Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sneak Peek!


Hello everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are looking ahead to the blessings of 2012! 

Today I have a sneak peek for you!  This set is called Birthday Blessings, from Our Daily Bread designs,  and will be released Jan. 1.  I just LOVE it!!!  I made this to fit the sketch at Craft Your Passion, so I didn't add a sentiment, but believe me, this set will be used a lot because I love the sentiments in it!  It will be a go to birthday set for me! 

The base is SU! Blushing Bride, and the dp is MME Blushed and Portobello Rd.  I stamped with Memento on X-press it card, then colored with Copics. I used Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily and Anastasia Border, Spellbinders classic squares and Lacey squares, ZVA Creative silk rose, and Stickles and bling from my stash.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Bearly Mine - #26 Anything Goes Week, Partytime Tuesdays -#48 Anything Goes, Top Tip Tuesday - #66 Anything Goes, Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge - #50 Bingo (center down: ribbon, flowers, die cuts), Make it Monday - always Anything Goes, Creative Inspirations Paint - Anything Goes, Sparkles Forum - Anything BUT a Christmas Card, Marks Finest Papers - Anything goes, Our Daily Bread Designs - Anything goes using Our Daily Bread Stamps, Secret Crafter - #166 Anthing goes, Sweet Stampin - 2E, must Stamp - Sparkle and Bling

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Merry Christmas!


Hello friends!  It's time for another Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge.... and it's the last one for the year! Our hostess this week is the talented and sweet Miesje. She has chosen the following Scripture:

"Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men" 
(Luke 2:14)

Her challenge is:
A Christmas card or project that is Christian, image and/or sentiment must have the TRUE meaning of Christmas.

I used some of my favorite Our Daily Bread designs sets to create this simple card.  The image is from Blessed Christmas, along with it's custom die that does all that fussy cutting in a snap!  The verse is from Christmas Blessings. I cut the verse with a Spellbinders Label 14.  I stamped with Archival Sepia, and matted with brushed copper.  I added copper seam binding and some little pearls.  I needed this to be quick as I was running last minute ... and the custom die did the trick for me! 

At the very heart of the Christmas story is a miracle.  The miracle is the birth of a baby, not conceived through a physical union, but by the Holy Spirit.  This baby was the very Son of God, who stepped down into space and time from His lofty position in the heavens.... to eventually die for the sins of the world.  God became flesh and dwelt among us!  Why would He do that?  Because He loved us!  Plain and simple!  He knew that there was no other way for us as sinners to be reconciled to a Holy God, so He paid the price for our sins.... and the culmination of the Christmas message is in the Easter message! Yes... He gave His life... suffered.... bled.... died.... was buried.... but praise be to God... He did not stay in that grave!  He arose, victorious over death and with that miracle came the promise of eternal life to all who would believe in Him as their Savior!  He asks nothing in return!  It's His free gift to us! He simply asks us to receive Him as our Savior! We try to complicate it... we try to make it something we can earn or work for, but the fact is we never could earn it!  ONLY He could pay that price, because He was without sin!  So this Christmas... I hope you will take the time to thank Him for this indescribable gift He gave so many years ago!  He loves you and wants to have a relationship with you!  Will you have room for Him in your heart?  Here is a video I think will bless your heart as you celebrate the true meaning of Christmas this year.... be blessed:

Our Sponsor this week is Our Daily Bread designs!  
The prize is a $15.00 Gift Card to the ODBD Store!
Thank you ODBD for your continued support!!!

 While I'm talking about Our Daily Bread designs... they are having a BIG SALE!  Many sets are 30% off and they are giving "Daily Dough Dollars"!  Customers can  order daily and for every $50 you spend you will receive a coupon code for  $10 in Daily Dough Dollars, redeemable from January 1 - March 15.  The sale runs through December 25th!


Please see the Stampin Sisters in Christ Blog for the devotional and the details of the challenge.  Be sure to drop by my DT sisters to see what they created for you as well!
Chris, Linda, Kris, Lisa, MariLynn, Miesje, Peggysue, Rebekah, Traci

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - Anything goes for Christmas
Marks Finest Papers - Make a Christmas card
One Stop Craft - Christmas Sparkle
Card Crafters Circle – Celebration
Card Makin' Mamas - Christmas
Glitter Geeks - Anything Goes
Raise The Bar – Christmas
Artistic Stampers - Christmas
Bling It On - Christmas
Heidi's Hobbystuggu - Christmas
Scrappin Chic Challenge - Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas themed

I wish you all a most blessed Christmas!!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Daisies for a dreary winter day!


Hello everyone!
Today's Free4 All on SCS was to use flowers!  How fun, especially since Our Daily Bread designs just came out with this awesome Daisy/ Black Eyed Susan set this month! 

I stamped the Daisy/ Black Eyed Susan image twice so I could cut out and pop up the center flower.. The base is Gina K, the dp is Recollections (green) and Lasting Impressions (yellow). I used a SB Lace Doily Motif and Sizzix and CB EFs.  The pearls are Hero Arts, and the ribbon was from my stash.

