Friday, July 18, 2014

A Look Back!

ODBD Stamps: Pennant Swag 2, ODBD Pennant SwagDie, Decorative Vase die, Asters and Leaves die, Fancy Foliage Die, Quatrefoil Pattern die, designed by Grace Nywening

Hello friends!  Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs July Release.

 For my card, I used the new Pennant Swag 2 SetODBD Custom Pennant Swag Die Set, and previously released dies: ODBD Custom Decorative Vase Die, Quatrefoil Pattern Dies, Asters Dies, Fancy Foliage Dies.  My base is Crumb Cake and I made a tent topper card.  I matted the ODBD Quatrefoil die on to the base, then for the popped up panel I used a Spellbinders Adorning Squares die to for the mat for my ODBD Decorative Vase die, which is the one I had originally designed and do love using!  I filled my vase with three white Asters, cut with the custom Asters dies, and sponged with Pink Pirouette ink.  I added Twinkle Goosebumps by Queen & Co (from AC Moore) to the flower centers.  I then stamped the Get Well message with Pink Pirouette ink using the Pennant Swag 2 set, and die cut with the matching Pennant Swag Die.  So easy... and so fun!  I tucked in a few Aster leaves I had die cut from a scrap of designer paper, and flourishes from the Fancy Foliage Dies.

This card was pretty quick and easy, yet I love how it came out. I hope you were in some small way inspired by my design, and thank you so much for stopping by!  I so appreciate your comments and love!

Here are the new products I used for this card


Here are the past releases used:

To see more inspiration, please visit the ODBD Blog, and visit my DT sisters:

Julie * Grace (me)* Lori * Cathy * Chris * Sandy * Dawn * Paula * Wanda * Silke * Stacy * Angie 

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I love hearing from you!!

Have a blessed weekend!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A masculine Birthday... clean and simple!

 Hello sweet friends!  I hope you are all doing well!  I'm glad to say that for now we have cool air again!  There is still something wrong because we are leaking freon, so our serviceman needs to come back when he has time to dig in to the inside system and possibly trace the lines, but I'm sooooo thankful to have cool air again!!! 

Today I have a masculine card to share with you that was inspired by the following wedding cake, which came from a site called the Perfect Palette.  It's a site that helps brides in the planning of their wedding and pulls together all kinds of great color combos and themes.... some of which I would NEVER have thought of!  So... needing a masculine card... I decided on this totally cool cake for my inspiration! 


 So I used this month's release from ODBD, Patriotic Pennants, and past releases Little Boys (sentiment) and Anchor.  I cut the anchor out from the background that the stamp has, and tried to color it up like the one on the cake, using SU! markers.  I stamped the striped pennants with Midnight Muse ink and cut out with the ODBD Custom Pennants Dies.  The sentiment is cut with two different Spellbinders Grommet Tag Dies. I used a clouds embossing folder (Embossaliscious)  for my white layer, added some twine to hang my pennants from and to hold my sentiment, and that was it.  For the one who asked for a simple card.... I think this fills the bill!  

Ironically, we are meeting friends tonight at a funeral of a mutual friend and co-worker... but then going out to dinner to celebrate our friend's birthday.  I still need to make a sympathy card right quick!  But the past few days, as I was thinking about this friend who "fought the good fight" and was taken home to be with His Saviour Sat. morning... I couldn't help but think of Paul, while in prison, writing to the Philippians.  In Phil. 1:21-24  he said....

"For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.  But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose.  But I am hard pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better;  yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake."  What a beautiful picture of a life lived for Christ and His glory.... but also filled with assurance that when we are believers, when this body has passed away... our spirits are with Christ in Glory!  On the cross, Jesus said to the thief who acknowledged Him as Christ... "this day you will be with me in paradise."  It brings to mind too, a favorite saying of mine which we used in our wedding: "Only one life... 'twill soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last".  We can't earn our salvation... that's why our Savior had to die to pay the price He did not owe, but we could not pay... but our purpose while here on this earth is to be busy doing whatever it is He has called us to do... to bring Him glory!  I know our friend Larry is in heaven now, casting his crowns at Jesus' feet and resting in that place that is "far better".  We have that hope ... assurance in us, but in the mean time, it is our job to be busy doing what brings Him glory.  May it be so in my life!

Thanks so much for looking today!  


Thursday, July 10, 2014

A card to CELEBRATE and how to keep cool with no AC!!!

