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Monday, December 2, 2013

Day 1

On the first day of Christmas,


My true love gave to me,


 A treasure box of ATCs!



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Day 2
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Day 5 
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Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
Day 11
Day 12


 

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Sandhya Manne said...

That is extremely Beautiful!! Love it..

Melanye Narcarti said...

LOVE!!!

ToujoursSoleil said...

I would so love to find that under my tree!

Carol Graham said...

Can't wait to hear the rest of the song!!

Ellen said...

Please true love, read this blog post! It looks amazing

1 Art Lady Kate, Tangles and More said...

Looking forward to more! Lovely lovely ornaments!

Duane said...

Day 5 is very beautiful, Maria. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

FKC said...

What an amazing treasure!

Brenda said...

Exquisite gift!

Carol said...

perfect! absolutely love this!

Paula said...

Oh Wow! I love the box.

Lynn B. said...

What a wonderful box!

Coach Tina said...

That would be so cool under my tree, love this

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Deborah Lee said...

These are gorgeous! I'll take 12 of each, one for each day of Christmas!

Cheryl R said...

An outstanding gift, a magnificent keepsake.

April Stearns said...

Such a lovely & elegant treasure box! Thank you for creating it for us to enjoy.

Joy said...

My true love could give me nothing better! True relaxation, just what I need on the first day of Christmas! Joy

Mirjam van der Leek said...

What a beautiful little box!

Susan Falkler said...

The box is perfect for storage of our work. The cards are simply beautiful. When I got the Day 1 newsletter, I looked at the store page and was disappointed nothing was there. Now, you've unveiled it all. Beautiful as always. I hope the cards will be there after Christmad so if Santa sends cash my way, I'll know where to spend it!

kari blackmore said...

ohhhh that is just absolutely lovely! It would go so nicely with my red & black decor :-)

Suzanne Johnson said...

Now THAT is a perfect gift!

CraftyQuilter said...

Not only is the box wonderful - who wouldn't like it full of goodies? -the gift card design is outstanding.The simplicity and symbolism of the heart enhanced by the tangle, I love it.

DeeDM1 said...

Since I have learned Zentangle, sooooo many chores have gone undone :)
Dee
Louisville, KY

Patricia France said...

It is beautiful as everything is that Maria has a hand in!

nicki_sew said...

Oh.my.goodness.
ALL of these are so amazing! What tangler would NOT want these!!
Where to start...where to start!
Thank you for creating new ideas to send our art into the world! :)

Robbie Taheny said...

Love this.

Deborah N said...

My first class is coming up this week in Charleston, SC. I'm so excited, can't wait.

All your products are lovely, so art inspired and I can't wait to own more.

Robyn said...

truly a treasure box of inspiration!

WeedyMama said...

I would be thrilled to win. My tangles have gotten a little stale, same patterns over and over. Time for new inspiration. I simply drool over yours.

LindaM said...

What a lovely box of goodies. It would be such a gift under my Christmas tree.

I am new to Zentangle but I am hooked already.

Cyd Engel said...

Spectacular and filled with calming marks...

Holly Williams said...

What a wonderful way to store tiles and ATC's! Beautiful!

raven said...

What a beautiful gift! Thank you so much for all you do for us Maria and Rick.

Sarah Mitchell said...

I love the box. Just what i need to get organized.

Susan Dyke said...

Cannot wait to see the rest of the verses...are you going to release a version with you both singing it?

Twilight said...

Am so excited about all the postcards you are now offering!

Nancy said...

Love the box.... great way to store these treasures.

Janet Faught said...

I have never actually SEEN a real zentangle tile. They look delicious.

Boo said...

A treasure, indeed!

MissKoolAid said...

Oooh... my mother would love this!

Anonymous said...

Love the Treasure Box.....and everything Zentangle!

Sharon Caforio

Donna DeBoer said...

That would be a great addition to my Zentangle stash!! :)

KAYC said...

W0W!!!! What an inspiring gift..would love to own it...

jane eileen said...

Fab YOU lous!!! If I were to win, I would consider myself one of the luckiest tanglers ever. Thanks so much for sharing your talents and for this opportunity! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Anonymous said...

Oh, how lovely! Cheryl C. :)

Jennifer Matthaei Cottrell said...

LOVE it.....can't wait for the rest! I love zentangle. And being a CZT!

Linda Clary said...

I just finished making 36 white "Tangled" porcelain Christmas ornaments as gifts for my friends and family this year. I am so grateful to have learned this wonderful art form.

