And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness
and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

Friday, July 3, 2015

Keep In Touch

Hello friends, and for those of you in the U.S., happy 4th of July weekend!  I have two cards to share with you today that are perfect for keeping in touch.


The first card is made with a stamp set being featured this week at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, Keep In Touch.

Creative Nugget:  Since the elements in the stamp set are vintage in nature, I decided to make this card a little Shabby Chic by adding a shabby bow, distressing the edges, and stitching the panels together.  The colors were inspired by The Card Concept Challenge for this week and the design by Freshly Made Sketches. The patterned papers came from an Authentique paper pad and were made a little more aged by applying ink to an acrylic block, spritzing it with water, and stamping it directly onto the DP.  A few ink splatters were added with watercolor paints.  The images on the card are from the Keep In Touch stamp set and were cut with the matching Keep In Touch Dies.  A few postage marks from the Parisian Postcard stamp set were lightly stamped and pearls added in the corner to finish the card.

The second card has a completely different look and was made using the Splitcoaststampers Sketch for this week.

Creative Nugget:  All the stamps and dies used on this card are from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  The poppies are from the Mini Flower Blocks 3 stamp set and were colored with Copic Markers and cut with a Spellbinders Square Nestie.  The Anna Griffin Poppy embossing folder was perfect for the background.  The sentiment is from Keep in Touch, the featured stamp set for this week, and was cut with the edge of one of the Decorative Plaques Dies.  The Majestic Monarch was colored with Copic Markers and cut with the matching Monarch Die.  The panels were stitched together and a bow and pearls were added to finish the card.

Here are the products from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store used to make both cards:


Take Note will be submitted to the following challenges:
Hello Friend Poppies will be submitted to the following Challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by…have a fabulous 4th of July weekend!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Welcome to ODBD July 2015 Release

Hello friends!  Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs July 2015 Release!   Love looking out my window and seeing all the greenery, flowers and birds…especially in the summer!  Our Daily Bread Designs July release includes the perfect window for creating outdoor scenes! Wait until you see the beautiful roses and angel wings also being released this month.  Get ready for some wonderful July inspiration from the talented Bread Basket Designers!

Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps found in the "stamps column" of the website just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until July 2, 2015 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 July 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!


My first sample uses the new 
Angels Descending stamp set.
Creative Nugget:  The "Wrinkle Free Distress Technique" was used on Mixed Media paper before it was embossed with the Sunburst Background Die to create the heavenly background for this card. A little sponging was done to highlight some of the rays. The vellum wings were cut with the Angel Wings Dies and the angel wings from the Angels Descending stamp set were fussy cut, covered with Stickles, and popped onto the vellum wings.  The sentiment was stamped on clouds cut with the Clouds & Raindrops Dies.  A rhinestone flourish and several smaller rhinestones were added to finish the card and give it some sparkle.


Love, love, love the new Fragrance stamp set!
Creative Nugget:  Diagonal lines were scored on the front of Neenah Solar Crest card stock to create the tiles for the front of the card.  The rose image from the Fragrance stamp set was randomly stamped over the front of the card and this panel was cut with the rectangle from the Flourished Star Pattern Die.  The roses were then colored with gray Copic Markers for a vintage look.  The tiles were masked and sponged with light pink ink.  This panel was then matted and stitched to the card base.  Frames were cut from card stock and paper from the Shabby Rose Collection using Layered Lacey Square Dies and Spellbinders Square Nesties.  The sentiment was added to the center of the smaller frame.  One of the roses was fussy cut and popped up on the corner of the smaller frame.  A bow made from seam binding and several pearls were added to finish the card.


Here are the two new stamp sets used on my samples now available at 
…and some previously released Die sets and Paper:



To see all the gorgeous projects made with the beautiful July Release, head on over to the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog!  You won't want to miss any of the fine details so click on the links below for a close up of each fabulous sample made by these talented ladies!

