Birds & Words

Friday, November 6, 2015

Yvonne Blair Designs

Hey everybody!  I know you've arrived all inspired from your visit to Cheryl Boglioli's blog!!

I've taken a nice long break from blogging and am SO glad to break my blogfast with a celebration of Yvonne Blair Designs Impression Obsession stamps, Inky Art Journals, and Journal Buddy stenciling tool.  Everyone who has ever met Yvonne has fallen in love with her.  Her signature products reflect her warmth, her heart, and her inspiring and optimistic outlook on life.

My post today is a tribute to Yvonne.  Her love for butterflies, for the number 3, for vintage style and all things pink.  I love you, dear friend.

I began my Inky Art Journal page by blending Fossilized Amber Distress ink over the entire two page spread.  This is by far my favorite journal to use for art.  The manila pages are nice and thick and can handle gesso, inks and paints.  They open out nice and flat, which I have seen in any other journal.  They come in 6" x 8", 4" x 8", and 4" x 6" sizes.

I used Yvonne's Journal Buddy stenciling tool to create the wavy rainbow.  Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet and Abandoned Coral.  Some black stenciling and Picket Fence Distress Stain pigment drips help make the colors pop.

One of my very favorite Yvonne Blair Designs stamps.  She certainly listens to the whispers of her own heart and is inspiring us to do the same.  The little star is cut out from another of Yvonne's stamps.  The sentiment is stamped on stenciled bit of paper, colored with blended Victorian Velvet Distress Ink (a shade of Yvonne's favorite color, pink!), and die cut from Styled Labels.  Vintage cheesecloth and doilies peak from behind the label.

Yvonne often used butterflies in her art and this one (cut from Tim Holtz Layered Butterfly die and stenciled with "Art Is" text stencil from Crafter's Workshop and white embossing paste) is a tribute to her free spirit.  She also frequently includes doilies in her pieces and collects items with the number "3".

I cut two butterflies and layered one on top of the other and placed some foam squares near the body of the butterfly to separate the layers just a little.  I placed the wavy edge of the stencil at the side of the page with a glass cutting mat behind it.  I used a fine tip stylus and followed the wavy line over and over until the line was impressed enough to tear and leave a textured edge.

Straight lines are also from the Journal Buddy with can be used to create lines for journaling or just for interest.  I've used them vertically here.  I LOvE stamps and stencils with lines.  My handwriting tends to lay down and go to sleep on me, so I love to add lines to help keep it straight.  These lines are spaced far enough apart that you can double up and add more lines, or use them as is.

Wildflower stencil from Tim Holtz with white embossing paste and some Fossilized Amber ink blended over.  More butterflies, rub ons from Tim.

Do you LOVE the Journal Buddy Stencil??
You can buy Yvonne's Journal Buddy by emailing her here.

Do you LOVE Yvonne's signature stamps?
You can get your own here.

Do you LOVE Inky Art Journals?
Of course you do. Get yours by emailing her here.  Warning:  Buy several.  You'll be spoiled for any other.

Giveaway alert!!  Leave a comment on all the blog hop stops and get a chance to WIN a Journal Buddy stencil AND a 4 x 8 Inky Art Journal.  This is a new size and its like working on #10 tags.  Yvonne will randomly draw the name of our lucky winner!! 

Now hop on over to visit Linda Ledbetter's blog and feast on some brilliant creativity!!