Thursday, November 16, 2017

A special pre-release you won't want to miss!

To help you get a jump start on your Holiday Gift Giving, Our Daily Bread Designs is excited to offer a Pre-Order Bundle on the following products that we are releasing on December 1, 2017!  The Card Caddy & Gift Bag Pre-Order Bundle includes the following products: Card Caddy & Gift Bag Die, Gift Bag Handles & Topper Dies, Poinsettia Inset Die and a BONUS $5.00 ODBD Gift Code.    This special Pre-Order Bundle is shipping immediately and available for purchase through November 20, 2017!

I used the new new Card Caddy & Gift Bag die as well as the Gift Bag Handles & Toppers set and the Poinsettia Insert.  I also am giving you a sneak peek at a new stamp/die duo (called White as Snow) coming on Dec. 1, but it's only a little peek!  The dies to create this adorable gift bag or card caddy are available NOW at bundle pricing, and will ship immediately!  Additionally I used past releases: Peaceful Poinsettias, Fancy Foliage, Pine Branches, and Mini Tags

These are the new products available in this Pre-release bundle:

For more inspiration using the Card Caddy & Gift Bag Pre-Order Bundle visit Our Daily Bread Designs Blog.

Blessings and my Best Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving! 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Welcome to the NOV. ODBD release!

Hello friends!  Welcome to the Nov. ODBD release!   You have seen some samples already this month, and hopefully you jumped in on the special bundle pre-order, but today we're sharing more samples for your inspiration.  As always, we have prizes! 
Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 Gift Code to the ODBD Website  just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until November 2, 2017 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 November 3rd so be sure to check back there to see if you won!
For today's samples, I used  the new Winter Cardinal set. I made a more clean and simple one, and one more stepped up.  I'd love to hear which style you like better!  Above, I embossed the image in gold and below, I stamped it in brown ink and colored  the bird and berries and some leaves with Copics.  For the card above, I created a window with the ODBD Ovals dies so my image sits beneath the frame,  and layered brushed gold and red paper from the Christmas Collection 2017 Paper Pack. I cut the gold and red layers with the ODBD Pierced Rectangles an Double Stitched Rectangles dies and adhered to my white card base.  For the card below again I cut my layers of red and craft with the Pierced Rectangles and the Double Stitched Rectangles dies.   However instead of the window cut out, I just cut my image with an Ovals die and positioned it on my card.  For both cards, I used the Merry Christmas Border Die for my sentiment.  For the more stepped up card above, I also used dies from Lovely Leaves, Pine Branches, Pine Cones, Circle Ornaments and Christmas Candle.  I also added pearls for the berries and the cardinal's eye above.  So... which do you prefer?


Here is the NEW release set  I used today:

Thanks so much for stopping!

Here are the blog LINKS for the rest of the team:

Cathy * Lisa * Dawn * Sandee * Chris 
Angie * Kathy * Grace * Lori * Helen * Diana 

Blessings to you in this special season in which we focus our hearts and minds on how much we have to be grateful for! 

Monday, October 16, 2017

A Special Christmas Pre-release!

 Today through October 31st, Our Daily Bread Designs  is offering Pre-Order Bundle Specials on the November 2017 Release!   All November 2017 Bundle pre-orders will begin shipping on November 1, 2017 or sooner.   Please see the ODBD Blog for more details.  Please note that the individual items from the November 2017 Release will not be available for purchase until November 1st!

For my sample above, I used the new Winter Cardinal stamp set, Christmas Paper Collection 2017, and past releases: Pine Boughs, Lovely Leaves, Pincones, Small Bow, and Double Stitched Rectangles.  I stamped the image with Memento, colored with Copics and highlighted with the Copic white.  I die cut my greenery and pine cones and added stickles to each element as well as adding some to the image itself.  I stamped the sentiment and die cut it and the image with the Double Stitched Rounded Rectangle dies, and mounted it all on a piece of plaid paper from the new Paper pad. 

Here are links to the girls on today's hop. Hope you enjoy it!

Diana * Dawn * Lisa * Chris * Grace * Sandee * Lori * Helen


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Two more cards with the Oct. Release!


Hello friends!  I'm back with two more cards I made with the ODBD October release.  For this first card I used the new Be A Sunshine stamp set, and the Sunflower Die.  I also used Double Stitched Rectangles to cut almost all my panels.  Used the new Fall Favorites Paper Pack, as well as the Christmas Coordinating  2015 Paper Pack.  I added some loose burlap for a country feel, and tied the image panel with some gold twine.  The image is colored with Copics.  All the edges are distressed again for that country feel.

