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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Alas....the end to a wonderful long weekend.......

WOW...Can you believe how quickly a 4 day weekend rolls by!!!  Sure wish it was a couple of days longer......

I am excited to share...I actually spent a good part of my day back in my ARTHaven......playing with paper....I needed to make a Thank You card for someone.....and I really had a lot of fun making it.....used some of the Tim Holtz Crazy Bird stamps.......some phrase stamps and my Foil Master....and had a great time!!!!  Wanna see what I created???
 I just love the crispness of this card......I usually don't do such a stark white card but this one just really grabs me and I'm thrilled with it.....it allows the foiling and the image to pop...
 I used foam squares on the balloons to raise them up off the card......to give a wee bit of dimension...
 I colored the glasses with my Spectrum Noir markers then covered with double sided adhesive and coated in glitter.....love the bling it gives to them......then I glued them down and put glossy accents in for the lenses.....I also drew on the eyelashes to make it a lady crazy bird....and of course a bit of "blush"....I colored all with watercolor pencils....then used Wink of Stella on the beak, balloons, flower and band on the hat her tail and her toes......
I absolutely LOVE how the phrase turned out....I stamped then scanned and printed off with my laser printer so I could run through my Foil Master using a magenta colored foil......It is SO pretty!!!  And used a backing layer of foiled cardstock in the magenta color that matchs perfectly....will definitely be doing more of this in the future!!

So that's my playtime for the day......feels so great to be back in my ARTHaven and enjoying the time playing with paper and creating......I really hope you like my card......

I again want to Thank You so much for taking a few minutes of your day to stop by and visit with me.....I plan on doing the very same once this post is done so I can catch up on so many blogs I've missed since I've been away from the circuit......Your comments and visits mean more then I can ever express to you......

Plan on playing more this week....sure hope you'll come back by again soon.......I wish you all a very blessed week ahead....until next time.....

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hello Hello.....Remember Me???

Well HELLO Everyone!!!!!  I hope you've not all forgotten me.....such a long time since I've posted.....almost don't know where to start!!!  If you've stopped by to visit with me I want to thank you so much!!! Will go ahead and give you a heads up...this is a LONG post with a TON of pics....

Since my last post almost 6 months ago I've had a lot of ups and downs with health in my family....All of which the Lord uses to grow us I believe.......All started with my vision.....then in July I managed to break my foot when I stepped backwards off the bottom step of my porch (which is less than 1" off the ground btw...LOL) and rolled my ankle and breaking my foot in the process....WOWZERS that HURT!!!  Had the joy of using a walking cast / crutches & brace for the better part of 3 1/2 months......I'm finally able to walk around most of the time without a brace.....but will probably always need off an on for the future.....I can walk however...and that's the important part!!!

Then last month my hubby had a heart attack!!! Talk about a scare right??!!  I had been praying the Lord would take the desire for my hubby to smoke from him.....Well....HE DID!!!  But it obviously took the heart attack to FINALLY get hubby to understand......he ended up with 1 stint...still has 2 small blockages but his main artery is 60% blocked still...HOWEVER....if he does as he must he will never get worse....and this is what he is striving towards.....He has successfully been a NON smoker for 7 weeks so far and I am SO proud of him!!!!  See the Lord can use all bad for good!!!  He even blessed us in that he allowed no heart damage to occur through the heart attack...and placed him at the right place at the right time when the heart attack occurred and they took amazing care of him.....I am truly grateful!!!

Within the past couple of weeks hubby could see that I am really struggling with not being able to be creative the way I want because of my vision...so...we talked and decided that I would be better suited to go back to a desktop computer and use a large screen to enable me to be able to do the detail work that I truly enjoy!!  So that's what we've done!!!  I am blessed to be able to work with a 32" monitor and it's helping SO MUCH!!!  I can now see to do exactly what I want and have felt the creative bug return...I am SO happy!!!!

