Friday, May 13, 2016

Praying for You!


 Hello friends!  

Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs  May Release. 

I created this card using Good Day and Medallion Sentiments for my stamps.  I used the new Pierced Circles dies and the Pierced Rectangle Dies (on the main printed panel) as well as the new Pierced Ovals dies (for the sentiment).  I fussy cut the image after stamping with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and coloring with Copics.  I mounted it on the pierced circle panel using foam tape for dimension.  I matted the pierced circle panel with a Matting Circle Ornament die, using some of the last bits of cherished Sage Shadow card stock I have, and added a cream colored Doily Die cut behind that.    The design paper for this card is all from the ODBD Cozy Quilt Paper Collection and I used the colors in it to choose my Copics and the tiny flowers cut with a die from the Flower Box Fillers die set.  I colored them with Copics and added a tiny red rhinestone.  I added a leafy flourish from the Fancy Foliage Die set.  I finished off with a wrinkled seam binding bow.  

Here are the new ODBD release products I used on this card:



 

For those of you wanting an update on my health.... I continue to recover nicely.  I start 6 weeks of Radiation next week (30 treatments, 5 days a week).  It's phase 3 of this process and the last of the really intense treatments.  I'm so thankful for this time of recovery between chemo/surgery and radiation, but I look forward to getting started too so I can be done!!!  Thanking the Lord for His mercies and love!  Thank YOU all who have been praying for me!!!  I know He has heard and answered!!!

Thanks so much for taking a peek today!  I hope you've enjoyed my sample and to view the other DT creations, please visit the ODBD Blog, and stop at the links below:
Robin * Melissa * Julie * Sandee * Cathy * Dawn
Lori * Lisa * Sabrina * Grace * Jan (Guest Designer)


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs May Release!

 
Welcome to the ODBD May Release!  I hope you've had a chance to view the entire release, but if not, be sure to stop by the ODBD Blog to see it all!
Before I get in to the details of my cards, here are the details on how  you might win a prize! 

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 May 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 May 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!
For the card above, I wanted a vintage feminine feel so I pulled out my  ODBD paper, Shabby Rose Paper Collection.  I used the new and wonderful "Good Day" stamp set for my image and sentiment.  I stamped the image with Memento cocoa ink and colored with Copics.  I fussy cut the image and mounted it on an oval panel created by die cutting an ODBD Pierced Ovals die from the same paper collection, embossing it with a sizzix embossing folder, and matting it with an ODBD Ovals die cut from brushed gold card stock.  I mounted that on a rectangular panel created by die cutting a brushed gold frame with the ODBD Filagree Frame die from the March Anniversary release, and layering on a pink paper from the same paper collection, cut with an ODBD Lavish Layers die set, also from the Anniversary release.  I distressed all my layers with Distress Ink in Antique Linen, and for the sentiment, I stamped it with VersMark and heat embossed with Ranger Gold Embossing powder.  I cut it with the new Pierced Ovals die, and matted with a brushed gold ODBD Ovals die cut.  The base is Blushing Bride card and the lace is from my stash.  I have added lots of dimension with foam tape.

Here are the new releases I used for the card above:

For the card below, I thought I'd try for a card  that could go masculine or feminine.  I already had the brushed gold paper out so I decided to add that to a layer of  ODBD Christian Faith Paper Collection and some Midnight Muse card stock.  I die cut the gold background using the new die called Majestic Medallion Dies.  I stamped the image from  Medallion Sentiments with Midnight Muse ink on Neenah Solar Crest 140 lb card stock and cut with the new Flourishy Frame die.  I decorated the white panel with the center portion of a second die cut of the Majestic Medallion die from brushed gold.  I matted the white with another die cut from from Midnight Muse, using the Flourishy Frame dies setI kept it simple and only embellished with some navy blue half pearls.

