Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Beautiful Butterfly


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Hello everyone! I am back from visiting family...and ready to start blogging and crafting again! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to a happy new year!

Today I got to play in the sketch challenge over on SCS, and I used the color challenge from yesterday as well. This is a sneak peek at one of the new sets being released Jan. 1 by Our Daily Bread designs...Butterfly and the matching die cut. I just love how quickly these custom made dies cut! I colored this butterfly with Copics and added some ZVA Creative pearl flourshes in Midnight. The ribbon is May Arts silk. The punched panel is EK Success Lattice punch. My card base is Coredinations and the designer paper is Webster's Pages. I kept this one CAS and finished it very quickly. You are going to love all the new sets coming your way in just a couple days! Don't miss our Blog Hop on Jan 1 for a chance to win! See you then!

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Crafts and Me - Anything Goes
For Fun Challenges - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes
Aly's Sunday Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Anns - Anything Goes
OSAAT - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Anything Goes
Stamps R Us - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Crafty Emmas - Anything Goes
Moving Along with the Times - Anything Goes ('cept Christmas!)
Digi Doodle Shops Best - Anything Goes
Creative Crafts - Anything Goes
Fab n Funky - Quick n Easy
Craft your Days Away - Punches/Diecuts (diecuts)
Sew Many Challenges: Anything Goes!
The Beary Scrap Challenge: Pearls or Gems

Thursday, December 23, 2010



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Hello dear blogging friends! I prescheduled this post because I am with family this week, enjoying happy times and making treasured memories.... and most of all thanking God for His indescribable gift! To think that even in my rotten sinful state, GOD... the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End... the Creator of the universe, and the Sustainer of all things was mindful of me... just amazes me so much, I really can't fully fathom it! But I stand on His Word as true, and thank Him for so great a love... so great a plan that He would give His one and only Son, and that that Son would humble Himself and become a man so that He could pay the price for the sin of the world... WOW! He did all this because He loves us... you and me! No matter how sinful we have been, no matter what we have done, no matter how far from Him we are... He loves us and wants to have a personal relationship with us! So on this Christmas day... many of my thoughts and prayers will be in thanksgiving for His ultimate gift... Jesus... Emanuel... God with us! I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a new year filled with God's richest blessings!

I made this card using Layers of Color Poinsettia Frame cling art stamp and the Spellbinder's Label Sixteen. I love these beautiful frames and having them match the spellbinders dies just makes them even sweeter! LOC is excited to be a Spellbinder's Preferred Company! The designer paper is Graphic 45 and the cs is Gina K.

To see the other cards made by the talented Layers of Color Design Team, please visit their blogs:

My Design team sisters on the Stampin Sisters in Christ team have also left special Christmas cards for you, and you can see their creations on their blogs as well:

Chris, Linda, Peggysue, Randi (on break), Meisje, Rebecca, Lisa , Patti

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas to Birthday BLOG CANDY!


Merry Christmas to my Blog Followers!

I have decided to offer up some blog candy for my blog followers as a way of wishing you a Merry Christmas and to thank you for this past year of your faithful visits and comments that mean so much!
This candy will run from today through my birthday (Jan. 20) Random.Org will then select a winner and I will announce the winner on my blog in a new blog post soon thereafter.

Here is a list of what is included in the candy:
Spellbinders Label Four
2 packs Spare Parts Flower Brads
1 K&Co Flower Brad pack
2 QuicKutz Embossing Folders
1 Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Assorted Charms
ZVA Silk Flowers and Butterfly
1 jar Christmas mix Flower Soft
1 Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
1 BasicGrey Pack of Brads
3 Wood Mounted Stamps
1 Pack of 3 Jars of Stickles
1 Our Daily Bread designs Ink Pad
2 Martha Stewart Punches
2 Packs of ZVA Pearls
Assorted Ribbons
1 Making Memories 6 x 6 Paper Pad
1 Marths Stewart Bird Stamp Set
1 Pack Prima Flowers
1 Pack of Fibers
1 SU! Pack of Door Knob Hangers
1 Cloud 1 Rain Dots
1 Pack Paper Clips

Who knows... I might be adding a few more goodies as time goes on! To enter to win, please add your link to the linky tool below AND leave a comment just in case the Linky Tool goes down.... I want both please! Since this is for my followers, if you are not currently a follower I'd love to have you become one! I'd love your help in spreading the word by posting my candy in your side bar! Thank you and good luck in the drawing! And most of all.... MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Note: If you don't have a blog, you can just enter using your email address as the link and then your name and email again in order to fill the blanks in. Best of luck in the draw!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Though You are Little...


