Thursday, November 2, 2017

Playin' with Distress Crayons

Hi Peeps! 
While I was away at
The Beacon Scrapbook Retreat, teaching
I had the opportunity to shop
a local scrapbook store.
......and it WAS WONDERFUL!!
I got to touch and feel
SO MANY new (to me) products! 

I FINALLY had the opportunity to get my hands on
a package Distress Crayons.
(not used yet)
 and then my BESTIE lent me the set she bought
(now that's a true crafty friend!!)
....and I just had to PLAY!
I pulled out a "tovers" art journal page,
which consisted of a page from my Mix and Match book
that I stenciled with various mediums.

I colored the stenciled area with various colors of Distress Crayons.
Mixing the colors where they touched.
When dry I painted the whole page with Distress Collage Medium.

At this point I chose what I wanted my page to say!
I chose the Yvonne Blair Designs/Impression Obsession 

I stamped it onto a piece of Tissuestock.
When dry I cut it out!

I then applied Multi Medium ~ Matte to the back of the stamped image
and adhered it to my art journal page.

Then I applied a layer of Distress Collage Medium ~ Vintage.

....and it wouldn't be me if I didn't put a flower on it.
I ran the Distress Crayon lightly over the flower.

I spritzed the flower with water and used a 
paint brush to move the color around.

I pulled out a bit of greenery and colored it with 
another color from the Distress Crayons set. 
When dry I applied a layer of Distress Collage Medium.

Then I put my page all together....

a few closeups....

I hope you have enjoyed my creative adventure.
I will definitely have to play with these 
products again!!

.....and THANK YOU for stoppin' by!

Other Products Used

Mix and Match 6 x 9 book
Canvas Corp

The Crafter's Workshop
Light & Fluffy
Shimmery Goodness

Ranger Ink
Distress Crayons ~ Set 10
Distress Collage Medium ~ Vintage
Multi Medium ~ Matte

Archival Ink ~ Jet Black

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Favorite In The History of Ever Layout by Tonya Gibbs

History of Ever Layout by Tonya A. Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

Hi everyone, today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite summer memories. We took a trip to Europe, and part of that trip was a week in the wonderful city of Paris.  Today I wanted to share a quick layout using one of my favorite photos and a special memory from the trip. 

Side note:  Unfortunately, I do not have a process video for this layout.  I started one, but I had a power outage half way through the process, and my computer did not save the video clips.

Yvonne's stamps go perfectly with your layouts as well as mixed media and card designs. Today, I chose her History of Ever Stamp with Impression Obsession for my layout.

History of Forever - C17191

For my paper collection, I grabbed the Posh 12x12 Collection Pack from Simple Stories from  I love buying collection packs or kits because they have everything I need in one convenient package.  Most Local Scrapbook Stores (LSS) will be happy to put similar packages together for you, or already carry similar products or monthly kit clubs.

While visiting Europe this summer, my Husband and I took quite a few cheesy photos in front of some really beautiful places.  I checked off LOTS of bucket list items, and those photos need to be documented. I took along a traveling Midori with me so it may contain a lot of those photos.  But some of my favs will definitely land on layouts. 

To accent this photo I used Yvonne's Stamp on one of the note labels in the paper collection.  Most of the paper has gold foiling, and I used the foiling sheets to accent my photos. I decided to heat emboss The History of Ever Sentiment with Gold Foil

History of Ever Layout by Tonya A. Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

This is a photo we took in front of the Eiffel Tower. It is significant because we could see the tower from our flat.  Every night at 10pm we watched the tower sparkle and glitter.  My husband made sure we went out of our way to be in front of the tower each night to watch the show.  He loved it so much! Our last night in Paris, we grabbed a bottle of wine and watched the show on the lawn behind the tower. I loved watching him express so much joy!

 He really is my favorite of all time in the history of ever!

I wanted the glitter of the tower to be symbolic on my layout!
So this is how I was able to duplicate the look.

History of Ever Layout by Tonya A. Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

  1. I made this stencil YEARS ago from a cut file on my Cricut with a transparency to create the Eiffel Tower stencil.  I'm sure by now you can find similar stencils or create your own using a cut file from the Silhouette,  Cricut or other die cutting system.  
  2. I used Wendy Vecchi's Embossing Paste in Metallic Gold and spread a thin layer through the stenciled area.
  3. While it was still wet, I sprinkled German Glass Glitter in Sterling Silver from Prima on top of the tower. Only sprinkle a few pieces of glitter, I didn't want it to be too bulky. I want the tower to twinkle not look like a glittering tower.
  4. Then I slightly tapped the glitter into the wet paste. 
  5. When this is dry, (about 20 minutes do not use a heat gun - it will cause the embossing paste to shrink )  I tapped off the excess glitter and replaced it into the jar.
Here is the complete layout.

History of Ever Layout by Tonya A. Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

I didn't want anything to take away from the photo, journaling, and the tower. So I kept the layout very clean.  The Posh paper collection went perfectly with my photo.  I did add a little bit of gold embossing powder to the center of the flowers to spruce them up a bit.  Beyond that everything else is very simple.   When I finished this layout I remembered how much I loved doing layouts.  Thank you for hanging out with me today.

