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Friday, February 28, 2014

Radiant Orchid Mixed Media Card

Pantone has announced that its 2014 color of the year is Radiant Orchid.  Well I have to admit, purple is not usually my first choice, but I do think the color makes a powerful statement when used properly.  So I thought I would use this opportunity to challenge myself.
When I feel like I'm in a rut, I love to use things that I don't normal use - like radiant purple. It helps to stimulate my creativity and gives me a fresh perspective. 
I created this dragonfly card using some old Prima product and a few mixed media techniques.   Something old with something new is always my plan for eliminating clutter!  Back at Christmas time I shared with you my new love for glitter nail polish on embellishments.  Isn't it gorgeous on these flower centers? 

Tomorrow I will share with you a video tutorial on how I created the dragonfly with the Die-Namites flowering tree die. 

If you decide to create with these colors, please share your projects with me on Facebook.  I would love to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping in today!

Card Resources:
  • Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist Spray - Timeless Lilac
  • Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist Spray - Popsicle
  • Die-Namite Dies - Flowering Tree
  • Prima Chalk - Teal Damask
  • Prima Chalk - Pastel Blue
  • Prima Chalk - Olive Vine
  • Prima 6x6 paper pad - Alla Prima
  • Prima Flowers - Wildflowers Pillar Pack Collection
  • Prima 6x6 paper pad - Almanac
  • Fiskars Simple Stick Cling Rubber Stamp Sheet - All Year Cheer
  • Heidi Swapp -  Color Shine - Gold Lame
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle
  • Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Ultimate Grunge
  • Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Shaded Lilac
  • Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Shabby Shutters
  • Ranger Ink - Utee
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • Burlap scrap
  • Clear Gold Glitter Nail Polish
  • Martha Stewart Crafts - Crafter's Clay Collection - White Clay
  • Cameo Setting Frame Silicone Mold

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Friday, February 21, 2014

7GYPSIES Disney Travel Mini

Last year I  took a trip to Walt Disney's Epcot & Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Fl., and I wanted to create a journal style mini album that could capture not only the pictures of the "aha" inspiring landscape, but my thoughts and notes.  I wanted to make it like a travelogue that had gone along the journey with me - eclectic and worn - gypsy style.
7Gypsies Travel line was perfect for my base papers and a bit "non - traditional" for Disney style books. I gathered up several lines of 7Gypsies ephemera, tapes, charms, and stamps, threw in some Canvas Corp tags, recipe cards, and clothes pins. Grabbed some essential Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and the book was born.  The finished book size is 4.5 x 6 which is great for standard sized photos.
As an added accent, I also created circle and tab tags in Photoshop to accent the folders. I love how things stick out from the margin, and entice you to turn the page. I also did a lot of hand written journaling in this book. My handwriting may not be perfect to me, but I think it really adds character to the book.
I often spell Gorgeous "Gorjuss" when I text or type it on Facebook, so I wanted my accent in the upper left to reflect the "Tonya" spelling. This adds a little bit of my character to the details. In the bottom right hand corner of the page above there is a clay piece that says "Air Mail". This was created with air dry clay and a 7Gypsies stamp! 
In the photos above and below, I used scraps from 7Gypsies papers to create interesting flags and banners. I love how these pop, and add a feminine accent to the pages.
Doodling with a white gel pen, adds a even more interest. Some of my doodles are loops and some faux stitching. Love how it helps to soften the dark background.


In this spread above - I use recycled clear plastic packaging to create a signature divider.  I used Tim Holtz's distress paint in Firebrick to create a design on the plastic.  I love how you can see the garden photo below, and it gives a degree of depth to the spread.

When traveling don't forget to take photographs of signs.  They are everywhere, and when printed on card stock, they turn into cute ephemera pieces.  Like the sign that is in the bottom right of the photo above was in a flower garden and says "Epcot Springs into life."  The sign below that says "Thanks for Noticing Me" was on a sidewalk path.  When traveling to national parks, the signs often give historical facts, directions, and wildlife details. A photograph is a great way to remember these details for your journals, mini albums and scrapbook pages.



Nowhere but Disney could you wake up in America and visit 9 different countries before sundown. I literally traveled the entire world in 2 days!     This was such an inspiring journey!  I love all the elements poking out of the margins, giving a "Gypsy" feel to my finished book.

Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Spring Shadowbox - by Tonya Gibbs

Hi everyone, I hope your week is off to a great start. With the weather so frigid everywhere, I wanted to create something that reminded me of spring.  I dug through some old photos and found this 5x7 of my niece Averie, and a 9x9 Shadowbox that I've been hoarding. 
It all started with a mixed media tag. I bought some of the Faber Castell Design Memory Craft glaze and wanted to experiment with it.  I love to experiment on tags, and then I try to make something with the tag.   On this tag, I used modeling paste and a stencil to get the hexagons.  Then painted the entire card with a soft green paint. Then I mixed the glaze with a gold colored acrylic, wiped it across the entire tag. Waited a few minutes then used a baby wipe to clean it off. The glaze actually stayed in the recessed areas, and helped to provide shadows on my tag.    I then started playing with some of the left overs from other Marion Smith projects, and used Marion's Hot Air Balloon stamp to create a pattern for the balloon on the tag.  The little girl and the saying was cut from the Mad Tea Party collection. 

Since the saying talks about seeds that grow I decided to build a little garden scene for my little girl to stand.   I used a vine as my base, then made a few flowers to cover the vine.
I removed the glass from the shadow box, and built my floral spray to spill out over the frame's edge.  I stitched together some punched scraps from Marion's Mad Tea Party line to create the banner that I placed across the top of the frame.
I just love how this frame turned out, and it is going to look fabulous on my wall. 
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Die-Namites Sunflower Serenade Card


I feel so honored to be selected for Die-Namites' team. Everyone is so talented, and I can't wait to take this creative journey.

Today, on Die-Namites' blog, I'm sharing this project.  Please make sure to stop over there for the details, and don't forget to sub to their channel.

Sunflower Serenade Card by Tonya A. Gibbs #dienamites #TonyaGibbs #Psychomoms #mixedmedia #card #die

The star of today's project was the Sunflower Serenade die

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Card Resources: 
Die-namites:   Sunflower-Serenade
Die-namites:   Spring Branch 
Studio G:  Birds of a Feather Stamp
Tattered Angels:  Sweet Clover Glimmer Mist
Faber Castell Design Memory Craft - Whipped Spackle
Crafter's workshop - Mini Brick Stencil 
Crafter's Workshop - Mini Well Rounded Stencil
Prima Chalk Inks -  Pastel Pink, Teal Damask, Pastel Brown, Old Rose, Rose Bud, Colts Foot, Branch Bark
EK Success - Labels Punch


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Friday, February 14, 2014

Friends Card by Tonya A. Gibbs

Happy Valentine's Day Crafty Peeps! 

This has been an exciting week for me, and I can't wait to share today's project. Earlier in the week it was announced that I have joined the creative team for Die-namites.  I love their botanical shaped dies. They are perfect for layering in your flower clusters, or as stand alone pieces.


When I first saw the Spring Branch die, I immediately thought about creating a window card. I used my Copics to color the branch on both sides, since it will be seen when the card is open.
 To add a little texture to the card, I used a Cuttlebug Stylized Flower embossing jacket. A Wink of Stella Pen add a hint of glitter to the flowers and offered the final touch to the card.
I can't wait to share with you future projects using these super fab dies.  If your interested in them, please visit
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya A. Gibbs
  • Die-namites: Spring Branch
  • Ivory Cardstock
  • Provo Craft - Stylized Flower Cuttlebug Embossing Jacket
  • Copic:  R29, G99, E23, B97
  • Zig: Wink of Stella Clear
  • Heidi Swapp: Navy Blue Archival Ink
  • Fiskars: Friends Quotes Clear Acrylic Stamp
  • Spellbinders: Basic Shapes Squares
  • We Are Memory Keepers: Corner Chomper Round
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Die-Namite's Creative Team

Hi everyone, I'm super excited to announce that I've been selected to join the creative team for Die-Namite dies.

These intricate wafer thin dies are made in the USA from 100% steel and work with all major die-cutting tools in the market.

With spring around the corner, I thought I would tease you with a few of their recent releases.

