Tuesday, February 1, 2011

ODBD Feb. Release Blog Hop!

Fish-necklace-set

Welcome to the Feb. release Blog Hop for Our Daily Bread designs!  If you got here from Becca's fantastic Blog, then you are in the right place!  If not, you might want to start at the ODBD Blog and hop from there so you don't miss anyone!
 
The Hop will run from 8am eastern Feb. 1 until 8pm Feb. 2.  Winners will be announced on the ODBD Blog on Feb. 3rd, along with Sandee's fabulous Time With Project!

Kelley is giving away SIX prizes this month!  FIVE people will win one Single Fish Stamp of their choice, and ONE blessed person will win the FEBRUARY BREAD BASKET BUNDLE!  
To be eligable to win, here is what you have to do:
  • Hop to each blog on the list and leave a comment for each designer
  • Return to the ODBD Blog and tell us you completed the hop, letting us know if there were any blogs you could not comment on
  • Answer the question on the ODBD blog... you do not need to answer it on the designer's blogs... just the ODBD blog

This month we have some great stamps that among other things,  are perfect for those difficult "guy" cards and gifts.

I had fun playing with the Fish Single stamps.  The idea for this project came from my grandson who is just getting in to Christian jewelry for guys. (He's 13)  He pointed out several at Christmas and that gave me an idea.   I stamped each of the three  Fish Single stamps onto clear Shrink Film that I had lightly sanded in a crosshatch pattern.  I then colored with Copics and cut out.  I punched a hole  and inserted a ring in each to be sure the hole would stay open and large enough, and then I set them on a piece of cardboard and baked them at 350* until they shrunk down and flattened out again. (While they are baking they do curl up, but when they are "done" they flatten out). 

Fish-necklace-Crosses

I then chose three different types of leather and vinyl jewelry rope from Michaels, added wood beads to two of them and strung my fish onto the ropes.  I used crimp ends and alligator claws for my closures. (I watched a couple videos on the internet to find out how). I also used a tad of Aileens Jewelry Adhesive before inserting the end of my rope into the crimp end and crimping it.  Between the two, these are not going anywhere!   



                                              
I also made another project with the Nail  Fish Single stamp. I found this box at Michaels a few months ago. It's a great wood box that is well constructed and the flap is a thin piece of real wood that is flexible. While I'm not sure you can still get this exact same size, I did notice this week they do have similar boxes made with the same wood... that would be great for a similar project!

FISH-Box

For this project I stamped the Nail Fish directly on the wood after just lightly preparing the wood with fine grit sandpaper.  I used Stazon Ink and then very lightly colored grey on the bent nails.  I sponged T Holtz Distress Ink all around the edges inside and out.  At this point I have not put a sealer on this and I'm not sure I will because I love the way it looks as is, but you certainly could spray this with a sealer or rub in an oil if you wanted to.  I just wanted to give you a few ideas of some different uses this box could have:  Perhaps a gift box for the jewelry you make....

FISH-Box-with-necklaces

Perhaps a glasses case...

FISH-Box-glasses

This box is the perfect fit for glasses, pens, knives and probably a bunch of other things guys would think of!

FISH-Box-assd-ideas

So there you have it... a couple great guy gifts, useful for so many things.   My hubby found the necklaces downstairs and came up wearing one and said he really liked it.  These would make great things to make WITH your kids, but they don't come out looking like kids crafts!  The box has also received his approval.  Both these projects were quick and easy!  I hope you'll be inspired to give them a try! 

From here, hop on over to the talented and sweet Chris to see all the inspiration she has for you!  Thanks for looking and blessing me with your comments!  Have a wonderful day!!!

178 comments:

Charlene said...

Creative and fabulous..we have a men's retreat coming up soon and these would make awesome gifts for those serving.

Carla S. said...

What wonderful projects, Grace! How perfect for when you need something more masculine! Very creative designs!

Becky said...

Grace this is fabulously creative! :) I love it.

Miesje said...

Oh my goodness - that is amazing Grace! What a wonderful gift for anyone!

dini said...

Grace, these are perfect for gifts, especially for teen boys - that was the first thing I thought when I saw them (before reading on...)!! As always, thanks for letting me hop along with the girls today - I am always so blessed! Hugs to you........Dina

ladybugg61 said...

