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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Shabby Fabric Flower Tutorial by Tonya Gibbs

Hi everyone HAPPY IRS day if you are here in the US (LOL - GRUMBLE GRUMBLE)   Here is a post that will help you get over those tax day blues!

I'm sharing with you a simple tutorial for creating these beautiful Shabby Flowers using Marion Smith Designs Rose Petal Die (the one in the center of the photo below). Oh and BTW -  the Bloom tools are shipping to retailers now - so exciting I hope you got one. I used embossing powder to recolor the filigree flowers from antique brass to gold and silver.

For my tag I used the Garment District collection and Marion's Junque and Gems for my Flower centers.

I've attached my flower to this tag.  I created the tag background during my January Ustream.  Can you say ohhhhhhh soooo Shabby?


Here is a process video of me making the flower.

 I'm working on a few projects now using these flowers.  My next few posts will be using them. 

Thanks for stopping in today,

Tonya Gibbs

Flower Supplies:

Marion Smith Designs - Junque & Gems
Marion Smith Designs - Bloom Impressions Dies  - Rose Petal (Large die)
Unbleached Muslin
Desired Flower Center

Golden Gesso (Black)
Liquitex - Matt Medium Fluid
Marion Smith Designs - Garment District Paper - 12 x 12
The Crafter's Workshop - 6 x 6 Doodling Templates - Mini Bricks
Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Sanding Block - also known as Sanding Grip
Ranger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black
Ranger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Coffee
Ranger Ink - Inkssentials - Dylusions Ink Spray - Melted Chocolate
Ranger Ink - Inkssentials - Heat It Craft Tool
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Metallic - Tarnished Brass
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Walnut Stain
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Reinkers - Walnut Stain
Ranger  Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique Linen
Ranger Ink - Inkssentials - Specialty Stamping Paper - 12 x 12
Prima - Bretton Vines Collection - Flower Embellishments - Purity
Prima - Flower Embellishments
Prima - Vintage Trinkets Collection - Metal Embellishments - Keys
Prima - Julie Nutting - Cling Mounted Stamps - Mixed Media Doll - Six
Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Movers and Shapers L Die - Vintage Valise
Sizzix - Bigz Die - Wings, Angel
Silhouette America - Cameo - Electronic Cutting System
Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist Spray - 2 Ounce Bottle - Antique Brass
Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist Spray - 2 Ounce Bottle - Wheat Fields
Copic - Sketch Marker - E50 - Egg Shell
Copic - Sketch Marker - E55 - Light Carmel
Copic - Sketch Marker - E30 - Bisque
Copic - Sketch Marker - E37 - Sepia
Copic - Sketch Marker - E11 - Bareley Beige
Copic - Sketch Marker - E01 - Pink Flamingo
Copic - Sketch Marker - R20 - Blush
Copic - Sketch Marker - 0 - Colorless Blender
Copic - Sketch Marker - BV23 - Grayish Violet
Tsukineko - Memento - Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft - Color Gelatos - Metallic - Gold
Vintaj Metal Brass Company - Metal Jewelry Chain - Flat Link

Misc.  Pocket Watch
Misc. Vintage Hymn paper

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Midas Touch Tag by Tonya Gibbs

Hi everyone it my day over the Die-Namites Blog.  Check out the blog for some fantastic inspiration from other Die-Namites DT members. 

Lately I've been on a "BRIGHT" and "SHINNY" kick!   For some reason the more vibrant the better. I'm usually more of a vintage shabby chic kind of girl.   I've found that experimenting with these different colors has really kick started my creative juices.

Today I would love to share my Midas tag. I'm noticing a shiny gold trend in the scrappy world, from dipped leaves to feathers. Seems like a shinny surface is supper chic these days! 

I started with a little gold here and there, and before long my tag started to look like it was kissed by King Midas himself.

I used the Swirly Butterfly die on orange cardstock, then used a Versa ink pen to heat emboss  "Queen's Gold" embossing powder from Ranger Ink.   I love how it looks like he is molting.    The filigree flower was originally antique gold, and I used the same embossing powder on it.  The button finished off my focal center perfectly!


I think it is unexpected to see rich gold leaves. So I did the same embossing technique on the Leafy Branch cuts. Don't they look like 24k gold?   
I want to challenge you to unleash your inner Midas, and gold plate your next Die-Namites project!

Thanks for stopping in today.

Tonya Gibbs

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

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ustream Follow Up and Supply List

Thank you to everyone who attended last night's Ustream.   Couldn't make it live? It was recorded.  We created a mixed media card, and basket using Marion Smith Designs and Die-Namites Dies.  

During the Ustream we discussed several challenges that are going on now. The Die-Namites Sketch challenge. The card that I shared in tonight's show was part of that challenge.   

Then Last week on Artsy Addicts I issued a challenge with a sketch.  The information can be found here on that challenge. I hope you play along with us.  Make sure on both blogs that you link up your projects!  

Here is the Recording of the show.

Or watch it on YouTube here.

