Tuesday, September 29, 2009

MMSC21 and a color challenge

Hello everyone! Today I made a card for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 21 and also for the Color Challenge on SCS: to use Sage Shadow, Pretty in Pink, Going Gray. I started off with this Madeline Designer Paper from K&Co, matted that with Pretty in Pink and Sage Shadow according to the sketch. For the matting of the image I added a going gray mat.

The image is from Sarah Kay and I stamped it with Archival Jet Black onto Watercolor paper and water colored with SU! Markers except for the gray areas, which I had to do with Prisma Pencils as I do not have gray markers.

I had fun with this relatively easy sketch! Used a Martha Stewart punch for the boughs and the bow easy for the bow which is SU! Pretty in Pink. A little bling and some stickles on her hair bow and done.

Thanks for looking!

Don't forget to stop here and also the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog on Thursday, Oct. 1! We're going to have a blog hop to go along with the new releases and you won't want to miss it! There will be prizes!!! See you then!!!

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Two Blog Awards from Francie G

Hello everyone! I have been late posting these awards from Francie G, who kindly gave them both to me a little while back. I'm finally getting around to posting them!

My instructions were to list 5 things that I love to do... well... I have listed five favs before so lets see if I can think of 5 more things I love to do!

1. I love to just go for rides through the country, especially during the fall with my hubby, and find new fun places to stop for coffee, to take photos, antique shops or just beautiful scenery!

2. I LOVE iced coffee!!! I love coffee period!!! Hot, cold, luke warm... just throw some ice in it and go! I especially love Americanas!

3. I love snowmen and chickadees! I have a soft spot in my heart for all things snowman... and for years I have collected Chickadees. They are the Maine state bird and I have always enjoyed seeing them at the feeders, as well as all the other birds that flock with them!

4. I love good christian music! I love the old hymns... I love the more contemporary music as long as it's not too loud... I love all the God honoring music that is available to us today!

5. I love cats! While I love dogs too... my hubby and I are agreed... we are CAT people! Our Ricky gives us so much joy! I sware he's part dog anyway... but he doesn't need to be walked! He sticks closer to me than any pet I've ever had, including all the dogs! He fetches better than our Lab. retriever! He can open doors anywhere in my house and he loves to snuggle! His only problem is not realizing he is bigger than the space i have left in my lap when also holding a lap top! LOL! He just works his way in... all 16 1/2 lbs of him! But we love him!


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Blog Candy Winner!

Hello everyone! We have a winner of my Blog Candy!

We have a winner of my Blog Candy! I wrote out everyone's names, added the ones who qualified a second time and then numbered them. There were 185 entries! Since My husband was away for the drawing, I used Random.org. I saved the little box to post here but I must have done it wrong because the box came up with the fields you fill in, not the one it generated for me, so you will just have to take my word for it. Sorry about that.... but the winner is #41.... Dell!!!

Congratulations Dell! Please email me with your information and I'll get your goodies in the mail to you pronto!

Thank you everyone for playing! I wish everyone could have won! I truly loved reading all your comments! You have blessed me in a big way!

Praying for You... Stamping Sisters in Christ

Happy Sunday everyone!

I made this card for today's Featured Stamper Challenge on SCS and for the Stamping Sisters in Christ Challenge... to make a Thinking of You or Praying for You card. I chose a gorgeous all white card by Nancy to case. You can't improve on perfection, and hers was there... so making three changes was difficult, but here is what I did:

I stamped my sentiment in Archival Sepia Ink onto Very Vanilla CS. The sentiment is from the soon to be released Our Daily Bread Designs set "Praying for You". I then stamped the dragonfly from a coordinating set, With Heartfelt Sympathy... and I stamped off once, then lightly stamped it onto my main panel. Then I cut all my pieces for the sketch and ran then through the CB with my new CB embossing/ die combo "Ornamental Iron". Love it!!! Then I sponged with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tea Dyed, to give an antiqued look. I sprayed everything with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Bronze. Love Glimmer Mist!!! I had more trouble getting a good photo of this... the sun is only peeking out now and then today and I tried to catch the moment but I still don't think you can really see the sparkle.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you are having a blessed Sunday!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

An Oct. Our Daily Bread Designs Sneak Peek

So... what are the hardest cards we gals have to make???? Most of us would answer the same thing... Sympathy and Masculine! Well.... not any more girls!!! Our Daily Bread designs is going to be releasing three new sets on Oct. 1 that will make either of those card types much easier to make!

