Tuesday, December 21, 2010

early Christmas...

Christmas came just a little bit early for me this year.  The other day I received a great big box of happiness in the mail!  My brand new Spellbinder's Grand Caliber!  It is BIG! but oh so quiet and super easy to crank!
Since I needed to do my "Time with" post for Our Daily Bread Designs and my challenge card for the Papertake Weekly challenge, this weeks challenge is "Anything Goes", I decided that would be the perfect time to give the new machine a whirl.
I love that I can cut out several images at a time and that the machine is so easy to crank.  The plate sandwiches are super easy to put together, each one is color coded and labeled.  Now that I can cut out some of the jumbo Spellbinders, I will need to pick some up with my next order so that I can give those a try too!

 I am absolutely thrilled to share this simple little card with you that I created.  I chose the smaller ornament from the Our Daily Bread Designs Ornaments set and paired it up with the matching Spellbinders Heirloom Ornament dies and a verse from Christmas Blessing which I cut out using the Spellbinders Classic Ovals.  The ornament is stamped in Versafine black, embossed with clear embossing powder then colored with Copic markers.  I then added a touch of glimmer mist, which never shows well in the photograph but in real life is has a nice soft shimmer.  I layered the colored ornament on a larger layer of Heirloom diecut then layered that on my current favorite Christmas paper; Basic Grey's Jovial.
this weeks challenge sponsor is:

Make sure you pop over to the team blog and play along with us. Check out what the rest of the team has done and show them some love.
Steph
Angie
Lisa
What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs: Ornaments and Christmas Blessings
GP white, SU basic black and riding hood red, Basic Grey Jovial
Versafine Black, clear embossing powder, Copic markers, iridescent gold glimmer mist

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

winter playtime...

Hello all!  Winter is on us with a vengeance here in Central New York.  A little over 10 days ago we had had no snow yet for the season, then we got blasted.  Four feet of snow in four days and it hasn't stopped for more then a day at a time since.  With snow totals someplace in the 60" region you can image that I have been a bit distracted.  So much extra time has been spent shoveling or driving or obsessing over having to drive in the snow that I haven't had much play time at all lately.  Since I had a short day at work today, and a stress free drive home courtesy of my hubby I thought I would indulge in a bit of crafty play time this evening.  I am super excited that I managed to actually get two cards done.  The first card I made using Our Daily Bread Designs Blessings and some lovely Basic Grey Curio designer paper.  I made it for the SplitCoastStampers sketch challenge and this weeks Color Throwdown Challenge.
 My second card uses Our Daily Bread Designs Christmas Blessings and Basic Grey Jovial designer paper as well as a couple of my favorite Spellbinders dies.  I did this card for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge to make an encouraging card and for this weeks CPS sketch challenge though the sketch got a little twisted along the way.
What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs: Blessings and Christmas Blessings
SU riding hood red, chocolate chip, kraft, pear pizzazz, bermuda bay, confetti white
Versafine Black, various Ranger Distress inks for sponging
SU ribbon
sponges
Spare Parts red brads

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Josh!

For the Our Daily Bread Design New December Release Blog Hop please scroll down one post.

Happy Birthday Josh!  Most of you don't know Josh but he is an important part of Our Daily Bread Designs.   If you see them at a show he is the handsome young man working the register and charming the ladies but he is more then a pretty face.  Josh does a lot of the behind the scenes work at ODBD so we would all like to honor him with a birthday blog hop.  So if you came from Fran's blog Francie's Fancy then you are in the right place.  If not you may want to pop over to the Our Daily Bread Designs blog to start at the beginning.  Kelley is once again providing some fabulous prizes so come and play along with us.

Since I know that Keep My Lamp Burning is a favorite of Josh's so I couldn't resist pulling it out to make a card for him.
The next stop on your journey is the fabulous Sabrina's blog Butterfly Dreams...

