Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Another quick sneak peek!


Hello friends!  I have another quick sneak peek for you!  I played in today's sketch challenge on SCS but my camera battery was dead so I didn't get to photgraph it until late in the day!  Don't ya just hate when that happens?  Anyway... I wanted to post this as one more quick sneak peek at another new set coming your way tomorrow from Our Daily Bread designs.  This set is called The Light of Life.  It is stamped with Memento Ink, colored with Copics, the lantern itself is popped up for dimension, and there is flower soft added to the plants. The image is cut out with the ODBD Elegant Oval Frame, custom made for ODBD by Spellbinders.   Isn't this a great old lantern?  Perfect for guy cards, which is what I made here, using the CAS sketch for today.  I embossed the panels with the CB Distressed Stripes folder and ran an ink pad over the raised parts for contrast.  A few little brads, and some twine finished it off.

This is also for the following challenges:
 Divas by Design -  Spots or Stripes(distressed stripes ef), Penny's Paper-Crafty - anything goes, Simon Says Stamp - anything goes, Tandastamps -  no DP, The Perfect Sentiment - must have sentiment on front -  die cut, Creative Craft Challenges -Boys Will Be Boy-sall about masculine projects, Partytime Tuesdays -  Anything Goes, Stamp-N-Doodle - Let's See Embossing Of Any Kind, Creative Mondays - Anything Goes, House of Gilli - Green, Make it Monday - always Anything Goes, The Crazy Challenge -  Anything Goes, The Scrapbooking Queen- Anything goes with a little green

Hope to see you 8am tomorrow morning for the release blog hop!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sneak Peek!


Hello friends!  I hope you are doing well and are enjoying a wonderful week! I'm excited to be sharing a little "sneak peek" with you today!  This card was made using the soon to be released Flourished Verses from Our Daily Bread designs! This set along with several more will be released Thursday, Mar 1!

My card base is Mark's Finest Papers, the dp is My Mind's Eye Madamoiselle.  I used several dies on this card... just love these dies: Cheery Lynn Italian Doily, Fanciful Flourish, Anastasia Border, Spellbinders Floral Doily Accents, Classic Circles Large.  The ink is SU! Baja Breeze and the pearls and larger flowers were a gift from a sweet friend.  The smaller flowers are Prima, and I sponged them lightly with baja breeze.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Challenges I am entering my creation in:
Creative Mondays -  Anything Goes 
MyGrafico - Flowers
Nettie G's Digital Gems -  Anything Goes Show Us Your Style Using Your Favorite Technique (layering and elegance)
Corrosive Challenges -Another Dimension
Scrappy Frogs -  Die Cuts 
Sentimental Sundays - must include a Sentiment - Lace and Pearls
That Craft Place - Anything Goes
 Drunken Stampers - Texture
Crop Stop - Include at least 3 flowers 
Moving Along With The Times -  Lots of layers  
Penny's Paper-Crafty - #73 anything goes
WordArt Wednesdays - see site for word art free digi

Be sure to stop back by on Thursday for  the release blog hop and lots of chances to win!  March ODBD is celebrating it's 4th Anniversary, and there's lots going on, with many opportunities to have some fun and win more prizes!!!  Check the ODBD Blog out often, and for a synopsis of all that's going on, stop by the ODBD Blog on Mar 8th!  See you then!!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Thinking of You with Flower Soft

FSChurch Lilacs

Hello friends!  Happy Wednesday!  Who's ready for something spring?

Today I have a Flower Soft card to share with you.  I love this stuff!  This is a preprinted topper from the Country Village Kit, that I simply decorated with flower soft and popped up parts of the image.  I added the sweet fence from a custom fence die from Our Daily Bread designs, and the flower soft sentiment.  I used a Coredinations base and some Martha Stewart seam binding and done. 


To shape the flower soft more than just scattering it onto the glue, I like to place the glue where I want it, pour on the flower soft, tap off the excess, then I use my piercer point to carefully gather it together and shape it. So for the lilacs for example, I kept pushing the edges into little vertical lines which created a definite edge, and popped up what was in the center of the lilac more, giving more definition.   As it dries it becomes very easy to "mold" to the exact shape you want.  If you use your piercer, don't use it like you are piercing your paper, but hold it closer to perpendicular to the paper... so you are using the point but not risking piercing the paper.  I hope I'm explaining that OK!  LOL!

These kits are very fun to work with and you get a lot in a pack!  I encourage you to give them a try!!!

I am entering this in the following challenges:
 Creative Mondays -  Anything Goes, Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes, Make it Monday - always Anything Goes,  MyGrafico - Flowers, Paper Pretties - Spring, Stamps R Us -  Anything Goes, The Crazy Challenge - Use a Die or Punch, Stampin' Sisters in ChristYour image must be or include a flower, Scrappy Frogs - Die Cuts,
Have a blessed week!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Something a little different for me!


