Friday, February 17, 2017

Bits of Love

Hey everyone! 
SO happy to be here with you today to share with you my LOVE themed challenge from Creative Carte Blanche! I hope you will join us and share your word with us over on the blog! 

I bought one of those black hard covered mixed media journals from Michaels to 
keep some sketches and private journaling in.  A place where I can purge my soul. 
I wanted it to be kind of shabby and vintage looking.  
I painted the book with white Gesso and dried it. 
Next I used some fiber paste from Golden and stenciled on the swirls to give some dimension. 
Then added some vintage lace I have been hoarding, wink, using some 
Multi Matte Medium.  It is great to adhere fabrics and laces. 
Once that dried, it was time to choose a color.  
Krylon's Testors paints where perfect! 
The Petal Rose is so light and pretty, but it definitely lends itself to the shabby part! 
Once that was dried I took some of the Gold paint (which is translucent) and used my finger 
to lightly apply it to the dimensional parts so it popped. 

I used one of Tim's book plate labels to create the place to hold my title. 
I used the Testors paints to paint the metal...worked wonderfully! 
Typed out "Bits of Love" using my Typecast Typewriter...
Oh that thing just gives my joy! lol...nothing like hearing the keys striking the paper! 
Adhered the label holder using Scotch Quick Dry.
 So there you have it! 

Hope you enjoyed and maybe be tempted to play along! 
Thanks for joining me! Hope to see you over on the Creative Carte Blanche Blog...
Thanks to Hels for a fun theme this month! 
I will be back next month to host a new theme! See you then! 

Supply List:
Mixed Media Journal
Multi Matte Medium
Testors Paints-Petal Pink and Gold. 
Vintage Lace
Seam Binding 
Tim Holtz Book Label
Typecast Typewriter

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Left some LOVE!

Beautiful and words from the heart from Lynne to her son! So sweet! 

I have just returned from being with my son
in Florida, but before I left

I began by creating a "collaged" background paper
using various Canvas Corp Brands papers.

I then pulled out my limited supplies 
I had brought with me.
I applied a layer of Heavy Artist Cement through a stencil
then I sprinkled on Prills and Glitter.

When dry, I spritzed on a bit of Glimmer Mist
splattered a bit Glimmer Glam
and an added a
Yvonne Blair Designs Stamp....

the PERFECT quote for my son!

I wrote a few of my
"Mom's Words of Wisdom"
and left it for him!

Other Products Used:
Tattered Angels
Glimmer Glam
Cup Cake
Times Square

Glimmer Mist ~ Precious Metals

High Impact ~ PaintWhite

Canvas Corp Brands
Sending Words of Love on Ivory
Black & Ivory Plaid
French Script on Ivory
Journal Lines on Ivory
Pen and Ink on Ivory
Black on Ivory Sonnet Reverse
Damask on Ivory ~ Tissue Stock
Flute ~ Kraft

Diamond Confetti Stencil

UsArtquestPrills ~ Minnie Pearls
Mica Flakes ~ Silver
Heavy 101 Artist Cement

Monday, February 13, 2017

Blessings Journal by Tonya Gibbs

Loving this FUN COLORFUL project from Tonya Gibbs!!! 

Blessing Journal designe dy Tonya A. Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

Hello mixed media crafty peeps how are you today?  With all the uncertainty in the world today, I decided to create a Blessings journal to help me focus on all the wonderful things that happen in my daily life.  It helps to center me, and serves as a daily reminder that God is in control of all things!  

Let me walk you through my process for creating this journal using these awesome stamps from Yvonne and Impression Obsessions!   As always I've linked them up to the Impression Obsessions' online store, but shop your local retailers if you have one!

Inspiring this entire project was Yvonne's stamp! Thank You God.  Have you ever been doing something in your life and just knew God had his hand in that moment in your life?   When I saw this stamp I knew I wanted to create this journal. 

I have a few of these dollar bin journals laying around my craft room that I keep on hand for note taking and decided to use these for my base.  They come in handy for these types of projects and are very inexpensive. NOTE: I usually pick them up at the end of the season when they clearance them out since I generally alter the covers anyway!   

Blessing Journal designe dy Tonya A. Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

To give the outside of my journal a nice rich color and feel, I used created a mono-print to create the background image, on a piece of bleached muslin fabric, once everything was dry I did some sewing on around the edge of journal. This keeps everything in place over time, but it also adds texture. Dropping gold Liquitex Acrylic Ink, and spraying the entire journal with Heidi Swapp's Gold Color Shine adds a richness to the final journal.  I encourage you to pull out your stamps, stencils, inks, and paints and enjoy a little creative play. This was so much! 

Blessing Journal designe dy Tonya A. Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

This next step you can do after the book is filled with memories or before, or before.  I love how it inspires me!  I went into my little bucket of left overs and created a beautiful cluster.  Sprinkled a little seed beads and sequins to add sparkle, and topped my sentiment with a prima clay cherub piece.  Isn't this just a beautiful book. It would make a great Secret Sister gift or Prayer Partner book.  You could also switch out the sentiment and use the book for a number of other occasions as well.

