Thursday, July 28, 2011

Stamping In Time / Bible Verse Thursday Combo!

Happy Thursday, everyone! Wow, it's been a while since I've done a challenge combo with the ODBD Stamping In Time: On Assignment Challenge and the Bible Verse Thursday Challenge at Christian Paper Crafts! This week's Stamping in Time: On Assignment Challenge is to use a doily on your card, along with your stamps by Our Daily Bread designs. Our Guest Hostess this time around is Joan S......welcome, Joan!! Joan has a sample for us today, as well as Betty Wright.....leave them some love, huh? Please see this post at the ODBD blog to see how you can win $ toward ODBD stamps by playing along! Hope you can join in!!

This week's Bible Verse Thursday Challenge at Christian Paper Crafts is based on this scripture:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
The challenge is to take inspiration from this verse, or create something which is lovely to you. My interpretation of 'lovely' is to use beautiful things such as these new cutting dies from Cheery Lynn Designs!! Along with the Bible Verse Thursday Challenge, I have used Gloria's Sketch Tuesday Challenge....perfect for a doily!!! Plus, this is my second entry in the Our Daily Bread designs Shining the Light use piercing on your project!!

Card 'Ingredients':
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs 'Friendship';
Cardstock: SU Taken With Teal and Whisper White;
Designer Paper: Basic Grey 'Hello Luscious';
Ink: SU Sahara Sand and Taken with Teal;
Accessories: Canadian Kaleidoscope and Exotic Butterfly dies by Cheery Lynn Designs, Want2Scrap Teal Rhinestones, May Arts Crocheted Ribbon, SU Grosgrain ribbon, paper piercer and template, and 'Pearl' Glimmer Mist;
Size: 5-1/2 square.

Thanks for stopping by today! God Bless!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Be Faithful In Small Things

Hi everyone! This is a quick and easy birthday card I made for my aunt Kathy this weekend. Thanks to Prima's gorgeous pre-printed notecards, cards don't always have to take up many hours of my time! The Shining the Light Challenge over at the Our Daily Bread designs blog is right up my alley this week.......piercing!!!! Wahoo!! I will definitely play along again this week since I love to paper-pierce!!

This notecard and designer paper background is from Prima's "Sparkling Spring" collection.....I am in love with the entire collection! The Mother Teresa quote is from the "Faith" set by Our Daily Bread designs. The olive border was cut out with a Cheery Lynn Designs die, called "Border Carnivale", then satin ribbon was threaded through and some Zva Creative pearls added as well.

Card 'Ingredients':
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs 'Faith';
Cardstock: SU Old Olive and Whisper White;
Designer Paper: Prima 'Sparkling Spring' Designer Paper and matching notecard;
Ink: SU Early Espresso;
Accessories: Cheery Lynn Designs 'Border Carnivale' border die, May Arts Crocheted Lace, Offray Satin Ribbon, Zva Creative Pearls, 'Pearl' Glimmer Mist, Martha Stewart Monarch Butterfly punch, paper piercer and template;
Technique: Paper Piercing;
Size: 5-1/2 square.

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

Monday, July 18, 2011

Ask, Seek, Knock!

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing a "better late than never" graduation card which I made using two ODBD challenges and the Stampin' Sisters In Christ Challenge (to have something on your project which moves). The Shining the Light Challenge is to base your project on this song lyric: "You're a grand old flag, you're a high flying flag.".......use a flag, or something that flies, or something that is high.......okay, I'm stretching here, but inside the door is a scene with clouds...clouds fly (or is it float?!) and they are high, right? Also, the Stamping In Time: On Assignment Challenge with Betty is to use something recycled....the twill ribbon was recycled from a stack of wash cloths.....anybody else buy more expensive choice of something just to be able to reuse the packaging?! I think I have a "problem"! :)

This card looks pretty simple, but it was a bit tricky to create the double door. The real stamped door image from the ODBD set, "Ask, Seek, Knock", is the open door view below. I wanted the door to open and it looked funny opening to the left, so I stamped it onto vellum, colored it with markers, then made a sticker out of it and adhered to white cardstock. I used a craft knife to cut around the door and my Scor-buddy to score the hinged side so that it would fold smoothly. Using a Stamp-a-ma-jig, I stamped the door on the back side. On a separate white piece, the grass and clouds were sponged.....once it was adhered to the back, the scripture verse was stamped in.

