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:

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.