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Thursday, January 29, 2015

DRS Challenge 159 So Shapely!

Good morning everyone!
Happy Thursday!  Are you ready for a new challenge?
Today's challenge is to use at least two different shapes on your card.  They can be punched, die cut, stamped...you get the picture.  My shapes today are hearts, circles, diamonds and rectangles.  Some are stamped some embossed and others die cut.

This is an easel card.  I find the easel cards are wonderful for showing an nice image as well as a larger sentiment.   I used the argyle pattern (diamonds) on the coral color heat and put pearls on each bold crossing,  I stamped the I Love You! in black right over the scattered hearts. My border die from Spellbinders also has diamonds as well as the embossing folder I used from Cuttlebug.
Thanks for stopping by today and comments are most welcome!
To join in the challenge and to see the rest of the designer's samples, please click HERE.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ODBDSLC224 Anything Goes!

Good Tuesday morning to you all!
This week's challenge is anything goes!
That totally cool, we can use any ODBD stamps and any subject we choose.
Well, it is getting too close to Valentine's "month" to do anything but hearts so...

ODBD stamps used: All Occasion Sentiments, Bless Your Heart
ODBD dies used: Mini Tags, Flourished Star Pattern, Ornate Hearts, Spendorous Stars
ODBD Papers used: Blushing Rose Collection
I used the Flourish Star Pattern die to "emboss" the kraft panel.  This is done by placing the die under the paper and using only the embossing plate and rubber over it instead of the cutting plate.  I also sut out some of the little stars from Splendorous Stars in ivory to add the the background.  I used 4 pieces from the Ornate Hearts die set to cut the hearts.  And then of course the mini tages to add an I love you!
Valentine's is such a sweet time of the year and it always reminds me of how we should love one another.  Jesus said time and again that the greatest commandments was to love God and to love people.  He told us to love one another that others might see Him in us and that we belong to Him.  There is no better one to belong to and to be in His care and His loving arms.  He loves us with and everlasting love.  A love beyond compare.  Let us love each other to help the world know what wonderful love Jesus has for them too!

Please visit my other design team sisters to see more inspiration for this week's challenge.

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC224 or to join the challenge click HERE.  You have until February 1, 2015 at 8:00 pm 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 our next challenge post.  Please do not post on Flickr as many of us do not have the ability to comment on your cards nor can we spotlight your cards on the blog.

Thanks for visiting and your comments are always a treasure!
Robin


Thursday, January 22, 2015

DRS Challenge 158 Lovely Hearts

Good Thursday morning to you all!
Today starts a new challenge...Lovely Hearts...translation, use hearts and/or love on your card.  
Today I used both.

I used heart dies from Spellbinders and a heart border punch from Martha Stewart.  The stamps are all DRS and are stamped with VersaMark then heat embossed with gold powder. I stamped "Fill up on Love" 240C, on the nested hearts and the love meter 261D, between the border hearts.  The gold lines below the meter are just thin strips of gold paper.  The background white is embossed with a heart folder.  I made this an easel card because the inside words really need to be displayed as well,  Valentine's full of love greeting 273F The sentiment is popped up to give the top a place to tuck  and stand.  The other small hearts are punched from a corner punch.
To make an easel card like this (it folds to 4 1/4 X 5 1/2), start with an 11 X 4 1/4 piece of cardstock and score at 5 1/2 then again at 8 1/4.  Cut another piece of matching cardstock 4 1/4 X 5 1/2.  Glue the top of the 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 piece to the top of the 2 3/4 remaining on the scored piece. Now decorate top and inside.  Remember to pop something up inside so that you top has something to rest against to stay open.
Thanks for visiting!
Comments welcome!!
Robin

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ODBDSLC223 Inspiration Challenge

Good morning!
Today we start a new challenge with inspiration taken from the inspiration photo below my sample.
Whatever stirs you from this photo, make a card to show it.

