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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Another Year Ends and Begins….

Hey Everyone….WOW…can you believe it?????  We’ve come to the end of another year…My how fast this year has flown by!!!  I’m making a promise to myself to get back to creating again…..This year it’s felt like I’ve had A LOT of mojo blocking time and it’s cheated me out of creating…and I’m tired of that!!! LOL  How about you????  I think it’s been this way for a lot of us ARTists this year……I’m determined to make 2014 better!!!
So the first thing I’m changing is I’m going to be a member of the Design Team for Creations by AR and I’m super thrilled and HONORED to be a part of the team!!!

I hope you’ll stop by and visit with me and see some of the fun things I create with her files she designs!!!  And I’ll sharing the files I create along the way….
I have so much to be thankful for this year however……My oldest son and the love of his life were married……the Lord blessed me with a WONDERFUL and beautiful daughter-in-law…..and because of this wonderful marriage I was gifted with my first granddaughter…….she is BEAUTIFUL and is such a sweetheart….Then if that wasn’t enough……They blessed us with ANOTHER granddaughter as equally as beautiful!!!
And my youngest son was blessed to get back together with his first love…..and this mama and popz are SO PROUD and happy for them…we love her to pieces to and pray the Lord’s plan is for them to be each other’s forever!!!!
So now that my family is bursting with love and happiness it’s time for me to get back to my passion!!!!! 
I’ve been watching creative videos trying to spark something……I have a habit of watching watching watching and then never following through with creating…LOL How many of you are like that!!!
Well today I decided to break that cycle……I get a recap each week of videos posted for Subscriptions I have on my You Tube account and this video struck a cord with me….a super super simple concept…..but one that  I decided to jump into and had a lot of fun with…here’s the video….

So I took the challenge for myself…and here’s what I came up with!!!!


 

Kinda FUN don’t ya think??? And a GREAT way to use up scraps of paper!!!  I plan to make more of these for sure as it’s a great way to get moving along!!!  I even cracked open the sewing machine….used paint samples I’ve had for EONS and never used and used a couple of my own Cut Files for the embellishments…..So…..do you like them???  I really do and now I have 2 cards ready for sending when I need them!!!!

Okie Dokie…so guess that catches me up for the night……..Now I go back to keeping my youngest granddaughter…LOVE me some baby lovin’!!!   I would like to wish you all a VERY Blessed, Healthy and Happy New Year my friends….Thank you for visiting with me all year and I pray you continue to stop by and visit…..Until next time…..

Monday, December 9, 2013

Happy and Safe Monday to Everyone….

Hey!!! Hope you all enjoyed a happy and safe weekend…..WOWZERS we got a winter storm on Friday…..leaving behind a good 1” of ice and sleet then a good 6”’s of snow on top of all that…..it has been slick slidding around here and brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr SO cold!!!!
So what best to do over a cold weekend when your snug inside???….Well…play in my ARTHaven of course!!! How about that!!  I actually was able to get creative for a change….needed to get some Christmas  tags made up so I decided this was the perfect time to work on them……
I snagged a GREAT deal on a software program the other day…..called Craft ARTist Pro 2
CraftArtist 2 Professional

…….It’s a scrapbooking program  that is also geared to Mixed Media ART…….and I gotta say they have a FANTASTIC collection of “How to” videos they’ve put a lot of hard work into creating…….and I spent a good week watching them all…I have to tell you….they did a wonderful job of making me feel comfortable using the software…..

One key thing I have been searching for for a long time is a program that will work nicely with SCAL3 and my Silver Bullet Professional Cutter and I’m SO EXCITED to say this does!!!!  It enables me to work up my Print and Cut designs SO EASILY and I get spot on PERFECT cuts!!!!  This has me so tickled because I truly enjoy using this technique and now will be doing even more of it!!!!!

One thing that is SO IMPORTANT with those of us who love the Print & Cut Technique needed to totally understand the best solution to achieve the “cut layer” we need for whatever item it is we’re wanting to cut…..And Terri Mouw has done a PHENOMINAL job explaining exactly how to do this……..and it works like a charm each and every time…..She did a 2 part video of them so I’m sharing HER videos here so you can see for yourself……You will LOVE how easy it is because you’re not restricted to the detail of your design…..and I can say that I did NOT simplify my paths of the cut layers after importing into SCAL3 Pro I left just as they were and my Silver Bullet Professional Cutter handled them like a charm……


See how EASY it is to do……..I am LOVING it…..so I got to work on creating my tags after I got comfortable with the program…….the first three tags I’ll be sharing I’m sorry today I can not tell you the original creator of the digi kits I used…there are images I’ve collected over the years so and I had been storing them by category on my computer not designer……so I can’t give them due credit but the last one I can as I just purchased it over the weekend and am starting to keep my digi kits in the ARTists folder who created them…..so here’s my first design I worked up…..


