Monday, March 27, 2017

Four Cards One Stamp Set - by Tonya Gibbs

Some FUN with Spring colors and card ideas! 
Thanks Tonya! 

Watercolor Cards by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair


Hi everyone happy Spring!  I hope my friends in the North are ready to thaw out and start thinking of  warmer days.  Today I want to share with you another idea for busting up that scrap pile, and creating a few wonderful cards in the process. 


I stumbled upon this wonderful watercolor artist on YouTube Jay Lee and followed a beginner tutorial for creating tulips.  Here is the tutorial.   

Reaching into my scrap bin, I pulled out a few scraps of watercolor paper that are left over when I trim down my large pad to create card panels.  These smaller pieces are great to practice techniques such as brush strokes. I followed Jay Lee's tutorial and created some of my own tulips.  I have to admit that mine are not as wonderful as Jay Lee's, but I will keep practicing. The practice panels that I decided to keep, I wanted to create cards to showcase them.



I used the Card Sentiment stamp set by Yvonne Blair and Impression Obsession. As always I have linked it to the IO store, but check with your local retailers first.


After these beauties had a chance to dry, I reached into my stash and found an old paper collection from Webster's Pages.  This was a set of 6x6 papers from 2004 called Perfect Motifs.  I recommend going through your own collection of papers and finding something similar. I chose a floral pattern,  and coordinating solid that matched one of the colors in my flowers.  Then paired it with a soft blue cardstock that has been in my stash for a long time.

Watercolor Cards by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

Since each floral pattern has a different look, switching up the sentiment and patterned papers helps make the cards look unique while maintaining consistency as a group. 

Watercolor Cards by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

To keep the card making part simple and fast, I chose one card layout for all my cards. I wanted my cards to stay somewhat simple and flat so that they could easily be mailed.  I spent all that time watercoloring so my flowers needed to be the main focus of the card. 

Watercolor Cards by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

Here is a process video of me walking you through the process of me painting the panels and making one of the cards.



These would make a great gift set, or awesome cards for the spring.  You could also substitute out the sentiment for a Mother's Day sentiment if you would like to get a jump start on Mother's Day. 

Thanks for hanging out with me today, I hope I have inspired you to pull out your watercolors and practice a few brush strokes.  Jay Lee has inspired me, and I encourage you to check out this awesome channel for great watercolor tutorials. Then burn through a stash of scrapbook paper, and make a few cards to share with your friends and family.  Share what you make with me in social me using the #YBArtGirlFun so that we can see what you have made.


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Monday, March 20, 2017

a Monday surprise!

Welcome to my 2'fer Thursday!


Been crazy trying to get ready for vacation
and having wedding appointments....
but I had a bit of free time to whip up
these two beauties.


I was trying out a idea for an upcoming project
 few new stencils with
a bit of color
handful of buttons
some decorative metal
and a few old paintbrushes
and one of my FAVORITE
Yvonne Blair Design/Impression Obsession stamps

I LOVE YOU MOREfrom the Everyday Quotes 2 





I was having so much fun....
I made an "oversized" ATC.
and used
NEVER EVER GIVE UPfrom the Card Sentiments






Thank you for stopping by
and checking out my creations....

Hope you have a FABULOUS DAY!

OTHER PRODUCTS USED:
Tattered Angels
Glimmer Glam
Tail Fin
Camel
Just Peachy
Night Sky

High Impact Paint
Olive

StencilGirl ProductsBrick Factory
Heart Grid Stencil
Trivet a Stencil





Tuesday, March 7, 2017

My Forever Always Layout by Tonya Gibbs

Love this scrapbook page from Tonya! It's so fun to incorporate stamps 
in scrapbooking as well! 


Seriously, this man has been my "Forever Always" since the day I put my eyes on him in 1985.  He walked into my computer class in high school, and this shy sophomore was instantly swept away by this obnoxious fast talking senior.  Five years later, we were married and three years later we had our first child.  Here we are, after thirty years, still so much in love, and I can not imagine my life without him. He is literally my world!  OK enough mushy stuff. 

