Thursday, August 25, 2016

Believe In Yourself by Lisa Gregory...

I am so very excited to share with you Lisa Gregory's first Art Girl project! 
She blew me away with all the texture and loveliness! 
Check out the detailed pictures! Beautiful Lisa...thank you for this amazing inspiration!!! 

The power of positive thinking is a wonderful thing. I often think of the story The Little Train That Could. So strong, so determined...So magical. It goes to show, that if you believe in yourself, the magic WILL happen. You just have to believe... I created a 12x12 layout to showcase the photo of my granddaughter. I altered the photo to make her appear as if she was a fairy among glowing fireflies deep in a forest. I started by mounting my Prima papers onto a piece of 12x12 corrugated cardboard using ModPodge. Then I dry brushed a very light coat of white and clear gesso all over the background. This gave me a base similar to a piece of canvas.

I just knew the Yvonne Blair Design Stamp "Believe in Yourself" was perfect for this layout.
My one weakness in creating layouts, is the title or journaling. Yvonnes wonderful stamps eliminates  that problem for me. I just pick a stamp, and go with it. Title or journaling done. 

 I painted a piece of cream card stock with Prima Art Alchemy paint for shimmer. Then I stamped the quote onto the painted card stock using black ink, and cut each word out. I used the black ink on the edges of each word and mounted them onto my layout.

 I layered some painted Dusty Attic chipboard, a painted Sizzix diecut frame, Prima flowers, diecut leaves and butterflies on the background. They were all colored with Prima Color Bloom sprays and Alchemy paints. Once my composition was done, I added Prima Art Stones in 3D Gel and using a spatula, added them randomly around the layout. Once it was dry, I sprayed them and the background with Prima Color Bloom sprays.

 To get a runny watercolor look, I sprayed the layout with some water, then Color Bloom sprays right over it and let the colors run and settle in the stones.

Just a close up of the water color look you can achieve, by spraying your primed papers with a fine mist of water, then your color sprays right over that immediately and let the colors run.

Thank you for joining me this week and letting me share the details to my creation.

Products used:
Impression Obsession Yvonne Blair design stamp:

Prima Marketing:
Art Stones
 Alchemy Paint
 3D Gel medium
 Clear Gesso
 white gesso
 die (leaves)
 Color Bloom sprays

Sizzix Die cut frame
Recollections Flowers
Dusty Attic chipboard

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

She Made Broken Beautiful-Tonya Gibbs

Look at this amazing shabby chic piece of yumminess!!! 
Oh still my heart! 
Thank you Tonya for this amazing creation and inspiration!!! 

Broken and Beautiful tag by Tonya Gibbs for

Hi everyone,  I hope you had a great weekend!  Today I wanted to share with you a beautiful shabby chic tag using the awesome Every Day Quotes stamps from Yvonne.

I used the "She Made Broken Look Beautiful and Invincible" from the set in today's project.

Broken and Beautiful tag by Tonya Gibbs for

I wanted all the elements on my tag to be tattered and torn and void of color. Except my dress form. She needed to pop, so I added gold paint. I also wanted her to appear broken so I added Tim Holtz' new Crazing Medium and Crackle Medium. This medium keeps the surface smooth, but crackles the inside. It looks like porcelain.   I also "tore" pieces of patterned paper to add as her "armor". She sits on top of a throne of tattered pieces of paper complete with Hymnal paper. This symbolizes her life. No matter how broken she is inside, or the complexity of her world, so makes it all come together, look beautiful and invincible as long as her foundation is built on God's word. 

Here is a quick video tutorial sharing how I made the tag.

Here is the view of the finished tag. 

Broken and Beautiful tag by Tonya Gibbs for

I hope you enjoyed my tag tutorial today, and I have inspired you to create something Shabby and beautiful!  This Quote set is amazing and has some great keepers!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Time To Fly Canvas by Tonya Gibbs

Oh my...
Tonya has blown me away!!! 
Can I just say be still my heart...hehehehe. 
Check out her video for the step by steps!

Time To Fly Canvas by Tonya Gibbs - Yvonne Blair Art Girls Project

Hi everyone, I hope your week is off to a great start.  I have a fun project to share with you today.  I've been super crazy at work getting ready for the fall,  and trying some new things.  I ran across this awesome stamp from Yvonne, and it reminded me about the new projects I've been working on in my career.
Time To Fly stamp by Yvonne Blair - Impression Obsession Stamps -

I was so inspired by this stamp, that I wanted to create a canvas to remind me that the struggles I faced in my career were there because I challenged myself to  grow.  In order to fly, I had to get out of my comfort zone and "onto the ledge".  As terrifying as that can be sometimes, it just has to happen in order to FLY.