I took the stocking and used a bottom layer and a top layer….used Aileens Tack it Over and Over Glue on the white part of the stocking…then coated with Tim Holtz’s Distress Rock Candy Dry Glitter…..I also used 2 red and clear glitter on the candy cane…..using more of the Aileens Tack it Over and Over….I have found a new love for this glue as it makes it SO easy to add glitter exactly where I want it…..I used clear glitter on the peppermint candy sucker and on the red part of it I used Glossy Accents…..on the Gingerbread Man, the Ginger Cookie and the bear’s face I used some of my Viva Pearl Pens…..so they would have a dimensional texture to them…..distressed all the edges of all my pieces with Walnut Stain Distress Ink with sponge…shock shock right!!! LOL  And used some of the Viva Pearl Pen in brown on the stocking…..I created this into a tag and stamped on the inside the … To: and From:  used foam squares to give the stocking depth of the items inside……added an eyelet for the ribbon to go through and it’s done!!! Isn’t it cute!!!

This next card is one of my favorites to…it was fun to work up….


On the Christmas Tree I used Glossy Accents to add the green glitter in parts of the tree…used Glossy Accents for the lights on the tree…..used Viva Pearl Pens for the snow on the ivey on the candles….distress everything with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and foam applicator…..used foam squares to lift the elements for different heights….used an eyelet to thread the ribbon on making it into a tag then adding the stamped phrase on a scrap piece of decorative paper and heat embossed…..love the sparkle of this tag…..

So next we have one that I think turned out super cute!!!!



Not sure if you can see it but I tried to make it so the scroll Santa is reading has the feel of the curve of the paper but using foam squares at the bottom and gluing directly down at the top where Santa is holding it….I used Aileen’s Take it Over and Over glue to add Tim Holtz Distress Dry Glitter in Rock Candy to Santa’s hat, pom pom and his coat….then used the ATOO glue to add flocking to his beard and hair……gives it the perfect subtle look to it….on the “Merry Christmas” tag I coated the entire piece with Glossy Accents and love the look it gives….of course distressed everything with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a Foam applicator….and foam squares to give things different levels of depth……..used an eyelet to use ribbon on the tag……
Now my last tag…… I CAN tell you that I purchased the kit of images to create this tag from an awesome designer who has an ETSY store called Optic Illusions
She really creates some GORGEOUS kits….and I will definitely be visiting her store again…and she is super sweet and honest of top of it!!!!  Check her site out if you enjoy using graphics in your ART!!!!
But I used her “Magic of Christmas” Digital Kit….to create this tag…..


I printed the snowflake ornament out with my Brother Mono Laser Printer and used my Foil Master to foil the gorgeous pink foil on to this ornament…Isn’t it GORGEOUS!!!  Used the holly leaves and the poinsetta flower in multiple layers and distressed with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then more of the ATOO glue and added fine detail glitter……and some stamens in the middle…..added glitter around the bottom layer of the tag……and used an eyelet to add the pink ribbon…..Don’t you think this tag is stunning!! I LOVE it…..
So here’s all 4 of the tag designs I made up yesterday…and Saturday…took me 2 days to complete 15 tags…LOL

I’m thrilled with all of them…and really hope they might make you smile as well!!!!  So…that does it for me today…..THANK YOU all so much for stopping by to visit with me!!!!!  I as always….want to wish you all a VERY blessed week!!!!  I do hope you will come by to visit again!!!!  Until then…

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Another Weekend Come and Gone…

Happy Sunday Evening Everyone….I hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful weekend….WOWZERS you can tell Winter is here….it’s been brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr COLD this weekend….NO SNOW in my neck of the woods…but sure is nippy outside!!!
So…..I actually had a FUN day playing in my ARTHaven today…..I knew I wanted to get some Christmas cards made….I am determined to mail out Christmas cards this year…..it’s been a couple of years since I have and I really miss it……
Since I did a Sketch card the other day and challenged myself to use Acrylic Stamps throughout the entire project I really enjoyed creating with them…..Amazing what a chalk bag, detailed embossing powder and a pretty stamp will do huh!!! LOL
So…I decided that I want to use MORE stamps on projects……so why not start with some Christmas cards…right??!! Sounds good anyway…LOL  Well you know me….I can’t stand the thought of doing anything simple and straight forward…..I like to always try to make it seem cool at least…LOL  Today was no different…..and I really had a lot of FUN with it…….

