Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Weekly Challenge, #178
'Duotangle by the Letter'

   The Diva, Laura, is back from a little get away with her family. She was attending a conference for Moebius Syndrome, and had some encouraging consults with some of the specialists there. That kind of excitement has got to make Laura and her family so hopeful for Artoo's future. Let's just keep hope that there will be continued good news for all who suffer from Moebius Syndrome, especially cootie-pie, Artoo!! 
   So this week's challenge was to use tangles that started with our initials. So mine were to be an 'A' and a 'C'. There are so many awesome tangles starting with those letters, it was hard to choose. But this is what I came up with.
I had this extra paper I had prepared for the B.Y.O.B Challenge. I had used watercolor pencils and then dripped plain water on it.

Tangles used: Arc Flower and Camelia (click images to enlarge)
   I felt so inspired to do a Zia with this week's challenge. As I turned a year older yesterday, I just felt that I had to reflect on how blessed I am. Thank you, God, for all the Blessings I have in my life.

   My kids just started back to school today, so life has been very busy, and I apologize for not returning thank you's to all that left messages on my blog last week. So a big SHOUT OUT to a all of you. THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH FOR YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT!!!!  :0)   (((hugs)))

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Fall is my favorite season, so I kinda used that as inspiration too!!

   This week's challenge was an easy one for me because it totally describes my niece 'Katie'. Katie's favorite color is 'orange'!(She is the niece with brain cancer.) Last week she received AWESOME news that her cancer is getting smaller. So her radiation and her chemo are working!!!!!! Yeah!!!!!! So THANK GOD, and 'THANK YOU' to all who have kept her in their prayers!!!! Please continue them! They are working!!!! Here's to you Katie!!!!
   The Gerber Daisy is a small, sun, punch tool that I cut and layered. The leaves are also a punch tool that I embossed. The pumpkin is quilled.
Here's to a whole other year!!!
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Monday, July 28, 2014



   Two Sundays ago, in church, there was a lady sitting in front of me with a blouse on that had a kind of crochet pattern running along the back. I thought, wow, that would make a great tangle! Then I started studying the rest of the material on her blouse and I saw another tangle pattern! (Really,............ I was paying attention to what I should in church.) Oh, and the other tangle I will share with you at another time. Anyways, here is 'Ooples'!

Notice the difference in the petals, once I used the burnisher pencil. It actually smoothes out colored pencil.

Final picture.

The background pattern in this tile is called 'Block'd' by Jane Eileen. Go here to see step outs.

   I hope you like this tangle and have as much fun as I did with it! I believe there are a lot of possibilities with it too. Give it a try!!!
And remember, 
Go put some Zen
in this tangled  world!!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Weekly Challenge #177
Truffle, by Caroline Broady

   Welcome everyone!!! As I'm sure all of you are, busy, has been the word for the summer!! So this will be quick. I wasn't sure how I was going to even start this tangle, Truffle. So I started playing around with it and then I knew, I just had to use Cruffle with it! (Not only does it rhyme but it gives a nice circle to add lines to.)
I still feel like it needs a little something around the edges. Hmmmm! My line for the dots was a circle. Can you see it? Click on image to enlarge.

 So, I was challenged to add some color to my tile. And when I'm challenged to do something,.............I just gotta!!! (Thanks Jean :0) )
Here I colored my tile with colored pencils.
I used an enhancing technique on my computer for this.
I think I like this one the best. I use the antique technique on this one.

   Thank you, Caroline, for this fun and fabulous tangle!!
Thank you to all who have visited my post and a special Thank You to all of you who leave a message!!

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   I haven't looked at everyone's yet but I kinda figure we are probably all going to be using a Number of some sort to represent this week's word. So I tried to change it up a bit! Lucky Seven!!!
Hmmm, Now that's 'odd', my picture seems out of focus!
   I just used a yellow Inchie paper and colored a 'splat' on it and then glued my little bead dice.
Keeping it short and quick this week!
To all,...........Have a Happy Day!!!!
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Weekly Challenge #176

   With our host, Laura gone traveling to a conference to learn more about her son's syndrome, Moebius Syndrome, we have a guest poster this week. Amy Broady, has a very interesting suggestion for a string pattern. Basically it's a "SPLAT" of some sort of beverage, on a piece of paper.  (hence, bring your own beverage B.Y.O.B.) (This kinda reminds me of a Shark Tank episode, where someone invents something totally awesome, due to an 'OOPS' or some kind of mistake. And then I say to myself, "why didn't I think of that?") This was very fun and I do have to say, mysterious!!!! Not knowing how my string or 'splat' was gonna turn out, ok, now what do I do with it. My 'splat' was created, firstly, by a berry smoothy (and actually some whole berries). Then I felt like it needed a little more and I used some of my morning cup of coffee. While I took my kids to swim lessons, my paper dried. And when I returned, this is what my mysterious string turned out to be.
It looks quite interesting and messy!!
   And here is how Zentangle can turn a crazy 'spill', 'splat', or 'oops', into something worth using! So don't throw away those 'oops' papers. You probably could use it!!!

