Friday, November 17, 2017

A Look Back at ODBD's November Release

This has been a challenging week on many levels.  It started with some unexpected news and ends with waiting and waiting some more...  One thing that soothes the savage and impatient beast...  bird watching!  And today's card reminds me of the importance of slowing down and appreciating the 

 Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs' November Release.  Here is the card I created using the Winter Chickadee stamp set, Christmas Collection 2017 Paper Pad and Trees & Deer Die.  For more inspiration using the November Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog.

There is nothing more peaceful than a walk in the woods.  Everyone needs a few moments to recharge and refresh.  This darling little image from the Winter Chickadee stamp set seems to be nestled happily in the forest.  I started with a soft moss green card stock base adding a green DP from the new Christmas Collection 2017 Paper Pad.  I cute a slightly larger mat with a dark brown paper also from the same paper pad.  I cut several sizes of the trees using a dark and light paper from the paper pad.  The artichoke colored trees are from a separate card stock I had in my stash.  I layered the trees (Trees & Deer Die) so some would appear to be be larger than others.  I fussy cut my image and then placed it in the desired spot.  I chose this wonderful sentiment and stamped it on coordinating DP and cut out my mat panel.  

So here are a few of the November release items you see...

 and a few old favorites...

Circles Die
Double Stitched Circles Die
Pierced Rectangles Die
and the Copic combos for my image
C2, C3, C5, C7 (Chickadee)
 E37, E57, E79, (Branch)
 E00, E43 (Chickadee) 
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
As we look back today, be sure to visit my design team sisters to see what they have dreamed up for this month's release.  They are a talented group of ladies and I know you will be blessed by their talents.  Have a wonderful weekend!

ODBD Blog - if you get lost along the way!

Cathy * Dawn * Sandee * Kathy * Helen * Diana * Lori

Thursday, November 9, 2017

How A Sepia Card Makes A Girl Feel a Bit Shady

Does anyone else remember when we all wanted to know what "season" we were?  The season determined what colors we looked good in.  My mom was an Autumn, which explained her tendency to buy anything brown.  And my season was Winter.  Winters were supposed to look good in jewel tones and were the only season that could pull off a true black or white.  It's funny, because my Mom says I always had a very distinct voice in what I wore..  even as a small child.  Apparently from an early age certain colors would not make the cut.  When the whole "season" fad came out, it became quite clear that the colors I naturally gravitated toward were the ones this trend said I should wear.  And ironically enough, to this day, I find myself gravitating toward certain colors in my home and yes, even in my cards.  

So remember that my Mom LOVES brown?  It turns out that is one of the colors that legitimately makes me nervous.  I can't even remember wearing anything brown until I was well into my fourth decade.  That is why you rarely see me try anything like that in my card making.  But today is different!  I have vowed to try something that makes me a bit nervous and color outside the box...  sort of!  Here is my sepia card using Our Daily Bread Designs' Winter Cardinal stamp set, Pine Branches Die and Pinecones Die.

 I created a center step base with a rich brown card stock and cut the Designer Paper and soft Bark DP slightly smaller than each panel.  The Papers can be found in ODBD's Vintage Ephemera Paper Collection and Ephemera Essentials Paper Pad.  I stamped the image with Espresso Truffle ink on Copic compatible paper.  (The stamp set is the November release, Winter Cardinal.  I colored the image with Copics E30, E33, E35 and E37 before die cutting with ODBD's Double Stitched Circles Die.  After embossing and before removing the die, I inked the edges of the image with a tea dye distress ink.  The mat was created with ODBD's Circles Die.  I stamped the sentiment (also with Espresso Truffle ink) and then after die cutting (ODBD's Ovals Die added a bit of distress ink.  A spray of pine branches and cones finish it off.  (ODBD's Pine Branches Die and Pinecones Die.) 

So here are a few of the items you see today featuring November release items.

and a few old favorites as well...

Thanks as always for stopping by and I hope this post inspires you to liberate your coloring!  Try something bold and new my friends...  it just might make you smile!  Blessings!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November Release and Blog Hop at Our Daily Bread Designs

Good morning and welcome to the November Release and Blog Hop at Our Daily Bread Designs!  I can't believe it is already November!  I really, really, REALLY do not know where the year went!  I must admit it is fun to start making holiday cards.  However, it is terrifying when I think of how many weekends I have to prepare for Thanksgiving and then Christmas!  Does anyone else feel my pain?  **gnashing of teeth**  I have found the best therapy is to just give in and let go!  So I did just that when working on this month's cards.  Here is my first project using the new Winter Chickadee stamp set and the new Christmas Paper Collection 2017.