AskArliss said...

This goes on my list! My grandkids enjoy tangling and they love the small framed initials in 5 x 5 frames, backed with cloth or paper in their favorite color!

.Sheila said...

I'm just beginning to tangle. I love both of your work. It is a lovely way to reflect and create at the same time. My goal for 2014 is tangling some notes and cards. I have so much to learn, what an exciting journey.

Marge Montesano said...

Beautiful! I love the box. I need to get better at tangling. I wish there was a certified teacher in my area.

Artbelles said...

On the True Day of Christmas my Tu-tu gave to me...the "Greatest Gift" of all...and a chance at a Little Box from thee.

Salix said...

Aww how precious. It's the perfect little something :)

Sharon said...

I remember seeing those boxes at CZT 13! So many beautiful things!!!!! Just like the hearts of Maria & Rick! CHRISTMAS Blessings!

CP said...

Lovely gift idea!

Tmbr said...

Oh what a wonderful present to receive! Whoever wins will be a very lucky Tangler! Good Luck to all and Thank you Rick and Maria! Happy Holidays to everyone. May your days be filled with Blessings and your nights filled with Peace.

lishamarie said...

I would love to have one just for myself! and then I could buy one for my granddaughter, one from my son oh and my niece. I guess one for everyone I love.

Jean Kranz said...

Love it ! Beautiful !

Julie Tamanaco said...

So beautiful! Last night I taught my niece a few tangles and she is hooked. I am so happy we could connect that way!

Ink-Pattie Fulton said...

we have an ATC swap group re-forming right after the holidays; this would be perfect to jumpstart the group!

mesamag said...

Truly a tangled treasure to win!

AZ Angel said...

I am new at zentangle and I'm loving it!! I was recently given a diagnosis of an ailment which saps my energy and zentagle is a perfect activity for me. I find it so therapeutic even though I'm not very good at it. Thank you for sharing with us and I'd love to find this under my tree!!! :o)

Jessica said...

Love it! I've never tried tangling on ATC cards

Anonymous said...

Would be super cool to win this! Lissag123@verizon.net

BeverlyBL said...

Love the organizational concept of the box, and it's exterior, as well. I love black and white and red.

Chef to be Cleo said...

Beautiful, LOVE!

Stefanie Spikell said...

so creative!

needlesandnibs@hotmail.com said...

Beautiful box

Terry Christens said...

All of the new items are lovely ... Not sure which is my favorite but the travel cup will be one of the first that I order. I always like a cup of tea wherever I go! After reading the comments I especially like the ornament idea from Linda Clary .... Off to Michaels for porcelain ornaments or glass and coat the inside with paint!

sindy said...

I want to buy this for the most deserving person on my list...ME.. Are you selling?

Cheryl said...

Oooo I love the box! I think I need to put it on my Christmas wish list!

Carol said...

Loving Zentangle, loving all your ideas!

Marsha Gulick said...

Love you guys!

Tina Golden said...

I do like the box of goodies, but it's a toss-up on whether I like the travel cup or the postcards better. I like the idea of tangling my own cup, but the postcards are just so beautiful. I would frame them and hang them in my office, instead of sending them to someone else.

Terry said...

All of the new items are lovely ... Not sure which is my favorite but the travel cup will be one of the first that I order. I always like a cup of tea wherever I go! After reading the comments I especially like the ornament idea from Linda Clary .... Off to Michaels for porcelain ornaments or glass and coat the inside with paint!

Linda Dausel said...

I'd love to have this neat box!

Clara Crosby said...

I do love all of your work! I have shared it with so many people.

Pat Langley said...

The box is so special; would love the ATCs also.

Bryonna Denning said...

A lovely box to keep special cards in. And the zentangled+illustrated+calligraphied cards are exquisite ... what talent!

Jim Cannon said...

Just gave my daughter a request for the Zentangle Kit for a Christmas present. Here's hoping she gets it for me then I can have the 12 Days of Christmas for 365 days.

Suzanne said...

Love this box! I would be elated to win day one!

Peggy G said...

Tangling is something I've done for 40 yrs on my own....but I love that you've turned it into a beautiful art form and given it to so many artists who didn't know they had it in them!

Cat said...

Love the box and the surprises within! I would love to own this and it would be such a wonderful gift as well! Thanks for keeping me inspired with your beautiful drawings and accessories! Love it all!!
~mary

Oddfae said...

