Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sorry to hear you're under the weather!

ODBD stamps: April Showers, Layered Lacey Squares Dies, Umbrella Die, Clouds and Raindrops dies, designed by Grace Nywening

Hello friends!  I do hope NONE of you are under the weather today!   However, if you are... consider this my card to you!

I played again with this month's release from Our Daily Bread Designs.  I used the April Showers stamp set for my sentiment, and stamped it with Baja Breeze ink, then cut it with one of the GORGEOUS dies in the Custom Layered Lacey Squares Die set.  I then took a scrap of design paper and cut the next size up from this die set, embossed it and then ran my white craft ink pad over the raised areas.  I heat embossed white embossing powder on those areas, leaving a shiny edge with some of the original peachy colored paper peeking through.  I like how it emphasizes the pattern of the die cut and the shimmer it gave.  I then cut the lacey largest die cut piece from white and embossed it.  I popped up each layer with dimensional tape and adhered it to a simple layout of design paper from Pebbles Garden Party.  I'm so in love with this paper and it's so cheery for a showery April!  Mine was a gift from a sweet friend, but you can find it in AC Moore.  I used a scrap of design paper from my last card and cut an umbrella from it using the Umbrella Die, and sponged it to give just a little more definition. I cut some heart raindrops from the Clouds and Raindrops Die set and added them to my upper left corner.  I then took a Clear Wink of Stella pen and colored the umbrella and the heart raindrops.  I love the shimmer that gave, although the photo does not show it.  It's raining here again today... basically all week we are having showers, so no great photos, but a great time to stamp!   The little ribbon with rose is from Micheal's bridal department.  I'm loving how small it is and how easily it fits a card without overwhelming it. 

Well that's it for today!  It's a pretty simple design but hopefully will bring some cheer to one who's not feeling well!

Today's Blessing from the Word:

Deut. 8:3

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna... to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.


Monday, April 6, 2015

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

ODBD stamps- April Showers, designed by Grace Nywening
Hello friends!  I hope you all enjoyed a blessed Easter!  

I'm popping in quickly to share a gate fold card I made using this month's release from Our Daily Bread Designs. I used April Showers for my sentiment, and cut it with a Vintage Flourish  Pattern die.  I used this fun design paper from Pebbles Garden Party pack which was just perfect for this theme!  I used the Umbrella Die set and the Clouds and Raindrops die set to cut my raindrops and cloud, as well as the umbrella. The cute little heart flowers are also from the Clouds and Raindrops die set.  Aren't they cute?  For the stem for them I used the Happy Birthday balloon  string die.   I added frost Stickles to the raindrops.  I used the Ornamental Crosses die set to cut some of the little flowers, and  I nestled them in among blades of grass from the Grass Border Die.  For the sun, I used the Matting Circles die for the rays, and the circle from the Recipe Card and Tags die set.  The base is Neenah Solar White 140lb card stock and here is the cool dp on the insides.
ODBD stamps- April Showers, designed by Grace Nywening
The center panel is a little planting guide and I cut out the seed packs from the design paper as well.  The center panel is soft enough to write a message on, or you could write on the back.  

We are supposed to start getting showers tonight and even some more violent storms later this week, and all I can think of is all the things we've planted already and looking forward to seeing the new plants pop their heads up!  

I hope you enjoyed this quick card!  While I absolutely adore flowers, I am reminded of  Isaiah 40:8
"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” 

Even in spring time, when the whole earth seems to be coming forth with new life, all things have their season, and then they fade away.  There is only One who is eternal, and that is God Himself, and His Word endures forever. He can be trusted, for He is good, and loves us as His most precious creation.  I'm finding that the older I get, and the closer I get to that time when He'll either call me home, or I'll meet Him in the air... His trustworthiness and all of His eternal attributes mean more to me than ever before.  I know His Word is true, and I'm totally resting in it!  I do hope you are too!


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Welcome to the April ODBD Release!

ODBD Stamps: How Sweet the Sound, ODBD Dies: Layered Lacey Squares, Beautiful Borders, Fancy Foliage, Gilded Gate, Designed by Grace Nywening

Hello friends!   Welcome to the ODBD April release! 

I hope you've had the chance to see the full release.  If not, you can see it all HERE.  