ODBD stamps used: Just a Note
ODBD dies used: Fancy Foliage
ODBD paper used: Blushing Rose Collection


I also used some Prima roses, ribbon, tulle, Spellbinders border dies and Silver Leaf pen.  I got the silver from the silver candlesticks, the roses from the flower arrangements and candles and the curtains.  Of course the piano and scripture comes from the piano and music on the piano.
To make my piano keys, I just cut the border again in black, used my scissors to cut up and then snipped away the "keys" every third one.  It is still all in one piece but the part that holds the keys together is glued under the top white border piece.  Much simpler than it looks!!! The white keys are just an illusion since there was no cutting or even line drawing.

PS. 138:1-2, 139:13-16
I will praise You with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing praises to You.  I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.  My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.  And in Your book they were all written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.
I have always loved Psalms 139 and it seem especially appropriate now being that Sunday was Sanctity of Life Sunday.  What better praise to sing to the Lord than that of giving life and sustaining life with every breath we breathe. We can sing to God for everything we have or will ever have; it all comes from His hand.
Even Mary, when she was pregnant with a child without being married (yes, WE know she had not been with a man and it was the Holy Spirit of God, but the people of that day DID NOT KNOW that!).  But from her mouth comes this song, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed, for He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.  And His mercy is on those who fear Him...."  It goes on but you see my point.
So today, as you go about your day, think about what God has done for you and sing praises to Him.

Please visit my other Design Team sisters for more inspiration

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC223 or to join the challenge click HERE.
You have until February 1, 2015 at 8 pm 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 "stamp 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 our next challenge post.
Please do not post on Flickr as many of us do not have the ability to comment on your cards nor can we spotlight your cards on the blog.
Thanks for visiting!
Robin



Thursday, January 15, 2015

DRS Challenge 157- Color

Good morning to you all!!
Getting close to Valentines Day so lets get those Valentines rolling!
The colors are perfect  for Valentines.
I used the Fly Away hearts and Flowers 359P, Dogwood Branch 1092H, and Valentine greeting 996D.  I had fun coloring  all these flowers and hearts with Copic Markers! I used a Spellbinder border for the curved edge and an embossing folder for the bottom coral/pink part then used little pearls on all the cross sections. My ribbon is dyed to match, the bow is a triple loop. My colors look a little more peachy in this photo but in real life they match quite well to the inspiration colors.

I hope you will join us for this challenge.  There is a prize given each week.
To see the other designers samples and/or join the challenge, click HERE.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ODBDSLC222 Color Challenge

Good morning!
Our challenge this week is to pick at least 3 colors from the color inspiration below.  I chose 3 of the purples and Vanilla.



ODBD stamps used: Victoria and Love Scriptures
ODBD dies used: Flourished Star Pattern, Mini Tags, Ornate Hearts and Gilded Gate

I used the outside frame of the Flourished Star Pattern die first, I just love the piercing on the edge.  I then used another piece of white and embossed with a folder. I used the Ornate Hearts die set to cut three of the larger hearts and embossed them as well around the edges. I stamped the tag and attached the bottom to the inside bottom of the heart so that it will pull up but won't come all the way out.  I used the Mini Tags as a topper for the tag pull.  I die cut the Gilded Gate and stenciled with purple.  When I glued the heart down to the card I left the top open for the tag.  There are little pearls around the inside heart and on the cross sections of the embossing.
The Victoria dress is colored with Copic Markers and then fussy cut and foam taped to the top of the heart.  


                                      Please visit my design team sisters for more inspiration.


To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC222 or to join the challenge click here. You have until January 18, 2015 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 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.”

Thursday, January 8, 2015

DRS-How Sweet It is!

Good morning everyone!!
Here is a very SWEET Valentine's card to try!

