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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Teresa Collin's Guest Designer


I'm so excited to announce that I was asked to be a guest designer for the Teresa Collins' Design team blog. Man has it been difficult to keep this news under my hat for the past month. 

Please go over to the blog to get more information about this layout I created. There is also a process video available... here is the link to the post:

If you are visiting my blog from Teresa'  WELCOME to my house!  You can find a fun little story in the right bar on how I got the nick name PsychoMom. 

Here are a few other layouts that I've done in the past few months using Teresa's new releases.  Each of these layouts have process videos on the blog post associated with them. Links to their respective pages are in the photo caption. 

Thank you so much for this honor to be a guest designer for the day.  I hope you have enjoyed this post, and look forward to your comments.  Don't forget to subscribe if you are visiting for the first time!

Thanks for stopping in today,

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Halloween Treat Bags by Tonya Gibbs

Halloween will be here in just a few days.  I know a lot of people love to make "special" treats for some of their friends and loved ones.

Today I wanted to share with you a little treat bag I created using the scraps from my last Ustream class.   I chose the papers from Marion Smith Designs Nirvana  "Up and Away" paper.  Almost everything used to make the bag and the decorations were from the scrap pile!

The bag was cut from the Tim Holtz "In the Bag" Die.  Then I used a spellbinders square die to cut a window from one of the panels.   By using scraps each bag will be unique.  Here is a process video on how I made them.

Thanks for stopping in today, and happy haunting!
Tonya A. Gibbs
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Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween Home Decor

Marion issued us a challenge this month to create a Halloween home d├ęcor item using paper from her collections. 
I decided to use her Mad Tea Party Line for my project, and a cut file from the Silhouette Store.  The original cut file was designed for a candy/treat container.  I decided to add a battery operated tea light inside the hat to make it a luminary. 

Halloween Altered Spool Home Decor  by Tonya A. Gibbs for Marion Smith Designs.  #MarionSmithDesigns #MadTeaParty #TimHoltz #AlteredArt #Halloween #HomeDecor #TonyaGibbs #Psychomomscrapbooks
I recycled a plastic lace spool for the stand, and covered it with black lace.  Scraps of paper from Marion's other papers were used to make rolled roses. I sprayed them with Perfect Peach and Pink Taffy Glimmer Mists. Once they were dry, I added glitter nail polish to make them sparkle.   Since the clock in the patterned paper was set to almost midnight,  I decided to make a banner and title it "The Witching Hour". The font used on the banner was Dilana Experiment.  Clear glitter nail polish offered an iridescent effect to the little black crows.

The grass is actually white yarn that I stained with Forest Moss Distress Stains, then I added the clear glitter nail polish in small areas for added texture and shine.   I poured clear and pink glitter nail polish inside a small bottle  to create a sparkly potion.  I love that the nail polish didn't mix. 
It was fun creating this luminary, and thought it would be great to fill up a small shelf.
Thanks for stopping in today, if you haven't already subbed - please do so!
Tonya Gibbs
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Friday, October 18, 2013

Two Cards - Same Design by Tonya Gibbs

I've shared many times that I love to make cards from my scraps.  To make this process move quicker, I find it best to design the first card so that it is easily duplicated.  As you work through your scraps, you will find the cards take on a unique look by using different patterns, and sentiments. Many times I wait until I need the card to add the sentiment.

These two cards are great examples.  The hard part was coming up with the design, after that the workflow becomes easier.



I've prepared video for making the second card.

I hope I have inspired you to use up those scraps.  As I stated in the video, I find it helpful to use them immediately.  You can never have too many cards laying around.
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Football Layout by Tonya Gibbs

From the first of August until sometime mid December my feet are planted in the grass of one football field after antoher 3 - 4 times a week.  I walk the field taking photos of children between the ages of 6 - 18, and I LOVE IT! This year my Nephew, Cooper, played his first down of tackle football the age of six, and you bet, Aunt Tonya was right there walking the field. 

Photos of my Nephew, Cooper, during his first football game.  Photos by Tonya A. Gibbs.

