Splodgy Splodger? "How does it work? I’ve been using a blending tool with foam, for a few years now along with my distress inks and a normal heat resistant craft mat. I found the advantage I gained with the Splodge Away Mat is to do with how the ink is applied to the applicator which in turn leads to, I feel, a quicker, smoother blend of the colours. Normally I would press or swipe the Blender Tool into and across my distress ink pad. This, on occasion, would result in uneven coverage where the ink was not evenly distributed onto the ink pads surface. Especially when the pad was ‘getting on a bit’!To compensate for this I would apply more ink than I needed and blend it onto my old, heat resistant mat to remove the excess, before proceeding with the blending onto the card stock. With a Splodge Away Mat you apply the inks directly from the ink pad onto the mat itself, then use the blending tool to ‘buff’ the ink into a wide but evenly spread area on it’s special surface. The materials used for the Mat stops any uneven ‘lump of colour' and therefore as you go across your project it allows a quicker, easier, much smoother application of even colour." -- Eileen's Crafty Zone --
With this post I say "Happy New Year" and farewell to future postings!
GET YOUR ZENTANGLE ON IN 2013
ONE DAY AT A TME!
One Zentangle A Day ... A Zentangle is a minature abstract work of art created on a 3-1/2 x 3-1/2-inch (8.9 x 8.9 cm) piece of art paper called a "tile." It is created from a collection of patterns not meant to represent anything, and this size allows for a work of art that can be completed in a relatively short time. The process is a meditative art form, using a pen and pencil and there are no mistakes in Zentangle, so there's no need for an eraser (gasp)!! If you don't like the look of a stroke you have made (oh well, don't panic), it then becomes only an opportunity to create a new tangle, or transform it using an old trusty pattern.
A Zentangle tile is meant to be a surprise that unfolds before the creator's eyes, one stroke at a time. Zentangle is one of the few art forms that you intentionally do not plan out. There are no expectations or planned goals of accomplishments to worry about attaining or disappointments stemming from unattainable expectations. With no plan to follow, there is nothing to detract from the stroke being drawn. The lack of planning and the tangles allow the unexpected to occur! Read more...
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Just a quick note ... with the New Year brings about new things for me, and one of those new things is "doing something" to my craft room/area. You may be thinking about "doing" the same thing too. HERE are a few clever decorating and gorgeous "regrouping" ideas that I've come across for that "space" you enjoy creating in, or room, that just may inspire you to "do something about it!"
This is a mug project that's perfect for Winter or any time of the year. Although the post is using a snowflake pattern, (Karen was a bit late in posting her tutorial, instructions, and where-to-purchase), any stencil design for any occasion would make a great gift, or something for yourself. I was thinking teacher gift at the end of the school year, with numbers stenciled on it - plenty of time to make that, or Valentine's Day, or Mom or Dad's Day. A flowery stencil your valentine, for mom, or something "manish" for dad. Supplies are fairly affordable; plain white mug or mugs (dollar store's have some nice plain mugs), Martha Stewarts Adhesive Silkscreen from Plaid, foam pouncer, and Martha Stewart Glass Paint.
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Having trouble picking the perfect Mod Podge finish? This picture shows you the finish of 8 different kinds of Mod Podge on paper. (1.Antique Matte 2.Matte 3.Outdoor 4.Sparkle 5.Glow in the Dark 6.For Kids-Gloss 7.Super Gloss 8.Crackle ) ... complments of Oh So Pretty The Diaries
Gingerbread Syrup recipe by Darla, Hot Cocoa recipe by The Hubster. This syrup is the key to Darla's gingerbread hot cocoa, and it has a secret ingredient (which is totally about to not be secret anymore).
Gingerbread, in any form, makes me genuinely happy. And nostalgic. And as much as Rosie get's tempted to create weird and wonderful gingerbread confections, in her heart she feel's compelled to embrace the utmost in tradition and go with the classic holiday cookie: the gingerbread man . . . or woman. Heck, let us just call them gingerbread folk. Timeless, tasty and so darn cute. Get The Perfect Gingerbread Cookie Recipe: A dark, robust and spicy gingerbread cookie with a slightly crispy edge and semi-soft center. This cookie dough rolls like a dream and is ideal for cutting gingerbread folk, or any other desired shape, and Royal Icing Recipe, as well as a Jumbo Gingerbread man template to get you going!
Free Christmas Fonts ... scroll down some more to, Free Fall Fonts ... and, scroll down even further for details on installing your free fonts collection on your computer! Remember to 1st, SAVE AS to a folder on your desk top, save this folder to a DVD/CD, because if you ever need to redo your computer, you'll always have it ready to download again without all the work of collecting them online again!
POP-UP CARD With PIANO KEYBOARD! This is the pop-up keyboard inside, which also shows the music - it is the piano version of "Happy Birthday" and "Dad" is inserted into the relevant bit!