I also used dies by Spellbinders, Wide sheer pink ribbon a pop up die from Elizabeth Craft Designs a heart punch and heart ribbon.
The photo here shows an inset with the card closed (right side), it is not two different cards.
I actually had it in my mind to put sprinkles on the cupcake but I forgot!!! It would look cute with glaze on the cherry too, don't you think?  My plaid background is done with the cut apart Woven Plaid stamp and has a few extra pen lines in pink and green.
Hope you like this "Sweet" challenge and make a sweet card of your own.  Don't forget, there are weekly prizes!  To enter or to see the other designers samples, click HERE.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

ODBDSLC221 Sketch

Happy New Year everyone!
Here is my first card for Our Daily Bread Design in 2015
It is a sketch card.


ODBD stamps used: Just a Note
ODBD dies used: Doily, Faithful Fish Pattern, Circle Ornaments
I stamped my image and colored then cut it out with a circle die, using the "out of the box" technique so as not to cut off part of the image. I also formed the back side of the music symbol with a stylist to give it more dimension.  I emboss/die cut the Faithful Fish background from white and also blue so that I could alternate to follow the sketch.  They each have yellow borders as well.  I then cut the Doily die cut using the same yellow and the outer Doily using white.  I glued the circles together then cut off one side as shown in the sketch.  My ribbon is some yellow tulle. Finally, I've added some pearls to the Doily and 3 to one side of the horizontal strip.

Ah music, the Lord God loves music.  Besides telling us all through Psalms to make a joyful noise unto the Lord, He tell us through His entire word. But did you also know that God had the musicians go with His armies, playing as they marched? Yes, they would lead armies into battle playing instruments to God.
There is something very special about music.  Music speaks to the spirit, music communicates great emotion, music says I love you to God when you sing praises to Him.  Music makes us happy too.  "It is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful". Ps.147:1
"Speaking to each other in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord".  Eph. 5:19


Please visit my design team sisters for more inspiration:

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC221 or to join the challenge click here. You have until January 11, 2015 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 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.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

DRS-Hot Trends-Stencils

 Good morning all!!
Well it is finally cold outside so here is Frosty to go with my stenciled background, which is this week's challenge...stencils!!

DRS stamps:  242H Medium Snowman (New Release) and 611D Warm Wishes
I used a star stencil from Memory Box with water color sprays on water color paper. I then sprayed over the entire background with the blue colors and some pearl shimmer sprays.  I added some punched stars on the Frosty image and one on the sentiment.
Please join us for this really fun and easy challenge.  If you don't have any stencils, make one yourself using a die or scissors to cut out designs. You can then sponge color on or stamp through the opening or spray color on as I have done here.  For more inspiration from our other designers and/or to join in the challenge, click HERE.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

DRS Challenge #154 Winter Wonderland

Merry Christmas everyone!!
Here is my Winter Wonderland card for this week's challenge.

My plaid was done with the cut apart plaid stamp which is available on cling foam. I used red, green and pink chalk inks.
My images looks a bit tilted but I think it is just the angle of the photo because it doesn't look that way in real life.  I used some Liquid Pearls and Stickles on the snow.  My ribbon is 1" White Satin.  The Christmas die is from Memory Box and the white dots in the corners are just enamel dots.
I hope that you will join in sometime this week for this Winter Wonderland challenge even though it is the Christmas week!  Have fun with it...maybe you'll win the prize!  Click HERE to join and to see the other designs samples.
I've made this post short and sweet because it IS Christmas Day after all!! 
Merry Christmas!!





Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Night Before Christmas Accordion Book

