Monday, April 28, 2014

Insta-Frame Magnet by Peggy Lee

Howdy peeps, it's Peggy Lee here,
to share with you all my
"Insta-Frame Magnets"
I created these for a workshop I hosted last weekend...
Inspired by Heidi Swapp, 
which I just LOVE her style!!
This first one is an ART in a frame magnet!!!
You could stamp anything inside the themes...or pretty art!
The second insta-frame a Photo holder one...
We left one side open to slide a photo in!!
This is the one the ladies created and they sure did love it...
What's really awesome you could use this in a layout, in a frame to hang on wall...or 
as is a magnet to adorn your fridge!!!
Just love making these...I have a few more to create some
scrapbook layouts!!! I will share when I have them finished...
Thanks so much to stopping by today,

All Supplies are CTMH
Skylark Paper Packet
Stamps-True to Life & Believe in Yourself
Inks-Sweet Leaf, Lagoon, Desert Sand
Seam Binding
3-D Pop dots

Friday, April 25, 2014

Masculine Card using April Challenge by Tonya Gibbs

  Today I thought I would share with you a masculine card using the April Sketch Challenge.  By making a few extra adjustments, I was able to convert this feminine sketch into a masculine card. 

For today's card  I used a combo of washi tapes from Teresa Collins Designs Memorabilia and You Are My Happy Collections.   Since my washi tape selection had a horizontal pattern, I decided to change the orientation of the card from the original sketch. TIP:  Rotating a sketch can give the sketch a new look! 

I created clusters that combine the sequins from the Teresa Collins' Family Stories and Memorabilia Collections with the Tiny Stars Wood Veneers from Studio Calico. Substituting the star shapes instead of the heart offered a more "masculine" touch to the card.   The sentiment was a stamp from Fiskars' All Year Cheer Cling Mount Stamps, and Teresa Collins Designs' Memorabilia Enamel Dots in black nicely filled in the negative space under the sentiment.  

Another substitution that offered a more masculine feel was replacing the doily with a few nesting cuts from the Spellbinder's Labels 18 die.  I tried to find a labels die in my stash that best matched the pattern in the washi tape.  In this layer cluster, the background was cut from a scrap piece of 7Gypsies corrugated paper. For the next layer,  I covered a scrap of cardstock with the blue washi tape before die-cutting. All these layers offered a beautiful depth of field for my sentiment. 

I hope I have given you a few ideas of how you can multipurpose sketches to fit your masculine needs. 

I hope you guys have time to participate in the April Sketch Challenge.  There are only a few extra days left. There have been a few submission.  To see them check out the LinkZ app at the bottom of this linked post.  

Thanks for stopping in today, 

Tonya Gibbs 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Balloon Ride Thank You Card by Peggy Lee

Good morning, hope everyone had a Happy Easter!!
Over this weekend I had a paper crafting retreat where my 
crafty gals got to create this 
adorable balloon ride thank you card...
I wanted to share with  you all it too!!
"Balloon Ride Thank You Card"
We started with a standard base card.
Blue embossed paper is 1/4 smaller than card base...
Stamped the balloon onto a colonial white card stock-colored
with water colored pencils with a blending pen...
Layered with pattern paper and popped up off the blue embossed paper layer.
Last touch is distressing the edges...and add a crystal gem.
Everyone needs a thank you card....
I had so much fun with all the crafty ladies creating this weekend, then spending
a wonderful Easter Holiday with my church family & family....
Hope you all enjoyed your Holiday!!
Thanks for stopping by today,

All supplies are CTMH

Give a Lift Stamp Set #D1581
Balloon Ride Paper Packet #X7180B
Embossing Folder-Quatrefoil #Z1926

Friday, April 18, 2014

Masculine Mixed Media Card by Tonya Gibbs

I've been sharing a lot of pretty cards lately, and today thought it would be fun to share with you a masculine card.  Lately I've abandoned my art journal for pieces of 4.25 x 5.5 inch sheets of mixed media paper.  I try out new mediums, play with techniques, and then recycle these panels into card backgrounds.  I find that mixed media techniques make masculine cards come together much easier!  And you could always keep the card 1 layer and display your art rather than lots of layers.
Here are the steps I took to create the background
  1. Apply modeling paste to your card with stencil of choice (I used Heidi Swapps Honeycomb)
  2. Use A Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Pitt Pen to apply color around the image. 
  3. Use your finger to smooth out the ink.
  4. Select a texture Stamp (I used Marion Smith Designs' Texture Stamp)  Apply ink to the stamp with a contrasting PITT Pen 
  1. Apply archival ink around the image to give a distressed look. NOTE: you can use distress inks, but if you add water, they will react with that water.  Archival ink is permanent when dry.) 
  2. Spray a wet medium onto a pallet.  I used Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist in Gossamer Gold  
  3. Stamp a round object into the ink and apply it to your card
  4. You will see a water ring just like it were left from coffee or tea. 
To finish off the background I added pieces of tissue tape with matt medium.   I added the panel to a piece of black cardstock and created this card for my nephew's birthday.
He loves photography, so I took advantage of using up some scraps to create this photo layers.   The Camera and Polaroid Frame were a Spellbinder's Die.  I then added the Tim Holtz Film Strip Ribbon, and Marion Smith's Washi Tape from her Romance Novel Prima line.   Happy Birthday stamp was from Studio G.  My nephew was turning 13 so I added a few school aged elements like notebook paper, music tape, geometrical shapes, tag and paper clip.  
Don't forget about the Sketch Challenge through out the month.  You can get details here!
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Featured Artist - Lina Monaco

