Friday, January 20, 2017

Look Back Time!


Hello Everyone!!  Today we are having a look back at the Our Daily Bread Designs January Release and I have TWO projects for you!  The first is a 3D basket made with the TOTALLY ADORABLE Bountiful Basket Die Set and the new Paper Pad called Plum Pizzaz!!  Ooooooh I love this die, it is so much fun!!  The second is a project using His Timing stamp which you could use for cards, bible journaling or even bookmarks.

Because I have two projects I will try and keep it short and sweet!  I've made the basket base of white and layered with the Plum Pizzaz Paper Pad.  Glue all the bits today and construct!  For my big frilly flower, I've used Pretty Posies Dies, cutting the largest and smallest layers out of pink and the middle layer out of Plum Pizzaz to match the basket.  The centre is cut out of River Rock.  I've glued this together and shaped them to give some dimension.  I've then cut two leaves using Pretty Posies and two viney bits from Leaves and Branches out of green and attached it all as shown.

Stamps - NONE (gasp!)
Paper - Plum Pizzaz Collection, White, Pink, River Rock, Green
Ink - NONE
Accessories - ODBD Bountiful Basket Die, Pretty Posies Dies, Leaves and Branches Dies

http://ourdailybreaddesigns.com/bountiful-basket-die.html 

http://ourdailybreaddesigns.com/leaves-branches-dies.html

My next project is using His Timing.  When this stamp set arrived it was so perfect - I had just had a fall and broken my ankle, I was stressed (no income because I wasn't allowed back at work on crutches and as a casual staff member, no holiday or sick pay), my son was about to have his Primary School Graduation (I attended in a wheelchair), my Grandfather had just died and I was grieving, my Dad just had surgery, Christmas was coming (how on earth could I get the shopping done??) and I was IN PAIN.  Why???  Why did this happen and WHY NOW???  It took me a while to realise that I *had* to take time off and by forcing me to stop, I also had time to recharge and take more time to really spend more time with my family, who for once had to look after me, and the shopping, and the cleaning and the cooking and the ironing......well you get the idea.  Sometimes no matter how horrible things may seem, look for that silver lining, there is a reason for His Timing - even if you never find out.....

For the card I've used a base of cream and layered with River Rock and some Whimsical Wildflowers Collection paper.  Down one side I've added a dark ivory ribbon.  The His Timing image has been stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and I've added a little colour and then cut it into a rectangle and matted with soft purple bazzill.  I've used Bitty Blossoms Dies to create the leaves and flowers (I can't get enough of these dies!!), attached as shown and then added rhinestones to each centre.

http://ourdailybreaddesigns.com/his-timing.html
http://ourdailybreaddesigns.com/bitty-blossoms-die.html

I wonder what the other Breadsticks have been whipping up today?  Check out these blogs and find out!  :)
Cathy * Robin * Helen * Kathy * Angie * Julie 
Sabrina * Sandee * Lori * Dawn * Diana


That's all from me today, thanks for visiting and hope you are inspired to stamp!  :)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Bountiful Basket of Fun


Hello Everyone!!!  I've been playing with some REALLY FUN new toys recently.......Bountiful Basket and Sewing Dies by Our Daily Bread Designs!!  I love little 3D projects and I just don't make them enough and then this adorable basket die came to live at my house and I was really hooked! 

http://ourdailybreaddesigns.com/bountiful-basket-die.html







It's really very easy - the Bountiful Basket die set comes with all the pieces you need - cut two of the larger pieces, two circles and two (larger) handles out of your base card (the first time I only cut one handle and then realised when I was trying to construct it......yeah, I face palmed too!).  Next cut two triangles, two smaller handles and two square and rectangles (I actually cut an extra pair of the smaller rectangles as well).  For my project I used Shabby Rose Collection for the pretty, lacey type paper.  Once you adhere all the decorative panels onto their matching parts, simply fold the basket up and glue (High Tack Double Sided Tape is really good) into place and then attach the circles (folded in half - if you are like me, you'll score the centre first) and the handles. 

The sentiment is from Woodpecker, stamped in black Versafine ink and then cut with Vintage Labels.  While still in the die, I airbrushed it with Copic BG11 to try and get it to match the paper.  I've then cut many pieces of coloured card using the Sewing Dies (thread spools, buttons and a needle) - I've cut two pieces to make the coloured centred spools and decorated the sentiment panel and also make some little notecards for the inside of the basket.

