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Friday, November 30, 2012

3D Bird House Ornament

While pulling out my Christmas decorations this year, I ran across this cute little bird house that I had made using one of Marion Smith's printables.   They were so much fun to make. I think I made dozens the a few years ago. With everyone preparing to decorate for the holidays, I thought it would be fun to share them with you today.  You can download the pattern here...

I printed my pattern onto a transparency then cut it out.  I then embossed it with a  Sizzix folder, and alcohol inked it green to give it a coke bottle effect. I used  crinkled basket paper in kraft to create a nest on the inside.  The roof was made with aluminum foil that was embossed then inked brown with alcohol ink.   I decorated it with some holly and a few Prima Fairy Tale Roses that were died red.  The sign was a small oval balsa wood shape that was stained with walnut ink and I hand wrote Home with a white gel pen.  I added a little mushroom bird that I'd gotten from the floral section, then sprinkled a little snow here and there for a winter look.
This little guy has been living on my tree since 2010. That Christmas my husband and I had bought my daughter a car, and we hid the key in the little house.  Since such a sweet gift was enclosed. I kept this one for myself, and every year we talk about the gift as we drag the ornament out of the box.
I love making these, and I've given some away with gift cards tucked inside. If you are careful how you attach the roof, it can be opened and closed.
I love having hand made ornaments on my tree. If you make these, I would love to see yours on the Artsy Addicts Facebook wall. Please be sure to tag me.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dec. 3 Ustream - Place In Time Calendar

I hope you can join us on December 3, at 8:30 EST on Ustream as Tonya Gibbs creates this Graphic 45 Place In Time Mini Album.  This album is designed to highlight a memory or important photo for each month for a year. At the end of 2013, you will have an entire year documented.

Ustream Channel:

Here is a glimpse at one of the spreads. 


Kit includes:

1  Graphic 45 A Place in Time 8x8 Paper Pad    
1  Graphic 45 A Place in Time 12x12 Sheet Cardstock Stickers   
1  SRM Calendar Numbers Small    
1  SRM Calendar Months Sleek Small  
12”  Maya Road Small Organza Rose Trim Black  
12”  Maya Road Small Organza Rose Trim Sand 
12”  Maya Road Small Organza Rose Trim Cream 
12”  Maya Road Small Organza Rose Trim White 
12”  Maya Road Small Organza Rose Trim Sky Blue 
12”  Maya Road Small Organza Rose Trim Pink  
12”  Maya Road Small Organza Rose Trim Light Pink  
12”  Maya Road Small Organza Rose Trim Brown  
2 Sheets Graphic 45 A Sophisticate 12x12 Paper   
1 Prima Bretton Purity Vine  
1 Yard Prima Cabachon Lace  
1 Prima Wood Clock Face 
TOTAL       $31.99*

*We figured the price of the kit to offset the cost of the shipping, since the new store will not allow us to include shipping in the price of individual items!

Additional Items needed to complete this project:

Available at Flamingo Scraps

8 Sheets 12x12 Black Cardstock    (In Stock  $5.49)
Bind It All and Spine OR 3 Binder Rings (Binder Rings In Stock $.99)
Tim Holtz Alterations Die Pocket Envelope  (Special Order- $21.99   30% off)
Matte Medium, 8oz. (In Stock $10.99 30% off)

Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers Cargo Numbers 
Black Chipboard
Border Punch

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Today the United States celebrates Thanksgiving.  This is a time for us to reflect on the blessings in our lives, and a time for us to give thanks.  I for one am thankful and blessed for so many reasons personal, professional, and in my hobby.  As you move about your day today I hope you stop to think about the little things as well as the big. 
One of my biggest blessings is the friendships I have made in the crafty community. I have been a follower of Marion since before Brooke was born. I had the chance to take one of her classes a few years ago, and since then our relationship has blossomed. It is awesome to now call a mentor friend.  I recently had the opportunity to meet with Marion and her family at the Arsty Escape. I wanted to create a layout of the two of us together. 
A few days ago Marion announced her latest printable the Grand Mini Album collection. I fell in love the second it was downloaded.  The patterns are in rich turquoises, teals, tans, yellows, greens and blacks with chevrons, news ads, damasks, and her signature distressed vintage style. 
I couldn't wait to make something with it.  This layout uses 2 sheets of the patterned paper, the note cards, and an envelope.  I used my punches, dies, and Spellbinders to give the individual pages interesting edges.  In the background I distressed the card stock and added some paint to match the colors in the mini. Then drew a grid on the paper leaving some of the grid unfinished for interest.  The scraps were punched with label punches and butterflies.  I collaged the pieces and made this 12x12 layout from mostly 5x7 designs.  To draw you eye to the center. I cut the Chevron strips and made the flags/arrows pointing to the photo.  The photo was an Instagram photo that I cropped to look like an old Polaroid.  I then painted some Prima Pillar White flowers to match the flowers in Marion's designs. 
I love the look of this layout, it was so fun playing with these patterns. I'm in the process of making a mini album now, that I can't wait to share with you. 