I have just started Tangling! It's all so beautiful...

Anonymous said...

What a perfect gift to give to a beginner to start their journey into the world of Zentangle!! Love it!

Corey said...

Fabulous! What a wonderful gift!

heberube said...

My daughter would love this box to put her tiles that she does to help with her anxiety.

Cindy Booth said...

Maria,
Your work is truly an inspiration. The good Lord has given you an extraordinary gift. Thank you very much for sharing it. :)

Didisch said...

A wonderful thougth in christmas spirit, no greater gift than home made gifts. Atc are great to use as personal gifts, and this box is just awesome!

Linda Fine said...

Beautiful ideas, as always! Maria and Rick, you make so many people's holidays extra special through all your designs!

Unknown said...

A wonderful treasure to find under your tree!!

Auburn Mom - Lynn said...

So many posts already...I feel behind having just received the notice about the 12 Days of Christmas but cannot wait to see more beautiful things and hear from people tangled in the alluring web of Zentangle!

Chari-Lynn said...

I would love to find this under my tree!

Mickey Weitsen said...

Thank goodness for a joyful count-down!

Gerri said...

Love things like this. A treasure box of possibilities!

RJ said...

I'm loving your Treasure Box!

Judy Reeves said...

What a wonderful way to start the Christmas Season. Thanks for the chance to win it.

Carmen G. Burgos CZT9 said...

Wonderful box! And now I will fill it with treasures as well. Thank you for sharing!

sue said...

Very inspirational! Such beauty, so gracefully.

joann said...

the best treasure box. Love it

Rhonda said...

love the box of goodies. : )

Char- The Mad Shopper said...

This is a treasure indeed.

Mrs.Giggles (Anna) said...

So tasty.

Gail said...

Love it and all of the beauty that can be placed inside it to enjoy time and time again.

Tami said...

This would be sooo wonderful. I am loving learning to tangle.

AlwaysInspired said...

This looks like loads of fun!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your creativity and generousity.

Bev said...

Wow! this website and blog are fabulous!

Janet said...

I am loving the box!

Mayla Moore said...

So beautiful! I know what I'm putting on my wish list!

Deanna Williford said...

A BOX, a box, my kingdom for a box!!!

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Lise Orwig said...

Perfect for displaying lots of tiles at once in a class! Love this one!

KarenK said...

Love the box. It would look great on my desk where I would see it every day. I looked at the items from the shop and really like the travel mug. It's great that it can be personalized, too.

Pat Lawson said...


Thank you so much for another beautiful year of inspirations! The box of ATCs is so awesome! I love to make ATCs and tuck them in birthday cards, etc. Have a blessed holiday season!

Kasey ~ in Oz said...

Absolutely gorgeous, what a fabulous keepsake for treasures beyond counting.

Cherie Hartwick said...

We make homemade wine so I really love the bottle gift tags. I plan to tangle the afternoon away.

Valerie said...

I was introduced "by accident" to Zentangle by a shop keeper in Fairbanks, AK. (I live in CO.) I am hooked. It is a wonderful way for me to meditate. Thanks for all you do.

Stephanie Tercyak said...

I've searched your website and blog site and I cannot find this "Treasure Box" anywhere! I would love to also try my hand at 12 Days of Christmas. I must say the color you are using for your tangles is stunning, and I am anxious to use the new earth tone tiles and brown/sepia pens. Thank you for sharing your time and your talent.

Sue said...

I so enjoy seeing your new creations. They are always so classically beautiful with obviously great care and thought put into them.

ZenniaTangle said...

This is wonderful. Very much like gifts I am giving to my daughter and my mother. Great tanglers think alike!

Mary Pennington said...

Lovely work...I enjoy your site very much.

Lynn ann Lassen said...

Merry Zentangle Christmas

Think Outside the Box said...

This is beautiful, I'd love to have this!

Shannon said...

I really love my treasure box. I'd love to find another under my tree.

Selena Carter said...

I want to get my and my step one. We have started doing this together. Love it.

Vikkie said...

I have recently gotten into trading art cards its a lot of fun. Also have been using ATCs as abandon art. Thats a lot of fun to do.

Megz said...

What Fun! I find the ATC's a great size.

Paula said...

Always enjoy seeing a note from Rick and Maria in my inbox… Will enjoy blog just as much… and all of your fun products! :)

Tina Piel said...

this is a really cool set

Nanette said...