Merry Christmas everyone!
I re-wrote Twas The Night Before Christmas poem to go with the REAL reason for Christmas.  I did this a few years ago but just recently thought about putting it on my blog!  I may make this an annual post!  This book was also published in The Stamper's Sampler.
I discovered a very interesting effect when creating background paper for this book.  I wet a paper towel with bleach (which is nothing new) but then after dabbing my black linen stock or the Taupe stock, i heated the paper with my heat gun.  Only the bleached spots turned brown like toast!
cover: Stamp credits Toybox Stamps, Stampington & Co.  I did by own calligraphy in gold  acrylic ink and nib for the Title and Gold Calligraphy pen (poem inside).
1st and 2nd page stamp credits: Eureka, Stampington & Co., Stamper Anonymous.
Poem: "Twas the night before Christmas and on a donkey she rode, The journey was hard, the night was cold...No complaining was heard when a stable was given, she made up a bed and prayed to her Father in heaven."
3rd and 4th page stamp credits: No name on stamp for Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, Angels and Shepherds-Stamps Happen.
Poem: "And there she gave birth in that lowly stall, to the King of kings and the Lord of all....The shepherds were told as angels were singing, they went to see Him glad hearts they were bringing."
5th and 6th page stamp credits: Three wise men-Stamps Happen, Open book and writing on book-Stampington & Co., Renaissance Art Stamps.
Poem: "Wise men were traveling they followed the star, they came to bow down they came from afar...Mary kept these things in her heart others told and quilled, the miracle of God the prophecy fullfilled."
Back cover stamp credits: Toybox Stamps, Eureka Stamps-John 3:16, Stampington & Co.-music.
All images were stamped on taupe cardstock treated or streaked with bleach except front cover and angels.  They were stamped on black which had been treated (streaked or sponged with bleach).  Black strips on covers were also stippled with gold acrylic. Radiant Pearls was also used in places for color.  Rhinestones and acrylic paint were used to accent. Gold Leaf Pen was used on some edges.  Book Binding Tape was used to hold the accordion book together.  A real feather was used for the quill.  Gold cord and thread were used throughout. Gold corner stickers were used, rubbed with antiquing.
I hope you enjoy this Christmas book on Christmas Eve.
Remember WHY we celebrate Christmas...the birth of Christ our Savior.
Find out about this miracle by reading Matthew 1:8-2:18 and Luke 1:5-2:38






Tuesday, December 23, 2014

ODBDSLC220 Sketch week 2

Good morning to everyone!
Today we start week two of this lovely sketch challenge.  I've chosen to use it as pictured today (pretty much anyway!)



ODBD stamps used: Let it Snow
ODBD dies used: Mini Tags die set
ODBD paper used: Christmas Collection 2014
I did a bit of embossing and sewing on my card today.  I put some Liquid Applique on my fence post and rails then heated it enough to get it to rise a little as well.
This sled reminds me of day gone by when I was a little kid.  We (my sisters and I) all had sleds like this.  We got them for Christmas one year and then we went up to Big Bear that Christmas vacation to use them!!  I have some pictures of that!

This Christmas when you are with your family, spend a little time thinking about the real reason we celebrate Christmas.  The baby born in a manger, the wise men coming from very far to worship Him, the shepherds being told about Him from a host of angels and going to see Him. Mary, being faithful to do as God directed even though some would not believe and would think badly of her.  Joseph, being willing to start his married life with a wife who could not really be his for almost a year because he was also told by an angel that this was from God.
The baby who was the Messiah, the Christ, God made flesh, and would grow up only to die for the sins of the world.  Yes, He did this for you and me.  He loves us that much!  The virgin birth took more than just the Holy Spirit indwelling Mary, it took her being obedient, Joseph being obedient, Jesus being obedient (oh yes, we think sometimes that Jesus was not until He was born of Mary but no, Jesus was and is, and ever will be. He left the riches of heaven to be born in a manger (a stall with animals all around).  John 1:1-4, 14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men...And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Me on my sled (left)
My mom and dad with the sleds Christmas Eve (right)






Please visit my design team sisters for more inspiration!
To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC220 or to join the challenge click here. You have until December 30, 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 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.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas At Our House

Good morning all!! 
Wanted to show a few photos of our usual Christmas decor (part of it anyway). We do garland and Sugar Pine Cones (16"-24" cones) on our windows. I put up my Tole painting (the very little I have left) and our Christmas tree with about 4000 lights and over 1000 ornaments.  Yes, they are 3 and 4 deep on each branch.  Lots of crystal, shiny ornaments that reflect the lights and clear ornaments.  Nothing dark.  It really sparkles at night!

