Monday, September 30, 2013

Paper Pumpkin Time!!!

That's right it's that time of the year...for paper pumpkins...inspired by Miranda and her G45 pumpkin projects on her blog.

I had to create one, which I have created this paper pumpkin years ago..
it was so fun to create this little beauty.
I used some fall scrapbooking papers cut at 3/4 inch by 6
which you need 19-20 strips of paper.
I inked the edges of the papers.
Punched a hole on both ends of the strips.
Hook one edge with a big brad.
Spread out (fan out)
Using another big brad, pull up each strip
and place onto the brad
After all the strips are hooked on the brad
fold down the brad pronges.
Form the pumpkin to how you like it.
Now the FUN part
EMBELLISHING your pumpkin
which is all up to your own style...
I cut out leaves, inked and stamped them...
cut out vines and honeycombs.
I used paper flowers I stamed and inked added some gems.
Ribbon for the stem. 
Last I cut out a doily and used a fringed burlap string
to tucked under the paper pumpkin.

Hope you enjoyed!
thanks for stopping by today,
Peggy Lee

CTMH-all products.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Featured Artist - Yvonne Blair

Hi everyone!

My name is Yvonne Blair and I am so excited to be a guest on the Artsy Addict blog! 
I have been scrapbooking "officially" since 1997 when I went to work in a store that had a huge scrapbooking, stamping and art department.  I was given a huge opportunity in the family owned store to run all those departments.  I instantly fell in love with this industry and have been hooked ever since.  I have been a buyer, manager, designer and teacher since 1998 and feel so blessed to be involved in this amazing community.  
In 2011, I attended Ranger University.  It was an amazing, life changing weekend.  I have also been on the Teresa Collins Design Team since 2011 and love every minute of it! 
I live in Florida with my husband of 20 years, my 18 year old daughter and our dog Roxie. 
My passion is definitely teaching and sharing the love of this craft.  I love to see others have light bulb moments.  Moments when they realize they can do this! 
I believe in embracing life, even the imperfections.  I am thrilled to be able to share some of my art with you.   

And here is a quick little video tutorial I did.  

I also wanted to share with you a little mini album that I recently created for Teresa Collins Designs.


Thank you so much for allowing me to share a little bit of my life! I hope to come back and share more later. Please click here to visit and subscribe to my blog.

Yvonne Blair
Ranger Certified Educator
Design Team-Teresa Collins Designs


Friday, September 27, 2013

Take Flight Layout by Tonya Gibbs

Today is my daughter, Brittany's 20th Birthday.   I'm so proud of her.  She has blossomed into such a beautiful, caring, and happy young woman.   When she enters the room you never know what to expect. She could speak to you in French, or just start singing - you just never know.  I wanted to showcase her fun spirit on a layout this year for her birthday. Teresa Collins' Memorabilia line is so elegant that I thought it would make the perfect backdrop for my formal black and white photos.  During this photo session she was twirling around and singing to me.  It was such a fun day!
The note cards in this line are pefect!  This one says "Always be Ready To Have the Time of Your Life."  This just seemed to be the perfect advice to give a 20 year old.  The only thing missing is "and take lots of photos!"     I wanted to add a little glitz to the layout - so I used the gold sequins from the collection, along with splatters of gold ink from Liquitex.
I used the Stamps from Teresa's Sweet Afternoon collection as additional accents. I loved the saying on the stamp set. Spread Your Wings, Take Flight. I felt that it really conveys the thoughts a mother has for her 20 year old, and the butterfly gave the perfect touch. I stamped it on vellum and layered two on top of each other, so that they have depth.
Here is a process video of me putting the layout together...

