Saturday, June 25, 2011

LIM 21 - A Sketch and Zentangle

After last week's challenge to create a card using a monogram, our taskmasters fearless leaders, Chrissie and Mandi at Less is More have decided to give us an easy week this week and have provided this sketch for us! Here's the sketch...

Now...how easy is that!  I love this sketch, in fact, I love it so much, I finished off three cards this morning.  I think I love all three cards this week...Thanks for the cool challenge this week, Chrissie and Mandi!  This first card was just fun to create.



I have my kitchen decorated with chickens and roosters and when I saw this stamp set, I just had to have it! (having no idea what I'd do with it).  The chicken wire stamp that came with the set just didn't look right to me, so I drew my own chicken wire with a pencil and then smudged the lines a bit for a faded look.  The rooster was stamped on white card stock and colored with Copics, then punched out with a 1.5 inch circle punch. The red mat was punch with a 1.75 circle punch.  Roosters were then pop dotted over the chicken wire.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set from Clear Art Stamps.


Last week when I was making the rounds visiting all of your beautiful cards, I came across this card at Carzo's Crafty Corner that she had made using something called Zentangle.  Well, that was a new one for me, so I did a little research and discovered that Zentangle is basically just doodling...in a structured way.  I was captivated!  Needless to say, I've been doodling my heart out all week.  For this card, I did some Zentangle drawing on white card stock, then punched out 1.5 in circles and matted with black. I added a piece of embossed white card stock also matted with black behind the circles. Circles are pop-dotted on the embossed piece.  



Still looking for something different, I decided to make this card.  I cut a piece of white card stock slightly smaller than my card front. I used some score tape on the back where I would be winding my jute string around the card.  I wound about 15 rows of string around the card and adhered it to the score tape in the back. I then matted the string layer on a piece of dark brown (it looks black here, but it's brown).  The sea shells are SU stamps that I've had forever....stamped on white card stock and colored with Copics. I cut the shell out and mounted with pop dots.  The sentiment "Praying for You" is also a SU sentiment.

Now...you know I said earlier that I've been doodling like crazy...this is the layout I made this week with my new-found interest. The layout was created with a piece of white card stock, several black pens, a photo, and some chipboard and foam letters.  


I didn't do any shading on this, and I might go back and do that since the shading give it a little more dimension.  Some of you might be wondering how long this took to doodle...well, it took me about 3.5 hours.  The hardest part was deciding what my doodle pattern would be! Anyway...totally love this layout! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting.  Thank you SO much for all the wonderful and sweet comment you leave for me! Until next time...

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86 comments:

Faith A said...

WOW Susan, what a fantastic array of cards and all so different, I love them all, but have to go with the rooster for his colour and attitude :)

Carla said...

Susan, all three cards are georgeous, but the zentangle card is stunning!
I love your work.

Angela Weimer said...

Such lovely cards. Love them all. the Zentangle is great. And that layout is amazing. Thanks for the inspiration and have a great day.

Jan said...

Great cards, love them xx Jan

Sandra said...

Fabulous cards..:) Sandra H

Paula said...

a wonderful collection of cards

Jo Street said...

Three fabulous cards, my favourite is the black and white one. And the layout is just gorgeous, you must have the patience of a saint.
Jo x

Debs M said...

3 gorgeous cards, i must confess i have never heard of zentangle but you make it look so easy x

Sue said...

Wow Susan you have given us a challenge in itself to equal these three stunning cards. Your zentangleing - if there is such a word- is so cool I thought it was a printed paper.Sue x

Chrissie said...

My Goodness you've really caught the zentangle bug. This is fabulous work!
I love chickens too Susan and your rooster card is fab in fact all of you cards are fab!
Thanks so much for your loyalty to our challenges!
Chrissie
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

Dana Leigh said...

Wow, fantastic cards as well as your sketching is amazing! I hadn't heard of zentangle until last week either!

Beryl K said...

Two brilliant LIM cards and your layout is stunning, you've certainly managed the art of zentangling
Beryl x

Mandi said...

O M Gosh that doodling is fab-tastic!!
You are super talented Susan

All cards are terrific!
Thank you very much
Diva LIM mandi
Less is More

Stamps and Paper said...

Susan what fabulous card....so inspiring and original.

Anne

Suzilou said...

WOW your roosters are stunning, very eye catching and love your zentangleing you are very talented :)

Zoechaos said...

Fab cards all so different and all wonderful. Surprise surprise your tangle's are my favourite's. XOXO Zoe

Margaret said...

Great cards Susan but I love the Zentangle one
Margaret x

Fiona said...

Fabulous chook card Susan, I wouldn't want to mess with him though, he looks a bit fierce to me!
Your zentangling is amazing.

Linby said...

Big well done on the zentangle, I can't come up with the ideas to fill the spaces! Yours are both fab.
Love the rooster card, I would NOT know what to do with that stamp LOL! The shell one is lovely too, very natural.
Linbyx

Kathyk said...

