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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.

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!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

DRS Challenge # 148 Hang It Up!

Good Thursday morning to you all!!
Our new challenge this week is to "Hang it Up!"


My card today is a Bendi Frame Card.  As you can see, especially on the bottom photo, The frame is slightly larger than the card.  You actually make the card base 5 3/8" wide instead on 5 1/2"  then you make your frame the usual 4 1/4 X 5 1/2", put a strip of foam tape on each side (none on the top and bottom of course) and carefully line up each side with the side of the card base making the top bow out.  This adds a bit more dimension.
My sky was done by stamping the star background with VersaMark on glossy cardstock then heat embossing with clear powder.  I then rubbed a variety of dye inks on...I was trying for the Northern lights look.
My hanging feature is the Christmas lights at the top.  I cut each one out to hang then from Baker's twine.  I used white Liquid Pearls an Crystal Stickles on  the snow.   This was really fun to make, I hope you'll try it!
I used some new release Christmas Village stamps: Christmas Tree Lot 214E, Slope Roof House 215D, 4 in 1 Mailbox 210G, Lamp Post 226B, and also the Christmas Fence 1027H, Christmas Lights Card Edger 083P, Snowline Border 320H, Starry Background 124H and 4 in 1 Tree 119D 
Hope you can join the challenge and be in for winning a prize.  Please click HERE to join and also to see all the other designer's samples.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

ODBDSLC217 Holiday week 2

Good morning everyone!! I hope you are having a terrific Tuesday!
This is week two of our Holiday challenge.
ODBD stamps used: Wisemen Ornament, Snowflake Star
ODBD dies used: Fancy Foliage, Splendorous Star, Matting Ornaments, Circle Ornaments, Peaceful Poinsettia
OBDB Paper used: Winter Collection 2014
I started with ODBD paper then built up from there.  I stamped the Snowflake star, large and small with VersaMark then heat embossed with gold powder. I also stamped the Wisemen Ornament and embossed with gold. I used the ODBD dies to cut all of the stamped items out.  The ornament is matted with gold.  I die cut a bunch of poinsettias and formed them then put them together with glue dots.  They have gold micro beads for centers.  I also die cut 2 fancy foliage scrolls in white.
Before gluing my ODBD paper to a gold card, I wrapped it with metallic gold sheer ribbon and another solid ruffly ribbon at the top then I glued it to the card base.  Made a bow and attached with a glue dot and glue.


Please visit my design team sisters for more inspiration:
DJ Rants * Elizabeth Whisson * Linda Carson
Thanks for visiting!

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC217 or to join the challenge click here. You have until November 16, 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.
Matthew 2:9-11
"When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.  When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.  And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him.  And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh".
Did you notice that? The star went before them.  It guided them...it moved to where the Child was.  Take that in for a minute.  the STAR MOVED to guide them.  That is no ordinary star.  Stars have their place, God put them in their place, but THIS star moved before them until it came to rest where the Child was. Remember in Exodus, how the fire went before the people of Israel by night and the cloud went before them during the day. God used elements of earth to guide the people, it went before them.  When it stopped, the people stopped. Just thinking out loud here.  God uses the ordinary things of earth in His extraordinary way to guide us. But don't get off track here, God has given us His Word to guide us first and foremost.   If something doesn't go along with His Word, it's NOT HIM trying to guide you.  "His Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path". Ps.119: 105. He will NEVER have us do something that is against His Word!  That is why we need to have His Word hidden away in our hearts.  We need to be transformed by His Word and that can only happen if we are studying His Word.  Those wisemen, they had been studying ancient manuscripts (maybe even Isaiah).  They knew that the star would lead them to the new born KING of kings.  There are several books of the Old Testament that foretell the coming of the Messiah.  Isaiah 7:14 "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel" Immanuel means God with us. Isaiah 9:6 says "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."  Just food for thought.  Think about Him today.



