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Monday, February 22, 2016

Shine Your Light - Art Girls Project

Hi everyone It is my day over on Yvonne Blair's blog today, and I'm sharing with you a project that I've created using her fabulous products designed with Impression Obsession and Paplin. 

Sketch Twig
Impression Obsession Stamps

Shine Your Light
Impression Obsession Stamps

For today's project  I am use Yvonne's custom designed 4x8 art journal.
I love that these journals lay completely flat when open, and are made of heavy
weight coated card stock. They really stood up to the wet mediums beautifully.
As you can tell from the photos, my page was not buckled at the end.
And the paper did not pill or rag out.
#YvonneBlairDesigns Journal 4x8
Paplin Art Journal -  $10 and you can
order it directly from Yvonne by emailing her.
Details can be found at the link.
Journal Buddy #YvonneBlairDesigns
I also used Yvonne's Journal Buddy to create landscape and draw the lines for my Light House.
This is a handy little tool that every art journal fan should have in their stash. It retails for
around $8, and can also be purchased directly by emailing Yvonne.

I hope you have time to
and see the blog post, there is a process video!
Shine The Unique Light - Art Journal Page by Tonya A. Gibbs for #IOStamps #YvonneBlairArtGirls #YBArtGirls #ImpressionObsession #PsychomomsScrapbooks #TonyaAGibbs

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

YouTube Scrapbook Layout Video Hop


Hi everyone it is YouTube Video Hop Day!   I'm joining up with a few amazing artists over on YouTube to do a fun collaborative hop to help showcase and promote designers on YouTube.  This will hopefully help to introduce you to new channels to explore.  

 Here are the other channels participating in today's hop:

For my project, I decided to showcase a layout using Prima's Almanac collection. I have been hoarding my limited stash of this collection for years now, and it was time to use it up!   Its feminine country theme was perfect for today's layout. 

For me - Memory keeping isn't just about family photos - It is also about remembering those moments that define our days.  Sometimes we take for granted those quick laughs or daily reminders, or simple parts of our daily routines.  My Sister and I share a little daily laugh, and today's layout spot lights that memory.  

Please meet Laughing Lucy, one my Sister's goats. My sister, Kim, owns a small farm where she takes in rescue animals. Some are abused, some the owners have passed on and have no one to care for them, and some were just abandoned. Well Ms. Lucy was one of those rescues. Through months of love she has been one of those animals that our entire family has grown to love.   Kim sends me a daily photo of Ms. Lucy and her sweet smile.  It is my daily reminder to Laugh.  I literally open my phone and belly laugh out loud.     I mean seriously how could you not laugh out loud when you see this sweet face staring at you?

For today's layout, I chose the Almanac paper because it had so many farm type images. I also really loved the feminine soft colors as well.   I imagine the "sounds" of the farm being like an orchestra early in the morning, with the crowing and clucking, so the music paper fit right in - don't you think?

I kept the design simple, but the overall layout looks very detailed due to the paper layers.   

Here is a process video showing you all the details and lots of techniques.


Here is a view of my finished layout:

Thanks for stopping in today, and for hopping along with us.  I hope my post today brought a smile to your face!  Lucy loves it when you LAUGH!  



  • Prima 12x12 Almanac Collection - Wordsmith
  • Prima 12x12 Almanac Collection - Shaffer
  • Prima 12x12 Almanac Collection - Libre
  • Prima 12x12 Almanac Collection - Notary
  • Prima 12x12 Almanac Collection - Edison
  • Prima Capri Merlot Flowers
  • Prima Shabby Chic Treasures Ingvild Bolme Resin Baroque Frame
  • Prima Finnabair - Cling Mounted Stamps - Don't Forget To Fly
  • Prima - Ingvild Bolme - Chalk Fluid Edger - Old Road
  • Prima Stamp Hexagon (no longer available)
  • Prima Printery Chipboard pieces
  • Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher
  • Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tissue Tape - Music Notes
  • Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Loopy Pins
  • Ranger Ink - Archival Ink - Jet Black
  • Ranger Ink - Manila Tag #5
  • Scotch - Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Adhesive
  • Liquitex - Iridescent Bright Gold Acrylic ink
  • FONT - MA SEXY (Laugh Daily)
  • Champaign Grosgrain Ribbon
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Monday, January 18, 2016