 I hope you all are enjoying this blessed time of year.... celebrating with family and friends, enjoying the wonderful music of the season, the sights and sounds we all hold so dear.... but most of all, I hope you are taking time to reflect on that priceless gift that was given to us 2000+ years ago, and are finding the JOY and PEACE that comes as a result of receiving that gift!!!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Pleasant Words.... sweet to the soul!


Hello friends!  I hope you are enjoying this Christmas season and finding time to reflect on HIS indescribable gift!  I'm popping in to share a window card I made using several of this month's new releases from Our Daily Bread designs.  I used the Stitched Background for my front, and cut out my window with the Our Daily Bread designs custom Elegant Oval Die, made by Spellbinders for ODBD.  I also used the Honeycomb Background for the inside, embossing it with clear embossing powder and then using a resist technique, I sponged on T Holtz distress ink in Scattered Straw.  I used the Daisy/Black Eyed Susan set, stamping three times and cutting out elements I wanted to use and coloring with Copics.  I used a sentiment from Little Things for my inside sentiment and cut it with Spellbinders Label One, then matted with SB Ornate Artisan Tags & Accents.  The little gingham ribbon was in my stash, and I added the bees from Simple Things, making the stitched background look like their trails.

I don't know about you, but I love winter and snow until Christmas, but then I'm ready for spring, so hopefully this card will make someone smile not long after the holidays are over I'm sure!  I will share another springy card soon!  Meantime... be blessed as you celebrate this wonderful season!


I am entering this in the following challenges:
Crazy Amigo Challenge - Embossing, Creative Craft Challenges - Faux Or Real Stitching(I think the stitched bg qualifies for faux!), Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge - #50 Bingo ( I used center down: ribbon, flowers, and dies/punches), Make it Monday - always Anything Goes, Paper Pretties -  Ribbon, Smudgy Antics - NO CUTE - Inspired by a Book, Poem or Film (Bible) You may use any image to play, but to win must use Smudgy Antics image, The Cutie Pie Challenge - cards - Use a Sentiment, Corrosive Challenges -Anything BUT Christmas

Thursday, December 8, 2011



It is time for ODBD Stamping In Time Challenge (SNTODBD49)! The assignment is to use Our Daily Bread Design stamps. The challenge this rotation is the same as last  rotation.  We are in crunch time for mailings and gift giving.  So, we are creating MORE Christmas cards, gift packaging, gift ideas or anything festive you can think of to share with a Christmas theme!     Remember, the more you play the more you increase your chance to win! We look forward to seeing what you create using ODBD stamps!

I have used Our Daily Bread designs Holiday Ornaments 2 (designed by Dawn Lusk) for the ornament and also the "Noel" and the Spellbinder's Holiday Tags to cut it,  and Peace and Joy, along with the matching custom die for the snowflake. I stamped the ornament with Versafine and sponged with THoltz distress ink.  I stamped the snowflake, die cut it, then glittered it with a glue pen.  I popped the snowflake up and added a little snowflake bling for a pop.  I "hung" my ornament with some twine.  I used this week's sketch from SCS with a Papertrey base, SU! Kraft, and Memory Box scraps.  I used an MS Holly edge punch for my border.

I love these ornament stamps!  I have made literally a TON of tags up with them in a real quick order!  There are wonderful sentiments that go inside the oval or on the inside of a tag.  Here are some ornaments I made to use for packages:


Now... I hope you will play along with us... let's see all those Christmas cards and projects that you need to get finished up!!!  You might win some ODBD stamps for playing along!

Please stop by the rest of the designers who created samples for today!
Lori, Betty

Here are the other challenges I played along in:
ABC Christmas Challenge -  anything goes, Creative Belli -winter/Christmas, Divas by Design -  anything goes, Freshly Brewed - #76 Christmas, My Mum's Craft shop -#35 traditional Christmas, Penny's Paper-Crafty -  #68 Merry Christmas, The Paper Variety - #63 Christmas song inspired (The first Noel which means birthday), Whimsical Wednesdays - holiday plus sparkly, Cards und More -  must stamp  Snowflakes, Crafty Sentiments  Snowflakes, Creative Card Crew -  Tis The Season, Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge - #49 Snowflakes & Sparkle, Tuesday Throwdown - #77 Celebrate The Season, Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes PLUS Glitter, Heart Song Inspirations -Christmas and /or Red, Green, White, Make it Monday - always Anything Goes, Paper Creations Ink -  "Bling It Up!", Stamp and Create -Vintage, The Crazy Challenge -  Anything goes, The Pink Elephant - Snowflakes and Sparkles, Whoopsi Daisy  - Snowflakes, Card Cupids - Winter, Come and Get It Challenges - Anything Christmas, Let`s Ink It Up -  Must use rubber stamp (NO digi) -  Christmas

Thanks for stopping by and for all your encouraging comments!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Black Eyed Susies!


Hello friends!  I know..... everyone's into Christmas.... so why am I doing spring here?  Well.... I'm sharing one of the new singles released this month by Our Daily Bread designs called Daisies/ Blackeyed Susans.  I actually made this last week for the sketch challenge on SCS but just didn't get a chance to show it here.  I paired the image with the Seed Packet, which I stamped on Kraft with Versafine Vintage Sepia.  The floral is stamped with Memento and colored with Copics.  I added a scrap of burlap and twine,  an OLD flower, and button from my button box.  The dp is My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Rosy.  

