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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Bunco Anyone????

Hey gals and guys!!! Hope you’ve all had a WONDERFUL Sunday!!!!  I’ve been having yet another AMAZING day in my ARTHaven…..Vacation is just about over….but I’m trying to get as much out of it as I can……
So today I needed to work on a card I had an order for….I had done one of these last year…but never saved the file so I had to recreate it again…and saved it this time!!!! Duhhhhhhhhhhh….LOL…but I thought I would share with you how the card turned out…..






I’ve never played this game but I hear it’s VERY POPULAR!!!!  So I decided to actually save and share the file creation I made….I will tell you the border you see on the strip on the inside of the card and on the box is a Fiskars Punch….but here’s the cut file……

I really hope you like it!!!!!  Ok…back at it I go…..still have one more card I need to get created!!!!  As always….THANK YOU SO MUCH for stopping by to visit with me….I wish you all a very blessed week and do hope you will come by again…..Until next them….

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Third Wall Hanging is DONE!!!

WOW my week of vacation has FLOWN by!!!! But I’m surely going to get as most out of this weekend while it lasts!!!!  So……..I have FINALLY completed the third of the three wall hangings I offered up to winners of the MTC Blog Hop I was involved with back in June…….I’m SO glad I have them completed….just finished with the last one and wanted to share it with you……I really like how it turned out…..
I’ll be honest with you….the vision I had for this didn’t initially work out……but it just goes to prove that we don’t always need to trash something we’ve stared and it’s not immediately meeting our vision…….I walked away from things several times just to give myself some time to think about it……and after a lot of patience and playing with different things I came up with something I rather like…….
Isn’t it cool how you when you start creating something and you add pieces knowing they “really” don’t go with what your doing……but then you get to the finished result and you realize…WOW….It REALLY REALLY works well!!!  I love it when that happens…..
So this Wall Hanging is for Rebekka with A Diamond in the Rough  the reason she chose this name for her blog is because she is a child of Christ and He is continuing to polish her and bring her to be the child of His He wants her to be!!! I love the name….don’t you…….so here’s what I came up with for her……







Notice all of the “Diamonds” I have on this piece……didn’t even think about it when I started using them……then when it was almost complete the light went off and I then KNEW why the Lord gave me the vision to use them!!!!
I just have to share with you…..notice the etching on the glass piece…Oh that was SO MUCH FUN TO DO!!!!!!  I got a NEW Toy!!! ROFL…Yes yes….I know……I can’t help myself!!! It’s called an Air Eraser……no more etching cream for me!!!!  It was SUPER EASY to do…..just created the design I wanted….cut it out in vinyl….applied to the glass……then instead of using etching cream I used my Air Eraser tool with my compressor and it works BEAUTIFULLY!!! 
Then on the decorative background I printed out the design along with Rebekka’s blog name in black laser ink and ran through my Foil Master using Gunmetal colored foil…I LOVE this color!!!!  It is SO gorgeous!!!!  I got it from Dawn at Thyme Graphics….. http://thymegraphics.co.uk/products.asp?cat=83
She has some of the prettiest colored foils….and even if you don’t own a Foil Master you can use your iron with it as well…..
So I decided I wanted to raise up the name of her blog so I printed just the name a 2nd time with black laser toner then ran through my Foil Master using the Gunmetal again…..then did the Print & Cut technique with my Inkscape/Signcut combination…….Of course I created some of my handmade roses and then added lots of bling to the frame I have also altered…..
Do you like it????? Think Rebekka will??? Oh I so hope so!!!!  Thought I would share with you the frame I created if any of you might be interested!!!!

Okie Dokie!!!!  Off I go to work on my next project!!! I hope you are all having a very blessed weekend!!!! As always…THANK YOU so much for stopping by to visit with me!!! I do so hope you will come by again!!!! Until next time…

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Happy Thursday…..the week is zooming…..

Hey Everyone and Happy Thursday to you all!!! I hope you all are staying cool……it’s soooooooooooooooooo HOT!!!!!
So…..I have gotten to play in my ARTHaven a bit this week….still have lots more to create but  I thought I would share with you the Card/Box I just completed last night…….This is for a request I had for a sympathy card for a special lady who had recently lost her husband…Bless her heart!!!







