Thursday, August 22, 2013

[Birthday Bash] A Birthday Song

Hello Neat & Tangled fans! Have you commented through the blog hop yet? Just nonchalantly asking since a very small prize is at stake...Ahem ;)

Eat Cake Challenge #19 Hints
Those cute little row of hearts motif would make a great way to frost the cake. Either along the top or along the base of each tier of the cake. Do you see my vision?

Agree or not, I'm going to introduce to you our next guest designer. Do you remember this awesome card? 

Only crazy, dedicated crafters like Jen come up with these ideas. It's one thing to have crazy ideas, it's another thing to execute it well and make it look stunning. Jen is able to do all of those three things consistently, and that's why I have a huge amount of awe for her (and a teensy weensy bit of jealousness ;).  We all want part of that creative brain, and see why...

Hello there!  It's Jen Wills here from JENerally Speaking.  I was so excited when I was invited to take part in Neat & Tangled's 1st birthday bash!  Have you been to the Neat & Tangled blog or the Little Tangles challenge blog lately?  If not then you must take some time to check them out.  Both blogs have been jam packed with celebrations all month long - gorgeous crafty creations, challenges, giveaways, party ideas, recipes, music - it rocks!  The N&T team have worked so hard to put it all together especially coordinator Ren-Yi.  Whoop whoop, ladies!  :D

I've got a couple of things to share today as part of the celebrations.  First is a card.  I don't have any birthday themed N&T stamps so I had to get creative.  I got the My Heart Sings set after a recent Little Tangles win and wanted to do some Copic colouring.  I also wanted to use washi tape as that's something that Danielle rocks on a regular basis.

I also wanted to include one of my party must haves.  These s'mores cookies are my favourite and are always a huge hit.  

The recipe can be found at Sprinkled With Flour.  The only thing I do differently is that I don't use chocolate chips.  I found that when I did they tasted more like chocolate chip cookies than s'mores so I only use the Hershey bars.  Make sure you have somewhere to take them when you bake them though - you don't want them sitting around the kitchen tempting you!  
Oh, Jen, I know what you mean with baking for a purpose or function. If I didn't, I would be in trouble! The card is stunning and it's just a perfect case to show how to think outside of the box :) Love the washi!

Day 6 Un-birthday Birthday Challenge
We had some lovely entries. You made this one painstakingly hard. Funny how there are just a few entries, but it was quite a challenge to find a winner. But we would like to invite one person back to be a Guest Designer on the Little Tangles blog. And that is this girl

by Smilyn Stef
Congrats, Stef! You really created with the spirit of the challenge. We love how you just "made it work" with the un-birthday stamps and still made a fun & cheery card. Please email me at neatandtangledstamps(at) with the subject line "Day 6 Un-birthday Birthday Guest Designer." 

I do want to put throw a few shout-out to the entries that we believe deserved a few mentions. In no particular order, here are three others that we really liked.

by shirley-bee, Lyndal, and katie ann brooks

Challenge Reminders
Challenge #19 Eat Cake - ends Sept 1; free stamp set
Project Life Challenge - ends Aug 28; $5 gift certificate
Party Favor Challenge - ends Aug 24; $5 gift certificate
Technique Challenge - ends Sept 4; Guest Designer spot

That's all folks! See you tomorrow...when we can finally say TGIF! :)


  1. Love the inspiration today!! And those cookies look heavenly! Will have to try those! ~Hugs, Saundra

  2. those cards are amazing.. and those cookies look so yummy.. i never pass up a chocolate chip coolie.. thanks for sharing..

  3. A+++ on all the inspiration today! From Jen's fabulously cheery card, to her decadent cookie recipe (calling my name right now), to the cake decoration/stamp idea, to Stef's new spot as a GD, to the showcase of Un-Birthday challenge entries: utterly awesome! LOVE this celebration! Wish it could carry on into September, October...
    Wishes for a great Thursday!!

  4. Those cookies do look so yummy!! Perfect for a birthday or fall campout!!!
    Love that birthday card too! Way to think outside the box!!
    Love that 'unbirthday' challenge!! What an amazing month this has been!!

  5. Jen you did a fantastic job with non birthday stamps, love the washi and I LOVE your recipe. I am going to try that one!

  6. Jen, this card is so much fun! And who's rocking the washi now? ;) Thanks (maybe? :P) for the recipe share, too.

  7. Love all of Jen's cards...she rocks.
    Those cookies look DELISH!
    congrats to Shirley-Bee, Lyndal and katie!!!!!!!!
    Congrats to Stef!!!! Your card is wonderful!

  8. CONGRATS Stef :) :) :) Thank you so much for picking mine too :)

  9. Love Jen's work and her dedication! Thanks for featuring her! Congrats to Stephanie on her super festive Washi card!

  10. Your bird is so colorful and pretty as is the washi tape...they compliment each other so well. Super job!
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