Showing posts from March, 2011

The Joy of the Lord

Happy Monday! I will be traveling the first few days of this week. I am going to an accounting meeting. I know... I just set myself up for some serious jokes... No pocket protector comments, OK? :-P

In the meantime I have a new creation to share. Thanks so much for all of your comments and feedback! I love hearing from my readers and I treasure your comments. I really have some great crafting friends out there! You guys always make me smile! And how about those Kentucky Wildcats? Sorry... I had to put a shameless plug in for the University of Kentucky... So excited my Cats are going to the Final Four! Woot, woot!!!!

Blessings and happy crafting...


Today's card...


Card Stock - Bazzill
Designer Paper - Basic Grey - Hello Luscious
Stamps - ODBD Fancy Labels and Scripture Collection 6
Ink - Versamark
Embossing Powder - Stamp-n-Stuff White
Die - Spellbinders Labels Seventeen
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug Swiss Dots
Punch - Fiskars (8 layers punched and put together with a brad to c…

Man does not live by bread alone

Happy Sunday to you and yours! By the time you read this post, I will reach a milestone... the BIG 40! I'm hoping a less eventful milestone than thirty, as I spent that one in the hospital... My body starting falling apart EARLY! lol... Not sure what hubby and crew have planned. I seem to get a great deal of evasive answers and I don't knows as of late...

I want to share one thought with you today. As I was making this card, I started to think about the scripture used. It's interesting to note that most scientists insist that man can live for several days without food. Most say that water is crucial. If I skip a meal, I can get mighty uncomfortable. My tummy tends to revolt and fast! But what revolts when we don't study His word? Do we have an internal mechanism like our tummy which makes noise and tells us to get back to studying about our Lord? I never really thought about it until today. It seems we get so busy with "other stuff" that we oft…

ODBDSLC54 Frame It

It's that time again! Don't you just love the Shining the Light Challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs? These girls crank out some delish cards, don't they?


Make sure to play along this week as well!

For this weeks challenge you must "Frame It!" Create a Frame or stamp a frame for your image or sentiment.

To make the challenge even more fun, ODBD will be giving out a prize, a $ 15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Thursday, March 31. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. 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 or will they qualify for prizes.

While it is not required to use Our Daily Bread Designs images and sentiments on your creations, ODBD would love to see them if you have them. As a way of recognizing those who do use Our Dai…

Throwback Thursday

Happy Thursday everyone! Today I am going to revisit another favorite creation from the last few years. This post was done about 3 months after I started blogging. It's fun to see just how much my "style" has changed over the last few years. Funny thing though... I still gravitate toward the same stamp sets. I guess some things never change, right? :-)

I promise to be back shortly with a new post. Things have been a little crazy around here! Thank you for your continued prayers. Hubby had an appointment with his rheumatologist yesterday. He will continue chemo (for arthritis) but will have to take another medication along with it. Please pray this will ease his discomfort. This appears to be the last thing they can really do to help his mobility as the arthritis is causing issues with his hips and knees. I did not realize until we married just how debilitating rheumatoid can be! We know it must be the Father's will, not our own. So we are both praying for direction o…


I am the queen of excuses. I'm always overbooked and stressed. Can you relate? Taking on extra projects at work, helping friends out with commitments, taking care of my Mom... there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day! And this scripture seems to sum it up nicely. I can always count on the Lord to be faithful even if I fail to give him my best!

Today's card is a little different for me. I normally stay away from vintage but this particular scripture seemed to need something soothing. There are quite a few details on this card that are easy to miss. I actually took the butterfly image from the ODBD Faith set and stamped it on the designer paper. Look closely behind the scripture panel (on the left) and you will see a faint image. I used Ranger Distress Ink. I also distressed the edges of the DP with chalk. All in all, this card has a different feel for me. I kinda like it! I hope you do as well! Hope you are having a wonderful week!


