Friday, October 21, 2016

October Creative Carte Blanche!

Hey y'all! 
It's October!!! 
I cannot wait for in Florida we are expecting our first batch of fall weather! 
We are going to be in the high 70's and upper 50's at night!! That is heaven!
Today I'm sharing with you an art journal spread I did for the Creative Carte Blanche's October Witchy Woman Challenge. Candy Colwell is the hostess of this fun theme! 
It could very well be used as a Halloween prompt, but I chose to highlight a magical woman who has power over her thoughts and understand we all have gifts. 
 As most of you know, I have a love affair with words. 
Words are important.  They can be powerful. 
We must feed positive words to our inner selves. 
Sure there will still be hills to climb, but when we feel our self positive we have that strength to pull from. It gives us a real power to trust our inner voices and our abilities. 
 I listened to the song Witchy Woman from the Eagles...I kind of used her as my inspiration for my own girl...of course will all the magic flowing through her veins, she had to have some magical dust, aka glitter, lol. Her eyes are sparkly and her inner beauty draws the butterflies to help her celebrate. 
The message is clear.  Always have faith in yourself.  Always believe you have some magic running through your veins.  God gave us free is your choice to keep you power or to give it away. 
It is your choice to see things positively or negatively.  What will you choose? 
I choose to be authentic to myself, to shine and to be have faith in my abilities and to most of all hopefully help other women to see these things, feel these things and embrace their own inner Witchy Woman! 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you were inspired to get creative! 
If you haven't joined us yet this still have time! 
We LOVE to see what you create and how you create! 
Happy October! 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Colors of Fall-Lynne Forsythe

Okay, I think I need to take a trip to were Lynne lives!!!
Here in Florida we don't experience the beautiful colors of fall like this...we stay green. hehehe
I love her project!!! I want to go on a scavenger hunt now and find my own pieces of fall!!!
Thank you Lynne for such a lovely creation!!!

Living in Northern New Hampshire we are BLESSED!
We live in a world of BEAUTIFUL colors in the Fall.
During this time of year I am on sensory overload!

I have been watching this tree all season and
love the little splash of red
while the rest of the tree is yellow/green!

It is those colors that inspired my latest Art Girls creation....
along with a few Fall flowers.

I used various Glimmer Mists and DIY flowers to create
this home decor piece.
What better backdrop than a
piece of 100 year old barn board!

Have you ever noticed how
the colors in nature blend together!?!?
I love trying to replicate that look when coloring flowers.

Staying with my rustic theme.....
I stapled different pieces of mesh to my piece.

Now, creation would EVER BE COMPLETE
if it didn't say something!

Once again.....I used
CAN'T SEEM to get ENOUGH of this stamp set!!!!

I hope you have enjoyed my Fall inspired piece.....
what inspires you this time of year???

THANK YOU for stopping by!

Other products used:
Tattered Angels ~ Glimmer Mist
Navy Blue
Sugar Maple
Sun Sisters
Crushed Shells
Red Chillies
Glimmer Glam
Lime Cordial
Golden Goddess

Mini White Roses
Ruffled Rose
Mini Pearl Daisies
Garden Rosettes
Mini Mix

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Words For Art and a Layout

Another absolutely beautiful dreamy layout from Lisa! Thanks Lisa, this is breathtaking!!!!

Hello Art Girl Lovers!! I have some new inspiration for you this week.  I created a 12x12 layout using lots of layers over corrugated cardboard, and chose a couple of sentiments from the Words For  Art stamp set for my journaling,

I love the Words For Art stamp set. I have been looking for a way to form phrases using more than 1 sentiment. For the phrase on my tag,  I just inked the word "and" from the "be brave and be strong" stamp and joined it with "smile with your soul", and  "choose to shine"...The result?? Smile with your soul and choose to shine. I stamped them on card stock, cut out each individual word, inked the edges and adhered them to the  die cut tag. I used my Journal Buddy to evenly space my words!!

I placed the tag beside the photo to emphasize that gorgeous smile on my granddaughter. She always seems too smile from her soul, and that is why I chose these sentiments.

I added layers of die cut tags and a die cut doily underneath the photo mat. I added eyelets to the tags and placed bakers twine through the them.

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you are inspired to combine a few of the stamps to create your own sentiment!! Just by looking at the view of the stamp set (below), I can see quite a few sets I can combine!! Get your own Words For Art Stamp set and start creating!!

