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)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

National Puppy Day!

Hello friends!  Today is special for all dog lovers out there...it's National Puppy Day!  Of course I've been trying to convince my DH that we need a new puppy, but he insists that one golden retriever at a time is enough.  Now, I ask you...is one golden retriever greeting you at the door or snuggling at your feet really ever enough?  Since I'll not be getting a new puppy today, at least I can stamp one!

Creative nugget:  Doggie paw prints were randomly stamped over the card base.  Regular distress inks were sponged on mixed media paper, then the same colors of Oxide inks were sponged through the a stencil and spritzed with a little water to create the background for the doggie image.  My Misti Tool and Versafine Black Onyx ink were used to stamp the golden retriever image and the sentiment from the Puppy Love stamp set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  Grass was drawn with a Copic Marker and some hearts with bling were added to finish the card. The layout for my card was inspired by the Fusion Challenge.
The sentiments and images from the Puppy Love stamp set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps are perfect for creating a card for National Puppy Day.


Of course nothing beats the real thing...

From this...
...to this!

This card will be submitted for the following challenges:
Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use It Challenge - Puppy Love
Fusion - Paris Rain
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #234 - Clean and Simple
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog #176 - Any Sentiment Except Birthday 
Pile It On #128 - Humor and/or Plaid

Thanks so much for stopping by on National Puppy Day...be sure to hug a dog today!

Hugs, 
Cathymac

Monday, March 20, 2017

Just Because It's Spring!

Hello everyone!  Happy Spring!  Even though we have had a pretty mild winter, I'm still glad Spring has arrived!  To celebrate, I have a couple of tulip cards to share.
Creative Nugget:  These Tulips from Our Daily Bread Designs are so much fun to color.  They were randomly stamped on the background and red stripes sponged through a stencil.  Texture Paste stripes were also added to finish the background.  The Copic colored tulips were cut with the coordinating Tulip Die and mounted on panels cut with Pierced Rectangle and Circle Scalloped Rectangle Dies.  A Mini Label Die was used to cut out the sentiment and some gingham ribbon was added to finish the card.

Creative Nugget:  The background was created with Distress Oxide inks (**FUN**) and the Happy Birthday song was lightly handwritten with a gray marker.  The sentiment was also handwritten with a Fude journaling pen.  The Copic colored Tulips were again cut with the matching Tulip Die and the Pierced Rectangle Dies were used to cut each of the layered panels.   A few rhinestones and some ribbon were added to finish the card.

These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a beautiful spring day!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, March 17, 2017

ODBD Anniversary Celebration

Hello friends!  Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs Ninth Anniversary Celebration Release.  What better way to celebrate than to release a fabulous new Celebration stamp set and Large Number Dies that are perfect for creating cards, scrapbook pages, and projects for every celebration!  The samples created by the Bread Stick designers are just beautiful and are sure to provide plenty of celebration inspiration.


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 March 18, 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 March 19th, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!


How ironic that I needed two birthday cards for people both turning 70 this week, so the new Celebration stamp set and Large Number Dies were perfect!  This card will be sent to my sister-in-law's brother who loves all things beachy.


Creative Nugget:  The base was cut with the Side Step Card Die and each panel lined with blue card stock and papers from the By the Shore Paper Collection cut with a Leafy Edged Border Die to create the sand dunes.  The sentiments from the Celebration set were embossed right on the designer papers and cut with Pierced Circles Dies, Circles Dies and Layered Lacey Squares Dies.  I love the new Large Number Dies which were used to cut "70" from white card stock and sponged with distress ink while still in the die.  I found a gelli print in my stash that was used for the sea grass cut with the Grass Border Die and the fence was cut with the Fence Die.  

I can't believe that my hubby and I will be married 31 years this year!  Where has the time gone?

Creative Nugget:  Pink and green distress inks were used to color sheets of mixed media paper from which were cut the Circle Scalloped Rectangle panel, the Pennant Flags, and the embossed small Layered Heart.  Pierced Rectangle Dies were used to cut panels from papers from the Shabby Rose Collection, my very favorite!  These were stitched and layered onto the card.  Thirty-one was cut with the new pierced Large Numbers Dies and the sentiments from the Celebration stamp set were embossed. Bitty Blossoms die cuts and small pearls 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 Anniversary 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!


Sandee * Cathy * Angie * Lisa * Robin * Julie 

Kathy * Dawn * Grace * Lori * Chris * Helen

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

Hugs,
Cathymac

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Looking Back at the ODBD March 2017 Release

Hello friends!  Today we are taking another look at the Our Daily Bread Designs March 2017 Release.  My love of coloring began at a very early age and has continued to the present, so...I was very excited when ODBD decided to release the God's Blessings Coloring Pages.  These pages can be made into cards very easily, which is what I have done, or, they can be attached to a journaling Bible as a Tip-In.

My first page is this beloved verse from the 23rd Psalm.

Creative Nugget:  Layers of Pierced Rectangles, stitching and a Small Bow were added to the God's Blessings Coloring Page which had been colored with a combination of Copic Markers and glittery gel pens to turn it into a card.


