Saturday, June 28, 2014

My Big News at Our Daily Bread Designs

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Hi friends, I wanted to share some news with you today! As you already know, I just finished up as a customer guest designer at Our Daily Bread Designs for the month of June. It was great fun and I enjoyed the experience! I was happily surprised to receive an invitation to join them as a Design Team member. You could have knocked me over with a feather that day! Go ahead and click the logo to see the design team. Can you believe that I am there? You could still knock me over with a feather!
For quite some time, I have been wondering if I should continue to papercraft or try to serve God in some other manner. Our scrapbooking group at church fizzled out after I suggested we use our talent to help other people. The group was interested in working on their own projects and not work on anything as a group. Many months have passed since then and I continued to papercraft. My cards tend to be faith based and I often stamp scripture on the inside of them. I decided that I would participate in more papercraft challenges when the new year rolled around and what better place than at ODBD and Splitcoaststampers?  When ODBD posted about having some guest designers on the blog a few months back, I threw my hat into the ring. Voila, here I am today sharing some news that has also been an answer to prayer. I have experienced several affirmations in the last few months which have pointed me in the direction of staying with my much loved papercrafts! I look forward to creating many projects in the future that may inspire others to pick up their faith based stamps and bless someone else! Thanks for stopping by today and visiting with me!
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Window of Nature

Welcome back to the last week of guest designing at Our Daily Bread Designs!  I've had great fun playing with their wonderful stamps, dies and papers!  I have several more ideas sketched out for other ODBD projects and I hope to implement those in the near future. I have more ideas than time at the moment!  My new puppy takes up a lot of my time as I teach and train him how to be a great addition to the family.

My design today has been kicking around in my head for the last several months. It came to me after I did the Pop Up Garden Card back in March. I have just expounded on the idea of being able the change out the scene according to the season or my particular mood. I have used the window die and made a box that attaches to the back of the die cut. This box houses all of the stamped scenes.

I then added flowers to dress things up a bit and added the sentiment from the Scripture Collection 3 stamp set. You can see that I cut apart the smallest die cut from the Vintage Flourish Pattern die set as a decorative element to the sentiment. The center rose is one I made from ribbon and the white flowers are all made of clay. I found them in the bridal section of my craft store. The smaller ribbon roses came from a craft store and have been in my stash for many years. Some of the leaves are silk and came with the clay flowers and some of them are paper. I made these with the Fancy Foliage Dies.

 This scene was very easy. I wanted to show you a simple way to color on glossy card stock with water based markers. No fancy sponging of ink here but I did layer on colors for the sky and the light. You can see that my pop up box is smaller for this project. It's 3/4" high x 4 1/2" wide x 3" deep.  I used a piece of designer paper from the Christian Faith Collection to decorate the box. The lavender paper has some yellow in it and pairs nicely with the yellow flowers and yellow in each stamped image. These pictures don't really pick that up but in real life, it goes well together.
In this photo you can see that I have mounted my images two different ways. The pond scene is mounted on 80# black card stock and I left the bottom open to write a message or sentiment. The lightouse image is mounted on black card also but I covered the entire card with the image. The ODBD stamp sets used for the main images are....
Keep My Lamp Burning
Pond Single
The Mighty Sea
Adding an image of Garden Path would be a great addition to this trio.

I can see giving this as part of a house warming gift, to someone in a nursing home/hospital or just to decorate a bookcase. I think a beach themed Pop Up card would be nice. It could be decorated with tiny shells and sea glass instead of flowers. Stamped images from the Pond, Keep Climbing and Quiet Waters would look great decorated with twigs, moss and woodland flowers. How about using Garden Path, Bicycle and Butterfly Path for a garden themed card? There are all sorts of things you could do with this idea and change the theme around.
I hope this sparks your creativity! If you make one of these, let me know. I would love to see what you come up with!  I know that you may have questions about how this was made so I will add a video and explain a few things in my next post. Until then, have a great day!
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

More Work Than A Toddler

 This is Buddy and the latest member of our family! He's quite a handful and into anything and everything! His nose leads him into more trouble than he can get out of. Buddy was probably dumped at the end of the road where my mother-n-law lived. In any case, he wandered onto her farm and she took him in. He had worms and mange a few weeks ago but several trips to the vets office has him on the mend.
 After my mother-n-law passed away, I took Buddy with me to get him part way to his destination and new owner. The plan was that I would meet my brother-n-laws wife halfway between my house and northern Virginia to drop him off. The new owner had second thoughts or (non)buyers remorse. I had been wanting a dog since my daughter left for college two years ago so I convinced my husband to let me keep him. He has definitely bonded to me. Buddy follows me everywhere! This photo is what he looks like right before he gets into major trouble. Notice the nonchalant look about him. As if to say...'who me? I wasn't even near that when it tumbled over. I'm here to serve you! Do I really look like a menace to society?'
He's more work than having a toddler in the house because he is quick. He's lightening fast and grabs anything he can get a hold of to run with it. He hopes that I will chase him but I calmly walk over and relieve him of the object instead. As I am writing this, Buddy just grabbed the bottom of a curtain and yanked half of the curtain rod off of the wall! I spend the day keeping him out of trouble or placing him in "puppy jail". In this case, I place him in jail. That's what we call the several hundred square feet that we cordoned off in the kitchen and houses his kennel. We put up two metal baby gates to make a safe area for him and it looks like he is in jail when sitting behind the metal gate.

This is Buddy's favorite pastime. Chew, chew, chew!!!!!!!! I give him several toys each day to chew on and he still finds lots of other things to chew instead. Shoes on the ground are safe for about thirty seconds before Buddy finds them and runs off with his treasure. yesterday I was stripping kale leaves from the thick midrib and Buddy was watching. He barked at me and I handed him the midrib. Off he went with his new found treasure! At least I know he's getting greens in his diet!
Buddy has now been with us two and a half weeks. He has learned to sit and lie down as long as kibble is involved! He can also play fetch quite well. I didn't have to teach him. It was already a part of his genetic make up. You see, Buddy is a mixed breed and Labrador Retriever is definitely part of the mix. I see many a slobbery tennis ball in his future as he spends part of each day retrieving. Well, it's time for me to go screw that curtain rod back in the wall! Thanks for stopping by today. Leave a comment and tell me what toy is the most favorite of your dog. providing you have a dog. Buddy loves his Kong moose and Kong gator stuffed animals. More toys are ordered and on their way. Soon his eight toys will become ten!
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Black and White Anniversary

This design makes the perfect anniversary card and even a wonderful wedding card too! It's a large 5x7 inch card with layers that scream "I'm a premium luxurious card"! I have used the Vintage Flourish Pattern Die from Our Daily Bread Designs to surround the I Corinthians stamp which I stamped on parchment paper. This die is a bit too small to overlay over the stamp so I did a bit of surgery on the die cut to make it work.  I cut it vertically to open it up and make it wider and I am pleased with the result.  You can see that I used the smallest die to insert at both the top and bottom.  This gave me the extra width I needed and also added a decorative element. I then backed this piece with white card stock and popped it up off the card using dimennsional foam.
I used the Lattice paper from the Chalkboard Collection paper pad behind the verse to add depth and interest to the card. Behind that I used a textured and pearlized black card stock which adds elegance and works as the perfect backdrop for the white fabric flowers.
Here I have used parchment paper and the Fancy Foliage Die for the leaves and swirls. I made two die cuts and cut them apart to get this design. I added white veins on the leaves using thinned down acrylic white paint and a calligraphy nib. Things still didn't suit me, so I added glitter glue to the swirls and it catches the light very well and adds a bit more elegance.  
This view shows a bit of the inside and you can see that I used the Crocheted Border Die to create the edge on the white card stock. Choosing a sentiment for the inside will dictate the difference between a wedding and an anniversary card. For now I will leave it blank until I need an appropriate card.
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bottle of Prayers Slider Card


 Welcome to the  second week of guest designing for Our Daily Bread Designs! I have created a slider card with a gift card pocket. I often think about friends who are dealing with difficult situations and need my prayers.  Sometimes I would like to send them something to let them know how important they are and that I am thinking about them. It's silly to pay so much postage for a small gift so I thought it would be fun just to send a gift card. Send the friend on a mini shopping spree for their favorite bath products or to pick up a little something for their favorite hobby!I consider this a long distance pick me up!
I stamped the Jar on acetate with black Stazon ink and die cut it. The coloring was actually done on white card, die cut and backed on the acetate.  The coloring was done using alcohol markers and Inka Gold metallic rub. The rub makes the jar lid look very realistic.   I applied Tack it Over and Over glue to the jar lid and adhered the two pieces together. This glue will dry clear and does a great job at keeping the acetate adhered to the project without seeing the adhesive. Working with wet glue is the key.
 This photo shows the card open about three quarters of the way. I ran out of phtography/lighting space and wasn't able to capture a photo with it extended all of the way. As my luck would have it, the weather didn't cooperate either for taking this outdoors for a shot. In any case, you can see what I did for each slide out section.
This card was also made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration challenge IC444.  We were to use the Bassett Furniture website for our inspiration and I found mine on the main page where there is a picture of different colors of padded headboards.  My designer paper contains 3 of those five colors. I tried adding the lavender by changing out the green background but I liked the green better.                     

I used the ODBD Blooming Garden Paper Collection, Antique Labels and Borders dies, Canning Jar dies, Joy in a Jar Stamp set, Blue Ribbon Winner Stamp Set and Lift Up Our Hands stamp set. You may find all of these items at ODBD. Join me next Wednesday for another ODBD project!

 Thanks for stopping by!
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Monday, June 9, 2014

Celebrate the Men



I'm the hostess this month for the Carriers of Faith blog group over at Splitcoaststampers. Here is the challenge I gave the gals.

Challenge: I want you to create a card or gift for your father or a male figure who has been influential in your Christian life. Create multiple projects if you wish for more than one of those special men.
2. Give the project to that man or men that you hold dear to you. Celebrate these people on or before Father's Day!
3. Use any scripture you like on your project. Just make sure the scripture has a prominent place somewhere on your project and share a pic where you used the scripture.
4. Tell us why you chose this person or persons and how they played a part in your walk with Christ.
5. Explain why you chose a particular scripture on your project.

When I issued this challenge, I was thinking about making a card for my Dad but things changed a few weeks ago and I made this card for my husband instead.  His Mother passed away suddenly and he has had a lot to deal with. There is much to be done with the handling of the estate and he is a bit weary and worn right now.


I created this simple card and included one of his favorite verses as he works through the grief. I think Psalm 121:1-2 is an appropriate scripture at this time. I had intended on writing more for this post but the time away for the memorial service left me little time to create a project. I hope you will forgive me and I hope the COF challenge next month leaves me with more time and creativity. 

If you would like to check out the projects from the other COF members, just click on one of the gals from the group posted on my side bar. Wer'e not doing an actual hop this month. Thanks for stopping by and visiting!

Materials on the front of the card can be found at Our Daily Bread Designs and the verse on the inside came from Verve.
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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Best Medicine Greeting Card

Hi everyone! My post is a bit late today. I have lost track of my days this week as I have been out of town dealing with a family death. Getting caught up will take a few days though.
Today's card is a get well card and I love the colors of this one! The paper pad is DCWV La Bella Rouge and the stamp set is the Get Well Labels Twenty set from Justrite Stamps. Amy Tedder designed this set and I'm partial to her work. I'm sure I will be obtaining more of her designs in the future! I went with the Spectrum Noir markers to color the image and I was quite pleased with the results.

As you can see, I used a Martha Stewart Punch and theSpellbinders Labels Twenty die on the inside. I think this greeting card is bright and cheery for whomever the recipient winds up being. Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you say hello!

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Stone Blessings

Hello crafty friends! I'm delighted to be the guest designer, for the month of June, over on the Our Daily Bread Designs blog! It's been a pleasure working intensively with their stamps, dies and paper pads the last few months. I'll be posting ODBD projects each Wednesday this month and maybe a few more in between! This first project measures 9x4 inches and uses a standard business envelope for mailing. It features 'The Mighty Sea',  'Count the Waves' and the 'Scripture Collection 3' stamp sets.  I have stamped the images on glossy card stock and colored the scene using dye based inks and a colorbox stylus tool. As a finishing touch I added white acrylic paint for the frothy water. You may notice that the words are just a bit smudged and uneaven. I did this on purpose because I was thinking about writing on the beach in real life. It's never perfect because the wind and water quickly change what I have scribbled. I actually had to stamp this scene several times before I got the lettering to do this. That's just my luck since I usually need to stamp multiple times before I get the image perfect enough. LOL!

 So often we think of using these outdoor scenes for masculine cards and I thought why not dress it up a bit for a female. I used the firefly paper from the Blooming Gardens collection and the lacey border from the Chalkboard Collection designer papers to assemble the front.
The inside sports some more firelfly paper and a verse of strength and encouragement from the Scripture collection 3 stamp set. If you are off to the beach this summer, you might think about this card and be reminded of God's words in Joshua as you contemplate the mighty strength of our God! Have a blessed summer!
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