Wednesday, December 7, 2016

SC622 Peace on Earth


Hi Friends!

I hope all of you are having a wonderful week so far!  It’s time for the new Splitcoaststampers’ SC622Sketch Challenge and I just love the sketch that Cathy designed for us this week!

I decided to create a Mixed Media Christmas card using the brand new Artistic Outpost stamp set, Gloria and also incorporated the Mixed Media Card Challenge#30 Gold and The Paper Players PP324 “Snowflakes” Theme Challenge into the design.

If you have not already visited the above challenge sites yet, I hope you will have a chance to do so- fabulous inspiration from my DT Sisters at the SCS Sketch Gallery as well as the other challenge sites!

To create this card:

Using the ATC Collage stamp from the AO Gloria stamp set, ink with festive berries distress ink and stamp repeatedly onto a piece of red cardstock.

Trim the stamped  panel, add  with a piece of snowflake patterned paper from the ODBD Snowflake Season Collection 6x6 Paper Pad onto a piece of red cardstock.

Using a stencil brush with vintage photo distress ink, apply a light layer of ink over the white cardstock edges as well as on the ODBD Snowflake Season patterned paper to “antique” the paper.

De-static the background  with an embossing static tool, ink the scroll border stamp from the AO Gloria stamp set with embossing powder and stamp along the edges, apply gold embossing powder and heat emboss.

Once the embossing powder has cooled, add the 3/8” red taffeta ribbon to cover the seam and mount onto the white card base.

Ink the angel collage image from the AO Gloria stamp set with festive berry distress ink, stamp onto white cardstock, apply vintage photo distress ink with a stencil brush and mount onto another layer of red cardstock, trim and mount onto white cardstock, trim and mount onto gold foil cardstock.

Add the stamped angel panel to the card front with dimensional foam and add the triple ribbon bow.

Die cut and emboss the snowflakes from gold foil cardstock using the ODBD Snow Crystals Dies, add to the card front (I used hot glue to adhere) and add pearls to the centers.

Stamp the sentiment from the AO Gloria stamp set with archival black ink onto white cardstock, apply vintage photo distress ink, trim and mount onto red and white cardstock, trim and mount onto the gold foil.

Add the sentiment to the card front to finish off the card.


I had fun designing this card and hope I have inspired you to come join us in the SC622 Sketch Challenge!  Hugs and have a blessed week, my friends!


Artistic Outpost New Release- Christmastime and Gloria!


Hi Friends! 


This month, Artistic Outpost is releasing the new stamp set, Gloria along with the Christmastime background stamp (all items available from the Our Daily Bread Designs website) and I absolutely love the vintage style of both Gloria and Christmastime- beautiful on their own as well as together! 

 Since I know that you will want to see the inspiration from all of my Design Team Sisters in the AO Blog Hop, I will share the individual steps taken to create each card in a future blog post.

 My first card features the AO Christmastime stamp with gold embossing powder and distressing (this card just shimmers in real life so it was a bit difficult to photograph :-)).



My second card features the beautiful AO Gloria stamp set! I used the images in the AO Gloria stamp set to create my own background paper as well as the focal images and paired it with the Ornate Ovals Dies and Beautiful Borders Dies from Our Daily Bread Designs. 



I hope I have inspired you today and that you will have time to visit the rest of the Artistic Outpost Design Team Blogs:

Arvil  *  Terry  *  Lisa  
*   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 December 9, 2016 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 December 10, 2016, 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 December 2016 Release! 

Hugs and have a great week, my friends!



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

ODBDSLC281 Thanks So Much


Hi Friends! 

Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light “ODBDSLC281” Let’s Be Sentimental” Challenge for December.  We are encouraging you to pull out your sentiment stamps and come join us!

Just a reminder that you have until Friday, December 30, 2016 to join us for a chance to be spotlighted for the Shining the Light award or to win a $15 ODBD gift certificate (one random participant will be chosen).  To be spotlighted for the Shining the Light Award, you must use ODBD stamps (or stamps from our sister companies: North Coast Creations or Artistic Outpost). 



If you have not visited the rest of my ODBD Design Team Sisters’ blogs and checked out their fabulous projects yet, I hope you will find time to do so:

Chris   ∙ Diana   ∙ Robin

To create this card:

1). Die cut and emboss the banners for the upper right hand corner of the card using the new ODBD Pennant Flags Dies from several designs of paper from the ODBD Patriotic Collection 6x6 Paper Pad.

