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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Favorite In The History of Ever for Yvonne Blair Designs

History of Ever Layout by Tonya A. Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

Hi everyone, today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite summer memories. We took a trip to Europe, and part of that trip was a week in the wonderful city of Paris.  Today I wanted to share a quick layout using one of my favorite photos and a special memory from the trip. 

Side note:  Unfortunately, I do not have a process video for this layout.  I started one, but I had a power outage half way through the process, and my computer did not save the video clips.

Yvonne's stamps go perfectly with your layouts as well as mixed media and card designs. Today, I chose her History of Ever Stamp with Impression Obsession for my layout.

History of Forever - C17191

For my paper collection, I grabbed the Posh 12x12 Collection Pack from Simple Stories from  I love buying collection packs or kits because they have everything I need in one convenient package.  Most Local Scrapbook Stores (LSS) will be happy to put similar packages together for you, or already carry similar products or monthly kit clubs.

While visiting Europe this summer, my Husband and I took quite a few cheesy photos in front of some really beautiful places.  I checked off LOTS of bucket list items, and those photos need to be documented. I took along a traveling Midori with me so it may contain a lot of those photos.  But some of my favs will definitely land on layouts. 

To accent this photo I used Yvonne's Stamp on one of the note labels in the paper collection.  Most of the paper has gold foiling, and I used the foiling sheets to accent my photos. I decided to heat emboss The History of Ever Sentiment with Gold Foil

History of Ever Layout by Tonya A. Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

This is a photo we took in front of the Eiffel Tower. It is significant because we could see the tower from our flat.  Every night at 10pm we watched the tower sparkle and glitter.  My husband made sure we went out of our way to be in front of the tower each night to watch the show.  He loved it so much! Our last night in Paris, we grabbed a bottle of wine and watched the show on the lawn behind the tower. I loved watching him express so much joy!

 He really is my favorite of all time in the history of ever!

I wanted the glitter of the tower to be symbolic on my layout!
So this is how I was able to duplicate the look.

History of Ever Layout by Tonya A. Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

  1. I made this stencil YEARS ago from a cut file on my Cricut with a transparency to create the Eiffel Tower stencil.  I'm sure by now you can find similar stencils or create your own using a cut file from the Silhouette,  Cricut or other die cutting system.  
  2. I used Wendy Vecchi's Embossing Paste in Metallic Gold and spread a thin layer through the stenciled area.
  3. While it was still wet, I sprinkled German Glass Glitter in Sterling Silver from Prima on top of the tower. Only sprinkle a few pieces of glitter, I didn't want it to be too bulky. I want the tower to twinkle not look like a glittering tower.
  4. Then I slightly tapped the glitter into the wet paste. 
  5. When this is dry, (about 20 minutes do not use a heat gun - it will cause the embossing paste to shrink )  I tapped off the excess glitter and replaced it into the jar.
Here is the complete layout.

History of Ever Layout by Tonya A. Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

I didn't want anything to take away from the photo, journaling, and the tower. So I kept the layout very clean.  The Posh paper collection went perfectly with my photo.  I did add a little bit of gold embossing powder to the center of the flowers to spruce them up a bit.  Beyond that everything else is very simple.   When I finished this layout I remembered how much I loved doing layouts.  Thank you for hanging out with me today.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Neon Graffiti - One HOT MESS Layout


Confessions -  this layout was created about a few years ago. The blog post has been sitting dormant, and I almost didn't share it with you.  But today I was updating my blog and stumbled across the draft and decided why not? I'm sure everyone has days like this!  So here it goes for better or worse...

Hi everyone, today I have a layout that I want to share with you using the Neon Graffiti Line by Lindy's stamp Gang and Limor Webber Designs.  The colors are so rich and vibrant, and REALLY make a statement!  They are flat, meaning no shimmer!
Unfortunately, there is no video showing how I achieved the look of this layout. When I set out to create it, I was not in a super stellar frame of mind. My thoughts were cluttered. I was feeling overwhelmed. The post man had just delivered these products, and I really wasn't sure how they were going to react with different surfaces. My goals were not originally a layout but to find out how the mediums reacted on different surfaces.

