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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May Ustream Re-Cap

Oh my goodness we had a blast last night.  We played around with some super simple watercolor and doodling techniques, and made these beautiful cards.





We discussed super simple methods for creating roses, rosebuds, and daisies.  Then we combined these into a floral swag.   Everyone was simply amazed at how easy it was to create these designs.

My best advice is don't over think it, and practice practice practice!

Also Note:   The products listed here, are products that I love and use often.  I have not been compensated by these companies to promote these items. 

For the show I used these supplies:

PAINTS




I have linked to Amazon, but I got mine from Michael's. 


PEN SUGGESTIONS:

Of course there are lots of pens on the market that are amazing, and perfect.  I am only going to talk about the ones that demoed last night.   I have the Microns and love them as well, so if you have them, use them!  Also remember that everyone writes different, and their hands are shaped differently. Left handed vs. Right handed makes a big difference too.  I am suggesting what works for me, but you need to experiment to find your perfect pen!


Here are the pens that I used last night:

I'm linking to Amazon for these, but I got this one at Office Depot



OMG - I LOVE THESE!   I used these after I turned the recording off. I wrote the Thank You then Water colored the blue in the background (see pic above).  They are water proof and smear proof almost the second you write.  I would set them with a heat gun just to make sure the fibers of the papers are dry before applying water.   


I'm linking to Amazon for these, but I got this one at JoAnns

This one is one of my favorite outline pens.  It writes the best over the water colors.   The line is kind of thick, but for this technique I'm good with it.  It has a great flow, and I found that I wanted to write with it when I tried it out.  This pen is truly the inspiration for tonight's show.  When I busted it out of the package, I couldn't stop scribbling with it.  I found that it is water proof, but only after I set it with the heat tool.   It takes a bit to dry before it is smear proof. 



I'm linking to Amazon for these, but I got this one at Office Depot

Sorry Sharpie - but I wasn't a fan.  It is water proof, and maybe if I were drawing before applying watercolor it would work better.  But I found it wanted to skip a lot on top of the watercolor.  To be fair though - I was rushing the process and maybe the surface of my paper appeared dry but really wasn't.  I'll test this theory out on some doodles that were made in advance before I pass judgement.  I did use this pen for the first 30 mins or so in the show, so you can see for yourself. 

CARDSTOCK:
In addition to these supplies, I also used 110lb Standard Cardstock.   I would avoid watercolor paper if you plan to doodle.  The texture in the paper may cause issues with sketches. The GP brand paper at Wal-Mart is PERFECT!

We also discussed using a template to practice your hand lettering techniques.  

HAND LETTERING TIP:

I recommend opening your word processor (Word) and type the word you would like to appear on your card, then write the several times down the page, in the font you would like to duplicate.  I chose a soft grey color for the font color.  Place as many of these on the page as will fit.   Do different sizes if you wish.  Then print them out.  This will be your practice sheet.  Trace over the letter shapes until you develop a muscle memory and the lettering techniques become second nature.  

I have created a sample using the word Happy Birthday.  In this example I have used several different fonts for you to practice your handwriting skills. 

Here are a sample with multiple font styles
click on the image to open, then print.




 Here is a sample with one font style.
click on the image to open, then print.



Just print these out and write them, until your brain can tell your hand how to do it!   Practice Practice Practice  is the best advice I have.  Try making your own for sentiments you use a lot.




Here is the recording if you missed the show live: 




Here are a few other cards that I created when prepping for the show:



Thanks again for coming to the show live last night, and hanging out for the post - show!   I had a great time with our "Creative Play Time"  and I hope you guys did too!   Best of all I got to meet a few new friends.  


If you try these out, please please please share them with me!   I would love to see what you create.   Tag me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and don't forget to #FollowingTonyaGibbs

Our next class will be June 2 at 8:30 p.m. EST. 








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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Ustream Monday May 4

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Hi everyone I hope you can join me on

Monday, May 4, 2015  at 8:30 p.m.

on Ustream for this month's class. 
 
Log in early to chat:
 


 
I'm going to share with you some super simple
Hand Lettering, Watercolor and Doodling techniques to create super fun and unique cards.    
 