Today I'm showing you a sample of a set called "With Heartfelt Sympathy". I love the versatility of these sets! The sentiment I chose could be for a sympathy card, but also for anyone who is going through a rough patch. The set has these wonderful Cat Tails and the Dragonfly you see, and those images could be perfect for a fall card, a guy card, or a sympathy card... or just a nature card for anyone!!!

I used the MMSC20 for my layout. These Midnight Madness Sketches are among my favorites to do each week! They are just a step up from the norm, and I love them! The panel on the left is an embossing/stenciling template I had by Dreamweaver.. I ran it through my Big Shot for the texture, then sponged it with Colorbox Chalk Ink in Creamy Brown and Olive Pastel.

I stamped my Cat Tails in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored the images plus some background with Prismapencils, blending with OFMS and blending stumps. After that I heavily sponged with T Holtz Distress Inks.

My card base is Very Vanilla, topped with a deep chocolate cs from my stash, then a textured olive cs also unknown. The DP is from The First Blush pack by Prima. I used my Spell Binders Label 4 to cut out the sentiment and sponged that panel as well. I ran my Chocolate Chip marker along the edges of all my panels before mounting them. I used my slot punch to punch the holes for the ribbon, and the ribbon is from Papertrey. The fibers are from The Paper Studio, and the antique brass embellishments were from Hobby Lobby. The left hand panel is popped up on dimensionals.

You don't want to miss these new sets when they release on Oct 1!!! All the girls in the Bread Basket will be doing a little blog hop on Oct 1.... and there will be PRIZES so be sure to check back here and also check the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog for all the details!!! Don't miss out!

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!

Little Precious ~ a sketch, and color challenges

I made this card for three challenges. It was for the sketch challenge on SCS today, and also the Stampin Sisters in Christ color challenge (to use the colors of fall) and the OCCC challenge, to use Chocolate, Pink, Hot Pink and White. I think I got them all! I love these new BasicGrey papers in the Indian Summer set! The fall colors are so warm and rich! So I chose three different patterns from that pack that met the qualifications and arranged the sketch. My image is a new one for me... my first Sarah Kay. I had to have it when I saw it. It so reminds me of my grand daughter... blond, cute and in love with her kitty! Anyway... I inked her with Archival Jet black and stamped on 140 LB Watercolor Paper. I used the wet on wet technique to color her with SU! Markers. I then cut her out and popped her up, cutting a second bow for her hair and spraying that with Tattered Rose Glimmer Mist before popping it up slightly. I added some pink ribbon by MS. The base is Papertrey Dark Chocolate and the Pink is SU! run through with the Cuttlebug embossing folder, swiss dot.

This one was just for fun! Hope you enjoy it!

Don't forget to stop by tomorrow when I will have a sneak peek for you of the October release from Our Daily Bread designs! Hope to see you then!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Clearly praying for you

Hello everyone! I hope you had a great weekend and are ready to face a new week!

Today I have something really different for me and out of my comfort zone for sure, but I'm working on that! This card is made on Clear Acetate Card Stock. It is so pretty but very difficult to photograph! I must have taken 40 takes... each one either had a reflection of me or something else in the room... or a glare from the light, etc. I finally just picked one and went with it!

I used one of the great sentiments from the Our Daily Bread Designs newly released set, Get Well, and the images from both Get Well and Thinking of You. I stamped the sentiment on GPW with Steel Blue Ink from ODBD, and cut the panel with my Nestabilities Label #1. I stamped all the swirls with Stazon Cotton White and let dry. Meantime I cut two sizes of blue card stock from my scrap box, plus two white ones for the inside and outside of the back of the card. I also cut a piece of sheer steel blue ribbon (May Arts) to fit the Clean and Simple sketch challenge today on SCS.

To layer this up and hide the adhesive from the back side of each panel, I used mini glue dots and adhered the sentiment panel to a mat of blue and adhered to the front. Directly behind that I adhered another panel in another shade of blue, cut with the next larger label #1. This created a matting from the front view, and completely hid the adhesive from the inside of the card. For the back side and the inside right of the card I did the same thing but with two white panels of the larger size. Now I have room for writing a message and signing the card, and the adhesive is hidden from the back as well. There are little blue gem stones scattered among the doodles, and also I added some Stickles to the butterflies and some of the swirls.

