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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gifts From the Heart!

We often get so caught up with the commercialism this time of year, and I wanted to take a step back and share a post with you today, of an extra special gift I received last night.  Time, love,a little paint and a canvas was all that was needed to bring a huge smile to my face!

Let me set the scene:
At the end of a busy work day yesterday I get this text message:
"Hey are you home?",  my reply "No, I'm at work about to walk out the door, what's up?"   response, "Cooper was asking."
When I left I called my little Mini Cooper and he said "I have a surprise for you"  I said "oh yeah,  is it good?"  Jokingly I added "Is it a new car?"  He replied "NO IT IS BETTER THAN A NEW CAR!" Better is right!  
When I got to his house, he wouldn't even let me out of the car. Hands crossed behind his back and grinning ear to ear!  I said "Let me get out of the car, first  - hang on."
He was having NO Part of me getting in the house.  He pulled this gorgeous canvas from behind his back - and said "I painted this for you. Do you  like?"  HELLO - OF COURSE I LOVED IT!  Who Wouldn't?  I said "this is such a Treasure!"


The fact that he took the time to paint this gorgeous canvas for me, melted my heart.  He was so right - this is better than a car, diamond, or anything found in a store.  Gifts from the heart - say "I slowed down to think of YOU! I took time from the hustle and bustle of "my" life - AND SPENT TIME ON YOU - BECAUSE I LOVE YOU!" As I get older, I realize that TIME and LOVE are the two things that money can not buy. TIME is so precious, and love well - Love is PRICELESS.  This is truly the BEST GIFT EVER!

These last few weeks, I have really been down. I've had a lot of pressure to get TONS of obligations full filled. I have a super busy career, family commitments,  designer responsibilities, volunteering for youth sports and a demanding sports photography business. All of this combined with very little sleep has taken its toll on my psyche. On top of that, I have been super emotional.  I don't usually let people see the vulnerable side of me.  Instead I hibernate, and withdraw.  Sunday,  I posted that I was approaching burn out.  I needed to find a way to "recharge".  

This one Random Act of Kindness - did this for me!  Cooper gave me back my MOJO.  He reminded me that creative play is an important part of who I am.  I have to find time to get my fingers inky, and let go of perfection.  Step away from the computer, and just PLAY without the pressure of a deadline. Spend time doing something I love for someone else. 

With all my nieces and nephews I have always made time to nurture their creative side. The first thing they always ask is "can I come to your house and play?"  Playing with a child, is the BEST way to recharge the batteries, spark your creative mojo, and make a memory that could never be bought.  NO ONE is as free at creative play as a child.  

For those of you who have followed me for years,  you met Cooper several years ago on YouTube when he helped me make "Steampunk" birds.  

Here is his crafty debut:



As the visit went on, Cooper asked me for a date!  He wants to go arts and crafts shopping, then maybe to Starbucks for cakepops and hot chocolate (LOL)!

Limor asked the question yesterday "Have I made a difference?"  With this one simple gift, I got my answer to this same question.  YES, I have made a difference. My art has inspired and influenced so many. I'm always humbled by your stories and support.

Today, I want to remind you that it doesn't take money to make the holidays special.  It just takes time, and love.  The best gifts come from the Heart!

Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya


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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Nov. Sketch & Dare Challenge



Hi everyone it is my day over on the Die-Namites' blog today and I'm sharing with you my take on the November Sketch and Dare Challenge.   Here is a the sketch: 



I used the Holiday Wreath and Flower Scroll dies in today's project. 



        


I have added a process video on the blog post of me creating this card.




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TO ENTER 
the Die~Namites Dies November Sketch Challenge YOU MUST:
  1. Use at least one Die~Namites Die in your creation.
  2. Use the SKETCH! It can be interpreted (loosely or exactly) as a card, layout or altered piece!
  3. Incorporate the DARE into your creation.
  4. Mention the Die~Namites Die you used in your blog post.
  5. Link back to the Die~Namites Dies Blog.
  6. You have until the last day of the month to post your creation on your blog and link up to this post.  **PLEASE add a link to your direct post, not your entire blog.**
Each participant will receive one entry into our random drawing
for each entry into the challenge.

 A random winner will be chosen from eligible participants for a
$25 Gift Certificate to Die~Namites Dies.




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Thanks for stopping in today. 

Tonya Gibbs






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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November Ustream Update

Wow we had such a great time on Ustream creating this lovely chalkboard.



There are lots of tutorials out there for using paint pens, embossing powders/stamps and colored pencils to make your boards look neater and professionally printed. However,  I wanted this class to focus on using actual chalk!  I shared tricks for getting the looks you want even if you think you can't draw.  

The two templates that I used in today's class were made by Hot Off The Press - they are older, and may be hard to find.  Check with your local retailers to see if you can get them in your market area.  If you can't no worries,  look at your stencils, dies, and electronic cutters and see if you can create a similar effect with something you have in your stash! 





Thank you to those who were able to make the show live.  If you were unable to attend, you can watch it on YouTube. 



The best advice I can give is PRACTICE!

