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Good morning all . . . I am awash in a coffee bath morning and I’m running late with my post.  I wasn’t going to actually make it this morning, but then I saw Micki reference it up on her blog . . . so here I am.

I’ve done a number of Zentangles over the last week, but alas I have no photos taken and nothing recent to post.  However, I do still have some that I did prior . . .

One from  my journal pages . . .


One from an actual Zentangle square . . .


Another from a Zentangle square . . .


I’m in a bit of a hurry today . . .

My mother had thyroid surgery yesterday for Hurthle Cell Neoplasm and we are on our way back to the hospital this morning to hopefully bring her home after some monitoring last night.    Things look good . . . that’s all I can say right now until we have results from the biopsy (which will be a week give or take).

Again, thanks for everyone who have left comments and played along with the Zentangle posts . . . I love to see what you are doing . . . even IF you think you can’t, trust me you can Zentangle!  I’ll put an Inlinkz post at the bottom for you to link up too for a little while longer.

Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . life is short, grab on and enjoy the adventure!


As some of you know from prior posts, eclectic Paperie is moving!  Daisy has sold the store and they are having a huge inventory clearance sale.  If you like Ranger inks, Studio 490 product and Maya Road, you can check it all out here:

Dave’s Mega Deals

These deals are only running for two days and then it’s all over.

I want to take this final opportunity to thank Daisy and her family for all they’ve done for the industry and for being such great friends!

Oh and by the way, Daisy has a new venture and a new blog!  I’m very excited to see what she has up her sleeves and working with her.  You can find her at and


Good Tuesday morning!  It’s time for another tangle and this week I’ve experimented a little.

First let me show you the thread that I started with.


I will admit that I drew this one a little sloppy because I was in a hurry to get this post done and remembered at the last minute that I wanted to show the thread.

Here’s the first project that I did with this thread.


After I finished it, It dawned on me that it would look really cool done in color BUT I didn’t want to color this version.

Now before I show you the watercolor version, I need to share a little background with you.  I’m sure most of you have read where I’ve talked about my dad and stock car racing . .  . he drove in the original NASCAR Sportsman Division on the Old Beach Course well before Daytona International and Darlington were built.  Actually, he drove in the first race at Darlington and if I’m recalling correctly, he finished 5th to Junior Johnson’s first place finish.  Anyhoo, I digress . .  . after his racing career ended, he became a Race Director/Promoter at our local track, Fairgrounds Motor Speedway in Louisville, Kentucky.  During the summers I would work at the track either in the office (during the week days) and then on race nights I would work in the souvenir stand.  One year a son of one of the drivers asked if I could draw him a picture of his dad’s car.  Having just finished my first year at college and in particular some art classes that I truly loved, I decided to do him a pen and ink/watercolor drawing of the car.  I sat the picture up in the stand waiting for him to come by that Friday night, and would you believe that by the time I left the track I had orders for 10 more of other drivers.  That’s how I earned my college money that summer . . . doing pen and ink drawings that I water colored of the race cars.  Great money at the time!

So taking myself back some 35 years, I decided to watercolor the pen and ink tangle with Distress Markers.  Oh My BADness . . . what fun!!


It’s amazing how cool it looks water colored, but what’s even better is the fact that I used the same thread, the same tangles and it looked so different from just that.

I want to thank everyone who has linked up your own Zentangle/Tangle projects to show!  I’ve had a great time looking at what you are doing and hope that you continue to link up . . . cause I wanna see!

Maybe this week you can try the same thread and see what you come up . . . AND then you can come back and post a link to your project!  It might be fun to see the difference we all come up with.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Happy weekend!  I hope you’ve had a good weekend so far.  I found I had some great crafty time in the studio yesterday and I’ve almost finished my latest project with Faux Porcelain.  In the meantime however . . . some updates:

Mallory’s tests came back normal . . . so no gallbladder problems.  Needless to say, we are so antsy for someone to tell us what is wrong with her that both of us were a little disappointed.  We are back to the drawing board and starting in a new direction.

Printers Chipboard:  So many of you have sent me emails or asked here on the blog what the hell I’m talking about.  Printers chipboard is a very lightweight cardboard (much like cardboard from cereal boxes, only a little thicker).  What I have been using is .22 point.  I was desperate for a storage solution for my Spellbinder Dies, and found that I could put a full magnetic sheet on cardboard to store them in file bins.  I was running out of cardboard and needed an easy solution.  At the time, we had an office supply store in downtown Louisville called Arvey’s.  Unfortunately their parent company, xpedx, reorganized and closed our store (along with many others), and I’ve lost my source for both the Printers Chipboard and Neenah cover stock.  It was nice to go over and buy it by the ream and/or case with no shipping charges.  What I have found online so far for the printers chipboard is not my best solution (because of shipping charges) but here goes:

ULine by the case

Create For Less in packages of 25 sheets

AND THEN I just found while searching for those links this (I’m very excited because I do shop and order with them):

To make my projects more durable, I do glue 3 or more pieces together but for die cut one piece is most often perfect.

I hope this helps with the questions on the chipboard.  If you happen to find other that I’ve missed, please let me know.  This is something I would prefer to purchase by the case.

Now for a quick project . . . I guess I’ve been in a pink mood .  . . could it be because of an expected granddaughter . . . maybe . . .


The image from Lockhart Stamp Co. was water colored with Distress Markers and then layered with the new Spellbinders™ Majestic Squares.  The seam binding was dyed with a mixture of Spun Sugar and Antique Linen Distress Inks (video tutorial).   The frame behind the image was die cut from printers chipboard with S4-291 Labels Fifteen.  The brown designer paper was adhered to the chipboard first and then die cut.

Well, I guess that’s all for me today.  I’m heading back down to the studio to work on the Faux Porcelain project . . .

Thanks for stopping by!


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