Monday, February 25, 2013

Link to tangle pattern Tesali

Elena Hadzijaneva's tangle pattern Tesali has been posted at

No Masking the Fact

VLVS! stamp Double Masks With Fan - Item 16258
2 sheets Kromecote A2 Cardstock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2

Recently one of my friends moved to Hawai.  When I saw this series of Masquerade stamps I immediately knew they'd be perfect for a 'Missing You' card.

I wanted a chocolates in a porcelain dish ambience, so I went with glossy white Kromecote paper, with dark, chocolate-y brown, and cream-colored ribbon.

One sheet of Kromecote I folded into a card.  I cut two pieces from the other sheet--one just a little larger than the Maquerade stamp, another piece about 1/2 inch larger. 

After stamping the image on the smallest piece with Timber Brown StazOn, I taped it to the larger piece, and bordered it with the brown ribbon.  I stuck this whole assemblage onto the card with more Miracle tape.  

I finished off by trimming the card with the Woven Check Ribbon, sticking on the white flower and more of the brown ribbon.  The flower was a bit too white, so I brushed it lightly with the Timber Brown StazOn.

The inside of the card reads 'There is no masking the fact that we've missed you!'

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Views from the orange grove

I'm at a family reunion in Florida, staying at my brother's house. I discovered once I arrived that my laptop had taken the opportunity to depart for computer heaven so my brother bought me a very early birthday present--a Samsung Galaxy tablet!

It's wonderful but different enough that I've had to relearn quite a bit.

Here's my first attempt at using the camera and inserting photos into a post.

My brother lives on an orange grove so I thought I'd share some of the views.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Link to tangle pattern Love Line

The step out to Judy Murphy's Zentangle® pattern: Love Line has been posted at

I am the Diva's Weekly Challenge #105

I am the Diva's Weekly Challenge #105

Review of the Daycraft Handy Pick Holder

You are probably looking at this photo and wondering "Is that a wallet?"

Yes--and no.  The Daycraft Handy Pick Holder cover is a (wait for it) handy little holder that can be used to carry those little necessities that we need through-out the day.  It will certainly hold your money, but it holds a lot more.

I received a small Handy Pick along with the companion card holder, monthly day planner and sketchbook for purposes of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Before I go any further--I've got to tell you. The Handy Pick is light.  It's soft and supple and sturdy, but it's also light.  It looks like leather and feels like leather, but it doesn't weigh like leather! This is by far the lightest wallet/carrier/holder I have ever found.

That has become so important to me of late, with the problems I have in my neck and shoulders.

The Handy Pick is a crossover project between Daycraft and Daigo, combining refills/accessories  from Daigo and the Signature series from Daycraft.  The holder cover is purchased separately, and then each accessory is purchased separately, as well.  The idea is choice.  You decide what you want and get only what you want from the available accessories.

The refills and extras available for the Daycraft Handy Pick Holder include: Bookband ruler, Fastener pocket, sketchbook, notebook, weekly planner, monthly planner, and bookmark.

The Duo-tone soft cover is made from fine Italian PU.  It looks and feels very much like leather.  One of my friends insisted it even smelled like leather! (I have a poor sense of smell and can't verify that).

The cover comes in two sizes and 8 colors--
  • large: 7.5 x 7.0 inches (w192mm x h178mm) 
  • small: 6.5 x 5.5 inches (166 x 141 mm) 
  • black, purple brown, pink, red, yellow, green, grey

It has a pocket on each side and a slot at the left hand side.  I'm using it for extra cards, but you could use it other things, such as the ruler accessory (I plan to buy one of those, myself).  This isn't a pocket--just a slit in the leather.  The stitch at the bottom holds in larger items, but it wouldn't work for keys or smaller objects.

Along with the Holder cover, I received a Daigo Monthly Planner, Sketchbook, and a card holder.

The Planner and Sketchbook have matching covers and slide neatly into the pockets in the cover.

The Card holder has three pockets. I'm carrying two cards in each.

You can see all the stuff I've been able to fit into my Handy Pick holder, and this doesn't even show the credit cards I'm carrying as well, since I didn't want to post a photo of those, lol!

The monthly planner:
No. page: 56
Paper weight: 64 gsm
Paper color: white
Layout: Monthly grid.  Days are marked, but no other information is pre-printed.

 I was happy with this since I didn't get my Handy Pick until February, and I just started it with that month--no wasted pages!

The sketchbook:
No. page: 60
Paper weight: 64 gsm
Paper color: white
Layout: Blank pages, perforated for easy removal.

All of the refill books have the same lightweight cardboard cover in two-tone black and grey.

