Showing posts from April, 2012

The summer edition of RubberStampMadness Magazine is out

Okay everyone, cover your ears while I squeal and stomp about in a mad happy dance!

My Summer issue (Issue 176, Vol 34) of RubberStampMadness (RSM) magazine just arrived in the mail, and it is awesome!  Not the least because I have two pieces of my artwork in it.

The inside cover has the ad I did for Viva Las Vegastamps! Every scrap of the page.  There isn't even a white border, lol.  I own that page. (Cover your ears.  I'm squealing again!  I'm so excited--can you tell?)

The second bit is on page 47, and I'm sharing it with other talented members of the Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team.  Beautiful cards by Terri Sproul, Lyneen Jesse, and Susan M. Brown are sitting on a background done by yours truly.  The design was done by Crea8tive Compass and it's ... can I use the word 'awesome' again?  It's beyond awesome!

The themes for this issue are Family, Steampunk, and Composition.  The articles:

Editor's Space: Rubberta's highest priority
Tips &…

Link to tangle pattern Ticking

A Link to JJ LaBarbera’s Ticking has been posted at

Link: Weekly Challenge #68: "DuoTangle v.IV: Hybrid/Strircles"

Link to patterns Da'rough & Chlink #zentangle

Cindy Angiel has posted steps to her pattern Da'rough & Chlink.

Bleedthrumanade with Telstar and Scrubbing Bubbles

I started this bleedthrumanade way back in February, and then set it aside to work on reviews and design team stuff.  I had totally forgotten about it until I was digging through my journals and sketchbooks.  (for those of you unfamiliar with bleedthrumanades--got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade.  In other words, I color a page with alcohol markers.  The color bleeds through and shows on the back.  When I've finished drawing on the front, I turn the paper over and draw on the back, using the same color base).

There's no ifs ands or buts--Copics and Rhodia paper are made for each other.  This was done in a Rhodia 'R' pad.  Even on the ivory paper the marker color is brilliant.

Links to tangle patterns Wunderwall & Wundermutt

CZT Sandy Hunter has posted steps to her tangle pattern Wunderwalland its tangleation Wundermutt.

Viva Las Vegastamps! Link up Blog Hop-coming soon to a blog near you!

Wow! Does Viva Las Vegastamps! have a blog hop planned or do they have a blog hop planned?

What's a blog hop? Well, it's when a group of people agree to do a post on the same day with a similar theme. In their posts, each person adds links to other people in the hop. The idea is for readers to hop from blog to blog, discovering new sites, learning new techniques and generally enjoying themselves.

The first element making this blog hop a super blog hop is that Mary Vogel Lozinak will be joining us. If you are unfamiliar with her work, I recommend following the above link and checking out her work. She isn't using Zentangle®, but her work has a definite Zentangle® feel. Viva Las Vegastamps! has been creating stamps based off her work, and each participant will create a project using these stamps, including Mary. Ya gotta love it!

The second element that makes this a super hop? YOU can join in and be part of the hop!!!!

Yes! The theme is any art made using Mary Vog…

Link to tangle pattern Offerings

Poppie_60, aka Lila, has posted steps to her tangle patterns Offerings.

Link to tangle pattern Schmex & Schmos

Kelly Yackel has posted the steps to her tangle pattern Schmex & Schmos.

Review of the Paperblanks Dayplanner 2012

Like most people, I'm drawn to journals, dayplanners, sketchbooks, and notebooks that have beautiful covers.  All too often, though, when I look closer, and actually see the quality of the paper and the covers and the bindings, I set the journal down with regret, and move on.  Most of them are all flash and no substance.

There is one brand of these items though, where both beauty and quality are found and that is Paperblanks. A variety of papers are used, and the binding is always Smythe-sewn, which means it will lie flat, OR hand-sewn, which means it will lie even flatter.

They come in mini-sizes, midi-sizes, maxi-sizes, slims, grandes...the list keeps going.

And the covers....  Oh my!  The covers are drop-dead gorgeous.  They feature artwork from artists such as William Morris, Alphonse Mucha and Leonardo Da Vinci.  They are inspired by things as diverse as Japanese Lacquer boxes and the Book of Kells.  The materials used range from bookboard to leather to silver filagree.  Th…

Boarus D Swine-Rhodia Journal Swap

Rhodia Journal Swap, Page 3, Round 4


I'm not one for 'skinny' dipping!

This little piggy went to market...and made it big in porkbellies!

