Showing posts from July, 2015

The Scoop... It's Release Day at North Coast Creations!

Welcome to North Coast Creations' July Blog Hop!  I bet most of  you know that July is National Ice Cream month and as the daughter of a dairy farmer...  Let's just say, I certainly keep demand up for the delicious treat.  So might I suggest, you scoop you up a big bowl of your favorite flavor and settle in for a delightful blog hop.  I know my fellow teamies have some amazing projects to share!  
But the best part?  You too can have the opportunity to treat yourself to some of these calorie free ice cream themed treats!  Just for commenting on the Design Team Blog Posts, you have a chance to win a $10 NCC Gift Certificate, good towards the purchase of NCC Stamps. You have until July 26, 2015 at 10:00 PM EDT to leave a comments on the participating designers blogs for a chance to win! Two random winners will be selected from the comments left on the designers blogs, the winners will be announced on the NCC Blog on July 27, 2015, be sure to check back there to see if you…

SU ~ Thinking of You ~

Good morning!  Today's card features a stamp I purchased from Stampin' Up called Wetlands.  And if your neck of the woods is anything like mine...  it is WET!!!  We have had torrential rain in our area along with surrounding counties.  Please join me in praying for the needs of those struggling with loss this week due to extreme weather.  This card will go to a friend...
I started with a black card stock base measuring 5.5 x 4.25 inches.  I scored the base diagonally at 1 inch intervals.  I stamped my image (multiple grass images along with the Canadian goose) on Copic compatible paper and lightly colored everything.  I sponged Bamboo ink on for grass and Summer Sky (along a torn piece of paper) to create my sky.  I double matted the image with black and white card stock and stamped the sentiment on a scrap piece of white card stock.  I used a die from Our Daily Bread Designs (Pennant Dies) and glued it directly to the image panel. Thanks so much for stopping by!  ***Hugs*…

A Look Back at Our Daily Bread Designs' July Release

Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs' July Release.  Here are a couple of cards I created using You Are My Angel, Blossom, Welcoming Window Die, Window Shutter and Awning Dies and Flower Box Fillers Die.  For more inspiration using the July Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog.

I began with a white card stock base and added a shabby base using the Shabby Rose Paper Collection and a die from the Flourished Star Pattern  set.  I added the window die and base (Welcoming Window Die) along with shutters and awning (Window Shutter and Awning Die).  I added greenery created with the Fancy Foliage Die and blossoms created with the new Flower Box Fillers Die set.  I stamped the sentiment (You Are My Angel) with black ink and finished it with a die from the Antique Labels and Borders set.  Did you notice the double awning?  I cut one layer out of the gingham DP and another out of white card stock and trimmed it peek out from the gingham panel.  So FUN!!
So here i…

WAW192 ~ The Mountains and the Hills ~

It's Wednesday and that means it's time for another fabulous, fun and inspirational challenge at Word Art Wednesday. Be sure to check out the Word Art Wednesday site for all of the details including this week's digital scripture, how to link your creation AND info on some fabulous prizes! 

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Our scripture this week may be found in the book of Isaiah...

 I started with a white card stock base measuring 5.25 x 5.25 inches.  I cut a slightly smaller designer paper layer featuring a variety of trees.  I printed this week's Scripture on white card stock and cut it to fit slightly off center.  I stamped a focal image which complements this week's scripture with gray and olive inks before die cutting/embossing it with an oval die.  I added a bit of soft blue ink with a sponge to create the sky and added the panel with dimensional foam.  

Thanks so m…

ODBD ~ Let Hope Blossom ~

Several people in my circle of friends and acquaintances are dealing with the loss of a love one this week.  Studies show that some of the most stressful events in life are traumatic events, including divorce, death, job loss and moving, just to name a few.  As staggering as these blows may be there is great comfort in knowing that there is hope.  I have known people who refused to allow hope to reside in their hearts.  And I must admit there have been times in my own life where I have refused to water the seed.  Sometimes it is just easier to shut yourself down and cower to the pain.  (Anyone else know what I mean???)  There are times when you feel as if there is so much darkness swallowing you up that absolutely no sunlight can get in.  I have found that I must have a willing heart to accomplish this goal. 
Maybe that is why I love this sentiment from Our Daily Bread Designs' recent release, Blossom.  When I first laid eyes on this set, I was immediately drawn to the rose image…

MOJO405 ~ Be Blessed ~

How do you plan on being blessed today?  Will you take a few moments to stroll and admire the Lord's creation?  Will you attend a worship service and sing praises to His name?  Will you delve into His word and ask Him to speak to you?  Will you spend time with friends and/or family soaking up those precious moments and filing away memories?  Whatever, it may be, I challenge you to bless someone else in your words and deeds today.  I guarantee you will receive the bigger blessing!
Today's card featuring the MOJO405 sketch...
I started with a black card stock base measuring 5.5 x 4.25 inches.  I used an embossing folder (Cricut's Kitchen Weave) to emboss a white card stock base.  I found my bandanna and farm paper in a fun paper collection from American Crafts.  I wanted to pick up the black so I found a complementary dot print from Teresa Collins.  I cut two 1 inch wide blue card stock strips (for a total of 24 inches) and scored them at half inch intervals.  I then used t…

