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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Can you BELIEVE IT…..Another post TODAY!!!

I’m so excited….I’ve been having THE BEST ARTing day…….I had another swap I needed to complete by this weekend to get in the mail tomorrow…this one is also for my ARTHaven group and the theme of this is a “Tag Inspired by Tim Holtz”…..OMGoodness..who doesn’t just admire that man and his creativity!!!!!  AMAZING he is!!!! So I gave it a whirl…..I used some of my handmade flowers and a hand made paperclay piece……Used one of my TH embossing sleeves…..TH Distress Inkpads….Perfect Pearls……a fancy button and some ribbon, some lace and lots of love!!! ;) …LOVE LOVE LOVE how it turned out……Here I’ll let you see…..






I think it resembles “grungy” don’t you????? And don’t you just LOVE that button….It’s a German button I found on clearance at Joann’s….regularly $6.00 for 2 they had them marked down to $.50 for 2…I snagged all they had so will use these sparingly……So that’s my creation….I so hope you like it!!!! It was fun to create and came together fairly quickly!!!!  As always…THANK YOU for stopping by to visit with me…..I do so hope you will come by again….I also pray you have a very blessed week!!!! Until next time…..
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Another FUN day in my ARTHaven….

Hey Everyone….I hope you are all enjoying another WONDERFUL day!!!!  I know mine is going beautifully…..Spent the evening with hubbs last night so this morning I got up and came directly to my ARTHaven….Needed to work on more swaps I’m involved in…the next one I decided to work on was an ATC swap with the theme being animals……..
So we have 3 critters…we have a German Shepherd named Alexis….a German Shepherd/Boxer mix named Harley and a kitty named Princess….so I figured why not use them in my ATC….So I pulled up pics we have on them and cropped them out of the photos and put on a new document…then decided I wanted to give them a 3D affect…….so this is what I came up with…..
   





I really do like how it turned out…..I used my Cricut Expression to cut out the talk bubble and my Cri-kit Pens with my Cricut Expression to write out the phrase I came up with….Didn’t it turn out CUTE!!!!!!  I giggled once I got it put together…….So…this is my ATC creation….I would LOVE to hear what you think………Now off to go work on another project…but think I need something to eat first!!!!  I hope you are all having a VERY blessed day and I do hope you will come back to visit with me again….Until next time….
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Saturday, August 28, 2010

I’m having FUN in my ARTHaven!!!

Oh I LOVE saying that!!!!! :)  So I have several projects I need to work on and get completed this weekend….a BIG one for me was a paperdoll…..because of the person it’s going to I wanted to make it EXTRA special….she’s an OUT OF THIS WORLD ARTist and I feel intimidated sending her any of my ART…So I REALLY hope she will like this…….So here it is….







I WISH you could have seen me trying to put this hair on…OMG I’m so glad the Lord put hair on my head for me because if I had to do it …..it would be a hot mess!!! ROFL…I have never really used doll hair before and let me tell you…It WON!!!! LOL  I had strings stuck to everything…kept burning myself with the glue gun..it was hilarious!!!  But I finally came up with something that was OK……LOL  Eileen I SO hope you like her…….I decided I wanted to layer her……to give her more stability and I wanted to cover the brads I used to make her movable…..I really like how that turned out….. I used some of my handmade roses  I shared the tutorial on the other day too…..I LOVE these things……If you didn’t get to see the tutorial the other day or get the file….I’m posting it below as well….. I used the cut file I had created and shared a couple weeks back of a Paper Doll Design…IF you would like to have it I’m posting again here:



Ok…..so that’s my creations so far….maybe I’ll get lucky and get a few more things created still today…..I, as always….want to THANK YOU for stopping by to visit with me…..I pray you are all having a WONDERFUL weekend!!!!!  I hope you will come by again……until next time….
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I have some AMAZING Friends…….

Now my  piece of FUN to share is from my WONDERFUL and special friend….Celeste Lombas….anyone that is blessed with this lady’s friendship is truly that….BLESSED….She has SUCH a HUGE heart and it shows in EVERYTHING she does!!!!!
This is what I LOVE about the internet….we all live hundreds even thousands of miles apart but yet our spirits can connect and it’s like all those miles just disappear………Check out this AMAZING  blog award my sweet friend blessed me with…….