Here are the new release products I used on this card:


Again I want to thank all who have been praying for me!  I had my surgery on April 6th and am recovering very well!  The pathology report was basically good, though not quite perfect.  We had hoped that by doing the neoadjuvant chemo, that when I had the surgery there would be no live cancer remaining, but  there was still a live cancerous tumor left.  However the Dr. feels he got it all.  The really great news is that the lymph nodes were clear!  So we are praising the Lord for answered prayer!   I am gaining strength every day.  So thank you so much for praying,  for the notes you've sent, the cards and facebook messages of encouragement!  They have meant so much!!!

Now, here is the list of designer's participating in today's hop:

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

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Love You to Pieces!


Hello friends!  I'm so happy I was able to make another card using the Our Daily Bread Designs April new release before having my surgery!  As I post this, I am preparing to have surgery tomorrow afternoon.  I am totally at peace with the decisions I have made for my surgery, and am not anxious at all!  In fact I am looking forward to finally getting this cancer out of my body and moving on to the next phase!

I used Quilted with Love for my sentiment, and the Log Cabin Quilt Die to create my "corner" treatment.  I offset that with a die from the ODBD  Decorative Corner Die set, and I cut the sentiment with an ODBD Mini Tag Die.  I matted everything with Neenah Solar White 140 lb card stock and the patterned papers are from the new Americana Quilt Collection.  Quick and simple but I am really loving this new quilt die!  I hope to get the rest as soon as I'm back up and able to create again.

This journey with cancer, chemo, surgery and soon radiation has really offered many special blessings along the way, in spite of the difficult times!  One of those blessings has been how many people have stepped up to help us in some way,  and whom I truly do love to pieces!!!  Words can't even begin to express my gratitude to my family and friends for all they have done to help during this time!  I have a feeling I will be writing thank you notes for a long time to come and still won't be able to thank everyone!!!  Friends and neighbors have brought us meals,  given gift cards to restaurants so my hubby can pick up a to go order on days I'm not up to cooking,  sent innumerable gifts and hand made treasures from the heart which have nourished our bodies, our souls and our spirits, blessed us with visits, calls, cards, and most especially prayers!  How can I ever thank them enough?  I really can't, but I can try... and that is with just a simple word of thanks and love to all the wonderful people who have blessed us so!  If you are among those who have been praying for me... please accept my note of gratitude and love!!!  I truly feel blessed beyond measure!!!  

Hugs! 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Welcome to the April ODBD release!


Hello friends!  Welcome to the ODBD April release!   I'm so happy to be feeling well enough to make a card to share for this release!  I have completed most of my chemo, which I considered the most difficult phase, and I have my surgery date for April 6th.  Thank you all so much for your prayers, and I would love it if you'd remember me on Wed. as I have surgery!  

In the meantime, I was thrilled to play with a little bit of the April release.  I used the new Log Cabin Quilt Custom dies,  the Quilted With Love stamp set for my sentiment, and the ODBD Cozy Quilt Paper Collection.  I also used the previously released Layered Lacy Squares Dies, and Filagree Frames Dies

My card is on a Very Vanilla base, and a much cherished Sage Shadow mat was used, which I embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder, and ran white ink over the raised embossed parts. I then cut the various patterns out from the new  Cozy Quilt Paper Collection, and began assembling my Log Cabin Quilt.  I decided to use a vanilla base for the quilt, so I cut an entire quilt pattern from vanilla and left all the pieces in it, adhering it together on the back with tape.  Then I adhered my patches to the vanilla, giving my pattern just a tad of lift instead of removing the corresponding vanilla strips and inlaying the patterned pieces.  I like this look personally, but you could certainly inlay it if you preferred.  

