Tuesday, March 30, 2010

happy easter...

This weeks Papertake Weekly challenge is sort of an Easter free for all.  So I pulled out this Stampin' Up! stamp set from last year that *gasp* had never actually even been inked up!  I stamped my image twice and colored both images with prismacolor pencils, blended with odorless mineral spirits.  I then cut out parts of the second image and popped them up to adds some extra dimension to the first image.  I used the sketch from this weeks Crazy 4 Challenges and the technique (paper toile) from the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge.
Our sponsor this week:
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:
Stampin' Up! Serene Spring and Well Scripted
SU kraft, white and cool caribbean card stock
Versafine Onxy Black
clear embossing powder
Prismacolor pencils, OMS and blending stump
glaze pen and dazzling diamonds glitter



Monday, March 29, 2010

a little mojo in my monday...

Good morning.  Hope your day is going well.  Mine started out a little rough my oldest daughter isn't feeling well and as a result stayed home from school today but she is happily camped out on the couch watching movies so that I could get in a little bit of creative time.  For my card today I decided to combine the Mojo Monday sketch challenge with todays SplitCoastStampers Try a New Technique challenge, which was to decorate your card inside, as well as out.  Now I have to admit that I am just a tad bit lazy about decorating the inside of my cards.  So it was good that Holly had laid down this challenge.  I used the many layers of the sketch as a perfect excuse to drag out my brand new Basic Grey Green at Heart designer paper and paired it with the Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 3.

and the inside
What I used:
SU chocolate chip, old olive, pretty in pink card stock
chocolate chip craft ink pad
clear embossing powder
close to cocoa stamp pad
sponge
SU scallop trim border punch
brown satin ribbon
Nesties



Sunday, March 28, 2010

anyone for anya? sketch #8

Good morning all.  It's Sunday so it is time for another Anyone for Anya? challenge.  So sorry that I missed last week, life got in the way of stamping, shocking I know but it does happen.  Since it is the end of the month our challenge this week in another fabulous sketch from our own talented Dawny P.  My card is just a quick one.  Max is colored with Prismacolor pencils and Copic markers.  I just grabbed a couple of pieces of Cosmo Cricket Boyfriend designer paper and some coordinating card stock and I was done.  Really quick card!
our sketch this week:
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.

What I used:
The Greetings Farm, Max
SU white, not quite navy, old olive card stock
Cosmo Cricket, Boyfriend designer paper
SU earth elements brads
Prismacolor pencils, OMS and blending stump
Copic markers for flesh tones and shadows

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

papertake weekly sketch...

Good morning all!  Sorry that it has been a while since I posted.  I came off of my vacation into the Our Daily Bread Designs anniversary celebration (which was fabulous don't ya think?), a house full of chaos and a full work schedule.  When your brain is stuck on island time this is not an easy thing, then throw in the time change and you have a recipe for disaster, in my life anyway.  Hoping that I have it under control now.  

This weeks Papertake Weekly challenge is a fabulous sketch from our own Dawny P.  I love this sketch and I already have a second card with it in process.  For this one I sort of stretched the sketch out to make it into a standard A2 card instead of a square card.  I used Kraftin' Kimmie's adorable Lucy & Ricky, colored with my Prismacolor pencils and some of Basic Grey's Sugar Rush designer paper.
our sketch:
This weeks Papertake Weekly 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.
What I used:
Kraftin' Kimmie Lucy & Ricky
GP white and SU basic gray
BG Sugar Rush
Versafine black
Prismacolor pencils, OMS and blending stump
glitter and glaze pen
SU satin basic gray ribbon
wide oval punch


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Our Daily Bread Designs Anniversary Blog Hop...

Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs Anniversary Blog Hop.  If you just arrived here from Grace's blog Th-INK-ing of You, you are in the right place.  If you just stumbled onto this post please pop over to the Our Daily Bread Designs blog to start the hop at the beginning.