Supply list for the Card: 

  • Card base:   A2 with a top fold.   4.25 inch x 8.5  scored at 5.5   folded size 4.25 x 5.5 inches.  
  • Marion Smith Designs - Mad Tea Party - Wonderland 
  • Die-namite Dies - Delicate Egg Die
  • Gesso:  Surface Prep & Full Bodied
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft - Gelato pale pink 
  • Silhouette Cameo - Butterfly Background by Hero Arts (Stencil)
  • Heidi Swapp  - Archival Ink Pink
  • Recollections - Holiday Sentiments
  • Martha Stewart - Doily Border Punch
  • Trims 
  • I Am Roses - Small Roses
  • I Am Roses - Small Daisy
  • Ranger Ink - Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber - Metallics - Gold
  • Ranger Ink - Archival Jet Black Ink Pad
  • Stampabilities - Faded Script Stamp
  • Tombo Mono Adhesive 
  • Surbonder - Detail Glue Gun 
Supplies for the Basket:
  • Marion Smith Designs - Mad Tea Party - Wonderland
  • Marion Smith Designs - Junque & Gems
  • Marion Smith Designs - Peony Dies Bloom Impression Dies
  • Marion Smith Designs - Stamen & Leaf  Bloom Impression Dies
  • Die-Namite Dies -  Spring Branch
  • Silhouette Cameo Lori Whitlock - 3D Basket with Handle
  • May Arts - Jute Twine
  • Heidi Swapp  - Archival Ink Pink
  • Recollections - Holiday Sentiments
  • Tattered Angels - Plain Jane Baseboard
  • Tattered Angels - Chalkboard - Mantis
  • Ranger Ink  Distress Pens - Spun Sugar, Brushed Corduroy
  • Ranger Ink Distress Ink - Spun Sugar
  • Mead Drawing Paper 
  • Canvas Corp - Burlap Natural
  • McGill Stylus Tool Set
  • Lace
  • Score Tape
  • EK Sucess Curly Bracket Labels Punch
  • Surbonder - Detail Glue Gun
  • Clear/Gold Glitter Nail Polish

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Ustream Reminder - Monday April 7

Hi everyone I hope you can join me live Monday, April 7 on Ustream.
Class begins at 8:30 p.m. est. 
I will be creating a cute Easter Basket and Mixed Media Card using products from Marion Smith Designs and the new March release dies from Die-Namites.

This class will be filled with fun techniques you can use in all your projects.

As always we will do our best to record. 

Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Card and Sketch

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.
This sketch would also be great for using up some small scraps of paper.  You guys know now much I love to use up my scraps.
I hope you enjoyed this card. 
Thanks for stopping in today,

Friday, March 28, 2014

Marion Smith Designs and Petaloo Blog Hop Day 5

It is so exciting to be a part of this AMAZING blog hop. Make sure to visit all the designer's blogs from March 24th-28th! There are so many amazing projects being shared ALL week! So keep checking back every day.  

 Make sure you comment and subscribe to each blog, as we will be picking some lucky winners to win some awesome new products from both Marion Smith Designs and Petaloo!
Links to each blog can be found on the following sites
Marion Smith Designs and Petaloo
Wow, this has been a super exciting week.  I'm almost sad to see it go.  Today I wanted to share with you a mixed media canvas.

These gorgeous Botanicals from Petaloo complimented Marion's paper lines beautifully! Here are the products I used to create this canvas.  

My background was inspired by a rusted sign.  I really wanted the edges to have that rusted metal effect.  I used the Tattered Angels Natural Paint System - Mahogany  but instead of "as directed"  I blotched it on with a paint brush. Once it was dry I applied some crackle paint from Ranger to give it a blistered rusty effect.
Oh my can you say Luscious? Look at these wonderful embellies all clustered together, with a few extra fussy cut pieces from the Marion Smith Paper collections. I absolutely love how these all work so well together.
Thanks for hopping with us today,
don't forget to leave a comment, and subscribe! 
 Angela Carter

Maggie Armstrong

Sarah Bargo
Ana Paula Leal

Colette Nederhoff

Peggy Baker
 Then hop over to
Happy Hopping,
Layout Resources:
  • Marion Smith Designs - Nirvana "Typograph"
  • Marion Smith Designs - Never Grow Up Paper Collection "Sleepover"
  • Marion Smith Designs - Mad Tea Party "Rabbit Hole" 
  • Marion Smith Designs - Junque & Gems Filigree
  • Marion Smith Designs - Junque & Gems Resin Roses
  • Marion Smith Designs - Texture Stamps
  • Petaloo - Botanica Blooms - Purple
  • Petaloo - Botanica Blooms - Pistachio
  • Petaloo - Botanica Minis Teal
  • Petaloo - Velvet Hydrangeas Cream
  • Petaloo - Botanica Minis Lav/Purple
  • Liquetex - Matt Medium
  • Liquetex - Gesso
  • Ranger - Dylusional Sprays, Yellow, Green, Blue
  • Ranger - Crackle Paint Clear Rock Candy
  • Heidi Swapp - Gold Lame Color Shine
  • Satin Ribbon
  • Wooden filigree Frame - Dollar bin
  • Surebonder Detail Glue Gun
  • TCW - Damask Stencil 6x6
  • Faber Castell Design Memory Craft  - Whipped Spackle
  • Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Mahogany Woodgrain