Friday, September 26, 2014

ODBD ~ I Am Praying ~

Early one morning, I puttered out to my car to shuttle off to work.  It was so early in fact, that it was still pitch dark outside.  I hopped in, started the engine and put my car in reverse to back my car up and leave my driveway.  My car has a backup camera and so as I rolled the car backward the familiar black and white screen came to life.  But what I saw on that screen almost caused me to have a heart attack!  All I could see on the screen was a large hairy blob with large hairy legs!  It took me a moment to realize that a tiny little spider was hanging on my camera.  And that tiny spider when magnified looked like something from a HORROR movie!  After I gathered my wits I realized just how true that moment was in the human experience.  Sometimes we take the tiniest of deals and blow them completely out of proportion UNTIL we are utterly terrorized by the idea of how big the problem is!  But the key is...  the problem really isn't that big...  WE JUST MADE IT OUT TO BE THAT WAY!  It's all about perspective...  and why worry?  God's got it anyway...

Today's card...  

and the products you see...


Thank you for stopping by!

Additional Products
Paper - Staples, Bazzill, Soulful Stitches Collection by ODBD
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Misc. - Prima Flourish, Seam Binding, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Iridescent Gold

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WAW151 ~ Hebrews 11:6 ~ Seek Him

It's time for another fabulous, fun and inspirational challenge
Be sure to check out the Word Art Wednesday site for all of the details including this week's digital scripture, how to link your creation AND info on some fabulous prizes! 
And a very special shout out to Bugaboo for graciously providing a digital image for me to use this month.  Also a special thank you to Flying Unicorn and Bugaboo for providing this week's prizes.  

We appreciate your generosity so very much!  Please take a few moments to thank the fabulous companies who provided our prizes this time!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! 

This week we are visiting Hebrews...

I framed my image with a lovely die and added the scripture panel to the side.  This time I opted to use fall colors since the image begged to be colored in rich shades of orange and brown.  

Inks - Copics
Paper - Bazzill, The Paper Studio, American Crafts - Autumn Crisp, Gina K Designs
Die - Spellbinders Floral Ovals

Thanks for stopping in!  Until next time...


Monday, September 22, 2014

ODBD ~ Such a Blessing ~

Yes, indeed!  What a blessing!  Thank you so much for taking a few moments to stop by and share your day.  Today, I would like to share not only a project but a special Bible verse that has been on my heart.  

"And He has filled them with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding and in knowledge and in all craftsmanship..."   Exodus 35:31  NASB

God's people, led by Moses, were preparing the Tabernacle.  And God had gifted certain people in the group with all sorts of skills...  from embroidery to weaving, from working with gold to cutting gems and wood carving...  Every possible skill and talent was represented in that group!  God gave each and every one of those gifts, knowing that they would return fruit one day.  The talents, He so graciously bestowed, were used to build his Temple...  the most amazing place of it's time...  a beautiful, amazing place that God could call home when he came to his people.  It was not only a place designed to house God but to worship Him and as such demanded perfection, exquisite beauty in each and every detail.  A job like that must have been daunting!  I can imagine those craftspeople saying "WHO ME???"  "I'm not nearly as talented as that guy over there!"  But God had given those gifts and they were perfect.  How could He give anything else to those He loves?   

As I sit here at my craft table, elbow deep in glitter...  I feel His presence with me.  It is at times like this when I sit back and reflect upon the project I have made that I feel Him the most.  Yes, I feel the Holy Spirit when I read my Bible, in prayer or studying his word.  But, I feel him the most when I am working with paper and ink, crafting cards with Bible verse and scripture, using the gifts He so generously gave.  I know there are many crafters out there who are more talented than me.  It isn't about that.  It's about knowing I am doing what the Creator designed me to do and feeling Him smile.  Here's to another day of glue and glitter...  

God Bless...

Today's card...

and the products you see...

