Saturday, July 29, 2017

Tangled Gift Card Holder





I learned a new aspect of my Cricut machine today - Patterns. Thanks to the Official Cricut Facebook page and entries by Kayla Makes on the July 21, 2017 entry of the Cricut Blog, and the July 14, 2017 entry by Everyday Jenny, I decided to try uploading one of my Zentangle mandalas as a pattern to use on a gift card holder. It worked great. I will definitely upload more of my tangles. Not only can I change the size of the pattern, but I can work with it to fill an area with multiple images. This opens the gate for a lot of new projects for me and my students.


I also need to give a shout out to Eni Oken who shared a You Tube video by Ellen Wolters with me to help with Parte Dos. I've tried this tangle before with little success. I decided to use the pencil grid as in the video and it made all the difference. Here's a rough sketch, still very much in progress. This will be a new class offered in the Fall called Niddy Griddies.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Relearning Tangles



I signed up for Eni Oken's online classes today because I was feeling a little stale and needed inspiration. It was a good decision on my part. Eni, as most tanglers know, is so creative and approaches Zentangle® in a really original and refreshing way. Her knowledge of shading is amazing.
The video I watched featured the tangle, Showgirl, created by Vicki Bassett. I've drawn this tangle a few times before, but Eni's precise instructions on how to draw this tangle were illuminating. I loved the shading. I have several Showgirls started and only finished the one in the photos.
I have been staring at a top set that my friend, Terry brought us from her recent trip to Okinawa. There is a wooden disk and also a blank white paper disk. Terry and Bliss started theirs at our last Zentangle meet in June, but mine has sat on my work table waiting for me. I used this to practice one of the Showgirls. I didn't include all of the tangles used in the video, but it is limited in space. I think it worked out nicely. It also spins really well. I think this would be a wonderful idea for a kid's tangle class. I will gradually finish my long sheet of practice Showgirls, maybe with even more color and tangles. Until then, Happy 4th of July, everyone!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New Tangle "Spoken"

The newest tangle from Rick and Maria is a beautiful, complex one called "Spoken." You can find the step-out on their latest Zentangle® newsletter. I have been playing with the tangle using a scrap piece of cardstock that I used to stamp some succulent stamps, leaving their outlines in olive green and raspberry. I thought the scrap was too pretty to throw away and would make a nice background for Zentangle.
I'm not too happy with the largest inner circle, but may go back and redo it. Wait! There are no mistakes in Zentangle. Hmmm... I may have to alter it a little, though.


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Mother's Birthday Box Card

I love the new Paper Pumpkin Kit. It has so many possibilities. I played around with the idea of a special box card for a Mother's Birthday card using black cardstock and watercolor paper. The box is a 4" cube with only the one layer and lid.
I started with a 12" square sheet, scored every 4 inches around and cut out the corners. The lid is cut at 7" square, scored at 1 3/8" around. Cut opposite just up to center for tabs. Don't cut out the corners.


I cut the watercolor paper to about 3 7/8" square and used the watercolor pencils that came with the Paper Pumpkin Kit. I then overlaid the watercoloring when dry with the stamp sets and black archival ink spot.
The pink heart was done with the resist heart from the kit and the two pink watercolor pencils. Black and white striped washi tape completed the box.
The blank sides are left in order to add photographs for your Mom. After all, wouldn't she want some photos of you or maybe some grandkids?

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Make a Medallion Card


What a night! My husband had successful minor surgery yesterday to have a skin cancer removed from his cheek. At the same time, our dog was not feeling well yesterday and wouldn't eat. His GI habits were also not up to par. Night came and the dog still wouldn't eat. I went to sleep while Henry had to sit up in his recliner for the night. About 2:30, our dog, Benjen woke me to go outside, unusual for him. This began several trips out through the morning. We made an appointment at the vet, but ended up taking him in early to leave until the vet could see him. Poor baby.

Our oldest cat decided we hadn't had enough excitement and apparently had too much sleep. He has ended up with medication today as well to settle his stomach. Needless to say, neither of us is operating on full cylinders today.

Despite all of this, I need to make better progress on getting ready for a Craft Fair April 1st, so I started trolling the internet for some inspiration. I am trying to improve my card-making skills, so today I looked up "clean and simple cards." I found a nice explanation at this website (http://operationwritehome.org/tutorial-what-is-clean-and-simple/) by Operation Write Home. I was also watching a You Tube video by Barb Stamps. I liked the clean simple lines of her card, but didn't have all the same products on hand.

I'm sure you've found yourself in this situation. Fortunately, Stampin' Up! products flow so well into each other that I did manage to make this card today, influenced by Barb. I used the following materials pictured here:

Delicate Details Photopolymer Stamps, Classic Stampin' Pads, Peekaboo Peach, Chocolate Chip, and Tip Top Taupe, a large acrylic stamp block.









I also used Make a Medallion Photopolymer Stamp Set, 2 medium acrylic blocks and one smaller block, brown & white Baker's Twine, a 5.5" x 8.5" piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, scored at 4.25" and a piece of Oh So Succulent Designer Paper cut at 4" x 5.25". The tab is about 3.5" x .75" of Very Vanilla. I also used Dimensionals for the medallion and friend tab. The medallion was stamped with Peekaboo Peach and Chocolate Chip and the words were stamped with Tip Top Taupe. The inside wass stamped with Peekabook Peach and a stamp that coordinated well with the medallion stamps.


