Tuesday, July 31, 2012

ODBDSLC117 Sketch Challenge Continues

It is time for another Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge! And this challenge will last for 2 weeks!

Last week we revealed this sketch for you!
There's still time to enter!  We have one more week remaining!  


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!! 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 nor 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 Sunday, August 5th at 8 p.m. EST. (This challenge will last 2 weeks). If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword ODBDSLC117. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to our challenge.

And my project for the week...


The card measures 4.25 x 5.5 inches. For my base I selected a black card stock with an ecru matting. The DP is from My Mind's Eye Sunshine Collection!  I took two coordinating patterns and nestled them side by side on the ecru matting.  I distressed each layer with a distressing tool and inked the edges lightly.  Becca's Peg Bow Maker made easy work of this satin bow!  I added a fun embellie by Recollections and a crochet button with blossoms in the corner.  Very simple and super fun! 

Thanks for popping in!  Hope you have a great week!

Lori

Card Recipe

Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs -  The Sea
Paper - Bazzil; My Mind's Eye - Sunshine Paper Pad
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink by Tim Holtz - Black Soot (distressing); Versafine - Onyx Black (sentiment)
Misc. - Becca's Peg Bow Maker; Satin Ribbon - Offray - Black; Blossoms; Brad & Button - Recollections

Monday, July 30, 2012

Exploring Cricut - Disney Dreaming

Welcome to another fun challenge at Exploring Cricut!  This time we are

Disney Dreaming 

So show us your projects that are Disney inspired!

For me, Disney means that magical mouse, Mickey!  And this little side step card will go to a man who LOVES Disney!



Side Step cards are super cute and fun to make! Beate Johns has an excellent tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers you will find HERE. Once you create the base, you can measure each section and customize it with matting and DP. It's the same premise as covering any card base. Just measure and make each layer slightly smaller than the last. For this project a small paper trimmer works well. (A guillotine cutter will not work...)


Cricut Cuts

George - Star - 2.5 inches
Mickey and Friends - Pluto - 4.25 Inches; Mickey - 5.25 Inches
Mickey Font - Letter M - 1.75 Inches

Card Recipe

Papers - Card Stock - Bazzill
Designer Papers - Queen & Co. - Magic Stripes, Magic Arrows, Magic Stars
Font - Walter - dafonts.com

Thanks for stopping by!  Don't forget to stop by Friday to see my daily project posting for Exploring Cricut!  I can't wait!  Blessings...


Sunday, July 29, 2012

TSTR124 ~ Patriot in Pink ~

Normally when I create a patriotic card I pull out red, white and blue.  This time I decided to go with a decidedly more "feminine" feel.  I love this quote by Abraham Lincoln.  It speaks volumes about the huge responsibilities any freedom loving nation has and in particular it's leaders. 

Freedom isn't always easy to maintain.  Abraham Lincoln is a prime example of someone who gave so much of himself trying to keep our torn and battered country together.  Photos of him later in his presidency reveal a tired and worn man, one bearing a crushing load of responsibility.  It is important as Christians that we pray for our leaders.  We may not always agree with them but it is our responsibility to pray for them. 

So take a few moments today to praise God for all of your blessings and for my friends in America, offer a pray for our great nation and her leaders.  With God, all things are possible!  Blessings...

Lori

Today's card...


and the inspiration photo from The Shabby Tea Room...


Card Recipe

Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - God Bless America
Paper - Bazzill; Bo Bunny - Little Miss Collection
Ink - Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies - Spellbinders - Postage Stamps
Misc. - Paper Punches - Martha Stewart Crafts; Flourish - Recollections; Blossoms; Lace

Challenges


The Shabby Tea Room #124 "Oh - So Pretty in Pink" - TSTR124


Saturday, July 28, 2012

SSIC149 & F4A127 ~ Extraordinary ~

So glad you could join me for a bit of creativity today!  Life has been crazy as of late and my crafting has suffered the brunt!  So when Stampin' Sisters in Christ posted a Clean and Simple challenge I jumped in!  After all, clean and simple is exactly what you need when you barely have time to put ink to paper.  No frills here...


This card measures 4.25 x 5.5 inches and has a white base. For a bit of pop, I selected a DP from Basic Grey's PB & J Paper pad. I created the sentiment panel out of white card stock scored at 1/4 and 1/2 inch intervals on two sides. I selected Our Daily Bread Designs' Little Things stamp set for my sentiment (stamped in black ink). I placed a lovely butterfly adhesive charm for interest.
Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to stop by and check out the big Dog Days of Summer sale at Our Daily Bread Designs! What better way to beat the heat than to stay inside and keep cool while stamping away! Gosh, do we have a SUPER SALE all set up for you!! This weekend only we will be haing 30% OFF all STAMP SETS!! Woohoo!!
How can you resist that? I bet you can't!! You will have just this weekend to take advantage of this SPECIAL SALE!!! Sorry, no rainchecks. Go to ODBD's Site for all the deets! You won't want to miss it!

Until next time... blessings...

Lori

Card Recipe

Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Little Things
Paper - Bazzill; Basic Grey - PB&J
Ink - Versafine - Onyx Black
Misc. - ScorPal; Charm - Recollections

Challenges

Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Clean and Simple - SSIC149
Splitcoast Stampers - Free 4 All - Use 2 of something for focal image (scored lines) - F4A127




Thursday, July 26, 2012

MOJO251, WAW38 & CSC101 ~ Trust ~

Thanks so much for stopping by today! It seems like we haven't had a chance to catch up in quite a while!