Doily Blessings

 coordinating Doily Die


 and coordinating Ornate Borders & Flower Die


Thank you for stopping by!  I appreciate you so very much.



additional supplies

Paper - The Paper Studio, Georgia-Pacific, American Crafts - Jack Frost
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Misc. - Recollections Pearls

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Look Back at Our Daily Bread Designs' September Release

Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs' September Release.  

Here is the project I created using the 
Birthday Doily stamp setDoily Blessings stamp set
 and the 
coordinating Doily Die.  

and the products  you see...

the image (framed by the Doily Die)

and the sentiment

 For more inspiration using 
the September Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog.

Don't forget to visit my sister "Sticks" to see what they have up their sleeves!  I know they have some beautiful creations to share!

 Chris * Grace * Julie * Cathy 

Lori  (You are HERE)Sandee * Dawn * Paula *

 Stacy * Wanda

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WAW150 ~ Proverbs 4:23 ~ Thy Heart

It's time for another fabulous, fun and inspirational challenge
Be sure to check out the Word Art Wednesday site for all of the details including this week's digital scripture, how to link your creation AND info on some fabulous prizes! 
And a very special shout out to Cheery Lynn Designs and Deedee's Digis!  We appreciate your generosity so very much!  Please take a few moments to thank these fabulous companies who provided our prizes this week!  And check out the fabulous image and digi paper on this project courtesy of Deedees Digis! 
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! 

This week we are visiting Proverbs...

This week I used a 5.25 x 5.25 cream colored CS base and lovely digi papers compliments of Bugaboo.  I printed the sentiment on cream CS and placed it under the fussy cut scarecrow image with a bit of jute ribbon.  Can't you just feel fall in the air???

If you are interested in the Deedee's Digis set you can find it HERE,  The set is known as Hay Ride.

Thanks again for stopping by! 


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ODBD ~ You Can't "Resist" Knit ~

Good morning and welcome!  I pray you had a marvelous weekend and that Monday wasn't too hard on ya!  If you are like me, I spent most of Monday trying to tie up loose ends from the week before.  And one of those loose ends including tidying up my craft desk and lining up a few new "posts" to share.  

Today's card, features a technique I have tried before but decided to revisit with Our Daily Bread Designs' September release.  

I couldn't "resist" it!  
**SORRY**  :-)

This is probably one of my all time favorite passages from Psalms.  When I think about how much love and care God put into his creation and each and everyone in it...  it just takes my breath away!  

I started with a rich blue card stock (4.25 x 5.5 inch card face) and added a slightly smaller white matting.  A bit of blue matting frames my resist panel.  

I used white card stock for my resist panel, stamping both doily images (Doily Blessings and Birthday Doily) with Versamark.  I added white embossing powder and used my heat tool to set the images.  I then pulled out three shades of blue and one green ink and lightly blended the colors over my embossed images.  Once I liked the look, I wiped everything off with a paper towel to remove the ink from the embossed areas.  I trimmed it to fit my final blue mat and VOILA!  

I stamped the sentiment (Hand Knit) on a white panel and outlined it with a sliver of blue CS.  I then stamped, colored and cut my image (also from Hand Knit) on Copic compatible paper.  I used a bit of dimensional foam to make it "pop."  

So here's the products from ODBD you see...

I hope you enjoyed today's technique rewind!  Until next time...


Monday, September 15, 2014

Welcome to North Coast Creations' September Release!

Good Monday morning and welcome to North Coast Creations' September Release!  We have some wonderful projects to share including a bit of whimsy (gnomes) and a bit of sweet (gingerbread). And the best part?  No calories in this gingerbread!  Doesn't make my expanding waistline budge a bit!  :-)

Don't forget you can win a prize too!  Just for commenting on our posts, you have a chance to win a $10 North Coast Creations Gift Certificate, good towards the purchase of NCC Stamps.  You have until September 17, 2014 at 10:00 PM EDT to leave a comment on the North Coast Creations blog or the participating designers' blog for your chance to win.  Two random winners will be selected from the comments received and will be announced on the NCC Blog on September 18, 2014.  So be sure to check back there to see if you have won! 

