Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Snowy Sneak Peek and a mini tutorial!

Hello my friends!  Today I'm excited to give you a sneak peek at a couple sets coming your way on Dec 1 from Our Daily Bread designs!  I created this luminary ornament using the Small Snowflake Background and the Sparkling Snowflakes set.  I thought I'd share a mini tutorial on how to create these cute little ornaments.... which are perfect with battery operated tea lights in them, but could also be filled with all sorts of goodies if preferred!

So here is what you will need:

Our Daily Bread designs Small Snowflake Background Stamp and Sparkling Snowflakes set (coming Dec 1)
Our Daily Bread designs custom Tag Die
Score Pal or Score Buddy or the like
Blue card stock of choice
Ranger Perfect Medium, Stampendous Kaleidoscope Embossing Powder, Ranger White Embossing Powder
Spellbinders Mega Ovals (#2 die)
Ribbon of choice
Tombow Metal glue or other strong quick drying glue

To begin  you will cut four tags out of blue card stock, and stamp them with Perfect Medium and heat emboss with white embossing powder.  Then center the #2 die from the mega oval die set, and cut the oval window out of each panel.

  Score each tag 1/4" in on each side and burnish each fold.

Cut a square from the blue card stock 2 1/4" square for the bottom. (If you want to wait until your ornament is together so you can measure it exactly, that's fine.  These were my measurements, but you could always come up with just a slightly different measurement on yours, so if your bottome piece doesn't fit, that would be my

Score the bottom square in 1/4" on each side, fold and snip into 1 side of each corner to the fold.

Cut 4 pieces of vellum to fit inside ornament (mine was 1 9/16"w X3 3/8" high).  Stamp with an arrangement of three of the smallest stamps in the Sparkling Snowflakes set using Perfect Medium, then heat emboss with Stampendous Kaleidoscope embossing powder.

Now you will glue each 1/4" seam together using Tombow glue.  (I clamped with paper clips for a couple minutes until set.)  Next, run a thin bead of glue around each oval window, and insert the vellum, pressing down smoothly. Let dry for a couple minutes.

From here, you will glue your last seam to complete the square, and then after gluing the bottom  corners, you cut, just slide that square up onto the four sides and glue.

Decorate as desired.  I chose to just use 2 holes this time and added ribbon as a hanger with a knot on the inside of the luminary.  You could also use all four holes and hang thin cord from each hole.  It's all up to you! Insert battery operated tea light and enjoy!

That's it!  Easy peasy and yet looks very pretty on the tree!  I hope you'll give it a try... and don't forget to be back here on Dec 1 for a HUGE and fabulous release!!!!  See you then!!!

I am entering this in the following challenges:   4 Crafty Chicks -  Ornaments, Charisma Cardz - 3E, C10 - #47 Christmas with a twist, No Green, Gold or Red, Crimbo Crackers - , must be Christmas - #29   Anything holiday/festive  Cute Card Thursday -  Snowflakes, Little Miss Muffet Challenges -  ) Tags or Gifts (made with tags, and as a gift), Pixie Dust Studio - Winter Holiday Creations, Sassy Studio Designs - SIO - #153 Christmas Anything BUT a Card and Our Daily Bread designs - Deck the Halls (ornaments)


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Trying the Bleaching Technique on kraft~

Hello my friends! Did you think I fell off the face of the earth?  LOL!  I've been busy the past couple weeks with a lot of things going on in my "real" life, and I have not had much time to be creative!  I hope you'll forgive me!

 I wanted to share a card I made  to honor my dear design team sister, Angie Crockett when she was Queen for the Day over on SCS. I have been wanting to try the bleach technique, and Angie does it so well, that I was inspired by her to give it a try.  I used this month's release from Our Daily Bread designs, Cardinal Ornament I stamped it on Kraft card stock and then painted with a paint brush. The bleached area yellowed a bit more than I had expected. I did not have the bleach gel Angie used so I used straight bleach, and I'm thinking it might have been a bit different due to that. Anyway... I then colored the image with Prisma Pencils, letting the more heavily bleached areas stay lighter for my highlights. After coloring, I added white with my Signa Gel Pen and then some glitter to the pine needles and cones.... but you can't see that in the photo.

