Tuesday, January 29, 2013

With all my Soul - ODBD SLC #140: Love

Hi Everyone - Hope it's warm where you are :)!  Happy Tuesday!

Here's a card in celebration of LOVE - love of life, love of God, love of animals, love of each other, and my love of turning something plain into something to treasure.  It's also for ODBD's SLC #140:  This week's challenge is all about Love - to make a card in honor of Valentine's Day.

To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize - a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!!  Entries for the prize must be submitted by Sunday, February 3rd at 8 p.m. EST.  One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. 

You do not have to use ODBD Stamps to join in, but we'd love to see them if you have them.  And as a way of recognizing those who use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will feature the top  three participants  for the  Shining the Light Award!!  In order to qualify for this award you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky by Sunday,  February 3rd at 8 p.m. EST.   More details can be found here:  ODBDSLC #140


You will Find Refuge - Alt View 1

For this card I started with one of my favorite ODBD Stamps and Die sets - You Will Find Refuge and the coordinating Chickadee Die.  These sweet little birds are so fun to watch in real life - and they seem so happy and so full of Love as they flit about chirping and singing all around the feeders in my yard - so I thought it was fitting to use one on my card.

My first step was to die-cut the background panels.  After they were cut I stamped them with ODBD's Wood Background.  The panels were aligned so that the wood grains all match - so each panel has the wood grain in the same place as the panel behind it.  Then I stamped and colored the Chickadee using Copic markers, and die-cut the image.

Here's a close-up of the Chickadee, branches and sentiment:

Chickadee Close-up
I added Glossy Accents to the berries, the birdie's eye, and a bit of Matte Glazon to his little beak, for added dimension.  Then I placed a couple of die cut twigs behind the image, in line with the branches.  After the Chickadee was ready I stamped and die cut the sentiment panel, found the perfect heart punch, ran it through the Big Shot with a Musical Notes Embossing Folder, and assembled all the elements except the flower bed.  Then I set out to add a few flowers.

You Will Find Refuge - Front View
Yes, just a few.  I started with 5 or 6 actually.  That's when creativity took over - at this point I just felt like Spring had sprung right before my eyes, on the card, right then and there!  As I started to add the flowers and was working on placement, I'd make a couple more, then I'd punch several at a time and add them, sort-of playing with the layout each time before gluing and adding more.  I love how the flowers embrace and surround the wonderful sentiment, and how they give a home to the Chickadee, as a form of refuge.

The flowers were punched, softened and curved using various styluses, and dotted with black Liquid Pearls and Glossy Accents in the center.  I wanted to use a darker center, to keep them a bit more in the background, hoping that they could be part of the scene, but not detract or distract from the sweet image and sentiment.  Hopefully it worked.

You Will Find Refuge - Alternate View 2
I must say that I was certainly celebrating Love  in making this card - I am in my glory with this type of detail work - I could have made these little flowers all day long!  Even so, my favorite element here is the image and message - see images below:






If you'd like more inspiration please check out what my DT Sisters have created for you by clicking on the links below!!  All the details if you're interested and/or if you'd like to join us, can be found here ODBDSLC #140!!   Hope you can visit us and play along - we would love to see your wonderful Love/Valentine's Day inspired creations!!

Chris Olsen  /  Diana Nguyen   /  Cathy McCauley  /  Kathy Roney  /  Jan Marie Ennenga
and our January Guest Designer - Sabrina Friel

Card Recipe and other details:
  • Pink Pirhouette, Primrose Petals, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake card stock
  • Memento Black, Early Espresso and Crum Cake Ink
  • ODBD You Will Find Refuge and Wood Background Stamps
  • ODBD Chickadee Die, Spellbinders Resplendant Rectangles (first layer & sentiment panel), Floral Ovals, Cheery Lynn Designs Fanciful Flourish Mini, Memory Box Twig Branch, MS Punches
  • Copic Markers:  E40, E41, E42 & E43 (Chickadee) / YG93, YG95, YG97 (Branches)
  • Musical Notes Embossing Folder, Liquid Pearls, Glossy Accents, Matte Glazon, various heights and sizes of Dimensionals, and thoughts of Love and Spring :)!!

This card is being submitted in the following challenges:

Thank you for your visit.  I hope you found some inspiration here.  Thank you for your sweet comments and for all the inspiration that you offer back to me on your blogs and wonderful galleries!!  I'm sending you all an early St. Valentine's Day Hug and lots of Love :)!!

Hugs and Blessings,
Audrey

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Let the Earth Rejoice!!