Now let's dive into my projects for the day.  First a bit of whimsy with Gnome What?

I colored my image and created a photo panel.  I then stamped my gnome and colored him as desired.  After hand cutting the little fellow I placed him with dimensional foam and a friendly Kraft sentiment banner.  Isn't he mischievous looking?

Here's the set I used...

Now if that isn't enough to make you laugh out loud...  just look at this darling gingerbread house stamp...

I swear I can smell the gingerbread baking!  I colored all of my gumdrops, peppermints and assorted candies before adding a layer of glitter glue on the roof.  (Makes me think it is real snow glittering in the morning sun...)  If this image doesn't put you in the mood to start on your Christmas cards...  NOTHING will!  

and a couple of dies I used from our sister company 

Now don't forget to visit all of my fellow "Coasters" and comment on their projects!  You might just win a prize for your efforts!  Thanks again for stopping by!

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

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WAW149 ~ Revelations 2:7 ~

It's time for another fabulous, fun and inspirational challenge
Be sure to check out the Word Art Wednesday site for all of the details including this week's digital scripture, how to link your creation AND info on some fabulous prizes! 
And a very special shout out to the Crafty Ribbons and Freckled Fawn!  We appreciate your generosity so very much!  Please take a few moments to thank these fabulous companies who provided our prizes this week! 
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! 

This week we are visiting the book of Revelations...

This week, I needed a card with more of a masculine feel.  I pulled out some Close To My Heart Scraps and went to work.  My card base is 5.5 x 4.25 inches.  I printed the scripture on plain white card stock and used an oval die to cut it.  I added a couple of aqua colored adhesive dew drops to the bottom of the panel.  A bit of chevron themed ribbon over my Diamond embossed panel gives it a rough and ready look.  Perfect for the guy I am sending it to!

Here's some of the items you see...

Papers - Close to My Heart, Georgia Pacific
Embossing Folder - Diamond - Cuttlebug
Dies - Spellbinders Classic Ovals Small
Embellies - CTMH

Thanks for stopping by!  Next week I have some fun sponsor digis and paper to share!  Be sure to stop back by!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

~ Birthday Blessings ~ September and More From ODBD

Good morning!  So glad you could stop by!  Today I have a shabby chic card to share using a menagerie of products and techniques.  Glitter, paint and even hairspray went into this creation...  so fun and oh so messy!  :-)
I started with a simple black card stock base. (5.5 x 4.25 inches to be exact...)  I added a slightly smaller DP from Our Daily Bread Designs' Soulful Stitches Paper Collection.  The edges were distressed with a distress tool and lightly inked with a pale khaki distress ink.  I stamped the doily image on ecru card stock (Doily Blessings) and used the coordinating Doily Die (mat image) to cut the image in shadow and the intricate die to cut/emboss a doily in black CS.  I layered both (slightly off center of each other to show the design).  I cut the heart out of thin cardboard (Ornate Hearts Die) and slathered it with shades of brown distress ink and white crackle paint.  I used my heat gun to speed the drying process and managed a slightly "cooked" look...  (wasn't what I was aiming for but it WORKED!)  I slathered the heart with crystal liquid adhesive and added a mixture of gold glitter and coarse silver glitter.  Once it dried, I sprayed it heavily with hairspray (hopefully to discourage any shedding and maintain hold...)  Then I spritzed the entire heart with a silver and gold glitter mist.  After it dried, I layered it up and added a die cut vine with ecru blossoms Fancy Foliage and Asters and Leaves.  Tiny ecru pearls finish the centers.  I stamped the sentiment in black ink on ecru Birthday Doily and cut it out with the Pennants Die.  I just love all the layers....
Here's a close up.... 
The new products you see... 

and some old favorites...

