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!!



Angella D. Crockett said...

Wowza, girl!!! You always knock my socks off with your creativity!! I love the bookmark design with the center step....thanks for pointing out how you stamped the image twice....very cool!! Love the entire design of the the rope framing and the little flowers remind me of blooming coral! Fantastic job!! HUGS!!

Deb said...

Both cards are beautiful! The sand dollar stamp is wonderful.

Francie G. said...


Grace said...

GASP!!! Audrey you truly amaze me!!! Your creativity on these two samples is over the top, as always! LOVE how you stamped the mighty sea on the bookmakr, and love the amazing detail of the second card with it's shadow box effect! It so draws you in!!! Just beautiful!!!

laughingstamper said...

Let me begin by saying that I am in awe of both cards! Love the use of colors and dies!!!! The bookmark is perfect!!!!

Liz Williams said...

Wow, I am awestruck!!! these are amazing. TFS

lisa808 said...

Two absolutely stunning cards!

Cathymac said...

You never cease to amaze me with your stunning designs and attention to detail, Audrey! How creative is that double stamping tip! Both of your projects are beyond gorgeous, my friend!

Sherry said...

wow!! love both cards, but I really like that bookmark!!!

Becky said...

Your sanddollar creations are over the top! I love that tag!!!

Andrea La Vigne said...

Both cards are wonderful, but I especially love the second! I think shaped cards are awesome, and all the details in that one are great. I like the way you integrated the flowers by keeping the colors in line with the rest of the card. Tfs!

April said...

Both projects are fantastic! I love everything about them! Great job. xo

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Audrey, you are always an inspiration and you never disappoint!! I just love the Mighty Sea stamped on your bookmark, your monochromatic clean coloration with all the added texture and details!! The shadow box design of the second is gorgeous!! Stunning details my friend!!

Saints Rule! said...

Amazing stuff! Love the sand dollar frame and your bookmark project... WOW!!!

Stephanie said...

Wowzers!! That bookmark card is absolutely gorgeous!! So many details and how creative to stamp that image twice. Beautiful!! I really like the 2nd card too. I love the colors and all the little flowers. They add the perfect accent.

DebR said...

Wow..stunning! Great details and colors....

Silke Ledlow said...

Audrey, once again you have knocked these sets out off the ball park! Both cards are absolutely AMAZING!!!! The first card literally took my breath away ;) !!! Hugs, ~S~

Sue D said...

Beautiful sand dollar creations!!

craftymom205 said...

Beautiful projects.

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Lena's Creations said...

Beautiful cards! I have always loved the sand dollars but I had no idea there was a legend attached to them. After reading through it, it only made me love them more. You did an amazing job both with the book mark card and with the frame card. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards.
Lena’s Creations

Bernadette Roberto Shisler said...

Audrey, you are one talented lady. These cards are beautiful and stunning. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Dawn said...

um... gasp... sputter... WOW!!! Audrey... these are works of art!!! I don't know where to start except to say, both are just GORGEOUS!!! clap clap clap... well done!!!

Conniecrafter said...

So very cool, love how realistic the sand dollar looks in the first one, love the background stamping for your bookmark, it looks great with the saying, the flourishes remind me of waves, so that is a neat touch. such pretty framing in your second card, love the layering of the sand dollars!

Tammy Pope said...

Your talent ROCKS!! I am still trying to take in all of the amazing elements on each of these cards. Such detail and craftsmanship!

Becky said...

wow, these are fabulous!

Wanda Cullen said...

Wow! My jaw is on the floor with both of your stunning cards! Where do I begin - lol?! LOVE that subtle scene on the bookmark and what a great idea with extending the stamp to fit the length! Your patience with all those tiny flowers is amazing! Such a sweet detail!

Karon said...

Both creations are stunning! Love the use of the sand dollar and the stamp about the legend of the sand dollar. Great sentiments and your fabulous designs. Thanks for sharing and have a great week,

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Audrey, my sweet friend, you never cease to amaze me with your super creative and absolutely stunning cards! I truly LOVE them both! I also will take this opportunity to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful card you've sent me! It truly made my day! Thanks for thinking of me! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

Lisa Somerville said...

Stunning cards Audrey! There is always so much wonderful attention to detail on your projects!