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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

My Steampunk Book Cover in Delight™

Check out how I created my latest project for the Creative Paperclay® blog--a Steampunk Book Cover!

Link: Rejuvenate Dried Up Markers

Heather Castles has posted a tip explaining how to rejuvenate water-based markers.  She's showing children's markers like Crayola, but I wonder if this might work for Tombows and other high-quality markers as well.

Link: Follow Jane Monk for an entry into her giveaway

Jane Monk will be having a giveaway next week.  If you already follow her, you will be automatically entered.  If you aren't--why aren't you?  Her work is fabulous and always of interest!

Link: How to draw tangle pattern FOOTLITES

The steps to CZT Carole Ohl's tangle pattern Footlites has been posted at Tanglepatterns.com.

Link to tangle pattern Plaited

CZT Sue Jacobs has posted steps to her tangle pattern Plaited.

Links: Two Fountain Pen Giveaways

I learned about a couple of Fountain pen giveaways from the Edison Penco Twitter Paper.

Check Out the New Franklin-Christoph Model 27 and Win a $75! Gift Certificate  -ends 3/9/12

Win a Noodler’s Black Ahab – The Ahab Executive - ends 3/3/12

Review:Numi Inspired Moments – 8 Assorted Organic Teas

When I signed up to review products for Shoplet, one of the leading online office supplies  store, I wondered what product I would get.  After all, Shoplet has more than 400,000 products!

So yesterday, I was delighted to find a package from Shoplet, staring up at me from the porch.  I opened it eagerly, and found a box of Numi Tea!  

I received a box of Inspired Moments, which has 8 assorted flavors—Aged Earl Grey, Berry Black, Breakfast Blend, Gunpowder Green, Jasmine Green, White Orange Spice, Moroccan Mint, and Chamomile Lemon. 

I love Numi’s packaging—the calming tans and browns, and lovely artwork appeal to the artist in me.  As a crafter, I looked at the box.  It wasn’t one of their heavier boxes, but it’s a nice size and will re-appear one of these days in a project. 

According to the information on the packaging, the teabags are natural and biodegradable, and the outer packages are made from 72% recycled content.

The list of ingredients was spotted with the words Fair Trade Certified, and Organic.  I also noticed items like Schizandra Berries—intriguing.  There were lots of berries and spices listed, and no chemicals or preservatives.  I don’t know about you, but those all things the things I look for when I’m buying.

The accompanying letter asked me to review three of the eight flavors, so I decided on Moroccan Mint, Aged Earl Grey and White Orange Spice.

Tea has tannin, so it is always advisable to read the brewing instructions or the tea may turn bitter and hard to swallow.  There are a lot of variables to this—the water, previous tannin buildup in your cup, and the quality of the tea itself.  I decided to leave the teabag in, for testing purposes, to see how the tea would fare under the worst of circumstances.

You always need to read the ingredients when buying Moroccan Mint because sometimes it can be a mix of green tea and mint, and sometimes it is pure mint.  Sometimes peppermint is used but more often it is spearmint or another type of mint.

The Numi box listed this flavor as an herbal teasan, and the only ingredient was Moroccan Mint. I looked that up, unsure of what it was, and discovered that Numi uses Nana mint. Now I was really intrigued. 

Both the scent and flavor were delicate, not as strong as I expected from my past experience.  Since there was no tea, hence no tannin, only the mint, I wasn’t expecting bitterness, but I left the tea bag in, to see if the taste would change.  It didn’t, neither gaining nor losing flavor.  Afterwards, I had that clean feeling in my mouth, that mint often leaves, but no tingling or burning.

This would be a good bedtime tea, both soothing and refreshing.  I wouldn’t eat anything while drinking it, though, because it might mask the flavor.

If I were buying teabags, I’d definitely consider purchasing this, but I’m more likely to buy a whole leaf version myself. 

I’m not a big fan of Earl Grey tea, but I was intrigued by the word ‘Aged’, wondering it if would indicate something different in Earl Greys.  I'm still not sure, but, again, I was surprised by the delicacy of the scent and taste.  Usually, I find  bergamot overpowering, but in this case, it added flavor without overpowering the taste of the Assam tea. 

I didn’t remove the bag, and usually, an Earl Grey would be undrinkable within minutes in this case.  I managed to drink nearly the whole cup before it become dry, and it never tasted bitter, just a bit hard to swallow.  In the future, I’d take the bag out within 3 minutes, but it is nice to know if I get distracted I wouldn’t end up tossing the tea out.

