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Thursday, October 16, 2014

DRS Color Challenge 144

Hello, hope everyone's week is going fantastically!
It's time for a new challenge.
This is a color challenge (see color inspiration below). 

DRS stamps used: 684M Pumpkin Bouquet, Count Your Blessings 915D, Designer Quilt Square 166D
I stamped my pumpkin with flowers on white cardstock then masked it and stamped the 6 quilt squares.  I then colored my images with Copic Markers and added shading to give more dimension. It almost looks like the pumpkin is cut out and popped up. I then added white matting.  My Card base is white with a layer of green and then yellow.  I added my matted image to my card base and added the colorful bow.  (A friend gave me the ribbon and the colors are just right!)  This card was very simple, all I needed extra was masking and a stamp aligner.
This color challenge is really fun because its FALL colors and I am sooo ready for fall!
I hope you will join us HERE and also see the other designer challenge cards.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

ODBDSLC215 Anything Goes Week 2

Hello everyone and good morning to you!
May God bless your day!
ODBD stamps used: Wisemen Ornament
ODBD dies used: Fancy Foliage, Peaceful Poinsettia, Matting Circles, Circle Ornaments
I've used part of the new release for October for this card.  The beautiful Wisemen Ornament embossed in gold and layered with gold cardstock with the Matting Circles and the ornament hanger in gold from the same die set.   The gold flourish is from Fancy Foliage and so is the gold pine bough. The pine bough and ornament are popped up on top of a lovely embossed background. Last are the 3 poinsettias cut from the Peaceful Poinsettia die set and formed with a flower tool from behind.  I used gold pearls to center.
Here and there I tucked some metallic gold ribbon in and around the poinsettia and punched white branches and attached half pearls on the cross sections of the background,  I love the all gold and white for this Christmas card!
Please visit my design team sisters for more inspiration:

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC215 or to join the challenge click here. You have until October 19, 2014 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. Remember that for this challenge you must use ODBD stamps!! The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post. Please do not post on Flicker as many of us do not have the ability to comment on your cards nor can we spotlight your cards on the blog.
Go to ODBD on line site for this great sale!

The Baby Jesus
The time for Jesus to be born is coming and the 3 wisemen are on their way to give gifts and to worship.  Do we give our gifts to God to use for His glory? Do we worship at the feet of the King of kings?  Why would these three kings or wisemen come hundred's of miles on camel back to worship this new baby King that was to be born?  Have you ever thought about that? God must have put it in their hearts that this child would change the world.  Is there ANYONE in history who has had more of an impact than Jesus?  What will you do with this Jesus? History has proved His existence, 500 witness saw Him AFTER He was crucified on the Roman cross and place in a tomb. You may WANT to ignore Him or say He does not exist but you will see Him face to face anyway at the end...what then will you say? Read about the 3 wise men in Matthew 2.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

DRS Challenge 143- Food

Good morning and happy Thursday! New challenge day!
DRS new release stamps used: Indian corn 151H, Thanksgiving Blessings 637E
Because this is also a color challenge and a sketch challenge it may be a bit unusual.
 I LOVE purple and yellow or orange together  It is perfectly nature in it's best! Have you ever seen a field of California poppies and lupine growing together?  Most beautiful sight ever! Well this is Indian Corn.  It has (usually) multiple colors of corn kernels which makes it a great Food to dry and decorate the house or door for the fall holidays.
My background is a combination of embossing folders.  For the sentiment I masked off the Thanksgiving (because it's not a Thanksgiving card) and just stamped the Blessings.
To find this challenge and join in the fun plus see all the other designer samples, click HERE.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Repeat Impressions-Winter Magic

Hi, good morning!! I'm the guest artist today for Repeat Impressions, The House that Stamps Built. The theme for this week is Winter!

Repeat Impression stamps used: Chickadee at Rest- 211P
                                                            Wishing You a Season- 424G
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Other: Spellbinders dies, Stickles-Star Dust, Ribbon, Sky Blue Brilliance Ink for edging.
Click HERE to find Repeat Impression's blog site.