Christmas at our house!
We sometimes have snow too!!! We love it when that happens. This is the front and back of my house.
 This is a Father Christmas I made a few years ago.  I painted the eyes and made his body and outfit.  My sister, Vicki, chalked and fired his face and hands.
I used real fur (from a thrift shop) for the fur trim on his vest, boots and real mink on his hat (Also from a thrift store).
I also glued on all the hair, beard, eyebrows, etc.
There is so much on this guy and part of his outfit it
is impossible to show it all in photos.



The watch is set for 10 minutes till midnight.
The vest is lined with brocade.  The cord, lace, trim etc. is extensive.  The jewelry is all found objects from my mother's jewelry chest or a thrift store except for the cross which was an ornament.
Of course we decorate the rest of the dining, living room too with garland and Pine cones.  We live very close to the large Sugar Pine trees so it is an annual thing to collect some. 
Merry Christmas every one!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

DRS Challenge #153-Color Challenge

Good morning to you all and happy Thursday!
These are the colors for our color challenge this week.

Christmas Village 4 in 1 accessories 119D, Snowflake Background 187H

My background is done on glossy white paper by stamping with VersaMark and heat embossing with white.  I then used a combination of China Blue, Stormy Blue, Chipped Sapphire distress inks and sponged the color over the embossing then wiped off any excess. My foreground was done on white matte paper and cut out on the border line.  I stamped the tree border onto the glossy as well and then lined them up.  I stamped the tree border once more on shimmer blue and punched out a circle for the moon.  I cut it off at the border line.  I added lots of Diamond Dust to make everything sparkle.  When dry, I cut the panels into one decorative panel (Spellbinders) and then lined it with Silver Leaf Pen.  The card base is also Spellbinders.  I used a word die by Elizabeth Craft Designs on the sheer white ribbon.
I hope you like this and I hope you will join in the fun of the challenge.  There is always a prize given to some lucky winner.  Find the challenge, the other samples from all the designers and how to upload your sample HERE.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ODBDSLC220 Sketch week 1

Good morning everyone!
This week we are doing a sketch at Our Daily Bread Designs.  I turned it 90 degrees and also turned it inside out.  My star is the tag in this case. 

ODBD stamps used: Christmas Mini, We Three Kings
ODBD dies used: Splendorus Star, Shining Star (Bonus die).
ODBD paper used: Christmas Collection 2014
I also used an embossing folder and little gold half balls on each cross section. My ribbon is a sheer white with gold trim.
To see more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my design team sisters:
DJ Rants  * Elizabeth Whisson  * Linda Carson 


The 3 Wisemen
Talk about hardship, can you imagine traveling for months on a camel?  The three (?) wise men (kings), traveled from the east (probably orient) to the city of David or Bethlehem by camel to see a newborn?
Yes, they had heard of the prophecy that a King would be born of a virgin, a Savior, the Christ.  This event was so important to them that they left their homes and brought (what would have been fortunes in that day)their treasures to this newborn.  They were willing to suffer the hardship of travel for months over difficult terrain and conditions.  They were led by a star! They were warned in a dream by God, NOT to go back the same way (because of Herod), so there was definitely danger involved with this quest. But they were still willing.  How willing are we to seek Him? Read Matthew 2:1-15

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC220 or to join the challenge click here. You have until December 30, 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 ODBDwebsite, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. 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.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

DRS Challenge #152 Sing It To Me

Good Thursday morning to you all!!
This week our challenge at DRS is to use music in your card.
DRS stamps used: 220L Bubble Candle Oval, 1004F Triple Holly , 526K Nativity Ornament, 506P Silent Night Sheet Music. I made a frame with purple and white card stock and the A2 rectangle nesties from Spellbinders.  The sheet music was embossed in white and then sponged with Distress inks, Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Grape Preserves and Chipped Sapphire.  I stamped the candle on white and then masked it off and carefully taped off Joseph then inked Mary and Jesus and stamped.  I cleaned the stamp and taped off Mary and Jesus then stamped Joseph (I tape it and then ink the remainder and then remove the tape before stamping).  I use Copic Markers to color. In this case I purposely added the opposite colors on bubbles as if they are reflected then I removed some of the color to make it a bit mottled as shine and other colors might make it look.  The stars are silver stickers. I added a white oval mat to the oval on the candle.  I added Wink of Stella to the melted wax and to the bubbles then I added Glossy Accents to the top of the melted wax.
Masking and using different stamps together or part of stamps is just another way to breathe new life into some older stamps you may have.  Makes you look at your stamps in a whole new way!
To find the other design team samples and/or join in the challenge (music on your card), click HERE.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

