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Friday, June 28, 2013

Parade - Loot Bag / Clutch Purse

Hi everyone, I think I've shared in previous posts that the 4th of July is one of my favorite Holidays that we celebrate here in the US.  Our little town throws a celebration that literally lasts for days.   The fourth is a full day that includes a parade, craft festival, parties, and ends with a huge firework demonstration.  Our typical "parade loot bags" are recycled plastic bags from the grocery store - (Super classy - right).  Well, not this year....
 Canvas Corps Saggy Baggy, Denim Flower, and Red Twine.

When I saw this little Saggy Baggy from Canvas Corp my mind immediately went to Loot bags for the little girls in my life. At the parade they collect flags, beaded necklaces, candy, gum, stickers and all sorts of other fun trinkets when walking around downtown. This bag offers a chic way to store their bounty.

This is also a great project for the kids to help you make.
You need to either stich your embellises to your bag or use a fabric glue (I don't recommend hot glue for this project).  I trimmed the flap of the bag with some pretty lace, and layered metallic Ric Rac trim over the top to mask the glue.  I also trimmed around the center of the  Canvas Corp denim flower center with the same Ric Rac trim and added a button and twine to finish off the flower.  Star buttons were glued diagonally across the bag to add a little more sparkle and shine. I finished the bag off with red grosgrain ribbon for handles. 
This little bag would also be a cute clutch for a small cellphone and camera at the downtown festivities.  A small piece of white Velcro could also be added to the inside of the bag, if you decide to use this as a clutch purse.
Thanks for stopping in today, I hope you guys have a fantastic weekend.
Tonya Gibbs

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Happy Day - Layout

Today I want to feature a layout that I created using the May Artsy Addicts Kit.  The kit included: My Mind's Eye - Find Your Wings and Fly designed by Rhonna Farrer. The kits are a monthly subscription for around $40.  For more information about the kits and subscribe please visit:

Last weekend we attended a birthday party for my Niece Emily who turned one (A layout of Miss Emily is forthcoming - I had to find some supplies first!)  Of course Aunt Tonya took hundreds of photos.  Among some of my favs were these of my Husband, Kenny, being silly with Averie and Addie.  I swear all I hear is "Tickle me Uncle Kenny" when they are around. I wasn't surprised to walk into the living room and see him being attacked by two giggling girls.  They were all so happy I needed the layout to have a fun happy theme, so I chose bright bold colors, but toned them down with a muted blue background.

 **GASP** Is that Glitter I see  on the page?  Yes, Yes it is.  Those of you who have followed me for a while know that I HATE GLITTER WITH A PASSION. However, my goal for this layout was to try some different things.
  1. I wanted to use a glittered title (it was after all a celebration) and silver/gold glittered titles are trendy now.
  2. Use bold colors (again, I tend to migrate to vintage muted colors)
  3. Keep it flat -  I wanted to try my hand at clusters of flat embellishments - (NO FLOWERS allowed!). 
  4. NO sprays/mixed media techniques. (this was really hard for me).
  5. Use multiple photos (I normally only use one)
I know what your thinking -  what alien has taken over her brain?  Sometimes trying things outside your comfort zone will help stimulate your creativity.  I must say as simple as this layout looks IT TOOK ME ALL DAY to complete.  
I am pleased with the result.  I think the colors give a "circus" type feel to the layout and who isn't happy at the circus? I used lots of cuts from my Silhouette Cameo as accents on the right.  I love that pictures really pop off the page against the bright yellow background.  What are your thoughts?
I encourage you to try something different - whether it is a style or a product that you don't normal use.  You may stimulate the creative juices and find a "new" you!  Not that I'm going to totally embrace glitter with every project, but hey, I found a way to keep it from shedding so you may see it more often.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs


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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Multiple Looks - One Sketch

During my last Ustream on June 3 (view it here) we created a layout using this sketch from Flamingo Scraps Designer,  Melissa Williams.
We took the sketch and made it masculine with the Heidi Swapp No limits and Vintage Chic collections, and Pink Paislee's Mistables.   Loved the look and texture of this multi photo layout, that celebrates my son's passion for football. 

Today I would like to share with you a layout that uses the same sketch in its feminine spirit using the Pink Paislee Hope Chest Collection. 
In this version I used gesso, masks, and sprays to soften the bold pattern of the paper and give the layout more texture.  I also adhered strips of linen and pieces of hymnal pages to the page for depth and added interest.
Layers of Maya Road and Webster's pages trims soften the page and give a pop of color that draws your eye to the photograph.   Additional elements were die cut from scraps of the paper collection to create layers around the photos.  The title was cut using the Silhouette Cameo. 
I love that both of these layouts look so different, but were based on the same sketch.   Have you created a layout using this sketch?  If so, please share it with me on the Flamingo Scrap's Facebook page.
Our next Ustream will be broadcast on July 1 at 8:30 est. We will be celebrating Christmas in July. I figured if I started making Christmas ornaments in July I may have them ready for Christmas (HAAA).  Hope to see you there!
Supplies for both layouts can be found at:
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Friday, June 14, 2013

