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)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Aaaaaa-Choo!

Hello, friends!  'Tis the Season…not only for Christmas, but also colds and allergies!  Some how I've managed to catch one, a cold that is...first one in a lo-o-o-o-ong time.  What to do when you're feeling under the weather...Pray to get over it soon of course…and create!  


Creative Nugget:  The Freshly Made Sketch for this week made this card come together quickly.  The beautiful Blushing Rose papers are from Our Daily Bread Designs as well as all of the stamps and dies.  The praying hands are from Handle With Prayer and were colored with Copic Markers and cut with the coordinating Praying Hands Die.  A new Pennant Flag Die was used to cut the white embossed sentiment and the Praying Border die cut was added.  Pretty Posies Dies and a Fancy Foliage Die were used to make the floral accent to finish the card.
This card will be entered for the following challenges:


Thanks so much for stopping by..stay healthy!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, December 2, 2016

All About Alphas

Hello friends, stampers, and Bible Journalers…happy Friday! Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is releasing three new fabulous alphabet stamps today that are ideal for card making and Bible Journaling.  Alphabet stamps are perfect for customizing a greeting on your cards…just take a look:

Creative Nugget:  The big chunky letters in the new Shake It Off Caps Alpha were kissed onto the Music to My Ears background to give this joyous message some texture.  The center of the letter "O" was masked so the little heart could be stamped inside.  The adorable snowman and sentiment from the Holiday Hugs stamp set were used to complete this clean and layered card.

All three of the new alphabet stamp sets were used to create this Bible Journal page in the book of Psalms.

Creative Nugget:  The page was prepped with two coats of Dina Wakley clear gesso.  A graduated wash of color was added using Neocolor 2 watercolor crayons.  Distress inks were sponged through three different circle stencils.  The Script Alpha, the Shake It Off Caps Alpha, and the Shake It Off Lowercase Alpha, as well as some hand lettering was added to the page.  The photo frame and the little cameras are from the Capture This Moment stamp set. No matter what we are going through, God is on our side!


Now to make this release even better, the new alphabets as well as all of the other alphabet stamp sets at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store, are on sale for the next two weeks…simply add three alphas to your cart and the lowest price alpha will be free.

This page was made with some hand drawing and the Chunky Alpha and the Classy Script Alpha.


The card above will be entered into the following challenges:


Thanks so much for joining me today!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Welcome to the ODBD December 2016 Release

Hello friends, and Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs Release.  The December 2016 release is all about prayer, blessings, and pennants. The Breadstick Designers have made some beautiful samples using the new products to inspire you!

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 December 2, 2016 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 December 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!


My first sample was made using the new Pennant Flag Verses, the new Pennant Flag Dies, and the Blessings Border Die.


Creative Nugget:  Distress inks were used to water color a background to which the Majestic Medallion die cut was adhered after being cut with a Pierced Rectangle Die.  Paper from the Shabby Rose Collection was stitched to the top and other papers from the same collection were cut with the new Pennant Flag Dies. The larger pennants were matted with card stock cut with the Double Stitched Pennant Flag Dies.  Both sentiments from the Pennant Flag Verses stamp set were white embossed.  The Blessings Border Die was cut, sponged, and popped onto the card along with some little pearls and an organdy bow to finish the card.

My second sample was made using the Handle With Prayer and The Beatitudes stamp sets, and the Praying Border Die on a Lever Card.

Creative Nugget:  The panels of a pre-cut and scored Lever Card were lined with papers from the Christian Faith Collection.  The Beatitudes single was white embossed on a piece of mixed media paper and water colored with distress inks.  The praying hands from the Handle With Prayer stamp set were colored with Copic Markers, cut with the Praying Hands Die and popped onto The Beatitudes panel.  When opened, three other panels are displayed.

One of the sentiments from the Handle With Prayer stamp set was stamped onto a water colored panel, cut with a Squares Die, and matted with blue card stock cut with a Pierced Squares Die.  The Praying Border die cut was sponged while still in the die to add dimension and mounted to the last panel.  Pearls and a bow were added to finish the card.

Here are the fabulous new products being released by 
Our Daily Bread Designs this month that were used to make these projects…


…and some old favorites previously released:



To see all of the wonderful projects created with the December Release, hop on over to the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog. Then click the links below to see the details for each project. While at each blog, be sure to leave a comment to be eligible to win one of the three fabulous prizes!


Cathy (ME) * Grace * Kathy * Robin * Lisa * Dawn
 Sandee * Angie * Julie Sabrina * Chris 
 Diana * Lori * Anita * Helen 

Thanks so much for stopping by…hope you are inspired by the hop and have a wonderful day!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, November 25, 2016

Jesus is the Reason

Hello, friends!  I Hope all those in the U.S. had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Now that the count down to Christmas can begin in earnest, it's important to remember the reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place.  I have just a quick card to illustrate the real reason for the season.