Your creativity is amazing - fantastic projects featuring this lovely single image stamp!

Ted said...

Love these projects, Grace!

DottyA Cards & Things said...

How different... Love how you used the little box for everything. Just a beautiful job!

Irene said...

What a perfect way to use these stamps!!! Love your creativity!

Ujjwal said...

the projects are so beautiful and so unique!!

slbela59 said...

Very nice projects! Gives me new ideas. thank you for sharing.

christi said...

what a creative idea for this set. it's so sweet to have a grandson as an inspiration. great projects.

Rita Qualter said...

How clever of you! Great job.

Debi said...

Grace you are so very clever! I love all the necklaces and you box is the best!

Susan said...

This truly creative - it's fantastic.

connie said...

I love these. They would make great gifts for the grandkids.

Rachel said...

Just amazing!!! I just love when you can find a project that works for those men in your life!

Joan V said...

Grace, these projects are wonderful. I love using my stamps for other things, other than cards. Thank you for the inspiration. I love the fact that your husband liked the necklace. What a wonderful compliment he gave you by wearing it. Have a blessed day.

Mari K. said...

Wonderful projects! They would make fabulous gifts for guys. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

Chris said...

I love what you did with this box. Must try to find a few myself. Love the new look on you blog.



Your Sister in Christ

Christine

Marlena M. said...

Guy gifts are soooo hard to come up with. This is a wonderful idea, thank you so much!!!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

This is so creative and gorgeous Grace!! I just love those necklaces with the fish and your case makes an awesome gift box. You sure rocked these sets!! You are d bomb girl!
hugs,
Chris

Debbie Brackett said...

Love the things you did. I just purchased some of these boxes. Great idea.

Sherry Kushibab said...

I love when someone uses stamps for something more than a card. Very nice ideas, On my list to try. God bless.

didlet said...

Love it. Never thought about using a stamp for something like this! They will make a nice gift.

Anonymous said...

Love your creative ideas, they would make nice gifts for someone.
Hugs

Robin said...

Love the necklaces!

Pat Jandacek said...

Wonderful, wonderful gifts! TFS your excellent ideas (and talents).

Mila Ayers said...

I have three kids would LOVE these neclaces!! Thanks for the project ideas!!

Anonymous said...

What great projects! Must have a go! Thanks for the inspiration.

Anne (UK)

maryr917 said...

awesome project ideas grace-love the ones you created for your grandson

Lillian Child said...

Seriously, Grace, your projects are so very creative!

And I just discovered your blog on this hop and am now a follower - so nice to meet you!

http://lillianchild.blogspot.com

Beth Norman said...

Awesome work. You are a very talented lady.

Mary Ann H from PA said...

Ah, jewelry made with stamps!!! How clever!! and your box is very nice.

Armenta4some said...

What a great idea to use Shrink Plastic....thanks for the tip!

Marg said...

What creativity. A wonderful gift idea.

Cindy Lou said...

Oh Grace, so very handsome! These are ideas I am going to CASE for future "doings" for our mens group and for our up and coming teenage sons. What an awesome idea! Thanks for thinking outside the box! Blessings

Yvonne said...

Very neat project!

Jeanne Szabo said...

This is a new slant on stamp usage! I like it!

Penny Reed said...

Wow! What a great idea. You are so creative!

ScoobyinWY said...

Very creative!! What a wonderful way to show your love for Jesus!! Great work!!

Phyllis M. said...

Wonderful projects and great ideas using the new stamps. Thanks for sharing.

jean w. said...

Wow what cool ideas you came up with! Thanks for sharing...the box could contain some blessings for whoever you might give it to...just another idea.

Charlotte said...

What an unusual use of stamps. Very creative! And, wonderful projects!

Barbara Pace said...

Oh, I never thought of making necklaces. What creativity, and the glass case is amazing. TFS!

Anonymous said...

What a pleasant surprise to see your jewelry. Oooooooo I like this idea and what you did. Thanks for the instructions. I hope to remember to come back to reread and hopefully do something like this. Thanks again.
Jean McGee

di said...

what a great creative project - would not have thought to use the fish stamp for a necklace.