Card Reci…

I Will Answer

Happy Monday! It's time to start the routine all over again! For me, Monday means going back to work. Many people look at Monday as a bad thing. But you know what? Monday is really a new beginning. You get to start all over again and do things differently. Maybe last week you were a little short with your spouse or you didn't commit as much time to a project at work. Monday morning you have the opportunity to fix some of those things! Each day of life is precious. We know as Christians, we can call on our Lord and he will be there. It may be our deepest, darkest moment. You may be lost and broken. But God can take a broken vessel and make it into a beautiful new creation. How awesome it is to know we can seize that promise. Today's card features one of the recent Our Daily Bread Designs Anniversary sets. This Scripture from the book of Jeremiah is one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it too! Blessings ~



Card Stock - Georgia Pacific, Bazzill
Designer Paper…

Trust in God

Didn't the Challenge team ladies rock the ODBDSLC challenge yesterday? I am blown away by the depth of talent these ladies possess. But most importantly, I am impressed by the hearts they have for the Lord. They are an awesome group of ladies!

Thought I would change gears a little. I have had this flocked paper by Making Memories for at least a year and it was screaming to be used! This one has lots of layers and lots of "girly" stuff! I love it! Hope you enjoy it too!


Card Stock - Georgia Pacific & Bazzill
Designer Paper - Making Memories
Stamps - ODBD Scripture Collection 6 & Brocade Borders
Ink - Memento Bamboo Leaves
Dies - Spellbinders Labels Sixteen and Standard Circles
Punches - Martha Stewart for EK Success
Pearls - Crystal Stickers by Mark Richards
Flower - Recollections Mulberry Rose
Fibers - Offray 1/4" White Satin; Offray 5/8" Satin Leaf
Lace - Simplicity - Venice

Notice this fun paper edging? I used 1/4" ribbon and wove it thro…

ODBDSLC53 New Life

For this week's challenge you may only use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps. You must use at least one image, sentiment or image to qualify for the challenge.

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!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Thursday, March 24. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday.

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 at the ODBD blog March 19th post by March 24 at 8 p.m. EST. If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword ODBDSLC53. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge. Be sure to check out the other fab designs by the challenge team. These uber talented ladies ha…

Take Refuge

Thanks so much for bearing with me. After a one day interlude, I'm back with a fun card to share. I love history and Colonial America particularly fascinates me. After a recent trip to Colonial Williamsburg I became enamored with Matalasse (William and Mary pattern, of course) and toile. I intend to redecorate one of my bedrooms soon with this combo... but until then... I found this FABULOUS toile ribbon at a local box store and quickly went to work! The scripture used is from one of Our Daily Bread Designs new Scripture Collections (just released yesterday!) The collections showcases some of the designer's favorite scriptures. Check it out HERE.

In additional thanks to the gang over at Practical Scrappers for selecting one of my cards this week as one of their fabulous finds! I hope you will take time to check it OUT. I am truly blessed!

Today's Recipe

Card Stock - Georgia Pacific (black & white)
Stamps - ODBD Scripture Collection 7 and ODBD Brocade Borders
Ink - Memento T…

Throwback Thursday

March Madness has begun. My house is a wreck and my step son is coming over to spend the next 2 days watching the early games with hubby! I think we have everything we need... chips, salsa and more chips! The Ulrich men can down salsa I tell ya... Since things have been a little crazy I thought I would revisit one of my favorite cards I've done! Memorial Day will be here before you know it and this project would be perfectly suited for this special time of year. I will be back Friday with a new post! Blessings to you! (GO BIG BLUE!!!!!)


Originally posted October 17, 2010

I love a challenge where anything goes, don't you? I love anything patriotic and with Veteran's Day coming up in November, I thought I would get a jump on my card making!

Thank you to all of those who have served our country in times of war or peace! Freedom is a precious gift! Blessings to you and yours!


