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)

Blessings, 

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!

Blessings, 

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!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Thank You!


Hello friends!  I hope you are all doing well!  I've been a bit laid up with reactions to my radiation.  Strange how I came through it beautifully... not hardly any issues, but then the day after I finished up... bang!  Swelling, extreme soreness and stiffness, and other fun stuff in the lymph node area.  So... I am thankful I had made this sample using this month's release from ODBD already! 

 Anyway... on to other happier things.  I am just in LOVE with this month's release!  If you know me at all you know I love flowers, and this Iris image in the A True Friend set is one of my all time favorites now!  I saw a gorgeous pink and white Iris photo on line and decided to try to replicate it.  Because of the beautiful detailed line work in this image, it is a perfect image to heat emboss.  So that's what I did.  I used pearl embossing powder on white watercolor paper.  In retrospect I should have used white embossing powder as it would show up better, but this has a subtle beauty of it's own as well.  Because Copics don't particularly like embossing, I used watercolor pencils.  The set I have only has one pink color, so I was pretty limited.  I got my shading simply by adding layers of color on to dried lighter layers.  I framed the image with a lovely new ODBD Layered Lacey Ovals die cut, and placed a black ODBD Ovals die cut on that.  I thought the black really made the image pop in a dramatic way.  I created the A2 card base using an ODBD Pierced Rectangle die to just emboss the white, and then layered on a black Pierced Rectangle die cut and a pink Lavish Layers die cut.  The sentiment (from the also new Forever Friends set) was stamped with black Memento Ink and cut and matted with two more of the pretty dies in the Layered Lacey Ovals set.

While pretty simple, I have to say I love how this one came out.  I hope you like it too!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed day! 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Welcome to the ODBD July Release!

Hello friends!  Welcome to  the Our Daily Bread Designs July  release!  I hope you are enjoying your summer and are ready for a garden full of luscious flowers!    If you have not seen the full release yet you can view it on the ODBD Blog.  

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 July 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 July 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

For  my center step card above I used the new A True Friend and the gorgeous  new ODBD Custom Ornate Ovals Dies.  Additionally I used Filagree Frames for the sentiment, Beautiful Borders, and the Pastel Paper Pack.  I created the center fold card, adhered the design paper from the Pastel Paper Pack, and die cut the various layers.  The image is stamped with Memento ink and colored with Copics, then fussy cut and popped up on foam tape.  The Beautiful Borders die was used for the bottom, as was the Filagree Frame.  I embellished with a pearl frame on the sides.  This image is so beautiful I didn't want to over-embellish!

For the card below, I used the new Forever Friends, and the new Vintage Borders, as well as the Pierced Rectangles  and the Blushing Rose Paper Pad.  The image was stamped with Memento Ink and colored with Copics, and fussy cut.  I used the new Vintage Border set to cut the layers, and matted with a plain pink paper die cut with the Pierced Rectangles.  I finished off with a seam binding bow, a tiny heart,  and some sticker backed trim. 





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




Here are the past  ODBD released products I used today:



Here are the links to the design team members participating in today's release:  Don't forget to leave a comment on their blogs for your chance to win some ODBD goodness!

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

By way of personal update... I finished my 30 treatments of radiation yesterday!  Yay!  I have 4 more months of infusions and hopefully this LONG year of treatment will be behind me!  God has been so good and has given me the strength needed both physically and emotionally, and most importantly, spiritually!  I have much to be thankful for.... including my loving supportive family, friends and church family who have been such a help and support system for me!

To God be the Glory!!!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day!


Hello Friends!  Happy Father's Day to all the Dads today! 
  
