Friday, May 20, 2016

Be WILD! hehehe...

Hello there! 
Today I'm sharing my project for Creative Carte Blanche's Cheryl Grigsby's  
3 W's...Word, Wood and WILD project..hehehe. 
This one made me think...what is my interpretation of WILD??? 
Is there only one way to channel WILD? 
I think not...which led me to further thought.

My word is BE...
Be you...
Be the Kind of WOMAN! 
I love the thought of WILD WOMEN...
In the sense to BE free...BE WILD...Be comfortable with the woman you are! 
(and maybe the thought that we don't have to conform to normal)
(What's normal anyway?)
I wanted to create something that I could change a bit out at times.
My hubby had built me these easels to use for retreats projects and I had a few left over.
How perfect is that since it is one of the requirements...WOOD.
I sanded it down and distressed it with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. 

I pulled out a few things to work with. I always do that. 
It's easier for me to pull out some things I feel some interest in rather then 
constantly having to dig through and find things. 
 The first thing I pulled out beside the easel was Tim's Printer's blocks. 
I love them...honestly I'm hoarding them and I'm not sure why. 
If they aren't used they aren't loved, right! 
I painted them black and then painted on different colors for each letter. 
Glued them all together using Glossy Accents and attached the to the molding part of the easel. 
I left some room behind so I can slip different things on the easel when I tire of whatever is on it. 

 I had some left over pre-stamped butterflies on my desk so I inked those up with 
my favorite Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, then fussy cut them out. 
I used a large thumbtack to hammer some holes into the easel because I wanted to attach 
some 'flying' butterflies with some gives it a 'free' aspect don't ya think? 
Next I created the Sentiment card. 
I have been itching to use some of my new stamps with Impression Obsession and 
had the perfect sentiment for this project! 
I LOVE this sentiment! 
It really is funny, but also sends a great message! 
I want to be one of those women! hehehe.

So there you have it...a really easy peasy home decor project!
I love the versatility of being able to change messages out or add pics in. 
It would be a great place to add a picture of a girls night out or something like that! 

 I hope my little BE WILD easel has given you some inspiration to get creative! 
To join in the fun at Creative Carte Blanche
It's a great place to get creative without the pressure of using certain products! 
Just be free and get your creative on! 
Till next time! Hugs. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

NOT a flower in SIGHT by Lynne Forsythe

Lynne is here with this amazing textured wall hanging!
I'm stunned there is no flowers, cause you know she is the flower girl!
But Oh is it stunning...look at her clever way in which she hangs it!
Thanks Lynne for the awesome inspiration!

Hi creative peeps.....
Hope you are having a WONDERFUL week....
full of things that make your soul HAPPY!

Once again, I was creating two projects simultaneously,
not wanting to waste any of my "mixed" concoctions.

I began by creating a stencil and applied
texture medium through the "heart" stencil.

I created a mixture with acrylic paint and glaze
and applied it with my finger to the stenciled heart
until I had achieved the desired look!

I then applied some texture medium 
through a stencil.

From here I just got lost in the creative process.
and Gloppin'

Here is the finished result!
When I finished the "card face"
I wasn't completely satisfied
so I tore the card apart and adhered
it to canvas hardboard.

I added various textural elements
and string.

I then pulled out a vintage zipper
that went perfect
so I added a bit of "green" to my creation
to tie the whole piece together.

What better way to finish a creative journey
then with a NEW Yvonne Blair Designs quote stamp

And it WAS A GOOD DAY....
to have a CREATIVE day!!!

.....and there is not a FLOWER in SIGHT!
Hope you find time to have some "creative time"!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Advice From A Tree by Tonya Gibbs

I think I really needed this today! 
Thank you Tonya for sharing really is a fabulous quote! 

Some days you need to just take a little advice from a tree!  I was waiting at the Doctor's office for my turn in line flipping through Pinterest and found this quote and instantly fell in love! I remembered that Yvonne had a stamp from Impression Obsession that was a Palm Tree patiently waiting my turn, I took myself to a tropical oasis, and began jotting down ideas to remind myself of this sappy wisdom!

Advice from a Tree:
Stand tall and proud
Go out on a limb
Remember your roots
Drink plenty of water
Be content with your natural beauty
Enjoy the view.

Seriously, aren't these words to live by daily?

