May 29, 2011

Birthday Bouquet

Happy Sunday! Here's today's card for this week's fabulous Cupcake Inspirations Challenge. I'm loving these fun colors! Perfect for a birthday bouquet!


I love a simple card of layered flowers. I stamped the sentiment from PTI's Signature Greetings on Early Espresso card stock and adhered it to my Daffodil Delight card. Then I added a nice little doily and layered some flowers adorned with a couple of brads and some Daffodil Delight buttons.

May 28, 2011


The three day weekend is a much needed break after such busy weeks that I've had lately! We had planned to drive home for the long weekend, but ended up staying here so we could just relax the whole time and try to get some stuff done around the house.

I finally had some time earlier this week to create a few cards, but didn't have enough time to post them all! It's a bit late, but I still wanted to share the card that I made for the CR84FN Challenge earlier this week.

Here's the challenge inspiration:

And the DEEtails:

I started with some Perfect Plum card stock and stamped the SU! Elizabeth image on it with some ink of the same color. Then I added some purple ribbon from my stash. I die cut a Crumb Cake postage stamp shape and stamped a portion of an image from SU!'s Park Avenue Patterns. Then I stamped the Eiffel Tower from SU!'s Artistic Etchings on Pale Plum card stock with Early Espresso ink and cut it out. I stamped my sentiment, also from SU!'s Artistic Etching, trimmed it to size and matted it. I added mats of Crumb Cake and Pale Plum before adhering to a Crumb Cake card. I'm loving the look!

May 25, 2011

Winner Wednesday!

Congrats to the winner of the I {Heart} Ribbon Challenge #3, Chris V! She created these sweet purses to hold Mother's Day treats, using green ribbon for handles!

Chris, please contact me at deesignsbyninadee{at}gmail{dot}com to claim your prize!

And don't forget to try out my pleated ribbon tutorial and play along with this week's I {Heart} Ribbon Challenge! I can't wait to see your creations!

May 24, 2011

Simple Hello

I'm loving this week's inspiration over at Off the Wall Craftiness. It just has this soft springy goodness that I wanted to try to capture.


I started with some Certainly Celery Satin, which I pleated a few times. Then I die cut a label from the Matchbox Bigz die, which I stamped with SU!'s Broadstreet Alphabet and SU!'s Pendant Park in Baja Breeze. Then I tucked some die cut Little Leaves under a Vintage Flower Adornment and a butterfly stamped from SU!'s Clearly For You.

I'm loving this pleated ribbon! You can try it out too, with my Pleated Ribbon Tutorial and then enter my I {Heart} Ribbon Challenge. I'd love to see your creations!

May 23, 2011

Sweet Friend

I'm here today to share a sweet card I made for the Embellish Magazine Color Trends Tags Challenge. These colors were so pretty to work with!

Here are the DEEtails:

I started by stamping the flourish from the SU! Bliss set in VersaMark ink. I'm not sure if I like how faint the image is showing in the photo, but it's really pretty in person. Then I stamped the sentiment from SU!'s Hello You set. I layered the Baja Breeze card stock over a pretty lace doily that I adhered to a Basic Gray card. Then I added a strip of Pretty in Pink Taffeta ribbon, that I pleated three times. I tied up some gray twine and added my metal rimmed tag embellished with a pretty gray flower. I'm loving it!

May 22, 2011

Hydrangea Bloom

Check out this week's gorgeous inspiration fot our weekly Cupcake Inspirations Challenge! Here's my card, featuring a fluffy hydrangea bloom.

Here are the DEEtails:

I started with some Whisper White card stock, embossed with the PTI Woodgrain impression plate. I added some Scallop Trim in Wild Wasabi and some purple ribbon across the card stock before matting it with some Pale Plum and Perfect Plum card stock. I stacked several punched circles in various sizes with some Stampin' Dimensionals and adhered crumpleted Itty Bitty Punch flowers to create the hydrangea bloom. I adhered my hydrangea along with a Little Leaves die cut. Hope you like it!

Cupcake Inspirations is looking to expand their Design Team! Interested in being a Sweetie? Click here for more information. I hope you'll join us! :)

May 21, 2011

Thank You (And Some Locks of Love)

Today has been a fun day. I spent the morning and afternoon at the hair salon with a handful of girls from school. We each cut 10+ inches off to donate to Locks of Love! I am so proud of these sweet girls (ranging from Pre-K to 5th grade) who gave so selflessly of themselves today! I created these very pink cards to thank them for supporting the wonderful cause.