This is the details of the award: 
As part of receiving this award I am to give the Trendy Blogger award to 10 other bloggers whom I think display their talent and time and effort on their trendy blog…. I am also to list two reasons I started blogging and why I continue to blog…
Ok…..so let me try and share the reason I started blogging:  I wanted a way to share my creations with other ARTists who shared the same passion….
Now the reason I continue:  Through my desire to want to share my ART I have made some very special bonds of friendship  which I cherish! I also feel very strongly it’s a way the Lord uses me to express my love for HIM through my love of ART…….and I enjoying sharing that passion with others……If, at the end of the day, I’ve been able to show just one person that I sincerely love the Lord and know that Jesus is MY savior…then I’ve fulfilled my purpose for why I blog…..I have been blessed a million times over with the love of others and their kind and loving hearts….Yes I know this sounds mushy and a bit sappy….but it’s sincerely how I feel!!!!
So now…I get to share this award with 10 other AMAZING ARTists…..This I’m so excited and honored to do!!!!!  Of course I could list a zillion as there are so many of you amazing creators out there….and alot of them Celeste has already snagged!!!…but here’s the 10 I’ve chosen……
1.) Diann Scholl -  Diann’s ARTSpot
2.)  Angie Hall Haviland – Angie’s ARTfull Life
3.)  Kristal Andrew – Kandrew Designs
4.)  Lea Cioci – CreativeLea’s Infinite Journey
5.)  Rita Loyd – Rita’s Country Creations
6.)  Christina Lytle – Christina’s Creative Moments
7.)  Eileen Bellamo – artsaveslives
8.)  Vicki – VLDesigns
9.)  Melissa Craig – stampitscrapitshareit
10.)  Tammy Jennings – Tammy Jennings
Each of them are AMAZING ARTists on all friends whom I  am SO BLESSED to have met on the internet!!! You must check out their blogs as they are SO gifted!!!!!
So…How fun were those 2 things!!!!!  Now I’m off to do some more creating…..I hope!! ;)  I hope you all have a VERY BLESSED DAY…and I so hope you will come by and visit with me again soon….until next time!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

“H” is for HIBISCUS?????

Hey Everyone…..Me again!! ;)  I hope you’re all having a GREAT week!!!!!  I have FINALLY gotten my audio problem under control…….Not on the laptop….still fighting on that issue but I’ve switched back to my desktop and believe I shall keep it this way as I rather like it better!!!  SO I had received an email last night from a very sweet lady wondering if I had a Hibiscus type flower……Well……I didn’t but loved the idea of making that type of flower….so I was on a mission!!!!  I decided I wanted to make one…so off I went brain storming…..I “think” I’ve come up with a pretty cool design that resembles a hibiscus……you can decide……


This is VERY easy to work up………the part that takes the longest is detail the petals and leaves…..I took the liberty of working up a tutorial….Hope you like it and I hope you find it helpful………you can view it here:

Now…If you like the flowers…and you liked the tutorial….AND you would like to have the cut file….you can find it below……I would LOVE to hear what you think of it……



So…now back I go to work on some other tutorial requests I’ve had…..I hope you are all having a great day….As always…THANK YOU for stopping by to visit with me!!!  I do so hope you will come by again…….Have a Very blessed tomorrow!! Until next time…..
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Is it “P” or PDC Rose??????

HA….Don’t you just love the title!!!   Ok…by now you all know I LOVE flowers….and I’ve been racking my brain to find what I consider to be the PERFECT rose to compete with those awesome flowers that start with a “P”……Well I have to say I think I’ve FINALLY came up with a design that will give me the results I’ll be quite happy with………I’m so thrilled with it I tought I would share them with you….




I decided to go ahead and work up a tutorial for it….Now keep in mind there sounds like there’s a fan running through the video…I apologize but I can’t get it to go away……I think I’m going to have to invest in a video camera and give up on the webcam…..so you have to just bear with the noise….the rest of the video is fine…..anyway…If you want to watch it you can see it below…….


And here's the file if you would like to make some for yourself!! 


Okie Dokie....That's it for me for now!! Hope you like these...please come back by and visit again.....Wishing you a very blessed day!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Whew…..How about some more Cut Files???

I’m trying to play catch up on several cut files I’ve had requests for……I “think” I’m just about there……at least with some older ones…..Now that I have them all done and sent I thought I would share them with you here in case anyone else might be interested in them…….so….here we go….



