Saturday, August 31, 2013

SC451 ~ Jingle Bells and a Sneak Peek ~

Good morning!  I'm so glad you stopped by!  Today I have another sneak peek featuring a September 1st release from Our Daily Bread Designs called Jingle Bells.  Today's featured card was based on the weekly Splitcoast sketch...

I used a dark chocolate card stock for my base with a layer of Kraft paper.  The image (Jingle Bells set) was stamped with a dark brown ink.  I found some coordinating scraps from my stack and hand cut fishtail banners.  A bit of ribbon with gold bells adorn the top.  I can't wait to show you this image colored! 
Don't forget to stop by tomorrow, September 1st for Our Daily Bread Designs'  blog hop showcasing some fabulous creations by the design team!  It promises to be a wonderful day!  Thanks for peeking with me today! 
Card Recipe
Paper - Bazzill, The Paper Studio,
Ink - Memento Espresso Truffle
Misc. - Ribbon, Bells
SC451 - Card Sketch 

Friday, August 30, 2013

MOJO308 ~ The Apple of Your Eye, a Sneak Peek ~

Happy Friday!  I can't believe that Labor Day weekend is here!  Where did the summer go?  I remember planning a cookout/campout at our house over Memorial Day weekend, hubby's knee replacement surgery, the wedding...  WOW!  I believe my Mother knew what she was talking about when she said time moves faster the older you get! 
So with that in mind, I will move quickly on to today's card.  It's for the Mojo Monday sketch and features a stamp you haven't seen before.  It's a sneak peek of a new set coming up Sunday at Our Daily Bread Designs.   It's called Apples. 

This set will be available Sunday, September 1st at Our Daily Bread Designs' store.  The design team will be hosting a hop  featuring creations using the new sets.  Be sure to visit and play along.  I know you won't be disappointed.  ;-)   
For this card, I stamped the image on cream card stock with a light brown ink and added the sentiment with a deeper brown.  A seam binding bow with button detail adds some interest.  The foliage was created with an ODBD custom die released this month (August) called Fancy Foliage and shown here...
As always thanks for stopping by!  I will try to share another "peek" tomorrow!  {{hugs}}
Card Recipe
Paper - Bazzill, Recollections Harvest Delight
Ink - Memento Toffee Crunch & Espresso Truffle
Additional Dies - Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals Small & Classic Ovals Small
Misc. - Seam Binding, Button, Twine


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

WAW95 ~ John 1:12 ~

Welcome!  It's time for some beautiful scripture and a creative challenge at Word Art Wednesday .  Check out the WAW site for all the details including this week's digital scripture image, how to link your creation AND info on our fabulous prizes! 
A special thank you to both
Blue Moon Scrapbooking  and My Heart Pieces 
 for sponsoring this week's challenge!
This week we feature John 1:12...

I have long wanted to work with zebra print paper.  This week I decided to take the plunge!  The base is simple black card stock with a candy pink mat layer, Kraft and a final zebra print DP.  I printed this week's scripture directly on Kraft before adding a layer of black and pink.  I added three jet flat backed beads in the corner to balance out the greenery and pink roses.  Isn't it fun? 

I know a fabulous college freshman who will enjoy this card of encouragement!  Thanks for dropping by!  Be sure to hop over to Word Art Wednesday to enter this week's challenge! 


Card Recipe

Papers - Bazzill, Georgia Pacific, The Paper Studio, Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic
Dies - Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Die - Fancy Foliage
Jet Beads - Basic Grey
Misc. - Blossoms


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Pile it On - #34 - Designer Paper
Crafty Sentiments - Make it Girly


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Dog Days Sale at ODBD!

Dog Days of Summer Sale

Did you miss it?  Did you miss National Dog Day yesterday?  I'm embarrassed to say I did!  As much as I love my Saint Bernards, I completely missed out!  **sigh**  I plan on making it up to the big guys today with a few extra belly rubs and puppy snacks.  I sure hope they didn't realize I missed their big day...  lol...

