Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Little Sneak Peek and some family fun!

Hello my friends!  Did you think I fell off the face of the earth?  LOL!  I'm so sorry I have neglected my blog this month, but I've been enjoying visits from my family in CA, as well as my daughter's family from TN.  I had family here for 18 days and we just had a blast!  It's such a special time when we can get together because being 3000 miles apart from much of my family means it doesn't happen very often, so when it does, it's extra special!

Anyway... I did want to share a sneak peek with you, at some of the great new products being released Aug. 1 by Our Daily Bread designs!

This card uses a brand new background die set called Boho Background Dies as well as a new Word Die set: Faith, Hope & Love. It also uses new ODBD Ovals and Stitched Ovals.   I LOVE these dies!!!  I used some past releases for this card as well.  I used Fragrance, (which is included in this month's release) to heat emboss the floral image  in white on the silver background as well as on the sentiment panel.  I also used a past set, but still listed as available, Love.   I used this verse but inked up all of it except the word love with VersaMark and heat embossed in silver, then I cut the word Love from the new Faith, Hope & Love die set twice, once in white and once in silver for a soft offset effect.  I used the the new Boho Background die, cut from white to overlay my silver layer.  I heat embossed three little butterflies from the Butterfly & Bugs stamp set and cut with the matching Butterfly & Bugs Die set.  I simply added silver pearls and a silver sheer ribbon for a simple, fairly flat card that could be perfect for many occasions, including an anniversary, wedding or just a Scripture card of encouragement.

I thought I'd share a few pics of our July family get together.  I regret I don't have one photo with everyone at once, but still the memories are precious. 

Lauren, Brian, Matthew, Madelyn, Monica 

Catching Bubbles on the beach
Just preciousness!

Madelyn, Brian, Matthew, Monica 

My hubby with Madelyn 

Brian showing Nathan how it's done

Nathan in his awesome jump 

At our daughter's house in TN
Nathan is just great with kids!  I know he'll make a great dad one day, and that will make me 
one happy great-grandma! :)
Making a sun catcher with Madelyn.  She is so gifted artistically and musically!
She knows all the words to all the songs in Frozen and sings with beautiful pitch and amazing tonal quality for a 4 1/2 year old!  

Monica and Madelyn at the playground.  Two beautiful young ladies!

Couldn't catch everyone... but... dinner after church at our favorite Chinese Restaurant

4th of July fun 

Lauren, Grandpa and our Son in Law, Darrell

Fireworks on our shore 

Watching fireworks on the lake from the boat.  I had problems with my camera shutter speed so missed most of the display, but it's always amazing to sit in the middle of the lake and watch fireworks in all directions.  Poor Madelyn kept her ears covered the whole night, but she still loved it.

 One more boat ride

 My hubby with my sister who arrived the day after Brian and his family went home.
This is on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway very late in the day - almost dark!

My sister Lois and I got to spend 10 beautiful days together!  Special times!
So thankful to God for my family and the love we have for each other and for Him!  
We are truly blessed!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing some of my fun memories with me!

I hope you'll be back Aug 1 to see the entire ODBD release!  


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Welcome to the July Release!

Hello friends!  Welcome to the July Release!!! 

We are excited about this release, and if you are too, then you want to read on to see how you might win some ODBD stamps!

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

For the card above, I used the Home Sweet Home set for my sentiment.  I used the new 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.

I wanted a shabby chic feel so the soft Shabby rose paper was the perfect starting point. I distressed it with my scissors and Distress Ink in Antique Linen.  I used 140 lb Neenah Solar White for my base and all the die cuts, sponging them with Antique Linen.  To color the flowers and leaves I simply sponged them with distress inks.  I layered my window up with a couple of cuts to give dimension, and I added some soft pink vellum behind the panes.  I just LOVE the little flower box fillers!  They emboss beautifully and really look so perky in any scene you want to add them to!  I added some white lace to the bottom and adhered the sentiment to that with a foam dimensional tape. I added a could little whisps of gauze to my corner bouquets and decided that was enough.  I love the shabby feel.  It reminds me of my Grandmother's farm house! 

My next card is totally different.  I used a tent fold for my card, and the ODBD Chalkboard Collection and Blushing Rose Collection for my design paper, on a base of Neenah Solar White.

