Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Herbaganza 2009

I'm going through "Stamping Withdrawal"!!! I haven't stamped in over a week!!! It's tough when life gets in the way of my addiction.....then again, sometimes my addiction IS my life!!! I should be able to "go to my room" tonight, but meanwhile wanted to share a photo from this past weekend. My BFF, Melanie, and I worked a booth at "Herbaganza 2009", a yearly natural health conference in Springfield, Ohio. It was a lot of fun and the speakers were awesome, but the best part was spending a whole day with Mel! Because of our work schedules, we rarely get to spend time together, so this was a good day!! Hi Mel! Mmmmwaaaaah!!!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Featured Stamper Beate

This week's featured stamper at Splitcoast is Beate (pronounced Bee-ah-tah)! Beate is so sweet, so talented, and such a beautiful soul! I chose to case this card because of the gorgeous, simple design.....I just love her style....she has quite an eye for balance! I changed the colors and paper, and used a flower instead of the scalloped circle, but kept the layout the same. The verse I chose is from one of two new scripture sets from Our Daily Bread Designs, called Scripture Collection 1 and Scripture Collection 2. The dogwood stamp is from Sing To The Lord, also by ODBD. This card also qualifies for Cindy's Limited Supply Challenge to use Soft Subtles and a spring flower in the main image. One more challenge: Stef's Inspiration Challenge to choose one of the lovely dresses from Little Daisy Designs; I chose this dress because of the gorgeous colors in the flowers: pink, yellow, and blue.

Card details:

Paper: Bordering Blue, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, SU Bella Birds designer paper

Accessories: Circle Punch, Scalloped Border Punch, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack, Basic Grey Brads, Martha Stuart Dogwood and Foliage Punches, SU pink grosgrain, Foam Tape

Ink: Stazon Timber Brown, Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette, Barely Banana, Mellow Moss
Thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed day!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Thomas the Tank Birthday for Braydon!

Today we are celebrating our nephew's 3rd birthday! Braydon is three years old and loves Thomas.....actually any type of trains, trucks, race-cars, or heavy equipment! The card design was based two different challenges over at Splitcoast: Roxie's sketch challenge was a perfect fit, plus Kristine's Ways To Use It Challenge was to use stickers.....dang, can't get any better than that! On the nameframe, I traced the hill from a dinner plate to place the train and letters. Bray's name was too long for a straight track, but I like how it turned out! The signs were cut from some Thomas dp I found at Michael's....found the stickers there too! The main image on the card is also a sticker, but before adhering it to the white panel, I sponged the background scene using masking and reverse masking with a piece of scratch paper. The planks were cut from Close to Cocoa, stamped with SU's Weathered stamp. Pretty simple and very fun! I can't wait to see his precious little eyes light up!!! Have a beautiful day! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy One Year Anniversary to Our Daily Bread Designs!

Today is the big day!!! One year ago today, Kelley Holland's dream came true....to start Our Daily Bread Designs, her own stamp company with Christian-based stamps! What better way to share His message with others, but with hand-made cards and gifts which come straight from the heart! This company, and the friendship of Kelley and the entire design team, has been one of the greatest blessings of my life!

Thanks so much for stopping by for our first Blog Hop! If this is the first you've heard of the Blog Hop, and landed here by chance, there are "goodies" for you along the way! It's important to hit the blogs in the order of the Hop, which starts with Dina at Mama Dini's Stamperia. If you followed me here from Chris' blog, Twinkles Glow With Stamps, then you are in the right place!There is blog candy along the way and even I don't know where it is, so be sure to start at the beginning of the Hop so that you don't miss it!!

For a special grand prize, we are playing "Scripture Scramble"! Each blog has one or two words for you to collect, then put together to make a scripture verse (NIV edition). Once you've collected all of the words, send the verse in correct order, along with the scripture reference by EMAIL to our DT Coordinator, Judy Rozema, at lidaroseroz@gmail.com. Correct entries will be put into a hat and the Grand Prize winner will receive a set of their choosing from Our Daily Bread Designs AND a selection of cards made especially for this celebration by some of the Design Team members. Is that AWESOME, or what?! Entries must be received no later than Midnight CST on March 19th.

Here is my scripture scramble word: far

Speaking of scriptures, today is the release of two very special scripture sets: Design Team Scripture Collection 1 and Design Team Scripture Collection 2. Each of the Design Team members chose a verse that is special to them and Kelley made them into the special anniversary sets which are available to purchase today at ODBD! Buy both sets and save 10 %!!!

My card today is featuring the Scripture Collection 1; I chose to use Kelley's favorite verse. This gorgeous paper, "Brandywine" from Memory Box, the paper flowers, and green pearls are also available at the ODBD store.

Now, to finish the Blog Hop, you'll be visiting the ODBD BLOG. Good luck!!!

As if there wasn't enough excitement for today, this week's Card Positioning Systems sketch is sponsored by guess who?! Our Daily Bread Designs!

This card was one of the most fun cards I have ever made!!! The gorgeous pots and verse are from the ODBD set, "You Are The Potter". How did I do the background, you ask? I started by sketching the scene on a scratch paper, cut the scene in pieces for masking and reverse masking, and colored the watercolor paper with sponge daubers and ink pads....my fave technique! It was super easy and I love how it turned out! The "sun" and "ribbon" I found in the upholstery section at JoAnn's...what a fabulous find!!! The pots were colored with markers, clear embossed for a ceramic look, then hand-cut and punched greenery was added for flair.

Thanks sooooo much for stopping by today and for helping us celebrate our special day! God Bless!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

ODBD's Birthday Eve- The Celebration Continues!

Wow, what a week it has been......and it's not over yet!!! Make sure you check out the ODBD blog to catch up on all of the fun stuff! Tomorrow is our Scripture Scramble contest and blog hop....you better be there or you'll be missing out on some AWESOME blog candy!

Today, our featured designers are Becca and Laurie, two amazingly talented ladies! Check out Becca's blog for another gorgeous creation with "On Eagle's Wings". Laurie's blog will feature the awesome set, "Peace on Earth". One of these ladies has blog candy to give away.....which one is it?!

My card for today is made for the Technique Lover's Challenge on SCS, to make a ribbon frame. I used "Lift Up Our Hands" from ODBD, of course! The dp, also from ODBD, is Basic Grey "Bittersweet". Other supplies, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink and Chocolate chip inkpads, pearls, and satin ribbon. This is just one of several sympathy cards I need to send out. Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't miss the fun tomorrow!!!

ODBD Anniversary Celebration Day Six!

Boy, I hope you have been following Our Daily Bread Designs this week.....soooo many GORGEOUS creations and some FANTASTIC tutorials and product highlights!!! If you've missed a day or are just tuning in, check out the ODBD blog and catch up! There is MORE blog candy today, but you have to visit our featured designers today to find it!

Today you MUST check out Sita's blog, Kay's Creative Corner, and see her INCREDIBLE "Footprints in the Sand" card....wow, it knocked my socks clean off!!!!!

You also have to check out Angie's blog, Quacking Creations, to see her AWESOME creations with "Light of the World"!! Man, these girls are talented!!!!

My card today was made for a triple purpose:

1. To help celebrate ODBD's anniversary;

2. To give tribute to SCS's featured stamper today, one of our former guest designers and such a beautiful person, Stacy Morgan, aka twinshappy;

3. My mom's birthday is tomorrow, so I will be giving this card to her!!!

The stamp set is ODBD's "I Am The Way", the dp is Basic Grey "Porcelain", the lilies were paper pieced then painted with Buttercream Shimmerz and popped up for dimension. Added paper piercing, sponging, pearls, and satin ribbon, and liquid pearls to finish.

Thanks for tuning in.....make sure you come back here tomorrow to see what's happenin'!!! God Bless!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

ODBD Anniversary Celebration Continues! Plus....Blog Candy Winner!

Welcome to day five of Our Daily Bread Designs Anniversary Celebration Week! Check out the ODBD blog to catch up on all of the "fun stuff" going on!!

Today, check out Judy's blog...her feature today Glimmer Mist and the "Cross of Christ" stamp set....her card is soooo beautiful and has such an elegant style!

Don't miss Jane's gorgeous "Lord is My Shepherd" cards today....you have to check out her blog as well. One of these talented gals is giving away BLOG CANDY....YUMMY!

My card today was made for the Inspiration Challenge over at Splitcoast. Here is the cross which I used as my inspiration from the Fitz and Floyd catalog. The stamps I used are from ODBD's "May God Hold You" and the little circle medallion stamp is from Stampin' Up's "True Friend" set. This card is unusual, I know.....sort of Ireland meets The Old West!!! I stamped the cross, cut it out, embossed the whole piece with Golden Sand embossing powder (for the bottom layer). I embossed the cross in copper, cut out inner decorative pieces, colored them with Really Rust, and adhered them on the cross. I also copper embossed the "western medallion" twice, colored with Really Rust (and Close to Cocoa on the center piece). Added clear gemstones as in the inspiration cross. It's not exactly the same, but I think it's kinda cool! Copper embossed the sentiment .....I'm so excited that you can actually read it!! Embossing is not always my friend! Finished with paper piercing and some stamped twill! Hope ya'all like it!!!

Oh yeah....the BLOG CANDY WINNER!!! I printed all of your lovely comments, cut out each one, placed them all in a hat, and my hubby reached in and picked the winner:
Sheri is the winner, but does not have a profile link. Sheri, please contact me by noon on Monday, the 16th or another name will be drawn. Congrats to Sheri!

Sheri said...
I will have to add polyshrink to my list. That tutorial was interesting.
March 13, 2009 11:17 AM
Tune in tomorrow for more fun stuff!!!!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Day Four Of ODBD Anniversary Celebration!

Welcome to day four of Our Daily Bread Designs' Anniversary Week! I was planning to post an ODBD project each day, however, time won and I didn't get one finished for today! This instead, is a gift set I made for a dear friend's birthday. I used Bravo Burgundy, True Thyme, and Confetti Cream paper from SU. I followed the instructions on Splitcoast's Resource page for the A2 card box . I used a reverse mask to sponge the cards and stamp the flowers from Art of Life. The scallops on the box edge was done with SU scallop border punch, however, the oval scallop top frame was cut with scalloped scissors. The box top itself was stamped with the Leaves A La Carte jumbo wheel. The sentiments came from Sincere Salutations and So Many Sayings.

Now, getting on to the ODBD Anniversary stuff!!! You MUST check out Dina's blog and Betty's blog today to find out about MORE blog candy and to see their GORGEOUS creations!!! Stay tuned....there is more fun stuff to come....make sure you check out the ODBD blog each day to see what's happening!!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Day Three of ODBD Anniversary Celebrations!

Welcome to day three of Our Daily Bread Designs' one year anniversary celebration!!! Don't forget to check out the ODBD blog every day to see what's happenin'!!! (Psst....the scavenger hunt is still going on....don't forget to play!)

Check out Chris' blog to see more of her classy creations.....dang, that girl is good!!! Chris will be featuring a lot of the new items from the ODBD store....don't miss it!

TODAY IS THE DAY FOR MY VERY FIRST TUTORIAL!!! I will show how easy it is to use Polyshrink, the grown-up version of Shrinky-Dinks! I never knew there was a difference in shrinkable plastic, but once I tried Polyshrink, I will never go back to another brand. The items you make keep their shape perfectly and do not warp!!! Anyhoo...here we go!

Supplies you will need:


Sanding Blocks


Permanent Ink (I chose Stazon)

Markers (Permanent if possible)

Cutting System, punches, scissors, etc.

Heat tool or your oven

Step One: Using your sanding block, lightly sand horizontal and vertical stripes on a sheet of Polyshrink. This helps the ink to adhere to the slick surface.

Step Two: Stamp your image(s) onto the sanded side of the Polyshrink. I stamped the flowers close to the edge in order to use a punch.

Step Three: I used the Creative Memories' Cutting System to cut out the stamped verse. If you choose to make a tag, or pendant, etc., this would be the time to punch a hole. After shrinking the plastic, the hole remains, although smaller. I usually use a 1/4" hole punch, but for this project....no punchie!

Step Four: I used a scalloped circle punch for the flower images...wait until you see how cute they are when they're finished!!! You can also cut the image out with scissors or exacto knife if you choose.

Step Five: Color your image(s) if desired. Permanent type markers are preferred to insure that the color doesn't rub off after heating, however, it's fine to experiment with whatever you have on hand....even colored pencils!

Step Six: Bring on the heat!!! Since I had multiple items, I used my toaster oven instead of my heat tool. Both work fine, but the little suckers can get away from you when you use your heat tool on them!!! ***Note: most children and some husbands :) like to watch the baking process!!! Don't worry......they always curl up like that, but settle right down. It only takes a few minutes for the baking process. If they are a little curly, you can press down with an acrylic block while they are still warm. If they are TOTALLY out of shape, you haven't heated them enough.

Last step: Finish your project with your fun little charms!!!! Have fun! Don't forget to pick up your Polyshrink supplies at the ODBD store today!!!

Recipe for my card:

Sing to the Lord stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs
Sugardrop series paper from Memory Box (ODBD)
SU Chocolate Chip and Whisper White
Watercolor Paper
Gold flower shaped bead caps
Pearls stickers (ODBD)
Gel Pen
Ink: Mellow Moss, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust

Now....about that Blog Candy! Leave a comment on this post by midnight Friday and you will be entered in a drawing to win Sing To The Lord from ODBD!!! Good Luck! Thanks for stopping by!!! Have a blessed day!!!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Day Two Of ODBD Anniversary Celebration!

Welcome to Day Two of Our Daily Bread Designs Anniversary Celebration!

Check out Lorelie's blog for a demonstration of how to decorate your clear paint pails using ODBD scripture verses!

More blog candy?! Sure thing! Check out Holly's blog for a tutorial on 3-d items, plus "Fishers of Men" blog candy!!!

We are so thrilled that Nancy Morgan is joining us for our Anniversary Celebration also! Check to see what she's been up to!

My card today was made for SCS Sketch Challenge 219. Roxie provides the coolest layouts for us to try! I used the "Serenity Prayer", a new release this month from Our Daily Bread Designs. The dp and brads are from the Basic Grey "Bittersweet" collection, also from Our Daily Bread Designs. Kelley has filled her store with some awesome new products...check them out!!!

Make sure you come back tomorrow.....doing a tutorial of my own (plus blog candy!!!)

Welcome to ODBD Anniversary Week!

Our Daily Bread Designs will be one year old on March 17th! Kelley, owner of ODBD, and Judy, our Design Team manager have sooooo much fun stuff planned for the next week......and the fun stuff starts today!!!

ODBD Scavenger Hunt: check out Judy's blog for all the details on how to play and how to win prizes!!!

Check out Amy's blog for a tutorial on how to use the Scor-pal scoring system!

Blog candy anyone? Check out Angel's blog and a demonstration on using Shimmerz!

This card I have made for the Splitcoast color challenge of Rose Red, Always Artichoke, and Basic Black. I used a verse from "Path of Life" from Our Daily Bread Designs, layered over a paper doily. This gorgeous paper is from the "Porcelain" line of Basic Grey. This paper plus the green pearls can also be found at ODBD. Oh yeah, the photo corners are from an EK Success punch. Have an awesome day!

StampingQueenJAR case - Yay, Judy!

Congrats to Judy aka StampingQueenJAR for being this week's featured stamper over at Splitcoast!!!! If you are not familiar with Judy or her amazing artwork, check out her gallery or her blog. This is the card I chose to case today in honor of Judy. For my card, I used a verse from "Sing to the Lord" from Our Daily Bread Designs. I chose this dp because it looked like two separate papers, like Judy's card; instead of dry embossing I used ornare piercing down the left side. The ornare piercing template, this Memory Box paper called "Sugardrop", and the pink pearls can also be found at the Our Daily Bread Designs store.

Spunky Sprout Lamp Inspiration

I LOVE to get up early on Saturday morning to see what the Inspiration Challenge is on Splitcoast!!! I love being able to re-create the inspiration pieces with limited supplies.....to be honest, I just love a good challenge!

This week we were to use an item from the Spunky Sprout catalog. I chose the white version of this lamp . Though the lamp had many different flower and leaf silhouettes, I decided to use Best Blossoms and keep it simple. The leaves were stamped with Sahara Sand and the blossoms with Basic Gray. I sponged the edges heavy with Sahara Sand, and gradually lightened toward the inside to create the illusion of light in the center. I adhered vellum (with the help of my Xyron sticker maker) over the image to soften it. Finished with paper piercing, ribbon, and brads. I mailed this to a dear friend who just had a miscarriage this week.

30 Minutes Hello Tree

One of the greatest challenges for me is to make a quick card! I am super slow and wasn't sure I could pull off a 30 minute card.....it's a miracle! This card covers two Splitcoast challenges for this week: Color Challenge of Pink Passion, Chocolate Chip, and Old Olive(since I don't have Kiwi Kiss); also the Limited Supply Challenge: the limits were on time and to keep the embellies simple. It's kinda different for me, but I think I kinda like it! It's already been mailed to a friend who needs a lift right now....I hope she likes it! (No, I'm not telling you who it is!)
Anyhoo....this is a set I just received last week, called "Hello Tree" from Hero Arts. I colored the stamp directly with markers, then used reverse masking with a scallop punch to sponge the olive around the tree. Used cuttlebug dots ef for the background and main panel. Don't you just love this fun ribbon? I just found it at Michael's for 50 cents!!! Just can't pass up a bargain!!!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

StampingQueen JAR "Secret Valentine"

Look at this GORGEOUS card I received!!! The design team gals at Our Daily Bread designs were assigned "Secret Valentines" last month and I was lucky enough to get a card from Judy aka StampingQueenJAR!!! Judy has such an elegant, creative style....she's an awesome person too!!! Check out Judy's blog: Jar Full of Joy or her Splitcoast gallery  to see her fantastic creations!!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Lighthouse Birthday

I made this card for Daren, a co-worker who used to be in the Coast Guard. Thought he might like a lighthouse scene. The lighthouse is from "Keep My Lamp Burning" from Our Daily Bread Designs. I wanted the outline only from the lighthouse, so I colored the stamp with a black marker, sponged with Sahara Sand, cut out, and popped up over a scene which was colored entirely with sponge daubers and ink pads. Finished with brads, paper piercing, and some beading twine.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Featured Stamper Kelly H

This week's featured stamper at Splitcoaststampers.com is Kelly Hampton aka Kelly H. Her style is so clean and beautiful! I chose this card to case.  The sentiment stamp is from SU Sincere Salutations, the designer paper is SU Au Chocolat, and the cardstock used is SU Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla. The oval sentiment tags were cut with Creative Memories cutting system. Finished with sponging, paper piercing, satin ribbon, and pearl halves. This card will be given to a co-worker who got married this weekend. Have a blessed day!