March 31, 2011

Pottery Barn Card Series Part 5

This week's Pals Paper Arts challenge is a technique challenge - using punches. I decided to incorporate it with my Pottery Barn card series. Here's the inspiration for my fifth and final card in the series:

And the DEEtails:

I created my card with layers of Old Olive, Soft Suede, Kiwi Kiss and Very Vanilla. Then I stamped my sentiment from the SU! Full of Life set. Then I created my snowball flower with layers of punched circles Itty Bitty Bits, which I adhered with glue dots. I added some leaves, punched from the bird punch in Kiwi Kiss and Old Olive. Hope you like it!

Don't forget to join in the fun with my first I {Heart} Ribbon Challenge!

March 30, 2011

Pottery Barn Card Series Part 4

Part 4 of my card series showcases a fun little nest! Check out the Pottery Barn inspiration below:


I started by adhering a part of a book page to a Night of Navy card. Then I adhered my stamped Daffodil Delight Decorative Label and an image from SU!'s Nature Walk set. Then I made my nest with some thin strips of Crumb Cake layered and adhered onto a 1 1/4" circle. Then I stamped some eggs from the Nature Walk set on some Baja Breeze card stock. Hope you like it!

Don't forget to join my I {Heart} Ribbon Challenge! You have one more week!

March 29, 2011

Pottery Barn Card Series Part 3

Here's another card for this week's fun series. By the way, I'm loving this desk!

Here are the DEEtails:

I started with some 1 1/4" Early Espresso squares, which I embellished with lots of goodies from my stash. From left to right, top to bottom:

1. A sentiment stamped from SU!'s You're A Gem adhered on a Maya Road postage stamp
2. A metal rimmed tag, stamped with SU!'s Nature Walk stamp and tied with some chocolate twine
3. Sahara Sand card stock tied with a piece of Daffodil Delight Taffeta ribbon
4. Some Greenhouse Gala DSP
5. Stamped image from SU!'s Cute By The Inch, embossed and punched with the Curly Label
6. SU! Tiny Tags stamped on Daffodil Delight, punched with the Jewelry Tag punch and tied up with some Linen Thread
7. More Greenhouse Gala DSP, made into a flower, the same way I made my ribbon flowers
8. A simple piece of Whisper White card stock with an Ice Cream Parlor button
9. Some Neutrals Collection DSP I matted all the squares onto some Daffodil Delight before adhering it to an Early Espresso card. Enjoy!

You can make some ribbon flowers, similar to the DSP flower on today's card and enter my I {Heart} Ribbon Challenge! I'd love to see your creations!

March 28, 2011

Pottery Barn Card Series Part 2

So glad you're here to see the second card in my Pottery Barn card series! Here is today's inspiration:

And now the DEEtails:

I stamped the bike from PTI's Everyday Button Bits and added lots of fabulous leaves, flowers, and a couple of pots from SU!'s Bouquet Bunches. I stamped the flowers again, cut them out, and adhered them with Stampin' Dimensionals. Then I colored everything in and drew some grass with my Stampin' Write Markers (Pear Pizzazz for the grass, Certainly Celery for the leaves, Daffodil Delight for the flower centers, Crumb Cake for the pots, and Early Espresso for the bike). I added some buttons for my stash and adhered everything to a piece of Early Espresso before adhering to my Pear Pizzazz card.

Come join my new I {Heart} Ribbon Challenge! I can't wait to see your creations!

March 27, 2011

From Our Home

Ooh! Aren't these cupcakes absolutely fabulous? Can you tell that my card is based off of this week's Cupcake Inspiration?

The DEEts:

I pulled out a bunch of punches to create these fabulous flowers, from left to right:
PS Chartreuse and MS cornflower punch with a 3/4" circle punched and pierced
Lovely Lilac and PTI Limitless Layers die, cut and spiraled
Very Vanilla and the Itty Bitty Punch, crumpled and adhered with glue dots
Poppy Parade punched with 3/4", 1" and 1 1/4" circle punch, folded into each other
Summer Sun and MS Hydrangea punch with center punched from the Owl punch
Almost Amethyst and another Itty Bitty Punch
Old Olive MS Leaves
I adhered all the flowers onto some Kiwi Kiss card stock, matted with some Lovely Lilac, on a Barely Banana card. Then I stamped the image from SU!'s Bella's Bloom and punched it out with the Decorative Label punch. Hope you like it!

Love flowers? Come join my I {Heart} Ribbon challenge and add some ribbon flowers!

March 26, 2011

Pottery Barn Card Series Part 1

Today I'm showing off the first card in a series that I'll be showcasing next week. My series is inspired by the Pottery Barn catalog and I'm loving the bright colors and lines in today's inspiration.


