Sunday, October 31, 2010

Think on these things!


Happy Sunday everyone! With Sunday comes another Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge! Today our hostess is my dear friend and Layers of Color DT Sister, Linda Lucas. The Scripture Linda has chosen for this week is:

Philipians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

I love this verse! The Bible is so full of really practical instruction! We all have just so many hours in a day and we make choices every day how we're going to use those hours and days. I think we all know people who just seem to always focus on the negative... and for the most part they are just miserable most of the time, and can be miserable to be with too! Lol! Then there are other people in our lives who may suffer terribly with pain or other issues, yet their attitudes are so positive and it's uplifting just to be with them! I think at the heart of this difference is what we choose to focus our thoughts on. The Bible says that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he, and that's so true! It's hard sometimes not to get wrapped up in all the bad stuff going on around us, and it's hard not to focus on our own selves much of the time, but when we think about God and all He has done for us... when we focus our minds on things that are of eternal value, that really matters in life, and think of the good things.... not only are we more pleasant for others to be around, but we are happier and more effective ourselves!

Linda's challenge this week is:
Make either an all white or an all cream card, a monochrome in pure tones.

Let me just say this challenge about killed me!!! LOL! I really struggled with this one! I used Gina K Pure Luxury White and Ivory for my monochrome colors. My tag is a sneak peek at the Nov 1 release from Our Daily Bread designs.... be sure to do the hop tomorrow because the prizes are GREAT and you just might win! Anyway.... the holly tag is from one of the new sets as is the die cut that perfectly cut it out! I embossed in gold and added a sentiment from the ODBD set Peace and Joy. I also stamped the large and small snowflakes from that set, embossing the small one with gold and cutting it out with the die cut custom made for that set and layering it on a Spellbinder's Create a Flake Set. For my mat layer, I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder from the Winter Wonderland bundle and then embossed the pattern in white. I stamped the large snowflake from Peace and Joy in the upper right corner and embossed in white. I also used a VersaMark pen to add dots of white embossing all over the mat. Somehow I liked the contrast of the pure white on the ivory. I figured a little gold fiber couldn't hurt much and added a white May Arts ribbon. Like I said... this one was hard!!! In the end, I actually like how it came out, though I cannot get a photo that does it justice! LOL!

Our Sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp! We want to thank them for their continued support of Stampin Sisters in Christ! Check out their store for the best selection of stamps!

For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters:

Chris, Linda, Peggysue, Randi, Meisje, Rebecca, Lisa, Patti and Cindy

For the full devotional and challenge details please visit the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Our Daily Bread desgins Shining the Light - punches & Dies, Texture it
Hodge Podge Shop - Monochromatic
No Time to Stamp - CAS
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Let's Get Punchy/Dies
Simon Says Stamp - Punch Em/ Dies
Stamp With Sarah Kay - Christmas
Paper Take Weekly - Sparkly and Bright
I Did It Creations - Open week
Crafty Purple Frog - Anything Goes
Random Amusing - Pop Up Your Sentiment
Tuesday Throwdown- Use the sentiment as main focus
Fussy and Fancy: Winter Wonderland
Creative Cottage: Embossing
OCC: Inspiration Challenge (right) whites, creams,

Friday, October 29, 2010

LOC Embroidered Butterfly

Hello everyone! I made this card with the newly released Layers of Color Embroidered Butterfly cling art stamp. I colored it with Pebbles Pearlescent Chalks. I framed it with the newly released Rose Blossom Frame cling art stamp, also colored with chalks. This frame is custom made to match the Spellbinder's Label Sixteen. I just love these new frames!!! We're so excited that Layers of Color is now a Spellbinder's Preferred Stamp Company! These Spellbinder's Labels will be available from the Layers of Color Store. The antennae are made with wire and little beads.


I wanted to play in the Cardvaarks challenge this week, which was to decorate the inside of the card, so that's what I did! Here is the inside, ready for my message when I send this.


Stamps: Layers of Color Embroidered Butterfly and Rose Blossom Frame cling art stamps
Paper: Bazzill (base), Basic Black, Memory Box Enchanted and Spearmint, Gina K Pure Luxury White layering weight.
Accessories: Spellbinder's Label Sixteen, Cuttlebug Cassie's Brocade Embossing Folder, MS Punch, Recollections Bling, ZVA Creative Pearl Flourishes, Asstd beads from my stash for the antennae.

I also made this for A Spoon Full of sugar to use die cuts and/or punches, and Creative Card Crew - Let's Punch it.

