Friday, September 28, 2012

You Make Me Smile - Garment District

Seriously this is one of my favorite printables by Marion Smith Designs.  The Garment district paper is just awesome and so versatile.  I shared with you guys a mini album, and layout.  Today I want to share with you a card I made from the scraps from both the Mini and the layout. 

I sewed some of the smaller scraps together to create the background, and then proceeded to layer a few of the other journal cards, ephemera, and scraps together to form the focal point of the card. I used a spell binder's label die to showcase the sentiment. Then added some sprigs of flower pieces from a left over Prima vine.  The tiny roses are one of my all time favorite Prima flowers, and they are awesome for cards because of their size.
It is so fun using my scraps up, and creating such a wonderful piece.  The tiniest of pieces can be used as banners, or peeking from a layer.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs

Thursday, September 27, 2012

In Her Shoes - Live with Prima

In Her Shoes Layout with Marion Smith
Thursday, September 27th at 6:30pm/ 9:30 pm
9/28-1:30am GMT/ 11:30am Sydney
This fun, easy layout is filled with techniques you are going to love!. We'll be using one of Prima's brand new masks to create 3D textures and dimension on the background. Then we will customize our flowers using sprays and glitter. This kit is loaded with goodies to make several more projects. Hope to see you guys and gals there!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Garment District: Mini Tag Album

I was in need of a mini album for a special gift and I wanted this mini album to be able to hold only a few photos. Laying on my desk top was a plain shipping tag, and I knew that's it I could create shabby chic mini tag album for my friend. I couldn't resist I knew the Garment District Printables were just perfect for the album, plus I could use up my scraps from my other projects.
 Supplies: are simple one shipping tag to trace on backside of printable, pencil to trace and scissors to cut out tags. Distress inks (brushed corduroy) and edge distresser to rough up the edges, hole punch and eyelet setter.
 Garment District printable scraps, journal spots and embellishments, assorted trims, twine, lace and buttons/gems.
 Making sure to used 3D pop dots to help give depth and places to tuck in little gems here and there.
 For the little trim on the bottom of the tags, was a pretty bright white, I used Perfect Pearl Mist (blue patina) to help tone down and give a hint of vintage.
Hope I have inspired you to create your own personal gift tags from the new Garment District Printable designs available at

Handmade for you, Peggy Lee

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Altered embroidery hoop.

Hello everyone. I am so excited to be sharing my project with you all. 

My name is Tiffany. AKA "mammatiffy" I am 27 years old. A mother of 2 wonderful kids. My son is 5 and my daughter is 1. I have a wonderful husband that supports my addiction. I mean hobby. We recently moved from the San Diego area to Nevada. It is about 45 minutes outside Las Vegas. 

I am a SAHM. I would not have it any other way. I started crafting about 4 years ago. A lady that was in a playgroup we were a part of was a Stampin Up demonstrator. I had went to an event where we made a super simple mothers day layout. it was just a photo mat a strip of paper with mommy and me stamped on it and a felt flower. I was hooked. As simple as it was I was already addicted LOL. I started out making cards. and lots of them. I'm not sure why exactly but I had went on YouTube thinking I might find 1 or 2 videos on how to make cards. Was I wrong or what?  I was overwhelmed with video after video.  The more and more I watched videos and followed blogs, the more I was inspired and my addiction grew and grew. I ended up making my first layouts, and then altered projects, mini albums and then my first video. The rest is history.  I love the crafting community and how we all are so supportive. I honestly know that I would not be crafting today if there wasn't so many nice people out there. 

Now to the project. 

I am super excited to share my project with you today. I made a embroidery hoop. These are so much fun to make. I made this into a layout. I also put some ribbon on it so I can hang it. I used the gorgeous Prima Romance Novel collection. I have a lot of texture going on. You can't see at first glance, but I used a Prima mask and some modeling paste. I cut out some of the images from the paper. I added a metal handle up on the top that I brushed some paint on.

I cut out the banner with my cricut and cut out the word INSPIRE. I put some vintage lace around the hoop. I also punched out some butterflies and used some burlap. The Prima flowers I used are Black Pierott. I cut them in half and stuffed them places so the petals are peeking out. I also used some of the tiny flowers from the collection the Prima Peries. I also used the Interlude flower pack. I finished it off by brushing some paint over it.
I enjoyed making this project for this post. I hope you enjoyed it as well. 
Thank you for stopping by. 
Tiffany Morgan/Solorio

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Heritage Layout - Garment District

Garment District Printables from Marion Smith Designs have been at the top of my play list since I downloaded them. Last week,  I shared with you a little mini that I created using these papers. Today I want to share with you a layout I created using the scraps and left over designs that didn't make it to the mini.

