February 28, 2011

Simply Happy

Today's card is for the new challenge over at Jay Gee's Nook.


I loved the simplicity of the inspiration photos, so I wanted to keep the same feel for my card. Plus I just got this fabulous hand-dyed doily from Gail Lindner's Etsy shop and wanted this gorgeous embellishment to shine. I adhered it with glue dots to some Dotty Biscotti patterned paper from PTI. I added the stamped sentiment from SU!'s Apple Blossoms set in Bermuda Bay on Naturals White card stock and added some yellow ribbon from my stash. Hope you like it! :)

February 27, 2011

100 Cupcakes!

Today marks the 100th Cupcake Inspirations Challenge! Wow! That's a lot of cupcakes! :) I am loving this week's set of cupcakes. They are so cute and were so fun to create a card replica of. You'll definitely want to play this week cause there are lots of prizes to be had! :)

Here are the DEEtails:

I loved the inspiration so much that I decided to just create a card replica. Here are the DEEtails for each cupcake, starting from the top left:
  1. 1 1/2" Scallop Circle punched from Pink Pirouette, sentiment from SU!'s Hello Again, stamped in VersaMark ink and embossed, punched with 1" circle.
  2. Almost Amethyst flowers die cut from Sizzlits Floral Fusion die, Daffodil Delight center punched with Itty Bitty Punches, Pear Pizzazz leaf punched from Bird Punch.
  3. Clouds hand cut from PTI felt.
  4. Rainbow made from layered circles, 1 1/4" circle in Blushing Bride, 1" circle in Daffodil Delight, 3/4" circle in Almost Amethyst.
  5. Baja Breeze hearts cut from Sizzlits Floral Fusion die cut flowers.
  6. Pear Pizzazz leaves punched from Bird Punch.
  7. Vellum leaf from my stash, Pink Pirouette flower from Bird Song Cricut die.
  8. 1 1/4" circle and strips of Daffodil Delight.
  9. Purple flower from my stash and Ice Cream Parlor button.

Each piece was adhered to a 1 1/2" Circle punched from Pink Pirouette (except for the first one). All circles were adhered to a PS Pool mat and card. Hope you like it!

February 26, 2011

A Quick Hi (And A Few Changes On The Way...)

Sorry for the delay... I've been working on some new ideas for the ole blog today. So, if all goes well, you'll be seeing some new things here soon... Keep your fingers crossed! :)

Today's card is something that I made last month for the Embellish Magazine publication call. I didn't make the cut, but I still wanted to share the card with you.

I started with a some Chocolate Chip card stock and added a piece of Very Vanilla, stamped with SU!'s A to Z in Sahara Sand. I adhered it to the card and tied some fun frilly ribbon from my stash. I punched out several Scallop Circles in Pumpkin Pie, Peach Parfait, and Apricot Appeal, which I crumpled up and adhered to my card with glue dots. Then I added some glittery stickers to spell out "hi." I added a Pumpkin Pie mat before adhering to a PS Pool card.
Hope you're having a good weekend! :)

February 25, 2011


Heather Pulvirenti has another gorgeous color combination for her new Totally Hues challenge. Love it!


I decided to keep things pretty simple on this card, because I think the colors, embellishment, and sentiment all speak volumes. I started with a PTI Ocean Tides card and added a layer of Raspberry Fizz cardstock with a piece of Aqua Mist scallop edge border below it. I stamped the word Everything from SU!'s Always set and hand wrote the rest of the sentiment. Then I added this awesome felt branch from my stash for a splash of brown texture. Enjoy.

February 24, 2011

Scallops Galore!

I'm thrilled to be the Featured Artist at Pals Paper Arts today! This week's theme is Elements of Style: Scallops. And these scallops are so pretty!