NCC ~ A Shabby Thank You ~

GOOD FRIDAY MORNING!  Are you as excited as I am?  I love weekends!  I have a bit more time to visit my craft room and do a few projects around the house.  Most recently, I have been cleaning out closets for a garage sale.  And even though, it is hard to part with some things (I'm really not going to wear that...) you just have to do it!  But the best part of cleaning out my scrap space is finding items I can re purpose.  Today, I found an old box in my storage closet.  And instead of throwing it away...  I cut off a bit of the card board and ripped it apart to show the corrugation...  I really think the cardboard was waiting to be LIBERATED...  lol
I started with a 5.5 x 4.25 white card stock base and cut my corrugated card board slightly smaller to fit.  I added the lacy frame (Layered Lacey Squares) blinged up with some glimmer mist.  I also found a stash of tissue paper.  So I shredded it to bits...  (a great way to take out your frustrations) crinkled it and added it randomly…

ODBD ~ Have a Blooming Birthday ~

I LOVE the new die sets from Our Daily Bread Designs!  I love to create dimensional projects and when I saw the new die sets this month...  WOW!!!  I couldn't wait to break out the card stock and DP and go to work!  The awning die just screams stripes!  And of course a lovely window scene needs a picket fence right?  For today's project, I actually cut out two of the window dies and placed them side by side to create a larger window scene.  I used a couple of circle die cuts (Matting Circles Die) cut and run through a paper crimper to create my faux curtains... Basically, I created doubles of everything...  the window box, a bevy of flowers and individual blossoms layered on top plus my fun picket fence popped out for dimension.  You can find the sentiment in the Home Sweet Home 
stamp set. 

Here's a close up of my little window world...

Isn't it fun?  So here are the items I used from this month's release to create it.

Home Sweet Home

Welcoming Window Die
2 die …

NCC ~ I Miss You ~

Happy Tuesday!  I hope this post finds you rested after the July 4th holiday!  Or maybe it finds you beginning a well deserved vacation!  I will return to my job tomorrow after a 10 day vacation.  I wonder how many days it will take to get my mind back in the zone??  This year hubs and I elected to stay home.  I had a big test to prepare and take and a few health challenges kept us from traveling too far.  I did take one day to travel and visit a few of the covered bridges of Kentucky!  And I managed to take one day to visit my favorite Christian bookstore and stock up on some new books!  Now I just need the time to read them!  :-)  
PLUS I did get some time to craft.  For today's post I tried a new technique.  I created the background panel with a sheet of white card stock and black acrylic paint.  After the paint dried, I added my floral image North Coast Creations' (Floral Sentiments 8) with clear embossing powder and Versamark.  I heated them and after curing, added a bit…

CTMH ~ Land of the Free ~

For all of my friends in the United States, Happy 4th of July!  I hope this post finds you enjoying a day full of friends and fun!  I have a simple card to share today featuring an older Close To My Heart release.  I'm not sure if this was a special monthly set or just is no longer in the catalog.  I normally don't like to feature things that you can't purchase.  However, I REALLY wanted to use this stamp for a project this year!  So here it is!  It features Close To My Heart's Home of the Brave set.
I started with a 5.5 x 4.25 inch blue card stock base and added a red mat.  I stamped the Statue of Liberty image and added 3 inked images (red, blue and yellow) of my firecrackers.  I finished the card by stamping the sentiment in black ink in the corner.  
I took some time today to catch up on my daily Bible reading...  I have been studying for a HR re-certification course...  and sadly my Bible studies fell behind.  Today, I found myself in the book of Philippians...

A Blog Hop and New Release at Our Daily Bread Designs!

Welcome to Release Day at Our Daily Bread Designs!  The first day of each month is a special time for ODBD and the "Bread Sticks."  We get to show you all of the new products ODBD has cooked up for you that month.  Plus you have the chance to win when you hop along!  
For complete deets on how you might win check out the bottom of today's post.  In the meantime, I have a couple of cards to share featuring a host of new stamps and dies from Our Daily Bread Designs.  
First off, I have a soft and shabby project featuring the new set, You Are My Angel...
I started with a white card stock base (5.5 x 4.25 inches) and added a soft pink mat.  I selected the gingham print from ODBD's Shabby Rose Paper Collection  and distressed the edges before adding it to the pink mat.  A bit of dimensional foam lifts the die cut Quatrefoil Pattern Die off of the gingham for an added bit of dimension.  I stamped the angel wings (from the new You Are My Angel set) with silver ink on white…