake of keeping it simple, I followed Yvonne's lines for the hair and just added wispy lines to make the hair look like it has lots of texture. Alternating the pencil colors also gives it depth. I kept the face details simple since the area is small.

Also note: Yvonne left the face blank on the stamp, and it is fine to leave yours blank too if you are not comfortable drawing faces.   I'm not great at drawing faces like some artists.  Therefore, I suggest referencing cartoon characters on the Internet when trying to illustrator the face this may help you visualize the expressions.

For her tail I wanted to make sure she had lots of texture. I used a white gel pen to free hand a few details.  Although it doesn't show well in the video or the photos, I did add a little sparkle to her tail with an EK Success Zig Wink of Stella clear Glitter pen.   The pearls/bubbles around her were  given depth with a touch of Ranger's Glossy Accents.

For the inside of the card, I wanted to make a pocket to hold a gift card or money.  I thought the Keep Room sentiment was perfect for the Mermaid. I used Gold embossing powder to emboss the sentiment on vellum and created a pocket.  Glossy Accents was used behind the words at the bottom to seal the vellum down so that my gift card doesn't escape.  There is room to write my message at the top behind the gift card. This was a clever way to keep the front of my card clean since I spent so much time color the image, I really wanted the focus to stay on the color and nothing else.

Here is a quick video showing how I colored the Mermaid and made the card.

Here is another view of my card.
Yvonne Blair Art Girls Tonya Gibbs Mermaid Card #mixedmedia #iostamp #ybartgirls

I decided to hand draw my sentiment on the front of the card when I plan to use the card.  I hope you had fun and were inspired today. 

If you have any of Yvonne's stamps and share your projects in social media make sure to use #YBArtGirlsFun  so that we can find your projects.  Thank you so much for hanging out with me today.  If you enjoyed this tutorial, please make sure to share it with a friend.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Your wings already exist...

Hello there...
I'm on the Creative Carte Blanche Blog today sharing my project for 
Susan's theme of "Winged Things" which has made my heart sing again. 

With all the tragedies going on in the world I have to admit I have not felt like
being very creative.  All this negative energy is horrible. 
As I sat thinking about the theme, I realized that I don't want to let the bad going on in the world dictate what I am doing and what message I am spreading. 
I thought, positive messages, positive thoughts, being positive is my power, our power. 
I am not going to give that up....
 So, what is one of the messages I want to put in the world? 
To believe in yourself.  
Have faith and Trust...your journey is different from everyone else's. 
It's your that what is meant for you will be a part of your journey. 
This frame is one that I found at junking there...
there are always treasures to be found.
I wanted piece to be layered and have some natural elements to it.
I used Burlap for adds such yummy texture and dimension.
I stamped the words, and butterflies and colored them with
Worn Lipstick and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink then fussy cut them all out.
All I had to do was compose the canvas at that point...
The wordy stamps are mine from Impression Obsession and I don't know who makes the butterfly..
there is no marking on it and it is an old favorite.

Love that I can attach some ribbon to the top of the frame and hang it. 
I haven't found the perfect home yet, but I am sure I will. 
This is something that I want (and NEED) to see everyday! 

Thanks for stopping by and visiting the ole blog today...I hope you enjoyed it. 
I hope it inspired you to find your creative wings and play along! 
Thanks Susan for this fun theme! 
If you aren't following Creative Carte Blanche yet, please do it now...
we also have a Facebook group you can join in and start sharing with us! 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

She Built Her Wings by Lynne Forsythe

Oh Lynne! You have made my heart pitter patter! hehehe
I love where you pull inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

Hi Yvonne Blair and Impression Obsession Fans....

Lynne Forsythe here with my latest creation using
Yvonne Blair Designs stamp!

I've been studying nature lately and was inspired by these photos
to create the background for my latest 5 x 7 canvas.

So I pulled out my TCW Organic Matter stencil
Perfect Paints Polishing Plaster and
Shimmering Matte Acrylic
and let the games begin!

I played with layering color
and shadows.

Then I set the canvas aside waiting for inspiration.....
which came in the form of 
the UmWowStudio ~ Bird n Branch
Yvonne Blair Designs ~ Everyday Quotes 1
"She built her wings on the way down."

