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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Wooden Ornaments for Yvonne Blair Designs


Oh I love home crafted Christmas ornaments. Every year I try and make a few new ornaments for my tree. This has become a tradition that my family looks forward to each year. Today, I would like to share with you one of  this year's new designs using Yvonne's Compass stamp from Impression Obsession.

You can also use several of Yvonne's other stamps, I give you some ideas in the video link below.
For the base of the ornament I'm using these wooden shapes I grabbed at a local craft shop. This bag was under $5 and as you can see we will be able to make lot of ornaments.

I filled in the knots on the wood with Modeling paste so that I can get a smooth surface  for stamping.  You can leave these natural with  a white wash of gesso or you can paint them if you like.
In the video below, I will share with you two versions that I created, so that you can decide which technique you like best.   But both are gorgeous.

It was easier to add the foiling  on the chalkboard version because the paint helped to make the surface smooth.  But if natural look is what you like, I think it turned it nice as well. It is just harder to see the foiling.  If you decided to go with this technique, I suggest bold and heavy designs for your stamping. Thick and large fonts will show up better.

Here is the video sharing how I did the technique.

Watch on YouTube
Wasn't that fun?   I want to make a bunch these. They would be great to add to packages, and share with your friends and family.  Or create a set and give them as a gift.  Thank you so much for hanging out with me today. 
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Monday, November 21, 2016

Imagine the Possibilities for Yvonne Blair Designs


Oh imagine the possibilities when you say I'll try instead of I can't.  Well today I have a fun little project for you to try.  A little doodle art.  I'm using these great stamps from Yvonne Blair, to finish off my project, to create the perfect card!
Everyday Holds
These little doodle projects are easy to do and I find them very therapeutic.  You can easily complete one in a matter of minutes, and look at how fabulous they look on cards. 

You can keep them black and white or watercolor them like I did here to give them more interest.  The possibilities are endless.  I think these little guys would be fabulous on Christmas cards, Birthday cards, and even Holiday Tags.    If you only filled in part of the circle they would even be interesting. 
Here is the inside of the card:

Here is a quick video to show you how it is done.

Wasn't that easy as pie?   Ok I want to start seeing the internet filled with doodle wreaths.  If you decide to do one, make sure you #YBArtGirlFun  in social media so I can see what you did! 
Thanks for stopping in today.


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Monday, October 10, 2016

Blessing Watercolor Cards for Yvonne Blair

Watercolor Card Tutorial by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair Designs

After a weekend of torment created by Hurricane Matthew up and down the south eastern coast line,  I thought I would spend some time reflecting on how grateful I am for the many blessings I have in my life.  During my extra time off, I spent a little time in studio while the storm raged outside with my watercolors and a few of Yvonne's stamps.  Today I would like to share with you a few cards I created during this time of reflection.

I reached for these two stamps sets that Yvonne Designs for Impression Obsession Stamps to create these cards:

French Script

I'm going to create two cards in today's share the first is using the "Count Your Blessings" from the Words of Art stamp set.  This set has so many amazing sayings in it. Perfect for card makers!

Tonya Gibbs Watercolor Blessing Card for Yvonne Blair Designs

In the video below, I share with you a technique for creating watercolor flowers using kitchen plastic wrap!  You allow the paint to dry on the paper and then follow the text that is left behind with watercolor pencils to give more details to your flowers.  It is so simple and perfect if you don't know how to draw flower shapes. You literally let the plastic wrap and wet paint do the work for you!

Tonya Gibbs Watercolor Grateful Heart  for Yvonne Blair Designs

I struggled a bit more with this flower shape as the colors seemed to blend more in and I really wasn't feeling it when I added the colored pencils.  In hindsight  I probably should have left it alone when I removed the plastic wrap. I really liked the abstract of the dried paint.  But oh well, this is creative play, and sometimes you just have to follow the journey that the art takes you.  To fix my painted mess I reached for Yvonne's French Script stamp and the Heidi Swap Navy Blue ink (which is my new favorite over black!), and started stamping.   After assembling the card I realized the only thing missing was flower centers on both cards and my flowers came to life!

