Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Challenge 50 - Make it BIG

The challenge this week from Laura at I am the Diva is  "to push your comfort zone and biggify your tangles.  Don't biggify your canvas, try sticking to the size you generally work on to get the full effect."  

I generally work on 5x5 inch pieces, so I used my typical size.  I find that I'm drawn to circles. They're neat and clean...and ...organized. I know, it's my type A personality jumping in! LOL!  Since I like circles, that's what I've decided to go with for this challenge.

I've used keeko, paradox, flying geese, and nzeppel...all biggified! (I hope I got the names right!) 

Thought I'd also throw in a few of my pieces that I've done this past week.  I find myself tangling every evening while sitting in front of the television. Sometimes I get so involved with my tangles, I pay no attention to what's on...very relaxing!

This one makes me think of a cross..

This is just one of my mindless swirls....embellished....

Back to my circles again. I love the finished look.

Now...one big circle...this is on a 6x6 sketchpad.
Below is the tangle sequence for the tangle I "thought" I'd designed.  Seems as though it might be an offshoot of the tangle OOF.  It does have the same base tangle...but I dressed it up a bit for my tangle....so I guess it's a variation of OOF. Whatever it is, I'm really loving it!

I think the finished tangle is very lacy looking...and I love how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  Your comments are always appreciated and welcomed.  Until next time...


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Sunday, November 27, 2011

LIM43 - Bling it Up!

This week's challenge from Chrissie and Mandi at Less is More, is to add a "bit" of Bling! I can do that! Although, now that I look at my cards, I might have stepped over the edge just a tad! 

This first card is a black card base. I stamped the snowflakes with versamark and silver pigment ink then used a clear heat embossing powder.  The sentiment is just a shiny silver sticker that I've had in my stash forever. Finally, I added bling to the snowflakes.

One of our granddaughters will be six years old tomorrow (28th) and she is indeed a "little princess"!  This is her birthday card. The word Princess and the crown were cut with the Cameo and the sentiment was computer generated.  I added a bit of pink bling to the crown.  The crown was colored with a silver metallic ink and the Princess was colored with Copics.

This next card was something I was just playing around with. I finally ordered this HUGE medallion from SU. I had no idea it was so big!  So, I ended up stamping it off the card. It took me several tries before I finally got a good image.  (Okay, I'm a little slow...finally figured out that I should put the stamp face up, ink it up good then lay the card on top of the stamp and rub it with my fingers to get a good clean image!).  The sentiment is also from SU.  I added a bit of bling and some glitter to the medallion, but the glitter doesn't show up too well.

This next card was almost added to the trash when I realized that I had put the stickers on the back of the card and upside down!  But, I saved it by cutting the red card apart and using it as a layer on a white card base. I think I kind of like it better like this.

This last card was an after thought.  I had dry embossed this silver (it's really sparkly in real life) panel with a snowflake embossing folder.  I cut it to fit the card front, added some bling to the snowflakes, a bit of sparkly ribbon and a tag that the sentiment was stamped in versamark and silver pigment ink then heat embossed with clear detail embossing powder.  I punched a couple of snowflakes with a MS punch and the small one is from EK Success.

Don't think I have a favorite this week...can't say that I'm crazy about any of them, but I still need a few more Christmas cards, and these will work!

I finally sat down to scrap today. I haven't completed a scrapbook page in over a month, and I had great difficulty getting started on this one.

These are photos of our newest grandson, Pierce.  He's about 7 weeks old now and has really changed quite a bit already.

I used some old papers from my stash for this layout, but I believe they are from MME and Reminisce. The embellies are all stickers that were mounted on white card stock and cut out, then pop dotted on the layout. The yellow mat was cut with the Cameo. The banner with his name on it across the top was cut with a banner die from Lifestyles. The chevron across the bottom was an idea I got from Pinterest and I love how it turned out!. The tag with his birth information was also one of the stickers from Me and My Big Ideas, but it was too big for the space, so I scanned it in, made it smaller and put his birth info on it using PSE9. Then I just had to print, cut, and adhere to the layout. I added a bit of faux stitching with a blue pen. The bread bowl and the afghan in the bottom left photo -- the bread bowl was his great-great grandmother's and the afghan was one that his great grandmother made for his Daddy when he was born.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate all your wonderful comments!  Sorry this post is so long...if you've hung in there to the end...bless you!  Until next time...

