Monday, 27 August 2012

Diva Challenge #84 - Blind-sighted

Yay!  Laura's back and there's a new Monday challenge!  This week, we had to draw the string blind - yep, no peeking!  I really liked my string, but when I prepared to put pen to tile, I found myself at a loss.... I did the tile, and I think it looks alright, but I think I'll try this again later this week.  Here is my tile, before and after :)

(I used my new tangle "Deelish" - please check it out & let me know what you think.... your opinions mean a lot!)

Ahh, Shattuck, Nipa, Hollibaugh, Paradox, Deelish
The original string (edited so you can see it - that's why it's so dark!)

Sunday, 26 August 2012


I've been playing with this pattern for a little while, but haven't committed it to any of my tiles yet.  I call it "Deelish".... had considered "Licious", but it looked too much like the word "lice", and I don't want that association! 

It's a pretty basic pattern that leaves itself open for all kinds of additions, embellishments, and shading options. 

Let me know what you think!


Friday, 24 August 2012

Zendala Dare #20

I loved this week's zendala dare!  The template was layered, so I tried to give a layered look to my final product - I think it worked out alright :)  Thanks to Erin for all of her efforts in providing us with awesome templates, week after week!

Paradox, Hibred, Cadent, Hi-C, Tipple, Puf, Angel Fish

Celtic Knot - Challenge #2

Judy West has begun issuing regular Friday challenges in which we have to use our tangle-powers to complete celtic knots - a new direction, and a fun challenge!!  This is my first one, and I really enjoyed it (although choosing Zander was an interesting choice - took me a lot longer to complete than I'd anticipated!).

'Nzeppel, Tipple, Flourish, Zander

The original template

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Zendala Dare #19 - V2

I couldn't resist - I had to do another Zendala for this week's challenge, and I felt like I needed to give it a theme.  AURAS!  I have a tough time with them, because I'm a perfectionist and it drives me nuts if the lines aren't perfectly spaced.... and these ones weren't.  My hands are shaky today, but I thought that it would be fun to try and post anyway!  Click here to see my first challenge submission - it'll open in a new window.
Web, Auraknot, Echoism, Cheers, River, Sez, Verve, Mooka, Static (Lighting?)

Friday, 17 August 2012

Zendala Dare #19

Not too chatty today - had a brutal sleep last night (in that I didn't sleep at all), so now I have a crushing headache :(  Nonetheless, I had to complete my zendala today because I'm away this weekend and I had too many ideas swirling through my head for it!  I liked the boxy shape of this week's dare. I didn't venture out of the box much (no pun intended!), but I still like my zendala - I got to use a lot of my favourite tangles :)

Nipa, Holibaugh, Flux, Paradox, 'Nzeppel, Crescent Moon, Shattuck, Cadent, and Hurry

The original mandala

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Diva Challenge #83 - Mooka and Assunta

Oh, Laura - challenge indeed!!  I love mooka, but have had real difficulty with assunta.  I'd decided to "skip" this week's challenge, but it's been niggling in the back of my mind all week. Of course, in seeing other people rise to the challenge (quite literally), I realized my reservations about assunta were fairly common.  So, my goal today was to power through it.... after going to buy some new school supplies, checking in at Michaels to get new Sakura pens, visiting a dollar store, enjoying the Teacher Appreciation Day at Staples, making lunch, doing laundry, playing FarmVille.... basically anything to help me avoid it!  I finally sat down and made myself do it.  I must say, I didn't find it as frustrating as I'd expected.  Just like usual, procrastinate, build it up in my mind, only to find out that it's not as bad as I thought :)  Challenge complete!

Mooka and Assunta

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Zendala Dare #18

This week, we're celebrating my dad's birthday... and in honour of his love for barbecuing (and his epic love of hamburgers), my sister commissioned a special "Dad's birthday" cake - it was a (gluten-free) chocolate cake with a brownie center for the meat, and fondant for the fixin's.  It was deeeeelish!!
The best burger ever for the best dad ever!

This week's mandala took me a while longer to do than I'd expected.  I kept seeing Paradox in everything - and I mean everything - and was doing my best to NOT use it (I rely on it quite a bit, and I needed to branch out a little!).  I may do another one with nothing but Paradox... just for fun!
This week's mandala template
Flutterpie, Betweed, Hibred, Flux, Hi-C, Shattuck, Tipple

Additional Zendala!  I completed one with JUST Paradox... much much busier than the first version, but still very cool to see what can happen with the same template!  I love that tangle more than any of them!!
Second Zendala with this week's template - JUST Paradox!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Diva Challenge #82 - Brayd

The challenge this week is a UMT (Use My Tangle) and the tangle to use is Brayd, by Michele Beauchamp.  In honour of the "use my tangle" theme, I also included my tangle Flourish in the background.  Kept it pretty simple this week - not feeling tangle-icious today.  Perhaps I'll try another one later on this week :)

Brayd, Flourish

Friday, 3 August 2012

Zendala Dare #17

Today's Zendala Dare was issued with an additional challenge - to honour someone who is still with us or who has lost their battle with cancer.  Today's Zendala (once I finished it) reminds me of a party - a celebration of life.  The small triangles in the middle remind me of party hats, and the Ahh in the background seems like fireworks or sparklers.  Happy memories of those we've lost are so important, and celebrating their lives and accomplishments is one way to honour those memories :)

the original mandala outline

Auraknot, Paradox, Ahh