Friday, September 19, 2014

I'm sew happy to share....

 ODBD Stamps: Victoria, Doily Blessings, Birthday Doily, and doily die; designed by Grace Nywening

Hello friends!  I hope you are all well!!! 
Today the we are taking a look back at the ODBD September release!  I don't know about you, but  I know the "breadsticks" have been having a lot of fun this month with our sewing, knitting, and stitching themes!  From crocheted doilies to gorgeous dresses, and from rustic knitting to cute CAS designs... we've had a blast! Hence my title... I'm sew happy to share!

So today, I wanted to show something a bit different. I think most of us have interpreted the images with a vintage flare, but this time,  I created a white on white card to show how elegant these stamps and dies can be.  I used Pearl Embossing powder to emboss my dress, doily, sentiment and the edges of the oval panel.  While it was hard to get a photograph that really showed the embossing, in person I really love how this came out  and could think of many different uses for it... from a confirmation or a special day for your little princess, to a bridal shower or other special event... what girl wouldn't love something this elegant?

The lighting varied so much while I was trying to photograph this.  Here's a close up of the embossing, but the sentiment panel in real life is not gray!  It's all white! LOL!

ODBD Stamps: Victoria, Doily Blessings, Birthday Doily, and doily die; designed by Grace Nywening

Here is what I used:
Spellbinders Heirloom Legacy, CB Swiss Dot Embossing Folder, Oval Punch, 
Pearl Embossing Powder, VersaMark ink pad and also Liner, Lace, Satin Ribbon, Punched Flower, Pearl

For more inspiration from my DT sisters, please visit their blogs below and maybe leave a little love while you're there to encourage them!

Chris * Grace * Julie * Cathy * Lori Sandee * Dawn * Paula * Stacy * Wanda

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Warm Christmas Wish!

ODBD Stamps, Quilts, Warm Wishes, designed by Grace Nywening

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

I have been away for almost 2 weeks and have so much catching up to do!

Today I'm sharing a different take on this month's release from ODBD, Quilts.   I colored it up with Christmas colors and used a sentiment from a past set, Warm Wishes.  I used Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizazz, a tan Bazzill paper, and white.  The lace is Websters Pages and the little tag I used to die cut my sentiment is Spellbinders.  I love the little buttons image that comes in this Quilts set and had to use it to anchor my tag.  Hope you enjoyed my Christmas quilt!

I am linking this to the current Shining the Light Challenge over on the ODBD Blog, which is Stitch it!  Use real or faux stitching or a stitching theme!  Still time for you to play along!!!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Memories are Stitched in Love!

ODBD stamps: Hand Knit, Stitches, Beautiful Border Dies, designed by Grace Nywening

 Hello my friends!  I hope you are all well!

I have a real CAS (clean and simple) card to share with you today.  For this card I used ODBD's Sept. release Hand Knit, and Stitches sets. I also used a past release, Beautiful Border Dies.

To create the card I started with a base of Neenah  Solar White and embossed it with a  Cuttlebug folder which was a gift from a very dear friend.  On that I layered a panel I had constructed using a mat of dark chocolate, then a mat of blush blossom, and finally my main panel, which was another Neenah White panel on which I had stamped and masked the yarn images from Hand Knit, colored with Copics and masked the strip across and sponged the background with Distress Ink (Victorian Velvet).  I also stamped the sentiment from Stitches and added a little heart button.  A wrap of yarn (SU!) was added before adhering all the layers.  I popped up this main panel on dimensionals.  I felt it needed something at the top so  I die cut the pretty crocheted border, using blush blossom and the Beautiful Borders Die set.  Quick and easy!  We all need a few of them, don't we?  LOL!

Today's blessing from the Word:

Be completely humble and gentle;  be patient, bearing with one another in love.

I hope you have a wonderful day!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Quilted Thanks Sew Much!

ODBD Stamps and dies: Quilts, Doily Die, designed by Grace Nywening

 Hello all!  I hope your week is going great!!!