In making this card I created the phrase digi image…..and printed it off in monochrome with my laser printer then used some gorgeous purple foil and ran it through my Foil Master….Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I LOVE it!!!  Then I placed it in my Lynx “Sable” and did the PNC technique so it cut out PERFECTLY!!! I am absolutely LOVING the combination of my Black Cats…Lynx and Foil Master!!!!!!

I tried to make it as special as I could….as her husband loved music……I also worked this card a bit differently as you’ll notice above…..the top decorative layer lifts up where you can right a personal message…..and then I mounted it to the easel base so it could be propped up but the personal message wouldn’t be easily viewed if the person so chose……I thought it was pretty cool…..
I thought I would share the file with you in case anyone might be interested……

Then I thought I would share with you the digi image I created along with the music notes I created in creating this card……


Then….the other day I had a request for a 3x3 notecard/envie combination…I worked one up real quick so I thought I would share that with you as well in case anyone might like it……


Soooooooooooooo….This catches me up for now…….I hope you might find something you like…….I am having SO much fun with my Toys…(TOOLS)!!   Off to work on my next card…..I hope you’ll come back to visit with me…..I also wish you all a very blessed day!!!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Good Morning…Happy Sunday!!!!!

I hope you are all having a WONDERFUL weekend!!!! And those who are participating in the Crop over at BlackCatUS.com forum I just KNOW you are having a blast!!! There are SO many amazing projects to work on…….
So yesterday I started working on the 2nd of 3 Wall Displays I needed to make for winners of my blog hop back in May……Yes I know..I still don’t have them all done!!! Buy…HEY…I’m making progress…hope that counts for something!!!!  
So this next one I created is for Kathy over at Kathy’s Little Corner.  Kathy shared with me that her favorite colors are purple, forest green, black and darker blues……So….since my favorite color is purple that one immediately stood out to me….and I love black and green…..and I knew I wanted to do some engraving with my Lynx “Sable”……Oh yeah and she said she liked birdcages too…….so here’s what I came up with….





I SURELY hope I hit it on the mark for Kathy….I really REALLY hope she likes it….it was fun to make but I was beginning to wonder if it was ever going to come together…….I “think” it did….
On the engraved piece I created the frame and engraved it…..I’m attaching the cut file for the frame with a mat layer I created below……then I cut around, with my tonic scissors, the design to get as close to it as I could…a very slow process…   and then of course distressed with alcohol inks and colored in the phrase with a black sharpie and then used blending solution over that…..I like the aged distressed look of it…..kinda blends in with the background paper fairly nicely don’t you think……
For the background piece it was already a metallic paper……so I ran it through my laser printer and printed the black swirly frame you see….Love the affect!!! I only wish I had gotten my supply of foil for my new Foil Master cause it would have been even MORE beautiful…….but I still like the results of this…….
As you are all sick of seeing probably….I made even more roses to blend with the colors in the piece, added ribbon, rhinestones and diamond pins along with a birdcage I made and little birdy!!!  Oh yeah…and I added one of my dragon flies and butterflies….And I called her complete……I SO SO SO hope it’s something Kathy will enjoy!!!!
So if you’re interested in either of the frames I created to make this piece I’m sharing them here…..


Now I just wanted to share with you a sample of what my AWESOME new machine will do……I had been watching this machine for a while……it’s in the Black Cat Line of equipment….it’s called the Foil Master….
And I ordered it from Sherri over at That’s Scrap Inc.  Well I just got some sample sheets in the box but have some yummy yummy colors of foil coming my way that I ordered from Dawn over at Thyme Graphics…..so I took a piece of the sample foil and printed off  (in black laser toner) onto just regular Georgia Pacific 110# cardstock from Wally World… the phrase…”Believe in Love”……then placed my foil with the colored side face up over the words….placed a regular piece of printer paper over the top and inserted into my Foil Master that I had preheated to 165° and it worked BEAUTIFULLY!!!! Check this out….