Time To Fly Canvas by Tonya Gibbs - Yvonne Blair Art Girls Project

This canvas was born in the wee hours of the night when I couldn't sleep.  My mind was filled with clutter from the day, and I wanted that to come through in my art.  I used elements that had lots of texture like metal, buttons, fabric, and flowers.  Then I finished it off with glass glitter and seed beads. I think this adds a lot of light and texture to the piece. For the canvas, I wanted rich vibrant jewel tones.  I just love the purples and blues mixed with golds. The gold represents the light  that comes when you realize your ideas are breaking through and your voice is being heard.   

Time To Fly Canvas by Tonya Gibbs - Yvonne Blair Art Girls Project
I used a Melissa Francis clip to hold a "faux" Chalkboard in place that contained the sentiment from Yvonne's stamp set.  This will remind me daily that self challenges are for personal growth, and to stay focus and not give up. 

Here is a look at the final piece.

Time To Fly Canvas by Tonya Gibbs - Yvonne Blair Art Girls Project

I just love how this piece turned out.  It was so fun to create, and was a great stash buster!  I hope you enjoyed the process, and I could inspire you.  Thanks for stopping in today,

Time To Fly Canvas by Tonya Gibbs - Yvonne Blair Art Girls Project

Friday, August 5, 2016

We have a new ART GIRL!

Hello everyone! 
Very excited to share with you that we have a new Art Girl! 
 Lisa Nazario-Gregory! 
Her work is amazing and I am sure if you don't already know her, you will love her and her work as much as I do! 
Thank you so much Lisa for saying yes and becoming part of the Art Girl family! 

 "Hi, My name is Lisa and by profession I am a registered nurse. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have 2 children who are now successful young adults. I have been a crafter my whole life. Back in 2005, when my son was doing his senior project with his girlfriend (who is now his wife) They were creating a scrapbook of their lives. They elicited my help as I was the crafty one. We took a ride to The Dollar Tree (our local dollar store) who had a section dedicated to scrap booking Papers, albums, embellishments, flowers, and we grabbed everything we could find. I knew about the new way of scrap booking, but never gave it any thought until that trip to The Dollar Tree. After helping the kids create their albums , I was curious as to where I could get more "scrap booking stuff". So I drove to our local Michaels and Joanns craft stores. That is when I became hooked. Then I sought out the local scrapbook stores and found stuff I didn't even know existed until then. I shopped and shopped and shopped some more.I saw what the popular artists were creating and I was amazed at the different styles. It just wasn't cut and paste and stickers. It was 3 dimensional, it was gorgeous, and oh so inspiring. I created a gallery, created my first layout and the rest is history. My style has changed a bit throughout the years, and playing with paper and scissors is still so therapeutic for me. I am so very honored to be designing for Yvonne Blair and Art Girls."

I hope you will join me, Lynne and Tonya in welcoming Lisa to our team! 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

What Lynne Forsythe

She's done it again! A beautiful nature creation!
I love her style and the way she creates...and Lynne even has a tutorial for us this week!
Hope you enjoy..I know I am inspired to get busy and make some art!
Thank you Lynne!

Hello Yvonne Blair Design Fans....
Can you believe it is August already???
Where has the summer gone?

I had a hankering to make up some flowers,
so I pulled out some of my steel ruled dies
and my yardage of Buckram
(which is ooooh ssssoooo FUN to work with)
....and let the cutting begin.

I began each of my 3 flowers in the same fashion....
I spritzed the buckram with water.
 I also created a puddle of water to mix my paint with.

I pulled out some of my paints and let the coloring begin!

I love that when these paints dry, you can rehydrate
the flower and paint on another color.

Next, I pulled out some burlap, cut it to size
and applied a layer of Multi Medium to the back side.

When dry, I cut out some ivy leaves
and painted them.

Next, I pulled out one of my 'TOVERS!
A large Kraft Tag that had various layers of
sundry products on it!

Next, I went to my "twig" collection and pulled out a few!
When I had them placed how I wanted them,
I tied the twigs together with jute and
stapled them to my tag.

Lastly, I stamped on a piece of Tissuestock

ps....I spy another Yvonne Blair Designs stamp
do you??
It is from the Everyday Quotes 1 stamp set.