Hello my friends!  Today I have something a little different than my usual.  I wanted to make a tag using The Mighty Sea and The Sea from Our Daily Bread designs, but I wanted to explore some different techniques and mediums, and this is what I came up with.  I'm not even sure there is a name for this technique, but it's more of a combination of black magic and faux wood (mine would be without the wood grain but instead it's faux clouds???) LOL

Anyhow..... I'll try to explain what I did.  I began by cutting SU! Kraft card stock into a tag shape.  I stamped the image from The Mighty Sea with Memento Ink.  I used various tear drop inks from Brilliance, mainly white and applied directly to the paper in various places on the sky to give a lighter base to work on later.  I added tans and blues to the other parts of the scene, not covering it, just laying down areas of color.  When that dried I began applying chalks to the scene, layering them on until I got the depth of color I wanted.  The Brilliance ink gives a sheen that shows through even the chalks and adds some drama that I kind of like!  After coloring most of the scene with chalks I spritzed with water and dried.  I stamped the sentiment and added details with Prisma Pencils, then topped some of the white capped waves with a Sharpie Poster Paint pen.  I also have a very old Galaxy white pen that I used to add some lighter shades here and there.  Finally, I mixed two shades of T Holtz Distress embossing powders and heat embossed that on to the sandy shore and the grasses.  This gave lots of texture.  The shell punched border is Martha Stewart, and the little shells are shell beads.  The twine is just plain old twine from the hardware store.

I wanted to create a stormy scene and use this sentiment on a tag for my husband as he is going over seas soon with his new job.  I wanted to give him a reminder of how God DOES work in mysterious ways.  As most of you know, he was laid off last year and we had several long months of praying and seeking His will for the next stage of our lives.  Then, the end of January,  he was offered a job which quite honestly is much better than the one he had in many ways!  During the time he was laid off, we did feel like we were in a storm... one of life's big storms, yet we always had peace that God knew what His plans for us were, and waited for Him to move.... and He did!  Sometimes when we are IN the storm, we might be temped to ask God "why" or even get angry with Him or doubt His goodness, but we must always remember that He has plans for us and they are plans for our good, and not to harm us (Jer. 29:11).  Sometimes as Laura Story's song "Blessings" states... life's greatest disappointments can be our greatest blessings in disguise!  That is because God DOES work in mysterious ways.... but always in His PERFECT ways!

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Thursday, February 16, 2012

For The Love of ODBD Borders & Frames Blog Hop!


Welcome to Our Daily Bread Design's  Alumni Team's bi-monthly For the Love Blog Hop. If you got here from Chris' awesome blog, you are in the right place!  If you just happened on my blog, you might want to hop on over to  the ODBD Blog for the full list of links so you don't miss a chance to win!!!  

  This week the Alumni team along with some of the ODBD designers (like me)  are featuring a hop for the Love of ODBD Borders and Frames! Check out each link and leave a comment. If you get lost along the way, go to ODBD Blog for the full link list.  One of the posts is a hot spot and a name will be drawn from that list of comments to win a $15 ODBD store gift certificate.  So, all you have to do is hop along and see all the creations and leave a little love!  You have until March 14th at 6 pm EST.  We are skipping Thursday, March 1st for a NEW RELEASE Hop!  The winner will be announced March 16th!  So, I hope you've been hopping and enjoying all the inspiration using our Love of ODBD Borders and Frames! 

 I used the Vine Border set for my card.

 ...And here is my card...


ODBD Stamps used:  The Sea, and Vine Borders.
Card Stock:  Gina K
Designer Paper: BasicGrey Periphery, Glitz
Accessories:  Spellbinder's Label 16,  Parisian Accents, Memento Ink, Copics, Hug Snug Seam Binding, Recollections Pearls

I am the last stop on the hop. If you want to,  pop on back to the  ODBD blog to check the list and be sure you caught every stop!  Hope you had fun!!!

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

It is Well at Dawn and all the time!

Hello my friends!  I have a quick card to share today.  I entered this into the SCS inspiration challenge today, which was to find your inspiration from a wonderful photography site, Better Photo.   I chose this photo, because I loved the hues in the lovely water scene at dawn!  I also wanted to play in this week's H-E-A-R-T challenge over at Let Your Light Shine challenge at ODBD.  For this challenge we were to use at least 3 things that started with any of the letters in the word HEART.  I used Hymn, Embellishments, Airbrush, and Twine.

I used Our Daily Bread designs It Is Well With My Soul Hymn BG, and airbrushed it with Copics.  I used The Mighty Sea for my focal point, stamping with Memento and coloring with Copics.  I piereced around the edges, added some twine and sea shell charms, and left it simple for a masculine card. 