Rick and Maria, I know God pointed me. In your direction. I have praying for a long time for God to give me something to make me feel worthwhile. Zentangle came along just in time. I am not an artist, or I should say I never grew up in an artist background. With Zentangle, I can use the Sakura pens I've been collecting for years and writing with...journaling and such, but it never even occurred to me to me make art. I doodled them out of ink, but always threw my doodles away as trash..I wish I had them back now. Now I have some to learn that's not computer-generated, something I can create with my hands and keep my mind busy and creative.

luvhymns said...

What a prize for a present. I'm loving the season of tangles!!

Zachary said...

Would look so nice sitting on a desk. Definitely an accessory I wouldn't take for granted!

Karen Watts said...

Love everything about this!

crotnem said...

Maria and Rick, such a nice first day of Christmas gift. Would love to win it! You guys are super. email:
crotnem@gmail.com

Betsy Budney said...

I so love boxes. This is perfect!

Mackin-Art said...

A treasure indeed!

cathrine nicols said...

"Tis the season to be tangled"...lovely!

Ginny Haller said...

Always finish the days of Christmas with a treasure box of ATCs!

Mary said...

What a great idea. So creative. Merry Christmas!!

Doreen H said...

Very nice box!

Kat_Selby said...

What a wonderful surprise! Thanks to you for the chance for such a great gift! Tangling is my stress-reliever, bringing me PEACE, JOY & DELIGHT. Wishing you a stocking-ful of the same now during the holidays & straight through the New Year!
Blessings to you!

DS said...

What a lovely box! Zentangle is my go to for stress relief!!

Rowdy-Wear said...

I would love this! I've been Zentangling for the past year and in the beginning always saved the tiles for when I felt I was good enough and wouldn't waste them. Well, now, I realize none of them are a waste so I have plenty of completed tiles and no where to put them all. This would be great!

CC said...

OMGS! What a beautiful gift that would make! For ME! LOL! Seriously, being homebound, that would give me a LOT to do that I CAN do! Also want to tell you I love your cards! Especially that little MOUSE! He's adorable! You both have such talent! Thank you for sharing with us all! Blessings this holiday season!

Colleen McCaffrey said...

These are seriously beautiful. Thank you for the opportunity.

Bridget said...

How lovely! This type of Zen still frightens me......I am so afraid of making errors! I guess that is from my catholic school upbringing. I will try to make a New Years resolution to allow myself the true joy that I see within these pages and others.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!!

ByJane said...

Enough for a lifetime of tangling. I'm itching to get my hands on some of them.

NanW said...

Best gift ever!

LyndallA said...

What a beautiful box for ACT

Rachelle Anderson said...

What a great little box to hold ATCs!

LyndallA said...

What beautiful ATCs!!

Dawn Jory said...

WOW!

Paula (PEP) said...

This looks absolutely wonderful - I cut my crafting teeth on ATCs & since then have loved the format. Delightful to see official Zentangle ATCs.
Paula (PEP)

Patsy Payne said...

very pretty ... love these things. Now to get busy and learn to do them.

Gwenn Davis said...

I have enjoyed seeing the beautiful tangles that are posted here. Truly inspirational! I love the post card with the mouse and quill. I will need several of those for friends. I love the sepia work that is done as well, for that old timey look. Thanks for doing what you do!
Gwenn

Dory Gorell said...

What a wonderful gift

Marge Taylor said...

Nothing is more enjoyable than a pretty box and the anticipation of the treasures inside. Love this idea!

melanie said...

oh my goodness, that is gorgeous!

Betty Herring said...

WOW LOVE IT

Shannon said...

I am so happy I discovered Zentangle and its meditations effects on my soul. The box is adorable and so are the postcards.

Amy L. Smith said...

Truly a treasure!

Kathleen Black said...

I have all of your books. I enjoy reading them and looking at all the wonderful designs. Being raised in private schools in the 60's and 70's, the idea of doodleing was a big no-no. It meant you were not paying attention and a detention was in the
near future.
So my problem you see is that I start a design ( I especially like dangles) and something stops me. It's like I feel I should be doing something else. I enjoy art journaling and want to incorporate Zentangles into it. Help! Love all the gift ideas!

mewTilman said...

Truly a treasure! Anyone would love to find this under the tree (hint, hint).

CharKat's Creative Insanity said...

It's so very awesome, but then again, everything Zentangle is!!!

Jillb said...

I've only done zentangles for a week - but I'm addicted. Love this box.

