Friday, March 29, 2013

Butterfly Paper Clip - tutorial

I thought I would bring you a touch of spring today with this tutorial on how I created these cute butterfly paper clips.  They are perfect pocket buddies in your mini albums, add a magnet to trap notes on your fridge, or remove the clip and add a pin as a charm holder.  
Wood pieces are so popular in scrapbooking and paper crafting right now. You can really find all shapes and styles and they are so fun to docorate.  Mine were created with the following supplies, but please experiment with different products when making your own.
  • Recollections - Wood Butterfly
  • Tattered Angels: 
    • Glimmer Mist  - Jack O'Lantern
    • Glimmer Mist  - Taffy
    • Plain Jane - Rosey
    • Glimmer Glam - Stiletto
    • Glimmer Glam - Twinkle Toes
  • Ranger:
    • Glossy Accents
    • Distress Crackle Paint - Rock Candy
    • Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Caramel
    • Archival Ink - Coffee
  • Office Supplies:
    • Large Metal Paper Clip
    • Sharpie - Gold & Black
  • Stampabilities - Faded Text Background Stamp
Here is a step by step video tutorial on how these were made. 

If you make these cute butterflies, please be sure to tag me on facebook, or youtube. I would love to see them.
Thanks for stoppig in today,
Tonya Gibbs


Monday, March 25, 2013

Happy Easter Banner

With Easter being this weekend I thought I would create a little wall art to hang in my home. I knew I wanted a vintage feel, I was drawn to this 7gypsies paper collection "Trousseau". This paper collection is so vintage inspired pretty, I started with layering different size pieces of the beautiful paper collection, distressed the edges (can you believe there is no ink at all). The base is made out of a 7gypsies Ringed Accordion (naked journal board book) that I took apart and now can create little wall arts for my home.
I rolled one side of the paper to give depth and a place to tuck little goodies in....
I of course had to fuzzy cut out the roses from one of the papers, added the collection stickers "Trousseau" to write "happy easter"
Did you see I tucked in "mother of pearl buttons" here and there!!!
got to have mother of pearl buttons...
I had rolled some sheer material to create a little shabby rosette!
Added a pearl button for the center, with a stick pin to tuck behind it.
And a little bling and lace trims.
This is a great start on my Easter decoration and yes "little vintage inspired".
What have you created to celebrate Easter?
Happy Easter,
hugs Peggy Lee

7gypsies: "Trousseau Collection" and stickers, Ringed Accordian Boardbook
Prima: Say it Crystals bling
Petaloo: Spring Darjeeling Collection butterflies
Seam Binding
Lace trims and vintage buttons
Handmade flower

Friday, March 22, 2013

Create Yourself Canvas

A few months ago I shared with you the Turquoise Precious Stone Paint System from Tattered Angels.  I absolutely love this system so much that I've been through 2 kits now.  I recently got Marion Smith's Leak Shed Studios Butterfly mini album and decided a canvas was going to be born with these two products! 
I started with the Turquoise Precious Stone kit on the canvas, added some script stamping, and darkened the edges with black archival ink. I wanted the butterfly to resemble a garden decoration tarnished and crackled from the sun. So I covered it with Naturally Aged Fine Wood Paint System in White Washed Pine. However, I used more of the brown tones in the kit, and splotches of the white. For a patina effect I added some of the turquoise from the stone kit. When it was dry, I topped it off with Rock Candy Crackle.  I bent the butterfly in half so it would appear to be flying.
I flanked flowers around the base of the butterfly and started tucking in pieces of metal and  wood to give the piece interest. Eighty percent of these pieces were designed by Marion Smith. I wanted to keep with her products as much as possible, since she has been such a huge inspiration to me, and has encouraged my growth. 
I also added these cute mini butterflies that were made with the Stampendous Frantage mica pieces, and a Martha Stewart punch. 
The Tim Holtz plaque at the bottom says "Life is about creating yourself."  I thought this was perfect since I'm going through some changes and the butterfly's entire life is about creating itself.   

I love how the wings of the butterfly and the vine formed a heart. This wasn't planned, but a nice surprise since everything on this canvas is something that I LOVE down to the Designer of the Products used! 
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs

Thursday, March 21, 2013

You are Awesome :: Vintage Telegram Card + Tech Update

Inspiration can come from many places. Whether it be a walk in the park with your little one, a beautiful invitation you receive in the mail, or an inspired pin on your mood board....(Hello Pinterest). 

And then there are those times when you come across a beautifully designed piece of patterned paper and it's like......Wow. Hello gorgeous!!!

That is what I thought when I saw the background paper I used for this card. I just knew it was calling me to craft.

