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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Bare Metals and Tim Holtz Oh My

So I paid a visit to my good friend Suzanne at yesterday and she gave me a set of the New Tattered Angels Bare Metal Sprays for my birthday.  I was ITCHING to play with them yesterday.  So I pulled out some Tim Holtz Tags from Ranger and started playing.


Here is a photo of the tag prior to decorating so you can see all the luscious details in the colors. I love the texture, and the vibrant tones that mixing all these colors brings. When you heat set the Gold and Pewter sprays they bubble and crack which causes the ridged texture that you would find in rust.  LOVE IT!

I was so excited that I had to finish the tag - "Tim Style" by using my new mover's and shapers Typewriter die.  The dressform was inspired by Marion Smith's latest Live with Prima where she shared how to make Christmas Ornaments.  I used her technique for the book pages on the mover's and shapers mini dressform die.  
I hope you try out these sprays. They are so much fun.  Thanks for stopping in today! 
Happy New Year,
  • Tattered Angels:  Bare Metal - Rusty Metal Sprays
  • Ranger:  Tag, Rusty Hinge Distress Ink, Distress Markers Barn Door, and Black Soot, Black Soot Distress Stain, Utee 
  • Sizzix:  Tim Holtz Mover's and Shapers - Mini Typewriter, Mini Dress form.
  • Ideaology:  Tim Holtz Pen Nib, Dictionary Tissue Tape
  • Misc:  Book pages, Beaded trim, Seam Binding, Tulle, and tensil
  • Prima: Bling
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Friday, December 28, 2012

Jan. 7, Ustream - Portfolio Layout

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. I'm looking forward to the 2013 year and all the possibilities that it brings.

I hope you can join me and Flamingo Scraps on January 7, 2013 at 8:30 est on Ustream Live as I create this layout using Pink Paislee's Portfolio and Heidi Swapp's Vintage Chic Collections.

Kit information will be posted soon. Please check for availability.

Make sure you join the crowd -
I hope everyone has a Blessed 2013.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs
  • Pink Paislee - Portfolio - Unbelievable.
  • Pink Paislee - Vintage Chic - Heidi Swapp, Just Dots paper
  • Pink Paislee - Portfolio - Ephemera Pack
  • Pink Paislee - Artisan Resist Stars
  • Pink Paislee - Artisan Boarders
  • Tattered Angels - Frozen Lake, and Silver Sugar Glimmer Mist
  • Ranger - Distress Ink - Gathered Twigs and Wild Honey
  • Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Tiny Tags and Tabs Die Cut
  • Tim Holtz - Tiny Attacher
  • Glassine Bag
  • Tag
  • Misc. Washi Tape
  • Sewing Machine
  • EK Success Label Punch
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Friday, December 21, 2012

Prima - December BAP

Hi everyone, I hope you have a great time enjoying some family time as we wind down 2012.  I know my house is a buzz right now with preparations for Christmas, and New Years.  Last night I had a little quiet time, and decided to do my layout submission for the Prima December BAP challenge.  

The challenge is to make a Prima layout using this sketch created by Marie-Nicolas Alliot:
My daughter got a new haircut yesterday, and took these pictures with her cell phone. I wanted to use these as my three pictures for the layout since she was making some cute sassy faces in the photo.  To make the colors of the photos blend better, I decided to print them black and white.

I used the Prima Tea Thyme Marcella paper as my base for the layout.  I didn't have a chevron so I decided to use a brick stencil with molding paste instead.  To give the brick some color I sprayed it with Chocolate Dylusions Ink Spray (love the rich color of this spray), then for the sparkle a spritz of Glimmer Mist - Hot Chocolate.   To mimic the ink splatters in the sketch I pounced a Black Soot Distress Stain onto the paper until the desired splatter was achieved.

I cut strips of the Tea Thyme 6x6 paper and curled it to give a base and frame for the photo. To soften it and add multiple textures, I used doilies, music paper, and linen canvas as well.   To soften the edges of the photos I decided to use a few layers of  Prima lace, and flanked each side with a journal spot from the paper collection to give a "ticket - tab" edge. Then I finished the layers with some chipboard pieces from Prima's Nature's Garden collection.   For the flower I used one of the white flowers in the Prima Soubrette Collection then used my Tim Holtz Distress Pens in Spun Sugar and Mustard Seed to color the flower to match the Prima Classic rose buds at the bottom of the layout.