Supplies need for this class:
 
 
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Fairy Bell Shabby Chic Mixed Media Mini Album

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I absolutely love Easter!   Spring is in the air, the weather is amazing, and all my cute little nieces and nephews are all dressed up and ready for fun! This year, I  decided to create a shabby chic mixed media album for my favorite Easter photos.  The concept for this mini was texture and lots of it!   I wanted it to stay soft and elegant, but tattered and frayed. 
 
 
My base album is the Prima Canvas album.   I selected the Prima Fairy Bell collection because it has lots of spring elements and maintains my Shabby Chic style. Nestled on each page, are a collection of Prima embellishments including flowers, canvas resist pieces, butterflies, trinkets, metal, and trims.  I also gathered some random supplies of misc.  lace, burlap, muslin, doilies, hymnal pages, and vintage book pages.   I kept everything in soft neutral tones, so that the colors of the Fairy Bell papers could become dominate.   
 
 
I used a Prima Vintage Trinket Closure across the side of the mini album to keep it secure.  I love how the bobbles dangle from the closure.  Look at all that yummy texture peek-a-booing from the edges of the pages.
 
 
Here are some photos of the inside of the album...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the last page, I decided to create a tag that was topped with a canvas resist key and a beautiful seam binding bow.   This tag is the "KEY" to the album.  
 
 
 
The cover of the tag is the title  and the back has a list of numbers which represent each page, then the name of the person featured on the page. 

 
 

 
I hope you like this cute mini and I've given you some ideas on how to create your own beautiful album. This would make a perfect Bridal or Baby gift as well! 
 
Thanks for stopping in today,
 
Tonya Gibbs
 
 
Supplies:
Prima Marketing - Jodie Lee Fairy Bell  12x12 Paper Collection
Prima Marketing - Doily Stencil #564247
Prima Marketing - Finnabair - 6x6 Damask Stencil  #960551
Prima Marketing - Canvas Mini Album
Prima Marketing - Flowers White Wildflowers Pillar
Prima Marketing - Flowers Serenade C
Prima Marketing - Canvas Resist Banners & Tickets
Prima Marketing - Canvas Resist Printery Collection
Prima Marketing - Canvas Resist Songbird
Prima Marketing - Shabby Chic Treasures Metal - Birdcage
Prima Marketing - Shabby Chic Treasures Resin - Fly Away
Prima Marketing - Shabby Chic Treasures Metal - #890865 (frame)
Prima Marketing - Shabby Chic Treasures Resin - La Coeur
Prima Marketing - Finnabair - Art Ingredients Glass Beads Crystal
Prima Marketing - Finnabair - Art Ingredients Glass Glitter Sterling
Prima Marketing - Butterflies Collection - Butterfly Embellishments - Fluture
Prima Marketing - Mini Roses
Prima Marketing - Leaves
Prima Marketing - Finnabair - Vintage Trinkets
Prima Marketing - Flowers Kennedy Collection
Prima Marketing - Bretton Vines Purity
Prima Marketing - Closure #930059
 
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Hope Is The Anchor Chalkboard Art

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A few months ago we moved into a new home, and I've been frantically nesting, trying to add a few personal touches here and there.   Today I would like to share with you a chalkboard that I created. I started by painting the glass in a 16x20 frame with Prima's Chalkboard Paint.  I painted 4 coats, allowing the paint to dry between each coat.

The quote that inspired this project is:
"Hope is the anchor, love is the ship, time is an ocean and life is the trip."

 
I found this Chipboard anchor and thought it would be great to alter it for the side of the frame.  I decided to add elements to the anchor that represent the quote on the chalkboard.
 
I started by covering my anchor with Prima's  Jodie Lee Nature Garden Collection Fairy Godmother"  the b-side.  I then began to add color and texture by spritzing the anchor with Prima's  Color Bloom sprays Antique Gold  & Storm Cloud  then I added Utee to the top and heat set.  I love how my anchor now looks like corroded metal. 
 
 
To represent "time" in the quote.  I decided to Use the Prima Finnabair Mechanical Clock with a Prima Wooden clock inside.  
 
The ship on Prima's Seashore stamp is adorable!   I decided to create a 3D ship using this stamp.
 