I started with a Ruby Red card and layered on lots of elements, starting with a book page, a MS doily and a piece of Peach Parfait card stock. Then I added some Early Espresso, with some Stitched Poly Ribbon in Peach Parfait, along with some Daffodil Delight, cut with a PTI die, a stamped image from SU!'s Cute By The Inch on some PTI Berry Sorbet, cut with the Scallop Rectangle die and an SU! Punch Potpourri butterfly adorned with some Rhinestone Jewels. Fun right?! Come join me on Monday for more from this series! :)

I'd love for you to join my I {Heart} Ribbon Challenge this weekend! Stop by and play! :)

March 25, 2011

A Masculine Thanks

Today's card is for the current Embellish Color Trends Masculine Challenge. It's always great to have masculine cards on hand.
Here are the DEEtails:
I simply punched 1 1/4" and 1" circles and adhered them to a Basic Gray card. I added a some Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon and stamped the sentiment from SU!'s Thank You Kindly Set. So simple, right?
Hope you'll join my I {Heart} Ribbon Challenge. Check it out here!

March 24, 2011

Rosy Little Bird

Today's challenge over at Pals Paper Arts is embossing. Here's my card for the challenge. I'm also linking up to The Paper Players Clean and Simple Sketch Challenge, where one of the Pals, Ann Schach is a Design Team Member!

I decided to try out my new Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from Stampin' Up!

Here are the DEEtails:

I embossed some Very Vanilla card stock and adhered it to a Rose Red card. Then I layered some pieces of Springtime Vintage DSP and matted it with more Rose Red. I wrapped some Rose Red Seam Binding Ribbon around my DSP and attached some Wild Wasabi leaves punched from the bird punch. Then I stamped a little bird from SU!'s Punch Potpourri in VersaMark ink and embossed him. I punched him out and added a Rose Red wing. I added a little Ribbon Rosette to finish off my card.

Don't forget to join in on my I {Heart} Ribbon Challenge. You can even use pre-made ribbon flowers, like the Ribbon Rosette that I used on today's card!

March 23, 2011

Razzleberry Thanks

Today's card is for this week's Just Add Ink challenge. I'm really liking this color combination.

Here are the DEEtails:

I started with some Whisper White card stock and stamped the SU! Elizabeth image in Old Olive ink. I love how beautiful this stamp is. It's hard sometimes to have a mostly white card, but I really love how gorgeous this stamp is and how well it stands out on a plain background. I added the sentiment and a Rich Razzleberry Taffeta bow and Designer Button. An extra Rich Razzleberry mat gives a sliver of color before I adhered everything to a Crumb Cake card. Hope you like this simple card!

If you haven't checked out my I {Heart} Ribbon Challenge, I'd love for you to play along!

March 22, 2011

So Kind

Today's spring card is for the current Color Cue challenge over at WPlus9 Design Studio.


I started with a piece of Going Gray card stock, which I die cut with a PTI die and embossed with the PTI Woodgrain embossing plate. Then I created a Daffodil Delight Striped Grosgrain ribbon flower and tucked in some leaves, punched from the SU! bird punch. I stamped the sentiment from SU!'s Priceless set and tucked it under my flower. Then I added some cute felt butterflies from my stash. Enjoy!

Hope you'll join me in my I {Heart} Ribbon challenge! It includes a tutorial on how to make the ribbon flower from today's card! :)

March 21, 2011


Ooh! I'm loving today's card! This one is for the Play Date Cafe challenge. It has such a unique color combination and some fabulous embellishments.

Check out the DEEtails:

I started off by stamping the PTI Dress Form in Perfect Plum to go along with the inspiration. I sort of just layered pieces together until I had something I loved. I included some Riding Hood Red pleats (check out the pleated skirt in the inspiration pic) with some More Mustard designer ribbon. I tucked in a More Mustard die cut with the stamped sentiment from the PTI Signature Series: Dress Form set. Then I added a ribbon flower* made with some Riding Hood Red Striped Grograin ribbon. And then my favorite touch... A while back, I fell in love with this card by Savannah O'Gwynn. I was finally able to track down those frames and nearly bought out the store. I'm finally using one on today's card. I backed it with some Perfect Plum card stock and adhered a mustard yellow rose to the center. I LOVE how this turned out. Thanks for peeking in! :)

Don't forget to make your own ribbon flower card and link up to my new I {Heart} Ribbon Challenge!

March 20, 2011

Happy Spring!