Layer by Layer -

1.  Soft Gray Card Stock - 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches; scored and folded at 4.25 inches
2.  Snowflake DP - Christmas Collection 2017 Paper Pad with burgundy matting from same 
3.  Image - Winter Chickadee stamp set, stamped with Black Ink on Copic Compatible Paper; colored
     with Copics 
4.  Image - Die Cut, embossed and inked (soft gray ink) with ODBD's Circles Die; mat gray card
     stock - ODBD's Double Stitched Circles Die
5.  Poinsettia Spray - Peaceful Poinsettia DiesPine Branches Die; Seed Pearls in Crystal Accent
6.  White Card Stock - Sentiment - Winter Chickadee stamp set, gray ink, die cut and embossed with

Copics - C3, C5, C7, E31, E35, E37, E41 

Now for my second project featuring the new Christmas Collection 2017Trees & Deer Die,Snow Globe Die, and We've Moved stamp set.

Layer by Layer...
1.  All DP (green card base, pinecone DP can be found in the new Christmas Collection 2017
2.  The deer diecut (Trees & Deer Die) and sky (Snow Globe Die) were white CS, inked with desired
3.  The sentiment (We've Moved stamp set) was stamped with brown ink and die cut with
     ODBD's Pennant Flags Die
The new items you see this month...

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 November 2, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on November 3rd so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

If you get lost along the way check out the ODBD Blog to find your way back.  Thanks for looking!

Cathy * Lisa * Dawn * Sandee * Chris 
Angie * Kathy * Grace * Lori * Helen * Diana

Friday, October 27, 2017

Happy New Year

I promise that I know it is still October.  But I couldn't resist taking a few moments to work on a wintry themed card.  The forecast here calls for flurries in a few days.  And even though I dread the months of cold weather and shorter days...  I do enjoy working on a snowy card.  Unless, I have to tromp through inches of snow to get to my car...  and drive out on slippery roads at 5:00 a.m.  So this is the best of both worlds...  not quite winter but creating dreamy winter themed cards...  **sigh**

This time, I pulled out a few items from the October release including the Card Greetings stamp set and Ice Skate Die.

  Step-by-step recipe 

1.  4.25 x 11 inch white card stock base; scored and folded at 5.5 inches
2.  White Card Stock - Snowflake Sky Die (base layer and snowflake background)
3.  Pink Card Stock - Ovals Die (mat) 
4.  White CS - Sentiment Panel (Card Greetings in Berry Burst Ink) die cut with Pierced Ovals Die
5.  Pink, Brown, White CS & Silver Poster Board (layered skates) NEW Ice Skate Die
6.  Edges of Skates trimmed with Glossy Accents and Polar White Flower Soft
7.  White Card Stock - Dimensional Snowflakes (with foam adhesive) Snow Crystals Die

And the items from Our Daily Bread Designs' October release...

and a few old favorites...

Don't forget to stop back by on November 1st to check out all of the new items at Our Daily Bread Designs!  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Revisiting the October Release From Our Daily Bread Designs

Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs' October Release.  I have two projects to share today using Be a Sunflower stamp set, coordinating Sunflower DieFollow the Son Paper PadFall Favorites Paper PadMerry Christmas Caps Die and Christmas Coordinating 2015 Paper Pad.   For more inspiration using the October Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog.

 I started with a couple of rich layered solids (brown and burgundy) from the Fall Favorites Paper Pad and added a designer paper layer from the Follow the Son Paper Pad.  I used the largest die in the Pierced Rectangles Die set to create the patterned base.  After trimming down the polka dot band (also from the Fall Favorites Paper Pad), I added a bit of hemp twine and tied a simple bow.  The sentiment and image both came in the new Be a Sunflower stamp set.  I used the coordinating Sunflower Die to cut out the image and added it with a bit of dimensional foam.  I used a few old favorites, the Ovals Die and Pierced Ovals Die to finish off the sentiment panel. 
I chose to use dies only on the second card.  And since I need more Christmas cards in my stash...  it seemed like the best route to go.  
I used designer paper from two collections, the new Christmas Coordinating 2015 Paper Pad and the original Christmas Collection 2015 Paper Pad.  (Solids are from the Coordinating PP and the pattern is in the original Christmas Collection.  I nested a Double Stitched Rectangles Die and Lavish Layers Die to create my frame.  I offset a couple of die cuts using the NEW Merry Christmas Caps Die.  So here are a few of the new items you see...