I used two new sets for this card: Fragrance and Blossom.
I stamped the image from  Fragrance set twice, colored with Copics, and fussy cut them.  I used the ODBD Custom Layered Lacy Squares to cut my window and sentiment panel.  I put the sentiment from Blossom on the inside of the card with foam dimensionals so that when the card is closed it peeks through the window a bit.  

The card is 4 3/4" square.  To make it you simply cut your card the size you want it, and then cut another piece of card stock the width of the card base x 4" high.  You score the 4" piece at 1", 2" and 3" and fold in a mountain/valley fold.  You adhere it to the inside of the card with the two cut edges facing up and the middle fold facing up.  (The 2 side "valley" folds face down).  You can see a tutorial for this fold HERE

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


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget to stop by my DT sister's Blogs and leave a comment for a chance to win!

Cathy * Julie * Sandee * Silke * DawnChris * Grace * America * Lisa 
Amy * Lori * Angie * Sabrina


Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Sneak Peek

 Hello my friends!  I hope you are all doing well!!!  I have been very busy and I apologize for my lack of posts!  I did want to pop in though and give you a little sneak peek at a beautiful new set to be released July 1 at Our Daily Bread designs

This beautiful new floral set is called Blossom.  I also used a past release, the tiny little butterflies, which are from the Butterfly and Bugs mini set, and cut with the matching Butterfly and Bugs dies. The rose and buds were stamped with Memento ink and colored with Copics, then hand cut.  I used the gorgeous Sunburst Background Die to cut and emboss my background from some shimmery pink paper in my stash.  I think it was from Hobby Lobby and I just have been hoarding it because it's so pretty.  I wish the photo captured the shimmer, but you'll have to take my word for it.  Anyway...  I sponged a little Razzberry ink from the center of the sunburst out and adhered it to a white base.  After cutting the roses and buds I spritzed them with Glimmer Mist Pearl, and arranged them on my background, tucking in an ODBD Custom Fancy Foliage Die Cut.  I also cut an extra set of leaves for the blooming rose.  For the sentiment, I stamped it with ColorBox Pigment in Razzberry, and cut it with the ODBD Custom Mini Tag Die.  I tucked that in with a tiny pink sheer bow.   To finish it off, I stamped two little butterflies with Razzberry ink on vellum, then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder, and die cut them with the Custom Matching Butterfly & Bugs Die.   I folded one to look like it lit on the rose bud.   

I hope you like it and will be back on July 1 to see all the design team's incredible inspiration!  I'm in awe this month, seriously!!!

See you on the first of July!


Friday, June 5, 2015

Be a Ray of Sunshine!

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

We are having unseasonably cool weather for June here in NC, but it's perfect for getting things done as the temps are "just right" in by book!  I tend to wilt in the hot summers with the heat and humidity we have here, so I'm really enjoying this little cool spell. 

Today I have a card to share that I made using this month's ODBD release, Hello Sunshine, along with the Sunburst Background Die. I also used the past releases: Pennant Die set and Recipe Card and Tags Die.  I am in love with this fun Hello Sunshine set!  It is simple enough to make a quick card, but with the detailed Sunray Backgorund die, it can still create a card full of fun!  

For this one, I started with a YoYo Yellow base, and I used a Neenah Solar White panel to emboss the sunray background.  White it was still in the die, I used my VersaMark pen to ink over some of the white sunrays, and then took it out of the die and heat embossed with Iridescent Clear embossing powder.  This gives a wonderful shimmer and acts as a resist for the next step.  I sponged orange and yellow on to some other rays, and then I placed two pennants from the Pennant Die set end to end, adhered them together, and did the same technique on it to line up with the background die.  I stamped the sentiment from Hello Sunshine on the lower part and adhered to the background.  I stamped the smiley face on yellow card stock, embossed the edges with the same iridescent clear  powder, and adhered it to the pennant.  The entire sunray background is adhered to the yellow base with dimensional foam tape and this allows you to see light through the piercings of the die and brings it forward more.  I kept it simple by adding just a little yellow bow for embellishment.

This set with it's sentiments brings to mind a song we used to sing in Sunday School and Bible School when I was a kid.  "Jesus wants me for a Sunbeam".    The lyrics went like this:

Jesus wants me for a sunbeam
To shine for him each day;
In ev'ry way try to please him,
At home, at school, at play.

