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Thursday, January 30, 2014

How I Love You - Mini Album by Tonya Gibbs

Hi everyone! My husband and I will be celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary in a few weeks, and I wanted to create an album that shows how much I love him. 
I love the rich vibrant colors and smooth texture of the Canvas Corp basic papers and wanted to use them for my mini. 
On the cover - I dipped a heart shaped cookie cutter in white paint and stamped the heart pattern on clear book cover stock.   I used my Bind it all and a 1/2 inch ring to bind the book together. To camouflage the rings, I tied a loose loop bow and put it on the side of a Canvas Corp red canvas flower.

Here is a look at a few of my favorite pages from the mini.


To keep the book consistent with the theme, I printed all pictures in black and white. Most of the photos used in this book were taken from my Instagram library.   They are the perfect size for a mini album.

The Whimsical patterns from the Canvas Corp papers, make this mini fun, and romantic.   I cut a lot of Polaroid frames from solids to help break up the busy patterns from the papers. I encourage you to also use the solids to cut small accent pieces like this Tim Holtz Mini Vintage Camera die.

For a complete walk through of the album page by page, please watch this  YouTube video.

Thanks for stopping in today,

Tonya Gibbs

Supply List:

Canvas Corp Papers: Black & White Damask
Red & White Mini Dots Reversed
Count Down to Kisses
Red & White Big Stripes
Red & White Swirls
Lips & Stash

Canvas Corp Misc.
Chalk Stock Tags & Ties
Red Medium Clothes Pin
Red Canvas Flower
Mixed Media Glue

Tattered AngelsValentine Chips

Die Cuts with A View:
Black & White Rose

Sizzix - Tim Holtz Alterations
Movers and Shapers Vintage Camera Die
Movers and Shapers Mini Butterflies Die
Bigs Die Tiny Tags and Tabs

My Favorite Things StampsMini Doilee Dies

EK Succes
Scallop Punch
Zig Zag Chain Punch
Slim Edger Dotted Wave Punch

Martha Stewart
Butterfly Punch
Swirling Lace Around The Page Punch

Provo CraftCuttlebug Embossing Folder - Flourished Frame

We Are Memory KeepersEnvelope Punch Board
Rounded Corner Chomper

Grand Calibur Labels 4 die

Silhouette AmericaCameo
3 bracket File Folders by Lori Whitlock

Bind - It - All
Bind - It - All 1/2 Inch Rings      

Crocheted Red Flower
Heart Paper Clip
Rhinestones 16mm
Black Lace
White Lace
Grosgrain Black and White Stitch Ribbon
Black Seam Binding
Red/White Bakers Twine
White Acrylic Paint
Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter
Black Cardstock
Red Cardstock
White Cardstock
White Gel Pen
Black Gel Pen
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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Wooden Ticket Tutorial

Hi everyone, I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  Today I want to share these cute wooden embellishments that I created with the Marion Smith Designs stamps and scraps of her paper collections.  They are super simple to make, and very addicting.

Start with the rectangular shape from these Woodsies balsa wood shapes.

Paint all sides of the shape with Gesso.  This coat is to prime the wood.

Glue your scrap paper to the wood with any wet glue.
I used craft glue. Once it is dry, trim around the wooden shape.

Using the largest hole on your Crop-A-Dile cut half the eyelet shape
out of each corner to form the rounded edges of the ticket.

Your ticket should now look like the one below.

Select your favorite stamp from Marion's stamp collections.


Using a permanent ink, stamp the image onto the ticket.

Heat emboss the ticket with Utee, Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel by Ranger, Inc.

You may have to repeat the step a few times to achieve a smooth finish like the image below.

I used a Gold Sharpie to gild the edges of the ticket.

And here is your finished ticket embellishment.  

  Here are some of the others I've made. 

These are light weight, and match your Marion Smith projects perfectly!

This card was created using the Garment District 6x6 paper pad.

Thanks for stopping in today,

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Secret Crush Card by Tonya Gibbs

Today I wanted to share with you a card from the Pink Paislee's Secret Crush collection. This collection was so hot last year.  I made several projects with it last year, and just have a few pieces left over.  My goal this year is to purge some of these odds and ends pieces. 
The card size is 3.5 inches by 8.5 inches so it fits nicely in a standard #10 envelope.  For my card background I used the Endless Love paper as my background. The layered doilies printed on this paper are "hoard vault" quality, but they must be used!  Then I trimmed a piece of scrap from the Polka Dance paper to make a fish tail banner for the base of my layers.
I used the hearts from the ephemera pack, tissue tape, and flat back pearls to create a banner at the top.  I think the banner offers a romantic feel to the card. Another Doily, and a few tickets from the ephemera pack were used for my layers, and the cluster was finished off with the Harlow Prima Rose.  I used left over chipboard letters to form the XO that is synonymous Valentine's Day. 
On the inside, I layered scraps from the papers for my signature area. The list of love words from the paper and the Tim Holtz Typewriter at the bottom finished off the right side of the card.   I love when things stick outside of the margins, and the "be mine" tab from the collection added a bit of interest and is seen when the card is closed.  The sticker at the bottom is from the sticker pack, and offered the perfect final touch.
My goal this year is to share with you ways to "destash" your older collections before they are so dated that you don't want to use them.  A lot of scraps and left overs from this collection were used in this card design.  Even though the collection was released last year, it's color pallet and iconic images make it timeless.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher with 100 Tiny Staples
Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Tissue Tape - Sketchbook
Bazzill Basics - Celebrations - 8.5 x 11 Cardstock - Tiny Diamonds Texture - Frosted Silver
FabScraps - Pearls - Bling - Cream
Pink Paislee - Secret Crush Collection - Photo Tabs
Pink Paislee - Secret Crush Collection - Paper Goods
Pink Paislee - Secret Crush Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided paper - Polka Dance
Pink Paislee - Secret Crush Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided paper - Endless Love
Pink Paislee - Secret Crush Collection - Photo Tabs
Pink Paislee - Secret Crush Collection - Cardstock Stickers - Elements
Prima - Harlow Collection - Pleated Fabric Flower Embellishments - Eve
Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Movers and Shapers Die - Vintage Telephone and Typewriter Set
We R Memory Keepers - Notable Collection - 12 x 12 Textured Cardstock - Gray

