Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Weekly Challenge #341

Hey all!
happy Tuesday

This weekend Canadians observed Remembrance Day on November 11th, which is a Stat Holiday in Saskatchewan, so B-rad had Monday off in lieu of the 11th.  We spent the weekend outside tobogganing with the kids and drinking hot chocolates and going to the new Remai Modern Art Gallery.
Check me out

So ^^ This is what;s happening in my life right now.  I have had increasing pain in my hand/wrist/forearm/shoulder and it was getting to the point that even gripping a pen was very painful.  So i'm 'resting" my arm - which makes it extremely difficult to do anything, including type.  So i will just share some pics and go straight to the challenge.







Weekly Challenge #341 "Go Big (Or Go Home)"
This week the challenge is to work bigger!

For my tile i used a zentangle Apprentice tile (which is 4.5"x4.5") and a Sakura Identipen (1.0 m) - both considerably larger than my 'normal' tiles which are 3" squares and my 01 pen.

It's interesting how i viewed the space differently when i was tangling larger.

here's my tile



So i used larger tools and materials, but i also made my tangles quite a bit larger than i would normally.   While you are tangling take a few minutes to notice what you feel and how you are approaching the piece.  Does it feel weird? Is it difficult? Does it feel like your sweet spot?  Taking a moment just to notice this, but don't dwell too much on it.


I filmed a process video which i will link when it finishes uploading.

Enjoy

have a great week everyone!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC341(Diva Challenge #341) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future.  Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Weekly Challenge #340

Happy first Monday in November!

The boys had a super fun Halloween.

carving pumpkins - getting messy
 Neither boy was too keen to get their hands dirty while cleaning out their pumpkins, which i thought was crazy.  That was always my favourite part.

Artoo's scary pumpkin

Chewie shining the bat symbol
 The weather for Trick or treating was really gorgeous (for Saskatchewan) it was chilly but it wasn't windy - and we still had no snow!  So the boys were able to bundle up and stay warm under their costumes.

This year was the fist year that Chewie went out on Halloween with a bunch of friends (A mom chaperone went too) and he had so much fun and got so much candy that his pillow case broke.

My little ninja about to sit on his friend, the whoopie cusion while the Scream guy dabs, and the robot dude computes things. 
 Artoo was very excited to be Batman again this year, especially since Grandma found him this awesome Batman Costume!

He and i went trick or treating down our block and back, and then he was done for the night and happily gave out candy to trick or treaters who came to our house

na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na BATMAN!!!
 And then, around 9:30 when the kids were in bed, it started to snow.  And just like that: It was winter.  Like a switch!  It snowed over a foot the next few days, and Chewie and Luna have been having a great time running around and playing in the snow.

snow angel and snow dog

pretty girl
 On Sunday i took this kiddo to bowling because Chewie was bowling in a tournament in a nearby small town (they won bronze!) and after bowling i took Artoo to get his flu shot.  And he was very sad about that.  and that made me very sad.  SO we spent most of yesterday cuddling and watching Adventure Time together.
Cutie
 Weekly Challenge #340: UMT Wibble by Shawna Martin

The first Monday of each month is a Use My Tangle challenge where the tangle we use is brought to us by ONE of YOU!! You don't have to be a CZT to submit, but they do have to follow the guidelines etc found here...

This month's Use My Tangle is called Wibble, by Shawna Martin.  You can see the step outs here

Shawna did not submit this tangle, but i did come across it while doing Inktober Tangles and i loved it and wanted to play with it some more.

You can see all 31 of my Inktober Tangle bijou tiles here!!




Anyway, i thought i would give it another go - this time on a tan zendala tile.  Here's my tile.



I did not to a live stream this week because i've not been having much luck with Youtube live streaming.  The video just seems so choppy  BUT i did record me creating my challenge piece, which you can watch if you like! 


Enjoy

have a great week everyone!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC340(Diva Challenge #340) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future.  Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)


Monday, October 30, 2017

Weekly Challenge #339

Happy Monday everyone!
It's been another busy week here at Casa Diva

The nights are getting longer and the days are getting colder, and the only upside to winter is being awake for the sunrise.
The view from my Kitchen
 Day after day we are treated to these gorgeous sunrises.  This one was particularly incredible.

We also had our first Snow.  We got about 2 cm of snow, a little less than an inch, but it was gone by the next day.  Luna thought it was pretty swell, and she kept dive bombing into the tiny bits of snow on our walks - i can't wait to see what she does when we get a good dump of snow.
She doesn't seem to care that i'm cold.
 This week B-rad and i got to go to the Saskatchewan Arts Awards at the NEW ART GALLERY!!The Remai Modern! (Be prepared, i'm probably gonna post about it a lot cuz it's amazing and i love it)
Getting ready to mix and mingle
 I got to see some of my old friends from back when i had a job. lol.