Inner Child Canvas - Art Girls Project


Hi everyone, I hope you had a fantastic weekend, today is my first post over on Yvonne's blog. Have you seen Yvonne's new stamp release this CHA2016? I have to tell you her blog is going to be buzzing with tons of inspiration this year.  Her stamps are fantastic and LARGE enough for art journals, but small enough for cards. I just LOVE them! I love that you can order these stamps in one of three mounts - Wood Mounted, Cling Mounted or Plain Rubber. This makes them perfect for your style of stamping! I'm featuring four of Yvonne's new stamps today with Impression Obsession.   I created this canvas using 4 of her stamps from this year's release:

Sketch Daisy

I hope you have a minute to go check it out.  I created this gorgeous canvas. There is also a process video over there for you showing several techniques including how I created a clay embellishment using one of her stamps.

Thanks for stopping in today,


  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Double Scoop Gelatos® - Snow Cone
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Gel Medium
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pens - Dark Sepia #175
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pens - Pink Madder Lake #129
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pens - Chromium Green Opaque #174
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pens - Cold Grey VI #235
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pens - Green Gold #268
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pens - Cobalt Green #268
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pens - Cadmium Yellow #107
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pens - Phthalo Blue #110
  • Model Air Dry Clay Poly Form
  • 7x9 Canvas Board
  • Liquitex - Matte Medium Fluid Medium
  • Liquitex - Iridescent Bright Gold Acrylic Ink
  • Black Cardstock
  • Dusty Attic Circle Mesh Small
  • Lace Doily Flowers Appliques
  • Prima Marketing  -  Soft Gloss Gel
  • Prima Marketing  - Wild Flower Tube Flowers
  • Prima Marketing  -  Texture Paste White Crackle
  • Prima Marketing  -  Glass Glitter - Sterling
  • Prima Marketing  -  Glass Glitter - Velvet
  • Prima Marketing  - Shabby Chick Treasures Resin Baroque Frame
  • Daler Rowney - Magenta Acrylic Paint
  • Versa Ink Pad
  • Ranger Ink - Archival Ink Coffee
  • Ranger Ink - Glossy Accents
  • Ranger Ink - Craft Mat
  • Ranger Ink - Heat Tool
  • Ranger Ink - Scraper
  • Ranger Ink - Wonder Tape
  • Ranger Ink - Fine White Embossing Powder
  • Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Fractured Dolls
  • Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tissue Wrap Melange
  • Tim Holtz - Tonic - Scissors
  • EK Success - Embossing Buddy
  • Sakura Gelly Roll White Gel Pen
  • IndigoBlu - Flitter Box
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang - Starburst Spray - Glory of The Seas Gold
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang - Starburst Spray - Edelweiss Moss Green
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang - Glitz Spritz - Blazing Sun
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang - Limor Webber Designs - Tres Chic - Bonjour Butter
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang - Limor Webber Designs - Industrial Chic - Steampunk Sepia
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang - Limor Webber Designs - Under The Boardwalk - Raspberry Lemonade

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

January Live - Layout Tutorial Recap


Thank you to everyone who came to the live class on Monday night.  I had a lot of problems getting the show to air live on YouTube so we moved over the Ustream. If you guys had trouble finding us, I'm so sorry. I'm just going to keep at it until I figure it out!  Good news! We did get it recorded. 

We kept it light and discussed the CHA releases.  I based this month's class on a sketch challenge by Blue Fern Studios. Details can be found on their blog!

