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Grow in Grace

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Welcome to another wonderful Lord's day! The past week has been a little chaotic and as a result I have had ZERO time to create! Boo hoo... However, Saturday, I was able to get back in the swing of things. Dakota finally had her litter of puppies Friday evening. We are so excited! It will be great to have some littles running around... But I guess they aren't little when they are St. Bernards, right?

I just wanted to take a moment to reflect and ask for your prayers. This week our community lost a dear Christian man. I had the pleasure of working with him a few years back in my previous job. I also have had the pleasure of getting to know his wife and daughter at scrappin' get togethers. They are a wonderful family and I know he will be missed deeply by his church, family and friends. But I know today there is a new angel in heaven. (He was their church's song leader.) We will miss you Lowell!

Blessings to you...

Lori

And today's card...



In the bottom o…

ODBDSLC70 Sketch

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Don't you just love a good recipe? A little dash of this and a little dash of that... The perfect dish also takes a whole lotta love! Today, the challenge team at ODBD has an assignment! We have been asked to use a recipe of sorts... a sketch! The ladies have been asked to use the following sketch...



This weeks challenge:

Create a card or project using the sketch with a twist. The twist is you can use any center panel shape you would like in the center. To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize, a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Thursday, August 4. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. If you are not using ODBD stamps, please do not enter more than once. Additional entries without using ODBD stamps will not be commented on or will they qualify for prizes.

While it is not required to use Our Daily Bread Designs images and sentiments on …

Where's my mojo??

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I've lost it! I don't know where I put it... I think the 100 plus temps have fried it... I can't even speculate... Boy, I sure hope it comes back soon! It seems like everything I work on lately is a struggle. I shuffle paper here and there... tear cards apart... start over... Whew! I know God has a lesson for me here! Lord, please give me the strength to get it!

I have attached today's card for this week's Mojo Monday challenge below!

The background is actually a cut from my new Cricut cartridge, Elegant Edges. I then cut a small bit of ivory card stock and embossed it. I framed the sentiment and popped it up with dimensional foam on top of the embossed panel. I used a paper edger to cut a design and then left it slightly peeking out on the bottom! The brads are from a trip to Hobby Lobby! They have a gold shimmer to them! Super fun! Thanks for looking and I look forward to seeing you again!



Supplies

Card Stock - Bazzill, American Crafts
Designer …

Fight the Good Fight

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Hope you are enjoying a beautiful Lord's day! The weather is still very warm here. The sheep and I are looking forward to a cool down soon. They are threatening to jump in the pond and I am thinking I might join! Just one problemo... I CAN'T SWIM! **probably not a good idea as most likely I will sink like a rock** So instead I will stay in the air conditioning and make cards! Sounds like a tough assignment to me! **wink, wink**

Blessings

So here is today's creation...



Card Recipe

Card Stock - Bazzill, Colorbok
Designer Paper - Fancy Pants Designs - It's the Little Things Paper Pad
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Not Forgotten; Grow in Grace
Die Cuts - Cricut Elegant Edges Cartridge
Lace; Black Jet Swirls; Charm, Twine

Playing in the following challenges -

Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge #99 Black & White, Black & Ivory
Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 113
Shabby Tea Room #71 So Charming

ODBDSLC69 Paper Piercing

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Its hard to believe its time again for Our Daily Bread Designs' Shining the Light Challenge! Time flies when you are having fun! This week's challenge:

Paper Piercing

To make the challenge even more fun, Kelley will be giving out a prize, a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Thursday, July 28. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. If you are not using ODBD stamps, please do not enter more than once. Additional entries without using ODBD stamps will not be commented on or will they qualify for prizes. You can find complete details/rules at ODBD's blog. Make sure when posting your creations to use the tag, ODBDSLC69. We want to see what fabulous things you are making! Make sure you join us next Saturday to see the prize winning creation plus to see what the new challenge will be! I promise it will be fun!

And my design for this week's challenge...




I st…

When Life Hands You Lemons...

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you make lemonade! With a record heat wave scorching the entire country, an ice cold glass of lemonade sounds pretty good! This card will go to a dear friend who recently opened her home to us. John and I had such a nice time visiting and her hospitality warmed our hearts!

And speaking of warming my heart, a big thank you to my dear friend Sabrina for sharing some lovely products I am using on today's card! Thanks girl! You rock!



I enjoyed pulling out the Cricut to make die cuts for this project! I had the lemon DP on hand but thought it needed some fun cuts! The glass is 3 1/2 inches and the lemon itself is 2. Both are on the Just Because cartridge. And isn't this ODBD stamp the perfect sentiment? You can find this on The Living Bread set. Thanks as always for reading... a complete product list follows...

See ya next time!

