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~ Congratulations on Your Birthday ~

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Can you believe it is the last day of February???  And are you happy about it???  I certainly am.  With record cold temperatures and snowfall in our part of Kentucky...  February can't depart soon enough!!  If the blustery weather has you sick of winter...  like me...  it's time to do some spring stamping.  And tomorrow, Our Daily Bread Designs has some beautiful new stamps to help you plan all of your Easter cards PLUS a fun set to help you celebrate St. Patrick's Day!  I know you will love them!  In the meantime, I have one look back at the February release.  
I used the Life is a Gift and Miss You / Wildflower Silhouette Single sets.  

I chose a rust colored card stock for my base (5.5 x 4.25 inches).  A white mat frames the final image.  I used a rust colored distress ink to stamp my image on white CS (multiple times) and used a scalloped punch to help create my fluffy clouds.   ***  Seeds of Inspiration ***  Place the scalloped punch or die cut randomly and use a sof…

~ Some Bunny Loves You ~

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I just love bunnies!  We have a few wild (err... rogue) bunnies who make their home on our farm.  One particularly clever guy (or gal) has taken up residence in the barn with our horse Allie and our ram, Pinky.  It is so funny to watch him go hopping along always mindful of the fence and how close the Saint Bernards are.  Sometimes, it seems like the little guy is watching the dogs and I swear he is grinning!  Could he possibly be taunting the Saints?  :-)   Well, this little bunny image from North Coast Creations seems to be quite content with life as well.  He has all of his Easter eggs gathered close.  I love how he is just chillin' all nestled in the die cut grass.    

I stamped the image on ecru card stock and lightly colored his fur with a soft brown Copic marker.  I also added just a hint of pink to his nose, ears and paw pads.  Mr. Bunny has a nice bed of green grass (a sneak peak from Our Daily Bread Designs' March release, Grass Die).  The ecru die cut doily (ODBD'…

A Look Back at Our Daily Bread Designs' February Release

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Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs' February Release.  This time I decided to use not only a new die, Hello but the new Wildflower Silhouette Background stamp along with the new Wildflower Silhouette  single. Here is the card/project I created with them. 

I started with a navy card stock base (5.5 x 4.25 inches) and added a white CS mat.  I used the background image to stamp my image on the base layer (with Versamark) and added clear embossing powder.  After heating and cleaning the image up, I gently sponged three shades of blue ink over the image.  I started with Memento's Summer Sky, added a bit of Memento's Nautical Blue around the top and finished with Memento's Paris Dusk.  I used the last ink sparingly, just around the top edges.  Then I sponged Olive Grove ink (also from Memento) on the bottom edge.  After achieving the desired look, I gently wiped off the embossed image with a paper towel to remove any excess ink.  I cropped it to be s…

~ May the Lord Keep Watch ~

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There are few things in my opinion that are more beautiful than a morning sunrise.  There is something about the first break of dawn and the promise of a new day that stirs my soul.  Maybe it is the fact that I have another opportunity to accomplish a long list of to dos.  Or maybe it is simply the perfect beauty of the Creator displayed in His creation.  
Today, I have a new card to share using a couple of Our Daily Bread Designs' recent releases, Wildflower Silhouette Background  and Miss You.

I started with a lemon yellow card stock base (5.5 x 4.25) and added a black CS mat.  
***Seeds of Inspiration***  I used ODBD's Circle Ornaments Die to create a stencil for my sun.  I placed the circle die cut in the middle of a white card stock panel and lightly sponged a soft yellow ink.  I then added some soft pink and finished the top edge with a soft teal.  I removed the circle die and lightly went back over the white circle with my yellow ink to soften it up a bit.  I also added…

Welcome to Release Day at North Coast Creations!

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Welcome!  I can't believe we are smack dab in the middle of February!  That means spring flowers are just around the corner!  And with spring comes Easter!  AND North Coast Creations has more beautiful stamps to help you create the perfect Easter cards!  BUT if that's not enough to pique your creative interest, NCC's sister company, Our Daily Bread Designs also created some fabulous dies to help your creative pursuits.  

 Of course, a blog hop wouldn't be nearly as fun without a chance to win AND this month, just for commenting on the Design Team Blog Posts, you have a chance to win a $10 NCC Gift Certificate!  Your NCC Gift Certificate would be good towards the purchase of NCC Stamps

You have until February 17, 2015 at 10:00 PM EST to leave a comment on the participating designers' blogs for a chance to win! Two random winners will be selected from the comments left on the designers' blogs AND the winners will be announced on the NCC Blog on February 18, 2015.…

May God Bless Your Life

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Creating cards is very soothing for me.  There seems to be something about the process of putting ink to paper that puts me at ease.  The last few weeks have been a struggle.  There are some days when my physical self seems to be entirely disconnected from my emotional self.  It is frustrating to not be able to do the things you want to do.  Thankfully, the Lord does provide and over the last few days I have made a few tentative forays into the craft room.  
For this project, I decided to try working with watercolor paper and I must say it was a wonderful experience.  Something about all of the colors mixing and blending together reminded me of my walk with God.  Just like the ink, there are places in my life where my walk has been more vibrant and in some areas more muted.  Ultimately, it all comes together to create a beautiful tapestry representative of my walk.  Just like my card, my walk is not perfect, however, it is truly a reflection of me.  Enjoy!

*** Seeds of Inspiration ***

February Release at Our Daily Bread Designs

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Welcome!  So glad you could stop by!  The first day of the month always means a wealth of beautiful new items added to the Our Daily Bread Designs fold.  And this month is no exception. Be sure to take a few moments to look at all of the new dies and stamps ODBD have added.  
And to make release day even more fun, three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps found in the "stamps column" of the website just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until February 2, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. EST to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on February 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!
Now for the projects I have today...  The first features layers of rich spring colors and the new stamp, Miss You...

I started with a white card stock base (5.5 x 4.25 inches) and added a daffodil yellow mat.  
Seeds of …