Friday, May 19, 2017

A Look Back at Our Daily Bread Designs' May Release

Welcome to a special look back at this month's release from Our Daily Bread Designs'.  Today, I have a card using Seeds of Knowledge, Clipboard Set DiesNotebook Paper Stamp Die Duo and A+ Apples Die.  

I started with a white card stock base (4.25 x 11 inches, scored and gate folded at 5.5 inches).  I cut a smaller layer of DP using the Americana Quilt Paper Collection  and offset it to show some of the white base.  I added another slightly smaller white layer...  again offset and a final polka dot design.  (Also found in the Americana Quilt Paper Collection ...)  
I stamped the paper image (using red and blue ink to define the lines) on white card stock and used the die from the set to finish it off. (Notebook Paper Stamp Die Duo)
I inked up my sentiment stamp with black ink (Seeds of Knowledge) and stamped it on the bottom right corner of the "faux" notebook paper page.  I added a die cut magnifying glass (Clipboard Set Dies) and a the perfect die cut grade (A+ Apples Die).  I finished off the card with a fun die cut apple ( A+ Apples Die & red DP from the Old Glory Paper Pad set)  
The ensemble wouldn't be complete without the mini glue bottle to literally hold it all together...  ( Clipboard Set Dies).  
Here are the May release items you see here today...





and a few old favorites...



Be sure to stop by and visit my design team sisters.  They have some fun projects up their sleeve as well.  And if you should get lost along the way, stop by HERE to get your bearings.  Thanks so much and have a blessed day!

Dawn * Cathy * Robin * Lisa * Sandee
  * Helen * Julie * Lori (ME) * Diana

Thursday, May 11, 2017

~ Pearls of Wisdom ~

Teachers impact lives each and every day across our great country.  Some of my fondest childhood memories involve places and events involving special teachers.  I spent countless hours with a tiny easel chalkboard playing school.  The hapless victims...   were rows of stuffed animals...  meticulously placed in what I deemed their proper "seating chart."  I loved school.  So much so, in fact, that I imagined spending my life as an educator.  A few semesters in, I heeded to the call of practicality and chose to pursue a degree in business.  And seventeen years later, I chose to return to school to complete a teaching certificate simply because I needed to prove I could do it.  I love the process of learning.  In fact, I would call myself a lifelong learner...  someone who seeks new learning opportunities.  I admire those who use their God given talents to shape young minds.  It is a difficult and often thankless task.  Scores and standards often take priority over what skills or knowledge a child might need.  Teachers are pushed to educate with little to any originality...  there is only one way...  depending on the current method of the moment.  I say all of that to say...  GOD BLESS THOSE WHO TEACH...  We entrust our children to them each and every day.  And they give EVERYTHING they have.  Sometimes they hurt, sometimes they cry and many times they rejoice!  It is a difficult road and I would encourage you to take a moment...  pray for our teachers...  bless them with words of encouragement and support!  And be willing to donate to help them.  Many of our teachers pay for supplies out of their own pockets because children do not have the means to bring their own.  Offer a gift certificate to a box store for supplies, a special gift card...  or a simple gesture of gratitude.  It goes a long way!  Blessings... 


So in honor of my favorite childhood "chalkboard" I designed a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card stock base and used ODBD's Rectangles Die to cut out the "base" and create legs.  I embossed the sentiment (white embossing powder on black cardstock using the new Seeds of Knowledge stamp set.  ODBD's Squares Die cut the faux chalkboard out perfectly.  I added a simple strip of brown card stock to create a chalk rail.  The image (also from Seeds of Knowledge) colored and die cut with the coordinating Teacher's Apples Die adorns the side.  I also took some time to play with the new A+ Apples Die.  After die cutting several layers, I scored and folded each, gluing similar sides together at a 90 degree angle.  For my dimensional apple, I used 8 of the larger die cut apples.  I glued on the die cut stem and leaves.  Won't this look cute stationed on someone's desk?

Here are the new items  you see...



 and some old favorites...



Monday, May 1, 2017

Welcome to Our Daily Bread Designs' May Release and Blog Hop

Good morning and welcome to Our Daily Bread Designs' May Release and Blog Hop!  I have a couple of projects to share today featuring stamp sets and coordinating dies perfect for teacher appreciation cards and gifts!  One of the sets has a beautiful cross design and sentiments perfect for creating projects with your favorite Sunday School teacher in mind!  I can't wait to share these fun projects and hope you have as much fun looking at them as I did creating them!  Don't forget to check the end of today's post for details on this month's blog hop!  So here is the first project featuring the Sunday School Teacher stamp set and coordinating Crosses Die.


I started with an ecru card stock base measuring 4.25 by 10 inches, scored and folded at 5 inches.  I cut a slightly smaller gold textured card stock and added an ecru lattice die cut using last month's release, Lattice Background Die.  I stamped the image from the NEW Sunday School Teacher stamp set with a watermark ink and heat embossed the image with gold embossing powder.  I die cut the image using the coordinating Crosses Die.  I added it to an oval die cut base (ODBD's Ovals Die) with dimensional foam and placed it on the card front.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment (also from the Sunday School Teacher set on ecru and used ODBD's Pennant Flags Die and Double Stitched Pennant Flags Die to mat it.  I opted to finish the image off with a bit of greenery and flowers using the Lovely Leaves Die and Bitty Blossoms Dies.  

And here are the new items from this month's release you see above...


  
And here is another project I whipped up featuring the new Seeds of KnowledgeClipboard Set Die AND Notebook Paper Stamp Die Duo!


