Sunday, September 14, 2014

Birthday Quilt

Today's post is a reminder about the Our Daily Bread Shining Light Challenge 213 Stitch It. I whipped up this 5.5 x 5.5 inch card to celebrate the current challenge. Actually my inspiration is Case'd from Cheryl. You may use real or faux stitching on your project. I went the faux route because I didn't want to dig out my sewing machine. I started with a gray card base and a quilted paper from ODBD Soulful Stitches paper collection. I trimmed the edges of the 6x6 paper and added white stitches with a gel pen. I then heat embossed the doily from the ODBD Birthday Doily stamp set onto white paper and cut it out using the ODBD Doily Dies. I sponge the white areas with pink ink and added cotton chrocheted lace around the edge. I took a lighter gray card stock and stamped the birthday sentiment from the same stamp set I cut it out and added faux stitching and more lace. I added it to the doily along with some small white half pearl bling. I now have a simple and pretty card! Come on over and join the challenge!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Friends Quilt

I'm showing you a little snippet of my project today for the Carriers of Faith September Challenge. Jeanette aka Forest Ranger is our hostess and she chose friendship as the theme. Here are the details...

Hostess: Jeanette

September Challenge – Friendship

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work;
If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!
Also, if tow lie down together, they will keep warm,
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. It reminds me that God did not create us for isolation. He wants us to connect with other believers.

There really are many applications found in these four verses, but for the purpose of this month’s challenge, I would like us to focus on Christian friendship and create a card (or scrapbook page, etc) that focuses on friendship. As an extra challenge, in your blog post please tell us about a special Christian friend who means a lot to you, and then, if possible, mail your card to that friend.

 Here is the front of the card I made for the challenge. This card measures 5.5 x 5.5 inches and I used the new stamps and die from Our Daily Bread Designs because it's perfect for the friendship challenge. I started by stamping from the Quilts Stamp Set and coloring to match this 6x6 inch paper from my stash. I cut down the paper so I could mount it on this piece of Sahara Sand card base and then I took the scraps and cut those down to create two fo the four borders. I decided to cut away between the floral boquet and tuck in the quilt which I mounted on a corresponding piece of tiny floral paper. I then cut two doilies with the new Doily Dies out of heavy mint green vellum. I took one and 1/4 of them and tucked them behind the quilt. I added pearl bling and went to work on my sentiment. I stamped out this sentiment from the Doily Blessings Stamp Set and cut it out using the Pennants Dies. I added a ribbon and lace bow to match and added pearl bling to the center.

On the inside I added more matching designer paper and another vellum doily with a sentiment from the Quilts Stamp Set. To top it off, I colored the buttons from the same stamp set and fussy cut them out. I am quite pleased with this card. It reminds me of my grandmother's quilts and wallpaper!

I have had a difficult time deciding who I would mail a card to because there are several people who have really been there for me. I was very ill eight years ago and one special friend stands out who was there through thick and thin. We met as old students who had returned to college during our thirties. Both of us would head to our cars during our lunch break to eat and study. We tended to park near one another in the parking lot. As luck would have it, we usually packed a lunch and left it in a cooler in our cars. One day she spoke to me as she passed me in the parking lot. We actually shared a class together and I didn't even realize it. From that day forward we have been friends. 

This particular friend has had a rough way to go over the last few years with her mother being ill and I think she would enjoy receiving this. Earlier I mentioned luck and that isn't exactly true. I don't really believe in luck or coincidence. I think God has his hand in everything and I know that this particular friend feels the same way!

I want to thank Jeanette for her challenge and mention that you might want to go check out the other projects from the Carriers of  Faith gals.  Just go to the side of my blog to find the rest of the group! Thanks for stopping by to visit!