I cut the image with Spellbinders Classic Circles Lg and matted with Lacey Circles. The dp is K&Co. I stamped the sentiment from the same set with VersaFine for the darkest imprint on the dp.  I also tried piercing around the edge but nowhere as perfectly as Angie does it!!! 

I am entering this in the following challenges:


Stay tuned because the bread sticks are busily preparing for the Dec. release on Saturday... and you won't want to miss this release!!!  I hope to see you then!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Christmas Greetings on the elegant side!

Hello friends!  I hope you enjoyed a fabulous weekend!!! 

 Today I have a card I created for today's Feature Focus over on the Our Daily Bread designs blog.... the ODBD Elegant Ovals Dies, which were custom made for ODBD by Spellbinders.  I love these dies and so I was happy to use them for this pretty elegant Christmas Flourished Verses sentiment.  I stamped the frame with  Elegant Oval Frames.    I also used the Poinsettia Background stamp to create my own dp.  I used  a Spellbinders Fancy Weave Frame and a Cheery Lynn Victorian Romance Flourish Die.  The poinsettia background and sentiment are stamped with Brilliance Platinum Ink and then the frame and sentiment are clear embossed.  The shimmery paper is from Michaels. I aplogize for this photo... I took sooooo many tries but could not capture just the exact tone of ink on this card, but I hope you liked it anyway. Sometimes, no matter what you do, your camera just does it's own thing! LOL!  

Here are the ODBD products I used:

I am submitting this to the following challenges:

 For more inspiration using the Elegant Ovals dies at ODBD and some of the coordinating stamps, please visit:

Have a wonderful week... and if you didn't come here from the Our Daily Bread designs blog, hop on over there to see other samples from the talented design team using this awesome custom die set!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christmas Greetings

Hello my friends!  I hope you are all doing well!  It has been a busy week here, as my hubby had cataract surgery yesterday, and today we were back down to the city for the follow up exams, etc.  All went very well and he is very happy to be seeing so well!  Now he's already wanting to get the other eye done as it's made him realize how even what was his "good" eye now is his "bad" eye.  LOL!  Isn't it amazing what can be done these days!!!  The procedure has been improved so much over what it used to be and we are so thankful!!!

Anyhoo... I wanted to share another card I made with this month's fantastic sets from Our Daily Bread designs.  I used Cardinal Ornament for my image, and Christmas Flourished Verses for the sentiment.  The image is cut with Spellbinders Classic Circle Large, and is framed with Spellbinders Ornate Artisan Tags & Accents.  The sentiment is cut with Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Two.  Istamped with Memento Ink,  colored the image with Copics, and sponged the sentiment panel with Brilliance Silver Ink.  The ribbon is May Arts (from my stash) and the bling is from my stash.  I really am enjoying playing with these sets!!! 

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Tandastamps - Christmas Stampavie and More  #181 Swirls and Pearls Clear It Out! -Use Old Supplies Anything Goes  Stash Item- Red Ribbon, and pearls,  Craft Room Challenge - Punches & Die Cuts Crafty Sentiments - Christmas LEJ Designs Seasons Greetings  Crafty Bloggers Network Crafty Cardmakers -  More than One Punch and/or Die Cut House of Gilli Celebrations Make it Monday - always Anything Goes Totally Stampalicious  Bling   Corrosive Challenges Flutter by (wings)Glitter n Sparkle - Things with Wings Sunday Stamper Birds That Craft Place Red for Remembrance 2 Sisters - #117 Use your favourite Christmas Stamps

I hope you have a great rest of the week!!!  


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Water Globe Gift Idea for Christmas!

Hello my friends! 