We are spending time with family to celebrate Dad, and I thought I'd share the card I made for my husband.  I  used the image from  the  ODBD set Living Waters.   I used copics to color this and I added a few white accents with a paint pen.  I had to extend the scene just a bit on the sides to fit in the Double Stitched Rectangles,  so I colored it out beyond the line with my copics, then accented with a Micron .005 black pen.  If you ever do that, be sure to use your copics first to color, and then add the Micron ink lines, because the ink will run if you color over top of it with alcohol markers.  I added the Happy Father's Day sentiment from the Good Man set, and die cut it with a  Stitched Oval die,  and matted with  the ODBD Ovals.  I made the frame for the image using the Double Stitched Rectangles along with the ODBD Rectangles so the center was cut out, leaving a frame.  I then matted the framed picture with another Double Stitched Rectangle.  The edges are sponged with Distress Ink.  I loved coloring this and it's a nostalgic image that I hope my hubby will like.  Happy Father's Day Alan!

I would also like to honor my own Dad on this Dad's day.  He went home to be with the Lord back in 1973, at the age of 60.  I still miss him!   He was a Godly man, a Pastor, and a wonderful father.  I'm so glad that I have the assurance that we will see each other again one day! 

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful family day together.... Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 17, 2016

You Make Me Happy In My Heart!


Hello friends!  Today on the ODBD Blog, we are taking a look back at the June release at Our Daily Bread designs.  This is a card I made using the new set, You Bless Me So.  I used the new Birthday Brights Paper Pad, and the following dies:  Bitty Borders, Mini Stitched Hearts, Pierced Rectangles, Double Stitched Rectangles, Pierced Circles, Double Stitched Circles, Lavish Layers, Recipe Card & Tags Dies,  and Ornate Heart Dies.  Links provided below.

I started by embossing the largest Pierced Rectangle die on my white panel, then die cutting a blue panel from the Birthday Brights Paper Pad, and a plaid panel from the same paper pad with a Lavish Layers Die.  I die cut just a heart frame from the Ornate Heart Dies set, and wrapped that around my plaid panel in the corner.  I stamped the sentiment and smiley face from the You Bless Me So stamp/die set and die cut the sentiment with a Pennant die, and the smiley face with a Mini Hearts die.  I die cut the "You" word and adhered it to the top corner of my pennant.  I added  my various circles as mats for the smiley face, and simply put it all together.  While this isn't my usual style, I have had fun playing with this fun bright paper!  It's light hearted and happy, and it just makes me smile! 

Here are the  links to the ODBD  I used on this card:


For more inspiration using the June release, please visit the other designers participating today:

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

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Celebrate 45!


Hello friends!  I hope you are enjoying wonderful week!  I am trudging along now in my 4th week of radiation.  After 5 weeks they will start what they call the "boost" week, which is a doubled up effort to get just the tumor area and incision line.  That will be the 6th and final week.  I've been praying that I would not burn and so far I have not really burned!  I have itchy rashes on the chest, shoulder and back, but no blisters or terrible discomfort!  So I'm praising the Lord for that!  

Anyway... the sets and dies this month inspired me to make a card for a special event coming up in August.  I used the Wish and Celebrate Dies, Balloons and Streamers Dies, the Numbers Dies, and the Sunburst Background die for this card.  I also used the Pierced Circle Dies and Double Stitched Circle Dies to make my frame for my window.  This is not a real shaker card.  Instead I used vellum for my window and just placed some fun confetti inside that is made up of the Streamers die cuts and some sequins. They are cut from the same foiled paper but the vellum softens the colors and the camera makes them look lighter but they are the same.   I used Foiled Gold and Mirrored Saffire because that is the 45th Anniversary gem.   For the word Celebrate, I die cut it from gold and saffire so I could shadow them.

I am really enjoying these Word die and sentiments sets!  They are going to be "go to" sets for so many occasions!  I hope you are enjoying all the design team samples this month!

Thanks for stopping to take a peek, and thanks for your prayers!  They are felt and being answered!  I'm looking forward to getting this phase behind me and letting things settle down a bit.  I will still need to leave my port in until Nov. because I still get one infusion for the completion of a year, which I am 6 months done with now.  So... when that port comes out you are going to hear me whooping and hollering as they say!  It will symbolize this entire year's battle with cancer being over and I'm hopeful that it will be the end, with no recurrences ever!  That's been our prayer!

Blessings,