 





So……Shew….that was A LOT….at least I thought so!!!  I really really hope you can find some files you might enjoy!!!!  I still have more I’ll be working on so I sure hope you’ll check back….As always…THANK YOU so much for stopping by to visit with me!!!!  It really means a lot!!!  I hope you’ll come by again….I also pray you have a very blessed week!!! Until next time….

What a FUN Weekend….

So My plans were to PLAY with PAPER this weekend…and I did JUST THAT!!!!  It was so fun….I have lots of swaps I need to work on and was able to accomplish three of the many!!!!  I’m quite happy with the results and as you can tell….YEP I LOVE using flowers!!!!!
With the exception of the 2 little blue rose buds in the middle of two of the flowers…ALL the flowers on my pieces are ones I made myself…..So take a look….would LOVE to hear your thoughts….
This first piece is an Altered Frame…..this started out as a mat black plastic frame from the Dollar Tree…..used 2 coats of White Gesso….then 2 coats of an acrylic Terra Cotta colored paint…..then a coat of a Crackle Medium then one coat of an off white/tan acrylic paint…..I just LOVE the crackle affect…once the crackle was almost dry I then took some of my Shimmer Spritzers I had made this weekend in the Antique Paper Distress Inks and Perfect Pearl Perfect Pearls mixture and spritzed the frame……I also used several of my Shimmer Spritzers to color my flowers that I created for this as well……






So this next set is a 3 pc ATC swap……I’ve not created ATC’s in a while and I still love them as much as I ever have….They did not have to be the same…the design theme was my choice…..I guess you can tell the common factor in each one is flowers!!!
on the first one I used Acetate and my Cricut…..cut some swirlies in it to make a mask…..I used the mask and my Shimmer Spritzers…..and then decided to use the acetate on this one as well to further feed the grungy look of this piece….
The next ATC I used the swirlies from the acetate cutout ….colored them again with my Shimmer Spritzers and then glued with my YES glue to this piece……
Just a note……The Cricut cut the acetate BEAUTIFULLY!!! No problem at all….and a MUCH cheaper way to create your own custom masks!!


This last piece I created is for an Easel Card Swap…This is the 2nd Easel card I’ve made and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE making them!!!!!  Yet another way to continue to use a piece of your ART you put your hard and soul into…it just makes someone want to display it!!!
I am really pleased with how this turned out…..the Get Well phrase I drew with my Cricut with my Cri-Kit Gel Pens then used one of my Shaplies and cut the design around it……took the inner smaller piece and cut three pieces….glue together and used that as the “cushion” to give the piece a cushioned edge….running through my Cuttlebug……then hit the edges with some of the Crushed Olive Distress Ink Pad……..I also colored in the Get Well Phrase with the gold colored Cri-Kit Gel pen……Then I cut one more layer of the decorative piece the size larger so I could use it as a back matting……












So…..These are my creations so far….Would LOVE to hear what you think!!!!!  I will have a few more cut files to share this evening….that’s my goal for tonight to work up some more cut files I  have had requests for….
As always….THANK YOU so much for stopping by to visit with me……..It always makes me smile….I do hope you will come by again…I pray you have a very blessed week!!!! Until next time….

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Happy Saturday!!!!

Hey Everyone…I hope you’re all having a WONDERFUL Saturday!!!!!  I am…I’ve already been playing a little this morning….Yesterday I allowed myself a trip to Joann’s, Hobby Lobby and Michaels….It’s so FUN cause they have lots of goodies shown at CHA!!!!
Our Hobby Lobby now has a section dedicated to Tim Holtz and all his new items and I got several of them….most I already had but did get his ruler, tape, stick pins, clamps, more of the alcohol ink colors I didn’t already have, 2 of the three paper stacks……can’t remember what else…..hummmmm…They even had his new embossing folders….course…I already ordered them online..just HAD to have them!!!
They also have other new goodies..they’re carrying Shimmer Mist as well as Joann’s…..and HL has Smooches…….I thought of a very dear friend when I saw those…….So many other goodies…too many to mention but you MUST check them out….I hope they continue on this trend…however I’m sure hubbs hopes not!!! LOL
But while looking at the Shimmer Mists….I just can’t justify the cost for the amount of product….yes yes…..I’m “thrifty”……so I went ahead and took the plunge and bought some Mini Mister bottles…already had 3 of them but I bought 2 more packs……I also got some Potion No. 9 (which is supposed to allow the water based inks to soak better into the paper…I gotta say…it really works!!!) Along with my White Rain Hairspray (the pump kind), my Potion No. 9, Reinkers (I used Distress Inks  this time….and some of my Walnut Stains in Eucalyptus AND the Walnut color), and Perfect Pearls…I made my own…..I had SO much fun making them…..

