Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Our Daily Bread designs Sneak Peek~ Undescribable Gift

Hello everyone!  Here's a quick sneak peek for you of a couple of new sets to be released by Our Daily Bread designs on Dec. 1.  The First is a beautiful snowflake set called Peace and Joy and it has the most detailed and beautiful snowflakes, and as always, great sentiments and a Scripture.  The second set is called His Gift and I used the one of the sentiments from that set.  You'll have to come back to see the beautiful image that comes with that one! :) 

This is a simple layout because I truly love these snowflakes... the detailing is incredible!  The emboss so beautifully.  So I stamped my snowflakes in two sizes on S.E.I. Wintersong with White Kraft ink and then embossed in white for the large one and in holographic for some of the smaller ones.  The sentiment is embossed with white.  I used Real Red as my base and added some ribbon from my scrap box and some glittzy snowflake embellishments.

As simple as this is it could easily be mass produced and it still packs a pretty punch with all the sparkle. 

Just a reminder... be sure not to miss the Release Day Blog Hop on Dec. 1st!  The talented design team has some awesome holiday inspiration for you... you'll be ready to make all sorts of Christmas goodies after this hop!  There will be PRIZES... yes.... plural!!! Be sure to check the Our Daily Bread designs Blog on Dec 1 and hop the blogs for chances to win!  

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!  I will be spending time with my family but I do have a special post coming to you on Thanksgiving day if you have a minute, I'd love to have you stop by!  For those who are not in the US... I hope you will find some time this week to thank God for all His rich blessings to you!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Silvery Poinsettia Glass Ornament

Hi there everyone!  I have a real quick little ornament to share with you tonight.  I stamped the Poinsettia image from Our Daily Bread design's Luke 2:11 with VersaMark and embossed with silver Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder on Acetate.  I punched a small hole in the top of the image and passed a light wire through, twisted it and added a few beads to hide the wire, then ran that up under the ornament cap and cut off.  I added a silver bow and done! Quick and easy but it's actually very pretty and I think I'll be making quite a few of these.  I like the clear effect of the acetate and the uncolored image... it's quite elegant.

Just a quick reminder... Our Daily Bread designs will be having a Blog Hop on Dec. 1 and the talented design team with be giving you lots of holiday ideas to inspire you as you prepare for your own holidays!  Be sure to visit the Our Daily Bread designs Blog to start the hop and TWO lucky players will win a set of their choice! See you at the hop!

Thanks for popping by and have a wonderful Sunday!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

MMSC28 with a twist

 Hello everyone!  I hope you are having a blessed week!
This project looks better if you click on it to enlarge!

I made this card and ornament for several challenges.  I used the MMSC28 sketch, I used Design Team mate Betty's color challenge CC245(SCS)  for my colors, and I made an ornament which is presented on a card to submit to the Verve Home for the Holiday's Project Parade.
I have to say I love how this one came out...and that's not something I say too often.  I purchased a glass ornament from Hobby Lobby. I used the Nov. release from Our Dailly Bread designs, Luke 2:11 for my image and stamped it on Watercolor paper and watercolored with inks and cut out.  I painted on a thin coat of Diamond Glaze to adhere my image to the ornament after cleaning the glass real well with glass cleaner.  The base of the card is Papertrey Dark Chocolate, then the designer paper is K & Co. Evergreen.  I dyed ZVA white pearls with Ranger Cranberry Alcohol Inks and attached, then I added punched leaves and boughs that I sponged with Always Artichoke (Martha Stewart Punches).  The main panel is up on thick dimensionals and lots of them to give support to the glass ornament, and the ornament hanger cord is taped to the back so it can be easily removed without taking the panel apart.  I added some gold beads, Stickles to the edges of the petals that I had painted green, and a gold ribbon.

I hope you like my project and thank you so much for taking a peek!  God bless your day!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Now through a shadow but then face to face... SSIC

Hello everyone and happy Monday!

I made this card for the Stampin Sisters in Christ weekly challenge.  This week our hostess is the talented and sweet PeggySue.  The Scripture she directed us to is:

1 Cor. 13:12 "For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."

What an incredible thought!!! God knows us completely right now, He created us and knows the very number of hairs on our head!  While we're here in our earthly bodies we only see things in part... not clearly and often we don't understand at all.  But when we enter heaven's gates, we will see our Savior face to face, and we will know and understand things fully as He does now!

