Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WAW121 ~ Micah 7:7 ~ I Will Wait ~

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 Flying Unicorn, Classy Cards-n-Such AND Daydream Designs
 who provided our prizes this time!  

This week we find our scripture in the Old Testament, specifically the book of Micah...

I used scraps for this project, bits and pieces scattered all over my craft table...  LITERALLY!  I created a pink 5.5 x 4.25 inch base with a layer of white card stock and pastel plaid DP.  The 1 inch wide banner scraps are from Recollections and The Paper Studio.  I added a Prima blossom with a few Martha Stewart punched  bits of greenery for interest.  A bit of lace trims the edges (top and bottom) of the sentiment panel.  I am SO glad spring is almost here! 

Thanks for stopping in!

Until next time,


Sunday, February 23, 2014

FS368 ~ Love ~

Yes, I realize Valentine's Day is over!  But shouldn't we celebrate romance and LOVE ALL year long?  Isn't it important to make that special someone feel just that...  SPECIAL...  ALL the time?  So today, I'm sharing a card that will be a JUST BECAUSE I ADORE you card!  I want hubs to know I appreciate him each and every day!  This week, I haven't been the easiest to live with.  (A nasty respiratory issue invaded my house and took me captive...)  So here's to all those ordinary days that are truly extraordinary because I share it with hubs! 
The card inspired by this week's
SCS Featured Stamper, Dawn...
Some of the products...


I used a few more layers on this design than the original inspiration card.  I inked the hearts up with Memento Rhubarb Stalk and cut them out using the Ornate Hearts Die before adding with dimensional foam.  I lightly colored the word LOVE (stamped with Memento Black Tuxedo) with Copics R81 (aptly named Rose Pink.)  I sure hope he likes it! 
Thanks as always for stopping by!  Until next time...  blessings...

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Welcome to North Coast Creations February 22nd Release!

Good morning and welcome to release day at North Coast Creations!  I am SO excited to bring you more images that just scream SPRING!  I know you will be just as excited to work with these beauties as I am! 
And don't forget...release day means you can win!  How, you ask?  Well,  two winners will be randomly chosen from the comments left on the Designers' Blogs to receive a $10 gift certificate good towards the purchase of NCC stamps.  
Don't wait because you only have until February 24, 2014 at 10:00PM EST to leave a comment on each of the designers' blog posts.  (The links are listed later on in today's post.)  The two random winners will be announced on the NCC Blog on February 25, 2014, so be sure to check back there to see if you have won!
And here are my two projects featuring a few new additions to the Floral Sentiments Collection...

I just love lilacs!  This image reminds me of the lilac bush we had at the farm I grew up on.  The original cutting came from my grandparents farm.  Oh, how I wish I had a cutting off of that bush!  I have to settle for one my husband bought a few years ago at a garden center.  He planted it so lovingly in our backyard knowing how much I longed for their scent! 
I triple matted the base, a pale lavender, white and dark purple and used Copics to color the image.  A white seam binding bow graces the side. 
And here's the image from Floral Sentiments 4...
Now on to a simpler card using a new stamp from Floral Sentiments 5...

This time I used a pale pink card base and matted the DP with black.  I used black ink to stamp my sentiment directly on the DP.  I colored the image in coordinating shades of pink and sponged a light blue sky background before die cutting.  A black satin bow finishes it off.
So which version do you like best, frilly or simple?
And here's the set used above Floral Sentiments 5...
Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!  Now don't forget to visit my fellow "Coasters" to see what projects they have come up with!  Until next time...

(if you get lost along the way)
The Coasters
 Sandee * Dawn * Julie * Lisa * Amber *
 Lori (YOU ARE HERE)* Sabrina * Diana * Stacy

Friday, February 21, 2014

A Look Back at Our Daily Bread Designs' February Release

It's hard to believe February is nearly over!  I am SO excited to have March around the bend!  I can't wait to see warmer weather, longer days, beautiful spring flowers and dare I say NO SNOW! 
Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs'  fabulous February Release!