Well, this was the first year that we actually went out for New Year's Eve in decades!  Bonus was this was also the year that I fit into a SIZE 12!  YEP - confession last year I was in a size 18 so I wanted to step out on the town in my high heels looking HOT!  Irony - we were all caught up in the moment, NO ONE EVER SNAPPED A SHOT of my outfit except the one above. LOL, sometimes we just have to go with what we have, right! It is ok, I have the moment in my head, and at least I have a photo of that smile on my face!

For my layout today - I chose to use these awesome stamps from Yvonne Blair and Impression Obsession.  As Always, check with your local retailers first, but I've linked them up on the IO Stamps site for your convenience.

http://www.iostamps.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=C17153&Store_Code=IOSTAMPS&search=C17153&searchoffset=&filter_cat=&PowerSearch_Begin_Only=&sort=&range_low=&range_high=

http://www.iostamps.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=J17125&Store_Code=IOSTAMPS&search=french+script&searchoffset=&filter_cat=&PowerSearch_Begin_Only=&sort=&range_low=&range_high=


I dug into my hoard vault and pulled out Teresa Collins' Tinsel & Co. Collection Stars Paper for my Layout base.  I used the Chipboard stars, and the stars from the Ephemera pack as well.  Then I used some of her boarder strips from the Memorabilia line since they were glittery. I encourage you to go into your hoard vault, and see if you have products that you have been storing up that could be used for some of your layout designs. We did after all purchase them for a reason, right!  The best way to hoard them is to use them for a project for ourselves.

My Forever Always Layout By Tonya Gibbs For Yvonne Blair

When printing my photo, I left a bit of a border so I could cut it Polaroid style.  In the video below,  I will share with you how I stamped Yvonne's image onto washi  tape.  Allowed it to dry, then placed it directly onto my photo.  I love how clean this looks on my photo.   I will be using this technique again.   You do need to be careful when stamping since the washi has a slick surface and the stamp will slide if you press too hard.  Also, be sure to use a permanent ink like staz-on or archival by Ranger.

My Forever Always Layout By Tonya Gibbs For Yvonne Blair

In the photo above, you can see how the French Script stamp was used to lightly add texture around the layout on the ephemera pieces and velum edges.  You can click the photo to enlarge them and see greater detail.  I also scattered a few rub-ons from the Tim Holtz botanical collection to add more visual interest to the vellum and create the illusion of printed paper. 

My Forever Always Layout By Tonya Gibbs For Yvonne Blair

I started to use paint to create the gold effect, but I'm so glad I reached for the recycled gold tissue paper instead.  It was left over from packaging that I had received at Christmas, and I love how delicate it looks peek-a-booing out from around my vellum layers.  I'm glad I saved it.  Also, I love that the French Script stamp added life to the flat ephemera stars.  A little bit of platinum Stickles also gave a little life to those chipboard pieces, and a sprinkle of confetti stars add sparkle, as well, to this flat layout.  To finish it off, a few splatters of Heidi Swapp's Gold Color Shine was just what this layout needed to call it finished.

Here is a video showing my process



I wrote my journaling on the tag that is tucked into the left hand side and slipped it behind the photo.  It talks about our evening.  There was no need for it to be visible.  The title was one that I had hand drawn in a previous video, and was in my bucket of one hit wonders.  It seemed to fit my theme so I added it over the border flags.  I drew it with a brush pen.  The ink was not permanent so I didn't add splatters of gold to it. Here is a view of the finished layout.

My Forever Always Layout By Tonya Gibbs For Yvonne Blair

This layout reminds me so much of the glitzy downtown streets of West Palm Beach where we spent New Year's Eve.  I had such a great time that night and it was fun to create this layout.  I guess I was holding on to this paper for just the perfect time, and I'm glad I finally found used it.  I love the richness that the monochromatic color pallet adds to this layout.  If you are hoarding a paper collection,  I encourage you to use my layout as inspiration to create something this week!   Thanks for hanging out with me today.