It is a clean and simple layout... but stamping on Acetate is different. This is the first Acetate card I've made, and I had read that you have to stamp very carefully, because it can tend to be more slippery, so I did not have a problem with that. What I did have trouble with is static cling! Dust and glitter residue, etc just leaps off the table onto the card! I tried wiping with a dryer sheet. I'm not sure if that helped or not but I was able to wipe the dust off after that so I guess it did. I'm not sure I'd want to make one of these every day! LOL! But it was fun to try it!

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Our God, we Thank You and Praise Your Name!

Today's limited supply on SCS was to make a card using any combination of oranges, browns, blacks, purples, halloween type colors but it didn't have to be halloween. Well... I don't even own any halloween images and don't make halloween cards but I still love fall! So I tried a more country look than is my usual style... but it was fun and quick!

I ran a piece of SU! Kraft paper through with the CB pumpkins embossing folder. Then I lightly sponged on some orange (Rubber Stampede), Olive (Our Daily Bread designs) and THoltz Distress Ink, Tea Dyed. Then I used a CB die cut/embossing combo to cut the larger pumpkin out of Kraft and sponged as above. I stamped my sentiment verse from Our Daily Bread Designs "Give Thanks" set on Kraft with Archival Jet Black and sponged around the edges with Olive. I used Bazzill for my base, then a layer of olive which I punched with my new MS edge punch (Leaves). I also punched a few boughs to tuck under the pumpkin. Added a little hemp twine from SU! and done! Quick, limited in supplies and yet I have to admit I kind of like the finished product! Stepping out of my usual style is a good thing once in a while!

Have a blessed weekend, and don't forget to thank God for all He has done! Check out Women to Women for a little more inspiration!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

MMSC19 Let is Snow a Blizzard!

Hello everyone! This is my submission for Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #19.

Ok... I admit it... I got a little carried away with the snowflakes! LOL! I know I'll really hear it for this but I love snow!!! I really miss it living here in NC... up until Christmas, that is. I DON"T miss it in April... nor do I miss having to shovel it off our roof to avoid ice dams, but I do miss the beauty of those early snowfalls that just seem to wash everything in sight with freshness.

This sketch was fun to play with, just like all of the Midnight Madness Sketches are!

My image is from Plum Purdy Stamps and I just love it! I'm a snowman lover and collector so when I saw this guy, about to burst his buttons, I had to buy him. I got him last year but this is the first time I have gotten him inky. Now he feels much more useful! :) Anyway... I used Archival Jet Black on Gina K Pure Luxury White Layering CS, and colored the image with Prisma Pencils, blending with Goo Gone.

My base is Paper Co. Metallic Cover, and the designer paper is BasicGrey Figgy Pudding. The punched edge is Martha Stewart edge and corner punch and is mounted on more of the metallic cs. The image is cut with a Nestabilities Classic Lg. Oval and then a Lebel #6. I used a word punch (SU!) for the sentiment, and a Sizzix snowflake die cut for the largest snowflake, and MS punch for the smaller ones. The tiny ones are the cut outs from the edge punch, spritzed with Shimmerz Baby's Breath that I won from Jami's blog candy!!! Thanks Jami... I love it!

Well... there you have it... just a fun one for today.

I hope you have a blessed day and don't forget that today is the last day to get your entry in to the Our Daily Bread Designs DT Challenge, THREE FOR THEE! They must be in by 2:00PM EST today to be considered for a prize, although you are welcome to continue to play along and link to the post any time! Good luck to all who played!!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

SEI it with Butterlies

Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday! I was so busy yesterday I didn't get to play along with the SCS Color Challenge, but fellow ODBD DT member Betty chose the prettiest color combo so I used those colors today when I did the Sketch Challenge on SCS. I used the pretty Butterfly and flourishes image from this month's Our Daily Bread designs new release, Get Well, and the sentiment from a coordinating set called Thinking of You. I also used one of my favorite designer papers from SEI.

I stamped my image and sentiment into VersaMark and then Close to Cocoa and clear embossed. I stamped the image twice so I could cut out the butterflies and pop them up. All the dp is SEI Chocolate and wow is it pretty!