As a breakfast tea, this would be a bit too delicate for my taste, but it would be a perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

If you are a big fan of bergamot, you might not like this one, compared to other brands. For me, it means I’ll be adding some Earl Grey to my line-up.

White is my favorite tea and I do like Orange Spice.  The first ingredient is this blend is cinnamon, and the scent that filled the air while it brewed was homey and perfect for a cold, winter morning.

Unfortunately, this tea fared the worst in the teabag test.  White tea is pretty mild, and I wasn’t expecting the tannin to build up so quickly.  However, I was experiencing dryness and some bitterness by the time I’d drunk half the cup.  It never got so bad, though, that I couldn’t finish the tea, and I took my time.  If I’d followed the brewing instructions I think this would have been a good drink that would leave the room filled with a sweet and pleasant odor.  But you would have to be careful not to walk away until you’d pulled the bag.

I have a Republic of Tea whole tea of a similar flavor, and I won’t be trading this blend for what I have.  Of all the teas in the box I found this the most disappointing.  I will say that has to be, at least partially, because white tea is my favorite, and my expectations were the highest.

By and large, I’m a whole tea person, but that isn’t always practical in an office setting.  Even at home, I usually have a few teabags around for those times when I’m in a hurry or just don’t want the mess.  I already have some of Numi’s loose leaf tea and their teabags are a likely choice for my future purchases.

Link: Art Book made with Creative Paperclay® & Terri Sproul Mixers

Barbara Moore has posted a tutorial showing how she made a beautiful book cover using Creative Paperclay® & Terri Sproul Mixers.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Link: Free PDF-Punch Measurement Guide

Do you use punches to punch patterns all around a page or card?  Ever messed up so the pattern isn't even?

Lynda, over at her blog, Positive Force, posted a link to a free downloadable PDF from SplitCoastStampers.  It shows the measurements for using a Martha Stewart punch, but I think you could adapt it for any punch you have.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Latest in My Mead DayPlanner

This is the latest work I've done in my Mead Dayplanner.  This is the one I carry around in my purse to pull out and tangle in whenever I'm waiting at the Doctors or in long lines.  

This is one of the gesso'd pages I did up in advance.  I added in a few fragments of magazine picture, and even a couple of Robin's Nest dewdrops (those little red crystals).  The blue comes from a Pentel Energel-X.  It smears very easily on the gesso, so I smeared lots of it, and then went around with blue fingers, lol!  

Lots of pens were used since this was dones over several weeks time.  I pinkish color is a Sharpie Finepoint, and there was a Pilot B2P pen, and even a Preppy Fountain pen with Noodler's Heart of Darkness black.


Link to Tangle Pattern Hi-Cs

 The steps to CZT® Anita Roby-Lavery's tangle pattern Hi-Cs has been posted at Tanglepatterns.com.

Link: Victorian Cross made with Amazing Mold Putty & Creative Paperclay®

Gini Williams Cagle has posted a project using Amazing Mold Putty & Creative Paperclay® to create a beautiful Victorian Cross.

Weekly Zentangle Challenge #60 - DuoTangle v.III "Cirquital/Munchin

Laura Harms' Weekly Challenge #60 is to create a ZT using only the tangles Cirquital and Munchin. She provides links to both in her challenge post.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Link to tangle pattern Chainlea

CZT Norma J Burnell has posted steps to her tangle pattern Chainlea.

Link: New Easter Basket template

Neil Burley has posted an Easter Basket template on his blog.

Link: Wondering what the new Sakura Zentangle® kits are like?

Linda Farmer has posted photos and descriptions of the new Zentangle® oriented kits from Sakura.  Not nearly as nice as getting the official Zentangle® kit, but it'll will be cool to be able to refills or pick them up at local arts/craft stores!

Link: New Zendala coloring book on sale

CZT  Denyse Jones, has a zendala coloring book for sale.  You can find out more at her blog, Bee Zen.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Link: Memory Triggers ZIA Journal Prompt #9

 CZT Patty Farrell has posted ZIA Journal Tangle and Writing Prompt #9.  She challenges you to use pages from an old Singer Embroidery book, that Penny Raile brought to light, as an inspiration for your tangle.  Find out more at her blog, Zentangles & Stuff.

