Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hello there!

 Have you played with Color Burst??? 
If you have you know how much fun it can be.
I love how the colors mix and create something magical.
The background below was inspired by pictures I saw on the Hubble Telescope site believe it or not. 
The beauty in space is fascinating to me...
The formations of Nebula's and Galaxies...I could look at pictures like that all day!
Anyway, this project will be shared over on Ken's blog today.
(Can I just say I am so flippin' excited!)
I hope you will head on over there and see what the final project looks like! 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Supplies used:
Ken Oliver's Color Burst
Ranger Watercolor Paper
Black Archival Ink
Impression Obsession Stamps
Heating Tool
Stardust Stickles

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

So excited!

Hey everyone! 
I am so over the top excited to be able to finally share this with you! 
I am honored to be with this amazing creative group!
Still pinching myself...hehehe.
For me being creative is not just something to do...it's a way of life.
It's something I NEED...it's my therapy. 
I get lost when I am working on a project..loose all track of time and am just in the moment, 
with the weight of the everyday world lifted and gone. 
Being able to be a part of Ken's Creative World with these fabulous women is not only going to be fun but also allow me creative time to just do my thing. 
Ken is an amazing guy.  
He's genuine, funny and very talented. 
I feel very lucky to be able to do what I love with products I love and share it with you! 
I hope you will continue to follow along as this journey takes twists and turns.
Sometimes you just never know what great path is waiting next!!! 
Here is a little peek at something  I have made using Color Burst! 

I will share more soon! Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Journal Buddy and Inky Art Journal Blog Hop

Edited: Our winner is Sara Barker...Congratulations! 

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our hop! We appreciate all the sweet comments and you taking the time to join in! Thank you to Annette, Candy, Cheryl B., Cheryl G, Linda and Susan for helping me make this possible! You girls are the best and I love you! 
Sara....email me your info at yblair1@gmail.com and I will get your prize in the mail! 
Hugs everyone! and thank you again! 

Hi everyone!!! 
I am so super excited today!
We are doing a blog hop today on my new tool the Journal Buddy, the Inky Art Journals as well as some of my stamps with Impression Obsession! 
I am telling you dreams do come true...you just have to have faith and keep trying...even if you have been told no...keep trying.  I pinch myself everyday because I NEVER thought I could do any of this! But...faith, some luck and lots of hard work later...here we are! 
I have to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to my dear friends who are hopping along today! 
They are all a big inspiration to me...not just in their art but in the women that they are! 
They ROCK! and I am so lucky that they are playing along today! 
I also want to say thank you so much to all of you for taking time out of your day and hopping around and seeing the inspiration you are sure to find! 
SO....all this is to officially show you all about the Journal Buddy! 
What you can do with it...how helpful it will be in your art journaling or even addressing an envelope!  I think there is a ton of things you can do! 
Here is a little info...
It is a flexible stencil material that is see through.  
It has a wavy edge as well as slits that are space a 1/2 inch apart 
so you can slide it down your page as you need. 
It has an etched ruler that is nine inches in length with quarter inch guides. 
The two straight edges on the sides are for lining up against your page edges to keep everything going straight and even down your page. 
Down below I will show you how to use the wavy edge as well as the slits. 
As you can see the Journal Buddy is see through.  This makes it easy to trace the lines and get them exactly where you want them as well as putting the last line you traced or inked in the top slit so you can move on down the page.  Then you will have your journal lines all the way down your page 1/2 inch apart.  You can even go back and add lines in the middle of those lines if you want.

 When you are using the wavy edge you place the Journal Buddy where you want your lines to start. 
Line it up so that the straight edge is even with the page edge.  This will keep you on the straight and narrow so to speak, wink.  Once you make your first line, flip the Journal Buddy and line it up again..this makes the wavy edge opposite the first so you get the very cool thick and thin journal area.
 Then simply add your journaling! Easy Peasy right!!! 
This is one of my Journal Pages that tells some of the everyday random things 
that make my heart happy.  
Below,  you will see that I placed the Journal Buddy on a different page in my art journal. 
Line the Journal Buddy up again by lining up the straight edge against the page edge.  
You can use your blending tool to go over your inky with Distress Ink...once you have inked your blending tool swipe it in one direction over the Journal Buddy.  
As you can see it leaves a nice inky journal line that you can then add your journaling too.
I also traced the wavy edge of the Journal Buddy to cut a bit of one page down for interest. 
Another thing you can do! I like to create staggered pages in my journals by tracing it one way on the first page, then flipping the Journal Buddy the opposite way, trace and cut, then you have wavy progressive page edges in your journal! 
 Just love the look of the inky lines! Don't you? 
These are just a few of the basic things you can do with the Journal Buddy. 
I am sure that when you hop around you will see many more cool ideas, wink. 

So if you started here there are more blogs to hop on over too! 

