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."

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Hello with wildflowers!

Hello my friends!  I hope you are doing well!

Today I'm sharing another card made with this month's release at Our Daily Bread Designs.  I used Life is a Gift for my image, and the new and wonderful Hello Die.  I stamped the image this time with Memento Bamboo Leaves and colored just lightly with Copics and Spica Glitter Pens. I made a recessed window using a Spellbinders Labels 38 die, popped the frame up on dimensionals.   I added Stickles to my little Martha Stewart punched butterflies and a gingham bow to finish it off. Again, my image is all sparkly but I can't capture that with the camera, so you'll have to take my word for it.  LOL!

Here's today's blessing from the Word:

1 Thessalonians 5:8-10 (NIV)

But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him."

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Welcome to the February ODBD Release!

ODBD stamps: Miss You, Life is a Gift, designed by Grace Nywening

Hello friends!  Welcome to the ODBD Feb. release!

I don't know about you, but I am really going to be ready for spring this year!  Here in sunny NC, we've had a really bad year for sickness and lots of dreary days!  So I was very happy when the new ODBD sets were revealed, because they make me think of a beautiful wildflower meadow in the springtime!  I have hope that spring is just around the corner!

Anyway... if you have not had a chance to view the full release, your might can see it HERE.

As always, there are prizes for viewing and commenting on the DT posts:

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

For my first card above,  I used Miss You for my image, and Life is a Gift for my sentiment.  I love the solid silhouette image for it's many possibilities.  Here, I first masked off an oval (cut with a Spellbinders Petite Oval large) and sponged lightly with distress inks in Broken China and Shaded Lilac.  Then I stamped the image slightly off to the side with Midnight Muse Ink.  I stamped the sentiment on the bottom and matted with Night of Navy and Periwinkle card stock.  The ribbon is really pretty two toned wired ribbon from my local store, and the pearls are from AC Moore.  This is a simple card but I do love how it came out.

For my next card, I used Miss You and stamped it with ColorBox Pigment ink "Moss", then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I cut it with a Spellbinders Heirloom Legacy die.  My card base is Neenah Solar White 140 lb card stock.  On that I layered a piece of yellow card stock from my stash.  Next, I used the SB Heirloom Legacy die for the fancy matting.    On that I layered an ODBD  Doily die cut from American Crafts Welcome Spring design paper.  I cut the die cut in half so I could spread it out to frame my oval the way I wanted.  I popped the oval up on dimensionals.  Next I cut the new and wonderful Happy Birthday Dies from a scrap of Yellow, and from a scrap of green card stock.  I used the green slightly offset to create a shadow for my yellow layer to make it stand out a bit more.  I painted the words with Wink of Stella clear glitter but it does not show in the photo.  :(  I punched 3 tiny butterflies with my MS Punch and glittered them too, and added a little bling, ribbon and flower to embellish.
ODBD stamps: Miss You, Happy Birthday Word dies, Doily Dies, designed by Grace Nywening

In case you missed it, here is a sneak peek I did this week using these dies in a fun and different way:

ODBD Happy Birthday  Dies, designed by Grace Nywening
If you'd like more info on how I created this card you can read about it HERE

Here is a recap of the new sets I used today:

Here are the links to the rest of the team!  Be sure to visit each one and leave a comment to qualify for one of the prizes!!! 

Cathy * Lori * Sandee * Dawn * Julie * Grace * Chris * Lisa * Angie * Silke * Wanda * Sabrina * Audrey
Thank you so much for visiting!!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Sunny Happy Birthday!

ODBD die: Happy Birthday, designed by Grace Nywening

Hello  my friends!  It's been a while!  I hope everyone is doing well!

Today I'm sharing a sunny and bright Happy Birthday card I made using some fun new dies from Our Daily Bread designs, that will be released Feb. 1!  This  Happy Birthday die set is soooo fun to use and I thought this background that I had made earlier was the perfect "sunny" background for them.  To make it, I used watercolor paper (140 lb) and sponged on stripes of Distress Inks, then with a wet brush I blended them until I like the look.  I splattered some clean water on and then let it dry.  Once dry I used a hand made acetate stencil I had made by punching various sized circles from the acetate, and I sponged on white pigment ink in varying intensities to get that faux Bokeh effect.  I die cut the balloons from scraps of designer paper  from the ODBD Blooming Garden Collection, and the words from a scrap of So Saffron.  I cut the watercolor panel with a SB Curved Rectangle die and adhered to my white base, then adhered the various pieces.  The balloons themselves are popped up on dimensionals, and the letters are painted with clear Wink of Stella glitter pen. LOVE it but can't get a photo that shows the shimmer.

Anyway... keeping it short today, but here is God's Blessing from the Word for today:

Ps 130:1-2

Out of the depths I cry to  you oh Lord!
Oh Lord, hear my voice,
Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Where Words Fail, Music Speaks

ODBD stamps: Music Speaks, designed by Grace Nywening

Hello my friends!  I hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful weekend and are staying well in this epidemic flu season! 

Well we have been busy at our house, making repairs after a roof leak and laying new flooring in all our bedrooms!  We had planned on laying hardwood floors before the roof problem and had purchased the wood, but had waited to get started until my hubby was going to be off work for the week between Christmas and New Years.  So... while other workers were here doing other things like putting on a new roof, fixing dry wall inside, and painting, hubby and I have been hard at work getting the flooring down.  We have all the bedrooms done now except for the closets.   I'm loving the new look and I think it will really help with allergy symptoms, or I hope so at least!  :)

Anyway... with my SCS Dirty Dozen cards, and all the home projects, I have not had a lot of crafting time, but today I did manage to get in to my craft room for a little while, and this is what I came up with.  I used this month's Music Speaks stamp set, as well as the ODBD Blushing Rose Paper Collection, Vintage Labels, and Vintage Flourish Pattern Dies.  The trim is Recollections, and I used a Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags die for my sentiment, and cut off one side of the fancy frame.  The image is stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa and then colored with pencils.  I then played around with the faux Bokeh technique found HERE.  I used Faber Castel Gelatos in pink and gold and the eraser on my mechanical pencil to stamp little circles on my background.  I used my finger dipped in the gold to add a touch of shimmer to the whole panel, and especially along the edges.  I also went over parts of the image with a Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen and I just wish the camera could capture shimmer because it never seems to really show it, especially on dark days like today!

Anyway... I love this new set and I had fun playing with something a little different for it.  I hope it inspires you in some way to have fun with different techniques too!   

Today's Blessing from the Word:

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

Thanks so much for stopping by!