Saturday, April 14, 2012

LIM 63 - We Get to DOODLE!!

The Less is More challenge is to create a one layer card using Doodling.  Per Chrissie and Mandi, This can be in any form we want including faux stitching, hand written or drawn elements on your card, and zentangle. Anything goes as long as we create something with 'ink' by hand.  Those of you who follow my blog and visit frequently, know how much I love Zentangles!  So I couldn't wait to get started on my card(s) for this week.  Yep, that's right, I didn't just make one card...I have four cards to show you.  

Let's get started...

For my first card, I decided to use a Hero Arts flower stamp that I've had forever, but rarely used.  I stamped the image in black ink then filled in all the petals with some tangles.  I added some shading with a pencil and a little smudging.  This card would have been perfect, if I'd just managed to get the sentiment stamped straight!  Sentiment is from PTI.


For my second card, I decided to draw an image and added a little color.  I drew the flowers with a black fine tip pen, then colored the image with Memento markers.  The sentiment is from PTI.




This third card is similar to the first card, in that I tangled in an image, but I wanted it to be a bit different, so here's what I did.  I stamped the image in Memento black, then stamped it again on paper and cut it out to make a mask.  I put the mask over the image, then made a square around the image with post it notes, covering part of the image so that it would "hang" off the edges of the inked square.  I sponged some DI - wild honey and barn door around the edges.  The image is from Flourishes as is the word "peach".  After sponging the color around the image, I pealed off the masks and added tangles to my peaches.  I added a little shading with a pencil.  The leaves and stems I colored with Memento markers.  I drew a black line around the sponged background, then added another frame and filled it in with tangles.  The word "peach" is stamped in black.  Not sure what I'll use this card for, but I'm sure I'll think of something.



My last card is just a sentiment and some doodles.  I stamped the sentiment (from PTI) first and then added my tangles around the sentiment.  I added a little blue Copics and graphic for shading.

Needless to say, I've spent most of the day in my craft room playing.  Here's a layout I finished this afternoon.



Details:  Photo of me and my brothers taken in Fitzgerald, Ga, sometime around 1955. I used MME Follow Your Heart - Be Happy papers for this layout. I cut the hexagons from one of the papers. The title tag was cut with a Spellbinder die. To add a backing, I traced around the outside edge of the die I used for the title, and then hand cut the backing. The light piece is pop dotted on the backing. The title work was cut with the Cameo. Butterflies were punched with a MS punch, except for the big butterfly on the left...I used a Memory box die for that butterfly. I did a lot of inking on this layout, and use TH distress ink - tea dye. I staggered the hexagons I cut from the ppr and added them to the layout. I also sponged each of the hexagons with tea dye ink and added a little faux stitching to each of them before adhering. The edges of the teal background was punched with a MS border punch. I added a little faux stitching around the edges and some perfect pearls to each scallop. The big butterfly has a sparkle, you might not be able to tell, but I colored him with a clear star Sakura pen. I also used a TH hexagon stamp to add a little stamping to the top and bottom right side. The little strip border on the bottom was cut from some of the ppr. I made buttons by adhering some of the ppr to the back of clear buttons and then tying some jute through the buttons. The little bird was cut out from the ppr. I also used a scallop punch under the music strip. I added a few random butterflies around the page...and journaling behind the striped mat with the pearls on the strip which is adhered to one of the hexagons. Journaling reads: 

This photo of me and my brothers was taken at Ellis and Mary Wynn’s house in Fitzgerald Georgia around 1955 (or it could have been 1956). I would have been about 4 ½ or 5 when this was taken. Our family would often go up on a Saturday or Sunday for a day visit. We called the Wynn’s, Uncle Ellis and Aunt Mary. They were an important part of your Grandpa Perdue’s life after his mother died when he was a teenager. Uncle Ellis always played practical jokes and loved to laugh. Aunt Mary always had something good to eat -- ready and waiting for us when we got there. I remember lots of good times visiting with Uncle Ellis and Aunt Mary. They only had one son, Lamar. I think you all might remember him. They’re all gone now, but I’ll never forget them. Those visits were some special times for my brothers and me. 