Now...one more thing!
You can find my stamps at Impression Obsession here!
Truly blessed to have these amazing opportunities! 
I have designed Inky Art Journal as well! 
It comes in three sizes
I designed them so they have a raw chipboard cover for you to alter or cover, below you can see the raw, one I am in the process of altering  and one that covered. 
The pages in the Inky Art Journal are made out of thick manila cardstock. 
When you open it the pages lay flat so that you can move across the seam with no interruption in your art.  I wanted a journal that I could use with Distress Inks as I am an inky girl but I couldn't find one that accepted the ink like I wanted it to.  It also still had to work with other mediums.  I was lucky enough to know someone who would listen to my crazy idea and agree to produce them for me....Thank you Andy from Paplin Industries. 
If you would like to order either the Journal Buddy or the Inky Art Journals just click on the shop tab and follow the instructions! I have them in stock as we speak! 
Oh and one more thing! What would a blog hop be without a giveaway???!!!
Leave a comment on EACH of the girls blogs that were in the hop. 
I will put all those names in a bucket and my hubby will be the official name puller. 
We will announce the winner on Wednesday, November 11
You must have your comment in by Tuesday November 10 midnight EST. 
We will making sure that a comment was left on each blog.  Those are the only two rules, wink. 
The prize is a Journal Buddy and one of the new sizes of Inky Art Journal (4x8).
Okay...what are you waiting for??? Go hop! hehehe. 
Have fun and thank you again for taking time out of your day to join in the fun! 
Have a great weekend! 

Sunday, September 20, 2015


Introducing...my new Journal Buddy Tool.
I am so excited to share with you what I have had under wraps for a bit now. 
 It is a multipurpose tool. You can use it to create journal lines by tracing, inking, painting or spraying. The lines are 1/2 inch apart and by moving it down your page you can have consistent lines all the way down for journaling. You can also use the top edge to create the wavy journal lines you see in the magazines...You just trace, flip and trace and repeat as many times as you want there to be lines. Also, by using the right or left edge to line it up to whatever page you are working on it will keep it straight. Lastly there is a 9" ruler for measuring. Oh, it is made out of high quality stencil material and is see through so you can see where you are positioning! Also flexible so it can mold itself to journals that have a curve.  So...I will have them for sale later this week. They will be $8.00.  I will have them available to order within the next couple of days.  They are ready to ship now!!! So super excited! Hope you will love it! 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Teaching here...

Hi there...
Very Excited to share that I am teaching at Scraporium in Lutz August 29.
I will be offering two classes.

Inky Art Journal
In this class we will be using a new type of Art Journal that has been designed specifically to accept Inks. You will learn many Distress Ink Techniques, create interactive pockets and flaps and places for hidden journaling. We will be working on the cover of the journal as well as many pages inside. We will be using my line of Quirky Girl Stamps to add many soulful and quirky sentiments throughout your journal.

The next one is. 
Ink Techniques
Prepare to enter the world of Distress. During this class you will learn many techniques using Distress Ink and paint and you will create art with depth, texture. Join me and learn how versatile this ink truly is. You will leave class with completed project which are cards and a 8x10 canvas.

Super excited to take this show on the road, hehehe. 
Hope to see you on the road! 
There are still a few seats left at Scraporium...
If you are interested on getting inky with me, give them a call there is a link on their name!
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Hugs. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

a share....

Hello there!
I am honored and excited to share that I am a guest designer over at Simon Says Stamp today! 

Yvonne Blair tutorial10

I am sharing a tutorial to create a fun painty background.  
Hope you will check it out, wink. 
Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Compendium Of Curiosities Challenge #34

Hello everyone! 
Can you believe it is our last Compendium of Curiosities Challenge for Tim's third installment of his fabulous book?  It has been such an honor to be a part of this fabulous "crew" of women. 
It has been so fun to get to know some of you and see all the wonderful art that ALL of you have created! It's been a heck of a journey.  I have gained so much insight as I have traveled this creative road with the Curiosity Crew and all of you, tried things I wouldn't normally try, found new ways to create that I love, and discovered things about my creative process I hadn't noticed before. 
I want to thank Linda for asking me to be a part of this journey, part of a sisterhood of women who I have a profound respect and love for and part of an amazing artful journey that has brought new friends into my life that have a love of this art too! 
Thank you all for embracing me and my art and leaving such kind, sweet comments. 
This artsy world is pretty amazing! 

So here we are, our last challenge for CC3.  
(however we do have some fun things planned to continue our journey together!)
Let's take a moment and thank Tim and Mario
They donated a ton of goodies to be given aways to make this journey even more fun! 
Thank you Tim for creating these Compendium of Curiosities Books. 
You have inspired so many and helped us all discover new and fabulous ways to create! 
for sponsoring with generous gift certificates, I hope that you will continue to support them. 
They are both family run stores that truly care about their customers. 

Our sponsor this week is The Funkie Junkie along with Tim and Mario of course, wink. 

So, has anyone guessed what the challenge is? 
It is Layering Stencil Monoprint found of page 48.
Truly this is one of my favorites.  Love the way it works and the end result! 