Folk lore says that the log cabin quilt represented cabins on the prairie with red center squares for the hearth, sunny warm tones on one side (representing the sunny side of the house) and cooler or dark tones on the opposite side representing the shady side of the house).  Because all the papers in the new collection are patterned, I used the log cabin quilt die to cut a perfectly matched red solid from the packaging for the paper.  I used the warmer yellows and reds on one side and the cooler greens on the other. I die cut a Lacy Square from vanilla card stock, and adhered the quilt to it.  I liked how just a tad of the lacy edges peeked out behind the quilt, making it quite proportional to the over all size of the quilt.  The sentiment is stamped and cut with a Filagree Frame die, and adhered below the quilt. Then I popped up the entire assembly using foam tape.  To finish the card I used a couple button pins, which I passed through a seam binding bow and crimped to the back and cut off the tips, then adhered that to the card with hot glue. I love how it came out and I must say... in all my quilting years, I have never created a log cabin quilt so quickly!!! 

I hope you have had time to see the entire release!  If not you can see it on the ODBD Blog.  Also, as always, there are prizes for hopping along with the design team!  Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25.00 Gift Code to the ODBD Store just for leaving a comment on the Design Team's cards!  You have until April 2, 2016 at 9:00 EDT to leave your comments for a chance to win!  Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on April 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

To recap, here are the new release products I used today:



Here are the links to the Design Team's Blogs:

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

Thank you so much for stopping by!!!
Blessings,

Sunday, March 20, 2016

ODBD Anniversary Celebration Week- Three Favorites!



Hello friends!  Today some of the ODBD designers are sharing 3 of their favorite cards from this past year, as part of the week long celebration of ODBD's 8th Anniversary!

Prize Information: 
Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $15 gift certificate to the ODBD Store just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until March 22, 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 March 24th, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!


 This is a pocket card with a pull out book mark.  The card base is Neenah Solar Crest White 140lb stock.  On that I layered a piece of design paper from the ODBD Chalkboard Paper Collection.  Then I cut a curvy edge with the  Leafy Edged Borders dies and cut my diagonal pocket to fit.  I then embossed that panel and adhered it with tacky tape on the bottom and left side.  I cut my removable book mark/tag with the ODBD Vintage Label dies, and Vintage Flourish Pattern die set. I stamped the sentiment from the new Beauty stamp set on a scrap of design paper in my stash.   I decorated the tag with one size of the new Pretty Posies die set, a Fancy Flourish die cut, and I stamped and die cut the little butterflies with the Butterfly and Bugs stamp set and matching Butterfly and Bugs die set. I added a corner die cut from the Ornate Borders and Flowers die set to the top and punched a hole, passing thin satin ribbon through that.

The pocket itself was decorated by cutting 2 of each of the 3 sizes in the Pretty Posies set from white card stock and sponging with distress ink.  I then used my embossing tools to shape each layer and glued them together.  I cut three of the largest leaves in that set and stenciled while still in the die, then shaped them the same way.  Some Stickles in the center, a  little gauze, ribbon and a few more butterflies finished it off.


For the card above, I used the Home Sweet Home set for my sentiment.  I used the  ODBD Custom Window  Dies, Shutter and Awning Dies, and Flower Box Fillers.  I also used Antique Labels and Border Die set to cut the sentiment with, and Fancy Foliage.  I used the  Butterfly and Bugs  stamp to stamp and heat emboss the butterfly on vellum, and cut it with the ODBD Custom Butterfly Dies & Bugs Die.  The design paper is the ODBD Shabby Rose Paper Collection.


For this card, I used the wonderful Belles Vignes, Trois Jolis Papillons, and Psalm 23 for my stamps.  I also used the matching dies, ODBD CustomTres Papillons, and another die, ODBD Custom Birds and Nest, along with the  Fancy Foliage and Vintage Labels dies. 

If you'd like to see all the samples in one place, be sure to stop by the ODBD Blog to check it out! 
Congratulations Kelley and Rick, and the entire ODBD family!  May God continue to bless you all!

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Here are the links to my DT sisters.  Don't forget to stop by each and leave a comment for a chance to win!


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

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Welcome to the ODBD Special 8th Anniversary Release!