Finally, seeing the sculpture from INSIDE the building
 This sculpture is called Prairie Wind, and the lights change colour.


 Also - how cool is this installation in the main hall - (it's made out of Venetian Blinds!)


Being cute, it's what we do.
 Bowling this week was Halloween themed, and so Batman, a Witch, and Mario had fun together.



 As well as this little witch and her two Ninja friends.


Artoo won Bowler of the Week, so he was really excited about that!  I'm really glad that he's having a great time bowling in a league.  Both of them.  

Weekly Challenge #339: "Hallow/autumn"
So this week i thought i'd do a little themed challenge because TOMORROW IS HALLOWEEN PEOPLE!! lol

Every year i think i'm going to be the one who goes all out and creates a really awesome costume, but inevitably that never happens. But the boys are pretty pumped about it, and why wouldn't they?? free candy?  

anyway.  This week the challenge is to get into the holiday spirit, or alternatively - to do a fall themed tile.  (To my friends who are into spring right now, feel free to do a spring themed tile if you like)

Here's mine!

Gourdgeous! 

I used a bit of acrylic gold ink in the background of my tile.

I also streamed this challenge on Youtube last night 


I know there was a bit of lag, i'm sorry about that.  I'm not really sure how to fix that, but it doesn't seem to be a problem when i just record instead of stream.  

Anyway,
have a great week everyone!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC339(Diva Challenge #339) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future.  Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)

Monday, October 23, 2017

Weekly Challenge #338

Hey Hey my peeps!

Artoo says thank you for all the birthday wishes!  On his birthday he had a celebratory birthday donut instead of cake
Seven candles on that sucker
 We all went for dinner together for his birthday with our friend Christine, and it was fun - even thought the restaurant was out of Root Beer.  (B-rad was unhappy)

drawing on the paper table cloth
 It took forever for our meals to come, but we entertained ourselves by drawing - and Artoo drew some really great Captain Underpants pictures.

Tra la laaaaa
B-rad drew his signature Ninja Turtle.  as you do. 
well done, babe


 And Chewie was seriously having None of our shenanigans.

seriously mom?
 The week went by too fast - and i spent this whole week prepping for Artoo's birthday party... honestly i don't now what i was thinking doing back to back children's birthday parties. ( it was insane - and i'm tire)
B-rad and i had a really wild Friday night playing our newly acquired Mastermind game

obligatory photo of Luna
 The party was a success - there was pin the Mustachio on the Mario, Cookie Face, and a few rounds of Freeze Dance!  Artoo had a great time and so did all his friends.

all done parties for another year

And now it's time for a beer and a nap.

lol

Weekly Challenge #338: White on Black!

So this week's challenge was supposed to coincide with a new YouTube video - and the new Gelly roll pens from Sakura.  Sadly - i spent a good portion of my week trying to record and edit a video and record a decent voice over, only to find out that the "Free version" of the video editing software i had downloaded doesn't allow me to upload the video into a format for youtube.  Needless to say i was not very pleased.

This whole Video recording thing is still new to me and i'm basically learning as i go - so i'm sorry there weren't as many Inktober Tangles videos this week - and i'm also sorry that the video i recorded to go with this challenge is just sitting, useless, on my desktop.  :(

BUT i still have photos.  So.  that's at least something.

SO i received an early artist package of the new Sakura Gelly Roll pens in the new widths to test out before they are released to the rest of the world.  Originally they only came in 08 size, which is fine - but it was tricky to do some of the more intricate line work of some tangles.  So they have released a bold pen in a 10 size, and also a fine pen in a 05 size.   I recorded a little unboxing video here




This week's challenge is to play with White on Black.  You can use a black tile if you've got one, or you can throw a bit of black acrylic paint on a tile with an old credit card, or my personal favourite is Black Gesso.

For my submission i used the sample of Strathmore Black Chalk paper they sent me, cut down to a tile size.

New Gelly Roll pens courtesy of Sakura of America

That's it!
Okay! I hope you have a great week!!

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC338(Diva Challenge #338) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future.  Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Weekly Challenge #337

Happy Monday All!
Today is Artoo's 7th birthday!  Look at how sweet he is, my little sweet deer. 



 We had another busy week here, most of it was me planning and running around for Chewie's very belated birthday party - his birthday is in July but we actually had his birthday party yesterday.