FAB projects from you, love all your LIM cards but the chicken is super duper

Kathyk

Rosemary said...

first... all your cards are just outstanding, susan!! second... your layout is absolutely AMAZING!! i can't believe you created all that doodling... i wouldn't have the patience!

Sharon said...

Wow love the doodling, very effective!!
Sharon x

fatmonica said...

I love the cards but that cockerel is just fantastic!The doodling is just brilliant too-it looks great on that layout.

Carol said...

Wow Susan...love the zentangle. Your cards are gorgeous, loving the roosters and that layout looks absolutely fabulous. Carol x

Loli said...

hola Susan, thank you for your visit.
Dear Susan you're a real ZENcarmaking!!, fantastic cards as ever, but your scrapbook page with zentangle is fabulous, great job.
A hug from Palma

Bernadet Rodakowski said...

All are great cards, but the "zentangle" is fantastic. I really love the layout too. Would *I* ever be so daring to try that...hmmm? Thanks for the inspiration! Bernadet
bernadetscraftblog.blogspot.com

Bonnie said...

You are amazing Susan! I love all 3 of these cards and the Zentangle is amazing and looks difficult but oh, so effective!

Shirley-anne said...

Hi Susan .Wow what an action packed post . Love everything
the LIM card is a delight .

Sue said...

wow wow wow all cards just fantastic must go give this Zentangle a go Luv Sue x

craftattack said...

Lovely cards and zentangles, as you know, I like them too! Valerie

Jess said...

oh wow, all the cards are great, but I love that third one with the texture :)

Jenny said...

Oh Susan I love all your cards especially the shells on the twine. Your zentangle scrapbook page is amazing:)
Jenny x

Cheryl Nelson said...

A*MAZ*ING cards and lo Susan!! I am so in LOVE with those roosters!! So fab! That zentangle lo is sooooo FANTABULOUS...wow!

Suze Bain said...

Super cards Susan, Mr Cockerel is very striking and your 'Zentangling' is fab. I recently tried it too - great fun! xx

Hazel said...

I love all your cards but have to admit that the zentangle one caught my eye more than the other two. Your scrapbook page is brilliant. I often doodle but have never doodled for 3.5 hours!! I might try it later, thanks for the inspiration. Hazel x

Lynne said...

Wow Susan, how talented are you? all your cards are great but I adore the zentangle one.
Lynne xxx

Meggymay said...

Your cards are gorgeous, but I must add that the zentangle is my favourite, its awesome. Yvonne xx

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Wow Susan, you really outdid yourself! I just love the roosters, and how clever is your chicken wire. Your other LIM cards are fabulous too. I have never heard of a Zentangle - very cool. And I love the way you used the jute under the shells in your third card. Your layout is wonderful as well!

Theresa said...

WOW!! WOW!! Your cards are just amazing. Love the doodling - and your layout is just absolutely impressive. Fantastic work.

Debgem said...

Wow!!! Susan I love the zentangle card - so very different. Love the scrapbook layout with the zentangle too. I can imagine hours just disappearing with this technique! Wonderful cards.

Sarah-Jane said...

Oh my! I thought your rooster card was brill and fully expected it to be my favourite! but then I scrolled down and your post just kept getting better and better, I then fell in love with the black and white doodled card, very clever...but then I got to your scrapbook page, just amazing!!
What a talented lady you are :-D
Hugs xx

Anne said...

Three fabulous cards!!

Zoë said...

lovely cards with wonderful display of images and textures.

Vicky Hayes said...

It's such a treat to come along and look at your fabulous artwork Susan. The shells on the string background card is my favourite out of these but of course they are all fantastic! Your zentangling is inspired and the layout you've made using the technique is a real treasure.

Joan said...

Fabulous cards Susan and your zentagle is just amazing !

Erica said...

OH MY! You didn't care for the LIM sketch at all, huh?! All of these lovely cards have the WOW factor going on.
Thanks for commenting on my post.
Erica

Kathleen said...

Three fabulous entries, the chicken/hen card is very striking and really stands out. The other 2 are great too.

Kath x

Molecraft said...

Wow, stunning selection of cards, love them all!
Helen x

Michellem said...

LOVE your Zentangling - great job!! I tried my hand at it last year and just finally got around to posting one on my blog - http://msmathey.blogspot.com/2011/05/pdcc83-blackwhite-with-splash-of-green.html

Cheryl said...

oh wow hun these are all amazing that rooster card certainly rocks,but your scrapbook page with the doodling is just fantastic you are super talented hun,love hugs cherylxxxxx

Maribel said...

Dear, precious three, cocks lovely shells, original and put the rope in the background is an original idea and it is beautiful, and as to zentangle, thanks for your discovery.

hazel said...

Fabulous cards Susan. I love your Zentangle card and your layout it wonderful.
xxx Hazel.

Timeless Expressions said...

Susan... absolutely beautiful and thank you so much for visiting my blog. You're an absolute gem!

