Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Silver and White

Today, I have a couple of cute projects to share using a few items from Our Daily Bread Designs' January release.  First up is a simple bookmark  perfect for gift giving and oh so simple to make.


I started with white card stock and stamped the image with silver gray ink before die cutting.  I used ODBD's Find Refuge stamp.  (It is actually in the Bible Journaling collection but is oh, so perfect for this use as well!)  And the bookmark is easy peazy with ODBD's Bookmark Dies.



And this little beauty...  perfect for wedding favors, anniversary party treats...  you name it!


A bit of white card stock and ODBD's Bountiful Basket Die create the perfect treat basket.  I added a few silver brads to join the handles and some lovely blossoms and sprigs created with ODBD's Bitty Blossoms Die and Lovely Leaves Die.  Silver poster board gives a bit of added embossing along with the lovely tiny silver seed beads.  These would be perfect for customized wedding treats...  with mints...  candy...  whatever you want!

Here are the items you see...



  
Thanks for stopping by!  Don't forget to come back tomorrow as I share a couple of projects using the new February release from Our Daily Bread Designs.

Blessings!

Monday, January 30, 2017

To Everything There is a Season...

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven"
Ecclesiastes 3:1
 
This passage from Ecclesiastes is one of my favorites.  It is a constant reminder that things change...  As intimidating as that word might be...  change can work for the greater good.  There comes a time when you have to mix things up a bit and evaluate  your priorities.  There are distinct seasons in our lives.  We leave childhood, enter adulthood, marry, raise families, watch those precious ones leave the nest, take care of aging parents...  and say goodbye to people who have been a significant part of our lives.  It is important we live without regret.  Nothing must remain unsaid.  Enjoy your children while you can, spend time with your parents and focus on the relationships that are important to  you.  Work is just that...  work...  and as a wise person once told me...  We work to live, not live to work!  Some seasons bring rain, some bring sunshine and others bring bitter cold.  And after several years of changing seasons, I have decided to focus on the season I am in and lighten the load I carry just a bit.  I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to share my cards.  Unfortunately, this particular season of my life has made the process less enjoyable and dare I say sometimes even painful.  I found out that I wasn't creating with the right frame of mind.  I was focusing more on doing versus letting my Lord speak through my craft.  So after a great deal of reflection, prayer and consultation with trusted advisers...  friends, family and doctors...  I have decided to let some things go.  I will continue to design cards but you just may see a bit less of me.  I have enjoyed my time on multiple design teams but it is time to narrow it down and give honor and glory to the ONE who deserves it.  So I ask your patience as I make this transition.  I will now focus my energies on one design team.  I hope to have more time to HAVE FUN and CREATE from my heart!  You will still see cards from me...  just not as often.  It is of utmost importance that I spend more time treasuring relationships, focusing on my Lord and guarding my health.  Thank you and as always...
Blessings...

Friday, January 27, 2017

Love... the Die Cut...

Hello and welcome to a special inspiration post featuring items from Our Daily Bread Designs' February release.  Included are the Seeds of Today stamp set and Love Script Die.


I began with a white card stock base, cut at 4.25 and 11 inches and then scored and folded at 5.5 inches.  I added a red and white CS panel embossed and die cut with graduated dies from ODBD's Pierced Rectangles Die.  I then stamped the crewel image with red ink randomly on the white panel, taking care to leave a spot in the lower right hand corner for my die.  I positioned the die where desired and after cutting took care to add back any pieces of letters that I might need including the inside of the "O" and "E."

Here are the January items you see... 



and an old favorite...


Thanks for spending a few moments of your day with me.  Blessings!

Monday, January 23, 2017

It's Only a Number, Human...

Good Monday Morning!  I have a super cute card to share featuring a few items from North Coast Creations.  I chose this darling Little Monsters stamp set and coordinating Monster Dies for this fun birthday card.  I hope the little fella that gets this will enjoy it as much as I did making it for him!


So here are the NCC items you see...



and a few Our Daily Bread Designs items as well...

Birthday Bash Collection


Birthday Brights Paper Pad


Flourished Star Pattern Die


Deco Border Die


Pennant Flags Die


Numbers Die


and for my Copic friends...

YR02, YR04
BG000, BG11, BG15
YG61, YG03, YG63

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time...

Blessings...

Friday, January 20, 2017

ODBD January Look Back

Good morning and welcome to a special look back at Our Daily Bread Designs'  January release.  I have three projects to share today including a special treat basket and 2 cards!  Check out the end of today's post for more projects shared by our design team using this month's release.  You can also check out the ODBD Blog for a complete list of projects. 

Here is my first project featuring A Happy Hello stamp set...


and the set here...

I chose to stamp the image with Versamark and emboss with red embossing powder directly on the DP from ODBD's Ephemera Essentials Paper Pad.  The powder took on a rich burgundy tone versus the bright Christmas red it really was...  I love those happy accidents...

and a few of the other items you see..

Vintage Ephemera Collection

 Pretty Posies Die




And for project #2 featuring the super fun Bountiful Basket DieA Happy Hello stamp set and Plum Pizzazz Paper Pad...


 from the January release...




and some old favorites...



Ovals Die

and finally a simple card using the January stamp release, Find Refuge, Whimsical Wildflowers Collection and Plum Pizzazz Paper Pad...





along with the Pierced Rectangles Die and Deco Border Die


So now I will send you on  your way to check out the other lovely creations my sister "Sticks" have for you.  Thanks again for spending a few moments of your day with us!  Blessings... 

Cathy * Robin * Helen * Kathy * Angie * Julie 
Sabrina * Sandee * Lori (ME) * Dawn * Diana

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Out of This World Release From North Coast Creations

Good morning and welcome to an out of this world release from North Coast Creations!  Be sure to check out my fellow "Coasters" and the fabulous projects they have to share!  Here are a couple from me featuring the new Rocket Man stamp set and coordinating Space Man Dies.




and if that isn't darling enough...  how about this project featuring an adorable monster?  I think this little screamer would be perfect for a little boy in my life...




and did you notice a few items from our sister company, Our Daily Bread Designs?








So don't forget to check out my design team sisters and their fun projects as well!  I bet you can find a ton of inspiration for your own creations!  Thanks for stopping!

Dawn * Sandee * Robin * Julie Lori