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Heart Song Inspirations - Banner and/or Buttons, Make it Monday - always Anything Goes, I Did It Creations - Flowers, One Stitch At A Time -  "Be Square", Catch The Bug - Anything goes, Craft Your Days Away  -  Buttons or bows

That's it for today!  Hope you all have a fantastic week!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

From my Heart With Love


Hello friends!  Happy Sunday!  Although I am officially on a little break, I did manage to create a card for this week's Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge.  Our hostess this week is Lisa, and she has chosen Matthew 1:20-22, "But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.' All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 'The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel' which means, 'God with us.'" for this week's Scripture.  

Lisa's challenge is to create a card/project depicting an angel.

My card today is super quick, using an image and sentiment from Great Impressions, as well as  Labels 1 from Spellbinders... both the Grand, and the small.  I also used the SB Twisted Metal Tags for my sentiment.  I colored with Copics and painted the wings with Shimmerz Angels Wings.  I'm not really sure if this image is supposed to be an angel or a fairy, but I had bought it and colored it up for a special little 10 year old... so I went with it.  I don't have very many stamps that fit the challenge so I hope this will do! :)

The Scripture today is one that I have pondered so often. How did Joseph feel about all that happened while he was engaged to Mary, but they had not yet lived together?     Mary KNEW this child was from God, because she knew she had not slept with a man!  But how  did Joseph feel when he first found out that Mary was pregnant?  Did he doubt her? How did he feel about all that was told him by the angel? Did he at first doubt the angel?  There's not much that we know about his feelings... but we do know that he obeyed and did as the angel told him.   I can't even imagine being in this situation!  I would be overwhelmed... scared...doubtful, yet honored that God had chosen me for this incredible responsibility!  I believe somehow, God must have granted Joseph incredible wisdom and faith!  Humanly speaking, no man would believe his pregnant fiance when she said she was pregnant yet still a virgin!  Joseph however, took her as his wife, but kept her as a virgin until the Christ Child was born.   Can you imagine being given the task of raising the very Son of God?  Oh my.... I can't!!!   Perhaps we fail to think of the role this special man had in providing a home for the Christ Child, for caring for Him until He was old enough to begin His ministry!  I picture him with Jesus by his side, teaching Him the skills of a carpenter, and I picture Jesus taking it all in as any little boy would.  But there came the time when Jesus told His earthly parents that He had to be about His Heavenly Father's Business.  This child was not born to live only as a human, and to perform only human tasks.... He was born to die in the most painful way possible, yet without sin, so that His shed blood could wash away  our sins.  At some point.... these parents... Joseph and Mary must have realized the incredible purpose their little boy had come to earth for.... and they must have had to realize that yes, He came to die even for them!  It blows my mind!

How about you?  Have you accepted the salvation He came to offer you?  Are you willing to be obedient to whatever God calls you to do?  This Christmas season.... I am focusing my mind and heart more than ever before on this indescribable gift that was given for you and for me!  I am thankful that with this job loss has come a "freedom" from the bondage to buying and running around in a mad dash as the holiday quickly approaches!  This year, I'm hoping that the truths of this incredible story will penetrate my heart in new ways... and that I will respond with more love and commitment than ever before!

I wish you and yours a most blessed, Spirit filled Christmas season!

Our sponsor this week is Clear Dollar Stamps! 
The prize is a $15.00 Gift Certificate to the CDS Store!
We thank them for their continued support!

To read Lisa's devotional and for the full details on the challenge, please visit the Stampin Sisters in Christ Blog!
Be sure to check out the rest of the design team for more inspiration:
Chris, Linda Miesje, Rebecca  PeggysueMariLynnLisa, and Traci

I am entering this in the following challenges:

2 Sisters - #68 Punches and/or Dies, Catch The Bug -  Anything goes, Craft Your Days Away  -  Buttons or bows, Little Claire's  -  Shaped Cards,  Alphabet Challenge –  V is for Vibrant,  Inspire Me Fridays - Anything, Wags 'n Whiskers - Week 2, Angel or Fairy, Card and Scrap -Angels, Paper Crafting Journey -  Anything Goes, Southern Girls -  Ribbon, Cooking It Up With Katie - anything goes, Divas by Design - anything goes, Paper Shelter Challenge -anything goes

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dec. Release Blog Hop!


Hello friends!  Welcome to the Our Daily Bread designs Dec. Release Blog Hop!  If you got here from Gemiel's Beautiful Blog, you are in the right place!  If not, you should start at the ODBD Blog so you don't miss a thing!  There are lots of goodies up for grabs this month.... so be sure to follow the rules to qualify to win one of the prizes!

Here are the details of the Blog Hop:

The Hop will run 8am EST Dec 1 til 8pm EST Dec 2. The winners will be announced on the ODBD Blog on Dec 3.

There will be SIX prizes of Choice of 1 FREE SET!!! 
Merry Christmas!!!