I'm popping in with a fun quilt card today.  As the story goes, in early colonial times when Puritan women were making a quilt, they would purposely make a mistake on one square, and that square was their "humility" square. The reason given was that it would be prideful to create something perfect because only God could create anything perfect.  While I believe this is probably a myth conjured up by someone trying to sell their less than perfect quilt, I find myself thinking about it often when I am quilting and of course cannot make it perfect! LOL!   Well... this quilt card is my humility square on paper!  LOL!  There is a booboo in my pattern, but I did not have a pattern to be looking at when I made this,  and I did not see the booboo until I was all done!  So... this little square is keeping me humble! At least what I did wrong is done on all four sections, so actually, it just makes a new pattern! :)  Works for me!

The sentiment is from the Sept release at ODBD, Quilts, and the center medallion is the inner part of the ODBD Doily Dies.  If you look closely you can see that there are actually 2 die cuts in the center of the die, and the little one in the middle looks like a button.  I tied some cream colored yarn through it.

To make the quilt pattern, I cut strips of this gorgeous design paper, Soulful Stitches Paper Collection to 3/8".  I took a 4" square of scrap card stock, drew a pencil line diagonally from point to point.  I ran it through my Xyron machine to tape the entire panel.  If you don't have one you could easily cover the panel with other adhesive... this was just so handy and quick for me to grab.  I then began laying my strips from the inside point and working around and out.  Where I made my mistake is that I was looking so much at the lengths of paper strips I had from previous scraps, that I started out selecting my longest ones and laying them inside my triangles next to each other, not even thinking about my pattern.  You "should" do one side of the "triangle" you have drawn, and then the other side so that there are not 2 strips the exact same length next to each other.  This forms the pattern I was trying to create.  However... as I said... I was being so careful not to cut up any more paper than I had to, I began looking at my long strips and putting them in the longest places.  LOL!  Anyway... you work your way around until all your square is covered.  You then use your trimmer to trim off any pieces of paper that are extending over the 4" panel.  I decided to frame mine, so I cut a pink square frame using 2 Spellbinders dies: Grand Squares (smallest) for the inside cut out, and Marvelous Squares for the outside cut.   I popped up my quilted panel and stamped the sentiment in the lower right corner of my card.  I thought these little button topped straight pins I've had in my sewing box for some time now were the perfect embellishment for my little bow.  I definitely will be making another one of these and doing it right this time!  It really went very quickly and would be a perfect way to use up scraps!

Hope you enjoyed!


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Vintage and Blessed!

ODBD Stamp: Elizabeth, Birthday Doily, Doily Blessings, designed by Grace Nywening

Hello again my friends!!!

Today I'm sharing a vintage feeling card I created with the ODBD Sept release. I  used this beautiful dress image called Elizabeth, as well as the Birthday Doily, Doily Blessings, and the ODBD Custom Doily Dies.  

I heat embossed the Birthday Doily with a color I cannot identify by name as there is no name on the bottle, but it's a cross between gold and tan.  It feels very vintage to me!  I sponged the rest of the doily with Distress Ink in Antique Linen.  I then cut it out with the ODBD Custom Doily Die (largest die in package).  I cut another doily out, this time using all the layers except for that largest one, and I sponged more Antique Linen on the edges. I mounted this doily on the stamped one.  I then deicded to give it more depth and die cut another doily just like the last one, and adhered that on top of the first white one... giving just a slight offset for dimension.  I stamped Elizabeth with Memento ink and colored with Copics, and hand cut the image out, adhering to the doilies with foam dots.  I used a base of Baked Brown Sugar and the design paper is BasicGrey "Life Time".  The yellows in this design paper were what led me to my color choices when sponging and distressing.  I stamped the sentiment from Doily Blessings and punched with my SU! punches.  I died the seam binding with Bronze Glimmer Mist, wrinkled it and dried it with my heat tool.  I then adhered that around my doily to frame it a bit more.  I tied on a bronze vintage shew machine charm and decided to leave it there.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!  Consider this sentiment to YOU.. my faithful readers!  You do bless me so and I appreciate you visiting, and of course I love hearing from you as well!!!

Hugs & Blessings,

Monday, September 1, 2014

Welcome to the ODBD Sept. Release! It's SEW much Fun!!!