Thanks so much for looking! Have a blessed week and please be sure to come back Monday for the Our Daily Bread designs November Release Blog Hop!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sneak Peek Poinsettia Tag

Hello everyone!
Today I'm so excited to be sharing a sneak peek with your of one of the fantastic new sets to be released Nov 1 by Our Daily Bread designs! This is the Poinsettia Tag set and also the Die Cut custom made for these tags (oops, did I spill the beans with that little plural? LOL) Anyway... the dies are a wonderful way to make a tedious job short! I plan on making ALL my tags this Christmas, and as you can see, I made this card using a tag for the focal point. I was going for a tag within a tag look for this one. I used today's SCS Sketch challenge and it just kind of developed as I went. Ever have that happen?

My tag is stamped with Memento and colored with Copics, and I did stamp a second so I could cut out and pop up some of the poinsettia petals. I highlighted with a Spica yellow pen for the centers and a gold gel pen for the vines. I matted my tag and mounted inside a Nellies Multi Scalloped frame. The embossed panel is Sizzix Sugar and sponged with T Holtz Fired Brick. I added an EK Success bracket punched piece to create the effect of the outter envelope, some sheer olive ribbon and pearls from ACMoore. The base is Bazzill and the DP is BasicGrey Jovial.

Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek! Be sure to be back Nov. 1 for the ODBD New Release Blog Hop!

I am adding this to the following challenges:

Speedy The Cat's Friends - Die Cut or Punch
Paper Garden - Holiday
The Crafty Pad - Christmas
Frosted Designs: Diecuts
The Ribbon Girl - Red and Green
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes
All Sorts- Spots and Stripes
Delightful Challenges-Christmas
OSAAT - All Celebrations (Christmas)
Other Lovelies/Thoughtful Thursdays - 'H' is for Happy Holidays!
Papertake Weekly- sparkly and bright
A Spoon full of Sugar- die cuts or punching
Craft Your Passion Add Glitter & Sparkles (Spica glitter pen and gold glitter pen)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

SSIC Missing You

Happy Sunday everyone! With Sunday comes another Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge! Today our hostess is my dear friend Chris. Chris has chosen what I have shared before is one of my life verses: Ps. 73:26

"My health may fail, My spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever."

Chris is challenging us to use a pink ribbon and predominantly pink on our card in honor of October being breast cancer awareness month.

I think we all have been touched in some way by this terrible disease. I am dedicating this to my own sister who died at 44 with cancer, and many of you have lost loved ones way sooner than seemed right. It's hard to understand the whys of things like this, but I know for myself, God gave me this verse many years ago when I was first dealing with some health problems. I ran to God's Word for answers, comfort and direction, and of course I prayed, and prayed a lot. The answer was not the one I was hoping to hear, but God was so gracious to me, and answered me much like He did Paul, when he asked three times for healing. God's answer was "my grace is sufficient for you". I have found that to be true in my own life as well! This verse reminded me that while we all think our health is about the most important thing in our lives.... still, our earthly lives here are like a vapor compared to eternity and what we have waiting for us! I had to learn to yield my anxiety about my health.... what was the worst that could happen to me? I might die? But Paul tells us that for me to live is to live for Christ, but to die... that's gain! So what do I have to fear? God has comforted me and taught me that He has a plan and loves me dearly, and that even if ill or in pain, He still can use me. When ever He calls me to heaven, that pain and illness will forever be forgotten and my entire focus will be on Christ, The One who died for me and is mine forever! I do hope you have this assurance and the joy, freedom from anxiety and hope that it gives!

My card is made with this month's Our Daily Bread designs new release "Missing You". It's such a pretty image and I water colored this one, cutting it with a Spellbinder's Label 17 and embossing it. I used the out of the box technique for the bird house. This new Prima paper is so luscious I didn't want to cover it up so I used my craft blade and cut a few whisps of the design to extend over my design instead of being buried behind it. My sentiment is stamped on a scrap of white and I used an EK Success corner punch to punch the pennant end. I added some shimmer with a clear glitter pen and also highlighted with a white Sharpie paint pen. A little Glimmer Mist and it's ready to go.

Card Details: Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs Missing You Ink: Archival Jet Black Paper: Aquarella 140 lb water color paper, SU! Regal Rose base, Textured GTD by Momenta, DP is Prima Fairy Flora and Annalee Accessories: EK Success corner punch to punch the end of the pennant, Grossgrain ribbon from Michaels, Button from stash, Dragonfly Brad from HL, SU! Markers for coloring, Glimmer Mist in Irredescent Gold.

Our Sponsor this week is The Lolly Pop Shop! Be sure to check out the Stampin Sisters in Christ blog post for all the details and thanks to Lori Boyd for her generous donation!