New Tangle Pattern Malacca & Review of the Moleskine Volant Journal

Moleskine Volant Pocketsize Notebook
A couple of weeks ago, I won a Haiku Contest (go to European Paper's Facebook page or go to their blog to read all the wonderful Haikus that were submitted).  The prize package I won included a large Moleskine Squared Journal, a Moleskine Wine Passions Journal, and a two pack of Moleskine Volant Plain Notebooks.  


Today I'm reviewing the Volant Notebook.  I received the red/burgundy set.







The Specs:

·                     80 pages –last 16 pages detachable
·                     Soft cover 
·                     Acid-free paper
·                     Round corners
·                     3 ½ by 5 ½ (9x14 cm)
·                     Sewn binding
·                     Sold in packs of 2


Look and Feel:
The coated cardboard covers are very plain—no wording except for the Moleskine name embossed on the back.  You can see a faint pebbly texture but the feel is smooth, and a bit waxy.  I ran a fingernail along a corner.  If the light hits just right, it shows, but it isn’t very noticeable.  I think these covers would hold up well to the jostling and dings that it would get in a purse.

The cream-colored paper is smooth but not slick.  As with most pocket-type notebooks, it's thin and may get folds (I'd be careful erasing) but won't tear easily.
 
Performance:

Stamping:
Earlier this week I posted a stamped image that I framed with a tangle- Girl Feeding Cat Item 16149 Plate 1285.  When I opened my Volant, wondering how to start testing, it struck me that this stamp would be really nice for customizing the inside (or the outside in some cases) of a notebook/journal.  I wasn’t sure how the cardboard would accept stamping ink, but decided to go for it.  I like it!   It shows the underlying texture of the cardboard, but that suits the vintage look.  The cover isn’t the same as the paper within, so I grabbed up some of the other new VLVS stamps I received recently, and stamped them up. 





It occurred to me, that I’ve never done a black & white page with my stamps so I decided to go that route.  I used ‘Pug Looking Up’ with a ‘Steampunk Fish’ and ‘Steampunk Rhino’, and immediately wondered how these three could possibly go together.  That led to ‘Poor Pug’s Indigestion’. 

The stamp ink (Memories Black Dye Ink) did bleed through to the back.  I was using a Faber-Castell’s Artist pen for the tangles, and though you can’t see it well in the scan, there was some shadowing with it as well.

The Faber-Castell artist pen lines were crisp, with no feathering.

Ball-Point Pen:

I spilled coffee on the page I did using a Bic pen, and a Pentel RSVP, but the ink went down smoothly with sharp lines.  There was shadowing on the back, but it wasn’t as noticeable.  I wouldn’t find it a problem.  This paper likes the ball-point pen!

Colored Pencil:
I drew my tangles first, using a Micron Pigma.  The lines were sharp, with no feathering, but the shadows showed through on the back, even though the color pencil.

With soft Lyra Rembrandts I was able to get 3 or 4 layers down and blend colors without problem.  I wouldn’t recommend using hard leads or cheap color pencils, because it did take some work getting a good saturation of color.  There was some shadowing of the color on the back, but mostly it was the tangles that shadowed.


Alcohol Markers: I used Copics for this test.  The color is good, though not bright and there is almost 100% bleed-through.  Great for bleedthrumanades (got lemons? Make lemonade.  Got marker bleed-thru?  Make bleedthrumanades).  I did slip a piece of cardboard under my page before starting or the bleed-through would have gone through to the next page and possibly beyond (very normal for most paper!).


Watercolors:  I used Peerless Pearl Gray for this test.  My husband was on vacation last week, and we managed to get a couple of nights at the coast.  The weather was decidedly stormy, and the water was gray, gray, gray.  Not a hint of color.  The Pearl Gray was a perfect match for painting this sketch of  the ocean waves crashing on the sand.

You don’t need much water for the Peerless paints but given the shadows and bleed-through I’d encountered with other media, I didn’t expect the paper to handle water very well.  Surprise! There was very little shadowing, no bleed-through and no curl, even where the paper was wettest.  There was some light dimpling, which was to be expected because I only painted some parts of the page.  Weighting the note book down overnight eliminated most of the dimples. 


Fountain Pen:  I decided to use my fountain pens to draw up a tangle pattern.  I wasn’t expecting too much and this time I wasn’t surprised.  It actually didn’t do too poorly—there was some bleed-through on the downstroke, and some shadowing, but nothing went on to the next page.  Fountain pen inks vary considerably so some will bleed through more than others.