What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs; Keep My Lamp Burning and Dad
SU confetti white, riding hood red, basic black
scrap of designer paper of unknown origin
Versafine black, various Ranger distress ink pads
Copic marker
SU brass jumbo eyelets and vintage brads
black twill tape

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Our Daily Bread Designs December blog hop...

Good morning all!  Can you believe that it is December all ready?  Well it is, so it is time for the Our Daily Bread blog hop!  If you arrived here from Kathy Jones's blog Inspired to Stamp, then you are in the right place.  If you just popped in from somewhere else you may want to head over to the Our Daily Bread Designs blog and start the hop at the beginning.  If you find any broken links along the way you can head there to get back on track.

The hop will run through December 2nd at 8:00pm EST.  So make sure you stop at each of the team members blogs and leave a comment, then comment (and answer the question) on the ODBD blog to be eligible for one of the four fabulous prizes that Kelly is providing.

I am super excited that Our Daily Bread Designs has been chosen to partner with Spellbinders.  I love ODBD and Spellbinders and to have them working together is going to be amazing.  Here is what Kelley has to say about it:  Our Daily Bread designs is so proud and pleased to be chosen by the Spellbinders company as a Preferred Stamp Partner.  Our partnership with Spellbinders will be a blessing to the stamping community as well, as we expand our line to include  perfect match sentiments, Scriptures and images to Spellbinders products.  We look forward to a long and blessed partnership with such a fine product as Spellbinders.  For my project I absolutely had to use ODBD Ornament set along with Spellbinders Heirloom Ornament die set.  I was inspired by the plaid BG Jovial designer paper as  I remember having a christmas dress as a little girl in a very similar plaid.  Using that as a base for my design I colored and sponged my embossed ornament, which I cut out with the Spellbinders die.  I stamped the poinsettia section of the ornament a couple of extra times, fussy cutting out the layers then reassembling it to give a bit of dimension to the flower. 
Now head on over to visit Randi Barrett's blog A New Creation and show her some love!

What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs Ornaments
and matching Spellbinders Heirloom Ornament die
SU whisper white, real red, basic black
Basic Grey Jovial designer paper
Versafine black, Ranger antique linen distress ink pads
clear embossing powder
Copic markers
SU narrow black grosgrain ribbon, vintage brads
sponge
mustard distress stickles

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

blessings...

Hello all.  Late once again with my Papertake Weekly challenge post.  Lots of madness going on in Debi's crazy life with the holidays here but still wanted to share a little sneak peek of one of the Our Daily Bread Designs upcoming new releases with the fabulous sketch from Papertake Weekly's own Dawny P.
our sketch
our sponsor
What I used:
SU whisper white, early espresso
Basic Grey Marjolaine designer paper
SU early espresso stamp pad
Ranger weathered wood distress ink pad
Hobby Lobby trim
Spare Parts cooper brads

Thursday, November 25, 2010

is thankful for...

I hope you are having a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend all my friends here in the state.  Our Daily Bread Designs is having a little special to celebrate.
I have so much to be thankful for that a list (in no particular order, just how they popped into my head) is called for to celebrate the holiday:
1.  For my husband Jeff.  Though we are complete opposites he is still my best friend and my knight in shining armor, even after more then 25 years together.
2.  For my pack of wild children; birth, adopted and foster.  They are each so different but so wonderful.  I am grateful every day the God chose to put them in my life.
3.  For my family, even though we rarely agree on anything I know that you are always there for me and love me despite the fact that I went in a direction that you never expected.
4.  For my crazy house, that will never, ever be finished but is full of life and children running in and out at all hours of the day and night.
5. For the most fabulous friends in the entire world!  My girls locally that are always there for me, no matter what.  Who put up with the fact that I have to walk 5 miles a day when I am at the beach, who bake without nuts just for me, who listen always and are up for bacon at breakfast anytime.  For what my kids call my "imaginary friends" that live in my computer.  Some of whom I have actually managed to meet in real life.  Love you girls!
6.  For my church family,  I so appreciate you standing in for my family so far away.
7.  For my community.  I live in a small town, less then a mile from the high school I graduated from and there is something so comforting about being where you know exactly what to expect.
8.  For my job.  I LOVE my job.  Despite aching feet, a sore back and box bruises, crazy shoppers and weird hours, I still love my job.
9.  For having discovered a craft that I lets me express my creative side.  And the design teams that I am and have been a part of that encourage me to continue.  Specifically for Our Daily Bread Designs that not allows me to combine my love of the Lord with the creativity that fulfills me.
10.  And most important of all for a loving God who has a plan for me...

