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Friday, July 31, 2015

Thank you.....

Hey Everyone....I hope this post finds you all doing wonderful today!!! It's a GORGEOUS day here in my neck of the woods and it's not raining!!! Makes it pretty awesome!!! So...I wanted to THANK all of you who sent me such sweet and loving messages and for those who offered up wonderful prayers to our Lord for me......I have finally found out what is going on with my eyes...... and it is something I have to find a new normal to deal with as there's no way to reverse or correct it..... it is what it is.... ;( I have been diagnosed with Degenerative Retinoscysis (which is in laymen's terms.... Splitting of the Retina)..... between the layers of the splits I develop cysts........ there is nothing they can do to correct this....... that's the left eye.... in the right eye I still have Macular scarring they continue to monitor......I have had significant vision loss in my eyes.... and they are able to correct a bit (I already have horrible vision and wear glasses... so it limits what they can still do)... but I'm still left with a big difference that can't be corrected with a prescription..... I am HOWEVER, truly and completely thankful the Lord has allowed me to continue to see..... because I want to be able to see all my grandchildren current and future grow up..... and so very thankful the Lord allowed me to still drive.... as I am borderline for not being certified to be able to drive because of the vision loss.... so I thank the Lord for that blessing!!!! Sadly though..... the days of my time spent working on tutorials and videos to share have come to an end..... there is just too much detailed work involved in doing that and I can no longer allow myself that luxury.... Selfishly the time I do spend on the computer will be spent for me to fulfill my creative passion.....I apologize if that sounded selfish...I don't mean it that way.......I truly love and enjoy sharing..... and it's going to be a very difficult adjustment for me.....I pray you all will understand.... and enjoy this next journey in my life with me..... I want to continue my friendships online...... so I hope you all don't just disappear....I still hope to do blogposts and share ART I create..... just may not be as intricate or as detailed..... Getting older has it's bummer spots doesn't it!!! ;). Guess we all go through cycles and have to learn to embrace each stage..... so I'm looking at this as a time to relish and be thankful the Lord allows me the blessing to continue to see..... right??!!! So... hopefully that catches everyone up.... sorry to be so long to update you...I just wanted to make sure I had all the info before I shared..... Again...THANK YOU so very much for your love and support over all these years......I do hope you'll continue to stop by and visit.....I would like to wish you all a VERY blessed weekend!!!! Take care my friends.......

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Happy Tuesday......I need to Share....

Hey Everyone...I hope this post finds you all having  a wonderful week!!!!  WOWZERS it was a HOT weekend this past weekend.......we had  105° heat index all weekend long and it was awful......LOL

I just wanted to take a moment to share some news that I'm needing to make for me........Hoping you all will understand and perhaps place me in your prayers if you feel led to do so....

Over the weekend I noticed a change in my vision while at Holiday World with family.......I went to the eye doctor yesterday.....and they are concerned enough that I'm being sent to a Retina Specialist for further testing.......There are some things happening and they need to figure out what it is.....which I think may also be a contributing factor to the migraines I have....

Because of the change in my vision I'm having to make some tough choices...and one of those choices is stepping down from doing the Professional Blogpost/Videos for the Silver Bullet and also stepping down from the Design Team I was on for TTCRD.....while I have loved doing both and it's been my honor.....I have to reduce my amount I spend online and on the computer....to rest my eyes....because I'm on the computer all day everyday at work and I can't change that......I have to choose my home to modify the work I do online.....

Like I shared with my husband and others....I'm being abit selfish here and I know that......but I don't want to give up my ART (which does involve the computer as well as mixed media) so I have to choose to use all my time online for me and my passion.....I'm just going to have to do that in stages as well....

