Saturday, October 29, 2011

ODBDSLC82 Go Pink...


Happy Saturday to you! It's time for another Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge. This week Chris has challenged us to think pink and encouragement for Breast Cancer Awareness. Your creation does not need to be related to breast cancer but it must be pink and an encouragement card.

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, November 4 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, November 4 at 8 a.m. EST. If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC82. When creating your posts on blogs please include a direct link to the challenge.

Please take a few moments to hop over and see what the other Bread Sticks have created! They have some lovely creations to share!

Chris
Fran
Pat
Silke
Sabrina

Sue



Card Recipe

Paper - Bazzill, My Mind's Eye - Honey Cake; Stamps - ODBD Praying for a Cure; Ink - CTMH Cotton Candy; Dies - Spellbinders Standard Circles Large, Foliage; Paper Punches; Satin Ribbon; Lace, Mulberry Roses, Pearl Flourish Recollections Pink; Stickles - Diamond

Friday, October 28, 2011

Exploring Cricut - Exploring Our Heritage

I must confess scrapbooking has gone to the wayside for me. I am AT LEAST three years behind on photos. And honestly, I don't really want to know just HOW FAR BEHIND I am. It just might scare me! So when Diane asked me to join the Exploring Cricut team I promised myself I would do more pages. So counting Monday's post I now have 2 pages done! Whoo hoo!!! Now for most of you that is not a big deal but for me that is HUGE!!!! Praying I will get back in the groove again and get some of this stuff done...

Have you ever wondered why we do this? Hey, I'm preaching to the choir... OF COURSE you know why we do this!! I suspect, like me, you have had people say... "I don't have time for that stuff..."

Several years ago my last great aunt died. She was well in her 90's. She was the sole survivor of a large brood. She could tell stories about riding in a wagon (not station mind you) to town. She and her husband never had any children. And as the last remaining child, she had become the caretaker of family lore and legend. Before her estate sale, the family was called in to gather any photos they might want. Many of the nieces and nephews, including my father, had already passed on. When I walked into her living room, I was astounded to find a plethora of photos, all jumbled together, many unlabeled and unfortunately unknown. I gathered the few faces I knew, mine, my father, aunts and uncles and bundled then into an envelope. But then a stack caught my eye. There were a few tin type photos from the late 1800s and one that appeared almost to be painted. It drew me in. Somehow the faces looked familiar to me. As I peered at those images in a velvet case I noticed a small scrap of paper sticking out of the corner. I pulled it out to find in dear Aunt's handwriting -- "mama & papa." I held in my hand the image of my great grandfather and grandmother! And how easily those precious images could have been tossed away or sold in a lot in the auction! Then I started digging. And I found labels on the tin types! Here were post Civil War photos of my great great grandfather and grandmother!

So this is why we do it! So someday our photos won't be discarded and our family will know all about the people, places and events that shaped our lives. And just so you know... these are scanned images of those two sweet faces in my lineage. Blessings to you and make sure to cherish and PRESERVE those memories...



Heritage Cricut Cartridge

Tree - Page 25 - 10 1/2 inches
Charm (base for my photos) - Page 27 - 3 3/4 inches
Bicycle - Page 63 - 3 inches
Fence & Shadow - Page 43 - 4 inch
Leaves & Shadow - Page 24 - 3 inches
Legacy - Page 43 - 2 inches
Frame - Page 43 - 2 inches


A dab of Flower Soft (Heather) in the bicycle basket...



I tied each of the photos on the tree with thin satin ribbon (burgundy.) The background paper is actually a paper bag that I crumpled up, flattened out and adhered to black card stock. A few weeks ago when I traveled to a craft festival one of the stores put my item in this shopping bag. I told the ladies I traveled with I couldn't tear it as I would use it on a card. They thought I was crazy! But it looks pretty good on this page... (or at least I think so...)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hope You Can Cling To... Breast Cancer Awareness with ODBD

I am so excited to share this wonderful set from Our Daily Bread Designs, called Praying for a Cure. This month is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Our Daily Bread Designs is a sponsor for the Splitcoaststampers second annual Hope You Can Cling To card drive to benefit those affected by breast cancer. Make sure to check out the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge Forums to see other beautiful creations.