Card Recipe

Card Stock - Bazzill
Card Stock - Image - Neenah Solar Crest
Designer P…

He Shall Be Called

Do you have more than one name? I know people who do. They may have a "given" name but they go by another one. Jesus has many names. The Bible refers to him as the Prince of Peace, Counselor and Bread of Life among others. Today's card was created with a recent Our Daily Bread Designs release, He Shall be Called. This stamp is actually a larger size, a background stamp. To create this card, I stamped the image on 5 sheets of card stock and then cut each one out in graduated sizes using the Spellbinders Labels Seventeen set. I took care to place each one on top of the next one as I cut the dies to make sure the print remained in order. Finally I inked the last line of the stamp, Jesus Christ, and applied it to a piece of cardstock. I then cut this out with a Spellbinders Fancy Tag. The final creation was assembled with foam dimensional tape to make it stand out! If you look closely you might see the paper piercing as well. Thanks as always for commenting and reading!


Easter Blessings

We survived another daylight savings change! Whoo hoo! I really wish we could just stop messing with the clock and leave it like this! I love getting up early and getting things done! Funny how I spring out of bed so much easier these days. I think it is because my mind thinks I will be done an hour earlier... Funny how your mind plays tricks on ya!

March is marching on and that means Easter will soon be here. I pulled out one of ODBD Easter sets to create today's card. It has a tad more "bling" that I usually go for. (I am more of a silver girl than gold...) Hope you are having a fabulous week and stay tuned as ODBD will be celebrating a BIG anniversary soon! Blessings!



Card Stock - Georgia Pacific, Bazzill, American Craft
Stamps - ODBD Easter Blessings
Ink - Image - Memento - Tuxedo Black
Ink - Sentiment - Versamark
Embossing Powder - Ranger Queen's Gold
Ink - Image - Copic

Leaves - YG25, YG95, YG99
Flowers - C2 (just a hint on the petal…

Faux Leather - Part 2

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to show you a card created with faux leather for the ODBDSLC. Today's card was also created with that challenge in mind. But this technique for faux leather uses an ordinary paper bag! That's right, a paper bag! In this case I used a lunch sack I had lying around to create the area my image was stamped on.

Here's how...

1. Cut the paper bag into a size easy to work with (remove bottom, sides, etc)

2. Lightly mist with a water bottle (I use a Ranger Mini Mister)

3. Crumple the bag into a tight ball. Take out your frustrations! :-)

4. Gently open up bag and flatten to dry.

5. After drying, age it... I used Distress Ink by Ranger in Vintage Photo

6. I stamped my image from the ODBD set, Anchor on the faux leather.

7. Heat set your image.

8. Lightly coat the bag/image with Mod Podge.

9. Dry thoroughly.

10. Add additional ink for more vibrant distressing and cut as desired!

Try this technique! You will love it! Thanks for popping in!



As long as the earth endures...

My heart is heavy today as I think about those in Japan who have suffered through such a cataclismic earthquake and subsequent flood. I can't imagine what they are going through. It's funny how the Father works. I created this card two days ago and promptly left it on a desk to be photographed at a later date. Last night after absorbing the news events of the day, I ventured to my scrap room. I found this card and re-read the verse from Genesis. God doesn't promise us a tomorrow but he promises us that as long as the earth remains we can count on the rhythms of life... night and day... summer and winter... and even though not mentioned here, I feel certain life and death. Isn't it wonderful that we can count on ETERNAL life if we trust in Him! No more sorrow and no more pain!

We have been dealing with life and death here on our farm. As many of you know we raise sheep in addition to our dogs. I came home a few days ago to find one of our ewes dead along with a beautif…

ODBDSLC52 Leather or Pearls

So glad you stopped by to say hello! Hope you are enjoying this week's Shining the Light Challenge at ODBD. March is a big month at ODBD. The company marks 3 years in business! And to honor that milestone the Challenge Team has been asked to create projects with leather (faux, real, suede) or pearls. Leather is the anniversary gift to mark a three year anniversary and pearls are the gem! My card features a faux technique... (the secret is masking tape....) and one of my favorite stamps from ODBD, Peace on Earth. Check out the ODBD blog for details on on this week's prize. And be sure to check out what the ladies listed below are doing with leather and pearls. I know you won't be disappointed and I bet you will want to play along with us! Thanks for stopping in!