Cathy * Julie * Sandee * Silke * DawnChris 
Grace * America * Lisa Amy * Lori
Angie * Sabrina  

Thanks so much for stopping by on this first day of July!  Have a wonderful day!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Happy Birthday, My Deer

Hello, friends!  Back with another challenge card for you! The WTUI Challenge on Splitcoaststampers was to use stripes so I planned a patriotic card in honor of our nation's upcoming birthday.  The challenge also included the use of a silhouette image which threw a monkey wrench into my plan! Fortunately I had just received the Deer Silhouette Greetings stamp set by North Coast Creations, a sister company of Our Daily Bread Designs.  I love this set!

Creative Nugget:  The white background panel was embossed with the Sunburst Background Die.  A Sparkling Star Die was used to cut a star from a piece of paper from the Patriotic Collection by Our Daily Bread Designs.  This panel was stitched to a piece of blue card stock.  Two of the Sparkling Star Dies were used to create a red frame for the star cut out, and another star cut from coordinating striped paper was embedded into the cut out. The deer silhouette scene was stamped in blue ink and the sentiment was cut from one of the Pennant Dies. Several pearls were added to finish the card.  This week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches was used for the design of the card.

Here is the stamp set from North Coast Creations used to make this card…


…and other supplies available from 


This card will be submitted for the following challenges:














Thanks so much for stopping by…have a wonderful day!

Hugs, 
Cathymac

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Remembering Dad

Hello, dear friends and Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there!  I have a Father's Day card to share with you today.  My dad passed away almost twenty years ago.  He loved the ocean, especially deep sea fishing, so The Sea clear stamp set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, now back in stock, was the perfect choice for a card in memory of my DAD!


Creative Nugget:  Graphics 45 papers helped set the stage for the sailing vessel image from The Sea which was colored with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol.  The split sentiment is from the Camping Fun stamp set and was cut with the Banner Dies.  A sailor's knot made with rope twine and a few black pearls were added to finish the card.

Here are the products from the 
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store used to make this card:


Trips to the ocean always bring back fond memories of my dad!  Even though my dad is no longer here, I have a heavenly Father who loves me even more than my earthly father did…and so do you!

This card will be submitted for the following challenges:

Have a wonderful Father's Day!!
Hugs,
Cathymac

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Homegrown

Hello friends!  Our church had Vacation Bible School this week so it has been a little crazy…and busy!  Many of our activities for the week were scheduled for outside and of course the meteorologists were calling for rain and thunderstorms each evening.  Amazingly, the rain held off just long enough each night for us to complete our activities, and the kids have been having a lot of fun!  The rain that we did get was a blessing and gardeners were thrilled that their flowers and plants received the much needed nourishment. My homegrown card for today is actually a CASE of THIS card by my Breadstick sister, Paula Bigelow.


Creative Nugget:  All stamps and dies used on this card are from Our Daily Bread Designs.  Paper from the Blooming Garden Collection was cut with the large rectangle from the Flourished Star Pattern die set and along with Summer Sun card stock was added to the card base.  The Seed Packet was stamped in Fern Green Archival ink and the homegrown sentiment added.  The image from The Good Seed was stamped three times and colored with Copic Markers.  Portions of the image were fussy cut and popped up for dimension.  The sentiment was stamped and cut with one of the Pennant Dies and a seam binding bow added to finish the card.

My prayer is that some of the rain we've been getting in the east makes its way out west to my friends in California!

This card will be submitted to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday #188 - Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts - Use Your Dies
Sister Act Card Challenge #110 - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 378 - Add a Quote

Thanks so much for stopping by…sow a seed of friendship today!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, June 12, 2015

Featuring Bloom & Grow

Hello friends!  Today Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is featuring the stamp set Bloom & Grow.  Here is a card sample made with this lovely set:

Creative Nugget:  The background for this card was made by laying down Evergreen Bough, Shaded Lilac, and Dusty Concord distress inks on a craft mat then spritzing the inks with a generous amount of water.  A piece of Mixed Media paper was smooshed onto the inks and dried with a heat tool.  This panel was then embossed with a honeycomb pattern, split and popped onto the card base.  One of the sentiments from the Bloom & Grow stamp set was stamped between the diagonal split.  The flowers were also stamped using the same distress inks.  Each flower was fussy cut, sculpted using a stylus, and layered onto the top panel.  A second sentiment from the set was stamped between the flowers.  Gem stones were used in the middle of each flower and Baker's Twine was added to finish the card.

