Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Door - ODBD October Sneaky Peeky



I have officially lost my mind! If you read my post earlier today you might have noticed a slight problem... I had only a photo and product list... Can you say silly girl??? I am currently at an HR conference and thought (and I do say THOUGHT) all of my posts were neatly prepared and timed! Wrong! So I frantically ran to the computer station to update my post! And 30 minutes ago I checked my phone to find (YIKES) my update did not take. So, I am online paying $5.00 for an hour of internet service to finish this. Sigh... Oh, well... since I've already paid for it I guess I need to surf...

Thank you so much to the lovely ladies at Stampin' Sisters in Christ for Selecting one of my cards as one of their Shining Stars this week! If you haven't had a chance to check out their site please do. They always have fabulous weekly devotions and challenges to go along. You can check out the winning post here.

And don't forget to stop by the ODBD blog Saturday for the October blog hop/release! The girls are cooking up some fabulous projects!

Card Recipe

Paper - Bazzill, Neenah Solar Crest, Prima - North Country Collection; Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - (October 1st release) Christmas Door; Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic; Die - Spellbinders - Holly Motifs; Metal Hinges; Embossing Folder - Sizzix - Wood Grain

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Cup of Joe

I REALLY love coffee! I love it so much in fact I have been known to drink several cups a day. Anytime hubs and I are near our favorite bookstore I have to stop in and get a cup of java! So when this recent Cricut Lite came out (Love You a Latte), I knew it would be coming home with me. I opened the case and poured over the images. (NO pun intended...) And they are SO cute! But this one continued to draw my eye...



And so it became the front of my card. Hubs and I have had some of the best conversations over a cup of coffee and I thought this card would be perfect to show him how much I care!

And then there is the inside... (Using one of my new favorite ODBD stamp sets, Scripture Series 2.) It sums up how I feel about the time we share together so nicely...



Thanks so much for stopping in!

Card Recipe

Paper - Bazzill, American Craft, My Mind's Eye Paris & Co., Stamp - ODBD - Scripture Series 2, Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa; Die Cut - Cricut Love You A Latte; Embossing Folder - Stampin' Up

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Why Worry?

Wow! Is is Sunday morning already? The weekend has flown by! So thankful to be able to spend time with my friends and loved ones. That always makes for some special memories!

I took the opportunity Saturday to work on some cards. And this one will be for a few challenges including...

The Shabby Tea Room Challenge (Monochromatic)

Stampin' Sisters in Christ (Use Blessings or Encouraging Scripture)

And here it is...



This one is a true hodgepodge of supplies...

Paper - Bazzill, Prima Printery Collection; Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Don't Worry!; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Ink/Lace - Glimmer Mist Dazzling Diamonds, Memento Tuxedo Black; Dies - Spellbinders - Postage Stamps, Classic Squares Large, Cricut Celebrate with Flourish (clock); Lace; Gathered Ribbon; Mulberry Roses, Paper Punch - EK Success; Pearls - Zva

Thanks for reading and until next time!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

ODBDSLC78 - Scripture, Song or Quotes

Welcome to another glorious Saturday! It is so fun to reveal another Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge. This week your challenge (if you choose to accept it)...

Use Scripture, Songs or Quotes as Your Focal Point


And here is my card for the week...



This one is very simple. The base includes some DP by Webster's Pages and a doily cut from a Cheery Lynn Designs Die. I love ODBD's Scripture Series. They always have just the perfect scripture for any occasion. The flourish does include some blue bling as I wanted to pull out the little blue bird on the DP! Easy as pie...

Card Recipe

Paper - Bazzill, Webster's Pages Petite Pages Collection; Stamps - ODBD - Scripture Collection 6; Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; Spellbinders Labels 22; Doily - French Pastry - Cheery Lynn Designs; Rhinestone Flourish - Recollections; Ribbon - Offray; Lace; Mulberry Roses, Punches - Martha Stewart

You have 2 weeks to play! The challenge ends at 8AM on Friday October 7th!

To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize, a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Friday, October 7 at 8 a.m. EST. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. If you are not using ODBD stamps, please do not enter more than once. Additional entries without using ODBD stamps will not be commented on or will they qualify for prizes.

While it is not required to use Our Daily Bread Designs images and sentiments on your creations, we would love to see them if you have them.As a way of recognizing those who do use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing 1 to 2 creations to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award. In order to qualify for this award, however, you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky by Friday, Friday October 7th at 8 a.m. EST.If you upload your creations to SplitcoastStampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC78. When creating your posts on blogs please include a direct link to the challenge.