The second page is from Ezekiel.

Creative Nugget:  The God's Blessings Coloring Page was cut slightly with a Pierced Rectangle Die and colored with glittery gel pens making the whole card shimmer.  A few clear Nuvo Crystal drops were used to add the look of raindrops.

These products from the Our Daily Bread Designs Store were used to complete these cards:


For more spring time inspiration, be sure to hop on over to the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog to see the beautiful projects created by the other Bread Stick Designers.  Click the links below to head to the  designers' blogs to catch the details for each project.

Dawn * Cathy * Lisa * Helen * Kathy * Sandee 

These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day...and for those on the east coast try to stay warm!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Monday, March 6, 2017

Daffodils

Hello friends!  Hope your week gets off to a great start!  Even with the mild winter we've had, I'm still looking forward to the warmer weather this week. ..thus the sunny daffodils.   My card was created for a few challenges and to begin getting several Easter cards finished.

Creative Nugget:  A light splash of watercolor was washed on the background and distress ink sponged through a stencil made with the Circle Scalloped Rectangle Die released by Our Daily Bread Designs.  This panel was cut using a Pierced Rectangle Die.  The Daffodils were also watercolored and cut with the coordinating Daffodil Die.  Happy was die cut several times using the Script Happy Birthday Die and part of the sentiment was white embossed on a grey Pennant Flag die cut.  A yellow frame was cut using the Double Stitched Rectangle Dies.  All of this tucked together to make the card based on the latest CAS(E) this Sketch design.


This card will be submitted for the following challenges:
CAS(E) this Sketch #211
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #149 - Anything Goes
{PIN}spirational Challenge #185

Thanks so much for stopping by...have a positively delightful day!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, March 3, 2017

Peaceful Peonies

Hello friends...happy Friday!  Fridays are release days at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and today we are adding four new stamp sets to the SNSS Store.  My sample was created with the beautiful new Peaceful Peonies stamp set designed by Nina Brackett.

Creative Nugget:  Several sentiments from Peaceful Peonies as well as many more from current SNSS sets were placed on my Misti Tool and stamped with a light pink ink.  This panel was cut with a pierced rectangle die and sponging was added around the edges.  Watercolors were painted on watercolor paper and a chevron stencil placed over it and air dried creating some texture.  The triangle and sentiment layers were cut from this watercolor piece.  I love creating my own backgrounds, but my very favorite technique is Copic coloring.  The peony was colored twice and the flower part of the second one was fussy cut and popped on the first image for more texture.  A sentiment from the Peaceful Peonies set was white embossed and added to the card along with a bow made from metallic thread.

Peaceful Peonies is available now as a pre-order from the 

This card will be submitted for the following challenges:
Stampin' Royalty Challenge SR#364 - Favorite Technique
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #272 - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #231 - Anything Goes
Love to Scrap Challenge Blog #95 - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door for Week of Feb. 28 - March 6 - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to check out all the new stamp sets at SNSS...have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Welcome to the ODBD March 2017 Release

Hello friends!  Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs March 2017 Release!  One would almost expect to see daffodils and tulips blooming with as warm as the weather has been here lately, but it is still only the beginning of March, so no tulips and daffodils yet; however, you can expect to see plenty of gorgeous spring flowers as you join the ODBD new release blog hop today!  The samples created by the Bread Stick designers are just beautiful and are sure to provide plenty of springtime inspiration.


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 March 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 March 6th, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!


My first sample was made using the new Tulips stamp set and the Circle Scalloped Rectangle Dies. 


Creative Nugget:  Use the Circle Scalloped Rectangle Die to cut a panel from paper from the Cozy Quilt Collection and layer onto panels of red, Vintage Cream cut with a Pierced Rectangle Die, brown and a Vintage Cream card base.  Create a frame with brown card stock cut with the small Circle Scalloped Rectangle Die and Vintage Cream card stock cut with a Double Stitched Rectangles Die.  Stamp and color the Tulips with Copic Markers and cut them with the Tulip Die.  Tuck the tulips into the frame. Emboss the sentiment on vellum cut with the Pennant Flags Die. Add two strips of paper from the Blooming Garden Collection behind the tulips.  Add a few accents with a white paint pen to finish the card.

My second sample was made with the Daffodils stamp set and the new Side Step Card Die.

Creative Nugget:  Cut a card base using the Side Step Card Die. Line each of the panels with paper from the Blooming Garden and Cozy Quilt Paper Collections.  Cut borders using the Fence Die and the Grass Hill Die.  A yard sign was made with card stock cut with the small Circle Scalloped Rectangle Die and a Rectangles Die.  The Daffodils were colored with Copic Markers and cut with the coordinating Daffodil Die.  

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 March 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 * Dawn * Helen * Angie * Sabrina * Lisa 
 Julie * Sandee * Lori * Chris * Diana 
 Grace * Robin * Kathy 

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

Hugs,
Cathymac