PeggySue's challenge for us was to make a shadowbox card, with the thought that one day... there will be no more shadows, all will be seen clearly.  Great tutorial and great devotional thoughts!

I used two Our Daily Bread designs sets: Angel and Luke 2:11 (new Nov. release).  I followed the tutorial on SCS to make my card base out of S.E.I. WinterSong designer paper.  I stamped my images and sentiment on Papertrey Vanilla with VersaMark and heat embossed with Super Fine Detail EP by Ranger.  I used a Spellbinder's Label #6 and cut out my front hole and the sentiment panel for the back, then I ran a gold paint pen around the border of the sentiment panel.  I colored the angel with Prisma Pencils and ODMS, then painted Shimmerz Gold BLINGZ on the wings and also on the poinsettia from Luke 2:11.  I cut them out and adhered to the card front.  I punched the holly borders with my Martha Stewart punch using gold vellum and attached that to the outter borders.  I used an Ornare template to pierce a few doodles and flowers. A few blue half pearls from Hero Arts and done.  This card is 5 1/2" square instead of the A2 size in the tutorial.  It folds flat and fits in my square envelopes.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I so appreciate knowing you were here! God bless your week!


Sunday, November 15, 2009

My first Digi... Layers of Color Hummingbird

Hello everyone!  If you are here for the Thankful for Friends of Faith Blog Hop, please scroll down one post!

Layers of Color was one of the sponsors of this weekend's Thankful for Friends of Faith Blog Hop sponsored by SNR. They have a challenge going on and  I have been on the run all weekend and just got home about an hour ago and really wanted to make something for it, and not owning any LOC images "yet" I tried my first Digi. This Digi is a freebie from Squigglefly.

So I have never actually tried a digi before, though I do have a couple  waiting for me to try.   I put this in PS Elements and sized a little smaller than it comes, then simply printed it off on GPW Card Stock.  I didn't have time to let it "dry" if that was necessary so I heat set the ink just in case.  I colored it with Prisma Pencils and used my Nesties to cut it out, then I sponged it with T Holtz Distress Ink and Olive Ink from Our Daily Bread designs.  My papers are Bazzil (base), Cosmo Cricket Twist & Shout and BasicGrey Pheobe.  I used a MS punch and an EK Success punch and sponged everything.  I added a Prima Dandies One flower from Our Daily Bread designs.  I don't know when I've rushed a card any more and I have to admit it isn't my best work, but it is done and I'm happy to have done a quick one too!  Thanks so much for looking!  Have a blessed week!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thankful for friends of Faith Blog Hop

Welcome to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine's A Faith Perspective “Thankful for Friends of Faith Blog Hop”. Today, we're out in force on the internet -- showing our faith and giving the glory to God. United, we stand as Christian paper crafters and blog owners to make a presence on the internet for all to see. We're celebrating the theme of friends and we're happy to share our projects based on the verse:
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. " Ecc4:9-10a
If you're just joining in on the fun, you can find the start of the train here: A Faith Perspective First, we would like to take a moment to thank our generous co-sponsors: Layers of Colors Stamps, Gina K Designs Stamps and Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. Together with Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, these companies have donated some wonderful prizes for today’s blog hop.
Prizes? Oh, yeah! There will be three lucky grand prize winners for today’s event.
To enter, simply hop to the blogs of all of the participating staff members of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, take note of the staff member’s name, and leave a comment on their posts. Then send us an email at
games@scrapbooknewsandreview.com listing each of the staff members who participated in today’s hop. It’s that easy. All entries must be received by Monday, November 16, 2009 at 12 noon, EST and three winners will be randomly chosen to win.
What are the prizes?
One $100 gift certificate from Layers of Colors Stamps AND a 6 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.
One basket of goodies -- four stamp sets from Gina K Designs and a 6 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.
One set of digital stamps from Sweet ‘n ‘Sassy Stamps and a 3 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.
In addition, every participating staff member of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine will offer a free one-month subscription to the magazine to one of their lucky visitors by simply for leaving a comment on their blog. That's a lot of chances to win, so let’s get to the Hop! 
Here is my project for this themed hop.  I used images and sentiments from Our Daily Bread designsFriendship” set and made a double pocket card.  I used retired SU! Certainly Celery designer paper for the pocket base.  I used glossy card stock for my white and Martha Stewart designer paper for the backgrounds of my bookmark pullouts and the belly band.  I used Stazon Olive Ink, a Martha Stewart edge punch for my belly band,  an EK Success flourish punch for the flourishes, a Spellbinders Label #6 for my dragonfly image panel and mat, a Cuttlebug Swiss Dot folder, Cuttlebug Butterfly Die cut/embossing combo, a CB edge  and some green vellum  for the butterflies and leaves.  I rubbed my Olive Ink on the CB folder to add definition before embossing.  I finished with some pearls and Prima Hydrangeas, and topped the bookmarks with SU! ribbons.   