ODBD Stamps: Felicity, Birthday Doily; designed by Grace Nywening

 Hello friends!  Welcome to the ODBD September release!  This has been such a fun release all the bread sticks are totally enjoying their new stamps and dies!  If you did not have a chance to see the full release, you might want to pop on over to the ODBD Blog and see what we're all so excited about!

Before I get in to the details of my card, here is how YOU could win some free stamps from ODBD

 Three winners will be randomly chosen from the comments left on the designers blogs to receive a $15 Gift Certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps found in the "stamps column" of the website.  You have until September 2, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on September 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

 Now... on to my cards.  The card above was made with the new single stamp called Felicity, as well as a sentiment from the Birthday Doily Set, and the fabulous Soulful Stitches Paper Collection.  It is on a base of Bazzill and I cut the gorgeous design paper with a Spellbinders Majestic Label 25.  I used the newly released Doily Dies and cut out the entire layered die, setting the larger pieces aside for another project, but I loved this center part of the doily as a matting for my sentiment, which is stamped with Basic Gray ink and die cut with a past release, Antique Labels and Border Dies.  I added some wrinkled seam binding but kept it pretty simple because I love the paper so much that I don't want to cover it up!  The image itself is colored with Copics and hand cut.

ODBD Stamps: Hand Knit, Stitches, designed by Grace Nywenings

 My second card  was made using the new Hand Knit set, the Custom Knitting Basket Die,  the Stitches Mini set, the Custom Doily Die, and the Soulful Stitches design paper.  I also used some previously released ODBD dies - Beautiful Borders and the largest tag from Recipe Card and Tag die set.   I created this fancy fold to spotlight the pretty papers a little more than just one single surface.  It's a super easy design but works great when you either want to do more stamping or as in this case, want to decorate with more paper. :) I kept the embellishments very minimal.  I die cut the gorgeous Doily with the new Doily Dies from white card stock and stamped the knitting basket from Hand Knit with Memento ink, colored with Copics, and cut it with the custom  Knitting Basket Die. I used strips of my base green Bazzill card stock, layered with white which I embossed with a Tim Holtz Sizzix thin zig zag stitch embossing folder and sponged with a little Blushing Bride ink.  I added two die cuts from the Beautiful Borders die set and adhered them to my front panels.

ODBD Stamps: Hand Knit, Stitches, designed by Grace Nywening

The front is only embellished with a ribbon belly band and a sentiment from the Stitches set stamped on the design paper and adhered to a white die cut from the Recipe Card and Tags die set.  In the photo the ribbon looks pinker than the knitting wool, but that's just my photo.  In real life they are very close in color.

I thought since I tried to match my colors very closely to the colors of the knitting basket image on the paper, I'd jot down the numbers of the Copics I used.  They are:  G85, G40, R59, R35, #49, E44, E41, E31, E37, E35, N2,and  N0

To recap... here are the NEWLY  released ODBD products I used today:
Just in case you missed it, here is a sneak peek I shared.  You can see the details HERE 


Be sure to stop by and see all the inspiration that my DT sisters have created for you... and leave a comment to be in the running for one of the prizes!

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

Friday, August 29, 2014

Side Step Card and Sneak Peek!

ODBD stamps:  Quilts, Sewing, Birthday Doily, designed by Grace Nywening

Hello friends!  I hope you've had a great week!  I can't believe Aug. is almost over, but it's that time of the month when the Breadsticks are excited to share a sneak peek with you at some new products to be released Sept. 1 at Our Daily Bread Designs!  This month is going to be "sew" much fun!!!  

Today I'm sharing a couple new sets:  Quilts, Sewing, and Birthday Doily.  I have also used a new die set called Doily.  The gorgeous papers are going to release Sept 1 as well, and are in a 6x6 pack called Soulful Stitches.  You will love the soft colors and beautiful images on this paper!  I do!!!

I created this side step with Blush Blossom card stock, layered on my designer paper, colored and cut the quilt and die cut the doily after stamping it with Blushing Bride ink.  The sentiment is from the Sewing set and is stamped with black, and the stitched frame is stamped with blushing bride.  I then embossed two sides with a Sizzix thin strip embossing folder of zig zag stithces.  The little buttons are another of the cute images in the Quilt set and it's one of my favorite parts of the set!  I just love it!  I matted it on the third largest part of the doily dies.  I also used Beautiful Borders from a previous release.  I wove cream colored sheer ribbon through the holes and added some pearls and ribbon trim.  I used the very tiny center of the doily die to make a "button" and tied a yarn bow on it, and added it to my sentiment.