I made sure I labeled the bottles so I’ll be able to make them again…you’ll notice the lone one without the label…LOL Well it was one  that I had something else in before and added some really old dye based reinker that I’ve had for years and years…not even sure I can get it anymore….but its called Raspberry from Personal Stamp Exchange….and I used Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls with it……..It’s the bright pink flower petals you see…I LOVE the color….usually very outside my box…but I love how they turned out!!!!!
If anyone is interested the color combinations for the colors I made up I’ll share here….
  • Milled Lavendar Distress Ink / Forever Violet Perfect Pearls
  • Red Brick Distress Ink / Perfect Bronze Perfect Pearls
  • Mahogany Distress Ink / Forever Red Perfect Pearls
  • Antique Linen Distress Ink / Perfect Pearl Perfect Pearls
  • Peeled Paint Distress Ink / Forever Green Perfect Pearls
  • Mustard Seed Distress Ink / Perfect Gold Perfect Pearls
  • Eucalyptus Walnut Stains / Green Patina Perfect Pearls
  • Walnut Walnut Stains / Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls
UPDATE:  I had a request for me to share My RECIPE for how I made MY Shimmer Spritzers…..so here goes:….
  • I used about 2 eyedroppers of Ink Potion No. 9 by Tsukineko (this is what’s supposed “encourage migration of any water-based ink”….it REALLY DOES work)
  • I pour White Rain hair spray (the pump kind) to fill about 3/4 full…….
  • I then put about 3 eyedroppers of the Distress Reinkers (you can add more or less…your choice…but I found this gave great color)
  • I then put 2 “scoops” of Perfect Pearls (not large scoops…but little heaping scoops…hope that makes sense)
Then I put on the cap and shook really well……..TaDa…that’s it…then I put a label on them so I can remember the colors used…..
Ok….That’s it for me for now!!!!!   Back to playin’ I go……Thanks for stopping by to visit with me!!!!!!  I hope you all have a VERY blessed day and I hope you’ll stop by again!!!! Until next time!!!
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Monday, August 9, 2010

My first card for OWH

I am SO honored to be able to create a card for a soldier who is sick for Operation Write Home (OWH)…….I so hope he enjoys the card even a smidge as much as I enjoyed creating this for him…Sgt M……..
I’m excited to share it with you…it’s my first Easel card and I LOVE this type card and know I will be making many more of these style of cards…….




You can probably tell I used lots and LOTS of Tim Holtz items….He ROCKS so much with his supplies!!!!  I love how masculine the card looks even with ribbon and lace!!!!  Would love to hear what you think…….
Ok……now  to play with some more paper…..As always…THANK YOU so much for stopping by to visit with me!!!!  I do hope you will come by again……Hope you have a very blessed Tuesday….until next time….
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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Oh My…How it’s been a while!!!!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed your weekend!!!!!  I’ve finally been able to create some new files for a change…..still have yet to play with paper…but the night is not over yet……
However the other day I did work on a project for a very dear friend of mine…..She has received it so now I’m able to share it with you….I didn’t want to spoil her surprise……..This is a Journal I did for my friend Rita Loyd…….






I also created the card for her as well…..The Sunflower I added to the journal is one of My Cut Files that I made some time ago…..I love how it turned out……if you like this file you can find it below…….I also made the flowers on the card with some of my Shapies…


So I did share with you I created some new files….Made a few new Shapie Files as well as some other files….Perhaps some of you will enjoy them???????








So….If you would like to have the Digis…just click on the images and they will take you to the page on My Windows Live account where you may download them….
Now that catches me up for now on things I’ve created….As always…THANK YOU so much for stopping by to visit with me…..I hope perhaps you might have found a few things you might enjoy!!!!!  I do hope you will come  by and visit again…….I pray you all have a very blessed week!!! Until next time…..