Welcome to another Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge! Today our challenge hostess is Peggysue. She has chosen a wonderful verse for this Christmas season! Micah 5:2

"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting."

Peggysue's challenge is to make a project using inchies.

What a great verse for this time of the year!!! Have you ever thought about how with God... so often the little, the humble, the poor are the ones He exalts? Bethlehem was just a little town but God honored it as the place in which His very own Son would be born. Years later, when Jesus had begun His ministry His disciples asked Him who will be the greatest in heaven. Jesus' answer was whoever humbles himself as a little child will be the greatest in heaven. (Matt 18:4) As humans, our tendency is to be impressed by wealth, power, position... but God is interested in inner qualities... qualities like humility, mercy, peacemaking, gentleness, purity. These are the things that impress God! Sometimes you and I may feel like little fish in a big sea... what can we do to make a difference in this world? Well... I have a feeling that God is honored by the little things we do that no one else even knows about! He tells us we already have our reward if we receive praise here on earth... but our reward is in heaven for those things we quietly do or say that have eternal value that no one might even know about but Him! So lets never forget that even the little things that we can do daily are very important to God! He can use us in the simplest of ways! When you think about it that way... it's pretty cool to be a little inchie, don't you think?

For my project I needed a tag for a package I had wrapped in this pretty snowflake paper. So in keeping with the "little" idea, I used my inchies on a little tag. I used the smallest snowflake from the Our Daily Bread designs set "Peace and Joy" and I cut it with the custom made die. I stamped my snowflakes with Baja Breeze on Gina K Pure Luxury Ivory. I died my seam binding to match.

Our sponsor this week is Our Daily Bread designs.
The prize is a $15.00 Gift Certificate!

For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters:

For the full devotional and challenge details please visit the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge. Thanks for visiting and I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Have a Merry Christmas!

I'm entering this in the following Challenges:
Craft Your Days Away - Punch It Out
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes
Crafty Emma - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Sugar Sweet Paper Treats - Anything Goes
Order of the Opus Gleui - Show Anything You have Made
Crafty Catz - Your Choice (I chose 60)
AiFactory : Anything goes
Cupcake Craft Challenges : Non-traditional Christmas
Allsorts : Anything goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday : Show us some snow
CES Challenge : Anything goes
The Pink Elephant : Winter Wonderland
Crafty Sentiments : Anything goes
Polly Craft Monday : White Christmas
Stamp with Fun : Christmas
Stampin 'for the weekend : Christmas
Hodge Podge : Blue and silver

Monday, December 13, 2010

Crystals in the Snow


Hello everyone! Today I'm sharing another Christmas card I made with this month's release by Our Daily Bread designs, "Ornament". I am just in love with this ornament! I love how perfectly it fits the Spellbinder's Heirloom Ornament die and how versatile it is!