As always, you have the opportunity to win some prizes just for visiting the design team's blogs and leaving a comment.  You will love the inspiration you will see on this hop!  Here are the details on how to win:

Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps found in the "stamps column" of the website just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until April 2, 2015 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 April 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!
For my card above I used the wonderful How Sweet the Sound set for my sentiment.  I also used the GORGEOUS Layered Lacey Squares dies.  *Swoon*!  I love this new die set and of course, I'm in love with the stamps too!  Past releases I used include Beautiful Borders dies (cut 2 so both front and back are on the lacey border), Gilded Gate Die, Fancy Foliage Dies, and the Shabby Rose Paper Collection.  I love the softness of this paper pack!  To embellish this card I used some gauze, flowers from Wild Orchid and Prima, and the flourish from the Fancy Foliage Die set.  I kept the colors just blue and white for a calming feel.

Here are the New Release products used on this card:


ODBD stamps, April Showers, ODBD dies, ODBD DP, designed by Grace Nywening

For my second card, I used the new Umbrella Die, the April Showers stamp set, and the Shabby Rose Paper Collection.  I wanted to create a sort of Victorian look to my umbrella/parasol, so I cut the base umbrella from brushed gold paper, layered with the tiny rose print from the Shabby Rose Paper Collection, and then added a little lace to the bottom.  I heat embossed the sentiment in gold on another piece of design paper from the same pack, and backed it with more of the same lace.  I embellished the umbrella handle with a spray of tiny silk flowers and a hand died wrinkled seam binding bow.  I wanted the paper to really show so I did not add tons of layers or "stuff" but chose some pearls from  ZVA Creative.  I like how it simple but feminine it came out.

Here are the NEW Release products used on this card:


  Here is the list of Designers participating in this hop:

Julie * Sandee * Cathy * Dawn * Cathy * Lori  Angie * Chris * Grace *Silke 
Wanda * Audrey * Sabrina

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

In Awesome Wonder

Hello friends!

I hope you are all doing well and looking forward to a wonderful Easter celebration!  

Today I'm sharing a really quick CAS card to give you a sneak peek at a brand new set to be released tomorrow at ODBD!  This set is called How Great Thou Art, and I love that hymn so much, that of course, I'm thrilled with this set!  

I used today's color challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  I stamped the sentiment from the new set, then added some grass using this month's release, Grass Border Die.  To that I added various flowers either die cut from the Ornamental Cross die set, or punched with a Carl Punch.  A little shaping and pearls finished them off.  I added the cloud at the top, using another sneak peek at the ODBD Custom Clouds and Raindrops die, also coming tomorrow.  I die cut the bottom of the card base with a Spellbinders On the Edge die.  Very CAS but honestly, that's all I had time for today, and I kind of like the crisp clean look!  Very mailable, which is one of my goals as well! LOL!

I hope you will come back tomorrow to check out the entire release and all the incredible inspiration you will find from all the designers!

Thanks for stopping, and hope to see you soon!


Sunday, March 29, 2015

God Helps Us handle what we are given!

Hello friends!  I hope you are all doing well!

Today I'm sharing a quick card made with the newly released ODBD 7th Anniversary Commemorative Stamp set, God Quotes.  I heat embossed the sentiment with gold, and cut it with the ODBD Custom Circle Ornament Die.  I then cut an ODBD Custom Quatrefoil Design from white and the larger element from a green paper from the ODBD Blushing Rose Paper Collection.  I layered them up and adhered to a white embossed layer and then popped that up on my base, which was matted with a piece of paper from the Heart and Soul Paper Collection.  I cut that layer with the largest die in the Flourished Star Die set.  It's all on a base of Neenah Solar White.  I stamped and heat embossed two images from the Cherry Blossom set, and lightly watercolored with Su! Markers and water.  I fussy cut them and added them to embellish the sentiment.  A tiny gold cord and some little pink pearls finished it off.  I kept this one pretty flat and mailable.  

Today's blessing from the Word is from a daily devotional that was given to me by a sweet friend, and which I have treasured for it's many pearls of wisdom.  The verse is Ps. 119:67

"Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word." 

Since I have just begun a new form of treatment for my pain issues, I found it a great reminder that while no affliction is pleasant for the moment, it can have a wonderfully cleansing effect on us, and certainly can be used by God to grow us in our faith, prune us for His use, discipline us when needed, and prepare us for that home He's preparing for us for all eternity!

Think about that when you are in pain or in any deep affliction!  May it encourage you as it has me!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The end of worry!

Hello friends!  I hope you are all doing well!  

