Monday, September 1, 2014

Welcome to ODBD's September Release!!

Welcome everyone to ODBD's September release hop.  It's another release full of wonderful Stamps, Custom Dies and a beautiful Paper Collection.

And there will be Prizes!
Three winners will be randomly chosen from the comments left on the designers blogs to receive a $15 Gift Certificate to the ODBD Store, 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!

My first card includes the Birthday Doily stamp set, the ODBD Custom Doily Dies, and the new Soulful Stitches Paper Collection.  This card was fun to make and came together so easily!!  I started with the card base, layered two of the papers together and sewed a zig-zag stitch for a border, then stamped the Birthday Doily over the papers.  Next I die-cut two Custom Doilies, stamped and cut the tag, created the ribbon and put everything together!  Final touches were adding liquid pearls and glitter with glaze to the button.

Birthday Blessings Close-up

Here's the full view:

Birthday Blessings

My next card for this month's release uses the same stamps, dies and papers along with one of last month's Flip Flop release stamps and dies.  I first stamped the doilies in different colors on the Soulful Stitches collection paper, adhered the white Die-Cut Doily, then stamped and Die-Cut the Flip Flops, stamped and cut the tag, and put everything together.  The final little touches were a 'highlight' of glaze on the sentiment and the sequins/beads on the flip-flops.  Love how this one came out!!

Life is Better

I also have a couple of other cards as a part of this release - one is very CASE for me, but I had some left-over elements on my table and they were sort-of calling out for me to make something with them.  So one day after work I picked them up and made this card.  The little flower is a cut-out of the Birthday Doily center:

Birthday Blessings

And then there's my side-step card, which I love!!  This set features the Birthday Doily stamp set and the Soulful Stitches Paper collection.  I stamped the Doily on the top layer of the Sun and behind the Sentiment banner, and I used a stamp set and die from last month's release for the Flip Flop border and sentiment.  

Flip Flop Fun in the Sun

Below are all the new Stamps, Dies and Papers used on today's projects:


Here are all the links to all my designer sistsers blogs - I know you will enjoy all their amazing and creative designs!!!

 Chris * Grace * Julie * Cathy * Lori * Sandee

Dawn * Paula * Lisa 

Silke * Wanda * Angie * Sabrina * Audrey

Thank you for stopping by - I hope you've been inspired!!

Blessings and Hugs,

Friday, August 1, 2014

Welcome to ODBD's August Release Hop!!!

Hi Everyone - We're celebrating Summertime here at ODBD with our newest Release!!  I was so excited to see all the new stamps and dies that I could barely contain myself.  I went with the Sand Dollar theme this month but if you've been hopping along you know there's so much more.  And if you haven't hopped along - you may want to :)!!  As always there will be prizes!!

Prize Information:
Three winners will be randomly chosen from the comments left on the designers blogs to receive a $15 Gift Certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps found in the "stamps column" of the website.  You have until August 2, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on August 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

My first project uses the new Sand Dollar Bookmark stamp along with the fussy-cut Sand Dollar image from the Ocean Treasures set.  To make this card I started with the ODBD's new Center Step Card Template, Gently stamped the Chalkboard Lattice background on a sheet of white card stock then Die-cut the Decorative Corners Dies and several flourishes using the Fancy Foliage die.  I adhered the corner dies and held onto the flourishes for later.

Legend of the Sand Dollar - Bookmark

Next I stamped The Mighty Sea image in Sahara Sand ink - Twice.  The second time it was stamped Upside Down, beneath the first image.  It's so cool - the images lined up perfectly and extended the ocean look to fit the Book Mark!!  I used chalks for a hint of color on the Sun, Sky and Sea -just enough to add interest and focus to  the Legend of the Sand Dollar.  You can read it better in the close-up photo below.

Legend of the Sand Dollar - Close-up

At this point I stamped and cut-out the Sand Dollar, then added White Flocking powder to certain areas here and there for dimension on this beautiful shell.  That detail shows best in the first and last photos - love the look it created!!  The last steps were the arrangement of the different elements and adding the final touches, which for this card were the Bookmark Ribbons, punched flowers and glitter.  Here's one more view at a different angle.

