Saturday, July 4, 2015

CTMH ~ Land of the Free ~

For all of my friends in the United States, Happy 4th of July!  I hope this post finds you enjoying a day full of friends and fun!  I have a simple card to share today featuring an older Close To My Heart release.  I'm not sure if this was a special monthly set or just is no longer in the catalog.  I normally don't like to feature things that you can't purchase.  However, I REALLY wanted to use this stamp for a project this year!  So here it is!  It features Close To My Heart's Home of the Brave set.

I started with a 5.5 x 4.25 inch blue card stock base and added a red mat.  I stamped the Statue of Liberty image and added 3 inked images (red, blue and yellow) of my firecrackers.  I finished the card by stamping the sentiment in black ink in the corner.  

I took some time today to catch up on my daily Bible reading...  I have been studying for a HR re-certification course...  and sadly my Bible studies fell behind.  Today, I found myself in the book of Philippians...

"For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself."

    Phillippians 3:20-21 NASB (New American Standard Bible)

I have always been a proud American.  The 4th of July always brings a surge of patriotism for me.    This scripture brought a powerful truth home to me.  I am just passing through.  This place...  isn't my home...  I might be a citizen of the US of A...  but that is temporary...  I hold a citizenship that trumps all others....  Do you???  



Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Blog Hop and New Release at Our Daily Bread Designs!

 Welcome to Release Day at Our Daily Bread Designs!  The first day of each month is a special time for ODBD and the "Bread Sticks."  We get to show you all of the new products ODBD has cooked up for you that month.  Plus you have the chance to win when you hop along!  

For complete deets on how you might win check out the bottom of today's post.  In the meantime, I have a couple of cards to share featuring a host of new stamps and dies from Our Daily Bread Designs.  

First off, I have a soft and shabby project featuring the new set, You Are My Angel...

I started with a white card stock base (5.5 x 4.25 inches) and added a soft pink mat.  I selected the gingham print from ODBD's Shabby Rose Paper Collection  and distressed the edges before adding it to the pink mat.  A bit of dimensional foam lifts the die cut Quatrefoil Pattern Die off of the gingham for an added bit of dimension.  I stamped the angel wings (from the new You Are My Angel
set) with silver ink on white card stock and carefully fussy cut it.  I nestled it on top of the wing dies (Angel Wings) and added some greenery from a favorite die, Fancy Foliage.  This montage including flowers from the Birds and Nest Die rest upon the Antique Labels and Borders Die also in white CS.  I stamped the sentiment (You Are My Angel) with pink ink on white card stock and used the Pennants Die to cut and emboss it.  A few flat backed pearls in the blossoms add just a bit of refinement.  And if  you look closely you will see the bit of glimmer mist on the die cut wings nestled above the pearl flourish.  Whew!  There is a whole lot going on with this project!  ;-)

And here is the new set you see here today...

So for my second project...  I decided to go with an Americana feel...  Fourth of July is coming ya know!  

I started with a rich navy CS base measuring 5.5 x 4.25 inches.  I added a white mat and a red card stock base, scoring every inch to create a "clapboard" effect.  The new dies made the rest of the project a breeze.  I created my window, shutters and window box with the new dies, Welcoming Window, Flower Box Fillers and Window Shutter and Awning.  I created the flowers with the Flower Box Fillers die and added a bit of greenery from Fancy Foliage. 
 The curtains are white card stock and Layered Lacey Squares Die cuts, positioned to resemble curtains.  The "wallpaper" and awning are prints from the Patriotic Paper Collection.  I chose a rich navy ink and stamped the sentiment (Home Sweet Home) on white CS before using the Mini Tags Die to cut and frame it.  A bit of baker's twine and Flower Soft adorn the box.  
So here are the new items you see here...

Didn't I tell you this was a fabulous release???  SO FUN!!!  

Would you like to have a chance to select some ODBD stamps of your very own? 
Here's all the deets....

Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps found in the "stamps column" of the website just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until July 2, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on July 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

and the Bread Sticks

  Cathy * Julie * Sandee * Silke * DawnChris 
 * Grace * America * Lisa * Amy * Lori(ME)Angie * Sabrina

WAW190 ~ Fear Not ~

It's time for another fabulous, fun and inspirational challenge
Be sure to check out the Word Art Wednesday site for all of the details including this week's digital scripture, how to link your creation AND info on some fabulous prizes! 

We appreciate this week's sponsors so very much!  Please take a few moments to thank those who provided our prizes this week!

This week I decided to go with a bee theme featuring this powerful scripture from the Book of Joel...

I started with a white card stock base measuring 5.5 x 3.5 inches and added a black mat.  I used fun bee themed papers for the base and center panel and printed my scripture panel on white CS.  I stamped the bee image, coloring and die cutting before adding glitter glue to his wings. 
It's a clean design this week.  But I sure love the color combo! 

