December 21, 2014

A Big Christmas Thank You

We are at the end of 2014 and it's been a crazy year of busyness but I have enjoyed every minute. I would like to take this time to thank all my followers for your continuous support and enthusiasm through your wonderful comments. I call myself blessed to have met some great new friends throughout the world and look forward to creating and inspiring each other throughout the new year.

Special thank you to my design teams that have kept my artsy mojo going. To Danie May from Unrulies and Susan Brown from Anything But A Card... you both are amazing... Not sure how you do everything that is needed to keep a blog going as well as create as well as run a home, family etc.... You are amazing and I truly appreciate being on both your teams. I have made some wonderful new friends on the design teams and can/t wait to see what 2015 has for us. 

Thank you to my wonderful friends that are the receivers of many of my creations.  I so enjoy creating for you and truly appreciate our times together. Praying that everyone has a wonderfully magical Christmas season. Sit back and enjoy my YOUTUBE that features many of my holiday creations for 2014. 

December 18, 2014

It's A Frosty Gift Box

This month at Unruly PaperArts our theme is "Out Of The Box" and perfect time because Christmas is right around the corner so it's still time to make some quick one of a kind gift boxes. 

 I just love snowmen and decided I wanted a Frosty Top Hat box for a friend of mine. Something to carry her gift in and then she can display as a table decoration for years to come.  This is very easy and fun to make and that's just what you need with this busy season upon us.

This is a picture of the top of the hat. I decided I wanted a pretty red cardinal to sit upon the hat. So many different ways you can put your own spin on this. 

I hope you were inspired a bit and jump over to  Unrulies website for some wonderful "Out of The Box" fun. Come play and create with us !

For the steps taken to achieve this, please enjoy my SNAPGUIDE tutorial below.
Check out How to Create a Frosty the Snowman Top Hat Gift Box by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.

December 13, 2014

Angels Watching Over Us

This month at Anything But A Card challenge blog it's all about "Celestial" . When I think celestial I immediately think angels, so I decided to do a Christmas mixed media canvas.
This project took many different turns along the way as many of my projects do, but I am real happy of the end result. Lots of layers and textures used to accomplish this creation.  
Using a 8 x 10 canvas I collaged vintage music papers down and than started layering stencils using molding paste. Splashes of Heidii Swapp Gold Lemme Spray here and there and using Distress Ink for the high points on the canvas as well as the flowers and assorted embellishments. 
To achieve the cracked glass, I created the wings from chipboard then covered them with Christmas wrapping paper and then applied 3 coats of UTEE then placed in the freezer for a bit. When removed from freezer just bend here and there and the UTEE cracks beautifully. 

Different embellishments were created like this bauble cluster hanging from my door knob and the rolled parchment. Cheese cloth always provides a beautiful texture for your mixed media or scrapbook layouts. This was also sprayed with the gold spray. 

I hope you enjoyed my take on "Celestial". Please join us at Anything But A Card and show us your take on "Celestial" Have a blessed Christmas season. xoxo Toni

This project will be entered in the following challenges: 

Please feel free to sit back and check out my step by step tutorial below. And for more creative tutorials visit my SNAPGUIDE webpage. 
Check out How to Create Broken Glass Effect Using Freezer Method. by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.

December 11, 2014

I Believe

It's day 11 over at "12 Days of Christmas Link Up Party" being hosted by Unruly PaperArts and I am amazed at the beautiful Christmas projects people are making. My Christmas tag is once again a play off of an old technique Mr. T!m Holtz introduced back in 2009. Check out his blog for his wonderful tutorial HERE

 First, several different Christmas stamps were used to create a collage effect. Then distressed inks also used in a collage fashion. The technique T!m was using on his tag was a hanging embellishment, T!m used his memory glass, but  I was completely out so I needed to improvise...  Since I didn't have a memory glass I used a metal picture frame, alcohol inked in for an aging effect. Metal corners were also inked and used like the roof top of a house. Then glued a fragment with my choice of background. Stickles was used to make the icycles on the roof, T!m then used a memory capsul (which I also did not have on hand) I made my own memory capsul from these little plastic bubbles that I have had for years... filled it with some seed beads, attached the bells and bow and waa laa....

