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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I’m still around…..Hope you missed me…..

Hey Everyone and Happy Tuesday to you all……


So……I actually created a couple of tags….thought I would share them with you real quick as well as the files I created to make these…..they’re simple…..work up very quickly and I think kind of cute……






They were fun to make…..I was trying to come up with some that would work up quickly…….You can see on the round tag I used my Foil Master….I LOVE this machine!!!!  I printed my swirlies in black laser toner and then foiled and then used the print and cut technique with my Black Cat “Sable” by using Inkscape/Signcut…..
If you would like to have these 2 files as well as a couple of others….I’m attaching them below….I hope you might like a few of these……



Okie Dokie Artichokie!!!   Guess that catches me up for now!!! Hope you might have found something you might like…..As always…THANK YOU so much for stopping by to visit with me….I so hope you will come by again…..I would like to wish you all a VERY Blessed Day!!!! Until next time….

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Wahooooooooo…The day has come!!!!

I hope everyone has had a WONDERFUL WONDERFUL Thanksgiving Holiday celebration with family and friends!!!!  It’s beautiful weather here which just adds to it!!  So……Did you do Black Friday Shopping????  LOL  I can tell you I did NOT!!!!  I was comfy in my home on Friday and was very happy I was!!!!….if you were one of those shopping….I hope you found the bargains you were looking for!!
Sooooooooooooooooooooooo….It’s that time!!!!! Time to announce the winners of the Give-A-Ways!!!! I want to THANK YOU all for taking time to make comments and checking out the products and my blog!!!!  I’m super excited for those of you who one…….so…without further delay…….
The WINNER of the My Memories Scrapbooking Software….goes to………..
Misty @ http://geydascreations.weebly.com ……CONGRATULATIONS Misty…..once I confirm your email addy I will be sending it to My Memories Scrapbooking Software and they will be in touch with you……..

I noticed the other day they just updated the software and it seems the updates they’ve made make it even MORE awesome!!!!!

So Now it’s to the Letraset ProMarkers…….These markers are VERY VERY nice….GREAT quality and they have different tips you can use with these as well!!!!!!  I’m EXCITED to share with you the winner of these is………
Jani @ http://papercompulsions.blogspot.com/ …..CONGRATULATIONS Jani…….I will be letting the Letraset company know and they will be in touch with you very soon………I really hope you enjoy these!!!!!

This was SO MUCH FUN!!! I really hope you all are happy with your winnings…….As always….THANK YOU so much for visiting with me and I wish everyone a very blessed remainder of this holiday weekend!!!! Take care and will visit with you soon!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A couple of Reviews AND Giveaways…Along with Guest Designer Spot for ME…..

Hey Everyone…….I hope you are all having a WONDERFUL week so far!!!  Can you believe just how FAST the month is going by!!! WOWZERS….before we know it the year will be gone!!!
So…I am SO EXCITED to share some FUN FUN news with you today…….First I’ll start with the fact I was asked by Liz with Cricut Personal Die Cutter to be a Guest Designer for their forum….Now keeping in mind they asked me  earlier this year when I still owned my Cricut…..I had asked her if she wanted me to step down from the Guest Designer position due to the fact I no longer own a Cricut and she advised she did not…..she felt it would be a great idea for me to share a project that I had created with my Lynx to show the members of the forum just what I can do with my machine….I was MOST happy to do that…….Also… the makers of My Memories Suite Scrapbooking software to review their program and share with you my thoughts on the program…and in the process I actually get to give away  the software to one lucky winner!!! How COOL is that!!! I’m excited……
Now as many of you may or may not know….I don’t scrapbook…….just never something I’ve really gotten in to…But I do create cards and other mixed media ART……and I really love using digital images and graphics…….I also LOVE using my Black Cat Cutter Lynx…..named “Sable”…..so I wanted to some how utilize the My Memories Suite Software and Inkscape/Signcut with my Lynx “Sable”……..
So…having watched some of the tutorials they’ve created for the software I realized the program will allow me to utilize SVG files…What?????  Well….how COOL is that!!!!  I LOVE my SVG files…..as you all know!!   So I knew I wanted to use the SVG files along with a digital stamp…..so I needed to think of an idea….I decided I wanted to take a decorative frame image and make a “frame around the frame” kind of thing…here’s the image I started with…..