SO...I want to THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for all your love and support in years past.......I pray you all understand...and if you feel led...I would love it and be thankful if you feel led to add me in your prayers for the Lord's hands to touch the doctor's to guide them in HIS Will for the solution...whatever it may be...for treatment....I KNOW the Lord IS in control....I KNOW HE has a purpose....I just want HIS WILL to be done!!!! Thank you again!!!!  I wish you all a VERY blessed week!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A Special Blog Hop....

Hey Everyone....I pray you all are doing well today......I have been invited to share in on a very special blog hop for a lady batteling Uterine Cancer.....you can read more about it below.........and  then read further...as I have a Give a Way also!!!

Good morning and welcome to the Digis for Debbie Fundraiser Blog Hop.  Recently, we learned that Mrs. Debbie Lynch, the beautiful and loving mother of Heather Dennis, owner of Fresh Brewed Designs, was diagnosed with a rare form of uterine cancer.  As most of you may know, cancer related medical costs can be quite expensive, and Mrs. Debbie currently has no medical insurance, which makes the cost significantly higher.  Therefore, we have decided to help raise enough money to cover these medical expenses, as well as aftercare expenses, by creating a digi shop.  All the proceeds of the Digis for Debbie Fundraiser Shop and the Fresh Brewed Designs Store will go directly to Mrs. Debbie to fund her lifesaving surgery and the aftercare necessary to bring her back to wellness.  Furthermore, Heather has created a Give Forward account to assist her mother.  If you would like to help, please stop by the Digis for Debbie Fundraiser Shop, the Fresh Brewed Designs Store, and/or the Give Forward Account.  For those of you who are not able to contribute monetarily, we would love for you to add Mrs. Debbie to your prayer list.  If there is one thing we know, prayers can work miracles that money cannot and healing and wellness is what we are praying to receive.
The hop launches today, Tuesday, July 14th on the Fresh Brewed Designs Challenge Blog, and will run until Tuesday, July 28th @ 11:59 PM Eastern Time.  All participants can be found in the linkies section of *this post on the Fresh Brewed Designs Challenge Blog, and we would love to have you join us!  We do ask that you use a digi from the Digis for Debbie Fundraiser Shop or the Fresh Brewed Designs Store, and the theme is Anything Goes, and you can enter as often as you would like.  Two prize packages will be awarded, one prize for a digi purchaser and one prize for a blog hop participant.  Winners will be chosen on Saturday, August 1st.  The prizes will consist of stamps, papers, ribbon, embellishments, etc.; plus, some random prizes will be offered by some generous blog hop participants along the hop.

Thank you for dropping by and for helping us with our fundraising efforts; and again, we ask that you keep Mrs. Debbie in your prayers.  Have a wonderful Tuesday, crafty friends!  We look forward to admiring your creations! :)  

I hope you'll want to join in and play along.....I'm going to share with you here the card I created for the Blog Hop......I had fun creating this....I used my Side Step Card file that I shared several years ago......A digi image from Fresh Brewed Designs and 3 different graphic kits from Touched By a Butterfly.....the owner  Celeste Lombas is an awesome lady.....and I am so honored to have the opportunity to work with some of her amazing graphics.......here's the three kits I used.....

Simplicity

Spring Sings

Spring Is Here

And here's the card I created....





Notice how AWESOME all the graphics were cut out.....That's cause I used my FAVORITE tool.......My Silver Bullet Professional Cutter paired with Sure Cuts alot 4 Pro (SCAL4)...these 2 work so seemlessly together.......and the Print & Cut is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G........



So below are some helpful links that will allow you to help out with this amazing cause if you feel led to do so....

Heather Dennis:
·       Fresh Brewed Designs Store:
·       Digis for Debbie Fundraiser Shop:
·       Give Forward Account:

And here is a direct link to the home page of the bloghop....

http://freshbreweddesigns.blogspot.com/2015/07/digis-for-debbie-fundraiser-blog-hop.html


I also wanted to share some AWESOME news with you as well.....Someone will be lucky and WIN  a $10.00 Gift Certificate to Celete's store...Touched By a Butterfly so you too can enjoy some of her amazing kits for your projects!!!!!