I used Midnight Madness Sketch 84 for this layout. If you haven't checked out Midnight Madness this month, you should! All the sketches are up for the whole month and you can make any one as you are able! We had a little snow Sunday here and it was blustery cold all day today, so this made me think of white and sparkle. This is what I came up with. I stamped the ornament in Stazon Silver and colored lightly with Copics. I matted the ornament with two of the same size die cuts from silver that I had left over from another project. This gave just a little depth to the ornament. I used a Cuttlebug ornament embossing folder from the Winter Wonderland Bundle, May Arts Silver ribbon and the dp is ADT Momenta Specialty Collection "Jack Frost". It's a sparkly paper. The base is Martha Stewart and the white is Gina K Pure Luxury. The bling is from Micheal's.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Catch The Bug - winter wonderland
2 Sisters - twas the night before christmas
Allsorts - last minute christmas projects
Craft Your Days Away - punches or die cuts
Just Us Girls - sparkly stained glass
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - monochromatic
Mami Doodles - anything goes
Stamp Man - christmas and only 3 colors ( blue, white, silver)
Stampin With The Dragon (2 weeks) - make it sparkle
Winter Wonderland - CHRISTMAS and baubles
AiFactory - holiday / Christmas
Delightful Challenges - embossing
Sassy Studio Designs - Christmas in non traditional colors
Freshly Brewed - sparkle and shine
Little Red Wagon - die cuts
Penny's Paper-Crafty (2 weeks) - Christmas
Simon Says Stamp - Christmas but no red or green
Stampavie and More - Christmas
Stampin' Royalty - winter holidays
The Crafty Pad - embossing heat or dry
Let's Ink it Up - Christmas twist, add bling
Creative Inspiration - Anything goes Christmas
Cupcake Craft - Non-traditional Christmas
Incy Wincy - Non- traditional Christmas colors
Stamp with Fun - Christmas
Stamp R Us - Anything Goes

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Encouragement the Moxie Fab way!


Happy Sunday and welcome to another Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge! This week our hostess is the sweet and talented Patti! The Scripture Patti chose for this week's challenge is "Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them." ~Ephesians 4:29 NLT

Patti's challenge is "A Way with Words". Create a card or project that will compliment, encourage, or cheer someone in need of uplifting.

I wanted to play this week's Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab World as well, so I made two cards that fit both of these challenges. The Moxie Fab Tues. Trigger is "All that glitters" and is based on this gorgeous inspiration photo:

Aren't these colors and this ring amazing? I won't even tell you what this baby costs! But here is my second take on the trigger:


The top card is made with Layers of Color Granny's Jewelry clear art stamp set, stamped in Stazon Silver, and Gina K Fanciful Tags (by Nina Brackett) for the sentiment, heat embossed in white. The second card is made with Our Daily Bread designs "God Loves You" set, stamped in Lavender Lace (SU!). Both cards are on a base of EK Success Craftstock (Purple Heliotype) and use designer paper by Kaisercraft (Airy Fairy). The ribbon is from my stash, as is all the bling. Both cards were made in a snap... REALLY CAS for me, but I do like them and know I have many uses for Praying for you cards!

Our Sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp
We want to thank them for their continued support and generosity! Please visit their store for the widest selection of stamps around!

For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters:

For the full devotional and challenge details please visit the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge. Thanks for visiting and I can't wait to see what you come up with!

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - animals or insects
Southern Girls - it's heating up (heat embossing top card)
Freshly Brewed - sparkle and shine
Tuesday Throwdown - clean and simple
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
There She Goes - bling

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Back in Stock! Ornament Blessings


Hello everyone! Today I'm giving you another look at the wonderful Ornament set that was released by Our Daily Bread designs this month, sold completely out, and is now back in stock! This release has just gone like crazy, and who wouldn't want this gorgeous ornament which is made to fit perfectly with the Spellbinder's Heirloom Ornament Die! I used a base of Bazzill, a layer of Real Red and the designer paper is Graphic 45. Love this paper! I added some punch work made with a MS punch on scraps of River Rock sponged with distress ink. The ornament is stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa and colored with Copics. I stamped an extra flower and cut it out to pop it up for dimension, curing the leaves on my piercing tool. The ribbon is from my stash.

Here is a look at the inside, which uses another ODBD Dec. release... Christmas Blessings, also now in stock. I love this set for how perfectly the sentiments say just what you want to say on the inside of a card!


Thanks for looking! I hope you are enjoying this time of the year, looking forward to Christmas and all the wonderful events that surround that day! Thanks so much for stopping!