4th of July Table Caddy

4th of July is one of my all time favorite holidays - JUST LOVE IT!  The colors, the celebrations, parades, parties, fireworks - who could ask for more fun?
I was trying to think of some fun decorative ideas for parties.  A few weeks ago I shared with you an invitation, and today I thought I would alter a six pack box to use as a table caddy.  
Here are the supplies I used to alter the caddy.   In addition to the supplies listed below, you need to upcycle a beverage six pack box.  I used two sheets of each of these papers to complete the box.  Measurements will vary depending on your box.  I started with the bottom and completely cover it wrapping about a half an inch up the sides to keep my utensils from falling out. Then covered the over hang with the side panels. 
I used Canvas Corps' Royal Blue And White Stars Reverse Paper as my base. Then made pinwheels with the Red & White Ribbon Stripe paper then cut them in half and topped these beautiful Red Canvas Banners.  Tied the banner with the Red Canvas corp Twine bows.  Then add a little sparkle with party garland, cake pick star Tucked in a Small American Flag as a topper,  and this catty turned out FAB!
Our high school team colors are royal blue, white, and red I think I may modify this caddy after the 4th for a tailgate caddy by removing the flag and adding a football!
**Side note:  Place a water bottle in the back center spot to weigh the box down so it doesn't blow off the table.  You can camouflage the bottle with paper napkins. **
Here is a second invitation I made with the scraps from this project.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs
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Friday, June 7, 2013

Tattered Angels - Opal Paint System

Can you say - LOVE!  For all you shabby chic lovers out there this system is going to be a fav. This is the Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Paint System Precious Stone - Opal.   It is so pretty and soft. Sheer elegance!
Each kit consists of 4 1oz bottles of a medium from the Tattered Angel's family.  I have had several people ask about larger bottles. Yes, you can buy these in the standard bottles individually if you have a larger project in mind.

Here is a close up of the marbled background.

I love how soft and delicate it turned out for the backdrop for this card.

here is a process video on how to use the system.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Masculine Layout - Friday Night Lights

Thank you to everyone who came to the live Ustream last night.  We had a great time creating this masculine layout of my son and husband.
The layout was based on a sketch by Flaming Scraps Design Team Member Melissa Williams. We took the feminine layout and grunged it up for a masculine layout.
I used the Heidi Swapp No Limits line (which is themed more at travel) and used it for a sports themed layout.  I love the unexpected, but I really love using things that are not as they were intended.  The splatters of Tinsel colorshine remind me a lot of bokken lights, and I think they really add to the title of Friday Night Lights.  The title seems a little lost on the layout because of the Shine from the flash - but it really does stand out in the original.
Another thing we explored was using the negatives from your die cuts and punches. We used the negative of an arrow strip and also the confetti stars were punched from a Martha Stewart border punch.  These offer interesting embellishments to the layout with no added expense. 
Glitter was added to the Gesso and Glue & Seal (You could use matt medium instead), to give the gesso a little sparkle and texture. 

In this class I gave you 10 promps for making trendy layouts for scrapbooks, project life, and mini albums.

Here are the 10 promps:
  1. Grunge it up (tear, distress edges, uses stencils, gesso)
  2. Metal (Use staples, pins, paper clips)
  3. Use Negative spaces from dies and punches
  4. Use Glitter (Gasp I know I know you guys are in shock because I hate glitter), but we used it in the Gesso for texture!  But glittered titles are very popular.
  5. Use Vellum or Transparent pieces
  6. Sew  *I used Metallic Silver thread and love it! 
  7. Use Sequins - this is a super popular trend right now.
  8. Drip shimmer sprays
  9. Stars - Stars are very popular right now especially for confetti.
  10. Metallic Embellishments - Gold and Silver are HOT right now especially for titles, and frames.

Product lines:
Heidi Swapp - No Limits (paper)
Heidi Swapp - Vintage Chic (paper)
Heidi Swapp - Color Magic Tags, Banners, and Chipboard
Heidi Swapp - Color Shine  - Tinsel and Teal
Heidi Swapp  - Fabric Banner
Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist - Hula Hoop
Cosmo Cricket - Photo Frames
Silhouette Cameo -  Dies & Titles
Liquitex Surface Prep Gesso
Prima - Donna Downey Stencil Dots
Tim Holtz - Tiny Attacher
Ranger -  Archival Ink  Red
Star Vellum
Martha Stewart Star Border Punch.

For those who missed the live show - you can watch the recording on here.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Ustream Tonight - June 3

Please join me & Flamingo Scraps tonight, Monday, June 3 at 8:30 pm est on Ustream, as I create a layout using this sketch shared by Flamingo Scraps Designer, Melissa Williams, earlier last week on the Flamingo Scraps Blog. 

This sketch is going to get a masculine twist when I use Heidi Swapp and Pink Paislee papers and embellies from Flamingo Scraps. We are going to talk about using things for an unexpected purpose, including embellishments, paper, and the sketch.

Make sure you join the crowd, early.

There will not be a kit this month. As always, we will do our best to record the show for those who can't make it live.

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