Our Daily Bread Designs stamps: Pennant Swag Alphabet, ODBD dies: Pennant Swag Die, Vintage Labels and Vintage Flourish Pattern dies, designed by Grace Nywening

 Hello sweet friends!  I hope your week is going well!  It's been hot here in NC!  Yesterday we hit 94 and our AC decided to quit. Needless to say, we didn't sleep much last night!  I am however keeping cool today by working in my craft room in my basement,  since it's pretty comfortable down here.  My big 16 1/2 pound cat, Ricky, loves to follow me around all day long, so this is how He decided to keep cool today:


Ricky always knows how to be comfortable.  As a side note.... this is a fairly wide chair and so when I say he is a lap full, you can see why!  He's one of those cats that always wants to be with me... and if he sees me heading for a chair he'll race me to it... and then climbs in my lap.  He literally hangs over in all directions! LOL!

Anyway... on to my card for today!

Our Daily Bread Designs stamps: Pennant Swag Alphabet, ODBD dies: Pennant Swag Die, Vintage Labels and Vintage Flourish Pattern dies, designed by Grace Nywening

I made this for today's Tantalizing Texture challenge on SCS.  I used Our Daily Bread Designs July release, Pennant Swag Alphabet to spell out the letters "Celebrate" and punched them out with my circle punch.  I then die cut the Pennant Swag Die from some ODBD Blushing Rose designer paper, and adhered the letters to it.  The card base is A2, cut from Baked Brown Sugar cs, and all the designer paper is from the Blushing Rose pack.  I used 2 Cuttlebug folders, and one Ecstasy Crafts spring fun pack folder for the rose panel.  I cut the printed birthday sentiment from the Blushing Rose pack with the ODBD Custom Vintage  Label dies, and then matted that with a label from the Vintage Flourish Pattern Dies.  I added some twine and burlap, and a rolled ribbon rose for embellishments.  This card folds flat for mailing because the ribbon is so very thin... almost like nylon stockings! 

That's it for me today!  I hope you are staying cool where you are!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Our Daily Bread designs stamps, Pennant Alphabet Solid, ODBD dies Pennant Row Die, Aster die, Fancy Foliage dies, designed by Grace Nywening

Hello friends!  For all my American friends... I hope you had a wonderful July 4th!  It feels good to be home again after being gone this past week helping my daughter and family move to a new mini farm they bought.  It was a LOT of work and I am exhausted... having a bit of trouble getting back my groove!  I got home Sunday but had to spend yesterday putting up vegetables from the garden that seemed to ALL come in while I was gone!  Anyway... it was good to get in to my craft room and play with paper again (besides packing with it that is! LOL!)

Today's color challenge on SCS was my starting point for this card: Old Olive, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight.  I found this designer paper (My Mind's Eye Howdy Doody) and thought it was perfect.  I used the newly released Our Daily Bread designs Pennant Alphabet Solid stamps set, stamped the word HUGS with Old Olive ink, cut with the custom Pennant Row Die, then matted and cut the coral pennant row.  The Aster is a die set from last month's release and I cut it from various papers from the same pack.  I embossed my circle (cut with SB Petite Circles and Scalloped Circles) with a swiss dot folder.  I added some leaves from the ODBD Custom Fancy Foliage Dies.  My embellishments are little baker's twine bows made on the Bow Easy, and one crystal stick on for the flower center. 

For those who asked for simpler designs... this one went together really quickly!  I hope you'll give it a try!

Thanks so much for dropping by... and for taking the time to leave a little love!  It means so much to me!

Blessings to you all!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Welcome Baby!

ODBD Stamps: Pennant Alphabet, Precious Girl, designed by Grace Nywening

Hello friends!  I hope you are doing well!

I am popping in to share a sweet Baby card I made using the July release from Our Daily Bread designs.

I started with a base of Bazzill and added a layer of cute designer paper from Crate Paper called Little Bo Peep.  It's full of sweet vintage images and I fell in love with this one.  I stamped the letters  from Pennant Alphabet with Memento Ink to spell  Welcome and  Baby on the designer paper.  I cut  the pennants out with the ODBD Pennant Row Dies.  I cut two rows of scalloped pennants from some coordinating pink paper from the same pad and adhered my word pennants to the scalloped rows. I did offset my stamped flags for the baby  row so that none of the letters would be hidden by the Welcome row.  That's why you see three unstamped pennants at the top. Next time I might try doing something different, but for this one, I decided on this approach.  The sentiment is from a past release, Precious Girl and is cut out with an ODBD Custom Vintage Flourish Pattern Die.  I matted that with a Spellbinders Card Creator Eloquence die cut that I ran through a Cuttlebug Embossing folder with what reminds me of a quilt pattern.  I then cut several of the tiny flowers from the ODBD Custom Oramental Cross Dies and some leaves from the ODBD Custom Fancy Foliage Dies.  I curled up the petals and added tiny opalescent pearls to the centers.  I also cut out two of the little yellow birds from scraps of the designer paper and added them to the sentiment panel and the shabby bow I created.  