A word on the pattern.  It has a lot in common with CZT® Mary Elizabeth Martin’s Laced tangle pattern.  I wouldn’t call Malacca a tangleation, because it uses some mirroring and is meant to be a fill, where Laced rambles across the page as a border or string.   Laced uses circles and lines where Malacca uses lines and triangles.  But, by and large, there isn’t a whole lot of difference in the way the patterns are put together.  I recommend taking a look at Mary Elizabeth’s pattern.  It shows you how little it takes to turn one pattern into something entirely different.

Pros & Cons:
Cons:
A minor dislike-even though the paper in the Volant  notebook has a sewn binding, the cover is glued on.  That means the first and last pages are also glued at the inside edge, making them hard to work on.

More significant is the bleed-through and shadowing.  It wouldn’t stop me from buying another Volant in the future, but I’d have a specific use for it in mind.

There isn’t an elastic wrap to keep the notebook shut.  Not too much of a problem if it’s carried in pockets, but the pages could get mangled in a purse.

The last 6 pages are detachable.  I’ll have to add this as a ‘Pro’ item too, lol!  I don’t like to pull pages out of my notebooks, and feel it just makes them more likely to tear.

Pros
The last 6 pages are detachable.  I know some people like to tear out pages to store elsewhere or to remove art/writing that they don’t like. 

The paper handles watercolor far better than I expected, and I will probably use one of mine for quick watercolor sketches that can be used later for reference.

The notebook is light but sturdy.

The paper is pleasant to draw on and both art pens of the Micron type or the common ball-point pen work well making this a good notebook for doodling, Zentangling or writing, though you might end working only on one side of the paper.

Besides using one for watercolors, I plan to ‘pre-stamp’ one of them.  I enjoyed coming up with a story for my poor pug, and I plan to stamp up one of the Volant’s ahead of time.  Then I’ll carry it around in my purse, and when I’m waiting, I can relax with tangling, but I’ll also have fun coming up with little stories for the images.  I think this would be great fun to have when traveling with kids (which I’ll be doing soon), and, as anyone who knows me knows—I never entered second childhood because I refuse to leave the first, lol!

Once again, I want to thank European Paper for this fabulous prize! 

Look for a review on the Wine Passions Moleskine in the next week or so.


Link: Paper Blooms, Switch Plate Cover & Steampunk Canvas with Creative Paperclay®

I've missed letting you know about a few Creative Paperclay® projects.  My Design Team co-members are so creative!

Paper Blooms
Switch Plate Cover
Steampunk Canvas (part of a blog hop--check out the rules because you can win some Terri Sproul mixers!)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Having fun with Viva Las Vegas Stamps

I've done up an advertisement for Viva Las Vegas stamps, which if all works out will appear in the August Steampunk issue of Rubber Stamp Madness magazine.  I'll be posting that work another time--it's a 9x12 which took a little time and effort, even though I work fast.  I'm also trying out for the Design Team for VLVS.

Meanwhile, I did a couple of other smaller works using VLVS stamps--one for another possible ad, and one just because I like the stamp.
Done with Copics on Marker Paper, using Viva Las Vegas stamps Steampunk TopHat -  Item 16371  and Nesting Gears 2 - Item 18077.





I really do feel like I'm cheating with this photo stamp-Girl Feeding Cat.  It's an ATC sized stamp, and all I did was add the framing around it.  But I did find it very soothing.  The trouble with doing this ad work is that don't zen while doing the tangles--it is very much more like work.  And I've so much to do over the next few weeks, I don't want to take too much time for tangling.  I felt like I could relax with this girl, but at the same time, I may be able to use this in something for the Design Team at a later date.
Girl Feeding Cat Item 16149 Plate 1285

Rhodia Journal Swap-Page the Sixth, Seventh & Eighth, My book

I've been so tired, for no good reason, other than I'm not sleeping well--for no good reason, lol.  I'm not terribly happy with the last 3 pages I did for the journal swap.  But they're passable.

It is with both regret and relief that I do the last pages.  Tomorrow, I'll get the journal in box and mail it off.  I'd hoped to do up some extra goodies, but that will have to wait for the next round.



Links to tangle patterns OverUnder,Join, Scales and Jesterin

Belatrix29, aka Helena has posted steps to her tangle patterns OverunderJoin and Scales.