I decided to use the MOJO sketch you see here...
And the list of supplies...

Digital Scripture Image - Word Art Wednesday
Bee Image and Die - Verve Stamps - The Buzz Stamp Set & Dies
Paper - Bazzill, Georgia Pacific, Pebbles Homegrown Paper Pad



Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 26, 2015

SU ~ Star Spangled Chevrons ~

Good morning and welcome!  Today, I have a different project celebrating the upcoming 4th of July holiday.  If you are a trend watcher, you know that chevrons have been BIG.  You see them everywhere from home decor to ladies' fashion.  And I everyone from the cutest little girls with brightly colored hair bows to middle aged voluptuous ladies And yes, I count myself among the latter!  :-)  Anytime I find a trend that catches my eye, I try to incorporate it into my paper projects.  A friend of mine has an embroidery business and she shared a fun project she was working on via Social media.  It involved chevrons (created with red Ric Rac) and her interpretation of Ol' Glory.  I was amazed/bedazzled/inspired and nearly passed out...  Did I mention I was totally bedazzled????  SO what does any crafter do when inspiration strikes??  You run to your craft room and go with it!!!                                                          

I started out my stamping my blue field twice, first on the actual focal panel and then again on a piece of scrap paper.  I cut the second one out to use as a mask.  I placed the mask over my original blue field and used the chevron stamp to create my stripes, stamping over the masked area for continuity.  And yes, I used a stamp positioner for this part, because spaced these just right is very tricky...  and I am so not talented...

and the set that started it all... Work of Art

I love this set!  When I first looked at it in the catalog, I was struggling for ideas...  but now I am so hooked and can't wait to do more...  rainbows... masculine cards...  the possibilities are endless!

additional supplies 

Stampin' Up - Night of Navy  Card stock and Ink
Real Red - Card Stock and Ink 
White Card stock - Georgia Pacific

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

ODBD ~ Let Your Light Shine ~

Good Wednesday morning!  The weekend is quickly approaching!  Can you believe July 4th is around the bend?  Summer is flying by and I'm not so sure I like it!  :-(
Today, I have a clean and simple card featuring a couple of new items from Our Daily Bread Designs including the Good Man stamp set and fabulous Vintage Ephemera Paper Collection.  And I threw in a cute little die cut sun/star from the new Sunburst Background . 
I love clean and simple.  They are so easy to duplicate!

I started with a rich cocoa card stock base measuring 5.5 x 4.25 inches and added a Kraft mat layer.  I chose two coordinating papers from the Vintage Ephemera Paper Collection   and cut them to fit as shown.  I used an older die, Beautiful Borders Die, to create an overlapped lace edge from ecru and Kraft card stock.  I stamped my sentiment on ecru with Memento's Rich Cocoa ink and matted it with a bit of dark cocoa card stock.  A tiny sun die cut (created with poster board) sparkles on the bottom edge. 
Here are some of the items I used today...



Thanks again for spending some time with me today.  I promise to share a few patriotic projects as the 4th approaches.  And don't forget that July 1, Our Daily Bread Designs' will have an all new release!  I can't wait to show you some of the new products!  ;-)



Monday, June 22, 2015

Welcome North Coast Creations' June Release!

Welcome to release day at North Coast Creations!  And you know what that means!  We have a blog hop! AND just for commenting on the Design Team Blog Posts, you have a chance to win a $10 NCC Gift Certificate, good towards the purchase of NCC Stamps. You have until June 24, 2015 at 10:00 PM EDT to leave a comments on the participating designers blogs for a chance to win! Two random winners will be selected from the comments left on the designers blogs, the winners will be announced on the NCC Blog on June 25, 2015, be sure to check back there to see if you have won!

First, I have a project featuring the new stamp set Floral Sentiments 7 ...

I started with a white card stock base (5.5 x 4.25 inches) and added a soft blue mat.  I used Our Daily Bread Designs' Sunburst Background Die to cut and emboss my focal layer.  But before removing, I used a soft blue ink to color the embossed areas.  I stamped my image (North Coast Creations' Floral Sentiments 7) on Copic Compatible paper with a soft gray ink and colored with Copics.  I cut and embossed the image with ODBD's Vintage Flourish Pattern Die and added a soft blue card stock layer created with ODBD's Vintage Labels Die.  A white seam binding bow and sentiment panel with hemp tie finish it off.  Here is the new set you see...

And for my second card I used North Coast Creations' new Floral Sentiments 8 set...

I stamped my image with a rich cocoa ink on ecru card stock.  I created a base with dark brown card stock and used some new papers from Our Daily Bread Designs' Vintage Ephemera Paper Collection.  I used ODBD's Pennants Die to cut the banners and butterfly stamp directly from the paper.  I stamped the sentiment from today's release on a scrap of DP and die cut it with ODBD's Mini Tags Die  before adding a brad and attaching it.  

And here is the second release from this set...

Now I will send you on your way to check out all of today's fabulous projects.  Don't forget to leave some love on each of the blogs so you too can be entered into the drawing. 
Thanks for stopping by!
NCC Blog

The Coasters

Julie * Patty * Dawn * Lori (ME)
 Lisa * Sandee * Robin * Paula

Other items shown...





Friday, June 19, 2015

NCC ~ Bon Voyage ~

Happy Friday!  We are sailing into the weekend and I couldn't think of a better way to mark that event than by pulling out the new North Coast Creations' Sail Away
stamp set.  I started with a simple red 5.5 x 4.25 card stock base and added white 
matting along with some fun papers from Our Daily Bread Designs' Patriotic Paper Collection.

I stamped the image on white card stock (Nautical Blue) ink and lightly sponged the background with a soft Summer Sky ink.  I cut my three banners using ODBD's Pennants Die 
and adhered them to the image panel before placing it slightly off center.  I stamped my sentiment on white card stock and used ODBD's Sparkling Stars Die to cut both it and a red card stock base.  
I just love the chevron design in this paper pad.  

Here's a few of the items you see today...

from North Coast Creations 


and our sister company, Our Daily Bread Designs...




Thanks as always for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WAW188 ~ Planted By the Waters ~

It's time for another fabulous, fun and inspirational challenge
Be sure to check out the Word Art Wednesday site for all of the details including this week's digital scripture, how to link your creation AND info on some fabulous prizes! 

We appreciate this week's sponsors so very much!  Please take a few moments to thank those who provided our prizes this week!  

This week, I started with a white card stock base and added a rich green mat.  I printed out scripture directly on white CS before adding a grove of trees stamped with a traditional rubber stamp set.  After I cut the image and scripture down to the desired size, I used a scallop punch (the actually punched piece of paper) to sponge on a soft summer sky ink to create nice fluffy clouds.  **At this moment I feel like I am channeling PBS's Bob Ross**  Who couldn't use a few happy little clouds in their life, right?  

Here's my supply list...


Digital Scripture - Word Art Wednesday
Stamps - North Coast Creations - Deer Silhouette Greetings 
Paper - The Paper Studio, Bazzill, Georgia Pacific
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa, Bamboo Leaves, Summer Sky  

Thanks as always for stopping by and don't forget to visit the Word Art Wednesday site to grab out digital Scripture and play along!  We always love to see what you have up your creative sleeve!  Blessings!!


Monday, June 15, 2015

ODBD ~ The Promise of a New Day ~

Good morning!  Today, I have a post featuring a few items from Our Daily Bread Designs'  
June release.  For this project I used ODBD's new die, Sunburst Background along with the Sunrise Blessings.  I've been thinking about our trip last year to the Outer Banks and just how AMAZING it was to see the sun come up over the ocean.  I keep seeing the beautiful sea oats, sand dunes and quaint fences...  So I was inspired to create this...

I started with a card base measuring 5.5 x 4.25 inches.  I chose a goldenrod color card stock to build on and added a white CS mat.  I used the Sunburst Background Die to cut/emboss my focal layer (also in goldenrod) but before removing the die, shaded everything with a rich yellow distress ink and sponge.  I stamped my sun image (Sunshine Blessings) 
on Copic compatible paper and after coloring, gently cut it out.  I used ripped some Kraft paper (this is where you get your frustrations out my friends) and overlapped them to create sand dunes.  I nestled the hand cut sun in behind the dunes so the "rays" from the die would appear to come from Mr. Sun.  I then used a couple of older dies from ODBD to create my version of sand grass and a beautiful fence.  I opted to stamp the sentiment directly on my embossed background with Versafine ink. 

So here are the products you see today...

and some oldies but goodies...


Have a wonderful day!

Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Sunshine Blessings 
Dies - Our Daily Bread Designs - Sunburst Background DieGrass Border Die, Fence Die
Paper - Bazzill, Georgia Pacific, Neenah Solar Crest
Inks - Ranger Distress Ink - Mustard Seed, Memento - Tuxedo Black;Versafine Onyx Black (sentiment)
Copics - Y15, Y17, YR12, YR15

Sunday, June 14, 2015

~ Happy Flag Day ~

June 14th is Flag Day in the United States.  This day marks the adoption of the flag of the United States by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.  President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation in 1916 that officially declared June 14th Flag Day.  So in honor of this special day and my love of Old Glory, I decided to share a card I created using some items in my stash.
God Bless America!

Today's supplies

Stampin' Up - Work of Art set

Inks - Stampin' Up Night of Navy, Real Red
Papers - Georgia Pacific, Stampin' Up Real Read & Night of Navy
Punch - Star by Creative Memories

Have a wonderful day!