In the meantime, my friend and boss at Our Daily Bread Designs , Kelley, is having a fabulous sale!  And guess what the theme is?  ;-)   

Kelley's granddog, Murphy, a.k.a. the cutest Golden Retriever in the whole wide world, would be proud! 
So don't forget to hop over and check out all of the fun stamps and dies.  But you gotta hurry!  The sale ends Saturday, August 31st!    And stay tuned...  Sunday will be release day for Our Daily Bread Designs.  I will have several projects to share featuring all new products! 
Keep checking in this week as I play along with some fun challenges and just get inky!  {{hugs}}

Monday, August 26, 2013

WT440 ~ Sunrise on the Farm ~

There is nothing more beautiful than watching the sun rise or set in the country.  There is something so very peaceful about it.  I find assurance of the love of our Creator in the beauty of His handiwork...  the glorious colors...  sights...  It never ceases to leave me breathless. 
Today's card celebrates that first peek of dawn.  For simplicity, I stamped the image in black on white card stock and used a circle punch mask to create my sun.  I first sponged yellow ink and then a soft orange.  I then used a straight edge (paper) to create my "rays."  Super easy!  This card is for the Ways to Use it challenge at Split Coast.

Now for the products I used...
 for the sentiment...
and Barn
for the image...
Thanks for stopping by!
Card Recipe
Paper - Georgia Pacific, Bazzill
 Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Cantaloupe & Tangelo
Spellbinders Classic Ovals Small Dies
Misc. - Black Ribbon, Scor Pal, Circle Punch, Straight Edge Scrap of Paper
Make It Monday - MIM155 - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays - IMF117 - Anything Goes
Challenges for Everybody - 27 - Anything Goes
Cuttin and Stampin Challenges - #33 - Monochromatic
Aud Sentiment Challenge - 87 - Sentiment, Anything but Birthday
Lainey's Crafty Space  - Just for Fun - Anything Goes
Southern Girls Challenge - The Warm Fuzzies 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

TSTR180, MOJO307 ~ Two Roads ~

Welcome!  So glad you took a few moments to stop by!  The weekend will be here soon and that means a whole new list of chores to do.  Cleaning, laundry...  you know the drill!  Phooey, guess that means my crafting time will suffer.  ;-) 
In the meantime, I have a card to share incorporating both the Mojo Monday sketch and The Shabby Tea Room Challenge...

The quote, by Robert Frost, may be found in Our Daily Bread Designs' Quote Collection 1  shown here...


I covered the tree images with tape and inked up with black ink.  After removing the tape, I inked the trees separately before stamping.  The blossoms are nestled on a bed of greenery made up with various punches and the Fancy Foliage die...


The Shabby Tea Room Challenge asked participants to use flowers and fabric.  The pennants in the top left hand corner are made up of pattern paper, denim and burlap respectively.  Here's the inspiration photo from The Shabby Tea Room

and the MOJO307 sketch
Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time... 
Card Recipe
Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs -  Quote Collection 1 
Dies - Our Daily Bread Designs - Fancy Foliage;
Spellbinders Standard Circles Large & Petite Scalloped Circles Large 
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Bamboo Leaves
Papers - Georgia Pacific, Echo Park Hello Summer, Bo Bunny Prairie Chic, The Paper Studio (gingham)
Misc. - Denim, Burlap, Blossoms, Paper Punches


Terrifically Thrilling Thursday Challenge - Oh Scrap (scraps of material and left over paper)
MOJO Monday - MOJO307
The Shabby Tea Room - Material Girl #180
Penny's Challenge  Penny's Challenge 141 - Dies and/or Punches
Totally Gorjuss 197 - Die cuts and Punches
Sunday Funday 12  - Linky Party

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WAW94 ~ I Timothy 6:6 ~

Welcome!  It's time for some beautiful scripture and a creative challenge at Word Art Wednesday .  Check out the WAW site for all the details including this week's digital scripture image, how to link your creation AND info on our fabulous prizes! 
A special thank you to both Heart & Soul Rubber Stamps and Digi Darla's for sponsoring this week's challenge!
This week we feature I Timothy 6:6...