and a few old favorites...

a few recipe items...
Card 1 - Copics Y11, Y15, Y17, E35, E37, E39, YG17, YG23, YG25
Memento Rich Cocoa and Espresso Truffle
Card 2 - Stampin' Up Sahara Sand CS

Thanks for visiting!  Blessings! 

Monday, October 16, 2017

~ A November Pre-Order Special at Our Daily Bread Designs ~

Good morning and welcome to a special Pre-Release post from Our Daily Bread Designs.   Today through October 31st, Our Daily Bread Designs is offering Pre-Order Bundle Specials on the November 2017 Release!   

All November 2017 Bundle pre-orders will begin shipping on November 1, 2017 or sooner, please see the ODBD Blog  for more details.  Please note that the individual items from the November 2017 Release will not be available for purchase until November 1st!

The design team has a special blog hop ready to showcase the bundles featured.   And just do you know, there are three different bundles you can choose from.  Each has a sampling of items from the November release.  So today, I would like to showcase some of the items available in the pre-order bundles.  My first card features a few new items including the new We've Moved stamp set, Welcoming Door Die, Curvy Slopes Die, Christmas Door Greenery Die and Trees & Deer Die.  (You can go to this LINK to see the Bread Basket Bundle.)  

Check out the Christmas Door Bundle that feature most of these items... Here are a few graphics showing the bundles available.  The stamp set is perfect for special holidays and to welcome someone into a new home!  The coordinating door dies, feature everything from the front door (which can open) to greenery to decorate!  I used the Curvy Slopes die to create my bit of snow and the new Trees & Deer Die for my evergreens beside the door! 

And now for my second card featuring the new Winter Cardinal Stamp set, Curvy Slopes Die, Snow Globe Die and Christmas Collection Paper Pad 2017!  I used the Curvy Slopes Die again to create the angled DP panel behind my image.  The Christmas Paper Collection 2017 has a great assortment of solids (like the soft green and burgundy here) plus cute prints!  I colored my image (from the new Winter Cardinal stamp) and cut it out using the new Snow Globe Die.  I used a gold poster board along with the same die to create my base.  

Don't you just love that Snow Globe Die?  Here is a graphic showing another bundle featuring most of the items seen here.

And the Snow Globe Bundle link...
So please join the rest of our design team to see what is coming up the first of November.  And be sure to lock in the bundle you want during this special deal!  Thanks for dropping in!

The Bread Sticks

Diana * Dawn * Lisa * Chris * Grace
Sandee * Lori * Helen

Friday, October 13, 2017

~ Everyone Needs a Few New Ornaments ~

Good morning and welcome to my weekly look back at new products from Our Daily Bread Designs'.  This week, I have a card featuring a few items from the October release including the Card Greetings stamp set,  Double Stitched Rounded Rectangles, Rounded Rectangles Die, Ornament Branch Die and Pine Branches Die.

I started with a white card stock base, created using the Rounded Rectangles Die.  I nested the next layer (ODBD's Christmas Paper Collection 2014) after cutting and embossing with the Double Stitched Rectangle Dies.  I chose this lovely scripture from the book on Luke, featured in the Card Greetings stamp set, stamping it on white card stock with a rich green ink.  I cut, embossed and inked this panel using an old favorite in my ODBD collection, Vintage Labels Die.  The new Ornament Branch Die lends itself well to shadowing.  For this project, I cut my die out first in white CS and then a layer of silver poster board.  I offset them to give a silver "shadow."  I also cut another image out in green and carefully trimmed it to fit the top branch.  The die cut ribbon (also done in silver) can be found in the Circle Ornaments die set.  I chose two shades of brown card stock to create the itty bitty Pine Cones Die.  I distressed the DP layer with a bit of white, pumice and sky shades and for a final touch added a few flat backed silver beads.  

So here are a few of the new items you see on this project...

and a few old favorites...

Thank you for visiting and as always, happy crafting!