I painted the Bird n Branch with various
Perfect Paints ~ Shimmering Matte Acrylics
and finished it off with a Petaloo Paintable flower.

Doesn't the Everyday Quote 1 just work PERFECTLY??

Thank you for stopping by and taking time
to check out my project!

Until next time.....CREATE!!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Mini Mixed Media Notebooks Tonya Gibbs

Check out these adorable notebooks from Tonya Gibbs...
What a great gift this would make for a girlfriend, neighbor, hostess, teacher or yourself, hehehe.
Love these colorful fun one of a kind notebooks...
Thanks Tonya for your awesome inspiration! 

Hi everyone! I usually jot down little quotes or sayings when I'm out shopping. Then I come home and make art journal pages with them. I wanted to make a notebook that could house those quotes, and hopefully, they wouldn't get lost on the pages of my planner, in my phone camera, or the spiral notebook on my desk. I think I found my solution, because this little notebook screams "art project".

I started with a base of scraps that I had already pulled of Gelli Arts® Prints then I added a few extra enhancements with Yvonne's wonderful Impression Obsession Stamps. Here are the stamps I'm using today:

Be Somebody

Swirly Vine



Scribble Flower

The Kind of Woman

To give a bit of pizzazz I used embossing powders in gold and white to make the images pop against the bright background colors.

I love the abstract lines and it is fun to color in the lines with the your paint markers,

or doodle around them with your gel pens.

I love how bright these little notebooks are, and they stick out in my purse.

For the Notebook Covers:

I pull lots of Gelli Arts® Prints when I am playing around with mono printing so sometimes I need to do something with them. This is one of those times where I decided to make something with these gorgeous prints.

I trimmed them down to 7 x 5.5

rounded all four corners with a 1/2 inch corner rounded (this is optional)

Fold this piece in half.

This will be your cover, do all your stamping, embossing and extra painting, any stitching you want to do on this piece before assembling the book.

For the Inside pages:

I used regular copy paper for my inside pages.  Trimed to  6 3/4 x 5 1/4
rounded all four corners with a 1/2 inch corner rounded (this is optional)
You will need at least 6 of these (I cut 3 sheets of paper to get 6)
Place them one on top of the other and fold them in half.
Place them in the center of the book

I stitched the center of the book together with my sewing machine.
You could do this with a needle and thread, or you could staple the spines together.

Please see the video below before assembly Instructions.

Here is a quick video showing how I created my books .

Watch on YouTube

 Best part - you can make these books any size you want, and sub out the copy paper for mixed media paper or watercolor paper if you intend to do something other than take notes.

 Aren't these just darling? If you have Jr. Artists milling around this summer, this would be a fun summer project for them. Pull out those Gelli Arts® Plates and get messy one day, make a book the next, and have art journal fun the rest of the summer.

I hope you had fun today and got inspired. If you decide to create one of these books, please share them with us in your social media feeds #YBArtGirlsFun so we can see what you create.

Supplies for this Project

  • Impression Obsession Stamps: Sketchy Butterfly, Scribble Flower, Mermaid, Swirly Vine, Be The Kind of Woman, Be Somebody
  • Acrylic Paint  (Optional Color Choices - I used White, Orange, Pink, Yellow, Turquoise, Green)
  • Card Stock
  • Copy Paper
  • 1/2 Corner Rounder (optional)
  • White Gel Pen  (optional)
  • Embossing Powder White & Gold
  • Versa Ink
  • Archival Ink  (Black or Navy)
  • Paint Pen (White, Blue, Red) (optional color choices)
  • Sewing Machine  or Staple Gun.
  • Heat Gun (If you heat emboss)
*Gelli Arts® is a registered trademark of the Gelli Arts® LLC  all rights reserved.

    Thursday, June 2, 2016

    She Made Broken by Lynne Forsythe

    OH MY GOSH! I am in love with this creation from Lynne Forsythe!
    The COLORS are not something I would ever try...BUT I LOVE!
    This is why creative play is so important!
    You discover things...colors, textures...Oh...I have to go play!
    Thanks Lynne for you amazing inspiration!!!