I sat down and started to play without thinking about an end project. The process was really about clearing my mind and clearing my desk.  Spritzing the colors on dark paper, white book text, and metal. 

I have sat on this project for a few months now, and never really intended to share it with the world.  But today I realized that I can't be the only person who goes through this feeling of constant chaos.  Today's layout demonstrates that through the chaos in my brain art does emerge.  When you read some of the passages around the page it becomes apparent that I am truly blessed. I brainstormed lots of the craziness around the page graffiti style with a white gel pen. 

I never loved this project because I detest the color HOT PINK!  Those who know me, know how I feel!  It has it's place in the color spectrum, but man these colors are bright and sassy, and I guess that is why I avoided showing the layout to you, because MAN is this one hot pink mess! But when I stepped back, and thought about the layout as a whole, I think I love that it is a mess. Because that is truly how I felt the day that I created the page. My brain was cluttered with these crazy thoughts, and they needed to escape! 

Fall is crazy here.  I'm a mother, I work full time, I volunteer for a youth football program, and I'm a local sports photographer, on top of all that madness, I decided to return to school. WHAT WAS I THINKING?  As you guys have probably noticed, this time of year, my artsy projects become sparse.  I'm still creating, but WHEN I retreat to my crafty space, it is for refuge not for work. Admit it, we have all been there!   So I didn't want to create a video, or hassle with step by steps. I just wanted to PURGE my inner thoughts, and spend some time creative playing.

I almost didn't share this layout with the world. But I wanted to remind you guys that it is ok, to create layouts like this that document your inner thoughts.  Not only do they help you process how you feel at the moment, but 10, 20 years or a lifetime from now, they help to document you the person!  

This particular day I had a photo of myself on my desk, the quality of the photo wasn't great, but neither was my frame of mind.  And all these pieces and parts inside my one hit wonder box, helped this mess come to life!  Sometimes life isn't perfect, it is a MESS.  It is ok to document that mess!
Thanks for helping me process, and vent from time to time! Thanks for being patient followers when I neglect this part of my world!  Thanks for understanding that sometimes you have to get out of your room, and go make some memories so that you can come back you have the energy to be creative!

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Americana Mixed Media Tag for Yvonne Blair Designs


Hi everyone, I hope your summer is off to a great start!  We are getting ready to celebrate our Independence Day here in the United States, and Yvonne has created some extra special stamps for this summer's release perfect for your patriotic themed projects.  Here are a few I plan to feature in today's post:

I created a mixed media tag for today's project to use these awesome stamps.  I love this Americana theme and wanted to experiment with some grunge techniques that I thought might work well on a larger canvas.   Sure enough they turned out great, and I can't wait to apply them to a larger surface! 

I used my 3x5 GelliArts® plate to create the background of the tag. Then used a Ranger Ink, Archival Black ink pad and The Grunge Numbers, and Military Alphabet stamp to add some character to the background.  The negative spaces left from the mono-printing seemed bright from the manila tag, so I used a Tea Dye Distress ink pad from Tim Holtz, and Ranger to distress the acrylic ink and add an aged look to the surface.  To finish off the edges, I darkened them with the black Archival ink.  Now it was time to make my embellishments.

I used a  Large Sizzix Star Die to cut out starts from Shrink Plastic Film, and punched a hole with my the large side of my Crop-A-Dile to make my stars into charms later.  I stamped The Pledge stamp with Archival Ink onto the plastic.  When you heat the shrink plastic with a heat gun it makes the cutest embellishments.   After the plastic cooled, I painted the backs with white acrylic paint so the words would pop against my dark background of my tag.   Two of my stars were threaded through the twine at the top of the tag, and the third is glued to the tag.  To make them appear to float, I added a glob of hot glue to the tag, allowing it to slightly cool, then gently tapped the star on one side of the glue so that the star is only adhered at an angle.

Next, I stamped my sentiment onto vellum, and embossed it with thick white embossing powder.  To create a vintage look, I ripped the edges and distressed the back of the vellum with the same Tea Dye ink. I used the Military Alphabet stamp on the red clothes pin so that it wasn't so "clean", then finished off the tag with some random embellishments from the bucket on my desk. 

