Lavinia Stamps–UK

There is a stamp company in the UK that has some wonderful stamps, both regular and digital.  Of course, I had to try some of them.    They have a challenge each month, and the month of August is to add glitter to the card you make.  I chose to do this one for the challenge – stamping the image on a hand painted background.   The scan doesn’t make the glitter show up too good, but hope you can tell I used clear Stickles on the fairy dust and the wings.





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What is an inchie?   Any image that will stamp in a 1″ square, or a stamped image that can be cut into 1″ pieces.     DRS Design has a  weekly challenge, and this week it is to create a card using inchies somewhere on the card.  I did not have a DRS Design stamp that would work as an inchie, so I used these “inchie” stamps of the butterfly from smARTworks, ( a company that is no longer in existence. ) The vertical sentiment is from Outlines Stamp Company, (another company that has closed. ) The background paper was made by printing a watercolor background I had made for something else.

You may not be able to duplicate this, but you could possibly find similar stamps that you have,  and the sentiment could be “computer generated.”  At any rate,  I hope you like it!  Go have fun with “Inchies.”

And the winners are—

all of you who commented on my July 16 blog.  I waited to see if more people had a comment, but have ended the offer as of today.   I need a mailing address for Grady and Becky.  If you will email me your address, I will add it to my list.   I am waiting on some rigid mailing envelopes I have ordered, and will get an 8 x 10 drawing off to you as soon as they come.

We have had some much needed rain the past few days, and things are beginning to turn green again!

Have a new template from Ben Kwok for a Mallard duck, but haven’t had time to do a drawing yet.  Will show you when I have one finished.

Thanks for stopping by today, and I will see you again soon.

I can’t believe a year has gone by ——

—–since I did my first post on this blog.  At any rate, it was a year ago today!  And this will be my 50th post, so I reached the goal I set for the first year.

In appreciation to all of you who have faithfully followed my blog this year, I want to offer a little give away.  It seems I have been doing so many Zentangles®, ZIAs, and drawings from Ben Kwok templates that I am running out of storage space. HA!  SO– I am giving away some of them to those who leave a comment on this blog.  I will draw the names at random from the comments,  and announce the winners on the 22nd.  If you are a winner, I will ask you to send me your mailing address.   I will give you 5 days to comment, so if you comment on this blog by July 21, your name will go in the pot.

Some of you have said you couldn’t leave a comment.   If you will click on the title of this blog, it will take you to the actual blog, not just the email version.  You can scroll down and see the comments that have been posted, and then leave a comment in the box below.  I would love to hear from you, and to know if you are enjoying what I am sending.   Thanks for stopping by, and I will see you in a few days.

The good news I have today is that we got a good rain last night, and we should see the vegetables, flowers and (of course, the grass) to start flourishing.  We are so thankful for the rain.

More Ben Kwok templates

I seem to find myself doing at least two or three of Ben Kwok’s designs every day. Just can’t seem to get enough of them.  I have tried some of them with different coloring, and with a decorated paper background. I didn’t like the coloring on the first Hummingbird, and didn’t like the second one much better.

Kwok designs        Kwok designs 2


I did the horse with fewer lines on the template, and did it on a piece of colored paper I had made some time ago. I like it a lot better.

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This dragonfly, I played around with my IPhoto, and it is now a completely different color than the original.  Sorry, I couldn’t get this image to flip vertically.

Hope you don’t tire of these, because I will be showing you more in the future.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Quilt Block prize

One of the blogs that I subscribe to is authored by Neil Burley, a mixed media artist in the UK.  I love to see his varied array of artwork, and on his 500th blog post, he gave away several prizes in appreciation to his readers who commented on this particular post.  One of the prizes was a small (6-1/2″ ) handpainted quilt square, and  I WAS CHOSEN AS THE WINNER!     it arrived in the mail yesterday.  It is beautiful!   Thanks, Neil.quilt block - Neil Burley

These are some of my favorite colors, and the workmanship is superb.  I wish I could make such beautiful, tiny stitches.

Here is a link to his blog, if you are interested in looking at some of his artwork.://