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Love Notes - by Tonya Gibbs

Hi everyone, Valentine's day is right around the corner. Today I wanted to share with you a simple technique that will make your cards unique.
Bubble art -  I saw this technique last year in a Martha Stewart Magazine and wanted to try it immediately, in the magazine article they used paint, but I thought the effect would be better with Glimmer Mists.
Here are the steps to create the background
Pour bubbles (the kind your kids play with) into a large bowl. 
Fill until the bottom surface is covered. No need to add a lot.

Blow bubbles using a drinking straw

Spray your favorite color over the top of the bubbles. I used Tutti Fruity

Gently Lay your card stock over top (water color paper works best).
Don't allow the card to sink to the bottom.

Use the paper for your background.  You can dip and re-dip until the desired effect is achieved.

All that is left is to put the background onto your card base, and decorate!

Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Reasons To Smile Layout by Tonya Gibbs

Hi every, today I want to share a post that I created for Marion Smith Designs Creative Team Blog.  The design team will be doing tutorials all month, so please make sure to visit each day for some great new techniques and projects.
My project today is a mixed media layout that I created of my husband and I.  
 I used Marion's Garment District, Nirvana, and Junque & Gems line to create this project.

Here are a few close ups of the background,


Here is a step by step process video with all the details on how this layout came together.

Thanks for stopping in today,


Resources for the layout:

Marion Smith Designs - Garment District Fitting Room
Marion Smith Designs - Nirvana Documents
Marion Smith Designs - Nirvana Typograph
Marion Smith Designs - Junque & Gems Filigree flowers
Marion Smith Designs - Junque & Gems  Filigree Butterflies
Bazzill Card stock - Light blue, and caramel
Lindy's Stamp Gang - Moon Shadow Mist - Gossamer Gold
Lindy's Stamp Gang - Starburst Spray -  Edelweiss Moss Green
Lindy's Stamp Gang - Starburst Spray -  Ponderosa Pines Olive
Lindy's Stamp Gang - Starburst Spray -  Glory Of the Seas Gold
Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist - Tutti Fruity
Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist - Dried Hydrangea
Tattered Angels - Base Board - Grass
Ranger Ink - Stickles Glitter Glue - Cinnamon
Liquitex - Gesso
Liquitex - Matt Medium
Zutter - Donna Salazar - Corrugated Board - 7 x 7
Prima - Ingvild Bolme - Distressing Tool
Prima - Poppies and Peonies Collection - Donna Downey - Stencils Mask Set - 12 x 12 - Turkish Grunge
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique Linen
Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Tattered Flower Garland
Memory Box - Corner Bow
My Favorite Things Stamp - Flourish wafer die
Mead - Sketch Pad (flower paper)
Studio Calico - Wood Veneer - Hearts and Arrows
Studio Calico - Wood Veneer - Birds

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Introducing the new Junque and Gems by Marion Smith Designs

Hi everyone, today I am sharing another sneak peek from CHA 2014 by Marion Smith Designs. Marion's New Junque & Gems line.

These are going to be perfect as layers, and on your mixed media, and jewelry projects.  I just love them.  Make sure you ask your local retailers to carry these jewels. 
Thanks for stopping in today,
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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Introducing Never Grow Up - New Collection from Marion Smith Designs

Introducing Never Grow Up by Marion Smith Designs.  This line has playful patterns perfect for spring. 
These designs are printed on 12x12 heavy weight cardstock.

This collection is also available in 6x6. You get three sheets of each paper double sided printing.
Make sure you ask your local retailers to order these lines for you. 
I will have more to share tomorrow, so make sure to stop on in.
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Introducing Motley - New Collection from Marion Smith Designs

Introducing Motley by Marion Smith Designs.  This line is so romantic and bright, perfect for spring layouts, minis, and cards.  
These designs are printed on 12x12 heavy weight cardstock.
Marion Smith Designs Motley Collection Released 2014 Winter CHA
These designs are also available in 6x6. You get three sheets of each paper double sided printing.
Make sure you ask your local retailers to order these lines for you. 
I will have more to share tomorrow, so make sure to stop on in.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

2014 Stamps by Marion Smith Designs

Hi everyone I'm here today with another exciting share from Marion Smith Designs.   Here is a sneak peek at her  2014 Stamp collection she is releasing at Art Venture/CHA.  

First up Garden Rose:   This is an add on to the rose in her Curious & Nirvana lines she released last fall.  You guys know how much I love those, so these is definitely going into the must have!

For all you mixed media people, you are going to love these next few texture sets.  These are going to be so much fun to play with. 

 I will have additional peeks tomorrow.  So be sure to stop by.
Thanks so much for stopping in,

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