Now after all that blah, blah, blah how about a card?
What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs Snowflake background and Christmas Verses
SU whisper white, night of navy
Versafine black, Ranger weathered wood distress ink pad
sponge
Spellbinders label and oval
navy organdy ribbon

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

cut it out!

Good morning all.  Gearing up here for the holiday season.  Work is crazy, cause ya gotta love working retail at this time of year and I do!  But I have begun to except the fact that I will probably not be able to finish my Christmas cards, though I still keep hoping.  So I will do a couple here and a couple there for some special people.  This will be one of them.

Todays Papertake Weekly challenge is entitled "Cut it Out!"  Since Our Daily Bread Designs has this cool tag die that matches a couple of stamp sets I thought this challenge would be a great time to drag it out.  I paired it up with the Poinsettia Tag set and some fabulous Basic Grey designer paper.
What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs Poinsettia Tag set and matching die
SU very vanilla, chocolate chip, real red cardstock
Basic Grey Jovial
Versafine black
clear embossing powder
Tim Holtz distress ink
sponge
copic markers
SU polka dot ribbon

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

autumn skies...

Good morning all!  Today's Papertake Weekly challenge is entitled "Autumn Skies" so drag out those lovely fall colors and play along with us!  Now I know I went super simple on this one but I just loved this new Basic Grey paper so much that I just wanted my card to be all about it.  The fall colors in it are just so yummy!  And I love, love, love fall colors!
Make sure you pop over to the team blog and play along with us. Check out what the rest of the team has done and show them some love.
Steph
What I used:
SU really rust, early espresso card stock
Basic Grey Pyrus designer paper
Versafine black
clear embossing powder
blue taffeta ribbon, charm

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

for the guys...

Good morning all!  If you are looking for the Our Daily Bread Designs blog hop please scroll down one post.

This weeks Papertake Weekly challenge is for the guys.  Below is my guy card, now I love to make guy cards, probably because of all the guys in my life but I understand that it is a bit of a challenge for others.  But why don't you join us and play along.
Make sure you pop over to the team blog and play along with us. Check out what the rest of the team has done and show them some love.
Steph
What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs Full of Grace; Pray and Wood background
SU black, kraft, buckaroo blue card stock
BG Papyrus designer paper
versafine black and various distress inks
sponge
screwhead brads, hemp

Monday, November 1, 2010

November Our Daily Bread Designs blog hop

Hello everyone and welcome to the November Our Daily Bread Designs blog hop.   If you arrived her from Connie's blog McStampin Dusk til Dawn then you are in the right place.  If you just popped in you may want to hop over to the Our Daily Bread Designs blog and start the hop at the beginning.  If for some reason you get lost along the way there are also links to everyones blogs there.

Once again this month Kelley is providing some fabulous prizes, for all the details see the ODBD blog.  So make sure you finish the hop, leave some love on each of the design teams blog as well as answer the question on the ODBD blog before 8:00pm on November 2.

I have to tell you I am very excited about this months release.  We have 3 different tags set and a match die as well as two fabulous background stamps.  I did three different cards for you using two of the tags sets, the die and one of the backgrounds.  The first card uses the Mistletoe Tag set (and the matching die, of course) just simply layered on Basic Grey Jovial designer paper.
My second card uses the same exact sketch but instead of designer paper I used the Snowflake background stamp and ODBD Peace & Joy stamp set with its matching snowflake die.
And for my third card I once again used the same sketch and Basic Grey Jovial designer paper but this time used the Poinsettia Tag set once again with the matching die.
I hope I gave you some great ideas on how to use some of our new tag sets and the matching die.  Now you need to hop on over to visit Betty, our fabulous guest designer for this month.