Well today is the day!  Two years ago today Kelley Holland opened up Our Daily Bread Designs.  Now I have to tell you that I have been a fan since day one.  I was really excited to see a stamp company that carried lovely images paired with scripture.  Stamps that allow me to express my faith, through my craft. Since that first day Kelley has released 61 wonderful stamps sets and 9 individual stamps, all filled with scripture!  I dreamed of being a part of the design team and was thrill to be asked to be a part, even a small part, of this fabulous company!  Happy Anniversary Our Daily Bread Designs and may God continue to bless your venture.

Today Our Daily Bread Designs is releasing 4 new stamps sets in celebration of its 2nd anniversary.  Two border sets and two sets of the design teams favorite scripture verses.  The best part is the border sets perfectly frame the various scripture verses.

Today's Blog Hop is special because it allows each of the Design Team members to make the first card with their own favorite Scripture! We hope you will truly enjoy the hop... and of course it wouldn't be a Blog Hop without prizes! Today, Kelley is going to give 3 Prizes of your choice of one of these new Anniversary sets! Here is what you have to do to qualify for the prizes:
  • Hop from first to last, and collect the secret LETTER each designer will have.
  • Leave a comment for the designer on their blog.
  • Return to the ODBD blog, leaving a comment to tell us that you visited all the blogs.
  • Email Grace at: gnywening@yahoo.com, giving her the secret message the letters spell.
You have until 8:00 PM EST on Mar 18th to complete the hop and email Grace the message.

I am thrilled to be able to share one of my favorite scriptures with you today in card form.  "Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."  Joshua 1:9  I have taken much comfort from this verse over the years.  Now I am not a shy, retiring person by nature but my faith has made it possible for me to step out and do things that I never would have thought that I could do, specifically as a foster parent.  I gone places I would never have gone and done things that I would never have done if not for the children that were placed in my care.  I have experienced great pain and even greater joy through these children.  I have gone toe to toe with judges, school administrators, social services administrators and parents to fight to get me kids what they needed, whether it was special services, to get them back home where they belongs or for three of them to make them a permanent part of our family.  And God carried me through all of it.  My life has been truly blessed because He is with me wherever I go.
Now I am sure you are ready to get on your way so the next blog you are to hop to is Julie's blog The Write Stuff but first my secret letter is A.


What I used:
ODBD Vine Border and Scripture Collection 3
chocolate chip, barely banana, white card stock
29th Street Market designer paper
Versafine black, Versamark stamp pad, several brown chalk inks
clear and silver embossing powder
chocolate satin ribbon
brown brads
SU border and corner punches

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

my favorite set...

Welcome to day four of the Our Daily Bread Designs Anniversary celebration.  Todays challenge is to use your favorite ODBD stamp set to make a project.  For my card I used my all time favorite stamp set "Keep My Lamp Burning". For all the details on the challenge pop over to the Our Daily Bread Designs blog.  As with the other challenges this week there will be a prize for a randomly drawn entry AND several of the design team members have hidden blog candy so you want to make sure you visit all of the participating members blogs and leave a comment for your chance to win. 

For my card I stamped the lighthouse image in Versafine black then embossed the image with clear embossing powder.  I colored the light with a yellow marker then masked the image and sponged with a couple of different colors of distress ink, removed the mask and sponged some more.  I distressed most of the layers of card stock and added some sewn details, hemp and a silver wheel charm.
So join us and play along then make sure you pop over to all the team members blogs and see what they did with their favorite sets.  Remember that several of them have blog candy in the offering.

What I used:
ODBD Keep My Lamp Burning
GP white, SU creamy caramel, chocolate chip, crushed curry, riding hood red
Gartner Studios Bon Voyage Map designer paper
Versafine Black, Tim Holtz distress ink antique linen and tea dye
clear embossing powder
SU marker
hemp, wheel charm
sponges
silver brad

lilac and lemon...

