Saturday, October 15, 2016

Nov. Pre-Release! Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

Hello friends!   Today Our Daily Bread Designs is doing a Pre-Release and it is just a beautiful one! More details on that below!  

 This is a sample I made using Snowflake Sky Die Background, Snowflake Crystals, and the new stamp/die duo - Jesus Loves You.  I also used some gorgeous new paper - Snowflake Season Paper Collection.  I used glittery silver paper from American Crafts and White card stock, along with some pretty red crystals and a past die release - Leafy Edged Borders.

I love stacking these snowflake dies together and mixing colors for the layers.  It gives great dimension without lots of bulk for mailing.  I love this sentiment and I hope this is true for you and your celebration of the Christmas holiday!  There are so many wonderful sentiments in this Jesus Loves Me set!  I will use this year round I'm sure!

Here are the new products I used today:

Today through October 31st, Our Daily Bread Designs is offering Pre-Order Bundle Specials on the November 2016 Release!   All November 2016 Bundle pre-orders will begin shipping on November 1, 2016 or sooner, please see the ODBD Blog (link to ODBD Nov Pre-order Post) for more details.

For more inspiration using the ODBD November Pre-Order products please visit the other participating Designers' blogs:
Sandee * Cathy * Lisa * Lori * Grace * Dawn 
Robin * Sabrina * Julie * Diana * Helen

You can see all the details on the bundles being offered as a Pre-Order Special by visiting the 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Christmas Cards with ODBD Christmas Note set

Hello friends!  I'm sharing a couple more cards made with the ODBD Oct. release!  This time I'm focusing on the new Christmas Note set.  The image and sentiment are both from this set.  I stamped them with memento ink and colored with Copics.  The paper is from the Christmas Paper Collection 2013.  I cut my rectangles with the Double Stitched Rectangle dies, and the holly leaves and pine boughs are die cut from the Lovely Leaves set.  I added white water color splatter, then Stickles to give a little glitter to my snow.  I also added it to the leaves.  I added crystal "berries" and made a tiny cross over the letter "t" in the sentiment. 

The second card also features the Christmas Note set, as well as the new Merry Christmas Border.  I again stamped with Memento ink and colored with Copics but kept a "cleaner" look by not sponging the edges or splattering the white paint as I did above.  I cut the image with the Vintage Labels dies, and matted with the Vintage Borders.   I created the mat for my image by die cutting four corners from the Fancy Ornament die set from a past release. I adhered them on a white embossed panel that was cut with the Pierced Rectangle dies.  I adhered the Merry Christmas Border at the bottom of my card, and adhered the image panel raised up above the fold to make a "tent topper" card.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Christmas Cards Featuring the ODBD Holy Night Dies

 Hello friends!  I hope you are all doing well and enjoying this  fall season!

Today I'm sharing a couple of cards I made using some of the new products at Our Daily Bread designs.  For the card above, I used the new Christmas Card Collection 2016 for the background of my card.  I love this paper, and the nativity scene on the paper, done in black, makes a wonderful "shadow" for my die cut Holy Night die that I cut from white card stock.  The sentiment is from the new Christmas Note set, cut with a Pierced Oval die, and the angel is popped up on that panel.  My base layers are all cut with the ODBD Pierced Rectangle dies.  This is one of my favorite cards for mass producing.  It went together quick and easy yet it doesn't feel that simple, perhaps because all the white Holy Night images are popped up. That doesn't really show in the straight on photo, but I do like how it came out.... and quick is always good!!!

For the card below, I used the same Holy Night die, but cut it from black.  I also cut a Pierced Rectangles frame to sort of spotlight it.  The paper is from the ODBD Christmas Paper Collection 2014 and was one of my favorites!  I added hills to the background by cutting white card stock with the Leafy Edged Border dies.  I cut two die cuts of the Merry Christmas Border.... one from white and one from black so I could shadow the text.  I sponged my hills and edges of the card and adhered it o a white base with a thin black mat.  Tiny crystals and crystal star finished it off.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed these samples.  I am really loving this month's release!  

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Welcome to the Oct. ODBD Release!

 Hello friends!  Welcome to the Our Daily Bread designs Oct. release hop!!!  

Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 Gift Code to the ODBD Website  just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until October 2, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on October 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won! 
For my card above, I used  the gorgeous new set Home For The Holidays for my image and the sentiments.  I also used the Snow Flake Mini  from a past release.  The dies I used are the Gilded Gate, Squares, and Pierced Squares.  I used the ODBD Tri-Fold Card Kit for this shaped card, and decorated it with the new Christmas Card Collection 2016.  
To create this card, I  measured and cut the design paper pieces, sponged the edges and adhered to the tri-fold card base from the ODBD Tri-Fold Card Kit.  I stamped the image  with Memento ink and colored with Copics.  I hand cut the lamp post and then coated the lamp post with Glossy Accents to make it more shiny.  When that was dry, I decorated it with some Glitter Snow-Tex.  I die cut the gate pieces from some packaging I had from a gift box, using the Gilded Gate dies.  The black is shiny and I loved how it looked on this wrought iron gate.  I stamped the Merry Christmas inside the sign, and the sentiment for the larger square panel with VersaMark, and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  I stamped the snowflake flourish image from the Snowflake Mini set in VersaMark around the square and heat embossed with Kaleidoscope embossing powder.  Then I made a mask for my sky line and sponged purple ink on the "sky" in the background.  I created an illusion of a road and snow banks by sponging a little gray on the lower white part of the square panel.  I sponged purple all around the perimeter using the emboss resist technique to pop those white glittery snowflakes a bit.  I cut this square with the ODBD Squares dies.   I used a Pierced Rectangle die to cut a mat from black card stock, and adhered all together.    I adhered the gate pieces and the lamp post to finish the card.  

For the card below, I again used the wonderful Home For the Holidays set, along with the new Merry Christmas Border Die, and I used the Ornate Oval dies, Ovals dies, Lovely Leaves dies, the ODBD Center Step Card Kit, and the Christmas Card Collection 2016.  
Having these fun card kits has made it so much easier and more fun to make these different folds!  I simply measured and cut my design paper, and adhered it to the card.  I stamped the lamp image with Memento ink and colored with Copics, and hand cut the image.  I sponged an oval die cut with shades of purple, embossed with a snowflake embossing folder, and adhered it to a white frame that was die cut with an Ornate Ovals die.  I adhered these to the center step card, and then adhered the lamp image on to it.  I adhered the new Merry Christmas die cut to the bottom of the card, and I cut several boughs using the Lovely Leaves dies, and layered them up on the oval panel, adhered and then added a little silver sheer bow.  I added little silver half pearls to the wreath and the boughs to finish it off.  I wish you could see the glitter of the "snow", but the camera just does not pick that up. 

To recap, here are the NEW ODBD products I used today.  
You can click on the photo to go to the link:

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed my samples today!  

By way of personal update, I am still plodding along but getting closer to the end of my active treatment.  I will finish up my infusions on Nov. 1!  I will have a chest CT scan on the 7th, and then see my Dr on the 14th, at which time I hope to hear the words I've been waiting for a whole year to hear!  Cancer Free is what I'm hoping to hear!  Thanks to all who are still praying for me!  I can't begin to tell you what that means to me!!!  I am beginning to feel more like myself as I gain strength.  My hair is beginning to grow back in but it's, ahem, very gray/white!  Not going to complain... it's hair!  Thankfully the infusions I'm still getting do not effect hair loss!  My hubby and I decided to take a real vacation this year, as it's been a rough one for our entire family.  So we enjoyed time away to refresh in Sept. All in all.... things are getting closer to "normal", though my new normal isn't exactly the same as my old normal was!  I do cherish your continued prayers, as they cannot do scans routinely, so you just have to wait to see if symptoms appear that would warrant a scan.   The other places breast cancer seems to usually spread to are the liver, lungs, bones and brain, though it can go most anywhere.  I think it's that uncertainty that's going to be hardest for me when treatments are finally done!  I will be on a hormone blocker for 10 years, and that hopefully will help prevent a recurrence but basically it's a wait and see situation.  This is where I'll need to speak truth to myself and work hard at not being anxious! I am already claiming several Scriptures as "mine" for this time.   So I do cherish your continued prayers!!!

 Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Now I'll send you along to see all the amazing inspiration the other designers have put together for you!

Sandee * Cathy * Dawn * Lori * Robin * Julie
Diana * Angie * Chris * Grace * Lisa * Sabrina * Kathy

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Welcome to the ODBD Sept. Release!

Hello sweet friends!  Can you believe it is September already?  Where did summer go?  Well I must admit that I am ready for cooler temps and that crisp evening air that comes during this season!

