Monday, October 22, 2018

I'm BACK!!!

For better or worse....  after a lengthy sabbatical, I am finally back home.  When preparing today's post, I realized it has been nearly 7 months since my last entry!  I thought it was only fair to share a bit of what I have been up to over the spring, summer and now fall.  I have checked quite a few things of my to do list, including organizing my kitchen.  I have actually cooked in said kitchen.  (And my hubs IS SO happy about that!)  And I have spent almost zero time in my craft room....  and I do mean ZERO.  I was a bit worn out...  physically and emotionally.  It was time for a break... a chance to get the creative juices flowing again.  I needed time for me!  And I took it!  I highly encourage everyone to recognize when they are burned out and need to refuel.   

For the foreseeable future, I will be posting things I have on my crafting table.  I will give credit but will not be providing links.  I hope you understand.  I really want to simplify the crafting process for ME and make it enjoyable again.  

Here is my first project using a few items I picked up from Stampin' Up...

Thanks for popping in!  And have a wonderful day!

Stamps - Stampin' Up - Country Home
Card Stock - SU - Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Galvanized Metal Paper
Embossing Folder - SU - Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions
Dies - Our Daily Bread Designs - Double Stitched Rectangles, Rectangles, Double Stitched Pennant Flags
Copics - CO, C1, C2, C3, C5, 0, YR09, YR14, YG91, YG93, Y17, E37, E57
Yellow Stickles
Hemp String

Blessings, Lori

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Happy 10th Anniversary to Our Daily Bread Designs!

Good morning!  This week marks a very special milestone for Our Daily Bread Designs.  Many years ago, when I first encountered ODBD, I was searching for scripture stamps.  The options, unfortunately, were very limited.  I was so excited to stumble upon ODBD.  Over the years, I played along with challenges and eventually was honored to join their challenge team, serve as a guest designer and join their design team, the Breadsticks.  I am grateful for the opportunity I had to showcase my Lord and Savior, through their work.  So this week to celebrate their 10th anniversary, Kelley and company released a few new stamps and dies.  I am honored and excited to join the celebration as part of their alum.  Here's the new release items you see here today including God Verses 2 and Filigree Circles Die.

My first card started with a white card stock base measuring 4.5 x 4.5 inches.  I added a slightly smaller mat using ODBD's Shabby Pastels Paper Pad.  The second layer consists of designer paper from ODBD's Shabby Rose Paper Collection die cut with ODBD's Pierced Squares.  The sentiment panel consists of white card stock and two layers from the Anniversary release Filigree Circles Die.  I chose this beautiful sentiment from the new God Verses 2 stamping it with a soft coral ink on white card stock.  For the final touch, I die cut the sentiment panel with ODBD's Filigree Frames placing it on top and adding a custom coral rose created with ODBD's Roses Die and Rose Leaves Die.  A soft mint green bow tops it off.

I couldn't just leave it at one project.  These dies and stamps are super versatile.  I opted this time to create a traditional 4.25 x 5.5 inch card using the new God Verses 2 stamp set and Filigree Circles Die set.

For this project I chose a soft lavender DP from ODBD's Shabby Pastel Paper Pad and distress the edges before adding to the card stock base.  I cut a slightly smaller silver CS layer before adding a spring plaid from the Shabby Pastels Paper Pad.  I used the ecru DP from the same paper pad along with ODBD's Scalloped Chain Die for my overlay.  The sentiment layers, a soft lavender, ecru and sky blue are also in the same paper pad.  It makes my life SO much easier when I can pull coordinating papers from one pad!  The bottom two layers on the sentiment panel came from the new Filigree Circles Die set.  I pulled in ODBD's Circles Die and Double Stitched Circles die (in that order) to fill up the panel.  The sentiment (found in the new God Verses 2) was stamped in a soft purple.  The rose (created by inking card stock after cutting and then shaping) were made with ODBD's Roses and Rose Leaves Dies.  I finished the spray off with sprigs created with ODBD's Lovely Leaves Die.