Texasdoxiemama, aka Linda Rea, has posted steps to her tangle pattern Jesterin.

Link to tangle patterns Lokomotive, E-E-O, and Tuscadero

Three new tangles were posted while I was wiling my time away elsewhere.

ArtsieGrandma/Diane Sexton has posted steps to her tangle pattern E-E-O.
Phine/KAPart has posted steps to her tangle pattern Lokomotive.
Lara Williams has posted steps to her tangle pattern Tuscadero .

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Link: I'm A Little Teapot Mini Canvas from Creative Paperclay®

Edie Cournoyer has posted steps to a sweet little Teapot Mini Canvas she made using the same Dangling Dolly Mold from Articus supply as I used for my Postcards.  It's fun seeing what a different project she came up with!

Link: Free Bookbinding Workshop

Tee, at Green Isles Crafts, has changed her Snappy Li'l Journal workshop to a free class.

Link: The Groovy Doodle Extravaganza-Free Downloadable Line Art

Free Downloadable Doodle Line Art from Daisy Yellow!

I won't be posting as frequently for a while

I've got quite a few commitments from now through the end of March, and I'll be traveling to Florida for a couple of weeks, and I'm having some medical issues.

Life as usual, but a bit more intense than normal, lol!

As a result, I may disappear for a few days at a time and then be posting as usual for a while before I disappear again. I won't have time to go looking for content as much as usual, so I'll apologize to those whose giveaways or patterns I miss.  I'll probably do round-ups where I post about several things at once, instead of several times a day.


But I will pop in as often as I can! 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Link: Revitalizing Colored Pencils

Colored pencils keep breaking when you try to sharpen them?  Read this Blick's Art article on baking your pencils to help stop the problem.  Who'da thunk it?

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup 2/17/12

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup of Zentangle patterns and articles of related interest.

In particular, check out the link to an interview with Linda Farmer of Tanglepatterns.com.   I missed that last Sunday and I'm so glad Geneviève caught it.  Very interesting interview.

Link: FREE Year of the Dragon Line Art from Copic

Copic has FREE printable line art from Marianne Walker for your downloading pleasure!

Link: Art Journal Techniques-free downloadable ebook

Cloth, Paper, Scissors has a free downloadable ebook available on Art Journal techniques.

Link to tangle pattern W'ring

Arja has posted the steps to her tangle pattern W'ring.

Bleedthrumanade in Moleskine & Review of the Moleskine Squared Notebook

About 10 days ago, I won the European Paper Haiku Contest (If you haven't already, check out the fabulous Haikus!) and I was amazed when my prize arrived a few days ago.  I also ordered an Elephant Poo Poo journal and had it within a few days.  Super fast delivery!

I felt such service deserved an equally timely response.  Unfortunately, I've got several commitments pending and couldn't do just desserts to all three items that I  won - A Moleskine Squared Notebook, 2 Moleskine Volant Plain Notebooks and a Moleskine Wine Passions Notebook.  So I decided to do one at a time.  

Today I'm going to do a short review of the Moleskine Squared Notebook.

The Specs:

  • 240 pages (120 leaves)
  • Hard cover 
  • Back pocket & cloth ribbon marker ( 
  • Acid-free paper
  • Round corners

I received the 5x8 1/4 (13x21cm) size with a beautiful, bright red cover.  (That's the only trouble with doing these reviews.  I wanted to rip off those plastic covers iMMEDiately!  But it's easier to photograph the stuff before I do that--patience, patience.  Hmmm.  My parents didn't name me either Patience or Grace.  For good reason, lol!)

So I took my photos, quickly, and ripped off the plastic so I could examine the 'squared' (aka graph) paper.  I've had squared Moleskines in different formats and was curious about the quality.  Here are my findings:

Look and Feel:
The red cover is fabulous-a traditional, heart-red color.  The finish looks textured, but it smooth to the touch.

The paper is smooth but definitely not slick.  It's thin and may get folds (I'd be careful erasing) but won't tear easily.

The graph is about 5 squares to the inch.  I know I'll be using this for working out tangle patterns (and hope to have one for you soon!).

The line color is a gray and the paper is cream--an elegant combo, but it is dark enough that I wondered if it would be intrusive.
Performance:
I grabbed up a Pentel R.S.V.P.-a fairly standard ballpoint pen, and tried it out.

