Showing posts from July, 2013

Wednesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways

Tuesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #tutorials #giveaways

How to draw CLOVE

New Zentangle newsletter (email just came out, may not show up in archive for a bit)

One Sheet One Journal video

Animal Prints from old makeup and Elmer's Glue


Summer Reading Give-Away: “Mixed Media Techniques for Art Journaling” 

Pattern Petite Stickys Giveaway

GRAPHIC 45-Enter to win  French Country 8x8 paper pad, Banners, Cling Stamp Set, Place in Time 8x8 paper pad, Stickers, Alphabet Stickers, Chipboard Die-Cuts and Stamped Metal Brad Staples

Cheery Lynn Designs Design Team Call

Wow! I did some artwork that wasn't for a review, or design team post!

Playing around with my J Herbin rollerball and fountain pen cartridges.
Two done on official Zentangle tiles:

One done on cold-press Watercolor paper

Monday's Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways

Viva Las VegaStamps!/Genuinely Jane Blog Hop

What do you get when the Viva Las VegaStamps! design team gets together with the Genuinely Jane design team?  A truly awesome blog hop! 
(and prizes: -GJS is giving away a $20 gift certificate for wooden albums, and VLVS! is giving away a lb. o rubber - two separate winners chosen randomly from all comments through the hop

If you arrived here from Amy's blog, you are where you should be in the hop.  If you haven't been hopping, here is the list for today's inspiration.  (A list of all the hop stops for all 4 days is at the end of this post).
Sun 28 : 
Genuinely Jane Studios Blog
Sandra -YOU ARE HERE! 


VLVS! images used:
One Way Small-19180 Plate 927
Star Sneaker 19242 Plate 926
You Are Here-19178 Plate 927

Genuinely Jane:
Wood Tag

Sakura of America:
Gelly Roll Classic-White
Gellyroll Metallic-Blue

Used Teabag
StazOn Inkpad-Timber Brown
Speedball Composition Metal Leaf
Martha Stewart Acrylic Paint, Satin-CousCous, Canteloupe, Blue Sky
Liquitex Clear Gesso

The Winner of my 1,000,000 Hits Giveaway has been emailed

The winning number was 26..  The person who emailed me the 26th email has been notified and once she responds, I'll post her name.

I want to thank everyone who entered!  It's been so much fun.  Now to start gathering items for 2,000,000 Hits!

The 1,000,000 Hits giveaway has ended!

My blog has passed 1,000,000 hits and the giveaway is officially ended!

I'm hoping to get my PC back tomorrow, so I'm going to wait until then to use to find the winning number.  I'll let you know the number, and will respond to the winning email--so if you entered keep an eye out for an email from

Viva Las VegaStamps!/Genuinely Jane Blog Hop schedule

Fri 26 :
Genuinely Jane Studios Blog
Lea (
Kimberly (
Amy (
VLVS!  Blog

Sat 27
VLVS!  Blog
Genuinely Jane Studios Blog

Sun 28 : 
Genuinely Jane Studios Blog
Sandra -YOU ARE HERE! 

Mon 29:
VLVS!  Blog
Genuinely Jane Studios Blog

Computer problens. Links to Tangles,Tuutorials and Giveaways on hiatus

My PC is going to the Computer hospital,leaving me with only my tablet.  It doesn't like cutting and pasting very much, and refuses to create live-thru links so I won't be posting my daily list until my computer is fixed or replaced.

I can still receive email entries for my 1,000,000 Hits giveaway, but won't be responding to them as I have been.  I hope my problem is gone before the giveaway ends, but if not, I'll still be able to use to find a winner.

I hope to be back up and running as usual, soon.

Tuesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #tutorials #giveaways

Monday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #tutorials #giveaways

Review of the Rhodiarama Pocket Web Notebook

Rhodiarama Pocket Web Notebook

How can you not love a notebook with end pages that feature rainbow-colored zebras?

Front End Page

Back End Page with Pocket
Look & Feel
Size: 3 1/2 x 5/12 in (90 x 140 mm)
Format: Blank (also comes in squared, lined and dot)
Paper: Clairefontaine, 90 gsm vellum, ivory, acid-free 
Extras: Interior back pocket; Sewn in cloth bookmark; Sewn Binding, Elastic Closure, Rounded corners
Comes in 15 colors: Black, Chocolate, Taupe, Beige, Anise, Turquoise, Sapphire, Iris, Purple, Lilac, Raspberry, Poppy, Tangerine, Orange & Yellow.  

The notebook shown in this review is Chocolate.

