Have you heard of Zentangle??

Hello Friends, How has your weekend been so far??  Did you do any doodling?? I have been a "doodler" all my life especially when I am on the telephone. One of my regular doodles was playing with a sequence of lines as you see below on the cupcake (that I added to the stamped image).
Make a Wish
A few months ago I took the "Intermediate Copic Certification" the best part of the class was I sat right next to the most amazing and talented lady. You might know her?? Her name is Suzanne McNeil and she introduced me to "Zentangle"!! Suzanne is also the author of so many books on such a range of subjects it's really amazing and she's really amazing! During the class Suzanne was drawing and applying Zentangles to her about fun to watch her in action!!  Below are some thumbnails of these creative and inspiring Zentangle books available at Simon Says Stamp
These books are on my Christmas list for my sister-in-law and they are perfect for anyone who thinks they aren't creative. Sarah from Simon Says Stamp did a great post about Suzanne and Zentangle so you might want to check it out here. Once you have organized your doodles in a Zentange way I think you will look at stamps in a different way. I used this Penny Black butterfly stamp as a starting point to "Zentangle".
If you want to try this zentangling on a stamped image..... look for a stamp  with open spaces, stamp in a light ink such as Spun Sugar distress ink. Trace over the lines, change them up if you want and fill the spaces with Zentangles. On my butterfly I rounded the wings and adapted the lines as I was creating my design. The great thing about using a light ink is you won't see the lines but, they will guide you.  I have some other stamped images that I did the same thing with so let me know if you are interested in seeing them. Enjoy your Sunday and a BIG THANK YOU for stopping by. Hugs, Kathy

P.S. If you scroll down you will see another cupcake card I designed with the same stamp.


quick and simple birthday card

Happy Birthday

Hello Friends, I am so happy it's finally Friday and I am ready for a weekend...what about you?  Today I have a super quick and easy Birthday card. I created a window with this Spellbinder die and colored the cupcake with some Copic Markers. I love the Martha Stewart punch that punches three butterflies at one time. I used a glue pen and applied glitter to each butterfly, Add a few gems and you are done :) Quick, easy and simple! 
Happy Birthday

This cupcake stamp is from a Halloween transparent set from Penny Black...but, don't let that scare will find yourself using these cupcakes all year. I will be back in a few days with another cupcake that doesn't have ANY calories. Have a great weekend! Hugs, Kathy
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how about a card sketch?

Hello Friends, This week Penny Black brings you a card sketch to get your mojo going. Today my card is being featured on the blog.

When I saw the sketch I designed this card and ended up replacing it with today's butterfly card instead for the blog. I have been itching to use these beautiful butterflies dies from Spellbinders called, " Wonderful Wings"  They are worth every penny & as I like to say a great bang for your buck!! I can't wait to play more with them.  I started my card by die cutting the butterflies on white paper and "Labels One" from kraft paper. 
Let yourself have some fun by playing around with the distress inks. Each butterfly was inked with a bright color on the edges and then some of the new "Twig" as a final inking.  Stamp the labels and butterflies with distress ink too. Layer, Pop and add gems. All the inks I used and stamps are below. Let me know if you have any questions. Have a good day :) Hugs, Kathy
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