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Monday, December 31, 2012

Link to tangle patterns by ksenija v1

Link to tangle patterns:

 Plungetino

InsideOut

Bananaland

Bellino

Voly & Kraky

Breeze

Funrun

Holdy

Hayho

InsideOut Variation

More InsideOut Variations


Link to Tangle pattern LRI

Neil Burley has posted the step-out to his tangle pattern LRI!

Daily December Critturs Day #31

You know what Daily December Crittur #31 says!

"Happynewyear!!!!"

May the new year bring you health, wealth and happiness!

I hope you've enjoyed my Daily December presentation!  Until next year--be safe, be happy, be good!


Please see Daily December Day #1 for details on how I created this journal.

These critturs were numbered using the Daily December Plate1430! from Viva Las VegaStamps!  The basic idea for the journal came from an exercise in Carla Sonheim's 'Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals'.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Link to tangle pattern Squarcles

Ellen Wolters has posted the step-out to her tangle pattern Squarcles!

Cindy Angiel has posted the step-out to her Twoan Pattern at the Rainbow Elephant!


Cindy Angiel has posted the step-out to her Twoan Pattern at the Rainbow Elephant!

Daily December Critturs Day #30

Daily December Crittur #30 is another playful beast.  It plays volleyball and tag with the elves.  The sounds it makes?  "Igotit!'  'Yourit!'


Please see Daily December Day #1 for details on how I created this journal.

These critturs were numbered using the Daily December Plate1430! from Viva Las VegaStamps!  The basic idea for the journal came from an exercise in Carla Sonheim's 'Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals'.

Check out the VLVS! Store for all your stamping needs and the  VLVS! Blog for new projects and news every day. Follow VLVS! as the VLVS! Forum - VLVS! FB - VLVS! Pinterest - VLVS! Twitter.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Daily December Critturs Day #29

Santa's workshop is cleaned up and the elves get the day off.

Daily December Crittur #29 is a playful beast and he plays Hide'n'Seek and other games with the elves.  It makes several sounds, such as 'Peekaboo!' 'Marcopolo' and 'BINGO!'  Not always at the right time though, which makes the elves giggle and laugh like you wouldn't believe.




Please see Daily December Day #1 for details on how I created this journal.

These critturs were numbered using the Daily December Plate1430! from Viva Las VegaStamps!  The basic idea for the journal came from an exercise in Carla Sonheim's 'Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals'.

Check out the VLVS! Store for all your stamping needs and the  VLVS! Blog for new projects and news every day. Follow VLVS! as the VLVS! Forum - VLVS! FB - VLVS! Pinterest - VLVS! Twitter.


Friday, December 28, 2012

Link to tangle pattern HooknEye

Carole Fontaine has posted the step-out to her tangle pattern HooknEye.

Daily December Critturs Day #28

After a couple days of sleeping the elves are wide awake and ready to rumble--they're a hardy breed!

Daily December Crittur #28 goes 'Brush! Brush! Brush!' and the elves start cleaning up! All that toy-making leaves a terrible mess, you know!



Please see Daily December Day #1 for details on how I created this journal.

These critturs were numbered using the Daily December Plate1430! from Viva Las VegaStamps!  The basic idea for the journal came from an exercise in Carla Sonheim's 'Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals'.

Check out the VLVS! Store for all your stamping needs and the  VLVS! Blog for new projects and news every day. Follow VLVS! as the VLVS! Forum - VLVS! FB - VLVS! Pinterest - VLVS! Twitter.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Link to Calendar Time with Carole Ohls

Check out the first tangle of the New Year (yup, Carole's not waiting for the old one to end, lol) in one of Carole Ohl's 2013 tangle calendars!

Daily December Critturs Day #27

Daily December Crittur #27 looks a lot like the elves feel as they start to wake up.  It goes "Urk! Augh!"  Upon hearing it, the elves remember their work is done for the year, and promptly go back to sleep.



Please see Daily December Day #1 for details on how I created this journal.

These critturs were numbered using the Daily December Plate1430! from Viva Las VegaStamps!  The basic idea for the journal came from an exercise in Carla Sonheim's 'Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals'.