Be sure to check out the details on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog and see more beautiful samples made with this pretty floral stamp set.  The border on the sample above was made with one of the Bookmarks & More Dies.


This card will be submitted for the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday #187 - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiment Challenge #133 - BINGO plus a Sentiment: Flowers, Stamp, Embossing
Top Tip Tuesday - Cut It Out

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Take time to stop and smell the flowers!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Another Look at the ODBD June 2015 Release

Welcome, my friends!  Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs June 2015 Release.  Get ready to be inspired by our sunny creations and masculine cards perfect for the special man in your life made with the stamps and dies released earlier this month.  


Here is an Accordion Fold made with the new Good Man stamp set:

Creative Nugget:  A friend of mine gave me this verse over fifteen years ago while I was battling cancer…it has become my life verse and one of my very favorite verses in the Bible.  The Jeremiah verse from the Good Man stamp set became the focal point for this accordion card and was cut and matted using the Vintage Flourish Pattern Dies.  Three different patterns from the beautiful Vintage Ephemera Paper Collection were mounted on three sections of the accordion fold.  Since one of the papers from the collection is printed with the Wildflower Silhouette Background, the stamp was used on each panel.  Color was sponged on each panel to look like a sunrise.  The butterfly from Butterfly & Bugs was stamped several times, colored, and cut with the matching Butterfly & Bugs Die.  The card is tied closed with a piece of seam binding.

Here is a closer look at the back panel...

…and a better look at the opened accordion fold. 

These new products from the Our Daily Bread Designs Store were used to create this card…


…as well as some older favorites:


To see more wonderful card samples made with the June Release, head on over to the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog.  Be sure to visit each blog of the talented Bread Sticks to see a close up of their projects along with the details!

Julie * Lori * Cathy * Dawn * Sandee 
 Amy * America * Wanda

I hope you were inspired by your visit…have a wonderful day!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Sunshine for a Rainy Day

Hello friends!  It's a little cloudy and rainy here, so I thought I would brighten your day with a little sunshine!  I actually have two sunny cards to share with you made with some fabulous new products released at the beginning of the month from Our Daily Bread Designs.

Both cards are made with the happy, new Sunshine Blessings stamp set!

Creative Nugget:  Doesn't this just make you smile!  The happy sun from the Sunshine Blessings stamp set was stamped at the bottom of the tilted panel, colored with Copic Markers, and framed with Daffodil Delight card stock.  A few sunny splatters and sequins were added before mounting the whole panel to a piece of Neenah Solar Crest card stock embossed and lightly sponged with the Sunburst Background Die.  The little sunshine banner was hand cut from one of the larger sentiments in the set and the little "hello" from the Mini Tag Sentiments stamp set was stamped above the banner.

Creative Nugget:  Both panels were embossed, watercolored, and sponged with the Sunburst Background Die.  The smile from Sunshine Blessings was stamped inside the embossed sun on the top panel and cut with a circle nestie creating a frame for the shaker.  The smile was then mounted to the bottom panel to show through the opening.  "Hello" was also die cut from the top panel. Acetate was adhered to the back of the top panel.  Seed beads were colored with Copic refill ink to be placed inside the shaker. The top panel was popped up with foam tape.  The sunshine banner was again hand cut from a larger sentiment in the Sunshine Blessings stamp set.  A bow made with sheer ribbon and a few sparely rhinestones and sequins were added to finish the card.

These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Send someone a little sunshine today!

Hugs,
Cathymac