Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Welcome to ODBD's April Release!

Hello friends and stampers - hope all is well!!  I'm here today to share a couple of samples using some of ODBD's new April Release stamps/dies and papers.  Spring is in the air here in Virginia and it's a wonderful time for a New Release Celebration - I hope you can join us!!  You'll absolutely love all the beautiful stamps and dies in this month's release, and if you're like me you'll LOVE the paper collection too.

So - Thank you for stopping by - hope you enjoy what you see today!!

Both my cards feature The Cross stamp set, Ornamental Crosses Die set, and the Christian Faith Collections Papers.  The Cross collection is only one theme included this month - there is much more to the April Release as you'll see by the other Designer's creations!!

For God so Loved the World - Close-up

To make this card I started with the papers.  I love the colors in this collection and chose the purples for my first project - love the background with the light of the lantern shining through.  So so pretty in real life!! Next I selected the dies and layout, then went to work on all the fun details. The verse was stamped, the word Loved and Son is outlined in crystal effects then that heart panel was die-cut.  The background Heart, Crosses and main panels were all cut/die-cut as well, and then I started playing with the perfect little Flower die that's included in the Crosses set.  I just love this little die - all these fun little flowers were made using it.

Below is a photo of the full card:

For God so Loved the World

Final touches were with the bow, die-cut flourishes and liquid pearl flower centers.  My next card is made using the same new stamps, dies and paper collection only this time I combined some blues with the purples.

Let me Rest in the shelter of the Cross

First I die-cut the background panel creating a frame using the large Cross die.  Next I die-cut the cross in a second paper/color and layered two additional crosses one over the other.  I stamped and cut the tag, added the ribbon, adhered the background papers then mounted each of the layers and crosses using tiny foam tape rounds.  Final step was to add the liquid pearl embellishment around the Cross Frame.  I love the dimension and layers on this one!!

Here's a close-up that shows that detail a bit better:

Let me Rest in the shelter of the Cross - Close-up

Below are all the stamps, dies and papers used in today's projects:



Note that there will be prizes too!!!
Three winners will be randomly chosen from the comments left on the Designers blogs!!  Each will receive a $15.00 Gift Certificate to be used toward the purchase of Stamps at the ODBD Store. You'll have until April 2nd 2014 at 9:00pm EDT to leave your comments!!  The winners will be posed on the ODBD Blog on April 3rd - so be sure to check back to see if you've Won!!!

Below are links to my sister Designers - I hope you enjoy your visits to their Blogs!!  (I know you will :)!!!

Chris * Sandee * Grace * Stacy * Dawn * Julie

Lori * Cathy * Sabrina * Silke * Wanda

Angie * Audrey(you are here) * Lisa 

Card Recipe and Details:

I hope you had fun with us today, that you were inspired by all the wonderful stamps and dies, and that you have a blessed rest of your day!!!

Hugs and blessings!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy 6th Anniversary to Our Daily Bread Designs!!!!

A happy hello to all my friends and stampers - today is a special day...

Please join us in our Happy Anniversary Celebration
at Our Daily Bread Designs!!!

Today marks 6 years that Kelley and Rick and the ODBD Team have been creating amazing stamps, dies and now coordinating papers too. I've been designing for ODBD in different capacities for going on 2 years now and can tell you it's an honor and a pleasure to work with them!!  And the Design Team is equally as amazing!!!

Each year Kelley asks the Design Team to submit a favorite Scripture, Quote or Sentiment - one that is new to ODBD, and then Kelley and her team turn each of our submissions into a beautiful Stamp.  There is something so special in seeing a Scripture or quote go from text on a page to a stamp - in beautiful fonts, highlighting just the words that mean the most - and then to a card or project that can be shared with others.  This is my second time participating in this event - and it's one of my favorite times of the year :)!!!!!!

As with all ODBD Celebrations - There are PRIZES:
Three winners will be randomly chose from the comments left on designers blogs to receive a $25.00 Gift Certificate good toward ODBD Stamps from the ODBD Store.  Plus ONE lucky commenter will be randomly chosen to win the ENTIRE 2014 Anniversary Bundle!!  Very cool!!  You'll have until 9:00pm EDT on March 18th, 2014 to leave your comments.  Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on March 19th - to be sure to check back to see if you've won!!

On to my projects - both feature Psalm 28:7 from the new ODBD Scriptures 13 collection:

Psalm 28:7 in Clovers - Close-up

My first card also features ODBD's Blooming Garden Paper Collection released earlier this month, as well as two ODBD Custom Dies.  To make this card I started with the beautiful paper stack -  I love the purples and greens in these papers.  I used one piece for the background, then die-cut a second piece to get the perfectly coordinated clovers and corner/border elements.  Then I stamped and die-cut the main panels, sponged some color along the border, added a bow, a few random pearls, and some little punched flowers around the clovers.  All but the purple layers were made using the Blooming Garden papers.

Here's a view of the full card:

Psalm 28:7 in Clovers

My second card features the same verse and different papers from the same Blooming Garden Paper Collection, along with the ODBD's Sing to the Lord bird - colored to resemble a Gold Finch.

