Monday, January 16, 2017

Our Daily Bread Designs February Pre-Order


Hi Friends! 

Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs February 2017 Pre-Order Release!  I just love the this new release and I think the stamps and dies will be perfect for Valentine’s Day, Birthdays, Weddings and/or Anniversaries!

Just a note - the individual items will NOT be available for Pre-Order, only the bundled items shown below.

I know that you will not want to miss out on the fabulous inspiration from the rest of my ODBD sister “Breadsticks” and we would love to have you hop along with us- please see more details below...


A quick and easy box to create- I love the elegance of the inset dies.

My second project is a coordinating card featuring the new ODBD Tulip Heart Die, ODBD Layering Hearts Dies, ODBD Let Love Grow Stamp Set and the previously released ODBD Deco Border Die and ODBD Pierced Rectangles Dies.



I heat embossed the sentiment from the ODBD Let Love Grow stamp set and finished the card off with a few rhinestones. 


We hope that you will be able to take the time to hop along with the rest of the ODBD Design Team- wonderful inspiration from all of the “Breadsticks”:

Lisa * Grace * Cathy 
Lori * Diana * Robin * Julie (you are here)
Dawn * Helen * Chris

I had a great time creating both of these projects and hope I have inspired you today :-)

I love to participate with online challenges and will be linking this project to the Word Art Wednesday #264-#265 “Anything Goes” Challenge. 

Thanks again for stopping by- hugs and have a great week, my friends!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

SNSS Stand Tall- Happy Birthday


Hi Friends! 

Wow! What a fabulous new Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps release this past Friday!! 

I have had a very busy week and was so thankful that I had a chance to play around with the brand new Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps (SNSS) Stand Tall Clear Stamp Set (designed by Korin Sutherland) today! 

I think this set is so cute and love all of the different sentiments.  I also wanted to participate in a few online challenges and decided to incorporate the Tuesday Morning Sketches #385 Challenge along with the Sugar Pea Designs Mix It Up #27 Fresh Inspiration Challenge into the design (both are challenges that I have not participated with in quite a while :-)).


I hope you will find time to visit both challenge sites as well as the SNSS Blog- my "sisters" on the SNSS Creative Team post projects throughout the month and in addition to the above challenge galleries, you would have inspiration galore!!

To create this card:

1). Ink the SNSS Stand Tall Clear Stamp Set giraffe image with embossing ink, stamp onto a piece of white cardstock and color the water-based markers.  Add white highlights to the eyes with the Sharpie Extra Fine White Paint Pen.

2). Fussy cut the giraffe and set aside.

3). Die cut a piece of white and patterned paper with a stitched rectangle die, mount onto chocolate cardstock and trim close to the edge.

4). Emboss a piece of designer paper with a lattice embossing folder, trim and mount onto flamingo cardstock, trim and mount onto the chocolate card base.

5). Die cut two banners with a stitched banner die, adhere both directly to the card front per the sketch and add the patterned paper rectangle.

6). Ink the group of hearts image from the SNSS Stand Tall Clear Stamp Set with archival black ink, stamp onto the white die cut rectangle and color with a flamingo water-based marker.

7). Mount the white heart rectangle onto the card front with dimensional foam, add the fussy-cut SNSS Stand Tall giraffe image.

8). Heat emboss the sentiment from the SNSS Stand Tall Clear Stamp Set with white embossing powder onto chocolate cardstock, hand cut the banner and mount onto the card front.

9). Die cut the hearts using the SNSSPick Me Up Dies- a small and large heart from flamingo cardstock and a large heart from chocolate cardstock.  Add to the card front to finish off the card.

I love this cute giraffe image from the SNSS Stand Tall Clear Stamp Set and had fun designing this card! 

I hope I have inspired you to create something this week- thanks again for taking the time to visit!  Hugs and I hope you have a fabulous week, sweet friends!



Saturday, January 14, 2017

My Bounty is Boundless


Hi Friends! 

Today I am sharing one of the Artistic Outpost (AO) January 2017 Release cards on the Artistic Outpost blog and wanted to share the step by step details with you here as well.