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget to pop in tomorrow to see what the Word Art Wednesday Crew is up to! 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WAW148 ~ Psalm 119:160 ~

It's time for another fabulous, fun and inspirational challenge
Be sure to check out the Word Art Wednesday site for all of the details including this week's digital scripture, how to link your creation AND info on some fabulous prizes! 
And a very special shout out to our design team member, Diane Noble at Diane's Daydreams Designs for creating our beautiful digi scripture to work with this week!  And a special shout out to Docerela Stamps and The Cutting CafĂ© both of whom graciously provided prizes this week! 
Thank you, thank you!!! 

This week we are visiting the Old Testament...

I printed my digi on white card stock and used a heart shape die to both cut and emboss.  I layered up some decidedly modern papers and topped the grouping off with a "sugar" coated rose and pink baker's twine. 

Here's the supplies you see...

Papers - Georgia Pacific (base 4.25 x 5), MME - Sky's the Limit,
Dies - Our Daily Bread Designs' - Ornate Hearts Die, Pennants Die, Zinnia and Leaves Die
Baker's Twine
Michaels' Blossom

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful week!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Welcome Our Daily Bread Designs' September Release!

Happy Labor Day!  This year Labor Days falls on the first of September...  and you know what that means...  a new release at Our Daily Bread Designs!  This month we have beautiful dies, lovely stamps AND a new paper collection!  AND they celebrate the inner crafter in all of us!  I hope you enjoy browsing through the hop creations today as much as we enjoyed making them! 
Now here are all of the important deets for this month's hop...
Three winners will be randomly chosen from the comments left on the designers' blogs to receive a $15 Gift Certificate to the ODBD Store.  The Gift Certificate is to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps found in the "stamps column" of the website.  You have until September 2, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments!  The winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on September 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!
Are you excited yet?  I know I am!  ;-)  Here's one of the projects I created this month using the new Doily Die, Soulful Stitches Paper Collection and Birthday Doily stamp set.

I used a soft green card stock for the base and a Kraft mat.  I added two slivers of coordinating paper (one a soft green houndstooth and the other a pink and green weave) from the Soulful Stitches Paper Collection.  I used the outer Doily die to create the Kraft base and the inner intricate design to cut another panel out of another sheet from the paper collection.  I chose a sentiment from Birthday Doily and stamped it in the center with black ink.  I used a few older dies to create my flower and vine spray.  A few adhesive pearls placed strategically along with button centers for my flower add a bit of texture.  I just love this pairing!  So fun! 
Here's the items you see from this month's release...


and some old favorites...


 Now on to my second project using the Hand Knit stamp set and coordinating Knitting Basket & Yarn Die.  Look closely and you will see the Soulful Stitches Paper Collection again as well! 

I roughed up some of the DP and added it to a soft green CS base.  I used the Vintage Labels to cut and emboss my green CS base and the scripture panel.  Sandwiched in-between is a die cut using Vintage Flourish Pattern Die and Soulful Stitches Paper Collection.  I used the Hand Knit stamp set to create my sentiment panel and images.  I stamped the images on Copic compatible paper and colored before cutting with the Knitting Basket & Yarn Die.  I placed those slightly askew from the sentiment panel and finished with a pink seam binding bow, crochet button from my stash and an ecru pearl flourish.  A bit of glitter glue highlights the "knitting needles" on the die cuts.  
Here are some of the new items you see... 


and more of my old standbys as well...


 Thanks so very much for hopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed  spending a few minutes with me exploring this new collection!  It's hard to believe the official end of summer is here!  I guess that means more crafting time as the days get cooler, right? 
Please stop by and visit the other "Bread Sticks" and don't forget to leave them some love! 
If you get lost along the way, please visit the ODBD Blog.
Thanks again!
Chris * Grace * Julie * Cathy * Lori (You are Here)
Sandee * Dawn * Paula * Lisa Silke *
 Wanda * Angie * Sabrina * Audrey

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