Psalm 28:7 with Gold Finch - Close-up

To make this one I started by stamping the verse on white card stock, then die-cutting and layering the papers.  Then I stamped, colored and delicately cut out the bird and dogwood flowers.  The flowers have mini gold beads added to the centers, and the bird's eye was dotted first with black liquid pearls then with a teeny-tiny dot of white where the natural reflection might be.  Last steps were to add liquid pearls around each of the layers, adhere the bird and flowers, then add the bow.

Here's the full view:

Psalm 28:7 with Gold Finch

I love all the verses in this Scripture Collection 13 - although I only used one for this post I cannot wait to ink up the rest :)!!!  Hope you like them too.

Below are the stamps, dies and papers that were used on these projects:



Here are links to my fellow Designer's Blogs:

Julie * Wanda Chris * Stacy * Lisa

Grace Dawn * Diana * Sandee * Sabrina

Silke Cathy * Angie * Linda * Lori Cheryl Audrey (Me)

Card Recipe and Details:

Thank you for stopping by and for joining in our Celebration!!  I hope you found some inspiration here and that you were or are able to take some time to enjoy what all the other Designers have shared.

Happy 6th Anniversary ODBD!!!

Hugs and Blessings,

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Welcome to ODBD's March Release!!

Hello friends and stampers - hope everyone is doing well and staying warm!!!

Welcome to ODBD's March Release.  It's another amazing selection of stamps and coordinating dies that are beautiful and versatile.  My projects feature only a few of the newest stamps and dies - you'll want to stop by my sister designer's blogs to take in all the beauty of this month's release!!!

And as always there will be prizes - see details further down in this post.

My projects today use the new Bee Balm stamp along with the new Hummingbird stamp and Die.

All things Grow with Love

To make this card I stamped the Bee Balm image in Crumb Cake ink, colored the image using Copics and pencils, then die-cut and sponged the panel.  The card base was made using two die-cut panels with a score-line and score-tape at the top.  The frame layer was stamped in the Gingham background stamp, then clear-embossed for added dimension and interest.  Last steps were to stamp and die-cut the tag, add the bow and assemble!!

Here's another view:

All things Grow with Love Alt View

My second card is a Bookmark and features the Bee Balm and Hummingbird images and Die along with the Heart and Soul papers!!

Bee Balm & Hummingbird - It's the Simple Things

The first step in making this card/bookmark was to die-cut the bookmarks.  The Bee Balm image is stamped in Crumb Cake, then colored using Copic markers and pencils.  The quote was stamped over the image before it was colored.  The Fuschia flowers at the top of the image panel were delicately cut from the Heart and Soul papers - those same papers are used on the background panel.  The hummingbird is colored using Copics and Spica Glitter pens - that little bird is iridescent in real life - it's so cool!

After the coloring was complete I added the pearl and gem flourish, popped the bookmarks, and then added the ribbon/bow treatment.  This was fun - I've never made a bookmark before :)!!

Here's another view:

Bee Balm & Hummingbird Closeup

Below are the stamps and dies used for today's projects:




Prize Details:
Three winners will be randomly chosen from comments left on the designer's blogs, each to receive a $25.00 Gift Certificate good toward stamps from the ODBD Store.  You'll have until 9:00pm EST on March 2nd to make your comments!!  Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on March 3rd - so be sure to check back to see if you've won!  Good Luck!!

Below are links to the designer's Blogs:

 Stacy * Grace * Chris * Dawn

Julie * Sabrina * Cathy * Lori * Sandee

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

Card Recipe and Details:

Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit today.  I love all your sweet comments - you lift my heart and make me smile :)!!!!

Hugs and Blessings,


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Welcome to ODBD's February Release!!

Hi Everyone!!  We have snow!!!  Only 6-8 inches and it'll be melting this weekend, but it was enough to take a snow-day and have a little fun with the dogs and hubby :).

It's February 1st, and that means a New Release at ODBD!!  And if you like hearts then you'll love this month's release.  I am truly amazed at ALL of this month's creations by the DT - I hope you'll have time to check them out - you'll be glad you did.

And of course there will be PRIZES!!!
Three winners will be randomly chosen from the comments left on Designer's Blogs!!  Each will receive a $25.00 Gift Certificate to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps from the ODBD Store.  To qualify your comments must be posted by February 2, 2013.  Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on February 3rd - so be sure to check back there to see if you won.

Both of my new release projects use the same Stamps and Dies - ODBD's Ornate Hearts and Beautiful Borders Custom Dies and Be Mine Stampset and one features the new Heart and Soul papers collection!  I also have a couple of projects using the new Flourish Heart stamp.  There's so much more to this release as well - all of which you can see when you visit the other designer's blogs and on the ODBD blog!!

To make my first card I die-cut the large/background hearts using the new Heart and Soul papers collection, die-cut the Beautiful Borders, stamped and Die-cut the Apothecary bottle and stamped/die cut the valentine hearts.  I used markers to color the cork on the bottle, and various colors of ink sponged on the little hearts to bring them to life.  I also die-cut and arranged flourishes and leaves from the Fancy Foliage custom die set AND added a little die-cut bow using the Circle Ornaments custom die set!!