I used a base of Bazzill Textured Pink and matted each layer in the same. I used my slot punch to punch a hole for the SU! Pretty in Pink ribbon, and I added some bling, stickles and a butterfly from the SEI pack.

It's cloudy here today and I can't capture the sparkle of the stickles or embossing but it's there. I am putting this one in the mail today to a dear friend whose husband passed away a couple weeks ago and the 18th is his birthday, so I thought she would appreciate this on that day.

Thanks for looking !!! Have a great Wed.!

Monday, September 14, 2009

MMSC18 Summer's End Crafty Secrets

Hello everyone!
I am running a little behind on the challenges I usually try to do, so I really wanted to get in the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge before time runs out! LOL!

So I started with a Bazzill base, layered on Core'dinations Vintage Collection Marigold color, and I matted my image with the bazzill again. My image is a Cotton Scrap from Crafty Secrets... called "flowers". I sewed the scrap to the mat with gold thread and a not so perfect zig zag stitch. Now you see why I don't sew that much on my cards! LOL!

Anyway, I used a scrap of deep chocolate which I cut with my Nestatbiliteis Flourish for the top and bottom, then added antique copper brads and jewelry hemp wrapped around them.

It is still hot and summery here, but the evenings are starting to really cool off, so there is a hint of fall in the air. I love this time of year. I love when the leaves start to change and that glorious beauty surrounds you with warmth and splendor! My Grandkids were here yesterday playing on the lake one last time before it gets too cool. I have so much to thank God for!

Thanks for looking! Have a great week!


Vicky (Basement Stamper) is starting a new Challenge Blog

Vicki Parsons from Stamped Smiles is starting a new challenge blog which found it's roots in her Saturday Spotlight and Hidden Potential posts. To celebrate this new venture, she's giving away this Yummy candy!

The drawing will be Sept. 25 and the winner will be announced on Sept 26 (my hubby's birthday and the day my own blog candy will be drawn). So click on the picture and see what it's all about!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

ODBD Friendship Dragonfly and a new challenge

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic weekend!

I made this card for a sketch challenge over on Crazy 4 Challenges. I also made it for Crafty Creations Challenge, which was to use embossing.. any type... I used heat and dry.

Cindy offered a great sketch but I just had to tweak it a bit and widen my center grid. But that's called "artistic license", right?

Anyhoo, I used the newly released Our Daily Bread Designs set, Friendship for my image. I stamped into Versamark then Sage Shadow and clear embossed. I cut with my Nesties Label #6, embossed in the Big Shot, then sponged with T Holtz Distress Ink, and Color Box Creamy Brown Chalk Ink while still in the die, thus creating the vanilla border.

My base is Very Vanilla, matted in textured "Solid Pearl Gold" CS from The Paper Studio. I used my Nestie Lattice Pendant to cut out the gold cs as well, and used the punched out pieces in two of the corners. The Dp is from K&Co Ancestry, and embossed with the CB Textile embossing folder.

The other two corners are very vanilla, then masked with Tattered Angels Glimmer Screens (in the small size). I sponged around them with T Holtz and Color Box Creamy Brown Chalk Ink. I love the effect I got but I covered much of it up with my corner cut outs. I need to do this more... really pretty! There are so many fun screens available and the possiblities are endless!

My very vanilla center divisions are embossed with the Sizzix Wedding EF, then sponged with Color Box Creamy Brown Chalk Ink.

The image is mounted on the lattice panel and that is popped up on dimensionals. My sentiment will go inside. If you have not seen this month's new releases yet at Our Daily Bread, you should take a look! There are three great sets, all using doodled butterflies or dragonflies, and they include great sentiments for "Thinking of You", "Friendship" and "Get Well". These doodled images are perfectly suited to quick card making because you don't have to color them... just stamp and go! They can be dressed up or down as you like. I just love working with them!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and are blessed beyond belief! Thanks for stopping by!

By the way... don't forget there's still time to enter the current Our Daily Bread designs Challenge, THREE FOR THEE, which is to make a pocket card... any type, any number of pockets... and link it to the ODBD Blog post by Thurs. Sept 17. Three of the newly released sets will be given away to thrree lucky winners! Don't miss out!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

When I pray You Answer Me!

