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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Happy Tuesday to you All...I'm still around!!

Hello Hello Everyone!!! I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful week thus far!!!  We're coming up on a 3 day weekend and I'm so excited!! Looking forward to spending a long weekend in my ARTHaven......

So....for the first time in a VERY long time I actually worked up a short video for you all.....hope you'll watch....and then below I thought I would share with you a few things I have actually created over the past couple of months.....and I do plan on being ALOT more active!!!


So...as I shared in the video...I REALLY do want to hear more specific feedback on what you would like to see videos on.....and files as well...I am determined to get back to the creative point I was before....One of the questions that was posed to ladies in a group I own by another member...was..."What is one thing we do not know about you?"....Well I thought about that for a while.....and this group of ladies in my group is a very close knit group of friends...we've been cyber friends for the better part of 10 years......and some of them even a decade longer....so all of them know I'm pretty much an open book.....

I thought about this question for a bit and one thing hit me....I think I play off on my blog posts and such like I have it all together and just create create and create....but over the last couple of years I find myself with lots of ideas and NO follow through...that's my struggle...and hard to accept about myself...but it's the truth....and I do NOT like that about me.....Thankfully....however...it is something I CAN change about myself....and I am determined to do just that!!!

One of the main things I'm determined to follow through with is the promise to myself to follow through on keeping current on blog posts and creating and sharing....it's something I truly have a passion for and have been dearly missing....SO.....I want feedback from YOU....if you have hung with me......What would you like to see videos/tutorials on???  Do you have any specific file ideas you would like to see??? I REALLY want to know!!!!  So please share!!!

Now that I have that out in the open....I want to share with you some things I HAVE been doing....and it did feel good to play with paper!!

This is one of the first cards I had made in a long time....it's pretty basic and created it using some scraps I had on hand....I just love the colors of it....it felt great just to play.....

The flowers you see on it are some I made using silk flower pieces from flowers I had disassembled and the created new flowers from...then I colored them with distress ink....so I was able to create the custom color I wanted....




This card I had ALOT of FUN with!!!! As I shared in the video above....I recently purchased the new Brother Scan and Cut 2 machine.......I was so intrigued by the scan and cut abilities I broke and finally gave in and ordered one...I DO still have my Silver Bullet Pro cutter and love it!! However I am VERY impressed with the ease in which I am able to stamp an image....emboss it if I want...or print off an image and then scan it with my Brother and cut in one fail swoop!!!  The Brother Scan and Cut 2 is a VERY VERY nice machine and one I am proud to say I own......However there are things I know I will not be able to do with it that I KNOW I can still do with my Silver Bullet Pro.....so each one will have it's place in my ARTHaven for sure!!!!
 So...the pieces of this flower arrangement on the front of the gatefold card I stamped out.....and did the Scan and Cut technique with my Brother and I am super impressed.....it was SO SO easy...look at the detail and how perfectly I was able to get the cuts around the leaves.....and the flower....perfectly!!

You can even see how I embossed the flower image....and I still was able to get a very nice scan and cut it perfectly...so there was no distortion of the scan from the embossing prior to putting the image to the mat.....This is one piece of equipment in my ARTHaven that will be used OFTEN!!!  As I've wanted to enjoy stamping for so many years but did not want to invest in the cutting dies when I have my cutter....and even though I could most certainly use my scanner from my printer and go through steps using SCAL4 and my Silver Bullet Pro and cut the stamped images that way.....it just didn't flow as easily and quickly as it does with the Brother Scan and Cut 2.


 I really like how rustic this card turned out.....I used distress stickles in the center of the flower and it just added the right amount of additional grunge to the card!! Can't wait to send it out to the swap recipient I'm assigned to in my group....Hope they like it!!!

This next card is one I whipped up a couple months back.....but I hadn't yet shared on my blog....I stamped the layers on watercolor paper and then used my Spectrum Noir Watercolor markers and my waterbrush to color.......if you couldn't tell...I do love grunge!!! LOL as you can see in the spreading of the green on the stems in the jar.....