It's the first day of spring! Hooray! And today I have a great card and a yummy Cupcake Inspiration that just scream "Spring is here!" :)

Here are the DEEtails:

This card is all about layers. I felt like I was creating a diorama or playing with paper dolls as I put this one together! I printed this adorable image from this week's sponsor, Heather Ellis, quite a few times to achieve this look. First, I printed it on this cute cloud paper from SU!'s Welcome Neighbor DSP and matted it with a piece of Naturals White card stock. This gave me a bit of a guide for placing everything else, and provided the lines for that sweet butterfly. Then I cut layers of Pear Pizzazz and Certainly Celery card stock to create the grass. I printed my image a second time and adhered some Rope Twine for the swing. (I probably could have adhered it directly to my background piece, but I opted to do a separate layer just in case something went wrong...) I printed my image again to create the seat of the swing, which I simply colored in with my Early Espresso Stampin' Write and adhered with a strip of the edge of some Stampin' Dimensionals. A printing on Naturals White card stock allowed me to color in my adorable little girl using my Stampin' Write Markers - Soft Suede, Blush Blossom and Daffodil Delight). I printed yet again, this time on some In Colors DSP to add my butterfly wings and heart in the little girl's hair. Another layer on Naturals White card stock, layered with some yellow fabric from my stash to create the dress. I made my last printed layer slightly larger than my previous print outs and cut out the flowers, which I adhered to hand drawn stems. If you were counting, that's 7 printed layers! Plus 3 layers of grass! I think this might be a record! :)

March 19, 2011

Buttons (And Some Etsy Goodies)

Today I'm sharing the card I made for this week's Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger. Swoon. The inspiration photo is just fabulous. Moxie fabulous... :)


I started out with some Naturals White card stock and pierced a border about the edge to mimic the detail on the cloth napkins in the inspiration. I layered another piece of card stock then piled on some of the fun embellishments simiilar to the ones that I made for my Sew Sweet card from last week. I made this button card by stamping a portion of the SU! Sew Suite stamp in Early Espresso on Crumb Cake card stock and distressed the edges a bit to give it a more vintage feel. I added buttons from my stash, simply adhered with glue dots. I punched some holes on the sides of my button card and strung through some Taffeta ribbon in Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, and Marina Mist, and wrapped it under my card stock base. I felt like the card needed a little something more, so I made the canvas dress form with the PTI die and tied a bit of Early Espresso Taffeta ribbon around it. Love it!

Last week I promised some kits in my Etsy Store and I've finally made a few. I only have a couple because I ran out of glue dots! Eek! Right now I only have this natural color combination, but am happy to make more colorful ones if you'd like, once I restock on adhesive.

Each kit comes with a canvas covered dress form, a button card, featuring 9 vintage-ish buttons from my stash, (I say vintage-ish because some are truly vintage, from my grandmother's sewing kit, while others are much newer...) and a spool of twine. Each set is different and equally fabulous. Enjoy! :)

March 18, 2011

Upsy Daisy

This week's ColourQ challenge is just fabulous. I love these colors, don't you?

Here are the DEEtails:

I stamped the image from SU!'s Upsy Daisy in VersaMark ink on Daffodil Delight card stock and embossed it with some white embossing powder. I added a Scallop Edge border in Early Espresso before adhering it to my card, layered with some Kiki Kiss, embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder and tied up with some Early Espresso Grosgrain ribbon.

If you haven't checked out my I {Heart} Ribbon Challenge, it's all about ribbon flowers. Hope you'll play along!

March 17, 2011

Aviary Sketch

Today's card is for this week's Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge.


I started by stamping the bird cages from SU!'s Aviary set in Cherry Cobbler on Whisper White card stock, matted with some Baja Breeze. Then I tied a piece of Baja Breeze Seam Binding and adhered my stamped piece to my card layered with a piece of Cherry Cobbler. Then I punched out my bird and leaves in Baja Breeze and Pear Pizzazz.

If you haven't checked out my I {Heart} Ribbon Challenge, I'd love for you to play along!

March 16, 2011

I {Heart} Ribbon Challenge #1!

So I think you know how much I love a great challenge. I've always wanted to host my own, but struggled to come up with something that would inspire everyone. It finally hit me one day that whatever I decided to do, it had to be something that people would love. I know how much I love ribbon, so I'm hoping you love it too! After some thought, I finally came up with something that I hope you'll love. Presenting... the I {Heart} Ribbon Challenge!

The Challenge series will be all about - you guessed it! - RIBBON! I'll be hosting a fabulous new challenge every 1st and 3rd Wednesday. Plus during some challenges, I'll share something special like a ribbon discount, a ribbon tutorial, or a ribbon giveaway. I'll post a winner on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday and the prize will be - of course - RIBBON!