Check out the VLVS! Store for all your stamping needs and the  VLVS! Blog for new projects and news every day. Follow VLVS! as the VLVS! Forum - VLVS! FB - VLVS! Pinterest - VLVS! Twitter.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Link to Shattuck variation with fan fill

CZT Margaret Bremner has come up with an interesting variation of the tangle Shattuck!

Daily December Critturs Day #26

Ahhh! The day after Christmas and all through the workshop the elves are sleeping. Daily December Crittur #26 goes gently creeping, checking on each elf, and whispering 'Good Job!'



Please see Daily December Day #1 for details on how I created this journal.

These critturs were numbered using the Daily December Plate1430! from Viva Las VegaStamps!  The basic idea for the journal came from an exercise in Carla Sonheim's 'Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals'.

Check out the VLVS! Store for all your stamping needs and the  VLVS! Blog for new projects and news every day. Follow VLVS! as the VLVS! Forum - VLVS! FB - VLVS! Pinterest - VLVS! Twitter.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

New tangle pattern Kabbidge

I almost forgot! I did a new tangle pattern for you a while back, and kept it for today.  It's very like Rick's Paradox. In fact, I'll call it a tangleation.

But the difference is that it's off-kilter.  You deliberately draw each round a little bit to the side.  Or a lot!  You can change the direction of the corner lines or round off one or more sides. It makes for a surprisinly floral pattern. Enjoy!


Daily December Critturs Day #25

Christmas Day!  Merry Christmas everyone!

Daily December Crittur #25 sings like a bird! What does he sing?  Why 'Jingle Bells!' of course!

Please see Daily December Day #1 for details on how I created this journal.

These critturs were numbered using the Daily December Plate1430! from Viva Las VegaStamps!  The basic idea for the journal came from an exercise in Carla Sonheim's 'Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals'.

Check out the VLVS! Store for all your stamping needs and the  VLVS! Blog for new projects and news every day. Follow VLVS! as the VLVS! Forum - VLVS! FB - VLVS! Pinterest - VLVS! Twitter.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Link to tangle pattern Vinnie

Link to tangle pattern Vinnie 

Daily December Critturs Day #24

Daily December Crittur #24 is a frazzled beast.  After all, time is running short and the elves must hurry.  24 makes a sound like a whip!  Crack! Craaaaaack! CRAAAAAACK!


Please see Daily December Day #1 for details on how I created this journal.

These critturs were numbered using the Daily December Plate1430! from Viva Las VegaStamps!  The basic idea for the journal came from an exercise in Carla Sonheim's 'Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals'.

Check out the VLVS! Store for all your stamping needs and the  VLVS! Blog for new projects and news every day. Follow VLVS! as the VLVS! Forum - VLVS! FB - VLVS! Pinterest - VLVS! Twitter.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Link to tangle pattern 'X'

Link to tangle pattern 'X'.

Daily December Critturs Day #23

Daily December Crittur #23 adds touch to its repetoire.  Not only does it whisper "Hurry, hurry, hurry", it hovers over the elves and flaps its wings so cold air makes them shiver and wake from their fatigue-induced dozing.  Life can be cruel at the North Pole.




Please see Daily December Day #1 for details on how I created this journal.

These critturs were numbered using the Daily December Plate1430! from Viva Las VegaStamps!  The basic idea for the journal came from an exercise in Carla Sonheim's 'Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals'.

Check out the VLVS! Store for all your stamping needs and the  VLVS! Blog for new projects and news every day. Follow VLVS! as the VLVS! Forum - VLVS! FB - VLVS! Pinterest - VLVS! Twitter.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Zendala Dare #37


Zendala Dare #37

Daily December Critturs Day #22

Daily December Crittur #22 whistles through his nose! Whirp! Whirp!



Please see Daily December Day #1 for details on how I created this journal.

These critturs were numbered using the Daily December Plate1430! from Viva Las VegaStamps!  The basic idea for the journal came from an exercise in Carla Sonheim's 'Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals'.

Check out the VLVS! Store for all your stamping needs and the  VLVS! Blog for new projects and news every day. Follow VLVS! as the VLVS! Forum - VLVS! FB - VLVS! Pinterest - VLVS! Twitter.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Genevieve Crabe's Weekly roundup,

Genevieve Crabe's Weekly roundup,

Daily December Critturs Day #21

Daily December Crittur #21 also has a doggy look.  Santa loves puppies you know. Notice those cunning little feet?  They're wooden, and #21 goes Clickety-clack, Clickety-clack just like a railroad train.



