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Monday, April 30, 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 & Techniques: Adding borders with puff paint
Card Shoppe: Mastering the Art of Framing
Spotlight: Exciting new stamps & products
Welcome to Carvonia: Carvers swap their art
Steampunk: Move over, Jules Verne
Perfectly Composed: Stamping elaborate scenes
We are Family: Honoring life's great treasures
Coloring with PanPastels:
Quick Cards: Stamping with hot colors
Where the Stamps are: The best stamp stores
Short Takes
Calendar of Stamp Shows
Album of Cat Art
Bulletin Board
Submitting artwork to RSM
Reinker: Cards for Father's Day & the 4th of July
Pyramid Dolls: The Queen gets a royal treatment
Cover Artist: Anne Schuster's Steampunk creation is just gear-fab

I want to thank Wayne Gartley for thinking of me when planning his advertisements, and Angela and Jenna from RSM for helping me through the technicalities.  They did a marvelous job setting up my artwork!

The magazine is due to arrive in stores soon, but meanwhile, you can subscribe or order single issues from the magazine subscription department or order a copy from Viva Las Vegastamps! while you're ordering some stamps.

Link to tangle pattern Ticking

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

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

Laura Harms'

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.

Telstar--Bleedthrumanade front
Scrubbing Bubbles & the Broom-Bleedthrumanade back


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Links to tangle patterns Wunderwall & Wundermutt

CZT Sandy Hunter has posted steps to her tangle pattern Wunderwall and 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 Vogel Lozinak stamps. If you create art using these stamps between now and May 26th you can link up your blog post showing the art and be part of the hop.

And finally-the third element? There will be prizes! Both for those who link-up to the hop, and those who merely marvel and comment.

Blog hops are great way to bring new people to your blog, and to share your projects. Head over to the Viva Las Vegastamps! blog for the full skinny. This is going to be so much fun!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

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.  They're embossed and inset, and printed in gleaming colors, and...well, you really need to peruse the catalog!

I've filled up two Paperblanks sketchbooks in the past, and haven't decided what my third will be--though I keep eyeing the silver filagree--so I was pleasantly surprised when I won a Dayplanner from a Paperblanks giveaway on Twitter.

I won a 2012 Dayplanner Week-at-a-Time Horizontal Format, 5"x7" with 160 pages.  It has a fold-over cover decorated with the artwork of Laurel Burch. It is gorgeous from the fabulous art to the incredibly embossed detail.  The cover gleams with silver and gold and copper and jewel-like tones.

The quality doesn't stop with the cover though.  The Smythe-Sewn binding allows the book to lie flat, though the pages have some spring.  The paper is ivory, smooth but not slick.  More about that later.

The extras:
2012 Year-at-a-glance
Holidays & Celebrations 2012 (All around the world. 13 pages worth!)
2012-Month-at-a-glance

Useful numbers and websites
     International Emergency Numbers
     Canadian & USA Various websites for information, weather, entertainment, parks, Health,        immigration, government, shopping, accomodations, travel, media, airlines
Conversions-clothing sizes, Measurements, Tempertaure
International Dialing Codes
World Time Zones
Travel planning
Birthdays & Important Dates

2013 Year-at-a-glance
Holidays & Celebrations 2013 (Canadian & U.S. only)
2013-Month-at-a-glance
8 ruled pages for notes
Memento Pocket
Removable address book
Two Ribbon Markers



The bulk of the dayplanner is a Week-at-a-glance.  I really like having two markers.  I keep one at the current Month-at-a-Glance and one on the current week.

The paper was different from either of my previous Paperblanks, but they were both blank sketchbooks, so I wasn't surprised.  As you may know, I turn every journal-type book into an art journal, lol, so I put this one through some of my basic tests.

As usual, I started with alcohol markers, coloring up one side of a page with Copics, to create a bleedthrumanade (Got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleed-thru, make bleedthrumanade).  I need some new Copics so some of my colors weren't very saturated, but I got about 75% bleed-thru with the juicy colors.  The color was bright, but not brilliant.  Afterwards, I used Micron Pigma pen to draw Zentangle®-inspired artwork on both sides of the paper.  The lines were dark and crisp with no feathering.
Bleedthrumanade front
Bleedthrumanade back
Next up, I primed a page with black gesso and colored it with Neopastels II water-soluble wax pastels.  You color that on like it's crayon, and then wet it with a water-brush.  I was surprised because the color tended to slide around, leaving black streaks, and I couldn't build up the detail.  I've used the Neopastels on this gesso before, without this problem, so I think it is the paper.  Fair enough--it's a dayplanner not a watercolor book, lol.  The painting came out all right, just not as detailed as I'd planned, and I sort of like the black streaks-happy accident!