I completely CASEd the idea of layering my scallop punches from Rochelle Gould. It was really quite simple, although it made a giant mess. I simply punched out Naturals White card stock with my various border punches (Scallop Edge, Scallop Trim, Eyelet Border, and Dotted Scallop Ribbon). Then I layered them on my card. Then I pulled out some Daffodil Delight Satin Ribbon and created some ribbon flowers and tucked in some leaves from the Bird punch. I also tucked a little sentiment from SU!'s Something to Celebrate set, which I used my corner rounder on and matted with some Wild Wasabi card stock. Hope you like it!

February 23, 2011

Flying By To Say Thank You

Today's card is for the Embellish Magazine Color Trends Challenge with Birds. This challenge is absolutely perfect for me, given my fondness of birds and neutrals. But, it was actually pretty difficult for me to come up with something. I finally put this card together and am loving it!

Here are the DEEtails:

First let me explain that when I first saw the challenge, I thought the blue was much darker. This is the reason why I used Not Quite Navy in my card, rather than something like Brocade Blue. Oops! I started off with a Crumb Cake card (my favorite) and layered on some embellishments - a die cut embellishment, meant to look like an old letter, an MS doily inked in brown, and a sentiment from SU!'s Bella Blossoms set in Not Quite Navy on Crumb Cake, punched out with the Decorative Label punch. Then I stamped the bird from SU!'s Notably Ornate set in VersaMark, embossed, and adhered him with Stampin' Dimensionals. I added a piece of DSP from the Neutrals Collection, wrapped with Early Espresson Satin and Kraft Taffeta ribbons. Then I stamped the birdcage from SU!'s Nature Walk in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla card stock and added it to the card with some Stampin' Dimensionals. I love the look of tying on a piece of Linen Thread to the top of the cage. I tucked in some brown blooms from my stash for a little more texture and dimension. Hope you like it!

February 22, 2011

Butterfly Hello

Today's card is for Challenge #4 over at Jay Gee's Nook. I actually made this card right after the challenge came out, but kept forgetting to post it.

Here are the DEEtails:

I started with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and added pieces of Sticky Strip to the back edges. Then I added pieces of Hemp Twine across the front, carefully sticking it to the Sticky Strip on the back. Then I cut smaller pieces of Very Vanilla cardstock and layered (lots of layers!) between the pieces of Sticky Strip to even everything out, since the Hemp Twine and Sticky Strip made it quite bumpy at the edges. Once things were evened out, I added a Crumb Cake Mat. Then I stamped some MS butterflies in Sahara Sand ink and cut them out. I adhered them with Stampin' Dimensionals and added my sentiment from SU!'s Trendy Trees set.

February 21, 2011


Happy Monday! I'm off today and loving the opportunity for some extra crafting. Today I thought I'd try my hand at another Sketch Challenge. This one is from Just Add Ink.


I just got a pack of fun die cut embellishments and decided to use one of the frames as a a border on this sketch. I trimmed off one edge and tucked it under a piece of Very Vanilla card stock, that I stamped with the sentiment from SU!'s Full of Life set. It kind of looks like a crown. :) I stamped a flourish with VersaMark ink and embossed it. I love the way it frames the sentiment. The flourish is another one from the flourish set that I have no idea where I got (somebody help me please). I added a piece of Bermuda Bay Scallop Edge Border to my PS Chartreuse card and wrapped some ribbon from my stash around it. I added a bow and a light teal blossom to finish it off.

February 20, 2011

Time for Tea

Who doesn't love tea and cupcakes? :) Today's card is for this week's Cupcake Inspirations Challenge. Check out this cool swirly cupcake/mini cake!