Shawna Magrum Pederson said...

Thank you for the wonderful masculine gift ideas! I especially love the shrink plastic ideas.. a kid art I may have to bring back out!

Ginny K. said...

Grace,
What a cool idea, I never thought of using stamps on shrink wrap for jewelry....I am gonna have to try that out, your jewelry looks so wonderful. My grand daughters would just love necklaces like that wiht the ixthus fish! ~Ginny K.~

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

What a lovely project!

josie walrath said...

Love your project! tfs

Jan said...

What a neat idea, Fantastic use of the stamps!! :)

Leslie G. said...

You are so creative!! I have not used shrink film since my kids were little... I make jewelry and never thought to use this! I love that you made the necklaces "manly" ... Great job!

Karen Wedding said...

Cute idea. I love the box. This is the second time I've seen that box. Good job!

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Great projects. Always glad to see something for the guys.

Kay M said...

Great ideas!

Anonymous said...

Very interesting project.

Anonymous said...

What an original idea! The necklaces are very nice and should go over well.

Kelly Sas said...

Bless you Grace for making and sharing such creative wonderful gift ideas for the men in our life! I have two grandsons and it is getting harder to make something special for them as they get older. I am so excited about your gift ideas!

Lynne said...

Grace - Love your projects both the necklaces and the box - so pretty. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us.

Bumblebee said...

Wow, this is fantastic, how clever to think of this, you've inspired me to do something with shrink plastic!

mom3 said...

Grace, what a great idea. A wonderful love token for Valentines Day!

Anonymous said...

That's thinking "outside the box"! Great ideas!

Jeannette B.

Angella D. Crockett said...

Grace, wowza!! Your projects here are so creative....love 'em all! Thanks for the inspiration....I will definitely try the Polyshrink with the fishes!!! Blessings, Angie

eileen t said...

My husband's birthday is this month. Lot's of ideas here. Thanks.

Laureen said...

I know this is a set I am going to need to have. I love what you have done with it and I would love wearing one of the necklaces myself.

Kelli B said...

Terrific projects! TFS

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

What awesome projects, Grace! You've really used these images to perfection. Wonderful masculine gifts!

cdjcape521 said...

Thanx for the gift idea!

Anonymous said...

Grace, boy, you really did think "outside the box"! Great projects. Thanks for sharing.
Jo4Him

Pati said...

Great projects & gift ideas! Very cool that your hubby approved by wearing one : )

Liz said...

WOW what cleaver gifts these would make thanks for helping us think "outside" the box

Jessica said...

Gorgeous! I make 'my girls' jewelry for Christmas. This might work for one or two of my guys! Thanks for the idea. And I love the little box!

Nancy said...

What a fabulous idea to make necklaces I love them! The box is fabulous as well great projects!

Jan said...

Outstanding! Love how you've done something very different from a card, but yet using the new release. Very nice gift set and lovely work! Great ideas! "Janaria" Jan E.

Karen said...

You are so creative, that is absolutely fantastic!!! I am seeing some really great projects on this hop..
Happy Crafting!!
Karen dkolopez@msn.com

Luanne said...

How did you ever come up with these amazing projects? You've just blessed me with your wonderful talent. :-) Wonderful, wonderful!! TFS!

Elizabeth, The Shepherdess said...

Neat way to use stamping for other crafts!

Mommamea's favorite things said...

You inspired me greatly. Love all that you did with this set. I have one of the wood box that I am making into a purse just have to bead the strap.

Miss G said...

I am loving the fish stamp and those are great ideas for the guys. I love the box and all it can be used for. Thanks for sharing

Janine A said...

What a great idea for a masculine gift. Thanks for sharing.

Betty said...

Awesome!

Tricia6653 said...

I would not have thought to make a necklace from the design. Love it.

tricia6653@valornet.com

Becca Feeken said...

Grace this is so very clever! What a bonus to be able to make such fab gifts from these sets!!

Karen Rice said...

Very ingenius! Thinking outside the box is what I like...thanks for sharing!!

Connie M. said...

What fab projects these are, Grace!! I so love the shrinky dinks! How perfect, and the case you created...way fun! Hugs!!