Hi Everyone - Hope you're enjoying a beautiful Saturday!  We're looking at Snow outside our windows here and although there are only a couple of inches, it's still very serene and beautiful.  Also a great day to stay indoors and, well, you guessed it - STAMP!!

Today's card is for two challenges over on SCS and one over on the Crafty Calendar Challenge site, and is made using a brand new Stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs!  This set is being released, along with several others, on Friday February 1st.  I did a bit of research on line before coloring this wonderful Crocus Flower, hoping to be able to capture it's true beauty.

Let the Earth Rejoice!

To make this card I stamped the Crocus image twice, colored both using Copic Markers, and then delicately cute out the images.  I used an Exacto-Knife to cut the small areas inside the image as well (between the flowers and stems/leaves).  Then I glued the two images together at the base, off-set just slightly.  I used a thin dimensional to raise the left and right Crocus flowers, and a thicker/taller dimensional to raise the middle flower.

This next photo shows the subtle difference with the middle flower standing out a bit more than the others:

Let the Earth Rejoice - Alt View 1

The flower stack was adhered to the first panel with glue at the very bottom only.  No glue was used toward the top - I wanted to keep the flowers 'free' so they would seem more real, more like they were floating on the framed panel.  I think it shows better in the close-up photos below:

Close-up/Side Angle View

Each panel is raised using dimensionals, and outlined in a soft lavendar/pink Copic Marker.  The sentiment tag is sponged with Pale Plum ink.  Here's another close-up showing the delicate colors and other details:


Close-up Front View

What I love most about this card is not only how easily and quickly it came together, but also how beautiful these flowers are.  I always love coloring beautiful images, but this one was especially fun for me.  And very easy!!  I hope you like it.


Card Recipe and other details:
  • White Card Stock
  • Memento Brilliant Black Ink, Pale Plum for Sponging
  • ODBD's February Release Stampset Let the Earth Rejoice
  • Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two and Iridescent Gemstones by Reflections
  • Copic Markers Used:
    • RV000,V01, V04, V05 and V20 (Flowers)
    • G000, G9 and G14 (stems/leaves)
    • V01 for Borders

Challenges for this card:


Thanks everyone for stopping by and visiting me today.  Hope you're having a great weekend :)!!

Blessings,
Audrey



Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sent from Heaven - ODBD SLC #139

Good Morning - Happy Tuesday Everyone!!  Hope you enjoyed the weekend.  Today I have a new ODBD SLC Challenge card to share with you.  This week is all about children - how sweet is that!!  The ODBDSLC #139 Challenge is:  To make a card for a child.

To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize - a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!!  Entries for the prize must be submitted by Sunday, January 27th at 8 p.m. EST.  One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. 

You do not have to use ODBD Stamps to join in, but we'd love to see them if you have them.  And as a way of recognizing those who use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will feature the top  three participants  for the  Shining the Light Award!!  In order to qualify for this award you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky by Sunday,  January 27th at 8 p.m. EST.   More details can be found here:  ODBDSLC #139

Little Girls are Sent from Heaven Alt Veiw

It was such a great feeling to bring out the Pinks for this challenge!!  I also used my new ODBD Little Girls stamp set, along with ODBD's Elegant Oval Stamp and the coordinating Elegant Oval Dies.  First I stamped and die-cut the main image panel, then sponged a bit of color around the border while the die was still in place.   I stamped the Elegant Oval and die-cut that panel and colored inside the border using a Copic marker.

The next step was to die-cut the two Marvelous Squares.  I sponged the pink layer with a bit more pink for added color and dimension, and then started working on the fun Ribbon/Bow arrangement.  Below is a close-up so you can see all the fun details:

Sent from Heaven Close-up

After the large bow was ready I started on the sentiment banners and flowers.  First I stamped the sentiment from the Little Girls set, cut the banner tails, then punched a small whole at the top of each.  The banners and heart charm were threaded with white bakers twine and tied with a little bow around the pink ribbon.   After that was assembled but before anything was glued, I added the flourish and flowers.   The flowers are made using punches, embossing styluses and a dot of Liquid Pearls.  Once everything was arranged just right, I glued it in place.  There is a bit of movement with the banners which I noticed when taking the photos, but it is still very much intact.

The last step was to add the flourish and flowers on the right side and finish with the inside panels.  Below is the front-view showing all the fun elements on this Little Girl card :)!!

Little Girls are Sent from Heaven

As my nieces and nephews have grown older I find that I'm making less sweet little girl and boy cards - so this was especially fun for me.   I hope you liked seeing this one as much as I liked making it, and I hope you enjoyed your visit today!!