Thursday, March 2, 2017

Hope anchors...Lynne Forsythe

What a powerful message on a gorgeous backdrop!
Thanks Lynne...you always amaze me with your creations and the texture they hold.

Due to Family health issues
 I've had A LOT of STRESS ENERGY....
what do i do....I CREATE!!

.....and I just happened to get a new box of goodies from
USArtQuest....Just what I NEEDED1

As I was unfamiliar with most of the products I had ordered
this was a perfect time for me to EXPERIMENT. 


I pulled out a tag made from Kraft Paper
and and a Wheelie Mask.
I then took out a jar of
Heavy Artist Cement
and applied it through the Mask.


I got distracted by a phone call,
so the Heavy Artist Cement dried
a little bit more than I would have liked
but I figured I'd try to work with it anyways. 
So, I sprinkled the stenciled image with
Prills ~ Mini Pearls
and pressed them in, for good measure.
Then I had the idea, maybe if I applied a layer of
Paper Perfect Adhesive ~ Matte
it would seal the Prills.
IT WORKED!!


When dry, I spritzed the tag with various
Glimmer Mist colors.

I looked around on my craft table and
I had a few 'TOVER flowers
that had already been colored from another project...


Next, I diecut a Leafy Branch
and covered it with
Heavy Artist Cement
and Prills ~ Lettuce Entertain You.


Can I say.....when I was looking for a
Yvonne Blair/Impression Obsession stamp
to use....


This one stood out....and spoke the loudest!
What I REALLY NEEDED to hear during this time!

There you have it....
MY EXPERIMENT....
I know it sure kept me from going crazy
I sure hope you enjoyed it!

Other Products Used
UmWowStudio ~ Wheelie Mask

USArtquest
Heavy Artist Cement
Prills ~ Lettuce Entertain You
Mini Pearls
Paper Perfect Adhesive ~ Matte

Tattered Angels
Glimmer Mist

Canvas Corp Brands
Kraft Cardstock
Handmade Chipboard

Friday, February 17, 2017

Bits of Love

Hey everyone! 
SO happy to be here with you today to share with you my LOVE themed challenge from Creative Carte Blanche! I hope you will join us and share your word with us over on the blog! 

I bought one of those black hard covered mixed media journals from Michaels to 
keep some sketches and private journaling in.  A place where I can purge my soul. 
I wanted it to be kind of shabby and vintage looking.  
I painted the book with white Gesso and dried it. 
Next I used some fiber paste from Golden and stenciled on the swirls to give some dimension. 
Then added some vintage lace I have been hoarding, wink, using some 
Multi Matte Medium.  It is great to adhere fabrics and laces. 
Once that dried, it was time to choose a color.  
Krylon's Testors paints where perfect! 
The Petal Rose is so light and pretty, but it definitely lends itself to the shabby part! 
Once that was dried I took some of the Gold paint (which is translucent) and used my finger 
to lightly apply it to the dimensional parts so it popped. 

I used one of Tim's book plate labels to create the place to hold my title. 
I used the Testors paints to paint the metal...worked wonderfully! 
Typed out "Bits of Love" using my Typecast Typewriter...
Oh that thing just gives my joy! lol...nothing like hearing the keys striking the paper! 
Adhered the label holder using Scotch Quick Dry.
 So there you have it! 


Hope you enjoyed and maybe be tempted to play along! 
Thanks for joining me! Hope to see you over on the Creative Carte Blanche Blog...
Thanks to Hels for a fun theme this month! 
I will be back next month to host a new theme! See you then! 

Supply List:
Mixed Media Journal
Gesso
Multi Matte Medium
Testors Paints-Petal Pink and Gold. 
Vintage Lace
Seam Binding 
Tim Holtz Book Label
Typecast Typewriter


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Left some LOVE!

Beautiful and words from the heart from Lynne to her son! So sweet! 

I have just returned from being with my son
in Florida, but before I left
.....I LEFT HIM SOME LOVE!


I began by creating a "collaged" background paper
using various Canvas Corp Brands papers.


