Wednesday, January 29, 2014

WAW117 ~ Psalm 40:1 ~

Welcome!  It's time for another 
inspirational challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  

Check out the Word Art Wednesday site for all of 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 the Scrappy Gourmet and the Flying Unicorn for providing our prizes this week!

This week we visit Psalm 40:1...

This week I used lots of layers.  I scored the white card stock base to create a diamond pattern and then added a light blue and white DP layer.  I used a layer die (Spellbinders) to create the white base, silver filigree layer and the final sentiment layer.  A couple of jingle bells tied together with Baker's Twine adorn the side.  I added a few pearls to the filigree layer for interest.  I just love layers, don't you?  Thanks for stopping by!


Digital Scripture - Word Art Wednesday
Dies - Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles
Paper - Georgia Pacific, American Crafts, DCWV Winter Basics (DP)
Jingle Bells & Baker's Twine

Additional Challenges

Clear It Out Challenge - Singing the Blues
Created With Love Challenges - CWLC74 - Anything Goes
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge - PWC295 - Texture (Scored Background)
Through the Craft Room Door - TTCRD - January 27 - February 4

Friday, January 24, 2014

~ Harvest the Seeds of Love ~

  Good morning!  Can you believe the wild winter weather here in the east?  I'm looking forward to summer and a cupboard full of freshly canned items AND warm days. 
This month's Our Daily Bread Designs release featured some fabulous ways to dress up the canning jar stamp and/or die from ODBD that you already own.  I chose to emboss the background with the Quatrefoil Pattern die and add some die cut / Copic colored canned goods!  YUM!!! 
And some of the products you see here...


Thanks for stopping by! 
Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Canning Jar Fillers,   Blue Ribbon Winner , The Good Seed
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Copics - R24, R27, R29, G94, BG0000, BG000, Y38, YR02, YR04, C1, C3, C5
Paper - Georgia Pacific, Teresa Collins Stationery Noted, Neenah Solar Crest

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

WAW116 ~ James 4:10 ~

Welcome!  It's time for another 
inspirational challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  

Check out the Word Art Wednesday site for all of 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 the The Paper Temptress and Moonlighting Designs for providing our prizes this week! 

And a special thanks to The Paper Temptress for providing some amazing papers for me to work with this week!

This week we visit the book of James...

I used 3 beautiful sheets from the Paper Temptress line including Eclipse Black (base and matting), Vintage Silver Lustre Text and Opal Mica/Metallic (scripture layer.)  They are SO yummy!  I paired a chevron pattern (black & white) from The Paper Studio with them.  I just love how it turned out.  A few aqua mulberry roses, die cut greenery and a simple seam binding bow adorn the bottom.  I found a few self adhesive jet beads and positioned them on the opposite corner.  I just LOVE this card!  I see more chevrons and Paper Temptress paper in my future!  :-)  Thanks for stopping by!


Papers - The Paper Studio, Paper Temptress
Mulberry Roses, Seam Binding, Basic Grey Jet Beads


One Stitch At A Time  - One Stitch At A Time - #196
Through the Craft Room Door - January 21 - 27 - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - #190 - More Than Three Layers

Sunday, January 19, 2014

~ Versamark and Chalk Technique ~

Good morning!  Hope you are staying warm!  We had a bit of snow yesterday which made a perfect afternoon to snuggle in and craft!  I am in an experimental phase and pulled an old technique out of my bag of tricks to try!  If you haven't used Versamark and colored chalk together, you are in for some fun.  For this project, I used black card stock, a variety of chalks and a new stamp from North Coast Creations.  Here's the final product.

 You will need a piece of black card stock.  (Navy also works well for this technique...)  I used several shades of pink and purple chalks.  I used cotton balls to gently swirl the color on until I achieved the desired effect.  You may also use make up applicators or cotton swabs for this as well.  I chose my image (shown below) and inked it up with Versamark Embossing ink and stamped it directly on the chalked paper.  When you lift it off, the chalk disappears!  Isn't that fun????  Just what the crafting doctor called for on a dreary day...  :-) 
So here is the set I used from North Coast Creations called

I hope you get a chance to revisit this technique!  It is so easy and fun!  Until next time! 
Additional Supplies
Paper - Georgia Pacific, Bazzill
Ink - Versamark
Chalks - Making Memories
Misc. - Corner Rounder

Friday, January 17, 2014

A Look Back at Our Daily Bread Designs' January Release

Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs'  January Release!  Here is the card I created using the new Lavender set.  For more inspiration using the January Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog.

And the products I used
including the new Lavender set

and a few earlier die releases,

I layered the Quatrefoil die (white card stock) on top of a DP resembling white washed boards.  I stamped the sentiment (from the Lavender set) in black on white card stock and die cut before adding another die layer in a coordinating DP.  A floral spray nestled on the side (incorporating the Fancy Foliage dies) adds a feminine touch.  I added a few pearls to each corner for a dash of class!  :-)  So what do you think?  I love this sentiment and see it working into several cards for various occasions.  Thanks as always for stopping by!  {{hugs}}

Be sure to check out what the rest of the team has for you!

