Friday, September 22, 2017

~ Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue ~

I have had so much fun this month playing with the release items from Our Daily Bread Designs' September release!  Today, I have a card with a slightly different feel than some I have posted recently.  I used the new USA Flag Die and Let Freedom Ring stamp set to pay homage to some of the hardest working people I know, law enforcement. 
 I forget to say thank you to those who put their lives on the line each and every day to ensure mine is safe.  Whether it be police officers, first responders or our local fire departments...  they all leave their homes to protect and sometimes save us.  I used the die to create a black and white flag with the distant blue line.  I stamped the sentiment in black while inking the last word blue in the same colored ink.  I added a tiny gold die cut "badge" behind the sentiment panel.  This is for all of those who risk it all to keep our communities safe and help those in times of distress.

Some of the items you see today...  

USA Flag Die
Let Freedom Ring


Thank you for stopping by!  Blessings!


Friday, September 15, 2017

A Special Look Back at ODBD's September Release

Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs September Release.  Here are the projects I created using Let Freedom Ring, USA Flag Die, Justice For All, Stars and Stripes Paper Pad and Defining Force stamp. For more inspiration using the September Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog.  

I opted to give this project a more primitive look by using sand colored card stock instead of the traditional white for my flag (USA Flag Die).  I stamped the sentiment (Let Freedom Ring) on the same CS and added a navy blue die cut mat.  To finish off the double layered star, I wove some baker's twine through a natural wood button and added it to the center. 
It's been heartbreaking to watch all of the storm damage of late in Texas and now Florida.  I have traveled to the Lone Star state several times and absolutely love it.  The people are so nice!  (My husband says this is because most of the settlers originally came from Tennessee or Kentucky.)            :-)

I started with a red card stock base and after adding a slightly smaller white mat die cut a layer from the new  Stars and Stripes Paper Pad.  I love how it already has the flag design!  I used an older die (Ornate Hearts) to create my Lone Star Flag.  I simply cut white, red and blue layers to create it.  A white star from another favorite Sparkling Stars tops it off. The sentiment can be found in the Justice For All stamp set.  

 And my final card today features the new Stars and Stripes Paper Pad along with a sentiment from the Defining Force.  I chose to emboss this sentiment on the blue DP with a white embossing powder.  I chose a red card stock base to highlight this fun patriotic ray paper.  I love how it draws your eye into the sentiment panel!  

Here are some of the new items you see today...

Don't forget to visit my fellow design team members to see what they have created!  Thank you so much for stopping by! 

Cathy * Sandee * Lisa * Diana 
Lori * Dawn * Helen

Friday, September 1, 2017

A Patriotic Release from Our Daily Bread Designs

Good morning and welcome to release day at Our Daily Bread Designs.  This month is all about red, white and blue.  We have a new patriotic paper pad, stamps and beautiful dies to share.  I can't wait to share a few of the papers, stamps and dies I had the pleasure of working with this month.  So, first I will start with one of the most amazing dies I have ever worked with.  It truly is a grand ol' flag!

This project uses a couple of new items including this beautiful passage on the Defining Force stamp set.  I started with a 5.5 x 4.25 inch navy card stock base.  The flag is the new USA Flag die cut in white, red and blue card stock and pieced together to make this AMAZING base.  Can you see the stitching?  This die is SUPER detailed!  I reminds me of a lovingly pieced quilt.  I used ODBD's Double Stitched Rectangles Die (for the red card stock sentiment base) and Rectangles Die (white sentiment panel).  I stamped the sentiment in red ink.  I just LOVE this sentiment!  