The paper is thin enough that there is some show-through as you can see in this scan. I used a Zebra G-301 pen, which doesn't have overly dark or wet ink, but there was still show-through.  I don't find that an inconvenience because I'll be using both books for quick notes and doodles, and I find it easy to use the showthrough in my artwork.

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I've been using the Handy Pick for a couple of weeks, letting it jostle around in my purse and treating it as I usually do--without much care, lol!  So what are my thoughts?

Did I mention the Handy Pick is light? Awesomely so.  Even full, it's smaller than most wallets designed for a purse (though it's too tall for most pockets).  The design makes it easy to reach what I want, and to put things back where they belong.

The cover hasn't picked up any scratches yet (except where I deliberately ran my thumbnail to see if would scratch.  Even then I have to hold it a certain way before I see it). Oils and Smudges wipe off except for the dots of craft glue.  In other words, the surface holds up as well as it does with most of the leather-like objects that are carried in my purse.

If I were going to suggest an improvement, it would be to add some kind of closure.

I like the flexibility of the design.  I'm even thinking of buying a cover or two to use for handmade journals.

I want to thank Daycraft for giving me the opportunity to review the Handy Picket holder!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tangle pattern Spoel

My friend Jeanet came up with this tangle pattern.  It's a tangleation, as there are similar patterns out there, but I felt the steps and final product were different enough to share it.

She is currently having problems with her hands that make it difficult to draw, so I agreed to draw the step out for her pattern, and an example using it.

So here is Jeanet's Spoel...

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Link to The February 2013 Carnival of Pen, Pencil, and Paper

The February 2013 Carnival of Pen, Pencil, and Paper is out!

Link to patterns Lotus Pod Waves and Frosty

Emily Perkins has posted the step out to her patterns Lotus Pod Waves and Frosty!

Remote Control with Cotton Batting Landscape

The Sepia portions of this piece were drawn with a Kuretake Zig Cartoonist Mangaka Outline Pen and the rest (the majority) was drawn with a Deleter Neopiko Line 2 Pen. Unfortunately, I used a .03 tip, so very fine!  I love working with a line that small, but I pretty much wore out the tip.  Probably lots of ink left in the pen, but no tip to use it with!

Drawn in a Clairefontaine Carnet de Voyage Travel Album.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Link to tangle pattern Starawn

Judy Murphy's tangle pattern Starawn has been posted at!

Listing the latest

There's an interesting article on the European Paper blog about using lists in your blog posts. I'm in one of my whimsical (that means slightly mad) moods this morning.  I have a few drawings that I haven't posted for one reason or another.

The instant I read the article, this list popped into my head--my previously unposted pieces have almost nothing in common, but now they are related because they're in the same list.

1. Longhorn

2. Goldfish

3. Flying House

 This post is a bit of a joke, but the article at the European Paper blog is well worth reading if you blog!

Link to tangle pattern LoveTangle

Denyse Jones, CZT, has posted the step out for her tangle pattern LoveTangle!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Link to tangle pattern Giotto

Link to tangle pattern Giotto

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup

Eldritch, Elderberry and Pistachio

As I've mentioned, I've been playing with some Uni Pin Pens that I recently bought.  I do intend to write a review, but the way things are shaping up, it will probably be March before I can do it.  I've got  some other reviews to do, am taking my mother for a couple of weeks in Florida and have a hubby on vacation.

So today, I'll tease you with a few drawings.

After drawing this piece, I became fascinated with the light seemed to shine in these trees.

There is a tangle pattern (probably more than one, actually) called Nekton that is similar to what I'm doing, but I'm actually playing with a form of hatching (parallel lines used to create tonal value-  
 It's a great background for a silhouette, and really highlights the 'glow' for this kind of drawing.  Should I do it up as a pattern?

It's a great background for a silhouette, and really highlights the 'glow' for this kind of drawing.

I did another with an eye to coloring it in.

I wanted color that was almost more of a tint so I used stamp pad re-inkers (you can buy bottles of the liquid ink used for stamp pads.  When your stamp pad dries out, you squeeze more ink into it.  The bottles are cheaper than buying a new pad).  I squeezed drops of ink onto small foam coloring sticks, using Elderberry, Pistachio and LuLu Lavender with Sunflower for the sun.  I was trying for a Spanish moss look with the Pistachio, but I think it got a bit muddy.

Link to tangle pattern Phicops

Linda Farmer has added the link for tangle pattern Phicops at

Ginger Horse #ZentangleInspiredArt #FountainPen #PenAndInk

You know how sometimes a work just fights you while you're trying to draw it?  I had an idea tickling my brain, a desire to combine styl...