I’m not sure where I found this image on the internet….but I fell in love with it……So I created a shadow layer and an inside layer and then created a “frame” for it in an SVG format……..I then brought this “frame” SVG file into the My Memories Suite software….by copying and pasting the SVG file into the proper file in the directory of the program……to learn how to do that you really should watch this tutorial they have created…..
So….After I imported in my SVG “frame” file I had created I decided to fill in with scrapbook paper……….

Isn’t that COOL!!!!!!  So then once I created what I wanted I then printed the creation as a PDF…and saved it…..I then imported the PDF into Inkscape and continued the Print and Cut procedure and it worked like a CHARM!!!!!  It’s so FUN cause it opens up so many new possibilites……as I am wanting to get away from purchasing scrapbook papers and simply printing my own as I want them for a project…allowing me to personalize my creations even more……..
So…..Once I had printed and cut that out in which I had also added a few more digital stamps for the center of the piece….


I hope you’ll notice the coloring on the center part and the swirly part of the frame……..I had been asked by Letraset Markers to demo their product to see what I thought about them……..You may or may not remember that I had recently sold all of the Copic Markers I had because I just didn’t really enjoy using them….especially for the cost of the markers…and I had a very large supply of them……I use Sharpies and Bics and the Blicks alcohol markers in my ART……so I was most happy to take the challenge of using the Letraset Markers…….They sent me a set of the markers….here’s what I got…..

You’ll also notice the AMAZING print and cut I did with the image I imported into Inkscape from the My Memories Suite Software….The Letraset ProMarker set they sent me was Set 1…..a very nice variety of colors and definitely in my color pallet……..so the only markers I used on this project were these…..I colored the swirly on the frame with the brown and I colored the leaves and flowers with the other colors of the markers…and I colored the rhinestones with the markers…I will say the ink flows SO WONDERFULLY from these markers…they include a blending pen in the set and it does a wonderful job of lifting color where you need it too…the ink doesn’t bleed out….it is every bit the same quality of product as the Copics…I would HIGHLY recommend these markers to anyone….I do not think you would be  disappointed in them in the least…..










I’m totally thrilled with the way the card ended up……between using the My Memories Suite Scrapbooking Software and the Letraset Pro Markers……along with my Lynx Cutter “Sable” I was able to create the perfect card…..So I thought I would share the file with you….but I will share that I am unable to share the phrase as it is not my creation…it’s a file I downloaded from another wonderful blogger who has shared this……..And if any of you know which blog it is…I’ll HAPPILY share the link to the blog here!!!!  But I did want to share the remainder of the file with you……if you’re interested in it you may find it here….
So…..What did you think of the creation….and even the reviews……Are you now ready to have an opportunity to win some goodies??????  Of course there’s some rules I have to ask that you adhere to be be eligible to win……so here’s the scoop on each……
 My Memories digital scrapbooking kits and scrapbook software
Please  visit their site www.MyMemories.com. In order to enter the giveaway go to their site and choose your favorite digital paper pack or layout, then comment here…on my blog… telling me which ones you chose.
-If you’d like to link to their Facebook, Twitter or blog, that would be great as well! For each one you follow…leave a comment on this post and you’ll get an extra entry to the contest.
Blog- http://blog.mymemories.com/
Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/pages/MyMemories/140359372717593
Twitter- http://twitter.com/#!/mymemoriessuite
And remember….If you want to purchase it for yourself or for someone else….you can save $10.00 by clicking on the link above and using Coupon Code…..
STMMMS53029
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They do have free US shipping on their website www.letraset.com
So….you probably want to know…..where else can I buy the markers…I recommend the following websites:
http://www.7kidscollegefund.com/category_s/802.htm
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/the-Letraset-Promarkers/Categories
I bet now you want to know…just how you might WIN a SET of these?????  Well it’s super easy…….
Checkout their Website www.letraset.com
Like them on Facebook…. LETRASET ON FACEBOOK
Once you’ve checked out both of these….leave me a comment for each and you’ll be entered into the drawing for a chance to win…….
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So…..when’s the deadline to sign up for the chance to win one of these AWESOME items????????
I’m giving you til the day after Thanksgiving 11/25/2011 to enter then I will draw randomly one name for each item as the winner……I’m REALLY excited about these and I know whichever someone wins will be TOTALLY thrilled with them!!!!!!
So………………Have you made it to the bottom????? Bet you were wondering….is she EVER going to be done!!! LOL….Sorry…I just couldn’t help myself…I get carried away…what can I say…..I do want to THANK YOU for making it this far if you did and wish you all the BEST of LUCK!!!!
I also want to THANK Liz with Cricut Personal Die Cutter for the opportunity to be a Guest Designer and also to My Memories Suite Scrapbooking Software and Letraset ProMarkers for the chance to demo and promote their products…they are AWESOME!!!!
Ok…….so who wants to enter???  I would like to wish you all a VERY BLESSED WEEK!!!!  As always….THANK YOU for stopping by… and I hope you’ll come by again….Until next time….