ODBDSLC219 Christmas with ODBD week 2

Good morning everyone!
Hope it is winter in your neck of the woods...It is still NOT winter here.  Hard to feel like Christmastime when it is so warm. Starting to feel like my Aussie friends!
But I can still imagine...Here is my winter center step card. 
ODBD stamps used:Warm Wishes, Mini Tag Sentiments
ODBD dies used:Gilded Gate, Mini Tags
ODBD paper used: Christmas Collection 2014
My center has three steps.  The trees and snowman are cut out and glittered and stuck on the very back.  The next layer has the ground and snowman so in real life, he looks VERY 3-D. I punched snowflakes and also used an old Spellbinder snowflake die set.  I die cut the garden gate (Gilded Gate) with silver and subbed some gunmetal Rub-Ons through the openings of the die.  I die cut a heart charm to go with the sentiment and also die cut two of the mini tags for the sentiment and Merry Christmas sentiment, then tied them all together with silver thread.

Please visit my other design team sisters for more inspiration:

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC219 or to join the challenge click here. You have until December 14, 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 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.


Joy To The World
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart for the Lord is come! He is come as a baby in the manger, as the Savior of the world, as the King of kings and Lord of lords, as the One who would die on the Roman cross for us because He loves us so much!
If we are down cast for any reason, all we need to do is remember the One who holds our lives in His hands, the One who gives us breath to breathe, the One who created all things and holds them together by His might.  He is our everlasting joy.  If we are His, we can have joy even in our trials, even in our darkest hour! Not "yippee, I'm so happy I'm having difficulty!" No, it's just that inner joy, the peace that passes understanding, the joy of knowing we have eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord!  
Do YOU have Him as your Lord? You can, just tell Him you are sorry for all the times you've failed,  ask Him to forgive you of your sin and tell Him you want Him to come into your heart.  Do it right now.  Then go tell someone.  Tell a local pastor or a friend you KNOW is a Christian and can help you on your way to knowing Him.  Turn 180 degrees from dark to His light.  HE will give you a new heart, a clean spirit! You can email me if you have questions.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

DRS Challenge # 151 Hot Trends-Glitter

Hello all, good morning to you!
Our challenge this week is Hot Trends-Glitter
My card is glittered from top to bottom.  Red and Green glitter covered paper, Star Dust Stickles, Snow Crystals, Distress Straw Stickles, Icicle Stickles.
Border die is from Spellbinders. I stamped the reindeer then masked him and stamped the fence.  I kept the mask on and stamped the two houses.  Masked the houses and stamped the background snow drift trees and bare trees.  Unlike painting, with stamping you have to start in the foreground and move backward.  It takes a bit of planning but nothing is very difficult to do.  I always stamp on a post it after I stamp on my image panel so that I can cut out the post it image and use it for a mask.
This Reindeer is getting all geared up for his flight around the world, well, so the children's story goes.  Right now he is eating magic grain...(I think it has fairy dust in it!) This whole scene looks like it has fairy dust all over it! In real life, this card is VERY sparkly, glitter everywhere!
Hey, get out there and get crafty! Your turn to make a glittery card and show it to us, you never know, you might win the weekly prize!
To find the other design team samples and/or to join in the fun with your own creation, click HERE.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