What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs; Poinsettia Tag Set, Mistletoe Tag Set, Peace & Joy, Snowflake background and Tag die
SU whisper white, vintage violet, almost amethyst, basic gray
SU basic black, whisper white, real red, BG jovial
SU whisper white, early espresso, old olive, BG jovial
versamark, versafine black
clear and silver embossing powders
SU olive and red ribbons, Offray silver ribbon

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

sparkly and bright...

Good morning all.  This weeks Papertake Weekly challenge is called "Sparkly and Bright".  It seemed the perfect opportunity to post the first Christmas card of the year.  I made this one earlier this month and have been waiting for the perfect challenge to slide it into.  My snowflakes are embossed in silver on violet card stock then cut out with these super cool new dies that Our Daily Bread Designs sells to match many of their stamp sets.

Make sure you pop over to the team blog and play along with us. Check out what the rest of the team has done and show them some love.
Steph
What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs Peace & Joy and matching dies
SU black, vintage violet, almost amethyst
versamark, versafine black stamp pads
silver and black embossing powder
silver ribbon

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

papertake sketch challenge...

Good morning all.  Sorry about the week off from posting.  Life has been a bit crazy around here.  Nothing new I know but I found myself a bit overwhelmed.  I have actually found time to stamp, just not time to post so I will try to play catchup this week and get them posted for you.  This mornings card is for the Papertake Weekly challenge.  Our challenge this week is another fabo sketch from our own Dawny P.  Why don't you join us and play along?
our sketch
our sponsor

Make sure you pop over to the team blog and play along with us. Check out what the rest of the team has done and show them some love.
Steph
What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs Randi's Song
SU kraft, chocolate chip, old olive, cranberry crisp card stock
BG Papyrus
SU old olive, early espresso, close to cocoa
gold glimmer mist
sponge
brass brads

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Happy Birthday Kelley!

If you are looking for the Papertake Weekly blog hop please scroll down one post.

Welcome to Kelley's, the owner and creator of Our Daily Bread Designs, birthday celebration.  The Breadsticks have gotten together once again to honor our fearless leader with a blog hop just for her.  So if you came from Angie's blog then you are in the right place, if you didn't you may want to pop over the Our Daily Bread Designs blog and start the hop at the beginning.

Grace thought it would be a great idea to make her some fresh samples with some of the older sets so I pulled out one of my all time favorites, "Keep My Lamp Burning".   Once again my card is fairly simple.  I masked the light house and added color by sponging.  I added a bit of ribbon and a bunch of black brads and just a pop of red to keep things interesting.

Now it is time to you to hop over to Julie's blog and check out what loveliness she has to share.  Then on to visit Chris and Sabrina.

What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs Keep My Lamp Burning
Canvas background stamp
SU kraft, black, real red, crushed curry and white
BG Marrakech designer paper
Versafine black
SU soft sky, baja breeze, summer sun and more mustard classic ink pads
clear embossing powder
sponge
black brads and striped ribbon

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Happy 3rd Birthday Papertake Weekly Challenge!

Welcome to the Papertake Weekly Challenge's third birthday blog hop!  I have been with the challenge team for just a bit over a year now and I am thrilled to be able to celebrate with them.  Hopefully you arrived here from Dawny's blog, if you didn't you might want to pop over to the Papertake Weekly challenge blog to get all the details and hop along with us.  Now before I get to all the prize info I want to let you know about this weeks challenge.  This week you get to choose any challenge from the last 3 years to play along with.  I choose the challenge from the last week in September of 2009, my first challenge as a permanent member of the team.  That weeks challenge was "Black and White, plus one".
Now some lucky person who leaves a comment on my blog is going to get to win this adorable stamp
 very generously provided by
a bit of info about them:
At Lili of the Valley, we strive to produce excellent quality products with beautiful designs that enable you to make lovely cards every time, simply and easily. We also pride ourselves on taking care with everything we do to make sure you receive great products, at a good price and as quickly as possible. We hope you agree!
We are proud of the fact that all our products are made in England