This card was designed with the new AO The Captain stamp set along with the new AO Vagabond Treasures Collection 6x6 Paper Pad, the previously released AO Grunge Elements stamp set along with the previously released ODBD Pierced Rectangles Dies and ODBD Rectangles Dies (all available from Our Daily Bread Designs).

If you have not had a chance to visit The Artistic Outpost Blog yet, I encourage you to do so- gorgeous inspiration from the Artistic Outpost Design Team throughout the week on the AO Blog!

To create this card:

1). Ink the ship from the AO The Captain stamp set with archival black ink onto vanilla cardstock, water color with distress inks and add a bit of distressing with the large splatter stamp from AO Grunge Elements.

2). Ink the compass image from AO The Captain with distress ink and stamp onto the upper corner of the panel, trim the panel and distress the edges.

3). Mount onto a rectangle of espresso cardstock die cut and embossed with the ODBD Pierced Rectangles Dies.

4). Die cut and emboss a piece of the AO Vagabond Treasures Collection 6x6 Paper with the ODBD Rectangles Dies and a piece of vanilla cardstock with the ODBD Pierced Rectangles Dies.

Close-up of coloring 
5). Mount a piece of espresso cardstock to a white card base, add the die cut and embossed piece of vanilla cardstock, add the die cut and embossed AO Vagabond Treasures Collection rectangle and add the stamped AO The Captain ship image.

6). Create the banners by hand a). cut one from the AO Vagabond Treasures Collection Paper (I used a scrap from the rectangle cut) and a smaller banner from vanilla cardstock.  Ink and stamp the anchor and compass image from AO The Captain stamp set onto the vanilla banner using distress inks, distress the edges with a distressing tool or your fingernail and add a bit of splatter to the stamped vanilla banner with the large splatter stamp from AO Grunge Elements.

7). Adhere the banners to the card front and add the knotted hemp twine.

8). Ink the sentiment from AO The Captain with archival black ink, stamp onto vanilla cardstock, create the fish tail banner ends and mount onto espresso cardstock. “Huff” onto the previously inked compass image and splatter stamp from step 6 and stamp over the sentiment to “distress” the paper.  Add the knotted hemp twine and spiral clip before adhering to the card front with dimensional foam to finish off the card.

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- hugs to all of you and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

SC627 Cocoa Sends Love- Birthday Wishes



Hi Friends! 

It is time for the SplitcoaststampersSC627 Sketch Challenge and I decided to create another card using Sweet ‘nSassy Stamps (SNSS) Cocoa Sends Love Clear Stamp Set designed by Korin Sutherland. 

I think that the SNSS Cocoa Sends Love Clear Stamp Set is very versatile with that sweet Cocoa mouse image peeking out of the mailbox, the gorgeous font used for the fourteen different sentiments plus that cute little trio of hearts stamp :-).

I am also linking this card to the Just Us Girls  Word Week #375 “New” Challenge (since SNSS Cocoa Sends Love is a new stamp set:-)).  

If you have not had a chance to visit us at the SNSS Blog yet, I hope you will find the time to do so- many gorgeous projects from my “sisters” on the SNSS Creative Team!  Also, I hope you find the time to visit the Just Us Girls Challenge site- they always have a fabulous gallery in addition to their wonderful Design Team!


To create this card:

1). Ink the SNSS Cocoa Sends Love Clear Stamp Set Cocoa image with archival black ink and stamp onto a piece of white cardstock.  Color the image with alcohol markers and water-based markers, fussy-cut and mount onto black cardstock (fussy-cutting around the edges again).

2). Trim a piece of blush pink designer paper for the background, mount onto a piece of black cardstock (approx.. 3 ¾” wide) and mount onto the white card base (approx. 3 15/16” wide).

3). Add the vertical strip of designer paper mounted onto black cardstock per the sketch.

4). Die cut a piece of black cardstock with a doily oval die and die cut an oval for the center with a stitched oval die.

5). Ink the small hearts image from SNSS Cocoa Sends Love Clear Stamp Set with a rose marker and repeatedly stamp (re-inking as needed) over the oval die cut piece of white cardstock.

6). Layer the stamped white oval onto the black oval die cut and mount onto the card front with dimensional foam.