The paper stacks that I used were found in Target's dollar bin, and I fell in love with the copper foiling.  I decided to duplicate this with copper embossing for Yvonne's Stamps.

Here is the video showing my process.

I'm so grateful that my family survived this terrible storm. I know so many that sustained damage to their homes, and several communities are still without power.  Some have lost their lives and I pray for their families to find peace.  My heart is saddened for the country of Haiti and for the Residents along the coast of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia many of these communities will never be the same.   If you are inclined, and have the capacity to do so, I encourage you to give to the American Red Cross.  I know there is a need for relief both at home and in Haiti where so much life has been lost. 

Supplies Used in these two Cards: 

  • Impression Obsession - Yvonne Blair Designs - Words for Art Stamp
  • Impression Obsession - Yvonne Blair Designs - French Script Stamp
  • Canson Watercolor Paper 140lb 
  • Artist Loft - Watercolor
  • Royal Langnickel - Brush Value pack   #3 Round, #10 Flat
  • Wheat Jute Twine
  • My Mind's Eye On Trend Cardstock 6x6 
  • Halloween Cardstock 6x6 Target Dollar Bin 375772
  • Fall Cardstock 6x6 Target Dollar Bin Kraft Copper Foil 375773 
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft - Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pen Cadmium Yellow 107
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft - Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pen Scarlet Red 118
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft - Stamper's Big Brush artist Pen Caput Mortuum #169
  • Zing Copper Embossing Poweder
  • EK Success Powder Embossing Buddy
  • Versa Ink Pad
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Gun
  • Heidi Swapp Navy Ink 
  • Ranger Multi Medium
  • Scotch Double Sided Foam Tape
  • Scotch ATG Adhesive
  • Kraft Cardstock 

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Congrats to our Winners!


YAY - we have a winner of the blog hop!

On my blog - Congrats to CHAR!  

She will win a Journal Buddy!  

Go Check out the post over on Yvonne's blog

to see who else won on my team mate's blog and see
if you are the winner of the grand prize over on Yvonne's Blog! 

Thank you again to everyone who played along, and 
for the sweet comments!
  I wish I could send everyone a prize!

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Journal Buddy Blog Hop Yvonne Blair Designs


We are celebrating being picked as the editor’s choice in the Oct-Dec Issue of Stampers Sampler by Stampington. Each one of us Yvonne Blair Art Girls will be giving away a journal buddy on Friday Oct. 7.  Leave a comment on each of our blogs by noon October 7, and we will each select a random winner.
If you leave a comment on each blog you will be put in for a drawing to win a Journal Buddy, Art Journal and Stamper's Sampler Magazine Bundle. The winner will be announced October 7th at 7:00 pm. 
All winners will be notified by email and announced on Yvonne’s blog Oct 7 at 7:00pm.
Journal Buddy #YvonneBlairDesigns
Journal Buddy
The Journal Buddy is a multi-functional tool that helps you add artful journaling to any paper crafting project.  The Journal Buddy is made out of high quality stencil material that is not only pliable, but see through so you can see where you are adding lines. It features a wavy edge and straight edge with a ruler  two short straight edges on each side to line it up so your journaling stays straight, as well as line guides for you to ink, trace, paint, or spray onto your page. 
You will be amazed at how easy it is to use adding decorative journaling to your art journals, scrapbook layouts, cards, envelopes and more.
Today I will share with you how easy it was to use the Journal Buddy to create this fabulous chalkboard for my front porch area.   I found the chalkboard on clearance at a craft and hobby store left over from back to school merchandise. With a little elbow grease I sanded down the school themed edges and now it is perfect for my front porch.
Next I used standard chalk and the Journal Buddy as a guide to draw out my quote.  In the short 15 minute video below.  I will demonstrate just how simple it was to draw my design. In real time it took about an hour.  After Thanksgiving, I can simply erase the chalkboard and draw a design for Christmas.  The flexibility of the Journal Buddy helps when moving around the board, and the ruler is essential in helping to space out your design.  The wave edge is great for creating banners and writing on a curve.  It was so nice having all these guides in one simple tool.
Here is the video.