I created my journal page inside this great  4x8  Art Journal
which I have shared with you in other posts. 

Here is the stamp that has become the star of today's post.
Impression Obsession Stamp - Palm Tree 17091

I would like for my book to remain flat if possible but want it to have the illusion of layers.  So I decided to put my trees on a nice sunset scene and add lots of sharp crisp shadows around my palm frowns.  To give life to the branches, I used several shades of green and a white gel pen as a final touch.  I love how much texture is in the final piece, yet the trees ae perfectly flat! 

In the video below, I share with you all the techniques on how to achieve this look.

 Since this book is small, I decided to simply hand write my title and quote.  If you are not comfortable with your handwriting, you could always use die cuts, stickers or stamps for the title, and print out your quote then use matt medium to glue it to the journal page.
Here is a list of all the colors that I used to create the background:

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint:     Salty Ocean, Broken China, Forest Moss, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Spun Sugar, Walnut Stain, Ripe Persimmon

To add transparent shadowing and depth I used my Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pens in the following colors: 
 Pink Madder Lake 129, Scarlet Red 118, Light Cobalt Turquoise 154, May Green 170, Chromium Green Opaque 174, Cadmium Yellow 107, Dark Sepia 175, Cold Grey  233, White 101, Black 199, and Earth Green 172.

Other Journal Pens:  Uni-ball Jetstream 1.0,  Sharpie King, Sharpie Fine Point, Gelly Roll White

Thank you for stopping in today.  I hope I've given you something to think about next time you walk by a tree!  If you have this stamp - I would love to see what you are doing with it.  Please share your creations with me in social media by using #YBPalmTree in Twitter, Facebook or Instagram so I can see how you are using it.   Place a comment down below, and let me know your thoughts! 


twitter: @gibbst    |       Instagram: @TonyaGibbs

Thursday, May 5, 2016

NO ONE IS YOU by Lynne Forsythe

Oh my gosh...Check this out from Lynne...we have a twofer! wink...
Love that she joined us over at Creative Carte Blanche and that helped her kickstart her mojo!
And boy did it work...she is a master with the flowers and texture!
Feel so blessed to have these amazing women on the creative journey with me!

Do you have days when you don't have a
creative thought in your head but
have time to create??

Well....that was me Wednesday!
When I get this way....I go searching
Did you know there is a new one.....
Creative Carte Blanche.
(BTW our fearless leader is
one of the designers!!)

Here is the project I created...

It was such a GREAT WAY to jump start my creativity.
a word
something wild

When I finished this project,
I had several 'TOVER tags I had created.

You see, when I'm creating I hate to WASTE the leftover
texture mediums, paints or sprays
that are on my craft mat, or stencils.
SO....I have a basket with
scrap paper
blank cards
and I use the
leftover product on them....

This is what I ended up with
after my Creative Carte Blanche project...
I distressed the edges of the tags
and stapled them together.

From there I just let those "creative juices" flow!
( step out photos...sorry)
....this is what I ended up with.

There is a little bit of everything
drywall tape
mesh ribbon
and a piece of chipboard.

I pulled out Yvonne Blair Designs/Impression Obsession 

Brayered on a bit of Perfect Paints ~ Sangria
and stamped onto a black piece of paper,
then I fussy cut it out.

I pulled out various Petaloo blooms
and colored them with diluted
Perfect Paints ~ Sangria.

Can I just say.....I LOVE Yvonne Blair Design
"quote" stamps...they so complete a creative project.

I seem to gravitate to this stamp...

What do you do when you need to
jump start your creativity??

Friday, April 29, 2016

Mad Scientist Lynne Forsythe!

OMGOSH!!!!! Don't you want to just reach in and touch this beauty!!!! 
I do...I can almost not stand it!
Hope you enjoy!!! 

I've been having fun again playing the Mad Scientist.
....mixing products
 and trying new things!

I had a canvas I had been working on
and had been stuck waiting for an idea of where to take it!

So....I put on my Mad Scientist hat and
created my own sprays using
Perfect Paints ~ Shimmering Matte Acrylics
and Perfect Glaze Medium
and water.

I sprayed....
I splattered.....
I dripped and I dried
smeared and spritzed!

I then pulled out a few extra pieces parts I had
that were full of Petaloo Blooms.