Good morning all.  Being Tuesday it is time for the Papertake Weekly challenge.  This weeks challenge is a color challenge entitled "Lilac and Lace".  My card uses some really old designer paper that I have had forever and don't have a clue where it came from but the colors on it are the closest I could find.  Apparently I am not much of a purple fan so I have very little of it in my stash.  The image on this card is from Our Daily Bread Design Happy Easter set.
Our sponsor this week:
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.
What I used:
ODBD Happy Easter
SU lovely lilac, barely banana card stock
designer paper that has been in my stash so long that I don't even know where it came from
Versafine black stamp pad
clear embossing powder
Basic Grey brads
barely banana wide grosgrain ribbon
SU eyelet edge punch, corner rounder
markers

Monday, March 15, 2010

silver or gold?

Welcome to day three of the Our Daily Bread Designs anniversary celebration!  Silver and Gold are the traditional gift for those special milestones of a marriage, the 25th and 50th anniversaries.  Todays challenge is to make a project that includes silver and/or gold.  For all the details on the challenge pop over to the Our Daily Bread Designs blog.  As with the other challenges this week there will be a prize for a randomly drawn entry AND several of the design team members have hidden blog candy so you want to make sure you visit all of the participating members blogs and leave a comment for your chance to win.
Make sure you check out what the design team member that are playing along today have done.
What I used:
ODBD Scripture Collection 2
whisper white, pink pirouette card stock
SEI velvet designer paper
Versamark stamp pad
silver embossing powder
pink pirouette wide grosgrain ribbon
silver cord
silver brads
charms from Charm Gallery

Sunday, March 14, 2010

spring fever...

Are you ready for spring?  I know I am.  After spending a little over a week in Florida I have gotten used to not freezing my butt off and I am so, so, so very ready for spring.  Well this weeks Anyone for Anya? challenge is all about spring, spring colors anyway.   I colored up my Lottie image with Prismacolor pencils to match this very pretty, very springy Basic Grey Sugar Rush designer paper.  Isn't she pretty?
Our sponsor this week 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.

What I used:
The Greetings Farm; Lottie
SU certainly celery, pretty in pink, basic gray and whisper white card stock
Basic Grey Sugar Rush designer paper
Memento black
Prismacolor pencils, OMS and blending stump
Copic markers for flesh tones and shadow
orange ribbon of unknown origin, probably the $1 bin at Michaels

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Our Daily Bread Designs Anniversary Challenge: Cotton

This morning I am really happy to share with you the exciting start to the Our Daily Bread Designs anniversary celebration.  This morning begins the first of several one day only challenges.  Since we are celebrating the anniversary of ODBD the challenges this week focus on gifts for Anniversaries.  Cotton is the traditional gift for the second anniversary so todays challenge is to use Cotton in some way, stamp on cotton, use cotton ribbon, make a cotton flower, just be creative.  For all the details of the challenge please pop over to the Our Daily Bread Designs blog, join us and play along.  Make sure you visit each of the participating members blog because every day between now and the 17th some of the members of the design team and challenge team have blog candy.

For my challenge card I decided to pull out a bit of cotton muslin fabric, left over from my quilting days. I tea dyed it because it was just a little to white for me.  The image was stamped directly on the muslin.  I then masked the image and stamped over it with a script background stamp.  After removing the mask I carefully colored the image with markers using a wet paint brush to move the color around a bit and to allow it to bleed and blend together.  I frayed the edges of the muslin then sewed around the edges several times with my sewing machine.  I did a bit of distressing on the background layers then finished my card off with a bit of cotton twill ribbon, a tag and some linen thread.
Now make sure you hop over to the ODBD's blog to play along and visit the challenge teams blogs for a chance to win some blog candy.

What I used:
ODBD The Lord has Risen
SU french script, weathered
SU chocolate chip card stock
DCWV Old World designer paper
SU chocolate chip, Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress, Versafine black ink pads
muslin fabric, twill tape, linen thread
Tim Holtz idea-ology fragments
tonic distressing tool
sewing machine

Thursday, March 11, 2010

easter blessings...