Please welcome Featured Artist Lina Monaco to the blog today.  She has really been inspiring us on the Artsy Addicts Facebook page lately with gorgeous layout designs. I know you guys are going to love her post today. Make sure you visit her blog for more inspiration:  and don't forget to leave her some comment love here.....

Hi Friends!
Thanks for stopping by today!

My name is Lina and I am a craft-a-holic...LOL! I am simply an every and anything craft lover. I have been crafting since I was a child and scrapbooking for about 10 or 11 years now. Needless to say, I am addicted! I don't have a particular style and I notice that what I create can change day to day depending on my mood. I know what I like though... I like clean lines, I like colour, and I like clean, concise work. That's my goal every time I sit down to create.

I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and lived there for the majority of my life except for a couple years ago when my hubby and I moved to a suburb of Toronto, about 25 minutes away.

In October of 2013, hubs and I welcomed our first child, Alessandra to the world. She's brought such joy to our lives and we are truly blessed! She's the love of our lives and being a mommy to her has given my life such purpose and meaning!

I love to curl up on the couch and watch movies with the love of my life, my daughter and my two puppies Romeo & Jackson. Romeo is my first "real" pet and was a gift from my hubby. He is a black Shih-Poo, 8 years old and has a teddy bear face. He's one of the smartest dogs you'll ever meet! Jackson is still a puppy and is 4 years old. He is a white Bichon-Shih Tzu mix and the happiest of puppies...especially when he chases his tail and finally catches it!

Today, I'd like to share a shadow box layout I created of my daughter at 6 weeks. I am really a random person and rarely stick to one collection or paper crafting company. I like to use what works. For the layout, I used a lovely piece of Prima Songbird paper called "Title-it". I've been hoarding this piece for a while and thought now would be a great time to use it ;) I also used, in terms of paper, Pink Paislee, London Market, Addington. In the background, I used a large white paper doily in the far back to create a soft, feminine backdrop for the papers and photo.

Embellishing was easy as pie... I used some Kaiser Craft Die cuts in Charlotte's Dream and MME, The Sweetest Thing, Lavender Stickers. To finish the entire piece off, I used many IAR mulberry flowers and leaves along with some crocheted flowers. Arranged within the flower cluster and in the top right hand corner I added a lace hand tied bow.

I think that the over all look of my piece is girly and feminine, shabby chic, but modern at the same time.

The frame itself, I left alone. I just really liked the black wood it's made of and thought it complemented the over all shabby chic look of my layout.

I would like to sincerely thank the Artsy Addicts Team for asking me to be a part of such a wonderful blog, even if it's for just a day :) It was an absolute pleasure and I am honoured beyond words!

Thanks again for stopping by. I appreciate you :)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Washi Inspired Layout by Tonya Gibbs

Last week I issued a sketch challenge, and shared with you guys a card that I made using washi tapes.   My card was inspired by this roll of  tape!
Here is the sketch & card from last week...
Today I wanted to show you a layout that I created using the same washi tapes and the sketch as a layout guide. I  had a 6x6 pad of My Mind's Eye, Spread Your Wings and Fly, paper collection.  It coordinated so well with the washi selection that I decided it would be perfect for my layout. Since the 3D Embellishment that I used as my title reads "You Are My Sunshine, My Only Sunshine", I found a playful photo of my daughter, Brittany.  Side note:  Her Daddy calls her Sunshine!
Like last week, I sprayed the doilies with the Dylusions Ink Spray in Lemon Zest. Then Spritzed it with Heidi Swapp's Gold Lume color shine.  I thought the sunny pop of yellow, went well with my "You Are My Sunshine" title.
The 3D embellishment came with the sticker set, but it had a mustard yellow background. I peeled it apart, and placed it onto a piece of blue polka dot scrap from the collection.  I love how it pops against the yellow doily now. 
It was a lot of fun working with these vibrant bright colors.  This color pallet is way out of my norm, so it totally stimulated my creative juices.  I hope you try this challenge, along with the bright colors.  Don't forget to link up your blog post to last week's post if you decide to play along. Everyone who links up - will be featured in a May Artsy Addicts Showcase post.  I look forward to seeing how you use the sketch.

