December 26, 2010

An Inspiring Cupcake

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Wow! Can you believe that this is the last Cupcake Inspiration Challenge of the year? I can't believe that the new year is upon us! Check out this week's inspiration. Is this cupcake dreamy, or what? As soon as I saw it, my jaw dropped, then I dropped everything and got to work creating my card. I am in love! This is a serious Cupcake Inspiration!


This gorgeous flower is from our sponsor, Just Inklined. I printed out several of them in a sepia tone on PTI Melon Berry card stock. I cut out and adhered each layer with glue dots, bending up the edges a bit. Then I colored some Pearl Jewels and placed them in the center of my flower. I adhered a piece of Bella Bleu DSP onto a Mellow Moss mat and added frilly bow from my stash. I added my flower and colored some Rhinestone Jewels and placed them in some swirls, tucked under my flower.

December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas! I'm here to share the card that I made for my mom for Christmas, based on the Off The Wall Craftiness challenge from last week. I know I missed the deadline, but I was completely inspired, so I had to share...

Some quick DEEtails:

Rose Red, Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green card stocks stamped with SU!'s new Button, Button set, arranged as a tree using Stampin' Dimensionals on Naturals White card stock, embossed with PTI's Diamonds Impression plate.

But now, on to the good stuff! I wanted to share what my brothers, my hubby and I did for my mom's Christmas present. We sent our parents out for a day and got to work to turn our previous dining room turned sewing room back into a dining room and transform our formal living room, which didn't serve much purpose than a holding room for a lot of random stuff (including golf clubs, a piano, pretty things to look at and more sewing stuff).

Here is her new "studio". The room is positioned at the front of the house. This window looks out to our front lawn. These curtains were in the formal living room and we decided to leave them in there for now. Changing them out to something more colorful might be a future project. The shelves in front of the window were some simple wood ones that my dad built a while ago. We set up a mini ironing board on one and left the other space open. Underneath are some boxes of supplies and bolts of various linings that mom uses on her bags. In the center of the room is a brand new table and PINK lamp that we purchased. We pulled up some old dining room chairs that we had in the basement. You can't see it in the photos, but we added a chair mat that my friend, Rebecca donated, to make it a bit easier to pick up loose threads that fall on the ground. We're planning on securing those cords...

My Aunt bought my mom a body form and we set it up in this room. We brought down the lamp from our playroom and switched out the light bulbs to be natural light rather than soft white light. Behind it, are a few rolls of additional materials - vinyl and such. In the center of the wall is our old dining table, set up as a cutting table. We placed it between two old bookshelves, lined with mini bolts of fabric that my brothers and I wrapped. The left bookshelf holds binders of inspirational ideas that my mom has been gathering. The little shelf piece with the ribbon organizer on the right bookshelf is a new piece that we bought and my little brother built.

Here's another view of that side of the room. We decided to put up paintings and artwork that we had created. The three in the center were made by big brother - a self-portrait, a garden painting and a cute koala. The big mermaid painting was something that I made in 2nd grade. The artwork in the other photos are by also by my brothers and me (a self portrait of me is hanging above the body form), as well as one made by my grandmother (mom's mom). We also bought the shelving unit in the corner to match one that my mom had purchased before. This gives her a lot of more space to organize and store all her stuff! We bought a couple of pretty glass jars to display some buttons and threads and placed them up there.

To the right of the mermaid painting and shelf unit is an opening to our dining room. On the opposite side of the opening is the original shelving unit along with a self-portrait and poem by little brother. (If you were keeping track, that's all 3 of our self-portraits!) We made this little area her "business area" with personalized notepads, business cards, tags, and some of her favorite PINK tools - tape dispenser, white out, etc.

I made a cork board and dry erase board and hung it in the corner along with a yard sale find - a tiny shelf made from a yard stick. These wooden spools of silk thread were passed down from my paternal grandmother. They were the perfect colors for my mom's work room!