Thursday, November 6, 2014

DRS Challenge #147-Hot Trends- Just Half

Hello everyone!! Good Thursday morning to you all.
Here is a sample for the new challenge this week where you are to use only half an image.  My pine trees from the 4 in one set 119D, are just half and my Pine Tree Snowdrift is just a partial as well.  I also cut some little silver stars in half.
DRS stamps used: 506P Silent Night Sheet Music, 210G New Release Village 4 in 1, 226B New Release Lamp Post, 320H Pine Tree Snowdrifts, 119D Christmas Village 4 in 1, 107D Christmas Village Church
My sky is done with alcohol inks on glossy cardstock.  I added some metallic silver to my applicator with some more blending solution to add some sparkle.  I used a Martha Stewart Around the Page punch for the snowflake border and punched it again in white so that I could use the punched out snowflakes in the border.  My starts are stickers.  I used torn cardstock for the layers of snowdrifts in the foreground and then used Stickles on them.  Everything except the people has Stickles on it.   My 4 in 1 trees (119D) are cut in half and glued to the little snowy scene.
Come and join the fun and also see the other designer's samples by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

ODBDSLC217-Holiday week 1

Good morning all!
ODBD stamps used: Christmas Mini set
ODBD dies used: Flourished Star Pattern, Splendorous Stars, Bonus Star die
ODBD paper used: Christmas collection 2014
There is very little stamping on this particular card.  It is mostly a card using these gorgeous new dies at Our Daily Bread Designs.  Oh, I just love them!  They all fit together so nicely.  I used all aqua and white for this card and used the ODBD new Christmas Collection paper for the background.
To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC217 or to join the challenge click here. You have until November 16, 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. 
To see more card creations, please visit my talented design team sisters:
DJ Rants * Elizabeth Whisson * Linda Carson
Thanks for visiting today!
Matthew 2:1-2
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him."
Can you imagine traveling hundreds of miles to see a baby because of a star?  God must have put it in there hearts to study the old testament scriptures and other literature of the day to know that there would be a King of kings born in Bethlehem of Israel and that He was someone who should be worshiped by all.  They brought gold and precious gifts to Him from their country.  Who is this Jesus that we should worship Him?  He is the King of kings, Lord of lords and Savior of the world to all who will believe.  These wise men studied Him, now we get to study Him, if we are wise.  Find out more about the birth of Jesus in Matthew and Luke.  Together they paint the picture that was fore-told in the old testament about the coming of the Messiah.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

DRS Challenge #146 Any Autumn Holiday

Good Thursday to you all!
Hope you are having a lovely week so far and hope you're enjoying the fall weather!
Well, the challenge this week is for any Autumn holiday, so since tomorrow is Halloween, I decided to take this last opportunity !
DRS stamps used: Count Porkula 134D, Vertical Happy Halloween 538D, Spooky Tree w/Moon 070L, Accent Bats 517A, Snowy tree w/fence 144M
I only had to do a bit of masking for this little scene.  I stamped Count Porkula first then masked him and stamped the spooky tree w/moon.  Then I stamped the snowy tree with fence.  I changed the piles of snow to piles of leaves.  Hey why not? I colored with Copics including the sky that is a blue and purple/pink. I added a die cut bat and a die cut fence.  The jack-o-lantern in front is a decorative brad.
To see the other designers cards and to join in the fun by making a card yourself, click HERE.
Remember, there is a prize given!!!
Have a great rest of your week and get stampin!
Robin

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ODBDSLC216 Scripture Inspiration Week 2

Good morning everyone!! Hope you are having a lovely Tuesday and 
enjoying the crisp fall air!
ODBD stamps used: Mother and Child Ornament, The Babe
ODBD dies used: Peaceful Poinsettias, Beautiful Borders, Vintage Flourish Pattern, Circle Ornaments, Matting Circles
I die cut the blue background and then ran it through with a 6 X 6 embossing folder to create the snowflake texture.  The piece that was die cut out, I lined with silver leaf pen. I then die cut the smaller cut with silver shimmer. I stamped the Mother and child ornament and the sentiment on white with VersaMark then used silver detail powder to heat emboss.  These were then die cut,  The ornament was matted with silver. The poinsettias were die cut and stenciled with silver ink using the die (it has a pattern in the center of each petal). I cut a couple more poinsettias in silver then cut them apart to use as leaves.  I added silver micro beads to the centers.  I also cut two beautiful borders for top and bottom.  When I put the card together, I popped up the ornament and sentiment from the blue layer. The blue layer is popped up from the silver card base so that the window cut out could be sunk down a level.  I used silver metallic ribbon for a bow and tucked in here and there among the poinsettias.
To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC216 or to join the challenge click here. You have until November 4, 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.
Please visit my talented design team sisters to see more cards for this challenge.
"A Time to be born"
God's timing was perfect.  As you investigate Jesus in the Bible you see in old and new testament, everything lining up. God is so awesome in His plan.  This King Jesus, who was born to die for the rescue of the world, was born not to a royal family, in a palace full of riches.  The King of kings was born to a poor teenage girl and her betrothed.  Before she was married, the Holy Spirit of God came to her and caused her to be with child.  She never was with a man.  Can you imagine what she went through in that day and age and what her husband to be, must have thought?  It was not easy being part of God's plan.  Thankfully, God visited Joseph as well and let him know that indeed, Mary was still a virgin, she had done no wrong.   This child was to be the savior of the world, to all who would believe.  He was born to die.  He walked among us, being gentle and kind teaching and healing people.  Forgiving them and changing their lives.  He said "go and sin no more".  He gave hope to a dying world. He lived among us but never sinned, never deserved to die.  He was willing to endure the horrible death on a Roman cross and to be beaten and spit upon for us.  He felt the pain just like you or I.  Yes, He was God but He was fully man as well while He was on this earth with us.  He knew what He would have to endure and He did it anyway!  When people say "Jesus loves you", think about what He did, yes, indeed, Jesus DOES love you.  It is not just a children's song or a cliche saying...He really does love you.
I felt that love when I came to Him!  He took me from the dark blackness of my life and brought me into His marvelous light.  The feeling of freedom and a changed heart was over-whelming. I still feel His love today and every day!  His mercies are new every morning!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