2). Die cut and emboss dark navy cardstock with the ODBD Double Stitched Pennant Flag Dies and layer the die cut banners from step 1 above.

3). Ink the sentiment from the ODBD Pennant Flag Verses (Clear Stamps) using dark navy ink, stamp onto white cardstock, die cut/emboss with the ODBD Pennant Flags Dies, mount onto dark navy cardstock with the ODBD Double Stitched Pennant Flag Dies.

4). Ink the ODBD Not Forgotten image with archival black ink, stamp onto white cardstock, color the image with cherry, navy and taupe ink, trim the panel and mount onto navy cardstock.

5). Die cut and emboss a piece of white cardstock for the background using the ODBD Pierced Rectangles Dies, mount onto the navy card base, add the strip of striped designer paper from the ODBD Patriotic Collection 6x6 Paper Pad along with the knotted hemp twine.

6). Mount the water colored ODBD Not Forgotten image with dimensional foam and add the layered pennants in the upper right hand corner of the card.

7). To finish off the card, die cut and emboss a piece of the ODBD Patriotic Collection 6x6 Paper Pad using the ODBD Pennant Row Dies, trim the ends of the die cut banner to fit and add to the upper left hand corner of the card.  Accent the top of the row with knotted hemp twine as an accent.

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by!  We hope you will be able to join us for the Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light “ODBDSLC281” Let’s Be Sentimental” Challenge!

Hugs and have a blessed week, my friends!



#RRCB53 Christmas Blessings To You


Hi Stampers!!

Woohoo!  I am super excited to be the Guest Designer for the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog #53 Color Challenge!  

One of the perks of playing along with the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog is that if you are chosen as the challenge favorite, you have the opportunity to guest design for one of their future challenges!

One of the rules of The Retro Rubber Challenge Blog is that you need to use stamps that are over a year old so I pulled out two retired Stampin’ Up!  stamp sets- Winter Memories for the sled image and Christmas Blessings for the sentiment (both are several years old).

I am also linking this card to the Simon Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge- wonderful inspiration from all!

To create this card:

Use the Big Shot™ with the retired Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder to emboss a piece of Whisper White cardstock, trim and mount onto a piece of Cherry Cobbler, then again onto Garden Green cardstock.

Add the white crochet lace and ½” Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, wrapping the ends around the panel.

Mount the entire panel onto the Whisper White card base.

Ink the retired sled image from Winter Memories using Stampin’ Archival™ Basic Black Ink, stamp onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock and water color with Stampin’ Write Markers- Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Tip Top Taupe, Soft Suede and Pool Party using an AquaPainter™.

Use the Heat Tool to dry the watercolor panel, add white highlights with an extra fine white paint pen ad die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die.

Mount the watercolor panel onto Cherry Cobbler cardstock, trim and mount onto Garden Green cardstock and add to the card front with dimensional foam.

Finish off the card with the ½” Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding bow, sentiment and pearls.

Stamp Sets: Winter Memories, Christmas Blessings

Ink: Basic Black Stampin’ Archival™, Stampin’ Write Markers- Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Tip Top Taupe, Soft Suede and Pool Party ; Extra Fine White Paint Pen

 Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green

Accessories: Big Shot™, retired Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, MFT Stitched Rectangle STAX Dies, AquaPainter™, retired Hexagon Punch, White Crochet Lace, ½” Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Pearls

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- it is such an encouragement to me!  I hope you will take the time to visit the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog, and if you are able, come join in on the fun!

SUO163 Holiday Elegance with Embellished Ornaments

Hi Friends!  

It’s time for the SUO163 “Holiday Elegance” Challenge at SU-Only Challenges!  I decided to create a Clean and Simple (CAS)  using Gold Foil along with the Embellished Ornament Stamp Set, Bow Builder Punch and Delicate Ornament Thinlits. 

I am also linking this card to the Time Out Challenges #71 “Christmas”Challenge (opt. twist glitter/shimmer) and the AAA Cards #79 CAS Christmas Challenge.  

If you have not had a chance to stop by the SU-Only Challenge site to check out the rest of the Design Team projects  or the other challenge sites, I hope you will do so- fabulous inspiration from all!

This was an extremely easy card to create:

Die cut the ornament using the Big Shot™ with the detailed Delicate Ornament Thinlits™ from Gold Foil and use the Bow Builder Punch to create the bow from Gold Foil as well.

Also die cut the solid ornament along with the with the detailed Delicate Ornament Thinlits™ from Whisper White cardstock , layer the ornament and add the Gold Metallic Thread for the hanging cord.

