Friday, April 17, 2015

A Look Back at Our Daily Bread Designs' April Release

Welcome friends!  I'm so glad you could join us today for a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs'  April release.  As I type this post, rain is covering the Bluegrass state.  I pray that what they say about April showers bringing May flower is true!  Hopefully, they will be nice and pretty just in time for Derby day!  In the meantime, while we wait on those lovely blossoms to make their appearance, we can appease ourselves with lovely paper posies.  Here is the card I created for our look back using the new How Sweet the Sound stamp set along with a couple of new dies, Layered Lacey Squares and Umbrellas.  There are a host of other ODBD products you see here also.  You can find a complete list at the bottom of today's post.  For more inspiration using the April Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog.  But before you peruse all of the Sister Sticks projects, take a look at this shabby creation...

I started with a 5.25 x 5.25 sage green card stock base and added a slightly smaller white CS (card stock) mat.  I selected a couple of soft and shabby papers from ODBD's Shabby Rose Paper Collection  and added just a hint of distress ink around the edges.  After layering those together, I pulled out my ODBD die, Beautiful Borders, to create the faux lace with white card stock.  I added a beautiful die from the new Layered Lacey Squares Die on the left hand side and layered up a die cut umbrella (Umbrellas Die) with Kraft paper and some Shabby Rose scraps.  I added a few springs of greenery and branches (Fancy Foliage Die) and a lovely blossom created with the Asters and Leaves Die.  A large adhesive backed pearl graces the center along with a fun pearl flourish strategically placed among the foliage.  I stamped the sentiment (How Sweet the Sound) in a soft sage ink on white card stock and used ODBD's Pennant Die to frame it.  A few random pearls on the faux lace finish this gem off!
I just love soft and shabby! 
Here are the items you see today...

and some old favorites...

So here are all the products you see today...
ODBD Stamps -  How Sweet the Sound 
Additional Supplies
Card Stock - Bazzill & Georgia Pacific
Inks - CTMH Garden Green, Ranger Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink
Pearls - Recollections and The Paper Studio
So what do you think?  Drop me a quick note and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has cooked up for you!  Thanks again!

If you get lost along the way...
And the Bread Sticks...
  Julie * Sandee * Cathy *  Lori(ME)
Dawn * Wanda * Sabrina * Lisa

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WAW178 ~ Acts 17:27 ~

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!  

I love it when we visit the New Testament.  This week we have a passage from the book of Acts to share...

Don't forget to stop by the Word Art Wednesday site and play along!  Thanks for looking!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

~ Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining ~

Good morning and welcome!  The weather has turned ever so cooler in our little corner of the world.  Thankfully, we have not had the severe storms that other parts of the country have had.  Other than a hail storm earlier in the week, it has been fairly quiet.  

Today's project features a lovely phrase from Our Daily Bread Designs' April release, Shower of Blessings.  I have been in a reflective mood the last few days.  Maybe it has been the uncertainty of the weather.  Maybe it is the visible change in the landscape.  I have thought about some of those unexpected changes in my life...  loss of loved ones, job changes, unexpected illness...  Each and every time, there was a blessing just around the corner.  Sometimes it came in the middle of the storm...  sometimes it came immediately after...  sometimes it came after some time had passed...  BUT IT DID COME!  Every dark moment is followed by an equally sunny moment...  It is my prayer that you find that silver lining as well...

Today's card...

 I started with a white 5.5 x 4.25 card stock base and added a gray matting.  I embossed a final white layer and adhered it to the top.  I stamped my sentiment (Shower of Blessings) with Versamark on black card stock and heat embossed silver powder on it.  I cut the bannet out by hand and custom trimmed a gray layer to place underneath.  I used ODBD's Circle Ornaments Die to create the round portion of my "sun."  I added rays created with ODBD's Matting Circles Die.

Here are the products you see..



I love using dies to create my own "special effects!" 

Thanks for stopping by!



Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs Shower of Blessings
Dies - Our Daily Bread Designs Circle OrnamentsMatting Circles
Ink - Versamark 
Embossing Powder - Ranger Silver
Papers - Georgia Pacific, American Crafts

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WAW177 ~ Psalm 126:3 ~

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!  

I love it when we visit the book of Psalms.  This week we have a passage from the 126th chapter to share...

Sometimes in the midst of life's everyday struggles, it is easy to lose sight of just what our Lord and Savior has done for us.  I am more guilty than most.  When times are tough and physical ailments challenge me, it is easy to lose sight of the promise.  I read a passage in a book this weekend that brought this home to me.  A character was talking about why people suffer physical ailments, particularly those that end in death.  Another character offered this thought...  God isn't glorified through the simple things...  He is glorified when those suffering praise him at the point when others would give up.  

I guess my take away is this....  it's easy to praise the Lord when things are going perfectly and it is much harder to praise Him when things are not.  But it is those times, when our praises pack the most punch...  for our Father and those who witness our walk.  



Paper - Georgia Pacific, Authentique Latest & Greatest, Bazzill 
Scripture - Digital - Word Art Wednesday
Die - Spellbinders Sunflower 
Misc. - Flourish - Recollections 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

A Look Back at North Coast Creations' March Release

Today we are taking a look back at North Coast Creations March release.  I have a couple of projects today featuring What's Brewing'? and Warm My Heart .  For more inspiration using the March Release be sure to visit the NCC Blog.

I stamped the cup image on Copic paper and lightly colored it with Copics.  I stamped the sentiment with a rich cocoa ink and hand cut it.  I added it to the image with dimensional foam.  Here are the two sets I used...