Hey Babe! You are as pretty as a truffle in mud!

In case you were wondering...  Yes! I was the stand-in for Babe!

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup

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

Link to tangle pattern Summer Sitter

The steps to Karry Heun's tangle pattern Summer Sitter have been posted at

Viva Las Vegastamps! Link up Blog Hop-coming soon to a blog near you!

Wow!  Does Viva Las Vegastamps! have a blog hop planned or do they have a blog hop planned?

What's a blog hop?  Well, it's when a group of people agree to do a post on the same day with a similar theme.  In their posts, each person adds links to other people in the hop.  The idea is for readers to hop from blog to blog, discovering new sites, learning new techniques and generally enjoying themselves.

The first element making this blog hop a super blog hop is that Mary Vogel Lozinak will be joining us.  If you are unfamiliar with her work, I recommend following the above link and checking out her work.  She isn't using Zentangle®, but her work has a definite Zentangle® feel.  Viva Las Vegastamps! has been creating stamps based off her work, and each participant will create a project using these stamps, including Mary.  Ya gotta love it!

The second element that makes this a super hop?  YOU can join in!!!!

Yes!  The theme is any art made using Mary Vogel Lozinak stamps.  If…

Tim Holtz Distress Marker Color Charts-Dry and Wet

The whole set of Tim Holtz markers are available at Viva Las Vegastamps! 1a. TDM32694 - Tattered Rose  2a. TDM32670- Spun Sugar   3a. TDM32779-Worn Lipstick   a. TDM32441-Barn Door 5a. TDM32540-Fired Brick                                               6a TDM32427-AgedMahogany 1b. TDM32519-Dried Marigold                                     2b. TDM32663-Spiced Marmalade                             3b. TDM32632-Rusty Hinge                                             4b. TDM32649-Scattered Straw                                    5b. TDM32588-Mustard Seed                                        6b. TDM32762-WildHoney 1c. TDM32656-Shabby Shutters                                    2c. TDM32502-Crushed Olive                                       3c. TDM32601-Peeled Paint                                          4c. TDM32557-Forest Moss                                            5c. TDM32489-Bundled Sage                                        6c. TDM32618-Pine Needles 1d. TDM32755-WeatheredWood�����…

Link to tangle pattern LoopLopp

The steps to Ksenija Vojisavljevic's tangle pattern LoopLopp have been posted at

Link to tangle pattern Schmelly Fish

Kelly Yackel has posted the steps to her pattern Schmelly Fish.

Link: Sparkle with Hand-Mixed Embossing Powder!

Learn how to give your embossing powder an extra sparkle using Terri Sproul mixers.  Lesle Rahye shows us how in her latest Viva Las Vegastamps! design team tutorial.

While you are there, check out the latest plates of rubber up for pre-sale-20% off  plus there is a code for free shipping in the VLVS April newsletter.

I don't know if I've ever explained what the plates of rubber are.  When stamps are sent to the vulcanizer to be pressed into rubber, they are setup on boards with as many stamps on each board as possible.  The boards are pressed into rubber plates.  When the plates arrive, they get cut up into separate stamps.   Obviously, if VLVS has orders for the whole plates, they save money because they don't have to cut the stamps out.

So what do you get with a plate?  Unmounted rubber stamps that you have to cut out yourself.  The number of stamps varies--you might get 15 if the stamps are all small.  You might get 5 if the stamps are all huge.
But either way, you…

Link: Earth Day challenge at Viva Las Vegastamps!

Earth Day has come and gone (though, honestly...Earth Day=Every Day!), but there is still time to enter the Earth Day challenge at Viva Las Vegastamps! for a chance to win a $25 GFC certificate.

And they've got some fantastic new stamps for pre-order.  I'm in love with the new botanical plate, and did you see that Pug in the Tophat?  I've got to have that Pug in the Tophat!

I did a hunt around the house for spare change and am taking in bottles, so I can get enough money to buy some of them.  (Okay--I do this once a month or so, anyway, just as part of cleaning up, but hey!  This month I'm using what I find to buy stamps, lol!)

Link: Free Images to download and Print

Mark Montano has posted some images of flowers, seahorses, etc. that can be downloaded, and printed to use in collage and other crafts.

Link: Weekly Challenge #67: "Amanda Day"

Link: Rose Fairy made with Creative Paperclay®

Amanda Marks has made a magical Rose Fairy using Creative Paperclay®.

Link to tangle pattern Schmoozy Flower

Kelly Yackel has posted steps to her tangle pattern Schmoozy Flower.