But I wanted to give more of a precision cut and look to them….SO……I decided to stamp the images out onto white cardstock with a good crisp black ink……and then I scanned them into my digital cutting file program and used the stamped image to create shadow layers for these stamps…..didn’t do the pack of phrases……those are more for direct to shape kind of things…..but for the 2 Stampendous packets they worked GREAT to create shadow layers for……I used one of the shapes of the borders to then create a card base with…..so I could stamp it out and have the cool edge to the card…  Wanna see how my card turned out?????




As you can see I did a couple of layers to this card…..I used the shadow layer of the tree I created and made a shadow layer to the shadow layer…..so I could give the edge around the tree the same Copper effect to make the tree pop…..I also did that same technique to the layer behind the decorative paper layer….and I stamped the border stamp and the phrase on the decorative paper and embossed with the same Copper detailed embossing powder…..and I absolutely LOVE the affect…..  I also used the Copper on the inside of the card for the Merry Christmas I stamped and embossed.
For the tree stamp itself..I use some of the Mixed Media Inkpad which is very juicy in the dark brown color and then used clear detailed embossing power on it….then hit the berries with a red glitter pen I have…..colored the flower pot a metallic silver and then distressed the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink….”of course”….LOL  I also distress in the same manner the decorative paper layer…..
Don’t you think it’s a very impactful card??? I really LOVE it….and can’t wait to start on my next card design…..
Sooooooooooooooo…..Thought some of you who own the stamps sets or perhaps will be purchasing them…may be interested in the shadow cut layers I made of these….the files DO NOT include the image of the stamp…you MUST own the stamps already to be able to utilize the file as intended….but it will save you a step for if or when you do……


I also thought I would share with you the card base I created using the largest border design in the stamp set shadow cut I included above ……….
Okie Dokie Artichokie…..so…that does it for me tonight!!!!  Sure hope you might like my creation I made today…and perhaps find the files useful?????  I am really growing an increasing passion for acrylic/rubber stamping…..I guess through my determination to utilize digis I neglected the acrylic/rubber and am so glad I’ve decided to give them a new look…..because I’m finding they incorporate SO WELL with my Silver Bullet Professional Cutter!!!!
THANK YOU so much for taking a bit of time from your day and spending it here visiting with me!!! I would like to wish you all a VERY blessed week!!!! I do hope you’ll come back by and visit again…..until then…..

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Happy Sunday to You All!!!!

I hope this Sunday finds you all doing Wonderful…..WOWZERS we had some storms come through last night…..the wind was strong and the rain was HEAVY!!!! LOL……I sure was glad when that passed…..Supposed to have more of the scary weather today….I so am praying it just skips us!!!!!
So…..the other day I was watching some You Tube Videos……happened upon one for this card idea and know that I hadn’t seen it in a cut file around anywhere so I decided I would create my vision of the file and that’s just what I did……made a mock up of it and was quite happy with how it turned out…..so decided I would made a video to show how to put together and made a few samples so you can see the versatility of the file!!!
What TYPE of card is it you ask???? Well……it’s a PDC SLIDER CARD w/ Box…….check it out….

Isn’t this FUN!!!!  I made up 2 samples in different sizes so you can see the versatility of the file……the “Tis The Season” one is large……..I share the dimensions in my video…and the other 2 are the perfect size to hold a gift card for the special someone in your life…….These are SUPER SUPER SUPER simple to work up and it’s SO fun how you can create  theme in whatever theme YOU want….and you’re not stuck with just 1 size!!!!
If you’re interested in how to put together check this out…..
So….What do ya think???? Pretty Easy huh!!!  Here’s more pics of these pieces I’ve created so you can get a better view of them….






To get a better view of them you can click on them and they’ll open up in a different window……They are so easy and so much fun to do and really lets you utilize the AMAZING Print & Cut abilities of Sure Cuts A lot 3 (SCAL3)/ECAL and my printer and my Silver Bullet Professional Cutter…..I know I’ll be making more of these as Christmas gifts………
So….Do you like  the file???? Would you like to have it……Then please just look below and click on either the image or the link and it will take you directly to the download page for  this file……If you do like it I would LOVE to hear from you…..and maybe even see some of YOUR creations when you have time to play with the file!!!
Now…IF you take up the challenge to create your own PDC Slider Card w/ Box…..I would LOVE it if you wanted to post a link to your blog post others can go and check out your creations as well!!!!  There’s a Linkz List on the Right Column of my blog above!!!!  Would love for you to add your blog entry for creation of this file!!!
Okie Dokie Artichokie…does it for me today!!! I SO hope you like my creation and the file!!!!  Makes me smile when I hear from you……Thank you for dropping by….I do hope you’ll come back by and visit with me again……I wish you all a VERY blessed weekend…..Until next time….