Creative Nugget:  All papers stamps and dies used to create this Christmas card are from Our Daily Bread Designs.  Papers from the Christmas 2013 Collection were used to create the background for The Babe image that was colored with Copic Markers.  Each paper layer was cut with Pierced Rectangles Dies and matted with black card stock.  The new Jesus Loves You Stamp & Die Duo was used to create the sentiment and the star.  A gold glitter pen and Wink of Stella were used to add some shimmer and finish the card.

This card will be submitted for the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge Week #258 - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #221 - Anything Goes
Try it on Tuesday - Layer it Up
Time Out Challenges # 71 - Christmas with an Optional Twist of Glitter/Shimmer

Thanks so much for joining me today...have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, November 18, 2016

Looking Back at the ODBD November 2016 Release

Hello friends!  Today we are taking another look at the Our Daily Bread Designs November 2016 Release.  Christmas is creeping up on us and today we have some more beautiful Christmas inspiration for you made with the new products released this month by ODBD.


Creative Nugget:  The pre-cut and scored Lever Card base was layered with red card stock and papers from the Holly Jolly Collection.  The bells from the Jingle Bell Time stamp set were colored with Copic Markers and some gold glimmer glaze was splattered on for some shimmer.  The sentiment was cut with a Pierced Rectangle Die.


The Merry Christmas Border Die was cut and layered three times and adhered to the third panel.  Sentiments from the Christmas Ornament stamp set were cut with Rectangles Dies and one of the Snow Crystals die cuts was added to finish the fourth panel.


Here are the stamps and dies from the ODBD November release used to make this card: 



To see all of the wonderful Christmas creations stop by the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog.  Then click on the links below to see all the details for each project.

Sandee * Helen * Cathy * KathyJulie 
 Dawn * Lori * Robin * Sabrina * Anita * Diana

This card will be submitted for the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge Week #257 - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown #320 - Add Gems/Pearls
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
The Paper Players #321 - Colour Challenge
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #220 - Photo Inspiration

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

Hugs,
Cathymac

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Sending Holiday Hugs

Hello, everyone!  Today I am hosting the Ways To Use It Challenge on Splitcoaststampers and the challenge is to use a popped up element on your card.  This was the perfect chance to make another fun Pop-Up Box card.


Creative Nugget:  The directions for this fun box can be found HERE.  These cute penguins from the Holiday Hugs stamp set were colored with Copic Markers and popped up with small strips of acetate.  Around the bottom of the box are snowy drifts cut with the Hillside Edges Dies.  Some sparkle was added with Crystal Snow and rhinestones.  This will go to my great-niece for Christmas.


These stamps and dies can be found at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store:
This is the last day to receive 20% off all Christmas/Fall stamp sets!

This card will be submitted for the following additional challenges:


Thanks so much for popping by…have a blessed day!

Hugs,
Cathymac

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

ODBD Special Holiday Release

Hello Friends!  Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs Special Holiday Release…more goodies for your Christmas crafting!  Just check out these gorgeous creations by the Breadstick 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 November 16, 2016 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 17th, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!


The new Christmas Ornament stamp set and coordinating Ornament Die were used to create both of my samples.

Creative Nugget:  The Snowflake Border Background was white embossed and sponged on Neenah card stock.  The second layer of the card was cut with the Snowflake Sky Die and embossed with clear sparkle embossing powder which really shimmers in real life!  The Christmas Ornament was colored with Copic Markers and cut with the Ornament Die.  Metallic thread was used to hang the ornament and a tag cut with a Mini Tag Die and a Circle Die was tied to the ornament.  A few Bitty Sparkles were added to finish the card.

A new fold found on Pinterest was the inspiration for my second sample.

Creative Nugget:  The four panels on this card gave plenty of space to use many of the new products released this month by Our Daily Bread Designs.  All of the panels were layered with papers from the new Holly Jolly Collection…LOVE!  The split sentiments from the Christmas Ornament set were cut with Rectangle Dies and Filigree Frames Dies.  A few Snow Crystals accent the front of the card.

The Peace Border was cut several times and layered for dimension.  A few sparkly Snow Crystals were hung from the border on this second panel.

The Christmas Ornament was colored with Copic Markers and cut with the coordinating Ornament Die.  Prills were used in the center of the poinsettia and greenery cut with Lovely Leaves Dies and a metallic thread bow were added.

Panel four was decorated with a sentiment from the Merry & Bright stamp set released at the beginning of the month.  The Double Stitched Rectangle Dies and the Filigree Frames Dies were used to frame the sentiment.  Prills were added to the flourishes on the frame to finish the card.


The following new products from the Our Daily Bread Designs Store were used to create these projects:


To see all of the gorgeous projects created with the Special Holiday Release, hop on over to the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog. Then click the links below to see the details for each project. While at each blog, be sure to leave a comment to be eligible to win one of the three fabulous prizes!


Grace * Cathy * Chris * Kathy * Sabrina * Robin
Diana * Sandee * Lori * Helen * Julie 


Thanks so much for stopping by…have a holly, jolly day!

Hugs,
Cathymac