Tuesday, January 16, 2018

You Make Me Happy!

Hello friends!  I do hope you are all well and avoiding the flu this season, as well as all the other multiple things going around right now!   This certainly has been a tough flu season here and is not close to being over from what I hear... but we are thanking the Lord that we have avoided it so far! 

I do have just a hint of spring for you (even while we brace for a little snow storm to come our way over night).  I have some beautiful daisies, from the January release at ODBD.  The stamp/die duo set is "Call to Me".  I stamped, then die cut with the included die, and arranged on a white Doily Die Cut.  I also used a Leafy Edged Border die down the side of my card.  The paper is from the Plum Pizazz Paper Pack, and the sentiment from the Call to Me set is stamped directly on the design paper.  I few little sprigs were added (from the Lovely Leaves Die set which by the way is currently on sale), and a sheer bow was added to finish off this simple card.  

So that's it... a simple one but a fresh breath of spring!  

On a personal note I do cherish your continued prayers.  I continue to struggle with side effects of current meds and pain issues.  I truly do thank you for praying!  

I am working on my Bible Journaling and loving it more and more.  If you are currently doing Bible Journaling... would you just let me know that in the comments below?  I'm interested  in how you got started and what mediums you like to use the most?  I have two Bibles that I journal in.  One is the Inspire Bible, which has many illustrations already in it, but spaces to do your own as well.  It was a great way for me to start coloring in my Bible and in that one I have only used colored pencils.  However, as I "grow" in the art, I am now beginning to prefer working in my other Bible, which has space to journal in, and no illustrations done for me.  I love being able to bring out the verse or thought that the Lord laid on my heart from that Scripture reading... and I am stepping out with a little more courage to try my own art work.  So I have actually tried some watercoloring in that Bible, and I'm working on my lettering... which has a LONG way to go!  However... I am loving it!!! It has enriched my time with the Lord in so many ways... and has helped me remember better what I read.  Last Sat. we began a Bible Journaling class at my church... and I was so excited to find so many other women who also love this expression of worship!  So... if you live near me... feel free to come join us! Contact me for the details!   I'd love to hear your stories of your journaling God's word!


Monday, January 8, 2018

Jan. release look back....Oh my!!!

 Hello friends!  I hope you are all staying warm and healthy!!!  This winter has certainly offered some challenges for many already!  We are "hanging in there"... and thankful for every good day!

Today I have a couple more cards to share with you using the ODBD release for January. For the card above, I used His Love Endures Stamp/ die duo, Center Step Card Die and Center Step Layers, Lavish Layers, and the new Romantic Roses Paper Pack.  I love this center step die and adore the papers, stamps and dies!!! It was so simple to make!  I just cut my card and layers, adhered, stamped the roses, colored and die cut, and placed them on the mats I had made with the Lavish Layers dies.

For the card below, I used Call to Me Stamp/ die duo.  I also used Pierced Rectangles, Rectangles, Beautiful Borders, Fancy Foliage, and the Romantic Roses Paper Pack.  I stamped the flowers several times in the lower right corner with VersaMark on the blue paper in the pack, then heat emobssed them in white.  Then I stamped the Scripture verse the same way on a piece of Vellum, and overlaid it.  I then framed it using the rectangles and pierced rectangle dies.  I added the beautiful border to the top and stamped three flowers with London Fog Memento ink on white, lightly added just a tad of copic ink, and then cut the fancy foliage, arranged on the card and adhered.  I love how soft this is in person.  The photo does not do it justice but I futzed and futzed to try to get a better photo and could not capture it like I wanted to. The tiny teal ribbon is the only added embellishment.


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed my cards today!


Monday, January 1, 2018

The Jan. ODBD release!


Happy New Year to you all!!!

 Today I am sharing a project I created using Our Daily Bread Designs  January Release.  Our very own Diana designed and lettered these gorgeous sets!!!  We have also LOVED the new Center Step dies with the matching layers dies!!!  It catapults your time efficiency to the moon!!!  Needless to say, we are all excited to be playing with this month's gorgeous release!!!  **Please note that our contest giveaways have been moved to our Social Media Pages, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram as we will be posting special prize giveaways there!    Please visit the ODBD Blog for more info on these changes.

 My project uses the following NEW ODBD Products, which are linked to the ODBD Store:



I also used the following past releases: Ornate Ovals, Ovals, Lovely Leaves, Fancy Foliage and Flower Lattice Die.

For more inspiration using the January Release and to see the other designers projects, be sure to visit the 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope this change won't stop you all from coming to visit the designers blogs!

Wishing you a healthy, happy and blessed 2018!!!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Snowman Greetings!

Hello friends!   I hope you are all doing well, and that you are beginning to get in to the Christmas spirit!  This week cold weather finally arrived here and they are even talking about the possibility of a little of the white stuff tomorrow!  That certainly would help, as it's been quite warm thus far. (Not that I'm complaining mind you!)

Anyway... I do need to get a few more cards made to mail out soon, so here is a fun one that would work for any winter occasion as I left it without a sentiment.  I have several friends with winter birthdays so if I don't use this for a Christmas card I can add a warm birthday greeting and that would work too!

I used the newly released ODBD White as Snow stamp/die duo, which may I just say I LOVE!  The die cuts perfectly and the image is so fun to color without taking all day and an act of congress to get it done!!! :)  I used paper from the Christmas Paper Collection 2014, and the following dies:  Fence, Snow CrystalsDouble Stitched Ovals, and the outer frame is from Snowflake Sky Background Dies.  After coloring the image I colored it with clear Wink of Stella pen and love the little shimmer that gives.