I was digging in a box of stuff from my Grandmother's this past weekend, and I found this photo of a woman I believe to be my Great Great Aunt. There is very little information on the back of the photo; however, there is a note that says "Alice, here is the photo of Aunt Jessie's Sister" now I know that Jessie was my Great Grandmother's first name, so I figured out the relationship. I really wish I had a name of this beautiful woman, but that information was lost forever when my Grandmother and all her siblings passed away.  It is quite possible that she passed away at an early age, because my Mother wasn't sure who she was either.  

This brings me to the point of today's post.

When I create a layout - you rarely see my journaling and sometimes the title is subtle. But the 5w's [Who, What, When, Where and Why] are always addressed somewhere on the piece. I love to hide my journaling behind photos on pull out tags because I find it distracting on the layout.  If the design doesn't offer an appealing display of the journaling it is written on the back of the base page.

We often forget to do this because we know the person in the picture, or all of our current family members know the person. It is kind of one of those things that our mind tells us it isn't necessary because everyone knows the person. As time passes the information is lost much like it is with the subject of my layout share today.

While I know little about this woman, I know that Marion's collection fits the time period this photo was taken. It is probably safe to assume that she sewed since it was common in this era for women to make their own clothing.

I love how Marion's Garment district showcases this photo.  I used a lot of layers to frame the photo. This gives the photo more presence on the 12x12 layout.  Although I may not know the name of the woman in the photo, I was able to capture the information that I did know on the back of the layout.

Also note that this is not the original photo, I scanned and reprinted the photo used in the layout.

Thanks for stopping in today,

I hope you have a great weekend.

Tonya Gibbs


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Garment District Layout :: My Wedding Day

As I was previewing Marion's Garment District line I absolutely fell in love with her papers. They are so gorgeous and detailed. I didn't know what I wanted to make with them right off but I was totally inspired by them.

When I finally got a chance to get crafty this weekend I had a long list of things to finish up and to get started on. After completing a couple of pending projects these papers peeked through the mess leftovers from other projects on my desk and this layout just sprang up from nowhere. It only took me a couple of hours to get it about 80% complete and I just loved every little bit. I kept going back to my stash and remembering things that I'd purchased but never used that would be great on this layout. I just kept layering and stamping and stamping and stamping. I finally finished it last night after a long day of work and watch the shuttle depart Houston tonight.

I started off with Garment District Adds paper and I just fell in love with it. I love the subtle flowers on the newsprint paper. They almost look like doilies from a distance. So I added a doily that I had leftover from a previous project to compliment that paper.

Next I used some of the journaling spots from the kit stacked on top of each other to separate the page a little bit. I especially loved the pink stripes so I put that one in the center so I could use the entire print.

A lot of stamping using Technique Tuesday Studio AE stamps by Ali Edwards, Papertrey Ink stamps and dies, and a few of Kelly Purkey's new dies with Simon Says Stamp added layers and layers of embellishment.

I remembered this stamp set Miss Caroline Baby clear stamp set from MME that mimics the lace detail on the journaling card perfectly in my stash and stamped it multiple times in the corners of my layout to add some intricacy up there plus I added a few small dots around the lace for interest with a black pen.

I'm loving all the texture from this layout. My favorite part has to be lace stamping at the top since it picks up the lace on my wedding dress and the lace embellishment design on the middle journaling card. I used a different set of thickers for the "day" letters in my title then at the last minute decided to cover them up with some glitter. (Not sure about the glitter though...that might be changed soon.)

This was my first layout that I scrapbooked about my wedding and I'm so excited to scrap more pictures.

Thank you for stopping by.

Have a great weekend.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Two of a Kind / Garment District Layout

Besties-two of a kind girlfriends since second grade my daughter Olivia and her best friend Mikaela. Who both are now miles apart in colleges but are so close in heart. I knew when I saw this picture that I had to use the new Garment District Printables by Marion Smith.
The printables are 8.5 x 11 (with a 1/4 boarder making them slightly smaller) perfect for creating a 12x12 layout with layering. To save on the paper I stacked three of my fav's on top of each other marked where to trim out (cut a good size square of paper out of the middle-to save for another project) scraps work great for cards or tags.
12 x12 card stock base I used a script stamp, inked edges and brushed on white paint randomly to help fill in the edges.
I used the Tim Holtz Alterations Distressed Doily die to make a frame around the photo. What girl doesn't want a shabby chic dress form to dress up the layout!
Then I fussy cut out the roses from another sheet to help bring out the roses on the base paper. Added some Prima flowers and embellishments with tulle and peals.
Loved the two ladies that comes in the Add-ons a journal spot just fussy cut them out and tucked them in around the photo.
little tip-see the ruler under the dress form (that is from one of the pages I cut a strip off, snipped it to desired length inked the edges and popped up to give depth. so cute...