Our baby is back home now, maybe a little better and full of new meds to be given for the next several days. He did eat a couple of bites of dinner. Here's hoping for a full night's sleep for all.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Zentangle Explosion Box March 13

Zentangle an Explosion Box: Monday, March 13, 10:00 am - 12 noon

$20.00 for instruction and explosion box. Students should bring their own pens. Students will begin adding tangles to a watercolor paper explosion box. Students may choose to leave their box white or use Tombow pens (provided for use during class) to add a watercolor background first. The boxes contain many surfaces, so the completion will probably be done after class.

Monday, February 27, 2017

New Tangle Challenge



I just downloaded Linda Farmer's Tangle Guide 2017. I decided to try to get ahead a little for some upcoming classes as well as to practice my Zentangle on a more consistent basis than I have lately. I've given myself a challenge and you're welcome to participate with me by sending in photos of your work. I'm going to try to learn a new tangle (new to me, at least) each day that I have free from substitute teaching or otherwise. I'm starting with A, then moving alphabetically through to Z, maybe coming back to pick up the numbers.
When I looked through the A section, the tangle that grabbed me was Abeko by Lynn Mead, CZT. I love the flowing aspects of this tangle the many ways to draw it. I'm including the finished and unfinished versions of my tile. I used Derwent watercolor Gunmetal and Irojiten Rainforest pencils for shading and color. What can you find to inspire you today?

Monday, February 13, 2017

Cards, Cards, Cards!

I have been playing with my Stampin' Up! stamps and Thinlits and now have two new Sizzix Stephanie Barnard card-making templates to add to the mix, one makes a step-up hearts card and the other makes a flip card. They are a lot of fun as the scoring and cutting out is done at once using my Big Kick. I do need to purchase a set of longer clear cutting plates for the stand-up framelit.

I used the sets Up & Away Thinlets and the Lift Me Up Stamps to make two cards. I also used the Carried Away Designer Series paper that coordinates. These were so fun and quick to make, I am thinking of doing a video of using the sets.

And don't forget, the Sale-A-Bration is still going on until March 31. The Lift Me Up Bundle plus the Rhinestone Basic Jewels will earn you a free set of 12"x12" Carried Away Designer Series Paper.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Updated Southwest Explosion Box




I love Southwest colors. The vibrancy of the warm hues always brightens my day. One of my favorite explosion boxes from Tangled Moons Etsy shop is the Southwest Box. Cricut sells a cardstock pack of paper in Southwest Colors which includes a bright royal blue and gray as well as orange, rust, bright yellow and brown. I haven't incorporated the gray into the box yet, but the other colors work together so well.
I learned how to cut and put together paper succulents on the Cricut machine, no small task at first since the project I used to do this the first time did not come with instructions for the flowery succulents. I did finally complete two and attached them to a Southwest box I used for myself to show memorabilia from a trip to New Mexico.
I found a simpler file on Cricut recently and made two more cacti for a new, updated and more complete box for my etsy shop. I love how the barrel cactus came together and how it fit perfectly in the center of the box. The simpler succulent looked really nice on the top with the Southwest sun. The Dreamcatcher stamps also makes the box come together nicely.
I'm just a sucker for cacti. I can't seem to manage live plants in a home with two cats and a dog, so the paper versions are great. I just ordered a new bundle from Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog called Oh So Succulent stamps and framelits. I can't wait to get these to start planning a Mother's Day Cards class. I think these will be loads of fun as well to make succulent wreaths. And the best thing is they never need attention!
You can purchase the stamps or framelits separately or you can purchase a set of pre-punched succulents in the Vertical Garden Project Kit. Here is a video for the project:

https://youtu.be/2vPY5FVk-Nw

Vertical Garden

Friday, February 10, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day


I've been very busy lately making a lot of explosion boxes with mostly red and black cardstock for my etsy shop, Tangled Moons. The rush is over and it was fun today to have the day off and time on my hands to try out a new Sizzix die cut set to do my own crafting. With my Amazon points this month, I ordered two card templates sets by designer Stephanie Barnard and Sizzix. The one I used today to make my husband's Valentine's Card was a Framelits Step-Ups with hearts. I'm posting the finished card. This was so easy and there were several framlits I didn't even use yet.
The second set is a Framelits Flip-It's. I can't wait to pair this and the Step-Ups cards with my Stampin' Up! stamps.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Love Notes



Valentine's Day is all about love and love notes are part of the fun. My new Love Notes explosion box features the new Stampin' Up! stamp set, Sealed With Love , with the framelits set, Love Notes.
The paper used is also from this set in Real Red and the patterned paper is from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack. Ribbons used are also from the Sending Love Ribbon Combo Pack. All are available from the 2017 Occasions Catalog.
This was a fun bundle to explore. This was the first time I've used the Stampin' Up! paper for the box itself. It worked very well and the smoothness of the paper makes it a dream to stamp. I recently acquired Sizzix's Stamper's Secret Weapon. This foam pad is wonderful to stamp with as it gives a really consistent result, even with longer stamps.
I used a couple of additional sets for the largest layer. I used the Tasty Trucks stamp for the dessert truck that I received as a freebie from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. This is a really versatile stamp set and loads of fun to use.
I also used one of my favorite sets, the Sliding Star Framelits and Shooting Star Stamp Set for the beehive heart with bee. The heart was embossed using the Tim Holtz hexagon embossing folder.

If you'd like to try to make this box, visit my Stampin' Up! page to order the supplies. Our Sale-A-Bration is still going on and for every $50.00 ordered, you get to select a free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure, such as coloring designer sheets, stamp sets or card kits! Use the hostess code for all orders under $150.00 - E4C6R9N9.
I will also have a limited number of these completed boxes on my etsy shop, Tangled Moons.