Do you have this paper collection?  If so, I would love to see them. Please post photos of your projects on the Artsy Addicts Facebook page. Be sure to tag me in the post!
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs
Resources for this layout:
  • Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Quotes
  • Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Frames
  • Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - 6 x 6 Paper
  • Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - Layered Stickers
  • Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - Sequins
  • Teresa Collins - Sweet Afternoon Collection - Stamps
  • Liquitex - Iridescent Bright Gold Ink
  • Color Box - SurfaceZ Ink - Caribbean
  • Color Box - SurfaceZ Ink - Chocolate
  • EK Success Labels Punch
  • We R Memory Keepers Angel Punch
  • We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-dile
  • Twinery - Aqua Twine
  • Idea-ology - Tim Holtz - Word Plate
  • Idea-ology - Tim Holtz - Crown
  • Idea-ology - Tim Holtz - Tiny Attacher
  • Velum
  • My Favorite Things Stamps - Die-namics First Place Award Ribbon
  • Lace

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Featured Artist Song Li

My name is Song Li and I am 22 years old. My real name is Conghui Li, but because my name is awkward to pronounce, I go by Song Li. I am from China but live in the U.S now. I became a huge craft enthusiast about one and half years ago. You would not believe how I got introduced to crafting. One day my boyfriend wanted to show me the crafty side of this country and took me to Michaels. He told me there are many people doing scrapbooking and it has become a real big thing. Then he walked me to the scrapbooking aisles and showed me all the beautiful papers and embellishments. I bought something because I thought they look good. After I got home and started using what I bought. What I know next is I couldn't quit crafting ever since…
I have not been very active before I graduated from college since I really didn't have the time. After I graduated in May this year, I immediately dived into this loving and fun crafting community. In my search for different Facebook crafting groups, I discovered Artsy Addicts. I have to say people in this group are talented! 
Recently, I started to post my projects in different Facebook groups and on Youtube. I realized how loving and supporting everyone is. I am so thankful for all the supports and encouragements I got from everyone. It keeps me crafting.
            My crafting style is very mixed media. I constantly play with different colors, textures, and techniques. Sometimes I go out of my comfort zone and do something really different as well. I do everything like scrapbooking, altered crafts, art journal, etc. Crafting is my passion and addiction. I just hope I don't need to go to a crafting rehab one day.
            I want to share with you the most recent layout I made. This layout is made using scraps from my stash and tons of colors. Hope you enjoy it. 

Song Li

Monday, September 23, 2013

Poster Tidings "JOY" Card

Here as promised I am sharing the other image of the Poster Tidings Stamp image that I shared last Monday using the fall stamp image.
The "joy" stamp image makes a beautiful and classic card...with using some holiday themed papers, stamps and glitter paper!!!
I took the Poster Tidings "joy" stamp dabbed into the slate ink...
over and over to give depth and texture
when stamped!
I love how the stamp image looks like real stone.
Cut out little glitter banners
out of silver glitter paper.

I just love the SPARKLE!!!!
Thanks for stopping by today,
Peggy Lee

CTMH: Frosted Papers,
September SOTM Stamp-Poster Tidings
Slate Ink
Glitter paper

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Featured Artist - Rita Barakat

I live right outside of Dallas, Texas. I am happily married and  am blessed to be a stay at home mom to five fabulous kids. Two are now adults and the younger ones are 11, 10, and 8. We are a busy bunch so there are always photo opportunities! 

I started scrapbooking ten years ago when we adopted our first child; I was hooked! I have always made crafts and mixed media art (before I knew it had a name), so scrapbooking was a natural transition for me. I love being a part of this industry and being creative on a regular basis. I have had my work published in a variety of magazines and have been honored to work with some really great manufacturers.

In addition to scrapbooking and mixed media art I have a passion for youth. I direct a youth choir and drama team.  My hubby and I are the youth pastors at our church. I also love to sing, I have been performing with song since I was in elementary school.  

Today I made a video of this project because I had so many step by step pictures to show you!


Hope you enjoyed that!
You can find me and more of my work

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Friday, September 20, 2013

First Birthday Layout - Tonya Gibbs

I'm loving the chalk board trend in scrapbooking papers these days.  But I think my favorite one from summer CHA was the Teresa Collins Designs Memorabilia line.  I had to have it all the second that I saw it!  I love that the secondary colors are yellows, and aquas, the embellies are filled with awesome typography, and I'm totally in love with all those flags! 

Today I wanted to share with you a layout that created of my nephew Gage's first birthday party with this collection.


Layout by Tonya A. Gibbs  using Teresa Collins Designs Memorabilia Collection.  #Layout #Scrapbooking #TeresaCollins #Memorabilia #Birthday #TonyaGibbs #Psychomomscrapbooks
Here is a process video showing how I made the layout.

Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya A. Gibbs
Resources for this layout:
  • Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Snippets
  • Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Recorded
  • Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - 6 x 6 Paper Pad
  • Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - 12 x 12 Die Cut Paper
  • Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - Envelopes
  • Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - Layered Stickers
  • Teresa Collins - Memorabilia Collection - Sequins
  • Prima - Ingvild Bolme - Chalk Fluid Edger - Pastel Blue
  • Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Alterations Collection - Die Cutting Template - Filmstrip Frames
  • Gold Glitter
  • Studio Calico - Wood Veneers - Heart & Arrows
  • Jenni Bowlin Studio - Fiskars - Squeeze Punch - Large - Blue Ribbon
  • My Favorite Things Stamps - Die-namics First Place Award Ribbon

Monday, September 16, 2013

Poster Tidings-Card Tutorial

Have you seen all the subway title artworks that are everywhere in the stores, on tv and pinterest! Well I so happen to have a stamp set called "Poster Tidings" and it's perfect for a fall celebration!
It was so simple and easy to create and we all love that.
Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy this little tutorial on how I created this card!!
Step 1: Stamp the Poster Tidings stamp in goldrush, olive
and black ink...
cut apart the goldrush and olive stamp image
(to pop up on black image)

Step 2:
Pop up the cut outs
Step 3: tape all card stock pieces
together and on front of card.

Step 4:
stamp out leaf image
and acorn image
two tone stamping
stamp one half of image in the goldrush ink
then the other half in chocolate ink
then stamp it....

Step 5:
cut out stamp images...
Step 6:
Splatters-press ink pad to release the ink into the cover shell...
Take a water brush add drops of water
load up the water brush
and tap your finger on the water brush
to get the splatter ink drops...
this is one of my favorite tips!!
Step 7:
Now to add some sparkle with glitter gel.
here is a closer look to see the depth in this card
And there you have adorable little fall card to share with family and friends.
This is my favorite time of the year (besides winter)!

Thanks for stopping by,
Peggy Lee

CTMH: Inks-Olive, Black,
Autumn Terracotta, Chocolate, Goldrush
CTMH: Stamps-Harvest Happiness and
Poster Tidings Sept. SOTM
CTMH: Glitz-Bronze Glitter Gel
CardStock-white, goldrush, black
3-D pop dots and tape adhesive

Friday, September 13, 2013

Persimmon Layout - Grandson

Fall is probably my favorite season, we are coming off the hot days of summer, and the air starts to turn crisp and cool. The kids going back to school are full of excitement. Rich vibrant color pallets are everywhere. Even the sunrises have more drama.  All of these are great, but the best of is FOOTBALL season! 
My son, Brighton, has played football since he was 7 years old. This year starts his second year at Varsity.  I'm going to miss those Friday night lights soon!  Every football game, my entire family rally at the game to cheer Brighton and his team mates to victory.  But the part that really just steals my heart is after the game, when everyone approaches the field. MY SON - always takes a moment to kiss and hug on his grandmothers!  ALWAYS without fail - in front of all of his friends.  Now trust me when I tell you that he does not smell like fresh linen or even roses, but it doesn't matter!  There is NOTHING better than a victorious SWEATY HUG.  I've never turned one down, and I never will!   
Mixed Media Layout designed by Tonya Gibbs for Artsy Addicts. #Psychomomscrapbooks #TonyaGibbs  #ArtsyAddicts #Scrapbooking #MixedMedia #Persimmon #BasicGrey #CosmoCricket
These moments happen fast and we often take them for granted. However, lately I've been reminded rather abruptly at how fast life moves, and those small moments can never be captured once missed. These women are the backbone of our families.  They are ALWAYS there and I mean ALWAYS! I love them both dearly, and to see that public display of affection from my child extended to his grandmothers - well I don't have to tell you about the tears that are rolling down my face, just typing this!  
Mixed Media Layout designed by Tonya Gibbs for Artsy Addicts. #Psychomomscrapbooks #TonyaGibbs  #ArtsyAddicts #Scrapbooking #MixedMedia #Persimmon #BasicGrey #CosmoCricket
The photo above is my Mother, Nama and the photo below is my Mother In-law, Nannie.  I have very few photos of these women less of my mother than Nannie, because she hates having her picture taken.   I uploaded these photos to Instagram and printed them from the gallery prints on Facebook.  So I decided to make them "insta" frames on my layout. 
Mixed Media Layout designed by Tonya Gibbs for Artsy Addicts. #Psychomomscrapbooks #TonyaGibbs  #ArtsyAddicts #Scrapbooking #MixedMedia #Persimmon #BasicGrey #CosmoCricket
For the layout, I wanted to use up the scraps of papers laying on my desk - reminants from last Monday's Ustream.  As you can see nothing on the layout is larger than 3x3. Most of these pieces many  would have tossed.   An interesting way to use up those tiny scraps is through your punches, die cuts, and electronic cutters.  Even the less than perfect punched pieces get used!  Layers are the perfect way to hide those imperfections, and when pooled together, the smaller pieces really make an impact.
Mixed Media Layout designed by Tonya Gibbs for Artsy Addicts. #Psychomomscrapbooks #TonyaGibbs  #ArtsyAddicts #Scrapbooking #MixedMedia #Persimmon #BasicGrey #CosmoCricket
Basic Grey's persimmon line really helps me capture the essence of fall! I love how the elements are bright colored and gender neutral.  I also love how Cosmo Cricket's new Glitter Adhesive sheets add a little sparkle without a mess!
I have recorded a process video showing step by step how this layout came together.

