Thursday, July 20, 2017

Card Sentiments are the BEST!

Now isn't this just too clever! That's Lynne for sure! 
She always has the best ideas! 
I'm sure whoever is gifted one of these art cards will cherish them! 
Thanks for the idea Lynne....My daughter's wedding is in December and I need to get on the ball! 

Hi with a quick blog post.
I needed to whip up some 
"Art Cards" 
for my daughter's bridal shower,
to give away as gifts!

Yvonne Blair Designs/Impression Obsession
are just PERFECT for my 'TOVER cards...

My second "Card Art" card...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mixed Media Prayer Journal by Tonya Gibbs

I don't know if any of you have felt this like this before...but I have...
such a good reminder and I love that Tonya will be using it as inspiration for her journal! 
Thanks Tonya! LOVE this! 

Prayer Journal by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

Hi everyone how are you today?  I am sharing with you an altered dollar bin notebook that I created into a Prayer Journal today.  To help document those special online prayer requests.

I'm featuring these great stamps from Yvonne Blair and Impression Obsession Stamps:

I read comments where people ask for prayer, and I find myself  thumbs upping the comment, and  quickly doing so, but often forget to follow up.  Well, I got to thinking about how important those small commitments are, and I want to make sure I'm following up.  So I decided to create a little prayer journal.  Something I could sit next to my computer, and easily jot down those requests. Then when I have my quiet time, I can thumb through the pages and make sure I remember them. 

Prayer Journal by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

For the inside covers  Yvonne's new Believe stamp serves as a reminder that it isn't enough to pray, you must also believe that God is in control, no matter the outcome.

Prayer Journal by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

Prayer Journal by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

Halfway through the book, I have created a section for a Praise Report.  This is an area, where I want to give thanks, and record those blessings and answered prayers.  I want to make sure that as I pray, I also give thanks for the ones that were answered.

Prayer Journal by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

Here is a video sharing how I made the book:


Impression Obsession Stamps - Yvonne Blair Collection - Kneel
Impression Obsession Stamps - Yvonne Blair Collection - Never Stop
Impression Obsession Stamps - Yvonne Blair Collection - Believe
Impression Obsession Stamps - Yvonne Blair Collection - French Script
Notebook to alter (any size)
White bleached Muslin (sized for your notebook increased by 1/4 inch for shrinking)
8x10 Gelli Arts® Press
Liquitex Basic Paints - Yellow Oxide
Liquitex Basic Paints - Quinacridone Magenta
Liquitex Basic Paints - Titanium White
Liquitex- Iridescent Gold Ink
Ranger Ink - Dina Wakley Turquoise Full Body Paint
Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pen - Cold Grey IV 233
Matt Medium
Sewing Machine (Optional)
Uniball Signo - Impact 207 Pen
Stampersanonymous Tim Holtz Collection - Latticework - THS019 Stencil

Prayer Journal by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

This would make a great group project to do with a ladies or teen ministry.  It is fun to look back and see how many miracles God performs in our daily lives that we take for granted.  Thanks for hanging out with me today.  If you decide to follow along with this project, please tag us in social media with #YBARTFUN. We would love to see what you are doing.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mermaid Advice Honeymoon Layout

Hi Everyone! Check out this amazing layout from Jenn!!!! 
Fabulous! I'm in love! What a beautiful way to share such a special occasion! 
Thanks Jenn for your inspiration! 
Hello there! My daughter recently married and honeymooned on the Oregon Coast and it was absolutely beautiful! A day that was supposed to be drizzley and dreary turned out to be sunny and dry at just the right time! This stamp in my mind just suited the occasion and inspired this entire layout along with the beautiful day in the picture!
The stamp featured can be purchased at Impression Obsession here.
Click on image above to go directly to stamp for purchase.
 To Prepare the stamp I used a trio of versaMagic chalk ink in hues of aqua and blue and then embossed with iridescent embossing powder. 

For this layout, I started with a 12X12 sheet of patterned cardstock in an ombre look. Next, I added a thin layer of white gesso with an old card, scraping it to keep thin. I used an Art Anthology stencil with texture paste and then added various ink colors in hues of blue and teal. I used embossing ink and a bubble stamp to create the bubbles with an iridescent embossing powder by Lindy's. I added splatters of the same blue inks as well as a copper and white. I built up my image with various coordinated papers torn on the edges. I added a fussy cut octopus, some netting painted with white acrylic, shells, a couple of tags with jute string, a mermaid tail hand molded, flowers, and some microbeads!
All of the stamps created by Yvonne are amazing and every one of them inspires something!I hope this project has inspired you to go get some and create something beautiful!!
Thank You for viewing my project! Please share what you make using #YBArtFun!

Friday, July 7, 2017

In my art Journal-Lynne Forsythe

OMGoodness!!! I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this art journal layout! Bestill my heart!
Thanks Lynne....such a wonderful piece of inspiration and art!

Hi Peeps.....
Hope you had a WONDERFUL and SAFE  July 4th!