Stamps - Woodpecker (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Paper - Shabby Rose Collection, Cream, White, Pink, Purple, Aqua, Grey
Ink - Black Versafine
Accessories - ODBD Bountiful Basket Dies, Sewing Dies, Vintage Labels Dies, Glue, X-press It High Tack Double Sided Tape

That's all from me today - I think I need to make another basket so keep a look out in upcoming posts!!  Hope you are inspired to stamp.....and DIE CUT!!  :)

Friday, January 6, 2017

January Power and Spark!


Hello Everyone!!!  Have you been waiting for the first Power and Spark Challenge for 2017?? Well the wait is OVER!!  Our lovely hostess this month is Stacy and she has a super easy one to kick of the year........WINTER BLOOMS!  If you live in the Northern Hemisphere and craving a little colour in your day then this challenge is for you!!  If you are like me and live in the Southern Hemisphere where it is the middle of Summer, let those colours burst into full bloom (or perhaps it's a heatwave and you're locked inside with the aircon on trying not to melt pretending that it's actually cooler..... come on Aussies, you know what I'm talking about!!!).

You don't have any Winter Blooms??  CLICK HERE for a link through to an abundance of sets to choose from!  Did you know that if you play along with us this month you can WIN a Power Poppy Stamp Set of YOUR CHOICE!!!  How awesome is that?!  You can find all the details on the Power Poppy Blog!


In Stacy's words.......When winter comes, many of us long to say goodbye to the chill and say hello to those cheerful and fresh spring flowers! Did you know there are lots of blooms that sprout at the end of winter (you can cheat and include early spring as well)? How about camellias, crocus, paperwhites, holly, snowdrops, or poinsettias? Let's see how you can bring these pretty little petals and glorious greens to life and enjoy this last bit of winter as well!

Today I've used Bloomin' Wonderful and stamped the flowers in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copics (B60, B63, B66, Y21, YR30, YR31, C1, W1, E84, E87).  I've cut this into a rectangle, matted with River Rock and framed with Wisteria Wonder cut with 5x7 Detailed Scallops.  The card is made of white, Wisteria Wonder, Graphic 45 DP and some dark cream May Arts Ribbon.  I've attached the image to the front and then stamped the sentiment, also from Bloomin' Wonderful, cut it out with a circle punch and popped it up on foam tape.  SIDE NOTE: I *was* going to add some Nuvo Crystal Drops to the corners, but the bottle exploded as a squeezed it......seriously it went EVERYWHERE!!!  I tried to rescue it back into the bottle, but it was a disaster - paint was all over my work space, up my arms, all over my clothes.....everywhere!!  THANK GOODNESS it missed my card or I would have a heart attack.  Once I cleaned up the mess (with the help of Mr 11yrs), I decided to play it safe and reached for Kaisercraft pearls to finish off instead!  :P

I wonder if the other Bloomies have had crazy adventures this week like I have??  Better pop by and have a look!

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones - you are here!
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Stamps - Bloomin' Wonderful (Power Poppy)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Wisteria Wonder, White, River Rock, Graphic 45 DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Copics, Spellbinders 5x7 Detailed Scallops, Dark Cream May Arts Ribbon, X-press It Foam Tape, Kaisercraft Snow Pearls

That's more than enough from me, if you've made it this far, thanks for popping by and hope you are inspired to stamp!!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!


Hello Everyone and a big Happy New Year to you all!!  I don't know about you, but 2016 wasn't exactly the best for me, so I'm hoping that the coming year will be better!  Since it is the 1st of the month, that means it is also time to announce a new ODBD release!  The January release is lots of fun with stamps and dies galore and a little bible journaling too!  Today I'm showcasing a single stamp called His Timing which could be used on cards, for bible journaling or even bookmarks! I'm also using a pretty new paper pad called Whimsical Wildflowers Collection  and some beautiful dies, Bitty Blossoms and Leaves and Branches!

Don't forget there are prizes to be WON!!  Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 Gift Code to the ODBD Website  just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until January 2, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. USA EST to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on January 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

I've used a base of purple bazzill and layered with River Rock and Very Vanilla cut with Double Stitched Rectangles and then topped with Whimsical Wildflower Collection paper.  I've then cut a piece of So Saffron with Double Stitched Rectangles and offset it on the front of the card.  I've stamped the His Timing image in Rich Cocoa ink onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copics (Y21, Y26, Y000, V20, V15, V12, YG61).  I've fussy cut this and then I've stamped it again and only coloured the clocks and then cut them out and popped them up on foam tape for a bit of dimension!  Then came the flowers!  Didn't I have fun with those!!  I've used Bitty Blossoms to die cut all the flowers and the single leaves using all the card scraps from the card construction.  I've also used Leaves and Branches for the long leafy stems.  To finish I've added pearls to the centres of all the flowers.