 I used the Love Story Collection and their Doodle Flowers Chipboard Coordinates for my layout.  

Here is the sketch...

Here is what my finished layout looked like: 

I used a photo that I had taken during the Holidays of my Mom & I for the layout. In the class I shared with you how to use the Pentel Fude Brush Pen to draw a trendy title.  Here is the pen that I used.  The ink from this pen takes a LONG time to cure.  Sometimes a day or so depending on the paper.  It is also a bit tricky to use.  If you purchase the pen, don't forget to remove the washer that separates the ink well from the brush tip (or it will never work - ::WINK WINK::) 

Here is a close up of how the title turned out.   


I also shared with you how I created & painted these cute little clay birds.  Aren't they adorable?  They are the perfect embellishment to compliment this paper collection.  So affordable and easy to create.  I love including small clay pieces like this in my embellishment clusters. 

Here is the video of the class. 

Happy New Year everyone. Thank you again to everyone who came  to the show live. 


  • Blue Fern Studios - Love Story - True Harmony 12x12 paper
  • Blue Fern Studios - Love Story - Calling Cards 12x12 paper
  • Blue Fern Studios - Doodle Flowers Chipboard Coordinates
  • Pentel Fude  Brush Pen - Medium Black
  • Stickles (Glass dots) - Peach
  • Martha Stewart - Silicone Mold - Birds & Lady Bugs
  • Polyform - Model Air Air Dry Modeling Clay 
  • Versa Ink
  • American Crafts - Paper Clips - Gold Hearts 
  • Graphic 45 - Staples Collection - Antique Typewriter Wood Stamp Set 
  • Little B - Decorative Paper Tape - Light Grey Diagonal Stripes - 15mm 
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang - Glitz Spritz - Shimmer Mist - 2 Ounce Bottle - Blazing Sun 
  • Faber-Castell - Mix and Match Collection - Gesso 
  • Ranger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black 
  • Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Adornments - Arrows 
  • Ranger Ink - Specialty 1 Embossing Powder - Holographic 
  • Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Flourish 
  • Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Barn Door 
  • Prima - Wildflowers Pillar Pack Collection - Botanical Flower Mix - White 
  • Prima - Trim - Jute - 200 Yards - Wheat 
  • Prima - Vintage Trinkets Collection - Metal Embellishments - Keys 
  • Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Vintage Photo 

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Reminder Live Tutorial Monday Jan 11


Happy New Year!  I hope everyone is settled  into their new routines and ready to get crafting again!  CHA is in full swing, so I hope you will join me live and let's chat about some of our favorites being released while we create a layout using the beautiful Blue Fern Studios Love Story Collection. 

Here are the details:

MONDAY -  JANUARY 11, 2016
8:00 p.m.  est - I will log in 10 mins early to chat!
On YouTube!  

Link to YouTube Channel:

In an effort to bring you a better quality show, I've decided to switch up the time and venue a bit. I will broadcast LIVE from YOUTUBE this year. Also note that the time is a bit earlier, we are starting at 8:00 pm eastern standard time. Here is a link to a handy Time Zone Converter to find the time in your area.

All you have to do is be a subscriber of my YouTube Channel and the LIVE broadcast will show in your Subscription area! It will also show on my Channel Page, and Google Plus will remind you too! Follow me on Facebook and there will be a link there as well! 

WARNING - YOU MAY BEGIN DROOLING - Here is a glimpse at the beautiful Blue Fern Studios Love Story Collection, and the Blue Fern Studios Doodle Flowers Chipboard I will be featuring at the show.

As always I will do my best to record.   Hope to see everyone there.  Oh and don't forget to right down your favs from CHA2016, so we can chat about them!