Please see Daily December Day #1 for details on how I created this journal.

These critturs were numbered using the Daily December Plate1430! from Viva Las VegaStamps!  The basic idea for the journal came from an exercise in Carla Sonheim's 'Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals'.

Check out the VLVS! Store for all your stamping needs and the  VLVS! Blog for new projects and news every day. Follow VLVS! as the VLVS! Forum - VLVS! FB - VLVS! Pinterest - VLVS! Twitter.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Daily December Critturs Day #20

Hmmm.  Daily December Crittur #20 looks a lot like a dog.  Again.  You got me.  When I get tired I revert to drawing dogs.  No matter what I'm drawing, lol.  What you can't tell from the drawing is the #20 expands like a puffer fish and expels air to make its noise. Swoooop (sucking air in) and Whooooosh (blowing it out).  Swoop-whoosh!  Swoop-whoosh!

Please see Daily December Day #1 for details on how I created this journal.

These critturs were numbered using the Daily December Plate1430! from Viva Las VegaStamps!  The basic idea for the journal came from an exercise in Carla Sonheim's 'Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals'.

Check out the VLVS! Store for all your stamping needs and the  VLVS! Blog for new projects and news every day. Follow VLVS! as the VLVS! Forum - VLVS! FB - VLVS! Pinterest - VLVS! Twitter.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Today's Mail-Review of the Leuchtturm Pocket Hard Cover Ruled Notebook

Have I mentioned that I've been having incredibly good luck winning things this month?

The second prize I received in the mail was a Leuchtturm Pocket Hard Cover Ruled Notebook from European Paper.

I'm still working on Christmas presents so I'm going to do an overview of the notebook I received and I'll do another review later when I've had the chance to write and draw in it.

Specs

Hard Cover
3.5 x 6 pocketbook size (90x150mm)
185 Numbered Pages
80 gsm Acid-Free Paper
     Paper Color White
     Page Style Ruled
     Elastic Eco Cred Acid-Free (pH Neutral)
     Page Corners Rounded
Matching Elastic Closure & Placeholder
Thread-Bound (Sewn) Binding
Color-coordinated cloth Ribbon
Table of Contents Page
8 Perforated Pages for Quick Notes
Rear Expandable Pocket
Labeling Stickers
Comes in 9 colors.  I received Purple.

The Leuchtturm Pocket Notebook has sturdy hardcover with a strong sewn binding..

The pages don't lie completely flat. The pages will slowly close if you don't hold them down.  But the binding is so you could write it in one-handed by folding it backwards, if needed.  That said, it's a book that will be more comfortable to write in, if it's laying on a stable surface where you can keep the pages  down.

The paper color is white, but it's a muted color that doesn't hurt the eyes.  The lines are very light--gray, I think--just enough to guide and then disappear from view.

Each page has a place for the date.  The word date is in the same light ink, so it won't stand out if you decide not to use it.


The Extras are fairly standard--color-coordinated ribbon, back pocket, and the first page has a place for your name and address. There is also a Table of Contents page, which could come in handy if you want to reference notes later.  Also included is a sticker that you can use to label the spine.



The overall weight is good.  Not the lightest but neither is it the heaviest pocket I've had. Given the flexibility and strength of the binding and the reference capabilities, this would be a good journal for school or business meetings.

The paper is smooth but has a slightly gritty feel to the touch.  I've come to associate that with a certain kind of quality and I'm looking forward to trying it out!

The second part of this review will be coming soon!

I want to thank the European Paper company for a fantastic giveaway and for the chance to try out this wonderful notebook!

Today's Mail-Review of the Daycraft Signature Notebook A5 size


I've been winning big this December!

Today I received two of my prizes, one of which was a Daycraft Signature notebook, A5 size, in light green with dark green trim.

For further information on how this notebook performs, please see Part II of my review, which has writing and drawing examples.