ODBDSLC219-Christmas with ODBD week 1

Good morning all!
Welcome to December and all the Christmas cheer to follow!
I started by making a center step card in white.  Cut out my panels of red/pink Our Daily Bread Designs paper and glued them to all my card surfaces.  I die cut the Doily in white and added some Inka Gold to it randomly.  I also cute two shades of green pine from the Fancy Foliage die set to hang my ornament from.  Die cut two white scrolls from Fancy Foliage and then cut out a bunch of Poinsettia pieces from red and coral paper, formed the petals and added some Inka Gold to the petal and put them together.  I added some gold seed beads to the centers and white Liquid Pearls to the stamen.  I cut out a gold cross from the new Mini Tag set and also the little Merry Christmas is from the Mini Sentiment and Mini Tag sets.  I cut out a matting circle from gold and the ornament holder from gold then hung the little cross as a charm.  The Chickadees and Sing To The Lord sentiment come from the same Chickadee Ornament stamp set.  Finally, I used a sentiment "From our house to yours" from the new Let it Snow stamp set and die cut it with a Spellbinders label die with slots for ribbon or in this case, Gold floss.  My bow at the top of the ornament is gold metallic ribbon.

Please visit my other talented design team sisters for more inspiration:


To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC219 or to join the challenge click here. You have until December 14, 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 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.

Sing to the Lord- Let heaven and nature sing- all the heavenly host sing to the Lord. I think that God loves voices of praise to Him don't you?  When we sing, whether we have angelic voices or not, God loves to hear us sing to Him. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song... We can make up our own songs to Him!! 
Today, be thankful for the breathe of life and sing praise to the One who holds the universe together my His Word!  He gives us breath, He keeps our heart beating, He gives us hope and a future!! If nothing else, praise Him for another day, for waking up this morning.  There is always a reason to be thankful.  Go read Psalms 145 to 150 and come away with a heart of praise!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

DRS Challenge #150 I Pine For You!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!
Well, the challenge this week is called "I Pine for You"  we are to use pine trees or pine branches in this creation!  I have some die cut trees today covered with white Liquid Pearls and crusted with glitter.
My snowman and bird from DRS is 232H Snowman Bird Buddies, and the sentiment is 229F In The Meadow sentiment from DRS.  I sort of made this hard on myself the way I made the card.  I stamped the snowman image on the bottom of a 4 X 5 1/4 panel then cut a slit at the top snow line (I should have just cut it all the way across, cutting out the bird and snowman at the top). So, I made my trees and glittered them then stuck them through the slit I made...I know, I didn't realize till I got done how dumb that was! It looks the same as if I had just placed the cut out snowman/snow image on top of the tree panel!! Oh well, live and learn! I made frames from an A2 rectangle die set from Spellbinders. There is a bit of Sky Blue Brilliance on the top part of my image panel but you can't see that very well.
Well, I know this is Thanksgiving but I hope you might get a chance this week to join the challenge!!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Robin

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

ODBDSLC Blessings week 2

Good Tuesday morning to you all!  
This is our second week for the Blessings challenge.  That is use at least 4 letters from the word Blessings to make your card, as in: B=blue, L=lace, E=embossing, S=silver, S=stars, I=ink, N=nativity, G=glitter, S=shining

ODBD Paper used: Christmas Collection 2014
I started out with Our Daily Bread Christmas paper collection 2014 and silver embossed the O Little Town of Bethlehem on it for a background.  On a piece of white card stock, I silver embossed the Snowflake star and the Nativity then die cut each, the star with Splendorous Star die and the Nativity with the Circle Ornament.  I die cut another size from Splendorous Star dies in silver and the matting circles in silver plus the little ornament holder and the pine bough from the Fancy Foliage die set.  I also cut white from the Fancy Foliage die set.  I sprinkled the foliage with dots of Diamond Stickles.  Next I die cut the Beautiful border in silver and glued it to the bottom with some lace and silver decorative cord over the bottom of the die cut. I added a silver mat then glued it to a folded white card.  Lastly, I added a pretty silver metallic bow to the top corner and silver cord to the ornament as if it is hanging from the silver and white foliage.