Today,  I want to give you five prompts for creating a layout. Hopefully these prompts will give you a place to start next time Mojo goes on vacation.  For today's layout, I'm going to use the photos from the above mentioned photo shoot.

Prompt 1 - Select papers that do not fit the theme or color pallet of your photos. 

My photos are clearly football themed, and predominately red, white, and blue. Themed papers are obvious selections, and I'm looking for unexpected. I don't need a football sticker to know this is a football layout. Also, if I chose the colors in the photo then my photos would compete with my background. Since I want the photos to pop, I've selected a neutral color palett of black, taupe, and gold. These colors are neutral which means they go with ANYTHING ANYWHERE!

Teresa Collins Memorabilia Line released summer 2013

Teresa Collins' Memorabilia line was perfect. The colors are neutral and the theme is centered around a family story, rather than a specific event.  The black chalkboard papers give great contrast against my bright sunny day photos.  If your photos are dark - you may want to consider lighter colors for your background.

Prompt 2  - Place Embellishment clusters directly on your photos. 


This technique will help to anchor the photo to the page, and also give it depth and interest.   This is  a great technique for photos that have a lot of negative space or distracting elements in the background.  

Prompt 3 -  Layer Sequins 

Sequins have become a super trendy embellishment.  I'm noticing that some are metallic and some are flat, they come in different shapes, sizes, and colors.  The sequins in this collection are rather large, and I simply added a wood veneer star from Studio Calico to the centers. Love how these made a cute embellishment, without taking away from my photos.
Technique Tip: Hot glue will melt most sequins.  This is how I placed mine...I placed the glue on the layout in a dot formation. Let it cool for a second until it is more than 50% solid, then add gently place the sequin ontop of the glue without pressing it too hard.  This makes the hot glue more like a pop dot and elevates the sequin off the page. 
Prompt 4 - Use Clear Glitter Nail Polish 

My wood veneers needed a little pop, but I wanted them to stay neutral.  So I reached for clear  gold glitter nail polish and painted them.  When selecting my nail polish - I go for the cheapest with the chunky glitter pieces.  This will give you a nice bokeh look when applied.  You may need several coats to achieve the look you're after, but I love the effect! 

Prompt 5 - Use Ribbon in an unusual way

The ribbon on my page is the only thing that has color found in the photos.  I did this so that your eye finds a base, or weight to the bottom of the photos.  I love how it is just waving across the layout.  You expect to see ribbon as banners, or tied neatly across an element, but squishing it up gives it a fresh look and provides movement and depth. 

and ...drum roll please ...  this brings me to my completed layout.

Masculine Sports layout by Tonya A. Gibbs using Teresa Collins Memorabilia line.  #12x12 #Scrapbooking #TonyaGibbs #Psychomoms #Layout

I know masculine layouts can be challenging.  So, I hope you have been inspired next time Mojo goes away on vacation. 

Thanks for stopping in today,

Tonya A. Gibbs

Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - 6x6 Paper Pad
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - 12x12 Double Sided Paper - Chalkboard
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - 12x12 Die Cut Paper
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - 12x12 Cardstock Stickers
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - Border Strips with Glitter Accents
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - Chipboard Buttons
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - Decorative Brads
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - Envelopes
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - Sequins
Studio Calico - Classic Calico Vol. 2 - Wood Veneer Shapes - Tiny Stars
Studio Calico - Yearbook Collection - Wood Veneer Pieces - Speech Bubbles

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Ustream Tonight - Oct. 7, 8:30 p.m. EST

Join me and Flamingo Scraps Live Tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST.

I will be creating this mixed media canvas that was featured on Marion Smith Designs' blog last Saturday. Class begins at 8:30 p.m. est at Join the crowd early!

We will do our best to record the class, but we are at the mercy of Ustream.