 Yvonne Blair Stamps for Impression Obsession:

Other Products used:
Prima Marketing Tales of You and Me papers/RossiBelle papers
Prima flowers
Prima doily die
Prima Marketing Color Bloom spray in Peony and Sugar Plum. 
corrugated card board
large metal eyelets
bakers twine
silk flowers

Monday, October 10, 2016

So Many Blessings by Tonya Gibbs

These cards from Tonya are making me have palpitations!!! 
They are GORGEOUS!!! 
Thank you Tonya for such beautiful inspiration and as always the video! 

Watercolor Card Tutorial by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair Designs

After a weekend of torment created by Hurricane Matthew up and down the south eastern coast line,  I thought I would spend some time reflecting on how grateful I am for the many blessings I have in my life.  During my extra time off, I spent a little time in studio while the storm raged outside with my watercolors and a few of Yvonne's stamps.  Today I would like to share with you a few cards I created during this time of reflection.

I reached for these two stamps sets that Yvonne Designs for Impression Obsession Stamps to create these cards:

French Script

I'm going to create two cards in today's share the first is using the "Count Your Blessings" from the Words of Art stamp set.  This set has so many amazing sayings in it. Perfect for card makers!

 In the video below, I share with you a technique for creating watercolor flowers using kitchen plastic wrap!  You allow the paint to dry on the paper and then follow the text that is left behind with watercolor pencils to give more details to your flowers.  It is so simple and perfect if you don't know how to draw flower shapes. You literally let the plastic wrap and wet paint do the work for you!

I struggled a bit more with this flower shape as the colors seemed to blend more in and I really wasn't feeling it when I added the colored pencils.  In hindsight  I probably should have left it alone when I removed the plastic wrap. I really liked the abstract of the dried paint.  But oh well, this is creative play, and sometimes you just have to follow the journey that the art takes you.  To fix my painted mess I reached for Yvonne's French Script stamp and the Heidi Swap Navy Blue ink (which is my new favorite over black!), and started stamping.   After assembling the card I realized the only thing missing was flower centers on both cards and my flowers came to life!

The paper stacks that I used were found in Target's dollar bin, and I fell in love with the copper foiling.  I decided to duplicate this with copper embossing for Yvonne's Stamps.

Here is the video showing my process.

I'm so grateful that my family survived this terrible storm. I know so many that sustained damage to their homes, and several communities are still without power.  Some have lost their lives and I pray for their families to find peace.  My heart is saddened for the country of Haiti and for the Residents along the coast of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia many of these communities will never be the same.   If you are inclined, and have the capacity to do so, I encourage you to give to the American Red Cross.  I know there is a need for relief both at home and in Haiti where so much life has been lost. 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Winner Winner Winner!!!

Hi Everyone! 
We would like to THANK everyone for checking out the Journal Buddy Celebration blog hop! 
We had lots of nice comments and everyone seemed to enjoy all the different ways to use it! 
So let's get to the winners! 

On our individual blogs:
Yvonne's Blog-Diana H. 
Lynne's Blog-Art in my heart too
Tonya's blog-Char
Lisa's blog-Langeatheat (Pam Ellis)

Grand Prize:
(for leaving a comment on each blog)
Peggy Lee! 

If you would each send your addresses to with who's blog you won from in the details. We will get your winnings sent off! 

Now, while we would love to give away a Journal Buddy to everyone, we simply can't. 
If you would like to purchase one just click on the link above 
labeled Journal Buddy Info. 

Thanks so much for joining our little celebration! 
Until next time! 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

BAG Tags by Lynne

I love it when Lynne does her 'Tovers' posts!!!
She has mad skills with using left overs to create beautiful projects!
Well..I think we can all agree she has mad skills period! wink!
Thanks Lynne for more amazing inspiration!!!

Howdy Peeps....
Hope this finds everyone well.
Thoughts and prayers for all
who are in the path of Hurricane Matthew!!
BE SAFE!!!!!!

I had a hankering the other day to make up some
'Tover Tags....aka BAG Tags.
so I pulled out my containers of 'TOVERS
those little leftovers that just
didn't make it onto a creation but
are too nice to throw away!!

.....doesn't everyone have a pile like this??

I pulled out some tags that already had
textures applied to them and.....
and let the FUN BEGIN.

