New tangle Rixty

This week’s challenge on the Diva’s blog is to use a new official tangle called Rixty.  The step-outs for this tangle can be found HERE.

I enjoyed having a dabble with this and thinking about which other tangles I could integrate with it.  I did a little with BTL Juice but wasn’t tremendously inspired with how this worked and then remembered that I’d seen a wrapped star somewhere in my blog travels and thought that would work well.

001Hope you like it and thanks for looking.  Over now to have a look at everyone else’s before closing down my laptop for a couple of weeks holiday.  Taking my sketch pad and pens with me so may well manage next week’s challenge from the other side of the ‘pond’!!


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My Initial String

This week the Diva’s challenge is to use your initials as your string.  My initials are LB and I used curly, lower case letters so that I had some loops to work with.


Mooka is a great relaxing tangle – the alternating sweeps of your pen soon unwind you.  I also used Looplopp, Golven and a nod to Linq for the lower curves.

Thank you for looking…..

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So now it’s the turn of my tulips to bloom, don’t have too many so I might have to do something about that in the autumn if I can remember then where all the gaps are in the borders!

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Decided to try another zendala as I’ve only done one so far and tulips seemed to lend themselves easily to the shape.  So here it is…………….

23It’s fairly simple but I really enjoyed doing this, starting from scratch and just going with the flow once the tulips were in.

Off now to try a corn muffin recipe which I found on Pinterest, will report back on my next post.


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In a Quandary about Quandary

This week’s Diva’s challenge is to use the tangle called Quandary.  This is one I haven’t used before and boy it took some practice to get my petals to meet up once I started to move away from the first triangle.  I began to find it easier to work in lines rather than triangles.  The steps for Quandary are here.

This week I have done a traditional tile and used lots of shading but no colour.


Since the turn of the year I’ve been including some flowers in my work, taking inspiration from the flowers in my garden as they started to bloom.  My tangle for this week’s challenge didn’t include flowers but this morning I’ve penned a forget-me-not complete with ladybird and coloured with ProMarkers.  I had intended to add a tangle background but thought it would probably be overkill so just added a simple spidery web.


…………..and the inspiration………………

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Thanks for looking and commenting, I really do appreciate it.  Now it’s time to go look at everyone else’s challenge tangles :)


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Getting ahead of myself….

This week I’ve been card making to get ahead of myself as I’ll be away when some birthdays crop up.  Will post some of them after the event but for today I’m posting an Easter card and one birthday card.

I had in mind how I thought this card would look with a large daisy flower, stamped, coloured and cut out to slip into the pocket created by the folded paper.  The flower I had in mind just did not look right so I fell back on my trusty tulip stamp which I’ve had for quite a while and used previously for Easter cards.  The tulips and butterfly are coloured with ProMarkers.  The papers are from a Walmart pad which I found at a knock down price on a US visit.  The brad around the bow holds the folded corner down.

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This birthday card is obviously for someone who likes photography.  Again I had in mind how I thought the 2 p’s would look like eyes seen through the lens – they don’t, but I’m still ok with the effect.  I drew the camera outline freehand and filled it with tangles.  I die cut a hole for the lens so that the wording on the inside shows through.  Again the lettering is freehand.  This card feels truly handmade!

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I would like to enter the Easter card in the following challenges:

Papercrafting Journey – Anything Goes

Cute Card Thursday – Floral Delights

I Love ProMarkers – Anything Goes


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Use a Spiral

The challenge on the Diva’s blog this week is to use a spiral as the string.  The inspiration for my recent challenge entries has been my garden so keeping that theme going I have a snail-like string.  Hoping that it is the only snail I see this year but that’s probably asking a lot haha.


Thanks for looking


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A busy day taking inspiration from others

Wet and windy here today, the warm and sunny spring which we’ve just been getting used to has upped and left!  My poor daffodils are getting blown about and I can already see some broken stems.  I hate to see this.  It’s as though they have spent all winter gearing up for their spring show only to be dashed by the wind!

I have lots of hyacinths flowering too, they have much sturdier stems thank goodness.  They all began their lives in pots in the house at Christmas and were then moved into a spot in the garden where they can come up year after year.  And they do. I must have 15 years worth of pots of hyacinths out there now.

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This morning I was up early and had some quiet time to myself so I happily tangled.  I’ve been thinking of working around another flower and when I did this week’s Diva’s challenge I couldn’t help thinking that the Sh-rock tangle looks a little like an individual hyacinth flower.  I also took inspiration from Chrissie’s tangle on the One Little Word slide show which Laura posted this week on her I am the Diva blog.  It reminded me of looking out of my window and seeing spring flowers, although this window is nothing like mine :)


I needed to make some cards today too.  One will save until another blog post after the recipient has enjoyed it first.  I went to my Pinterest boards for inspiration for the other two cards.  It came from Dreaming about Rubber Stamps.  These are my take on that card.

007Finally I had rather a lot of bananas going uneaten this week so decided to make banana bread.  I have only made muffins before so sought out a recipe.  This is the one I used, the only change I made was to use gluten-free SR flour.  We tried it when it was warm and it’s scrummy :) Highly recommended.

Back to work tomorrow so that’s it until next week.



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