This week's project is based on a card by the weekly featured stamper at Splitcoast.  I created a 5 x 7 card (something I rarely do these days.)  I'm not sure why I don't as this is really a versatile size.  I like to take these cards and put them in a simple inexpensive 5 x 7 frame and give as gifts.  You only need to remove the glass and adhere to the easel backing.  Super easy! 
All papers are from a coordinating paper pack set.  I did use a woodgrain embossing folder to add a bit of depth to the printed "wood."  A floral spray frames the scripture nicely. 
Andie Miller asked earlier in the week for specific dimensions on the greenery die...  so if you are reading Andie...  here you go...  4 x 2 1/4 inches...  It should fit nicely in your Cuttlebug!  :-)
Thanks for visiting!  Until next time...
Card Recipe
5 x 7 inch
Paper - Georgia Pacific Base, Simple Stories Vintage Bliss Paper Pad
Die - Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Die - Fancy Foliage
Misc. - Blossoms, Woodgrain EF by Sizzix

Additional challenges

Make it Monday - MIM154 - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays - IMF116 - Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenges - Anything Goes
Allsorts #222 - Use Your New Stash (new paper pad)
 Link Up Tuesday
Just B Creative - Linky Party


Monday, August 19, 2013

CAS233 ~ Blessed ~

Yes, I am truly blessed!  Yesterday's Sunday School lesson challenged me to come up with all of the ways I have been blessed over the years. 

Whew!!!  Once I started to put pen to paper, I realized just how richly I have been.  I have a wonderful family, career and home.  My church family and all of the crafting friends I have made over the years... 

And I just have to say, crafters are some of the most AMAZING people in the world!!!  There isn't a warmer bunch of people, whether you like to sew, paint or work with paper...  your love and support just blesses my heart!  So yes, I am very blessed in so many ways and by so many people!  Thank you to everyone reading today!  You truly bless me! 
I have a couple of cards for the clean and simple challenge at Splitcoast...

Card Properties - 5.5 x 4.25
Kraft base - The Paper Studio
White layer - Gina K. Designs
Copics - Cornstalk - Y21, E31; Corn - Y35; Pumpkins - YR02, YR07, E25; Stems/Leaves - YG09,YG17
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa
Dimensional Foam - White layer and fussy cut pumpkins
Stamps- Close to My Heart - Count Your Blessings

and the second one...

Card Properties - 5.5 x 4.25
Base - Georgia Pacific Black CS
Yellow layer - Bazzill dry embossed with Quatrefoil EF by The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby)
White - Gina K Designs Pure Luxury CS
Inks - Memento Tuxedo Black (image); Versafine Onyx Black (sentiment); Copics - milk can (C0, C1, C2, C3, C5; Grass (YG17); Leaves (YG05, YG45); Sunflower center (E29, E89); Sunflower (Y06, Y35)
Misc. - Dimensional Foam
Stamps - Close to My Heart - Country Born
Thanks for stopping by! 
 The Paper Players #159 - CAS - One Layer

Sunday, August 18, 2013

~ Plant Seeds of Hope ~

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Today I have a clean and simple project, one I completed for some of the "Dirty Girl" challenges at Splitcoast last week.  Imagine my surprise when I received notice that this one was added to the "Honors" gallery at SCS.  I'm utterly blown away!!!! 
Since clean and simple is not my normal genre, I am overjoyed to know the challenge hostess' liked it.  Here it is...  a ode to blue, yellow, sunflowers and arrows...  lol...

 I based the layout on one of the Dare to Get Dirty sketches last week.  I just love this sentiment from Our Daily Bread Designs.  I thought it fit perfectly with the sunflower theme.

Thanks again!  {{hugs}}

Saturday, August 17, 2013

SC449 ~ Harvest Blessings to You ~

Thanks for stopping by!  Today I have a fall card to share using one of my favorite sets from Our Daily Bread Designs, Harvest Blessings  ...