Before going further, I want to remind people of three things when ordering from Daycraft:

1. Prices are listed in Hong Kong dollars.  For instance, the price on the notebook I'm showing here is HKD $159, which works out to approximately $20.50 USD today.  If you aren't sure how to tell google your dollar versus HKD and you'll find a program that will convert it for you.

2. Daycraft has products with texts in Chinese, as well as English.  Make sure you order the language (and size) that you want.

3. Daycraft has FREE Worldwide shipping.  All the time! 

I was notified that I had won this notebook on the 12/8 and received it on 12/19.  Pretty good turnaround for this time of the year, all the way from Hong Kong to Oregon, USA!

I'm still working on a couple of Christmas presents so I decided I'd give you the overall review today, and do one with art and pen tests in a week or two.

The Specs:
176 blank pages
Page color: cream with dark green edging
Format: 6.5mm lined
Paper Weight: 100 gsm
Size: 151x212 mm (A5)/8.3 x 5.8 in
Cover: Fine Italian PU
Extras: Color co-ordinated green bookmark ribbon

The cover is plain without adornment except for a very small 'Daycraft' debossed in the back corner.  The color isn't flourescent enough to be lime but is in that family.  The inside cover and edging is somewhere between pine and teal.

While the book is too large for most pockets it is very flexible.  You can fold it nearly in half, front to back (I wouldn't for long though.  Eventually, you'd crease the cover).


You can also fold pages completely to the back.

The pages have some spring to them, but once you've folded the book like this (carefully), they will lie flat.

The pages are lists as cream color. They seem to have a greenish cast to my eye, but I suspect it is reflected light and may not appear that way all the time.

The cover is a leather-like Italian PU that is soft too the touch and oh-so-flexible.  It will pick up nicks and scuffs, though. I ran my fingernail across it, lightly, and it did scar.  You do have to hold it a certain way to see it, but I suspect more pressure would result in a more visible scar.

I love the look and feel of this notebook.  I'll probably use it for drawing despite the ruled lines, but it would be fantastic for journaling, diary keeping or note-taking.  It's very light for it's size and I wouldn't hesitate to carry it, though I'd want it in something to help protect it from scuffing.

I want to thank Daycraft for their fantastic giveaway!  I know I'll be coming using my Signature notebook with great pleasure.

Link to new tangle pattern Diva Dance

The link to Maria Thomas' new tangle pattern Diva Dance has been posted at Tanglepatterns.com!

Daily Paper Prompt

There are a series of Daily Paper Prompts at the Daisy Yellow blog, designed to help you keep creating art on a daily basis.

Daily December Critturs #19

I'm sad to say that even though the critturs never meet and have no reason to dislike one another, Daily December Crittur #19 dislikes Crittur #17. Each year he steals #17's hat and stockings and hides them so that poor #17 has to find them when he wakes.

Bad #19.  Bad.  Oh.  And #19 makes the sound of skies on the snow--schuss, schuss,schuss.


Please see Daily December Day #1 for details on how I created this journal.

These critturs were numbered using the Daily December Plate1430! from Viva Las VegaStamps!  The basic idea for the journal came from an exercise in Carla Sonheim's 'Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals'.

Check out the VLVS! Store for all your stamping needs and the  VLVS! Blog for new projects and news every day. Follow VLVS! as the VLVS! Forum - VLVS! FB - VLVS! Pinterest - VLVS! Twitter.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Daily December Critturs Day #18


I think Daily December Crittur #18 may have had too much punch!  But he does likes to laugh, so maybe not.  He laughs maniacally.  Hee-hee-hee! Hah-hah-hah. Hah-hah, ho-ho, hee-hee, hah-hah!




Please see Daily December Day #1 for details on how I created this journal.


These critturs were numbered using the Daily December Plate1430! from Viva Las VegaStamps!  The basic idea for the journal came from an exercise in Carla Sonheim's 'Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals'.

Check out the VLVS! Store for all your stamping needs and the  VLVS! Blog for new projects and news every day. Follow VLVS! as the VLVS! Forum - VLVS! FB - VLVS! Pinterest - VLVS! Twitter.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Pattern-A-Day #1

I''ve been a bit slow on the ball in posting about this.  

This is a pattern challenge that is a bit different from the way zentangle patterns are created, focusing more on the idea of repetition and art journaling, but I think a lot of you might find it interesting.