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Another day….Another post…

Hey Everyone…..Happy Happy Morning to you all!!! I hope this post finds you all being blessed with a WONDERFUL day!!!!  So…can you believe it?????  I actually got creative AGAIN last night…..Wahooooo 2 days in a row!! LOL
So I needed to work on a Sketch Swap for a Yahoo Group I belong to…. Card Crafts  As much as I LOVE sketch designs I just never seem to get to them…….So I decided to make myself do this swap….and I’m SO glad I did….it really does seem to spark creativeness doesn’t it!!?

For this card I decided I wanted to try creating it with using paper I had on hand….basic cuts and some of the rubber/acrylic stamps I have on hand and very rarely use……and I’m glad I did

…cause I’m really quite happy with the results……




You know me….I had to distress the edges of all layers with my favorite Distress Ink color….Walnut Stain….just love that warm color so much!!!!  I did basic cuts with my paper cutter for all but the circles…..I just measured across the stamps and then cut out some quick circles with my Silver Bullet Professional Cutter using some of the Basic Shapes within SCAL3…..very simple for this project…but it’s still SO nice being able to quickly cut these out and not having to have all the different size punches on hand….takes us SO MUCH less space then all the punches and dies on the market…LOL
So…….How about that Sports Fans!!! LOL 2 posts in 2 days!! LOL I hope you like my creation today…..Who knows..this may actually become the Christmas Card I make to mail out to friends and family this year!!! I’ve not done cards in a couple of years and I would REALLY like to do that this year……So…..what do you think???? Do you like it????
Okie Dokie….I would like to THANK YOU all for stopping by and visit with me for a few minutes today……I do hope you will stop by again…..who knows….perhaps I’ll stay on my roll and get creative again tonight!!! LOL  I wish you all a VERY blessed day….until next time…

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Happy HUMP Day…..Yeeeeahhhh!!! Another Wednesday…

Well Good Morning Everyone….I hope this post finds you all having a wonderful week thus far!!!!  It’s Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr cold here!!!!
I can actually say I played last night!!! Yeahhhhhhh ME!!!  It felt great….now just want to keep the ball rolling!! LOL  I needed to create a Shutter card for a group I had belonged to…and needed to get it in the mail today…..so thought I would share with you what I created……





It really was a lot of fun once I got started!!!  I had another Shutter card design I had created some time ago….but this design was a bit different so I decided to make a cut file out of it and am sharing it in this post in case any of you might be interested………You can find it below…..Perhaps it’s a file you might find useful????
You can see I created it in an SVG format only…that’s because it’s a format that is universal to most all cutting programs out there today……
Okie Dokie…..it’s a short post from me today…LOL Shock Shock!!!   But I really want to THANK YOU so much for taking time from your day to stop by and visit with me….Hopefully I’ll be getting on a creative roll VERY soon!!! LOL So I do hope you will come back by to visit…I wish you all a very blessed day!! Until next time…

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Hello Hello Hello…I’m still around!!

I hope this posts finds you all doing WONDERFUL!!!!  I feel like I’ve been in a dark room and couldn’t find my  way out…LOL  As you know I decided a couple months back to try moving my blog over to Wordpress…..and while it’s super cool…..I just found I was doing less and less posting….just not feeling it like I was hoping I would…..so I was in limbo about what I wanted to do…..I’ve decided since I have such a long history on Blogger and better traffic to come back to where I seem to fit better….So I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaccccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkk!!!! LOL
I thought I would start out by sharing a project I worked on about a month or so ago……it was a lot of fun and something I hadn’t tried before……It’s an Altered Paint Brush……..I was kinda stumped at first…but then decided that I wanted to remove the bristles and kind of reinvent that part of the paintbrush…..so here’s what I came up with…..
Isn’t that kinda cool??????  .

I decided to work up a short video where I could show you page by page and share a bit of what I did to create it…..hope you might enjoy it…….
It really was A LOT of fun…and I can really see myself making more of these in the future……So what do you think???? Do you like it??????  I sure hope so….





 
 









This weekend I’ve got several things I need to create so I should have something else to share with you in a few days…I sure hope you’ll come back by to visit with me!!!!!  I would also like to wish you all a VERY blessed week!!!!! Until next time…