For the last test--well, you've heard of winning the battle and losing the war?  I decided to use a rubber stamped image and Tim Holtz Distress markers.  I would have been alright, except I took the fancy to color it to match the dayplanner's cover, lol.  To get the gleam I used metallic copper embossing powder--which didn't take well, and smeared some of the detail from the stamped image.

The battle won? I did manage to get close to the cover colors--not exact, not as brilliant, but close enough.  The war lost? I didn't do justice to the stamped image- one of the Viva Las Vegastamps! featuring the artwork of Mary Vogel Lozinak from Plate 1400 (check out the blog hop coming up in May--you can join in!).

I did some Zentangle®-inspired artwork around the image using the distress markers and an American Craft art pen for the line-work.

Mary Vogel Lozinak stamped image----Laurel Burch Artwok Cover
The Tim Holtz markers caused the paper to pill a little bit.  They are water-soluble, and a little 'wet' for this paper.

For the last test I used a Lamy Safari Fountain Pen, medium point, with Noodler's North African Violet, and a very broad-tipped rollerball that I can't identify because the wording has rubbed off.  It's a cheapy, but has very 'wet' ink.

Both inks smeared when I did an immediate test.  Neither smeared 15 seconds later.  There was more show-through on the back and some minute spotting. I couldn't get either to show-through on a scan, though.  It wasn't bad, but could be distracting to some.

I'm very pleased with this dayplanner, though in the future, I'll probably buy the blank sketchbooks.  For my art purposes, I'll just use my Copics and Promarkers for coloring, or simply draw on the pages.  I'll be carrying it in my purse and probably won't use fountain pens, but I wouldn't hesitate to do so, though others might because of the show-through.

I've already had some oohs and ahs from the people around me when I've taken it out to write or draw in it.  The price on this particular dayplanner was $16.95 US, $18.95 Canadian.  That's a whole lot of value at a very competetive price!


Boarus D Swine-Rhodia Journal Swap

Rhodia Journal Swap, Page 3, Round 4


Translation:

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!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

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 you create art using these stamps between now and May 26th you can link up your blog post showing the art and be part of the hop.

And finally-the third element?  There will be prizes!  Both for those who link-up to the hop, and those who merely marvel and comment.

Head over to the Viva Las Vegastamps! blog for the full skinny.  This is going to be so much fun!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tim Holtz Distress Marker Color Charts-Dry and Wet

The whole set of Tim Holtz markers are available at Viva Las Vegastamps!
  
Tim Holtz Distress Markers direct from pen-see list below for color names
Tim Holtz Distress Markers with water added-see list below for color names
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                                
2d. TDM32687-Stormy Sky                                             
3d. TDM32533-Faded Jeans                                         
4d. TDM32496-Chipped Sapphire                              
5d. TDM32717-Tumbled Glass                                     
6d. TDM32465-Broken China
1e. TDM32571-Milled Lavender                                  
2e. TDM32724-Victorian Velvet                                  
3e. TDM32526-Dusty Concord                                     
4e. TDM32434-Antique Linen                                       
5e. TDM32595-Old Paper                                              
6e. TDM32564-Frayed Burlap
1f. TDM32700-Tea Dye    
2f. TDM32472-Brushed Corduroy                                 
3f. TDM32731-Vintage Photo                                       
4f. TDM32748-Walnut Stain                                            
5f. TDM32625-Pumice Stone                                        
6f. TDM32458-Black Soot
TDM33073-Picket Fence  (not shown--it's white)

Link to tangle pattern LoopLopp

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

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're getting a great deal.

You can buy existing plates for $21.95, which is a great price, but if you pre-order the plates that have been sent to the vulcanizer, you get 20% off the already low price--$17.95.

If you're new to stamping and want to build up a supply, this is a fantastic deal.  If you're an addict like I am, it's an irresistible deal, lol.

Monday, April 23, 2012

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"

Laura Harms' 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 always use the refills that it comes with, so I felt the cover should be reviewed in more detail than I normally would.  I didn't try out as many mediums as I usually do, partly because of time, and partly because I need to get some new art supplies and am waiting on next month's budget, lol! 


Specs:
Approx 4x5 inches (I wish I could find my ruler. I refuse to buy a new one!)
40 pages
Arches paper
Made in the USA
They are guaranteed for life!