I couldn't not use butterflies in this last challenge, wink. 
I also have a number 3 in there, hehehe. 
Can you see it? 
Fussy cutting is therapy for me.   It truly allows me to zone out and just be. 
Maybe it's weird or even a bit quirky, wink, but I love it!
I think Susan gets it too...she is another fussy cutter! 
While I can't give aways the technique, I can tell you I used 
Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks. 

Pink and Orange are two of my favorite colors together...they just make me totally giddy. 
Do you have colors like that? 
If you haven't visited the rest of the Curiosity Crew what are you waiting for?
I absolutely love seeing the different pieces of art...it's amazing how different we create using the same techniques. That's part of the fun for sure! 

Okay...don't forget to follow the rules to be entered for a chance to win. 
You can find them here

Now, just a bit of a teaser, hehehe.
We will be launching a new website on September 1, 2015. 
We will have lots of creative fun in store for you! 
I hope you will join us...stay tuned for more information coming very soon! 

Also, we will be flying to Costa Rica in September of 2016. 
We will be the Sisterhood of the Traveling Paints! 
We are so excited to be able to take this artful journey together and hope you will join us. 
There is a payment plan set up and all the information you can find here

Saturday, July 18, 2015

CC3 #33

Hi there!
So here we are Challenge #33...only one more to go after this one.
We do have some exciting things in the works...and I know we are all looking forward to sharing more fun and creative adventures with all of you!

As always, lets take a moment and thank our very generous sponsors. 
Inspiration Emporium has donated a very generous $50 gift certificate to be awarded to a lucky someone along with the stash of goodies Tim and Mario donated! 
Those guys are so very generous. 
Make sure when you play along that you follow the rules, they are really easy peasy.
Read about them here. 

Today's challenge is Altered Surfaces on page 45 in the third volume of
Compendium of Curiosities. 
I have been absolutely in love with blues lately.  Can't seem to get enough of them, wink. 
I used Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Broken China Distress Ink 
along with some Picket Fence Distress Paint. 
 To create the background I put some of all the colors of Distress Ink onto a non stick craft sheet. 
Spritzed it with water,  stamped a clear block into the puddles to pick up color. 
Then over and over again stamped that on to a tag. Once the color was the way I wanted it I smeared some Picket Fence Paint onto my craft sheet, spritzed it with water and did the same technique with the acrylic block.  Dry with a heating tool, once it's dry I blended on Salty Ocean with a blending tool to just even it out a bit.  
Really fun technique...hope you might give it a try! 
It creates so much texture in the background.
I took some of Tim's arrows and the number three (hehehe)
and used the technique you will find on page 45...this is one of my faves. 
Love the vintage worn feel you get. 
 So that about covers it I think.  
If you haven't already make sure and check out what the rest of the Curiosity Crew created.
It is so fun to see what everyone is up too...I LOVE being able to hop from blog to blog and soak up all that lovely inspiration! 

Also I just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for all your sweet and kind comments. 
You, ALL of you have made this journey so fun, special and inspirational! 
Sometimes I am just sitting with my mouth hanging open at what you all come up with! 
Hope you have a great weekend! 
Big hugs...until next time. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Excited sharing...

Hello everyone!!!
So super excited to be able to share with you my newest collection of stamps with Impression Obsession! This is truly a dream come true and I want to thank everyone for the support, sweet messages and the amazing response to these stamps! I am so grateful that I can share some of my passions in this amazing paper crafting world with you! I still have a that giddy, butterfly in you tummy feeling over this amazing opportunity...I don't think that will ever go away, wink. 
I also would like to send a big Thank you to Mitra for helping me make my dreams come true with this opportunity.  

Thanks again and I have something else to share very soon, so I hope you come back and check that out! Have a great day and thank you for stopping by! 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

CC3Challenge #31

Hello everyone! 
It's that time again...Challenge Saturday!
Today's challenge is Layering Stencil Paint Resist found on page 47 of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III.  I hope you have the book, but if you don't you can still get an autographed copy from Tim and Mario
This week's sponsors are Inspiration Emporium. They have donated a generous $50 gift certificate as well as Tim and Mario who donated a bunch of goodies to be awarded! 
Thank you to both our sponsors this week! 

So on to the challenge. 
Layering Stencil Paint resist...boy is that a mouthful, hehehe. 
I can't give away the details but I can tell you I used Tim's Flourish Stencil, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint Distress Ink. 
Yes! The PINK is back! lol. 
 I fussy cut the flowers and popped them with foam tape and of course they had to get a bit of Stardust Stickles to make them pop just a bit. 
 The Crinkle Ribbon is colored with Picked Raspberry and Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink. 
Those colors are just scrumptious together, don't you think??? hehehe. 
If you haven't gotten to the other Curiosity Crew's blogs yet, hop on over and see what they have created! I will be checking them out first thing Saturday morning.  

I can't wait to see what you all create either! We only have three more challenges after this one...can you believe it??? Thanks for stopping by.  
Oh and make sure and follow the rules when you enter...you can find them listed here.