Here are the DEEtails for my card:

I used a bit of Pale Plum card stock for my background, which I matted with some Night of Navy card stock. I stamped some flourishes that I had in my stamp drawer (I'm not exactly sure who makes this stamp) and the sentiment from the Upsy Daisy set. Then I adhered a doily to my card (I can't help myself!) and the digital tea pot stamp from Prairie Fairy, which I printed on Baja Breeze card stock, colored in with my Stampin' Write Markers (Brocade Blue, Night of Navy, and Wild Wasabi), and mounted with Stampin' Dimensionals. I created the little flower bud with some Night of Navy Striped Grosgrain ribbon and some Pear Pizzaz leaves, punched from the Bird Punch. I adhered it to a Baja Breeze Seam Binding double bow, which I tucked at the bottom of my teapot. For my final touch, I colored some Rhinestone Jewels and laid them over a couple of the swirls from my flourish. Love a little bling every now and then! :) Hope you are having a great weekend!

Psst! The Seam Binding Ribbon is now a part of my fabulous ribbon share for a limited time! Check it out here!

February 19, 2011

A Cherry on Top (And A Valentine Tradition)

Be sure to check out my updated Ribbon Shares! There are lots of great options! :)

Today is my step-mom's birthday, so I made this fun card for her. It makes me want to run to a bakery! :)

Here are the DEEtails:

I started with a Real Red card and adhered a pretty doily. (are you tired of all my doilies yet?!) Then I adhered my cake stand and tiny cupcakes. I made the cake stand with a piece of Early Espresso card stock that I punched with a 1 1/4" circle punch on either side to make some curves and some strips of Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border cut in half. The mini cupcakes were stamped from SU!'s Itty Bitty Bits and punched with the circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punches. The sentiment is from SU!'s A Word for You set.

I'm also here to share with you the Valentine my sweet hubby made for me. Since we began dating, we started a tradition of always making a gift for each other for Valentine's Day. The "making" of the gift can be translated loosely, as long as you have some degree of "creating" the gift. This year, Hubby made me these:

I have a very narrow craft space (which is why I had to take the photo at such an awkward angle). It's actually the back part of our living room; the area behind our sofa. And it's always been hard having an odd (in both size and location) because whatever goes there is also the backdrop for our living room. So I really have to think about function and fashion when I'm tidying up the craft space. I have an Expedit shelf (you know, the one many lucky crafters have) that I got a couple of years ago for Christmas. I used to keep a large butcher block table in front of it, but it was rather awkward since it was so deep, and ate up most of my little narrow space. So I had been looking for some alternatives, when we came across this guy:

Click on the photo for more info

It's actually a changing table unit, which you purchase the top piece seperately. We bought it without the top, obviously and it is fabulous. It's about the same width as my old butcher block, but shallow, so it gives a little more standing room behind it. And we decided to push it up against the couch, rather than against the book shelf to eliminate my use of the back of he couch as a shelf (which Hubby hated). We liked it so much that we ended up getting two! This almost doubles my work space and allows me to keep out my Cuttlebug and Cricut, which I will hopefully get more use out of, now that I don't have to dig it out! The top shelf, is great for those things that used to sit on top of my desk (like my cutter and Stampin' Scrub), that I use regularly, but don't need out constantly. The drawers are nice and roomy, allowing me to store all kinds of goodies and keep messy things hidden (as opposed to when they were on the open shelves of the Expedit). Plus the top drawer has a mini drawer inside which is perfect for storing little things! Like CHOCOLATE!

Of course, what's a Valentine without chocolate!?! Hubby filled one of the mini drawers with lots of yummy goodies! So SWEET! :)

Thanks for stopping by today! It's always fun sharing with you on Saturday. :)

February 18, 2011

So Kind

Today's card is for this week's CR84FN Challenge. Aren't these colors so much fun?

Here are the DEEtails for my card:
I started with a piece of Kiwi Kiss card stock, that I embossed with the PTI Woodgrain emboosing plate. Then I matted it onto a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock. I layered on a sweet doily and some Daffodil Delight Striped Grosgrain ribbon. Then I stamped a swirl and sentiment from SU!'s Priceless set onto some Whisper White card stock, that I trimmed into a tag, tied up with some Old Olive Satin ribbon and Linen Thread. I tucked in some cute teal flowers and a big Daffodil Delight bow to finish it off. Hope you like it!