For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters:

Chris, Linda, Peggysue, Randi, Meisje, Rebecca, Lisa, Patti and Cindy

For the full devotional and challenge details please visit the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
ABC Challenge - F is for flowers
Tuesday Throwdown- Anything goes
Paper Cutz - Anything Goes
Tip Top Tuesday - Anything Goes
Meljjen's Designs- anything goes
Stampin Royalty - Ribbons
Craftalicious - Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time - Embellish It
One Stop Craft Challenge - Inspiration Challenge photo (I used the colors)
Mark's Finest Papers (6 month anniversary!) Use die cuts of punches (I used both)
Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments. Have a blessed week!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Layers of Color Blessings


Here is a look at one of the amazing new Layers of Color frame cling art stamps, called Wild Grasses. This frame is made to coordinate with Spellbinder's Label sixteen and what a lovely statement it makes!!! We're so excited that Layers of Color is a Spellbinder's Preferred Company and we look forward to what will come in the future through this relationship!

My base is Bazzill Bling and the designer paper is Pink Paisley 365*. I cut the Wrought Iron border with a Martha Stewart around the page punch and used it to mat my focal image which is stamped in black on GPW and then highlighted with Twinkling H2Os. I used Wild Vine, Sunburst and French Vanilla and painted them on in layers to give sparkle and depth to the gorgeous wild grasses. The sentiment is computer generated and the entire panel is sponged with Old Olive. I surrounded the inner panel with Spring Mix Flower Soft. I was going for that field of wild flowers look. LOL! May Arts silk ribbon finishes it off along with 3 little Hero Arts Pearls. I hope you like it. Think of the many uses for this really unique and cool stamp! Laura really outdid herself in drawing this stamp. I can't wait to try it on a layout!!!

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
One stitch at a time - embellish it (flower soft and bling)
Top Tim Tuesday - anything goes
ABD Challenge - flowers.... how about a field of flower soft!
Meljens - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes

For more inspiration, please visit:
Layers of Color Art Stamps Boutique
Layers of Color Art Stamps Blog
Layers of Color Art Stamps Group on Facebook
Layers of Color Art Stamps Group on Flickr
My Gallery on Layers of Color
As my card states.... Blessings!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

When Life knocks you on your knees...

Hello everyone! I hope your week has been great so far! I am happy to show you a card that I made for Midnight Madness Sketch 76 and Our Daily Bread designs Shining the Light Challenge (Anything goes with Our Daily Bread designs stamps) as well as a few others listed below. I loved the sketch this week and decided to use ODBD's new release from the Full of Grace Series, "Pray". What a great sentiment!!! So true!!! I used Prima Fairy Flora Designer Paper on a Bazzill base. For my sentiment panel, I stamped the green mat with the ODBD Brocade Background in Old Olive and cut with Spellbinders Label 11. Then I stamped the sentiment on Gina K Pure Luxury cream cs, stamped all around the edges with ODBD Get Well image using Groovy Guava Ink. I sponged both panels with Adirondak Latte for a more aged look, and distressed the edges with various colors of distress inks. I sewed my panels with olive thread and added this olive trim in a pretty pattern. I added Prima bling and flower. I do love how this one came out. It has a very vintage feel to it. I hope you have enjoyed this card and more importantly, I hope that the sentiment has blessed your heart. Often it takes the big trials in our lives to take us to our knees. As our relationship grows with our Father, Almighty God, we love going to Him for everything! But as this sentiment says... when those big things in life really knock you down.... PRAY!

I am submitting this to the following challenges:
Crafty Pad - Distressed Edges (I used distress inks on the edges of all panels)
One Stitch at a Time - Embellished with favorites (Prima flowers and bling)
Cinema Saturday - Die cut or hand cut (I did both... labels 11 and panel 2 is hand cut)
Gingerloft - glitter or bling (both: glitter on flower and lots of bling)
Lil Red Wagon - Something old and something new (Old bazzill and trim, new stamps)
Pixie Cottage - Stitching
Wild Orchid - Stitching
Just Inspirational - Anything Goes
Pink Elephant - Brown and Orange
ABC - F = Flowers
Corrosive - No White Paper
Simon Says - recipe: 2 designer papers( yes... I have 2 plus stamped 1), 3 embellies (bling, flower, cording)
Shabby Tearoom - colors from inspiration piece to the right >>>>>
Mark's Finest Papers - Stitching real or faux (mine are real)
Our Creative Corner - Embellishments - the more the better

Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My Time With Randi's Song : Shadow Box Wall Art

Hello blogging friends! Today it's my turn to present the "Time With" blog post on the Our Daily Bread designs Blog, and I am sharing a project that I made using this month's release from Our Daily Bread designs, Randi's Song. If you have not read the story of how this set got it's name, please see this post. It will touch your heart! Anyway... on to my project.
I bought two of these shadowbox frames at Tuesday Morning last week and I wish I had gotten more! I had more fun altering it!

This is what the frame looked like when I started

I began by applying some yummy green flocked dp to the inside of the frame. It's so rich! It and the dp on the outside of the frame are from "Me and My Big Ideas - Harvest" 12 x 12 pad.

I then painted the sides and all edges of the frame with Adirondack Espresso Paint.

