I am the Diva challenge #312

Today’s challenge is to spill liquid, tea, coffee, whatever, on your tile and use that spill as the string. I  spilt coffee on part of the tile and I set the coffee cup on the spill to pick up some of the spilt coffee. Then I set the coffee cup down in two spots on the tile  which created two semi circles on the tile.  Because I forgot to make a border I decided to leave the center of the tile untangled so that the tile wouldn’t look too busy. The tan tiles are a little more delicate than the white tiles. I used a 6B pencil for some of the shading. It’s a very heavy dark graphite and  I had to be very careful as I used the blending stump because it started pulling up some of the fibers in the tile. I need to remember to use a lighter pencil when shading on the tan tiles. What do you think, how do I do?

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I Am The Diva weekly challenge #311

It’s beautiful today here in Massachusetts. The temperature is expected to get in the 80s which is unusually warm for this time of year. I had the opportunity to go for a quick one and a half mile walk with a friend this morning and then enjoy a cup of coffee and some banana bread with her  on my deck. After she left I made myself a cup of oatmeal and begin drawing. Today’s challenge from ” I am the diva” is to use a square and a circle as part of your string. I decided that I would nest two squares in the middle and then a circle in the very center.

I drew on a tan tile intending to switch up my ink from black to sepia and brown. However I got so involved in drawing that I didn’t realize I hadn’t switched colors until after I was finished.  Can you find my two nested squares along with the circle?

 I added some shading so I bet you can now.

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I am the Diva challenge 310

For today’s iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com challenge I’m used string number 142 from tanglepatterns.com website I tried  to use extreme shading but I’m not sure I was very successful. Any comments are always appreciated.

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A little card making

I thought I’d work on a couple cards today  based on a video I saw on StampTV. Gina K was showing a technique where you emboss only part of a card front. Here’s the link to her video. I loved the idea so I thought I’d try it out myself. For the first card I used an embossing folder from Spellbinders called Enchanted (ES-005). It doesn’t fit into my Vagabond embossing machine very well so the impression is very light. I used the Butterfly Kisses stamp set from Memory Box and Hero Arts ink. The sentiment is from Inkadinkado.


This second card card I used a Sizzix Embossing folder called Botanicals. The same stamp set for the butterflies, but the wooden stamp that I used for the sentiment doesn’t have a label on it. I think I got it years ago at Michaels in a set with about a dozen or so other wood stamps. The card base I used for both cards are from Memory Box. They are the only company I can find that sells blank colored cards with white on the inside. I can buy a pack of 20 or so of the same color. I think Hero Arts also sells colored card bases with white on the inside, but the packs of cards are multi-colored. They might be the same color family but not the same color.

We have a winter storm warning out for Friday morning into Saturday evening. I wish I didn’t have to work this weekend. I’d rather be home doing art than going to work in ice and snow.

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Designing and redesigning my website

I’ve had my website lauriepatterson.com for years. I haven’t updated it in probably five or six years. Recently I’ve switched my hosting service to something much more affordable for me. And in doing so I’ve decided to completely redesign my website.  I’m using WordPress as the design tool. (I used to use a program called iWeb on my Mac which isn’t available anymore.) And I’m finding that it isn’t nearly as easy as I thought it was going to be. I keep looking at different themes that are available through WordPress and for those of you that have visited my site recently it my look like a completely different site with different colors and layout. The content will be the same but, I can’t seem to decide on what I want my website to look like. If you’ve noticed changes and like them please let me know. If you’ve noticed changes and you don’t like them please let me know that too.  Please bear with me as I make these changes, thanks.

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I am the Diva challenge #309

This week’s Diva challenge is to use one of the new tangles that was introduced last fall at ZenAgain, Noom.  I had the privilege of attending ZenAgain and they introduced 4 new tangles. For  for this Tangle the attendees got the opportunity to submit ideas to name the tangle. Then Maria, Rick and Family  got to select one of the ideas as the name. It so happened that this tangle was introduced on the evening of the Super Moon. So the name that was chosen was moon spelled backwards, NOOM.  What was so funny was that the winning name happen to have been suggested by Maria’s son. When Maria, Rick and family chose the winner they had no idea who was submitting the names. So they did not realize they had chose Maria’s son’s idea as the winning name. Click here for step-outs for Noom.

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I Am the Diva challenge number 308

I’m feeling artsy this morning, I guess. I’ve done two tiles. This one is for I Am the Diva challenge number 308, Mac and Cheese. Use your comfort Tangle. Mine is Bales, so I did a mono-tangle and showed some different ways you could enhance Bales.

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Back to Basics: Crescent Moon part 2


This is the second tile  Rick and Maria did on the mosaic app. When creating the little black lady bugs around the edges they made sure that there was an even number of those ladybugs. Then what Rick did he aura-ed every other ladybug until he couldn’t fit anymore auras in.   Then he aura-ed the other every other ladybug until no more auras fit in. Then he added another row of ladybugs and repeated the pattern. This is my take on that tile. After I shaded it I also added white chalk pencil as highlights. I think it came out pretty good.

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Back to basics: Crescent Moon

On the Zentangle app, Mosaic, Rick and Maria explore different ways of doing crescent moon. They did three different tiles using only crescent moon. Each one with a different focus. Here’s my first one that I tried.

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Happy Birthday Alvin

My husband and I had Alvin over for a birthday dinner last night. I made chocolate cupcakes with a  ganache  filling and seven minute frosting.  Too bad I forgot to take photos. Nico joined us and it was really nice having the two of them visit.

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