The sentiment on this card reminds me of the following verse:
2 Chronicles 15:7 (ESV)
But you, take courage!  Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.

I love that our hands can be busy not only doing all the work we need to do, but also creating pretty  things that will bless others as well!   

I really believe you will find this release a very special one!  Hope to see you back here on Monday!!!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Under His Wings...


Hello friends!
I hope you are enjoying a wonderful week!  It's so hard to believe that August is more than half over already!  We've had a pretty cool month for NC, and I wonder if that means the winter might be colder than normal as well?  We shall see... sooner than I'd like I'm afraid!  

Anyway... today I'm just popping in with a few cards I made for the DTGD challenges on SCS last week.  My goodness that was quite a week!  I can't believe how many girls actually made all 49 challenges individually, meaning they made 49 cards during that week.  I managed to get all the challenges, but only by combining several in to one card.  

So above is one that I made, using ODBD You Will Find Refuge.  This is an older set but will always be one of my favorites. I have a "thing" about Chickadees... I just love them!  I also love this Scripture.  It has been such a comfort to me during some of life's darkest hours.  

The paper is BasicGrey and is called Serenade.  It is on a kraft base.  The branch is Memory Box, and the greenery is an MS punch.   

Then I thought I'd share one that was just plain fun!  The challenge was to make a triangular card.  I thought about a Christmas tree, but then the idea came to me to make a birthday hat.  I used fun design paper from MME, and used my Spellbinders triangle die to cut this in such a way that the side fold was just outside of the cut line.  I made the little pom at the top with twine, added a punched tag with a sentiment from My Sentiments Exactly, and it was done.  THIS has to be the quickest card I've ever made!  LOL!

Then, I made this one, using an Inkadinkado image which I hand cut and then matted with a layer of black, cut with a Spellbinders Majestic Labels 25.  One of the challenges for this card, was to use metal on your card, not just tie on a charm, but somehow actually use metal, so I made this frame for my sentiment, which is from Sweet 'N Sassy.  I cut open a lemonade can and used it to run through my Grand Calibur with this Spellbinders Back to Basics Tag. 

So that's a few for today.  I hope you enjoyed seeing something a little different from me.

Reflecting on the concept of our Lord covering us with His feathers, and  the refuge He is to us when we are safely sheltered under His wings, I just found myself singing that old hymn, Under His Wings.  That led me to search  for the lyrics, which led me to several newer versions of the old song, but none touched my heart like the old hymn.  For those of you who love it as much as I do, and for those of you who perhaps are struggling with something in your life right now and need to find safety and refuge... here is a link to a beautiful rendition you can listen to... just a  a little over 3 minutes, and you will be blessed!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hugs from the Shore!

ODBD stamps, Ocean Treasures, designed by Grace Nywening

 Hello friends!  I hope you are all doing well!

I'm poppng in with a quick card to share.  For this card I used this gorgeous shimmery design paper from s.e.i. and used that for all the decisions made on the rest of the card.  I stamped the gorgeous sand dollar image from Ocean Treasures with Colorbox Robins Egg Pigment ink and heat embossed with Diamonds & Pearls.  I sponged the edges with Colorbox Lemon Grass to pick up the outline colors of the shells on the dp.

I used last month's release from ODBD to make my banner.  I used the Pennant Swag Alphabet to stamp the letter, and punched them out with a 1/4" circle EK Success punch.  I die cut the banner from white card stock, using the Custom Pennant Swag Die. I used some of the little patterned pennant stamps from the same alpha set and stamped with Robins Egg, then cut out and assembled the banner.  Little buttons were placed at the ends of the banner.  This was for several of the DTGD challenges on SCS... including the sketch, which I thought was very fun.  I have fallen in love with this sand dollar!!!  I have several ideas I want to do with it, but not sure if I have enough time to do them all! :)  

Well that's it for me today!  I hope you have a wonderful day!!!