I chose these stamps because I believe that the type of “bond” that is referred to in our inspiration Scripture today is truly a gift from God. We were not designed to be loners.  Our Maker made us as social beings, and we are fulfilled through relationships with others, and likewise, we are to help others be all that the Lord created them to be.  Whether it's getting a job done, lifting one up when they are down, or just enjoying the company of a like minded person, true Godly friendship is truly a blessing!

  I love how all the Our Daily Bread designs sets are God honoring sentiments and Scriptures. They have opened a door for those of us who want to share God's Word through our cards.

I wanted to just briefly show you another card I made for this hop, which will be seen on Women to Women, along with a few thoughts on today’s Scripture.  All of the regular writing contributors to Women to Women will have a project to share with you.  I hope you’ll continue on the hop and take the time to read the posts.  I titled this card “A Chord of Three” based on the 12th verse of Ecc. 4.  “A chord of three strands is not quickly torn apart”.  That verse made me think of these three little friends linked arm in arm.  While all the details are listed on WTW… this image is Penny Black and the sentiment is Our Daily Bread Designs Friendship. DP is Daisy d. The ribbon was in the blog candy I won from Crystal (Sugar Crystals).  Thanks so much Crystal!

I hope you have enjoyed my projects for this blog hop!  Thanks for stopping and now….
The next stop on this blog hop is:
LeAnne Pugliese

Have fun on the hop! God bless!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Sketch, A Favorite Thing, A Way to Use it Technique... Angel

I made this card for several challenges.  I used the sketch from MMSC27,  Flourishes "Favorite Things" Challenge in which we were to take our inspiration from the words to the Sound of Music Song "My Favorite Things"... I thought of "girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes".  It also is for Way to Use it 244 to add faux feel (texture).  I embossed with a Cuttlebug Folder. It also fits the challenge at My Graffico, to use stitching.  I used the Angel image from Our Daily Bread designs set "Angel" and the Poinsettia image from the Nov. released set "Luke 2:11".  I heat embossed two of the poinsettias and the angel with Ranger Fine Detail SGold EP.  I colored the angel with Prisma Pencils and blended with OFMS.  I then painted her wings with Shimmerz Blingz "Gold Gllimmer" and her dress with "Angel Wings" Shimmerz.  I used shimmery gold vellum and punched the lower edge with a Martha Stewart punch.  I sewed a vine with my sewing machine and gold thread, then added blue half pearls by Memory Box.  I painted Angel Wings Shimmerz on the raised part of my dry embossing to give the pattern a shimmer.  I cut out two poinsettias, painted with Shimmerz Blingz and popped up the top layer.  The gold satin ribbon is from my stash.  I hope you enjoyed my card.  The inside has a wonderful Scripture from the Angel set.

Thanks for stopping by! I love knowing you were here! Have a blessed night!

Please don't forget you still have until Nov. 15th to join the Our Daily Bread designs Challenge "Show us the Shimmer".  One lucky player will win a $30.00 Store Credit to the Our Daily Bread designs Store!!! Don't miss out!!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Quilted Christmas Adoration

Hello everyone!  Happy Monday!

Today I have a project that I've been working on over the past few days as I was able. (I have family in from out of state so I only have minutes here and there to get into my craft room)... but I wanted to show you this fun quilt card I made.  I have made a few of these before and I have to say they are labor intensive... but each one I do gets a little better so practice is helping!  I only make these for really special people though. LOL! 

I also want to mention the quilt rack.  My husband and I made these last year, based on a similar one seen on Debbie Olson's blog (Thinking Inking). 

For my card, I started with a base of True Thyme (5 1/2" square) and I cut 3/4" squares from BasicGrey's Wassil designer paper.  I cut a 4" square of white and ran it through the Textile Cuttlebug folder, then lightly sponged with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen.  I attachde all the little squares in a straight line (the fun part) around the perimeter, spacing evenly between the center panel and the outside edge.

