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Thursday, February 26, 2015

DRS Challenge #163 All Ears

Good morning everyone!
Today starts a new challenge..."all ears".  Just use an image or die cut with ears.
Today I used the new release bunny ears on my Easter egg.
I used stitched oval dies by Die-namic and A2 rectangle dies by Spellbinders
This was really fun to make and color with all the pretty pastels! I love the jelly beans and making them all colors was my cup of tea. the egg was also very fun to color and blend colors with Copic Markers. To top it off this pink polka dot ribbon seems just the thing.
To join this challenge and/or to see the other designer's cards you can click HERE.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will join the challenge, a prize is given each week!!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

ODBDSLC228 NO COLORING CHALLENGE

Good morning to you!
Today starts a new challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs.
Our challenge is to make a card with NO COLORING.  You can use colored ink as I have for my Queen Anne's Lace bouquet but do not color your image.
ODBD stamps used: Life is a Gift, Scripture Collection 12
ODBD dies used: Asters and Leaves, Vintage Labels, Vintage Flourish Pattern, Beautiful Borders
ODBD papers: Christian Faith Collection
I cut each size aster die several times in white and a light lavender to get these nice full flowers, then formed each on a foam mat and flower tool.  I stamped the wild flowers (Queen Anne's Lace) with lavender on white then stamp the scripture on top with black and die cut with Vintage Labels.  I cut out the Vintage Flourish Pattern and the Beautiful borders  cie with white and sponged lavender on the stitch lines of the Vintage Flourish Pattern.  The Christian Faith paper is behind the Vintage Flourish Pattern die cut.  I made a multi-loop bow with lavender ribbon and stuffed it under the three asters.  The lavender heather is a pre-made flower that I bought.
To see more inspiration please visit my design team sisters

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC228 or to join the challenge click HERE.  You have until March 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 toward 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.

Someone gave me a "Name" plate for Robin one time (It is hanging in the hallway) and this was the verse that was given for my name (the verse on my card).  I cherish that Name plate not for giving me the meaning of my name but for that scripture because that was me.  I felt like I was in a deep pit full of muck and mire, a world of darkness before I gave Jesus my heart.  Now I am standing firm on the Rock and in His wonderful light. It has been many years since that day of decision but I remember it as yesterday when I think of God's mercy upon my life.  How thankful I am that He loves me and that He gave everything so that I might live.
"But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter of my head".  Psalms 3:3
"Lord, protect me from those things that turn my attention from You. Clear the eyes of my heart so they can focus on the splendor of Your creation. Thank You for the blessings of this day". This is a little quoted prayer from a book called Daily Praise from the Bible.  I think it is a wonderful prayer that I will be repeating (or something like it) every day for now on!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dreaming

I did this card for a color challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  I think she is just adorable.  This stamp design is by Crissy Armstrong for Whimsy stamps.
I used Copic Markers to color her.  The dies are by Spellbinders.
Thanks for stopping by!
Robin

DRS Challenge #162 Color

Good morning to you all!
Valentine's Day is gone so we're off to the next holiday!


This week's challenge is taken from the photo below.


Look at that character!  He thinks he's hiding behind the multi-green colored rainbow and pot of gold!  Silly man!!
I hope you will take time to visit the DRS blog HERE, where you will find the other design team samples and the link to join the challenge...Come on-start stamping...it just has to use at least three of the colors in the photo above.
Thanks for visiting!!  Comments welcome!
Robin

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

ODBDSLC227 INSPIRATION CHALLENGE


Good morning everyone!
Today's challenge is an inspiration challenge!!

ODBD stamps used: Life is a Gift (New release)

This is the inspiration photo for this challenge.
Well, I went for the bouquet and pretty colors of this inspiration photo for this challenge.
The new Queen Anne's Lace wild flower bouquet was perfect.  I used some white Liquid Applique on the Queen Anne's Lace and some Liquid Pearls-Coral on the little red blossoms to give this card extra texture and dimension.
The frame is a coral color and I used white pigment ink to sponge on the die before removing it to give the outside stitches a bit more definition. I dyed the ribbon to match.

To see more inspiration for this challenge please visit my design team sisters

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC227 or to join the challenge click HERE.
You have until February 22, 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 toward the purchase of stamps 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.

When I see wild flowers anywhere, I always thank God for the beauty He has created for us to enjoy! They all have different colors, shapes and smells.  It amazes me when I think of the thousands of flowers, the thousands of scents and variety of color and shape of each flower.  Same with the trees, they are all so different and smell different...what an awesome God we serve!  And to think that He loves me, He knows me by name.  One of my favorite Psalms is 139, especially 139:13-16
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.