So that's about it for me today!  I have tons of things on my To Do list today, as I'm sure you do too!  But in it all lets not forget that we celebrate the greatest gift ever given to mankind!!!  That precious baby born is a stable knocks on the door of our hearts and asks if we have any room for Him today.  I trust you have invited Him in, not as an occasional guest, but as the head of this dwelling, and the dearest friend you'll ever have... as without Him, there is no peace in our hearts.  We will be constantly searching and unfulfilled until we give Him His rightful place.

So if I don't see you again before Christmas.... I want to wish each of you the most blessed Christmas season... and a new year filled with Joy!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Welcome to the ODBD December Release!!!

 Hello friends!  Can you believe it's Dec. 1?  I seriously cannot!!!  Well... with the first of every month comes some exciting new goodies from Our Daily Bread Designs!  If you have a few more cards to make and especially if you have some small gifts worthy of a very special hand made gift bag... you don't want to miss this one!  The design team has been having a blast making all sorts of gift bags and sets.

As with all our releases, there are prizes! 
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 December 2, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. EST to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on December 3rd so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

For the gift bag above, I used the new Card Caddy & Gift Bag dies, as well as Gift Bag Handles & Topper dies.  For the sentiment, I used the cut out piece from one of the handles, and a Double Stitched Rectangles die.  I  used the new stamp/die duo set, the White As Snow Stamp/Die Duo and the matching snowman die.  LOVE this set!  I also used the following past released items:  Leafy Edged Borders Die, Snow Crystals diesFence, Bitty Borders, and Lovely Leaves dies.  I created the bag itself with craft paper and I love the craft/white/red combo.  The image is colored with Copics and then with Wink of Stella for some sparkle.  The paper is from the Christmas Paper Collection 2013.

For the card below I used the new Noel Ornaments stamp, colored with Copics, then cut with the new Oval Stitched Rows dies.  I used the Pierced Rectangles dies to cut the green layer, and the Merry Christmas Dies to cut the words from red and gold mirrored card stock.  The  Leafy Edged Borders were used to cut the red border, and the flowers and leaves were cut with the Peaceful Poinsettia, Pine Branches, and Lovely Leaves dies. The paper is from the Holly Jolly Paper Collection and Christmas Paper Collection 2013The image was colored with Copics, then Wink of Stella Clear glitter pen.  In person there is a glimmer but it was hard to capture in the photo.

Here are the NEW products I used today:






Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out my DT sisters for more inspiration and so you will be eligible for one of the prizes!

Sandee * Lisa * Angie * Cathy 
Grace * Dawn * Chris * Diana 
Helen * Kathy * Lori

Merry Christmas to you all!!!!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A special pre-release you won't want to miss!


To help you get a jump start on your Holiday Gift Giving, Our Daily Bread Designs is excited to offer a Pre-Order Bundle on the following products that we are releasing on December 1, 2017!  The Card Caddy & Gift Bag Pre-Order Bundle includes the following products: Card Caddy & Gift Bag Die, Gift Bag Handles & Topper Dies, Poinsettia Inset Die and a BONUS $5.00 ODBD Gift Code.    This special Pre-Order Bundle is shipping immediately and available for purchase through November 20, 2017!

I used the new new Card Caddy & Gift Bag die as well as the Gift Bag Handles & Toppers set and the Poinsettia Insert.  I also am giving you a sneak peek at a new stamp/die duo (called White as Snow) coming on Dec. 1, but it's only a little peek!  The dies to create this adorable gift bag or card caddy are available NOW at bundle pricing, and will ship immediately!  Additionally I used past releases: Peaceful Poinsettias, Fancy Foliage, Pine Branches, and Mini Tags

These are the new products available in this Pre-release bundle:

For more inspiration using the Card Caddy & Gift Bag Pre-Order Bundle visit Our Daily Bread Designs Blog.

Blessings and my Best Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving! 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Welcome to the NOV. ODBD release!

Hello friends!  Welcome to the Nov. ODBD release!   You have seen some samples already this month, and hopefully you jumped in on the special bundle pre-order, but today we're sharing more samples for your inspiration.  As always, we have prizes! 
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 November 2, 2017 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 November 3rd so be sure to check back there to see if you won!
For today's samples, I used  the new Winter Cardinal set. I made a more clean and simple one, and one more stepped up.  I'd love to hear which style you like better!  Above, I embossed the image in gold and below, I stamped it in brown ink and colored  the bird and berries and some leaves with Copics.  For the card above, I created a window with the ODBD Ovals dies so my image sits beneath the frame,  and layered brushed gold and red paper from the Christmas Collection 2017 Paper Pack. I cut the gold and red layers with the ODBD Pierced Rectangles an Double Stitched Rectangles dies and adhered to my white card base.  For the card below again I cut my layers of red and craft with the Pierced Rectangles and the Double Stitched Rectangles dies.   However instead of the window cut out, I just cut my image with an Ovals die and positioned it on my card.  For both cards, I used the Merry Christmas Border Die for my sentiment.  For the more stepped up card above, I also used dies from Lovely Leaves, Pine Branches, Pine Cones, Circle Ornaments and Christmas Candle.  I also added pearls for the berries and the cardinal's eye above.  So... which do you prefer?


Here is the NEW release set  I used today:


Thanks so much for stopping!

Here are the blog LINKS for the rest of the team:

Cathy * Lisa * Dawn * Sandee * Chris 
Angie * Kathy * Grace * Lori * Helen * Diana 

Blessings to you in this special season in which we focus our hearts and minds on how much we have to be grateful for!