I am entering this in the following challenges:

AiFactory - holiday / christmas
Cute Card Thursday - flowers
Dutch Dare - christmas
Meljens Designs - red, green, gold
Cooking It Up With Katie - christmas, red and some layers
Creative Belli - christmas embellishments
Little Red Wagon - die cuts
Paper Pretties - punches
Penny's Paper-Crafty - christmas
Stampavie and More - christmas
Stampin' Royalty - winter holidays
A Spoonful Of Sugar - christmas
Creative Card Crew- anything goes
Crazy Challenge - Christmas
Stamps R Us - holiday cards
Christmas Card - CHRISTMAS, optional monochromatic
Crafty Hos' - any religious holiday
Crafty Pad - anything goes
I Did It Creations - vintage Christmas
One Stitch At A Time - old stash, new stash (ribbon is old, ornament stamp is new)
Catch The Bug - anything goes
Craft Your Days Away - texture
Ellephantastic - red and green
Marks Finest Paper - red and green
Secret Crafter - Christmas
Tip Top Tues - Use Ribbon
Artistic Stamper - Christmas
Totally Paper Crafts - Christmas Punches
Simon Says - Show a Holiday greeting

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Layers of Color stenciled gift bag


Hello everyone! Christmas is coming soon, and I wanted to share with you a gift bag I made using Layers of Color Natural Flourish art stencil. I used Tim Holtz Acrylic Dabber in Pearl and it has a wonderful luminescence. I dabbed the paint onto Deja Views designer paper from the Timeless Collection. I then stamped an image from Layers of Color Touch of Elegance clear art stamp set in Not Quite Navy to act as a shadow. I then over-stamped another image from the same stamp set in the TH Pearl paint. The top of the bag is punched with a MS Snowflake punch from Effects PaperCraft Pad by Canson... it's very opalescent. For my tag I cut a Spellbinder's Snowflake Pendant twice, sponged with Brilliance Platinum Planet Ink and glued together for thickness. I stamped the sentiment from Nina Bracketts set "Fanciful Tags", available from Gina K. I cut it out with the Spellbinders Fancy Tag and adhered it to the snowflake tie on. My handles are stiff ribbed ribbon from Michael's. The ribbon is May Arts to which I added a touch of bling. I used the basic instructions found at Create with Connie & Mary, though I made some changes. This bag is very sturdy with a lining inside that could hold substantial weight. I hope this inspires you to try some different ideas for your Christmas projects. The stencil and the art stamp set are not Christmas, yet stamped in shimmery pearl paint and a few snowflakes added certainly make it work for Christmas! Have fun with it!

I am adding this to the following challenges:
Challenges I would like to enter my creation in:
A Spoonful Of Sugar - christmas, Paper Take Weekly - christmas in non-traditional colors ,
Craft Your Passion - anything goes,Crazy Challenge (2 entries) - christmas
Gingerloft (2 weeks) - bows ,Let's Ink It Up (monthly) - christmas and sparkle/bling
Secret Crafter - christmas ,
Top Tip Tuesday -use ribbon The Artistic Stamper - Christmas
Papercutz - Christmas with 2 patterned papers, Totally PaperCrafts #45 ~ X-mas Punches
Simon Says ~ Show a Holiday GreetingOSAAT #42 ~ Old Stash/New Stash
City Crafter- Let it SnowPile it On #48 ~ It's all in the Wrapping
Paper Sundaes - Gift ItLittle Red Wagon - Christmas Tag or Bag
Fussy and Fancy- anything but a cardScrap-Creations-make it gift or wrap
Creative Card Crew -anything goes
 Thanks for stopping and have a blessed week!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

They shall be white as snow


Isaiah 1:18 Come now and let us reason together," Says the Lord, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Welcome to another Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge! This week our hostess is the my wonderful DT sister, Rebekkah. She has chosen Isaiah 1:18 for the Scripture and the challenge is a color challenge: to make a white card/ project with a splash of red.

It's hard to think of a more meaningful Scripture when you really think about it! This is the message of salvation through the precious shed blood of Jesus for you and for me... applied to us by grace through faith. Because of the work of Christ on the cross... my sins are washed clean. Does that fact amaze you? Do you believe it? Are you living in the joy that comes from knowing you've been forgiven and your sins have been removed... not just forgiven but removed as far as the east is from the west? As we anticipate this wonderful time of year when we celebrate the birth of Christ... let's never forget that He came not just to be that sweet baby in the manger who would grow up to do many miracles.... He came to die! He came to die for the sins of the world! I hope your Christmas celebrations will be centered on Him and what He did for you!!!