February 17, 2011

Simple Sketch

Sketch Challenges are by far my weakness. But I still had to try out this week's Pals Paper Arts Sketch.

The DEEtials:

I decided to keep this card pretty simple. I layered some In Color DSP in Blushing Bride onto a Sahara Sand card. Then I punched out some Scallop Circles and layered those under my stamped images from the SU! Awash With Flowers set, which I stamped in VersaMark and embossed on Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz card stock. I definitely think this card needs more, but apparently wasn't quite feeling it... Hmm...

February 16, 2011

Bright Love

Today's card was made for the current Embellish Magazine Color Trends Challenge. Fabulously bright colors, right?

Ready for the DEEtails?

I started with a piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the cute heart garland stamp from SU!'s Valentine Defined set. I matted it with some Kiwi Kiss card stock with a scallop edge border and tucked a piece of Old Olive Striped Grosgrain ribbon underneath. Then I added a Riding Hood Red heart die cut, topped with an Old Olive Designer Button tied up with Baker's Twine. I also added the sentiment, also from SU!'s Valentine Defined, which I inked with Stampin' Write Markers (Old Olive, Taken with Teal and Riding Hood Red) and matted with some Taken with Teal card stock. I adhered everything to a Pixie Pink card for a fun, bright card!

February 15, 2011

Ribbon Birthday

Today is my Dab's (step-dad's) birthday. This card was super easy (and pretty fun) to make.

Here are the DEEts:

I started with a piece of bright Summer Sun card stock and layered on lots of fun ribbons from my collection (including Crushed Curry Polka Dot ribbon, Daffodil Delight Grosgrain ribbons, Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon and some Kiwi Kiss Striped Grosgrain ribbon). Then I stamped my sentiment from SU!'s Afterthoughts stamp set with Old Olive ink. I added a neat metal frame from my stash. Hope you like it!

February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! Today I'm sharing a card that I made for the Off The Wall Craftiness Challenge.

Here are the DEEtails:

I pulled lots of inspirational elements from the photo above and dug through my stash to combine them all on one card, including a doily, a mail embellishment, some linen thread, some pretty lace patterned paper, some Seam Binding ribbon, and some flowers. I piled them all on a Pink Pirouette card. I love how it all came together!

February 13, 2011

Fancy Flourish

Words cannot describe this week's cupcake inspiration and I'll tell you, it was quite difficult to capture it in a simple card. So that's why it's called a challenge right?

Here are the DEEtails:
Today I'm using this fabulous purple swirl from this week's sponsor, Flourish with a Bling. The original swirl is rather large, so I decided to cut some of the tendrils to make a more petite sized swirl for my card. I snipped, arranged, and adhered, then added some green flowers with a few Rhinestone Jewels. I stamped a sentiment from PTI's Signature Greetings in the corner and added a Lavender Lace mat before adhering it all to a Lavender Lace card. Pretty, but still not as gorgeous as the real thing! Hope you'll play along with us!

February 12, 2011

Green Birthday (and Fun Embellishments)

I'm thrilled that I was chosen as a winner at Moxie Fab World for the Color Inspiration Monochromatic challenge! It makes me want to shout "Did you see it? Did you see it?!", but I won't... :) Anyway, I thought I'd try my hand at another monochromatic color combination. Today's birthday card was inspired by the colors from page 128 of the Paper Crafts Color Inspiration for Card Makers. I made this card for my Papa (my Dad), whose birthday is today.

Here are the DEEtails:

I started with an Old Olive card and added a piece of pretty patterned paper from my stash. Then I wrapped some Old Olive and Always Artichoke grosgrain ribbons. Then I grabbed a chipboard embellishment and inked it up with some Certainly Celery ink and stamped the sentiment from SU!'s Full of Lie set. I'm not sure I like how the coloring turned out on the chipboard, but I think it's okay...

