Monday, December 30, 2013

Mixed Media Play: "Soar With Wild Flowers" page!!

A little mixed media play after this crazy and busy Holiday Season!
I grabbed my altered book and supplies!
And went to's really fun to have no directions and just play.
"Soar With Wild Flowers"
altered book page
Glued my pages together to give some strengthen.
Covered with gesso to prime the book pages.
Next texture layer.
Plaster and gesso mixture with your favorite masks and stencils.
anything to give texture!
Just so Pretty!
Colored the background with different color mists and sprays,
inks and paints.
Don't forget the stamping!!!
I also used Marion Smith Designs new stamps.
Curious, Typo Stamps
I stamped them on watercolor paper, painted with mists along with stamping
cut out and glued down....
Texture is so fabulous!!!

Thanks for stopping by,
and I hope and prayer
you all have a Wonderful and Happy New Year!!!
Peggy Lee

Tattered Angels: Glimmer mists in Titti Fruitti, Coffee Shop, Olive Vine, Juneberry, Graphite and Riptide
Simply Sheer in Army Green
Ranger: Archival ink-Jet Black ink, Perfect Pearls Mists in Heirloom Gold, Sunflower Sparkle, Blue Patina
Dabber paint in Sunshine Yellow, Dot Fade Stencil
Prima: Script Stamp, Crackle mask
Beacon 3-n-1
Gesso and Plaster

Friday, December 27, 2013

December Daily Days 20 - 23 by Tonya Gibbs

Hi everyone I hope you guys had an amazing Christmas.  Today is my Birthday and my hubby swept me away to the Smoky Mountains around 4 p.m. on Christmas Day.  So my post this week will be a bit light.   I only have days 20 - 23 to share.  I will post 24 - 27 early next week when I return. In addition to the Photo shares I've also prepared a few prompts for you on days when you need a little inspiration. 

Day 20
Cooper hung out with me that day while his Mom & Dad were out of town, and he made this card for his momma.  So sweet! 
Day 21
Prompt:  Highlight a favorite recipe that you prepare during the holidays. 

The journaling for this page was done on the back of the recipe card.
Day 22
Prompt 2:  Just journal!   I did nothing on day 22 nothing zip nada.  I barely got out of  bed.  I was so tired from having Cooper, Bella, and Trey over that I decided to use a photo from the day before and just journal about the day!

Day 23
Prompt 3:  Do Selfies on shopping excursions.  

Brittany and I went shopping on the 23 to finish up our holiday shopping.  Then later that evening we got this cute little puppy.  She hasn't been named yet, but I thought she deserved a page all to herself!

Here is a video walk through of the pages.


Thank you guys for stopping in today.  I hope you had a fantastic Christmas and I will be back with days 24 - 27  on Tuesday! 

Merry Christmas,

Tonya Gibbs

Friday, December 20, 2013

December Daily Days 13 - 19 by Tonya Gibbs

I'm back with updates on my December Daily.   I have prepared days 13 -19 for you guys for today's post.  In addition to the Photo shares I've also prepared a few prompts for you on days when you need a little inspiration. 

Day 13:

Prompt 1:  Use store decorations as inspiration for page embellishments. 

I wanted to leave this page background white so it wouldn't compete with the dramatic photo.  But the page was very blank on the right margin.   I was in Target doing some Christmas Shopping and noticed their entry way decoration was a HUGE display of different sized balls in a "swag" so I decided to duplicate that look with circle punches. For a little sparkle, I scattered sequins in different sizes.

Day 14
Prompt 2: Use past photos to tell your store for the day.  

My Friend and I went on a road trip to the My Favorite Things Store for their Christmas celebration.  I had forgotten to take a photo of the two of us so I  used photos that I had taken earlier in the year.  I think this is fine, as long as they don't "change" the story of the day.

Day  15
Prompt 3: Use your scraps - even if they don't have a "Holiday" theme.


I used the Nirvana "Family" title that was sitting on my desk.  I also used scraps from other pages in this book to create the background of this page.  The tape in the right margin was Holiday package tape from Target.