Check out these sweet cupcakes i made - they're Rupee Cupcakes - a la Legend of Zelda.

mmmm tasty
that's about the only photo i have though, as i was busy wrangling 10 nine year olds and didn't have phone with me
enjoying one of his brother's tasty cupcakes
 B-rad and i had a night out for his boss' surprise 60th birthday - it was fun

we are cute
Artoo's birthday party is this weekend, and he's so excited.  Here he is, his last day of being 6.





So, in honour of Artoo's big day - this week's challenge is:

Weekly Challenge #337 - Artoo

This week let's all use Artoo's namesake tangle which you can see here



I used a prestrung 3Z tile for my submission this week.

I hope to do a live stream of this week's challenge this week sometime, so watch youtube channel for that!  It was a pretty crazy weekend, and my best bud is here visiting for a few days.

Okay! I hope you have a great week!!

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC337(Diva Challenge #337) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future.  Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Weekly Challenge #336

Happy Tuesday! I have lots to say! lol

This week these two handsome boys had school photos - and they both looked so handsome in their ties... i could barely stand it. 



Facebook reminded me of this photo of Chewie from 7 years ago just a week before Artoo was born.  He was 2 there, so i showed it to him and he made this face....  he's still got it.  ;)

what a kid
 I had a very busy week - doing some work that i'll tell you about in a bit.   And then Thursday the kids had a pancake breakfast at school - so we went to that and Artoo was pretty excited to be eating his breakfast at school in the gym.  (Our school doesn't have a cafeteria or lunch room, all the kids eat lunches in their classrooms at their desks - so this was a big deal for them)

Artoo says the pancakes deserve a thumbs up
 This weekend was Thanksgiving up here in Canada.  So we went for dinner on Sunday night at my in-laws place, and Artoo and I went for a bit of a walk down the village road with the dog to get out of the noisy house (he and i are both introverts and there were lots of people there)

And Sunday was our first Snowfall of the year!! just tiny flakes/flurries, and they were gone almost as soon as they started... but it was a sober reminder that Winter is Coming.   It was about 2C on Sunday (35.6F).... so we busted out all the winter jackets.
village roadside cuddles and selfies
 I ate a lot of pie.
not pictured here: the other slice of pie and the other 2 glasses of wine 
Monday was a Holiday, and we had thanksgiving lunch at my parents' place.
I was trying to take a picture of B-rad and i, and we got epically photobombed by this kid. 



Happy Canadian Thanksgiving
 Oh, and also because it's hilarious to me every time i see it in my mother's dining room, here's a photo of me and my three brothers taken almost 20 years ago, back when i was a chipmunk, and my youngest brother was Jesus. .
siblings. 
 In between stuffing our faces with turkey and stuffing our faces with pie - we took everyone to the park for a bit out running around.

my kid, my nephew, my niece
 and we took a family photo - well, of those of us who were there.
The family minus TWO brothers, one sister in law, and one nephew


okay!!

So.  What is that i have to tell you about today??  I have switched streaming platforms and i am now streaming on YouTube!

What does this mean for you?  well, this means if you've never been able to catch me live on Twitch, you can now catch me on YouTube... the best part is that YouTube captures the live stream and uploads it to my channel so you can watch it ANY TIME!!



Look at my awesome derpy face in that thumbnail.  lol

ANYWAY - Please Subscribe to my channel and sign up for notifications.  You'll get notified when i post a new video, or when i'm going live.  Also - it would be pretty great if you would give my videos a thumbs up and leave me a comment.  Any kind of interaction with my channel lets YouTube know that people are visiting and viewing my content.   Let me know what kind of content you'd like to see, and we can make this channel cool together.


If you don't know how to subscribe to a YouTube channel and receive notifications you can watch this handy tutorial i made for you, cuz i'm sweet like that.




ARE YOU EXCITED!!! CUZ I'M EXCITED!!!
lol

And now for this week's challenge


Weekly Challenge #336: Striping - Monotangle

This week's challenge is to create a monotangle using the tangle STRIPING.  What is a monotangle you may ask? It's a term coined here at iamthediva HQ that means creating a tile or piece using ONLY ONE tangle.  IN this case, it's Striping.

Now, i am not a big fan of this tangle, and i couldn't really tell you why.  Given the option i would rather just use Bunzo, but being that this is a CHALLENGE blog, i figured i should give it a try.  Would you believe i've been a CZT for 7 years and have avoided using this tangle for seven years?  well.  That all ends today.

So Striping is an official tangle, and you can see the step outs here - Margaret Bremner is really good at this tangle, you should also check out this blog post

Here's my end piece.
(psst, you can watch me create this tile on the recorded version of the livestream i did on monday night...right here)

Okay! I hope you have a great week!!

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC336(Diva Challenge #336) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future.  Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)