Card 'Ingredients':
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs
'Ask, Seek, Knock' (front), 'For The Graduate' (inside);
Cardstock: SU Basic Black, Whisper White, White Vellum ;
Designer Paper:
Bo Bunny 'Timepiece';
Accessories: (?)Key Charm, SU Linen Thread, Recycled Twill Ribbon, Pewter Brads, Craft Knife, Xyron Sticker Maker, Scor-buddy, Paper piercer and template, Scratch paper and sponge daubers for scene;
Technique: Reverse Image, Paper Piercing, Masking;
Size: A2.

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

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Cake Inspired Wedding Gift and Card

Hi everyone! Just wanted to take a second and share a quick and easy wedding set I made. Thanks to all of the gorgeous designer papers out there today, some projects just fall into place because of the beautiful designs and this wedding set did for me!

This gorgeous frame I found on clearance at Target many months ago.....oh, how I wish they would have had more of them....they are perfect for wedding gifts!!

Both the "1st Corinthians" scripture stamp for the frame and the "Love One Another" scripture on the card were stamped (directly on Memory Box "Gossamer" paper) with SU Early Espresso Craft Ink, then clear embossed with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder. (Both stamps are from Our Daily Bread designs.) After heat embossing the framed piece, I used a die-cut oval mask to sponge lightly around the edges, then adhered each single pearl separately. The flourish on the card was a peel and stick...whew! :)

The Prima flower was sponged with pink and brown and a large Zva Creative pearl was added to the center. The May Arts Satin Ribbon was tied with a Bow Easy and adhered with Scor-tape. The Zva flourish was cut and pieced around the flower....I don't like to cover up any gorgeous pearls, so I always cut the sticky strip and piece them here and there....or save pieces for later!

Card 'Ingredients':
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs '1st Corinthians' single and 'Love One Another' set;
Cardstock: SU Early Espresso and Whisper White;
Designer Paper: Memory Box 'Gossamer';
Ink: SU Early Espress Craft Ink and Early Espresso Classic Ink (sponging);
Accessories: Ranger Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Bow Easy, May Arts Satin Ribbon, Prima Flower, Zva Creative Pearls, 'Pearl' Glimmer Mist, Martha Stewart foliage punch, sponge dauber, paper piercer and template;
Techniques: Heat embossing, paper piercing;
Size: 5-1/2 square.

This week's Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoast is to choose a cake (or cookies) from Maggie Austin, you have to see these works of art!!! I loved the falling petals from the cake on the right, but the brown tones of the platter against the soft flowers of the cake on the left also spoke to me!

Thanks for stopping by today!!! Have a very blessed weekend!!!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Christian Paper Crafts July Design Team Delights Sneak Peek!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today it's my turn to share a "Gracious Glimpse" (aka sneak peek) of the upcoming Design Team Delights gallery, which will open up on July 15th for all Christian Paper Crafts' Super Sister and King's Daughter subscribers....just an extra way for us at CPC to thank you for supporting our wonderful community, so that we may continue to be there for all of you!

This month's theme is Vintage and Retro.....there is such a fun variety of projects in the gallery....I can't wait for you all to see it!! But for now, there are some fantastic sneak peeks going on over at the CPC blog....check them out here!

For my sample, I went with a "retro" look, which is not easy since I don't have many stamps of this style for some reason. When I saw this adorable phone stamp at Hobby Lobby, I decided to create my own sentiment for the inside (next photo)...hope you like it! The little letters were stamped with a SU set, Alphabits, then punched out, edges sponged, and popped up with foam tape onto a Crumb Cake panel which was CB'd with Polka Dots, scored, sponged, and pierced.