Sand Dollars are one of my favorite shells, and the Legend of the Sand Dollar is so special - I just love these stamps!!  My next card also uses the Ocean Treasures stamp and I just love how it came out!!  Very different from the first card - and it uses one of my favorite ODBD Paper collections - Blushing Rose.

Sand Dollar Frame

I started by die-cutting and adhering two panels to create the card base, then I die-cut the frame from the Blushing Rose Collection papers.  Next I stamped and carefully cut the Sand Dollar image three times, stamped and die-cut the sentiment tag, and started assembling.  Here's the another view:

Sand Dollar Frame - Alt View

Next I added a couple of punched flowers.  Then I added a few more flowers, and a few more.  I ended up with these little flowers in all the die-cut areas of the frame, except at the very top.  Didn't want the flowers to steel the show here since the Sand Dollars are the main event, so I tried to coordinate the flower colors with the background colors to help them blend in.  The last and final touches were the little dots of liquid pearls to the flower centers and the twine around the frame/border.  Below is a close-up of all the details:

Sand Dollar Frame - Close-up

I hope you enjoyed what you saw here today, and that you've found some inspiration not only here but throughout your time hopping along.

Below are all the ODBD stamps, dies and papers used on my samples:


And of course - here are links to all my designer sisters!!  Check out all their amazing designs, I promise you'll be inspired for days!!!

Julie * Cathy * Paula

Grace * Chris * Lori 

Dawn * Sandee * Lisa

Angie * Sabrina * Wanda 

Audrey (me) * Silke

Card Details and Recipe:
  • ODBD Sand Dollar Bookmark, Ocean Treasures, The Mighty Sea and Chalkboard Lattice Background Stamps
  • ODBD Vintage Labels Die
  • Spellbinders Labels One and Lucious Labels One Dies
  • ODBD Blushing Rose Collections Papers, White, Espresso and Vanilla Naturals Card Stock
  • Soft Sky, Baked Brown Sugar and Espresso Inks
  • Punches, Chalks, Ribbon, Flocking Powder, Glitter, Liquid Pearls, Twine

Thank you so much for stopping by and for Hopping along with all of us at ODBD today.  I hope you're having a wonderful and Blessed Friday.  Hugs everyone!!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ODBD's Latest Release is Here!!!!

Hi Everyone and Welcome to ODBD's July Release!!  This month is all about Banners for me with all my projects using the new Pennant Row and Die sets.

My first project uses the New Pennant Row and Die sets as mentioned, along with the recently released Asters and Leaves Die and Blooming Garden Collection papers.  To make this card I first die-cut the flowers leaves and flourish, then stamped and die-cut the banners and played with the layout design.  I assembled the flower, glittered the banners then mounted everything onto the card base.  Last steps were adding the bows and a few sequins.

Inspire / Imagine

Below is a close-up of the flower - it really shows off the fun sparkly center and how beautifully these papers work together!!

Asters and Leaves - Close-up View

My next card features the the Believe Pennant Row stamp and Die set, along with another favorite of mine, the Faith stamp and Butterfly Branch Die sets (Butterfly stems and Verse).  It also features my new favorite Decorative Vase die!!  I'd use that on every card if I could!!  To make this one I started with the Faith butterfly, stamped onto craft card stock and die-cut.  The image was colored using Prismacolor pencils.  I then stamped and die-cut a second and third time from ODBD Blushing Bride paper collection and layered/mounted the butterflies to add interest and depth.


Next steps were to stamp and die-cut the verse, stamp and die-cut the banner, die-cut the other elements (the decorative corner, fancy foliage, and bottom border) and assemble everything.  After everything was together I added a few finishing touches - this is always fun!!  For this card it was the dots of crystal effects on the butterfly's polka-dots, the linen thread bow and sequins, along with some added die-cut leaves around the special little butterflies :).

The photo below shows all the details close-up.