I then pulled out my limited supplies 
I had brought with me.
I applied a layer of Heavy Artist Cement through a stencil
then I sprinkled on Prills and Glitter.


When dry, I spritzed on a bit of Glimmer Mist
splattered a bit Glimmer Glam
and an added a
Yvonne Blair Designs Stamp....


the PERFECT quote for my son!



I wrote a few of my
"Mom's Words of Wisdom"
and left it for him!


Other Products Used:
Tattered Angels
Glimmer Glam
Cup Cake
Times Square

Glimmer Mist ~ Precious Metals

High Impact ~ PaintWhite

Canvas Corp Brands
Sending Words of Love on Ivory
Black & Ivory Plaid
French Script on Ivory
Journal Lines on Ivory
Pen and Ink on Ivory
Black on Ivory Sonnet Reverse
Damask on Ivory ~ Tissue Stock
Flute ~ Kraft

UmWowStudio
Diamond Confetti Stencil

UsArtquestPrills ~ Minnie Pearls
Mica Flakes ~ Silver
Heavy 101 Artist Cement

Monday, February 13, 2017

Blessings Journal by Tonya Gibbs


Loving this FUN COLORFUL project from Tonya Gibbs!!! 

Blessing Journal designe dy Tonya A. Gibbs for Yvonne Blair



Hello mixed media crafty peeps how are you today?  With all the uncertainty in the world today, I decided to create a Blessings journal to help me focus on all the wonderful things that happen in my daily life.  It helps to center me, and serves as a daily reminder that God is in control of all things!  

Let me walk you through my process for creating this journal using these awesome stamps from Yvonne and Impression Obsessions!   As always I've linked them up to the Impression Obsessions' online store, but shop your local retailers if you have one!



http://www.iostamps.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=D17166&Store_Code=IOSTAMPS&search=D17166&searchoffset=&filter_cat=&PowerSearch_Begin_Only=&sort=&range_low=&range_high=

http://www.iostamps.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=L17103&Store_Code=IOSTAMPS&search=Wirly+Vine&searchoffset=&filter_cat=&PowerSearch_Begin_Only=&sort=&range_low=&range_high=


http://www.iostamps.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=SRCH


 http://www.iostamps.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=SRCH



Inspiring this entire project was Yvonne's stamp! Thank You God.  Have you ever been doing something in your life and just knew God had his hand in that moment in your life?   When I saw this stamp I knew I wanted to create this journal. 







I have a few of these dollar bin journals laying around my craft room that I keep on hand for note taking and decided to use these for my base.  They come in handy for these types of projects and are very inexpensive. NOTE: I usually pick them up at the end of the season when they clearance them out since I generally alter the covers anyway!   

Blessing Journal designe dy Tonya A. Gibbs for Yvonne Blair


To give the outside of my journal a nice rich color and feel, I used created a mono-print to create the background image, on a piece of bleached muslin fabric, once everything was dry I did some sewing on around the edge of journal. This keeps everything in place over time, but it also adds texture. Dropping gold Liquitex Acrylic Ink, and spraying the entire journal with Heidi Swapp's Gold Color Shine adds a richness to the final journal.  I encourage you to pull out your stamps, stencils, inks, and paints and enjoy a little creative play. This was so much! 





Blessing Journal designe dy Tonya A. Gibbs for Yvonne Blair


This next step you can do after the book is filled with memories or before, or before.  I love how it inspires me!  I went into my little bucket of left overs and created a beautiful cluster.  Sprinkled a little seed beads and sequins to add sparkle, and topped my sentiment with a prima clay cherub piece.  Isn't this just a beautiful book. It would make a great Secret Sister gift or Prayer Partner book.  You could also switch out the sentiment and use the book for a number of other occasions as well.


Blessing Journal designe dy Tonya A. Gibbs for Yvonne Blair


Thanks for stopping in and hanging out with me today!  I hope I have inspired you to a create a Blessings Journal to remind yourself of the tiny little miracles that happen in your own daily life.