Hello friends!  Welcome to the ODBD 8th Anniversary Special Release!  This release is near and dear to my heart!  You can read all about it on the ODBD Blog, but the bottom line is these sets came from a work of heart.  For the past 19 weeks I have been going through chemo treatments for breast cancer,  and I began saving a list of special Scriptures as I came across them, that meant a lot to me. I needed to focus my heart on the hope I have in my Lord and Savior, and the strength and peace that I needed that only He could give.  As I read different books people had given me on fighting cancer and the ups and downs of the journey, I started thinking about some  card sentiments I thought would be perfect for serious illnesses and other special card needs beyond just the typical "get well" card.  One day,  I sent this to list to  Kelley.  It turns out that the special anniversary release this year came from that list, as she selected the ones that she liked best.  I'm so happy to have these Scriptures in stamps now to use for so many different needs!  I have learned through card drives for MD Anderson through SCS, and other card needs I have had, that there are times (like when someone has a terminal illness, for example),  that a traditional "Get Well" card is not always the appropriate sentiment for those needs.  For me personally, God's Word is what brings me hope and encouragement, and I find nothing more uplifting to my soul than a Scripture that reminds me of my hope and assurance in my Savior and Lord, and His perfect plan for me.  I also think some sentiments that remind us that someone is praying for us, or just sending love can be very uplifting.  And so.... these sets were designed.  I'm so thrilled to have them to use, and in beautiful classic ODBD style and beautiful font!  Thank you Kelley for making them in to stamps!  It brings tears to my eyes!

So today, in appreciation of ODBD customer support through the past 8  years, Kelley is offering a special 8th Anniversary prize package!!! 

Eight randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate to the ODBD Store just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until March 19, 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 March 24th, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!
These are the first cards I have made in quite a while as I've been too weak to do much but I did so enjoy working with these sets and dies!!!  For the card above, I used Healing Prayers for my verse.   I also used the beautiful new dies released today: Lavish Layers and Filagree Frames.  Additionally I used Lovely Leaves and Shabby Rose Paper Collection, and some tiny pearls and Prima roses.  

 Here are the new release products I used today:





I do want to thank ALL of you who have been faithfully praying for me!!!  I have felt the power and presence of the Holy Spirit throughout the entire journey.  It was not easy to go through this chemo regimen, and I did have to miss that last 2 weekly doses of one chemo due to neurapathy it caused in my hands and feet.   However as of Mar 15,  I finished the rest of the course!!!  Now I get a few weeks to recover and then will have surgery.  I do appreciate your continued prayers as I am very weak and need to get stronger before the surgery.  I believe God has been answering all your prayers, and will continue to do so!  In the mean time, His sweet presence has given such peace and strength!  That is NOT of my own strength but of His!

Thank you so much for stopping by and viewing my samples of this awesome Anniversary Special Release, and I hope you love the release as much as I do!  Please visit my DT sisters and leave a comment for your chance to win one of the 8 awesome prizes being given away!!!

Julie * Sandee * Cathy * Dawn * Lori * Robin * Angie * Chris * Grace
Lisa * Sabrina * Melissa (Guest Designer)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

An Update....a Thank You... and Continuing to Trust in the Lord!


Hello my friends! I hope you are all well!  I know I have not posted in quite a while, and many are wanting an update.  I decided to share another real quick journal entry in my Journaling Bible, and then share an update with you on my health.

First off... this is another of the Our Daily Bread designs Bible Journaling Stamps, Your Heart. I simply stamped it with Memento ink (which does ghost just a bit on the back of the paper), and then colored with Prisma pencils.  I added a sticker from a Tim Holtz pad that simply says trust.  This is a life verse for many, and so appropriate for every one of us every day!  I decided to keep this one simple and uncluttered.  What I love about journaling is that you can always go back and add more as the Lord inspires you!