Blessing Journal designe dy Tonya A. Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

Thanks for stopping in and hanging out with me today!  I hope I have inspired you to a create a Blessings Journal to remind yourself of the tiny little miracles that happen in your own daily life. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Love EVERYDAY.....Lynne Forsythe

February is the month of LOVE!!
....actually every day is a day to LOVE!

I began my tag by using "leftover" Artist Cement that was on my
UmWowStudio Stencil. While still wet I sprinkled on a bit of Mica Flakes.

When dry I sprayed the tag randomly with Tattered Angel Mists.

I pulled out a bit of DicroFibers, fused them together and sprayed with
Chalkboard Paint ~ Chalk.

I stamped one of Yvonne Blair Designs/ IOStamps NEW STAMPS.....

Hope you have enjoyed my creation.....
make sure to tell someone today....

UmWowStudio ~ Wheelie Mask
Mica Flakes
Heavy Artists Cement
Tattered AngelsGlimmer Mist
Glimmer Glam

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Love Like Crazy Cards by Tonya Gibbs

YB Art Girl Tonya A. Gibbs for  Mixed Media Cards

Hi crafty friends, I hope you have lots of inspiring ideas after the sneak peeks from Creativation 2017. I know my head is SPINNING AROUND!   Yvonne has released some fancy new word stamps along with a few cute little sketch stamps. Here are a few of my favs from this release I picked to feature in today's post. I have linked them up for you to purchase from  Impression Obsessions Website,  but I also encourage you to support your local retailers if they carry Yvonne's stamps.

It is sometimes difficult to create masculine cards.  With Valentine's Day around the corner, I thought I would use these stamps to create a few cards that could be used for multiple purposes. Either simple "I love you cards", "Happy Birthday", "Thinking of  You" or you could even add "Happy Father's Day" to the inside of these cards to use all year long. The concept for both cards are the same; however, one card is flat for mailing, and the other is dimensional in case you are sharing face to face. 

 This is the flat design:
YB Art Girl Tonya A. Gibbs for  Mixed Media Cards

Both cards are top folding A2 sized cards.  The background cardstock is measured at:
4.25 in. wide  x  11 in. long (scored at 5.5 in.) 

Then I used a pieces of Canson 140lb white  watercolor paper as my base (Smooth side)
cut to 3.75 in. x 5 in.  (this leaves a 1/4 inch border)
Using watercolor paper insures that it will hold up
to the wet mediums and won't buckle or peel.

For my background I used:
Prima's Finnebar White Crackle Texture Paste
with a Tim Holtz Burlap stencil
allow this to dry

To apply color to my background I used
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Stains:
Tibetan Poppy Teal
Edelweiss Moss Green
Rudolph's Nose Red

This is the dimensional card:
YB Art Girl Tonya A. Gibbs for  Mixed Media Cards

Here is a quick video showing the process of how these cards
came together:

I love the dragonflies, and now I have lots more to use in different posts, and other mixed media projects.  It is hard to see in the photos, but they are super shiny. While they are primarily the same cards, they do have distinctly different looks.  

YB Art Girl Tonya A. Gibbs for  Mixed Media Cards

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as my fellow Art Girls share more from the Winter 2017 Collection.  You are going to want them all!  Thanks for hanging out with me today.

Sunday, January 22, 2017


Hello everyone! 
So excited and thrilled to share my new stamps with Impression Obsession! 
I am very blessed to work with such an amazing company and still after two years get giddy every time I think about it. 
If your local store doesn't carry Impression Obsession, ask them to, they are super high quality rubber stamps deeply etched.  They leave a clean, crisp, beautiful image when stamped! 

If you don't have a local store, they can be ordered directly from Impression Obsession and The Funkie Junkie carries them as well. 
Thank you for stopping by! excited!!! 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Upcycled Clearance Items

Check out this lovely upcycle from Lynne!!! I LOVE this!!
Thank you Lynne!

Hi Everybody....
Hope your new year is going well!
I especially love this time of year....
'cause the clearance area at TJ Maxx is HUGE!
Oh the FUN to paw around to see what I could find!

Here is my upcycled project using one of those $2 items.

1. Remove stickers.
2. Paint box with Ivory ~ High Impact paint.
3. Dab new paint with burlap for textural look.

4. Lather on Crackle Paint.
5. Mix Micro Beads with Multi Medium
and apply through Wonky Circle Stencil.

6. With Pipette, apply Glimmer Glam and
while still wet spritz with Precious Metals Glimmer Mist
to spread.

7. Adorn with Button, Flower and chippie.
8. Finish by stamping verbage on cardstock.

Here are a few more photos of my creation....

Thank you for stopping by and having a peek at my creation!

Do you shop the clearance section for you creative goodies???

Other Products Used:
Tattered Angels
Glimmer Glam ~ Bon Bon & Caspain Sea
Glimmer Mist ~ Precious Metals

Wonky Circle

DecoArts Media ~ Crackle Paste
Ranger ~ Multi Medium Matte