Like Cookies Need Milk

Happy Almost Valentine’s Day. My husband and I are celebrating tonight, and I thought I’d share the card I made him. I don’t think he reads my blog too often, so it should stay a secret long enough.

Valentine's Day CardI used the Milk & Cookies Stamp set and coordinating dies from Wplus9 to create the card. I used memento tuxedo black ink to stamp out the black and white elements on the card front and shaded them with some neutral gray Copic markers. I used Sweet Gelato ink for the straw. I also covered the straw in glossy accents to give it some dimension and shine. I used some stitched rectangle dies to create the white front panel, and the gray panel (Fog card stock), and created my own patterned paper background using Versamark ink and the round heart stamp from the Milk & Cookies stamp set. I popped several elements up using some foam tape and then mounted everything onto a red cardstock card base.

Milk & Cookies CardI witnessed my husband eating more than half of a box of Oreo cookies in one sitting last week, so I think this card is pretty perfect :)Milk & Cookies Valentine's Day Card


DIY, Inspiration

DIY Confetti Bags for New Years Eve

I hope everyone had a merry and blessed Christmas! Mine was great. Lots of family time and lots of good food. I think I’m finally coming down off of the 4 day sugar high I was on, too.

I’m just popping by today to share this great idea for a quick and easy New Years DIY that I saw this morning on the LawnFawn YouTube channel. I loved it so much I had to share.

I just love how fun and colorful the confetti bags are. They add a nice hand-made touch to a new years celebration, yet they look super easy to make. I wish I had thought of them myself! Since I’ll be celebrating at someone else’s house on New Years Eve, and won’t have to clean up, I might have to make some of these bags to bring along…. :)

And just in case you’re looking for some more easy New Year DIY projects here are a few others that I love:



Midweek Manicure // The 4th of July (and birthday) edition

The hubby and I are just back from a short getaway to NYC! We went down for a few days to celebrate my birthday and we had a fantastic time. I’ll share some photos from our trip in a later post.

WHite Rhinestoned Nails

Since my birthday is so close to the 4th of July holiday, I wanted to do something that was both fancy (out came the rhinestones) and patriotic.

I used:

  • Revlon – Urban (a lovely deep blue with a bit of a purple tone)
  • Essie – Blanc (a nice creamy white)
  • Nail art Rhinestones in varying shapes and sizes – mostly round, a few tear-drop shaped (I think I got the ones I used from Sally Beauty)
  • Scotch Tape (to tape off part of my nail on the fingers where only part of the nail is painted)
  • Seche Vite Top Coat
  • Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat
  • Tweezers

birthday nails

I painted every nail with Essie Blanc, except for my thumb on each hand, which I painted with the Revlon Urban color. After each nail was dry, I used a pair of tweezers to place rhinestones along my nail bed. On my middle finger and thumb nails, I made the design more vertical. I used seche vite top coat to affix the rhinestones. You could also use nail glue, but I prefer a dab of the Seche Vite. Once everything was secure, I made everything matte with a coat of Big Matte Top Coat.

*this design was inspired once again by one I saw by @ninanailedit’s instagram feed.

And if you’re in search of more 4th of July nail inspiration, check out the Tie-Dye 4th of July Nails I sported last year:

Red White and Blue Tie Dye Nails

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!



Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

Well, 2013 was a whirlwind year for me. It just went by so quickly (almost too quickly), mostly because I spent the better part of the year focused on our wedding which took place at the end of September. In addition to all of the time I spent DIY-ing and trolling wedding inspiration boards on pinterest, a lot of other great things were happening for me, too. I started in a new position at work that I love, we moved, I made some new friends and forged stronger relationships with old ones, and even went on a few weekend camping adventures in between – and I can’t forget our amazing honeymoon trip to Costa Rica. Still, the best part of it all was marrying my very best friend. I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for us!

According to wordpress, people from 157 countries visited this blog in 2013 and I had over 100,000 views this past year. To most big bloggers that’s maybe not a lot, but since blogging  is strictly a hobby for me, it’s so awesome (in the truest sense of the word) that other people actually come to visit my little part of the internet world and are interested in what I have to share. For that I am so grateful. In the year to come, I hope to share even more engaging, fun and creative stuff.

I wish you all a happy and successful 2014! May all your dreams come true!



Midweek Manicure // A Kiss By the Tree Christmas Mani

Red Christmas Nails

A nice and relatively quick mani that’s still really fun and festive. The accent nail is my favorite part, and it’s surprisingly easy to do.

I used:

  • Finger Paints – What Enchantment is This (a deep shimmery red)
  • Finger Paints – A Kiss by the Tree
  • White acrylic paint
  • Small paint brush
  • Dotting tool (you could also use a toothpick or bobby pin)

After a base coat, I painted all but my ring finger nail with the What Enchantment is This polish. Once those nails dried, I added a coat of A Kiss by the Tree. This is a great glittery polish with red and white hex glitter pieces in a variety of sizes.

A Kiss By the Tree Nail Art

For the accent nail, I followed this little tutorial. Super easy. Basically I just used a small paintbrush and white acrylic paint to paint the lines on my nails, then used a dotting tool to fill in the negative space with A Kiss by the Tree.

Holiday Nails

Hopefully one more holiday manicure to come next week before the big day!



Midweek Manicure // Holiday Red

I made it through today, and the way this week is going, that’s something to be proud of! Is anyone else having a trying week? Let’s take solace in the fact that tomorrow is Friday. TGIF.

Red Glitter Mani

Usually, I am a cream polish kind of girl, but around the holidays I don’t mind a little bit of sparkle. For this Mani, I kept it pretty simple, and just layered two polishes for a nice holiday-appropriate look.

In addition to a base and top coat I used:

Essie E-Nuff is E-Nuff

Essie Leading Lady

Essie Leading Lady and E-Nuff is E-Nuff

One coat of E-Nuff is E-Nuff topped with a coat of Leading Lady and a top coat and I was finished. I really like the richness of the color and the subtle glitter.


Holiday Red Nails

Stay tuned for more holiday nail art!