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

St. Luke's Charity Challenge

I've made several Christmas cards this week, and the challenge at St. Luke's Charity Challenge this month is to create a Christmas card.  This first card also meets the qualifications for the Less is More challenge this week.  Here's my two cards:

I created both cards on my new Cameo (I'm loving all the fabulous things I can do with it!).  I used a cutting file (the mother reading to the child) for this first card. I filled the image with black.  I added a tree (also a cutting file and colored it black.  I added the star (also a cutting pattern) and filled it with gold.  The sentiment was also added to the image through the Silhouette program.  Then, once I had everything where I wanted it, I just printed it on my ink jet printer and cut to fit the card front.  It's difficult to see here, but the image is backed with some gold textured foil paper and then a layer of black.  I added some 3 dimensional dots with Liquid Pearls and then dotted them with some glitter.  I also added glitter to the star. I actually love how this turned out and next time I try it, it'll be much easier!

The second card was also created with the Cameo.  I cut the tree from green card stock, then cut the shadow from some white card stock.  I used a star punch to add a gold textured foil star to the top of the tree.  The red dots are Liquid Pearls and then I added a touch of glitter to the tree.  The sentiment is from Flourishes and was stamped with embossing ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

I layered the tree on the same green as the tree and then on the gold textured foil paper.  Tied a red ribbon around the bottom...and another card is finished!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Your comments are always appreciated! Until next time....

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Challenge #49 - A Single Red String

This week the challenge from Laura at I am the Diva is to create a tangle with a single red thread running through it.  This challenge is to help raise awareness of the mission of The Red Thread Promise.  Our challenge was to create a traditional black and white tangle tile with a single red "thread" running through it

I struggle with using color on my tangles.  I love looking at other peoples tangles that color has been added to, but it never looks right when I do it.  That's how I ended up with four different tangles!

I actually did all of these on 3.5 x 3.5 which is the traditional size for a Zentangle, but not the size I generally work with. This is the first tile I did. Definitely didn't like it (and probably shouldn't have posted it! LOL!).  It just looks weird!

This second tile is a bit better.  I love the dimension I got on this one, but I still wasn't satisfied.

I think this third one is my favorite of the four tiles.  I drew one large circle with a red pen, then added circles in each quadrant of the red circle.  Then I used light and dark tangles on each side of the red circle. 

I'm not sure where I was going with this one, but decided I'd go ahead and post it. Maybe I should have left the flowers off?

Just throwing this last piece in so I can ask a question.  Is this a tangle that someone has already drawn?  I did this while messing around with my tangles, and thought I had come up with a new design, but it might already be out there and I just don't know it.  If anyone knows if it's a new one, let me know and I'll post directions about how I drew it.  I used it in the fourth tile above and colored in the centers.  

Thanks so much for stopping by! As always, your comments are greatly appreciated! Until next time...

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Some Christmas Tangles

I wanted to share some of my new Zentangle Inspired Art.  This first one is going to be one of my Christmas cards. I have a die for the word "peace" that I cut from card stock using my Cuttlebug.  I placed it on the card (which is a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card) and traced around it with pencil, then drew random circles for my tangles behind the word "peace".  I'm trying to decide it I want to add a touch of color to these "ornaments".  What do you think? 

This second piece is actually the first "ornaments" I drew and was what inspired me to make the Christmas card.  I guess I could cut this one down a bit and layer it on a card front.  It takes me an hour or two to do these ornaments, so it probably wouldn't be "cost" effective to make many of them! LOL!

This last one is just something I was playing around with. I never have any idea what my finished piece will look like and I'm generally surprised by how they turn out.  This one makes me think of candy canes and braided Christmas bread!

 Thanks so much for popping by! I appreciate all your wonderful comments!! Until next time...

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

LIM42 - Silhouettes and Something new...