By way of update... I just had my 13th week of chemo, and I have 6 to go (Lord willing)!!!  I have had a lot of heart issues the past two weeks.  My heart has been racing like I was exercising at a top target rate for my age, only I'm sitting in a chair! My blood pressure also has been jumping all over the place, so last week I had a couple tests, and today when I went for chemo I got good news that all looked good on the tests.  That said, I have some meds that have helped with the blood pressure but the racing heart is still with me... just to keep things interesting I guess.  Anyway... the reason this was so concerning to me besides the discomfort, was that one of the biologically targeted drugs I get does cause heart failure in a  percentage of people, especially in my age range,  and also when in combination with other chemo's (I'm on a total of 4).  I really did not want to go off this medication as it's the one I'm supposed to get weekly for a year, and is specifically targeted to the type of cancer I have and the receptor that feeds it.  Sooooo we have been praying for wisdom for my Dr. as he reviewed my tests and decided whether to continue this medication.  Today's results gave the good news that it is not heart failure caused by this drug and it is OK to continue with it.  Thank you Lord!!!

I will still have to watch what's going on with my heart and while the Dr says it is a side effect of one of the chemo's I am on, medications for it have really only helped with the blood pressure.  My heart is still pitter pattering along at a pretty good clip.  So that continues to be a prayer request.  If it does not go away when I finish my chemo then I will need to have a full cardiac work up and of course if it gets worse before then I will have to do that any way.  I don't share all this for any reason other than to  update you and ask you to be praying specifically for what's going on right now.  I DO believe in the power of prayer!!!  I've seen Him work time and time again, and I know He is working now as well... and it's all for His glory!

I have so many blessings in my life I can hardly count them!  These past couple months have been tough... there's been the good, the bad and  the ugly.... but the blessings far outnumber the ugly! I have realized I have soooo many friends who truly care, and who have come up with some of the most amazing and creative ways to let me know that!  From meals, to gift cards to help with meals, to gifts too numerous to mention:  cards that cover my dining room table when laid out... audio books to listen to when my eyes just can't focus, Christian music to minister to my soul, devotionals and novels to read, hand made afghans and chemo caps, special lotions that truly help with my chemo damaged skin and nails,  wall plaques, flowers, hand made jewelry, a beautiful wooden cross, and so much more!!!  I truly have been brought to tears by the thoughtfulness and love each one has shown me!

I have been blessed with phone calls and visits, and I have to also thank my family for all they are doing to help me!  My daughter Christy, and my granddaughter Lauren come often to help drive me to chemo, and they help clean my house while they are here!  My hubby is also supportive in every way he can and I don't know what I'd do without them all!  Those special texts from my 18 year old grandson bring tears to my eyes.... what a special time this has been for our entire family as we have realized how important it is to say I love you today... often... because tomorrow is not promised! 

I also am so blessed by the ARMY of prayer warriors who are faithfully praying for me, and let me know that!  I really consider prayer to be the most precious gift of all!  When the world says it's impossible.... that's when the our GOD shows His power and glory!  He IS the God of the impossible!!!  I have felt those prayers and I know He is working in my body every day, and He is carrying me through this with very little anxiety or fear!  When those feelings do creep in, I read His Word and pray, and He floods me with comfort! 

Finally... I am thankful for you... my blogging friends!  Knowing you are praying for me brings much encouragement to me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

May you be blessed with His richest blessings!

Monday, January 18, 2016

His Mercies are New Every Morning!

ODBD stamp Your Mercies, Bible Journaling, designed by Grace Nywening

Hello friends!  I do hope you are all well on this cold January day!  

For Christmas I was given a Journaling Bible.  This was something I have struggled with for some time.  I mean, I have my beloved Bible with all sorts of notes written in the margins, and yet somehow the idea of doing artwork to illustrate a passage just scared me.  I first and foremost did not want to have it be about the art.  It needs to remain about God's Word!  However, as I've been home bound for the most part lately, this has been a wonderful way for me to read His Word and then focus on a certain verse or passage that spoke to me at that moment.  I am completely new to this, so I have much to learn but I'm enjoying the process thus far.

The main image above is a stamp, and part of the Jan. release from ODBD, and is called Your Mercies.  The bottom of the stamped image  is just above my hand lettered "Therefore I have Hope" with the pink ribbon.  I was reading this chapter and that phrase popped out at me several times.  I in a special way connected with the words of Hope this time!