It's a beautiful day here in NC and I'm enjoying the warm temps before it once again takes a dive down for the weekend!  We have planted our cool weather plants already and it's supposed to go below freezing Sat.- Sun. so we'll have to remember to cover the tender plants!  

Anyway... I actually made this card a few days ago, but just didn't have time to post it here yet.  It is made with one of the sentiments from the newly released ODBD Anniversary set, God Quotes.  I also used the Hydrangea flower single stamp, and Basket of Blessings for my basket.  I stamped and colored the hydrangeas twice, using Copics for coloring, and then I fussy cut them and popped them up on my basket image, also colored with Copics.  I cut the sentiment with a tag from the ODBD Custom Recipe Card and Tags die set, and added a pretty lacy border from the Beautiful Borders Die set.  The designer paper is Memory Box Frond, and the card stock and ribbon is SU! Bashful Blue.  A white doily, cut with the ODBD Custom Doily Die serves as a backdrop and a little bakers twine secures the tag to the basket handle.  It's pretty quick to make and yet doesn't feel overly simple.  I hope it will brighten someone's day!

Here's today's blessing from the Word:

2 Cor. 4:16-17
"So we do not lose heart.... For this momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison." 

I'm currently beginning a new kind of treatment for my pain issues.  It's easy to get discouraged and even to worry about things like our health, finances, family issues, the state of the world around us, etc.  This verse reminds us that whatever we are going through right now is temporary, and it's preparing us for something more wonderful than we can even comprehend!  Let's ask Him to show us how we can use our temporary afflictions to bring Him glory!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful rest of the week!!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

With God, all things are possible!

Hello friends!  I have a springy card with some encouragement from God's Word for you today!  This card is made with a verse from the ODBD Commemorative Anniversary God Verses Set, and the image from Life is a Gift set.  I also used the  Two Step Butterfly stamp set and  the ODBD Custom Grunge Butterfly Die.  

I used designer paper from Kaisercraft and created a tent topper card by stamping the image, coloring with Copics, die cutting with the ODBD Custom Doily Die, then matting with a Spellbinders Luscious Labels One die.  I popped this panel up higher than the top of the top fold card. I stamped the verse from the Anniversary set, along with partial images from the Life is a Gift set, then die cut with the ODBD Custom Recipe Card and Tags Die set.  I added some sponging, and a pretty May Arts ribbon and bling.  On the other side I decided to add a butterfly.  I stamped the Two Step Butterfly on vellum and heat embossed in white, then I die cut it with the ODBD Custom Grunge Butterfly Die.  I cut another one from yellow designer paper and adhered them together, and popped them up over the image. 

I hope this breath of spring and hope has been an encouragement to you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Welcome to ODBD's Anniversary Release Blog Hop!

ODBD stamps: God Verses, Romantic Floral Designs, designed by Grace Nywening

Welcome to the ODBD Anniversary Release Blog Hop!

Today two commenorative sets are being released at Our Daily Bread Designs, in celebration of their  Anniversary!  If you have not yet seen this special release, you might want to begin at the ODBD Blog where you can see them and get all the details on how you can win a prize for hopping along in celebration of ODBD's Anniversary!

Here are the details on how SEVEN prizes will be given away!
Seven randomly selected winners will each receive one of the new ODBD Anniversary stamp sets just for commenting on the Design Team cards You have until March 19, 2015 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 20th, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

I used the new release,  God Verses for this card.  I cut the verse with the ODBD Custom Antique Labels and Border die set.  I then sponged with Sahara Sand and matted on a layer I made by heat embossing in white the Romantic Floral Designs directly on a piece of designer paper from the Shabby Rose Paper Collection, and die cutting with the coordinating Spellbinders Labels Twenty Six.  I matted that with another Spellbinders Labels Twenty Six cut from Sarah Sand and cut down the middle so I could just slightly offset the mat.  I embellished the sentiment panel with a Want to Scrap Pearl set.  I love how it accents the ODBD Antique Labels die!  I used a base of Sahara Sand and design paper from the same Shabby Rose Paper Collection and embellished with a pearl trim border from K&Co, and some hand died wrinkled seam binding and tiny died satin rose.

Check out the verses in this new commemorative set!


Here's the list of  the designers participating today. Visit and leave a little love for your chance to  win!

 Lori * Chris * Angie * Silke * Robin * Sabrina * Lisa * Grace * Gracie * Audrey
 * Wanda * Paula * Cathy * Diana * Dawn * Sandee

Sunday, March 15, 2015

An Anniversary Blog Hop!