Here is what my little chalkboard looks like on my porch.
If you would like to purchase a  Journal Buddy email
or send payment of $8.00 + $2.00 Shipping to same email using Paypal. 
Thank you so much....Hope you enjoy! 

 Don't forget to leave a comment below before you leave! 
 If you liked what you saw don't forget to subscribe while you are here too!
to see how my team mates are using the Journal Buddy:
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Monday, February 22, 2016

Shine Your Light - Art Girls Project


Hi everyone It is my day over on Yvonne Blair's blog today, and I'm sharing with you a project that I've created using her fabulous products designed with Impression Obsession and Paplin. 

Sketch Twig
Impression Obsession Stamps

Shine Your Light
Impression Obsession Stamps

For today's project  I am use Yvonne's custom designed 4x8 art journal.
I love that these journals lay completely flat when open, and are made of heavy
weight coated card stock. They really stood up to the wet mediums beautifully.
As you can tell from the photos, my page was not buckled at the end.
And the paper did not pill or rag out.
#YvonneBlairDesigns Journal 4x8
Paplin Art Journal -  $10 and you can
order it directly from Yvonne by emailing her.
Details can be found at the link.
Journal Buddy #YvonneBlairDesigns
I also used Yvonne's Journal Buddy to create landscape and draw the lines for my Light House.
This is a handy little tool that every art journal fan should have in their stash. It retails for
around $8, and can also be purchased directly by emailing Yvonne.

I hope you have time to
and see the blog post, there is a process video!
Shine The Unique Light - Art Journal Page by Tonya A. Gibbs for #IOStamps #YvonneBlairArtGirls #YBArtGirls #ImpressionObsession #PsychomomsScrapbooks #TonyaAGibbs

Thank you for stopping in today.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

YouTube Scrapbook Layout Video Hop


Hi everyone it is YouTube Video Hop Day!   I'm joining up with a few amazing artists over on YouTube to do a fun collaborative hop to help showcase and promote designers on YouTube.  This will hopefully help to introduce you to new channels to explore.  

 Here are the other channels participating in today's hop:

For my project, I decided to showcase a layout using Prima's Almanac collection. I have been hoarding my limited stash of this collection for years now, and it was time to use it up!   Its feminine country theme was perfect for today's layout. 

For me - Memory keeping isn't just about family photos - It is also about remembering those moments that define our days.  Sometimes we take for granted those quick laughs or daily reminders, or simple parts of our daily routines.  My Sister and I share a little daily laugh, and today's layout spot lights that memory.  

Please meet Laughing Lucy, one my Sister's goats. My sister, Kim, owns a small farm where she takes in rescue animals. Some are abused, some the owners have passed on and have no one to care for them, and some were just abandoned. Well Ms. Lucy was one of those rescues. Through months of love she has been one of those animals that our entire family has grown to love.   Kim sends me a daily photo of Ms. Lucy and her sweet smile.  It is my daily reminder to Laugh.  I literally open my phone and belly laugh out loud.     I mean seriously how could you not laugh out loud when you see this sweet face staring at you?

For today's layout, I chose the Almanac paper because it had so many farm type images. I also really loved the feminine soft colors as well.   I imagine the "sounds" of the farm being like an orchestra early in the morning, with the crowing and clucking, so the music paper fit right in - don't you think?

I kept the design simple, but the overall layout looks very detailed due to the paper layers.   

Here is a process video showing you all the details and lots of techniques.


Here is a view of my finished layout:

Thanks for stopping in today, and for hopping along with us.  I hope my post today brought a smile to your face!  Lucy loves it when you LAUGH!  