I loved the What's Brewin'? set so much 
I pulled out a sentiment and stamped it
 with a lovely olive ink on this die cut doily.  

Here are some of the other items you see today from our sister company, Our Daily Bread Designs...





Don't forget to stop by MONDAY and see what my DT sisters have to share! (I got just a little happy and posted a tad early...)
NCC Blog  (If you get lost)

 Lori (ME)* Julie * Sandee
  Dawn * Patty * Angie * Wanda

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Welcome to Our Daily Bread Designs' April Release and Blog Hop!

April here we come!  Are you as excited about warmer weather as I am?  April showers certainly bring May flowers and we have some wonderful sets to showcase today with that very theme in mind!  Don't forget to play along and comment at each one of the stops on today's hop.  Why, you ask?  Because, 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 April 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 April 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

I have a couple of projects to share today.  My first is a step card featuring the new die, Layered Lacey Squares and How Great Thou Art stamp set...

I created the step card base with white card stock and matted the upper sections with navy CS.  A bit of DP from the Christian Faith Paper Collection adorns the side and center panel.  I stamped the sentiment (the new How Great Thou Art set) in blue ink and die cut/framed it with the new Layered Lacey Squares Die.  If you look closely, there are actually three layers to the panel I created.  You will love this die...  it is SO versatile!  

I adhered the sentiment panel to the middle and cut out some white flowers (Asters and Leaves Die) and foliage Fancy Foliage Die.  I added a tiny sentiment and label die created with a few older items (Mini Tags Die and Mini Tag Sentiments).  The final touch...  a few black microbeads for the flower centers...

Here's a close up!

I think I got a bit ahead of myself.  Didn't I say April Showers bring May flowers?  Take a look at this new stamp set, Shower of BlessingsUmbrellas Die and Cloud and Raindrops Die.

I started with a white card stock base, Kraft mat and beautiful DP from ODBD's Shabby Rose Paper Collection.  I added the die cut umbrella (paper pieced with Shabby Rose Paper leftovers), baker's twine bow and tiny hearts.  And what about those clouds?  Aren't they cute???  I stamped the sentiment directly on the paper panel with a rich cocoa ink.  

So here are the new items you see today...

and some of the older items...






Don't forget about our blog hop!  If you get lost along the way, stop back by the ODBD Blog.

I can't wait to see what the Bread Sticks have in store...  
Thanks for stopping by!

Julie * Sandee * Cathy * Dawn * Cathy * Lori (ME)
  Angie * Chris * Grace *Silke 
Wanda * Audrey * Sabrina

Monday, March 30, 2015

ODBD ~ Hello, Easter Blessings ~

Happy Monday morning!  As we enter one of the holiest weeks on the Christian calendar, I have a card to share featuring a stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs' March release.  I chose to work with the new set, Happy Resurrection Day.

and the stamp set I used shown below... 


I began with a 5.5 x 4.25 inch white card stock base and used the Vintage Flourish Pattern Die to create a soft buttery yellow die overlay and white focal panel.  After cutting out the white focal panel I positioned the Hello Die to cut out the shadow and used a scrap of yellow to cut out the word a second time and position it inside the original white die cut.  This was particularly tricky, since I had to keep up with the tiny white pieces inside the E and O...  

Do you hear the Old McDonald tune in your head too????  :-)

I stamped the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on a bit of white CS and used ODBD's Vintage Labels Die to highlight it.  A bit of greenery created with the Fancy Foliage Die adorned with mulberry roses adds just a touch of spring to the bottom right hand side.  

So here are a few of the additional ODBD items you see today...




Don't forget to stop back by Wednesday!  ODBD will have the new April sets ready for release!  I can't wait to show them off!  I know you will love them too!  


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Marching Along With North Coast Creations' Latest Release

Welcome friends to North Coast Creations' March Release!  If you are a person who loves large amounts of caffeine...  this release is just for  you!  But not just any caffeine will do!  I'm referring to that fabulous concoction known as coffee!  You either love it or you hate it!  What is so cool about this release?  Even if you are not a coffee fan...  you can still have loads of fun stamping about it and sharing gifts or cards with your coffee drinking friends!  They will think you are so very thoughtful!
And what is even better than matching up the perfect project with your besties?  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 March 27, 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 March 28, 2015!  SO be sure to check back there to see if you have won!

So here is the first project featuring the new set,

I stamped the sentiment on white card stock twice.  I hand cut the top layer and added it to the original panel with dimensional foam.  It makes it look like a real banner!

And here's a better look at the sentiment panel along with the circles (created with Our Daily Bread Designs' Matting Circles Dies and the lovely faux lace from ODBD's Beautiful Borders Die set.

 I know that many of you love shabby/chic projects!  But sometimes I like to see projects that are a little more clean and simple.  And when I saw this stamp set, Warm My Heart, I knew the paper crimper would come out of retirement!

I stamped my sentiment on white card stock before using Our Daily Bread Designs' Pennant Die to create the banner.  I stamped the coffee container image and heart separately, coloring each and fussy cutting them.  I added the heart on top (with dimensional foam) and added it to the crimped Kraft layer.  I just love this one too!

So here are the new items from NCC you see today...
See why I had to pull out the paper crimper?

and some products from our sister company Our Daily Bread Designs...





So don't forget to stop by the blog hop and leave some love.  Because you could win a fabulous gift certificate!  If you get lost along the way visit the NCC Blog.  

The Coasters
North Coast Creations Design Team

  Lori (ME) * Lisa * Julie * Sandee 
Dawn * Patty * Angie * Wanda