My Poinsettias are from Our Daily Bread designs new November Release, Luke 2:11 and are stamped on watercolor paper with Archival Jet Black four times.  I colored them with Reinkers in Cranberry Crisp and touches of Certainly Celery and So Saffron.  I cut them out and popped up some petals for definition.  For the centers, I dyed white ZVA pearls with Adirondak Sunshine Yellow Alcohol Ink and clustered them in the center.

The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread designs Blessed Christmas and I used True Thyme to stamp with and T Holtz distress Ink  to sponge.  I used my slot punch on one end and my corner rounder on the other and added the True Thyme ribbon.  I used an EK Success edge punch and used the negative parts for my scrolly elements.  I had planned on sewing on this one but time got away from me.  Next time I'll sew! :)

One note on the stamps I used:  These stamps are part of a three set release by Our Daily Bread designs in November.  If you buy all three sets you will save 10% on the bundle!  With all the great Christmas verses and sentiments, that's a great deal!

Don't forget that you still have time to enter the Our Daily Bread designs Challenge Show Us the Shimmer!  The winner of this challenge will receive a $30.00 store credit to the Our Daily Bread designs Store!  What a great incentive that is!!!  Simply link your card the the challenge link above by Nov. 15th, 8PM EST! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I love knowing you've been here! Have a blessed week and be sure to stop back this week end to see the entries I made for the Thankful for Friends of Faith Blog Hop! 

Friday, November 6, 2009

Ever Present Help

I made this card for the Stampin Sister's in Christ Challenge this week and I used the Mojo 111 sketch. The Scripture for this week was Deuteronomy 31:8 "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."

Pamela Young's challenge was to create something about when God is "unseen"; that reminds us that God is always with us; a card to encourage a friend and remind them that God is with them; or perhaps something to hang on your wall as a reminder.

I chose this wonderful set from Our Daily Bread designs, Keep My Lamp Burning.  It is a go to set for me, especially when I need a more masculine card.  I also find that I love to use K&CO Blue Awning designer paper with this set!  Today I paired it with a caramel textured card stock and a creamy textured cs, both from my stash.  I stamped the image and sentiment with Archival Ink and sponged with Creamy Caramel.  I rolled the sentiment panel up like a map or scroll, added some hemp and a little brass anchor charm along with a few brass brads.  The image is popped up on dimensionals.  Simple and quick but I like how it came out.

I hope you have a blessed weekend!  I have family coming in today through Wed. so I'm looking forward to that, and may not have much to post for a few days.  Thank you as always for stopping by and for taking the time to let me know you've been here!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

MMSC26 and CC243... A Savior Has Been Born!

Hello everyone!  I got to play a little this morning and made this card for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge and for Design Team mate Betty's Color Challenge on SCS today.  We were to use neutrals for our papers and then used a colored stamped image for a pop of color.  I think I followed the rules!  The sketch this week is fabulous!  I sewed my textured strips together to make a fan, added a T Holtz corner piece and mounted on Vanilla CS (Papertrey), Brushed Gold (The Paper Co) and the designer paper was The Paper Pazazz.  I started out thinking clean vanilla and gold... but as I went along this fan just shrieked that it wanted a more vintage feel so I sponged some T Holtz Distress Inks on all my layers, thus fitting the OCCC challenge to do vintage!

The Poinsettias are from the newly released sets at Our Daily Bread Designs... one is from Luke 2:11 and one is from Blessed Christmas, and the sentiment is from Luke 2:11.  They are heat embossed in Fine Detail Gold by Ranger and I stamped 4 flowers so I could cut some out and paper tole the layers.  The scrolls are the negative part of an EK Success edge punch.  The lace is Spare Parts, the red velvet is Prima, and the gold beads are Recollections.  I used 3 Cuttlebug embossing folders and the sentiment is cut out with the Spellbinders Label #6.  I love how this came out... and if you know me, you know I don't often say that.  It has a feel to it that I really do love... I hope you do too!

You still have until 8:00PM EST tonight to complete the ODBD Blog Hop!  See the post below this or click here to go to the ODBD Blog post where the hop begins!  There will be one blessed winner who will receive the ENTIRE New Release!!! Besides that... the DT has some fabulous inspiration for you!  Sit a spell and enjoy the hop!