Now if you want to see some amazing inspiration make sure you'll head on over to see what Chris; Fran; Pat; Silke; Sabrina have come up with.

To read all about this challenge and what else is going on over at ODBD make sure you'll check out the ODBD Blog.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

SNTODBD44 Distressing

It is time for ODBD Stamping In Time Challenge(SNTODBD44)! The assignment is to use Our Daily Bread Design stamps.

The challenge this rotation is all about distressing! You may ink distress, paper distress, or a combination of the two!

Have fun! Remember, the more you play the more you increase your chance to win! We look forward to seeing what you create using ODBD stamps!

And here is my entry for the week...



This card is definitely a little "dark." I distressed the DP with my trusty distressing tool and then inked it up with Memento Tuxedo Black. To add a little interest, I stamped the DP with the Ecclesiastes Scripture BG stamp included in this set. The seam binding was custom dyed and scrunched to give it that worn look. The coloring actually has a mottled effect! I just love how it turned out! Be sure link your creation on ODBD's blog and be sure to visit the other designers this week and leave them some love!

Grace
Lorelei
Sabrina
Betty

Can't wait to see what you come up with! Thanks so much for stopping in!


Card Recipe

Paper - Bazzill, K & Company - Tim Coffey Halloween & Fall; Stamps - ODBD - Randi's Song; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Seam Binding (dyed with Memento Tuxedo Black); Wood Button & Flourish, Onyx Bead - Recollections; Spellbinders - Labels 18

He is Good...

How did you feel this morning? Did you wake up grumbling or were you ready to take on the world? Shamefully, I must admit I DO NOT DO mornings... which is quite a quandary when you have to report to work at 7AM... Each morning begins with me staggering out of bed, noting some new ache or pain and wondering why, oh why must the morning start off this way? Sound familiar????

But the truth is we have a choice! Way back in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve made decisions. Their choice, sin, had painful consequences. And regrettably the world has never been the same.

I made a conscience decision to grumble instead of praising God for another day of life. So today I CHOOSE to be thankful. Because God is good... ALL the time! Thanks for reading...

You will find today's card featured at Faithfully Yours....



Paper - Bazzill, DCWV, Bo Bunny Forever Fall; Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Give Thanks, Happy Fall, Pumpkin; Ink - Memento, Copics; Ribbon; Dies - Our Daily Bread Designs Pumpkin, Spellbinders Postage Stamps, Classic Squares Large

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Got My Groove On...

I am a child of the 70s. Now, there is a fashion decade that should NEVER be revisited! My mom made many of my clothes. And when I spied this chevron paper... Wow! I was transported to a time when I had a lovely pair of elastic polyester chevron pattern pants. I think they were even bell bottoms... Now, now, don't laugh! I know you had some too! We were just the cat's pajamas... (Ok, maybe that is 50s lingo... but you know what I mean...)

Blessings...



Card Recipe

Paper - Bazzill, My Mind's Eye - A Beautiful Life; Stamps - Weave in Faith; Ink - Memento Grape Jelly; Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug - Harlequin; Dies - Spellbinders - Standard Circles Large & Floral Doily Motifs; Paper Punches - Martha Stewart; Pearl Flourish - Recollections; Mulberry Roses; Lace

Monday, September 19, 2011

Mojo Monday - Grow in Grace

I'm taking one final day to wind down before returning to work. John and I spent some quality time visiting with the kids this weekend. Michael left late this afternoon... so now I am taking some time for me... And you know what that means! Projects!!!! I can't believe how many projects I have completed over the last few days! I think the forced crafting sabbatical sparked my creativity!

Today's card is for Mojo Monday. I found this paper pad recently online and decided to order. I had never heard of the company but liked the looks of it and decided to commit. Boy, am I ever glad I did! The paper is SO rich! And this project required very little extras from me. I just let the DP do the work! LOVE IT!!! Thanks so much for taking a few minutes to hang out with me and I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Blessings...



Card Recipe

Paper - Bazzill, Simple Stories - Generations; Stamps - ODBD - Grow in Grace; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Dies - Cheery Lynn Designs - Fanciful Flourish, Spellbinders Classic Ovals Small;Embossing Folder - Sizzix Tim Holtz; Paper Punch - EK Success; Mulberry Roses


And do you like pretty paper flowers like I do? Hop over and visit Jani here at Paper Compulsions. I know you have a super creation you want to share with the world! Plus you have a chance to win some uber cute paper posies! Check it out!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

SSIC107 - Wings & Scripture

I love the weekly devotions at Stampin' Sisters in Christ. If you haven't had a chance to check out their site, please do. This week Chris Olsen shared a wonderful poem that she found in her mother in law's Bible. Please take a few moments to check it out here. It is difficult sometimes to accept things in God's time and not ours... Thanks Chris for sharing what God has revealed to you.