The grid lines are better than some I've seen.  I found them a good guide while writing, and had no problem, but visually I found them a bit distracting while reading.  It was the surrounding area that competed, so I think the more writing on the page, the less distraction.  Ink color would also be a factor.





Next up I grabbed my Copic Markers.  Most people wouldn't be using a notebook like this for alcohol markers.  Bleed-through is assured, but I love bleed-through.  And it tells me a lot about the paper--I get a feel for brilliance, texture and absorption.  Cheap paper will curl and might even buckle a bit.

This Moleskine did well!  The color went on bright (not the most brilliant, but bright) and about 90% of the color bled through.  That's actually pretty good for a journal not designed for marker use.

It tells me there would definitely be some shadowing with dark, wet inks and probably some bleed-through.  But with ball-point, gel, and drier inks only the darkest would shadow.

There was no curl whatsoever.

The bleedthrumanade (got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleed-thru? Make bleedthrumanade).  I did do a little ink work before I remembered that I wanted to scan these in before continuing.  There was no feathering of the line on the front, but where I layered and really wet the page, you can see a little feathering on the back.  You won't see that with ball-point or gel pens, but might with some fountain pen inks.

Notice that the color is lighter on the back (right side).  Since most people aren't trying for bleed-through, this is a good thing.


The grid lines are still very noticeable at this point.  But then I did my tangles (patterns done following steps ala a method called zentangle.  You can find more information on this at Zentangle.com or Tanglepatterns.com)


I'm assuming a person wouldn't buy a squared notebook unless they want the grid lines, and this is a nice choice for those who do.  If you are using dark, wet inks you might not be able to use both sides, but should have no problem with more ballpoints or gel pens.  It works well for color, and overall, is an elegant choice for your journaling needs!

I want to thank European Paper for this fabulous prize!

Look for a review on the Volant Moleskine in the next week or so.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Link: Fun with mul•tex - webcast this sunday

Lisa Fulmer has posted about a new product called Mul-tex, Mulberry paper on one side and laminate on the other.  She also has a link to information about a webcast on Sunday that will have demos and chat and their will be giveaways!

I won't be able to attend the live webcast so I'll expect a report from you guys, lol!  It sounds like an interesting product.

Link: Giveaway of Zentangle book

CZT Jeanne Paglio is giving away three copies of her Zentangle book - Journey in the Round.  For a chance to win one, go leave a comment on her blog post.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Link to tangle pattern Stigma

Texasdoxiemama, aka Linda Rea, has posted steps to her tangle pattern Stigma.

Teaser--New Product coming from Exaclair

Can you imagine yourself sketching, drawing or painting in a beautiful notebook like these new travel albums from Exaclair?  These aren't on the store shelves quite yet but will be soon, so be on the look out!  I'll be doing a review in a couple of weeks, and there will be a giveaway with two winners!!

Link to tangle pattern Pillows

 Suzanne McNeill’s tangle pattern Pillows has been added at Tanglepatterns.com.

Rhodia Journal Swap-Page the Fifth, My book

Translation:
We took Liam and Cedric with us almost everywhere.

Their favorite vacation spot was the Oregon Coast.  They made quite a tourist attraction themselves.  We were always being asked to pose or to let others pose with them.  The boys grace picture albums from visitors who came from Japan, Austria, Germany, Ecuador and the Netherlands.  The love of big dogs is universal.

There are some problems associated with traveling with Mastiffs.  We had to buy a truck and create a ramp system.

But above all, don't let your mastiff share the bed.  They'll pretend they are going to share but as the night goes on, they skootch and stretch and push until they have 99.99% of the square footage and you are holding on by the fingernails.

They aren't usually swimmers but love dodging the waves.  They'll happily attack driftwood and seawood, and love walking on the beach.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Link: Downloadable Valentine Line Art

Nikki, at Melonheadz Illustrating has posted some adorable downloadable Valentine's Line Art.

Link to tangle pattern Shot Thru

Texasdoxiemama, aka Linda Rea, has posted steps to her tangle pattern Shot Thru.

Rhodia Journal Swap-Page the Fourth, My book

You can see what others are doing in their journals on Tumblr.

Translation of Page, the Fourth-

Feeding the Mastiff
Left Side: Liam & Cedric did love their food.  The few times we had to leave them, they fasted a day or two in sorrow - no greater love!

It is possible that piranha were used in the breeding of the mastiff.  It is easily seen in the feeding frenzy of mealtime.