Both the background paper and the frame are from Marion Smith's new printable Vintage Telegram. I went with lots of die cuts this time...My description in the sidebar does say "Die Cuts Diva" so I should live up to that name right?!

The Deets

  1. Download and print out your gorgeous vintage telegram printables
  2. Trim white card stock down to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 standard A2 sized card base.
  3. Trim the Suite printable patterned paper to A2 size. 
  4. Punch photo corners from black card stock and adhere to Suite patterned paper.
  5. Die cut Hawaiian shores card stock using the "Turning a New Leaf" die and adhere to background
  6. Die cut the Dreamy printable patterned paper using the "Simply Jane" frame die. 
  7. Cover a piece of scrap paper with washi tape and adhere to frame
  8. Punch the a leftover scrap of the Dreamy printable patterned paper and adhere to background. 
  9. Die cut American Crafts POW glitter paper using the "Signature Series: Dress Form" die and adhere to washi tape using super sticky adhesive. 
  10. Adhere frame to background
  11. Punch butterflies from AC Pow glitter paper and adhere to background. 
  12. Embellish with enamel dots and a Martha Stewart label stamped with your sentiment

And there you have it. The die cutting took a little planning but once your rolling in inspiration it just flows. Make sure you hop on over to to pick up this kit and all the goodies that come along with it and get crafting. Make sure you show is your crafts in our Artsy Addicts Facebook group. 

Thanks for stopping by. 


Angela Butler-Carter

The Supplies

The photo cornerslabels, and small butterflies are punched shapes from Martha Stewart. The dress formthe frame, and leaf die cuts are from Papertrey Ink. The sentiment stamp is from Ali Edwards. The background of the frame silhouette is washi tape from K&Company Smash line. A few enamel dots finishes off this card. 

Tech Update

Speaking of Pinterest have you notice the newest feature installed on the blog??? You can now easily pin our crafty photos. 

Hover over the photo with your mouse and you will see a red Pinterest button appear in the upper right hand corner.

Click on the red button. The title of the blog post will appear in the description box and the picture will automatically hyperlink right back to the Artsy Addicts blog.

Select your board and press "Pin It"

Cool right. Now I don't proclaim to be a super efficient high tech person but I did manage to install this on the blog. If you run into any issues with this feature please contact me on Facebook

Have a great weekend. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Vintage Telegram Card

I have been playing with Marion's new Vintage Telegram printables and wow they are so fun and beautiful designs to create with. So last night I wasn't in a creative mood (tired or creative block) I had started to create a card wasn't feeling it tossed it aside to revisit at another time. Have you ever done that? I have to many times...hehe
I was ready to give up then I grabbed my folder of the printables and while I was flipping through the folder the black and white prints just jumped out at me. About 1 hour later whooola this little gem of a card was born, and I love it so not my colors (yes no pink)!!
Card size is 4 1/4 x 6
Distressed all the edges of papers and inked in black soot distress ink.
Used Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix dies (Distressed Doily and Gadget Gears).
Tissue tape from Prima Romance Novel line, gave a great boarder look to the edge of doily cutout.
I used Melt Art Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel in Platinum
to the gears to give depth and texture to the card.
1. die cut out gears with chipboard
2. paint the chipboard gears black
3. press the chipboard gear pieces into VersaMark Ink
4. shake on embossing enamel  and heat set.
5. to take shinny finish away-I used sand paper to rough the enamel up...

Close up of flowers ohhh I love how the Graphite glimmer mist just shines!
It's cool how you can still see some of the before color peaking out in places.
Grab you glimmer and mist away!
I didn't have any black flowers so I went digging into my box of flowers and said perfect time to play with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
 Raven black and Graphite colors!!

Thanks for stopping by today,
Peggy Lee

Vintage Telegram Printables
Kraft Card stock Base
Prima: Romance Novel Tissue tape, roses
Tattered Angels: Raven, Graphite glimmer mist
Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix dies: Gadget Gears, Distressed Doily
Distressed ink: Black Soot
Seam Binding

Friday, March 15, 2013

Beach - Layout

I love living in Florida and so close to the beach.  When Jade called and said she was flying into Jacksonville and needed a ride to Daytona Beach - honey  I couldn't wait to take her on a tour of Florida's First Coast!  She dipped her toes in the sand of  three Florida beaches during her visit each with a a unique sandy surface.

Today I would like to share with you a layout that I created of our first stop - Velano Beach near St. Augustine.  

For my layout I chose the following Canvas Corp products.  I love how simple and organic these products look.  Each reminds me so much of the beach.

