Friday, October 30, 2009

Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge - Thank You!

Hello everyone!  This week's Stampin Sister's in Christ Challenge was based on 1 Chronicles 16:34 "Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever".  What a great verse to hold on to!  For our challenge we were to create a card that expressed thankfulness for someone or something they have done, or that encourages someone to be thankful.  Well... I am behind on making Pastor Appreciation cards for Oct. October is Pastor Appreciation Month and Oct is almost over!!!   This should complete the number I needed so I made this for our Senior Pastor.  He has such a heart for the Lord and gives of himself sincerely day after day and I wanted to thank him for all that he does. My expressions of thanks will be written on the inside in the form of a personal note.

I used the sketch from this week's challenge on SCS which I had not gotten to try yet.  I also used some fantastic new designer papers from Our Daily Bread designs that Kelley sent us this month with our stamps.  This paper is by S.e.i. and is called Moravia.  There is a copper foil in it that just glistens in the light.... of course, it's again dark and gloomy out so my inside shots never show that quite as well.  But you get the idea.The card base is Not Quite Navy and the copper is Prisma Metallic, also from Our Daily Bread designs.

The cross image is from Our Daily Bread designs called The Cross of Christ.  I embossed it with Copper embossing powder by Ranger.  I pulled out a tool I haven't used in forever... my spritzer... I can't even remember if that's the exact name for it! LOL!  I spritzed my Very Vanilla layers with some Creamy Caramel and Chocolate Chip, then sponged with T Holtz Distress Ink.  The sentiment is My Sentiments Exactly which fit perfectly in this Spellbinders Label Trio.  I used Spellbinders Label #5 for the main panel, SB Lattce Pendant element for the copper decor around the image, Sizzix corner die cuts and an EK Success edge punch using the negative parts for my blue scrolly decor.  I used copper brads and that's all the decor... I wanted to keep it masculine and fairly clean.  I hope he will like it.

Check out the Stamping Sister's in Christ Weekly Challenge! A new one is given every Sunday and there are great prizes up for grabs!

Before you go... let me remind you to come back on Sunday, Nov 1  for the Our Daily Bread designs November Release Blog Hop!  Start at the NEW ODBD Blog for a complete list of Design Team participants, then hop along, commenting on each blog and collecting their secret word/words.  Those who complete that simple requirement and return to the ODBD blog to tell us they have done so will be given an email address to write to me with the secret words and the names of the girls who had them.  One very Blessed winner will receive the ENTIRE new release!  You will have until 8PM EST on Tues. Nov. 3 to complete the hop, and email me at the special email address on the ODBD blog.  Do not email me from my own blog... it will get lost and not be in the drawing. 

Also... check out the ODBD DT Challenge beginning Nov. 1!  Our challenge will help you get your Christmas cards made and give you a chance to win a fabulous prize besides... so check back for that as well!

Have a blessed weekend and see you Sunday!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

MMSC25 ODBD Sneak Peek - Luke 2:11

Hello everyone! This is my submission for Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 25. I will try to get a better photo in daylight tomorrow, because IRL this really glistens! But here is what I did:

I used one of the great new sets being released by Our Daily Bread designs on Nov. 1 called "Luke 2:11". I just love these sets! There are so many wonderful verses, Scriptures and the images are so finely detailed... they look wonderful heat embossed! So Kelley sent us all some great designer papers this month to use on our cards... and this one is S.e.i. Moravia. In real life the copper foil design really really pops... but in my photos, I had "spots" of shine so I opted for a photo that didn't have much at all rather than blind you with spots of shine. Maybe tomorrow when I can get outside.

The image itself is stamped on Very Vanilla and embossed in Copper Embossing Powder by Ranger. My base is Papertrey Dark Chocolate, mat is Very Vanilla sponged with Chocolate Chip, then the S.e.i. dp. I used a Spellbinders Lattice Borderabilities double cut for my center panel, the Spellbinders Buckle is cut from CopperMettalic (Prism) and the flowers are Spellbinder's Poinsettias (smallest 2 sizes). I used my embossing tool to vein the flowers and then sprayed with glimmer mist. You might see that if you click on the photo to enlarge. I sponged all the vanilla layers and sprayed all layers with Bronze Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels. I used a Martha Stewart Punch for the holly leaves and veined them with my embossing tool. I used an EK Success Edge Punch to get the negative parts for my scrolly copper elements. I finished off with Copper Microbeads.