 Jesus wants me to be loving
And kind to all I see,
Showing how pleasant and happy
His little one can be.

A sunbeam, a sunbeam,
Jesus wants me for a sunbeam.
A sunbeam, a sunbeam,
I'll be a sunbeam for him.
Words: Nellie Talbot
Music: Edwin O. Excell, 1851-1921 
Does anybody else remember this little song?  Happy memories, and packed with good lessons!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Welcome to the ODBD June Release!

Hello friends!   I can't believe it's June already, can you?  Well, believe it or not, it is, and that means new goodies being released from Our Daily Bread Designs!  The bread sticks have been having a blast playing with the new toys!  They are super fun and I think they will be a big hit!

First a few details on how you can qualify to win some new ODBD stamps! 
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 June 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 June 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!
Now, on to my card above.  I used the new single, Father's Day Tools to stamp my fun sentiment, colored with Copics and cut out with the ODBD Custom Elegant Ovals die.  I used the newly released Pegboard and Hooks die and Workshop Tools dies to make the cute tools haning on the pegboard.  I cut the tools once from silver card stock and once from another color, cut the handles off the colored ones, sponged a bit and adhered to the silver.  To make the toolbox I simply used a scrap of red Bazzill card stock, measured the size I wanted, as well as the size drawers I thought looked right and cut out.  I used a Spellbinders Classic Rectangle die to cut the bottom so there are little legs.  I then took a piece of silver design paper and scored it every 1/8" and used my cutter to cut along the score lines.  I adhered the silver strips to the tops of my drawers after sponging all the edges with Distress Inks.  My bottom drawer is popped up on foam tape so I can have it look like our tool box does here... there seems to be always something hanging out of a drawer so I kind of played off that with a tool and my rendition of an extension cord hanging out.  To make the extension cord I just took some twine and colored it orange with a Copic Marker.  The base of this card is Kraft, and the brown design paper is from a great new ODBD Paper Collection, Vintage Ephemera Collection.  

For my next card, I used the new Hello Sunshine to stamp my sun and rays with Memento ink, and fussy cut the image.  

ODBD products: Father's Day Tools, Workshop Tool dies, Pegboard and Hooks dies, designed by Grace Nywening
I also stamped just the word sunshine from the same set, and used a word punch to cut it out.  The background is an awesome new die, Sunburst Background.  I wanted to keep this card clean and crisp so I cut it from Neenah Solar White and popped it up with foam tape on a white base.  I added the sun which I had cut from a scrap of yo yo yellow card stock, and added two clouds from a previous release, ODBD Custom Clouds and Raindrops Dies.  I cut the word Hello with the ODBD Hello Die also from the yo yo yellow and adhered it to the card.  Then I took the little sunshine from the Sunbirst Background die set and mounted my word sunshine on top of it.  I really like the crisp clean feel of this card.  

In case you missed my sneak peek earlier, I wanted to share here as well.  This card uses one of my favorite verses, Jer. 29:11 from the new set Good Man.    I paired it with this great paper that has house and landscape "plans" on it from BoBunny.  You can read about this card HERE.
ODBD Stamps and dies: Good Man, Workshop Tools, Pegboard Background, designed by Grace Nywening
To recap, here are the NEW ODBD products I used today:

 Thank you so much for stopping by and viewing my samples for this release!  I hope in some small way you were inspired.  Now here are the links to my DT sisters:

Julie * Cathy * Lori * Sandee * Dawn * America * Amy * Chris * Grace * Sabrina
Angie * Lisa * Silke * Audrey * Wanda * Loretta 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Jer. 29:11

Hello friends! I hope you are all doing well!  I have a quick sneak peek to share with you today and I think you're going to love the new products coming on June 1 from Our Daily Bread designs

This card uses a new stamp set called Good Man, and is perfect for so many different occasions.  I am also showing some AWESOME new dies, ODBD Custom Workshop Tools dies, and Pegboard & Hooks dies.  It's so fun to cut out these tools and "hang" them on this cute pegboard!  I paired this wonderful verse from Jer. 29:11 with some BoBunny designer paper called Welcome Home.  I loved how the paper had house and landscape "plans" on it and thought it was perfect for this verse, along with the tools.  Not sure if you can see the tiny nails, screws and nut in the lower left corner but they are also in the workshop tools die set.  I used foam tape to pop up the pegboard die as well as the verse.  I usd a base of Baked Brown Sugar, a mat of black, and sponged with Distress ink.  I embellished with some open weave twine and left it simple.  