Tattered Angels Plain Jane Sky, Tattered Angels Chalkboard Splash,
Canvas Corp Beach Sampler paper, Burlap Sheet, Twine Cord,  mini white paper bags, and kraft tags.

I wanted the layout to have a lot of white space so that I could show off the splashes from the Tattered Angels products to give the look of the sea foam splashing up on shore. I cut apart the Beach Sampler page to create the layers, and painted the burlap with white gesso sprayed with the Plain Jane Sky. The ATC sized Mini bag was a perfect holder for my journal tag. To give it a little character, I marbled gesso, Plain Jane Sky and Chalkboard Splash then dredged the white bag through the paints. 

We collected the shells from the beach as a souvenir, so I thought it would be nice to use them on the layout.  The shells at the bottom of this layout were also from the beach.   I love how the shells provide an organic texture, while grounding  the layout.   

Here is a close up of the layered section. 
I would like to issue you a challenge.   Pull out some old travel photos, and create a layout or mini album, then share your project on the Artsy Addicts Facebook page.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs

Monday, March 11, 2013

Vintage Telegram Keepsake Box

A mini album needs a keepsake box to sit in...while shopping at my local dollar store I found this box and knew right off that I was going to alter it with Marion's new Vintage Telegram printables. I am thrilled with the way it came out so shabby vintage and wow I love pink. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy reading and gazing at all the photos there is alot but I wanted to make sure you could see every bit of this adorable box and how beautiful the printables are.
The box measures roughly 9x6.5, I had to print out two of each design I used. Which wasn't bad at all and with the scraps I fuzzy cut out images to pop up and give the box some depth.
My daughter found some dollar store frames that were green I painted them white, sprayed patina glimmer mist added cream paint, sanded sprayer tattered leather glimmer mist. Then dry brushed on gesso, sanded a little more and I love how it came out.
I distressed all the edges of the papers and cut a small piece of paper and glued it to the under side of the cover piece of paper to be able to roll the top layer back with having the under piece showing added some gems. This is a fun and creative way to showcase your papers!
Seam binding colored with glimmer mist!!
To give depth I glued a piece of chipboard under the cut outs to pop them up out of the frame. I really like to give height to my creations.
I tucked in tiny flowers and a wood piece along with some of the cut outs from the printables.
I sprayed patina glimmer mist on the eggs and added Stickles to the flowers.
The butterfly is cut out from one of the printable pages!!
This is my fav!!

Handmade stick pin from my stash, every projects needs a paper doily!
I love the little crystal gems peaking out here and there...

These printable pages Marion design are distressed beautifully!

Here is a video to share with you...enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today!!
Peggy Lee

Vintage Telegram printables
Tattered Angels glimmer mist (patina and tattered leather)
Prima-Shabby Chic Resin (bird) & Say it in Crystals gems
Prima-Romance Novel Wooden Pieces
Kaiser Craft-Paper Blooms roses (dusty pink)
Folk Art Paint (black and cream)
Ranger-Claudine Hellmuth Studio-Mulit Medium Matte
Ranger: Distressed inks (black soot and vintage photo)
Ranger: Stickles (Icicles)
Dollar Frame
Seam Binding, Lace, Doily and vintage button

Friday, March 8, 2013

Vintage Telegram Mini Album

Marion just released a new Mini Album Printable called Vintage Telegram.  If you love her Romance Novel Line with Prima Marketing, you are going to love this printable.  It is a mini album that compliments that line. You can purchase the kit at

I couldn't wait to play with it, and I think it is an all time record for me - From printing to decorating - I created this mini in 8 hours.  WOW - can you believe it. 

I used the Tim Holtz vintage typewriter die for the cover.  I used utee and gold ink to give it that brass look.   Then I used several of my Spellbinders Grand Caliber Labels dies to make pockets and die cut insert pages.  Love how they add a little interest to the book.  Below are some of my favorite pages in the book.  

Here is a video of a page by page walk through of the mini.

Thanks for stopping in today,

Tonya Gibbs

Monday, March 4, 2013

Coin Envelope Mini Album Part 2 (Finished)

Part 2 of the coin envelope mini album I shared with you all last week, added some seam binding and little gems and beads to hang of the edge of the mini. I wanted to keep the mini simple and clean, trying my best not to over embellish the mini..
Which you all know how I love to junk up my mini albums.
created a little dangle
added a stick pin I got in a swap
Inside pages I kept pretty simple
just adding a paper doily with laces.
handmade tag to tuck into
 the coin envelope pocket
every album needs a little gem
two or three...
This little mini would look great with black and white photos.
Here is the finished album in the video below, hope you enjoy...

Happy Creating, hugs Peggy Lee

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