Monday, October 28, 2013

"RIP" Tombstone Treat Holder

Happy Halloween Everyone!
Peggy Lee here sharing a quick and fun treat holder with you today...
"RIP" Tombstone Treat Holder
I used my Cricut to cut out coffin, rip tombstone head
skull, match box holder, spider webs....
cut the pieces out of the Nirvana papers...embellished 
with Petaloo beautiful flowers..
trims and gems.
and every little trick and treat holder
needs splatters of glimmer!!!
Ranger's Perfect Pearl Mist in Heirloom Gold.
side view 
(this was a hard piece to photo)

everyone has crape paper on hand
just cut a 8" piece fold and gather....
Crape paper to me is Holiday must have!!
in this photo is my complete set
Trick or Treat Candy Holders
for Halloween
You can see more about the "french fry treat boxes" over on the 

Have a safe and happy Halloween!
Peggy Lee

Cricut-cut outs
Petaloo-flowers in Textured Elements and
Ranger-Perfect Pearl Mists in Heirloom Gold
and Distress ink in Black Soot
Crape Paper

Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween Treat Bags by Tonya Gibbs

Halloween will be here in just a few days.  I know a lot of people love to make "special" treats for some of their friends and loved ones.

Today I wanted to share with you a little treat bag I created using the scraps from my last Ustream class.    Almost everything used to make the bag and the decorations were from the scrap pile! I chose the papers from Marion Smith Designs Nirvana  "Up and Away" paper.

The bag was cut from the Tim Holtz "In the Bag" Die.  Then I used a spellbinders square die to cut a window from one of the panels.   By using scraps each bag will be unique.  Here is a process video on how I made them.

Thanks for stopping in today, and happy haunting!
Tonya A. Gibbs

Monday, October 21, 2013

Boo Pumpkin Sign

Happy Monday morning to everyone, it's a cool brisk morning we are waiting for snow to show up any with that said I wanted to create a little boo pumpkin sign for Halloween! Which it usually snows on Halloween night and the kids are adorable walking in a snow flurries!!!
Boo Pumpkin Sign
I grabbed a drink coaster and covered it with pattern paper pack I picked up a few weeks ago.
By Crate Paper 6x6 in pad DIY Shop
I so loved it for the wood grain paper that was in the pad.
I went through the pad picking out papers for the pumpkin that I cut out on my Cricut.
Then cut one of the pumpkins in quarters to create a two tone pattern paper.
Inked the edges in Distressed ink-walnut ink.
Popped them up from bottom layer to give depth.
Created some rolled paper roses out of the papers...and leaves..
Cut out tiny little banners out and used Prima alphabet Romance Novel line.
Splattered the whole sign with Perfect Pearls Mists in Heirloom Gold.
Added some touches of CTMH Glitter Gel in Bronze
added some twine...done...adorable!
Thanks for stopping by today,
Peggy Lee

Crate Paper 6x6 paper pad
Prima-Romance Novel Alphabet letters
Ranger-Distress ink in walnut ink, Perfect Pearls Mist in Heirloom Gold
CTMH-glitter gel in bronze
3-n-1 glue from Beacon

Friday, October 18, 2013

Two Cards - Same Design by Tonya Gibbs

I've shared many times that I love to make cards from my scraps.  To make this process move quicker, I find it best to design the first card so that it is easily duplicated.  As you work through your scraps, you will find the cards take on a unique look by using different patterns, and sentiments. Many times I wait until I need the card to add the sentiment.

These two cards are great examples.  The hard part was coming up with the design, after that the workflow becomes easier.



I've prepared video for making the second card.

I hope I have inspired you to use up those scraps.  As I stated in the video, I find it helpful to use them immediately.  You can never have too many cards laying around.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya A. Gibbs

Friday, October 11, 2013

Football Layout by Tonya Gibbs

From the first of August until sometime mid December my feet are planted in the grass of one football field after antoher 3 - 4 times a week.  I walk the field taking photos of children between the ages of 6 - 18, and I LOVE IT! This year my Nephew, Cooper, played his first down of tackle football the age of six, and you bet, Aunt Tonya was right there walking the field. 