This was my fifth Locks of Love cut, but the first for these girls. We were able to gather 11 donations to send in! They all look so cute with their ready for summer hair-dos! We're hoping to make the event a tradition at our school and get another group together next year. For more information about Locks of Love, click here.

DEEtails for my cards:

I started with some Pretty in Pink card stock, which I embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing plate and matted with some Pink Pirouette. Then I attached some Pretty in Pink Grosgrain Ribbon. I created some scalloped circles using fun foam die cut with a Papertrey Limitless Layers die. Then I adhered my sentiment, from SU!'s Spring Solitude, stamped in Pretty in Pink on Whisper White card stock and trimmed. I embellished each card with three cute pink buttons from my stash to make each one unique.

Thanks for peeking in today!

May 18, 2011

I {Heart} Ribbon Challenge #4

Who's ready for a brand new I {Heart} Ribbon Challenge? It's time for Challenge #4, one of my favorite Ribbon embellishments - Pleated Ribbon!

Pleated Ribbon is featured on my blog banner and many of my favorite cards.

Now I'm challenging you to create your own card with pleated ribbon! There are lots of different options for using pleated ribbon - straight and even, crooked, stitched, mini pleats, big pleats, and more! I've had lots of people asking about how to create my straight and even pleats, so I've created a little tutorial just for you!

You have until Wednesday, June 1 to link up your Pleated Ribbon card. One lucky winner will win 3 yards of ribbon and will be announced on June 15! Good luck!

May 15, 2011

Here Comes The Bride (And Making Some Music)

I'm here today with a brand new card. This one is for the Pals Paper Arts Here Comes the Bride Challenge. Here's the fabulous inspiration picture. So Lovely.

And the DEEtails:

I love the lace dress, so I layered some Very Vanilla card stock punched with The Scallop Edge, Scallop Trim, and Eyelet trim punches. I topped the "lace" with some Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon. Then I added a die cut embellishment from my stash and a Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla flower die cut with the Fun Flowers die topped with a Very Vanilla Designer Button.

I'm not sure if you remember me talking about me playing in the band... Well, tomorrow is our first formal concert over at the local community college. Formal concerts are my favorite. We do two each season. The rest of the time, we do outdoor concerts, which are fun too... But there's something about a brightly lit stage and a dark audience that makes a formal concert seem much more real to me. If you're still interested in the Merry Music card set, they are still available. The Southern Maryland Concert Band is always grateful for any donations and I truly appreciate your graciousness. Feel free to contact me at deesignsbyninadee{at}gmail{dot}com for more information.

A Little Birdie Told Me...

This week's Cupcake Inspiration is too cute! I had so much fun making this card.

Here are the DEEtails:

Our sponsor this week is Robyn's Fetish and this birdie image is just perfect. I paper pieced the image with Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, and Baja Breeze card stock. I wrapped the nest with some Linen Thread to add some fun texture to the card. Then I stamped the sentiment from SU!'s Hello, You set. Thanks for peeking in today!

May 10, 2011

May Pals Hop!

Welcome to the May PALS HOP! This month, we're featuring Father's Day and Graduation projects for your inspiration! You've likely hopped over from Sandie Conner from Pretty Provisions, I'm stop number 5 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 great 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 below and you'll be back on track!

Today I'm here to share three Father's Day cards for "My Three Dads". Masculine cards are always a challenge, especially because crafty goodies are usually geared towards the female population. For my cards today, I've decided to embrace these girly embellishments and throw some unexpected elements into my Father's Day cards. I hope you like them!

DEEsign 1: Unexpected Elements - Scallops and Bows

This card is for my Father-in-Law. He loves hunting and fishing and being outdoors, so I wanted the card to have a good dose of nature. I stuck with Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake and a Early Espresso as my main colors. I tucked a bit of scalloped Daffodil Delight for a splash of color. I stamped the Woodgrain background on some Crumb Cake and added a tree that I made with a Scalloped Circle punch and a hand cut tree trunk. I tied some Baker's Twine in a bow and added the sentiment stamped from the Something to Celebrate set on some distressed Crumb Cake card stock. I love that I can throw in some scalloped elements and a Baker's Twine bow and still have an outdoors-y feel.