I love winter!! I love snow and cold weather, frost and snowmen! I love the warm woodstove, the hot chocolate and fleece scarves!! There is nothing better than crisp, clean, cold air in the morning with  sparkling frost all around twinkling in the morning sunlight!  Birds fluffy on their perches just starting to sing.  That is what this image brings to mind! I adore Chickadees so I HAD to pick this image for my winter card!  The sentiment is fun too because you could use it for any winter event, it is not specific to Christmas BUT it could also be used for Christmas.. Yes mom, I'd like this stamp set in my stocking please!
I can't wait to see all the winter cards you come up with...Happy stamping!
Thank you Repeat Impressions (Wendy Wyman) for this opportunity to be your guest artist!  It has been so fun!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

ODBDSLC215-Anything Goes Week 1

Hello all, This week's challenge is Anything Goes so I decided to do the Bendi Fold Card with some of Our Daily Bread Design's wonderful ocean stamps.  I love these Bendi Fold cards, in this case it looks like a total panoramic scene.

The Waves of the Sea, Happy Retirement
One of the tricks to this card was to measure how high the shore line was starting with a main image and measuring where the sea line is and making sure it stays the same through out.  I drew a few sea lines in to extrend the image and extended some rocks and distant land to "finish' the scene for this card otherwise (while open, left side) the rocks would be cut in half. I just did a little ink with a fine tip Copic Black and some cross hatching to blend them in as I AM NOT the drawing artist that some others are.  Figuring out where to put each stamp was trial and error as some stamps might put the land stopping in the sea...I hope you get my point.   This card took 5 sets, each are awesome on their own.  I love each one and putting them together was just frosting on the cake!  It can all be made with 1/2 sheet of 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock.  I will add some more directions below.

Please visit my talented design team sisters to see more of what you can do for this challenge.
Cheryl Scrivens * Chris Olsen (team leader) * Diana Nguyen *
DJ Rants * Elizabeth Whisson * Linda Carson

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC215 or to join the challenge click here. You have until October 19, 2014 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. Remember that for this challenge you must use ODBD stamps!! The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post. Please do not post on Flicker as many of us do not have the ability to comment on your cards nor can we spotlight your cards on the blog.

Hebrews 6:19-20 says "This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil...the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever...
This verse reminds me of a fantastic song by Hillsong called "Cornerstone"
My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus blood and righteousness, I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly trust in Jesus name.  Christ alone; cornerstone, weak made strong; in the saviors love, through the storm, He is Lord, Lord of all.  When darkness seems to hide His face, I rest on His unchanging grace, In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.
There is one more verse but this is the part of the song that I just love. I love all the parts of Jesus life that took place at the sea or on the sea and the pictures of life He painted for us using the sea and other everyday things. He was a master at explaining the Kingdom and living for God through everyday things that everyone around Him understood.  I am going to strive to live according to His word even more each day! Standing up for what's right but showing love and forgiveness and trying to show other people God's love and to be kind and gentle.

Instructions for the Bendi Fold Card
Take one piece of cardstock 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 and cut the 8 1/2 " side at 4 1/4".  Take one piece and cut it at 2 1/2" now you have the two flap sides.  Score the inside edge of each (left on one side and right on the other) at 1/2"> This will be where you attach to back of main body of card.  Use Score Tape or Red Line Tape to make sure it stay when opening and closing multiple times.  The two side flaps will also be cut to match your needs adjusting to the stamps you use. On the opposite side of both flaps lightly draw a line at 1/4" and make your own tabs, about 3/4" long.  Ok, now make a light line at 4" from left side on you main panel and on your left side flap, make a light line 2" from the scored side. Now you need to line up the bottom of you main panel and the left flap. make a mark top and bottom of your tab then cut between the marks with your craft knife.  Match up bottoms on right flap with left flap and make your marks just like before.  Now when you put your card together the left flap tab inserts into the main panel and the right flap tab inserts into the left flap. (see photo above).  That is the instructions for the basic Bendi-Fold you can decorate how ever you like and make changes as needed.