And here's the final touch... I made this sign for my mom. It hangs right above the doorway into the dining room. Hope you've enjoyed the little craft room tour! If you're interested in seeing a few of her creations, click here. I've opened up an Etsy shop for her, but haven't stocked it yet. I'll keep you posted! :)

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and got all that you wished for! :)

December 23, 2010

Christmas Presents

I made this card for the Create, Ink! challenge. Aren't these little presents fun?


Here are the DEEtails:

I stamped some SU! Playful Pieces images on River Rock, Soft Suede, and Whisper White card stock with some Soft Suede and Real Red inks. I can't quite remember where the snowflake pattern is from, but I'll let you know! I tied some taffeta and satin ribbons onto my packages. Then I added a Soft Suede decorative label punched with the sentiment from SU!'s Season of Joy set. Hope you like it!

December 20, 2010

Pastel Winter

There's something about three Christmas trees that I just love... Here's another trio of trees, this time in some non-traditional colors.

I took a cue from the beautiful inspiration photo at Moxie Fab World for the Tuesday Trigger. Isn't this beautiful?!


Layers again... This time with Shades of Spring DSP, some Naturals White card stock with an Eyelet Lace punched border, tied with soem Very Vanilla Seam Binding. Then I stamped three Whisper White trees from SU!'s Season of Joy set on Blushing Bride, Rose Red, and Baja Breeze card stock. I added a sentiment from PTI's Peace Be With You and punched it out with a Decorative Label Punch. I added some Rhinestone Jewels for a bit of glam.

December 19, 2010

A Very Merry Christmas

Happy Sunday! And Happy Cupcake Inspirations Day! Are you all ready for Christmas? I can't believe how quickly these days are flying by! Santa will be here before we know it! And speaking of Santa, check out this amazing cake for this week's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge!


I'm all about layers lately, and this card is no exception. I combined some Ski Slope DSP with some Cosmo Cricket patterned paper layered with some Old Olive Patterned Trees. I added a piece of Riding Hood Red card stock with an Eyelet punch border and SU!'s Punches Three tied up with some Mistletoe Ribbon Originals. For that extra special touch, I added some fun, sparkly wooden snowflakes from my stash.

December 18, 2010

Deck the Hall with Lace and Holly

This week's Pals Paper Arts Challenge is an Elements of Style Challenge - Get Your Lace in Place. Doesn't that just sound fun?! It's hard for me not to take a gorgeous photo like this, be completely inspired and run with it, but I still have more Christmas cards to make, so I incorporated lace into a Christmas number.

Here are the DEEtails:

I started off with a Garden Green card and added some Cosmo Cricket patterned paper. Then I added two strips of Victoria crochet trim. Then I added some ruffled Riding Hood Red striped ribbon. I stamped my images from SU!'s Berry Christmas set, adding some glittery embossing powder to the little bird. I added a Riding Hood Red mat and added it to my card. Hope you like it!

December 16, 2010

Winter Wonderland 2

Perhaps you are tired of some of the same elements popping into my cards, but I only have a handful of Christmas stamps and I love them to pieces - so I'm getting great use out of them! Today's card is for the Pink Elephant Challenge - Winter Wonderland (and I used a lot of the same elements in my previous Winter Wonderland card).

Here are the DEEtails:

I started out with a Crumb Cake card and layered on my elements including some patterned papers from Cosmo Cricket, some Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain ribbon, the stamped image from SU!'s Notably Ornate set, SU! Patterned Trees stamped in VersaMark on Naturals White card stock with a bit of shimmery embossing powder, and some Very Vanilla Seam Binding topped with a Very Vanilla button, threaded with some Baker's Twine.

December 13, 2010

Winter Wonderland

Every once in a while I like to pile things onto a card and see how it turns out. It's not something I do often, but it seemed to work out on this card.

I made it for this week's Pals Paper Arts Winter White Challenge. It seems like ages since my last PPA challenge... and I did more cream than white... but I'm trying to get back in the swing of things...

Want the DEEtails?