 Here is what you need to do to be in the drawing for these SIX prizes:

  • Hop to each blog listed below, leaving a comment for each designer
  • Return here to this post and let us know you completed the hop and left comments  for each designer, or make note of any you could not comment on
  • In this same comment, answer the question on the ODBD Blog
Now on to my card details:

I used Simple Things and the custom Die Cut to cut it out, and the Honeycomb Background.  I stamped my images with Memento and colored with Copics.  I stamped the sentiment with VersaColor.  I used Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish Die to cut my vines, and Spellbinder's Labels 21 and Fleur de Lis Accents to frame the sentiment.  My base is Bazzill, and the white is Gina K Pure Luxury heavy weight.  I embossed the Honeycomb bg with T Holtz Distress Embossing Powder in Antique Linen.  I kept the card flat and mailable with only some tiny pearls added to the corners.  


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed my creation....
The next stop on the hop is Debi

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Word Sneak Peek


Hello my blogging friends!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, as did I!  Our family was here and we just had a wonderful time together! 

Today I have a sneak peek for you!  This is a set to be released by Our Daily Bread designs on Dec. 1 and I love it!  The set includes this vintage image and several wonderful verses/sentiments, one of which is shown below as I used it for the inside of my card.  I made this card to honor this week's Featured Stamper over on SCS, and this is Stacy's card that I cased:  Vintage Anniversary.  I also played along with the Southern Girls - BINGO, using lace, die cuts and string (mine is gold).  I also made this for Craft Your Days Away (use buttons or bows).  I am also playing along with Lollipop Crafts - 'B' is for...bow, brown, bling,  Less Is More -  #43 A bit of Bling ( just 2 gems) and Marks Finest Papers -#83 Make it Masculine.


Here is the recipe:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs The Word of God
Accessories:  Copics, Spica Pens, SB Twisted Metal Tags & Accents, SB Custom die for ODBD, Elegant Oval Frames, Gold Bible Charm, lace, wrinkled seam binding, all from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay tuned for another fantastic release on Dec 1!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Giving Thanks!


Happy Thanksgiving my friends!

Today, I have a card of Thanksgiving.  It seems like more and more, Thanksgiving is getting lost in the Christmas hustle. 
Well... I wanted to just take a moment to say thank you to the Lord for all His blessings!  This has been a difficult year for my hubby and me, with the recent loss of his job high on the list of trials.  However, it has caused us to really focus on Him and all He has done for us!  The list is long!  I guess one of the neat things that has come out of this lay off is that we have had to refocus our thoughts on the things that are really important.  We had both been praying that the Lord would draw us closer to Him... and we both believe this is one of the ways He is doing that.  He's reminded us that all that we have is a gift from Him.  He has also reminded us that He will never leave us or forsake us!  He will meet our needs, even if not all the "wants".  We know that He has a plan for us, and we are waiting to see what that is!  While I'd be lying to say I don't have my "down" moments, I really am at peace with the fact that I know He will lead us through this and we're looking forward to this next stage of our lives.  I'm also thankful that all our immediate family have come to accept Christ as their Savior and having that common love and assurance of a future in heaven with our Savior is such a special and wonderful comfort!  I'm thankful for friends who have done so many thoughtful little things to remind us that they are praying for us and love us!  I'm thankful for new friends made this year who have become so dear to me!  I'm thankful for the love and support of my family!  I'm thankful for the health and strength God has given us, and that we will all be together for Thanksgiving.  I'm thankful that this year... as Christmas approaches, our focus will NOT be buying gifts, shopping til we drop, wrapping and being busy right up to the last moment!  This year... because we can't really buy much...  I really think our focus will be more than ever on the gift that was given so many years ago by the Almighty God who loved us, and wanted to have a relationship with us, so He sent His one and only Son to pay the price we could not pay, so that we could walk with Him today, and be with Him tomorrow!  There is no greater love!  You know... when we just begin to count our blessings... it's pretty hard to be depressed or worried about our lives!  Today.... I choose to be thankful!!!  

I hope that you too are enjoying a wonderful time with your loved ones, and that you find some time to thank God for all His rich blessings on your life!!!

Our Daily Bread designs wants to celebrate this season in a special way too!  They are having a "We Give Thanks to God" special with 10% off and Free Shipping! Several of the DT have made special cards for Thanksgiving.... so pop on over to the ODBD Blog to see them, and read all about the sale!

 For my card, I used Give Thanks and Fruit of the Spirit, from Our Daily Bread designs. My base is Bassill and the dp is My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Sunshine.  I used Memento Ink, colored with Copics and cut my image with Spellbinders Ornate Artisan Tags & Accents.  The flourishes are Spellbinders Twisted Metal Tags.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!  May you feel God's richest blessings in the days ahead in a new and fresh way!


Monday, November 21, 2011

Blesssings of the Season


Hello blogging friends!  Things are still hectic here so I'm sharing another card I had in the works. 