There are a few precautions that must be taken when feeding the mastiff, even those of a very young age.  Even around food, the mastiff is unlikely to be agressive, but they are so eager and obsessive that accidents are always a possibility.

Right side:
What kind of accidents? Well, for instance, teach your mastiff a command such as 'release'.  This can be used when he accidentally swallows your arm clear to the elbow.

Don't stand between a mastiff and his food.  He'll kiss your 'owies' after he's knocked you down and trampled you - but the kisses won't be given until all the food is gone.

Remove all wrapping.  Evidentally, to a mastiff, plastic, paper & cardboard as as tasty as kibble.
It isn't necessary to call a mastiff if you have food.  He will home in on you like a heat-seeking missile.


Monday, February 13, 2012

The International Post Card Swap-My first five postcards

For some reason, I committed the insanity of joining an International Postcard swap.  Yes.  It IS terrific fun, but it's still insane, lol.  I posted a tutorial on the Creative Paperclay® blog showing the cards I made, but I wanted to share the cards I've been getting in return.  I've got 5 so far and I love them all!

I received this wonderful zentangle-like bird from Sherry (she isn't into zentangle yet!) in Alaska, and a lovely Jane Austen from Barbara in California.















The fantastic stitched 'Grow' sentiments came from Carelene in Tennessee and the amazing 3-story house came from Marion in Germany (Marion didn't include an email, so I hope my thank you gets to him/her).












The fifth card is from Theresa in California.  I love the warm, vibrant colors!




Thank you all!  


I can't wait to see what's coming next!

Link to tangle pattern Tendrils and Valen-tangle Cards

Suzanne McNeil has posted the steps to her tangle pattern Tendrils and a link to a YouTube video showing how to create lovely zentangle-inspired Valentine cards.

Link to tangle pattern Fleuri

The steps to CZT® Geneviève Crabe's tangle pattern Fleuri have been posted at Tanglepatterns.com.

Link: MyMemories Suite V3 Video Tutorial! 1 - Where to find what I bought!

Though I haven't had much time to play with MyMemories Suite lately, I've found it easy to use.  The one thing that baffled me a bit when I started was finding the items I had bought.  A tutorial has just been posted on the blog showing how to do that.  For this tutorial (and many others) check out the MyMemories blog.

Link:Tiger Pens’ Love Is In The Air Giveaway

Tiger Pens has three giveaways going.  They are giving away some Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic & Souffle pens; a Stabilo EASYball pen, and a Pentel Stylo with the choice of a Womble toy!

Link: Monday Morning Review Round-up at European Paper

Did you wake up this morning wondering about pens and paper?  European paper has a round-up of reviews on notebooks& planners and pens&pencils for your reading pleasure.

Link: Weekly Challenge #58: Diamonds

Laura Harms' challenge this week is to use the Four Diamonds logo as your string as well as other diamond-type tangles.

Link: Dangling Dolly Postcards made with DelightTM

Check out my post at the Creative Paperclay® blog.  I joined the International Postcard swap and used it for my project this month.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Rhodia Journal Swap-Page the Third, My book

I switched to colored pencil to avoid the bleed-thru, but I wish I hadn't.  I couldn't get the detail I wanted, and the scan came out way too yellow.  Ah well.

Links: Lotsa stuff happening at Viva Las Vegas Stamps

If you haven't been watching the Viva Las Vegas Stamps blog, you've missed some announcements--

Supersale!  Up to 46% off.  (Ends on 2/14)


Win a Pound O' Rubber from Viva Las Vegastamps-the winner will be chosen on Valentine's Day!


February Newsletter- The challenge theme is 'Love', check out the new stamps using designs from Mary Vogel Lozinak (you'll laugh, just looking at them!) 

Sorry-I had to set up word verification on this blog

I've been getting an increasing amount of spammed comments, so I've turned on the word verification.  I apologize, because I know it can be a pain.

Link: Zentangle Inspired Journal Prompt #7 - Tangled Love

CZT Patty Farrell has posted  ZIA Journal Tangle and Writing Prompt #7-Tangled Love.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Link: Password Journal with Creative Paperclay® & Articus' Mold

Robyn Correa has posted a tutorial showing how to make a cool 'password' journal, for all those passwords you have to remember (but aren't too sensitive for writing down).

Link to tangle pattern Zentangle Kisses

Barbara K.1 has posted steps to her tangle pattern Zentangle Kisses.