I made this card for several challenges over on Christian Paper Crafts.
All this week they are offering great prizes so check it out!
Monday's Color challenge was to use Elegant Eggplant, Taken with Teal and Old Olive. Tues. was a sketch challenge, and wow did I have to get creative with that! LOL! Bible Verse Thurs. was to make a card with a sympathy or comforting verse.

So here's what I did:

I stamped the flowers from SU! Bloomin Beautiful six times on Watercolor paper, watercolored with inks, using a wet on wet technique. I used Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive. I then highlighted each bloom with a purple glittery gel pen (unknown). I cut out all six blooms.

The verse is from Our Daily Bread Designs, Scripture Collection2. It quotes Ps. 138:3. I stamped the verse on watercolor paper too with Elegant Egplant. I then lightly sponged with Teal and Old Olive. I cut this out with my Nestabilities Label 5.

I cut a white lattice strip with my Nestabilities Lattice Edgeability. I sprayed this with Pearl Glimmer Mist. I also sprayed the flowers with Tattered Rose Glimmer Mist, and the leaves with Honey Dew GM. While they were drying, I cut my BasicGrey (Euphoria) designer paper to fit the center panel of this Martha Stewart card I had found at Big Lots this week. It came with big butterflies that have a sticky coating on which you can apply glitter. I glittered a frame around my center panel with Stampendous Jewel Glitter in Ocean Spray. I mounted the sentiment panel and some of the flowers on dimensionals and angled the flowers to match the strips of paper used in the sketch. I added bling from BasicGrey and a couple of leaves I had cut off when adhering my flowers.

I can't capture the sparkle at all... it's dark and this is an inside shot. It's quite sparkly and I hope it will be an encouragement to someone. I have lost three friends this week so there is much need for sympathy and encouragement cards!

Thanks for looking and have a blessed weekend!


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Friendship Blessings

This is the card I made for the sketch challenge today on SCS. I honestly don't know how Roxi keeps coming up with these week after week but she does and this was a fun one to work with! It went together really quickly, which is good since I'm in a bit of a hurry!

I used one of the newly released Our Daily Bread designs sets called Friendship. This month there are three great sets all using doodled butterflies or dragonflies, and great sentiments. I love these sets! Not only are they pretty, but the nature of the doodled designs makes them perfect for quick cards, because you don't have to color them!

I stamped my image with VersaMagic in Purple Hydrangea twice, and clear embossed, then cut out the dragonfly from one to pop up. The paper I stamped this image on is a discontinued SU! Certainly Celery DP.

I stamped my sentiment from the same set with Archival Jet Black and cut with my Nestie Label #4.

My paper layers are"
Base: Bazzill
Floral: DCWV
Striped: Unknown from my stash
Green: SU!
White: Georgia Pacific

I used a Martha Stewart edge punch and the bling is from The Paper Studio.

Please don't forget that there is a Design Team Challenge going on at Our Daily Bread designs! All you have to do is make a pocket card and upload it to the ODBD Blog by Sept. 17! YOU could WIN one of THREE new sets being given away by Kelley!!! Check out all the details here!

Thank you so much for looking! Have a great day!!!


Saturday, September 5, 2009

Praying You'll Soon be Well in Beads

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! I rarely get to play the Inspiration Challenge on SCS because my husband and I usually work ourselves to death in the yard on Saturdays... LOL! But this morning I had a little early morning time and I played along. The inspiration was to be taken from the Moyna Handbags and I chose this one. I loved the beaded black and white bag and decided to try beading my card.

I stamped the image, which is one of the three newly released sets from Our Daily Bread Designs, in Black Versafine and then clear embossed. I then covered the whole image panel with beadable embossing tape and covered with LaJolla Sugar Dust Beads. I loved the effect of the embossing under the beads because it gave a raised effect to the beaded area. I don't know if you can see that or not in the photo but it is a cool effect. I matted with basic black.

The designer paper is Making Memories, and I spritzed it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Pearl from ODBD. That really gave this paper some pretty sparkle! Oh I love this glimmer mist! I matted again with basic black and mounted on a white base.

I wanted to keep the design fairly simple, as the bag was an overall simple design. My only embellishments are the Cuttlebug Die Cut/ Embossed butterfly and the "trail" of pearls, which is Prima and also from ODBD. I cut the butterfly once out of black and once out of more dp from the Making Memories Black Tie pack and I rubbed black in on the negative side of the CB folder before embossing. The sentiment panel is on dimensionals.

