Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Reach for the Stars Card

Today I have a SCS sketch challenge for you! I'm still using stamps, dies and paper from the ODBD November release. I know this doesn't happen often, but I actually made an A2 size card with going gray card stock. I didn't have any rose colored paper left to go with this Victorian Velvet stamp pad so I improvised and made my own colored paper. All I did was rub the stamp pad onto white paper and you can see that I made two colors of paper. The star die cut piece was colored several times and let dry to get a darker shade. I colored the paper first and then used the ODBD Flourished Star Pattern die to cut out filigree star. I used the large star from the same die set and cut a silver star too. The rectangle die was used to cut the star paper from the Winter Collection paper and layered together.  I added white five pointed star brads to the center of the small stars.

I used the large star stamp from the ODBD Silk Stars stamp set and cut it out with the ODBD Splendorous Stars Die set. I scored and folded to give it dimension. Then I filled the back with glue from my glue gun and attached it to the card front. I stamped the sentiment from the Reach for the Stars stamp set and again used another sentiment from the same set on the inside.  It's the famous Casey Kasem quote. I added ribbon and pearled lace under the sentiment and attached all of this to the front of the card base. I added a large half pearl to the center of the large star too!
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Friday, November 14, 2014

A Look Back at Our Daily Bread November Release

It's time once again to look at some wonderful projects created by the Our Daily Bread Designs Design Team! We are preparing for the Christmas holiday with projects galore! The November release will have you seeing stars!
I've taken the Snowflake Stars and Come Let Us Adore Him stamp sets to create these double sided Bethlehem star ornaments. They are sturdy enough to use year after year and may have you handing some down to your next generation of family members! For this blue star, I stamped two images of the largest Snowflake Star with blue dye based ink. I cut them out using the Splendorous Stars Dies and scored them down the center of each mountain (point) and valley so that I get a three dimensional star. I fill the void in the back with hot glue. While the glue dries, I choose corsage pins or head pins and some glass beads for additional decoration. Taking a star, I add dots of hot glue and place the beaded pins where I want them. Once that is dry, I glue the two halves together. If you work quick, you may use hot glue for this. If you want a bit more time to line things up you may use a wet quick dry glue, tacky glue or multi purpose glue.

 Now it's time to add the sparkle. I used a fine dry glitter on the blue ornament and a gold glitter glue on the burgundy ornament. I found that I needed two coats of glitter glue for good coverage. I added cording for the hanger and topped off the top of the cording with a bow made of the same material. This way, the tip of the branch from which the ornament hangs is also decorative. The last step is to add the bling to the center of the star and call it a day! You don't have to use round bling either. I'm working on one right now where I used large square bling and turned it on an angle like a diamond shape. It looks great too!

On this ornament, I stamped and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I love the look but you do have to be careful when scoring and folding the card stock. Otherwise, the embossing could be damaged.
Every year I place an ornament on a package for my mom, sister and daughter. I think these will be the perfect ornament for 2014!
If you haven't made the rounds yet, make sure you stop by the ODBD blog and visit my other sister sticks to see what other beautiful projects they have made for you! Then pop into the Our Daily Bread Designs online store and pick up some goodies for the upcoming Christmas season! I promise that you will be inspired!
 Julie * Chris * Lori * Paula(that's me) * Cathy * Dawn * Sandee * Stacy 
Wanda * Silke * Gracie

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

November '14 Our Daily Bread Designs Release

  Welcome once again to a new release for Our Daily Bread Designs! Let me begin by saying how much I adore this release! There are so many possibilities for wonderful and beautiful Christmas cards, gift tags, ornaments, Advent calenders etc.  This looks like a normal card but it isn't. I'll explain this fancy fold in a few minutes . First, let's get the prize information taken care of so that everyone will be eligible for some ODBD goodies!

Prize Information: 
Three randomly selected winners will each 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 just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until November 2, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EST to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on November 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

This fancy fold looks a bit like a gate fold when it is closed but it's really a Z fold instead! It's made on a card base of pearlescent gold so that it sparkles for the Christmas season and topped with the new winter collection 2014 paper.! I heat embossed the star using the new Snowflake Stars stamp set and cut it out using the new Splendorous Stard Die.then scored it on the back so that it would pop up with dimension. I had to be careful while doing this so as not to damage the embossing. I filled the back of the star with a bit of hot glue so that it would keep the shape. If it were left hollow, it would be smooshed in the mail. 
 I mounted the star onto die cuts from the ODBD Vintage Flourish pattern Die and the ODBD Vintage Labels Die.. I added 1/4 inch dimensional foam to the back side of this stack of die cuts and attached it to the left flap of the card. I went to work adding the poinsettias and swirl foliage with the ODBD Peaceful Poinsettias dies and the ODBD  Fancy Foliage dies. I must say that these two dies are staples for the Holiday Season since I can use any type of Papers to create so many colors of flowers. It's more versatile than using mulberry flowers. Here I have used pearlescent gold vellum and pearlescent mallard green card stock for the floral work. This look is very pretty indeed!!! The transparency of the flowers is quite elegant!

For the inside, I stamped the sentiment on cream card stock and embossed with gold embossing powder. Adding another flower in the corner finished everything off nicely. For the center of the Z panel, I used the star paper from the stack and sponged the edges to blend it with the swirl paper. It's a nice contrast and adds a bit more interest. This card is an A2 size when closed.
This next card measures a full 5x7 inches. I started with a royal blue card stock as the base and added two die cut panels from the Vintage Flourish Pattern dies which I cut in a white pearlescent card stock. I used two of the new dies for the top layer. Again I cut the Flourished Star Pattern with white pearlescent card stock and added pearls. The next layer was also cut with the same die using the royal blue card stock. Finally, the top layer was stamped using the Silk Stars Stamp Set. I used a blue dye based ink to load the stamp and then I used a darker blue marker to add the shadows to the fully inked stamp. After I stamped the image, I used a mid tone marker the blend everything together. I took another blue marker and added the lines down the center of each star point. This gave me a realistic looking dimensional star which is flat in reality. I cut this out using the Splendorous Stars Dies and topped it off with a large half pearl. A bit of ribbon across the bottom with the sentiment (cut with the Ornate Borders and Flower Dies) finishes off the front.
On the inside, I layered blue and white card stock with die cuts from the Beautiful Borders and Vintage Labels Dies. I used sentiments from the new Come Let Us Adore Him Stamp Set.

These are products from the new release which I used.
Now it's time to visit the ODBD blog and my sister sticks for a chance to win some ODBD Stamps.
Chris * Lori * Paula(that's me) * Cathy * Dawn * Sandee * Julie * Angie * Lisa * Wanda *
 Grace Silke * Sabrina AudreyGraciellie (Guest Designer).

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Friday, October 24, 2014

A Look Back at the ODBD October Release

 Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs October Release, here is the first of two cards that I created using ODBD Peaceful Poinsettias, vintage flourish pattern and Fancy foilage dies. The links to these items are below. Click the corresponding photo. All of the paper and card stock on the front is pearlescent. In real life it sparkles and shimmers. This is such an easy project and the results are very satisfying! I have cut three different sizes of poinsettias and mixed them with plenty of swirls from the fancy foilage die. The bottom layer of the flowers is a die cut using the dark green card stock and the center was cut using a piece of gold vellum paper with a small rhinestone to finish it off. This is an A2 size card and can be mailed using one postage stamp and a quarter cut piece of card on the top for protection against the postal machines.

 I used the Vintage Flourish Pattern and Ornate Borders and Flower dies on the inside. The sentiment is from the Christmas Verses stamp set.

This center step card measures 5 1/2 inches high by 6 inches wide. I used the Merry Christmas stamp from the Christmas verses set and the rest of the decorations are die cuts. Can you tell that I'm lovin' all the die cut layers? It was fun and a nice channge of pace for me. 
If you wouold like to see other projects using the November release, check out my October posts from the 1st, 17th and 21st. I will have a few more projects coming over the next few days too! 

thanks for stopping by today! For more inspiration using the October Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog and the blogs of my sister bread sticks.
Grace * Paula(that's me) * Chris * Lori * Julie * Sandee * Cathy * Dawn * Stacy 
Wanda *Audrey

October Release Dies
Other ODBD products used


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #131

I'm back again with another Christmas challenge from Merry Monday. Challenge #131 Non-traditional Colors. I took it a step further and and went with a non-traditional shape as well.
I love the traditional deep tones of burgundy red, hunter green and gold. This purple and non traditional patterned Christmas paper took a bit of getting use to so I went over the top and colored my poinsettia in purple 

tones as well. In the end, I merged tradition with non-tradition and it all worked together! The red in this paper has a lot of pink tones so the only traditional color here is the dark green and the images are very traditional. I know this is the first time that I have ever made a poinsettia purple but it worked out fine. This was my first attempt at making a diamond fold card and it was a nice change of pace. I think there will be more of these in my future!

When folded, this little card is a compact four inches!!! Is that cool or what? I also wanted to share with you this cool new (for me) paper tole technique that I used to create the poinsettia.  It is actually four layers thick and I stretched the paper to shape it after I colored it with my alcohol markers. I mostly used the flicking technique to get this effect.. Lydia at Splitcoaststampers challenged us to use this technique in the Hope You Can Cling to Challenge 2014. She kicked off the festivities on October first with  HYCCT1401A  You raise me up
Come and join us for a new challenge every day during the month of October and support breast cancer with your creative talents!
By the way, this is a new Our Daily Bread Designs stamp from the October release.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving those sweet comments!
Materials List
Stamps- ODBD Poinsettia ornament, ODBD Christmas Verses
Paper- Kaisercraft 6" Dear Santa Collection, Smooth white, Eastern metallic Linen Mallard Green
Ink- Memento tux black, memento london fog, Distress Tea Dye
Alcohol markers-Spectrum Noir BT1, LY2, LV2, LG2, LG5, GB4,DR1.
                            Copics- C5, V1, V12, V15
SU! marker- Green Galore, Garden Green
Dies- ODBD Doily, DBD Matting Circles, ODBD Circle Ornaments
Misc- Glitte Glue, Ribbon, Bling, Hot Glue to assemble poinsettia

Friday, October 17, 2014

Christmas Card Time

 I have started making a few Christmas cards and want to share them with you! In my Christmas 2014 Journey, I found a few places for inspiration and challenges. This Wisemen in white card is for the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #130 Silent Night and the  October - Christmas Card Challenge 2014 at SCS..
I think it fits the challenge quite nicely, if I do say so myself! I was thinking of hanging Christmas ornaments in a window as you woudl a suncatcher when I designed this card. The Decorative Corners die cuts created my window valance and the lace along the bottom is the cafe curtain I hope you get the idea. It was a loose interpretation since things are not to scale. I keep playing with the new October release from ODBD and every time I think I am finished playing, a new idea pops into my head! I am loving the versatility of the Peaceful Poinsettia Dies. I used the stamens part of the die to make the small white flowers and again in the center of the silver poinsettia. There are so many ways to stack this die to get different looks and sizes of poinsettias. I also think when the die cut is left flat, it looks like a snowflake so this die does double duty! I was looking for something a bit different for the Wisemen stamp and decided to stamp it with white embossing powder on white card stock. I thought I might sponge ink onto it but then decided to use my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers instead. I like the results!
This is how I decorated the inside.
This next card was made for the SCS challenge and the Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog. The theme this week is Tropical Christmas. While I don't really have any tropical related Christmas stamps, I took my que from the bright color combo that I used. I don't believe I have ever made a Christmas card this bright! I started by rumaging through my papers and pulled out this snowflake embossing folder by Paper Studios. It's new and I wanted to use it! I added glitter glue to a few of the snowflakes for a bit of sparkle. Next, I went to my new Christmas stamps and pulled out the clock face from God's Timing. It's a neat stamp set because it can be used year round and I know I will get a lot of mileage out of this set! From there I just started pulling out die cuts to see what I could layer together and this was the result. The pendulum, clock hands, round layer under the clock face and doily layer were all cut in shiny silver card stock. It really pops against the turquoise and white! The pendulum was made by cutting the flag pole from the Pennants die set and then adding a piece from the Circle Ornaments die set.
This photo picks up all of the shine.
Materials list for Wisemen
Stamps- ODBD Wisemen, ODBD Christmas Verses
Papers- Silver Foil Card Stock, Ballet Blue CS, GP White CS, designer paper from a now defunct company.
Dies- All Dies are by Our Daily Bread Designs- Matting Circles, Circle Ornament, Peaceful Poinsettia, Ornate Borders and Flowers, Decorative Corners, Fancy Foilage, Vintage Flourish Pattern.
Spectrum Noir Markers- Blender pen, Tb2,3,4, and LY2
Misc- White detail embossing powder, lace, glitter glue, bling

Christmas Pendulum Clock
Stamps- ODBD God's Timing, ODBD Ornate Borders and Flowers
Dies- all are from ODBD- Doily, Ornate Borders & Flowers, Circle Ornaments, Matting Circles, Pennants.
Papers- Taken with Teal CS, GP white CS, Polar Expressions/Comfy Cozy by imaginisce
Misc.- Snowflake ribbon, snowflake brad, glitter glue.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Apron Garden Themed Mini Album Featuring Our Daily Bread Designs

Front Cover
 Hello cyber friends, I have been busy making up some sample mini albums for Our Daily Bread Designs.If you want to see more details, watch the video at the end of this post! Today I have the Apron chipboard Mini which I have finished in a garden theme using the ODBD Blooming Garden Collection of papers. I used gesso and a rough brush on the chipboard to give it a bit of texture so it looked like woven cloth and then I painted it with acrylic paint.
Before I continue, I wanted to tell you that I am also adding this in the ODBDSLC215 Anything Goes with Our Daily Bread Stamps. Hop on over to the challenge and play along !
 Page 1
I added a bit of color to page one and two by sponging on some dye based ink and then used a clear sealer.
Page 2 
Page 2 mats
 Page 3
I sponged a bit of light green ink on pages 3 and 4. I like to add a slider pocket to my mini books.
 Page 3 Slider open
Page 4




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