I made this with Our Daily Bread designs Nov. release, Warm Wishes, and also Peace and Joy.  The design paper is BoBunny's newest release, Snowfall.  I stamped the sentiment from Warm Wishes onto one of the elements in the BoBunny 12 x 12 pack, and then stamped the small snowflake from Peace & Joy with VersaColor, and cut with the custom die cut.  I covered the entire snowflake with crystal glitter, then sponged the edges.  I did some piercing around the edges but really wanted to let the paper and stamp steal this show, so I kept it simple.  This is nice and flat and mailable... and super quick to make!

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Hooked on Crafts -  Punches and /or Diecuts, Make it Monday - always Anything Goes, Make My Monday - Christmas WITH Flowers, Foliage or Snowflakes, Paper Creations Ink -  Christmas, One Stitch At A Time -  Anything Goes Crafty Emma -  #62 Snowflakes

Friday, November 18, 2011

Wonderful Wonderland!


I am taking a break from SSIC for one rotation to try to catch up on other things in my life... so I am sharing some projects that have been on my back burner.  I'll be back with SSIC soon! 

I made this for this week's  Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #130 (MMSC130)

Here are the skteches:  Your choice...

I turned the sketch on it's side.  There is no stamping on this card.... it's all made with BoBunny's new Snowfall Line.  I love it!  So glittery and yet warm!  My base is Bazzill and I added a Spellbinders Holly Accent Edge, sponged with TH Stormy Sky.  The ribbon is May Arts.  The little flowers are ZVA Creative and are sponged with Brushed Corduroy, and some MS Boughs were punched and added.  Quick and easy!

I am also entering this in the following challenges:
 Heart Song Inspirations -  Glitter , Hooked on Crafts -  Punches and /or Diecuts,  Make it Monday - always Anything Goes, Christmas Card Challenges -  must be Christmas - Holly or Wreaths, 2 Sisters - #65 Anything Goes, Crimbo Crackers -  must be Christmas - Make It Sparkle, Little Miss Muffet Challenges - 2 Simplicity, Moving Along With The Times - Let It Snow, Shelly's Images - SIO - Anything Goes, Really Reasonable Ribbon - Must use ribbon -  CAS Christmas and Ribbon, Glitter Fairies -  Non-traditional Christmas, no red or green, Freshly Brewed Monthly Challenge -  Anything Goes, Tiffany Doodles - Glitter & Sparkle, The Craft Garden -  Christmas but NO Red or Green
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Peace, Love & Joy Christmas wishes!


Hi there friends!  It is time for ODBD Stamping In Time Challenge (SNTODBD48)! The assignment is to use Our Daily Bread Design stamps. The challenge this rotation is to create Christmas cards, gift packaging, gift ideas or anything festive you can think of to share with a Christmas theme!       Remember, the more you play the more you increase your chance to win! We look forward to seeing what you create using ODBD stamps!
I have used this month's newest release, Sacred Season.  I just love this set and decided to stamp the image and sentiment on the same piece of card stock, using Memento Ink.  I colored the image with Copics and then added Liquid Applique, sprinkled with glitter while wet, then dried with my heat gun, giving the puffy effect.  The background is created with  a Sizzic embossing folder/stamp combo, which I stamped with Distress Ink in Forest Moss.  I used the Spellbinders Holly Accents, 2 MS edge punches for my lower edge (pine boughs and holly) and layered them.  The base is Bazzill and the matting is Recollections Brushed Gold. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you can play along.... and please stop by the following designers for all the great inspiration they will have for you:

I am also entering this in the following challenges:
 Heart Song Inspirations -  Gold OR Glitter (I did both), Hooked on Crafts -  Punches and /or Diecuts,  Make it Monday - always Anything Goes, The Pink Elephant - Embossing, Christmas Card Challenges -  must be Christmas - Holly or Wreaths ,Lollipop Crafts - Use Embossing (any type), and NO Designer Papers, Pile It On - Traditional Christmas, Stamptacular Sunday - Must use a stamp - Punch It, 2 Sisters - #65 Anything Goes, Marks Finest Papers -#81 Your favourite technique (dry embossing), Our Daily Bread Designs - ODBDSLC84 Metallic silver /or gold, cream/or white, and one or two other colors plus neutrals, Totally Gorjuss -  #106 Christmas Traditions

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Snow Globe Multi Frame


Hello friends!  Today I have a really neat framed piece to share!  I used Our Daily Bread design's latest release, Warm Wishes for inside my frame, and colored with Copics.  I added glitter to all the trees but you can't see that!  I also added flower soft (Polar White) to the snow on the foreground, and inside the globe I added a few snow sugar crystals.  The frame itself is a multi-layered chip board frame by Globecraft Memories.  I adhered various designer papers from K&Co Christmas Cheer pad to each layer, and cut with my craft blade.  I sponged all the edges with T Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain.  I embellished with several punched boughs (MS) and some pearls and pine cone stick ons (MS).  Here is the stand that comes with the frame:


 Here is how it looks in the natural sunlight.... shows the stamped image better but you can hardly see the globe! LOL!  This project's greatest challenge was the photo!