In fact, the journal comes with a card inviting you to 'abuse' the journal, and promising the lifetime guarantee.


The leather cover is extremely flexible, a thick piece of quality leather in a lovely, rich brown.

I decided to try out the stress test.  First, I removed the paper.  And then I twisted and scrunched and squeezed the leather cover.

As the card indicated, the leather held up, merely taking on some distress marks.  It flattened back out with no problem, no worse for wear.  A while back, after I accidentally dropped a notebook into a bowl of oatmeal, I had a conversation with Arthur, the founder of Renaissance Arts, and he told me that one of his journals could simply be loaded up into a dishwasher if that happened, as long as any ink in the book was waterproof.  I was tempted to try it, but my dishwasher has died.  It's an experiment for the future though!

I put the paper back in, and folded the journal in half, length-wise, back and forth a couple of times.   The paper picked up a few dents, but by and large, it was undamaged.  If you want a journal you can fold up and fit in your pocket, this one will work.  You won't want to do this if you want to keep your paper pristine however.

The Arches Text Wove paper is 120 GSM, 100% cotton rag a 'wove' pattern, some tooth and it's moderately sized.  That means you can use it for almost any medium, including fountain pen or watercolor. The refill is nicely stitched with evenly hand-torn edges.  If you buy a 3 pack of refills they come in a cool storage pouch.

I only did three examples of artwork.  The paper has more tooth than I like for my alcohol markers, which can fray on rougher paper, so I decided to use my Staedtler Triplus Fineliners.  The color came out brilliant, but it was a little difficult to get a sharp line.

This example has been shown before in my review of Bonnie Jean Woolger's handmade pen.  I used Lyra Rembrandt color pencils, and one of Bonnie's pens, which use Bic ballpoints. This was a more successful medium for paper of this texture and tooth.

For the last example I used Peerless Film Watercolors.  These are watercolors that don't need a lot of 'wet', and there was no dimpling, no warping and absolutely no bleed-through.  This paper could have handled much wetter washes with no problem.

I used a Faber-Castell Medium point Art pen for the tangling.  I was able to get both sharp, crisp lines and finer feathery lines by varying the pressure and speed of my drawing.


The single journal will take two refills, and I will be buying more (I want one of those storage pouches!)  Meanwhile, though, I took a cheapie journal I picked up at a discount store just to see if it would work, and it does.  Kind of a travesty, but any paper in a pinch!


For a better look at these journals, visit the product page and scroll down to the video. demonstrates the differences between the two styles of Passport Journal and how they can easily be refilled.  There are several other videos as well, showing how sturdy the journals are.  They're fun to watch as Arthur and co-workers bash and trash and throw their journals around, proving they'll stand up to almost anything.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

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!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

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....

Beautiful craftsmanship and an awesome review. The tangles are wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing!

Janie

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!

Friday, April 20, 2012

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 Tanglepatterns.com 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 1053 Undulating Lines Background
Item 16040 Plate 1267 Quartet 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 1273 Steampunk Head Large 1 3/4 x 2 1/2
Item 16005 Plate 1273 Steampunk Outline 3/4 x 1 3/4 
Item 16020 Plate 1273 Steampunk Heart Large 2 1/4 x 2
Item 16016 Plate 1273 Bending Dancer 1 3/4 x 2 1/2
Item 16014 Plate 1273 Belly Dancer 1 1/4 x 2
Item 16019 Plate 1273 Compass 1 x 1
Item 16013 Plate 1273 Pair O Wings 3/4 x 1 3/4 (2)
Item 16007 Plate 1273 Watch Parts 1 1/4 x 1 1/4
Item 17506 Plate 1335 Gears Make The World 1 x 1 1/4
Item 17513 Plate 1335 Get It In Gear 3/4 x 1

PLUS, I received a package of  7Gypsies Industrial Gears!

There was also a Snickers bar, but ...ummm... it disappeared before I could take a picture, lol.

She was worried because the stamps I ordered were so small, and wanted to make sure my prize was big enough ! Thank you Shirley!  You didn't make my day, you made my week! Thank you Shirley!  You didn't make my day, you made my week! 

If you don't already follow Simply Stampin with Shirl , I recommend checking it out.  She posts all sorts of crafting videos with down-to-earth tips and techniques. 

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...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

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.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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 Tanglepatterns.com.