If you've used any of the Rhodia Webnotebooks then you have a good idea of what the Rhodiarama is like.  It has the same lovely Clairefontaine fountain-pen-friendly paper, sturdy binding and subdued elegance.

The paper is smooth but not slick.  Some people prefer white, but I like the ivory.  To me, it seems easier on the eyes without taking away from the brilliance of ink color…

Sunday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #tutorials #giveaways

Saturday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #tutorials #giveaways

Friday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #tutorials #giveaways

Thursday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #tutorials #giveaways

How to draw BRAN

Stixnstonez Zentangle Patterns from The Zentangle® Untangled Workbook

inspiration wednesday + video

Watercoloring with Mists by Becki Adams

the soft effect which can be achieved by applying gesso&gelato

25 ways to use a stencil and 16 videos!

Retro Café Art Gallery Giveaway

This is Just to Say: Hand-Carved Stamps GIVEAWAY

My 1,000,000 hits giveaway  Initial (required) entry
Review of the J. Herbin Rollerball-3 ways to enter giveaway at bottom of page
Tangle Pattern Wallbucket-3 ways to enter giveaway at bottom of page
Review of the Exacompta Basics Forum - 3 Ways to Enter at the bottom of the page

Daycraft Handy Pick Holder and Accessories

Art Journaling Basics – Page Starter.  Free vintage women images

Disclosure: I am an associate with the European Paper Company.  If you follow this link and then make a purchase, I may receive compensation.  

The European Paper Company is now carrying Arpa Artesanos del Papel : ARPA Handmade A…

Wednesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #tutorials #giveaways

Review of the Exacompta Basics Forum Journal and Nostalgie Cover

1,000,000 hits giveaway is now closed.  

Exacompta Basics Forum Journal and Nostalgie Cover

My take-along journal for a recent vacation was a Basics Forum. It was wonderful sitting beside the river and tangling away.  

The Forum was a nice size, and despite the number of pages (365) it is surprisingly light.  If I was worried that I might mess up the beautiful leatherette cover, I just slipped the journal out, and carried it without.

Look & Feel
Specs: Basics Forum Refill
Size: 5x7 (11.9 x 16.9 cm)
Format: Blank (comes in graph & ruled, as well)
365 pages/ 190 sheets
Smooth satin finish, pH neutral white 64 g paper-25% cotton, pH Neutral
Textured brown board cover
Rounded Corners
Easy Tear-Off Corners
White, 64 g Paper
Sewn Binding

Specs: Nostalgie Leatherette Cover
Decorated in 22 styles, plus plain. The cover reviewed here is the 'Swan' style.
Leather look; saddle-stitched
Fits the Basics Forum Refill Journal

The Basics Forum has a nice textured flexible cover that could easily be cust…

Tuesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #tutorials #giveaways


I have to admit I was never a wild child.   I always envied those who were.

So I decided to celebrate the spirit of Wanderlust!
To learn how I created this tile using VLVS! stamps, Gellyroll Pens and Cray-Pas® Expressionist® Oil Pastels from Sakura of America, check out my Design Team post at the Viva Las VegaStamps! blog.

Monday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #tutorials #giveaways

Sunday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #tutorials #giveaways

Tangle Pattern WallBucket #Zentangle #TanglePattern #Giveaway

Sandy Hunter posted a photo of a wall with an interesting pattern at her Facebook TangleBucket Studio page and challenged people to deconstruct the pattern.  This breakdown immediately came to mind, so I decided to accept.

photo shown courtesy of Sandy Hunter
If you decide to accept the challenge and create a different deconstruction, please let her know (and post it on Facebook if you belong, and tag her)

The name for my pattern comes from combining part of her FB name with 'wall'.  There are other pattern steps out there that are similar, though I don't think I've seen any exactly the same.  I'll call this a tangleation, just in case.  If anyone has seen a pattern deconstructed in exactly the same way, please let me know, so I can send people to it.
Thank you.

Saturday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #tutorials #giveaways

Orange Tabby with Siamese Eyes

I received the tin of Soho Urban Artists Profession Colored Pencils that I won from Colored Pencil magazine yesterday, so instead of the art I should have been working on, I played with the Sohos.

Fluffy may be an orange tabby, but those eyes make it obvious that there's some Siamese in the family, lol!

Friday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #tutorials #giveaways

Thursday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #tutorials #giveaways

Lavender Fields En plein air

I spent a very pleasant day painting en plein air at the Helvetia Lavender Farm with Kathy Delumpa Allegri's watercolor class.
I challenged myself a little, trying to get a panoramic view.  I definitely need to do this more!
This was done with Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors in a Stillman & Birn 11x14 Alpha sketchbook.