Monday, September 1, 2014

ODBD September Release

Hello and welcome to the September Our Daily Bread Designs September Release!!! Go check it out and then join all the gals on their blogs to get more info about their projects and leave comments so that you can be eligible for the 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 September 2, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on September 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!
Head over to the ODBD Blog and see the DT projects too!
I decided to decorate a wooden box for my craft room and this is the result. I didn't add a lot of embellishments because this ODBD Soulful Stitches Paper Collection is too pretty to cover up!  On the front I used the Elizabeth Stamp, Spool and Tape Stamp, a few flowers, a buttom and some bling.

On the end I used the Victoria Stamp a pink vellum die cut Doily with the new die and a bit of bling.
On the lid of the box I kept it very simple. I added two buttons, four flowers, bling swirls and a homemade stick pin. Around the edge of the lid I used two different trims. The rose trim is vintage from my husband's grandmother.

This second project is a simple card using the Soulful Stitches paper, Quilts stamp set and the ODBD Doily die. I cut the doily out of pale pink vellum and added a few pearls. Then I colored the quilt image with alcohol markers and layered it with rose paper. Beneath that, I added green corrugated card. Next came the gray pearls along the bottom and the sentiment.

Visit the other design team members on the blog hop...
 Chris * Grace * Julie * Cathy * Lori * Sandee * Dawn * Paula * Lisa 
Silke * Wanda * Angie * Sabrina * Audrey

I used these items from the September 2014 Realease...


I also used these previously released products from ODBD....


Sunday, August 31, 2014

ODBD September Sneak Peek

I just finished today's challenge FS395 over on Splitcoaststampers and decided to use someof the new stamps that are being released from Our Daily Bread Designs. This little dress and the sentiments are just a sneak peek of what's in store for tomorrow's September release. For the challenge at hand, I took my cue from this Raindrops on Roses card by Kathy.  As you can see I did change more than two things on my project. The biggest changes are the colors, using the left instead of the right side for the tickets and placing something in the window. 
Join me tomorrow for the spectacular new release from Our Daily Bread Designs!
I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!

Materials List
ODBD Stamps-Elizabeth, Birthday Doily, Doily Blessings
Papers- ODBD Blushing Rose Collection,  ODBD Heart and Soul Collection, Glossy Photo Paper,                  Kraft Paper, SU! Soft Suede Card Stock
Ink- Memento Tux Black, Tea Dye Distress
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers- Blender, (PP4,5 and 6) (FS1,3 and 6) (CG2,3 and 4) (IB1,2 and 3)
Pearl Bling
Mulberry Roses
Dimensional foam


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Shorebirds Swing Card

 Hey everyone, I hope you are having a great weekend! I have another card to share with you using SweetStamps stamps. This week, challenge 184-Masculine Birthday has me heading for nature and the beach! I decided to create a swing card for a little something different. Directions on how to create this type of card can be found here on Splitcoaststampers.
For the central image, I used Sweetstamps Shorebirds 3011 on glossy card stock. I think this is the best way to get a beautiful sky with minimal effort and it turns out different every time! I used a spellbinders die to cut out the image and I left the image in the die while I cut out the image with a utility knife going along the inside of the die with my knife. This made the image a bit smaller so that there would be a card stock border for an added detail.

On the inside, I used SweetStamps Special Day 9114 sentiment on the left side with the same die set and created a place to write a personal note on the right. It's a straight forward and fairly simple card so I'll just leave you with a materials list and if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
I would like to thank SweetStamps for inviting me to be a guest designer this month! I had a blast creating challenge cards using some of their stamps and products. If you would like to read my blog post over at SweetStamps for this card, click here.
Materials List
Stamps- SweetStamps Shorebirds 3011 and Special Day 9114
Card Stock and Paper- HP Photo Paper
                                     SU! Sahara Sand
                                     My Mind's Eye 12x12 Follow Your Heart "Be Amazing" Be Striped Paper
                                     Papertrey ink 8x8 Library Ledger
                                     K & Company 12x12 Sea Glass collection - Sailboats
Die- Spellbinders Labels 3
Inks and Markers- Memento- Tuxedo Black
                             SU! Pretty in Pink, Cameo Coral, Yo Yo Yellow, Creamy Caramel, Sahara Sand,
                                    Soft Suede, Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Tempting Turquois
                             Adirondack- Lemonade, Aqua, Lake Mist, Juniper
White Gel Pen
Clear spray sealer
Tiny real shells from an old necklace
Tiny Seashells Buttons by Dress It Up
Bling and Dolphin  by Busy Kids Kids Camp Jo-Ann Stores


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Flip Flop Flower Card

I have a fun and whimsical card today that should bring a smile and brighten someone's day! I'll have to add a roll of Lifesaver candies when I give the card! 
 I have been kicking around this flip flop flower idea in my head for a few weeks and thought is was an original idea until Grace mentioned that she had seen the idea on Pinterest. Oh well! I made this card for the SCS Free 4 All Challenge  F4A235. 
I used a lot of Our Daily Bread Designs product on this and you can click the links in the materials list to find these items. I began by constructing my flower first. I took the left flip flop from the ODBD Walk With Jesus Stamp set and stamped it on white card stock with pink ink eleven times. Then I cut them out using the small die from the flip flop die set. I sponged the toe of the flip flop, used a stylus on the toe to add dimension, added bling to each one and glued them together. While I waited on the glue to dry, I cut out two of the small and one large aster with the ODBD Asters and Leaves Die. I also sponged these pieces. I thought the small asters needed something more so I glued them together and took the heal of the flip flop stamp and stamped the fish pattern. I then glued all of my flower layers together and added bling to the center.

I used a pink A2 card base and added the textured ocean pattern as a layer. When I placed the flower on the card, it reminded me of a water lily so I added a few leaves and swirly vines. I added the words to my large flip flops, sponged, blinged and glittered. I used thin dimensional foam on the shoes and affixed them to the card. At the very bottom I added a strip of border and topped it with a pearl and lace trim.
Materials List
Stamps- ODBD Walk with Jesus, ODBD My Lifeguard
Ink- SU! Pretty in Pink along with the matching marker to color the flip flop straps
Card Stock- White, SU! Pretty in Pink, SU! Certainly Celery, SU! Green Galore
Fiskars Ocean Texture Plate
Dies- ODBD Flip Flop, ODBD Fancy Foliage, ODBD Asters and Leaves, ODBD Beautiful Borders
Dimensional Foam
Glitter Glue
Trim from Hobby Lobby

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Parchment Pansy

Hey Stampers! I have just returned home after taking my daughter back to college and getting her settled into her new digs! There will be no run down tiny dorm rooms this year. Instead a quaint apartment one block off of campus and a real kitchen, in which to cook! I'm exausted after this whirlwind trip but happy to bring you a new project.
It's time for another SweetStamps Challenge and this week the theme is Anything Goes -183! Head on over there and throw your project in the ring and you may win free SweetStamps product.  I chose to create another floral card using Parchment Craft tools and techniques. I explain how I made this card here on the SweetStamps Blog. The tools and materials may be purchased on the SweetStamps web site. This first photo shows how the center is popped up.
 This is a close up of the piercing I did as an added decoration.
The project is straight forward but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I would be happy to help you in any way that I can. I have added a materials list for your perusal. Join me again next week for another SweetStamps challenge!

Materials List
Ink-Versa Mark watermark pad
Papers- Parchmennt Paper, sei White Elegance Designer paper pad 12x12, SU! Cameo Coral card stock, SU! Green Galore card stock.
Embossing folder- Cuttlebug Victoria
Stamps- SweetStampsPansy Layers Frame 474k
Piercing/perforating pad 31419 and staggered magnetic grid from SweetStamps
PFT-A002 Two needle piercing tool from SweetStamps
Fine White detail embossing powder
White Gel Pen
Colored Pencils
Blending Stumps
Pink Half Pearls and trim from Hobby Lobby
3/8 inch white organza ribbon



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