I started by sorting the 'TOVERS into various piles
paper flowers
white flowers etc...

When I came across flowers and stuff
that just went together....
I would layout the pieces parts....
and adhere them down
with Multi Medium Matte.
Then I would choose a stamp from
Yvonne Blair Designs/Impression Obsession
latest release ~ Card Sentiments
what an AWESOME stamp set!!!

....and they aren't just GREAT FOR CARDS!!

My 'TOVER Tags are a PERFECT
way to dress up a craft gift bag!!
....becoming "Bag Tags"

What a great way to present a gift to a friend, coworker
or family member!!

PS You have until Noon, Friday October 7th
 to join the Journal Buddy Blog Hop
....the Art Girls created some FABULOUS PROJECTS!!

Hope you enjoyed my creative time!!

Products Used
Canvas Corp Brands
Kraft Cardstock
Glimmer Mist
Perfect Paints
Polishing Plaster
Petaloo Blooms
The Crafter's Workshop Stencils

Bo Bunny Glitter Paste

Monday, October 3, 2016

Journal Buddy Blog Hop!

Oh my goodness...can I squeal? 
I am over the top giddy to share with you my Journal Buddy Tool. 
Welcome to The Yvonne Blair Art Girls Blog Hop! 
I am so excited to share with you lots of inspiration and lots of ideas using the Journal Buddy!

Let me give you some back story! 
I struggle, when writing on a blank page to keep my journaling from going up hill or down hill and lining up a ruler to create lines was just too tedious for me. I started thinking what would I want in a journal guide tool.  I knew I wanted straight line guides, it would need to have a ruler, a way to line it up and if it had a wavy edge to create those fun lines to add some creative journaling well, 
that would be a bonus! 
So, I went about sketching a few ideas and then made some prototypes out of different materials. 
Lots of redoing, lots of difficulty cutting some material I finally found the one that I wanted to create. 
I contacted a few friends in the industry and finally was led to the right person! 
She agreed to make 100 for me, but it was up to me to sell it. 
I did a couple of blog posts, posted on FB and IG and sent some to friends to use in their art. 
It started to gain interest.  Now I'm in to the 4th batch of 100! 
I sent my little tool to Stampington! Hoping it would be of interest to them.  
A few months later I heard from my contact that the Journal Buddy has been picked as the Editor's Pick in the Oct-Dec. Issue of Stampers Sampler!!! Yay! 

Here is my project using the Journal Buddy. 
Once my background was done I used the curvy edge of the Journal Buddy to create a decorative border.  Just line it up and trace, move it a little down and trace again.  Then fill it in with bold blocks to help the border stand out.   To add the journal lines, I took one of my ink blending tools and picked up some paint I had on my non stick craft sheet.  You want to go in one direction when applying the paint, or ink or whatever medium you choose. Let it dry, or dry it with your heating tool and simply add your journaling! It's so easy! 

I have a wonderful, talented amazing group of girls who are part of my family! 
They inspire me, they make me laugh, they help to keep me on task and they put up with my quirkiness! lol...I would like to thank Lynne Forsythe, Tonya Gibbs and Lisa Nazario-Gregory for sticking with me, for sharing their art and for getting 'it.'
I can't wait to see and for you to see what the girls have done! 

Yvonne Blair-you are here

We are celebrating being picked as the editor’s choice in the Oct-Dec Issue of Stampers Sampler by Stampington. Each one of us will be giving away a journal buddy on Friday Oct. 7. Your comment must be received by noon October 7. If you leave a comment on each blog you will be put in for a drawing to win a Journal Buddy, Art Journal and Stampers Sampler Magazine Bundle. The winner will be announced October 7th at 7:00 pm. All winners will be notified by email and announced on Yvonne’s blog Oct 7 at 7:00pm.

For more info and more techniques make sure and click on the above tab labeled Journal Buddy Info-shop.  We also have directions on how to purchase your own Journal Buddy! 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

It's Up To You... by Lisa Gregory

Wow! Lisa has done it again! This beautiful layout...I LOVE the way she used the sentiment stamp!
Thanks Lisa for wowing us yet again!!!