7). De-static a piece of black cardstock with an embossing tool, stamp the sentiment from SNSS Cocoa Sends Love Clear Stamp Set with embossing ink, apply white embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Mount onto the card front at the top of the oval (again, per the sketch).

Front view to show that the oval hangs off the edge a bit :-)
8). Add the fussy-cut SNSS CocoaSends Love  mailbox image with dimensional foam.

9). Die cut two hearts using the SNSSPick Me Up Dies from rose cardstock and mount onto the card front.

10). To finish off the card, use the Sharpie Extra Fine White Paint Pen to add highlights to the eyes of Cocoa. 


This was a fun card to design with all of the different layers and patterns!  Even though the oval hangs off the edge a bit, I made sure that the overall width was still 4 1/4" (so it is still an A2 size card) :-)

Thanks for visiting and I hope all of you have a blessed week!

Artistic Outpost January 2017 New Release!



Hi Friends! 

Welcome to the January 2017 Artistic Outpost New Release and Blog Hop!  This month, Artistic Outpost is releasing the new stamp set, The Captain along with the new AO Vagabond Treasures Collection 6x6 Paper and the new AO Steampunk Gears Dies (all available from Our Daily Bread Designs).








I love the vintage seafaring images in the AO The Captain stamp set plus the new AO Steampunk Gears Dies are the perfect complement as well as the fabulous new AO VagabondTreasures Collection 6x6 Paper Pad!  

Masculine cards are sometimes difficult to design but with this January2017 AO Release, the work is almost done for you!

We would love for you to hop along with us (see details below) so I will post more detailed step by step instructions for each card at a later date.


My first card features the AO The Captain stamp set, the AO Vagabond Treasures Paper Collection 6x6 Paper Pad along with the ODBD Pierced Rectangles and Rectangles Dies. 


My second card again features the AO The Captain stamp set, the AO Vagabond Treasures Paper Collection 6x6Paper Pad as well as the new AO Steampunk Gears Dies along with the ODBD Pierced Rectangles Dies.

 I had so much fun playing with the new Artistic Outpost The Captain stamp set, Steampunk Gears Dies and Vagabond Treasures Collection 6x6 Paper Pad and I hope I have inspired you today :-)  

We hope that you will take the time to visit my Artistic Outpost Design Team “Sisters” (you could possibly win a prize- see below):

   Arvil  Lisa  * Terry  * Julie (you are here) 

Prize Information: Just for commenting on the Design Team Blog Posts, you have a chance to win a $15 Gift Certificate to the ODBD Website.  You have until January 13, 2017 at 10:00 PM CDT to leave comments on the participating AO DT blogs for a chance to win! One random winner will be selected from the comments left on the designers blogs, the winner will be announced on the AO Blog on January 14, 2017, be sure to check back there to see if you have won! 



Thanks again for stopping by- I hope you have a chance to comment (and possibly win) plus I cannot wait to see what you create with the new Artistic Outpost January 2017 Release!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Whimsical Wildflowers Thanks



Hi Friends! 

I hope all of you are having a great week so far!  This evening I wanted to share another card that I designed using the January2017 Our Daily Bread Designs Release Thanks Die along with the new ODBD Whimsical Wildflowers Collection 6x6 Paper Pad, the previously released ODBD Leafy Edged Border Dies and the ODBD Bitty Blossoms Dies.


If you have not had a chance to visit the ODBD Blog yet or the other challenge sites yet, I would encourage you to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all of my DT Sister “Breadsticks” as well as the other galleries! 

To create this card:

1). Die cut and emboss three pieces of cardstock with the ODBD Thanks Die (two from white cardstock and one from dark purple cardstock).  Layer and adhere the three together with the purple die cut in the middle.

2). Trim a piece of the ODBD Whimsical Wildflowers Collection 6x6 Paper to approx. 5” x 4”, die cut and emboss with the ODBD Leafy Edged Border Dies

3). Die cut and emboss a piece of soft yellow cardstock with the ODBD Leafy Edged Border Dies  and mount behind the ODBD Whimsical Wildflower Collection paper from step 2.