This looks so much better IRL, but I was hurrying tonight to get this posted. I hope you have a blessed night and don't forget to check back on Nov 1. for the Our Daily Bread designs release Blog Hop. Hop along the DT blogs for a chance to win the ENTIRE release!!! Start at the ODBD New Blog here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Sneak Peek in the Rain!

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday! I decided to play along today in the SCS Color Challenge: Black, Kraft and Cameo Coral. I had fun making this card as I am using some brand new toys from Our Daily Bread designs. There are three absolutely gorgeous sets to be released Nov. 1 and there will be a blog hop and the chance for you to win the Entire Release! So please check out the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog on Nov 1 and good luck!

So today I am so sorry my photo is so bad. In reality this card has lots more color contrast and pop than shows in my photo, but as is so often the case with glimmery cards on rainy days, you just can't capture the glimmer. In any case, here is what I did:

I started with a Kraft tag and with VersaMark Dazzle Champagne, I stamped the sheet music from Amazing Grace the Hymn. Then I lightly sponged on cocoa pastels to pop it out a bit. Then I stamped just the corners of the Poinsettia Corner stamp from the soon to be released set "Luke 2:11" in T Holtz Distress Ink. I sponged all around the tag with various T Holtz inks. I then stamped the Scripture from "Christmas Blessinge" with Stampabilities Black Pigment Ink and clear embossed. My poinsettias are also stamped with Stampabilities Black Pigment Ink on Watercolor paper and clear embossed, then water colored with SU! Markers and cut out. The set actually has lots of gorgeous scrolly vines and leaves that make a gorgeous corner treatment, but I cut a lot of that off for this more vintage feeling card. My base is Papertrey, then there is a layer of SU! Kraft, then the DP is from Memory Box Spiceberry. Everything... all layers and even the lace is sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Suede Between the black embossing and the glimmer mist, there is a pretty glimmer to this card. Perhaps Thurs. when the sun is supposed to come out I can get a better photo.

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek and I hope you will be back on Nov 1 to hop along for a chance to win the entire new release!!! See you at Our Daily Bread Designs' Brand New Blog!

Friday, October 23, 2009

God's Gift of Love Stair Step Card

The Stampin Sister's in Christ Challenge this week was to make a card that depicted the Nativity or in some way reflected the true meaning of Christmas.  I immediately thought of this older SU! set.  I used the Stair Stepfold technique found here to create this card.  My images are stamped with Memento Ink and colored with Copics.  The card itself is made on GP White and then designer paper from The Paper Co. was added.  The framing for the star/cross is Not Quite Navy.  I overstamped the star with the cross from Refuge and Strength (also SU!) using So Saffron.  I then added  Hero Arts crystals to the rays of the star.

This was a super quick card to put together and would be very doable in mass for a Christmas card. 

Thanks as always for looking!  Your visits and comments mean so much!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

MMSC24, FTTC38, Elegant Poinsettia with lots of bling

Hello everyone!

I made this card for a couple of challenges. I used the Midnight Madness sketch24 and Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge to use Watercoloring.

I stamped my Flourishes image in VersaMark and heat embossed with Fine Detail Gold embossing powder by Ranger twice. I cut out the image twice so I could pop up some of the petals. The paper I used is that semi glossy cs I have used before that came from an office supply store. To see my description of this technique on this cs click here. I love using this glossy paper because there is a rich gloss to the finished design. (I am not sure whether a very glossy cs would work the same way or not.) I lightly wet the paper and then touched SU! Markers in appropriate places using Pretty in Pink and Blush Blossom to color the poinsettia. I did the same to the two die cut panels from my Spell Binder's Fleur de Lis center die.