 This weekend I plan on allotting some sorely needed attention and time to my household chores. The following weekend I will be spending some time with Our Daily Bread Designs at the Stampaway USA Convention in Sharonville, Ohio. If you are in the area August 3rd or 4th stop by and say hello! You can get all the details HERE. I am looking forward to meeting up with the lovely ladies from ODBD!  And I hope to see many of my tri-state stamping buddies there as well! 

Speaking of carving out some time to catch up... I managed to find some time Monday to create a card for the few sites including the Mojo challenge. Here is the sketch...


And my interpretation...


I selected a soft beige card stock for my 4.5 x 5.5 card base. Below the red polka dot paper I added a layer of distressed black card stock. All of my remaining DP layers have the same black card stock matting. Each panel has a botanical theme to it. The two left panels were dry embossed and distressed. This scripture stamp may be found in Our Daily Bread Designs' Scripture Collection 7 set. I nestled a Kaisercraft jet flourish (cut, manipulated and strategically placed) under the die cut panel. The rose is one I created using McGill's Rose Paper Punch set. I added a few paper punches twigs. The metal bird is a new item by Momenta I found at a local Michaels. I think he looks so "tweet." Sorry!  I couldn't resist!   :-)

Until next time, blessings...

Lori

Card Recipe


Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Scripture Collection 7
Paper - Bazzill; Colorbok; My Mind's Eye - Dilly Dally; 7Gypsies - Conservatory
Ink - Versafine - Black Onyx
Embossing Folder - Stampin' Up Square Lattice
Dies - Spellbinders - Standard Circles Large & Petite Scalloped Circles Large
Misc. - Punches - McGill - Rose Collection, Martha Stewart Crafts; Momenta - Metal Stickers; Flourish - Kaisercraft

Challenges

Mojo Monday Sketch #251 - MOJO251 
Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday #38 - Never Give Up - WAW38
Case Study Challenge #101 - CSC101 - using birds and colors
Splitcoast Stampers - Ways To Use It Challenge - Music - WT385

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

ODBDSLC117 ~ A Sketch ~

It is time for another Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge!  And this challenge will last for 2 weeks! 

This week we have a sketch for you!   


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!! 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 nor 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 Sunday, August 5th at 8 p.m. EST.   (This challenge will last 2 weeks).  If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword ODBDSLC117. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to our challenge.

And my project for the week...



The card measures 5 x 7 inches. For my base I selected a sunny yellow card stock with a pale yellow matting. The DP is from a recent Prima release called Songbird. So soft and just darling!

I split two coordinating papers and put them side by side. I used a edge punch to add the notebook like details. A swath of oatmeal colored satin ribbon was placed over the seam. I used Becca's Peg Bow Maker to create the double bow on top. To finish it off I glued a pearl center on. The sentiment I selected may be found in one of Our Daily Breads' classic sets, Randi's Song. I love this set! It never ceases to remind me of the seasons in life. So very beautiful! After cutting with a die I placed the sentiment over some die cut vines and pearl flourish. The sunflower is a Cheery Lynn Designs die with a few additional paper punched leaves for interest! Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings...

Please stop by and visit my "sister sticks" to see their lovely creations! And don't forget to leave them some love too!
Chris Olsen  *** Jan Keen *** Jan Marie Ennenga *** Kathy Roney *** Rosemary Dennis *** Sabrina Jackson *** and our very special guest designer this month Sherry Kushibab!
To see all the creations in one place or join the challenge, click HERE.

Card Recipe

Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Randi's Song
Paper - Bazzill, Prima - Songbird
Inks - Memento - Rich Cocoa - Sentiment; Ranger's Distress Ink - Pumice Stone (edges of matting)
Dies - Cheery Lynn Designs - Fanciful Flourish & Sunflower; Spellbinders - Labels Eighteen
Misc. - Ribbon - Offray Satin - Oatmeal; Pearl Flourish - Kaisercraft; Pearl Center - gifted from my DT sister Sabrina; Paper Punch - McGill (leaves for sunflower); Paper Edger - EK Success
Bow Maker - Becca's Peg Bow Maker


Monday, July 23, 2012

C4C146, CSC100 & OCCC ~ The One Who Sowed

Happy Monday morning to you!  Hope you had a wonderful and blessed weekend!  I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with my hubby on Friday.  We did a little craft supply shopping (insert big smile here) and dined out.  It seems with my work schedule we have very little time to spend together.  It is precious times like Friday that I rediscover just how blessed I am!  And with the events in Colorado Friday, I realized what a gift I had to spend another day with the ones I love. 

Each and every blessing I have is because of my Lord and Savior.  It is through His goodness that we are redeemed.  This beautiful verse featured on Our Daily Bread Designs' The Good Seed set came to mind...


Today's card is a actually a makeover of one of the very first cards I posted several years back.


I liked the overall layout of the card but my style has changed a little in the last few years. I find myself using more embellies like the hand crafted rose and pearl flourish. Plus I use a great deal more patterned papers now. A little more fussy style I think...

Here's a closeup of today's makeover showing the light blue pearl flourish and paper rose...


Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget to pop back in tomorrow morning at 8AM EST for Our Daily Bread Designs' Shining the Light Challenge! It will be fun! Blessings...

I have a winner for the Exploring Cricut blog hop! Please click HERE for details!

Card Recipe

Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - The Good Seed
Paper - Bazzill; Crate Paper - Random Paper Pad
Ink - Copic Multiliner Pen - Black (faux stitching); Versafine - Black Onyx (scripture)
Misc. - Pearl Flourish - Zva; Paper Punches - McGill

Challenges
Crazy4Challenges - Stitching - Faux or Real -
C4C146
Case Study Challenge #100 - Muse Kristii Lockhart - CSC100
Our Creative Corner - Cringe Worthy Cards - Take an old designs and do a makeover - OCCC



We Have a Winner!!!