When everything was dry....
I put my tag together.
Here are a few closeups.

Do you see the seed beads I mixed with Multi Medium??

 Hope you enjoyed my hankerin'!!!

THANKS for stoppin' by!

Perfect Paints
Red Wagon
Ballet Slipper
Moss Green
Aged Copper
Vintage Mercury

Canvas Corp Brands
Kraft ~ Glimmer Mist
Olive ~ High Impact Paint

Potting Soil Archival Ink
Multi Medium Matte

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Always so beautiful! Thank you Lynne!

SUMMER is in full swing....
family came for a visit....
the beach is calling my name...
as are the woods!
SOOOO MANY things to do

So.....I went to my 'TOVERS pile
to whip up a card!

I used a card base that had
Teal ~ High Impact Paint and
Doves Wings ~ Polishing Plaster
(I keep a stash of cards and tags that
I add leftover mediums to)

The Teal color was SCREAMING my name...

....a piece of vintage lace
a strip of metal lace...
.....a bit of manhandled burlap
make up the background
for my flower cluster.

....all finished off with a FABULOUS
Yvonne Blair/Impression Obsession Stamp

I love how this stamp is designed
 so you can cut it apart!

Hope you enjoyed my QUICKIE!

Do you make time to create in the summer???

other products used:
Tattered AngelsTeal High ~ Impact Paint
Clover ~ Chalkboard
Canvas Corp BrandsKraft Cardstock #80
Burlap ~ Teal
PetalooMini Pearl Daisies ~ Teal
Petites x24 ~ Teal
Mini Mix x8 ~ Cream
Garden Rosette x6 ~ Cream
Perfect PaintsDoves Wings ~ Polishing Plaster

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Book pages and Blooms!!! CCB

Hi all! 
Happy to be here today with my project for Creative Carte Blanche! 
I love being a part of this group! 
If you haven't heard of it, we are a group of girls who love to create, 
love to share our passion, want to inspire others, and I am blessed to be with these amazing women who I call my chosen sisters or creative co-horts, hehehe. 

Today I am here to share my project for Hels Sheridan's theme Book pages and Blossoms! 
EEEK....I squealed when I read it! 
Let me run you through it...

 I started with a 8x8 stretched canvas. 
I didn't want to use it traditionally, so I turned it over and decided to do a kind of shadow box. 
-I covered the frame and inside with old dictionary print using Multi Matte Medium from Ranger. 
-Once that dried, I wiped my Picked Raspberry Distress Ink pad 
around the edges and spritzed it lightly with water. 
-Then dried it with my heating tool. 
-Then I adhered some lace and fabric paper using Multi Matte...that stuff is fabulous for thick fabrics. 
-I pulled some flowers out of my flower drawer..just random ones...and sprayed those with Picked Raspberry Distress Spray.  I left some of the white showing for contrast. 

I adhered some of, I believe they are Prima's, Butterflies..they were just in my stash. 
I also FINALLY used my street sign from Prima that I have been hoarding, lol. 
I also took some random rub-ons and rubbed them on sporadically around the edges.  
Not sure what company they were as they were in my stash and used. 
I inked a large tag with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and stamped one of my sentiment stamps with Impression Obsession! 

So that's a wrap! lol...anyway I hope you enjoyed your stop here today. 
Thanks for stopping by! 
If you haven't already checked out the Creative Carte Blanche blog do that co-horts have been very creative this month and we still have more to come! 
Hope you all have a great day...stay safe out there! 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

She Made Broken by Lynne Forsythe

Art Girl Lynne Forsythe has a beautiful nature inspired piece of home decor today!
Thanks Lynne! This is gorgeous and inspiring!!!
 I totally adore what she does with so many different textures...

Hi Peeps!!
Hope you are having a WONDERFUL week!

I had the opportunity to do a bit of playing
in all the holiday/vacation madness.
Here is my end result.

A combo of texture and nature!

I began with a few Canvas Corp Brands burlap scraps
and a Diamond ~ Canvas Shape.

I found a stick
and a bit of vintage lace from my stash.
I folded over the top point of my Diamond Banner
and stitched it in place to hold my stick.

On one of my travels, I picked up some "greyed" wood
which I cut into strips,
more vintage lace and sheet music.

I pulled out a bit of UmWowStudio chipboard
applied a layer of gesso and spritzed with Glimmer Mist.

I added Petaloo Blooms, more chipboard and

....a few closeups of my creation!
Yes....that is chicken wire.

THANK YOU for stopping by!!