Thank you for stopping by my blog... hope your enjoying your holiday crafting. Have a blessed Christmas ! xoxo
This tag is being entered in the following challenges: 
Shopping Our Stash - Favorite Technique ( distress inking) 
Frilly & Funky -  A Vintage Christmas 
Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Celebrate The Season
Altered Eclectics - The Countdown To Christmas
Eclectic Elapu - Vintage Christmas

December 8, 2014

Around The World Blog Hop

Hi everyone... Toni here from California and I was honored to be asked to participate in this great blog hop. Provides you to visit creatives from all over the globe and get a glimpse into their artsy world. For this hop I was to answer 4 questions concerning my creative journey, so here goes:


Hummm.... it's Christmas time so I have many many holiday projects going on. I have a Christmas layout of my wonderful daughter sitting waiting to be finished. I am currently participating in "12 Days of Christmas Link Up Party" so I have tags, ornaments, and cards that are being worked on. I'm also on 2 design teams so I have projects that are awaiting me.  My craft table is filled with a beautiful mess of glitter, glue, paper and inks.... I ♥ it !


My style tends to be quirky, grungy, sometimes un-expected. I have a difficult time doing CAS (clean and simple). I love applying different techniques in a project, so even if I am doing a card or layout, it usually has a taste of mixed media involved. I love to alter items... it's not uncommon for me to see something tossed in the trash and I will take it apart to create something entirely different.  Ink, then bling, then ink some more, then add a bit of modeling paste, spray and of course more ink. Ripping & crumpling of paper I love in my projects.

I love the freedom of expression creativity allows me and I tend to be a perfectionist so art really encourages me to "Embrace My Imperfection" and some of my most favorite pieces my viewers probably wouldn't understand. and that's o.k. I think we all have a need to create somehow, whether it's music, gardening, cooking etc. For me it's necessity. It's calming, invigorating, liberating. Coming from a very creative family I have always been exposed to the arts. Music, theater, painting, crafting, dancing was a way of life in my family.


I gather inspiration from almost anything. Nature, music, people, a technique or tool, and then the wheels start turning. It's not uncommon for me to come up with an idea while laying in bed at night. My most creative time to work is in the evening, with music on, a cup of coffee and away I go. Being on a couple design teams and staying involved with blog challenges on the internet really help my creative flow. Sometimes you know you want to do something messy but not sure what and than a theme is suggested and that really kick starts the process. As I create, my process evolves. It constantly changes direction while working on my piece and that's what I love about art. It's definitely a journey. 
I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about my creative side and now I get to introduce to you a wonderfully talented friend of mine Kelley Rooks of Addicted To Paper
She never seizes to amaze me with her work and is constantly inspiring me.  Please drop by her blog, show her some love and on December 15th she will invite you into her creative world also by answering the same questions as I.  Have a spectacular week, and I hope it is filled with glitter. xoxo

December 6, 2014

Christmas Tagging

Playing catch up here for the "12 Days of Christmas Link Up Party" hosted by Unruly PaperArts and I missed day 5. 
 I have to admit, I have so many projects going on for other blogs that I really needed some creative mojo....  So we're going back.... waaaay back to a technique that I learned from non other than the amazing T!m Holtz. This was a technique he shared on the 12 Days of Christmas Tags 2009.... I told you we were going back 

Create your plaid background by using glossy paper and alcohol inks. Distress Marker Spritzer for my black splashes . 
Using my alcohol inks, I stained the clear dew drops to look like holly berries. 
Fun and easy technique and now these tags are ready to attach to their presents. Be sure to join in on the fun... There is so much inspiration going on at the party so hope you decide to play along. 

December 4, 2014

I ♥ Christmas

I'm having so much fun with the "12 Days of Christmas Link Up Party" at Unruly Paper Art and I hope you decide to join in. Make at least 1 project and link it up to our blog and then share some ♥ with some other crafters. Quick and easy garland for your tree or wall. For a closer look, double click on the photo.

Only a few supplies were needed to create this cute garland. So many ways you could decorate this with so many holiday sentiments.. love, peace, joy, wish, dream, believe etc. 

I'm entering this in the following creative challenges: 
For a more detailed tutorial please feel free to view my SNAPGUIDE tutorial. 

Check out How to Create Christmas Garland by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.