And now, for the challenge...

You've seen ribbon flowers on these cards and my new blog banner :)

Now I'm challenging you to create your own ribbon flowers! There are lots of different options for creating ribbon flowers, but my favorite are the spiral ones, like the ones on my blog banner. And I've created a little tutorial just for you!

You have until Wednesday, April 6 to link up your Ribbon Flower card. One lucky winner will win 3 yards of ribbon and will be announced on April 13! Good luck!

March 15, 2011


I love the theme of this week's Wee Memories challenge:

Here are the DEEtails for my card:

You know I love me some green, so this time I decided to mix Pear Pizzazz with some PS Chartreuse. It's starting to grow on me... I embossed a piece of PTI Vintage Cream cardstock with the PTI woodgrain embossing plate. Then I added a Very Vanilla satin bow and some layered die cuts (PTI's Mat Stack #4 and Fillable Frames #10). I stamped my sentiment from the PTI Signature Greetings set and added a cute butterfly die cut from my stash. Hope you like it!

March 14, 2011

Welcome Back Rebecca!

Today's card is for the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger Challenge. I'm loving this photo. I made this card for my dear friend Rebecca, who was out last week for emergency surgery. I wanted to give her a little smile this morning to let her know how glad I am to have her back! I missed her! :)


I made these tissue paper looking flowers by rolling each scallop circle and peeling off a layer of cardstock from Apricot Appeal, Coral Cameo, PTI Lemon Tart and PTI Aqua Mist. Then I pinched each flower and used glue dots to adhere them to a circle die. I attached my bouquet to a some PTI Limitless Layers dies in Apricot Appeal and Coral Cameo. Then I layered on a MS doily. I added a pretty ruffle ribbon from my stash and the sentiment from PTI's Signature Greetings to a matted piece of Crumb Cake card stock and adhered my bouquet.

ETA: Rebecca's still out today... :( I hope she's feeling better soon!

March 13, 2011

Lucky Me

These cupcakes are too cute! And they make a perfect Cupcake Inspiration Challenge!


I stamped some cute polka dotted SU! I {Heart} Hearts. Then I adhered them to a piece of Pink Pirouette card stock stamped with a portion of the stem image from SU!'s Apple Blossom set. The I printed out the sentiment from this week's sponsor, Doodle Pantry, on Whisper White card stock and adhered it to my card. Then I added some Pretty in Pink Grosgrain ribbon and a Pretty in Pink mat before adhering to my Crumb Cake card.

March 12, 2011

Woodgrain Love (And A Little Extra Love)

Here's a little card that I had whipped up a while ago and never posted. I've been busy putting together ribbon shares and haven't had much time for creating. I thought this card was fitting because I'm feeling very lovey and sentimental today. Yesterday was a difficult day for me with the news of the earthquake and tsunamis. Half my family lives in Japan, the other half in Hawaii and it was a bit terrifying with the uncertainty of it all.

I woke up to a text from my best friend, who currently works on the Big Island of Hawaii letting me know her building was being evacuated and asking how the rest of my family was. I called a few people but didn't get much news. I got to work a little shaken up and walked to my office to turn on CNN (love live streaming, by the way). And then, the best part of my day happened. The bell rang and the kids started pouring in. Little S popped into my room:

S: Hi Mrs. Dee
Me: Hi S, What's up?
S: Nothing. I just came in to give you a good morning hug!
She swooped around my desk and threw her arms around me.
S: Bye Mrs. Dee. Have a good day!

Just what I needed. :)

The rest of the day was just a blur. My usual running around and lots of stomach aches. By the end of the night, I had heard from all my family. Everyone is doing fine in both Japan and Hawaii. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by these event.

DEEtails for my card:

I started by stamping the SU! Woodgrain image onto some Natural White card stock. Then I layered on some strips of card stock - Melon Mambo with a scallop edge, some Chocolate Chip and some Crumb Cake. I stamped the flourished heart from SU!'s I {Heart} Hearts set in VersaMark and embossed it on Melon Mambo card stock, then added some neutral Designer Buttons tied up with some Linen Thread.

March 11, 2011

Just a Note

Happy Friday! :) Today's card is for the current Embellish Magazine Color Trends Challenge with Music. Loving this!


I simply stamped and embossed the SU! Music Notes border stamp on some Crumb Cake card stock, matted with some PS Chartreuse. Then I punched MS butterflies in Perfect Plum, PS Chartreuse and Regal Rose. I added a few Rhinestone Jewels for a little extra bling. Hope you like it!