I based this design on the Wednesday sketch at Splitcoast...
I stamped the sentiment directly on my DP and hand cut coordinating banners.  I found the blossom at a recent Michaels shopping trip and cut a cream pearl flourish to fit my design.  The leaves (from coordinating DP also) were cut using a Spellbinder die.  Pretty simple really...  I love working with fall colors...  so rich!  Have a wonderful day...
Stamp - Our Daily Bread Designs - Harvest Blessings
Paper - Georgia Pacific, The Paper Studio, MME Stella & Rose, Bazzill
Ink - Memento Espresso Truffle
Blossom & Flourish - Recollections
Die - Spellbinder Foliage


Friday, August 16, 2013

A Look Back at ODBD's August Release!

   Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs  August Release!  It's hard to believe how quickly the month has flown by.  I don't want you to miss any of the super products ODBD has released this month!  Here is the card I created using Peaches and the new Fancy Foliage die.  For more inspiration using the August Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog.

Nothing reminds me of summer more than a plaid picnic table cloth.  For this card I used a similar plaid to rest this beautiful scripture from Galatians on.  I stamped and colored the jam jar before fussy cutting and adding it to the side.  A few random vines and blossoms help mimic strawberry vines.  Isn't it cute?

And here are the products I used beginning with the Peaches set....
and new die, Fancy Foliage

Please check out what my "sister sticks" have created for this fabulous mid month review.  There is plenty of beautiful creations to behold and inspiration to soak up!     
Thanks for stopping by!
* Lori * Cathy * Sabrina *
* Dawn

Thursday, August 15, 2013

MOJO306 ~ Water Your Soul ~

I do not have a green thumb.  I suspect if my thumb really were a color...  it would be black.  My SIL gave me a potted plant 3 years ago after the death of my BIL.  She had so many plants, afghans and the like after the funeral...  it was too much!  So she dutifully divided items up among the brothers and sisters.  My husband became the keeper of said plant.  Well, if there is anyone who shows less interest in plants than me...  well it would be dear hubs. 
All was well for a time.  We managed to provide adequate sunshine and water as needed.  Months became years and that poor plant started to look sick.  It lost it's leaves, yellowed and just looked terrible.  My mother cautioned that repotting was in order but I being the stubborn soul, decided we would wait it out. 
Then hubs and I took a trip...  a week long trip...  during the hottest week of the year here...  AND forgot to tell anyone about the plant sitting on the deck in those merciless conditions.  So when we came home we found the once pitiful plant...  brown... dry and well...  dead! 
Remember something about a stubborn soul earlier?  Well that soul, me, decided I would pull all the old dead leaves out, water and WAIT.  Guess what?  Two weeks later, there are tiny green shoots peeking out!  (Obviously, they have not heard about my track record or they would not be so enthusiastic...) 
So what does a dried up plant have to do with today's post? 
 Today's sentiment can be found in Our Daily Bread Designs stamp set Garden Sentiments.  I thought of that plant when I saw it and marveled how it resembles my soul.  When I neglect to read my Bible or miss a Wednesday night Bible Study, I miss a tremendous blessing.  Without that kind of water, I can't grow as a Christian.  It makes my walk so much better.  So maybe next year I will plant that garden, commune with God's creation and water my soul....
Today's card...


I chose to use multiple layers of aqua, white and kraft card stock with coordinating DP.  I nestled the sentiment on a die cut burlap rectangle and a paper doily on the bottom.  A few blossoms and greenery adorn the side with a cut pearl flourish.  The greenery die is another Our Daily Bread Designs Product...

Isn't it fun?  I just love the burlap.  I need to pull that out of my stash more often!  Thanks for looking and until next time...  blessings!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

WAW93 ~ Psalm 119:33 ~ Teach Me

Welcome and Happy Wednesday!  It's time for some beautiful scripture and a creative challenge at Word Art Wednesday .  Check out the WAW site for all the details including this week's digital scripture image, how to link your creation AND info on our fabulous prizes! 
 A big thank you to Fred She Said and Dawn of Faithfully Yours for providing our prizes this week! 
Thank you, Thank you!
With so many teachers and students going back to school this week our featured scripture, Psalm 119:33 takes on new meaning...