Random.org has selected a winner!  And the blessed winner of my blog candy pack is...  drum roll please! 
 
Number 10
 
Anonymous said...
I seriously need to get that cart. Your card is wonderful. TFS.
Wow that is a lot of blog candy. That will be one lucky crafter/winner.
dmcardmaker (at aol.com)

Please reach out to me at saintsrule71@gmail.com with your mailing addy so I can get your prize pack out!  Blessings and thanks again to everyone who took time to play along!

Lori

Saturday, July 21, 2012

MOJO250, WAW37 & SSIC147 ~ Christmas Joy

Praise be to our Lord who always provides! A few weeks ago, I shared how hot and DRY it was here in my beloved Bluegrass state. As of Thursday, we had over 6 inches of rain! WOW! Definitely answered prayers! Our lawn has rebounded and today dear hubs will mow the lovely crop of weeds AND grass that has sprung up seemingly overnight. I am so very grateful for continual provisions!

I created today's card for a few challenges including the weekly Mojo Monday challenge, Stampin' Sisters in Christ plus their sister site, Word Art Wednesday.

Here is this week's Mojo sketch...


And my take... ANOTHER Christmas card!!! My stash is growing! ;-)


I found the coordinating DP at Hobby Lobby. I love it! The base is cream card stock (5.5 x 4.25 inches) with embossed black card stock matting. I stamped the sentiment (Our Daily Bread Designs' Christmas Blessings) with black ink on the same cream CS before cutting/embossing with a Spellbinder Die. The bottom layer of DP has a bit of ecru lace peeking out on both the top and bottom. I also cut tiny tags out of the music print to tuck under the edge. I created the poinsettia with a Spellbinders die and added some paper punched greenery and 2 silver bells (for sparkle) and an altered pearl flourish. If you look closely, you can see a bit of yellow Flower Soft in the center of the blossom. I just love the non-traditional colors! Thanks as always for stopping by!

Blessings...

Lori

Card Recipe 

Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Christmas Blessings
Paper - Bazzill; Paper Studio - Old World Winter
Ink - Versafine - Onyx Black
Embossing Folder - Sizzix - Starry Night
Dies - Spellbinders - Layered Poinsettia; Petite Scalloped Circles Large; Standard Circles Large
Misc. - Lace; Horizon Group - Jingle Bells; Recollections - Pearl Flourish; Flower Soft - Meadow; Punch - Martha Stewart Crafts


Challenges 

Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge 250 - MOJO250
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - 147 - Sparkle - SSIC147
Word Art Wednesday - WAW37

Friday, July 20, 2012

Exploring Cricut Daily Project

Welcome! Hard to believe that July is half way over! The kids will be back in school and those warm summer days will fade before we know it. For today's project I wanted to capture a bit of that summer feeling all year long. So I am sharing a framed wall hanging for Exploring Cricut.

I love the look of bright red geraniums in the summer. In fact I have a painting of them hanging in my master bedroom. So I thought I would start on a fun project to add a little "zip" to my scrapbook room. I purchased a black frame and 5 x 7 black mat at my local Dollar Store... for a total of $2.00 invested... plus scraps already in my stash...


I removed the glass and cut a piece of left over gingham DP (by Karen Foster) to fit the frame back. I then nestled my matting in the open frame and replaced the covered backing. My Cricut cuts are from a sorely neglected cartridge of mine, Freshly Picked. I bet I can count the number of times I have used this cartridge on one hand.  Somehow I don't feel this will be a problem in the future... 

Cricut Cartridge
Freshly Picked

Potted Geraniums - 5 inches - clay, dark red, light red, dark green, light green
Word Geranium & Backing - 1 1/4 inches - dark red, cream

I used the left over geranium blossoms and molded them into my molding mat with a stylus for depth and glued them randomly to the flowers. I thought it made them a little more real. I also shaded all of the pieces with ink for added dimension.

Clay Pot - Ranger Distress Ink - Spiced Marmalade
Geraniums - Memento - Rhubard Stalk
Leaves - Memento - Bamboo Leaves

I placed all cricut cuts with dimensional foam for added depth. I liked this so much I think I will have to make more for my wall... a rosebush... petunias... maybe marigolds...

Thanks for stopping by!

Lori

Additional Challenges

Hiding in My Craft Room #54 - Super Scraps Saturday - HIMCR54

Thursday, July 19, 2012

SC393 ~ Strength ~

What do you do when you have scraps taking over your work area?  You make something with them!  I just can't bear to throw anything away so when Splitcoast came up with a sketch challenge last week...  I pulled out some recent additions to the pile and went to work. 

Here's my take...


and the sketch...


Thanks for stopping by!

Card Recipe

Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Faith
Paper - Paper Studio - kraft; Bazzil; Recollections - Rooster Provincial
Ink - Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies - Spellbinders - Nested Pennants
Misc. - Jute

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

FS284 & SSIC148 ~ Christmas Snow ~

This week I have been in a Christmas mood. And even though the halls aren't decked and the tinsel isn't strung, I've belted out a few Christmas songs! Is that crazy??? It seems like July 4th is my Christmas trigger. Immediately, I start to plot and plan what my cards will look like that year. And fortunately, this year I have already put some of those ideas into motion!

I created today's card for a couple of challenges.  The first to honor this week's Featured Stamper at Splitcoast, Cynthia Olheiser. If you haven't had a chance to admire her work check out her SC gallery. I added some bling (in this case Stickles) to my card to enter the Stampin' Sisters in Christ weekly challenge. This week the challenge is to create something with sparkle.