My card is made with Our Daily Bread designs Peace & Joy set and matching Die. I used the Snowflake Background and embossed with Stampendous Kaleidoscope embossing powder. While it looks clear in the photo... in real life it picks up all sorts of colors and sparkle. I also used 2 embossing folders... one is Crafts Too and one is Cuttlebug from the Winter Wonderland collection. The gems are from Micheal's, ribbon from my stash. I hot glued the snowflake beads to the ribbon. The card stock is Gina K.

Our sponsor this week is Clear Dollar Stamps!

The prize is a $15.00 Gift Certificate to the CDS Store! Check out all their wonderful new products! We thank them for their generosity!

For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters:
Chris, Linda, Peggysue (on break) , Randi, Meisje, Rebecca, Lisa, Patti

For the full devotional and challenge details please visit the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Stamp Something - christmas colors
Totally Papercrafts - christmas punches
Wags 'n Whiskers - snowflakes
AiFactory - winter
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - let it now
Dutch Dare - christmas
Paper Romance - winter
Southern Girls - anything using heat (heat embossing)
Creative Belli - "R" embellishments (Ribbon)
Play Date Cafe - COLOR inspiration
Stampavie and More - snow / snowflakes
Artful Inkables - die cuts and punches
Tuesday Throwdown - embellish it
Ooh La La Creations - inspired by a christmas song (Let it Snow)
Paper Playtime - inspired by a christmas carol

Thank you so much for stopping by and I love knowing you were here!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Gingerbread Wishes



It is time for ODBD Stamping In Time Challenge(SNTODBD23)! The assignment is Our Daily Bread Design stamps. Betty is challenging everyone to make Christmas cards! You can create one or several. You can enter as many times as you like. You can mass produce a style or create a very detailed stand alone card. The choice is yours! If you have any Christmas card creating or mailing tip, please share with us in your blog post. Anything to make the process easier is a good thing! While ODBD stamps are required, others are allowed. We look forward to seeing what you create using ODBD stamps!

In addition to the challenge, since it is the most wonderful time of the year, we would like to give everyone a chance to win a very special ODBD stamp set.
It is called Blessed Christmas! What a gorgeous set!!!

In order to have a chance to win this beautiful set, you must comment on all of the dt samples at their blogs and return to the ODBD blog and share with us one of your favorite Christmas Traditions! Anyone can win!!

The winner will be announced on that same post on Sunday Dec. 5th so be sure to check back then!

Now on to my card details:
So today I had fun playing! I used the Tues. Trigger over on Moxie Fab World, for my inspiration, which was this yummy gingerbread snowflake cookie!

I used the big snowflake stamp and matching die cut from Our Daily Bread designs "Peace and Joy" set. I stamped it on SU! Soft Suede with white Craft ink and heat embossed in Stampendous White embossing powder. I cut it out with the custom die, then cut the largest snowflake from the Spellbinder's Snowflake Pendant from soft suede. My card base is soft suede, then Gina K Pure Luxury White embossed with a Cuttlebug folder from the Winter Wonderland collection. For my sentiment I stamped using Memento Rick Cocoa Ink and cut with a SB ribbon trio tag, cutting one side shorter to remove the ribbon slot. I added a snippet of ribbon and a snowflake brad. Easy peasy and easily reproducible in mass if you are still looking for quick ideas for those holiday cards!

For more inspiration, please visit these talented designers:

Chrissy, Fran, Betty, Chris

Thanks so much for stopping! Don't forget to leave a comment and enter the Stamping in Time blog candy!

I am entering this in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas (2 weeks) - CHRISTMAS and yuletide
Creative Cottage (2 weeks) - untraditional christmas colors
Stampavie and More - snow / snowflakes
Artful Inkables (2 weeks) - die cuts and punches
Crafty Little Place - anything goes
Everybody-Art-Challenge - gingerbread time
Stamps R Us (2 weeks, 2 entries) - holiday cards
Woodware USA (1 entry) - anything goes
Aly's Sunday Challenge (2 weeks) - gingerbreads
Crafty Pad - snowflakes
Let's Ink It Up (monthly) - NO DIGIS and Dec 5th
Scrappy Frogs (3 weeks) - christmas
2 Sisters (2 weeks) - non traditional christmas colors
Craft Your Days Away (2 weeks) - texture
Crafty Calendar (monthly, 1 entry) - winter snowflakes
Our Daily Bread Designs - snowflakes
Alphabet - e for embossing
Christmas Stampin' - CHRISTMAS and anything goes
Totally Papercrafts - untraditional christmas colors
Crafty Sentiments - christmas

Happy Birthday Josh!!!!