Bet you thought I'd never finish! LOL!  That's all for me today! Loved the LIM challenge this week...in fact, I might just make another card or two before the week is over! Thanks a bunch for stopping by! Your comments are greatly appreciated!!  Until next time...



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59 comments:

Sandra H said...

Hi Susan, Absolutely stunning as always so beautifully finished off :)x

Michelle said...

Amazing, amazing, amazing!! Your combination of your zentangles with your cards is totally awesome! Wow! I think my favourite is the very first in black and white, but the rest are fantastic also.

Carole said...

Absolutely stunning Susan, I love them all and I think my favorite is the first one, Gorgeous!!!

Stamps and Paper said...

Susan what stunning cards my favourite is the peach card

Anne

Loli said...

Hola Susan, FAN-TAS-TIC cards!!!!you're a really zenartist:D, all your cards are spectacular, the first one is my favourite, i love the big flowers, gorgeous scrap layout, beautiful memories.
A hug from Palma to lady Zennnnnn

Margaret said...

Wow Susan these are all stunning - definitely your sort of challenge!
Margaret x

Mandi said...

WOWSER Susan these are fabulous! I love the last one
Puts my first meagre effort to shame...where is that delete button!

Thank you very much
mandi
"Less is More"

Flutterby Creations said...

All I can say is WOW!

Kate
Xx

Kathyk said...

OMG! You DO love zentangle don't you? These cards are simply fabulous Susan

Kathyk

Gillian said...

Wow wow wow and wow. You are very talented at zentangling.

Charlotte said...

WauwSusan! You made some wonderful cards for this week challenge! Love the peaches the most!
Greetings,
Charlotte

Diane said...

Wow, wow, wow ....and wow! Your doodling and drawings are fantastic!
Diane

Viv said...

Oh Susan what fab cards, amazing drawing too, well done :) Viv xx

Carla said...

susan, the cards are stunning!I love them all.

Craftilicious said...

I thought somehow this challenge would be right up your street lol! The rest of us are struggling to do one measly card and you pull 4 stunners out of the bag! I love the peach as I like the tangling with the soft coloured outside but all of them are brilliant! The layout is stunning too and so on trend with the colours and hexagons.
Tara x

maria f. said...

Too bad you didn't like the LIM challenge this week ... hehehe
Amazing work. Got the tip from Michelle to visit your blog. Definitely worth the trip.

Linby said...

Fantastic work as always Susan, I have given you a mention in my post as somewhere along the way I think you influenced me!
Linbyx

monika said...

beautiful zentangle

I must take a closer look and study it :-)

Monika

basteln.co.at

Margie said...

Fantastic cards Susan - I love the first one the best and am so impressed. Its fabulous!

Suze Bain said...

I knew this week would be right up your street! Fabulous selection of cards - that first flower is stunning. Gorgeous photo too - thanks for sharing. xx

Judy1223 said...

Oh, Susan, when I saw this week's challnge I immediately thought of YOU! And as I guessed, you have made not one but FOUR amazing cards! Wow, wow, wow, and WOW!!! I love them all, and so admire your artistic skills. (You DREW those flowers? WOW!) My favorite card is the last...very cool spilling effect, such pretty highlights. Definite winners in this post!

Karen said...

Hi Susan - WOW!!!!! What else can I say...... especially love the first and fourth tangled cards; they are amazing. The shading makes such a difference.... I just posted my first ever zentangle card at LIM and now realise if I'd shaded it would have "popped" more. Beautiful cards.

Linda said...

Stunning cards, the image on the first card really pops out and looks very dimensional even though it isn't.

Love your scrapbook LO too.

Rosemary said...

okay... that is just not fair!! you have not one, but FOUR absolutely amazing doodled cards and i have not been able to come up with one!! how do you do it???

Sue said...

Wow I like them all but I love your second and last cards they are just stunning. I am so jealous, I so wish I could draw like that.

Jenni's Jems said...

Wow that's all I can say they are all fabulous! x

Faith A said...

Oh! Susan you know what I think of your zentangles, these in with the stamps are amazing and so is the peach card, suitable for a lot of occasions I think. fabulous work

Elisabeth said...

susan - your doodles are out of this world beautiful! so very pretty. love the lo as well - scrapbooking in its best way

Anja said...

