Favorite Flower

I haven't played along in any challenges for a while, so I decided to join in two this week.  I'm putting this card in over at The Playdate Cafe and CAS-ual Fridays.  I loved both the colors and the layout so it wasn't too hard.

The flower was white heat embossed and paper pieced. I then inked the edges a little to make it pop.  Stamped the background and sentiment and ta-da! Luckily it's hard to go wrong with these stamps.

In other news, I have 4 pages of my December Daily complete, plus some embellishments, journal cards, tags and envelopes.  Gee only 27 more pages to go! Seeing as how I only have 2 days until December I don't know if they will all get done ahead of time, I'll do my best. I figure if I can get 12 days done before December starts I'll be okay, I'll just keep working on others through the month.

The kids decided that it would be fun to start our day at 5 am. Needless to say, I am off to take a nap!


You're Sweet

Did you all have a good weekend? I know we did. Pretty sure I am still stuffed from Thanksgiving and all the left overs!  We started decorating for Christmas which is always exciting.  Cutting down our tree is on tap for this weekend.  This is the first year we will take little G with us, but will most likely be leaving baby M behind with the grandparents.

I've been working on a video series which I am really excited to share with you all. I'm hoping to have the first one posted by Friday. I'll also have a fun announcement on Thursday :o)   For now I am off to feverishly finish the base pages for my December Daily (see the cover HERE). I'll be sharing those with you starting in December.

Here is a quick card I put together.  As a kid I LOVED cotton candy. It brings back such fond memories of  our vacations at the beach.  Oddly enough I don't really like it now, too sweet for even me (which is just about impossible).

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PTI November Blog Hop!

Hi All- hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

It's that time again!  Papertrey Ink's Monthly Blog Hop. You can see the full list of participants at Nichole's Blog.

Here is the inspiration photo for the challenge this month.
Just beautiful. Reminds me of a warm, cozy home all ready for the holidays.  I used the color scheme and snowflakes in the garland as the inspiration for my card, keeping it very clean and simple as usual. I added the twine because the photo gave me a little bit of a rustic feel. I am LOVING these snowflake dies. You'll be seeing them a lot more from me.
Well I'm off to cozy up and see what everyone else came up with!

December Daily Cover

Hey All!

Just popping in quickly to share the cover for my December Daily.  If you're unfamiliar with what this is go to Ali Edwards site to check it out.  In a nutshell- it's a photo album/scrapbook/journal/catch-all for the month of December. This is perfect for me because I am a Christmas nut. By far my favorite time of the year, especially now with the kiddos.

Many people choose to do a small album, maybe 4x6 or 8x8. I opted to go with something larger, 8.5x11, only because I know I will have tons of pictures, stories, keepsakes from the month. I can't remember where I got the album (Two Peas or Amazon?), but it's by American Crafts. It has a chipboard cover which is nice because it can be altered. I picked red for obvious reasons, but it did come in a variety of colors.

To be honest I don't know how I came up with the idea for the cover. I was in the midst of a Christmas card making frenzy and had some left over felt snowflakes and twine.  Then a day or two later I got my number dies in the mail and thought it would be fun to use them.  I stamped some white cardstock with the Hero Arts Flower Dot stamp, cut the numbers, and then adhered them.  I added some buttons and twine to the snowflake, stamped the word December, and the rest is history.

I will be working like a mad woman to get (most) of my pages done this weekend, since the whole premise is to have the album prepared ahead of time so you have little work to do when December rolls around.

If you are doing a December Daily and have pictures send me a link so I can check it out! I'm always looking for inspiration.


Blog Takeover - Chari Moss!

*Monday again already? At least I have something that will make your day a little better. The sweet and talented Chari from Little Miss Littleness is here guest blogging! She has made something super cute and handy for you in light of the upcoming holiday. It could be adapted to fit to any holiday or party which is great!  Hope you enjoy and make sure to swing by her blog and see all of her other wonderful creations. She really is inspiring!*

Hi everyone, Chari here.  I’m taking over super sweet Danielle’s blog for the day while she snuggles with a new little baby. Awww. I was honored when Danielle asked me to do a guest post for her while she took some time to settle in with the new little one.  I of course said “yes!” because I really love helping out and doing things for others when I can.  There is no greater feeling than the feeling of giving. 

Here in the US we are coming up on the Thanksgiving holiday this week.  It seems creating place cards for Thanksgiving dinner is a popular thing to do, however as much as I love Thanksgiving and spending time with m y Family during the holiday we have never been formal enough for place cards.  Most the time we leave the food on the counter and fill our plates like a buffet then find a place to sit (usually at multiple tables because there are so many of us).  Maybe it’s a mountain thing, I don’t know, but I do like the idea of each person having their own special place to sit even if my family doesn't do it.  So I decided to create a different take on place cards and make them more like party favors.

I don’t know about you, but I usually end up so stuffed at Thanksgiving that I don’t always have room for dessert.  So I created a place card on a little take out box that could be filled with a treat to be taken home and enjoyed later.  I found the little box at Michael’s, but really you could use any container you choose.  I used Lawn Fawn’s Turkey Day mini set for the turkey and sentiment.  The conversation bubble was drawn by hand and the turkey was stamped out on pattern paper from Studio Calico’s Autumn Press Paper pad.  I used Lawn Fawn’s Harold’s ABCs to stamp out the name and scrap green cardstock to create the grass. 

Big thanks to Danielle for letting me post for her readers today.  She always has such fabulous creations, I always enjoy seeing what she has created!  Have a fabulous day!
~ Chari


Copic Coloring Video

Hi All!

Hope you enjoyed my guest bloggers this week :o) I'm so very thankful that they were willing to help me out.  They both had some fabulous creations.

I'm back today to share a quick video tutorial showing one way I use my Copics to color.  I've had a few people comment or ask me on Flickr so I thought I'd do a little show and tell.  The video is relatively short, and my apologies for sounding so tired in the video but I filmed it at 3 in the morning :o)  If you have any questions feel free to comment or email me at neatandtangled@gmail.com

In the video I said I was going to link to a site to give you more basic information about Copics (like how to choose colors, what kind of paper to use, etc), but I'm actually going to do a post about it later this week(probably Tuesday) so be sure to stop back!

And here is the finished Butterfly
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