Candy Meyers said...

What a wonderful idea for these stamps. I love it.
Candy Meyers

Cheryl S. said...

How creative, Grace. The wooden box is great and I think I need the
fish stamps so I can make these necklaces with the kids at Vacation Bible School this coming summer. Thanks for the inspriration!

Kay said...

What neat projects. Thanks for sharing

Allymcb1 said...

Grace these are fantastic projects. What a great idea to use the images in this way.

Peggy said...

Great projects. Very Creative. {Hugs}

Robyn said...

lovely
Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous!!! - Glenda

Anonymous said...

Very cool and clever. -MaryKaye

Tessa said...

very cool! It is inspiring to see masculine projects!

Anonymous said...

The jewelry is lovely! There aren't too many things made for guys these days and it's so refreshing to see! I've never had much luck with shrink medium. My last project stuck to itself!

Dianna N.

Marian B. said...

Great projects! I nice to see how you can use the stamps for something besides the cards. I don't always think outside the box!! Thanks!

Dani said...

This is such a great idea!!! Wonderful!

Evelyn said...

How ususual. Gives us a new idea on how to use stamps other than to make cards. Thanks for sharing. Love them!!!

Bonnie said...

wow, so creative!!!
wonderful Idea's. Thanks for sharing.

SHELL said...

I am speachless, what an amazing idea to make necklaces and I absolutely love the eyeglass case. What a special gift these would make.

Janice said...

What a neat idea. I'm sure my daughter would love to make these.

Michelle ~ daydreams505 said...

What a fun project Grace. Your grandson is going to love these. :)

Deb said...

How creative is this. The jewelery is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. My granddaughter would love to make something like this.

SavedbyGrace said...

What a great idea! I love it ! I love this stamp!

Life Groups said...

I could rest on your site all day as I perused your creations!! Simply beautiful!

Bonnie said...

Very creative use of stamps!! I haven't tryed the shrink art. I have several grandchildren that would love these!! I also love what you did with the box! So clever.

Marjorie said...

Love the projects! Very creative!

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Beautiful necklaces and great idea for your sunglasses think I have a few of those laying in my studio!!!!

Charlotte Odom said...

What unique pieces!! I love them all!

Flo - Sweetideas said...

Love your fish necklaces. They are really great.

Hez said...

I love how you can take card-making and turn it into something as beautiful as jewelry, very outside-the-box thinking, your creations are amazing!

jill said...

this is awesome, brilliant creativity

JKB said...

What great projects. Who'd a thunk!

Anonymous said...

great ideas,love the stamps!

Jan Castle said...

What a creative idea...it's a first for me to see! LOVELY!

Sherry said...

what a cute idea!! and so very nicely done!

Mickie said...

Now you are just so clever. The stamp on the box is such a great idea for one of those man things.

Sandee said...

Grace you have totally blown me away this month! Absolutely incredibly amazingly gorgeous!

Barb said...

Very creative and so pretty! Thanks for sharing!

Tanja said...

Great ideas for creative projects!

craftymom205 said...

Love your projects.

queenofnanas said...

This a great Bible school idea. Thank you for it.

Anonymous said...

michelle f. said...

oh, definitely a great idea for a necklace or charms on a bracelet. thanx for a different idea on how to use these wonderful stamps.

Anonymous said...

michelle f. said...

oh, definitely a great idea for a necklace or charms on a bracelet. thanx for a different idea on how to use these wonderful stamps.

Donna D said...

I never thought about using stamps for a necklace, great idea! This is great for teenage boys.

Sonia said...

What a neat idea to make necklaces and then also embellish a box you can keep them in! Thanks for sharing!

marilyn said...

WOW! So very creative!

Davi said...

Love those Awesome creations Grace!!

bkmrich said...

How awesome and imaginative your creations are.

Laura said...

I love your creative ideas!! I really like the jewelry you made!! Cool!!

Linda said...

Great use of those fish symbol stamps.
Linda S in SC

Anonymous said...

Wow...jewelry and a glasses case!

Marie Sellers

Peggy said...

Awesome projects! You did a great job.

Peachy Wessels said...