If you got here from Randi's blog for Josh's BD Blog Hop, you are in the right place!

Today is a special day at Our Daily Bread designs! Today is Josh's birthday! For those of you who have been to any of the craft shows where Our Daily Bread designs has been present... it's likely you have met Josh! Josh is Kelley's right hand man at ODBD! He is a big part of the company's success and helps out with cutting the rubber, mounting stamps, picking orders, and helping set up, tear down and run register at the ODBD booth just to name a few of the many things he does. Many of us on the team have had the honor of meeting Josh in person and he is a real sweet heart, and lets not even talk about how cute he is!!!! So on his special day we wanted to surprise him with a little blog hop! The sticks in the bread basket have all gotten their thinking caps on and made a "guy" card just for him. They'll be snail mailed shortly... but for today... we wanted to give him his very own blog hop!

Kelley is honoring Josh by offering up 3 gift certificates for $15.00 to three blessed people who complete his birthday hop, leaving comments for each participant, and ending with a comment on the Our Daily Bread designs Blog, on Josh's Birthday post! How cool is that!!!

Josh... Happy Birthday!!!! Thank you for all you do to make Our Daily Bread designs a success!!! We all luv ya!!!

From here, hop on over to my dear friend Chris' Blog to see what she cooked up for Josh!

Card Details:
Stamps: ODBD Light of the World
Ink: Memento
Papers: Bazzill, Paper Studio
Accessories: Copics, Air Brush system, SU! Hemp, Charm (Clear Dollar Stamps)

I used this week's sketch at Create 4 Fun
I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky - birthday
Crafty Little Place - anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays - BIRTHDAY and anything goes
Scrap-Creations - anything goes
Woodware USA (1 entry) - anything goes
AiFactory (2 weeks) - friendship

Thanks for visiting, and please leave Josh a little happy birthday love!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Our Daily Bread designs Dec release Blog Hop


Hello everyone! Welcome to the December Our Daily Bread designs Release Blog Hop! If you came from Angie's Blog, you are in the right place, but if you just happened on my blog you should go to the ODBD Blog and start from there, and if along the way any links are broken simply return to the ODBD blog where the entire list will be listed in order. You can always go on to the next person and check back later for the missing one. The Hop will run from 8am Eastern Dec. 1 to 8pm Dec 2. The winners will be announced on the ODBD Blog on Dec. 3. There will be 4 prizes. Kelley has very generously offered to give Three prizes of Choice of One set, and One GRAND PRIZE of the December Bread Basket Bundle!!!! Whoo Hoo!!! The prizes are hidden on various blogs along the hop, so it is important that you visit and comment on each one!

All you have to do to be eligible to win one of these great prizes is comment on each blog on the hop, then return to the ODBD Blog and leave us a comment there:
1. Telling us you completed the hop and noting any blogs you could not comment on
2. Answer the question that is posted on the ODBD Blog post for this hop.
3. Cross your lucky fingers and toes and hope that one of the bloggers who have the hidden prizes pick YOU! Be sure to check the ODBD Blog on Dec 3rd to see if you won! :)


Now on to my project! I decided to make some ornaments with the new set, "Ornaments". As I'm sure you know... ODBD is so pleased to have been chosen a Spellbinder's Preferred company, and this set is our first custom made set to fit the Spellbinder's Heirloom Ornament Die set. I have loved using this stamp to make cards but for something different, I stamped with Stazon Silver Ink onto acetate and they stamped like a dream!!! I then used the largest and second largest Spellbinders Heirloom Ornament die to cut out and emboss my brushed silver cs from Hobby Lobby, making a frame for the acetate. I strung some beads onto a thin wire and secured that to the inside of the bottom of the ornament, and then I secured a ribbon loop to the top. Then I sandwiched the acetate between two silver borders and glued together. Since I don't have my Christmas tree up yet, I decided to tape these to my window to show you how they look hanging... and it gave me an idea! My DMIL is in a nursing home and can't have a tree in her room, but still enjoys a little decoration during the holidays, so she does have a large window, and how pretty would these look as sun catchers in her window!?