Once the paint was dry I adhered the dp to the front of the frame. I used a craft blade to cut out the inside opening. I found the corners first, marked them, cut an "X" and then used the blade to follow right along the edge. After trimming the center square of dp, I turned the frame over and trimmed any excess off the front from the back side, using the edges as my guide.

Once the frame itself was covered with designer paper and/or paint, I started to work on all my components.

The first thing I did was make three different designed papers with Adirondack Alcohol Inks. I was inspired by the beautiful job Julie did for our blog hop using alcohol inks and decided to use them for my leaves. So I made three sheets using different combinations of Sunshine Yellow, Meadow, Sunset Orange, Cranberry, and Butterscotch. I used Gold Mixative for all three and then used blending solution, all on glossy card stock. I then stamped the large leaf stamp from Randi's Song, with Black Stazon Ink and then cut out. I used a fine mister to lightly wet the back of the leaves. I did not scrunch them up like I would on regular card stock because with the glossy coating I didn't want it to separate. Instead, when the paper was wet enough to fold easily, I started just molding it, using the vein lines as center points for most of the folds, then just molded the leaves until I liked the way they looked. I then dried them with my heat tool. They dried very stiff.

In the photo below, you see my frame is ready to decorate and I have added a square of foam to the inside. This is where my sentiment will be placed popped up for dimension.

I stamped the words to the hymn, "Great is Thy Faithfulness" with Versfine Onyx Black on Papertrey Vintage Cream, cut it with my Spellbinders Classic Square die small and matted with a piece of the alcohol inked paper I had created, then one mat of Bazzill. I used thick foam to pop the whole panel up off the backing of the shadowbox.
Now for the fun part. I decided to add a few pretty gold filagree leaves from a Recollections pack as backing for my leaves. I then arranged the leaves and adhered with a hot glue gun. The bow is made of gold sheer May Arts ribbon. I have decided to make several of these as gifts if I can find more of these shadowbox frames! It was a fun project... a little time consuming, but well worth it! I hope you enjoyed my project and that it might inspire you to try something other than a card with your new stamps!.
Here is a close up of the leaves and how dimensional they are after being molded while wet.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
ODBD Shining the Light - Anything Goes with ODBD stamps
Creative Friday- Altered Item
Papercutz - Anything Goes
Just Inspirational - Anything Goes
Alphbet Challenge - Y is for Yellow
OLLCB - No Florals
Crafty Pad - Distressed Edges (Ink distressed leaves)
Corrosive - No White Paper
Lil Red Wagon - Something Old, something New (old alcohol inks, new stamps)
Inky Impressions - Anything Goes
Stampavie & More - Autumn
Pixie Dust - Autumn
Stampin for the Weekend - Fall
Crazy for Challenges - Fall
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes

Have a blessed week! I so appreciate your kind comments!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

You're In my Prayers

Hello everyone! Happy Sunday! Sunday's bring another Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge and I'm happy to share this one with you. Today's hostess is the lovely Lisa. She has chosen the following Scripture for today's challenge theme:

Matthew 6: 9-13 "This, then, is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'

Lisa's challenge is to make a card/project that features prayer; either someone praying, or a verse about prayer, or a greeting that lets someone know you are praying for them.

This is my favorite kind of card to send! There's something so special about receiving a card telling you someone is praying for you! You just know it's not just empty words if they took the time to send you a little note letting you know you are in their prayers. So this was a challenge I loved doing!

I used the one of the brand new releases from Layers of Color cling art stamps. The stamp I used is the Starflower Frame cling art stamp. I'm excited to announce that Layers of Color is a Spellbinder's Preferred Stamp Company! This stamp was specially created to coordinate with the Spellbinder's Label sixteen. You will be able to order this Spellbinder's Label set from the Layers of Color Store. I colored the image with chalks and added copper Stickles to the centers of the starflowers. The sentiment (Rubber Stamp Tapestry) is stamped in the center of the label sixteen and I sponged all around the design with chalk. I mounted this focal image onto a Spellbinders Label twelve. The larger frame behind it all is a Spellbinder's Leaf Frame cut from Papertrey Dark Chocolate. My card base is Bazzill and the designer paper is Deja Views Timeless Collection. Now I wanted to use some of the butterflies from the Layers of Color Flutterescent clear art stamp set because:
Layers of Color is this week's Sponsor, and the Flutterescent clear art stamp set is what Laura will be giving away!

So to show a little something different to do with these wonderful butterflies, I stamped two of them onto acetate with Stazon ink, then colored on the back with Copics. I cut them out, bent the wings a little bit, and then added copper stickles to the spots. The photo doesn't do this technique justice, but if you try it I know you will love the look!

