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Monday, June 30, 2014

Adventures with Boo Mini Album

Hi you guys, the Marion Smith Designs creative team has compiled a collaborative post filled with Mini Album inspiration today!

For my contribution I created a small mini 3.25 x 4.5 inches long.  Where I have  documented the past year with my sweet Puppy Boo.  I know everyone is going to ask -  She is a BoxWeiler (Boxer Rottweiler mix).   We adopted her last Christmas and the past 6 months have been so fun watching her grow.

This box was inspired by Marion's Digi line Life Journal.   I used the Insta frames in the line to create pages.  I trimmed down pieces of Marion's printed lines and her Scarlet digi line to fit the size of the frames.  Then I Coptic stitched the book together.  Since my stitching was not so perfect, I decided to use a piece of lace to wrap around the spine.  This lace also softens the harsh edges of the spine. I used Marion's peony die, and bloom impression tool to create the flower on the cover.   Then cut flowers from the Motley papers to add a little depth. 

This is the perfect size book for your Instagram photos.  I printed my photos out on my color laser printer on cardstock.   I kept the design simple so that my photos really took center stage!
Here is a complete walk through video showing each page!

 I love this little mini, and I know it will be treasured in my family for a long time.  
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Terrific Kid Layout for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®

Today is my day over on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® blog.   I have created a mixed media layout and a process video with lots of details.  I hope you have time to stop by and get the details.

 Here is the link o the post.  There is a process video there showing step by step how I created this layout.

Thanks for stopping in today.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Special Broadcast Saturday June 28 8:30 AM EST


Hi everyone,  I wanted to host a special broadcast for my International friends who are unable to join me live on Monday nights.  So while the time may be early for my USA friends,  I hope my international buddies can work the time into their schedule.

SATURDAY, June 28, 2014
8:30 AM est   

We are going to use the Teresa Collins Design Urban Market kit that was part of the June class to create a layout from start to finish.

Kits were provided by Scrapbooking with M.E. Boutique.   No kit purchase is necessary to participate.  All you need is your favorite beverage and a computer.  Join us live to chat and get inspired.

If it is too early, no WORRIES -  we will do our best to record!

Hope to see you there,

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Farewell Post for Marion Smith Designs

Wow this year has flown by so fast. I've had so much fun working with the products from Marion Smith Designs.  I just love her style. Our team was made up of some the World's most talented in the industry and I feel so honored to call them friends.  They have pushed me to be a better artist, encouraged me, and have always supported me.  Thank you ladies - and I can't wait for our paths to cross again. 

Marion will be announcing her new team in a few weeks, and I don't know if I will be a part of that group.  If not - I wish them the best, but I will continue to support her and her products in future crafty projects. 

For my farewell post I have created a layout of my nephew Cooper and his First Grade Teacher. 

Details about this layout can be found here.   I have also prepared a process video for you too!

I hope you get a chance to stop by and see the details from the post.  Thank you so much for sharing in this creative journey with me.  I look forward to so many more opportunities! 

Thanks for stopping in today,

Tonya Gibbs
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Background Stamps from Die-namites Dies


Hi everyone it is my day over on the Die-namites blog.  I am sharing with you a tutorial on how to create texture background stamps with your Die-namites dies.

 For today's project I used the Dragonfly Frenzy and Five Petal Flowers from the new releases!


 I hope you have a chance to stop over and see the tutorial.  The tutorial link is here!

Thanks for stopping by today! 

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Beach Layout for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft

Hi everyone, I'm super excited today to bring you my first post with Faber Castell Design Memory Craft®.  I seriously screamed when I saw my name on the list with all the other talented ladies.  I think I woke up everyone in my house that morning!  I've enjoyed using these products for years, and consider this a huge honor!

I hope you have a chance to visit their blog, for details on the Post!  There is a process video there showing step by step how I created this layout.

Thanks for stopping in today

Tonya Gibbs
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Rosebud Tutorial on Marion's Blog

HI everyone, over on Marion's blog a few weeks ago I was asked to do a tutorial for  making Rosebuds.  For my blog post today, I have given a step out tutorial on creating these rosebuds.

I used Marion Smith Designs Bloom Impression Dies - Large Roses, Glue Dots®, and Tattered Angel's Sunshine Glimmer Mist for my roses.

I used these rosebuds on the canvas that I featured last week  for the blog hop.

Look at how gorgeous these buds look wrapped in this floral spray.

I hope you have fun making these rosebuds. If you do, please share your projects with us in social media by using the #MarionSmithDesigns  #BloomImpressionDies

Thanks for stopping in today.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Dragonfly Frenzy Card


Welcome to summer!  It is so hot here in the Sunshine State, and flowers are blooming EVERYWHERE!  My yard is covered with little dragonflies dancing from blossom to blossom.  I was so excited to see the  Dragonfly Frenzy die in this last release.  I couldn't wait to use it! It worked beautifully with the new Jack & Jill Flower die!  