Photos of my Nephew, Cooper, during his first football game.  Photos by Tonya A. Gibbs.

Today,  I want to give you five prompts for creating a layout. Hopefully these prompts will give you a place to start next time Mojo goes on vacation.  For today's layout, I'm going to use the photos from the above mentioned photo shoot.

Prompt 1 - Select papers that do not fit the theme or color pallet of your photos. 

My photos are clearly football themed, and predominately red, white, and blue. Themed papers are obvious selections, and I'm looking for unexpected. I don't need a football sticker to know this is a football layout. Also, if I chose the colors in the photo then my photos would compete with my background. Since I want the photos to pop, I've selected a neutral color palett of black, taupe, and gold. These colors are neutral which means they go with ANYTHING ANYWHERE!

Teresa Collins Memorabilia Line released summer 2013

Teresa Collins' Memorabilia line was perfect. The colors are neutral and the theme is centered around a family story, rather than a specific event.  The black chalkboard papers give great contrast against my bright sunny day photos.  If your photos are dark - you may want to consider lighter colors for your background.

Prompt 2  - Place Embellishment clusters directly on your photos. 


This technique will help to anchor the photo to the page, and also give it depth and interest.   This is  a great technique for photos that have a lot of negative space or distracting elements in the background.  

Prompt 3 -  Layer Sequins 

Sequins have become a super trendy embellishment.  I'm noticing that some are metallic and some are flat, they come in different shapes, sizes, and colors.  The sequins in this collection are rather large, and I simply added a wood veneer star from Studio Calico to the centers. Love how these made a cute embellishment, without taking away from my photos.
Technique Tip: Hot glue will melt most sequins.  This is how I placed mine...I placed the glue on the layout in a dot formation. Let it cool for a second until it is more than 50% solid, then add gently place the sequin ontop of the glue without pressing it too hard.  This makes the hot glue more like a pop dot and elevates the sequin off the page. 
Prompt 4 - Use Clear Glitter Nail Polish 

My wood veneers needed a little pop, but I wanted them to stay neutral.  So I reached for clear  gold glitter nail polish and painted them.  When selecting my nail polish - I go for the cheapest with the chunky glitter pieces.  This will give you a nice bokeh look when applied.  You may need several coats to achieve the look you're after, but I love the effect! 

Prompt 5 - Use Ribbon in an unusual way

The ribbon on my page is the only thing that has color found in the photos.  I did this so that your eye finds a base, or weight to the bottom of the photos.  I love how it is just waving across the layout.  You expect to see ribbon as banners, or tied neatly across an element, but squishing it up gives it a fresh look and provides movement and depth. 

and ...drum roll please ...  this brings me to my completed layout.

Masculine Sports layout by Tonya A. Gibbs using Teresa Collins Memorabilia line.  #12x12 #Scrapbooking #TonyaGibbs #Psychomoms #Layout

I know masculine layouts can be challenging.  So, I hope you have been inspired next time Mojo goes away on vacation. 

Thanks for stopping in today,

Tonya A. Gibbs

Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - 6x6 Paper Pad
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - 12x12 Double Sided Paper - Chalkboard
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - 12x12 Die Cut Paper
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - 12x12 Cardstock Stickers
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - Border Strips with Glitter Accents
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - Chipboard Buttons
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - Decorative Brads
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - Envelopes
Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - Sequins
Studio Calico - Classic Calico Vol. 2 - Wood Veneer Shapes - Tiny Stars
Studio Calico - Yearbook Collection - Wood Veneer Pieces - Speech Bubbles