I started with a Naturals White card and starting piling some elements on. I added some Elegant Soiree DSP on some Sahara Sand card stock. I slipped a Decorative Label punch underneath and added a Chat Room rub on sentiment. Then I added the elegant Notably Ornate stamp with Crumb Cake ink on Very Vanilla card stock and cut it out. I added a line of Patterned Trees which I stamped with VersaMark and embossed on Naturals White card stock. Finally, I trimmed my card with some ruffled Very Vanilla Satin ribbon. What do you think?

December 12, 2010

Some Love To Keep You Warm

Brrr! It's so cold here, but here's some love to keep you warm! And aren't these inspiration cupcakes perfect?! Yup, it's time again for the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge!

Here are the DEEtails:

Cold weather calls for lots of layers, so I piled them on! A little Naturals White, some Baja Breeze, some Ski Slope DSP, and a little bit of snow (Naturals White card stock). This cute girl is from AnitaBeStampin', our sponsor this week (and one of our sweeties). I paper pieced her coat and added some flocking to her fur trim. Then I added my sentiment from SU!'s Cold and Cuddly set to some Baja Breeze card stock, with a scalloped edge trim and some Rhinstone Jewels. Hope you're keeping warm today!

December 11, 2010

Warm Winter Wishes

I hope December is treating you well! I've been so busy with work that I haven't had much time to do much of anything lately! I've been trying to find time to create and de-stress and I finally had a bit of time to whip up this simple card this afternoon.

I love a little sparkle, don't you? Check out this week's Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger.


Sorry this card looks so blue! I used Lovely Lilac, which I always find difficult to photograph. I started off with a simple card and base. I pulled out some silver ribbon from my stash and wrapped it around my card. Then I used PTI's Peace Be With You stamp set and die to create a sparkly snowflake with some VersaMark and Glittery embossing powder. I adhered it using glue dots over the ribbon. Then I stamped the sentiment from SU!'s The More The Merrier set and added a Brushed Silver scalloped edge. So simple, with just the right amount of sparkle. Hope you like it!

December 5, 2010

Holly Jolly Christmas

Ready for another Cupcake Inspirations Challenge? Come join the sweeties and our guest designer, Maria Matter for another fun challenge.


I've been enjoying typing and printing out my own sentiments because I can make my card say whatever I want! I used the font, Do I Like Stripes?, for today's sentiment and printed it out on Naturals White card stock. I stamped my image from SU!'s Pendant Park in Garden Green and added some white flocking for the snow. Then I ripped some Naturals White cardstock, dipped the edges in white flocking, and adhered it to my card for a snowy ground. I colored some Rhinestone Jewels with red permanent marker and added some holly berries. I added a Garden Green mat and adhered everything to a Real Red card.

Hope you like it!

December 4, 2010

Blue Christmas

Leslie from A Creative Mint takes some of the most gorgeous photos. This week's City Crafter Challenge photo is no exception.

Here are the DEEtails:

I started off with a piece of Naturals White card stock and stamped a branchy swirl from SU!'s Mixed Bouquet set in Crumb Cake. Then I punched a 2" circle in Paper Source Pool card stock and added some Brushed Silver swirls, topped with Rhinestone Jewels. I cut a little piece of Brushed Silver card stock for the top of the ornament and added a Whisper White Taffeta bow. For the bottom portion of my card, I stamped the sentiment from SU!'s Heard from the Heart set in Baja Breeze. I added a Scallope edge in Brushed Silver (it's a bit hard to see) and a ruffled Whisper White Taffeta ribbon.

Thanks for peeking in today! :)

December 1, 2010

DEEsignsbyNinaDEE on Etsy!

Happy December! I'm excited to share something special with you today!

I'll be selling some of my card DEEsigns, some DEEstash items, as well as my DEEscounted stamps.

I try to update my shop almost every weekend, so be sure to check back often.