Sunday, November 13, 2011

Well…Look at Me….2 Posts in 1 Weekend!!!!

I’m just super proud of myself!!! LOL    Of course….it doesn’t take much…..I’ve had a WONDERFULLY productive weekend in my ARTHaven!!! Not only did I complete my large blog post and all the goodies I shared in that post yesterday……I’ve also completed three swaps I’m signed up for in my ARTHaven Creations & Friendships group……I have them all done way ahead of time and will be getting them in the mail to their recipients this week……Feels AWESOME to have them all done……..
So I just have to show you what I made……I really really like the end results of what I came up with….The first one is a Gift Card Holder…..the recommendation is to start with the base being a toiler paper roll….but I happened to have a papertowel roll so that’s what I used…….I cut it down to 3.75” and went from there…….Here’s how it turned out…..





Now….I made my flowers and the ivy…..….the border and used my Letraset ProMarker in the red to color the rhinestones…….but see those ADORABLE tags…..I can not take credit for them….they are the AMAZING creation of Miss Cutie Pie’s Blog… She has the most ADORABLE creations that she comes up with and I fell in love with these when I found them…..You’ve got to check out her blog if you haven’t yet….You WON’T be disappointed!!!!
I took her tags and brought them into Inkscape and created a cut file from them and did a Print and Cut and they worked BEAUTIFULLY!!!!!   I was tickled!!
So the next piece I created was for a Button Fairy Swap….These are always FUN to make but I wanted to do something a bit different this time……My very very good friend…Rita Loyd used Shrinky Dink the other day to make her Ornament for a swap she is in……and I liked that idea so I used the Shrinky Dink to create the body part and the wings of my Button Fairy……I found some graphics I like that I have on my computer and used them…printed with my Inkjet printer cut them out and then used my Clay oven to shrink them…..worked BEAUTIFULLY….See…



I used some old jewlery I had also to help embellish it and a Tim Holtz charm….I really like her and it will be hard to send her to her recipient!!! I hope she’ll receive a good home in the person’s ARTHaven!!!!!
So…..Now I have one more creation to share with you……..I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while with my roses and this just turned out to be the PERFECT reason for making it…….The last swap I needed to create something for in my ARTHaven Creations & Friendshps group is an Ornament for an Ornament Swap……….so this is what I came up with…..




Sorry to show you so many images of it….but it’s really kind of hard to get a good shot of …LOL……I took a paper mache egg and covered with with my handmade roses…….along with ivy and other embellies…..I poked a hole in the top and bottom and attached some findings with my glue gun and attached ribbon to the top and a tassel to the bottom…I think this turned out as awesome as I had imagined and I am proud to send this out…..Hope you like it!!!!!  I really really do!!!
Okie Dokie Artichokie…That catches me up!!! It was SO MUCH FUN creating all of these…..Now please don’t forget about my special post on Tuesday…..November 15th….I sure hope you’ll come back to check it out……I pray you all have a wonderful and blessed week…Would LOVE to hear what you think of these projects……..Thank you as always for coming by and I do hope you’ll come by again…Until next time…….