Now hop on over to Katina's blog for the next stop on our blog hop.
What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs Missing You
black, white and baja breeze card stock
SU designer paper
black brads and ribbon
spellbinders

Time with Debi: Pray

Hello everyone.  It is always a pleasure to take my turn at the "Time with" post on the Our Daily Bread Designs blog and today is my day.  I decided to go for simple this time since usually I try to do something elaborate but I really needed a man card for a friend that is going through a tough time.  And the new Wood background stamp and Pray stamp set seemed to be a perfect choice to combine together to make a simple man card.
What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs Wood Background and Pray from the Full of Grace collection
kraft, espresso brown and cranberry card stock
espresso, cocoa and kraft inks
Spare Parts screw head brads, wide grosgrain ribbon, sponge

Friday, October 1, 2010

October Our Daily Bread Designs blog hop...

Welcome to Our Daily Bread designs’ October Release Blog Hop! If you got here from Dawn Lusk's blog "Dawn a New Day", you are in the right place! If not you might want to go to the Our Daily Bread designs blog and start from there so you don’t miss anyone! 


There will be three extraordinary prizes this month: Two Prizes of one free set, and ONE GRAND PRIZE of the entire OCTOBER BUNDLE!!! So be sure to complete the hop, and return to the ODBD Blog to leave a comment, telling us you:

1. Completed the hop
 2. Left comments for each designer (mention names of any you can’t leave one for) 
3. Answer the question posted there


The Hop will run Oct. 1 from 8am Eastern and end 8pm Eastern Oct. 2. The winners will be randomly selected from the commenters that complete the hop and answer the question on the ODBD Blog. Winners will be announced on the ODBD Blog on Oct 3.

Now onto my card.  I am in a fallish kinda mood (you know what I mean, the leaves are turning beautifully and it is football every weekend) so the new set "Randi's Song" was absolutely the perfect set to express that.  I went for simple as usually, just a couple of pops of color to let the verse shine through.  For a something a little different both verses are actually stamped on some of the Basic Grey Pyrus designer paper, you know those pages in the back that are usually left over, one of those.  I just added a bit of sponging to soften them up a bit, then layered them on some more of the yummy pyrus paper.
Well enough blah, blah, blah about me because it is time for you to hop over to visit our fabulous guest designer for the next couple of months Marcelle Schauer's blog "Stamping Thyme".  Make sure you show her some love.

What I used:
SU cajun craze, early espresso card stock
Basic Grey Pyrus designer paper
SU early espresso, crumb cake, close to cocoa ink pad
sponges
SU vintage brad and stripped ribbon

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

papertake sketch challenge...

I got all flustered today by a new foster care placement and forgot to schedule my post, yet again.  Some days I swear that I am losing my mind!  So without further ado... this weeks Papertake Weekly challenge is a sketch challenge and this is what I came up with for it!
our sketch:
our sponsor:
Make sure you pop over to the team blog and play along with us. Check out what the rest of the team has done and show them some love.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

fall...

I was able to enjoy a day off yesterday.  I spent it stamping, napping, reading, napping and baking.  My allergies are kicking my butt, which is the reason for all the napping but between naps I did manage to finish this card.  I did this card for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge, which was to use fall colors and/or leaves and used the Mojo Monday sketch.  I used Our Daily Bread Designs Brocade background and Happy Fall.
What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs Happy Fall, Brocade Background
SU chocolate chip, crumb cake, whisper white card stock
the Paper Studio Mirabelle paper
Memento black
apron edge punch
Copic markers
brown jumbo brads, chocolate grosgrain ribbon