It could NOT have been easier!!!!!  And the COOL COOL thing about this…..I can also use this machine as a laminator……Wahoooooooooooooooooo….a multi purpose piece of equipment……So now I’ll be getting rid of my Your Story cause I only used it for the laminating anyway!!!!  I am SO EXCITED about this new “toy”!!! I have SO many ideas going through my pea brain….LOL just not enough hours in the day!!!!
Ok….so that’s it for me for now….I so hope you found something you enjoy…As always…THANK YOU SO MUCH for stopping by to visit with me….I do hope you will come by again…and I also hope you are having a very blessed day!!!! Until next time….

Friday, July 8, 2011

It’s HERE it’s HERE……CHRISTMAS IN JULY CROP!!!!

Hey Everyone…HAPPY FRIDAY!!! And what a FUN Friday it will be….SO many ideas and creations for you to create this month…….Over at the BlackCatUS Forum is kicked off the “Christmas in July Crop”!!!!!!  To see details of it you can go here……

I’m honored to be able to be a contributor of a challenge idea for this crop…..I was to come up with an idea for a Christmas themed project for you to create for a chance to win some goodies…..Of which you can learn more details at the above link……..So what I decided on was a Gift Bag Topper…these things are SO popular in my area……..they are so easy to package up something quickly and giving it a FUN look!!!!  And the cool thing is…you can reuse them over and over again……so here’s the one I created for this Crop…..









You can see I created the same file design 2 different ways…..the first design I used A less active a decorative scrapbook paper with the phrase printed drawn with my pens directly onto the bag topper….the 2nd I printed it off with my printer and did the print and cut technique creating a mat layers…….I have included the mat layers in this file so you can do it the way YOU want!!!!  So here’s the file……

Also ….the packages…..I have included the graphics for the presents within the file itself…you’ll need to import them into your software to cut if you wish or use your own paper…whichever YOU want to do…after all…it’s YOUR creation!!! 
Now the thing I think is SO SUPER COOL!!!!?????  Look at the bag…..see how awesomely fuzzy it is…..This is the COOLEST paper I got from Tyler’s storeAllThatJazzSupplies.com  its fuzzy and SOFT SOFT SOFT…..Cuts like BUTTER with my Lynx “Sable”….here’s where you can find it in his store… Tyler’s FUZZY PAPER It’s available in a rainbow of colors and PERFECT for this project!!!!!  I’ll share with you when I cut it I turned the fuzzy side face down on the mat and actually cut the backside ……made cutting it a dream……
So…this is just MY contribution to this FUN Crop…You’ve GOT to check out the link……

to see who else is contributing ideas!!!!  You’ve got lots of time to play….and you want to be sure to check out the BlackCatUS forum…this is a VERY VERY VERY friendly warm welcoming forum…..doesn’t matter if you even own a cutting machine…if you do…it doesn’t matter what brand it is…you’re most welcome to come and hang out with us…….It is based first and for most on FRIENDSHIP…..which I think is AWESOME!!! 

Monday, July 4, 2011

The end of a long weekend!!!

Happy 4th Everyone….I hope you all had a WONDERFUL weekend!!!! Mine was PERFECT for me….I spent it in my ARTHaven and had A LOT of fun creating!!!!!  Just thought I would share with you most of what I was working on……..if some might be interested in seeing….and there’s a few new files thrown in……






























Something else I’m EXCITED about!! I have an EXCITING new addition coming into my home to pair up SO nicely with my Lynx “Sable”…I have a Foil Master machine on it’s way to me and I SO CAN’T WAIT!!!!  I will be able to foil just about and creation I can think of!!!!! Check it out……
This machine is SO COOL and talk about a RAINBOW of colors the foils are available in…..I just have a zillion ideas going through my brain!!! LOL  Just had to share my excitement with you all!!!!!
Ok….now off I go to get my beauty sleep….Oh YEAH…don’t forget about the upcoming Crop starting this weekend……..
You can click on the image above to get details!!! It’s going to be A LOT of FUN!!!! I have a project I’ll be sharing as well……..Ok…now off I go…I hope you all have a VERY BLESSED week!!!!  I also hope you will come by again..and THANK YOU for stopping by!!!! Until next time…..