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Happy Saturday and I have been creating!!! ;)

Hey Everyone…..Happy Saturday to you all….I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful weekend….Burrrrrrrrrr it’s chilly here!!!  Fall is DEFINITELY in the air….but thankfully no snow for us so far this season!!!!!
So I had several requests for a tutorial on my PDC Christmas Tree Tag……I decided to work one up for anyone who might be interested……I “hope” you might find it helpful…..As a reminder….here’s my design….









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So I’ve come up with another tag design as well….this is one my PDC Ornament Tag….it works up SUPER quick and is super super easy……..




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If you can believe it…..I even have one more file I created into a Tag it’s my…PDC Pine Cone Tag……..It’s fun to work up….takes a bit more time…but I really thing you’ll enjoy the outcome??????? Wanna see??




Would you like to have the file?????

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I really REALLY hope you enjoyed these………I had a lot of fun designing and creating them……So now I thought I would share with you a few more files I created last week…thinking some of you might like them as well…..haven’t created anything using them yet…….but I think they could stir up lots of possibilities!!!



Shewwwwwwwwwwwwwww….Are you tired yet?????? LOL…I SURE hope you stuck with me…..I tried to cram a bunch of goodies into one post….I so hope I didn’t bore you!!!! I also hope you’ve found some things you might enjoy??????  If you’ve made it this far….THANK YOU so much!!!!!
Ok……..I believe that catches me up….so now I’m off to work on the exciting stuff I’ll be posting about in the next few days…..gotta go play and see what I can come up with…so I really hope you’ll stop back by and visit with me again…..I pray you all have a VERY blessed week!!! Until next time….

Monday, October 31, 2011

Ole’ Christmas Tree….

It’s Monday…..AND Halloween!!!! Happy Halloween Everyone!!! I hope you all have a “Spooktacular Day”!!!!  Can NOT believe tomorrow will be November 1st….WOW is this year flying by!!!!
So I was home all weekend……had planned to get out and do some things but that was changed as I was feeling quite yucky!!! ;(  BUT…Thank GOODNESS I’m feeling MUCH MUCH better today…..Figures….LOL….the day I go back to work!!   Oh….what’s a girl to do….have to continue to make money for the ARTHaven stash right!!!  
While home I decided I wanted to start working on some Christmas Tag Ideas……Of course one could use this for other things then just tags….but that’s the way I made these yesterday…….I’m hoping to make several other designs for Christmas……so if you like this one I hope you’ll check back more throughout the month……..But I’m tickled with the way this turned out and wanted to show it to you……





I chose 5 different designs of decorative Christmas papers to cut then interchanged all of them to make the layers of the tree……I cut the layer underneath each layer in the same green…..then a layer of tan….the tree trunk in tan…all with my FAVORITE tool…My Black Cat Lynx….”Sable”.. and then ran through my Go Baby with a wood grain embossing folder then hit with Jumbo Java Chalk ink to give it a woodsy look…….I adhered the tree to a red tag base……..I also use eyelets with my Crop-a-dile to reinforce the holes for the ribbon…..I used foam squares to raise the tree up off the tag base……..I distressed the edges all with Jumbo Java Chalk Ink and I also ran the layers of the tree through my Go Baby with a Merry Christmas embossing sleeve…then hit the raised surface with Jumbo Java Chalk Ink…..(surprise surprise huh….LOL)….
I added a snowflake charm for the star at the top of the tree and clear adhesive rhinestones for the bulbs on the tree…….then used some Stickles in Frosted Lace all around the layers of the tree…..I’m very very happy with the way these turned out and am excited to share these with you…….
So……do you like them????? Wanna make the tree yourself……well…okie dokie then….You can click on the image below and it will take you to My ETSY Store.....


Well….Guess that catches me up for the day….I so hope you like my tag…..As always always…THANK YOU so much for coming by to visit with me!!!!  I’ll have some exciting things to share in the coming couple of weeks….I’ve been asked to demo a few things for some companies so I do hope you’ll check back with me…I really think you’ll like them……So for now…it’s… Hi Ho…Hi Ho…..Off to work I go!!!   I wish you all a VERY blessed day and I’ll chat with you soon….I hope!!!