This passage comes to mind as I ponder the words of this wonderful old hymn:
Isaiah 43:2
“When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.” (NLT)

Trusting that even if you are in the deep waters right now... that God fills you with His peace and you can truly say, "It Is Well With My Soul".

I am linking up to the following:


Thursday, February 9, 2012

A quick gift idea...

Hello my blogging friends!  Today I am sharing a really quick little gift I made for a dear friend a little while ago.  It is a bookmark made with a Scripture from  ODBD Scriptures Collection 3.

I wrote a tutorial on how to create it over on the Our Daily Bread designs Blog today.   I hope you'll  check it out there!

I received an email this morning and this was part of it.  I thought it fit perfectly with this verse, so I'm sharing it here.

Be still for a while Dear Woman of God. Be still for a while and
praise God for His favor, His grace and His awesomeness. God is able
to do the impossible and is always near. He loves us unconditionally.


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Casing Kelley!


Hello my friends!  Over on the ODBD Forum, there's a special CASE ARTIST challenge up!  Our assignment this week is to Case ODBD Owner, Kelley Holland!  Many of you might not know that she was an avid card maker and as such sensed the need for more Christian themed stamps for the stamping community.  That is how the ODBD story began!  So today, I have cased this card.  Hope you can play along!  Read all the details on the forum, and if you haven't joined yet... come on... join now!  It's free and there are challenges to play in, fellowship to be had, prayer support and friendship to enjoy! 

I have used Love One Another and God's Love to create this card.  I used just part of the verse to use just the word Love for this.

  Here are the card details:
CS: Bazzill Bling
Ink: Memento, THoltz Distress
Accessories:  Spellbinders Classic Ovals Lg, Sm, Lacey Ovals and Fancy Tags 2
Cheery Lynn Anastasia die, CB embossing folder, May Arts silk ribbon, Copics, Spica Glitter Pen, ZVA Creative Pearl flourishes

This week's Stampin Sisters in Christ verse is John 3:16.  This is a verse most of us know by heart and can quote it easily... but how much do we focus on what it really says?  I think about the entire Bible message is summed up in this one verse!

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.  Wow!  Have any of you been listening to Focus on the Family on the radio lately?  Have you heard the children quoting this verse with their own little emphasis?  If not try to find it on a Christian radio station near you!  I love the "wow" at the end!  Truly it IS a wow verse!  There is no greater love than this... that a man would lay down his life for another!!!  Thank you Lord!

I am joining the following challenges with this card:
Stampin Sisters in Christ - Love theme based on John 3:16, Allsorts -  Free and Easy February, Catch The Bug - February Anything Goes,   Di's Digis Designs  Valentines, My Sheri Crafts  -   Love is in the Air, Our Creative Corner -  Love is in the Air, Our Daily Bread Designs -  Secret Admirer case challenge, Stamp, Scrap and Doodle -  Die Cut or Punches,   Crafty Ann's -  Love is in the Air, Fairy Tale -, Love, Love, Love, Inspire Me Fridays – Link Up Party, Lily Pad -Patterned Paper, Mami Doodles - For a Loved One, Stempelsonnen Challenge -  must have stamp as main focus –Valentine,  Artistic Stampers - must use rubber stamp,  Hearts, Freshly Brewed Monthly Challenge -  Love, Heidi's Hobbystuggu - Valentine's Day

Have a blessed week!!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

ODBD Feb. release Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Our Daily Bread designs February Release Blog Hop!  If you got here from Angie's Awesome 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 EST Feb. 1 until 8pm EST Feb 2.
  • The winners will be announced on the ODBD Blog on Feb 3.
  • Four  hoppers will win a free set of choice, and One blessed hopper will win this month's Bread Basket Bundle!!!
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... on to my card details:

I made this tri-shutter card using stamps from the ODBD sets: Mighty Sea, The Sea, and Anchor (a past release).  I stamped the images with Memento and colored with Copic Markers.  I used SU! Close to Cocoa for my base, and Memory Box Poppyfinch designer paper.  The blue is Bazzill.  With my Grand Calibur, I cut several Spellbinders Dies:  Grommet Tags, Labels 11, Labels 17, and Labels 20I used the negative part of an EK Success Bracket Punch for the little blue "waves" I added.  The twine is "hung" on a part of an ODBD Fence DieThe little sand dollars are a K&Co self adhesive ribbon which I cut apart to use as single shells.  Below is a close up of the fish netting I created  with a re-purposed onion bag.


 To read the story of It is Well with my soul, another new stamp this month, please scroll down 2 posts here on my blog, or click here.  The story behind this hymn will bless you!

Thank you for stopping... and now, from here, hop on to Becca's Beautiful Blog!