Monday, October 6, 2014

ODBD-Happy Birthday To Kelley

Happy Birthday dear Kelley, 
happy birthday to you!!
ODBD stamps used:  Doily Blessings, My Friend
ODBD dies used: Beautiful Borders, Vintage Labels, Fancy Foliage, Doily
ODBD paper: Blushing Rose
Extra ingredients: Sheer ribbon, lace, tag, foam tape,  embroidery floss, Tea Stain Distress ink, Copic Markers.

Welcome to  Our Daily Bread Designs Birthday Blog Hop, celebrating Kelley's
Birthday! If you arrived here from Elizabeth's blog, you are in
the right place, if not, you might want to start at the ODBD Blog and hop from
there.  This is a surprise for Kelley, we hope!! It is the day BEFORE her actual birthday...aren't we tricky? 
                       Robin (you are here)
 I hope your birthday will be blessed Kelley!  We all love you and your wonderful company, Our Daily Bread Designs!!
For those who don't know, Our Daily Bread Designs started in March of 2008.  Starting from very small and growing into a hugely popular company now in 2014!  

Designers Blog Hop

I am so thrilled today to be sharing this honor with you all!  First I have to talk about the one who nominated me for this honor, Chris Olsen of Our Daily Bread Designs.  She is the team leader for the challenge design team and is an awesome inspiration to me!!  The two of us were also on the Dirty Dozen at the same time for a couple months.   It blew me away when she asked me!!  She is probably the number one reason I have improved my card making 100%.  She is a person of detail.  I thought I was, but not like Chris.
I am happy to say that because of her inspiration and influence, I am more detailed with each layer and each card.  Here are two of the many BEAUTIFUL cards that Chris has created.
This is such a beautiful card, one of my favorites because I love the sea stamps. Her colors are just wonderful and I love the dies and the card style too!
Chris is so sweet, she always encourages us in everything we do at ODBD.  She makes me feel valued.  She is also one of the best card artist around. Each layer is stitched or embossed or matted and embellished in a number of ways.  I've never seen one yet that looked like something was missing!! For Chris to nominate me was amazing!
The other part of this Designer Blog Hop is to answer a few questions, so here we go.
1. What am I working on right now?
I am always creating new cards for Our Daily Bread Designs and also for DRS Designs, two of the companies that I design for but right now, at the same time...I am designing cards for the Hope You Can Cling To challenges at Splitcoaststampers.  This all keeps me VERY busy.  My family probably wonders if I even live here anymore...I'm always in my craft room!
This is a card I did for the first day of challenges, paper tole.

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I don't feel like my work is much different from other people's.  I am always striving to improve what I do but I like to do so many different styles.  I like trying new things and then teaching others to do it too.  One difference might be layers, I love layers, love dies, love ribbon...I just can't seem to do "plain" cards.  Even when I try, they always end up with stuff!

3. Why do I create what I do?
I have to create! That is what I was born doing...thanks in a big way to my mother, who was always doing the newest craft and was a fabulous artist in watercolor and oils.  I feel frustrated and (probably a mad mood) when I can not create.  I think that is when the not nice side of me comes out!! LOL!  I love creating for my blog post because I feel like it is a way to share God's creation and love,  I can share my faith through my blog.  Since I design for Our Daily Bread Designs I get to use godly images and scripture or uplifting sentiments on my cards.  
DRS also has many wonderful stamps that I love using for my blog post and sharing my faith.
4. How does my creative process work?
I usually start with an image.  I die cut it to the desired shape and color it, then decide whether I want to use decorative paper with it or fancy die cut frames.  Occasionally I will pick out some decorative paper first and then find an image to go or that I can color to go with it.  I don't usually do that but once in a while if I have paper that I REALLY want to use I will.  
I lot of times I start with the challenge given.  This takes thought which is usually the longest part of my creating.  I LOVE to do sketch challenges, I feel like a lot of the thinking is already done for me.  I have books in my craft room for birds, butterflies, trees, flowers and animals.  I refer to them often when I want to color a bird or animal realistically.  I take a few more liberties with butterflies and flowers but I do refer to them occasionally for those too.