Plus, all my followers will get a special DEEscount! Just e-mail me at DEEsignsbyninadee (at) gmail (dot) com and let me know you are a follower to receive a special holiday discount code good during the month of December. Hope you'll stop by and take a peek! :)

November 28, 2010

'Tis The Season

Here's my card for this week's Cupcake Inspirations Challenge. Check out this fancy cupcake! It's really hard for me to make a card that is almost completely white, so I tried to add texture and sparkle to add some interest. I hope you can see the detail!

Here are the DEEtails:

I arranged my digital images from this week's sponsor, Amber Ink, then printed the picture. I added some flocking to the tree and snowy ground. Then I added a little bit of glitter to both the tree and the swirls. I pulled out some pink, green, and blue rhinestones from my stash and added them to my tree. Then I added a layer of Pink Pirouette card stock and a piece of Pink Pirouette grosgrain ribbon on a Pear Pizzazz card. Hope you like it!

November 26, 2010

Tied Up With Bows

Today's card is for the CR84FN challenge. I adore the stack of ribbons on the right and knew right away that I wanted to make a card full of ribbons.


I started off with a piece of Crumb Cake card stock and tied on various Real Red ribbons - 1/2" Striped Grograin, 1" Stitched Grosrain, 1 1/2" Striped Grosgrain and 1" Polka Dot Grosgrain. I wanted a fun sentiment, so I typed it up in Susie's Hand and printed it in brown ink on Real Red card stock. I adhered my layers to a Crumb Cake card for a fun and simple card. Hope you're having a fabulous day!

November 25, 2010

Christmas Wreath

Happy Turkey Day everyone! :) Hope you are enjoying some time with family and friends! We are home for with our families for the week and this time I decided not to bring ANY crafting supplies with me. Not to worry though... I spent last weekend whipping up a few cards to keep you entertained. Enjoy!

I decided to make a cute little Christmas card for the wee Memories Put a Little Pink Scrappy Saturday Challenge. It's always fun to add pink to a card, isn't it?

Here are the DEEtails:

I started off punching a 2 1/2" circle out of Naturals White card stock and a bunch of Wild Wasabi branches with my Bird Punch. I trimmed the long end of each branch off, then adhered and overlapped them to the perimeter of my circle. to make a wreath. I added some pink rhinestones from my stash and adhered my wreath to a piece of Naturals White card stock, matted with some Blusshing Bride card stock. I added a Pretty in Pink Satin bow and the stamped sentiment from my Christmas Greetings set, matted with more Blushing Bride card stock.

Hope you like it!

November 24, 2010

Happy Winter

Here's another simple winter card. This one uses this week's Clean & Simple Sketch.

Here are the DEEtails:

I started with some PTI felt in Aqua Mist and the snowflake from the PTI Peace Be With You dies set. Then I stamped the matching snowflakes in SU! Baja Breeze ink on SU! Naturals White card stock. I slipped the stamped images underneath my felt and added a Scallop Edge border on the bottom. I stamped the sentiment with the same ink and card stock, trimmed it to size and adhered it onto my felt. I added some Rhinestone Jewels in various sizes to jazz it up a bit, then adhered everything to a Paper Source Pool card.

Hope you like it!

November 23, 2010

Patterned Trees

This card was made using the color combination from the Just Add Ink challenge.


I stamped the Christmas Trees from my Patterned Trees set with VersaMark and embossed them. Then I adhered them to a Scalloped circle from the Scallop Circles #2 Bigz die with some Stampin' Dimensionals. I layered it over a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock, with rounded corners and stamped with the sentiment from my Christmas Greetings set (sorry it's a bit hard to see!). I tied a big Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon bow for a quick and simple card.

Thanks for stopping by today!

November 22, 2010

Season of Joy

Here's another unexpected holiday color combination. The inspiration comes from the Play Date Cafe.


I love a simple card with lots of colorful layers. This card was so easy to make. I simply inked my stamp from the Season of Joy set with Real Red, Old Olive, and Tempting Turquoise Stampin' Write Markers and stamped it on some Whisper White card stock. Then I layered it on a piece of Real Red card stock. Next, I took some Tempting Turquoise and Old Olive card stocks, layered them together, then randomly wrapped some bakers twine around and tied a bow. I addhered it to my Real Red card and added my stamped layer. What do you think?