I think the sentiment from the Precious Girl set is so wonderful.  What better way to welcome a new baby than to pray for that child?  I know I prayed for mine, and my grandchildren before they were born, and I continue to pray for them.  We have been blessed with this  prayer answered for each one of them!  It's been such a blessing to watch them grow up loving the Lord and growing in their knowledge and understanding of Him and really trying to live their lives they way He wants them to live.  I also think it's important for all the extended family and church family to be praying for these little ones!  Just think of the power in all those prayers, and the covering of protection over the children who are blessed to be prayed for in this way! 

I hope you enjoyed my different and kind of vintagey card today. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and for blessing me with your comments!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Welcome to the ODBD July Release!

ODBD stamps: Pennant Swag 2, Cake Single, designed by Grace Nywening

Welcome to the July Release from ODBD!  I hope you've seen the full release!  If not, you can view it on the ODBD Blog.

 Before I get on to my card, let me give you the details on how YOU can qualify to win a prize!

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. You have until July 2, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments! 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 new releases Pennant Swag 2, ODBD Pennant Swag Custom Dies, plus past releases Cake Single, Beautiful Border Dies, Ornate Borders and Flowers Die, and the ODBD Rustic Beauty Paper Collection.

I stamped the Cake image with Memento, colored with Copics and fussy cut it out.  I die cut a "pretty table cloth" to put it on using a die from the Ornate Borders and Flowers die set, which I also embossed with a swiss dot folder from Crafts Too.  I used Crumb Cake to create my card base, which is 5.5" square, added a layer of gingham designer paper from the Rustic Beauty Paper Collection which I had embossed with an Embossaliscious folder (Crafter's Companion) and had lightly sponged so it would stand out a little better.  I added another piece of paper from the same paper pack, a white lacy edge die cut from the Beautiful Borders die set,  a strip of loosely woven burlap which I fringed a bit on the ends, and then added the cake using foam dimensionals.  For the banner... it was so easy!  I just stamped the two rows of pennants from the Pennant Swag 2 set  with Cherry Cobbler ink, die cut them with the Custom Pennant Swag die, and I cut off the far right pennant of the word Happy so it would fit under the word Birthday without obscuring any letters.  I did lightly distress each layer with distress inks for a more "country" feel.  The only embellishments are two little red heart buttons with bakers twine bows.

 For my second card below, I created an easel card using the new Patriotic Pennants set and the Pennant Dies, as well as a past paper release, the ODBD Heart and Soul Paper Collection.   I used a Spellbinders Belly Band in 2 sizes to create my shaped easel.  This die has slits on the sides for ribbon or anything else you want to pass through them.  I thought I'd create a paper ribbon using the pennants in the die set, along with the stamp sets.  I also created a swag which I "hung" with twine.  I cut a smaller size of the Belly Band die and embossed with a star folder (Cuttlebug).  My base is Baked Brown Sugar and I used Midnight Muse and Real Red inks.  I added a strip of paper from the Heart and Soul paper to the inside panel, and I stamped both sentiments from the Patriotic Pennant set with Midnight Muse ink.  I added some brads and some sponging and kept it very simple.

ODBD Stamps Patriotic Pennants, designed by Grace Nywening

Here are the NEW sets I used today:


Here are the other ODBD products used today:


In case you missed my sneak peek, here is a card I had posted earlier.  You can see the details on this card, other views, and a short TUTORIAL by  clicking HERE.

ODBD Stamps: Pennant Row Banner, To The Lovebirds, Designed by Grace Nywening

Please be sure to stop by each of my DT sisters for more inspiration, and to not miss a chance to win, leave a little love in the form of a comment!

Julie *  Chris * Lori * Cathy * Sandee * Dawn * Angie * Lisa * Wanda * Audrey * Sabrina
Thank you for stopping by, 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Cascading Z Fold Tutorial and a sneak peek!