This month's dare is to use Vellum.

To get details on how the sketch challenge and dare works, and to link up your blog post!

  You could win a $25 gift certificate to Die-Namites.

I used the Jack & Jill Flowers die as my base for my colorful dragonflies.   

 I cut both of my dies with vellum and colored them with my Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®  Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pens, 

I used the May Green #170,  to color in the leaves on the Jack & Jill Flowers die.

Then I used the Pink Madder Lake #129, to color in the center of the shadowed areas of the flowers. Since the Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pens stay moist on the slick surface of the vellum for a few minutes, I used my finger to shade in the rest of the flower which left me with this nice variegated look. 

I used the Light Cobalt Turquoise #154 to color in the wings of the dragonflies on the Dragonfly Frenzy die. 

Then the Cool Grey VI 235 to color their bodies.   I also used the May Green for the leaves, and the Pink Madder Lake for the tiny flowers on this die.  Once my Dragonfly Frenzy die was colored, I cut it into three pieces, and placed them around the floral spray. I only placed glue on the leaves and the body of the dragonflies.  This elevated their wings and made them look like they were in flight.   

Have you submitted your
  Sketch Challenge and Dare project?  
Why not?  What are you waiting for?  Don't Miss out on that $25 Gift Certificate.

Thanks for stopping in today!
Tonya Gibbs
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Friday, June 6, 2014

Glue Dots Marion Smith Designs Blog Hop


Hi everyone - I'm excited to be hopping along with you today with Glue Dots® & Marion Smith Designs. Make sure to visit both Brand's blogs from June 6 - June 8! There are so many amazing projects being shared!

Make sure you comment and subscribe to each blog, as we will be picking some lucky winners to win some awesome new products from both Marion Smith Designs and Glue Dots®!

Links to each blog can be found on the following sites Marion Smith Designs and Glue Dots®

Today, I'm sharing with you a tutorial on how I created these lovely yellow flowers using Marion Smith's new Bloom Impression Tool, Rose Die and Glue Dots® in 1 inch and 2 inches.


 I used Marion's Peony Petal die for the purple roses and the rose die for the Yellow Roses.  The more petals you use the fuller your flower will appear! 

Start by using Marion's Rose Petal Die to cut out about 20 cuts of the Large and Small die.  Color them all with your favorite mist.  I used Tattered Angel's Sunshine.  For this flower, I also used Georgia Pacific 110lb Cardstock.

Wad each petal into a ball and allow to dry for about 15 - 30 mins. You want your flowers to be damp, but not WET.  A good judge is if you lay it on a surface and the surface is damp then wait a bit longer.  If the paper is too wet, it will rip.  Too dry - and it doesn't want to shape!  It may take some practice getting the right feel for the amount of dampness. 

Place the petal onto the tool so that the edge of the die, is laid on top of the rim of the tool, and allow the remaining portions to spill into the center cavity. 

Place the cover over the top of the bottom piece.  Twist the tool from side to side.  Remove the blossom.

This is how your petals should appear!  I repeated this process for all the petals.  

This is a photo of the finished petals.  You will need about 20 petals/flower 

I used a 2" glue dot and adhered a 2" circle to the top of the dot.

Remove the packaging from the back of the glue dot, and begin to layer your petals around the circle with the Glue Dot surface up.  The Glue Dot has a Super Strong bond.

 I recommend  4 large petals on the bottom layer. Overlapping them slightly

Next, attach a 1 inch Glue Dot to the center of the cluster, and begin to add your second layer of petals offsetting them so that your second layer is in-between the gaps of the bottom layer's petals.  

Repeat this step until your flower is your desired thickness.   Use the smaller petals as you get to the top of the flower.

Remove a 2 inch glue dot from it's packaging.

Roll the dot in your hand to form a ball as you remove it from the package. Don't "over" handle the dot or it will lose its stickiness.  Place the rolled Dot into the center of the flower cluster.

Pour Micro beads into the center of your flower over the Glue Dot.

Use your finger to firmly press the beads into the Glue Dot.

Shake off excess Micro beads.  They stick by static cling sometimes, so a paintbrush can be used to remove them from unwanted areas.

 Here is your finished flower.
I created this lovely canvas to showcase my beautiful flowers.   The purple flowers were made the same way, however, I used the Peony die in place of the Rose petal.

I used Marion's new Motley collection and Junque and Gems to create this mixed media canvas. 

Thank you for hopping along with Marion Smith Designs & Glue Dots. Don't forget to leave a comment and Subscribe while your here. 

Be sure to check out the Design Team blogs for more inspiration.

Happy Hopping Scrappers. 

Glue Dots® are double-sided adhesives that bond instantly to virtually any surface. They are mess-free, acid-free, non-toxic, and require no dry time; making them great for paper crafts, scrapbooking, decorating, home d├ęcor projects and more! 

Products from Marion Smith Designs are available at and for online ordering.  You can also find Glue Dots® products, including the new Desktop Dispenser, online at or at your local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

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