Our Daily Bread Designs will be donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of this new
stamp set sold during October to the American Cancer Society. This set will be available for sale at the Our Daily Bread Designs site.

In honor of this release, the team will showcasing this new stamp set!!

The "Breadsticks" listed below have created samples using the new "Praying for a Cure" set. Please visit each of the ladies below, leave a comment for each, and return to this post at the ODBD to let us know that you have visited them all. There will be three commenters selected to win a $20 gift certificate each from Our Daily Bread designs. You have until Thursday, October 27 at 8pm EDT to leave your comments. The winners will be announced Friday morning on the Flashback Friday Favorites post.

Lisa
Lori-You are here
Dawn
Grace
Angie
Connie
Sabrina
Sue
Chris
Patter
ODBD Blog



This set is particularly poignant for me this year as one of my co-workers was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She will be undergoing surgery this week.

It amazes me how much we have learned about breast cancer over the years. My aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer in her late thirties. At that time (the 1950's) she was given one option - total mastectomy, radiation and chemotherapy. If you doubt how much progress has been made listen to this... chemo and radiation were HIGHLY experimental at that time. My aunt lost not only her breast but complete and total use of one arm. The radiation was so destructive that the nerves in her shoulder, arm and hand on that side were obliterated. Until the day she left to be with our Lord her arm hung limply at her side... another reminder of the battle she waged...

So let's say we have come a LONG way yet the race goes on... But most importantly ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD.....

Thanks so much for stopping by! Blessings...

Today's card...


Card Design

Paper - Bazzill, Echo Park Victoria Gardens; Stamps - ODBD Praying for a Cure; Ink - Close to My Heart - Cotton Candy; Dies - Spellbinders Postage Stamps, Classic Squares Large, Cheery Lynn Designs - French Pastry; Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug Swiss Dots; Paper Punches; Satin Ribbon; Pearls; Mulberry Roses

Monday, October 24, 2011

Exploring Cricut - Challenge #2

Welcome to another challenge at Exploring Cricut! Diane has asked us to create something using the Cricut Celebrations cartridge candy cut on page 111. Who would have thought candy could be tough??? lol... I elected to do a Christmas scrapbook page. This particular page celebrates the first Christmas we had our dear granddaughter, Gloria. She had arrived a few short weeks earlier from her home country, Guatemala. As you can tell from the photos she loves picture books almost as much as we love her!

So here's the project...



And a closeup of the candy...



I cut the candy at 4 3/4 inches tall (white for the candy itself and red or green for the blackout image). I placed the cut image on top of each blackout image. I then applied a tiny pop dot to the left over "inside" of each "candy" cut and placed it on top of the center, taking care to twist it so you could still see the blackout red or green backing. I then cut pieces of wax paper (yes, the kind from your kitchen) and attached it to the back of each candy with tape. I then took pieces of baker's twine and gathered each end of the wax paper around the tapered end of the cut. The final step... cut each end of wax paper with pinking shears.

Thanks for looking and Happy Cricuting!!!

Supplies

Paper - Bazzill; Bo Bunny Tis the Season Snow Flakes; Stamp - ODBD - Christmas Door; Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; Die - Cheery Lynn Designs - English Tea Party; Pearls - Zva; Paper Punch - EK Success; Dymo Label Maker; Baker's Twine Jillibean Soup; Wax Paper, Cricut Cartridge - Celebrations

Saturday, October 22, 2011

ODBDSLC81 - Geometric Shapes

Happy Saturday and welcome to another fun and fab Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge!

And the challenge is.... Geometric Shapes

Use at least 3 different shapes on your card (for example oval, rectangle, and square base).

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 29 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, October 29 at 8 a.m. EST. If you upload your creations to SplitcoastStampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC81. When creating your posts on blogs please include a direct link to the challenge.

So here's my creation. I managed to work in a square base, 2 rectangles, 1 oval and even a triangle! It makes the Mathematics teacher in me smile...



Please take a few moments to hop over and see what the other Bread Sticks have created! They have some lovely creations to share!

Chris
Fran
Pat
Silke
Sabrina

Sue


Card Recipe

Paper - Bazzill, Colorbok, My Mind's Eye Paris & Co.; Stamps - ODBD Happy Fall, Harvest Blessings; Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa; Dies - Spellbinders Ovals Large, Labels 18; Baker's Twine; Pearls - Zva

Thursday, October 20, 2011

SNTODBD46, Faithfully Yours & a Blog Award...