A couple of weeks ago, I made a fun card with a postage stamp frame. A fan asked about it and sadly, it's not available anymore. So I did some research and came up with some other alternatives to postage stamp frames. One of them is this fun Maya Road embellishment that I picked up. And with all that researching, I came across a bunch of other neat embellishments, so I'm excited to start creating some new stuff. I've noticed that a lot of my cards are looking the same - same layouts, same embellishments, same old, same old... So, I'm hoping to get inspired and get more creative. You may have noticed a few of my new goodies and you'll be seeing more soon - new stamp sets, flowers (paper, fabric, and resin), chipboard, borders, doilies, frames, ribbon (as if I need more ribbon) and more... What about you? What kinds of embellishments are you into? Right now I'm totally loving doilies! :)

February 11, 2011

Totally Hues Valentine

I've always admired Heather Pulverenti's ability to create with such interesting color combinations and I was excited to hear that she decided to make a challenge out of it. I certainly don't have the knack that she does, since I'm more a lover of neutrals, but I thought I'd try it out. Check out the colors for the first challenge:

Here are the DEEtails:

These colors are so bright and bold that I just had to let them shine. I used my Sizzix heart dies to create 3 fun heart shapes in Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, and Kiwi Kiss. I attached them to some Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon, which I wrapped around a Bermuda Bay card. Lots of color right?! Then I simply stamped the Valentine definition from the SU! Valentine Defined set, which I matted with some Daffodil Delight, trimmed with a Pinking Hearts Border on one side. What do you think?

February 10, 2011

Go-To Sentiment Card

Here's a card for another challenge from Nichole Heady's Blog, this time, to make a Go-To Sentiment card.

Here are the DEEts:

I started stamping my various Congratulations sentiments (from PTI Signature Greetings, SU! Eight Great Greetings, SU! Something to Celebrate, SU! Picture This, SU! Silhouette Sentiments, and SU! A Word for You) on a piece of Whisper White card stock. I matted it with Elegant Eggplant and Regal Rose card stocks. Then I punched a piece of Elegant Eggplant card stock with the Scallop Edge Trim and added a strip of Regal Rose Grosgrain ribbon. I adhered that to my card along with my stamped sentiments. I punched a sweet butterfly from a Martha Stewart punch and added some preuty Rhinestone Jewels for a little bling.

Lovely Lace

This week's Pals Paper Arts Challenge is Those Were the Days (Vintage Inspiration). I'm not exactly sure how to convey the vintage look, so I pulled together things that seemed old and rusty (bird cage), distressed and stained (doily), and a little granny-ish (flowers and crochet lace). What do you think?

Here are the DEEtails:

I started with a pretty piece of Springtime Vintage DSP and rounded the corners. I layered on a doily that was distressed with ink and a piece of Very Vanilla with more rounded corners. I stamped the SU! Elizabeth image and added a piece of Victoria crochet lace. Then I stamped the bird cage image from SU!'s Nature Walk set, cut it out and tied some Linen Thread to it. For a final touch, I added a Vintage Flower Adornment. Hope you like it!

February 9, 2011

Colorful Creations Part 2

Scroll down for part 1 of this post!

My second card uses Erin Lincoln's fabulous color combination.

I started with a PTI Ocean Tides card and stamped the sentiment from the PTI Signature Greetings set. I cut out a strip of lacy card stock from my stash and adhered it onto my card. Then I created my Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon flower and tucked a couple of PTI Ripe Avocado leaves punched with a MS leaf punch underneath. I'm loving this one!

Hope you enjoy the extra eye candy today! :) See you tomorrow!

Colorful Creations Part 1

I'm adoring the color combinations on Nichole Heady's blog today! I'm so excited that I have two extra cards today (on top of my daily card! Wow!)

This first card is using Melissa Phillips' color combination.