For my sketch, I used a base of Papertrey Dark Chocolate, then Old Olive and then the Designer Paper is SU! Holiday Treasures. I still love this paper and am so glad I hoarded a bit of it last year so I can use it now! LOL! I used my SB Label #6 to cut the green label and embossed it, then did the same with Brushed Gold from the Paper Co.. I added the small Fleur de Lis die cuts in the green behind the gold, added lots of pearls from ZVA (available soon from Our Daily Bread designs). The image is popped up on dimensionals on both layers. I love how this one came out! I hope you do too!

As always, thanks for looking!!! Have a blessed week!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Blinged Up Snowy Blast!

Anyway, I got up this morning eager to do some stamping and then a neighbor needed a ride to town... so I'm off to a late start, but I made this card for today's Sketch Challenge on SCS. Anne (jdmommy) had originally inspired Roxi's choice and I just had a blast with it!

The image is Impression Obsession and is stamped with Memento onto Neenah CS and colored with Copics. I masked the scene and sponged the sky with Bordering Blue and Brocade Blue, then some Memento London Fog. The base of the card is SU! Kraft (thanks again to Dawn). The designer paper is The Paper Studio and the blue is Bazzill Textured.

I used my Cuttlebug Swiss Dot EF and added Fun Flock to the pom poms. There are Dazzling Diamonds on the snow lines. The pearl flourishes are from ZVA and will soon be available from Our Daily Bread designs Store. I added some blingy snowflakes from my stash.

Hope you enjoyed this wintry blast! I have a passion for snowmen and just hope we get a little snow here so I can go play in it!!! LOL!

Have a wonderful day!

If you'd like a little spiritual inspiration, please visit Women to Women. My devotional is up this week and I'd love to have you visit!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Little Book of Encouragement

Today I'm sharing with you a project I made with the October released Our Daily Bread Designs sets. I love these sets because they are so versatile. They are all coordinated and work beautifully for Sympathy cards, Masculine cards, and even Christmas cards! (Click here To see a Winter Scene I made with this image where I masked out the boat and cat tails and gave it a wintry look.) Anyway...My husband gave me a Zutter Bind It All for our Anniversary in August and this was my first project with it. I started out small, using the 4 X 4" covers. I used the Zutter 1/2" Antique Brass O Wires and the 1/2" Corner Rounder for this project.
I wanted to keep this little booklet masculine, and I decided to use verses and sentiments from the sets that could be encouragement for anyone going through a rough time.

Project Details:

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs With Deepest Sympathy, Praying for You, With Heartfelt Sympathy
Ink: Archival Sepia, Jet Black, SU! Sahara Sand, THoltz Distress Ink in Tea Dye
Card Stock: Chocolate (Martha Stewart), True Thyme, Very Vanilla
Designer Paper: First Blush (Prima Marketing), K&Co, Brushed Gold - The Paper Studio, The Painted Desert (unknown brand)

Cover - Spellbinders Label #3, Stamped image from With Deepest Sympathy onto The Painted Desert DP (see photo to Rt... it's on the back side of the cover too) I thought this DP already had such interest to it with the waves of color so I stamped in a position where some of the gradations of color formed the horizon line in the background. Then I very lightly added some color with Prisma Pencils & OFMS. This Designer Paper is my theme that runs through the whole book. I covered my Kraft covers with the Chocolate, then added a layer of True Thyme followed by The First Blush DP, both of which were sponged with TH Tea Dye. Added a strip of trees punched with MS Edge Punch, linen twine, Punched greenery, strips of chocolate paper topped with the punch outs from my Fleur de Lis Spellbinder used on page 1. I glued these cut outs to recreate some cat tails outside my scene. Added the Hope brad. The main panel is popped up on dimensionals.

Page 1 - Covered page with Chocolate CS. Sentiment from With Heartfelt Sympathy. SB Label #5 sponged with Tea Dye and Choc. Chip. Mounted sentiment on a Spellbinders Fleu de Lis Pendant cut out of the Painted Desert DP. Added antique bronze brads.