Today I have something different to share with you!  This is a very simple little water globe I made using this month's release from Our Daily Bread designs, Turtle Dove Ornament.   I bought this water globe kit from Hobby Lobby.  It has the name of Nicole on the sticker.  Anyway... it's so simple to make a fun gift with it, and very inexpensive too!  There is water on the front and back of a center space designed for a photo, and you can put whatever picture or stamped image in that center area you wish, or in my case, you could put 2 images, so that from both sides there is something pretty to see.  So I stamped my image with Memento and colored with Copics.  The circle outline on the stamp is the absolute perfect fit for the globe, so for the top of this insert, I simply cut out the image on that line.  On the bottom, I cut straight down to the bottom, and then worked it in to the center panel.  There is a template in the kit that you can place over any image and use to cut if you want.  It couldn't be easier!  Just shake it up and enjoy!

Hope you'll give this a try!  Any of this month's ornament sets would be a perfect fit!  Here is what I used:

I am entering this in the following challenges:  2 Sisters - Use your favorite Christmas Stamps, Crazy 4 Challenges - A Card inspired by one of your favourite Carols.One Stop Craft - Anything Goes, Sweet Stampin -  must Stamp - Anything Goes, Corrosive Challenges -  Flutter by (wings), Glitter n Sparkle - Things with Wings, 

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, November 8, 2012

For the Love of Family Hop!

  Welcome to Our Daily Bread Design's Alumni Team's bi-monthly For the Love Blog Hop. This week the Alumni team along with some of the ODBD designers are featuring a hop For the Love of Family! Check out each link and leave a comment. If you get lost along the way, check the ODBD blog for full list of links. One of the posts is a hop 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 Wednesday, November 21st at 6 pm. Enjoy all the beautiful designs featuring For the Love of Family!
If you got here from Chris' Awesome Blog, you are in the right place!  If not, you might want to start at the ODBD Blog so you don't miss anything!
Now... here is my card....
I used the Christmas Door set, stamping with Archival Ink on Watercolor paper, and water coloring with Tim Holtz Markers.  I stamped my sentiment from the same set, cut with a Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio die, then I stamped the greenery from the door stamp along the top and lower edge of the panel.  I then applied Flower Soft in Vintage Christmas to both the image and the sentiment panel.  The base is Bazzill, the dp is K&Co Christmas Cheer, and the dies used for the sentiment border are 2 of the Spellbinders Holly Accents.  The embossing folder is Cuttlebug Holly Stripes, and the die cuts in the top corners are  Provocraft.  The ribbon is from my stash, and the red pearls are from AC Moore.  I added Glossy Accents to my popped up bow on the wreath.  I also added touches of glitter, which I hope you can see in the close up below.

Thanks so much for stopping by... and now I will send you to the next stop... Ever so Talented Lori!

Monday, November 5, 2012

A card and a call to pray!

Hello friends! I hope you enjoyed your weekend and that your week is off to a wonderful start!  If you are in the US, I hope you have been praying for this vote tomorrow, and that above all, you will get out and vote!  If you are not in the US, I hope you will join us in prayer for the outcome of this vote as well... as I don't think ever before there has been a race so close, and with sooooo much at stake!  We know that God puts men and women in positions of leadership, and He takes them down, according to His unfathonable will.  We may differ on our viewpoint of who would be best for America, but ultimately, we need to be praying for whoever He allows to hold this office and for all our leaders that they will turn back to God and seek His face in all decisions they make!  I received an email this morning that listed Scriptures to use as the basis for our prayers, and I decided to share it with you here.  I hope you'll indulge me as I feel compelled to add this to my post today:

It is critical that Christians pray for the coming presidential election. The power of prayer can overcome any obstacle or ungodly influence and, indeed, do great things!

II Chronicles 7:14 - If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, will heal their land.

Acts 17:30 - Pray for repentance for yourself and for our nation.

Proverbs 16:13 - Pray that our nation will listen to the truth and not be led astray.

Psalm 125 - Pray that those who trust in the Lord will not be shaken.

Psalm 86:14-17 - Pray that the Lord would defeat those who have no regard for Him in this election.

II Kings 13:16 - Pray that the Lord would put His hands on the man of His choice for president (and his team) and guide them.