  • Prima 12x12 Almanac Collection - Wordsmith
  • Prima 12x12 Almanac Collection - Shaffer
  • Prima 12x12 Almanac Collection - Libre
  • Prima 12x12 Almanac Collection - Notary
  • Prima 12x12 Almanac Collection - Edison
  • Prima Capri Merlot Flowers
  • Prima Shabby Chic Treasures Ingvild Bolme Resin Baroque Frame
  • Prima Finnabair - Cling Mounted Stamps - Don't Forget To Fly
  • Prima - Ingvild Bolme - Chalk Fluid Edger - Old Road
  • Prima Stamp Hexagon (no longer available)
  • Prima Printery Chipboard pieces
  • Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher
  • Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tissue Tape - Music Notes
  • Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Loopy Pins
  • Ranger Ink - Archival Ink - Jet Black
  • Ranger Ink - Manila Tag #5
  • Scotch - Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Adhesive
  • Liquitex - Iridescent Bright Gold Acrylic ink
  • FONT - MA SEXY (Laugh Daily)
  • Champaign Grosgrain Ribbon
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Monday, January 18, 2016

Inner Child Canvas - Art Girls Project


Hi everyone, I hope you had a fantastic weekend, today is my first post over on Yvonne's blog. Have you seen Yvonne's new stamp release this CHA2016? I have to tell you her blog is going to be buzzing with tons of inspiration this year.  Her stamps are fantastic and LARGE enough for art journals, but small enough for cards. I just LOVE them! I love that you can order these stamps in one of three mounts - Wood Mounted, Cling Mounted or Plain Rubber. This makes them perfect for your style of stamping! I'm featuring four of Yvonne's new stamps today with Impression Obsession.   I created this canvas using 4 of her stamps from this year's release:

Sketch Daisy

I hope you have a minute to go check it out.  I created this gorgeous canvas. There is also a process video over there for you showing several techniques including how I created a clay embellishment using one of her stamps.

Thanks for stopping in today,


  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Double Scoop Gelatos® - Snow Cone
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Gel Medium
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pens - Dark Sepia #175
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pens - Pink Madder Lake #129
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pens - Chromium Green Opaque #174
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pens - Cold Grey VI #235
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pens - Green Gold #268
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pens - Cobalt Green #268
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pens - Cadmium Yellow #107
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pens - Phthalo Blue #110
  • Model Air Dry Clay Poly Form
  • 7x9 Canvas Board
  • Liquitex - Matte Medium Fluid Medium
  • Liquitex - Iridescent Bright Gold Acrylic Ink
  • Black Cardstock
  • Dusty Attic Circle Mesh Small
  • Lace Doily Flowers Appliques
  • Prima Marketing  -  Soft Gloss Gel
  • Prima Marketing  - Wild Flower Tube Flowers
  • Prima Marketing  -  Texture Paste White Crackle
  • Prima Marketing  -  Glass Glitter - Sterling
  • Prima Marketing  -  Glass Glitter - Velvet
  • Prima Marketing  - Shabby Chick Treasures Resin Baroque Frame
  • Daler Rowney - Magenta Acrylic Paint
  • Versa Ink Pad
  • Ranger Ink - Archival Ink Coffee
  • Ranger Ink - Glossy Accents
  • Ranger Ink - Craft Mat
  • Ranger Ink - Heat Tool
  • Ranger Ink - Scraper
  • Ranger Ink - Wonder Tape
  • Ranger Ink - Fine White Embossing Powder
  • Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Fractured Dolls
  • Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tissue Wrap Melange
  • Tim Holtz - Tonic - Scissors
  • EK Success - Embossing Buddy
  • Sakura Gelly Roll White Gel Pen
  • IndigoBlu - Flitter Box
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang - Starburst Spray - Glory of The Seas Gold
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang - Starburst Spray - Edelweiss Moss Green
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang - Glitz Spritz - Blazing Sun
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang - Limor Webber Designs - Tres Chic - Bonjour Butter
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang - Limor Webber Designs - Industrial Chic - Steampunk Sepia
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang - Limor Webber Designs - Under The Boardwalk - Raspberry Lemonade

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

January Live - Layout Tutorial Recap


Thank you to everyone who came to the live class on Monday night.  I had a lot of problems getting the show to air live on YouTube so we moved over the Ustream. If you guys had trouble finding us, I'm so sorry. I'm just going to keep at it until I figure it out!  Good news! We did get it recorded. 