I am entering this in the following challenges:

Crafting for all Seasons - 2 texture, Inky Impressions -  #22 glitter, Paper Take Weekly -  Christmas, , Top Tip Tuesday - #59 Anything Christmas Goes, Heart Song Inspirations - Anything Goes, Stamps & Fun = Creativity - Winter, There She Goes - Holiday Projects, Card Cupids - Bling, Creative Inspirations Paint -  Anything Goes, Dream Valley Challenges -  Anything Goes, I Did It Creations - Christmas/Winter, Make it Monday - always Anything Goes Christmas Inspirations -  must be Christmas -  Bows , Dream Valley Challenges -  Anything Goes   2 Sisters - #64 Ribbon  Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - must be Christmas -  #45 Bright Colours and/or Sparkle  Di's Digis Designs Ribbons and BowsLittle Claire's  - #14 ChristmasFloweret ChristmasInspire Me Fridays - always anything goes  Mami Doodles -  Christmas Samuel Taylor's Challenge -  Christmas Cards  

Hope you like it!  Thanks for visiting and for your comments which are so appreciated!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Thinking of You


Hello everyone!
Today I have a quick card to share that I made with a Sizzix/Hero Arts stamp/die cut combo pack.  Really cool! All the images have a matching die!  I used the sketch from Tuesday Trio and the color combo from My Partner in Crafting Crime.  My base is SU! Rose Red and the designer paper is BasicGrey Sultry.  I colored these solid images with markers, adding a touch of a second color to the edges of some then huffed and stamped.  I stamped the main flower twice, cutting it out once to pop it up.  I added a touch of blue chalk around the image for the color challenge, then spritzed with Irredescent Gold Glimmer Mist.  I added some SU! grossgrain ribbon and Hero Arts pearls.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks - Die Cuts, Sarah Hurley Challenges - C10 Use More Than TWO Images, Freshly Brewed -  #70 Anything goes, Stampavie and More - #155 Anything Goes, Paper Take Weekly - Anything Goes, Heidi's Hobbystuggu -  cards only - Bling/Sparkle,  Pretty Little Ribbon Shop - (Must use ribbon) - Anything Goes, Make it Monday - always Anything Goes, Crafty Catz Weekly : anything goes,Joyful Stamper : inspire me fridays, Make It Monday : anything, Paper Play Time : anything, Sassy Cheryls : show me something

Thanks so much for taking a peek!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Elegant Christmas Ornament


Hello friends!
I hope your week is going wonderfully!  Time seems to be just flying by for us these days.  The silence on the job hunt is deafening, yet everything else seems to be just flying by us.  To keep sane.... I made another Christmas card.  This card uses the newly released set from Our Daily Bread designs called Ornaments 2, and is cut with the coordinating Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ornament Die.  I love love love this set!  I used Coredinations for my base, and Anna Griffin Calisto Christmas and Recollections brushed gold for my designer paper.  The ivory strips are Gina K embossed with a CB folder, then inked with Brilliance Galaxy Gold.  The ornament itself was heat embossed on white card, then sponged with T Holtz Fired Brick.  I heat embossed the sentiment and cut with a SU! punch, then mounted on a Spellbinders Holly Accents cut out from the Holly Accent Dies. I punched a hole in the ornament and ran some gold cording through it, and mounted that to the main panel, then added a pine bough edge punched piece (MS).   I sewed each panel and added some bling and a sheer ribbon. 

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Crafting for all Seasons - #13 texture, Freshly Brewed - #70 Anything goes, Paper Shelter Challenge -  #38 Christmas fun, Scrapbook Sisters - #58 Anything Goes, Stampavie and More -#155 Anything Goes, Anything Goes Challenge -  #53 Stitches Real or Faux-1st Week, Paper Take Weekly - Anything Goes & a bit of bling, Ribbon Carousel Challenge - must include spooled item - Anything Goes (thread & gold cord & ribbon), Stamp-N-Doodle - Embossing, Always Something Creative - Challenge#16 - It must Sparkle!, Heidi's Hobbystuggu -  - Bling/Sparkle, Really Reasonable Ribbon - Must use ribbon -  Christmas Theme, Ooh La La CreationsStitching (faux or real), Paper Playtime -  Anything Goes, Paper Pretties - Use a Sentiment, Pollycraft - Anything Goes, Come and Get It Challenges - Anything Goes, Dream Valley Challenges - Anything Goes, Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes, One Stitch At A Time  - Christmas, The Ribbon Girls -Must use ribbon - Jingle all the way to Christmas, Gingerloft - BINGO (ribbon, dp, sewing), Little Claire's  -  #14 Christmas, Sweet Stampin - must Stamp - Anything goes, 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

ODBD Nov 1 Release Blog Hop!


Hello friends!  Welcome to the Our Daily Bread designs November Release Blog Hop!  If you got here from Lorelie"s Blog, you are in the right place.  If not you might want to start at the Our Daily Bread designs Blog and start from the beginning.  If you get lost along the way, simply return there where the entire hop is listed with links.