Day 16

The look on his face was so precious that I wanted it to be the only thing on the page!

Day 17  & Day 18
Prompt 4:  Slow day,  use library pockets that are beautifully decorations, and just journal on tags inside the pocket.
Prompt 5:  Document the Weather  if you have nothing else to "say" about the day!   We often forget to document this detail.



Not much of a story to tell, so I used library pocket and placed my content on tags and tucked them into the pocket. 

Day 19:

Prompt 6:  Use a Christmas card that you have received and document what that person means to you. 

Here is a video walk through of these days. 

Can't believe this month is almost over.  Next week is going to be "crazy" busy so I may have a "late" post to share with you guys or an "on location" post. 

It isn't too late to jump in on the fun.  If you are just starting to follow us on this journey, you can catch up with the other days by clicking the links below:

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

December Daily Days 10 - 12 by Tonya Gibbs

hi you guys just wanted to give you an update on my December Daily.   I have prepared days 10 -12 for you guys as promised.  I will be back on Friday with the rest of the days. 

In my video for Day 6 I indicated that I wasn't happy with the way the lettering turned out on the Christmas Tree transparency.  So I modified it slightly.  Here is an updated picture.

I used Prima small canvas letters instead with my new Wink of Stella Clear glitter pen from Zig.  I really think this looks cleaner than the handwritten title.

I had a few extra scraps on my desk so I decided to use a Jenny Bowlin punch to add to the pearl trim. I love how these little banners just added a little life to the accent. Small things can make a big difference. 

Day 10:
Prompt today:
  Use your phone apps to make your photos more interesting.

We took a trip to Disney World and most of the day was spent at work in the morning, then a road trip that afternoon.  So there really wasn't much to tell.  I decided to use one of the Journaling cards from the kit, and share a photo of a snowman ornament that I found at Downtown Disney. I also purchased the Rhonna Designs App for the Droid that day, so I played a little with the Snowman image in that app.  Oh btw - best photo editor app EVER!


Day 11
Prompt:  For days with extra photos make pocket pages, and fold outs.

Today, we went to the Magic Kingdom (LOVE me some Magic Kingdom)  Our trips are not all out races to get to rides, instead we float around and pay attention to the "details"  this page.  I wanted to document more than one photo, but I wanted the photos to be larger.  So I used two sheets of the patterned papers, and made a fold up.  On my card stock I used a Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Ornate On the Edge Die to create a pocket for additional photos.
Day 12:
Prompt:  Collect memorabilia or print facts from the Internet about interesting vacation sites.
This is a 16 foot Gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World.  AMAZING artistry and details galore.   I grabbed a brochure and used it to document some of the facts from this amazing structure. 

Here is a video walk through of these pages...

Well, I'm half way through the month, and I'm really enjoying this project. It is a lot of work, but I think it will be worth  the time investment.  It isn't too late to jump in on the fun.   If you are just starting to follow us on this journey, you can catch up with the other days by clicking the links below:
Don't forget to share your December Journey with me on Facebook.  Please make sure you tag me in the post.
Thanks for stopping in today.
Tonya Gibbs

Monday, December 16, 2013

Last Minute Christmas Cards

Happy Monday everyone!
With Christmas just around the corner, do you ever find yourself needing a card at the last minute? I do so here are a couple of last minute cards I whipped up using my scraps and washi tape...
These cards are going to be hand delivery so the size is much bigger and bulky embellishments.
Who doesn't love a tree card...this homespun feel is my favorite.

Tree Card:
Measures 4 x 9 1/4 tall
Randomly stamped the music note for background.
Stamped tree image in green ink cut out.
Glittered up the star along with brushed white paint on in places.
Added a glitter trunk 
Stamped a little tag of 25 Merry Christmas!

Another quick card I created using card stock and washi tape!
That simple!!

Washi Tape Card:
Measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
I just layered red and white card stock for the base of the card.
Ripped strips of different washi tape
to create banners.
Stamped Merry Christmas and added a little metal flower!
Easy as that...simply but so pretty!