Tip of the day-don't let the size of the printable discourage you for doing 12 x 12 layouts or anything you desire to create-look at it, rethink it, arrange it before you glue down. You will create your very own master piece!!

Happy Scrappin-Peggy Lee

Garment District Printables
Bazill card stock
Tim Holtz Alterations Distressed Doily Die, Dress form Die, Distress Inks ( pumice stone, brushed corduroy and walnut stain) and Adirondack Acrylic Paint (snow-cap)
Prima flowers (star spray-cut apart, Innoscence collection)
CTMH stamp (script background)
Ranger Archival Ink (black)
olde book text paper
trims, lace, tulle, pearls and gems
Adhesive-Helmar 450, 3D dots

Friday, September 14, 2012

Garment District Mini Album


Garment District is the latest digi collection by Marion Smith Designs. It is full of rich color tones, and vintage dressmaker style ads.  The designs print as a full bleed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper which make it easy for you to design your own cards, layouts, mini albums, journals, or altered projects.   There are a few add ons to this kit that includes journal cards, ephemera and extra page designs.

I decided to make this simple mini using policy envelopes.  The album took about an hour to put together. It would make an awesome gift for someone, or a personal journal.  I thought about cataloging some of my fav. Sewing tips in this little cutie.

Here are the instructions on how to put the mini book together.

To see a complete walk through of the mini please watch this video.

Have you created any projects with this collection?  If so, please post them in Artsy Addicts and be sure to tag me in the photo.  I would love to see your creations. 
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Layout | Sweet Childhood Memories

I've been on a scrapbooking kick lately. Once I got going, watched about a thousand youtube videos, then just jumped in patterned paper first. 

This is a picture that's been stalking me for months. It's ended up on my craft desk so many times after cleaning my space. I don't even know where this picture was stored or how it ended up on my craft desk. After my husband cleaned my scrap room for me (best husband ever!) it still was on my desk so I just had to scrap it. 

I used the August 2012 Studio Calico main kit + a few pieces from previous kits and my stash. 

This is a picture of me as a child in my first big girl bedroom. 

A little of everything in the embellishments. Doilies, sequins, and splatter.

Chipboard buttons, labels, badge (probably going to add a tiny little heart on that badge), more sequins, and twine. 

I slept in the bed with my mom from early childhood until I was about 7 or 8. When I finally got my big girl bedroom I knew there were a few things I had to have: A ruffly pink comforter with matching pillows. My Mickey and Mini Mouse poster. My beloved Panda, perfectly placed on the rocking horse. And my piano (still need to learn to play). 

I'm planning to add more journaling on the back of this XL tags that I die cut with a Tim Holtz alterations die. It fits perfectly in medium/large sized glassine bags. 

Thanks for looking and Have a great weekend. 


Monday, September 10, 2012

Fussy Cutting "Congrats Card"

 Good morning to all, it's a cloudy day here in New England with the temps reaching a low 30 degrees last night. It's a bit chilly this morning while having my hot cup of coffee curled up in a blanket. I just couldn't take my eyes off this little beauty, created out of Marion Smith's new printable kit "Garment District" which you can purchase over on her website at It's a lovely 8.5x11 prints that you can use in so many ways: cards, scrapbooking layouts, journals, wedding album, tags, altered art and so much more.
 Here is how I started: 
1. Printing all the digital pages out and start cutting,
2. Card base is white card stock cut down to 4 1/4 x 6.
3. First layer-cut down one of the printables to 4x5 3/4, and I ran that piece through the cuddle bug with a Tim Holtz embossing folder. Brushed distress ink pumice stone over the raised areas.
4. Cut a paper doilie (1/4 off) place over that embossing layer, (tip-don't glue down the top doilies that is showing-only the back side).
5. Created a small tag by tracing on a journal line printable, inked edges added some twine and button. Slide the tag under the Dollie.
6. Fussy cut out the roses from a printable sheet pop dotted it up to give some depth, punched out some tiny butterflies and adorned with little pretties trims/lace/mother of pearl buttons/gems. (every card needs some bling!)
7. Last used a tiny chipboard tag covered with some scraps from the first layer, stamped the word "Congrats" This will make a great wedding card, graduating card, or skies the limits.
 I just love the rustic chic feel of these printables!!
Here is a link to this amazing kit!
"Garment District"
I am so excited to see what you all will create with this fabulous, pretty kit! Please be sure to share with us on our facebook page "Artsy Addicts".
Have a wonderful week.
Peggy Lee