To celebrate this release, I pulled out some bold colors and a decidedly patriotic set from this collection called Heart and Soul.  This set is perfect for creating cards celebrating all of  your Memorial Day, Flag Day and Fourth of July projects!  Perfect projects to get you in the mood for warmer weather!  And if you are just plain patriotic like me...  EVEN BETTER!!!!
Here is the card I created using Heart and Soul, Ornate Hearts Die
and the Beautiful Borders Die.  For more inspiration using the February Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog.

The products I used... 

Don't forget to visit my "Sister Sticks" to see what
they are cooking up!  I can't wait to check them all
 out myself!  {{hugs}} 
* Stacy * Sandee * Julie * Grace 
Chris * Cathy * Lori * (YOU ARE HERE) * Dawn * Sabrina * Wanda *

Thursday, February 20, 2014

North Coast Creations ~ Thank You Friend ~

For me, thank you cards are the most difficult to make!  I struggle with color combos, feminine or masculine styles...  Thank you cards make me just plain...  NERVOUS! 
This time, I opted to go with a very simple color scheme, black and white with just a touch of gray!  Kinda sounds like my natural hair color...  lol 

I distressed the three alternating layers of black and white card stock before adding a double layer of die cuts.  The focal image is nestled on top (stamped in gray) with the sentiment in black.  I added a white seam binding bow to the corner with a cameo charm.  A very simple color scheme to add to my stash! 
Don't forget to come back later this week (Saturday the 22nd to be exact) to see the new North Coast Creations release!  It promises to be fun!  And BEAUTIFUL!!!
Here are the products I used by North Coast Creations.
Thanks for stopping by!  Blessings to you today!
Additional Supplies
Ink - Memento London Fog, Versafine Onyx Black
Papers - Georgia Pacific
Seam Binding, Charm by Recollections

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WAW120 ~ Romans 14:19 ~

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 Digi Darla's  and Prairie Point Junction
 for providing our prizes this week!   

This week we find our scripture in the book of Romans...

I used coordinating papers by Recollections with touches of black card stock.  I added a lace border die and stamped die cut hearts below my sentiment panel.  I nestled a die cut circle under the hearts.  The card is roughly based on this week's Mojo Monday sketch shown here...

Thanks for stopping in for a bit! I have a few more projects to share this week including a couple of new NCC releases Saturday!  {{hugs}}


Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers - Georgia Pacific, Recollections
Dies - Our Daily Bread Designs Beautiful Borders Die & Ornate Hearts Die
Stamps - Digi - Word Art Wednesday & Our Daily Bread Designs Heart of Joy

Mojo Monday - MOJO333

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

~ A Hearty Box ~

Welcome!  Happy Tuesday morning!  I have another box to share today.  This time I created a heart shaped box with an open top.  My plan?  To add a bouquet of artificial flowers peeking out...  Unfortunately, I did not get the photo done before mailing the final product off to Our Daily Bread Designs. 
But it you squint your eyes and look really close...  You might be able to imagine what it would look like.  :-)
  My intent was to leave the top open and display this little gem on it's side.  What do you think?

I also used the new Heart and Soul Paper Collection from ODBD.  I created the base (top bottom) with chipboard and white CS cover layers.  I added a coordinating DP heart die and the final white die cut filigree layer.  A silver and ivory button rests on top.  If you look closely, you can also see the border die I used on the side.

I could have added ribbon to create a hanger but decided to leave it free standing. 
Here are the products I used.


Thanks for stopping in!  Until next time...
Additional Supplies
Paper - Georgia Pacific, Chipboard
Misc. - Button by Recollections

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

WAW119 ~ Psalm 34:10 ~

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 Jennifer Elliott Etsy and Iralamija Etsy for providing our prizes this week!   

This week we visit Psalms, Chapter 34...