ODBD stamps- Scripture Collection 1, ODBD dies, designed by Grace Nywening

Welcome to the ODBD Scripture Collection Blog Hop... part of this week's ODBD 7th Anniversary Celebration!

 Do you love ODBD stamps and especially the Scriptures?  Well this week you can join the DT in our Anniversary celebration by creating a card or other project using ODBD Scripture stamps, and entering it in the InLinkz on the ODBD Blog. And  yes.... there WILL be prizes!  Here are the details:

  • All entries must be added to the In Linkz by Saturday, March 20, 2015.  
  • Seven random winners will be chosen from all entries to receive a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps found in the "stamps column" of the website.  
  • Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on Sunday, March 21, 2015, so please be sure to check there to see if you have won.
To Celebrate still further....ODBD is having a special Scripture Collection Sale

Sale details - From now through Saturday, March 21, 2015, you can SAVE 25% on all Scripture Collection stamp sets, please see the ODBD Blog

Now on to my card! 

I chose this wonderful verse from Scripture Collection 1, stamping with Rich Cocoa ink and cutting with the ODBD Custom Doily Die.    I paired it with some rose images from the  Rose stamp set, coloring with Copics and fussy cutting them, and some leaves from the ODBD Custom Fancy Foliage Die set.  I used the gorgeous  Shabby Rose Paper Collection.  I also created the mat for my verse by joining and slightly overlapping 4 corner die cuts from the ODBD Custom Decorative Corners Die set.  I embellished with some hand died seam binding, a little bird charm, some distressed gauze, and pretty pearls.

Check out the fabulous Scriptures in the collection I used today!


As our celebration continues, be sure to check back here or on the ODBD Blog on the 17th, for a new special Anniversary Release and Blog Hop!  There will be more prizes and lots of inspiration to be enjoyed~

Here are links to the rest of the designers participating today!  Please be sure to pop in on each one and leave a little love!

 Lori * Chris * Angie * Silke * Robin * Sabrina * Grace * Elizabeth * Audrey 
Cathy * Dawn * Sandee * Gracie

Thanks so much for stopping and for helping us celebrate!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Welcome to the ODBD March release!


Hello friends!  Welcome to the ODBD March release!  I know we are ALL ready for spring here in the US!  So I had fun playing with new springy colored papers, images and dies!  If you haven't had a chance to view the entire release, you can do so HERE.  Before I give details on my cards, here is info you need to know so you can qualify to win one of the prizes this month:

Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps found in the "stamps column" of the website just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until March 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 March 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

Now.... on to my card. 
For the card above, I used a step fold to create my layered scene.  I used lots of new ODBD products, and several past releases as well.  I stamped the basket from Basket of Blessings with Memento Ink and colored with Copics, then fussy cut it.  I cut several rows of grass from Mellow Moss card stock using the new ODBD Custom Grass Die, and sponged the grass with Always Artichoke Ink.  I used some of the new Shabby Rose Paper Collection, as well as scraps from past releases Christian Faith collection and Blooming Garden collection and used the new ODBD Custom Egg Die to cut 2 sizes of eggs from the various patterned papers.  I also stamped the sentiment from Happy Resurrection Day and cut with the past release, ODBD Custom Pennant Die. I stamped the tiny tag sentiment using the Mini Tag Sentiments set, and cut it with the ODBD Custom Mini Tag Die set.  I cut the ODBD Fence Die from white card stock and sponged a sky for my back panel using Soft Sky ink and a template from Rosy's Road Show.  Then I simply began layering all the different elements until I completed the scene.  I decided to add a few tiny punched flowers and added Stickles to the centers for a little shimmer.  This was a fun card to make!

EDITED to add measurements for this card:

I have been asked about the measurements on this card so here is what I did, though you could make it any measurements you want as long as they create the mountain and valley layout.

I started with a 5 1/2" x 10 7/8" piece of card stock.  From the left on the long side, I scored at:
1 1/4", 2 1/2", 6", and 8 1/2"

Here is a side view to show you the hills and valley to this fold.