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Christmas Box

Good morning everyone it's Peggy Lee here to share with you a little Christmas Box that I altered a bit ago. I found this cute little wooden box at a thrift store for only pennies.
I knew I wanted to alter it as a little gift giving box for the holidays.
This would be such adorable gift box filled with pretty little ear rings, necklace or even chocolates.
Wooden box
I sanded down the wooden box and covered it with gesso.
Painted the edges with Silks Acrylic Glaze in Emperor's Gold.
Paper I used was KaiserCraft Turtle Dove.
Using a Prima mask (damask) design and stucco/gesso mixture
laid it down over the whole box.
I have boxes of those glittered snowflakes that you can get at
your local Walmart Store/Dollar Stores.
Stacked up to create a tree...
glitter snowflake-button-glitter snowflake
repeat until desired height.
Decorate as desired...I used this angel chipboard piece
from the KaiserCraft Turtle Dove Collection.
Added some Melissa Frances shabby chic frames,
cheese clothe,
string of pearls,
and my favorite little touches of
vintage mother of pearl buttons.
Decorate the inside as well and pretty place
to hold a little gift to share.

Thanks for stopping by today,
Peggy Lee

wooden box
KaiserCraft papers and chipboard pieces
Melissa Frances frames
Prima damask mask
Silks Glaze in Emperor's Gold
cheese clothe
string of pearls
vintage mother of pearl buttons
glitter snowflakes

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Featured Artist - Char Gibson

Hi Artsy Addicts Bloggers!

My name is Char (Charlene) Gibson. What an honor it is to be asked to be a featured artist here! So let me tell you a bit about myself. I married my soul mate about 7 years ago. I have a daughter, a
step son and a grand daughter. To round out our family we also have a doggie and a couple of kitties. I have been crafty most of my life, which I think I inherited from my Grandmother. She taught
me how to sew and crochet when I was just a young girl. My mother is a painter. She works with oils, acrylic and water colors and my sister is a flamingo costume designer and seamstress. So
crafting is really in my blood. I started paper crafting after I got married in 2006, because I wanted to scrapbook our wedding pictures. I wasn't really sure on how to start and my husband suggested I
look on YouTube. Well it all took off from there. Marion was one of the first YouTubers that I watched religiously. I followed her blog and was thrilled when I got the chance to join the Facebook
group. I love all types of crafting, card making, layouts, altered art, and mini albums. Recently I have tried my hand at a little mixed media. When I first stated crafting I would sketch out my project, but
that didn't last too long. Now I just start creating. Sometimes I have it in my head and sometimes I don't. I just let it happen. It's fun to go back to my old sketch book and just remissness. So here are
some of my favorite projects that I completed recently.

Cigar box using Bo Bunny The Avenues paper, some mixed media stenciling, some pretty lace and flowers. I also altered the hardware with paint to give it a patina look.

This was a silver sugar bowl that I turned into an elegant pin cushion with lace flowers and bling. I altered the frame to give it the look of silver.

This is one of my favorite mini albums. I heart that rooster!  It is using Graphic 45's French Country collection.

Lasty, here is a canvas of my baby girl -- One of my mixed media adventures. I used a brick stencil, paints and sprays and just went to town.  Love the paper and embellies. It's a school picture of my beautiful grand daughter!
So that's a little bit about me. If you want to see more please follow me here...

Thank you for this opportunity!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Elvis Canvas by Tonya Gibbs

My sister's birthday was this past weekend, and I decided to make her a canvas featuring her cute little Elvis basset hound for her birthday (OK - truthfully there has been some shamelessly begging for a canvas for a while! Lots of hints dropped on Facebook, bantering and teasing.) So that means it was the perfect gift, right? 

Elvis loves to ride around in his little wagon. My sister decorated it all up for the 4th of July parade, and he looks like a king sitting on his thrown. (Fitting for his name ::WINK::) 

Her home is decorated Americana, so I thought Canvas Corp's denim, and 4th of July product lines were perfect for this project! I used Canvas Corp's Denim 12x12 canvas for my base, and the 4th of July Words On White for the rosettes. The Flag and US Constitution were taken from the Freedom Sampler paper.  I accented the sides with the Red Jute Twine from Canvas Corp. 

The hearts were cut from the Sizzix Primitive Heart die, and then Tiny wooden tags that spell out his name were added as the title. 

I know the 4th has come and gone, but it is never too late to scrap those memories.

Thanks for stopping in today, I hope you guys have an awesome weekend.

Tonya Gibbs

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