I love today's passage of Scripture for many reasons.... one of the things that stands out the most is how it's not just a list of "please do this" items.... it hallows God's name, it asks for His will to be done on earth.... just as it is in heaven... have you ever pondered that? Prayer is a lot less about our wish list and a whole lot more about glorifying the God of the ages, and often involves bringing our will into line with His! Does this mean we don't bring our intercessions to Him? No! I truly believe intercession for others is a ministry in itself and an important one! Many places in Scripture tell us that God does hear and answer our prayers! I'm just saying... while we are asking God to answer our requests... lets be sure we are honoring Him first and foremost... and are praying for His will even if it is not what we are wanting at the moment, because we know that He has promised to work all things together for good to those who love Him and are called to His purpose (will). Sometimes His ways are not our ways, but as we pray the way Jesus taught in this prayer, we are learning to yield our wills to His perfect will. When we are in His perfect will, we know that He will work all things together for good! It's so simple, yet so difficult to do sometimes! Ultimately, prayer is all about relationship.... our relationship with our Father in heaven... Abba Father. What a priviledge it is to be able to enter into the holy of holies with our worship, our praise, our confession and our requests!

We'd love to have you play along! If you do, please leave a direct link to your card on the SSIC Blog and please link the challenge in your post!
Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team for more inspiration for this week's challenge!
Randi (0n break this month)

For Fun - Something I've never used before (LOC Starflower cling art stamp)
Corrosive - Clean up the Dust (this copper beaded cording)
Wild Orchid-Stitching

My Sheri Craft - In Stitches

The Pixie Cottage- stitching
Little Red Wagon - Something Old and Something New (old cording and new stamp)
Sisterhood of Crafters - Bling
Sweet Stampin - Ribbon

Come stop by and visit the beautiful Layers of Color Boutique

Discover dozens of stunning new release artwork samples in the new Layers of Color Cling Art Galleries

See my Layers of Color Card Gallery Here and my Altered Art Gallery Here.

And If you'd like to visit with other Layers of Color fans and be inspired both creatively and spiritually, please stop by our forum on SNR! We have a group that's like family!

Have a blessed week and I hope you are able to spend some special time in prayer today!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Moxie Fab Languish in Luxury Tues. Trigger

Hello everyone! Today I'm just playing around with the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger Challenge. I don't always take inspiration challenges to such a literal interpretation but this time I just had to try.
"Languish in Luxury Trigger"
So I used this digi chair image of Nina Brackett's from Squigglfly. The sentiment also is in this set as well as pillows and several different patterns for the chair! How cool is that! I also used a digi image for the orchid that I got from A Passion for Stamps. Then I went about trying to capture the feel of this "Languish in Luxury" trigger photo. I of course was in love with the colors! Capturing the feel of the wallpaper was easy with this Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby designer paper. I printed the chair out on BasicGrey Periphery to give it some pattern and interest, since I didn't have anything with the sheen of the inspiration chair. The floor was done with Bazzill Bling, which IRL has a sheen to it. I scored it across once for the base board and then "tiled" the rest for the floor, though I'm not sure the photo shows that. The table is made by hand drawing and cutting the cube from Papertrey Dark Chocolate CS and then rubbing SU! Craft white ink pad over it for the streaks and reflections, then I shadowed with a Stazon Saddle Brown Ink pad. I scored the angles of the table with my Score Buddy and then heat embossed with UTEE to get the shine. The orchid was printed twice so I could pop up some of the flowers. I colored with Copics and cut off the bottom of the vase to make the little candy dish, then heat embossed them with UTEE as well. I printed the pillow off twice to get the color of the chair but to get the flowers and cording on white paper, then colored with Copics, cut out and added to the blue pillow. I loved this sentiment from Nina's set so I framed it and hung it on the wall. This was purely for fun and it was fun challenging myself to find ways to use what I had to achieve the look of the photo. So what do you think... did I capture the essence of the trigger?

I am entering this into the following challenges:
Pollycraft - Anything Goes
For Fun - Something I've never used before (either digi, the dp, made my own cube)
Little Red Wagon - Something Old and Something New (almost all new but Bazzill Bling is old)
Create for Fun - Use a Digi
Elephantastic - Anything Goes
Fab & Funky - Use a Digi
Crafty Ann's- Use a Digi and your favorite Coloring Medium (copics)
Craftaliscious - Anything Goes

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! See you on Sunday with another Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Even when we can't find the words...

It is time for ODBD Stamping In Time Challenge(SNTODBD20)! The assignment is Our Daily Bread Design stamps. The challenge is to use embossing powders. Embossing powders have become more sophisticated over the years. We have regular embossing powders, super fine powders, and tinsels powders to name a few styles not to mention all the fabulous color choices. Pick your color and your style. Be sure to tell us which embossing powder style you chose! We would love to see what you create using ODBD stamps!

I used this month's newest Our Daily Bread designs release in the Full of Grace Series, Pray. This sentiment is just wonderful and I can think of so many times it could be used! Have you ever been to that place where you just couldn't pray, or maybe didn't know how to pray? Perhaps you've battled with confusion or inability to focus, wandering thoughts or just plain didn't know what to pray for. The Bible tells us in Romans 8:26 "In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words". Isn't that a comforting thought!