How can you RESIST

I'm the challenge hostess at Splitcoaststampers today for the Hope you can cling to card drive.  Our techniques for today's challenge is Resist...any kind of resist!
We are resisting cancer, Being Resilient, Shining through, and Coming out on top!
Come join in on the fun and the awesome privilege of doing something GOOD with all your "stuff".  Join us HERE.
I did the stamp and emboss resist on the background and the white crayon resist on the die cut for this card. Stamp is Art Impressions, die is Memory Box and Sentiment is Power Poppies digital.

I did the classic stamp and emboss for this card.  Both the background and the main images. Stamps by Our Daily Bread Designs. Circle die is Little B.

For this card, I did the rub technique.  Take an embossing folder, place your paper on the raised side and rub all over with a white crayon.  Then ink with dye inks and sprays. Folder by Darcies, Die is Elizabeth Craft Designs and Spellbinders.  Stamp is Magnolia.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

DRS Challenge 145 Thankful

Giving thanks!
That is what out challenge is this week!
DRS stamps used: 452L Autumn Flower Spray, 165G Thank you Lord
I started this card my spraying yellow, green and orange Dylusions on a kraft sheet and ran my paper through it being careful not to mix the orange and green (the makes mud). After drying I stamped the sentiment and parts of the Autumn spray top and bottom then border cut with the Spellbinder bracket border.  Cut just the outside border again on orange cardstock and mounted my border cut sentiment onto it. I then stamped the flower spray on another piece of white and dabbed the top into the spray on the kraft sheet. I used Copics to color in Yo2, Y15, Y35, Y38, YR04, YR15 YR18, E30, E24, E27, YG03, YG23, YG25 YG17 I also added some stickles to the flower centers. The sentiment and image were then mounted to black, orange and then to a white card! I made a double bow from my plaid ribbon and attached with glue dot.
Well, I hope to see your cards in the challenge and just a note, there is a prize given each week!
To find the challenge and the other design team card samples, click HERE.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ODBDSLC216 Scripture Inspiration Challenge

Good morning all!
ODBD stamps used: Poinsettia Ornament, Chickadee Ornament
ODBD dies used: Matting Circles, Ornament Circles, Beautiful Borders
ODBD papers used: Christmas Collection 2013
The inspiration scripture is Ecc. 3:1 "A time for every season"  Well, Christmas, the time we celebrate the birth of Christ is my season for this card.
We celebrate with an abundance of decorations, trees, ornaments, winter flowers (poinsettias), wreaths, garland, candles, gifts...you name it!  My card is displaying a poinsettia ornament.  I hope you will join us for the next two weeks as we make cards inspired by Ecclesiastes 3:1.
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 November 4, 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.
*The Blessed Season*
To Christians all over the world, this is probably the most important season of all (the only one that may trump Christmas is Easter, when Christ rose again and saved the world, those who would believe). The Poinsettia, also know as the Christmas Star or the Christmas flower is a traditional winter flower that we use at Christmas.  The tradition comes from a Mexican legend of a Christmas miracle, weeds turning into a beautiful red and green flower when they were given as an offering from a poor little girl.
Well, Christmas is the time for miracles! Christ birth was a miracle in itself and everything He did after was miraculous!   Christmas is truly a BLESSED SEASON.
Read about the birth of Christ in Luke 1:1 to Luke 2:20.

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.

Robin

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.
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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!
Blessings,
Robin