Links and images for the ODBD Stamps and Dies used are here: ODBD Little Girls (image and sentiment), ODBD Elegant Oval stamp and ODBD Elegant Oval Dies






If you'd like more inspiration please check out what my DT Sisters have created for you (links below)!!  All the details if you're interested and/or if you'd like to join us, can be found here ODBDSLC #139!!  Hope you can play along - we always love seeing your creations!!

Chris Olsen  /  Diana Nguyen   /  Cathy McCauley  /  Kathy Roney  /  Jan Marie Ennenga
and our January Guest Designer - Sabrina Friel


Card Recipe and other details:
  • White, Pink Pirhouette and Pretty in Pink Card Stock
  • Soft Suede Ink with Pink Pirhouette and Pretty in Pink for sponging and R32 Copic marker for the Elegant Oval Frame
  • ODBD Little Girls and Elegant Oval Stamp Sets
  • ODBD Elegant Oval Dies, Spellbinders Marvelous Suares Dies, Cherry Lynn Designs Fanciful Flourish Mini, and MS Punches for Flowers
  • Ribbon, White Bakers Twine, Pink Liquid Pearls (Flower Centers), Heart Charm, Tons of Dimensionals and lots of heart :)

Challenges for this card:

Thank you for stopping by today!

Huge Hugs and Blessings to you,
Audrey



Tuesday, January 15, 2013

ODBD SLC138: Border It!!

Good Morning Everyone - Happy Tuesday!

Today I'm sharing with you a new ODBD Shining Light Challenge Card.  This week's ODBDSLC #138 is:  To use a decorative border on your project.

And of course, to make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize - a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!!  Entries for the prize must be submitted by Sunday, January 20th at 8 p.m. EST.  One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. 

You do not have to use ODBD Stamps to join in, but we'd love to see them if you have them.  And as a way of recognizing those who use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will feature the top  three participants  for the  Shining the Light Award!!  In order to qualify for this award you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky by Sunday,  January 20th at 8 p.m. EST.   More details can be found here:  ODBDSLC #138

Special Blend, Antique Label Designs Stamp and Die
A Special Friendship Refreshes the Soul

To make this card I stamped and die-cut the sentiment using ODBD Special Blend (sentiment), Antique Label Designs Stamp and Coordinating Antique Labels Die.  I then die-cut the Butterflies using Cheery Lynn Designs Exotic Butterflies Small and Small 2, and die-cut the flourish using Memory Box Fancy Flourish.  I also added a touch of soft color to the vanilla sentiment panel and butterflies using Copic markers.

Below is a close-up of the sentiment panel, butterflies and some of the other detailing.

Close up of Sentiment and Butterflies

To really celebrate this Border challenge I decided to use several borders - layering one over the other, in different coordinating papers.  I love how this brings interest and dimension to the card.  I also added a lace and ribbon element behind the sentiment panel.  The card base is Vanilla textured card stock, the papers are from my stash and the borders were created using various border punches.

A Sweet Friendship Refreshes the Soul

Once the card was ready for assembly I added lots of sparkle to the butterflies, around the sentiment, and to the flourish.  After that was dry I assembled everything and added my final touches - all the pearl gems!!  I hope you like this project and I hope you can stop over at ODBD to check out all the details.

Below are the ODBD stamps and die that were used on this project -  ODBD Special Blend (sentiment), Antique Label Designs Stamp and Coordinating Antique Labels Die:








If you'd like more inspiration please check out what my DT Sisters have created for you (links below)!!  All the details if you're interested and/or if you'd like to join us, can be found here ODBDSLC #138 !!  Hope you can play along - We'd love to see your creations!!

Chris Olsen  /  Diana Nguyen   /  Cathy McCauley  /  Kathy Roney  /  Jan Marie Ennenga
and our January Guest Designer - Sabrina Friel

Card recipe and other details are here:


Thanks everyone for coming by for a visit.  Hope you enjoy your week!!

Hugs and Blessings,
Audrey

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Trust in the Lord

Hello Everyone - Hope you're enjoying your Sunday!

I have a new card to show you - this one if for a few challenges noted at the end of my post.  It's a quick and easy creation - and was a lot of fun to make!!  I've seen this type of sketch a few times and have wanted to try it and today I found the opportunity!

Trust in the Lord - Alt View 1

One thing I've learned over time is that I am far more creative when I just let go, and totally Trust the inspiration that comes to me.  If I depend on my mind and mental thinking, my creativity suffers.  For me this is true in everything that I do.  So before starting this card I sort-of told myself to be quite and let it come :)!!!