This was a super fun project to work on.  It is always fun to celebrate a special day!  Thanks again to all of those who have supported Our Daily Bread Designs.  And a special thank you to Kelley and company who made my time at ODBD so special!


Friday, December 22, 2017

Praise God

Good morning!  And as always, thank you for taking a few moments to visit.  With Christmas just a few short days away, it seems everything in my house has gone into hyper mode.  I am working through today.  Our family dinner is tomorrow.  So, I doubt I will be getting much rest tonight!  lol  Even with all of the craziness, I love this time of year.  And I certainly enjoy all of the crafting that goes with is!  Today, I have a card to share featuring Our Daily Bread Designs' December stamp release, Praise the Lord.

I used two coordinating papers from the Holly Jolly Paper Collection. I trimmed the plaid piece down to use in the middle but both were die cut using ODBD's Majestic Medallion Dies.  I cut a slightly larger gold poster board mat to nestle between the die cut designer papers and the red card stock base.  My image (colored with Copics) was stamped on Copic compatible paper and framed with the new Double Stitched Ovals Die.  I used the Ovals Die and gold poster board to create the second layer and finally the new Ovals Stitched Rows with green card stock.  I nestled a green ribbon and bow under it and added a final sentiment panel created with the new Praise the Lord stamp set and Oval Stitched Rows die.  So here are the new items you see on today's project.

and a few old favorites...

Thank you again to all of those at Our Daily Bread Designs and especially Kelley Holland.  I have designed with them for several years.  I will be taking a break from designing to deal with some medical issues.  I will still be around and creating, just not on a regular schedule.  I appreciate all of your love and support and be sure to stay tuned.  When things settle down, I will be back up and creating!  Hugs to you all and a very Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 15, 2017

A Look Back at Our Daily Bread Designs' December Release

Good morning and welcome to a special look back at Our Daily Bread Designs' December release.  I have a couple of projects featuring a special 3D die along with some fun stamp sets, perfect for Christmas crafting.  Here is the first item, featuring the Card Caddy & Gift Bag Dies.

The sentiment is from the White as Snow stamp die duo.  I framed the sentiment using the Mini Tags Die and attached it with a key ring created with gold card stock and ODBD's Keys Die set.  I used two cuts (in white card stock and gold, overlapped) to create my edging.  This die can be found in the Gift Bag Handles & Topper Die.  The poinsettia design is a special inset that can be used with the Card Caddy & Gift Bag Die to create this special bag.  The poinsettia design is known as the Poinsettia Inset Die.

So now for a fun card featuring the new Holly Leaves Die.

I love this split panel.  I used a deep green card stock base with a bit of red CS matting.  I used ODBD's Pierced Rectangles Die to create the designer paper base with coordinating papers from  ODBD's Holly Jolly Collection.  I used the Curvy Slopes Die to delineate the two and added my focal layer on top.  I stamped two sets of holly, colored each, added a sentiment and finished it off with the Rectangles Die.  I added a bit of glitter ink and Glossy Accents over each holly berry and let dry.  Once the panel was set, I added a bit of red ribbon.  

Here are the December items you see here today...

Don't forget to visit all of my design team sisters to see what they have up their sleeves!  I hope you have a wonderful day!

Cathy * Sandee * Dawn * Diana * Kathy * Helen * Lori

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Seeing Jesus in the Rear View Mirror

My day had been a particularly tough one, physically and emotionally.  I spent most of my day in the car traveling from one work project to another.  And there were countless other things spinning in my head.  You've been there too...  changed plans, rescheduled meetings, regrets for a missed event... and burdens...  oh, how many burdens.  It had become a heavy load.  And so, as I found myself sitting at a stoplight somewhere near the end of the day, I casually looked in my rear view mirror and saw an unexpected sight.  There sitting in an older model car immediately behind me and sporting an Under Armour zip up jacket was Jesus.  Or should I say, a young man who was a dead ringer for all of the paintings of Jesus I have seen.  He had long flowing locks, slim build, beard and gentle features.    Now before someone gets excited and thinks I have lost my mind or have uttered something sacrilegious let me just say...  I needed to see Jesus.  And on that particular afternoon, after a 24 hour period of disappointments and defeat, oh, how I needed Him!  And so what did I do?  I bawled like a baby for that minute and several others after.  And yes, I know that wasn't really Jesus.  But for a few brief moments, I was reminded he is with me always.  Isn't it nice to know he is always with us when we need him?  If you look carefully, you might just see him in the most unexpected places!  