God's people had rebelled and sinned,  and God had allowed the Babylonians to destroy Jerusalem.  There was much suffering and lament in the land.  However,  in this 3rd chapter and following, the laments turn to reminders and comfort that (3:21) "This I call to mind, therefore I have hope. "(v22) "The Lord's Loving kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. "( v23) "They are new every morning.  Great is Your faithfulness." 

The author then goes on to say "The Lord is my portion, says my soul, Therefore I have hope in Him.  The Lord is good to those who wait for Him.  To the person who seeks Him.  (vs 24-25)  

So in a time of deep suffering, still it was recognized that God is abounding in loving kindness.  It does not please Him to see His people suffer. (However there are times He does allow it for reasons He alone can know... but certainly in part to bring people back to Him through repentance, to be a witness to others of His power and glory, and many more reasons I'm sure).   Because of this knowledge of God's character, came a strong hope and even eventually repentance.  The 21st verse of the 5th chapter says "Turn us back to You, O Lord, and we will be restored; Renew our days as of old."  Once you have come to know God's favor, you really don't ever want to live far from Him again!  

My image was stamped with Memento and colored with Prisma Pencils.  I had some shadowing from the ink but almost none from the pencil coloring.  I used a  .01 Micron pen to hand letter the "Therefore I have Hope" and the ribbon and there is some shadowing of that as well. I used Distress Inks to sponge the clouds using a Rosies' Road Show cloud template.  I have plans for the other side of this page so I brought the clouds all the way over and will eventually journal the right hand side bar.  I do not really like when heavy artwork is done over the words in a journaling Bible.  I feel like that's crossing the line in some way.  However there are many mediums like the distress inks that lightly sponged on can be read clearly through.  The pencils as well can be read through.  My goal for most of my pages will to either keep most everything to the side bar, or use only light mediums that do not obscure the words.  

I will say that this is the third page I did this week.  I still have things to show or finish and show, but I did want to share this with you for now.  Tomorrow is another Big chemo day for me so I might be out of it this coming week for a while.  Again... thank you all so much for your prayers, cards, messages on facebook, etc.  They mean so much to me!!!

Blessings,
 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

My Best Wishes!

ODBD products: Wishing Well, Double Stitched Circle Dies, BoHo Background Dies, Pennant Dies, designed by Grace Nywening

Hello friends!   I hope you are all well!

I have been doing a little bit over the past several days to create a card.  Never realized before how much strength it takes to make one little simple card but it seems that way to me right now!  I have good news though!  I am half way through my chemo and am counting down the last 10 weeks with joy, knowing that I'm half way there!  Thanking the Lord for giving me the strength to make it this far, and although I am weak and dragging, I am still chugging along, so all thanks goes to the Lord for that!!!  I so appreciate all your prayers, messages, emails and cards!!!  Thank you!
This card was created with the January release from Our Daily Bread designs, Wishing Well.  I had fun coloring it with Copics, and although I started out trying for a masculine card, I did an about face part way through and added some flower soft and pink paper so I guess it really doesn't qualify any more for masculine, but that's how it goes sometimes!  I stamped the image with a soft brown ink as I wanted to just color it lightly with  monochromatic color tones.  However, that too changed as I went along.  
Anyhow... the image is cut with the ODBD Double Stitched Circles Dies, and the sentiment is cut with the Pennant Dies.  I used just a corner of a die cut from the BoHo Background Die, and I used the Rustic Beauty Paper Collection (not currently available) on a blushing bride mat, and that on a Soft Suede base.  I let the design paper do most of the work and only embellished with a tiny May Arts bow, and the flower soft, which is from a Fuschia Mix.  
It felt good to create a card this week!  I don't get down to my basement studio very often lately, but this was a little bit of happy for me this week!  Thanks so much for stopping by and having a look!  It's so appreciated!!!

IS. 41:10
Do Not Fear, for I am with you!  Do not be dismayed for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Thank you Lord,

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!!!