Here is a quick video showing my process

Here is the finished tag!
Americana Mixed Media tag by Tonya A. Gibbs for

This was a quick little project that would make a great home d├ęcor project if you chose to repeat this process on a canvas instead of a tag.  It would also make a great design for a patriotic themed party invitation, or masculine themed military card!
Thanks for hanging out with me today!  I hope you have had a great time. If you have these stamps and decide to follow along, share with us how you are using them in social media with the #YBArtFun
*GelliArts® is a registered trademark of the GelliArts® Corporation all rights are reserved.
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Grace In Her Heart Layout

Grace In Her Heart Layout By Tonya Gibbs

Hi everyone,  with Mother's Day right around the corner, I thought I would do a layout this week paying respect to this lovely woman who recently went on to be the Lord!  She is my husband's Grandmother, and I have had the pleasure of loving her for over thirty years!
I picked one of the sentiments from Yvonne's  Everyday Quotes 1 sets "She has fire in her soul and grace in her heart" to Title this layout, as it is the perfect way to describe Grandma May.  She spent everyday of her life motivating those around her, but the words on her tongue were always singing the praises of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 The sentiment was added with gold embossing powder so that it shines bright on the layout. The gold also works nicely with the foiling accents in the ephemera from the paper collection.

Grace In Her Heart Layout By Tonya Gibbs

I wanted my layout to remain simple. So I chose a dot embossed white texture paper from Bazzill for the background. Then I lightly spritzed it with  Lindy's Stamp Gang, Edelweiss Moss Green.  This is a nice green with gold shimmer.   It gives a bokken effect around my garden cluster.
Granny loved her flower gardens, and she was laid to rest on Earth Day this year. I wanted lots of flowers to frame her photograph. 

Grace In Her Heart Layout By Tonya Gibbs

I used papers and ephemera from American Crafts. The ephemera is Jen Hadfield,  Home Made, and the papers are Dear Lizzy's Saturday collections Central Park and Skyline.   

Here is a quick video sharing how I created the layout.

When we lose someone we love, it can be difficult.  But I am always thankful that I have photos to reflect back on those happy memories that we have shared with them in the past.  Thank you all for sharing this moment with me today.  I encourage you to hug someone special, and snap a photo of them. Then pull out a paper collection, and create a layout.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Four Cards One Stamp Set - For Yvonne Blair Designs


Watercolor Card Tutorial by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair Designs

Hi everyone happy Spring!  I hope my friends in the North are ready to thaw out and start thinking of  warmer days.  Today I want to share with you another idea for busting up that scrap pile, and creating a few wonderful cards in the process. 
I stumbled upon this wonderful watercolor artist on YouTube Jay Lee and followed a beginner tutorial for creating tulips.  Here is the tutorial.   
Reaching into my scrap bin, I pulled out a few scraps of watercolor paper that are left over when I trim down my large pad to create card panels.  These smaller pieces are great to practice techniques such as brush strokes. I followed Jay Lee's tutorial and created some of my own tulips.  I have to admit that mine are not as wonderful as Jay Lee's, but I will keep practicing. The practice panels that I decided to keep, I wanted to create cards to showcase them.

Watercolor Card Tutorial by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair Designs

I used the Card Sentiment stamp set by Yvonne Blair and Impression Obsession. As always I have linked it to the IO store, but check with your local retailers first.

After these beauties had a chance to dry, I reached into my stash and found an old paper collection from Webster's Pages.  This was a set of 6x6 papers from 2004 called Perfect Motifs.  I recommend going through your own collection of papers and finding something similar. I chose a floral pattern,  and coordinating solid that matched one of the colors in my flowers.  Then paired it with a soft blue cardstock that has been in my stash for a long time.

Since each floral pattern has a different look, switching up the sentiment and patterned papers helps make the cards look unique while maintaining consistency as a group. 

Watercolor Card Tutorial by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair Designs

To keep the card making part simple and fast, I chose one card layout for all my cards. I wanted my cards to stay somewhat simple and flat so that they could easily be mailed.  I spent all that time watercoloring so my flowers needed to be the main focus of the card. 

Here is a process video of me walking you through the process of me painting the panels and making one of the cards.