Page 2 - Base of Chocolate, then layer of K&Co DP. Spellbinders Label #7 cut from Vanilla and Chocolate. Stamped verse from With Deepest Sympathy in Archival. Used gold gel pen to draw in some pages and added chocolate ribbon for book mark, and antique brushed gold cut with SB Flourishes.

Page 3- Base of Chocolate, then two different DPs from The First Blush. Stamped cat tail image from With Heartfelt Sympathy lightly in Sahara Sand, then over that stamped verse in Sepia from the same set. Cut and embossed SB Label #5. Added bling from BasicGrey.

Page 4 - K&Co DP, SB Labels 4 for sentime nt and 2 behind that in Chocolate. Stamped the dragonflies from With Heartfelt Sympathy lightly in Sa hara Sand, then the verse from "Praying for You" in Sepia. Added piercing and bling.

Punching all the layers was the last step, and I had no problem punching through them. I added the 1/2" O Wires and did have a little trouble getting that perfectly round... I guess there's a "knack" to it as mine is just slightly off round. However it's close enough that the pages flip freely and you really can't notice that they are not perfectly round. I had a blast with this project. We have so many friends right now who are struggling with life threatening illness, and while it is often difficult to make good cards for men, I think this little book would make a great gift of encouragement for any man. Thank you for stopping by and seeing my project! Have a blessed week!


Friday, October 16, 2009

A Little Baby Onsie All in White

Hello everyone!
I made this little Onsie for two challenges.... the Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge which was to make a card based on Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you..." (NIV)

The challenge was to make a baby card or project, or a card for an expectant mother (or expectant parents)...perhaps even try your hand at a shaped card.

Well.... you didn't have to ask me twice on that last point!

The other challenge I made this card for is one that a group of friends do each week over on SCS. This week we were to make an all white card. The ribbon, embellishments... everything had to be white. We could use black or gold for a sentiment. As soon as I saw that challenge I thought of a Baby Onsie... so combining the two challenges was a natural.

I thought I had a template for these onsies but I could not find it so I made this one myself on scrap paper. I cut my card stock for a standard A2 card with a top fold. I used my 1 1/2" circle punch for the neck and legs, just lining them up with my template for placement, then I traced the sleeves and sides and hand cut.
I ran the whole card through my Big Shot with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dot Embossing Folder. Next time I would do the front and back seperately but I didn't do that so I have the elevated dots on the front and on the inside where my sentiment goes. I added white ribbon, little white K& Co Adhesive Paper Ribbon around the neckline, sleeves and legs. I stitched a seam on the bottom and added brads for snaps. Across the chest I cut three of the little patterns out of my ribbon and adhered them to the ribbon, then punched holes in the centers and added tiny button brads. I backed the whole front on the inside with a lining to cover the brad backs. On the inside I have a sentiment that simply says Baby in various patterns. When I actually need the card I will personalize it more.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Everything is Beautiful In It's Time

Hello everyone! I made this card for today's Way To Use it Challenge on SCS, Autumn Leaves. We were to incorporate leaves in our design. I also made it for the MMSC23. I used leaves for that page element instead of the fan shapes. It also is for Christian Papercrafts Magazine Bible Verse Thursday Challenge... to use fall colors and a Scripture about seasons.

My base is Papertrey Dark Chocolate. The dp is BasicGrey Indian Summer which I stitched with a vine leaf stitch in chocolate. The image is stamped on dp and embossed in copper and is from Inkadinkado. The leaves are stamped in T Holtz Distress Inks... Scattered Straw, Rired Brick and Pink Needles, then sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Yellow Daisy and Bronze. The sentiment is Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 1 and is stamped on white, then sprayed with the Glimmer Mist after sponging fired brick on the outside border. I added ribbon, bling and some tiny strips of paper that I curled on my piercing tool. It is raining today so the inside shot does not show the glimmer to the image, leaves and sentiment but they are so pretty IRL!

Thanks so much for looking!!! Have a blessed night!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Praying for you in Indian Summer

Hello everyone! I am so excited today! My friend and fellow ODBD DT Member, Chris Olsen, otherwise known as Glowbug, was today's Featured Stamper on SCS!!! Well.... let me tell you that her gallery is more eye candy than I can handle in one day! I could spend all week in her gallery! But I set my sights high and chose one of her signature cards that is simply layered up and embellished up to the hilt! I just had to try this gorgeous card! I should know better than to try to case somthing so close to perfection... but I had to try!