Now on to the fun part, nominating another one of my favorite artist and she just happens to design for Our Daily Bread Designs as well.
Sandee Shanabrough of Simply Southern Sandee

Sandee is the newest member of the Dirty Dozen but she has been designing for Our Daily Bread Designs since 2009.  She also designs for North Coast Creations, since it's beginning. She is a southern girl from Georgia and her southern ways shine as Sandee is one of the sweetest gals I know.  We have lately become great Facebook friends.  Sandee also love photography which must be another reason why I love this lady!  Those of you who know me, know that was and is a great passion of mine as well.  Here is a sample of Sandee's beautiful creations, pure elegance!

I hope someday I will be able to meet Sandee in person!!
A link to her gallery at Splitcoaststampers is HERE.

This next person doesn't have a blog so she can't participate in that part but she is a great inspiration to me and I wanted you all to know her work.  She is known as Susie Australia at Splitcoaststampers.  Susie is so full of life that I get as much pleasure from reading her descriptions as I do looking at her mixed media masterpieces.  This is Susie's link to her gallery, click HERE.
Susie is from Australia, of course...another person I want to meet in person! She is one of the funniest people I know! She has such a way of explaining her "mishaps" in the craft room that I tend to frequently laugh out loud!!
Here is a sample of her work.

I love Chris, Sandee and Susie, they are such an inspiration to me.  I hope you will stop by their galleries at SCS and Sandee's blog post on Oct. 13th to read more about her and see who she nominates.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!! 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

DRS challenge 142-Hot Trends-Twine

Hello everyone, hope you are having a terrific week!!
DRS stamps used: 1004F Triple Holly, 220L Bubble Candle Oval, 520D Sm. Merry Christmas
Love this stamp! I've made my bubbles into baubles instead and used a variety of pretty Christmas colors to make them festive!  My sister, Vicki, decorates with round ornaments and candles all the time so this is why I've colored the bubbles to look like ornaments, I just see it that way!
I've used a combination of  dies from Spellbinders and Chery Lynn.  And, of course, Baker's Twine.
To join in or to see the other designer samples, click HERE.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ODBDSLC214- Fall Inspiration week 2

Hello everyone, hope you are having a fantastic week so far! 
This is our second week for the Fall Inspiration challenge and here is my second card.  I love the Zinnia because they really do come in so many colors, so, they make a great fall card in yellows and oranges! My bows are again, seam binding that I have dyed to match.   My doily, mostly covered, is embossed with white then sponged with color.  The borders are inlayed even though that is hard to see from this photo.  I cut them out of white and cut them out of my green background then laid the white ones inside of the holes created in my green background.  This is why you can see the orange card base under the border as well. The large Zinnias are double layered and have a combo of Flower Soft and gold glitter in the centers. They also have more than one layer of foam tape to really pop them up!  I cut the sentiment out with the small Zinnia die and sponged color onto it. 

ODBD stamps used: Zinnia, Doily Blessing
ODBD dies used: Zinnia and leaves, Beautiful Borders, Doily
ODBD paper used: Blushing rose

The Fall Inspiration photos

To see more inspiration, please visit my very talented design team sisters:

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC214 or to join the challenge click here. You have until October 5, 2014 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on the first challenge of each month. Please do not post on Flicker as many of us do not have the ability to comment on your cards nor can we spotlight your cards on the blog.
Ps. 103:15-18
"As for man, his days are like the grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.  For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place is remembers it no more.  But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children's children, to such as keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them!"
Flowers are beautiful, part of God's glorious creation but they fade quickly and are gone.  In contrast to eternity, man's life is like the flower and passes quickly.  What we do here while we are living this life is vitally important concerning eternity.  Are we living for God and receiving eternal rewards or are we living for ourselves?  This life is but a speck in the eternal line called time.  Don't think about just the here and now, think about life eternal and the only way to live is through Jesus Christ.  He said, "I am the Way the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6
It isn't a hardship to live for Christ...He blesses your heart and soul with such beautiful light and cleanses you and makes your life fulfilling.  Even as times grow hard and tragedy happens, He lifts you up and holds you in His arms with comfort.  He never said everything would be easy but He said He would be with us and see us through any situation.  Do you want to go through things alone or have the King of kings on your side helping you through.
I hope you have a blessed week and peace in your soul!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