Today I incorporated an old Mojo Monday sketch with lots of layers and embossing.  The bottom DP layer has a beehive pattern while the green layer has a poppy pattern.  I roughed up the beige layer with my bare hands.  (a great way to take out frustrations...) and inked all edges with a black distress ink.  A left over music pattern adds a bit of melody to the card.  I received the flower on a gift many moons ago and added a cream seam binding bow with tiny pink heart and twine accent.  I love recycling, don't you?  Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time...



Paper - Bazzill, Georgia Pacific, We R Memory Keepers Antique Chic, The Paper Studio
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink in Black Soot
Dies - Spellbinders Standard Circles Large and Petite Scalloped Circles Large
Embossing Folders - Poppy, Honeycomb by Provocraft
Misc. - Flower, Button, Twine and Seam Binding from my Stash     


Inspire Me Fridays #115
The Paper Shelter - Use that Ribbon
Sunday Funday - Linky Party
Robyns Fetish Challenge Blog #172 - Lots of Layers
Eureka Stamps #52 - Blooms and Blossoms

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

TSTR179 ~The Fruit of Your Labor~

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Today I have a "frilly" card to share...  lots of die cuts, pearls and flowers!  So if girly stuff isn't your thing bear with me...  I will have a clean and simple card to share later in the week!  ;-)
Today's card features the Strawberries set from Our Daily Bread Designs...

I stamped the image in light gray ink and added the verse with a crisp black ink.  The card consists of multiple die layers (lots of dimensional foam here) in gray and white.  On each side of the sentiment panel you will find some beautiful foliage from the new ODBD custom die Fancy Foliage .  A few pearls and craft store blooms finish off the panel.
Here's a closeup....

Here's a few of the products I used...


I warned ya!  This one is definitely girly!  Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time...


 The Shabby Tea Room #179 - Vegetable Garden  
Through the Craft Room Door

Thursday, August 8, 2013

~ All Things Grow ~

Happy, happy Thursday!  It's hard to believe another week has FLOWN by!  Today is my Mother's 77th birthday!  So even though I KNOW she does not read my blog, I will wave wildly!!!!!  And sing the birthday song!  Aren't you glad you couldn't hear me?  LOL.... 
Today I am sharing a card I created with Our Daily Bread Designs' Peaches set.  Let me just tell ya...  a whole lotta Copic coloring went in the trash before I was satisfied with this peach! 

I started off with a layer of peach card stock and a white mat layer.  I embossed the top peach layer with a folder resembling chicken wire.  The white die cut panel came next with a scalloped oval and oval sentiment die cut panel.  The sentiment came from Our Daily Bread Designs' Garden Sentiments  set.  I stamped the peach image on Copic compatible paper and colored with Y38, YR15 and YR14 respectively before fussy cutting and placing beside the sentiment panel.  A few die cut sprigs from the Spellbinder ODBD Custom Die Fancy Foliage  tops it off. 
So are here are some of the products I used today...
Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time...
Pennys Challenge - Dry Embossing
 Creative Inspirations  - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Die cut or Punch

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

WAW92 ~ Isaiah 25:4 ~

Welcome and Happy Wednesday!  The week is moving quickly and today it's time for another fabulous challenge at Word Art Wednesday .  Check out the WAW site for all the details including this week's digital scripture image, how to link your creation AND info on our fabulous prizes! 
A big thank you to Mark's Finest Papers and Robyn's Fetish for providing our prizes this week!

This week we are featuring Isaiah 25:4...

I based this week's project on a sketch and opted to use some vintage style papers to layer with.  The base is plain white card stock with a layer of pink textured card stock and a final layer of kraft.  I used coordinating designer papers from a Hobby Lobby paper pad.  Seam binding provides the bottom "seam" with a large pink cabbage rose and a few smaller mulberry blossoms.  Some die cut greenery, paper punched sprigs and scattered pearls add to the vintage feel.  Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time...




Stamps - Digital - Word Art Wednesday
Paper - Georgia Pacific, The Paper Studio - Kirby Teesdale Studio, Bazzill
Dies - Our Daily Bread Designs - Fancy Foliage
Seam Binding, Blossoms (The Paper Studio), Paper Punches - MS Crafts, Pearls - Recollections


Friday Sketch Challenge 

 Through the Craft Room Door
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Just Be Creative  - Anything Goes
2 Sisters - Anything Goes


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

QFTD & Dare Challenge ~ Thanks Berry Much ~

Good morning!  Hope you had a restful and relaxing weekend! 