Thanks for stopping by!  I love to know you've been here!  Be blessed today!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Our Daily Bread designs Nov. Release Blog Hop and Challenge!

Hello everyone!  Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs November Release Blog Hop!  If you came here from Silke's Blog, you are in the right place!  If you happened on my blog but did not start at the ODBD Blog, you really should go there and start from there!  The reason is that there are secret words hidden along the hop which you need to collect along with the name of each Designer.  Then you will return to the ODBD Blog and leave a comment that you have visited all the blogs and  a special email address will be given to you so you can email me with the secret words you found in the correct order.  That's all you have to do for the chance to win the ENTIRE NEW RELEASE this month!  That's three GREAT new sets that will help you with all your card making needs just in time for Christmas!!!

Now... on to my project for today!  I made this card and ornament set using "Blessed Christmas".   Our Design Team Challenge this month was to make a Holiday Card and make it Shimmer!  Unfortunately shimmer isn't always easy to photograph, but let me tell you, ODBD owner, Kelley Holland sent us all some GREAT designer papers that have shimmer, PLUS we each got a bottle of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, so these projects shimmer all over the place!!!

 I stamped my sentiment once and  image three times with VersaMark and heat embossed with Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder by Ranger.  I watercolored with Real Red SU! Marker and Our Daily Bread designs Olive.  I sponged around my panels with Chocolate Chip and spritzed with Honey Dew Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels.  LOVE this stuff and you are going to see a lot of it today!!!  Then I painted on Candy Apple Red Glimmer Mist with a paint brush, being careful to stir it up with each "dip" so that I got the glimmer!  Next I cut out two of my poinsettia images with varying petals and popped them up with dimensionals.  My main panel is a Spellbinder's Label 4 and the sentiment is on a SB Ribbon Trio #2 die cut, off of which I cut the ribbon slits.  I decorated the inside of the card with the DP and EK Success punched edge.

Card Details:
Card Stock: Papertrey Dark Chocolate, Brushed Gold - The Paper Co.
Designer Paper: S.E.I. Peppermint Bark
Accessories:  Spellbinders Lattice Pendant element plus the negative parts, Spellbinder's Label #4,Spellbinder's Ribbon Trio#2,  Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, EK Success Edge Punch, Memory Box Gold Beads, Gold Metallic Rub Ons, Glimmer Mist 

Now I decided that this designer paper and stamp set were so pretty I wanted to make an ornament with them as well.  So here is what I came up with:

I bought a simple cardboard type oval ornament at Hobby Lobby and covered it with the same papers I used on the card.  I cut out a lot of the vines and leaves to attach it to a Label #4 and popped up all the layers of the Poinsettia the same way.  The side is a strip of the designer paper which I punched a tiny hole in for the gold cording to pass through.  On the back is a little something fun we do in our family on Christmas.  Every year we wait until everyone has opened everything they have... sometimes we go eat dinner and play for a while... but then one of us will say... "you know... I think there was one more thing...".  Thus begins the "hunt" tradition that  they still love no matter what age!  The hunt usually starts with a clue hidden somewhere in the tree.  Every year I have to come up with some new idea on how to hide it.  So this year I made a little pocket on the back of this where a clue or even a nice crisp $$ Bill could be tucked!

 Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my project! Now from here you need to go visit Connie.    Before you go... my secret word is "born". Be sure you are keeping a list of all the DT Names so you can write their secret word next to them and email that to me at the address given on the ODBD Blog at the end of the hunt!  You have until 8 PM EST on Tues. Nov. 3rd to email me the secret word/words each designer had!  Remember...One LUCKY WINNER will win the entire release!
One More Chance to Win...

Please be sure to check out the ODBD Blog post  "November Design Team Challenge... "Show Us the Shimmer to join our Design Team in this month's Challenge!  The challenge this month is to make a Holiday Card and make it SHIMMER!  There are many ways you can do that... so this is easy enough for all to play along!  You might use Shimmery Designer Paper, Glimmer Mist, Shimmerz, Twinkling H2O's, etc.  Just show us the shimmer so fitting to the Christmas season!

Everyone is invited to play along!  You DO NOT have to use Our Daily Bread designs stamps to win, but if you have them, we LOVE to see them!!!  Link your card to the November Design Team Challenge Thread on the ODBD Blog by Nov. 15th by 8 PM EST.  There will be a $30.00 Store Credit given to the winner of this challenge!  Come on...Show us the Shimmer!!!