I loved the idea of using the house plans as well as the tools for this card, because it reminds me so much of how God often has to "work" on us, using whatever tools are best for the need, to shape us and mold us in to the people He wants us to be.  He has a plan for each one of us who know Him as Savior, and we can rest assured even when things are rough and we're not seeing His plan, He has a plan, and it is for our good.  He loves us infinitely and cannot love less, and just as a father disciplines his dearly loved children, so the Father does with us.  Our family has just come through a sad and disappointing time, but we know God's plan is way better than ours ever could have been, so we are just waiting on Him to lead us to that place He has already planned for us.  What a comfort to be able to rest in God's promises!

That's it for today.... but please come back June 1 to see the rest of the release!  I know you won't want to miss this one!


Saturday, May 9, 2015

From Me To You!

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

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms reading this!!!  I hope you have a wonderful day!  It's always with mixed emotions that I enjoy Mother's day with my family, but still, it's bittersweet because I miss being able to wish my mom and my mother in law a happy Mother's Day as well.  I know they are enjoying the day in Jesus' presence, but I do miss them especially on special days. 

 I made for this card for the  sketch challenge this week on Splitcoaststampers.   Cathy came up with a fun and easy sketch and I had the time to play along.

I used the newly released Trois Jolis set for my butterfly, along with the ODBD Custom Tres Papillon dies to cut it.  I also used the Mini Tag Sentiments set and the Mini Tag Dies to cut my tag.  For the shape of my card I used a Spellbinders Grand Labels Four.  I used design paper from Prima Meadow Lark and a scrap from my stash, and used Neenah Solar White for my base.  

I stamped the butterfly with Dusty Concord ink, colored with Copics and then with a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter pen.  The sentiment is stamped with ColorBox Violet Pigment ink.  The embossing folder I used is from Craftwell.  It's a large format so was able to emboss the entire grand die cut at once.  The ribbon is May Arts silk and the little spray of flowers is made up of different elements from Wild Orchid.  

Today's Blessing from the Word:

Ps. 118:6

The Lord is on my side, I will not fear
What can man do to me?

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Trust God!

ODBD stamps Belles Vignes, with Fancy Fritillary die, designed by Grace Nywening

Hello sweet friends!  I hope you are enjoying a wonderful week! We seem to have jumped in to summer here in NC this week!  Temps in the 80s and lots of sun!

Today I'm popping in to share another card I made using the May release from Our Daily Bread designs.  I wanted to share another idea for the gorgeous vine corner set, Belles Vignes .  I have been heat embossing it and doing a typical resist technique with it, and it's always beautiful that way.  However this time, I used a glitter embossing powder.  This particular one is Tim Holtz Lavender Glitter Embossing Powder.  I used VersaMark to stamp the vine corner onto a  scrap of purple paper I had from a larger project.  I can't remember the name, but any designer paper would work.  When you heat emboss the glitter powder, you get a permanently fixed glitter that sparkles beautifully but does not shed much loose glitter.  (I did say not "much".  LOL!  You will have a little that sheds but it's minimal)  The photo does not do this technique justice but in real life I do love how it came out.

For my focal point, I wanted to use the new die, Fancy Fritillary, and I wanted an element of gold to go on this deep purple paper, so I used a scrap of gold mirror paper and die cut the butterfly from it.  I cut a frame using the Quatrefoil Design die, cutting the mat and the inside design to create just an open frame.  I added one flourish from the Fancy Foliage die set and some pearls.  The sentiment is stamped with ColorBox Violet Pigment ink, and heat embossed it in clear ep.  I used the smallest die from the Vintage Flourish Pattern die set to cut it out.  I also cut a lacy edge from white, using the Beautiful Borders die set.  The white frame and the sentiment panel are both popped up on dimensionals.  I added just a few purple pearls to finish it off. 

So I hope that gives you some more ideas for the gorgeous corner stamp, Belles Vignes!  I'm also planning on trying some flocking with it and I bet that will be totally elegant!