So here's my creation...


The top layer is embossed with Cuttlebug's Distressed Snow folder. My snowflake is a die cut heavily coated with Stickles. Every snowflake needs a little flourish and this one by Recollections does the trick. The sentiment (Our Daily Bread Designs' retired Peace & Joy set) is set off with Memento's Danube Blue ink. A nice breath of cool air... Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings...

Lori

Card Recipe

Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Peace & Joy
Paper - Bazzill, Colorbok
Ink - Memento - Danube Blue
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug - Distressed Snow
Dies - Spellbinders - Create A Flake One
Misc. - Flourish - Recollections; Stickles - Diamond


Challenges

Splitcoast Stampers - Featured Stamper - FS284
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - SSIC148 - Sparkle

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

ODBDSLC116 ~ Clouds or Sunshine

It is time for another Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge!  This week we want to see projects that are feature clouds, sunshine or both!   

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!! 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 nor 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 Sunday, July 22nd at 8 p.m. EST. If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword ODBDSLC116. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to our challenge.

And my project for the week... a clean and simple creation…


And a closeup of the sponged clouds... my trick? A scalloped punch that I sponge light blue ink around...


The card measures 6 x 6 inches. For my base I selected a chocolate card stock with an orange matting. The DP is from a recent Bo Bunny release called Camp-A-Lot. In interest of full disclosure I must admit my idea of camping is the Holiday Inn... but I love this paper set!

I used a round punch to create my sun mask. I sponged Memento Canteloupe, Angel Pink and Tangelo in the circle to create my sun. I stamped the sentiment and image where desired. And then colored my image (Our Daily Bread Designs' On Eagles' Wings set) with Copics. To create "clouds" I placed a scallop punched from white card stock randomly on my paper and sponged on some Memento Summer Sky. I also added some Memento London Fog across the sun and randomly in the clouds for depth. A ripped piece of card stock helped create mountains. I placed it where desired and inked it with Ranger Distress Ink (Pumice Stone and Frayed Burlap). For the final touches on the edges I used Memento Bamboo Leaves to mimic a tree line. A few orange dew drops adorn the bottom. Thanks so much for stopping by and until next time...

Blessings...

Please stop by and visit my "sister sticks" to see their lovely creations! And don't forget to leave them some love!
Chris Olsen  *** Jan Keen *** Jan Marie Ennenga *** Kathy Roney *** Rosemary Dennis *** Sabrina Jackson *** and our very special guest designer this month Sherry Kushibab!
To see all the creations in one place or join the challenge, click HERE.

STOP THE PRESSES!!!

Our Daily Bread Designs will be attending the CHA trade show in Rosemont, Illinois this week! Please note that no orders will ship out after this weekend and they will resume shipping on Monday (July 23, 2012).

.....but they will be running a special for 5 days....July 16-20, 2012 (midnight EST) and will give you a discount off purchases!!
Orders of $100.00-$149.00 may use code CHA10 to receive 10% off the order!
Orders of $150.00-$199.00 may use code CHA15 to receive 15% off the order!
Orders over $200.00 may use code CHA25 to receive 25% off the order!!
PLEASE NOTE: Stamp set bundles and Gift Certificates are NOT included in this offer. We will not discount any of these items and your invoice will be adjusted if you purchase them.

Card Recipe

Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - On Eagles' Wings
Paper - Bazzill, Neenah, Bo Bunny Camp-A-Lot
Inks - Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics - E25, E29, E50, Y15; Memento Canteloupe, Angel Pink, Tangelo, Summer Sky, London Fog & Bamboo Leaves; Ranger Distress Ink - Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap


Monday, July 16, 2012

Exploring Cricut ~ Christmas in July AND Blog Candy!

Welcome to a fun Christmas in July blog hop at Exploring Cricut. If you arrived here from Michelle's DELIGHTFUL blog you are in the right spot! If not, head over to Exploring Cricut's Blog for a full link list.

You don't want to miss a single stop, as many of this week's designers have blog candy they are offering! Check the bottom of this post for the prize pack I am offering! In order to play along and possibly win my prize, please post a comment on this post by 9PM Saturday July 21st and I will have Random.org select a winner. I will announce the winner of my blog candy on Monday July 23rd! 

    This week we want to see projects about

Christmas in July

Considering the temps have been close to 100 degrees what a better way to cool off? Try cutting some snowmen, Christmas trees and Santas!

And my project for the week using the Jolly Holidays Lite cartridge...


Cricut Cuts - Jolly Holidays

Bird & Layers - 2 1/5 inches
Merry Christmas & Layers - 2 inches
Birdhouse & Layers - 5 1/2 inches

Paper - Bazzill & Echo Park Season's Greeting
Embossing Folder - Provocraft - White Focal Panel
Stickles - Ranger - Diamond

So what kinda blog candy am I offering?  Ta-da!!!

Lori's Blog Candy

1 - 6 x 6 Paper Stack - Prima Songbird Collection
1 - 6 x 6 Paper Stack - Bo Bunny Camp-A-Lot Collection
1 - Bo Bunny Camp-A-Lot Collection Coordinating Buttons
1 - 6 x 6 Paper Stack - Bo Bunny Little Miss Collection
1 - Bo Bunny Little Miss Collection Coordinating Buttons
4 - Studio G Ink Pads
1 - Graphic 45 by Hampton Art Stamp Set
3 - Recollections Signature Flocking Powder (Ebony, Walnut & Banana)

Now I will send you on your way. Your next stop will be Kim's FABULOUS blog!

 
Thanks for stopping in! Don't forget to pop back in Friday to see my Exploring Cricut Daily Project! Blessings...