I know, it probably could have used some ribbon or something, but I tried several things and decided to leave it as is! I mailed it out to a friend who needed a lift ......hope it puts a smile on her face! :)

Card Details:
Stamps: Stampabilities 'Old Telephone', Stampin Up 'Alphabits' and 'Business Boosters' (hand);
Cardstock: SU Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White;
Ink: Stazon Timber Brown, SU Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso;
Accessories: Scor-buddy, Polka Dots CB EF, small circle punch, foam tape, paper piercer and template;
Size: 5-1/4 x 4-1/4.

Thanks for stopping by today! God Bless!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Splitcoast Featured Stamper is Patter Cross!!!!

Hi everyone! I have a fun card to share with you which I made in tribute to one of my fellow "Breadsticks" (Design Team sisters) at Our Daily Bread designs...... Patter Cross! Patter is this week's Featured Stamper over at Splitcoast.....yay, Patter! I thoroughly enjoyed cruising through Patter's gallery, identicaltriplets.....full of the most beautiful scrapbook layouts, cards, altered items, and many organizing tips as well! It was a tough decision, but I finally decided on this awesome I was creating it, my hubby suggested I flip the sketch and I agreed! Thanks, honey! I used Memory Box "Frond" designer paper (since Patter is on the DT there), and instead of the popsicle stick, I decided to try out my new Sew Easy tool across the strips.....just roll the piercing tool over the paper, then hand-stitch following the pierced holes. It took a few minutes to get used to the loop stitches, but I can't wait to do it again!

I have also incorporated this week's Wednesday Case Artist Challenge over at Christian Paper Crafts, where you can re-create an item from anyone's gallery! Plus, Patter was our Wednesday Case Artist a couple of weeks ago, but I wasn't able to play along then. So, this means my card is a Patter triple feature!!! Also, the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge is to use "what works for you"......I have many fave items and techniques when stamping, as long as it's something TEDIOUS! I love to paper pierce, I love fussy cutting and making 3d items, however, on this card I added hand-stitching; it took me about 30 minutes, but "it works for me"! :)

Card 'Ingredients':
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs 'Sweet William - Small';
Cardstock: SU Old Olive;
Designer Paper: Memory Box 'Frond';
Ink: SU Early Espresso;
Accessories: Zva Creative Pearls, 'Pearl' Glimmer Mist, paper piercer and template, Sew Easy Tool with 'Vine' attachment, olive embroidery thread, paper distresser, sponge, foam tape;
Size: 5-1/2 square.

Thanks for visiting with me today! Have a blessed weekend!!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Clean and Simple Sweet William

Happy 4th of July, everyone!!! Since I don't have to work today (Yay!), I decided to stay up late and head to my stamp room! Splitcoast is having some fun Clean and Simple Challenges all day....the first one began just before's a sketch challenge and I was glad to see that, since I have trouble planning CAS cards! Sad I know, but I'm still learning to simplify! The Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge is to make a clean and simple card, so I'm covering two challenges with one card!

Card 'Ingredients':
Stamps: 'Sweet William - Small' by Our Daily Bread designs;
Cardstock: SU Poppy Parade, Certainly Celery, and Whisper White;
Designer Paper: Prima 'Sparkling Spring' Pre-cut Notecard, cut into four sections;
Ink: SU Poppy Parade, Certainly Celery, and Early Espresso;
Accessories: Spellbinders Blossom 3 dies, Cheery Lynn Designs' foliage die, Zva Creative Pearls, SU Oval Punch, 'Pearl' Glimmer Mist;
Technique: Clean And Simple;
Size: 5 x 6-1/2.

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon! God Bless!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Hydrangea Blessings

***If you are looking for the ODBD Blog Hop, please scroll down one post! ***

Happy Saturday, everyone!! I was so excited to start my three-day-weekend that I jumped out of bed and headed to my stamp room!! I was so happy to be able to play along with the Splitcoast Inspiration Challenge today, which is one of my faves! This week's challenge is to find inspiration from the Oopsy Daisy site.....this beautiful wall hanging was the perfect nudge I needed to try out the new Hydrangea single stamp, just released yesterday by Our Daily Bread designs. The colors in the wall hanging remind me of my forgotten pack of Basic Grey Wisteria paper, which then led me to my retired pack of SU Almost Amethyst cardstock.