I started with a Kraft card stock base (4.25 x 11 inches, folded at 5.5) and added a white card stock mat.  I used ODBD's Pierced Rectangles Die and Old Glory Paper Pad to create the designer paper base.  I used a ruler die (from the NEW Clipboard Set Die to create the yellow border.  The Clipboard Set Die also helped me create the clipboard, pencil, scissors and paperclip.  I cut the pencil using white card stock but added a bit of Copic Ink (C7, R22 and R29) to color it up.  A bit of white card stock, blue ink and the NEW Notebook Paper Stamp Die Duo helped with create a perfect miniature piece of notebook paper.  I added a sentiment (in black) from the NEW Seeds of Knowledge stamp set.  

So here are the new items featured in this project...




Aren't they fun?  

So know here are the details on the blog hop...

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 May 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 May 3rd so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

ODBD Blog  (if you should get lost along the way..._

And the Bread Sticks

Cathy * Kathy * Dawn *SandeeAngie * Julie * Lisa * Chris * Diana * Robin * Sabrina * Helen * Lori

Before we go, here are a few of the other items I used on these projects...









Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time...

Blessings!

Friday, April 21, 2017

~ ODBD Fancy Fan Die ~

It is hard to believe that April is drawing to a close.  As I write this post, the daytime temp has dropped to a crazy 57 degrees.  In just a few days, the weather forecast calls for a balmy 87 degrees!  Seriously???  It is no wonder that respiratory illnesses are EVERYWHERE!  Springtime in the Bluegrass state can bring a variety of weather events...  we have had snow on or close to Easter...  nearly 90 degree temps for high school graduations...  wild and crazy spring storms....  It's kind of like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates...  So with the weather fluctuating so wildly, it is easy to change your creative mood!  Today, I have a soft color palette featuring blue and white PLUS a few items from Our Daily Bread Designs' April release.  The May release is just around the corner, so don't forget to pop back by on May 1st to see what new items I have to share!  But in the meantime, let's go back and revisit the pastel shades of spring...


Isn't that a darling sentiment panel in the middle?  What is so cool about this is the die I used...  Fancy Fan Die.  Now, you could use this to create a traditional fan design like the one I did earlier this month shown HERE.  However, I chose this time to use two individual die cuts, overlapped and stamped, to create a sort of band around the card.  The base is a simple white card stock gate fold base with a slightly smaller DP mat (created with ODBD's Boho Bolds Paper Pad) AND a lattice layer created with ODBD's Lattice Background Die.  I added a soft blue DP die cut (also from the Boho Bolds Paper Pad collection) die cut as a focal panel with the Pierced Ovals Die set.  I created the flowers using the Aster Dies set and softly sponged them with light blue ink before lightly misting each layer with water and shaping to the desired look.  I added a bit of foliage using the Lovely Leaves Die set.  

So here are the April items you see...




and a few old favorites...





Don't forget to stop back by on May 1st for the chance to join our new release blog hop!  It promises to be fun!  Thanks again for your time!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

~ Always ~

Good morning!  Today, I am sharing a card created with Our Daily Bread Designs'  To My Friend stamp set, Roses DieRose Leaves Die and Lattice Background Die.  I used one color card stock, white. I spritzed a bit of glitter spray on the rose and leaves after molding and before placing on the card.  I started with a white card stock base (4.25 x 5.5 inches).  I created the frame to place over the Lattice Background Die with two nested dies from ODBD's Pierced Rectangles Die.  I cut the various petals before spritzing with water and molding to create the blossom.  I chose black ink for the sentiment and framed the message with another die from the Pierced Rectangles Die set.  


Here are the items you see used here...






Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 14, 2017

A Look Back at ODBD's April Release

Good morning and welcome to a special look back at Our Daily Bread Designs' April Release.   
 For this project, I used the Luminous Lantern DieRose DieRose Leaves Die and Lovely Flower stamp set...For more inspiration using the April Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog.  And check the end of today's post for links to all of the DT members.  Take a peek at some of the items they created with the April release.


You see a few old favorites as well...

I covered each of the 5 panels with die cut vellum using ODBD's Rectangles Die and the green vines were created with the Fancy Foliage Die.  I stamped the sentiment on white card stock and used the Pennant Flags Die cut down to fit the front panel.  A bit of scrap seam binding was woven and tied on top...

Here are the new items you see...





and a few old favorites...



The "Bread Sticks"
Dawn * Cathy * Lori (ME)* Helen * Kathy * Lisa 
Diana * Sandee * Julie * Sabrina * Robin

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Road

Have you ever wondered why getting to a destination seems to take so much longer than the return trip home?  Maybe, it is the anticipation of sleeping in your own bed...  getting clothing out of your own furniture... or the familiarity and order of the things in your home.  You don't have to go on a seek and find mission to find the coffee maker.  You don't have to unpack and hang up clothes in a strange closet.  You don't have to worry whether you might have a hair dryer, ironing board and iron.  There is continuity, a certain sameness to the routine and the items that surround me.  An order, if you will, that allows me to feel comfortable...  at home.  Over the years, I have befriended people who offered the same comfort and familiarity.  I know I can stop by their home, dial their number or see them out and about and we can take up where we last left off.  The road to their house is never long...   you just have to find it again...

Blessings...

Today's card features a few new items from Our Daily Bread Designs
including the To My Friend stamp set...


and the set...


I chose a clean and simple design for this one.  I started with a white card stock base and cut a slightly smaller aqua CS mat.  I used ODBD's Pierced Rectangles Die to created the sentiment and image panel.  I stamped both images with a soft aqua and olive green ink before adding the sentiment in black.  It may be a cleaner sample than I normally do.  But sometimes you need a cleaner outlook!  TFL!