The Nature's Garden Chipboard was the perfect element to add my title.  I used the Prima Romance Novel Canvas Alpha letters in two different colors to match the layout.   The classic roses and cherry blossom vine from Prima were the perfect final touch. They remind me of  trellis roses climbing a brick wall.
Don't forget that Flamingo Scraps has offered a fantastic coupon with 50% off your Prima purchase from now until December 25. 
Thank you so much for stopping in today,
I wish you all a Merry Christmas & A Blessed New Year,
  • Prima - Cherry Blossom Branch Collection - Flower Embellishments - White
  • Prima - Nature Garden Collection - Chipboard Pieces
  • Prima - Tea-Thyme Collection - Journaling Notecards Set
  • Prima - Romance Novel Collection - Textured Stickers - Alphabet
  • Prima - Say It In Crystals Collection - Self Adhesive Jewel Art - Bling - Mini Swirls - Romance Novel
  • Prima - Soubrette Collection - Flower Embellishments - White
  • Prima - Tea-Thyme Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Marcella
  • Prima - Tea-Thyme Collection - 6 x 6 Paper Pad
  • Prima - Cabachon Collection - Donna Downey - Lace - Natural
  • Prima: Classic Roses
  • Tattered Angels - Chalkboard Collection - Glimmer Mist Spray - 2 Ounce Bottle - Hot Chocolate
  • The Crafter's Workshop - 6 x 6 Doodling Templates - Mini Bricks
  • Ranger Ink - Inkssentials - Dylusions Ink Spray - Melted Chocolate
  • Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Mustard Seed
  • Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Spun Sugar
  • Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Stain - Black Soot

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Prima - Tea Thyme Layout

I'm really excited today to share with you a layout I created of my sweet angel niece Addie.  We bumped into her and her daddy at dinner the other night, and this was her leaning over the seat to talk to Brighton and I.  She is just so sweet. 
I used the Prima Tea Thyme collection for this layout. 

The Tea Thyme paper is so feminine and offers the perfect backdrop for little Addie's smiling face.  I love layering 6x6 papers to create 12x12 layouts.  The smaller papers offer a nice frame and draw your eye to the photo.  Some vintage and new Prima flowers were used to create the spray, and the wooden Tea Thyme pieces offer great texture.
Most of the supplies used in this layout are available for purchase at    Flamingo Scraps has graciously offered me a coupon code to extend to my followers for 50% off your Prima order between now and Dec. 25, 2012.   Below is the coupon with the details. 

I hope you guys can take advantage of the sale, and stuff your stocking with some awesome Prima goodness.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs
Lead Educator,

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Graphic 45 - Santa Card

Christmas is right around the corner, and I've been working on Christmas Cards for my friends.   I wanted to share this holiday card that I created using Graphic 45's Christmas Emporium in 8x8, and my new Tim Holtz Embossing Diffusers. 
I used a standard 4.25 x 5.5 kraft card as my base.   Then placed my embossing folder over the front of the card as you normal would do, but instead of using a top plate, I replaced the top plate with the Oval shaped Embossing Diffuser from Tim Holtz.  This place actually prevents the embossing in the "Cut out" area.   Then using an xacto knife and the place as a template, I carefully removed the center "non embossed area". 
I then backed the hole with the Christmas Emporium paper and fussy cut the other elements from the unused sections of the page.   The Poinsettia at the top was made using red velvet and a Spellbinder's Poinsettia Die. 
I love the layered look of this card.   There are so many rich details in such a small space. 
Thank you for stopping in today,
Merry Christmas,
Tonya Gibbs
  • Graphic 45 - Christmas Emporium 8x8 paper
  • Ranger  - Forrest Moss Stain, Gold Stickles, Gold Paint Dobber
  • Sizzix -   Tim Holtz Embossing Diffuser Set 1
  • Provo Craft - Embossing Folder
  • Spellbinders - Layered Poinsettie Die
  • Martha Stewat Crafts - Holly Punch, Micro Beads
  • Red Velvet Ribbon

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Thank You - Free Digi Download

Wow this has been an amazing year for me, and I owe a lot of my success to my friends, followers, and mentors. As a special thank you for your continued support, I would like to offer a free 2013 calendar digi download.  This calendar may be used on your personal projects, or projects that you plan to share with friends (as gifts).  The only limitation is that the calendar not be sold, manufactured, redistributed, or product sold using the calendar without written permission. By downloading these files, you agree to the terms and conditions.
You can download the file here.  

::NOTE -  You need Acrobat Reader to open these files - you can download it for free from   Also - Media Fire is a little confusing for some - Please click the thumbnail and follow these steps.

Thank you again for all your support, and kind words over the past few years. It has been an awesome journey, and I look forward to the opportunities that 2013 brings.

Thanks for stopping in today,

Tonya Gibbs

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