Zentangle - boy, it took me a while to get to grips with this, and I found it through someone's card too - just can't remember who's... I always doodle, so it's great to have a doodle with a purpose. Love this doodled card - divine!!

Keep up the good work,
Love Jo x

Lynne K said...

A great set of cards, Susan! I especially like the zentangle one. And your layout is brilliant!

Lynne x

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

WOWZERS! I love your cards Susan, you are definitely on a roll LOL! The rooster card is inspired, well done with the chicken wire sooo good and the two other cards are really great as well. Your Zentangle page is magnificent, what a work of love, smashing stuff again :0) Gay xxx

Janet said...

Wow these are stunning love the doodling, thanks for your lovely comments on my blog

nicky said...

Fab card , like the chickens
Nicky
And thanks for the comment on my site

Aileen said...

Susan these are fantastic. I really like your zentangle and your scrapbook page is stunning. It must have taken hours! x

Wishcraft said...

All fabulous cards, and oh WOW at all that amazing doodling on your layout! You must have so much patience. Very clever :o) Lisa x

My name is Wynneth said...

WOW ! WOW ! WOW ! Susan all three of your cards are simply stunning ! I'm fascinated by your doodling/Zentangle, you've created awesome art with it Hun :O) and that scrapbook LO - well, words fail me, it's so amazing LOL
hugs
wynneth
x

sasa said...

A great display today - I do love the roosters - they look just dandy!
Thanks so much for for calling by too,
Sarah

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

WOW - stunning work.
Hugs, Sandra

Carol said...

All cards are beautiful - great !

Carol

Angelnorth said...

Fab set of cards - love your zentangle one especially and the LO is just spectacular!

JessicaLynn said...

Great card.. I just love the colors!! I have a $65 stamp giveaway going on right now.. come and sign up.

Have a great weekend,
Jessica Lynn
http://jessicalynnoriginal.blogspot.com

Claire said...

They are all beautiful but the cockerel is my favourite, great image.
Claire xxx

Sally H said...

What a fabulous set of cards! The zen tangle is amazing and I particularly love the shells

Jean Straw said...

Lovely cards, the shell one is my favourite. You must have a lot of patience to do all that doodling. Jean x

VICTORIA said...

What a beautiful card. I just love it. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. I took a pic of you card and put it on my side bar and created a button so that i can come back to your site often. If you disapprove let me know and i will get rid of it. I have a hard time finding people again if i don't have a button for them. Oh and I am now one of your followers as well. HAGD. Victoria :)

The Crafty Elf said...

Wow!!!! I love your work! I've never heard of Zentangle until now and I can see why you would be hooked! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment I'm so thrilled you did. Can't wait to see more.....

Shobana said...

O.M.G.
Susan - these are just fantastic cards! Your doodling is a work of art! I would not have realized had you not mentioned it! Just F.A.B!! :) Your layout doodling is to be framed and put on show for all to admire! Tks so much for sharing!

MonicaB said...

This is the second place that I heard of Zentangle. You did a great job with yours. I also love the roster sentiment. Great job with the chicken wire. Thanks for sharing your comments at my blog. :)

Malyn said...

AWESOME x4! All fabulous work and that layout just took my breath away. I love them all.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and enticing me to come here (hooray for hyperlinks). It's been a wonderful visit.

chers,
Malyn

lostinpaper said...

Amazing card! Love your 'hand drawn' chicken wire, it's so clever!

elke verschooten said...

great cards!!

love from Antwerp

elke

Toulouse31 said...

Wow Susan, such lovely cards, love the roosters and the Zentangle one is amazing... I used to 'doodle' a bit like that when I was at school...I must have a go soon :-)

Smilie girl said...

I've had a little play with Zentangle and it's lots of fun. You've used it really effectively. It is stunning.
And the roosters are super fun.

Craftilicious said...

Wow you were busy with the sketch! I love the zentangling - just brilliant - how long did it take you to doodle a whole layout?!?!?! It works so well with the B&W photo :-D

Brenda said...

The zentangle is stunning! You are very talented.

Mrs.B said...

Three great cards Susan,great sentiment on the Rooster card. Love the Zentangle - thought they had been stamped till I read through, very clever.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Avril x

Terry said...

GREAT!!!!Love the chicken one!

Lynn said...

Love the roosters and your zentangle is awesome. Lynn x

Ang C said...

Beautiful cards - love the zentangles too

Folly said...

Susan, I already knew you were an artist with your drawing that looks like stamping, and now zentangles! Awesome work!
I left you a little something over on my blog. I just love your work.
Michelle.

Cynthia Schelzig said...

wow, when you say you like to doodle tooooo....you were right. I LOVE your doodles,,,you Zentangle is fabulous and what gorgeous variations you show on this LIM sketch for that week!

Jane said...

Great cards, and to get three done congratulations!
I love the chickens and the chicken wire background stamp really sets them off nicely. Thank you for visiting my blog.

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