Believe - Close-up View

This month I have a third card to show you - this one was just as much fun to make as the others but is so much more beautiful in real life.  The photo cannot fully capture the wonderful glitter detailing, and doesn't capture the colors well either.  Even so it's worth sharing :).

Blessed - Close-up View

This card features the Blessed banner, along with the Blooming Garden Collection papers and several other ODBD custom dies.  To make this I started by die-cutting the frame.  Behind that is a stamped and die-cut vanilla panel and a quatrefoil die-cut, then over the frame are layers of the Ornamental Crosses and the Blessed Banner.  Before everything was mounted I added a warm/clear glitter all around the base Cross and in the darker/sponged areas of the top cross, as well as to the flower center.  There is also glitter 'dots' on the banner.  Final touches were the little bows and sequins.


Thank you for joining us this month - and as a reminder - there are prizes!!!

Prize Information:
Three winners will be randomly chosen from the comments left on the designers blogs to receive a $15 Gift Certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps.  You have until July 2, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on July 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

Below are the stamps and dies I used for my samples this month:






Below are links to all the Designers Blogs and samples - and as always the creations this month are truly gorgeous!!  Hope you found some inspiration, and thank you for joining in our July Celebration!!

 Julie * Grace * Chris *

 Lori * Cathy * Sandee * Dawn *

 Angie * Lisa * Wanda * Audrey(me) * Sabrina

Thanks again - blessings everyone!!


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Welcome to ODBD's June Release!!

Hi Everyone!!  Welcome to another amazing release at ODBD.  The stamps, dies and papers, and the other designers creations will blow you away this month!!  If you've already been 'hopping' along you know exactly what I'm talking about - right? :)!!

My projects feature the new Asters and Leaves and Decorative Vase Custom Dies along with the beautiful Blushing Rose Collection papers.  I love all the ODBD paper collections and this month's has fast become one of my favorites!!

To make my first card I started with the base, die-cut and matted the Sentiment Panel directly from the Blushing Rose Collection Papers, then die-cut and popped the Vintage Flourishes frame on top.  Next I set out to 'decorate' the card with the Decorative Vase and Asters.  These Asters are made using only the smallest flower, center and leaves.  I also made some little roses using leftover pieces from the Quatrefoil die plus the little clover/flower from the Ornamental Crosses die.

Here's a close-up of my first card:

Vase with Flowers - Close-up

I love that this verse is included as part of the papers - it's hard to read in my photos.  It says:

She is clothed in strength and dignity,
 and she laughs without fear of the future.
Proverbs 31:25

Here are some other views in case you want to see more:

Vase and Flowers

Vase and Flowers - Alt View

My next card uses the same new release items, along with some other ODBD favorites.  To make this card I started with the base, die-cut the Quatrefoil pattern in the new Blushing Rose Papers, adhered that over a second layer of the papers, then added some lace at the bottom.  Then I die-cut, curved, sponged and decorated the Vase.  I used liquid pearls on the embossed areas then after that was dried covered the entire vase in matte glaze.  Next I started die-cutting all the fun flower elements.

Flowers for You - Close-up

I just cannot get enough of these amazing Papers, and honestly I could sit and make these flower arrangements all day and never tire.  The For You tag is also a part of the Blushing Rose Collection papers so all I did was die-cut and edge with a bit of liquid pearls.

Flowers for You

Flowers for You - Alt View

Below are all the ODBD dies and papers that were used on my projects today:




Prize Information:
Three winners will be randomly chosen from the comments left on the Designer's Blogs to receive a $15.00 gift certificate to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps at the ODBD Store. You'll have until June 2, 2014 at 9:00pm EDT to leave your comments.  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on June 3rd - so be sure to check back there to see if you've Won!!!

Below are the links to my fellow-designers Blogs:

Grace * Sandee * Stacy * Dawn * Lori

Cathy * Julie * Sabrina * Angie * Lisa 

Silke * Audrey(me) * Wanda

Card Details and Recipe:

This card is also being submitted for the Word Art Wednesday Challenge #134 - Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by - hope you enjoyed your time with us today!!!  And I hope you have a wonderful day.

Hugs and Blessings,