Ink the sentiment and holly branch images from the Embellished Ornaments stamp set with Versamark™ ink, stamp onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock , apply Gold Embossing Powder and heat set with the Heat Tool.

Trim the embossed panel, mount the ornament with Stampin’ Dimensionals®, loop the cord over the panel and mount onto the Whisper White card base.

Add the Gold Foil bow along with Pearls to finish off the card.
Stamp Sets:  Embellished Ornaments
Ink: Versamark™
Paper/Cardstock: Whisper White, Gold Foil
Accessories: Big Shot™, Detailed Ornaments Thinlits™ , Embossing Buddy®, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Emboss® Gold Embossing Powder, Pearls

Thanks again for taking the time to visit – I hope that you will create your own Stampin’ Up! Only project and play along with our “Holiday Elegance” challenge!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Script Alpha- Joy


Hi Friends! 

Woohoo!  It's all about Alpha's at Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps! SNSS is starting off the month  of  December with a special offer on their Alphabet  Stamp Sets- Buy 2 and Get One Free (Dec 2 - Dec 15)!!  Alphabet stamps are perfect for Scrapbooking, Card Making, Home Décor as well as Bible Art Journaling!

Believe it or not, I am still creating Christmas cards, so I decided to use the brand new SNSS Creative Worship Alpha Script Clear Stamp (designed by Rebecca Rios) to create the "JOY" sentiment and paired it with the previously released SNSS Music To My Ears and SNSS Celebrate the Savior Clear Stamp Sets.

I love the font that Rebecca used for the Alpha Script design and since they are clear stamps, it is so easy to line them up to stamp! 


I hope that in addition to checking out the challenge sites, you will take a moment to stop by the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps blog or FB page- fabulous inspiration from my "sisters" on the SNSS Creative Team!

To create this card:

1), Create the smaller background panel using designer paper mounted onto espresso cardstock (I used some of my retired Christmas paper stash :-)).

2). Ink the SNSS Celebrate the Savior angel, poinsettias and holly images with black soot distress ink, stamp onto white cardstock and water color with ink from markers as well as direct coloring with the markers . 

Apply shimmer with a clear glitter pen to the angel’s wings, gown and white highlights with a white extra fine paint pen to the poinsettia centers.  Fussy cut the poinsettia, holly and die cut the angel with a stitched square die.

Lightly apply vintage photo distress ink over the entire angel panel, ink the SNSS Music To My Ears background image with black soot distress ink and randomly stamp parts of the background around the angel and apply vintage photo distress ink over the entire panel.

3). Ink the SNSS Alpha Script letters with cherry distress ink and stamp onto white cardstock, die cut with a stitched circle die and mat onto a split piece of espresso cardstock (also die cut with a circle die). Stamp the SNSS Music To My Ears image around the “JOY” and lightly apply vintage photo distress ink over the image.

4). Trim a piece of designer paper to 5 ¼” x 5 ¼” (again, I used retired paper from my stash), mount onto the 5 ½” square espresso card base, add the strip of cherry cardstock and adhere the stamped SNSS Music To My Ears  panel (per the sketch).

5). Add the stamped angel panel with dimensional foam and sentiment.

6). Add the cherry bow along with the poinsettias and pearls to finish off the card.

Thanks again for stopping by to visit-hugs and I hope you have a great weekend, my sweet friends!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs December 2016 New Release!


Hi Friends! 

Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs December 2016 Release!  I love all of the stamp sets in this release- many different sentiments and fonts, something for everyone!

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



I added a bit of purple satin ribbon and pearls to finish off this quick and easy card.



This card was fun to design! I love using the pre-cut and scored ODBD Fun & Fancy Folds- they save you so much time when you want to create a special fold card.  

Also, I was excited to see The Beatitudes as one of the new stamps this month.  I love this portion of Scripture and I think the font looks elegant and will be perfect for home decor as well as feminine or masculine cards!

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

Cathy * Grace * Kathy * Robin * Lisa 
Dawn * Sandee Angie * Julie (you are here) 
Sabrina * Chris Diana 
Lori * Anita * Helen

Prize Information:

Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 Gift Code to the ODBD Website  just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until December 2, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. EST to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on December 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

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

I am also linking both of these cards to the Word Art Wednesday #258-#259 "Anything Goes" Challenge and the second card to the Watercooler Wednesday #95 "Special Folds" Challenge.  

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


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