Be Mine Closeup
The really cool part on this card is barely visible - and that is the Acetate overlay on the Apothecary bottle!!  I die-cut the medium weight Acetate, then carefully trimmed along the top of the bottle, then placed that OVER the fun little hearts - carefully adhering along the bottom with super thin cut sticky-strip tape and a glue-dot under the bow at the top.  If you look closely you can see it in the closeup above.  It's pretty cool IRL :).

Be Mine

This next card came together so quickly!  I die-cut the Ornate Hearts and Beautiful Borders Custom Dies, stamped the 'Love U' from Be Mine, played with the arrangement, added the bottom panels and ribbon then assembled everything.  Once that was done I added a little flourish to the top using the Fancy Foliage flourish.  Easy peasy :).

Love U
Here's a closeup view so you can see all the details even better :)!!

Love U Closeup :)

Here are a couple of other projects that were posted as early Sneak-Peeks in case you didn't get to see them before:

All the stamps and dies used for these projects are below:

Below are links to all the Designer's Blogs:

Stacy * Dawn * Grace * Chris * Cathy

Sandee * Julie * Sabrina * Lori * Wanda

Lisa * Silke * Audrey(Me) * Angie

Thank you for stopping by - and for joining all of us at ODBD in celebrating this months New Release.  I hope you had a GREAT time and that you were inspired.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs and Blessings!


Thursday, January 23, 2014

I Adore You - ODBD February Sneak Peak!!

Hello everyone - hope all is well!!  I've been able to rearrange and re-prioritize my life a bit to make room for my favorite hobby - stamping!!  And with that was able to play in my stamp-room this weekend.  Below are a couple of cards that were made using some stamps and dies from ODBD's New and not yet released February stamp and die sets.

Hearts are always a favorite so when I saw this month's release I knew it was going to be good :). Both of my projects are also in celebration of recent Featured Stampers on SCS.  More details about that are noted below.

This first card was created based on inspiration from a very special friend on SCS, whom I've had the honor and pleasure of visiting with on a few occasions.  I missed her special day but I know she understands - I'm just a tad bit late to her party :).  Her name is Roberta aka Stampin' Nana on SCS - and she is one of the sweetest and most talented stampers I know.  Here is a link to her beautiful creation:  Circles Everywhere

Hearts Everywhere

Here are two Other Views
I started with 5 hearts and planned to line them up along the left side similarly to the circles on Roberta's card, but because they're three-dimensional and not able to be stamped, the design just wasn't turning out how I'd imagined!!  I learned long ago to go with the creative flow and not to force things - so that's what I did.  I love how the hearts look like they're overflowing - it's so perfect for this wonderful verse.

To make this I started with the die-cut card base and layers, embossing the back layer before adhering everything together. Then I randomly stamped the larger single Heart image, die-cut the smaller hearts, and outlined everything using a Golf Leaf Pen.

The hearts were sort-of sculpted using a med-large stylus, to give them shape and depth. The last step was to mount all the hearts - after playing with the design a bit I just went for it - using tall round foam dots and extra glue.  This card was so fun - I hope it inspires you in some way!!

Thank you Roberta for your wonderful inspiration - I love you my friend!!!

My next card uses the same New stamp and dies - and is also for a Featured Stamper on SCS, only a more recent one!!  This card is in celebration of last week's FS - Tina DeLong aka Garden Diva. Her gallery is such an inspiration and I enjoyed looking at all her amazing designs.  Here is a link to her beautiful creation Valentine Hugs

Tina's card was the perfect inspiration for me. I kept to the monochromatic look and the same shape, used a similar ribbon/tag placement, also used gingham, but again the creative process took me in a different direction with respect to some of the background elements.

I Adore You 
To make this one I stamped the large Heart on white cardstock, then die-cut that layer, then die-cut the outline heart and put the two 'back' together again.  I stamped the Gingham background, added the ribbon - wrapping it twice - then made it into a bow and added the tag.  The last steps were to add the pearl flourishes and the punched border detailing.

I Adore You - Alt View
Thank you Tina for your inspiration :)!!!  I enjoyed visiting your gallery.

Card Recipe and Details:
  • ODBD Stamp Sets:  Flourish Heart (Both cards), Love Scriptures (Lots of Hearts card), Be Mine and Gingham Background stamps (I Adore You Card) 
  • ODBD Dies:  Ornate Hearts, Antique Labels & Border and Recipe Cards and Tags / Spellbinders Labels One and Scalloped Labels One dies
  • White and Baha Breeze Cardstock
  • Baja Breeze (both cards), Lucky Limeade and More Mustard ink (hearts), and Smokey Slate for sentiment and verse

Thank you for you visit today - I hope you were inspired in some way :)!!!  Stop back by on February 1st to see all these wonderful new Stamps and Dies in more detail!!!

Hugs and Blessings,