ZIA Journal Prompt 17 "Life's Ups and Downs"

CZT Patty Meijer (formerly Farrell) has posted ZIA Journal Tangle and Writing Prompts #17-Life's Ups and Downs.

Review of the Renaissance Refilliable Passport Pocket Sized One Book

I've been drooling over the journals and other leather goods at Renaissance Art for quite some time now.    But these days I usually only get to do a few pages in a new journal or sketchbook and then I'm off to work in another.  Given the price for these quality items, it didn't seem a good fit for me at the moment.

The  Refillable Passport Pocket Sized One Book is a fantastic way to check out the quality and enjoy one of these fine books without spending much money.  They are free!

However, there is a $12.97 shipping & handling charge.  They can be sent to U.S. customers only, and they are for new customers only.  One per person.

They come in two versions--the single version has a beaded string bookmark (African Trade Beads are used) and the double version has a loop with no beads or bookmarks.  I opted for the single version because I liked the beads.

I decided to review this journal a little differently.  Since this is a 'refillable' journal, you might not …

Page 2, Round 4 of the Rhodia Journal Swap

I stole from myself.  Way back when, when I was still trading ATCs, I did one called Surf and Turf, and when I started the Barnyard goes to the Beach series, I knew I had to include something similar.

Link: Leslie Rahye's Earth Day Blog Hop 2♥12

Leslie Rahye is hosting a blog hop for Earth Day!  Lots of projects using upcycled items and prizes too!

Link: Advice for using Sakura Micron pens on other surfaces

Linda Farmer has posted an article on using Sakura Micron pens on surfaces other than paper.

Link: Titanic stamping project

Edie Cournoyer has posted a Titanic themed project at the Viva Las Vegastamps! blog.

And while you are there, check out the 10 new plates of rubber on pre-sale and then pull up the April newsletter to get the code for free shipping!

Another Dr visit, another Dayrunner drawing

The scan came out a little fuzzy around the wire coil.

Painted with Terri Sproul Mixers. I had some left over Aquamarine Shimmer after mixing it with 3D Crystal Lacquer, and didn't want it to go to waste, so I pulled out my Mead Dayrunner.

Then I stamped these Viva Las Vegastamps! images:
Pheasant-Item 4992 Plate 493
Passion Flower-Item 5027 Plate 493
Daisies-Item 4994 Plate 493
using inkadinkadoo stamp-pad ink in various shades of red.

I used a white Pentel sunburst gel pen for the daisies and highlights, and a Pilot B2P bottle pen to tangle with when I took my mother to her latest doctor's appointment.

Rhodia Journal Swap-Page 7 & 7 1/2, Round 3

Last pages for this round of the journal swap--and it's been sent off to the next person in line.  Translation: The polka dot pansy-petunia rose-petaled hybrid is the latest hit at flower shows and weddings.  The scent is described as Strawberry banana shortcake.

It is such a pungent odor that show judges and bridegrooms alike are driven to nibbling nervously on their petals!
I left the bleedthrumanade (got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleed-thru, make bleedthrumanade) for the next person to drawn on or write something about.

The Winner of Bonnie Jean Woolger's Handmade Pen and Elephant PooPoo journal is....

Jane MitchamApr 17, 2012 06:54 AM who said: Beautiful craftsmanship and an awesome review. The tangles are wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing!


I've sent you an email Janie.  Please respond to it with your mailing information and I'll get your prize package out as soon as possible!

I want to thank everyone who entered!  I enjoyed reading your comments, and thank you very much for all the lovely compliments!

Link: Viva Las Vegastamps! April Newsletter--Coupon for Free Shipping!

The Viva Las Vegastamps! April Newsletter has lots of interesting stuff for stampers (and people who follow my art)  There's a Coupon for Free Shipping and photos of the ads for the upcoming issue of Rubber Stamp madness.   I did one of the ads, and also did the background used for the second one-so I'm really excited about it!  There also information about the Earth Day challenge for this month (you can win a $25 gift certificate for the VLVS online store) and a Steampunk ATC swap that is being hosted by Lyneen Jesse. Ah!  Better check it out soon--there's so much to see!

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup of zentangle patterns 4/20/12

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

Link: Tangle Refresher 23

Linda Farmer has posted Tangle Refresher 23.  Head over to to see which patterns were the 'thing' this time last year!

Weehah! I scored some stamps!