Recipe

5 1/4 x 4 1/4
Card Stock - Colorbok, Bazzill
Designer Paper - Kaisercraft - Nan's Collection
Stamp - ODBD - The Living Bread
Ink - Me…

A Clean Heart

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Things are starting to settle down after the storms we had last week. Saturday night we had another large thunderstorm pop up. My English Shepherds, Shooter and Shiloh normally stay out with the sheep to control predators. Remember me telling you about the lightning strike last week? Those poor boys about tore my front door down trying to get in Saturday. They normally sleep under our deck and John speculates they may have taken a slight "tingle" the night of the big storm. You see the satellite dish would be about 15 feet above their little heads. So Saturday or I guess early Sunday morning... Lori was out putting the little guys in. They decided the sheep were on their own that night! I'm not sure who has bigger bags under their eyes, the dogs or me! :-)

Well, if you can tell I am in a brown frame of mind. And today is no exception. The paper is from a paper pad I picked up recently by GCD Designs. Until the last year of so I rarely used paper pads. I …

Lighthouses...

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Above is a photo of the lighthouse at Copper Harbor Michigan. During our recent trip to the Upper Peninsula, John and I took in quite a few lighthouses. There was something very comforting about them. And I'm sure on a dark and stormy night, those lighthouses give a measure of comfort to sailors navigating the unpredictable waters of Lake Superior. In my mind, I can picture a tense crew battling an uncertain storm seeing that light peaking out from the hill. I see them breathing a sigh of relief, knowing they were close to land and thus safety.

I think this is very similar to our walk as a Christian. There are often times when the seas of life are choppy. We are certain we will be swallowed up. But then you cast your eyes up and there He is. You can feel the Lord's presence and you know that safe harbor is at hand.



I spotted this beautiful stamp while browsing in A scrapbook store in Calumet Michigan. I love shopping in local stores. I miss having a LSS in our area…

Courage

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Courage... One of the first creatures that comes to mind is a lion. Lions are expected to be courageous. So much so that the movie the Wizard of Oz played on the fact that the lion was "cowardly" and needed to find courage. The character in the movie was considered the exception and not the rule! But when I put this particular card together with this scripture, I kept coming back to the butterfly. I would shake my head, mutter I was losing my mind and go back to work. So the card remained blank. I had paper, ribbon and a scripture but no focal image. That quiet still voice kept saying... "use a butterfly." I fought it even more. After all butterflies are not known for their courage. Or are they?

God revealed something to me during this process. I began to think about the butterfly image in front of me. And I saw that image anew. One of God's most amazing creations is the butterfly! They start as a plain and sometimes downright ugly worm. ***O…

ODBDSLC68 Grand Old...

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Welcome to another fabulous Shining the Light Challenge! This week's challenge:

Be Inspired by a WORD or the ENTIRE PHRASE "You're a grand old flag, you're a high flying flag."

You can use a flag, something flying, something high or grand.....

To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize, a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Thursday, July 21. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. If you are not using ODBD stamps, please do not enter more than once. Additional entries without using ODBD stamps will not be commented on or will they qualify for prizes. You can find complete details/rules at ODBD's blog.

And my design for this week's challenge...



Inspiration - Old (vintage) and high flying (butterflies)...

I randomly stamped the image with all three distress inks. After getting the effect I desired, I used a corner punch t…

Sunflower Thank You

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Happy Thursday to you! So sorry it has taken this long to post. You know that old adage, lightning doesn't strike twice? WRONG! Early Monday morning a lightning bolt hit our home (for the second time in the last three months...) and it blew our satellite dish apart. And I do not kid when I say blew it apart... We found pieces scattered all OVER the backyard. We lost our telephone and telephone service, the dish, an alarm clock... I had no power in my scrap room! EEEKKKK... and my Cricut AND laptop took power surges... Thankfully both had built in surge protectors. I purchased a new cord for my computer today! ***Yeah, I can post!!*** And I am waiting on a replacement cord for my E2... Hopefully that will fix the problem as well!

To make things more chaotic, today we had to take dear hubs to Northern KY for a medical procedure. Prayers were answered! He is doing great and had a wonderful report! God is good all the time! Thanks to Chris Olsen over at ODBD who ha…

Strawberry Summer

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There's nothing I love better than fresh strawberries. OK... let me say with the exception of strawberry shortcake! I LOVE strawberry shortcake! I think it is all the whipped topping and sugar... lol... While vacationing we had a chance to take in a local strawberry festival and boy did they have some good eats!

Inspiration struck... and I dug out some pretty designer paper I had in my stash and went to work... Why is it food is always so INSPIRATIONAL? I guess that extra 20 pounds means I have been really inspired lately... bwaaaahaaaaa...