Scrappy Canuck said...

I love this box- just beautiful!!!!!

Yvonne said...

What a great gift for someone who is new to Zentangle. To be wholly creative is to inspire others - Zentangle!

Nancy C said...

I love my treasure box - also got one for my daughter's tiles - we love doing this together!

Patsy P said...

I taught my 7 year old grqndson how to tangel. He now makes his own iangles up. We have Bummpies,Lolliepops grass, and squiggles..What a way to bond with my grandkids.

pammie~k said...

LOVE! This is a must have!

Andi said...

My church pastor has been exploring creation spirituality and the via creativa for the last several weeks. Zentangle is so much a part of my experience of art as meditation.

Val Enders said...

Please put me in to win this lovely box. thanks

alg1010 said...

This is just LOVELY! What a great gift!

Lily Roo said...

This box is so beautiful! What a treasure.

Patria Flowers said...

I love the "treasure box" and I really like the idea of ATC size zentangle tiles. I have taught several children how to draw tangles and everyone I show my tangles to absolutely love them. Thank you for the opportunity to be gifted a box and set of tiles.

Jakki said...

I love this box - I've been trying to find something suitable for my tangles, but till now, nothing has been exactly right....till now!

Anonymous said...

I just had surgery on my foot, so all I can do is sit for a while. Thank heavens I just recently discovered Zantangle. I love it! The treasure box gift is awesome. I would love to win!

Sheryl A. Lamarand, CZT said...

As usual you flair and creativity is mind-boggling! I can't wait to try these ideas! Thanks for sharing these with us!

Cyndi said...

I made my first ever zentangle last night and found it to be unbelievably relaxing, and I liked the outcome too. I'm going to get a book with patterns that I can practice...The box of tiles would be a great way to keep my zentangles out and together they would make great conversation starters.

katydidsworld said...

I've been following the 12 Days of Christmas posts. I really love the ATC ensemble. What a great idea for a Christmas gift.

Rae Lynn Reffruschinni said...

I love boxes! Your tiles are lovely. I've been turning my tangles tiles into windchimes.

Susan M. said...

I love the storage box. It is the perfect place to store my favorite tiles. Glad that it is available.

Rurth Check said...

It's amazing how you can use zentangles. I too have used them on Thank you Cards. Yours are singularily creative, balanced, and inviting. Thanks, Ruth

Bella said...

Love, love, love!

Kathy b said...

A thoughtful and beautiful way to save the art. Dropping hints. :)

zumba54@yahoo.com said...

What a blessing Zentangle has been. Your work is an inspiration - a challenge to create and enjoy the beauty of simple things.

Sploch said...

Zentangle has allowed me to discover a bit of my creative side that until now, I didn't really even know existed. It is fun to learn the tangles and relaxing too!

Carol Star said...

I'm dreaming of a Zentangle for the holidays. Simply elegant the art of Zentangle, what wonderful gift ideas.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to attend one of your conferences, but I'm too old-87. I've been doing zentangles almost since you invented them. Everything about them is great. I'm using my own antiqued paper with the sepia pen. Thank you, Maria and Rick.

Terresa Peterson said...

I love this! I love boxes and more Zentangle cards would be so awesome. I love the creativity that comes with the newsletter and love the inspiration that it gives me and my art. Thank you for all that you do Rick and Maria!

PJ Waldrop said...

Wow. Just WOW. So many beautiful ideas. I can' twain to try my gouashe paints with my quill nibs. This is a great collection and inspires me to make my own. Thank you and merry Christmas!

robin pichelmayer said...

This is AWESOME!!!!!!!!

Janey said...

I love hearts and would love this gift from Santa.

La_tigress said...

Awesome.... I would love to buy a box of ATCs like that... I have a mug I am decorating with zentangle, it always takes me a while to get them done... My first one came up missing a year ago :(

Charna said...

Tangling is such a wonderful art form. I'm still learning and look forward to continuing to learn different applications. Thank you for your time and teachings.

Maria Ruiz said...

WUOOOO I WISH TO HAVE THAT FOR CHRISTMAS GIFT BUT WITH EVERYTHING INSIDE ......
.LOVE ITTTTTTT.

Infinite Kitten said...

Love all of the cool things that you guys come up with !

Infinite Kitten said...

Oooo, a present for ME this year!

Crystall Pearson said...

I am so excited about the goodies! I can't wait to see the next 11 days. I am creating a wish list for my husband!!

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