We kept it light and discussed the CHA releases.  I based this month's class on a sketch challenge by Blue Fern Studios. Details can be found on their blog!

 I used the Love Story Collection and their Doodle Flowers Chipboard Coordinates for my layout.  

Here is the sketch...

Here is what my finished layout looked like: 

I used a photo that I had taken during the Holidays of my Mom & I for the layout. In the class I shared with you how to use the Pentel Fude Brush Pen to draw a trendy title.  Here is the pen that I used.  The ink from this pen takes a LONG time to cure.  Sometimes a day or so depending on the paper.  It is also a bit tricky to use.  If you purchase the pen, don't forget to remove the washer that separates the ink well from the brush tip (or it will never work - ::WINK WINK::) 

Here is a close up of how the title turned out.   


I also shared with you how I created & painted these cute little clay birds.  Aren't they adorable?  They are the perfect embellishment to compliment this paper collection.  So affordable and easy to create.  I love including small clay pieces like this in my embellishment clusters. 

Here is the video of the class. 

Happy New Year everyone. Thank you again to everyone who came  to the show live. 


  • Blue Fern Studios - Love Story - True Harmony 12x12 paper
  • Blue Fern Studios - Love Story - Calling Cards 12x12 paper
  • Blue Fern Studios - Doodle Flowers Chipboard Coordinates
  • Pentel Fude  Brush Pen - Medium Black
  • Stickles (Glass dots) - Peach
  • Martha Stewart - Silicone Mold - Birds & Lady Bugs
  • Polyform - Model Air Air Dry Modeling Clay 
  • Versa Ink
  • American Crafts - Paper Clips - Gold Hearts 
  • Graphic 45 - Staples Collection - Antique Typewriter Wood Stamp Set 
  • Little B - Decorative Paper Tape - Light Grey Diagonal Stripes - 15mm 
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang - Glitz Spritz - Shimmer Mist - 2 Ounce Bottle - Blazing Sun 
  • Faber-Castell - Mix and Match Collection - Gesso 
  • Ranger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black 
  • Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Adornments - Arrows 
  • Ranger Ink - Specialty 1 Embossing Powder - Holographic 
  • Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Flourish 
  • Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Barn Door 
  • Prima - Wildflowers Pillar Pack Collection - Botanical Flower Mix - White 
  • Prima - Trim - Jute - 200 Yards - Wheat 
  • Prima - Vintage Trinkets Collection - Metal Embellishments - Keys 
  • Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Vintage Photo 

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Reminder Live Tutorial Monday Jan 11


Happy New Year!  I hope everyone is settled  into their new routines and ready to get crafting again!  CHA is in full swing, so I hope you will join me live and let's chat about some of our favorites being released while we create a layout using the beautiful Blue Fern Studios Love Story Collection. 

Here are the details:

MONDAY -  JANUARY 11, 2016
8:00 p.m.  est - I will log in 10 mins early to chat!
On YouTube!  

Link to YouTube Channel:

In an effort to bring you a better quality show, I've decided to switch up the time and venue a bit. I will broadcast LIVE from YOUTUBE this year. Also note that the time is a bit earlier, we are starting at 8:00 pm eastern standard time. Here is a link to a handy Time Zone Converter to find the time in your area.

All you have to do is be a subscriber of my YouTube Channel and the LIVE broadcast will show in your Subscription area! It will also show on my Channel Page, and Google Plus will remind you too! Follow me on Facebook and there will be a link there as well! 

WARNING - YOU MAY BEGIN DROOLING - Here is a glimpse at the beautiful Blue Fern Studios Love Story Collection, and the Blue Fern Studios Doodle Flowers Chipboard I will be featuring at the show.

As always I will do my best to record.   Hope to see everyone there.  Oh and don't forget to right down your favs from CHA2016, so we can chat about them!


Please note that I am not affiliated with any of the Brands used in this broadcast. They have not paid me, contracted with me, or compensated me in any way to promote or teach the products that I am demonstrating.

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