Now you will be seeing more from me from this point forward and I'm hoping to be able to share more as well.....So I thought I would start off with this post and share with you what I have been able to create in the past several months since I've been away.....hope you wanna see...cause I'm just so itching to share!!! LOL

While I was not on the computer much I decided I wanted to teach myself how to knit (something I had never learned...and now I know why...) I managed to create one thing....a wash cloth.....see...


It's not perfect.....but it's functional.....but in the process I've realized I do not care for knitting....don't like using 2 needles...I definitely prefer crocheting more.....so I started doing some of that....made a few dish cloths....then decided to make a lap blanket for myself......I really love how it turned out....see...


And it's really warm and snuggly....looks good laying on the back of my recliner too!! ;)

I wanted to make all the loved ones in my family a personalized Christmas stocking they could keep for years and years to come....so I created a template to use as the pattern for my stocking and then had each member of my family to pick out the fabrics they wanted to have used on their stockings.....here's the fabrics they all chose.....


I decided I wanted to personalize each one even more so I decided to embroider their names on one side of the stocking and then the nickname we have for each one of them on the other side.....here's a group pic of all of them completed and then I'll show you individual pics of each stocking so you can see them better....


I did create all of the embroidery files for all the embroidery work that was done on each stocking....gotta say I love the embroidery program I use for doing this....and I found a super simple way of creating my embroidery files...using a combination of Inkscape and Embird.....and it works flawlessly!!! ;)  So here's pics individually of each stocking.....















Didn't these turn out awesome!!! Everyone is thrilled with them which makes me feel so awesome!!!

I thought I would share with you the file I created to make my template using my Silver Bullet Professional cutter......which cut the template material like butter!!!

https://app.box.com/s/8ggngbnxgosft5a8w8q5rxjg8pdacjy1


Well...then I decided I wanted to make me an over the shoulder purse that I could just carry my debit card, drivers license, reading glasses and phone with me....but I wanted to personalize it some...so I used one of my cross files I've shared in the past and turned it into an embroidery file.......added my initials and then went with that......here's how it turned out.....


Isn't it cute???  I think so and it is perfect  for my needs!!!

So...are you still with me???  That's all the knitting, crocheting, embroidery and sewing I've done over the last 6 months.......Once hubby and I got my new computer set up with the large monitor I was able to begin playing with paper again...YEAHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I SO have missed playing with paper.....So happy to be "home" again!!!  I have actually created a couple of cards....and think they turned out rather cute and thought I would share these with you as well.....


I enjoyed making this shaker card.....and love how you can see the sequins show through the letters......just a FUN interactive card don't you think!!!!  I just stamped, embossed then colored my card front using distress inks once I had it the way I wanted it I then used SCAL4 Pro and used one of the fonts on my computer and made my virtual mat the size of the card front I was using and cut out the letters using my Silver Bullet Professional cutter......glued acetate to the backside of the card front then foam tape around the card piece...added my sequins and another piece of paper over that to secure the sequins inside.....such a simple and fun technique with a big impact....

Then this next card is a Squash card......such a fun card to make and super simple!!!!!
 I used my handmade flowers and butterflies as the embellishments on the front of the card.....and a previously stamped phrase I had in my stash and some of my print and cut ivey I also had in my stash..



The finished size of this card is a 6x6 and I started with a 12x12 piece of cardstock......such a great impact for such a simple card don't ya think???

WOWZERS...So did you stick with me?????  Gosh I sure hope so.....I wanted to be able to start off fresh but I wanted to share all that I was able to accomplish in the past several months hence the Lonnnnnnnnnnggggggg post!!!! 

I didn't share any of the embroidery files I  created cause I wasn't sure if anyone would be interested in them.....plus there are so many formats used of embroidery files I decided it was best to just not share any.......

I would like to THANK YOU  all so much for stopping by to visit with me...it truly means more than you know!!!!  I do hope you will stop by and visit with me again and I would LOVE to hear from you.....if anyone has a file they are needing to get created...feel free to drop me an email... pennylduncan@outlook.com ....would be happy to help if I can.....I want to get back to my old self again....and what better way to do that right???  I would like to wish you all a VERY blessed week ahead.....and I hope to have you visit again!!! Until next time.....