Link to tangle pattern Icebulbz

ArjadL has posted steps to her tangle pattern Icebublz.

Link: Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Zentangle Roundup 2/10/12

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Zentangle Roundup of new Zentangle patterns and other articles of interest.

Link: Leslie Rahye's Very Steampunk Valentine Blog Hop!

Like Steampunk?  Want some Valentine project ideas?  Leslie Rahye and other talented crafters have a blog hop happening today.  Lots of projects and fabulous prizes!  Blog hop starts here.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Rhodia Journal Swap-Page the Second, My book


Translation of Left Page:
Page, the Second:
Reasons You Should Not Have a Mastiff
The food bill isn't so bad-about the same as a Shepherd or Lab.  It's the accessories that get expensive.

Hats-Mastiffs drool.  They shake their heads and the drool gets on the ceiling. 'Nuff said.

First Aid Equipment- Ointment for friction burns after you've been drug across the yard.  Plaster cast for broken toes after a mastiff steps on them.  Bandages.  Mastiffs shed.  It isn't excessive, but they are so big that the hair adds up. Sooner or later, you won't realize that one of the furballs you vacummed up was actually the cat.  The bandages are for after you let the cat out of the bag.  She won't be happy with you.

Yard Cleanup-you need a snow shovel and a wheelbarrow.  Hip waders are recommended.

Gas masks are optional, but you'll probably want one, in case you can't get out of the room fast enough when a mastiff breaks wind.

And have I mentioned the snoring?  The house shakes and may slide from its foundation.  You'll stuff your ears with cotton because you can't hear the TV anyway.

Translation of Right Page:
So why are mastiffs among my favorite things?

Either you know the answer to that or you don't.

If you don't, never bring home a mastiff.

If you do, you probably already have a mastiff or two.

Mastiffs are not for everyone


This is Cedric, Liam's brother.  Yes.  We had two boys at once.  Cedric was the quieter one.  Less flash, less flair, but he had a sly sense of humor.  When people walked toward him, he'd gather himself, and jump at them--just a little hop--so they would make funny noises.

He'd pretend to want to out, so that Liam would run outside.  Then he'd turn back and steal whatever Liam was playing with.

He was always so pleased with himself when his tricks worked.

Link to tangle patterns Whatz that, Leef Chainz & Lot 'o botz

Texasdoxiemama, aka Linda Rea, has posted the steps to three new tangle patterns:

whatz that
Leef Chainz
lot 'o botz

Bleedthrumanade with New tangle patterns Foh-Liage and Faux-Glove

Before I get to the tangle patterns or the bleedthrumanade (got lemons, make lemonade; got marker bleed-thru, make bleedthrumanade) I want to show you this cool stamp set that I won from Simon Says Stamp.  If you are a crafter and don't follow their blog, you are missing out.  They post new projects every day--tons of techniques and ideas, as well as introducing new products from different lines.  And they have lots of giveaways!

I used some of the stamps over Copic markers to do the front of this bleedthrumanade.


I didn't go very far with the back.  I started tinkering with this pattern that is very similar to Fohbraid.  One I thought looked like foliage and one sort of like Foxglove...and then it turned into something else entirely, lol.  By that time I decided not to choose a third name.  Foh-liage is the main pattern and they are all tangleations from there.

I decided to quit filling in, so that the tangle patterns didn't get lost, so it isn't much of a bleedthrumanade.

How many variations can you come up, now that you see how it's done?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Rhodia Journal Swap-Page the First, My book

I did up the first page in my Rhodia WebNotebook for the 2012 Rhodia Journal Swap.  You can see what others are doing at the Rhodia Journal Swap Tumblr site.

Done with Copic Markers and Multliner SPs.

The sentiment 'Abandon Hope' doesn't apply to the journal.  The drawing came from a picture of my late mastiff, Liam, and whenever I look at that photo of him with his mouth gaping and his gullet showing, that thought passes through my mind, because so many objects disappeared through that mouth, lol!

My entry for the Letraset Coloring Challenge #6

Letraset has a new coloring challenge going.  The line art is adorable and I couldn't resist.

Let me say, for the books, I just love Letraset's Pastel Beige Promarker color.  It's a wonderful neutral that goes with almost any color.  It's almost like Tofu (only it doesn't taste as good.  As bad?) in that it adds body without masking the flavor of the colors you are using it with.