 I have a deep respect for our military.  My husband served in the army.  My father served in Korea as part of the Marine Corps.  I also had 3 uncles who served in WW2 (one was missing in action for several months).  One other uncle served in Korea.  Three of my great-uncles also served in WWI.  My husband had a great uncle who gave the ultimate sacrifice in WWII.  A love for and respect of the military runs deep in our family.  It humbles me to think my savior laid down His life willingly for me.  How blessed we are! 
 And isn't this the most AMAZING die?  I can't wait to show you some of the other projects I created with this die.  Let's just say this set is so versatile!  So are you ready to add these items to your stash?  Veteran's Day will be upon us shortly and these items would work perfectly to say a special thank you to your favorite veteran!  I love anything patriotic, so I am tickled to have these items to create the perfect card!    
And if you would like to add a few of the items you see today to your stash be sure to check out the end of today's post.  Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 Gift Code to the ODBD Website just for comment on the Design Team cards!  You have until September 2, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments on the Designers' Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on September 3rd.  Be sure to check back there to see if you won!  A complete list for the hop will be at the end!  But did I mention, I have 2 MORE projects to share?

And this lovely distressed card features the new Stars and Stripes Paper Pad and Let Freedom Ring stamp set.  I chose a couple of distressed prints from this set for my striped base and star banner.  The paper pad set has beautiful coordinating solids as well.  In this card, both the sentiment mat (burgundy) and stitched star (navy and burgundy papers) can be found in this paper pad.  I chose to stamp the sentiment in a rich navy ink and added a bit of baker's twine (tan and white) to each end of my banner.  I also used a few old favorites from my stash including Circles DieDouble Stitched Circles DiePennant Swag DieSparkling Stars Die and Double Stitched Stars Die.  

Here is the closer look at the new Let Freedom Ring stamp set.  I can't wait to use this with the new USA Flag Die.  The verse from the Star Spangled Banner will be perfect paired with it!   
One word of note...  on my second card, I did cut the designer paper (red and white stripes) and combine two pieces to get one sheet that would cover this card.  I strategically covered the seam with the matted blue star paper!  I hate to waste any paper!  It is too valuable! 

And speaking of valuable paper, here is the lovely paper pad I pulled DP from.  You will also see this used on my final card shown below.  I actually took a few pieces from the collection and cut them in such a way to create a cohesive design in the paper.  I wanted it to mimic something similar to a patriotic wave of sorts in the background.  So I cut two pieces carefully so as to get as close as possible to that goal.  I really like how it turned out too.  The design is a bit different.  Keep in mind this is not a fancy fold that ODBD has but rest assured there are two beautiful new card base sets for you to choose from this month with coordinating matting.  You will love them!  

This card features the new Stars and Stripes Paper Pad, Justice For All stamp set and USA stamp.  I stamped the USA stamp image on white card stock with navy and red ink.  After drying, I fussy cut the image and used it across the bridge of this card with a few red, blue and gold die cut stars.  The sentiment (stamped in navy ink) can be found in the Justice for All stamp set.  I mentioned the DP earlier, but it is important to note, the red and navy solids you see used here also came from the Stars and Stripes Paper Pad.  I love the fact that coordinating solids are included in the set.  It makes it super easy to match up your papers!    

And here are the stamps you see used on this project.  Be sure to play along with this month's blog hop because as noted earlier in the post, you could win a chance for an ODBD Gift Certificate.  Maybe you could add a few of these items you your stash?  And as for the other items used on this card...  Ovals Die (sentiment mat); Pierced Ovals Die (sentiment panel) and Sparkling Stars Die (stars).  

If you get lost along today's hop be sure to start back at the ODBD Blog.  My design team sisters have some beautiful projects to share.  

The Bread Sticks

Sandee * Cathy * Grace * Lisa * Angie
Lori * Chris * Dawn * Diana * Helen

Have a wonderful day!  