4). Mount the ODBD Whimsical Wildflower Collection panel onto a piece of dark purple cardstock, trim and mount onto the white card base.

5). Mount the ODBD Thanks Die onto the card front.

6). Die cut and emboss several flowers from white, purple and soft yellow cardstock with the ODBD Bitty Blossoms Dies.

7). Die cut and emboss a few leaves from olive cardstock using the ODBD Bitty Blossoms Dies.

8). Adhere the flowers and leaves to the card front and add pearls to the flower centers.

9). Finish off the card by applying a clear glitter pen to the ODBD Thanks Die.


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by and visit and I hope I have inspired you with this quick CAS card :-) 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

TCC64 Parisian Postcard Hello



Hi Friends! 

Welcome back to The Card Concept Challenge for 2017!  Our challenge is open for two weeks and I just love this fun inspiration photo for our first challenge in January! 

I was inspired by the gold, white, black as well as the different patterns and flowers and decided to create a Mixed Media Freestyle Collage card using Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps (SNSS) Parisian Postcard ClearStamp Set along with Grunge Elements and the new Creative Worship stamp set, Rebecca Script Alpha (all available at Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps).

I also incorporated the Hand Stamped Sentiments HSSS254 Sketch Challenge as well as the final Mixed Media Card Challenge #31 “Change” with optional water into the design. 

This card reflects “change” for me since it is primarily a clean "Mixed Media Freestyle Collage" card design versus my normal "Shabby Chic" style for The Card Concept Challenge.   This year the designers at The Card Concept Challenge can choose whatever design style they prefer or even combine styles- my goal will be to try all the different styles throughout the year!

Also, I am sad to see that this will be the very last challenge at the Mixed Media Card Challenge but understand that change is necessary- I wish all the best to their fabulous Design Team and know that I will see their artwork in other challenge galleries. 

If you have not had a chance to visit us at The Card Concept Challenge yet, I hope you will find the time to do so- gorgeous inspiration from the rest of our Design Team!  

Plus, I hope you will find the time to visit the other challenge sites- wonderful DT samples and galleries at both the Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge as well as the Mixed Media Card Challenge!  It always amazes me to see all of the different designs that are created in inspiration, color and sketch challenges.

To create this card:

1). Ink the SNSS Parisian Postcard ClearStamp Set Eiffel Tower image with Versamark™ ink, stamp onto a piece of white cardstock, apply black embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

2). Once the embossing has cooled, fussy-cut the image and set aside.

3). Ink the floral image from the SNSS Parisian Postcard Clear Stamp Set with black soot distress ink, stamp onto white cardstock, create a mask for the image and stamp the remaining collage images from the SNSS Parisian Postcard Clear Stamp Set with antique linen distress ink.

4). Ink a few of the postage images along with the postcard image from the SNSS Parisian Postcard Clear Stamp Set with  Versamark™ ink, stamp onto the panel, apply gold embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

5). Remove the mask for the flowers and use water-based markers to watercolor the flowers (being careful around the edges since the black soot distress ink is not waterproof), dry with the heat tool.  

After the ink had dried, I used a thin black marker to redefine a few of the lines on the petals and stamped the SNSS Grunge Elements image (I used a small piece of the large splatter stamp) with black ink to add the splatter between the images.

6). Trim a piece of white cardstock, mount onto a piece of black cardstock, trim once more and mount onto the white card base.  Add the striped gold vellum cardstock (I used glue beneath the gold stripes to hide the adhesive).

7). Trim the collage panel, mount onto a piece of black cardstock and mount onto the card front.

8). Ink the letters from the SNSS Rebecca Script Alpha Clear Stamps to spell “Hello” with black soot distress ink and stamp onto white cardstock.  

Create the banner by hand cutting the flag end before mounting onto black cardstock and mirror cutting the banner.

9). Add the hello banner directly to the card front and mount the SNSS Parisian Postcard embossed Eiffel Tower image with dimensional foam.

10). Add a few black shimmery sequins to finish off the card.


I hope I have inspired you to possibly try a new style for your card making this year!  

Thanks for visiting and we hope you can join us in The Card Concept #64-Pretty Things Challenge.  Hugs and have a blessed week, sweet friends! 


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