Happy Thursday! Whew! The week has flown by! I apologize for being so quiet this week. (Or maybe you prefer it that way... lol) I have been a little under the weather and working on the computer has been difficult!

So today I am popping in with two cards! The first is for this week's ODBD Stamping In Time Challenge(SNTODBD46)! The assignment is to use Our Daily Bread Design stamps. The challenge this rotation is all about cards with TAG! T= Thankful, A= Appreciation, G= Grateful. You can use an actual tag, create a card that is thankful, shows appreciation, or conveys gratefulness, or you can combine a tag with the themes. Remember, the more you play the more you increase your chance to win! We look forward to seeing what you create using ODBD stamps! Please make sure to hop over to ODBD's blog to find Mr. Linky and used SNTODBD46 when using online galleries! And make sure to check out what the other Bread Sticks have created! Yummy!!!

Here's my card...


Card Recipe

Paper - Bazzill, Bo Bunny Welcome Home Collection; Stamps - ODBD Give Thanks; Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa, Desert Sand; Dies - Spellbinders Standard Circles Large, Picot Edge Circles, Cheery Lynn Designs Fanciful Flourish; Lace; Felt Ric Rac; Flowers; Pearls


And today I am sharing a short devotion and card over at Dawn's blog, Faithfully Yours. Please take a few moments to check the complete post out! Thanks as always for stopping by!!!

And here is my card for that post...


Card Recipe

Card Stock - Colormates, Designer Paper - Be Blessed - Good Tidings (Faithfully Yours); Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic, Versamark; Stamps - ODBD - Sing for Joy; Embossing Powder - Ranger Queen's Gold; Brad - (Faithfully Yours); Spellbinders; Satin Ribbon; Distressing

I received this award from a dear friend, Jani at Paper Compulsions.



Be sure and go by Jani's blog and leave her a nice comment.

As a recipient of The Versatile Blogger Award, there are 3 rules to follow…

1. Thank the person who awarded you.
2. Tell 7 things about yourself that your readers may not know.
3. Award 7 other bloggers with this award.

Thank you again Jani!


7 Things I haven't mentioned... Yikes!!!

1) I drive entirely too fast. Just ask my husband!

2) When I retire I would like to move to Montana.

3) Yes, we raise St. Bernards but I have always wanted a Burmese Mountain dog...

4) My favorite soda is Coke Zero!

5) I love anything primitive or colonial in home decor but with modern conveniences of course!

6) At one time I wanted to be an attorney...

7) I am TERRIFIED of flying...

7 other blogs for the Versatile Blogger Award
(in no particular order)


Tam from Kaleidoscope Creations
Emily from Queen of All Things Crafty
Selina from Mudpie Reality
Barb from Snowman Lover's Paperie
Kelly from Pink Crafty Devil
Karen from Karen's Kreations
Joy from Purtty Paperz

Thanks again Jani!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Burnished

Today's card is an experiment! And it is late... Not always a good combination! lol I decided a few days ago to create something for a color challenge. Well in the "process" of creating, I fiddled with the card too much and missed the entry deadline... (big sigh)...

And I know there is a lesson I should take from this and while I ponder that, I will show you my card...



The flower is actually made up of 4 satin fabric circles cut with Spellbinders and burnished lightly over a tea light. It makes the edges turn up. (oh so cute) I cut two layers of gold netting using Spellbinders Blossoms Three and placed those underneath. And the very bottom layer... one of my lace collars... I took 8 segments of triangular lace and layered them on a brad to create the base for my flower. A few pearls in the center... a flourish on the DP and one of my favorite sayings from ODBD's recent release, The Good Seed. I'm thinking this would make a lovely yellow daffodil come spring... Well here's hoping you are having a wonderful week and as always blessings to you...

Lori

Card Recipe

Paper - Bazzil, My Mind's Eye - A Beautiful Life; Ink - Close to My Heart - Topiary; Stamps - ODBD - The Good Seed; Pearl Flourish - Zva; Single Pearls; Satin; Netting, Dies - Spellbinders Standard Circles Large, Blossoms Three, Paper Punch (leaves)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

ODBDSLC80 - Holiday with a twist...