Thanks for coming by to visit today!
Robin



Thursday, February 12, 2015

DRS Challenge #161 Office Supplies

Good morning!
Happy Thursday to all! Today we start a new challenge at DRS.  
The challenge is to use office supplies on your card.

I have used staples and a paper clip on mine.  The DRS stamps I used today are: 808H Interlocking Hear bg and 257D Sweet Valentine.
I stamped the background with Memento Pink and then colored with Copic Markers in light pastel colors.  The Sentiment is stamped with a darker pink.  The embossing folder is from Cuttlebug.
I hope you will join the challenge this week.  You can use any supplies you might find in an office,
To see all the other design team samples and to join the challenge click HERE.
Thanks for visiting!
Robin

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

ODBDSLC226 SKETCH CHALLENGE

Good morning everyone!
Today's challenge is a sketch, which I love! 
Hope you will join us and make one too.  There is a prize each week for one lucky winner.

ODBD paper used: Christian Faith Collection



Please visit my very talented design team sisters for more inspiration.

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC226 or to join the challenge click HERE.  You have until Feb. 15, 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 toward the purchase of stamps 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.

I will give thanks with my whole heart! Thanks for the air I breathe, thanks for the trees that eat up the bad stuff in the air and produce oxygen for us. Thanks for a beating heart to give thanks with.   And  I give thanks most of all for His grace and mercy in my life!! I thank Him for a beating heart to give thanks with...I know, I know, we give thanks with our brains and our mouth, but it is really more than that!  What we call our heart is something inside us that is not just our brains. Our soul? Our spirit? The combination of soul, body and spirit?  Whatever it is it seems to me that I praise God with my whole being which is what I call my heart.  
Thanks for visiting today!! Comments are appreciately!!
Robin

Thursday, February 5, 2015

DRS Challenge #160 White Out!

Good morning!
This is fun! Our challenge today is called white out.  Use all white on your card except for your stamp, you can use colored ink.
My card is done with white embossed linen with pearl embellishments then a "Joy" die set with each layer popped up.  The heart is Spellbinders and has the sentiment stamped on it with the rest of the sentiment inside which says "Full of Love & happiness". I used Memento red for the sentiment.
I finished the card off with a nice big white satin bow!
For more inspiration, please click HERE to see the other designer's cards and/or join the challenge.
Thanks for stopping by!
Robin

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

ODBDSLC225-COLOR CHALLENGE

Good morning everyone!

ODBD papers used: Blushing Rose Collection
I've chosen the minty green, light and dark rose along with the sand color and that darkest brownish color.  I started with the sand color base and stamped my roses then edged with Tea Dye an colored with Copics in the rose colors. I used the Blushing Rose paper to cut the Flourish Pattern frame and stenciled the stitch border with Tea Dye. The Fancy Foliage is minty green and the Beautiful Border is rose pink.  I also cut the mini tag from the rose paper and stamped the "A gift for you" sentiment on it.   Lots of ribbon and pearls to embellish!

To see more inspiration please visit my design team sisters.

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC225 or to join the challenge click here.  You have until February 8th at 8 pm EDT 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 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.

When I think of Roses, I think of the beauty and wonderful fragrance of the flower but I also think of the thorns that pretty much every rose bush has. Thorns- like the thorns placed on Jesus head when he was crucified.  This was love, not that we loved Him, but that He loved us when we were still sinners!  He did this for us even when we were so far from Him! This is love!


Monday, February 2, 2015

Woodland Fairy

I thought that I had better share this card on my blog since my wonderful son saw it posted on Facebook, shared it,  then told people to visit my blog. He is such a sweetie and probably one of my biggest fans! I have to say that my adorable husband is also my biggest fan!  So, here we are, I did this kind for a Tea Potter's challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  First, I printed my digi stamp image the size I wanted it to be (Digi by Make It Crafty).   She is colored with Copic Markers and fussy cut.  I then stamped the large, viney tree from Beeswax and colored with Copics then fussy cut out.  Lastly, I stamped the large mushroom from Tiddly Inks and colored then fussy cut.  My background piece was done a few weeks ago when I was doing another challenge.  I sprayed Dylusion inks on a kraft sheet (you can also use a piece of aluminum foil for this process). Then you spray a bunch of water on the inks and drag your cardstock (or watercolor paper, which this is) through it, saturating the paper. I then poured some Kosher coarse salt on it and let it dry on it's own (no help from a heat gun or hair dryer).  The salt needs time to soak up the color.  After it is dry, I brush it off and iron it out flat.
I glued my tree and mushroom to the background and then popped the fairy up.any white paper left on the images were colored to match the background. I finished this card off by painting her wings with Stickles Crystal and dabbing a bit on the background on the salt marks (sort of like fireflies).   She is looking up at some crystal beads.
I hope you like it and thanks for stopping by!
Robin 

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)






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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.