I started with some PTI Spring Moss and embossed it with the PTI Woodgrain embossing plate. Then I stamped some petal images from SU!'s Build a Blossom set. I colored these in with my Regal Rose Stampin' Write marker on PTI Sweet Blush card stock. Using the Stampin' Write marker gives it a little more of a petal-ly look, you know, with the veins and all. I cut these out by hand and layered them on with glue dots and added a Very Vanilla brad to the center. Then I tucked in a piece of Very Vanilla card stock, stamped with the sentiment from the PTI Everyday Button Bits set. I adhered everything to a PTI Ripe Avocado mat and a PTI Spring Moss card.

Darling Doily

Today's card is for the current CARDS Challenge: doilies! They are so popular right now, aren't they? I think it's because they make such a perfect backdrop for cards. I love them!

Here are the DEEtails for today's card:

I started with a Baja Breeze card and adhered my doily (from Wilton) I tied a big bow, with some Marina Mist Striped Grosgrain ribbon and added some peachy flowers from my stash. So easy! Hope you like it! :)

February 8, 2011

Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop!

Welcome to the February PALS HOP! This month, the Stampin' Pretty Pals are featuring Stampin' Up!'s fabulous Sale-A-Bration projects for your inspiration! Did you know that our hop logo was designed by Stephanie Uzee using the MDS CD which you can earn for free during Sale-A-Bration! Thank you Stephanie!)

You've likely hopped over from Dawn Gross at This & That. I'm stop number 12 on the PALS HOP and I'm glad you hopped in! I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find inspirational ideas for paper crafted creations from the Stampin' Pretty Pals! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the PALS HOP LINE-UP at the bottom of this post and you'll be back on track!

Today I'm showcasing 3 different cards and looks using my favorite Sale-a-Bration sets. Enjoy!

DEEsign 1: Natural and Neutral with Bliss


I started with a Crumb Cake base and stamped the flourish image from the Bliss stamp set. Then I added some Very Vanilla Seam Binding, which I pleated. I stamped t butterfly from the same set in Sahara Sand ink on Very Vanilla card stock and cut it out. I adhered the butterfly to my card with a glue dot, bent up the wings a bit and added a strip of Rhinestone Jewels. I wrapped some Linen Thread aroud my card a few times, tied it in a simple bow, then used my corner rounder to soften up the edges.

DEEsign 2: Soft and Sweet with Sweet Summer


I started with a Naturals White base and stamped the leaf flourish from the Sweet Summer set with Pear Pizazz ink and the flowers blossoms with Blushing Bride ink. Then I took my blender pen and filled in the leaves and flowers. I cut out my flowers, added some Pearl Jewels and adhered them with some Stampin' Dimensionals. Then I stamped the sentiment from the Hostess Level 1 Because I Care set. I added some Pear Pizazz Seam Binding and a Naturals White mat before adhering everything to my Blushing Bride card.

DEEsign 3: Bright and Bold with Ice Cream Parlor


Okay, so really this is two Sale-A-Bration sets, but I couldn't resist. I started with some playful patterns from the Ice Cream Parlor DSP, which I cut into 1 3/4" squares. I adhered them to a piece of Melon Mambo card stock, which I had punched a Scallop Border onto one side. Then I added my embellishments, some Scallop Circles punched out of the DSP, some Quick Accents, and a few bright buttons.

Want something to Sale-A-Brate? Stampin' Up is offering a free Sale-A-Bration set with each $50 purchase! But I'm throwing in a pack of Rhinestone or Pearl Jewels with your $50 order through the month of February! Just e-mail your order to deesignsbyninadee@gmail.com anytime during the month of February to take advantage of this special offer.