I changed the colors a bit, the papers, the set used, and I omited the paper clip with the pearls. I did however remain true to the basic layout, and I did use an ODBD set, as well as a Chelsea Rose Prima from the ODBD Store.

I started with a base of So Saffron which I sponged with T Holtz Distress Ink in Fired Brick. Next was a layer of Cameo Coral, also sponged, followed by a layer of Bo Bunny red designer paper, and then a layer of BasicGrey Indian Summer. I did sew on this card, but only one layer. I just got a new sewing machine and this was my first time playing with it! Can't wait to see all the pretty stitches it has!!! I used Spell Binders Lattice Pendant, Flourish Accents, and Ribbon Tag Trio #2, as well as my EK Success Edge Punch. I sponged some unknown gold satin ribbon with the same ink and tied it with gold cord. I was dying to try metallic gold thread today like she used, but with so new a machine, I didn't want to risk that until I have a better feel of the machine, because often metallic thread is difficult on sewing machines.

My sentiment is from the Oct. Our Daily Bread Designs set "Praying for You". I stamped it with VersaMark and embossed with gold.

Anyway... That's a wrap for today! Chris... it's nowhere near as gorgeous as yours but I hope you still like it! Congratulations! This is soooo well deserved!!!

Have a blessed Sunday everyone!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Inspired Faux Embossing and Faux Stone

Hello everyone! Happy Saturday!

I actually made this in the wee hours of the morning when I saw the Inspiration Challenge on SCS last night. I chose this necklace for my inspiration but let me tell you ... I could have chosen any of them! This is a gorgeous Etsy shop (TZaddiShop)! Check it out!

I wanted to recreate the gloss of her glass necklace so I decided to try the faux stone technique for my bg, using T Holtz Alcohol Inks and copper mixative. Then I wanted the faux embossed look so I stamped my images from the Oct. release by Our Daily Bread designs, With Heartfelt Sympathy first with Archival Sepia, and then overstamped just a little off with Archival Jet Black. Unfortunately the photo just looks out of focus but in real life, the sepia just colors in the lined images a bit for more definition. I have tried numerous photos and I just can't get one to show that... perhaps because in order not to have glare I also don't have the proper light to show it??? I'm not sure but I might try again later.

My base is Basic Black and the matting is Core-dinations. I did the faux stone technique on glossy cs and used scraps of copper to die cut my frame topper with a Spellbinders frame die and the little corners are a Sizzix die cut and embossed with a CB EF.

Quick and simple once the bg paper was made. Hope you like it! Thanks so much for looking!

Have a blessed weekend!!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Blog Candy Alert!

I am loving these stamps from Belles and Whistles!  Jodi has one to give away! 

If you'd like a chance to win this stamp for your very own...
1. Post about it on your blog.
2. Leave only one comment on this post.
3. You will have until Friday October 8th at 11:59PM PST
The winner will be announced Saturday October 10th, good luck!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Masking out to make a Winter Scene

Hello everyone!  I hope your week is going well!

I was excited to get to play along on the SCS sketch challenge today.  I have had this idea in my head for a while and today was the day I got to try it!  This image is from the Newly Released Our Daily Bread designs set "With Deepest Sympathy".  If you look just 2 posts below you will see the image the way it comes.  There are cat tails in the foreground and a row boat on the opposite shore.  I wanted to make a wintry scene and see if I could make this a Christmas card, so I taped over those elements when I inked my stamp, then removed them and this is what I got.  This is also for the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge.... to show nature praising and bringing glory to God!

