Tuesday, April 28, 2015

This "MAY" be a sneak peek!

ODBD Stamps, Belles Vignes, Butterfly and Bugs, designed by Grace Nywening

Hello friends!  I hope you're doing well!  We are finally enjoying what I consider perfect spring weather!  Carolina blue skies and perfect temps and I'm in my glory!

 I wanted to pop in and share a sneak peek at some new wonderful sets in the  May release from  Our Daily Bread designs.  I used a set called Belles Vignes for my sentiment, and a new Butterfly and Bugs set, along with a matching Butterfly and Bugs die set.  I also used a past release for the die that cut my sentiment, Elegant Ovals.  I pieced a patchwork background using scraps from the Shabby Rose Paper Collection, and I stitched in spite of a machine that hates paper! LOL!  I placed it all on a base of Sahara Sand card stock and added some wide lace for a shabby feel.  The butterflies are stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa, colored with Copics, and then cut with the custom die, then I cut another butterfly from vellum for a shadow effect on each butterfly. 

I am totally stoked about this upcoming release!  I have had a blast working on samples and I've been amazed at what the rest of the DT has come up with!  I think you're going to consider this one of the best releases yet!  I hope you'll be back on May 1 to view it all!

Today's Blessing from the Word:

Luke 7:47
Therefore I tell you, her sins , which were many, are forgiven ~ for she loved much.  But he who is forgiven little, loves little.

Thanking God for His amazing grace in forgiving all my sin, and His love for each one of us!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sorry to hear you're under the weather!

ODBD stamps: April Showers, Layered Lacey Squares Dies, Umbrella Die, Clouds and Raindrops dies, designed by Grace Nywening

Hello friends!  I do hope NONE of you are under the weather today!   However, if you are... consider this my card to you!

I played again with this month's release from Our Daily Bread Designs.  I used the April Showers stamp set for my sentiment, and stamped it with Baja Breeze ink, then cut it with one of the GORGEOUS dies in the Custom Layered Lacey Squares Die set.  I then took a scrap of design paper and cut the next size up from this die set, embossed it and then ran my white craft ink pad over the raised areas.  I heat embossed white embossing powder on those areas, leaving a shiny edge with some of the original peachy colored paper peeking through.  I like how it emphasizes the pattern of the die cut and the shimmer it gave.  I then cut the lacey largest die cut piece from white and embossed it.  I popped up each layer with dimensional tape and adhered it to a simple layout of design paper from Pebbles Garden Party.  I'm so in love with this paper and it's so cheery for a showery April!  Mine was a gift from a sweet friend, but you can find it in AC Moore.  I used a scrap of design paper from my last card and cut an umbrella from it using the Umbrella Die, and sponged it to give just a little more definition. I cut some heart raindrops from the Clouds and Raindrops Die set and added them to my upper left corner.  I then took a Clear Wink of Stella pen and colored the umbrella and the heart raindrops.  I love the shimmer that gave, although the photo does not show it.  It's raining here again today... basically all week we are having showers, so no great photos, but a great time to stamp!   The little ribbon with rose is from Micheal's bridal department.  I'm loving how small it is and how easily it fits a card without overwhelming it. 

Well that's it for today!  It's a pretty simple design but hopefully will bring some cheer to one who's not feeling well!

Today's Blessing from the Word:

Deut. 8:3

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna... to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.


Monday, April 6, 2015

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

ODBD stamps- April Showers, designed by Grace Nywening
Hello friends!  I hope you all enjoyed a blessed Easter!  

I'm popping in quickly to share a gate fold card I made using this month's release from Our Daily Bread Designs. I used April Showers for my sentiment, and cut it with a Vintage Flourish  Pattern die.  I used this fun design paper from Pebbles Garden Party pack which was just perfect for this theme!  I used the Umbrella Die set and the Clouds and Raindrops die set to cut my raindrops and cloud, as well as the umbrella. The cute little heart flowers are also from the Clouds and Raindrops die set.  Aren't they cute?  For the stem for them I used the Happy Birthday balloon  string die.   I added frost Stickles to the raindrops.  I used the Ornamental Crosses die set to cut some of the little flowers, and  I nestled them in among blades of grass from the Grass Border Die.  For the sun, I used the Matting Circles die for the rays, and the circle from the Recipe Card and Tags die set.  The base is Neenah Solar White 140lb card stock and here is the cool dp on the insides.
ODBD stamps- April Showers, designed by Grace Nywening
The center panel is a little planting guide and I cut out the seed packs from the design paper as well.  The center panel is soft enough to write a message on, or you could write on the back.  

We are supposed to start getting showers tonight and even some more violent storms later this week, and all I can think of is all the things we've planted already and looking forward to seeing the new plants pop their heads up!  

I hope you enjoyed this quick card!  While I absolutely adore flowers, I am reminded of  Isaiah 40:8
"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” 

Even in spring time, when the whole earth seems to be coming forth with new life, all things have their season, and then they fade away.  There is only One who is eternal, and that is God Himself, and His Word endures forever. He can be trusted, for He is good, and loves us as His most precious creation.  I'm finding that the older I get, and the closer I get to that time when He'll either call me home, or I'll meet Him in the air... His trustworthiness and all of His eternal attributes mean more to me than ever before.  I know His Word is true, and I'm totally resting in it!  I do hope you are too!


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Welcome to the April ODBD Release!

ODBD Stamps: How Sweet the Sound, ODBD Dies: Layered Lacey Squares, Beautiful Borders, Fancy Foliage, Gilded Gate, Designed by Grace Nywening

Hello friends!   Welcome to the ODBD April release! 

I hope you've had the chance to see the full release.  If not, you can see it all HERE.  

As always, you have the opportunity to win some prizes just for visiting the design team's blogs and leaving a comment.  You will love the inspiration you will see on this hop!  Here are the details on how to win:

Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps found in the "stamps column" of the website just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until April 2, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on April 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!
For my card above I used the wonderful How Sweet the Sound set for my sentiment.  I also used the GORGEOUS Layered Lacey Squares dies.  *Swoon*!  I love this new die set and of course, I'm in love with the stamps too!  Past releases I used include Beautiful Borders dies (cut 2 so both front and back are on the lacey border), Gilded Gate Die, Fancy Foliage Dies, and the Shabby Rose Paper Collection.  I love the softness of this paper pack!  To embellish this card I used some gauze, flowers from Wild Orchid and Prima, and the flourish from the Fancy Foliage Die set.  I kept the colors just blue and white for a calming feel.

Here are the New Release products used on this card:


ODBD stamps, April Showers, ODBD dies, ODBD DP, designed by Grace Nywening

For my second card, I used the new Umbrella Die, the April Showers stamp set, and the Shabby Rose Paper Collection.  I wanted to create a sort of Victorian look to my umbrella/parasol, so I cut the base umbrella from brushed gold paper, layered with the tiny rose print from the Shabby Rose Paper Collection, and then added a little lace to the bottom.  I heat embossed the sentiment in gold on another piece of design paper from the same pack, and backed it with more of the same lace.  I embellished the umbrella handle with a spray of tiny silk flowers and a hand died wrinkled seam binding bow.  I wanted the paper to really show so I did not add tons of layers or "stuff" but chose some pearls from  ZVA Creative.  I like how it simple but feminine it came out.

Here are the NEW Release products used on this card:


  Here is the list of Designers participating in this hop:

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!