All you need to do to win is leave a comment below....share with me which of Celeste's Kits you like...and next Monday... 7/27/2015 I will announce a winner!!!!! Let me hear from you!!! ;) 

That does it for me for today!!! I would like to Thank You for stopping by....means SO much to me....and if you feel led to give in some manner...whether it be monetary or through prayer....I wanted to say Thank You for the lady enduring this!!!!  I wish you all a very blessed week again.....Until next time...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

It's time again...for another Challenge....

Hey Hey Everyone....Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful and happy 4th of July weekend!!! It was a perfect weekend here.....and I was tucked safely in my home when the time to light fireworks came...

So...it's that time again.....time to play in another challenge over at TTCRD...

This week I worked with a digi image from..... Sandi Stamps and here's the image of hers I used...

I didn't want to just do a digi image to color so I decided to take the digi image and I created an Engraving file with it using SCAL4(Pro) (Sure Cuts Alot)......if you have not used this program lately...you REALLY REALLY REALLY want to give it a try.....Brandon has added so many amazing features to this program there's no comparison to it out there!!!!

Here's the "Supply List" for this card....

.010 Clear Plastic Card Base
Cutting Tool
Clear Foam Squares

Once I had the engraving file just the way I wanted it I then used the AWESOME Engraving Tip that Sherri Jensen over at That's Scrap Inc has created and used in with my Silver Bullet Professional Cutter.....SUCH a perfect pairing with SCAL4(Pro).....and I engraved my card....want to see how it came out????




Isn't this COOL!!!!  I engraved it onto a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" .010 Clear Plastic Card base.....I opened it up and I secured it to my mat....I decided to mirror my image and engraved on the inside of the card so the front of the card is smooth to the touch.....I absolutey LOVE how this turned out and will definately be doing more of them......such a fantastic impact!!!!!  For the "Merry Christmas" banner I also engraved the Merry Christmas onto the .010 clear plastic.......using the WYSIWYG setting....so after the engraving was completed I swaped out the the engraving tool for my blade tool and then cut out the pieces of the banner.......then I used some clear foam squares to secure and then secured that to the card front.....such a COOL impact I think......what do you think???? Would LOVE to hear your thoughts!!!!

So...why don't you play along with the Challenge.....Head on over to the TTCRD Challenge Blog and post your creation....you just might win!!!

Through The Craft Room Door

I would like to THANK YOU so much for taking a few moments to stop by and visit with me!!! I really hope you enjoyed the project!!! I would like to wish you all a very blessed week and hope you will come by and visit with me again!!!!  Until next time.....

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello....It's time again...for another fun blogpos/video.....

Happy Happy Day Everyone....I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend....Oh MAN...it was absolutely GORGEOUS here!!! Not muggy at all and lots of sunshine and even a breeze!!!

So....It's time again...for another blogpost/video for the awesome, amazing and fantastic

Are you ready??? I had alot of fun with this project once I decided on what I wanted to do.....I hope you like it...So today I decided to use the Punch Tool and My Silver Bullet Professional Cutter.......If you have not checked out this tool yet...you REALLY want to!!!!  It is an absolute AWESOME tool....I just know those who do Pergamano would truly enjoy this tool....I've worked up a video...I hope you enjoy it....




Sooooooooooooooooo...What do ya think??? It's it FUN!!!  I'll share more pics here so you can see better....





Just one time using the Punch Tool you will be hooked........your mind will be spinning
with ideas......

So....as I shared in the video...for anyone who is interested in the file to make this project
you can find it on My Store at the link below....

Also...You will want to subscribe to the Silver Bullet Cutter YouTube Channel as well....you don't want to miss out on the COOL Webinars they are doing!!!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0MjxlCSkYrnB6pP3TsiUNQ

Okie Dokie Artichokie.....That does it for me this week...I REALLY hope you enjoyed the
blogpost/video...qand hopefully it will give you some ideas to get your creativity going 
on even more!!!!