Two weeks in a row...I can't believe it!! I'm certainly honored to have my cards showCASed.  Chrissie and Mandi...sending you a BIG Thank You! ♥♥ You made my day! ♥♥


I can't believe I've already finished three cards for this week's challenge  at Less is More (which is to make at card using silhouettes).  I might even get a couple of more finished!  For this first card, I cut the silhouette of the three carolers with my Cameo.  I cut a piece of white card stock with a curvy edge and layered it on top of the card base for my "snow".  I used a Copics B0000 to highlight the mound of snow and behind the carolers.  The carolers are pop dotted off the card and it looks really cool.  I also added a touch of glitter to make the snow glisten.  Sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

For this next card, I used a Papertrey Ink Christmas silhouette.  Punched it out with a 1.75 inch circle punch.  The background paper is actually a gold shimmery card stock from SU that I recently ordered.  I wish you could see how shimmery it is, but I can't figure out how to photograph it and get that to show.  I punched a 2 inch scalloped circle from the gold card stock to back the image.  Then I layered it on a die cut from Papertrey Ink.  I added the gold pen lines around the edges of the die with a gold Uniball pen.  The sentiment was generated on the computer using text boxes so that I could make the background black, leaving my sentiment white.  I also edged the sentiment with the gold pen.  I also popped the background layer off the card.  The black border on the gold is simply thin strips of black card stock that glued around the edges.

This next card was the result of me playing around with my Cameo.  This is one of the cutting files I have, but from experience I knew that cutting all those tiny little lines would probably not work well as small as I needed it to be.  SO....I figured out that I could turn the image black and print it on my laser printer!! How cool is that! I am loving my Cameo!  I decided to add just a touch of pink because it just looks good to me...and it gave me the idea to add just a touch of bling to the little girl's hat.   The sentiment on this card was also computer generated in my Silhouette program.

Now...just thought I share what else I've been up to.  I have a long way to go before I'm any good at it, but I sure have had some fun playing with these snowflakes.

As you can see, my quilled snowflakes are a little wonky, so I'll have to work on that.  It's really fun to put these together - but very difficult to photograph!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I truly appreciate your wonderful comments!  Until next time...

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

LIM41 - Leaves....and more

The Less is More challenge this week is a one layer card with the theme of leaves.  Of course, I just made a card last week using leaves....just saying, Chrissie and Mandi! LOL!  Oh well...last week's card wasn't one layer, so I had to do a little thinking about this one.

I'd also like to say Thank You to Chrissie and Mandi for selecting my card to be showCASed from week 39.  I was certainly surprised to see this ornament snowflake card in the showCASe!  I'd also like to say that I'm sorry that I haven't made it around to very many blogs in the last few weeks.  I do look at most of the cards, but life has been so hectic lately that I just haven't had time to leave comments! So Sorry!! I'll try to do better this week...although with this late start I'm getting, I'm not sure how that will work out!

Moving along...I've actually made two cards this week.  I'm still working on my Christmas cards, so I wanted to make one of them a Christmas card.

For this first card, when I was looking through my punches, I realized that I have three similar punches in three different sizes...so I decided to create something with them.  I punched the leaves (using the 3 different sizes) down the right front of my card base.  To add color without layers, I masked off part of the inside of the card (just enough to fill the leaves) and sponged on distress ink in Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Pine Needles, and Mustard Seed.  With just the sponged ink the leaves looked a little blah, so I decided to add a touch of color in splotches. To do this, I crumpled up a piece of paper and tapped it on the darker ink pads and then used the crumpled paper to "stamp" some random lines/splotches on the sponged background for each leaf. On the bottom leaf I tapped with Worn Lipstick and Pine Needles and for the two smaller leaves I tapped it with Spiced Marmalade.  I think it gave a very nice effect. The sentiment is from Flourishes. Now...about that sponged strip on the left....I added that because I managed to get my inky fingers on the card and leave a smudge...so what to do?  Cover it up with a little sponging to match the inside!  Saved!

Here's a photo of the card from an angle so that you can see how the inking was done.

For my second card, I used a holly leaf stamp that I've had forever.  I'm not sure, but it might be an Inkadinkado stamp.  I stamped in Memento black.  The stamp has three leaves and some berries on it.  To make it conform to the shape I wanted, I drew a circle with a pencil so that I could line up my stamping.  I also cut a mask from a post it note.  The image was actually stamped 6 times to get this shape.  I colored with Copic markers, then using my Sakura clear star pen, I highlighted all the leaves and the berries.  After that dried, I went back and coated all the berries with glossy accents. In real life, this card is very sparkly and pretty. The sentiment is from Flourishes.

I wanted to share another layout while I'm posting.  This is the first layout I've completed since my hubby got home from the hospital...and it seemed to take forever to finish.  I hadn't scrapped in over a month, and it seemed like I'd forgotten what to do! LOL!  

