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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Happy 2017.....a New Direction for a New Year!!

Hello Everyone...I pray this new year finds you all well and happy!!!  I'm very happy and excited to see our new president taking office in just a few short days!!!! ;)

The past 3 years have been filled with alot of health challenges for my husband and I.....and Praise the Lord we've come through them and the Lord has blessed us in healing and we are able to be here with our children and grandchildren...for that I am so thankful.....

Having gone through all of this it has made me really take some time to stop and think about what is truly so very important to me......and that is my faith...my family.....,my close friends and my art....and there are so many things I have wanted to do for me and my family in regards to art that I've always not done because I wanted to be always relevant online....I know...crazy right!!  I'm finally making a tough decision...but one I've come to peace with after praying about it....talking with family and my precious close friends....

I am no longer going to be sharing cutting files......nor doing video tutorials....When I do those I lose so much time for me that it has become a source of stress that triggers my migraines and I have to do something to stop those....it has caused me many health issues that I must get under control....

I will be keeping my blog as a form as an online diary for my projects I will be creating for my family and friends and sharing my love of the Lord......a way to document my history of ART and things I create.....I want to thank you for the years and years of support for coming by and visiting my blog....I would love for you to continue to visit to view what I've created even though I will no longer be sharing files and videos....but if you choose to move on I understand.....

This year I'm determined to take more time for ME......I want my passion for ART to come back full force....It's been on hiatus far to long!!!  I plan on visiting more blogs and watching many more videos and FINALLY Scrapbooking my boys and my grandchildren's lives....I've only created one Scrapbook in my life and it was for my boss years ago.....and I have finally gotten the desire to create them for my family......and I'm truly looking forward to this adventure....I'll share pages as I complete them.....so hopefully you stop by to visit with me!!! ;)

Again...Thank you so much for your years and years of support and warm loving comments....I pray I don't lose your interest over a decision I am making for me......and I would like to wish you all a very Blessed and Happy New Year ahead!!!  May you enjoy a year of health, prosperity and happiness!!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Happy Monday Everyone....

Good Morning Good Morning to you all!!! I hope you were able to enjoy a wonderful weekend!!! I know I certainly did!!!  Though my heart does break for all of the sad SAD protests that are going on in Charlotte, NC...prayers go out to that part of our America!!!  And also for those that were viciously attacked!!

I do not watch the news on the weekends....I keep my ARTHaven peaceful and enjoyable tuning out the outside world and all of the insanity!!!  Doing that allows me to be creative!! Having said that I just wanted to share with you a FUN card I created this weekend.....I think it turned out adorable......

Over in the Yahoo Group I have...... "The Creative Corner" we are having an Autumn Swap.....creating a card/envie set that makes you think of Autumn.....I have to say I do believe this is my favorite time of the year.....You can feel the beginning of briskness in the air...the leaves changing and the cool mornings....breezy afternoons and the perfect time to have windows open and hear the birds chirping!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh SO serene!!! Sorry...got distracted dreaming!!! ;)

Back to the swap Penny.... LOL  So here's the card I came up with.....using one of my pumpkin files, & my acorn file I've shared years ago.....and then I used a tag file and then created the phrase......cut all using my Brother ScanNCut 2......I just can't say it enough....I absolutely am loving this machine!!  It does such a beautiful job on cuts and does a very nice job using the deep cut blade and holder cutting .030 chipboard......



Didn't it turn out so super cute!!! As you can see I've manipulated  the pumpkin file a bit to give me different sizes and shapes......and I distressed the edges of the layers with Gathered Twigs distress ink on the orange pumpkins and Rusty Hinge on the black pumpkin.....for the leaves I used decorative colored papers then distressed them more by crumpling them up and then color with spritzers......and dried....I think it gives them more of an authentic look of leaves.....

I did back the pumpkins and the sign with chipboard layers to give more substance to the pieces and also did the same to the Background layer......then ran through my Ebosser with the chicken wire embossing sleeve...distressed the debossing and then colored with Rusty Hinge.......then colored the edges with some more of the Rusty Hinge after I distressed with my electric distressing tool by Zutter.

I had alot of fun making this card......it's going postal to it's recipient today....sure hope she likes it!!

Ok.....I also wanted to share with you all that I am slowing getting my ETSY store back up and running again.....working on pieces to add to it does indeed take time.......But if any of you are in the look out for jewelry or embroidery projects, embroidery files, new cutting files I would love for you to hope over to my store and see if anything interests you.....

One thing I did want to remind everyone....last year you may remember me sharing I made custom stockings for each member of my family.....they were a HUGE HUGE hit.....here's a reminder.....

Well....I got a NEW embroidery machine this past week......as the other one is not serviceable any longer and I was having alot of struggles with it embroidering...... ;(  Am still able to use it to sew so it will still get used and loved....but with my new machine I am once again able to create pieces I love doing......

So....I've decided that I'm going to offer to make custom Christmas Stockings......and have listed that ability in my ETSY store.....so...if this is something you're interested in...I would love to hear from you.....OR....if you have something else you would like to have embridered.....please send me an email and let's discuss it....I am able to create any file from the vision you have......my email addy is nanapduncan@gmail.com 

As I get older and wanting to eventually retire from the working world I would love to be able to put my focus more and more on my passion of creating and felt this would be a great transition for me!!! I have gotten back into Social Media more to help promote myself so if any of you are interested I would LOVE for you to follow me on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Tumblr.

Okie Dokie Artichokie!!! That catches me up for the day!!! I want to THANK YOU all SO very much for stopping by and visiting with me!!! Hope you enjoyed the fun card I created...would LOVE to hear from you....and I do hope you will stop by and visit with me again soon.....I wish you all a very Blessed week ahead....Until next time!!