Please visit my other design team sisters for more inspiration:

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC218 or to join the challenge click here. You have until November 30, 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 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.

I hope when you listen to music this Christmas, especially songs like O Little Town of Bethlehem, you think of the reason we celebrate Christmas.  Jesus, the Son of God, our Savior was born.  Born to save us from our sin.  To give us life eternal, if we will just believe and turn to follow Him. He cleanses you and makes you new...email me and ask me how.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

DRS Challenge # 149-Color Challenge

Good Thursday morning to you all! This week's challenge is a color challenge.
These are the colors for our color challenge this week.
DRS stamps used: 279L Christmas Pine Oval,  613P Woven Plaid (cut apart).
I also used Spellbinder, Memory Box and Our Daily Bread Designs poinsettia dies. Martha Stewart Branch punch and Memory Box leaf dies.
The plaid was done by using the Woven Plaid stamp (cut into three parts) one part at a time with chalk inks. Warm Red was the large section then Rouge and then Lime Green.  I LOVE the way this Plaid turned out!! It made me want to do a bunch of plaid backgrounds just to have on hand!
I used the same colors for my layers of poinsettia petals and for my layers under the image panel.  The first mat is lime green and is so thin you can barely tell it's there, but it is. then rouge and finally red. 
This was really fun to make and I hope you will join the color challenge.  To find out more and to see the other design team member's card samples, please click HERE.  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

ODBDSLC218 Blessings week 1

Good Tuesday morning to you all!
Today is the start of a new challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs.
The challenge is to use at least 4 letters in the word "Blessings".
 ODBD stamps used: The Babe
ODBD dies used: Shining Star, Splendorous Star, Flourish Star Pattern
ODBD paper used: Winter Collection
B=Blue, L=Lace, E=Embossing, S=Silver, S=Star, I= Ink, N= Nesting Stars, G=Glitter/Gold, S=Sparkle
Isn't that paper beautiful?  It is from the Winter collection at Our Daily Bread Designs.  All the paper is copper, gold and silver colors! I used glitter paper in gold and silver to make the star and added an amber star to the top. I used the outside die of Flourish Star Pattern for the rectangle with the stitch marks on it, love that die.  The star come from the bonus Shining Star die, Splendorous Star and Flourish Star Pattern dies. I added a piece of metallic, sparkly mesh behind baby Jesus to add some texture, sparkle and interest to the background. The baby Jesus image was colored with Copic markers and outlined with Gold Leaf Pen.  While the die was still on, I added some distress ink with a sponge.  I have brown lace at the bottom and a metallic gold ribbon bow to finish it off along with some amber rhinestones on each corner.  Thanks for visiting and now to get more inspiration, please visit my other design team sisters:

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC218 or to join the challenge click HERE.  You have until 8:00 pm EST to join us.  By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD gift certificate good toward the purchase of stamps in the "stamp column" on ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge.  The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post.  Please do not post on Flickr as many of us do not have the ability to comment on your cards nor can we spotlight your cards on the blog.

Well, ready or not, the season is upon us and now it's time to reflect upon the reason we celebrate.  You know what I'm going to say right?  Yes, the ONLY reason there is a Christmas time is because of Christ Jesus.  We celebrate His birth at this time of year. No one is sure of the real date for Jesus birth but December 25th has been widely accepted as the date to celebrate His birth. His birth means the possibility of new birth for us as humans.  All we have to do is accept that He is the Christ, the Son of the living God and that He died for our sins and rose again to live forever.  When we do that, we are covered by His sacrifice.  He gives us a new spirit and a new heart.  What an incredible gift.  Even after blowing it completely, we can have a clean heart just my receiving Him as our Lord and Savior.  I can't tell you how good that feels.   Take time to reflect upon Jesus Christ this Christmas time. Jesus IS the reason for the season!  Read Matthew and Luke in the New Testament to read all about His birth.  It was foretold in many of the Old Testament books as well. Get to know Him because He did this for you, He loves you that much!