I used dimensional squares to lift the layers up off the card.....and then added some green plaid ribbon.....I think the card turned out so cute!!!!



This is such a pretty stamp set and so many possibilities with it!!!  Now that I have my Brother Scan and Cut 2 I know I'll be using it even more on cards.....

So....This about catches me up for now!!!  Hope you stuck with me....And I truly and sincerely want to THANK YOU so much for stopping by and visiting with me for a bit!!! I really want to hear from you......please let me know if you would still like to see videos/tutorials....and be specific what you would like to see...and also if you would like for me to start creating files again......I'm looking forward to jumping back in with  both feet!!!!

I wish you all a VERY blessed week!!! And do hope you will come by and visit with me again soon!!! Until then.....

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Hello Again to You!!!

Hey Hey again Everyone!! Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Independence Day Weekend!!!!  We
have had rain rain and MORE rain as of late!!! I believe I am so ready for some good ole' sunshine for a while!!!!

So another week has about come and gone...I'm looking forward to a weekend spent in my ARTHaven this weekend!!!

I DID get some time in mine this past long weekend and accomplished creating something too!! How about that!!  The Creative Corner Yahoo Group of mine decided to do a couple of swaps.....and one of them is a Tag Book swap...felt so awesome to actually be creating again......took me a bit to get going but once I did and finally broke through I have to say I had alot of fun!!!!  Thought I would share with you some pics of what I created!!!
















I really had so much fun creating each 2 page spread....on the last 2 page spread I have several layers of color on it....couldn't find just what I liked til I finally achieved the above...LOL  I played around with some of the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons.......I just gotta say...while they're OK......to me there's really not a lot of difference (if any) from the gelatos......that's on my list of things to play around with this weekend is the Distress Crayons and Gelatos to see if I enjoy them more....

That about does it for me....I have had a couple people ask me about some of my previous designs that I had previously shared in my ETSY store...I'm in the process of getting them put back...and plan to make that my main focus this weekend.....I had planned on it last weekend but with it being a holiday weekend my time didn't end up being my time....LOL  So we'll see how this weekend goes!!!

I hope you enjoy the book I created...it's winging it's way to it's recipient right now...I hope she likes it once it arrives!!!  I as always....want to THANK YOU so much for stopping by and spending a few minutes of your day with me!!!  Feels really good to be creating and sharing once again...It's been way to long!!!!  I do hope you will come by again and visit...Until then...I wish you all a very blessed weekend!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Hello Hello Again....

MY oh MY...Where has this month gone!!! Can not believe it's the end of June already!!!!  Hope you have all been enjoying your Summer thus far!!! It's been a scorcher here....was a wee bit cooler today but the heat is on it's way back....

Haven't been able to get alot of creating done.....but did manage to alter a Truvia sweetner box that I liked the style of....and decided to also create a cut file out of it as well......thought I would share it with you just in case anyone might be interested in it.....








Isn't it cute!!!? ;)  So if any of you are interested in a cut file of the design...you'll find it here:


So I was sitting at work the other day holding on the phone and just started doodling on my scratch pad......I found myself doodling out a rosebud file that I ended up being quite happy with...........I went ahead and did a mockup so you can see how it printed out.....


This is a digital stamp, hand drawn by myself, Penny Duncan.  I've created this as a PNG, SCAL4 Image with an image layer, a traced layer (to allow you to change the colors of both the stroke & fill of the image) and a shadow layer for cutting the image. I've also included the file in an SVG format in all three layers as well.  

The quality of the image is high so you can increase the size of the image to fit whatever project you are working on.  

Once you've purchased the file you will be given a link to download the file.  If you're interested in the file you can find it on My ETSY Store

So that's it for me for tonight......I hope you all have a wonderful 4th weekend and everyone remains safe and healthy!!! I would like to THANK YOU as always for taking time to stop by and visit with me for a few minutes!!! Means way more than you know!!!  I do hope you will come by again!!! Until next time!!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Happy Friday!!!!