Here's a side view.....

Here's the links to all the amazing Breadsticks creations, make sure you pop by, be inspired and leave a comment for your chance to win!

Sandee * Dawn * Chris * Angie * Lisa 
Grace * Diana * Cathy * Julie * Robin 
Sabrina * Helen * Kathy * Anita



Stamps - His Timing (ODBD)
Paper - Whimsical Wildflowers Collection, X-press It Blending Card, Purple Bazzill, River Rock, Very Vanilla
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories - Copics, ODBD Bitty Blossoms Dies, ODBD Leaves and Branches Dies, ODBD Double Stitched Rectangles Dies, Scissors, Glue, X-press It Foam Tape

That's all from me today, thanks for visiting and hope you are inspired to stamp!  :)

Friday, December 16, 2016

Pray and Let Go


Hello Everyone!!  Today's I'm taking a look back at the ODBD December Release!  This month they brought out a beautiful prayer stamp set called Handle with Prayer and a matching die to cut the hands out called Praying Hands!  I thought this set was perfectly timed for me, as I've we've had a lot of stressful/sad/painful events happen in our family over the last few months and sometimes you need to be reminded that God is there to take that burden and help you through.

It is Summertime here in Australia and the weather is just beautiful right now!  We are in T-shirts, shorts and thinking of the beach! With these thoughts in my head, I've reached for a colour palette of blues and browns and this gorgeous By The Shore Collection paper by ODBD - I just *love* this paper!

I've used a blue card base and topped with brown and white cut with Double Stitched Rectangles Die.  Next I've added some beautiful By The Shore Collection paper and stamped the sentiment from Handle with Prayer in the top corner.  I've taken the Double Stitched Circle Dies and cut a circle of white and blue, layered then and then trimmed one side and attached as shown.  I've then stamped the hands from Handle with Prayer in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copics (E000, E01, E11, E13, RV10, B00, B12, B14).  I've cut this out with the Praying Hands Die and popped it up on foam tape for a little dimension and attached to the circle diecuts.  To finish I've added a few white sparkly sequins.

Stamps - Handle with Prayer (ODBD)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Marina Mist, Baked Brown Sugar, White, By The Shore Collection DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Copics, ODBD Praying Hands Dies, Double Stitched Rectangle Dies, Double Stitched Circle Dies, White Sequins, X-press It Foam Tape

The Breadsticks have a beautiful array of creations for you to look at today, so make sure you pop by these blogs!

Dawn * Kathy * Cathy * Lisa * Robin * Sandee 
Julie * Helen * Anita * Diana * Lori * Sabrina

That's all from me today, thanks for visiting and hope you are inspired to stamp!  :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Clematis Thank You


Hello Everyone!  If you were here for the Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge at the beginning of the month, you may have seen a journal that looked a little like this.  Well this is the matching card that went with the journal for my son's yr6 teacher.  Had actually had the same teacher for yr5 and you can have a peek at the journal and card set I made for her last year HERE.  Thankfully I knew that this lady loved her journal from last year and used it all the time - so when we presented her with a new one she absolutely LOVED it!!


For the card I've used a white base and layered with Baked Brown Sugar cut with Elegant Labels Four.  Around this I've attached some white satin ribbon.  I've printed the Climbing Clematis digi image a bit smaller that the journal version and cut it out with Labels Four and colour with Copics to match the journal (G40, G43, G46, B60, B63, B66, Y15, Y17, YR20, YR21, YR24, B01, B0000, B000).  I've matted this with Marina Mist cut with Elegant Labels Four, Maja Designs DP and white card cut with Grand Labels Four and then popped it all up on X-press It Foam Tape.  The sentiment is from Power Poppy's So Grateful Clear Set and has been stamped in black and cut into a double notched tag and also popped up on foam tape.