Hope this little inspiration of last minute Christmas Cards peeks your creative
side to give an handmade card, they really do put a smile on someones face.
Light up someones world with a handmade card done by you!!
Happy Holidays
Merry Christmas

hugs, Peggy Lee

Supplies: all CTMH

Friday, December 13, 2013

December Daily Days 6-9 by Tonya Gibbs

Our December Daily journey continues today with Days 6 - 9. (I was on vacation and didn't have time to create the pages for days 10 -12, so I will post them during the weekend!)  I'm using 25th and Pine from Basic Grey as my paper collection.

Each week I plan to share with you my progress. Hopefully this will encourage you to work along with me, and give you some ideas for your own journals.  I'm documenting my journey, here, and on YouTube.  For your convenience I've created a Play list on YouTube with tutorials and project shares  that may help kick start your own Daily Journals. 

I'm also including a few prompts below that will help you on days that stump you.

Day 6
I had several stories to tell on Day 6, from picking out my tree, to decorating, and  then the finished tree.   I decided this day needed to expand several pages. 

Prompt 1. Use photo sleeves.   Use photo sleeves to add extra pages to your book. Photo sleeves are also a perfect way to tell that day's story without a lot of  overwhelming decorating so keep them in mind if you want to expand on the day, or keep the day simple. 

I started with the library pocket that we created in the December Ustream.   My journaling for all of the pages are on the tag that is inserted into the pocket.   On the back is the photo of  Kelly the Garden center manager at Ace Hardware where I buy my tree.  For the past 25 years Kelly has helped me find the perfect tree.  

This year I took Brighton with me to help us get the perfect one.   Then later that evening Brittany stuck around to help me decorate.   We were being super silly and I really enjoyed the time we spent together! These two photos were simply put into a photo sleeve.  No fuss!  

And here is the last page for day 6.  The decorated tree!

Day 7

Prompt 2. Collage print several photos on 1 4x6.
Day 7 we went to the Christmas Parade, and I took a lot of photos. I took these photos with my little point and shoot camera. The lighting was low and lots of fast moving objects, the pictures were not the best quality.  So I decided to collage print them onto 1 4x6.  You can use photo apps on your phone to make this simple.  Also online print services have a great options for this too.


Day 8
Prompt 3:  Look for interesting decorations when shopping.   My Mom and Dad and I went shopping today, and we found the Snowman Christmas tree in a restaurant.  I thought it was so clever that I wanted to document it as my day 8.  I included one of the small library pockets that we made in a YouTube video and tucked a small tag inside.  I added a clothespin with a snowflake on it for a pull element.

Day 9

Just started following us on this journey?  You can catch up with the other days by clicking the links below:  
Don't forget to share your December Journey with me on Facebook.  Please make sure you tag me in the post.
Thanks for stopping in today.
Tonya Gibbs

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

File Folder "December Daily" Album for 2013

Good morning yes my post is coming to you a couple of days late, sorry I've been sick with a bad sinus migraines. But all is good I just couldn't wait to share with you my take on the December Daily Album...I decided to use file folders in Kraft...(which you could use any folder) and my favorite two paper collections by Heidi Swapp and Teresa Collins Christmas theme...oh my so pretty!
Mixed with many supplies from my stash.
Christmas music and lighted tree...
Here is the finished guts of my album
and the decorated cover...
Dollar Store reindeer with trimmings from my stash.
Here is the only thing I bought
my two favorite paper collections.
I gathered items from my stash to use...
I keep a basket full right beside me while I create!!
Kraft file folders taped together-form album
After the album is formed
start gluing the papers to each file folder and trim out.
Here is the file folder album 
now to decorate!!
Don't forget to sand down the edges 
ink them I used Distress ink-vintage photo
Cut out the numbers to use for days!
Now I can't wait to start filling up my Christmas December Daily
with family and friends photos
and all the details of the Holiday Season!

Don't forget to check out Tonya Gibbs post here to see her take on December Daily!
Happy Holidays,
Peggy Lee

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