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, May 1, 2015

Welcome to the ODBD May 2015 Release

Hello friends!  Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs May 2015 Release!   Birds and Butterflies are a sure sign that Spring has arrived.  Be sure to look for these signs of spring as you view the new release creations on the blogs of the talented Breadsticks…birds and butterflies abound!   

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


My first sample uses the beautiful Belles Vignes and Trois Jolies Papillons stamp sets.

Creative Nugget:  The edges on two pieces of Mixed Media paper were masked and the Belles Vignes corner was white embossed. Blue, Green, and Yellow Bisters were lightly sprinkled over the panel and spritzed with water.  Both pieces were given time to air dry.  You never know what you are going to get with the Bisters, but I love the resulting watercolor look.  I chose the panel I liked best and cut it using the large rectangle from the Flourished Star Pattern Die Set, then mounted it on Basic Black card stock and a blue card base.  Layered Lacey Square Dies were used to cut a frame from the second panel.   Banners were cut from a scrap of Christmas 2014 Paper and other scraps from my stash that matched the panel using the Pennant Dies.  These were attached across the frame.  The sentiment from the Belles Vignes set was white embossed on a vellum banner and woven through the frame. Blue and Black Bisters were used on another scrap of Mixed Media paper.  The Swallow Tail butterfly from the Trois Jolies Papillons stamp set was stamped onto this using Archival Jet Black ink and then cut with the matching Tres Papillons die.  The butterfly was added with foam tape to finish the card.

Several of the new stamp sets and dies were used to create a Pop-Up Box for my second project.

Creative Nugget:  After cutting and scoring my box, the panels were covered with green card stock and   papers from the Blooming Garden Collection.  The Zinnia was also stamped on pieces of Blooming Garden papers and it and the leaves were cut with the matching Zinnia and Leaves Dies.  The Fancy Foliage Dies were used to cut a leafy flourish which was mounted along with the zinnia to the front of the card.  The sentiment from the Belles Vignes stamp set was stamped onto a Mini Tag die cut and tied to the seam binding holding the card closed.  Micro beads were added to the center of the zinnia using Glossy Accents.

The card opens to reveal a Bee Balm and Butterfly garden!

The Grass Border Die was used to line each section of the box. The sentiment from Belles Vignes was stamped on a Clouds & Raindrops die cut and attached to the box with a small strip of acetate.  Copic Markers were used to color the Bee Balm and butterflies from the Trois Jolies Papillons and Butterfly and Bugs stamp sets.  The Bee Balm was fussy cut and added randomly to different layers in the box.  The butterflies were cut with the matching Tres Papillons and Butterfly & Bugs Dies and attached to the box on strips of acetate.  Several other clouds and a seam binding bow finish the box.


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

...And some old favorites:

To see all of the gorgeous projects made with the new release products head on over to the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog.  You won't want to miss any of the project details so be sure to click on the links below to visit my talented Sister Sticks and leave a little love behind to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes!

Lori * Julie * Sandee * Dawn * Amy * Cathy(me) 
 America * Chris * Angie * Audrey * Sabrina 
Grace * Silke * Loretta * Lisa * Wanda

Thanks so much for stopping by…hope you've been inspired!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, April 24, 2015

Make It Clean and Simple

Hello friends…happy Friday!  One Saturday a month our church hosts a Women of Purpose Ministry.  The more "Mature" women share their special gifts and talents with the younger ladies.  Tomorrow it is my turn to share and of course I'll be teaching stamping techniques in card making as a way to send encouragement to loved ones and friends. Since some of the ladies have never stamped before, I kept the cards we will be making very "Clean and Simple."

Creative Nugget:  The first card was inspired by the talented Bridget Finlay who is a master of "Clean and Simple."  Her inspiration card can be found HERE.  One of the images from the Nature Silhouettes stamp set was stamped twice in opposite corners using the "Second Generation" stamping technique.  The sentiments are from God's Purpose.  Some gingham ribbon and a few pearls finish the card.

Creative Nugget:  To create the background, Rose Bud and Cantaloupe Memento Inks were rubbed onto an acrylic block, spritzed with water, and stamped directly on a piece of Mixed Media paper.  This was done twice to intensify the color.  The Majestic Butterflies and the sentiment from the Script Birthdays stamp set were stamped with Watering Can Archival ink.  A few splatters and some rhinestones finish the card.  Any dye based ink will work for this technique.

Creative Nugget:  The final card was made by sponging Memento Inks through a negative mask to create a circle in the center of the card front.  A script stamp was used to add interest while the mask was still in place.  The woodland scene from Landscape Silhouettes was also stamped using Versafine Onyx Black ink while the mask was in place.  The mask was removed and the sentiment was stamped.  Twine, a button, and some pearls finish the card.  The stamps used to make this card are not available at this time.

These are the stamp sets currently available at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store used to make these cards: 

Thank you so much for visiting…perhaps you've been motivated to send someone a CAS card of encouragement today!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Amazing Grace

Happy sunny Saturday, everyone!  What a beautiful day the Lord has blessed us with…perfect for a nice long walk with Kody!  Don't you just love spring?

I have a quick card to share with you using this week's Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Sketch.  I love the new Layered Lacey Square Dies, but the sketch called for a rectangle... so with a little modification, it worked perfectly for my card!