Hello all.  Today is my last day of vacationing someplace warm with my girlfriends but I have a little something to share with you.  Before I get into the details of my card I wanna let you know about a bit of fun-ness that Our Daily Bread Designs has coming up very, very soon.  ODBD will be celebrating it's second birthday on the 17th and we all sorts of exciting things going on from March 13th through the 17th.  We will start on the 13th with daily challenges and several members of the team will have blog candy every day!  We will wind up the celebration with the release of some new stamps and a blog hop. All the details should be posted on the Our Daily Bread Design blog, go check it out because we would love to have you play along.

Now lets talk about my card.  The entire color palette was inspired by this gorgeous paper I have had in my stash for what feels like FOREVER!  It is from the DCWV Old World pack and it has such yummy colors and texture, no idea why it is still sitting there.  Probably because I have so much paper I don't even know what I have.  I embossed and colored the Lilies of the Valley from ODBD newest set Easter Blessings.  I then cut them out very, very carefully and arranged them around the verse.  In real life the bow matches perfectly but for some odd reason the color photographs off, no matter how much I play with it.

What I used:
ODBD Easter Blessings
SU white, black, mellow moss, sahara sand, always artichoke card stock
DCWV Old World designer paper
Versafine black stamp pad, markers
clear embossing powder
oval Nestabilities
EKSuccess wavy edge punch
SU rich regal brads, silver jumbo brad

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

papertake weekly sketch #36

Greetings all!  This weeks Papertake Weekly challenge is a lovely little sketch from our always fabulous Dawny P.  I pulled out my favorite Henry image from Whiff of Joy and colored him with my Prismacolor pencils to match some Basic Grey Sugar Rush designer paper.  It is really hard to tell in a picture but I added touches of glitter and glaze to the cupcake and candle with my indispensable Sakura glitter and glaze pens.  Hope you find time this week to play along with us.  We would love to see what you come up with!
Our sponsor this week 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.
What I used:
Whiff of Joy; Henry Celebrating Mouse
GP white, SU pretty in pink, basic gray
Basic Grey Suger Rush designer paper
Versafine Black stamp pad
Prismacolor pencils, OMS, blending stump
Copic marker for shadows
Sakura glaze pen and glitter pen
SU basic gray taffeta ribbon

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Mum's the Word...

Good Morning all!  It is time for another Anyone for Anya? challenge and this weeks challenge is entitled "Mum's the Word".  So today is all about mom or mum as my stamping friends in the UK say.  March 14th is Mothering Sunday in the UK, where as we celebrate Mother's Day this year on May 9th, so I am ready well ahead of time this year.
Our sponsor this week 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.

What I used:
The Greetings Farm; Sassy Suzi
SU teeny tiny wishes
GP white, SU elegant eggplant
Memento black
scalloped circle and circle Nestabilities
SU white organdy ribbon
Prismacolor pencils, OMS and blending stump

Friday, March 5, 2010

happy easter...

Good morning all.  Vacationing at the beach with my girlfriends this week.  It could stand to be a bit warmer but this is my view every morning... 
Oh yeah life is good!  But don't worry I have lots to share with you while I am gone.  This card uses Our Daily Bread Designs new set Happy Easter.  Aren't daffodils the happiest flowers ever?  This fall we planted a memorial garden at church that is all daffodils.  We each (the seven of us) donated a bulb in memory of my teenage brother-in-law Chad.  I can not wait for spring to arrive, it is going to be so incredibly beautiful, a entire bed of daffodils.

What I used:
ODBD Happy Easter
SU old olive, whisper white, summer sun card stock
Basic Grey Origins designer paper
Memento black and Versafine black stamp pads
clear embossing powder
Copic markers
iridescent gold Glimmer Mist
We Are Memory Keepers snap
American Crafts ribbon

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Buttons, Bows, Brads & Bling...