I heat embossed it with SU! Black embossing powder. I also heat embossed the dry embossed design of my frame, and for that I used Stampendous Detail White embossing powder. It makes a great statement on the basic black card stock. The praying hands image is Our Daily Bread designs "Lift up our Hands" set, stamped with Versafine and cut out.

I also made this for this week's Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 75, and for Pile It On Challenge to use 4 or more embossing folders. That was a challenge but I did it!

Card Details:
Stamps: ODBD Full of Grace Series Pray, and Lift Up Our Hands
Card Stock: Basic Black, Gina K Pure Luxury 80 lb white, Making Memories Black Tie DP
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, SU! Craft White, VersaMark
Accessories: Spellbinder's Frames, cut and then dry embossed, then heat embossed
Cuttlebug folders Scrollwork, Ornamental Iron, Cassies Brocade
Pearls - Queen B, Ribbon - Michael's

We would love to have you play along with us, and for some GREAT inspiration please visit my DT Sisters here:
Marcelle's card is spotlighted on the ODBD Blog

We'd love to have you play along! To be eligible to win:

  • You must use ODBD Stamps! Other stamps allowed, but ODBD images need to be the focus!
  • Use keyword codes SNTODBD20 and ODBD when linking to SCS or public gallery.
  • Be sure to use the LINK to be eligible for the gift certificate drawing!
  • If you use either your blog link or online gallery, please give a link back to this challenge page.

I am also entering this in the following challenges:
Ooh La La: Nothing Floral
Craftalicious Challenges: challenge 10 - anything goes
For Fun - Something I've never used before (this is a brand new stamp)
Papertake - 3 of a kind (strips, sets of 3 pearls)
Stamping Vacation - No No No Sparkle
Ellaphantastic - Anything Goes
Pollycraft - Anything Goes
Creative Cottage - Bling

Monday, October 11, 2010

Layers of Color New Cling Art Stamp Release Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Layers of Color First Ever Cling Art Stamp Release Blog Hop! We have so much to be excited about at Layers of Color! Red Rubber on cling.... we're lovin it! If you got here from the Layers of Color Blog, you are in the right place! If not, you want to be sure to start there so you read all about the release, and the Two New Release Prize Drawings!

Today I am showing you two different projects. I made a luminaria using the instructions on SCS, although I modified my dimensions a bit. I used two Layers of Color Art stamps on it... the Garden Wall cling art stamp and the Brick Wall cling art stamp. This Garden Wall Art Stamp is custom made for the Spellbinder's Label 14 and is sooo pretty! I colored it with Pebbles pearlescent chalks and cut it out. I stamped four designs total, but left the frame intact for the front only, and cut out the floral elements for the other three sides. The brick wall pattern is such that you can make a continuous brick wall as I did here if you want.... or you could just let it "trail off". The top is a Martha Stewart Iron edge punch. Inside I am using a battery operated candle and it really flickers so pretty in there! I have to say I love these new cling art stamps!

I also wanted to show you another project I made using the Layers of Color Floral Frame cling art stamp and Embroidered Butterfly cling art stamp.

This card uses the new Cling Art Stamp, Floral Frame custom made for the Spellbinder's Label Sixteen die. I have colored with Copics and for the butterfly, after coloring I embossed with Ultra Thick Embossing Powder. I have used wire and beads to make his antennae have some dimension and popped him up on dimensionals. The DP is Pink Paisley 365* and the pearls are ZVA Creative. Hope you like it!

From here, hop to Janice's Blog to see the inspiration she has for you!

Next up after Janice will be Jennie, Linda, Melisa, Nina

Come stop by and visit the beautiful Layers of Color Boutique

Discover dozens of stunning new release artwork samples in the new Layers of Color Cling Art Galleries

See my Layers of Color Card Gallery Here and my Altered Art Gallery Here.

And If you'd like to visit with other Layers of Color fans and be inspired both creatively and spiritually, please stop by our forum on SNR! We have a group that's like family!

I am entering one or both of these in the following challenges:

Oldie but goodie- all creatures great and small
For Fun Challenges- Use something you have never used before (these are brand new releases!)
Stamp Something- Punch something (my wrought iron punch card 1)
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Sparkle and Shine (Ultra thick Utee on butterfly very shiny)
Gingerloft- All that glitters or blings (butterfly trail of pearls)
Wild Orchid-Stitching
The Creative Cottage #24 - bling

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thank You!

Happy Sunday everyone! It's time for another Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge! This week our challenge hostess is sweet Patti! She has chosen 1 Timothy 4:4 for today's Scripture.

"For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving."

Patti's challenge is to create a Thank You card.

