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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Watch me Live - Monday, Sept. 3, 2012

I am thrilled to announce that I have partnered with Flamingo Scraps to bring you live Ustream classes the first Monday of the month at 8:30 p.m. EST. I have  been a designer for Flamingo Scraps for the past 2 years and contributes to our blog weekly. So many of you have expressed interest in me teaching on Ustream, and this marriage seems like the natural next step in our creative journey.

Our first class will be Monday, September 3, at 8:30 p.m. EST.  I will create this lovely  Mixed Media layout, sharing tips and techniques with style and smiles!!!!


Future classes will include pre-ordered kits in limited supplies. Additional information will be available soon.

All classes start at 8:30 pm EST

Save the dates:
Sept. 3, 2012
October 1, 2012
November 5, 2012
December 3, 2012

To access the class please visit:

Please join Tonya Gibbs and Flamingo Scraps  on Monday, Sept 3, at 8:30pmEST! Take a break from cleaning up after your Labor Day cookout, grab your fave beverage, and tune in to the fun!!! We look forward to seeing you there!

We HOPE we will be recording, so the show will be available later!

A big pink birdie told us there might be some giveaways!!!!

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Averie Kay - Mixed Media

It is so much fun watching my pages evolve as the trends change.  My latest obsession is mixed media, and I love incorporating it into my scrapbook projects. While I've been doing this for a few years, I love how my technique has evolved. I just can't get enough of the stencils, molding paste, India inks, and gesso. I mean really -  this takes dirty to an entirely new level. 

In today's share - I wanted to showcase this layout that I created of my Niece Averie. The picture was taken last year during an impromptu photo shoot.  She just propped up and I snapped. Tell me she isn't a natural!

This piece is mounted on a piece of Donna Salzar's Corrugated Card board that was distressed and painted with white gesso.  Then a sheet of Prima Madeline Parkway paper was used for the backdrop. I ripped it, tore it, and distressed it with the new Prima Distress tool. Then to add texture, I glued down all the scraps laying on my desk which included pieces of a doily, hymnal pages, linen strips, and I also included a few strips of Masking tape. I tried not to glue the edges of these elements down so that I could "fluff " them up for texture.   Then I used the stencil and molding paste to add even more texture.  Once the molding paste dried (over night), I then gave the entire background a coat of gesso to make all the elements become cohesive.  To define certain areas of the background I sprinkled a few drops around the canvas of the Iced Spruce Distress reinker.  Then spritzed it with water to dilute it and make it drip.  I love how the background is soft yet course with texture.

I then began to work with my floral spray and layered elements. All the metal pieces were different colors and I found this distracting.  So I grabbed my Snow Cap alcohol ink, and began recoloring them.  This helped them blend into the background, I then dry brushed a bit of the Prima Worn Jean Chalk over the top to give them a little more pop.  The burgundy roses in the Tendrils Grape vine were a bit too bright, so I dry brushed some gesso over them.  I love how this technique made them look shabby like they were part of the wall when it was painted.

I tucked a tag in behind the picture so that I could write Ms. Averie a message.  I think that journaling becomes distracting when I use these as canvases on my wall. However, I feel that journaling is important so I try to hide it somewhere on the layout or place it on the back.  To make the tag blend better with the layout - I distressed it with the Iced Spruce, and Antique Linen. Then I tied off a shabby torn piece of seam binding that I had died with the Ice Spruce.  This made it more elegant, and called attention to the fact that it needed to be pulled out.

Who would have thought that you could take all those grungy supplies and create something this beautiful?

Thanks you all for stopping in today.

Tonya A. Gibbs

  • Prima: Distress Tool, Madeline: Parkway Paper, Chalk: Worn Jeans, Millinery Collection Oatmeal, Flowered Tendrils Grape, Marion Smith Trinkets: Metal Flowers #4, Metal Flower #3, Shabby Chic Metal Treasures: Hitches (Birdcage)
  • Pink Paislee: Butterfly Charm
  • Ranger: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adornments (bird), Adirondack Alcohol Ink: Snow Cap, Distress Reinkers: Iced Spruce, Distress Ink: Antique Linen, #5 Shipping Tag (manila)
  • Zutter: Donna Salzar Corrugated Card Board.
  • Golden: White Acrylic Gesso, Molding Paste, Gel Medium Matt
  • Crafter's Workshop: Brick Stencil 6x6
  • Misc. Lace, Hymnal Pages, Doily, Burlap, Seam Binding (ivory), linen cloth, Masking tape,
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Font: Alexie Cooperplate
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Monday, August 20, 2012

Forever In My Heart

Saturday I received word that my friend Liz had passed away after a long battle with Leukemia. She was a follower of mine on YouTube and we had chatted a lot online. I had spent quite a bit of time getting to know her through the last few years. Liz  was one of those people that despite her problems, she was always positive and fun. She had an infectious spirit about her, that was a testimony of her faith.