What would flowers be without leaves???
I proceeded to created my own "olive" color...
to paint onto UmWowStudios ~ Home Grown Mash chippies. BEAUTIFUL! canvas would be complete without a quote!!

Just seemed to fit!

I spritzed a piece of CCB ~ Kraft Cardstock
and stamped using Ranger's  Archival Ink.
I wanted the quote to stand out
so I "manhandled" a piece of CCB ~ Flute
and with my finger, painted on
a bit of Perfect Paints ~ Shadow.

There you have it.....
my Mad Scientist creation!!
Sure had fun with this creative journey!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

trade show inspiration...Lynne Forsythe

I was lucky enough to spend some time with Lynne at The Collins Show last week!
There is always so much inspiration floating around...but I was totally INSPIRED by her spirit! Her love of art and sharing it with everyone!
Now you are lucky to be inspired by her!
It all goes around...flows like a river of just have to jump in!

I LOVE going to trade shows.
You see, I can have a tendency to get caught
up in my own creative world
and to not venture out.....
However, at a trade show,
you can't help but to just take it in!

My inspiration for today's project was
 watching Ken Oliver demo his Color Burst!

I couldn't wait to get home and PLAY....
I pulled out my box
and began looking through them.....
I happened on this stamp

Then I pulled out a piece of
Canvas Corp Brands ~ White Chipboard,
(a very absorbent, thick paper)
Jet Black Archival Ink and
began stamping multiples of the bottom flower
when dry, I cut them out!

I pulled out my package of
Ken Oliver's Earth Tones ~ Color Burst
and let the games begin!

I found that spritzing the stamped, cut out flower
with water first, worked best.

I then mixed water and various colors
Yellow Ochre
Burnt Orange
in my paint tray and began experimenting with the
colors on the Scribble Bloom.

I also added a dab of Ken Oliver's ~ Liquid Metal's
here and there!
When I was happy with my flowers
I outlined the Scribble flowers
with Perfect Paints ~ Halo.

I had some leftover "Color Burst Mixture" so I
transferred it to my craft mat
and sopped it up onto the face of a
CCB Kraft Greeting Card.

I smeared on some of Perfect Paints ~ Halo
.....but my card still didn't look finished.
So, I went in search of the perfect "white noise" stamp
and I found......

which I randomly stamped onto the card face
using Jet Black Archival Ink.

Just what the Dr. ordered!!!
Now, for a bit of distressed, colored CCB ~ Flute
 some Cheese Cloth and
UmWowStudios ~  Grid Border
all stapled to the card.
There you have it.....

I hope I have inspired you to pull out some of your
FAVORITE Impression Obsession stamps and color

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Altered Cigar box for CCB

Hi there! Excited to be sharing with you my project for Creative Carte Blanche
I hope you will join myself, Annette Green, Candy Colwell, Cheryl Grigsby, Hels Sheridan
Linda Ledbetter and Susan Mostek for our monthly adventures on the CCB blog! 
Once a month we do a prompt or challenge to just spread our creative wings and see what happens! 
No products are a must, nothing except using the prompt we give you! 
We want to see 'you' in your art! 
Having time for Creative play is so will help you find your own style, but also I think of it as therapy!  This month our prompt was to alter a cigar box. 
I pulled out some products and just let it take me where ever it led me. 
Love Prima paper...always have...and this is one of their paper lines I am hoarding.
At some point though you have to pull it out and use it! Right! 
  Finnabair always inspires me...I love the way she uses metal in her projects so I decided to let that lead me! 

 So, I had this vintage lace I found at a yard sale...a whole ziplock bag full for $2.00.
That was a very happy find...I love it because it has netting and it has allowed me such amazing texture in my art projects...getting down to the last bit now, but using it on something that I am going to use and love seems right. It also adheres beautifully with Multi Matte Medium... I use at least a jar of this a week...I really need to see about getting it by the gallon! lol. 

The inside of the box was finished off with Prima's Royal Menagerie Paper line...matched the 
top of the box perfectly!!! Happy when it works out like that! wink. 

We still have Linda's and Annette's project to come so keep checking in over on
I am LOVING the other projects so far! 
Always seeing what everyone else is doing inspires the heck out of me!!! 
Hope to see you soon! 
Until next time! 
Thanks for stopping by!