So that gave me the next idea... to make a gift box to send them in. I used my Cricut and my "Boxes, Bags and Tags" cartridge to cut the box out, using the same silver cs. Once cut I centered my largest ornament die cut on the box top and cut and embossed it. using the die as a template, I hand drew a 1/4" smaller one from this pretty patterned silver and white cs (also Hobby Lobby) and cut that out. I stamped another ornament on acetate and attached to the back of the cover, along with the silver and white mat I had cut. The border on the box is simply four Spellbinders corner dies and little strips to fit behind them to give just a little more interest to the box. I tied it all up with a May Arts Sheer Ribbon and done. I hope these will put a smile on my elderly Mother in Law's face to have some pretty decorations in her room this Christmas!


I hope you enjoyed my projects today! From here, hop on over to Becca's Blog for some GREAT inspiration from one talented lady!!!

I am entering this in the Shabby Tea Room Get in Shape challenge.

Be blessed, and have a wonderful Christmas, celebrating the birth of our Savior!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Friends forever


Hello everyone! Today I have a card I made for my design team sisters and Layers of Color owner, Laura... Due to my own personal limitations, and not wanting stamping to consume my whole life, I have decided to step down from the "official" design team but I am not going far! I am going to be a "Friend of Layers of Color", and I will continue to use and blog Layers of Color products because I love them and they are so fun! You may even see me popping in on a blog hop from time to time! :) I feel some sadness in doing this because this is truly such a special company and design team!!! I love every one of my sisters...and Laura is such a special godly woman... but that won't change! We decided to have the theme of our blog hop today "Friends Forever", because that is how we all feel. So I decided to choose as joyful an image as I could find to celebrate this forever kind of friendship! I chose Layers of Color Reindeer Waltz because these guys just look like they are having a blast together... and it's the way I feel about this team! I used Webster's Pages, some unknown aqua on which I stamped images from this set with VersaMark and heat embossed with Kaleidoscope embossing powder. I used Spellbinder's Labels 17 for my main panel and matted that with a Beaded Oval which I cut in order to enlarge it to show around the Label 17. I used some dotted ribbon from my stash and the little sentiment is hard to see in the photo, but it's from Studio G and says "friends for life".

I do want to thank Laura for the opportunity she gave me to be on this team and I am honored to have been here for the past 8 months. I appreciate the sweet godly spirit present in each DT member! What a special place to be!

Please be sure to keep your eye out for great new things coming your way from Layers of Color!!! It's exciting to watch God bless a company that's focused on Him!

This isn't goodbye... it's just a slight adjustment in responsibilities and commitments... so I'll be seeing you all frequently and I do hope you'll come visit me too! I love you all, and pray God's richest blessings on each one of you and on Layers of Color!

To see what others have created for today's hop, please visit these uber talented gals:
Laura* Melisa * Nina * Linda * Jenny * Janice *

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Victorian Framed Encouragement


Happy Sunday! I hope those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a wonderful holiday, and lots of time to thank the Lord for His many blessings! Today we have a new Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge for you. Lisa is this week's hostess and she has chosen Philippians 4: 13 for this week's Scripture:

" I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

The challenge is to make a card/project of encouragement or congratulations.

I love this verse and remind myself of it often. In our own power and strength, we can do nothing, but when we are yielded to His will in our lives, `He gives us just what we need when we need it! Have you ever been through a terribly difficult time and thought you just couldn't make it through? But then, from somewhere, you got the strength to go on and looking back on it you realize that that strength was straight from God! I chose this sentiment from Our Daily Bread designs Grow in Grace, because it goes hand in hand with our theme this week. Whether you need encouragement to just keep moving on one step at a time, or whether you stand on the edge of a big leap of faith... He promises to give you the grace you need when you need it! In myself I can do nothing, but in Christ, I can do whatever He wants me to do!