Creative Nugget:  Distress inks were softly sponged on a piece of Neenah Solar crest card stock to match the colors on the beautiful Shabby Rose Paper Collection.  A brick wall stencil was taped over the panel and the Amazing Grace Hymn Background was stamped in Watering Can ink through the stencil.  This left a rather shabby, aged-looking background that was cut with the Flourished Star Pattern Die to get the piercing around the edge. The other panels are Shabby Rose papers stitched to Smokey Shadow card stock.  The Amazing Grace sentiment from the How Sweet the Sound set was stamped directly on the DP and then stamped again with VersaMark ink and clear embossed.  A vellum heart was cut with a Spellbinders heart die and layered with one of the Ornate Heart Dies.  The Stamped By Butterflies Minis were also stamped on DP and fussy cut after adding some shadows with Copic Markers.  A few pearls and seam binding finish the card.
Here are the supplies from the Our Daily Bread Designs Store that were used on my card:
This card will be entered into the following challenges:

Our Daily Bread Shining the Light - ODBDSLC234
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Make Your Own Background
Pile It On #64 - Fancy Frames and Borders

Thanks so much for stopping by…enjoy the gorgeous day!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, April 17, 2015

SNSS April 2015 Release Blog Hop & Challenge

Fridays are always special at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and this Friday is no exception…welcome to the April 2015 Release Blog Hop & Challenge!  Now that you have had a chance to see our new masculine release for this month, it's time to see what the Design Divas have done with the new stamp and die sets.  Grab a beverage and sit back and relax as you hop along to each of the DT Blogs and check out all of the fabulous masculine cards!

Blog Hop Giveaway!
What would a Blog Hop be without a giveaway, right?  One random commenter from one of the DT blogs will be selected to win a $10 Gift Code to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  You have until Thursday, April 23rd at midnight EST to leave your comments.  The winner will be posted on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, April 24th!

My first card sample was made using sentiments from the new For My Father stamp set and my favorite Landscape Silhouettes.
Creative Nugget: The watercolored background was made by applying Distress Ink to the edge of an acrylic block.  This was spritzed with water and jiggled up and down a little on a piece of Mixed Media Paper.  After drying the second color was applied in the same way and so on until the last color was added.  Each color was applied twice to achieve the vibrant colors.  The farm scene from Landscape Silhouettes was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink as well as the sentiment from the For My Father stamp set.  A gingham knot and several pearls finish the card.


My second sample uses the Hole in One stamp set.
Creative Nugget:  Scraps of DP cut with the Hillside Edges Die were stitched to Smokey Shadow card stock to make the background for this masculine thank you card.  The golf image from the Hole in One stamp set was colored with Copic Markers and cut with a Spellbinders Square Nestie.  The sentiment was stamped on a Cloud die cut and a sun cut with one of the Beach Dies was tucked behind the cloud.  Some twine, a button, and Glossy Accents were used to finish the card.

Here are the stamp sets from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store that were used for my card samples:  

Check out the marvelous masculine cards created by the other Design Divas!  The DT blog links can be found in the Linky Tool below!
Now onto the challenge! 
"Make it Masculine"
(To enter, share a link to your masculine creation to the gallery below.)


  Just a few guidelines to remember as you play:
            
- You don't have to use a Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps image to enter (although we sure love when you do!)
- Please create a NEW card (no back linking)
- We ask that you enter your card in no more than 3 challenges
 - You'll have until Thursday, April 23rd at midnight EST to enter

- We'll draw 1 winner from this week's challenge to receive a $10 credit to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!  
If there are 25 participants, (not including the DT), we'll draw 2 winners!
- Please use code SNSApril2015RC when uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries 

Thanks for joining us today!  Be sure to join us again on Friday, April 24th to see if you've won and check out our new May Sweet Perks Bundles!

HAPPY HOPPING!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by…enjoy your day!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Taking a Look Back at the ODBD April Release

Welcome, my friends and Happy Spring!  Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs April 2015 Release.  Get ready to view some gorgeous creations made with the stamps and dies released this month.
  
My card sample uses the new How Sweet the Sound stamp set and the beautiful Layered Lacey Square Dies.

Creative Nugget:  The Vintage Flourished Pattern Die was used to cut a frame which was stitched to a beautiful piece of paper from the Shabby Rose Collection.  This was mounted to a Neenah Solar Crest card base.  Two of the Layered Lacey Squares were layered on top with the sentiment from the Earth's Gladdest Day stamp set stamped on the top square.  A floral spray made with Asters and Leaves and Fancy Foliage die cuts along with several mulberry roses was arranged on the left side of the quote.  A satin bow and button was attached to the lower right side of the quote.  The Unending Love sentiment from How Sweet the Sound was white embossed on vellum, cut with a Pennant Die, and placed between the flowers and the bow.  A few pearls were added to finish the card.  It was Jesus' unending love for us that sent Him to the cross!


Here are the new stamps and dies along with other favorites from the Our Daily Bread Designs Store that were used on my card:

To view all of the gorgeous samples made with this release, visit the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog.  For the details on each beautiful creation made by my talented Sister Sticks, click on the links below!


Julie * Sandee * Cathy * Lori * Dawn 
 Wanda * Sabrina * Lisa  

Your visit to my blog is most appreciated…thank you so much for stopping by!  Enjoy the hop!

Hugs,
Cathymac