 
I stamped it on sticky backed canvas, and chipboard several times, then used foam strips to assemble pieces until I had a great 3D effect.   Isn't this ship just the cutest?  It would be adorable on a layout or card as well!  To keep the canvas from fraying I brushed a quick coat of Gel Medium over the top.
 
 
To finish off my anchor I added the Prima Cherry Blossom Vine (removing the flowers), the Capri Merlot Burlap Flowers and the Oahu-Hula flowers.   To fill in around the clusters, I added some shells that I recently found on a trip to the beach.  I love how the flowers mimic the texture found in the shells.
 
 
I added some rope around the frame to give it a little interest.  I used the Finnabair Art Ingredients Mica Flakes Gold Leaf to fill in the negative spaces around the shells and flowers.
 
 Here is my finished chalkboard. 
 
  
 
 
I hope I have inspired you to create a beautiful chalkboard for your home. 
 
Thanks for stopping in today,
 
Tonya Gibbs
 
 
Supplies:
 
Prima Marketing:  Chalkboard Paint - Black
Prima Marketing:  Color Bloom - Antique Gold
Prima Marketing - Color Bloom - Storm Cloud
Prima Marketing -  Jodie Lee Nature Garden Collection Fairy Godmother"
Prima Marketing - Seaside Stamp
Prima Marketing - Cherry Blossom Vine
Prima Marketing - Oahu, Hula Flowers
Prima Marketing - Capri - Merlot Flowers
Prima Marketing - Finnabair Mechanicals - Vintage Trinkets - Clock
Prima Marketing - Finnabair Art Ingredients Mica Flakes Gold Leaf
Prima Marketing - Wooden Trinkets - Clock
Frame 16x20
Tim Holtz - Compass
Tim Holtz - Spinners
Shells
Netting
Rope
 
 
 
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sister's Love Mixed Media Layout

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Hi everyone, today I would love to share with you a Mixed Media layout that I created using Prima's Songbird collection.   I took this photo of my nieces at Easter. Isn't it darling?
 
I loved the soft colors in the Songbird collection and wanted to carry that into my layout. 
 
I created a tree in the background using Whipped Spackle, and a wood grain stencil,  then used the Prima's Songbird Stamps to create the branches.   Stamping them in multiple generations gave me a great depth of field, and offered some interest to the negative space of the layout.   For added texture I also included some drywall tape to the tree trunk.
 
 
 
I decided to use the Songbird 6x6 paper pad, to create strips of tattered paper that will offer a platform for my floral spray and photo.  As I was creating it, the platform reminded me  of a tree house.  Prima's Valentine Vine and Kennedy Flowers offer a soft embellishment cluster to the side of the photo, and finish off my "tree" theme.  I added  a few Vintage Trinkets and Shabby Chic Treasures to create additional weight to the vine.   Once the layout was dry I created  a mixture of Crackle Accents, Crystal Glass Beads and Glass Glitter, then placed it in the negative spaces of the floral spray and under the photo frame.  This offers a touch of sparkle without a lot of bulk.   
 
Here is a glimpse at my finished layout.  
 
 
I have prepared a process video for you to enjoy...
 


 
 
 
I just love all the texture in this layout.  It  is going to look lovely on my wall.  Thanks for stopping in today,
 
Tonya
 
Supplies for this layout:
Prima Marketing,  Valentine Vine - White
Prima Marketing - Kennedy Flowers
Prima Marketing - Finnabair Art Ingredients  Glass Glitter Sterling
Pirma Marketing - Finnabair Art Ingredients - Glass Beads Crystal
Prima Marketing - Song Bird Collection Mosaic 12x12 paper
Prima Marketing - Song Bird 6x6 Paper pad
Prima Marketing - Shabby Chic Treasures - Metal Bird Cages #890858
Prima Marketing - Shabby Chic Treasures - Resin Fly Away #891480
Prima Marketing - Vintage Trinkets Flowers 4
Prima Marketing - Romance Novel Canvas Alphabets
Prima Marketing - Distress Tool
Prima Marketing - Songbird Stamps
Prima Marketing - Wheat Jute
Prima Marketing - Jodie Lee Designs - Fairy Bell Cling Stamp #950248
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Whipped Spackle
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gesso
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pen #199 Black
IndigoBlu - Flitter Box Kit
The Crafter's Workshop Mini Wood Grain Stencil
Lindy's Stamp Gang - Fuzzy Navel Peach
Lindy's Stamp Gang - Limor Webber Designs - Tres Chic - Café Au Lait
Ranger Ink, Archival Ink in Jet Black
Ranger Ink, Alcohol Ink Pitch Black
Jacquard Products - Pearl Ex Pink Gold #643
 