What a clever idea!

sdelong1228 said...

very nice jewelery and glasses case

joycegc said...

great ideas

Anonymous said...

It is amazing to see creativity through another's eyes. Beautifully done and very unique!
Clelie

Gretchen said...

Thanks for sharing your original ideas for using this new stamp set. I used shrink plastic years ago but I am inspired to break it out again to try your ideas.

Anonymous said...

Very innovative. I really enjoy this one.
mary l

Rosie said...

How unique and crative. Thank you for sharing.

Lori m said...

Stunning, I love the use on jewelry, such a beautiful gift of love. :)

Lorie said...

You made these? Oh my gosh...they are AMAZING!

pam kelley said...

Thank you for all the lovely projects you turn out. You are another of the gifted and inspiring of the wonderful ODBD
team!

Clare said...

Grace, what a great idea! Awesome work! The box is wonderful, too!

Lorelie Kim said...

You just blew me away with this gift set!! Those necklaces are GORGEOUS!! I've had one of those cases sitting on my desk for almost a year...thank you for the inspiration!!

Judith said...

Grace,

What a beautiful job you did.

Karen Linarez said...

These are such great guy gift ideas. I love the necklaces, even my teenage daughter would love them. The box is so great, too, I love the staining around the edges. It makes an excellent presentation to give the necklaces. I'm very inspired to make a set myself. Thank you

christa-peter said...

What lovely gift ideas.

Doreen said...

What fabulous projects.xxx

Linda said...

Thank you, I never would have thought to use the stamps in this way. You are very gifted.

Kathi said...

Beautiful. You are so talented. Anybody would be honored to receive these fabulous items

Peggy said...

Great idea with the shrink wrap and the eye glasses case. I love it when someone thinks out of the box.
God bless,
Peggy Allen

marcelle schauer said...

Grace I did not know you also were a beader. This is such a great idea with the fish, I just love it.I have seen those little boxes, must now go back and find the and get a few. Great job.

Teri said...

What a cute idea! Love it.

Teri said...

What a cute idea! Love it.

Santaread said...

Great idea!

Sue D said...

Thanks for sharing your creative ideas--perfect for these stamps.

Kris said...

I can see where this project will come in handy for many different occasions. Tnanks!

chucksusan said...

Very unique gift! Thanks for sharing.

Chrissy D said...

I love this! SO unique, Grace! Have a blessed day!!!

Dawn said...

totally awesome creative idea Grace!!!

Janet S said...

INCREDIBLE! I would have never thought of that. I have shrink plastic and always forget to use it. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

Tameko said...

Wow, what a fantastic project. Very creative!

loftylass said...

Fantastic Grace - I keep forgetting about shrink plastic. Love both these projects. tfs
Hugs
HW(UK)

janiengus said...

Beautiful gift.

janiengus said...

Beautiful gift.

Rosella said...

How incredibly creative and beautiful!! Impressive!!!

Janeen said...

Grace, you are truly an artist

*kbcraftcorner* said...

I absolutely love that box! What great gift ideas for men! Thanks for the inspiration!

E. Marie said...

What great projects. Those necklaces are perfect for a masculine gift idea and the little wood box is so unique. I love your amzing creativity.

pdela-torre said...

Way to think outside the box! So clever. TFS!

Traci S. said...

Wow, Grace!

These are fabulous! I guess we could try to do something like this with any of the stamps. THESE are spectacular! And, I know they are supposed to be "Masculine" necklaces...but I would love to wear one of these. And, the box you worked with is fabulous. I bet a bunch of your family members are going to be very happy with their gifts this year. Those stamps are incredibly versatile. Good for you for stepping outside of the box, Grace!

He IS Able,
Traci S.

Debby said...

unbelievable. I love this idea.

Anonymous said...

FANTASTIC projects.
Thank you so much for sharing.

Love your music too!!
Carol Froehlich

Peggysuez said...

Hey sister!!! What a clever and original idea, these are fabulous!

Becky Dunham said...

Wow Grace - these are amazing! I'll bet even my 19 year old son would be interested in wearing these! What a wonderfully clever idea :)

Laura - Layers of Color said...

YOU are so clever and creative, Grace!