ODBD Stamps: Pennant Row Banner, To The Lovebirds, Designed by Grace Nywening

Hello my friends! I hope you are all doing well!  Thank you so much to those of you who prayed for my granddaughter!  It took several days, but she is now feeling fine again. Praise the Lord!  We had a great time together at our house for 10 days, and now I am at her house, helping her Mom and Dad pack to move July 2!  Never a dull moment, right?  LOL!  It's all good!!!

I also wanted to thank everyone who took my survey!  The results, while pretty much as I expected, did give me a few ideas of things to work on.  One request was for video tutorials, and I don't have a video camera so I can't really do anything about that right now.  Two others were for more no brainer cards.  I have been trying to do that lately... simplifying and making cards that are easier to mail... however I will continue to try to add more in.  If you've followed me for long... you know my style.  It's not so loaded up with stuff that you can't find the stamps... but it's also not clean and simple.  LOL!  I'd say simply elegant is my comfort zone, but I have been trying to do more CAS designs so I will strive to add more of those in to the mix!  It seems split down the middle whether you prefer full posts in the email or links to my blog so that was interesting!  The reason I like you to come to the blog is because while here you might see something else that interests you, or links to others who also might inspire you.... and of course... we ALL love comments that let us know you were here!  It can take a lot of time to write posts, especially with tutorials, and it's just nice to hear from you in the form of a comment.  I plan to leave it at the full post for now and we'll see how that goes.  The other request was for a few more tutorials.  With that said... today I have a mini tutorial for you... just a simple diagram I drew to show you how to make the fold for this card.  I hope you enjoy it!

Today's card is also  a sneak peek for you at some  fun new sets coming to you from  Our Daily Bread designs July 1!  I prepared a little tutorial sheet for you to see how to make this easy card, which I'm calling a Cascading Z Fold card.  I adapted the measurements to work best with the sizes of these awesome new banners being released July 1.

First.... a few details about what I used.  As you no doubt have noticed, pennants are all the rage right now... so keeping right on trend, ODBD has an awesome release of versatile and fun pennants coming your way!

I used a soon to release set called Pennant Row Banner, and an ODBD Custom Pennant Row Die set to create my banners.  I also used  past releases, To The Love Birds, ODBD Custom Bird Cage and Banners Die, ODBD Custom Fancy Foliage Dies, and the gorgeous designer paper from the Blushing Rose Paper Collection

Here is a chart I drew up to show you how to cut your paper, and where to score and fold.

How easy is that?!!!

So I used 12" Bazzill for my base, and decorated each panel with the ODBD Blushing Rose Paper Collection, sponging with distress ink on all layers.  I stamped the birdcage image from To The Love Birds with VersaMark on Acetate, and heat embossed with Medieval Metal embossing powder.  I used the Custom Bird Cage Die to cut it out.  I adhered that on the designer paper just offset a bit from the matching image on the designer paper itself to give depth and added interest without covering up the gorgeous paper.  I also embossed three birds the same way and cut them out with the custom dies, setting aside until my card was ready to be decorated.  I then cut three scalloped pennant rows from my Bazzill card stock as mats, and I stamped three of the different words from the Pennant Row Banner set with Blushing Bride ink, and cut them out with the custom dies.  I adhered them to the mats, and for the middle banner that says "inspire" I took little tucks between each letter to slightly shorten the total span of the row.  I decorated with pearls, the embossed birds I had cut out, a little May Arts lacey ribbon,  and a silk rose I air brushed with a pink marker to match the pinks in the paper, as well as some pretty flourishes from the ODBD Fancy Foliage Die set. 

Here is a photo of the little tucks I took for the middle banner to be sure it would fit within the folds on both sides of the card, without affecting the flags themselves.  I added the pearls to cover, but as you can see in this picture, you really don't need to.  I think the tucks look pretty cool and give some extra dimension to the banner.  In the photo below, don't confuse the scalloped ridges with the tucks.  The tucks are just in between each flag... the rest of the dimension you see is just the scalloped pennant row behind the lettered one.

ODBD Stamps: Pennant Row Banner, To The Lovebirds, Designed by Grace Nywening

 I shortened one banner word from "Blessed" to "Bless". You might ask me why did I do that?  Well...I wanted it to be a verb... an action word like the other two.  As I was making the card, I perceived it as being read from the front to the back, or in this case from the bottom to the top... so I was thinking... this is what we as card makers do! We believe in something... we inspire others as we create, and we bless others as we give.   Taking that idea even Christians.... our faith often is the motivator behind our cards.  So I started with believe!  Personally, my belief in Jesus Christ as my Savior and only way to be redeemed to a Holy God IS my belief and my reason for doing what I do.  I then want to move on to the next step in my journey... to inspire others... whether that be creatively or spiritually or in some other way!  Finally... it's my prayer that my cards bless the recipients and even those of you who so faithfully stop by to view them here on my blog.