Lori

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Little Distressed Tea Cup

I've discovered distress paint!  I find myself slathering it on EVERYTHING!  If the Saints hold still long enough...  JUST KIDDING!!!! 

So when I decided to color this tea cup image I HAD to put Ranger's Distress Paint in Hard Rock Candy all over it!  I love how it crackles and makes the cup look like old china!  To do this, I stamped my image first, colored it with Copics and slathered it with paint.  You need a THICK coat for it to crackle properly.  AFTER curing, I cut it with Spellbinders' Nested Tea Cup die.  Super easy!  For this project, I used a real Wilton doily along with DP by Teresa Collins.  Whatcha think???


A blossom from my stash and some paper punched leaves finish it off! Thanks for looking! Until next time...

Blessings...

Card Recipe
Stamps - Heartfelt Creations - Heartfelt Sentiments & China Fragments
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Paint - Ranger Distress Paint - Hard Rock Candy
Dies - Spellbinders' Nested Tea Cups
Paper - Bazzill; Colorbok; Teresa Collins - Everyday Moments
Misc. - Doily - Wilton; Blossom - stash; Paper Punch - McGill (leaves)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

F4A123 ~ It's All About Scraps ~

If you're like me, there is a stack of scraps on your crafting table.  Ok, in the interest of full disclosure, my scrap is more like a MOUNTAIN!  I have great intentions, yet I fall quickly for the next cute paper and my scraps lanquish in a pile.  So when Splitcoast posted a scraps challenge last Friday, a cheer rose up from my scrap table.  (I'm sure if my scraps could cheer, they would!)  And with the latest craze involving hexagons, I managed to find my old Creative Memories punch and go to work.


It just so happened I had completed a project with Bo Bunny's Weekend Market Collection. So I was able to use the coordinating pieces to paper punch and arrange a fun design on the front of kraft card stock. I used dimensional foam to pop each hexagon up. I selected Our Daily Bread Designs' Anchor set for my sentiment and stamped it on the base with Versafine ink. Super easy! Now I just need to visit that scrap pile again... :-) Thanks so much and have a wonderful day!

Lori

Card Recipe

Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Anchor
Paper - Paper Studio - Kraft; Bo Bunny - Weekend Market
Ink - Versafine - Onyx Black
Punch - Creative Memories - Hexagon

Challenges

Splitcoast Stampers - Friday Free For All - Use Up Your Scraps - F4A123

Friday, July 13, 2012

JUGS144 ~ Serve ~

Good morning! Hope all is well with you and yours! Today I am sharing a recent sketch from Just Us Girls.


And my interpretation...


The designer paper (from K & Company's Susan Winget's Meadow) drove the color scheme. I wanted to keep the feel of Rudbeckia so I chose a rich yellow and deep brown for the matting and base respectively. I selected Our Daily Bread Designs' Serve the Lord set for my sentiment and a Cheery Lynn Designs die for embellishment. The embellie is not Rudbeckia but a sunflower.  But I decided to keep it for the cheery look! A very simple project to complete! Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings...

Card Recipe

Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Serve the Lord
Paper - Bazzill; K & Company - Susan Winget Meadow
Ink - Memento - Rich Cocoa
Dies - Spellbinders - Sunflower Set Two (leaf) & Cheery Lynn Designs - Sunflower
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug - Wicker Weave

Challenges

Just Us Girls #144 - Sketch Challenge - JUGS144

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

MOJO249 ~ Hospitality ~

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit! Today's card is for the Mojo Monday Sketch challenge.


And my take on it...


I picked this paper pack up recently at Michaels. We had chickens on our farm when I was a child so this paper immediately grabbed my eye. I combined it with a deep red card stock, kraft paper and black to come up with a French Country feel. I even added a tiny bit of burlap to remind me of those old chicken feed sacks... Thanks for looking and until next time...

Blessings...

Lori

Card Recipe


Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - The Living Bread
Paper - Recollections - Rooster Provincial; Bazzill
Ink - Versafine - Onyx Black
Die - Sizzix - Tim Holtz Alterations - Tattered Foliage
Misc. - Flourish - Recollections; Flowers - Ashland; Microbeads - Recollections - Champagne; Paper Punches - Martha Stewart Crafts; Burlap

Challenges

Mojo Monday #249 Sketch - MOJO249

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

ODBDSLC115 ~ Torn or Distressed

It is time for another Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge! 

This week we want to see projects that are torn, distressed or both!   

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!! 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 nor 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 Sunday, July 15th at 8 p.m. EST. If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword ODBDSLC115. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to our challenge.

And my project for the week... framed and ready to gift...


And a closer view of the die cuts including a corrugated matting and birdie...


The black frame is one I found at Walmart for $3 and coated with Ranger's Distress Crackle Paint (Picket Fence). I removed the glass and adhered my DP (Prima's Nature Garden) to the backing. I distressed the center with Ranger Pumice Stone ink and ripped the top center before gluing to the backing. For this project, I selected Our Daily Bread Designs' On Eagles' Wings. This set is one of the very first I ever purchased and remains one of my favorite sets to work with! I cut/embossed my sentiment panel and scalloped matting (a torn cardboard box) and glued them together with dimensional foam. I lined the back of the scalloped matting with ScorTape and added a thin gathered edge of white tulle. before placing in the center of the frame panel. For interest, I die cut a tiny bird out of the same distressed card board piece and a branch/leaves out of card stock. I placed them where desired and added yellow blossoms. Now I just need to box it up and send it to a dear friend!
Thanks for stopping in and be sure to check out what my other Sister Sticks have for ya... Blessings...
Chris Olsen  *** Jan Keen *** Jan Marie Ennenga *** Kathy Roney *** Rosemary Dennis *** Sabrina Jackson *** and our very special guest designer this month Sherry Kushibab!
To see all the creations in one place or join the challenge, click HERE.