DRS challenge 141-Leaf it to Me

Hello all!
Hope you are having a great week!!
Here is my challenge card for this week's challenge at DRS.  The challenge is to use leaves on your card.. they can be die cut, stamped or in this case, I came across these leaf buttons in my stamp room.  I thought they would make a "different" kind of card.  This is my door decoration!!  The stamp is Small Autumn Greetings 422B.  I used one word at a time, covering the other with tape while inking, then removing the tape and stamping.   It helps to use a stamp aligner for this type of thing.  Dies are from Spellbinders.  I tied each one with twine and then glue dot twine to the back of each one and tied it at the top.  I then made a twine bow and attached it.  The greeting is popped up.
To see all the other samples from DRS designers or to join the challenge, click HERE.
Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Clearsnap-Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Ink Pads Review

Hello all! Todays post is a review of some new inks by Clearsnap in Graphic 45 colors!!!

All these cards are stamped with the new ink pads made especially to match the Graphic 45 papers.  Obviously, you can use them with any paper, which I have on some of these cards. but they are exact matches to some of the Graphic 45 lines.  I would imagine there will be more colors in future to match other lines of paper that Graphic 45 has.
I used the ink for direct stamping and found that they even worked with my Copic Markers when very dry or heat set.
I used them direct to paper and also with sponges and stencils.  I used them for stippling, edging and distressing.  In all applications, they worked very well.
One perk more is that the lids fit tightly and the ink is less likely to dry out as fast.
To find more about this review and to see other designers cards with this ink, click HERE.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

ODBDSLC214-Fall Inspiration Week One

Good morning! Thank God for this beautiful day! It is finally starting to cool down a bit!
I love the fall weather, it is my favorite time of year!!!
ODBD stamps used: Watering Can, Sentiment Collection 3, Doily Blessings
ODBD dies used: Watering Can, Beautiful Borders, Doily, Elegant Ovals
ODBD paper used:Blooming Gardens Collection, Fun and Fancy Folds-Side Step
I started with the side step card- Fun and Fancy Fold cards from ODBD.  I embossed the doily in white then sponged color on with distress inks,  I then used the doily die to cut it out and cut another one in white to off-set behind the colored one.  My watering can is stamped on white and colored with Copic Markers then used the watering can die to cut it out, I also cut another one in white to back it. I cut some panels from the Blooming Gardens paper collection to cover my steps and main panel (left side).  I added my doilies then cut a border and threaded it with orange floss.  It covers the bottom nicely. Next I popped up the watering can and placed it.  My ribbon is actually dyed seam binding.  I LOVE the scripture sentiment I used today, it means so much to both my husband and myself. He is a God of new beginnings! I happen to have these cute little leaf buttons that just went perfectly with the fall inspiration so I threaded one and added it to my sentiment panel.

For more inspiration, please visit my talented design team sisters: 

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC214 or to join the challenge click here. You have until October 5, 2014 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on the first challenge of each month. Please do not post on Flicker as many of us do not have the ability to comment on your cards nor can we spotlight your cards on the blog.
I look forward to seeing your creations!
                                                                 Matt. 6:28-30, 33
Why do you worry about clothing?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you...But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Well, besides the fact that God makes the most beautiful variety of flowers, colors, and scents, He says that if we just stop worrying about the things of this world and live our lives for Him, He will take care of our needs!!!!  He has us in His hands and He cares for us.  Another bit of scripture that I love which tells us this is Jeremiah 29: 11-13 & 14a.  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.  I will be found by you , says the Lord.  That is so comforting to me!!  What is the most comforting is that God says when I call to Him He will hear me and listen to me, when I seek Him, I will find Him.  He is there for me and I love Him and live for Him.
I hope this has lifted your spirit today. Be thankful for everything!!  God is good!  Go outside and smell some of His creation, feel the air in your lungs and thank Him for your very heartbeat. 


Thursday, September 18, 2014

DRS Challenge #140-Color Challenge

Good morning all and welcome to another DRS challenge.
Today's challenge is to use the colors of Fall.
Well, as you can see, I used the two plaid stamps together for making the pretty yellow and orange plaid for my bottom panel.  I then die cut it with a Spellbinders border die.  The sentiment die is from Taylored Expressions.  I love this fall scene with the pumpkin and fall leaves don't you?  It was super fun to color too.  I used yellows and oranges in Copics and a warm gray for the shadow.  There is a light blue in the background as well.  Below you see the color inspiration from Design Seeds...who came up with that great idea anyway???