Recipe

Card Stock - Bazzill
Designer Paper - Kaisercraft - Nan's Favorites Collection
Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - Randi's Song
Ink - Memento Lady Bug
Paper Punch - EK Success
Die Cut - Provocraft Cricut - Preserves Cartridge
Lace - Simplicity
Paper Piercer (strawberry vines on designer paper)
Embossing Folder - Stampin' Up
White Gel Pen

Challenges

Sugar Creek Hollow - Paper Piercing
Mojo Monday 198 - sketch
Stampin' …

ODBDSLC67 Red White & Blue

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Top of the morning to ya! It is my favorite time of the week... ODBD Shining the Light Challenge time...

Here are all the details...

We are asking participants to use red, white and blue on their creation. It is the most patriotic time of year after all... To make the challenge even more fun, Kelley will be giving out a prize, a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Thursday, July 14. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. If you are not using ODBD stamps, please do not enter more than once. Additional entries without using ODBD stamps will not be commented on or will they qualify for prizes.

While it is not required to use Our Daily Bread Designs images and sentiments on your creations, we would love to see them if you have them! As a way of recognizing those who do use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing 1 to 2 creations to spotlight for our Shin…

Checking in...

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As you read this post, hubs and I are finishing up another northern adventure. This time we ventured to Michigan's Keenewah Peninsula. John and I have become quite enamored of the UP. We have spent a few days exploring Copper Harbor. And one day we traveled back over to Munising. (I wanted to find another Munising bowl to add to my collection...plus dine at the Navigator...) The Lord has provided us with absolutely gorgeous weather!

The only thing I did not get to do this time was spot a moose. We traveled over to Van Riper State Park in search of one. Apparently they were feeling very shy that day! :^) John has decided we should take a three hour ferry ride over to visit Isle Royale National Park. He says we will be able to see some there. The weather may be a problem... and this little lady does not do well on calm seas... We may have to postpone that adventure for another day...

Stay tuned for tomorrow's Our Daily Bread's Shining the Light Challenge. Th…

Always Give Yourselves Fully

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In today's card I took a Martha Stewart Lattice Punch and modified it (on the card it is actually two pieces) to make it look like a real piece of lattice. I added a touch of plant like ribbon to add to the effect. I also tried my hand at using some of those popular flower punches to create faux hydrangea... I had a blast putting this one together! And isn't that what it is about?

Speaking of having fun... the scripture set I used today is from a recent release by ODBD, Serve the Lord. I have always found it hard to find appropriate stamps to use as encouragement for all those who help in the church. This set is perfect for that and I know this one will get plenty of use creating thank you cards for all of my VBS helpers! Thanks as always for reading! Blessings...

Lori

Card Recipe

Card Stock - Bazzill; Neenah Solar Crest
Designer Paper - K & Company - Cottage Garden Collection
Stamps - ODBD - Butterfly; Serve the Lord
Ink - Copics B21 & B23 (butterfly); CTMH Dut…

Lazy days...

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Don't you love those rare times when we can just slow down and relax? I know we do. As I write this, I look forward to another trip to Lake Superior to unwind. Vacations are always so BUSY! ***I am pointing a finger right at myself*** I am guilty of trying to do too much in too short of a time! This scripture really sums it all up. When we step back and take it all in, the LORD will refresh us. I can't wait to park by the lake and just praise Him for all he has done and continues to do. Isn't His creation grand? Blessings my friends...

Lori

Recipe

Card Stock - Bazzill
Designer Paper - Bo Bunny - Barefoot & Bliss Collection
Stamps - ODBD - Porch
Inks - Versamark; Martha Stewart - Ocean
Embossing Powder - Stampendous! Stamp n Stuff - White Opaque
Cuttlebug Folder - Provocraft - D'Vine Swirls
Dies - Spellbinders - Standard Circles Large
Pearls & Starfish Brad - Recollections
Seam Binding

You Are Not Forgotten

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Have you noticed anything different while visiting here? I have been experimenting with some new templates. And can you tell I am a red, white and blue nut? lol... I love this time of year and what it represents. I wanted to share something I found recently in a book.

"Thomas Nelson, a Virginian, commanded militia and served as governor during the Revolution. He reportedly instructed artillerymen to fire at his own house on Yorktown when he heard the British were using it as a headquarters. Nelson used his personal credit to raise money for the cause. His sacrifices left him in financial distress, and he was unable to repair his Yorktown home after the war."

(The American Patriot's Almanac, William J. Bennett, pg. 235)

Can you imagine? Having to make the decision to fire on your own home... the place you worked so hard to build? Those early patriots were a tough lot! And I thank God everyday for their vision of America.

When I saw this image from OD…

Bottle Cap Embellishment Tutorial

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Happy Saturday to ya! Trying to get a few last minute things taken care of before the July 4th holiday... And one of the things I promised to do... get out a tutorial for the bottle cap custom embellishment. This video is about 8 minutes. I promise I will cut it down next time. This embellishment does take a little time, so I wanted to show it step by step! Enjoy! And in case you don't remember the card...



And here's the link... See ya soon!