We hope you can join the challenge! We look forward to seeing your creations!!
Blessings...

Lori

Card Recipe
Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - On Eagles' Wings
Paper - Prima - Nature Garden; Reclaimed Cardboard Box; Colorbok; Bazzill
Ink - Versafine - Onyx Black; Ranger Distress Ink - Pumice Stone
Dies - Spellbinders Ovals Large & Classic Scalloped Ovals Large; Memory Box - Tender Leaves, Nestled Bird & Grove Branch
Misc. - Blossoms; White Tulle; Black 5 x 7 Frame; Ranger Distress Paint - Picket Fence

 Additional Challenges

Stampin' Sisters in Christ - SSIC147 - Use 1 oval or circle element, 2 types of paper (for me a designer paper and cardstock) and 1 embellishment (roses or tulle)

Word Art Wednesday - WAW35

Monday, July 9, 2012

FS282 ~ Enter His Gates ~

Ahhhh... A week of vacation!  There is nothing quite like it! Time to relax, reflect and clean the dust bunnies out from under the couch! OK, I guess that takes relaxation out of the picture, right? :-) So with a little R & R in mind I took to my craft table. Where else can a stamper, papercrafter get a little rest and relaxation, right?

I'm sharing a project I created for Splitcoast's Featured Stamper Challenge.


I used gray card stock scored at 1/2 inch intervals to mimic siding. The die (my new item) is by Memory Box. I cut two strips of tan card stock and dry embossed them with a brick embossing folder to create steps. I also added just a touch of distress ink to the edges with a sponge for definition. The flower pot is a black circle punch that I cut on opposite sides to make my pot. I added some paper punched leaves and tiny hydrangea punched blossoms which I molded lightly with a stylus. A bit of glue in the center along with some tiny gold microbeads finish them off. The doorknob is a simple silver flat backed pearl and the kickplate is a sliver of silver card stock I added. The sentiment (ODBD's Give Thanks set) was stamped on white card stock before hand trimming to mimic a sign for hanging above the door. Really not that complicated and fun to create!

Thanks for reading and until next time... blessings...

Lori

Card Recipe

Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs -
Give Thanks
Paper - Bazzill, America Crafts
Ink - Versafine - Black Onyx; Ranger Distress Ink - Pumice Stone
Dies - Memory Box - Grand Madison Door
Punches - Circle Punch - Creative Memories; Embossing Folder - Sizzix Tim Holtz - Bricked; Flower & Leave Punches - Martha Stewart Crafts
Misc. - Microbeads - Gold - Recollections; Flat Back Silver Pearl - Mark Richards - Metal Stickers

Challenges

Splitcoast Stampers Featured Stamper - FS282
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Use Something New - SSIC146

Sunday, July 8, 2012

CR84FN57 ~ Bread Alone ~

Thanks for stopping by today!  I created this card several days back for a color challenge at CR84FN using Our Daily Bread Designs' The Living Bread set.  I'm keeping posts short this week as I am on vacation this week! And hubs will hurt me if he finds me near the computer. Shhh! Don't tell on me, please! ;-)


Card Recipe

Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - The Living Bread
Ink - Close To My Heart - Grey Wool
Paper - Bazzill; Authentique - Uncommon
Misc. - Pearls - Recollections; Rose Trim

Challenges

CR84FN57 - Bright Pink, Tan & Neutral


Saturday, July 7, 2012

IBSIC16 & QFTD120 ~ Sketch Challenge

Another hot day in the Bluegrass State...  there's absolutely nothing blue about our grass right now!  Everywhere you look, it's a nice crispy looking brown!  So instead of hanging outside I decided to play in a sketch challenge at Inspired By Stamping.  Here's the sketch...


And my interpretation...


Thanks for stopping by!

Card Recipe
Stamps - Our Daily Bread DesignsGrow in Grace
Paper - Bazzill; Colorbok; Authentique - Uncommon
Ink - Versafine - Onyx Black
Misc. - Blossoms - Inspired by Stamping & Jolee's; Jet Flourish - Unknown; Paper Punches - McGill & Martha Stewart Crafts; Becca's Peg Bow Maker; Satin Ribbon

Challenges

Splitcoast Stamper's Queen For A Day - Honoring Arizona Maine
Inspired by Stamping - BSIC16 - Sketch Challenge

CSC98 & F4A124 ~ In A Wood

I love this quote by Robert Frost.  When my dear CT member, Rosemary Dennis, selected this quote for this year's 4th Anniversary release at Our Daily Bread Designs, I cheered!  It is perfect for so many occasions.  And this week's challenge at Splitcoast's Free For All was to creatively incorporate wood in your creation.  I immediate pulled this quote our with the tiny grove of trees!  It reminds me of the Upper Peninsula, one of my all time favorite places to visit!  This week I am also playing along with the Case Study Challenge. 

Here's the card...


My card base measures 6 x 6 inches. For the image, I used sticky notes to mask off a square area on my white card stock measuring 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. I then used Memento's London Fog ink for my first layer of color, Ranger's Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass for my second layer and finished the edges with Black Soot (also by Ranger). When my base dried I stamped the sentiment on with Versafine Black Onyx ink. After the project cured I trimmed the edges down to 1/2 inch around all sides. I then matted the area with black card stock and adhered it with dimensional foam to the base. Thanks for looking and until next time...

Blessings...