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

Ana Navas has posted steps to 5 new patterns:

Fuschia II/Doodle 16
Centaurea/Doodle 17
Achillea/Doodle 18  
Clarkia Amoena/Doodle 19
Aquilegia/Doodle 20
Armeria Maritima/Doodle 21

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.


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 and layout are concerned.  It's sturdy, with a wire coil small enough to stay out of your way.  The punched holes are a good size so the paper turns freely, but doesn't shift and tear when you carry it around.  The ruled lines are blue.  I prefer a lighter color but these aren't bad.


It comes with an attached flyer that explains the environmental advantage of sugarcane over wood-based paper.


The cover is cardboard strong enough to protect, but it doesn't have too much flex.  The backing is a heavier cardboard.  I wouldn't say the notebook is hefty, but it isn't the lightest I've ever had either.  


Since alcohol markers and fountain pens are notorious for feathering and bleeding through to the back, I used both as a gauge to see how the paper did.  There was no feathering with either medium.  The Copics shadowed heavily, but didn't actually bleed through.  The fountain pen ink shows, but not very much.  This is actually very good for a cheap paper.  I've had far more expensive that did worse.


At $2.26, the price is competitive with similar notebooks.  I'd like to know more about its archival properties. Still this isn't the book I'd use for fine art or heartfelt journaling so I'm not too worried about how it will hold up over time.  I don't think it is better than similar notebooks, but I like the fact it is made with a renewable source and I would even have paid a little more because of that.  At the price, it's definitely my choice.


Shoplet likes these reviews to be done within a week of delivery, so I didn't have time for much in the way of artwork, but I think the cover of this notebook will look awesome embellished with gel pens, so you'll be seeing it again soon.


11 x 9-1/2, White, 40 Sheets/Pad
The Roaring Springs Landscape Format Notepads are an interesting size.  Otherwise, they're pretty standard for notepads.  They don't have covers, just a cardboard backing and the paper is thin but stiffer than you might expect.  The perf is at the top, and it's good--you can tear a sheet away easily, but you can also hold the notepad by one sheet and shake hard without any separation.  You aren't likely to lose sheets by accident because the perf tore.


The grid format is a Quadrille 5 sq/in. and ruled line format is college-ruled, both in the same blue color.


I tried out the alcohol marker and fountain pen test with similar results to the Sugarcane paper.  The shadowing on the back was lighter.


These are workhorses, and I'll use mine to work out  tangle patterns, and figure out how to enlarge objects from reference photos .  I doubt I would ever buy the ruled version, but I'd definitely buy the grid pad.  I do like the size and would definitely choose it over more standard sized pads.




The Roaring Springs Elephant PooPoo Paper mini-notebook is part of the Inspire Collection, sold in sets of 36 mini-notebooks and 28 scratch pad made of poopoo, both horse and elephant.  I received an Elephant PooPoo mini-notebook, and it is just as cute as a bug!  (Note: This is a different notebook than the Elephant Poo Journal I'm currently giving away).


The covers are approximately 4x6 inches with a double wire coil.  The paper is smaller--probably about 3 3/4 by 5 1/4 (I couldn't find my ruler, so I used index cards for comparison).  I believe the punched holes are a little bigger than they need to be, so the paper slides around a bit, and may eventually tear away from the coil.  


The covers are light cardboard.  In fact, the whole notebook is extremely light.  The paper is thinner and stiffer than other elephant poo papers I've used.  It's an ivory with darker bits of fibrous material embedded, which gives it a pleasant speckled look.  The front of the paper is slicker than the back, which makes me think it might be coated.


I won't use fiber-tipped pens on this kind of paper, because the soft fibers collect and clog the ink flow.  I think the front side might be all right, but still, I won't risk my better fiber-tipped pens--I have plenty of rollerball, ballpoint and gel pens that will work a treat.


The fibrous bits can cause 'blips' in your writing or drawing, but the paper is so elegant in look (if not in source, lol) that you probably won't mind. 


I did up a couple of quick Zentangle-Inspired drawings.  I used my a ballpoint on the front and gel pens on the back.  The color you see on the front is shadowing from the gel pens, an indication that you will need to be very careful in choosing your pens.  Normally, gel pens don't shadow or bleed.


This is the first elephant poo paper I've seen that I would rate as more than a novelty item.  It is still 'paper with character'--meaning you need to be careful how you use it, but the light weight makes it a good notebook for the purse or (large) pocket and it's a pleasure to work in.  I wish Shoplet sold these individually.


You can find all these Notepads and Notebooks Online at Shoplet.