Endless Birthday Zen Doodle

Sorry for the abscence.  I was having technical difficulties with my website on top of leaving town for the weekend to our cabin in Pennsylvania where we have not internet and no cell phone.  I’m making up for the posts I missed by posting on Monday this week.  There’s more about the cabin later on in this post.

Have you heard the term Zentangle?  Perhaps ZenDoodle?  It is the creation of lines and art with ink and shading.  Here is an example I pulled off the internet. Beautiful isn’t it. ZentangleWell, I can’t do that, I’m not that talented.  Zentangle has ‘rules’ to abide by, where Zen Doodle is more free form.  I’ve seen some examples of Zen Doodling combined with stamping and here is my contribution to this art form. It is really quite easy to do and can be done with any solid stamp image.  Use your imagination and have fun.

Stampin Up Crazy For You Endless Wishes AverysOwlery.com

I started with a piece of Whisper White and stamped the flower and leaf image from Crazy About You randomly around using Pistachio Pudding.  (I am so going to miss this color when it retires in June).  I used my Basic Black Marker to highlight portions of the stamped images, some with dots, some with lines or curls.  I then used a new – to me anyway – product called Wink of Stella glitter brush in clear.  This is my new BFF in my stamping supplies. It is so easy to add just a hint of shimmer to any project and since it is clear it can be used over any color.  I also added some Itty Bitty Accent Epoxy stickers to the centers of the flowers.

I did all that and then I had to figure out a way to use it on a card! I pulled out some of my Pistachio Pudding 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack  – also retiring – for the layers as well as some black ribbon and Basic Black Card Stock.  The administrative Assistant for our Department at work has a birthday tomorrow so I made this Zendoodle art work into a birthday card for her.

Our trip to Pennsylvania this weekend was a working trip.  We recently had new carpet put into our home.  The only reason my husband bought off on the idea was because I told him we would take the old carpet up to the cabin and replace the hideously ugly carpet that had been there for the last 25 years.  Now, mind you, it was also used carpet when it went up there so I’m figuring that carpet in the cabin was at least 40 years old.  You know how else I know…..because it looked like this.

Cabin 04/24/2015


Did I lie?  Nope, hideously ugly.  Looks like a calico cat. Not a bad look on a cat but horrible for carpet. Steve said I had the honor of putting a match to it which was really the highlight of the weekend.

Here is the ‘After Shot’

Cabin 04/24/2015


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Thanks for visiting my Site. My name is Lynn Kolcun and I'm a Stampin Up Demonstrator. I love being creative with paper and ink, learning new techniques and sharing my craft with you.


  1. Pretty card and pretty carpet!

  2. Great card! I love how you enhanced the image with the marker.
    As for the carpet, Great Improvement!! I laughed because I had one of those shag rugs back in the 70’s. Only mine was rust, black and brown – yuk!

  3. First, LOVE LOVE your card! I am very intrigued by this ZenTangling/Doodling too, but I really love what you did with your card today! A great way to use up the retiring items and I think I may have to CASE it for my class next month. I always have a “retiring party” in May every year, and yours is perfect. As for the rug? OMGoodness! It IS old… I had that very same carpet in my 20’s (in the 70’s) at an apartment my hubby and I had. Shag rug and yes, it does look like a calico. 🙂 The new carpet is very pretty and really wakes up the space. Lovely cabin!

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