Chris * Cathy * Lori (YOU ARE HERE) * Grace *
Julie * Dawn * Sabrina * Sandee * Wanda


Ink  - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - Georgia Pacific, Simple Stories Vintage Bliss
Misc. - Mulberry Roses


Through the Craft Room Door - TTCRD - January 14 - 20 - Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - #37 - Anything Goes


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

North Coast Creations January Release

Welcome to the North Coast Creations 
January New Releases! 
This month we have some LOVELY floral stamps to share!  I just know you will be in the mood to create all of those spring projects just a little bit early!  :-) 
And to make this hop even more fun, we will be choosing 2 winners who will receive a $10 gift certificate to the store for stamps just for commenting on our Design Team cards!
You have until January 17, 2014 at 10:00PM EST to leave a comment on each of our designers' blog posts.  Our 2 random winners will be announced on the North Coast Creations Blog on January 18, 2014!  Please be sure to check back there to see if you have won.
I have a couple of cards to share today.  The first showcases the Floral Sentiments 2 set...
I stamped the image on Neenah Solar Crest and colored the image with Copics.  After die cutting, I added a soft brown ink to the edges.  I found out after creating the image that it is actually the flower on a castor bean plant.  I thought it looked similar to pussy willow...  so I added white Flower Soft to each blossom...  I think it turned out nicely!  I stamped the sentiment with Rich Cocoa ink on white card stock and die cut it before placing.  Very feminine and airy...  perfect to add to my card stash for the ladies in my life...
And here's the image of the stamp set itself...
I decided to go a bit more dramatic on my second card.  I used the new set Floral Sentiments 3.
This time I colored the image in deep red tones (R24, R29 & R39) and the stems in rich greens (G24 & G28).  I double matted the image with red and black die cuts and chose a musical DP for my primary background.  I stamped the sentiment (Memento Tuxedo Black) on white CS and hand cut the banner, placing it strategically by the satin bow.  I just love this color combo!  I can't wait to see poppies in my yard this spring! 
And here's the stamp set image...

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing a bit of your day!  Don't forget to stop by all of my fellow "Coasters'" blogs.  I promise  you will see some amazing projects!  Hugs and blessings...
The Coasters
Dawn * Julie * Lori (YOU ARE HERE) * Sabrina *
*  Amber * Sandee * Lisa
Card 1
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa, Desert Sand, Copics
Paper - Georgia Pacific, Bazzill
Card 2
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Paper - Bazzill, The Paper Studio, Teresa Collins Stationery Noted
Misc. - Offray Ribbon


The Hobby House - Ribbon
Delicious Doodles - #70 - Flowers

WAW115 ~ Word Art Wednesday ~

Welcome!  It's time for another 
inspirational 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 Mark's Finest Papers and Yours Mine Paper Crafts for providing our prizes this week!
This week we visit Psalms...
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Praying you have a wonderful day!
Papers - Georgia Pacific, Recollections
Dies - Spellbinders, Our Daily Bread Designs Fancy Foliage,
Misc. - Martha Stewart Punches, Mulberry Roses

Sunday, January 12, 2014

MOJO327 ~ Lavender and a Ring ~

Good morning!  Hope this Sabbath finds you and yours well!  I want to share a scripture that has been on my mind the last few weeks...
But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.” – Hebrews 3:6, NIV
This scripture came to mind as the result of something that happened a few weeks back.  I normally take my engagement ring in every 6 months to have the setting checked.  I do this task like clockwork for two reasons...  I am too frugal to pay additional insurance coverage for a lost stone and I am terribly sentimental....  Losing the stone my husband gave me would be heartbreaking...  How can you ever replace memories?  A stone can be replaced, but the memories with it... 
My schedule for this task is every July 4th and Christmas...  easy to remember for a busy gal!  And for ten years I have maintained this schedule faithfully.  This year, Christmas came quickly and then January 1st and then the second week in January...  You get the picture...  I was just too busy!  Finally, I forced myself to stop at the jeweler's to have the stone checked.  I took my claim ticket, ran out to mark more things off my to do list.  Thirty minutes later  I returned to claim my ring.  Normally the claims lady will hand me my ring and wish me a very nice day.  That day, the jeweler shuffled out himself to inform me that my ring had to be repaired.  My stone was "extremely" loose.  I was within a hair of losing my precious stone. 
So after, nearly hyperventilating, I thanked the jeweler for his attention to the matter and paid the bill.  I praised our heavenly Father for His provisions allowing me to keep such a thing from happening!  And upon reflection, the entire episode brought some thoughts to mind.  Aren't we like that ring?  If we fail to spend time in His word, fellowship with other believers and pray, we let loose of that connection with Him.  Please hear what I am saying...  our Lord and Savior will never let go of us.  When we accept him as our Lord and Savior our salvation is secure.  However, there have been times in my life as I am sure there have been in yours as well, when I failed to keep Him as close as he should be.  And how I missed out...  And just like the diamond I nearly lost, the connection with our Lord and Savior is precious.  Isn't it SO MUCH MORE precious that any diamond, ruby or sapphire?  We have to hold on, be faithful and continue the fight even when the devil tries to tell us we don't have the strength to hold on.  That is my prayer for you today...  Hold on tight to our Lord and Savior and see what happens!  I guarantee what you get from that connection will be worth more than any precious stone! 
Today's card for the MOJO 327 contest...

based on the following sketch...