I love working in my art journal,
though I don't seem to do it enough!
I got a new Mix and Match Ledger and I LOVE IT!
Reason?!?!? I can take out a page at a time
and work on it!

....and that's just what I did recently.
I layered on various mixed media products
as I was needing to know about their dry time.

When all was dry,
I took a piece of textured wallpaper, applied a layer of Clear Gesso
and then colored it with a bit of Glimmer Glam.

Can you see my use of French Script on my background??

I stamped Believe onto a piece of TissueStock with Archival Ink
and applied it over the textured background!

I hope you enjoyed my experiment!!

Other Products Used:
Mix and Match Ledger

Tattered Angels
Kraft ~ Glimmer Mist
Roses are Red ~ Glimmer Glam

The Crafter's Workshop
Clear Gesso
White Gesso
Shimmery Goodness

Grid Stencil
Hexagon Confetti Stencil

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Americana Mixed Media Tag by Tonya Gibbs

Check this AMAZING tag out!!! Oh I in love!!! 
Patriotic and just in time for the 4th coming up! 
Thanks Tonya! You are an amazing inspiration! 

Hi everyone, I hope your summer is off to a great start!  We are getting ready to celebrate our Independence Day here in the United States, and Yvonne has created some extra special stamps for this summer's release perfect for your patriotic themed projects.  Here are a few I plan to feature in today's post:

I created a mixed media tag for today's project to use these awesome stamps.  I love this Americana theme and wanted to experiment with some grunge techniques that I thought might work well on a larger canvas.   Sure enough they turned out great, and I can't wait to apply them to a larger surface! 

Americana Mixed Media tag by Tonya A. Gibbs for

I used my 3x5 GelliArts® plate to create the background of the tag. Then used a Ranger Ink, Archival Black ink pad and The Grunge Numbers, and Military Alphabet stamp to add some character to the background.  The negative spaces left from the mono-printing seemed bright from the manila tag, so I used a Tea Dye Distress ink pad from Tim Holtz, and Ranger to distress the acrylic ink and add an aged look to the surface.  To finish off the edges, I darkened them with the black Archival ink.  Now it was time to make my embellishments.

I used a  Large Sizzix Star Die to cut out starts from Shrink Plastic Film, and punched a hole with my the large side of my Crop-A-Dile to make my stars into charms later.  I stamped The Pledge stamp with Archival Ink onto the plastic.  When you heat the shrink plastic with a heat gun it makes the cutest embellishments.   After the plastic cooled, I painted the backs with white acrylic paint so the words would pop against my dark background of my tag.   Two of my stars were threaded through the twine at the top of the tag, and the third is glued to the tag.  To make them appear to float, I added a glob of hot glue to the tag, allowing it to slightly cool, then gently tapped the star on one side of the glue so that the star is only adhered at an angle.

Americana Mixed Media tag by Tonya A. Gibbs for

Next, I stamped my sentiment onto vellum, and embossed it with thick white embossing powder.  To create a vintage look, I ripped the edges and distressed the back of the vellum with the same Tea Dye ink. I used the Military Alphabet stamp on the red clothes pin so that it wasn't so "clean", then finished off the tag with some random embellishments from the bucket on my desk. 

Here is a quick video showing my process

Here is the finished tag!
Americana Mixed Media tag by Tonya A. Gibbs for

This was a quick little project that would make a great home décor project if you chose to repeat this process on a canvas instead of a tag.  It would also make a great design for a patriotic themed party invitation, or masculine themed military card!

Thanks for hanging out with me today!  I hope you have had a great time. If you have these stamps and decide to follow along, share with us how you are using them in social media with the #YBArtFun

*GelliArts® is a registered trademark of the GelliArts® Corporation all rights are reserved.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

What do you DO??

SHE never ever ceases to amaze me with her art! 
Lynne...thank you...I needed this post! wink. 

Hi....Yvonne Blair Designs/IOStamps Fans.
So HAPPY you stopped by the
blog today to check out my latest creation!

I decided to use the
  MoJo Monday 500 Card Sketch Challenge
to help with a bit of creative mojo.

I began with a Value Greeting Card ~ Ivory
and a couple of Distress Oxide Ink pads.

When I was finished layering the Distress Oxides,
I inked Yvonne Blair Designs/IOStamps

with Wilted Violet ~ Distress Oxides.
Then I applied a bit of White Gesso
with my palette knife to the face of my card.

I chose a Leaf Stems UmWowStudio chippie
and painted with Lime Cordial.

Here is my finished card....
with Yvonne Blair Designs/IOStamps

What do you do....
when your Mojo has gone on vacation???
I would love to hear your ideas!

Other Products Used...

Canvas Corp Brands
Value Greeting Cards ~ Ivory
Kraft Cardstock

Tattered Angels
Glimmer Glam ~ Lime Cordial

UmWowStudioLeaf Stems

The Crafter's WorkshopWhite Gesso

Distress Oxides
Archival Ink ~ Jet Black