Card Recipe

Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Quote Collection 1
Paper - Bazzill, Colorbok
Ink - Memento - London Fog; Ranger Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass & Black Soot, Versafine - Onyx Black
Misc. - Sticky Notes

Challenges

Case Study 98 - CSC98


Splitcoast Stampers - Free For All Challenge - F4A124 - Use Wood




Friday, July 6, 2012

WT382 ~ Silver Bells

Thanks for stopping by. If you are looking for today's Exploring Cricut post please click HERE.

Wow!  Is it ever hot today!  Temps in my part of the state are projected to hit 104 degrees!  With the heat index it could feel like 110 degrees plus!  With temps being this warm, the Saints are spending a great deal of time in our nice cool air conditioned garage with plenty of water and a circulating fan.  I bet they think life is RUFF!!  Sorry, couldn't resist! 

So to keep my mind cool, I have turned to creating Christmas cards.  Here's one I put together today for Splitcoast's Ways to Use It Challenge.  The challenge...  to use tissue paper.  I grabbed some silver dotted  tissue paper and applied it to a white card stock base I ran through my Xyron.  When smoothed down, it takes on the look of linen.  I opted to emboss my sentiment this time (from Our Daily Bread Designs' Christmas Blessings) with silver powder.  All the matting is silver card stock as well.  The die has been in my tool arsenal for a while.  I must admit, I've been terrified of this bad boy!  But after working with it, I'm not so sure what I was scared of! 


I gathered some silver tulle behind the Angle die cut and adhered it with ScorTape. A tiny silver pearl sits on top. Now this card is pretty tall so this will either be a hand delivered item or mailed with a present this year. Sometimes pretty things just can't be hindered by an envelope! Blessings...

Lori

Card Recipe

Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Christmas Blessings
Paper - Colorbok, Tissue Paper, American Crafts (silver)
Ink - Versamark - Watermark Ink
Powder - Ranger Embossing Powder - Silver
Die - Spellbinders - Angle Approach
Misc. - Silver Tulle, Silver Pearl

Exploring Cricut Daily Post

Welcome!  So glad you could stop by and visit for a spell.  Hoping that everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July!  If your family is anything like mine there was plenty of sun, food and fellowship!

Today I am sharing a card for Exploring Cricut.  And what is more country than a county fair?  Here is my neck of the woods each county has their own fair.  Locally we have one of the oldest county fairs in the state of Kentucky.  It is know as the "Old Reliable" Germantown Fair.  It has been in existence since 1854!  I'm not sure they had funnel cakes then but I'm sure they had great treats too!
So in celebration of the pride of rural America, the county fair, I pulled out my Cricut County Fair cartridge and went to work.


I have to admit I am slightly disturbed by one thing on this card. I was raised on a dairy farm with Holsteins and cows do not have horns! But for some reason on this cartridge she did! City slickers!!!! Product development at Provocraft needs to pay a little closer attention. Snort!!!  Thanks for visiting!

Cricut Cuts

County Fair - Cow, Layer 1 & 2 - 5.25 inches
County Fair - Grass 7 inches

Card Recipe

Cartridge - Provocraft's County Fair
Paper - Bazzill; Colorbok; October Afternoon - Sasparilla
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps - My Pink Stamper - More Punny-licious
Cow Bell - Tree House Studio (Hobby Lobby)
Hemp Cord - Horizon - Cow & Cow Bell

Thursday, July 5, 2012

ODBD's Alumni Hop ~ For the Love of Christmas Sets!



Welcome to Our Daily Bread Designs' Alumni Team bi-monthly For the Love Blog Hop. This week the Alumni team along with some of the ODBD designers are featuring a hop For the Love of ODBD Christmas sets! Check out each link and leave a comment. If you get lost along the way, check the ODBD blog for full list of links. One of the posts is a hop hot spot and a name will be drawn from that list of comments to win a $15 ODBD store gift certificate. So, all you have to do is hop along and see all the lovely creations and leave a little love! You have until Wednesday, July 18th at 6 pm. Enjoy all the awesome inspiration using For the Love of ODBD Christmas sets!

If you arrived here from Grace's DELIGHTFUL blog you are in the right spot! If not, head over to ODBD's Blog for a full link list.

This week I am working with the Warm Wishes set...


and the card...


I stamped the scene on white card stock with a dark distress ink. Once I cut/embossed the panel I inked the edges lightly with Memento Desert Sand. The flourish is a die I cut in two and arranged behind the die cut snowflake. Stickles add just the perfect bling to my due of nested snowflakes. The seam binding bow was created with my DT sister, Becca's Peg Bow Maker. And a tiny tear drop shaped gemstone finishes it off!

Now I will send you on your way to Sandee's WONDERFUL blog. Blessings and thanks so much for stopping by!

Card Recipe

Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Warm Wishes
Paper - Bazzill, Colorbok, Bo Bunny Snowfall
Ink - Ranger Distress Inks Pumice Stone & Frayed Burlap; Memento Desert Sand; CTMH Indian Corn Blue
Dies - Memory Box - Elegant Scrollwork; Spellbinders - Ovals Large, Classic Scalloped Ovals Large & Create A Flake One
Misc. - Trim & Gemstone - Recollections; Stickles - Ranger - Diamond; Seam Binding; Becca's Peg Bow Maker


Additional Challenges

Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge - MOJO248


Paper Players 102 - Christmas in July


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

SC392 & WAW35 ~ Patriotic Picnic

Welcome back! So glad you took a few moments out of your busy day to stop by! This post features a card I created for a Splitcoast sketch challenge. Here's the sketch...


And my interpretation...