Thanks for watching,  now get out there and create a beautiful Chalkboard for the Holidays.   I can't wait to see what you make.

Save the Date:  Our next Ustream will be December 1, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. EST. 

Tonya


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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Ustream Monday Nov. 3



I hope you can join me Monday night, November 3, 2014 on Ustream at 8:30 p.m. EST.   I will be sharing with you lots of  techniques for creating Chalkboard Art.  This chalkboard will be perfect for Holiday Home Décor or make a great Holiday gift!   

Ustream Channel:    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/gibbst

As always, I will do my best to record the show.

I hope you can make!

Tonya


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Friday, October 24, 2014

Dreams Mixed Media Tag

 
 
 
We were in a gift shop in Savannah, GA  and I saw this quote on a book "If your Dreams Don't Scare You, They Aren't Big Enough!"  Honestly, the statement is so true.   The goals in my life where I had to overcome the fear of something, have been my most rewarding achievements.  
 
 
 
I also recently purchased a few feather molds. I shared, a few weeks back, my collection of feather clay pieces on Instagram/Facebook. The quote reminded me of the feathers, and inspired the theme of the tag.
 
Those who follow me, also know, I'm not a huge Halloween fan. However, in the spirit of the season, I decided to keep my tag along the "nightmare" gothic/dark side.   Since the quote uses the words scare and dream, I felt that this would make a perfect theme. 
 
 
 
Purple is not usually my first color choice, but this year I have really been drawn to the color.  I decided to keep my tag's colors simple with tones of purple, black and gold.  All perfect for night and Halloween!    I used the new Steampunk Gelatos® set from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Black Cherry and the Black Licorice Gelatos® to color the base of the tag.  
  
Here is a glimpse at my finished tag. 
 
I have also prepared a process video showing you how I created the tag.
 
 

 
 
I hope you have enjoyed my tag.  Thanks for stopping in today,
 
Tonya Gibbs
 
Supplies:
 
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gelatos® Steampunk Collection - Black Cherry
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gelatos® Black Licorice
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gel Medium
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pen - Black #199
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Popsicle
  • Viva Precious Metal - Gold
  • Apple Barrel Jet Black Acrylic Paint
  • Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine
  • Ranger Ink - Gold Embossing Powder
  • Tim Holtz - Sizzix Tag and Bookplate Die
  • Tim Holtz - Sizzix Mini Labels Movers and Shapers die
  • Stampendous Faded Text Background Stamp
  • Stampendous Frantage Mica Fragments
  • Flat Jewelry Filigree
  • Martha Stewart Owl Jewelry Mold
  • Feather Mold
  • Air Dry Clay
  • Geli Roll White Gel Pen
  • Floral Spray - Unknown source
  • Black Craft Feathers
  • Black Lace
  • Cardstock - Manila
  • Chipboard
  • Coffee/Tea (for staining tag)
  • Flat Back pearls - black
  • Tulle - Black
  • We Are Memory Keepers - Crop-O-Dile  
  • We Are Memory Keepers - Large Metal eyelet
  • Hot Glue - Sure Bonder
  • E6000
  • Versa Ink Pen
  • 3D foam tape
 
 
 
 
 

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thank You Card - Die-namites Sketch & Dare Challenge

 
Hi everyone, it is my day over on the Die-namites Blog and I'm sharing with you a process video of me creating this beautiful card using the October Sketch & Dare Challenge.
 
For my card today I used the Pretty Cornucopia die which was released a few months ago.


http://www.die-namites.com/Pretty-Cornucopia_p_232.html
 
Here is the October sketch:

This month's DARE is to use BURLAP! 
 A random winner will be chosen from eligible participants for a
$25 Gift Certificate to Die~Namites Dies.
 
There is still time to enter the contest. 
 
 
Here is a link to my full blog post with all the details about this project and the contest.  I hope you have a chance to visit the Die-Namites blog and see the video tutorial.

Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya
 
Supplies:
  • My Mind's Eye -  Reunion 6x6 pad
  • Ranger Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Markers  Ripe Persimmon 
  • Ranger Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Markers  Peeled Paint
  • Ranger Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo
  • Ranger Ink, Gold Embossing Powder Queen's Gold (new name Princess Gold)
  • Burlap Ribbon
  • Lace
  • Versa Ink Pad
  • card stock -  Manila, Orange, Yellow, Green, and  
  • Recycled Packaging Corrugated Chipboard
  • Studio G - Thank You Stamp
  • Standard Landscape - A2  card base with Kraft Card stock
  • Foam Adhesive
  • Tombo Mono Adhesive
  • Score Tape
 
 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Die-Namites Baby Themed Hop




Die-Namites is hosting a baby themed daily hop on their blog this week.  
Each Design team member will share a project from October 13 - 20, 2014 
featuring the Newly Released Baby Themed Dies..   


Make sure to stop by everyday
and leave a comment on each post. 

We will be randomly choosing
One GRAND PRIZE winner
of a
$50 Gift Certificate
and  Five ~ $10 Gift Certificates Winners.