Verve Sentiment Closeup

The first thing I wanted to do was find the perfect sentiment.  All my sentiment stamps are together, and when I opened the stamp drawer to find one, this was the first stamp I touched.  As soon as I read it I knew it was the perfect stamp - I was, after all, working on Trust today :)!!!  Plus I love stamps that include different fonts - they are so pretty.  The photo above shows the sentiment up close.


Butterfly and Flourish Close-up

The next step was to find the perfect papers - I needed specific colors for one of today's Challenges and this stash of MME papers had just what I was looking for!  I knew I wanted to add twine and the butterfly, and hey - why not add a flourish too??!!  The butterfly has been die-cut twice, once in the same blue paper, and again in a darker paper.  It makes the butterfly sturdier and adds some depth as well, which you can see in the photo above.

Here are a couple more views:

Trust in the Lord - Front View


Another Close-up

Below are the card recipe and challenge details.  Thank you for stopping by - I am always grateful to find your sweet comments, and am grateful for the inspiration I find when I visit your Blogs as well!


Card Recipe and other details:
  • Very Vanilla and Cool Caribbean Cardstock (CC is on the inside, sponged with Crumb Cake to match the DP as best I could)
  • My Mind's Eye - Stella Rose Paper Stack
  • Verve - Proverbs 3:5 Sentiment Stamp
  • Cherry Lynn Designs - Exotic Butterfly Die
  • Gem Flourish, Bakers Twin, Reflections Single Gem (for butterfly)

Challenges for this card:


Thanks again everyone!
Hugs and Blessings,
Audrey


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Remembering You in my Prayers

Hi Everyone - hope all is well!

Today I have a card that was made for several challenges, including two over on SCS.  All the challenge details are noted at the bottom of my post.  This card will be sent to my Boss, who recently lost his father at the young age of 82.  The loss of a father means different things to different people, and is never easy.  My thoughts are prayers are with their family during this difficult time.


Remembering You in my Prayers

I had a mental plan and a sketch for this card, and it did not initially include the punched border, but after the floral spray and sentiment panel were completed I knew they needed something soft and special as a background.  And because these two elements are fairly large I decided to go with one of my favorite MS PATP's and make a larger card.

The card base is actually four panels - each punched with the same border.  The top panel is textured vanilla cardstock, glued to a second panel for added strength.  The other two are also glued together to make the back panel.  This way the delicate border is strong enough to hold the card, even with the weight of the added elements.

Below are a couple of close-up shots of the Sentiment and Floral arrangements.

Close-up with Sentiment

These very delicate die-cut ferns and branches were cut from some Basic Grey and SU! paper scraps, and I love all the different greens that show through.  The roses are also die cut from SU! paper, as is the Butterfly.  The lace is from my stash, and all together these elements give the card a Shabby Chic feel!


Close-up of the Floral and Ribbon Details

After everything was die-cut I carefully arranged and glued each piece, added the pearl and gem flourish, and then added the lace.  Below is a view that shows how the the two panels align at the top.  The back panel was scored at the top, then adhered to the front using score tape and liquid glue.


Alternate View


Card Receipt and other details:
  • Vanilla textured and regular cardstock
  • Basic Grey and SU papers in greens and peach colors
  • Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip Ink
  • ODBD All Occasion Sentiments and Antique Label Designs Stamps
  • SU Teahouse Background Stamp
  • ODBD Antique Labels Die, Memory Box Gentle Leaf, Meadow Leaf, Twig, and Rolled Flower Dies, Cheery Lynn Designs Exotic Butterfly Mini Die, Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page and Pine Punch
  • Pearls, Gem and Pearl Flourish, Dimensionals and extra Love
  • Card size:  4.75" x 6.5"

This card is submitted for the following challenges:

Thank you everyone for stopping by and taking a look.  I hope you enjoyed your visit!!

Blessings to all,
Audrey


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

ODBD SLC137: Something New & Something Old


Good Morning Everyone!

I have wonderful news to share!!  This is my first post as one of the newest members of Our Daily Bread Designs' Challenge Team.  I am thrilled and honored for this opportunity - to create for a wonderful company - and to learn from, get to know and be inspired by so many amazing and creative stampers.  I will be creating new cards each week for the ODBD Shining Light Challenges - come and join us if you can!  Thank you everyone - and thank you ODBD!

This week's ODBDSLC #137 is:  To use something new and something old

To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize - a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!!  Entries for the prize must be submitted by Sunday, January 13th at 8 p.m. EST.  One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. 

 You do not have to use ODBD Stamps to join in, but we'd love to see them if you have them.  And as a way of recognizing those who use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will feature the top  three participants  for the  Shining the Light Award!!  In order to qualify for this award you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky by Sunday,  January 13th at 8 p.m. EST.   More details can be found here:  ODBDSLC #137


Watering Can Stamp & Die, All Occasion Sentiment
ODBDSLC #137 - Something old and Something New

The challenge is to use something New (ODBD Stamps and die), and something Old (Gem Flourish, Pine Punch, Spellbinders Dies and Embossing Folder).  The wonderful sentiment is the newest - from our January release!!

Front View

To make this card I first stamped and colored the Watering Can using Copic Markers.  I was in my glory coloring this - and I was able to practice using my warm and cool gray tones to create shadow and depth in the image.  I took my time and enjoyed every moment!!

Watering Can Close-up

Then I stamped and die-cut the sentiment label and sponged color with the die still in place, die-cut the watering can and the Spellbinders panels, embossed the top panel and then worked on the placement.


All Occasion Sentiment - Close-up

The photo above shows the birthday sentiment up close - this set has so many versatile sentiments, and they coordinate with some new ODBD dies as well (which I'll be showing you in other projects very soon)!

Alternate View 1

Below are the ODBD stamps and die that were used on this project - Watering Can Stamp, coordinating Watering Can Die, and All Occasion Sentiment:







If you'd like more inspiration please check out what my DT Sisters have created for you (links below)!!  All the details if you're interested and/or if you'd like to join us, can be found here: ODBDSLC #137  We'd love for you to play along!!

Chris Olsen  /  Diana Nguyen   /  Cathy McCauley  /  Kathy Roney  /  Jan Marie Ennenga
and our January Guest Designer - Sabrina Friel

Card recipe and other details are here:
  • ODBD All Occasion Sentiments (new)
  • ODBD Watering Can Stamp and Die
  • Spellbinders Standard and Decorative Labels 8 / Fancy Tags 2
  • Gem Flourish / Pine Punch / Embossing Folder
  • Copic Markers: 
    • Flower Pot Y23, Y26, Y28 & E43
    • Flowers Y06, Y08 / RV00, RV02, RV06, RV09 / YR12, YR15, YR18 / V22
    • Leaves/Greenery YG09, YG11, YG13
    • Shading W02, W04 / C01, C03, C05

This card has also been submitted in the following challenges:

Thanks everyone for stopping by!!

Hugs and Blessings to all,
Audrey



Friday, January 4, 2013

Poinsettia Merry Christmas 2013

Blessings Everyone!  I hope you're enjoying 2013 so far!!  If you're like me this week means time to go back to work after a long Holiday, and I know some of us were looking forward to it including myself!  Because, well... the work doesn't do itself LOL!

Here is my second set of Christmas cards for 2013 - I'm casing myself for a challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers - you can check it out here:  QFTD146 (other challenge details are noted below).  This year I want to work on and improve my Clean and Simple design style, and mix a few CAS cards into my designs from time to time.  So far I'm off to a good start!!


A Merry Poinsettia Christmas!


This card is a case of an earlier group of cards I made and uses the same Sketch and Sentiment but with a die-cut Poinsettia in place of the colorful/glittery Bells.  These cards went sooooo quickly - I may use this same design to add the my 2013 collection!!


Alternate View


This particular poinsettia has only three center dots - some of this group has up to five, depending on how the liquid pearls fit/looked.  This one didn't really have room for any more.  The photo above shows the inside panel for my personal note - also lined in 18K Gold Leaf.  Below are a few more shots showing close-up versions.


Close-up View 1

Close-up View 2



Here's the Group Shot :)!!!



These were super fast and so fun to make - hope you enjoy seeing them.

This card is being submitted for the following Challenges:
Here's what I used:
  • SU! Bells and Boughs
  • Memento Black Ink
  • Naturals Ivory and Very Vanilla Cardstock
  • Spellbinders Poinsettia Die (Two smallest dies for flowers and leaves)
  • 18K Gold Leaf Pen and lots of dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by and for supporting my Blog!!  It's a month old today - and I'm enjoying Blogland more than I'd ever imagined.  I love seeing everyone's cards on my side panel, and it's so easy to click over to check them out, and I love that I can learn so much more about people and ESPECIALLY that I'm making new and treasured friendships.  So thank you for all of that - and Huge Hugs to everyone!

Audrey