My way of dealing with emotional things is through Art. I love to create as I talk to God and meditate on my feelings. I find that it helps me to focus my energies and clear my head. I feel like God is guiding the creativity, instead of myself.

Brittany, my daughter, saw that I was emotional, and she joined in to help me create this piece as a tribute to Liz. It was so nice to have her finger paint with me.

Prima Build A Swirl Stamps, Ranger: Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry, Claudine Helmeth Matt Medium, Paint, Molding Paste, Hymnal, Sizzix Wings die Cut, Faber Castell PITT artist pens in light Cobalt Turquoise, and Black, Windser Newton Irrodescent Medium.

Liz will forever be in my heart, and written around the heart are some thoughts I had of Liz and the way she lived her life.  The clouds are made with molding paste, and the wings were cut from a sizzix die from hymnal pages I used "Beyond the Sunset" and "Sweet By and By", Then blended them into the canvas with irredescent medium.

Do you create when you are feeling emotional?  I felt at peace when this was finished, and Liz got her "Momma Tonya Original."

Thanks for stopping in today,

Tonya Gibbs
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Stashed Treausers 2


Last week I shared with you a layout that I was making. The layout is going to be used as a collaborate book with a group of other friends.   My theme was to use something that I had never used before or scraps. 

Today I wanted to share with you the other side to the layout.

Everything on this side was a scrap. The paper in the background was scraps from the other side, and was quilted together to form the base. A Strip of Prima Almanac paper was used to form a pocket in the middle of the page.  The Inspire label was a remnant from the April Journal from Marion, and the Pocket was also one of the left over pieces from one of Marion's Journals.  The two flowers were cut from scraps of book pages, and the trim and lace were all less than 3 inch pieces that were in my stash.

I love using my scraps, and look how beautiful this all turned out.  I hear people say all the time, I toss my scraps.  Well I don't when I'm between projects I pull those scraps out and I make cards, layouts, journal pages.  

I love how the small pieces of trim on the right side mimic the piano keys on the left.  Funny thing was I didn't realize I had done that until the photographs were taken.

Don't forget about the challenge that ends Sept. 1  -  See previous post for details.

Thanks for stopping in today,


  1. Prima:   Reflections Paper - Shalamar, Almanac Paper. Black sequin fiber
  2. Graphic 45:  Stamped Girl - Ladies Diary
  3. Ranger:  Distress Markers (colored the girl with them).
  4. Marion Smith Designs:  Envelope and  Journal Card
  5. Tonya Gibbs Designs:  Inspire Label
  6. EK Success Scallop Circle Punch
  7. Tonic Studios: Lacy Scallop Border Punch
  8. Misc. Pearl Trim, Lace, Twine, Buttons, Doily, Black Cardstock.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Distress Markers - How to

I have had a ball playing with my distress markers.  I decided to make a card for my niece's 7th birthday that is the first week of Sept.
I colored two images of the Ms. Anya Hats from - The Greeting Farm, and cut pieces of her out and popped them up on pop dots to giver her more depth.  She was colored with the Tim Holtz Distress Markers, then placed on a sheet of the Celebration's Paper from Webster's Pages.  

Webster's Pages Celebration 6x6, Trims, Roses, Tim Holtz Distress Markers.  Making Memories #7, Baker's Twine, Washi Tape, The Greeting Farm -  Ms. Anya Hats, and Inkadinkadoo - Birthday Stamp.

For a complete step by Step of me coloring Ms. Anya.  Please watch this video.

Here is a video of me making the card:
Thanks for stopping in today, Tonya
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Friday, August 10, 2012

Stashed Treasures

I was involved in a conversation the other day in a group about buying supplies that are "MUST HAVES" that never get used.  Guilty as charged - I buy and I hoard.  But in the past few years I have issued myself a challenge to "USE" what I have and for every new item I must use something old -  either scraps or products in my stash doesn't matter - but something old for everything new.