 
 

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Prima DT Call Submissions

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Hi everyone, I'm excited to share with you today, my Prima Design Team submissions.  I had a lot of fun creating these projects, and wish all that submitted the best of luck!

Project 1:
I loved the soft colors in the Songbird collection and wanted to carry that into my layout. I created a tree in the background then used the Prima's Songbird Stamps to create the branches.   Stamping them in multiple generations gave me a great depth of field, and offered some interest to the negative space of the layout.   For added texture I also included some drywall tape to the tree trunk. I decided to use the Songbird 6x6 paper pad, to create strips of tattered paper that will offer a platform for my floral spray and photo.  As I was creating it, the platform reminded me  of a tree house.  Prima's Valentine Vine and Kennedy Flowers offer a soft embellishment cluster to the side of the photo, and finish off my "tree" theme.  I added  a few Vintage Trinkets and Shabby Chic Treasures to create additional weight to the vine.      

(click images to enlarge) 
 
Once the layout was dry I created  a mixture of Crackle Accents, Crystal Glass Beads and Glass Glitter, then placed it in the negative spaces of the floral spray and under the photo frame.  This offers a touch of sparkle without a lot of bulk.
 
 
Here is a process video of me creating this layout:

 
 
Project 2:
Mixed Media Chalkboard  -  Hope is the Anchor.   For this project, I used Prima products to decorate the anchor on the side of the chalkboard. 
 
(click images to enlarge) 
 
I found this Chipboard anchor and thought it would be great to alter it for the side of the frame.  I decided to add elements to the anchor that represent the quote on the chalkboard.
 
I started by covering my anchor with Prima's  Jodie Lee Nature Garden Collection Fairy Godmother"  the b-side.  I then began to add color and texture by spritzing the anchor with Prima's  Color Bloom sprays Antique Gold  & Storm Cloud  then I added Utee to the top and heat set.  I love how my anchor now looks like corroded metal. 
 
(click images to enlarge) 

 
To represent "time" in the quote.  I decided to Use the Prima Finnabair Mechanical Clock with a Prima Wooden clock inside.   The ship on Prima's Seashore stamp is adorable!   I decided to create a 3D ship using this stamp. I stamped it on sticky backed canvas, and chipboard several times, then used foam strips to assemble pieces until I had a great 3D effect.   Isn't this ship just the cutest?  It would be adorable on a layout or card as well!  To keep the canvas from fraying I brushed a quick coat of Gel Medium over the top. To finish off my anchor I added the Prima Cherry Blossom Vine (removing the flowers), the Capri Merlot Burlap Flowers and the Oahu-Hula flowers.   To fill in around the clusters, I added some shells that I recently found on a trip to the beach.  I love how the flowers mimic the texture found in the shells. I used the Finnabair Art Ingredients Mica Flakes Gold Leaf to fill in the negative spaces around the shells and flowers. 
 
 
Project 3:
Fairy Bell Shabby Chic Mixed Media Mini Album. My base album is the Prima Canvas album.   I selected the Prima Fairy Bell collection because it has lots of spring elements and maintains my Shabby Chic style. Nestled on each page, are a collection of Prima embellishments including flowers, canvas resist pieces, butterflies, trinkets, metal, and trims.  I also gathered some random supplies of misc.  lace, burlap, muslin, doilies, hymnal pages, and vintage book pages.   I kept everything in soft neutral tones, so that the colors of the Fairy Bell papers could become dominate.  
 
click Images to enlarge
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you for this opportunity to try out. 
Additional projects can be found in my online gallery at Scrapbook.com
 
Other Projects I've created with Prima products:
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