This is my precious little granddaughter, Maggie.  Photography by Amy P Photography.  I just love these cute pictures...and Maggie is just adorable!!  For the layout, I used Echo Park Little Girl collection. The photos are backed with a dark pink card stock. All the little circles were punched from the design on on of the papers. All small circles are pop-dotted on the page. I added a touch of glitter to the center of each circle. The little birds on the bottom were also cut from one of the papers in this collection. I punched a dark pink border with a MS edge punch that embosses along the scallop. The title work was all cut with my new Cameo. The Cameo is new from Silhouette - it will cut up to 12x12 inches and all the files from my Silhouette work with it. So far, I'm loving it! The ballerina was also cut with the Cameo, and I added a sparkly top and a tulle skirt with a bow to the ballerina. I also added some sparkly toe shoes, but I don't think they show up very well. I used a dot of stickles on each of the letters and also on the tulle skirt. The title work and the ballerina are all on pop dots. IRL this is a very glittery, girly layout. I used a Sakura clear star pen to outline each of the title letters. The pen give just a hint of glitter to the edges. The journaling is tucked behind the top of the pink mat and reads: 

Maggie, you are so adorable in your little pink tutu. You have the brightest eyes and such a solemn expression on your face. Your crocheted hat is just precious with your tutu, but it covers up all your blond curls. You are so precious and I wish that I could see you more often than I do. These photos of you make me want to pick you up and give you lots of hugs and kisses. Photos – April 2011 

Here's a photo of my new toy cutting machine.... the Silhouette Cameo. THIS is a cool cutting machine!
Silhouette Cameo 12" Digital Craft Cutting Tool

That's all for me today...bet you thought I'd never stop! LOL!  Thanks so much for stopping by! Your comments are greatly appreciated!  Until next time...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Challenge 48 - Circle, Square, and Triangle

This week, the challenge at I am the Diva blog is hosted by Sue Clark who is a CZT (certified Zentangle teacher).  Sue has challenged us to create a tile using three basic shapes (circle, square, and triangle) combining them to create a string. I've done two tiles using these "strings".

Sue also encouraged us to try some tangles we haven't tried before.  On this first one, I did just that.  The center one was supposed to be wisket, but I just can't seem to get it right.  Then I also tried Phuds, which looked okay, but my wisket looked wonky so I decided to try another tile.

 This first tile is on a 5x5 tile.  I decided to make the second one on a smaller tile which is 4x4 inches.

For this tile, I also used the square, circle, and triangle string, and I also used Phuds.  The "boards" were something I just decided to add in (don't think I've seen a tangle like this before - it's probably been done by somebody, I just haven't seen it).  I like the cleaner look of this tile.  

That's my take on the challenge....what do you think?

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Less is More 40 - Red and Orange

This week the Less is More challenge was a color challenge.  Here's what Mandi and Chrissie have to say about the challenge. I'm a little late getting my cards posted...but I was late getting them finished too.  I just don't have enough hours in the day to get everything I need to do done!

In the UK, it is traditionally on 'firework night' that the 'Gunpowder plot' of 1605 is commemorated. It was then that Guy Fawkes was arrested for laying explosives under the House of Lords.

Our first week of the month is another Colour challenge and redolent of bonfire flames we have chosen
Red and Orange

I made two different cards for this challenge.  I actually like red and orange together, but I seemed to have a bit of trouble combining the two this week.  

I'm not sure what I'll use this card for...I guess it could be a sympathy card, thinking of you, or just a note card.  Leaves are Flourishes stamps.  I stamped the image on white card stock, then colored with orange Copics and cut out each leaf.  Leaves are popped dotted on a white textured card stock that I also pop dotted on the red background. The sentiment is also from Flourishes. BTW, stamping on textured card stock is much more difficult than I thought it would be!

Since I'm in need of quite a few more Christmas cards, I wanted to try to make a Christmas themed one using these colors. Here's what I came up with...

The big flourish is from Papertrey Ink.  I used a textured white card base.  I stamped the large flourish in SU Pumpkin Pie and then highlighted it with some crystal stickles.  The word Peace was cut from red textured card stock using a PTI die and then pop dotted over the orange flourish. Here's a close up so you can see the dimension on the card. I couldn't get the glitter to show up on the flourish...but it's really pretty in real life!

I'm not too sure how I like this card...maybe it'll grow on me after I stare at it for a while! LOL!  

Thanks so much for stopping by! I truly appreciate each and every comment!  Until next time...

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