Stamps - Climbing Clematis, So Grateful (Power Poppy)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, White, Baked Brown Sugar, Marina Mist, Maja Designs DP
Ink - Printer, Versafine Black
Accessories - Copics, Spellbinders Labels Four, Elegant Labels Four, Grand Labels Four, White Satin Ribbon, X-press It Foam Tape

That's all from me today, thanks for popping by and hope you are inspired to stamp!  :)

Friday, December 9, 2016

Power Poppy Friday!


Hello Everyone!!  It's time for another Power Poppy Friday and a chance to have a peek at some of the creations the Bloom Brigade have been making this week!!  I have another Teacher Journal for you today using Power Poppy's Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher digital stamp.  I particularly like the digi stamps for journals because you can enlarge them for a bigger journal and then shrink them for the matching card!  ;-)  This particular journal is for my daughter's yr 3 teacher.  Now because this is a 'Sweet Treat' (a gift for someone this festive season), it's also perfect for this month's Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge!!  Why don't you join us this month - you could win a Power Poppy Stamp Set of your choice!!

Today is the very last day of the Australia School Year and it's my middle child's last ever day of Primary School!  You look back and think where did that time go??  I can't believe he's off to High School next year!  (For all the American folks wondering, we don't have a Middle School here, just a middle school section at the High School - he's not a freak genius jumping several grades!)

I covered the journal withe some Kaisercraft paper from my stash, using a spiral punch for the side and sticking it down well with some X-press It High Tack Double Sided Tape.  Down the side is more Kaiserpaper matted with cream card and tied with some So Saffron ribbon.  I've printed the Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher digi image onto X-press It Blending Card and then coloured with Copics (G40, G43, G46, Y21, Y35, Y38, W1, W3, W5, B0000).  I've cut this out with Adorning Squares, matting with So Saffron cut with the larger of the dies and glued to the front.  To finish I die cut the initials in yellow and added a couple of chocolate coloured pearls to the top.

Here's the matching card I made - instead of putting the initials, I've used the sentiment from Bloomin' Wonderful clear set for the bottom.  I've also shrunk the image compared to the size of the one on the journal, but coloured it the same so it would match!  :)



Stamps - Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher (Power Poppy)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, So Saffron, Cream, Designer Paper from my stash
Ink - Printer
Accessories - Copics, Spellbinders Adorning Squares, Alphabet Die, So Saffron Ribbon, Chocolate Pearls, X-press It High Tack Double Sided Tape

Why not check out what my other talented bloomies have been whipping up this week??!!
That's all from me today, thanks for popping by and hope you are inspired to stamp!  :)

Friday, December 2, 2016

December Power and Spark!


Hello Everyone!  It's the first Friday of the month and that means it's time for another Power and Spark Challenge!!  This month our lovely hostess is Christine and she has challenged us to make a Sweet Treat - the idea is to create something that will be a sweet treat for someone else (so think card, tag, hostess gift, etc) designed to help with those quick Christmas gifts. Don't forget; if you play along with the challenge this month you could win a Power Poppy Stamp Set of your choice!!! 

If you live in Australia, you'll know that there is also only ONE WEEK of school left, so I've used this challenge to make an end of year teacher gift for my son's teacher!  I can't believe that he will be leaving primary school next week and looking forward to High School next year!  Where does the time go??

I've gone with a blue colour palette as I know this particular lady loves blue and covered the front of the journal with some Maja Design paper.  I've made a panel of Marina Mist card, punching the bottom with a lattice border punch, topped with some more Maja Design paper and then attached some ribbon.  I've cut out the name of white card with an alphabet die set and put it across the bottom.  The image is a digi called Climbing Clematis and I've printed this on X-press It Blending Card and then coloured it with Copics (G40, G43, G46, B60, B63, B66, Y15, Y17, YR20, YR21, YR24, B01, B0000, B000).  I've cut this out with Grand Labels Four (which I think is retired), framed with Marina Mist cut with Elegant Labels Four, white cut with Grand Labels Four and finally Baked Brown Sugar cut with Elegant Labels Four.  I've glued this all down and finished with a few white pearls.

Stamps - Climbing Clematis (Power Poppy)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, White, Marina Mist, Baked Brown Sugar
Ink - Printer
Accessories - Copics, Spellbinders Grand Labels Four, Elegant Labels Four, MS Lattice Border Punch, White Ribbon, Alphabet Die Set, White Pearls

I wonder what amazing Sweet Treats the Bloomies have been cooking up for this month's challenge?  You'll have to swing by and check them out!!
That's all from me today, thanks for popping by and hope you play along this month and are inspired to stamp!  :)

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