Friday, August 18, 2017

A Look Back at Our Daily Bread Designs' August Release

Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs' August Release.  Today I have three cards to share including the one posted here.  This card features the August release items, Teamwork stamp set, All Star Jersey stamp set and coordinating Sports Jerseys Die.  For more inspiration using the August Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog along with my design team sisters. (The links are at the end of today's post.)
For the first card, I started with a black card stock base and added a white CS mat.  I chose a bit of black and white Designer paper from ODBD's Chalkboard Paper Collection.  And why did I choose these unusual colors!  The High School I graduated from...  were black and gold!  I stamped the jerseys on yellow DP from the Birthday Brights Paper Pad and used the coordinating Sports Jerseys Die set to cut the gold stamped image and a black CS layer to go underneath.  I simply cut along the "sleeves" on the jersey image and nested it on top of the black die cut.  I just love the dimension!  The phrases also came from the All Star Jersey stamp set.  I simply used a black marker to fill in the text.  The number one, was created with the Sports Jerseys Die set.  The polka dot DP used came from the Birthday Brights Paper Pad.  The stars (created with white card stock and Sparkling Stars Die) were nestled behind and top of the polka dot layer.  And for the final touch, I stamped the sentiment (from the Teamwork stamp set) with black ink on white CS and used the Pennant Flags Die to die cut and emboss.  

It is really hard to find golf related stamps.  Even though, my husband DOES NOT golf, I have several friends who do.  So I was super excited to see this release!  And it has the coordinating die with it!  Even better!  I started with white card stock for my base and added a base Designer Paper layer from the Boho Bolds Paper Pad (the soft blue and the polka dot design).  I sandwiched a white mat CS layer between the two.  The final layers, including the sand trap, grass and polka dot sky were framed and die cut with ODBD's Pierced Rectangles Die.  I created the sand traps using the Leafy Edged Borders Die.  The grass was created with the Grass Hill Die.  The Ephemera Essentials Paper Pad provided the soft sand DP for my faux "trap."  I stamped the image from the new Golf Stamp Die Duo on Copic compatible paper and after coloring used the coordinating die to cut it out.  The sentiment may also be found on the new Golf Stamp Die Duo.  Copic colors used here...  C1, C2, C3,C4, C7, 100


So for today's final card, I worked with some lovely plaids and patriotic colors found in the Old Glory Paper Pad.  I also used a soft brown from the Ephemera Essentials Paper Pad to create the clipboard.  I used the Clipboard Set Die to created the sentiment frame and used the Teamwork stamp set for my sentiment.  A few stars scattered about (from the Sparkling Stars Die set) add a fun touch.  The Double Stitched Rectangles Die provided the perfect touch for the red sentiment mat.  I used a fun blue (Memento's Blue Danube) and red (Lady Bug) for the sentiment itself.  A bit of baker's twine tied around the faux clipboard finish it off!

And some of the new items you see...

A few old favorites...
ODBD Permalink if you get lost along the way!

And the Bread Sticks

Cathy * Sandee * Lisa * Diana  Lori * Dawn * Helen

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Let's Play Ball... A New Release and Blog Hop at Our Daily Bread Designs

Good morning and welcome to this month's release from Our Daily Bread Designs.  And to make it fun for our readers, three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 Gift Code to the ODBD Website  just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until August 2, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on August 3rd so be sure to check back there to see if you won!   Links are at the end of today's post.  
Here is my first card featuring the new Football Stamp Die Duo...
 I started with a polka dotted base (ODBD's Birthday Brights Paper Pad and a white mat.  I chose a bit of green card stock from my stash and used a die from the Double Stitched Rectangles set.  I added a few white stripes (to mimic yard lines) and stamped my sentiment (Football Stamp Die Duo) on white card stock.  The fun football (also from this set) was colored with Copics.  I added the final Touchdown sentiment framed with the Pennant Flags Die set. The new set shown above...
So here is another sports themed project using the new Basketball Stamp Die Duo. 

I found the burgundy, blue and plaid papers in one of my old favorites, Old Glory Paper Pad.  I created a net panel with white card stock and ODBD's Lattice Background Die and nested Rectangles Die.  I stamped the image (from the NEW Basketball Stamp Die Duo) with black Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored it accordingly.  And the new set you see used above...