Drum roll please.... this week's challenge is... Holiday with a twist! The twist? You must create your own holiday project or card (Christmas or Thanksgiving) but it must use an ODBD stamp.

Rules...
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 21st at 8 a.m. EST. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday.

Remember, this challenge "requires" the use of ODBD holiday 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, you must have your submission added to Mr. Linky by the October 21st. If you upload your creations to SplitcoastStampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword ODBDSLC80. When creating your posts on blogs please include a direct link to the challenge.

Here is my creation for this week...



Now if you want to see some amazing inspiration visit my challenge team sisters, Chris; Fran; Pat; Silke; Sabrina and our special guest, Sue Worthington .

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

Card Recipe

Card Stock - Bazzill; Designer Paper - Echo Park Victoria Gardens; Stamps - ODBD - Christmas Door, Christmas Rose, Joy to the World Hymn; Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Copics; Spellbinders - Holly Ovals Large, Holly Motifs; Satin Ribbon

Friday, October 14, 2011

Snow is falling at Exploring Cricut...

Oh, the weather outside is frightful and the fire is so delightful...

Ok... maybe I'm pushing it a little bit. But I couldn't resist pulling out one of my favorite Cricut cuts for this project... SNOWFLAKES!!! I love paper snow but the real stuff... YUCK! So today's project, created for Exploring Cricut, allows me to indulge myself in that desire for snow without the danger of frostbite...

Today's project...


1. Cut your snowflakes (white card stock) in multiples of four! The largest on this card is
3.75 inches. Then adhere each layer together until your snowflakes feel more like
chipboard. Let them cure!

2. When the layers have completely dried, coat each snowflake in glitter glue. Spritz
generously with coarse glitter. Shake excess off and let glitter set up.

3. Create a card base with a 6 x 12 inch piece of card stock.

4. Cut peach card stock 5 3/4 inch square. Distress edges with distressing tool and ink
generously with Distress Ink (Tattered Rose).

5. Using sewing machine to stitch DP (5 1/2 inch square, distressed and inked) to pink card
stock with zig zag stitch.

6. Affix pearl flourish to DP (Prima Swirls Pink).

7. Stamp sentiment (ODBD Peace & Joy Set) on white card stock. (Ink - CTMH Cotton Candy)

8. Layer sentiment on pink card stock, trim and cut to desired length.

9. Arrange glittered snowflakes to card base with dimensional foam. Place sentiment on card.

And voila! You have a lovely, elegant, glitzy card to celebrate the Christmas season! Thanks for visiting! Blessings to you...

Card Recipe

Card Stock - Bazzill; Designer Paper - October Afternoon - Very Merry - Sing the Carols; Ink - Close to My Heart - Cotton Candy, Distress Ink - Ranger Tattered Rose; Stamps - ODBD - Peace & Joy; Cricut Cartridge - Winter Woodland (pages 33 & 35); Pearls - Prima Swirls Pink; Glittering Glue - Martha Stewart (Michaels); Glitter - Martha Stewart Cystal Coarse Glitter (Michaels); Sewing Machine; Distressing Tool

Monday, October 10, 2011

Inaugural Challenge at Exploring Cricut

Welcome dear friends to the very first challenge at the new blog, Exploring Cricut! I am so excited to be a member of this new team headed by my dear friend Diane. The team is excited to bring you creations focused on using those cartridges that sometime lanquish on the shelf. This week's challenge will focus on the Close To My Heart Cartridge, Art Philosophy. You will need to creative a project using Square 3 (page 43 of your manual) and a minimum of two flowers from this cartridge! Complete details may be found on our blog, Exploring Cricut. Don't forget to link your project there on Mr. Linky! And check out what the rest of the DT has created.

Here's my creation...