Butterfly Applique  $13.95 

Dainty Daisies  $9.95

Daisy Bunch  $10.95

I can't wait to start sharing projects with you guys soon. Make sure you sub to the Die-namite's blog so that you can keep up with new releases, and inspiration from the rest of the team!

Thanks for stopping in today,

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Embellishment Tutorial Part 2 by Tonya Gibbs

Hi everyone, I hope your weekend is off to a great start. A few weeks ago I shared with you a project on making wooden ticket embellishments that coordinate with your paper collections.  Today I want to share with you another idea for embellishing your projects. 

Remember playing with Shrink plastic when you were kid?  I think I made charms in Vacation Bible School for 5 straight years (LOL).  Well here is a grown up project you can make using Marion's super awesome Curious Stamp Set.

I started with Poly Shrink Plastic by the Lucky Squirrel. You can use any brand just make sure it is clear if you want your roses to appear like glass. 

I used the rose & butterfly stamps from the from the Curios set. Stamp them using a permanent ink like Staz-on, or Archival Jet Black Ink from Ranger.
On the OPPOSITE side that you stamped, color the image with a permanent marker. Don't color on the side that you stamped or it will ruin your marker nib.  I used my Copic markers, but no need to worry about shading. The color becomes concentrated when they shrink, so the shading disappears.
Cut out your Shape.  Remove all negative space, but make sure you keep a thick border in the delicate stem area.   Here is what my Rose looks like when I cut it out. Notice that I colored outside the lines and made my stems a bit thicker.
Now grab a pair of tweezers, a heat source and start shrinking.  (The plastic will curl as it shrinks, but no worries, keep shrinking it will straighten out). 
The image shrinks to a 1/3 of the original size.  Once the image is cool enough to touch, I molded the leaves to give them some interest.
Use Glossy Accents or E6000 to adhere the charms to your projects. 
To show you how beautiful they are on a project,  I created this layout of my amazing parents using Marion's Garment District collection.  I love how tiny the butterflies turned out, and think the roses appear like glass and offer a nice touch of elegance to the layout.  
Here are the supplies from Marion's Garment District that were used to create this layout.
For more awesome projects using Marion's designs make sure to visit the Design Team's blog at 
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Love Note by Tonya Gibbs

Last week I shared with you my little "How I Love You Mini Album".  When I was clearing off my desk for my next project, I realized I had enough scraps to make a few more items.  So today I'm sharing with you a card and treat bag that I made with the scraps.

This card came together quickly and I love how it matches the gift that will accompany it. (My little mini).   The sentiment is from a Studio G stamp and was heat embossed with Ranger's Red Glitter embossing powder.  The flags and heart were left over from the Count Down to Kisses Sampler paper.  To give the card some depth between layers,  I added a Cheery Lynn Designs Polynesian Sails Oval Die cut in black cardstock between the background and overlaying banner cluster.   The banner is the b-side of the swirls paper.

For the candy treat bag, I used a couple of  'Mini' candy bars and wrapped the 'Lips and Stash' paper around them, Then placed them into a clear zip bag, and topped it with more of the paper. A little seam binding finished off the top of the bag.  These make super simple Valentines for the little ones  in my world.
As you know, I love using my scraps.  But I find it super rewarding to use them immediately after a project is complete. 
Thanks for stopping in today. 
Tonya Gibbs
  • Canvas Corp Papers - Red & White Swirls
  • Canvas Corp Papers - Count Down to Kisses
  • Canvas Corp Papers - Lips and Stash
  • Cheery Lynn Designs - Polynesian Sails Oval Die
  • EK Success - Scallop Circle Punch
  • Clear Bags - Zip Bag
  • Twix Miniature Candy
  • Seam Binding Black
  • American Crafts - Jute Twine
  • Spellbinders - Square labels die
  • Studio G - Love you stamp
  • Ranger Ink - Red Glitter Embossing Powder
  • Ranger Ink - Distress Embossing Pad
  • Cardstock - Red & Black
  • Sizzix - Swiss Dot Embossing Folder

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Ustream Tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST

Happy Monday everyone.  I hope you can join me and Flamingo Scraps tonight for our Ustream class.  I will be making this lovely layout.

Class begins at 8:30 p.m. est  at

We will do our best to record the class for those who can't make it live.
Hope to see you there! 
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