Please note that I am not affiliated with any of the Brands used in this broadcast. They have not paid me, contracted with me, or compensated me in any way to promote or teach the products that I am demonstrating.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Yvonne Blair Designs Art Girls


Happy New Year everyone! I hope your year is off to a great start. I have some exciting news to share with you to kick start the year in the right direction! My great friend Yvonne Blair, whom I met several years ago when hanging out at my Local Scrapbook Store, She Scrapbooks, contacted me over Christmas break and told me she was releasing her second line of art journal stamps this week with Impression Obsession. She then asked me to be one of her Art Girls! A lot of SQUEALS took place, as I'm sure you can imagine. I'm so very excited for her, she is so sweet and talented, and I know my sweet followers are going to love her stamps and journaling products.

I'm so excited to be along talented group of ladies. Yvonne Blair in the top left, then Lynne Forsythe, and bottom right Bobbie Smith. Get to know all of these wonderful ladies here...

Yvonne's collections will be perfect quotes and doodle art drawings for all your art journals, Bible journal pages, cards, and mixed media projects. I can't wait to share more with you! Here is a little sneak peek at two of the stamps that Yvonne is releasing this week at CHA.

Her pieces are painted with turquoise on the tag so that they "shine" against the warm colors of pink and gold on the tag. The Shine Your Light Stamp says "Shine The Unique Light That is Only Yours To Shine." I added the sentiment onto a piece of acetate (recycled packaging) with gold foil, then painted the back with turquoise paint to make it pop. I just love the hand Sketch Butterfly Stamp was foiled onto a piece of cardstock painted turquoise, then I added doodled white lines with a gel pen to fill in the negative spaces. I love that the areas of the butterfly are left open so that you can doodle inside the wings, giving it a unique look every time you use it.

To find out more about Yvonne and her stamps, please visit her blog at:

Her stamps can be purchased at:

Thanks for stopping in today! Happy New Year!


Tag Supplies:
  • Impression Obsession - Yvonne Blair - Shine Your Light Stamp CHA 2016 Release
  • Impression Obsession - Yvonne Blair - Sketch Butterfly Stamp CHA 2016 Release
  • Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Baubles
  • Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Loop Pins
  • Tombow - The Craft Collection - Mono Gel Pen - White
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang - Flat Fabio - Color Mist Spray Set - Caribbean Cruise
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang - Starburst Glitz Spray - Blazing Sun
  • Maya Road - Chipboard Collection - Chipboard Mini Set - Love
  • Martha Stewart Crafts - Crafter's Clay Collection - Silicone Mold - Flower Garden
  • Martha Stewart Crafts - Crafter's Clay Collection - Silicone Mold - Romantic
  • Martha Stewart Crafts - Crafter's Clay Collection - Silicone Mold - Birds  
  • Ranger Ink - Dina Wakley Media - Heavy Body Acrylic Paint - Turquoise
  • Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Rays
  • Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Glitter - Picked Raspberry
  • Prima - Fairytale Roses Collection - Miniature Mulberry Flower Embellishments - French White
  • Prima - Fairytale Roses Collection - Miniature Mulberry Flower Embellishments - Baby Pink
  • Prima - Trinket Collection - Fabric Flower Embellishments - Reflections
  • Studio Calico - Snippets Collection - Wood Veneer Pieces - Chevron
  • Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Movers and Shapers Die - Tag and Bookplates
  • Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die - Tiny Tabs and Tags
  • IndigoBlue - Flitterbox - Gold Foil 

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Simple Poinsettia Watercolor turotorial


Merry Christmas everyone!   I just love this time of year!  I've been getting my Christmas cards ready to be mailed.  Today I wanted to share with you a simple way to watercolor that takes very little time, but looks like you spent hours. The best part - these cards are flat, and can easily be mailed!