So, after the conversation with the friend,  I decided to use what I had in my stash to create this 8x8 layout.  But I wanted to take it one step further and use a tool or stamp that I've never used that has been in my possession for at least a year or more.
NOTE: Part of my journaling is missing from the layout, because I'm mailing it to someone to add to a book, and I would like that to stay private.

So the Telephone is the thing I've had for years and never used it was a Sizzix Original Die that I bought on clearance for $2.00.  Had to HAVE IT - You hear me?   And have never ever used it.  I love how it looks with the Almanac paper from Prima. JUST Gorgeous.  I cut it from black chipboard then used UTEE to make it shiny.

Take a closer look at the handle to the phone  I fussy cute that element from the paper then fused it to the die cut with UTEE.  Love how it looks engraved.

You can really see all the layers in the close ups   I used papers from scraps, and papers from 6x6 pads that I've been hoarding.

My photo and journaling is hidden behind the telephone.  The phone is held closed with a magnet.

Do you have things in your stash that you "had to have" but have never used?   I challenge you to take those items out and use them on a project. 

Contest - Announcement:
Use something in your stash that you have had for a long time and have never used.  For everything new on the project there must be at least 1 thing that is old (It can be scraps, or hoarded product). But you are not allowed to BUY anything to create the project. 
Create a blog post or Video Response (on the video above).  Link to the blog post here or send me a PM on YouTube with the link to your post. In you post make sure you reference the following:
  • This blog address, or the my YouTube Channel and the link to the video above.
  • Make sure you show the item that has been in your stash for a while and never used, and highlight all the other older products. 
  • Submit your project videos/blog post links  to me prior to Sept. 1 MIDNIGHT EST.
  • A winner will be selected sometime that week - randomly from all submissions.

Thanks for stopping in today & good luck!
Tonya Gibbs

  • Prima: Almanac Paper 6x6, Reflections Paper: Shalimar, Fairy Belle Paper, Almanac - die cuts, Flowers, Distress Tool.
  • My Favorite Things:  Bracket Tab die
  • Tim Holtz: Ideaology - Number Plaques
  • Sizzix: Telephone #2 Original Die
  • Ranger: UTEE
  • Martha Stewart Leaf Punch
  • Twine, Rhinestones
  • Bazzil Black Card stock
  • Sewing Machine
  • Doilies
  • Recollections Washi Tape Silhouette Lady

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Tim Holtz Distress Markers - Card

I wanted to share with you today a card that I created with the Graphic 45 Ladies' Diary paper collection.  I LOVE the vintage look of this paper, and thought the stamped image would be beautiful colored with my Distress Markers by Tim Holtz.

These markers are a bit tricky to color with, but I think the image turned out beautiful.  I used the Ranger Stamping Paper for the base.  Then used Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet to color her dress.  To achieve the shading I just put a small amount of water on the paper before applying the ink.  Then I spread the ink with a water brush, and tapped the excess water away with a paper towel to keep the paper from buckling.  Here is a close up of the girl.

In this photo, you can see the Prima Cabbage roses were also painted with the Tim Holtz Spun Sugar pen,  I put streaks of color onto the roses then used the water brush to spread the ink around.  This technique gave the flowers a variegated look.

Here is a video of me demonstrating how to use the Distress Markers to color this image.

Do you have the Distress Markers?  If so, how are you using them.
Thanks for stopping in today.

Tonya Gibbs

  • Graphic 45:   Ladies' Diary "Moment in Time" paper, Lady's Diary Stamp No. 6
  • Prima: wooden clock, cabbage roses, mini roses
  • Ranger: Tim Holtz Distress Markers:  Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet (Dress & Hat), Aged Mahogany (Hat), Tattered Rose (Skin), Pumice Stone (shadow), Scattered Straw (background)
  • Gelly Roll - Crystal Star Glitter pen (hat), gold pen for buttons.
  • lace
  • black card stock

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cards - Scraps

I've been making cards with scraps again, and I know a few weeks back I shared a few projects I've made lately with the Fairy Belle and the Sunkiss papers from Prima.  Today I thought I would share with you the cards I made from the scraps.

I find that making cards with my scraps is so rewarding.  Since I participate in a lot of swaps I usually stuff one of these in the box before I mail it.    What do you do to control the scrap population?
Thanks for stopping in today,

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