DEEsign 2: Unexpected Elements - Pink and Hearts

Here's a card for my Step-Dad, who I affectionately call Dab. I decided to go with a bit of earthiness because he likes the outdoors too, but in a different way that my Father-in-Law. Dab enjoys golfing and gardening. I love the Wild Wasabi paired with some Early Espresso and River Rock. I tucked in some Wild Wasabi die cut Little Leaves with some Henp Twine wrapped around a piece of Blushing Bride Paper Patterns DSP. I included a torn book page and a bit of brown masking tape to give a little rugged look. I threw in some pink because I know Dab can handle it. He wore a pink shirt on his first date with my mom. If you recall, her favorite color is pink, so it was a hit! :) I added a little tag with a cute heart. Girly, yes. But really, it's Father's Day, and what a great time to show Dab that I {heart} him. :)

DEEsign 3: Unexpected Elements - Ribbon and Lace

Okay, really, this card is only a Father's Day card because I slapped on that sentiment, but a lot of thought went into this card for my Papa (my biological father). I decided to throw in lots of my favorite crafting elements because Papa is a big supporter of my crafts. He's always searching high and low for the perfect embellishments. He lives in Japan, so he'll always sending me great goodies like fun masking tapes, assorted buttons, stickers, etc. On my Sahara Sand base, I layered on some Striped Marina Mist ribbon and tucked in some stamped card stock, using a polka dots from Apple Blossoms on Marina Mist and Ato Z on some Pear Pizzazz. The latest hunt was for doilies, which Papa refered to as lace coasters :) so of course I had to include some doily love in this card. I love how it creates a sort of crown over my sentiment, which I tucked under some Twill Tape and Hemp Twine. The final touch was a Pear Pizzazz Big Designer Button. Love it!

Hop along for more inspiring ideas from Rae Harper, at Wild West Stampin', Scrappin' & Crafts, stop number 6 on the May PALS HOP! Thanks for "hopping" by!

1. Joanna Munster at Inspired by Stampin'
2. Joan Norris at Clearly Creative
3. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
4. Sandie Conner at Pretty Provisions
5. You're Here :)
6. Rae Harper at Wild West Stampin', Scrappin' & Crafts
7. Mike Funke at Stampin-Style
8. Barbara Chatzkel at Take Out Paper Arts
9. Barbara Furlong at For The Love of Stamping!
10. Carmen Sublasky at The Creative Stamptuary
11. Linda Fisher at Linda's Stampin Loft

May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day! (And A Bit Of An Update)

Happy Mother's Day! Hope you are all getting a chance to spend some time with your moms, aunts, grandmas, and other important ladies in your lives! :)

I'm here today with a card for this week's Cupcake Inspirations Challenge. Exciting things are happening over there as Lisa takes on the reigns as the Sweetest Sweetie. :) Here's today's inspiration photo:

And here are the DEEtails:

I wanted a card that showcased the dahlia from this week's sponsor, Glitterbabe, so I created a fairly simple card. I love a Kiwi Kiss card, so that's what I have here today, embellished with a little bit of ribbon from my stash, a Martha Stewart doily and some stickers from my stash. The little teal branch is flocked, so it adds a bit of interest on the card. Then I printed my dahlia image and cut each layer out. I layered them on with Stampin' Dimensionals and adhered it to the card. Love the way it stands out!

In other news... I want to apologize for my disappearance over the last couple of weeks. Things have been busy here. Hubby and I went home for Spring Break, where I got sick. Then returned back to work, still not feeling 100%. As the end of the school year is nearing, things have become even busier than usual! I also haven't been feeling very inspired lately, so I've often come to my desk to craft and found myself just sitting and staring at my supplies. :( I'm hoping to get back in the groove soon! If all goes well, I'll have some fun things in store for you during the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned! :)

May 4, 2011

I {Heart} Ribbon Challenge #3 Extended

Due to the lack of participation in the last I {Heart} Ribbon Challenge, I'm extending the challenge for the next two weeks. I hope you'll join in and add some green ribbon to your next craft project and link up!