Now, hop on over to check out Mike Funke at Stampin Style, stop number 14 on the Valentine's Pals Hop! Be sure to visit each of the Pretty Pals for more fun and inspirational ideas! Thanks for "hopping" by!
  1. Melissa Ordelheide at Natural Stampin'
  2. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  3. Barbara Chatzkel at Take Out Paper Arts
  4. Gina Shaw at Cards by Gina
  5. Ann Schach at The Stampin' Schach
  6. Joanna Munster at Inspired by Stampin'
  7. Nicole Watt at Impressions by Nicole
  8. Stephanie Uzee at Stampin' with Suzee
  9. Joan Norris at Clearly Creative
  10. Carla Bazhenow at Carla's Scraps
  11. Dawn Gross at This & That
  12. You're here! :)
  13. Mike Funke at Stampin Style
  14. Melanie Collins at Oops a Daisy Designs

February 7, 2011

Printable PTI Thanks

Nichole Heady is offering a FREE download of some fun printable tag images from the PTI Design Team. I've used Dawn McVey's image in my simple Thanks card for today.

Here are the DEEtails:

I started off with a fun color for a card base - PTI's Summer Sunrise and added a strip of SU! Tempting Turquoise, punched with the Scallop Edge Border Punch. I printed out the tag images and carefully cut out Dawn's colorful circle. I used my Sizzix Scallop Circles #2 die to create a nice edge around my tag in PTI's Terracotta Tile and adhered it to my card. I found this fun fabric sentiment in my stash and thought it was perfect for this card. For the final touch, I tied a simple Tangerine Tango striped grosgrain bow and adhered it with some glue dots. Hope you like it!

February 6, 2011


Yum! It's cupcake time again! Won't you join me at Cupcake Inspirations for this week's challenge? Ooh. So yummy!
Here are the DEEtails for my card:
I started with a piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the image from SU!'s The More the Merrier set. Then I took my Stampin' Write markers (Real Red, Chocolate Chip, and a tiny bit of Pear Pizazz) to color in my cupcakes. I left a lot of white because I'm simple like that. Then I added a Chocolate Chip and Real Red mat. I adhered some Chocolate Chip Striped Grosgrain ribbon to my card and layed my stamped image over top of it. Then I tied up the ribbon with some Linen Thread and trimmed the edge with pinking shears. What do you think?
Stop by Cupcake Inspirations on Monday to meet our new design team! :)

February 5, 2011

Calm and Collected (and a Little Crazy)

I'm not gonna lie, I'm totally in love with this card right now...

Want DEEtails?

I stamped the image from Nature Walk onto some Natural White card stock in Crumb Cake ink, then I used my Blender Pen to add a tiny bit of color to my eggs (Mellow Moss, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, & Blush Blossom). An extra layer of Natural White card stock and I was done! Ahhh... :)

I love how simple, calm, and collected this card is. I need that today since this week has been a little crazy. We finally got a new TV and set it up last weekend. Nothing fancy, but it sure is a step up from our 13-incher that it replaced. Plunking down money for a new TV is a hard concept for me since I'm not a big TV watcher. We had a pretty decent one a while back, but when that broke, we moved our tiny TV from the bedroom (the same one I've had since High School!) into our living room. After several months of a 13" screen, I finally caved and we decided to buy something bigger. I must say, I'm pretty pleased with the investment and it's quite apparent what 10+ years of technology can do.

I think the TV came just in time, because shortly after we set it up, Hubby got super sick and had a 103* fever for a couple of days. His fever finally broke on Thursday morning and he's slowly recovering. Trying to balance taking care of him, the dog, and the house, while keeping up with my job and and all my extra stuff (tutoring, band, cards, blogging, etc) has been interesting. Let's just say I'm not very strong in the domestic department, so the first three on this list were a bit out of my element. Yet, we all managed to survive... amazingly. Poor Hubby's meals consisted of oatmeal, soup, and tea for several days, since my cooking is limited to adding simple things to boiling water... It's a wonder how he is managing to feel better. Just the thought of it makes me feel weak. In case you were wondering, I lived off of bagels, salami, cookies, and the same soup - but at least I had some substance. Sad, I know... Glad that's over. :)

By the way, there's still lots of time to enter my Inspire DEE challenge. I hope you'll join me! :)