This month's sets are perfect for fall!  I am sharing one set, Rise and Shine,  and a wonderful new  die set, Beverage Cup.  What's better on a crisp fall morning than a hot cup of coffee and your Bible in your lap, sitting on the porch while you have your quiet time?  Yes, I do believe it's my favorite season!

For the card above, besides these new products,  I also used the ODBD Art Deco  Die, the Trellis Strip Die, Pierced Square Dies, Pierced Rectangle Dies, Layered Lacey Square Dies, and the ODBD Blushing Rose Paper Pack.  I had fun layering up the rectangles and squares, and I colored in the letters with a Spun Sugar Tim Holtz marker.  I embellished with some tiny sequins and the seam binding bow on to which I tied a bronze cross charm.  I absolutely LOVE this sentiment!  This is soooo my daughter and me!  We have coffee together every morning, although we're 2 hours apart... but she calls when she is having her morning coffee and by then I'm ready for my second cup, so we chat together over coffee, and often our conversation turns to things of the Lord.  There is nothing more special than that point in life when your "child" becomes a spiritual encourager even as you continue to encourage her in her faith as well!   Then for a REAL treat... sometimes we meet somewhere part way between us for coffee in person.  That is where my next card comes in! :)

For the card below I again used Rise and Shine, and the Beverage Cup dies.  Additionally I used the ODBD Flower Lattice Strip Die, a snippet from the Doily Dies, the Leafy Edged Border Dies, and the ODBD Vintage Ephemera Paper Pack.  The dies in the Beverage Cup set are very versatile with lots of fun embellishments for your cup, which could be coffee or tea.  I used some wrinkled seam binding to follow the line of my Leafy Edged curvy border, and I added some half pearl flourishes for my wafts and a little floral arrangement on my strip die.  Can you smell the fresh ground coffee? 

 I made my card in to a gift card holder so I could tuck in a gift card to a local coffee shop.  I'm so thankful for friends and family who love to meet for coffee!!!  It's one of my favorite things to do!  To make this all I did was use the part I cut out for the front of the card's dark brown strip, and I purposely made that cut out such that I'd have enough left over to hold a gift card.  I used the little heart die from the Beverage Cup set to cut out a window so the card peeks through.  Simple but does the trick!

 Here is the new set I used, and the fun die set:
Here are the other ODBD Products I used today:

I hope you enjoyed my samples, and if you have not seen the entire release you can view it HERE

As always, there are prizes!!!

Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 Gift Code to the ODBD Website  just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until September 2, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on September 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

Now on to visit my DT sisters:
Melissa * Julie * Sandee * Cathy * Dawn * Lori * Robin * Lisa
Sabrina * Diana * Angie * Chris * Grace

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sending Many Thanks!

Hello friends!  

I hope you are all doing well!  I am popping in today to share a quick card I made using this month's new release, Thanks for Everything stamp/die duo, as well as past releases: Sending My Love stamp/word die duo, Cherry Blossom, and the ODBD Pierced Rectangle dies.   

I decided to try a vintage watercolor look with Copics instead of real watercolor.  To achieve the vintage look, I stamped with Memento Rich Chocolate, then because I wanted a very light tone effect, I first "painted" on Copic Colorless Blender to wet the area, then I added just a touch of color to my flower petals and with the colorless blender drew it in to toward the center and blending it out.  For the centers of the cherry blossoms I used a pale yellow to just barely add color.  I did the same with the leaves and stems.  I added touches of E31 copic for that tanish tone.  I cut the word dies from Sending My Love and Thanks for Everything from Kraft card stock, and used that same card stock for my base.  For the off frame look of my image, I stamped the two images, then die cut the outter frame and inner cut using two sizes of  the ODBD Custom Pierced Rectangles.  I popped the center panel up on foam tape for dimension.

I hope you'll consider this card sent just to you... you who have been praying for me through this past 10 months of treatments!  Your notes of encouragement and prayers have meant the world to me!  I continue with my HER2+ targeted infusions, and hormone blockers, and should be finishing up treatments in mid Nov.  I am gradually getting my strength back, and while still dealing with several side effects of treatment, I am beginning to feel better.  We just celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary with family, and we are looking forward to taking some time off in Sept. to just rest and recharge after a very difficult year.  I  am hoping to have some scans when I complete treatment so I can know that there was no spread of the cancer during this time, but I'm fully believing that there was not.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your prayers, love and support!!!  To God be the glory!!!