Today's project is a luminary featuring Our Daily Bread Designs' new White as Snow Stamp Die Duo, Card Caddy & Gift Bag Die for the luminary itself, Gift Bag Handles & Topper Die for the striped edging.

and a few old favorites as well...

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, December 1, 2017

A Special Release and Blog Hop at Our Daily Bread Designs'

Good morning and welcome to this month's new release.  As you browse through today's projects, remember that three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 Gift Code to the ODBD Website  just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until December 2, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. EST to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on December 3rd so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

Here are my projects.  The first features the new Holly Leaves stamp set, Double Stitched Ovals DieOval Stitched Rows Die and Card Caddy & Gift Bag Die.

This is the perfect set for creating your own little gift bags!  And if you check out the other designers today, you will see a fun insert  you can add to make it even more beautiful!  For this project, I stamped the image on paper and colored the sweet holly.  I framed it with a couple of special dies from an earlier release (Rounded Rectangles and Double Stitched Rounded Rectangles Die.  

Now here is a fun card featuring the new Praise the Lord stamp set and Ovals Stitched Rows Die.

  I stamped my image with a soft brown ink on white card stock and framed it with brown DP with the new Ovals Stitched Rows Die.  I also worked in the new insert that you can use in the Card Caddy die but adapted it for the background here.  Poinsettia Panel Die  I nestled it over DP from ODBD's Christmas Colletion 2017 Paper Pad.

Here are the new items you see today...

Be sure to hop along today and check out all of the other creations from the team and don't forget to comment!  You could win!  Blessings

And if you get lost along the way...

Sandee * Lisa * Angie * Cathy 
Grace * Dawn * Chris * Diana 
Helen * Kathy * Lori

Friday, November 17, 2017

A Look Back at ODBD's November Release

This has been a challenging week on many levels.  It started with some unexpected news and ends with waiting and waiting some more...  One thing that soothes the savage and impatient beast...  bird watching!  And today's card reminds me of the importance of slowing down and appreciating the 

 Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs' November Release.  Here is the card I created using the Winter Chickadee stamp set, Christmas Collection 2017 Paper Pad and Trees & Deer Die.  For more inspiration using the November Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog.

There is nothing more peaceful than a walk in the woods.  Everyone needs a few moments to recharge and refresh.  This darling little image from the Winter Chickadee stamp set seems to be nestled happily in the forest.  I started with a soft moss green card stock base adding a green DP from the new Christmas Collection 2017 Paper Pad.  I cute a slightly larger mat with a dark brown paper also from the same paper pad.  I cut several sizes of the trees using a dark and light paper from the paper pad.  The artichoke colored trees are from a separate card stock I had in my stash.  I layered the trees (Trees & Deer Die) so some would appear to be be larger than others.  I fussy cut my image and then placed it in the desired spot.  I chose this wonderful sentiment and stamped it on coordinating DP and cut out my mat panel.  

So here are a few of the November release items you see...

 and a few old favorites...

Circles Die
Double Stitched Circles Die
Pierced Rectangles Die
and the Copic combos for my image
C2, C3, C5, C7 (Chickadee)
 E37, E57, E79, (Branch)
 E00, E43 (Chickadee) 
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
As we look back today, be sure to visit my design team sisters to see what they have dreamed up for this month's release.  They are a talented group of ladies and I know you will be blessed by their talents.  Have a wonderful weekend!

ODBD Blog - if you get lost along the way!

Cathy * Dawn * Sandee * Kathy * Helen * Diana * Lori

I'm BACK!!!

For better or worse....  after a lengthy sabbatical, I am finally back home.  When preparing today's post, I realized it has been nearly...