Hello friends! I wanted to just wish you all a blessed new year!  This year more than any other, I look forward to all that God is going to do in the year ahead!  Yes, I am praying for complete remission from cancer this year... but I'm also praying for a closer walk with my Lord and Savior,  more opportunities to share His indescribable gift with others, more fruit that will be pleasing in His sight, and I'm praying especially on behalf of our country that He will intervene in the direction we have been going, and the decisions we have been making especially these past few years!  I love my country, but  it breaks my heart to see how far we have strayed from our roots, our morals, and all the things that set us apart and gave us God's favor among the nations.  Is it possible that as we have pulled away from these values we were built upon, we are now seeing the withdrawal of God's blessings on our nation?  I think so!  

It's easy for us as believers to become discouraged.  We easily think that we've gone too far... that we can't do anything to stop the course we are on.... but I still believe that prayer changes things!  I still believe God can do anything!  I still believe He desires to bless us and wants us to turn back to Him.  I ask that all believers would join me in praying for our country especially in 2016 as decisions will be made this year that will have very long lasting repercussions!

Ps 27:6-9

Blessed be the Lord, because He has heard the voice of my supplications!  The Lord is my strength and my shield;  My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;  Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.

The Lord is their strength, and He is the saving refuge of His anointed.  Save your people, and bless your inheritance;  Shepherd them also, and bear them up forever. 

On a personal note... many have asked for an update on my health.  I have been put on a different chemo regimen, which so far seems to be more tolerable for me.  I began this new regimen this past Monday and it involves a repeating three week schedule of weekly infusions of one strong chemo and one biological targeted drug infusion,  3 infusions for one week, and then 4 infusions including a second strong chemo for one week.  It sounds confusing and in a way it is, but prayerfully this new chemo will be as effective as the one I was unable to take in killing the cancer cells.  We are praying hard for complete remission and in two more weeks I will be half way through my chemo!  I'm keeping my eyes on this first mile stone, as it makes it feel much more doable than taking the entire year as a whole.  The plan after chemo will be surgery, then radiation, and then the completion of a full year on one biological targeted drug that is given like chemo in an infusion, but is targeted to the particular type of cancer that I have.     We do cherish your continued prayers!  When I don't update, it does not mean I don't need prayer, but just that  I don't really have any new news to share yet.  I will update when there is any news!  So yes!  I do cherish your prayers in 2016!  Prayer changes things and I am so grateful for the ARMY of prayer warriors I have lifting me up in prayer!!!

Here is a photo of my daughter and granddaughter supporting me in my hat wearing days, as my head is now bald.  


I am so thankful for the loving care and support my family has been to me!  I am thankful for the incredible showering of love I have had from you my friends in blog land, my church friends and neighbors who have helped with meals, offers to help transport or sit with me if I need them, and cards cards, cards!  I love reading every one, as well as the emails, Facebook messages, phone calls and other special ways you have shown you care!  I couldn't face this without you and I truly love you all!  May God bless YOUR New Year with all His richest blessings!!!

With Love & Gratitude,

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Welcome to the December ODBD Release!


Hello friends!  Welcome to the December Our Daily Bread Designs release!  It's hard to believe it's December already!  Christmas is just around the corner and the new year right behind it! 

I first want to thank all who have so kindly sent me notes, emails, cards, gifts and prayers!  I have been blown away by the love and encouragement shown  me during this illness, and your acts of kindness have touched my heart.  I am undergoing chemo now and it's not been easy as I have an intolerance for one of the drugs they are giving me and we are still trying to figure all that out so I can be a bit more comfortable between treatments.  God is hearing and answering your prayers, and  I know He is carrying me through this. 