Lori's Recipe

Card Stock - Bazzill
Designer Paper - faux leather created with masking tape, Ranger Distress Ink - Antique Linen and Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
Stamp - ODBD - Peace on Earth

Punches in a whole new light

Recently I spotted a layout in a magazine featuring a new use for punches. On the layout the designer had used seven different punches on various widths of card stock (the same color as the base card stock). After adhering the punched pieces to the base (varying up and down) the designer than finished the layout with designer paper and photos. I really liked the look and promptly marked the page for future reference. Sadly, I usually never go back and try the idea I took such pains to save. But today is an exception! If you look closely at the photo above you will notice four different punched pieces adhered with dimensional foam to the base. I used three Martha Stewart punches and one Fiskars punch. I used this "foundation creation" to build my card on. Kinda fun, huh? Perfect way to use up those leftover scraps you have after trimming card stock! Happy Friday to you!



Card Stock - Black & White - Georgia Pacific
Designer Paper - Bo Bunny - Splendor …

His grace...

Sorry it has been so long since my last post. Hubby and I had a very limited window to get some much needed home projects done. I am exhausted from 12 hour days of painting, installing trim and cleaning. My home is finished, thankfully and now I can relax. My body paid a heavy price for the exertion. I am now battling back pain along with muscle spasms. This scripture seems very timely. It is by His grace that I can look forward to a new heavenly body, one with no pain! Thank you as always for reading and I appreciate your comments so much! Blessings to you and yours!



Card Stock - Bazzill
Designer Paper - Tim Coffey for K & Company - Cottage Garden
Stamps - ODBD - Grow in Grace, Fleur de Lis Borders
Ink - Close to My Heart - Indian Corn Blue
Punch - Martha Stewart
Fiber - Stampin' Up
Pearls - Crystal Stickers Pearls by Mark Richards

ODBDSLC41 - Use 2 of blue, pink, yellow or ivory on your creation

It's time for ODBD Shining the Light Challenge! This week you need to use 2 colors from blue, pink, yellow or ivory on your creation. Other colors may be used but two of these must be the main colors! Go to Our Daily Bread Designs for all of the details! Blessings!

Card Recipe

5" x 5"

Card Stock - Bazzill
Designer Paper - K & Company - Tim Coffey Blossomwood Paper Pad
Stamp - ODBD - The Lord Has Risen
Ink - Sentiment - Close to My Heart - Hollyhock
Ink - Sun - Close To My Heart Sunflower, edged with Hollyhock
Paper Punch - Martha Stewart
Die Cuts - Spellbinders Nestabilities - Standard Circles Large, Petite Scalloped Circles Large, Lacey Circles
Fiber - 1st layer - Offray - Antique White Satin 7/8"; 2nd layer - Simplicity - Off White Flat Cluny Edge 7/8"
Flower - Recollections - Mulberry Roses

Everything and everyone has a place...

In case you hadn't noticed, it is the first day of March! Hooray! And you know what that means? New releases over at ODBD.... Today's project will be used on my Easter table this year... (in case I forget who I am...) lol... I keep going back to this turning 40 thing... I know you will love, love, love the new releases.

Check it out and don't forget to pop over to ODBD this Saturday for the Shining the Light Challenge! Can't wait to see what you create!


Card Stock - Bazzill
Stamps - ODBD - Daffodil Corner
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic

Y11, Y13, Y15
YG13, YG17

Embossing Folder - Provocraft Swiss Dots
Fiber - Unknown
Die - Spellbinder Fleur de Lis Pendant