It's Up To You...Everything you do, every choice you make, it's up to you. I opt to see the beauty in the everyday. This is something I teach my children, and now my grandchildren. Yvonne's stamp for Impression Obsession,  It's Up To You, rings so true. I started my 12 x 12 layout by adhering a 12x12 piece of Prima Paper from the Rossibelle collection to a piece of 12x12 corrugated cardboard using Mod Podge. After it dried, I sprayed the edges of the layout with water, let it soak in and peeled back the top layer of the cardboard and the patterned paper. I then wrinkled, bent, twisted and shaped the edges exposing the cardboard underneath. I love the texture  of the corrugated part of the cardboard. Once it dried, I painted the corrugated part, and the peeled back part with white gesso, After the gesso dried, I sprayed the painted parts with colored sprays in a shimmery grey toned color.

I made sure I left a part of the lighter part of the paper free of embellishments and stamped the It's Up To You stamp onto that part. I  chose Black Archival ink as it stood out among the blacks in the paper.

I created the middle part of the layout by covering different sized pieces of corrugated cardboard, and layered them for dimension. I painted the Dusty Attic chipboard frame and dusted it with Art Basics Mica Powder. I added the tiny Dusty Attic butterflies to the frame.

 I created some of my own flowers and mixed them in with flowers from the paper collection I used, I just love floral clusters!!

 Here is a view of the floral cluster under the frame. I also used die cut leaves to tuck underneath my floral clusters. Just the hint of light green blends in well. The butterflies are from a printable file I created, then printed it up and cut them out. I painted them with Glossy Accents to give them a bit of shine.

Thank you for joining me this week. I hope that when you venture out during the day, that you see the beauty in the everyday...

Monday, September 26, 2016

Make Today Awesome Card by Tonya Gibbs

How fun is this!!! Tonya is up today with this beautiful watercolored card and...
bonus foiling!!! Thanks Tonya for this beautiful inspiration!!! 

Make Today Awesome Card by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair Designs

Oh today I have a treat for the eyes.  I am going to share with you a simple watercolor technique you can use to create beautiful cards in minutes. And a great way you can turn your stamps into foiled designs to add texture and sparkle to Yvonne's amazing stamps.

I chose these two fantastic stamps for today's card.  For this technique I suggest line art or text stamps that are not too complicated.  Larger text works best, like the first stamp.

On this stamp set.  I'm going to use "Tomorrow is another day" on the inside with Heidi Swapp's Navy blue ink.  It will not be foiled.  This stamp set is too small for the foiling technique.

Make Today Awesome Card by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair Designs

In the video below I share with you the simple technique I used for watercoloring the flower.  I used an inexpensive 18 color watercolor set that retails for $5.  It took about 15 mins to watercolor the card.  I used a 3" inch punched circle as a guide to make sure I was staying in frame. 

The card dimensions are as follows:
Base - is a top folding  A2  (original cut 4 1/4 in x 11 in scored at 5 1/2 in)
Top Panel:  110lb white cardstock  4 in x 5 1/4 in
Acetate:  3 3/4 in x 5 in
Mask:  4in x 5 1/4 in with a 3 in circle die cut

To foil the stamped image.  I used Ranger's Sticky Embossing powder with Versa Ink.  The Heidi Swapp's Foil in Pink and Minc to set the foil.  I show you the steps in the video below.
I must confess that the foiling is cool, but not a completely smooth technique. 

Here is the video.

Here is what my final card looks like. Of course the front is super shiny it is just hard for the camera to capture the metallic surface. The hand doodling really give the card a whimsical feel, and gives life to the flower cluster.  It hides a lot of imperfections, and helps for the flowers to take shape if you aren't an experienced watercolor artist.

Make Today Awesome Card by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair Designs

I do not recommend doing the foiling technique if you want a completely smooth effect on text. The sticky powder will not allow for complete coverage of the foil. However, I think the texture offers some interest to the text.   To hide the imperfections, I decided to make mine a shaker card.  The sequins on the front of the card really give a lot of pop and depth. By adhering a few down inside  the shaker area, it keeps them from being lost when they aren't being stirred. 

Make Today Awesome Card by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair Designs

Here is the inside of the card.  I wasn't happy with the way it stamped in the video. So I re-stamped it on a fishtail banner die cut and placed it on top of the original stamp. I think I like the die-cut better.  I also decided to use Navy blue ink instead of black, because it matched my watercolor better.

Who wouldn't love to receive this card? I hope I have inspired you to create a beautiful watercolor card, and try to foil emboss the stamps from Yvonne.  It really gives them a unique look, and the shaker cards are always a big hit.

Thanks for stopping in today.