Friday, April 25, 2014

An inch at a time

Maybe I'll use up those scraps after all! Well, at an inch at a time it's still a slow go, but it's a start! As you can see, I've focused on using just one die this week. It's new to me, Sizzix Framelits, Triple Square Flip-its by Stephanie Barnard. I love that it's completed size is A2 and that it easily showcases my inchies. I have a basket of images I've made that for some reason didn't meet my needs at the time, but are just too pretty to throw away, or parts of them at least. I was able to use several of these pieces in these cards. I use a Marvy Uchida 1 inch square punch so I can tell exactly what part of the image I want to use. Of course I made some new scraps in the process too.

This one started it off, I had inchies left over from stamping with Judi-kins 2687H Hawaiian Print using Faber-Castell Gelatos. I added the Hero Arts stamp - love.
The inchies from this next card were from a Copic saturated piece of watercolor paper stamped with Rubber Stampede's cherry blossom and hilited with Sakura Soufflé pen. The dark background reminds me of a spring sky.
Using this Everything Flower S5638 background stamp from Hero Arts was fun in heat embossed black and white. I salvaged the inchies from the same background stamp that I had previously chalked. The contrast of color vs black and white is striking.
The Diva Challenge this week, 164, is to focus on earth day, err well it's Amanda day didn't you know? I've enjoyed participating in this challenge, so I thought I'd utilize Penny Black's 3040K World Peace. We can hope, right?  An inch at a time.  You'll find the earth, the sun (from Sister Sun, Brother Moon 960H by All Night Media), stars (95194CC from Inkadinkado) and of course crescent moon Zentangle® pattern.

One of my favorite inchie salvages, was from a failed tangle instruction card. Ok, there are no mistakes in zentangle, so even tho I didn't want the instruction card in my pattern book, I knew I might use it some day! Turns out the small pieces make very nice inchies. And I just love this Diagram Background from Laughing Moon.

When you create in a Zentangle way, you create a beautiful piece of art. You also can deliberately create a mood, a focus, a state of mind. Creating in a Zentangle way is an easy to understand process of simple deliberate strokes which build on each other in beautiful, mesmerizing and surprising ways. Learn more at


  1. Wow, Betsy, they are so beautiful and unique!!! I would love to give them a try! I just love Sizzix!! Awesome work!! :0) Share humanity

  2. Wow, these are all so very beautiful. And, as Annette sais, unique!!!

  3. I love how crescent moon looks in colour :) Linda x

  4. So cool! I bought this die and another flip-its from my recent Expo and I needed some inspiration. Thank you!