Friday, November 30, 2012

3D Bird House Ornament

While pulling out my Christmas decorations this year, I ran across this cute little bird house that I had made using one of Marion Smith's printables.   They were so much fun to make. I think I made dozens the a few years ago. With everyone preparing to decorate for the holidays, I thought it would be fun to share them with you today.  You can download the pattern here...

I printed my pattern onto a transparency then cut it out.  I then embossed it with a  Sizzix folder, and alcohol inked it green to give it a coke bottle effect. I used  crinkled basket paper in kraft to create a nest on the inside.  The roof was made with aluminum foil that was embossed then inked brown with alcohol ink.   I decorated it with some holly and a few Prima Fairy Tale Roses that were died red.  The sign was a small oval balsa wood shape that was stained with walnut ink and I hand wrote Home with a white gel pen.  I added a little mushroom bird that I'd gotten from the floral section, then sprinkled a little snow here and there for a winter look.
This little guy has been living on my tree since 2010. That Christmas my husband and I had bought my daughter a car, and we hid the key in the little house.  Since such a sweet gift was enclosed. I kept this one for myself, and every year we talk about the gift as we drag the ornament out of the box.
I love making these, and I've given some away with gift cards tucked inside. If you are careful how you attach the roof, it can be opened and closed.
I love having hand made ornaments on my tree. If you make these, I would love to see yours on the Artsy Addicts Facebook wall. Please be sure to tag me.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Today the United States celebrates Thanksgiving.  This is a time for us to reflect on the blessings in our lives, and a time for us to give thanks.  I for one am thankful and blessed for so many reasons personal, professional, and in my hobby.  As you move about your day today I hope you stop to think about the little things as well as the big. 
One of my biggest blessings is the friendships I have made in the crafty community. I have been a follower of Marion since before Brooke was born. I had the chance to take one of her classes a few years ago, and since then our relationship has blossomed. It is awesome to now call a mentor friend.  I recently had the opportunity to meet with Marion and her family at the Arsty Escape. I wanted to create a layout of the two of us together. 
A few days ago Marion announced her latest printable the Grand Mini Album collection. I fell in love the second it was downloaded.  The patterns are in rich turquoises, teals, tans, yellows, greens and blacks with chevrons, news ads, damasks, and her signature distressed vintage style. 
I couldn't wait to make something with it.  This layout uses 2 sheets of the patterned paper, the note cards, and an envelope.  I used my punches, dies, and Spellbinders to give the individual pages interesting edges.  In the background I distressed the card stock and added some paint to match the colors in the mini. Then drew a grid on the paper leaving some of the grid unfinished for interest.  The scraps were punched with label punches and butterflies.  I collaged the pieces and made this 12x12 layout from mostly 5x7 designs.  To draw you eye to the center. I cut the Chevron strips and made the flags/arrows pointing to the photo.  The photo was an Instagram photo that I cropped to look like an old Polaroid.  I then painted some Prima Pillar White flowers to match the flowers in Marion's designs. 
I love the look of this layout, it was so fun playing with these patterns. I'm in the process of making a mini album now, that I can't wait to share with you. 

I hope you guys have a fantastic day with family today, and take sometime for yourself.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs
Marion Smith Designs: Grand Mini Album Printable
Prima: Flowers, and Leaves, Distress Tool, and Song Bird Ticket stamp, Romance Novel Washi Tape
Hampton Arts: Remember This Background stamp 
Spellbinders: Large Square Nestabilities, Grand Nestabilities Labels 4 Die
Sizzix: Tim Holtz dies: Butterflies, On the Edge File Tabs,  Type Set Alpha die.
EK Success: Label Punch, corner rounder
We Are Memory Keepers: Curly Bracket Tab punch
Golden Gesso
Liquitex Gold Ink
Martha Stewart Paint: Pool, Butterfly Punch
Ranger/Tim Holtz: Archival Ink Sepia, Distress Ink Gathered Twigs, Tiny Attacher, Tissue Tape - Definitions

Monday, November 19, 2012

"A Perfect Day" Layout with Romance Novel Papers

I couldn't wait to play with Marion Smith's new Romance Novel paper line collection from Prima, which is to die beautiful!!! Love the title of this layout "A Perfect Day" cause that is actually what kind of day it was for these girls, best friends enjoying their last day together before they all set out to explore the world. My daughter far right is attending college in NH about three hours away, which we are driving to pick her up in the morning for Thanksgiving break. Paige in the middle is at college in Vermont she is dearly missed by her family and us, and then far left is Mikaela who is in Costa Rica for college that girl loves to travel the world. We miss them all so much!
The Romance Novel paper line is so perfect for my girls they all love pinks, splash of black and bling for everything. Marion's line is every women's hearts desire to dream, explore and embrace the inner girl with such beauty in expressing your passion of life.