I hope you like my beaded card and thanks for stopping by my blog today! Have a blessed weekend!

To find out how you can WIN this set from Our Daily Bread Designs, see our Current Challenge THREE FOR THEE, which is open until Sept. 17. There will be three lucky winners and each will receive one of the newly released Doodles sets: Get Well, Thinking of You and Friendship. We'd love to see what you come up with so please link your card to the ODBD Blog by Sept 17, and YOU could be a lucky winner!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Great is Your Faithfulness MMSC17

Hello everyone!
I made this card for this week's Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. I turned it on it's side this time and tweeked the corners just a bit.

I cannot get a good photo of this card for some reason. It actually has a lot of sparkle to it. I used one of my favorite Our Daily Bread Designs sets, Scripture Collection 1. The verse I selected is from Lamentations 3:21-23 and says:

Yet this I call to mind and
Therefore I have Hope:
because of the Lord's Great Love
we are not consumed,
For His Compassions Never Fail.
They are new every morning;

Isn't that a fantastic Scripture! Makes me want to sing!

My card base is True Thyme, sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Bronze from the ODBD Store. My matting is Brushed Copper by The Paper Co. The green floral and the gold designer paper is K&Co "Ancestry", and the lighter green designer paper is First Blush by Prima.
I used a Sizzix Wedding Embossing Folder for the main panel. I used the Nestabilities Label 5 to cut the verse, embossed the edge and ran a copper gel pen around the edge. I sponged Tim Holtz Distress Ink on the light green panel. I used a QuicKutz Flourish Die Cut from Hobby Lobby for my corners and added a couple brads to the opposite corners. My horizontal strip is cut on both sides with an EK Success Edge Punch and mounted on a strip of the copper cs. All the layers are sprayed with Glimmer Mist. I used Bronze on all the layers except the light green, and on that I used Pearl. I wish I could capture the sparkle but the photo definitely does not do this one justice!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I know we have a lot of catching up to do on work around our yard and house... doesn't that sound fun? LOL! It will just be good to have my hubby home for an extra day! For those of you in the US... have a happy Labor Day Weekend!

Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge and Prizes!

Hello everyone! Today is a special day at Our Daily Bread Designs! We are having a Design Team Challenge, and You are invited to play along! THREE new sets were just released at Our Daily Bread designs, and we have THREE FOR THEE! We'd love to have you play along with us, and link to the challenge post on the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog Post by Thurs. Sept. 17. The winners will be announced on the Blog on Sat. Sept 19. Kelley has generously offered THREE new sets as prizes! To get all the details on the challenge, check out the ODBD Blog now, then play along with us and YOU could be a winner!

Now on to my samples! This is my first month as Design Team Coordinator, so I got to choose the challenge! Our challenge was to make a pocket card... any type, any size, as many pockets as you want! I decided to showcase parts of two different sets by making my own version of this pocket card originally seen on SCS in the Resource Section.

I made my card an A2 size but turned it on it's side. For the set above, I used the image and a sentiment from the newly released set "Thinking of You". I stamped in VersaColor (Icicle) and then clear heat embossed.

For my pull out part, I cut my sentiment panel with the Nestabilities Label 6, layered with a larger Label 6 cut from K&Co. Blue Awning, matted it on more Blue Awning and placed on a base of Kiwi Kiss which I sponged with T Holtz Distress Ink in Scattered Straw. I used a slot punch to cut a slot for the ribbon and I dyed the ribbon with Kiwi Kiss Ink sponged onto a very similar green ribbon that just needed a tweek of color to be a perfect match.

To make the pocket I cut my double sided designer paper (Blue Awning) 5 1/4" x 8 1/2". I scored along the 5 1/4" side at 4 " and again at 7 1/4". I folded up at the 5 1/4" score line and down at the 7 1/4" score. I used an MS Edge Punch to punch the lower edge of the folded down flap. I ran the pocket through the Big Shot with the Wedding Embossing Folder. I added a strip of Kiwi Kiss which I punched to match and sponged with TH Distress Ink, and adhered. I rounded my corners with my SU! corner punch. I cut a base of Kiwi Kiss 5 1/2" x 4 1/4", rounded the corners and sponged again with TH. I used red tacky strip to adhere my pocket sides together, added the ribbon, and then adhered to base.