I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to participate in this month's release, but I managed to get a couple cards made so I'm happy to be able to share them with you.  I kept both simple this time as I was mostly working upstairs with limited supplies.  Before I give the details though, here  is the prize information for this month's give away:

Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until December 2, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. EST to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on December 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!
For my card above I used Plough the Fields for my image and sentiment.  I only had Prisma Pencils upstairs with me so I colored my image with them and it was fun to revisit that coloring medium after using Copics so much lately!  I cut the image panel with a Matting Circle Die, and matted with the new Double Stitched Circles Dies.  I also used the new Double Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut my sentiment panel, which I folded over the top of the card.  I used the Leafy Edged Border Dies to cut some "fields" for my card background.  The base is Baked Brown Sugar and the greens are all scraps of Bazzil from my stash. 
For my next card, I used  Safe Travels for my image and sentiment.  I used Archival ink and again, colored with Prisma Pencils.  I used Pastel Chalks for the sky.  I cut the image and the other two panels with the new Double Stitched Rectangle Dies, and I used the Double Stitched Circle Dies to cut my sentiment panel.  I used a base of Baja Breeze and some desgin paper from the ODBD Vintage Ephemera Paper Collection.  I embellished with die cuts from the Lovely Leaves Dies, Fancy Foliage Dies, and some bronze square embellishments from my stash.

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Here are the NEW ODBD products I used today:





Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please visit my DT sisters for more inspiration!

Julie * Dawn * Amy * Cathy * Lori * Sandee * Robin * America * Angie
Lisa * Grace * Sabrina * Chris * Silke

Blessings,

Friday, November 13, 2015

A Personal Praise and another Christmas card!


Hello friends!  I hope you are all well! 

I just got home from an Oncologist appointment that has been laying heavy on my heart as it was to get the results of all the tests he ran over the past 2 weeks and whether he thought I was healthy enough to move on to the chemo regime he had planned.   First of all... I just have to give God all the glory for answered prayers!  The PET scan was basically clean (only a couple little things that don't really change much).  I knew my chances of it having gone in to my lymph nodes were very high and I was even warned by the Dr that due to the tumor's size, it was quite likely it had metastasized to other organs, which would have really affected my long term outlook.  It has not!  Praise the Lord from whom all blessings flow!!!  So I start a year long Chemo and Biological drug regime on Tues am.  I will go every 3 weeks to get 4 different chemo and biological drugs for 18 weeks. I also will go once a week for a year (if my heart can take it), for a biological drug that they infuse the same way, but it's not supposed to put me down as much as the chemo drugs will.  It does pose a risk to the heart so that is another prayer request.  Also after the 18 weeks on chemo, I should be having surgery and radiation for 5-6 weeks.  I am so encouraged today, and I now have determination that I can make it through this.  It's going to be a long journey, but I know He is with me!  I have to thank all of you who have been praying for me as He hears and answers prayers! I would cherish your continued prayers as I begin treatment.  I know there will be a lot of difficult days, but I am so resting in His loving arms right now and I can't even express how grateful I am for how He has answered our prayers!!!

Today I'm sharing another Christmas card I made before all these tests began, using some great new dies from Our Daily Bread designs, as well as one of my all time favorite sets, You Will Find Refuge (the bird image).  

I stamped the bird image and lightly colored with Copics, then cut with the Custom Chickadee Die.  I used a craft base, then Always Artichoke, then white which I embossed with a Darice Pine Embossing folder.  I die cut the pine boughs from the new Lovely Leaves die set and the pinecones are from the new Pinecones die set.  The pinecones are two part, so I did the background in a darker color and the top part with craft. I then added Dazzling Diamond glitter liberally to it all.  I die cut the Merry Christmas Word dies from a slightly darker brown shade and adhered.  To embellish I just used some red twine and some clusters of red pearls.  Simple, but I love it because Chickadees are my absolute favorite birds! I love watching their acrobatics and just the wonder of how God has provided for even these tiny little birds!  If he cares that much for them, I know He cares for me!  The name of this set (You Will Find Refuge) comes from Ps. 91:4.  I went back to read the rest of this chapter and found it touching my heart in a special way today.  Here is the first part of the chapter:

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say to the Lord, My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!  For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence.  He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you may seek refuge.  His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.  You will not be afraid ..."

Thanks so much for stopping by, for your prayers and notes of encouragement!