Now, here are the Hop Details:
  • The Hop will run 8am EDT Nov. 1 until 8pm EDT Nov 2.
  • The winners will be announced on the ODBD Blog on Nov 3.
  • THREE blessed hoppers will win their CHOICE of ONE FREE SET, and ONE very blessed hopper will win the GRAND PRIZE of their CHOICE OF THREE FREE SETS!
Here is what you have to do to be qualified to win one of these prizes:
  • Hop to each designer’s blog and leave a comment
  • Return to the Our Daily Bread designs blog and leave a comment telling us that you completed the hop, making note if there were any you could not comment on.
  • Answer the question  on the ODBD blog when you leave your comment.
Now Here are my card details:

 I made a diorama card.  It was the first thing I envisioned when I saw these sets and couldn't wait to play with them.  I used the Custom Window Die, made for ODBD by Spellbinders, and the "outside" scene called Warm Wishes, and I also used the Crocheted Background for my curtains.

For the front, I cut the window frame out of textured brown card stock scraps, and sponged the edges for dimension.  The diorama itself is 4" x 6".  After cutting and scoring my designer paper (BasicGrey Wassail),  I determined the middle and cut the hole for the window.  I then adhered acetate to the back and using Diamond Glaze I added crystal glitter (MS) to the window panes and let dry. The curtains were cut from some card stock that I had stamped with the Crocheted Background.  I sponged them while still in the die, and again around the edges when removed. 


The middle layer is made by stamping the image once, masking and stamping another tree and coloring with Prisma Pencils and Copics.  I used more of the glitter on the branches though you can't see it that well... it really glistens in the light!  I then cut out the trees and adhered my middle layer.  I punched an MS border around the top and used the left over part for the border at the bottom.  It was really fun and I encourage you to give it a try!  It folds flat for mailing.  You can find a tutorial for a Diorama card here, (by our wonderful Angie) but be sure to adjust your measurements!

Just as a reminder.... if you missed our release last week of the Praying for a Cure set.... it's a wonderful set that can be used for anyone fighting any illness or other real life challenge.  If you missed my post, here is the card I shared for that release, and this set also is being officially released today!

I know there's much more for you so see, so I'll send you on to the next stop now... hop to the ever so sweet and talented Angie!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Gift of God and a sneak peek!


Happy Sunday everyone!  With Sunday comes another Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge, and today our challenge hostess is Lisa!  For this week's Scripture, Lisa has chosen 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.’” 

The challenge is to use Fall Colors ( like crimson, orange, gold or similar).   

I have created a quilt card  using a fabulous soon to be released set from Our Daily Bread designs called Gift of God.  It is "technically" a Christmas set, but I have shown here how it can be used for any occasion.  I decided to make a more masculine card using earthy materials like burlap and twine, along with fall colored plaids and checks.  I used a Papertrey Dark Chocolate base and all the squares of dp are from The Paper Studio Mirabella pad.  I stamped the image onto dp with Versafine ink and colored with a combination of Copics and Prisma Pencils.  I happen to LOVE pinecones and I pick them up when we travel and I see really different ones.  I have a big basket of them in front of my fireplace and even my grandkids save them for me if they see a really special one.  So needless to say, I was excited to see this and the other sets that are coming out.  This Nov. 1 release is going to be sooooo fun!!!  Anyway.... I got carried away there for a minute in my excitemen! LOL!

My hubby and I are away this weekend enjoying our family.   Saturday we watched our daughter run a half marathon, and today we will enjoy their church services, and watch the kids perform in a play tonight.   We have had a strenuous 2 weeks sorting through all the paperwork and questions involved with a sudden layoff, taking unplanned social security, deciding on insurance, financial planning, etc.  We needed the break from it all, so we came to spend time with family.   Grandkids have a way of lifting our spirits any time, right?

Reflecting on today's Scripture, I was reminded of what happened as I was fixing dinner Thursday night. I managed to splatter my  favorite fall shirt in several spots.  I immediately took it off and pretreated it with a variety of products that promise to remove stains.  I soaked, scrubbed, and washed the shirt as soon as I saw the spots, but although some of the color of the stains came out, the underlying grease spots remained.  I love that shirt and just hated that it was permanently stained, and I couldn't do anything more about it!  None of the products that promised to remove the stains completely removed them!  

The picture painted for us in this verse is one of the filthiest  rags you can imagine...not just a few spots, but entirely and completely rotten with filthy sin.  Yet, God in His omnipotence is able to completely cleanse them to the purest possible white just like the snow!  Unlike my shirt...there will be no little grease spots left.  Those rags are us!  We were filthy in our sins, but God has provided the way for those sins to be completely removed and forgiven!  

Do you ever struggle with not feeling worthy?  Perhaps you struggle with guilt over some things in your past that you can't forgive yourself for.... or perhaps you think your sin is so bad that He couldn't possibly forgive you for all of it, but I assure you that the Creator of the universe, the author and sustainer of all things is more than able to do that which He has promised!    If He would give His own sinless Son for you, be assured that He loves you and wants you to love Him too!  He wants to have a relationship with you!!!   Sin separates us from Holy God... but He has provided the way for our forgiveness through the gift of His Son who paid the price for our sin with His own perfect sinless blood.  When we accept Him as our only means for salvation, our sins are forgiven and removed as far as the east is from the west!  If you are burdened with the load of sin,  give it to God and let Him take it away forever! Then bask in His presence knowing the slate is cleaned and He calls YOU friend!!!