Thank you for stopping in today. I want to leave you with one bit of advice. Remember that you can never have too many photos-  Good lighting, raining day, doesn't matter - SNAP THE PHOTO!  You can never have too many, and 20 years ago we will look back at the fun surrounding that moment and not be so critical of the quality of the picture.
Tonya Gibbs
  • BasicGrey - Persimmon - 6 x 6 Paper Pad
  • BasicGrey - Persimmon - Die Cut Cardstock and Transparency Pieces
  • Cosmo Cricket - Glitter Adhesive Sheets - Crystal Lake
  • American Crafts - Ribbon Value Pack - Jute - 24 Spools
  • Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz Visual Artistry CITY CENTRAL (Ticket)
  • Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz Seamless Experience (Stitch)
  • Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher
  • Ranger - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
  • EK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Edger Punch - Zig Zag Chain
  • EK Success - Paper Shapers - Nesting Punch - Scallop Circle 1 1-2"
  • Fiskars - Limited Edition - Squeeze Punch - Large - Leaf it to Me, CLEARANCE
  • Jenni Bowlin Studio - Feathers - Vellum
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang - Starburst Color Shot - 2 Ounce Jar - Glory of the Seas Gold
  • Faber-Castell - Mix and Match Collection - Gesso
  • ColorBox - Surfacez - Multi-Surface Inkpads - Dolphin
  • Sizzix - Originals Die - Jewelry - Die Cutting Template - Large - Hearts, Primitive 3
  • Heidi Swapp - Stencil - Honeycomb 6x6
  • My Favorite Things Stamps - Dizzy Doily Die
  • Kraft Cardstock
  • Hymnal Pages
  • Buttons
  • Pale Blue Cardstock
  • Prima Marketing Inc.,  Chalk Ink - Farmer's Jeans
  • Liquitex - Yellow Oxide Ink


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Featured Artist: Keri Sallee

I am so excited to have a chance to jump on the Artsy Addicts bandwagon!
My name is Keri Sallee and I am a 33 year old lover-of-all-things-creative who lives in beautiful Northwest Arkansas with my three crazy kiddos (10, 6 and 3) and my hot red-headed hubby of 11 years.

Like many of you, I started scrapbooking when my son was born 10 years ago because "it's what all good moms do!", but as I did it more and looked around, I found there was a bigger world than sticker vomit, rounded corners and matted pictures. There was a whole BIG world of actual ART being made by papercrafters. They were using paint and ribbon and texture and sprays and all sorts of other stuff that the hard core "acid-free/lignin free" creators would cringe at!

So I started to expand my horizons, if you will,  into a little altered art and fell in love with making mini albums, but...there was always a little secret dream I held on to...I wanted to be Christy Tomlinson! Her pieces inspired me with their texture and depth and composition...they were these amazingly BEAUTIFUL MESSES!