The challenge this week is to create something with wings and scripture. My card has a butterfly die and image from Our Daily Bread Designs. The background is paper from Webster's Pages which I distressed and inked before applying to card stock. The lovely die cuts are from Cheery Lynn Designs and when put together the Cathedral Lace and Fanciful Flourish remind me of a trellis with vines climbing up it. I went with that idea and adhered some mulberry roses my friend Sabrina recently sent! She has an eye for beautiful flowers! ;-) Thanks so much for visiting! I'll see you next time!



Card Recipe

Paper - Colorbok, Webster's Pages Petite Papers Collection Triple Pack; Stamps - ODBD - Seed Packet, Butterfly; Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Antique Linen, Copic; Dies - Our Daily Bread Designs Butterfly, Spellbinders Ovals Large, Cheery Lynn Designs - Cathedral Lace, Fanciful Flourish; Mulberry Roses; Paper Piercer; Ranger Stickles Star Dust

Saturday, September 17, 2011

ODBDSLC77 Fall Colors or Theme

Welcome! Hope you are having a super Saturday! It is hard to believe that it is time for another Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge! And it is even more amazing to think our assignment this week is to use fall colors or themes! Where has the time gone?

To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize, a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Friday, September 23 at 8 a.m. EST. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. If you are not using ODBD stamps, please do not enter more than once. Additional entries without using ODBD stamps will not be commented on or will they qualify for prizes.

While it is not required to use Our Daily Bread Designs images and sentiments on your creations, we would love to see them if you have them. As a way of recognizing those who do use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing 1 to 2 creations to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award. In order to qualify for this award, however, you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky located here by next Friday. If you upload your creations to SplitcoastStampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword ODBDSLC77. When creating your posts on a blog please include a link to the challenge.

And here's my entry for the week...



Don't forget to visit my design team sisters! They have some awesome creations to share! And leave 'em a little love... Blessings to you...

Chris; Fran; Pat; Silke; Sabrina

Paper - Bazzill, Bo Bunny Forever Fall; Stamps - ODBD Our Daily Bread, Ink - Memento, Spellbinders 22; Lace; Satin Ribbon, Embossing Folders - Cuttlebug, Dies - Cricut - Sesame Street Seasons Cartridge

Friday, September 16, 2011

Grateful to be back...

Happy Friday! Today will be a catch up day at the Ulrich household. I am off work today and getting ready for John's youngest, Michael to arrive later today for the weekend. Can't wait to catch up with what has been happening at school!

As you may have noticed, I have been painfully quiet the last few days. And this fact is due to the issue I shared last post (a broken Cuttlebug...) I ordered from a major online company (and no, I will not name them) and my item arrived 8 business days after I placed the order. By this time I was quite frantic (exactly why my posts have been few and far between...) So Wednesday night I opened the box and proceeded to assemble my new Big Shot. But why wouldn't it assemble??? I watched You tube video after video and it seemed so simple... But yet, I couldn't do it... So dear hubs came home to a panicked look and quickly took control. After 30 minutes of tweaking and repeated analysis of the instruction book he finally concluded that the gears were not meeting and thus my Big Shot was a Big Flop.... AAAARRRRRRGGGGGGG!!!!!

So I contacted major internet sales company. They would be happy to overnight me a new Big Shot but ONLY after the broken one arrived in their office!!! Considering it took 8 days to get to me... (And did I mention it could take up to 4 weeks to get a refund?) Funny... they debited my checking the DAY I ORDERED....

So dear hubs called every store in a 70 mile radius from our home to find a Big Shot. Bad news... they no longer carried them... So he did a great deal of research (having a RETIRED hubs is grand....) and promptly found me a Big Kick for 50% off at Michaels!!!! He told them to hold it for me and drove 64 miles (one way) to pick it up!! GOD BLESS THIS MAN!!!!

I shared my horror experience with the Michael's CSR (I think his name was Lyle). He promptly said "let's open this one and make sure it meets your expectations!" This sweet young man took it out of the box, assembled it right there and made this customer VERY happy!!!! Thank you to the folks at Michael's on Hamburg in Lexington, Kentucky! You guys rock!!!! In this day and time it is so refreshing to find those in retail who go the extra mile! And big hugs to the best hubs in the world! Blessings...

