Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Love You to Pieces!

Hello friends!  I'm so happy I was able to make another card using the Our Daily Bread Designs April new release before having my surgery!  As I post this, I am preparing to have surgery tomorrow afternoon.  I am totally at peace with the decisions I have made for my surgery, and am not anxious at all!  In fact I am looking forward to finally getting this cancer out of my body and moving on to the next phase!

I used Quilted with Love for my sentiment, and the Log Cabin Quilt Die to create my "corner" treatment.  I offset that with a die from the ODBD  Decorative Corner Die set, and I cut the sentiment with an ODBD Mini Tag Die.  I matted everything with Neenah Solar White 140 lb card stock and the patterned papers are from the new Americana Quilt Collection.  Quick and simple but I am really loving this new quilt die!  I hope to get the rest as soon as I'm back up and able to create again.

This journey with cancer, chemo, surgery and soon radiation has really offered many special blessings along the way, in spite of the difficult times!  One of those blessings has been how many people have stepped up to help us in some way,  and whom I truly do love to pieces!!!  Words can't even begin to express my gratitude to my family and friends for all they have done to help during this time!  I have a feeling I will be writing thank you notes for a long time to come and still won't be able to thank everyone!!!  Friends and neighbors have brought us meals,  given gift cards to restaurants so my hubby can pick up a to go order on days I'm not up to cooking,  sent innumerable gifts and hand made treasures from the heart which have nourished our bodies, our souls and our spirits, blessed us with visits, calls, cards, and most especially prayers!  How can I ever thank them enough?  I really can't, but I can try... and that is with just a simple word of thanks and love to all the wonderful people who have blessed us so!  If you are among those who have been praying for me... please accept my note of gratitude and love!!!  I truly feel blessed beyond measure!!!  


Friday, April 1, 2016

Welcome to the April ODBD release!

Hello friends!  Welcome to the ODBD April release!   I'm so happy to be feeling well enough to make a card to share for this release!  I have completed most of my chemo, which I considered the most difficult phase, and I have my surgery date for April 6th.  Thank you all so much for your prayers, and I would love it if you'd remember me on Wed. as I have surgery!  

In the meantime, I was thrilled to play with a little bit of the April release.  I used the new Log Cabin Quilt Custom dies,  the Quilted With Love stamp set for my sentiment, and the ODBD Cozy Quilt Paper Collection.  I also used the previously released Layered Lacy Squares Dies, and Filagree Frames Dies

My card is on a Very Vanilla base, and a much cherished Sage Shadow mat was used, which I embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder, and ran white ink over the raised embossed parts. I then cut the various patterns out from the new  Cozy Quilt Paper Collection, and began assembling my Log Cabin Quilt.  I decided to use a vanilla base for the quilt, so I cut an entire quilt pattern from vanilla and left all the pieces in it, adhering it together on the back with tape.  Then I adhered my patches to the vanilla, giving my pattern just a tad of lift instead of removing the corresponding vanilla strips and inlaying the patterned pieces.  I like this look personally, but you could certainly inlay it if you preferred.  

Folk lore says that the log cabin quilt represented cabins on the prairie with red center squares for the hearth, sunny warm tones on one side (representing the sunny side of the house) and cooler or dark tones on the opposite side representing the shady side of the house).  Because all the papers in the new collection are patterned, I used the log cabin quilt die to cut a perfectly matched red solid from the packaging for the paper.  I used the warmer yellows and reds on one side and the cooler greens on the other. I die cut a Lacy Square from vanilla card stock, and adhered the quilt to it.  I liked how just a tad of the lacy edges peeked out behind the quilt, making it quite proportional to the over all size of the quilt.  The sentiment is stamped and cut with a Filagree Frame die, and adhered below the quilt. Then I popped up the entire assembly using foam tape.  To finish the card I used a couple button pins, which I passed through a seam binding bow and crimped to the back and cut off the tips, then adhered that to the card with hot glue. I love how it came out and I must say... in all my quilting years, I have never created a log cabin quilt so quickly!!! 

I hope you have had time to see the entire release!  If not you can see it on the ODBD Blog.  Also, as always, there are prizes for hopping along with the design team!  Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25.00 Gift Code to the ODBD Store just for leaving a comment on the Design Team's cards!  You have until April 2, 2016 at 9:00 EDT to leave your comments for a chance to win!  Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on April 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

To recap, here are the new release products I used today:

Here are the links to the Design Team's Blogs:

Cathy * Dawn * Lori * Robin * Julie * Sandee 
Chris * Grace * Lisa * Sabrina 
Diana * Angie * Melissa

Thank you so much for stopping by!!!