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Sunday, January 4, 2015

CHA Travel Journal

Hi everyone, I'm excited about my upcoming trip to CHA.  I absolutely love going and meeting new friends, hanging out with old friends and seeing all the yummy new products about to release.   I have created this awesome journal to capture my travel plans, photos from the show, make and takes, notes and contacts.

Books like this help me to keep everything together.  I started out using an Mini Avery Notebook  that is about 5.5 x 8.5 inches.  I found mine at WalMart in the office supply section. This is the perfect size, because it fits in my purse and isn't too bulky.   I love the three ring system, so that I can easily shift things around in my book.  

To alter the notebook I used Teresa Collins Designs Nine & Co. collection

Here are some photos of the album: 

On the cover I also included Flower Bouquet Silhouette Cameo Cut, and on the inside I used the  3 bracket File Folders for dividers on the inside of the book. 

I used created my own pocket pages by cutting down page protectors and sewing them with Gold thread.  

I also used glassine bags for pockets in the book. 

I created additional storage by using 5.75 x 8.75  inch envelopes and trimmed the top off to create a pocket page.  

I used the file folders from the collection as pages in the book, by cutting them in half. 

Gold glitter washi tape was added through out the book for added detail. 

I sewed all of the sticker labels down with gold thread.
 I also added a fun pocket for tags and added some sequins in the middle.  

 Binder clips and paper clips are always handy in book like this.
Here I have used one to keep my tag from flopping around.

I plan to use these tags for photos and journal spots. I may make more of the sheet protectors when I return and tuck them into the finished book. 

I kept all of my loose leaf paper in the back of the binder, so that It is easy to write my notes.  The back pocket is a great additional storage area as well. 

Here is a video walk through of the album. 

If you  are planning to attend CHA look for me!  I would love to meet you. 

Thanks for stopping in today, 

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ustream Reminder January 5


Happy New Year!  
As we say goodbye to 2014 and Hello to 2015  I hope you can join me on
Monday, January 5, 2015 
at 8:30 pm on Ustream

We are going to make a layout quick and simple.
Grab out your mixed media supplies, and get ready for some fun! 
Thanks for your continued support!  I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for me!  
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

December Color Challenge Lindys Stamp Gang


Hi everyone, I hope you are having a great time this holiday season.   Today I would like to share with you a mixed media layout that I created for the Lindy's Stamp Gang's December Color Challenge. I captured this sweet photo of my niece Averie kissing Gram Christmas last year.  This was the perfect photo for today's layout.  Here is a glimpse at the color challenge photo: 

I decided to use Tibetan Poppy Teal and Creme Brulee Cream which I had in my stash.  

I didn't have anything in the Lindy's family to represent the red value in the color challenge, so I decided to reserve that color for my paper embellishments. 

I used the Creme Brulee Cream to add shimmer on all of my accent pieces.  While the Tibetan Poppy Teal was used to add contrast in my background.  Look at how beautiful my Crackle Paste Snowflakes look against the Tibetan Poppy Teal spray.  

For additional interest around my floral sprays I added a few Die-namites Dies.  The Spring Doily Die was cut in half and sprayed with the Creme Brulee Cream then added to either side of the embellishment cluster.   The flowers from the flowering branch die cut were the perfect accent for my floral sprays. I also sprayed the branch dies with the Creme Brulee Cream


Every Christmas layout needs glitter - right?  Well I used non-shed red glitter paper to create a banner across the bottom of my photo cluster, and covered wooden snowflakes with Glass Glitter. 

I framed my layout in this wooden fame that was painted with the Tibetan Poppy Teal.  It is going to look gorgeous on my wall this Holiday season. 

Here is a process video showing how I created this layout.

For details on how you can participate in this challenge, please visit the Lindy's Stamp Gang Blog.

Thanks for stopping in today,


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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Masculine Mixed Media Card - Time to Celebrate


OH MY GOODNESS - Why have I waited so long to purchase a Gelli plate?   I'm having so much fun!   I've created dozens of prints over the last few weeks.

I wanted to share an idea of how to use those prints.  If you have followed me for a while, you know that I'm just not much for "journaling".  Don't get me wrong, I have dozens of journals, and I have some that are mixed media, that I've started.  But I like to practice techniques on card stock then create projects with them, instead of hiding them away in a journal.

I created this masculine card to give to my nephew for his birthday.  These Gelli prints are PERFECT for Masculine card backgrounds.  So FUN, vibrant, and the perfect amount of grunge.

Earlier this year, I shared with you a post on how I created these wood veneers from the wood shapes you find in the craft section and stamps in your stash.  This is a perfect way to create custom embellishments with a trendy flare without breaking the wallet.  But I also encourage you to dig through your stash, and see if you can find something that would work.  Perhaps stickers of clocks, puzzle pieces, gears, washers, clocks, wood shapes, or  hexagon shaped die-cuts.

For the inside of my card, I used the Heidi Swapp Coral ink and a Fiskars Hexagon Sentiment Stamp set.  The "Time to Celebrate" perfectly mimicked the cluster of embellishments on the cover.