For years, I wouldn't let myself even experiment with it. I let myself be ruled by the negative "what ifs": "What if it doesn't look right?" "What if no one likes it?" "What if I mess up?" "What if..." "What if..." "What if..." I never even allowed myself to thing of the positive "what ifs": "What if it looks great?" "What if you like it?" "What if it's fun!?"

Sound familiar to anyone you know?

So one day, I decided to YouTube stalk Christy and I began to notice a pattern to the way she did her work. Not a pattern in the "everything looks the same" kind of thing, but a pattern in her techniques and steps.

Since then, I have found a fun and fabulous freedom in doing my own version of "Christy Tomlinson Mixed Media." I have found a little bit of myself each time I am fearless in trying new things and have found that there's more to my art than just paper and glue and "making pretty stuff." It's therapeutic...freeing....and revealing.

Today...I want to share with you one of my favorite pieces so far. It's only the 3rd piece I've ever done, but the words just say so much: "Enjoy Yourself and Pay Them No Mind."

Here are some closeups of my favorite parts:

This project was made using the "Birthday Wishes" collection that Glitz Designs designed for Echo Park's Photo Freedom line. I'm not a "pocket" scrapper, but I loved the bright colors, fun prints and sayings, so I had to have it. 

The black "lace" is actually just a lace stamp that I stamped on a coffee filter and scrunched. Coffee filters are easy (and cheap!) ways to add texture. I use them all the time!

A few other products you might recognize are Tattered Angels' Glam, ArtC damask stencil, Prima Marketing Flowers and drywall tape (from my hubby's DIY stash.)

I hope you've enjoyed my little project today.

You can find me in cyberspace here:
Instagram: thecreativelifestudios
Twitter: thecreativelifear

Thanks for letting me share today..,.and remember...if you ever get caught up in the "what ifs", remember this little project...the cage is empty because the bird is FREE and so are you. Enjoy yourself and pay them no mind.

God Bless.



Friday, September 6, 2013

Digital Lesson 5 - Mix & Match to create Hybrid Layouts

As I continue my digital series, I wanted to share with you how traditional scrapbooking supplies and digital files can compliment each other to create gorgeous layouts.  My niece Emily is the subject of today's project.   I created a hybrid layout using Marion's new Printed Paper Collection Nirvana - hitting retail stores in just a few weeks, and her digital line Scarlet

Most companies now offer digital products that compliment their printed pieces. If you stick with the same artist or brand, you will find that different collections compliment each other.

I've been creating lots of products over at the Design Team blog for the past few months with the Nirvana line, and scraps are starting to pile up.  So last weekend, I made this beautiful tag using Tim Holtz' large tag as my base. By itself - the tag is just gorgeous!  But notice that Notecard dead center looks a little empty? Well....

Tag created by Tonya A. Gibbs  from scraps of the Nirvana Line by Marion Smith Designs.  #marionsmithdesigns #nirvana #tag #papercraft #scrapbook #psychomoms #TonyaGibbs

It was designed to be an embellishment on a layout.  A place to house all of my "layers" as well as my Journaling.

Hybrid Layout created by Tonya A. Gibbs  from scraps of the Nirvana Line by Marion Smith Designs and the Digital line #Scarlet by #marionsmithdesigns #nirvana #tag #art #papercraft #scrapbook #TonyaGibbs #Psychomoms

Here was my problem.  I love the Nirvana line and it would have been awesome to use for the layout too, but I had a limited supply.   Since I only had protypes of the Nirvana line, I reached into my "digi" stash designed by Marion Smith and found that her digital line Scarlet was the perfect marriage.

Rolled Rose created by Tonya A. Gibbs using Marion Smith Designs Rolled Rose Printable. #Printable, #TonyaGibbs #Psychomoms #MarionSmithDesigns #hybrid #digital #papercraft

I also decided to use Marion's Rolled Roses. Again these roses have designs that are neutral and nicely compliment both lines.
I love that I was able to use my scraps to create the tag. Even better that the tag adds layers of goodness, journaling and titles to my sweet Emily Layout.

How do you use your digi/printables to compliment your paper craft projects?  I would love to see some of your designs, please share them with me in the Artsy Addicts Facebook group - make sure you tag me.

Thanks for stopping in today,

Tonya Gibbs

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