To join this challenge and to see the other design team samples, click HERE.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ODBDSLC213- Stitches week 2

Good morning all!
I hope you are having a wonderful week!

ODBD dies used: Doily, Vintage Labels
This is one of Our Daily Bread Designs fun and fancy fold cards. I used the paper from this month's release, Soulful Stitches to cover the panels.  I made a doily with the doily die out of the paper as well and put it under the green dress. Each panel is machine stitched and I added threaded buttons to the upper left side and the lower right side.  The center has my sentiment and the upper and lower center has rick rack and ribbon bows. I hope this will inspire you to make a stitched card and join in the challenge.  To see more inspiration, please visit my very talented design team sisters,
Cheryl Scrivens* Chris Olsen* Diana Nguyen
 DJ Rants* Elizabeth Wisson* Linda Carson

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC213 or to join the challenge click here. You have until September 21, 2014 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on the first challenge of each month. Please do not post on Flicker as many of us do not have the ability to comment on your cards nor can we spotlight your cards on the blog.

Well, today I'd like to bring up some scripture that reminds me of putting on or taking off clothing, Colossians 3:12-16
"Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering (patience); bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.  But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."  Eph. 4:22 talks of putting off the "old man". 
All of this makes me think of the dirty rags we come to Christ with and how He gives us a brand new coat to put is woven with threads of His character like kindness, goodness, patience, humility, peace, love, get the picture. It is the most beautiful coat, the threads look gold and pearlescent and copper and silver and sparkles like diamonds. This is the new life we have in Christ Jesus. He covers our dirty rags with His glorious coat.  That is what God sees when He looks at us who have given our lives to Christ, He only sees the glorious coat Christ gave us.  In other words, He sees the righteousness of Jesus because His blood cleanses us from all unrighteousness and we have forgiveness from all our sin.  
I hope you belong to Him! If you don't and you want to know how to be part of the family of God, email me and I'll tell you more about it.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

DRS Challenge #139- Knots

Hello all, for this Thursday's challenge at DRS, I've made another bendi-frame card.  So part of my scene is on the back of the frame and the other part is on the card front.  The challenge is week is to use a knot/knots, so I have made some double knots on my cord and attached it to the bendi-frame.  I was thinking of making a hangman's noose but I can't remember how to do it!
DRS stamps used: 960E Boo-itful Halloween, 191C Small Ghost, 141H Spooky Silhouette, 136F Spooky Tree Limb, 125G The Raven, 517A Accent Bats.
This photo shows the bend of the frame which is easy to achieve and here's how: Your card base will be 1/8" smaller than your frame.  I used nesting rectangle dies from Spellbinders to make my frame. 
The web is a punch from Martha Stewart and it is punched out of vellum.  The fence is also a Martha Stewart border punch.  I added gray to it to make shadows (which is actually darker in real life).  The card base is purple and I first stamped the houses in black then re-stamped just the moon on white and cut it out. I cut out the ghostie too and he is attached to the back of the frame.
Before attaching the frame, I also stamped more bats and the sentiment then used Q-tips to make eerie looking mist floating in with white pigment ink.
So now I'm ready to attach the frame (which has the bare branch on one side, the fence and ghost at the bottom, the branch with crow on the right side and the webs at the top), I cut on 4 1/4" piece of foam tap then cut it in half lengthwise and put one half on each side of my frame...DO NOT put any adhesive on top or bottom of your frame. I attached my cord (under the tape) then I line up one side and stick the one side.  Now the other side will be slightly longer than my card so I have to be sure to line up the sides again of my frame and card top.  Now my frame naturally bends outward for a 3-D look.
Well, I hope you will join the challenge...remember, all you need is a card with a knot/knots to join in the fun.  Click HERE to see the other designer's cards and to join the challenge. 
Have a very creative weekend!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