And for my final card today, I chose a couple of NEW sets, Teamwork and All Star Jersey and coordinating Sports Jerseys Die.

My go to paper pad on this project was also the Old Glory Paper Pad.  I stamped the sentiment from the NEW Team Work stamp set on white card stock and after embossing added a soft sponged blue ink.  The jersey (from the NEW All Star Jersey) was stamped on red DP and white card stock before fussy cutting and combining the two.  The numeral (also from All Star Jersey) was die cut and embossed using the coordinating Sports Jerseys Die along with the jersey.  A few random stars finish the card.  Here are the NEW items you see above...

 Don't forget to visit all of our designers to check out their creations.  Plus as you hop and leave comments you are putting your name in for a chance to win!  Thanks as always for visiting.  Until next time, blessings...

ODBD Blog - If you get lost along the way!

The Bread Sticks
Cathy * Grace * Angie * Sandee * Kathy 
Diana * Dawn * Lisa * Chris * Lori * Helen

Sunday, July 30, 2017

~ You Are My Sunshine ~

Tonight, I am popping in to show you one final project from this month's release at Our Daily Bread Designs.  On Tuesday, we will have an entirely new release to share and this month I have three cards to showcase!  But until then, take a few moments to look over this clean and simple card using the Aloha stamp set and coordinating Bird of Paradise Die.  And for a bit of added dimension, I used the new Tropical Leaves Die for my foliage.  Do you recognized the polka dot DP?  You can find that in the Boho Bolds Paper Pad.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to come by on Tuesday to see the new August release!  We will have a ball with it!  Blessings...

Copic Combos 
E31, B24, V15, V17, YR07, G24, YG03
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black

Monday, July 17, 2017

~ Beauty and Blessings ~

There are very few things more beautiful than a vibrant sunset.  The colors of nature are spectacular...  from the sunrise over the ocean to the color variations in each and every flower...  the creation is a reflection of the Creator.  Today's card reflect the two things that remind me of our Creator each and every day.  I am constantly reminded of His love and mercies at the close of each day.  And I am reminded of his care and provisions when I see a flower. 

Layer by Layer -
1.  Black Card stock 4.25 x 11 inches, scored and folded at 5.5 inches
2.  Orange Card Stock cut and embossed with Sunburst Background Die
3.  Black Card Stock cut and embossed with Pierced Circles Die (image mat)
4.  White Card Stock - image stamped with black ink from ODBD's July release, BON VOYAGE
5.  Distress Inks on image - Salty Ocean (with White Gel Pen for waves); Worn Lipstick; Spiced
     Marmalade; Squeezed Lemonade (Circles Die) mask used to create setting sun
6.  Blossom - white card stock colored with Distress Ink Tattered Rose and Mustand Seed; ODBD's
     July release HIBISCUS DIE
7.  Ferns - Black Card Stock - ODBD's July Release - FERNS DIE

And now for my second card also featuring a few items from July's ODBD release...

  Layer by Layer -
1.  White Card Stock Base layer 5.5 x 8.5 inches, scored and folded at 4.25 inches
2.  Orange DP 5.5 x 4.25 inches ODBD's Birthday Brights Paper Pad
3.  Plaid DP from ODBD's Birthday Brights Paper Pad cut and embossed with Pierced Rectangles 
4.  White CS ODBD's Beautiful Borders Die
5.  Yellow DP ODBD's Birthday Brights Paper Pad die cut with Double Stitched Pennant Flags Die
6.  Pale blue DP ODBD's Birthday Brights Paper Pad die cut with Ovals Die; white sentiment panel
     Ornate Ovals Die; sentiment from ODBD July release Aloha; Ranger Archival Ink Garden Patina
7.  White Card Stock - blossoms - distress ink - Tangelo, Angel Pink; ODBD July Dies - Frangipani Die
8.  Leaves (dark green DP) - Frangipani Die; Boho Bolds Paper Pad

The July release items  you see today...

Thank you for visiting!  Until next time, Blessings!