Good Morning Everyone!!!! WOW it's been a while!!! I "think" my life has slowed down and gotten back to a bit of normal after all these months...Have had LOTS of life going on let me tell you...some good.....some... eeeehhhhh.....BUT Life is awesome so I'm truly thankful!!!!

Since I've posted last I've had to have a complete hysterectomy.......so now don't have to worry about that yuckiness any more......Ended up I had endemitrosis return with vengeance along with cycsts and the early stages of Uterine cancer....Praise the Lord I have the doctor I do...as they took care of it quickly and everything was contained within my uterus and they were able to remove it all!!!

At the same time all this "funness" was occuring Hubby and I started the process of buying a home!!! How EXCITING right!!! We are THRILLED THRILLED THRILLED!!!  We've  been moved in just a few days over a month and I absolutely LOVE our new HOME!!!!  We had lived in the county for years and years and years....we now live in the city...but ours is a very small town and very quiet....the home has a very warm and cozy feel to it.......I just love coming home to it each day!!!

So...with a new home I got a new ARTHaven!!! Wahooooooooooo right!!! I absolutely positively am over the moon THRILLED with my new ARTHaven.....It's all I had wanted in my old home...I made sure to really think out how I wanted to set it up and am beyond happy with the results....thought I would share pics with you so you can see for yourself!!!! I'm sharing a link to the album as there's just to many pics to post...LOL

Isn't it pretty!!! I absolutely love this space and all the gorgeous sunlight I have in here!!!!  Now to get BUSY right!!! ;)

I have actually created my first piece of ART.....I have a long wall coming down to my ARTHaven that I knew I wanted to create a piece of ART for so it can be viewed as you come in our front door.......So I decided to create a wreath......I wanted to use some of my handmade roses.......so that's exactly what I did....here's the wreath I started with....
It measures a radius of 24"....so it's rather large.......I knew I wanted to make a great big rose and found some burlap paper that was the perfect fit for what I had been envisioning....here's how that rose turned out....


So you can see how big the rose turned out......thinking it measures around 10" to 12".......I also made 2 more roses which you'll see on the finished project...I also cut some of my vines and leaves.....altered them and then added some berries to a few of the vines.....added some eucalyptus (I LOVE the smell of this stuff...always have) and a couple of handcut butterflies.......here's how the finished wreath turned out....
Didn't it turn out gorgeous!!!  I also had a couple of sconces that I wanted to use on either side of the wreath so I used Eucalyptus and greenery to fill them......and hung them...so here are a couple pics showing how the whole project turned out......




Then the last pic is the view of it from my front door.....
Didn't it turned out so beautiful!!!!  It's exactly what  I had been thinking about and I'm beyond thrilled with the results!!!  The next project I'll be working on is the clock wall of our kids, their soulmates and our granddaughters!!!  Can't wait to begin that project.....

Oh yeah...one other small project I did for my oldest son...he wanted this for his truck.....so I worked up the file and cut it for him...he's tickled and have several people wanting one of them as well....LOL

So...that's it for my creativeness.......but it feels good to be doing SOMETHING  again!!! 

I also wanted to say that I've received many posts from many of you letting me know you would like to see more videos on SCAL, cutting files and how to's.......I didn't want you to think I was ignoring your requests.....now that I am back at it and settled in our new home I do indeed plan to get busy creating and doing videos and such again......

I would like to ask...if there are any file ideas you would like to see me create....PLEASE feel free to drop me an email and I'll see what I can do....I truly want to get fully back into creating and sharing again......so start some chatter for me!!!!  I would love to hear what you think about my wreath as well...I'm so tickled with it.....

I wish you all a VERY blessed weekend.....I hope you all enjoy a very beautiful and happy day... I would like to THANK YOU so much for stopping by to visit with me......it truly means so much!!!  I do hope you'll come by again....until then....

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