Now on to today's card....



Today's card features several Stampin' Up products. Talk about going the extra mile... If you don't have a Stampin' Up contact might I suggest Barb Gornick. You will find her site here. I met Barb several years ago when I was a regular on the Cricut MB. She has some awesome ribbon and paper shares! I have been blessed with so many wonderful new friends through this hobby! Barb is a jewel!

Card Details

Paper - Bazzill, Neenah, Stampin' Up; Stamps - Stampin' Up - Always Thankful; Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics; Embossing Folder - Stampin' Up; Die - Cheery Lynn Designs - Italian Flourish; Ribbon, Scor-Pal

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Grows Best With Prayer

It's been an interesting week. Labor Day was laborious as I promptly demolished my cuttlebug... (insert very sad face...)

So I had no choice but to order another machine. Well, to make a long story short... my new machine is parked in Indianapolis and has been since Friday at 8AM... And we wonder why the USPS is going broke.... ENOUGH SAID...

But there have been some wonderful things going on behind the scenes. God has truly blessed me! And one of those blessings includes a new badge on my blog. I was so honored to be chosen as the Shabby Tea Room's Challenge Winner for my Card Pink Wedded Bliss which you will find here. And with that win I will be guest designing for a challenge in late November. Please stay tuned for details... It will be fun!!! And surely my Big Shot will be here by then... ;-)

So on to todays just for fun... aka... I had to borrow a CB to finish this thing card... tee hee...



By the way, don't miss the fabulous sale Kelley has going on over at ODBD! All 6x6 designer paper packs are on sale this week....15% off until Saturday, September 17th, midnight EDT. (Sale prices will be reflected in your shopping cart.) Head over to Our Daily Bread Designs now and stock up on your favorites!

Paper - Bazzill, My Mind's Eye Paris & Co.; Stamps - ODBD - The Good Seed, Seed Packet; Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa; Spellbinders - Labels Eighteen, Classic Ovals Small, Exotic Butterflies Small - Cheery Lynn Designs; Paper Punches; Mulberry Rose, Lace; Pearls

Saturday, September 10, 2011

ODBDSLC76 - Lacing

This weeks challenge:

Use lacing on your cards or projects. This is not using lace but actually lacing ribbon, lace, string, or paper through something.


To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize, a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Friday, September 16 at 8 a.m. EST. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. If you are not using ODBD stamps, please do not enter more than once. Additional entries without using ODBD stamps will not be commented on or will they qualify for prizes.

While it is not required to use Our Daily Bread Designs images and sentiments on your creations, we would love to see them if you have them. As a way of recognizing those who do use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing 1 to 2 creations to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award. In order to qualify for this award, however, you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky located here by Friday, September 16 at 8 a.m. EST.If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC76. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.

And here is my entry for this week...


Paper - Bazzill, Prima Romantique; Stamps - ODBD Apple Seeds; Ink - Memento; Paper Punch, Die Cuts - Cricut Elegant Edges; Mulberry Roses; Pearls, Ribbon, Lace

Please take a moment to check out what the rest of the "Sticks" have created and leave them some love....

Chris; Fran; Pat; Silke; Sabrina

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Harvesting Pumpkins

Well... maybe not quite... We do have a few gourds on an rouge vine growing under the deck but no pumpkins! But this new set from Our Daily Bread Designs really puts me in the mood to hit the pumpkin patch. Days are a little cooler here as well and I find myself thinking about planting mums in the pots by my front door. But the practical side of me says wait. So I will! But boy I sure do love this time of year! So here is my ode to the most colorful time of year and don't forget to check back Saturday morning to get details on ODBD's Shining the Light Challenge.

And here it is...


and an inside view....


Paper - Colorbok, Neenah Solar Crest; Bo Bunny Forever Fall; Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Seed Packet, Pumpkin; Inks - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics; Pencils - Sargent Arts; Paper Piercer

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Pink Wedded Bliss - TSTR78 & RCC19

I love weddings! And the challenge this week at The Shabby Tea Room is "Pink Wedded Bliss." Check out the photos that inspired this challenge here. The challenge is to create a card using a wedding, anniversary or celebration theme and to use PINK, BLACK AND ANY NEUTRALS (white, cream, kraft). How fun!!!

So here's my entry....