Tangles used: Tripo, Mooka, Apulia, and Artoo (Since Laura's trip is about Artoo, I just had to add  him in !)( Now I'm sure the splat tangle has a name, but I don't know what it is.)

   Something a little green would've probably looked nice in this, but I didn't have any green juices at the moment. :0) Take a peek at the Diva's Challenge and see what everyone else has created, ...........I am!! Ciao for now!!
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Every Inchie Monday
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   Now, you'll have to excuse my computer skills on this one. I don't know how some of you scan photos and then shrink them down and use them as part of your inchies....? I give you credit for that!!! I am sooooooo computer illiterate it is almost embarrassing!!! Anyway, I took a picture of a picture, and then was able to get it small (but not small enough, I had to chop off part of his head) print it, and then cut it out and take a picture of that!!! Whew,............ but I just had to get my dad into my collage of Inchies. He's already short, but now I've made him into an Inchie!!!!!! AAAAAghhhh!!!! 
   My father was in the Navy. So I am partial to those men that go into that branch of the service. Oh, and when they're in their white uniforms, hubba hubba!!! They look soooooo handsome!!!(Ever see Officer and a Gentlemen?) So here is my Papa!!!

This is my Inchie!!

Here is a picture of the original picture!! I think he's quite handsome, and not just because he's my dad!! :0)


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Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Weekly Challenge #175
UMT- Cruz by Henrike Bratz

   I have totally been enjoying the simplicity of true Zentangle lately. Just using the basic strokes and only black and white. It really is therapeutic, as life has been very busy and changing around my home. So it's been a God send that I learned about this art method.
   I enjoyed this tangle, Crux, even though I'm not big on grid based patterns, I enjoyed it.

Tangles used: Crux, Quandary, Knightsbridge, Tipple, & Aquafleur
   Please, drop by the Diva's blog and read about her awesome time at the CZT 15. She's the best!!!! Try joining in on the fun, and................
bring some Zen 
into this 
Tangled world!!!

Ps. Donald Wilka, thank you for your suggestion for last week's challenge! I took your advice and added some more heavy lines and black into my tangle (here) and I'm much happier with it!! Thank you so much for your suggestion! I had fun doing that too!!


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   So, no one really likes the word negative, cause it has such a negative feel about it. Well, are you a 'glass half empty', or a 'glass half full'? I did think of that one after I completed the one I did., but that's ok, I'm much happier with this idea!
   I used the negative space from a punch tool to do this weeks Inchie. (I just had to put a positive twist to it by using a happy face punch tool) :0)

So my question for you is, which one is the negative?
   Please, any of you Tanglers, or others, hop on over to EIM, and join in on the fun!! Inchies really are a lot of fun and just as addicting as Zentangle!! (Heck you could even Tangle your 52 Inchies for the year!! Wouln't that be fun?)
Have a Blessed and Happy Week!!
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Weekly Challenge #174
Superimposed String

   Laura, has another guest post person for this week's challenge! Aimee Belair, has challenged us to place one string on top of another,

and then tangle it. Superimposed is what this technique is called. 
   As it is a really neat idea, I don't always use a string with my tiles. (whether or not that makes it a Zia or not an official Zentangle, I'm not too sure)There is still so much for me to learn about Zentangle. (I'm sure it would help if I took a class.) Anyway, this was a challenge for me this week. I'm not to excited with the outcome, and tried to keep it the basic Zentangle look without color.
1st layer of string

The 2nd layer of string added on.
Here goes.

Tangles used: Jitters, Tropicana, Zonked, Maisie, hugzINkizzez

   Like I said, I'm not too crazy about this one, so I may have to give it another try, if time permits.
Another crazy week! Have a great one and we'll see ya' next week!!
   I'm hoping to get a Patriotic Tangle in somewhere, but if I don't, have a great 4th of July!!!
UPDATED July 8, 2014
Thanks Donald for the suggestion! I like it much better!! 
Isn't it amazing how different a tile can look, just by adding more weight on lines and circles!! (It's still not my favorite tile, but the whole Zen experience was worth it!!

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   Now, I know everyone is going to look at my Inchie and say, "What does that have to do with the color maroon?" Well to ease your curiosity, maroon, gray and white were my high school colors. So that was the first thing I thought of when I saw that word. I actually like that color. But by the time I was out of high school, I was kinda done with it. (And how many of you remember that color with mauve and hunter green, as home decor back in the 80's??? ) Enough already!!!!
   Anyway, the city I live in, in So Cal was known for it's steel mills. Many people moved here from other states and countries (for that matter) to find labor work with the steel mills. Therefor we have the famous hospital known as Kaiser Permanente. It was mainly for all the employees that worked for Kaiser Steel. There really is so much more history to this Inchie, but this is all I have time for now.
This little guy was, and still is, the mascot for my high school. 
   At the time I was in high school, it was the only high school in town. My little farm and steel town has now developed so much and has so much more population, that there are now 5 or 6 high schools here. Call it progress, .............I don't know!
   Anyway, have a wonderful weekend and for those of you that live in the US, HAPPY 4TH of JULY!! 
  We are the Home of the Free,
because of the Brave!!
Thank you
for our freedom!!