I created this project as a gift. The frame is a simple black one I purchased from my local retailer. I removed the glass and matting and then cut a 5 x 7 piece of card stock. I created a slightly smaller red card stock layer carefully distressing the edges with a distressing tool and ink before adhering to the bottom layer. The final layer (cut 1/4 inch smaller) is DP by Colorbok. I distressed and inked all edges and then crinkled it up, flattened it back out and adhered it to the card stock! (Super way to take our your frustrations... wink, wink) I cut one Square 3 (3 1/2") and another slightly smaller (3 1/4").
I distressed them with ink and before putting them together with dimensional foam stamped a scripture stamp on the top layer. I attached a swath of lace on the card stock base and followed up with a jet pearl flourish. I then placed my sentiment on top with more foam tape. I cut the spiral flowers at 3" and 2 1/2". I took care to roll these up and secured them with hot glue. The leaves are cuts from Storybook. (I ran them through my paper crimper to get texture...) At this point I placed my card base in the frame and glued it in the frame. And finally, I placed my roses, leaves and a few more jet pearls strategically and tied a satin knot bow that I secured to one side! I think this will make an awesome gift for someone! Thanks for reading and don't forget to check out the main blog to connect to the DT's creations!

Exploring Cricut

Product List

5 x 7 Black Frame (glass and mat removed)
Card Stock (beige - base, red - matting)
Designer Paper - Colorbok
Cricut Cartridges - Art Philosophy, Storybook
Stamp - Our Daily Bread Designs - Scripture Series 2
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black (Scripture); Memento Rich Cocoa (distressing)
Jet Bead Flourish - Recollections
Satin Ribbon - Black
Lace
Hot Glue Gun
Paper Crimper

Saturday, October 8, 2011

ODBDSLC79 - Make Your Own Embellishment

Welcome to another Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge! This time around the team has been asked to create our own embellishments. Think outside the box! Possible ideas include custom flowers, dyed ribbon, hat pins... let your imagination go wild!

And here is my creation for the week!


I created the flower with satin ribbon and added one of my custom lace collars below. Now I want to see what you can do!

Rules...
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 14th 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 the previously listed date. If you upload your creations to SplitcoastStampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC79. 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 to run (don't walk) over to see what Chris; Fran; Pat; Silke; Sabrina and our special guest, Sue Worthington 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.

Card Recipe

Paper - Bazzill, Prima Romantique; Stamps - ODBD Weave in Faith; Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa, Rhubard Stalk, Ranger Distress Ink Tattered Rose; Die - Cheery Lynn Designs - Fanciful Flourish, Spellbinders Labels 22, Fleur de Lis Squares; Lace, Satin Ribbon, Pearl Brad, Sewing Machine

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fruit, News & a Challenge...

Today's card is for a challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ. The ladies have asked participants to create something using a fruit theme! I must say that apples are one of my favs. There must be something to that old saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away. It seems like when I eat apples regularly, I feel better!

My card is a z fold card. The inner panel has some lovely DP showcasing my fruit of choice. The outside features a Cricut cut with one of Our Daily Bread Designs recent releases, Apple Seeds, embossed in gold. I had to put a few black pearls on the corner to kinda mimic seeds. And if you look real close you will see the leaf is crinkled! I had to run it through the crimper... lol...

And here is my apple for the day...



And if you love your Cricut hang on to your stylus! I have been asked to join a fabbo new blog called Exploring Cricut! Each week the ladies will have a challenge for you! But not a traditional challenge! The blog name says it all! We want you to use all those cartridges gathering dust! We will ask you to create projects with a specific cartridge and cut in mind. Sounds like fun huh? The inaugural challenge will begin Monday October 10th! Kinda fitting way to celebrate Columbus Day and his exploration of a new world! Come out and explore some new waters with us! Bookmark this site -

Exploring Cricut

Thanks as always for visiting! Blessings to you!

Card Recipe

Paper - Bazzill, K & Co Halloween & Fall Paper Pad; Stamps - ODBD - Apple Seeds; Ink - Versamark; Embossing Powder - Ranger Queen's Gold; Cricut Cartridge - Plantin Schoolbook; Ribbon, Pearls, Paper Crimper

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Love Each Other

Yippee! It's Thursday and the weekend can't be far behind! Looking forward to going to Ohio this weekend to check out the Sauerkraut festival... Not sure what I will find but I hear there are a great deal of primitives and country items! Can't wait! And speaking of not being able to wait... don't forget ODBD's Shining the Light Challenge Saturday! We will have a blast this week!

Today's card is for Dawn over at Faithfully Yours. Make sure to check out her site with all the fabulous items she offers!