For today's focal point, I stamped this gorgeous stamp by Stampendous!   It comes with a mask/stencil which comes in handy for layering larger projects or painting negative spaces.   As you can see the stamp fills an A2 card nicely!  There is a coordinating die for this stamp set that is sold separately.
I recommend a heavy card stock if you plan to emboss your stamping like I did.  I would use a stock that is 80 - 110lb if possible.   Watercolor paper could be used, but the stamping may not be crisp.
Card dimensions:
The cardstock is cut at 4 1/4 inches  x 11 inches  then scored at 5 1/2 inches  so it is a top folding card
Interior Panels:   4inches x 5 inches
Here is a glimpse at my finished card:

For a super simple watercolor method where you don't have to be too persnickety about colors mixing, try heat embossing your stamped image. The enameled raised edges give boundaries for the water to pool and help keep your pigment trapped.  While you may experience a little wicking it will be minimal, and you won't have to be too fussy.  I really love the richness the gold embossing offers to the overall look of the card.
To watercolor my card I created a palette with an ice tray using this watercolor set. You can see how I did this in my September  Ustream!
Here is the video where I created the card:

Who wouldn't enjoy receiving a hand painted card.  These are just gorgeous!   Thank you so much for hanging out with me today!
Stampendous Cling Create A Poinsettia CRS5081 Stamp
Inkadinkado 97342MM
Cardstock - 81/2 x 11  Red Cardstock
Solid white/ivory cardstock  80 - 110lb
Versa Ink
Ranger Ink - Queen's Gold Embossing Powder
Daler Rowney Watercolor Tubes
White Paint
Round 0 Watercolor Brush
Round 10 Watercolor Brush
Scotch ATG tape
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Prima Bloom Birds - Live Tutorial Follow Up


Thank you to everyone who came to watch the show live yesterday.  We experienced some problems with a blurry video so for those of you who stuck it out - THANK YOU!   I did however, find the wisdom to record from a separate source, so I do have the entire show in FULL detail YAY! 

Here is the finished watercolor from yesterday's class.  Isn't this little guy JUST Darling? 

Here are the little bird stamps.  They are available for purchase here! 

To color up my birds, I used this little guy for inspiration: 

These are the colors of Distress Markers that I used to color the card: 

Here are samples of some of the other cards I have created using these stamps: 

If you missed the tutorial live, or just wanted a clearer view of the tutorial, here is the recording: 

Thank you again for your patience, for the ones that came to the show live!   This was my first time broadcasting from YouTube, and clearly I have to figure out the encoder software.  

Our next broadcast is set for December 7, 2015.  Stay tuned for details and venue information.  If I can figure out the Kinks on the YouTube, I think everyone enjoyed that environment better.  If not, then we may move back to Ustream.   I'll let you guys know later in the week! 

Thank you so much again for being the bestest subbies every!  

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Bloom Bird Watercolor Card - Live Class Monday Nov 23


JOIN ME LIVE ON YouTube  ( - I'm going to give a new area a try this month) 

AT 3:30 PM EST  (NOTE NEW TIME) for my International buddies - just this class!   

A few weeks ago I shared on Instagram that I finally found these beautiful stamps designed by Jamie Daugherty.  

I FELL IN LOVE - the second I saw her post a project with them. Like shamelessly begged for her hand drawing to be stamps, and boom within a week here they are - like Prima was tuned into my wishes. (LOL)  Well not really but I like to think so!  They were probably in production long before she shared the hand drawing.  

If you have these cute little stamps and want to follow along - I'm going to use this little fellow as inspiration for coloring up my little birds: 

I am also going to play around with my Tim Holtz Markers: 
Ground Espresso,
Pumice Stone,
Cracked Pistachio,
Peeled Paint,
Evergreen Bough,
Tumbled Glass, and
Warn Lipstick.

Also grab out a pale distress ink pad either of these colors will work:
Antique Linen, Old Paper, Pumice Stone, Tea Dye

I hope you can join me live.  I know many of my USA friends may be working, so I will record.  I just wanted to share a live class with my international buddies who are always  sleeping when I broadcast live.   

Channel:   YouTube channel (live) I want to see if this environment is better
Time:  3:30 PM EST 

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