I'm constantly amazed at how generous people are.
Recently, I won a giveaway from Simply Stampin with Shirl.  She ended up giving a prize to everyone who commented!  She gave them a choice of any three stamps from Viva Las Vegastamps!

The three stamps I asked for were: Item 10146 Plate 1053Undulating Lines Background Item 10148 Plate 1053Concentric Circles Background 1 x 1 1/4 Item 16040 Plate 1267Quartet of Gears 1 1/4x2 1/2
But when my package arrived, all nicely wrapped in cellophane with straw pieces, like a lost Easter basket---it also included all of the items below! I didn't get an Easter basket on Easter, but this was far better!
Item 16009 Plate 1273Steampunk Head Large 1 3/4 x 2 1/2 Item 16005 Plate 1273Steampunk Outline 3/4 x 1 3/4 Item 16020 Plate 1273Steampunk Heart Large 2 1/4 x 2 Item 16010 Plate 1273Steampunk Heart Small 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 Item 16016 Plate 1273Bending Dancer 1 3/4 x 2 1/2 Item 16014 Plate 1273Belly Dancer 1 1/4 x 2 Item 16019 Plate 1273Compass 1 x 1 Item 16013 P…

Link to Bright Owl Zendala Dare #2

Erin has posted her second Zendala Dare at the Bright Owl.

Rhodia Journal Swap-Page the Sixth, Round 3

Back to the order these should be posted in, lol!  You can see what others are doing with their journal pages at the Rhodia Journal Swap page on Tumblr.

Translation:  Someday I'm going to open one of my craft drawers and it will be neat and tidy.
Bits and bobs will be sorted and piled together by type.  Lace and threads will be untangled and neatly laid out.  I won't have to dig for anything.  Someday...

Rhodia Journal Swap-Page the First, Round 4

I’m jumping out of order, because I haven’t posted all the pages in Round 3 of the Rhodia journal swap, but I needed a laugh so I decided to go in a totally different direction for round 4. I’m doing a series called, The Barnyard Goes to the Beach. Translation: Baa Baa Black Sheep, Have you any suntan lotion?
I feel sheepish in this bikini.
Does this bikini make my butt look fluffy?
Are ewe ready for the beach?
Ewe's not fat. Ewe's just got a defective bikini.

Link to tangle pattern Cloudswirl

Jane Monk has posted steps to her tangle pattern Cloudswirl at her facebook page.

Link to tangle pattern Candle Glow

Suzanne McNeil has posted steps to her tangle pattern Candle Glow.

Rhodia Journal Swap-Page the Fifth, Round 3

Translation: Climbing roofs and sliding down chimneys is only part of the job for Santa, but the worst part of it is when ice crystals and chunks of snow work their way into his boots.

Link to tangle pattern Hart Decal

Linda Rea has posted steps to her tangle pattern Hart Decal.

Link to tangle pattern Fünf

The steps to CZT® Denise Rudd's tangle pattern Fünf have been posted at

Rhodia Journal Swap-Page Four, Shane's book

I think I need to take a break.  I just added a tag at the Rhodia Journal Swap tumblr site, and wrote it as Santa Strait, instead of Sandra Strait.  It's bad when you can't even get your name correct, lol!

Link to five new tangles by Ana Navas

Link to tangle pattern Krisp

Belatrix29, aka Helena, has posted steps to her tangle pattern Krisp.

Roaring Spring Notebooks & Pads-Review: Elephant Poo-poo; Sugarcane & Landscape Format Writing Pads

Reviewing office supplies for Shoplet has been a blast, because I never know what I'll get for review next.  I was excited when I got the email telling me I'd be getting some Paper Notebooks and Notepads--including an Elephant Poo-poo notebook!  

A couple of days ago my package arrived.

It included:
Roaring Spring Landscape Format Writing Pad College Ruled Roaring Spring Landscape Format Writing Pad Quad Ruled Roaring Spring Wirebound Notebook 1 Subject Roaring Spring Wirebound Notebook 3 Subject Roaring Spring Environotes Sugarcane Notebook Roaring Spring Elephant PooPoo Paper

I was asked to review three of these products.  I'm kind of doing four because the Landscape Format Writing Pads are essentially the same except that one is ruled and one has a grid.  I also decided to review the Sugarcane Notebook and, of course, the Elephant PooPoo notebook.

9 1/2 x 6, 1 Subj, 80 Sheets, College-Rule
The Roaring Springs Environotes Sugarcane notebook is pretty standard fare as far as looks a…