Sunday, August 10, 2014

"REPEATING Motifs" a.k.a. PATTERNS!!! Anything But a Card Challenge #38 with Guest Designer Sandra Strait

Good Morning Everyone! It's week two of our current challenge and we are excited to introduce a new Guest Designer to join us for here at ABAC. Sandra Strait is our Guest Designer this month and joining us for our current REPEATING Motifs Challenge.

The Challenge... Anything But a Card Challenge #38 - "REPEATING MOTIFS" a.k.a. PATTERNS. Not necessarily Zentangle (or tangling), but that certainly falls under this category. Repeating Motifs, rather than patterns all apply here... you don't have to use Zentangle... so your muse is free to create!

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Please share any current project you have created and JUST REMEMBER... create anything EXCEPT a card for this challenge. Please mention and LINK BACK to this challenge. ALSO - Please new projects only {no-backlinking}. :)

**A REMINDER** This Challenge will go through midnight August 23rd giving you 2 weeks to play along and ENJOY the creative process! We will share more of our Design Team's creations each Sunday to keep you inspired.

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Sandra helped dream up this month's challenge theme and has created a beautiful MIXED media tag for the Repeating Motifs Challenge... you are in for a real treat!

We hope you enjoy getting to know our Guest Designer...

Please click on the images to visit her blog –
and give her a warm welcome!

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Hello! I'm Sandra Strait, also known as molossus, myfeetshowit and rooibas depending on where you are on the internet. I don't use my aliases much anymore, though, and you can now find me under Life Imitates Doodles on various social sites.

For the last five years, my main art form has been Zentangle®-Inspired Art. That is pen and ink work inspired by, and featuring many of the patterns created to use with the Zentangle® method. A bad wrist has made it difficult for me to draw of late, but that hasn't kept me from working with patterns!

I'm a member of the Amazing Crafting Products Design Team so for this month's Anything But A Card Challenge I decided to combine pattern and resin. I used the Zentangle® pattern Hibred as my inspiration, did some crafty magic using string, glue, paper scraps, and an everyday manila tag, and then used my creation to mold and cast a unique piece of art.

Generally, when you create a mold, you expect every casting to be almost the same, but I used a technique that's guaranteed to result in a different piece every time. 

My 'tag' is a chameleon, changing character and color when the light shines through. I may cast four more, make them into a box, and set a tea light inside or...

...I strung a ribbon through the tag's hole,
and I may use it as a sun-catcher.

To find out how I created my tag, please
head over to my Life Imitates Doodles Blog

I post a daily list of links to Zentangle Patterns, Art Journal Prompts, Tutorials on many Art & Crafting subjects and Art & Craft giveaways, as well as posting reviews and sharing my work. To follow my daily link list or to see more of my work please follow my blog or my Facebook page.

Self-portrait of myself, done in the throes of insomnia, at 03:00 am

I could have posted a nice photograph of myself, but I think this drawing gives you a much better sense of who I am. A bit loony, perhaps, but gosh I have a lot of fun!


  1. Sandra your tag is amazing! I love the way the light shines through it - am off to visit your blog to see how you did it! And a great self portrait - WOW what talent! Jennie

  2. Hi Sandra thank you for joining us and showing us something really interesting. An insomnia self portrait ---Wow!

  3. Sandra, I am an avid follower of your Life Imitates Doodles blog and your creativity is SO inspiring. Why didn't I think of drawing a self portrait when I was up (all night) last night?? Thank you for sharing with us!

  4. Fabulous work and what a creative challenge! Love it! xxD