I hope you guys have a fantastic day with family today, and take sometime for yourself.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs
Marion Smith Designs: Grand Mini Album Printable
Prima: Flowers, and Leaves, Distress Tool, and Song Bird Ticket stamp, Romance Novel Washi Tape
Hampton Arts: Remember This Background stamp 
Spellbinders: Large Square Nestabilities, Grand Nestabilities Labels 4 Die
Sizzix: Tim Holtz dies: Butterflies, On the Edge File Tabs,  Type Set Alpha die.
EK Success: Label Punch, corner rounder
We Are Memory Keepers: Curly Bracket Tab punch
Golden Gesso
Liquitex Gold Ink
Martha Stewart Paint: Pool, Butterfly Punch
Ranger/Tim Holtz: Archival Ink Sepia, Distress Ink Gathered Twigs, Tiny Attacher, Tissue Tape - Definitions

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Nov. Bap Challenge Layout

I'm having a lot of fun following along with the Prima BAP challenges. I was too busy in October to participate, so I decided to tackle this one early on.

I created this layout using the Prima Tea Thyme - Linsey paper.

Layers and Layers of Prima goodness are all over the layout. I started by cutting a whole in the center of the paper, rolling it back then placing one of the journaling frames on top of the rolled paper. I backed the hole with a piece of scrap Almanac paper. I cut a strip of hexagons from a My Favorite Things Hexagon die and used it as a stencil for the the gesso. This helped to tone down the busy pattern of the paper. I then cut more the hexagons from the richer brown Marcella paper in the same collection. The Prima journal cards helped to call attention to the small photo and draw your eye back to the center of the layout.

For more information on the Prima BAP contest, please visit their blog. Here is a picture of the sketch created by Steph Devlin.

Thanks for stopping in today,

Tonya Gibbs

  • Prima: Tea Thyme Paper: Linsey, Challis and Marcella, Journal Cards 2
  • Prima: Almanac Paper: Composition and Libre
  • Prima Distress Tool
  • Prima: Soubrette A white flowers
  • Prima: Valentine Vine White
  • Prima: Cotton Tape
  • Prima: La Coeur Resin Frame
  • Prima: Tea Thyme Trinkets
  • Prima: Nature's Garden Wooden Ticket
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Hexagon Die
  • Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mist: Honey Dew Mist
  • White Gesso
  • Cherry Lynn Designs: Doily Die Cut Sophia's Heart
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Ustream - Nov. Part 2

Thank you to everyone for their support at the Ustream on Monday, Nov. 5.  We had a fabulous turn out.   Ustream was misbehaving, but it did manage to record 90% of the class. It did so in 5 parts, but at least it is there. If you were unable to watch the show live there are multiple parts on the channel at 

Join us on  Monday, Nov. 12 at 8:30 p.m. EST for Part Two of the City Sidewalks mini album.  In this class we will embellish the book, and learn ways to use the scraps in creative ways. There will also be time for questions since the Ustream Monday night was so choppy.

There is still 1 kit available for purchase. If you are interested, please email Suzanne at  For full kit details - please visit this blog post.

Thanks for stopping in today,

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Trick or Treat - Halloween 2012

Mr. Cooper, my 5 year old Nephew, decided this year he wanted to be the "Dark Knight" for Halloween. I asked him why, and he said "Because he is cooler than Spiderman".  I believe he was Spiderman last year (lol).  I love to ask all the little ones year after year, why they have decided on their costumes. It is a fun way to add journaling to your layouts, and makes for interesting topics as they get older.
This year, I used Marion's digi downloads from the Something Wicked Halloween Mini Album to create my 12x12 layout.  By layering the smaller designs and fussy cutting out the iconic elements, I was able to make the layout interesting and fun.
I dropped some Tattered Angels - Clam Bake - Glimmer Mist on the background cardstock,  then blew on the droplets, to create a splattered effect.

I have shared many times, that I love incorporating older products. Sometimes you need to give them a fresh look to match newer lines or themes.  The chipboard letters that spell out Treat were PINK - yes - PINK, and I painted them with Orange Extreme Glitter Paint from Plaid. It took several coats to hide the pink - but it was well worth it.  I used the heat tool to bubbled up the paint, so that it would look grungy.   The buttons were a set of old buttons from 2002 Daisy Dee (who is no longer in business) - it is nice to have them completely used and out of my stash.  From the scrap pile, I used some scrap canvas that I had painted orange for a Prima BAP layout, to create the tab.   Since I didn't have enough letters to spell out Trick or, I just hand wrote them on the canvas.  The 2012 is a piece of Mylar confetti that I got for Brittany's Graduation party.  I love to collect these, they make great date references on your projects.
The real treat here - is the joy I get seeing the kids excited.  I love when they ring my door bell, I act scared, and they just giggle. 
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs
  • Black cardstock

  • Marion Smith Designs Digi Downloads - Something Wicked Halloween Mini Album.
  • Plaid - Extreme Glitter Paint Orange
  • Tattered Angels - Clam Bake Glimmer Mist
  • My Favorite Things Stamps - Curly Bracket Tab Die
  • Daisy Dee - Buttons
  • Devine Twine - Orange Bankers Twine
  • EK Success Pumpkin dimensional, Washi Tape - Polk-A-Dot  
  • Ranger, Black Soot Distress Ink
  • Prima - Distress Tool
  • 2012 - Confetti
  • Chipboard Letters
  • Stamping Up - Mini Label Punch
  • Canvas

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