Our sponsor this week is Lili of the Valley!  Oh how I wish I could qualify!!! 
The prize is a 10 pound gift certificate to the LOV store!

For the full details of the challenge, prize and devotional, please visit the SSIC Blog.

Be sure to check out the rest of the design team for more inspiration:
Chris, Linda Miesje, Rebecca Kris, PeggysueMariLynnLisa, and Traci

Hugs & Blessings, and so appreciative of your prayers as well!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

My LOC Blog Hop Winner

Hello everyone!
Today I am announcing the winner of the $20.00 prize that was on my blog yesterday!

DH said...

beautiful! thanks for the inspiration & the chance to win.
my friend isaacheckman liked LOC FB

Congrats to you DH!

I don't see an email for you on your profile so please contact me at or post here how we can reach you by email!  You have until tomorrow night, 8pm eastern to contact me!
October 26, 2011 12:08 PM

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

LOC Ornament Blog Hop!


Welcome to the Layers of Color Ornament Blog Hop!
The beginning of the blog hop is at the Layers of Color blog. If you came here from Gini Cagle's  blog, you are  in the right place! 

This is the place to discover the newest creative paper ornament ideas, be inspired by talented designers, and get showered with gifts! Layers of Color is giving away:

FREE Ornament Templates!,
FREE Vintage Roses Ornament Tutorial!, and
5 drawings for a $20 Layers of Color Gift Certificate!

First, let me share my ornaments with you!
Here is my first ornament:


I used Layers of Color Christmas Blessings Clear Art Stamp Set for this ornament, stamping the postage mark from the "City of David", and other elements from the set directly on my linen sewn star with Stazon Ink, and lightly colored the holly with Copics.  I used a recycled Starbucks corrugated wrapper that I dabbed on some white acrylic paint for my next layer, and then  I stamped the image from Christmas Blessings onto Papertrey Vintage Cream and  lightly colored with Prisma Pencils on the holly.  I painted the dove with Shimmerz Angel's Wings.  I used my Grand Calibur to cut the two largest Spellbinders Labels Eighteen out.  My red layer is a scrap of Cordination that I stamped the largest image from this set on, and then sanded and sponged it.  I added a big bronze grommet and some twine as a hanger.  I love how this one came out!


My second ornament:


This was a super easy ornament, because I started with a chipboard ornament and just decorated it with designer paper.  I used scraps of musical score for the bottome and some red Provocraft that I've had forever on the top.  Then I stamped with white craft ink an element from LOC Touch of Elegance Clear Art Stamp Set that reminds me of a snowflake on each of the 4 sides.  I heat embossed each one with white embossing powder, then I used my VersaMark Pen to add dots of white glittery embossing all around on the red.  I hung the ornament on a hanger and applied Snow-Tex, which gives the dimension to the top.  A little more glitter and the top was done.  On the lower parts, I used LOC Royal Birds Clear Art Stamp Set which I cut out and added one sprig of holly to each from the Christmas Blessings Clear Art Stamp set. 

My third ornament:


I did something a little different for this one and used my tried and true acrylic inside of glass ornament technique, but I first used Sharpies to hand draw some bare branch trees, and then used a white Sharpie Paint Pen to add snow to the tops of the branches and drew a few hills in the background.  Then I stamped a reindeer from the LOC Reindeer Waltz set and heat embossed with glitter ep, and adhered.  I punched a hole in the top of the acrylic circle I had cut, added thin silver thread to hang it by, and rolled it up to tuck inside.  Once I had it where I wanted it I tied the thread to the topper.  I also added some snow from Martha Stewart for the bottom of the ornament.  A little smoky seam binding bow finishes it off.

I hope you enjoyed my ornaments!

Now, we have FREE GIFTS FOR YOU!...
Come get a FREE Vintage Roses Ornament Tutorial tomorrow, October 27th 

My gift to you: Chances to win a $20 Layers of Color Gift Certificate! 
To enter the drawing:
  • You and at least one friend “LIKE” Layers of Color Facebook page, then comment here on my blog that you did this.
  • When your friends "LIKE" LOC, ask them to comment on LOC Facebook that you sent them. 
  • Refer more friends for more entriesLeave me a comment mentioning which friends participated. No limit on entries!
  • Winner will be announced here tomorrow.

There are still MORE GIFTS for YOU!

With every online purchase from Layers of Color boutique you will get an exclusive FREE Vintage Ornament Template designed by Laura Campbell! She made this sample using Glad Tidings art stamp set and Feather Twine. Your gift will be printed on cardstock ready for you to add your creative ideas with stamps and ink! Limited time only!

Now I'll send you along the hop to discover lots of gorgeous ornament projects to add sparkle to your Christmas preparations!  From here, hop to Holly Simoni's Blog for more inspiration!

There are drawings for $20 Layers of Color Gift Certificates as surprise gifts for you along the way, so be sure to visit each designer's blog!
Thanks for stopping, for your sweet comments, and I hope you enjoy the hop!