My image is actually stamped on some glossy paper from the office supply store.  I have used it to water color before so I knew it could be done.  It does require a slightly different technique, in that you don't use as much water and only barely wet your paper first.  You pretty much work in small areas and get it down how you like it before moving on because the paint does not move around as much as it does on water color paper.  That said, I knew I could water color on it and not ruin it at all, so I used my SU! Markers and painted on a variety of blues for an icy effect.  The glossy paper really makes the scene shine.  I mixed a little dazzling diamonds in with Polar White Flower Soft and added that to my trees, banks and a few piles of snow on the dock.  I used my Spell Binders Label 4 to cut the image panel out.  You will be able to see the sparkle and the flower soft if you click the image to enlarge it.

The sketch was from SCS and I did tweak it just a tad.  I used Bazzill as my base, then a layer of glossy cs run through with the snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I used my Martha Stewart punch to punche the white strip on both sides and then I spritzed all the white layers with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Pearl.  Love that stuff!!!  The blue textured layer is ProvoCraft, also gorgeous!

The ribbon is May Arts and the snowflakes are punched and popped up on dimensionals in a double arrangement.

I hope you like my slightly different take on this stamp.  I just wanted to show the versatility of these images!  Thanks for stopping by!  It means so much to me!

This scene makes me think of Ps. 96:12..."Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the Lord".  Having lived in Maine for many years... I can tell you that there is nothing much more beautiful that those gorgeous Hemlocks ladened with crisp pure  white snow!  Heaven and Nature certainly do sing of His glorious works!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!  God bless!


Happy Birthday Kelley!

Today, my card is specially made for Kelley Holland, owner of Our DailyBread Designs!

It's her birthday and several of us on the DT got together and decided to post a birthday card to her today, using any ODBD Stamp set.

I used Happy Birthday! I know... not that clever, huh? Well... my sentiment is on the inside. I thought the image that came with the set would be perfect for fall, so I pulled out my BasicGrey Indian Summer, Bazzill yellow and Chocolate Chip for my base.

I stamped the image on Neenah card stock with Memento Ink and colored with Copics. I cut the circle out of white cs and sponged on T Holtz Distress Inks in Tattered Rose and Scattered Straw . Then I spritzed the entire thing with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Iridescent Gold. Wow! Did that ever sparkle then! Can't tell in the photo because it's very cloudy out and my inside shots never seem to show shimmer, but it's there. I mounted the image panel on a Spell Binders Lattice Pendant cut from Bazzil and then lightly sponged with TH Tattered Rose. I used the SB Lattice Edgeability for my ribbon treatment. I popped up the image on dimensionals. Kelley's favorite color is pink and it's got a good bit of pink in it but it's still those fall tones... I hope she likes it!

Happy Birthday Kelley!!! It's in the mail... a little late I'm afraid, but it's coming! Hugs! :)

Monday, October 5, 2009

New Technique: Faux Suede

Hello everyone! Happy Monday!

I played with the technique lovers challenge today... faux suede. Unfortunately my photo isn't the best to show the suede panels... but the light tan (Creamy Caramel) are the faux suede..

I also wanted to play along with the Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge this week, which was based on Ps.97:1 " The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the oceans be glad".

We were to make a card showing the earth, seas, trees, mountains... rejoicing. I thought of this beautiful scene that shows so much of the beauty of nature that God created rejoicing!

The image is from this month's new releases at Our Daily Bread designs... With Deepest Sympathy. I did not make this into a sympathy card however... I just made it masculine and plan on putting a sentiment inside on this one, though there is room for a sentiment on the outside as well.

This image makes me think of the 23rd Psalm... "The Lord is my shephard, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul..."

I stamped the image with Archival Jet Black on Water Color paper and watercolored with SU! Markers, using a wet on wet technique.
The base is Bazzill basics, the textured blue is ProvoCraft and the faux suede is creamy caramel.

I did sew the blue panel to the base this time and so sorry I did because my sewing machine got all messed up and I ended up doing closer to a satin stitch than a zig zag to cover up the mess. Oh well..... that's why I rarely sew on my cards, because my machine hasn't worked right since I rehopolstered my sun room furniture! Have to get it fixed!!!

I did faux stitching on the faux suede so I wouldn't mess that up. I pierced the faux suede corners, added some twine and used the Martha Stewart Leaf Edge Punch for the panel outside and inside.

That's about it for today!