Here's a few more views:

ODBD Stamps: Pennant Row Banner, To The Lovebirds, Designed by Grace Nywening

ODBD Stamps: Pennant Row Banner, To The Lovebirds, Designed by Grace Nywening
And closed... it folds totally flat unless you have 3-D flowers or embellishments that are thicker.

ODBD Stamps: Pennant Row Banner, To The Lovebirds, Designed by Grace Nywening

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial for a different fold that in my opinion is just MADE for rows of pennants!  :)
I so welcome and appreciate your comments!  They mean more to me and bless me more than you know!

I hope to see you back on July 1 for the release!


Friday, June 20, 2014

Taking a Look Back...

Our Daily Bread designs Stamps: Smell the Roses, Cherry Blossom, Vintage Pattern Mini 1,ODBD Custom dies,  designed by Grace Nywening

Today we're taking a look back at the June ODBD release.  To see all the creations the DT has created, you can see them all together on the ODBD blog.

For my card, I used Smell the Roses for my image, which is stamped with Memento ink and colored with Copics and hand cut.  I used the Cherry Blossom set for my sentiment, and cut that with a die from the ODBD Custom Vintage Flourish Pattern Die.  I also used a past release: Vintage Pattern Mini 1, which I stamped with Wisteria Wonder ink  and cut with the ODBD Custom Vintage Labels Dies.  The designer paper is from the ODBD Christian Faith Paper Collection, and is cut with the ODBD Custom Vintage Flourish Pattern die.  Behind the designer paper die cut I added 2 white corner dies from the ODBD Custom Decorative Corner dies.  The base of the card is Pistachio Pudding.  I used foam  tape to pop up just about all the layers.  The gold cording is my only embellishment because I wanted the image and dies to take center stage.  My rose looks blusih in the photo but in reality, it's purple and blends perfectly with the designer paper.

To recap... here are the new sets I used today:



Here are the past release ODBD products I used:


Please visit my DT Sisters to see all the wonderful creations they have made for you today:

 Grace(me) * Sandee * Stacy * Dawn * Lori * Cathy * Julie * Sabrina * Wanda *Chris

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments, which always make my day!!!


Monday, June 16, 2014

His Mercies are new every morning!

ODBD stamps: Rose Mini, Glory, ODBD Fancy Foliage Die, ODBD Beautiful Border die,designed by Grace Nywening

 Hello friends! 

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend!  We had some great family time planned, with some boating/water sports on the lake.  However, the boys ended up doing that while my daughter and I  spent some unexpected time at urgent care with my granddaughter, who  had been having severe neck pain for a couple days, but yesterday she started complaining of ringing in her ears and dizziness too.   She is staying with me this week and it wasn't the best way to start the week off, but prayerfully, she will be feeling better soon!  Anyhow... I made a card early this morning while she was still sleeping.  I wanted to play in the Clean and Simple challenge on SCS, and this is what I came up with.

I used this month's release, Rose, and last month's release, Glory.  I stamped the image with Memento and colored with Copics.  I cut out the trio of roses and popped them up just a bit on thin foam tape.  I also tucked in a few sprigs of greenery from the ODBD Custom Fancy Foliage die set, and the border at the bottom is from the ODBD Custom Beautiful Border dies

The designer paper is ODBD Blushing Rose Paper Collection.  I love this pack!!!  The embossing folder is Embossalicious and is 6x6".  I love the partial embossing... it leaves room for a stamped sentiment but still gives dimension.  The only embellishment is my May Arts silk bow. 

I love this verse!  It's such a beautiful reminder of God's love and mercy for us!  Even when we have messed up badly... He loves us! He is a loving, gracious and merciful God... and He desires for us to have a relationship with Him, to delight ourselves in Him, and to find Him to be our all sufficient one!  What more refreshing feeling can there be than to feel His loving mercies new every morning! 

I did want to mention that ODBD and NCC are having a shipping special until June 20th.  Please read about it HERE

I am entering this in this week's Word Art Wednesday challenge, which is always anything goes with a Scripture or encouraging sentiment, or the free word art given each week,

Have a wonderful day!