Bring Your Own Beverage

On Sunday I had my first workshop with a CZT, Mary Jane Holcroft. What an inspirational experience it was.  Already looking forward to the next one.

One of the tiles we did had a coloured background.  We used very wet Brusho and then scrunched up cling film and moved it around on the paint to get some texture before leaving it on top until it was dry.  A great technique which I wanted to use again although wasn’t expecting to do it again so quickly.

Laura of I am the Diva and her family are off to the Moebius Syndrome Conference, so she has arranged some more guest challenges. This week CZT Amy from Tennessee has challenged us to B.Y.O.B – Bring Your Own Beverage – to our tangling session and utilize it in our art.

My regular cuppa is rooibos, a type of tea which is naturally caffeine free.  Yesterday I had a cuppa and afterwards used the wet tea bag to drip and sponge tea on to my tile, then got the cling film out and used the technique I had just learned.  Not quite as effective with a single colour, but happy with it.

022Since I had used tea I decided to use tangles beginning with the letter T.  I wanted to choose tangles which wouldn’t cover too much of the background so used Ticking, Tagh, Tips, Tri-po and Trentwith.

024I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else has done with this challenge.  Please visit the blog to have a look for yourself.

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Things with wings

Today for a change I’m posting a birthday card which I’ve made.  I started with a blank butterfly gate-fold card from the fabulous WhichCraftUK (you can see the range here).

008The papers are from a pad which I picked up at Walmart.  I used them to cover the front either side of the butterfly, the two halves of the butterfly and also inside.  I decided to use a ribbon to wrap around the front, tied in a bow.

004Once opened you’ll see that what was folded flat now opens out and folds down so that the butterflies appear to be floating behind the sentiment.  I used butterflies from a large Woodware stamp, coloured with ProMarkers, cut them out and attached to thin strips of acetate.

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

Divas by Design – Things with wings

I Love ProMarkers – Things with wings

Crafty Sentiments – Anything Goes

Cute Card Thursday – Pretty Papers

Thank you for looking.



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It’s a String Thing

The ‘It’s a String Thing’ challenge this week uses Pat Ferguson’s TanglePatterns String 046 together with four tangles beginning with the letter P – Purk, Printemps, Pippin and Prestwood.

This week I have more spare time than usual and the weather is glorious so what could be better than a little tangle time in the garden.  As soon as I saw the tangles for the challenge I couldn’t wait to get started because I just love using Purk.  Pippin was a new one for me.  I think it would benefit from some embellishment in the petal shapes another time, but not here because I thought it would be too much next to the two purks!

51Please go and have a look at all the tangles from last week’s challenge, there are lots of them and they’re brilliant.  You’ll find them here.

Thank you for looking and for taking the time to comment.

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This week on the Diva’s blog is a UMT (Use My Tangle) challenge because it is the first Monday in the month.  The tangle to use is Crux by Henrike Bratz – the step outs are here on Henrike’s blog.  I chose to do a monotangle because I haven’t done one before and Crux has lots of possible variations which I enjoyed trying out.  I did some shading but found that it didn’t make a deal of difference so added some colour.

50If you haven’t already looked at the entries for this challenge I recommend that you do, or even better still, enter a tangle.  Details can be found here.



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Superimposing strings

The challenge on I am the Diva this week is another by a guest CZT.  This week it is Aimee Belair’s turn and she has challenged us to put one string on top of another.  I decided to use two of the TanglePatterns strings, 22 and 33.

Claws, one of my all time favourites, sits on the string that is 22.  Then I chose tangles which are fairly loose and tried to get them to work into each other, Carp3, Kelp and Wist, but then ran out of ideas so used Mooka in the final two squares.  With hindsight I would have done Carp3 again in the top right and left the lower left square blank.  But hey-ho!


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It’s a String Thing #47 (and a late #46)

This week the It’s a String Thing challenge marks the Fourth of July – Independence Day in the United States.  The string to use has just a hint of a star with a festive swirl in the middle and the tangles begin with the letters in JULY : Joy, Unyun, Lightning Bolt and Yincut.

All 4 tangles are ones which I have seen but not used so I enjoyed learning them all.  In particular I liked Unyun although taking it around the swirl was a bit mesmerising!

In view of the celebrations I felt compelled to use red, white and blue, and I did put some glitter pen along the outer lines of the swirl although the photo does not really bring it out.


Last week I was busy almost every day with almost no tangle time.  The result was that my tangle for #46 was too late to send in before I even started it, but I so enjoyed doing it, especially using a colour to shade for a change.  The string line and tangles were all created by CZT Sue Jacobs.  I used Jilli, Vigne, Coil and Bumps.  I love Vigne, I always think it adds a feminine touch to a tangle!

47Thank you for looking, your comments are really appreciated.

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Redux, Remix, Revisit

This week’s Diva challenge is a guest post from Sharla R Hicks.  Sharla has challenged us to Redux, Remix, Revisit a familiar favourite tangle, one we may call a comfort or go-to tangle.  Also to select a new to us tile colour or shape, different colour paper and/or shading choices.

I used kraft paper as I have only ever used white paper before.  I love shading but usually use a pencil so this time I used crayons and because I was using kraft paper I could include white.

I chose to use Mr E as it was one of the first tangles that I learned and haven’t used it in a while.  I merged in a little In a Pod for similar reasons.  I do like tangles which go in and out of the page so tied it all together with Laced.

45 I decided to try out two different colours for the main shading to see how they worked and particularly like how the blue turned out.

I’m thinking that this challenge will have brought out some great tangles from everyone and look forward to seeing them.





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