I decided to step outside of my comfort zone this week and create a clean and simple design. I'm not comfortable with my CAS cards but this one has a certain country charm I am liking. I used Layers Of Color Garden Borders Clear Art Stamp Set which I stamped in my Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves Spectrum pad onto white card stock, and then sponged with THoltz Scattered Straw Distress Ink. I mounted that onto an EK Success Punched edge. The sentiment is Our Daily Bread designs Give Thanks. I stamped that on a scrap of So Saffron and cut with my Mega Oval Spellbinders, matted with a scalloped mega oval cut from Papertrey Dark Chocolate. The designer paper is K&Co, and the base is SU! Kraft. I added a few strands of raffia and sewed a button onto the bow. Quick, easy but gets the job done! LOL!

This week I have my Grandkids staying with me and we are having lots of fun, but my time is limited so my card making time is limited, and my post writing time is limited! I bet you can tell because I'm going to be brief in my post today! LOL! I hope you like my clean and simple card this week!

Our sponsor this week is Doodle Pantry and they are giving $10.00 worth of digis from the store! Thanks Laurie!

We'd love to have you play along! If you do, please leave a direct link to your card on the SSIC Blog and please link the challenge in your post!
Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team for more inspiration for this week's challenge!

Kaboodle doodles- Fall
Stampin B's -Fall card
Charisma- Fall card
Stamps r us - all nature
Paper Romance- Fall or Halloween
Ooh la la- nothing floral
Crafty sentiments- Fall colors
Stamp Man- Autumn
Stampin for the Weekend - Autumn Inspiration

Friday, October 8, 2010

Layers of Color Give Away!

Note: To view Kelley's Birthday Blog Hop please scroll down one post!

Hey blogging friends! I wanted to let you know that there will be a beautiful new cling art stamp by Layers of Color given away in the LOC SNR Group! It's easy to enter to win!

Check out the info here. You have until Friday, Oct 8 at 8PM CST to enter!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Happy Birthday Kelley!

Happy Birthday Kelley!

The Sticks in the Bread basket have gotten together a little blog hop for Kelley showing her some cards that are coming her way real soon! I recently had the privilege of visiting Kelley at the Our Daily Bread designs booth at the Anderson, SC Heirloom Stamp Show. While we were admiring the booth, she mentioned that some of the sample cards were starting to look faded and could use some updating. Well Kelley's wish is my command and on the way home I started planning.... and since her birthday is today, this is what we came up with!

So.... Kelley, here is the card I made for you with this "I Wait for the Lord" set. It's my first time playing with the set but I hope it will look bright and shiny on your display boards because it's really a great set! The base is Bazzill, the dp is BasicGrey Jovial and the Paper Studio Gold textured dp. I used Spellbinders Lacey Circles, Nellie's Scalloped Rectangles, laced sparkly green ribbon through the Nellies Frame, and added gold beads and diamond glaze to the candles. The image is colored with Copics and highlighted with a Sharpie White Paint Pen. Next time I'll use the colors of the Advent Wreath Candles, but this time I wanted them neutral. Hope you like it! Seems funny making a Christmas Card for your birthday... but LOL.... this was what I thought you'd like.

From here, please hop to Sandee, Randi and Connie!

Happy Birthday Kelley!!! May God richly bless you in the year ahead!!! We luv ya!!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sweet Friend

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend!

Today I decided to just play. A sweet friend, Dawn gave me this gorgeous Flourishes set a couple weeks ago and I wanted to try my hand at it. I decided it would work for the Midnight Madness Sketch this week, so used that as my starting point. I can't say I'm thrilled with my first attempt at coloring this because I don't have all the right Copics to give it a little green or yellow contrast, so I used Prisma Pencils but the pic isn't showing all the highlighting that is there. I love this set and just wanted to thank her for it! Now I need lessons in how to color it! LOL!

I used a Bazzill base, BasicGrey dp (Indian Summer) and Gina K Pure Luxury layering weight white, and stamped the image on X-ress-it. LOVE that paper! I embossed with Cassie's Brocade CB EF. I added some stickles to the flowers and some May Arts twine. I cut a section of another stamped image out and added that to the tag. I did a little paper piercing around the edges. This is a big image so there was not a lot of room for anything else! LOL!

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Incy Wincy - Glitter/Stickles
Polycraft Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
Stamps R Us Challenge - All Nature
Creative Card Crew - Bloomin' Marvelous
Tuesday Throwdown - Punches (My tag is a punch even though you can't see the top!)
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Punch it Out (Tag)
Stamptacular - Layer It On
Paper Sundaes #38 - something from your stash (Used Scraps for the sketch and twine)
Stamp, Scrap &Doodle - Anything goes
Catch The Bug - Anything goes .
Glitterbabes - Embossing

Thanks for looking! Have a blessed week!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Great is Thy Faithfulness!