Here is today's blessing from the Word:
Rev. 1:5-6
To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I love reading your comments!


Friday, May 1, 2015

Welcome to the ODBD May Release!

ODBD stamps and dies: Belles Vignes, Trois Jolis Papillions, Psalm 23, Custom Tres Papillions Dies, Birds and Nest dies, Fancy Foliage, Vintage Labels, Designed by Grace Nywening
Hello friends!  Welcome to the ODBD May release!!!  All of the DT are super excited about this month's release, and I think you will be too when you see all the awesome inspiration the team has for you!  

Here are the details on how You can win some Stamp Bucks!
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 May 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 May 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!
If you haven't had a chance to view the entire release, be sure to pop on over to the ODBD Blog to see it all!

Now on to my card above~  I used the new and wonderful Belles Vignes, Trois Jolis Papillons, and Psalm 23 for my stamps.  I also used the matching dies, ODBD CustomTres Papillons, and another newly released die, ODBD Custom Birds and Nest, along with past releases, Fancy Foliage and Vintage Labels.  
I started by stamping the beautiful vine corner image with White Craft Ink on a pale lavender paper.  I heat embossed it with white embossing powder, and then sponged with Dusty Concord Distress ink, using a resist technique.  I wanted a sort of ombre effect so I kept working more of the purple color in to the base of the image and then lightening the color the further away I went from that corner.  I wiped any residual ink off the white embossed areas when I was finished sponging.  Next I stamped Ps. 23 on vellum using ColorBox Violet Pigment Ink, and I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder very carefully so I did not over heat it or cause it to curl.  I tore both sides and scored a line at the top and bottom where I would fold it over my card and adhere it to the back side.  I wanted to not cover up the beautiful vine detail, but I wanted the words of the Psalm to sort of float on top of it so I thought the vellum was the perfect solution. ( I decided some crisp white behind the vellum would make the script show up better so I cut the largest die from the Vintage Labels Dies set and adhered that behind the vellum.  Yes, I think that made it pop! ) I then stamped and heat embossed the butterflies in the same way as the Scripture, and die cut them with the matching Tres Papillons dies.  I then turned them over and working from the back side, using my embossing tools and an embossing pad, I lightly embossed to make the vellum look whiter and also to give some dimension to the "spots" on the butterflies.  Unfortunately the photo doesn't do this technique justice, but I like how it came out.  I wanted to add some flowers to my vine as well, so I die cut the little flowers from the new Birds and Nest Die set and sponged the edges with ink, then spritzed with water, shaping them on my embossing pad.  I glued the layers together and let dry before adhering them on my card.  I added a few leave, some in card stock and some in vellum, which I cut from the Fancy Foliage Die set and decided to stop there. 

For my next card, I used the newly released Spread Your Wings stamp set, as well as the matching ODBD Custom Birds and Nest Dies.  In addition I used past released dies: Fancy Foliage Dies, Vintage Flourish Pattern, and Elegant Oval Dies, all ODBD Custom dies. 

ODBD Stapms: Spread Your Wings, ODBD Custom Birds and Nest Dies, Fancy Foliage, Vintage Flourish Pattern, Elegant Ovals, Designed by Grace Nywening

This card was very easy to make thanks to the wonderful new dies!  I stamped my birds and nest, as well as the sentiment with Memento Black ink, and colored with Copics.  I then cut them out with the Custom Birds and Nest dies.  I started with a base of Neenah Solar White 140lb card stock, added a die cut layer using the Vintage Flourish Pattern Die and dimensional foam tape.   I cut the Fancy Flourish from a scrap of Old Olive card stock and cut it apart to fit my design, tucking it in behind the nest to sort of "ground" the nest.  I layered up the rest with foam tape and added a tiny ribbon and rose from the Bridal Dept at Michael's.  
To Recap the new products I used today:

I absolutely love these birds and butterflies, and I know these are going to be "go to" stamps and dies that I will use often!  I hope you've enjoyed my projects today!  Please be sure to stop and visit my DT sisters to be amazed by their creativity with the new goodies!
Here are the LINKS to their blogs:
Lori * Julie * Sandee * Dawn * Amy * Cathy * America * Chris * Angie * Audrey * Sabrina 
Grace * Silke * Loretta * Lisa * Wanda

Thanks for stopping by!