Our Daily Bread Designs - Lavender

Our Daily Bread Designs - Simple Things

Paper - DCWV Dots, Bazzill, Neenah Solar Crest
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Misc. - Stickles Diamond, Cuttlebug - Foundry

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Lavender in a Bottle

Good morning!  I hope 2014 is proving to be the best one yet! 
A new year gives us a fresh start.  And for me this year has been no exception.  There are some things that I can not change.  Responsibilities at home and at work have increased.   My schedule looks even busier this year than last in many respects.  Even so, I have resolved to make some changes in my life this year.  And one of those changes, or NEED is a craving for a closer relationship to my Savior.  I realized late last year that I was too busy LIVING to really have a LIFE...  so I have prioritized... re-evaluated...
This year I plan to take better care of this temple both physically and spiritually.  I plan on slowing down a bit.  You may not see as many blog posts this year.  This is because I want to hear my Lord in the process...  I want to seek His guidance at every turn particularly when I set paper and ink before me...  I want my crafting to be in honor of our Lord and pleasing in His sight.  I want to enjoy the process and use it as a way to praise Him.  I want the final product to SING His praises!!!    
I plan on tuning out the world and listening to news/music that honors Him.  I want to dial down the noise so I can hear that soft voice.  God has so much to tell me, I know, and I have been too busy, too loud, too DISTRACTED to hear it...  And I will share more of this journey with you...  I want to give you my thoughts and prayers as I work on each project... 
I want this year to be the best one yet.  And if the Lord tarries, when December 31st rolls around I want to feel I am even closer to HIM... 
What do you resolve to do this year?
So for today's project I chose to work with a lovely bottle stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs.  Fitting, as my prayer this year is to be an empty vessel that our Lord can fill...
I stamped and die cut the bottle on Copic compatible paper.  I lightly colored the bottle for a soft clear look and then used ODBD's Antique Labels & Border Die to create the custom label.  A band of black grosgrain ribbon nestles under the label.  I added some glitter glue to the colored lavender for additional sparkle.  A tiny white satin ribbon adds a bit of softness to the design.  I offset the bottle for a bit of whimsy! 
Now here are the products I used...
and an earlier coordinating release
Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Blessings to you and yours as we enter this New Year!
Other Products
Paper - Georgia Pacific, Neenah Solar Crest, MME Meadowlark
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Dies - Spellbinders Labels Twenty Nine
Misc. - Ranger Stickles - Lavender, Offray Ribbons

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Welcome to Our Daily Bread Designs' January Release!

Welcome to Our Daily Bread Designs' January New Release Hop! 

This month we celebrate a new year and that often includes new resolutions.  Maybe your New Year's resolution includes spending more time creating beautiful paper crafts.  And to help you with that goal, Kelley and crew at Our Daily Bread Designs have some lovely new sets to help.  And they not only bring in the new, but they work with some of the old sets you may already have! 

AND you have a chance to get your hands on these or other ODBD stamps of your choosing!  Three winners will be randomly chosen from the comments left on the designers blogs to receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps.  You have until January 2, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. EST to make your comments!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on January 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!
So let's dive right in and see what this new release is all about and the projects I have to share...

Now for the projects I created this month, including a center step card and tent card....

For my center step card, I stamped the jar image and coordinating jar filler image on Copic compatible paper and went to work.  The sentiment may be found in an earlier release, To The Lovebirds.

And for my tent card I used the Fancy Foliage die to create my own "faux" lavender spray.  I stamped the Apothecary Jar image and sentiment (Lavender set) on Copic compatible paper and colored it.  I used an earlier die release, Circle Ornaments to create the circle and circular frame on this card. 

and the items I used...

Canning Jars Single

Canning Jars Die

Canning Jar Fillers

Apothecary Bottles

Apothecary Bottles Die


and a few items from earlier releases...

Circle Ornaments Die

Fancy Foliage Die

Don't forget to leave the designers some love along the way!  After all, you could win a gift certificate to purchase your very own set but you have to enter to win!  And that means leaving a comment at each stop!  The ladies work so very hard to glorify our Savior and to bring you some of the most beautiful projects!  I know they cherish your comments! 

Check out ODBD  if you get lost along the way...
My sister sticks....

* Grace * Chris Cathy * Sandee * Dawn * 
* Lori (YOU ARE HERE)* Julie * Sabrina * Wanda *
Lisa * Angie * Audrey *
Thanks again for your loving attention today!  I pray 2014 will be the best year ever for you and yours!  {{hugs}}
Your sister in Christ,

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