I stamped the image for my pocket on an unknown creamy cs from my stash, heat embossed as above, making an extra image to cut out the butterfly and pop up. I cut this panel out with a QuicKutz die cut. I cut it three times in order to get the larger Kiwi Kiss layer, the blue awning layer and the creamy layer. I made a little interest to my creamy layer by stamping with Color Box Alabaster, just the flourishes from a another new set, Friendship. Then I used Going Gray Pastels and lightly sponged on to highlight the design. I sponged the edges with Scattered Straw and mounted with dimensionals onto the pocket. I cut the extra butterfly out, popped up his wings, attached and added little pearls to his body and to the flap on the pocket.

For the set below, I used the same style pocket but used some Blue Awning Tags that were ready cut. To them I added sentiments from the Friendship Set, again embossed and matted, sponged as above. The blue scrolls are actually a QuicKutz die cut that was a circle frame with scrolls on either end. I cut the circle out and used just the scrolls to frame my sentiments. I added pearls and ribbons. These were so quick and would make great bookmarks, and yes, they both fit nicely inside the pocket!

Don't forget to visit the ODBD Blog for all the details and for the entire list of talented Designers who have made some fantastic creations for you! To see the next few designers on the list, visit:

Good luck and I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

ODBD New Release! Praying You'll soon be Well

Hello everyone! I'm so excited to be showing you a sample of our newest release at Our Daily Bread Designs! If you have not checked out the Our Daily Bread designs site yet... please do so ASAP! Three new sets have been released this month and you will LOVE everyone one of them! This sample is from the "Get Well" set.

I stamped the image and sentiment with Archival Sepia on GPW and sponged T Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen lightly to age the stark white cs. I cut it out with my brand new toy from Spellbinders, Label 7. I used the largest size for this combo of image and sentiment so to create the "cover" I simply used the outter edge of the die cut to define my cutting line and cut out around it with my Fiskars finger blade, using deep chocolate card stock from Lasting Impressions. I wanted this to look like a Bible, so after cutting the sentiment panel and embossing it, I used two different gel pens to achieve my "pages". First I made multiple lines with copper, then went over that with gold gel pens. I'm sorry I don't know the brand of these pens. I've had them a long time and there are no markings on them. By using the two colors though, I was able to achieve the effect of some "pages", instead of a solid gold edge. I was pleased with the look. When I adhered my "Bible" to the card, I ran a strip of heavy tack glue down the center, then used extra thick dimensional foam in the center of each "page" to pop them up, and then ran the high tack glue down the edges as well. I'm not sure the photo does it justice, but it does give the effect of an open book.

I kept the card layout simple to let the stamps shine. The base is Bazzill, and then I matted a caramel colored textured layer (ANW Crestwood - Autumn). The designer paper is from First Blush (Prima Marketing). The flower is Prima, and the ribbon was from my stash. I used tiny gold half beads to accent some of the flourishes. I stamped my image again in VersaMark and then the Sepia and clear embossed, cutting out just the butterflies. I popped them up for more dimension. The little corner treatment is a die cut from Sizzix, cut from a scrap of Lasting Impressions and then run throught the big shot with the CB Textile embossing folder.

I hope you enjoyed this sample! I KNOW you are going to LOVE this month's new releases!

To see other samples of the newly released sets, please visit these Design Team Members:

We are doing a special Design Team Challenge this month and YOU are invited to play along! It's called "THREE FOR THEE". To find out all about it you need to go to the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog on SEPT. 3! There will be PRIZES... you guessed it... THREE of them! (I'll give you a hint... there are THREE New Sets!) We'd love to have you play along with us! I will have the details of the challenge posted here too so please stop by on the third!

One more big piece or news in the Bread Basket: Dawn Lusk has joined us as Guest Designer for the month of Sept! Yay! Dawn was the second winner of our GD contest! Be sure to check out her card linked above and give her some love!

If you can't tell, I am overjoyed and excited to be back in the "Bread Basket"! I feel right at home here among all my fellow bread sticks! It is truly an honor to represent my Lord and Savior in my card making, and Our Daily Bread designs provides me the stamps to do just that!

Thanks for looking and have a blessed day!