Welcome Christmas

Today I'd like to share my creation for the Embellish Magazine Holidays Color Challenge. I love throwing in non-traditional colors in Christmas cards!

Here are the DEEtails:

I stamped and embossed my Patterned Trees on Blushing Bride, Ruby Red and Certainly Celery card stocks. I cut each tree out and layered them onto some book page hills. I added a layer of Chocolate Chip card stock and a Masterpiece Ribbon Originals bow. I stamped my sentiment from the Heard from the Heart set in Chocolate Chip ink on some Pink Pirouette card stock and layered it over my ribbon with some Stampin' Dimensionals. Hope you like it!

November 21, 2010

Happy Fall

Happy fall everyone! I'm back today with a card for this week's Cupcake Inspirations challenge.

I love how simple this card is. I started with a Pumpkin Pie card and layered a few pieceds of card stock - Peach Parfait and Pear Pizzazz. Then I printed a digital paper from Robyn's Fetish for my background and added a Pear Pizzazz Top Note die cut that I had pre-printed my sentiment that I typed up with the font, Eight Fifteen. I added some Pumpkin Pie Satin ribbon, then added a couple of pumpkins from Robyn's Fetish.
Hope you like it! Have a great day!

November 20, 2010

Hello Again

Hello again! Aren't the colors in this inspiration fabulous? Kim at Off The Wall Craftiness always does such a fantastic job picking out her inspiartion boards. I'm loving this week's colors!

Here are the DEEtails:

I cut out my little banners by hand with Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist, Peach Parfait, and Apricot Appeal card stocks. I used my 1/16" punch at the top corners and then threaded some Baker's Twine through each piece. I added a piece of book print to my Marina Mist card and added a strip of Not Quite Navy, stamped with the sentiment from the Hello Again set. I attached my banners for a fun and cheerful card. Enjoy!

November 19, 2010

Fall Flowers

This is my take on this week's ColourQ challenge. Check out those fabulous colors!


This card was simple, really. I started off with some Naturals White card stock, run through my Cuttlebug with the PTI Woodgrain impression template. Then I added a layer of Rich Razzleberry card stock, tied with some More Mustard ribbon from the Orchard Ribbon Originals. Then I puched out some scalloped circles from a book that I picked up at the dollar store, crinkled them up a bit and added some embossed flowers from the Fall Flair set that I cut out from Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Rich Razzleberry card stocks.

Thanks for stopping by!

November 18, 2010

Home for the Holidays

It's been a challenge to find time to create and even harder for me to find daylight hours to take good photos of my card. I've had this card made for several days and finally had to ask my husband to take a photo. It's not the best angle, since he didn't know exactly what I wanted captured, but you get the idea. Under that big fluffy bow is a house. The sentiment says "home for the holidays." Here's why: this week's Shabby Tea Room challenge is "What are you thankful for?" I decided to use the holiday colors and made a card that shows the one thing that I am most thankful for around the holidays - being home.

Here are the DEEtails:
I had a strange vision the other day of a fancy label shape cut out of cork with a cute little row of houses. I rarely get card inspiration like this on my own, so I decided to go with it. I puched out my cork with my Decorative Label Punch and a house stamped with my Good Neighbors set. I knew what sentiment I wanted to use, so I typed it and printed it using Californian FB and Scrap Caligraphy for my fonts. I trimmed my card stock and adhered it on my cork. I probably could have trimmed it down a little smaller so my cork showed a little more, but I thought about that after I assembled the entire card. I layered on my cute house and added a little branch from my Bird punch to underline my sentiment. I really liked the way this looked, so I punched out some more leaves using my Little Leaves Sizzlits die. I added a woodgrain background with my PTI impression plate and Scallop Circle #2 Bigz die. I used a Wild Wasabi card and added a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock. Then I tied a bow with some Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain ribbon, then layered all my elements on. What do you think? What are you most thankful for during the holidays?