This week I printed the digital scripture on white card stock and cut it at an angle.  With Valentine's Day coming up, I opted to use a soft pink card stock base with white accents and pretty Swiss dot print paper.  I used a heart die cut under my sentiment panel for an added bit of dimension.  A Mulberry rose and paper punched elements adorn the bottom.  Rretty simple this week!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it!  {{hugs}}


Die - Our Daily Bread Designs - Ornate Heart Die
Paper - The Paper Studio, Georgia Pacific, Bazzill
Mulberry Rose, Martha Stewart Craft Punches, Fiskars Paper Crimper, Distressing Tool

Monday, February 10, 2014

ODBD ~ I Will Love You Forever ~

Good Monday morning to ya!  Hope all is warm and sunny in your neck of the woods!  Kentucky winters are normally mild but this year has been more like WILD!  We seem to have snow or ice each and every day!  One of our local school districts hasn't made it to school in 2 WEEKS!  And another is talking about extending the school year into the middle of June!  YIKES!  So glad I am NOT a teacher!  :-(  So even though the weather outside is frightful, the warmth inside is so delightful!  And to prove it, I have soaked up the warmth and created some Valentine projects to share this week! 

Today's card features Our Daily Bread Designs' new release, Heart of Joy.

The card base is white card stock with a layer of distressed DP.  I embossed the image on white card stock and then lightly covered the entire thing with a pale pink ink.  I added a few piercings top and bottom along with some greenery and roses!  And isn't that a darling sentiment?  You can find it in the Heart of Joy set too!  Now that makes me think spring!  What makes you think spring?  Hugs and blessings dear friend...


Our Daily Bread Designs' Product
Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Heart of Joy
Dies - Our Daily Bread Designs - Fancy Foliage Die
Other Supplies
Paper - Bazzill, The Paper Studio, Georgia Pacific, Recollections Love
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black (sentiment); Memento Angel Pink, Versamark
Ranger Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder
Mulberry Roses
 Paper Punch
MS Craft Paper Punch

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Look Back at North Coast Creations' January Release

Welcome!  Today we are taking a look back at North Coast Creations' January Release. 
Here is the card I created using Floral Sentiments .  I colored the image to resemble a clematis.  We had one growing up behind the farm house I grew up in.  I miss the old home place and this beautiful image brought a smile to my face!
And here is a peek at the stamp set itself...
Isn't it darling?  I used a lovely floral print with a layer of embossed CS.  I stamped the sentiment on white card stock and after coloring the image, fussy cut and added it with dimensional foam.  A satin ribbon and silver button peek out below. 
 For more inspiration using the January Release be sure to visit the NCC Blog and the rest of the "Coasters..."

Lori (You are Here) * Julie * Amber Dawn * Lisa * 
*Sabrina * Sandee *

And if you would like to see this week's Word Art Wednesday project visit me HERE

Paper - Bazzill, Neenah Solar Crest, Bo Bunny Ambrosia
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black;
Copics - V09, V15, V17, YG05, YG17, Y35
Embossing Folder - Sizzix Trellis
Offray Ribbon, Recollections Button

WAW118 ~ Galatians 5: 22-23 ~

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 Robyn's Fetish and Heart and Soul Rubber Stamp Company for providing our prizes this week!  And a big thank you to Robyn's Fetish for providing the beautiful image I used this week! 

This week we visit the book of Galatians, specifically Chapter 5 verses 22 and 23...

This week I used a fabulous image from Robyn's Fetish.  I colored it with Copics,  I created a mottled effect on the crockpot and flower centers using three variations of color and just dotting the marker to my paper.  And I love this scripture referencing the fruits of the spirit!  The image and sentiment lend themselves to a clean layout!  
Thanks again for stopping by!  Until next time...  Blessings...