The second card below used the new Merry Christmas Caps Word Die, Pine Branches, Rounded Rectangles and Double Stitched Rounded Rectangles, as well as Merry Mosaics and the 2015 Coordinating Chrstmas Paper Pack.  I added a double cut of the Merry Christmas offsetting slightly for a shadow effect.  I sponged the edges of all my layers just a bit for contrast, and I added small pearls to the centers of the poinsettias which are also die cut twice for contrast.  It feels so good to have a couple Christmas cards done (for the release and today)!   Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Welcome to the ODBD October Release!

 Hello friends!  Welcome to the ODBD October release!  I cannot believe it is fall already, with Christmas just around the corner!!!   I am so happy that at ODBD we did not just hop right over fall and into Christmas.  We have a gorgeous sunflower set that I adore!  I love fall decorating, and the cool crisp feel of fall evenings.  I love the colors of fall, and this release really captures that feel.  However, we do have some new toys to get your Christmas card production under way as well!

As always, we do have prizes!  Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 Gift Code to the ODBD Website  just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until October 2, 2017 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 October 3rd so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

Now for the details on my cards.  The card above is a very simple card to make and lies pretty flat for mailing.  For this card I used the new Merry Christmas Caps Die, the new Rounded Rectangles and Double Stitched Rounded Rectangles dies, the new Pine Branches Dies, the new Christmas Coordinating  2015 paper, as well as the past release Christmas 2015 paper, Lavish Layers Dies, Peaceful Poinsettia Dies, and Pinecones Dies.  I used some brushed gold paper for my letters, pine boughs and the backing of the pine cones.  The printed paper is from the 2015 Christmas Pack, and the green mat behind the ivory layer is from the Coordinating 2015 pack.  I added one gold pearl.

For the card below, I used one of ODBD's Book Fold card kits for my card base.  I cut layers of patterned paper from the gorgeous new Follow the Son Paper pack  and the new Fall Favorites Paper Pack for the inside as well as the front.  I stamped two of the beautiful Sunflower images from the Be a Sunflower Set, then colored with Copics and die cut with the matching Sunflower Die.  The sentiment is stamped from the same set, and cut with the new Rounded Rectangles dies

For the front, I used one of my colored and die cut sunflowers mounted on some black corrugated card stock, which I layered on one of my favorite papers from the Follow the Son Paper Pack.  Some twine and a little button finished it off.  I hope you like it!

So to recap, here are the NEW RELEASE products I featured today:

ChristmasCoordinating2015 pic

Now, here are the links to the rest of the DT:

Sandee * Cathy * Dawn * Lisa * Lori 
Grace * Kathy * Chris * Angie * Diana

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed day!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Welcome to the ODBD Sept. Release!

 Hello everyone!  Welcome to the ODBD September release!!!  Can you believe it is September already?  Honestly I cannot!  Somehow I don't feel like I was done with summer!  LOL!  Well, whether I'm ready or not, it's here, and Our Daily Bread designs has come up with another amazing release!  If you have not seen the whole release, you can do so HERE.

As always, there are prizes up for grabs! 
Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 Gift Code to the ODBD Website  just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until September 2, 2017 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 September 3rd so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

Among the many things released today, my favorites are two awesome dies for special fold cards, along with dies for the layers!!!!  That is going to save bunches of time if you are a special folds person!!!  For the card above, I used the Tri-Shutter Card die as well as the Tri-Shutter Layers Dies.  I used the new Remembrance Stamp Set, and the new Stars and Stripes Paper Pack.  I also used past released dies:  Ovals Stitched Ovals, Balloons and Streamers, Sparkling Stars, Celebrate and Wish Word Dies, the bow from Circle Ornaments, and to cut the various elements added to the card, I cut many of them with the same Tri-Shutter Layers.  I decorated with various stars and balloons, some cut with the Stars and Stripes paper, and some cut from Silver Glitter paper.

I again used  Tri-shutter Card and the Tri-Shutter Layers on the card below.  I also used the new paper pack, Stars and Stripes.  For my stamps, I used the new set called Remembrance, and for the USA image on the center panel, I used the USA single stamp.  I used a few other dies from past releases:  The Deco Border, Ornate Heart Stitched Ovals, Pierced Rectangles, and Sparkling Stars.   I simply chose papers from the new paper pack for my layers and cut using the layers dies; used the card die to cut the base from 12" white Bazzill paper, and cut mats and adornments from the paper pack and from silver glitter paper.  I used a "faux" shaker technique, cutting the background with the Ornate Heart Die, then I added lots of little stars from the Sparkling Stars dies, and I cut another layer with the Ornate Heart Die, this time cutting from vellum.  I topped it off with a third cutting of the lacy outer border of the die and adhered that over my vellum layer.   I stamped the sentiment with Red pigment ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I did the same on white card stock for my other sentiment, which was cut and then matted with a Double Stitched Oval.  I used Memento inks to dual tone stamp the USA image, and cut that with a Pierced Rectangle.  My card is decorated with little stars and parts of the Deco Border die cuts.  It folds flat and is very mail-able.

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

So that's it for me today.   I hope you liked my samples and I hope you will love the fancy fold dies with their layers as much as I do!!!

Please stop by my DT sisters and be sure to leave a little comment so you are qualified to win one of the prizes being given away today!  Here are their LINKS:

Sandee * Cathy * Grace * Lisa * Angie
Lori * Chris * Dawn * Diana * Helen


Monday, August 7, 2017

Happy Birthday from your # 1 Fan!

Hello friends!   I hope you all are doing well!  I have one more fun card made with this month's release at ODBD!  I decided to make a masculine birthday card using the All Star Jersey set and the matching Sports Jersey Dies.  I chose the ODBD Plum Pizzazz Paper pack for this card.  I also used past releases: Sparkling Stars Dies, Balloons & Streamers Dies, Small  Bow Dies, and the Happy Birthday Script Die.  I stamped, colored and die cut the shirt, and then using different swatches of the paper, I cut the balloons, streamers, stars and little bow, as well as the happy birthday script  I didn't feel the lettering showed up well on my plaid paper so I added a strip of white and I like it this way better.  I finished with a little bow with a star in the center.  

If you know me, you know I don't do an over-abundance of masculine cards, so you can imagine how much I need a couple in my stash!  I love these fun sets and they have so many possibilities.  I think I will be using them a lot.

Blessings to you, and thank you so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Welcome to the August ODBD release!

 Hello friends!  Welcome to the August ODBD release!  This month we are celebrating all things sports!  It's a big release, and there's something for almost everyone!  I hope you have had a chance to see the release, but if not you can see it HERE.

As always, we do have prizes and here are the details:
Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 Gift Code to the ODBD Website  just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until August 2, 2017 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 August 3rd so be sure to check back there to see if you won!
For my card above, I used the ODBD Center Step card set and the ODBD Old Glory paper pack to decorate the fancy fold.   I used the new Football Stamp/Die Duo set, as well as the All Star Jersey set, and I used the Football die that comes with the Football set, and the Sports Jerseys Dies that coordinates with the All Star Jersey set.  I also used past releases: Double Stitched Rectangles dies, Double Stitched Pennant Flags Dies, and the Sparkling Stars dies for the little star on my twine bow.  I stamped the jersey twice, one on white and once on a blue paper from the Old Glory pack.  I stamped the shirt's sentiment on the white shirt, and I then paper pieced the white over the blue after cutting out the pieces I wanted to leave blue.  I stamped the footballs and die cut them with the included die, then I colored them with Copics.  I stamped the verse on white card stock and cut with the Pennant Flag die and layered that on my rectangle die cuts.  I "hung" the pennant from some twine which I topped with a tiny red star.  This was a fun card to make!

For my second card, I again used the Football Stamp/Die Duo set,  and the Old Glory Paper Pack.  I stamped my sentiment and cut with a Double Stitched Square die, and matted that with a regular Squares die cut from the design paper.  I used the football set to stamp the football, and colored with Copics, then die cut with the included die.  For my hand made goal, I used a Double Stitched Rectangle and a regular Rectangles die to cut a frame, and cut off the parts I did not need.  I finished off with a Grass Lawn die, cut from white.  While this is rather CAS, really it has enough layers to be interesting and yet is still quick and easy to put together.  


To recap, here are the NEW products I used today:

That's it for me today.  I know if you have kids, grandkids, or even friends with kids, you will find some fun stamps in this month's release.  Be sure to check out the rest of the DT's creations for lots of inspiration:

Cathy * Grace(me) * Angie * Sandee * Kathy 
Diana * Dawn * Lisa * Chris * Lori * Helen

Thanks for stopping by... 

Sunday, July 9, 2017


Hello friends!  I hope you are enjoying a wonderful Lord's day!  It's a beautiful day here in NC!  

Today I have another card to share using the July ODBD release.  It's pretty CAS for me but I actually like how it came out.

So I thought I'd catch you up on what's going on in my life, as many have asked.  I am doing pretty well, though I am having lots of pain issues, which presumably are from the medication I am on, and perhaps some from just being out of shape and old.  :(   I have been cleared to go until Nov. without seeing my Oncologist unless I develop symptoms.  The frustrating part of that is... what are symptoms?  If I called him every time I have a new pain he would be my personal Dr. and have no time for anyone else!  So... I wait and pray.

On another front, my hubby has been having some concerning symptoms where he feels like he is passing out, and sometimes does go to the ground, though he has not totally lost consciousness.   So he has been undergoing multiple tests, including a 30 day heart monitor.  The stress test did show a problem and the Cardiologist gave him some meds to stabilize his heart rate and make it beat more efficiently, and there is a procedure he will need to have done when the Dr can figure out which one of three possible  causes  is the reason for his symptoms.  He officially retired on June 2 and we haven't hardly had time to realize it, having lots of family here for 11 days, and with Alan having these tests.  It's been a busy time, but it was so special to spend this time with family from CA whom we don't get to see very often!   Our goals for the next few  months are to get our house ready to list, and get it on the market.  We have purchased land in TN near to our daughter and her family and look forward to building a retirement house there whenever the timing is right.  We have been traveling up there nearly weekly trying to tend to things there, and can't wait for this next adventure to begin! 

So as you can see.... there's no lack of excitement here!  But we are praising the Lord for His hand of protection upon us and continue to seek His leading in all these things.  We continue to thank you for your prayers.... they mean so much.... and we do covet them!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Welcome to the ODBD July Release!

 Hello friends!  Welcome to the July ODBD release!  Our theme this month is going tropical!   If you have not had a chance to see the full release yet, you can do so HERE.

As always, we have prizes! 
Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 Gift Code to the ODBD Website  just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until July 2, 2017 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 July 3rd so be sure to check back there to see if you won!
For my first card above I used the new Bon Voyage stamp set for my image and sentiment, and I used the Hibiscus Dies, Tropical Leaves Dies, and the Ferns Dies, as well as past releases, Lattice Background Die and Mini Tags.  I used papers from the Boho Bold Paper Pack for the blue background behind the lattice, and the big tropical leaves.  To create my hibiscus flowers, I played with a couple different techniques.  The large pink flower was colored using Derwent Inktense pencils, which are colored pencils which when you wet with water, the result is permanent ink.  I did this on watercolor paper, colored in the die's embossed veins, then used water to draw that out, leaving the veins darker and the surrounding area various shades lighter.  For the pink and yellow flower I sponged Memento Lux ink in to the center of the flower, following the embossed area of the flower die, then sponged the edges very lightly in pink ink, lightly drawing it inward on the petal, and then I took clear water on a brush and drew it more in toward the center, allowing the pink to penetrate into the embossed veins on it's own.  For the solid yellow flower  I just watercolored with my  cake  watercolors, using a tiny brush to add the veins.  I did a lot of hand embossing and curling of petals on my piercer to shape the blossoms, and for a couple of them, I snipped the blossoms a bit deeper toward the center so I could overlap petals or roll them a bit differently than the die allowed.  The yellow and pink one is not snipped at all and represents the die exactly as it is, and I scrunched up the petals before gluing.  I added the die cut stamens to which I had added flower soft and Mudd Puddles Maui to the centers.  I added some tropical leaves and ferns and stamped the sentiment, then die cut that with a Mini Tag.  It is tucked in with little pink satin ribbon.

For my next card, I used the new Bon Voyage stamp set, the Ferns dies, and the Fragnipani  Dies.  I also used the past released ODBD Custom Ovals dies, Pierced Ovals,  and the ODBD Baha Bold Paper Pack.   The scene is water colored on watercolor paper which I masked with an ODBD Oval die cut.  Once that was dry I added the front palm tree image and the distant palm trees using VersaMark ink.  I cut several ferns from the new Ferns die set, and a Fragnipani flower,  which I water colored and curled on my piercer.  I stamped the sentiment from the Bon Voyage set and die cut with the ODBD Custom pierced ovals, and matted with an ODBD Custom Oval die cut of paper from the Boho Bold pack.  I added one crystal to the center of my flower.  I also stamped an extra palm tree and hand cut the middle greenery so I could pop it up over my sentiment. 

I hope you enjoyed my samples today!  To recap, here are the NEW ODBD sets and links that I used today:

Now, here are the links to the other designer's blogs.  Just leave each a little love for your chance to win!

Cathy * Sandee * Lisa * Dawn * Angie * Grace * Lori * Chris * Diana

I have a lot going on at my house right now but am doing pretty well!  I continue to covet your prayers, and now please keep my husband in your prayers as well as he is having some concerning symptoms and having a lot of tests done this week.  Thanks so  very much!!!