Friday, October 13, 2017

playin' with new product....

Lynne has done it again!
Beautiful, textured and gorgeous!!! 
Thanks Lynne...what amazing inspiration!!! 

Hello Yvonne Blair Design Fans!
I received a box containing the new Crafter's Workshop paints....

I decided I wanted to create a few Fall inspired cards.

WATCH how I created the backgrounds and leaves for my cards.

I finished off my cards with various
Yvonne Blair Designs/Impression Obsession stamps.

I love this set of stamps.....

For my second card, I lathered on a bit of the paint with
my palette knife, I colored the flowers, painted the chippie and
I even successfully stenciled with the paint!

I chose one of the stamps from the 
Holiday Words stamp set.

The Yvonne Blair Designs/Impression Obsession stamps I used
on my last card.

I hope you have enjoyed my experiment!
I sure had fun and now have some Fall cards to send out.

Other Products Used

The Crafter's Workshop Heavy Body Acrylic Paint
Iridescent Gold
Orange Slice
Kale Smoothie
Spun Sugar

UmWowStudioLeafy Branch

Tattered Angels Sun Sisters

Canvas CorpNote Cards with Envelop
Kraft paper
Flute ~ Brown & White

Ranger InkDistress Ink ~ Vintage Photo
Archival Ink ~ Jet Black
Distress Collage Medium ~ Vintage

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fall Laughter Frame by Jenn DuBell

Don't we all need this reminder sometimes? 
I know I do...and Jenn shared this at the perfect time! 
Thanks Jenn for this beautiful creation and so happy you are on the road to recovery! 

Hi there everyone! After having surgery and beginning my road to recovering from it I needed to create something uplifting and bright. What better way to do that than with some of Yvonne's cheery sentiment and pattern stamps! I hope you this project is uplifting for you too!

I chose the following Yvonne Blair Designed stamps from Impression Obsession.

I started with a plain wooden frame 5"X7" and painted entire surface with white gesso then dried completely.
I wanted a crackly wood grain look for the base so I used a Prima stencil and crackle paste. Let crackle paste dry for full effect.

Next,I used ink sprays in greens and golds alternating and drying in between colors.

Next, I inked up the sentiment stamp with an ombre mix of light to dark in shades of orange. I used clear embossing powder to seal this. Using green and the same orange inks I inked the pine branch several times and stamped around the sentiment. next, I placed the template for my frame where I liked and traced an outline with a pencil for a cutting reference and cut out.
Finally place the glass back into the frame and add the cut-out sentiment as you would a picture. Add jute string and floral embellishments. I also added a wood chip bird and some art stones.
As a final little shimmery touch,
I added some Deco Art Pearlizing medium with a small brush here and there and on the bird.

Thanks so much for viewing! Have a fun creative day!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Watercolor Cards by Tonya Gibbs

Check out these BEAUTIFUL cards from Tonya! 
Thanks girlie!!! 
Totally awesome! 

Watercolor Cards by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

Hi  everyone, it has been a while since I have had a chance to share with you guys.  We recently had a crazy storm raging outside Hurricane Irma, and I needed to do something to calm my nerves. So I decided to spend sometime watercoloring along with a fellow YouTuber.  The result were these gorgeous cards I created using some of Yvonne's wonderful sentiment stamps with Impression Obsession.


I'm going to use this Kuretake -watercolor set
Pans used for this project
Deep Red: #36, Med Red 34, Light Red #31
Yellow No 40, Gold Rod #43
Green Olive #54,  Kelly Green #52
Brown #37, Light Brown #46, DK Purple #47

Round Watercolor Brush #10

Canson #140 Watercolor Paper

I found this wonderful watercolor Artist on YouTube and used her tutorials to practice some watercolor techniques to help calm my nerves during Hurricane Irma.  Her channel is Fairmeadow Studio and if you get a chance, please check out her channel.  She has a wonderful teaching style.  My technique is great yet, but with practice I will get it the hang of the brush strokes.

Watercolor Cards by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

 Since my strokes were a bit sloppy, I decided to trace around my flowers with a white gel pen, and add a little gold liquitex ink to the center of my flowers.  This made them pop and gave them more texture.  Now I'm really loving the look.  I cut them down to fit on a card panel, and suddenly, I'm in love with the way they look!

Watercolor Cards by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

 With the help of Yvonne's card sentiments, I was able to create four different cards. Sifting through my 6x6 paper pads, I found coordinating scraps of paper to help bring my designs together, and destash a little of my paper pads.  These are so beautiful, and the watercoloring keeps the designs fresh and simple. 
Here is a quick video sharing how my cards came together.

If you don't feel comfortable watercoloring your panels, you could always use printed paper, or even the coloring book pages that are so popular now.  Those patterns are simple to color and would look fantastic cut into smaller pieces.  These cards are handy to have pre-made when the occasion comes up. Thank you for hanging out with me today. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.