And who doesn't love Prima flowers and bling!!!
Marion's eye for details in the little things are perfect for tucking in little notes with journal spots, pockets just like this pocket that I glued the flap down and cut open the top to slide in a little note tag. (great for hiding little private message that you don't want everyone to read as they gaze upon the layout).
We would love to see your creations, post them to the Artsy Addicts Face book page.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, hugs Peggy Lee

(I am thankful, that I can create with Marion's designs and thankful to be apart of this amazing team.)
 Thank you  for all you do-Marion, Garett, Tonya and Angie!

Swirlydoos kit-showcasing Prima Romance Novel

Friday, November 16, 2012

Artsy Escape Recap!

Last weekend, I had a blast hanging with Marion and her family at the Artsy Escape.  I got to meet lots of new friends, and  it was awesome putting a face with an online names.  We shared lots of laughs, and learned many new techniques.

Marion had a photobooth set up and we had so much fun making funny faces.

I printed all my pictures from the event in little Instagram frames within Photoshop at 3x3 and they fit nicely in one of the books that I made at the retreat.   Instagram is such a fun way to capture a trip, and the smaller format gives you a way to incorporate lots of photos at one time.

Here is a video of the projects that I made

Thanks for stopping in today,
I hope you have a great weekend.
Tonya Gibbs

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Nov. Bap Challenge Layout

I'm having a lot of fun following along with the Prima BAP challenges.  I was too busy in October to participate, so I decided to tackle this one early on.

I created this layout using the Prima Tea Thyme -  Linsey paper. 

Layers and Layers of Prima goodness are all over the layout.  I started by cutting a whole in the center of the paper, rolling it back then placing one of the journaling frames on top of the rolled paper.  I backed the hole with a piece of scrap Almanac paper.  I cut a strip of hexagons from a My Favorite Things Hexagon die and used it as a stencil for the the gesso.  This helped to tone down the busy pattern of the paper. I then cut more the hexagons from the richer brown Marcella paper in the same collection.   The Prima journal cards helped to call attention to the small photo and draw your eye back to the center of the layout.


For more information on the Prima BAP contest, please visit their blog.    Here is a picture of the sketch created by Steph Devlin.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs
  • Prima:   Tea Thyme Paper:  Linsey, Challis and Marcella,  Journal Cards 2
  • Prima:  Almanac Paper: Composition and Libre
  • Prima Distress Tool
  • Prima: Soubrette A white flowers
  • Prima: Valentine Vine White
  • Prima: Cotton Tape
  • Prima: La Coeur Resin Frame
  • Prima: Tea Thyme Trinkets
  • Prima: Nature's Garden Wooden Ticket
  • My Favorite Things Stamps:  Hexagon Die
  • Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mist: Honey Dew Mist
  • White Gesso
  • Cherry Lynn Designs: Doily Die Cut Sophia's Heart

Friday, November 2, 2012

Trick or Treat - Halloween 2012

Mr. Cooper, my 5 year old Nephew, decided this year he wanted to be the "Dark Knight" for Halloween. I asked him why, and he said "Because he is cooler than Spiderman".  I believe he was Spiderman last year (lol).  I love to ask all the little ones year after year, why they have decided on their costumes. It is a fun way to add journaling to your layouts, and makes for interesting topics as they get older.
This year, I used Marion's digi downloads from the Something Wicked Halloween Mini Album to create my 12x12 layout.  By layering the smaller designs and fussy cutting out the iconic elements, I was able to make the layout interesting and fun.
I dropped some Tattered Angels - Clam Bake - Glimmer Mist on the background cardstock,  then blew on the droplets, to create a splattered effect.

I have shared many times, that I love incorporating older products. Sometimes you need to give them a fresh look to match newer lines or themes.  The chipboard letters that spell out Treat were PINK - yes - PINK, and I painted them with Orange Extreme Glitter Paint from Plaid. It took several coats to hide the pink - but it was well worth it.  I used the heat tool to bubbled up the paint, so that it would look grungy.   The buttons were a set of old buttons from 2002 Daisy Dee (who is no longer in business) - it is nice to have them completely used and out of my stash.  From the scrap pile, I used some scrap canvas that I had painted orange for a Prima BAP layout, to create the tab.   Since I didn't have enough letters to spell out Trick or, I just hand wrote them on the canvas.  The 2012 is a piece of Mylar confetti that I got for Brittany's Graduation party.  I love to collect these, they make great date references on your projects.
The real treat here - is the joy I get seeing the kids excited.  I love when they ring my door bell, I act scared, and they just giggle. 
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs
  • Black cardstock

  • Marion Smith Designs Digi Downloads - Something Wicked Halloween Mini Album.
  • Plaid - Extreme Glitter Paint Orange
  • Tattered Angels - Clam Bake Glimmer Mist
  • My Favorite Things Stamps - Curly Bracket Tab Die
  • Daisy Dee - Buttons
  • Devine Twine - Orange Bankers Twine
  • EK Success Pumpkin dimensional, Washi Tape - Polk-A-Dot  
  • Ranger, Black Soot Distress Ink
  • Prima - Distress Tool
  • 2012 - Confetti
  • Chipboard Letters
  • Stamping Up - Mini Label Punch
  • Canvas

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