It is pretty unusual for me to use more then two embellishments on a card so this challenge from Papertake Weekly is pushing the limits a bit for me with our challenge entitled "Buttons, Bows, Brads & Bling".  But if you look carefully you will notice that the pillow in this adorable image from Moe's Digital Pencil is all glittery, I added a button to my bow and some brads down the side so I really did manage to pull it off.  My image is colored with Prismacolor pencils and Copic markers were used for the flesh tones.  Why don't you join us and play along?
Our sponsor this week is:
Truly Scrumptious
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.
What I used:
Moe's Digital Pencil; Between
GP white, SU basic gray, pretty in pink card stock
Basic Grey Sugar Rush designer paper
Prismacolor pencils, OMS, blending stump
Copic markers for flesh tones and shadows
Sukara glaze pen
dazzling diamonds glitter
SU pirouette pink striped grosgrain ribbon, SU pink button, floss
SU pink brads

Heading to the beach for 9 days with my girlfriends!  I have lots of posts already scheduled for you to enjoy while I am gone.  

Monday, March 1, 2010

Our Daily Bread Designs March blog hop...

Hello and welcome to another Our Daily Bread Designs Blog Hop.  You are so going to love the new March release!

If you arrived here from Dawn's blog; Dawn A New Day, you are in the right place.  If not you really, really want to start at the beginning by hopping over to the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog so as to not miss anything.  We are having a Special Message Hop, and along the way you will be collecting Secret Words and you will want them in the correct order.

You will have until Tuesday at 8:00 PM EST to complete the requirements to be eligible to win.

There will be two blessed winners who will each receive a $15.00 Gift Certificate to the Our Daily Bread Designs Store to go toward the stamps of your choice.  Winners will be randomly chosen from all the qualified entries and the announcement will be made on Wednesday, March 3rd on the ODBD Blog.  

Here is what you need to do to be eligible to win:
  • 1. Hop from blog to blog in the order given below, writing down the secret words you will find clearly written  in their posts, and leaving a comment on each blog.
  • 2. Return to the ODBD Blog and leave a comment that you completed the hop and left comments for each designer.
In the email, give her the secret words you found in order .... they will spell out a special message from the Our Daily Bread designs Design Team to you!  

Remember if for any reason a link does not work you can return to the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog to see who is next on the list.

And now onto my project!  So what do you think?  I totally love this set!  It is called The Lord Has Risen.  Aren't the violets beautiful?  I have a soft spot in my heart for violets.  Growing up my Grandmother, and then my Mother and Uncle grew the most amazing ones. I apparently have a black thumb and regularly kill house plants with a bit of help from my cats but I remember as a child digging up tiny ones out of the yard and planting them next to the house and being thrilled every year as they returned.

For my card I stamped my flowers on white card stock, colored the images with Copic markers, cut them out and then sprayed them with a lot of Glimmer Mist.  After they dried I layer them together.  I like cutting them out before I spray them because it makes the edges curl a bit, which I think adds dimension.  My verse is stamped on vanilla card stock then embossed.  I added a fun flower border with a Martha Stewart punch and a bit of purple polka dotted ribbon.


A couple of things before you go.  I want to tell you about some really exciting stuff that we have planned for this month! March 17th is Our Daily Bread Designs 2nd anniversary and we are celebrating!  Be sure you visit the ODBD Blog on Sunday, March 7th!  There we will be announcing a bunch of fun challenges that will run March 13th through the 16th.  We are giving you a week to prepare.  Then beginning on Saturday, March 13th, a different challenge will be announced everyday and best of all there will be  prizes every single day!   Then on March 17th we will have another Blog Hop! to reveal the Special Edition Anniversary Release!   Make sure you are there!

My secret word is  are.

Now it is time for me to send you along to the amazing  Becca at her blog, Amazing Paper Grace.

What I used:
SU very vanilla, whisper white, bordering blue, perfect plum card stock
My Mind's Eye 29th Street Market designer paper
Memento black stamp pad
clear embossing powder
Copic markers
American Crafts ribbon
Martha Stewart punch