These would make a great gift set, or awesome cards for the spring.  You could also substitute out the sentiment for a Mother's Day sentiment if you would like to get a jump start on Mother's Day. 

Thanks for hanging out with me today, I hope I have inspired you to pull out your watercolors and practice a few brush strokes.  Jay Lee has inspired me, and I encourage you to check out this awesome channel for great watercolor tutorials. Then burn through a stash of scrapbook paper, and make a few cards to share with your friends and family.  Share what you make with me in social me using the #YBArtGirlFun so that we can see what you have made.
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

My Forever Always - Layout

Seriously, this man has been my "Forever Always" since the day I put my eyes on him in 1985.  He walked into my computer class in high school, and this shy sophomore was instantly swept away by this obnoxious fast talking senior.  Five years later, we were married and three years later we had our first child.  Here we are, after thirty years, still so much in love, and I can not imagine my life without him. He is literally my world!  OK enough mushy stuff. 
Well, this was the first year that we actually went out for New Year's Eve in decades!  Bonus was this was also the year that I fit into a SIZE 12!  YEP - confession last year I was in a size 18 so I wanted to step out on the town in my high heels looking HOT!  Irony - we were all caught up in the moment, NO ONE EVER SNAPPED A SHOT of my outfit except the one above. LOL, sometimes we just have to go with what we have, right! It is ok, I have the moment in my head, and at least I have a photo of that smile on my face!
For my layout today - I chose to use these awesome stamps from Yvonne Blair and Impression Obsession.  As Always, check with your local retailers first, but I've linked them up on the IO Stamps site for your convenience.

I dug into my hoard vault and pulled out Teresa Collins' Tinsel & Co. Collection Stars Paper for my Layout base.  I used the Chipboard stars, and the stars from the Ephemera pack as well.  Then I used some of her boarder strips from the Memorabilia line since they were glittery. I encourage you to go into your hoard vault, and see if you have products that you have been storing up that could be used for some of your layout designs. We did after all purchase them for a reason, right!  The best way to hoard them is to use them for a project for ourselves.

When printing my photo, I left a bit of a border so I could cut it Polaroid style.  In the video below,  I will share with you how I stamped Yvonne's image onto washi  tape.  Allowed it to dry, then placed it directly onto my photo.  I love how clean this looks on my photo.   I will be using this technique again.   You do need to be careful when stamping since the washi has a slick surface and the stamp will slide if you press too hard.  Also, be sure to use a permanent ink like staz-on or archival by Ranger.

In the photo above, you can see how the French Script stamp was used to lightly add texture around the layout on the ephemera pieces and velum edges.  You can click the photo to enlarge them and see greater detail.  I also scattered a few rub-ons from the Tim Holtz botanical collection to add more visual interest to the vellum and create the illusion of printed paper. 

I started to use paint to create the gold effect, but I'm so glad I reached for the recycled gold tissue paper instead.  It was left over from packaging that I had received at Christmas, and I love how delicate it looks peek-a-booing out from around my vellum layers.  I'm glad I saved it.  Also, I love that the French Script stamp added life to the flat ephemera stars.  A little bit of platinum Stickles also gave a little life to those chipboard pieces, and a sprinkle of confetti stars add sparkle, as well, to this flat layout.  To finish it off, a few splatters of Heidi Swapp's Gold Color Shine was just what this layout needed to call it finished.

Here is a video showing my process

I wrote my journaling on the tag that is tucked into the left hand side and slipped it behind the photo.  It talks about our evening.  There was no need for it to be visible.  The title was one that I had hand drawn in a previous video, and was in my bucket of one hit wonders.  It seemed to fit my theme so I added it over the border flags.  I drew it with a brush pen.  The ink was not permanent so I didn't add splatters of gold to it. Here is a view of the finished layout.

This layout reminds me so much of the glitzy downtown streets of West Palm Beach where we spent New Year's Eve.  I had such a great time that night and it was fun to create this layout.  I guess I was holding on to this paper for just the perfect time, and I'm glad I finally found used it.  I love the richness that the monochromatic color pallet adds to this layout.  If you are hoarding a paper collection,  I encourage you to use my layout as inspiration to create something this week!  
Thanks for hanging out with me today.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Blessings Journal for Yvonne Blair Designs

Blessing Journal Designed by Tonya A. Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

Hello mixed media crafty peeps how are you today?  With all the uncertainty in the world today, I decided to create a Blessings journal to help me focus on all the wonderful things that happen in my daily life.  It helps to center me, and serves as a daily reminder that God is in control of all things! 

