Saturday, March 1, 2014

Transformation by Tonya Gibbs

Hi everyone, today is March 1 and that means spring is right around the corner.  When I think of spring, I think of new beginnings and transformations. Currently, my yard has begun the transformation from winter to spring. It is peppered with camellia blossoms, the azaleas are in full bloom, and the dogwood trees are starting to bud. I just love this time of year. Seems like God's paint brush is full of high contrasts, and vibrant splashes of color. 

Today's project is about transformation. Taking something from its original form and making it something else.  When you look at things with a different perspective, it gives new life to your supplies.

I was playing with my nephew and he was cutting out the Flowering Tree die (he loves to play with Aunt Tonya's toys). A few of his cuts were not so perfect, but they gave me a different perspective.  He and I both saw butterflies, which then led to dragonflies.

The butterflies and dragonflies from above were made using two cuts from the Flowering Tree die. 
In the video below I will show you how to make three different styles from this tree die.

They look lovely on all your projects.  I low how this dragonfly and butterfly look on this mixed media tag.

These would look fantastic in a floral spray on a layout, or as the focal point on a card. On my blog I have an example of a dragonfly on a card.  If you have time, I hope you stop by and see it!
I hope I have given you an idea of how to look at your dies with a different perspective. 
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs


  1. Gorgeous! so creative! thank you, Tonya, for this awesome tutorial. I'm sure I'm gonna use this idea.
    Your tag turned stunning! love the colors.

  2. Very creative. Your tag is made with love and details show this... gorgeous

  3. see butterflies from Flowering Tree Die.....FANTABULOUS!!!! LOVE your tag!!

  4. Fabulous and creative! Love it, Tonya!

  5. These are gorgeous. What a great idea

  6. Your tag is beautiful and very creative!

  7. Absolutely fantastic Tonya ! this idea is fabulous and your tag is just gorgeous ! thanks for sharing this tip with a great video !!