Thanks to everyone who hopped along this weekend with me during the Paper Sweeties 1st Birthday party!  I had several questions about the paper I used on one of my projects (owls).  I found it at Hobby Lobby in a Christmas pack.  I just picked it up in the last few weeks.  So if you have a HL close by, check out the Christmas Paper Studio collections!  Thanks again for all of your sweet comments!

Now on to more fun!  I used today's card to play along in several of the "Dirty Girl" challenges at Split Coast.  I can't tell you what the challenges were...  SHHHH!!!  But I can share the card.  So here goes...

This card is actually a two layer die cut.  What do I mean by that?  Well, I cut the quatrefoil pattern layer first and then cut the shadow quatrefoil design die and placed in with a light layer of adhesive in the center of the pattern die cut.  I then placed the quatrefoil pattern die in the center and cut right through both layers.  In essence, I cut the center out of the original die.  I added dimensional foam to "puff" up the center and stamped my sentiment on a another die.  I layered it on with a fun foliage die and faux "blossoms" to the side.  It looks a great deal more complicated than it is.  But I sure like the look.  So what do you think?
Thanks for stopping by! 

and stamp set Strawberries
Other Products
Paper - Bazzill, Georgia Pacific
Ink - Memento Lady Bug
Paper Punch - MS Crafts
Beads - Recollections
Dies - Spellbinders Floral Ovals (sentiment panel)
Scrap Creations - Anything Goes

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Happy Birthday Paper Sweeties Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Paper Sweeties 1st Birthday blog hop!  Over the last three days some fabulous designers have showcased the Paper Sweeties line!  This is a very special milestone for Debbie as she launched this new venture 1 year ago!  Happy Birthday Paper Sweeties! 

To celebrate this milestone, Paper Sweeties founder, Debbie, will be giving away the ENTIRE AUGUST RELEASE to one lucky person in August!
There will be five sets released or a total retail value of $50!  
To be eligible for the prize you must:
   Follow the Paper    Sweeties blog

     Like and Share us on our Facebook Fan Page

  Comment on any August blog post - let us know you follow our blog and Fan Page
So let's jump right in!  Today I decided to create something for Christmas with a few non-traditional colors...
Today's card features the O' Christmas Tree 
I used a sketch for this card design.  I stamped the tree image with dark cocoa ink on white card stock and lightly colored the star with an ink marker before adding glitter glue.  If you look closely you can see where I lightly sponged blue ink on the panel as well.  I added a die cut poinsettia with Flower Soft center and a jingle bell tie for interest.  Makes me want to hum Christmas carols! 
 Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time...
Today’s hop schedule…

Saturday, August 3, 2013


Welcome to the Paper Sweeties 1st Birthday blog hop!  Today some fabulous designers are showcasing and celebrating the Paper Sweeties line!  This is a special milestone for Debbie as she launched this new venture 1 year ago! 

To celebrate this milestone, Paper Sweeties founder, Debbie, will be giving away the ENTIRE AUGUST RELEASE to one lucky person in August! 
There will be five sets released or a total retail value of $50!  To be eligible for the prize you must:
   Follow the Paper    Sweeties blog
     Like and Share us on our Facebook Fan Page
  Comment on any August blog post - let us know you follow our blog and Fan Page
Here is today's hop card featuring a sentiment from the Mahalo set. 

This time I used the Mojo Monday sketch.  The base is a rust colored card stock with sunflower yellow matting.  I opted for coordinating DP for the other layers.  I used a die for the faux sun and foliage.  A few blossoms, paper punched greenery and a tiny dove finish the look.  What do you think?  Be sure to check out the other blog hop participants today!  Until tomorrow... 

Today’s hop schedule…


Surprise!!! It's Best Bunny!

There is something about Granny Apple Green that just brings a smile to my face!  When the first signs of Spring appear you are sure to see...