Ink - Copics
Paper - Simple Stories - 24/Seven, Georgia Pacific, Neenah Solar Crest
Dies - Spellbinders Standard Circles Large and Petite Scalloped Circles Large

Monday, February 3, 2014

DS136 ~ You Make Me Smile ~

And yes you do!  Your kind words, love and encouragement mean the world to me!  Crafters are a wonderful bunch and you always seem to know exactly what to say and when to say it!  Thank you to a wonderful heavenly Father who provides wonderful people who continue to pray for and encourage me!  Thank you so very much!
Today's card is for The Deconstructed Sketch.  I don't get to play along as often as I would like to these days.  I chose a stamp set from North Coast Creations called Floral Sentiments 3.  This time I colored my pansies a soft melon color. 

And here's the stamp set I used...

and the sketch...

I created a kraft card stock base with a nice melon colored CS for accents.  The DP is all from Bo Bunny (Ambrosia).  I must admit the colors made me just a little nervous but I dove in anyway...  lol
I used a few Recollections blossoms and manipulated jet flourish to accent the sentiment panel.  All of the panels were distressed and inked with Frayed Burlap (Ranger Distress Ink.) 
I hope to have a bit more craft time this week so I can put together a Valentine Heart Treat Box (hanging).  And don't forget to stop back by on February 5th as we look back at North Coast Creations' January Release.  And that same day I will have a Word Art Wednesday project to share!  Whew!  Promises to be a busy week!  Thanks for stopping by and until next time...
Paper - The Paper Studio, Bazzill, Bo Bunny Ambrosia Collection, Neenah Solar Crest
Inks - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Ranger Distress Ink Frayed Burlap
Misc. - MS Punch, Recollections Blossoms and Flourish 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Welcome to Our Daily Bread Designs' February Release and Blog Hop!

Good morning!  Welcome to Our Daily Bread Designs' February release.  This month I have 3 projects to share, two cards and a wonderful Valentine treat box.  If you need to make cards and/or gifts for your sweetheart, you have found just the right release.  And to make browsing our design teams' projects even more special, three winners will be randomly chosen from the comments left on the designers' blogs.  The winners will receive a $25 gift certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of Our Daily Bread Designs' stamps.  You have until February 2, 2014 at 9PM EST to make  your comments!  The winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on February 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you are a winner! 
I will begin my post with the two cards I created...  the first a patriotic beauty...

and the second with a decidedly traditional Valentine feel...

and the products you see...
Heart and Soul (inks - red and blue)
(Versamark and white embossing
powder with die cut overlay)

and a couple of amazing new custom dies...


Plus check out this bonus project treat box I created using the
Ornate Hearts die, chipboard and designer paper...  Look closely and you will find another die from a previous release, Fancy Foliage...
Peek inside and you find the sentiment from the Bless Your Heart stamp release with the previous ODBD Die release,  
Antique Labels and Border Dies...
Don't those kisses look yummy?  I can't wait to give this to my sweetie...  Now don't forget to visit all my design team sisters and leave them some love!  You just might win your very own ODBD gift certificate to purchase some of these fabulous new stamps... 

Until next time... 
The Bread Sticks

Stacy * Dawn * Grace * Chris * Cathy * Sandee *
Julie * Sabrina * Lori (YOU ARE HERE)* Wanda * Lisa * Silke * Audrey * Angie *
Additonal Supplies
Heart and Soul
Paper - The Paper Studio, Neenah Solar Crest, Bo Bunny Anthem Collection
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Paris Dusk, Memento Rhubard Stalk, Ranger Distress Ink Frayed Burlap & Antique Linen
Misc. - Button, Rhinestones, Jute
With All My Heart
Paper - Bazzill, Georgia Pacific
Ink - Versamark, Memento Rhubarb Stalk
Embossing Powder - Winter Wonderland Opaque by Stampendous
Misc. - Michaels Ribbon
Heart Treat Box
Paper - Georgia Pacific, Bo Bunny Little Miss, Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic, Chipboard
Ink - CTMH Hollyhock
Misc. - Recollections Pearls, Mulberry Rose, Lace

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...