The doily is actually a Cheery Lynn Die cut that I cut in half and attached to the focal panel. Sometimes, things just don't fit right and you have to make adjustments. I wish blue jeans worked that way! lol... The image by Our Daily Bread Designs may be found in the Thank You Sentiments set. I colored it with Copics and added some Meadow Flower Soft for texture. Thanks for looking and until next time...

Blessings...

Lori

Card Recipe

Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Thank You Sentiments
Ink - Memento - Tuxedo Black & Summer Sky (sponged on sky background); Copics
Paper - Bazzill; Gina K Designs Pure Luxury; K & Company Americana
Dies - Cheery Lynn Designs - French Pastry; Spellbinders - Petite Scalloped Circles Large & Standard Circles Large
Misc. - Ribbon - Offray; Flower Soft - Meadow

Challenges

Splitcoast Stampers - SC392 - Sketch
Word Art Wednesday - Blessings From God - WAW35

JUGS143, WAW35 & IBSIC15 ~ You Are Not Forgotten

I am so thankful to have a few days of vacation! Remember how I waxed eloquent about dust bunnies earlier in the week? Yep, they are still with me! I believe the dust bunnies are safe! But my blog isn't! I popped in to share another card I created with our nation's birthday in mind. So many people over the years have contributed to our freedom going back to the Revolutionary War. It is important to remember those who sacrificed here at home and on foreign battlefields. Many gave their lives to preserve, protect and defend the freedoms we enjoy. Today's card is for a very special Gold Star Mother. Please, today before you enjoy good food, fun and fellowship, please say a prayer... a prayer for those in harm's way! God bless you and GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!


Today's project is a 4 x 6 card. I cut 1/2 inch red card stock strips and overlapped them to resemble siding. After placing my door die (white card stock)in the center I used a brick embossing folder (also on white card stock) to create my brick. I inked the embossed panel with Memento ink and cut a  1 inch strip (glued on the bottom) and a 1/2 inch piece (layered on top to create the step.) My flower pot is a circle punch cut on each end. I added a heavy layer of Flower Soft along with some paper punched fronds and sprigs. The flowers are also paper punches. The star was punched from gold paper and lightly scored on the back to give it dimension. I added a swath of ribbon under it and attached it to the door. The doorknob is a simple gold dew drop. I also added a tiny gold card stock kick plate for interest. This sentiment (Our Daily Bread Designs' Not Forgotten set) is perfect for cards going to our military or their loved ones!  They are a must have for your collection if you are like me and LOVE anything patriotic!  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!!!

Card Recipe

Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Not Forgotten
Paper - Bazzill, Colorbok, America Craft
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Memento - Rhubard Stalk (brick)
Embossing Folder - Sizzix - Tim Holtz Alterations - Bricked
Dies - Memory Box - Grand Madison Door
Punches - Frond, Hydrangea & Sprigs - Martha Stewart Crafts; Sunburst (inside of flowers) - Punch Bunch; Creative Memories - Star and Circle
Misc. - Flower Soft - Meadow; Ribbon & Dew Drop from my stash


Challenges

Just Us Girls - JUGS143 - Stars and Sparkles - Gold Card Stock and Star Punch
Word Art Wednesday - Blessings From God - WAW35

Inspired by Stamping Inspiration Challenge - IBSIC15 - Red, White & Blue

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

ODBDSLC114 ~ Anything Goes II Plus A New Day & Time!

It is time for another Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge!  This week we have an easy peasy challenge! Use anything from Our Daily Bread Designs!   

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!! 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 nor 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 Sunday, July 8th at 8 p.m. EST. If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword ODBDSLC114. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to our challenge.

This week's challenge will end Sunday, July 8 at 8 pm EST. In the future, all challenges will begin on Tuesdays at 8 a.m. EST and end on Sunday's at 8 pm EST. So mark it down on your crafting calendar!

Here's my second creation this week for our Anything Goes Challenge...


I used kraft card stock for my base with some dark chocolate card stock matting. The DP is from Bo Bunny's Little Miss collection. I distressed all edges and lightly inked it with Pumice Stone colored Distress Ink before placement. I added a sliver of kraft card stock to one side and used a die to cut a doily out of sand colored card stock. I stamped my sentiment (from ODBD's Special Blend set) on kraft before cutting with Spellbinders' Nesting Tea Cups die. I LOVE this stamp set! It's darling!

I added a Memory Box die cut for my "steam." If you look closely you will see some Stickles for bling! A blossom flourish and a bow set it off! I had a chance to my Sister Stick Becca's new bow maker! Boy, it makes tying a bow MUCH easier! And prettier! :-)

Thanks for stopping in and be sure to check out what my other Sister Sticks have for ya... Blessings...

Chris Olsen (who is taking a well deserved week off!) *** Jan Keen *** Jan Marie Ennenga *** Kathy Roney *** Rosemary Dennis *** Sabrina Jackson *** and our very special guest designer this month Sherry Kushibab!

To see all the creations in one place or join the challenge, click here.

We hope you can join the challenge! We look forward to seeing your creations!!

Blessings...

Lori

Card Recipe

Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Special Blend
Paper - Paper Studio - kraft; Bazzill; Bo Bunny - Little Miss Collection
Ink - Versafine - Onyx Black; Copic Multiliner (trim)
Dies - Memory Box - Elegant Scrollwork & Tender Leaves; Spellbinders - Nested Tea Cups; Cheery Lynn Designs - French Pastry
Misc. - Becca Feekan's Peg Bow Maker; Seam Binding; Blossoms; Pearls - Recollections; Stickles - Diamond


Additional Challenges

Stampin' Sister in Christ - SSIC146 - Use Something New - Tea Cup Die