The photo above shows how I stamped the Hydrangea image three times in order to create a 3d effect. I wanted to cut out two of the three blooms to pop up, so to make it easier to follow while cutting, I colored the sections first, then cut them out. Using foam tape, I created three levels to the image. (Click on the photo for a closer look!) I used the extra pieces of the image to punch out a butterfly with a Martha Stewart the butterfly 'trail' I pieced together from five previous flourishes' leftovers......I sure don't like anything to go to waste!! :)

Here is a close up which shows the "Illuminate" Smooch paint in the center of the blossoms, plus check out the amethyst doily which I cut out with my new French Pastry doily die from Cheery Lynn Designs. These dies are so awesome...I love how easy the little details cut out!!

Card 'Ingredients':
Stamps: 'Hydrangea' (The Garden Collection) and the sentiment is from the 'Sweet William - Small' set;
Cardstock: SU Almost Amethyst and Whisper White;
Designer Paper: Basic Grey 'Wisteria';
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, SU Almost Amethyst, Pear Pizazz, Old Olive, and Early Espresso;
Accessories: 'French Pastry' doily by Cheery Lynn Designs, Spellbinders Circle Nestabilities, Zva Creative Pearls, 'Pearl' Glimmer Mist, Paper Piercer and template, 'Illuminate' Smooch Paint, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, foam tape, sponge dauber;
Technique: Paper Tole, Paper Piercing;
Size: 5-1/2 x 5-1/2.

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

Friday, July 1, 2011

Our Daily Bread designs July New Release Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Our Daily Bread designs July New Release Blog Hop!!!! If you haven't yet, you must check out all of the new sets on the New Release post HERE!!!

For my sample, I am using the "Old Flag Background" along with a scripture verse from the coordinating set, "Not Forgotten" . Though these two stamps were designed with soldiers in mind, I have combined the two to make a graduation card for my brother, Sean, who will be headed off to college soon.....he will definitely need some strength from the Lord to stand strong in a "worldly" environment. Today's Ways to Use It Challenge at Splitcoast is to celebrate July.....July 4th is not only Independence Day, but also National Country Music Day.....since Sean is going to school to help him reach his dream of becoming a country music star, this card fits perfectly for the challenge!

Since I don't have Copic markers yet, I like to get a smooth colored look on my images by coloring with sponge daubers and ink pads. I stamped an extra flag image on a scratch paper, cut the sections apart, and used temporary adhesive to create masks to cover the white sections of the flag while coloring with the sponge daubers. I "stamped off" and stamped the image again for the sentiment panel.....if you look close, you can see that the background design of the sentiment panel matches the background. Finished with some paper piercing, silver brads to match the silver charm, linen thread, and some brown sponging around the edge.

The inside of the graduation card was stamped with a verse from Scripture Collection 2 and the sentiment from "For The Graduate".....then filled with some moolah, of course!! :)

Card 'Ingredients':
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs 'Old Flag Background', 'Not Forgotten', 'Scripture Collection 2', and 'For The Graduate';
Cardstock: SU Soft Suede and Whisper White;
Ink: Stazon Timber Brown, SU Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, and Early Espresso;
Accessories: Spellbinder Oval Nestabilities, SU Linen Thread, Silver brads and charm, paper piercer and template, sponge daubers;
Size: 4-1/2 x 5-1/2.

Now....are you ready for some hopping?!!!! Here we go!!!

If you have hopped here from sweet Grace Nywening's blog, you are right where you want to be! If you have stopped by here by chance, make sure you head over to the ODBD blog and start from the beginning (and get all of the deets for the hop)....we don't want you to miss anything!! The blog hop will run until July 2nd at 8 pm EDT....the winners will be announced on the ODBD blog on Sunday, July 3rd. Kelley has generously offered three sets of choice and one Bread Basket Bundle.....thanks, Kelley!!!

Your next stop is going to be amazing......Amazing Paper Grace, that is! Wait until you see what Becca has in store for you today!!

Happy hopping, good luck on the prizes, and have a very blessed weekend!!!!