July 16, 2011

Teal Thanks (And A Treat For You!)

We've spent the past two weeks in Ohio visiting with our families. It's been an extra special treat this summer because my Grandma from Hawaii came to visit too. We've had so much fun shopping, eating, laughing, and spending time together. On her last day here, I tucked this thank you card in her hand carry for her to discover while on the plane ride home.

When I announced my blog candy giveaway a few weeks ago, I started to get nervous when so many of you said you wanted more tutorials. The truth is, I don't have a whole lot up my sleeves to teach you! So if there's something you see me do that you want to learn about, please let me know! In the meantime, I thought I'd share these fun ruffle flowers that I was having fun making earlier this month. (click here for the tutorial, plus scroll down for more!)

I've also been showcasing the new In Colors, which was also a request from many of you. Isn't this Island Indigo divine?! I'm so pleased to find an alternative to Bermuda Bay and Taken with Teal - both colors I was bummed to see retire last year with the color renovation. Island Indigo is kind of this deep teal color, which pairs really nicely with Pool Party, another new In Color - SU! is on a roll with these fabulous new hues! These colors make a perfect thank you note for my Grandma, who loves teals and blues.

Card DEEtails:

For this card, I started with stamping my sentiment from SU!'s Thank You Kindly in Island Indigo on Naturals White card stock. I trimmed the edges with some Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border in Pool Party. Then I added my lovely book page ruffled flowers adorned with some teal buttons from my stash tied up with Linen Thread.

So, I mentioned a treat for you... It's not enough to just give you the tutorial, I'm also doing a mini giveaway. :) Before we left town, I was experimenting with different types of ruffle flowers - book print, crepe paper, bond paper, and possibly my new favorite, book print and crepe paper combo. (Sorry for the blurry photos, I was in a rush to take them before we left!)

Here they are close up:

Are you ready to win?! FOUR winners will win one card of ruffle flowers (three flowers total). To be entered, simply comment on this post and tell me which flowers you like best! You'll have until 12:00AM on July 23rd. Winners will be announced at noon! Good luck!

Special DEElivery: This card was given to my grandmother. The winners of the fabulous ruffle flowers were announced here.


  1. I love the ruffled flowers. Nice tutorial on it too. Your blog is so full of crafting goodness. Thank you for sharing so much. Have a great weekend.

  2. Hey Nina! This is my first time commenting on your blog but you are saved to my favorites! I love your cards and think you have a good eye! My favorites of your new flowers are the book print and crepe combo! I hope your grandma loved her card! I'm loving the new in colors too!

  3. Awesome ruffled flowers. Love the ones made from bookprint and crepe paper. TFS

  4. Your grandmother must have been so thrilled when she discovered the card.

    Of course all your flowers are pretty, so picking a favorite is not easy. I'm torn between the first set and the second set.


  5. How fun! Of course, my favorite is the green! I thought of something - I would like to see different ways of using a set - like getting your money's worth from a set. Lots of different ideas maybe. Does that make sense? Even with SU clear stamps - they still add up in price when you need/want several. So many times I only use one or two stamps from the set and the rest just sit waiting to be inked up. Maybe just changing the embelishments is an idea. Just need more bang for the buck these days or am I just getting cheap! Either way, love the flowers!

    Chris R. from Iowa

  6. I love the new creations, I think my favorite is the last one on the green card--love the effect!

  7. My favorites are the white flowers on the green background, they remind me of my favorite flower, gardenias.

  8. Hi Nina! Of course all of the flowers are gorgeous. But the bond paper really caught my eye. Love the way they form concentric circles with the stripes. Thanks for the pretty samples! Erika

  9. I love that Island Indigo color and paper that you used to make your grandma's card. The ruffle flower tutorial is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing.

  10. I think I like the combo best. They are all very pretty so it was hard to decide. Thanks for the tutorial.

    Where in Ohio did you visit? I am from southeastern Ohio.

  11. Hi Nina, I love your blog! I really love the book print flowers, but followed closely by the crepe paper ones. They really are beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Sarah from Australia xx

  12. Oh,I love them all, but especilly the last one on the green card. So pretty.


  13. These are all beautiful! I think I like the book print flowers the best! Thanks for all the inspiration on your blog... I love your style!!

  14. Hmmm, choose a favorite one? That's a difficult request because they are all beautiful. The book print flowers rank at the top with the green ones a very close second. Would love to win these gorgeous embellishments. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Oh no, they are all so beautiful that is not easy to pick one. Hmmm...maybe I fancy the book print ones most but the green ones come very close on the second place ^^
    Thanks for the chance to win these awesome beauties and hugs from Finland **Eemeli**