    Hi Yvonne Blair Designs/ Impression Obsession FANS!!
    Thank you for stopping by to see my latest creation....

    Have you seen the Yvonne Blair Designs
    I AM TOTALLLLY IN LOVE with her new
    Everyday Quotes stamps!
    For my card, I chose to use one of the stamps from the

    I love the size and the "cutability"!

    Now to tell on myself.....
    this card is one of my 'TOVERS!
    I began with this card....

    I stenciled on Butterflies ('tovers from another project)

    I then thought....what would happen is I sprayed
    a "kinda" complementary color all over the card.
    my response.....AAAHHHHH! that didn't work!
    So, I began the job of trying to fix it!

    I layered on gesso,
    "ghost" stamped with my "chosen" stamp,

    shadowed the heart
    ....YEAH! it began to turn around!

    I outlined the larger butterflies
    and started diggin' around in my pile of 'TOVERS
    for pieces parts to add.
    LOVE the stucco covered bloom!

    I then finished off the the card with my chosen quote.

    I hope you have enjoyed my card.
    Make sure to pop over to the Impression Obsession site
    to check out their new release!

    THANK YOU for stoppin' by!

    Monday, May 30, 2016

    Memorial Day.

    Memorial day is a day for us to remember. 

    The United States of America has many brave Men and Women who have given their lives to make a better world and defend America for future generations. 
    Say thank you by living a life that honors their sacrifice.  

    And the men and women who defend our great Country.

    (pictures from Pinterest...not sure who to credit as there was no listing)

    Sunday, May 29, 2016

    Journal Buddies are back in stock!

    If you would like to order email me at me for more information! 
    Your item will be sent out the next business day from the date payment is received. 

    Paypal is accepted or you can send a check. 
    Thank you for stopping by! 

    Friday, May 20, 2016

    Be WILD! hehehe...

    Hello there! 
    Today I'm sharing my project for Creative Carte Blanche's Cheryl Grigsby's  
    3 W's...Word, Wood and WILD project..hehehe. 
    This one made me think...what is my interpretation of WILD??? 
    Is there only one way to channel WILD? 
    I think not...which led me to further thought.

    My word is BE...
    Be you...
    Be WILD 
    Be the Kind of WOMAN! 
    I love the thought of WILD WOMEN...
    In the sense to BE free...BE WILD...Be comfortable with the woman you are! 
    (and maybe the thought that we don't have to conform to normal)
    (What's normal anyway?)
    I wanted to create something that I could change a bit out at times.
    My hubby had built me these easels to use for retreats projects and I had a few left over.
    How perfect is that since it is one of the requirements...WOOD.
    I sanded it down and distressed it with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. 

    I pulled out a few things to work with. I always do that. 
    It's easier for me to pull out some things I feel some interest in rather then 
    constantly having to dig through and find things. 
     The first thing I pulled out beside the easel was Tim's Printer's blocks. 
    I love them...honestly I'm hoarding them and I'm not sure why. 
    If they aren't used they aren't loved, right! 
    I painted them black and then painted on different colors for each letter. 
    Glued them all together using Glossy Accents and attached the to the molding part of the easel. 
    I left some room behind so I can slip different things on the easel when I tire of whatever is on it. 

     I had some left over pre-stamped butterflies on my desk so I inked those up with 
    my favorite Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, then fussy cut them out. 
    I used a large thumbtack to hammer some holes into the easel because I wanted to attach 
    some 'flying' butterflies with some gives it a 'free' aspect don't ya think? 
    Next I created the Sentiment card. 
    I have been itching to use some of my new stamps with Impression Obsession and 
    had the perfect sentiment for this project! 
    I LOVE this sentiment! 
    It really is funny, but also sends a great message! 
    I want to be one of those women! hehehe.

    So there you have it...a really easy peasy home decor project!
    I love the versatility of being able to change messages out or add pics in. 
    It would be a great place to add a picture of a girls night out or something like that! 

     I hope my little BE WILD easel has given you some inspiration to get creative! 
    To join in the fun at Creative Carte Blanche
    It's a great place to get creative without the pressure of using certain products! 
    Just be free and get your creative on! 
    Till next time! Hugs.