Here is my second card:

For my next card, I stamped the new He is Risen Chalkboard with Memento Black ink, and then chose 2 soft Copic colors to color in some of the words.  My card base is Blushing Bride, and the gorgeous patterned paper is from the brand new and wonderful ODBD Shabby Rose Paper Collection.  Oh I love this paper!!!  I topped it with a past release, Decorative Corner Dies and the Ornamental Crosses Dies.  I die cut the large white cross from white card stock, then I embossed the die again on a soft green card stock, and hand cut the outline of that embossed cross.  This way I had the effect of embedded green behind the white, which popped it off the background a little bit.  I used the ODBD Fancy Foliage Die to cut the flourish, and added three tiny blossoms from the Ornamental Cross Die set, which I cut from Blushing Bride, and sponged with Distress Tattered Rose ink.  I added some bling and ribbon from Recollections. 

Here is a recap of the new ODBD products I used today:

199528220  199528290  199528223  199528293 

And.... in case you missed my sneak peek this week, you can scroll down one post to see the details on this card, made with Christ the Lord Background and Happy Resurrection Day:

Be sure to visit my DT sisters for more inspiration, and so you don't miss a chance to win, leave a little love for each one!
Julie * Cathy * Lori * Dawn * Sandee * Grace * Angie * Lisa * Sabrina
Silke * Chris * Wanda * Audrey
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Sneak Peek to bring you some spring!

Hello friends!  I hope you are all doing well!  I don't know about where you live, but here we are having some real winter weather!  I think after the very cold weather, and now the snow, we are all ready to see spring come!  

Today... I hope I can give you just a little sneak peek not only at some spring weather, but also at a couple new stamps coming your way Mar. 1 from Our Daily Bread Designs.  This card uses a new background stamp called Christ the Lord Background.  I also used a sentiment from a new set called Happy Resurrection Day.  

For the background, I used Memento tear drops to dab on black ink for the musical score, and then two shades of green rocked and rolled on to the border.  I then colored in the open design florals with Copics, and highlighted with Spica Pens.  I stamped the sentiment from Happy Resurrection Day on vellum, using Stazon ink.  I tore the vellum, then wrapped around a piece of card stock and added the floral spray.  The ribbon is from my local stamp store and the flowers are Wild Orchid. I also did a little piercing in the corners for texture and interest.  It's a simple card, but I do like how it came out.  I hope you do too!  I hope you'll come back on March 1st to see the whole release and maybe even win some stamp cash!  

Meantime... here is today's blessing from the Word:

Rom. 8:27
"He who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God."  Isn't this a comforting thought?  We often don't know how to pray, but we have an intercessor who does! 

Have a wonderful day!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Friends are Flowers in the Garden of Life!

Hello friends!  I hope all is well with you and yours!

I'm sharing a card today that I made using an ODBD sentiment from the Zinnia set, and a Power Poppy Digi called Countryside Bouquet.

Power Poppy has a monthly challenge  called Power and Spark.  This month's challenge is "The Sky's the Limit"- find inspiration from the sky... whether it's a beautiful sunset or sunrise, a cloudless blue, snowy gray or whatever you see where you live.  Well... my house faces west and I do get to enjoy some gorgeous colors as the sun is going down!  I was so inspired by the colors that Rhea recently used with this image, that when I saw the sunset out my window, I knew I was going to use her basic color scheme and technique!  There are hues of blues, orange, violet and yellow... perfect representation of a NC sunset!

I have not done a lot with digis, so I played around with this one to make a corner treatment from part of the larger bouquet.    I did not add a second bouquet as Rhea did, and my layout is totally different, but I did try to use her incredible technique for coloring my background. Using copics,   I did a watercolor technique around the flowers, making lots of dots in blue and violet, then an empty copic filled with rubbing alcohol as a blender pen to soften it and blend them slightly.  Then I masked the image and moved my Memory Box stencil around while airbrushing in the two colors.  I then used my alcohol marker to blend that and soften it still more until I got the effect I wanted.

I cut the image with Spellbinders Nobel Rectangle, matted with Majestic Labels 8, and mounted on a soft sky base.  I added a sentiment from ODBD, a strip of K&Co paper lace, and some blue crystals.  I also used my opaque white copic ink to brush on just a tad here and there for highlights.

I really had a ball coloring this!  I've been longing to color some pretty florals, and this was my happy time for sure!

Here are the Copics I used: BG91,97, 10; BV20, 00;  YR12,10; R39; YG03,17,67; Y11,13,19; E37,31; and the Opaque White

As always.... thanks so much for stopping by!!!

Today's blessing from the Word has been such a comfort to me during those difficult times we all face at some point or another.  This particular one was given to me when my father died in 1973, and I found such comfort in it then, and it's been a go to  Scripture ever since!  I have often felt those everlasting arms supporting me!

Deut. 33:27
"The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms."