Thursday, June 30, 2011

Vintage Flag Birthday!

Happy Thursday, everyone! Today I would like to share a clean and simple birthday card which I made for my boss. Though you have probably seen this awesome scripture stamp before from Our Daily Bread designs' Scripture Collection Three, this vintage flag image, called "Old Flag Background" will be released on Friday.....isn't it cool?! This week's Ways To Use It Challenge at Splitcoast is perfect....Something Old (scripture verse) and Something New (flag stamp)!

Since there will be a lot of red, white, and blue cards around next week for the 4th of July, I decided to go with a non-traditional color for the flag on this card, especially since it's for a birthday card. I've really been hooked on this Cajun Craze color by Stampin Up, so I stamped the image in Stazon Timber Brown (stamped off first), then sponged and overstamped with the Cajun Craze. Added some paper piercing, antique pewter brads, linen thread, and it's done! Most guys don't care for the "overdone" cards, so I made this one as simple as possible.

Thanks again for stopping by! Come on back tomorrow (Friday) at 8 am EDT for the Our Daily Bread designs July New Release Blog Hop, not just for a chance to win stamps from ODBD, but you have got to see the gorgeous samples by my fellow Breadsticks as well!

Have a blessed day!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

ODBD July Sneak Peek!

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing some brand new stamps by Our Daily Bread designs, which will be released on Friday...woo hoo!!! Some of you may have already seen this card on Monday, since I wrote the Product Review article on the ODBD blog on how to use the new Sweet William stamps with Spellbinders Blossoms 3 dies.....check out the post HERE.

I started out by heat embossing all five of the Sweet William blossoms with white embossing powder, sponged Melon Mambo ink over them in different variations of color, then wiped the excess ink from the embossed parts (this technique is called Embossing Resist). For the other blossom assembly tips, please see the tutorial. The sentiment is from another new set for July, called "Large Scrapbook Words", which are not only perfect for your layouts but wonderful for cards too!!! (Big smile!)

Card 'Ingredients':
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs 'Sweet William - Large', 'Sweet William - Small', and 'Large Scrapbook Words';
Cardstock: SU Melon Mambo and Whisper White;
Designer Paper: Prima 'Madeline';
Ink: Versamark, SU Melon Mambo;
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Spellbinders Blossoms 3 Dies, May Arts Crocheted Lace and Faux Suede Leaves, Zva Creative Pearls, 'Pearl' Glimmer Mist, Paper Piercer and template, sponge daubers.

Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for another ODBD sneak peek don't forget about the July New Release Blog Hop on Friday!!!!!

God bless!!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Christian Paper Crafts "Sweet Summertime" Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Christian Paper Crafts "Sweet Summertime" Blog Hop!!! Each month on the 22nd, we have a blog hop to celebrate the theme of our Design Team Delights gallery for that month. Every one is welcome to play along! Create a card, layout, or altered item with the theme of "Sweet Summertime" and link it HERE on the CPC Creative will also find all of the deets there on how to win a prize. To find out more info on our monthly blog hops, click on the blinkie button on the right side bar.

For my blog hop card, I decided to make a summertime lake scene by using the cattail image from the "With Heartfelt Sympathy" set and the "Save Time" single stamp, both by Our Daily Bread designs. The background was sponged using scratch paper, Stampin Up ink pads and sponge daubers while the white cardstock was still inside the Labels Eleven die, in order to keep the white frame.

Card details:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs 'With Heartfelt Sympathy' and 'Save Time - the Blessings Collection';
Cardstock: SU Soft Suede and Whisper White;

Designer Paper: Basic Grey 'Pyrus';
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, SU Ink Pads and markers;
Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Circle Punch, Spellbinders Labels Eleven, Sponge Daubers, Scratch Paper, May Arts Twill Ribbon, Paper Piercer and template;
Technique: Coloring with Sponges, Masking, Paper piercing;
Size: A2.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! God Bless!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sure and Steadfast!

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend! This is a Father's Day card I made for my dear Father-in-law, using the "Anchor" set by Our Daily Bread designs. You're probably wondering why I didn't use one of the ODBD Father's Day sets to make his card? Well, his birthday is in April and this year and last I used a Father's Day set to make his birthday card....just couldn't help myself!!

This week's Color Monday Challenge over at Christian Paper Crafts is perfect for a masculine card....check out the details HERE on the Christian Paper Crafts creative blog. If you'd like to play in the weekly challenges, come on over and link your projects! Even if you're not a member to the CPC community site YET, you can still play along on the blog.
Also, this week's Featured Stamper over at Splitcoast is Tami Mayberry!!!! Yay, Tami!! For those of you who don't know Tami, she not only is uber-talented and uber-sweet, but she runs the popular sketch challenge blog, Card Positioning Systems. I have chosen this gorgeous card from Tami's gallery to re-create....I loved the entire design so I kept it as close as possible. I am also using the Speedy the Cat's Friends' use at least one button.

Card Details:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs' 'Anchor';
Cardstock: SU Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White;
Designer Paper: Basic Grey 'Marjolaine';
Ink: SU Marina Mist, Ranger Antique Linen, and Stazon Timber Brown;
Accessories: Our Daily Bread designs 'Fish Embossing Plate', Basic Grey Button, 'Water' Dew Drops, SU Linen Thread, Paper Piercer and Template;
Techniques: Over-stamping, Paper Piercing, Dry Embossing;
Size: 4-1/2 x 5-1/2.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a very blessed week!!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Noah's Ark Christening Gift

Hi everyone! Happy Friday to you! Today I would like to share a christening gift for my step-nephew, Isaac. The adorable image is from an Our Daily Bread designs set, "Noah's Ark", cut out and popped up over some Cuttlebug'd waves which were cut with scalloped scissors. The sentiment was printed from my pc, then cut out with a Spellbinders Mega Ovals Large die. The rainbow was sponged with Stampin' Up ink pads and sponge daubers.

This week's Wednesday Case Artist over at Christian Paper Crafts is Traci probably already know Traci from the "He Is Able" RAK blog. Traci's heart is pure gold and she loves to bless others and share the love she has for the Lord. I have chosen Traci's Noah's Ark card to re-create for this framed gift. I have also used Gloria's Sketch Tuesday Challenge for this week......yes, I did "take some liberties" here, but it is still recognizable, right?! :) I have also used the "Wombat Soup" challenge from CPC, which is to use plain cardstock, embossing, and shapes. The Fun on Friday Challenge for last week was to make your own designer paper, and the ODBD Stamping In Time challenge is also "DP by Me"!

I have also used this week's super fun Tuesday Trigger Challenge over at the Paper Crafts' Moxie Fab World Blog.....if you haven't subscribed to this blog, you should! Cath has the most interesting and fun posts there each week!!! This challenge is called "Rainbow Bright" could I use Noah's Ark and not have a rainbow?!

'Project Ingredients':
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs 'Noah's Ark';
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Ballet Blue and Whisper White;
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Stampin Up Ink Pads and markers;
Accessories: Gingham ribbon, Cuttlebug Divine Swirls Embossing Folder, Scalloped Scissors, Chipboard Letters by 'Pressed Petals', sponge daubers;
Technique: Coloring with Sponges, Dry Embossing, Framed Gift;
Size: 8 x 10 opening....frame size unknown.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a blessed weekend!!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

ODBD Polyshrink Mobile Tutorial for Christian Paper Crafts Design Team Delights Sneak Peek!

Happy Monday, everyone!!!! Today it's my turn to share a sneak peek of what's to come this week when the Christian Paper Crafts Design Team Delights Gallery opens on the 15th! This month's gallery theme is "Sweet Summertime".......what better way to celebrate summer but with butterflies in flight!! Below is a tutorial showing how I made this Polyshrink mobile using cutting dies, stamps, and punches.

Though I ended up using a few more items than shown here, these are the basics I used for this project. There will be a complete product list in the post below.

Step One:
Use a sanding block or soft sandpaper to sand vertical and horizontal lines on a sheet of Polyshrink plastic. By scuffing the surface, the stamping ink will adhere much better than it would on a slick surface.

Step Two:
Using Stazon Royal Purple, I stamped onto the Polyshrink with the "Butterfly Single" and "Crocheted Background", both by Our Daily Bread designs. The cutting dies were taped in place so that they will not move during the die-cutting process.

This shows the flip side, with the cutting side up. I placed a piece of scratch paper between the Grand Calibur base plate and cutting dies just in case any of the ink wants to rub off under the pressure. The cutting plate goes on top of this and it's ready to cut.

Step Three:
Run plates through the Grand Calibur. I love how easy it is to use the Grand Calibur....the cranking is so smooth and it cuts very efficiently, even through the Polyshrink. Plus, with the larger plate surface, you can cut many items at the same time!!!

Step Four:
After cutting out the Spellbinders Lattice Pendants and five butterflies with the ODBD "Butterfly Die", I also punched some Martha Stewart Monarch Butterflies from the remaining stamped Polyshrink. Note: If you are making jewelry or tags with Polyshrink, make sure you punch your holes before heating. After shrinking, the plastic would be too thick. So, I punched holes in the ODBD butterflies. I went ahead and put all of the die cut leftover pieces on the baking sheet too to see if I could use them for another project later as embellishments.

Step Five:
After pre-heating your oven to the specified temperature on the Polyshrink package (300 - 350 degrees), insert the baking sheet and get ready for a show!! The plastic will start curling up, so don't be alarmed! After a minute or less, all of your items will be shrunken down to about a 1/4 of their original size. Some may have a little "curl" to them.....while they are still hot and pliable, you can still flatten them....I use a piece of paper with a hot pad on top of it to press down on them. If you don't use something smooth, you may press the fiber imprint into the plastic.

I forgot to include the dies in the photo to show the size difference....sorry! But here are the pieces after heating. Even the tiny pieces came out great....the largest ones I will use as embellishments....the smallest I will save to make a shaker card later!

To assemble the mobile, I used white embroidery thread to tie the butterflies at different lengths. The Spellbinders Lattice Pendants were a perfect base for the mobile. After knotting each end, I used craft glue to smooth out the knots. The tag in the center was made using the ODBD Tag Die, along with "Kind Hearts", a new stamp released this month from Our Daily Bread designs.

This was a very fun project....I enjoyed it immensely! The toughest part was tying the thread and balancing the butterflies at the same time. I would love to make another mobile soon, but think I may have to visit JoAnn's or Michael's to find some jewelry making supplies.

Here is a complete list of items used:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs 'Kind Hearts', 'Crocheted Background', 'Butterfly Single';
Ink: Stazon Royal Purple (Note: you will need a permanent ink for Polyshrink);
Accessories: Polyshrink Plastic Sheet, Our Daily Bread designs Tag Die and Butterfly Die, Spellbinders Lattice Pendants, Martha Stewart Monarch Butterfly Punch, Embroidery Thread, Craft Glue, 1/4 inch hole punch.

If you have any questions, please send me an email at angelladcrockett at yahoo dot com. I'd love to hear from you! (Just make sure to put a recognizable subject line on your email so that you don't end up in the spam box!)

If you'd like to see more sneak peeks from the Design Team at Christian Paper Crafts, check out the CPC Creative Blog.....check out our weekly challenges while you're there! Also, don't forget to create a 'Sweet Summertime' themed project for our monthly blog hop on the 22nd.....this month's hop is sponsored by Pink Persimmon!! Check out all of the details HERE. Can't wait to see you at the hop!!!
Have a blessed week!!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Live Every Day To The Fullest!!!

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a fabulous weekend! I've been having fun in my stamp room since it's been so hot outside, but today in Indiana, it's much cooler and gorgeous outside....the swing in the back yard is calling my name!!!

Today I would like to share a quick birthday card I made lastnight for my brother-in-law. I used to struggle with masculine cards, but Our Daily Bread designs has released so many masculine sets in the past year that I have many options to choose from....yay!!

I started out by stamping the clock image from the ODBD set, "Time", in Cajun Craze (stamped off first on scratch paper for a lighter image), then overstamped in Stazon Timber Brown ink with the "Each Minute" single stamp, also by ODBD. I cut out the clock, sponged the edges heavily with SU Early Espresso, pierced around the circle freehand, then popped up over the dry embossed panel, which was sponged and pierced as well. Added some brass brads and twill and it's ready to go!

Card ingredients:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs 'Time' and 'Each Minute';
Cardstock: SU Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White;
Ink: Stazon Timber Brown, SU Cajun Craze and Early Espresso;
Accessories: May Arts Twill Ribbon, Brass Brads, Clockworks Embossing Folder by Cuttlebug, paper piercer and template, sponge daubers;
Techniques: Dry Embossing, Clean and Simple, Paper Piercing;
Size: A2.

This week's Wednesday Case Artist over at Christian Paper Crafts is Maxine from New Zealand.....congrats, Maxine!!! Check out her blog, Kiwime's Kreations.....Maxine is a dear Christian lady and a talented paper-crafter as well. I chose this gorgeous card to re-create because of the gorgeous embossed background and great clean and simple layout. Thanks for the inspiration, Maxine!!

I have also used the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoast to help design this card. I chose this room from the Dali Decals soon as I saw the colors and the gears and cogs, I knew exactly what to make!!

Thanks for stopping by today! Stay tuned tomorrow for my sneak peek (and a fun tutorial) of the Christian Paper Crafts Design Team Delights Gallery which opens on June 15th!

God's blessings to you!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Thank You For All You Do!

Hi everyone!

This just may be the most simple card I have made since my early stamping days! I have to say that I am addicted to designer papers....there are so many companies out there now with such variety in designs and colors....Basic Grey, Prima, SEI, Pink Paislee, Memory Box, etc. I honestly don't know if I could choose a fave, but I am really loving this Bo Bunny 'Gabrielle' 6x6 pack! Some of the designs are so gorgeous that I am challenged to create the most simple cards so not to cover up the paper!!

Card details:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs
'Serve The Lord';
Cardstock: SU Early Espresso and Whisper White;
Designer Paper: Bo Bunny 'Gabrielle';
Ornare Piercing Template, Nestabling Pearls by Want2Scrap, 'Pearl' Glimmer Mist; Technique: Ornare Piercing, Clean and Simple;
Size: 5-1/2 x 5-1/2.

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit! Have a very blessed day!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

CPS Sketch Sponsored by Christian Paper Crafts

Hello, everyone! This week Christian Paper Crafts is sponsoring the CPS Sketch Challenge #221! (To the left). I just had to play along....isn't this a fun sketch? Check out all of the challenge details and awesome samples here at the CPS Challenge blog. As soon as I saw the center circle panel, I knew I had to use this new set by Our Daily Bread designs, called "Time". Plus, it's perfect timing for a co-worker's birthday....I love when a plan comes together!

This was such a fun and easy card to make. The clock was stamped in Stazon Jet Black, colored with sponge daubers and markers, cut out, paper pierced, and popped up with foam tape. I stamped an extra set of clock hands to pop up as well. The Bo Bunny "Timepiece" designer paper was cut into three pieces, corners rounded, sponged, then paper pierced....also popped up with foam tape. The little gold pieces are Hero Arts Metallic Decor, which I found last year in the clearance section at Archivers....they have the best clearance!!! The center of the tag was popped up and the outside edges were adhered flat against the May Arts Twill Ribbon, to give a rounded look....looks better in the real!

Card details:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs 'Time';
Cardstock: SU Bravo Burgundy and Whisper White;
Designer Paper: Bo Bunny 'Timepiece';
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, SU markers and ink pads;
Accessories: Spellbinders Ribbon Tags Trio, May Arts Twill Ribbon, CM Corner Rounder, Hero Arts Metallic Decor, paper piercer and template, foam tape, sponge daubers;
Technique: Paper Piercing, Distressing, Masculine;
Size: 5-1/2 x 5-1/2

Thanks so much for stopping by today! God Bless!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

That's What Friends Are For!

Hi everyone!

Today I would like to share a card which I made for a dear friend. I love this new stamp, 'Friends - the Blessings Collection', by Our Daily Bread designs. Not sure how many of you readers are old enough to remember the song, but it sure is a good'un!!!

This week's ODBD Shining the Light Challenge is a "Sentiment Only" challenge....I couldn't help but play along in this one!! The Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge is to use something new....I am using some of the awesome Nestabling pearls, which are Spellbinder compatible!! This week's Featured Stamper over at Splitcoast is Taylor Usry......yay, Taylor girl!!! I fell in love with the layout of this gorgeous card from Taylor's gallery, and just had to re-create it. I did flip the top panel to the other side because I wanted to show the best side of the designer paper I had chosen to use, and I added some ribbon.

Card Details:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs 'Friends - the Blessings Collection';
Cardstock: SU Blushing Bride and Whisper White;
Designer Paper: Pink Paislee 'The Butterfly Collection';
Ink: Stazon Olive Green and Ranger Antique Linen;
Accessories: Want2Scrap Nestabling Pearls, Bow Easy, May Arts Satin Ribbon, Scor-buddy (for scored lines on card), Spellbinders Lacey Ovals and Oval Nestabilities, 'Pearl' Glimmer Mist, Paper Piercer and template, Damask CB EF;
Technique: Dry Embossing, Scoring, Paper Piercing;
Size: 5-1/2 x 6.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a blessed week!!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

ODBD Stamping In Time: On Assignment Challenge

If you are looking for the Our Daily Bread designs June New Release Blog Hop, please scroll down one post!

Happy Thursday, everyone! It's time for another fun Stamping in Time: On Assignment Challenge over at Our Daily Bread designs! This week we have a fabulous guest hostess, Becky Reed, who has challenged us to create any card, layout, or altered item using our favorite ODBD stamp set. Picking my favorite set was a challenge in itself, but since I use the Happy Birthday set more than any other, I used one of the scriptures as my focal point. The stamped frame is from Fancy Labels, stamped once in Pink Pirouette and once in Basic Gray (then cut out and popped up the center). The background is a brand new stamp which was released on June's called "Crocheted Background".

If you would like to play along with the Stamping in Time Challenge, please check out all of the details on how to participate and win......HERE on the ODBD blog. Also, please visit BECKY and BETTY and leave them a little love since they have created some gorgeous samples for us!

The layout for my card is from this week's Our Daily Bread designs Shining the Light Challenge....I couldn't pass up this awesome sketch! I have also used the 'Ways to Use It' Challenge at Splitcoast....'Dying for Die Cuts'.

Card details:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs 'Happy Birthday', 'Fancy Labels', and 'Crocheted Background';
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Basic Gray and Whisper White;
Ink: Stampin Up Pink Pirouette and Basic Gray, Stazon Jet Black;
Accessories: Bow Easy, May Arts Satin Ribbon, Offray Crocheted Lace, Spellbinders Labels 17, Zva Creative Pearls, 'Pearl' Glimmer Mist, Paper Piercer and template;
Techniques: Paper Piercing;
Size: 5-1/2 x 5-1/2.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!! God bless!