Tonya Gibbs


My Mind's Eye - Spread Your Wings & Fly 6x6 pad
My Mind's Eye - Spread Your Wings & Fly Brads
My Mind's Eye - Spread Your Wings & Fly 3D embellishments
My Mind's Eye - Spread Your Wings & Fly Stamps
My Mind's Eye - Spread Your Wings & Fly Buttons
Marion Smith Designs - Mad Tea Party 12x12 Paper -
Dylusions Ink Spray in Lemon Zest
Heidi Swapp - Gold Lume Color Shine
Heidi Swapp - Archival Ink Pink
Heidi Swapp - Archival Ink Teal
Tattered Angels - Tutti Fruity
Tattered Angels - Frozen Lake
Yellow Baker's Twine
Teressa Collins Memorabilia Line Washi Tape (yellow)
Recollections - Random Washi Tape
Maya Road - Heart Shape Chipboard
Sizzix - Tim Holtz Alterations Rosette Strip Die
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft - Pitt Pen Cadmium Yellow no. 107

Monday, April 7, 2014

Best Wishes Card and Sketch using Washi Tape by Peggy Lee

Morning peeps, it's Peggy Lee here 
sharing my take on Tonya's Card Sketch....
You all can play along for more details-you can find them here.
Challenge is to use (washi tape) on your project!!
Here is my take on Tonya's Sketch..
"Best Wishes" Card
Card base is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
I grabbed a few of my washi tape collections (which I have discovered
that I need more, yes more washi tape...)
I had a paper doily sitting on my table which I colored it 
with Distress Ink in spun sugar and a little water!!
For texture I splatted some ink watered down onto the card.
I took my center washi tape and covered a piece of paper then die cut out
a tag shape....cut out another piece of white paper to stamp 
"Best Wishes" onto popped them both up and glued a twine bow on!!
Oh embellished with a button and sequins...
There you have it my finished cute!!
Thanks for stopping by and won't you play along with our 
Sketch Challenge, here.
We would love to see what you create!
Peggy Lee

Card base
Washi tape-CTMH and Dollar Store
Prima-Ink Teal Damask
Ranger-Distress ink-Spun Sugar
My Minds Eye-Lost & Found Madison Ave-Sister Buttons
CTMH-Stamp Banner Wishes

Friday, April 4, 2014

Birthday Card and Sketch by Tonya Gibbs

Happy Friday!   I have a super fun, cheerful card and sketch to share with you today!
This entire card was inspired by the one roll of washi tape!  (I believe it is Recollections brand!)
So I went into my stash and found these two tapes to coordinate with the dominate tape. 

TIP: When picking out tape, if you have a BOLD pattern as your dominate, select coordinating tapes in smaller widths and softer patterns to contrast your focal tape selection.

I then set out to create a sketch for my card!
Look at how fun my card turned out!  The bright colors of the tape are festive and fun!
I took a small doily and sprayed it with Dylusions Ink Spray in  Lemon Zest. Then Spritzed it with Heidi Swapp's Gold Lume color shine.
You could easily use this sketch with scraps of paper as well.  I love to use up those scraps when I have an opportunity.   I hope you enjoyed this card.  I would love to challenge you to use the sketch above and your own stash of washi tape and create a project.   If  you do, please link up your project here.  
I look forward to seeing your entries,
Tonya Gibbs

Thursday, April 3, 2014

March Challenge Showcase

Hi everyone, in March I challenged members of the Artsy Addicts Facebook group to use purple to create a project.  I gave them this mood board as a reference.
I'm excited to Showcase the work of these amazing artists who graciously accepted my challenge, and inspire us daily with their talent! 
  Arantzazu Sangrador
Ava Gavloski
Joanna Grant
Kimberly Kay Pfeiffer
Lynne Erskine Forsythe
Maggie Fernandez
Neetu Art Works
Peggy Lee Baker
Sarah Lynch
Song Li
Tara Ashley Peterson Age
Tonya A. Gibbs
Tracy Scott
Walkiria Celada Cajal
Thank you to everyone for embracing the challenge, and to some of you for stepping outside your comfort zone.  We have all  enjoyed seeing your shares through out the month. I hope that each of you have been equally inspired.
Don't forget to subscribe while you are here!
Thanks for stopping in today!
Tonya Gibbs
These pieces were published with permission by their respective artists.  All rights are reserved.
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