Let me walk you through my process for creating this journal using these awesome stamps from Yvonne and Impression Obsessions!   As always I've linked them up to the Impression Obsessions' online store, but shop your local retailers if you have one!

Inspiring this entire project was Yvonne's stamp! Thank You God.  Have you ever been doing something in your life and just knew God had his hand in that moment in your life?   When I saw this stamp I knew I wanted to create this journal. 

I have a few of these dollar bin journals laying around my craft room that I keep on hand for note taking and decided to use these for my base.  They come in handy for these types of projects and are very inexpensive. NOTE: I usually pick them up at the end of the season when they clearance them out since I generally alter the covers anyway!   

Blessing Journal Designed by Tonya A. Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

To give the outside of my journal a nice rich color and feel, I used created a mono-print to create the background image, on a piece of bleached muslin fabric, once everything was dry I did some sewing on around the edge of journal. This keeps everything in place over time, but it also adds texture. Dropping gold Liquitex Acrylic Ink, and spraying the entire journal with Heidi Swapp's Gold Color Shine adds a richness to the final journal.  I encourage you to pull out your stamps, stencils, inks, and paints and enjoy a little creative play. This was so much! 

Blessing Journal Designed by Tonya A. Gibbs for Yvonne Blair

This next step you can do after the book is filled with memories or before, or before.  I love how it inspires me!  I went into my little bucket of left overs and created a beautiful cluster.  Sprinkled a little seed beads and sequins to add sparkle, and topped my sentiment with a prima clay cherub piece.  Isn't this just a beautiful book. It would make a great Secret Sister gift or Prayer Partner book.  You could also switch out the sentiment and use the book for a number of other occasions as well.

Blessing Journal Designed by Tonya A. Gibbs for Yvonne Blair
Thanks for stopping in and hanging out with me today!  I hope I have inspired you to a create a Blessings Journal to remind yourself of the tiny little miracles that happen in your own daily life. 
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Love Like Crazy Cards


Hi crafty friends, I hope you have lots of inspiring ideas after the sneak peeks from Creativation 2017. I know my head is SPINNING AROUND!   Yvonne has released some fancy new word stamps along with a few cute little sketch stamps. Here are a few of my favorites from this release I picked to feature in today's post. I have linked them up for you to purchase from  Impression Obsessions Website,  but I also encourage you to support your local retailers if they carry Yvonne's stamps.

It is sometimes difficult to create masculine cards.  With Valentine's Day around the corner, I thought I would use these stamps to create a few cards that could be used for multiple purposes. Either simple "I love you cards", "Happy Birthday", "Thinking of  You" or you could even add "Happy Father's Day" to the inside of these cards to use all year long. The concept for both cards are the same; however, one card is flat for mailing, and the other is dimensional in case you are sharing face to face. 

 This is the flat design:

Both cards are top folding A2 sized cards.  The background cardstock is measured at:
4.25 in. wide  x  11 in. long (scored at 5.5 in.) 

Then I used a pieces of Canson 140lb white  watercolor paper as my base (Smooth side)
cut to 3.75 in. x 5 in.  (this leaves a 1/4 inch border)
Using watercolor paper insures that it will hold up
to the wet mediums and won't buckle or peel.

For my background I used:
Prima's Finnebar White Crackle Texture Paste
with a Tim Holtz Burlap stencil
allow this to dry

To apply color to my background I used
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Stains:
Tibetan Poppy Teal
Edelweiss Moss Green
Rudolph's Nose Red

This is the dimensional card:

Here is a quick video showing the process of how these cards came together:

I love the dragonflies, and now I have lots more to use in different posts, and other mixed media projects.  It is hard to see in the photos, but they are super shiny. While they are primarily the same cards, they do have distinctly different looks.  

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as my fellow Art Girls share more from the Winter 2017 Collection.  You are going to want them all!  Thanks for hanging out with me today.
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