Tammy Garcia has been creating a Pattern-a-Day with the December Pattern-a-Day Challenge with A is for Anika so you can get a good idea of how it works.  Anika has set up a Flickr group for those who want to play.  

It's a little late to catch-up but it's the kind of thing where you can jump in easily enough and catch-up at leisure or just do it for a shorter period.


Monday Art/Journal Prompt


Monday Art/Journal Prompt at LifeAtDeb

Link to tangle pattern Fancy Nancy

The step out to CZT® Adele Bruno's tangle pattern Fancy Nancy has been posted at Tanglepatterns.com.

Weekly Challenge #100!!!!!!!!


Weekly Challenge #100!!!!!!!

Tangle Patterns String challenge # 31


Tangle Patterns String challenge # 31

Daily December Critturs Day #17

Daily December Crittur #17 has stocking feet. Fortunately, it likes to leap about or the elves would have a hard time hearing it.  Shuffle-shush, thump-galump!  That's the sound it makes!




Please see Daily December Day #1 for details on how I created this journal.


These critturs were numbered using the Daily December Plate1430! from Viva Las VegaStamps!  The basic idea for the journal came from an exercise in Carla Sonheim's 'Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals'.

Check out the VLVS! Store for all your stamping needs and the  VLVS! Blog for new projects and news every day. Follow VLVS! as the VLVS! Forum - VLVS! FB - VLVS! Pinterest - VLVS! Twitter.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

More PaperCloth Backgrounds

I've been doing a paper cloth background each night shortly before going to bed.  It's fairly mindless and only takes about 15 minutes if you have the items close to hand.  I've been experimenting a bit


For this one I used PVA glue instead of gel medium.  I can't say there is a whole lot of difference.  It's seems slightly more matte than the glossy medium and more glossy than the matte medium, but that could be partially due to the materials used.  

Muslin base, PVA Glue, used paper towels, magazine pages, scrap paper from other projects, stamped images, pearl ex powder and white tissue.



This was my first experiment with pearl ex powder and matte versus glossy gel medium.  They didn't spread as much as I thought they would, but they do add some interesting color.  This background made with muslin base, matte gel medium, used paper towels, magazine pages, scrap paper from other projects, pearl ex powder and white tissue.


I discovered that paper towels that have been soaked in walnut stain look a bit like burlap.  It doesn't show well in the scan though.  This background made with muslin base, matte gel medium, used paper towels, magazine pages, store receipts, scrap paper from other projects and white tissue.


On this background I added Pearl Ex Interference Gold powder to the gel medium.  This background made with muslin base, glossy gel medium, used paper towels, magazine pages, Amazon packaging tape, scrap paper from other projects and white tissue.



Daily December Critturs Day #16

Yes.  I admit it.  Daily December Crittur #16 looks a lot like a puppy wearing a poodle coat.  Hey, I just draw these guys.  I don't design them (Well, okay, I do. I was getting tired).

#17 is a pretty skippy kind a fella. He skips and yips! Skip-yip, Skip-yip!

Please see Daily December Day #1 for details on how I created this journal.
These critturs were numbered using the Daily December Plate1430! from Viva Las VegaStamps!  The basic idea for the journal came from an exercise in Carla Sonheim's 'Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals'.

Check out the VLVS! Store for all your stamping needs and the  VLVS! Blog for new projects and news every day. Follow VLVS! as the VLVS! Forum - VLVS! FB - VLVS! Pinterest - VLVS! Twitter.


Saturday, December 15, 2012

TanglePatterns String 031


TanglePatterns String 031

Zendala Dare #36

Zendala Dare #36

Daily December Critturs Day #15

Daily December Crittur #15  is sort of like a silly owl. Instead of hooting who-who-who, it warbles what-what-what!

Please see Daily December Day #1 for details on how I created this journal.


These critturs were numbered using the Daily December Plate1430! from Viva Las VegaStamps!  The basic idea for the journal came from an exercise in Carla Sonheim's 'Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals'.

Check out the VLVS! Store for all your stamping needs and the  VLVS! Blog for new projects and news every day. Follow VLVS! as the VLVS! Forum - VLVS! FB - VLVS! Pinterest - VLVS! Twitter.