I have prepared a process video, showing how I put the card together:

I hope you enjoyed my share today,  Don't forget that we have a Ustream, Monday, December 1, 2014  at 8:30 p.m. Est.  We are going to create some fun Christmas cards using Gelli Prints and Die-nmaties Dies.

Thanks for stopping in today,


  • Gelli Plate (any size)
  • Paint (colors of your choice)
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Whipped Spackle.
  • Fiskars Hexagon Sentiment Stamp
  • Heidi Swapp Coral Ink
  • Heidi Swapp Honeycomb Stencil 6x6
  • Prima Wood Veneer Celebrate Flag
  • Recollections  Wood Veneer Frame
  • Cardstock
  • 7 Gypsies Gears
  • Twine

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Ustream Monday December 1

Hi everyone, I hope you can join me live on Monday, December 1, 2014  at 8:30 p.m. EST  on Ustream for our last Ustream of the Year!


I'm going to create some Christmas projects using Die-namites Dies and Gelli Prints.    Hope to see you there.

If you want to follow along,  you may want to gather up the following supplies

  • Gelli Plate (any size will work)
  • Die-namites Dies -   Large Ivy Die and the  Beautiful Ornament
  • Tags / Card blanks (a2) / Cardstock
  • Paint (your choice - Im going to use traditional Christmas colors)
  • Stencils
  • Stamps
  • Packing Tape
  • Gold Leafing


I love seeing things you create using my tutorials or project share. Please use the following handles in social media to insure that I get to see your creations:
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Imagination Mixed Media Tag

Hi everyone!    I hope you guys are ready for the Holidays.  I have a little tag I wanted to share with you today.  This project was inspired by the Lindy's Stamp Gang November Challenge.

You can get the details on this challenge from The Lindy's Stamp Gang Blog

I reached into my Lindy's Arsenal and these were the colors I had that compliment the color challenge palette: 
Left to right top to bottom:
Magical Micas - Cocoa Bean Copper (discontinued) 
I used a Gelli Plate to create the colorful background, and then used my Lindy's products to create the embellishments. 

Here is a video tutorial showing you how the tag came together.

Thanks for stopping in today, I hope everyone has a fantastic Thanksgiving Holiday!


  • Lindy's Stamp Gang Magical Micas - Cocoa Bean Copper (discontinued) 
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays - Tiffany's Blue
  • Gelli Plate (any size)
  • Misc. Full Bodied Paint
  • Brayer
  • Sizzix Bigs Movers & Shapers Tag and Bookplate Die
  • Chipboard
  • Ranger Ink. - Wendi Vecchi Crackle Texture Paste
  • Pear, Ex Pigments duo Green Yellow
  • Liquitex Iridescent Bright Gold Ink
  • Prima - Resin Frame
  • Art Minds - Gold Flakes
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gel Medium
  • Viva - Precious Metal Color
  • Versa Ink Pad
  • Versa Ink Pen
  • Prima - Flowers
  • E6000 glue
  • Fragments of lace
  • Prima - Junk Yard Findings - Typo Bulbs
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Mini Sewing Room die
  • Tim Holtz Ideaology Word Phrases
  • Micro Beads Gold
  • Filigree Metal flower
  • Charm
  • Garment Pin
  • The Crafter's Workshop - Mini Zinnia
  • The Crafter's Workshop - Mini Specimen
  • Book Pages

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Viva Las Vegastamps and Die-namites Blog Hop

This week, November 24 - 28  Viva Las VegaStamps and Die~Namites Dies will host a blog hop to inspire your Creative Christmas Spirit.

Visit the blogs for both  Viva Las VegaStamps and Die~Namites Dies  each day and leave comments on both for a chance to win great prizes from both companies.   Two big prizes valued at $50 full of DIES and STAMPS will be given away!

Today Annmarie & I are up on the Die~Namites , visit the Die~Namites  blog for details about both cards.

Thanks for stopping in today,

Happy Hopping,


I love seeing things you create using my tutorials or project share. Please use the following handles in social media to insure that I get to see your creations:  INSTAGRAM: #FollowingTonyaGibbs | TWITTER: @gibbst #FollowingTonyaGibbs | FACEBOOK: Tag Tonya Gibbs #FollowingTonyaGibbs
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gifts From the Heart!

We often get so caught up with the commercialism this time of year, and I wanted to take a step back and share a post with you today, of an extra special gift I received last night.  Time, love,a little paint and a canvas was all that was needed to bring a huge smile to my face!

Let me set the scene:
At the end of a busy work day yesterday I get this text message:
"Hey are you home?",  my reply "No, I'm at work about to walk out the door, what's up?"   response, "Cooper was asking."
When I left I called my little Mini Cooper and he said "I have a surprise for you"  I said "oh yeah,  is it good?"  Jokingly I added "Is it a new car?"  He replied "NO IT IS BETTER THAN A NEW CAR!" Better is right!  
When I got to his house, he wouldn't even let me out of the car. Hands crossed behind his back and grinning ear to ear!  I said "Let me get out of the car, first  - hang on."
He was having NO Part of me getting in the house.  He pulled this gorgeous canvas from behind his back - and said "I painted this for you. Do you  like?"  HELLO - OF COURSE I LOVED IT!  Who Wouldn't?  I said "this is such a Treasure!"