ODBDSLC213-In Stitches

Good morning everyone!! 
Our Daily Bread Designs new release is all about stitching and sewing!
Today I have a card with a beautiful Victorian looking dress on a form.
I've used the new Doily die and some of the new paper collection, with lace, ribbon, buttons, pearls and machine sewing as well to create this card!
ODBD stamps used: Elizabeth, Doily Blessings
ODBD paper used: Soulful Stitches Collection
ODBD dies used: Doily
The dress is popped up with real lace (died to match) on top of the lace on paper.  Because my dress and form has a string of pearls on it, I decided to use pearls in my design as well as buttons to go with the paper. First though, I added a pretty zig-zag stitch by machine. Lastly, I also added a ribbon with bow to match the ribbon on the dress.  All the papers in this set are these beautiful green and peachy color which is so pretty...I love them!
To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC213 or to join the challenge click here. You have until September 21, 2014 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on the first challenge of each month. Please do not post on Flicker as many of us do not have the ability to comment on your cards nor can we spotlight your cards on the blog.
Please visit my other very talented design team sister to see more inspiration:
This card reminds me of the Proverbs 31 woman.  For those of you who know me in real life or maybe even on FB, you will know that my wonderful husband gives me flowers (or something nice) every time there is a 31st of the month. He told me it is because I am his Proverbs 31st woman.  So sweet!!
So here is how part of it goes if you have never read it: 
Proverbs 31:10-31 (just parts...go read it for the full version, you'll love it!)
Who can find a virtuous wife?  For her worth is far above rubies.  The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain.  She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.  She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands....She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants.  Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come....Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.  Charm and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised....
I look forward to seeing your creations.  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email me.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

DRS Challenge #138 Hot Trends-Sequins and Jewels

Good morning to you all!! 
Today I'm sharing my spooky spider card.  I hate spiders, they give me the creeps!!  To me they are the scariest creatures on to sharks!  I was always scared of sharks but when Jaws came out, I was determined NEVER to go in the ocean again!!  Well, spiders are right up there on that list of scariest things!!  I found webs in my DETERGENT box the other day...NOT a good thing!  Is nothing sacred to a spider for crying out loud!  Good grief!
Well, they DO make great Halloween cards, so here we go...

I used black and purple Fun Flock on the spider body and leg parts.  Google eyes were used on the Spider's eyes.  My jewels are purple and lavender rhinestones.   As you can tell, my spider's legs are formed similar to a flower's petals and then I gave it an indented neck which made the back end rise up...I liked the look so I added a 3 layer foam dot under it to make it stay.  The head has one layer of foam.
My background is sprayed with white Memories spray ink to give it more texture and a creepier look! I used a web die from Memory Box and DRS web stamp in silver on top of the spray.  This card was loads of fun to make and has plenty of room for a sentiment because it is an easel card. 

To make this easel card you take a piece of cardstock (purple in this case) that is 4 1/4 X 11" and score at the 5 1/2"  mark then again on one side only, at the 2 3/4" mark.  Take another piece of cardstock (in this case black but it could be a decorative piece as well) which is 4 1/4 X 5 1/2" to use as your front.  Decorate the front 4 1/4 X 5 1/2" piece as desired with image, die cuts, stamping, spraying, and etc. then glue the top of your piece to the top 2 3/4" part of your card base.  Now you have the basic easel fold.  Next you need to pop something up on the inside of your card so that your easel stays standing up, in this case, I used the sentiment panel popped up (see bottom photo to see how it rest inside the popped up sentiment).  I also used other papers and die cuts/punches and rhinestones to decorate the inside, (punch is a Martha Stewart "around the page" set).
Hope this gives you some ideas for making your own cards this Halloween!
Have a great day!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Speedy Fox & Friends Challenge #227-Use a Silhouette Stamp

MFP stamps used: Oriental Joy and Hum Along
The challenge this week is to use a silhouette stamp.  This MOSTLY solid stamp is the closest I have to a silhouette stamp.  I did my background with alcohol inks on glossy paper.
my circle dies are from Little B.  The sentiment label die is by Taylored Expressions.
I also added a sheer black bow and used an embossing folder on the purple layer.
To join the challenge and to see the other designer's samples, click HERE.