Garment District Printables Kit
white card stock
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink-pumice stone
Martha Stewart-butterfly punch
CTMH-black ink, word stamp
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive & 3D pop dots
Little pretties-doilies, lace, twine, tulle, gems, vintage mother of pearl buttons

Friday, September 7, 2012

Amber - Ombre Style Layout

I stumbled across this photo that I took a year ago of my Niece Amber.  I decided to use it for the Prima BAP contest for August. When chosing the color pallet for the layout - I wanted to play off her name Amber and chose an orangish/amberish tone.   I've been really inspired lately by the "Ombre" style  (Note: Ombre is a French word meaning "Shaded") where you create something monochromatic that starts with the richest value and fades into the lightest value. I thought the Songbird collection would be perfect for incorporating my color choices as well as the sketch.
 I love how the branches on the printed paper, lead your eye back down to the soft focused photo of Amber. To enhance the sunburst and add a few layers, I used my Silhouette to cut a doily shape from a sheet of Flights of Fancy Prima paper that has the Fruit of the Spirit written all over it. This is one of my favorite sheets and has been in my hoard vault for years. The floral spray also sends your eye back to the journaling that flanks the burst of linen. I painted one of the Prima Shabby Resin birds with Worn Jeans, and Shabby Tote Prima Chalks and perched him over the title.
Since the sketch used a sunburst as the focal point I decided to rip linen into small strips and soak it in Pumpkin Color wash on one end and then let it fade to a more watered down wash on the other end. After it dried, I spray the entire linen piece with gold glimmer using a Prima Floral screen. This gave a subtle pattern to the rich orange tones. I used some molding paste and circle stencil on the linen with a Prima Hexagon stamp to give a little depth.


Here is the sketch designed by Prima's Marie-Nicolas Alliot. 
I love how this layout turned out.  It has lots of details but still maintains the integrity of the sketch.  Did you participate in the Prima August BAP?  I would love to see your entry, please post them on the Artsy Addicts Facebook Group Wall and make sure to tag me so I see it.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs

Thursday, September 6, 2012

You & Me Layout

You & Me Layout

 School is back in session that means I'm back at work full time after spending 3 months off for the summer. Love my summer breaks!!

This year there have been so many changes at work, new team members, new class schedule, shorter class periods, and combining English & Reading into one class = Lots of prep work for me. 

I also started gradate school 2 weeks ago. That means reading the text, peer reviews, journal articles,  and papers galore. This is my 3rd time starting graduate school and this time there's no turning back. 

All of this means that I'm super busy, a little overwhelmed, and utterly chasing my backside. I know that I'm well on my way to "figuring out" how to manage this new life that I've created for myself and my DH is certainly doing his part to help me out. 

But the other day everything seemed to come to a head and it left me a frustrated mess. No tears this time just utter anxiety about my growing to-do list, etc. 

My husband was trying his best to cheer me up but by that time I was just in a bad mood. Then he said, "Why don't you go into your office and get crafty?" Why that didn't occur to me, I have no idea but it was exactly what I needed, and this layout was the result. 

Now I'm not much of a scrapbooker but I had this photo on my desk and I just went with the flow. What I love about this layout is that it came out of an emotional space. I didn't think about it too much. I pulled out my Studio Calico August kit and just used what I had nearby. 

Peggy said it best in this post from last month, "Art Heals." It really does. It removed my crappy mood, it put things back into perspective, and I have a layout I love to remind me the next time I'm in a "bad mood" to appreciate the good things.

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Cottage Chic Mini - Winner Is....

Before we announce the winner of the contest, the Artsy Addicts Admins would like to say that this contest was very difficult to judge.  Every submission had a unique view on the album, and elements that each of us LOVED!  It was very difficult for us to narrow this contest down to a single winner.

After hours of  deliberation, we decided that our winner of the Cottage Chic Mini Album Contest from Marion Smith Designs, A Piece of Craft, is  Kerry Duff, Duffer 9904.  

We all felt that  Kerry's deckle edges gave the book a sophisticated chic style that kept with the spirit of Marion's design concept, but offered a unique twist.  We also loved her idea of making the journal into a perpetual calendar. Both of these elements left us pondering - "hey, why didn't I think of that!"  Here is a view of Kerry's submission.

Kerry Duff - YouTube:  duffer9904

We also wanted to showcase the other contestants.  WOW - you ladies are all super talented, and your albums blew us away.  After watching these videos you will understand why this decision was so difficult. Marion has graciously offered a prize for each contestant. Someone will contact you.

Here were the other submissions:




Annie Vincent







Congratulations again to Kerry. 

Artsy Addicts Admins.

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