The fact that he took the time to paint this gorgeous canvas for me, melted my heart.  He was so right - this is better than a car, diamond, or anything found in a store.  Gifts from the heart - say "I slowed down to think of YOU! I took time from the hustle and bustle of "my" life - AND SPENT TIME ON YOU - BECAUSE I LOVE YOU!" As I get older, I realize that TIME and LOVE are the two things that money can not buy. TIME is so precious, and love well - Love is PRICELESS.  This is truly the BEST GIFT EVER!

These last few weeks, I have really been down. I've had a lot of pressure to get TONS of obligations full filled. I have a super busy career, family commitments,  designer responsibilities, volunteering for youth sports and a demanding sports photography business. All of this combined with very little sleep has taken its toll on my psyche. On top of that, I have been super emotional.  I don't usually let people see the vulnerable side of me.  Instead I hibernate, and withdraw.  Sunday,  I posted that I was approaching burn out.  I needed to find a way to "recharge".  

This one Random Act of Kindness - did this for me!  Cooper gave me back my MOJO.  He reminded me that creative play is an important part of who I am.  I have to find time to get my fingers inky, and let go of perfection.  Step away from the computer, and just PLAY without the pressure of a deadline. Spend time doing something I love for someone else. 

With all my nieces and nephews I have always made time to nurture their creative side. The first thing they always ask is "can I come to your house and play?"  Playing with a child, is the BEST way to recharge the batteries, spark your creative mojo, and make a memory that could never be bought.  NO ONE is as free at creative play as a child.  

For those of you who have followed me for years,  you met Cooper several years ago on YouTube when he helped me make "Steampunk" birds.  

Here is his crafty debut:

As the visit went on, Cooper asked me for a date!  He wants to go arts and crafts shopping, then maybe to Starbucks for cakepops and hot chocolate (LOL)!

Limor asked the question yesterday "Have I made a difference?"  With this one simple gift, I got my answer to this same question.  YES, I have made a difference. My art has inspired and influenced so many. I'm always humbled by your stories and support.

Today, I want to remind you that it doesn't take money to make the holidays special.  It just takes time, and love.  The best gifts come from the Heart!

Thanks for stopping in today,

I love seeing things you create using my tutorials or project share. Please use the following handles in social media to insure that I get to see your creations:
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Nov. Sketch & Dare Challenge


Hi everyone it is my day over on the Die-Namites' blog today and I'm sharing with you my take on the November Sketch and Dare Challenge.   Here is a the sketch: 

I used the Holiday Wreath and Flower Scroll dies in today's project. 


I have added a process video on the blog post of me creating this card.


the Die~Namites Dies November Sketch Challenge YOU MUST:
  1. Use at least one Die~Namites Die in your creation.
  2. Use the SKETCH! It can be interpreted (loosely or exactly) as a card, layout or altered piece!
  3. Incorporate the DARE into your creation.
  4. Mention the Die~Namites Die you used in your blog post.
  5. Link back to the Die~Namites Dies Blog.
  6. You have until the last day of the month to post your creation on your blog and link up to this post.  **PLEASE add a link to your direct post, not your entire blog.**
Each participant will receive one entry into our random drawing
for each entry into the challenge.

 A random winner will be chosen from eligible participants for a
$25 Gift Certificate to Die~Namites Dies.


Thanks for stopping in today. 

Tonya Gibbs

I love seeing things you create using my tutorials or project share. Please use the following handles in social media to insure that I get to see your creations:
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November Ustream Update

Wow we had such a great time on Ustream creating this lovely chalkboard.

There are lots of tutorials out there for using paint pens, embossing powders/stamps and colored pencils to make your boards look neater and professionally printed. However,  I wanted this class to focus on using actual chalk!  I shared tricks for getting the looks you want even if you think you can't draw.  

The two templates that I used in today's class were made by Hot Off The Press - they are older, and may be hard to find.  Check with your local retailers to see if you can get them in your market area.  If you can't no worries,  look at your stencils, dies, and electronic cutters and see if you can create a similar effect with something you have in your stash! 

Thank you to those who were able to make the show live.  If you were unable to attend, you can watch it on YouTube. 

The best advice I can give is PRACTICE!

Thanks for watching,  now get out there and create a beautiful Chalkboard for the Holidays.   I can't wait to see what you make.

Save the Date:  Our next Ustream will be December 1, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. EST. 


I love seeing things you create using my tutorials or project share. Please use the following handles in social media to insure that I get to see your creations:
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I love seeing things you create using my tutorials or project shares. Please use the following handles/tags in social media to insure that I get to see your creations:

INSTAGRAM: #FollowingTonyaGibbs    |   TWITTER:  @gibbst    #FollowingTonyaGibbs   |      FACEBOOK:Tag  Tonya Gibbs   #FollowingTonyaGibbs