December 3, 2014

Christmas Tussie Mussie

Day 3 of  "12 Days of Christmas Link Up Party" at Unruly PaperArts and we sure are having fun.

Today I created a Christmas Tussie Mussie... ok I wasn't sure where or why a tussie mussie was originated, so I Googled it... lol
In the 1700's, when regular bathing and indoor plumbing was uncommon, the tussie mussie became popular. A tussie mussie is a small bouquet (nosegay) of fragrant herbs and flowers. During this time, elegant ladies carried tussie mussies to mask the odors around them. Smaller tussie mussies were often worn on the lapel to mask body odor. So there is your lesson for the day ...hahaha
Made from a paper mache cone I purchased at Michaels, covered with scrapbook paper. Using the Sizzix Mini Rosette Die I created the rosette on the front. Applied some glitter to burlap and ruffled it aroumd the edge of the cone.  Sitting atop is a birds nest filled with twigs, floral sprays, & bird of course. A little Smow Tex to the tops.  I had this tiny frame that fit perfect. Printed out the word "NOEL". I attached burlap twine to the sides for use to hang on the tree. 
I hope you decide to join in on the fun. No need to make a project every day, just create something between Dec 1st & Dec 12th and link up to the party. This is a crazy busy time and sometimes we don't take any time for playing with our craft supplies. This project took me less than 2 hours. Hope you were inspired... Happy Holidays ! xoxo Toni

Creatively playing with the following challenges: 

December 2, 2014

Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree

It's day two at Unrulies "12 Days of Christmas Link Up" party and it's great to see lots of crafters coming together to have fun.

Today my project is an easy but fun project. I made these a few years ago and they were a hit at a Christmas boutique I was involved in so I thought I would make some up for some of my co-workers.
My Snow Globes are made from salt and pepper shakers and tiny jars. The salt and pepper shakers I got at the 99 cents store. I bleached out my little bottle brush trees and some I sprayed with Lindys Stamp Gang sprays, pink, blue, green etc. others I just left white. Rubbed glue all over and sprinkled Diamond Dust on top. Attached my sentiment and then inserted and glued in jar or shaker. Added mica, artificial snow and tiny gold stars in the bottom.
For the lid on the jars I used a large crystal bauble from my stash and glued it down, then embellished it with Christmas florals, tulle, pearls etc. 
For the salt and pepper shakers  I ran jute through the holes in the lid and added a bauble to hang on the tree. Very simple but so pretty. I hope you join in on the creative fun with our "12 Days of Christmas Link Up". 
Wishing you Peace and Love this Christmas Season. xoxo Toni

This project will be entered in the following challenges: 

December 1, 2014

Counting Down To Christmas

Its 12 Days of Christmas Link Up Party with Unruly PaperArts. From Dec 1st thru Dec 12th. Create a Christmas project and link it up, then be sure to go and spread some love to the link before your project and the two links right after your link.
For my project I made a Christmas Countdown Calender using a cookie sheet. This was such a fun project... If you have a ton of little embellishments sitting around your craft room, like bells, flowers, snowflakes etc... this is a great project to put them to use.  I saw this project done years ago at a scrapbook store that I worked at and fell in love with it. So this is my version.  
I embroidered "December" for the top banner, the main portion of the cookie sheet was covered with chalkboard paint and once dried I used white ink to draw the grid blocks.
 Using small squares of wood for the base, I painted and then made little themed collages for each day of December. Little magnets were then glued to the back of each square which will hold perfectly on your metal cookie sheet.  At the top of the cookie sheet I used my crop a dial and punched two holes then ran ribbon through it, tied a bow and now it's ready to hang on your wall. It's so much fun thinking of ideas for each day. This is a gift for a special friend to enjoy with her grandchildren.
To view more up close pics of the collages check out my YouTube video. Hope you come and party with us at Unruly PaperArts 12 Days of Christmas... Merry Christmas !
I am also entering this in 
Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Celebrate the Season
Altered Eclectics - Countdown To Christmas
The Mirror Crack'd - Christmas Decorations
Country View Challenge - Nostalgic Christmas 
Eclectic Ellapu - Christmas But Not a Card

Thank you to my brother, Tracy G, for the great rendition of "These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things"
art (ärt) noun - supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty.