Thursday, December 31, 2009

MMSC34 Confirmed

Hello everyone!  It's New Years Eve and I FINALLY got a few minutes to play in my stamp room!  This has been quite the week for me but I'm happy to say I got to make a card for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week.... and considering that I was just honored by being asked to be their Guest Diva for January...(Whoo Hoo!)   I just HAD to play!  Now this is the quickest card I've made in a long time!  It went together so quickly!  It was a fun challenge.

I am giving you another sneak peek at the January release from Our Daily Bread designs called Confirmation.  I stamped the image on Papertrey Vintage Cream with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain, and sponged.  I used a QuicKutz embossing folder for my background, used a Sizzix leafy vine and bird die cut, and cut the bird once in chocolate and once in cream, then offset just slightly for a shadow effect.  I ran my corners through the big shot with the Cuttlebug Textile folder and added pearls.  CAS and quick!!!  It's all I had time for tonight but I am in need of masculine mailable cards, so this should help  fill the need!

Please stop by tomorrow morning, 8am EST for the Our Daily Bread designs Blog Hop!  There will be great prizes.... yes... several of them!!!!  You won't want to miss all the inspiration the Design Team will have for you either!

Thanks for stopping by and I sincerely hope you have a most blessed New Year!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Hello everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  I certainly did!  I was so excited to be able to get to play in a couple of challenges today as well!  This is for Inspiration Challenge 212 on SCS and also for MMSC33.

I used this cute rug for my inspiration from Posh Tots.  My daisyd's designer paper immediately came to mind.  This site had the cutest kids things, so I decided to give you a sneak peek at a new Our Daily Bread designs set to be released Jan. 1 called "Noah's Ark".  It has lots of different possibilities in how you use it so be sure to check back on Jan 1 for the Our Daily Bread designs blog hop, when three lucky hoppers will have the chance to win this set or another set of their choice! 

I used the sentiment from Noah's Ark, stamped in Our Daily Bread designs Rasberry Ink on Papertrey White cs.  My base is Bazzill and the dp is daisyd's.  I used a QuicKutz Flourish frame die cut for my elements to create a square around the sentiment panel to fit the sketch, and the sentiment itself is cut with a Spellbinders Label #3.  I added ZVA Creative pearl flourishes, K&Co Paper Ribbons, and MS butterfly punch outs from the same paper.

Thanks so much for looking!  See you at the Hop on Jan 1!!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Blessings!

Merry Christmas to you all and may your New Year be blessed from above!

Please enjoy this video clip... if you are using explorer you might need to turn off my playlist at the bottom of the page first so it doesn't conflict.  Enjoy!  Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Quiet Waters in Winter

Hello everyone!
I hope you all are doing well and you who make all your cards are getting close to finished up!  I have to admit that I am still behind and with all the other things going on lately I have to admit I might not get them all out on time.  That said, it's the thought that counts and I know my loved ones will understand!

Today is Tuesday, so it's the day Our Daily Bread designs focuses on one of the Design Team to spend time with.  We had one "vacant" spot so I thought I'd show you a card I made as a Christmas card for my Mother and Father in law.  Kelley sent the whole Design Team these Flower Soft Globes and cards with our December stamps... just to play around with.  I immediately thought of the past set called Quiet Waters.

I water colored the image which was stamped with Archival Jet Black on H2O paper. After water coloring I added Diamond Glaze to the stream, giving it a glossy icy effect, and while still wet I added fine glitter.  I added in Polar White Flower Soft to some of the grasses that are sticking up through the snow, and I painted the snow with Angel's Wings Shimmerz.  I then added fine glitter to the globe and inserted it into the precut card.  The card itself is a tri-fold... so it's so easy to use!  You insert the globe in the precut oval, add your design behind it.  I taped it all around to seal, then you fold a third panel over that and adhere so the back of the globe is covered.  Your sentiment then goes on the inside of the card as usual.  So easy and such a nice way to make a big impact on a special card.  To mail this card I used an old card box from {horror of horror} a store bought box of cards. LOL!

I used a sentiment from the Dec. set "His Gift".  I stamped that in VersaMark and then in Our Daily Bread designs Steel Blue Ink and clear embossed.  I cut that panel and sponged lightly with Steel Blue around the edges.  The frame it is on is a Spell Binder's Fancy Tag which I elongated by running through the Big Shot part way and backing out, then running through from the other side and again pulling back.  I used The Paper Studio brushed silver for the frame and the Designer Paper for this card is Moment Jack Frost.  I used the small snowflake from the Dec. ODBD set Peace & Joy, embossing the same as the sentiment, then cut out with my Spellbinder's Create a Flake die cut.  I layered them over a Martha Stewart snowflake punch in glossy white and added some bling and flourishes from an EK Success punch. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I pray your Christmas week is filled with happy moments, wonderful memories, and most especially time spent thanking God for His most precious gift... that of His son Jesus, who paid the price for our sins so that we could be reconciled to Him!  There is no greater gift... and in this time of high charge card balances, high stress, rushed time... THIS gift is totally free!  All you have to do is accept it!  He offers it to each one!

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."
Matt. 7:7-8

Be blessed this Christmas!

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Gift

Hello everyone! Happy Monday!

Here is a card I made using Our Daily Bread design's new Dec. release, The Gift, designed by Dina Kowal. The detailing on this big poinsettia is gorgeous! It's a great stamp alone image, but also looks great colored, glimmered up, and any other way you can think of presenting it.

This card is on a base of Cranberry Crisp, layerd with Bazzill textured caramel, then The Paper Studio textured olive designer paper. The image is stamped with Chocolate Chip on Very Vanilla, ever so lightly watercolored with inks and sponged around the edges with chocolate chip. The sheer ribbon is from my stash. I used a piercing template from Ornare and added some liquid pearls and bling from BasicGrey. Fast and easy!

I hope in the busyness of the season you are taking time to ponder the wonder of the Gift God gave us in His one and only Son, who humbled Himself and came to this earth as a baby and lived among us, being rejected by those He loved, and eventually put on a cross to die.... to pay the penalty of our sins so that we could be reconciled to Him and spend eternity in heaven with Him when this life is over. There is no greater gift than this! I hope you can bask in the wonder of it all, and be filled with the Joy and Peace that only He can give!

Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

MMSC31 - a Gift set for Christmas

Hello everyone!  I hope you are having a great week!

I made this set for this week's Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge.

We were to use the sketch but also make an ornament or other gift idea to go with it.  I made an ornament using the same sketch.  The hardest part of this project was getting a good photo.  We have been having rain and clouds and all the sparkle on this set was hard to capture, but the sun "peeked" out a little bit today and I grabbed the camera!  I hope you can see the sparkle a little at least!

I used the Dec. release Our Daily Bread designs set Peace and Joy for my Snowflakes.  I stamped them in VersaMark and then Chocolate Chip, onto a soft blue paper from Memory Box dewfrost pack and heat embossed with Kaleidoscope EP.  I cut the large snowflake out with a Spellbinder's Label 3, and the small flake used to pop up the design with SB Create a Flake. I used Memory Box dewfrost designer paper for the sketch elements and mounted them on a Papertrey dark chocolate base.  I used Spellbinders the Fleu-de-lis Pendant cut twice for both the card and ornament and popped up in an offset pattern.  They are glittered with dazzling diamonds and are bright white, giving a little contrast to the soft blue panel the image is stamped on.  The ribbon is from M's and also wraps the paper mache ornament on the side.  The ornament is double sided, so both sides are equally pretty.


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a blessed week!

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Indescribable Gift

Hello everyone!  Happy Monday and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Here is a card I made Sat. for the Inspiration Challenge over on SCS.  We were to find our inspiration from the Charm Lady Boutique.  There were several that I drew inspiration from including a vintage charm with script in the background.  I used the new Our Daily Bread designs Dec. release set "His Gift" designed by Dina Kowal.  This was so easy and quick to make because the image is so beautiful just as it stamps... it does not need to be colored to be beautiful!  I stamped on very vanilla with chocolate chip ink and matted with very vanilla, deep chocolate by Papertrey and the textured chocolate designer paper is The Paper Studio.   I added some Spellbinder's flourishes in brushed gold scraps and a tiny bow and a few half beads and that was it!  Easy to reproduce in number and what a wonderful Scripture to remind us all of the true meaning of Christmas!

I hope you have a fabulous week!  God bless!

Friday, December 4, 2009

A single layer of snowflakes

Hello everyone!  Happy Friday!  I hope your weekend will be wonderful!

I made this card for today's limited supply challenge on SCS, which was to only use white cs, no designer paper, only white or clear embellishments, and only one color of ink, plus limit the layers.  I combined it with this week's Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge, which was to use a gift on our card.  Well.... my "gift" is the sentiment. Truly this is the greatest gift of all... the gift of God's Son, which we celebrate on Dec. 25th but  rejoice over  all year long, because truly the gift is indescribable!  When I think that the Creator of the Universe loved us so much that He sent His Son... perfect and sinless to pay the price for our sin so that we could be reconciled to Him and live in relationship with Him, and eventually spend eternity with Him in heaven, I am truly awestruck!

I used two Newly Released Our Daily Bread designs sets: "Peace and Joy" for the big snowflake image and "His Gift" for the sentiment.  I have wanted to make a window card with this image since I saw it, so today with my limited layers was the day!  I placed the largest die cut snowflake from Spellbinder's Create A Flake where I wanted my window and ran it through the Big Shot.  I embossed the large snowflake and centered on the inside of the card right behind and lined up with the die cut opening.  When the card is closed, the stamped image actually fits well in the cut out.  I embossed the sentiment and tucked it in to the snowflake cut out.  It is removable as a bookmark or even a verse to put on your frig.


I used many die cut snowflakes that I glittered with Dazzling Diamonds for the front, sponged the matting for the inside snowflake with Brilliance Silver and added a snowflake ribbon by Make it Christmas.

On the inside I have my embossed snowflake which I edged with Silver Brilliance Ink, and then I matted that on a white square I had sponged with the same ink to give a little definition.


How about that!!! I made a card that really is ONE single Layer!!! I need to mark this date! LOL!  Most of you know I'm not comfortable without several layers, but this has it's own charm.

Thanks for looking and have a blessed weekend!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

MMSC30 Angelic Greetings

Hello everyone!  I hope you are having a great week!

I made this card for MMSC30 and also for Flutter by Wednesday.
 My image is one I picked up at a yard sale and there are no markings on it so I don't know who made it.  I embossed it in silver and cut with a Spellbinders Label 6 and sponged with Soft Sky.  I added two of the smaller elements from the Spellbinders Hearts Pendant group and made my frame with them.  My snowflakes are Spellbinders Create a Flake and the smallest one is stamped with the smaller snowflake in the new Dec. release set from Our Daily Bread Designs, Peace and Joy.  I used a Martha Stewart punch for my matting and the designer paper is S.E.I. and it's all on a base of Metallic by The Paper Co.  I used the negative cut outs from my edge punch and the hearts to create the little snowflake elements.

I hope you like this quick card today... short and sweet!

Have a blessed day!  Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Blog Hop ~ Our Daily Bread designs December release and PRIZES!H

Peace and Joy Gift Set
Hello everyone!  Can you believe it?  It's December!  Christmas is just around the corner and Our Daily Bread designs is going to help you get the last of your Christmas cards done with two more great sets and lots of wonderful sentiments and verses! Today is the release of these new sets and to celebrate we have a blog hop for you to enjoy, be inspired by, and have a chance to WIN ONE Set of  your choice!!!

If you arrived here from Dawn's Blog, you are in the right place.  If you happened on my blog, you will want to go to the Our Daily Bread designs Blog and start the hop from there.  You will be collecting secret words from each of the design team's blogs, leaving a comment for each designer,  returning to the Our Daily Bread designs blog, leaving a message that says you have visited each designer and left a comment, then you will email me at the link given there, giving me the  list of the designers names with their secret words.  You will want to collect these in order because they spell out a special message to you from us!  All the designer's will be listed on the ODBD blog with links, so if you get lost along the way, simply return there for the next link.  To keep track of the names of each designer, it might be easiest to just copy the list right from the ODBD blog and then as you collect the secret words you can just fill them in next to the designer's name.  You have until 8:00 PM EST Dec 2 to complete the requirements!  So quick and easy... who wouldn't want to try?  This month Kelley, the owner of Our Daily Bread designs has generously offered TWO prizes.... so TWO lucky hoppers will be chosen by random to receive the set of THEIR choice!!! How fun is that?!!

Also, just a reminder that starting in January, Our Daily Bread designs will be hosting a monthly Design Team Challenge, and you all are invited to play along!  There will be awards and PRIZES... so lots of fun and extra chances to win coming up in the new year!!! 

Now on to my projects using one of the new release sets, Peace and Joy.

This card was made using a Trapeze Template.  It is  a brass template with piercing holes and there were pattern books available giving you lots of different options for patterns to "sew" and bead if desired.  I do not have and cannot find the book... so I cased an idea by Beverly Terry who owns Terryfic Times, where I bought the template. I just had to figure out a sizing that worked for me.  This is what the template looks like:
I cut a square of paper the size of the template, pierced the holes I wanted to use and strung my beads on silver thread.  After my pattern was made I cut the tiny supports, leaving just the outter border and the inner square, held together by the beads.  It is a fun way to pack a wow factor into a card.  For my card itself I cut out the "window" so that you could see through the beaded part to the inside and made a card within a card so that the pretty green background and snowflake image from the ODBD set, Peace and Joy would show through, but when you lift that panel, there is the sentiment inside that.  The snowflakes are stamped in VersaMark and embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Silver embossing powder.  The large one is hand cut, the small one is actually stamped on a Spellbinder's Die Cut (Create a Flake) sent to me by my great friend Chris. Thank you Chris!!!  The white one is covered in Dazzling Diamonds, not so visible on this dark day.

Here are the insides of the card... the lift up flap and inside that, the message:

...And here are the Ornament and Candle


I made a gift set using these images.... so perfect for an inexpensive but special gift that says you care!  The ornament has the large snowflake stamped on Acetate and embossed in silver and then inserted into the glass ornament.  On the outside I added another white SB die cut with the small snowflake embossed on it and added some bling from Memory Box.  A silver ribbon and fibers finish it off. I used an assortment of die cuts from Spellbinders and Sizzix to layer my snowflakes on the candle, then mounted them on a Spellbinder's Label 6 which I sponged with Olive Ink from Our Daily Bread designs.  The belly band is made with a Martha Stewart edge punch, a Cuttlebug embossed snowflake edge and some light sponging.

Project Details:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs - Peace and Joy

Card Stock: Papertrey White, Basic Black

Designer Paper: Chatter Box Holiday Holly, Brushed Silver from The Paper Co.
Accessories:  Trapeze Piercing Template, Silver Thread, White beads, Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, Spellbinders Die Cuts: Label 6, Create a Flake, Fancy Tags, Ribbon, Crystal Snowflakes- Memory Box, Dazzling Diamonds, Martha Stewart Punch

Now to continue on the hop from here, go visit Deb for more great inspiration!  My secret word is STICKS.
Have fun and good luck in the drawing!  God bless and thanks for stopping by!

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 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!