Supplies needed to follow along are these are all optional:
  • *Tim Holtz - Tattered Leaves Die, Tattered Floral Die, Mini Tattered Floral Die (These Prima Daisies in the store are a perfect substitution if you don't want to make your own flowers.
  • Pumpkin shape (I found this one on Silhouette) but you could find a shape on the Internet and trace it  onto you patterned paper. The Grand Caliber Ovals would work too.
  • 20mm Rhinestones clear
  • Copic E29 (or dark brown permanent marker or alcohol ink)
  • *Ranger:  Matt Medium, Distress Stain Forest Green, Distress Stain Spiced Marmalade, Distress Paint Antique Bronze,  Distress Ink Vintage Photo.
  • Burlap
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang - Tibation Poppy Seed Starburst spray, Edelweiss Moss Green Starburst Spary, Creme Brulee Starburst Spray
  • Vine
  • Miscellaneous Metal Filigree
  • Skeleton Leaves
  • Stick Pin
  • Floral Stamp
  • Clear Glitter Nail Polish
  • Book Page/Music Page
  • Twine
  • 10x10 canvas
  • Perminant Brown Ink Pad
 *Can be special ordered by Flamingo Scraps. 

Hope to see you there!


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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Nirvana Pumpkin Canvas by Tonya Gibbs

Hi everyone, today on Marion's Create Team blog I shared a 10x10 mixed media canvas that I created using Marion's Nirvana line.

I used the b-side of Up And Away to cut out my pumpkins and sunflowers. The paper had a Gothic feel with the typography and lace accent, making it perfect for a Halloween decor.
For the pumpkin I cut a simple pumpkin shape out 3 times and used an oval die to separate the sections of the pumpkin.  I used really thick fun foam as my pop up dots to keep them dimensional.   To color the pumpkin, I used Tim Holtz' Orange Marmalade Distress Stain, combined with the Metallic Bronze Distress paint.  Then  I used Vintage Photo Distress ink to darken the shadowed edges to accent the 3D curves. 
I wanted the drama to be in the pumpkin and the spray, so I kept my background super simple.  I used the Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst sprays in Tibetan Poppy Teal for the sky and Edelweiss Moss Green for the ground.  I used water to smooth out the ombre effect and help the mediums blend.  I then used a floral stamp in the background with brown archival ink to give a little interest to the empty space.  I splattered some of the metallic bronze paint around in spots.  Then splattered clear glitter nail polish in spots to give the look of stars, and finished it off with some torn book pages.  
For the spray at the bottom,  I used scraps of Nirvana paper I had left over from the pumpkins to cut out the daisy shapes with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die. For contrast against the pumpkin, I decided to leave them their natural color adding a small amount of vintage photo distress ink for depth.  For the daisy centers I used a clear rhinestone that I painted with my Copic E29. To finish it off, I added some metal pieces for sparkle, burlap for texture, and a few sprays of berries for depth.
I love that this canvas fits the Halloween / Harvest theme and can hang in my home during the entire fall season.
The Creative Team will be creating posts daily that will inspire you to be creative throughout the fall.  Please go over and check it out and don't forget to subscribe.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Elvis Canvas by Tonya Gibbs

My sister's birthday was this past weekend, and I decided to make her a canvas featuring her cute little Elvis basset hound for her birthday (OK - truthfully there has been some shamelessly begging for a canvas for a while! Lots of hints dropped on Facebook, bantering and teasing.) So that means it was the perfect gift, right? 

Elvis loves to ride around in his little wagon. My sister decorated it all up for the 4th of July parade, and he looks like a king sitting on his thrown. (Fitting for his name ::WINK::) 

Her home is decorated Americana, so I thought Canvas Corp's denim, and 4th of July product lines were perfect for this project! I used Canvas Corp's Denim 12x12 canvas for my base, and the 4th of July Words On White for the rosettes. The Flag and US Constitution were taken from the Freedom Sampler paper.  I accented the sides with the Red Jute Twine from Canvas Corp. 

The hearts were cut from the Sizzix Primitive Heart die, and then Tiny wooden tags that spell out his name were added as the title. 

I know the 4th has come and gone, but it is never too late to scrap those memories.

Thanks for stopping in today, I hope you guys have an awesome weekend.


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