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,

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Welcome to ODBD January New Release!!

Happy New Year Everyone!!!!!!!  Hope you all enjoyed your Holidays.  Today is ODBD's New Release, and the Design Team has some amazing creations to share with you all.  All the prize details and design team's Blog links are noted later in my post.

Both my projects include the new Lavender stamp set.  The first also includes the Apothecary Stamp and Die set, which coordinates perfectly with the Lavender stamps!!

Lavender/Apothecard Images - Close-up

To make this card I die-cut and water colored the Apothecary Bottle, then colored over the Lavender a bit using pencils.  The background layer is made using the Decorative Corners Die and lots of glitter!!  The last step was to add the ribbon/bow, Fancy Foliage Die cuts and roses.

Here are a couple more photos:

Lavender Apothecary Card - Alt View

Lavender Apothecary Card

To make this next card I stamped the Lavender Image onto two pieced of white cardstock - one designed to be the main card panel and the other as a frame panel.  The image was stamped so that when placed one over the other they would match.

The next step was to color the image using pencils, stamp the verse on the main panel and die-cut the window.  I wanted to add a ribbon or some other embellishment, but loved the clean and simple look of this one so much that I decided to add just the Lavender die-cut tag instead.

Below are a couple of other views.

Lavender Field Card

Lavender Field Alt View

Below are the Stamps and Dies used for this month's cards:

Prize Details:  Three winners will be randomly chosen from the comments left on the designers blogs to receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps.  You have until January 2, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. EST to make your comments!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on January 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

Below are links to the Designer's Blogs - please stop by to see what they've created for you - you'll be amazed :)!!!!!!!!!

Grace * Chris Cathy * Sandee * Dawn * Lori 

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

*  ODBD *

Card Recipe Details:

Thanks everyone for stopping by!!!!!!!!

Hugs and Blessings,