Daniel 2:20-22 - the Bible tells us that God sets up kings and God deposes kings. God is in control.

Luke 12:54-57 - Pray that God's man and our nation will be discerning and do what is right.

Psalm 16:7-8 - Pray that the Lord would give wise counsel and guidance to His choice for president in this campaign.

Proverbs 1:5-6 - Pray that God's man will listen with discernment, add to his knowledge, and receive wise counsel in this campaign. 
John 16:33 - Pray that the man of God's choice would be given wisdom and ability from the Lord to overcome any obstacle or difficulty during this campaign.

Philippians 4:13 - Pray that the Lord's choice for President will have special strength and unusual ability from God.

Psalm 18:32-36 - Pray that the Lord would arm the man of His choice with strength; would guide him in battle (this election); and would sustain him and give him victory.

Hebrews 11:32-34 - Pray that God's man could, through faith, persevere and maintain his courage throughout this election.

2 Corinthians 12:9 - Pray that the Lord would empower and enable his man in any area of weakness.

Habakkuk 1:5 and 3:2 - Pray that the Lord would do something that would utterly amaze us and give His servant victory. 
Thank you for praying!  May God be merciful to sinful America and forgive our land for all the ways we have turned our back on Him!  
Now for my card today....

I created this card with this month's release from Our Daily Bread designs, The Babe.  It's really a precious image, and although I feel very uncomfortable and unworthy to color any image of my Lord and Savior, I did attempt this one.  The image is stamped with Memento and colored with Copics, then highlighted with Spica glitter pen.   The embossing folder is Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes folder, and the Spellbinders used are: Labels 8, Grommet Tags, Petite Ovals Large.  The peeling paint wood dp is a scrap from my scrap box and I don't know the name.  The twine is from the jewelry dept. of Hobby Lobby.

I hope you've enjoyed my card today, and thanks for your prayers!
I am entering this in the following challenges:
 Word Art Wednesday- use their free word art or any Scripture or encouraging sentiment, Penny Black and More - no digis  Any Die will Do, Great Impressions -  Celebrating the Season, Card Makin' Mamas -  Anything goes, Cards by Lady Anne - Sentimental For Friday - Anything Goes, Christmas Stampin All Year Long- must be Christmas- Anything goes, Delicious Doodles -   Embossing, Crafty Catz -  Add texture    

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Nov. Release Blog Hop!

Hello my friends!  Welcome to the Our Daily Bread designs Nov. Release Blog Hop!  If you got here from Chris' incredible blog, you are in the right place!  If not, you might want to start at the ODBD Blog so you don't miss anything!
  • The hop will run from 8am EDT Nov 1 until 8pm EDT Nov 2
  • Winners will be announced on the ODBD Blog Nov 3
  • Three hoppers will win their choice of one free set, and 1 blessed hopper will win the entire Nov. Bread Basket Bundle!!! 
  • Simply hop to each stop, leave a comment and return to the ODBD Blog to tell us you completed the hop and let us know if you had any problems along the way!  That's it!  Enjoy!!!

For my card today... I used Chickadee Ornament to create my shaker card.  I used a Cuttlebug Embossing folder that had the greenery and a cardinal on it (from the Winter Wonderland Pack), but I positioned it so the cardinal did not show because it was where my cut out is, and I ran it through the machine twice to get more greenery.  I stamped the fun image with Memento ink and colored with Copics.  The red ribbon is May Arts Wrinkled ribbon and the bling is from Hobby Lobby.   Inside the shaker I used chunky sugar crystals.... just enough to give it life and movement, but not so much that it covered my stamp, and I added some Stickles to the pine clusters.

I hope you are inspired by the simplicity of this design!  If you did not see my sneak peek earlier  I'll just show you that again, which was made using the Turtle Doves Ornament Set and again is super quick and easy to create.   

Here are the sets I spotlighted today:

My second card used the image from Turtle Dove Ornament and sentiment from the Cardinal Ornament Set

Thanks so much for visiting today!  To continue on the hop, your next stop is the Amazing Angie!