Happy Sunday everyone! With Sunday comes another Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge! This week our challenge hostess is the sweet and wonderful Rebekka! She has chosen Gen 1:1 for this week's Scripture:

"In The Beginning GOD Created The Heavens and The Earth"

Becky's challenge is to create a nature card or project, using anything pertaining to nature, birds, trees, flowers, mountains, the sky is the limit.

Isn't fall a beautiful time of year? I think in many ways it's my most favorite season! Living in the southeast US, summers are terribly hot and humid, and when the air starts to cool, and the trees start to turn color, I feel refreshed and invigorated. I love to open the windows at night and enjoy the cooler fresh air. Beautiful fall colors and scents start to invade the forests and the mountains become a beautiful palette of color. It is during the fall that my hubby and I love to "escape" for a weekend to the beautiful mountains to soak in all their glory. I think these times are spiritually refreshing as well, because we can't help seeing HIS GLORY in all the beauty of nature! Ps. 19:1 says "The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of His hands." I can't look at all the beauty around me, and think of all the order in it all without knowing that it is the work of an all powerful, all knowing, incredibly creative God! Just the predictability of the seasons alone is evidence of an intelligent creator! What tells the leaves it's time to change color, and what determines that they will fall at just the same time each year? What is going on inside that tree to prepare the new life of spring to burst forth? It's a predictable thing every year.... to everything there is a season! How could all this be true without the order of our Creator? In Romans 1:20 we read "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse". There is evidence all around us of the Creator God! Even if we did not have His Word to help us understand, we can see enough evidence of His existence just from His creation! Let's meditate on that this fall as we enjoy all the beauty of the season!

I was wanting to play along with this week's Moxie Fab Trigger and found my color inspiration from this picture:
Aren't these colors yummy? The rich browns and golds are what drew me in. Being a quilter I just loved this trigger! Wish I had time to quilt a card but using the colors as my inspiration, this is what I came up with.

I used this month's brand new releases from Our Daily Bread designs, Randi's Song and wood background stamp. I stamped the words from Ecc.3:1-8 with Versafine on vanilla, then placed the excurp from the hymn "Great is Thy Faithfulness" in front of that. The leaves are also from that set and are two step stamps, one with the veins and one with the basic colors. I used Ancient Page Petal Point to ink them. So easy and fun to stamp! These are so easy to cut out I decided to layer them around my focal point. The ribbon is May Arts faux suede and the pearls are ZVA Creative in taupe. I used an EK Success edge punch down the right side. The layers are Bazzill. The wood background is stamped with Memento on SU! Soft Suede. LOVE this backgrounder!!! I did a little piercing around my Scripture panel and some distressing on the gold (The Paper Studio) matting.

Our sponsor this week is Nina Brackett!!! Thank you Nina!!! I love your sets!!! Be sure to check out the Stampin Sisters in Christ Blog for all the details and to see the GORGEOUS set Nina is donating!

We'd love to have you play along! If you do, please leave a direct link to your card on the SSIC Blog and please link the challenge in your post!
Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team for more inspiration for this week's challenge!
Randi (0n break this month)

Other Challenges:

Incy Wincy- Anything goes
Stamp it Crazy- Free for all
Crazy 4 Challenges - Bling
Wild Orchid- Ribbons and bows
Pollycraft Monday- no designer paper
Sew Many Challenges- Anything goes

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a blessed week enjoying God's creation no matter what season it is where you live!

Friday, October 1, 2010

October Release Blog Hop!

Welcome to Our Daily Bread designs' October Release Blog Hop! I am so excited about these sets! I know you will be too! If you got here from Becca's Blog, you are in the right place! If not you might want to go to the Our Daily Bread designs blog and start from there so you don't miss anyone! There will be three extraordinary prizes this month: Two Prizes of one free set, and ONE GRAND PRIZE of the entire OCTOBER BUNDLE!!! So be sure to complete the hop, and return to the ODBD Blog to leave a comment, telling us you:
  1. Completed the hop
  2. Left comments for each designer (mention names of any you can't leave one for)
  3. Answer the question posted there

The Hop will run Oct. 1 from 8am Eastern and end 8pm Eastern Oct. 2. The winners will be randomly selected from the commenters that complete the hop and answer the question on the ODBD Blog. Winners will be announced on the ODBD Blog on Oct 3.

Here are my card details:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs Oct release set "Randi's Song" (You have to hear the story of this set!)
Designer Paper: K&Co, Gold textured is The Paper Studio
Card Stock: Bazzill
Ink: Memento
Accessories: May Arts Ribbon, Charm from my stash, Cuttlebug victorian corner die cut, Gemstones from my stash

From here, hop on over to the talented and oh so sweet Sandee's Blog to see what she has for you! Have a blessed weekend!

Crafty sentiments- use a border punch
Incy Wincy- Anything goes
Stamp it Crazy- Free for all
Practical Scrappers - stamps
Wild Orchid- Ribbons and bows
Sew many challenges- Anything goes