I would like to THANK YOU so much for stopping by to visit with me......I do hope you
will come back by and visit again.....Not sure I'll have a blogpost next weekend as it's
the 4th of July weekend....but I'll definately be back the week after.....I wish you all a
VERY happy and blessed week and a WONDERFUL Holiday weekend!!  Until
next time...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

It's another Tuesday....and another Challenge for TTCRD

Hey Hey Everyone.....Hope you are all having a great week!!!!

So....It's that time again.....Time for another Anything Goes Challenge over at Through the Craft Room Door....... ;)


This week I got to work with an awesome digi image from Drawn with Character


And this is what I did with this adorable image!!!!





I had SUCH a fun time making this card!!!!  I used all kinds of goodness of supplies....and most importantly....my Silver Bullet Professional Cutter and SCAL4....the BEST pairing out there....

I took the digi image and created a cut file with it....and drew it out using the Pen Tool for my Silver Bullet Professional Cutter and used one of my LePen Marvey .5mm pens...onto 104# Strathmore Coldpress Watercolor Paper....(something you wouldn't be able to run through you printer!!  BUT you can draw on it with the Silver Bullet!!!)..and then cut out layers of the image so I could add dimension to the elephant....I think it turned out adorable.....

I colored the elephant and cupcake with my Spectrum Aqua Markers.....this was my first time to use the markers and I must say they blend like a dream!!!!  SO happy to have them....will be using them more often...

For the Happy Birthday.....I created a pennant file and also used one of my Banners....and drew the words with my Silver Bullet Professional Cutter.....decided I didn't want to fill the inside of the letters....it was just as easy for me to color the letters in.....then put a coat of Wink of Stella on them....LOVE this stuff!!!! I backed the pennant and the banner with some of my .022 chipboard...give is the perfect stability.......Remember...if you're needing any .022" or .030" chipboard you're welcome to head on over to My Store and grab some!!!!

Here's a complete list of supplies I used to create this adorable card (even if I must say so myself!!! LOL)
LePen by Marvy - Black .5mm pen
Faber Castel - Black M
Spectrum Aqua Markers: Tan/Charcoal/Chocolate/Black/Sunflower/Peach/Orchid/Wildflower
3D Foam Squares
140# Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Paper
DCWV-Cherry Limeaide/Striped Page
American Craft - Dots & Stripes
Black Glitter Paper
Chalboard Paper Base
Bakers Twine
Wink of Stella
Glossy Accents
Gogglie Eyes
Gathered Twigs Distgress Ink and marker

Isn't it cute???? I had SO much fun with this.....and love all the sparkle.....

So....don't you want to join in on the Challenge???? We would LOVE to have you join along.......Show us what you're creating.....and perhaps you might just win....you can learn more about the Challenge on the TTCRD Blog here....

Okie Dokie.....That finishes me for the day!!! I want to THANK YOU SO MUCH for stopping by to visit with me....I would LOVE to hear from you.....please let me know what you think of this card.......isn't the digi image adorable!!!! ;)  

I would like to wish you all a very blessed week....I do hope you will stop by again....Until next time.....

Monday, June 22, 2015

I've not forgotten....

Hey Everyone....Hope you are all safe this morning and having a wonderful start to your week!!! Just wanted to pop in and apologize for no video/blogpost Sunday....Just had too much on my plate with Father's Day yesterday....and the dads in our family came first this weekend!! ;)  Hope you all understand!!!

I WILL be back this week with a new blogpost/video and I really think you're going to love the idea.....using the Punch Tool......Can't wait to share it with you......And tomorrow it's time for another TTCRD Challenge......so I hope you'll stop back by!!!!

Thanks so much for taking just a few moments to drop by...I wish you all a very blessed week.....Talk with you soon!!! ;)