Dear Susan
See you used the sketch/idea I've used for my LIM-card of week 58 for your first card .
Stunning how you did the doodlings on the flower. The other cards are great too.
Hope I'll be able to design a card that is almost half as nice as yours.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Susan, as always, you make my knee-socks fall down! You are just in a leaque all your own. You should be hanging in an art gallery (well, not you, but your work)!

Chrissie said...

My word Susan, these are the bee's knees!
What fabulous stuff, you have obviously had extreme fun this week!
Super duper!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Lynne said...

Wow Susan, I can only echo what Darnell says, your designs are truly art.I love your zentangles and never thought I`d see those peaches tangled lol. Your hand drawn flowers are amazing.
Lynne xxx

Valerie said...

This challenge was made for you Susan, you are the Tangle Queen! Love your flowers as well they are so beautifully drawn:)
Val x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous cards ! I love your Zentangle, it's so beautiful. Your hand drawn flowers are also wonderful, can't say enough, I love these cards ! Shirley

lin_ka1 said...

I wonder which card I like more. I can not decide. All are beautiful.
I greet
lin_ka1

cnelson said...

YOU are one of the most talented people I know! AMAZING work...WOW!

Helen in the UK said...

Your tangling is STUNNING! I'm in total awe :)

Pia S said...

FANTASTIC works of art! I'm impressed!

Bonnie said...

I knew you would have some beautiful Zentangle this week, Susan. And you didn't disappoint me. And the drawn flowers are so pretty! You are a true artist my friend.

Kim S said...

I thought of you right away with this challenge and was so excited to see your entry! And you definitely didn't disappoint!!

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

These are stunning works of art Susan - I am in awe!
Sylvia xx

Aileen said...

Hi Susan, I thought you might like this one! Your cards are brill. Love the peaches against their background and all the zentangles.

Super scrapbook page. The hexagons are great. x

Lenochek Neger said...

Оооо, невероятно красиво!!!! Очень люблю рисунки в работах!!!))

Mrs.B said...

I am always in awe of your Zentangles Susan, but this weeks are just amazing.
Avril xx

Loli said...

Hola Susan, thank you for your enthusiastic comment about my card:D.
A warm hug from Palma

Roxie said...

I'm very impressed with your drawing of the flowers and the zentangles...fabulous doodles!

Vicky Hayes said...

Your cards are absolutely wonderful Susan but I'm particularly attracted to your scrapbook layout this week. I love the hexagonal elements and your bird/music/buttons grouping. Thank you for sharing your memories too. Vicky x

Sally H said...

Wow, Susan! I love these! That Zentangle flower is an absolute masterpiece!

Jenny said...

This challenge is perfect for you Susan...love your Zentangled flower, such fab cards again this week and love the patchwork design on your layout too :0)
Jenny x

Laura said...

Love your cards, glad I don't have to pick a favourite!!
Great layout too, I've not used hexagons on a LO yet, I think I must try it soon.

Linda said...

OMG you have been busy. You've created stunning cards, I love them all but I think my favoutire is the first one, the flower. Great job! xx

Marlena M. said...

You are a true doodler Susan! These cards are magnificent. Your layout is wonderful-what a great photo too.

Skye said...

Your zentagles are amazing and your cards are beautiful!

MaggieC said...

I am sitting here with my mouth wide open in awe at your brilliant cards. They are all stunning, but to actually draw those flowers, that is talent. Thank you for visiting me and leaving such a lovely comment. xx Maggie

Karin said...

Your cards are all great, but I prefer the first one!
Greetings, Karin

Skye said...

Oh my goodness! Your zentangles are amazing. I have browsed through your zentangle gallery and I am blown away.
Thank you for your words of encouragemnt on my attempt at zentangle

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Congratulations on being showcased, well-deserved !

Darnell J Knauss said...

Susan, congratulations on your showcase for your fantastic card for the doodle LIM! I cannot believe that I am also showcased alongside your AMAZING talent! I hope I'm not being punked!

Gail said...

Good grief. You are amazing. I love all of them. Closing the shop by the end of May. I'll keep checking on your wonderful work.

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