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Monday, March 30, 2015

Happy Monday to you....

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful weekend!!! Though it was a bit cool here I can't complain....it was nice and sunny and we didn't have snow....so that's a good thing....AND I actually spent some time in my ARTHaven.....my favorite place to be!!! AND I even created a couple of cards......thought I would share them with you......

First...however....I wanted to share with you this AMAZING tool I purchased last week...and it arrived last Thursday...and I tried it out this weekend....What is it you ask???  Well let me tell you...it's the MISTI (Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented) .....
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I am NOT associated with them in any manner....I saw this tool on Jennifer McGuire's Youtube videos and instantly feel in love with it and ordered it promptly!!!!  I received fast service and it is very good quality!!!  I have always collected stamps but not used them much....well let me just say this thing makes me want to play with stamps.....it's awesome!!! And as everyone has said...it makes it SO easy to make duplicate cards with ease!!!!  I'm so tickled someone created this tool and it's truly worth every penny!!!!

Ok....sorry...Just had to share that....I was super super impressed with it!!!  But I had alot of fun playing this weekend......this first card I did I can't say that I really like it....but I don't hate it.....so I kept it...LOL  Ever have any of those??? LOL



One thing I did like about the card was the fence...LOL  I used a banner border I had and inverted it.....stamped in Gather Twigs (LOVE this color btw).....and then decided it needed more "texture" so I took my Picket Fence distress marker and applied it to the stamp and restamped it.......I like how it really pulled out the grains of the wood.....I then used a wood plank border stamp and repeated the stamping process......I think that's why I kept it cause I really like how the fence turned out.....

This next card I really like......I think it's because of the flower......I think the flower pops off the card.....I colored using Spectrum Noir Markers and distressed the edges with Gathered Twigs...and I used the Scan and Cut with SCAL4 and my Silver Bullet Profession Cutter.....to cut out the flower after I had stamped it......


Okie dokie....on we go.....this next card I did in an aperature way.......and I can see making more of these....I think it has a nice impact.......I created with my Silver Bullet Professional Cutter....Just love love love this machine I tell ya!!!



Now this card....I will have to say is my FAVORITE of the 4 I've shared today........I just love how it turned out.......




I used one of the flower stamps sets from Heartfelt Creations....I just love their flower stamps....I stamped on vellum with white pigment ink then embossed with white embossing powder...cut them...these I cut out by hand......will either do a scan and cut next time or maybe get their die...haven't decided yet....but I know I love their flowers.....used of my Shaplie files and stamped the phrase on it and layered with a size of of the same Shaplie file.....I love how the ribbon makes the card pop and the bling I added to it.....I colored the flowers with my distress inks and an applicator sponge.....gives such a nice soft and elegant look I think.....I hope you can see why this one is my favorite...... ;)

Now...before I go I have a file to share with you.....over on the SCAL Users Yahoo group someone was looking for a french fry box.....all the links she could find online were not longer valid....so I went ahead and worked up a new one for her and thought I would share it here in case anyone might be interesed in it......

Okie Dokie Artichokie......that does it for me for today...Sure hope you like what I shared....I...as always...want to THANK YOU so much for stopping by.....I truly appreciate it and I hope you will come by again to visit...I wish you all a very blessed week....until then.....

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Long time....no post....

Hello Hello Everyone!! WOW.....where does the time go......it just amazes me how fast the days roll by........I was on vacation 2 weeks ago and had alot of fun spending the week in my ARTHaven....had full intention of sharing all the fun that I had created while off and the time got away from me......so I thought I would sit down and get caught up...... ;)

This past vacation was probably one of my most fun one's of all time!!! I got really friendly with my embroidery machine........thanks for my wonderful children who were more than happy to give mom ideas of things to work on to learn my machine!! LOL

I decided I wanted to work up a special shirt for both of my granddaughters.......Bree and "Tator Tot" .....love these girls to the moon and back.......Bree is a preteen and I knew she didn't really want "cutsie" so I found this camoflauge tank top and decided to put a monogram on it for her.....



She was absolutely thrilled with it and has already worn it several times!!!  Makes this Nana Innie SO PROUD!!! ;)

So then I got brave and really stretched my creativity......and I designed something a bit more involved for my "Tator Tot".......the theme of her room is owls.....so I took that idea and went with it......Hubby and I are called her Grand Popz and Nana....AWESOME titles don't ya think!! ;)  So here's what I designed for her.....



It fit Tator Tot perfectly and her mom LOVED it!!!!  So they were both a HUGE success!!!

Then my DIL had brought a bunch of her shirts over for me to use to "test" out monograms on......so I worked up several different designs and stitched them onto her tops......here's how they turned out...











Whew.......that was alot huh!!! LOL  But she really did love how they all turned out...and I know I was so glad to have them all done!!! ;)

Sooooooooooooo....after I had all those done I wanted to do something for my future DIL (my youngest son's fiance)......she LOVES elephants........and I wanted it to be something super special....so here's what I came up with.....



Didn't it turn out SUPER CUTE!!!!  She absolutely LOVED it....made me so happy happy happy!!!

I have to say I've fallen in love with my embroidery machine and have gotten rather good at making embroidery files......so I decided to start making them and listing them on My ETSY Store......So I figured why not start out with the files I created to make all the above designs.......So if you find something you might like I would love for you to visit my store......















OMGoodness....Are you still here????  Lots of files huh.....LOL  Sorry about that.....but I wanted to be sure to get the new ones I've recently listed in my store....will be making lots more.....so if you love using embroidery files....I would love for you to check back......

NOW.......on to paper!!! Believe it or not I actually played some with that as well......Thought I would share some little things I did accomplish....I joined an ATC in the ATT Yahoo Group......and love how it turned out.....Here's the background I started out with......this is a Prima page.....love it just as it is.....but wanted to start using my stamps more......so I went to town....


Here's what I came out with once I finsihed stamping, distressing and blending.... ;)




For the birds on the branch I stamped it out then used the Scan and Cut Technique with my Silver Bullet Professional cutter and SCAL4......works SO awesome!!!  Then I decided to also cut a few layers of chipboard and make the base of the birds thicker.......



My Silver Bullet Professional cutter does such a wonderful job cutting chipboard!!! I really do like how this ATC turned out....used all kinds of craft goodness in supplies....and it felt great to get inky again......So I played a bit more and created a card.......had ALOT of fun with this one!!!!!



I did the resist type of technique with a leaf stamp......and then the same for the Friends Forever stamp.... Used Distress Inks and some twine and VOILA.....all done....I love how this turned out as well.......

WHEW!!!! Are you still here????? I'm FINALLY done!!! LOL ...So sorry for the loooooonnnnnggggg post...but I wanted to get all caught up!!!!  I sure hope you might like what you saw...and I want to THANK YOU so much for stopping by to visit with me.......Means way more then you know!!!  I do hope you'll stop by again.......until then....I wish you a very blessed week!!

CliqueMe