Today's Blessing from the Word:

"God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
Heb. 13:5

Friday, August 15, 2014

Looking back at the ODBD August release

ODBD Stamps: My Lifeguard, Anchor the Soul, designed by Grace Nywening'

Hello friends!

Today we are taking a look back at the Aug. release at ODBD!  If you'd like to see all the inspiration in one place you can pop over to the ODBD Blog.

I created this double display card, making it almost like a double gate fold card.  When folded up, all three framed panels line up with each other.  All the stamped images are done with VersaMark and white heat embossed. The two side panels are stamped on vellum so you can just lightly see through them.  I framed them with Spellbinders Marvelous Squares.  The sentiment and the Life guard station are from the My Lifeguard Set, and the Anchor image is from Anchor the Soul.  All the designer paper on this card is from the ODBD Christian Faith Paper Collection I used the papers that have the image from The Mighty Sea and in the background the sheet music to It is Well With My Soul. In case you missed it.... you can now buy Card Kits from the ODBD Store. The double display is one of them.  I used a Bordering Blue Base for mine, as I did not have any of the card kits, but if you like this style card, it as well as many other fancy folds are available already cut and scored for you!

Here are the products I used:


Thank you so much for stopping by, and for your encouraging comments!  I can't tell you just how much a little comment means to those of us who blog! :)

To see the inspiration from the rest of the team, please visit my dt sisters:

Julie * Cathy * Paula * Grace * Chris * Lori * Dawn * Sandee * Wanda * Stacy

Thanks so much for stopping by and your lovely comments mean so much to me!  


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Shaker from the Shore!

ODBD stamps: The Mighty Sea, Ocean Treasures, designed by Grace Nywening

 Hello friends!  I hope you are all doing well!

I had fun playing in some of the DTGD challenges over on SCS this past week.  It was CRAZY how many challenges there were, and while I did get to complete a card for every challenge (49 challenges in a week) I did NOT make 49 cards!  There is no way at the speed I work that that could ever happen!  However, I did manage to create cards that fit several challenges at a time and thereby got them all done with only 18 cards.  Still.... for me... that's still a LOT!  LOL!

Anyway... that said... here is one of the cards I made.  The challenge was a shaker card, and I used a past release from ODBD, The Mighty Sea, and a current release, Ocean Treasures for my sentiment.  The image is colored with Copics except the sky, which is done with pastel chalks. I used a white pen for highlighting the waves. I stamped the image twice so that my card base and the overlay would line up to form a seamless scene. The plastic shaker itself is from Impression Obsession.  I filled it with some tiny blue micro-beads, and some of the tiniest shells you've ever seen!  We picked these up on N. Myrtle Beach the last time we went and I was so excited to find so many tiny ones that were whole!  The "sand" in the foreground is from Muddpuddles and was a gift from a dear friend.  The little starfish is a gift from another very dear friend and I have hoarded it for a while, but this seemed to be the time to use it.  The sentiment is punched with a SU! punch and colored to match the sky colors.

I hope you enjoyed this and that in some small way it might have inspired you to try one!  Just about anything can be put in a shaker!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Today's Blessing from the Word:
"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - think about such things"

Phil. 4:8

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ocean's Treasures for us to adore!

ODBD stamps OceanTreasures, designed by Grace Nywening
Hello my sweet friends!  I hope all is well with you!!!

Today I'm sharing another "beach" themed card from ODBD!  For this card, I used Ocean Treasures.  I embossed the beautiful sand dollar image on Crumb Cake card stock with Vanilla Glitter embossing powder.  I'm sorry the photo does not show the glitter well but in real life it is really quite pretty!  I had cut the shell and thought it would look great with this Sizzix embossing folder of waves.  I cut the lower end with a Martha Stewart shell punch and added a little craft ribbon from SU!.  I added the shell with foam dots for dimension.  I stamped the sentiment in Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  Here is a closer look at the sand dollar image which hopefully will show a little of the glitter in the embossing.

 Isn't it just amazing how the sand dollar is created?   When you really look at all of nature around us... it is most certainly true... the heavens declare the glory of God!

Well that's a quick post for me today! 

 Enjoy your week!!!