Card Recipe

Paper - Bazzill, Colorbok, My Mind's Eye - Rosy; Stamps - ODBD Scripture Collection 6; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug Allegro; Spellbinders Picot Edge Circles, Standard Circles Large; Seam Binding

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

MOJO209

Yes, it is official! I have kicked off the Christmas crafting season at my house! This week's sketch at Mojo Monday provided the perfect catalyst to pull out some wintry stamps! I just love looking at snowflakes when they are isolated to paper and the weather outside is 70 degrees plus... :-P

Blessings and thanks for visiting...



Card Recipe

Paper - Bazzill, Colorbok, Echo Park Season's Greeting Paper Pad; Stamps - ODBD - Fleur de Lis Border & Peace & Joy, Inks - Memento Rich Cocoa (sentiment and aging), Ranger Distress Ink Tea Dye (aging edges); Cuttlebug Folder - Flurry; Spellbinders - Classic Rectangles Large, Create A Flake One; Pearls - Recollections; Ribbon - Offray; Edger Punch - EK Success

Monday, October 3, 2011

Felt Gardenia

I love making my own embellishments! When I started scrappin' several years back you had to buy everything! And that got REALLY expensive! A few months ago I tried my hand at making flower embellies with tissue paper and spellbinders. I wasn't happy with the look. Last night, I decided to try cutting a square of felt with my Spellbinder Blossoms Three. I folded each section in quarters and then stitched them together with a blanket stitch. I adhered the 4 quarters on a paper punched circle. I then cut 4 more smaller blossoms and carefully stitched them on top. For the final touch, I popped on a large adhesive pearl I picked up at Michaels. It kinda looks like a gardenia! And it is so scrunchy! I think it will fit in a fat envelope nicely!

And here it is...



Thanks so much for reading and maybe I can get some time to film a tutorial if you like it! Blessings...

Card Recipe

Paper - Colorbok, My Mind's Eye - Rosy Paper Pad; Stamps - ODBD - The Living Bread; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Paper Punch - EK Success; Paper Edger - Fiskars; Pearls - Recollections; Scor-Pal (scored base of card in 1/4 inch increments); Spellbinders Blossom Three

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Flowers Fade...

Don't you just love fall? There's a crisp feeling in the air and the leaves are changing. And this process reminds me of the beautiful order in our world. The lush green leaves of summer must give way to a vibrant parade of colors before fading away. This process leads to winter. A time when the earth slumbers, renews and prepares for the emergence of spring! And we all know just how beautiful spring can be! Kinda makes me OK with snow... lol...

Seriously, when I put this card together I pulled out one of my favorite scriptures, Isaiah 40:8. Our very presence on this earth is just for a season. And even though like the leaves, our time on earth is limited, there are certain things that will always remain. Like the values, lessons and memories we pass on to our family and friends. The things we share with others does have an impact. And what better legacy could we leave than a love of and appreciation for the word of God? Blessings...



I am submitting to The Play Date Cafe - TPDC101 - Color Challenge

Recipe

Paper - Bazzill, K & Co. - Tim Coffey Halloween & Fall; Stamps - ODBD - Scripture Series 1; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Spellbinders - Labels Eighteen, Classic Rectangles Large; Zva - Jet Bead Flourish; Jute

Do you want to know a secret? I literally left a part of me in this card! In the process of "distressing" I unwittingly stuck my thumb on the ink pad and left my fingerprint on the card! I liked the idea so much I continued to leave my "print" in several places on the DP. Sometimes ya just gotta go with things! :-)

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

MOJO208 - Round or Square?

Happy Saturday! I finally made it home last night from my state SHRM conference. We had a great time! It is always fun catching up with all of my HR friends! I did bring back a mild respiratory issue and feel a little crummy. But I did manage to unpack and finish a card up I had on my desk! The ladies at Mojo Monday have given participants a round or square sketch challenge...


And my interpretation...


If you like this stamp, hop over and visit ODBD today! The ladies are hosting a blog hop to introduce you to the new October sets! They are absolutely gorgeous!

Card Details

Paper - Bazzill, Simple Stories Generations Paper Pad; Stamps - ODBD - Christmas Door; Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa; Pearls - Zva; Dies - Spellbinders Labels Eighteen, Cheery Lynn Designs - Fanciful Flourish; Flowers; Pearls (centers)