Blessings and Love,

Friday, August 19, 2016

Looking Back at the ODBD Aug. release

Hello friends!  I hope you are all doing well!!!

Today we are taking a look back at the Our Daily Bread designs August release!  I have really loved working with these sets and dies! 

Today's card is a little different from my usual, but I love how it looks in person, and it's quite flat and mail-able!  I used the new With Sympathy stamp/die combination set, stamping in a soft pink ink.  I wanted the card to have a soft feeling so the pink ink is just that, and I used just pink and white for my card stock as well.  While this might not photograph as well, I love that it's not harsh either, like black ink would be on this soft card.  My card base is white, followed by a pink layer, then another white layer on which I stamped my sentiment and then chose an embossing folder from Sizzix that has leafy vines and berries on it, but I was able to position it such that the sentiment was for the most part left not embossed.  This helps the words to show up better.  I then added two Art Deco die cut strips across my card.  I die cut the word Sympathy from the set and positioned that where I wanted it.  Then I heat embossed  and die cut three cuttings of the Beauty (Stargazer image) set, using the matching Lily die.  My pink card stock die cuts were heat embossed with white, and the white layer was embossed with pink.  I created a little bit of depth by layering up these images just slightly offset from eachother, and I adhered them to the card with foam tape.  I added some flourishes using the Fancy Foliage dies, and finally, I added  a white and a pink die cut butterfly from the Bitty Butterflies die set.  A few little gems finished the card off.  

Be sure to check out more wonderful inspiration by the other designers participating today:

Robin * Melissa * Julie * Sandee * Cathy * Dawn * Lori * Grace * Lisa
Sabrina * Diana * Diane (Guest Designer)

Here are Links to the ODBD products used today:

Thanks so much for looking!  

Friday, August 12, 2016

Wishing Happiest of Birthdays to You!

Hello friends!  

I hope you are enjoying your summer (or winter to my friends down under)!

Today I wanted to share another card I made with this month's release from Our Daily Bread designs.  I love birds, and we enjoy watching our blue bird house become the hatching place to many new blue bird families each year.  So it stands to reason that I love coloring this sweet image from the Birdhouse set as bluebirds.  I'm sure you have seen many samples by now with the birds colored differently so you know this can be very versatile, but my heart always draws me to the bluebirds.  

I used the sentiment from the Woodpecker set, as birthday cards seem to be a constant need.  I used the new Pierced Squares, and a past release, the Wishing word Die, as well as the Birthday Brights Paper Pack.   My image is colored with Copics, and the only embellishments are tin orange half crystals.  The base is craft, and the Wishing word is die cut and popped up with tiny foam dimensionals to adhere it to the card.  

Thanks so much for looking!

"For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father".
Rom. 8:15

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

With Deepest Sympathy!

Hello friends!  I hope you are all doing well! 

Today I'm sharing a sympathy card made with the Aug. release from Our Daily Bread designs.  Sympathy cards can be the most difficult cards there are to make.  We usually don't have the best stamps or sentiments for such a card, and we are often making them under very sad circumstances.  This month's With Sympathy stamp & die combo goes a long way to help us with these difficult cards.  There is the beautiful Sympathy word die, but there are also several wonderful sentiments with it that could be used on the front of the card, but also on the inside.  Here is a closer look at the set and what comes in it:
I am in love with word dies, and how they make a pretty impactful card with very little time involvement.  So as you can see there are lots of words you can use with the die itself, but sentiments like "Our thoughts and prayers are with you" is perfect for the inside as well.  There is no more difficult note to write in a card (in my opinion) than a sympathy message.  I know I will be using this one often.

The other products I used on this card are the new Flower Lattice strip diePierced Circles dies, Fancy Foliage dies, Bitty Blossoms die, and the paper is from the ODB Pastel Paper pack.  The layout is simple and the card is quite flat.  The only embellishments  are three tiny black half pearls.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. 
 2 Cor 1:3

Thanks so much for looking! 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs Aug. release!

 Hello friends!  Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs August release! 
If you haven't had a chance to view the entire release, you can do so HERE.  

Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 Gift Code to the ODBD Website  just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until August 2, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on August 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!
For my center step card above I used the new Birdhouse set, as well as the new Art Deco Border Die.  I simply sized my dimensions on the center step to fit the Art Deco dies on the sides.  The papers are from the ODBD Blushing Rose Paper Pack, and other dies used are the ODBD Lavish Layers , Ornate Ovals, Ovals, and Fence die.  I stamped the image with Memento ink and colored with Copics, then hand cut the image and mounted it on an Ovals die, on which I had sponged some sky and clouds, and then I matted the oval with an Ornate Ovals die cut, and added the Fence die across the bottom, and the sentiment on it is cut with a  Lavish Layers die.
For the card below, I used the new Thanks for Everything Stamp/Die Combo, as well as the new Pierced Squares dies.  I also used a new Trellis Strip Die on the left side of the card.  I started with a base of craft, then added a layer of design paper from the Blushing Rose Paper Pack, then I cut two white pierced squares, two patterned pierced squares, and then an outside frame from the pattern paper, mounted on to a white square on which I had stamped the "for everything" sentiment.  I die cut the word "Thanks" from craft and sponged with Memento Rich Cocoa, and adhered that to the sentiment panel.  I cut out a rose cluster image from the same paper pack and added it and some greenery from the Lovely Leaves Die set.  I finished off with a butterfly cut from the same paper pack using the Bitty Butterflies die set.  The sentiment panel and roses are popped up with foam tape.  A few little pearls finished it off.

Here are the NEW ODBD products I used today:

I really love these new sets and dies!!!  I'm having a lot of fun playing with them and I hope you enjoyed the samples today.  

Don't forget to visit the rest of the DT's blogs so you don't miss a chance to win some new ODBD goodness! 
 RobinMelissa * Julie * Sandee * Cathy
Dawn * Lori * Chris * Grace * Lisa
Sabrina * Diana * Angie * Diane (Guest Designer)


Friday, July 29, 2016

A sneak peek at August!

Hello friends!  I hope your July has been fabulous, and that you are managing to stay cool!  It's been so hot here!  I hate to even go outside when it's this hot!   

Hard as it is to believe, July is almost over, and with August will come another new and awesome release at Our Daily Bread designs.  I'm sharing a sneak peek with you today.  This card is using a new set called Woodpecker, and also a new die, Trellis Strip.  I love them both!

For this card I did something I rarely do.  I started with a base of black, layered on a cream layer, and then a design paper layer from the ODBD  Vintage Ephemera paper pack.  I die cut the new Trellis Strip die from black, and then die cut my main panels, using the new ODBD Custom Pierced Squares diesPierced Rectangles, Double Stitched Rectangles, and the ODBD Squares dies.  I embossed a cloud pattern on the cream layer and mounted my woodpecker on it.  I had colored him with Copcis and hand cut.  I also stamped and die cut the sentiment from the same set, and placed on the card using foam tape to pop it and the image up.  My embellishment in the upper left corner was made with red twine, and several elements made with the Fancy Foliage Dies and the  Lovely Leaves Dies.  I added a brad gem to the top and the sentiment panel.  I wanted to try to keep this card more masculine but I have to admit it's always difficult for me to do that!  Sometimes you just want to add flowers and ribbons! Hopefully the twine and greenery will work for a guy card.  

I hope you've enjoyed my sneak peek and that you will be back on Aug. 1 to see the entire release!

1 Corinthians 2:9King James Version (KJV)

 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Friends are never far apart!

Hello friends! Oh my... how the summer is flying by!  I feel like I have lost so much time this whole year being sick, but I'm so grateful for every day the Lord has given me!  Every day I look out my window at the beauty that's all around me and thank Him for allowing me this time... this day!  This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice in it!!!

The beautiful flower sets from Our Daily Bread designs have been so much fun to work with!  I love to color, and these certainly have given opportunity to do just that!

For this card I used the new ODBD Forever Friends set, colored with Memento Ink and colored with copics, then hand cut.  I used the new Lacey Layered Ovals dies, ODBD Ovals dies, Lavish Layers dies, and the Pierced Rectangle dies.  I started with a white base and layered on design paper from the ODBD Birthday Brights Paper Collection, and the Blooming Garden Paper Collection. I popped up the sentiment panel and the flower with foam dimensional tape, and added a little sheer bow and ribbon trim.   I love this sentiment.  I had a dear friend,  who gave me a wall hanging that had this sentiment on it when we moved many miles away.  I have always cherished that gift... a perfect reminder of her every time I looked at it!

I thank you all for your prayers and notes of encouragement!  I am still struggling with some health issues, and my cancer treatments are not completely done, but time is flying by, and one day soon I hope to be able to say... "I'm done with treatments, and I'm cancer free!" 

 Thanks for stopping by!