Paper - Bazzill, Colorbok, Webster's Pages Petite Papers Collection Combo Pack; Stamps - ODBD - The Good Seed; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Die cut - Cheery Lynn Designs French Pastry; Ribbon, Pearls, Mulberry Roses; Paper Punches; Paper Crimper; Lace (collar for roses)

Thanks for looking! See ya next time...

Additional Challenges
Ribbon Carousel Challenge - anything from a spool... lace, twine, ribbon, etc.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Feathers, Thanksgiving and SSIC105

Happy Labor Day! Hope you are enjoying a day of rest and relaxation with your family!

You must be wondering how in the world the three items in my title can be related? Over the last few weeks, I have been experimenting with using unconventional items on my cards. Yesterday I used a rose embellie on my card made from a zipper. And today I used feathers in the corners to draw attention to my central design. I recently received this stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs called Give Thanks. Even though Thanksgiving is still a few months away, we have had a few mornings with a "chill" in the air. So that brings me to number three, Stampin' Sisters In Christ. They have asked those playing along in this weeks challenge to use muted colors, nothing bright! And what says muted more than orange, mustard yellow and a fall plaid? And don't forget the feathers! Make it a great one... Blessings...



Paper - Bazzill, K & Company Tim Coffey Halloween & Fall Paper Pad; Stamps - ODBD - Give Thanks; Ink - Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa; Ribbon - Offray Verano Tan; Dies - Cheery Lynn Designs Italian Flourish; Dew Drops - Pebbles by SMH - Harvest; Feathers

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Zip It Up!



Recently I spotted a rose on a scrapbook layout. After taking a closer look I realized it was a zipper! So the wheels started turning... **And yes, that creaking noise comes from my brain**... I purchased a zipper at a discount store and separated it into two parts. I did not realize until after the fact you can purchase zipper binding at craft stores. Since the nearest one is over an hour away, this little baby had to do! I then used a circle punch to cut out a card stock base. I then wrapped the zipper to form a rose using a hot glue gun. I tried Scor-tape originally but the zipper was not pliable enough and did not hold. Hot glue works MUCH better! Now I'm thinking about all sorts of places I can zip it up! Blessings...

Paper - Bazzill, Stampin' Up; Stamps - ODBD - The Good Seed; Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa; Zipper; Pearls; Pearl Brad; Sewing Machine; Ric Rac

Challenge

MOJO206 Sketch Round or Square?

Saturday, September 3, 2011

ODBDSLC75 - Dots or Stripes

Whoo hoo!! It's Saturday and that means its time for another Our Daily Bread Designs Shining The Light Challenge!

Your assignment this week... use dots or stripes on your creation!

To make the challenge even more fun, Our Daily Bread Designs is giving a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Friday, Sept 2nd! One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. If you are not using ODBD stamps, please do not enter more than once!
While it is not required to use Our Daily Bread Designs images and sentiments on your creations, we would love to see them if you have them. As a way of recognizing those who do use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing 1 to 2 creations to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award. In order to qualify for this award, however, you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky by Sept 2nd at 8 p.m. EST. If you upload your creations to SplitcoastStampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword ODBDSLC75. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge!
Please see ODBD Blog for all the details!

My card for the week...



Paper - Colorbok; Stamps - ODBD - Scripture Series 2; Die - Cheery Lynn Designs Cathedral Lace Frame; Spellbinders Ovals Large; Satin Ribbon; Pearls

Please stop by to see what the talented ODBD Challenge team have created!

Chris; Fran; Pat; Silke; Sabrina

We hope you will play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

ODBD's September New Release... Let's Hop!

Good morning!!! I am so excited about the new releases! Don't you just love the seed theme?

If you came here from the oh so talented Debi’s blog, you are in the right place, if not, you may want to start at the ODBD Blog for a chance to win one of several prizes and receive lots of inspiration along the way!!

Here are the hop details:

The Hop will run 8am EDT September 1 til 8pm EDT September 2.
The winners will be announced on the ODBD Blog on September 3.
There will be FIVE prizes!

Five blessed people will win $15.00 Gift Certificates for the purchase of any stamps in the ODBD Store. These certificates will be good for 6 months!

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 in your comment on the ODBD blog!

And my card for today...



Paper - Prima Romantique, Bazzill, Neenah; Stamps - ODBD - The Good Seed; Ink - Copics; Seam Binding, Flowers, Pearls

From here, you will hop to Lorelie’s Blog! Enjoy the rest of the hop!