I hope you are enjoying this Monday! It's raining here and I'm enjoying it! Great stamping weather!!! Have a blessed day!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Inspired Thinking of You

Hello friends! I hope you are having a blessed weekend!

I decided to play again in the Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge this week...

It was based on this wonderful verse:
Psalm 19:14: Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight Oh, Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

I love this Scripture! I love to pray this to God often. It reminds me of a dear old lady we knew in our Church many years ago... she would close every prayer with this verse! Anyway...we were to make a card for someone... a thinking of you or praying for you type card.

I also wanted to play the Inspiration Challenge over on SCS. I chose this as my inspiration piece, from the Kir DeVris Website. I used Bazzill for my base, layered with white and then on the back of another sheet of the Bazzill I stamped my image from Get Well, a Sept. release from Our Daily Bread Designs, in Craft White and embossed with White EP. I stamped the image twice so I could cut it out and pop up the butterflies later. I stamped the sentiment from the Sept. coordinating set, Thinking of You with VersaMagic Niagra Mist and clear embossed. I cut the sentiment out with a Spellbinders Ribbon Slide, sponged lighty and mounted over a panel I cut twice with my SB Lattice Borderability. A little ribbon, a little bling in the way of pearls and crystals, and a few butterflies I punched with my MS punch and stamped with the flourish from this set, and I was done.

I don't do CAS well... this was my attempt at it and while I think I captured the IC piece, that's about all I can say. I need more practice at CAS! Also, the color in the photo looks gray but it is really a misty green and quite a pretty color.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop and look and have a blessed weekend!


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Our Daily Bread Designs Oct. Release and Blog Hop!

Hello everyone! Today's the big day! Our Daily Bread Designs has just released three new sets and they are fantastic! I hope you've been enjoying the sneak peeks some of us have been giving you! These sets are all coordinated and have many wonderful sentiments and Scriptures for Sympathy cards, Thinking of You cards, and the images actually make some awesome "masculine" cards in their own right!!!

Today, I'm showing you one of the Scriptures (1 Jn 2:17) in this set which I heat embossed in gold over a light stamping of the Cat Tails image with Bordering Blue ink. Both of these stamps are from the "With Heartfelt Sympathy" set. To emboss, I stamped with VersaMark and used Super Fine Detail Gold by Ranger. It was cloudy and the photo could be better, but if you click it to enlarge I think you can see all the details.

I used a Bazzill base, layered on brushed gold by The Paper Studio, then designer paper from BasicGrey Wisteria. I used this week's Mojo Sketch 106 for my layout. I cut the sentiment panel from Very Vanilla with my Spell Binders Label #5 die and sponged with Bordering Blue lightly. I cut the frame for my sentiment out of Brushed Gold with the SB Lattice Pendant and then embossed it. I cut a very vanilla panel and embossed it with the CB Fleur de Lis folder, then lightly inked with Bordering Blue. I cut one single Fleur de Lis out for my little square element on the right. The ribbon is May Arts, and the tiny pearls are Recollections. I have been working on some great masculine cards with these sets so today I wanted to make a more elegant example for you. Even though sympathy cards are our most difficult ones to make... these sets will give you all the right words!!!

Now on the the Blog Hop details....

Hopefully you came here from Silke's Blog. If so, you are in the right place, and from here you need to go to:
I'll give you a couple extra links just in case any of the links are broken:

If you did not get here from Silke's Blog, be sure to go to the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog and start the hop from there, making sure you comment on each one! When you are all done commenting, go back to the ODBD Blog and tell us two things:
  1. That you did indeed visit each Designer's Blog and left a comment, and
  2. Tell us what you liked best about these new sets!
That's all you have to do! There will be candy hidden along the way on THREE different Blogs and you will not know where it is! Even the Designers don't know themselves *yet*!

You have until 6PM EST on Friday, Oct 2 to make your comments in order to be qualified to win! At that time, three of our Designers will be randomly selecting a winner and I will be posting those names on the ODBD Blog on Sat. Oct 3! So be sure to check back there on Sat. to see who won!!! Have fun and be blessed today!