The frame I used is from Layers of Color, and is the Victorian Frame cling art stamp. I just love this frame and how perfectly it fits the Spellbinders Labels 14. I love how it frames the sentiment from Our Daily Bread designs. I wanted a soft feminine feel to this, so I lightly chalked the frame and matted it on some pretty soft Websters pages and lace. I added Prima flowers and butterfly and punched some leaves from the Prima packaging. It was a super quick card as I had very little time to create this weekend!
Our Sponsor this week is Score Pal ! We want to thank them for their generous donation and support of Stampin Sisters in Christ! Be sure to check the SSIC blog for all the prize details!

For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters:
Chris, Linda, Peggysue , Randi, Meisje, Rebecca, Lisa, Patti

For the full devotional and challenge details please visit the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Craft Your Days Away (2 weeks) - texture
Marks Finest Paper - add a bow
Delightful Challenges - flower power
Hodge Podge Shop (2 weeks) - anything goes
CCEE Stampers - lace
Inktegrity - anything goes
Ginergersnap Creations - vintage hues
Artful Inkables (2 weeks) - die cuts and punches

Thanks for stopping and I love knowing you were here! Have a blessed week!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Our Daily Bread designs PreSale and Free Shipping!

Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving break (if you live in the US) and if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving... I hope you still have had time to thank God for His many rich blessings! Please be sure to read the EXCITING NEWS at the bottom of this post!

Today I wanted to show you another sneak peek at the fabulous Ornament set being released by Our Daily Bread designs! I am absolutely in love with this ornament and it is designed to fit in the Spellbinder's Heirloom Ornament frame! I used Midnight Madness Sketch 81 for this card, stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa and colored with Copics. My base is Bazzill and the two dps are Memory Box Mistletoe Pack. For embellishments I added gold pearls, sheer ribbon and gold swirls from the Spellbinder's set "Fanciful Holidays". On the inside of the card I stamped one of the new Our Daily Bread designs sentiments from the "Christmas Blessings" set. I stamped it in a smaller die cut from the ornament spellbinders set, and love how perfectly it fit in it! ODBD is so honored to have been chosen as a Spellbinder's Preferred company, which means the stamping community will continue to be blessed with specially designed images and Scriptures to custom fit Spellbinder's dies! Whoo hoo!


Exciting News:
Kelley is offering free shipping and Blog Candy of a Bread Basket Bundle Thur. through Sun. as a way of saying Thank You to her customers! You can use the coupon code below and get it shipped free!

Also, Our Daily Bread Designs is offering for the first time ever a PRE-ORDER for the new December stamp sets! There are 3 new stamps set, including an ornament set that was made to coordinate with the Spellbinders 2010 Heirloom Ornament Dies!!! S

Our Daily Bread designs is so proud and pleased to be chosen by the Spellbinders company as a Preferred Stamp Partner. Our partnership with Spellbinders will be a blessing to the stamping community as well, as we expand our line to include perfect-matched sentiments, scriptures and images to Spellbinders products. We look forward to a long and blessed partnership with such a fine product as Spellbinders.

Thanks so much for visiting! Have a blessed weekend!

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Christmas Stampin' - CHRISTMAS and anything goes
Crafty Catz (1 entry) - christmas
Stampin For The Weekend (2 weeks, 1 entry) - winter
Crafty Sentiments - christmas
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - red and green
Southern Girls - your favorite color (I LOVE red and green together)
Stamp Insanity - try something new
Stampin' B's - holiday card
ABC Christmas (2 weeks) - CHRISTMAS and x is for xmas
Crafty Creations - christmas
Creative Inspirations - red, gold, green
Freshly Brewed - winter or christmas
Inktegrity - anything goes
Creative Belli (2 weeks) - "R" embellishments (Ribbon I've had for years)
Fab 'n' Funky - anything goes
Ginergersnap Creations - vintage hues
A Spoonful Of Sugar - anything goes
Kaboodle Doodles (2 weeks, 1 entry) - 1 solid, 2 PP, 3 embellishments (ribbon, pearls, gold swirls)
Lexi's Creations (2 weeks) - traditional christmas colors
Crafty Pad - red and green